Gamay

Gamay is the sole red grape in the Beaujolais region of France. Gamay can produce numerous styles of wine, from the fresh, fruity and easy-to-drink Beaujolais Nouveau to the serious, more concentrated and age-worthy Beaujolais Crus. Gamay-based wines commonly produce aromas and flavors of bright red cherry and strawberry against a soft mouthfeel of moderate acidity and delicate tannins. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Gamay among our extensive Gamay wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Gamay reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Gamay, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Domaine Louis-Claude Desvignes 2006 Javernières Gamay (Morgon)

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A majestic wine, great Beaujolais by any standard. The fruit is tense, structured, dense, with black figs, strawberry jelly and ripe red plums fitting well into the texture. It manages to be both fruity and firmly structured. This is Beaujolais for aging, an impressive wine ready to mature over five years or more.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2009)
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Château des Jacques 2012 Clos du Grand Carquelin Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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This powerful, single-vineyard wine is both fruity and structured. Dense tannins and dark cherry fruits are beautifully balanced with the wood aging. Wait to drink this wine until 2017.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2015)
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Château des Jacques 2012 La Roche Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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This single-vineyard wine is structured and dense. Powerful tannins come both from fruit and from wood aging. Underneath the black cherry fruit and fresh acidity are developing. Drink this complex wine from 2016.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2015)
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Château des Jacques 2012 Clos de Rochegrès Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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This Beaujolais comes from a dense granite vineyard that has produced an equally powerful wine. It’s mineral in texture, with aromatic black fruits that have been given a taste of wood from 12 months barrel aging. The acidity at the end as well as the tannins promise aging, so drink from 2017.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Château des Jacques 2012 Côte de Py Gamay (Morgon)

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The power and complexity of wines from the slope of the Côte de Py is very evident in this wine. Densely argued, it is a solid wine with red fruits and a strong minerality from the volcanic soil. The acidity and tannic structure promise aging, and the wine will be best drunk from 2016.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2014)
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Château de Bellevue 2009 Le Clos Gamay (Morgon)

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A dark and dense wine that has solid tannins and tight, juicy acidity. Its texture is very mineral, firm, complex and still needing to age. From a single vineyard in Morgon, it offers the powerful side of a Beaujolais cru, powered both by fruit and by structure. Drink now.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2014)
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Château des Jacques 2011 Clos du Grand Carquelin Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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Beautifully perfumed, this has swathes of ripe cherry and plum, with a hint of wood aging. The balance is already well established, with a line of crisp acidity that sits behind the rich, sweet fruit. With its tannins, this needs to age for at least three years.

 — R.V.  (3/1/2013)
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Château des Jacques 2006 Clos de Rochegrès Gamay (Moulin-à-Vent)

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Exploding with perfumes, aromas of violets, sweet cherries and spice, this is an impressive wine, with wild cherries and damson plums. It is taut, almost Pinot Noir in its velvet texture, finishing with ripe, sweet fruit sustained by tannins.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2009)
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