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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Julienas Cellier de la Vielle Eglise 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5.50 from the website ... it is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans from central Europe.My bottle is from a co-operative based in an old church in the village. I started it last night with my supper of meat pie and I did enjoy it. There i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2011

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    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Regnie Par la Cave des Grand Vins de Fleurie 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... it is made from the gamay grape.Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans from central Europe Regnie is named after the Roman governor Reginus who took a great interest in the vines of the area.My bottle is from a co-operative. I started the bot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Moulin a Vent Domaine du Gueret 2009

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... it is made from the Gamay grape. Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans from Central Europe.. Moulin a Vent takes its name from a disused windmill and its character from the manganese rich granite soils.Domaine du Gueret is a small but well ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Been off the grid myself for a few weeks. Be it long hours, diversions, apathy ... ... Random Wine Company this Gamay Noir Pinot Noir blend  was a relative bargain. Strike that. at $100 delivered for a six pack they were ALL a bargain.This had a beautiful nose of cranberry and rose petals. The palate was interesting, it had the weight of an ex... Read More

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