The Forlorn Grape of Beaujolais
Gamay grape

The Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc originated in the town of Gamay in Burgundy. The grape is the offspring of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc.

Wines made with Gamay are typically higher in acidity and lower in tannins. This is mostly due to the winemaking process, but this wine can support heavier tannins, thus becoming quite age-worthy.

This grape, like its permanent home, Beaujolais, has had its share of controversy. Gamay was heavily planted throughout Burgundy by 1395, owing to its ease of cultivation and higher yield than Pinot Noir. Phillip II the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, banned the grape and ordered the removal of all existing vines to strengthen the exclusivity and reputation of Burgundy. This and other edicts aided in improving the quality of Burgundy Pinot Noir, and the benefits can still be seen today.

Lucky for us, Gamay was banished but not destroyed.  This grape is thriving in Beaujolais and producers are making more excellent wines now than ever before.   


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