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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  • I'm pretty bad about naming the 10 different Crus of Beajolais but the article I have linked does a good job of explaining it, and maybe I'll be getting closer to becoming familIar with them, because taking a shot on a bottle of J.P. Thevenet last week for Turkey Day really turned my head. It has that direct and effortless quality with good back... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cru Beajolais


  • Hello wine lovers. Im a newby. I find that I love a Mendoza Malbec  like its oxygen and Nineteen Crimes cab is to die for ( althouth not in the way some of the criminals may have in route to australia) . I also am enjoying some less complex but well balanced red blends like Apothic. My favorite malbec so far is Alamos and Cigar Box is pretty nic... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Judging by the depth of colour, the inviting banana, pear and cherry nose, and the chunky mouthfeel of this wine (and there is a little tannin, notwithstanding the brief contact with skins in this kind of wine), 2015 looks like a good year for the Crus. The finish is quite long and elegant for a "new" wine - although Mommessin is always a bit m... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • "As of 2010, Airén was estimated to be the world's 3rd most ... rosso, Elegante, Francese, Gamay del Trasimeno, Gamay Perugino, Garnaccho negro, Garnacha Comun, Garnacha negra, Garnacha Roja, Garnacha tinta, Garnatxa negra, Garnatxa Pais, Gironet, Granaccia, Granaxa, Grenache noir, Grenache rouge, Kek Grenache, Lladoner, Mencida, Navaro, Navar... Read More

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  • Cheverny Rouge "Le Point du Jour" Domaine Philippe Tessier L Pinot-Noir Gamay Cot Frankrijk Loire 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Really nice balanced and very light wine. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2012

    Snoothrank:

    very smooth and plush with no bite. its demeanor was pleasant and inviting. like a cool fall day. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • The Great White North is home to great ice wines, true. But that observation is ... the country's duality of Gamay and Pinot Noir.  Many of Canada's “best planting spots” have been inundated with Pinot grapes because, in simple terms, that's what the people around the world. The delicate red has captured the conscience of imbibers around the wo... Read More

    From the article Maple Leaf Madness: Canadian Wines Continue Their Ascent


  • Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Philippe Jouan 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex ... least 1/3rd pinot noir plus gamay [although up to 15% of the white grapes chardonnay,pinot blanc and pinot gris are allowed ] with all grapes being vinified together.The word 'passetoutgrains ' roughly translates as 'throw all the grapes in 'Passetoutgrain is regarded as an everyda... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Thank you, Dvogler. I had suspected the other commenters might not be complete ... ... cabernet franc, and gamay; viognier, semillon,  and pinot blanc. These grapes produce wines that suit my palate better than the wines from varietals like syrah, cab sauv, sauv blanc, and some of the others.I think my prejudice stems from the practice of so ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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