Learn about Gamay — taste profile, popular regions and more …
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. The variety is also widely planted in Savoie, Valle d'Aosta and Switzerland. Gamay has recently found success on a small but growing scale in Oregon.
Tasting Notes for Gamay
Gamay makes a dry, red wine that is light in body. 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. The Villages and Crus Beaujolais wines, given more time on the vine and in the winery, are capable of improving with age and offer blackberry or ripe cherry flavors with enticing aromas of baking spice, violets and wet earth.
Perfect Food Pairings for Gamay
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, Asian food, roasted duck or Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.
Sommelier Secrets for Gamay
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.
- Pinot Noir220
- Cabernet Sauvignon149
- Other Red Blends89
- Rhône Blends33
- Bordeaux Red Blends21
- Tuscan Blends12
- Petite Sirah6
- Cabernet Franc5
- Other Red Wine5
- Nero d'Avola4
- Nerello Mascalese1
Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2018Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages 2018Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Maison L'Envoye Morgon Cote du Py 2018Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Stolpman Vineyards GDG Gamay 2018Gamay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Daniel Bouland Morgon Pre Jourdan 2018Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Domaine Blain Brouilly 2018Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades 2018Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2018Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Evening Land Gamay Noir 2018Gamay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon