We all know Gamay as the grape of Beaujolais, for which this region occupies a quasi monopolistic role. Nonetheless there are other wine regions, suprising ones, that grow this underrepresented varietal.
This bottle of Gamay comes from Switzerland, from the Canton Vaud which is basically the region close to the lake of Geneva. The Frères Dutruy call this wine a Grande Réserve of Gamay, stemming from 35 year old vines growing close to the lake, harvested manually with thorough selection, and matured sur lies for at least 10 months in Burgundian barrels.
The wine displays a dark cherry color with a nice purple shine. There’s an aspect of beautiful purity to the robe.
The nose shows slight stinkiness at first, reminiding the scents of Vin Naturel, but I’m not sure this is one. Also, these tones disappear quickly, leaving the scene to more and more pronounces fruit notes, reminding cherries and the likes. These come accompanied by balsamic herb notes.
On the palate there’s a strong and juicy acidity which is rather brutal at the beginning, but it mellows or one gets used to it and after some time the juiciness prevails. Otherwise we have a good concentration with fruit and some light leather and herbs tones, backed by melted tannins that still give some slight resistance. Overall this wine shows great presence and nice long finish.
Interestingly there is the slightest “wet sock” or Vin Naturel touch that is present throughout the tasting, but it doesnt really bother me (rather welcome it). This is truly a nice Gamay, probably worth its 35 Swiss Francs, and who would have thought such nice Gamay can come from Switzerland? Kudos!