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T: 020 7819 9796
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Monday 10am - 8pm
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Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
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Sunday 10am - 5pm
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Store Address
The Bridge
334 Queenstown Road
London
SW8 4LZ
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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  • Free tasting every day
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Store News(1,227)

Wine eventDate published: 19/10/14

Just announced we are running another Free Wine Course on Wednesday 22nd October.

Come down to have a great informal evening where we go through and taste 8 different wines teaching you along the way on how the wine is made. Towards the end we will have a little food and wine matching.

Call us on 02078199796 to book your place

or

Email at bat@Majestic.co.uk



KANONKOP CABERNETDate published: 19/10/14

Fancy a little treat?

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 

Kanonkop is one of the top estates in South Africa. Situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, the vineyards enjoy both a maritime climate and vines with an average age of 26 years. The soil is predominantly red granite.

Deep ruby colour, a full bodied wine with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours, with well-defined, chewy blackcurrant fruit and a balanced tannic structure leading to a long and dry finish.

This wine favours rich meat dishes and cheeses and will reward a further 5 years of bottle maturation.

Currently £22.00 a bottle when you buy any 2 fine wines*, single bottle price £27.00


bOTTLE SHAPESDate published: 19/10/14

Bottle Shapes, Sizes and Colours

You can't fail to notice that wine bottles come in a variety of shapes and colours.

Shape: European wine regions have a particular shaped bottle to correspond to certain grapes and blends to make them more identifiable. The New World has followed suit and placed their wines in the same shaped bottles. For example a classic Bordeaux bottle is straight sided with squarish shoulders and Chilean Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon also come in those bottles. Loire and Burgundy bottles are wide bottomed with gently sloping shoulders, as are the bottles for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Colour: In Germany, Rhine wines are sold in brown glass bottles and Mosel wines come in green. White Bordeaux bottles are clear where as red Bordeaux are green.

Size: A variety of wines are available in different sized bottles (other than the standard 75cl). The actual size and name depends on the area so for simplicity we will look at the Champagne nomenclature. 

Quarter bottles are called Picolo and half bottles are called Filette or Demi.

Magnum = 2 bottles

Jeroboam = 4 bottles (the name comes from Jeroboam I who founded the Northern Kingdom of Isreal)

Rehoboam = 6 bottles (Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon 922-915BC) 

Methuselah = 8 bottles (The grandfather of Noah)

Salmanazar = 12 bottles (thought to be a derivitive of Shalmanesar III)

Balthazar = 16 bottles (One of the 3 wise men)

Nebuchadnezzar = 20 bottles (Babylonian king around 630BC)

Melchior = 24 bottles (one of the wise men who brought frankincense)


BotrytisDate published: 19/10/14

Known as botrytis bunch rot is a fungal vine disease that can either have a negative impact on both yield and quality of the wine or a positive impact  on quality and style. If the fungus affects almost ripe, damaged grapes (typically in humid weather ) it is called 'Grey Rot' and it is no good for wine production. However if it affects ripe, healthy, whole grapes and the weather conditions are favourable it develops into a form called 'Noble Rot'. This usually occurs around large bodies of water where morning mists provide perfect conditions for the rot to form, eat away at the grapes so that they become shriveled and raisin-like, concentrating both the sugars and flavours. Noble Rot is responsible for some of the world's finest sweet wines. Typically described as honeyed and complex, you can buy some of these divine wines at Majestic. It is worth trying: The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (New Zealand),  The Noble One Semillion 2007 (Australia), Clos l'Abeilley Sauternes (France) and Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos (Hungary)

Barolo Date published: 19/10/14

arolo DOCG is one of the most reputable of all wines and is made solely from the Nebbiolo grape. By law, all Barolo's must be aged for a minimum of 3 years before release of which 18 must be in oak.

There are 5 principal Barolo communes which are important to be divided as the area has 2 distinct soil types that can produce very different styles . The blue tinted soils Tortonian soil is found in La Morra and Barolo itself. These produce softer fruiter styles that are better to drink younger as they have an early maturing style. The beiger Helvetian soils in Monforte and Serralunga make a more robust well integrated style that takes longer to mature.  Many producers today are putting these commune names on the bottle to define there wines more easily.

As a result of these soils and grapes working together you find hints of plummy fruit, sour cherry, raspberry, firm earthy tannins and hints of damson to follow. Usually these wines can be laid down and will benefit from ageing but they are still great drinking now. Try with venison steaks. 


Vueve CliquotDate published: 19/10/14

VEUVE CLICQUOT Brut Nv

If you haven't already heard, Veauve Cliquot is one of the most famous champagne houses in France, with its famous yellow label it is sure to be a winner at any celebration or party. 

The Facts:

In 1772, Philippe Clicquot-Muiron established the original enterprise which in time became the house of Veuve Clicquot. His son, François Clicquot, married Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1798. François Clicquot died in 1805, leaving his widow (veuvein French) in control of a company variously involved in banking, wool trading, and Champagne production. Under Madame Clicquot's guidance the firm focused entirely on the latter, to great success

The Grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 

The Taste: 

Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. 

Staff Review:

"A lively champagne with lots of apple and citrus. Bags of flavour intensity and big bubbles" Oliver

The great thing is you can mix and match this with any other wines in the 33% off promotion, so why not treat yourself to one this weekend?

Wine terminologyDate published: 19/10/14

Understanding Wine Terminology...

Clarity: This refers to the appearance of the wine. To ascertain this, tilt the glass against a pale surface. If the wine is hazy or cloudy this is evidence of a fault in the wine.

Intensity: Intensity of colour varies greatly – and not just from red to white! Intensity spans from water-white through pale, medium, deep, and opaque. Colours also vary; In white wine through lemon-green, lemon, gold, amber, and brown and in reds through purple, ruby, garnet, tawny and brown. Usually the farther the wine is down the scale the older it is.

Legs: If you swirl the wine in the glass you will often see “legs” or “tears” appear as the liquid settles down the sides. Heavier or thicker legs indicate higher alcohol or sugar.

Development: The development of a wine can be assessed by noting the progression from primary and secondary to tertiary characteristics:

Primary: Fruity or floral characteristics obvious in young wines.

Secondary: Characteristics that result from treatment at the winery, such as oak aging e.g. buttery or yeasty notes.

Tertiary: These result during the aging process and are any characteristics that are not immediately fruity or floral, e.g. Leather, coffee, mushrooms, toast etc.

Sweetness: Many people confuse sweetness with fruitiness. Sweetness refers to the amount of residual sugar present in a wine, which can be detected by dipping the very tip of the tongue in (not elegant – but effective!)

Acidity: This can be detected with the inside of the cheeks after swilling the wine around your mouth. The more acidic the wine the more the cheeks will “weep” and more saliva will be produced.

Tannin: Tannin is extracted from grape skins, stems and seeds and causes your mouth to dry and feel rough. It can most easily be detected by a “furry” sensation on the teeth and gums.

Body: Body refers to the weight of the wine – how heavy it feels in your mouth compared to other wines.

Length: How long the flavours remain after spitting or swallowing. This is also an excellent indication of quality – the longer the length, the better the wine (assuming the flavours are pleasant!)

Corked: Caused by a chemical known as TCA in faulty corks, this causes a wine to smell musty or mouldy, like wet cardboard. Small bits of cork in the wine do NOT mean the wine is corked, but that more care should be taken when opening!

Oxidised: The wine will be faded or browned in colour, and will lack freshness and fruitiness.


Moet & ChandonDate published: 19/10/14

The Moet & Chandon vintage 2006 is on a fantastic special offer, for a limited time only! Get down to your Battersea store to pick up a bottle for only £30 down from £50.

Hurry, only 7 left in stock. 

RiojaDate published: 18/10/14

This month at Majestic we've got plenty of Rioja's on our 'save 33%' offer and i'm going to share with you my top 3 picks!  I love Rioja, vibrant cherry flavours, sweet spice and the perfect match with my favourite meat...lamb, what's not to love!?

1) Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Muriel - A typical reserva, firm body and smoothly polished tannins, with subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits due to its time in both French and American oak.  My favourite at its current price of £7.33.

2) Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía - 2004 was an excellent year for wines from Rioja, the Eguia is a high quality Gran Reserva at an affordable price.  It's ruby red in colour with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather.  You can grab a bottle for just £8.99 this month!

3) Rioja Reserva 2008/2009 Berberana - Another Reserva this time, the Berberana is deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours.  It's round and full, well balanced, long and elegant.  This one is also a steal at just £7.33 a bottle!

All of these wines are included in our 'save 33%' offer, this means you can mix and match any of these wines and get them at their cheaper price as seen above, cheers!


Vasse felix ChardDate published: 18/10/14

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 

Just to let you know, Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay is the same Chardonnay we've always stocked, it has just been renamed.

So don't worry if this is a favourite of yours, it's quality hasn't changed!


Laurent - Perrier VintageDate published: 18/10/14

Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2004 Web Parcel is certainly selling like hot cakes!!

Laurent-Perrier Millésimé 2004 is available online in un-split 6 packs at £180, equivalent to £30 per bottle. This is a fantastic price for a very high quality vintage Champagne - 40% off the current single bottle price in store. No wonder we keep getting orders for it!

We will be distributing stock from the depot to cover web orders so it might take a week or two to arrive but it will be worth the wait! An excellent buy for Christmas gifts and drinking!!


vintagesDate published: 14/10/14

As more and more people get into wine their eagerness to find the best wine from a particular year becomes a more frequent question for us. We all have our favourite regions and know a fair amount about them but their are just some that even we don't know the answer to.

And so to help, our tasting counter now has various vintage guides from different sources to give you the best idea of whether that 2009 St-Emillion is better than the 2007 (long story short, it is). So if ever you need a little help with getting the right vintage feel free to browse our guides for an informed opinion. 


CellaringDate published: 14/10/14

Cellaring wine involves storing young wines until they are at a point where the optimum drinking pleasure can be achieved.

Some wines not only become more interesting with age but can actually require ageing to make them a pleasant drinking experience! The other reason to store young wines yourself for drinking at a later date, is the scarcity of mature wines to be had at a price you'd want to pay. Buy them when they are young at a cheaper price and you just have to wait for the wines to mature.

Medium to high quality wines can benefit from ageing but cheap wines will simply deteriorate. The choice of wine therefore is vital. Also pick wine styles you like! No good having mature wine you don't want to drink. The grape varieties that can age best are (reds) Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and (whites) Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon.

For regions, it is safest to stick to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Chablis, Sauternes and the top Piedmont, Super-Tuscans, Mosel, Californian and Australian wines.

Really there are only two places to store your wine; either in a wine warehouse (either with the merchant from whom you bought it or another warehouse) or at home. Wherever the wine is stored, it should be on its side, lying down; at a steady temperature between 8 - 13°; in the dark and away from vibrations.

For more on buying wine en primeur and long-term storage why not pay a visit to the folks at Lay & Wheeler at www.laywheeler.com


New arrivalsDate published: 14/10/14

We have some fantastic new arrivals in store. Here is a few of them...

Reds:

Parrilla Malbec 2013, Mendoza £7.99 (Single Bottle £11.99)

Grape variety: Malbec. This wine is made by Bodegas Fabre, makers of the original single-varietal Argentine Malbecs, and is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish.

Pair with juicy steaks or sausages 'a la parrilla', or straight off the grill.

Château Moulin Lafitte 2011 Bordeaux, £7.49 (Single bottle £11.99)

Grape Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

A blend made up of approximately one-third of each of its constituent grape varieties, the excellent value Moulin Lafitte is a well balanced claret with a middleweight structure. Matured in tank for around 10 months before bottling.

Lively and fruit-forward, this is an approachable and well-weighted red wine with ample red and black berry character, pleasingly mature tannins and a gently savoury streak.

Drink with all manner of red or white meat dishes, or a selection of cheeses, now or over the next 3-4 years.

San Huberto Malbec 2012 La Rioja, £7.99 (Single bottle £11.99)

Grape Malbec

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak.

Best enjoyed with red meats seasoned with mild aromatic spices and served with roasted vegetables.


Whites:

Lady Sauvignon 2014 Casablanca Valley, £6.66 (Single bottle £9.99) 

Grape Sauvignon Blanc

Casablanca Valley is thought of as Chile's first cool-climate wine region. Its first vineyards were planted in the mid-1980s and quickly established a reputation for producing crisp, focused white wines, owing to the cooling effects of maritime fog and sea breezes.

Lithe and lively Sauvignon Blanc that showcases Casablanca's trademark style. Invigorating tropical fruit aromas and herbaceous notes are set against a backdrop of tangy, refreshing citrus.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with fresh seafood.


Sparkling:

Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV £6.66 (Single bottle £9.99)

Grape Prosecco

A superb value Prosecco made by the Pizzolo family, one of the north of Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

Apple and pear flavours predominate, which subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.

Enjoy on its own or with anything from seafood to simple chicken dishes.


Kyle xmas pickDate published: 14/10/14

As we edge closer to Christmas, I am sure many of you will be thinking about what wines to pick for the festivities.  Not everyone can afford to drink fine wine all of the time but if there is one time of year to push the boat out and spend a few more pounds then Christmas is certainly that time!

I'm a huge fan of big, bold, spicy red wines and one that will certainly be on my table this Christmas is the Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012 from Two Hands.

Two Hands are dedicated to showcasing the wide range of styles available from Barossa's many and varied plots. This example is sourced from a number of parcels of mature, gnarly Shiraz vines, and aged in a mixture of new and old French oak hogsheads for 12 months.  It's got everything you want from an Aussie Shiraz, lots of dark fruit, sweet spice and a good punch of alcohol, a real blockbuster in my eyes!

Although it is a fine wine, I still feel it is excellent value for money at just £18 when you purchase any other bottle on the 'buy two save £10' offer.


spainDate published: 14/10/14

Span provides a varied range of wines. Here are some of the main appelations:

Rias Baixas - Southern Galicia 

Toro - Castile and Leon - Numanthia = best know wine in Toro

Bierzo - Castile and Leon

Ribera Del Duero - Castile and Leon

Rioja - Rioja

Navarra - Navarra

Priorat - Catalonia

Jerez - Andalusia


New Ale!Date published: 13/10/14

Proper Job, St Austell, Cornwall

£24 per case of 12 when buying 2 or more cases of bottled ale

Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA

with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend

of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette

for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for

a classic IPA. Stylistically I would put this somewhere

between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave

American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by

CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013. 

Keep an eye out for more interesting guest ales at Majestic from all over the UK!


Pinot Grigio fan? Then check this deal out!Date published: 13/10/14

We have a number of two week specials on at the moment, and included in that is the Serena Pinot Grigio 2013 from Banfi!  This one is popular in the store and is my favourite Pinot Grigio under £10

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body.

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.

£9.99 or £6.66 in our buy two save 33% deal!

New Wine!Date published: 13/10/14

Bricchetto Sangiovese and Trebbiano

The Bricchetto wines come from a large, quality minded cooperative in the central Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Comprised of fifteen smaller wineries, it is one of the most awarded companies in Italy. Over 85% of their wines are at IGT level or above which is quite a feat given their scale. It is precisely because of this scale that we are able to buy at such good prices - both wines really do deliver at their modest £4.99 price points and represent excellent value for money.

Bricchetto Sangiovese - this is lovely bright, varietally pure Sangiovese. Typically red cherry on the nose, it is fruity and balanced on the palate with just the right amount of tannin.

 Bricchetto Trebbiano - this has a delicate, fresh fruity nose and a soft citrusy palate. Made without any oak it is crisp and clean and very drinkable.


Dry Sherry StylesDate published: 13/10/14

As I mentioned previously, Sherry can differ significantly from one to another depending on the grape used as well as the maturation process it undergoes.

Dry Sherry often comes in two main styles, Fino and Oloroso.  

Fino is typically pale in colour, fresh and has a pronounced aroma of almonds, herbs and dough.  This is because it has undergone 'biological maturation' whereby a layer of Flor (yeast strands) develops and is maintained throughout the maturation process.  This prevents any oxidative effects and so leads to a fresher, lighter style of wine which should be drunk while young.

Conversely, Oloroso is aged oxidatively, this means that the flor is killed off by fortification and the wine is left to develop in the presence of oxygen.  This leads to a wine much deeper in colour and flavour, it has a more intense nose of walnuts, toffee, leather and spice.  Amontillado is a variety that falls in the middle of Fino and Oloroso, it's essentially a Fino Sherry that has been refortified to kill off the flor.  It then undergoes oxidative maturation which leads to a wine that is amber in colour with aromas of hazelnut along with some of the yeasty aromas from its days as a Fino wine, a nice middle ground!

I like to use this guide to compare the aromas and flavours of Sherry:

Fino = Almond

Amontillado = Hazelnut

Oloroso = Walnut

Why not give Sherry a go?


Sherries 101Date published: 13/10/14

When people think of Sherry, they often picture an old individual, sat by the fire and doing some knitting whilst sipping a glass of Sherry.  Whilst this is sometimes the case, I urge you to put your preconceptions to one side and give Sherry a chance if you have not tried it before, there is lots of variety!

Sherry is a wine style that is defined by its process of maturation.  Sherry differs from other popular fortified wines such as Port because it is fortified after fermentation has taken place, whereas Port is fortified during fermentation leading to residual sweetness.

Sherries go through a unique maturation process know as the 'Solera' system.  The system is made up of a number of levels (Criaderas) of butts which hold wines of different ages.  Young wine is poured in to the top and gradually works its way down the levels until it is ready to be bottled.  The Solera is never fully emptied, it is a very gradual process which means many of the wines end up being blended together, this ensures a consistency of flavour from the producer.

ZiinfandelDate published: 08/10/14

At Majestic Battersea, we have decided to do a series of articles on the many different grape varieties around the world. Hopefully this will be a useful guide when choosing your wine with us. 

I am going to start with my favourite grape variety, that of Zinfandel. 

Zinfandel is regarded as California's signature grape variety although its DNA is idential to that of Primitivo (commonly found in Southern Italy) and Crljenak Kastelanski (commonly found in Croatia). 

As a grape variety, Zinfandel tends to ripen quite unevenly, therefore as some of the grapes have ripened, others have started to raisinate. This leads to a complex style of wine, full of strong red berry flavours with high levels of alcohol and a large amount of residual sugar. 

One of the best Zinfandels we do in store is from Ravenswood and comes in at £8.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.


ReservaDate published: 07/10/14

Reserva - Term used in both Spain to distinguish wines from a good vintage. 

In Spain, a Red wine labelled as Reserva will have had at least 3 years aging. at least a year of it but have been in oak cast. The wine must not be released until after the forth year of harvest. A white wine labelled as Reserva will have had to age in cast and bottle for a total of at least 2 years; 6 months of which must have been spent in oak.


Parcel Deals. Date published: 07/10/14

This week we've got an absolute cracker from Australia which is also a new wine to the company:

Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley

Origin: A special parcel selected by our Buyer, made by a dynamic collective of young winemakers based in the outskirts of Adelaide. Several vineyard plots are harvested and fermented individually, before careful blending and maturation for 10 months in French and American oak.

Taste: Bright and vibrantly fruity with good concentration, enhanced by lifted spicy aromas, and subtle hints of forest floor and tapenade-like savoury notes.

It's a perfect match for any type of grilled meats, particularly beef, lamb or venison.

Best of all, it's currently just £6.66 when you buy any other wine on the 'save 33%' promotion, come in and give it a try!


Champagne dealsDate published: 07/10/14

The start of a new month sees the start of lots of new, tasty offers.  Here are some Champagnes that we currently have on brilliant deals:

Pol Roger NV - £33.31, saving 33%!

Bollinger Special Cuvee - £33.31, saving 33%! 

Taittinger Brut NV - £27.99, saving 33%

Nicolas Feuillate 2006 - £19.99, saving 33%

As all of these Champagnes are included in our 'save 33%' promotion and so you can mix and match with any wines on this promotion (including still wine) and still get the best price!


Bordeaux VintageDate published: 07/10/14

Bordeaux Vintages: 

2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some under ripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb. 

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully.However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets. 

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc. 

Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995


Parilla MalbecDate published: 07/10/14

Malbec is quickly becoming one of my favourite grape varieties and few do it better than the Argentinians!  This Malbec is new to the company and we've just cracked it open on the tasting counter for you all to try!

Parrilla Malbec 2013 Viñalba, Mendoza.

We already have a number of wines from the Vinalba series here at Majestic, and this is their latest creation. The wine is made by Bodegas Fabre, makers of the original single-varietal Argentine Malbecs, and is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

Taste: A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish.  Like any good Argentinian Malbec it's just a perfect match for a beef steak fresh off the grill!

Best of all, it's currently part of our 'save 33%' promotion which means you can grab a bottle for just £7.99 (normally £11.99) when you buy any other wine on the same promotion!

Pop in and give it a try!


Pilsner UrquellDate published: 07/10/14

Yes you heard correct, Pilsner Urquell is currently just £1 a bottle this month!

The original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style and is an absolute bargain at such a price.  So, if you're planning/attending a party or simply just enjoy a good beer, be sure to give us a call and order or drop in store to grab some for yourself!


CompetitionDate published: 07/10/14

Everyone loves a competition, especially one where you can win wine!!

The new Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc wines come from Awatere (pronounced Aw-wah-tree), the most southern grape-growing region in Marlborough. 

The climate is cooler and dryer, so fruit can hang for longer. This results in wine that is highly aromatic, and intensely flavoured. To celebrate its new arrival at Majestic we've got five cases to give away on the blog. 

Enter the competition here:> http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away


EinstockDate published: 07/10/14

With Majestic's range of craft beers growing we are starting to see some really exciting new beers being introduced to the range. 

All the way from Iceland.... we introduce to you.... Einstök 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.

£12.99 Single Pack Price

£9.99 Buy 2 packs save £6


MontepulcianoDate published: 07/10/14

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Poggio Civetta

This wine comes from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family, located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Chieti.

This wine is a medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.

In the summer selection at £6.66!!! An absolute steal at that price and will certainly please the people at your next party!


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SpiritsDate published: 29/09/14

You can now get some of our spirits on our 33% mix and match deal!

TrebuchetDate published: 29/09/14

Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013 Western Cape

Made by Journey's End winery; a small vineyard estate rennovated, expanded and extensively replanted under the ownership of Shropshire born wine impresario Roger Gabb.

Named to commemorate the recent installation of a working 60ft Shropshire-built Trebuchet at the estate, to serve as a showpiece and celebrate ancient knowledge and modern technology.

A refreshing take on Chardonnay, with a youthful nose of limes and tropical fruit. The palate is very fresh with a touch of spritz, and a gently rounded mouth-feel with a crisp finish. Deliciously easy-drinking.

Drink with: A great match to a classic chicken caeser salad.

£9.99

Or buy any two wines from our 33.3% off range

£6.66


MontepulcianoDate published: 29/09/14

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Poggio Civetta

This wine comes from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family, located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Chieti, which local legend claims was founded by Achilles in 1181 BC.

A ripe and approachable, medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.

Drink with Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, or pasta and ragu.

Buy one bottle (as part of your mixed case of 6) = £9.99

Or buy at least two bottles from our 33.3% off range = £6.66


New ArrivalDate published: 29/09/14

Plage du Sud Alicante 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

Alicante Bouchet, to give it its full French name, is notable for being one of the few red grapes that has red flesh as well as red skin. It produces richly coloured yet soft wines, and this example has been blended with Syrah for added complexity and structure.

Deep, dense cherry red wine offering a lush, juicy palate of ripe red berry flavours with a rounded, mouth-filling texture. Subtle aromas of violets, vanilla and pepper.

Great partner for pizza and roasted vegetables.


Parcel seriesDate published: 29/09/14

The Parcel Series Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2012 Western Cape

Exclusive to Majestic, the grapes for Parcel Series wines are sourced at low cost from famous and well-reputed wineries. This wine comes from a multi-award winning, organically farmed estate in the Western Cape of South Africa.

A blend of traditional Bordeaux grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and just a touch of Cabernet Franc - the grapes are hand harvested, fermented in traditional open tanks, then matured for 18 months in French & American oak.

A typical Cabernet nose of rich cassis & bramble alongside black cherry notes. The flavours carry on to the palate which is rich with smooth tannins.

Drink with: A slow cooked beef stew with herb dumplings.

£9.99

Or buy any two wines on our 33.3% deal

£6.66


cellar circleDate published: 29/09/14

If you love fine wine and have been waiting for the right time to start your own collection, listen up! The launch of 'Cellar Circle' has started today and it is the perfect time to join and begin your own wine cellar. 

With the experts at our sister company Lay & Wheeler, this is no longer the daunting task that it may seem. All you do is pay a chosen amount once a month and your wine will be stored in bond until you need it - the more you spend, the faster your cellar will grow!

How you choose your wines can be done in three ways:

1) You're in charge: You have full control and chose wines from an extensive list, with the Cellar Circle team on hand should you need them

2) Guided choices: Choose your wines with help and guidance from your personal wine advisor, who will help you decide with your favourites in mind. This gives a fully bespoke and individual experience

3) Putting us in control: Based on a combination of your tastes, and their expert knowledge, the team will select wines on your behalf. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy!

So far so good, but there are extra benefits too!

1) 10% discount on your purchases at Majestic (we don't expect you to tuck in to your cellar everyday!)

2) Free delivery of your wine to your local Majestic, for collection at your convenience, when you wish to take it out of bond

3) Free storage for the first year, at our bonded warehouse, Vinotequ


Soffio no.3Date published: 29/09/14

Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV

A superb value Prosecco made by the Pizzolo family, one of the north of Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

Apple and pear flavours predominate, which subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.

Enjoy: On its own or with anything from seafood to simple chicken dishes.

Usually £9.99 or buy 2 save 33.3%


Paulaner octoberfestDate published: 29/09/14

Paulaner Oktoberfestbier is a seasonal beer brewed in tribute to the world's biggest funfair held annually in Munich. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") opens the Oktoberfest. The Mayor then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria.

To celebrate this famous festival from the comfort of your own home, why not pick up a case of Paulaner Oktoberfestbier 20 x 500ml for £40 - Beifall!


OakDate published: 29/09/14

Oak is often used in both red and white wines primarily to add tannin, which add structure and increase the complexity of the flavours and textures of the wine. Most oak vessels used are made from either European Oak or American Oak. European oak is more expensive than American oak as the wood must be split to produce the staves, whereas the American oak can simply be sawed. European Oak is more porous and so sawing this wood would produce leaky barrels. New barrels are very expensive and give very potent flavours, whereas 2nd/3rd/4th fill barrels or older are used when more subtlety is required. 

European Oak tends to give hints of toast and nutty flavours with fine grained tannins.

American Oak tends to give sweet vanilla and coconut flavours, and sawing the wood releases more aroma and flavours so it is more intense than its European counterpa


Rioja ageingDate published: 29/09/14

Many Spanish red wines, particularly those from Northern Spain and regions such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero benefit from some degree of ageing.  Here's a quick guide to the different ageing categories:

Joven - These wines may or may not have spent some time in oak before being bottled in the year following the vintage, for immediate release. 

Crianza - To qualify, red wines must be aged for a minimum of 2 years, with 6 months of that being spent in oak.  The short ageing time means these retain plenty of fresh fruit flavours with some hints of spice.

Reserva - These are generally wines from selected vats of the better vintages.  Wines must be aged for at least 3 years, with at least 1 year in oak and the rest in bottle.  Reserva wines tend to display more dried fruit flavours and sweet spice but still maintain some fresh fruit flavours.

Gran Reserva - These wines are only produced in exceptional vintages.  To qualify, wines must be aged for at least 5 years, with at least 18 months spent in oak and the rest in bottle.  Gran Reserva wines tend to display dried fruit, raison like flavours along with plenty of sweet spice and tertiary characteristics such as smoke and leather.  

You can see the effect of the ageing process before tasting it, just look at the difference in colour between a Crianza and a Gran Reserva, the Crianza should be Ruby or bordering purple, whereas the Gran Reserva should be almost Garnet in colour!


zINFANDELDate published: 29/09/14

Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) is a black skinned grape variety grown predominantly in the region of California.  Primitivo is commonly grown in the Italian region of Puglia and was introduced there during the 18th century.  The grape then found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, and became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name of uncertain origin.

Zinfandel typically creates a full bodied, robust red wine but is also used to make Rose wine which is hugely popular in the US.  Zinfandel's thin-skinned grapes grow in large, tight bunches that are sometimes prone to bunch rot. The fruit ripen fairly early and produce juice with high sugar levels, this is why it is common to find Californian Zinfandels at 15% ABV+, they make big wines!

The flavours in Zinfandel tend to be dominated by dark fruit, plums, blackcurrants and bramble fruits are often found along with sweet spice if the wine has been exposed to american oak.  Zinfandel is quickly becoming one of my favourite grape varieties and here are a few we stock here at Majestic;

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 - Currently £8.99, saving 25%

Surani Costarossa 2012 Primitivo di Manduria - Currently £8.24, saving 25%

These are my two favourites, two big bold red wines with bags of flavour and at a very reasonable price!


Lamb shank matchDate published: 29/09/14

As we head in to autumn, it's time to dust off the slow cooker and start whipping some hearty meals to warm you up! Slow cooked lamb shank is a winner every time, throw it in the slow cooker with plenty of root veg, red wine and herbs and simply let time do the rest.  You'll thank me when you come home from work to a house that smells of heaven!

I like to pair lamb with a Rioja, one that still has some fruitiness but has enough age to it to deliver a bit of sweet spice such as cinnamon and vanilla, these characteristics tend to bring out the sweetness in the meat, a perfect match!

Why not try the Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal, not only is it delicious but it's just£9.99 a bottle at the moment, saving 33%!


MatuaDate published: 29/09/14

Wine of the Week 

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

 It's fair to say there aren't many Marlbrough Sauvignon Blancs under £7 these days, but we have a little cracker for you to taste. It's open NOW!

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

ONLY £6.66

When you buy any two wines on 33% off.

Limited time only!

Try before you buy


Macon lugnyDate published: 29/09/14

Mâcon-Lugny 2013 Domaine des Terres Gentilles

This great quality white shows that there are still producers in Burgundy who offer superb value, even with small-volume production. This impressive wine comes from a family-owned domaine of only 50ha.

Nicely balanced, with crisp citrus fruit providing the backbone, and softer notes of green apples and aromas of white flowers adding welcoming delicacy and complexity. Ideal with poultry or grilled white fish.

Open to taste this weekend and a steal at just £7.99 as part of our save 33% offers this month!

#comeandexplore


MinhoDate published: 29/09/14

Minho

Formerly called Rios do Minho and located in Northwest Portugal, it was named after the river that runs through the region. The boundaries of the region are that same as the Vinho Verde DOC, most importantly the producers are allowed to mix other grape varieties into the blend. The wines from Minho can also have a higher alcohol level then Vinho Verde which is limited to 11.5% Alc.


Fish shellfishDate published: 29/09/14

Fish, shellfish and meat terrines should be partnered with a wine according to their main ingredient or flavour.  Most vegetable terrines go well with young, dry or off-dry, light-bodied, still, sparkling or aromatic white wines from the Loire, Alsace, Germany, Austria, northeastern Italy, New Zealand and England.

Sam Adams £1 a bottle!Date published: 29/09/14

Sam Adams £1 a bottle!

Great beer...great price! This is a classic American style, malty beer. Rich in taste and extremely good value for money. Highly recommended.

So come in and try a 24 pack for 24 quid!


Easy dinnerDate published: 29/09/14

The slow cooker/crock pot (whatever you wish to call it) is one of the best purchases I have ever made, hands down.  Not only does it make whipping up dinner incredibly simple and minimise washing up, it tends to make food taste that much better and really intensifies the flavours.  

Stews, casseroles, curries, chillies all work brilliantly and simply taste better and better the longer you cook them for, low and slow is the way!  BBQ Beef Brisket is one of my favourite slow cooker recipes, it's a cheap cut of meat, will easily feed a large family and tastes incredible!

Simply grab yourself a brisket from the butcher, pop it in the slow cooker and cover it in your favourite BBQ sauce or marinade, set it to its lowest setting and let time do the rest.  Getting this on before you go to work will give it a good 8 hours of cooking time, this will mean you come home to meat that will simply fall apart and a house that smells of the deep Southern states of the US.

Try this with one of our craft beers we stock here at Majestic, one of my favourites is the Anchor Steam, you can currently grab a pack of 6 for just £9.99.

Give this recipe a whirl next time your stuck for time!


spanish tastingDate published: 29/09/14

Join us in store between the 10th and the 16th of October where we will have a selection of wines from Spain open to taste on the tasting counter.

Wine developmentDate published: 29/09/14

The world of wine is vast, some wines are designed to be aged, some to be drunk right now, the ageing process causes all sorts changes in a wine and determines the types of aromas and tastes you may identify.

Primary: Primary aromas are fruity and floral aromas from the grapes.  These are generally the aromas that distinguish one grape variety from another while the wine is young.  Examples are citrus fruit, bramble fruit, red cherry etc.

Secondary: Secondary aromas arise due to production processes that occur in the winery.  The most common of these aromas come from oak, American oak typically leads to vanilla and sweet spice aromas.  Yeasty and biscuity aromas are commonly found in vintage Champagne, this is due to its time in contact with the lees (yeast cells).

Tertiary: Tertiary aromas have their origin in ageing processes.  The ageing process could be oxidative (caused by action of oxygen), which tends to occur after a wine has spent a long time in oak.  Good examples are Gran Reservas from Rioja or may red wines from Bordeaux, this wines tend to be aged for a significant length of time.  Because of this they display aromas like leather, coffee, caramel and chocolate.

The ageing process can completely change the way in which a wine smells and tastes, if you've tried a mature wine before then give one a try!


Ugni blancDate published: 29/09/14

The primary grape variety in Cognac, Ugni Blanc, is grown in Italy where it is called Trebbiano

mazueloDate published: 29/09/14

The grape variety Mazuelo, which can be found in some Riojas, is called Carignan in France

prossecoDate published: 29/09/14

Both light and refreshing, it's easy to see why Prosecco has become the party wine of choice.

Hurry! Offer ends 3pm 29 Sept

La Marca Cuvee Conegliano - £9.99

La Marca Treviso - £8.66

Rivamonte and Zonin both £6.66


serviceDate published: 29/09/14

Friendly Knowledgeable staff

Free delivery

Free parking

Wine Events

Party service - Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket service!


San HubertoDate published: 29/09/14

Today, we shall be cracking open a brand new wine! 

San Huberto Malbec 2012 Mendoza

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.


An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak.


Best enjoyed with red meats seasoned with mild aromatic spices and served with roasted vegetables.

It's only £7.99 when you buy any two wines on 33% off as part of your mixed case!


Alamos Malbec - Only £5.99Date published: 29/09/14

alamos 5.99

DolcettoDate published: 29/09/14

This lesser-known grape is cultivated in Piedmont, Northwest Italy; the most common grapes of the region being Barbera and Nebbiolo for the black grapes and Moscato for the white. The grape produces an early maturing wine which is fresh and bursting with soft, easy-drinking fruit.

There are certain appelations within the region, such as Dolcetto d'Alba DOC. This is arguably where the best Dolcetto in Piedmont comes from. The wine is clear and bright ruby in colour, with an expressive nose of youthful fruits. The palate is comprised mainly of rich, dark cherries and liquorice and a fresh finish.


Spanish reds under 10Date published: 29/09/14

MO Monastrell 2012 Alicante - 

The Sierra Salinas winery was founded in 2000 in Villena, in the DO of Alicante, to make modern wines mainly from traditional indigenous grapes. In this case Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Monastrell (Mourvèdre) are used. 

Deep violet-tinged crimson, this wine offers a pleasing balance between youthful vigour and polished maturity. Bramble and cherry combine with lightly savoury spice and balsamic flavours.

A great match for Mediterranean cuisine. 

Finca Resalso 2013 Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero - 

Finca Resalso is a collection of vineyards ranging from 5 - 15 years of age; the youngest vines in the Emilio Moro estate. The wine is a lighter alternative to their signature wine, still of 100% 'Tinto Fino', having undergone less extraction and oak ageing.

Dominated by primary fruit character, combining ripe mulberry and cherry with forest fruit characters. Subtle notes of liquorice and spice add a hint of savoury depth.

Merguez, Chorizo and Jamón ibérico are all ideal pairings


ErathDate published: 29/09/14

This Cool-climate Pinot Noir from Oregon offers a great value alternative to Red Burgundy, after yet another devastating hale storm hit the region earlier this year.

Dick Erath planted his first Oregon vineyards in 1969, founding what has become one of the region's finest properties. In terms of climate and terrain, much of Oregon's vineyard area is said to bear a striking resemblance to Burgundy.

Refined, bright and fresh; this Pinot is enhanced by maturation in 25%-new French oak. This delivers a poised and fine-textured profile with red berries and subtly earthy notes on the nose and palate.

The producer recommends pairing this wine with peppery oriental food, but I think it would be just as comfortable alongside Boeuf Bourguignon.

Currently £17.00 (Buy 2 save £10 on selected fine wine and spirits)


LagunitasDate published: 29/09/14

he Lagunitas brewery has grown from one, free-spirited Californian making beer in his garage to the fourth largest craft brewery in the US. Such is the success of its flagship Indian Pale Ale that the acronym 'IPA' is almost synonymous with the Lagunitas brand in America.

This IPA is fresh, bold and hoppy and in our opinion, absolutely delicious. But be careful, it packs a (6.2%) punch....

Pick up a six-pack for just £10.99 when bought with another of our craft beers.

'Beer speaks, people mumble'


Parilla mALBECDate published: 29/09/14

33% off all Argentine Wines! This Weekend only!

Parrilla Malbec

£11.99 or buy any 2 save 33%

=£7.99

In celebration of our limited 33% discount on ALL of our Argentine range, our wine of the week this week is this new Malbec arrival.

True to the Malbec style, this had bags of deep, rich, concentrated fruit flavours. Think damson, bramble, blackcurrant. A little spicy lift makes it a more complex wine. Full bodied and an oh-so-smooth texture make it a winner.

Big wine demands big food so don't disappoint; enjoy this this weekend with chorizo and butterbean stew or perfect for the roast beef on Sunday!

Cheers!


Prosecco Party?Date published: 29/09/14

Prosecco is flying off our shelves at the moment and there's never a been a better time to buy! With a huge range and great discounts. 

Here are the pick of the bunch;

Soffio Prosecco £6.66 - A light, refreshing, all round, party pleasing Prosecco.

La Marca Conegliano - £9.99  -  An elegant and silky sparkle full of pear and white peach flavours. Dry, crisp and elegant. 


super tuscansDate published: 29/09/14

The second wine, Guidalberto, was introduced in 2000, and is composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 10% Sangiovese, and has an annual production of 150,000 bottles.

Guidalberto: This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years. £28 when you buy any 2 from our Fine wine selection

The most recent addition to the portfolio, Le Difese, is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese, with an annual production of 120,000 bottles.

Le Difese: "This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate. £16.00 when you buy any 2 from our Fine wine selection


Beef wineDate published: 29/09/14

Claret is the classic accompaniment to roast beef.  Choose a younger, perhaps lighter and livelier, style if the meat is served cold.  A good Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia, California, Chile, Italy, New Zealand or South Africa would do just as well and would be preferable in the case of steaks that are charred on the outside and pink in the middle.  For pure beef burgers, an unpretentious, youthful red Cotes-du-Rhone with an honest, chunky, peppery flavour is ideal.  But, frankly, almost any drinkable red wine of medium, medium-full or full body from anywhere will accompany all beef dishes with some degree of competence, as will most full-bodied and rich-flavoured white wines.

AlbarinoDate published: 29/09/14

Albariño is a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest Spain),Monção and Melgaço (northwest Portugal), where it is used to make varietal white wines.  Spain produces Albariño to a significant degree in the Rías Baixas DO, especially in the town of Cambados.  It is also common in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, but it is only authorized to be grown in Monção and Melgaço.

When grown in a vineyard, the vines need to be wire trained with large canopies to accommodate the 30 to 40 buds per vine that is typical. The grape responds well to the heat and humidity though the high yields and bunching of clusters usually keeps the grapes within the margins of ripeness

Albariño is noted for its distinctive aroma, very similar to that of Viognier,Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity with alcohol levels of 11.5–12.5%.

Here is a list of some we stock here at Majestic:

Albariño Martín Códax 2013 Rías Baixas - £9.74, saving 25%!

Caixas Albariño 2013 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas - £7.98, saving 15%!

Deusa Nai Albariño 2013 Marqués de Cáceres, Rías Baixas - £9.96, saving 25%!


fun factDate published: 29/09/14

Believe it or not but there are people out there that hate wine and are scared of it, the name for this is Oenophobia!

Paul mas chardDate published: 29/09/14

Everyday bargain - Paul Mas Chardonnay 

If you are looking for a wine that is suitable for everyday drinking then give this a go!

20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics. Bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and subtle toasted bread notes. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a persistent finish

It's a bargain at £5.99 on the Buy 2 save 33% Offer

Offer ends 29th September 2014

Bargain claretDate published: 29/09/14

Each month at Majestic many of our wines will fluctuate in price, this is to encourage everybody to explore the vast and exciting world of wine! This month we have some cracking red wines from the region of Bordeaux within our 'save 33%' offer, reds from Bordeaux are the perfect match to hearty casseroles and so as we head towards autumn and Christmas now is the time to grab some!  Here's a list of a few:

Château Tour du Haut Moulin 2007 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc - Was £14.99, now just £9.99!

Château de Sainte Gemme 2008 Haut-Médoc - Was £14.99, now just £9.99!

Château La Vieille Cure 2007 Fronsac - Was £19.99, now just £13.32!

Château Guillot 2007 Pomerol -Was £30.00, now £19.99!


Sam Adams £1 a bottle!Date published: 29/09/14

This month's Beer in focus comes from the biggest producer of Craft beer in the world, Sam Adams. 

A recreation of a 19th century American recipe , this beer is rich and satisfying and packs a hoppy punch! A couple of years ago the brewers got together to decide how they could make a better version for the U.K market, and so decided to spend a number of months at the Famous Shepard Neame brewery in Kent. This allows the brewers to get Boston Lager to us in the perfect condition, which was always a problem when the beer previously had to spend time traveling from the American brewery. 

It's on special offer at the moment, currently just £1 per bottle!!


Cellar circleDate published: 29/09/14

Cellar Circle gives Majestic and Lay & Wheeler customers a modern and compelling way to build your fine wine collection by a subscription service.

Four key benefits:

● A year’s free storage at Vinothèque for customers new to Lay & Wheeler!

● Free collection from any Majestic store

● 10% discount on all purchases from Majestic Wine

● A free case on the first anniversary of membership

We are sure you will all agree this is an exciting prospect and If you would like more information, please come into the Braintree store and pick up a leaflet!


ROSEDate published: 29/09/14

Know your Rosé

What does the term Blush mean?

Blush - this is a very pale pink rose wine.

  White Zinfandel is the dominant grape in this sector and Blush wines sell very well in America.

A blush can be made from Grenache Blanc, Cabernet Blanc, Merlot Blanc and Blanc de Pinot Noir.



CaTENA CHARDDate published: 29/09/14

Wine of the week

Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2013 Mendoza 

A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.



Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33%

Only £8.65

Buy 2 or more bottles, as part of the 'Mix and Match 33% Off' promotion and save 33%.


Bring a Friend to Majestic, get a free bottle each!Date published: 29/09/14

Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you, up to the value of £10.

It couldn't be simpler - a free £10 bottle with your next purchase when you introduce a friend to Majestic.

Grab a friend and Come and Explore wine together - it's the best way!


OffersDate published: 29/09/14

1) Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Poggio Civetta £6.66*

A ripe and approachable, medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.

2) Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough £8.66*

A ripe and intensely fruity Pinot, displaying Marlborough's trademark strawberry and red cherry characters in abundance, with subtle savoury notes contributed by the more mature vine parcels.

3) Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley £7.99*

Deep, ripe ruby red in colour with a nose of blackcurrant, menthol and toasty vanilla notes. Rich, ripe almost sweet tannins and a long length.

4) Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Awatere Valley, Marlborough £8.66*

Bold and intensely tropical, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, which is awash with a lingering citrussy zest.

5) Pol Roger Réserve NV Champagne £33.31*

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.


Ageing wineDate published: 29/09/14

Today we shall be focusing on ageing wine!

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this that always the case?

Below is a quick guide showing you which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

 Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50.

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

If you have any questions on this topic, come in and have a chat! We will do our best to help you.


offers endingDate published: 29/09/14

hese crazy prices are ending on Monday Evening...

Oyster Bay at £7.99* 

Alamos Malbec at £5.99*

Samuel Adams £1/bottle on the 24 packs

As well as many more offers!

*(When you buy any two wines that are on 33% off, as part of your mixed case!)

Stock up before it's too late!


Soffio no.3Date published: 26/09/14

New in... Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV 

A superb value Prosecco made by the Pizzolo family, one of the north of Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

Taste

Apple and pear flavours predominate, which subtle notes of freshly cut flowers lift the nose. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.

Enjoy

Enjoy on its own or with anything from seafood to simple chicken dishes.

Usually £9.99 But when you Mix and Match 2 bottles, you save 33% 

Making it only £6.66


Italian redsDate published: 26/09/14

I love Italian reds, ever since visiting Florence this summer i've become hooked!  More often than not they make cracking food wines and pair particularly well with the dishes we love such as pizza, pasta (tomato and/or meat based) and steaks.  Italian red wines are far more diverse than people often assume, it's not all about Chianti.  If you've been put off by one bad wine then I urge you to give Italy another chance, i'm certain we can find something you will like!

Here's a list of five wines I believe are well worth a try!

1) Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Poggio Civetta - An incredibly soft and easy drinking wine with bags of dark fruit and some sweet spice.  If you're not a fan of the acidity found in some Italian reds then this may be for you!  Also, at £6.66 it's a perfect everyday glugger!

2) Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012 - Made using the infamous 'ripasso' method, the addition of dried skins from Amarone give this Valpolicella a real boost in character, perfect if you love Amarone but don't want to break the bank for it and at £9.74 this is cracking value!

3) Casale di Valle Chianti 2012 DOCG - A typical wine from Chianti, lots of vibrant cherry flavours with punchy acidity that make it the pefect match to any tomato based dish, better yet it's just £6.96!

4) Surani Costarossa 2012 Primitivo di Manduria - A real staff favourite! Primitivo is the mediterranean name for Zinfandel and because it's grown in the warmth of the south it's different to most Italian reds and is packed full of dark plum and sweet spice flavours.  If you like a Californian Zinfandel then you'll love this!  It's just £8.24 which I think is a real bargain!

5) Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2011/2012 - Having been to Florence I feel it's only right I include a 'Super-Tuscan'.  Super Tuscan essentially means a bigger, bolder Tuscan wine, often Cabernet Sauvignon is added to a Sangiovese base to enhance its ageing capacity.  Lots of dark fruit, sweet spice and firm tannins, lovely jubbly!  You can grab a bottle for£19.00 when you buy any two bottles on the 'buy two save £10' offer!


MerlotDate published: 26/09/14

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions.  In the late 1990s, researchers at University of California, Davis showed that Merlot is an offspring of Cabernet Franc and is a half-sibling of Carménère, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

While Merlot is made across the globe, there tends to be two main styles. The "International style" favored by many New World wine regions tends to emphasis late harvesting to gain physiological ripeness and produce inky, purple colored wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvetytannins with intense, plum and blackberry fruit. While this international style is practiced by many Bordeaux wine producers, the traditional "Bordeaux style" of Merlot involves harvesting Merlot earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavors (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes.


L'Extra par Langlois Rosé NV Crémant de LoireDate published: 25/09/14

Brand new at Majestic we have the L'Extra par Langlois Rosé NV Crémant de Loire. The Brut has been a fantastic success so we have now introduced the rose. Currently at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more (with 33% off)

Langlois-Château has been owned by the Bollinger family since 1973, and is recognised as one of the Loire's premier producers of sparkling wine. This rosé is made from Anjou-Saumur-sourced grapes, and rendered sparkling using traditional bottle fermentation.

Very delicate peachy pink in colour and similarly delicate in aroma, with light summer berry and gentle leafy notes coming to the fore. Fresh, clean and easy-drinking. Superb garden party or wedding reception sparkler.

Hurry Offer ends 29th September

A New Bordeaux into MajesticDate published: 25/09/14

A Majestic favourite has just arrived in store today. The BriO de Cantenac Brown 2007 from Margaux. This wine sits elegantly on our fine wine shelves at £20 when you buy any 2 wines from our fine wine offer. (£25 single bottle price otherwise)

This is the second wine of Château Cantenac Brown, made from pre-selected lots of the Château's younger vines, which are cultivated specifically for this earlier-drinking blend. Otherwise traditionally made, with 25%-new oak maturation for 13 months, followed by egg-white fining.

Elegantly structured claret, with aromas of pencil lead and sandalwood, and a bramble backbone. A good level of ripeness, medium body, and tannins of a firm, taut character.

Drinking well now, and would be a perfect accompaniment to your Sunday Lamb


Ondine Chardonnay 2014Date published: 25/09/14

Brand new into Majestic Battersea this week is the Ondine Chardonnay 2014. The first Chardonnay from the 2014 vintage, this wine is sure to be fresh, fruity and ready for the last of the summer garden parties.

With this Chardonnay, the winemakers set out to create a wine offering a combination of the respective benefits of oaked and unoaked interpretations of the variety, using cool fermentation in tank followed by only 7 months' lees ageing in barrel.

Fresh lemon and peach fruit provide the backdrop, which is overlaid with gentle notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Plenty of refreshing acidity and a creamy palate texture.

On an introductory price of £5.99 (Buy 2 save 33%) until the 29th September


Champagne for Breakfast?Date published: 25/09/14

We have one of my favourite Champagnes on our 33% off this month, the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne is down from £40 to £24.99. 

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. There Non-Vintage is fresh, floral and brimming with summer fruit, the perfect champagne for breakfast because of its light delicate nature, or you can drink when you have any excuse to celebrate.

Why not stock up for Christmas? Offer ends 29th September 


Something different to Amarone?Date published: 25/09/14

Since the sun never arrived in Addlestone today, it feels to me that a nice big red wine is the order of the day. Therefore I thought I will attempt to convert all you Amarone lovers to its Cousin, the big powerful Aussy Shiraz. 

Your Amarone will have red fruit dominating the wine, particularly red cherry, whereas the Shiraz will contain darker fruit, with a more earthy and spicy feel. 

On the surface these wines seem completely different, however both of these have some very important characteristics in common. The sweet savouriness of the fruit, the rich texture on the pallet as well as the high alcoholic content are the qualities that should join heavy wine lovers alike. 

We have the Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

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.

Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

Currently £18.00 when you buy any 2 from our fine wine offer! 


Alamos Malbec - Only £5.99Date published: 25/09/14

Currently at Majestic Battersea we have a fantastic offer on Alamos Malbec. Currently at £5.99, this represents fantastic value for money for one of Catenas and Majestic s most popular wines.

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec.

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.

Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Hurry Offer ends 29th September

Marqués de Riscal, Rioja Reserva - Open to taste!!!Date published: 25/09/14

Marqués de Riscal, Rioja Reserva

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

It is full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak. This is combined with an abundance of summer fruit flavours.

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy lamb casseroles. 

Currently on the 33% off summer selection at £9.99!!!

Open to taste today!!!


Grape Variety 2 - PinotageDate published: 25/09/14

Pinotage is almost exclusively grown in South Africa, and has become their signature grape variety. Pinotage itself is a blend between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. If the last few years in Burgundy have taught us anything, it is that Pinot Noir (with its tiny skin) is a very fragile grape which needs a lot of attention to perform well. Cinsault is a very robust grape hailing from Southern France, so the ideology of the South Africans was to blend these two grapes together to take the advantages from both. 

Pinotage can be made in two styles. It can be made in a Beaujolias style whereby it is light, soft and fruity, or it can be made in the old bush vine style which created a powerful, rich and spicy wine. 

Currently on 25% off we have Barista Pinotage 2013 from the Western Cape

From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape.

Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.

Drink on its own or with red meat dishes. Bertus' recommends a blue-cheese-filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans!


Grape Variety 1 - ZinfandelDate published: 25/09/14

At Majestic Battersea, we have decided to do a series of articles on the many different grape varieties around the world. Hopefully this will be a useful guide when choosing your wine with us. 

I am going to start with my favourite grape variety, that of Zinfandel. 

Zinfandel is regarded as California's signature grape variety although its DNA is idential to that of Primitivo (commonly found in Southern Italy) and Crljenak Kastelanski (commonly found in Croatia). 

As a grape variety, Zinfandel tends to ripen quite unevenly, therefore as some of the grapes have ripened, others have started to raisinate. This leads to a complex style of wine, full of strong red berry flavours with high levels of alcohol and a large amount of residual sugar. 

One of the best Zinfandels we do in store is from Ravenswood and comes in at £8.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.


Bollinger 33% offDate published: 25/09/14

Currently for this week only we have Bollinger Special Cuvée NV  at £33.31 from £50. This is a fantastic deal which we expect to sell out quickly.

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.


New Fine Wine Arrival: Erath Oregon Pinot Noir 2012Date published: 25/09/14

This Cool-climate Pinot Noir from Oregon offers a great value alternative to Red Burgundy, after yet another devastating hale storm hit the region earlier this year.

Dick Erath planted his first Oregon vineyards in 1969, founding what has become one of the region's finest properties. In terms of climate and terrain, much of Oregon's vineyard area is said to bear a striking resemblance to Burgundy.

Refined, bright and fresh; this Pinot is enhanced by maturation in 25%-new French oak. This delivers a poised and fine-textured profile with red berries and subtly earthy notes on the nose and palate.

The producer recommends pairing this wine with peppery oriental food, but I think it would be just as comfortable alongside Boeuf Bourguignon.

Currently £17.00 (Buy 2 save £10 on selected fine wine and spirits)


Beer of the week - Lagunitas IPADate published: 25/09/14

The Lagunitas brewery has grown from one, free-spirited Californian making beer in his garage to the fourth largest craft brewery in the US. Such is the success of its flagship Indian Pale Ale that the acronym 'IPA' is almost synonymous with the Lagunitas brand in America.

This IPA is fresh, bold and hoppy and in our opinion, absolutely delicious. But be careful, it packs a (6.2%) punch....

Pick up a six-pack for just £10.99 when bought with another of our craft beers.

'Beer speaks, people mumble'

Introducing Cellar Circle.Date published: 25/09/14

If you love the idea of building a cellar full of diverse and exciting wines, or if a 10% discount here at Majestic would be invaluable, we have the answer for you!
Majestic and Lay & Wheeler, our fine wine partner, are very proud to launch Cellar Circle, giving you all the support and advice you need to realise the cellar of your dreams. You decide the level of guidance that you require, and your own personal adviser will always be on hand to answer any queries.

Membership starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. Exclusive 
benefits and rewards include:
· 10% discount at Majestic Wine
· Free delivery to any Majestic Wine store, for collection at your convenience
· One year’s free professional wine storage for customers new to Lay & Wheeler
· A free case on the first anniversary of your membership, as a thank you from the Cellar Circle 
team.

For more information and to sign up visit www.cellarcircle.com. You can also give the team at 
Lay & Wheeler a call on 01473 313300, or to find out more, pop in and have a chat with us in 
store.


Prosecco Party?Date published: 25/09/14

Prosecco is flying off our shelves at the moment and there's never a been a better time to buy! With a huge range and great discounts. 

Here are the pick of the bunch;

Soffio Prosecco £6.66 - A light, refreshing, all round, party pleasing Prosecco.

La Marca Conegliano - £9.99  -  An elegant and silky sparkle full of pear and white peach flavours. Dry, crisp and elegant. 


Super TuscansDate published: 25/09/14

The Super Tuscans emerged in the 1960s and have been seen as top quality wines ever since.  Some innovative producers created wines in the Chianti region with grapes and methods that were not strictly within the regulations. The first producer to create a Super Tuscan was Tenuto San Guido and their Sassicia wine has become legendary. The style is Bordeaux like, with cabernet sauvignon and/or merlot in the blend, see below some of the wines which we stock at Majestic:

Tenuta San Guido cultivates fruit from several plots scattered around Bolgheri extending 75 hectares (190 acres), with a grape variety distribution of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.The annual production is approximately 180,000 bottles.

Sassacia: Dark and brooding on the nose, with notes of black berries, violets, clove, tobacco and a hint of wood-smoke. The palate is more expressive, showing great depth and concentration, but also an ethereal floral note and sweet spice, framed by very masculine tannins and mouth-watering acidity. Reined in, taut and elegant, this is a wine built for the long haul; it needs a lot time to unwind, but also shows a great deal of potential.£125.00

The second wine, Guidalberto, was introduced in 2000, and is composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 10% Sangiovese, and has an annual production of 150,000 bottles.

Guidalberto: This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years. £28 when you buy any 2 from our Fine wine selection

The most recent addition to the portfolio, Le Difese, is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese, with an annual production of 120,000 bottles.

Le Difese: "This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate. £16.00 when you buy any 2 from our Fine wine selection


Mosel RieslingsDate published: 25/09/14

A mixed case containing 3 bottles of the QbA Riesling and 3 bottles of Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett.

The wines are from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium and Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier. Both are well regarded producers and we have stocked many of their wines over the years and this parcel is fantastic; classic zingy Mosel Riesling with some peachy sweetness.

Web exclusive parcelDate published: 25/09/14

Laurent Miquel Vérité Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc 6x75cl Bottles

Specialising in Viognier production since the 90s, the Vérité is a distinguished and pure cuvee, offering delicate white peach, floral and toasted aromas. From the best parcels of the estate, this is a great example of what the Languedoc can do in the best vintages.

The palate is generous, yet well balanced with well integrated oak that does not mask the pure Viognier character but rather adds to the structure. Vérité has a lingering opulent finish.

Made to pair with fine french cuisine such as grilled turbot or sea bass. Also try with a ripe, soft cheese such as Camembert.

£89.94 for a case of 6. Be quick before it's all gone!!!


Launch of the Cellar CircleDate published: 25/09/14

Tomorrow the Cellar Circle will launching in Majestic Battersea, pop down  and have a chat with the team to see what the benefits and perks are of joining.

See you tomorrow #comeandexplore #cellarcircle


Tucumen Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 25/09/14

This Cabernet Sauvignon is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu. Winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea brings with him experience of working at wineries in Spain's Toro and Ribera del Duero regions.

A bright, youthful ruby red, this is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black pepper.

Drink now or cellar for up to 3 years. Best enjoyed with firm, mature cheeses.

£7.99 buy 2 save 33% £11.99


New wine to the Majestic rangeDate published: 25/09/14

Why not try something new?

Mo Monastrell 2012, Alicante

This wine is a blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante

The Sierra Salinas winery was founded in 2000 in villena in the DO of Alicante, to make modern wines mainly from traditional indigenous grapes. hand harvested from mature vines, the grapes are cool fermented before a brief maturation in french oak. 

On the palate this wine oozes bramble and cherry flavours combined with a light savoury spice. It has gentle tannins and a velvety finish. 

This wine would be the ideal accompaniment to a rustic Mediterranean stew. 

£7.49 buy 2 save 25% £9.99


New Craft beer - Dead Pony ClubDate published: 25/09/14

Dead Pony Club is a rock 'n' roll American session ale, this Californian IPA packs a huge hoppy punch. Super fresh, with mango, citrus, peach and caramel notes.

Malts: Spring Blend, Cara & crystal malts

Hops: Simcoe, Citra & HBC

As soon as you open the can you can smell the vibrant fruity aromas which continue on the palate. The IPA has a toasted malt base with a punch of tropical fruit, floral hints and spicy undertones.

Only 3.8% ABV this is a light alternatives to many other heavier IPA's we offer. 

£12.99 for a pack of six or buy any 2 of our craft beers @ £9.99


ChampagneDate published: 25/09/14

We love Champagne here at Majestic and we hope you do to. There are many expressions of this fantastic style that means there should be something to suit all palates. We hope this will help you find yours, as Champagne is something we think everyone should enjoy.

Non-Vintage

Blended for consistency, these are carefully controlled and blended with reserve wines to taste the same each year. Typical flavours include fresh fruit (crisp green apples) and occasional floral characters held together with yeasty notes such as croissant. The refreshing acidity of these wines makes them great apéritifs that shine alongside canapés. Why not try the all time favourite Bollinger Special Cuvée ...

Vintage

Where Brut NV Champagne is virtually the same every year, Vintage Champagne is designed to be equally representative of the stated year. As it is aged for a longer period of time, the flavours are much richer and more complex. Stewed fruits are more typical than fresh fruits and yeasty flavours of brioche and toast are prominent. Demand for the best Vintage Champagne is so high because there is such a limited quantity available and they may never taste the same way in future vintages: a tragedy for those who miss out. Our recommendation is the fantastic Veuve Clicqout 2004 ...

Rose

Rose tends to be based on the Pinot Noir grape, which gives more fresh cherry and berry flavours, and a less yeasty character. Its the perfect alternative for anyone who avoids Champagne because they dislike Chardonnay. They are fresh, fruity and incredibly easy-drinking, often boasting strawberry and raspberry flavours which makes for perfect summer sipping. Pop in and give the benchmark Moët & Chandon Rosé NV a go ….


Amarone and AppasimentoDate published: 25/09/14

Amarone can be said to be the pinnacle of Italian wine making, along with Barolo and Brunello these three majestic beasts make up the aristocracy of Italian wine.

Amarone is a robust, full bodied wine packed full of flavour; predominantly dried fruits such as raisin and has distinctive richness which is practically unrivalled!

This beautiful wine is made in the Veneto region in North Eastern Italy using a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. These undergo the 'appasimento' method which concentrates the natural sugars and aromatics in Valpolicella wines. This was originally done by producers who began drying their grapes after harvest to remove water whilst retaining sweetness and flavour. The grapes' high sugar content means a higher potential alcohol, so a complete fermentation results in a strong wine of 15% or 16%. This is then aged in barrels for at least two years before commercial release.

We stock some fabulous Amarones here at Majestic along with some other beautiful wines using the appasimento method.

The Masi Amarone is really in a class of its own and this is reflected in the price, sitting on our fine wine shelf at £30.00.

Possibly my favourite wine in Majestic is the La Cassetta, also using the appasimento method but at a more accessible price of £13.49 (£17.99 buy 2 save 25%)

These wines would go fantastically with a rib of beef, or any red meat really, game as well. 


Cork or screwcap?Date published: 25/09/14

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.


Wine event - Part 3 - Red winesDate published: 25/09/14

In the last post, I wrote about the white wines that were on show on the wine tasting event on the 24th of September, now I am going to write about the red wines that we tried and the food it should be paired with, along with some reviews and opinions. 

1) Coney Pizzicato - £22.50 per bottle or £17.50 on our fine wine 15% off deal
    This Coney is a 2012 Pinot Noir is a New Zealand Noir with a slightly brown and transparent appearance which hints at a beginning of some age coming into the wine. It can be enjoyed now or can be allowed to age for about five years in a cellar to develop and mellow. It has an interesting leathery taste with hints of pepper and oak. It has a toasty, spicy finish with a long length to it. It is paired well with venison, game or pasta.  

2) Chateau Caronne Ste-Gemme - £15.99 per bottle
    This French Chateau is a blend of different grapes, but it is predominately Cabinet Sauvignon (60%) but it also has Merlot (37%) and Petit verdot (3%) This Chateau is a very dry red, with hints of lead and wood shavings with heavy tannins and casis. But paired with some strong mature cheese that dry tannic taste is softened and the flavours of the fruit start to become more prolifent and the dryness of your mouth is mellowed out. An interesting wine that is not subtle in its tannins but has a real subtly of flavour, is best served with food. 

3) Kangarilla Road 
    This Kagarilla Road Shiraz (2011 vintage) is an Australian Shiraz with a deep purple colour with deep fruity morello cherries and earthy oak. It is quite high in alcohol and acidity with ripe juicy tannins. Although it is an Australian wine, it is from a vineyard located at the northern part of the foothills, meaning the grapes ripen later than in other regions, giving it a more european elegance. It is paired well with roast beef. 

In the next post, I will talk about the Champagne and Sweet wine that was on offer


Wine event - part 2 - White winesDate published: 25/09/14

Ok, so in the last post, I talked about the steps there are in tasting, and how to do it like a professional. This time, I am going to talk about the wines that we tasted at the event on the 24th of September and some of the reviews that we received for them. 

1) Brancott estate terroir series - £11.99 per bottle or £8.99 on the buy 2 save 25% offer.
     The Brancott is a 2013 sauvignon blanc from New Zealand (A new world wine) it is completely unoaked with quite a high alcohol and acidity level. It has quite an intense, long lasting smell with aspects of peach, lemon and grapefruit, with a hint of wet grass. On the pallet it is light, but still quite complex and paired with salmon, salad or prawns the flavours of the lemon are beautifully complimented. For a £8.99 bottle, the wine is surprisingly long-lasting with an elegant finish, highly worth the money.

2) Domaine de Chantemerele, Boudin - £12.99 per bottle 
    This Boudin is a 2012 unoaked Chardonnay, with lots of acidity and less alcohol, it has tinges of green apple, lemon rind and ripe stone fruits and has a shorter finish than the New Zealand Sav but pairing it with a bit of smoked salmon will really bring out the subtle flavours of the soft stone fruits making it a wine that is best served with food. 

3) Vergelegen Reserve - £19.99 per bottle or £14.99 on the buy 2 save 25% offer.
     This Vergelegen is a 2012 heavily oaked Chardonnay with a very pungent smell of oak, spices and minerality with hints of tropical fruit and vanilla. On the pallet you can certainly taste the oak and nuttiness along with the hints of cardamon and pepper. It is slightly less acidic than the previous Chardonnay but the flavour of the wine is still strong. This also goes well with smoked salmon, but the strong flavours will also stand up to a rich creamy pasta dish. This wine divided opinions some people really enjoyed the powerful flavour of the oak, whereas some people preferred a more subtle flavour. 

Next time I will talk about the red wines that we tasted.

Wine tasting Event 24/09/14 - part oneDate published: 25/09/14

On Wednesday the 24th of September, us here at Battersea Majestic held a wine tasting event aiming to teach members of the public, and staff (especially me (Ella), the newbie) an in depth way of tasting, appreciating and matching foods with wines. Led by our store manager, Pedro, the event was a great success. 

I, for one, learnt a great deal about how to taste wine professionally, learning that there are three key steps.

1) Appearance - against a white background you check for colour, legs (the drips against the glass as you swirl the wine around the glass) and finally you can have a look and guess the age. (In white wines, the colour deepens and get more golden whereas in red wines, the colour softens and goes lighter and more brown.)

2) Smell - firstly, you would check for intensity (how far away can you smell the wine) which will give you a rough guide to how intense the wine is to the nose. After you have done this, you swirl the wine in the glass (you swirl the glass to oxidate the wine allowing the flavours to be brought out) and take a long sniff, breathing in all of the flavours. 

3) Taste - Now comes the important part, the tasting. Firstly you take a small sip of the wine, swirl it round your mouth and swallow (or spit). After you have done that, and thought about the flavours, you take another, similarly sized gulp, and this time, you take in oxygen through the wine (sort of like a backwards whistle) which should release the different flavours of the wine. 

After tasting the wine, you should compare the flavours you have smelt on the nose to the flavours you can taste and ask yourself if any have been lost, or more pungent, or if any new flavours have arisen... 

Next I will talk about the wines we tasted and the reviews we got from some of the customers and my personal opinions

CarmenereDate published: 25/09/14

Carménére is originally a Bordeaux grape variety that was abandoned due to pests attacking and ruining the crops. Due to this the grape moved location to Chile, with a lot of wines combining it with Merlot in the 19th century. 

The grape was identified in 1994, originally thought to be Merlot, it is very similar in terms of being a light, low tannin wine. Much investigation has undergone trying to seperate Carménére from Merlot, however so far there have been no major notable differences to be found. It is a late harvesting grape that is more successful in hotter climates with more sunlight. Therefore the grape has been a lot more successful after being cultivated into Chile than when it was originally planted in Bordeaux. The wine benefits from a full bodied, deep black fruit characted and is known to have slight hints of tobacco, oak and a slight smokiness which adds a little complexity to the wines taste. 



Bottle sizes, a quick guideDate published: 25/09/14

There's a number of different bottle sizes. For those of you who always wondered but never had the time.. The number within the brackets is the relative fraction of standard sized bottles within each vessel.

Piccolo (0.25) This is also known as a quarter bottles, a snipe, a pony or a split! Generally only used for Champagne.

Chopine (0.33) This is a now slightly archaic term, but was once the standard size in France.

Demi (0.5) Commonly know as a half bottle as it is indeed the French word for 'half.'

Tenth (0.505) Called so as this is one tenth the volume of an American Gallon.

Jennie (0.67) This size equates to half a litre, common for sweet wines & sherry wine.

Clavelin (0.83) Very rarely used for anything other than Vin Jaune.

Standard (1) The size we all know & love!

Magnum (2) Two standard sizes bottles, which comes to 1.5 litres of wine! Magnums are great for dinner parties & generally medium to heavy red wines age far more gently in a larger vessel such as this!  

Marie Jeanne (3) This can also be referred to as a Trugnum or a Tappit Hen.

Jeroboam / Double Magnum (4) Although the same size, Jeroboam refers to Champagne & Burgundy, whereas a Double Magnum is for Bordeaux use.

Rehoboam (6) 

Imperial (8)

Methuselah (8) 

Salmanzar (12) 

Mordechai (12) 

Balthazar (16) 

Nebuchadnezzar (20) 

Melchoir (24)

Solomon (26.66) 

Sovereign (33.33) 

Goliath (36)

Melchizedek (40)

You may need a few friends if you plan to drink one of the few lasts on the list, but it would definitely make it a night to remember. Either 

way it may be fun and worthwhile to remember the names, even if they only come to use in pub quiz!


Dead Pony ClubDate published: 25/09/14

Dead Pony Club is a rock 'n' roll American session ale, this Californian IPA packs a huge hoppy punch. Super fresh, with mango, citrus, peach and caramel notes.

Malts: Spring Blend, Cara & crystal malts

Hops: Simcoe, Citra & HBC

As soon as you open the can you can smell the vibrant fruity aromas which continue on the palate. The IPA has a toasted malt base with a punch of tropical fruit, floral hints and spicy undertones.

Only 3.8% ABV this is a light alternatives to many other heavier IPA's we offer. 

£12.99 for a pack of six or buy any 2 of our craft beers @ £9.99


Champagne vintage vs non-vintageDate published: 25/09/14

We love Champagne here at Majestic and we hope you do to. There are many expressions of this fantastic style that means there should be something to suit all palates. We hope this will help you find yours, as Champagne is something we think everyone should enjoy.

Non-Vintage

Blended for consistency, these are carefully controlled and blended with reserve wines to taste the same each year. Typical flavours include fresh fruit (crisp green apples) and occasional floral characters held together with yeasty notes such as croissant. The refreshing acidity of these wines makes them great apéritifs that shine alongside canapés. Why not try the all time favourite Bollinger Special Cuvée ...

Vintage

Where Brut NV Champagne is virtually the same every year, Vintage Champagne is designed to be equally representative of the stated year. As it is aged for a longer period of time, the flavours are much richer and more complex. Stewed fruits are more typical than fresh fruits and yeasty flavours of brioche and toast are prominent. Demand for the best Vintage Champagne is so high because there is such a limited quantity available and they may never taste the same way in future vintages: a tragedy for those who miss out. Our recommendation is the fantastic Veuve Clicqout 2004 ...

Rose

Rose tends to be based on the Pinot Noir grape, which gives more fresh cherry and berry flavours, and a less yeasty character. Its the perfect alternative for anyone who avoids Champagne because they dislike Chardonnay. They are fresh, fruity and incredibly easy-drinking, often boasting strawberry and raspberry flavours which makes for perfect summer sipping. Pop in and give the benchmark Moët & Chandon Rosé NV a go ….


CorksDate published: 25/09/14

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.


MeaumeDate published: 10/09/14

Made with the Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape. This wine hails from a small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol. Château Méaume has been a Majestic favourite for many years, gaining a reputation for excellent value.

With a nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood.

This wine is ready to drink immediately, yet has the body and structure to cellar well for several more years.

Now open on our tasting counter for you to try.

£9.99


Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/09/14

Enjoy a glass of New Zealand (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc?? Then we have a deal that is not to be missed!  and running through til the end of next Monday Matua Sauvignon Blanc is at £6.66.

A fantastic example of why Marlborough Sauvignon's are becoming ever popular! A distinctive gooseberry flavour with a slightly more tropical fruit balance to it. A slight grassy character as well makes sure this is a well balanced wine and has a long lasting finish.


Paul Mas MarsanneDate published: 10/09/14

Made with 100% Marsanne grapes. Jean-Claude Mas has created a rich and mellow but well-balanced white, a proportion of which is barrel-aged for extra complexity. With an elegant white flower and hazelnut aromas and delicious pear and honey flavours. This wine is perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured.

Now open on our tasting counter for you to try

£6.66 buy 2 save 33% £9.99


Macon Lugny Date published: 10/09/14

 A gem of a find, this great quality white shows that there are still producers in Burgundy who offer superb value, even with small-volume production. This impressive wine comes from a family-owned domaine of only 50ha.

Nicely balanced, with crisp citrus fruit providing the backbone, and softer notes of green apples and aromas of white flowers adding welcoming delicacy and complexity.

Ideal with poultry or grilled white fish.

Now on our tasting counter for you to try

£7.99 buy 2 save 33% £11.99


Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2005, La Rioja AltaDate published: 23/08/14

Grape:Tempranillo, Garnacha

Origin:One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown inthe bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, andnamed after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining underfamily ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Taste:Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spiceand red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body ofspicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy:Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck


Chablis pickDate published: 21/08/14

Chablis, the northern most area of Burgundy, one of the northern most wine regions of France.

Like most Burgundys it's made from the Chardonnay grape, but unlike most Chardonnay it's unoaked.

What does that mean?  It doesn't take on that nutty, creamy finish.

But don't worry, it more than makes up for it with fresh fruit flavours, the kind you might not find in other Burgundys.

My favourite is the William Fevre Chablis Vaillons, a real Premier Cru, the pick of the bunch.  It's layers of earth fruit aromas sneak up on you like a ninja in the dark and the taste.  Well, let the wine do the talking.



Great DealsDate published: 21/08/14

Great Wines at £6.66!!

LFE Viognier - light, fresh and aromatic viognier with lovely stone fruit flavours and a pleasant minerality on the finish. Well worth a try at this bargain price!

Zorita Tempranillo - home to one of Caceras' wine cellars, Hacienda Zorita is a beautiful 14th century monastery and vineyard estate. The wine itself doesn't disappoint - intensely fruity trawberry and cherry flavours mingle with hints of chocolate , toasted oak and vanilla. Well worth a try.

Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone - a lovely, spicy, medium-bodied CDR blend that expresses the best Rhone has to offer! A great wine to enjoy on its own or with food and friends.

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish. Great with light summer salads!


Two week dealsDate published: 21/08/14

ome stunning new offers start today, these are running until Monday 25th August:

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99

Fleurie Duboeuf 'Flower Label' - £11.75 buy 2 save 25% = £8.81

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48 buy 2 save 33% = £4.99 

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Codorniu Brut NV - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Prosecco Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99 


08 vintageDate published: 21/08/14

ITALY 2008: A wet summer was salvaged by a warm harvest season. Many wines tend towards elegance rather than body or power.

SPAIN 2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Duero.

AUSTRALIA 2008: Above average vintage. Quality very good everywhere, with only a few heatwave-hit areas of South Australia experiencing problems.

CHILE 2008: Widely considered one of Chile’s best vintages, especially for reds, which have good concentration and ripe tannins.

SOUTH AFRICA 2008: A solid year overall, although variable weather conditions have benefited whites more than reds.

NEW ZEALAND 2008: Generally good everywhere, although rain affected the harvest in parts of Marlborough. Very high yields pushed prices down.

CALIFORNIA 2008: Extremely variable weather meant timing of the harvest was crucial. Quality is varied, but good from the top producers.


wine and soupDate published: 21/08/14

Champagne or any fine sparkiling wine is ideal with most puree, veloute, or cream soups, especially with the more delicately flavoured recipes. It is virtually essential with a chilled soup, whether a jellied consomme or a cold puree soup such as Vichyssoise.  Most sparkling wines can match the flavour of a shellfish bisque, but a good pink Champagne makes a particularly picturesque partner.  Rich-flavoured soups can take full wines, most often red.  A good game soup, for example, can respond well to the heftier reds of the Rhone, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rioja.  The frothy character of Lambrusco cuts through the texture of a genuine minestrone.  The sweet cherry flavour of Lambrusco also matches the soup's rich tomato tang.

Vielle cureDate published: 21/08/14

We have just got in a brand new Bordeaux from the Fronsac region!

Chateau La Vieille Cure 2007

Wine from Fronsac, to the West of Libourne, tend to be very Merlot-dominated and stylistically similar to more famous and expensive appellations offering fantastic value for money...

Lying on a single 50-acre vineyard plot in Fronsac, La Vieille Cure is known to have existed since the late 18th-century, but has gained global recognition since the 1980s, when the estate underwent extensive redevelopment. 

The blend is of around 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, forming a supple, well-balanced claret with an abundance of inviting fruit. 

Drinking well now, and it'll be open to taste all this weekend!

£20



Commercial Date published: 21/08/14

Majestic were recently named House Wine Merchant of the Year at 
the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, in recognition of the great value and wide range 
of wines we offer to our Commercial customers:

"And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s 
competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the 
radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”
Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes 
we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you 
can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help 
achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.
It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, 
who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need 
it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to 
be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 
Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust 
award. Some have gone on to hone their knowledge and passion even further by 
completing the Level 4 Diploma.

So Why Choose Majestic Wines?
•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines 
only available to our on-trade customers
 • We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed 
tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 
• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which 
explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners 
course specifically tackles food matching.
 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders 
personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open 
seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you – even at 
weekends.


beaujolais vintageDate published: 21/08/14

2012: Severe cold early in the growing season meant very small yields come harvest time, but overall quality still pretty good.

2011: Third stellar Beaujolais vintage in a row,offering wines with great concentration. Many cru wines have the structure to age well.

2010: Considered by many to equal the quality of the brilliant 2009 vintage. Wines are fruity, supple and well balanced.

2009: An exceptional vintage, with a long, warm summer producing wines with ripeness and balanced acidity.


burgundy vintagesDate published: 21/08/14

White Burgundy Vintage Information:

2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are
generally early-drinking, ranging from light and
straightforward Villages wines to aromatic yet
elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but
good overall conditions produced wines with both
weight and acidity.

2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a
late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,
well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality
overall, and the wines are generally intense and
firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing
potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to
some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient
producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and
relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent
with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with
low yields of outstanding wines across the board

cognacDate published: 21/08/14

 may well be summer outside but the evenings are getting a little cooler, so what better to warm up with than a glass of brandy! Or maybe you would prefer some Cognac? Confused. Let me explain? Brandy is a spirit distilled from grapes and can be made anywhere in the world. The best brandy comes from the area around the town of Cognac, which lies around 100 miles north of Bordeaux. Under French Law, only brandies made in this area can be called Cognac. 

Wines from this area have been made for centuries but did not travel well, but were enjoyed in Northern Europe especially in the Low Countries and the UK but cognac has been made since the 1600s. As these wines didn't travel well, the wine was at risk from the elements during transportation as the only way was by ship. The Dutch were the main shippers at the time and during one voyage, one shipment was made during a hot sunny period. When the ship docked and the wine was tasted, it had a 'burned' taste and as a result, the Dutch called it 'Brandewijn' which in English meant burned wine or brandy as we now know it. Word got back to France and the rest is history...

There are 8 varieties of grapes used to make Cognac, the main one being Ugni Blanc where 90% of the vineyards grow this grape. Once pressed the grapes are distilled twice using round copper stills known as Charentais still, named after the area (Charente) where Cognac is located. The stills are only allowed to hold a maximum of 30 hectolitres but usually 25 are distilled to allow room for expansion. Distillation can only occur between November of the harvest year and March of the following year, around 4 months. Once distilled the spirit, or, eaux de vie as the French call it (English = water of life) is aged in Limousin oak barrels and left to age.

There are 5 main areas of vineyards: Bois Ordinaires, Bons Bois, Borderies, Grand Champagne and Petit Champagne. Most of the famous Cognac names such as Martell, Courvoisier and Remy Martin use mostly Borderies, Grand and Petit Champagne in their products. Grand and Petit Champagne grow the best grapes. The term Champagne refers to the soil of the area and has no link to the famous fizz further north. There are 3 grades of Cognac: VS (very special), VSOP (very special or superior old pale) and XO (extra old)A VS is minimum age of 2 years, VSOP is 4 years minimum and XO is 6 years minimum, but the famous producers age theirs a lot longer. Also, the longer Cognac is aged the smoother in flavour it becomes

So, if you are interested in a Cognac, come instore and see what we have.


Saint clairDate published: 21/08/14

Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. When they began their business they originally supplied grapes to local wine companies only; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers' every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark.

From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Top International accolades include the trophy to Matt Thomson of Saint Clair for White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge, September 2008 and the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005. Saint Clair Family Estate also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year.


pomal gran resDate published: 21/08/14

Our fine wine of the month for August is the fantastic Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Viña Pomal.

Viña Pomal is produced by the renowned Bodegas Bilbainas estate. The wine is made entirely with Tempranillo grapes which are grown only in the estate's own vineyard before they are matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The gran reserva wines are only ever produced from the very best vintages.

This is a wine which epitomises all that is great about the traditional Rioja style. The nose is rich and powerful with notes of Christmas spice, dark fruit and new leather. The wine has an equally full taste in the mouth bringing to mind preserved fruits along with rich spicy notes of clove and nutmeg. There is also an oaky finish which is supported by long velvety tannins.

It goes without saying that such a quintessentially Spanish wine is crying out to be paired with Spanish foods. Try matching it with serrano ham or manchego cheese and you definitely wont be disappointed. 


sauvingonDate published: 21/08/14

100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire valley in France.

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.

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.

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

Currently part of our Summer Selection offer, down to just £9.99 when you buy any 2+ wines in the Summer Selection. Single bottle price $£14.99.

Minimum purchase just 6 bottles, any mix.


De Forville Chardonnay 2013 Web ExclusiveDate published: 21/08/14

From vineyards in the commune of Castagnola delle Lanze in Piedmont's Asti province, and vinified at De Forville's winery in Barbaresco, this wine is a great example of the elegant and focused cool-climate-style Chardonnays of northern Italy.

An inviting straw yellow colour, and offering gentle aromas of wild flowers intermingling with golden apple and fresh peach. Soft-edged yet refreshing acidity and pleasing harmony on the palate.

Best served alongside light pasta dishes made with fish or fresh seafood.

Priced at £49.98 per 6 (equivalent to £8.33 per bottle).

Remember, this is a web exclusive offer, so if you can't order online for any reason, give us a call in-store and we'll see what we can do!


chilean winemakingDate published: 21/08/14

Just a quick guide to the history of winemaking in Chile!

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.

The destruction of European vineyards in the late 19th century by Phylloxera saw many French winegrowers relocate to Chile, bringing with them their knowledge and skills. In spite of the Spanish influence in the politics and customs of Chile, it was the French influence that had the greatest effect on Chilean wine to this day. It was the Bordeaux grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon that finally supplanted the predominance of Pais in the 21st century.

Political instability hampered growth of the industry in the 20th century, until the 1990's when foreign investment flooded in as investors realised the potential in Chile's favourable climate and terrain. Exports in 2007 amounted to $1.256 billion. In 2011, Chile was ranked 8th in the world in terms of production, growing 1,046,000 tonnes of grapes.


chilean winemakingDate published: 21/08/14

Just a quick guide to the history of winemaking in Chile!

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.

The destruction of European vineyards in the late 19th century by Phylloxera saw many French winegrowers relocate to Chile, bringing with them their knowledge and skills. In spite of the Spanish influence in the politics and customs of Chile, it was the French influence that had the greatest effect on Chilean wine to this day. It was the Bordeaux grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon that finally supplanted the predominance of Pais in the 21st century.

Political instability hampered growth of the industry in the 20th century, until the 1990's when foreign investment flooded in as investors realised the potential in Chile's favourable climate and terrain. Exports in 2007 amounted to $1.256 billion. In 2011, Chile was ranked 8th in the world in terms of production, growing 1,046,000 tonnes of grapes.


chilean winemakingDate published: 21/08/14

Just a quick guide to the history of winemaking in Chile!

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.

The destruction of European vineyards in the late 19th century by Phylloxera saw many French winegrowers relocate to Chile, bringing with them their knowledge and skills. In spite of the Spanish influence in the politics and customs of Chile, it was the French influence that had the greatest effect on Chilean wine to this day. It was the Bordeaux grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon that finally supplanted the predominance of Pais in the 21st century.

Political instability hampered growth of the industry in the 20th century, until the 1990's when foreign investment flooded in as investors realised the potential in Chile's favourable climate and terrain. Exports in 2007 amounted to $1.256 billion. In 2011, Chile was ranked 8th in the world in terms of production, growing 1,046,000 tonnes of grapes.


Champagne alternativesDate published: 21/08/14

We have a great selection of New World sparkling wines that are made with the same grapes and the same method of champagne, providing a great alternative to Champagne.

Two of my favourites come from Argentina and South Africa, these are the Graham Beck Brut and the Chandon Brut. Both of these also produce a Rosé version which is very good. Due to the climate being warmer then Champagne, which is renowned for its cool climate, the sparkling wines tend to be a bit richer with more tropical fruit flavours coming through then the more appley characteristic that would be associated with Champagne.

However, because they use the same method as in Champagne the wines still display a delicate biscuity flavour with a creamy feel on the palate. Great as an aperitif or a toast and to most it would go unnoticed that it does not carry the Champagne name.

Chandon Brut £16.56 as part of the 15% offer.

Chandon Rosé £13.99 as part of the 33.3% offer.

Graham Beck Brut £9.99 as part of the 33.3% offer.

Grahan Beck Rosé £9.99 as part of the 33.3% offer.  


californiaDate published: 21/08/14

As one of my favourite wine areas, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about the area and why I think it is one of the best wine producing regions in the world!

California's vineyards were largely wiped out in the 1800s by Phylloxera, meaning it took a while to replant and re-establish the area for wine production. This has largely kicked on since the 1960s and therefore in relative terms is still quite a young wine industry that exists.

The area stretches from north to south alongside the Pacific Ocean, so encounters a lot of different climates from one sub region to the next, however the one thing in common that it lacks is rain. Therefore, irrigation is a key part of the vineyard management so the wines produced are of the best possible quality.

One of the main reasons for my love of California is the full bodied and intensity of flavour that Zinfandel produces. A favourite example of this amongst all Majestic staff and customers alike is the Ravenswood! This is a great example of the grape at its best, a full bodied wine with dried fruit flavours with a well integrated alcohol content this wine is perfectly balanced.

A newer development for my tastes has been Chardonnay, it took until I had tried a very expensive Burgundian Chardonnay that I fully appreciated what this grape variety can produce when on top form. Unfortunately my budget doesn't often stretch to the top wines of Burgundy, so when I discovered some of the Californian Chardonnays much more reasonably priced I was delighted. The Edna Valley and Clos Du Bois Chardonnay are both fantastic wines, full of stone fruit flavours but with an underlying nuttiness and richness. A real bargain fine for myself and something that has really opened up my mind to discovering more Chardonnays.

Having battled with Phylloxera in the past, the extensive and intensive work that has gone into setting up the new vineyard areas gives it great scope for future development and improvement. So the signs are good for the future of California!


shaw and smithDate published: 21/08/14

Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2012 Adelaide Hills

The (relatively) cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and the deft touch of cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW produce this decidedly European style of Shiraz.

With a complex nose of black pepper, smoke, grilled meats and blackberry the palate has a lush texture, real purity and balance.

A superb match to roast pheasant!

£25


Vielle cureDate published: 21/08/14

We have just got in a brand new Bordeaux from the Fronsac region!

Chateau La Vieille Cure 2007

Wine from Fronsac, to the West of Libourne, tend to be very Merlot-dominated and stylistically similar to more famous and expensive appellations offering fantastic value for money...

Lying on a single 50-acre vineyard plot in Fronsac, La Vieille Cure is known to have existed since the late 18th-century, but has gained global recognition since the 1980s, when the estate underwent extensive redevelopment. 

The blend is of around 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, forming a supple, well-balanced claret with an abundance of inviting fruit. 

Drinking well now, and it'll be open to taste all this weekend!

£20


new fine wineDate published: 21/08/14

New addition to our Fine wine shelves:

A site famed for its low yields, the premier cru vineyard of Les Chalumeaux produces a wine with great intensity. A backbone of citrus fruit is accompanied by aromas of apricot, pear, subtle toast notes and hints of flint. Elegantly shaped on the palate, with great length.

£40.00


MontepulcianoDate published: 21/08/14

New Arrival : Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013,Poggio Civetta

Just arrived in store, and is easily recognizable in our Italian selection with its midnight blue color label and owl on the bottle. It's sure to cause a hoot !!

This wine comes from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family,located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Chieti, which local legend claims was founded by Achillesin 1181 BC.A ripe and approachable, medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red. 

Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.

Drink with Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, or pasta and ragu.

£9.99 or buy ANY 2 selected bottles save 33% = £6.66


flexi tubDate published: 21/08/14

New to the Majestic Range!

Flexi Tub

Perfect for parties, the Flexi Tub is light, flexible, and easy to carry. The Flexi Tub has a 40 Litre capacity and can hold approximately 12 bottles of wine. The easy way to chill your wine and beer for barbeques and parties and still have enough room in the fridge for the party food!

Only £4.99


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 21/08/14

Grouse has quite a strong, gamey-flavour that can cope with a full-flavoured red wine. However like all poultry you need to beware of tannin and select wines that are not too tannic. A couple of good options for Roast Grouse are either a northern Rhone Crozes-Hermitageor a good quality Pinot Noir. But you could even try a strong, rich, fruit driven red like from the Languedoc.

Crozes Hermitage 

Yann Chave's offering is 100% Syrah which has plenty of blackberry, violets and sweet spice with a lovely peppery finish. A very choice at £15.99 

Chapoutier's Crozes-Hermitage is again 100% Syrah but it has a very pleasing herby quality to it and a smoother finish at £14.86...slightly different to Yann Chave's.

Pinot Noir 

Coney Pizzicato from the Martinborough area in New Zealand is bursting with ripe cherry, black fruit and a smokey opulence  with a nice savoury finish. A real winner that out paces all Burgundian options around the same price (in my opinion) at £17.50

Languedoc 

Gerard Bertrand's Grand Terroir Montpeyroux is a very tasty blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah which has wonderful concentration of ripe fruit flavours and a peppery finish. A very enjoyable wine indeed at £9.34


riojaDate published: 21/08/14

Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva - What's the Difference?

Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are age categories that have to be used by law for Spanish wines. Many producers will exceed the minimum aging requirements.

Crianza - Red wines must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, of which 6 are spent in small oak barrel. White and rose wines must be aged for at least 18 months. This is the fruitiest style.

Reserva - These are generally wines from selected vats of better vintages , and red wines must be aged for a minimum of 36 months, with at least 12 months in small oak barrels and the rest in bottle. White and rose wines must be aged for 18 months with 6 months in oak barrels and the rest in bottle.

Gran Reserva - These wines are only produced in exceptional vintages, and red wines must be aged for a minimum of 60 months with at least 18 months in small oak barrels, and the rest in bottle. These wines develop more complex oak characters such as tobacco, leather and spice like clove and vanilla. They also have more dried fruit notes such as raisin and fig.


Chapel down BrutDate published: 21/08/14

Chapel Down Brut £15.99!

A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier this great wine has a lot to offer. 

Chapel Down are one of the biggest producers of wine in Southern England. They use the traditional champagne method and although the Chapel Down Sparkling wines may not be as yeasty as traditional champagne, they have a very attractive, refreshing and zesty character. 

This wine would be great for a toast or as an aperitif. 

ONLY £15.99


vincentDate published: 21/08/14

100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire valley in France.

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.

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.

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

Currently part of our Summer Selection offer, down to just £9.99 when you buy any 2+ wines in the Summer Selection. Single bottle price $£14.99.

Minimum purchase just 6 bottles, any mix.


GRAPE AND YEASTSDate published: 21/08/14

Funnily enough, the purpose of the grape is not to make wine. Vines produce grapes as part of a lure to transplant their seeds in an attempt to reproduce and increase their population. The sugar content is attractive to birds who eat the grapes, and the grape seeds, and fertilise them using their droppings.

However, just incase the birds do not fall for the wicked trick and don't eat the grapes, the vine wants to re-use the sugar to grow. It has, therefore, developed a unique system to ferment this sugar. The grape has a waxy layer to attract wild yeast. These yeasts are needed to break down the grapes' sugars into alcohol. The alcohol is broken down by one of natures alcoholics; vinegar bacteria. They turn this wild wine into an organic vinegar which drips onto the forest floor and is taken up again by the vine.

Some producers choose to kill these wild yeasts off. They want to create a uniform wine which tastes the same and can easily be controlled during fermentation. Instead of the natural yeast, they will use a cultured yeast. What the natural yeast brings to a wine is character and individuality; something special and unique to that vineyard. 


RuedaDate published: 21/08/14

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines.

Here are two of our favourites from the region:

Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2011/2012 Marques de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

This wine was awarded “Best White Wine in the World” and a Grand Gold medal at the Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles 2012. Spain's alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, the Verdejo grape offers wines with exceptional intensity on the nose and a clean, citrussy palate, yet with a little more softness.

Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. Crisply acidic, the wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish.


RuedaDate published: 21/08/14

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines.

Here are two of our favourites from the region:

Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2011/2012 Marques de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

This wine was awarded “Best White Wine in the World” and a Grand Gold medal at the Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles 2012. Spain's alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, the Verdejo grape offers wines with exceptional intensity on the nose and a clean, citrussy palate, yet with a little more softness.

Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. Crisply acidic, the wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish.


Curious brewDate published: 21/08/14

This great English Lager was a gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer.

It is fermented using Champagne yeast which is used in the making of Chapel Down English Sparkling wine. This gives it its unique yet flavoursome character.  


Two week dealsDate published: 21/08/14

Just a reminder about these amazing offers, which are on for just ONE more week .

1 - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc(NZ) at £6.99 when you buy any 2 from the Summer Selection (Open to try )

2 - Breganze Pinot Grigio Rose at £5.99 when you buy any 2 from the Summer Selection

3 - Calamino NV Cava(Spain) at £5.99 when you buy any 2 from the Summer Selection

4 - Corte Alta at £6.66 when you buy any 2 from the Summer Selection

5 - Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo at £4.99 when you buy any 2 from the Summer Selection

6 - Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja at £6.66 when you buy any 2 from the Summer Selection (Open to try )

7 - The Georges Duboeuf Fleurie is now £8.81 when you buy any 2 from the Summer Selection

8 - Louis Latour Macon Lugny is down to £9.99

Order online, in-store or call us on 01494 728188 

Don't forget when you order your 6 bottles* you get FREE delivery

(*minimum purchase 6 bottles ANY mix wines, spirits or champagne)


SulphitesDate published: 21/08/14

at are sulphites?

‘Sulphites’ is essentially a blanket term for a range of common sulphur compounds, several of which are found in food and drink. The one most commonly found in wine is sulphur dioxide (SO2) which has been used in winemaking for several hundred years.

Why are there sulphites in wine? Tiny amounts of sulphites occur in all wines as a natural result of the winemaking process, but most of the sulphites present in wine are those which have been added intentionally. Sulphites are commonly used for sterilising wine-making equipment such as barrels and tanks, which can lead to trace amounts being transferred to the wine. Later, SO2 is often added to the juice to control the fermentation process. For example, once the desired alcohol level has been reached, SO2 can be used to kill the yeast and thereby stop fermentation. It also kills other microbes, preventing the wine from spoiling due to bacterial activity. Sulphites are also highly effective at preventing oxidation, and the majority of winemakers (even those who have made the wine using natural processes with little or no SO2 throughout) will add sulphites at the bottling stage to help prevent oxidation and therefore improve the wine’s shelf-life.

Do they affect the taste? Sulphites are most easily detectable on the nose. Most people can identify sulfurous odours (often referred to as a ‘struck match’ smell) at SO2 concentrations as low as 50ppm (parts per million), especially in wines sealed by screwcap, which tends to preserve aromatics very effectively. The aromas are usually present for a very short time after the wine has been opened, and fade once the wine has received exposure to the air.

Are sulphites harmful?

At the low concentrations found in wine, sulphites cause no harmful effects in the vast majority of people. A very small number of people have a high sensitivity to sulphites, and may suffer symptoms such as chest tightening or wheezing (particularly in asthmatics), headaches or skin rash. Sulphite sensitivity is thought to affect only around 1% of the population, and the above symptoms are likely to require much higher doses than those typically found in wines or foodstuffs. Other foods which may contain sulphites in various amounts are beer/cider, fruit juice, tinned foods, processed vegetables, dried fruit, jams/preserves, biscuits and cakes, cured meats and many others.

What are the legal limits on the amount of sulphites in wine?You will find that the vast majority of wines now have ‘contains sulphites’ printed on the back label. EU regulations require that all wines with more than 10mg/lt (or only 10ppm) of sulphites display this warning, and wines with concentrations lower than this are extremely rare. The maximum levels of sulphites permitted in wines sold within the EU are 160mg/lt for red wine, 200mg/lt for white/rosé wine, and 400mg/lt for sweet wine.

How can I find a wine that’s low in sulphites?

Producers do not have to specify the actual level of sulphites in their wine on their labels, meaning they are of little help in finding which wines are the lowest in sulphites. For example, two white wines both labelled as containing sulphites could legally have sulphite concentrations of 10mg/lt and 200mg/lt respectively; a difference of 20 times the minimum amount. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some general pointers which you may find helpful.Red wines, especially those rich in tannins, contain high levels of antioxidants and are therefore naturally more resistant to oxidation, requiring little or no added sulphites at bottling. Most producers will still add a small amount anyway, to ensure that the wine maintains its condition. White wines do not contain these antioxidants, and easily suffer discolouration or loss of freshness due to oxidation, and therefore require higher sulphite doses to keep them fresh. Sweet wines generally have much higher sulphite levels because their high sugar content makes them prone to bacterial spoilage or secondary fermentation. Sparkling wines may also have higher sulphite levels because they are often bottled with some yeast residue still present.As a general rule, wines produced in large volumes will have more added sulphites. Air exposure and yeast/microbes are harder to manage in volume production, and therefore the amounts of sulphites cannot be managed as finely. Many mass-market wines are also made with primary fruit flavours and fixed alcohol levels in mind, both of which may be managed using sulphites. Also, wines packaged in bag-in-box format, or shipped in bulk are more susceptible to air ingress and therefore benefit greatly from added sulphites to inhibit oxidation. This obviously suggests that cheaper wines will tend to have higher sulphite levels than premium or boutique wines, which is true to an extent. However, the mere fact that a wine is expensive is not a guarantee that it is low in sulphites.


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 21/08/14

Whether you're cooking at home for friends or dining out, here are 5 key points to consider when matching food and wine:

1. Wine should compliment not dominate food  (a heavy red wine for example would overpower a delicate fish)

2. Choose a wine to match the most dominant flavour in the dish (sometimes a strong flavoured sauce can be more dominant than the dishes main ingredient)

3. Choose complex wines for basic foods and basic wines for complex foods (too many flavours and it becomes very difficult to pick out so many elements)

4. Match the wine to the body and texture of the dish (the cooking method used can affect the weight of the dish - for example a poached chicken is lighter than a roast chicken)

5. Look for food specialities from a particular wine making region (the high acidity in Italian red wine, for example, matches the high acidity found in tomato based pasta dishes).


Cost of wineDate published: 21/08/14

Do you want to know what goes into deciding the price of your bottle of wine? Well look no further. Here is a quick guide into the factors that affect the price you pay! 

Production Costs

There are many costs that go into the production of a wine from the soil its grown on to the type of grape grown. To keep costs low the land needs to be harvested easily with access to labour. The yield of grapes needs to be high to spread cost and overall there must be a demand for the type of wine you are making. The cost of land can be expensive such as the Champagne region. The equipment used can also cost greatly and is sometimes shared between vineyards and producers. 

Packaging, Distribution and Sale

All the extras are included as well, such as the bottle, closure, the label and the packaging it comes in are all factors. If you want to be individual and change the style in any way such as a different shaped bottle this also increases the cost. Other factors can include labour. storage and transport costs. 

Taxes and Levies

Most countries add an excise tax on to wine along with value-added or sales tax. The amount of tax can depend on the style of wine from still to sparkling, light or liqueur.  

The Market

Overall the price of a wine will depend on the market for that particular kind. The production of wine is limited by laws to stop one producer from being a sole supplier of a type of wine so prices cannot be undercut between producers. 


KrugDate published: 21/08/14

We have just replenished our stocks of  Krug Grande Cuvee in store so we're exploring what makes this top shelf champagne so special. Krug's uncompromising and single-minded determination to produce the best Champagne is legendary, resulting in unquestionably one of the finest Champagnes in the world.

On the palate you get notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, citrus and jellied fruits, as well as hints of apple, blossom, almonds, marzipan, sweet spices, brioche and honey.

This wine is an extraordinary blend of over 120 wines from 10 different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvee its unique fullness of flavours and aromas.

"All our anecdotes and stories influence our culture, stirring the senses and the heart. In the end, they carry us to where we want to go, to what we want to create: a hand-crafted exquisite Champagne that leaves no one indifferent." Oliver Krug, Sixth generation of the Krug family.

£140  £125


Free deliveryDate published: 21/08/14

Just passing on foot?

No worries, as long as you make our minimum purchase of 6 bottles of wine or more, we can deliver them right to your door for free! You may even be lucky enough to be offered same day delivery if you live close by, otherwise just state a time to suit you.

Just ask at the counter.


LagunitasDate published: 21/08/14

A new beer has landed!

Brewed in California, this is a typically hoppy, strong IPA, in the style that's so popular at the moment.

Here's what the makers themselves have to say....

"Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special, homicidally hoppy ale. Savour the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!"

So it sounds pretty powerful.

Priced at £10.99 per 6-pack in our Craft Beer & Cider offer - buy any 2+ packs of selected Craft Beer & Cider and save £6 (single pack price £13.99).


la rioja altaDate published: 21/08/14

We're thrilled to have this in - unbelievable wine, from the same house as the ever-popular Vina Ardanza.

Formed by 5 growers in 1890, this superb and classic Rioja house has created an epic wine in the Gran Reserva 904. This wine has undergone 4 years' ageing in cask and had very little filtration or clarification to preserve its natural character.

A wonderfully mature style of Rioja with lashings of secondary and tertiary characteristics, such as leather, mineral, cedar balsam and sweet spices.

A brilliant wine with real structure and elegance, this wine is ready for drinking now, and will work well with veal and goose.

Will drink now, and will happily cellar for 10+ years. Received 96 points from The Wine Advocate.

Priced at £36 a bottle.


Party planningDate published: 21/08/14

Have you got big plans coming up this year, celebrating a special birthday, tieing the knot?

This can be a stressful process, but we're here to help you every step of the way! 

We can help you match our wines with your menu and delivering them to the venue (for free!), let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!


Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines
- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 
- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue
- Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy
- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day


With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £15.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget!

Give us a call or pop in to discuss your needs!

33% Date published: 21/08/14

Gavi La Toledana.

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes. Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

£7.99/bottle*

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis Jadot

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. A nice apéritif, this will also partner fish dishes and chicken well.

£8.99/bottle*

Pouilly-Fumé 2012 Jean Vincent

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot. 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. A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

£9.99/bottle*

*When you buy any 2 from the 33% off range.

glass hireDate published: 21/08/14

As long as you buy your wine from us, we will happily provide you with the glasses to put it in!!
The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.
All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.

Storing wineDate published: 21/08/14

Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine.  If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


Bollinger NV Date published: 21/08/14

Founded in 1829 by three people, Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger this Champagne house is known for it's focus on high quality! The house continues to be run by members of the Bollinger family to this day, though before 1960 the Champagne still had the Renaudin name upon it despite no members of the Renaudin family being involved. In 1884 Bollinger became the official supplier to the British court, receiving a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria and has had quite a following in the UK since, being affectionately known as "Bolly".

Lily Bollinger is known for making this famous quote:

"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty."

This is on offer currently at a whopping £25.50 a bottle, A third off!


Goose islandDate published: 21/08/14

One of the new wave of craft beers this India pale ale has a refreshing Hop character followed by a malty note that adds caramel and burnt toffee to the palate. I'm quite a fan of the Goose Island IPA, I find the malt really adds a lot compared to some other IPA's which can be very fruity with not much else. This style of beer was originally made to survive the long journey from the UK to India. 

Goose Island have been one of the big players in developing the craft beer scene, so why not try this offering from them and see what all the fuss is about! We've also got it open to taste, so why not try before you buy!

£9.99

Per 6 pack when you buy two or more craft beers.


Matua pinotDate published: 21/08/14

Finding good Pinot under £10 is always a struggle but this Kiwi wine is only £9.36 at present. For this you get a proper pinot with all those typical characteristics. 

Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands.

An elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated Pinot Noir, full of ripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and subtle hints of wild thyme.

This is a great wine to drink by itself or matches game birds really well. One of my favourite recipes is a miso glazed quail cooked over charcoal.

Quail are a fantastic little bird and such great value if you go to the butcher. Mine does 8 birds for £10! I start by removing the back bone an rib cage then brushing with white miso paste and a little soy then leave for a hour or so. Get your bbq ready (or grill pan) and cook for about five minutes a side. I serve with a small asian salad as a starter and matchs the Matua really well. 


TucumenDate published: 21/08/14

Think Argentinian wine and you are more than likely to think of its many Malbecs it is so renowned for, be it the silky smooth, easy drinking styles or the heavier, broody food pairing examples. But think a little outside the box and it is possible to find some expertly crafted non-Malbec varietals and one such wine is the Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon. Regular customers of Majestic will recognise the Tucumen name from one of our top selling Malbecs so here is a genuine chance to try something a little different. 

Like the Malbec, this Cabernet is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu. The head-winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea brings with him experience of working at wineries in Spain's Toro and Ribera del Duero regions and explains the mix of new world and old world styles that can be found within the wines he makes.

This is a bright, youthful ruby red in colour, fruit-driven in taste, full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and blackpepper.

Drink now or cellar for up to 3 years. Whilst not so heavy that it can't be drunk alone, try with firm, mature cheeses to really bring out the berry flavours.

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon is available until Tuesday 5th August at £7.99 when two are bought as part of your mixed case of six.


Ramon bilbaoDate published: 21/08/14

If you are looking for a wine that is good for drinking by itself or a excellent lunchtime wine well this could be for you.

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja’s emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From vines with an average age of 40 years, this is a mid weight wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.

This soft and supple wine is vibrant ruby in colour with aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit and slight hints of vanilla on the medium bodied palate.

This is a bottle to be enjoyed with some good hard cheese like Manchego, Beaufort or aged Comte. Alternatively grill some tender lamb cutlets over charcoal until medium rare and serve with a bottle or two of this.


OrganistrumDate published: 21/08/14

If you like your wines from the lesser known areas of the world why not try this stunning wine from northern Spain. We have stocked Codax wines for a number of years now but this particular wine has a limited production so we never receive a large amounts.

This spectacular Albariño called 'Organistrum' comes from a selected south-west-facing plot, which tends to ripen earlier than the rest of Martin Codax's vineyards. Fermentation begins in stainless steel under temperature control, and is completed with a brief period in French Allier oak. The wine has a medium-intensity nose that is subtle and complex, with notes of stone fruit, vegetal tinges and nuanced with spice. Excellent roundness and enduring acidity provide a firm and characterful palate.

This would be an excellent match for some really fresh fish. I could see it being a fine accompaniment to sashimi.


Panamericana merlotDate published: 21/08/14

So the weather is still warm but you fancy something a little more red than rose. The problem is that you need something that is light and fruity for this time of year, but still has a bit of substance to go with that bbq you are planning for tomorrow night. Why not pop down to Majestic and try the Panamericana Merlot.

This wine is made by Viña El Descanso from a winery based in Sagrada Familia in the Curicó Valley. Because this Merlot comes from a cool climate area and has then been cool fermented it retains really big fruity flavours, enhanced due to the wine maturing with only a small portion experiencing any oak contact. 

This wine oozes ample red berry fruit combined with a fresh acidity offering ripeness and warmth. The fruitiness on the palate lends the wine a soft and plummy texture, with the merest hints of vanilla and spice coming towards the end of the finish to showcase the small amount of oak maturation.

Best enjoyed with flame grilled lamb kebabs or any barbecued food.

Panamericana Merlot is available for £5.99 from 5th August when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six bottles


under rated grape varietiesDate published: 21/08/14

Think Garganega and generally you think pinot grigio but it can also go to make some fantastically complex wines in Soave. 

The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months' maturation before bottling.

From lower yields and the best slopes in the region this wine is generous, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has.

Drinking now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. The creamy finish lends itself perfectly to a match with fish. I would say Monkfish or Brill with a cream based sauce. On our tasting counter at present so come down and judge for yourselves!


primitivoDate published: 21/08/14

That Primitivo and Zinfandel are the same grape variety?

Whilst Primitivo is mostly found in the heel of Italy's boot, in the region known as Puglia, Zinfandel is often grown in California. Zinfandel has become so popular in California that many believe this is where it originates from, but it was in fact brought over in the mid 19th century. 

This grape variety often has lots of blue fruit on the palate, such as Plum and even blueberry. Generally full bodied the wines have slight differences. The Italian Primitivo is often slightly more rustic and has a more structured backbone with some black fruits to taste, whereas the Californian Zinfandel is often a bit more fruitier and smoother and focuses on the plum notes. Confusingly enough Californian wine producers like to call rose's made from Zinfandel "White Zinfandel".

We have an Italian Primitivo, the Costarossa Primitivo currently in at £8.24 

and for a taste of Californian sun we have the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel at £8.99

So why not grab a bottle of each as part of your 6 and see what the differences are!


con amigosDate published: 21/08/14

Mention Malbec and we tend to think either Southern French or Argentina and the big, broody offerings they produce. Stay in South America but head into Chile and you will discover that Malbec has made a bit of a name for itself here too. As a general rule, Chilean Malbec varietals tend to be slightly less intense, lighter in style but keeping all the fruit flavours expected from the grape.

It is no surprise then that the Bio Bio Valley, known as one of Chiles best areas for producing premium wines, is where some exceptional Malbec is now produced. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions found in France's northern wine regions, but perseverance by wine makers can produce great examples.

Majestic can offer you the Con Amigos Malbec from this particular region. With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel. The weight of the wine means it can match a wide variety of foods, from char-grilled steaks to rotisserie chicken.

Con Amigos Malbec is currently available at £6.66 when two bottles are bought as part of your mix case of six bottles.


matua sbDate published: 21/08/14

If you are looking for a fantastic value Kiwi sauvignon then look no further than this great little sauvignon on offer at only £7.49 for August.

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Perfect with some goats cheese or a lean white fish like sea bream.


Loire valleyDate published: 21/08/14

The Loire Valley is best known for it's incredible Sauvignon Blanc's, though most people don't actually know it! This is because, like in the rest of France the wines tend to be named after the areas that they are grown, So Sancerre, Pouilly Fume and Menetou Salon are all in fact Sauvignon Blanc! 

But, this is not to say it is anything like the Sauvignons that you may find in New Zealand. The cooler climate, and soil type leads to a much more grassier, leaner wine. Nettles and mineral notes such as flint and stones replace the more tropical flavours that are predominant in NZ Sauvignons. 

Other than Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc is also grown as well as Pinot Noir.


Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/08/14

If you are looking for a great value Sauvignon Blanc this relatively new wine to Majestic could be just the ticket.  

An avid surfer since childhood, winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to hone both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The Wave Series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chile's terroir.

A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Drink really well chilled as an aperitif or try with a simple sun blushed tomato and goats cheese tartlet.

On offer at only £6.66 !

Sancerre cherrierDate published: 21/08/14

This family Domaine is situated near Chaudoux-Verdigny in Sancerre. The use of old vines (Vieilles Vignes) means that these wines will be more concentrated and thus hold a better quality of flavour. This wine exhibits classic passionfruit and mineral characters coupled with a racy acidity giving excellent balance and structure. Classic Sancerre. Pair with light fish dishes such as sole, or even try with goat's cheese!

£12.74 down from £14.99 Per bottle when you buy two or more 


Carbonic macerationDate published: 21/08/14

Beaujolais wines are always described as having a very unique characteristic in their fresh, almost confected like flavours. This is down to a certain process that the grapes are vinified which is known as Carbonic Maceration. The general idea behind the process is to keep the wine as fresh possible. 

The key thing which allows Carbonic Maceration to take place is the presence of natural yeasts in the skin of the grapes. The grapes are picked, usually in the night when the temperatures are cooler to preserve the grapes. These are then placed in steel vats and a layer of carbon dioxide is poured over the grapes. Because CO2 is a heavier gas than oxygen it forms a protective blanket that prevents the grapes from oxidizing. Then the natural yeasts get to work and begin to convert the sugars in the grapes to alcohol. Often the grapes burst which lets the fermented juice run from them freely. This wine is then collected and bottled. 


FizzDate published: 21/08/14

Everyone loves a glass of fizz and we have plenty of offers to keep your glass topped up throughout August! Here's my pick of our best sparkling wine offers this month:

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua£11.99£7.99!

Don't be fooled by the words 'extra dry' on the label! This is an off- dry prosecco with a light, refreshing character. It has a youthful fruit profile of peach, pear and tropical fruit and a floral nose. It makes a great apertif to drink with friends - maybe even at a BBQ (fingers crossed for more sun!).

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy, £14.99£9.99!

This is one for the prosecco fans! Coming from the top area for Prosecco this is a top quality expression of the prosecco grape. A bit weightier in the mouth than many proseccos, although still delicate, it is soft velvety and well balanced. Notes of apple and apricot dominate in this premium expression of everyone's favourite!

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV, New Zealand - £24.99, £16.65!

From the famous Cloudy Bay estate comes this champagne alternative, made using chardonnay and pinot noir: the same grapes that are used in champagne production. The wine is aged on it's lees (dead yest cells) for two years giving the sparkling wine a richer, more complex taste of nuts and bread flavours combined with crisp apple notes. 

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne- £37.50, £24.99

No list of sparkling wines is complete without the king of fizz: champagne. My pick of our big name champagne offers right now is Laurent-Perrier, with the non vintage coming in at only £24.99! A lighter style with citrus, toast and spice characters. The champagne is well structured and so it makes a great food match! Did you know that champagne is a great match for a fish supper? Next time you have a chippy why not upgrade it with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier!


Craft BeersDate published: 21/08/14

We can't keep up with all the new craft beers coming into our collection! This week we've got three brand new ales that guarantee Summer refreshment. 

Goose Island IPA (£9.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)
Indian Pale Ales have become an incredibly popular style of beer. Hoppy brews that offer a bitter edge to their crisp flavours. This beer has a zesty, citrus aroma that makes it perfect for enjoying in the sunshine as an alternative to lager. 

Einstok Pale Ale (£11.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)
The Icelandic brewery's White Ale has gathered a cult following amongst out beer-drinking regulars, so Einstok's Pale Ale is expected to be just as popular. There's a little rich maltiness alongside the bitterness in this beer. Ideal to serve at Arctic temperatures to cool you down at the end of a hot day. 

Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale (£12.00 per case of 12)
If you prefer rich, nutty beers to the crisp bitterness of IPA, this is the beer for you. Walnuts, demerara sugar, and honeycomb flavours are all to be found in this smooth ale. Perfect pairing for a steak and ale pie.


EinstockDate published: 21/08/14

Einstok Icelandic white ale bills itself as 'the best white ale ever tasted', and this week it is on our tasting counter and being put the test!

To be the best, the highest quality ingredients are needed; Einstok is made from the purest water on Earth, just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle, and just touch of oats add full texture. Based on classic Belgian witbier, flavours of orange peel and even a little coriander emerge, adding a zesty zing to the otherwise smooth and refreshing brew. This adventurous ale is both intriguing and approachable, and would add an original twist to a summery evening with friends. Highly recommended with pulled pork- what could be more trendy (and delicious) than this combination?

Interested? Sceptical? Pop in to try this easy-to-drink craft ale... very likely the best white ale ever tasted, but that's for you to decide!


Macon lugnyDate published: 21/08/14

To celebrate our glorious summer weather(?) Majestic are proud to offer you the excellentLouis Latour Macon Lugny at a superb price.

This delicious Chardonnay is produced by the family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich and buttery, yet still Burgundian styles, of Chardonnay. 

A pale gold colour, with aromas of fresh apples and lemon curd, the palate is fresh and crisp with green-apple acidity alongside peachy fruits. A versatile wine which would be excellent enjoyed with pork dishes, or with fresh seafood.

£9.99 down from £10.99


MarlboroughDate published: 21/08/14

Marlborough is home to New Zealand's most sought-after wines, in particular it's distinct and varied Sauvignon Blancs of which many of you may be familiar with. In fact, 62% of all New Zealand vineyards are located in this region, and produce many of Majestic's best-sellers.

The success of Marlborough white wine really is no secret, but simply due to the perfect grape-growing climate and geography of the region, located in the northeast of the south island. The narrow shape of the south island ensures no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the coast. This maritime climate -of hot, sunny days and cool nights- allows a long growing season through which ripening is steady and balanced, contributing to the intensity of flavours which Marlborough Sauvignons are known for. 

The areas of sandy soil over slate shingles throughout Marlborough are the most desirable for planting vines, as the good drainage of the soil and poor fertility encourages the concentration of flavours in fewer grapes. A wide diversity of flavours are notable from vineyards that are planted north-south, as the soil runs in bands from east to west, with the heavier soils producing more herbaceous wines (the grapes ripen late) and vines planted in stonier soils produce more tropical flavours (the grapes ripen earlier). 

Big names in Marlborough include Brancott Estate, Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay and Mud House. All deliciously diverse and available today!


pennauitierDate published: 21/08/14

Taking a place of pride on our tasting counter is the Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon. A single varietal wine hailing from the South of France, this is full of bramble fruit flavours, with a balanced acidity and subtle tannins. The warm southern weather allows the grapes to reach full ripeness, which is apparent in the flavour, while cool fermentation and use of stainless steel brings these flavours to the fore.

The wine is produced by members of the same family that have owned the historic Château de Pennautier since 1620. As their reputation has grown, so too has their prestige and from the 1980s they have become one of the most significant producers in the Carcassonne area, making wines both from Languedoc grapes, and Bordeaux varieties such as this Cabernet. 

A great party wine or ideal for the more grown up dinner party, Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon is an ideal partner for guineafowl or pan-fried duck breast.

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon is available now for £6.79 a bottle when 2 bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six.


Moet Date published: 21/08/14

Moet & Chandon is one of the most popular Champagnes in the world, Known for it's top quality Brut and iconic Dom Perignon this Champagne house has wined and dined leaders, royalty and emperors since 1743. They currently hold a royal warrant to supply Queen Elizabeth the 2nd. Part of the luxury goods company Moet Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, they have spread internationally. Regularly referenced in pop culture, they have been sung about by Freddie Mercury and many others. 

The production amounts of their Champagne's have always been truly staggering. In 1880 alone they were producing 2.5 million bottles of the Brut alone. But in modern day, they are producing on each suitable vintage 5 Million bottles... of the Dom Perignon! To balance these high production demands whilst keeping their Champagnes at such a high quality is truly impressive. 

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial £29.98

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 £42.49

The 2004 vintage from Moët & Chandon is superbly structured and refined. Blending 50% Chardonnay with 34% Pinot Noir and 16% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

Dom Perignon 2004 £125

Moët & Chandon's finest cuvée is a delightful pale golden yellow with a fine, impressive mousse. Aromas of brioche and honey tones quickly blend with fresh almonds and apricots. It is round, persistent, vibrant and pure.


De Forville Chardonnay 2013 Web ExclusiveDate published: 21/08/14

Origin

From vineyards in the commune of Castagnola delle Lanze in Piedmont's Asti province, and vinified at De Forville's winery in Barbaresco, this wine is a great example of the elegant and focused cool-climate-style Chardonnays of northern Italy.

Taste

An inviting straw yellow colour, and offering gentle aromas of wild flowers intermingling with golden apple and fresh peach. Soft-edged yet refreshing acidity and pleasing harmony on the palate.

This wine is fantastic, in the same style as many white Burgundy's. Check out our website to find this web exclusive wine.

£49.98 for 6 bottles, only £8.33 a bottle!


Trout and ChablisDate published: 21/08/14

Last week I took a few days off and went on my first  fishing trip of the year which resulted to a couple of good trout. Not really my first choice of fish to eat they were quite large so I had to be resourceful in their use. So I cured some in gin, smoked a whole fish on the BBQ, made rillettes, had some sashimi and did a trout en croute. All pretty successful but it was the latter for supper last night. I made a paste from a handful of basil, parsley, coriander, capers, an anchovy, Dijon mustard, olive oil and a splash of citrus. Spread on top of the fillet and wrap in puff pastry. Seal with beaten egg and bake in a hot oven for 20/25 mins until golden. Serve with some greens and a good white burgundy. Perhaps a fine Chablis like William Fevre's.

William Fèvre are amongst the leading producers in Chablis and set the benchmark for village-level Chablis with this effort. With a family history of over 250 years in the region, their expertise is unquestionable in this marginal, northern region.

With a searing backbone of acidity and bone-dry finish balanced by fresh lime, lemon and orange fruits, this wine also displays nuances or flint and chalk on the nose.



New Wine by Emilio Moro!Date published: 21/08/14

Finca Resalso, Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is a Spanish Denominacion de Origin (DOC) located in the country's northern plateau.  Ribera wines are currently enjoying greater popularity, thanks largely to the considerable interest shown in the area by experienced growers from other regions. The region was named wine region of the year in 2012 by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Origin:

Finca Resalso is a collection of vineyards ranging from 5-15 years of age; the youngest vines in the Emilio Moro estate.  The wine is a lighter alternative to their signature wine, still of 100% 'Tinto Fino', having undergone less extraction and oak ageing.

Taste:

Dominated by primary fruit character, combining ripe mulberry and cherry with forest fruit character.  Subtle notes of liquorice and spice add a hint of savoury depth.

Enjoy:

Perfect with grilled merguez or other spicy, smoky meats

£8.99 (when you buy any 2 selected wines, and save 25%)

Single bottle price £11.99



Craft Beer: Camden Pale Ale and LagerDate published: 21/08/14

" America invented Pale Ale during the dark, dry years of prohibition. It was made in bath tubs by gangsters who traded illicit liquor for secret new hop varieties. One day the president tasted Pale Ale when no one was looking. "Prohibition is over" he said. "

Camden Town Brewery was established just 4 years ago back in 2010, producing small quantities of quality craft beers. With the surge in popularity in craft beers, it doe seem that we can be spoilt for choice there days. But here are 2 English gems to look out for. 

Camden Pale Ale

Bursting with tropical fruits, and grapefruit this summery English ale is made in the American style with American hops. At just 4% abv, this beer is perfect for this hot weather,without you needing to have a nap in the early evening! It has a multi-sweetness edge that perfectly balances out the rich hoppiness.

Hells Lager

Based on the traditional German Heles style this refreshing beer has a delightful English twist. With a pleasing maltiness and refreshing hop bite, this well carbonated lager is perfect with rich fatty foods. Treat yourself to a pizza and one of these this evening!

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more from our craft beer selection.


Great with Cheese! ....Date published: 21/08/14

Great with Cheese! .... 

Château Tour du Haut Moulin 2007 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc...

Tour du Haut Moulin is situated in Cussac Fort, between Margaux and St-Julien, in the heart of Haut-Médoc. It has been owned by the Poitou family since 1870 and is now in the 6-generation of family ownership. It has 28 hectares of vines on Garonne gravel soils.

Now showing a good degree of maturity with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a harmonious mouthfeel.

Try at our tasting counter today... £14.99 Buy two save 25% = £11.24

Chile: The viticultural paradiseDate published: 21/08/14

Chile: The viticultural paradise

Walk in to any Majestic wine across the United Kingdom and take a browse in our Chilean wine section. Savior the huge breadth of grape varieties and wine styles on offer… or as some look, slightly perplexed with the sheer choice!

Chile is a ‘new world’ producing country with a wine history dating back as far back as the 16th Century. First the Spanish conquerors came and then some time later French explorers popped across too. During much of the 20th Century Chile’s wine industry suffered from political strife, a civil war and the economic fallout. Happily however over the past 20 years the Chilean wine Industry has been gripped by a renascence… and a whole plethora of different wine styles now exist. The following are just some of the highlights…

Black Grape Varieties

Carmenere- A Bordeaux grape variety that was abandoned in France after Phylloxera hit. This grape variety was only rediscovered in 1994 when it was identified in vineyards that locals had thought had been Merlot. It makes wines with lots of dark and red fruit characters with peppery notes- Chile’s signature grape variety.  

Cabernet Sauvignon- This grape variety accounts for more than half of the production of black grapes in Chile. A world away quite literally in taste when compared to Bordeaux wines with the same composition. The Chilean style has smooth ripe fruit flavours and are often aged in oak barrels… essentially new world wines with an old world spin!

The cooler coastal plains in Chile are often planted with Syrah or Pinot Noir for lighter more elegant wines.  

White Grape Varieties

Sauvignon Blanc- oftenplanted in the central valleys and closer to the coast in Casablanca, this ever popular white grape variety displays all the classic aroma characteristics- elderflowers, lemon and flintiness. Some of the most regarded producers have managed to produce wines of Sancerre quality at a fraction of the price!

Chardonnay- not weighed down by tradition, Chile has a wide range of wines from this grape variety. Oaked, partially or no oak at all- there is literally a style to please even the fussiest Chardonnay drinker (let’s just hope they can get past the label!). Arguably some of the finest and most elegant Chardonnay in the world comes from the Limari region- the sunshine is strong and the nights are very cool- resulting in some cracking wine.

Other aromatic white grape varieties can be found too including the likes of Voignier,Riesling and Gewurztraminer (Thanks again to the strong sunshine and cool nights)

With all this in mind, why not pop down to your local Majestic today to #comeandexplore all the fantastic wines from Chile. And if you’re still not sure… I can run through all this again!


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc... £6.99 ... What an offer!!!Date published: 21/08/14

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc... Classic Marlborough!

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

This offer only runs until the 25th August. Catch it while you can @majesticbat

#comeandexplore #NZSB #Giesen 


The wonderful world of wine...Date published: 21/08/14

The wonderful world of wine...

Working in a wine shop I am often guilty for taking it all for granted.

At Majestic Battersea we've got wines for every person and every pocket... from simple soft fruity Merlot to top left bank Bordeaux...

Not only that, we are always on hand to offer friendly (knowledgeable) advice... go on #comeandexplore

Better still the 1st time you shop with us you will recieve a voucher for the next time you shop with us (a free bottle up to the value of £10 of your choosing when you buy 6 bottles) 


Some of my favourite things...Date published: 21/08/14

Some of my favourite things...

One of the key benefits of working in a wine shop is being able and for it to be acceptable to discuss wine pretty much all the time. One major part of our job is lugging wine boxes about... to keep our minds from dulling, myself and Pippa discuss wines we've tried or would like to try... today is time to discuss one of mine...

The Gavi Toledana (with its distinctive long bottle neck) ... is made using the Cortese grape variety. In a nutshell its the Italian's answer to a Chablis. Great length, delicate and dry flavours of honey and cut grass... its a cracking wine to have with any manner of sea food.

Better still as of tomorrow its going to be on taste!!!

£11.99 Buy two save 1/3 = £7.99  


CHARDONNAY!...Date published: 21/08/14

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012 Puy de Dome

For some the slightest mention of Chardonnay is a big no-no...

This is a big shame as they don't know what they are missing. The Puy de Dome Chardonnay is an un-oaked Chardonnay with a bit of lees aging for added richness.

Soft apple and stone fruits match a decent slap of minerality. Go on give it a try at our tasting counter today!

£11.99 Buy two save 25% = £8.99 


Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/08/14

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2013/14

Single Bottle Price £10.65

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more

Grapes : Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

HAPPY DRINKING!!!


New RoseDate published: 21/08/14

After my first week working for Majestic in the Battersea store, I can safely say that I have taken a great liking to Rosé. The current Rosé on the tasting counter is 'Etoile De Mer', a scrumptious tasting wine from Luberon in south eastern France. The smell of red berries personifies summer for me. However the fresh and juicy palate keeps the taste cool and refreshing in the summer heat. So whether you're a fanatic for Rosé, or just attempting to be adventurous with your choices, pop by the store to get your hands on this fantastic liquid.    

The price is £11.99 per bottle. 

However if you buy two or more bottles you will be paying £8.99 per bottl


Spotlight on fine wine- Chateau La Tour du Pin 2010Date published: 21/08/14

What could be better than a sumptuous, rich, inviting Saint Emilion? A Saint Emilion Grand Cru of course! This one in particular is also rather special...

Any Bordeaux aficionados will (as I did) have read the label and thought, wow! Could this be the new Saint Emilion offering from Pomerol extraordinaire Chateau Le Pin (bottles of which frequently trade for thousands). Unfortunately, this isn't the case. It instead belongs to someone arguably more capable: Cheval Blanc. When it comes to Saint Emilion, they're as close as you can get to a first growth wine, and they purchased the estate in 2006. All that expertise has gone into creating something rather special. Unfortunately, the estate has recently become debunked, but the exciting news is that 2.6 hectares of it have been amalgamated into Cheval Blanc's vineyards themselves! This wine's status on the extinct list make it all the more appealing, and beside it the year (2010 being one of the best Bordeaux has ever seen) and the critics scores (93+ from the infamous Robert Parker) makes this a fine wine that cannot be missed.

Chateau La Tour du Pin Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010 - £40


Perfect Party Prosecco'sDate published: 21/08/14

The Perfect Party Prosecco

Now that the party season is in full swing it's time to stock up on Prosecco. We have some fantastic deals on a variety of Prosecco's in our August summer selection at 33% off. So whether your planning a party, BBQ, wedding or just a fan of fizz then we're sure to have the perfect choice for you. 

- Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC    £7.99 (£11.99)

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. 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.Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

- Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV,Pasqua    £7.99 (£11.99)

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

Prosecco La Marca Treviso ExtraDry NV, DOC, Italy    £8.66 (£12.99)

Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours.Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear,melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz. Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.

- Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV,DOCG, Italy    £9.99 (£14.99)

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced. An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

* All prices correct at the time of printing. Prices stated are for when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case. Minimum purchase 6 bottles (any mix).


OPEN TO TASTEDate published: 21/08/14

Wine of the Week

Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013 Sauvion

Grape

Melon de Bourgogne

Origin

Château du Cléray have 30 hectares of vineyards which stand on the characteristic sandy soils of the commune of Vallet. The estate has been run by the Sauvion family since 1935, and is today run by winemaker Pierre Sauvion, graduate in oenology at Bordeaux University.

Taste

Steely and focused, this shows its class from the very first aromas of well defined citrus and stone fruit, flowing seamlessly into notes of wet stone. Dry and incisive on the palate, with great length.

Enjoy

A must with haddock, crusted sardines and other fresh classic fish dishes.

£8.49 multi buy


Staff Pick of The Summer Selection.... The WhitesDate published: 21/08/14

Staff Pick of The Summer Selection.... The Whites

1. Waimea Pinot Gris 2013 WAS £14.99 NOW £9.99

A firm Majestic Favourite, this Pinot Gris has been recommended in the press on several occasions, and with good reason. A fantastic new world take on an Alsace wine. 

The grape would be traditionally associated with the wines of Alsace, and the best wines of Alsace are rich, full bodied and often high in alcohol. They have a similar golden colour to Gewurtztraminer but are not as aromatic. The Waimea Pinot Gris is an off-dry wine from Nelson in New Zealand, and has beautiful body and creaminess on the palate. The flavour reminds me of poached pears, with a lovely hint of spiciness and Jasmine. A really classy wine that you could enjoy with Thai or Asian food.

2. Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66

A dry, fruity and zesty sauvignon with bell pepper and grassy notes. The winemaker Sebastian Labbe is and avid surfer so he's made a wine inspired by his passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chile's terroir. Serve with fish, green salad or goats cheese. 

visit www.carwen.com for more info.

3. Marquis de Pennautier Viognier 2013 WAS £9.99 NOW £7.49

A dry, clean and fruity viognier that has been fermented in stainless steel. This ensures that the fresh natural characteristics of the varietal shine through; like peach and honeysuckle. A great producer all round! Crisp acidity makes for a mouthwatering wine.  


Spotlight on fine wine- Shaw and Smith's M3 ChardonnayDate published: 21/08/14

Established in 1989 by wine maker Martin Shaw and Master of Wine Michael Hill Smith, Shaw and Smith make exciting and refined wines sourced exclusively from their vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. The M3 Chardonnay aims for elegance, restraint and the ability to age (combining that with the tell-tale Aussie kick!). Stone fruit and citrus notes dominate the nose, continuing onto the palette, where they join grapefruit and a rich, round biscuity note. 

This wine tastes great now, but will cellar until 2021. It's ideal when paired with Grilled King George Whiting with a caper and butter sauce.

£25

Good Value in Focus - Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de la ConcordiaDate published: 21/08/14

Here at Majestic Battersea we love a good value wine and the Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de la Concordia is a great example of this.

Origin

Marqués de la Concordia brings together the best of both the New and the Old World - New World style and Old World terroir. Using only the very best grapes, they have created a Rioja Reserva of extremely high quality that will improve with further bottle ageing.

Taste

This Reserva shows complex aromas of ripe fruit, cedar and spice, which develop into a smooth, velvety palate with powerful dark fruit flavours, hints of coffee and an almost chocolatey richness.

Enjoy

Savour now as an accompaniment to slow roasted shoulder of lamb with a balsamic reduction.

£8.66 when purchased with any other summer selection wine.


Discover AustraliaDate published: 21/08/14

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009 Langhorne Creek

Grape

Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

Langhorne Creek is a premium wine growing region of South Australia on the Fleurieu Peninsula near Adelaide. Located on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, rich fertile soils make this an outstanding grape growing region, particularly for red varieties.

Taste

Deep crimson with purple tinges, intense ripe berry characters with a vanilla lift exude on the nose. Concentrated rich, black fruit flavours on the palate follow to a balanced and velvety finish.

Enjoy

Will benefit from another couple of years ageing and then partner with lamb ragu pasta or braised oxtail stew.

£25.00 (Buy 2 bottles save £10)  £20.00


Alternatives to New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/08/14

There is so much to explore in the world of wine. Always try something different. We usually have more than six wines open to taste on our tasting counter in every Majestic store. We host free wine courses and tasting tutorials. This week we've put together a display of some alternatives to New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc. Come and explore.

Pietrariccia Fiano £7.49 multi-buy

Chapel Down Flint Dry £10.99 multi-buy

Caixas Albarino £7.98 multi-buy

Gruner Vetliner Weingart  £8.99 multi-buy


Our Craft Beer SelectionDate published: 21/08/14

We're not just about wines here at Majestic, and our widening range of exciting new craft beers is testament to this.

With an international selection, from London breweries like Meantime and Camden Brewery, to imported beers from the likes of the San Francisco Anchor Steam and Brooklyn Lager, there's something to suit everyone in our selection.

Many of these beers are available in smaller six packs, and our current offer to save £6 across any two six packs bought together, means they're ideal for trying out a couple of different varieties at a time.

Our current craft beer six pack range includes:

Meantime London Pale Ale and London Lager

Camden Pale Ale and Hells Lager

Brewdog Punk IPA

Einstök Pale Ale and White Ale

Flying Dog Underdog Atlantic Lager

Brooklyn Lager

Goose Island IPA

Anchor Steam


Good Value Wines for Bank Holiday WeekendDate published: 21/08/14

White Wine

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £6.99 multi-buy offer

Red Wine

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Grifone £4.99 multi-buy offer

Fleurie 2012/2013 Georges Duboeuf £8.81 multi-buy offer

Sparkling Wine 

Cava Calamino NV Spain £5.99 multi-buy offer

Codorníu Brut NV Cava £6.66 multi-buy offer


How should you store your wine?Date published: 21/08/14

Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine.  If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


Beer of the week - Roscoe's Hop House IPADate published: 21/08/14

Beer of the week

Roscoe's Hop House IPA

Hops

Cascade, Citra

Malts

Organic 2-Row Barley, Victory Malt, Oregon Jewell Wild Rice

Style

This is an experimental American-style IPA. It's named after Peter Roscoe, Astoria City councilor and advocate of locally grown wild rice. The beer consists of 5% Oregon Jewell Wild Rice.

Taste

A dry rusted nut flavour with explosions of citrus and orange hop freshness.

Enjoy

With a bouillabaisse, or spicey chicken wings

£12


Wine of the week- Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/08/14

Wine of the Week

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

Taste

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.

£7.49

multi buy


Fine Wine: Chocolate BlockDate published: 21/08/14

The Chocolate Block 2012, Boekenhoutskloof, Western Cape SOUTHAFRICA

Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker MarcKent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskloof's estate,fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices overa backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

Enjoy most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

Definitely worth a try at £22.00 (buy two save £10) 


Offers Ending - Get them now for the Bank Holiday Weekend!Date published: 21/08/14

The bank holiday is fast approaching, and everybody needs some wine to make it through! Why not go for a Marlborough Sauvignon and try the Giesen as its only £6.99*! Or opt for a classic Burgundian White with theMacon Lugny Louis Latour which is only £9.99!

Maybe you are celebrating something this weekend and need some fizz, why not try the Cordoniu Brut, a cracking cava from spain, and it won;t break the bank at £6.66*!

Having a BBQ and need some reds, then why not try the fruity approachable Ramon Bilbao spanish red, only £6.66. Or if you want a real, honest to god bargain, go for the Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo which is an incredibly £4.99*!!

Why not pop in store now to make the most of these offers!

*multi-buy price


Party planningDate published: 20/08/14

Have you got big plans coming up this year, celebrating a special birthday, tieing the knot?

This can be a stressful process, but we're here to help you every step of the way! 

We can help you match our wines with your menu and delivering them to the venue (for free!), let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!


Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines
- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 
- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue
- Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy
- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day


With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £15.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget!

Give us a call or pop in to discuss your needs!

Pan fried salmon and holandaiseDate published: 20/08/14

I love fresh fish, it's quick to prepare and tastes great!  Salmon is one of my favourite fishes to cook, pan fried in butter to give it a nice crispy skin, you simply cannot go wrong!  Pair this with some steamed vegetables or potatoes and top with a luscious hollandaise sauce, delicious!

A good wine pairing for this may be a white Burgundy or a new world oaked chardonnay, however i'm taking an alternative route.  Why not try Royal Tokaji's Dry Furmint? A dry white wine from Hungary, like the wines mentioned above it has richness and body as well as some acidity which compliments the rich charcteristics of the dish perfectly.  It also packs a punch in the alcohol department at 14% abv which is ideal, remember foods with a high fat content like some alcohol!

It's currently priced at just £7.99 which I think makes it an absolute steal!


33.3% offers still onDate published: 20/08/14

Gavi La Toledana.

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes. Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

£7.99/bottle*

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis Jadot

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. A nice apéritif, this will also partner fish dishes and chicken well.

£8.99/bottle*

Pouilly-Fumé 2012 Jean Vincent

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot. 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. A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

£9.99/bottle*

*When you buy any 2 from the 33% off range.

SherryDate published: 20/08/14

Manzanilla is the driest of the dry sherries and is matured in the soleras of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Flor, a layer of yeast in the barrel that protects the wine against oxidisation, thrives in this maritime climate and lends the wine its tangy character.

I have actually visited this producer and the lines and lines of barrels facing the windows open to the sea air is a sight to behold for any sherry lover!

This wine is incredibly fresh, with a salty, tangy character reminiscent of a sea breeze. A complex, nutty palate and crisp, palate-cleansing finish.  Treat it like a white wine and chill down.  Perfect on its own, but even better with fresh seafood and tapas!

Manzanilla La Gitana Hidalgo

£9.99 or £8.49 wne you buy two 15% off wines


Champagne offersDate published: 20/08/14

There's a reason Champagne is the most popular sparking wine around...because it's simply the best and here at Majestic you are spoilt for choice!

Nothing marks a special occasion quite like a glass of Champers, from popping open the beautiful bottle to sipping on the delicious, sparkling grape juice within.  And let's face it, you know you're at a swanky doo when you're greeted with a flute of good Champagne!

We've currently got lots of different Champagne's on a cracking offer and here's some of our best value bottles at the moment:

Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 - Wow your guests with a superb vintage Champagne that won't break the bank, currently just £19.99, saving 33%!

Pol Roger Réserve NV - Winston Churchill's Champagne of choice, this is a wine with tons of character and perfect for special occasions.  Currently just £33.31, also saving 33%!

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV - Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne makes a superb apertif.  Currently £19.99 a bottle, saving 33%!

If you have a party coming up or need a gift for a friend or loved one, why not grab a bottle of Champers!? (Minimum purchase six bottles, mix and match how you wish)


Tuscan beef stewDate published: 20/08/14

Stews and casseroles may be regarded as winter dishes, meals that will warm you up when it's a bit chilly outside.  However, I love a good stew and I eat them all year round, they're cheap, simple to execute and most importantly delicious!

Throw a load of ingredients in to a slow cooker, forget about it and come home to a house full of lovely smells and a meal that is ready to eat, what's not to like!

I love Italian style stews, grab some braising meat whether it be beef, boar or lamb, season and chuck in plenty of garlic, onion, rosemary and some root veg or beans.  Cover this with some stock and a generous helping of red wine and you're on to a winner!

I also happen to love Italian wine and for this type of dish you need a wine that can stand up to the big flavours of the stew.  One of my favourites is Rosso di Montepulciano 2012 Poliziano, a cracking blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, it has plenty of body and rich flavour to match the hearty stew.  Furthermore it has a fair bit of acidity which will match the acidity and the flavours of the dish if you choose to use tomatoes.

Give it a try this weekend!


majestic malbec'sDate published: 20/08/14

Majestic's Malbecs joining the Summer Selection.

Malbec is proving particularly popular with our customers here at Majestic and as such here are a selection of our great value Malbecs currently on the Summer Selection all with 33% off.

Santa Ana Malbec (£5.99) A great value Malbec from one of Argentina's oldest wineries. Expect to taste plum and cherry characteristics with a soft finish.

Argento Malbec (£6.66) From grapes grown in the foot hills of the Andes this one has ripe brambles and spicy blackberry notes. Also contains hints of vanilla and a well balanced acidity on the finish. Would go great with grilled meats!

Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Malbec (£6.66) Chilean Malbec offers some variety into the mix this one shows classic Malbec qualities of blackberries, plums, blueberries finish nicely with a subtle touch of vanilla.

L'Instant Truffier Malbec (£6.66) This dense blackish purple wine offers aroams of black cherry and bramble fruit along with hints of anise and prune. The taste is bold and robust with juicy fruit and peppery tannins.

All the prices shown are the multi-buy prices when you buy any two in our Summer Selection!



glass hireDate published: 20/08/14

As long as you buy your wine from us, we will happily provide you with the glasses to put it in!!

The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.


malbecDate published: 20/08/14

Argentinian Red – A rough guide to Malbec

Towards the end of the 20th century and throughout the 21st, the Argentinian wine market has been on the up, one of the main reasons? Malbec. Heralded as the 'National grape' by many, Malbec is now synonymous with Argentinian red wine.

Characterised by its deep, inky colouring, intense fruity aromas and flavour and smooth texture, its become a favorite of many with or without food. Here I'm going to take you through a few of my picks from our ever increasing range:

Gestos Malbec - £7.99 when you buy any two wines on 15% off

This wine produces on the nose and palate well above its modest price. Officially, this is a blend of Malbec from vineyards at 2 different altitudes, aimed at combining the best attributes of high-altitude vineyards (freshness, structure) and low altitude vineyards (colour, density).

The intense deep red fruit flavours in this wine are joined by subtle hints of vanilla and spice, imparted from a 6 month oak-ageing process.

Complex, great value, velvety smooth, this wine is a great companion with roast beef dishes or barbecued red meats.


ZONINDate published: 20/08/14

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - (DOC)

The Zonin winery is currently the largest of Italy's privately owned vineyards, and with Italy being the world's largest producer of wine, that is a serious claim!

Since 1821, the house of Zonin has produced a range of wines, and currently holds vineyards in many of Italy's most recognisable wine-growing regions including Piedmont, Lombardy, Tuscany, Sicily, Friuli and Veneto, where this Prosecco is produced.

Grown exclusively in the Prosecco DOC, this wine is made from grapes from the most exceptional vineyards of the Veneto region, and at £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case, is a real bargain not to be missed.

Made to be crisp, light and refreshing, this wine has an inviting nose full of pear and apple flavours with just a hint of sweetness. On the palate, the theme of ripe fruit continues alongside delicate fizz and mouth-watering acidity to make an exceptional glass of wine.

As far as matching this wine to food goes, it really is a great all-rounder. At home as an aperative or on its own, yet still a fine match for seafood dishes, and even fresh fruit desserts.

A high quality wine at a really great price AND its open to taste, we do try to please here at Majestic Braintree... don't miss out on this great bottle of fizz to bring in the bank holiday.

£11.99

£7.99


Bring a Friend to Majestic, get a free bottle each!Date published: 20/08/14

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, (who isn't on the list) you can both get a free bottle of wine?!

You both must  buy at least 6 bottle each, but you BOTH get a FREE bottle up to the value of £10!


PELEGRINODate published: 20/08/14

We now stock San Pellegrino cans in different flavours!

Organge, Lemon, Blood Orange and Grapefruit!

£2.99 per pack of 6 cans when you buy two or more packs!!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/San-Pellegrino-Aranciata-zid2

Two week dealsDate published: 20/08/14

Here are some exceptional bargains to get stuck into!

Mâcon-Lugny 2012, Louis Latour £9.99 SPECIAL OFFER 

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013, Breganze down from £8.99 to £5.99* - Best Buy!

 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Grifone down from £7.99 to £4.98 * 

 Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012, Ramón Bilbao down from £9.99 to £6.66

Cava Calamino NV, Spain down from £8.99 to £5.99

Codorníu Brut NV down from £9.99 to £6.66

 Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy down from £9.99 to £6.66

 Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV, Italy down from £9.99 to £6.66 * 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough down from £10.49 to £6.99*

*(When you Buy 2 bottles on the 33.3% off offer, minimum purchase is 6 bottles)

Delivery on 6 or more bottles of wine is free!


food and wine matchDate published: 20/08/14

As much as I hate to admit it, we are edging ever closer to Autumn which means summer is coming to an end.  However, it's not over yet so make the most of it by enjoying food and wine that is at its best at this time of year.

Fresh fish is summer personified, delicately flavoured and quick to whip up, what's not to love.  Try roasted Sea Bream on a bed of risotto rice and topped with rocket pesto.

Get your fishmonger to prepare the Bream for you in advance if you are unsure how to fillet it.  Simply pan roast the fillets and season generously.  Lay them on a bed of risotto rice and drizzle with a simple rocket and parmesan pesto, divine!

As you can tell, this dish has a large Italian influence so i'm going Italian with the wine as well.  Our Gavi, La Toledana would work perfectly with this kind of dish.  This Gavi delivers tons of fresh citrus flavours that compliment the white fish extremely well.  Moreover, it has plenty of acidity and minerality to cut through the richness of both the risotto and the pesto, a cracking match!

You can pick up a bottle for just £7.99 at present which is a saving of 33%, get in the kitchen and seize summer!


Roches blanchesDate published: 20/08/14

Lets look at Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013, Louis Jadot

This is a Chardonnay from Burgundy!

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish

.A nice apéritif, this will also partner white fish dishes well.

Just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from our 33% range.


Chardonnay of the day!Date published: 20/08/14

This delicious cool climate Chardonnay from one of our longest standing producers is an absolute bargain at the equivalent of £8.33 per bottle (£49.98 per unsplit case of 6).

100% Chardonnay from vines planted in Castagnole Lanze in 1983, the wine is completely unoaked. This gives it a crisp, zesty fruit profile, and is a good alternative to entry level Chablis and similar styles of less expensive Burgundy.

In the context of current Burgundy pricing, this makes the price seem even better!


Great DealsDate published: 20/08/14

Cracking New Deals

We're pleased to announce some amazing new offers across a range of great wines for the next two weeks only.  Here's a look at what's included, prices are when you buy 2 or more until the 25th August so do hurry!

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99

Fleurie Duboeuf 'Flower Label' - £11.75 buy 2 save 25% = £8.81

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48 buy 2 save 33% = £4.99 

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Codorniu Brut NV - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Prosecco Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 


ArgentoDate published: 20/08/14

Argento Malbec 2013 Mendoza

As we don't wan't you to miss out on this offer we have made displays on our tills. 

Are you a Malbec Lover? Don't want to pay too much? Then look no further...........Argento Malbec is for you!

Grape: 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.

Taste

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.

Enjoy

Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.

BRONZE WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE!


Single Bottle : £9.99

2 bottles 33.3% off = £6.66 !


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc offer!Date published: 20/08/14

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Enjoy with paella.

£10.49 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%  - £6.99


BOUVET ROSEDate published: 20/08/14

Ever since we cracked it open for our big summer tasting a few months back this beauty has been in high demand, a real customer favourite!

For those that are yet to give it a try, it's a sparkling wine from the Loire Valley that is cultivated from Cabernet Franc grapes using the traditional method.  Salmon pink in colour, this delicate sparkling roséis light and welcoming delivering raspberry and peach fruit character whilst maintaining a rich moussy feel, the perfect apertif!

Those of you who have been waiting for it to come back in stock, be sure not to hang around too long as we don't have the largest amount of stock and it really does sell like hot cakes!

Best of all, it's currently just £8.99 a bottle when you purchase any other bottle on the 'save 33%' offer, an absolute steal!


storing wineDate published: 20/08/14

Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine.  If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


Bordeaux vintage guideDate published: 20/08/14

Bordeaux Vintage guide

1995

A fantastic vintage, often overlooked in comparison to the 1996. Uniform 
quality and consistency across the appellations.

1996
Fantastic vintage, especially on the Left Bank, as Cabernet Sauvignon 
dominant wines excelled. Often described as 'Backward' due to success and 
propensity of intensely concentrated and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon based 
wines.

1997
A 'Light' and 'Forward Drinking' vintage, blighted at en primeur due to 
excessive prices charged by Châteaux.

1998
One of the great vintages for Right bank wines and excellent Graves. Often 
overlooked in comparison to 2000, but many St. Emilion wines are superior. 
On the Left bank comparisons were made to the 1988, with hard tannins early 
on before the wines put on weight and fleshed out over time.

1999
Sandwiched between one of the greatest right bank years and an excellent 
vintage all over, when many things that could go wrong went right, 1999 was 
the converse. Almost every commune produced wines of great quality and 
dilute and thin wines. Vineyard management, wine making skill and luck were 
paramount!

2000
Feted as the millennium vintage, described as 'one in a lifetime' and heaped 
with superlatives, 2000 produced wines of spectacular quality on both banks 
of the Girande. Hindsight has not diluted the enthusiasm for the vintage, 
but the press and trade have lost some of the restraint shown when initially 
describing the 2000, so almost every subsequent appears to be superior!

2001
A vintage of quality that was under-hyped following the millennium vintage, 
best described as Classic Bordeaux. Superior to 1999, akin to the 1988 
vintage. Elegant and aromatic wines at a fraction of 2000's price.

2002
Another year of 'Classic' Bordeaux, with Cabernet based wins on the Left 
Bank providing many of the highlights. Left Bank wines had potential for 
extended aging, whereas Right Bank wines provided early drinking highlights. 
Many wines of interest and quality from this often overlooked vintage.

2003
There is only word needed to describe 2003; Hot. Extremely concentrated 
wines, high alcohol levels and reduced acidity levels prevailed across 
Bordeaux. Initially though of as superior to 2000, lack of acidity and 
over-concentration has led to diminishing interest.

2004
A return to a 'Classic' vintage after the over-ripe and somewhat Port-like 
wines of 2003, 2004 was a somewhat dark vintage of high tannin levels and 
perfumed Cabernet. The 2004s have somewhat been forgotten compared to its 
predecessor and successive vintage, but many charming and elegant wines are 
available.

2005
Compared to outstanding and legendary vintages such as 1990, 1982 and 1959, 
the first 'Vintage of the Century' after 2000 and 2003, wines were initially 
very high in tannin and extract, yet still sweet and elegant on release. 
Many of the Left Bank wines require prodigious aging before realising their 
full potential.

2006
A very good quality vintage, similar in style yet slightly superior to 2004. 
Described as another 'Classic' vintage of leafy Cabernet, more approachable 
and elegant when young than previous 'Classics'.

2007
The curse of seven struck again, following on from 1987 and 1997 as poor 
vintages. A miserable summer was saved by a dry and warm September and 
October. An early drinking vintage.

2008
A vintage that was slated before it was even harvested, both because of a 
poor spring and early summer, and the onset of the world's financial 
difficulties. Robert Parker awarded higher scores to the 2008 wines than to 
many of the 2005s (although these ratings have subsequently softened). Right 
Bank wines were generally superior to the Left.

2009
Excellent vintage, the greatest vintage of the deacde, and in comparisons 
with other outsanding and exceptional vintages, 2009 is now the only year 
from the 'naughties' that gets a mention next to '59, '61, '82 and '90. 
Platitutes that were first espoused in 2000, refined in 2003 and honed in 
2005 were brought forth with gusto to describe the quality of 2009, although 
many years will be required to ascertain if the assessments are correct.


flexi tubDate published: 20/08/14

New Flexi Tub in stock!

What's a flexi tub? Essentially it is a flexible little tub perfect for filling with ice and chilling down wine and beers for parties. They are smaller than the chiller bins we hire out, 2 bags of ice will fill them and then you're ready to party!

I have also been told by customers they are much cheeper than the ones you buy for feeding and skipping out horses so they can be bought for other uses not just chilling drink!!

We are going to be selling these tubs so you don't have to return them to us, they are yours to keep, ready to bring out any time the sun shines and you feel like have a get together outside. They have little handles either side so are also ideal for taking your empties to the recycling bin after!

£4.99 makes this handy little tub a pretty good deal so look out for them next time you pop in!


Emilio MoroDate published: 20/08/14

Wine of the week

Finca Resalso 2013, Emilio Moro,

Ribera del Duero

SPAIN

You may well of heard of Emilio Moro's Ribera del Duero. This wine is new to Majestic and as we love their signature wine, we couldn't wait to crack it open.

Finca Resalso is a collection of vineyards ranging from 5 - 15 years of

age; the youngest vines in the Emilio Moro estate. The wine is a lighter

alternative to their signature wine, still of 100% 'Tinto Fino', having

undergone less extraction and oak ageing.

Dominated by primary fruit character, combining ripe mulberry and

cherry with forest fruit characters. Subtle notes of liquorice and spice

add a hint of savoury depth.

Perfect with grilled merguez or other spicy, smoky meats.

£11.99 - Single bottle price, down to


History of MajesticDate published: 20/08/14

History of Majestic

Founded in 1980, we've come a long way since...

Majestic Vintners opened its first Wine Warehouse in Wood Green, North London, in 1980. The manager of this first store was Tony Mason. This store was followed in May 1981 by another in Battersea, and by the end of 1985 there were 13 stores in the Majestic estate.

In January 1986 Tony Mason left Majestic to set up Wizard Wine which was bought in 1987 by frozen food retailer Bejam. When Bejam was purchased by rival Iceland a year later, Chairman John Apthorp, Managing Director Tim How and Trading Director Tony Mason purchased Wizard.

In 1991 Wizard purchased Majestic, and the two operations were merged under the Majestic Wine Warehouses banner in 1992. Since then Majestic has expanded continuously, floating on the Alternative Investment Market in 1996 before opening its hundredth store in 2002.



Macon lugnyDate published: 20/08/14

Macon Lugny Louis Lator Special Offer £9.99

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.

But with a couple of bad harvests, due to hail, the productions are down and the prices are rising across the whole of Burgundy. So at £9.99 this is probably the best price you will see it for a while.

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.



ApEROLDate published: 20/08/14

Anyone for Apérol?

We have plenty of Aperol current, the perfect summer tipple!  

Aperol is an 11% spirit-based infusion of herbs and roots with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which makes it ideal as an aperitif. The classic recipe is to mix ice cubes, a slice of orange, 2 parts Aperol with 3 parts of Prosecco and a splash of San Pellegrino or Soda Water.
We have some really classy Aperol glasses which are free to anyone who purchases Aperol from us. It is priced at £11.99 a bottle and it is a unique, thirst-quenching drink to see you through this summer! 

Perfect with any of our great range of Prossecco.


SeLECTED OFFERSDate published: 20/08/14


Gavi Le Toledana at £7.99

Amalaya de Colome Malbec at £7.99

Bouvet Saumur at £8.99

Graham Beck Rose at £9.99


PERONIDate published: 20/08/14

Listen up! We've got Peroni back in stock and it's on the fantastic price of £24 for a case of 24! This is a great deal not to be missed, so make sure you get your's whilst stock lasts. Peroni Nastro Azzurro is brewed using the creativity and flair of Italians.  It is Italy’s number one premium beer; a crisp and refreshing lager with an unmistakable character and a touch of Italian style.  

FizzDate published: 20/08/14

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV - £24.98

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV - £19.99

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.

Moet and Chandon Brut NV - £28.98

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

My favourite Champagne on offer...

Pol Roger Reserve NV - £33.31

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.


CENTRAL OTAGODate published: 20/08/14

Fact of the day, Central Otago is the most easterly and the most southerly wine region in the world. Producing some of New Zealands finest Pinot Noirs 

The motto for the area is 'A World of Difference'. Here are a few of our favourite wines from the region:

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago. Was £14.99 now £9.99 when you buy any 2+ in our 33% range

Central Otago is the central part of New Zealand's south island, and with its free-draining loam and gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become known for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single-vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo.

Taste

An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.

Peregrine Pinot Noir 2011 Central Otago. Was £25 now £20 when you buy any 2+ from our fine wine selection. 

Peregrine Wines have named themselves after the Peregrine Falcon, a rare bird of prey found in very small numbers in Otago where the winery is based. This superb Pinot Noir is hand-harvested, warm-fermented and matured on French oak barrels for 10 months.

Taste

An expressive nose of cherry, raspberry and mocha leads into a silky and refined palate of ripe black cherry fruit, nuanced with wonderful spice notes.


QuoteDate published: 20/08/14

"I have enjoyed great health and a great age because everyday since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles."

A fomer Bishop Of Seville



bouvetDate published: 20/08/14

Having a dinner party this weekend or want to impress friends with some good wine?  

An outstanding sparkler which is also superb value for money is Bouvet from the Saumur area in France.

Made in the same method as Champagne it has the unmistakeable rich, yeasty notes. The Chenin Blanc grape in this wine brings a beautiful floral lift. Dry, crisp and elegant. A great aperitive with friends this weekend.


Sweet wineDate published: 20/08/14

As the great sweet wines of Hungary are becoming ever more widely available today we are going to look at one of the principal grape varieties, Furmint.

1) Is a white grape variety that produces fine wines with rich fiery flavours that can be delicous even when very young.

2) It is highly suceptible to Noble Rot and as such is one of the main ingredients in Tokay, which has enormous ageing potential.

3) It is likely that the grape was brought into Hungary in the 13th Century by wine making immigrants from Austria.

4) The variety had spread throughout the world notably to the Crimea due to the Tsar's love of Tokay.

5) Other pockets exist in South Africa and there is a current revival in its original home around the town of Rust in Austria.


pugliaDate published: 20/08/14

I've recently become fascinated by one of Italy's lesser-known regions, Puglia. Known to English-speakers as Apulia, all 210 miles of Puglia stretches down the south east coast of Italy and runs along the Adriatic Sea, giving the region a Mediterranean climate ideal for grape-growing. Along with sprawling, sun-exposed, flat land and the vast majority of soil being ideal for grapevines, Puglia should be near perfect. However, a number of factors hinder wine production in the region. For example, up to three-quarters of the region's wine is blended for the north and France, or used for vermouth. Furthermore, only 5.5% earns PDO (Protected Designation of Origin – a wine made in the EU that has the higher grade of Geographical Indication), despite there being a number of DOCs. The Oxford Companion to Wine states that DOC wine production lies at around 2% of Puglia's total wine production and less than a quarter of wine produced there actually makes it into the bottle and onto the shelf! Essentially, annual wine production has decreased rapidly, with some arguing that it's the low-yielding, concentrated and interesting wines that have suffered as a consequence. Depressing stuff I'm sure you'll agree. Yet despite all the boring gloominess , for me, the Negroamaro grape is something Puglia should be proud of. Grown almost exclusively in the region, Negroamaro produces wines of almost port-like colour and baffling complexity. Plummy, smokey, earthy, rustic, bitter. One word consistently springs to mind when I sample something from Puglia – or even just read about the place – 'intriguing.' Here in Muswell Hill we have two spectacular examples of the Negroamaro grape variety. Both located in the heel of the Italy's boot, the Copertino DOC sits just to the south of its counterpart Salice Salentino. We have one from each village. See what our resident wine boffins said about them:

Copertino 2009, Masseria Monaci (£6.74 when purchasing two or more) “Thick and luscious with dark, plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate.”

Vereto Salice Salentino Riserva 2010, Candido (£9.34 when purchasing two or more) “This robust wine displays real complexity from several years' bottle ageing, including dried fig and smokey notes. However, a backbone of dark plum and bramble still dominate.”

Sources/Further Reading: Jancis Robinson – The Oxford Companion to Wine, Third Edition Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson – The World Atlas of Wine Wine & Spirits – Produced and published by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust  


MontepulcianoDate published: 20/08/14

There's something new on our shelves this weekend A beautiful Italian red...Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Civetta. Mid-bodied and full of Italian charm. Think red cherry flavours and a silky smooth palate. Try it this weekend with a platter of salami milanese.

Salute


Summer sunday roastsDate published: 20/08/14

Whilst you may associate roast dinners with the winter, there are plenty of lighter options you can still have to keep that Sunday tradition and enjoy a great bottle of wine! A fabulous roast chicken with a fresh green salad and garlic roasted potatoes is my choice of the day, now the wine....

Muga Blanco £9.93 when you buy 2+ within our 15% range

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. The grapes are planted on clay and calcareous soils at the foot of the Obarenes mountains, which are 100% barrel fermented in new oak, from the winery's cooper.

Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanillia toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish.

More of a red meat fan? How about slow cooked pulled pork with asparagus and mash, accompanied with:

Leon Perdigal Cotes-du-Rhone £6.66 when you buy any 2+ within the 33%

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.


Great winesDate published: 20/08/14

Another fun weekend has been and gone and as ever there have been some lovely wines consumed. My favourites by far were Oeil de Perdrix Champagne £19.99 and Godello Montenovo £9.76.

Oeil de Perdrix Champagne £19.99

This Champagne is oh so delicately pink with beautiful fine beads of bubbles. It's full of raspberry and peach flavours and a persistent length like no other. The perfect match to smoked salmon appetisers.

Godello Montenovo £9.76.

An unusual grape variety with lots to offer. Think stone fruit with pear flavours and a creamy texture like no other. Perfect with rich seafood dishes try with scallops, pancetta and pea puree.


AlbarinoDate published: 20/08/14

Albariño is a white grape variety most commonly found growing in the Rías Baixas region of Galicia, North-West Spain. The grape has a defined aromatic character, very similar to that of some of the great old world grapes: Viognier and Gewurztraminer. 

On the nose, wines tend to be both fruity and floral. Depending on vinification processes, such as lees ageing and carbonic maceration, the resulting expression of the grape can vary. Green apples, grapefruit and other citrus fruit are typical tasting notes whilst proximity of the vines to coastal areas can add saline minerality to the wine. 

The grape often produces wines that are light and freshly acidic with modest levels of alcohol, making it a perfect alternative to Pinot Grigio.


party planning Date published: 20/08/14

At Majestic, we've been helping our customers plan successful parties for years. Our online Party Planning Guide is a distillation of this knowledge, created to ensure that you have all the ingredients you need to throw a fantastic party - whether it's a casual drinks bash or a full-scale wedding.

Take a look: http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/parties


beef burgers and wineDate published: 20/08/14

During the week we all want something quick and easy for dinner.  Try adding some smoked paprika, garlic and plenty of salt and pepper to minced beef, mix with an egg and mould into patties and then pan fry.

A classic Rioja well partner this perfectly, try the Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de la Concordia!?


Sweet wine part 4Date published: 20/08/14

previously went over several methods used to make sweet wine such as 'fermentation interruption' and adding a sweet component to a wine.  Another method used is theConcentration of Grape Sugars.

The best sweet wines come from grapes that are incredibly rich in sugar, this can be achieved in a number of ways but all lead to concentration of acids and flavours at the same time.

1) Noble Rot - This is used in the production of some of the finest sweet wines such as Tokaji in Hungary and Sauternes in France.  As the name suggests, the grapes are infested by a form of fungus when in moist conditions, if they then dry out they become much sweeter (think dried fruit!).  This method produces wines with distinct honey and dried fruit aromas.

2) Drying grapes on the vine - This is often referred to as 'passerillage', once the grapes have reached full sugar ripeness the begin to dry out and turn to raisins on the vine, this in turn increases the sugar concentration of the juice.  Conditions must be dry and warm for this to happen and if well executed leads to wines with over-ripe tropical fruit flavours with a rich texture.


Sweet wine part 3Date published: 20/08/14

Adding a Sweetening Component:

In some countries, particularly Germany, medium-sweet wines can be created by the addition of unfermented grape juice or Süssreserve.  This is a sterile product made by filtering must before fermentation begins or by dosing it with sulphur dioxide.  Süssreserve is added t dry wines when they are ready to be bottled.

Rectified Concentrated Grape Must is a pure sugar solution extracted from grape juice, this can also be used to achieve a similar result and is often added to high volume, New World brands.


Sweet wine part 2Date published: 20/08/14

As I mentioned previously, there a number of different ways in which a sweet wine can be created, one of them is: 

Interrupting the Fermentation

Fortification (addition of wine spirit) is the traditional way of stopping fermentation with sugar still present within the wine, this kills the yeast and therefore stops fermentation in its tracks, however it does significantly alter the structural balance of the wine.

An alternative way of interrupting fermentation is to add a high dose of sulphur dioxide or by chilling the must.  The wine is then filtered to remove any remaining yeast, once this is done it is vital that no yeast comes in to contact with the wine as this will result in fermentation beginning again


Sweet wine part 1Date published: 20/08/14

I love a good sweet wine, when I go out to eat the part I look forward to the most has to be dessert!  Wines vary in sweetness from dry such as a NZ Sauvignon, all the way through to sugary sweet like many dessert wines.  Many wines also lie somewhere in between, for example Riesling's and Gewurtztraminer's from regions such as Germany and Alsace can be 'off-dry' and hold an element of sweetness, these aren't dessert wines but are best consumed with spiced foods as they clean the palate perfectly!

Most wines are fermented until they are completely dry, the yeast consumes all the sugars in the must until no sugar remains.  Sweet wines contain unfermented sugar which give it its sweet flavour and they can be made in various different ways!


WeddingsDate published: 20/08/14

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!), let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!


Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines
- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 
- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue
- Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy
- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day


With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £14.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget!


Provence RoseDate published: 20/08/14

Wondering how to spend your Saturday afternoon? Why don't you come along to our store for an informal tasting session, which will help you to increase your knowledge of some of the best French rosé wine that Majestic has to offer.

In Southeast France, the wine-producing region of Provence, is also known as the traditional heartland of French rosé. In the past, the Romans used to call the area provincia nostra or 'our province', giving the present name of the area. With its classical Mediterranean climate, the region has warm summers followed by mild winters. As a result, the various pink wines tend to be silky smooth, with pale pink colour and strawberry flavours.  


Goose islandDate published: 20/08/14

From Chicago's craft brewery Goose Island, comes this India Pale Ale. It recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.

£12.99 buy 2 save £6 £9.99 per 6 pack


BrooklynDate published: 20/08/14

A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

£12.99 buy 2 save £6 £9.99 per 6 pack


Jim Barry Date published: 20/08/14

Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has successfully managed this establishment sine 1959.

This shiraz has spent 17 months in oak and was bottled unfiltered. It has a nose of fresh red fruits, plums, hints of liquorice, tar and suggestions of lavender followed by an intense well structured palate of red and black berries and toasty oak.

This rich, concentrated wine is drinking well now and would be a perfect match to venison or beef casseroles.

£30

Shiraz and SyrahDate published: 20/08/14

Shiraz vs. Syrah

This week we have another fight on our hands as Shiraz takes on it's twin, Syrah! The tow grapes are in fact one and the same, they differ in name depending on where they come from and the style of the wine.

The grape is French but has been adopted and grown all over the world including Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Spain and Italy. When referred to as Syrah it typically suggests that the wine is French, or French in style indicating that the black fruit is paired with lots of savoury and herbal notes. When referred to as Shriaz this typically means that the wine is made in a 'New World' style, famously grown in Australia. This style is big, bold and fruity with hints of pepper and menthol. 

We are going to look at two styles, both aptly demonstrating the two styles of Shiraz and Syrah.

Crozes Hermitage, Cave de Tain, 2009, France £10.99 buy 2 save 25% £9.34

This small appellation in the Northern Rhone is famous for producing wines from 100% Syrah. The steep slopes and warm summers help produce a bold style with lots of dark blackberry and herbal notes with subtle earthy spice. At this wine is a great example of the austere French style of Syrah.

Peter Lehman Shiraz, 2010, Australia £10.49 buy 2 save 15% £8.91

The late Peter Lehman was a seminal winemaker in Australia who passed away last week. This Shiraz demontrates the difference in style by showing lots of cherry, vanilla and menthol. This shows the fruity, bold nature of the 'New World' style of Shiraz.


Corte AltaDate published: 20/08/14

Prosecco Corte Alta NV - Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish. Perfect for summer BBQ's at just £6.66 a bottle.

Ramon Date published: 20/08/14

Highlights From The New Two Week Deals
Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja 2012 - Bright and fresh red  fruit from Grenache and Tempranillo. Very smooth and supple and full of cherry fruit. Fantastic value for a single vineyard Rioja at just £6.66 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

GrifoneDate published: 20/08/14

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Grifone - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains. Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins. A true bargain at just £4.99 a bottle!

Macon lugnyDate published: 20/08/14

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - 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. 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. At just £9.99 this is an excellent introduction to top notch white Burgundy.

BeerDate published: 20/08/14

We are currently stocking a wide range of internationally recognized craft beers. These are available in 6-Pack’s from only £9.99 each.


Each week a different craft beer will be available to try on our tasting counter. Just ask any member of staff and they will pour you a sample.

Santa AnaDate published: 20/08/14

Producer in Focus

Bodegas Santa Ana

Bodegas Santa Ana has over 120 years experience in the wine producing trade and was one of the first to be founded in Argentina.

They were founded in 1891 by Luis Tirasso, an Italian immigrant and a pioneer in the development of winemaking in Argentina.

Their vineyards are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and Catamarca; the main winemaking regions of Argentina. The Andes mountain range provides the perfect climate and altitude necessary to produce the great wines of Bodegas Santa Ana.

Majestic Wine Exeter stocks the following wines:

Santa Ana Malbec £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £5.99.

Plum and cherry on both nose and palate, medium-bodied with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £5.99.

Fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background. 


FizzDate published: 11/08/14

Everyone loves a glass of fizz and we have plenty of offers to keep your glass topped up throughout August! Here's my pick of our best sparkling wine offers this month:

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua£11.99£7.99!

Don't be fooled by the words 'extra dry' on the label! This is an off- dry prosecco with a light, refreshing character. It has a youthful fruit profile of peach, pear and tropical fruit and a floral nose. It makes a great apertif to drink with friends - maybe even at a BBQ (fingers crossed for more sun!).

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy, £14.99£9.99!

This is one for the prosecco fans! Coming from the top area for Prosecco this is a top quality expression of the prosecco grape. A bit weightier in the mouth than many proseccos, although still delicate, it is soft velvety and well balanced. Notes of apple and apricot dominate in this premium expression of everyone's favourite!

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV, New Zealand - £24.99, £16.65!

From the famous Cloudy Bay estate comes this champagne alternative, made using chardonnay and pinot noir: the same grapes that are used in champagne production. The wine is aged on it's lees (dead yest cells) for two years giving the sparkling wine a richer, more complex taste of nuts and bread flavours combined with crisp apple notes. 

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne- £37.50, £24.98

No list of sparkling wines is complete without the king of fizz: champagne. My pick of our big name champagne offers right now is Laurent-Perrier, with the non vintage coming in at only£24.98! A lighter style with citrus, toast and spice characters. The champagne is well structured and so it makes a great food match! Did you know that champagne is a great match for a fish supper? Next time you have a chippy why not upgrade it with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier!


BeaujolaisDate published: 11/08/14

Beaujolais-Villages 2011/2012 Château de la Terrière, £9.99 £8.49

As with all Beaujolais wine, Château de la Terrière uses a technique called carbonic maceration instead of the more traditional grape pressing techniques. After picking the grapes are covered with a blanket of CO2 to stop them oxidising before fermentation of whole bunches happens naturally. This brings out delicate flavours in the grapes and avoids strong tannin in the wine. As a result the tannins are very light with plenty of strawberry flavours as well as some earthy notes.

Fleurie 2012/2013 Georges Duboeuf, £11.75 £9.98

The region of Fleurie is one of the 10 crus of Beaujolais and Georges Duboeuf is nicknamed 'The King of Beaujolais'. With this winning combination Georges Duboeuf's Fleurie is not one to be ignored! On the nose there is a floral perfume continuing onto a palate that is light in body but has great concentration of fruit flavours. Cherries and raspberries dominate and you'll even find hints of bubblegum.


Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 2010 Louis Jadot, £15.99 £13.59

This wine is made using fermentation techniques traditionally used for pinot noir. It has a 20-30 day fermentation followed by partial fermentation in French Oak. The vines are low yielding and as a result the grapes have intense flavours and great potential. There is some toast and vanilla flavours as a result of the oak aging along with smokey pepper and deep red fruit flavours. Perfect if you'd like to treat yourself or a friend to something that's a little different!


Santa AnaDate published: 28/07/14

Wine of the Week


Barbecue season is on the horizon (hopefully!) and I have selected this weeks wine with this in mind.

Coming from one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891, this malbec is excellent value for money and would do well against an array of barbecued meats (as well as pasta dishes).

Cherry and plum characters dominate both the nose and the palate. The tannins are well integrated and end pleasantly with a well rounded, soft finish.


Surani Costarossa PrimitivoDate published: 28/07/14

Wine of the Week

Surani Costarossa 2012 Primitivo di Manduria

£10.99, now £8.24!

Primitivo, more commonly known as it's American synonym 'Zinfandel', is an Italian grape variety. In order to create the wine's rich style, the grapes are over ripened on the vine and are subjected to a lengthly 20 day fermentation.

This wine is a fantastic example of a quality Primitivo, displaying aromas of datesfigs andsweet spice on the nose and offering a well rounded palate with spice, hints of dark chocolate and some toasty notes that have been developed through oak aging.

This wine has plenty to offer and can be enjoyed on it's own or with most meat dishes (try with venison!).


ned pinotDate published: 28/07/14

Wine of the Week

The Ned Pinot Noir 2013 Southern Valleys, Malborough

£14.99, now £9.99

From the producers that brought us The Ned Sauvignon Blanc that we know and love, comes this great example of good Malborough Pinot Noir. The thin skinned pinot noir grapes are very delicate and so are hand picked rather than machine harvested. Once made, the wine isaged in French Oak for 9 months before being bottled.

The Ned's expression of Kiwi Pinot Noir has plenty of red berry and subtle smoke aromason the nose leading to a warming and rich palate with a medium body and a smooth finish.

Enjoy this now with simple roast chicken dishes or duck. Alternatively, age the wine in order to further develop the wine's smoky character.


DifeseDate published: 28/07/14

Le Difese, 2011 £21 £16: From the producers at the very heart of the 'Super Tuscan' phenomenon this wine is bursting with character and is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon & 30% Sangiovese. Aroma's of Ripe fruit, Dried cherries, Leather, and a hint of cigar smoke make for a heady mix. On the palate the tannins are silky smooth and beuatifully integrated, the acidity is fresh and cutting, and the wine shows an earthy and gamey quality. However, despite this mature nature, this wine is designed to be consumed relatively young as it already displays much of the quality of wines ten year's its senior.

NataLE vERGADate published: 28/07/14

Barolo 2009, Natale Verga £23 £18: Founded in 1895 the Verga family estate is still producing exceptional wines from the most revered DOCG in Italy. Considered the King of Italian Red Wine, Barolo is made from the thin skinned, highly tannic, and uncompromisingly bold Nebbiolo grape. A light Garnet in colour the wine, on appearance, could be mistaken for Pinot Noir. A mistake that would be short lived, however, as on the nose you will smell blackberries, bramble & seasoned Oak. The palate is similarly uncompromising yet exquisitely crafted. The Ripe fruit, warming alcohol, and gentle spice from the 24 months in French oak are intertwined with the rich, fine tannins that Nebbiolo is so famous for. 

Try with: Rare Ribeye Steak, or Cold cuts of cured meats & Cheese


Chateau de TracyDate published: 28/07/14

Chateau De Tracy Pouilly-Fume 2011

An iconic offering of top quality Sauvignon Blanc in Pouilly-Fume's distinctive style. Overlooking the Loire river this Chateau has been established since 1396.

On the nose, aroma's of blackurrant leaf, citrus fruits and green apple dominate. To taste the wine opens out a little more and its refreshing and cutting acidity is joined by a full and quite fruity character of gooseberry and a touch of tropical fruit. 

Food matching with this wine is a real pleasure as it goes perfectly with a starter of smoked salmon or shellfish, or with a main of poultry or veal. Alternatively this wine is a great match with goats cheese or perhaps just enjoy it as an aperitif.


Sexy BeastDate published: 28/07/14

wo Hands Sexy Beast, £23 , now £18!


Two Hands source the grapes that go into making this wine from various sites of the McLaren Vale, an important wine making region of Australia which is home to some of the most highly regarded wine makers and vineyard sites in Australia. After pressing the grape juice is fermented in traditional open top fermenters which are 'pumped over' three times a day in order to extract more flavour, colour and tannin from the grape skins. 

On the nose there is lots of rich fruit, subtle violet notes, plenty cassis and some smokey and leafy herbs. The palate is smooth, structured, showcasing classic firm Cabernet tannins, complete with an intense finish.


Kangarilla RoadDate published: 28/07/14

Wine Of the Week

Kangarilla Road Chardonnay

£13.29 £9.97

Mis-understood due to years gone by, Australian Chardonnay is often avoided. However, the over oaked styles are a thing of the past as this elegant wine shows.

Kangarilla Road is a boutique winery on the prestigious Mclaren Vale. Care and attention is taken at every stage which shows in the end quality of the wine.

Crisp citrus and tropical notes mingle together to create a full bodied wine with a long lingering finish.

Perfect with grilled chicken salad or BBQ halloumi – YU


CopertinoDate published: 28/07/14

Puglia has a pretty bad reputation in the wine community for having unbelievable natural resources and generally squandering them on making unbearable plonk, that thankfully tends to stay where it is.#

Things are turning around now, thanks to external investment, but there are three areas of Puglia that have always stood out, and continue to make fantastically tasty and excellent value wines: Manduria, Salice Salentino and Copertino.

Copertino makes its wines from the Negroamaro grape, often with a little bit of Malvasia Nera in. Never heard of them? Well they're not used much elsewhere, but in this part of the world they create a wine full of fresh cherries, red fruits and licorice spice. And when they do time in barrel, as this one has, beautiful notes of almonds, toast and oaken spice-boxes come through as well.

I am a massive fan of this at any price, but at its current £6.74 it may have the best value to caliber ratio of any red currently in store. Don't believe such a bold claim? Well we have it on the tasting counter, so why not come and try it yourself?


saintsburyDate published: 28/07/14

Saintsbury Pinot Noir, 2010, Carneros - £23

Infamous as the most fickle and challenging of grapes to grow, great Pinot Noir represents something of a Holy Grail for modern winemakers. Its ancestral home is Burgundy, particularly the Cote de Nuits, but to quote the great film 'Sideways' there are 'little tucked-away pockets of the world' in which this variety can be coaxed into its fullest expression. New Zealand is famous as one such pocket; Carneros in California - where this wine comes from - is unquestionably another.

Richer and fuller than your typical Pinot, but not sacrificing an ounce of elegance or class for it, the Saintsbury oozes red and black fruit with accompanying notes of cigar, truffle and vanilla spice. An absolute winner with duck or any other sort of poultry, but the flavours are intense enough that if you wanted to be adventurous you could definitely enjoy it with some pan-fried venison.

Great Californian Pinot Noir is some of the best wine there is. We're huge fans of this one, and have no doubt that you will be too!


PigoudetDate published: 28/07/14

Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2013, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence - £9.34 

Pink wines are often overlooked by serious wine lovers as being neither white nor red. These serious wine lovers might need to lighten up a little, because pink wines (call them rosé if you like, it's just the French for pink) can be utterly joyous and a delight to drink.

A classic southern blend of Grenache and Cinsault with the addition of some Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah; still pink wines in France are made only from red grapes, this example is pressed lightly and given only a small amount of skin contact so as not to extract too much colour.

Stunning with seafood and salads, tremendous with tapanade, this lively and fresh pink is packed with ripe cherry, apple and a hint of sweet spice.


PortilloDate published: 28/07/14

Portillo Malbec, Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza, 2013

Although native to south-west France, today's enthusiast would assume Argentina, and rightly so. Thanks to Argentina, Malbec is now a seriously thrilling star in the red wine firmament.

This multi-award winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m.

This Argentinian Malbec, the country's flagship grape, with its intense red-purple colour, equally intense nose of plum and bramble, and round and fulsome flavour characteristics on the palate, would be exactly what you'd want alongside the grill.

Delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins, this wine would do fantastically well with the rich flavors of your next Sunday roast.

£6.99


cheninDate published: 28/07/14

The Bernard Series

Old Vine Chenin Blanc

2012, South Africa

I love Chenin Blanc. Correction, I love Chenin Blanc done well. Unfortunately, other than small pockets of the Loire Valley there aren't many places that take Chenin seriously enough to be more than a mixer for bland white plonk.

HOWEVER, South Africa is beginning to see the grape as more than a cheap mixer, and this example is utterly, utterly stunning. More oak than you'd typically see in something like a Vouvray, the grape here transforms into a wine full of citrus, stone fruit, vanilla, honeysuckle, almonds and butter popcorn! A real backbone of wet-stone minerality paired with the rapier acidity that Chenin can achieve, this is a suprising must-drink for lovers of White Burgundy looking to try something slightly more unusual!

Something this rich and dry really is best with food. Would happily stand up to a roast chicken, and has so much class that it really deserves that Sunday Dinner status!

£9.74


BordeauxDate published: 28/07/14

With a total vineyard area of well over 120,000 hectares, Bordeaux is comfortably France’s largest wine growing region.  The wine region itself is split into three main areas, commonly referred to as ‘left bank’, ‘right bank’ and Entre-Deaux-Mers AC (literally ‘between two seas’).

The area has quite a reputation for producing some of the worlds most premium dry white wines whilst also offering some of the greatest and expensive reds available. It should be noted though, that these wines only represent a small percentage of the regions production.

The vast majority of Bordeaux red and white wines are produced using a blend of grape varieties, making the taste absolutely unique. The use of blends minimizes the reliance on one grape, which can be destroyed due to bad climate conditions.

The main grape varieties used are; Cabernet Sauvignon; Cabernet Franc; Merlot; Petit Verdot; Semillon; Sauvignon Blanc; and Muscadelle. As previously mentioned, the wines of Bordeaux are often referred to as ‘left bank’, ‘right bank’ or ‘between two seas’. 



July deals ending...Date published: 28/07/14


Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, 2009, England.

Our lads may not be the too good at most ball-based sports currently but there's plenty to be proud of with some of the Wine England is currently producing. One of the finest wineries,Nyetimber, have produced a corker of a sparkling wine made in the Champagne style (The English did invent sparkling wine so they should be good at it). It has all the qualities of a brilliant bottle of Champers, with a wonderfully delicate mouthfeel, lovely biscuity notes but with a classic English green apple hit on the finish.

£23.98 (When you buy any 2 save on 33%)

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Nelson.

A warm summers day and a Sauvignon Blanc is a damn fine combination, and this is the pick of July's summer selection Sauvignon's. Not quite a Marlborough (Nelson is just nextdoor), those of you who love a Kiwi white will be well-versed in the type of flavours a wine like this exhibits. Gooseberry, tropical fruit and beautiful floral notes, but the thing that sets this one apart is the delicious, crisp and elegeant finish -- nothing seems out of place in this wine.

£8.66 (When you buy any 2 save on 33%)


Ned NobleDate published: 28/07/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is one of our bestselling wines. Everybody loves its vibrant passionfruit and lemongrass aromas and punchy, tropical freshness. 

But have you tried the Sweet version?

As you'd expect, the tropical notes is still present, but more in the style of sticky mango and passionfruit sorbet than a fresh fruit salad. All of this is held together with a honeyed texture that makes this wine a perfect pairing for strong cheeses or sweet desserts. 

The Ned Noble Sauvignon is now £9.99 as part of our 15% offSelection. 


Summer selectionDate published: 28/07/14

We all know the big-name wine regions. Bordeaux, Marlborough, Provence. This is a selection of wines from lesser-known regions that are making waves in our 33% Summer Selection. 

Con Amigos Malbec, Bio Bio Valley, 2013

Mendoza in Argentina has made a name for itself as the home of great Malbec. Their neighbours in Chile are hoping to steal this crown, with the upcoming Bio Bio Region. 

Vivid purple, this wine fruity wine is full of easily enjoyed plum flavours. Lighter than the beefy Argentinian Malbecs, this is a fresh, youthful wine. Perfect pairing for a barbecue-grilled burger. 

£5.99 as part of our Summer Selection.

As Caixas Godello, Martín Codax, Galicia, 2013

Galicia is best known for its crisp Albarinos, but the Godello grape is quickly gaining a cult following. Mostly used as a blending grape, it brings a rich, nutty character, which truly shines in this wine alongside juicy pear. 

£6.66 as part of our Summer Selection.

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire

Cremant wines are Sparklers made in the Champagne style across various French regions. This Cremant de Loire is a blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. 

While there is some Champagne-style richness, this wine is driven by bright apple and melon fruit, with an ever so slightly sweet finish. 

£8.99 as part of our Summer Selection.


Mont-st JeanDate published: 28/07/14

This wine has been a firm favourite since it joined our range, but today we're pleased to announce a very special offer. 

Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes. Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

Best of all, this wine is now just £4.99 as part of our 15% off selection. Who says you can't get good wine under a fiver?


Australian wineDate published: 28/07/14

Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Riesling - £8.91 (as part of out 15% offer)
Forget about the sweet Rieslings you've had from Alsace and Germany. Eden Valley Rieslings are all about pure fruit, with a dry finish. This wine has typical characteristics of zest lime, fresh lemon, and enough acidity to cut through the richest food. Try with barbecued pork chops this summer. 

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon - £9.74 (as part of our 25% offer)
Shiraz is often blended with Cabernet in Australia, but here we get to see the King of Grapes shine in center stage. Dense blackcurrant is followed by menthol notes and a long finish. Perfect steak wine.  

De Bortoli Noble One - £19.99 (half bottle)
Australia is making a real name for itself in high premium sweet wines. The Noble One follows in the style of Sauternes, with deep orange-peel and honey character with a little spice on the finish. The ideal pairing for rich paté or strong cheese.


Deals Date published: 28/07/14

We have some great offers on wines, beers and spirits in store this summer. Here are a few of our favourite sparkling wines we currently have available in the summer selection.

Prosecco Corte Alta (£6.66 multi-buy)

This wine has become very popular in our sparkling wine market. Aromatic and delicate with apple, peach and apricot flavours and a refreshing finish makes it a perfect summer wine.

Graham Beck Brut Rose (£9.99 multi-buy)

This wine has been made in the traditional method and is made from the same grape as Champagne which makes it a great alternative. Pale pink with aromas of raspberry and cherry. Its bright acidity and fine mousse is well balanced with fruit flavours.

Taittinger Brut Reserve (£27.99 multi-buy)

We have just got this Champagne back in stock and it is already selling very well again. This wine has a citrus flavour well balanced with honey.


BeerDate published: 28/07/14

We can't keep up with all the new craft beers coming into our collection! This week we've got three brand new ales that guarantee Summer refreshment. 

Goose Island IPA (£9.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)
Indian Pale Ales have become an incredibly popular style of beer. Hoppy brews that offer a bitter edge to their crisp flavours. This beer has a zesty, citrus aroma that makes it perfect for enjoying in the sunshine as an alternative to lager. 

Einstok Pale Ale (£11.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)
The Icelandic brewery's White Ale has gathered a cult following amongst out beer-drinking regulars, so Einstok's Pale Ale is expected to be just as popular. There's a little rich maltiness alongside the bitterness in this beer. Ideal to serve at Arctic temperatures to cool you down at the end of a hot day. 

Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale (£12.00 per case of 12)
If you prefer rich, nutty beers to the crisp bitterness of IPA, this is the beer for you. Walnuts, demerara sugar, and honeycomb flavours are all to be found in this smooth ale. Perfect pairing for a steak and ale pie.


Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99Date published: 26/07/14

Ned is at 6.99 Hurry up!

PeyrassolDate published: 26/07/14

Peyrassol is flying out the door! Get involved at £9.74!

Minuty MagnumsDate published: 26/07/14

We have some Minuty Magnums in stock rush before they all go!

VARGASDate published: 25/07/14

Marques de Vargas are based in the heart of Rioja near Logrono and the historic estate dates back to the 1840's. This Reserva is a very traditional blend based on Tempranillo with small amounts of Garnacha and Mazuelo added for complexity.  It is then aged in a variety of French, American and Russian oak.  The wine itself has great depth with strawberry, bramble and fig fruit flavours combining with liquorice, vanilla and a savoury richness.  The palate is rich with velvety tannins and incredible length.  A stunnning wine.

Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013Date published: 25/07/14

Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013

Monte Schiavo the winemakers are a large cooperative group. The Fruit for this particular wine is sourced over 35 growers. Verdicchio is the most prominent wine from the Marche Region on the Adriatic Coast.

If your fed up of drinking the same old New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then this is an excellent alternative. With notes of Lemon, Lime, Pineapple and hints of Apricot it's the perfect drink for relaxing in the back garden on a late sunny afternoon. This crowd pleaser would also be the perfect drink for a party and would accompany any light salad well.


PICPOULDate published: 25/07/14

....Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013Coteaux de Languedoc -  single bottle£7.04 or buyANY 2 selected wines and save 15% - £5.99 per bottle

The Picpoul grape is only grown in a small area in the South of France between Montpellier & Beziers. Picpoul de Pinet is one of the named 'crus' of the Coteaux de Languedoc and one of France's very few varietally labelled wines. The combination of modern wine-making techniques to show the Picpoul grape at its best and tourism in the region have allowed this variety to flourish in the modern wine market.

One sniff and taste of this wine will transport you straight to a sunny veranda on the Mediterranean coast. The flavours are beautiful citrus fruit and blossom notes with a surprising amount of body and plenty of refreshing acidity. This wine can be matched to any light salads, fresh seafood and fish or can just be enjoyed on its own.

This offer ends 4th August 2014


Great DealsDate published: 25/07/14

From Tuesday 22nd July to Monday 28th July, 4 wines have been added to our 33% off Summer Selection range of wines. These are stunning prices, so be sure to stock up before they end!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: £10.99 single bottle or£6.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – recently given the title of 'Best New World White Wine' in The Times Summer Top 100 wines, this wine is a Majestic classic. Blessed with a great spectrum of fruit flavours and a balanced, refreshing acidity, it is a great summer wine.

Jean Vincent Pouilly Fume 2012, Loire, France: £14.99 single bottle or £9.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – everything you expect from quality Loire Sauvignon Blanc, with plenty of citrus and gooseberry fruit, balanced acidity and a lovely minerally finish.

Les Galets Cotes du Rhone 2011, Rhone, France: £8.49 single bottle or £5.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – full of warming, spicy red and black berry fruit. The perfect accompaniment to any red meat.

Vallee des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, France: £9.99 single bottle or £6.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – delicate red berry and stone fruit linger beautifully on the elegant palate. Classic Provence!

Minimum Purchase is 6 bottles, ANY mix.

Grande ArdecheDate published: 25/07/14

With a thirst for fine white Burgundy, but without a budget to match, I decided to cast my eyes over the offerings available from Southern France. As one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy, whilst maintaining its traditional image, Maison Louis Latour produces some fantastic Bourgogne wines. In 1979, with a view to expanding the business the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce top-quality Chardonnay wines. The Grand Ardèche comes from the best vineyards, carefully selected every year when harvesting begins. The grapes are pressed and the rapes are placed immediately in oak barrels made by the cooperage at Latour, where the wine will age for approximately 10 months, like the great wines of Burgundy.

The Grand Ardèche 2012 is shimmering pale yellow in colour. On the nose it reveals aromas of vanilla and brioche with hints of honey and acacia. This is a well-balanced wine, ample and generous in the mouth with flavours of almond paste and vanilla. The finish is bright and 


Wedding planningDate published: 25/07/14

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!), let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!


Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines
- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 
- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue
- Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy
- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day


With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £14.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget


Wine Course datesDate published: 25/07/14

We have decided the dates for our next wine courses. They will begin at 7pm and are completely free. Please contact us to reserve places either by e-mail bat@majestic.co.uk or telephone 02078199796

 The dates are Tuesday 5th August Wednesday 24th September

Rioja AgeingDate published: 24/07/14

Rioja is a fantastic wine producing region found in North central Spain. It is known particularly for its ability to age well and represent good value for money. A part of why Rioja wines age so well is due to their oak ageing, this allows secondary characteristics such as vanilla to develop through on the palate. The amount of bottle ageing and oak ageing is signified by four classifications of Rioja wines:

The first is simply known as Rioja and can spend less than a year in oak.

The second is Crianza, these wines spend two years being aged before release, one of which must be in oak.

A Reserva is aged for three years, with one year spent in oak. Often these are regarded as higher quality than than Rioja Crianza. At one point Argentina began using the Reserva label to indicate wines of quality but this was changed to Reservado so as to prevent confusion. 

Finally a Gran Reserva spends at least 2 years in oak and three years in bottle. These wines often only use grapes of the highest quality If a producer feels that the vintage has not been very successful then they may decide to not label the wine as Gran Reserva so as to protect the high quality that is regarded with the classification.

Ribs recipeDate published: 24/07/14

Ribs are a perfect dish for the BBQ and this is how I do mine. The recipe differs each time depending what I have here but these are my main ingredients. Take a large saucepan and put garlic, chilies, ginger, shallots, lemongrass(blitzed or mashed in a mortar and pestle), ketchup, soy sauce, lea and perrins, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, sherry vinegar and a good amount of stock. Pop your ribs in the pan and cook gently for 60/90 mins until uber tender. Remove the ribs and reduce the sauce until fairly thick. At this stage continue to cook on the BBQ basting with the sauce or chill overnight ready for the next day. Careful when handling as the meat will be falling off the bones.Ribs are messy so I prefer to drink beer with them and our new range of craft beers would be perfect. The Summer ale from Brooklyn beers would be perfect.
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. Brooklyn Summer Ale is made from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavour. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition. Perfect for Ribs!!

pink fizzDate published: 24/07/14

Difficult to say why this warm weather evokes thoughts of pink wine! Perhaps its those summer holidays with your parents where they always drank rose abroad but rarely back home. I not ashamed to say I like rose and we drink it often at home. In addition to this we also enjoy our fizz so put the two together and you get the Lindauer Rose from New Zealand.

This sparkling rosé acquires it's vivid colour from both the Pinot Noir grapes which make up almost half the blend, and a small amount of Pinotage base wines. Following traditional bottle fermentation, the cuvée remains on lees for 12 months for added richness.

Vibrant pink in colour, with a large number of beads of fast rising bubbles and aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach. A full bodied and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours.

It also happens to be on a great offer of only £9.99 until the 4th August.


My pick of the RoseDate published: 24/07/14

We enjoy our rose in the Hurd household and enjoy many different styles but when push comes to shove Provence is probably the area of choice for our preferred wines. We have had Pigoudet open a couple of times over the month or two and I have to say it is a great vintage from them.  

Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method.

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries. Fresh and elegant, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful finish.

This really is perfect wine for outside summertime events, be it Goodwood, Henley, Lords or lunch in the garden!

Also a great match for a classic Nicoise salad.

So what is this Carbonic Maceration Malarkey?Date published: 24/07/14

Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique, often associated with the French wine region of Beaujolais, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. In a conventional alcoholic fermentation the grapes are crushed to free the juice and pulp from the skin with yeast serving to convert sugar into ethanol. In contrast, carbonic maceration ferments most of the juice while it is still inside the grape. Some grapes at the bottom of the fermentation vessel are crushed by gravity and undergo conventional fermentation.  The result of this process is a fruity wine with very low tannins, that is ready to drink quickly but lacks the structure for long-term aging. In the most extreme case, such as with Beaujolais nouveau, the period between picking and bottling can be less than six weeks.

During carbonic maceration, an anaerobic environment is created by pumping carbon dioxide into a sealed container filled with whole grape clusters. The carbon dioxide gas permeates through the grape skins and begins to stimulate fermentation at an intracellular level. The entire process takes place inside each single, intact berry. Ethanol is produced as a by-product of this process but studies have shown that other unique chemical reactions take place that have a distinctive effect on the wine.



Marisco VineyardsDate published: 24/07/14

We currently have four wines from the Marisco vineyards, owned by the descendants of the De Marisco family. They've characterised all of their wines with a story from their family's history. Each wine tells a story of from their rich, and often troublesome, past! 

The King's Legacy which tells us that A William de Marisco was said to be one of the 35 illegitimate children of King Henry the 1st. Thus making him part of the King's Legacy. This Chardonnay is wonderfully fresh and creamy. Apples, tagerine and a complex nuttiness abound. Since trying it this has been one of my favourite Chardonnays for under a tenner! 

The King's Thorn is aptly named because of the refreshing nature of this Pinot gris. The story goes that King Henry the 2nd mysteriously gifted the island of Lundy to the Order of the Knights Templar, despite the de Marisco ownership of it. Refusing to give it up the family fought to hold it, becoming a real thorn in the king's side. This Pinot Gris has a touch of residual sweetness which is balanced by a bracing acidity. Honeysuckle and Peach predominates in this wine. 

The King's Favour is a fantastic example of a high quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Despite still holding Lundy island against the law one of the de Marisco family was strangely appointed with the honour of managing a large number of King John's royal galleys. This was an unexpected sign of the family having the King's Favour. Lively and intense, this wine has gooseberry, passion fruit and a strong mineral edge.

Last of all comes the Sticky End which as you may have guessed does not end well for one of the de Marisco family. After being betrayed this family member was taken prisoner during a storming of the island of Lundy and was hung drawn and quartered in London for the crimes of piracy. This dessert wine has heaps of ripe mango, pineapple and passionfruit. Fantastic with any summer desert.

The Legacy, Favour and Thorn are all £9.99 at 33.3% off when you buy two or more

The Sticky end is currently £12.74



Portillo MalbecDate published: 24/07/14

Good wine hasn't always has to be costly and at Majestic we strive to have monthly special offers with many under £7. For instance take the Portillo malbec which is £10.49 but at present is one of our 33% off wines which means its only £6.99!


This is perfect for bbqs, large gatherings or great value mid week drinking. Good luck #englandcricketteam Put in a good first round #philmickleson


Fantastic Value RoseDate published: 24/07/14

Yes, I like Domaine Ott, Miravel and Whispering Angel but these all retail well over £15 a bottle and are usually reserved for special evening or preferred guests! So my everyday rose is the excellent Cuvee de Richard which is a paltry £5.49 at present. We have done the red and white for years here but the rose is a relative newcomer to the range.

A light and pale rosé from vineyards located between the villages of Cruzy and Argeliers in the Languedoc. Made primarily from Cinsault, with just a dash of Muscat in the blend.

Bright and crisp, with very subtle strawberry fruit and a refreshing dryness. The small proportion of Muscat adds a dash of juicy grapeyness.

Its the perfect get home from work glass with a refreshingly modest 12.5 percent of alcohol it means you can have a few glasses without being locked away for exceeding your daily units! 



Veuve Clicquot PonsardinDate published: 24/07/14

Arguably one of the most recognisable Champagnes in the world for its bright orange label, Veuve Clicquot has been around since 1777. Madame Clicquot is credited with a great breakthrough in champagne handling that made mass production of the wine possible. In the early 19th century, with the assistance of her cellar master, Antoine de Müller, Clicquot invented the riddlingrack that made the crucial process of dégorgement both more efficient and economic. Furthermore Veuve Clicquot is credited with creating the first Rose Champagne in the late 1700's by blending red wine with white wine. This coincidentally is the only time when red and white wine can be blended to create a rose within Europe.

Lamb and RiojaDate published: 24/07/14

I have some lovely lamb chops from the guys at Laverstoke Park tonight for supper. Now lamb and Rioja are an absolute fantastic match and this particular wine is right at its peak of drinking.  

Bodegas Beronia is named after the Berones, a Celtic tribe who lived during the 3rd Century BC, in the area now known as Rioja Alta where the winery is based. Dos Maderas means 'two woods': the barrels used by the winery are made from both American and French oak.

Deep ruby-maroon in colour, with plenty of density. The complex nose is dominated by cinnamon and clove notes, with hints of toasted bread. Plenty of warm fruit, sweet tannins, and a velvet texture.

This is a steal at the moment at only £9.99!

Looking for a great wine at a bargain price?Date published: 24/07/14

Look no further than this gem of a wine. 

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.

Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

It is the perfect wine to have when you have returned from a sultry day at work and you want a refreshing glass or two or does partner oysters or a fruit de mer brilliantly. Coupled with the fact its on offer at a bargain £5.99 but only until this Monday so stock up whilst you can. 

New Zealand white wines.Date published: 24/07/14

In white wines Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc predominate in plantings and production. Typically Chardonnay planting predominate more the further north one goes, however it is planted and produced in Central Otago. New Zealand is extremely well known for it's Sauvignon blanc for which it is a go to country to some people. It is often described by some as "alive with flavors of cut grass and fresh fruits". Other white varietals commonly include Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot gris, and less commonly Chenin blanc, Pinot blanc,Müller-Thurgau and Viognier. Riesling is produced predominantly in Martinborough and south. The same may be said with less forcefulness about Gewürztraminer. Pinot gris is being planted increasingly, especially in Martinborough and the South Island. This grape variety, known well in the Alsace is experiencing a particular popularity wave in New Zealand.

We have a huge range of wines from New Zealand including many reds such as Pinot Noir so why not Come and Explore!


Chardonnay for those that don't like ChardonnayDate published: 24/07/14

There is a lot of discussion as to why people turned there backs on Chardonnay after a period in the '90s where it could do no wrong. Personally I like to believe we all got a little tired of all those big, oaky Australian Chardonnays and it paved the way for the Pinot Grigios and Sauvignon Blancs we all drink so readily today. But is it fair to dismiss out of hand Chardonnay? Not at all and I stake a claim that Nicolas Potels Bourgogne Chardonnay will be the one that could have you beating a path back to the grape.

The chief difference here is that it sees no oak. Not a sniff. It is fermented and matured in ultra modern stainless steel and the result is a wine that keeps a lot of zinginess (if there is such a word) and the all important minerality that is found in far more expensive Chablis or Meursault. But don't think they've scrimped on the grapes. They are a blend grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. 

The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, featuring green apple and melon flavours with an almondy complexity on the finish and hints of flintiness.

Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheesetart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté. Or as a superb alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. No REALLY!!!

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay is currently available for £8.66 when two or more are bought as part of your mix case of six bottles.


Bargain Prosecco...short term dealDate published: 24/07/14

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy 

Grape: Prosecco

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.  Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés.

£9.99 Single bottle price BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33.3% £6.66 When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013Date published: 24/07/14

A steal at the bargain price of £5.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your case.  This wine is a fresh dry fruity style from the south of France.  Its popularity speaks for itself.  I highly recommend getting involved in this offer - its not often you see such a great deal on a fantastic quality wine.  Perfect with fish or just with friends in the garden.

It isn't just us at Majestic speaking highly of Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet:

'If you're looking for a crisp, seafood-friendly dry white to accompany mussels or crab this summer, then this Picpoul from the Mediterranean is just the ticket, with its ripe stone fruit and apple flavours, its zingily juicy texture and dry palate-cleansing finish.' The Wine Gang

SPECIAL OFFER: Mont Saint Jean Corbières - £4.99!!!!!Date published: 24/07/14

Oh my goodness, its 2 amazing offers today, first the Picpoul...now its a long time favourite of majestic: Mont Saint Jean Corbières!

Single bottle price is £5.87 but buy any 2 save 15% = £4.99!

This southern French red is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan (signature grapes and typical blend from the Rhone Valley).  Its medium bodies, oozing with blackberry and damson fruit with a hint of peppery spice.  Delicious with a BBQ in the summer sunshine and at £4.99 you really can't go wrong.


The Systematic Approach to TastingDate published: 24/07/14

The Systematic Approach to Tasting

The systematic approach to tasting provides a structured way of generating a complete, detailed, description of wine. It suggests a common vocabulary that can be used by tasters to communicate their perceptions. 

The systematic approach to tasting is divided into two parts: the first part is a purely objective description of a wine, and covers how the wine presents itself in appearance, to your nose, and on your palate (including the impressions that linger after spitting/swallowing).

The second part uses evidence from the descriptive part to draw conclusions about the wine. These conclusions can include evaluating the quality of the wine, its readiness to drink, and how it might be partnered with food, as well as identifying the origin, grape variety and price band of the wine.  


Purple Angel - Fine wine back in stockDate published: 24/07/14

Purple Angel Carmenère 2011,Montes CHILE  - £32.50

A blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot. Half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, ringing sophistication and elegance. The other half comes from their Archangel estate in Marchigüe, adding potency and strength. The grapes are hand-picked early in the morning to ensure that the grapes are cool for crushing. The clusters go through a berry selection, in which only good fruit is allowed into the tank. 

During the 18 months of barrel aging in new French (50%) and American (50%) oak, the wine is racked 3 times but bottled unfiltered.  

Try this is rich homemade chilli with chunks of beef and plenty of warming spice.  Deli


Jim Barry Cover Drive, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, CoonawarraDate published: 24/07/14

One of the first wines I tried when I started my career with Majestic this is a fantastic wine for the price and very enjoyable. Named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley estate, then aged in French and American oak.

Surprisingly light in the glass, the nose is very fragrant, dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with nuances of fennel and damson and bramble fruit. A generous palate with succulent tannins framing blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavours Make this quintessential Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. 

This is a great summer barbeque wine but can be enjoyed by itself preferably while watching a test match. Can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more.

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10 Wine Facts of the WeekDate published: 24/07/14

10 Wine Facts of the Week

1) Wine called 'Gavi di Gavi' refers to wine produced close to the small town of Gavi in Piedmont, Northern Italy.

2) Grüner Veltliner is a grape varietal that comes from the Wachau region of Austria.

3) Picpoul is a fairly rare grape varietal produced in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc region of Southern France.

4) Until the 1980's the wine-growers of Champagne used gadoux, the leftover trash from Paris, as a fertilizer on their fields.

5) Sherry is produced in and around the town of Jerez where there are three grape varieties permitted - Palomino, Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Muscat of Alexandria.

6) There are also three soil types in Jerez - albarizabarros and arenas.

7) Palomino is used to make the dry wines of Jerez.

8) PX and Muscat are used to make the sweet wine of Jerez.

9) Sherry is fermented in stainless steel, but it must be aged in 600 litre oak barrels called butts. 

10) Sherry is also famous for it's maturation system called the solera system.



FREE (!!!) WINE COURSEDate published: 24/07/14

FREE (!!!) WINE COURSE

Perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the wonderful world of wine, The Wine Course will look at three very different reds and whites, a sparkling and even a dessert wine, teaching the art of food and wine pairing, wine tasting and label jargon-busting along the way.

And the best thing of all? It's completely free!


Wine Of The Week: Jermann, Pinot Grigio, 2013, FriuliDate published: 24/07/14

This wonderful wine comes from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a wine region in the far north-eastern corner of Italy. Its landscape characterized by coastal flatlands, mountains and plateaux. The region is bound by the borders with Austria and Slovenia which follow the contours of the eastern Alps.

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate remains family-run, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region.

This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. The wine has notes of green apples and subtle undertones of lemon zest. What really makes this wine is the long length, and the combination of great acidity and flavours that work to create an intense and well balanced wine.

A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

£23.00 or buy 2 and save £10 £18.00

New Offers!!! Come and ExploreDate published: 24/07/14

Some amazing neww offers including:

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99!

Les Galets Rhone £.5.66!

Vallée Des Pins Rosé £6.66!

Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Jean Vincent £9.99!

Come and Explore


Errazuriz Single Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Casablanca ValleyDate published: 24/07/14

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc 

Origin: The single vineyard blend is sourced from a specific block in Errazuriz's La Escultura estate at the heart of Chile's Casablanca Valley, which was planted in 1992. The site benefits from sandy-loam soil and cool sea breezes this cools conditions making the fruit develop more slowly to gain concentration and intensity of flavour. 

Taste: Freshly cut grass aromas compliment those of green apple and pineapple, crisp but not tart acidity lends freshness to the intense and invigorating palate. The finish is dry and refreshing and lingers for some time on the toungue. 

Enjoy: Choose this wine if you are thinking of serving baked trout or salmon. Would also work beautifully with a goats cheese salad 



New in: Camden Pale Ale and Camden LagerDate published: 24/07/14

New in: Camden Pale Ale and Camden Lager

Last week we received our stock of new craft beer! The Camden Brewery Pale Ale and Camden Brewery Hells Lager. Both are on our craft beer deal so there's more options on the mix and match. 

Buy two and save £6 ~ £10.99 for six


Australian vintagesDate published: 24/07/14

A run down of a few vintages from Australia. 


2011: Record rainfall in eastern areas meant a tricky vintage for many. Western areas by contrast were very hot; Margaret River reds are superb.

2010: Further yield reduction coupled with good weather meant an excellent vintage overall, with heavy rain causing only a few headaches in South Australia and Adelaide Hills.

2009: Yields reduced deliberately in many places, and by bushfires in Victoria. Otherwise relatively cool conditions, giving balanced wines.

2008: Above average vintage. Quality very good everywhere, with only a few heatwave-hit areas of South Australia experiencing problems.

2007: Yields are considerably down thanks to drought and frosts. However quality is excellent, with reds particularly impressive. Perhaps the best vintage ever in Western Australia.

2006: Overall a good to very good year in the east of the country, but the west had mixed results with good whites but varied reds.


Why Use a Decanter?Date published: 24/07/14

Why Use a Decanter?

For those of you who are unsure, a decanter is a vessel that is used to hold the decantation of a wine which may contain sediment. Decanters are commonly made from glass and vary in shape and design. The need for using a decanter has been up for debate for a very long time now as some argue the wine improves from using one however not all agree.

Commonly, the reason for decanting wine is to aerate it, or to allow the wine to "breathe". The decanter is designed to mimic the effects of swirling the wine glass to stimulate the oxidation processes which trigger the release of more aroma compounds. In addition it is thought to benefit the wine by smoothing some of the harsher aspects of the wine (like tannins). Many experts advocate decanting for the purposes of aeration, especially with highly tannic wines like Barolo, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, and Rhône wines while noting that decanting could be harmful for more delicate wines such as Pinot Noir.

However the effectiveness of decanting is a topic of debate, with some wine experts claiming that the prolonged exposure to oxygen actually diffuses more aroma compounds than it stimulates, in contrast to the effects of the smaller scale exposure and immediate release that swirling the wine in a drinker's glass has. In addition it has been reported that the process of decanting over a period of a few hours does not have the effect of softening tannins. The softening of tannins occurs during the winemaking and oak aging when tannins go through a process of polymerization that can last days or even weeks. Decanting merely alters the perception of sulfites and other chemical compounds in the wine through oxidation, which can give some drinkers the sense of softer tannins in the wine

Gavi AraldicaDate published: 24/07/14

Gavi 2013 Araldica £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.66

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.


BBQ winesDate published: 24/07/14

Wanting to enjoy the great outdoors this summer? this article will talk you through the best wines to get your BBQ off with a bang!

Perfect Aperitif's:

Prosseco Di Congeliano- £9.99 when you buy 2 wines from our 33% off range.

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain.  A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. 

Codornui Reina Maria Cristina: £9.99 when you buy 2 wines from our 33% off range.

This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”. With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

Great Summer Whites-

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc- £7.99 When you buy 2 wines from our 25% off range.

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley.  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. Enjoy with fresh summer salads or seafood.

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde£5.99 when you buy 2 wines from our 33% off range.

Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Fermentation occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine. Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish. Enjoy with seafood, green salads and pasta.

Pretty in Pink

M De Minuty Rose- £9.99 in our 33% off range.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Enjoy with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

A Treat with Meat:

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche- £7.99 When you buy 2 wines from our 25% off range.

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. Ideal with Spicy Lamb koftas.

Barista Pinotage£7.49 When you buy 2 wines from our 25% off range.

ntense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit. Try with Venison burgers topped with blue cheese.


Party planningDate published: 24/07/14

Planning a party but don't know where to begin?! Let us help! At Majestic we've been helping our customers plan successful parties for years! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organizing and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Some of the services we offer are:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day

Our wines start at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £6.66 and Champagne starting at £15.99.


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 24/07/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.66

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.


Free deliveryDate published: 24/07/14

Did you know you can get free delivery across the UK providing you buy our minimum of 6 bottles. Thats it! No catches.

Wine courseDate published: 24/07/14

Ever fancied knowing a little bit more about wine? or how to pair wine and food?

If the answer to the above is yes then join us for a 90 minute introduction to wine. We will cover the main varieties and styles and focus on the major wine producing regions of the world. If that's not enough we will finish with a food and wine matching workshop. The events are for up to 10 people so please feel free to get together with friends to gain that extra bit of knowledge to make drinking wine even more enjoyable.


Getting Married this year?Date published: 24/07/14

Are you getting married this year?

If so why not pop in to your local Majestic to have a chat about what we can offer. We can help you making the perfect choice for any budget. We also offer Free Glass hire and we also offer sale and return so no need to worry about running dry!


Great DealsDate published: 24/07/14

Great Deals - Blink And You'll Miss Them

We stock hundreds of wines and I understand it can seem like a challenge trawling through them all.

Here at Majestic, we display our wines country by country, and even some regions, by region. Our reds and whites are mostly separated in the sections, but still it can be tricky choosing your wines!

We have now grouped our greatest deals together in one easy to shop area!

Here's some top picks from our 'Buy 2 or more, save 33%' selection:

Prosecco Salatin £8.66

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja £6.66

Santa Rita 120 Merlot £5.99


Majestic party serviceDate published: 24/07/14

Majestic Party Service

Throwing a party this summer?

Whether it’s a BBQ, a wedding, or the big 4  0 we have got it covered!

Shop with us and benefit from:

 - Fantastic wines and beers, all in one place, and at great prices

 - Expert recommendations from our staff

 - Free Glass Hire*

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Spanish food and wineDate published: 24/07/14

I love Spanish food and Spanish wine. I was lucky enough to travel to Rioja for work last year and the way food and wine is treated out there only serves to enhance my enjoyment.

Classic Rioja is perfectly matched to tapas, but don't overlook the wines from Toro or Ribera del Duero as well. Two regions which are more in focus than ever before, and suit my palate nicely.

Here's a lovely recipe for a couple of Chorizo based dishes, and a wine match to boot:

For the chorizo in red wine

2 tbsp olive oil

1 banana shallot, sliced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

300g/1oz chorizo, cut diagonally into 2.5cm/1in chunks

2 fresh bay leaves

200ml/7fl oz red wine

For the prawns with chorizo

2 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, sliced

300g/11oz chorizo, cut diagonally into ½cm/¼in thick slices

pinch sea salt

8 medium-sized prawns, shell on

50ml/2fl oz dry sherry

2-3 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley

Method

For the chorizo in red wine, heat a frying pan until medium hot, add the olive oil, shallot and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened.

Add the chorizo to the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until crisp and the oil is released.

Add the bay leaves and red wine, and cook until the volume of wine has reduced to just coat the chorizo.

For the prawns with chorizo, heat a frying pan until medium hot, add the olive oil and garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the chorizo and fry for a further 1-2 minutes.

Add the sea salt and prawns and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the prawns are just pink.

Add the dry sherry and deglaze the pan.

Tip into a serving dish and sprinkle over the parsley.

Have yourself a bottle of something special with these, and just relax into it. If it's midnight and you're still eating, who cares?!

I'd go for Emilio Moro from Ribera or Vina Ardanza Reserva if it really has to be Rioja. Both are on our Fine Wine/Spirits mixed £10 saving, so why not have both and make a weekend of it...


Vasse FelixDate published: 24/07/14

Sometimes, you'll try a wine for the first time, and the vast variety of flavours and characteristics a white or red can display will suddenly dawn on you. Those are good moments, and they don't come around very often.

Thanks to this weeks focus on Australian wines, I've just had one such experience.

The Vasse Felix Chardonnay is unassuming in colour, looking much like the other Aussie Chardonnays we've got on taste today, but it holds a secret.

Take a whiff and the quality is evident straight away. The oak is there. The fruit is there. It's ALL there. The first thing you notice is the balance. Aussie Chardonnay went out of favour because the oak influence was too prominent. Wine makers have fought to change that view for many years, and the results are some spectacularly well integrated and balanced wines.

This is one of those wines. Singing with fresh fruit flavours and a good level of acidity, and perfectly soft and full on the palate. The oakiness comes through strong but refined. You're aware the wine has been subjected to this age-old method, but with such expertise that you'd be a fool to revert back to those old feelings of "ABC" (Anything But Chardonnay). It's toasty and a bit smokey, lovely and nutty but not too rich. The fruit is allowed to shine through and that acidity just keeps it going for a finish of wonderful proportions.

I'm impressed.


Laughing MagpieDate published: 24/07/14

The Story Behind The Name 'The Laughing Magpie'

The vineyards and bushland that surround the d’Arenberg winery are home to the native Australian bird, the Kookaburra, famous for its distinctive laughing call. The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers and bears no resemblance to its famous cousin, but to this day the name has stuck. D'Arenberg thought the name was a good choice for McLaren Vale’s first ever Shiraz Viognier blend combining the black Shiraz and its white partner, Viognier.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is approximately 35km south of Adelaide in South Australia. The region's grape-growing conditions are varied, due to both its variable topography and its proximity to the cooling influences of the Gulf Saint Vincent. Altitudes differ markedly according to the location, this can have a marked affect on the growing season and the grapes representation of terrior. The region acquired its GI (Geographical Indication) status in 1997, but wine-growing traditions here are amongst the oldest in the country. The summers and most of the autumn season are dry, which keeps vine diseases at bay. McLaren Valealso boasts a wide range of soil types, with localized specialties.

At d’Arenberg the winemaking processes of the past have been maintained, capturing the unique small-batch character of the wines and the true flavour of the McLaren Vale region. All grapes, red and white, are basket-pressed. The reds are still traditionally fermented with the grape skins (caps) submerged in open wax-lined concrete fermenters utilising the age-old technique of foot-treading.



Pomal ReservaDate published: 24/07/14

Rioja Reserva 2009, Vina Pomal


Grape: Tempranillo


The grapes for this wine come from Viña Pomal's own vineyards which surround the winery. The first Viña Pomal release was over 100 years ago in 1904, and they have since been producing high quality, classic 100% Tempranillo Riojas.


Bursting with blackberry and raspberry fruit, the palate is clean, intense and persistent. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish.


This traditional style of Rioja will be a superb complement to Catalan style charcuterie or cured meats.


PICPOULDate published: 24/07/14

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc

Grape Picpoul

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.


Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

Only £5.99* (when buy 2 bottles or more) 


Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 24/07/14

Veuve Cliquot NV - 33% off = £29.98 a bottle when buy 2 or more

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.


Argentinian MalbecDate published: 24/07/14

Argentinian Malbec on Offer

Argentina has become one of our best selling sections over the last couple of years.. all down to the increased popularity of their Malbecs. The grape is originally from France, most well known in the Cahors region in the south of France. It has found its spiritual home in the Mendoza region at the foot hills of the Andes mountains. The altitude and climate here provides perfect conditions for the grape to flourish. 

Here are some of the wines on our 33% off Summer selection range:

Santa Anan Malbec £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £5.99

Alamos Malbec  £9.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66

Portillo Malbec £10.49 buy 2 save 33% £6.99

Tucumen Malbec  £11.99 buy 2 save 33% £7.99

Perfect wines for summer drinking, especially if having a BBQ!



EinstockDate published: 24/07/14

Craft Beer Of the Week


Einstock Icelandic Pale Ale


Three kinds of hops combine with pure Icelandic water to create our version of the Pale Ale, where robust flavours meet smooth malt. Cascade hops give it the American character, while northern Brewer and Hallertau Tradition add just enough bitterness to make this ale refreshingly Icelandic.

Single case pack = £14.99


Buy 2 cases of Craft Beers and save £6.00 = £11.99 a case


Grande ArdecheDate published: 24/07/14


Grand Ardèche Chardonnay

2012

Louis Latour

Special Offer £9.99

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Taste

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.



DeliciousDate published: 24/07/14

Deliciousness

This, I feel is an over-used term when decribing a wine.

I feel it should be reserved for wine which really does move you, to the point of almost uncontrollably blurting out “wow, this is delicious”.

Its over use results in the normalising of such descriptors. If everything that isn't undrinkable is described as delicious, then what would you call those great bottles?

One such bottle is Domaine Aurelien Verdet's 2008 Morey-Saint-Denis. Lovely, elegant and almost sweet-tasting Pinot fruit.

Quite delicious!


Wine triviaDate published: 24/07/14

Wine Trivia

Louis Roederer's Cristal Champagne was originally made for Tsar Alexander II.

He lived in fear of assassination and insisted that his Champagne be bottled in clear, puntless glass, leaving no space for hidden explosives!


Peter Lehmann Shiraz Barrossa ValleyDate published: 24/07/14

Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2012 Barossa Valley

Only £8.91*

* when you buy two or more within the 15% off range. 

Peter Lehmann, known as the 'Baron of Barossa,' selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region, some of which remain ungrafted due to an absence of phylloxera. Ageing in French and American oak for 12 months occurs before bottling.

This wine shows plenty of flesh and spice on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant and bramble fruit as well as hints of mocha and dark chocolate. Full bodied and rich, a classic Aussie Shiraz.


PinotageDate published: 24/07/14

South Africa's "signature" grape Pinotage is an example of a modern day success story in grape breeding. Created in 1925 as a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault in an attempt to make a version of Pinot Noir that was easier to grow, Pinotage is in fact something entirely different.

Typical characteristics of a Pinotage are bramble fruits and earthy flavours. Often blended but sometimes able to stand on it's own it is distinctly South African (which some in South Africa see as a negative as they try to emulate Old World styles). At its best Pinotage is rich and very smooth.

Give it an explore with:

Barista Pinotage 2013 Western Cape £7.49 when you buy 2

Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.

Or for a real treat to something different:

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 Stellenbosch £20 when you buy 2

Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana.


A is for AlbariñoDate published: 24/07/14

The Albariño grape is produced in the north west of Spain. It is a popular grape used in wine production due to its thick skin which enables it to resist fungal disease. The wine produced from the Albariño grape is renowned for having a intense peach, apricot and fruit driven character matched with a naturally high acidity.

It can be mixed with additional grapes such as; Loureiro, Godello, Caiño, Arinto and Treixadura to add to the wines complexity and enhance various characteristics.

An interesting fact about the grape is that it attracted the attention of Australian winemakers whom mass produced the wine due its easy drinking and fruity nature. However, it was found out that the producers have been wrongly labelling and selling the wines for over a decade as the grape used was a close relative to the Albariño grape, with scientific studies showing it was the Franch Savagnin grape.

The Albariño grape is also found to be grown in the Napa valley, California, by adventurous producers. Furthermore the grape is grown in Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho. However it is not as popular as the Spanish grown as the flavour is less intense.


Champagne grapesDate published: 24/07/14

Champagne is restricted to being produced from three core grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The Chardonnay grape provides acidity and a general citrus flavouring for the wine. It can be used individually to produce Champagne, which is known as blanc de blanc (or white of whites) as it is the only white grape used in production of Champagne. 

The other two grapes used are Pinor Noir and Pinot Meunier, both red grapes. However, due to lack of skin contact during fermentation and gentle pressing they produce a white base wine. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used to add length and further backbone of the final product. These two grapes can be used without Chardonnay to produce a white wine, know as Blanc de noir, or white of blacks. 

The blanc de blanc differs slightly from the blanc de noir with a creamier, lighter style on the palate. Additionally there are rose Champagnes, which taste no different to ordinary Champagne,  they are just light pink in colour which is due to minor contact with the Pinot Noir or Pinor Meunier skins in production of the wine. 


New Zealand Red'sDate published: 24/07/14

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 not try one, you might find something you love!



Angels ShareDate published: 24/07/14

Our latest Wine of the Week is the Angel's Share Shiraz by Two Hands of Australia.  The Two Hands winery produces a range of high quality reds that provide great examples of what a top end Australian wine can be.  The Angels' Share is one of their more accessible wines in terms of price but is an excellent wine and typical Australian in style and comes from the McLaren Vale, one of the most prestigious and famous wine producing regions in Australia.

The wine is very rich and aromatic with flavours of coffee, cola and spice with lashings of dark plum fruit. The body is full and the tannins incredibly soft and rounded.  This is perfect barbeque wine so goes great with ribs and other red meat.




Poggio ArgentieraDate published: 24/07/14

I have to admit this choice is slightly biased as I love almost everything Italian. However, as a mid-priced, medium-bodied Sangiovese, you can't go wrong with this wine. 

Concentrated ripe cherry and strawberry dominate the nose and palate along with a hint of vanilla, due to the subtle use of oak. 

Very approachable and food-friendly, this wine will compliment a whole host of dishes, though i'd say that a rich, Tuscan lamb casserole would provide the perfect foil.

£11.99 or Buy 2 bottles save 25% £8.99


Fish and fizz...Date published: 24/07/14

Have you heard the best food match is good old english fish and chips with a bottle of sparkling wine?

My recommendation is Bouvet from the Loire valley and only £10.11 when you buy 2+ bottles.

You get rich, toasty creaminess and with elegant aromatics. An bubbles that keep on giving!

Enjoy!

The Ned - FANTASTIC OFFERDate published: 24/07/14

The Ned on special offer at £6.99 down from £10.49 - buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

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.


Ends 3pm 28th July...DON'T MISS OUT!


Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - ONLY £7.99 !!Date published: 24/07/14

We've got some great wines on our latest offers and the Oyster Bay is certainly one. Its down to £7.99* - now that's a great offer!

Perfect for those Summer parties, BBQ's and of course Weddings.

Did you know that Majestic Wines were the first UK retailer to import this delicious wine back in the 1980's, now thats a real love affair there.

Arfon - manager

* When you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection range - a saving of 33%. Offer ends 4th August

Wine of the Week Alamos Malbec, Catena, Mendoza - £6.66 (As part of the Summer Selection – Single bottle £9.99)Date published: 24/07/14

Wine of the Week

Alamos Malbec, Catena, Mendoza - £6.66

(As part of the Summer Selection – Single bottle £9.99)

Many people wrongly assume the Malbec grape orginates from South America, it is actually a French varietal and was once grown in several of the French powerhouse regions; Bordeaux and Loire etc. 
However due to the fierce competition and an unreceptive audience it failed to reach fame and fortune but, just like many rock stars have done in the past, it found critical claim on a different continent. Practically putting Argentinian winemaking on the map Malbec has flourished, particularly in the Mendoza region in the foothills of the Andes mountains where the wine embodies this rugged region.
Alamos Malbec is a beautiful representation of a classic Mendoza Malbec. 
Dark cherry and blackberry flavours penetrate deeply on the nose with dried fruit in tow on the palate.
Malbec's always tend to be good value for money and easy going crowd pleasers. This is no different, now down to £6.99 as part of our Summer Selection.
Well balanced and with ripe sweet tannins this wine stands up very well to roast meats for a hearty meal.

How about the great value Santa Ana Malbec?Date published: 24/07/14

Santa Ana Malbec... Lighter in style.

Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards.

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.

Great with BBQ'd meats

£8.99 Buy two save 33.3% = £5.99


Time for Cider?Date published: 24/07/14

Sunny Weather... fancy a crisp Cider?

So the hot sunny weather is here, and going to last well into the week. We've got a selection of bottled Cider that is truly remarkable.

Whether it be Suffolk Cider (Orchard Pig- as featured at River Cottage), Burrow Hills (as I am reliably informed served at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant), not forgetting Aspalls ("Cyder") with their beautifully crisp one of three types (organic, draught or 1er cru). 

We have the French represented too!!! (Duche De Longueville- from Northern France).



Sipsmith Summer CupDate published: 24/07/14

With the Sun shining it feels like the summer has graced us with its presence. To celebrate this and to get you all in the summer party mood, this Saturday (28/06) we will be opening a bottle of Sipsmith Summer Cup (and a bottle of lemonade to mix with it). So if you want to find that ideal drink for a party outside, or a lazy  drink in the garden then join us to try this great gin based drink, with notes of lemon and Earl Grey tea this is a really refreshing drink. 

£15 on offer, when you buy any 2 of our selected fine wines and spirits (£20 normally).  


Decanter Recommended Wines!Date published: 24/07/14

Decanter Magazine, the worlds leading opinion formers when it comes to recommending wine have published their 'World Wine Awards 2014' and we're proud to tell you we have a whole clutch of wines that have either been given International Trophies or Regional Trophies!

The International Trophy winners are:

Jordan Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Chardonnay over £15) - 

"A charasmatic, generous wine, with an oatmeal and cashew edge to mandarin aromas. These lead on to a creamy, rounded palate of lemon meringue, vanilla, toast, cinnamon and hazelnut notes, plus apples, citrus and ripe nectarine fruit. Delightful and restrained, but with lushness and energy behind"

Costarossa, Surani, Primitivo di Manduria 2012, Puglia, Italy (Red Italian Varietals under £15) - 

"Fresh and fruity, with a deep, brooding nose of black fruit. The rich, intense palate shows smoky, savoury notes of tobacco and bacon with juicy morello cherries, plums, dark chocolate and kirsch. It has lashings of flavour and a long, complex finish - what more do you need from a Primitivo?"

The Regional Trophy winners are:

Bollinger, La Grande Annee Brut 2004, Champagne, France (Vintage Champagne) - 

"A wine of great power with enduring elegance. Perfectly ripe layers of mirabelle, apricot, poached vanilla pears, yellow apples and lemon sherbet against a pleasing, nutty backdrop. Vigorous and creamy-textured, with great depth, chalky minerality and a hazelnut complexity. Extraordinary." 

Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013, Gerard Bertrand,  (White Languedoc-Roussillon under £15)

"A delicate gastronomic wine with discreet mineral, thyme, rosemary and aniseed aromas giving way to a crystalline purity of ripe stone fruit on the palate. Complex and charming, with a touch of sweet oak, apricots, honey and flowers. Great length, mineral freshness and harmony."

Marisco 'The Kings Legacy' Chardonnay 2011, Marlborough (New Zealand Chardonnay under £15)

"Refined, elegant, cool-climate style with an olive oil element running through the taut, spiced apple and lime fruit. Kerosene notes sneak into developed aromas of apple, citrus and spice, while lovely oak introduces a mealy complexity to the layered, creamy palate of exotic, tropical and stone fruits."

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough (New Zealand Sweet under £15)

"Rich and luscious with good varietal definition, a marmalade botrytis character and honeyed, barley sugar aromas. The round, yet light palate is creamy with crisp, green apple acidity, beautifully balancing the sweetness. Delicious fresh finish."

Graham's, Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 (Vintage Port over £15)

"At a most appealing stage in its evolution, this full, sweet style shows toffee, chocolate and tomato leaf notes with underlying ripe blackcurrant fruit. Hints of violet and liquorice lift the fresh cassis nose, and more currant fruit on the palate leads to a gently warm finish of fig and plum."

CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva Rioja 2007, Spain (Red Rioja Gran Reserva over £15)

"Representing the renaissance of Gran Reserva, this wine is full of naturally juicy and charming raspberry fruit, along with floral-touched ripe strawberries. Showing elegant oak on the palate, coconut, spice, burlap and leather, with dried berries and zest, this is a clear step up from Reserva"

As you can see, they range from everyday wines, to jaw-dropping fine wines, so come on by and grab a few examples and see what the wine crowd are so in awe of!


Applause to AperolDate published: 24/07/14

We've a new entry into our spirits shelves, with this beautiful little mixer with Prosecco! Welcome one and all to the delights of Aperol!

Aperol is an 11% spirit-based infusion of herbs and roots with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which makes it ideal as an aperitif. The classic recipe is to mix ice cubes, a slice of orange, 2 parts Aperol with 3 parts of Prosecco and a splash of San Pellegrino or Soda Water.

Only £11.99 a bottle as an introductory offer, come and get it whilst its hot...the weather that is, not the drink!


Wine of the weekDate published: 24/07/14

This week we have Mont Saint Jean 2012, Corbieres as wine of the week. It is on offer at £4.99!!

Grape - Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Carignan

Origin

Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

Taste

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

Enjoy

Perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board.



Planning a Wedding?Date published: 24/07/14

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!), let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!


Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines
- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 
- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue
- Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy
- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day


With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £14.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget!


Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99! one week onlyDate published: 24/07/14

To celebrate the birthday of our new website we have some classic lines at reduced rates, the headline figure of which being the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 a bottle! Here is a breakdown of what we've got on offer for one week only:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc: £6.99

- Our best ever selling wine. It gives 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. It's popular for a reason!

Jean Vincent Pouilly Fume: £9.99

- An excellent example of a Pouilly Fume. A steely quality with a really refreshing acidity. A wine with a name and quality to impress the most discerning of dinner party guests at an affordable price!

 Les Galets Côte-du-Rhône: £5.66

- A classic smooth fruity Rhone wine, it has been blended to provide an accessible, early drinking style without being overly tannic or full bodied. Drinks well on it's own or with red meat dishes.

Don't miss out on these offers and if you like do wish our new website a happy first birthday!


Happy Birthday to our new website!Date published: 23/07/14

The latest incarnation of our website is now a year old, to celebrate we've four excellent new offers:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 - Majestic's best selling wine!

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent - £9.99

Valle des Pins Rose, Coteaux d'AIX en Provence - £6.66

Les Galets Cotes-du-Rhone - £5.66

All the above offers are when you buy two or more from this selection as part of a mixed six.



Killka ChardonnayDate published: 23/07/14

The sun has been pouring down on us over the past few days and at this time of year the evenings are long and warm and you actually have time to enjoy it after work, unless you have kids of course. So if you do fancy getting the deck chairs out and enjoying the gentle glow of the evening rays you will probably want a little something as the cherry on the cake.

Something like the Killka Chardonnay? 

This sublime Argentinian white is youthful and vibrant, having refreshing ripe citrus notes on the nose and extending on the palate to tropical flavours as well. It has a deeper dimension though as it is lightly oaked which instills in the wine an interesting duet of vanilla and honey.

This has recently moved on to our Summer Selection so is now at £7.99!

If you plan on adding a bit of patio dining into the fray this couples brilliantly with creamy pastas and chicken dishes.


AlamosDate published: 23/07/14

Wine of the Week

Alamos Malbec, Catena, Mendoza - £6.66

(As part of the Summer Selection – Single bottle £9.99)

Many people wrongly assume the Malbec grape orginates from South America, it is actually a French varietal and was once grown in several of the French powerhouse regions; Bordeaux and Loire etc. 
However due to the fierce competition and an unreceptive audience it failed to reach fame and fortune but, just like many rock stars have done in the past, it found critical claim on a different continent. Practically putting Argentinian winemaking on the map Malbec has flourished, particularly in the Mendoza region in the foothills of the Andes mountains where the wine embodies this rugged region.
Alamos Malbec is a beautiful representation of a classic Mendoza Malbec. 
Dark cherry and blackberry flavours penetrate deeply on the nose with dried fruit in tow on the palate.
Malbec's always tend to be good value for money and easy going crowd pleasers. This is no different, now down to £6.99 as part of our Summer Selection.
Well balanced and with ripe sweet tannins this wine stands up very well to roast meats for a hearty meal.


Macon Roches BlanchesDate published: 23/07/14

Macon Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013, Louis Jadot


Louis Jadot is one of the most illustrious producers from Burgundy and have made wines there since 1859.

The fruit for this wine has been sourced from superior quality vineyards from southern Burgundy. No oak has been used in the production, to further enhance the vibrancy of the fruit.

Notes of green apple and pear with a pleasant minerality and a long refreshing finis


Looking for a new supplierDate published: 23/07/14

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? Bar, golf club or restaurant we supply to everyone!
What we offer:
~ A wide range of commercial only wines 
~ Competative prices
~ Well informed staff
~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week
~ You personal account manager
~ Staff training with food and wine advice
~ Free wine tastings
and much much more...

VouchersDate published: 23/07/14

Treat your friends or family to the ultimate gift. At Majestic we do gift vouchers that come in £10, £20 and £50 denominations. They can be redeemed at any Majestic store throughout the UK. Our minimum purchase of 6 bottles, mixed by any style or price, applies to all purchases using vouchers. Get the perfect gift from your local Majestic store.

Decanter Wine AwardsDate published: 23/07/14


Here are a selction of wines which have just won the Decanter Gold Medal Award for 2014. The competition attracted 15,007 entries - all tasted by a line-up of masters of wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers. After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Surani Costarossa 2012,  £8.24 (Buy any 2 save 25%) Single Bottle £10.99 

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over-ripening the grapes on the vine, then harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style.

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish.


Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013,  £8.49 (Buy any 2 save 15%) Single Bottle £9.99

At the end of his rugby career, Gérard Bertrand decided to produce the best wines in the Languedoc and set up a winery in 1992. He has had great success with unusual grape varieties such as the rare Viognier, hailing from the northern Rhône.

Pale yellow in colour, with intense aromas of white flowers. The palate is rich and lush with tropical fruits, dried apricots, hazelnuts and honey.


CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2007,  £25 (Buy any 2 save £10) Single Bottle £30 

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, commonly known as CVNE, produces some of Spain's greatest wines. Made from 20 year old vines and aged in French and American oak, the Imperial range originated in the 1920s, named for its imperial pint bottles exported to the UK.

Full garnet in colour expressing elegant autumn berry fruits, coffee, caramel and cinnamon. The palate is finely structured with dried fruit, plums and damsons combined with toasty vanilla undertones.


The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011,  £9.99 (Buy any 2 save 33%) Single Bottle £14.99 

This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees.

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.


LPDate published: 23/07/14

A real customer and staff favourite at Majestic - the unmistakable Laurent Perrier Rosé champagne, is now down to just £43.31 when you buy 2 bottles.

The perfect pink fizz for any special occasion, although at this price...who needs an excuse!

"Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes."

Head over to our website to read the 5 star reviews! 


ChampagneDate published: 23/07/14

Champagne the champion of sparkling wine, the only region in the world dedicated exclusively to sparkling wine. Located in a very challenging climate where winemakers often contend with winter freezes, spring frosts, and generally cold wet weather. Even in the warmest years the grapes produced are very high in acidity and basically unsuitable for still wine, however for the making of sparkling wine high acidity levels are a virtue.

The land naturally helps winemakers combat the variable weather conditions in Champagne. Frost is overcome by planting vines on slopes, and the soil is predominantly chalk which allows good drainage of water but also retains a sufficient quantity.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Menuier are the three grape varieties of the region, 66% of Champagne wine is made from black grapes Pinot Noir and Menuier. The end result is a white wine due to the pressing process, grapes are neither destemmed or crushed, and are pressed as quickly as possible to avoid any red colouring or tannins from the skin.

Once pressed the grape varieties are fermented separately (Primary Fermentation), then blended together. Blending is important in Champagne to maintain a consistent quality of wine year by year as the climate is so challenging. The grape varieties give the wine its character, but reserve wine stored from previous years are vital in smoothing out vintage variations. Each house has its own style and these styles are achieved consistently through the blending process, the more reserve wines a house has to blend the easier this is.

Once the wine is blended the 'Traditional Method' of sparkling wine production becomes apparent, as the wine blend is bottled and mixed with sugar, yeast, yeast nutrients, and a clarifying agent. The bottle is then closed with a crown cap, and stored horizontally in the cellars for six – eight weeks (Second Fermentation). Once the fermentation is complete the yeast die, and form a sediment in the bottle, this sediment is known as the lees; the lees is what gives bread, biscuit, and toast flavours to the wine. To remove the sediment the bottle undergoes Riddling, a process which shifts the lees to the neck of the bottle. Traditionally done by a 'Remueur' who would gently shake and twist the bottle in an A-frame, raising it until the bottle is vertical. This takes up to eight weeks by hand, the modern machines however carry out this process in eight days. 

The Disgorgement process follows as the lees now in the neck of the bottle is frozen, the cap is removed the CO2 ejects the frozen lees. The wine is topped up with a mixture of wine and sugar, the level of sugar determines the level of sweetness i.e. Brut is given a lower amount of sugar than a Sec labelled wine.

Non-Vintage wines are the producers most commercially important wines, these are based on the current vintage with reserve wines blended as necessary. NV wines must be aged at least 15 months, including a minimum of 12 months on the lees, and in the most part don't benefit from further ageing.

Vintage wines are made only in the best years, however only a maximum of 80% of grapes can be used from one harvest to maintain future reserve wine levels. The Vintage is then blended with previous reserve wines to give the house style to the wine. V wine


Bring a Friend to Majestic, get a free bottle each!Date published: 23/07/14

If you have been in store lately or had a delivery form us you have probably received a purple bring a friend to majestic voucher.

This is a great incentive to introduce your friends to the wonderful world of wine. Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you.

So why not bring a friend with you next time you come in!


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 23/07/14

Honestly thought the days of good quality NZ Sauvignon at this price were way in the past, but alas, here it is!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66

Fresh, zesty and packed with gooseberry, backed up with a mineral streak that will get your mouth watering!


Single Vineyard WinesDate published: 23/07/14

Wine Words: Single Vineyard

Ever seen the words 'single vineyard' on a wine label and wondered why it's worth shouting about? Well there are basically two methods of selecting grapes for making wine. The first is by blending wines from different vineyards together - they may be from the same village, same region or from completely different areas. However, if it says Chablis on the label (for example) all of the grapes must have come from Chablis.

Single vineyard wines are when all of the grapes are sourced from a single plot - and usually these will be the best plots. The theory is that, rather than 'dilute' the grapes (no, not literally) from your top vineyard by blending them with lower quality grapes, you can produce a single vineyard wine that really expresses its micro-climate and soil. And in theory, it should be of a high quality as a result.



The Majestic Tasting CounterDate published: 23/07/14

Try before you buy...


Did you know we have a tasting counter in every Majestic store?

It is full of exciting wines of different styles and price points for tasting everyday. What a great way to choose your selection, try it before you buy it. Feel free to taste at your leisure or if you need a bit of guidance or inspiration, were on hand to help!


Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99Date published: 23/07/14

That's right our best selling wine is back at the fantastic price of just £6.99! What better way to make the most of this beautiful weather than with a glass of Marlboroughs finest.

This was recently recommended in the Times by Jane Macquitty:


'Readers adore Kiwi sauvignon blanc. No apologies for voting Ned in again. It lacks that oily, rotting cabbage aroma and taste that too many New Zealand sauvignons display. Its intense, zingy, tongue-tingling, green pepper, mango and white currant fruit make it one of the few summer swigs that can cope with goat’s cheese salad and fresh asparagus.'​​ Jane MacQuitty - The Times Summer Top 100Star Buy – Best New World white

Don't miss out!


Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 23/07/14

Majestic Price Veuve Clicquot £29.98

Deals Date published: 23/07/14

Mont St Jean @ £4.99

Vina Sol @ £5.99

Picpoul @ £5.99

Corte Alta @ £6.66

All in good supply. Make sure you stock up.


Sexy BeastDate published: 23/07/14

Two Hands... The Sexy Beast

The ever popular Two Hands range of wines offer a big range of blends and grape varietals accompanied with some imaginative names!  In this particular instance, "Sexy Beast".  Sexy by name and Sexy by nature; this 100% Cabernet offers a full bodied wine with bags of dark fruit on both the nose and the palette.  With Raisin, bramble and smokey notes, this is a wine that is sure to even tantalise the traditional claret lovers.  Worth trying with rich meat dishes or even a cheese board.  It's on the tasting counter over the next few days so why not pop in a try it before it's all gone.

Two Hands - Sexy Beast  - Mclaren Vale 2012 £18.00


Mont saint JeanDate published: 23/07/14

Mont Saint Jean Corbières

For Two Weeks Only! Offer Ends 29th July!

Now only £4.99!!

Tasting Note:

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of black pepper which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.


Natale VergaDate published: 22/07/14

Barolo is one of the worlds great red wines. All Barolo is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. By law it must be aged for a minimum of three years and 18 months of this must be in oak. Barolo Riservas must be aged for a minimum of 5 years in total. Barolo DOCG lies in North West Italy in the Piemonte region. Piemonte, means the 'foot of the mountains' and it is here there is a strong influence on the region from the Alps. There are 5 Barolo communes, each with distinct soil types that largely effect the style of wine produced. In general, the the soils of barolo and La Morra tend to give a softer, fruitier wine, whereas the soils in Monforte and Serralunga give a wine of more defined structure and more suited to longer maturation. Finally the Castiglione soils combines elements of the two. 

The Verga estate was founded in 1895, and is now owned by Natale Vega- the fourth generation of the Verga family. The grapes are sourced from an 11 hectare estate and the wine is matured for 24 months in French oak. Aromas of subtle wood smoke, red fruits, liquorice and petal are evident on the nose. Full bodied, complex and spicy on the palate, this wine would perfectly suit roast beef dishes.


RiojaDate published: 22/07/14

The difference in a vintage can have a massive effect on the taste of a wine and how well it is enjoyed. Although this tends to be less substantial for more mass produced wines, the difference in Rioja is significant as the wine is aged for a greater time before release and the grapes have to hold the balance, potency and intensity to withstand this ageing process - reflected in the vintage variations from which they were grown.

Here is a guide to the best vintages in the last 20 or so years for Rioja:

1994: Overall good quality, but because of late frosts and an arrid summer, grapes did not flourish as expected and so less wine was produced.

1995: An outstanding vintage for Rioja; masses of grapes of top quality producing some cracking wines.

1998: Despite late frosts, this vintage has seen some great wines from Rioja

2001: Once again, Spring frosts were a potential issue, and despite a lower yield than predicted overall, Rioja produced some superb wines.

2004 & 2005: Both were great vintages, 2005 perhaps marginally better thanks to just about sufficient rainfall.

2008 & 2009: These were both very good years, 2009 saw very hot growing conditions, but, again thanks to some timely rainfall, the vintage thrived. 2009 takes the spoils as the better of these two vintages.

2010: Growing and ripening conditions spot on for optimum fruit growth and ripening. Considered a better vintage than 2009.

2011: This year saw very hot conditions, which heat-stressed the vines. As a result, the fruit provided powerful wines with very concentrated flavours. The wines produced also have lower than usual acidity.

2012: This was a bizzare year in terms of weather in Spain. Due to the very dry conditions, It was the fifth consecutive small vintage. As a result, it is likely that wine produced from this year will be massively concentrated and high in tannin thanks to the smaller berries which were harvested in Rioja. High tannin will mean the wines should have a lengthy potential for ageing.


RobertsonDate published: 22/07/14

Producer of the Month

Robertson Winery

THE HISTORY : Established in 1941, Robertson Winery celebrated their 70th Birthday in 2011. The winery had its humble beginnings in a charming missionary church on the outskirts of Robertson, and it’s history is closely linked to that of the town. Robertson, established 1852, were named it in recognition and appreciation of the many services of Dr William Robertson, a Scottish minister who arrived in South Africa in 1822. During the late 19th century the worker community that occupied the land where the Robertson Winery now stands built a stone church and their congregation was serviced by missionaries. When Robertson Winery was established in 1941, the small church was no longer in use and the winery acquired the building for its winemaking and cellaring operations.

THE FAMILY: The winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 7th generation growers. Today, no less than 35 families, cultivating some 2400 hectares of vine, take pride in contributing to the success of winery. Working in close partnership with our viticulturist, Briaan Stipp, they are committed to identifying the vineyard sites best suited to specific cultivars and to nurturing the grapes to optimum flavour and varietal character.

THE PHILOSOPHY: Robertson Winery believe winemaking is a natural process. Since different styles of wine vary greatly in their soil and climatic requirements, they accomplished cellarmaster, Bowen Botha, believes that the desired style should determine the choice of vineyard. Adhering to a philosophy of minimal handling and gentle pressing in order to capture the natural flavours of the fruit in the wine, Bowen and his inspired team of winemakers gently guide the transformation process to craft wines of exceptional quality and individuality.


CavaDate published: 22/07/14

Cava it has received a bit of a bad name but lets have another look at this super bubbly

The Codorníu Brut NV (£7.33) is composed of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes. It is a dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

The Codorníu Selección Raventós NV ( £7.99) is made from a different variety of grapes, namely Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo, giving a wonderful body and clean citrus flavours. The nose displays peachy and lemon aromas and on drinking the wine presents full bodied, vibrant fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. This year reviewed by Jancis as her top bubbly under £10!

Either would be a great match for light seafood dishes or canapes, or can just be enjoyed on their own!


ArdanzaDate published: 22/07/14

Vina Ardanza

Background

La Rioja Alta, a family-run firm founded in 1890, has, through the years, built up a huge vineyard of more than 300 hectares. What sets La Rioja Alta apart from other traditionalists is that their wines also retain plenty of sweetness, vigour and flavour on the palate. Their wines are then given considerable bottle ageing before sale, and so are ready for drinking when released. Viña Ardanza is aged three years in barrels with six rackings.

Taste

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Food Matching

Manchego: Sheep’s milk cheese is traditionally served with rich, ripe Rioja. Boiled Beef: A dish for showing off your some of your finer wines. Claret and Rioja are classic partners.

Cottage PieTraditionally cottage pie is a great way to use up leftover roast beef. This humble dish can shine quite easily at dinner parties calling for top-quality reds from Rioja

Jancis Robinson (25th Jul 2013):

"Cheesy nose but fun and stuffed with complex fruit. Appetising dry finish and real zest. Very classical (compared with Rioja modernists' efforts). " 


Cloudy BAyDate published: 22/07/14

Producer of the Month

Cloudy Bay

New Zealand

Innovation and meticulous attention to detail are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough.

Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay Vineyards is situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has estate vineyards located at prime sites within the Wairau Valley, and long-term supply agreements with five Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, Riesling, and pinot gris.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was a founding member of the New Zealand Integrated Winegrape Production scheme, set up to develop a programme for sustainable vineyard management, which is now monitored by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay’s impeccable scorecard reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly vineyard management practices.

The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770.


Sweet wineDate published: 22/07/14

Looking to try a sweet wine?

The best way to navigate this section is to pick your pudding.

If it’s fruit based and lightish, choose an unfortified wine from an aromatic grape such as muscat or gewürztraminer. Moving on to richer, creamy concoctions, you can move it up a gear and look for a bit of botrytris cinerea, or 'noble rot' - the natural miracle which is the most glamorous route to a sweet wine.

Here we have three quite different offerings from the sweet wine range, each of which displays characteristics and flavours typical to their ilk.

Chateau Suduiraut Castelnau de Suduiraut, Sauternes, France - this is a classic sweet white wine blend made from semillion and sauvignon blanc. This versatile blend is typically made into crisp, dry wines, but it is also the blend of choice for the world's most prestigious sweet wine style, Sauternes. The blend is endowed with vibrant acidity and grassy aromas by Sauvignon Blanc, and its structure from Semillon. This wine also embodies the typical tastes of orange blossom,spice and fudge for which Sauternes wines are famed. Try with duck liver terrine or a fruity dessert. 

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011, Coastal Region, South Africa - this wine is a mix of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Crouchen Blanc grapes. This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. As such the wine develops complex aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Match this with tarte tatin or a fresh sponge pudding. 

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008, Tokaji, Hungary - This wine is so famed that it has made its way into Hungary's national anthem! It is made from an aszu blend of furmint and harslevelu grapes. The unique combination of volcanic soil, hot summers and autumn fog are harnessed to create this sweet yet upliftingly fresh wine. This wine will match perfectly with blue cheeses and fruit desserts. 


SherryDate published: 22/07/14

A resurgence is afoot. A once unpopular choice with young people is making a comeback. Trendy East London bars are now awash with trendy sherry drinkers discussing the latest bands. Here at Majestic we want to keep you up to date with all the latest trends so here is a quick guide about the different styles of sherry to help you start your new love affair.

Fino:
Light, dry and delicate with a smooth almondy flavour. 100% palomino. 

Amontillado:
When Fino develops an amber colour in cask it becomes a Fino-Amontillado. Then at least 8 years later it becomes an Amontillado. Nuttier than the Fino with more body, can often take on a sweeter style. 

Oloroso:
Dry, rich with intriguing complexity from age, this classy style oozes quality and finesse. 

Brown:
A sweetened Oloroso which is usually (but not always) slightly lower quality. Previously very popular in Scotland. 

East India:
Some sources believe that this sweet madeira-like style dates back to 1617

Manzanilla:
Thick white and vigorous, one of the more classic styles. 

Pedro Ximinez:
Huge, dark, deep and powerfully rich this sherry is piled high with complex yet succulent raisiny muscovado flavours.



Spanish wineDate published: 22/07/14

Spanish Wine

Spain (located in South-West Europe) is well known for its wine production - located on the Iberian Peninsula, it has over 2.9 million acres planted—making it the single most widely planted wine producing nation. Despite this, due to stresses of heat and water availability, Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout - although 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes—including the reds: Tempranillo,Garnacha, and Monastrell; the white Albarino, Airen, Viura and Verdejo; and the three cava grapes: Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Cariñena.

There are a number of major wine regions in Spain; which include the upper ebro (navarra, rioja, calatayud and Carinena), Catalonia (Catalunya, Penedes and Priorat), The Duero Valley (Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, VdlT Castilla y Leon), North west Spain (Rias Baixas, Bierzo), Levante (Valencia, Jumilla, Yecia) and Castilla-La Mancha (La Mancha, Valdepenas, Vinos de Pago, VdlT de Castilla).

In terms of winemaking, Spain, for many years, was known for its very rustic and steeped approach. This included the prudent use of oak with both red and white wines, spending as much as two decades ageing in the barrel. This created distinctly identifiable flavours that were internationally associated with the wines from regions such as Rioja. However, in saying this, Spanish wine has undergone a wine revolution over the last twenty years and is now producing a diverse range of brilliant red, white and rosé wines. Modern fermentation with temperature control and use of stainless steel tanks has allowed for fresher, fruitier, unoaked styles of wine – particularly whites. With reds, winemakers started to rediscover the use of French oak, with shorter periods of maturation. Most will require 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. Nonetheless, the tradition of long barrel and bottle ageing has meant that most Spanish wines are ready to drink once they hit the market.


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 22/07/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough - £6.66

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Made in a classic style focussing on varietal characteristics - this Sauvignon has typically fresh flavours of grapefruit and green grass, with a cool refreshing finish.

Like most Kiwi Sauvignons, this wine will pair nicely with chicken, fish or salads.


Wine and DineDate published: 22/07/14

Wine and Dine

From sizzling barbecue banquets to laid back picnics, we have a wine to match every moment. So whatever al fresco feast you are cooking up, let us help you find the perfect wine for your palate and pocket.

The Joy of Six - Our six bottle minimum purchase rule allows us to have bottles open to taste and free delivery

Taste and Explore - Try before you buy with our regular tastings and free tasting counter.

Party Planning - We offer free glass loan, ice buckets and sale or return.

Free Delivery - Take it easy with click and collect or take advantage of our free delivery.


Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99Date published: 22/07/14

Ned Sauvignon is back at £6.99!! #comeandexplore

Yalumba Y seriesDate published: 22/07/14

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013 South Australia

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world and is home to Yalumba, founded in 1849. Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape.


This is a full-bodied dry white, with a gorgeously perfumed floral scent and a ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky palate-feel.

Enjoy with a light pasta flavoured with herbs, seared swordfish or tuna.

£7.98


Unprecedented offers Date published: 22/07/14

Fantastic New Offers at Majestic!

Planning a celebration this Summer? 

Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin now just £5.99 a bottle

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres only £4.99 a bottle

Don't miss out on these fantastic prices. Call on 02078199796 to reserve some stock to collect or we can deliver out to you for free!

#comeandexplore


WeddingsDate published: 12/07/14

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £14.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget


RoseDate published: 12/07/14

The sun is out (maybe a little bit hidden with cloud today), but nonetheless we are in the midst of our lovely British summer!  Time for the pink wine to come out and make appearances at BBQ's, dinner tables, garden parties and weddings galore.  There are some great wines to choose from as well.  I've popped a selection of the 25% off wines below, but there are many more to enjoy.  Our rose range is the best it has ever been with delicate Provencal roses proving ever more popular and some fuller styles to handle the BBQ meats!

My highlights would have to include these:

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.  A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault it is a dry rosé with a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper.  One of my favourite Provence rose wines, perfect for sitting in the garden and supping with some nice company and a light supper.  £9.74 (from £12.99)

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 Bierzo, Spain

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.  A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.  This fuller style is perfect for a BBQ rose!  £7.49 (from £9.99)

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze, Italy

Although thought of as a white grape, the Pinot Grigio grape's skins naturally develop a pink tinge when the berries are fully ripe, and it is these colour pigments that make this wine lightly rosé in colour.  This is one of the most delicate styles of rose wine and very easy drinking. You'll find fresh fruit flavours, such as apricot and peach on the nose; soft floral flavours on the palate.  A good choice of rose for salads and summer fish dishes.  £6.74 (from £8.99)


Decanter Wine AwardsDate published: 12/07/14

Everyone loves a winner, and wine is no exception!

The annual Decanter Wine Awards winners were announced last week and Majestic have quite a few Gold, Silver and Bronze wines in store.  

To highlight the Gold winners for now these are the wines you need to hunt down and snap up - we are always happy to poibnt you in the right direction!

Surani Costarossa 2012

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013

CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva imperial 2007

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012


Anchor SteamDate published: 12/07/14

Craft Beer Focus
Anchor Steam Beer, USA, 6X335ML, 4.8% 

£12.99.
Buy any 2 craft beer 6-packs & save £6.
£9.99

This San Franciscan beer owes its deep amber colour, thick, creamy head & rich distinctive flavour to a historic brewing process like none other: a blend of pale & caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters & gentle carbonation in cellars through an all-natural process called krausening.


Tucumen CabernetDate published: 12/07/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon

£7.99 on our 33% off deal

This Cabernet is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery

whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu.

A bright, youthful ruby red, this is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of

ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black

pepper.

This full bodied red would be the perfect accompaniment to some mature cheese


BBQ winesDate published: 12/07/14

BBQ Wines

Summer Is Here...

Barbecue Anyone?

Here at Majestic we love a good barbie when the Sun's out, here are our staffs top 5 for your brilliant British summer...all for under £10.

M De Minuty, £9.99 on 33% - A show stealer, perfect for pre-food, or post!

Mud House SB, £6.66 – Fantastic on its own or with your lunch time salad.

Prosecco Zonin £7.99 – 2014 is the year of Prosecco, this one is great value.

Errazuriz Pinot Noir £7.99 – A lighter red for the sun, will match all white meats.

Medalla Real Carmenere, £7.99 – Smoky and supple, red meat match perfection.


Kings favourDate published: 12/07/14

Marisco Vineyards are owned by Marlborough Maverick, Brent Marris, who is the man behind our best selling, and well-loved, New Zealand Sauvignon, The Ned.

When it comes to making wonderfully ripe and elegant Sauvignon Blancs this guy is the McDaddy of them all, and The King's Favour is no exception.

Wonderfully lively and intense, with rich and well-rounded passion fruit and gooseberry notes, this is much loved by us at Majestic Battersea.

Great with any fresh fish, but if your feeling adventurous, try with oysters or grilled Goats Cheese.

£9.99 2+ bottles

(£14.99 single bottle price)


PigoudetDate published: 12/07/14

Chateau Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2013

I'll be the first person to tell you that I am not a Rosé kind of guy. Even though I am the most indecisive person in the world, I like things to be clear cut: Red or White. Shiraz or Torrontes. But Rosés sit right in the middle of all that. Not quite a red, but more than a white, trying to please everyone.

I can tell you now that this Rosé pleases me.

In the glass it is a wonderful pale pink. There are apples, pear drops, and a hint of red cherry on the nose. These flavours translate seamlessly to the palate, but with a body which has some backbone, and a wee bit of peach right at the death.

Food for thought

Enjoy with summer salads and fresh salmon.

£9.34

(Buy 2 save 15%)

£10.99

(Single bottle price)


Argento Malbec 2013, MendozaDate published: 30/06/14

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellentexample made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one ofthe most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on therichly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity onthe finish.Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.

Staff choice-Masi CampofiorinDate published: 30/06/14

The Campofiorin is the little brother to the much vaulted Masi Amarone, and although a lighter wine in style still carries the some of its older wine key notes. The Campofiorin uses a small amount of the dried fruit that famously goes into making Amarone and thus makes this a more easy drinking (in comparison) wine. and unlike a Ripasso wine it is very well priced for the power and flavor it delivers.

Rich dark fruit, rich chocolate, dried fruits and sweet spice are delivered by a wine with a rich velvety body. It develops on the pallet to give delicate flavors of violet and softer fruit. 

It matches wonderfully with platters of hard cheese and Italian meats, but even with a simple rich pasta dish or some BBQ this wine will perform wonderfully. Marry this wine with food and it will not fail you. 


Jane Macquitty's top 100 summer wines.Date published: 30/06/14

In the Times newspaper on 28th June 2014 saw Jane Macquitty start her top 100 wines for the summer starting with her choices for the whites. Below are all the wines featured from our majestic range:

Under £6.50

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Monte Schiavo 2013 £8.49 Buy 2 save 25%, £6.37 each. Offer Ends 10th July

Torres Days of Summer 2013 £8.65 Buy 2 save 25%, £6.49 eachOffer Ends 10th July

Under £8

Caixas Godello 2013 £9.99 Buy 2 save 33.3%, £6.66 eachOffer Ends 10th July

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £10.65 Buy 2 save 25%, £7.99 eachOffer Ends 4th August

Under £12

Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Viognier 2013 £12.99 Buy 2 save 25%, £9.74 eachOffer Ends 4th August

Sainte Victoire Famille Negrel Rosé 2013 £9.99Offer Ends 1st September

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV £13.49 Buy 2 save 33.3%, £8.99 eachOffer Ends 10th July

Under £25

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Louis Moreau 2010/11 £25.00 Buy 2 selected fine wines save £10,£20.00 eachOffer Ends 1st September

Greywacke Riesling 2012 £25.00  Buy 2 save 15%, £21.24 eachOffer Ends 1st September

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Brut 2009 £35.99  Buy 2 save 33.3%, £23.98 eachOffer Ends 4th August


Grape varieties used in ChampagneDate published: 30/06/14

Champagne is restricted to being produced from three core grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The Chardonnay grape provides acidity and a general citrus flavouring for the wine. It can be used individually to produce Champagne, which is known as blanc de blanc (or white of whites) as it is the only white grape used in production of Champagne. 

The other two grapes used are Pinor Noir and Pinot Meunier, both red grapes. However, due to lack of skin contact during fermentation and gentle pressing they produce a white base wine. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used to add length and further backbone of the final product. These two grapes can be used without Chardonnay to produce a white wine, know as Blanc de noir, or white of blacks. 

The blanc de blanc differs slightly from the blanc de noir with a creamier, lighter style on the palate. Additionally there are rose Champagnes, which taste no different to ordinary Champagne,  they are just light pink in colour which is due to minor contact with the Pinot Noir or Pinor Meunier skins in production of the wine. 


Alternative to the Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 30/06/14

Like The Ned Sauvignon Blanc but fancy something a little different?

You should definitely try The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc!

The winemaker, Brent Marris is a descendant of the noble De Marisco family, whose members fell in and our of favour with the English Monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. This stunning wine represents a time when the family were in the King's favour.

The King's Favour is made by the same producers as The Ned, but is one of their more premium wines. It has the classic Marlborough Sauvignon taste, but more intense, even more so than The Ned! A lively and focused nose, with gooseberry and citrus fruits. Stony and intense on the palate with an almost Sancerre-like quality.

So don't miss out on this amazing wine!


Party your way into Summer with MajesticDate published: 30/06/14

The sun is out and the BBQ's are sizzling!

Thinking of throwing a party this summer? Let your local, friendly Majestic Wine staff take the pressure off you so that you are able to relax and enjoy the day.

We have some excellent wines at affordable prices this season and are able to recommend Mud House Sauvignon Blanc which combines citrus and tropical fruits for easy drinking, currently £6.66*. The Rioja Reserva Berberana is a firm favourite with both staff and customers alike, a well balanced wine with summer strawberry and morello cherry flavours, currently £6.66*.

If you would prefer to sizzle in the sun with some fizz, why not try Prosecco Zonin Brut, light and refreshing in style with a fresh pear and dessert apple fruit palate. A versatile Prosecco delicately off dry, with a clean finish, currently £7.99*

We are also able to provide you with glasses for just £1 deposit per glass, free delivery and if you find you have some wine left over, feel free to drop it back to us and take advantage of our sale or return facility.

The rest is down to you; pick a date, phone some friends and drop in and take advantage of our knowledgeable, down to earth staff and great discounts!

* when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.


Beaujolais...more than meets the eyeDate published: 30/06/14

I have just returned from an amazing trip to visit the Beaujolais area and learn more about the region and the wines that they produce. My colleagues and I were shown around by Herve Dupond, a man with seemingly endless knowledge about wine, who works for Terroirs et Talents, a company that represents many local growers.

I have learned so much that I could write a book, so I will be writing multiple small articles over the coming week to explain where I went, what I learnt and provide some information about the styles of wine that Beaujolais, as a region, produces.

I'm getting thirsty just thinking about it!


Matsu El Picaro 2012 Toro Date published: 30/06/14

Matsu El Picaro 2012 Toro 

£9.99, Buy 2 save 15%, £8.49

This wine, produced by Matsu, is a youthful interpretation of the Spanish region of Toro's style. The vines it was grown on are over 50 years old but the wine itself only spend three months in oak.

The name 'El Picaro' means rogue or rascal and this is translated into its playful fruity style. Ripe tannins frame the bold palate of blackberry and raspberry, ending on a subtle hint of cocoa.

Matches excellently to bold pasta dishes or spicy meat dishes, yet can be enjoyed, maybe even at its best, on its own.


Surani Costarossa PrimitivoDate published: 30/06/14

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over-ripening the grapes on the vine, then harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style.

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish.

Try with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver.

£10.99 or buy 2 and save 25% = £8.24


Edna Valley ChardonnayDate published: 30/06/14

£8.66 when you buy any 2 bottles from the Summer Selection

Single bottle price = £12.99

One of California's coolest vineyard areas, Edna Valley is the ideal location for creating refined, restrained and elegant Chardonnay. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and fermented in French and Hungarian oak, followed by nine months' lees ageing.

Combining typically Californian richness of texture with great freshness of fruit and subtle complexity, with crisp acidity cutting through the layers of ripe apple fruit and toasty oak.

Perfect with Veggie Mexican Fajitas!!!

Spotlight on Italy (Part 6)Date published: 30/06/14

Spotlight on Italy (Part 6)

Italy's broad diversity of wines is what makes the country so popular with wine enthusiasts. There are thousands of different grape varieties grown, many of which are native to Italy and not found anywhere else in the world. The uniqueness is why so many people are turning to Italy; to find the next new-and-exciting bottle to enjoy, or simply return to an old favourite and share it with friends.

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012 - £12.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £9.74

Ripasso (meaning 'repassed') is when the Valpolicella wine is macerated with leftover grape skins from the fermentation of Amarone to add complexity and flavour concentration. This full-bodied and velvety example boasts red fruits and violet notes.

Barolo Milani 2009/10, Rocca - £17.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £13.49

Made from Nebbiolo, this is ages for 24 months in oak and 12 months in bottle. Complex aromas offer subtle notes of violet and pencil lead accenting the plum and cherry fruit.


Spotlight on Italy (Part 5)Date published: 30/06/14

Spotlight on Italy (Part 5)

Italy's broad diversity of wines is what makes the country so popular with wine enthusiasts. There are thousands of different grape varieties grown, many of which are native to Italy and not found anywhere else in the world. The uniqueness is why so many people are turning to Italy; to find the next new-and-exciting bottle to enjoy, or simply return to an old favourite and share it with friends.

Morellino di Scansano 2012/13, Poggioargentiera - £11.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £8.99

Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese, in this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another indigenous local grape. Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit meet a subtle rustic streak..

Passimento 2011, Pasqua - £11.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £8.99

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavours layered with hints of leather and spice. Muscular tannins provide a long finish.


Spotlight on Italy (Part 4)Date published: 30/06/14

Spotlight on Italy (Part 4)

Italy's broad diversity of wines is what makes the country so popular with wine enthusiasts. There are thousands of different grape varieties grown, many of which are native to Italy and not found anywhere else in the world. The uniqueness is why so many people are turning to Italy; to find the next new-and-exciting bottle to enjoy, or simply return to an old favourite and share it with friends.

Primitivo 2013, Natale Verga - £8.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £6.74

Sunshine in a glass brought to you all the way from Puglia in southern Italy (the heel of Italy's boot to be exact!). It's packed full of juicy red fruit, prunes and spice.

Chianti Classico San Leonino 2009/11, Tenimenti Angelini - £11.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £8.99

This is a very traditional style of Chianti; full of red cherry flavours and violets, with vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices and a beautifully long, silky finish.


Spotlight on Italy (Part 3)Date published: 30/06/14

Spotlight on Italy (Part 3)

Italy's broad diversity of wines is what makes the country so popular with wine enthusiasts. There are thousands of different grape varieties grown, many of which are native to Italy and not found anywhere else in the world. The uniqueness is why so many people are turning to Italy; to find the next new-and-exciting bottle to enjoy, or simply return to an old favourite and share it with friends.

Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio 2012/13, Alto Adige - £11.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £8.99

From a region reputed for its quality whites, made by one of the best producers within that region, this Pinot Grigio is in league of its own. It showcases a rich, pure palate of peach, melon and pear fruit.

Soave Classico 2012/13, Inama - £14.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £11.24

This is made from Garganega grapes grown on basaltic lava on the best slopes in the region. The vines are up to 30 years old, resulting in a generous wine, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds.


Spotlight on Italy (Part 2)Date published: 30/06/14

Spotlight on Italy (Part 2)

Italy's broad diversity of wines is what makes the country so popular with wine enthusiasts. There are thousands of different grape varieties grown, many of which are native to Italy and not found anywhere else in the world. The uniqueness is why so many people are turning to Italy; to find the next new-and-exciting bottle to enjoy, or simply return to an old favourite and share it with friends.

Custoza 2013, Cantina di Custoza - £8.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £6.74

This new addition to our range is made from Garganega grapes grown in the hills to the south and west of Lake Garda. Intensity aromatic with tropical fruit, melon, and a soft, elegant finish.

Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi 2013, Monte Schiavo - £8.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £6.74

Verdicchio is the signature white from the Marche region on the Adriatic coast. Fresh, summery and invigorating, with lemon, pineapple and lime along with ripe apricot notes. The finish has an interesting almond streak.


Spotlight on Italy (Part 1)Date published: 30/06/14

Spotlight on Italy (Part 1)

Italy's broad diversity of wines is what makes the country so popular with wine enthusiasts. There are thousands of different grape varieties grown, many of which are native to Italy and not found anywhere else in the world. The uniqueness is why so many people are turning to Italy; to find the next new-and-exciting bottle to enjoy, or simply return to an old favourite and share it with friends.

Pasqua Rosato 2013, IGT Veneto - £7.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £5.99

Made from a blend of indigenous and international grape varieties, the core aromas are of red cherry, rosehip and dessert apple. Crisp acidity and a clean, refreshing finish.

Pinot Grigio Superiore 2013, Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Da Breganze - £7.99 buy any 2 Italian wines save 25% - £5.99

A vibrant Pinot Grigio that offers much more character and class than some, it shows citrus fruit flavours and subtle floral aromas.Superb value this month so stock up now.



Pilsner UrquellDate published: 30/06/14

Fire up the barbecue and crack open the beers this summer, with our top lager of the month.

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ML, 4.4% - £27.84 Special Offer! - £24.00

In 1842, the world's first pilsner was born, Pilsner Urquell, which literally translates to 'The Original' that defined a whole new beer category. Visionary brew master Josef Groll created the world's first clear golden beer, with a delicately balanced taste of noble hop bitterness and unique caramel sweetness. It marked the dawning of a new era, a beer that would change the world.

Hurry as offer ends on 30th June!


Marques de Riscal Reserva 2009Date published: 30/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marques de Riscal

£9.99

when you buy any 2 on the 33% off ticket

Single Bottle £14.99

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

A great match with Spanish cheese and lamb dishes


RavenswoodDate published: 30/06/14

When recommending wines, I always tend to fall back to a long-standing favourite - the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel.  
And with it currently being on our 33% off deal, its the perfect time to stock up on my favorite Californian wine!

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vines grown in well-drained sandy soils, producing powerful wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink on it's own or with duck, lamb or a cheese platter. 

Now only £7.99*!

*when 2+ Summer Selection wines are bought as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles


Pilsner UrquellDate published: 30/06/14

Throughout June we have 24 x 330ml bottle packs of Pilsner Urquell for just £24 - that's just a pound per bottle! 

Great for weddings, BBQs, christenings, or just any get together! 

This yummy Czech lager is a great alternative to Peroni, especially at this price.


Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 30/06/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Matua - a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family' - is rather appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

Taste

A great Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.

£9.99

or buy any 2 wines and save 25%

£7.49


Fancy 10% off at Majestic?Date published: 30/06/14

Then sign up for our Fine Wine Plan!

Here at Majestic Wine, all of us are passionate about out product, and whilst we happily snaffle some of our great bargains for the majority of the wine we drink, what gets us really excited is Fine Wine! Whether Bordeaux, Premier Cru Burgundy or any one of the plethora of prestigious wines produced in the New World, we want it all! 
That is why so many of us have signed up to the Fine Wine Plan run by our sister company Lay and Wheeler.

You pay in a set amount of money each month (from as little as £50 - it's completely up to you!) to create a fund to buy your wines. Lay and Wheeler also provide credit to your monthly subscription. You can be as proactive or as hands off as you like in choosing your wines! 
Lay and Wheeler's expert staff will be happy to guide you, whether you are buying Vintage Port as a christening gift or White Burgundy for next summer's drinking.

Other great benefits include exclusive offers for fine wine plan members at seriously advantageous prices and if you subscribe over £100 per month you receive a free case of wine when you join the plan and the Fine Wine Plan Privilege Card which gives you a whopping 10% off all your purchases from Majestic Wine!!!

If you have any questions, pop in and ask us in-store, visit the Website (www.laywheeler.com/finewineplan) or give them a call on 01473 313 330.


In the Business?Date published: 30/06/14

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? 
Be you a bar, club or restaurant we can supply to everyone!

Here's just a small list of things that we here at Majestic Mere Green can offer;
A wide range of commercial exclusive wines 
Very competitive prices
Knowledgeable staff
Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week
Your own personal Account Manager
The option of staff training on your list with food and wine advice

and much, much more...

Call us on 02078199796 or email us on BAT@majestic.co.uk if you would like any more information!

Copertino 2009 Masseria MonaciDate published: 30/06/14

Copertino 2009 Masseria Monaci

This cheeky red number is a best kept secret among Majestic staff, and as such the price has barely increased in the last 5 years.

Made from the Negroamaro grape (meaning Black, soft or Black, bitter depending on who you ask) giving the wine lots of plummy fruit and spicy characters. To look at the wine is already fading to a somewhat garnet colour. The wine itself is named after a town of the same name, and the DOC includes five other villages.

The wine boasts beautiful aromas of leather, coffee, liquorice, salted caramel, plums, prunes, and notes of fig and date.

An intense and luscious palate with bracing yet smooth tannins delivers ripe and stewed red fruit (strawberries, damsons and redcurrants) with a meaty savoury tone.

This wine really comes into its' own with hard cheeses, especially Italian Parmigiano Reggiano, or Spanish Manchego. These lift the spicy flavours and increase the intensity of the fruitiness. Ideal with pizza!

A delicious bargain which punches well above its' weight for the money,

£8.99, or Buy 2 Save 25%

£6.74


Marques de Vargas Rioja Reserva 2009Date published: 30/06/14

Marques de Vargas 2009

Rioja Reserva

Rioja is one of our most popular styles of red wine, and this delicious example makes it easy to see why.

The vineyards for this wine date back to 1840. The wine itself is aged in a blend of French, American and Russian oak, which each impart different characters to the wine (structure, spice etc.).

The nose comprises plum, prune, black cherry, bramble and vanillin aromas. These lead onto a palate bursting with tangy acidity, juicy velvety tannins and a port-like warmth. The flavours unravel and show us prunes, black cherries, blackcurrant jam, macerated strawberries, black raspberries, blackberries, with a plummy finish accented by a hint of cinnamon.

Exceptionally easy drinking and versatile when it comes to food. Lamb is a classic pairing. Try this beautiful red with either a Moussaka, or Moroccan lamb with guacamole.

£19.99

Or Buy any 2 selected

Fine Wines or Spirits Save £10

£14.99


Origin of Words- RiojaDate published: 30/06/14

Well you may be familiar with Origin of Words - a segment of Countdown where Susie Dent explains the origins of well known words.

I thought for a fun bit of wine education we could do the same.

Rioja (Ree-ock-ah) Named after Rio (River) and Oja - The River Oja, which runs through the region to join the River Ebro further along. 

Wine region in Spain responsible for wines of the same name (in red white and rose versions).

Reds are made from a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano.

Whites are made from a blend of Viura (Macabeo) and Malvasia.

Roses are usually Garnacha.

Rioja is often the base wine for Sangria (where it is blended with fruit juice and fruit slices, and often chilled down)


Spotlight TastingsDate published: 30/06/14

At Majestic we appreciate life gets busier and busier, and finding the time forwine tasting can simply be too difficult.
This is why we have introduced Spotlight Tastings on a Saturday afternoon.
We try 6 wines in 30 minutes on a given theme (country or grape variety) giving you the opportunity to explore your palate, in aquick and easy express method!


A great way to discover new wines, and you're welcome to join in if you simply happen to be shopping on a Saturday afternoon! Registration is ideal but not essential. 
Spotlight tastings are from 3pm until 3.30pm

These tastings are also a great way to introduce your friends to Majestic. Our new loyalty scheme rewards you for doing so; If you bring someone into store who is completely new to us, they buy 6 bottles and you do at the same time, you both receive a £10 bottle on us. You can use the £10 towards a more expensive bottle and it just takes £10 off (for example if you used it on our cheapest Champagne at the moment you would only pay £4.99!).


A great way to start your weekend, and in less time than it takes to do a weekly shop! And did I mention that it's FREE to attend?
Our next Spotlight Tasting:Spotlight on Provence Rose - Saturday 5th July 3pm-3.30pm
Rose is increasing in popularity, especially in it's drier form (for which Provence is famous). Customers always ask us if we ever do a tasting comparison of Rose wines and the answer is yes - but usually only once a year! So don't miss out - secure your places today. 

I'll look forward to seeing you all at future tastings.


Inama Soave Classico 2012Date published: 30/06/14

Soave Classico 2012

Inama

It can be easy to fall into a rut with wine and simply continue to drink the same one on a regular basis. I have however, recently discovered the perfect white wine to help you explore your palate and find that perfect something new!

Soave is made from the Garganega grape, this example being Classico is from the heart of the region and should represent the pinnacle of the style.

The nose boasts toasted almonds and cashews, with hints of citrus and green fruit, whilst the palate delivers a wealth of citrus, tropical and stone fruits. A generous array of flavours arrives in the form of pink grapefruit, guava, mango, white peach, apricot and honey. Surprisingly the long finish culminates with a soft red cherry note (the more complex white wines can exhibit red wine characteristics).

This wine evolves the longer the bottle is open, starting life akin to a richer Sauvignon Blanc, moving into a more Viognier- or Albarino- like style. Eventually the richness reaches White Burgundy level, which is why I am confident that it will appeal to many people's taste. Zingy acidity lifts the fuller body and texture of the wine making it match superbly to rich white fish dishes such as a creamy fish pie, or a monkfish carbonara.

£14.99

Buy 2 Save 25%

£11.24


Ravenswood Old Vine ZinfandelDate published: 30/06/14

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel

Origin

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, they produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Taste

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

Enjoy 

This Zinfandel will suit any BBQ food but is also very drinkable on its own!!


£11.99 or buy any 2 wines and save 33%

£7.99


Con Amigos MalbecDate published: 30/06/14

You've all been loving the Con Amigos Malbec that was on Saturday Kitchen!

Paired with a beautiful looking steak, this plumy. youthful malbec has been flying through the doors quicker than we can get it in!



Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 30/06/14

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc 2013

An avid surfer since childhood, winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to hone both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The Wave Series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chile's terroir.

.A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Chill well and enjoy with fresh king prawns.

£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% - £6.66 per bottle

Offer ends 30th June


Exploring ItalyDate published: 30/06/14

With 25% off most of our Italian wines for June, I thought I would pick out a few of my favourites, highlighting just a few of the many indigenous varieties which makes exploring Italian wine so rewarding.  All the prices shown are the reduced price and run until Monday 30th June.

The North

With it being summer, 2 perfect summer wine choices from the North of Italy would be theCantina di Custoza Bianco 2013 at £6.74 per bottle, with grapes coming from the vineyards around Verona & Lake Garda. This is an elegant white wine from a blend of 5 varieties, giving lovely citrus and melon fruit with gentle floral hints and a fresh finish – a great aperitif. The Bardolino by Allegrini at £7.49 per bottle, from vineyards to the Southeast of Lake Garda, is a light and vibrant red wine with plenty of fresh red fruit character that could even be served lightly chilled – a perfect red wine to accompany a meaty fish dish.

The Centre

From the Marche on the Adriatic coastline, the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 by Monte Schiavo at £6.74 per bottle is a fantastic accompaniment to light salads and seafood. Lime, pineapple and apricot fruit dominate the palate balanced by a refreshing acidity. My red choice has to be something from Tuscany, a favourite region of mine.Dogajolo by Carpinetopriced at £8.62 per bottle, is a modern take on a classic Tuscan red and is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Plenty of classic sour cherry, liquorice and floral character are boosted by some dark fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon. A perfect accompaniment to a meaty pasta dish.

The South

An area often overlooked for quality Italian wine, but there are many great wines made here, often at cracking prices. Surani's Pietrariccia Fiano 2013 at £7.49 per bottle is one of my favourite whites. From the Apuglia region in Italy's 'heel', this wine is dry with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, but with a rich palate texture – beautiful. Copertino 2009 by Masseria Monaci at £6.74 per bottle is a classic example of Southern Italian red and perfect if you are looking for something a little different. Named after the town of Copertino and made from the Negroamaro grape there is lots of plummy fruit flavours, plenty of savouriness and spice box aromas as well as smooth tannins.

Please note, Majestic has a minimum purchase of ANY mix of 6 bottles of wine.



Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013Date published: 30/06/14

Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013

Monte Schiavo the winemakers are a large cooperative group. The Fruit for this particular wine is sourced over 35 growers. Verdicchio is the most prominent wine from the Marche Region on the Adriatic Coast.

If your fed up of drinking the same old New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then this is an excellent alternative. With notes of Lemon, Lime, Pineapple and hints of Apricot it's the perfect drink for relaxing in the back garden on a late sunny afternoon. This crowd pleaser would also be the perfect drink for a party and would accompany any light salad well.

£8.99 or buy ANY two 25% off wines making it £6.74 a bottle


Chateau Guiot RoseDate published: 30/06/14

Chateau Guiot Rose 2013, Costieres de Nimes, Southern France

This delicious rose comes from a producer making outstanding value wines in Costieres de Nimes, a region forming the border between the Languedoc and the Southern Rhone. This proximity to the Rhone Valley heavily influences the style as the grapes varieties used, Grenache, Syrah & Cinsault, are native to that area.

The ultimate summer wine. Delicate red berry and cherry fruit along with peppery and floral hints. The palate has a beautiful creamy texture and a balanced acidity to add to the long finish. Perfect on its own or with seafood salads.

£8.99 or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 15% - £7.64 per bottle.


Cote du Rhone Delas EspiritDate published: 30/06/14

Cote du Rhone Delas Espirit 2012

The cuvée "Saint-Esprit" comes from a small valley which nestles in the northern part of the Ardèche. The vineyards are planted on granite, south-facing slopes near the villages of Saint-Julien and Saint-Alban.

Black fruit dominant blend on the palate with spices such as pepper and chocolate. The syrah is the definite main grape in the blend therefore any shiraz fan who want to expand to blends will be very appreciative of this wine as well as the heavier Rhone drinkers.

Drink over the next 5-6 years with spicy meat dishes, casserole or venison.

Buy selected two bottles save 33.3%

£6.66 each

(Single Bottle Price £9.99)



Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 50 Whites and Sparkling 2014Date published: 30/06/14

In the Times newspaper on 28th June 2014 saw Jane Macquitty start her top 100 wines for the summer starting with her choices for the whites. Below are all the wines featured from our majestic range:

Under £6.50

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Monte Schiavo 2013 £8.49 Buy 2 save 25%, £6.37 each. Offer Ends 10th July

Torres Days of Summer 2013 £8.65 Buy 2 save 25%, £6.49 eachOffer Ends 10th July

Under £8

Caixas Godello 2013 £9.99 Buy 2 save 33.3%, £6.66 eachOffer Ends 10th July

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £10.65 Buy 2 save 25%, £7.99 eachOffer Ends 4th August

Under £12

Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Viognier 2013 £12.99 Buy 2 save 25%, £9.74 eachOffer Ends 4th August

Sainte Victoire Famille Negrel Rosé 2013 £9.99Offer Ends 1st September

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV £13.49 Buy 2 save 33.3%, £8.99 eachOffer Ends 10th July

Under £25

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Louis Moreau 2010/11 £25.00 Buy 2 selected fine wines save £10,£20.00 eachOffer Ends 1st September

Greywacke Riesling 2012 £25.00  Buy 2 save 15%, £21.24 eachOffer Ends 1st September

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Brut 2009 £35.99  Buy 2 save 33.3%, £23.98 eachOffer Ends 4th August


Perfect Cider Weather!Date published: 28/06/14

As the days go longer and hotter the urge for a nice sharp cider is growing within me. There is something so satisfying about a crisp and zesty cider fizzing over a heap of ice. I feel refreshed just thinking about it.

Why not try Burrow Hill, the perfect cider to enjoy in the sun!

This cider comes from South Somerset, a farm that sits among 160 acres of cider apple orchards. The first written records of Cider from being made there go back as far as 1678, so heritage and expertise are in great supply! There are eleven different apples used to blend this refreshing cider. A gorgeous blend of apple-y goodness!



Black Cottage Vintage UpdateDate published: 28/06/14

Black Cottage Vintage Update

There has been some talk about the recent vintage in Marlborough so we thought it best to send an email which sums up our experiences at BC in 2014:

Until late March we experienced a fine warm growing season with no dramatic heat spikes or cool weather. Ideal conditions for the build up of tannins, acids and those all important aromatic precursors.  Early march we picked Pinot Noir for our Rose. Lovely aromatics, bright red crunchy fruit and our best effort to date. A week later we started on our Pinot Gris, with three early morning picks. Like in 2013 we were aiming to pick grapes that offered that delicious pear essence character and retained a bright acid line, which is all important to keep the wine singing!Throughout this period we we're picking Pinot Noir for our still edition. This year we added two new vineyards in the Southern Valleys which have richer clay soils and will offer more structure and depth to the wines. We also included more whole bunch in the ferments and trailed a couple of new coopers – Daraud & Jaegle + Rousseau. Our assistant winemaker Ashley has been focused on Pinot Noir over the last 18 months and we're seeing exciting progress!We then had news that Cyclone Lusi was on the way and required all hands on deck to pick day n night. Luckily we were able to get 95% of our precious Sauvignon Blanc in before the rains arrived. We're damn proud of our efforts this year and the wine shows lovely aromatics and more acidity than in 2013. It might not have the 2013 tropical charm but we feel it has more lift, drive and persistency. In our opinion our 2014 is even better than its predecessor!

For the geeks  – we also did a few PN clonal co-ferments this year. A number of top Burgundy producers confidently use this method and we wonder if the sum is greater than its individual parts? We'll let you know our findings ..


Curious Brew LagerDate published: 28/06/14

Gold Medal Winner at the International Beer Challenge 2012. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer. Produced from yeast used in Champagne production, the result is a richer, more classy style of lager beer for the discerning palate. 

Just £17.99 for a case of 12x 330ml bottles. We've plenty in stock, so why not pop down to grab a case or two for this afternoon?? 


Two Hands Sexy Beast Date published: 28/06/14

Two Hands source their Cabernet Sauvignon from a range of sites throughout McLaren Vale to make this voluptuous wine. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in French oak hogsheads.

A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured.

Enjoy immediately or cellar for up to 10 years.

Purchase this wine as part of the 'buy two, save £10' deal on selected fine wines and spirits. Offer price £18.00, Single Unit Price £23.00. Six bottle minimum purchase, any mix.


Tucumen MalbecDate published: 28/06/14

Origin

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

Taste

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness

Enjoy

Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.

Purchase this wine in the 'Buy 2 save 25%' offer. £8.99 offer price. £11.99 single unit price. Six bottle minimum purchase, any mix.


Tour de France comes to London!Date published: 26/06/14

We're really excited that the Tour de France is coming to our area of the world! 

On Monday 7th July the tour will be passing nearby to Battersea and at times this may affect our usual delivery service. Please speak to a member of the team regarding our revised delivery service for this day.

0207 8199796

Heidsieck & Co PrestigeDate published: 23/06/14

Heidsieck & Co Cuvee Prestige has dropped to an amazing price of £14.99 as part of our 33% off Summer offer, when you buy 2 bottles or more!

New Zealand Styles You Might Not Have Tried - ChardonnayDate published: 23/06/14

In the past few decades, New Zealand wine has soared in popularity. Marlborough Sauvignon has become the most popular style of wine on the market, and Kiwi Pinot Noir is regarded as a serious competitor to Burgundian Reds. 

As with all countries, there are hidden depths to New Zealand's wine beyond its two most famous styles.

Cool Climate Chardonnay
Chardonnay is a truly international grape, finding a place in practically every wine-producing country. In New Zealand, producers generally avoid the big, buttery styles of other New World countries, and seek a more refined balance. The King's Legacy Chardonnay (£9.99) from Marisco is a perfect example, where crisp apple and lemon zest are perfectly weighted against the toasty oak. If you think you don't like Chardonnay, give New Zealand a chance to convert you.


New Zealand Styles You Might Not Have Tried - RieslingDate published: 23/06/14

In the past few decades, New Zealand wine has soared in popularity. Marlborough Sauvignon has become the most popular style of wine on the market, and Kiwi Pinot Noir is regarded as a serious competitor to Burgundian Reds. 

As with all countries, there are hidden depths to New Zealand's wine beyond its two most famous styles.

Off-Dry Riesling
While Australia has made a name for itself in dry, limey Riesling, New Zealand sticks closer to the Alsacian style. Typically these wines balance their sweetness with a bright acidity, and show honeyed, orange-zest character. Try a bottle of the Main Divide Riesling (£11.24) with crispy sweet and sour pork for a showcase in perfect food pairing.  

New Zealand Styles You Might Not Have Tried - Pinot GrisDate published: 23/06/14

In the past few decades, New Zealand wine has soared in popularity. Marlborough Sauvignon has become the most popular style of wine on the market, and Kiwi Pinot Noir is regarded as a serious competitor to Burgundian Reds. 

As with all countries, there are hidden depths to New Zealand's wine beyond its two most famous styles.

Luscious Pinot Gris
As well as taking cues from the Alsace in making their Riesling, New Zealand producers have eschewed light, Italian-style Pinot Grigio in favour of lush, luxurious Pinot Gris. These wines have a silky texture, full flavours of peach and pear, and a barely off-dry finish. The St Clair Pioneer's Block Pinot Gris (£14.86) is a stunning example of this style.


New Zealand Styles You Might Not Have Tried - Bordeaux BlendsDate published: 23/06/14

In the past few decades, New Zealand wine has soared in popularity. Marlborough Sauvignon has become the most popular style of wine on the market, and Kiwi Pinot Noir is regarded as a serious competitor to Burgundian Reds. 

As with all countries, there are hidden depths to New Zealand's wine beyond its two most famous styles.

Bordeaux Blends
While there are quality varietal Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines being made in New Zealand, the finest wines have followed Bordeaux's lead in blending the two. The Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels (£14.98) is full of robust black fruit and and tobacco box complexity. Perfect for aging or drinking immediately.


New Zealand Styles You Might Not Have Tried - SparklingDate published: 23/06/14

In the past few decades, New Zealand wine has soared in popularity. Marlborough Sauvignon has become the most popular style of wine on the market, and Kiwi Pinot Noir is regarded as a serious competitor to Burgundian Reds. 

As with all countries, there are hidden depths to New Zealand's wine beyond its two most famous styles.

Sparkling Wine
New Zealand has sparkling wines for every budget. Lindauer produces fruity white and rosé sparklers using the Champagne method for under £10. To really challenge Champagne, you can't beat the Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage (£24.21) with its rich brioche and stone fruit flavour. 

Errazuriz Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/06/14

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Aconcagua Valley

This fruity Chilean Sauvignon is perfect for the coming months and the sunshine. This refreshing dry wine boasts tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango combined with citrusy lime notes. The pleasing texture offers vibrant acidity that pairs up with fresh fruit and leads on to a persistently long finish that leaves a pleasingly juicy sensation on the palate.

Enjoy this on a summers day in the garden or pair with barbecued fish and fresh salads. Enjoy!

£6.99 per bottle as part of the 33% summer selection


Poggioargentiera VermentinoDate published: 23/06/14

Poggioargentiera

Vermentino 2012

Toscana I.G.T

Poggioargentiera are based in Maremma,

in the southernmost part of Tuscany, a region perhaps better known for its red Chianti and 'Super-Tuscan' wines. However this native Italian Vermentino white thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines.

Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aromas. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak.

This lovely summery white would be a perfect match for some Mediterranean shellfish such as Spaghetti 'Vongole' with clams, or a summer salad such as the famous Tuscan bread and tomato salad 'Panzanella'.

Only £7.49*

*when buying any 2 on 25% deal


Blind River Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/06/14

Blind River

Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Marlborough

Blind River is a small family-run winery in the Awatere Valley, located in the south of the famous Marlborough region. What started as a retirement project for former marine engineer Barry Feickert has become a thriving winery with his two daughters having taken over the wine-making and management. This stunning wine has received almost universal acclaim.

An intense bouquet of passion fruit, guava and underlying citrus notes. The palate has more tropical fruit, gooseberry and lovely minerality. The wine is further enhanced with an unusual richness due to 10% of the wine undergoing barrel fermentation.

This fantastic summery white would be a great match for sardines cooked on the barbecue, a goats cheese and tomato salad or even the last of the seasons asparagus.

Only £9.99*

*when buying any 2 on 15% deal



Breaking News - Heidsieck & Co Cuvee Prestige was £22.49 now Only £14.99!!!!Date published: 22/06/14

Need a premium Champagne for a wedding or party without the premium price tag?

From Wednesday 4th June, we will have a fantastic offer on the Heidsieck & Co Cuvee Prestige for only £14.99!!

But Hurry only whilst stocks last!!!


King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011Date published: 22/06/14

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011, Marlborough

I'm a big fan of Kiwi Chardonnay. With very similar terrain and careful use of oak, they produce wines with a distinctively Burgundian feel.

The de Marisco's who make this wine descend from a William de Marisco (c.1100) who was said to be one of the illegitimate children of King Henry the First - thereby making William part of the King's Legacy.

This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees.

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding - or with hogs pudding for a Cornish favourite!

£9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines, save 33%


Provence RoseDate published: 22/06/14

You may have seen in various news articles sales of Provence Rosés' have rocketed at great rates over the last year and especially these last few weeks. Now as much as we don't try to use weather as a reason in retail, we are merely suggesting a significant coincidence ;-)

The weather is set to be a corker (no pun..) again this weekend with temperatures comfortably settling in the twenties. Don't forget to re-stock those fridges and wine racks for those impromptu BBQ's and dinner parties this weekend. And if you're having a big group of friends over why not consider our range of larger bottles of Provence Rosé:

AIX 2013 Magnum, 1.5ltr at £19.99 - http://www.majestic.co.uk/AIX-Rose-zid08181 

M de Minuty 2013 Magnum, 1.5ltr at £25.00 - http://www.majestic.co.uk/M-de-Minuty-Rose-zid08022

AIX 2013 Double Magnum, 3ltr at £50.00 - http://www.majestic.co.uk/AIX-Rose-zid08002


Marques de Vargas 2009Date published: 22/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Vargas

The Marques de Vargas has recently returned to the Bay, and is an absolute staff-favourite! The Vargas is currently available to taste in-store and is also very competitively priced on our Fine Wine offer at just £14.99, when you buy 2 or more Fine Wines!

Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced. It pairs perfectly with beef carpaccio and will age beautifully over the next 5 years!

Available to taste in-store, it truly is a wonderful wine to enjoy for special occasions


Interested in holding a wine tasting?Date published: 22/06/14

Interested in holding a wine tasting?

Here at Majestic we not only hold a whole host of FREE tasting events in store, we are also able to come out to venues to hold tasting events for groups. Would your club, society, or office be interested in holding a tasting? Maybe you would like to hold a tasting to raise money for charity? If so why not contact us. The only cost to you is the cost of the wines, our time is FREE. We can tailor the tasting to suit your group, comparing grape varieties or countries, or perhaps a quiz night. Whichever you choose we can help you organise a great event. We can also provide glasses with our free glass loan service and free delivery of wine and glasses. If you would like to get more information on organising and event then please feel free to contact us in store. We look forward to hearing from you.


Pilsner Urquell still at £1 per bottleDate published: 22/06/14

With the World Cup now in full flow and an important England game coming up tonight, why not come down and stock up on this fantastic Czech lager, slightly fuller in flavour than your average lager, but still very refreshing for this hot summer weather its the perfect lager to support your team with!

Don't forget your Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/06/14

We have a brand new exciting New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in stock at a frankly fantastic price, having tried this I can testify that it punches well above its weight for the £6.66 that you pay!

Grapefruit, gooseberry, guava and nettles on the palate with a zing of citrus to finish, this wine will be perfect to share with friends this summer. Check it out online here http://www.majestic.co.uk/Mud-House-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37323?tracking=|searchterm:

Only £6.66 when bought with any other wine on our 33% off offers


Timothy Taylor's LandlordDate published: 22/06/14

Landlord is a pale bitter, 4.3% abv when cask conditioned, and 4.1% when sold filtered in the bottle. It was created for miners, to compete against local rival Barnsley Bitter. Landlord was four times Champion Beer of Britain at the 'Great British Beer Festival'. The brand attracted media attention when Madonna said in an interview with Jonathan Ross that it was her favourite beer.

Only £25.80!!


Mud House - The Next Big Thing in Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/06/14

A brand new New Zealand, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc!

This brand new New Zealand Sauvignon is an absolute steal at only, £6.66, (as per two bottles from the 33.3% off deal) This is a limited parcel so once it's gone- IT'S GONE! Definitely not to be missed!

The wine itself is a pale yellow with heady aromas of piercingly fresh grapefruit, zippy citrus notes combined with tropical fruit and grassy undertones.

Chill well and enjoy on it's own and with a light summery pasta dish.

Simply, delicious!


What is Aperol?Date published: 21/06/14

Aperol is an 11% spirit-based infusion of herbs and roots with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which makes it ideal as an aperitif. The classic recipe is to mix ice cubes, a slice of orange, 2 parts Aperol with 3 parts of Prosecco and a splash of San Pellegrino or Soda Water. 

Matsu wines from SpainDate published: 21/06/14

Matsu wines available now in store.

Think of Spanish wines and your mind probably turns to Rioja. However, there is more to Spain than the classic barrel-aged Reservas and Gran Reservas wrapped in a golden wire cage. The real buzz in Spanish wine is coming from ambitious, dynamic young winemakers ready to explore other regions and varieties.

Created with the passion of Rioja entrepeneur Jose Miguel Arambarri and covering 6 different DOs across Spain, Vintae is causing a real revolution in the winemaking industry with its avant-garde approach.

Their Matsu wines from Toro in the far west of Spain unite the oriental culture of caring for nature (matsu is Japanese for wait) with advanced biodynamic techniques to produce polished wines of grace, power and real regional character.

Matsu El Picaro 2012, Toro    £9.99 or buy 2 save 15% = £8.49

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is ayouthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come frommature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile. Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries andraspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yetsupple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip. Also available in magnums.

Matsu El Recio 2011, Toro   £14.99 or buy 2 save 15% = £12.74

El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish. Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins. Also available in magnums.

Matsu El Viejo 2011, Toro   ££25.00 or buy 2 save £10 = £20.00

'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic. The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.


Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOCDate published: 21/06/14

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

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.

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Just £7.99 when you buy any 2 bottles in the 33% deal (£11.99 normal bottle price)

Did you know... #ChampagneFactDate published: 21/06/14

Did you know... #ChampagneFact

Unlike the rest of France, there is one appellation that covers all the wines in Champagne. Certain villages have cru statuses - 44 are rated Premier Cru and 17 villages are ratherGrand Cru. This system is known as the echelle des crus


Wine Words: Single VineyardDate published: 21/06/14

Wine Words: Single Vineyard

Ever seen the words 'single vineyard' on a wine label and wondered why it's worth shouting about? Well there are basically two methods of selecting grapes for making wine. The first is by blending wines from different vineyards together - they may be from the same village, same region or from completely different areas. However, if it says Chablis on the label (for example) all of the grapes must have come from Chablis.

Single vineyard wines are when all of the grapes are sourced from a single plot - and usually these will be the best plots. The theory is that, rather than 'dilute' the grapes (no, not literally) from your top vineyard by blending them with lower quality grapes, you can produce a single vineyard wine that really expresses its micro-climate and soil. And in theory, it should be of a high quality as a result.


Pilsner Urquell at £1 a bottle!Date published: 21/06/14

Throughout June we have 24 330ml bottle packs of Pilsner Urquell for just £24. Great for any weddings, BBQs, christenings, or any other get together! This is a great Czech lager and is a lovely alternative to Peroni, especially at this price.

Nipozzano Riserva Chanti 2010, RufinaDate published: 21/06/14

Nipozzano Riserva Chanti 2010, Rufina

£14.23 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines

£18.99 for a single bottle

Italy, famous for it's vast array of grapes varieties and rich vinicultural heritage. This wine is produced by the Frescobaldi wine estate. Who have a rich history of producing high quality wine. One of their collaborations also included another famous wine making family the Mondavi's of which “Ornellaia” is a wine we also sell. Although now completely owned by the Frescobaldi's.

This wine is from a appellation called “ruffina” just north east of Florence. In this riserva style it is aged for 24 months in oak and the barrels are house in the cellars of the Nipozzano castle.

Black cherry and raspberry dominate the palate where the oak smooths out the edges and gives the wine firm tannins. A top wine from a top producer and goes well with mature cheeses barbecued meats or dry cured ham.


Rioja Reserva 2009, Marques de VargasDate published: 21/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2009, Marques de Vargas

£14.99 when you buy 2 or more fine wines on the fine wine deal ( buy two save £10 )

£20.00 for a single bottle

Spain homes of the world famous area of Rioja, which is famed to be the Bordeaux of Spain. Set in a mountainous region in northern Spain, where some of the best vineyards are sited at an alttiude of 1500ft. This mitigates the day temperatures and gives a high diuranal range givng the wines of this region a great structure and elegance.

This wine, from a well regarded producer, has vines that date all the way back to the 1840s. With traditional values and practices this producer also has a modern winery with all the latest techniques to really concentrate on quality and making the best wine possible.

A rich and dense Rioja with a lovely nose of vanilla, oak, bramble and strawberries. A velvety smooth and well balanced Rioja from one of the regions top producers.


33% off: Great value Champagne!Date published: 21/06/14

33% off: Great  value Champagne!

If you're a sucker for some Champagne we've got some great deals starting from just £15.99!

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV: £15.99*

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.

Canard-Duchêne Brut NV: £16.66*

Excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.

Nicolas Feuillatte 2006: £19.99*

Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.

Oeil de Perdrix : £19.99*

A superb, delicate pink Champagne that makes a perfect romantic gift. Named as its light, delicate colour matches that of the eye of the Partridge, this is a subtly delicious Champagne from Devaux. Coming from the Côtes des Bars in the south of the region, the red Pinot Noir grapes develop an unusual level of ripeness, lending the wine its hue despite a gentle pressing. Although certainly delicate in style, there is a perfect weight of fruit.

Canard-Duchêne Charles VII NV: £26.66*

The Charles VII cuvée blend has remained unchanged for over a century. Blended from 60% black grapes and 40% Chardonnay, this elegant and complex Champagne has been revered since its inception in 1868.

*When you buy 2+ 33% off wines.


Sparkling Saturday - La Marca CurveeDate published: 21/06/14

Sparkling Saturday - La Marca Curvee

La Marca Curvee Processco is from the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG region of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards.

It is made using the Charmat method, also called the tank method, which involves provoking a second fermentation in a pressurised tank. Dry base wine is placed with sugar, yeast nutrients and a clarifying agent in the tank to undergo a second fermentation, the resulting sediment is then removed by filtration before bottling. 

The La Marca curvee has a delicate and elegant touch with distinctive aromas of apple and apricot. It is medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced. 

Perfect accomplishment for a special occasion!



Spotlight on a Region - MargauxDate published: 21/06/14

Spotlight on a Region - Margaux

Situated in the South of the Medoc district, Margaux is the most famous of all Bordeaux appellations.  While it bathes in the reflected glory of its name-sake premier cru, it is also the largest and least consistent of the four classic Medoc appellations.  Situated on a large, low-lying plateau centering on Margaux itself, the soil is shallow, pebbly siliceous gravel over a gravel subsoil interbedded with limestone which is great for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which dominate the blends here.

Only red wines have the right to the appellation of Margaux.  All grapes must be destalked, skin contact duration is typically 15 to 25 days to extract all that colour from the grapes, and the wines are matured in cask for between 18 and 24 months. Along with Pauillac, Margaux is the only Medoc appellation with premier cru vineyards but only Margaux can boast vineyards in all five categories of the classification.

The quintessential wine of Margaux is Chateau Margaux which has a particularly remarkable concentration of flavour, velvety texture and a complex, elegant finish.  It is arguably the most famous red wine in the world.



Pimm's No 1 Cup only £11.99Date published: 21/06/14

Pimm's No 1 Cup

We've already had a few hints of Summer so far! Why not wish it back with some optimistic planning; stock up on Pimm's No 1 Cup at Majestic Wine for just £11.99 per bottle.



Cheap And Very CheerfulDate published: 21/06/14

You just have to love Robertson Wineries; they make so much wine and are still able to produce a wine that is approachable, delicious and very affordable. At the moment we have a great deal on the Sauvignon Blanc - £5.24 a bottle - which is an absolute steal!

This wine is perfect for lazy afternoons, drinking with friends, enjoying the sun. It is crisp and aromatic (just as Sauvignon should be) and would be the perfect partner to seafood or creamy pasta dishes.

Come and get this superb deal now!



New Fine Wine in stock- Morey-St-Denis 2008, Aurelien VerdetDate published: 21/06/14

Verdet is one of the younger generation of Burgundy winemakers at the age of 33. Using the traditions passed onto him by his father, in particular the pursuit of organic viticulture. This wine offers a delicious morello cherry fruit, structured with velvety tannins and a toasty oak aroma. 

This fantastic Fine wine is on offer at £25 a bottle when you buy any 2 or more selected fine Wines or Spirits 


Chardonnay of the day!Date published: 21/06/14

The King's Legacy Chardonnay, 2011 - Malborough (£9.99)

A fantastic Chardonnay from the Malborough region in New Zealand, proving there's more to this famous region then just its Sauvignon Blanc. A beautifully balanced wine and at £9.99 the value for money is astonishing. Come and grab some before the 30th June.

This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees.

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding. 

A nice food and wine match above from the Majestic website but I believe I can go one better - Try with pan-fried skate wings, coated in a buttery bechamel sauce with prawns. Serve with peas.


33% Off FizzDate published: 21/06/14

Enjoy Prosecco?

Then look no further..


Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy

It is an hugely enjoyable Prosecco made from only selected vineyards giving it that extra bit of quality. It is Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

Currently on at £9.99 when you buy ANY 2 from our Summer Selection.

Come in to see what other Fizz we have to offer or alternately browse our website at your leisure.



Pick of the Day : Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de RiscalDate published: 21/06/14

Pick of the Day : Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal

An absolute bargain at £9.99 and not to be missed

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy lamb casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

£14.99 or Buy ANY 2 selected bottles save 33.3% = £9.99


Everyday drinking wine ?Date published: 21/06/14

Everyday drinking wine ?

If you are looking for an everyday drinking red than look no further than the Copertino. This medium-bodied wine is a great wine and goes with pretty much anything Italian from your favourite pizza, to meatballs and bolognese.

Copertino DOC is named after the town of Copertino, but also includes five other villages. These reds are made mostly from the dark skinned Negroamaro grape and this particular one is made from the fruit of 10-30 year old vines.

Thick and luscious with dark, plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate, this is an intriguing wine.

Ideal with pizza and pasta dishes.

£8.99 or buy ANY 2 selected bottles save 25% = £6.74


Love Provence Rose ?Date published: 21/06/14

Love Provence Rose ?

If you love Provence rose, then do we have a treat for you. From Friday 4th to Thursday 10th July, our tasting counter will be full of Provence roses for you to try. 

If you want to see what is on the tasting counter before popping into store, just head to www.majestic.co.uk/battersea to see what is open to try.

We hope to see you then! 


Taittinger Brut Réserve NV at £25 !!Date published: 21/06/14

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV at £25 !!

This wonderful champagne is on a fantastic offer at the moment at £25 a bottle until 30th June. 

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.Get it before it's gone. Order online, in-store or call us on 02078199796


Food and Wine matchingDate published: 21/06/14

It is a well known fact that there is a correlation to food and wine, I am going to give you a quick crash course in what things to look out for when ordering wine at a restaurant.

Acidity in food:

This increases the perception of the body, sweetness and fruitiness in the wine.

Decreases the perception of acidity in the wine

Some acidity in food is generally a good thing for food and wine pairing as it can be very high acid wine e.g. (Reisling) into balance and enhance the fruitiness. However if the level of the acidity in the wine is low, high levels of acidity in foods can make the wines seem flat and sometimes flabby.

Sweetness in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and the burning affect of the alcohol in the wine

Decreases the perception of body, sweetness and fruitiness of the wine

Sweetness in a dish can make a dry wine lose its fruit and be unpleasantly acidic. With any dishes containing sugar, a good general rule is to select a wine that has a higher level of sweetness e.g. a dessert wine

Umami in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and alcohol burn in the wine

Decreases the perception of body sweetness and fruitiness in the wine

Umami is the savoury taste, the Japanese call it the flavour of "deliciousness". Many foods that are considered difficult to pair contain high levels of umami without salt to counteract the hardening effects on wine. These include asparagus, eggs, mushrooms and ripe soft cheeses. Other foods that tend to be high in umami tend to be high in salt, which can counteract the impact of umami on  the wine, these foods include cured or smoked sea-food and meats as well as hard cheeses such as parmesan.

Remember that bitterness comes form the tannins extracted from the grape skins or oak. This therefor means if you have a food which is high in umami and low in salt you should go for a wine that has a low amount of tannins and a relatively low acidity content e.g white wine Frascati or red wine Pinot Noir

Salt in food:

Increases the perception of body in the wine

Decreases the perception of astringency, bitterness and acidity in the wine

Salt is wines friend when it comes to food and wine paring. 

Bitterness in food:

Increases bitterness in wine

Sensitivity to bitter taste varies from person to person. Generally, bitter flavours add to each other, so bitterness in the food alone may be at a pleasant level and the bitterness in the wine may be balanced but together the bitter levels may combine to reach an unpleasant level. If you have a food that is high in bitterness then avoid overly oaky wines or wines that are high in tannins.

Chilli heat in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and alcohol burn

Decreses the perception of body, richness, sweetness and frutiness in the wine

This is one of the most commonly asked questions too us, what would you pair with a curry. The simple answer is there isn't a perfect match. The heat will make tannic wines very bitter and acidic wine overly so, the only comprimise is to go for an overly aromatic white wine such as a Gewertztraminer, the floral properties and the slight amount of sweetness allow the wine to stand up to the chili heat. If not that then a good old fashioned beer. 

The golden rule that I live by is if you are eating a food from a certain region of country then pick a wine from the region or country, they normally get it right


Gavi La ToledananDate published: 21/06/14

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.


New In - Custoza 2013 Cantina di CustozaDate published: 21/06/14

Cantina di Custoza was started by a group of local winemakers in 1968. Today the Cantina has well over 200 members, who contribute grapes from over 1000 hectares of vineyards, from the south and west of Lake Garda all the way to the outskirts of Verona.  A light and easy-going white, with a gentle citrus fruit backbone accompanied by soft flavours of melon and subtle tropical fruit. Delicately aromatic, dry and refreshing. Single bottle £8.99, buy 2 save 25% = £6.74. Super value and available to taste at the moment!

Chateau Pigoudet "La Chapelle" RoseDate published: 21/06/14

Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method.

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries. Fresh and elegant, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful finish. Enjoy with Salade Niçoise.

Single bottle price £10.99

Buy any 2 save 15% ~ £9.34


Italian Wine Classification ExplainedDate published: 21/06/14

With over 1000 grape varieties and a confusing nomenclature, Italian wine can be hard to identify.

The Italian wine law recognise in descending order:

DOCG, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita;

DOC, Denominazione di Origine Controllata;

IGT, Indicazione Geografica Tipica;

In theory a DOCG is a higher quality wine than a vino da tavola VDT (table wine), but that is not always the case. In European terms, DOCG and DOC are PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), IGT are PGI (Protected Geographical Indication).

The concept of DOC specifies the geographical area, permitted grape varieties and minimum alcohol level. It may also stipulate the production method, including minimum ageing. A DOCG has to meet all the requirements of DOC, must be bottled in the region of production and is subject to a Ministry of Agriculture tasting. IGT regulations permit more freedom in terms of area, grape varieties and the sourcing of the grapes. This denomination is more important in the south of Italy where there are a few DOCs or DOCGs.

As per November 2011 there were 521 wines with geographical indication, of which 303 DOC, 118 IGT and 73 DOCG.

Famous DOCG reds include Barolo, Amarone della Valpolicella, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Taurasi, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and famous DOCG whites include Gavi, Greco di Tufo, Roero Arneis, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.

Classico

This labelling term was introduced to acknowledge the original boundaries of the hilly part of appellation such as Soave, Chianti and Valpolicella, which reputation was ruined in the 1960s by quantity driven production. These areas tend to be of better quality.

Riserva

This term implies higher alcohol and longer ageing. For example Barolo DOCG require three year ageing (of which 18 months in oak) before release while Barolo Riserva DOCG requires five years. Although the term is often abused by applying it to wines of average quality when bottled in the following vintage.


World Cup wine regions - France (Bordeaux)Date published: 21/06/14

The left bank of Bordeaux is divided into 2 main regions. North from Bordeaux city is Medoc and south lies Graves. 5 communes in Bordeaux have the highest reputation for red wine, 4 of them are situated in Medoc and one in Graves.

Highest reputation communes from north to south:

Medoc

St-Estephe

Among the four famous Left Bank communes, St-Estèphe is the northernmost region. Therefore the fruit in wine is less ripe often austere, texture is heavy and withpronounced tannins. The soil of St-Estèphe is a heavy composite of clay washed ashore from the Gironde. This soil type drains slowly and gives St-Estèphe estates an advantage during dry summers. The wines produce here tend to have more acidity than other red Bordeaux and with less perfume. While Cabernet Sauvignon is still the dominant grape, this sub-region has more planting of Merlot than any other area in the Haut-Médoc. It grows well on clay soils and softens the harshness of Cabernet Sauvignon. Proportion of Merlot varies from chateau to chateau and vintage to vintage but is often 40%.

No premier crus; leading chateaux are Cos d'Estournel and Montrose.

Pauillac

Located south of St-Estèphe, the area around Pauillac has the highest elevation of the Médoc. Soils are predominantly gravel so free-draining, hence higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. A greater variety of styles than in other communes, but generally the wines combine power and finesse: full-bodied but more elegant and less heavy and with less prominent tannins than St-Estephe. Flavours are described byblackcurrent, chocolate, lead pencils (also cedar and cigar box).  

The area of Pauillac contains three of the five first growth estates of Bordeaux. These are Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. It also includes 15 other classed growths. Vineyards in Pauillac are not as fragmented as most of the Médoc, with entire slopes and plateaus belonging to a single estate.

St-Julien

Situated on two plateaus between Pauillac and Margaux, the wine region of St-Julien has the smallest wine production of the four major regions in the Médoc. The waters of the Gironde estuary have a warming influence on the climate which, coupled with the south-easterly exposure of most vineyards, helps to fully ripen the Cabernet Sauvignon vines in this area.

Soils are predominantly gravel. Wines are the most homogeneous of any of the communes in terms of style - elegant and classicSimilar to Pauillac but lighter in weight and silkier in texture.

No premier crus, but St-Julien has the highest proportion of classified estates of all the regions in Bordeaux. These eleven classed growths account for nearly 80 percent of the entire region's wine production.

Margaux

The Margaux appellation encompasses the village of Margaux and the neighboring villages of Arsac, Labarde, Soussansand Cantenac. It is the most southerly of Médoc's appellations. This region has the thinnest soil with the highest proportion of gravel that allows the soil to drain very well. The wines from this area are very susceptible to weather effects during the growing season and harvest.

In general, the style is the fruitiest and most intensely aromatic (blackcurrents perfumed with violets). The wines lack the pronounced tannin and grip of St-Estephe, and have less weight and power than Pauillac and St-Julien. Typical Margaux wines havelightness and finesse.

The area is home to more 21 classified growths, more than any other appellation, with numerous second and third growths as well as one first growth, Château Margaux.

Graves

Pessac-Leognan

This area of the Graves is located just south of the city of Bordeaux. In addition to wine production, the area is known for its crops of pine trees and vineyards are often separated by rows of forest trees. The soil of Pessac-Léognan is composed of gravel terraces with sediments from different geological eras.

Being the most southerly out of these 5 communes, it displays the ripest fruit flavours.Tannins are less prominent and notes of spice and warm bricks on nose and palate (also aromas of smoke and/or minerals). It is also earthier in flavour than Medoc.

It is home to one first growth estate - Château Haut-Brion.


Open to taste this weekend - 20th and 21st JuneDate published: 21/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Vargas

£19.99 or £14.99 when you buy any two selected fine wines

Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced.

Best decanted before serving. Pair with beef carpaccio.



Valpolicella ClassicoDate published: 21/06/14

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 La Casetta

£17.99*

Buy 2, Save 25%

£13.49

From hilly North East Italy, to the east of Lake Garda, the province of Verona produces the technically excellent Valpolicella Ripasso wines.

Grape skins from fermented Amarone and recioto wines are added to the must of Valpolicella wines to add body, tannin, and boost the alcohol levels of the wines. The included flavour compounds greatly enhance the depth and complexity of the wine.

Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

This offering from La Casetta offers flavours of full cherry, plum and berry fruits.

The palate is velvety smooth and full of intense flavour. Perfect with full flavoured meat or seasoned cheeses!


Provence RoseDate published: 21/06/14

Provence is an iconic, picturesque region of rolling hills, medieval villages and fields of lavender - the spiritual home of French rosé.

About four-fifths of wine produced in the Côtes de Provence appellation is pale pink dry rosé. 

The majority of this wine is sold and consumed locally in the busy Mediterranean holiday resorts. However, there is renewed interest in producing 'serious' rosé, with a distinctive new style combining flavour with a fashionably pale hue, and some producers even using a limited amounts of oak maturation. 

The best really do seem to have a special affinity with the garlic and oil-based fish dishes Provence is famed for. Much of its sold in a special 'skittle' bottle; all of it should be consumed as young and as cool as possible. Cinsaut and Grenache are typically used for rosé.

Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to visit Provence as a guest of Chateau de Berne.

Myself and a group of Majestic colleagues enjoyed plenty of delightful rosé along with fantastic food and entertainment across two days. Sadly we were not the winners of the Pétanque competition (this came as no surprise for me, though I think others may have been disappointed!) but we did have a brilliant time!

Following a tour of the vineyards, the cellars, and the Chateau itself, I can't recommend this destination highly enough! The excellent refreshing rosé was the perfect accompaniment to the blue skies above.

Try these:

Good: https://www.majestic.co.uk/Berne-Grande-Recolte-Rose-zid08179 

Better: https://www.majestic.co.uk/Chateau-de-Berne-Rose-zid08010?tracking=|searchterm:

Best!: https://www.majestic.co.uk/Chateau-de-Berne-Rose-zid08021?tracking=|searchterm:

For now, it's à bientôt Côte d'Azur! I've no doubt I'll be going back soon!


German wine classificationsDate published: 21/06/14

It's generally simple to shop for wine by country (or region) and grape variety and have a decent idea of what to expect from you bottle. However, Germany is something of an exception.

Fittingly for a country where winemakers can sometimes struggle to achieve full ripeness of grapes, German wines have an extra classification which specifies the ripeness (and therefor sugar content/sweetness) of the grapes used in premium German wines. The terms might seem obscure, but they really are there to help - they just need some explanation.

Kabinett - literally means "cabinet", i.e. wines of sufficient quality for the winemakers to want to keep in their own cabinet (yes, really). The first classification, with the lowest sweetness. The style can be dry or off-dry, but is always light. A great alternative to rosé for summertime drinking!

Spätlese - this translates from German as "late harvest", a style of wine gaining popularity in areas like New Zealand. The grapes are picked later than for Kabinett, and are therefore higher again in sugar. 

Auslese - "selected harvest" - these wines are made from very ripe grapes, harvested by hand in late autumn/early winter. Generally a great aperitif wine, Auslese can also be a dessert wine, particularly if some of the grapes have been affected by the famous "noble rot".

Beerenauslese - "selected berry harvest" - the grapes for these wines are generally affected by noble rot, which concentrates the sugars in the grapes, producing wines of rich sweetness. Made only in small amounts, and suitable for long aging.

Trockenbeerenauslese - "dry selected berry harvest" - not a dry style of wine, rather one displaying unctuous sweetness. The "dry" part of the term refers to the state of the berries at harvest, which are shriveled by noble rot to the point of appearing like dry raisins on the vine. Even more labour-intensive, rare and rich than Beerenauslese, this is the highest German designation.

Eiswein - officially a level down from Trockenbeerenauslese, since it has lower residual sugar, I've included this at the end because it's something of an anomaly. Literally "ice wine", this is a dessert wine made from grapes which have frozen on the vine. Freezing concentrates the sugars in a similar fashion to noble rot, producing wines of comparable sweetness to Beerenauslese, but with a unique character.

Happy browsing!


PICPOULDate published: 20/06/14

Picpoul de Pinet

The increasingly popular Picpoul, or Piquepoul is an ancient Languedoc grape variety that is commonly found in Blanc, Noir and Gris Versions. With the white being the most planted today.

Piquepoul translates loosely as 'lip-stinger' which signifies the high acidity of the grape.

Picpoul de Pinet is an appellation or cru which may be used within the Languedoc for white wines made exclusively from the Picpoul Blanc grape. These wines are green-gold in colour, full-bodied, bone-dry with citrus fruit flavour characteristics.

Perfect for Summer: Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc

This crisp and refreshing white wine is perfect for the British summertime. It has wonderful aromas of lemon and lime, a tang of grapefruit, notes of white blossom, vibrant green apple and a refreshingly dry acidic finish.

Perfect served with delicate white fish.

Try it with fresh oysters.

Love it with smoked prawns and bouillabaisse


DOGAJOLODate published: 20/06/14

Made in the style of the Super Tuscans, this innovative wine is a blend of Sangioveseand Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties.

Its known as a 'Baby Tuscan' because it exhibits all the power and deep colours of a young wine, but with a deeper complexity and elegance from wood aging.

An intense fruity bouquet of cherryvanilla and spice with a full and complex palate. This wine is perfect to drink now while its young but also ages beautifully.

This wine is at its best with full flavoured Mediterranean dishes.


Heidsieck PrestigeDate published: 20/06/14

The champagne has joined the Summer Selection offer so when you purchase two on the 33.3% offer they are £14.99 each

(£27.00 at full price)


four good deaLSDate published: 20/06/14

Four great wines have come on offer for this week only until the 1st of April. They're absolute crackers, so here's what you need to know about them:

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, California, £6.66. Whether you call it Zinfandel, Primitivo or even Crljenak Kastelanski I am an absolute sucker for this variety. There's no doubt it's most famous in its Californian incantation, and Lodi, where this one comes from, is the Zin capital of the world. Oozing fruit on the nose and the palate this wine shouts of blueberries and plums. A real Majestic favourite, you don't want to miss out on a bottle of this stuff!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, £6.66. There's a tendency in the industry to be a bit snobby about NZ Sauvignon, but there's no denying its international reputation or the fact that it may be the most popular wine flavour in the UK at the moment. Gooseberries, green peppers and freshly cut grass - this is what it's all about, so get a bottle, bang it in the fridge and wait for a sunny day, because this is as refreshing as wine gets!

Testimonio, Argentina, £8.66. An absolute stunner from winemaker Luigi Bosca, this is another big red that blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat. Elegantly proclaiming its pedigree with chewy tannins, vanilla and spice, this has a beautiful black fruit core that will last for years to come. You won't find a better steak wine than this for under £10 in this critic's opinion!

Prosecco Corte Alta, Italy, £6.66. Everyone loves a sparkler, and this has all the fruit, fizz and frivolity that you look for in a prosecco. The bubbles are accompanied by aromas of pears, apples, even a touch of apricot - this is a perfect wine to start your weekend with a pop.

I'm a fan of all of these wines, and they're not on deals for long. So come along and pick up a few new favourites at absolutely cracking prices!


Party serviceDate published: 20/06/14

We offer:

Free wine tasting and food matching by expert staff

Free delivery to your venue

Sale and return on all your unused bottles

Free Glass hire.


IWC WinnersDate published: 20/06/14

The International Wine Challenge results were recently announced! Here's a selection of our Gold Medal Winners...

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £9.34(reduced from £10.99) - Also awarded ‘Great Value White between £7 - £12'!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - £23.98 (reduced from £35.99) Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

Marisco King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £12.32 (reduced from £14.49)

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010 - £18.00 (reduced from £23.00)

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012 - £11.99

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV - £26.65 (reduced from £40)

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso £11.89 (reduced from £13.99)

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado NV £14.44 (reduced from £16.99)


grecoDate published: 20/06/14

Fremondo Greco 2013 Sannio

As the name suggests, the Greco grape is thought to be of Greek origin, the ancestor of grapes first brought to Italy in around 700 BC by the ancient Greeks. This example comes from a winemaking cooperative based in the south of Italy close to Naples.

Though pale in colour and delicate in aroma, this wine has a full texture, dense with apricot and peach flavour, and heady honeysuckle notes on the nose, and a long mineral finish.

Try partnering with barbecued King Prawns or any number of seafood dishes.


Italian FWDate published: 20/06/14

Fine Wine Focus - Italy

Natale Verga Barolo & Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Following on from Saturday's (somewhat unfortunately timed) Italian spotlight tasting we have two fantastic Fine Wine's open on the Tasting Counter. Both currently at 25% as part of our focus on Italian wine this month this is the perfect time to come down & grab a little bit of Italy's finest winemaking traditions!

Le Difese, 2011 £21 £16: From the producers at the very heart of the 'Super Tuscan' phenomenon this wine is bursting with character and is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon & 30% Sangiovese. Aroma's of Ripe fruit, Dried cherries, Leather, and a hint of cigar smoke make for a heady mix. On the palate the tannins are silky smooth and beuatifully integrated, the acidity is fresh and cutting, and the wine shows an earthy and gamey quality. However, despite this mature nature, this wine is designed to be consumed relatively young as it already displays much of the quality of wines ten year's its senior.

Try with: Roasted cuts of Lamb, Rabbit, or a Game Pie!

Barolo 2009, Natale Verga £23 £18: Founded in 1895 the Verga family estate is still producing exceptional wines from the most revered DOCG in Italy. Considered the King of Italian Red Wine, Barolo is made from the thin skinned, highly tannic, and uncompromisingly bold Nebbiolo grape. A light Garnet in colour the wine, on appearance, could be mistaken for Pinot Noir. A mistake that would be short lived, however, as on the nose you will smell blackberries, bramble & seasoned Oak. The palate is similarly uncompromising yet exquisitely crafted. The Ripe fruit, warming alcohol, and gentle spice from the 24 months in French oak are intertwined with the rich, fine tannins that Nebbiolo is so famous for. 

Try with: Rare Ribeye Steak, or Cold cuts of cured meats & Cheese.


Mr ShirazDate published: 20/06/14

If it is quaffability you are after then this is the wine for you. 

With fruit on the palate as vibrant as the label it is both juicy and smooth, almost too easy to drink. 

Yet there is still a surprising amount of complexity with a touch of vanilla and cedar


Coney!Date published: 20/06/14

Pinot Noir isn't for everyone, but there is not a better time to drink it than now as the days get warmer. Traditional Martinborough Pinot Noir has to be the most apt for any summer occasion, with its light fruitiness. Sometimes I find Pinot too light and too  fruity and I'm left feeling there is something lacking; however, I was not disappointed with the Coney. Named after musical term, 'pizzicato' means to pluck and that is exactly what this wine is; plucky. Ripe, fresh red fruit with a touch of spice and a dab of toasty complexity, this is a great example of New Zealand Pinot Noir. 

Really though I must let the bottle do the talking, quite literally:


Craft BeersDate published: 20/06/14


Our range of £9.99 craft beers. Try something different whilst watching the football.

We have:

Anchor Steam

Punk IPA

Brooklyn Lager

Einstok White Ale



Kings ThornDate published: 20/06/14

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough 

Origin

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles. 

Taste:

Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

Was £14.99, now £9.99

RoseDate published: 20/06/14


AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! This wine is unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

Magnum: £19.99

Double Magnum: £50.00

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. The wine is pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Magnum: £25.00


Marisco Date published: 20/06/14

Marisco Vineyards

You may never have heard of Marisco, but if you are a regular customer at Majestic, you will have almost certainly have tried one of their wines (ever heard of The Ned?). Marisco are based in Waihopai Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand, which is a region that is well known for having an almost perfect growing environment for producing wines of exceptional character. They have also picked up a fair few awards over the years, including: New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the China Wine and Spirits Awards 2013 & New Zealand Winery of the Year - IWSC London 2011.

Below are a few of our favourites.

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011

The de Mariscos descended from a Willian de Marisco (approx 1100 AD), who was said to be one of the 35 illegitimate children of King Henry the First – thereby making William part of the King's Legacy.

This is an easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Was £14.99, now only £9.99

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2013

In 1155, despite the de Mariscos possession of Lundy, King Henry the Second, for political reasons, gifted the island to the popular Order of the Knights Templar. However, the de Mariscos refused to relinquish it and were fined for not doing so. They remained a constant thorn in the King's side, retaining possession of the island for nearly 90 years until it was forfeited to the crown in 1242.

This wine is delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

Was £14.99, now only £9.99

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Who's not heard of the Ned? Really? A staff and customer favourite, The Ned is actually named after a mountain in Marlborough, which stands 909m above sea level.

This is a cracking Sauvignon Blanc, with a nose of nettles and grass, which 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.

Was £10.65, nowonly £7.99

The Ned Pinot Noir 2013

This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay and loam soils. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot.

With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.

Was £14.99, now only £9.99

What is your favourite Marisco wine?


Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 BandolDate published: 17/06/14

Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 Bandol

Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rosé as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Château Romassan Rosé. An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rosé showing fresh berry aromas and hints of spice.

This is an iconic area and Ott is an iconic wine this is our summer stock so once its gone its gone so make sure you don't miss out.

Currently £27 per bottle


Wine of the Day - Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 17/06/14

Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.

This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

Allow to breathe for an hour or so, then serve with lamb or beef.

£12.99 £9.74 buy any 2+ selected wines, save 25%

Ruinart NVDate published: 17/06/14

If like me you enjoy creamy champagnes with a delightful fizz then the Ruinart NV is the perfect wine. Currently on offer at a not to be missed £33.33,  this won't last for long so get it sooner rather than later..

Ruinart is one of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729 and  was the first house to export Champagne. A classic Champagne that was sought-after and hard to come by. Classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir it is elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.



33.3% offers still onDate published: 17/06/14

We still have some fantastic Summer deals on with a third off. See below for a list of our best offers:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/33-percent-off-wine


Wine of the Week- Montagny Vielle Vignes 2010 BuxyDate published: 17/06/14

Wine of the Week- Montagny Vielle Vignes 2010 Buxy

One of my 'go-to' wines when I want a good value, really refreshing Chardonnay, with finesse and great flavours!

Hidden under the citrussey palate and mouth-watering freshness, there are floral fragrances, a hint of honey, and crisp minerality, all of which is backed up by a full body and rich mouth-feel*

* That's wine-speak for: 'This is everything you want from a White Burgundy, AND it's less than a tenner!



M de Minuty RoseDate published: 17/06/14

£14.99, or buy 2 save 25% £11.24

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Great as a refreshing aperitif or with light summer salads!


Just what do all these German classifications mean?Date published: 17/06/14

It's generally simple to shop for wine by country (or region) and grape variety and have a decent idea of what to expect from you bottle. However, Germany is something of an exception.

Fittingly for a country where winemakers can sometimes struggle to achieve full ripeness of grapes, German wines have an extra classification which specifies the ripeness (and therefor sugar content/sweetness) of the grapes used in premium German wines. The terms might seem obscure, but they really are there to help - they just need some explanation.

Kabinett - literally means "cabinet", i.e. wines of sufficient quality for the winemakers to want to keep in their own cabinet (yes, really). The first classification, with the lowest sweetness. The style can be dry or off-dry, but is always light. A great alternative to rosé for summertime drinking!

Spätlese - this translates from German as "late harvest", a style of wine gaining popularity in areas like New Zealand. The grapes are picked later than for Kabinett, and are therefore higher again in sugar. 

Auslese - "selected harvest" - these wines are made from very ripe grapes, harvested by hand in late autumn/early winter. Generally a great aperitif wine, Auslese can also be a dessert wine, particularly if some of the grapes have been affected by the famous "noble rot".

Beerenauslese - "selected berry harvest" - the grapes for these wines are generally affected by noble rot, which concentrates the sugars in the grapes, producing wines of rich sweetness. Made only in small amounts, and suitable for long aging.

Trockenbeerenauslese - "dry selected berry harvest" - not a dry style of wine, rather one displaying unctuous sweetness. The "dry" part of the term refers to the state of the berries at harvest, which are shriveled by noble rot to the point of appearing like dry raisins on the vine. Even more labour-intensive, rare and rich than Beerenauslese, this is the highest German designation.

Eiswein - officially a level down from Trockenbeerenauslese, since it has lower residual sugar, I've included this at the end because it's something of an anomaly. Literally "ice wine", this is a dessert wine made from grapes which have frozen on the vine. Freezing concentrates the sugars in a similar fashion to noble rot, producing wines of comparable sweetness to Beerenauslese, but with a unique character.

Happy browsing!


Californian CrackersDate published: 17/06/14

Californian Crackers

If you love your Californian wines like I do you will be excited to hear we have just got loads of interesting wines from this great wine region back in stock. Here's whats just returned and a bit about each of them.

1) Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2012 North Coast - 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. 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. £12.99 or buy any 2 selected wines save 25% = £9.74

2) Saintsbury Chardonnay 2011 Carneros - Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terroir 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. 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. £19.99 or buy any 2 selected wines save 15% = £16.99

3) Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins. £13.99 or buy any 2 selected wines save 15% = £11.89

4) Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 'Isabelle' 2010/11 - Rather than making this wine from a single vineyard's grapes as one might expect from Au Bon Climat, Isabelle is created by blending selected barrels from several sites, including Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Talley Rincon and Mount Carmel. A superbly structured, deep, complex and involving Pinot, and a great benchmarker of the vintage. £38

Explore the whole Californian range online or in store!


Planning a Wedding?Date published: 17/06/14

Planning a Wedding?

If you're big day is coming up and you're looking for advice regarding the all important refreshments then please don't hesitate to contact us here at Majestic Wine Gerrards Cross. You can pop in for a chat with one our expert staff, we will be able to advise you on all our products to suit any budget. You can also take advantage of our in store tasting counter which always has a wide variety of wines open for you to sample at your leisure.

Once you have decided on the wines for your special day we can further assist you by offering:

- Free glass hire

- Free Chiller bin and ice bucket hire

- Free delivery

So give us a call on 02078199796, drop us an e-mail at bat@majestic.co.uk or come by the store. Come and explore!

Craft Beer O'ClockDate published: 17/06/14

Craft Beer O'Clock

Why not enjoy your post-work beer o'clock with a craft beer? These beers tend to focus more on quality of ingredients, flavor and brewing technique resulting in some really rather delicious brews. My personal favourite has to be the Anchor Steam but we have a good selection to choose from - here's what we have to offer.

1) Brooklyn Lager 6x355ml Bottles - A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food. We also have the Brooklyn Summer Ale now in stock - ready for those warmer weekends!

2) Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles - A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

3) Einstök White Ale 6x330ml Bottles - 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. 

4) Punk IPA, BrewDog 6x330ml Cans - Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

ALL of these beers are currently £12.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £9.99

So if you haven't yet had the chance to try craft beers then indulge yourself with some of these classics, perfect for the football!


Wine of the Week - Falanghina 2013 TerredoraDate published: 17/06/14

Wine of the Week - Falanghina 2013 Terredora

One of Italy's great unsung white wines. 3 months' lees ageing before bottling imbues the wine with added depth and texture, but no oak is used, so the wine retains a light and fruit-driven character.

A brilliant all-rounder, with plenty of citrussy fruit and faint notes of apple and quince, with the merest hint of nutty complexity.

The balance of crispness and texture means this accompanies a huge range of foods, from roasted vegetables to fish and poultry. This is a lovely summer wine perfect when chilled in the garden.

£11.99 or buy any 2 selected wines save 25% = £8.99

Sipsmith Summer CupDate published: 17/06/14

Sipsmith Summer Cup

Summer Cup is based on Sipsmith's award winning London Dry Gin, and if you're a fan of your gin then its the perfect drink to be sipping during these summer months. A host of carefully selected summery ingredients, including infusions of Earl Grey tea, lemon verbena, cucumber, vermouth and a touch of bitters are blended together to create a deliciously refreshing and sophisticated summer gin.

The bold juniper and zesty citrus notes of the gin are complimented by aromatic spices and hints of cherry. To serve simply mix one part Summer Cup with three parts lemonade and top up with a generous helping of ice and seasonal summer fruits for a deliciously refreshing summer drink bursting with natural flavours.

£20 or Buy any 2 selected Spirits or Fine Wines save £10 = £15


FranciacortaDate published: 15/06/14

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta DOCG

We have open to taste today a great Italian Sparkling for our Italian Tasting Week!

Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Berlucchi shows what else Italy can produce other than Prosecco.

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, and is responsible for some of Italy's best. Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

Pear, apple and lovely citrus notes, this sparkling is refreshing and light.

£22.49 single bottle or buy any 2 save 33.3%,


FalanghinaDate published: 15/06/14

Falanghina 2013 Terredora

One of Italy's great unsung white wines, the Falanghina grape makes a lovely change from your usual Pinot Grigio. 3 months' lees ageing before bottling creates a wine with added depth and texture, but no oak is used, so the wine retains a light and fruit-driven character.

The palate has plenty of citrussy fruit and faint notes of apple and pear with a slightly nutty finish.

A lovely light summery wine and a brilliant all-rounder. Lovely enjoyed on its own in the summer sunshine or would pair perfectly with freshly grilled seafood.


Montagny VVDate published: 15/06/14

One of my 'go-to' wines when I want a good value, really refreshing Chardonnay, with finesse and great flavours!

Hidden under the citrussey palate and mouth-watering freshness, there are floral fragrances, a hint of honey, and crisp minerality, all of which is backed up by a full body and rich mouth-feel*

* That's wine-speak for: 'This is everything you want from a White Burgundy, AND it's less than a tenner!


Macon-lugny Louis LatourDate published: 15/06/14

This fantastic wine is from the family run vineyard established in 1797. This This vineyard is based on limestone rich grounds helping to produce buttery flavour characteristics whilst still maintaining a Burgundian style. With the pale gold colour and aromas of fresh apples, lemon curd and citrus, this delightful wine has an accompanying crisp apple acidity on the palate with characteristics of peachy fruit with a long and warming finish.

This wine works well as a fresh aperitif or with a fantastic accompaniment with poultry, pork or seafood.


M de Minuty RoseDate published: 15/06/14

The magnificent M de Minuty Rosé comes from the Château de Minuty located on the St Tropez Peninsular, virtually overlooking the Med. This wine is hugely popular and the bars and pubs in the South of France. It is blended in the local style using Grenache (one of the oldest and most planted varieties), Cinsault and Tibouren (which is almost exclusive in Provence).

This pink honeysuckle coloured wine offers a very clean nose of citrus fruits, balanced with subtle floral and candied notes. The refreshing acidity brings a lively and rounded finish.


Errazuriz CarmenereDate published: 15/06/14

Since joining Majestic I have made it a priority of mine to try as many different Merlots as possible, a grape-variety that is often sought after by our customers. The grape is generally full of fruit and great for immediate consumption.

But to the Merlot drinker I now say this; you'll love the Errazuriz Carmenere! A grape variety very similar in style to Merlot, this wine represents a great way of experimenting with your wine choices, offering a fruity taste with an added twist at the end.

This wine is spicy, with warming white pepper as well as being full of chocolate-y, coffee-y goodness, with a body to stand up to it's tannins. There's still plenty of black fruit flavours, but there's also loads going on in the background, with notes of tobacco in there too. This Carmenere feels rich on the pallet, but at just £6.99 you don't have too be rich to afford it! 


Wave series SBDate published: 15/06/14

This delightful Chilean Sauvignon comes from the wine maker (and surfer) Sebastian Labbe. Originally from Chile, he moved to New Zealand to make the most of these two skill sets! The wave series was inspired not only by his love for the waves but also by the Pacific Coast's influence on the Chilean terrior.

On the palatethis is a very typical Chilean Sauvignon. The nose boasts intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and a hint of refreshing lime. It is light and great for easy drinking, well balanced, crisp and clean.

This delicious Chilean white is perfectly suitable for drinking on its own but it also works great with seafood, green salad or goats cheese dishes.


Panamericana Sauvingon BlancDate published: 15/06/14

A great example of the cool climate style of Sauvignon Blanc from central Chile, at superb value. The grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and fermented at low temperatures, bringing excellent freshness and fruit purity.

A well balanced and refreshing wine, with predominant citrus characters which are complemented by soft flavours of pear and melon.

Drink with fresh sea food and light pasta dishes.


TUCUMENDate published: 15/06/14

Tucumen Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina Single Bottle Price = £11.99

In our current Summer offers there is a good deal of emphasis placed on Argentinian Malbec, with the Portillo and Alamos proving very popular.

As a result I thought I'd draw your attention to one of my favourite Argentine Malbecs, the Tucumen.

Intentionally produced in a youthful style, this is an incredibly easy drinking wine with lots of dark fruit flavours. This Malbec is a perfect everyday drinking wine, particularly well matched with meat-topped pizza. 


RoseDate published: 15/06/14

Well now the weather is hinting at being warmer we're stocking up on the Rose - from superb Provence, to Sancerre, to Pinot Grigio Rose and that ever popular White Zinfandel. Whatever your favourite pink tipple we've got it covered. And there's an online exclusive of Provence Rose Magnums on the way, so keep your eyes peeled www.majestic.co.uk



Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 15/06/14

Price: £6.66 (when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case)

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin.

Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

It's a pale straw yellow colour, displays enticing aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.


vegetarian winesDate published: 15/06/14

Every so often a customer sees on our pricing stands that it says a wine is vegetarian. 
The questions that often follows is "Well, aren't all wines vegetarian?" 

When making wine, yeast is added to ferment the sugars found in the grape juice. This leaves a sediment in the wine which can lead to cloudiness. So other substances are added that help to collect the yeast cells and sediment together. As more yeast cells collect together it gets bigger and heavier, and these clumps can be filtered off. 

The use of these fining agents can also be used to help clarify the wine and sometimes remove tannins.

Now as for the agents themselves, over the years different methods have been used, ranging from gelatin, egg whites and bone char to isinglass (that is; sturgeon bladder). By the time the agents have fulfilled their purpose and fined out there is barely if any of the agent left behind, leaving us with a beautiful looking beverage!


Macon -Fuisse CordierDate published: 15/06/14

Those of you who speak to me regularly will know of my love of Chardonnay. For those of you that don't, I will start by saying that Chardonnay is one of the most versatile grapes, and is responsible for an enormous range of wines; from Chablis, to Meursault, to Montrachet and Champagne. So whether you like or dislike the influence of oak, there is a Chardonnay for you.

This one started life as a youthful fresh apple and zesty lemon dominated (Chablis style) Chardonnay. We are only 2 years on from the vintage date but the complexity this wine is showing is incredible.

The palate has transformed into a relatively tropical one, featuring tangerines, oranges, peaches, stewed apricots, baked bananas, and candied lemon peel, with the nutty creaminess of almonds, cashews and hazelnuts, notes of fudge, and an apple tarte tatin finish.

This wine represents incredible value for money for what it is and would be quite at home with belly pork, gammon, or seared tuna steak. For a more everyday match try with Chicken Carbonara


PILSNER URQUELLDate published: 15/06/14

This fantastic pilsner style lager is now only £24 a crate, that's £1 a bottle, perfect for a lovely summers eve!

matua sbDate published: 15/06/14

OriginMatua - a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family' - is rather appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

TasteA great Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

EnjoyChill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.


Vermentino Date published: 15/06/14


It's Italian Tasting Week, so what better time to celebrate the diversity of Italian grape varieties? This Vermentino is grown in Southern Tuscany by Poggioargentiera, one of our favourite producers.

A nose of peach and citrus fruits with a floral hint, is followed by a complex palate of stone fruits, pear and zesty lime. Well balanced acidity and a great length complete this summer stunner.

Enjoy with Salmon Nicoise, or in the garden on a sunny day.


AlamosDate published: 15/06/14

Alamos Malbec, 2013. Catena, Medoza

Origin: Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina for wine making. Originally Malbec was associated with the east of Bordeaux, but Argentina is now the home of Malbec.


Appearance and nose: A deep red wine with dark fruits dominating the nose.

Taste: Black fruit flavours continue on the palate with dark cherries, blackberries and raisins being most predominant. It is well balanced, medium to full bodied and with ripe tannins and a pleasant finish.
It works perfectly with any roasted red meat and can be drunk now or over the next 2-5 years


Medalla Real CarmnenereDate published: 15/06/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2009


Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven, Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with a little more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. This Carmenere comes from sites in the Marchigue and Apalta regions.

Plush and full bodied, this wine offers the nose and palate an array of blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

Will stand up well to steaks, as well as something a little gamier, such as pot roasted rabbit or duck.


Oyster Bay SauvignonDate published: 15/06/14

Origin: This Marlborough sauvignon blanc is a classic of it's kind. From the heart of the wine-making revolution, Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats at a cool temperature in order to release every ounce of flavour, helping the grapes achieve their full potential.

Taste: This sauvignon is crisp and elegant with a nose of gooseberry and tropical fruits which follows through in the taste. A subtle herbaceous flavour balances the wine perfectly.

This wine is a classic choice for aperitifs, a crisp salad or fresh seafood, but it will of course drink beautifully on it's own.


Killka ChardonnayDate published: 15/06/14

Killka Chardonnay 2012 Bodegas Salentein

Origin: Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

Taste: Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.

Ideal to drink with a creamy pasta dish, or with a selection of cheeses.

£11.99 or £7.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our Seasonal Selection


Pick of the ItaliansDate published: 15/06/14

1. Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012 - Affordable, full flavoured alternative to Amarone. Chocolate, raisin and bright cherries!

2. Gavi Toledana - Peachy minerality comes to mind with a bit more body than your usual Italian whites. 

3. Barbera Sucule - Nice high acidity, fine grained tannins and a very long finish.

4. Poggioargentierra (Sangiovese) - An interesting alternaive to Pinot Noir. Again nice mouthwatering acidity, medium bodied and low grainy tannins to add complexity. 

5. Amarone Negrar - Big, robust flavour characheristics with high alcohol to match it. A definite food pairing wine, which highlights and compliments any rich red meat dish!  


AsahiDate published: 15/06/14

£1 a bottle Beer Offers: Asahi 

Asahi are Japanese brand that produce a variety of different beers and whiskys and a Japanese drink named Shochu, which is a distilled beverage and can be made from sweet potato, buckwheat, rice and barley. In fact Barley is used when making the Asahi Super Dry beer which we have for sale in Battersea at just £1 per bottle (330ml bottles in cases of 24)

Other beers include Asahi Kuronama , Asahi Free Style and Asahi Off. The 'Super Dry' remains one of the most popular beers in Japan today after its debut in 1987. 

Expect a malted barley taste with a crisp finish. The producers have achieved 'Karakuchi', a Japanese culinary term which literally means 'pungent' and 'mouth', so expect lots of flavour from this beer helped along by aromatic hops.



Villa Maria Sauvignon 2013Date published: 15/06/14

Region: New Zealand. 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 its excellent concentration and added depth. 

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Nose:  A medium (-) intensity on the nose. With a tropical fruit characteristic that has a lime aroma with a hint of passion fruit flavor 

Palate: A very dry white wine with tropical fruit bursting with passion fruit flavors. High intensity wine full of flavors. 

Food Match: Can be enjoyed on its own but goes best with crab or poached salmon salad.


Argentina - Football and WineDate published: 12/06/14

Head Coach: Alejandro Sabella

Captain: Lionel Messi

Most Caps:  Javier Zanetti (145)

Top Scorer: Gabriel Batistuta (56)

FIFA Ranking: 5

Appearances: 15

Best Result: 1978, 1986

Odds: 6/1

Key Players: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano 

Argentina pose one of the greatest attacking threats in the tournament, with the likes of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.They often fielded a bold 4-3-3 formation in qualifying, although a more conservative 5-3-2 was deployed for tricky away fixtures.But with Angel Di Maria deployed as part of a midfield three, the formation offers little defensive protection.

Value Wine: Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan £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.

Quality Wine: Catena Alta Malbec 2011 Mendoza £28.Deep purple in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry with hints of violets, sweet spices, vanilla and tobacco. Full bodied with integrated ripe tannins, black pepper spice and a lingering finish.


Heidsick Monopole Brut N/V - £14.99!Date published: 12/06/14


Heidsieck and Co where founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck are both off shoots of the the original Heidsieck and Co.

This non-vintage brut is a classic example of the house style, dominant in Pinot Noir, which is rich yet approachable. It has lovely ripe baked apple and sweet spice notes with a touch of citrus to keep things refreshing. The ripe fruit flavours mean this is a great Champagne for those who like the sweeter style of Prosecco and ideal for parties and weddings.

I cannot emphasize enough how much of a steal this Champagne is at that price.

Bordeaux appellation guideDate published: 11/06/14

The left bank of Bordeaux is divided into 2 main regions. North from Bordeaux city is Medoc and south lies Graves. 5 communes in Bordeaux have the highest reputation for red wine, 4 of them are situated in Medoc and one in Graves.

Highest reputation communes from north to south:

Medoc

St-Estephe

Among the four famous Left Bank communes, St-Estèphe is the northernmost region. Therefore the fruit in wine is less ripe often austere, texture is heavy and withpronounced tannins. The soil of St-Estèphe is a heavy composite of clay washed ashore from the Gironde. This soil type drains slowly and gives St-Estèphe estates an advantage during dry summers. The wines produce here tend to have more acidity than other red Bordeaux and with less perfume. While Cabernet Sauvignon is still the dominant grape, this sub-region has more planting of Merlot than any other area in the Haut-Médoc. It grows well on clay soils and softens the harshness of Cabernet Sauvignon. Proportion of Merlot varies from chateau to chateau and vintage to vintage but is often 40%.

No premier crus; leading chateaux are Cos d'Estournel and Montrose.

Pauillac

Located south of St-Estèphe, the area around Pauillac has the highest elevation of the Médoc. Soils are predominantly gravel so free-draining, hence higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. A greater variety of styles than in other communes, but generally the wines combine power and finesse: full-bodied but more elegant and less heavy and with less prominent tannins than St-Estephe. Flavours are described byblackcurrent, chocolate, lead pencils (also cedar and cigar box).  

The area of Pauillac contains three of the five first growth estates of Bordeaux. These are Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. It also includes 15 other classed growths. Vineyards in Pauillac are not as fragmented as most of the Médoc, with entire slopes and plateaus belonging to a single estate.

St-Julien

Situated on two plateaus between Pauillac and Margaux, the wine region of St-Julien has the smallest wine production of the four major regions in the Médoc. The waters of the Gironde estuary have a warming influence on the climate which, coupled with the south-easterly exposure of most vineyards, helps to fully ripen the Cabernet Sauvignon vines in this area.

Soils are predominantly gravel. Wines are the most homogeneous of any of the communes in terms of style - elegant and classicSimilar to Pauillac but lighter in weight and silkier in texture.

No premier crus, but St-Julien has the highest proportion of classified estates of all the regions in Bordeaux. These eleven classed growths account for nearly 80 percent of the entire region's wine production.

Margaux

The Margaux appellation encompasses the village of Margaux and the neighboring villages of Arsac, Labarde, Soussansand Cantenac. It is the most southerly of Médoc's appellations. This region has the thinnest soil with the highest proportion of gravel that allows the soil to drain very well. The wines from this area are very susceptible to weather effects during the growing season and harvest.

In general, the style is the fruitiest and most intensely aromatic (blackcurrents perfumed with violets). The wines lack the pronounced tannin and grip of St-Estephe, and have less weight and power than Pauillac and St-Julien. Typical Margaux wines havelightness and finesse.

The area is home to more 21 classified growths, more than any other appellation, with numerous second and third growths as well as one first growth, Château Margaux.

Graves

Pessac-Leognan

This area of the Graves is located just south of the city of Bordeaux. In addition to wine production, the area is known for its crops of pine trees and vineyards are often separated by rows of forest trees. The soil of Pessac-Léognan is composed of gravel terraces with sediments from different geological eras.

Being the most southerly out of these 5 communes, it displays the ripest fruit flavours.Tannins are less prominent and notes of spice and warm bricks on nose and palate (also aromas of smoke and/or minerals). It is also earthier in flavour than Medoc.

It is home to one first growth estate - Château Haut-Brion.


ValmoissineDate published: 11/06/14

Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine 2011 Louis Latour, PGI Côteaux du Verdon

Strawberry and plum aromas coming from the glass of Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine. It has lovely strawberry flavour with an acidity that is pleasant, not overpowering. A little bit softer style of Pinot Noir, but a good match to traditional red Burgundy. Being from South of France the price tag is much more consumer friendly without making compromises on quality. If you love Pinot Noir, this one is a must-try, it's absolutely lovely!



Wine of the Week - Gavi MontieroDate published: 10/06/14

Wine of the Week

Gavi Montiero

2013

Rocca

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle aniseed notes. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.

Best served simply with a firm white fish in a delicate sauce to help pronounce the flavour of the fish.

£8.99 single bottle price.

Buy 2 save 33%!

£5.99


Know your Crus of Beaujolais.Date published: 10/06/14

St-Amour

The northernmost Cru shares some limestone with its northern neighbours St-Veran and Pouilly-Fuisse. The best wines combine this minerality with vibrant red fruit flavours to make a wine as seductive as its name.

Julienas

A little more full-bodied and rustic with little hints of oak and jammier fruits.

George Duboeuf Julienas, 2009 - £8.99 as part of the buy 2 save 25% offer.

Chenas

Sandwiched between Julienas and Moulin-a-Vent these wines still exhibit the ripe red fruit flavours but with hints of spice.

Moulin-a-Vent

A much more floral aroma of violets and roses graces wines from this Cru whilst oak influences give the wine a bit more body. The acidity found in these wines livens up the palate.

Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2010, Louis Jadot - £11.99 as part of the buy 2 save 25% offer.

Fleurie

A certain femininity in these wines with it's juicy red berry flavours, florality and lightness that makes it one of the most desired and easy drinking of the Crus.

Giles Gelin 2011 - £10.99 on a special offer from £13.49.

Chiroubles

A sharper, more acidic style of Beaujolais that really gets the mouth watering mostly due to its higher altitudes and sandy soils.

Morgon

The second-largest Cru, the wines produced here are of much darker fruit flavours and a spicy warmth due to its volcanic soils.

Chateau de Pizay 2013 - £8.99 as part of the buy 2 save 25% offer.

Brouilly

The southernmost Cru shares similar characteristics to Morgon however many are meant to be drunk young and only those wines from Cote de Brouilly have real ageing potential.

Beaujolais-Villages

Beaujolais-Villages must come from the superior vineyards in and around the Crus for a wine to use the name on their bottles. As these wines blend grapes from various appellations the flavours tend to be quite the mix of berry with less minerality and florality, a good introduction to Beaujolais.

Georges Duboeuf 2012 - £8.49 as part of the buy 2 save 15% offer.


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc – The Next Big ThingDate published: 10/06/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc – The Next Big Thing 

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin. 

There has been a steady rise in the price of wine from New Zealand over the last few years. Here is a wine which is new to our range and at a great price. This is a great opportunity to try the next big thing in our New Zealand range. 

Only £6.66/bottle ALL SUMMER LONG


Masi winesDate published: 10/06/14

Here at Battersea Majestic we are big fans of the Masi range of wines, with our favourite being the Amarone. Here is a little insight into the wines.

Amarone Classico Costasera 2008/2009 £30

Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.

Campofiorin 2010 Masi £9.74 when you buy any two wines on 25% off!

The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours.

Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish.



Taittinger Brut Reserve NVDate published: 10/06/14

An amazing Champagne from one of the best known houses, only £25 a bottle!

Make any event more special with a glass of chilled fizz.


Deals ending Monday 23rd of JuneDate published: 10/06/14

We have some short term deals that should not be missed!

Cava Calamino NV, Spain - £8.99. Buy 2 save 33% £5.99

Cordoniu Brut NV, Spain - £9.99. Buy 2 save 33% £6.66

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough NZ - £11.99. Buy 2 save 33% £7.99

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, PGI Pays d'Oc - £7.99. Buy 2 save 25% £5.99


25% OFF Italian Wines !Date published: 10/06/14

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are know worldwide for their broad variety. Closely followed by France, Italy is the world's largest wine producer by volume. Grapes are grown in almost every region in the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.  

This month, all our Italian wines have been discounted by at least 25%...early Christmas if you ask me!!  What ever style you like, Italy has something for you.


New Additions to The 33.3% off Pick n Mix for JuneDate published: 10/06/14

As you may or may not know, we updated our summer selection just recently whereby you can save 33% on a cracking selection of wines! You no longer need to buy two bottles of the same wine to secure this offer, you can mix and match any wines with orange labels (marked as '33.3% Off') and still get them at the cheaper price, allowing you to explore a wider range of wines whilst still saving money!

Some new additions to our summer selection include:

- The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Malborough - £9.99 (was £14.99)

- Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012/2013 Louis Jadot - £8.99 (was £13.49)

- Testimonio 2011 Luigi Bosca - £8.65 (was £12.99)

- Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV - £14.99 (was £22.49)


Gold Medal Winning Wines.Date published: 10/06/14

Gold Medal Winning Wines.

Recently the results of the IWC were announced. The competition is now in its 31st year and attracts around 14,000 entries. These are tasted by a line up of Masters of Wine, Wine tasters, critics and buyers. After being judged the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.

Majestic Wine entered wine that the company stock into the competition. Below are some of the award winning wines that Majestic entered, that we have in stock at the moment here in Majestic Winchester:

Gold medal winners include:

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. Back in stock soon!

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

Barolo 2009 Natale Verga

An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.


Marques de Riscal Reserva - £9.99!Date published: 10/06/14

Marques de Riscal Reserva - £9.99!

Origin

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

Taste

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

Enjoy

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy lamb casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

£14.99

£9.99

(Buy any 2 save 33.3%)


WINE OF THE WEEK Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle RoseDate published: 10/06/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle Rose

Aix en Provence

£10.99

Buy any 2 save 15%

£9.34

Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method.

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries. Fresh and elegant, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful finish.



The Classic Marlborough Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/06/14

The Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is known to be great we have it open to taste so come and join us and we will fill up your glass.

Here is what our website says about the bottle;

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation.

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.

Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.


Triumphed above them all.Date published: 10/06/14

Triumphed above them all.

Matua Pinot Noir 2013,  Marlborough, Pinot Noir

This weekend we hosted a small tasting of which this bottle triumphed above them all.

Here is what our website says about this bottle;

Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands.

An elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated Pinot Noir, full of ripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and subtle hints of wild thyme.

Enjoy on its own or with food. Best served with lamb steaks or pork chops.


New short term offers till Monday 16th June!Date published: 10/06/14

We have some new short term offers starting today:

Marquis De Belleville - £5.94

A middleweight claret with a good balance of ripe plum and berry flavours, with plenty of concentration. Tannins are fine-grained and provide a smooth yet ample feel.

Grifone Montepulciano - £4.99

Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Torres Vina Sol - £5.99

Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

Prosecco Corta alta - £6.66

Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

These great deals are only on till Monday 16th June so better hurry!


2 great Meursault's now in stock!Date published: 10/06/14

2 great Meursault's now in stock!

Meursault is next door to Puligny-Montrachet and famous for its rich, buttery, nutty white wines with long ageing potential. It is one of the most iconic appellations in Burgundy and we have 2 great examples currently in stock.

+ Meursault 1er Cru Vielles Vignes 2011, Le Meurger £35 'Classic Meursault roundness and approachability, with a pleasing crispness and nutty accents'

+ Meursault Narvaux 2012, Louis Jadot £30 'full of ripe golden apple fruit, hints of honeyed toast and a rich, satisfying texture'


Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne - now £14.99!!Date published: 10/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

This wonderful Champagne has found its way onto our Pick N' Mix selection. You can enjoy this beauty for just £14.99

This wine is Pinot dominated which leads to a rich, yet very approachable house style. 

Expect crisp golden fruits, brioche flavours, and a satisfying mousse like texture that will fizz in the glass for as long as you allow it to stay in there!

Snap it before its gone!

Italian spotlight tasting weekend - book your place now!Date published: 10/06/14

Italian spotlight tasting weekend - book your place now!

We continue with our themed tasting weekends with Italy, starting from Friday 13th June. For a more in-depth exploration of Italian wines, join us for a FREE 30-minute tutored Spotlight Tasting. It's just a few hours before England play Italy in the World Cup, but football colours are welcome! 

6 Italian wines will be open and we'll guide you through them presenting some fascinating facts about each.


This is on Saturday 14th June at  3pm, please RSVP to bat@majestic.co.uk or call us on 02078199796 to book your places.

Fine Wine: St Emilion 06' Grand Cru back in stock!Date published: 10/06/14

We recently welcomed back into stock the Château Chauvin 2006 St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé. It is great to see the return of another excellent Bordeaux and gives you Bordeaux lovers another great choice when choosing your wine.  This wine comes from near the prestigious Cheval-Blanc in the north-west part of St-Emilion on and and iron rich clay soils and is made of a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 vintage is now in its peak drinking window so if you are looking for a Bordeaux to drink soon this is a great choice.

This is a wine which needs decanting and if you do you are rewarded with a wine with delightful flavours of plum, blueberry and violet with an excellent spice accompaniment. The wine is medium bodied, with good tannic structure.  As with all Bordeaux this will go perfectly with beef and other meats as well as a strong cheese.  

This wine is included in the Fine Wine deal taking the price down to just £30, a great price for a Bordeaux of this quality. 



Miraval RoseDate published: 09/06/14

Miraval  Rose 

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence,and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. 

With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. 

Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.

A summer bargain at £17.99!



Heidsieck PrestigeDate published: 09/06/14

Heidsieck Prestige 
Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.
£14.98 when you buy any 2 wines in 33% deal!

Pol RogerDate published: 09/06/14

Pol Roger NV 

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.

£33.31

New arrival - King's Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 09/06/14

New arrival - King's Legacy Chardonnay
The King's Legacy is a new addition to the Majestic Wines product range. This Chardonnay  is sourced from two vineyards. The first being in the centre of the Wairau Valley and the other in Brancott Valley. The younger vines in the Brancott Valley are added to fruit of the more established vines in the Wairau Valley to add a greater intensity of flavour. Fermentation occurs within large French oak casks, predominantly using wild yeasts and allowing for 10 months on lees.
This wine should not disappoint as the combination of fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hint of toasted almond and a gently spicy complexity, results in a easy drinking, enjoyable Chardonnay.
Kings Legacy can be best enjoyed with your own favourite seafood dish.
£9.99 as part of our 33% promotion.

Picnic PicksDate published: 09/06/14

Picnic Picks

The sun is shining,  the picnic hamper's groaning with goodies. Now all that's left to decide is which wines to pop into your cool box. With such great selections in store, why not pay us a visit and we can recommend rose's, white and reds to suit your needs.  All you then have to do is relax in a park, by the river or on a deck chair on the beach....


Soave 'La Rocca' 2011/2012 PieropanDate published: 09/06/14

Soave 'La Rocca' 2011/2012 Pieropan

This Soave is from the Veneto region in northeast Italy, from Pieropan's single vineyard 'La Rocca'. This special vineyard has limestone and clay soils which contribute to the wine's body. Made from 100% Garganega. A fresh nose with citrus aromas, peach, and hints of exotic fruits. The palate offers ripe stone-fruit flavours, melon and hints of honey, blended with the freshness of grapefruits and limes.


£30.00 a bottle or buy 2 save £10 = £25.00 


Here's some info on Soave...

Soave DOC is quantitatively Italy's more important white wine. For decades its stock-in-trade was neutrality although many producers have raised the game in recent years. The traditional grape variety in Garganaega, grown on steep volcanic hills in the classico zone east of Verona. Here hte basalt subsoil produces wines with surprising acidity and pronouced floral notes of camomile and iris.  Soave Superiore and Recioto di Soave have been promoted to DOCG.  The volcanic chain of hills that begins in Soave continues east through the DOCs  of Colli Berici and Collo Euganei while to the north vineyards continue to skirt the Alps towards the sparkling wine DOCG of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.



Understanding Wine QualityDate published: 09/06/14

Understanding Wine Quality

It is sometimes difficult to characterise a wine as 'good' or not, because it is subjective; it depends on your personal judgement, your preferences etc. But using a systematic objective approach, we can draw conclusions on quality that everybody agrees on, regardless of whether you personally like the wine or not.

So what makes a wine objectively 'better' than another? Let's find out.

1. Balance - think of a set of scales, with fruit and sugar on one side, acid and tannins on the other. Also consider how well the alcohol has integrated with the flavour.

2. Length - a really good wine should have a really long, rewarding taste in your mouth for a good few minutes afterwards! It's all about quality rather than quantity, with a great quality wine you won't feel the need to keep reaching for the glass quite so quickly afterwards.

Complexity - how many flavours can you taste? How clear are they on your palette?



Killka ChardonnayDate published: 09/06/14

We've a lovely new Chardonnay in our range from Argentina the Killka Chardonnay. This is from a cool climate and as a result is a crisp and fresh wine and with only a little oak influence. The oak gives it a subtle weight and great balance along side the fresh citrus and pear flavors. We've all been really impressed with the quality of this wine, and have already made homes for a few bottles! And certainly if you are a fan of the infamous Catena Chardonnay you should also give this wine a whirl! 

Currently on offer at £7.99 when you buy 2+ wines with 33% off usually £11.99*

*Offer valid until the 2nd of July.


Food'N'Wine Match – Bouvet and SalmonDate published: 09/06/14

 Food'N'Wine Match – Bouvet and Salmon

Recently I developed quite the hankering for a light, fresh, fishy little number and after much deliberation I opted for a tasty slab of Salmon. In the mood for keeping it simple I gently pan fried the fillet and served it on a bed of fresh spinach along with a side of roasted red peppers, green beans and not forgetting a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon!

To accompany this, I decided upon a sparkling wine that I have nhad my eyes on for some time. Bouvet Ladubay from Saumur, situated in the beautiful Loire Valley is owned by the well renowned Champagne house Taittinger and produced from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes using Methode Traditionnelle. With fruity and floral aromas and a beautifully harmonised palate of honeysuckle, citrus and stone fruits this stunning, summertime sparkling is carried with elegance by its fine and persistent mousse, thirst quenching acidity and all round aura of finesse!

The crisp acidity partnered well with both the citrus element to the food and the oils from the fish and peppers and I even got a bout of nice weather and ate it in the garden!


Lesser Spotted Grape Varieties – AlbariñoDate published: 09/06/14

Lesser Spotted Grape Varieties – Albariño

The Albariño grape is native to Spain and Portugal. In Spain it is known as Albariño whereas in Portugal it is referred to as Alvarinho. In Spain it is predominantly grown in the Galicia region, which is in the north west, just north of Portugal. Albariño is seen as the main reason for the revival of Galicia's wine market.

The key growing area in Galicia for Albariño is the Rías Baixas, which is situated just to the North of the Rio Miño. It is one of the wettest regions in Spain with the weather coming in from the Atlantic. A warm damp summer helps to create the ideal conditions for Grey Rot. This is a fungus that causes the grapes to shrivel. The Albariño grape is thick-skinned and is therefore well suited to resisting grey rot in these conditions. However, in order to help protect the grapes the wine growers trellis the vines exceptionally high, sometimes as high as 4 metres, to keep the grapes away from the damp ground. The disadvantage to this is that all picking has to be done by hand, as there is no mechanical solution to picking from vines trellised at such a height.

Very unusually for an Old World wine, Albariño from Galicia tends to have the grape type on the front of the bottle. The Galicians refer to Albariño as the 'Wine of the Seas'. They believe the ocean impacts upon the flavour of the wine, giving a suggestion of an underlying salinity.

In Portugal Alvarinho can be found within Vinho Verde wines. The town of Monção on the Spanish border is well-known for its use of Alvarinho. Its wines are considered some of the best, but least typical, examples of Vinho Verde wines.

Albariño can also be found growing in California, Oregon and Australia.

The body and structure of the wine makes it suitable for oak maturation and it can improve with age over several years.

Currently Majestic stocks the Albariño Caixas and the Martin Códax, both made by the producer Martin Códax. The Caixas, at £7.98 is a youthful wine with a zesty, citrus backbone and subtle hints of stone fruit and nectar. The Martin Códax at £10.95 offers a little more depth. It is more aromatic with aromas of peach, herbs and spice. On the palate it is fresh and crisp with flavours of peach, stone fruits and honey, with a delicate floral finish. The body of the wines makes it an interesting alternative to Chardonnay.

Like many grape varieties the wine lends itself to the food of its most famous growing region. Galicia is famed for its seafood and Albariño is a wonderful foil to lobster, shellfish or the humble sardine.


Minini RipassoDate published: 09/06/14

Another new arrival for Majestic this summer is the Minini Valpolicella Ripasso.  The Minini winery has expanded and taken on more and more partner growers since its founding in 1920 by Francesco Minini.  Unlike La Casetta Valpolicella Ripasso Classico this wine is made from grapes from across a wider area and so is not labeled as a Classico (Classico signifies wine from older, more restricted regions in various parts of Italy). This means that this example has all the flavour and feel of a Ripasso, and gives a look at its big brother Amarone, whilst being available at a much lower price. As is the norm with Ripasso wines the Minini is enriched on Amarone pressings for ten days which heightens the quality and intensity of the wine as well as adding body and tannin.

A vibrant ruby in colour, this wine has intense fruit flavours of cherry and bramble as well as supporting violet flavours.  The wine has excellent tannic structure in addition to a full body with a muscular feel.  This is definitely a wine for decanting to allow it to breathe before serving. It then makes a great combination for lamb or beef.

The Minini is included in our 25% off deal which brings the price down to a fantastic £9.74 so you are getting a fantastic wine for under £10 with this Valpolicella. If you like Amarone or intense, fruity wines this is a great wine to try out for a more low cost alternative.  Get some soon!


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 09/06/14

Mud house - £6.66


Great value Sauvignon!!

Chateau de TracyDate published: 09/06/14

Chateau de Tracy  2012  Pouilly-Fume 

£24 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines & Spirits save £10 = £19

A classic Pouilly-Fume, this is a MUST BUY from anyone who loves Loire Sauvignon Blanc.

Fresh aromatics and subtle, gooseberry flavours abound with traditional flinty characteristics. This is a wine of pure finesse that is a delight to drink now, but could age for a couple more years.

If you think that Sauvignon Blanc is just about the wines from Marlborough, then this will give you real food for thought.

Pair with pan-fried sea bass for a classy match.


PILSNER URQUELLDate published: 09/06/14

Pilsner Urquell is just £24! (24*330ml)

Stock up while you can!


Domaine ottDate published: 09/06/14

Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Rose 2013, Bandol

Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rose as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Chateau Romassan Rose. Made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre.

An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rose showing fresh berry aromas and hints of spice.

Serve at 0-12°C, as an aperitif, with sweetbreads or Asian cuisine. 

Available now at £27.00 per bottle.

I would recommend getting some early before it sells out as this is already flying off the shelves!

Kanonkop pinotageDate published: 09/06/14

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011, Stellenbosch (£20 Buy 2 Save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault is South Africa's signature grape and Kananonkop is undoubtedly one of South Africa's finest estates. This is a fantastic example of Piontage at it's very best. Full bodied, robust and very complex. Oak flavours, ripe red and black fruits, plum and even a hint of banana! Drinking well now but will benefit from further ageing


Bollinger NV Date published: 09/06/14

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV (£33.31 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%)

Bollinger is made from the first-run juice only and the majority of the vineyards used are of Premier and Grand-Cru status, resulting in a full bodied Champagne of class and elegance. A delightful golden colour and a light and persistent mousse.


Chauvin 2006Date published: 09/06/14

Chateau Chauvin 2006, St Emilion, Grand Cru Classe (£30 Buy 2 bottles save £10)

This was considered a pretty minor estate for many years but renovation in the late 90's has led to a marked improvement in quality and this 2006 is now at it's peak. Expressive, rich and smooth. 


Spanish selectionDate published: 09/06/14

This week saw the start of a new selection of great wines on offer, amongst them are some superb Rioja's. Bring back those memories of those Spanish Summer holidays:

Vina Eguia, 2009 Rioja Crianza at £6.66 per bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Crianza-zid14473

Gran Vendema, 2010 Rioja Crianza at £6.66 per bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Crianza-zid14483

Berberana, 2008 Rioja Reserva at £6.99 per bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Reserva-zid14138

Vina Eguia, 2004 Rioja Gran Reserva at £8.99 per bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Gran-Reserva-zid14007

Cune, 2009 Rioja Reserva at £9.99 per bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Reserva-zid14171

Marques de Riscal, 2009 Rioja Reserva at £9.99 per bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Reserva-zid14210

Marques de Caceres, 2009 Rioja Reserva at £10.99 per bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Reserva-zid14322

Marques de Riscal, 2009 Rioja Reserva Magnum at £22 per 150cl bottle

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Reserva-zid14257


RavenswoodDate published: 09/06/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 Lodi County

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

£7.99 when you buy any 2 33% off wines


pimmsDate published: 09/06/14

We've already had a few hints of Summer so far! Why not wish it back with some optimistic planning; stock up on Pimm's No 1 Cup at Majestic Wine for just £11.99 per bottle. And if you're lucky and get in fast you can have a free Pimm's jug and stirrer with a purchase of a bottle of Pimm's*.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Pimm-s-No.1-Cup-zid50999 

*minimum purchase at Majestic Wine Warehouse 6 bottles, any mix, spirits, wine, sparkling wines.


free deliveryDate published: 09/06/14

On every order, delivery is FREE! One of the many free Majestic services for our customers, our delivery service is unique.

Not only is delivery FREE on a minimum of 6 bottles (any mix) they're fulfilled by the local Majestic store team in their very own Majestic van. We deal with your order from the moment you've clicked the big red 'Place Order' button to the moment we deliver - and all at a time that's convenient to you, including evening and weekends.

We'll contact you within 24 hours to confirm the details, and usually arrange a 2-hour window for delivery. We're flexible enough to cater for most special requests - you can use the checkbox labelled 'I would like to enter delivery instructions' on the online checkout to include a message for us with your order.

We turn around many orders within two to three days, although in some cases this may be longer (a maximum of 7 days). Please see our delivery days below.

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't deliver orders for just these products).


Chandon brutDate published: 09/06/14

Chandon Brut Argentina 

For those with a long memory we stocked a version of this wine 10 years ago called Buenos Aires Brut. Now, no longer hiding under a “buyers own brand” label we are the first retailer outside Argentina to get our hands on this wine. A good replacement for Green Point (Chandon Australia) It is a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir blend, with all grapes sourced from Chandon’s own vineyard in the Uco Valley in Mendoza. I tried a bottle of this with friends last night. It's bursting with citrus and ripe peachy flavours and lovely brioche and almond 



Oyster Bay SauvignonDate published: 09/06/14

Summer in a bottle. Crisp, elegant and refreshing, the perfect white wine for this beautiful weather

This crisp white displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical flavours, alongside a subtle herbaceousness

Brimming over with ripe passionfruit and lime zest, this is quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon

The perfect aperitif wine for all occasions, or matched well with seafood dishes and lighter chicken salads.

Fantastic value for money and a must have this Summer, so come and explore this fantastic Marlborough Sauvignon



vegetarian wines?Date published: 09/06/14

Customer Conundrum: Vegetarian Wine

As you wander around our store reading some descriptions and notes on our price labels it is often wondered why many wines are describes as 'vegetarian'. One would assume that since wine is, essentially, made from grapes that it is always vegetarian. The bad news for our vegetarian friends is that some wines have additives that are animal products.

Wine is occasionally made with the addition of some animal products, but why? Animal-derived products are often used as finings, which are used in the wine making process to clarify wine, removing proteins, yeast and other organic particles which are suspended during the making of a wine.

Examples of these products include Casein, Gelatin, Isinglass and egg albumen and in some Mediterranean countries bulls blood has been used to clarify wine. Have no fear! This practice is banned in the U.S.A and other European countries and is very rare nowadays. Both the finings Casein and albumen which derive from milk protein and egg white are acceptable for vegetarians but not for vegans.

But don't worry, there's no need to be put off as finings can only be found in extremely minute quantities in a bottle wine and are essential for stabilising a wine, making it safe for drinking. I'll raise a glass to that!


Champagne offersDate published: 09/06/14

Popping Champagne Deals!

Here are some of our best deals on Champagne for June:

Heidseick & Co. Monopole Brut NV - £14.99 when you buy 2 or more (Hurry while stock lasts)

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV - £25.00 Special Offer

Canard-Duchene Brut NV - £16.66 when you buy 2 or more

J de Telmont Grande Reserve NV - £15.99 when you buy 2 or more

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV - £28.98 when you buy 2 or more



EisweinDate published: 09/06/14

Eiswein - Originally a German concept but now used in the New World as well, this rare wine resulted from the tradition of leaving grapes on the vine in the hope of attracting Botrytis cinera. The grapes are then frozen by frost or snow, harvested and pressed while frozen.  They are pressed while still frozen because the frozen ice rises to the top of the vat and it can be scraped off to leave a concentrated juice that produces a wine with a unique balance of sweetness, acidity, and extract. 

What's RiddlingDate published: 09/06/14

Riddling - Riddling is an integral part of the process in the traditional method of making sparkling wine. It is also known as remuage in French. It involves turning the bottles by hand from horizontal to an inverted vertical position, shaking them every time they are moved, to bring the yeast deposit into the neck of the bottle ready for discorgement. This is a laborious task that takes six weeks or more. The process has been mostly taken over by the gyropalattes which complete the riddling in as little as three days.

Rueda, SpainDate published: 09/06/14

Spotlight on a Region - Rueda

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines.


QuincyDate published: 09/06/14

Quincy is a rapidly expanding historic white wine appellation in the Loire Valley. The grape grown is Sauvignon Blanc, on sand and gravel soil on the left bank of the Cher tributary. It is the second appellation created, after Chataeuneuf du Pape, and the long history and popularity of the area owes itself to river transport. The wines produced are dry, aromatic with racy acidity. They are a little less delicate and more rustic than those made to the East in Sancerre and Menatou-Salon.

World cup winning offers!Date published: 09/06/14

World Class Offers For the World Cup:

I believe one of the best times to be part of this country is during the World Cup.  Whether we're victorious or not, we come together under one team and throw all of our support to the same place united and together. 

One thing I think we can all agree on is having good drinks and good company can only enhance these great experiences.  We like a drink if we win, and even more so if we lose to Germany on penalties.  Whatever your reason for a lovely tipple is, we have the right stuff to please the entire range of possible guests.

If you like a good red wine perfect on its own or for a BBQ you will love our Ravenswood Zinfindel at an amazing price of 7.99 per bottle. Or do you love a Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? The Mud House, that recently won a Gold Medal award from Decanter magazine, is the one to go for. We have these and everything in between to help you please a wide range of guests for the big games.

Don't Forget our massive range of rare and popular beers as well. At the moment we have 2 really great brands available at a very competitive price.  Pilsner Urquell is available for £1 a bottle if you buy a pack of 24, and we've also added a favourite to the mix and brought Beck's beer down to the same price.

Whatever you need, we can help.



Great Bordeaux!Date published: 09/06/14

Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin 2007: £11.24 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

Tour du Haut Moulin is situated in Cussac Fort, between Margaux and St-Julien, in the heart of Haut-Médoc. It has been owned by the Poitou family since 1870 and is now in the 6-generation of family ownership. It has 28 hectares of vines on Garonne gravel soils.

Now showing a good degree of maturity with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a harmonious mouthfeel.


What's a MustDate published: 09/06/14

Must is the name used by wine makers to describe a thick liquid that is neither grape juice or wine, but the part in between. It consists of grape juice, stem fragments, skins, seeds and pulp that comes from the crusher destemmer at the start of the wine making process. This mix is then fermented to make the wine.

Fizz of the summer - Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOCDate published: 09/06/14

This summer we are continuing to offer this fabulous Prosecco for just £7.99 that's a third off! 

Zonin is Italy's largest privately owned winery and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards so they know how to  make a quality Prosecco. This wine is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto.

A light and refreshing style, this is the perfect summer fizz! A palate of apples and pears is further enhanced by subtle floral and almond aromas, Delicate and off-dry this can be served as an aperitif or a perfect partner to the fish course!


M De Minuty Rose - Back in Stock!Date published: 09/06/14

it's one of our (and your) favourite Provence Rose's, and it's back by popular demand!  Stocks deplete very quickly, so call now or pop in t get yours before it all goes again.

A vintage alternative to ChampagneDate published: 09/06/14

If you love the toasty, nutty and buttery effects of a great vintage Champagne but fancy trying something a little different I would definitely recommend giving the Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2009 vintage. 

This quality wine is made in exactly the same as it French counterpart but with the innovation and mixology that is found on the other side of the equator. It is made from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. It then undergoes lees-ageing for three years, this really is a worthy opponent to any Champagne. 

Aromas of apple and citrus fruit, with baked bread, brioche and gorgeous nutty characters. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegantly long finish. As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine.  However, I reckon this could be enjoyed on its own...

...Bottoms up!

£24.21 when you buy 2 or more wines on the same deal, reduced from £28.49.  Bargain!



Marqués de Riscal Reserva Great Offer!Date published: 09/06/14

Marqués de Riscal Reserva is back in and back on a cracking deal! At only £9.99 (when you buy two or more from 33.3% range) this wine surely has to be an addition to any purchase! f you've tried this wine then I'm sure you'll agree that it punches well above it's weight in terms of style and quality. A classic example of how Rioja Reserva should be, full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak. All of these luscious flavours are supported by and combined with a backbone of lush summer fruit.

Among certain circles of those in the know, this wine offer can't be missed. It is widely considered one of the best in its class.

Pick up a few bottles now for only £9.99 per one, a perfect accompaniment to a nice nutty cheese on a Sunday afternoon.


Get the Beers on IceDate published: 09/06/14

The air in town is getting a little close today, it's warming up and there's only one thing that could possibly help ease the suffering: ICE COLD BEER.

Few things manage to refresh as comprehensively as bottled lager straight out of the eski on a sticky day. At Majestic we tend to concentrate more on the wine side of life, but we have some cracking lager deals this month that need to be taken advantage of.

Pilsner Urquell claims to be the first of its kind in the production of 'pilsner' beers. Its use of soft water translates to the bottle and supports hoppy goodness and crisp flavours that when properly chilled, hits the spot any time of day.

Alternatively a refreshing glass of Asahi 'Super Dry' is a fantastic example of how a lager can, and in my opinion should, be made. Japan's favourite beer has reached the British market and taken it by storm. The dry lager is crisp and clean offering a premium thirst quencher that will not fail to impress.

Both of these lagers are great value at £24 per crate.


Italian Spotlight TastingDate published: 09/06/14

During our fantastic Italian Spotlight tasting week we have a more detailed Tasting on Saturday 14th June.

Starting at 3pm it will include 3 flights of wines comparing and contrasting different styles and regions of Italy.

This event is strictly RSVP so book your place today! The best part is it's free!

Call us on 02078199796 or email us on bat@majestic.co.uk


Wine of the Day - Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc, Craggy Range 2012 MartinboroughDate published: 09/06/14

The Te Muna Road Sauvignon from Craggy Range is a rare white wine from Martinborough, the home of premium NZ Pinot Noir. This vineyard is shared with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon is grown on stony soil with limestone outcrops, whilst Pinot thrives on the high, rockier slopes.

Rich, ripe aromatics of nectarine, guava, spice and floral notes. The palate is densely packed with stone fruit, lime, grapefruit and mineral characters and is richly textured with a long finish.

This wine has a rich quality for a Sauvignon so will match heavier fish and poultry dishes. Our resident chef Bryan recommends this as a perfect accompaniment to baked Turbot. He has a habit of making the rest of the team very hungry!

£14.99 £12.74 Save 15% when you buy any 2+ selected wines.

Bring a Friend to Majestic, get a free bottle each!Date published: 09/06/14

A free bottle for you, and one for your friend!

Yes, it's true! Don't miss the chance for both yourself and a friend to receive a free bottle of wine worth up to £10. All you have to do is bring them with you on your next shop, add them onto the customer list and as long as you each get 6 bottles you get a free bottle of your choice.



SherryDate published: 09/06/14

Sherry is often stereotyped as a drink reserved almost entirely for elderly ladies. This seems rather unfair, on both parties! Sherry is a fantastically complex, diverse drink, the food matching possibilities are endless and the range of styles far to big to be grouped into one stereotype - personally I don't think drinking sherry should be sniggered at, no matter what your age!

So just how do you find a sherry that might suit you tastes - and just how do they get that unusual taste?! I've written a little summary of each main type and how they differ.

There are seven main styles of Sherry:

Fino: delicate dry crisp and often described as being salty. This is a very fresh style of wine and should be drunk within a day or so of opening.
Also falling into the Fino category is Mazanilla: an even drier and more crisp style of Fino, which is produced in the town of Sanluca de Barrameda. Also hailing from this coastal town is Pastrana, which is an aged version of Mazanilla. Still fresh dry and crisp, this wine has a slightly more golden colour and flavours are a little richer.

Amontillado: a medium brown/golden colour and rich aroma's of figs, caramelised nuts and even a hint of coffee. This wine is a Fino, that has subsequently been aged in contact with the air - causing the darker colour and richer flavours. Amontillado's are naturally dry, although some producers will sweeten them. The real thing should be dry - look out for "true Amotillado" on the label.

Oloroso: A much richer darker style than the previous two - lacks the elegance and crispness, but makes up for it in complex aroma's, and the ability to age and develop. This too is occasionally sweetened - Which in my opinion ruins the wine a little as it become a little too heavy and clumsy.

Cream: a cheeky number developed for the UK market - an oloroso with copious amounts of sweetness added - this is probably where sherry got its bad name from and isn't really a true sherry at all!


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013, MalrlboroughDate published: 09/06/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Malrlborough

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the link to the earth-essentially where the wine begins The producer focuses heavily on sustainable viticulture. Over half the grapes are sourced form their own woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley. The remainder is sourced from partner growers.

Pale straw yellow, with powerful aromas of guava, grapefruit along with hints of nettles. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with tropical fruit flavours and citrus undertones.

This wine would be perfect for enjoying on a Summers afternoon, or why not try with a summery pasta dish.

£6.66 when you buy any 2 or more wines from the summer selection



Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 09/06/14

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.

Classic Grand, the Commandery Peyrassol wine comes from vineyards whose average age is 25 years. Perfectly adapted to the good French gastronomy, the wines fresh, balanced and fruity magnify Provençal terroir and are accessible to many palates. 

Rosé, very fresh, reminiscent of little red berries. It has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper.


Heidsick Monopole Brut N/V - £14.99!Date published: 09/06/14

We have an excellent offer of Heidsick Monopole Brut N/V at £14.99, which is astounding value for an excellent champagne. It is an extremely limited offer while stocks last!

PILSNER URQUELLDate published: 09/06/14

Throughout June we have 24 x 330ml bottle packs of Pilsner Urquell for just £24 - that's just a pound per bottle! 

Great for weddings, BBQs, christenings, or just any get together! 

This yummy Czech lager is a great alternative to Peroni, especially at this price


Deliveries this weekendDate published: 31/05/14

We are now full for delivery on orders for this weekend. Our next available delivery slots are currently Tuesday June 3rd. 

Rose Magnums = Twice as goodDate published: 26/05/14

As the Summer is upon us what better time than to crack open the rosé? And if you're holding an event then you'll need plenty to go around! That's where our range of rosé magnums can come in handy.  These large format bottles deliver all the quality and twice the quantity that you would expect so there's no danger of running short at your big occasion.

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum - £19.99

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. Also available in Double Magnum - £50

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 150cl Magnum - £25

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence Magnum - £27.50

A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle. An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.

Mirival Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence. Magnum - £38.00

In the 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaimed.

 A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.


Stunning Shiraz open to taste all this weekendDate published: 26/05/14

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz

This Aussie Shiraz comes from the Clare Valley, from a vineyard originally intended for Riesling grapes. Thank goodness they decided to make a Shiraz as the final product is a gorgeous, intensely flavoured and vibrant wine. Loaded with rich blackberry fruit and hints of plum, dark cherry and spice. The long lingering finish reflects dark berry fruits and smooth tannins. Enjoy this full, fruity style now as an accompaniment to casserole dishes, spare ribs, or grilled meat. It is the perfect barbecue wine!

Special Offer £14.99 £13.99

Buy 2 save 15%

£11.89


Getting Married? The Majestic Gift List ExplainedDate published: 26/05/14

hoosing a gift list for a wedding, civil partnership or other special occasion can be incredibly difficult. Couples may already have many of the items found on a traditional gift list. Wine makes an exciting alternative to the usual choice of toasters or crockery and can be enjoyed in many years to come.

Together with the help of our trained staff we can help you create a personal wine list that offers your guests a fun and interesting gift to choose from. What could be better than your own wine cellar to greet you home from your honeymoon?

What Majestic offers a highly personal service tailored to your requirements, free expert advice from our knowledgeable staff, choose from fantastic wines from around the world, your own individual Gift List web page, free delivery to your door arranged at your convenience. 

The first decision to make is to decide what type of wines you want on your list, the most popular type of list we offer is a selection of wines, fine wines and Champagne with the intention of enjoying their gifts on future anniversaries or special occasions, but the choice is entirely yours.

Alternatively, some couples set up their Gift List with the wines they've chosen to drink on the day. This can be a great way for guests to contribute to the costs of the big day.

The Majestic website is at your side to give you an idea of what we have to offer, but we strongly recommend a visit to your local Majestic store to discuss your list and personal requirements. Our expert staff can offer advice and recommendations to help you put together a wine list that will be unique and special to you.

We recommend choosing between 10-15 wines at mixed prices so that your guests have a varied list to choose from.

Inform your guests

Once you have finalised your wine list we then set up your own individual web page that lists your wines and explains how your guests can buy a gift from the list. Your guests can leave a personal gift message wihen ordering. 

We can also help by:

- Producing invite slips for you to send out with your wedding invitations which will include your unique web address and Gift List telephone number

- Emailing your Gift List and 'How to Order' guide to your guests

- Producing a hard copy of your Gift List to send to guests

- The other fun bit - receiving your wines!

We'll close your list either shortly before your wedding day (if you want the wines for the wedding itself) or shortly afterwards if you you prefer.

You can prearrange a specific date and time that you want your wines delivered, or arrange this when you return from your honeymoon. We will also send you a full list of your wines detailing who bought you the gift and the personal message they left for you.



Gavi di Gavi...Open to taste all this weekendDate published: 26/05/14

Gavi Toledana

Brilliant  bottle of Gavi !!

Ripe peach and pear with hints of citrus. 

Don't miss out, its at such a great price, down from £11.99 to £7.99!! 

WOW 



A wine made from Mencia?Date published: 26/05/14

Petalos Bierzo, Descendientes de J. Palacios

£18.99, buy 2 wines on the 25% off deal: £14.23

Alvaro Palacios, famous for Priorat, put Bierzo on the map. Wines produced from the Mencia grape are more reminiscent of Burgundy than of the richer, more heavily oaked styles from Rioja. He is one of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo. This wine is produced from small, steeply-sloped vineyards.

Aromas of ripe red cherry, bramble-fruit, with a hint of aromatic spice leap from the bottle on opening. Intensely flavoured, smooth with fine-grained tannins, and a lingering finish mean you could enjoy this with game, cheeses, charcuterie or any full-flavoured dish.

If you're looking for something out of the ordinary yet velvety-smooth, look no further!


A Marvelous MuscadetDate published: 26/05/14

Jean Sablenay Muscadet 2013

Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes, where the Loire Valley region nears the Atlantic coast, and has therefore developed a famous association with seafood. This example is made by Lacheteau, a family winery based in nearby Anjou.

Clean, crisp and refreshing, this classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge.

Great alongside any white fish or seafood dishes, why not give it a go alongside some Smoked Haddock.

ONLY £5.99


So What is Prosecco?Date published: 26/05/14

So everyone loves Prosecco but with more and more choice how do you know which to pick?  Here are a few helpful hints to help you interpret the label!

1)  If you want fully sparkling pick a spumante but if you want gently sparkling pick a frizzante.

2)  Extra dry actually means off-dry so if you like a hint of sweetness these are great but if you want a dry Prosecco you will probably prefer a brut.

3) Most Proseccos come from the DOC (Denominazione de Origine Controllata) Prosecco but the better quality ones come from the hills in the Valdobbiadene region within this which is given the staus DOCG (Denominazione de Origine Controllata e Garantita).  So pick a DOCG for a treat!

4) Prosecco has to be made in the Prosecco region in North West Italy from the grape variety Glera.  Therefore you can't make a rosé Prosecco.  However, sparkling rosé made from the Raboso grape is getting more and more popular.

Hope that helps you with your choices next time you're having a party or just fancy a cheeky glass of sparkly fun with a loved one! As always our Majestic team can offer any more guidance you need when choosing that bottle of bubbly.....we are proud to say that we have tried pretty much every prosecco in the range so feel free to test us!


Focus on CiderDate published: 26/05/14

Burrow Hill Cider

Quality, dry and delicate cider from the Somerset Cider Brandy company. All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, dry style, some say there is a slight hint of Stilton on the pallet, why not try and make up your own mind.

Orchard Pig Reveller NV

Glastonbury is now not only know for the world famous festival but also this amazing award winning craft cider. Light, crisp and gently sparkling with a rich cider aroma. Oinkingly refreshing with a tangy note of freshly squeezed lime in the finish. The epitome of refreshment.


The first Rule of food and wine matching is...Date published: 26/05/14

Rule # 1: Think Regionally. If It Grows Together, It Goes Together. 

Pairing a dish with a wine native to the same region can take you at least 50% of the way to the perfect match! Obviously many main ingredients, like chicken for example are eaten the world over. However it's the accessories to the main ingredients that will reflect the regional elements and flavour profiles.

Classic pairings are known as that because they work! And have probably been tried and tested many times. An example of a classic pairing is Rioja and Lamb. Spain is full of sheep and well known for the quality of its lamb, especially in Rioja. Rioja wines have sweet spice notes, black fruit and often raisin characteristics in the wines that include Garnacha in their blend. Even more importantly Rioja usually has a decent level of acidity, which is very useful with Lamb, as it is a relatively indigestible meat. Interestingly this is why we Brits have traditionally eaten Lamb with mint sauce.

Another good example of this is rich tomato based pasta dishes from Italy, using the same principle as above, generally you will find that good,hearty reds with a reasonable acidity will work remarkably well with these dishes.

Why not give it a try next time you are thinking of what wine to match with the dish you are cooking, if it grows together, it goes together!


New Italian Wine AlertDate published: 26/05/14

We've had an influx of Fine Wine recently and a newcomer to the block is the Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca'del Laito 2010. A robust Italian red is always my preferred choice when it comes to Fine Wine and this one is certainly next on my list to try......

A blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella, this red is made in the traditional 'Ripasso' style, meaning that the grapes are laid out to partially dry, concentrating the juice and flavours of the grapes. This is an incredibly rich, robust red which alongside the inclusion of the partially dried grapes, it has also been aged in wood for a period of 18 months. 

On the palate you will find plenty of blackberries, blueberries and dark cherry coupled with touches of graphite, licorice and sweet pudding spice in the background. Cracking to drink now but it could also be aged for up to another 5 years.

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca'del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola

£17 when you buy 2 bottles (£22 single bottle price)


The forgotten grape of BurgundyDate published: 26/05/14

"The best white wines coming out of Burgundy are Chardonnay based and very expensive".... Not always true!

We have a good selection of affordable white Burgundy. We've also got whites from Burgundy that are fantastic, under £10 and not chardonnay! Aligote, the original grape of Burgundy is much different and a nice change from the norm.

We currently have this gem in stock:

Bourgogne Aligote 2012, Chateau du Cray - £9.99  - Grown on the sandier soils of Burgundy, this is a juicy and expressive wine with a citrus fruit edge. Unoaked but nothing like your typical Chablis, it's more reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc than a Chardonnay. It's quite light and perfect for a lovely summer salad or even a bit of smoked salmon. 

Come and give the alternative white Burgundy a try now!


Bank Holiday Beer DealDate published: 26/05/14

Sam Adams Boston Lager - £1.00 a bottle

We have an amazing deal on Sam Adams Boston Lager at the moment. Just £24 for a case of 24.

So any of you who are hoping to spend this bank holiday weekend in the garden... 

...why not do it with a nice, cold, £1 beer in hand?

A Majestic favourite!


A Curious BargainDate published: 26/05/14

Chapel Down, one of England's biggest wine producers, have been consistently wowing us with their quality beers and ales... so much so that we'd make a little display and tell you all about them!

Chapel Down's ingredients are anything but simple; across their range, they can boast the use of East Anglian malt, Champagne yeast and the fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop. Simply put, they are producing brews that others cannot compete with!

Curious Brew Lager

In Chapel Down's own words, a “drier, cleaner, fresher lager”. A Gold Medal winner in the International Beer Challenge, this is far far away from any of the conventional lagers you'll have down at the pub.

Curious Brew IPA

Chapel Down's secret to a great IPA is a trio of specially selected hops; the fresh English Goldings, fruity Bramling Cross and spicy Chinook are a marriage made in heaven. Light, malty and incredibly moreish – we dare you to have just one!

Just £14.99 for a case of 12!



Planning a Wedding?Date published: 26/05/14

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) and we sell ice

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- Wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £15.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget

For more information pop in and see us in store, call us on 020 7819 9796, or email us on bat@majestic.co.uk


Bag a Bobby Blanc BargainDate published: 26/05/14

Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc

Grape - Chenin Blanc

The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency.

Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity. Enjoy with seafood or roast chicken.

Now just £4.99


A new Chardonnay from ArgentinaDate published: 26/05/14

Killka Chardonnay 2012 Bodegas Salentein

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.

£11.99 or buy any 2 or more bottles in the 33% £7.99

Don't forget your tasting notes!Date published: 26/05/14

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Why a minimum of 6 bottles?Date published: 26/05/14

Whether it's mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or two of great vintages for laying down, we have a rule: a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

This rule allows us to do things differently. We have friendly, enthusiastic and properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 200+ stores. We have wines open on our tasting counter every day for you to try, and if you'd like to join us at one of our many Taste and Exploreevents they are of course free. Finally, we'll hand deliver your order for free* – including evenings and weekends at a time to suit you.

It's doing things this way that's made us the biggest, and we think best, wine retailer in the UK


An Italian Adventure....Date published: 26/05/14

Love Italian wine? Be adventurous and try these...

Primitivo Natale Verga

Grape Primitivo

The southern part of Italy is home to Primitivo, a grape now more commonly known elsewhere as Zinfandel. This example is from vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, in the south-eastern part of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'.

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit.

Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces.

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £6.74

Le Volte dell' Ornellaia

Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese

Producers of one of Italy's most celebrated Bordeaux-inspired wines, Ornellaia have created Le Volte as an approachable, early-drinking 'super-Tuscan' blend, marrying Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese over 10 months in old oak barriques.

A rich black fruit core is surrounded by fine-grained tannins, giving a firm structure and a sense of opulence, with concentration and weight lifted by fresh red fruit acidity.

A great match for the rich gamy flavours of a venison casserole.

£23.00 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £18.00


May Offers Ending 2nd June 2014 Date published: 26/05/14

Summer has arrived early at Majestic and we have a host of great deals on a fantastic selection of wines from around the world. As with our previous pick 'n' mix promotions we are now offering the chance for customers to mix and match different bottles and get an amazing 33% off.

Whether you love New world, old world, fizz, spirits or beers we should have something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Below is a small example of some of our best offers this month.

Fizz

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV- £29.98*

Heidsieck Gold Top 2007-£19.99*

Prosecco di Conegliano- £9.99*

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV- £10.66*

Red

Montes Twins 2012- £7.99*

Alamos Malbec 2013- £6.66*

Rioja Reserva 2008, Berberana- £6.99*

White

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013- £7.99*

Gavi La Toledana 2012/13- £7.99*

Caixas godello 2012- £6.66*

Rose

Pizzaras de Otero Rose- £6.66*

*Refers to the price when you buy two or more bottles from the 33% off promotion.


Parcel Series is Practically Perfect in every wayDate published: 26/05/14

£7.33 when you buy two or more bottles from the 33% promotion. £10.99- Single bottle price.

Chile is the master of fruit driven Cabernet with lots of blackcurrant and cassis on the nose. Within Chile the Maipo Valley has a reputation for combining this intensely New World style with some of the finesse of a French Style Cabernet. Our Parcel Series range is wines by well known producers at a fraction of the price on a limited release.

This wine has spent 18 months in French oak complementing the dark rich fruit with excellent spicy aromas without being overbearing. Produced so as to offer a weighty wine with enough acidity to make it not feel flabby. Making this wine immensely enjoyable both on its own and with rich casseroles.


Diversity in New ZealandDate published: 26/05/14

Fresh from the plane from Queenstown, I have never had more enthusiasm for New Zealand. A country of beautiful scenery...whether mountains, lakes or beachside, lovely people and of course superb wines!

Whilst in in New Zealand I was lucky enough to visit some exceptional wineries including the wines of Marisco (the people behind the Ned), Jackson Estate and Mt Difficulty. So let me share with you my pick of the bunch -the best of the best.

The Ned Pinot Grigio - £10.99

The Ned brand became popular because of its medal winning Sauvignon Blanc which is now a household name. Don't ignore it's sister...Pinot Grigio. This wine is so much more exciting than its Italian counterparts. Full of tropical round, soft peachy fruit and delicate pink hue too! This wine is a winner at any summer BBQ. Easy drinking and delicious! Best make it a dozen!

Jackson estate Grey ghost - £16.50 when you buy 2+ fine wine
Now I know there are a million and one Sauvignon blanc lovers out there. However this is Sauvignon blanc like you've never seen it before...with a touch of oak. Now I know most people gasp at the thought of oak ageing in their wines but this one is individual... The oak here adds texture, depth of flavour and complexity like no other making it a superb food wine. Perfect with freshly caught crayfish whilst cruising the Marlborough sounds.


Mt difficulty Packspur Pinot noir - £40.00 when you buy 2+ Fine Wine
New Zealand is definitely Pinot noir country and this wine shows exactly what they can do in Central Otago. From a North facing slope, it this small vineyard area of Packspur. The quantity is so limited on this intriguing wine so get it while you can. It is a rich, strutured Pinot noir with elegance and complexity like no other. Perfect match to duck breast.

Beaujolais...more than meets the eyeDate published: 26/05/14

Often considered a part of Burgundy, however the soils, grape and climate differ greatly. As I'm sure you can imagine, this makes for a very different wine. 

Gamay is the key grape variety grown here, giving fragrant fruity and light red wines exhibiting raspberry and cherry characteristics. Beaujolais is split into 3 main appellations: Beaujolais AC, Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais crus. Currently 39 villages have earned the right to call their wine Beaujolais Village which account for around a quarter of the wines produced in the region. The granitic soils of the North West have give the wines greater character, which can usually be found in the Beaujolais Crus wines. 

Beaujolais is not widely popular in the U.K, however in my experience it has delighted many first time triers. 

Why not give it a go?

http://www.majestic.co.uk/beaujolais-wine


We Love Vintage ChampagneDate published: 26/05/14

Vintage Champagne is only made in the very best years and is the champagne house's best quality champagne. Unlike non-vintage Champagne vintage Champagne is made from the best parcels of grapes of that year and not a blend of grapes from different years.

Vintage Champagnes have to spend a minimum of three years on the lees. This gives the champagne the benefit of developing a more pronounced yeasty quality with aromas and flavours of brioche and toast.

As part of Pick 'N' Mix we currently have Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 Vintage at £19.99 when you buy any two bottles within the Pick 'N' Mix.


Vintages to keep an eye on...Date published: 26/05/14

Vintages to look out for:

Bordeaux - St Julien, Pauillac, St Estephe 2010, 2009, 2000

                   Margaux 2009, 2005

                   Graves 2010, 2009, 2005

                   Pomerol 2009, 2008

                   St Emilion 2005, 2000

                   Barsac, Sauternes 2009, 2005, 2001

Red Burgundy - 2005

White Burgundy 2008, 2002

Beaujolais - 2009

Champagne - 2002, 1996

Loire Valley - 2002

Rhone - 2010, 2009, 2007, 2003

Italy Barolo, Barbaresco 2007, 2006, 2004

          Tuscany 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006

California - North Coast 2012

Argentina - 2006

South Australia 2005

Chile 2008, 2005

New Zealand 2010, 2007

South Africa - 2009, 2006


A Crafty Icelandic Craft BeerDate published: 26/05/14

Einstök Icelandic White Ale

£9.99 as part of the craft beer multibuy

It took just a few days after its arrival into the company for Einstök to become a firm Majestic staff favourite – the moment everyone tried it they just couldn't get enough!

Einstök White Ale is modelled after the traditional witbier but is brewed using coriander, orange peel and ultra pure Icelandic water.

A lovely pale cloudy colour in the glass, it's incredibly well balanced on the palate. There's hints of the spices used in its brewing accompanied by a fresh citrussy undercurrent and a delicious creamy yet fresh mouthfeel.

A gold medal winner at the 2013 L.A. International Beer competition, this spectacular little beer is best enjoyed nicely chilled in a glass.


A Perfect Picnic Wine from PortugalDate published: 26/05/14

Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde, 2013

Made from the Loureiro grape, this 'green wine' is from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. A perfect Spring/ Summer wine with classic spritzy petillance. Best drank young when it is at its freshest. Historically this wine was fermented in open stone lagares before modernisation which sees the wine fermented in sealed vats. Aromas tropical fruits and crisp green apples. Light but with good concentration of flavour. A drink best served ice cold to partner seafood and green salads.

£6.99*

*when you purchase at least two bottles, single bottle price: £8.22


Move over Ned...It's Mud House Time!Date published: 26/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough New Zealand,

£9.99 33% off

£6.66

Is this the next Ned?

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin.

Mud House has been retailed in the UK for a few years now, through smaller off-licences and wine merchants. We have managed to do a fantastic deal which means you can get this wine at £6.66 all summer! This is a great price compared to other smaller retailers of this wine and is a true bargain from New Zealand.

With the popularity and therefore market price of Kiwi Sauvignon on the rise, the Mud House is an exceptional price.

Mud House isn't as in your face as some New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and is a little softer. It is however still unmistakeably Marlborough!

I predict that Mud House could be (dare I say it) the next “The Ned” Sauvignon!

Try it for yourself!

Cheers,



Pricing Made Easy....Date published: 26/05/14

One of our main complaints from our lovely customers is that the way we price our brilliant wines up can sometimes be too confusing and restrictive.

We have listened and we are pleased to present our new simpler pricing which should be less restrictive for getting the best prices on a wider range of wines and give a clear structured system to how we present our offers. There will be three main offer brackets which are 33.3% off, 25% off and 15% off. The wines within each bracket can be mixed and matched and as long as you have at least two within each bracket so you can get the best price possible.

In store we have our Summer Selection with wines on offer at 33.3% off. These wines will all have Orange price cards and to make it simpler for those looking for the best bargains we have actually grouped all these wines together at the front of our store.

We then have our 25% off wines which have Turquoise price cards and then the 15% wines with Purple price cards. These wines will be dotted around the store in their respective countries.

We also have Fine Wine around the store which will have Brown price cards and on our Fine Wine shelving. We still have a mix and match with Fine Wine where-by you can try two fine wines at their offer prices but we have also added selected spirits to this offer.

We then have wines which are on Special offers with Red price cards and our Great Value wines which have a Black price card. These wines are always at a great price and you can buy just the single bottle as part of your mixed case.

As you start to become more accustomed to this new way of pricing we hope you find it easier to navigate our wines but If you need help with this in store please don't hesitate to ask and we can explain this to you in person.


Bank Holiday BBQ winesDate published: 26/05/14

Whites

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Only £6.66 when you buy 2 or more

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2013

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

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

Reds

VideoCallia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

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.


Mountain View Merlot 2013 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley
Only £5.49

Aromas of ripe plums and strawberries, with faint notes of tomato leaf and sage. The palate has a thick and jammy feel, with soft, mature tannins and a rounded, easy style.


It might be raining but we still love Rose wineDate published: 26/05/14

Château  ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé  is back in Livingston! From Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, means it benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method, a type of rosé production that involves bleeding off the juice after limited contact with the skins. 

A delicate, elegant pale pink wine with a fruity nose, and a soft, crisp delicious palate, now all you need is a yacht in the south of France and your summer is set!

£9.34 on offer!


The Fine Wine Plan...lowdownDate published: 26/05/14

Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur?  Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT). 

Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month.  Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:

•  Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.

•  Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.

•  An exciting and ever-evolving range.

•  Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.

AND a 10% discount card that can be used against future purchases from Majestic stores

For more information please visit http://www.layandwheeler.com


Oyster Bay Still On Offer!Date published: 26/05/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is on offer at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from our 33% off mix n mix!!

Fine Wine of the Week is......Date published: 26/05/14

Pesquera Crianza 201, Alejandro Fernandez, Ribera Del Duero

£20.00 when 2 or more bought as part of a mixed case.

This stunning example of a Ribera del Duero has been made by Alejandro Fernanadez one of the superstars of the Spanish wine industry.

As found in Rioja the grape type is 100% Tempranillo, with the vines being planted at altitude ensuring cold nights and hot days, ideal for this grape type.

The wine is aged for 2 – 2½ years in oak casks producing amazing depth and richness. There is a strong aroma of plums and dark fruits reaffirmed by the palate. This rich fruit flavour combined with the sweet spices and oaky smells have resulted in a voluptuous silky smooth wine with great depth, complexity and a satisfy length on  


New Rose TImeDate published: 26/05/14

Vallée des Pins Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence 2013

This pale, aromatic Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon and packed full of raspberry and strawberry characters with a hint of exotic fruits and guava coming through on the fresh palate.

£9.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £7.49


New Pinot Noir for the SummerDate published: 26/05/14

Ferrandière Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d’Oc 2013

Domaine de la Ferrandière is situated on the site of an ancient maritime lagoon. Although some 40 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, the vineyards are now nestled between the Corbières and Minervois hills. In order to reduce the high saline content of the soil, which damages vegetation, the vineyards are flooded once a year. This wine has classic Pinot characters with intense and complex aromas of red fruits and spices. Cherry and strawberries combine on the palate with herbal and spicy notes supported with soft, silky tannins and refreshing acidity.

£9.99 Buy any 2 save 33.3% = £6.66


Beer of the Week: BadgerDate published: 26/05/14

Badger Mixed Case 12x500ml Bottles -  A mixed case of ales from the fabulous Hall & Woodhouse brewery in Dorset. £21.60 when you buy any 2 or more cases of selected ales.  Not long a go I had chance to try these ales and was really impressed!! 

The Hall & Woodhouse Brewery in Dorset have been brewing since 1777 and over the years they have built up an excellent reputation of producing award winning bottled ales as well as running successful pubs across the county. 

Included in this mixed case you will find Tangle Foot, which is a golden ale. Light amber in colour with crisp and spicy over tones on the nose. On the palate you will find fruit and hoppy notes. 5%

The Blanford Flyer is definitely my favourite among mainly because I LOVE ginger. A sweet and fruity feel with ginger and toffee spice. Bitter and crisp on the finish. Delicious! Everything you could want from an ale. 5.2% 

First Gold is a darker amber/ nutty brown colour in the class you can taste more malt in this ale. A floral note on the nose. 4%

Finally you will get three bottles of the fantastic Hopping Hare. This is made in a refreshing style with a crisp sweetness to the flavour, which would match well with spicy oriental dishes.4.5%



Tropical GewürztraminerDate published: 26/05/14

Viñas del Vero Gewürztraminer 2013 Somontano - £9.99

Somontano gets its name from the fact that it lies at the foot of the mountains, in this case the Pyrenees. Viñas del Vero is responsible for around 40% of wine production in this region. This Gewürztraminer comes from a plot known as 'El Enebro'.

An intense, lifted floral nose, with wafts of rose and honeysuckle amid a burst of tropical fruit. Characteristic lychee and peach flavours are delivered with a hint of sweetness and satisfying texture.

Matches superbly with fragrant seafood dishes such as paella, or with mildly spiced fish dishes.



Wine of the Week - Bold Auzzie RedDate published: 26/05/14

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2012 - £7.99

(£9.99 single bottle price.)

The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangways Wigley, who also studied law and architecture, and played cricket for South Australia. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'.

A brilliant crimson with a purple edge, this is a youthful and vibrant wine offering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, lifted by hints of violet and spicy oak notes.

Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best served with red meat.


Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. GuigalDate published: 26/05/14

£8.99 on Buy any 2, save 33%

(£11.99 single bottle price.)

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.



Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 Léon PerdigalDate published: 26/05/14

£7.49 when you buy any 2, save 25%

(£9.99 single bottle price.)

This wine is a blend of five traditional white varieties sourced from several vinyard areas across the southern Rhône, including the districts of Vaucluse, Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. Fermented at low temperatures and matured without oak.

An approachable wine with medium intensity and a gently complex nose of pear, white peach and delicate honeysuckle scents. A rounded palate with a pleasing balance between roundness and crisp acidity.

A good all-rounder for pairing with food. Ideal with chicken or fish in light sauces.


P15 MalbecDate published: 26/05/14

From Patagonia in Argentina

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £7.99

(Single bottle price - £11.99)

Emily's choice from the new arrivals in store!

This wine comes from the Neuquen province in southern Argentina where the climate is cooler and wetter than the provinces in the north. The result is a really fresh Malbec bursting with plum and cherry fruit.

The grapes picked are from relatively young vines and the wine is lovely and youthful, with violet and vanilla notes on the nose and a well-structured, balanced palate.

A perfect pairing for a beef lasagne or pasta in a rich tomato sauce.


Waimea Pinot GrisDate published: 26/05/14

Waimea Pinot Gris (New Zealand)

I chose this because it is full of flavour!  Pear, honey, and sweet spice dominate. It has well-balanced acidity and a fantastic length of finish.

A hint of sweetness in the wine makes this the perfect partner for a mild curry or Thai meal! 

Try if you like Riesling or wines that are off-dry.

Buy 2 save 25% = £11.24

Single bottle price = £14.99


International Wine Challenge- Gold Medal WinnersDate published: 24/05/14

Last week, the results of the International Wine Challenge were announced, below is a selection of some of our Gold medals.

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £9.34(reduced from £10.99) - Also awarded ‘Great Value White between £7 - £12'!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - £23.98 (reduced from £35.99) Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £6.66 (reduced from £9.99)

Marisco King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £12.32 (reduced from £14.49)

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010 - £18.00 (reduced from £23.00)

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012 - £11.99

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV - £26.65 (reduced from £40)

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso £11.89 (reduced from £13.99)

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado NV £14.44 (reduced from £16.99)


New Arrival - New Minini Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 24/05/14

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

Grapes ; Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella

Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.

This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

Price £9.74



Picpoul or Piquepoul?Date published: 24/05/14

Piquepoul, Picpoul, or Picapoll is a variety of wine grape grown primarily in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc regions of France. It exists both in dark-skinned and light-skinned versions. We have Picpouls in stock, the newest one is a blend of Piquepoul & Sauvignon, which adds a streak of minerality.

Back by Popular DemandDate published: 24/05/14

Quincy 2012, Jean-Charles Borgnat LOIRE Sauvignon Blanc

The Quincy appellation produces dry, aromatic wines very much in the same mould as Sancerre.  Jean-Charles Borgnat is a young and dynamic producer, and this wine is a match for many a Sancerre.Aromatic nose with spring flowers, racy and rich gooseberry and citrusfruits, hints of greengage, textured palate and a long, fresh and pleasing finish.

Excellent on its own, this wine also works very well with vibrant Thai dishes.

Just £9.99 when you buy two or more.  Why not pop in for a sample


Bank Holiday BBQ - whatever the weather!Date published: 24/05/14

It's the bank holiday weekend and yes, ok, the weather is yuk. There is no other word for it, but do not mope about the house staring out the window wishing for sun, pop out and visit us in your local Majestic to stock up on wine, pop to the shops for some yummy food and host an indoor BBQ!

Menu:

Burgers and sausages in rolls + roasted red petters with blue cheese inside for the vegi option..

With a side of feta red onion and tomato salad drizzled with olive oil and black pepper and oven roasted rosemary and garlic potatoes. Simple.

To drink:

Prosecco Conegliano (Only £9.99 when you buy any 2 from the orange save 33.3% range!) from Italy. The is the perfect sparkling wine to start up the indoor feast. The delicate fizz makes a fab aperitif tasting of pear drops is soft and simple, a Majestic favourite!

Alamos Malbec (Only £6.66 when you buy any 2 from the orange save 33.3% range!) from Argentina. A classic Malbec oozing with ripe fruit and deliciously smooth. Will be perfect with burgers and sausages.

Medalla Real Chardonnay (Only £7.99 when you buy any 2 from the orange save 33.3% range!) from Chile. A rich, full bodied white wine with a delightfully buttery taste. Tropical fruit and nuttiness will be great with the red peppers and blue cheese.

Shopping list:

burgers

sausages

rolls

red peppers

blue cheese

tomato sauce

red onion

big tomatoes

feta cheese

olive oil

olives

potatoes

rosemary

garlic



ChandonDate published: 24/05/14

Moet's answer to sparkling wine, this sparkler produced in Argentina is made using the traditional method of sparkling wine production used in Champagne.  Moet produce sparkling wine in various places, the most obvious being Champagne but other regions are well placed to produce quality sparkliong wines.  

The grape varieties uses are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the same as Champagne making this a real contender as a great value alternative to Champagne whilst retaining the style and quality.  The wine is dry, fresh, crisp and citrussy.  Fruit driven this is a lovely option for an aperitif and at £12.99 when you buy 2 or more from our summer selection its a great shout for the coming summer months.


Love beer? Try something new!Date published: 24/05/14

Amazing value beers from majestic wine. Sam adams is only £24 for a case of 24 330ml bottles! What a bargain I hear you say! This price only until Monday 2nd June! This is a great example of American beer and is perfect for the up coming summer months (I've got the team doing sun dances every morning...it will work one day...)

If you fancy something a little closer to home the Curious Brew is your beer. Made by Chapel Down who are located in Kent and are also producers of some great English sparkling and still wines. The yeast left over from the production of sparkling wine is used in the production of Curious Brew. Yum! They also produce an IPA with is a little heavier and more fruity in flavour. Both are £14.99 for a case of 12 bottles. What are you waiting for?!

Finally the wild card, Asahi. A Japanese beer, its fresh and delicate – perfect match with sushi! I'm a big fan of this beer, its lovely in the sunshine, refreshing and light. At only £1.08 a bottle (£25.92 for a case of 24 330ml bottles) again its a great price so a great chance to try something new!


Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio ValleyDate published: 24/05/14

Wine of the Week - Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio Valley

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel.

£6.66 when you buy 2


Le Difese 2011, Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 24/05/14

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese

This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.


Chilean Wine in Ten Bullet Points!Date published: 24/05/14

1. Principal Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere & Chardonnay 

2. The country's day-night temperature variation (diurnal range)is very wide and this is a major influence in producing the clarity of fruit flavours for which Chilean wines are famed.

3. Chilean vineyards are among very few in the world free from the pesky phylloxera louse.

4. Chile is arguably the most valuable source of inexpensive fruity, reliably ripe wine in the world.

5. The Pacific Ocean's Humboldt Current to the West and The Andes to the East are major climatic factors.

6. Chile's vineyards run for 840 miles bissecting the Andes and the coastline.

7. The Maipo Valley is THE place in Chile for Bordeaux style reds!

8. The Leyda Valley is THE place in Chile for Sancerre-like Sauvignon Blanc!

9. Chilean Carmenere is a varierty related to Merlot producing soft red wines that work very well with Indian cuisine

10. Chile produces sparkling wine mostly using the Moscatel variety.


Deal of the Month - Sam Adams Boston LagerDate published: 24/05/14

Sam Adams Boston Lager 24 x 300ml bottles £24!

24 bottles of this deeply amber-coloured lager usually retails for £31.92 here at Majestic but for for a limited timeour top lager deal brings you this beautiful beer for just £1 a bottle. With citrus, floral and piney notes amid sweet roasted caramel flavours this would be a perfect beer for a summer barbeque. Stock up while you have the chance!


Key VintagesDate published: 24/05/14

A quick guide to the best vintages around the globe!

Bordeaux - 

St Julien, Pauillac, St Estephe2010, 2009, 2000

Margaux 2009, 2005

Graves 2010, 2009, 2005

Pomerol 2009, 2008

St Emilion 2005, 2000

Barsac, Sauternes 2009, 2005, 2001

Red Burgundy - 2005

White Burgundy - 2008, 2002

Beaujolais - 2009

Champagne - 2002, 1996

Loire Valley - 2002

Rhone - 2010, 2009, 2007, 2003

Italy - Barolo, Barbaresco 2007, 2006, 2004

          Tuscany 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006

California - North Coast 2012

Argentina - 2006

South Australia - 2005

Chile - 2008, 2005

New Zealand - 2010, 2007

South Africa - 2009, 2006


'Summer Selection' top picks, The RedsDate published: 24/05/14

'Summer Selection' top picks, The Reds

Here are some of our top favourite reds from our summer selection:

Waimea Pinot Noir £9.99 (33% off when you buy any 2 bottles) 

Grown in Nelson to the west of Marlborough, the winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the New World. Excellent with red meat and game dishes, or mushroom flavoured sauces. Drink over the next 4 years.

Chateau Le Vivier £7.99 (33% off when you buy any 2 bottles) 

Formerly owned by Lafite Rothschild, this estate has now been modernised (including the building of Medoc's largest underground cellars, now known locally as 'The Cathedral'). A 50/50 blend of Cabernet and Merlot, enjoy with flavourful cuts of slow-cooked beef.

Portillo Malbec £6.99 (33% off when you buy any 2 bottles)

Grown at 1050m, this wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. Intense ruby-purple, round and fulsome on the palate. Try with lightly spiced lamb. 


Why I Love Oaked WinesDate published: 24/05/14

We all love a fruity wine. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, aromatics from Alsace, lovely light New World Reds, the list goes on. But for me, so many of the wines that really get my tastebuds tingling, the wines that made me fall in love with wine in the first place, have spent time in oak.

I just love some of the flavours that a new oak barrel can coax out of wine, partnering the bright red fruit of Rioja with sumptuous vanilla, the blackcurrant crunch of great Bordeaux with layers of cedarwood, cigar-box and spice. Put simply, I believe that oaked wine achieves a textural and flavour complexity that fruit-forward wine, for all its deliciousness can only aspire to.

And the good news is we have some fantastic deals on oaked wine in store right now.

I'm going to start off with a classic: The Vina Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva. It was Rioja that first opened my eyes to wine, and thanks to bottles like this I will always come back to Spain. To be a Rioja Gran Reserva wine has to spend a minimum of two years in oak casks and a further 3 maturing in bottle before release, so this is smooth as silk and bursting with vanilla and sweet spice flavours. At its current price of £10.11 you just won't find a better Rioja Gran Reserva for the money. An absolute winner!

Not to be outdone, the New World is also doing great things with oak. Case in point is the Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Rita. This wine really achieves a beautiful balance of fruit and oak, oozing classic Chilean Cabernet notes of blackcurrant with a touch of mint, whilst oak-induced spices abound, this is a must for Claret lovers looking to try something new.

Oak's not all about Red Wine though. The classic example would be top Burgundian Chardonnay, but for great value it's worth looking around a bit. We have a great selection of creamy, oaky Chardonnays to rival the Cote de Beaune, but the one I keep coming back to is the L'Etoile De Begude. Creamy butter and bags of hazelnut and almond accompany the crisp, fresh fruit that this wine offers. Down to £13.49 this is a match for Burgundies at more than twice the price.


New Arrivals - Mud House Pinot Noir 2013Date published: 24/05/14

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013, Central Otago

After the resounding success of the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc that arrived a week ago, we are pleased to announce that we also now stock the Pinot Noir from this fantastic producer! If the Sauvignon is anything to go by, this will be another delicious and outstanding value wine that is definitely not to be missed. And if you like your Kiwi Pinot, this will certainly be right up your street.

Hailing from New Zealand's premier region for Pinot Noir, Mud House have developed a single-vineyard Pinot Noir for under £10 from their land in the Central Otago sub-region of Bendigo. Classically intense and powerful, this is full of characteristic red cherry fruit with undertones of bramble, mocha and spice, with a pleasing length and finish. To us here in Dulwich, that sounds like a truly mouth-watering proposition!

This has gone straight onto our 33% off Summer Selection, priced at £9.99, so there's absolutely no reason not to pick up a bottle on your next trip to Majestic.

#tasteandexplore


Crab TagliatelleDate published: 24/05/14

This is simple and tasty and takes minutes to prepare.

Ingreedients (Serves Two)

Approx 100g of Tagliatelle 

One large whole crab (It is up to you if you want to shell it yourself, but I would recommend getting a dressed one from the fishmongers ready to go)

Two large cloves of garlic finely sliced

A few sprigs of finely chopped fresh tarragon

Half a teaspoon of chili flakes

Approx 4 tablespoons of vermouth

A large knob of butter

Method

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and gently melt the butter in a large frying pan. Put the pasta into cook in the water and the garlic, chili flakes and tarragon into the butter. Cook the garlic gently and make sure it doesn't brown as it will turn bitter.

Once the garlic is nearly cooked, turn the heat up a bit and add the vermouth. Cook the vermouth down a bit to kill off the alcohol then turn the heat down and add the brown crab meat. Continue cooking on a low heat and mush the crab meat down to make a rich sauce.

By now the pasta should be cooked so it has a slight bite to it. Transfer it to the frying pan with a pair of tongs and toss it around the pan so the pasta is coated with the sauce. If it all seems a bit claggy just add a bit of the pasta water and this will smooth everything out nicely.

Next stir in the white crab meat and season. Finally add a little more fresh chopped tarragon. Be careful though as it is quite a strong flavour and can overtake the delicate flavour of the crab.

Twist into a pasta bowl and squeeze over a little lemon or lime to bring out the crabbiness.

Wine Choice: Planeta Chardonnay £25

From the most pioneering of Sicilian producers, this modern style of Chardonnay is a real expression of the uniqueness of wine from this Island. Aged in 50% new 225 -litre barriques, this wine also undergoes malolactic fermentation to gain a creamier character.

This is a supremely balanced wine, with soft butterscotch and ripe banana fruit over subtle oak characters and a precise, linear finish that lingers in the mouth.



New Marlborough Sauvignon For under £7!Date published: 24/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £9.99 a bottle, buy two save a third = £6.66

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.



Wine Term: PuttonyosDate published: 24/05/14

Puttonyos In Hungary, the measurement of sweetness levels for Tokaji ranging from 3 Puttonyos, which contains at least 60 grams/liter of sugar, to 6 Puttonyos containing at least 150 g/l of sugar.

Red Fine Wine of the Week - Erath Oregon Pinot Noir, 2011Date published: 24/05/14

Dick Erath planted his first Oregon vineyards in 1969, founding what has become one of the region's finest properties. In terms of climate and terrain, much of Oregon's vineyard area is said to bear a striking resemblance to Burgundy.

Showcasing the refined, cool-climate style of Oregon, this is a bright, fresh Pinot with a supremely poised and fine-textured profile, enhanced by maturation in 25%-new French oak.

Erath recommends pairing this with peppery oriental dishes.

£22 or buy 2 save £10 = £17


Sherry Focus- Pedro'sDate published: 24/05/14

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino

This Fino is selected from 2 different Bodegas in the centre of Jerez; the first, provides fresh youthful stock. The second, Almacenista (stock holder)provides the older wine which ensures the wines complexity and secondary characters. Bone dry, the Intense flor character is complemented by almond and fresh apple notes giving a fresh finish. An excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, smoked hams and shellfish, as well as Asian or Indian cuisine. Serve at 6-8ºc and consume within 2 weeks of opening.

£10.99 or buy 2 save 15% = £9.34

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Amontillado

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado is selected from the family Almacenista Garcia Jarana, who has dedicated his time to ageing and treasuring over 400 butts of old Sherry. This Amontillado is one of the true wines of Jerez. The subtle and delicate bouquet, suggests notes of hazelnut on the nose, yet with light reminders of yeast but smooth on the palate giving a fresh finish. This is an excellent match for soups and consommés, Tuna, wild mushrooms, hard cheeses like Manchego or Cheddar and as Japanese/Asian influenced dishes.

£11.99 or buy 2 save 15% = £10.19

The Amontillado is open to taste this weekend!

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado

Very rare style of sherry that falls between the elegance of Amontillado and the richness and complexity of Oloroso. From the cellar of Cayetano del Pino, this is a truly magnificent example of the style.

£16.99 or buy 2 save 15% = £14.44

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso

Selected by Pedro Dauthieu, the wine has an average age of 20 years. The must selected for an Oloroso is always more fragrant but also more robust or as they say in Jerez; basto. It is a highly pure Oloroso, as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Oloroso's from near identical butts. Exquisite and fully of complexity, with intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves. Warm and expansive on the palate - an excellent match for red meats, casseroles and chicken and Vegetable paellas. Consume within 1 month of opening.

£13.99 or buy 2 save 15% = £11.89


Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Date published: 24/05/14


Well known around the world for their outstanding quality, orange bottles and the famous Widow Cliquot this Champagne is much lauded, and for good reason. Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. 

An absolute bargain at only £29.98!


Food and Wine MatchDate published: 24/05/14


Thai Chicken Red Curry with Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2011 Nelson

As a lover of all things spicy, I made a Thai chicken red curry last night. A simple mix of chicken, Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, Asian vegetables and of course more chilli. This makes a lovely supper when you want something quick and delicous.

The wine to match?

I chose the Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2011, a intense, tropical-fruit-laden wine. Full of concentrated flavours of orange zest and lychee, it is embellished with floral notes on the nose and a delicate yet slightly unctuous texture. The off-dry apéritif style really emphasises the wine's fruitiness, complementing the Thai spices perfectl


Argentinian MalbecDate published: 24/05/14


Argentinian Malbec

The Malbec grape variety was first brought over to Argentina in 1850, when it was predominantly used for blending with several different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It has since become the most planted grape variety in the country.

The Malbec grape will show regional differences in accordance with the changes in climactic conditions such as altitude.

Low altitude areas: these produce fuller bodied wines with greater hints of black fruit.

High altitude areas: these produce more elegant and silkier malbecs with less fruit influence and more floral aromas.

In Argentina there are 3 main growing areas for the Malbec grape. These are:

Mendoza Region: This region accounts for 70% of all wine produced in Argentina, and is one of the largest wine growing regions in the world. The climate is dry and almost desert like, and wine is influenced by both snow melting water for irrigation and high altitude due to the surrounding Andes Mountains and Argentine Pampas.

San Juan: This wine region is the second most important wine region of Argentina and is hotter and more arid than the Mendoza Region.

Rio Negro: This region is where some of the most high class wines from Argentina come from. The high winds, low rainfall and large diurnal range allow for high quality viticulture. In this region it is not dominated by altitude cooling but mostly latitudinal cooling.

Top Offers this Month:

Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza. £6.99 buy 2 save 33%

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena, Mendoza. £6.66 buy 2 save 33%

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.



New Provence Rose: Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, LuberonDate published: 24/05/14

Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, Luberon

This wine is from Luberon, situated between the Southern Rhone and Provence. Luberon is a mountainous area between Aix en Provence and Avignon. Higher altitudes give more sunshine allowing this to show off really vibrant fruit on the palate.

Nose

Classic summer red berries with a twist of aniseed.

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! Perfect with a seafood barbeque.



New Calima Garnacha TintoDate published: 24/05/14

Our wine of the week is the new Calima Garnacha Tinto.

A medium light red wine packed with fruit, driven by the Garnacha grape new in store and open to try today!

Better known in the UK as a producer of Cava, the Marqués de Monistrol winery also produce a wide range of still wines from Catalunya's principal grape varieties, at their ultra-modern winery, located around 40km south-west of Barcelona.

Fresh and ripe in feel, this wine has Garnacha's typically bright, lightly confected berry fruit surrounded by moderate, supple yet involvingly chewy tannins.

currently £5.99 on our 25% save down from £7.99 



Italian bliss: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, ‘La Ciarliana’, 2010Date published: 24/05/14

Grape: Sangiovese

Origin: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano hails from vineyards in and around Montepulciano in Tuscany. Made exclusively from Sangiovese and aged for at least two years in barrel, La Ciarliana has been made for three generations by the Frangiosa family in the hills surrounding Montepulciano.

Taste: Juxtaposition of delicate violet, raspberry, and spice aromas on the nose. The palate however exhibits powerful fruit yet fine tannic structure and fresh acidity, leading to a conclusion of savoury spice. The flavours linger in mingle beautifully on the palate which leads to a blissful experience.

Enjoy: This wine is perfect with roast meat, full-flavoured pasta or cheese. Decanting of the wine several hours prior to drinking is advised allowing it to open up and really develop.

This is one of my favourite styles of wine and I think it will go really well with the long evenings of summer and thoughts of Tuscany.


VintagesDate published: 24/05/14

Vintages

- Vintage just means harvest, it has nothing to do with describing the quality of a wine.

- Most wines are vintage wines. If it has a year on the label, that is the year the grapes were picked and the wine was made.

- Just like growing other produce like Asparagus in Formby, Rhubarb in Wakefield or Strawberries in Devon, some years are better than others, with the weather playing a significant role.

- Wine Spectator Magazine's vintage chart rates each vintage on a scale of 1-100. 85-89 is “very good”, 90-94 is “outstanding”, 95+ is “otherwordly”.

- In Rioja in northern Spain they've had an astonishing run of great vintages. Every year since 2000 has been 85 or above. Look out for the 2004's, 2005's and 2009's in particular as all were above 90 points - “outstanding wines of superior character and style”


Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 24/05/14

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Bronze V  Grape Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. £29.98!

Miraval RoseDate published: 24/05/14

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Provence rose has finally arrived, bringing a little bit of Hollywood glamour to Majestic's shelves.

This is the second vintage and during its first year was extremely popular with the vineyard selling out in just 3 days.

Miraval, in the village of Correns, amongst the rugged, scrub-covered hills of the Var department to the west of Draguignan, is the summer home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They had leased the place since 2008 but decided to buy it in 2012 for an estimated $60 million and, when they did so, took control of the vineyards.

With the summer sun beginning to shine this is a refreshing rose with subtle hints of strawberries and cream.

This rose is a real treat and is priced at £17.99 (750ml bottle) or £38 in magnum.


Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2012, Central OtagoDate published: 24/05/14

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2012, Central Otago

A wine made for enjoyment with friends and food. This Pinot Noir pairs brilliantly with meat dishes, making it a perfect accompaniment to roasted lamb or venison shared with good company; or alone, it really is that good. It is not as full bodied as some Pinot Noirs don't, however, let this put you off, its elegant nature makes it perfect for the summer weather which should hopefully be swinging our way soon.

Buy 2 save £10 = £17.00



Mt Difficulty Pinot GrisDate published: 24/05/14

Mount Difficulty are renowned for their fine wines and the fact they own some of the oldest vineyards in Central Otago.  This is my favourite Pinot Gris for all the right reasons.  It is fermented at a cool temperature to preserve the fresh fruit flavours, and has 4 months lees ageing to give added body and intensity of flavour.  Besides the soft citrus and nectarine flavours, there is also lovely sweet white melon notes combined with a great body, and kind burn on the back of the tongue you get from the 14.5% alcohol.  Please come try this awesome New Zealand Pinot Gris from one of their best producers.

Curious about Curious Brew?Date published: 24/05/14

Currently available in store at £17.99 a case, this is an award-winning and wonderfully flavoursome English lager (GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012). Brewed by Chapel Down, the producers of some of England's best white, rosé and sparkling wines, Curious Brew is unique because they use East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops, then re-ferment it using Champagne yeast before adding a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop. 

Even ardent ale-lovers are impressed by this drier, cleaner, fresher style of lager. If the sun ever comes out this year, make sure you've stocked up - nothing better than a cold and refreshing (and English) brew as you work on the tan!



Tasting Notes: Main Divide RieslingDate published: 24/05/14

It's back, this delicious wine is a great example of a slightly off-dry New World Riesling. Named after New Zealand's Southern Alps, Main Divide is rich and viscous, displaying classic minerally (and petrol-like) aromas along with hints of ripe apples, peaches, nectarines, limes and figs. The palate is fresh and crisp thanks to careful handling in the cellar which has enabled the wine to retain some of its natural carbon dioxide (thus it may show a little spritzig when first poured). There is great acidity and fruit concentration in the mouth, most notably flavours of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and zesty lime.

This wine can most definitely (and easily!) be drunk by itself. Extremely moreish. Would also go perfectly with a Chinese duck dish. Or some oysters.


Spanish Ageing CategoriesDate published: 24/05/14

We'll be opening up various Spanish wines to taste in store from 4th-10th April so the following terms may prove useful...

Joven - wines labelled Joven may or may not have spent some time in oak before being bottled in the year following the vintage, for immediate release. E.g. La Serrana Tempranillo (2012)

Crianza - to qualify for Crianza, red wines must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, of which 6 are spent in small oak barrels. White and rosé wines must be aged for at least 18 months, with no legal minimum requirement for oak ageing. E.g. Viña Eguia Crianza (2009)

Reserva - these are generally wines from selected vats of the better vintages. Reds must be aged for a minimum of 36 months, including at least 12 months in small oak barrels and the rest in bottle. White and rosé wines must be aged for 18 months, including 6 months in small oak barrels and the rest in bottle. E.g. Viña Alarde Berberana Reserva (2008)

Gran Reserva - wines labelled Gran Reserva are only produced in exceptional vintages. To qualify, reds must be aged for a minimum of 60 months, including at least 18 months in small oak barrels and the rest in bottle. White and rosé wines must be aged for 48 months, to include 6 months in small oak barrels and the rest in bottle. E.g. Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva (2001) 

Many producers exceed these minimum ageing requirements and in the case of Rioja and Ribera del Duero the Consejo Regulador actually requires the wines to be aged even longer.



Bargain Prosecco!Date published: 23/05/14

We have a great offer on Prosecco Corte Alta: £6.66 until 27th May. Light, fresh and fruity it's perfect for in the sunshine!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-Corte-Alta-zid23298


Fancy a Free Bottle? Bring a Friend to Majestic!Date published: 23/05/14

Did you get a 'Bring a Friend to Majestic' voucher last time you shopped in store with us? If not, make sure you do next time! It means that next time you shop with us, and you bring a friend who is new to Majestic, if they also buy 6 bottles you both get a FREE bottle! 

See you soon.

*subject to availability 



Fancy a snack? Tyrells Crisps are one third off!Date published: 23/05/14

£1.33 when you buy two or more bags!

And we've got some funky flavours! Our favourites include:

Lobster, Chilli and Garlic and Ludlow Sausage and Mustard

Yummm

New In! Golden Ales £9.90 a caseDate published: 23/05/14

Fancy a nice mix of ales for the weekend? Our new pack of Golden Ales includes six different bitters, and is only £9.90! 

It includes:

Marston's Double Drop

Sunbeam Blonde 

Jennings Cumberland 

Brakspear Oxford Gold 

Marstons EPA 

Wychwood Dr Thirsty's

Don't delay, buy a pack today!


Summer = RoseDate published: 23/05/14

Summer is, in theory , upon us, and ones mind should always turn to Rose on such splendid sunny occasions. 

Rose is great, but everyone knows that a beautifully chilled Rose poured from a magnum is far superior! And this summer we've a range of magnums fresh in store to tickle your fancy....

A magnum of Rose will not only make you the talk of the town at any of the many summer soiree's, which I'm sure you will be attending over the coming months, but also makes for a fantastic center piece at your more basic BBQ's and other occasions at the homestead. The following four beauties all hail from the south of France, Provence to be precise. They all boast a charming delicate pink color, which is so in demand this season. You rally needn't worry about making a fashion Faux Pas when it comes to these gems...

AIX - Vin de Provence £19.99 Also available in an absolutely delightful double magnum £50

M de Minuty Rose £25 This wine has a fantastic curved bottle, some say suggestive of the female form...but don't let that entice you, let the delicate floral flavors and epic finish convince you.

Chateau de Berne £27.50 An impressive tall, slender and unusually, square shaped bottle this wine really delivers a classy little tipple.

Miraval £38 Made by new-to-the-scene, little known winemakers, although you may have heard of them in fact, from their previous incarnation as actors, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Yes, you heard right! And this wine really is very good! But don't just take our word for it, this wine received great critical acclaim as well. 

So what are you waiting for? Fire up the BBQ, grab the sun-cream, put a couple of Magnums on ice and let the Rose do the talking! Don't forget a Magnum counts as two bottles toward your 6 at Majestic...


New Wine: Killka CahrdonnayDate published: 23/05/14

We've a lovely new Chardonnay in our range from Argentina the Killka Chardonnay. This is from a cool climate and as a result is a crisp and fresh wine and with only a little oak influence. The oak gives it a subtle weight and great balance along side the fresh citrus and pear flavors. We've all been really impressed with the quality of this wine, and have already made homes for a few bottles! And certainly if you are a fan of the infamous Catena Chardonnay you should also give this wine a whirl! 

Currently on offer at £7.99 when you buy 2+ wines with 33% off usually £11.99*

*Offer valid until the 2nd of June.


Keeping things simple !!Date published: 23/05/14

We all know that Majestic receipts can be rather tricky to decipher, with different deals and price mechanics, it's sometimes hard to know if you're getting the best deal on the wines that you love.

So in the name of "simplicity", we have now made our deals easier to understand.

All the prices are now colour coded, so you can experiment throughout the store, trying new bottles and old favourites - knowing that you're getting the best deals.

Mix and match - buying 2 or more bottles with an Orange label will get you 33% off, Teal labels will get you 25% off, and Lilac labels will be 15% off. 

And if you're really into experimentation, you can get £10 off by mixing any selected Fine Wines and Spirits.

So now it's even easier to really try out lots of new wines, and get savings even if you don't want to buy 2 of the same bottles as part of your 6.

#Come and explore..


Beers for Bank HolidayDate published: 23/05/14

If you're looking for the perfect beer this May Bank Holiday then why not try:

Curious Brew Lager from Chapel Down Vineyards down in Tenterden - at £14.99 for 12 x 330ml bottles ( reduced from £17.99)

A delicious beer re-fermented with Champagne yeast - once you've tried it, most other lagers will seem very bland.

Or you could also try their Curious Brew IPA for those who tend towards a more traditional ale palate - also £14.99 a case

We've also got Samuel Adams Boston Lager on offer at just £1 a bottle - so just £24 a case.

So plenty of choice for the most discerning of beer drinkers this Bank Holiday.

Cheers !!


New wines from ItalyDate published: 23/05/14

Our Italian range has just got even better, with a couple of new wines for you ( and us) to get excited about.

Custoza 2013, Cantina di Custoza   £8.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £6.74

Made from a whole selection of grapes, including Friulano, Trebbiano, Chardonnay and Riesling Italico, this is a really refreshing white with a great aromatic nose and palate. Fab with linguine.

Berlucchi Cuvee Imperiale NV, Franciacorte  £22.49 Buy 2 save 33% = £14.99

This proved to be a real star showing at our recent Seasonal Tasting. Made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this is an elegant fizz that has a delicate character. A softer style of sparkling, with fresh pear and apple notes. A fantastic aperatif.

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012  £12.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £9.74

Made in the style of Ripasso, where the grapes are enriched on Amarone pressings for 10 days - this wine is rich with cherry fruits and bramble aromas. It has a real depth that belies it's price tag. A must buy for all those who love the weight of Amarone-style wines. Best to decant to release all the flavour a few hours before serving - fabulous with roast beef, or a hearty ragu.

We'll see you in the Italian section.


BBQ Season is upon us....Date published: 23/05/14

With the mercury hitting the heady heights of twenty degrees this weekend, it's a perfect excuse to recommend a couple of great wines to enjoy in this weather!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough - £6.66 (if you buy any 2 bottles from our Summer Selection - single bottle price £9.99)

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Taste

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.


Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013 Lubéron - £8.99 (if you buy 2 bottles - single bottle price £11.99)

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours. A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.

Viñalba Fifty 50, 2012 Uco Valley - £7.99 (if you buy any 2 bottles from our Summer Selection - single bottle price £11.99)

Bordeaux winemaker Hervé Fabre made his name from Malbec, having been the first to make a single-varietal Malbec in Argentina. This wine is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina's 'other' great Bordeaux-sourced grape. Typically intense and vibrant, full of inky violet colour, with a juicy damson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both nose and palate. Toasty oak influence adds a touch of complexity.

Codorníu Rosado NV - £6.66 (if you buy any 2 bottles from our Summer Selection - single bottle price £9.99)

Codorníu are one of the oldest wine producers in Spain and also one of the pioneers of Cava, making their first bottle of sparkling in 1872, and soon afterward deciding to concentrate solely on Cava. Monastrell is the red grape which adds colour to this rosé. Light and pure, with citrus fruit and hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit, this wine is light and refreshing on the palate with a clean and refreshing finish.


Come and Explore


Fine Wine of the Week is......Date published: 23/05/14

Chateau de Tracy  2012  Pouilly-Fume 

£24 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines & Spirits save £10 = £19

A classic Pouilly-Fume, this is a MUST BUY from anyone who loves Loire Sauvignon Blanc.

Fresh aromatics and subtle, gooseberry flavours abound with traditional flinty characteristics. This is a wine of pure finesse that is a delight to drink now, but could age for a couple more years.

If you think that Sauvignon Blanc is just about the wines from Marlborough, then this will give you real food for thought.

Pair with pan-fried sea bass for a classy match.



Our Pick of the Week...Date published: 23/05/14

Viñalba Rose

2013, Mendoza. Argentina

£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £8.99

Blended from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah in the typical Southern French style, by softly pressing the grapes , but with the fruity appeal that is calling card of Argentina.

Like summer pudding in a glass, with fresh soft red berries on the nose and palate. There is a delicate spice on the finish too...

This will be a great addition to your BBQ selection this weekend.

Enjoy with grilled squid, or spiced chicken wings.


New Front Counter Display - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/05/14

When you come in, pick up a bottle or 2 of this Klassic Kiwi Sauvignon from the front counter, at the very special price of just £7.99! (as part of the Pic 'N' Mix)

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso, 2012 - Brand New!Date published: 23/05/14

£12.99 £9.74 - BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 25% (ANY  2 WINES FROM THIS SELECTION)

GRAPE VARIETIES: Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

ORIGIN: Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini.

Winery has in recent years expanded by involving growers from larger geographic area.

Vinification takes place in a modern facility in Verolanuova since 2002.

Ripasso style wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings

TASTE: This vibrant red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

ENJOY: Allow to breathe for up to 2 hours before serving. Accompany with lamb of beef based dishes


Langlois L’Extra Crémant de LoireDate published: 23/05/14

Langlois is part of the Bollinger empire and another new addition to our sparkling range. Only made using hand-picked grapes, the final blend is 60% Chenin and 40% Chardonnay, with a minimum of twelve months on the lees. This makes this wine the Loire equivalent of a "blancs de blancs" champagne.

Pale yellow in colour with a fine mousse. the nose invokes a symphony of golden apples, lemon zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Leading to a clean, dry and elegant taste.

This wine is ideal for celebrating the summer. Enjoying at your favourite summer sporting event, whether it be cricket at Lords, tennis at Wimbledon or simply a game of croquet with friends in the back garden.

Buy two bottles save 33.3% £9.99 (£14.99 single bottle)


Mud House - The Next Big Thing in Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/05/14

Price: £6.66 (when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case)

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin.

Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

It's a pale straw yellow colour, displays enticing aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.



What's hot right now on the Summer Selection..Date published: 23/05/14

Chateau clos Fontaine, 2007, Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux

Côtes de Francs is Bordeaux's smallest appellation, just 450 hectares of vineyards in all, located in the picturesque hills to the east of St-Emilion. Clos Fontaine is perhaps the area's best known winery, owned by the illustrious Thienpont family. 

A medium-bodied and rounded wine. Aged in single-use oak barrels for upto 14 months and matured for a further 2 years before bottling, it is harmonious, smooth and has a gently spicy muscularity.

Decant before serving. Best with hearty beef casseroles.

Pick up a couple of bottles as part of the Summer Selection at just £6.66, down from £9.99


Piedtanque Rose, Vin de France 2013Date published: 23/05/14

The striking modern label on this wine is a pun on the original name for Petanque or boules - Pied Tanque meaning "planted foot".

Made froma blend of Carignan with a little bit of Cinsault, this wine is a fresh, easy-drinking rose bursting with red summer fruits.

£5.49 - perfect quaffing wine for the hot summer months!


New PrimitivoDate published: 23/05/14

The Natale Vegra Primitivo from Puglia is new in this week. Resting in the heel of Italy, Puglia is home of the Primitivo variety. Known elsewhere as Zinfandel, this grape flourishes in hotter climates to produce big reds, full of fruit flavors. Puglia is a largely flat region, allowing the strong Italian sun to concentrate the flavors in the grapes to give rich, jammy wine. This example from Natale Vegra is typical of this, and represents terrific value at £6.99 when you buy more than one. 

Con Amigos Malbec,Date published: 23/05/14


For many people, Malbec is synonymous with Argentina. Recently, however, Chile has been doing a good job of 'stealing' Argentina's signature grape variety.

This wine comes from the Bio Bio region which lies in the south of the country. Bio Bio, thanks to its cooler climate and investment in research, has developed a reputation for producing premium wines, especially using cool climate grapes like Pinot Noir.

Slightly lighter and crisper than your average Malbec, the Con Amigos has a soft mouthfeel and lovely aromas of red fruit - such as plum - and blueberry.

This is a great wine to enjoy on its own, but it will go equally well with roast chicken or a grilled steak.

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more 33% off wines

£9.99 for a single bottle


MoroDate published: 20/05/14

Emilio Moro 2010, Ribera Del Duero (£14.99 Buy 2 save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Known locally as Tinto Fino, the Tempranillo clones here are old and pure. The Emilio offers real intense flavours of blackberry, vanilla and smoke. Full bodied and a lingering finish with well integrated firm tannins that make this perfect with Lamb. 



Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 20/05/14

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.


BussolaDate published: 20/05/14

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola - £22 or buy 2 save £10 = £17
A new one into the range, some of you might recognize the name "Bussola"?
We previously stocked the Valpolicella Classico wine by this incredible Italian producer, and now we've got a new one!
Made in the Ripasso style, where the fermentation is enhanced by grapes whose skins are dried out or "raisined" in the sun after harvest. This evaporates the water, concentrating the sugars and flavour compounds. This style is very similar in the way that the Italians make Amarone, so if you like your big, bold, concentrated wines, then this one is definitely one to try.
An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood. The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. Drink now or over the next 5 years.
In store now!

LFE GRAN RES MERLOTDate published: 20/05/14

A great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels.

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.

Drink with a rich aubergine lasagne.


JomainDate published: 20/05/14

This excellent Burgundian Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown near Puligny-Montrachet and the wine is very much in the style of the great wines of Puligny-Montrachet with great balance and minerality.  Domaine Jomain is one of the most respected producers in the area and their top wines go for huge amounts of money and so this provides a much better value look at what they are capable of producing.

In terms of flavour the wine has a toasty nose with vanilla and plenty of bright, citrussy fruit.  Careful use of oak and malolactic fermentation has imparted a creamy feel to the palate while still retaining the acidity and freshness of the wine and it also has a good, complex finish.  The wine is drinking very well now but also has potential for ageing for a year or two and is a great match for chicken.

The Bourgogne Chardonnay is currently open to try on the tasting counter and is at a great price at £12.99 and compares very well with other Burgundian Chardonnays at the same price.  Make sure you come in and give it a tr


Foxen Pinot NoirDate published: 20/05/14

The Foxen Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley in California.  It is from our selection of wines we opened for our Summer Wine Evening and so many of you may have already enjoyed this excellent wine already.  Coming from a small winery in Santa Barbara, this individualistic is rather different from the Pinot Noirs you might get from the more northern Napa or Sonoma Valleys, which are typically fruitier in style.

The wine offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents. Uncommon for a Pinot Noir the Foxen also has a ripe tannic structure, which comes from the time spent in oak after fermentation.  This wine is excellent with duck, goose or turkey.  



RoseDate published: 20/05/14

It is 15% off a selection of our Rosé's this month, here are three to look out for...

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze - £7.64

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.

Château La Gravette 2013 Minervois Rosé - £6.79

A fabulous bouquet of vanilla flowers and stewed strawberries follow through to a light and fresh palate of red fruits, mineral acidity, with an off dry finish.

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence - £12.74

An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.


120 cab francDate published: 19/05/14

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2013 Central Valley

£5.99 or single bottle price £8.99

A wine produced from grapes grown across Chile’s Central Valley, this is a classic example of why the area has given Chile such a reputation of value for money wines. This vast flat region is sunny and warm with a good water supply from the Andes; it is where the majority of Chile’s vineyards can be found. From the cellars of Santa Rita, this is an example of the infrequent use of Cabernet Franc as a single grape variety in a wine, as opposed to its more familiar use in the blends of Bordeaux and the Loire.

This rich, ruby coloured wine has a nose packed with ripe fruit. Though dominated by cassis and red berries, there is still a faint herbaceous-menthol character to it. This follows through on the palate where there is a nice balance of fresh acidity and a flavour assortment of cassis, raspberries and cherries. Soft hints of white pepper and rounded tannins give a little boost which carries on nicely through a prominent finish.


New Malbec'sDate published: 19/05/14

As all things go in 3s I've got 3 great new Malbecs for you to try. Originating in France, and known for producing the deep dark wines of Cahours, this grape variety has found a home, and a name for itself, in Argentina. 

Con Amigos, Malbec, 2013 comes from Chile and has lashing of plummy and blackberry flavours. Making this youthful wine a great BBQ choice for the summer. £6.66 when you buy any 2 "Summer Selection wines" (£9.99 for a single bottle)

Vinalba Fifty, 2012, strictly speaking this is a blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, but this wine has and intense nose of dark fruits and an oaky complexity showing through. £7.99 when you buy any 2 of our "Summer Selection wines" (£11.99 for a single bottle). 

P15, Malbec, is a wine full of plum and cherry flavours, with a lovely hint of savory spice. £7.99 when you buy any 2 of our "Summer Selection wines" (£11.99 for a single bottle). 

So why not come and explore some of our newest Malbecs. 


New pricingDate published: 19/05/14

If you haven't had the opportunity yet to come in to see us at Majestic wines you won't know about our new simpler pricing. You will still find great wines at great prices here, but we've just made it a little bit easier to pick and mix all your favourite wines. 

Our offers are now split into 5 groups: 

A simple single bottle offer

15% off, mix and match the wines in this group with the purple label and get 15% off each bottle. 

25% off, the green label wines 

33% the orange labelled wines. 

Buy 2 and save £10 when you mix and match selected fine wines and spirits

So why not make you mix of 6 even more of a mix with our pick and mix offers.


Rioja ageingDate published: 19/05/14

Have you ever been searching for a Rioja and have been presented with ageing terms that you don't understand? This article will clear that up for you.

Joven: This is the youngest of ageing times. They may have spent some time in oak but it is not vital. They are for immediate release.

Crianza: This means that the wine must be aged for a minimum 24 months.. At least 6 months of this needs to be in oak barrels (with the rest aged in bottle).

Reserva: This means the wine must be aged for a minimum of 36 months in total.. At least 12 months of this needs to be in oak barrels.

Gran Reserva: These wines must be aged for at least 60 months and must spend at least 18 months of this in oak barrels.


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 19/05/14

The new Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is only £6.66 on the summer selection offer!

Come and grab some while the sun is still shining! 


RoseDate published: 19/05/14

Rose- a very versatile wine!

I probably don't need to convince many of you that rose is a great wine for sipping outside in the sunshine! But have you ever considered pairing it with food?

An off- dry, fruity  rose like the vinalba rose  from Mendoza can be a great match for a barbeque. The rich, ripe red fruits and fuller body of this wine make it a great adaptable drink for your char-grilled meats! 

Try a delicate Provence rose like the Chateau Pigoudet  with a fresh nicoise salad in the garden. 

A medium-sweet rose will be great with spicy thai foods, as the sweetness will work very well with aromatic spice and help to refresh your palate. Try the La Grille Rose D'anjou 

Enjoy!

... All prices quoted are the multi-buy offer price 


Minuty Date published: 19/05/14

Château de Minuty is in the Provence region in the south of France, virtually overlooking the Mediterranean sea. You can imagine it, sat in the sunshine by the sea, enjoying a glass or two al fresco with fresh seafood, no wonder this region is famous for its rosé production!

Provence rosés are made from Cinsault, Grenache and Tibouren (a variety grown almost exclusively in the Provence) and are made by gently pressing black grapes to extract a little colour from the skin but not too much tannin, which produces the most delicately coloured rosé wines.

Offering a not only a nose of citrus, but with an extra hint of floral and candied notes. The fresh acidity gives it a lively yet rounded palate, making it one of our favourie rosés! Ideal with any shellfish or summer salads.


Santa ritaDate published: 19/05/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2013, Leyda Valley

Founded by Domingo Fernandez in 1880, Santa Rita is one of Chile's most historic producers. It is now run by the Claro Group who have perfectly combined modern vinification techniques with Chile's ideal wine producing climate.

Their Medalla Real range represents some of the best wines the country has to offer; the grapes are hand-picked and the wine is barrel fermented in temperature controlled warehouses. Regular lees stirring and further barrel ageing gives this wine a wonderful creaminess but still manages to retain the crisp tropical fruit that Leyda Valley manages to express so well.

Bright, intense, olive green in colour. The nose features a combination of fresh fruits, some citrus notes, dried fruits, and minerals. It is fresh yet weighty on the palate, with a creamy texture and a long, persistent finish.” - Andrés Ilabaca Andonie

£11.99 single bottle price

Just £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles on the 33% offer!


fentimansDate published: 19/05/14

Fentimans Favourites!

Five generations of family expertise, and based locally in Hexham, Fentimans are renowned their distinctive flavours, botanically brewed soft drinks made from 100% natural ingredients. They offer a range of soft drinks including Rose Lemonade, Cherry Cola and Ginger Ale. Here I introduce you to a couple of our favourites:

Hollow's & Fentiman's Alcoholic Ginger Beer

New to the Fentimans range, Ginger Beer but with alcohol: now that's our kind of Ginger Beer! Makes excellent summer time drinking, plus there's no preservatives or artificial sweeteners so it's basically good for you.

£18 (Beers sold in cases of 8)

Fentimans Tonic Water

If you are going to have good gin, you need good tonic. FULL STOP. A G&T is after all 75% tonic (roughly!). Fentimans tonic has a subtle herbal infusion of juniper and lemongrass that could just as easily be enjoyed on its own.

Why not try a local gin with your local tonic: Jack Cain's or Durham Gin?

Buy 2 packs for £2.55 each, or £3 for a single pack of 4 bottles. 


Pesquera crianzaDate published: 19/05/14

Pesquera Crianza 2011, Alejandro Fernandez, Ribera Del Duero

£20.00 when 2 or more bought as part of a mixed case.

This stunning example of a Ribera del Duero has been made by Alejandro Fernanadez one of the superstars of the Spanish wine industry.

As found in Rioja the grape type is Tempranillo, with the vines being planted at altitude ensuring cold nights and hot days, ideal for this grape type.

The wine is aged for 2 – 2½ years in oak casks producing amazing depth and richness. There is a strong aroma of plums and dark fruits reaffirmed by the palate. This rich fruit flavour combined with the sweet spices and oaky smells have resulted in a voluptuous silky smooth wine with great depth, complexity and a satisfy length on  


Free DeliveryDate published: 19/05/14

On every order, delivery is FREE! One of the many free Majestic services for our customers, our delivery service is unique.

Not only is delivery FREE on a minimum of 6 bottles (any mix) they're fulfilled by the local Majestic store team in their very own Majestic van. We deal with your order from the moment you've clicked the big red 'Place Order' button to the moment we deliver - and all at a time that's convenient to you, including evening and weekends.

We'll contact you within 24 hours to confirm the details, and usually arrange a 2-hour window for delivery. We're flexible enough to cater for most special requests - you can use the checkbox labelled 'I would like to enter delivery instructions' on the online checkout to include a message for us with your order.

We turn around many orders within  two to four days, although in some cases this may be longer (a maximum of 7 days). 

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't deliver orders for just these products).


Spanish Wine!Date published: 19/05/14

Spanish Wine

Spain (located in South-West Europe) is well known for its wine production - located on the Iberian Peninsula, it has over 2.9 million acres planted—making it the single most widely planted wine producing nation. Despite this, due to stresses of heat and water availability, Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout - although 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes—including the reds: Tempranillo,Garnacha, and Monastrell; the white Albarino, Airen, Viura and Verdejo; and the three cava grapes: Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Cariñena.

There are a number of major wine regions in Spain; which include the upper ebro (navarra, rioja, calatayud and Carinena), Catalonia (Catalunya, Penedes and Priorat), The Duero Valley (Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, VdlT Castilla y Leon), North west Spain (Rias Baixas, Bierzo), Levante (Valencia, Jumilla, Yecia) and Castilla-La Mancha (La Mancha, Valdepenas, Vinos de Pago, VdlT de Castilla).

In terms of winemaking, Spain, for many years, was known for its very rustic and steeped approach. This included the prudent use of oak with both red and white wines, spending as much as two decades ageing in the barrel. This created distinctly identifiable flavours that were internationally associated with the wines from regions such as Rioja. However, in saying this, Spanish wine has undergone a wine revolution over the last twenty years and is now producing a diverse range of brilliant red, white and rosé wines. Modern fermentation with temperature control and use of stainless steel tanks has allowed for fresher, fruitier, unoaked styles of wine – particularly whites. With reds, winemakers started to rediscover the use of French oak, with shorter periods of maturation. Most will require 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. Nonetheless, the tradition of long barrel and bottle ageing has meant that most Spanish wines are ready to drink once they hit the market


Craft BeersDate published: 19/05/14

Bored of the usual selection of lagers and ales? Our slowly growing range of craft beers has some really interesting alternatives to the bigger brands.

Curious Brew Lager, 12x330ml, £17.99

From Chapel Down, better known as an English wine producer, this premium lager is re-fermented with Champagne yeast to give it a clean, dry and slightly zesty finish. Winner of a gold medal at the 2012 International Beer Challenge, and also becoming increasingly popular here at the Ayr store, this is one to try if standard lager isn't doing it for you anymore.

Curious IPA, 12x330ml, £17.99

Also from the Chapel Down stable, this balanced but powerful India Pale Ale is brewed using pale ale malt and three complimentary hops, influenced by the fact that many wine regions use up to at least three different grapes to create better balance and depth. Much richer and smoother than the Curious Brew, this has enough character of it's own to justify buying both!

Brew Dog Punk IPA, 6x330ml, £9.99

A hoppy and powerful ale in the American style, this is the Scottish producer's flagship brand. Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, this is their tribute to the classic IPAs of yesteryear. Not to be underestimated, this is well worth a try.

Brooklyn Lager, 6x355ml, £9.99

This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food. An amber-gold lager that displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. After years of bashing American beer, here's some proof that they can actually make good stuff!

Anchor Steam, 6x355ml, £9.99

Also addressing the balance for American beer, we have Anchor Steam from San Francisco. They have a company history to be proud of, dating back to 1896, and also being known as the first of the modern microbreweries. This tasty beer is deep amber in colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour. 

Einstok White Ale, 6x330ml, £9.99             

The Einstok brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. The water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlidarfjall Mountain and through lava fields, delivering the purest water on earth, used in creating this fantastic white beer. This is a great alternative if you've sickened yourself with wheat beers; it's in a similar vein, but not nearly as heavy, with a much cleaner finish, making it dangerously more-ish..                  


5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer ListDate published: 19/05/14


You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but was wondering what else it is useful for. Well below are great reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member.

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but cannot the remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. The Delegat's Reserve Merlot was a recent example of this, and a fantastic buy.

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


VinalbaDate published: 19/05/14

Producer Information

Vinalba's eclectic range of wines showcase the depth and elegance that Argentina offers. Launched in 2008, Viñalba has already won 117 medals, including 11 trophies in the industry's top competitions, e.g. International Wines and Spirits Quality Award 2010. Made by one of Argentina's most respected winemakers, Bordeaux born Hervé J. Fabre, Viñalba offers a range of beautifully crafted wines, combining Argentina's purity of fruitand clear varietal expression with the elegance and complexity that expresses the local terroir.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo £8.24

The aromatic Torrontes grape is Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines. Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peachmelon, pear and pineappleprovide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Uco Valley £7.99

Hervé made his name from Malbec, having been the first to make a single-varietal Malbec in Argentina, but his Bordeaux roots have influenced this wine with the addition of the Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon. Full-bodied, intense and vibrant with a juicydamson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both the nose and palate. The toasty oak influence adds complexity. A perfect match for a juicy stake or hearty casserole.

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011 Mendoza £13.59

The flagship wine in the Viñalba range, with a plethora of awards recognising its excellence. Hand-picked grapes from old vines ensure stunning quality. A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and voluptuous, providing a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish.


Parcel SeriesDate published: 19/05/14

The Parcel Series

This is a collection of wines acquired in bulk by Majestic and from various producers and marketed under the 'Parcel Series' label. Many of the wines are 'declassified' wine from some of the most prestigious producers in their respective regions and represent excellent value, often being priced at a fraction of what they would be under their original label. Here are three current standouts from the current crop:

The Parcel Series Shiraz Reserve 2012, Western Cape South Africa - £5.99

Sourced from the preeminent winery in Stellenbosch, the heart of South African wine country, this wine represents incredible value. A deep, dense and powerful Shiraz with cascades of black fruit and a spicy, peppery finish this should be a fixture for all summer barbeques as it is the perfect partner for char-grilled meats.

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc - Western Cape South Africa £6.66

This Bordeaux blend from South Africa is a real find for Majestic. From a celebrated estate in Stellenbosh, no expense is spared in production, with new and seasoned barrels used for aging and all fruit being hand harvested. The warm, dry climate moderated by ocean breezes helps minimize vine diseases and the estate is farmed organically. A plush array of blackcurrant fruit is supported by ripe acidity and smooth, earthy tannins. An ideal partner for Sunday roast lamb.

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile - £7.33

The Maipo Valley in Chile is arguably the most celebrated region for red wine in all of South America with its producers earning renown for the powerful, rich Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. A brooding wine with full body and pure black fruit, elegantly counterbalanced with oak notes of smoke and spice this can stand up to as robust a food as one can conceive. Try with Roasted saddle of Venison


Sam Adams £1 a bottle!Date published: 19/05/14

This month's Beer of the Month comes from the biggest producer of Craft beer in the world, Sam Adams. A recreation of a 19th century American recipe , this beer is rich and satisfying and packs a hoppy punch! A couple of years ago the brewers got together to decide how they could make a better version for the U.K market, and so decided to spend a number of months at the Famous Shepard Neame brewery in Kent. This allows the brewers to get Boston Lager to us in the perfect condition, which was always a problem when the beer previously had to spend time traveling from the American brewery. 

Fresh and in perfect condition Sam Adams is now enjoyed in the manner in which it should be for us beer lovers in the U.K. 

Currently just £1 per bottle!!

£24 for a case of 24 - Can't say fairer than that!!

Cheers to the Summer!! 


All you need to know about Pinot NoirDate published: 19/05/14


Pinot Noir was originally planted in Burgundy, where it has created a reputation for that region's red wine. It ripens early, and is well suited to the moderate climate there. 

It has tight bunches of small berries, which give a very sweet juice. Because of the tightness of the bunches, it is prone to rot, athough due to systematic sprays and improved canopy management this is now much less of a problem. 

Young Pinot Noir wine typically displays a fruity perfume of raspberries, strawberries or red cherries, and because the grape is thin skinned it usually has soft, light tannins and is rarely deep in colour.

Pinot Noirs tend to age unpredictably, leading some to claim that they are at their best for a very short period only. This is true if you like your Pinot in one style only, but many can be enjoyed at all stages of their life, without having to battle with harsh tannins or raw acidity. With age, vegetal and farmyard aromas that can be off putting or exciting, depending on what you like.

Pinot Noirs need moderate or cool conditions otherwise the resulting wines have over-ripe jammy flavours.


Planning a party?Date published: 19/05/14

Beer! Soft Drinks! Ice! Glass hire! Chiller Bins! Sale or Return! We do it all, not just wine! Pop in and get your party supplies ready today! #summerparty

Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2013 Famille NegrelDate published: 19/05/14

£9.99 down from £10.99


The Negrel family settled at the domaine Mas de Cadenet in 1813, and has now been there for 7 generations. Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines.

Bright salmon pink; typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refined and complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture.

Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes.


Wine of the Week: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013, Monte SchiavoDate published: 19/05/14

Verdicchio is a white grape variety that hails from the Marche region of central Italy. The Verdicchio is the primary grape in the region and has a rather lengthy history extending right back to the 14th century.

Monte Schiavo are a large cooperative group and source the best quality grapes possible from over 35 different growers across the region.

A lively, ripe, citrus driven Verdicchio with a great diverse range of fruits, with the likes of lemons, limes hints of pineapple and ripe apricots, with a slight bitter finish leaving you wanting more.

This is a perfect wine for the summer months and will be a definite winner at BBQ's and sunny garden parties.

At £6.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles this is an offer too good to refuse

£8.99 single bottle price



Pick 'n' Mix Range - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc only £7.99*Date published: 19/05/14

Brought forward a week the ever popular Oyster Bay, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc, has joined our current Pick 'n' Mix range, now only £7.99 (was £11.99)

This Sauvignon Blanc is known for it's soft easy drinking style bursting with classic gooseberry and tropical fruits followed up with a very subtle herbaceous and a crisp refreshing finish.

This is the perfect wine for all occasions, especially with this sunshine, so if your looking for the ideal party or wedding wine look no further than this beauty!

* Offer ends 2nd June 2014

Double the Joy for Summer - New Provence Rose Magnums!Date published: 19/05/14

Breaking News!

We have recently receive a range of Provence Rose Magnums to add to our range. If you are a fan of the Aix magnums and Provence Rose then you will love these!

They are the perfect party piece this Summer and I have to say  two of the most striking bottles we have seen, and wine to match, definate showstoppers.

Chateau de Berne Rose, Magnum, 2013, Cotes de Provence - £27.50

Their iconic square bottle looks even more impressive in magnum form. Chateau de Berne is a stunning 18th century property and landmark of Provence, now a luxurious hotel and Spa. The bottle label proudly shows off the historic stained glass window from a unique room of the Chateau. Pop in and I will tell you about this room, it's too raunchy for these pages!

moving on, this rose is the hallmark honeysuckle pink wine is bursting with summer fruits and a hint of mango. just what you would expect from a Provence Rose the palate is intense, crisp and refreshing with flavours as per the nose. A perfect summer aperitif or BBQ cooked sardines.

M de Minuty Rose, 2013, magnum, Cotes de Provence - £25.00

A classic shaped Provence Rose bottle but just twice the size as normal and double the joy!

Chateau de Minuty is located on St Tropez penninsula overlooking the Mediteranean Sea. This Rose is a perfect example of local styles of Provence Rose and a wine that up until recently you never really saw in this country much - and now we give it to you in a Magnum form, we are good to you!. The unique factor in this wine is the proportion of Tibouren grapes used a grape variety grown exclusively in the region.

Again pale honeysuckle pink, the nose offers citrus fruit and classic floral candied fruit characteristics. The palate is clean and extremely refreshing yet with a rounded palate.

A perfect accompaniment to any shellfish (Lobster if you can afford to holiday in St Tropez!) or a summery mozarella and tomato salad.

Miraval Rose, 2013, Cotes de Provence - £17.99

O.k it's not a magnum granted, but i couldn't write about Provence Rose and not mention this new addition to our range - you'll just have to buy 2 bottles of it!

Recently brought into the spotlight thanks to it's new owners - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who are extremely hands on and keen to have an input into the wines production and renovating the 17th century property.

The first modern release of this wine in 2012 caused quite a stir and met with wide acclaim, even being listed in the wine spectators top 100 wines from the world - the first ever Rose to be listed in this star line up apparently!

Every customer that has had this wine and seen it in store have lit up with delight and excitement so this says alot.

A beautiful pale pink colour with notes of wild strawberry, stone fruit and a delicate touch of floral character, hallmark Provence rose nose.

the palate has great texture with soft tangerine and peach notes joined by layers of berry fruit. A great Summer afternoon wine with selected guests!


Don't forget our Party ServiceDate published: 19/05/14

As summer fast approaches it's time to start planning all those summer garden parties and BBQs that make this time of year the best. Here at Majestic wines we've got all your need to make sure that your drinks selection is perfect (even if the rain does drive you back indoors). 

If you need help selecting the perfect wine for you party then why not come and chat to one of our knowledgeable team, who can help you choose the ideal wine whatever the occasion. 

Don't have enough glasses for your party? No problem we offer a glass loan service, we've got wine glasses, hi-balls, Champagne flutes and pint glasses. 

If you need a way to keep everything cool in the garden we've got chiller bins and ice buckets for hire, we even sell the ice you'll need to put in them. 

To top it all we will deliver it free of charge on the day of your choosing. So why wait? Come in today and let us help you organise the perfect summer party. 


3 Brand new MalbecsDate published: 19/05/14

As all things go in 3s I've got 3 great new Malbecs for you to try. Originating in France, and known for producing the deep dark wines of Cahours, this grape variety has found a home, and a name for itself, in Argentina. 

Con Amigos, Malbec, 2013 comes from Chile and has lashing of plummy and blackberry flavours. Making this youthful wine a great BBQ choice for the summer. £6.66 when you buy any 2 "Summer Selection wines" (£9.99 for a single bottle)

Vinalba Fifty, 2012, strictly speaking this is a blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, but this wine has and intense nose of dark fruits and an oaky complexity showing through. £7.99 when you buy any 2 of our "Summer Selection wines" (£11.99 for a single bottle). 

P15, Malbec, is a wine full of plum and cherry flavours, with a lovely hint of savory spice. £7.99 when you buy any 2 of our "Summer Selection wines" (£11.99 for a single bottle). 

So why not come and explore some of our newest Malbecs. 


Simpler pricingDate published: 19/05/14

If you haven't had the opportunity yet to come in to see us at Majestic wines you won't know about our new simpler pricing. You will still find great wines at great prices here, but we've just made it a little bit easier to pick and mix all your favourite wines. 

Our offers are now split into 5 groups: 

A simple single bottle offer

15% off, mix and match the wines in this group with the purple label and get 15% off each bottle. 

25% off, the green label wines 

33% the orange labelled wines. 

Buy 2 and save £10 when you mix and match selected fine wines and spirits

So why not make you mix of 6 even more of a mix with our pick and mix offers.


M de Minuty RoseDate published: 19/05/14

It's coming back! Arriving at Battersea on Wednesday 21st May. £9.99 per bottle.

Stock up to avoid missing out.

Team Battersea

Etoile de Mer RoséDate published: 18/05/14

This Rosé comes from the Provence region in the South of France. The grapes are grown in Luberon, a mountainous region towards the southern part of the Rhône valley, and this slightly milder climate is evident in the ripe strawberry aromas of the wine.
Light, crisp and dry with a round finish this wine is just perfect for lazy summer afternoons in the garden. It also works extremely well with any type of grilled fish, particularly if cooked on the barbecue.


An absolute steal at just £8.99 when you buy any 2 wines in the 25% off range!

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 17/05/14

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.


Veuve Cliquot 33% off!Date published: 17/05/14

Everyone recognises that 'orange' label and knows it to be a fantastic champagne. So I am so pleased to inform you all that it is on offer. 

Its single bottle price normally comes in at £45.00

However, if you buy two or more you get them for £29.98 each. An impressive 33%

You really can't go wrong with this price, especially if you have a big celebratory event coming up. Nothing wrong with a bit of forward planning. 


Veuve Cliquot 33% off!Date published: 17/05/14

Everyone recognises that 'orange' label and knows it to be a fantastic champagne. So I am so pleased to inform you all that it is on offer. 

Its single bottle price normally comes in at £45.00

However, if you buy two or more you get them for £29.98 each. An impressive 33%

You really can't go wrong with this price, especially if you have a big celebratory event coming up. Nothing wrong with a bit of forward planning. 


Leon Perdigal Blanc 2013Date published: 17/05/14

Wine of The Week 

Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 Léon Perdigal

£7.49 when you buy any 2, save 25%

(£9.99 single bottle price.)

This wine is a blend of five traditional white varieties sourced from several vinyard areas across the southern Rhône, including the districts of Vaucluse, Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. Fermented at low temperatures and matured without oak.

An approachable wine with medium intensity and a gently complex nose of pear, white peach and delicate honeysuckle scents. A rounded palate with a pleasing balance between roundness and crisp acidity.

A good all-rounder for pairing with food. Ideal with chicken or fish in light sauces.


Robbie's Staff ChoiceDate published: 17/05/14

Robbie's Staff Choice:

Waimea Pinot Gris (New Zealand)

I chose this because it is full of flavour!  Pear, honey, and sweet spice dominate. It has well-balanced acidity and a fantastic length of finish.

A hint of sweetness in the wine makes this the perfect partner for a mild curry or Thai meal! 

Try if you like Riesling or wines that are off-dry.

Buy 2 save 25% = £11.24

Single bottle price = £14.99


New Arrival - Mud House Sauvignon Blanc.Date published: 17/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

£6.66

when you buy any 2 or more selected 33.3% off wines.

Unit price £9.99

With sunny weather, comes the desire to make sure the fridge has a full complement of chilled white wine! With our fantastic new arrival the Mud House Sauvignon from New Zealand, we can certainly help you with this.

This exciting new wine is a great example of why New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has seen such success. A winner of the coveted International Wine Challenge Gold Award, it's not just us that think this is one not to miss.

Filled with citrus and tropical fruit flavours, this is a crisp and vibrant wine. A great match with light summer salads, or fresh seafood.


New Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 17/05/14

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola - £17 as part of our Buy 2 save £10's deal.

A new one into the range, some of you might recognize the name "Bussola"?

We previously stocked the Valpolicella Classico wine by this incredible Italian producer, and now we've got a new one!

Made in the Ripasso style, where the fermentation is enhanced by grapes whose skins are dried out or "raisined" in the sun after harvest. This evaporates the water, concentrating the sugars and flavour compounds. This style is very similar in the way that the Italians make Amarone, so if you like your big, bold, concentrated wines, then this one is definitely one to try.

An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood. The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. Drink now or over the next 5 years.

In store now!


Party ServiceDate published: 17/05/14

We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a wedding, christening, a birthday, or just a get-together we are here to help!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling? How many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin hire.

What's great is we also have our tasting counter, with wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. 

Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself.


L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2013 Rigal, Comté Tolosan Date published: 16/05/14

L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2013 Rigal, Comté Tolosan 

Origin

Made by Rigal, one of the cornerstones of the wine industry of Cahors and the wider Lot Valley, spiritual home of the Malbec grape, this is a modern-style rosé from 100% Malbec. This wine has been named in honour of one of the region's other famous crops, saffron.

Taste

Vivid in colour, this rosé is equally vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp.

Enjoy

Ideal with salads and barbecued meats, or as a summery aperitif.

£8.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles or individually priced at £9.99 

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007Date published: 16/05/14

This wonderful champagne is ideal for a lovely summer day, as it's soft and rich, containing hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Heidsieck, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region, so you know that you will be drinking quality champagne! 

Currently priced at £19.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more, down from £30 per bottle, it's great value for money! Be sure not to miss out on this fantastic offer! Come down and see us soon

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 16/05/14

We have a new New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in stock! Priced at £6.66 and on our current 33% summer selection deal, this is a wine very much akin to Majestic staples such as the Ned, Villa Maria or Oyster Bay, offering outstanding value for money and a great aperitif.

Mud House have been around for 18 years and like many in New Zealand, are heavily involved in sustainable viticulture. Sourced from across the Wairau Valley, a sub-region of Marlborough where wines tend to be more grassy than full of tropical fruit, this is crisp, concentrated and refreshing, with vibrant grapefruit and citrus flavours. 

At £6.66 it cannot be stressed how much of a fantastic offer this is, so be sure to pop in and see us soon

#battersea

Days of SummerDate published: 15/05/14

Dreaming of Summer.....

This week we've been enjoying...

'Days of Summer' Reserva 2013.Miguel Torres Chile 

Close your eyes and imagine a summer meadow, the smell of honeysuckle in the air and freshly cut grass. Your setting up a picnic spot and about to open a bottle of wine. As you pour 'Days of Summer', the floral bouquet smells sweet and inviting...

Grape Variety: Muscat

Palate: White grape and honey, with a hint of sweet pineapple. 

The Producer: Miques Torres'es winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain, and is among those leading the sustainable viticulture movement in Chile.


Emilio MoroDate published: 15/05/14

Emilio Moro 2010, Ribera Del Duero (£14.99 Buy 2 save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Known locally as Tinto Fino, the Tempranillo clones here are old and pure. The Emilio offers real intense flavours of blackberry, vanilla and smoke. Full bodied and a lingering finish with well integrated firm tannins that make this perfect with Lamb. 


HeggiesDate published: 15/05/14

Heggies Chardonnay 2011, Eden Valley (£14.99 Buy 2 Save £10 Fine Wine Offer

Planted on one of Australia's highest vineyard sites giving cool temperatures and rocky soils. Hand picked and matured for 11 months in new and old French oak barriques. This wine has apple and pear flavours with a creamy texture


Coney!Date published: 15/05/14

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough (£17.50 Buy 2 Bottles Save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

This is an excellent wine, crafted by the New Zealand duo of Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. Ripe plum and bright cherry flavours with a smoky and savoury palate. Truly great value.


Sam Adams £1 a bottle!Date published: 09/05/14

We have an amazing deal on Sam Adams Boston Lager at the moment. Just £24 for a case of 24.

Langlois L’Extra Crémant de Loire Date published: 09/05/14

This is another new addition to the sparkling range. Langlois is part of the Bollinger empire. Only made using hand-picked grapes, the final blend is 60% Chenin and 40% Chardonnay, with a minimum of twelve months on the lees. A modern style of sparkler, this is well priced at £9.99 on the 33% offer ongoing.


Tonights Dinner - Chicken EnchiladasDate published: 08/05/14

Tonights Dinner - Chicken Enchiladas

Matching the spicy creaminess of tonight's dinner, chicken enchiladas can be quite tricky but  these two newcomers to the Majestic range are up to the job.

The Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio Valley

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel.

Was £9.99

Now Only £6.66

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 Bierzo

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

Was £9.99

Now Only £6.66


Craft BeersDate published: 28/04/14

Bored of the usual selection of lagers and ales? Our slowly growing range of craft beers has some really interesting alternatives to the bigger brands.

Curious Brew Lager, 12x330ml, £17.99

From Chapel Down, better known as an English wine producer, this premium lager is re-fermented with Champagne yeast to give it a clean, dry and slightly zesty finish. Winner of a gold medal at the 2012 International Beer Challenge, and also becoming increasingly popular here at the Ayr store, this is one to try if standard lager isn't doing it for you anymore.

Curious IPA, 12x330ml, £17.99

Also from the Chapel Down stable, this balanced but powerful India Pale Ale is brewed using pale ale malt and three complimentary hops, influenced by the fact that many wine regions use up to at least three different grapes to create better balance and depth. Much richer and smoother than the Curious Brew, this has enough character of it's own to justify buying both!

Brew Dog Punk IPA, 6x330ml, £9.99

A hoppy and powerful ale in the American style, this is the Scottish producer's flagship brand. Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, this is their tribute to the classic IPAs of yesteryear. Not to be underestimated, this is well worth a try.

Brooklyn Lager, 6x355ml, £9.99

This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food. An amber-gold lager that displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. After years of bashing American beer, here's some proof that they can actually make good stuff!

Anchor Steam, 6x355ml, £9.99

Also addressing the balance for American beer, we have Anchor Steam from San Francisco. They have a company history to be proud of, dating back to 1896, and also being known as the first of the modern microbreweries. This tasty beer is deep amber in colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour. 

Einstok White Ale, 6x330ml, £9.99             

The Einstok brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. The water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlidarfjall Mountain and through lava fields, delivering the purest water on earth, used in creating this fantastic white beer. This is a great alternative if you've sickened yourself with wheat beers; it's in a similar vein, but not nearly as heavy, with a much cleaner finish, making it dangerously more-ish..          


Know your Bottles...Date published: 27/04/14

Most of us are familiar with the regular 75cl bottle, after all the majority of wine comes in this format, however there are many other sizes available - we're often asked about their names so here they are!

For Champagne:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Jeroboam (4 btls)

Rehoboam (6 btls)

Methuselah (8 btls)

Salmanaza (12btls)

Bathaza (16 bts)

Nebuchadnezza (20 btls)

For still wines:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Marie-Jean (3 btls)

Double Magnum (4 Btls)

Jeroboam (5 ltrs)

Imperial (8 btls)

Aix Rose Double Magnums now in-store! Come and check them out, you won't be disappointed!

Fine Wine PlanDate published: 27/04/14

The Fine Wine Plan.

Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur?  Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT). 

Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month.  Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:

•  Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.

•  Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.

•  An exciting and ever-evolving range.

•  Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.

For more information please visit http://www.layandwheeler.com


Crozes Hermitage “Les Saviaux” Domaine Michel Poinard AOP 2012 Date published: 27/04/14

Crozes Hermitage “Les Saviaux” Domaine Michel Poinard AOP 2012 

This is classic intense, peppery northern Rhône Syrah from a small Domaine just outside the village of La Roche de Glun. Winemaker Yves Cheron was born into a family of winemakers in Burgundy but has been making wine in the Rhône since the 1980s. This Crozes comes from low yielding 30 year old vines making the wine really concentrated and expressive.

 £15.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £11.99. 


Looking to try a sweet wine?Date published: 27/04/14

Looking to try a sweet wine?

The best way to navigate this section is to pick your pudding.

If it’s fruit based and lightish, choose an unfortified wine from an aromatic grape such as muscat or gewürztraminer. Moving on to richer, creamy concoctions, you can move it up a gear and look for a bit of botrytris cinerea, or 'noble rot' - the natural miracle which is the most glamorous route to a sweet wine.

Here we have three quite different offerings from the sweet wine range, each of which displays characteristics and flavours typical to their ilk.

Chateau Suduiraut Castelnau de Suduiraut, Sauternes, France - this is a classic sweet white wine blend made from semillion and sauvignon blanc. This versatile blend is typically made into crisp, dry wines, but it is also the blend of choice for the world's most prestigious sweet wine style, Sauternes. The blend is endowed with vibrant acidity and grassy aromas by Sauvignon Blanc, and its structure from Semillon. This wine also embodies the typical tastes of orange blossom,spice and fudge for which Sauternes wines are famed. Try with duck liver terrine or a fruity dessert. £11.99

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011, Coastal Region, South Africa - this wine is a mix of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Crouchen Blanc grapes. This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito' method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks, concentrating the sugars. As such the wine develops complex aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Match this with tarte tatin or a fresh sponge pudding. £12.99

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008, Tokaji, Hungary - This wine is so famed that it has made its way into Hungary's national anthem! It is made from an aszu blend of furmint and harslevelu grapes. The unique combination of volcanic soil, hot summers and autumn fog are harnessed to create this sweet yet upliftingly fresh wine. This wine will match perfectly with blue cheeses and fruit desserts. £19.99


Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, 2013Date published: 27/04/14

Monte Shiavo, a large cooperative group, source this beautiful summer wine from over 35 growers.

The wine has an intriguing aroma of white flowers alongside the just-ripe pears so commonly found in Italian whites.

On taste, the wine is crisp and light, but with a clear intensity of stone fruit. The perfect pair for trout a la crème or fishcakes with panko breadcrumbs.

A great summer wine for lovers of Pinot Grigio and other Italian whites.

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


SherryDate published: 27/04/14

A resurgence is afoot. A once unpopular choice with young people is making a comeback. Trendy East London bars are now awash with trendy sherry drinkers discussing the latest bands. Here at Majestic we want to keep you up to date with all the latest trends so here is a quick guide about the different styles of sherry to help you start your new love affair.

Fino:
Light, dry and delicate with a smooth almondy flavour. 100% palomino. 

Amontillado:
When Fino develops an amber colour in cask it becomes a Fino-Amontillado. Then at least 8 years later it becomes an Amontillado. Nuttier than the Fino with more body, can often take on a sweeter style. 

Oloroso:
Dry, rich with intriguing complexity from age, this classy style oozes quality and finesse. 

Brown:
A sweetened Oloroso which is usually (but not always) slightly lower quality. Previously very popular in Scotland. 

East India:
Some sources believe that this sweet madeira-like style dates back to 1617

Manzanilla:
Thick white and vigorous, one of the more classic styles.  

Pedro Ximinez:
Huge, dark, deep and powerfully rich this sherry is piled high with complex yet succulent raisiny muscovado flavours.

For a full list of our sherrys, check out our website: http://www.majestic.co.uk/sherry


LFE Gran Reserva ChardonnayDate published: 27/04/14

LFE Gran Reserva Chardonny

£7.33

(when you buy any 2 of our Pick 'n' Mix wines. Single bottle price £10.99).

A beautiful example of a New World Chardonnay, this wine is bursting with both stone and green fruits. Apricot, peach and apples are at the forefront, however, there are subtle hints of vanilla from the wines short period spent in oak. The influence of oak also gives the wine a lovely creaminess on the palate.

In my opinion this is one of the best value for money Chardonnays that we stock, and to get it for £7.33 is a bargain. We also do the Gran Reserva Merlot at the same price which is also worth a try!

This wine is the perfect match for salmon, however, I also like to drink it on its own.


Marques de Caceres Reserva RiojaDate published: 27/04/14

As those of you who know your spanish vintages will be aware, 2009 was an excellent year. This deep dark intense red reaped the benefits of this with a burst of blackberries and blackcurrants rounded off with a toasty finish.

The flavours require no search party, elegantly declaring themselves with beautiful, well balanced intensity.

Those of you who like a project will be pleased to hear that this wine ages superbly. Enjoy with lamb and impress on Easter Sunday.


Why Shop With Us?Date published: 27/04/14

Why would a customer want to shop with us? This is one of the questions we need to make sure is constantly in the forefront of our minds. This is why we offer various incentives to do so. From our customers with a new-found love of wine to our vineyard veterans, we believe that if your serious about wine, there is only one clear choice. In this article I will look to explain why we believe this.

We have a huge range of products, vast, extending through your favourite French regions to New World Australia and New Zealand. We have a price range starting from £4.99 all the way through to bottles of Champagne and fine wine costing hundreds of pounds. Whatever wine you want, we're confident that as a company we will be able to provide you with your perfect match. We train our staff to understand what it is you want and bestow them with the expertise to identify this for you. As well as this we offer a free tasting counter which we constantly rotate to offer you the opportunity to try new wines every week, without having to commit to a potentially risky purchase.

The vast majority of our stores offer car parking facilities, enabling you to make large purchases without worrying about transfer. As a little bonus we'll even carry your wine to the car for you. We offer a sale and return policy, meaning that for big events you can buy in bulk with the confidence that we will refund all the unopened bottles that you didn't need. We even offer free glass and chiller bin hire which can be a great help for expensive weddings and parties.

One of my favourite things about Majestic is that we don't just sell a product, we look to educate you, the consumer, to get you as excited as we are about wine. This is why we offer free wine tasting courses, seasonal tastings and even external tasting events. 

Look at what we offer and ask yourself the question 'Where else can I find all of this?'. This is why you shop with Majestic wine. 


Vinalba Reservado MalbecDate published: 27/04/14

Vinalba Reservado Malbec

£7.99

(when you buy at least 2 of our Pick 'n' Mix wines. Single bottle price £11.99).

Take advantage of this fantastic offer when you buy any 2 wines in our Easter Pick 'n' Mix. However, you need to hurry as this offer ends on Monday 28th April.

As you would expect from any Argentinian Malbec, this wine has generous notes of plum and fills the mouth giving a lengthy finish. There are secondary notes of chocolate and a slight smokey edge.

Argentina is the steak capital of the world, and a Malbec is the perfect match.. It is big enough to match the richness of the steak, yet the wine does not overpower the meat creating a lovely balance between the two.


BordeauxDate published: 27/04/14

The infamous region of two halves, the Bordeaux region in South East France has a great reputation for some of the best and most expensive red and sweet wines, although recently the region has grown in reputation for its premium dry white wines. The region has a moderate maritime climate which benefits from the warming effect of the gulf stream bringing warm air from the Caribbean to Northern Europe. The Atlantic brings in high levels of rainfall and humidity, however the vineyards are protected from the worst of the Atlantic storms by the Landes Forest. The soils are varied and differences in water management and heat retention determine the choice of grape. 

Almost all red Bordeaux wines and most whites are produced from a blend of grape varieties. This is due to variable weather conditions which make reliance on one grape too risky. Although thirteen grape varieties are permitted under AC regulations, most wines are dominated by three black grapes and two white. 

For red wines there is a great divergence of practices. Although the majority of winemakers destem their whole crop, there is little agreement on which vessels produce the best wines. Some of the top producers use both oak vats as well as steel or concrete vats to increase their blending options. Top quality reds are produced in small oak barriques of 225 litres and in the finest Chateaux, all the wine may be put into new casks. The finest wine can spend up to 24 months in casks, although typically they spend 15 - 18 months. 

For dry white wines the vinification has improved significantly, with a reduction in the use of sulphur and the introduction of stainless steel vats and temprature control. As a result of research, producers are now able to express grape aromas efficiently to keep them stable as wines age. This combined with healthier and riper grapes has significantly improved the quality of the Bordeaux white wines, giving them a more refreshing fruit forward style. 

Sweet Wines are made from fruit infected with noble rot. They are high in alcohol and are matured in new oak barrels for up to three years. 

The production areas found in Bordeaux are Medoc, Haut-Medoc, Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux, Graves, Pessac-legonan, Saint-Emillion, Pomerol, Fronsac, Blaye, Castillon, Francs, Cadillac, Entre-Deux-Mers, Pessac-LegonanLibourne. Each has their own regulations regarding classification.

The key wine styles are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion


Livran HalvesDate published: 27/04/14

Château Livran 2010 Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 75cl Half bottle

Château Livran stands on the site of a 13th-century fortress. The estate as it stands today gained recognition for its wine in the late 1800s. In modern times, the Merlot and Cabernet vines have been replanted where they perform best, according to soil analysis.

A robust and well-structured wine, offering a backbone of dense plum, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit and plenty of body. Ample tannins provide excellent length and a voluminous texture.

Drink now or keep for 3-5 years

Price £5.99


Oyster Bay SauvignonDate published: 27/04/14

The Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is now on the Pick & Mix deal at an amazing £7.99. 

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Oyster Bay shows pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

Vina Ardanza 2004Date published: 27/04/14

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta

The Region

Hailing from the Rioja Alta and named after one of the region's founding families. The grapes (Grenache and Tempranillo) are grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings. 2004 was a great vintage producing wines that are dark, structured and tannic.

The Wine

The Ardanza is our most popular fine wine and it's easy to see why. As a reserva, it has spent a minimum of 12 months in cask and 24 months in bottle before being released. Rich, spicy and complex, with soft tannins and a long finish.

Food Match

Perfect with your Sunday lamb.


Rose Magnums!Date published: 27/04/14


M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

£19.99

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, TibourenOrigin

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 

Magnum £19.99, Double Magnum £50

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, CinsaultOrigin

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.


Limited Supply:

Miraval Rose, Cotes de Prevence 2013

£38

Grape: Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle, Syrah

The 17th Century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated.

A beautifully pale pink colour with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.


First Class Pinot NoirDate published: 27/04/14

First Class Pinot Noir 2013 Casablanca Valley

£8.99 or

Pick 'n' mix any two bottles on the same offer and save 33.3%

£5.99

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin

This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state-of-the art winery in neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character

Taste 

 Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints. 
A great partner for tender pork loin. 


Killka ChardonnayDate published: 27/04/14

Killka Chardonnay 2012, Bodegas Salentein

Buy 2 save 33% £7.99 (Single Bottle £11.99)

Grape: Chardonnay

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate stretching 22km from east to west and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly- oaked Chardonnay.

Bright greenish yellow this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild mannered with a round palate feel.

Ideal  accompaniment for creamy textured pasta and chicken dishes.


Fleurie, Giles GelinDate published: 27/04/14

Fleurie 2011, Gilles Gelin

Buy 2 save £5, £10.99 (Single Bottle £13.49)

Gilles is the fourth generation of talented winemakers in the Gelin family, owners of Domaine des Nugues, whose humble 15 acres of vineyards in Fleurie are responsible for some of the best quality wines this classic cru has to offer.

An inviting nose of crushed red berries is accented with subtle notes of rose petals, graphite and wet stone. Full bodied for a wine of this ilk, with a real sense of mass and plenty of lush tannins.

Pair this supple red with pork chops or coarse pâtés.

Aix!Date published: 19/04/14

Looking for a the ultimate party piece for a summer gathering this year? Something to impress your friends?

AIX Rose 2012, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence do Magnums (£19.99) and even Double Magnums (£50)!

The double magnums are great for that show-stopping moment and something to give your party a unique twist. They stand about two feet high. The wine's not bad either...


Easter dealsDate published: 19/04/14

Don't miss out on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix offers!

Here are our top 5:

1) Santa Rita 120 Merlot - £5.99

2) Domaine Chautarde Provence Rose - £5.99

3) Ned Sauvignon, Marlbourough, New Zealand - £6.99

4) Vina Eguia, Rioja Reserva - £6.99

5) Nicolaus Feuillatte N.V. Champagne - £16.66

This is just a selection of the Pick 'n' Mix range so why not come & explore.......



Spanish with a hint of France?Date published: 19/04/14

Spanish With a Bit of French - I'm In!

We've just had a fantastic new wine come in that will tick a few boxes - A fruity Crianza that is full bodied! We've had the Senior Aguila in the company for a while, a Gran Reserva with a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon. This gives the wine a dark fruit punch that is becoming very popular. So let's have a look and see what we've got in the lower weight divisions.

El Parador Crianza 2009 - Navarra - £9.99 or £7.49 when you buy 2 - The amount of cab in this wine, leaves it slightly more toward the mid weight, but it powers through on the palate. Cherry fruits and a slight, smooth blackcurrant make this wine rather interesting. It has a nice spice and a vanilla note that is typical of neighboring Rioja. Super classy and very delicious.

Come and get yours now!


Even more Sunday lunch ideas!Date published: 19/04/14

Sunday Lunch Wine - Mocha Java Merlot

It's a British institution, The Sunday Roast, so here are some wines that should be the perfect partner for Beef, Lamb, Pork and Chicken. Any other Meats you're on your own! So here goes!

Beef

Vinalba Malbec/Touriga Nacional Reservardo 2010/11 - Mendoza - £11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 - It has to be Malbec from Argentina, home of some of the best beef in the world. This is a full, rich black fruit laden wine with a beastly but rounded tanin. Heady violet notes come from Touriga, the noble port grape. Fantastic blend that will make that beef dance.

Pork

Errazuriz Pinot Noir 2012, Casablanca Valley - £11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 -Fatty pork + Low tanin, red fruit dominated wine with good acidity = perfection. This has cherries on the nose and a floral nose. Perfection.

Lamb

Chateau de Sainte Gemme, 2002, Haut-Medoc - £14.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 -  Bordeaux is very easy when you get the hang of it. Young or extremely good, older Bordeaux, its beef and game, for a good Bordeaux or an amazingly old, but extremely good wine it's lamb all the way. This wine has a nice pepper spice, a touch of toast but a lovely red berry fruit. Complex.

Chicken

Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013, PGI - 5.99 a bottle - Yes, this wine is perfect! Well balanced acidity and a clear presence of quite restrained American oak. I think that a hearty roast chicken with a light gravy would send me in to a pleasure coma with this wine; pineapple, quince and hazelnuts and a toast note. Unbelievable!

Let's do Sunday Lunch in Style!


Italian Chardonnay?Date published: 19/04/14

Italian Chardonnay - Great Burgundy Without The Price Tag?

Well I've got your attention, and the answer is yes; Not Mersault but it'll knock spots off the Bourgognes and Macons. We've got one on our Pick'nMix deals at the moment and I feel that It's been looked over for other Chardonnays. So let's have a little look at this gem.

Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto Adige - £13.99 or £9.33 when you buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix Wines - In a word, the Alto Adige is Perfect (at least in winemaking terms). Lot's of sun but cooling mountain air allow optimal grape growing conditions which makes this little beauty balanced; firm, crisp, fruity and well rounded. A lovely yellow colour and a touch of tropical on the pallet completes it. Dynamite stuff!

Don't believe me? Pop in and get a bottle today. You'll never go back!


Pick 'n' Mix roseDate published: 19/04/14

With Spring in full swing and Summer on the horizon, it's time to think about the Rose. We've got a couple of crackers on the Pick'N'Mix at the moment, at a couple of different price points, that will be perfect for balmy, summer evenings and BBQ's. Let's have a look then:-

Domiane La Chautarde Rose 2013 - £9.99 or £6.66 when you buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines - Near the city of Brignoles, with its limestone rich clay soils, produces a wine that is full of red cherry flavours, subtle watermelon and nectarine on the finish and would go down amazingly with a slice of quiche. Cracking price too!

M de Minuty Rose - £14.99 or £9.99 when you buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines - Glamour Rose from St Tropez Peninsular, the bottle alone gives it an air of class that is carried through to the wine itself. Clean citrus nose, candied and floral but amazingly round and lively. Perfect with mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes and possibly some barbie fish. Yum!

Lots of other Roses too mind! Pop in and see us now!


Pick'N'Mix Wine of the Day!Date published: 19/04/14

Pick'N'Mix Wine of the Day!

The Pick'N'Mix is in full swing, but I want to bring one wine to the front of the cue. Australia has been an overlooked source of late, not surprising with price increases and a bit of an old world revival. The wine I'm about to tell you about could be the start of something great, a real flashback to the times of big juicy reds that were truly irresistible. So let's take a look at this little beauty!

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawara - £12.99 or £8.66 when you buy any 2 pick'n'mix wines - Intense fruit, fragrant nose and a pure fruit explosion, with very little oak contact. This is epic! Plums and a slight cedar finish with ripe, soft tannins and a heady feeling through out this experience. It's a perfect Sunday lunch partner or maybe a good BBQ wine if you've got the sun out. 

So why not pop in now and round the weekend off in style!


More sunday lunch ideasDate published: 19/04/14

What meat are you having for your Sunday lunch today? Whatever the choice, we have a great selection of wines that pair perfectly with any. ALL of which are also on the Easter pick'n'mix this month!

Here are just a few selected favourites in Battersea...

Having Roast Pork or Lamb? Why not try...

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges', Louis Jadot at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This provides an enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and fresh finish.

Having Roast Chicken? Why not try... 

Stella Alpina Chardonnay, DOC Alto Adige at £9.33 when you buy 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This is a supremely and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine golden balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright Golden yellow with hints of tropical fruit. 

Having Roast beef? Why not try...

Rioja Reserva, Vina Eguia at £6.66 when you but 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This is 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. 

Make your Sunday Lunch traditional with the perfect wine to match!


Bargain ChampagneDate published: 19/04/14

Bargain Fizz - J de Telmont

I'm sure that most people love a bit of fizz, whether you're celebrating something or just fancy feeling like a celebrity. Problem is, we don't have the celebrity money to afford such treats all the time; until now that is. We've got a storming price on one of my go to champagnes so let's take a look at this little gem.

J de Telmont Grand Reserve NV - £22.50 or £14.99 when you buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix Wines - In a word, this is fabulous; fabulous flavour, fabulous mouth feel and fabulous value. It s soft, medium bodied and fruity, with a classic yeasty not that makes it a true champagne experience. One of the few remaining family run estates, this champagne supports the small niche of champagne too.

At this price, you may even want to consider it for a party or even a wedding. Pop in to Majestic Swansea and have a chat with us about our services and get all the advice you'll ever need.


Burgundy's forgotten grapesDate published: 19/04/14

Burgundy's Forgotten Grape

As we all know, the best white wine coming out of Burgundy are Chardonnay based and very expensive.... Not so! We have a good selection of affordable white Burgundy so that was a lie anyway. We've also got some whites that are fantastic, under £10 and not chardonnay! Aligote, the original grape of Burgundy is much different and a nice change from the norm. let's take a look at this grape in action:-

Bourgogne Aligote 2012, Chateau du Cray - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more - Grown on the sandier soils of Burgundy, this is a juicy and expressive wine with a citrus fruit edge. unoaked but nothing like your typical Chablis, it's more reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc than a chardonnay. It's quite light and perfect for a lovely summer salad or even a bit of smoked salmon. 

Come and give it a try now!  


Sunday lunch Wines!Date published: 19/04/14

Sunday Lunch Wine Time! 

Oh yes, It's that time again! Whether you're having the traditional, the less traditional or maybe a BBQ (Mad if you are!); It has to be red wine on a Sunday. I've picked a beauty for you sink your teeth in to today. It's a Bordeaux blend but with New World origins. Let's have a little look!

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011 - £9.99 or £8.49 when you buy 2 - It's Sunday so I think it's worth having something a bit special. Modern wineries don't come better than the Jordan estate and you'll see that from the wine. It is big, full bodied, with a jammy black berry fruit. It has lovely soft tannins that make it really approachable and will keep most pallets happy. I'd probably have it with beef myself, but I'm not a meat snob; enjoy it with whatever your having!

Pop in now and pick up a couple of bottles! 


New rose'sDate published: 19/04/14

Summer is Coming - New Rose Here Now!

With all this talk of 3 month heat waves and the possibility of hose pipe bans, I think we've got it spot on at Majestic by getting in our Roses already. Not only have we got a few amazing offers on Rose at the moment. we've even brought in a new one to get stuck in to. Let's have a little look at the new addition.

Valle Des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more - Straight off the bat, I love this wine. It's everything Provence, using all the typical grapes i.e.Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. What I like though is the addition of Cabernet. In the process of making this wine, each part is made separately, then expertly blended to produce a magical wine. Strawberry, raspberry, white peach and exotic tropical fruits. Wow! I can smell the sun cream already!

Come in and feel summery with me!  


Cloudy bay pelorusDate published: 19/04/14

Sparkling Performer - Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV

Champagne of real high quality for many of us is truly out of reach, for general, regular consumption anyway. We do have some cracking everyday champers, but nothing that really sets the world alight. If you want something that's as good as your Veuve, Taittinger or Pol Roger, then look to New Zealand. Cloudy Bay may be more famous for their Sauvignon but they do have this little gem in their armory. Let's take a look.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV - £23.99 or £15.99 when you buy 2 - Close your eyes, take a gulp and tell me that this isn't a high quality, NV champagne. Well it isn't a champagne, it's certainly high quality though; and what a price! Fresh, yeasty and a mouthful of crisp apple flavours; it's just a party in the mouth. Lees ageing makes the finish nice and round and will keep anybody happy.

Cheaper than champagne but equal in satisfaction. Try it today! 


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 19/04/14

Here are the times you need to know about to get in your Easter wine.

Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 10am-8pm

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours 9am-7pm

Sunday 20th April - closed

Monday 21st April - Bank Holiday 10am-5pm

Normal hours resume from Tuesday 22nd April onwards.


New arrivals for EasterDate published: 19/04/14

El Patito Feo, Navarra - £6.74

Graciano grows brilliantly in Navarra, a region for so long in the shadow of Rioja. “The Ugly Duckling” is a fantastic fruity red if you like the stylr of Rioja but want a bit more freshness

Passimento, Pasqua - £8.99

A wonderful Italian red made by drying the grapes to concentrate their flavours. Perfect with some nice cheese, olives and salami!

El Rescatado Albarin, Tierra De Leon - £9.99

Not a mis-spelling! This isn't an Albarino! Albarin is an ancient, and almost extinct grape variety. Quite like Pinot Gris from Alsace with a spicy quality and Apricot fruits. An odd one to tick off the list of grape varieties you've tried!

Arrowfield Semillon, Hunter Valley - £6.99

A 6 year old white wine – should be past it's best right? Wrong! Hunter Valley Semillon is utterly fantastic with a few years bottle age! This is INCREDIBLE value for money! Do not miss out!

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet, South Australia - £7.99

Classic Aussie Cabernet with ripe blackcurrant and leafy, eucalyptus notes. Hard to think of a better Cabernet for under a tenner.


Pizarras de Otero 2012 BierzoDate published: 19/04/14

Pizarras de Otero 2012 Bierzo

This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo.

A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.

'We were introduced to the Mencia grape and the Bierzo region by our local tapas bar in London. This is delicious drinking, smooth and full of flavour with no harsh notes as you sometimes get from the more inexpensive Riojas. A winner!' Online Customer Feedback

£9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £6.66.


Rioja Reserva 2008 Vina EguiaDate published: 19/04/14

Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña Eguía

For our in-store Spanish tasting week, what could be better than a vibrant, juicy Rioja at a cracking price?

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots.

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.

Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

£9.99

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£6.66


ArgentinaDate published: 19/04/14

Focus on Argentine Wine

Argentina has a winemaking history stretching back some 450 years: vine cuttings brought from Chile to the north of Argentina were taken to the Mendoza Provence in 1557. It is from here that the history of Argentine wine begins. Currently, it is the fifth largest wine-producing country in the world, with a very strong domestic market, and growing in popularity internationally. There is an array of different grape varieties cultivated in Argentina, undoubtedly their most popular is Malbec, brought over by the French in 1850. Along with other Bordeaux varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot it was initially used as a blending grape, but is now mostly made as a single varietal.

Torrontés is another typically Argentine grape, grown in the northern province of Salta. Recent investment in the region and more modern winemaking techniques has transformed this grape into a delicious, intensely fruity and floral white wine, well worth picking up a few bottles of Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 at £8.99 when you're next in!

Climate, weather and viticulture

Most of Argentina's vineyards lie close to the Andes, with a desert-like climate, they rely heavily on irrigation from water drawn from the rivers flowing down the mountains or from subterranean aquifers, as rainfall is extremely low (typically 150 to 220 mm per year). Because of the dry climate, there are few problems with rot or mildew. Spring frosts are occasional problems, but summer hail is a regular hazard and has the potential to destroy 10 per cent of the crop in an average year.

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