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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2019 Moulin-à-Vent, Vieilles Vignes, Louis Boillot, Beaujolais
Red
2019
Drink, youthful
Full Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2020 Beaujolais-Villages, Aux Chânes, Domaine des Jeunes Pousses
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2020
Drink, at peak
Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2021 Régnié, Les Vergers, Domaine de Vernus, Beaujolais
Red
2021
Lay down
Medium Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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