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.
Gamay Tasting Notes
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 wine 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 Wine
Gamay wine 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.
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Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2019Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Jean-Francois Merieau Gamay de Touraine Bois Jacou 2019Gamay from Touraine, Loire, France
Daniel Bouland Morgon Pre Jourdan 2019Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Jean-Paul et Charly Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2019Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages 2019Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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Domaine Blain Brouilly 2019Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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Daniel Bouland Cote de Brouilly Cuvee Melanie 2019Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France