The 2019 edition of the Gamay International Competition took place on 12 January at the Cité Internationale in Lyon. 755 samples from across the world, all made with Gamay grapes, were tasted by a jury of 160 professionals and knowledgeable amateurs.
At the close of the competition, the trophy for the World’s Best Gamay was awarded to the Morgon 2017 Fût de chêne cuvée from the Franck Chavy Domain.
The Chavy family, winemakers for 4 generations, now cultivate 10 hectares of vineyard.
In 1991, having obtained his BTS in Beaune, Franck Chavy created his first vintage. Amongst the designations produced by the award-winner are Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Beaujolais rosé and, since last year, Beaujolais blanc.
The World’s Best Gamay 2019 is rooted in soils composed of sand, rock and granitic sand in ‘Corcelette’, one of the 7 main historic territories of the Morgon vintage. 2017 is an early vintage, dry and hot like 2015, the year of the vintage that won the competition in 2018. Here Franck Chavy has produced a vintage that represents the best of Beaujolais, thanks to climate and an exceptional terroir, but thanks above all to the perseverance of this true perfectionist. A long period of maceration (20 days), ageing in three different sizes of oak barrels (500L, 215L & 350L): all the creativity of this wine-lover is expressed in the Morgon 2017. All that is best about Gamay is brought out by subtle ageing. Result: small black fruit aromas precede the spicy notes (wild aniseed, pepper, mocha) that charmed tasters on the jury. Sales price at the vineyard: 19€50.
“Let’s cultivate passion and share pleasure”: this perfectly sums up Franck Chavy’s involvement with consumers and the philosophy of his domain. The Trophy illustrates the immense potential of the Gamay grape and the diverse methods of approaching this variety. Franck Chavy’s Morgon 2017 vintage is a perfect example. Gamay is a versatile variety that can be used to obtain different styles of wine for all occasions.