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Gamay

Over 50% of all Gamay vines are planted in Beaujolais; indeed, it is the only grape allowed to be planted in the region. It flowers early, making it prone to frost, and is generally low in tannins.

Gamay is sometimes criticised for producing quite acidic and harshly edged wines; however, in low-yielding vintages, Gamay can produce quite elegant, floral and juicy wines.

The grape is grown elsewhere in France - notably in the Tourraine (in the Loire Valley), where it can produce light and (typically) cheaper alternatives to Beaujolais.

Over 50% of all Gamay vines are planted in Beaujolais; indeed, it is the only grape allowed to be planted in the region. It flowers early, making it prone to frost, and is generally low in tannins.

Gamay is sometimes criticised for producing quite acidic and harshly edged wines; however, in low-yielding vintages, Gamay can produce quite elegant, floral and juicy wines.

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Key Regions

Beaujolais and Eastern Europe.

Colours and Flavours

Since cherry is the dominant flavour, bright and refreshing, the wines of Gamay derivation are usually pink-purple in appearance. Due to the pleasant taste and non-tannic nature, this variety is easily approachable.

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  1. Beaujolais-Villages, Chateau de la Pierre

    Beaujolais-Villages, Chateau de la Pierre 2014 75cl

    A soft, fragrant bouquet with delicious red berry fruit and a stylish finish.

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  2. Brouilly Pisse Vieille, Doufour

    Brouilly Pisse Vieille, Doufour, 2012 75cl

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    Soft tannin and a light body support light cherry fruit flavour. The finsh is soft but also lingering with plenty of summer fruits just sitting in the background.

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  3. Fleurie Les Saprolites, Jean Loron

    Fleurie Les Saprolites, Jean Loron, 2014 75cl

    Light in body with bright cherry aromas and a fresh tasting palate. Raspberries and strawberries dominate with only the slightest hint of tannin and spice. The finish is long, yet soft and velvety. An elegant red from Beaujolais's most famous village.

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  4. Fleurie, Majors Georges Duboeuf

    Fleurie, Majors Georges Duboeuf (Pin bottle), 2014 75cl

    One of the more popular Cru Villages. A well balanced wine.

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  5. Julienas, Domaine Joubert

    Julienas, Domaine Joubert, 2012 75cl

    A fine Cru Beaujolais made from the Gamay grape. Round and light with flavours reminiscent of fresh redcurrant.

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  6. Mâcon-Bussières Gamay, Domaine Gonon

    Mâcon-Bussières Gamay, Domaine Gonon, 2010 75cl

    A light and fruity red that has hints of cherries on the palate yet retains the structure of the associated with Gamay from this region.

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  7. Fleurie Jambon, France (Half Bottle)

    Fleurie Jambon, France (Half Bottle), 2012 37.5cl

    A delicious Fleurie with a light cassis aroma with good soft structure tannin and balance on the finish.

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