Some may call it the second grape of Burgundy, but in terms of production levels it leaves Pinot Noir way behind.
It makes a wine of bright reddish purple colour, with a zesty nose of red cherries and summer fruits that drift onto the palate. The varying styles of Beaujolais are the result of different soils, sites (or 'terroir') and climate. Gamay is sometimes served slightly chilled so that the vivid raspberry, redcurrant and cherry fruit is at the fore. Generally made to be drunk young, although there are a few big structured Beaujolais wines that are capable of ageing.