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.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2017  Coteaux Bourguignons
91 points
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry pie, chocolate and vanilla wafers, and beet with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with touches of pencil shavings and blackberries with well-integrated, dusty tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and pure, gamay-led French red that is a pleasure to drink with or without food.
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
Abarbanel 2018 Chateau de Pougelon Beaujolais-Villages
88 points
Violet color. Aromas of ripe blackberries, pomegranate, black pepper, and dried herbs with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length charcoal finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid red that’s easy to pair with.
88 points $18.99
Nicolas Potel 2017  Beaujolais-Villages
85 points
Deep purple color. Fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of raspberry and cherry compote, honey creme Anglaise, red grapes, and cedar with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, delightful, medium-long finish that shows notes of apple and clementine relish, nut skin, beets, and dried purple flowers with crunchy, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rock solid Beaujolais that hits the spot.
85 points $14.99