Gamay is predominently found in Beaujolais. Through carbonic maceration, it produces Beaujolais-Village, Crus from the same region and the famous Beaujolais Nouveau, which is released on the third Thursday in November immediately following the harvest.
Thanks to the Gamay grape, wines are very fruity, with hints of raspberry and strawberry. Gamay is a grape variety with small, compact bunches, medium-sized berries, purple-black colour, abundant bloom, colourless juice and simple flavour.
Gamay wines have a fine acid structure for a red wine, giving them a very refreshing, acidic and sometimes very greedy character. They are warm, with very fruity and spicy aromas, but low in tannin and aromatic complexity. They are often drunk young, and can be enjoyed chilled, which makes them very popular red wines.
Its best expressions are obtained by semi-carbonic maceration. The wines produced in this way generally have a short shelf life, but can be kept and improved for five to ten years.