Also known as Gamay Noir
The Gamay grape offers wines that are easy to drink, pleasantly supple and lively. It is the only red grape variety in Beaujolais. Although Beaujolais has become its preferred terroir, this grape variety is also used to make red and rosé wines in other French regions (Loire Valley (Anjou, Touraine), Massif Central, South-West) as well as in Switzerland and even in California. Its distinguishing feature is that it is a black grape with white juice. With its slightly acidic and fresh structure, it allows the vinification of wines with little colour and little tannins. It produces fresh and fruity red varietal wines, including the emblematic Beaujolais Nouveau en primeur, but it can also offer very good structured wines, with great finesse and good ageing potential, such as the AOC Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Côtes de Brouilly and Juliénas. To discover this grape variety, nothing could be more informative than to familiarise yourself with all 10 Beaujolais Crus made from this single grape variety in order to better understand its particularities and the essence of its terroir. Lively and fleshy, these wines will please everyone!