Gamay is the red grape of the Beaujolais region which is sandwiched between Burgundy and the Rhone Valley in France. Consequently it is almost like an amalgam of Pinot Noir (of Burgundy) and the Syrah (of the Rhone) as it is light and floral in flavour but with a deeper colour. The best examples are found amongst the 10 grand cru regions of Beaujolais where it produces wines with depth and red and purple fruit flavours. Rarely seen outside of France but there are notable examples in California, Australia and New Zealand.


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