About Gamay Red Wine

About Gamay Red Wine
Gamay is the "other" red in Burgundy, well behind Pinot Noir in reputation. It is related to Pinot Noir, but is higher in acidity with very soft tannins and pronounced, distinctive grapey flavors. It is most famous bottled as Beaujolais; and Beaujolais Nouveau, the release of the first wine from the Northern Hemisphere, has done much to ensure its being widely consumed every November at tables around the world. Fresh, fruity, and easy drinking, Gamay is the quintessential red quaffer. While it is grown here-and-there in the New World, Gamay is largely a European specialty.

Top Picks for Gamay

Domaine Dubost Jean-Paul 2019  Gamay
92 points
Best Buy
Violet color. Jammy, inviting aromas and flavors of ripe berries, banana pastry, toffee, and kiwi relish with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lipsmacking, wholly satisfying Beaujolais-Villages that won’t let you down.
Awards: 2021 Best Beaujolais
92 points $19 Best Buy
Nicolas Potel 2019 Controlee Beaujolais-Villages
89 points
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of ripe raspberry, blackberry, hints of banana pastry, and chocolatine with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length purple grape cooler, toffee, moss, and slate finish with light oak flavor. A fun and fruity Beaujolais for joyous occasions.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under'
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Jean Sambardier 2019 La Chapelle Beaujolais-Villages
88 points
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried raspberry, tea, and hibiscus with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish with notes of rhubarb tart with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Beaujolais-Villages for the weeknight table.
88 points $17.99
Jean Sambardier 2017 Les Fouillouses Beaujolais Julienas
86 points
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of red plum, ripe raspberries and blackberries, thyme, lavender, and cola with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, crisp finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid French red for simple meals and easy weeknight sipping.
86 points $18.99
Nicolas Potel 2020  Beaujolais-Villages
85 points
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, cherry gelee, and hints of cedar with a lightly tannic, crisp, light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish evoking notes of red apple, carob, and vanilla with drying tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A Beaujolais charmer for the table.