Definition - What does Gamay mean?

Gamay is a red wine produced in Burgundy, France. It can also be found in the Loire Valley. Traditional Gamay wine is known as Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine which is the first to be released each harvest. It is a young style of wine with no aging and should be consumed in its youth.

The characteristic flavors and aroma of Gamay wine are similar to fresh red fruits like cherries and dried blackberries with black pepper notes. It is not a wine which shows much character, and it's known for its freshness.

WineFrog explains Gamay

Gamay wine, made from the purple-colored wine grape to make Beaujolais, is from the Bordeaux region of France. It falls under the classification of Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) wine. It is a fruity wine, both in aroma and flavor and has low tannin structure. It is a wine to be consumed when it is young and is not a wine that cellars for a long time.

Prices of Gamay wine ranges from $8 to $18. The prices depends largely on the reputation of the village in which it was produced and its quality. It pairs best with charcuterie, braised duck with figs or cherries or game fowl. A traditional French dish with Gamay wine is veal kidney with a creamy tarragon sauce.

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