The Carbonic Maceration technique is often used in Gamay’s most famous incarnation: Beaujolais Nouveau. This wine is sent on the third Thursday of the November directly after harvest. Traditionally, light wines such as this were made solely for vineyard employees. Wine marketers in the 1970s-1980s were inspired by this (formerly private) wine and campaigned its release as a yearly occasion.
In recent times, Beaujolais Nouveau has not found critical acclaim as it once did, and Gamay’s reputation as a result, has been somewhat sullied. However Gamay is experiencing a minor revival as Beaujolais's other wine varieties begin to appeal to critics and wine lovers alike. These wines are processed traditionally, and nicely oaked, the best of which can be cellared for up to 10 years. Some examples would be: Brouilly, Moulin-a-Vent, Julienas, Fleurie, Chiroubles, and Morgon. Enjoy the revival of this unique grape, these wines are listed at a good price in our online shop, our delivery is very fast and your sale is always a guaranteed purchase. Gamay is also found in Switzerland, where it’s often blended with Pinot Noir. There are some vineyards in Canada, New Zealand, and Italy, as well as Croatia, Serbia, and Kosovo. In the early 2000’s, Gamay was thought to have been planted in California, but what many vineyards thought was Gamay, was actually an entirely different French variety: Valdeguie. The resulting mislabeled wines caused a lot of confusion, and debate. Wine bottled and labeled as “Gamay Beaujolais” was in fact, just clones of Pinot Noir.