Friends, I have a confession to make. I have been a bad, bad, bad Gamay snob for years. Snobbing by way of only having Ontario Gamay. It’s fruit forward structure and silky tannins make it a staple red for me, in doors and out. So, to challenge my snobbery (it’s not a good look you know) I went to France, by way of a wine bottle, to drink Gamay or as it is called there Beaujolais, and it was Stephane Aviron Vieilles Vignes Moulin a Vent Beaujolais 2013 that took me there.

About Gamay

In France, Gamay wines are labeled and called Beaujolais, after the A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) that these wines come from. The region of Beaujolais is located roughly 400 kilometers from Paris for reference. The region mostly produces red wine (Gamay), with only smatterings of Chardonnay and Aligote (love this white wine) present.  Lastly, I would do this paragraph on Gamay and Beaujolais a disservice if I did not talk about the difference between Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau.  The simple difference between the two is that Beaujolais Nouveau is released soon after harvest, the third Thursday of November, while village Beaujolais is released much later. Historically, the early release of Beaujolais Nouveau was done to celebrate a successful year. Now, the early release fulfills more of a marketing need and is dressed under the title of Beaujolais Nouveau Day.

Stephane Aviron Vieilles Vignes Moulin a Vent Beaujolais 2013

On colour, the Stephane Aviron Vieilles Vignes Moulin a Vent Beaujolais 2013 holds a lovely scarlet hue. On the nose, cherry, licorice, strawberry, and blueberry are noted. On the palate, you will find this wine to be very fruit forward with red berries running wild. Neutral tannins on the finish, coupled with some smokiness. It is important to note that this wine is made in small quantities and released only in what the winemaker deems to be exceptional years. From Stephane Aviron

I select every barrel individually to ensure authenticity and purity of expression in each of my wines. We are working hard to protect the heritage of great Beaujolais and its ‘crus’

This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.95.

We gave this wine a 4 out of 5.