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.

The classic Beaujolais wines of Château Thivin

Claude Geoffray is the sixth generation of his family domaine, which was purchased in 1877 by Zaccharie Geoffray, a farmer from Villefranche sur Saône. Then, it had just a couple of hectares of vines, and since has expanded greatly. Based in the Côte de Brouilly cru, this is benchmark Beaujolais: the Thivin wines are classic […]

In Beaujolais: the elegant wines of Domaine David Chapel

Michele Smith-Chapel and David Chapel

David Chapel has a restaurant background, having worked as a sommelier. His father (Alain Chapel) owned a restaurant that had the full complement of three Michelin stars. David also spent three years in Kobe, Japan. His father was good friends with Marcel Lapierre, and David went to work with the […]

Gamay 39, Jean-Marc Burgaud Les Vignes de Thulon 2016

Latest in the Gamay series: it’s a relatively inexpensive but delicious Beaujolais Villages from Burgaud, a producer I really like. He tends to make quite dense, burly expressions of Gamay, and they can age very well.

Jean-Marc Burgaud Les Vignes de Thulon Beaujolais Villages 2016 France
12.5% alcohol. This is from the Château de Thulon in Lantignié, […]

Pierre Cotton, an exciting young winegrower in Brouilly, Beaujolais

Pierre Cotton’s family domaine is perched next door to the vineyards heading up the slope of Mont Brouilly. He’s one of the talented next generation of winegrowers in the region, and came to winemaking at the family domaine after a spell as a motorcycle mechanic and then two years working in the Loire.

He began in […]

Gamay 37, Haywire Gamay Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley, Canada

For the latest in this series on Gamay, I’m heading to Canada’s Okanagan Valley. Here, Gamay does really well: I reckon more should be planted! I’ve been following Haywire’s work in general for a few years now, and this is their best Gamay yet I reckon.

Haywire Gamay Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley, Canada
This comes from two […]

Gamay 36, Mount Edward Muirkirk Vineyard Gamay 2017

Had this last night at Scotch Bar in Blenheim. It’s a new wine from Mount Edward, and it’s a Gamay with no additions at all, including sulphites. And it’s utterly delicious and brilliant. Good work Duncan Forsyth and team!

Mount Edward Muirkirk Vineyard Gamay 2017 Central Otago, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. No added sulfites. Concentrated, fresh and […]

Gamay 35, Château de Grandmont Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2017 France

So, it’s Beaujolais Nouveau day. For quite a while, those of us who love Gamay and Beaujolais were a bit embarrassed by this seemingly outdated celebration. We cringed when we saw a region market itself through its worst wines. But as the reputation of Beaujolais has been rebuilt, now people are taking this day – […]