#gogamaygo: the rising star of Gamay from Ontario

As part of Toronto’s Terroir Symposium I was asked to lead a tasting of Ontario Gamay. It was titled by the hashtag that Canadian Dr Janet Dorozynski came up with a few years back: #gogamaygo.

This is a variety that’s doing pretty well in Ontario. Ten years ago there were 25 different Gamays from here; now […]

Selection des Vignerons 2015 Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais

Really impressed with this, a wine selected by the vignerons of Moulin-à-Vent. Ageworthy Gamay from the warm 2015 vintage.

Selection des Vignerons 2015 Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais, France
This was selected blind from a hundred samples by the vignerons of Moulin-à-Vent. Whole cluster ferment, aged in stainless steel. This is dense yet supple with lovely raspberry and blackberry fruit […]

Gamay 45, Yvon Métras Moulin-à-Vent 2015

Another raid on Terroirs last night. I love this place! We did some raiding – a slightly disappointing bottle of Ganevat (occasionally this happens) was followed by a Souhaut Syrah and a Foillard Fleurie. And then they managed to find a bottle of Métras for us, even though it was sold out. It was singing: […]

Gamay 44, Jean Foillard Morgon 2016

Last night in New Zealand, so it’s time to head to Scotch. A quiet Saturday night there, and a very relaxed vibe. Two very good wines, including this deliciously focused, fruit-driven Morgon from Foillard.

Jean Foillard Morgon 2016 Beaujolais, France 
This is a striking expression of Morgan. It’s so floral and intense with a blast of red […]

Gamay 43, Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2015

Had this with a bunch of other Beaujolais wines at Wine Mechanics in Gothenburg. It’s such a lovely wine: dense, concentrated, yet elegant. One of the good examples of 2015,

Jean-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2015 Beaujolais, France
Complex and dense, but pure with lovely black cherry and plum fruit. Brooding and quite structured with some grip, […]

Gamay 42, Thillardon Chessignol Chénas 2014

I visited Thillardon back in May 2016, and then caught up with the brothers in April this year. I really like their wines, and they are – in my opinion – competing at the top in Beaujolais. Biodynamic farming and sensitive hands-0ff winemaking result in some lovely wines. This is a bottle I bought back […]

Gamay 41, Jean Foillard Morgon 2015

I have been nervous about the 2015s from Beaujolais. At the time this was hailed as an amazing vintage, but in retrospect it was just a bit too ‘good’: too ripe and with many of the wines tasting a bit heavy and atypical, and a lot of them showing brett.

This was a nice surprise. The […]

Gamay 40, Leaning Post Wismer-Armbrust and Natural Gamays, Niagara, Canada

Two very interesting Gamays from boutique Niagara producer Leaning Post. They come from the same vineyard, but are made differently: one is whole bunch, no added sulphites, no filtering, and it is quite natural tasting. I liked it but preferred the elegance of the regular Gamay.

Leaning Post Wismer-Armbrust Vineyard Gamay 2016 Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara, […]

A mini tasting of five Gamays from Beaujolais

I’m hanging with a group on the lake in Muskoka, Ontario for a few days. Celebrated Canadian winemaker Thomas Bachelder is one of the party and he brought some Beaujolais for us to taste and discuss: he’s taking an interest in Gamay, so he wanted to look at different expressions of the grape. We tried […]

Video: the Beaujolais Magnum party!

Amazing night last night: the Beaujolais magnum party at Magpie. A great crew and some fab Gamay in magnum. Here’s the film.