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Gamay

Delightfully playful, yet at its best capable of impressive gravitas ...

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Delightfully playful, yet at its best capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines from Beaujolais and parts of the Loire Valley. While it has received some criticism for its role in Beaujolais Nouveau—a decidedly young, charming and fruit-driven wine—the Gamay grape is very capable of producing serious wines. The variety is also widely planted in Savoie, Valle d'Aosta and Switzerland, and has recently found success on a small but growing scale in Oregon.

In the Glass

In its simplest form as Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine released just a couple of months after harvest, Gamay is fresh and full of cranberry and cherry candy flavors. But Gamay is capable of much more. The region of Beaujolais is divided into Villages and Crus, where granite-rich soils and conditions are perfect for Gamay. The Villages and Crus wines, given more time on the vine and in the winery, are capable of improving with age and offer dark blackberry or ripe cherry flavors with enticing aromas of baking spice, violets and dark wet earth.

Perfect Pairings

Gamay is delicious on its own; the simpler bottling can even benefit from a light chill before serving. It is the quintessential picnic red and goes well with simple charcuterie, country pâté and terrines. Gentle tannins and bright acidity make it a great option with Asian food, even dishes with a bit of spice. Gamay is also great with poultry, especially duck or Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.

Sommelier Secret

Within Beaujolais, there are ten different Crus, or highly ranked grape-growing communes. Each one has its own distinct personality—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is serious, structured, and age-worthy, capable of rivaling some red Burgundies.

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    Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais 2017
    Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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      Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly 2017
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      Albert Bichot Chateau de Jarnioux Beaujolais 2017
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        Bouchard Aine & Fils Beaujolais Villages 2017
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          Marcel Lapierre Vin de France Raisins Gaulois 2017
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            Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2017
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              Pence PTG Estate Gamay/Pinot 2017
              Gamay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2017
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                Guy Breton Regnie 2017
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