Gamay

The superb food-matching wine few other reds can match.

Gamay grapesGamay is the perfect grape for matching with a traditional Christmas turkey dinner, with all its quintessential yet extraordinary varieties of flavour and textures from cranberry sauce to Brussels sprouts. Where other reds might just as well be water, Gamay maintains its consistency and flavour without overwhelming the flavours of the food.

It's also the best for Summer Barbecue and if you haven't had it with goat's cheese you are missing a trick.

France is, of course, the main grower of Gamay in the world. The bulk of their Gamay is grown in Beaujolais with some grown in the Loire valley. Far too many people in the UK dismiss Beaujolais out of hand, but if you are here you are probably not one of them. What pleasure they are missing, as the Beaujolais Crus regularly demonstrate. We have examples from every Cru and they are all worth exploring.

In Switzerland it is the second most grown grape behind Pinot Noir with which it is often blended, especially in Valais, to make the traditional Dôle blend or the less popular but equally interesting Goron blend. There are, of course, many single variety Gamay wines from Switzerland, both red and rosé. In Switzerland it reaches a complexity and ripeness that Loire or Beaujolais can rarely approach. The rosé is also fascinating as the Swiss are not as fond of high acidity as the French and so produce rosé wines which are far softer than their neighbours versions. The difference between Beaujolais Villages rosé, Anjou-Gamay rosé and Gamay de Satigny rosé has to be tasted to be believed. All are good examples of the grape but so different from each other. 

Historically, Gamay seems to have had a bad name which is evidenced in its first mention when, in 1395, orders were given to destroy all the vines of this grape as the wine was, apparently, causing serious disease! Subsequently there were banning orders for the planting of Gamay in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Luckily for us, it survived all these assassination attempts and lives on to produce some of the world’s finest wines.

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  1. Juliénas Vieilles Vignes 2011, Domaine Matray
    £18.05
  2. Perle Rouge NV Matray
    £16.92
  3. Brouilly Cuvée Prestige 2010, DESCHAMPS
    £17.33
  4. Brouilly Cuvée Prestige 2015, Deschamps
    £17.75
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  5. Côte de Brouilly "Les 7 Vignes" 2016, Thivin
    £21.25
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  6. Chénas Vielles Vignes 2014 Croix Barraud
    £19.56
  7. Fleurie Haute Couture 2015, Jérome Lacondemine
    £25.79
  8. Régnié 2016, Domaine de Colonat
    Special Price £12.00 Regular Price £16.92
  9. Dole Liaudisaz, 2017, Chappaz
    £36.18
  10. Beaujolais Villages Sans Soufre Hommage à Philippe 2019 Jérome Lacondemine
    Special Price £13.20 Regular Price £15.89
  11. Corpore Sano 2015 Corsin Milleranche
    £23.52
  12. Brouilly Cuvee Prestige 2017 Deschamps
    £17.95
  13. Fleurie d’Antan 2018 Lacondemine
    £21.66
  14. Juliénas 2017 Corsin Milleranche
    £16.72
  15. Morgon Cuvée Prestige 2011 Domaine de Colonat
    £17.82
  16. Moulin à Vent 2011, Domaine Matray
    £18.77
  17. Morgon Corcelette "Premium" 2009, Lathuiliere-Gravallon
    £16.72
  18. Gamay Grande Réserve 2016, Les Romaines, Les Frères Dutruy
    £48.18
  19. Saint Amour 2016, Matray
    £18.98
  20. Beaujolais Villages "Le Chapital" 2015, Vincent Lacondemine
    £16.92
  21. Fleurie 2015 Franck Bessone
    £20.10
  22. Grain Nature, 2017, Chappaz
    £57.92
  23. Regnie 2018 Braves
    £17.53
  24. Villages 2017 Corsin Milleranche
    £14.44
  25. Moulin-à-Vent "La Rochelle" 2015 Franck Bessone
    £22.32
  26. Chénas 2016, Croix Barraud
    £17.12
  27. Beaujolais Nouveau 2019, Philippe Deschamps
    Special Price £12.00 Regular Price £14.03
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  28. Beaujolais Rosé 2019
    £14.03
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  29. Chénas Vieilles Vignes
    2010
    £18.16
    2014
    £19.56
  30. Chiroubles Chatenay
    2018
    £18.26
    2017
    £18.26
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  31. Moulin-à-Vent Tradition
    2009
    £17.75
    2010
    £17.95
  32. Morgon "Les Aiguais"
    2011
    £17.44
  33. Moulin-à-Vent Les Caves
  34. Côte de Brouilly "Cuvée Zaccharie"
  35. Morgon Cuvée Expression Vielle Vignes
    2007
    £18.56
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  36. Gamay Grande Réserve, Les Romaines
    2016
    £48.18
  37. Beaujolais Villages 2013, Deschamps
    £14.23
  38. Chenas 2018 Franck Bessone
    £17.12
  39. Moulin-à-Vent "Cuvée Lucile Maud"
    2013
    £24.20
  40. Case of 6 Beaujolais Rosé 2020 Nouveau, Philippe Deschamps
    Special Price £76.97 Regular Price £84.60
    Preorder for Nouveau Day Nov 19
  41. Beaujolais Villages Les Larmoïses
    2009
    £16.50
  42. Case of 6 Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 Philippe Deschamps
    Special Price £76.97 Regular Price £84.60
    Preorder for Nouveau Day Nov 19
  43. Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru
    Rating:
    85.0000%
  44. Grande Selection Morgon Vigne Centenaire
    2009
    £26.93
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  45. Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes
    2009
    Special Price £13.20 Regular Price £15.47
  46. Beaujolais Nouveau
    2020
    Special Price £12.83 Regular Price £14.10
    Pre Order, ETA
    2019
    Special Price £12.00 Regular Price £14.03
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  47. Brouilly "Pisse-Vieille"
    2009
    £17.12
    2011
    £17.02
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  48. SAINT AMOUR
    2018
    £19.60
    2017
    £18.98
    2016
    £18.98
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