Beyond Gamay’s stronghold in Beaujolais the grape has now found a second home in the Loire. Fine Gamay wines have long been produced here and can rival those from Fleurie, Brouilly and Morgon etc. . . but cost a fraction of the price. There are many Loire Gamays which have not yet been introduced to the UK that beg further investigation. Les Parcelles Gamay from the award winning Domaine Rethore Davy in Saint Remy en Mauges is one that definitely deserves your full attention. This is an ancient vineyard rejuvenated by Martine and Christopher Rethore and their cousin Jean-Michel Davy.
Domaine Rethore Davy’s Gamay is grown in two distinct vineyard parcels: les Chevrières et le Chapitre. These lie on steep south facing slopes which are divided between quartz and schist (similar in nature to the Gamay grown on granite in Beaujolais). Gamay flourishes here and these ancient, hard rocky soils bring out its best characteristics.
If you haven’t tried Gamay yet but you enjoy your Pinot Noir, this grape might be your next big discovery. Pinot Noir is Gamay’s parent. Both hail from Burgundy and both have a similar light bodied style but unlike Burgundy, good Gamay doesn’t have to cost the earth. Fruitier than Pinot Noir; Gamay is enjoying a huge revival. It’s poised to become a serious contender amongst its red wine rivals and you will see more coming into the UK as time goes on.
Les Parcelles is a great ambassador for the quality Gamays coming out of the Loire. In its native France it’s hailed as a wine for gourmets as it pairs so well with food . . . it even pairs well with chocolate. Ideal with chicken, guinea fowl and turkey it also matches with pork, salamis and sausages, savoury quiches and tarts, tapas and fish.
If you are a fan of wines from Burgundy or Beaujolais this wine may be just up your street!
Learn more about Gamay on Nick’s blog: The great grape comeback . . . why you might be grateful for Gamay