Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety used to make red wines, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc (yes, there’s another varietal with dark flesh). It is a very old cultivar, mentioned as long ago as the 15th century. It has been often cultivated because it makes for abundant production; however, it can produce wines of distinction when planted on acidic soils, which help to soften the grape's naturally high acidity.

The Gamay grape is thought to have appeared first in the village of the Gamay, south of Beaune, in the 1360s. The grape brought relief to the village growers following the decline of the Black Death. In contrast to the Pinot Noir variety, Gamay ripened two weeks earlier and was less difficult to cultivate. It also produced a strong, fruitier wine in a much larger abundance. In July 1395, the Duke of Burgundy Philippe the Bold outlawed the cultivation of the grape, referring to it as the "disloyal Gaamez" that in spite of its ability to grow in abundance was full of "very great and horrible harshness", due in part to the variety's occupation of land that could be used for the more "elegant" Pinot Noir. 60 years later, Philippe the Good, issued another edict against Gamay in which he stated the reasoning for the ban is that "The Dukes of Burgundy are known as the lords of the best wines in Christendom. We will maintain our reputation".

Gamay is a very vigorous vine which tends not to root very deep on alkaline soils resulting in pronounced hydrological stress on the vines over the growing season with a correspondingly high level of acidity in the grapes. The acidity is softened through carbonic maceration, a process that also allows the vibrant youthful fruit expressions reminiscent of bright crushed strawberries and raspberries, as well as deep floral notes of lilac and violets. Gamay-based wines are typically light bodied and fruity. Wines meant to be drunk after some modest aging tend to have more body and are produced by whole-berry maceration. The latter are produced mostly in the designated 'Cru Beaujolais' areas where the wines typically have the flavor of sour cherries, black pepper, and dried berry, as well as fresh-cut stone and chalk.

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  1. Charly Thévenet Régnié Grain & Granit 2009

    Charly Thévenet Régnié Grain & Granit 2009

    • IWC
      92
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    750ml
    $33.00

  2. Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent Moulin a Vent 2009

    Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent Moulin a Vent 2009

    • IWC
      90
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    750ml
    $35.00

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    Domaine Diochon Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes 2009

    • IWC
      90
    • WA
      89
    At the foot of the rolling vineyards of Moulin-à-Vent, just across the road from its famous namesake windmill, Domaine Diochon has been making Beaujolais the old-fashioned way since 1935.  Bernard Diochon, the beloved, mustachioed character immortalized by photographer Gail Skoff, succeeded his father in 1967. As a torch bearer to th... more
    750ml
    $35.00

  4. Domaine Diochon Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes 2010

    Domaine Diochon Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes 2010

    • IWC
      90
    • WA
      89
    At the foot of the rolling vineyards of Moulin-à-Vent, just across the road from its famous namesake windmill, Domaine Diochon has been making Beaujolais the old-fashioned way since 1935.  Bernard Diochon, the beloved, mustachioed character immortalized by photographer Gail Skoff, succeeded his father in 1967. As a torch bearer to th... more
    750ml
    $26.00

  5. Domaine Diochon Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes 2013

    Domaine Diochon Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes 2013

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      92
    At the foot of the rolling vineyards of Moulin-à-Vent, just across the road from its famous namesake windmill, Domaine Diochon has been making Beaujolais the old-fashioned way since 1935.  Bernard Diochon, the beloved, mustachioed character immortalized by photographer Gail Skoff, succeeded his father in 1967. As a torch bearer t... more
    750ml
    $18.00

  6. Domaine Julien Sunier Fleurie 2015

    Domaine Julien Sunier Fleurie 2015

    • WA
      91-93
    Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition, from their original case and all fills are into the neck. All bottles are as good or better than the bottle pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the... more
    750ml
    $39.00

  7. Domaine Julien Sunier Régnié 2009

    Domaine Julien Sunier Régnié 2009

    Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition, from their original case and all fills are into the neck. All bottles are as good or better than the bottle pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the... more
    750ml
    $49.00

  8. Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2013

    Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2013

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      93
    • WS
      90
    Guy Breton is known by his friends as Petit Max – though he is anything but petit, by the way.  He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Until that point, the family was selling their fruit to the large cooperative wineries which dominated the region and were gravitating towards a uniform style. The rise o... more
    750ml
    $28.00

  9. Guy Breton Régnié 2011

    Guy Breton Régnié 2011

    • WA
      91
    Guy Breton is known by his friends as Petit Max – though he is anything but petit, by the way.  He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Until that point, the family was selling their fruit to the large cooperative wineries which dominated the region and were gravitating towards a uniform style. The rise of im... more
    750ml
    $22.00

  10. Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Fleurie 2009

    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Fleurie 2009

    • WA
      93
    • IWC
      91
    Magnum from our inventory is pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the right of "Producer." more
    1.5L
    $80.00

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    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Fleurie 2009

    • WA
      93
    • IWC
      91
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    750ml
    $45.00

  12. Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Moulin a Vent 2009

    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Moulin a Vent 2009

    • WA
      92+
    • WS
      92
    • IWC
      91
    Magnum from our inventory is pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the right of "Producer." more
    1.5L
    $80.00

  13. Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Chenas En Papolet 2009

    Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Chenas En Papolet 2009

    • WA
      92-93
    Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition, from their original case and all fills are into the neck. All bottles are as good or better than the bottle pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the... more
    750ml
    $45.00

  14. Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Morgon Roche Noire 2009

    Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Morgon Roche Noire 2009

    • WA
      91-92
    Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition, from their original case and all fills are into the neck. All bottles are as good or better than the bottle pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the... more
    750ml
    $39.00

  15. Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent 2011

    Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent 2011

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    750ml
    $29.00

  16. Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Champ de Cour 2009

    Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Champ de Cour 2009

    • WA
      90
    Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition, from their original case and all fills are into the neck. All bottles are as good or better than the bottle pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the... more
    750ml
    $40.00

  17. Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos de Rochegres 2009

    Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Clos de Rochegres 2009

    • WA
      93-94
    Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition, from their original case and all fills are into the neck. All bottles are as good or better than the bottle pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just to the... more
    750ml
    $49.00

  18. Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent La Roche 2010

    Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent La Roche 2010

    • WA
      91
    Actual bottle from our inventory is pictured. These bottles are in excellent condition, from their original wooden case and all fills are into the neck. All bottles are as good or better than the bottle pictured. To see other wines currently available from this producer, please click the link with the name of this producer underlined above, just... more
    750ml
    $35.00

  19. Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2005

    Nicole Chanrion Domaine de la Voute des Crozes Cote de Brouilly 2005

    When Nicole Chanrion began her career in the 1970s, convention relegated women to the enology labs and kept them out of the cellars—even her mother thought winemaking was man’s work—but she would not be deterred from her dream of becoming a vigneronne. With six generations of family tradition preceding her, she grew up help... more
    750ml
    $29.00

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    Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Brouilly Pierreux 2009

    • WA
      91
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    750ml
    $29.00

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    Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie Les Garants 2009

    • WA
      92
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    750ml
    $29.00

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    Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie Poncie 2009

    • WA
      91
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    750ml
    $29.00

  23. Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2009

    Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2009

    • WA
      91
    • IWC
      91
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    750ml
    $32.00