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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice

  • I've been trying wines from different Beaujolais regions and have yet to find one that I love. Here are the ones I've tried with disappointing results:Clos de la Roilette Fleurie '13Fessy Regnie Chateau des Reyssiers '11Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages '11Beaujolais NouveauWith all these wines, the problem is that the wines don't have the vibrant red... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice

  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... what you can expect from the Gamay grape. Snooth Editorial Says: Try it with this recipe for Mushroom and Fontina Tart. The red tables wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley are elegant stand-ins for the expected reds. Cedro Do Noval Douro DOC 2009, from the esteemed P... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings

  • The father of all wine grapes won't go the way of the dinosaurs – for ... ... including Chardonnay and Gamay. According to sources, Vouillamoz and the volunteers pooled together money to purchase the vineyard. A 1999 study by University of California, Davis, revealed the importance of the grape. “It came as little surprise when DNA fingerprinti... Read More

    From the article Scientist and Volunteers Save Papa Bear of World's Wines

  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2014


    The 2014 Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau is, as usual, quite different in style from the typical (cf.Duboeuf) offering; the nose is quite dumb (mute), and on entry is more brooding and serious with dark fruit (and plum) dominant. Very smooth, but none of the tropical fruit many of you no doubt expect. Still, an easy drinking primeur with more grav... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2014


    The 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau seems deeper, darker and less thin and acidic - the latter properties being largely responsible for the decline of Nouveau - until recently. The scent is of candied red fruit... with tropical notes such as ripe sweet banana. The entry is quick, slightly acidic with good fruit. Not bitter or tasting of stems this time... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Georges Duboeuf Julienas 2011


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • DMcker, we are on exactly the same wavelength on this.  I'd divide ... (top red wine was actually a gamay noir from Oregon) but he specifically calls out Fiano and Falanghina.  Hmm, seems I need to be wearing my tin hat more to prevent him reading my mind.  (Did anyone else notice that he referenced red wine in television shows right after our... Read More

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