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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  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • A Oak A, good on you for giving Gamay a good shot. Did I mention Lapierre, Foillard, and Metras are some of the top tier producers?Was also just about to post about this producer in the Rhone who's making Gamay in that very natural/organic way. Herve Souhat Read More

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  • Thanks so much for the response. However, not quite the answer I was hoping ... head around the region and Gamay. My first bottle was a Morgon Jean Paul Brun. My friends and I enjoyed it very much on New Years Eve.Thanks again for your thoughtful response and suggestions. Looking forward to an amazing 2015 and my venture into a deeper discover... Read More

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  • I've been watching some YouTube videos of Sommeliers participating in a blind tasting. There's some terms they are using that I am curious about.They use the terms "Medium" or "Medium-Plus" when describing things like viscosity or aromatic intensity. "High" and "Low" are also thrown around quite a bit.Is there an organized list or description sy... Read More

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  • I was taught by a chef a couple of generations my elder 'cook with the ... ... ... Burgundian pinot noir or gamay. I've probably cooked it with two or three dozen different reds, and the only ones I didn't like were an over-oaked zin years ago (tasted like an oak-chip reduction) and an Amonitllado sherry (tasted too salty). Lesser-oaked zins a... Read More

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  • Like many foodies, I adore oysters on the half shell. One of my first jobs ... ... mixing Pinot Noir with Gamay (Try Domaine Taupot Merme Borgogne Passe-tout-grains 2011.) Master Somm Laura Maniec (of NYC’s Corkbuzz wine bars) confessed to me that she is a traditionalist. She recommends:  For grilled oysters with a little lemon and pepperGrüne... Read More

    From the article Nonconformist Oyster & Wine Pairings

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages Combe Aux Jacques 2012


    wonderfully crisp and tart, yet pleasant throughout the palate. very drinkable and soon one is farther into the bottle than intended. Read More

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  • JB, I'd like to hear some of your recommendations (if any) for Beaujolais ... gone back to try any others. Gamay seems to be an acquired taste. It appears to me based on your post, that Melissa08 need to find some Beaujolais with some age on it. (FYI, the best Beaujolais I've had so far has been a Domaine Dupeuble blanc - fantastic chardonnay Read More

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  • Excuse me, Mr Jonderry, but I have been cellaring & drinking Duboeuf's ... comments, the Crus are all Gamay grape, they are like baby Burgundies that do require cellaring to reach their peak, they do have a range of fuller to lighter bodies, but would never satisfy the acidity you're looking for (cranberry), especially not when young. I would ... Read More

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  • What varietals do you think would match my fruit-driven palette well, such as ... an adjective) is going to be Gamay or Chardonnay. So all of them will be the same. The differences between them depend on the producer and to some degree the characteristics of the particular cru. As a rule, the wines from places like Cote de Brouilly and especia... Read More

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