2010 Louis Magnin Gamay Vin de Savoie

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Vin de Savoie, the core appellation of the Savoie region in eastern France, is a mountainous region on the western edge of the Alps. Louis Magnin is a small family winery with 8 hectares of vineyards planted in the Arbin and Montmelian areas. About 55% of their planting are dedicated to Mondeuse. Another 30% go to Roussanne, known locally as Bergeron. The remainder is planted to Altesse and this little gem, Gamay. The vineyards, generally face south-southeast and are planted on clay and limestone. Vinification for the gamay is done in stainless steel where it is aged for 11 months. Only 900 bottles are made of this wine. (Certified Organic, Practicing Biodynamic)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2014 | Send Email
From one of Savoie’s greatest producers, this is one of the most fascinating and complex Gamays you are likely to drink. This holds its own amongst Beaujolais greats like Foillard and Thevenet. This has a beautiful core of wild strawberry fruit with subtle game and earthy nuances. Don’t think of this as a substitute for great Beaujolais, it’s entirely its own thing and well worth the price.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2014 | Send Email
A wild Gamay from one of Savoy's most respected producers. This stuff only alludes to the famous Gamay being produced 100km to the west. The nose is like the most concentrated red flowers and in the very background the slightest Chanel No. 9 (in a good way). The palate is all wild red fruit picked off the forest floor. This is an experience to say the least.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2014 | Send Email
Yes, it's $37 Gamay. But MAAAAAAN is it good. A perfect acidity to fruit ratio, lots of crunchy cranberries and black pepper notes, and just an awesome, awe-inspiring finish. This is better than any Cru Beaujolais we have in stock and many of our top Burgundy selections. One of the best red wines I've had all year -- period.

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


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