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Contact Information
T: 01248 364 771
F: 01248 364 771
E: bng@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Caernarfon Road
Bangor
LL57 4SU
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free local delivery
  • Free glass loan
  • Free parking
  • Free tasting every day
Store News(421)

Beer of the Month - Brooklyn LagerDate published: 12/08/14

Beer of the Month

Brooklyn Lager

Tom Potter and Steve Hindy quit their jobs in 1984 to start a brewery. By 1987 they had created an established brewery supplying New York bars and restaurants. They enlisted the help of Milton Glazer, of 'I Heart New York' fame, to design the eye catching label. The Brewery has expanded since to include operations in Williamsburg and up state New York as well as their own distribution company.

The lager itself is smooth with a firm malt centre. It is refreshingly bitter with flora and hop aromas. It matches well with a variety of foods.

A six pack is all yours for £12.99 or £9.99 buy any 2 craft beer multi buy deal!


Wine of the Week- Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/08/14

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Marlborough

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards which cover the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region.

This wine displays a richly tropical nose, which is dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.

The fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus characters, with a zesty acidity to match.

This wine is PERFECT to drink with a seafood risotto, paella or kedgeree.

£10.49 or £6.99 save 33.3%* for 1 week only! 


Jean-Luc's Wine of the weekDate published: 09/08/14

Leon Perdigal

Cotes du Rhone

Jean-Luc's pick of the week

Named in honour of Leon Perdigal, the first cellar master at Ogier's famous cellars when they were founded in 1859. This exceptional wine from the Rhone Valley has intense aromas of red fruits and spice. A subtle hint of pepper accompanies the spice-tinged fruits that linger on the palate. A medium bodied experience with a pleasing lasting length.

Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean lamb dishes or have a glass with your barbecued meats.

Buy two bottles for a low price of £6.66 or a single bottle for £9.99 


New Manager!Date published: 04/08/14

As this is my last day in Majestic I thought I'd take a moment to thank all of our wonderful customers & staff who have made my time in North Wales a thoroughly pleasant experience. I'd also like to introduce you to our new manager John.

John is coming down from the Hale-Barns store and is a walking encyclopaedia on wines and all round nice guy. With a passion for German beers and beefy Italian reds. I'm sure he will be brilliant!

But don't fret Greg that all familiar Irish chap, my assistant isn't going anywhere!

All the best

Rob


One Week Flash Offers!Date published: 21/07/14

One Week Flash Offers! 

To celebrate the 1st Birthday of our New Majestic Website we are running a special offer on four Majestic classics.
For one week only (Tuesday 22nd July to Monday 28th July) the following four products will join the 33% off summer offer:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy any 2 save 33% = £6.99

Pouilly Fumé Jean Vincent - £14.99 buy any 2 save 33% = £9.99

Les Galets Côte-du-Rhône - £8.49 buy any 2 save 33% = £5.66

Vallée Des Pins Provence Rosé - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% = £6.66

Don't miss out!! 

WOTW - Mont Saint Corbieres Date published: 17/07/14

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres

Origin

Using the typical Corbieres grapes: Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, winemaker Jerome Regues make this wine his own by combining grapes from two different vineyards. The full and fruity grapes from Ornaisons provide the backbone to the wine while the spicier, peppery grapes from Durban.

Nose

Gentle spice with a smooth blackberry aroma on the nose.

Taste

A full and fruity with with smooth tannins and a lingering pepper finish.

Food match

A perfect match for any simple rustic dishes such as sherpards pie or a meaty lasagne.

Price

Only £4.99!


Introduce a friendDate published: 16/07/14

Introduce a friend to Majestic

Did you know that if you are on our customer list and bring a friend with you to shop with us, you can both get a free bottle of wine?!

Okay so some terms apply, but that's the gist of it!

The friend must not already be on the customer list and you both must then buy at least 6 bottle each, but still free wine!


Staff picks July 15thDate published: 15/07/14

Staff picks!

Rob

As always I am a sucker for anything Spanish and am currently loving the Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja! A lovely, soft and vibrant Rioja which is an absolute steal at only £6.66 a bottle!

Greg

To celebrate my visit to the Codorniu Winery this month, I am going to having to pick a Codorniu wine! The Codorniu Selecion Raventos is a delicious, refreshing wine with a surprisingly well developed body. This would make a great toasting wine and is currently at only £7.99 a bottle!

Dave

I have a more simple taste this week and have to go for the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Well developed fruit and crisp acidity are all that need be said about this. But the best art is the price, £6.66 for a quality Kiwi wine is unbelievable value! 


WOTW Medalla Real CarmenereDate published: 07/07/14

Medalla Real Carmenere

Origin

Carmenere, not a grape often seen as a single varietal, has been popularised by the Chileans who do it perfectly!

Nose

Gentle spice and a smooth tobacco leaf aroma make for a gentle and luxurious nose.

Taste

Bright red bramble fruit and a backbone of firm tannin and delicious spiciness.

Food match

Match with char grilled burgers for best results!

Price

Only £7.99 when bought as part of our 33% deal!


Delivery ScheduleDate published: 03/07/14

Majestic Bangor Delivery Schedule

It's coming to that time of year when we get very busy with deliveries. As we cover most of North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. So for those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is.

Mondays - No deliveries


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc


Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay (and surrounding areas) then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey

Gérard Bertrand Château La Sauvageonne Rosé Web Exclusive Date published: 30/06/14

Gérard Bertrand Château La Sauvageonne Rosé Web Exclusive - Ends Wednesday 2nd July 3pm!! 

Château La Sauvageonne is a legendary estate located in the north of Hérault. For a hot region it enjoys a unique micro-climate with remarkably cool nights, allowing slow grape ripening. A small proportion of this rosé has been barrel-aged for added texture and complexity. We will be shipping direct from the winery to fulfil confirmed online orders only. We expect to receive the wines in late July, with delivery to you in mid August.

Get your order in for this once off opportunity to acquire this wine! Order online before 3pm Wednesday July 2nd!! 

Just follow this link: http://www.majestic.co.uk/gerard-bertrand-chateau-la-sauvageonne-rose-zid08028x6 


Producer Focus- Edna Valley VineyardsDate published: 29/06/14

Producer Focus- Edna Valley Vineyards 

Edna Valley Vineyards hail from the Central Valley of California. Their vineyards can be found south east of San Luis Obispo, north of Santa Barbara. Central Valley in California is unique in the wine world as having the most sunshine hours and least summer rainfall of any wine producing region in the world. Irrigation, all be it controversial, is essential here. Edna Valley Vineyards is located the coastal region of Central Valley allowing them some influence from the pacific.  A long growing season allows later harvesting, giving the wine great concentration. With quality continually improving and such a wealthy market on the doorstep for Californian wines, often wines we see in the UK can appear comparatively (and debatably) expensive. We are now stocking Edna Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir and Edna Valley Vineyards Chardonnay for just £8.66* a bottle! A cracking deal in my opinion! The Pinot Noir is now open to try at Bangor's tasting counter... so what are you waiting for! 

*33.3% off when you buy 2 or more from the same selection. 

Last Week!Date published: 25/06/14

This is the last week of these fantastic deals order before the end of Monday so you don't miss out!

Sparkling

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV £16.65*

Undurraga Rosé £6.66*

Red

Louis Jadot - Macon Rouge £8.99*

Vinalba Malbec £7.99*

Berberana Reserva £6.99*

Callia Bella Malbec £5.99*

White

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent £9.99*

Louis Jadot - Macon Villages £8.99*

Errazuris Sauvignon £6.99*

Wave Series Sauvignon £6.66*

Gavi Montiero £5.99*

Rosé

Safran Malbec Rosé 6.66*




*When brought with a second bottle on the 33% off deal.

WOTW - GrecoDate published: 25/06/14

Wine of the week – Fremondo Greco 2013, Sannio

Origin

The Greco grape as a long history! Originally introduced to Italy by, as the name suggests, the Greeks it has been grown there since 700 BC!

Nose

Sweet honeysuckle with stone fruits and a aromas of wet slate.

Taste

A long, gentle and mineral filled taste on the palate. Apricot and peach notes make this a delicious wine which would go well alone or with food.

Food match

A great match for sea food, spoil yourself and pair with a swordfish steak!.

Price: £7.49*

*When bought as part of our 25% off range 


Baileys Chocolate LuxeDate published: 24/06/14

Baileys Chocolate Luxe 

Baileys Chocolate Luxe is a combination of the well known Baileys Irish cream liqueur with the addition of real Belgium chocolate!

If that isn't a good enough reason to buy it, it has taken over 3 years of careful development to get the perfect combination of a rich, molten chocolate drinking experience. Giving the same multi-sensory sensation as eating a chocolate bar.

Sticking to tradition each bottle of Baileys is still produced in Ireland and sources it's whiskey from the likes of Bushmills and other reputable Irish producers.

This is a fantastic accompaniment to traditional Vanilla ice cream, or for those with a sweet tooth, served on it's own.

Best of all it is currently just £9.99 a bottle*!!

*Bottles are 50cl


Offers Ending Tonight!!Date published: 23/06/14

Offers ending alert

The following offers will end today at 7pm so if you would like to purchase any please call today and make the most of our free delivery service:

Cava Calamino NV, Spain £5.99*

Codorníu Brut NV, Spain  £6.66* 

Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV, Italy £6.66* 

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough £7.99* 

Call 01248 364771 NOW!!!



Buy any two bottles save 33.3%* 

Wine CourseDate published: 23/06/14

This July we will be running not 1 but 2 free wine courses.

If you've ever wanted to know a little bit more about wine and wine tasting why not join us. Our free wine course runs for approximately 90 minutes and we cover the basics behind wine tasting, food matching and jargon busting! We're a friendly bunch and would love to see you here!

You can sign up via E-mail, Telephone or pop in and see us.

Hope to see you soon.

Rob

A Brooklyn SummerDate published: 23/06/14

Brooklyn Summer 

A modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's: refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy. Ideal in all this hot world cup weather!!

Made using premium English barley malt giving the beer a fresh bready flavour. German and American hops are also used to lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.

Currently available to try in store today!

Offer Price £9.99*


*12.99 for one pack or buy any two craft beers and save £6

WOTW King's FavourDate published: 18/06/14

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Produced by a descendant of the DeMarisco family, this New Zealand wine takes it's name from their history of falling in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. This is a prime example of Marlborough's favourite grape, the Sauvignon Blanc.

Nose

This wine has a strong bouquet of intense fresh citrus, offset by youthful notes of sweet tree sap, giving this wine a lively yet focused nose.

Palate

With a more Sancerre-esque character than typically found in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, this wine features ripe fruits which are rounded off by a firm and stony character with an incisive edge lent to it by balanced acidity.

Food Match

Would match well with grilled white fish or soft goats cheeses. For the best experience match with fresh oysters.

Price: £9.99

*When you buy at least 2 featured wines from the summer selection

Single bottle Price: £14.99


Short Term DealsDate published: 17/06/14

Heidsieck Brut Champagne £14.99*

Heidsieck & Co "Monopole was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck and by 1818, they had been appointed suppliers of Champagne to the king of Prussia!! This complex Champagne has a light yellow tint, with aromas of dried fruits, warm croissants!

Pilsner Urquell 24 * 330ml £24

A delicately balanced taste of noble hop bitterness and unique caramel sweetness!

Callia Bella Malbec £5.99*

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.




*When you buy any two wines in 33% off



Sparkling of the Weekend - Prosecco Salatin Date published: 14/06/14

As we are celebrating all things Italian this weekend I thought why not pop this little stunner up as well!

Origin

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Taste

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

Personal Thoughts

This Prosecco is a little bit richer then others that I have had and would comfortably stand its ground when served with food. It is equally good on it's own and just slightly less dry then other Proseccos making it  real treat.

Price

Currently on offer £9.74 when you buy any two bottles from our 25% off range.

Italy - A Close EncounterDate published: 13/06/14

Starting today we are celebrating all things Italian with our Italian spotlight tasting. With a few choice wines up today and a full blown tasting tomorrow at 3pm. Come and join us as we try a handful of new and exciting wines from Italy.

WIne of the Week- Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 09/06/14

Wine of the week – Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

From the famous Marlborough of New Zealand, this wine is a something a little different than the standard. Villa Maria being one of Marlborough's oldest and well established wineries has created this Cellar Selection as one of their top labels. The wine is made from the best grapes and left of the lees to give additional complexity and concentration.

Nose

Concentrated and aromatic with some of the classic flavours of gooseberry and some herbaceous notes on the nose.

Palate

The palate opens to passion fruit and tropical flavours with a seductive complexity and a zippy lime finish.

Food Match

Perfect for summer parties salads and white meatier fish dishes. Will also stand up well to some Asian cuisine.

Price - £8.66*

When you buy at least 2 bottles on 33.3% off offer!


New Zealand - A Trip to Hawke's BayDate published: 06/06/14

Hawke's Bay

Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s second largest wine growing region, producing wine since the 1850’s. Located on the North Island, Hawke’s Bay enjoys over 2, 100hrs of sunlight a year and only 803mm of rainfall. It is also well protected from winds by the highlands encompassing it.

Most notably recognised for its sublime red Bordeaux-blends, Syrah & Chardonnay’s, the climate and lengthy growing season also allow regular production dessert wines.

Some great examples include the Bordeaux blend ‘Craggy Range Sophia 2010 Gamblett Gravels’, The Syrah from Villa Maria and the Giesen Chardonnay (available in store now).


WOTW Santa Rita 120 CarmenereDate published: 03/06/14

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere

Origin

Carmenere, not a grape often seen as a single varietal, has been popularised by the Chileans who do it perfectly!

Nose

Gentle spice and a smooth tobacco leaf aroma make for a gentle and luxurious nose.

Taste

Bright red bramble fruit and a backbone of firm tannin and delicious spiciness.

Food match

Match with char grilled burgers for best results!

Price

Only £5.99 when bought as part of our 33% deal!


New deals!!Date published: 02/06/14

Tried everything on our current deals? Want to try something new? Then we have good news for you!

From Tuesday the 3rd of June we will have a whole new range of wines on offer for a whole month! While we can't give out any info yet, take our word for it that there are some juicy bargains to be had! So make sure you pop in on Tuesday or check out our website, www.majestic.co.uk and see what takes your fancy! 

Rose weather! (hooray)Date published: 01/06/14

Rosé Weather!!

So summer is finally here, it's time to get out the deckchairs and barbecues! It also means that it's rosé weather, hooray! But don't recoil in horror, we bet we can find a rosé to suit your tastes! Rosé has something of a bad reputation among certain wine drinkers, however to ignore rosé is to ignore a huge and diverse portion of the wine world.

From fruity and off-dry Zinfandels, gentle and delicate Provence wines, or intense and vibrant Malbec wines, we stock a huge range and are happy to help you choose!

We even have something special in store at the moment, Brad Pit and Angelina Jolie's top wine, the award winning Miraval Provence rosé, but hurry, there is only 3 bottles left!


Staff picks!Date published: 31/05/14

Because we not only love wine, but also love sharing our passion for wine, we have decided to make a quick list of our current favourites!

Dave

I was recently blown away by the Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand! This wine is everything a Kiwi SB should be and more, intense and vibrant with nettles and gooseberry, but also with a minerality and complexity you would normally have to fork out on a Sancerre for! Can't recommend this highly enough, and currently on offer at only £13.32!

Greg

I'm going to have to play foil to Daves Saint clair wine and go for a bargain Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc! The Oyster Bay is a perfect end of the day wine, weather that's out in the garden in the sun or with a few friends at a party, this is a hugely versatile wine that will match any occasion! Serve ice-cold and enjoy! £7.99 on our current offers!

Rob

Well, with two whites on here I'm going to have to go for something else. I pick the P15 Malbec from Welsh Patagonia, a complex, full bodied and heavy Malbec from Argentina. A Malbec in this weather I hear you say? Well, yes! Malbec is famous as a food match for steak, so get the barbecue out, get the steaks on and grab a glass of Malbec! Only £7.99 on our current offers.

But hurry because our prices change on Tuesday!

Mud house Sauvignon blancDate published: 31/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

The hugely popular Mud House New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a favourite alternative to the Ned is still in stock! The even better news is that it is staying at the fantastic price of only £6.66 for a whole month longer! To get a quality New Zealand Sauvignon for this cheap really is rare and we can't recommend this wine heavily enough!

We also currently have a bottle open to taste in store, so what are you waiting for!!


Sparkling Saturday, Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 17/05/14

Sparkling Saturday, Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Origin

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, having been made a DOC in 1967. Ten years earlier, Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

Taste

With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character.

Enjoy

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.


Wine of the week - Mud House SauvignonDate published: 16/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon 2013

Grape Variety

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects its origin and link to the earth, where the wine begins.

The best vineyard soils are selected from New Zealand's premium grape growing areas according to the varietal specialisation of the region. In this case the Upper Wairau Valley in Marlborough. This allows for superb examples that truly capture the expressiveness of Marlborough Sauvignon.

Nose

Aromas of fresh grapefruit, passion fruit, tomato leaf and hints of nettles.

Palate

The wine overflows with fruit concentration as classic tropical, citrus and green vegetal undertones fill the palate. The mouth-watering flavours finish with a well focused crisp ending.

Food Match

Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, summer salads, seafood.

Price

£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.66


New Zealand Reds?!?Date published: 11/05/14

New Zealand is known for its intense, fresh Sauvignon Blancs. But did you know that they also produce top quality red wines? You may have heard that they produce light, vibrant and fruity Pinot Noirs, but they also produce full bodied, youthful Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon single varietals and blends? 

While New Zealand's most famous region is undoubtedly the Sauvignon Blanc producing juggernaut, Marlborough, Hawke's Bay is quietly gaining a reputation for its full bodied reds. These reds benefit from the ample sunlight and cool climate, developing fresh, vibrant fruit flavours, light and supple tannins and are eminently ready to drink.

Next time you pop in, why try one, you might find something you love!



Like The Ned?Date published: 10/05/14

Are you a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Do you love The Ned?

Why not try our brand new Mud House Sauvignon Blanc! Fresh into stores and with a stunning 87 points from Matt Prym of the The Wine Gang, this is a really good quality, good value wine and a bargain at only £6.66 as part of our summer selection!

Deliciously fresh with intense grapefruit and gooseberry flavours, enjoy ice cold whilst relaxing in the sun! 

Magnums and more!Date published: 08/05/14

Looking for a centrepiece for you a party, a great present or just trying to impress your friends?

Why not try one of our range of magnum sized wines, they are an impressive 150cl, twice the size of a regular bottle! We even occasionally have a double magnum or two in stock, that's 300cl or four times the size of a regular bottle!

We currently have Rosé, Red and Champagne magnums in stock.

Wine of the Week - Etoile de Mer Rosé Date published: 07/05/14

Wine of the Week, Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, Luberon

Origin

This wine is from Luberon, situated between the Southern Rhone and Provence. Luberon is a mountainous area at the foot of the Alps. High altitudes give more sunshine allowing this wine optimum ripening giving a extra density than the wines of it's neighbour Provence.

Nose

A nose of ripe summer red berries and some herbal hints.

Palate

A good weight of fruit on the palate with balancing softness and acidity. Fresh, fruity and summery!

Food Match

Ideal to drink alone or as an aperitif once chilled. It will match well with grilled seafood and salads! I'd have it with some lobster off the BBQ! 


Summer Wine EveningDate published: 06/05/14

Summer Wine Evening!

Our Summer Wine Evenings are always enjoyed by our customers. 10 different wines excellent for drinking this summer, along with some cheese and nipples. It is completely informal, you can pop in when suits you and stay as long as you'd like. The best bit is, it's completely free! It's on the evening of Tuesday May 13th, just let us know if you'd like to come! 


Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 03/05/14

Chilean Tasting Week


The first vines were planted in Chile by Missionaries in the sixteenth century in order to produce Communion wine, shortly after the Spanish Conquistadors arrived. It is thought that these vines came from earlier plantings in Peru, and were of the variety that came to be known as Pais, which was Chiles most commonly planted variety up until the 21st century.

 Don Maximiano Errazuriz was one of the first people to develop the industry when, in 1870, he began producing wine from imported French varieties, founding Vina Errazuriz, which today stands as one of Chile's oldest brands and one of the world's largest wine estates. 

Chile is a long, thin strip of land and bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the longest and second highest mountain range on earth. The variety of wines made can be attributed to varying altitudes, localised climates and soil types. 

Many of Chile's vineyards lie along river valleys, where meltwater from the Andean snows flow westwards towards the sea. The northerly vineyards, bordering the Atacama desert, are hot and arid. However cool Pacific Ocean currents allow cool air to flow up these valleys, moderating the temperature to such an extent that areas such as the Limari and Elqui Valleys, situated around 300 miles north of Santiago, are some of Chile's coolest vineyard areas, due to the proximity of the vineyards to the sea.

We are running a Chilean Tasting Week with a spotlight tasting on Saturday the 3rd May at 3pm. Come join us! 


Missing The Ned?Date published: 29/04/14

Now that The Ned is (sadly) off promotion, are you missing it? Need a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to replace it?

Why not try the fantastic Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc?! Similar enough to the Ned for the diehard fans yet distinct enough to be interesting, this is a fantastic deal at only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles and should definitely not be missed! 


Getting Married?Date published: 27/04/14

If you are planning a wedding in the coming months, have a think about making Majestic wine your preferred choice as a supplier for all things red, white and sparkling!

We have a vast range of over 800 wines to choose from, but if that seems daunting, don't worry we will help you find the wine best suited for your big day and your budget. We will also help you find wines that will match your food menu and your personal tastes.

We can also take care of the little extras, such as FREE glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket hire. We can even supply the ice for your wedding too if it's required!

And the best thing of all is...we offer FREE delivery!

If you would like any more information, please contact us on; 

Tel: 01248 364 771

E-Mail: bng@majestic.co.uk

Own a restaurant?Date published: 26/04/14

Do you own or manage a restaurant,pub, club or other licensed premises? Well, Majestic might be just what you are looking for. We have a huge and diverse range of trade-only wines we supply to businesses!

We can offer flexible, free delivery dates and times, offer advice and will put you in contact with our Business Development Manager who will help tailor your wine list to suit you exclusively!

Supplying your restaurant with wine doesn't have to be a hassle, just pop in store for a chat and see how we can make your life easier!


Boxes!Date published: 25/04/14

Have you ever noticed that in Majestic we will always box up your wine into reused boxes?

Well, there is a very good reason for that! Firstly, here at Majestic we care about the environment and less cardboard used may be only a small help but it's better than nothing. Secondly, by not incurring extra costs producing and distributing we are able to keep our home delivery service free!

However, if you are buying a present for someone and want it to look a bit snazzy, we do offer a range of gift bags and presentation boxes in various sizes for very competitive prices!


WOTW Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/04/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

This wine is a textbook example of how to do a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc! The Oyster Bay winery have become trend setters in new Zealand, using cool fermentation and stainless steel to draw out every last bit of flavour from their grapes.

Nose

The typical notes of Gooseberry and nettle, with a delightful hint of tropical fruits.

Palate

Balanced, mouth watering acidity gives way to intense gooseberry, subtle herbaciousness and fresh minerality, all topped of my a decent length.

Food match

A very versatile wine, would match well with most seafood and white meat, my personal choice would be to match it with its namesake, Oysters!

Price - Only £7.99 when bought as part of our pick'n'mix deal!


Easter Pick'n'mix ending soon!Date published: 21/04/14

Our Easter Pick'n'mix deals will be ending on the 28th of April! 

This means that that will be your last chance to pick up a range of wines at an astounding 33% off! The deal includes M de Minuty Provence Rose at £9.99, the Vina Eguia Reserva and Gran Reserva at only £6.66 and 8.99 respectively, and the highlight of the deal The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at only £6.99!!

Make sure you take advantage of this fantastic promotion whilst there is still time!


Fine Wine!Date published: 21/04/14

Got friends coming over and want to impress? Why not try a bottle from our fine wine shelves!

We stock a great selection of fine wines from around the world and are always more than happy to advise and share our enthusiasm! Fine wine can initially seem a daunting prospect but is in fact very simple, they are simply premium version of our regular wines. 

Don't be put off by the prices either, whilst £20 for a bottle may seem high, it's only what you would pay anyway in a restaurant! In addition to this we have a fantastic deal on many of our fine wines which allows you to save £10 if you pick'n'mix and 2 or more selected bottles!

 So next time you pop in, why not have a look, we're sure we can find something you'll love!

Happy Easter!!Date published: 20/04/14

Rob and the team would like to wish you all a very happy Easter! We hope you are all enjoying a well deserved rest and some great wines!

Dave will be back in store tomorrow for any of you already running out of supplies!

Sparkling of the Weekend - Undurraga RoséDate published: 19/04/14

Sparkling of the Weekend – Undurraga Rosé

Undurraga Rosé comes from the Maipo Valley in Central Chile, Just south of Santiago.

Made in the Charmat (Tank) Methode using only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, This blend creates a wonderfully rich champagne like sparkling wine. Indeed with its vibrant pink colour due to skin maceration and fine bubble to match you could easily mistake this for champagne.

On the nose we get rich aromas of red fruits, strawberries, roses and cherries. This is followed by a palate full of strawberries and red currants with a zesty finish. With a good balance of hard hitting acidity and soft bubbles this wine is the ideal party sparkling.

Great with a smoked salmon starter or enjoyed on it’s own.

Yours for just £6.66 on offer!

£9.99 buy any 2 pick and mix save 33.3% £6.66


Why listen to us?Date published: 18/04/14

Here at Majestic we love wine, and are only too happy to share our knowledge with you! But hold on, why should you listen to us?

At Majestic every staff member is enrolled upon the WSET Level 3 course. WSET stand Wine and Spirits Education Trust and the course involves a long study period which covers almost every aspect of wine. We can tell you how champagne is made, how sherry is aged, how whisky is distilled and so on! 

The course also involves wine tasting, which means we can break down every aspect of a wine, a skill we are only to happy to pass on to you if you ask!

Some staff members go even further and embark upon the WSET Diploma, a prestigious award for real wine lovers!

So there you have, if there is anything you are unsure of, between s we can most likely answer anything!

Not just wine!Date published: 16/04/14

Not just wine!

Given that we are called Majestic Wine, you would be forgiven for thinking that we only sell wines here. However that is happily not the case! Besides our fantastic selection of wines, including sparkling wines, fortified wines, dessert wines and so on, we also have a wide range of other products!

We have a strong selection of real ales and lager available, including our new range of craft beers which are real show stoppers if you are looking to try something different from your usual. We also have a good range of ciders, both still and carbonated. Want something non-alcoholic? We stock a wide selection of Fever-tree products, including their acclaimed tonics which are a perfect match for many of our spirits! We stock spirits ranging from everyday drinking to premium whiskies and gins!

Next time you pop in, have a look around, you may be surprised by what you have missed!


First time at Majestic?Date published: 14/04/14

First time at Majestic?

Here at Majestic we love wine, and we also love sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge of wine! We are aware that initially the world of wine can be a difficult one to break into, especially if it is your first time shopping at a Majestic warehouse. Here are a few things we do differently to make your visit more enjoyable;

Tasting Counter – Don't know what you like? We always have a selection of wines open for you to try, you might find your new favourite wine!

Tasting notes – We will give you a sheet which lists the origins, characteristics and a good food match for each wine you pick, this helps you to get the most out of your picks!

Home delivery – If you want to use Majestic but can't make it into the store then feel free to give us a call or browse our website, we will happy to bring your wine straight to your door!

Just ask! - If you are ever unsure just ask, we can, and regularly do, recommend wine all day! We enjoy sharing our passion and finding you a wine you will fall in love with, so just ask!


Delivery ScheduleDate published: 13/04/14

Majestic Bangor Delivery Schedule

As we are starting to get busy with deliveries I thought it would be prudent to elaborate on our delivery schedule. Due to being the only store in North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. For those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is.

Mondays - No deliveries

Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed

Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.

Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc

Fridays - Anglesey


Please note we will still be delivering on Good Friday.

Staff picks!Date published: 12/04/14

Dave

My pick for this week could only be The Ned Sauvignon Blanc! This wine is the perfect expression of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, fresh, immediate fruit, balanced acidity and a delightful bouquet of cut grass and gooseberry. Not too intense, not too sharp, this versatile wine is a perfect entry into wine for a newbie yet complex enough to be enjoyed by seasoned Sauvignon Blanc veterans. It is also a total bargain at only £6.99 at the moment on our Pick'n'mix!

Rob

Being a complete Rioja enthusiast, there can be only one choice for me, the Vina Ardanza Reserva which has recently come back into stock! For me this is the peak of what a Rioja can be. Complex, full-bodied and with a length that lasts days on the palate... Only £18.50 as part of our fine wine deal!

Greg

I had to go with the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs this week. I've ever tried a Blanc de Blancs before and was blow away by this wine! Made using only Chardonnay, one of the three grapes permitted in the making of Champagne, this wine has crisper, fresher palate than regular Champagnes which feature a more full-bodied and yeasty character. This is a very approachable Champagne and may be a match for those who like lighter fruitier styles!


Summer Wine EveningDate published: 12/04/14

As the weather starts to improve, its about time we had another great instore tasting evening!! On Tuesday 13th May 5.30pm - 7.30pm we will have a range of red and white wines open to taste with a selection of meats and cheeses for nibbling!

Places are limited so please give us a ring on 001248 364 771 or email bng@majestic.co.uk to book your spot!

Tuesday 13th May, 5.30 pm - 7.30pm


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Easter Opening Hours!

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:

Friday 18th April - 10am to 8pm 

Saturday 19th April -  9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - We are closed

Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours  10am - 5pm

Still plenty of time to get some bottles in for the long weekend!


Wine CoursesDate published: 26/03/14

Have you ever been to a Majestic wine course??

If not your missing our. Slightly different to our wine evenings the wine courses are run for much smaller intimate groups. Unlike the wine evening our wine course focusses much more on tasting wine from a professional/clinical sense and we look at really breaking down the wines into there individual components.

Along side the wine tasting we also look at food matching and why certain foods work so well with certain wines and not others. 

Sound like a fun 2hrs? Why not have a look at our calander for the next wine course or pop instore and ask a member of staff for more information.

Rob's Spring ColectionDate published: 25/03/14

I find myself in a very difficult position these days as my appreciation for good wines has increased over the years at a substantial rate but the Yorkshireman inside me just will not cough up for the top notch stuff!!

So what to do? Well after a leisurely browse round our aisles I'm reminded just why Majestic are so good. So below are my springtime wines...

Prosecco Conegliano (£14.99 on offer £9.99)

This is an absolutely cracker and one of the best examples of Prosecco I have tasted to date. With vibrant fresh green apples, crisp pineapple and hints of grapefruit. Great as an aperitif but also works surprisingly well with your Friday fish and chips!

Callia Bella Malbec (£8.99 on offer £5.99)

This is a rich black-curranty Malbec with hints of raison and well defined subtle tannins. Ideal with a Sirloin Steak with Cafe De Paris Butter! But well made and rounded enough that it can be enjoyed on it's own.

Gan Vendema Rioja Crianza (£9.99 on offer £6.99)

I'm an avid fan of Rioja and this one is just too good to pass by without a mention. At £9.99 down to £6.99 it is a bargain! Very smooth, full bodied Rioja with hints of vanilla and plenty of red berries. Put simply, a real crowed pleaser. Its light enough to have on its own but robust enough to have with a good Sunday roast.

Rachel's Chenin Blanc (£8.99 on offer £5.99)

Last weeks wine of the week! From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named after Rachelsfontein, the estate's water spring. this Chenin has class showing tropical fruit, mango and honey whilst remaining nice and dry!


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Wine of the week - Ondine Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/03/14

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc

Grape Variety

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Ondine heralds from the Western Cape's sub-region of Darling. Here there is a Mediterranean/maritime climate with wet winters and hot, dry summers. This with the ancient granite soils, enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, except in the height of summer.

Nose

On the nose there is that typically grassy note you'd expect from a African Sauvignon. But this dissipates and leaves a lingering fragrance of asparagus and green apple.

Palate

The palate is a crisp, dry example with a decent mix of citrus fruit, hints of gooseberries and mineral texture.

Food Match

With a good length and bite to it this wine is ideally suited to light summery foods such as picknick pie, smoked salmon, Waldorf salad on simply on its own

Price

£8.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £5.99

Wine of the week - Rachel's Chenin BlancDate published: 17/03/14

Rachel's Chenin Blanc 

Grape Variety

Chenin Blanc

Origin

The Boschendal vineyards cover an area of 254 hectares, extending for 6 kilometres along the slopes of the 'Groot Drakenstein Mountain' to the slopes of the 'Simonsberg Mountain'. A large proportion of the estate is planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

Nose

An abundance of exotic fruits including mango & passion fruit with plenty of blossom, peach to finish.

Palate

Cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate fruit flavours, this Chenin shows tropical fruit, mango and honey. Crisp acidity and a clean, lingering finish.

Food Match

Try this wine with sea food based dishes and fresh herbs or with a chicken salad.

Price

£8.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £5.99


Last Chance Champagne Offers!Date published: 16/03/14

Last Chance Champagne Offers!


Tomorrow is the last day that Veuve Clicquot NV is at £29.98 and Nicolas Feuillatte NV is at £16.66 on 33% off Promotion. 

Nicolas Feuillatte NV is a light fresh style which apple and pear character and fine bubbles. It is a crowd pleaser and perfect for celebrations or parties! £16.66 when bought with any other 33% off wine. 

Veuve Clicquot NV is aged for almost twice the required length for non vintage Champagnes. It is a richer style, not shy with flavour and delivers a mouth filling mousse. A champagne to impress with its iconic yellow label... stock up for special celebrations NOW! £29.98 when bought with any other 33% off wine. 

The Tasting Counter!Date published: 13/03/14

Here at Majestic we love trying new wines! We also love sharing our enthusiasm, and we find that the best way to do this is via the Tasting Counter. We will always have a range of wines, at varying prices and style, open for you to taste. This means we are able to show you wines that otherwise you may have avoided, opening up a whole new range of possibilities!

Further to this, we also open a bottle of sparkling wine on the weekend! 

So next time you pop in make sure to make use of our Tasting Counter, you never know what you might find!

Special One Week Offers!!Date published: 11/03/14

Special One Week Offers!!

11th March-17th March

We've got some amazing additions to the March Pick 'n' Mix. All of the wines listed below have been reduced by 33% and are included in the rest of the Pick 'n' Mix deal!

Chateau Meaume 2010

£9.99 down to £6.66

Vina Eguia Reserva 2008

£9.99 down to £6.66

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva

£13.49 down to £8.99

Gavi Montiero 2013

£8.99 down to £5.99

The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2013

£10.49 down to £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013

£12.49 down to £8.33


Nicolas Feuillatte NV

£25.00 down to £16.66

Veuve Clicquot NV

£45.00 down to £29.98

Prosecco Corte Alta

£9.99 down to £6.66


WOTW Barista PinotageDate published: 10/03/14

Barista Pinotage

Origin

coming from one of the oldest wine making areas in South Africa, this is a deliberately, and decidedly, modern taking on South Africa's flagship grape.

Nose

Dominated by a powerful cigar box aroma, this eventually gives way to very dark and jammy fruits, with even subtler still oak and menthol characteristics.

Palate

Surprisingly smooth on the chocolate, with long flavours of coffee and chocolate being joined by dark cherry and a mouth watering firm tannin structure.

Food match

Perfect with just about any red meat dish your care to match it with, but would be spectacular with a good, heavy cut of steak!

Price £7.49 when you buy two or more, single bottle price £9.99


Staff picks!Date published: 09/03/14

Dave

I am currently enjoying the CVNE Rioja Crianza. This young style of Rioja is simply bursting with red fruits, but with enough complexity and oaky and vanilla aromas to keep anyone interested. It's also an absolute steal at only £6.66 when you buy two or more bottle from out pick'n'mix range.

Greg

Having recently gone through a bit a Riesling fixation, I have to recommend the fantastic Main Divide Riesling from New Zealand! Gently off dry, and with a lively palate of citrus and honeysuckle, this wine is an absolute winner! £10.99 when you buy two or more.

Rob

I must admit to having a real love for Champagne, and the Veuve Cliquot Vintage is among my favourites! This vintage Champagne packs a punch with a full bodied yeastiness, mixed with the characteristic lemon and baked apple flavours Veuve Cliquot is famous for! At only £33.31 this wine is a deal that simply can't be missed!


Lay & Wheeler Fine Wine Plan!Date published: 08/03/14

If you're looking to invest in some great wines for the future or to drink over the next year or two this is definitely the way to go.

You pay on a monthly basis of which all goes towards your chosen wines, the wines are stored in bond until you wish to take them out. The expert staff at Lay & Wheeler can advise you on which wines are suited to you. 

The benefits you get from joining our plan are as follows;

- 10% discount at Majestic Wine when you subscribe £100 or more per month.

- Free Joining case will be added to your collection.

- Fine wine plan advance which allows you to go three times over your monthly subscription as a credit limit. 

- Exclusive offers on a quarterly basis.

If you have any more questions regarding The Fine Wine Plan pop in and ask us in the Bangor store or call us on 01248364771. 


BeerDate published: 07/03/14

Not only is Peroni the leading Italian lager. It's on offer at just £14.99 for a 12 pack! 

Clean, crisp and refreshing!

Wine TastingsDate published: 06/03/14

Wine Tastings

Not only do we do free in-store tastings and wine courses but we'll come to you too.

If your involved with a social group such as the WI, Round tables, Wine society etc... we'd be more than happy to hold a tasting event at your venue. From themed nights such as old world versus new world, unusual grape varieties to a wine quiz, you decide.

Interested? Then why not give us a call on 01248 364 771 or E-mail us at bng@Majestic.co.uk

Bargain of the WeekDate published: 05/03/14

The Verve Clicquot Vintage Champagne is without doubt this weeks bargain. Currently on offer at just £33.31 as part of our pick and mix deals. That's less then none vintage Clicqout!! 

Not just a great price but a great wine. Rich and biscuity with classic Champagne class.

Wine of the week - Portillo MalbecDate published: 04/03/14

Portillo Malbec 2012

In 2010 Bodegas Salentein recruited Jose Galante as their new Chief Winemaker.  This was some catch, because Jose Galante had been Chief Winemaker at Catena for 35 years prior to that.  He was responsible for creating the wines that built the reputation and set the standard for  Argentine wines over several generations.  Why did he leave?  Simply for a change of scene apparently, for a quieter retirement.

Bodegas Salentein itself is one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level.

Grape Variety

Malbec

Nose

Deep, rich plum and chocolate overtones with more subtle hints of spices.

Palate

Intense plum and black fruits dominate the palate. This wine has a velvety, deep body and long, enduring flavours.

Food match

A perfect match for a a barbecue, going well with grill meats. Also matches well with pasta dishes, cheeses or spicy foods. And for you vegetarians out there! It also goes well with a root vegetable roast.

Final thoughts

This wine comes from just the third vintage under Jose Galante supervision, is clearly expertly made, very approachable and sits right in the sweet spot for Malbec. It's a bargain at just £6.66 on offer!


Rob's Pick of the WeekDate published: 26/02/14

Vinalba Malbec

For 1 week only a large selection of Malbec wines are on 33% off!! With this in mind it was hard for me to resist the Vinalba Malbec. A stunning wine for just £7.99 on offer!

Tasting Note:

Deep red colour with violet tones, the wine displays intense aromas of spices and dark red fruits combined with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Brimming with rich redcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours. A perfect smoothness and balanced structure gives an incredibly long lingering finish that just rolls on and on.

This elegant and harmonious wine is a corker of a Malbec from Mendoza. On the palate it is wonderfully complex, rich, and has a full bodied delight. It's the perfect accompaniment to stews, red meat hot pots, but sublime with a big juicy steak.

WOTW Mont Saint Jean CorbieresDate published: 24/02/14

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres

Origin

Using the typical Corbieres grapes: Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, winemaker Jerome Regues make this wine his own by combining grapes from two different vineyards. The full and fruity grapes from Ornaisons provide the backbone to the wine while the spicier, peppery grapes from Durban.

Nose

Gentle spice with a smooth blackberry aroma on the nose.

Taste

A full and fruity with with smooth tannins and a lingering pepper finish.

Food match

A perfect match for any simple rustic dishes such as sherpards pie or a meaty lasagne.

Price

£5.99


The Joy's of MalbecDate published: 20/02/14

The grape

When you hear the word Malbec you arguably think of Mendoza in Argentina and indeed why not. It has become 'the place' for Malbec despite the grapes origins being in northern Burgundy, France. In fact Argentina now has over 76, 000 acres of Malbec vines making it the largest Malbec producing country in the world.

For those of you not familiar with Malbec. It is a wonderfully strong and full bodied grape variety that has an intense dark red colour often refereed to as the 'black wine'.

Depending on how and where it is produced the end results can be very ripe red and black fruits, black pepper, paprika, cherries, strawberries, plums, mineral tones, spicy and floral notes. All finished off with sweet tannins and a solid structure. When oak ageing is involved there are often notes of soft vanilla, chocolate or coffee also.

Food Matches

As with many wines Malbec pairs well with local cuisine. In Argentina this means red meat and lots of it! It is also very good with hard cheeses and tomato based dishes.

Examples

Catena Malbec from the family owned Catena Vineyards of Mendoza is a very classy classic style Malbec. Produced from select high altitude vines this wine benefits from some oak ageing giving a fruity pallet with vanilla finish.


Gestos Malbec from Finca Flichman is unique to our range as it uses a combination of high and lower altitude vines to produce a subtle wine with plenty of fresh fruit flavours, plum and due to 6 months in new oak barrels, chocolate .


Portillo Malbec from Bodegas Salentein is named after the Portillo pass between Argentina and Chile. This wine comes from vineyards all over 1050 meters above sea level and has flavours of very ripe black currants. A great match for spicy dishes.



External TastingsDate published: 19/02/14

Are you hosting or thinking of holding a wine tasting event? Would you like Majestic to come and host the event for your club, society or business?

Our time is absolutely free, and we always like a good excuse to get out of the store! We have experience in hosting events for as few as 10 people and as many as 100 and cater for many different types of occasions.


For more information why not give us a call on 01248 364 771 or E-mail us at: bng@majestic.co.uk


Why Fever Tree tonic is awesomeDate published: 18/02/14

Fever Tree was created after Charles Rolls of Plymouth Gin decided he wanted a quality tonic water that wouldn't mask the flavour of his gin.

More neutral and less sweet than some of the bigger tonic-water brands, Fever Tree allows the quality and flavour of the gin to shine. It contains no artificial flavourings, preservatives or sweeteners, it is just pure and natural.

Staff picks!Date published: 15/02/14

We love wine here at Majestic Bangor so we decided to make a short list of our favourites!

Dave

I am currently enjoying the Tucumen Malbec. Softer than many other Malbecs, this wine has a lovely fruit character and is an accessible version of what can often be a real heavy duty grape.

£7.33 when you buy as part of our pix'n'mix offer!

Mike

The Marques de Caceres Deusa Nai Albarino is my fave at the moment! This is an intensely flavoured wine, with an explosion of citrus fruit and a delightful floral bouquet. If you find yourself stuck on Sauvignon Blanc this is a good choice to branch out on.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Rob

I'm a sucker for a bargain and have to go with the Gran Vendema Roija Crianza! This wine is a real gem and offers outstanding value for money! A lively young Rioja with all the hallmarks of a quiality wine, not to be missed!

£5.99 when you buy as part of our pic'n'mix offer!



Wine Of The Week Feb 14th - Salice SalentinoDate published: 14/02/14

Casa d'Aragona, Salice Salentino

Grapes:

Negromaro, Malvasia Nera

Origin:

Salice Salentino is a small town in the middle of Puglia, Italy's 'heel', and was recognised as a DOC as recently as 1976, although wine has been made in this region since Greco-Roman times. This wine is a blend of the two principal native local red grapes.

Taste:

Vibrant cherry red with a garnet tint acquired through ageing. A ripe red fruit character and round texture are accented by dry spice and tobacco notes, and supported by sinewy tannins.

£5.99 on the February Pic N Mix offer. Reduced from £8.99.

New Arrivals, Beer DepartmentDate published: 13/02/14

Not that it really needs much of an introduction but seeing as it's new to the Majestic range. We now stock Timothy Taylor's Landlord Ale!!!

A brilliant ale for any occasion.

On offer £22.80.

That's £1.9 a bottle!


Coming to a tasting counter near youDate published: 12/02/14

To celebrate valentine's day in fashion we've decided to open the Corte Alta Rosé. This unassuming bottle from Italy certainly packs a punch with its elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft and with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and all round full-bodied structure.

Perfect for that candle lit dinner or snuggling up on the sofa in front of the fire!

Familiar FavourateDate published: 11/02/14

Wither Hills!!

Yes great news the Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc is back in stock and as part of the pick n mix selections. It's only £6.66 on offer!!

A great little wine with plenty of Marlborough class, lots of Gooseberries and citrus in a glass.


Did you know?Date published: 10/02/14

Wine makers will use extreme and unusual measures to protect their vines from the threat of hail and vineyard pests. The use of netting covering huge areas of vineyards is becoming increasingly popular to prevent damage from hail and also migrating birds. The most popular areas to use these are in Northern Italy, Mendoza(Argentina) and even Marlborough, New Zealand.

Hail damage can cause complete devastation of crops and vineyards, as has recently happened in the Vouvray appellation in Loire. Netting is a costly but very effective method of preventing this damage.

New Arrivals Alert - Passimento by PasquaDate published: 09/02/14

The first thing that caught our eyes about this wine was the bottle; colourful, romantic and unusual to anything we've seen before. The label is a snapshot of a picture from Juilet's Wall in Verona featuring the thousands of love messages that have been left by tourists from all over the world. 

Secondly the name 'Passimento', this name originates in 'appassimento'. The traditional Valpolicella method that partially dries the grapes before fermentation. In the one month this process takes place the grapes lose 30% of their water content, this concentrates the juice and therefore intensifying the wine's flavour. 

The wine making process is reflected in the flavour. A beautiful deep ruby colour and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla spice hints. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a lovely long finish.

This would be a great wine to accompany that perfect Valentines day meal....

Currently £8.99 when you buy more than one bottle. Reduced from £11.99.

Wine of the week - Santa Ana MalbecDate published: 08/02/14

Santa Ana Malbec


Grape Variety

Malbec

Origin

Heralding from the Mendoza region of Argentina, close to the Andes mountain range. This is one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso.

Nose

Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate

Palate

Carried on from the nose, there is a rich dark plum and cherry characters followed by supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

Food Match

To include both food matches general and one specific dish you would have with it. Also worth noting if it works well as an aperitif.

Ideal red for any barbecue, Breast of lamb baked with onions or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.

Price

£9.99 for one or Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £5.99


Cork or Screwcap?Date published: 05/02/14

One of the major ongoing debates in the wine world concerns what to use to seal bottles of wine - cork or screwcap. Many people have a strong preference in favour of one or the other, but as yet not that much is known about the choice of closure affects the wines's evolution.

The main functions of a closure are to 1) protect the wine and 2) allow the wine to mature, if this is desired. Producers essentially have 3 options available to them: corks, synthetic corks or screwcaps. all have some advantages and disadvantages.

Corks are the traditional form of closure and are still the most widely used, especially for premium wines. They allow a small amount of oxygen to enter the wine, which aids maturation. The main disadvantages of corks are cork-taint and cork failure. We say that a wine is 'corked' when the wine reacts with a chemical that is present in some corks. This results in mouldy, wet cardboard aromas. Thanks to research and investment, the incidence of cork-taint is declining. It is important to note that cork-taint is very different to cork failure. Cork failure occurs when the cork does not seal adequately, with the result that too much air enters the bottle leading the wine to oxidise. Many consumers and producers, especially in the Old World, prefer wines with corks.

Synthetic corks are mostly made from plastic and are totally inert. While this may be suitable for wines that are not intended to age, they can cause reductive aromas when used for longer ageing. The closures also sometimes affect the flavour of the wine.

Screwcaps are used extensively in the New World and are ideal for wines where the key attraction is fresh, fruity flavours, for example New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Screwcaps are impermeable and do not taint the wine. They also offer convenience. A lot of research is being done into screwcaps and some have been developed specifically to allow  a small amount of oxygen to transfer in to assist ageing.

Whilst the issue of closures is an interesting one, ultimately, the type of closure used for a wine is less important than how the grapes have been grown and how the wine has been made. It is also no longer a reliable indicator of quality. In choosing wines it should not be a major consideration.

February DealsDate published: 04/02/14

Have you seen our Fantastic New Deals??

Brancott Sauvignon Now just £6.66*

A refreshing Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc full of gooseberry with decent acidity.

Lagunilla Reserva Now just £6.66*

A classic Spanish Rioja full or cherry, rich spice and vanilla.

Alamos Malbec Now just £6.66*

A bigger fuller bodied red then the Lagunilla with lots of black currant and brambles.

*When you buy two or more

Read All About It Wine!Date published: 31/01/14

Just this weekend some of our wines have been written up in the national press, here are a couple of our favourites:

Mail on Sunday, Domaine de Villemajou Corbieres Boutenac - £11.99 : Olly Smith's tasting note -  'A beautiful red to pair with lamb, silky and rich with bold spicy glory, it’s a steal down from £14.99.'  

The Telegraph, 2012 Cotes du Rhone Leon Perdigal - £6.99 :  Susy Atkins' tasting note -'A black-pepper perfume gives way to smooth, moreish fruity flavours of blackcurrant and mulberry. Tempting offer, if you’re quick. '

Ned Offer Ending Soon...Date published: 29/01/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc

Majestic's most popular wine.

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

Taste

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more until February 4th. Hurry to get yours before the price goes up!

Wine of the wine - Montes TwinsDate published: 29/01/14

Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua Valley

Origin

The twins in name of this wine refers to the grape varities used; Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The two grapes are very popular and are frequently used as single varietal grapes in Chile, but are rarely, if ever, seen in a blend.

Nose

An explosion of dark bramble fruit give a delightful nose to this wine.

Palate

A full bodied and fruity wine with smooth but firm tannins. More dark bramble fruit and hints of raisin make this an enjoyable and versatile wine.

Food match

Would match well with most dark meat dishes, but the Malbec in this blend cries out for steak!

Price - £8.99*

*When you buy 2 or more, single bottle price £11.24


Our next Free Wine Course this SundayDate published: 28/01/14

Free Wine Course!

Our next free wine course is being held on Sunday Febuary 2nd 2:30pm – 4:00pm

This course is designed to give a brief introduction to the world of wine whilst cutting through some of the wine jargon and myths and misconceptions. There'll also be plenty of food and wine matching and it's all completely free!

Speak to a member of staff for more details or to sign up 01248 364771  bng@majestic.co.uk

Last Chance Bargain Hunt Wines!Date published: 27/01/14

People love nothing more than a bargain, particularly when it comes to the finer things in life like wine. So it will come as no surprise that our Bargain Hunt wines are flying out, and stocks of these wines are now very low so act now to avoid missing out. Here is our pick of what we have left.

1) Oyster Bay Brut - £8.99 (reduced from £13.49)

2) Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc £12.49 (reduced from £18.74)

3) Cape Mentelle Sauvignon/Semillion £12.49 (reduced from £18.74)

These wines are not going to hang around long being 33% off, so pop along and grab yourself a couple of crackers.

New Cider! - The Burrow HillDate published: 27/01/14

We've just taken delivery of a brand new product - Burrow Hill Cider (and we're quite exited about it!)

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) ciders in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Owner, Julian Temperley (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with a focus on quality. All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style. In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider! This quality cider is currently available to taste in store! Come and explore cider!

£18 per case of 8

All festive offers ending soon!Date published: 24/01/14

All of the fantastic offers below will be coming to an end on the 3rd February so don't miss out!

Rhone 20% off

California 20% off

New Zealand 20% off

Australia 20% off

Chile 20% off

Plus lots of great Fizz offers too

Order your favourites online at www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01248 364771. Alternatively you can pop in to the store and speak to our expert team whilst browsing our full range of wines.

Cheers!

Team Bangor

A Brief Introduction to Wine MakingDate published: 22/01/14

Wine making

Ever wanted to know what wine making involves? Well you are in luck, below are some of the key steps involved in making all your favourite wines...

Grape processing - This involves grape reception, where grapes are checked on a sorting table to eliminate unripe or rotten grapes

Destemming and crushing – The stem of the grape is removed and crushing breaks the skin of the grapes and liberates free run juices.

Pressing – This separates the liquid and the solid constitutes of the grapes. For white wines pressing occurs before fermentation while for red and rose wines it will be after. The juice created by pressing is know as must.

Sugar and alcohol adjustment - In cooler climates there may be insufficient natural sugar to give the wine a satisfactory level of alcohol. In which case must enrichment may be carried out.

Acid adjustment - Acid levels may be increased, if during grape ripening acidity has fallen too far. Equally they may be neutralised by the addition of potassium bicarbonate.

Tannin adjustment -insufficient tannin's in the grapes can be raised by adding tannin power.

Fermentation - fermentation is a chemical reaction brought about by the action of yeast or bacteria. The principle role of yeast is to produce alcohol. There are two methods of fermentation, alcohol and malolactic. Alcohol fermentation is the conversion of sugar into alcohol.

After fermentation there are a number of options on the maturation of the wine. This can be done via the use of casts, stainless steel tanks, or simply matured in the bottle depending on the producer.

This is a brief insight into the methods of wine making. If you fancy learning a bit more, or equally want to learn more about wine in general then pop in store or sign up to one of free wine courses.

Domaine Haut-Lirou 2010/2011 Pic Saint-LoupDate published: 20/01/14

Domaine Haut-Lirou 2010/2011 Pic Saint-Loup

Origin

Pic Saint-Loup is within the Coteaux du Languedoc DOC in the south of France. For more than 5 generations, Domaine Haut-Lirou has been a family vineyard. Grapes for this wine come from densely planted vines. Syrah is the dominant grape in this blend.

Nose

Crimson red in colour, intense and complex aromas of baked red fruits, spices and notes of 'garrigue' leap from the glass.

Palate

Strawberry and red cherries dominate the palate, but eventually give way to subtler hints of spices and darker fruits. Well rounded with silky tannins and a gentle long finish.

Food Match

Ideal with mature cheeses, rich stews and spicy dishes.

Price - £7.99*

When you buy 2 or more, single bottle price - £8.99

Have you ever tried?Date published: 14/01/14

Have you ever tied a Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc before?

We're so used to our Marlborough Sauvignons with there juicy gooseberry fruit and mouth watering acidity but just over the straight on the north island of New Zealand is the area of Martinboough.

They are more famous for their Pinot Noirs here but do produce extremely high quality Sauvignon Blancs. Here the most famous of New Zealand white gapes takes on a more minerally characteristic. There is still an abundance of citrus and gooseberry fruits but combined with a steely Sancere typed back bone.

We currently have the Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough on our Bargain Hunt 33% off offer. Originally £18.74, this stunning wine is currently just £12.49 when bought with any Bargain Hunt wines.

Hurry though as it's only available whilst stocks last!

Wine of the week - Argento ChardonnayDate published: 11/01/14

Argento Chardonnay

Origin

Argento is a phrase meaning quintessentially Argentinian, and that fits this wine perfectly. Grown in high altitude vineyards, this wine benefits from high exposure to sunlight.

Nose

Heavy toasty oakiness balanced by fruity green apple with hints of citrus fruit.

Taste

Long buttery characteristics with fresh apple, lemon zest and a refreshing mineraly finish.

Food match

Try with a mildly spicy Mediterranean dish, for best results pair with Med Veg and chilli.

Price: £5.99 when you buy 2 or more*

* Single bottle price £8.99


The Majestic Wine Course - Update!Date published: 03/01/14

The Majestic Wine Course

Want to try and learn more about wine and different wine styles? Couldn't make any of the other dates listed?

How about Sunday 26th January?

Starting at 2pm we've managed to squeeze another one of our fantastic and FREE! wine courses in this month.

Happy New Year!!!Date published: 01/01/14

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing everyone all the best for 2014.

From Rob, Mike, Dave and Graham at Majestic Bangor

The Majestic Wine CourseDate published: 29/12/13

The Majestic Wine Course

Want to try and learn more about wine and different wine styles?

Along with food and wine matching?

And all for FREE?

Then come along to one of our free wine courses.

This course is designed to give a brief introduction to the world of wine whilst cutting through some of the wine jargon and myths and misconceptions. There'll also be plenty of food and wine matching and it's all completely free!

The following dates are currently available:

Tuesday 7th January 2014 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Sunday 2nd Febuary 2014 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Tueaday 25th Febuary 5.30pm – 7.00pm

If any of these dates don't suit just let us know and we'll pop you down for future courses.

Give us a call on 01248 364771 or email on bng@majestic.co.uk or pop in store to sign up!

New Year Fizz DealsDate published: 29/12/13

For all your NYE celebrations we have some fantastic offers on Sparkling wine and Champagne to help you welcome in 2014!

Cava Calamino - £5.99

Cava doesn't get better value than this! educed from £8.99

Lindauer Brut- £8.99
This New Zealand sparkler is perfect for parties. Zingy and fresh with loads of citrus fruit.

Perrier-Jouet NV- £25
One of the most elegant Champagnes with a soft, zesty style that is dangerously easy to drink.

Pol Roger NV- £30
If you prefer your Champagne to pack more of a punch this is the one for you. It was Winston Churchill's favourite and it could very soon be yours too!

All our latest sparkling offers are available to view here:
http://www.majestic.co.uk/new-year-champagne-deals

Morning BangorDate published: 26/12/13

Morning Bangor, just a quick reminder that we will be open again from 10 AM tomorrow morning. 

Dave will be here to help with all your needs!



Merry Christmas!!!Date published: 25/12/13

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing everyone a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous new year.

From Rob, Mike, Dave and Graham at Majestic Bangor.


Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 24Date published: 24/12/13

It's Christmas Eve and we need a special wine to celebrate! From Champagne one of the biggest names in sparkling wine; the Bollinger Special Cuvée NV.

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. An extremely rich and textured Champagne. What better way to celebrate Christmas Eve.

A staggering £30.00 a bottle when you buy 6 bottles. Reduced from £45.00. A saving of 33%!

Merry Christmas all!

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 23Date published: 23/12/13

2 days to go and how about a sticky to accompany any Christmas puds. The Elysium Black Muscat from California.

Black Muscat, an under-appreciated Muscat variety, one of the very few black-skinned Muscats. Elysium is Greek for Heaven, a fitting association for this excellent wine made by Andrew Quady.

Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.

£9.99 when bought with any Californian wines. Reduced from £12.49.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 22Date published: 22/12/13

A full bodied warming red for a cold December evening. The Angel's Share Shiraz from the McLaren Vale by Two Hands.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

£18.00 per bottle when mixed with any selected fine wine. Reduced from £23.00.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 21Date published: 21/12/13

For today's advent calender we head to England of all places!

The Nyetimber Classic Cuvee is a truly exceptional sparkling wine. From Sussex, this wine has won an impressive array of awards and states its' purpose clearly; to rival the best Champagnes!

A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this wine has an elegant structure with subtle, restrained green apple notes, and a fine mouth filling mousse to finish.

£23.99 when bought with any selected Champagnes or Sparkling wines. Reduced from £35.99.

Sparkling of the Weekend - Prosecco Treviso PasquaDate published: 21/12/13

As it's the last Saturday before Christmas we've decided to open 2 sparkling wines!

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua

Origin

The classic sparkling wine of northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method, whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful fruit profile.

Taste

A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.

Enjoy

Chill well before serving. Try with monkfish served with fresh green vegetables.

£8.99 on offer down from £13.49


Sparkling of the Weekend - Heidsick Gold TopDate published: 21/12/13

Heidsick Gold Top Vintage Champagne.


Heidsieck & Co "Monopole was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. By 1818, They had been appointed suppliers of Champagne to the king of Prussia. Then later went on to supply the emperor of Germany, the English court and even Csar Nicolas II.


This complex Champagne has a light yellow tint, with aromas of hazelnut, dried fruits, warm croissants!


On the palate there is a wonderfully creamy and moussey feel to this champagne followed by flavours of baked apple and citrus with great length.


A powerful and complex wine.

And a bargain to boot at just £19.99



Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 20Date published: 20/12/13

Don't forget your fine white wines for those not fans of reds. How about the iconic Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.

£19.99 when bought with any New Zealand wine. Reduced from £27.50.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 19Date published: 19/12/13

Less than a week until Christmas day now and don't forget your beers for those non-wine drinkers. How about the new Icelandic 'Einstock' white ale.

A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

£9.99 when bought with any selected beer 6-pack. Reduced from £12.99.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 18Date published: 18/12/13

One week to go until the big day and why not treat yourself. Go all out. The Chateau Gloria from St-Julien. A classic Bordeaux.

Château Gloria was created by Henri Martin over a number of years, by purchasing vineyard plots exclusively from grand cru properties, and the cellars from Château Saint-Pierre, creating a new estate possessing all the characteristics of an established Bordeaux property.

A smoky, evolved and savoury nose with suggestions of forest mushrooms and charcuterie against a background of red berry fruit. Nicely balanced tannins, medium body and a silky finish.

£25.00 when bought with any selected fine wines. Reduced from £30.00

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 17Date published: 17/12/13

For any fish meals this Christmas you have to try today's wine. The Pennautier Viognier.

The nose reveals honeysuckle, fresh apricots and even a hint of sherbet. Crisp and fresh, with flavours following aromas of the nose and a well balanced lingering finish.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Reduced from £8.99.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 16Date published: 16/12/13

We haven't had a full bodied winter warmer in a few days so today we've gone with The 'Testimonio' Cabernet Shiraz blend.

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more. Reduced from £12.99

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 15Date published: 15/12/13

Need a light refreshing party white. The Pasqua Pinot Grigio is here for you.

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish. A real crowd pleaser.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. Reduced from £7.99

Sparkling of the Weekend - Bouvet LadubayDate published: 14/12/13

Bouvet Ladubay is the second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire. Made using the traditional champgne methode but with the Chenin Blanc grape instead of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

This Sparkling has a much more floral nose then a champagne but all the same bubbles!!

A Bargain at £8.99*

On our counter to try today! (14/12/13)



*Down from 13.49 when you buy any two selective sparkling wines save 33%.


Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 14Date published: 14/12/13

For today's wine we're heading back to Rioja but with a more youthful Crianza style. The Gran Vendema.

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release. Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. Reduced from £9.99

Delivery ScheduleDate published: 14/12/13

Majestic Bangor Delivery Schedule

It's coming to that time of year when we get very busy with deliveries and receive many gift orders. As we cover most of North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. So for those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is.

Mondays - No deliveries


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed

                  Please note that we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas to Tywyn, Aberdovey, Bala after the 17th December


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc


Fridays - Anglesey


Wine Of The Week - LFE Gan Reserva ChardonnayDate published: 13/12/13

Wine of the week – Luis Felipe Edwards

Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012

Origin

The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve to moderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures, aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening.

Nose

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla.

Taste

On the palate, round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish. Beautifully smooth.

Food match

Best served with turkey or whole salmon. Alternatively, it's great on it's own.

Price: £7.49*

*When you buy with any Chilean wine, single bottle price: £9.36.


Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 13Date published: 13/12/13

It's Friday again so why not another Sparkling. Champagne we think, and the Monopole Gold Top Vintage 2007 by Heidsieck .

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.

£19.99 when bought with selected Sparkling wines and Champagnes. Reduced from £30.00.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 12Date published: 12/12/13

One for those thinking of treating themselves or others this Christmas. The Chateau Coufran Haut-Medoc 2004.

Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.

This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture.

£14.99 when bought with any selected fine wine. Reduced from £19.99

Californian Value - The Clos do Bois WineryDate published: 11/12/13

The boutique Clos du Bois winery in California is powered by 4000 solar panels, which if laid side by side would cover 4 acres of land! Their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are also excellent value at £9.99, rare for quality Californian wine on the UK Market:

Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2012 £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy any two Californian wines

Origin: In partnership with several local growers throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of Califonia, Clos du Bois has access to almost 800 acres of vineyard spanning a diverse range of microclimates. Their aim is to emulate the classic wine styles of France.
Taste: A richly fruity Chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak toast and a creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend.

Enjoy: Best enjoyed with lobster or creamy seafood pasta dishes.

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2012 £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy any two Californian wines

Origin: Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. This Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak.
Taste: A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins.
Enjoy: Drink with slow-roasted pork shoulder.



Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 11Date published: 11/12/13

With 2 weeks to go until Christmas day we think it's about time a Port made it into our advent calender. How about the Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage.

The 300 year old Port House of Taylor's, based in Oporto on the Atlantic coast, one of the greatest names of Port. Produced from one vintage, from the same constituent wines as the Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage is aged for 4 - 6 years in cask and released ready to drink.

ark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit.

£11.99 Special Offer. Down from £14.99

Roija at it's very best - ArdanzaDate published: 10/12/13

Vina Aranza is produced by La Rioja Alta in only in the best vintages and is an absolutely fantastic example of Rioja at its best. The wine, made from grapes sourced from the bodega's own vineyards, is aged in old oak barrels for 36 months and is 'racked' to a fresh barrel every six months. This is way over the legally required year of oak ageing for a Reserva wine and really helps to impart the smooth, elegant quality that makes Ardanza stand out.

This is a must for every Rioja lover and would also partner brilliantly with roast meats so it's definitely a contender for the Christmas dinner!

A nose of sweet spice and vanilla smokiness leads into a soft, round palate with plenty of soft red fruit, supple tannins and a fantastic long finish with Rioja's famed savoury character.

At £18.50 (when you buy 2+ bottles) this is a real treat and it also comes in magnums at £37 if you want something impressive to put on the dinner table.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 10Date published: 10/12/13

Our best selling french white the Macon Lugny Louis Latour 2011.

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more. Down from £11.99.

Wine of the week - Lagunilla Reserva 2008Date published: 09/12/13

Wine of the week – Lagunilla Reserva 2008

Origin

the Lagunilla bodega was founded by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Matin, the man who was made famous for his work in saving the Rioja regions' vineyards from a phylloxera epidemic.

Nose

Leather and forest floor smells,typical of Rioja, dominate the nose, with subtler hints of vanilla and tobacco.

Taste

Stronger notes of vanilla on the palate, accompanied by dark berries and a hint of spiciness add to a long, smooth finish.

Food match

Would match well with just about any game dishes, with a rustic venison steak being a personal favourite match.

Price: £7.99*

*(When you buy 2 or more, single bottle price: £10.99)


Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 9Date published: 09/12/13

Back to whites this Monday with the Marques de Riscal Rueda Blanco.

A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more. Down from £8.99

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 08/12/13

From tomorrow we will have slightly different opening hours for the Christmas and new year period. They are as follows:

Monday 9th December-Friday 13th: 9am-8pm

Saturday 14th December: 9am-7pm

Sunday 15th December: 10am-5pm

Monday 16th December- Saturday 21st: 9am-8pm

Sunday 22nd December: 10am-5pm

Monday 23rd December: 9am-8pm

Tuesday 24th December: 9am-5pm

Wednesday 25th December-Thursday 26th: Closed

Friday 27th December: 10am-8pm

Saturday: 28th: 9am-7pm

Sunday 29th: 10am-5pm

Monday 30th: 10am-7pm

Tuesday 31st: 10am-5pm

Wednesday 1st January: Closed

Thursday 2nd-Friday 3rd January: 10am-8pm

Saturday 4th January: 9am-7pm

Sunday: 5th January: 10am-5pm

Monday 6th January onwards: Back to normal.


Chapel Downs - Curious Brew lagerDate published: 08/12/13

Chapel Down – Curious Brew larger

From one of England's leading winemakers comes this fantastic lager. Chapel Downs' “Curious Brew”. Made with East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops this wine then earns its title as curious by being re-fermented with Chapel Downs own Champagne Yeast and receiving a dosage of the Nelson Sauvin Hop.

This process creates a fresh and clean, truly premium lager. Curious Brew also won a prestigious gold medal in the International Beer Challenge.

This is a beer for the connoisseur, without the price to match. Curious Brew would make an ideal Christmas treat for a lager lover, or just for everyday drinking over the holiday season!

Also of note is Chapel Downs fantastic Curious IPA!

Price: £14.99 (12x33cl)


Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 8Date published: 08/12/13

Today we have the superb value for money Santa Ana Malbec.

Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. Down from £8.99.

Sparkling of the Weekend - Prosecco Salatin Date published: 07/12/13

Prosecco Salatin

Origin

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Taste

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

Amazing on it's own! Nuff said!!

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more. Reduced from £14.99

Know your PortDate published: 07/12/13

Know your Port

Ruby Reserve Port Tasting Note:

Blended from one or more vintages that are cask-matured before bottling. Full bodied with ripe fruit flavours and a residual sweetness. Deep ruby in colour and with a rich concentration of dark berries and blackcurrant hints delivered in a warming, satisfying style. Do not require decanting.

Late Bottled Vintage Port Tasting Note:

 Produced from one vintage, from the same constituent wines as a Vintage port, Late Bottled Vintages (LBVs) is aged for 4 - 6 years in cask before bottling and released ready to drink. LBVs will usually carry a year of bottling on to. Dark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit. Do not require decanting.

Vintage Port Tasting Note:

Only produced in the very best years you will probably only find 3 or 4 vintages released each decade. Usually but not always producers will all agree on which vintages to release. Vintage ports are often the most capable wines on earth for long-term ageing, up to and over 30 years of ageing before prime is not uncommon. Full rich and tannic they will throw a heavy deposit from the bottle and always require decanting.

Single Quinta Vintage Port:

Same as the vintage port only taken from a single vineyard or estate (quinta), usually the producer's flagship vineyard. They are supposed to express the characteristics of the vineyard site. A typical Single quinta vintage will express concentrated spicy aromas of raisin, spices, and currant. Exceptionally rich, with layer upon layer of fruit, a chewy, unctuous texture, firm structure and tannin and a finish lasting in over a minute. Will require decanting.

Tawny Port Tasting Note:

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour with oxidative characteristics. 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old rather than a vintage 2003. Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish. Do not usually require decanting.

Prices:

Taylor's First Estate Ruby Reserve Port - £8.99

Fonseca Bin 27 Reserve Ruby Port - £9.99

Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port - £11.99

Delaforce Corte 1995 vintage Port - £18.99

Croft's (Single Quinta) Quinta da Roeda 1997 Vintage Port - £18.99

Taylor's 10 year old Tawny Port - £20.00

Call in store for any more Port information.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 7Date published: 07/12/13

For the 7th day of Advent it's back to reds with the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot

Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume.

£7.48 when bout with any Chilean wine. Down from £9.36.

Know your SherryDate published: 06/12/13

Know your Sherry

Sherry 'Fino' Tasting Note:

Fino is a bone dry wine, which is aged under flor to protect itself from oxidation. The Intense flor character brings the yeasty components, complemented by almond and fresh apple notes, which leaves a fresh and pleasant aftertaste. It is an excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, smoked hams,

shellfish, oysters, mackerel pate, salads, artichokes, asparagus as well as

Asian or Indian cuisine.

Serve: at 6-8ºc and consume within 2 weeks of opening.

Sherry 'Amontillado' Tasting Note:

Amontillado is one of the true wines of Jerez. Subtle and delicate bouquet, suggests notes of hazelnut on the nose, yet with light reminders of yeast but smooth on the palate which leaves a fresh and pleasant finish. This is an excellent match for soups and consommés, Tuna, wild mushrooms, hard cheeses like Manchego or Cheddar, as well as Japanese/Asian influenced dishes.

Serve: at 13-14ºc and consume within 1 month of opening.

Sherry 'Oloroso' Tasting Note:

Oloroso is the traditionally aged sherry that is most popular amongst Jerezanos. This is warm, with rounded aromas and full of complexity. Exquisite, intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves, with a profound and expansive palate. This Oloroso is an excellent match for red meats, game such as partridges or pigeon, casseroles and chicken and Vegetable paellas.

Serve: at 13-14ºc and consume within 1 month of opening.

Sherry 'Palo Cortado' Tasting Note:

Palo Cortado is the traditionally aged sherry that is most sought after by the wine connoisseur. Palo Cortado is a very rare style of Sherry which falls between Amontillado and Oloroso. Pungent on the nose, yet soft and round on the finish. Palo Cortado is an excellent match for hard cheeses like Manchego or Cheddar,

smoked hams or even as a main course with game, roasts or pot roasts.

Serve: at 13-14ºc and consume within 1 month of opening.

Sherry 'Pedo Ximenez' Tasting Note:

The ultimate sweet wine! Fantastic when poured over ice-cream.

Aromas of raisins, molasses, figs, toffee, caramel, nuts, the palate is

incredibly thick, dense, with an oily texture, massive concentration and

unsurpassed sweetness and prolonged length.

Serve: at 6-8ºc and consume within 1 month of opening.

Prices:

Pedro's Fino - £8.99

Pedro's Oloroso - £9.99

Pedro's Amontillado - £11.99

Pedro's Palo Cortado - £14.99

Tio Pepe Fino - £10.99

Hidalgo 'La Gitana' Manzanilla - £7.99

Hidalgo 'Triana' Pedro Ximenez - £12.99

Hidalgo 'Napoleon' Amontillado - £11.99

Hidalgo 'Pastrana' Manzanilla Pasada - £10.99

Apostoles Palo Cortado 30 year old - £17.99

Ask in store for any more information on Sherries.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 6Date published: 06/12/13

6th December, It's a Friday so why not open some Fizz. The Proscco Zonin perhaps?

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more. Down from £11.99

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 5Date published: 05/12/13

For day 5 the Pouilly Fumé Jean Vincent.

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more. Down from £11.99.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 4Date published: 04/12/13

4th of December, 3 weeks exactly until the big day and we're recommending a lighter red today. The DB Pinot Noir from Australia.

Made for early drinking, this is an open and generously textured Pinot Noir, with warm and jammy red fruit flavours, together with soft tannins and medium body.

£7.99 when bought with any Australian wine. Down from £9.99.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 3Date published: 03/12/13

For day 3 we have the Macon-Villages Blanc 2012 from Cave de Lugny.

Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more. Down from £8.99

Wine of the week - San Leonino Chianti ClassicoDate published: 02/12/13

Wine of the week - San Leonino Chianti Classico

Origin

Hailing from the world famous Chianti region, this is a “Chianti Classico”, meaning that it is from within the regions' original, highest quality boundaries. The grapes are grown in near perfect condition, on the south-easterly facing vineyards of the San Leonino village.

Nose

Bursting with fresh red fruit, this wine has an exciting and full bouquet, finished with hints of spice.

Palate

Strawberry and red cherries dominate the palate, but eventually give way to subtler hints of spices and darker fruits. This is balanced by a gentle acidity and long, silky finish.

Food Match

Italian wines generally mix well with Italian food, and this is no exception! Try it with a meaty pizza or pasta dish for best results.

Price - £9.99*

When you buy 2 or more, single bottle price - £11.99


Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 2Date published: 02/12/13

For the 2nd day of December why not try a classic Rioja Reserva.

The Vina Eguia 2008 offers that palate that only a good Rioja reserva can. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more until the end of Monday 2nd December.. £6.99 there after. Down from £9.99.

Majestic Bangor Advent Calender Day 1Date published: 01/12/13

Now that December has arrived, the countdown to Christmas has properly set in and what better way to add additional interest to the remaining days then by having an online advent calendar here on our webpage! 
Come online each day to discover one of our great offers and staff favourites that will all be making an appearance at our homes over the festive period. 

To kick start the month we have gone for the Vinalba Malbec! A must have for those cold wintery nights, when a warming bottle of full and fruity red in front of the fire is the desired option.

Currently, just £7.99 down from £11.99 when you buy 2 or more...this is something that will be making many appearances over the coming weeks as the nights continue to draw in even earlier!

Sparkling of the Weekend - Lindauer Special Reserve NVDate published: 30/11/13

Lindauer Special Reserve

Grape Variety - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

This Special Reserve NV comes from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. 

Origin - The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months.

Taste - Elegant citrus fruit, ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit with a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Partner with - Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

£9.99 per bottle down from £14.99


Christmas Wine TastingDate published: 29/11/13

FREE CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING 7th DECEMBER.

Not sure what to try this Christmas? Overwhelmed by the sheer number of different products we offer? Or perhaps you just fancy trying a wide selection of wines before you buy? If this is you then perhaps you'd be interested in our FREE spotlight tasting coming up on December the 7th. In a relaxed and chilled environment we go through about 6 of our wines in approx 30 minutes which gives you a great opportunity to learn a little about each one and maybe select a couple for your Christmas meal.

Tastings start at 12:00 and 15:00 so if you'd like to book a place then please give us a call on 01248 364771 or send us an email bng@majestic.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you!


Pic N Mix ending soon!Date published: 27/11/13

Our November Pick n' Mix offers will be ending on 2nd December, so make the most of the fantastic 33% off offers whilst you can...

We have:

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99

Vina Eguia Reserva at £6.66

Montes Twins at £7.99

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc at £6.66

Lindauer Blanc de Blancs Special Reserve at £9.99

And loads more.. Look for the green Pic N Mix tags in store..


Majestic Bangor Delivery ScheduleDate published: 26/11/13

As we cover most of North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. So for those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is. 

Mondays - No deliveries


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc.


Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno and Conwy  then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey.

Wine of the Week - Louis Latour, Pouilly-VinzellesDate published: 25/11/13

Pouilly-Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ 2012 Louis Latour

Origin:

The Latour family founded the 'Maison de négoce' back in 1797 and are still registered at the same address in Beaune. The company is unique in Burgundy as it is still family owned, now for over ten generations. The Pouilly-Vinzelles as the name suggests comes from the village Vinzelles which takes its name from the latin vincella which means small vine. With exclusive panting of Chardonnay and predominantly limestone slopes, Vinzelles wines closely resemble those wines from its neighbour Pouilly-Fuissé.

Nose:

There is a complex nose of tropical fruits, passion fruit and hints of Brioche. Vibrant but subtle all at the same time.

Palate:

On the palate rich baked apple, honey & shortbread flavours with a lovely full mouth feel. A good balance of fresh acidity and well integrated light oak character. Very smooth and approachable.

Food Match:

Like all good Mâconnais wines this will go exceptionally well with seafood, chicken dishes or even with that Christmas Turkey!

Price:

£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £12.99


Sparkling of the Weekend - Heidsick MonopoleDate published: 23/11/13

Heidsick Monopole

Heidsieck & Co "Monopole was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. By 1818, They had been appointed suppliers of Champagne to the king of Prussia. Then later went on to supply the emperor of Germany, the English court and even Csar Nicolas II. 

This complex Champagne offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes, warm croissants! and an abundant mousse.

And a bargain to boot at just £15.99*

If that wasn't a good enough reason to buy some, This weekend Majestic will be donating £1 for every bottle of Champagne sold to charity our Charity of the Year, Children with Cancer UK!




*When you buy any two selective fizz!

Wine Of The Week - Leyda Syrah ReservaDate published: 18/11/13

Leyda Syrah Reserva

Grape Variety: 

Syrah

Origin:

The Leyda Vineyards are a relatively new venture in Chile having only been around since 1998 and only producing wines since 1999. Planted considerably closer to the sea then most other Chilean wines before, the Leyda wines benefit from the coastal influences that help prevent frosts, snow and any other extreme weather conditions that might harm the vines. In fact the temperature does not tent to rise above 25°C which is ideal for growing cool climate, slow maturing fruit.

The Syrah vines are planted on northeast-facing slopes. Leyda's warmer sites, ideal for ripening this thicker-skinned red grape and allowing the development of pure fruity aromas, flavours, minerality and a balance of sugar and acidity in the grapes.

Nose:

Cracked black pepper, spice, black currents, meaty, herbal and subtle hints of red currant.

Palate:

The wine undergoes 14 months maturation in new and old French oak. With gives a softer finish to the wine. This beautiful spicy Syrah has lots of cracked pepper, rich black currents and red berries. A good balance of sweet tannins and acidity finish off the wine nicely.

Food Match:

Ideal with Welsh Black beef rump steak, dauphin potatoes and asparagus. Equally at home with an Italian vegetable roast.

Price:

£9.99 Buy two Chilean wines save 20% £7.99


Chilean Wine Region - CasablancaDate published: 15/11/13

The Valley of Casablanca' within the Valparaíso Region in Chile.

Casablanca Valley lies in the western side of the Chilean coast range that separates it from the Central Valley wine region. It is one of Chile's cooler wine regions and is often compared to the Californian wine region. The  cool climate has caused it to concentrate a considerable amount on Chile's Chardonnay plantations, but also produces Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. It is one of Chile's best known and respected regions and the growing seasons last up to a month longer than other regions.

Two good example are the Errazuriz Chardonnay (£7.99 on offer) and the Montes Alpha Chardonnay (9.99 on offer).

Chilean Wine Region - Limari ValleyDate published: 13/11/13

The Limari Valley is located 400 Km (290 miles) to the north of Santiago and only 20 km from the Pacific Ocean. Because of the proximity to the coast the region is affected by the Camanchaca fog that comes rolling in off the coast every morning but quickly dissipates as the sun rises. With an average of less than 4 inches of rain per annum drip irrigation is a necessity and water is fed through a system of canals from the Andes.

The valley is planted with a range of grapes, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and Chardonnay.


Upcoming Spotlight Tasting DatesDate published: 10/11/13

Spotlight Tastings are back!

Want a great place to spend half an hour on Saturdays?

Why not come along to Majestic Bangor and try 6 wines in 30 minutes around a theme, different theme each week.

Saturday 23rd November -

Rhone and Bordeaux: The varying styles compared and contrasted from these 2 French wine powerhouses.

12pm or 3pm

Saturday 7th December

Christmas wines: All the help and inspiration you'll need for choosing your Christmas tipple(s!).

12pm or 3pm

All tasting are completely informal, will sample 6 different and interest wines, last half an hour and as always are completely FREE!

Speak to a member of staff in store or call us on 01248 364771 to book your place.


Wine Of The Week - King's Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/11/13

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Produced by a descendant of the DeMarisco family, this New Zealand wine takes it's name from their history of falling in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. This is a prime example of Marlborough's favourite grape, the Sauvignon Blanc.

Nose

This wine has a strong bouquet of intense fresh citrus, offset by youthful notes of sweet tree sap, giving this wine a lively yet focused nose.

Palate

With a more Sancerre-esque character than typically found in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, this wine features ripe fruits which are rounded off by a firm and stony character with an incisive edge lent to it by balanced acidity.

Food Match

Would match well with grilled white fish or soft goats cheeses. For the best experience match with fresh oysters.

Price: £9.33

*When you buy at least 2 featured wines from the November Pick'N'Mix Deal

Single bottle Price: £13.99


Pic N Mix (for adults)Date published: 08/11/13

Our fantastic Pick N Mix and save 33% is well under way!

Pick any 2 from nearly 50 wines as part of your 6 then you'll save 33%!!!

This fantastic offer ends 2nd December

Wine Of The Week - Panamericana Sauvignon BlancDate published: 04/11/13

Panamericana -  Sauvignon Blanc

Grape variety:

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin:

A one off for Majestic, this wine comes from the Central Valley, Chile’s oldest and most traditional wine growing region. Through a process of cool fermentation every effort is made to retain the freshness and potency of fruit in this wine.

Nose:

There is a rich citrusy note followed by Passion fruit, asparagus, melon and a Minerally finish.

Palate:

After an initial hit of gooseberries, softer fruit flavours form including peach, passion fruit, grapefruit and melon. With a definite wet stone/minerally aftertaste. Well balanced this Sauvignon is not as Sharp or acidic as its Kiwi equivalent but rather more subtle.

Food Match:

An ideal accompliment to a number of dishes in particular Chicken Cesar salad, barbequed shrips or lemon butter drizzled place to name a few.

Price:

£7.49 for 1 or buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20% £5.99


Wine Of The Week - Chateau Le Vivier, MedocDate published: 01/11/13

Chateau Le Vivier

Medoc, 2008

£7.99 (down from £11.99) when you buy with any other selected wine. 33% off!

Formerly owened by Lafite-Rothschile, in 1990 Le Vivier was acquired by the Charloux family, who set about modernising the estate. This included building the Médoc's largest underground cellars, now known locally as 'The Cathedral', such is their volume and grandeur.

A 50/50 Cabernet/Merlot blend, this wine has great balance between firm tannin, intense bramble fruit and soft plum notes, with the influence of old and new oak adding polish and a liquorice spice.

Enjoy with flavourful cuts of slow-cooked beef, such as skirt or shin.

Mike

New wine of the week - Wakefield Merlot 2012Date published: 20/10/13

Wakefield Merlot 2012

Grown on the largest family owned estate in the Clare Valley, this wine really summarises the Taylor family's excellence and dedication to wine making.

The wine is named after the river which flows past the vineyards, the Wakefield river.

This Merlot is deep and full bodied but with deliciously youthful characteristics. Plum and cherries on the nose and palette, satisfying undertones of chocolate and perfectly finished by lingering tannins.

Will match beautifully with pasta and tomato based dishes.

This wine represents true value for money and quality.

£8.99

When you buy with any other Wakefield wine (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay) as part of your mixed case

(£11.99 single bottle price)

Offer ends 28/09/13


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Senejac 2010Date published: 19/10/13

A great Claret is hard to beat, and Château Senejac certainly falls into this category. Granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification, the estate has gone from strength to strength since it was acquired by the family who own Château Talbot, the 4th Growth estate in St. Julien.

Dating back to 1860, Château Senejac lies in the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, where the wines are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, which gives the wines a perfume and structure. 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.

The wine displays notes of perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum. On the palate, it is medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.

This would be a great partner for roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.

On the tasting counter this weekend!

Awarded 16.5 out of 20 points by Jancis Robinson

£18 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines (£23 single bottle price)

Fantastic new October offers!Date published: 16/10/13

Right now buy any 2 Wakefield wines and get each at £8.99 a bottle! This includes the Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines.

Also we have:

Chapoutier Belleruche at £7.99**

and

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde at £5.99**

Don't forget our new sparkling wine and champagne offers to:

Prosecco Zonin £6.99*

De Telmont Brut champagne £15.00*

Louis Roederer Brut £27.99*

Laurent Perrier Rosé £50.00*

Hurry these offers are only on for 2 weeks ending 28th October.

**when you buy 2 or more bottles

*when bought with any selected sparkling wines or champagnes

Last Chance OffersDate published: 14/10/13

Great offers ending today:

Louis Jadot Macon Villages £7.99*

Georges Debeouf Beaujolais Villages £5.99*

Portillo Malbec £6.99*

Nicolas Feuillatte £16.66*

Moet & Chandon Brut £27.99*

Come in store, order online or give us a call 01248 364771 before 7pm today to make the most of these fantastic offers.

*All prices applicable when buying 2 or more bottles

Dave's first Wine of the Week!Date published: 12/10/13

Vińalba – Malbec Touriga Nacional

£ 8.99

if you buy two or more (£11.99 single bottle)

This fantastic blend uses two very different grapes; Malbec from Argentina and Touriga Nacional from Portugal. Touriga Nacional, which is more commonly seen in Port, gives this wine a depth of character and full bodiedness which is beautifully offset by the ripe fruits of the Malbec.

With Dark fruits and a deep earthiness on the nose and a wide array of dried fruits and cherries on the palate, this wine is sure to delight.

This wine would match well with anything from steak to powerful stews, or could be just enjoyed on its own!


Majestic Bangor Delivery ScheduleDate published: 09/10/13

As we cover most of North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. So for those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is. 

Mondays - No deliveries


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc


Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay (and surrounding areas) then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey

New Pedro's SherryDate published: 08/10/13

The sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices. 20% of the fino blend is from an aged fino solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth. They are all authentic and traditional in style. Pedro Dauthieu is a local man and knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. Their colour and vibrancy have fantastic stand out value.  The wines and labels are absolutely exclusive to Majestic! 

Wine Of The Week - Anthony's YardDate published: 07/10/13

Anthony's Yard – Graham beck


Anthony's Yard is what's often referred to as a Bordeaux blend as it has a blend of grapes often associated with Bordeaux. In particular, Cabernet Sauvginon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aged for 12 months in French Oak helps give balance and structure to the wine.

With a rich nose of dark berries, hints of liquorish and spice followed by a palate filled with Silky tannins, robust red currants, black berries and cedar.

Can be drunk on it's own but I always find it best with Roast beef. Yum!!

Offer price *£6.99

*buy any two South African wines save 20%


Magic of Fine wineDate published: 05/10/13

Cablis 1er Cru Fouchaume 2012, Séguinot-Bordet

All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terrior, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and the Loire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via the Yonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.

The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.

TASTING NOTE: Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.

FOOD MATCH: Oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce. 

£24 Single bottle price or buy any 2 selected fine wines save £10

£19!!


Available to taste today!

Matua "Head of the FamilyDate published: 30/09/13

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012

New Zealand

Matua, a Maori word meaning 'Head of the Family', were the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand in the 1970's and part of the first wave of the modern winemakers who inspired the growing passion for this amazing grape.

Straight from Marlborough, Matua is quickly becoming one of my favourite Sauvignon Blancs. Well balanced, Kiwi Sauvignon combined with tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours. It's definitely one you would like to share with your guests, friends or family (although I would keep it to myself as it's that good). What I love the most about this wine is the hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

I would normally enjoy this delicious wine well chilled as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.

Buy 2+ bottles as a part of mixed case and enjoy Matua Sauvignon Blanc for only £7.99!

Last Chance OffersDate published: 23/09/13

It is the final day to take advantage of the following offers:


Giesen Sauvignon -  £5.99 offer price

Heidseick Gold Top - £17.99 offer price

Prosecco Zonin - £6.66 offer price

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £15.99 offer price

Grifone Montepulciano - £4.99 offer price

Piper Heidseick - £19.99 offer price

Offers end close of play today Monday 23rd September


Riscal Rioja Reserva 2008 - Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/09/13

The Riscal Reserva 2008 comes from one of the oldest and most revered Bodega in Rioja and is quite simply an absolute bargain at the current offer price. 


Aged for 2 years in oak casks and then a further 18 months in bottle, it's beautifully mature, showing toasty oak, vanilla and fresh red fruit aromas. The palate is well-balanced and incredibly smooth with a long, lingering finish.


A perfect match to roast lamb and most cheeses, but can easily stand-up to a wide variety of dishes.


Yours for just £10.99 a bottle on offer, when you buy any 2 Spanish* wines!

Buy 2 Spanish wines save 20%


And why not double up with one of our Riscal Magnums for just £22 on offer!

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 14/09/13

Jane MacQuitty has just recommended a few of our wines today:

Cuvée de Richard Blanc 2012 Star Buy at £5.49

Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2012 Star Buy at £5.99 (Down from £7.49 when you buy two or more)

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2010 £8.99 (Down from £10.99 when you buy two or more)

New and improved offers!Date published: 12/09/13

Get them while they last!

Although Summer has drawn to a close, our new, offers have just begun. Not only do we now have 20% of both South African and Spanish wines, but today we have launched some new short term offers that are not to be missed out on! These offers end on Monday 23rd September so get yourself a bargain now; or stock up on some early Christmas presents? Here are a few of those fantastic deals on in-store and online now:

Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012: Now just £4.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007: Now just £17.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Nicolas Feuillatte NV: Now just £15.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV: Now just £19.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV: Now just £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc: Now just £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles (currently out of stock but available for delivery)

A Pig's LifeDate published: 11/09/13

Say hello to our newest cider, Reveller, from Orchard Pig. This cider is made in the heart of Somerset and is full of concentrated West Country apples.

This is a medium cider, bursting with fruitiness that has a fizz that seems to last an age. It is well balanced and is truly an experience to try and I haven't even mentioned the most amazing thing about it...

It is on special offer at the moment of only £1.00 per bottle! Thats almost half price (usual price of 1.80 per bottle).

Available to try in-store now!!! Don't delay as this amazing offer won't be on forever.

So be a pig, trotter down to us, and try some of this new refreshing cider!

Italy's TOP Pinot GrigioDate published: 08/09/13

From Fruili in the North East of Italy, comes one of Italy's top Pinot Grigio: Jermann Pinot Grigio, with notes of pears, hay and stoney minerality on the nose. The palate is crisp and dry with a creamy texture enhanced by the fruitiness showing through from the nose.

Well worth a try at £18 on our "fine wine at house prices" offer (mix and match and save £10), £23 when you buy a single bottle

Spotlight Tastings: 6 Wines in 30 MInutes!Date published: 07/09/13

There's only one way to discover your new favourite wine and that's to taste it. 

We're holding focused informal tastings where we compare and contrast wines of the same grape variety or from the same area.

Why not Come and Explore?

The next dates are:

Saturday 7th Sept- Chardonnay

Saturday 14th Sept- Spain

Saturday 21st Sept- Sauvignon Blanc

Saturday 28th Sept- Shiraz.

Call us on 01248 364771 to reserve your space!

Majestic Bangor Delivery ScheduleDate published: 20/08/13

As we cover most of North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. So for those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is.

Mondays - No deliveries


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc


Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay (and surrounding areas) then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey


Order now to make sure you get it in time for the bank holiday!!

September Spotlight TastingsDate published: 18/08/13

Spotlight Tastings are back!

Want a great way to spend your September Saturdays?

Why not come along to Majestic Bangor and try 6 wines in 30 minutes around a theme, different theme each week.

Saturday 7th September -

Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles

Explore Chardonnay in all its different guises. Discover what makes it one of the greatest white grapes in existence. We’ll also look at the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of how this one grape can make wines of such varying styles.

12pm or 3pm

Saturday 14th September -

Spain: Rioja and beyond

You hear Spain, you think Rioja. Rioja can be a great everyday glugger or a dinner-party show stopper. The rest of Spain, however, is all too often overlooked – especially its wonderful whites which are superb value for money.

12pm or 3pm

Saturday 21st September

Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives

Probably the most popular wine in the world, its influence stretches from France to New Zealand. We will pitch some familiar wines against cracking alternatives from all over the wine-growing world.

12pm or 3pm

Saturday 28th September

Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International Styles

Shiraz vs. Syrah– Australia makes Shiraz. The French make Syrah. Confusing wine labelling snobbery? Or, a logical differentiation between the varying styles this wonderful grape can produce? You decide. Either way we love it!

12pm or 3pm

All tasting are completely informal, will sample 6 different and interest wines, last half an hour and as always are completely FREE!

Speak to a member of staff for more details or to sign up

01248364771

The Majestic Wine CourseDate published: 17/08/13

The Majestic Wine Course

Want to try lots of different wine for free?

Along with food matching?

And all for FREE?

Then come along to one of our free wine courses.

This course is designed to give a brief introduction to the world of wine whilst cutting through some of the wine jargon and myths and misconceptions. There'll also be plenty of food and wine matching and it's all completely free!

The following dates are currently available:

Tuesday 20th August 5pm – 6.30pm

Tuesday 10th September 5.30pm – 7pm

Sunday 22nd September 2pm – 3.30pm

If any of these dates don't suit just let us know and we'll pop you down for future courses.

Top 5 Fizz Offers!Date published: 14/08/13

I am a sucker for anything with bubbles, whether it's a celebration or even just a Friday I love trying, tasting and enjoying all kinds of fizz. Here are my pick of our top 5 Sparkling wine and champagne offers of the moment:

Codorniu Raventos £9.99 Single Bottle =  £7.49

Codorniu have been producing Cava for over 100 years, so they certainly know what they're doing. Green Apple and citrus fruit are predominant with a lovely undertone of biscuit and almonds. Great for any occasion!

Prosecco Zonin £10.99  Single Bottle = £7.99

A wonderfully light Prosecco, slightly off dry with plenty of stone fruit character. Peach, Pineapple and white flowers accompany this delicate Prosecco. Great for in the garden with a dash of Cassis.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV £21.99 Single Bottle = £15.99

From a Chardonnay-dominant blend of selected vintages, this is a fresh, apéritif style of sparkling wine. Crisp apple flavours are backed up by a nutty, yeasty complexity from its time on lees.

Oeil de Perdrix Rose Champagne £29.00 Single Bottle = £19.00

Salmon-pink in colour this delicate Champagne exhumes strawberry, cherry and raspberries with subtle hints of croissant, a perfect aperitif..

Pol Roger Reserve NV £42.00  Single Bottle = £32.00

One of my favourite Non-Vintage Champagnes, with a fantastically delicate and fine mousse the flavour characteristics jump out of the glass on first pour. Fruits, such as bruised apple and lemon are joined by bready and nutty flavours on the finish. If it's good enough for Wills and Kate, it's good enough for you!

Wine of the Week: Portillo Malbec 2012Date published: 13/08/13

Portillo Malbec

Grape Variety

Malbec

Origin

Grown over 1000 metres above sea level, this grape produces and award winning medium-heavy red. With over 2000 ha of cool climate vineyards, Bordegas Salentein knows his business and has produced an astonishing, youthful and vibrant wine.

Nose

Deep, rich plum and chocolate overtones with more subtle hints of spices.

Palate

Intense plum and black fruits dominate the palate. This wine has a velvety, deep body and long, enduring flavours.

Food match

A perfect match for a a barbecue, going well with grill meats. Also matches well with pasta dishes, cheeses or spicy foods.

Price

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.

Sparkling of the WeekendDate published: 10/08/13

Prosecco Zonin

Prosecco has quickly become one of the most successful sparkling wine types made today. Prosecco is named after the village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the glera grape is thought to have originated. Prosecco is made from the white grape, Glera and is produced through the Charmat method. Producing a very aromatic and delicate wine.


Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas, with a clean finish.


Yours for just £7.99 a bottle!

Wine of the Week - 2Up ShirazDate published: 05/08/13

Grape Variety

Shiraz

Origin

The winery and vineyard are located in the McLaren Ranges (Australia) only a few kilometres from the McLaren Vale Township. Which provides an excellent position for the vines encouraging slow controlled ripening and fine, elegant wines. The 2Up label is actually the second wine of Kangrilla Road who renowned for there quality and natural full flavoured wines.

Nose

Bright red and dark fruit on the nose with black currants, strawberry and plum

Palate

The wine is maturated in French and American oak for 12 months. With the vineyards of the Southern Fleurieu contribute colour, signature blackberry and spice flavours. Whilst the McLaren Vale vineyards give depth and texture with hints of plum, all finished off with fine oak tannins.

Food Match

This screams out to be enjoyed with sticky barbecue ribs! But can also be enjoyed with a variety of hearty dishes.

Price £11.24 Buy 2 Australian wines save 20% £8.99

Sparkling of The Weekend!Date published: 03/08/13

Undurraga Rosé 

Grape Variety - Pinot Noir

Nose: Tropical fruits, with strawberry and cherry nuances.

Palate: Clean, fresh and crisp, tropical fruits, cherries, strawberries and watermelon.

Food Match: Light and relatively low in alcohol this wine is a perfect aperitif or party wine for warm weather. Its refreshing and crisp character is well matched with white fish with creamy sauces. But it is equally at home with a Chicken Salad!

Price: £6.66 single bottle price special offer

Wine of the Week!Date published: 22/07/13

Contesa Pecorino, IGT Coline Pescaresi, 2012

Grape Variety: Pecorino, a native Italian grape that unusually grows in a triangular shape giving way to the name as the bunches as said to resemble a sheep's head. Pecorino meaning sheep leads itself to the label design.

Origin: Pescaresi a subregion of the more known Abruzzo region is found lying nestled between the Adriatic sea and the Appenins mountains. A region which is known predominately for red wine production, this white is unique is more than design and variety. It is classified as IGT, which is comparable to France's Vin de Table.

Nose: Bundles of citrus on the nose, with a hint of orange bloosom.

Palate: Soft, clean and carrying through with the citrus from the nose. The palate is pleasing and refreshing and offers a good length with mineral complexity popping up at the end.

Food Match: This wine drinks well on its on as a refreshing summer cool down. It matches well with various cheeses and some meaty white fish dishes!

This wine is definitely worth a try as an alternative from your usual every day drinking white and is only £7.99 when bought with any other Italian still wine. Single bottle price is £9.99.

Forthcoming Events coming to Majestic BangorDate published: 14/07/13

We are always asked by customers about forthcoming wine events. This is mainly so they can put particular wine tastings in their diaries.

Here are a few events coming up later in the summer.

Chardonnay  (its influence on international styles)
Tasting week: 6th – 12th September
Tutorial: Saturday 7th (12pm & 3pm)

Spain - Explore Rioja (and beyond)
Tasting week: 13th – 19th September
Tutorial: Saturday 14th (12pm & 3pm)

Sauvignon Blanc - Explore Sauvignon Blanc (and interesting alternatives)
Tasting week: 20th – 26th September
Tutorial: Saturday 21st (12pm & 3pm)

Shiraz/Syrah - (its influence on international styles)
Tasting week: 27th Sept – 3rd October
Tutorial: Saturday 28th September (12pm & 3pm)

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 13/07/13

Bouvet Labubay Saumur NV, France

Origin-This wine is made from a very notable producer in the Loire valley. Made using the traditional method, as champagne is made but using Chenin Blanc grapes.

Nose- A delicate wine on the nose, with floral notes and apple.

Palate-The bubbles are not shy and fill the mouth. The fruit is more savoury than on the nose with secondary yeasty and honeysuckle notes.

Food Match- Perfet as an aperitif, matched well with some light tapas on a hot summers day like today!

On offer this wine is a bargain at ONLY £8.99!

External Wine TastingsDate published: 09/07/13

Not only do we do in-store tastings and wine courses but we'll come to you too.

If your involved with a social group such as the WI, Round tables, Wine society etc... we'd be more than happy to hold a tasting event at your venue. From themed nights such as old world versus new world, unusual grape varieties to a wine quiz, you decide.

Interested? Then why not give us a call on 01248 364 771 or E-mail us at BNG@Majestic.co.uk


Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 - RedsDate published: 06/07/13

UNDER £6

Lacroix Bordeaux Superieur £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 (Very limited supply available!)

Paul Mas Merlot £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 - available to taste today

UNDER £8

Pizarras de Otero Bierzo £8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £6.99

UNDER £12

Chateau de Sainte Gemme £13.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £9.99

Fitou by Mlle Jones £14.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £11.99

Sparkling of the WeekendDate published: 06/07/13

Prosecco Treviso Spumante Extra Dry NV Pasqua

Grape Variety - Prosecco

Origin: From grapes grown in the traditional Treviso region, this wine is made from Glera grapes more commonly known as prosecco grapes.Although this prosecco is categorized as extra dry processo’s are labeled in ascension from brut - extra dry - dry. This Spumante extra dry is ever slightly off dry despite being labeled extra dry. Spumante gives the understanding that the wine is fully sparkling, opposed to frizante which is a lesser sparkling variant of prosecco.

Nose: Tropical fruits, with peach and pear nuances.

Palate: Clean, fresh and crisp, tropical fruits and peach flavours carrying from the nose.

Food Match: Light and relatively low in alcohol this wine is a perfect apertif or party wine for warm weather. Its refreshing and crisp character is well matched with white fish with creamy sauces.

Price: £8.99 single bottle price special offer

Majestic Bangor Delviery schedule!Date published: 03/07/13

Majestic Bangor Delivery Schedule

It's coming to that time of year when we get very busy with deliveries and receive many summer orders!.

As we cover most of North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. So for those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is.

Mondays - No deliveries.


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed.


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc.


Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay (and surrounding areas) then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey.


Due to un-forseen circumstances, if the van breaks on us, we will do our best to make sure that you are scheduled for delivery as soon as possible! That being said, our van rocks and it's only happened once!

All the best, and cheers!

Wine of the Week - Date published: 02/07/13

ARGENTO

Grape Variety - Malbec

Origin:

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent

example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of

the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Nose:

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose. Hints of vanilla/liquorice come through also.

Palate:

The nose is echoed by an richly textured palate, vanilla and oak shine through and balanced acidity on the finish.

Food Match:

Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.

Price £6.99

RoséDate published: 02/07/13

Seeing as we are in our Rosé tasting week I thought I'd tell you a little bit about the processes used to make it.

Believe it or not there are three recognised ways to make rosé:

1.Pressing

2.Saignée (Bleed)

3.Blend

Pressing is the process of using black grapes and there own weight to release the juices within the grapes. This process also allows the transfer of colour from the skins to the juice. Producing very pale rosé such as the Villa Maria rosé. As a rule of thumb rosé's produced in this manner are rich and fruity with plenty of fresh flavours.

Saignée (French for bleed) is essentially the same method used to make red wine by pumping the pressed wine juice over the grape skins over and over again. However the juices are removed much earlier then a red wine. Usually between 12 -24 hours into the process. In some cases the rosé is a by product of the red wine production. The Feter White Zinfandel and Alamos rosé are both excellent example of the Saignée method.

Blend, as the name suggests is just that. Red and white wines blended together to produce rosé wines. This is actually prohibited in the EU with the exception of Champagne. However it is widely used in new world countries such as Chile.

Sparkling WeekendDate published: 29/06/13

Due to it's popularity last weekend today we have open the Trilogy Brut again!

Made in the same style and from the same grape varieties as Champagne but without the price tag!

Rich and creamy this is a welcome addition to anyone's table!

Special offer price £8.99

Wine of Provence food pairings.....Date published: 28/06/13

Perfect food pairings for Provence rosé wine.

Provence wine is perfect as an aperitif, slightly chilled, with some sunshine (if we're lucky this summer), great company, or it will partner with the following food matches.

We are tasting a range of Provence wines from today until the 4th or July....

Allow me to recommend a few food matches to go with some of our range:-


Grilled tiger prawns with Aioli.

Grill the prawns. Buy-in aioli, or make your own by the following method.

6 garlic cloves, cut in half, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 125ml/4½fl oz extra virgin olive oil, pinch ground espelette pepper (or pinch paprika and cayenne pepper), 1 lemon, juice only and blend....

PARTNER WITH - Berne Recolte rosé, only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Pork tenderloin rolled in herbs de Provence and olive oil.

Organic pork tenderloin rolled in herbs de Provence, pan fry for 2 minutes on each side, bake for 20 minutes. Rest, drizzle olive oil and serve with buttered crusty bread and an aioli dip.

PARTNER WITH - Marguerite Organic rosé, only £11.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Grilled tuna with tomato salad.

Tuna, tomatoes, leaf salad, done!

PARTNER WITH - Chateau Pigoudet rosé, only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Seared scallops with caper and basil dressing.

Slightly sear fresh scallops, dice capers with torn basil, olive oil, season!

PARTNER WITH - Chateau Barthes Bandol rosé, only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Chicken marinated in lime, coriander and chilli.

Marinate chicken with the above, try a celeriac salad!

PARTNER WITH - Provence rosé Roche Vignes, only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Baked (white fish) fillet, chilli dressing, and a rocket and pine nut salad.

Go for any white fish and bake. For the dressing just finely chop a red chilli, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and pour over a rocket and pine nut salad.

PARTNER WITH - M De Minuty rosé (off dry), only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Tim;)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/06/13

Waimea Pionot Gris

The Waimea Estate is located in the northern region of New Zealand’s south island, Nelson. This region typically receives over 2000 hrs of sunshine a year making it ideal for the production of grapes. Established in 1993 the Waimea Estate has blossomed from a small operation to one of New Zealand’s leading producers with over 140ha of vines producing a range of different wines.

Nose
On the nose are sweet notes of fruit salad and white floral aromas, pear, peach, honey and spice.

Palate
The luscious, off-dry palate is full and fruity with lovely peach and honey flavours and a mineraly streak, a decent length and soft texture rounding the wine off nicely.

Food Match
This wine is a very pleasant aperitif but would also accompany Asian or Thai food particularly well. I personally will be having mine with Pla Kapong Neung Manao

Price
£12.49 Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% £9.99

Sparkling of the WeekendDate published: 22/06/13

Today we have open the Trilogy Brut from Jacob Creek. Made in the same style and from the same grape varieties as Champagne but without the price tag!

Rich and creamy this is a welcome addition to anyone's table!

Special offer price £8.99

Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/06/13

BVC Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The producer founded in 1979 as 140 independent growers came together to form a consortium with Peter Lehmann at the helm. The grapes for the BVC range are grown in the prestigious hills of the Barossa Valley, experiencing a cooler climate than the low lying vineyards, giving more complex wines.

This wine is dark, with a powerful nose of blackcurrant & bramble, dark chocolate and medicinal notes. On the palate it is full bodied, earthy and mouth watering. Bundles of blackcurrant, more stewed fruits such as fig, dark chocolate and hints of lavender. Tannins are soft and well integrated, 14.5% ABV, this is a well made wine.

Well matched with meaty dishes, this wine is a excellent BBQ wine! However, I think this wine lays it hat with hard aged cheese!

Fantastic value at £9.99 when bought with another Australian still wine as part of a mixed case. Single bottle price is £12.49

Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/06/13

Brancott Estate, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The wine formally known as Montana, the producer is the first Sauvignon Blanc producer to the Marlborough region, now considered by many as the Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world!

This wine is everything a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc should be!

Classic Marlborough in style this wine gives luscious tropical flavours and is not shy on gooseberry. It's complexity comes through as subtle green fruit and freshly cut grass. Well balanced and well made!

The wine can be matched with a variety of dishes including white meats and white fish! For me, day dreaming of this wine with Lemon Sole gets my mouth watering!

This wine is particularly good value at £6.99 when bought with any other New Zealand still wine.

Single bottle price is £8.74.

Super Sunday B.B.Q recommendationsDate published: 09/06/13

A few recommendations from Tim to tantalise the taste buds .....


All you need is a pinch of sunshine, a few coals, good company and the following recommendations to make your B.B.Q the perfect

Red, white and rosé B.B.Q selection!

Peter Lehmann - Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – A plush weighty, ripe Cabernet that is nonetheless easy-drinking and soft. Dense blackcurrant fruit all the way through, tinged with a leafy spiciness, all framed by fine grained tannins. Only £8.79 when you buy any 2 Australian wines.

Santa Rita 120 - Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Acrisp and refreshing, this wine offers an abundance of grapefruit and lemon fruit flavours, delivered in a softer, more tropical fruit texture. Chill it down, it goes extremely well with the sunshine! A great party white! Only £6.39 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines.

Pinot Grigio Breganze Rosé 2012 –Crisp fresh fruit, such as apricot and peach on the nose; soft floral flavours on the palate and a refreshing, pleasantly smooth finish. Excellent with appetizers, fish dishes, soups and white meat. This easy drinking rosé makes a great a apéritif. Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mix of 6.

Get out the fire lighters, call some friends, and have a cracking B.B.Q!

Majestic Bangor

Open to taste today!!!Date published: 08/06/13

Sparkling Saturday.

New In!!!

Oyster Bay Brut NV

Grape variety - Chardonnay

Origin - Made from 100% Chardonnay, this sparkling wine is made in the image

of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, albeit with a more fruit-driven New

World edge, owing to the long ripening of the specially selected

Chardonnay clones on Hawke's Bay's alluvial river terraces.

Taste - Elegantly styled yet intensely fruity, showing zesty lime notes over a

backdrop of white peach flavour. Crisp acidity and delicate minerality

provide a complex and enduring mouthfeel.

Enjoy with - Toast any special occasion, or serve as a foil for fresh seafood dishes.

Single bottle price £13.99

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £6

only

£10.99

each.

Open to taste today!!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/06/13

Monte Vallon Chardonnay

Nose

On the nose there is an intense peachy aroma with hints of nectarine followed by subtle vanilla overtones.

Palate

On the palate we a greeted with a clean crisp dry wine that shows plenty of stone fruits, a warming vanilla after taste and has a slightly creamy mouth feel.

Very pleasant on its own but equally at home besides roast chicken, lightly spiced dishes or a sun-baked tomato salad.

On offer at £6.99*

£7.99 full price

Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/05/13

DB Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, De Bortoli

Created by one of Australia's most famous wine family's, the De Bortoli's emigrated to Australia from Northern Italy in 1928. They say traditional family values and hard work ethic are still key to their wine production.

2011 was a cool growing season and good rainfall. Fruit was selected both on the vine and over the sorting table to ensure perfection. The fruit was mature and expressive having balanced alcohol and acidity levels.

DB wines are export exclusives from vines grown in Victoria, the region considered to create the most distinctive Pinot Noir's in Australia. The wine gives cherry and strawberry fruit with soft tannins and a medium body. A subtle herbaceous lift is also noted.

This is an easy drinking wine, perfect for a glass at the end of a long day. It can also be enjoyed with Duck and lighter meats such as pork! On hot summer days, slightly chilling the wine will be a refreshing treat! ABV 12.5%

Only £7.99 when bought with any other Australian wine!

Sparkling of the WeekendDate published: 25/05/13


Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand

Grape Variety - Chardonnay

This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.

Origin - The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months.

Taste - Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Partner with - Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

£8.99 per bottle*

*Offer runs out on Monday 3rd June

Bank Holiday Offers! Date published: 23/05/13

We have some awesome improved offers to mark the Bank Holiday weekend! Reds, whites and sparkling, what ever you need to celebrate the three day weekend! My favourite current offers are the Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc, only £8.99 single bottle price, down from £14.99! Also the Macon-Lugny, Louis Latour only £7.99 when you buy two or more which is now open to try on our tasting counter! Check out www.majestic.co.uk or drop in store to see the full range of improved bank holiday offers!

Soave Fattori, Wine of the WeekDate published: 21/05/13

Soave Fattori

Soave is the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) found in the North East of Italy not far from Lake Garda. This mountainous DOC is known for creating crisp wines with fresh acidity. The area may not have the greatest reputation with mass production and absence of care often making wines lacking notability.

The Fattori is an exception however, being a family run operation, with great care taken in the making of the wine. Made from the Garganega grape this wine gives lemon and apple with fresh acidity. It offers hints of vegetation and subtle herb. A light wine, easy to drink on its own or with light pasta dishes and summer salads!

This wine is unique and is definitely worth a try! Just as well it is now open to taste on our tasting counter!

And its only £6.99 when bought when with any other Italian still wine!

New Bordeaux section..........complete!Date published: 17/05/13

After a small store move enabling us to organise the re-fit for our NEW fine wine section due to start on the 20th of May, Tim has created space for our NEW Bordeaux section.

It really does maximise the storage for the great selection of wines from Bordeaux that we have available, as well as making way for our much anticipated shelving for our Fine Wine range.

Can you tell that we are all excited here? Certainly for the fact that there will be fine wines open to taste more often!

Whilst the re-fit work are going ahead the week commencing 20th or May, we will be trading as usual. It may be a little noisy, but rest assured we will do our utmost to make your shopping experience as undisrupted as possible.

Getting hitched in North Wales this summer?Date published: 13/05/13

On my way into work this glorious Sunday mornning, it was mentioned on the Steve Wright show that there was a wedding taking place on Anglesey, the Island of love! Congratulations! It's not raining!!!!

If you are planning a wedding in the coming months, have a think about making Majestic wine your prefered choice as a supplier for all things red, white and sparkling!

We have a vast range of over 800 wines to choose from, but if that seems daunting, don't worry we will help you find the wine best suited for your big day and your budget. We will also help you find wines that will match your food menu and your personal tastes.

We can also take care of the little extras, such as FREE glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket hire. We can even supply the ice for your wedding too if it's required!

And the best thing of all is...we offer FREE home delivery!

If you would like any more information, please contact us.......

Telephone: 01248 364 771

E-Mail: bng@majestic.co.uk

Website: www.majestic.co.uk/bangor

D'Arenberg : Custodian Grenache 2009Date published: 11/05/13

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN : Australia - McLaren Vale

The 'Custodian Grenache'

Producer: D'Arenberg.

Vintage: 2009

The wine underwent a very traditional fermentation before being aged for 12 months in a mix of new and older French and American barriques, and some large casks.

Natural minimal processing ensures maximum flavour, which will benefit from extended bottle ageing and decanting.

It has a great purity of red berried fruit, with floral spices and earthy pot-pourri notes, along with rich, plummy, chocolate mocha notes. A versatile food wine with subtle yet lively tannins and good acidity.

£10.99 when you buy any 2 Australian wines, saving you 20%.

Single bottle price £13.74

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New Arrival Parcel Series Shiraz!Date published: 10/05/13

South African Parcel Series Shiraz 2011, only £5.99 per bottle when you buy two or more

This new arrival parcel is bottled exclusively for Majestic from vineyards found in South Africa's Western Cape.
The wine is harvested from areas with mediterranean climate and granite/sandstone soils, it is aged briefly in American and French oak giving the wine extra character.

The wine offers subtle sweet tannins and savoury vegetal notes. I noted it as a rather complex wine with hints of spice and full bodied plumy flavours, which I adore! This wine is made for summer drinking and is matched well to al-fresco dining, cured meats and BBQ's. Yummy!

Overall, it's an extremely easy drinking wine and represents exceptional value! Team Bangor are fans!

Open now to sample on our tasting counter.  Come on down!

Fine Wine FeatureDate published: 02/05/13

Meerlust Merlot 2009 - Stellenbosch - South Africa.

Grape - Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

Origin - The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757.

Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with

11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and

aromatic complexity.

Taste - Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit

abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy

edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length. I think you'll have to agree after

tasting it, it is a wine well worth savouring....

Food match - Partner with a rich beef bourguignon. This went down a treat when we partnered it with Coq au Vin just last week

ONLY

£15.99

PER BOTTLE

WHEN YOU BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVING YOU £8*

SINGLE BOTTLE £19.99

*£8 saving applies when you

buy any 2 selected fine wines.

Looking for a new wine supplier? Let the guys @ Majestic Bangor tell you a little more....Date published: 02/05/13

Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change your supplier? Do you want more flexibility?

We supply independent Restaurants, Hotels, Pubs & Bars in the surrounding areas.

If youve got an 'LL'  postcode, Majestic Bangor will cater for all your wine needs.

Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.

Benefits Include:

* Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing

* An extensive range

* Exclusive labels for the on-trade

* Staff training

* Food and wine matching advice

* Wine list production service

* Flexible delivery 7 days a week

* Friendly and helpful staff

Are you interested or need more information?

Please call 01248 364 771 and ask for Rob Tim or Greg ;)

Wine of the weekDate published: 29/04/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards which cover the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region. This wine is specially blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, and vinified at their winery in the town of Blenheim. Giesens clear goal is to be recognised as a leading producer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties

This wine displays a richly tropical nose, which is dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. The fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus characters, with a zesty acidity to match.

This wine goes really well with seafood risotto, paella or kedgeree.

On offer only £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!

Sparkling of the WeekendDate published: 27/04/13

Codorniu Brut

Steeped in local history, Codorniu really is a name emblazoned into the Spanish psyche and lifestyle. I'm informed that a chilled bottle of Cava would be present in most households, not only for special occasions, but to relax after a hard day at work and to enjoy with the company of friends and family. It's this 'family' ethos that I know most Spaniards hold true to their heart and soul, and at Codorniu this truly is expressed by the winemaker and the current family owners.

Unlike some producers of Cava that 'buy in' a base wine from various producers, Codorniu prides itself on producing sublime single varieties of their own to assemble their Cavas. Growing their own grapes to be vinified gives the wineries ethos a true understanding of hierarchy and uniqueness, which focusses on the heart of the product, good quality estate produced wine!

Codorniu Cavas are made using the Traditional Method, the same method used to make Champagne.

'Codorniu Brut' is a delicately dry, light bodied Cava which displays notes of green apple, citrus and almond, and finishes with a light brioche character. It's great value for the money when you look at how much effort goes into producing it. I'm a huge fan.

Best of all it's currently on offer £8.99 for one or £6.99 for two or more!!

Warming Red......... The Ramos ReservaDate published: 26/04/13

Ramos Reserva, 2011 Alentejo  
£8.49 or £6.99 when you buy 2 portuguese wines and save £3! 
Joao Portugal Ramos began as a oenoligist turning to making wine in 1990. he has grown to be the biggest producer in Alentejo from 10ha to 250ha under vine in that time. Ever innovate as a winemaker he is always looking for improved ways of wine making from raising vine canopy height to improve water irrigation. This blend of Trincadeira, Aragónez (tempranillo) and Syrah all varities suitable for hot dry climates. 2011 is considered the best harvest in portugal being a wet year!
 It’s Alentejo,  rich, round and supple, with velvety tannins, spicy ripe plums and chocolate.Open to taste this....

Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/04/13

Sangiovese Bacaro 2012

Grape Sangiovese

Origin Sangiovese is the key component of many of Italy's greatest wines. Apart from being the dominant grape in Chianti, it is grown widely across the country and if grown outside of Tuscany can produce some great value, lighter reds like this effort from Bacaro.

Taste Possessing a refreshing bouquet of red cherry and plum, this soft, supple red has light tannins and a rounded finish.

Food pairing Whilst being an ideal match with pizza or pasta, if you are looking for a light party or lunchtime red this wine ticks all the boxes.

only £5.49each when you buy 2 bottles as part of your mixed case of 6, saving you £3... Single bottle price £6.99

Portuguese wine – Wine of the weekDate published: 19/04/13

Vinho Verdhe

Vinho Verde is originally from the historic Minho province in the far north of Portugal. Today the 'Vinho Verde' region covers the old Minho province and adjacent areas to the south.

The name Vinho Verde literally means "green wine," but translates as "young wine", and as such is made to be drunk early, within one year of bottling. Historically it is fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. This causes the production of a small amount of CO2 as a by-product, giving the wine a slight spritz but not a fizz like sparkling wines.

This Vinho Verdhe has a rich floral nose with hints of citrus. With good acidity and the citrusy notes carried through to the palate this is a fresh and crisp wine ideal for lightly seasoned seafood, salads or cold pasta dishes.

 

£7.99 when you buy one

 

Or

 

£6.49 when you buy any two Portuguese wines

Malbec World Day - Wednesday 17th April. Let's celebrate all things 'Malbec'.Date published: 17/04/13

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A BRIEF HISTORY Wine production and consumption in Argentina dates back to more than 400 years ago, when the first vine specimens of 'Vitis vinifera' were brought to America by the Spaniards in the early sixteenth century. Catholic priests who came to America planted vineyards around their monasteries so as to ensure the provision of wine for the celebration of Holy Mass. Favoured by optimum soil and weather conditions, the "vitis vinifera" began an accelerated growth, especially in the regions nearby the Andes.

During the 19th century, the European immigrants brought new grape cultivation techniques and grape varieties, which found in the Andes and Colorado River region an ideal habitat to develop. By the end of the 19th century, the Railway and the settling of European immigrants with vast experience in wine elaboration caused the biggest expansion of the wine as a national industry.

Cabernet, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Semillon, Merlot and Chardonnay discovered ideal weather conditions and prospered successful and rapidly, originating the first Argentinian fine wines. This development also included new elaboration techniques, such as the Traditional Champagne method for subtle and exquisite sparkling wines.

Moderate temperature, long sun exposure sessions, low rainfall levels and humidity, and no strong winds together with exceptional soils, created the best ecological ambience for the production of top quality grapes. It is important to highlight that quality and an abundant grape production, within such a favourable ecosystem, make substantial corrections unnecessary, for which reason sugar addition to wines is legally forbidden in Argentina.

Wine of the Week - Ben Marco Malbec 2011Date published: 16/04/13

 

Ben Marco Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

Celebrating World Malbec Day 17/4

Argentina is becoming somewhat of an expert at Bordeaux style wines and this deep plummy Malbec pays testament to that fact.

Grown at high altitude the grapes are then hand picked to reduce damage. Oak aged for 11 months in both French and American oak, it has a big nose with lots of red fruit characters.

The palate is round and firm, and the fruit, balanced and lingering. Tannins are very much present. This is a big wine that packs a punch. A true heavyweight and one that you will never forget!

It would pair perfectly with barbecued meats.

Well worth the modest price tag, and a bargain for it's quality!!

Buy two save £2 - £12.99 Single bottle price - £13.99  

TIM'S TOP 2 WINES OF THE WEEKENDDate published: 13/04/13

 

DMZ Syrah 2011, De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch.

This youthful and expressive wine comes from young vines in De Morgenzon's own estate, grown on its weathered granite soils. Handpicked, the grapes are then fermented in stainless steel, before transfer to French oak barrels for 11 months' maturation. An abundance of bright and youthful plum and berry fruit is the main feature, surrounded by touches of violet, cinnamon and vanilla. Rounded and supple in texture.

ONLY £8.79 WHEN YOU BUY ANY 2 S.African WINES

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Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc 2012, Coastal Region

This wine is made by Boukenhoutskloof, whose vineyards are often host to the indigenous Crested Porcupine, hence its adoption as the mascot for these wines. This is an unusual blend of white grapes, reminiscent of a Rhône blend, partially fermented in French oak. The Viognier's aromas of ripe apricots and spicy floral aromas dominate the nose, while the palate is made crisper by the Grenache Blanc, with a streak of minerality.

ONLY £6.99 WHEN YOU BUY 2 ANY 2 S.A WINES

Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva - the choice is yours!Date published: 09/04/13

The three most common aging designations on Spanish wine labels are Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.

* Crianza red wines are aged for 2 years with at least 6 months in oak before release. Crianza whites and rosés must be aged for at least 1 year with at least 6 months in oak. Soft supple fruits dominate. Easy drinking with or without food!

* Reserva red wines are aged for at least 3 years with at least 1 year in oak before release. Reserva whites and rosés must be aged for at least 2 years with at least 6 months in oak. Reserva wines offer a firm body and smoothly polished tannins with typical wood and leather traits.

* Gran Reserva wines typically appear in above average vintages with the red wines requiring at least 5 years aging, 18 months of which in oak and a minimum of 36 months in the bottle before release. Gran Reserva whites and rosés must be aged for at least 4 years with at least 6 months in oak. Gran Reserva wines offer more mature fruit characteristics like raisin, prune, fig and caramel notes. Silky and smooth!!!!

There's some great examples in store for you to try right now. Rob is the 'king of Spain' with a vast knowledge of all of the range so make sure you ask him his favourites!

 

 

Looking for a wine list for your business?Date published: 09/04/13

Majestic Commercial is the new name for the corporate division of Majestic Wine, who specialise in the supply of wine to a range of commercial businesses.

Our experienced Commercial Team offer a comprehensive service in a variety of channels including : on-trade, contract catering, event catering, gifts/incentives and within business/ Industry.

On-trade manifesto - 'Dedicated account management, a wine range offering quality and depth of choice at key price points, exclusive labels for the on-trade, staff training, food and wine matching advice, and a wine list production service.'

If you are a commercial customer or have any further queries please contact us in store at bng@majestic.co.uk or 01248 354 771.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Your Majestic Bangor Team

 

Rob, Tim, Greg and Matt

Wine of the Week - Gran Vendema Crianza '09Date published: 08/04/13

WINES OF SPAIN FEATURE

'Majestic Wine' has a superb range of Spanish wines that's really hard to better by many other high street retailers.

Our tasting counter gives YOU the opportunity to experience exactly what we have on offer. With this in mind, let's focus on a wine produced EXCLUSIVELY for Majestic.......

GRAN VENDEMA '09 – CRIANZA

only £5.99 per bottle

when you buy any 2 Spanish wines.

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release.

This wine displays a vibrant cherry red hue, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.

Perfect on it's own.. but always balance it with a rack of lamb infused with rosemary, goose fat pots and roasted vegetables whenever we can!

The 3 main growing areas in Rioja - 'in a nutshellDate published: 08/04/13

Rioja is a wine region, with Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.C. Qualified designation of origin) named after La Rioja, in Spain. Rioja is made from grapes grown not only in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, but also in parts of Navarre and the Basque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all three regions though there is a slow growth in single-zone wines.

Let's focus on the 3 main subdivided areas.

 

1 - Rioja Alta

Located on the western edge of the region and at higher elevations than the other areas, the Rioja Alta is known more for its "old world" style of wine. A higher elevation equates to a shorter growing season, which in turn produces unripe fruit flavors and a wine that is lighter on the palate.

2 - Rioja Alavesa

Despite sharing a similar climate as the Alta region, the Rioja Alavesa produces wines with a fuller body and higher acidity. Vineyards in the area have a low vine density with large spacing between rows. This is due to the relatively poor conditions of the soil with the vines needing more distance from each other and less competition for the nutrients in the surrounding soil.

3 - Rioja Baja

Unlike the more continental climate of the Alta and Alavesa, the Rioja Baja is strongly influenced by a Mediterranean climate which makes this area the warmest and driest of the Rioja. In the summer months, drought can be a significant viticultural hazard, though since the late 1990s irrigation has been permitted. Temperatures in the summer typically reach 35 °C (95 °F). A number of the vineyards are actually located in nearby Navarra and the wine produced from those grapes belongs to the Rioja appellation. Unlike the typically pale colour Rioja wine, Baja wines are very deeply coloured and can be highly alcoholic with some wines at 18% alcohol by volume. The wines typically do not have much acidity or aroma and are generally used as blending components with wines from other parts of the Rioja.

A brief on Winemaking in SpainDate published: 07/04/13

 

 

The advent of temperature control stainless steel fermentation tanks radically changed the wine industry in warm climate regions, allowing winemakers to make fresher and fruitier styles of wine-particularly whites. While many producers focused on these crisp, fresh styles in the early 1990s there was a resurgence in more active use of barrel fermenting whites as a throwback to the traditional, more oxidized styles of the 19th century.

The use of oak has a long tradition in Spanish winemaking, dating back even centuries before the French introduced the small 59 gallon (225 liter) barrica style barrels. Gradually Spanish winemakers in the late 19th and early 20th century started to develop a preference for the cheaper, and more strongly flavored, American oak. Winemakers in regions like the Rioja found that the Tempranillo grape, in particular, responded well to new American oak. In the 1990s, more winemakers started to rediscover the use of French oak and some wineries will use a combination of both as a blend. Extended periods of aging in American oak has long been associated with Spanish wine from regions like the Rioja. 

Most DOs require some minimum period of barrel ageing which will be stipulated on the wine label by the designations-Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva depending on how long it spends in the barrel.

The tradition of long barrel and bottle ageing has meant that most Spanish wines are ready to drink once they hit the market. A new generation of winemakers have started to produce more vino joven (young wines) that are released with very little ageing.

Wine of the Weekend - Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2011Date published: 06/04/13

Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2011

The Boschendal vineyards cover an area of 254 hectares, extending for 6 kilometres along the slopes of the 'Groot Drakenstein Mountain' to the slopes of the 'Simonsberg Mountain'. A large proportion of the estate is planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

Cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate fruit flavours, this Chenin shows tropical fruit, mango and honey aromas. Crisp acidity and a clean, lingering finish.

Try this wine with fish stew and fresh herbs or other sea food based dishes.

only £6.79

When you buy ANY 2 South African wines

(SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE £8.49 - BUY 2 SAVE 20%)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/04/13

Vega De La Reina Rueda

 

This Spanish white, from the Rueda region to the south of Valladolid is made in the traditional style, from the Verdejo grape. The result is an elegant, light white wine which is an interesting alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

On the nose, it is bursting with aromas of melon and blossom and a subtle chalkiness. On the palate, it delivers yet more fruit, with balanced acidity and a pleasant freshness.

Try it with paella for a Spanish fiesta, or even as an aperitif with hors d'oeuvre.

Grab a bottle now

 

Just £6.99* on offer

 

*Buy any two spanish wines save 20%

NEW STORE OPENING HOURSDate published: 03/04/13

From Tuesday 2nd April, our opening hours will be:

Monday: 10am-7pm

Tuesday: 10am-7pm

Wednesday: 10am-7pm

Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday: 10am-8pm

Saturday: 9am-7pm

Sunday/Bank holiday: 10am-5pm

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco!!Date published: 30/03/13

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiaden

Prosecco has quickly become one of the most successful sparkling wine types made today. Prosecco is named after the village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the glera grape is thought to have originated. Prosecco is made from the white grape, Glera and is produced through the Charmat method. Producing a very aromatic and delicate wine.

This should be enjoyed on it's own or with mild cheeses, light hors d'oevres, salads, seafood linguine, lighter fish such as sole, snapper and mahi-mahi.

A bargain at the moment only £8.99

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/03/13

Wine of the Week

Marques De Riscal Reserva Rioja, 2007 ONLY £10.99 on offer when you buy any 2 Spanish wines.

This 2007 from the oldest and most revered Bodega in Rioja is quite simply an absolute bargain at the current offer price and as the weather begins to brighten up and summer approaches, it's time to lay-down your big Aussie Shiraz's and Chateauneuf du Pape's and opt for a lighter and fresher style of red wine, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

Aged for 2 years in oak casks and then a further 18 months in bottle, it's beautifully mature, showing toasty oak, vanilla and fresh red fruit aromas. The palate is well-balanced and incredibly smooth with a long, lingering finish.

This is a perfect match to roast lamb and most cheeses, but can easily stand-up to a wide variety of dishes – so try it as I did recently, with tapas!

Please feel free to give it a try, it's just to your right!  

Saturday Kitchen Featured WineDate published: 23/03/13

*FEATURED WINE* Giesen Brothers Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough..

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards which cover the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region. This wine is specially blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, and vinified at their winery in the town of Blenheim. Giesens clear goal is to be recognised as a leading producer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties

This wine displays a richly tropical nose, which is dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.

The fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus characters, with a zesty acidity to match.

This wine is PERFECT to drink with Prawn, Scallop and Pineapple Curry.

At only £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more,  this wine represents real value for money and stands firmly matched with many other Marlborough producers.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/03/13

E.Guigal Cotes Du Rhone, 2009

52%Grenache, 45% Syrah, 3% Mourvédre

This wine is made using traditional methods by the Guigal family whom having been making wine for over 60 years. Fermentation is temperature controlled with long soaking on the skins. Aged for 18 months in oak foudres to give a full bodies wine wine smooth, rounded tannins.

Deep and intense in colour, the nose is packed with fresh fruits such as red and black berries with a hint of spice. On tasting the wine follows through from the nose giving rich, full bodied intensity of fruit, subtle white pepper and a hint of kirsch. A long and elegant finish this wine is drinking well now!

Can be enjoyed with big meaty dishes such a casseroles and pies or simply with steak and chips!

£10.99 or only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Red Nose Day - Wine ReliefDate published: 15/03/13

For those of you unfamiliar with Wine Relief. It is often referred to as the wine division of Red Nose Day. Set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband this biyearly event raises funds for Comic Relief. Since Wine Relief began back in 2009 it has raised over £4 million. Money which has been devoted to the prevention of poverty and disadvantaged individuals across the UK and Africa.

So how does it work? Well it's very simple, look out for the red signs in-store that say Wine Relief on them. Any of the Wine Relief wines that you purchased, Majestic will donate 10% of there retail price to the cause.

Can't make it into the store? Not a problem. Online we have listed the Wine Relief wines and have a pre-made wine relief case.

Best of all we will continue donating 10% to Wine Relief right up to the 18th March so there's still plenty of time to get your orders in.  

Tasting notes for your wine selection....?Date published: 11/03/13

 

You may already know, but if you didn't, here goes...... We can give you FREE tasting notes for the wines you purchase!!!

 

They simply represent a brief point of reference with  facts and food matching tips, as well as a great way to help navigate our vast and diverse range on offer.

 

Just let us know and we can happily include the tasting notes in your delivery but you will get them every time you are purchasing in-store.

 

South American Wine FeatureDate published: 11/03/13

Testimonio - 2010 vintage

Established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, Bodega Luigi Bosca has a long-standing track record in the winemaking industry. Currently managed by the third and fourth generations of the Arizu family. The Testimonio wine has been created by wine maker Jose Irrera and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat.

This wine is very dark purple in colour with long lasting legs.

Deep and rich aromas of blackcurrant, blackberries and spice come through on the nose and lead into the equally deep palate. With a velvety texture and oodles of dark fruits this wine is nicely finished with some grippy tannins and hints of vanilla.

Ideal with big meaty dishes or strong flavoured cheeses

Yours on special offer for just £10.99 per bottle

By buying this wine, you are donating £1 to 'Wine Relief'. Support a great cause.

Wines of South America - Part 5Date published: 09/03/13

Today's region is Argentina's far north province of 'Salta'.

'Salta' is home to the highest commercial vineyards in the world, ranging from 1700 meters at the low end to 3100 meters at the high. Such conditions give an intense colour and aromatics to wines, but also help retain their natural acidity. Torrontes, Argentina's signature white grape variety is at its best here and displays fragrant qualities, displaying lime, peach and mango flavours. There are also varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay which throve here!

A good example of the Torrontes variety is available in store which hails from the Mendoza region.  : -  Alamos £8.99 per bottle.

Make it part of your 6 bottle purchase and savour the aromatics mentioned above!

Wines of South America - Part 4Date published: 08/03/13

Today's region is 'The Valley of Casablanca' within the Valparaíso Region in Chile.

 

Casablanca Valley lies in the western side of the Chilean coast range that separates it from the Central Valley wine region. It is one of Chile's cooler wine regions and is often compared to the Californian wine region. The  cool climate has caused it to concentrate a considerable amount on Chile's Chardonnay plantations, but also produces Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. It is one of Chile's best known and respected regions and the  growing seasons last up to a month longer than other regions.

 

Good examples of these wines include : - Errazuriz Estate which gives classic examples with a Pinot Noir Reserva on offer at £7.99 and a Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard on offer at £7.99 when you buy them in pairs, also open to try on our tasting counter!

Wines of South America - Part 3Date published: 07/03/13

Today's region is San Juan in Argentina.

San Juan is Argentina's second largest wine region, the first being Mendoza, 90 miles to the south. San Juan is considerably hotter than Mendoza, leading to wines with high alcohol and low acidity. The grapes varieties that do well in these hot conditions are Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier and most interestingly Tannat which is rarely seen outside the south of France. Viognier is the regions most suitable white grape, producing wines with soft acidity and vibrant tropical flavours.

Good examples of these wines include the Finca Las Moras wines. The Tannet Reserva 2012 is £7.49 on offer and the Viognier 2011 is just £5.99 also on offer.

Wines of South America - Part 2Date published: 06/03/13

Today's region is the Limari Valley in Chile

The Limari Valley is located 400 Km (290 miles) to the north of Santiago and only 20 km from the Pacific Ocean. Because of the proximity to the coast the region is affected by the Camanchaca fog that comes rolling in off the coast every morning but quickly dissipates as the sun rises. With an average of less than 4 inches of rain per annum drip irrigation is a necessity and water is fed through a system of canals from the Andes.

The valley is planted with a range of grapes, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and Chardonnay. The Tabali range and the Halcon (On Offer £8.99) are good examples of wines produced in the Limari Valley.  

Wines of South America - Part 1Date published: 05/03/13

As we enter our Soth America tasting week I thought what better way to start then with a little bit of information on the wine growing regions.

 

Today's region is Medoza

 

Mendoza, located in the far west of Argentina is by far the most important wine growing region, accounting for approximately 70% of all Argentinian wines produced.

The average vineyard altitude lies between 600-1100 metres above sea level and despite popular assumptions the climate is not that dissimilar to the continent. With four distinct seasons and no extreme temperatures. With a mean temperature of 15ºC and an average rainfall of just 190mm a year. These conditions are particularly favourable to the Malbec grape variety.

Good examples of Malbec include Catena Malbec (on offer £9.99) and The Joffre Malbec (on offer £7.99)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/03/13

Testimonio

Established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, Bodega Luigi Bosca has a long-standing track record in the winemaking industry. Currently managed by the third and fourth generations of the Arizu family. The Testimonio wine has been created by wine maker Jose Irrera and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat.

This wine is very dark purple in colour with long lasting legs.

Deep and rich aromas of blackcurrant, blackberries and spice come through on the nose and lead into the equally deep palate. With a velvety texture and oodles of dark fruits this wine is nicely finished with some grippy tannins and hints of vanilla.

Ideal with big meaty dishes or strong flavoured cheeses such as Taleggio or Munster-géromé

Yours on special offer for just £10.99

Classic France Tasting Tutorial - 3p.m 2/3/13Date published: 02/03/13

The first tutorial has finished, but there's a 2nd chance to attend if you missed out!

Fancy learning more about the wines of France? Why not join us at 3 p.m today for our second tutored tasting. We will be featuring the 'Classic' regions of France. Come and try a selection of both reds and whites that represent the iconic characteristics of their regions.

 

See you in store!

 

Rob, Tim and Greg.

Featured Classic France Tutorial Wine Date published: 02/03/13

Château Saint Georges 2007 St-Georges-St-Emilion.

 

Grape Varieties - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.

Origin  - Located just to the north of St-Emilion, the satellite appellation around the hamlet of St-Georges produces wines in a similar style. This château is the leading local producer, with a 50-hectare estate on the area's south-facing slopes.

Taste - This wine's pedigree is immediately apparent on the nose, which offers up ripe blackberry, cigar box and graphite aromas in abundance. The palate is satisfyingly dense and swell structured.

Enjoy with - Best served with traditional French casseroles such as coq au vin.

Single Bottle £17.99

Buy 2, SAVE £10!!!! only £12.99 per bottle.

#comeandexplore

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/02/13

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot

As you will have noticed the Mocha Java shares its name with the perhaps more familiar coffee style. This is no accident! As soon as the bottle is opened you are met with a rich coffee bean aroma. Followed by dark chocolate and berries.

The palate greets us with a smooth, delicious mouthful of ripe plum and mulberry fruit well integrated with fresh coffee grinds and flecks of dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate is surprisingly soft with little tannins but a long lasting length.

Ideally it should be drunk within a couple of years of release in order to get the most from that vibrant fruit. Have it on it's own or with grilled steak, ribs, burgers, anything big and meaty!!

Buy one for £8.49

or Buy 2 South African wines save 20% £6.79

Support Wine Relief 2013Date published: 25/02/13

Bathe in baked beans, scale Snowdon shoe-less, shave your head even. Sounds like too much hard work?

Then pop down to your local Majestic, and give to a good cause.

Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa. When you buy any of these selected bottles, Majestic donates to the cause!

Between 5th February and 18th March 2013, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief.

 

Visit this page to see a full list of the wine on offer in hte Wine Relief Range.

 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-wine+relief

Wine of the Weekend - Exclusive parcel wineDate published: 24/02/13

Parcel Series Semillon /  Sauvignon Blanc

Margaret River - Australia

Buy 2 bottles = ony £5.99 each

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon

Origin - A superb quality white blend from Margaret River, bottled exclusively for Majestic, and available at a staggeringly low price. From fruit sourced mainly from the cooler southern half of the region, fermented at cool temperatures and blended following three months on lees.

 

Available to taste in store

Taste - Explodes with citrus and tropical notes on the nose, with nuances of passionfruit and jasmine. Peachy on the palate, backed up by refreshing guava and grapefruit flavours and a subtle creaminess.

Enjoy with - Perfectly drinkable on its own, but will easily stand up alongside oily fish like roasted seabass or salmon steaks.

Luxury Wine of the MonthDate published: 18/02/13

Eikendale Chardonnay

The Eikendale vineyards lie just outside Stellenbosch which boasts a winemaking tradition stretching back to the end of the 17th-century.

The mountainous terrain, good rainfall, deep well-drained soils and diversity of terroirs make this a sought-after viticultural area. The rapidly increasing number of wine estates includes some of the most famous names in Cape wine. The district, with its mix of historic estates and contemporary wineries, produces excellent examples of almost all the noble grape varieties.

The Wine

The cooling, moistening effect of the breezes from the nearby Atlantic Ocean combined with the excellent soil structure of Eikendal’s vineyards form ideal conditions for growing noble vines such as the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Two different sites were used to create this superbly balanced wine. One site had grapes grown on alluvial sandy soils, the other had grapes grown on mineral rich, red decomposed granite soils. The previous contributing a high profiled flavour spectrum, with abounding sweet fruit; the latter, minerally stealth, lengthy acidity and a promise of longevity. Eikendal Chardonnay is a classic well-balanced wine packed with rich fresh lemony, vanilla and toasty oak flavours. The fine complexity added by oak maturation has created a wine of distinction.

Personal thoughts

This is the definition of a heavily oaked Chardonnay and is not for the light hearted. It has beautifully creamy caramely texture which nicely compliments the fresh lemon & vanilla flavours leaving, a satisfying fresh finish. Very pleasant on its own but best served with Poached Salmon with Caper Butter Sauce.

£11.99 for 1

Or (Buy any 2 South African Wines Save 20% )

£9.59

Alamos Chardonnay 2011 MendozaDate published: 11/02/13

Alamos Chardonnay 2011, Catena, Mendoza

Buy 2 save £4. Only £6.99 per bottle when you buy 2 + as part of your mixed case of 6

Available to taste in store now!

Produced by Nicolas Catena.

The secret to the success of many Argentinian wines  is the elevation of the vineyards.

For Alamos Chardonnay, the vineyards are 4100 ft above sea level. While the grapes benefit from the diurnal range (difference between night and day temperatures), and from the wind at that elevation cooling the grapes, one of the biggest advantages is the thin air.

This allows a far greater intensity of sunlight to get to the grapes.

This is something winemakers around the world strive to achieve. They plant on slopes to increase intensity, they trim leaves and trellis high to do so.

In Argentina it is easy, and as such the grapes take on a lot of flavour and intensity without the body and weight that would usually accompany such power.

Alamos put a lot of investment into new oak barrels and production methods including handpicking of bunches. Such quality practice would normally be reserved for wines double the price or more, so it is a real bargain.  

Make sure you pop in to try some.

Valentines Day will soon be upon us!Date published: 10/02/13

This Valentine's Day don't miss out on some SUPERB offers -

Laurent Perrier Rose is on offer at just £47 here at Majestic and it's an absolute steal for one of the world's most favoured Champagnes!

Another great offering is the  Oeil De Perdrix. Another fantastic pink Champagne and the price is just £15 - a truly fantastic deal well worth snapping up whilst stock last.

Champagne. How is it made?Date published: 07/02/13

The Production Champagne

Whilst some of you were sipping your bubbly over the festive season maybe you wondered how this marvellous wine was made. Well never fear because this is what I will be addressing today! There are 8 stages along the way from grapes to glass!

Pressing

The are three primary grapes used in Champagne. These are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The grapes are pressed very gently in a pneumatic press to to as not release the bitter tannins contained within the stems, skins and pips of grapes. Pinot Noir traditionally red wines and this gentle pressing prevents the release of the red pigments within the grape skin.

Primary Fermentation

The three different grape juices are fermented to produce base wines ready for blending. These 'still wines' you would not want to drink however, as they will be very highly acidic and low in alcohol. This is due to the cold climate of Champagne and high latitude.

Blending

The producer will take these base wines and blend them in a way that best suites the style he or she is trying to achieve. In non-vintage wines a producer can use 'reserve wines' that may have been stored for many years with different characteristics to achieve a consistent style. Vintage wines can only have wines blended grapes grown in the same year.

Secondary Fermentation

This blended wine has no sparkle and the secondary fermentation is where the magic happens. A liquid called tirage is added to the wine. This contains yeast, sugar and other nutrients. The bottle is sealed with a plastic cap similar to a beer bottle top and is stacked horizontally. The bottle is left to ferment for six to eight weeks and the alcohol content raises slightly. As the bottle is sealed the carbon dioxide produced has no where to go and dissolves into the wine. Once fermentation is complete the pressure within the bottle is as high as six atmospheres.

Yeast Autolysis

Once the fermentation is complete the yeast die and form a sediment known as the 'lees'. These cells begin to break down and release proteins and other compounds. This influences the flavour of the wine with such characters of bread, biscuit and toast notes. This process typically last four to five years but can last as long as ten. In wines that are aged longer, typically vintage Champagnes, the lees keep the wine fresh and can be left for decades.

Riddling

After a producer has aged the Champagne on the lees for long enough, the remaining yeast sediment needs to be removed from the wine. The process of riddling is when the bottle is slowly tilted forward and twisted to collect all the sediment. This used to be carried out by hand and was very labour intensive and time consuming lasting as long as eight weeks. A hydraulic arm is usually used for tilting taking only eight days and riddling up to 500 bottles a time.

Disgorgement and Corking

The neck of the bottle is submerged in very cold brine which freezes the wine in the neck. The cap is removed and the pressure ejects the frozen wine from the bottle. The bottle is then topped up with dosage, a mixture of wine and sugar is then added, and the cork is then placed on the bottle. The sugar added at this stage will determine the style (ie. Brut, Demi-sec).

Bottle Ageing

The bottle is then aged for a further few months to allow the dosage to fully integrate and for further flavour development sand that is how Champagne is made.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/02/13

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2011 Central Valley

Grape Variety - Cabernet Franc

Origin -  As well as being a constituent of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc is the classic red variety of much of the Loire region, particularly Saumur and Chinon. This Chilean example offers a rare glimpse of Cabernet Franc a single varietal wine from outside of France.

Taste -  This is a medium-bodied, ruby red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf. The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.

Enjoy with - It's a  great partner for soft cheeses and fresh tomato pasta dishes.

 

Price £5.99 per bottle when you buy 2 still Chilean wines under £20 saving you 20%

Normally £7.49

The Last of the Festive Offers :(Date published: 27/01/13

Still time, Don't miss out! :)

Apparently last Monday was 'Blue Monday', the saddest day of the year. The reasons being a combination of failed new years resolutions and the festive celebrations becoming a distant memory. But I'd say this Monday is more glum as all of Majestic's fantastic festive offers will cease. For those looking for a bargain to lift themselves or perhaps a special pressie for someone later in the year, here are my personal selection of what's a red hot deal that will end next week.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Antiques 2011 This wine is dark ruby with a complex nose of spices and hints of pear. A smooth and lingering finish. An Incredible price for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. £9.99 when you buy this and any other Rhone wine as part of a mixed case, save 20%!

Brunello di Montalcino 2007, Banfi A deep, full-bodied Sangiovese with well-integrated tannins from eminent producer Banfi. This truly is a 'fine wine' £20, reduced from £30, Save 33.3%!

Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough A Majestic Exclusive! This Sauvignon Blanc displays wonderful herbaceuos gooseberry aromas with exceptional fruit purity on the palate. Our top deal in my opinion. £5.99 when you buy this and any other NZ wine as part of a mixed case, save 20%!

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV Champagne Gloriuos citrus characters with a lovely delcate mousse, a real steal at this price. Pop this away for later in the year. £30, down from £43

Don't delay or you will miss out!!  

Tasting Tutorials @ MajesticBangorDate published: 26/01/13

Following on from the success of the introduction of tasting tutorials last year, we're running them again this year! Yipee!

We'll be running a series of events throughout Spring and during these weeks, there will always be a selection of wines from  all manner of countriesopen to taste on the counter.

On the Saturday of each week, at 11AM and 3PM, we will be running these basic tasting tutorials.

These FREE sessions are designed to allow you to explore a few wines from the world and learn a little more about them!

If you're interested in coming along, please let a member of staff know so we can put your name down before they fill up.

So here's the dates -

Tuesday 5th – Monday 11th February: Spain and Italy  Tasting Tutorial Saturday 9th February (11am and 3pm)

These regions produce easy drinking wines that are great for food pairing. Whether it's exploring Spanish reds that aren't from Rioja or trying a few of the unusual indigenous Italian grape varieties, our tasting tutorial should allow you to explore a few new possibilities!

Tuesday 12th – Monday 18th February: New Zealand Tasting Tutorial Saturday 16th February (11am and 3pm)

The wines of New Zealand are consistently among some of our best sellers – especially Sauvignon Blanc. During the tasting tutorials we'll be trying some different styles of Sauvignon Blanc to show off the variety that New Zealand produces and showing off a few less seen grape varieties!

Tuesday 26th February – Monday 4th March: Classic France  Tasting Tutorial Saturday 2nd March (11am and 3pm)

These French wines are classics for a reason! Whatever food you're having, it's pretty likely there's a French wine to match it. The huge variety of wines that you can find throughout France means there's plenty to try and talk about in this tasting tutorial!

Tuesday 5th – Monday 11th March: South America Tasting Tutorial Saturday 9th March (11am and 3pm)

The wines coming out of South America are improving in quality and range every year and usually offer great value for money. From aromatic white wines to rich, full bodied reds there's something to suit everyone's tastes and we'll be trying a good range in the tasting tutorial.

 

Booknow to avoidmissing out!

Sparkling Saturday Featured 'FizzDate published: 26/01/13

SPECIAL OFFER

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand

Grape Variety - Chardonnay

This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.

Origin - The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months.

Taste - Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Partner with - Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

£8.99 per bottle

Wine of the Week.Date published: 25/01/13

LAGUNILLA

Rioja Reserva

Casa del Comendador 2007 VINTAGE

ONLY £5.99 per bottle  when you buy 2 or more bottles!!!!

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £10 - normally £10.99

This is a true bargain that even I find hard to believe!!!! A superb wine from a fantastic producer.

Classic Rioja...............

 

Here's the blurb! Enjoy - AVAILABLE TO TASTE IN STORE NOW!

 

Grape Varieties - Tempranillo, Garnacha

Origin - This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstocks.

Taste - A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.

Enjoy with - Partner with roast shoulder of lamb, or any number of game dishes.

 

#COMEANDEXPLORE

Snow scheduled - delivery updateDate published: 18/01/13

We are open as usual today, with the snow scheduled to get worse over the next few hours.

We are still doing deliveries, however  due to the weather, should it get muchworsewe may need to re-schedule appointments.

We will be keeping you updated with news on our delivery schedule as the weather changes.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused in advance and we hope you all have a safe day today.

Wine of the Week - Tautavel Arago 21Date published: 18/01/13

Tautavel Arago 21 2009, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan

Tautavel is famous for its wine, but it is also famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of prehistoric mankind, excavated in the Arago Caves. 'Arago 21' was the reference code given to a skull belonging to Tautavel Man, believed to be at least 400,000 years old. Made from roughly equal proportions of its three constituent grapes, this wine exhibits a blend of vibrant fruit, spicy undertones and firm tannins, with characteristic wild herb nuances. Drink with some caveman-friendly barbecued chops. This wine is from esteemed Southern French producer Gérard Bertrand, a fomer Rugby Union international for France. Only £7.99 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case. This is our wine of the week here at Majestic Bangor! Pop in to try it today!!

Bargain Hunt Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/01/13

BARGAIN HUNT

Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough.

 

Grape Variety - Sauvignon Blanc

Origin - Ara is an emerging terroir that lies at the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers in the world famous Marlborough region. A single landform that dates back some 20,000 years, the 1600 hectare terrace is a unique geological feature in New Zealand.

Taste - Vibrant and intense, Composite Sauvignon Blanc shows ripe, clean stone and grapefruit characters. It is highly concentrated with a generous textured mouthfeel and a long clean finish.

Enjoy with -This is the perfect match for seafood but can be successfully partnered with a variety of foods including sashimi or spicy Asian fish.

 

An absolute BARGAIN @ only £5.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case of six .

 

Available to taste on the tasting counter!

Wine of the Week - Bargain Hunt choiceDate published: 09/01/13

Catalpa Pinot Noir 2010/2011 Atamisque

Grape - Pinot Noir

Origin: A picturesque estate lined with fruit trees, cacti and the local Atamisque shrub. Now owned and run by French couple John and Chantal Du Monceau, along with winemaker Philippe Caraguel, formerly of Moët & Chandon.

Taste: Aromas of raspberries and currant jam, with a touch of caramel from brief ageing in new French oak. Elegant on the palate, with more red fruit and well-judged tannins.

Enjoy: Excellent with rabbit, game birds or cured meats.

 

Buy 2,and you can grab yourself a bargain, paying only £8.49 per bottle.

Saving you 33%

 

5 ways to match food and wine.Date published: 08/01/13

Featured on the Majestic Blog.

 

Top 5 ways to match food and wine. Let’s kick off the New Year with some basic help when food and wine matching. I thought it’d be a good idea to share this top 5 with you as it’ll give those New Year healthy dishes an added flavour dimension… Top 5 Matching Maxims

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.

2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours.

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.

I’ll be trying to cut down on the indulgence and eat out a lot less this month too, so if the mood takes me I’ll spend more on wine for home than I usually would. Better food, better wine. Win win!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/01/13

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

I know Christmas has been and gone but as a bit of a reward for yourself why not try the Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.

Blended from specific blocks on Errazuris' La Esculture Estate in the Casablanca Valley, This Sauvignon is a cut above the norm. With very fresh green and citrussy aromas, complimented by a palate full of big zesty citrus fruits and crisp acidity.

Like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Then you'll love this too.

I'll have mine on it's own thanks! But will pair nicely with seafood and tomato based pasta dishes.

£10.99 for one or buy 2 still Chilean wines under £20 save 20% £8.79

Saturday Kitchen recommends...Date published: 29/12/12

On this weeks edition Of Saturday Kitchen Susy Atkins recommended Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir from esteemed southern french producer Gerard Bertrand.

Originally owned by Burgundian négoçe Antonin Rodet, this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. One of the Languedoc's highest vineyards, possessing the finely-balanced climate necessary for growing Pinot Noir, and has been the recipient of many awards, including a Decanter Bronze medal.

This wine is vegetarian for those so inclined and has a distinctive Pinot Noir nose of wild strawberries, with cinnamon and clove-like notes. The light fruit is backed up by tight and bracing tannins, leading to a long, mineral finish.

I would recommend enjoying this fantastic wine with soft cheeses, duck breast or rare lamb and if you are still munching on turkey sandwiches this wine will match perfectly!

Only £9.99 when you buy at least two bottles which saves you a whopping £6! Cracking wine at a great price.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/12/12

Vinalba Malbce Reserva

Tasting Note: Deep red colour with violet tones, the wine displays intense aromas of spices and dark red fruits combined with hints of vanilla and chocolate.

Brimming with rich redcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours. A perfect smoothness and balanced structure gives an incredibly long lingering finish that just rolls on and on.

OUR CHOICE: This elegant and harmonious wine is a corker of a Malbec from Mendoza. On the palate it is wonderfully complex, rich, and has a full bodied delight. It's the perfect accompaniment to winter stews, red meat hot pots, but sublime with a big juicy steak.

£10.99 buy two bottles save £6

£7.99

Merry ChristmasDate published: 25/12/12

Hello everyone team Bangor just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Festive SpiritDate published: 22/12/12

 

We're all getting into the festive spirit here with our Christmas hats and the occasional Christmas song thrown into the mix. Why not pop into Majestic Bangor and see our Christmas Tree!!

 

Ho Ho Ho!

Canard-Duchene NV BrutDate published: 22/12/12

This non-vintage Champagne is characterised by its straw yellow appearance and delicate mousse. Canard-Duchene is a blend of 60 different crus crafted from 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. Notes of pastry are a sign of excellent maturation intermingle with fruit aromas for a pleasing experience on the palate. Enjoy at any time of the day or as an aperitif!

Canard-Duchene. Where freshness and intensity unite nobility and nature!

Only £15, on offer from £25, whilst stocks last!!

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 15/12/12

Heidsick Gold Top Vintage Champagne.

Heidsieck & Co "Monopole was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. By 1818, They had been appointed suppliers of Champagne to the king of Prussia. Then later went on to supply the emperor of Germany, the English court and even Csar Nicolas II.

This complex Champagne has a light yellow tint, with aromas of hazelnut, dried fruits, warm croissants!

On the palate there is a wonderfully creamy and moussey feel to this champagne followed by flavours of baked apple and citrus with great length.

A powerful and complex wine. And a bargain to boot at just £19

Available to tast today!

Wine of the Week - Château Grivière 2004 Médoc, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 09/12/12

Château Grivière 2004 Médoc, Cru Bourgeois   Château Grivière first produced wines in the 17th century, when its gravel and clay-limestone soils were first planted with vines. Located just 5 miles from the St Estephe appellation and previously owned by Château Lafite-Rothschild. In which time it went through a dramatic program of modernisation.   Since 1990 Ch Grivière has been owned by the Charloux family who have developed the largest underground bottle cellar in the Médoc, locally known as "The Cathedral”. This has given Ch Grivière the unique ability to store over 10 separate vintages, releasing the wines only when they become ready to drink.   The vineyard is planted with a grape mix of 60 % Merlot, and 40 % Cabernet Sauvignon, and the vines average 30 years of age. As a result this 2004 example produces wines with raspberry, cassis and black current nose and a palate of ripe dark fruits, balanced by rich, round and chewy tannins.   Very acceptable on its own or equally at home with a sausage casserole or stew.   £11.99 buy two bottles save £8, £7.99  

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 08/12/12

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV New Zealand

Origin

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance.

Taste

Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Enjoy

Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

On our tasting counter today, come and try it!

Special Offer £8.99

PORT - A short master-classDate published: 08/12/12

With such a good range on offer, I thought it would be great to give you a little light reading to help you choose your Port this Christmas! So here goes..........

The vineyards that produce port wine are common along the hillsides that flank the valley of the River Douro in northern Portugal.

Over a hundred varieties of grapes (castas) are sanctioned for port production, although only five (Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Francesa, and Touriga Nacional) are widely cultivated and used.

Grapes grown for port are generally characterised by their small, dense fruit which produce concentrated and long-lasting flavours, suitable for long ageing.

Port wine is typically richer, sweeter, heavier, and possesses a higher alcohol content than unfortified wines. This is caused by the addition of distilled grape spirits (aguardente similar to brandy) to fortify the wine and halt fermentation before all the sugar is converted to alcohol and results in a wine that is usually 18 to 20% alcohol.

Port from Portugal comes in several styles: Here's a few to name in brief...

Tawny port: Tawny ports are sweet or medium dry and typically consumed as a dessert wine. When a port is described as tawny, without an indication of age, it is a basic blend of wood aged port that has spent at least two years in barrels. Vintage dated Tawny or Colheita Port: A tawny port from a single vintage is called 'Colheitas'. Instead of an indication of age (10, 20 yrs...) the actual vintage year is mentioned. However, they should not be confused with vintage port (see below). A Colheita may have spent 20 or more years in wooden barrels before being bottled and sold!!! Ruby port: Ruby port is the cheapest and most extensively produced type of port. After fermentation, it is stored in tanks made of concrete or stainless steel to prevent oxidative aging and preserve its rich claret colour. The wine is usually blended to match the style of the brand to which it is to be sold. Reserve or vintage character: Reserve port is a premium ruby port approved by the IVDP's tasting panel, the Câmara de Provadores. In 2002 the IVDP prohibited the use of the term "Vintage Character", as the wine had neither a single vintage (usually being a blend of several vintages of ruby port) nor the typical character of vintage port. Late bottled vintage (LBV): Typically ready to drink when released, LBV ports are the product of a single year's harvest and tend to be lighter bodied than a vintage port.LBV is intended to provide some of the experience of drinking a vintage port but without the need for lengthy bottle aging. The filtered wine has the advantage of being ready to drink without decanting and is usually bottled in a stoppered bottle that can be easily resealed. Crusted: Crusted port is usually a blend of port wine from several vintages, although single vintage crusted ports have sometimes been made in the past. Unlike vintage port, which has to be sourced from grapes from a single vintage, crusted port affords the port blender the opportunity to make best use of the varying characteristics of different vintages. Crusted port is bottled unfiltered, and sealed with a driven cork. Like vintage port it needs to be decanted before drinking. Vintage port: Not every year is declared a vintage in the Douro. The decision on whether to declare a vintage is made in the spring of the second year following the harvest. The decision to declare a vintage is made by each individual port house, often referred to as a "shipper". Vintage ports are aged in barrels for a maximum of two and a half years before bottling, and generally require another ten to forty years of ageing in the bottle before reaching what is considered a proper drinking age. Since they are aged in barrels for only a short time, they retain their dark ruby colour and fresh fruit flavours. Particularly fine vintage ports can continue to gain complexity and drink wonderfully for many decades after they were bottled.

Single 'Quinta' vintage port: Single 'Quinta' vintage ports are wines that originate from a single 'estate'. Much of the complex character of aged vintage port comes from the continued slow decomposition of grape solids in each bottle. However, these solids are undesirable when port is consumed, and thus vintage port typically requires a period of settling before decanting and pouring.

............................................ Vintages: (in a nutshell) The term vintage has a distinct meaning in the context of vintage port. While a vintage is simply the year in which a wine is made, most producers of vintage port restrict their production of year-labelled bottlings to only the best years, a few per decade. If a port house decides that its wine is of quality sufficient for a vintage, samples are sent for approval and the house declares the vintage. In very good years, almost all the port houses will declare their wines.

Storing and serving: Port, like other wine, should be stored in a cool but not cold, dark location (as light can damage the port), with a steady temperature. Once opened, port generally lasts longer than unfortified wine but is still best if consumed within a short period of time. Tradition in the United Kingdom calls for port being served at a formal dinner to be passed to the left and for the bottle not to touch the table on its way around. Won't last long in my house this Christmas!!

Opening Hours from the 10th of DecemberDate published: 07/12/12

Here are our opening hours over the Chrismas period:

Monday 10th December - Friday 14th December 9am - 8pm

Saturday 15th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 16th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 17th December - Saturday 22nd December 9am - 8pm

Sunday 23rd December 10am - 5pm

Monday 24th December 9am - 5pm

Tuesday 25th December - Thursday 27th December CLOSED

Friday 28th December 10am - 8pm

Saturday 29th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 30th December - Monday 31st December 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 1st January CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd January onwards - back to normal opening hours  

Fine Wine Friday - Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010Date published: 07/12/12

Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Established in 1980 by a small partnership, Martinborough Vineyard’s were set up to produce world class beating wines including their flagship wine, the Pinot Noir. With free-draining soils and climatic conditions similar to Burgundy, France, their results are consistently excellent.

The wine undergoes a cool pre-ferment maceration for 4- 7 days at 15°C before fermentation begins. The wine is carefully hand plunged up to three times a day and spends an average of 20 days on skins before being pressed. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak barriques (225L Barrel) before racking. Producing a stylish wine ready for drinking but can be stored for up to 10 years.

On the nose there is an intense cherry and dark fruit aroma followed by secondary characteristics of dark chocolate, spice notes and a slightly smokiness.

On the palate the layers of dark fruits are beautifully entwined with soft tannins and a seamless texture. This wine is perfectly balanced, with an elegant and beguiling structure of tannin and fruit and a long, complex and layered finish.

This is a true delight to drink on it’s own but is vedry robust for a Pinot Noir and goes fabulously wiuth Turkey, White meats and game.

Yours for just £24 when you buy any two New Zealand wines (single bottle price £30)  

Tanqueray N° TenDate published: 06/12/12

Fresh Botanicals and Hints of Citrus give Tanqueray N° Ten its exquisite flavour and smooth finish. Tanqueray N° Ten is a refreshingly unique spirit, which makes a truly fresh tasting martini. Tanqueray No. Ten is the only gin distilled with handpicked fresh fruit and botanicals, including white grapefruits, oranges and limes - along with gin's signature juniper and coriander and a hint of chamomile. In order to make an ultra-pure, ultra-flavorful spirit, Tanqueray No. Ten is distilled in a small batch still called 'Tiny Ten'. New in this week!

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 01/12/12

Today we have open the Trilogy Brut from Jacob Creek. Made in the same style and from the same grape varieties as Champagne but without the price tag!

Rich and creamy this is a welcome addition to anyone's table!

Special offer price £9.99

Luxury wine of the Month - Clos de los Siete 2009Date published: 01/12/12

Clos de los Siete 2009  

Clos de los Siete is the work of a collaborative project, by seven producers under the banner of Michel Rolland, the world's most famous and infamous "flying winemaker" and consultant to scores of wineries across the globe.  

The Wine

This is a classic blend of Bordeaux varieties; Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon as well as 20% Syrah. Very dark in the glass, this is not a shy wine: it's 14.5% alcohol, and the grapes are picked quite late, by hand, before undergoing a cold pre-ferment maceration. Then fermented for five to seven days at 26 to 28ºC. After malolactic fermentation, one third of the wine matured in vat and the remainder in new French oak barrels. The wines are then selected and blended before bottling  

The Producers  

The seven partners of the Clos de los Siete group are also household names from France. They hail primarily from Bordeaux such as Benjamin de Rothschild, of Chateau Clarke but also from the like of Champage and Rhone.  

The Vineyard  

The vineyard is situated in Vista Flores, 60 miles to the south of the city of Mendoza.  

Personal Thoughts

This is very revealing and gives us a look into the potential future of Argentinean wines. Its heavy Bordeaux influences shine through and we a greeted with a delightfully meaty wine with plenty of tannins.   This is a great companion to the usual Argentinean fare of large quantities of steak. But goes equally well with cheese on toast   Anything with the name Michel Rolland on the label is bound to stir up a bit of a discussion, and this wine is no exception. Overall, nice one Michel!!  

£13.99 for 1   Or

Buy 2 save £6, £10.99

Majestic Bangor Delivery ScheduleDate published: 27/11/12

Due to the large volume of orders and proximity to Christmas we are no longer able to guarantee delivery before Christmas and recommend you ring the store to check delivery options before placing an order. However our normal delivery schedule will resume from the 28th December.

It's coming to that time of year when we get very busy with deliveries and receive many gift orders. As we cover most of North Wales, we have a very stringent delivery schedule. So for those less familiar with our delivery schedule here it is.

Mondays - No deliveries

Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed

Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.

Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc

Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey  

Featured wineDate published: 24/11/12

Bourgogne Rouge 2009 Fontaine-Gagnard

Price - £13.99 per bottle

Grape - Pinot Noir

Origin - Fontaine Gagnard consistently produces some of the finest red and white wines in Burgundy. 75% of the fruit is sourced in the attractive village of Volnay, in the Côte de Beaune. The wine is fermented in aged in older oak.

Taste - Notes of fresh red berry fruit with subtle spice and hints of wild mushrooms. It is packed with rich, sweet, juicy strawberry fruit on the palate, supported by subtle spice and hints of fresh herbs.

Enjoy - This well balanced wine would accompany wild mushroom or truffle dishes very well.

 

Personal notes: A great axample of Pinot Noir at it's finest!

We've currently got the '08 open with a few bottles left. Notes of spice with developed fruit and a finish full of finesse and class from Burgundy!

 

Can't wait toi try the '09 if it's as good as the this!!!!

 

It's surely going to be a part of my Christmas table, let the fight begin!!

Wine of the WeekendDate published: 24/11/12

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 Nicolas Potel

Price £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles

save £8

Usually £11.99

 

Origin - Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used in production, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.

Taste - The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with an almondy complexity on the finish.

Enjoy - Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheese tart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.

 

My rec* Get it in time for Christmas before it all flies off the shelves!!!!

 

Reviews sent in via our website!!!!!!!!!!

....This is a fantastic little introduction to white Burgundy and way better than most examples you'd get at £7.99. The balance is perfect and the class of Potel really shows. A very pleasant suprise at this price point and I'll definitely be buying more.....

FINE WINEDate published: 19/11/12

Majestic are the specialists when it comes to fine wine. Most of our stores have dedicated fine wine shelving and our Fine Wine Centre in St John's Wood, London, has over 200 temperature-controlled fine wines to choose from - it's this range we make available online.

You can mix Fine Wines with other products, but since they require special distribution from the Fine Wine Centre to your local store we ask that at least 6 Fine Wines are ordered at a time, and that you allow a few extra days for distribution.

6 BOTTLE DELIVERIESDate published: 18/11/12

Life is busy. Sometimes too busy to make it to Majestic. That's why you can now order as few as six bottles online and have them delivered straight to your door. It doesn't matter if you're ordering six of the same or a mixed case. If you discovered a bottle you loved last time you shopped with us, now might be the perfect time for a little top-up.

Orders are still delivered by the team in your local Majestic store, so our service remains convenient, fast and reliable. And if you're spending £40 or more, it's also still free.

Orders over £40 FREEmainland UK DELIVERY

Orders under £40 £5delivery charge

Collection FREEfrom any UK store

Of course, being Majestic, you can pick and mix your own case of 6 bottles from our range of wine, Champagne and spirits. You can also add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order.

And to make it even easier to explore our range six bottles at a time, we've introduced a new range of 'Explorer Cases'. These pre-mixed cases are themed around a grape variety or region, so you can choose the six that suits you.

Chile Feature - available on the Majestic BlogDate published: 18/11/12

Latest on the BLOG.

THE BUYERS GUIDE TO CHILE.

It’s Chilean tasting week all week at Majestic, and who better to show off the best Chile has to offer than Majestic Wine Buyer Andy Lloyd. New on the blog today, Andy shares his inimitable tasting notes from a spring trip to Chile…

People get the wrong idea about being a wine buyer. They think it’s fun. Travelling round far-flung sunny climes, wine glass in hand, meeting with winemakers and tasting the latest vintages, looking for the best deals out there.

Ok, I admit, it is pretty good fun. I’m quite new to it myself, having been a store manager up until about a year ago. My first big trip was in the spring, starting in Chile.

Ten intense days travelling up and down the thin, narrow spine of South America. We visited vineyards everywhere – across the desert, in the valleys, up the mountains and along the coast. Personal highlights? It has to be the Pinot Noirs. For me, they’re the best in the world right now under £10. Slowly but surely, the winemakers of Chile are taming the most fickle grape on the planet.

Here’s some of the best of what I tasted.

Cut and paste the below link so that you can see the featured wines.

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/the-buyers-guide-to-chile/

Wine of the WeekendDate published: 18/11/12

Gestos Malbec 2011, Finca Flichman, Mendoza

GRAPE - Malbec

ORIGIN - One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.

TASTE - An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

ENJOY - A complex wine and a perfect match with steak or rich sausages. Alternatively, at the end of a meal with a chocolate filled pudding.

Only £6.99

 

when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case of 6 bottle

Wines of Château MusarDate published: 11/11/12

For those of you joining us for our Winter tasting next Friday you may well have the opportunity to try two Lebanese wines from Château Musar. I am personally very much looking forward to this and I thought it may be worth passing on some of my knowledge of these wines to others exited to try something this unusual! Whilst wine from Lebanon may seem obscure the high altitude areas of the Bekaa Valley has been under vine for around 6,000 years. The Pheonicians, ancestors of the modern Lebanese people distributed their wines throughout the Mediterranean and in order to help keep records of the transactions they carried out they invented the alphabet. Château Musar its self was established in 1930 by Gaston Hochar and currently run by his son, Serge Hochar. In turn, Serge's sons Gaston and Marc are very much a part of the family business. With over 50 years at the heart of Musar wines Serge Hochar truly is a master of his craft.

“When you are a winemaker you have the luck to work with something that is alive and you should never kill it.” Serge Hochar

The wines that we will be trying next Friday are the Château Musar 2004 red, from the winery's Flagship range, and the Hochar Père et Fils 2007. the Château Musar red is blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan to produce full bodied wines with fantastic ageing potential. The Hochar Père et Fils 2007 also has these varieties with the addiditon of Grenache. Simon Hoggart from the spectator described the Château Musar 2004 as having “all the muscy, spicy, leathery depth this wine is famous for, but it also has a kind of airy lightness which makes it a beguiling drink”. The Hochar Père et Fils 2007 is a often referred to as Château Musar's second wine but they prefer it to be known as different from their others. The grapes used are from 50 year old vines grown at 1,000 feet made in a slightly lighter, easier going style than the Musar. So if you are joining us next Friday I hope you are looking forward to this treat as much as I am. If your not down to attend the tasting and would like to try this then call the store to book your place or come and pick some up next time your in. Have a great day!

Wine Evening UpdateDate published: 11/11/12

We are very excited about our wine evening THIS Friday at 18:30 in store and are almost at capacity however there are a few spaces left so book now to save disappointment.

In addition Belvoir have very kindly supplied some of there seasonal none alcoholic drinks for you to try on the evening as well.

Hope to see you there! Rob

Chapel Down - Curious BrewDate published: 10/11/12

As part of our continuing effort to improve our range and provide tipples you may not find elsewhere we have added several beers and ales to our selection over the past few weeks. Of them all I believe this larger from English winery Chapel Down to be of exceptional quality and quirkiness.

So… What is Curious Brew?   -A small batch crafted beer brewed with precision, care and passion - Brewed using East Anglian two row malting barley -Cascade and Saaz hops for initial bitterness and aromas -Bottom fermented and matured for 6 weeks - Re pitched with the same Champagne yeast used in our sparkling wines -And then a late dosage of the rare Nelson Sauvin hop is added   The RESULT….   -          A more fragrant, less gassy, crisp, cleaner, easier drinking , drier and more refreshing beer than any other we’ve tried!   From Chapel Down, the premier English wine producer and now they have made the best lager in the world under 5%! – The Curious Brew won the GOLD MEAL at the International Beer Challenge 2012 and then won the trophy for the best lager under 5% ABV!

Wine of the week - Saintsbury ChardonnayDate published: 10/11/12

Saintsbury Chardonnay 2008/2009 Carneros

Price £17.49

Buy 2 still Californian wines under £20 save 20% £13.99 *

Grape - Chardonnay

Origin: Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terrior of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.

Taste: Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.

Enjoy: Enjoy over the next three years with chargrilled chicken or light fish dishes

 

Open to taste on the T.C

It's Fine Wine Friday!!!Date published: 02/11/12

This Month we have opened the Urbina 1994 Gran Reserva Rioja.

This is a one time only parcel of Gran Reserva from an extremely good vintage. One of the best in the last 20 years in fact. Being a Gran Reserva this wine has seen a minimum of 24 months in oak barrels before being bottled. Which gives it a depth of character that a crianza could only dream of!

On the nose there are hints of Strawberries, raisins, black pepper and tobacco.

On the palate there are tart fruit flavours and hints of sweet spice. Finished with subtle leathery tones.

There is no denying this is one classy act! A Nice mature Rioja that's drinking beautifully on its own but I could envisage having this with my roast lamb on Sunday or even as the main red for the 'C' day!

A Bargain at £14.99

NEW IN - Tautavel Arago 21 2009 Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Gérard BertrandDate published: 30/10/12

GrapeGrenache, Syrah or Shiraz, Carignan

Origin Tautavel is famous for its wine, but it is also famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of prehistoric mankind, excavated in the Arago Caves. 'Arago 21' was the reference code given to a skull belonging to Tautavel Man, believed to be at least 400,000 years old.

Taste Made from roughly equal proportions of its three constituent grapes, this wine exhibits a blend of vibrant fruit, spicy undertones and firm tannins, with characteristic wild herb nuances.

Enjoy Drink with some caveman-friendly barbecued chops.

 

 

Price £9.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4

 

Only £7.99

Luxury wine of the Month Date published: 23/10/12

Eikendale Chardonnay 2011

The Eikendale vineyards lie just outside Stellenbosch which boasts a winemaking tradition stretching back to the end of the 17th-century.

The mountainous terrain, good rainfall, deep well-drained soils and diversity of terroirs make this a sought-after viticultural area. The rapidly increasing number of wine estates includes some of the most famous names in Cape wine. The district, with its mix of historic estates and contemporary wineries, produces excellent examples of almost all the noble grape varieties.

The Wine

The cooling, moistening effect of the breezes from the nearby Atlantic Ocean combined with the excellent soil structure of Eikendal’s vineyards form ideal conditions for growing noble vines such as the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Two different sites were used to create this superbly balanced wine. One site had grapes grown on alluvial sandy soils, the other had grapes grown on mineral rich, red decomposed granite soils. The previous contributing a high profiled flavour spectrum, with abounding sweet fruit; the latter, minerally stealth, lengthy acidity and a promise of longevity. Eikendal Chardonnay is a classic well-balanced wine packed with rich fresh lemony, vanilla and toasty oak flavours. The fine complexity added by oak maturation has created a wine of distinction.

Personal thoughts

This is the definition of a heavily oaked Chardonnay and is not for the light hearted. It has beautifully creamy caramely texture which nicely compliments the fresh lemon & vanilla flavours leaving, a satisfying fresh finish.

Very pleasant on its own but best served with Poached Salmon with Caper Butter Sauce.

£11.99 for 1

Or (Buy any 2 South African Wines Save 20% )

£9.59

Delivery cheduleDate published: 22/10/12

We offer a free delivery service (on orders of 6 bottles or more) throughout the North/mid Wales area for our customers that cannot make it in to the store to visit us. Orders can be placed by phoning us here at the store, or via the website.

We deliver locally  throughout the week. However, due to the size of our delivery area we visit certain areas throughout the region on particular days. These are as follows:

 

Monday - No deliveries but December schedule awaits area acknowledgment

Tuesday - Porthmadoc, Betws-y-Coes, Corwen, Bala, Dolgellau, Aberdovey, Tywyn, Harlech

Wednesday - A55 run to Conwy, through to Rhyl, Denbigh

Thursday - Lleyn Peninsula, Caernarfon, Bangor

Friday - All over the island of Anglesey

As we get towards Christmas, inevitably, our delivery schedule gets a lot busier. Our best advice is to get your order in as soon as possible in order to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

We always aim to deliver at a time that is most convenient to you, these days are just guidelines. If you would like to discuss an alternative delivery time please do not hesitate to contact us at the store and we will do our best to get your order to you at a time that suits you.

 

01248 364 771

bng@majestic.co.uk

Getting Hitched?Date published: 15/10/12

* How much of each wine should I buy? * What wine should I match with my food? * What wines will my guests like? * How many glasses will I need? * What's the best way to chill the wine?

Questions, questions, questions!

 

We've got all the answers!

In order to answer these questions, Majestic Wine, the UK's biggest and best retailer of wine by the mixed case, have developed a tailored Weddings service, which uses our knowledge and expertise to help every couple find that match made in heaven.

MAKE AN ENQUIRY NOW - call us in-store on 01248 364 771, or email us at bng@majestic.co.uk

Why is our wedding service so good?

Finding the perfect wedding wine for your big day can be a hugely stressful experience. It's an important part of the day to get right, and not many people have much experience buying wine in such large quantities.

Remove the risk with our sale-or-return policy!

There's nothing worse than running out of wine on your wedding day, but equally you don't want to be left over with cases upon cases of the same wine for months after. To solve this problem, we can offer you sale-or-return so that you bring back anything you don't drink.

Save money with our free glass & chiller bin hire!

Weddings are expensive enough without having to pay for additional hire costs. When you buy your wine from us, we'll help you figure out how many glasses and chiller bins as you need, and then loan you them for free. This is a free service we offer when you buy your wine at Majestic. A deposit is required when you hire out items but is fully refundable when you bring them back.

Remove the hassle with free delivery to your venue!

The last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is how to get the wine to the venue. We can deliver the wine to your venue, or wherever else you want it to go, on a date and time prescribed by you so you don't have to worry about it.

Get the perfect wine with our expert advice!

All of our staff are experts in matching wine with food. When you've decided on your menu they can help you pick the perfect matches that will be sure to go down well with your guests.

 

Here's our number again.

 

01248 364 771.......Go!  

Thinking about joining a 'Fine Wine Plan'?Date published: 15/10/12

The Fine Wine Plan from Majestic Wine is designed specifically for customers who appreciate drinking great wine, and who aspire to build a fine wine collection for future enjoyment.

We recognise that time is a precious commodity for many of our customers and not everyone can spend hours carefully researching the world of fine wine.

We also understand that often it's the hassle and administration involved with owning fine wine which can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialist Lay & Wheeler, we've introduced the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar.

At a financial pace that suits you - starting from as little as £50 per month - you get access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our small, dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists.

You will benefit from Lay & Wheeler's ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur, plus you gain full use of the perfect storage conditions found in our industry leading facility Vinothèque.

 

Benefits - A FREE 6 bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009* worth £150

As a thank you for joining us, we would like to get your new wine collection off to a good start with a fantastic free six bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009, the second wine of top St-Julien property Ducru-Beaucaillou from the heavily sought-after 2009 vintage.

Your free case will be added immediately to your fine wine cellar when you subscribe to a monthly direct debit of £100 or more.

 

Join today - paste the following link into your browswer!

 

http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk/JoinToday.html

Wine of the Week - DMZ Syrah. Showcasing S.A Wines of distinctionDate published: 15/10/12

DMZ Syrah 2009, De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch

SOUTHAFRICA

Grape - Syrah

Origin - This youthful and expressive wine comes from young vines in De Morgenzon's own estate, grown on its weathered granite soils. Handpicked, the grapes are then fermented in stainless steel, before transfer to French oak barrels for 11 months' maturation.

Taste - An abundance of bright and youthful plum and berry fruit is the main feature, surrounded by touches of violet, cinnamon and vanilla. Rounded and supple in texture.

Enjoy! - Drinking well now, or over the next 5-6 years. Great with pasta in a traditional marinara sauce

£7.99 per bottle When you buy any 2 South African wines!

20% OFF SOUTH AFRICAN WINES

New Blog listing - Wine labels close up: Contesa PecorinoDate published: 15/10/12

William looks after the Majestic blog and all the other wonderful Majestic social channels from our HQ in Watford.

He does a great job, and the blog always throws up interesting articles and facts. We are constantly checking it out and we suggest you to do the same.

 

Be sure to follow if you want to know more about us, and many trivial Majestic posts from us and our customers!

 

Here's his latest installment about lables.

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The first time I walked into a Majestic store was a blur. So many unknown wines, labels, bottle shapes, grape varieties, countries, regions…

In a way this is the best and worst thing about Majestic. An intimidating amount of choice coupled by staff who are there to guide you with bottomless knowledge about all the wines.

I thought it would be a good idea to focus on some of the wine labels I really like that can sometimes become anonymous amongst the 800+ wines available online, plus a few other famous labels and the story behind them.

The first wine is relatively new to Majestic, the Contesa Pecorino Colline Pescaresi IGT. Great label. Baaa.

Here in Bangor, we're used to seeing sheep, passing millions of them on our wide and ever-expanding delivery schedule, but we've not come accross this one in a field, only in store! A great wine too.

Grape - Pecorino

Origin - Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

Taste - Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.

Enjoy - Try with nutty cheeses, such as the wine's sheep's milk cheese namesake, or with simple cod dishes.

 

Price £9.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4

20% off South African WinesDate published: 15/10/12

With a wine making history stretching back into the 17th century, South Africa is the oldest 'New World' country and produces many different styles of wine from its varied landscapes. Our range goes from strength to strength.

Offers ending today, 15th October 2012. Hurry!Date published: 15/10/12

Still some left, but hurry because it all all ends today!

 

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne

A light and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples and pears. Has undergone 4 years cellar ageing.

* This product was awarded a Bronze from Decanter

Special Offer! Ends 15 Oct £15.00

 

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Mâcon-Lugny 2010 Louis Latour

Sophisticated white Burgundy at a very affordable price, well defined, buttery lemon bouquet with crisp apple fruit flavours. * Suitable for vegetarians Vegetarian

Buy 2 bottles save £4 Ends 15 Oct £7.99 * Normally £9.99

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Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche 2010 M.Chapoutier

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

Buy 2 bottles save £6 Ends 15 Oct £6.99 * Normally £9.99

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Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV Champagne

 

* This product was awarded a Silver from Decanter

A classic pink Champagne, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit and full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. Special Offer!

Ends 15 Oct £45.00* down from £62

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It's even better shared. Write your own reviews on our wines!Date published: 14/10/12

Our new online review system has been designed to allow all our customers to share their opinions on our wines in an easy, interactive way. From giving each wine a simple star rating, to browsing detailed tasting notes from Majestic staff and well-known journalists, you will find it all.

 

Write reviews - We pride ourselves on the diversity and quality of our range, so let us know what you think. You don't need to be a wine expert - just tell the world what you think in your own words.

Star ratings - Prefer not to write a full review but still want to share your thoughts? It only takes a second to give a wine a rating on our 5 star scale. You'll find a list of your unrated wines on your account page.

Thumbs up and down - Thumbs up and down

Found a customer review helpful in finding a wine? Give the review a thumbs up to show your appreciation. If you think a review is unhelpful, give it a thumbs down. It all helps us identify the most valuable reviews to show other customers.

Comments - Comments

If you want to respond to another customer's review, you can now leave a comment, without needing to write a review of your own.

Staff reviews - Our passionate and well-trained staff love sharing personal opinions on their favourite wines with customers in-store. Now you can access those opinons 24/7, wherever you are.

Press reviews - Press reviews

Read a number of reviews of our wines from top journalists. We've been scooping more and more awards for our product range, so watch this space for more.

Facebook - When you're writing a review, you can choose to automatically share that review with your Facebook friends - a great way to spread the word about great wine. facebook.com/majesticwine

Twitter - You can also opt to have your reviews automatically tweeted to your Followers, including a link to enjoy your review in full. twitter.com/majesticwine

 

Hop in and join the multitude of comments and reviews to be part of the #bigmajesticsociety

Award winning wines!Date published: 14/10/12

 

The results of the International Wine Challenge 2012 and the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 have now been published and we are delighted that so many products from our range have won medals. Highlights included The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 winning Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under £10.

 

Here's the REDS!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/Medal-Winner-is-Medal-Winner/category-is-Wine/Colour-is-Red+Wine

 

The WHITES!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/Medal-Winner-is-Medal-Winner/category-is-Wine/Colour-is-White+Wine

 

SPARKLING

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/Medal-Winner-is-Medal-Winner/category-is-Champagne+and+Sparkling+Wine

 

Getting married this Autumn/Winter? Congratulations..on choosing Majestic to supply your drinks!Date published: 14/10/12

On my way into work this glorious Sunday mornning, it was mentioned on the Steve Wright show that there was a wedding taking place on Anglesey, the Island of love! Congratulations! It's not raining!!!!

 

If you are planning a wedding in the coming months and the run up to Christmas, have a think about making Majestic wine your prefered choice as a supplier for all things red, white and sparkling!

 

We have a vast range of over 800 wines to choose from, but if that seems daunting, don't worry we will help you find the wine best suited for your big day and your budget. We will also help you find wines that will match your food menu and your personal tastes.

We can also take care of the little extras, such as FREE glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket hire. We can even supply the ice for your wedding too if it's required!

And the best thing of all is...we offer FREE home delivery!

If you would like any more information, please contact us.......

Telephone: 01248 364 771

E-Mail: bng@majestic.co.uk

Website: www.majestic.co.uk/bangor  

Looking for a new wine supplier? Take us into account!Date published: 13/10/12

Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change your supplier? Do you want more flexibility?

We supply independent Restaurants, Hotels, Pubs & Bars in the surrounding areas.

 

If youve got an 'LL'  postcode, Majestic Bangor will cater for all your wine needs.

 

Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.

 

Benefits Include:

* Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing

* An extensive range

* Exclusive labels for the on-trade

* Staff training

* Food and wine matching advice

* Wine list production service

* Flexible delivery 7 days a week

* Friendly and helpful staff

 

Are you interested or need more information?

Please call 01248 364 771 and ask for Rob or Tim

Nicolas Feuillatte NV offer ends soon..Date published: 13/10/12

A Bronze winner of a Decanter Award and but a Gold a winner here in store at only £15.

 

But remember, it's only on offer until Monday the 15th of October!

 

Classically produced from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Nicolas Feuillatte NV is a light and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruit, which has benefited from 4 years of Celler aging.

A great reason to celebrate!

Good NewsDate published: 09/10/12

Great news everyone the roadworks in front of the store are gone!! And we now have a lovely new entrance. Come and explore with us! Currently we are celebrating our new arrivals including the wonderfully fruity and best in show winner 'Portillo' Malbec and the new Citrussy fiano 'Pietriccia!'

Surani Pietrariccia FianoDate published: 09/10/12

New into us the 'Surani Pietrariccia Fiano' from Italy is a breath of fresh air, a change from your normal run of the mill Pinot Grigio or Gavi's. Located a mere 6km from the Ionian coast in Apuglia, Italy's 'heel'. The vineyards benefit from the gentle sea breeze adding character to the wine.

It has a vibrant and bright yellow appearance followed by a rich citrousy, tropical nose with hints of a floral nature. With a nice zingy acidity which perks up the wine and makes it a great match for salads, oily fish such as bass or as an aperitif.

Yours for £6.99 when you buy two or more*.

* Single bottle price £8.99

Currently available to try!
 

Sol - Imported beer/cerveza - Short dated stockDate published: 08/10/12

Grab yourself a bargain.

We're currently selling some short dated (End of October) Sol, imported beer

for only £10 for a case of 12 bottles.

 

Muriel ReservaDate published: 07/10/12

Muriel Reserva

I'm an avid fan of Rioja and this one is just too good to pass by without a mention. At £9.99 down to £7.99 it is a bargain! Very smooth, full bodied Rioja with hints of vanilla and plenty of red berries. Put simply, a real crowd pleaser. Its light enough to have on its own but robust enough to have with a good Sunday roast.

Rob

Composite Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/10/12

Now this came as a bit of a surprise to me. The Composite is a single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region. As such I was expecting a gooseberry rich Sauvignon with hints of citrus. Not so, Think of this as an alternative to Sancerre. Very minerally and flinty with just a mere hint of gooseberry and fresh lime.
Fantastic, but like no other New Zealand Sauvignon I've tried before!

£9.99 for one or buy 2 save £6,

£6.99


 

External TastingsDate published: 04/10/12

Would you like Majestic to come and host a wine tasting event for your club, society or business?

We can cater for as few as 10 people or as many as 100. Best of all our time is free. Just give us a budget and an idea of what your after and we will do the rest.

Why not give us a call or send us a quick e-mail on

: 01248 364 771

: bng@majestic.co.uk

On Tims table tonight......Date published: 01/10/12

I've managed to get hold of some calamari for myself and the family to have for an appetiser tonight.

What could I perfectly match to have with it?

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A starter for ten? Well, this will go down a real treat!!

Not only is it noted as the match from the wine-maker, it's on such a good deal when you buy 2 I'm going for it!

Also, it was suggested on Satuday kitchen last week so I can see what all the hype was about.

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If you are thinking of matching anything yourselves, don't forget to pop in for some friendly advice.

 

Grape variety - Godello.

Origin - Valdeorras is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain, which has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils.

Taste - A youthful, green-tinged straw yellow wine, with a clean nose of grassy herbaceousness, and pear and pineapple fruit. Light in weight, yet with a palate-coating sense of texture.

Enjoy with -  Perfect with Spain's simple fish tapas dishes, such as grilled sardines, octopus or calamares.

 

Only £7.99 per bottle when you buy any 2 Spanish wines.

Sparkling of the weekDate published: 29/09/12

Green Point Brut NV

Green Point Brut produce by Domaine Chandon, As the name suggests are owned by Moët & Chandon and is located in the heart of the Yarra Valley. The cool climate in the South East corner of Australia is ideal for the production of high quality still and sparkling wines such as this one.

Using the same three grapes found in Champagne (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) and traditional wine making techniques. Chandon have produced this elegant sparkling wines that easily rivals many champagnes. With its fresh, floral aromas, stone fruit flavours and crisp dry finish its perfect on it's own but equally at home with crab pasta, sushi or even fish and chips!

A bargain at the moment at just £9.99 a bottle*

*Usually £16.99 a bottle.

Offer ends 15th October.
 

Wine of the Week - Berberana Gran ReservaDate published: 29/09/12

Berberana Rioja, Gran Reserva 2005

This wine hails from the great region of Rioja which is situated in Northern Spain on the Rio (river) Oja a tributary of the river Ebro.

A classic Rioja in style, both full-bodied and meaty. This complex Gran Reserva offers an array of black fruit aromas with secondary characteristics of vanilla, raisin and finished with a strong length and soft tannins.

This is an ideal partner for roast Welsh lamb with all the trimmings.
 

Only £11.99! when you buy any two Spanish wines.

Access to the store this weekDate published: 27/09/12

There are scheduled works planned and underway in front of the store at present, which makes access a little more difficult, but the store is still open for business as usual!!!!

Driving access has been limited due to barriers in place, BUT you can get into the car park via the main entrance of the Texaco garage with ease.

 

If you are reading this and planning a trip in to see the team and try some of the new range available, do not fear, your friendly staff are ready to help with any requests!

Regards,

Tim

New in, and an absolute CRACKERDate published: 26/09/12

Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

Origin - A wine from Morton Estate, a multi-award-winning winery established in 1978 in the coastal town of Katikati, where their winemaking operation is still based today. This Sauvignon is made by Nick Millichip and Johnson Scutt, who between them have made wine in 12 countries.

Taste - Typical Marlborough characters of gooseberry, nettle and hints of tomato leaf on the nose. Palate fruit is predominantly green apple and citrus with suggestions of melon, framed by tense acidity.

Enjoy - Enjoy on its own or with fresh fruits de mer.

 

Price £7.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4 only £5.99 * per bottle
 

Exploring Spain - MencíaDate published: 21/09/12

The Mencía grape is a local variety from Bierzo Denominación de Origen (DO) . The red wine produced from this grape are medium-bodied and deep violet in colour. The fragrances are of plums, blackcurrants and strawberries. On the palate I reminisce about Parma violets and the tannins are elegant and well integrated. An interesting change for those who enjoy Pinot Noir I would suggest and a good match for full-flavoured pasta dishes. A very dry style of red which hides its 14% abv well.
Bierzo DO is situated east of Rias Biaxas DO, which was explored yesterday, and the winter climate is similar. The summers however, tend to be hot and arid. Interestingly the area has a very low altitude helping prevent winter frosts which allows for an earlier harvest.


     At Majestic we offer two smashing Mencía varietals. The Pizarras de Otero certainly has an interesting label design and if that isn’t enough the wine itself is sure to impress. Owned by Bodegas Martin Codax, this Mencía certainly lives up to the quality other Codax wines maintain and at £6.99, a steal. If your willing to invest a little more you will be more than pleased. The Pétalos is quite simply exceptional. 10 months in French oak bestow clove and liquorice characters into this wine. 60 year-old vines provide intense fruitiness and although typically drunk young, this wine could be aged for 4 years and reward you for your patience. Tim Atkin rates this at 93/100 and Jancis Robinson can’t get enough of it, particularly the 2010. For a wine that comes this highly recommended, £12.79 is fantastically well-priced.


     So if you want to try something different but still want a great deal we may just have something for you here at Majestic Bangor!

Exploring Spain - AlbariñoDate published: 20/09/12

Since Spain has come on offer it has given me the opportunity to try some wines I hadn’t had a chance to try yet. Whilst Tempranillo-dominated Rioja is what immediately springs to mind when I think Spain, there are other regions and grape varieties worth taking note of. I’d like to focus on Albariño variety from the Rias Biaxas Denominación de Origen (DO) in this article with the Mencía variety tomorrow.


     Situated in North Western Spain, the Rias Biaxas DO is in Galicia. The Galician climate is quite different to other wine producing regions. During the summer the temperature regularly reaches 30°C but rarely goes higher. The winter is Atlantic-influenced causing mild and wet conditions very similar to our own climate in Britain, but the temperature rarely goes below 0°C.
    

About 90% of the wines produced in Rias Biaxas DO are white wines, predominantly composed of the Albariño grape. The wines this variety produce are wonderfully aromatic and quite similar to viognier in this respect. The intense aromas of peach and apricot are alluring and unlike some wines where the tasting isn’t as eventful as the smelling, Albariño does not disappoint. The palate has much the same ripe stone-fruit running throughout with well-structured zesty characters giving the wine good length. A youthful wine that is a must for shell fish dishes.
    

Fantastic examples of Albariño wine are the Caixas from Martin Codax, an extremely good entry-level wine with a slight off-dryness to create a lusciousness. on offer at just £6.99. If you prefer a bone-dry style then Vionta offer an Albariño which combines stone fruit with more tropical fruits such as kiwis and more complex herbaceousness. All this for only £9.99! So if your tempted to experiment a little, Albariño is a good start!

Matt's Saturday RecommendationDate published: 15/09/12

Villa Maria: Cellar Selection
Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough

ORIGIN: Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout
Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief
spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth.

TASTE: Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the
nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly
fruity, ending in a long zingy finish.

ENJOY: The perfect wine to take along to summer parties. Enjoy on its own or
with crab or poached salmon salad.

Make this your Kiwi staple for the Autumn months and you will not be disappointed!

£8.99
BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £4
When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £4

Featured this week - Mâcon-Lugny 2010, Louis LatourDate published: 14/09/12

 

Mâcon-Lugny 2010, Louis Latour

 

GRAPE - Chardonnay


ORIGIN - The family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been
producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the
Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of
Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.

TASTE - Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd
and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple
acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

ENJOY - Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry,
pork and or with fresh seafood.

 

ONLY £9.99 PER BOTTLE

 

 I had this for the first time last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Partnered my poached bream to perfection and the guys that I live with

came in and bought some for themselves the next day.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough - 2011 VintageDate published: 09/09/12

*FEATURED WINE*


Giesen Brothers
Sauvignon Blanc 2011 vintage
Marlborough..

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards which cover the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region. This wine is specially blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, and vinified at their winery in the town of Blenheim. Giesens clear goal is to be recognised as a leading producer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties

This wine displays a richly tropical nose, which is dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.

The fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus characters, with a zesty acidity to match.

This wine is PERFECT to drink with a seafood risotto, paella or kedgeree.

At only £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more.


This wine represents real value for money and stands firmly matched with many other Marlborough producers.

Composite Pinot Noir - 2010 - MarlboroughDate published: 04/09/12


Pinot Noir Feature

Composite Pinot Noir 2010,
Winemakers of Ara, Marlborough.

£13.99 single bottle proce

Buy 2 bottles save £10

Only £8.99 per bottle !!!!!!!

New Zealand Pinot Noir is fast catching up with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as not only a commercial grape variety but also as a style all of its own. This fresh and fruity Pinot Noir comes from the same stable who produced our Marlborough Hills Sauvignon Blanc. With its morello cherry nose with hints of aniseed and violet it is both subtle and complex. The palate is fresh with a hint of tannin which stands it up to turkey and even fattier meats such as duck. This is a true Autumn cracker and would sit perfectly on anyones table for the weekend or mid-week treat.

Enjoy!!!


 

Knocking them for 6 - The Jim Barry Cover DriveDate published: 03/09/12

Jim Barry Cover Drive
Cabernet Sauvignon
2010
Coonawarra

A new addition to our range, this wine is notable not only for being from the prestigious Jim Barry winery, but for being both organic and vegetarian, making it a versatile wine suited for even the fussiest of dinner guests!

The perfect blend of French and American oak has created a velvety feel and a complex palate of fennel, smoked cedar, cassis and of course liquorice, all underpinned by a firm backbone of blackcurrant and damson berry.

All in all, everything about this wine is refined, elegant and intriguing, from the understated label to the tastes that just keep on evolving.

 

Only £10.99 per bottle

when you buy any 2 Australian wines

as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles.

Majestic 6-Bottle Wine Carrier - Go GREENDate published: 02/09/12

Let us take the weight of your next order!

Have your wines delivered in style with this attractive 6 Bottle Wine Carrier!!!

Made from recyclable materials, this convenient carrier folds away easily

and can be used again and again when you visit your local Majestic store.

Bear it in mind if you are creating orders for yourself, or considering gift orders.

 

Available to order online, and in-store.

 

Only 75p each............

New to the range - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 02/09/12

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Mendoza

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

Origin - The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

Taste - A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish. Chill well and drink within the next 12 months.

Enjoy - Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

 

Only £5.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles.

 

New to the range - La Plata MerlotDate published: 02/09/12

Grape - Merlot

Origin - From one of the largest wineries in the Andes, this Merlot is grown on carefully chosen sites in the mountains of Mendoza, where cool temperatures and great sun exposure enable perfect ripening of this often temperamental grape variety.

Taste - A lively and youthful expression of Merlot, combining flavours of ripe plums with darker notes of blackberry compote, and some complexity added by a hint of earthiness to the tannins.

Enjoy - Great with grilled pork.

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

New product to the range - La Plata MalbecDate published: 02/09/12

La Plata Malbec 2011 Mendoza

 

Grape - Malbec

Origin -  From a winery originally established in 1914 in the heart of the Argentine Andes, this Malbec is hand-picked from high-altitude vineyards in Mendoza. The grapes are destemmed, cool-fermented,and undergo slow malolactic fermentation to maximise the soft fruit flavours.

Taste - Jam-packed with flavours of ripe blackcurrants, supported by notes of fresh raspberries and a lifted hint of vanilla. Tannins are sweetly supple and easy-drinking.

Enjoy -  Eminently drinkable on its own or with red meat and strong cheeses. Drinking well now and over the next two years.

 

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.

 

Available to taste today.

Wine of the Weekend - Mont Milan CorbieresDate published: 02/09/12

Chateau Mont Milan
Corbieres
2010


Situated on beautiful clay-limestone terraces overlooking the Mediterranean, Chateau Mont Milan provides the ideal growing conditions for this French regional wine.

Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre grapes combine to give a deliciously balanced red. A beautiful ruby colour this blend gives notes of dried fruits with a hint of vanilla, a continuation on the palate of dried and stewed fruits and just a hint of sweet spice.  Enjoy with all red meats and cheese.

 

This wine won a Gold Medal at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards, and  it is easy to see what seduced the judges. A classic southern French blend with all the hallmarks of a more prestigious appellation.

 

Only £4.99 when you buy 2or more.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/08/12

Santa Rita 120 Viognier

Santa Rita are very highly regarded in the Chilean wine making trade having been around for over 130 years and producing many fine examples, from this everyday quaffer to there hand picked Casa Real.

The Santa Rita 120 Viognier has been made to celebrate the “120 patriots who helped lead Chile to independence”

On the nose this has a rich bouquet of apricots, stone fruits and hints of cherry blossom. The palate confirms the nose with the addition of pineapple and rounded off with a bit of zingy acidity. It goes well with all things fishy or lightly spiced dishes such as Chines stir fry.

£7.49 for one or buy any two Chilean wines save 20% £5.99

Offer runs out on monday 3rd September!

Sparkling SaturdaysDate published: 25/08/12

Like last week we're exploring another part of France. Perle de Vigne Crémant de Bourgogne NV Louis Bouillot comes from Burgundy, located in east-central France, just southeast of Paris.

Unlike Champagne the production method differs sightly as alcoholic fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks rather then bottles and the wine contains both the Gamay and Aligoté grape varieties in addition to the traditional champagne grapes.

Taste
A yeasty, toasty nose with fresh pear and peach aromas gives way to a dry, clean and crisp palate with a rich texture, enticing flavours of baked granny smith apples and limes with a long creamy finish.

Enjoy
Chilled as an apéritif, with seafood or good old fish and chips.


On offer at £9.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/08/12

Chateau Mont Milan - Corbieres
2010


Situated on beautiful clay-limestone terraces overlooking the Mediterranean, Chateau Mont Milan provides the ideal growing conditions for this French regional wine.

Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre grapes combine to give a deliciously balanced red. A beautiful ruby colour this blend gives notes of dried fruits with a hint of vanilla, a continuation on the palate of dried and stewed fruits and just a hint of sweet spice. Its easy to see why this was a Decanter medal winner. Enjoy with all red meats and cheese.

Only £4.99 when you buy 2

Sparkling SaturdaysDate published: 18/08/12

 

Gratien & Meyer Saumur


When we think of sparkling wine from France generally speaking we automatically think of Champagne. However there are lots of other sparkling wines from France. This is a great example from the Saumur region of Loire. A classic Saumur Brut, light, fresh and elegant.


Unlike Champagne, Saumur uses both red and white grape varieties. 77% Chenin Blanc (20% of which is reserve wine), 17% Cabernet Franc and 6% Chardonnay.


Pale yellow in colour, with refined, persistent bubbles. The fruit-driven nose has delicate floral hints. Equally fruity on the palate, which is nicely balanced, refreshing and with good length.

Ideally served at 6°C as an aperitif or equally at home with fish or poultry.

Special Offer

£8.49 A bottle

'Bang' goes... the Kanonkop Kadette again........ it's back!Date published: 11/08/12

Back in stock..... the most long awaited wine returns to Majestic Bangor much to our assistant managers pleasure!

Tim can't tell you enough about how much he loves this wine. 

It's always one that impresses people when he passes it as gifts. He labels it as a wine that will go down well for all red lovers, especially Bordeaux fans, and those fond of earthy characterised wines.

It's almost to good to let it go, he explains, but that's what wine is for surely?

To enjoy among friends, good company, great food, to make the day even more memorable.... (or to keep to yourself? no!

For your pleasure, allow us to highlight more about this wine more specifically. Enjoy!!

 

Geographical Location :


Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape. It is between Stellenbosch and Paarl and falls in a ward called Simonsberg, more commonly known as the “red wine bowl” of South Africa. It has earned a reputation both at home and abroad as an area producing the best wines in the country.
The Estate is situated on 125 hectares, of which 100 hectares are planted to vine.


Kadette – 2010
(£10.99 WHEN YOU BUY 2 BOTTLES)


Winemaker:
Abrie Beeslaar

Varieties:
Pinotage 46 %
Cabernet Sauvignon 30 %,
Merlot 18 %
Cabernet Franc 6 %

Origin:
Stellenbosch

Age of Vines:
5 to 30 Years

Description:
The wine has a deep ruby, red colour.  It shows ripe raspberries, blackcurrent and mocca flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate.

This wine has good length with a dry finish and will certainly be one that you will always remember from the moment it passes your lips!

The 'Glitz' of Italian ProseccoDate published: 11/08/12

New to the Range

Prosecco Treviso - Pasqua

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more.

 

Prosecco in brief:

Prosecco is an Italian white wine — generally a Dry or Extra Dry sparkling wine, normally made from Glera ("Prosecco") grapes.

DOC prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy, and traditionally mainly in the areas near Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north of Treviso.

 

Unlike Champagne, its main commercial competitor, Prosecco is usually produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, making the wine less expensive to produce, but just as good in quality.

Approximately 150 million bottles of Italian Prosecco are produced annually.

 

In Italy, Prosecco is enjoyed as a wine for every occasion. Outside Italy, it is most often drunk as an aperitif, much like Champagne.

 

The flavour of Prosecco has been described as intensely aromatic and crisp, with notes of  apple, pear, white peach and apricot.

 

The Prosecci Treviso Pasqua is a stunning example, and we are glad to have it as part of the range..

 

It's open on the tasting counter today (11/8/12), so why don't pop in and try some.

Sparkling SaturdaysDate published: 28/07/12

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc

Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty 23-April 2011

30 best sparkling wines

A revelation! For years the cheaper Antipodean sparklers have been a crashing disappointment, but this new Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay-sourced champagne-method chardonnay from Lindauer, with lots of fat, ripe and really rather fine, smoky, lemony, zesty fruit on board, is a delight. Precisely the sort of superior, yet keenly priced, crowd-pleaser

Independent - Terry Kirby - 19th June 2011
 
An absolutely top-notch sparkler from a reliable Kiwi producer that stands comparison to the best champagnes, possibly because it is made from Chardonnay grapes by a French wine-making team. Toasty, creamy, but balanced with nice citric touches, this is the perfect modestly priced bubbly for a summer party.

Sunday Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 3rd July 2011

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand A fine balance between fresh, crisp citrus and richer, toastier layers here. Lindauer's creamy, ripe wine is especially good with seafood snacks and starters.

 

£12.99 for 1

or buy 2+

£10.99

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/07/12

Alain Grignon - Carignan

An indigenous grape variety of the Languedoc, 'Carignan' produces ruby-red wines with plenty of body that are said to be a great expression of the rugged heathland terroir around Carcassonne. This example is from low-yielding vines aged around 40-50 years and the fruit is hand-picked to ensure only the best quality is included in the blend.

Deep and inky red in colour, the wine is crammed with blackberry and cherry fruit, lifted by subtle vanilla aromas from a touch of oak ageing.

Soft, velvety tannins provide satisfying texture and length.

Drink with traditional, hearty stews or hot-pots.

£5.99
when you buy 2 or more

(SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE £7.49 - BUY 2 SAVE £3)

Know your grapes - week 3 - ViognierDate published: 22/07/12

Know your grapes - week 3 - Viognier

Grape Species - Vitis vinifera

Also called Bergeron, Barbin, Rebolot, Greffou, Picotin Blanc, Vionnier, Petiti Vionnier.

Origin - Croatia, France

Notable regions - Worldwide

FACT - Viognier is a white wine grape. It is the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu in the Rhone valley..

 

 

A brief history......


The origin of the Viognier grape is unknown.....One legend states that the Roman emperor Probus brought the vine to the region in 281 AD. Another legend has the grape packaged with Syrah on a cargo ship navigating the Rhone River en route to Beaujolais when it was captured near the site of present day Condrieu by a local group of outlaws known as culs de piaux.

Viognier can be a difficult grape to grow because it is prone to powdery mildew. It has low and unpredictable yields and should be picked only when fully ripe. When picked too early, the grape fails to develop the full extent of its aromas and tastes. When picked too late, the grape produces wine that is oily and lacks perfume. Winemakers in the Condrieu often pick the grapes with a level of sugar that will produce wine with alcohol in the 13% range. When fully ripe the grapes have a deep yellow colour and produce wine with a strong perfume and high in alcohol. The grape prefers warmer environments and a long growing season, but can grow in cooler areas as well.

The age of the vine also has an effect on the quality of the wine produced. Viognier vines start to hit their peak after 15–20 years. In the Rhone, there are vines at least 70 years old. !!!!!!!

Viognier has been planted much more extensively around the world since the early 1990s. Both California and Australia now have significant amounts of land devoted to the Viognier grape.

 

There's plenty of Viogniers in-store. Ask one of the show you around and we can show you some great examples!!!!
 

Know your Grapes - Week 2 - ChardonnayDate published: 22/07/12


Grape Colour – White/Green.

Also called - Aubaine, Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc.

Major regions – Grown worldwide.

Notable wines - Chablis, white Burgundy, Champagne.

Ideal soil - Chalk, limestone.

Wine characteristics:
Cool climate - Lean, crisp, high acidity.
Medium climate - Honey, tropical fruit.

CHARDONNAY IN BRIEF:

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy entry into the international wine market.
The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavoUrs commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavoUrs.
Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne. A peak in popularity in the late 1980s gave way to a backlash among those wine drinkers who saw the grape as a leading negative component of the globalization of wine. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most widely-planted grape varieties in the world.

On our counter for one day only. Date published: 14/07/12

Lindauer Rose

One of New Zealand's most exported wines. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's comes this VERY pink sparkling rose.

With a rich bouquet of red berries, red currants, peach and I even get a bit of marshmallows in there!

The palate is full of fruity goodness yet delicate with fine bubbles and a lovely moussey texture.

Pop in now and try it for yourself!

Special offer price £7.99

The prominence of 'class' in a 'glass' that's too good to share...... Date published: 07/07/12

......but if you have to, they'll all be talking about it!!!!

 

Showcasing 2 Italian wines which I adore and always head to when I fancy a treat, a chance to spoil myself every once in a while.

Firstly the RED....

 

Corvina Ca'del Pipa 2009

 

£7.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines.

If you fancy trying something new and different, give this Corvina from Italy a try. Made in the same way as Amarone, it is full bodied with rich plum and damson fruits on the palate and violets and cherries on the nose. Spicy and warming with soft tannins, this wine provides a great accompaniment to red meat dishes and hearty stews. I've been a fond follower of this wine the last 4 vintages, and this one comes up trumps for, every time I want to impress the table.

 

...when it comes to WHITES and Pinot Grigio in particular, look no further than this little beauty!!!!

 

Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio 2011, Alto Adige

 

£8.79 when you buy any 2 Italian wines.

Pinot Grigio is a grape variety that has exploded in popularity over recent years.
We stock a number of Italian styles that vary, but let me tell you now, this one is truly OUTSTANDING!!

It is very grassy and herbaceous on the palate with notes of citrus on the nose. You'll agree that it leaps out of the glass when you try it!

The palate is more full bodied then I ever expected. It has a refreshing finish and the satisfaction found in this makes me want to invite friends around but I'm to envious to share it, it's that good!!

Pop in, make them as part of your mixed case of six, but be quick.....

Wine of the WeekendDate published: 07/07/12

Chateau Mont Milan
Corbieres
2010
Situated on beautiful clay-limestone terraces overlooking the Mediterranean, Chateau Mont Milan provides the ideal growing conditions for this French regional wine.

Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre grapes combine to give a deliciously balanced red. A beautiful ruby colour this blend gives notes of dried fruits with a hint of vanilla, a continuation on the palate of dried and stewed fruits and just a hint of sweet spice. Its easy to see why this was a Decanter Gold Medal winner. Enjoy with all red meats and cheese.

 

Only £4.99 when you buy 2bottles or more as part of your mixedcase of 6.

 

Don't forget, free delivery now on 6 bottles*

(for purchases over £40 or more - delivery charge applies for 6 bottles under £40)

Know your grapes - Week 1 - Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/07/12

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Species - Vitis vinifera

Origin - France, now grown woRld-wide

Notable regions - Chile, New Zealand, California, Loire Valley, Bordeaux.

Notable wines - Sauternes, Sancerre.

IN BRIEF:


Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France, a possible descendant of savagnin. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Moldova and California. Some California Sauvignon Blanc's are also called "Fume Blanc", this is often perceived to be a different type of wine. However the difference in the name was just a marketing tool created by a Californian viticulturist.
Depending on the climate, the flavour can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. Wine experts have used the phrase "crisp, elegant, and fresh" as a favourable description of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley and New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc, when slightly chilled, pairs well with fish or cheese, particularly Chèvre. It is also known as one of the few wines that can pair well with sushi.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 01/07/12

Berberana Rioja, Gran Reserva 2005

This wine hails from the great region of Rioja which is situated in Northern Spain on the Rio (river) Oja a tributary of the river Ebro.

A classic Rioja in style, both full-bodied and meaty. This complex Gran Reserva offers an array of black fruit aromas with secondary characteristics of vanilla, raisin and finished with a strong length and soft tannins.

This wine is an ideal partner for roast Welsh lamb and new potatoes.

£14.99 for 1 or £11.99 for 2 or more.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/06/12

Château Sainte Marguerite Organic Rosé 2011 Côtes de Provence, Cru Classé

In true Provence style this rose is remarkably light in colour, almost clear when poured into a wine glass. With a pleasant nose of fresh red berry fruits, strawberries and a slight floral character.

On the palate along with flavours of red current and citrus there are hints of sweet spice.

For best results serve well chilled as an a compliment to Pork tenderloin (see food matches below), Waldorf salad or on its own!

£11.99 for one or buy 2 or more £9.99 each!

Perfect food pairings for Provence rosé wineDate published: 22/06/12

Provence wine is perfect as an aperitif, slightly chilled, with some sunshine (if we're lucky this summer), great company, or it will partner with the following food matches.

Here's just a few to mention:-

Grilled tiger prawns with Aioli.
Grill the prawns. Buy-in aioli, or make your own by the following method..
6 garlic cloves, cut in half
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
125ml/4½fl oz extra virgin olive oil
pinch ground espelette pepper (or pinch paprika and cayenne pepper)
1 lemon, juice only
BLEND
PARTNER WITH - Berne Recolte rosé

Pork tenderloin rolled in herbs de Provence
and olive oil.
Organic pork tenderloin rolled in herbs de Provence, pan fry for 2 minutes on each side, bake for 20 minutes. Rest, drizzle olive oil and serve with buttered crusty bread and an aioli dip.
PARTNER WITH - Marguerite Organic rosé

Grilled tuna with tomato salad.
Tuna, tomatoes, leaf salad, done!
PARTNER WITH - Chateau Pigoudet rosé

Seared scallops with caper and basil dressing.
Slightly sear fresh scallops, dice capers with torn basil, olive oil, season!
PARTNER WITH - Chateau Barthes Bandol rosé

Chicken marinated in lime, coriander and chilli.
Marinate chicken with the above, try a celeriac salad!
PARTNER WITH - Provence rosé Roche Vignes

Baked (white fish) fillet, chilli dressing, and a rocket and pine nut salad.
Go for any white fish and bake. For the dressing just finely chop a red chilli, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and pour over a rocket and pine nut salad.
PARTNER WITH - M De Minuty rosé (off dry)

Fizz ‘n’ ChipsDate published: 20/06/12

Most people think of fizz as a treat to be had only on special occasions often as a pre-dinner drink or toast. Although I would agree, this is the case with top end champagnes it does not need to be the case with sparkling wines. In fact, fizz is incredibly versatile when it comes to food matching. On top of that, it doesn’t need to be any more expensive then a nice bottle of still wine. For example, at the moment we have the Undurraga brut at £5.99* or the Lindauer Blanc de Blanc at £8.99*.

As the title suggests a traditional fish and chips meal goes exceptionally well with sparkling wine. The crisp acidity of the wine matches beautifully the saltiness of the fish and fatty foods. The acidity assisted bubbles will also elevate the flavours of onion rings and savoury fritters.

Never tried it?? Then give it ago. I can recommend the Undurraga brut with Cod and chips for starters. Tim also informs me it goes pretty well with Plaice!! Tried and tested.

* Subject to offer

External TastingsDate published: 18/06/12

Not only do we do in-store tastings and wine courses but we'll come to you too!

If your involved with a social group such as the WI, Round table, Wine society etc... we'd be more than happy to hold a tasting event at your venue. From themed nights such as old world versus new world, unusual grape varieties to a wine quiz, you decide...

Interested? Then why not give us a call on 01248 364 771 or E-mail us at BNG@Majestic.co.uk

Deleite Español - Spanish Delight - Vina Egui Reserva 2006Date published: 15/06/12

Vina Egui
Rioja Reserva 2006
£5.99 when you buy 2 or more – saving you £8
Single bottle price £9.99

 

GRAPE VARIETY:
100% Tempranillo

ORIGINS:
Bodegas Eguia was founded in 1982, when Julian Murua revived his father's (Jose Murua) winery, which dates back to 1926. Based the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion in the village of Elciego, it is one of the area's wine making hotspots.

The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French
and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release. The Egui reserva offers a great balance between value and quality, classic characters of a fine Spanish Rioja and hardly a dent in the pocket!!

Representing excellent value for money, not only does this wine impress us here at Majestic Bangor, but it has proved extremely popular with many of our returning customers. Ultimately, I really do relish the delight of having a wine that has both weight, as well as an elegant profile and this wine ticks all the boxes.


It has a beautifully deep ruby coloured hue, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. On the nose, the bouquet has an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas, with a luscious smoky finish.

ENJOY WITH:
Match with a mature steak, roast beef for the weekend or with a board of chorizo and hard cheeses.

Eden Valley ShirazDate published: 12/06/12

The 2010 Peter Lehmann EVS is an exceptional and award winning Shiraz coming from the Eden Valley, more commonly associated with white wines such as Riesling and Viognier.


The 2010 vintage in particular has produced this wonderfully rich and aromatic wine. Due to a hot January and February followed by a more temperatures for the rest of the year.
 
On the nose we get a bouquet of sweet spices and cherries and just a smidge of blackcurrant. This is followed through to the pallet where the richness and complexity of the wine come into there own. Not only do we get the spices and the cherry flavours but we also get a more subtle pepperyness on the finish.
 
Ideal with that classic char grilled or in my case charred barbecue or with a hearty vegetarian lasagne.
 
Although it is drinking nicely now as you can see for yourself (available to try on our counter today!) Because of the spectacular vintage and the quality of the wine this could comfortably be laid down for another 3-5 years.

Yours for just £9.99 when you buy any 2 Australian wines
 
 

Opening HoursDate published: 02/06/12

Over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend we will be operating reduce opening hours;


Saturday 2nd June - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 3rd June - 10am - 5pm

Monday 4th June - 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 5th June - 10am - 5pm

Then it's business as usual.


We will still be delivering on Tuesday to the south; Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed as usual

WINE OF THE WEEKEND - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009, MasciarelliDate published: 02/06/12

GRAPE VARIETY:
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

ORIGIN:
Since its founding in 1978, the successful family-run Masciarelli winery has grown from its original 2.5 hectares in the town of San Martino to a total of 320 hectares today, spread across 14 different towns and villages throughout Abruzzo's provinces.

TASTE:
Bright ruby in colour, with an attractive nose of red cherry, with subtle violet and tobacco notes. The palate frames blackcurrant and damson fruit with taut tannins and notes of liquorice and spice.

PARTNER WITH:
Medium weight and a streak of acidity make this a great all-round food wine. Best served with tomato-based pasta dishes.

Yours for a steal at just £8.99 When you buy any two Italian wines or £11.24 on it's own.

Amazing Jubilee OffersDate published: 20/05/12

 

The Jubilee Celebrations are nearly upon us and 'we' at Majestic have introduced some GREAT VALUE offers to run alongside our current range deals available on-line and in store..

 

The offers stated below are only valid until Monday 28th May...

 

Be quick before it all goes out of stock!!

 

Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 £18

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £15

Prosecco Corte Alta £6.66

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta £6.66

Rioja Crianza, Vina Eguia £4.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc £4.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines

Vinalba Reserva Malbec £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 12x330ml £12

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml £24

 

Let the celebrations begin!

Luxury Wine of the Month - Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009 Ripasso La Casetta di Ettore RighettiDate published: 17/05/12

Medium to full bodied and with layers of complexity that just keep coming, this deep ruby sensation is a real gem.

What struck me most about this wine upon first tasting was the way in which the rich flavours come through almost in waves, as if it were giving the drinker the chance to experience and savour all the elements of its complexity cumulatively. Youthful cherries and raspberries and sweet vanilla notes crescendo into stewed cherries, black berry fruits and plums, giving way to hints of violets, tobacco and chocolate - then you realise that all the while the well-blended but noticeable spicy kick on the finish has been developing in the background. Each flavour rich and distinct, yet simultaneously velvety and well-blended. Diverse but pleasantly accessible, La Casetta can be savoured on its own or enjoyed with a rich meat dish or strong cheese.


This style of layered flavouring is most likely due to its production process. Developed in late 20th century, the ripasso (or ‘re-passed’) wines of the Valpolicella region have had an extended maceration using leftover skins and seeds from the fermentation of Amarone wines which are added to a batch of Valpolicella wines. Alcohol levels, tannin and phenolic compounds are boosted by the additional yeast naturally present in the added skins and seeds. This extended maceration develops more complex flavours and enriches the deep ruby colour.


In late 2009, Ripasso della Valpolicella received its own DOC designation. In recent years the method has come to be internationally recognised as a mark of quality and style in Italian wines, often highlighted with prominence on the label or in the name of the wine itself. This contrasts its dismissal in earlier decades as a mere side note of the production process, often only mentioned in passing on the back label.


In La Casetta, the Corvina Veronese, Molinara and Rondinella grapes are blended in the ripasso style in the picturesque hilly villages bordering Lake Garda, a region famous for world-class wines and marble quarrying since the time of the Ancient Greeks and known today as ‘the pearl of Verona’. The grapes are grown on the west-facing slopes at altitudes between 230 and 270 metres. The Classico Superiore name indicates that the wine has been aged for at least a year before bottling, increasing the stewed fruit and spice notes that support the wine as both background and foreground flavours.


Matthew Jukes, author and wine critic for the Daily Mail, notes that ‘this massive, intense, mighty red wine from northern Italy is such a heroic creation that it will take your breath away. Decant it for maximum impact and then sip away with your closest friends and realise that you are drinking a wine from the very top of the Valpolicella ladder!’


Whilst this wine can be laid down in the cellar for anything up to 10 or 15 years, it is really best to enjoy it young to get the most of its firm tannins, flavour balance and crisp acidity. Don’t forget to let it breath before drinking to really enrich those flavours.

 

£15.99 for one or buy any two italian wines save 20% £12.79

Wedding ServicesDate published: 14/05/12

It's around this time of year that many couples are looking to tie the Knot and have that dream wedding.

Here at Majestic Bangor we can help you choose the wines for your wedding and budget. With free tastings and advise we can make sure you get the perfect match whether it's for the smoked salmon starter or the beef bourguignon main.

We also provide glasses and chiller bins (on a deposit basis) and will deliver it all to your house or the event itself! All for free!!

Come in and have a chat and see what we can do for you. Or if you can't make it into the store give us a call on 01248 364 771.
 

Wine of the Week: Fairhall Cliffs Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/05/12

The growing rise in popularity of Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs has encouraged producers to develop more diverse and challenging wines in the last few years. For those of you familiar with the intense fruit flavours of Brent Marris' The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, his father John has provided us with a similarly impressive taste sensation.

To add to the punchy lemon and lime juice notes that characterise the archetypal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Fairhall Cliffs delivers crisp gooseberry and a bracing grapefruit bitterness that coats the mouth. This creates more complex layers of flavouring that don't simply present themselves on first contact, but enjoyably filter through in the after-taste, helped by the wine's good length of lingering taste in the mouth.

Dry, intense and with more uncharacteristic flavours to add to its complexity and balance, Mr Marris has given us a distinct combination for both an easy drinking summer party wine and to drink with salads, seafood or chicken.

£8.74 for one or £6.99 each when you buy two or more!

Majestic Bangor Delivery ScheduleDate published: 09/05/12

Mondays - No deliveries


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc


Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay (and surrounding areas) then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey
 

Wine of the WeekendDate published: 05/05/12

Wine of the Weekend

Available to taste on the Tasting Counter

Come and explore............



Valpolicella Classico
Superiore Ripasso, Righetti

2009 Vintage

 

Notes:
Some sweet vanillin oak softens the predominant 'jammy' blackcurrant notes and black cherry fruits. This wine is very juicy and ripe. On the finish, a suggestion of prune and fig comes through, bursting with intensity and complex characters.

Balanced and very delicious, this wine possesses a very fine quality. Give it a try>>>>>

The 'RIPASSO' technique: The wine has had a portion of the fermented dried skins from Amarone added. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

***TIM'S VERDICT***
A superb wine with lots of character, and well worth the modest price of

Only

£12.99 per bottle when you buy any 2 Italian Wines.

Single bottle price normally £15.99

When you buy any 2 Italian wines.
SAVE YOU 20%

Think Pink!Date published: 15/04/12

FEATURED ROSE

Mountain View Rosé 2011,

Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley

£4.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more

 

GRAPE VARIETIES: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon.


HISTORY - Established in 1976, Viña Luis Felipe Edwards is undeniably one of Chile’s most progressive wineries.Always keen to invest in new vineyards, the very latest technology and in its people, this Colchagua Valley based operation sits nestled in a secluded horseshoe-shaped valley, separated from the majestic snow-capped Andes by the smaller San Fernando ridge.

Luis Felipe Edwards is a family operation; two generations are actively involved in keeping the brand synonymous with quality and traditional family values.


STYLE - A bright pink rosé, full off summer berry aromas. Refreshingly dry and with a zippy acidity, rounded off by the lashings of supple, juicy fruit.


ENJOY WITH - Drink with tuna salad, poached salmon or lightly spiced white meats.

Featured on our tasting counter this weekend.....

Find out more about LFE wines @ http://www.lfewines.com/Home.htm

 

Mendel Malbec 2009 MendozaDate published: 14/04/12

From one of Argentina's most well-established vineyards, this Malbec is grown on 80-year-old vines, situated at over 1000m above sea level in the Lujan de Cuyo area of Mendoza. Winemaker Roberto de la Mota is acknowledged as one of Argentina's best.

This wine is a deep purple bombshell with powerful aromas of violets, cherries and plums. Polished tannins add toasty complexity to the raisiny fruit backbone. Delivering a beautiful balance between the blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla oak and peppery spice.

Ideal with fillet steak!

On offer at £14.99 when you buy 2 or more down from £17.99

Malbec World DayDate published: 13/04/12

Starting today we are celebrating Malbec World Day. Although its not until the 17th we thought we'd open some a few days early to get you in the mood! Pop down and try some.

Featured Wine - Easter SpecialDate published: 10/04/12

*Featured Wine*


Giesen Brothers
Sauvignon Blanc 2011 vintage
Marlborough..

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards which cover the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region. This wine is specially blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, and vinified at their winery in the town of Blenheim. Giesens clear goal is to be recognised as a leading producer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and other varietie.

This wine displays a richly tropical nose, which is dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.

The fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus characters, with a zesty acidity to match.

This wine is PERFECT to drink with a seafood risotto, paella or kedgeree.

At only £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more,
this wine represents real value for money and stands firmly matched with many other Marlborough producers.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/04/12

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc 2011

The Boschendal vineyards cover an area of 254 hectares, extending for 6 kilometres along the slopes of the 'Groot Drakenstein Mountain' to the slopes of the 'Simonsberg Mountain'. A large proportion of the estate is planted with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate fruit flavours, this Sauvignon shows tropical fruit, citrus and herbs on the nose, crisp acidity and a clean, lingering finish.

The perfect match for seafood. Try with smoked Haddock, or my favourite, kedgeree.

only
£6.99
When you buy ANY 2 South African wines

(SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE £8.74 - BUY 2 SAVE 20%)

Easter weekend opening hoursDate published: 03/04/12

Good news for you last minute wine shoppers out there. We will be operating under normal hours over Easter except bank holiday Monday when we will close at 5pm.


Friday 6th April - Normal Hours - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 7th April - Normal Hours - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 8th April - Normal Hours - 10am - 5pm

Monday 9th April - Bank Holiday Hours - 10am - 5pm
 

Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/04/12

This week, all the way from the Marlborough region of New Zealand...

BLACK COTTAGE SAUVIGNON BLANC

The growing rise in popularity of Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs has encouraged producers to develop more diverse and challenging wines in the last few years. An excellent example of such work is the complex and multi-layered burst of flavours from Black Cottage.

As well as the intensely refreshing citrus juice flavours such as lemon and lime encountered in archetypal Marlborough Sauvignons, the Black Cottage carries heavy herbaceous and herbal notes. These give the wine more complex layers of flavouring that don't simply present themselves on first taste, but enjoyably filter through in the after-taste, helped by the wine's good length of lingering taste in the mouth.

Dry, intense and with layers of complexity as required – a super combination for both easy drinking on its own, or with a medium strength salad dish such as goat's cheese or crayfish.

Yours for just £8.49 when you buy two or more!

Orders Before EasterDate published: 02/04/12

Majestic Bangor we will be continuing our usual delivery slots over the next week including bank holiday Friday!:

Mondays - No deliveries


Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed


Wednesdays - A55 run across to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.


Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc


Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay (and surrounding areas) then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey
 

Mothers Day sunshine and a Bordeaux RoseDate published: 17/03/12

Attention all seekers of a lovely Rose for Mum this Mothers Day.


Château de Sours Rosé 2010
Bordeaux

GRAPE:
Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

PRODUCTION METHOD:
Rosé wine can be produced as a by-product of red wine fermentation using a technique known as 'Saignée method'. When a wine maker desires to impart more tannin and color to a red wine, some of the pink juice from the must can be removed at an early stage. The red wine remaining in the vats is intensified as a result of the bleeding, because the volume of juice in the must is reduced, and the must involved in the maceration is concentrated. The pink juice that is removed can be fermented separately to produce this stunning rosé

ORIGIN:
Château de Sours, situated on a limestone plateau near Libourne and Pomerol, has been producing wine for over 200 years and is leading the renewed interest in Bordeaux Rosé.

NOTES:
Chateau de Sours Rosé displays all of its usual hallmark characteristics including a lovely luscious and vibrant but pale pink colour and offers vivacious red berry fruit aromas, with hints of bubblegum and strawberries and cream on the palate. It is surprisingly full and rich, balanced by a crisp acidity and long dry finish.

FOOD MATCH:
Get out in the sunshine, get your friends together, fire up a buffet treat and try this wine with cured meats, pâtes, tapanade or
a crisp leaf salad with goats cheese.

It's on my agenda!!!!!

£7.99
a bottle when you buy 2 or more
 

Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/03/12

Louis Jadot Macon Village - £8.99 when you buy 2.

 

Open to taste on the counter.

 

A brief introduction:

 

VINEYARD SITUATION: The Mâcon Villages area is located in the southern part of Burgundy, close to the Beaujolais area. This appellation is the largest of the Mâconnais area, covering about 2 500 ha of vineyards and 43 communes. Forty three villages have the right to produce Mâcon Blanc Villages. Mâcon Villages are only white wines.

 

CHARACTERISTICS: The wines are made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. The limestone subsoil of the Monts du Mâconnais are ideal for growing the Chardonnay grapes. Some small areas produce exceptional wines. The Louis Jadot Mâcon Blanc Villages is made from grapes from these different areas.

WINEMAKING: The Mâcon Blanc Villages is vinified in stainless steel tanks in order to extract the maximum floral and fruity aromas and freshness.

COMMENTS: Dry and easy to drink, lively and charming, this is a fruity wine with a floral scent and a hint of lemon, the Mâcon Villages should be drunk chilled and rather young. This wine goes very well with a large range of foods including "hors d'oeuvres", fried or grilled fish, sea food, goat's milk cheese, poultry.]]

 

Plenty in stock. Bring the sunshine!

Wines of PortugalDate published: 15/03/12

Portuguese wine

Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, and mostly the Romans. Portugal started to export its wines to Rome during the Roman Empire. Modern exports developed with trade to England after the Methuen Treaty in 1703. From this commerce a wide variety of wines started to be grown in Portugal. And, in 1758, the first wine-producing region of the world, the Região Demarcada do Douro was created under the orientation of Marquis of Pombal, in the Douro Valley. Portugal has two wine producing regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Douro Valley Wine Region (Douro Vinhateiro) and Pico Island Wine Region (Ilha do Pico Vinhateira). Portugal has a large variety of native breeds, producing a very wide variety of different wines with distinctive personality.

Portugal possesses a large array of native varietals, producing an abundant variety of different wines. The wide array of Portuguese grape varietals contributes as significantly as the soil and climate to wine differentiation, producing distinctive wines from the Northern regions to Madeira Islands, and from Algarve to the Azores.

The appellation system of the Douro region was created nearly two hundred years before that of France, in order to protect its superior wines from inferior ones. The quality and great variety of wines in Portugal are due to noble castas, microclimates, soils and proper technology.

Official designations:

* Quality Wine Produced in a Specific Region (QWPSR) or VQPRD - Vinho de Qualidade Produzido em Região Demarcada
These are the most protected wine and indicates a specific vineyard, such as Port Wine, Vinhos Verdes, and Alentejo Wines. These wines are labeled D.O.C. (Denominação de Origem Controlada) which secures a superior quality.

 

Finally, Brush up on some Portuguese wine terms:-

* Adega: Winery
* Branco: White
* Casta: Grape variety
* Colheita: Vintage year
* Espumante: Sparkling wine
* Garrafeira: A reserva red wine aged at least two years in a barrel and one year in a bottle; a white wine aged at least six months in a barrel and six months in a bottle.
* Maduro: Mature (in opposition to verde). Mature wines are Portuguese wines produced in all regions except the ones produced in Vinho Verde region; due to this, the term "maduro" rarely appears on bottles.
* Quinta: Vineyard
* Reserva: Superior quality wine of a single vintage
* Seco: Dry
* Tinto: Red
* Verde: Green (in opposition to maduro). Wines produced in Vinho Verde region with a distinctive method.
* Vinho: Wine

 

Make sure you pop in to try some Portuguese wines that are available to taste between the 16th and 19th of March @ Majestic Bangor.

 

Tim

 

 

You can read more about Portuguese wine on Wikipedia for more detail on grape varieties and regions.

 

Wine of the Week: Vinalba Malbec ReservaDate published: 06/03/12

 

WINE OF THE WEEK

Vinalba Malbec Reserva, Mendoza
Argentina, 2006

Buy two bottles save £4 - £8.99


This Malbec won the Argentinean Wine Producer of the year in 2011 from the IWSC. It is a true expression of Argentinian wine making production and one of my favourites.

On the nose its rich deep blackcurrant with plum tones sets it up for a big palate. It is bold yet approachable and the fruit is fresh and leaves a long finish. It is smooth and satisfying.

As winter is still around, this chunky red will go with any red meat you desire. Steak is the preferred dish
but this would be great with beef empanades (stuffed pastry) or even dare I say...chocolate?

Try some today and take some home in your case. It really is a South American delight.

Wine of the WeekendDate published: 04/03/12

WINE OF THE WEEKEND

Pinot Grigio Banfi, San Angelo.

This is a serious Pinot Grigio from a serious grower. This single vineyard wine offers a richer and classier style of wine, dry and fresh, with a hint of spice and melon and peach fruit flavours. Chill it down to enjoy this Spring, either on its own or with salads, chicken or fish dishes.

A refreshing drop that is currently only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Majestic Wine - press mentionsDate published: 04/03/12

Just a few to mention if you forgot your weekend papers.


Telegraph – Victoria Moore- 3rd March 2012

Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2010 Spain
From the fêted winemaker Alvaro Palacios, this Spanish red combines about
50% cariñena with garnacha, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Has less of a
velvet touch and more firm lines than some Priorats, but a wine of great
stature and determination. Try it with slow-roast lamb. £13.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Independent - Anthony Rose - 3rd March 2012

Lindauer Rosé, NV, New Zealand
It's a superior classy pink fizz from New Zealand, whose yeasty aromas and
raspberry ripple-style mousse display a complexity akin to that of
champagne. £7.99 per bottle.

 

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith - 4th March 2012

Paul Mas Estate 'Gardeiel Vineyard' Malbec 2010
At this price, I love this wine! It's fragrant, bulging with black fruit
flavours and, thanks to Malbec's thick polyphenol-rich skin, a hint of
chocolate and impressive intensity. Lash it to a red meat feast (wolf
anyone?) and you're in for a treat. £6.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more.

Planalto White Reserva Douro 2010
Delicate floral fragrance and excellent value for money here for this easy
drinking white that's deliciously light and fruity. Superb. £5.99 when you buy ANY 2 wines from Portugal.

 

Give them a try and see what they're talking about.

All in stock, but be quick.

 

Tim

New Realms of flavour in South AfricaDate published: 01/03/12

About four months ago, on my first day working for Majestic Wine, I tried a glass of the Barista Pinotage from South Africa (currently £8.99 on our South Africa offer) - the first of Majestic’s wine range I had ever tried.

I adored it! Since then it has, for me, embodied the archetypal Pinotage - a punchy initial mouth-feel of dark fruits complemented by subtle notes of coffee and chocolate. Loved by some, but too rich and heavy for others.

So when Tim, my assistant manager, insisted that there were better Pinotages for me to try, I was sceptical at first. This scepticism was rapidly replaced with humble deference the moment I caught a whiff of the subtle yet intoxicating aromas of the Bellingham ‘Bernard Series’ Bush Vine Pinotage from Stellenbosch. Deep, plummy and with a terrific impact that is enjoyable as much in the aftertaste as it is in the initial flavours, this beautiful wine brings so much to the palate: black cherries, floral notes, spiciness, oak, truffles, smoked meats and much more. It is also less of an ‘acquired’ taste than some other Pinotage wines as it is less harsh in its initial impact in the mouth, though still bearing the characteristic weighty Pinotage feel.

I’m pleased to say that it has improved my opinion of what was already one of my favourite grapes - South Africa’s signature cross-breed of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut - that for just a few pounds more in price (currently £11.99 on our South Africa offer), is exponentially superior in complexity, flavours, diversity for food matching, and overall experience.

And luckily for those of you local to Majestic Bangor, this top-notch treat of a wine is open on our tasting counter for you to assess for yourself. Pop in and give it a try before it runs out... or before I buy it all for myself!


Rory Lawton

Trainee Manager
Majestic Bangor

Majestic Bangor's Wine of the WeekendDate published: 18/02/12

 

'LO ZOCCOLAIO' – 'Sucule'
Barbera D'Alba

£9.99 a bottle

Barbera is a red Italian wine grape variety that is third most-planted red grape variety in Italy (after Sangiovese and Montepulciano).

It produces good yields and is known for it's deep color, well integrated tannins and high levels of acidity .

Century-old vines do still exist in many regional vineyards and allow for the production of long-aging, robust red wines with intense fruit and enhanced tannic content.

ALBA is one of the few areas in which 'Barbera' is planted on the best sites and producing wines capable of challenging ANY BAROLO.

This example from 'Lo Zoccoaio' provides an intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spice and liquor cherry. The palate is brimming with acidity, exhibiting flavours of brooding dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins.

Partnering for food: Strongly flavoured food such as roasted or grilled red meat,
tomato based casseroles or strong cheeses.

2008 vintage – good bottle age and the year's provided wine with elegance and complexity.

Calling All Bargain Hunters!!!!!Date published: 06/02/12

Customers of Majestic Wine Bangor.

For those that don't already know, and for those that have already taken advantage of our 'BARGAIN HUNT' wines, take note, there's only a few selected lines left so be sure to pop in and grab a few.

Add them to your choice wines that you come in for, or snoop them all up before they go.

A great range of wines, as well as a couple of Champagnes!

 

Here's the low-down.........

 

Syrah Cave de Saint Desirat 2007,Vins de Pays de l'Ardèche - 13 left!!!! @ £4.66 per bottle.

Costero Riesling 2009, Viña Leyda - 8 left @ £6.32 a bottle!

Costero Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Leyda Valley - 19 left @ £6.32 a bottle.

Cline Syrah 2006/07, Sonoma County - 2 left @£7.32 a bottle!

Domaine Les Yeuses 'Cuvée Le Sirius' Rouge 2008/09, Vin de Pays d'Oc - 10 left @ £5.32 a bottle.

Domaine Les Yeuses Muscat Petit Grain 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc - 3 left @ £5.32 a bottle!

Clos d’Yvigne ‘Le Prince’ 2008, Bergerac - 12 left @ £6.66 a bottle!

Beaujolais 2009, Antonin Rodet - 7 left @ £5.99 a bottle!

Five Rivers Merlot, Central Coast, USA 2006 - 7 left @ £6.66 a bottle!

L'Enigme de Foncalieu Merlot 2009, Vin de Pays d'Oc - 2 left @ £3.99 a bottle.

L'Enigme de Foncalieu Sauvignon Blanc 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc - 15 left @ £3.99.

Montes 'Limited Selection' Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Leyda Valley - 24 left @£6.66 a bottle!

Riesling Federspiel 2008/09, Weingärten Weissenkirchen, Wachau - 11 left @ £6.66 a bottle.

Domaine Les Yeuses 'La Soure' Merlot Syrah 2009/10, Vin de Pays d'Oc - 8 left @ £5.99.

Domaine Py Merlot 2009, Vin de Pays d'Oc - 3 left @ £4.66 a bottle!

 

AND CHAMPAGNE!!!

Louis Roederer 2004 Vintage (ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK) £33.33 DOWN FROM £50 !!!!!!

Louis Roederer Demi-Sec NV (ONLY 8 LEFT IN STOCK) £26.66. DOWN FROM £40 !!!!!

 

That's your lot..........................

 

Come in, hunt for them, enjoy!

 

(Quantities as of 6.2.2012) N.B: they will go fast!

 

 

 

 

New Arrivals availabe to taste 3-9 FebDate published: 05/02/12

Check out our tasting counter to see what is available to try, showcasing our new in-store arrivals.

A great mixed bag, showing examples from South Africa, Southern France, Portugal and the Alsace!!!

Prestige Parcels Sauvignon Blanc is back!!!Date published: 01/02/12

Anyone who has visited Majestic Bangor over the last 6 months will know how highly we rate the Prestige Parcels Sauvignon Blanc! Well we're happy to say that we have just taken delivery of the first batch of the latest vintage - and it is priced as keenly as ever at just £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles!

If you've never heard of it before, give us a call or pop into the store so we can tell you all about it!

The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

A fantastic opportunity to grab up some quality wines at quality prices at Majestic Wine Bangor........

Here at Majestic, we love treating our loyal customers as well as our many new ones, that's why as of Tuesday 31st of January we're having a HUGE sale, with a large number of bin ended wines at a 1/3 off their original price! Some cracking deals to be hunted out...but once they're gone they're gone, gone, gone!

If you need to stock up, or are just looking for some great deals, then come in and see us - for some great wine at great prices.

Join us on Tuesday 31st January onwards to see if you can find the selected wines on offer! Limited Availability so don't miss out.

Temperance...Date published: 19/01/12

Like many people I decided to go on a bit of a detox in January to help freshen-up my vital organs and make me feel virtuous after the excesses of the Festive period!

To start with I  finally gave up smoking - which made me very angry, but did bestow upon me a pocket full of cash at the end of the first week that I would normally have exhaled into the atmosphere! This has happily co-incided with my second resolution - to be a bit more choosy about the wines that I drink.

You'd think it would be easy to drink a wide variety of wines when working for Majestic, and whilst we do try everything that comes in so that we can recommend wines to our customers - when it comes to actually buying wine to take home and quaff, I (like many people) often go for the same old thing!

In 2010 it was invariably a nice cheap Chardonnay, whereas 2011 was all about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. I am determined that  2012 will be more varied and diverse!

So, armed with an extra £30-or-so per week from my smoking fund, I've decided to push the boat out and buy a couple of nice and pricey (£15+) bottles of  wine per week as a treat! I've got nobody else to look after me, so I may aswell look after myself!!!

My first couple of choices we easy. I went for an expensive Chardonnay, and an expensive Sauvignon Blanc - an homage to the wines I spent most of the last two years drinking!

For the Chardonnay I chose a wine that's new to Majestic - a 2010 Chablis Premier Cru by Seguinot-Bordet. Retailing at £17.99 (on offer down from £19.99 when you buy two, which I of course did...) it certainly isn't cheap, but with my newly refreshed sense of taste and deeper pockets I reckon it's worth splashing-out on something nice! From an old and highly respected winery, this Chablis has an intense nose of stone and citrus fruits with flinty, smoky mineral hints. Lean (but not thin), taught and mineral on the palate with seriously intense flavours and a long refreshing finish. I enjoyed this on its own (and on my own!) whilst watching The Sopranos one Friday evening, but a better match would likely be with Seafood or light chicken dishes!

The Sauvignon Blanc was a no-brainer too. I went for an old favourite of mine which I rarely splash-out on, St Clair Pioneer Block from Marlborough. At £13.99 on offer, like the Chablis it isn't cheap! I've grown all too used to buying cheaper Sauvignons at around the £5-7 mark - and whilst they are largely fantastic (especially the ones I buy from Majestic like The Ned,  Vavasour and Wither Hills) the St Clair Pioneer is simply head and shoulders above all the others when it comes to intensity and flavour! Put your nose anywhere near the glass and you'll be overwhelmed by the intensity of aromas of gooseberry, passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and fresh herbs! The palate is refreshing, intense and vibrant with a lovely mineral streak and crisp acidity. I heartily recommend this with a couple of episodes of The West Wing!

I'm really looking forward to trying some more high-end wines on a weekly basis over the coming months. I hope you've all had as much fun with your New Year's Resolutions as I have - and I hope you manage to stick to them aswell!

Wither Hills offer ends soon........Date published: 10/01/12

Make sure that you take FULL advantage of sourcing your supply of Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc @ £5.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from New Zealand. The price will increase on the 30th of January so stock up now!

Wither Hills has since become one of Marlborough's best-known wineries. Now owning vineyards spread right across the region, this Sauvignon is blended from a range of parcels, to provide a snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole.

It's alive with the intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passionfruit. The palate is well balanced with mouth watering acidity and grapefruit flavours leading into a long finish of remarkable intensity.

 

I love it, I know that lots of our customers do, so make sure you snap it up before it goes.

Normal Service Resumed...Date published: 05/01/12

Just to let you all know, we're back to our regular opening hours and delivery schedule for the rest of the year, with the exception of being closed this Sunday (8th Jan) and not opening again until 1pm on Monday 9th Jan.

Our regular deliver slots are as follows:

Mondays - No deliveries

Tuesdays - South to Porthmadog, Criccieth, Harlech, Tywyn, Aberdovey, Blaenau and Betws Y Coed

Wednesdays - A55 run accross to Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, St Asaph and Denbigh & all surrounding areas.

Thursdays - Llyn Peninsula to Nefyn, Pwllheli, Aberdaron, Porthmadog, Criccieth etc

Fridays - Morning run to Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay (and surrounding areas) then afternoon run covering the whole of Anglesey

Bangor's sub-£10 Christmas Wines - Tim's PicksDate published: 06/12/11

Bah-hum bug? Not in my house! I'm going to adorn you with a few of my 'festive favourites' that will be sure to make your Christmas a most memorable one. Like Simon, I'm also a bit of a traditionalist. Firstly, French regional white. Leaning away from Chardonnay I'd like to bring a classically made Viognier from Alain Grignon to your table. Fresh and dry with aromas of apricots and white peach, hints of elderflower and fresh pineapple and an underlying refreshingly crisp acidity draws it all together beautifully. @£5.99 it suits all budgets and is great if you're not a fan of Chardonnay. Moving onto a lighter style of wine the Italian Serena Pinot Grigio @ £5.99 brings sunshine to my house in the cold weather. The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate. A lively yet easy-going wine, which can be enjoyed on its own, or with white fish or light poultry dishes. Delish!!! My last white choice, on the sweeter side, is the Villa Maria Gewürztraminer @ £7.99. The nose is brimming with classic aromas of lychees and spice, which follow through to the full bodied, rich fruit palate. Low acidity levels give the
wine a rich and soft, almost off dry finish which is easily enjoyed just on its own, or with spiced dishes, which are a constant on my table this time of year.

Reds, reds, reds. Come on you REDS. It has to be said, that if there's a chill in the air, there's nothing better to warm yourself up with that a hearty rich red wine. I'm going to start with a Southern French red which has become a staple go-to wine when all my thermals are in the wash. The Chateau Aigues Vives Corbieres @ £6.99 is a classically structured wine which offers an array of red and black fruit aromas, nuanced with notes of cocoa. Log fire, cured meats, hearty stews are a prefect match. Moving further south and into Italy, this wine is a 'must buy'. The Avignonesi Rosso @ £7.99 is a steal! They are a highly regarded winery in Tuscany that source their grapes from 4 premium vineyards, all grown at altitude. If you like 'all' things Italian and you haven't tried this wine, it's going to be a real treat and a wine that you will keep coming back for! Partner with Moussaka, lasagne, and tomato based dishes. Slightly up-scale now, and moving from Tuscany to Spain I had the pleasure of trying this wine whilst in Spain earlier this year. The Vina Pomal Reserva @ £9.99 is a real treat, and one worth spending the extra couple of pounds. This is bursting with more fruits than a 'Rowntrees Fruit Pastille'. Clean, intense red fruits are throughout, matched with rich silky tannins with a lingering finish. I had this with tapas on a warm evening in Barcelona, but to tell you the truth, it goes really with just as good company in my own home! Absolutely memorable!

Bangor's sub £10 Christmas Wines - Simon's PicksDate published: 06/12/11

Since all of the wine writers in the world like to come up with their top-50 lists at this time of the year, we at Majestic Bangor thought we'd pick out a few of our favourites at a few price points. This week it's our sub-£10 reds and whites. Keep your eyes peeled for our Top Fizz list and Top Fine Wines over the next couple of weeks!

Kiwi Sauvignon is a favourite all year round for me so I'm going with Wither Hills Sauvignon @ £5.99 to keep my party guests well imbibed! All of those classic Marlborough flavours - Kiwi, Gooseberry and Elderflower with a touch of residual sugar make this a fantastic quaffer. For something a bit more serious, the Black Cottage Sauvignon has become a firm favourite of mine @ £8.79. Bone dry with steely acidity, this has more complexity than the Wither Hills, notably a fantastic hint of blackcurrant leaf  and minerality. Perfect with Goats Cheese based starters this Xmas!

The traditionalist in me always has to pick out a Claret - and if you read my Wine Of The Week you'll see that Chateau Greysac is a big favourite of mine! From a good vintage, it is drinking very well now and has potential to improve over the next few years. for £9.99 it is my favourite sub-£10 Claret this Xmas. For £6.99 we've got the Anakena Single Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Leyda Valley in Chile. Comfortably the best value Pinot Noir in our range, and I very much doubt you'll find better at this price anywhere else! Distincly "new world" in style, it is very elegant with precise cherry and strawberry fruit flavours - absolutely perfect with light game dishes or hard cheeses.

Any of you that read these articles regularly will know I'm a sucker for White Burgundy - and we've got a belter at £6.99! Macon Villages 2010 Cave De Lugny could easily be mistaken for something far grander in a blind tasting! It has very clean, pure fruit flavours, crisp acidity and a stony minerality that could (and has...) see it mistaken for a Chablis! Finally I've got to doff my cap to an old Majestic favourite - De Forville Langhe Nebbiolo. For £7.99 it is one of the best examples of this noble grape variety you'll find without splashing out £20+ on a Barolo. Bags of fresh red and black fruit flavours with hints of smoke and spice coming from oak ageing - this is tightly knit and bristling with mouth-watering acidity. Perfect with your cheeseboard!

 

 

 

 

Wine Of The Week - Chateau GreysacDate published: 06/12/11

Chateau Greysac 2006, Medoc Cru Bourgeois

2006 is a vintage over-shadowed by the phenomenal year that preceded it, but don't overlook it completely as there are some bargains to be had! It was by no means a poor vintage, infact it was very good with ideal ripening conditions and some truly excellent wines were made!

Chateau Greysac 2006 was one of the best of the bunch at the Cru Bourgeois level. Still relatively young, it is certainly a wine you can lay down for a few years, but if like me you prefer your Clarets a bit on the younger side then this is drinking superbly now! All of those classic aromas of cassis, cherry, vanilla, cried fruits, tobacco and leather are present and the palate has plenty of body with fine grippy tannins and a lovely finish.

Drink this with a lovely wedge of mature Cheddar or pair it with your Roast Beef this Sunday!

 

At £9.99 this really is a bargain. I've bought a case for myself and I reckon it will sell out pretty quickly. It is open to taste here at Majestic Bangor TODAY so get down to the store and have a taste! It is one of the highlights of our Bordeaux Tasting Week which started today and runs until next Monday!

Tasting Weeks!Date published: 14/11/11

Our in-store Chilean Tasting Week is still on-going! We've just opened the fantastic Tabali Reserve Syrah amongst many others! Be sure to get yourself down to the store on Friday 18th too for the start of Our RhOne & Burgundy Tasting Week! We'll have some Christmas Crackers open from top notch wineries like Perrin, Vidal Fleury, Louis Jadot, Latour and many more from some boutique wineries too!

Simon's Fine Wine ChoicesDate published: 04/11/11

 With one eye on the up-coming festive season and all the entertaining that will be going on I've decided to pick out a couple of my favourite wines for a special occasion. First the white...

Chablis Grand Cru "Blanchot" 2010, Domaine Vocoret - I've long been a fan of the wines of Domaine Vocoret, from their basic AC Chablis, their range of 1er Crus, Vielles Vigne's and when the budget permits their Grand Crus! Their 2010 edition is incredibly complex and relatively full-bodied for a Chablis. Intense aromas of white flours, citrus, fresh green apple and gun-flint are followed by a taut, mineral palate with a finish that lingers on and on! Definite potential to improve of the next 3-5 years but drinking perfectly well in it's youth. If you're a fan of Chablis but have never pushed the boat out and tried a Grand Cru, then I heartily recommend you do so!

The Chocolate Block, Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape 2009 - An intriguing blend of five different grape varieties - based largely on Syrah but with a splash of Merlot, Cabernet, Grenache and even a dash of Viognier! It is very powerful, intense and bursting with flavour! It you're planning of cooking a rib of beef, fillet steak or hearty stew and want something a bit special to go with it - then this is the wine for you!

Quiz time.......Date published: 30/10/11

Carmenere is a specialist grape of which country?
Argentina
France
Italy
Chile
Lebanon


Which is a principal grape in the production of Armagnac?
Colombard
Pinot Auxerrois
Ugni Blanc
Chenin Blanc
Folle Blanche


Which mountains protect the Alsace vineyards from rain?
Haardt Mountains
The Alps
The Troncais Mountains
The Schwir Mountains
The Vosges Mountains


The Fleurieu wine region is in which country?
Argentina
Mexico
Australia
France
Spain

Rioja is what?
An area in Northern Spain
A grape variety used in Spanish wines
The term used in wine fermentation
A name of a premier Champagne house

I'm drinking a 'Ripasso', what is it>
Port
Sherry
An Italian wine made using a particular technique
A wine from Hungary
An Italian word for a corked wine

Disgorgement is the term used for what process?
Pulling your thumb out of a bowling ball
Part of the process of Champagne production
Releasing a year of vintage port
The removal of the grape from the vine

The best deals on wine are to be had at which company?
Majestic
Majestic
Majestic
Majestic

The Hunter Valley is a wine region in:
Western Australia
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Tasmania


AND FINALLY


What is the name of the part time driver at our store?
Tim Watson
Simon Cocks
Rory Lawton
Christopher Watson

The run up to Christmas.Date published: 30/10/11

 

It's been a tough year for a lot of people, having to hold the pennies back in the fear of the recession, but it's not all bad news!

I for one, having just bought a house, have had to do the same, but it can't all be hard work and no pleasure surely not.

I tend to follow the offers in store, saving as much as I can, but every now and then treating myself to something special on the odd occasion.

We have some FANTASTIC offers coming up, starting with 4 regions on offer in store as of Tuesday next week.. Australia, Chile, New Zealand and the Cotes Du Rhone. They will all be showing some great examples of their produce, and at an array of prices to match EVERY budget, even the chancellor of the exchequer! He can't save you 20%!

Keep an eye out on-line for the great offers that are coming up.

The flyer will be arriving on your door-step, along with the full range price list if you are registered with us.

If you are not, well....

email us at the below address and register!!!


bng@majestic.co.uk

 

Hope to see you soon.

Simon, Tim and Rory!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!Date published: 24/10/11

Like it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! All those office parties and social gatherings will soon be with us, so it is rather splendid news that Majestic's next set of promotions start on Tuesday 1st November! Whilst I can't divulge too much information at the moment -  I've seen enough to be able to tell you we'll have some cracking deals!

There'll be great wines for parties, top notch fine wines for the big day itself and plenty of offers on festive fizz! On top of all that, we'll have a whole load of themed tasting weeks throughout November and December - so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on this website to see what we have open to try at Majestic Bangor!

In the meantime, we've still got one week left on our 20% Off Spainish and South African Wines -  so be sure to pop in and top up your wine racks and make the most of these great deals!

Yes P...lees!Date published: 23/10/11

Luis Felipe Edwards shows the way forward for “no-frills” Chardonnay with a cracking wine from their Mountain View range in my opinion! Rather than using oak chippings or staves, they have chosen to age the wine on its lees (dead yeast cells that remain after fermentation has finished) in order to add body and a slightly creamy palate.

You don't get any of the gloopy, syrupy confected notes that you find in cheap oak-aged "supermarket" Chardonnays! Just clean, fresh melon, citrus and tropical fruit notes, with a really pleasing finish! An exceptional wine for the money!

Their Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere are all equally accomplished wines, and at £4.99 they are outstanding value for money!

Mountains of Chilean wine.....Date published: 14/10/11

Be sure to pop in and feast your eyes on our impressive new range of Chilean wines.

With emphasis on showcasing wines from a range of top producers, the full list of grape varieties grown at a multitude of sites around South America, we have it all.

We're impressed here at Bangor having tasted a few, but make sure you keep an eye on our web-site to see what is available to try on a daily basis.

Tonight, it's a a single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Leyda Valley.

Adiós,

 

Tim

 

Fizz, Bang-or!Date published: 07/10/11

If like me, you like Champagne, then a visit to our store should be a part of your weekend shopping ensuring you bag a great deal.

 

We have some great deals on at the moment that should not go a miss!

 

Namely a few,

 

Laurent Perrier N/V - £25.00 from £38.00

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage - £20.00 (2005)

Nicolas Feuiatte Vintage - £19.00 from £20 (2004)

 

Capitalise on these deals for future events coming up, get them in for Christmas, or as I do.......whenever, wherever!

 

Tim

 

 

Get your orders in NOW!!!Date published: 05/10/11

Get your orders in online or over the 'phone (01248-364771 ask for Simon or Tim) by the end of play Thursday for FREE delivery to Conwy, Llandudno and surrounding areas on Friday morning and Anglesey (right up to Amlwch!) on Friday afternoon!

Spanish Bargains!Date published: 05/10/11

A couple of my favourite Spanish wines are on promotion at the moment and I feel they are worth a mention! For a nice easy-drinking white, Torres Vina Sol at £4.99 is an absolute steal! Crisp, citrussy and full of wonderful appley flavours it is absolutely fantastic if you just want a couple of glasses to unwind with at the end of a stressfull day!

To be able to pick up a Gran Reserva Rioja for £7.99 is a wonder to behold - and an absolute MUST BUY!!! Berberana's 2004 (an acclaimed vintage in Rioja) is fully mature showing a wonderful nose of red fruits, cherry, redcurrant and fantastic cigar-box, leather and spice in the background.

A few bottles of each of these will be going in my wine rack this week, be sure to pop down to Majestic Bangor and pick some up for yourself too! Remember, it is now just a minimum of 6 bottles purchase in-store - and I reckon you'd be hard pushed to get 6 bottles (3 each of the wines I've just spoken of) for less than £40 anywhere else!

France.... don't miss it out.........Date published: 03/10/11

If there was just one thing I could spell out to you if my life depended on it, it would be not to miss a trick when it comes to avoiding things for the wrong reasons. Some people go straight for New Zealand, other Australia, dependant on how their taste buds have changed or how much that they can afford. France has taken a bit of a bashing over the years, but that extra assurance on purchasing classically produced wines shouldn't go amiss on price alone, or you just don't want to take a punt (just ask me!) You won't lose out.


I constantly get to try new wines every week (at least if not every day) and I am constantly surprised by hidden gems, forgotten relics that take me by surprise. France, Southern in particular, has knocked me for six of recent months. Yes I love New World wines, but lets face it, France deserves a lot of credit to the successes of other countries (and the Romans lest we not forget).

First up, do not come through the store without looking in Southern France.

Secondly, Grab either me (Tim) or Simon, and we can talk you through them.

Thirdly, look out for the following in descending order:

Pinot Noir 2010, Simonnet-Fèbvre, Vin de Pays des Portes de Mediterranée - £7.99
The Vin de Pays des Portes de Mediterranée is a regional level Vin de
Pays from the southeast of France and Corsica. Simonnet-Fèbvre is
primarily a Chablis producer but this fine Pinot Noir is an example of his
red-wine-making prowess. FANTASTIC.........!

Grand Terroir Montpeyroux 2008, Gérard Bertrand - £7.99 when you buy 2.
Montpeyroux is ideally located between the Mediterranean Sea and
Larzac mountains and has gained a distinctive reputation for its
preserved landscapes and chalky soils.
A wine with wonderful concentration and deep colour with aromas of ripe
fruit and peppery spices. SUPERB .... !

Domaine Les Yeuses 'Les Epices' Syrah 2009, PGI Pays d'oc - £7.49 when you buy 2 or more.
It has wonderfully spicy, perfumed Syrah fruit and an elegant softness
and roundness which mark it out as a wine of quality. The finish is long,
with an intriguing bitter-sweet pepper note. A MUST BUY!

AND FINALLY........ MY BANKER.....

Château La Dournie 2008/09, St Chinian - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more.
With old-vine Grenache up to 50 years in age supplemented with Syrah
and Grenache, this complex red from the great value St-Chinian
Appellation is a cracking wine for the money. Around 20% of the wine is
matured in oak for one year.
This wine has a wonderfully expressive nose ranging from black cherry
and prune through to nutmeg and mocha. The palate displays freshness
with persistent dark berry flavours and an earthy spiciness.
THIS IS FAST SELLING OUT HERE IN BANGOR. MAKE SURE IT'S PART OF YOU NEXT PURCHASE.

Come on down.

Argentinian Tasting Week - 7th - 13th OctoberDate published: 03/10/11

Spain

Not only a source of fantastic value everyday wines, Argentina is developing a reputation for fine wines too, especially its rich, deep reds, perfect with Argentina's famous beef! If you would like to discover more about this fascinating country then check out the lastest Argentinian blog post.

Copy and paste this link into your browser...

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/grape-to-glass-autumn-2011/country-in-the-spotlight-argentina/

During the tasting week, Majestic Bangor will be showcasing come fine, rich, fruity and intense Malbec's, not to mention a few fruity, high altitude produced Chardonnay's to die for (well, i wouldn't go that far but you know what I mean!).

I've got my ticket to attend, make sure that you do during the week, or over a few days to try the majority.

So, Friday the 7th. Be there or be ......  missing out!

Our New Assistant Manager!Date published: 02/10/11

As Simon has previously mentioned, our faithful car enthusiast of an assistant manager Rob, has left for Midlands shores, opening up the gap for Tim Watson (our current trainee) to take on the role of Assistant Manager. As I am sure you would all agree, Tim has been a huge asset to the growing success of Majestic Bangor, most if not all know him on a 'first name' basis can continue to enjoy his recommendations and enthusiastic approach to 'All Things Wine Related'.

Please join me in congratulating Tim on his recent promotion.

Not to mention, Tim has also recently gained successful qualification for the 'Wine and Spirits Education Trust' Advanced Certificate level 3.

Here's to Tim, Hip-hip...............Hooray!

Cheers.......

Majestic Bangor

Rose Improved offersDate published: 01/10/11

What could be better than a chilled glass of Rose on a a beautiful late summer's day?It's October I know, but make the most of it!!!!!  We've got 5 lovely pinks on offer:

Château de Sours Rosé, £8.49 £6.99 (ongoing deal until 31st October)
Château Guiot Rosé, £6.99 £5.99
Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze, £7.49 £6.49 Buy 2 save £3 = £4.99
Domaine Ste Marguerite Provence Rosé £11.99 Buy 2 save £4 = £9.99
Allegrini Bardolino Chiaretto, £7.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £4.99

Over the weekend most shall be available to try in store. But note, they have only been reduced for this weekend only.

Sadly the offer finishes on Monday the 3rd of October so be quick!!!!

Get them while you can!

 

Hope to see you soon.

 

Tim

Spectucular Syrah - and it's not just me that thinks so!Date published: 26/09/11

Last Friday evening just before I finished work, I was pondering what wine to drink when I got home and decided upon a bottle of Domaine Les Yeuses Syrah "Les Epices". I recalled that it had been named Best Red in the Languedoc Top 100 wines competition, and as I was having a hearty meal of Bangers & Mash that evening I thought a silky Syrah would be a great match.

It turns out it really was! Bursting with blackberry fruit with all sorts going on in the background like freshly-milled black pepper, dried herbs and fresh green olive. The palate is silky smooth with fine soft tannins that provide structure and add complexity. An outstanding wine I thought to myself! If only more people knew.....

Later that evening, just before turning in for the night I checked my Twitter account and as I'm following Tim Atkin MW - I saw one of his Tweets that said his Wine Of The Week was the very wine I'd just been drinking! What a coincidence I thought as I drifted off to sleep.

When I awoke, I picked the morning paper up off the doorstep and as I always do at the weekend - turned straight to the wine section. Would you believe it, one of their featured wines on Saturday was indeed - Domaine Les Yeuses Syrah! If I'd ever doubted my ability to pick out a quality wine when I tried one, then all such thoughts would have been vanquished in an instant!

This wine deserves all the accolades it gets. Tim Atkin wrote "Close you eyes and you could be drinking Côte Rôtie." And I concur. For £7.49 this is an absolute steal. Definitely worth buying a case for drinking now, and perhaps another to lay down for a couple of years.

Don't just take it from me though, or Tim Atkin, Or The Telegraph - get down to Majestic and try it for yourself!
 

Adios Rob!Date published: 19/09/11

Our Assistant Manager Rob is leaving us at the end of the week having been promoted to Assistant Manager of our Derby branch! I'm sure all of our regular customers will join me in wishing him all the best for the future and hope he has enjoyed his time in North Wales!

As we've got him for another week though, be sure to pop in and pick his brains about all things Rioja! This is the corner-stone of his wine knowledge and as Spain is currently on offer there has never been a better time to pop in and stock up!

All the best Rob and "Buena Suerte " on your new adventure in Derby!

Marlborough Sauvignon!!!Date published: 14/09/11

If you thought you'd be hard-up for choice on Kiwi Sauvignon after our Summer 20% off deal had finished, think again! We've got plenty of great offers!

Perennial Majestic staff-favourite "The Ned" Black Label is on at £6.99 down from £9.99. Montana's Brancott Estate Sauvignon is also on at £6.99 (down from £8.99) - it is a bit leaner in style than The Ned and has a very interesting yeasty character on the finish - really top notch stuff from the winery that first brought Marlborough Sauvignon to these shores!

From Nelson, to the west of Marlborough you can have Waimea Estate Sauvignon for £6.99 down from £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles) - a really classy wine which has a distinctive mineral-character and a more luscious creamy palate than you tend to get from Marlborough Sauvignons.

A new addition to our range is the Riverlands Run Sauvignon, which at just £5.99 down from £7.99 represents an absolute bargain! It is full of those classic flavours that you'd expect; fresh green apple, gooseberry and elderflower.

Finally, and definitely worth a mention is the Prestige Parcels Sauvignon Blanc on offer at £8.99 from £10.99. An exclusive to Majestic, this is a one-off lot from a top producer that our buyers have managed to secure at a great price! The wine in the bottle is worth far more than £8.99 I can assure you!

Pop in to Majestic Bangor and take a look at what other great deals we've got to offer too!

Wine Of The Week - a classy new Rioja!Date published: 14/09/11

We're all big fans of Rioja here at Majestic Bangor, so when we all got rather excited when we saw this new addition to our range! From Bodegas Beronia, this Reserva is from the highly regarded 2006 vintage and is of particular interest because of the unusual nature of the barrels it was aged in. "Dos Maderas" literally means "two woods": the oak barrels having been constructed using both American and French oak.

The French component brings hints of spice, whilst the American staves lend the wine subtle hints of vanilla. Dense and rich with fruit, the complex nose offers aromas of cinnamon, liquorice and berry fruits with just a touch of chocolate.

For less than a tenner on our Spanish 20%-Off deal, this is an absolute steal! It is open today on our tasting counter, feel free to pop in and hae a taste!

Sipsmith GinDate published: 02/09/11

In my eyes there is only one way to start off a good G&T and that’s with our very own home grown Sipsmith Gin.


Made in the oldest and recently re-commissioned distillery in London, Sipsmith is the brainchild of Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall. Using only Natural botanicals, Lydwell Spring water (one of the sources of the Thames) and the finest ingredients available they have created the ultimate London dry Gin. Rich is character yet light, this subtly zesty little number gives hints of orange, lemon peel & a big umphh of Juniper Berry.


Handmade in small batches of only 500 Bottles per run allows master distiller Jared Brown to “give every batch our undivided attention.” Created in an authentic pot still using traditional methods produces some of the best gin that I have had to date.

With a great Gin such as this you cannot simply mix it with regular tonic water. You need something more neutral and less sweet. That’s where Fevertree tonics come into play. Originally produced after Charles Rolls (Plymouth Gin) wanted something that would show off his gin, rather than hide it under the sweetness of the tonic. As a result Fevertree was created, producing a very neutral tonic which truly enhances good quality gin and shows up inferior examples.


To truly show how good this Gin is rather than using a slice of lemon. Why not try a piece of cucumber or simply drink it straight. I personally prefer it with Tonic but each to their own as they say. Either way you will not be disappointed, I can’t recommend this enough!
 
Still not convinced? Then why not pop in over the next week as I will be giving free samples to prove my point!!

Rob
 

Sam Adams Boston Lager!Date published: 30/08/11

Here at Majestic Bangor we sell more Sam Adams Boston Lager than at any other branch of Majestic I've ever worked in! Last year I promised a regular customer that we wouldn't run out of it ever again, and after 12 months of keeping my word, we finally sold-out last week!

However, there is good news - we're getting a mountain of it in again this Thursday afternoon! Be sure to add a case to your next order and see what all the fuss is about!

What's New?!Date published: 30/08/11

Today marks the start of our "New Arrivals" Tasting Week! Between now and Monday 5th September we'll be showcasing some of the fantastic new wines to our range on our tasting counter.

Pop in to have a taste!

Prestige Parcels Sav/BlancDate published: 22/08/11

Is back!!! We've had unprecedented demand for this mystery Sauvignon, and due to the sheer number of 'phone calls we've had asking for more, we managed to squeeze some out of a couple of ther Majestic Stores!

Head down to Majestic Bangor before the weekend, because it is first come, first served!

Simon's RuinDate published: 16/08/11

It's that time of the year again! We've just taken delivery of a stack of Paulaner Oktoberfest - my all time favourite beer! It is only brewed once a year and released in August in anticipation of the legendary "Oktoberfest" beer festival which takes place annually in Munich!

Rich and pure, with an abv of 6% and not-too-fizzy, it is a perfect sipping beer. I always have some chilled down ready to quaff each night when I get home from work. It is also fantastic with Indian Cuisine - or get some Bratwurst on the BBQ and have your own little Oktoberfest!

We only have a limited supply, so get yourselves down to Majestic Bangor and see what the fuss is about!

Dessert Island 'Stickies'.Date published: 11/08/11

There is no simple definition of a 'Dessert Wine', or 'Fortified Wine' but if I had to think of one, it would be to have it on all dinner occasions even it was just a mid week dinner with my wife. For the purposes of this article, I shall refer to them as 'STICKIES'. I was first introduced to them in Australia where they are commonly known as such, and it was there that they quickly became one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to indulgences.

A dessert wine is considered to be any 'sweet wine' drunk with a meal. Generally, it should be sweeter than the food it is served with, but if you're like me, it doesn't matter!! White dessert wines are generally served somewhat chilled, but can be easily served too cold. This is often the case so be ensure that it is taken out of the fridge a good half-an-hour before you settle for your third course!!! Red dessert wines are served at room temperature or slightly chilled. This is purely as there is more intense red fruit characteristics that develop better on the palate than if they were served too cold.

Some that I adore:
Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise - available for £6.99 when you buy 2.


Abundant floral and fruit aromas of white peach and apricot with honeysuckle notes. Very concentrated flavours of stone fruits, honey and and fresh acidity.

2003 'Clos L'Abeilly available for only £9.99.


Wild honey aromas, luscious apricot fruit, with a racy acidity that superbly balances the sweetness on the excellent finish. Classically matched with foiegras, and also a great match for crème brûlée and salty blue cheeses.

Torres Floralis Moscatel, £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Trademark Moscatel aromas of orange blossom, Turkish delight and honeyed fruit, accompanied by delicious spicy notes of tobacco leaf and clove. Indulgently sweet, with an enduring candied finish.

A sobering thought...Date published: 03/08/11

If you're one of those sensible people who likes to give up alcohol for a couple of weeks at a time and are worried about what you're going to be quaffing whilst on the wagon - fear not! You aren't limited to mineral water and sugarey pop drinks! Come in and check out our range of Belvoir Presse's!

We've just taken delivery of Raspberry Lemonade, Elderflower, Apple & Melon, Orange & Mandarin and a really fiery Ginger Beer!

They're all natural, fresh and incredibly tasty! And they're all made on these shores!

If you must abstain from our beloved vino, take solace in the thought that there are some soft-drinks that are worth considering!

Get a plate, put some words on it, and start eating!Date published: 02/08/11

We'll admit it, we were a bit skeptical when we first saw that we were taking delivery of a sparkling Marlborough Sauvignon! We were ready to write it off without even giving it a chance. However, upon Rob's insistance, we decided to chill a bottle down and give it a try - and we were more than pleasantly surprised!

Montana have taken a classic Kiwi Sav/Blanc - given it a twist, and it really has worked! They haven't tried to mimic Champage or Prosecco, they've simply given one of our favourite wines a lift. By using carbonation rather than bottle-fermentation, they haven't added any of the yeasty, bready character that you get in Champagne/Cava etc - you just get a delicate sparkle - and the addition of a dash of Pinot Gris to the blend adds just the right amount of weight to the palate and avoids the need for cloying sweetness to balance the acidity.

You get a great whack of  tropical fruits when you put your nose anywhere near the glass and the passionfruit, peach and cirtus character follows onto the palate. Lovely crisp acidity and just the right amount of residual sugar to balance make this a really impressive wine on the palate - with those fine bubbles really heightening the flavours.

This is an absolutely perfect match for Fish & Chips with a big wedge of Lemon on the side! Give it a try, it surprised us and we're always cynical about such developments in the wine-trade!

A matter of taste...Date published: 23/07/11

I've read recently that some wine merchants have been spending vast sums of money on wine-sampling machines which measure out the samples that can be poured and supposedly keep the wines in peak condition for longer.

Frankly I'm glad Majestic hasn't gone down this route. I'm glad we've chosen not to waste ten-grand on a novelty and continue instead to allow you, our valued customers to come in, pick up a bottle and pour your own samples! And all of that money we have saved ourselves can be ploughed into having more and more interesting and diverse wines open to taste all day, every day!

Take a look to the left of your screen and you'll see what we've got open today at Majestic Bangor. A cracking German Riesling, a 1er Cru Beaune and a glorious Aussie Cabernet to name but three, and you are more than welcome to come in and taste them all!

So whilst I'm not against innovation and forward-thinking (how many awards have we won for The Wine Course?.....), I think Majestic has already got the formula right. Now I've nearly finished typing this article, my next job is to go and choose a couple more interesting red wines to crack open for this afternoon! Please come down and join me and the team and try what we have open!

Wine Of The Week from the Loire ValleyDate published: 19/07/11

Clos de Danzay Chinon 2000
Pierre Jacques Druet

We're all fans of quirky, esoteric wines here at Majestic Bangor. Tim loves searching out interesting Italian blends, Rob can't get enough aromatic Kiwi Gewurztraminer and I'm a sucker for Sherry. Mainstream – we are not!

So imagine our delight when Majestic snapped up this parcel of fully-mature Chinon from the Loire Valley – we simply had to try it straight away! And boy are we glad we did!

Chinon is a rather unheralded appellation in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley whose wines are generally made up of 100% Cabernet Franc, an equally unheralded grape variety! Usually used as blending fodder in Bordeaux and Southern France, Cab/Franc has been allowed to shine on it's own in Chinon due to the fact that it is an easier grape to ripen in cooler climates and is less susceptible to poorer weather during harvest.

On the nose you'll find aromas of damson and black cherry, backed up by hints of tobacco, dried fig and vanilla. The palate is velvety smooth with fine soft tannins and plenty of refreshing acidity. This would make a really interesting alternative to Rioja or Pinot Noir with your best Sunday Roast Lamb.

To find a wine of this class (and a fully mature one to boot) for less than a tenner a bottle represents an absolute steal! If like us, you like to seek out something a little alternative from time to time, then give this a try – it comes with our seal of approval!

Wine of the week - Château Boutisse 2004 St-Emilion Grand Cru Date published: 15/07/11

Not only is this Saint Emilion only £13.99 but its a Grand Cru! Saint Emilion is the only Bordeaux appellation to have vineyards attain Grand Cru status.

Made from low-yielding vines and aged in new French oak. This wine heralds from the commune of Saint Christophe des Bardes, some of St Emilions best south-easterly facing plateaus.


The wine reveals a deep luscious ruby red and faded brown tint at the rim with plenty of streaky tannins. This wine does not disappoint, ticking all the boxes for a good St Emilion appearance.

The nose equally does not disappoint with rich violets, raisins, brambles and hints of a coffee like nature.

The palate is well balanced with sweet tannins, and rich flavours including; cherry, aniseed, herbs, dark bitter chocolate and leather.

This full and fruity red is fantastic on its own but will be equally at home with a hearty casserole, fragrant cheeses or a traditional roast.

An absolute steal at just £13.99

Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/07/11

Ned Sauvignon Blanc is only £5.99 for another week. Don't miss out on a bargain, get some whilst you still can!
 

Short focus on the Loire Valley region.Date published: 09/07/11

The Loire is France's longest river rising to the mountains of central France in the Ardeche department and flows North for 400 klm's, before it turns west near Orleans and finally reaching the Atlantic near the city of Nantes. It is here that the vineyards of the Loire region can be loosely split into four subregions. Going in a downstream direction, these are namely 'The Central Vineyards', 'Touraine', 'Anjou-Saumur', and 'The Nantais'.

Because of the sheer size of the river Loire there are considerable climatic differences between the different regions. In the Nantais and Anjou, the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean offers a Maritime climate, further inland towards Touraine and Central Vineyards the climate is increasingly continental. There are significant variations in weather patterns year to year and vintages can differ. However, recent improvements in vineyard management have significantly increased the ripeness and health of the grapes at harvest time which effectively reduces the importance of the vintage for wines destined for long maturation in the bottle.

Unlike other areas of France there is no regional generic appellation for the Loire such as AC Bordeaux or AC Bourgogne (apart from Anjou and Saumur respectively for Rosé and Cremant (sparkling). There is however, a Vin de Pays which covers the whole region. It consists of 13 departments and the vin de Pays are commonly marketed as single varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for whites, and Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon for Rosés They are generally straightforward wines with typical Loire characteristics such as freshness, a light body and simple fruit characters

Interestingly, the Loire Valley is the 3rd largest AC region in France. Total production of white wine is roughly 52 percent, reds at 26 percent and 16 percent of production is Rose.

Main Grape Varieties of the Loire Valley:
Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Melon Blanc.
For Rosé: Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, Gamay.

Key AC Wines/Main grape varieties within each sub-region:

CENTRAL VINEYARD:
Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Ruilly, Coteaux de Gennois (Variety: Sauvignon Blanc / and pinot Noir in Sancerre)

TOURAINE:
Vouvray (Variety: Chenin Blanc), Touraine (Variety: Sauvignon Blanc),
Bourgueil and Chinon (Variety: Cabernet Franc)

ANJOU-SAUMUR:
Anjou, Saumur, Savenniéres, Coteaux de Layon (Varieties: Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Rosé: Grolleau, Cab Franc and Gamay.

NANTAIS:
Muscadet (Variety: Melon Blanc).

More G and less T!!!Date published: 06/07/11

Why not buy a bottle of historic Plymouth English Gin, a steal at just £15! Serve over ice with fresh lime and a drop of delicious, refreshing Fever Tree Tonic!

Fever Tree was created after Charles Rolls of Plymouth Gin decided he wanted a quality Tonic Water that wouldn't mask the flavour of his Gin.

More neutral and less sweet than some of the bigger tonic-water brands, Fever Tree allows the quality and flavour of the Gin to shine. It contains no artificial flavourings, preservatives or sweeteners, it is just pure and natural!

Plymouth Gin is batch distilled in an ancient Victorian Copper Still, using just seven key botanicals, one of which must of course be Juniper Berries! Such a pure, clean flavour just cries out for Fever Tree!!!

More G and less T, that's the Majestic motto!!!

Buy a bottle and a pack of tonic now and add pray the sunshine holds out long enough for you to enjoy it!

The Wedding PlannerDate published: 04/07/11

If you've got a wedding to plan, or any kind of function in North Wales that requires wines, beers and spirits - then your first port of call should be Majestic Bangor! We have a fantastic range of wines to suit every budget, from £5 a botle Pinot Grigio and Merlot right through to Grand Marque Champagnes like Bollinger at the bargain price of £32!

We offer free glass hire, chiller bins, ice and we also provide a sale or return policy so you can comfortably over-order and be sure that you won't run dry on the big day!

Give us a call in store on 01248 364771 and chat with any member of the team. We're all qualified to offer advice and suggest quantities - anything really, to help make planning your big event that much easier!

Calling all ABERDOVEY residents!Date published: 03/07/11

Good afternoon residents of Aberdovey! If any of you would like an order from us, please give us a call by the end of play Monday 4th July! Tim will be heading down to mid-Wales on deliveries on Tuesday. Be sure to take advantage of our fantastic offers such as Ned Sauvignon @ £5.99, 20% off Chile and Extra De Codorniu Brut Cava at just £6.99!!!

Look forward to hearing from you!

Simon.

Thirst-slaking goodness!Date published: 03/07/11

If like me, you moan all year about the cold, grey miserable weather - and yet fall to pieces as soon as we get an extended spell of hot weather like this, then I am sure you'll find the following advice useful!

Get down to Majestic Bangor and grab a case of Pilsner Urquell, and a case of Ned Sauvignon Blanc. These two beverages are essential in the battle against heat-stroke and tennis-induced boredom! Chill your luscious Czech beer down in the freezer for 20 minutes before heading out into the garden (far away from the tennis...) and marvel at how you got a whole case for only £22.80! It walks all over the "brewed in the UK" special offers that the supermarkets keep churning out. I've got myself a case chilling down as I type!

Hot weather calls for refreshing, clean, easy-drinking white wine in my household - and The Ned is our default choice at the moment! £5.99 per bottle, I just can't think of the right words to describe how good value that is! Brimming with gooseberry, elderflower and green apple aromas. The palate is as refreshing as a lemon sorbet, with a crisp acidity that instantly cools you down!

When the tennis has finished and it's safe to head back inside - order up some Fish & Chips and put Top Gear on (proper tv!). Some people recommend Champagne with Fish & Chips, but I think the lovely citrussy, crisp Ned Sauvignon is an even better match, and ts only six quid!!!

Well that's my plan for the evening, I hope you take my advice and pop down to take advantage of these two fantastic offers whilst the sun is shining!

Simon.

What?! No Pisco?!Date published: 23/06/11

Come on down to Majestic Bangor and join me and the team in sampling some of our best Chilean wines! Our Chilean Tasting Week starts on Friday 24th June!

Sadly the national drink of Chile - The Pisco Sour - doesn't travel too well, so there'll be none to try, but we're sure you'll enjoy some of their fantastic Carmenere's and Viogniers!

 

Simon.

Aussie Tasting Week starts today!!!Date published: 10/06/11

We've just popped the cork on a whole range of Aussie wines here at Majestic Bangor! A personal favourite, the incredible St Hallett Dawkin's Vineyard Shiraz - one of the most intense Shiraz's you'll get the chance to try!

Aussie Parcel Wines from £3.99!!!Date published: 09/06/11

You'll probably have received a copy of our latest flyer in the post this morning, and along with all the fantastic deals in it such as Torres Vina Sol at £4.99 we've also got a limited parcel of Aussie wines in store from as little as £3.99!!! Call in and stock up before they sell out!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 07/06/11

Muscadet Sevre Et Main Sur Lie,

Domaine De La Tourmaline 2010

 

As the sun has decided to finally show it's face again after a fairly lousy May, I've decided my first wine of the week in June should be something crisp and refreshing, yet keenly priced and fairly light as it is this time of year that garden parties and BBQ's often carry-on into the small hours of the morning and vast quantites of wine can sometimes be quaffed! There's a lot of competition out there when looking for such a wine; New Zealand Sauignon, Portugese Vinho Verde or even Italian Pinot Grigio to name but three.

The reason Muscadet Sur Lie wins it for me is that it ticks all of the boxes and then some! After harvest, the grapes (Melon De Bourgogne) are fermented and then left on their lees (sediment of dead yeast cells) over the winter.  This process allows a winemaker to append the "Sur-Lie" moniker to the title.  What it accomplishes is to give the wine a slightly bready/yeasty character in addition to the citrussy fresh fruit character that typifies the style. As it is usually not racked or filtered before bottling, there is often a very slight petillence present in the wine, which simply delivers even more complexity and freshness in my eyes!

Weighing in at only 12% abv is also a big plus-point, as is the price - our Domaine De Tourmaline is currently on offer at just £6.49! This is an elegant, old-world charmer that can really fit the bill for the modern wine-drinker. Please feel free to pop in this weekend and give it a try!

 

Simon.

 

 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 @ Majestic Bangor!!!Date published: 07/06/11

The title says it all really! One of our favourite and most popular Kiwi Sav/Blancs is now on offer at £5.99, and absolute steal! Pop in, call or order online for free delivery!

New Zealand Tasting Week!Date published: 02/06/11

Starting Friday 3rd June, we'll be featuring the wines of New Zealand on our tasting counter! Feel free to call in and see what you think of some of their aromatic varietals such as Waimea Gewurztraminer and King's Thorn Pinot Gris. Also of interest (particularly to the staff...) is Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc - one of the best Sauvignons to come out of New Zealand, and a serious match to any Sancerre or Pouilly Fume.

 

We'll have a variety of Kiwi wines open over the weekend and all the way through 'til next Thursday 9th June, so please come on down and join us for a glass!

 

Simon.

Fantastic Aussie Parcel Wines!Date published: 27/05/11

Get yourselves down to the store today and try some of the fantastic new Parcel wines that Majestic has picked up!

We've got a cracking Semillon/Sauvignon blend from Somerton in South Eastern Australia at just £4.49! Packed with ripe citrus and tropical fruits with a herbal edge, it would be perfect with seafood or on it's own! At this price, pick up a 12 bottle case for just £54 - an absolute bargain!

Majestic Wine Press Mentions - In stock at your 'local' Majestic store in Bangor!!!Date published: 02/04/11

BELOW ARE THIS WEEK'S PRESS MENTIONS.

Be sure to pop into Bangor Majestic and try the wine that  everyone's  talking about !!!!

 

Matthew Jukes - Daily Mail

2009 Spy Valley, Gewurztraminer, Marlborough, New Zealand
The most aromatic of all grape varieties, ‘gewurz’, as we call it in the wine business, is a potent, heady, temptress and this exceptional version from Spy Valley has lychee, ginger, musk and rose petal notes in its
complex spectrum of scents! 

£9.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of your mixed case.

 

Victoria Moore - Telegraph

Chateau Aigues Vives Cuvee d’Exception 2007 Corbieres, France
A big red blend of syrah, grenache, mourvedre and carignan from the south of France that’s filled with rustic fire and heart. A good wine at the discounted price, it needs some food to slap against it, perhaps some garlicky French-style sausages or a bean and sausage casserole.

£6.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of your mixed case.

 

See you soon!!!

Trainee Manager - Tim Watson

Spanish tasting week. Recipe of the weekDate published: 28/03/11

Chicken and chorizo paella


'A hearty sharing dish that is great to serve at the table, with only one cooking pan to wash up.'


Ingredients
1–2 tbsp oil
12 whole chicken pieces (legs or thighs), on the bone
1 chorizo sausage, sliced into 3mm/⅛in thick slices
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 red peppers, seeds removed, sliced
2–3 red chillies, seeds removed, chopped
2 tsp smoked paprika
1.5 litres/2½ pints chicken stock
400g/14oz paella rice
12 mussels or clams, (optional) cleaned, open and damaged shells discarded
handful parsley, roughly chopped

Preparation method
1.Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

2.Heat the oil in a large, lidded, heatproof pan or paella pan. Fry the chicken until the pieces are evenly browned, turning them regularly as they cook. You may need to do this in two batches, depending on the size of your pan. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

3.Fry the slices of chorizo in the pan until crisp. They will release their juices into the pan, which adds a lot of flavour to the dish. Add the onion to the pan, and cook gently until soft, then add the garlic and fry for a further 2–3 minutes. Add the red peppers, chillies and smoked paprika, cook for another 2–3 minutes. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and pour in the stock. Simmer gently for 20–25 minutes until the chicken is tender.

4.Add the rice to the pan, cover with the lid and put into the preheated oven. Cook for 30 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Alternatively, if using a paella pan which won’t fit in the oven, cover tightly with foil and continue cooking on the stove over a low heat for the same cooking time. If using mussels or clams, add them to the pan for the final 20 minutes cooking time. Discard any shells that remain closed after cooking. Check the chicken is cooked by piercing the thickest part of a piece with a skewer – if the juices run clear the chicken is cooked.

5.Sprinkle with parsley before bringing the pan to the table. Let your guests help themselves.

Top recipe tip
Try to use good-quality paprika as this will deliver the best flavour in the finished paella.

Wine recommendation
A Spanish red, such as Rioja, complements the bold smoky paprika and chorizo flavours in this dish.

There's plenty to choose from, try some of ours on the tasting counter!!!!

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em!Date published: 22/03/11

Sunday 3rd April is Mothering Sunday, and I for one owe my mum a debt of gratitude! Even now (aged 30!) I can still take my washing home and she'll have it clean and fresh for me in no time!

For this and a thousand other reasons, I'm going to treat her to a nice Sunday lunch and a couple of bottles of really nice fizz as a small way of saying thanks.

It is a stroke of good fortune that one of our family favourites has just come on offer! Louis Roederer NV is on Special Offer at just £28. This isn't just a family favourite of ours, it is also a huge Majestic favourite! Rich and opulent in style, if has glorious yeasty and nutty undertones, a fine mousse and a lingering finish. If, like me, you're planning on treating the Mum in your life to a bottle of something nice, then I heartily recommend it!

So as not to ruin the day, I'll let my sister do the cooking and I'll provide the wine! I'm sure the Roederer will go down a treat, and if there's any left over I'm sure it won't go to waste on Easter Sunday in a few weeks time!

With age comes wisdom...Date published: 20/03/11

The older I get, the more impatient I become. Along with an occasional touch of road-rage, a few more grey hairs and several snapped golf-clubs this has also led to me opening a few bottles of fine wine a bit sooner than I had planned when I originally bought them. Great Clarets, Brunello's, Barolo's and Grand Cru Chablis are just a few styles of wine that will be at their best if you just give them a bit of time.

It's a horrible feeling when you un-cork a wine that has cost as much as a new pitching-wedge, only to discover that it really could have done with a few more years to really develop into the finished article. Opening a 2005 Barolo today would be such an occasion. A bit premature. Give it a few more years and you will be drinking undoubtedly one of the world's great wines.

As well as impatience, I'd like to think I've also gained a little wisdom too, and that is how I've come to reach a couple of decisions about my wine-buying habits. The first it that if I'm going to take collecting fine-wine seriously I will have to seek professional help (not for my anger-management issues before you ask...). This is where Majestic's partner Lay & Wheeler's Fine Wine Plan comes in. A monthly investment from £50+ will mean some of my hard earned cash can be invested in some great wines that can be stored in a warehouse, well away from my impulsive hands. But more on this in my next article where I will explain the plan and its many benefits in greater detail!

The second decision I've made is that I'm going to stop buying top-drawer wines and leaving them to stew in the wine-rack in my kitchen, rather I'm going to buy slightly lesser wines that are made for drinking younger. A classic example would be to leave that Barolo well alone and try a Barbaresco instead!

Barbaresco is a village in the Piedmonte region in north-west Italy and it's wines are made from indiginous Nebbiolo, just like its more famous neighbour Barolo. Barbaresco tends to be slightly lighter in style in part due to the fact that it is further east than Barolo and therefore has more of a maritime influence. It also released when younger than Barolo and doesn't tend to age as well but it does share many of the same characteristics.

You get the same high acidity and tannins as you get in Barolo, and the same dark-cherry fruit with a hint of the classic tar and rose petals in the background. An excellent example of the style is our very own De Forville Barbaresco 2007 (£12.99 down from £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles). At half the price of a decent Barolo you're getting an excellent wine that is ready to drink as soon as you get it home. And I'd heartily recommend you try it with a fillet steak in a porcini mushroom sauce. The earthiness of the mushrooms compliments the background notes in the wine superbly!

So I'll be buying a case of fine Barolo and leaving it in storage, ready to be drunk when it was intended to be drunk – in several years time. Whilst I'm waiting, I'll gladly make-do with its younger sibling Barbaresco and there won't be any regrets or temper tantrums, just great wine and a happy feeling about the money I've just saved!
 

Wines Of Portugal on Taste!Date published: 17/03/11

This Friday will see the start of our Wines Of Portugal Tasting Weekend! We'll have a variety of wines available for you to taste all day everyday! A personal favourite is the delightfully crisp Quinta De Azevedo Vino Verdo - a refreshing white from the north of the country.

Whilst Portugal is probably more famous for other exports such as Taylor's LBV and Cristiano Ronaldo, they really do deserve more recognition for their table wines. For the money Real Madrid paid for Ronaldo, they could instead have bought eight million bottles of Altano Douro 2009 by Symington Estates! I'm sure the fans at the Bernebeu would quite happily have watched their team whilst quaffing away on a cracking bottle of Organic red wine (each, for about ten seasons!)

So head on down to Majestic Bangor and raise a glass to the wines of Portugal with us, we'll look forward to seeing you!

Recipe For The WeekendDate published: 03/03/11

Cafe De Paris Butter
With Welsh Black and a Stunning Malbec!

To kick off our Wines Of Argentina Tasting Week, I've decided to share with you one of my all-time favourite recipes. It's nothing complicated and won't require an arsenal of pans, blenders, blow-torches and whisks. It will however, bring out the best in one of Wales' greatest exports, Welsh Black Beef.

Combine the following list of ingredients in a mixing bowl, and leave for 2-3 hours to let the flavours incorporate...

1kg soft unsalted butter, 60g tomato ketchup, 25g Dijon mustard, 125g French shallots, finely diced, 50g curly leaf parsley, finely chopped, 50g chives, finely chopped, 5g each of dried marjoram and dill, 5g thyme leaves, lightly chopped, 10 tarragon leaves, lightly chopped, pinch of ground dried rosemary, 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped, 1tbs each of brandy and Madeira, 1tsp Worcestershire sauce, ½tsp sweet paprika, ½tsp curry powder, Pinch of cayenne pepper, black peppercorns, finely ground, Juice of half a  lemon, Finely grated rind of ¼ orange, 1 tbs ground sea salt.

...then roll the butter up tightly in cling-film in a tube shape roughly 1.5 inches in diameter and freeze. You can keep it in your deep-freeze and use it as and when you like. Just cut a slice off and let it melt over a char-grilled Sirloin of Welsh Black and serve with fine beans and crushed new potatoes.

The Argentines know a thing or two about beef themselves, and whilst they've got nothing that can match our Welsh Black, they've made the wine-match their forte...

Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec from Lujon De Cuyo in Mendoza is the flagship wine of Domaine Vistalba. One of my favourite wines it is the ultimate balance of power and elegance. Intense black cherry and blackcurrant fruits are lifted by notes of violet, fennel and liquorice. The palate is soft and rich with silky tannins and layers of smoky oak and rich fruit.

At £13.99, this International Wine Challenge award-winner is not cheap, but it certainly represents excellent value for money. Very rarely do you find wines of this class at less than £20, so why not treat yourself to a bottle and serve it with Welsh Black Sirloin and my favourite Cafe De Paris butter!

And Now for Something Completely DifferentDate published: 21/02/11

Fancy trying something new, something fresh and exciting??

Well why not try one of our Argentinean Torrontes whites. Never heard of it you say?

Well your in for a treat. Torrontes is one of the most aromatic white wines I have come across. Rich in peach, blossom, elderflower and dare I say it maybe even lychee aroma's! But don't let the nose fool you this wine is as dry as they come.

On the palate there's vivid citrus flavours, lychee's, crunchy apple, elderflower, peach and even a slight herbyness. All finished off with a punchy bit of acidity.

This wine makes a great aperitif or can be matched with spicy foods.

Either way I love it and think you will to!

And best of all there are several to choose from!

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