Gamay

Gamay

A French variety planted predominately in Beaujolais where it is the grape behind everything from light and often acidic Beaujolais Nouveau through to the more serious and well-structured wines from the 10 cru villages. It takes its name from a hamlet just outside Chassagne-Montrachet and was at one stage widely planted on the Côte d`Or. However it was gradually phased out due to its poor yield and supposed poor quality of its wines.

The majority of Gamay wines in Beaujolais are labelled as Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages and are deliciously juicy, easy drinking, gulpable wines. Of more interest are the Cru wines from the 10 villages in the north of the region where the soil is predominantly granitic schist and where the vines are planted on gently undulating slopes. These can be well-structured, intensely perfumed wines, redolent of ripe black fruits and, while delicious young, will reward medium term cellaring.

Gamay is also grown in the Touraine region of the Loire where it produces soft, well-balanced, gluggable wines for drinking young.

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2018 Docteur Buchaille, Ordinaire, Vin de France, Julie Balagny
Red
2018
Ready, but will keep
Medium Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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£42.66 – bottle (75cl)
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2018 Morgon, Cuvée MMXVIII, Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Beaujolais
Red
2018
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Medium Bodied
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13.0% Alcohol
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£242.68 – magnum (150cl)
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2016 Morgon, Cuvée 3.14, Jean Foillard, Beaujolais
Red
2016
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13.0% Alcohol
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£266.68 – bottle (75cl)
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2009 Fleurie L'Ultime, Yvon Metras, Beaujolais
Red
2009
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2016 Fleurie, Clos Vernay, Domaine Lafarge Vial, Beaujolais
Red
2016
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Medium Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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2016 Côte de Brouilly, Domaine Lafarge Vial, Beaujolais
Red
2016
Ready, but will improve
Medium Bodied
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12.5% Alcohol
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