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Gamay - Merlot

Gamay - Merlot

Gamay is such an exciting grape and has superb food-matching abilities which few other reds can match.

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.

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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  • Dôle Balavaud Grand Cru Cave Jean Rene Germanier

    The classic Valais blend, balanced and harmonious¨
  • Morgon Cuvée Prestige Domaine de Colonat

    Lovely smooth Morgon.
  • Brouilly Cuvée Prestige Philippe Deschamps

    Fruity mineral Brouilly
  • Brouilly "Pisse-Vieille" Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon

    Bolder Brouilly
  • Fleurie Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon

    A lovely Fleurie
  • SAINT AMOUR Domaine Matray

    Our one and only St Amour
  • Douce Noire Domaine des Abeilles d'Or

    Silk and cashmere in a glass
  • Grande Selection Morgon Vigne Centenaire Domaine de Colonat

    A no compromise, no work spared Gamay.
  • Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes Philippe Deschamps

    Beaujolais as it should be. One for grilling!
  • Beaujolais Villages "Le Chapital" Vincent Lacondemine

    This is Vincent's flagship wine - and it is serious Gamay.
  • Perle Rouge Domaine Matray

    fantastic fresh and smooth sparkling Gamay
  • Brouilly Chateau Thivin

    Always good smooth Brouilly
  • Chénas Franck Bessone

    Franck Bessone is one of the best - mineral and juicy Gamay
  • Chénas Vieilles Vignes Franck Bessone

    Franck Bessone is one of the best - rich mineral and juicy Gamay
  • Moulin-à-Vent "Cuvée Lucile Maud" Franck Bessone

    Juicy and powerful
  • Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle Franck Bessone

    Old vines mineral Moulin a Vent
  • Moulin-à-Vent Tradition Franck Bessone

    Classic Moulin, earthy and blackberry
  • Julienas Vieilles Vignes Domaine Matray

    A more complex Juliénas. Fantastic Gamay
  • Moulin à Vent Domaine Matray

    An impressive floral and spicy Moulin, generous fruit.
  • Chiroubles Chatenay Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon

    After 2 years with almost no harvest, Chiroubles is back
  • Fleurie "Les Garants" Franck Bessone

    Now In! Point du Jour's Vineyards, Franck Bessone's Genius
  • Riflessi d'Epoca Guido Brivio

    "made the old way" Ticino Merlot
  • Touché Guido Brivio

    The perfectly balanced Merlot - fruit and body, still at a nice price, just right. "Touché" indeed.
  • Platinum Guido Brivio

    A masterpiece of concentration.
  • Dogaia Guido Brivio

    An extremely clever red blend. For those who like mineral reds but want a full body too
  • Sassi Grossi Gialdi

    One of my favourite Merlots anywhere!
  • Regnié Domaine de Colonat

    Classically made Régnié Beaujolais - fresh and spicy.
  • Beaujolais Villages Nouveau Jérome Lacondemine

    Serious Beaujolais Villages Nouveau. Natural, no sulphur added.
  • Rikiki - Elixir des Anges Domaine Matray

    A fortified Juliénas wine made from the Gamay grape. So nice!
  • Brouilly "Les Bruyeres" Domaine du Point du Jour

    Spicier Brouilly
  • Juliénas Domaine Matray

    A splendid unoaked Juliénas from Matray.
  • Fleurie Selection de Vieilles Vignes Domaine du Point du Jour

    Old vines Fleurie
  • Morgon "Les Aiguais" Domaine du Point du Jour

    Fruit forward Gamay
  • Chiroubles Cuvée Fernande Janin Domaine du Point du Jour

    A really spicy Chiroubles.
  • Beaujolais Villages Les Larmoïses Vincent Lacondemine

    Last bottles ever from this truly unique vineyard
  • Beaujolais Villages Rouge Tradition Vincent Lacondemine

    If you've enjoyed Vincent's Nouveau, you owe it to yourself to try this one too.
  • Morgon Cuvée Expression Vielle Vignes Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon

    A more complex Morgon.
  • Morgon Corcelette Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon

    Classic Morgon.
  • Fleurie Haute Couture Jérome Lacondemine

    Not your typical Fleurie - elegant with a touch of oak
  • Gamay Grande Réserve, Les Romaines Les Freres Dutruy

    One of the best oaked Gamay anywhere
  • Rosé de Gamay Domaine des Muses

    Tingly and beautiful rosé
  • Beaujolais Villages Rosé "Vol De L'Hirondelle" Jérome Lacondemine

    Gamay is one of my firm favourites for rosé - this is why
  • Grain Nature Marie-Therese Chappaz

    This is supremely elegant natural wine
  • Dole La Liaudisaz Marie-Therese Chappaz

    A gorgeous concentrated Dole, without being too serious
  • Merlot Neuberg Alexs

    Fantastic Merlot from South Austria
  • Riedenthal Reserve Weingut Breitenfelder

    Seriously good blend
  • Cuvée XXI Weingut Christ

    Vienna Bordeaux Blend - a bargain!
  • Merlot Saleggi Delea

    Merlot from Losone, Ticino

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