Gamay Grande Réserve 2016, Les Romaines, Les Frères Dutruy

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I often refer to Switzerland as being the eleventh Cru of Beaujolais but the climate can deliver things that Beaujolais just cannot. This is harvested a good month later than is possible in Beaujolais, and it shows.

The wine is matured in oak, but not too heavily. The result is an elegant and rich Gamay nose with plenty of cherry, mainly black but with red present also. The acidity is very apparent on first sipping but that energises the palate and then the oak, tannins and richer flavours come out to bring perfect balance The cherries continue in the mouth and the freshness is delightful.

It is a big Gamay, a wow Gamay, a lovely wine with layers of flavour and complexity, elegant and fresh.

Features Organic, Oaked, "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Last Tasted 3 Aug 2019
  • Alpine Wines Grape Varieties: Gamay
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This is a superb oaked Gamay.

In general I love Gamay unoaked, and too many attempts at oaked gamay that are disappointing. But once I had encountered a good one, I was on the lookout for more. We currently have 3 from Beaujolais, and one from Switzerland - this one. It is the most ambitious, benefiting from the microclimate at the end of Lake Geneva. 3 weeks, sometimes 4, longer season than Beaujolais, and it shows.


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Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2016
Alcohol 13.5
Last Tasted 3 Aug 2019
Variety Gamay
Keeps at least until 2030
Is Mature No
Ripeness Normal
Allergens Contains Sulphites
Case Size 6
Composition Gamay 100%
Closure Natural Cork
sweetness dry
Acidity 4.9 g/l
Winemaking Matured on the Lees, Malolactic
Aged In Barrel (new), Barrel (old)
Key Features Organic, Oaked, "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan
Bought In (year) 2017
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I have been tasting this wine for nearly 10 years now, and some older vintages. It will have a subdued phase somewhere around 3 years, though it can happen later. Wait a year, it comes back brighter and more elegant


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