Gamay

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

Gamay grapes Gamay 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. Beaujolais Villages Sans Soufre Hommage à Philippe Lacondemine 2020 Jérome Lacondemine
    £15.89
    In cases of 6. Release 19 Nov 2020
  2. Regnie 2018 Braves
    £17.53
  3. Morgon Cuvée Prestige 2011 Domaine de Colonat
    £17.82
  4. Villages 2017 Corsin Milleranche
    £14.44
  5. Chénas 2010, Croix Barraud
    £16.09
  6. Morgon 2018 Deschamps
    £18.16
  7. Brouilly "Les Bruyeres" 2007, Point du Jour
    £17.44
  8. Moulin-à-Vent "La Rochelle" 2015 Franck Bessone
    £22.32
  9. Chiroubles Cuvée Fernande Janin 2011, Point du Jour
    £17.44
  10. Chiroubles Chatenay 2018 Lathuiliere-Gravallon
    £18.26
  11. Morgon "Les Aiguais" 2011, Domaine du Point du Jour
    £17.44
  12. Juliénas Vieilles Vignes 2018 Matray
    £19.60
  13. Juliénas 2011, Domaine Matray
    £15.98
  14. Beaujolais Rosé 2019
    £14.03
    Pre Order, expected around 31 Jul 2020
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  15. Moulin à Vent 2011, Domaine Matray
    £18.77
  16. Dôle Tradition 2017, Domaine des Muses
    £38.09
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  17. Moulin-à-Vent Tradition 2009, Domaine du Granit, Franck Bessone
    £17.75
  18. Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru
    Rating:
    85.0000%
  19. Morgon Corcelette "Premium" 2009, Lathuiliere-Gravallon
    £16.72
  20. Grande Selection Morgon Vigne Centenaire
    2009
    £26.93
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  21. Morgon Cuvée Expression Vielle Vignes 2007
    £18.56
  22. Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes
    2009
    Special Price £13.20 Regular Price £15.47
  23. Brouilly "Pisse-Vieille" 2011, Lathuiliere-Gravallon
    £17.02
  24. Brouilly "Pisse-Vieille"
    2009
    £17.12
    2011
    £17.02
    Rating:
    90.0000%
  25. Brouilly Cuvée Prestige 2010, DESCHAMPS
    £17.33
  26. Dôle
  27. Brouilly 2008, CHATEAU THIVIN
    £17.33
  28. Brouilly "Les Bruyeres"
    2007
    £17.44
  29. Brouilly 2011, CHATEAU THIVIN
    £18.26
    Rating:
    80.0000%
  30. Chénas Vieilles Vignes
    2010
    £18.16
    2014
    £19.56
  31. Beaujolais Villages Les Larmoïses 2009, Vincent Lacondemine
    £16.50
  32. Moulin-à-Vent Tradition
    2009
    £17.75
    2010
    £17.95
  33. Beaujolais Villages Tradition 2011, Lacondemine
    £14.65
  34. Morgon "Les Aiguais"
    2011
    £17.44
  35. Beaujolais Villages "Le Chapital" 2013, Lacondemine
    £15.47
  36. Moulin-à-Vent "Cuvée Lucile Maud"
    2013
    £24.20
  37. Moulin-à-Vent Les Caves
  38. Beaujolais Villages 2013, Deschamps
    £14.23
  39. Beaujolais Villages Les Larmoïses
    2009
    £16.50
  40. Côte de Brouilly "la Chapelle"
  41. Brouilly Cuvée Prestige 2015, Deschamps
    £17.75
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  42. Côte de Brouilly "Les 7 Vignes"
    2016
    £21.25
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  43. Juliénas 2016, Matray
    £18.98
  44. Beaujolais Villages Rouge Tradition
    2010
    £14.65
    2011
    £14.65
  45. Côte de Brouilly "Les 7 Vignes" 2016, Thivin
    £21.25
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  46. Chénas Vielles Vignes 2014 Croix Barraud
    £19.56
  47. Beaujolais Nouveau
    2020
    Pre Order, expected around
    2019
    £14.03
    Rating:
    100.0000%
  48. Beaujolais Villages "Le Chapital" 2015, Vincent Lacondemine
    £16.92
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