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Gamay grape variety
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Gamay is a grape variety used particularly for the production of the interesting Beaujolais wines that are produced north of Lyon in France.
The grape originated in the Middle East, possibly in Syria and was first planted around the village of Gamay further north in the middle of the Burgundy appellation. It did not thrive here and plantings further south were more successful.
Perhaps the best expression of Gamay anywhere in the world is now found in Beaujolais among the ten 'cru' regions. These cru areas include Morgon, Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent and Regnie among others. Prodcuers to look out for include Lapierre, Foillard, Jean-Paul Brun, Christian Ducroux and Georges Descombes.
Sorrenberg in Australia produces a particularly fine example of Gamay and there are some interesting wines produced from Gamay in the Loire Valley such as the wonderful Gamay Sans Tra La La from Domaine de la Garelliere and the blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from Domain du Moulin called Les Ardilles. Thierry Michon of Domaine St Nicolas also produces a fine Gamay called Gammesen May and Fanny Sabre from Burgundy puts out a pure Gamay under the Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire appellation.
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