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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2012


    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


    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!

  • So happy to be amongst fellow oenophiles! I am a freelance copywriter, writing in the food, wine, and spirits industry.I am here to share my personal enthusiasm for wines, not for professional reasons.I live in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where no one grows wine grapes to produce actual wine. I am just slightly better informed than a complete novi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • After reading a few lines of a recent natural wine story in The Independent ... ... Domain de Peyra 2004 Gamay, for example. The rare wine is now a treasure, but “10 years ago, no one understood this wine. Now they love it,” Nairoo said.  The 2004 Gamay is a representation of the natural wine movement as a whole. In the past few years foodies... Read More

    From the article The Independent Goes All In On All Natural Wines

  • Super light reds sometimes get a poor reputation with serious wine drinkers, ... Some versions of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc are good examples of super light varieties.  Pinot NoirWe need to be careful with Pinot Noir. There are certainly lush versions from California and Oregon, and Burgundy’s Pinot Noir wines have gotten richer and... Read More

    From the article Why You Should Take Super Light Red Wine More Seriously

  • Rimmerman's bombast has been known to turn off more than a few readers, but ... as "the ten faces of Gamay" (for the ten cru designations - Fleurie, Morgon, et al).Is this the wine that defines Regnie going forward?I will let you decide but it ranks (IMO) as the most exciting wine being produced in Regnie at present with the freshness and flowi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • The last three wines I have had have all been Cru Beaujolais,a Regnie, a ... ... a ... in May I was served a gamay from Touraine at a hotel in France and that was not noticeably  peppery or spicy. I suppose this illustrates the importance of terroi Read More

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