Gamay is inextricable linked with the light, fruity wines of Beaujolais in the Cote d'Or. It's likely that the grape arrived in Burgundy from central Europe is the 14th century and found a home on the granite-based soils north of Lyon. In terms of aromas and flavours, Gamay offers vibrant ripe red fruit notes of cherry and strawberry and, when produced via the carbonic maceration method, notes of confected banana. The grape is most respectfully handled by producers working within the 10 cru of Beaujolais - St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Producers like Jean-Claude Lapalu, Jean Louis Dutraive and Daniel Bouland have elevated the style even further, producing some of Beaujolais most exciting and enjoyable reds.