Gamay

 

Name of varietal: Gamay
 
Common synonyms: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, Bourgignon Noir, Game, Petit Bourgignon, Petit Gamai, Petite Lyonnaise
 
Parentage of the grape: unknown
 
History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Beaujeu, near Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France. In the mid 1300s it was cultivated as a relief from the strains of the Black Death. It’s much easier to grow than Pinot Noir, which is the distinguished red grape of Burgundy, and can ripen up to two weeks earlier. However, in 1395, the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe le Hardi (Philip the Bold), signed an edict outlawing the grapes. He said they were “inflame and deloyal” (despicable and disloyal) and taking too much space from the noble grape Pinot Noir. In 1459, Philippe le Bon (Philip the Good), grandson of Le Hardi, signed another edict reaffirming his family’s distaste for the varietal, afraid their Read more »

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Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

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  • Debeaune Morgon Belles Grives. France Beaujolais-Villages Morgon 2014

    Snoothrank:

    PnP wine was light in weight and pretty grapey. Moderate acidity balances it followed by some very light tannins. Not impressed, will give it a day.Second day it was a totally different wine. Almost no fruit on the front with very notable acid and the tannins were much stronger. Wish I had caught it some where in the middle. Would suggest a good... Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... MansengPinot Noir. Riesling. Gamay. Cabernet Franc. Champagne and sparkling wine. Each have been staples at our annual Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family for years.  Wines made Petit Manseng, a small, thick-skinned grape most commonly associated with the Juranç... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List


  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2016

    Snoothrank:

    As far as Nouveau goes, Mommessin usually makes for heartier fare; the fruit is ... banana on the nose with that Gamay cherry poking through as well. Very grapey finish - as it should be - with easy drinking, post-harvest flair. Recommended, if you like primeur.... as I do. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Maison Coquard Saint-Amour 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... it vis made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.My bottle comes from the Maison Coquard negociant business.I started it last night with my meat pie.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins are soft ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... beaujolais is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans Some beleive that Fleurie gets its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bottle is from Georges Duboeuf, which is probably the largest... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Louis Jadot Combe Aux Jacques Beaujoulais Villages 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent. [www.dickenshousewines.co.uk ... ... it is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.My bottle is from the Louis Jadot concern, a large and well known vineyard owner and negociant house operating in Burgundy and Beaujolais. Th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... ... Same grapes (pinot noir, gamay, chardonnay, though many others also grown in Switzerland), and lots of interaction between the populations. And Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) is viewed by some as the source of the Rhone, while others only see the lake as a wide spot in the ri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Short trip. Will be very busy but not too so to taste the wine. At Boston Logan Aitport.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teresawine2


  • Formerly known as California Gamay it's actually planted all over the State. It seems to me that in the 70s/80s it was easy to find Gamay from California producers.  I seem to remember having more than one bottle from Sebastiani. It looks like I've learned something, again, here on Snooth. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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