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5 of the best: Gamay Wines

Gamay Grape

Gamay is the grape known best, by some distance, as the grape behind Beaujolais. It’s here in the blue granite hills that Gamay has made its name; the region is almost entirely planted with the grape. Gamay is a decedent of Pinot Noir and Gouais blanc making part of a large family of grapes with similar lineage.

The light-bodied wine the grape produces, perhaps unsurprisingly, it similar in taste to Pinot Noir. It’s the delicate floral aromas however that sets Gamay apart. When Gamay is good, it’s very good and top class Gamay comes in cheaper than an equivalent quality Pinot Noir.

Gamay is an exciting grape that more of us should be familiar with. It can make delectably juicy reds with refreshing acidity, packed with flavours of strawberry and cherry through to hints of banana. It’s a perfect food wine too, possessing an astounding ability to pair with food, including fish. Its food-matching abilities can be matched by few other reds. Try it for your Christmas dinner.

We’ve taken a look through our range to bring to you 5 Gamay wines we think your customers will love as much as we do.Let us know what you think in the comments below, or instead, let us know what you’ll be drinking this month.

Beaujolais-Villages Combe aux Jacques, Louis Jadot >

The wines of Beaujolais were once as expensive and as renowned as those from its now more famous northern neighbours of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Due to a combination of factors including both World Wars and the extensive production of Beaujolais Nouveau, this reputation was lost. Louis Jadot has always been passionate about the untapped potential of the region and in 1996 purchased Château des Jacques with the aim to restore the quality and reputation of the wines of this region.

In 1998 Louis Jadot opened their Combe aux Jacques winery with the sole intention of making this wine. The key difference from many other Beaujolais Villages wines is that Louis Jadot include grapes from the ‘crus’ of Beaujolais such as Regnié which adds to the quality, creating a fuller, fruitier wine. Such is the popularity of this wine that they have had to build a modern La Vauxonne winery in the heart of the region exclusively for its production!

Fleurie Château de Bellevue, Domaine Loron >

The story of Loron begins 300 years ago in the heart of the steep hills of Beaujolais. In 2009 they purchased the 19th-century Château de Bellevue and a new winery was built to make wine from the 11 hectares of vineyards in Fleurie and Morgan they owned. The aim is to offer a vibrant and varied range of wines with a pure, aromatic expression and fine tannins.

This particular wine the Fleurie Château de Bellevue is an elegant, fruity wine with intense aromas of raspberry and strawberry. The grapes are manually harvested from vines grown in sandy soils over pink granite. The wine is aged on fine lees in vats for nine months. The wine picked up a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge in 2017 and is a fresh and delicious example of Gamay, packed with delicious aromas.

Touraine Gamay-Malbec, La Java des Grandes Espérances >

Historically the Touraine region has competed with Beaujolais for the early release of Gamay to rival Beaujolais nouveau. While the competition has waned with the interest in Beaujolais nouveau, the region still prides itself on Gamay to rival the famous region. A great example of Gamay from this region is a new addition to our wine range. Touraine Gamay-Malbec, La Java des Grandes Espérances is a blend of about 80% Gamay and 20% Malbec, the Gamay supplies a soft, fruity aspect to the wine, whilst the Malbec complements this with darker richer fruit and a note of spice.

he crushed grapes undergo a cold maceration for four days prior to the fermentation. The wine is pumped over the cap on a daily basis during the start of the fermentation and micro-oxygenation is carried out during the maturing process. Shows very fruity aromas of strawberry and raspberry; the palate is smooth finishing with a spicy note.

Beaujolais-Villages, Château de Corcelles >

Gamay grapes from the estate’s substantial vineyards in the village of Le Perréon and around the town of Charentay are used to make this strawberry and raspberry scented wine. Each year, 150 grape-pickers hand pick the grapes at optimal maturity. Vinification is semi-carbonic. This is a traditional technique in the Beaujolais which consists in vinifying the grape with its stems. Fermentation thus begins inside the grape itself, which contains all of the future fruit and flavour of the grape.

Fruity, light and lively, with hints of small red berries on the nose. In typical Gamay style it’s a good food wine, especially as an accompaniment to light cold cuts. This wine was commended at Sommelier Wine Awards this year.

Coteaux Bourguignons Rouge Gamay-Pinot Noir, Louis Jadot >

Replacing Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire, the new appellation of Coteaux Bourguignons was created in 2012 to gives vignerons the flexibility to use grapes from anywhere in the defined Burgundy and Beaujolais regions. This wine from Louis Jadot takes full advantage combining Gamay mostly from old vine Beaujolais vines with Pinot Noir from Chalon.

A lively blend 70-30 blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, the wine has soft, juicy red fruit characters with gentle tannins and backed by fresh acidity. The wine won a gold medal at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards having been judged to typify “the best of what this region has to offer”. It would be perfect for grilled fish!

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