An Introduction to Gamay

This deeply coloured grape is synonymous with the Beaujolais region of France, even though it is also grown in the Loire as well as some new world wine regions, such as Ontario. Often it makes a fruit driven wine that offers fresh, red-fruit and candied aromas, though it typically delivers little in the way of flavor concentration and body weight. This is especially true of Beaujolais Nouveau, which is made even fruitier and less serious by carbonic maceration. However, when grown with low yields on granite soils, Gamay has the capacity to soar and produce rich and concentrated wines suitable for ageing. These so-called crus of Beaujolais are perhaps the best expressions of Gamay


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