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Gamay

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 associate Beaujolais with their Nouveau only and dismiss the area out of hand as producing thin, acidic, insipid wine. 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, single variety Gamay wines from Switzerland, both red and rosé. The rosé is particularly 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. They are all perfect on a warm summer’s evening.

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

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.

 

Gamay' Wines

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France
Red

Domaine Gravallon-Lathuilière
deschamps_brouilly_igp3716_side
France
Red

Philippe Deschamps
dole_2005_g_-_side_3
Switzerland
Red

Cave Jean-René Germanier
2014 just arrived.
domaine-lathuiliere-gravallon-fleurie-bouteille_-_copy_1
France
Red

Domaine Gravallon-Lathuilière
rotated_badoux_gamaychablaisbottle_100
Switzerland
Red
morgon-prestige_neutre_side
France
Red

Domaine de Colonat
Lovely smooth Morgon.
saint_amour_-_sidecutout_2
France
Red

Domaine Matray
lacondemine_beaujolais_side_5
France
Red

Jerome Lacondemine (Vincent Lacondemine)
lacondemineroselabel200
France
Rosé

Jerome Lacondemine (Vincent Lacondemine)
bvvv
France
Red

Philippe Deschamps
Beaujolais as it should be. One for grilling!
120705_geoffray_brouilly_-_copy_4
France
Red

Château Thivin
domaine_de_la_croix_barraud_ch_nas_-_copy
France
Red

Franck Bessone
croixbarraudchenasnv_200
France
Red
chiroubles_side
France
Red

Domaine Gravallon-Lathuilière
bessone_granit_fleurie_side
France
Red

Franck Bessone
Now In!
pinotnoir_-_copy_2
France
Red

Domaine de Colonat
A no compromise, no work spared Gamay.
julienas_vvcutout_-_copy
France
Red
mavcutout_-_copy
France
Red

Domaine Matray
bessone_granit_mav_side
France
Red
bessone_moulin___vent_tradition_side_1
France
Red
perle_rouge_-_copy_1
France
Red

Domaine Matray
maison_des_bulliats_gamay_v.v_side
France
Red

Maison des Bulliats
apologiabrut_-_copy_1_1
Switzerland
White
philippe_des_champs_2
France
Red

Philippe Deschamps
Summer in a bottle.
flessen-bvvincent_1
France
Red

Jerome Lacondemine (Vincent Lacondemine)
Last bottles ever from this truly unique vineyard
beaujolais_nouveau_2017cutout_-_copy
France
Red

Jerome Lacondemine (Vincent Lacondemine)
Serious Beaujolais Villages Nouveau. Natural, no sulphur added
lacondemine_beaujolais_side
France
Red

Jerome Lacondemine (Vincent Lacondemine)
brouillybruyeres_-_copy_5
France
Red

Domaine du Point du Jour
Spicy Brouilly
santechenas_-_copy
France
Red
pointdujourgeneric_1
France
Red

Domaine du Point du Jour
A really spicy Chiroubles. Point du Jour is much missed
cuvee-zacharrie_side
France
Red
mdc_rw_dole_de_sion_-_copy_1_1
Switzerland
Red
viellevignemadone_-_copy_1
France
Red

Surprising Mature Fleurie
fleuriecuveetraditionel_-_copy
France
Red

Domaine du Point du Jour
2121cutout_side
France
Red

Jerome Lacondemine (Vincent Lacondemine)
Not your typical Fleurie
fleurievv_-_copy
France
Red

Domaine du Point du Jour
gamaydegeneve_side_1
Switzerland
Red

Domaine des Abeilles d'Or
julienas_matray_side
France
Red

Domaine Matray
domaine-lathuiliere-gravallon_side
France
Red

Domaine Gravallon-Lathuilière
pointdujourgeneric
France
Red

Domaine du Point du Jour
morgoncuvee_-_copy_1
France
Red

Domaine Gravallon-Lathuilière
gravallon_morgoncuvee_-_copy
France
Red

Domaine Gravallon-Lathuilière
regnie_side
France
Red

Domaine de Colonat
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France
Red
dole_simon_maye_side
Switzerland
Red

Simon Maye & Fils
l_instantplaisir_side
France
Rosé

Domaine Gravallon-Lathuilière
cote-de-brouilly7v_-_copy
France
Red
dole_side
Switzerland
Red

Domaine des Muses
bessone_moulin___vent_tradition_side_2
France
Red
Show all Gamay' Wines

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