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A purple-colored varietal used for making light fruity red wines. Grown in the Beaujolais wine region it produces very good wines from grapes planted in granite soils. It is the grape of choice for the Crus of Beaujolais. Dating back to the 15th century and originating from the area of the village called Gamay located just south of Beaune, it was cultivated because of its ability to produce in abundance. Gamay wines during the 14th century where used to combat effectively the Black plague. It was band first by the Dukes of Burgundy, Philippe the Bold in 1395 and 60 years later by Philippe the Good, because it was considered too aggressive and not elegant enough in character.

Colour: Dark or black.

Frequency: Fairly well planted around the world.

Synonym(s): Black Gamay with white juice,

Origin: Burgundy / Beaujolais,

Maturity: Early

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Area(s) Cultivated: Beaujolais et Loire (in France), USA, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia,

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Type of Wines [ Profile ] : Very fruity with aromas of cherries, cut stone, black pepper…

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