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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  • Hello guys, I didnt fall off of the earth, I'm still here :) Its been busy ... , that Beaujolais was 100% Gamay. And EMARK , I love your strait forward style, dont change a thing. Remember, I`m just telling it like I see it and I`m coming from a place of not knowing what I`m talking about really as I am a baby in this process. But even if I le... Read More

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  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my jet-lagged self to Alsace, France to tour a few wineries there (a couple hours from Frankfurt). BUT- I'm not really into white wines as much as reds, though I don't mind Gewurtzraminer and Dry Riesling.But I am thinking of taking a day off toward the end of the week. I can get pre... Read More

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  • Beaujolais (from the Gamay grape) is definitely a different experience altogether, good that you have that under your belt Red. Trust that there are better examples at similar price points...it's really an interesting region with some great values. Read More

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  • Isn't Beaujolais Gamay? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Red. Read More

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  • I had a wine I have not had for many years,a Rose D'Anjou from the ... ... ripped up and replaced with gama Read More

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  • Remy Pannier Rose d'Anjou 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 4 euros the last time I was in Calais.Rose ... ... although others such as gamay and cabernet franc are now allowed. Grolleau is beleived to be related to the ancient grape gouais which is also thought to be a parent of gamay and chardonnay.The name is derived from the French word 'grolle ' meaning 'crow ', a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Domes Chenonceau 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine back in May when I visited the beautiful Chateau ... ... cabernet franc and 20% gamay.I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausage and mash and I did enjoy it. It is not particularly full-bodied but there is plenty of a cherry,plum or redcurrant style fruit there and the tannins are soft.It is an easy ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Here's a mixed 6 pack that you could have delivered to your door, tax and .../gamay/jadot-beaujolais-villages/p/2555750?s=1114&igrules=true http://www.totalwine.com/wine/red-wine/grenache/las-rocas-garnacha/p/14477750?s=1114&igrules=true http://www.totalwine.com/wine/red-wine/sangiovese/ruffino-chianti/p/410750?s=1114&igrules=true http://www.to... Read More

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  • Julien Sunier Beaujolais Cru Regnie 2013

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    a fantastically delicate, floral and enticing beauty with brushes of dark cherry and raspberry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • I have had several of the 'cru' Beaujolais and there, are differences ... be very important with the Gamay grape as the Clos Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay was not spicy at all . Perhaps this is the difference between limestone and manganese granite soil Read More

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