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Monday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
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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Store News(957)

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*

 - Free Ice Bucket* and Chiller Bin Hire*

 - Free Delivery*

 - Sale and return if required


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

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~ A wide range of commercial only wines 
~ Competative prices
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~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week
~ You personal account manager
~ Staff training with food and wine advice
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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.

Vinification

A combination of high-yielding vineyards, low labour costs and dry sunny conditions makes it possible to select large quantities of fully ripe, healthy fruit at low costs. Modern wineries have invested in up-to-date equipment, enabling temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only a handful of estates still use oak barrels or ageing.



New to Majestic?Date published: 19/04/14

If you've never shopped with Majestic before, then we have a customer list that you can be added to for free. It remember's what wines you buy as well as granting access to Majestic's free delivery service. When you make your first purchase, you'll also receive a free £10 bottle voucher that allows you to buy a wine of your choice up to the value of £10 on your next visit.

Craft BeersDate published: 19/04/14

If you like your beers and are on the lookout for something different, then check out these awesome new craft beers we have in stock at the moment,

Now down to £9.99 for 6  when you buy 2 or more 6 packs (£12.99 single 6 pack) - you can mix and match the beers too!

Brewdog Punk IPA, 

Einstok Witbier, 

Anchor Steam, 

Underdog Flying Dog Lager 

Brewery Lager


Two top picksDate published: 19/04/14

Gavi Montiero 2013 - 

Made from the Cortese grape, this Italian white wine hails from the small town of Gavi in the far south of the Piedmont. Cortese is such a great companion for seafood and there is an abundance of it fresh from the Ligurian Coast. Drink now with herby white fish to enjoy fully.

£8.99 or buy 2+ £5.99 

Errazuriz Estate Pinot Noir 2012,

This wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Casablanca valley. The area is an excellent wine producing region due to the warm dry summers which give excellent ripeness combined with cooling pacific breezes to keep the grapes fresh. Packed full of cherries and floral notes, this wine would go excellently with roast pork.

£11.99 or buy 2+ £7.99


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 19/04/14

Please find our Opening times for the forthcoming Easter weekend below:

Friday 18th April: 10am to 8pm

Saturday 19th April: 9am to 7pm

Sunday 20th April: CLOSED

Monday 21st April: 10am to 5pm

Tuesday 22nd onwards:  return to normal opening times.

If you have any queries, please either call the store on 0121 429 4688 or drop us an e-mail on bir@majestic.co.uk


What to drink with roast beefDate published: 19/04/14

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.

What to drink with...VenisonDate published: 19/04/14

The ideal wines with venison and game are medium bodied reds with moderate tannin, oak and spice.

A good place to start would be the Peter Lehmann Shiraz.

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.

Price £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles


The Prosecco GrapeDate published: 19/04/14

Prosecco – White grape variety native to the Veneto region in north east Italy. It is responsible for the sparkling wine of the same name. Prosecco is a very popular sparkling wine made by the charmat or tank method. There are some important DOC's such as Conegliano Valdobbiadene. It is a relatively cool area and the base wines produced are rather neutral, a factor accentuated by the very high yields. Nevertheless, it is popular and produces light, frothy wines, sometimes with a hint of sweetness.

The Ned Pinot GrigioDate published: 19/04/14

As the weather is threatening sunshine for the bank holiday weekend I thought this Pinot Grigio would be a great choice to enjoy on the patio/deck.  It has a slight blush colour and is very typical of the Kiwi PG's; I find it very refreshing and so different to the thin Italian PG's.

The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control.  Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish and just £7.99 a bottle


De Telmont Champagne at £14.99 a bottle!!Date published: 19/04/14

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV 

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.£22.50 Single bottle price £14.99 Buy 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33%* When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Ribera del DueroDate published: 19/04/14

A little bit of info about Ribera Del Duero!

The Ribera del Duero is cut off from any maritime influence by a ring of mountains. The vineyards of the Ribera del Duero are situated in the highest part of the Meseta, with some Vineyards planted as high as 850 meters. It is this altitude that mitigates the continental climate by ensuring cool night time temperatures throughout the year. 

The region has had an asscoiation with fine wine production dating back to the ninteenth century and is a D.O for red wine and rose wine only.

Tempranillo is the dominant grape variety and is the single ingredient in some of the best red wines. Garnacha is grown too and is mostly made into dry rose. 

Wines of the Ribera del Duero are naturally darker in colour with more powerful and astringent tannins than tempranillos from Rioja. Wines also feature characteristics of dark fruit and plum and spend a small amount of time ageing in French new oak barrels. 

We have a fantastic wine from the Ribera del Duero in stock:

Cillar De Silos Crianza, 2010, featuring aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants combined with undertones of vanilla and cedar. On the palate a silky texture, fresh acidity and fine tannins, lead to an aftertaste of nutmeg and coffee. This fantastic wine is a real bargain at £14.99 when you buy two or more bottles!



What gives wine its tastes and aromas?Date published: 19/04/14

The flavours and aromas we get from wine are determined by the fermentation process, where sugars are converted in to alcohol and Carbon Dioxide through the action of yeast. This chemical process also creates certain chemical compounds, which are very similar to those found in other fruits and foods. So when you taste that lovely crisp green apple in an un-oaked Chardonnay, you are detecting the same chemicals found in a lovely crisp green apple. 


Lebonese Wines...Date published: 19/04/14

Fancy something different? Try Lebonese!

Did you know that Lebanon produce fantastic wine? They have it all going on down there.

 In-fact Lebanon is among the oldest sites of wine production in the world. So they really know what they are doing.

We don't have the biggest range in the world, but what we do have here is great. 

Chateau Musar are probably the biggest producer there. With a long long list of accolades, making wines comparable to those in Bordeaux and the South-West of France.

Lebanese winemakers have favored French grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Rhone varietals such as Cinsaut, Carignan and Grenache. However, Lebanon has a rich heritage of indigenous grapes which are attracting more attention: Musar White is made from a blend of Obeideh and Merwah?!

The reds, think concentrated black fruits, dried aromas, great acidity and tannin.


Pinot NoirDate published: 19/04/14

All you need to know about Pinot Noir.

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. This was exactly true for t Gevrey Chambertin 2002 that I recently enjoyed. I was worried that it would be past it's best but thank fully it was an absolute pleasure. the age had developed elegant and unusual flavours that you just don't get in everyday drinking. Earthy, truffle and animal notes mixed with stewed spiced strawberries made for such an interesting drink.

Pinot Noirs need moderate or cool conditions otherwise the resulting wines have over-ripe jammy flavours.

It's my favourite grape, and is also a key player in the making of Champagne-which could never be a bad thing!


Storing your wineDate published: 19/04/14

Storing your wine. 

Correct storage of the wine is as important as deciding on which bottle to go for. Incorrect storage can affect the flavour and quality of wine.If you buy the bottle to be consumed within  a short time of space, then storage is not as a big issue. However, for long-term storage, temperature for all wines should be cool and constant and kept ideally between 10-15 degrees centigrade. The variation of the temperatures could cause damage to your favourite bottle of Barolo you wanted to open in 5 years time. Hence, it is important to find a suitable storage, away from direct sunlight (natural or artificial), ideally in a cellar or under the stairs. Try to avoid the kitchen due to the wide fluctuations in temperatures. Another bad choice as a store would be your ordinary fridge. Cooler temperatures can cause corks to harden and lose their elasticity resulting cork failure and oxidation of the wine. To avoid damage to the cork  always store wine that is sealed with a cork on it's side. Wine liquid seals the cork, keeping it nice and fresh for much longer. Wines that are sealed with a screw cap can be stored upright without any risk. Wine like peace, so keep it away from any unnecessary vibrations and handle with care. After all, it is the most exciting liquid in the world.


Something a bit different...Date published: 19/04/14

Alcanon.

Alcanon is a rare grape variety from the North East of Spain.


The Majestic Party serviceDate published: 19/04/14

The Majestic Party Service

Whether your getting married, holding a birthday party for yourself, family or a friend or even just entertaining friends we can look after your drinks.

Glasses

We have a free glass loan service where by we can hire you flutes, wine glasses, hi - ball tumblers and pints.

Wine

We offer a huge range of wines, still and sparkling, and our knowledgeable staff can help you make the right choice, whether your looking to impress with your food and wine matching skills, or just looking for that affordable crowd pleaser, and if your worried about quantities our experience can help you decide on how much you might need... Whats more its all sale or return to give you that extra piece of mind. 

Beers and Ciders

We also have a good selection of craft beers local ales and ciders.

And just to top that all off we offer free delivery that can be scheduled at your convienience so that you wont have to worry about storing your party drinks.


Ned 's PopularityDate published: 19/04/14

Maybe it's the name? 'A case of The Ned please..'.No need to ask for a particular vintage,we havent had a bad one yet.The black label,nice and easy. Sauvignon from Marlborough NZ how much simpler can it be? It could be any of these reasons and many more. But for me it's the magical,exciting liquid inside that makes it a go to wine for so many of our customers. Its zesty,crisp,fruity and delicious like so many Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs.What sets it apart from the rest is its consistant quality of character. Like a hug from a friend it makes you understanda little better what it's all about. Aaaaah The Ned

Spanish AgeingDate published: 19/04/14

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.



Riscal ReservaDate published: 19/04/14


With Easter Sunday fast approaching you may be searching for a wine to accompany any meals you have planned with family or friends. If you want to impress we recommend opting for this stunning Rioja. 

It fits perfectly with many traditional Easter meals complementing any style of pork or lamb. That being said many vegetarian dishes work well with this red as well and it even has the ability to cut through the rich foods and desserts we often treat ourselves to during these wonderful holidays. Last but not least this can turn a cheese board from pleasant to heavenly, particularly mature cheeses.

Being a Reserva it retains the ability to please a wide audience as it holds both toasty oak flavours alongside vanilla and summer fruits gently covering a large spectrum of tastes. This makes it ideal for gatherings, dinners parties or whatever you have planned. 


Why listen to us?Date published: 19/04/14

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

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

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

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

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


ArgentoDate published: 18/04/14

Argento Malbec 2013

Mendoza

Argentina

World Malbec Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec.Sarmiento went on to become president and Malbec has become Argentina's most known varietal.

Located in the west of Argentina, Mendoza borders Chile and the Andes mountain range. These mountains protect the vineyards from the rain coming in from the west so irrigation is regularly used in the area. The vineyards are planted between 600 and 1,500m in altitude because exposure to the sun is greater at that level. The altitude also has that added bonus of having a moderating affect on the temperature.

The Argento Malbec is full of rich blackberry and cherry fruits with a lovely smooth sweet spice to finish.

Deep and smooth, this wine works well with any meat dish from burgers to beef roast, but is also easy drinking on its own and a good crowd pleaser.

£9.99 or buy any 2 save 33% on our pick'n'mix offer


Opening hoursDate published: 18/04/14

Please find our Opening times for the forthcoming Easter weekend below:

Friday 18th April: 10am to 8pm

Saturday 19th April: 9am to 7pm

Sunday 20th April: CLOSED

Monday 21st April: 10am to 5pm

Tuesday 22nd onwards:  return to normal opening times.

If you have any queries, please either call the store on 0121 429 4688 or drop us an e-mail on bir@majestic.co.uk


Economical recommendations!Date published: 18/04/14

For when the sun shines why not take the delightfully fruity Domaine La Chautarde Rose at just £6.66 a bottle this is a lovely light, dry and flavorful rose, packed with strawberries and cherries the delicateness of this wine makes it the perfect aperitif and summer wine.

For the whites we have two classics;

The Gavi Montiero is a zesty full bodied wine with hints of grapefruit and undertones of fennel, the perfect match to a fish starter, just £5.99 a bottle.

Next is the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at the bargain price of £6.99 a bottle....

Nettles, grass, gooseberry and passionfruit dominate the palate with a fresh minerality to finish.


Hamilton Block CoonawarraDate published: 18/04/14

New Wine - Hamilton Block Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

You know what you're getting with this! It's a great example of Australian Coonawarra Cabernet - intense, fruity and fragrant. 

This is made from mature vines and has been enriched with just a little oak contact. There's complex layers of inky blackcurrant and cassis fruit with long fine tannins. It's a deliberately fruit forward style - ripe but elegant. A jammy treat just now, though it will soften and develop if you can leave it for a few years (let me know what happens - there's little maturity in my house, with wines or anything else).

Was £12.99

NOW £8.66


De TelmontDate published: 18/04/14

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV 

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.£22.50 Single bottle price £14.99 Buy 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33%* When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case



Easter FizzDate published: 18/04/14

If you love Champagne, Cava or Prosecco then we're certain to have the right wine for you.

Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV- £16.66*

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007-£19.99*

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV- £33.31*

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV- £29.98*

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV- £27.99*

Sparkling Wine

New Zealand

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV- £15.99*

Italy

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV- £7.99*

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV- £8.99*

Spain

Cordorniu  Raventos NV, Cava- £7.99*

Cordorniu Reina Maria Cristina, Cava - £9.99*

*Refers to the price when you buy at least two bottles from our pick 'n' mix promotion.


Sunday Roast Lamb & WineDate published: 18/04/14

Sunday Roast Lamb and Spanish Reds

If you are roasting a lamb joint there are few better matches than good, hearty, Spanish red - here are my top picks:

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta - £23.50 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18.50

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

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.

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal - Special Offer £14.66 Buy 2 selected wines save 25% = £10.99

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.


Livran HalvesDate published: 18/04/14

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


Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10!Date published: 18/04/14

Fine Wine shouldn't be limited to extravagant nights out, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/fine-wine-offers


Web Exclusive: Gerard Bertrand Cigalus CaseDate published: 18/04/14

We are very pleased to offer you an exclusive mixed case of two exceptional wines made from one of Gérard Bertrand's most prized estates, Domaine de Cigalus. 

The unusual white blend is 70% oak-fermented before reblending and oak ageing to create a complex wine - perfect with soft cheeses. The red is the second red wine from the 'indomitable' Cigalus estate. The varieties are vinified separately before being blended and matured in new oak. Complement the wine's spicy notes and hints of truffle with roast lamb. 

The wines will be delivered to us direct from the winery at the beginning of May, so you can expect them to arrive with you mid-May.

Avoid disappointment and order yours online today!

£96 for a case of 6 bottles.

Peroni DealDate published: 18/04/14

Beer of the Month

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 5.1%

Birra Superiore”

Peroni was born as the first premium Italian lager in 1963. The idea to create Peroni came to the family after the SS Rex boat won the 'Blue Riband' award in 1933 mixed with the feelings of optimism and creativity that were rife throughout Italy in the 1960s. The Peroni family wanted to create a brand with the vision to become a symbol of Italian excellance and superior craftmanship.

Peroni Nastro Azzuro is brewed using nothing less than the finest hops, purest Italian water, best Italian maize and malted barley and the most rigourous, quality assured brewing process.

Clean, crisp and very refreshing!

£24 for 24 bottles. That is £1 a bottle

We also stock packs of 12 at £16.99


Robertson Sauvignon Blanc Special OfferDate published: 18/04/14

Robertson Sauvignon Blanc Special Offer

This classic Sauvignon Blanc is now on a fabulous offer at just £5.49. With a fresh aromatic nose, this crisp, dry wine offers plenty of zesty gooseberry and green apple flavours. Will pair perfectly with seafood or a creamy pasta dishes. 

Great Deal on Pimms only £11.99Date published: 18/04/14

The sun is shining and there is a 4 day weekend on the horizon! So why not indulge in some Pimms and at only £11.99 a bottle at the moment who can afford not to?!  

Get to know your Bordeaux VintagesDate published: 18/04/14

Know your Bordeaux Vintages...the 2000's

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 Gironde. 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! Wines of power, elegance and concentration abound. Long ageing potential.

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. Wines have potential for ageing, most however will never attain sweetness and weight of warmer vintages.

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. Wines are much lighter than previous 3 years, more perfumed, providing for medium term ageing (up to about 15 years for most wines).

2003 The only word needed to describe 2003; Hot. Extremely concentrated wines, high alcohol levels and reduced acidity levels prevailed across Bordeaux. Initially thought of as superior to 2000, lack of acidity and over-concentration has led to diminishing interest. Many wines enjoyable after 5 years in bottle, questions abound about long term ageing potential.

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. Comparisons to 1988 abound, due to leafy Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavours. Great wines have long ageing potential.

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. Most wines are enjoyable now due to sweetness of fruit and tannin but have further development in bottle over 10+ years.

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'. Left bank produced powerful wines, very dark fruit flavours and slightly sour tannins.

2007 The curse of seven struck again, following on from 1987 and 1997 as the lesser vintages of the decade. An early drinking vintage, many 2007’s are at their best now and provide easy drinking medium weight wines.

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 decade, and in comparisons with other outstanding and exceptional vintages, 2009 is now the only year from the 'naughties' that gets a mention next to '59, '61, '82 and '90. Platitudes that were first espoused in 2000, refined in 2003 and honed in 2005 were brought forth with gusto to describe the quality of 2009 that the wines are living up to, showing seductive and opulent fruit characteristics.

2010 Another fantastic vintage, as good as 2009 for different reasons; where 2009 produced wines gorgeous in their youth, 2010 produced more powerful, intense and concentrated wines.


Craft Beer HeavenDate published: 18/04/14

Here at Majestic we've got a passion for craft beers and we're keen to show off our selection.

There's something of craft beer revolution gripping the country at the moment and you can pick up some of the finest examples here in store or online.  You can mix and match your 6 packs to ensure you get to try all of the beers on offer.  

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.

Brooklyn Lager 6x355ml bottles 

An 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.

Anchor Steam 6x355ml bottles

From San Francisco, this is a deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog 6x330ml cans

From Scotland, a light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.

Punk IPA, BrewDog 6x330ml cans

Again from Scotland, this is a light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

All our craft beers are just £9.99 when you buy 2 6-packs or more! 

Cheers!


News: Minuty PrestigeDate published: 18/04/14

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 citrusfruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

The Majestic price is £22 per bottle.


The Square Bottle is back!Date published: 18/04/14

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, wellbalanced and refreshing on the palate. Drink as a summery apéritif, or with classic Provençale fish dishes,either lightly spiced or simply grilled.

BBQ Butterfly Lamb with the perfect matching wine!Date published: 18/04/14

One of the best bit of summer is that it's BBQ time!!!! And an amazing party piece is to cook a whole leg of lamb and serve with a stunning wine.

Cooking the lamb is actually very easy, ask a butcher to 'butterfly' a leg of lamb. This means remove the bone and open up the leg like the wings on a butterfly. Before cooking take the lamb out of the fridge about an hour before cooking. This allows the meat to cook evenly throughout.

Rub the lamb down with some olive oil, salt and pepper and place it on a smoking hot BBQ. Let each side cook until it no longer sticks to the grill. Continue to let the Lamb cook, turning it often, until the outside is nicely charred and the inside is a soft pink. This can take any where between twenty to forty minutes depending on how pink you like your meat.

Once it has finished cooking take the Lamb of the BBQ and leave to rest for at least twenty minutes. If your worried about it going cold wrap in foil and leave somewhere warm. The resting period is crucial as it allows the meat to relax and makes it much more tender.

When it comes to wine two always stand out for me. Either a silky smooth Italian Super Tuscan, like the Gaja Promis or Le Volte, whose mix of soft red fruit with sweet spice match with the juicy lamb. Or a classic Rioja reserve or Gran reserve such as the Riscal reserve or the C.V.N.E Imperial reserve with their toasty oak notes with rich bramble fruit match the smoky sweet tastes of the charred Lamb. 

As the summer really starts to kick off and the smell BBQ's slowly fill the air. Try this recipe to wow your friends and open some lovely wine to go with it to really welcome in the Summer!!!


New arrival: Pizarras de Otero RoseDate published: 18/04/14

Say hello to our new Rose for the upcoming Summer months - Pizarras de Otero Rose

Pizarras de Otero is 100% Mencia made in the Bierzo region.

Bierzo is a region located in the León province, in north-western Spain with a very peculiar geography.  From big plains to mountainous areas of great height, all full of vegetation. The Sil River, a tributary of the Miño, crosses the region all the way to Galicia. But it is the production of wine for more than ten centuries that most characterizes the region and in 1989 a Denomination of Origin was created for wines from the Bierzo region.

Soils in Bierzo area are principally composed of slate and clay. Many of the vineyards are terraced up from the river, where cool breezes keep the grapes fresh. Others are steep and high in the mountains.

Mencía is the grape that is principally cultivated in the Bierzo. Wines from this variety are generally deep, well-structured and with intense aromas of red fruits, as you will see in the Pizarras de Otero rosé.

Tasting note:

Appearance: bright raspberry red.

Nose: hints of red fruit and floral aromas.

Palate: Pretty and powerful with nice structure and depth of fruit, a result of its long maceration. The good acidity is typical of the Mencía grape, and provides a pleasing finish that is vivacious and crisp.

TYPE OF WINE: Rosé

D.O: Bierzo

VINE: 100% Mencía

YIELD: 40hl/ha

FERMENTATION: stainless steel vats with temperature control

ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14 % Vol.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: delicious on its own as an aperitif, or with soft cheeses, salads, hearty stews, pasta and white meats.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 8-10ºC



WINE OF THE WEEK: Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2007, Domaines SchlumbergerDate published: 18/04/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2007,

Domaines Schlumberger

Spiegel is known as one of the best sites in Alsace for growing Pinot Gris. Lying on an east-facing slope of sandy clay the conditions here are perfect.

Schlumbereger are known for their 'legendary' attention to detail in all aspects of their wine making and this Pinot Gris is a fantastic representation of the high standards they demand. From the hand selection of grapes to whole bunch pressing and careful lees ageing, extreme care from beginning to end of their wine production.

This off-dry wine has surprisingly good texture and depth of flavour. It has a fantastic balance in being both youthfully vibrant yet bold, weighty and mature. The palate is full of ripe whit fruit, with finely balanced sweetness and acidity.

Enjoy with soft cheeses or rich, creamy duck liver pate.

£14.99 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines.

£19.99 single bottle price.


Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2012, Limarí Valley, Desert Wine!Date published: 18/04/14

We are opening on our tasting counter Vistamar Late Harvest desert wine.

This dessert wine comes from Limarí in northern Chile, where the long ripening season produces wines with great fruit concentration. After harvesting, the grapes are partially sun-dried, reducing their water content and thus concentrating the sugars. Straw yellow in colour, with golden highlights. 

Aromas of white flowers,peach, apricots and quince carry through to a palate of more ripe stone fruits and dried fig flavours.

Match with sticky toffee pudding, sweet fruit cheesecake, or rich blue cheeses.

Rosé Season Has Arrived - Majestic FavouritesDate published: 18/04/14

It's now officially Spring, and with the weather improving our Rosé selection has been growing. 

Let's look at two staff and customer favourites.

M de Minuty Rosé 2013, Provence, France - £9.99 when you buy any two bottles from our Pick 'n' Mix

A long-standing favourite with staff and customers alike. The Minuty is a beautifully pale pink colour, with citrus, berry, and floral notes, and a lovely smooth texture.

Currently available in magnums, exclusively via the Majestic website

Muga Rosé 2013, Rioja, Spain -£9.99 when you buy two bottles

A beautifully rounded Rosé, with fresh strawberry, raspberry, and nectarine, alongside hints of vanilla and sweet spice.


Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99Date published: 18/04/14

Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99

Be quick to grab this fantastic offer on the Ned. It might not be around again until next year!

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.


The Easter Aperitif : Langlois L'Extra BrutDate published: 18/04/14

The Easter Aperitif:

The family start to arrive and the bottle chilling in the fridge is ready to be popped, but what is it?

Sparkling - Goes without staying doesn't it?

I think it should be the turn of a new sparkling to our range, Langlois L'Extra Brut.  This sparkling is from the Loire Valley and is in a Blanc de blancs style - Chenin and Chardonnay blended together to create a crisp and beautifully balanced sparkler.  This fresh style is the perfect way to welcome in the Spring, start the Easter celebrations and catch up with the family over this special time.

Langlois is included in our Easter Pick 'n' Mix so when bought with any other Pick 'n' Mix wine its a cracking (see what I did there...) deal at £9.99 from £14.99 (a great 33% saving!)


CVNE RIOJA RESERVA 2009Date published: 18/04/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE 

Grape Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.

Taste

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.

Enjoy

Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

£9.33 Offer Price

Spotlight week - Easter HighlightsDate published: 18/04/14

We will have a selection of our Easter Highlight wines open on the tasting counter for you to try from this Friday 18th April until Thursday 24th April.

Please feel free to come in to the store at any point during opening hours to have a taste!

We look forward to seeing you all soon :)


Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/04/14

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety that prefers moderate or cool climate, where it can retain a refreshing acidity, together with the classic green, herbaceous and tropical fruit flavours.

It is widely planted in New Zealand and Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France.

In general Sauvignon Blanc is not oaked and should be consumed young. Oak is sometimes used to give the wine extra body and character, particularly in the USA, where it is often labelled as Fumé Blanc.

An aged Sauvignon Blanc will develop a green vegetable character, displaying notes of asparagus and peas, which some people enjoy.

The most successful of the classic regions is definitely Marlborough, New Zealand. Here a distinction can be made between the Awatere valley, where it is dryer and cooler and the resulting wines have higher acidity and a distinct tomato character; and the Wairau valley, where Sauvignon Blancs go from pronounced caspicum flavours (in the north) to ripe tropical flavours (in the south).

A wonderful and atypical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc we have in stock is Cloudy Bay Te Koko from the Marlborough region.

Together with oak ageing and batonnage (lees-stirring) the wine is also fermented with wild yeast and the outcome is a complex Sauvignon Blanc, packed with tropical fruit, almond, citrus and a hint of smoke. It would go beautifully with roast turkey.

In general, Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley is vinified in a way that avoids accentuating any excessive herbaceous or fruit character, resulting in a more restrained style of wine.

Sancerre and Puilly Fumé are the most famous (and expensive) appellations of the region. An elegant example is Sancerre Comte Lafond 2012 Ladoucette.

But for a budget choice, look for Quincy, Reuilly and Menetou-Salon, appellations that tend to be very good value for money in the region.

Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire tend to go very well with goat cheese (we tried it in store many times in our free wine course).

Try Reuilly 2012 Henri Beurdin.

#tasteandexplore


AIX Rose DOUBLE MagnumsDate published: 16/04/14

AIX Rose DOUBLE Magnums

What a way to start a party, a double magnum of rose.

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

Give it a go for just £50.00!


Easter Weekend Opening HoursDate published: 16/04/14

For Easter Weekend we will be operating different opening hours:

Friday 18th April - 10am-8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am-7pm

Sunday 20th April - CLOSED

Monday 21st April - 10am-5pm 


The fine wine planDate published: 15/04/14

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


Great value redDate published: 15/04/14

Mas des Montagnes 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages

This estate is owned by Nicolas and Miren Lorgeril, renowned Languedoc vignerons, and direct descendants of Cabardès' Pennautier family. This region has terraced slopes of schist, limestone and granite, and is hence an exceptional terroir, sought after by many winemakers.

Vivid crimson in colour, with a nose dominated by the Grenache's jammy raspberry aromas. On the palate, the Syrah and Carignan add some spice and tannin, resulting in a well structured and racy wine.

Serve with some lamb chops, well seasoned and sprinkled with thyme.

£5.99


Sambrooks WandleDate published: 15/04/14

Named after the River Wandle, this is a sunshine gold ale that has a sweetness cut by a delicate lingering hoppy bitterness. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a roast chicken dinner.

£25.20 for a case of 12, as part of our bottled ale multibuy deal.


Sambrooks JunctionDate published: 15/04/14

Named after Clapham Junction, the brewery's local station, this is a rich and smooth amber ale with a satisfying malty background. The finish is balanced by English hops which add subtle spicy notes.

A classic match for bangers and mash, or how about lamb chops?

£25.20 for a case of 12 as part of our bottled ales multibuy deal.


Sambrooks pumphouse pale aleDate published: 15/04/14

Named after the pump house in nearby Battersea park, this is a light, zesty beer with a wonderful citrus aroma due to the combination of New Zealand Hallertau and Celeia hop varieties.

Try with a cheese Ploughman's, or spaghetti carbonara.


Great QuotesDate published: 15/04/14

'I could not conjure up one melancholy fancy upon a mutton chop and a glass of champagne.'

- Jerome K. Jerome, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow


Great QuotesDate published: 15/04/14

'Wine is the glass of the mind.'

-Erasmus


Did you know?Date published: 15/04/14

Germany consumes more sparkling wine per capita than any other country in the world.

Great QuotesDate published: 15/04/14

'Rhine wine, fine wine'

German Proverb


Great QuotesDate published: 15/04/14

'A pint of old Port and a devilled biscuit can hurt no man.'

-R. S. Surtees, Handley Cross


Great QuotesDate published: 15/04/14

'Wine is one of the noblest cordials in nature.'

-John Wesley


Great QuotesDate published: 15/04/14

'Let us drink to have wit, not to destroy it.'

-Panard, 18th Century French poet


The ugly ducklingDate published: 15/04/14

El Patito Feo, or 'the Ugly Duckling' is a reference to Navarra's perceived lack of status compared with Rioja, its more famous and celebrated neighbour. This wine demonstrates that Navarra is also more than capable of creating beautiful, swan-like wines.

The nose is fruity and ripe, with a lifted floral perfume and hints of spice. The palate displays bright, with good ripeness and taut, medium weight tannins.

Enjoy with spicy pork dishes...maybe even duck?


Easter Opening hoursDate published: 15/04/14

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:


Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April -10am - 5pm


Brooklyn BreweryDate published: 15/04/14

Brooklyn Brewery is a microbrewery based in Brooklyn in New York City. It was started in 1987 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six-year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbour from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.

The pair hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the logo for the I Love New York campaign, to create the company logo and identity. Glaser received a share in the company in return.

Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. In 1996, they acquired a former matzo factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery.

Although the brewery looked to expand its brewing capacity in the City, originally most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, were brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing. The company later sought to expand its facilities in Brooklyn, but had difficulty finding a suitable site within the borough. However, an economic recession allowed them to remain in Williamsburg and undertake a $6.5 million expansion of the brewery in 2009.

Since 1994, Garrett Oliver has been the Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster. He had first been appointed brewmaster at the Manhattan Brewing Company of New York in 1993 where he began brewing professionally as an apprentice in 1989. In 2003 he published the book "The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food". Garrett has also been a judge at the Great American Beer Festival for eleven years.

This beer is currently on our craft beer offer £12.99 per 6 pack or buy any two 6 pack's and pay £9.99 per pack. The offer includes Einstock Icelandic White Ale, Anchor Steam Beer from San Francisco, Underdog Atlantic Lager from Maryland, and Punk IPA from our friends north of the border, Brew Dog.


Wine of the Week Grand Faurie La RoseDate published: 12/04/14

Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2009 St-Emilion Grand Cru

Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin

This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St. Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils.

A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate.

Drink with roast beef or lamb.

This excellent St-Emilion is back in stock and on our Fine Wine deal, just £18 when you buy any 2 fine wines on the deal. (£23 single bottle price)

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 12/04/14

Please have a look at our opening hours over the Easter weekend so you don't have to face the disappointment of turning up and finding us closed! 

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 hours  10am - 5pm

We look forward to seeing you stocking up for Easter Lunch and the Bank holiday weekend!! Fingers crossed it will be Rose weather!! 


Peroni or Pilsner???Date published: 12/04/14

We have two cracking deals on our most popular lagers this Easter with both Peroni and Pilsner Urquell at £24 for a case of 24. 

Peroni Nastro Azzurro is the best-selling Italian premium lager worldwide, with its distinctive, intensely crisp and refreshing character.
Brewed in Italy since 1963 Peroni Nastro Azzurro captures the Italian spirit: a passion for life, authenticity and quality.
The approach to making this premium Italian beer is inspired by Italy’s’ creative spirit and flair:

 In 1842, 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. 

To date, this distinctive, full-bodied taste remains the true taste of Pilsner, still brewed according to the original recipe.

Pilsner Urquell tastes as good as the very first with the same quality ingredients and essentially the same brewing process uncompromised since 1842. Every batch is tasted against Pilsner Urquell that has been made with the traditional equipment. This way, the beers stays exactly the way it was meant to taste.



Over indulge in Oak...Date published: 12/04/14

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 £8.99 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. A brilliant inclusion in our Pick-and-Mix deal for March at £7.99, 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 £11.99 this is a match for Burgundies at more than twice the price.

Of course, I'm also a Whisky boy, and whilst oak is important to wine it is far more integral to the old Aqua Vitae, so I can't finish this article without throwing in my current top pick for Scotch. The Whisky I'm making my way through this month is the Glenfiddich 12 year old, and whilst you may all shout words like 'boring' and 'mainstream' there really is a reason why this is the best selling single malt whisky in the world. A beautiful marriage of whisky from both American Bourbon and Spanish Sherry casks this has it all - Sweet vanilla, nuts and a good helping of apples and pears. So why not treat yourself? Remember, Whisky isn't just for Christmas!

Whether you're another stalwart of oak-aged alcohol or are looking to try something different, why not come along and explore our range. I'm always happy to talk about all things vinous, and would love to help you find a new favourite!


Rose time!Date published: 12/04/14

Time for Rose

Rose wines

The sun has got his hat on and it is time to crack open the Rose – but which style is for you? Whether it be dry, sweet or sparkling we have just the thing for you!

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence - £9.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

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 - £50.00

Vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe fruit. Perfect for a party!

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 Bierzo - £7.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

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.

Black Cottage Rosé 2013 Marlborough - £9.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

La Grille Rosé d'Anjou 2012 Gwenaël Guihard - £7.99

Bottled with a light natural spritz, the wine has a refreshing, summery zing. Strawberry and hints of peach fill the palate, with their flavours brought out by the wine's laid-back, off-dry demeanour.


Peroni DealDate published: 12/04/14

PERONI

ONLY £1 PER BOTTLE

£24 for 24x33cl case

 An intensely crisp and refreshing lager with an unmistakable touch of Italian style brewed in Italy to the original recipe conceived in 1963.
Crisp and lightly sparkling, its unique taste is refreshing and dry with a clear-cut, clean character.


Cometa del SurDate published: 12/04/14

New Arrival - El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 Terra Alta

Grape ; Garnatxa Blanca

A light straw colour with hints of green, this is a youthful and delicate wine, offering white pear and apricot flavours and gentle floral aromas. Soft acidity and remarkable body.

Best served alongside simple tapas such as anchovies or grilled squid.

Price; £6.74 when you buy at least 2 bottles


CHAUTARDE ROSEDate published: 12/04/14

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2013 Côteaux Varois en Provence

Grape

Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Carignan

Origin

Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence, and is a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests, olive groves, and vineyards covering 32ha. The soil type here is known as 'argilo-calcaire', which is a limestone-rich clay.

Taste

A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate.

Enjoy

Great on its own, or as a refreshing foil for 'pissaladière' (Provençale onion and anchovy tart).


Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2013 Côteaux Varois en Provence is only £6.66 when bought with any other wine from our Easter Pick N Mix! (£9.99 single bottle price)


Wirra WirraDate published: 12/04/14


Wirra Wirra

“Wirra Wirra” is an aboriginal name meaning “amongst the gum trees”. The vineyards were originally established back in 1894 by Australian eccentric and cricketer Robert Strangeways Wigley. It ran into disrepair and was abandoned until 1969 when Greg Trott took it upon himself to rebuild the winery from the remnants of two walls and some slate fermenting tanks.

It is a rather unique winery. It has a ¾ tonne bell, The Angleus Bell, that rings to mark the start and finish of each vintage as well as for random fun. It also has a ginat outdoor “bush” sculpture of a cricket bat, ball and stumps.

They also celebrate in crazy ways. To celebrate their late “second founders” birthday they hurl watermelons into the vineyard from a giant medieval siege machine, a trebuchet. They also acknowledge Australia's most famous equestrian race by running around the grounds astride a broomstick topped with a cut-out horse head


Explore Taylors PortDate published: 12/04/14

Made from Tinta Barocca, Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional it has been aged for almost all its life in large wood casks. It is also made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages. 

I love its rich, silky taste. There's figs, dates, nuts, and ripe berry fruits on the palate. It's smooth with a long finish. 



Interesting fact of the day!Date published: 26/03/14

In the United States,  vineyard regions are classified according to a system developed by scientists Manyard Amerine and A.J. Winkler. Their work was based on the research of the 19th century French scientist, A.P. de Candolle, who found that vines began to grow each spring after the air temperature avaerages 50oF. In 1944, winkler and Amerine, working at the University of California-Davis, drew up a regional climatic classification based on the total number of degrees accumulated during the seven months that the vine grows. It is sometimes criticised for is oversimplification, but the system is widely used in reference material on the subject. Thus, Level 1 regions have less than 2,500 "degree-days" per season; those and Level 2, between 2,501 and 3,000 degree-days, those at Level 3, between 3,001 and 3,500 degree-days, those at Level 4, between 3,5001 and 4,000 degree-days; and those at Level5 accumulate more that 4,000 degree-days. As a guide, the average Bordeaux climate is considered to be around Levels 2 or 3. 

Aix provence roseDate published: 26/03/14

The last few mornings I have walked to work in the sunshine and that has already got me thinking about the hopefully long hot spring and summer to come. This of course means rose! Having long lived by the phrase "If something is worth doing it is worth doing properly!" what better way than with a magnum or indeed double magnum of Provence rose! 

Made from Grenache, Cinsault, Shiraz this 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. A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

Only £19.99 for a Magnum!


Wedding planningDate published: 26/03/14

Need to get your wine, beer, spirits, sparkle and soft drinks for your wedding? But don't know where to start?

Feel free to come in store and speak to a member of staff. They will be happy  to give guidance on:

- The best wines to please your guests

- Help you choose the best wines that will compliment your food choices

- Quanities of wine that you will need

- The best 'sparkling' deals: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava

Other services we provide to make planning your day hassle and care free:

- Free Delivery 

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice Buckets are also avaliable (deposits are required)

- Sale and Return

We look forward to seeing you soon


Food and wine matching!Date published: 26/03/14

For all you food lovers out there this is a brief summary of some of the rules to follow when trying to come up with the best wine to match your favourite dishes.

1.) Match acidity with acidity

For acidic foods such as fresh tomato salads, fruit salads and any rich tomato sauces it is best to balance the acidity in the food with a wine that is equally high in acidity. Therefore the perfect match for these type of foods would be Sauvignon Blanc whether it is a punchy New Zealand option, something a little bit different from South Africa or the slightly more restrained style found in the Sancerre region.

2) Matching acidity with fat

Acidity in wine can also help to balance a dish that is relatively high in fat. Therefore meat dishes such as pate, pork belly and duck work perfectly with a light red such as a Pinot Noir. Alternatively why not try the classic food combination that this rule follows which is fish and chips with a glass of Champagne.

3) Matching foods with wines of the same region

In many of the traditional wine making regions food and wine have evolved side by side and therefore the wines often work best with the traditional dishes of the region that the wine has been designed to be drunk with. Some of the classic examples of this are as follows:

Olives with dry Sherry

Goats cheese with Sancerre or Pouilly Fume

Smoked salmon with Chablis

Lasagne with Italian reds

Chorizo and other cured meats with Rioja

High protein food such as strong cheeses and rich meat dishes with Claret

4) The perfect match for a dessert

Whether you are having a rich chocolaty dessert or a cheese board at the end of the meal there is a wine option to keep everybody happy. The obvious choice for a chocolate based dessert would be a sweet desert wine where the sweetness of the wine complements perfectly the sweetness in the food so that one flavour does not overpower the other. For those of you however who are not a fan of desert wine why not try chocolate based deserts with a glass of Shiraz? The richness and intensity of the wine will give it a black forest gateaux like effect and still works extremely well.

It may not sound like a match made in heaven to everybody, but for those of you who enjoy the combination of sweet and savoury together, rich blue cheeses can also work fantastically with a glass of sweet desert wine. For me personally I think this combination is divine so why not give it a go and see what you think?

Equally blue cheese works very well with the classic match of Port or other rich reds such as a Shiraz and makes a very enjoyable end to a meal.

For more food and wine matching ideas feel free to come in and ask our expert staff or sign up to one of our free wine tasting tutorials held in store by calling and booking your place today


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc offer!Date published: 26/03/14

Short Term Deal

Offer Ends Monday 31st 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc

If you like The Ned then this wine should hit the spot! Made from a blend of 32 separate parcels to insure the best possible quality. The wine displays a rich tropical nose with youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs whilst the palate is packed full of gooseberry and citrus.

All for a shockingly good £6.66*

*When you buy any 2 wines from our pick and mix range. 



Ravenswood Zinfandel Offer!Date published: 26/03/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 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.

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.66


ViognierDate published: 22/03/14

A grape variety that many have heard of, many may not have heard of, and that many may struggle to pronounce:

- Pronounced vee-ohn-yay - and is the only white grape permitted in the making of the very famous Condrieu from Rhone.

- Legend has it that Emperor Probus brought it to the Rhone region in 281AD

- Once very common, plantations dwindled until 1965, when there was only 8acres producing around 2000 litres of wine a year. Since then the popularity has increased.

-In terms of taste, wines made from the Viognier grape vary greatly depending on the region and country they are from. Natually low in acidity, with floral scented, apricot, peach and honeysuckle notes. 

Read it? Try it!

McManis Viognier, California

Rich, fruit driven, perfect with roast chicken!

£10.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Santa Rita 120 Viognier, Chile

Lively, crisp, notes of pineapple and apricot!

£6.99 when you buy 2+



Are you a Business customer?Date published: 22/03/14

Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change supplier? Do you want more flxibility?

If the answer is YES then you might want to consider a Majestic Wine account facility.

We are looking for independent restaurants, hotels, pubs & bars in the surrounding areas. Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.

Benefits include:

Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing

An extensive range

Exclusive labels for the on-trade

Staff training

Food and wine matching advice

Wine list production service

Flexible delivery 7 days a week

Friendly and helpful staff

Are you interested or need more information?

TEL: 02078199796

Email: bat@majestic.co.uk

Or pop into our branch and a member of the team will be happy to help:

334 Queenstown road, Battersea, SW84LZ


Mother's Day Gift IdeasDate published: 18/03/14

Can't think of what to get ol' mumsy for that special day?  Or if you're like me, and you've forgotten completely and need something a little last minute

Look no further: http://www.majestic.co.uk/mothers-day-wine-gifts

Deal of the Week - Villa Maria Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/03/14

Deal of the week 

Villa Maria 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.

£7.98 (25% off)


New Arrival: Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Tupungato, Domaine VinalbaDate published: 18/03/14

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Perfect with a juicy roast leg of lamb.

Single Bottle = £11.99 OR Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £8.99

Puy de DomeDate published: 01/03/14

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and it is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. Both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are grown on granitic soils, with the Chardonnay being grown at 570m above sea level and the Pinot Noir between 350-550m.

Chardonnay:

A tightly structured unoaked Chardonnay, displayed soft-edges acidity and citrus fruit character, intriguingly nutty complexity and a profound minerality. This Chardonnay will enhance almost any white fish dish and is only 

Pinot Noir:

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak. This Pinot Noir can be enjoyed best with chicken liver pate or any cold cuts of meat.


Timothy TaylorDate published: 01/03/14

12x500ml, 4.1% abv

When it comes to brewing beer, Timothy Taylor's has one of the best reputations around. He started brewing in Keighley, West Yorkshire way back in 1858. It is still a family run business to this day. 

'Landlord' is their classic Pale Ale and is made using Pennine water from the wells at Knowle spring. It contains some of the finest Golden Promise barley malt and the very best whole leaf hops.

Why not visit us in store and treat yourself to a couple of cases?


Cabernet FrancDate published: 28/02/14

Cabernet Franc is a black grape grown all over the world, but is best known for its role in Bordeaux. It looks similar to Cabernet Sauvignon and does share some characteristics. It is at its best in the vineyards of St-Emillion and Pomerol, where Cabernet Sauvignon does not dominate the blend. In the Medoc, it makes up just 10 per cent of vineyard plantings. It is still one of the great black grapes of Bordeaux and it is very important in the blend. The grape has an less tannin and colour than Cabernet Sauvignon and matures earlier. It can bring a slightly earthy character to a wine and is very aromatic, but with a bit less intensity on the palate than Caberet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc is also grown widely in north-east Italy and most New World countries.

Majestic winesDate published: 28/02/14

Majestic specialises in selling brilliant wine by the case. We believe wine – whether you’re buying it or selling it, and especially when you’re drinking it – should be full of fun.

There are plenty of places where you can buy decent wine. What gets us really excited is interesting wine – the wines you taste that are just a little special. They’re difficult to find in the supermarkets but we’ve got hundreds of them for you to explore, and we don’t want you to pay over the odds to find them. Majestic makes interesting affordable, so everyone can enjoy it.

We live and breathe wine, and we taste our fair share too. We love to share our knowledge with people and help them to discover and explore new wines, and we always tell it straight. None of us could ever recommend a wine we didn’t believe in.

Naturally, we think experimenting with wines is a good idea. We’ve never fallen in love with a wine so much that we’d stop trying new ones. And it’s how we run our business. Majestic doesn’t stand still; we’re always trying new ideas and looking for the next big thing in wine. That’s how we stay one step ahead of the competition.

Come and explore your local Majestic. 

Rich Succulent Red!Date published: 23/02/14

Rich Succulent Red!

Emilio Moro 2010 Ribera del Duero

Coming from a selection of vineyards between 15 and 25 years of age this wine spends 50% French and 50% American oak for 12 months prior to bottling. The Tempranillo clones are old and pure here, known as Tinto Fino.


Real intensity on the palate, with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla. Full-bodied and a long length, the remarkably integrated, ripe tannins give a firm structure.


Enjoy now if you like modern interpretations of Tempranillo, or age over the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices.

£18.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles


Bargain Bouquets - Wines under £6Date published: 23/02/14

Bargain Bouquets - Single bottles under £6

Here are our top 6 for under £6...

Whites
Torres Vina Sol 2012, Catalunya, Spain, 11.5% £5.99
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley, Chile, 13.5% £5.99
San Marco Frascati Secco 2012, Italy, 12.5% £5.99

Reds
Alain Grignon Carignan Vielles Vignes 2012, PGI Pays de L'Herault, France, 12.5% £5.99
Mont Saint Jean 2012, Corbieres, France, 13% £5.99
La Serrana Tempranillo 2012, Spain, 13% £4.99


Wine of the Week - Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2012Date published: 23/02/14

Wine of the Week

Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2012 Louis Latour

£10.99 Buy 2 save £2 = £9.99

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.

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.

Try with roast chicken or turkey with dauphinoise potatoes.


Ruta40 Malbec 2011Date published: 23/02/14

Ruta40 Malbec 2011

I had the Ruta 40 Malbec 2011 the other night with a BBQ'd sirloin steak, dauphinoisepotatoes and peppercorn corn sauce. It had an intense, deep and brilliant ruby colour and a very expressive nose with notes of roses, dense bramble fruit and blackpepper. It finished with good length and juicines and had a fine tannic structure.

Ruta 40 represent a number of high-quality Mendoza wineries, offering exclusive bottlings of selected small-volume wines. This wine is made by Bodega Antucura, who make this hand-selected Malbec under French winemaker Herve Chagneau. 

Currently priced at £15 per bottle when you buy 2 or more and part of our Fine wine deal.


Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc is BackDate published: 23/02/14

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc (2013) is back! 

Founded in 2009 by former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd, Greywacke has quickly established a reputation as one of the best producers in Marlborough. Pronounced 'grey-wacky' it is named after the sedimentary rock which characterises much of the soil in the estates vineyard.

The 2013 vintage has recently arrived in stock. This wine is consistently one of our most popular wines and sells very quickly. At £16.99 on a multi-buy deal it represents great value for money.
Only £16.99 (when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case)
£19.99- single bottle price.


Bellingham EstateDate published: 23/02/14

For any fans of South African wines, now is the time to our store in Stevenage to take advantage of our special offer. One of our favourite South African producers at the moment is the fantastic Bellingham Estate; and right now they have something for everyone. If, like us, you enjoy discovering new and exciting wines then you should give the new Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot a try. At £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more, this is one of the best value reds we have at the moment. As the name suggests, this wine has a wonderful kick of coffee and chocolate which gives an added complexity to the well-rounded fruitiness of the Merlot. The extra spiciness makes this a perfect wine to be drinking as the weather gets colder, but the soft fruitiness is great for those who refuse to believe that the summer is over.

We also have plenty of old favourites from Bellingham at Majestic. Our favourite South African wine pound for pound is the stunning Bernard Series Chenin Blanc. At £9.99 a bottle, this represents great value for money on what is a fantastic quality wine. The 12 months oak ageing has given this wine a buttery, creamy flavour that combines perfectly with the medley of tropical and citrus fruits. The length of this wine ensures that you will be remembering it long after you finish the bottle. The rich, full-bodied style of this wine makes it another perfect bottle for the winter months. If however, you prefer a more aromatic style then the Bernard Series Viognier is the wine for you. A similar rich, buttery taste but with the extra kick of aromatic spices and cloves. This is a very well balanced, rounded wine that would be a great match with creamy seafood dishes. Also at £9.99 at the moment, you will not be disappointed.

Finally, for anyone feeling particularly adventurous we have the rich and powerful Bernard Series Pinotage. Pinotage is a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault and usually produces medium bodied quaffing wines. This particular Pinotage however, is a full-bodied, powerful wine with intense damson and black cherry fruit flavours, backed up by savoury aromas of smoked meat and truffles. Currently at £11.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, this is a great wine if you're looking to treat yourself to something a bit different. 

chapel down curious brewDate published: 23/02/14

Beers in the Spotlight: Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down. 

Region: Kent, England

Tasting Notes: Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral andstone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this wine has citrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by a refreshing bitterness.

ABV:4.7%Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin 

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an awardwinning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beerreceives not only a "dosage" of Champagne yeast in itssecond fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,famed for their intense aromas.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats and fish.


Rioja ageingDate published: 23/02/14

Rioja Ageing

If you love Riojas and have a preference on the style you would usually look out for then here is a little guide of oak and bottle ageing.

If you love Spanish reds that are vibrant, full of plum fruit flavours and have a hint of vanilla then a Crianza is the one for you.

The minimum time in oak is anything between 6-12 months and in bottle it's another 12 months giving it a grand total of 24 months before it's realised.

Reservas are great as they have a bit of both worlds (Crianza and Gran Reserva) as you still get the youthful fruit flavours, but you will get a slightly more oaky flavour also. This is because Reservas minimum in oak is 12-18 months with an extra 24 months in bottle.

Gran Reservas are for the Rioja lovers who enjoy heavily oaked, dried fruit characters with the more softer approach on the finished product. Gran Reserva will have a minimum of 18+ months in oak and an extra 3 and a half years in bottle.

Now it's time to venture out to your closest Majestic and pick up a couple of bottles of different aged Riojas to choose your favourite.

Bordeaux vintage guideDate published: 23/02/14

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.


Cheese and wineDate published: 23/02/14

Cheese and wine matching.

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of my favourite pairings!

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!


MalbecDate published: 23/02/14

The Malbec grape has found international fame in its guise as Argentina's definitive varietal. However, it actually has its roots in south west France. If you find a wine from the town of Cahors, chances are you're drinking Malbec! It is also known as Kot in France and was previously one of the grape varieties that could be found in a Bordeaux red! Give it a try if you're used to the new world stuff, you might be pleasantly surprised!

PortDate published: 23/02/14

The Portuguese fortified wine 'Port' has the oldest regulated demarcated region of production in the wine world. The specified zone of production was established in 1756, so they've had quite a bit of time perfecting it! and making it one of the most loved wine styles in the world.

Vinalba gran reservadoDate published: 23/02/14

Anyone who is a fan of Argentinian Malbec will have tried the exceptional Vinalba Reserva. We currently have their flagship wine, the Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec, which takes the Malbec wine to the next level.

A generous nose of warm blackberry and plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are silky smooth and voluptuous yet muscular. A fantastic wine which is well worth a try!


Chateau Simard Date published: 23/02/14

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot.

Origin: Château Simard is a 40-hectare estate located at the foot of the St-Emilion hill, on the sandy, gravelly soils typical of the area. It is managed by Alain Vauthier, co-owner of the famous properties of Ausone, Moulin-St-Georges and Fonbel.


Taste:Brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets and earth. Elegantly structured on the palate, well-rounded, with medium length.

Enjoy:Drinking well now. Ideal with roasted rib of beef.

£18.99 or Buy 2 save £10 = £13.99


Party plannerDate published: 23/02/14

Here at Majestic Battersea we offer a great party service to help you with your planned event. We do a free glass hire service alongside your beverages, all we ask for is a £1 deposit per glass which is refundable when they are brought back clean. We hire out wine glasses, flute glasses and Hi balls. Alongside the glasses, we hire out ice buckets (£10 deposit) which are perfect to chill a few bottles of wine and also chiller bins (£15 deposit) for beer and larger amounts of wine. We also do sale or return on your wine as long as it is brought back in a sell able condition. Lastly, we can deliver your wine, glasses, ice, beer etc for free to your party/wedding destination. What more could you ask for? 

All the staff here are also happy and able to help you pick and decide on quantities, the selection of drink and other important matters! So if you start planning your event, why not pop in store and ask us and we'll be very pleased to see you! 


New ZealandDate published: 23/02/14

 A relatively new wine producing country, it has come into its own in recent years with the advent of Sauvignon Blanc and also on the red wine front, Pinot Noir.

New Zealand consists of 2 islands, the North and South, and Marlborough the famous region for Sauvignon Blanc production is situated at the top of the South Island. The weather here is very varied and whereas some bits are relatively warm, frost is still a risk here and can effect the harvest. Other famous regions for wine growing including Martinborough on the bottom tip of the North Island, Auckland at the top of the North Island and Hawke's Bay in the middle of the North Island. The South Island boasts also Nelson, which is to the North West of Marlborough and Otago which is towards the South in the centre of the South Island. All of the places have different and varying weather conditions which is why different varieties of grape flourish depending on which part of the country they are grown. 



February pick n mix is nearly over!Date published: 23/02/14

As many of you have received our February flyer advertising our new Pick 'N' Mix offer and with so many to choose from, the question is, which ones to pick? Well, let me help. I've chosen six; 3 white, 3 red from all areas of the world:

White Wines

Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013, Languedoc, France £5.99 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines  single bottle price £8.99

Paul Mas wines are a favourite in Majestic and this wine is one of them, a Chardonnay with 20% fermented in American oak and the remaining 80% aged in stainless steel to retain a balanced flavour. On the nose are aromas of pineapple and quince. The palate is fruity with flavours of pineapple, lime and light notes of butter. Great on its own or with any seafood, blue cheese and terrines.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand £6.66 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £9.99

Another favourite in Majestic are New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and this Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a typical example. Coming from one of New Zealand's most well known wineries, this Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant on the nose with aromas of tropical fruits and gooseberry. The palate is refreshing with balanced acidity and flavours of gooseberry, peach, lime and some grassy notes. Again, great on its own or match with Thai dishes, fresh fish and lemon chicken.

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Western Cape, South Africa £8.66 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £12.99

This South African Sauvignon Blanc is different to the Kiwi one above, much more subtle and less vibrant on the nose. Made with 95% Sauvignon and 5% Semillon, this Sauvignon has more body and complexity. Made with free run and pressed juice this wine has aromas of asparagus, green pepper and gooseberry on the nose.  There are subtle flavours on the palate of pineapple and passion fruit. A great partner to enjoy with shellfish and lobster or on its own.

Red Wines

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina £7.33 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mixwines single bottle price £10.99

This Malbec is new to our range and comes from Argentina's main wine producing area, Mendoza. This Malbec is made in a youthful style with very little oak aging to keep the fruity flavours. The nose has aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry. The palate is soft and juicy with flavours aplenty of blackcurrant, plum and cherry.  A great wine to share with friends/family or with a meat topped pizza.

Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010, Buzet, France £6.66 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £9.99

Another new wine to our range this wine is made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. This medium bodied wine comes from the AOC area of Buzet in south-western France. Voluptabilis is Latin for voluptuous and it certainly is! Aromas on the nose are of blackcurrant, blackberry and black cherry. The palate is smooth with flavours of blackcurrant and black cherry, with rounded tannins. This wine will drink over the next 2-3 years or partner with duck or lamb.

Vina Mayu Malbec 2012, Elqui Valley, Chile £9.33 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines single bottle price £13.99

This Malbec from Chile is different to the Argentine one above in that this Malbec is full bodied and weighty. The Malbec grapes for this wine are hand picked and cool fermented to add complexity and flavour. On the nose, there are aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and clove. The palate is full with flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry with a note of leather. The length is good. A perfect match with roast beef.

This set of 6 comes to a total of £44.60, so would come with free delivery if necessary or you may want to come in store and make up your own choice.

Cheers! 


New This Season - Timothy Taylor's LandlordDate published: 23/02/14

A Classic Strong Pale Ale. Refreshingly reliable, nationally renowned, this full drinking Pale Ale with a complex and hoppy aroma has real "Pulling Power" and stands out in any bar as the ideal regular.

£25.80 for a case or £22.80 when you buy 2 cases of any real ale


Sunday Roast Beef & WineDate published: 23/02/14

So today is Sunday again and if you have the luxury of Roast Beef and all the trimmings being cooked for you for dinner then the olny thing you need is a bottle of red to accompany. I had a look around in-store to see what would be the best option, it only took me 3 minutes to pick my favourite and share with you.

I have gone for the Medalla Real Carmenere 2009 by Santa Rita. This has been one of the best reds I have tasted over the last couple of years and it never failed to impress me.

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.

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 Carménère comes from sites in the Marchigüe and Apalta regions.

An absolute steal at £9.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles, this is sure to please the family this Sunday dinner time.

Wine storageDate published: 22/01/14

If a wine is stored incorrectly it can affect the flavour or may become faulty. 

For long term storage 

All temperatures should be cool and consistent between 10 and 15 °C

The worst place to store your wine would be in the kitchen due to the high fluctuating temperatures. Also long periods of refrigeration can cause damage to the corks and cause sparkling wine to lose their fizz.

Wines with corks should be stored on their sides to keep the wine inside the bottle in contact with the cork, this will stop the cork from drying out and letting air into the bottle causing the wine to oxidise.  Wines with screw caps can be kept up right. 

Keep wine away from direct sunlight as this will cause the wine to discolour, it will also heat the wine and it will become stale and old before its time. 

Keep wine away from vibrations in order for it to lie undisturbed.  


In depth guide to our Wine courseDate published: 22/01/14

Throughout the year we run our Wine Course tastings for up to 10 people to learn a little bit more about wine in a relaxed tasting run by one of the team in our store. Here is a little bit of what to expect.

Whites - Learn how to taste wine like a pro and decide not just whether you like it but assess it merits and what foods or occasions it may be suitable for. Compare and contrast wines of different grapes from the same climate and then the same grape from different climates.

Fizz - Sit back and sip a glass of Champagne while we explain how it is made.

Reds - A tour of 3 grape varieties, the differences in the style and the effects the winemaking has.

Dessert wines - Try a bit of the sweet stuff and understand how desserts can be complimented with a sweet wine

Food matching - We will taste the wines again with food, see how the food transforms the tasting experience of the wine....but watch out, we won't just show you the good pairings, we will show you a few bad ones too!

We won't focus heavily on the producers or get bogged down in detail, this is to help bring a little more enjoyment to what you already know. If you would like to sign up check out the events page, email us bat@majestic.co.uk


Wairau valley, NZDate published: 22/01/14

The Wairau Valley is one of two river valleys which make up the heartland of New Zealand's Marlborough wine region. It is named for the Wairau River, which flows from the Spenser Mountains in the west to the ocean at Cloudy Bay. Wineries are spread across the towns of Blenheim and Renwick. The Wairau has a warmer and wetter climate than that of the Awatere Valley, which is drier and less fertile.

The valley's varied soil profiles are responsible for the significant variations in wine styles, and are considered to be the most distinctive feature defining the character of wines produced here. Shallow, stony and fast-draining soil patterns aid infertility, a condition which perfectly suits the region's main grape variety, Sauvignon Blanc.

The Wairau Valley, Marlborough climate is one of the sunniest and driest in New Zealand. A rare combination of long, dry summers, bright sun and cool, clear nights provides perfect conditions for growing ripe, intensely-flavoured fruit. Slow ripening creates elegant acidity and more intense flavours.

In spite of these variations, the Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc is seen as unique and renowned worldwide because of its basic flavour characteristics: passion fruit, flint, gooseberry, capsicum, grapefruit and tropical fruits.


German BeerDate published: 22/01/14

We don't just do wine!!

Bitburger comes from the German town of Bitburg.  The brewery was first established in 1817.  It underwent much renovation and reinvention up until World War II, when it was destroyed in a bombing raid.  However, the brothers quickly rebuilt it and brewing recommenced in 1946.

Bitburger is brewed according to the German Purity Law.  First established in 1516, this states that beer may only contain water, yeast, barley, hops and hop products.  Bitburger are very proud of the quality of their ingrediants, selecting only the finest.  Interestingly the barley comes from the top growing areas in Germany as well as some from the Champagne region in France.

For me Bitburger is the sort of lager with which you may be able to tempt a real ale drinker.  The beer is full-bodied with lots of hop flavours coming through, yet it is light and refreshing at the same time.  If we ever get the sort of weather conducive to BBQs, I can think of no beer i would prefer to have in my hand than an ice cold Bitburger.

£13.99 for a case of 12 x 330ml bottles

Jargon busterDate published: 22/01/14

Vielles Vignes 

You may have seen this on a bottle of wine and wondered what it means and what the significance is. It's literal translation into English is Old Vines - it refers to the fact that older vines tend to produce better wines. Although there is no legal definition to the term, many wines advertise the fact that when their vines grow older, they produce lower yields but of a higher quality.

The oldest known grape-producing vine is in Maribor in Slovenia, it's a 'Žametovka'  vine and has been producing wine since 1657.


Jargon busterDate published: 22/01/14

Tannin

 The way to detect tannin in a wine is that drying or puckering feeling you'll feel on your gums when you're drinking a red wine. This comes mainly from the skins of the grape, but can also come from the seeds and stalks. The thicker the skin of the grape the more tannin you'll find in a wine - Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel and Nebbiolo can all be quite tannic red wines. Thinner skinned grapes such as Pinot Noir have less tannin, so produce lighter wines and don't have as much of that drying out sensation. Wines that are high in tannin often can be matched up with food which is high in protein, such as Beef, Lamb, Cheese, as this softens the tannin in the wine.


Jargon busterDate published: 22/01/14

Appellation

The term appellation refers to a legally defined and protected geographical boundary of wine production. While helping consumers determine exactly where a wine has come from, it is a mainly used as a judge of quality and can also hint at the style and the grapes that go into it.

Many wine producing countries use some form of appellation, whether it be appellation d'origine contrôlée in France or denominación de origen in Spain. By understanding appellations, you can begin to enjoy styles of wine rather than one single producer; it is an excellent way to try new wines without taking a risk on an unknown bottle.

Did you know? The first notion of a protected geographical area was the Chianti region in Italy in 1716, while the very first appellation was Châteauneuf-du-Pape which gained its legal protection in 1937.


Other spanish regionsDate published: 22/01/14

Without a doubt, the popularity and quality of Spain's wine industry is built upon its premier region - Rioja. However, the staff at Majestic Battersea feel that Spanish wine has so much more to offer, and we'd like to take you through some of our favourite regions and styles.

Ribera del Duero:

On the banks of the river Duero, less than 100 miles north of Madrid, lie the vineyards of Ribera del Duero. Cut off from the maritime influence of the Atlantic by a ring of mountains, these vineyards are planted up to 850m above sea level. This gives the perfect climate of hot days and cool nights - ideal for Tempranillo. Compared to Rioja, the hotter days bring out more fruit flavours but also results in thicker skinned grapes which bring deeper colours and bolder tannins. These wines will be a great food match for Spanish meats, hearty stews and roasted chorizo.


Bierzo:

From north-west Spain, west of Leon, the wines of Bierzo are fast becoming some of my favourite wines. The region enjoys the cooling influence of the Atlantic ocean where the Mencìa grape prospers. The result is naturally acidic wines with fresh black fruit characters. Look to pair these wines with pasta dishes or a cheese board.

How about... Petalos Bierzo, 2011? Just £15.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Toro:

Once again from the banks of the river Duero, the Toro region is situated 100 miles west of Ribera del Duero. Allowed to ripen and develop in the sun, the resulting wine is full bodied, high in alcohol and extremely powerful. Through careful use of oak, many of the best vintages make it to Reserva and Gran Reserva stages and can be laid down for a number of years. These wines are definitely one for the cellar, how about matching them with that special anniversary steak dinner you've got planned down the line?

How about... Matsu 'El Recio', 2010? Just £12.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.


Black cottage Pinot grisDate published: 22/01/14

Black Cottage produce one of our favourite Sauvignon Blanc, and now we have their marvellous Pinot Gris available in store. To celebrate we thought we'd tell you a little bit more about this wine...

Winemaker David Clouston has spent time at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile, before returning to Marlborough. An experienced winemaker with a great reputation, all of his Black Cottage wines have a great reputation at Majestic. This Pinot Gris is from selected vineyard plots in the Wairau and Awatere valleys, two of the top areas in Marlborough.

This is a rich and intense Pinot Gris, in an off-dry style. On the nose, floral characters and exotic spices truly entice. The palate has classic Pinot Gris stone fruit favours, and is a great match for any spicy cuisine. Delicious!


New zealand offerDate published: 22/01/14

Not long until now until this fantastic deal come to an end (4th of February!). I'm sure you'll want to take full advantage on all the old favorites, The Ned, Brancott, Oyster Bay. But, why not try something a bit different? How about a Pinot Grigio? Maybe a Chardonnay? You only have to buy 1 with your usual order to get the lower price! Here are 2 wines I would definitely take a leap on:-

Main Divide Riesling - £13.74 or £10.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ Wines - This is a full on, roller coaster of a wine, with bags of honeysuckle and a sweet and acid flavor balance that will get the tongue sloshing about with gusto! Another good food wine that needs something fatty; I'd probably go with Duck!

The Ned Pinot Noir £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy any 2 NZ Wines - We couldn't leave reds out, so I've gone for a familiar name. The Ned shows that Pinot Noir from NZ can cost less than £10 and be absolutely fantastic. It would have gone brilliantly with that Christmas Turkey, but I'm sure a roast chicken would do the job. Red fruits are plentiful on the nose and the mouth feel is silky smooth.

Come in and get your hands on these fantastic January deals!


Chilean ValueDate published: 22/01/14

Chile is known to produce some of the best value wines in the World today. We've got a plentiful range,wines  that will impress the most avid wine drinker and wines that will make that perfect party. Here are 2 wines that will impress and dazzle on both fronts.

Party Wine - LFE Mountain View Merlot - £6.99 or £5.39 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines - This wine is fruity, full and superb value - it's a lovely purple color, showing youth and vigor. If you want to make it the perfect party, pair it with the Mountain View Sauvignon, which you'll get for the same price. Perfect for all occasions. 

Special Wine - Montes Alpha Merlot - £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean Wines - This is a big powerful wine, merlot at its best. It has been given the full treatment. 12 months in French oak gives it complexity, a rich coffee and tobacco nose lets way to plummy and damson flavors. It's French influenced, but the price tells a different story. You'd have to spend £20 to get a Bordeaux this good.

Chilean Quality and Value Through and Through. You've only got a week to pick them up, so come down now!!


Pedros pick of the day.Date published: 22/01/14

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak, venison or lamb are ideal companions.

£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8 

=£7.99


New cider in!Date published: 22/01/14

Great news for all you cider lovers, Quality, dry and delicate cider from the Somerset Cider company. All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, dry style!

Available to taste for you lucky lucky people, how good are we!

£18.00 8x500ml Bottles


Party planningDate published: 22/01/14

A new year has begun and hopefully everyone partied well into it from 2013! With January being a notoriously slow month where we recover after Christmas, it gives us a bit of time to think about what celebrations we will be celebrating this coming year, be it weddings, birthday parties or other events. 

Here at Majestic Battersea, we offer a great party service to help you with your planned event. We do a free glass hire service alongside your beverages, all we ask for is a £1 deposit per glass which is refundable when they are brought back clean. We hire out wine glasses, flute glasses, hi-balls and pint glasses. Alongside the glasses, we hire out ice buckets (£10 deposit) which are perfect to chill a few bottles of wine and also chiller bins (£15 deposit) for beer and larger amounts of wine. We also do sale or return on your wine as long as it is brought back in a sell able condition. Lastly, we can deliver your wine, glasses, ice, beer etc for free to your party/wedding destination. What more could you ask for? 

All the staff here are also happy and able to help you pick and decide on quantities, the selection of drink and other important matters! So if you start planning your event, why not pop in store and ask us and we'll be very pleased to see you! 


A little bit more on BordeauxDate published: 22/01/14

In this short article I will take a brief look at the wines of Bordeaux and what Majestic can bring to the table if you were interested in trying some of these wines.

Probably the most expensive wine in the world comes from the region of Bordeaux in Western France. Names like Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite and Petrus fetch quite astonishing prices for their wines, often reaching many thousands of pounds for a single bottle.

With a venerable history of wine production, Bordeaux produces millions of bottles of red, white, sweet and dry wines each year.

The whites are made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in both sweet and dry styles, with famous 'Chateaux' such as Y'Quem. The reds are made from a combination of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (although Malbec is hardly used, if at all in modern day Bordeaux), and names such as Chateau Latour and Margaux can be among the top producers.

Red Bordeaux is often referred to by the British as Claret, a word created by the English and totally un-used by the French.

In terms of styles, Bordeaux is loosely divided into 'right' and 'left' banks of the Gironde river. On the left, wines are more dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and are more tannic in their structure, and on the right Merlot plays a larger role producing softer, more supple wines that often mature earlier than their neighbours to the left.

Here at Majestic we offer a wide range here are a few of the best deals at the moment;

Château Méaume 2007 Chateau Matured £10.99

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

Vieux Remparts 2010 Lussac St-Emilion

£8.99

Lussac is one of five villages to the northeast of St-Emilion with the right to add that name to their own. Lussac makes excellent 'satellite' wines, slightly more rustic than its big brother, but rounded and with great charm.

This is a rich, full bodied wine showing great concentration of flavour. With juicy black fruit on the nose and palate backed up by a smoky sandalwood character.

Or if you wanted to treat yourself ...



Drinking well now and on a fantastic offer at £14.99 Château Chantalouette 2007 Pomerol

This is the second wine of Château de Sales, and comes from the sameineyard estate. Each vintage, after fermentation is complete, various vats are selected for Chantalouette, which is created as is a softer, earlier-to-mature version of the De Sales blend.

A bright and inviting claret, with a nose of ripe black fruit and subtle hints of earth and forest floor. The mouth-feel is round and supple, yet enduring and possessing a pleasing complexity.


A quick guide to BordeauxDate published: 22/01/14

Bordeaux Made Easy

A Quick Bordeaux Fact Sheet.

Bordeaux can be an overwhelming, confusing and unapproachable region given its grandeur and history. It can also be overlooked in contemporary circles, with new world wines now taking centre stage. This guide will break down the region and show that Bordeaux still has a significant amount to offer.

The Grapes:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

Cabernet Franc

Malbec

Petit Verdot

Climate:

Continental – The effect of the gulf stream on the Atlantic coast provides lengthy, hot summers and mild, wet winters.

'The Left Bank' (Of the river Gironde)

Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wines have more tannin and have fantastic potential for ageing. Think Medoc and Haut-Medoc.

'The Right Bank' (Of the river Gironde)

Usually made up of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, these are smoother, less tannic and more approachable. Saint-Emillon and Pomerol are classic examples of these.


Curious brewDate published: 22/01/14

Are you curious about Curious Brew?

Chapel Down as a winery has became very popular in the past decade. With multiple awards to their name, and lots of excellent press coverage this flourishing business it set to be the future of English wine.

There are many difficulties a British wine firm has to take into account when it comes to creating a wine worthy of the current market. The major issue being of course, weather. Lack of heat and too much rain can completely ruin a crop. However, with cultivating a greater area of land to vine, one can hope the excess grape juice can be stored in stainless steel tanks for many years to come.

Majestic are now proud to introduce Chapel Down's range of craft beers!

What is unique about this beer is that they ferment it with Champagne yeast which adds a distinct flavour I have tasted in no other. With the Curious Brew winning a gold medal award at the International Beer Festival, this distinct flavour is clearly desirable. The craft beer revolution is in full swing across the country, with many producers looking to achieve higher quality beers with a more pronounced hoppy character. 

The high price of craft beer often surprises customers, however, this is due to the production techniques used in the brewing process. Typically, craft beers use far more hops than their blander competitors, leading to exquisite and exiting beers.

Join the revolution today

Available for £17.99 a case


Phylloxera, the devourer of vines!Date published: 22/01/14

Phylloxera – Vine pest that came from America in the 19th Century and spread to virtually every viticultural region in the world. The pest attacks the roots of the vine, eventually causing the death of the vine. It was responsible for destroying much of Europe's vineyards, and then eventually most in the New World. However there are still places where vines have remained Phylloxera free, such as parts of Australia and Chile and there are tight regulations to make sure it doesn't spread to these areas. The way the problem has been solved is to graft the chosen vine onto a resistant American rootstock. These days, virtually all plantings have been grafted onto a resistant rootstock.

New ZealandDate published: 22/01/14

An insight into the region of New Zealand

Up until the 1970's the industry was producing wine mainly from Muller Thurgau for the local market. Subsequently huge growth has been sustained by export markets, for what has rapidly become a wine world classic, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Below are some keys facts on why New Zealand wines have become so popular.

The vineyard area in New Zealand more than doubled between 2003 and 2010. In that time Sauvignon Blanc has become even more dominant and equates to around 50% of all planting

New Zealand Pinot Noir's typically have concentrated red fruit flavours and often have high levels of alcohol due to the intense sunshine

The viticultural quality of New Zealand is the combination of cool to moderate temperatures , intense sunshine and importantly large diurnal ranges. These factors allow grapes to reach high levels of sugar ripeness while at the same time retaining acidity and fresh but intense aromatic flavours

Half of the vineyards on the east coast close to the town of Gisbourne produce Chardonnay

Hawke's Bay is the warmest of the main viticultural areas and has the longest sunshine hours

Marlborough is the major centre for grape growing and the place where new zealand signature style of Sauvignon Blanc was pioneered

Centreal Otago differs from all other New Zealand wine areas as it is inland in the foothills of the southern Alps. The vineyard area is spread over a wide area

We currently have 20% off all New Zealand wines!!!! so whether your already lover of new zealand wine or want to try something a bit different now is a great time to do so.


Beer of the month...Date published: 22/01/14

BEER OF THE MONTH

Curious Brew Lager,

Chapel Down

Region: Kent

Tasting Notes:

Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral and

stone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this wine has

citrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by a

refreshing bitterness.

ABV: 4.7%

Background Info: Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an award

winning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beer

receives not only a "dosage" of Champagne yeast in its

second fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,farmed for their intense aromas.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats


Wine & food pairingDate published: 22/01/14

The world of food and wine matching is incredibly complex. It confuses, baffles and frustrates in equal measure. While any wine can be drunk with any food it will not always leave the most pleasant taste in your mouth. A successful food and wine match will ensure that the wine does not deteriorate in quality. 

The question is, how do you achieve this feat?

Well there are some simple ways to ensure that the wine and food will not create a bad taste in the mouth. A good place to start is with the old myth that you can have 'white wine with fish and red wine with meat'. This is a generalisation that is not necessarily the best way to match your evening meal and will stop you exploring some excellent matches that go against this widely held view. However there is some credence in this statement too. When eating fish it is common to have lemon juice or vinegar, which are highly acidic. This matches well with the acidity found in plenty of white wines and can help create a fuller, more enjoyable wine. However reds which tend to be less acidic can taste metallic and thin.

When it comes to red wines and meat, the tannins can have a softening effect however there are still other obstacles to it being a perfect match. Often meats like a rare steak are seasoned with plenty of black pepper. This can have a detrimental effect on some finer, older wines, ruining the depth of flavour but may improve younger, lighter reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese and even make them seem more complex.

Sweet foods are another area that can be difficult to match. Dry wines are a disaster when mixed with them and chocolate especially can coat the mouth and require a strong, full bodied sweet wine to overcome them. Other flavours such as bitterness in wine can be matched with salty foods, while salty foods can also make sweet wines taste even sweeter.

Some classic food and wine matches include smoked salmon with a dry Riesling. Red Bordeaux matches lamb beautifully, while the merits of Gewurtztraminer and thai green curry are becoming very well known. Sparkling wine and champagne can create an elegant match for some fish and chips while Sauternes is a great match for some roquefort cheese.

There are many food and wine matches that classically match however every dish is different as every wine is. While there are recommended ways to match food and wine there is no clear template and the best way to find good matches is to experiment. Sometimes certain flavours in foods may have an unexpected match with wines you wouldn't expect. This is all part of the fun and if a match doesn't work then you can always save the wine to drink on its own after dinner.


Wine coursesDate published: 22/01/14

Do you have a group of friends that would enjoy an evening of wine and food, or need to organise a work event, or simply want to learn a little bit more about what your drinking, then keep reading...

Our free wine course is a one-off 1 and a half hour session which provides you with a basic introduction to grape varieties, wine styles, and food and wine matching.  You will try a selection of red and white wines from around the World and there are a few nibbles to tuck in to to see how well (or not insome cases) different foods match different wines! 

The course is limited to 10 people so it's relaxed yet intimate with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to register please let us know as soon as possible and let us know how many guests you would like to bring.

Call us on 02078199796 or email us at bat@majestic.co.uk


WeddingsDate published: 22/01/14

We know planning a wedding can be stressful and at times can give you a headache! This is why Majestic Wine, the UK's biggest and best retailer of wine by the case, have developed a tailored service, which uses both knowledge and expertise to help every couple find that match made in heaven.

Our party planner gives great advice on catering for wedding receptions. When you're ready to start selecting your drinks, the team in the West End can tailor a drinks package to your exact requirements, taking into account your menu, budget, and above all your personal tastes!

On top of this we can offer FREE glass, ice bucket and chiller bin loan (deposit required), FREE delivery and a sale or return option.

Please feel free to pop into the store to discuss your preferences and maybe try some samples. You can also contact us on 02078199796 or email us at bat@majestic.co.uk


Are you in need of a new wine list for your establishment?Date published: 22/01/14

For restaurant, pub, bar, hotel, spa and all other business owners looking for a fantastic wine list, stocked with award winning wines delivered for free 7 days a week, look no further than Majestic! Our commercial team are on hand for a chat about your requirements and to let you know what we can offer and how we can improve your business!

We have a large selection of wines that you won't find on our shop floor, wines that are EXCLUSIVE TO YOU!

Fancy hearing more? Just give call on 02078199796, and leave the rest up to us


DecantingDate published: 22/01/14

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.

Fine wine planDate published: 22/01/14

'Open the door to a world of Fine Wine' do you appreciate drinking great wines?

With the Fine Wine Plan you can build a collection of excellent wines and have the confidence they will be stored in the right conditions. Majestic are partners with en primeur specialists Lay & Wheeler and as a result bring you the Fine Wine Plan. It is a very simple and affordable way to accumulate a collection of interesting wines. The package can start from as little as £50 a month. With this you get the expertise and knowledge of our fine wine specialists. They will help you choose the wine to suit your budget and needs and will store the wine in the perfect conditions.


Dessert winesDate published: 22/01/14

Sweet wines contain unfermented sugars and they can be created in a number of ways. I am going to concentrate on the ways in which the best sweet wines are made. Basically the best sweet wines come from grapes that are extremely rich in sugars. This can be done in a number of ways, they all concentrate acids and flavours at the same time.

Noble Rot

Noble rot is used in the production of the best sweet wines including Sauternes from France and Tokaji from Hungary. Noble rot comes from Botrytis a fungus that attacks the grape berry and other green parts of the vine. Wines made from noble rot grapes have distinctive honey and dried fruit aromas. Noble Rot concentrates the sugars and acids in the grapes and helps to create new flavours. This helps add to the complexity of the wines.

Drying grapes on the vine

Once the grapes have reached full sugar ripeness they begin to dehydrate and turn to raisins on the vine, increasing sugar concentration in the juice. These wines have an over-ripe fruit character (dried-fruit, tropical fruits) and a richly textured mouthfeel.

Drying grapes after picking

The grapes can be left on mats out in the sun and left to dehydrate. Conditions need to be dry and warm for this to be successful. This technique is used in the production of PX Sherry and Passito wines of Italy. They tend to have a raisiny quality.

Freezing grapes on the vine

This is used to produce Eiswein in Germany and Icewine in Canada. The ice in the juice from the crushed grapes is removed, concentrating the sugars in the must, which result in a sweet wine. These wines have a very pure varietal character.


Chateau MusarDate published: 22/01/14

Chateau Musar 2005, Gaston Hochar

In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000 year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya on gravelly soils over limestone. The varietal components in Chateau Musar Red undergo lengthy fermentations in cement vats at temperatures below 30°C. 6 months after the harvest they are transferred into French barrels (oak from the forest of Nevers) for one year. The varietal components are brought together two years after the harvest; the resulting blend is then placed back in cement tanks before being bottled 12 months later. Each wine is blended to reflect the character of the vintage. After 4 years’ bottle maturation in the deep stone cellars of Chateau Musar, the finished wines are released a full seven years after the harvest.

The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, Chateau Musar Reds are suitable for vegans (fining agents often contain animal proteins); they’re also richly-textured and likely to ‘throw a crust’. This is a common feature of most fine wines and is especially true of Musar Red vintages over a decade old. Ideally, bottles should be stood up the night before opening to settle any sediment. After careful decanting (and discarding of sediment, usually in the last centimetre of the bottle) the wine should be allowed to breathe for several hours and served at 18°C with roasts, grills (especially lamb), casseroles, game, and mature cheeses.

In youth, Chateau Musar Reds are dense and richly-textured, with intense ‘baked fruit’ characters: plums, damsons, cranberries, cherries, figs and dates. Bordeaux grape Cabernet Sauvignon lends black fruit flavours; Rhône grapes Cinsault and Carignan contribute fragrance (violets; pepper) and supple spiciness. Either set of qualities might dominate a particular vintage, but the style is always emphatically Lebanese: enticingly aromatic, with persistent fruit flavours. Over decades the wines acquire tawny hues and mellow notes.

Cloudy bayDate published: 22/01/14

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough 

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.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough 

A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.

Eminently drinkable now but it will reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years.

Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007 Marlborough 

Made from an exceptionally small harvest from two parcels of vines, this is Cloudy Bay's stunning and exclusive take on the classic grape. Echoing the fresh, off-dry Alsatian style of Riesling, this wine delivers a lush and delicately unctuous palate of tropical and citrus fruits, all the time accompanied by a restrained yet potent nose tinged with aromas of beeswax. Drink with mild curries, roasted vegetables or smoked salmon.

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011 Marlborough 

Delicate confected nose, with vanilla and hints of spice. A seductive palate, where dark cherries and strawberries are complemented by toasty characters and silky tannins. A complex and textured finish.

Try this with slow-cooked pork belly or a wild mushroom risotto.


Black Cottage Pinot GrisDate published: 21/01/14

We're very excited to have a new arrival from the fantastic Black Cottage. Winemaker David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys- the grapes are night-harvested to preserve acidity and purity of fruit characters, further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices. The palate is awash with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and retains a hint of natural sweetness. Try with fragrant Asian food or enjoy as an alternative aperitif.

Part of our New Zealand 20% off deal- £9.99 when you buy two bottles or more.


Web Exclusive: Arrowfield Show Reserve Chardonnay 2008Date published: 21/01/14

6 bottles for £47.94!

The combination of Arrowfield Estate's low-yielding vines and the Hunter Valley's warm, sea-breeze-moderated climate produces a rich and intensely flavoured Chardonnay. Wild fermentation in oak barriques and extended lees contact add rich complexity.

This is a bold, lush yet easy-going Chardonnay, full of soft golden apple and pear fruit, and subtle aromas of warm honeyed toast. The texture is mouth-filling and round. Why not partner with roast chicken?

This is a limited parcel so order yours online now to avoid disappointment!


Web Exclusive: Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008Date published: 21/01/14

For a limited time only you can pick up a six bottle case of this fantastic wine for just £41.94.

A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. This wine is remarkably age-worthy, and is drinking very well now.

Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long, lemony finish. Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years to allow the wine to develop a richer, more honeyed profile.


Battersea Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/01/14

La Vieille Capitelle 2011, Langudoc

£8.99

buy 2 save £4

£6.99

From the Langudoc region in the south of France. Being just south of the Rhone valley, it is made from a similar type of blend of syrah, grenache, mouvedre and carignan. These grapes are hand-picked, destemmed and fermented at controlled temperatures for great fruit purity.

This is a well structured red with a decent body that offers flavours of blackcurrant and mulberry fruit. You may also get hints of thyme and leathery spice due to its short but beneficial contact with French oak.

Great with lamb of beef stews!


NEW: Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 19/01/14

We have some exciting news! Burrow Hill Cider is now available at our Battersea store.

Originating from Somerset, Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.

In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers.

Having tasted the cider myself, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Get yours NOW!

£18 per case of 8 (£2.25 per bottle)


OFFER: Brancott Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99Date published: 19/01/14

Evening Folks,

As usual, we have plenty of great bargains in store; none more so than the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Being the New Zealand fanatic that I am, it comes as no surprise that I absolutely adore this wine. 

Typical to the region, this wine is packed full of fruity flavour. Vibrant and refreshing, you will experience aromas of gooseberry and ripe tropical fruits on the nose. Whilst on the palate, you will experience the typical acidity of a New Zealand wine tempered by concentrated green fruits and hints of grass. 

At this bargain price the Brancott represents incredible value for money. We have stocked ourselves to the brim with this wine BUT, it will go fast. 

Get yours now..... before I take the lot!

Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 19/01/14

Over the next few days I will share these with you and talk about the reason behind the choices, and why certain foods favour particular wines.

Part One: White meats

Enjoy with: Chicken or Pork

This Pinot Noir is the ideal partner to white meats. Its low tannin content and body will not over power the dish. Its bright acidity and red fruit flavours make this a very approachable wine.

This oaked new world Chardonnay is again a great match with white meats. If you are having a white wine with pork or chicken then you need to choose a wine with body that will stand up to the dish. With hints of tropical fruit and creamy elegant finish, there are many sauces you could use to give your dish that extra edge.

Suggestion: Roast Chicken or Pork Belly

Red: Macon Roches Rouge, Louis Jadot £8.99 when you buy 2 or more

White: Medalla Real Chardonnay £8.99 when you buy 2 or more Chileans


Brew Dog Punk IPADate published: 14/01/14

Majestic is not just about wine, we have a wonderful range of real ales, craft beers, lagers and ciders and we want to shout about them as much as we do the latest offerings from the world of wine.

What better place to start than with Brew Dog's flagship beer, Punk IPA. Fresh out of Aberdeenshire, Brew Dog maintain the philosophy of crafting beers that they want to drink, not average beer that is cheap to produce, and we thank them for that. The sheer quantity of hops they use per batch of Punk IPA is eyewaterteringly high, but I'm not here to quote statistics.

The first thing you notice when you drink it is the intensity of the hops, but they are subtlety intense and certainly not overpowering in any way. Next the citrus tones come through and finally a refreshing velvety finish. The Brew Dog guys have stayed true to their word and crafted an all round exhilarating beer drinking experience.

Punk IPA is covered in our current craft beer deal, and 12 cans can be yours for a very reasonable £19.98. This is gourmet brewing at it's very best, treat yourself!


Black Cottage Pinot GrisDate published: 14/01/14

We're very excited to have a new arrival from the fantastic Black Cottage. Winemaker David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys- the grapes are night-harvested to preserve acidity and purity of fruit characters, further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices. The palate is awash with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and retains a hint of natural sweetness. Try with fragrant Asian food or enjoy as an alternative aperitif.

Part of our New Zealand 20% off deal- £9.99 when you buy two bottles or more.


Vina eguia Gran reservaDate published: 14/01/14

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva, Rioja 2004

This wine is really is an exceptional wine that is excellent value for money. The top wine in the Eguia range, this gran reserva has been aged for 30 months in barrel and a further 3years in the bottle before it was released. The end result, is a complex and well balanced Rioja.

On the nose you get dark plumb and raisin notes, on the palate you get fruit flavours of prune and some vinilla spice from the oak aging. This however is not over powering and has a soft, silky smooth mouth feel with great length.

A cracking example of a Gran Reserva at a bargain price!


CodorniuDate published: 14/01/14

Codorníu Brut NV

From the Penedès region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century. A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

This easy drinking Cava is great on its own or as an accompaniment to seafood or light salads.

£6.99

*When you buy two or more bottles.

Single bottle £10.49


Wine Producer Of The Day- William FèvreDate published: 13/01/14

One of the great Chablis producers. The retirement of renowned oak–advocate, William Fèvre opened up the opportunity for talented winemaker Didier Séguier to take the helm in 1998. Rather than eschewing the divisive style of his predecessor, Didier has polished and refined the oak influence to produce wines of exceptional class and balance whilst still retaining the concentration with which it has become synonymous. In short he has taken this excellent producer in a modern direction without losing its 250 year history. In store we offer his unoaked classic style with incredibly vibrant flinty backbone.

Majestics fine wine arm Lay and Wheeler also offers the 2009 oaked style which is unquestionably Chablis of the highest standard, especially considering the quality of the vintage. 


Are you a business looking for a new wine supplier?Date published: 13/01/14

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? Bar, club or resturant we supply to everyone!

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines 

~ Competitive prices

~ Knowegable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 

~ You personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...

CALL us on 02078199796 or EMAIL: bat@majestic.co.uk for more information. 

WeddingsDate published: 13/01/14

Weddings can be stressful to organise. Thankfully, here at Majestic we are vastly experienced in helping you chose the wine and beer for your special days. Whether you want wine to match each course at the wedding dinner, champagne or fizz for the toast or wedding breakfast, or just a great selection of wines to help your parties rock and roll, we are here to guide and advise.

In addition to this we also offer free delivery at a time convenient for the big day itself, free glass and chiller bin hire (refundable deposit required). We even sell bags of ice. Plus with the tasting counter showcasing wines each day you may discover a wine that you had not thought of, and that you really love.

Products are available on a sale or return basis provided they are returned in a saleable condition (managers discretion).

So if you are planning a wedding or any special event for 2014 and need some advice or guidance just pop in, send us an email on bat@majestic.co.uk or call us on 02078199796



VodkaDate published: 13/01/14

All About Vodka

Vodka is a colourless, fairly neutral-tasting spirit. It is distilled to a high strength, usually usuing continuous still, and then filtered through coal to remove impurities before bottling. Because it is distilled to such a high strength, very little of the character of the base material appears in the spirit.

A wide range of base materials can be used including potatoes, cereal grains, and even grapes. The little flavour that remains from the base material used can be an important part of the character of the spirit, particularly with easetrn-style and some western premium vodkas.

As well as differing subtly in their flavour, vodkas also differ in their quality and texture of the spirit. Some are very soft, creamy and smooth; others can be quite harsh with a noticable 'bite', which can be part of the character of the vodka does not always indicate a poor quality spirit.

Eastern-Style Vodkas

Eastern-style vodkas, such as those from Russia and Poland, tend to retain more of the character of the base material. They have characterful flavours, but the alcohol may seem harsher. Potato-based have a particularly creamy, luxerious texture, though they are expensive to produce. Rye-based vodkas have a subtle, but noticably spicy flavour. Barley and wheat are also used.

Western-Style Vodkas

Western-style vodkas aim for smoothness and neutrality, often at the expense of character. The best have a soft creamy texture. They are the ultimate innocuous spirit, and their mixability makes them ideal for cocktails where the main flavours do not come from the base spirit.

Flavoured Vodkas

Flavoured vodkas may be made with modern flavourings such as orange, cranberry or vanilla, or they follow traditional recipes that use cherries, bison grass, plums or honey.


GinDate published: 13/01/14

All About Gin

Gin is made from almost neutral spirit that has been flavoured with a range of botanicals. The most important is juniper. The origin of the spirit can vary but is commonly either molasses, sugar beet-based or grain spirit.

Botanicals

Juniper is always the dominant flavour followed by coriander. Yet a range of other botanicals are used, including citrus peel, liquorice, orris root, angelica and star anise.

Aside from a few Dutch Gins, the final mix does not see any aging before bottling. Instead it is reduced to bottle strength with demineralised or spring water.

Cold-Compaound Gins

The very low priced gins use cold compounding to flavour the spirit. This involves simply adding flavour using essential oils. The reultant product may be quite pungent at first, however as the flavours are not very well 'fixed' the aromas disappear quickly and the flavours are weak.

Distilled Gins

Gins labelled as London Gin, Distilled Gin or Plymouth Gin use a superior range of distillation techniques to extract the flavours from the botanicals. Either the botanicals are added to the neutral spirit to macerate for a period of time before a further distillation, or the vapour is passed through the botanicals during distillation.


Is Ribera del Duero the new Rioja?Date published: 13/01/14

Is Ribera del Duero the new Rioja?

Rioja has long been considered the premier wine region of Spain.  Ribera del Duero with is warmer climate is producing quality wines with more weight, colour and alcohol.  Whilst Rioja's D.O. laws were established in 1970, Ribera del Duero's were not introduced until 1982. Both use the same Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva ageing laws.  Both have the Tempranillo at the heart of their production. However, during the past decade Ribera del Duero wines have managed to combine great power with freshness and elegance.  There are, of course, some famous wines from the region such as Emilio Moro Valderiz and Tinto Pesquera, (apparently Sir Alex Ferguson's favourite wine).  But the region is now producing consistent high quality wines across the price ranges.

Last night I opened a bottle from Ribera del Duero which is under £10, in fact just £7.99 on the present Majestic Wine Spanish offer.  What a little gem!  Soft, elegant fruit with great depth and complexity, grown from organically grown grapes.  Research has also told me that it comes from the oldest winery in the  region.  I've not tasted a better wine for under £10 this year.  I only wish I had tasted the wine blind without any preconceived ideas.  I believe that I would have placed a far higher price tag on it.  It even comes with a very dapper looking elderly man on the label who I believe is Pablo Penalba.  He was head of this wine producing family until his sudden death in 2006.  "What's the wine?" you ask.  Montecastrillo, from the Finca Torremilanos winery made from 100% Tempranillo.

So has Rioja been overtaken by it's neighbour, Ribera del Duero?  You decide by trying a few comparably priced wines from both regions. Buy them now whilst Majestic Wine still has the Spanish offer on.  For me it is just too close to call.  I believe that I will have to force myself to do a little more product research!  Cheers!


Fine Wine PlanDate published: 13/01/14

The Fine Wine Plan

Enjoy fine wine? Fancy starting your own personal collection? Want to get a 10% discounton all your purchases at Majestic Wine? Thanks to Lay and Wheeler, the fine wine arm of Majestic, this is now possible.

The Fine Wine Plan assists you in building a personally tailored fine wine collection but at your own financial pace.

Q. How do I go about setting up a Fine Wine Plan (FWP)?
A. To join the Fine Wine Plan you'll need to first register on the Lay & Wheeler website, and then the simple online application form. You can choose the level of subscription that's right for you, from a minimum of £50 per month. You'll need to specify £100 or more to qualify for your free case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009. When applying you'll be given options to indicate your main wine preferences, providing your personal consultant with a starting point. Complete the Direct Debit mandate, post it to us, and we will do the rest.

Q. What are the benefits?
A. When you sign up to the £100 per month FWP you will receive a number of benefits including a 10% Discount at Majestic Wine and a free joining case which will consist of six fine wines to add to your collection. You will also receive exclusive quarterly offers featuring fantastic wines especially selected for the fine wine plan. 

To join please visit www.laywheeler.com or call 01473 313 330


Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012- currently in the Bargain Hunt!Date published: 10/01/14

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

Margaret River, Australia

Cape Mentelle is a pioneer, and leading winery of the remarkable Margaret River wine region, the most noted region in Western Australia.

It possesses a cool maritime climate which is similar in style to that of Bordeaux. Cape Mentelle takes a minimal approach to this blend, which allows the regional character to shine through, paying testament to the beautiful South-West Coast.

This vibrant and aromatic blend produces a fresh, distinctive wine that accentuates the unique character of both grape varieties.

Sauvignon Blanc provides herbaceous, green fruit flavours, which are perfectly complimented by the heady lemon blossom aromas of Semillon.

Meticulous winemaking preserves the remarkable intensity of the fruit flavours and provides structure, weight and texture that characterises the Cape Mentelle style.

This wine would make the perfect accompaniment to lightly spiced, Asian-style seafood.

This fantastic wine is also part of the Majestic Bargain Hunt, and is currently only £12.49when paired with any other Bargain Hunt wine, a massive saving of 33.3% on the single bottle price! (£18.74).


Welmoed Cabernet Sauvignon- currently in the Bargain Hunt!Date published: 10/01/14

From selected vineyard sites in Stellenbosch, where the climate is cool Mediterranean, and soils are of loam and granite. Varietal characters are preserved in this Cabernet by cold soaking before fermentation, and maturation with oak staves for just 8 months.


Nose and palate are dominated by blackberry and cassis, with subtle hints of mint leaf and nutmeg showing through. Oak influence is restrained, providing gentle polish to the ample tannins. Welmoed recommend serving with Tzatziki roast beef, or rack of lamb with sautéed vegetables.

Leon Perdigal, Cotes du RhoneDate published: 10/01/14

Leon Perdigal

Cotes du Rhone

2012

This is a classic blend from Southern Rhone, made with 4 different grape varieties Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan. Named in honor of the first cellarmaster at Ogier's famous cellars this wine certainly shows off their long wine making tradition.

Plenty of red fruit on the nose and palate, seasoned with spicy pepperiness. Medium bodies with a good finish, this wine would be a perfect match for haggis...Burn's night not long away!

£6.99


Fan of Albarino? Why not try Godello?Date published: 07/01/14

Are you a fan of Albarino and want to try something a little different from the same region in Spain? If so, then why not try Godello -  This is a white grape variety found predominantly in North West Spain.  It is a fantastic dry white wine with peachy, ripe pear flavours.

Which ones we sell:

Caixas Godello £7.99 multi-buy price (this is currently open to taste on our tasting counter.)

Montenovo Godello £9.99 multi-buy price


Great Offers in StoreDate published: 07/01/14

With the expense of Christmas and the blow out of New Years Eve, the beginning of any year can often be a time when wine drinking takes a back seat. Whether this is to kick start a new routine, diet or healthy living plan or simply just to cut back on what could be seen as an unnecessary expense. 

However, once we re-open on the 2nd January we will still have our great Christmas promotions ongoing and that will remain the case all the way through January. So this means we will still have 20% off the wines of NZ, Australia, Rhone and Chile. Therefore, there is still some great value to be found around the store. We also have selected Champagnes and Sparkling wines with a 1/3 off! This can create some great savings and presents some great value fizz for any parties/weddings that may be upcoming in the new year.

The best bit about wine as well is that it lasts (with a little self discipline that is) and therefore you can cash in on some great prices and be well prepared for events that may come up throughout the next 12 months! 

Maybe, your new years resolution is to try new or different wines to normal. If this is the case then we always have different wines open to taste and with the offers mentioned above its a great time to explore the wines those countries have to offer. 

There may also be a few extra bargains up our sleeves to throw your way so watch this space! 

Have a good new year and we look forward to another exciting year exploring the world of wine with our customers!


Getting Married?Date published: 07/01/14

We have been meeting lots of wedding couples this weekend, so if you have just got hitched and are planning your nuptials we are on hand to help you out. Now is a great time to stock up on our Cracking Christmas Champagne deals!

On our website we have our wee check-list of all aspects to cover in planning your big day from how many glasses can I get from a bottle to planning corkage and glass hire! http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings


All our staff in store are experienced at advising couples on wines to suit their tastes, their menu and their budget. We'd be happy to help point you in the direction of a few different whites, reds and sparkling to choose from.


Time for a Bargain Hunt!Date published: 07/01/14

This January we've got a real bargain hunt going on. And the only reason we've reduced these wines is to make room for next season's selection.

With a delicious 33.3% off when you buy any 2 from the range of selected wines, you're bound to find some unbelievable bargains. The perfect way to perk up your January. But hurry - stocks will sell out quickly!

You can view the Battersea selection through our website www.majestic.co.uk

Happy Hunting!


Wine FactsDate published: 07/01/14

In the whole of the Biblical Old Testament, only the Book of Jonah has no reference to the vine or wine

Wine FactsDate published: 07/01/14

Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present

Top 5 Bargain Hunt WinesDate published: 07/01/14

It's OFFICIAL, our Bargain Hunt offers have BEGUN! With savings of 33.3%, be sure to take advantage of our wonderfully diverse selection of price cut wines.

Here are my personal Top 5 Bargain Hunt wines;

1 - KC Cabernet Merlot, 2010, Klein Constantia, Coastal Region - £7.32

This wine is typically South African in style. Spicy aromas and ripe fruit are complemented by 20 months' barrel ageing. If you are a fan of your blackcurrant reds, this IS the wine for YOU.

2 - Santa Carolina Reserva, Sauvignon, 2011 Leyda Valley - £5.99

In at number 2 is a beautiful Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. With a focus on citrus flavours and tropical fruits, this zingy white is sure to provide a crisp and refreshing experience. Perfectly acceptable to drink on its own or with a nice salad and fish dish.

3 – Composite, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough - £6.99

A close 2nd place, this traditionally fruity and tropical New Zealand white also provides a long clean finish. Vibrant and intense, you will realize all your ripe grapefruit desires... This wine will taste even sweeter knowing that you've practically stolen it at a price of £6.99.

4 – Catalpa, Pinot Noir, 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza - £8.66

Elegant on the palate, this Argentine Pinot Noir is incredibly easy drinking (I finished a bottle without it touching the sides!). Aromas of rasberry and jam, if you are a fan of your medium-bodied savoury reds, I strongly advise that you look no further than the Catalpa Pinot Noir.

5 - Les Hautes, Roches, 2009, Médoc

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, one of my favorite blends from Bordeaux. This plummy red is sraightforward and approachable, with a centre of youthful ripe blackcurrant flavour. If you are looking for a perfect match to slow-cooked red meats – this wine is PERFECTION.

So there you have it folks, my Top 5 Bargain Hunt wines. I hope the hunt for bargains has been narrowed down somewhat. However, there are plenty of other wines with prices slashed that missed the cut by only a whisker!

I look forward to grabbing some of my top 5 wines for you in the near future.


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 07/01/14

The world of food and wine matching is incredibly complex. It confuses, baffles and frustrates in equal measure. While any wine can be drunk with any food it will not always leave the most pleasant taste in your mouth. A successful food and wine match will ensure that the wine does not deteriorate in quality. 

The question is, how do you achieve this feat?

Well there are some simple ways to ensure that the wine and food will not create a bad taste in the mouth. A good place to start is with the old myth that you can have 'white wine with fish and red wine with meat'. This is a generalisation that is not necessarily the best way to match your evening meal and will stop you exploring some excellent matches that go against this widely held view. However there is some credence in this statement too. When eating fish it is common to have lemon juice or vinegar, which are highly acidic. This matches well with the acidity found in plenty of white wines and can help create a fuller, more enjoyable wine. However reds which tend to be less acidic can taste metallic and thin.

When it comes to red wines and meat, the tannins can have a softening effect however there are still other obstacles to it being a perfect match. Often meats like a rare steak are seasoned with plenty of black pepper. This can have a detrimental effect on some finer, older wines, ruining the depth of flavour but may improve younger, lighter reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese and even make them seem more complex.

Sweet foods are another area that can be difficult to match. Dry wines are a disaster when mixed with them and chocolate especially can coat the mouth and require a strong, full bodied sweet wine to overcome them. Other flavours such as bitterness in wine can be matched with salty foods, while salty foods can also make sweet wines taste even sweeter.

Some classic food and wine matches include smoked salmon with a dry Riesling. Red Bordeaux matches lamb beautifully, while the merits of Gewurtztraminer and thai green curry are becoming very well known. Sparkling wine and champagne can create an elegant match for some fish and chips while Sauternes is a great match for some roquefort cheese.

There are many food and wine matches that classically match however every dish is different as every wine is. While there are recommended ways to match food and wine there is no clear template and the best way to find good matches is to experiment. Sometimes certain flavours in foods may have an unexpected match with wines you wouldn't expect. This is all part of the fun and if a match doesn't work then you can always save the wine to drink on its own after dinner.



Exciting New arrivalDate published: 07/12/13

The second wine of Ornellaia, Le Serre shares a similar Bordeaux-inspired blend to the flagship wine, but is produced mainly from the estate's younger vines, resulting in a softer, fresher style that can be enjoyed at full maturity with less time in the cellar. It combines rich black fruit with silky tannins and a firm, well-structured feel, enhanced by a diverse aromatic profile, offering cedar, dried herb and tobacco leaf nuances.

It is included in our ongoing Fine Wine at house wine prices promotion and is reduced to £35 when you buy two fine wines and save £10


Why not send a case of wine?Date published: 07/12/13

Why not send a case of wine?

With over 700 products to choose from, including wine, spirits, Champagne, Port, Sherry & dessert wines, we can help you create a mixed case to suit most tastes and budgets. We also have gift packaging in one, two, three, four, six and twelve bottle formats, so you can present your gift in style. Delivery is free!

Don't know where to start, don't worry, we're always on hand to advise, just ask!

A Christmas guide to PortDate published: 07/12/13

A Christmas guide to Port

There can be no wine that is more British than Port, it was created by the British for the British due to a trade embargo with France back in 1678. So port was discovered from Portugal. Port is the product of a wine with added alcohol (brandy) to halt the fermentation process. The resulting product is generally sweet.

There are a different classifications within port;

Ruby Port

is a young, non vintage, full-bodied, deeply coloured wine.

Taylor's First Estate Reserve Port was £11.99 now £8.99

Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV)

is a wine from a specific year but not a “Declared Year”. It will have been aged in cask for between 4-6 years before bottling and filtering. It has rich complex flavours

Taylors LBV 2007 was £13.99 now £11.99

Tawny Port

is a blend of White and Red Port and has spent at least 7 years in cask aging. Tawny Port is often labelled with an age indication of 10, 20, 30 or even over 40 years. These are the finest of tawny ports, and offer flavours of walnuts, coffee, chocolate and caramel, to accompany faded and developed berry fruit.

Taylors 10 year old tawny port was £25.00 now £20.00

Crusted Port

is a high quality ruby wine of one or more vintages, bottled young and unfiltered. It throws a heavy sediment, hence the name crust.

Colheita Ports

are wines of a single vintage that have been aged in cask until just before bottling. Effectively, they are fine old Tawny ports and do not need decanting.

Vintage Ports

are exceptional wines from one particular year, typically from the best vineyards only, they are bottled at two years old. They mature in the bottle very slowly, until they reach their peak at 20 years or more. They will throw a heavy deposit so need decanting. Not every company declares the same year a vintage. Flavours are rich and complex fruit flavours, syrup and nut.

Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1991 £18.99 


♫'Tis the season to drink Sherry♫Date published: 07/12/13

♫'Tis the season to drink Sherry♫

Christmas is fast approaching and the need for sherry is calling. Whether a dry Manzanilla while the roast is in the oven or a sweet Oloroso with pudding and cheese. We are here to help and have some fantastic offers on this highly underrated wine.

The driest style of sherry is Fino made from the Palomino grape. This light fresh style gives green apple fruit on the palate with floral notes and a nutty undertone that is a result of the flor that develops in the solera system the sherry passes through during its production. Perfect with nibbles.

Pedro's Fino £8.99.

Manzanilla is a Fino that has been aged in the seaside town of Sanlucar. This gives this particular Fino a delicate salty tang. This is by far the most fashionable sherry among the Spanish and is fantastic with tapas.

Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana NV is on special offer at £10.99.

Amontillado is a Fino or Manzanilla that during the aging process has been fortified so the flor that develops dies off, giving this style a partially oxidised characteristic. This is a fantastic dry sherry style with much more prominent nutty flavours and mouthwatering yeasty tang. Serve slightly chilled as an aperitif.

Amontillado Seco Napoleon is on special offer at £11.99.

Now we have sorted out the pre-dinner tipple we can have a look at the sherries that will finish of the night. Pedro Ximenez is exclusively used to make sweet styles of sherry and is the sweetening element added to the cream sherries produced for the UK market. This is a fantastic style and will go perfectly with desserts or even poured over ice-cream. The unctuous consistency and flavours of fig, toffee and caramel make this a decadent end of meal drink.

Pedro Ximenez Triana is on special offer at £12.99.

For those looking for something a little special as a gift for others or to treat yourself this Christmas a sweet Oloroso is the answer. A dry Oloroso is made when the flor is prevented from developing and the wine is fully oxidised. A percentage of sweet Pedro Ximenez is added to make a sweet style Oloroso which has all the opulent raisined fruit and pudding spice characteristics of a dry Oloroso but with moderate sweetness. This makes it a perfect wine to go with a pudding like Tarte Tatin or a cheese board.

Matusalem 30 year old Oloroso, Gonzalez Byass at £17.99.

Come and explore Sherry with Majestic this Christmas.

A Christmas Guide to Dessert WineDate published: 07/12/13

A Christmas Guide to Dessert Wine

Dessert wines are a must at any gathering and Christmas is the perfect time to test them out. We have a fantastic range in store, but here are a few of my favourites. We shall be tasting a lot of these on our tasting counter throughout December so why not come and explore.

Chastelnau de Suduirat 2009, Sauternes, France 350ml £11.99

Sauternes is from a region in Bordeaux in France. It has

an excellent micro-climate (misty mornings and warm sunny afternoons), perfect for producing amazing dessert wines. Sweet peaches and apricots flavours with a lingering finish of silky honey. Perfect with a fruit tart or even duck breast with plum sauce.

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro 50cl, Spain, £8.49*

The Torres family have been making this Moscatel Oro since 1946. This wine has aromas of marmalade, Turkish delight and honeyed fruit. Indulgently sweet with a candied finish. Can be enjoyed with fruit puddings, but pairs beautifully with Chocolate brownies.

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, 350ml £12.79

World class Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc comes in the sweet variety too – such as this bold expressive dessert wine with crisp citrus notes mingling with sweet honey and peach. Perfect with a pear and Walnut Tarte Tartin.

Vouvray Molleux La Levriere 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, 350ml £9.99*

This is a dessert style Vouvray using the Chenin Blanc. This a rich glossy gold coloured wine. The aromas are of ripe pineapple and quince with a palate awash with sweet flavours of figs and crystallised lemon. Perfect with caramel puddings or even strong cheeses.

Pedro Ximenez Triana, Hidalgo, Spain, £11.99

Not a dessert wine but a worthy entrant, this is a beautiful sweet sherry. Made using grapes dried on straw mats it has aromas of raisins, molasses, figs and caramel. Best described as Sticky Toffee Pudding in a glass, this is my favourite. Perfect drizzled over Mingella's Vanilla Ice Cream.

*when you buy 2 bottles or more.


Wine of the Week - Chocolate BlockDate published: 07/12/13

Wine of the Week

The Chocolate Block 2012 Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape

Looking for a wine for a winters evening, then look no further the Chocolate Block is a bit special which is why its often sold out.

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof'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 over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

£27 per bottle Buy any two selected fine wines save £10 

£22 per bottle

Celebrating 50 Years of Vina SolDate published: 07/12/13

Vina Sol arrived in 1963 as a symbol of wine making modernity. When Miguel Torres began began experimenting with cool-fermentation to produce a fresher, more aromatic white wine, he couldn't have foreseen the acclaim that would follow. Yet five decades later, Vina Sol still stands as a benchmark for fresh lively whites, with a huge following of contented consumers and critics around the world . 

Now the blazing Mediterranean sun that gave Vina Sol its name is also the symbol of its 50th anniversary. It shines out from the commemorative label, joined by fifty more suns on the cap. for a bottle that's as fresh and elegant as its content. 

On offer @ £5.99 per bottle.

Spotlight Tasting - Christmas WinesDate published: 07/12/13

Spotlight Tasting Christmas Wines

Aperitif - Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli £18 on offer

With pear, quince, honeysuckle and a little peach syrup on the nose. There is a richness on the palate with a delicious tangy oily texture which will awaken the taste buds and possibly the mind after a long morning of gift opening and sipping Champagne. A supremely indulgent Pinot Grigio.

Smoked Salmon – Sancerre Vacheron 2012 £17.99 on offer

Passion fruit, gooseberry and lime all assert their authority and wrestle for domination. 2012 was a good quality vintage and you can sense it on the palate. A searing acidity means it is brilliant with fish.

Turkey (White) – Meursault 2011 Nicholas Potel £22

A typically powerful Chardonnay, all muscle and butter on the nose. It’s tangy and lively on the palate with apple and lemon. At the end the butterscotch and toast really kick in, it finishes hearty and warm with enviable length. Perfect with turkey, which needs a robust, structured white.

Turkey (Red) – Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 £18.50 on offer

A really sweet, yet tangy nose of strawberry jam, cedar, vanilla, cranberry and leather—very complex and beguiling, it almost seems a shame to drink it. The palate is light and alive, slightly Burgundian, yet the intensity of flavour is incredible, as is the complexity. High acidity makes it a great food wine too, it has the personality to handle the Christmas bird.

Chateau L'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin £16.99 on offer

A superb nose of dark black fruit and hedgerow, a little like Chateauneuf. The palate is very firm and structured, damsons and herbs come to the fore alongside blackcurrant and a florality that gives the wine a perfumed edge. It would be the perfect accompaniment to many hard cheeses as these soften the tannins and allow the flavours to open up with some style.

Christmas Pudding - Cloudy Bay Late Harvest £15.99 on offer

A regal nose of tropical and citrus fruit, very concentrated, like undiluted cordial. Alongside is a buttery, caramel and toast aspect. On the palate these are joined by a little saffron from the botrytis, and a creamy, oily texture. Honey, marmalade and apricot too, there is so much going on, it’s a sipper, ideally served with the Christmas Pudding for an indulgent finish.


Baileys Chocolat Luxe!Date published: 07/12/13

Baileys Chocolat Luxe is a blend of luxurious layers of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and real Belgian Chocolate. All you have to do is shake it and the pleasure is yours......

£17.00 a bottle and now in stock 

OPEN TO TASTE!

A lovely Gift idea for Christmas!Date published: 07/12/13

Struggling to come up with Christmas present ideas? We may have the solution!

Here at Majestic we do gift vouchers in £10, £20, and £50 denominations, which put an end to your worries.
The gift vouchers have no expiry date and can be used in any Majestic Wine Warehouse across the country, making them the perfect gift for pretty much anyone!

We even have some very nice gift cards to slot them into.

Ask in store for more details!

Why shop @ Majestic Battersea?Date published: 07/12/13

If you're reading this, then chances are, you're interested in a wine we have listed, or you're having a party and are looking for inspiration, or just want to check out the range that we stock.

Our staff are passionate about our product. We don't just sell wine; we smell it, we swirl it, we taste it and then yes, we drink it, but most of all we love to talk about it, and we love to buy it too.

So if you're looking for honest advice, an enthusiasm for food and wine matching, or just want to try something that's a little bit different, then pop in to the store and have a chat with us. We've always got some interesting wines open to try, and we love to talk about wine.... There's even plenty of staff recommendations dotted around the store too, so you can see what's caught our eyes recently.

See you at the tasting counter....

Super second wine from Château Musar.Date published: 18/11/13

At our recent wine tasting event held in store, one of the more popular wines of the night was Château Musar's  second wine, Hochar. Made in a similar style to Musar except aged slightly less in oak, for 9 months and left to further age in the bottle for 2 years. The wine is incredibly light and irresistible with plenty of red and dark fruits as well as leather, pencil lead and oak finished with great spice, a long rounded finish and one you will enjoy with either red meats like duck, pigeon or lamb or enjoy it on its own with good company during the cold evenings ahead. Pick up in store for the great price of £11.99.

Grape to Glass - Have you got your copy?Date published: 18/11/13

Make sure you read your copy of Grape to Glass that should be dropping through your letterboxes soon...it includes some great ideas for the festive season, with advice on Christmas food and wine matching, a champagne gift guide and a beginners guide to dessert wine. All the advice comes from members of staff in Majestic and from our winemakers, so don't miss out. Also available online and in store. 

Planning a Christmas Party? We're here to help.Date published: 16/11/13

At Majestic Wines we deliver 7 days a week, providing that you purchase 6 bottles or more, and your order comes to more than £40. This service is completely free of charge, and we offer flexible delivery hours too for your convenience! We guarantee delivery within 7 days, or placing your order, although it is usually much quicker than that. Ryan our driver is always on hand to deliver your favourite wines, straight to your front door. 

We known how difficult it is to know exactly what quantities you need for a party or event, and you definitely don't want to run out. We are on hand to offer advice on quantities, and we also offer sale and return. We ask that anything you return comes back in a saleable condition- we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases. 

When it comes to glasses, we've got it covered. Our free glass hire includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-balls and pint glasses. These are available on a £1 a glass deposit basis, which is fully refundable when the glasses are returned. We also offer chiller bins, ideal for chilling beers and wines when your fridges are full. Also, we have ice buckets, ideal for keeping a few bottles chilled. They require a £15 and £10 deposit respectively, which is fully refundable when returned. There is no time limit on returning hired items, we just ask they come back clean and intact. 


The Rhône Valley wines simplified.Date published: 16/11/13

Lirac
Southern Rhône Valley
The Lirac vineyard is located in a bend of the Rhône not far from Orange and Avignon, spread over the sun-bathed terraces and hillsides of four communes: Lirac, Roquemaure, Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres and Saint-Géniès-de-Colomas. The wines come in three colours: graceful and fragrant whites and rosés that should be drunk young with shellfish; and powerful and generous reds, better suited to red meat.

Gigondas
Southern Rhône Valley
This vineyard is confined to the commune of Gigondas which is located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Originally a Côtes-du-Rhône wine, and later a Côtes-du-Rhônes-Villages, Gigondas finally became an independent appellation in 1971. Its soil, climate and particular varietal mix (dominated by Grenache) yields predominantly robust and powerful red wines with rich alcohol content, displaying a refined bouquet of spices mingled with pitted fruit. They are well-suited to game, and can be cellared for many years without losing their qualities. The few Gigondas rosés are also warm-hearted.

Côtes-du-Ventoux
Southern Rhône Valley
This vineyard extends from Vaison-la-Romaine in the north to Apt in the south, at the foot of the limestone Mont Ventoux. The reds produced here are fresh and elegant in their youth, and more robust when they come from westerly communes such as Caromb, Bédoin and Mormoiron. The AOC also produces rosés for early drinking, and a few floral and fruity whites.

Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages
Southern Rhône Valley
A few communes in the southern part of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation area have acquired a special reputation thanks to the quality of their terroirs and stricter rules of production than ordinary Côtes-du-Rhône wines. There are 14 historic commune names that may appear on labels: Chusclan, Laudun, Saint-Gervais, Cairanne, Sablet, Séguret, Rasteau, Roaix, Valréas, Visan, Rochegude, Rorsset-les-Vignes, Saint-Maurice, Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes, Sinargues, Massif d'Uchaux, Plan de Dieu and Puymeras. These Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages wines vary depending on their sub-region of origin, and are distinguished from those of the Côtes-du-Rhône AOC by their characteristically generous nature and superior ageing potential.

Châteauneuf-du-pape
Southern Rhône Valley
This prestigious appellation is located to the north of Avignon, dominating the plain of the Comtat Venaissin. Thirteen grape varieties are authorized, chief of which are the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. The intensely coloured reds are best drunk after a period of ageing, varying according to the vintage. They are ample, full-bodied and robust, with a powerful and complex bouquet that pairs beautifully with red meat, game and cheese. The rare whites hide their power behind delicate floral and fruit aromas (white flowers, citrus fruit, pear, apricot and exotic fruit) and the honeyed notes that they develop with age.

Beaumes-de-Venise
Southern Rhône Valley
This appellation (established in 2005) applies to red wines from one of the four communes located on the borders of the Gigondas and Vacqueyras AOCs: Beaumes-de-Venise, Lafare, La Roque Alric and Suzette. All blends must be based on Grenache Noir (at least 50%), and Syrah (at least 25% by 2015), supported by the other main grape varieties. These are generous, rich reds that display aromas of ripe fruit and spices.

Muscat-de-Beaumes-de-Venise
Southern Rhône Valley
Beaumes-de-Venise is located to the northeast of Avignon, with the Mont Ventoux in the background and the AOCs of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras and Gigondas to the west. Like the other vins doux naturels, the wines of this appellation are produced by adding eau-de-vie to the musts before the fermentation process is complete. They are aromatic, fruity, full of finesse and elegance ­– perfect as an aperitif, or as an accompaniment to certain cheeses and puddings.


Wines of Chile Week: Casa Lapostolle 'Cuvée Alexandre' Merlot 2012Date published: 16/11/13

Casa Lapostolle  'Cuvée Alexandre' Merlot 2012 

Grape Variety: Merlot, Carmenere

The Cuvee Alexandre Merlot comes from the Colchagua valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the most planted grape varieties. The Apalta vineyard also has a reputation for fine Merlot.

Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, the dynamic young French founder of this innovative Chilean winery, produces wines of spectacular quality. This fine Merlot comes from one of Casa Lapostolle’s low-yield single vineyard sites.

Aromas of red fruit, rosemary, white pepper and sweet spices on the nose. Rich fruits and notes of vanilla on the palate.


Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose St Emilion Grand Cru 2007Date published: 16/11/13

Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose is a St Emilion Grand Cru responsible for producing elegant and earthy Bordeaux. The relatively high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend lends a lovely minerality to the finish and the fleshy Merlot provides soft, plummy fruit. 

This is a gastronomic wine that is crying out for lamb or mutton. 2007 can be a bit of an insipid year but this claret is anything but. Bursting with juicy red fruit and plum with a hint of wood smoke and tobacco maturity on the finish. Highly rated by Decanter at 18/20 and picked as one of their value Bordeaux for Christmas this is one to stock up whilst on it's current deal. A seriously complex and well made Claret for sub-£20.

£18 down from £23*

*Save £10 when you buy 2 selected Fine Wines


Fantastic deals on PortDate published: 16/11/13

With Christmas on the horizon we enter into Port season and once again we have some fantastic deals on.

My pick is either the Taylors LBV at £11.99 or the fantastic Delaforce Corte 1991 vintage port, a bargain at £18.99.

Perfect for Christmas or just to while away those Autumn evenings. 


Explore our new best offersDate published: 16/11/13

We have just introduced a whole selection of some of our best wines at reduced prices. Below are a selection of some of the best value in my opinion.

The Ned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £6.99

Macon Lugny Louis Latour 2011 - £8.99

Chataeu Meaume BDXSP 2009 -  £8.99

Heidsieck Monopole Brut NV - £16.00

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Res Chardonnay - £7.49

(All prices are multi-buy prices)

For a comprehensive list of all our offers and prices; visit our website, check our latest edition of grape to glass, or visit us in-store. Enjoy!


New to Majestic: Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004!Date published: 16/11/13

New to Majestic!

Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004,

Listrac Medoc, Bordeaux

Vines have been planted on this site since the 18th century but it it is really only since the 70's where the Château has taken on it's modern identity and this was rewarded with the achievement of Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status in 2003.

A rich and aromatic claret with ripe red fruit along with lifted notes of cedar, clove and sweet spice. Firm in boy with generous tannins. This would be a great match for lamb casserole.

£15.99 reduced to £12.99 when you buy 2 or more


New to Majestic- Croix Saint Adel BlancDate published: 16/11/13

Croix Saint Adel Blanc, 2012 Coteaux du Libron

Grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Viognier.

This award winning wine is produced using the same retro method that was previously used in the Languedoc region- by throwing all different sorts of grapes together. By blending a number of different grapes together it allows the wine to develop complexity.

On the nose you can can appreciate all three grapes. A fruit-filled winewith a  mixture of white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavours with a soft acidity.

Try this wine with roast ham.

£7.99 when you buy two or more bottles


New to Majestic: Striking French Merlot!Date published: 16/11/13

New to Majestic!

Striking French Merlot 2012,

Pays d'Oc

Made in the Languedoc, an area of significant wine production. Due to the heat and the dry summers there is a definite uniqueness to they red wines from this area. Merlot can sometimes bee seen as a simple and smooth wine but when made well as is the case here it can have interesting sweet herbaceous fruit notes and a rich body.

On the nose there are distincly French notes of stewed plums and sweet spice. Silky tannins on the palate are complimented by dark cherries and blackberry, with a pleasing length.

This would be the perfect match to a classic sausage and mash.

£9.99 single bottle or buy two and save £4 = £7.99


A little insight in to Sancerre...Date published: 15/11/13

Sancerre is located on the eastern side of the Loire Valley, and is widely known for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blancs on offer. These wines are generally youthful and to be drunk at a young age, with bottle ageing of only a year or two.

A total of 14 villages and 3 hamlets hold the right to produce Sancerre. Two of the best Sancerre vineyards are the pebbly, chalky Chene Marchand in the village of Bue, which is known for making a mineraly, finally etched Sauvignon Blanc. The other being the Monts Damnes in Chavignol, where clay-limestone produces more broader, complex wines.

Sancerre is a dry white wine with high acidity, a steely minerality and is known to offer a gun smoky element. Common aroma characteristics can include classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours such as tropical fruits and gooseberries.

We recommend:

Sancerre Blanc 2011, Chateau De Sancerre

Price: £16.99

Fabulously aromatic nose, concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours, all carefully balanced by a rich smokiness and steely dry palate. A mineral, elegant and long finish.

Food Match: The classic match to white goats cheese, this wine is also a brilliant partner to smoked salmon and poached trout.


Beaune 1er Cru, Louis Jadot 2010Date published: 15/11/13

One of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does for Pinot Noir, the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety. The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.
There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.
 Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.
 Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck.

Only £20.00 per bottle, reduced from £25.00 when you buy any 2 Fine Wines.

Under Dog Atlantic LagerDate published: 15/11/13

Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog, Denver USA

 6x330ml cans £12.99

 Buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

Yes, it’s in a can, but premium cans are probably the future of craft beer. The beers taste extremely fresh and are cheaper to transport and recycle; cans also fit with the rebelliousness of the craft beer movement. In a sense, Flying Dog invented the craft revolution. They are one of the most important craft brewers of all, not just because of their great beers; without them, the craft beer industry would look and feel a lot different. Their style and rhetoric has inspired a generation of craft-brewers, not least Brewdog from Scotland. Flying Dog began as brewbar in Aspen, Colorado, in 1990. The Rockies back then were a destination for people who found California too mainstream and thought a bit differently. George Stranahan, an astrophysicist with a passion for beer, started the business. The name came from a painting of a flying dog he saw in a hotel in Pakistan, halfway up a failed ascent of K2. George’s close friend was the ‘outlaw journalist’ Hunter S Thompson who famously endorsed the brewery; he was a former Hells Angel who became a biting political journalist and highly-rated sports writer. Author of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, he was outspoken, brilliant and strongly anti-establishment. His influence on Flying Dog and the burgeoning craft beer movement was to set it out staunchly in the face of the dominant commercial brewers. The artwork was created by British artist, Ralph Steadman. The colour and scratchy, confrontational designs are embedded in the culture of the brewery.

“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says "Good People Drink Good Beer." Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public bar-room and you will quickly see: Bad People Drink Bad Beer. Think about it.” Hunter S Thompson


Web Exclusive: Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004Date published: 15/11/13

We have a new online only offer for Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004 - down to just £30 a bottle when you buy 6!

This offer is only available at http://www.majestic.co.uk/Laurent-Perrier-zid22247x6

We would advise you to get your orders in quick, because once it's gone its gone!

Origin

Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier remains in family hands to this day. This superb Brut Millèsime is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from grand cru vineyards.

Taste

A medium straw yellow in colour with an open and well developed nose. A well sustained palate with a slight biscuity character and a long honeyed finish.

Enjoy

Serve just above fridge temperature as an apéritif or with seafood.

As this is a web exclusive distribution will take a little longer than normal, but we will keep you updated.


The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - now £6.99 on offer!!Date published: 15/11/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is probably the most popular white wine we sell in the company and it is now down to just £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles!

A classic example of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 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.

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.

This is bound to fly out the door at this price so make sure you get  your orders in now!

2008 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, PauillacDate published: 13/11/13

Coming up to Christmas, Claret is always a popular choice both for gifts and as a lovely addition to the lunch and dinner tables. We have a great selection here in store for all occasions (and budgets!), but if you're looking to splash out on something a bit more special then I  would highly recommend the 2008 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste from Pauillac which is available at £40.00.

Pauillac is a region in the Medoc, found on the left bank of Bordeaux in between Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien. Stylistically, Pauillac tends to produce very full and rich Clarets with distinct notes of cassis and cedar. Pauillac is probably most well known for contributing 3 out of the top 5 Chateau in the 1855 classification; Chateau Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild. The success of the area is quite often attributed to the free-draining gravel soils which produce great Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau grand-Puy-Lacoste own around 55 hectares which, in true left bank style, is predominantly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. There is only around 20% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 

In 2008, the wines of the area were slightly lighter in style (similar to the vintage in 2001), which makes this bottle softer and more elegant than you might expect from the region in general. The wine was aged for 16-18 months in 70% new oak barrels. There are classic toasty and spicy notes on the finish, but there is also an abundance of rich fruit as well. The firm tannins and fruity style suggest that this wine will easiily age for another 8 years or more.

Jancis Robinson scored this wine 16.5/20 suggesting that this wine will be drinking best between 2013 and 2019 but other critics have suggested a much broader drinking window.

Majestic website review:

"Reminiscent of the 1990, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc possesses low acidity, good ripeness (but not over-ripe), and Grand-Puy-Lacoste's classic creme de cassis character well-displayed. Medium to full-bodied with noticeable tannin in the finish, it is a heady, rich, beautifully made Pauillac that should be drinkable within 3-4 years. 

Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 91-94 points


Mulled drinksDate published: 12/11/13

Mulled Wine

As the winds pick up, the temperature drops and the Christmas decorations start to appear, a glass of chilled white wine doesn't feel as appealing as it did all that time ago, when we were all having barbecues and spending evenings outdoors during the distant memory that was Summer. A glass of full bodied red can often remedy this, but for those particularly cold, dark and windy nights a mug of something warm is what's really needed.

Mulled wine doesn't have to be reserved for trips to German markets, nor does it have to be a sub standard sugary concoction bought from the supermarket in a bottle ready to just be heated up in a pan. It can be something you make in your own home, with your own personal touches.

We have just received stock of the Selsey Gourmet Mulling Syrup (£5.49*). It's a concentrated spiced syrup which you can add to a wine of your choice to make some truly excellent mulled wines. Add it to Gestos Malbec (£6.66**) for a full bodied style or add it to the Eguia Reserva (£6.66**) for something a little more complex, adding subtle notes of cedar and cloves.

Alternatively, you could add it to a dry cider such as Henney's (£19.92 for a case of 12) to make a delicious mulled cider, perfect for a pre Christmas celebration with friends.

*When you buy two as part of a mixed case

** When bought with any other pick 'n' mix wine


Winter wine evening 13/11/2013Date published: 12/11/13

At Majestic, we pride ourselves on showcasing our range and product knowledge. What better way to see if you like a wine than to try it? Our wine evenings are a fun, friendly informal way to rediscover an old favourite, or find something new.

Our Winter event will be held on Wednesday the 13th November between 6-8pm, and you can just pop in anytime. Fizz on entry, with a range of reds and whites for you to try. Often we also have representatives from wineries offering products that are sometimes not even on the market yet! Tweet, email or phone us to RSVP

Hope to see you there!


Craft beerDate published: 12/11/13

Craft Beers from Around the World

There's somewhat of a revolution happening in the beer world. Bored by bland, mass produced offerings consumers are snubbing the big brands and looking to expand their taste horizons. This has resulted in a return to more traditional methods, producing beers of character. The number of craft breweries have exploded in the last decade, from a few hundred to now close to 1000 in the UK alone.

Maintaining an ethos of quality rather than quantity, enabled use of adventurous ingredients like rare and unusual hops and long forgotten brewing processes. 

At Majestic, we love anything where care, attention to detail and above all passion has gone into offering you an outstanding product. This includes beer, where differentiation between these is becoming increasingly important in flavour and aroma just like terroir or vinification methods in wine. Why not try some of our ever increasing range as a party alternative to big branded lagers, or as a gift for someone who is perhaps not so keen on wine!

*Mix and Match any 4 Packs and Save £12

USA:

Anchor Steam £9.99 for 6*

Brooklyn Lager £9.99 for 6*

Flying Dog: Underdog £9.99 for 6*

UK:

Brew Dog Punk IPA £9.99 for 6* (One of my favourites!)

Chapel Down Curious Brew Lager/IPA  £17.99 for 12 bottles

Iceland:

Einstok White Ale £12.99*



Pedro's Palo cortadoDate published: 12/11/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Palo Cortado

 Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Palo Cortado is selected from the family Almacenista Cayetano Del Pino y Cia. This old established Almacenista (stock holder) belongs to the Del Pino family and is located in the centre of Jerez de la Frontera on the western side (thus benefiting from the cool western Atlantic winds, so beneficial for flor growth) and is housed at one of the old Domecq cellars, precisely at one of the cellars that once stored the famous La Ina soleras. This Almacenista dates back to 1886 and was once official supplier to H.R.M. King Alfonso XIII. Today they have transformed themselves into a true specialist of Palo Cortado with butts ranging from15/20 year old soleras to a dozen 30yr old butts and half a dozen 40yr old butts. The main business of this family is agriculture, looking after more than 2,000 hectares of land around Jerez (the three main businesses of Jerez have always been; Sherry, agriculture and horse breeding).

Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:

Selected by Pedro Dauthieu, the wine has an average age of about 15 years. Palo Cortado (meaning broken stick) derives from a wine that initially started its life as a vintage Fino (fortified to 15%), that in its 2nd classification (a year later) in butts, has changed its character and obtained a special complexity without the flor yeast, but keeping a very clean and expressive body. This wine is then fortified again to 17% as a vintage Palo Cortado prior to entering its own solera system. It is a highly pure Palo Cortado that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Palo Cortado from near identical butts.

Tasting note:

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

Additional info:

The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Sherry Vintage Festival) of 1951.This wine has undergone minimal filtration to obtain the maximum expression in the bottle. There is a chance that it may form a haze or precipitate tartrate crystals, which is completely natural and harmless.


Pedro's OlorossoDate published: 12/11/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Olorosso

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Oloroso is selected from the family Almacenista Garcia Jarana,who has dedicated his spare time to his hobby, that of ageing and treasuring over 400 butts of old Sherry, ranging from 15 to 20 year old soleras to single butts of over 80 years of age. The Almacenista (Stock holder) belonging to the Garcia Jarana family is located in the heart of the flamenco birth place and only a few meters away from his original and main business, that being the distribution of motorcycles (another of Jerez's claim to fame, as the racing track of Jerez de la Frontera is known as the mecca of motorbike GP) imported mainly from Japan and sold all around Spain.

Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Oloroso is selected by Pedro Dauthieu. The wine has an average age of about 20 years. Oloroso (meaning fragrant) is a wine that is fortified to about 17% alcohol,during the very early stages of the wines life and therefore prior to having any chance of flor life.The must selected for an Oloroso is always a more fragrant one but also a more robust or as we say in Jerez; basto. It is a highly pure Oloroso that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Oloroso's from near identical butts.

Tasting note:

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

Additional info:

The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Vintage Festival) of 1956. This wine has undergone minimal filtration to obtain the maximum expression in the bottle. There is a chance that it may form a haze or precipitate tartrate crystals, which is completely natural and harmless.


Pedro's AmontilladoDate published: 12/11/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado 

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado is selected from the family Almacenista Garcia Jarana, who has dedicated his spare time to his hobby, that of ageing and treasuring over 400 butts of old Sherry, ranging from 15 to 20 year old soleras to single butts of over 80 years of age. The Almacenista (Stock holder) belonging to the Garcia Jarana family is located in the heart of the flamenco birth place and only a few meters away from his original and main business, that being the distribution of motorcycles (another of Jerez's claim to fame, as the racing track of Jerez de la Frontera is known as the mecca of motorbike GP) imported mainly from Japan and sold all around Spain. 

Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado is selected by Pedro Dauthieu. The wine has an average age of about 15 + years and has spent at least half of its life as a Fino and therefore protected under a veil of flor. Once the flor starts to die off due to the lack of residual sugar and protein, the wine is then fortified to 18% alcohol (therefore killing the flor completely) to ensure its strength allows it to go down the new road of its life as it slowly ages as a complex but fresh Amontillado. It is a highly pure amontillado that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Amontillado's from near identical butts.

Tasting note:

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

Additional Info:

The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Sherry Vintage Festival) of 1955.


Pedro's finoDate published: 12/11/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino is selected from 2 different Bodegas in the centre of Jerez (both situated in the western part of Jerez, benefiting from the cool western Atlantic winds, so beneficial for flor growth). The first bodega provides the younger wine (Bodegas Sanchez Romate) which needs to be selected from a Bodega that not only ages but also vinifies its Finos as that will ensure the fresh youthful stock. The second being an Almacenista (stock holder) which provides the older wine of the two (Almacenista Garcia Jarana) which will ensure the wines complexity and secondary characters.

Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino is selected by Pedro Dauthieu. The wine is an average age of about 5 years and is a dual solera blend with 70% of the wine is drawn from butts from a solera of about 3 and a half years of age & the remaining 30% coming from another solera of about 8 years of age. Both solera's where blended together and left for a couple of weeks in a stainless steel tank, prior to being cold stabilized at 2ºC and then bottled.

Tasting note:This Fino is a bone dry wine, which is aged under flor to protect itself from oxidation. The Intense flor character brings the yeasty components, complemented by almond and fresh apple notes, which leaves a fresh and pleasant aftertaste. It is an excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, smoked hams, shellfish, oysters, mackerel pate, salads, artichokes, asparagus as well as Asian or Indian cuisine.

Additional info:

The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Sherry Vintage Festival) of 1967.


Pick and mixDate published: 12/11/13

Some of our best wines for November are included in the new Pick 'n' Mix offer on selected wines, where you save 33% off each bottle from the range when you buy at least 2 as part of your mixed case.

There are loads of wines to choose from, but here are 3 of my favourites:

Louis Roederer NV - £42 Buy 2 save 33% = £27.99. A great non-vintage style of champagne from the house the produces the famous Cristal. With a creamy mousse, flavours of lemon meringue and biscuit this a lovely and elegant wine, and a bargain at this price!

King's Favour Sauvignon - £13.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £9.33. From the Marlborough region of New Zealand this wine has all the tropical fruit flavours that you would  want, with a refreshing acidity to match!

Gestos Malbec £9.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £6.66. A lovely, rich and fruit Malbec, the grapes are grown at different altitudes from the Mendoza region of Argentina, giving the wine greater complexity. A perfect warming red for a winter evening!


Ribera del DueroDate published: 12/11/13

Ribera del Duero is one of my favourite regions in Spain.  Nestled just south west of Rioja its climate is fiercely hot and continental. High diurnal range is key to this area. A diurnal range is the Fluctuations in temperature between day and night.  This twinned with cool winds which flow through the valley this area produces some great quality wines. 

The wines produced are generally from the tempranillo grape, the same as Rioja.  The difference is here they tend to be much bigger in style, bigger alcohol, bigger body, yet velvety-smooth.  Vibrant and complex, heaped with vanilla, spice and blackcurrent, This is a fantastic wine producing region that is easily on par with Rioja!

Guide to age labelling in SpainDate published: 12/11/13

Spanish wine making law determines the amount of time certain wines need to be aged both in oak and in bottle.  In order to know what level of quality and style the Rioja you have picked up is going to be, one of the following terms can be found on the label of your favourite wine:

Joven:

This is a young wine, it doesn't have to have any time in oak and is bottled the year following its vintage - these are for immediate release and immediate drinking

Crianza:

To qualify as a 'Crianza' these wines must be aged for at least 24 months, 6 months of this muct be in oak barrels

Reserva:

A 'reserva' are generally selected from better quality wines in good years.  Reserva's are aged for 36 months, including 12 months in oak.

Gran Reserva:

Only produced in exceptional vintages, the best quality grapes go into theses wines.  Overall these wines must be aged for 60 months, 18 months in oak and the rest in bottle. 

Due to the differing laws about ageing the style of each of these wines is notably different.  A Crianza is a more youthful style with the least ageing and so will have more fresh fruit, a Reserva is a rounded wine with both fruit and also typical vanilla and leather characteristics.  A Gran Reserva will be driven much more by tobacco box, leather and dried fruit (the older it is the more dried fruit instead of fresh!)


The fantastic Gestos Malbec...Date published: 10/11/13

Gestos, 2012, Malbec

Origin: The unique quality of the Gestos Malbec is the fact that it combines two growing environments within the same grape variety. Tupungato at 1100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density.

Appearance and nose: A deep ruby red wine. Red berry dominates the nose with subtle hints of spices and chocolate. It is aged for over 6 months in American and French oak which also adds to the complexity of the fragrance.

Taste: A fairly full bodied wine with pronounced plum flavours. Herbal spices also come through in the finish. It is perfect when paired with steak or rich sausages. It also goes well with a rich chocolate pudding to finish off a meal.

Price: £6.66 (in the November pick 'n' mix offer where you save 1/3!).

Perfect magnums for entertainingDate published: 09/11/13

We love the wines from the Matsu range, from Toro in Spain; so you can imagine our excitement when these little beauties arrived in store this week. Everything we love about the Rascal and the Tough Guy - only bigger....

So whether you go for the fresh and fruity Matsu El Picaro Magnum at £16 , or you want a bit more weight then try the Matsu El Recio Magnum at £26.  They're sure to be a real talking point at any dinner party - and we think would go fantastically well with your post-Christmas celebrations on Boxing Day. So slice the ham terrine, dish out the home-made chutney and enjoy these magnificent wines, (just make sure you've got a decent glassful for yourself).

Cheers !!


New arrival from Bordeaux... Château CoufranDate published: 09/11/13

New arrival from Bordeaux... Château Coufran

At Majestic we've just purchased a large parcel of Château Coufran 2004 Ex-Château at significantly below the market price enabling us to include it in the current fine wine offer. 

Often described as the 'Pomerol of the Médoc' due to the unusually high percentage of Merlot in the blend, Château Coufran is one of the most esteemed and highly regarded Cru Bourgeois Châteaux. Situated in the town of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne on the Northern border of St. Estéphe, the vineyard was replanted in the 1920's following a series of crises where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines became very difficult to sell. 

The wine is an archetypal mature Claret; the antithesis of jammy and overtly sweet young wines with very elegant, perfume and restrained aromas of black berries, wood smoke, plum and Cassis. The perfume and structure of the 2004 vintage comes to the fore in the palate, with ripe and soft tannin, earthy and spicy dark berry flavours and lingering finish. 

£19.99 Buy two save £10 ... £14.99 (on our fine wine deal)


Focus on California: Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Paso Robles, CaliforniaDate published: 09/11/13

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending.

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.

Drink with braised shin of beef.


How to make Tom Collins cocktailDate published: 09/11/13

Tom Collins

Ingredients:

60ml Gin (Sipsmith)

30ml Lemon Juice

1 Tsp Fine White Sugar

90ml Soda Water

1 Maraschino Cherry

1 Orange Slice

Instructions:

In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, add the gin, lemon juice and sugar. Shake well. Strain into a Hi-Ball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Add the soda water, stir and garnish with the cherry and the orange slice.


Gifts for your clients?Date published: 08/11/13

Its getting towards that time of year again when you start looking around for that perfect present...here at Majestic we are able to offer you a great range of wines, gift boxes to match all size presents and even offer FREE delivery.  Let us take the stress out of your Christmas present hunting - call us today and find out more! 02078199796

Californian Tasting WeekendDate published: 08/11/13

Starting on Friday 8th November we will have a mixture of Californian wines open to taste. 

We will have a wide selection open to try on the tasting counter, so make sure you pop down to see us!

They are all 20% off, so make sure you don't miss out on any bargains!

A great value Sauvignon with a powerful fruity punchDate published: 07/11/13

Originally £13.99, King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc is currently only £9.32 a bottle when you buy two or more.

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge. It is best paired with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheese.

The winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour. 

As well as its powerful taste, this wine therefore has a rich history.

But don't just take our word for it, come in store and see for yourself.



Antony's yard 2009, Graham BeckDate published: 20/10/13

Bordeaux region of France still remains as one of the most prestigious wine growing regions in the world, it holds the highest prices and some of the oldest history. One of the most important and well known blends in the wine world is the 'Bordeaux Blend', consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pettit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This stunning and complex blend has found a home away from it's heartland on the other side of the world, on the south most point of Africa. This dense and baron land is perfect for the BB, the diversity of soils and cooling effects from both the Benguela Current coming up from the Antarctic, and the strong summer winds of the Cape Doctor coming from the east. It is these factors that help to prolong the ripening season and build the grape to physiological ripeness.

This South African beaut has had 12 months ageing in French oak to help integration and to push complexity and roundness. This Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend produce a stunning maroon coloured/garnet rim. The nose has the text book cassis, blackcurrant with a poof of cigar box. Palate: red and black fruit, over hanging tobacco, still freshness about the body, a subtle tanning leave the food match open: Meat or a strong cheese would be perfection.

£8.74

Buy any 2 bottles form South Africa and save 20%

£6.99



know your Sauvignon Blanc.Date published: 20/10/13

As part of our Sauvignon Blanc Spotlight Tasting on Saturday September 21st, We though we would highlight what we consider to be the best areas for the grape around the world and the different styles you can expect:

The Loire (France) - The most historic area for Sauvignon in France and the region home to many sort after wines

Why not try? Jean Vincent Pouilly Fume 2010 

Marlborough (New Zealand)  - The home to intensely pungent and aromatic wines which have won much acclaim

Why not try? Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Stellenbosch (South Africa) - With a maritime climate not similar to Bordeaux, This region can make some extremely elegant wines with rich grapefruit and grassy notes.

Why not try? Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Casablanca Valley (Chile) - Often said to have ideal growing conditions for grapes, this Chilean region offers huge value for money with its intense fruit flavours.

why not try? Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012


Brilliant SpainDate published: 20/10/13

When you think of Spanish wine, you immediately think Rioja. Rioja comes in all different guises from easily gluggable every day reds to amazingly powerful and complex wines that can last for decades. But if we delve a little bit deeper into Spanish wine, we can discover a whole plethora of wines from sparkling Cava, to light and fragrant whites, to deep, luscious reds and even the odd dessert wine, so here is a quick guide to the magic and diversity of Spanish wine.

Sparkling wine - Cava is Spain's traditional-method sparkling wine, with most being  made in or around San Sadurni d'Anoia, just outside Barcelona. Keep an eye out  for Codorniu Cristina Vintage Cava which is made from Pinot Noir, rather than the traditional Spanish grape variety Xarel-lo.

White Wine - White Rioja was pretty much all we used to see in the way of Spanish white wine, but that is no longer the case. Grape varieties such as Albarino and Verdejo offer us wines with amazing complexity and gorgeous stone fruit flavours. A recent addition to Majestic's list is the grape, Godello, with 2 listings now, one from the highly regarded wine producer Martin Codax.

Red Wine - Rioja  will always be the bench mark wine to show off the amazing grape vaiety Tempranillo, but Ribera Del Duero is now giving Rioja a real run for its money. Historically an expensive red wine made from Tempranillo, or Tinto Fino, Ribera del Duero offers a whole range of styles now, from the glamorous and expensive, e.g Vega Sicilia, to the more modest and affordable, Lamatum Crianza is a cracker at only £7.99. Up-and-coming red wine regions such as Toro are also ones to watch out for, made from,Tinta de Toro, again another name for Tempranillo, they are likely to be the next big thing in Spanish wine. The Matsu range with there eye-catching labels offer a range of styles and prices.

So there is our Rough Guide to Spanish wine, Viva Espana!!


Winter Warmers Back In StockDate published: 11/10/13

Exciting times. We have just received our first order of Sipsmith's Damson Vodka and Sipsmith's Sloe Gin which means it must be autumn for sure. Both are wonderfully smooth and rich and really don't need to be mixed, just an ice cube and a log fire will do.

If you do like your drinks longer, they both go very well with Fever Tree tonic and gives a warming twist to a classic drink.

Sipsmith's Sloe Gin 50cl - £23.00

Sipsmith's Damson Vodka - £26.00

Something Sweet...Date published: 11/10/13

As we start to prepare our stocks for the Christmas rush (sorry to mention it already) we have started to see the arrival of our desert wine selection.

From a dark complex black Muscat from California to a light and fresh sweet Vouvray from the Loire our range now covers almost every style of sweet wine around.

My particular favourite that has just come back into stock is the Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007 -  £15.99 when you buy two.

It is a deliciously complex wine but it is still a refreshing style of dessert wine that will pick you up at the end of a heavy meal.

I recently was luckily enough to try a 1999 vintage of this wine and it was fantastic condition, slightly darker in colour and more caramel like in flavour but still very fresh.

The ageing potential of this wine is really a tribute to its quality and at £15.99 it is great value as a top quality alternative to a Sauternes.


Planning a Wedding?Date published: 11/10/13

Are you or is anyone you know getting married in 2013 or 2014?  Did you know that here at Majestic we have many years experience in helping to plan weddings for a wide range of clients?  Our bespoke service includes:

Advice on the best wines to suit your food choices and perhaps most importantly, your budget
Advice on quantities required 
Free wine tasting 
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If you wish to find out more about our wedding service or about any of our party services please come and see us in store or give us a call on 02078199796


For a Sherry enthusiast!!!Date published: 11/10/13

For a while now our Sherry shelves have looked rather barren and forlorn. Finally I can joyfully proclaim this situation has at last been rectified. Without further ado, let me introduce our brand new exclusive range of 'Pedro's' Sherries. The sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices. Our range includes a Fino, Amontillado, Palo Cortado and Oloroso that are all authentic and traditional in style. 20% of the fino blend is from an aged fino solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth making it a different proposition from the clean but lean styles of fino such as Tio Pepe. Nevertheless serve it chilled! 

Pedro Dauthieu is a local man who helped us bring the whole concept together. He proved such an invaluable asset we decided to name the range after him. Pedro knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed.The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. Their colour and vibrancy have fantastic stand out value. It was not straightforward getting permission to use the labels from the Consejo di Regulador, but as usual, our man Pedro knew the right man who was able to make it happen. It is a privilege to stock these wines and we look forward to working our way through the range very soon!

Pedro’s Fino £8.99, Pedro’s Amontillado £9.99, Pedro’s Oloroso £11.99, Pedro’s Palo Cortado £14.99


Red wine of the week - Portillo Malbec ArgentinaDate published: 11/10/13

Portillo Malbec Argentina

£6.99

(when you buy 2 or more) £9.99 for one

This juicy and plump little number is something slightly special at an affordable price.An intense red-purple colour. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. It has also collected Silver Decanter and Bronze IWC awards in other categories.This is a bold and full but not over the top wine which is why is makes a great BBQ accompniament.

The 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 is where the lift and retention of acidity comes from in the wine.

Open to taste all weekend :)


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting - Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 11/10/13

Hansi Baumann introduces the sixth wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season… 

 Angel's Share Shiraz 

 £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18 

INTRODUCTION The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region. 

FACTS Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened. 

TASTING NOTE Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice. FOOD MATCH Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce. 


South African favouritesDate published: 06/10/13

With South Africa now being subject to 25% I have decided to share with you some of my favourite wines that are now on offer. Whilst there are almost too many to mention, I have been disciplined and selected two whites and two reds that are not to be missed under this current promotion. So without further a do, here they are!

Eikendal Chardonnay: £9.36(If you buy any two South African wines) I think this is my favourite South African wine. If God told me I could only choose one South African wine for the rest of my life, this would be it. From Stellenbosch, the grapes are aged for 7 months in French oak before bottling. It is the definition of balanced. Flavours of lemon and toast dance on the tongue and there is plenty of acidity to match the substantive palate. It is just perfect. 

Bellingham "The Bernard Series" Old Vine Chenin Blanc: £8.99(If you buy any two South African wines) It would be impossible to talk South African wines without mentioning South Africa's signature white grape, Chenin Blanc. Made from low yielding old vines and matured in French oak this is a powerful style of wine. Packed with tropical and citrus fruit as well as hints of vanilla this is a wine that will make you sit up and take note. Try matching with pan fried sword fish to see it at its best.

"Anthony's Yard" Graham Beck 2009: £6.36(If you buy any two South African wines)A blend of Cabernet Franc,.Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this is a a great value alternative to Bordeaux. It has spent a year in French oak, so this adds a wonderful cigar box complexity to the abundance of black fruit present in the wine. Whether I am sitting down to a meal of sausages and mash or roast beef this red is always an excellent partner to the food.

Meerlust Merlot 2009: £15.74(If you buy any two South African wines) Hands up if you like right bank Bordeaux? Hands up if you like the price? I suspect a lot of people raised their hand to the first question and quite a lot less did for the second! This wine is a top right bank Bordeaux but with out the price tag. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it is brimming with power and elegance. Sour cherry and plum dominate, and are complimented by integrated tannins and subtle sweet spice. A great wine for now, but will mature brilliantly over the next ten years.

I hope these selections have given you a flavour of the range and quality on offer in South Africa at the moment. So why not pop down to the store and explore our range and maybe find yourself some new favourites!


Sweet ToothDate published: 06/10/13

As we start to prepare our stocks for the Christmas rush (sorry to mention it already) we have started to see the arrival of our desert wine selection.

From a dark complex black Muscat from California to a light and fresh sweet Vouvray from the Loire our range now covers almost every style of sweet wine around.

My particular favourite that has just come back into stock is the Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007 -  £15.99 when you buy two.

It is a deliciously complex wine but it is still a refreshing style of dessert wine that will pick you up at the end of a heavy meal.

I recently was luckily enough to try a 1999 vintage of this wine and it was fantastic condition, slightly darker in colour and more caramel like in flavour but still very fresh.

The ageing potential of this wine is really a tribute to its quality and at £15.99 it is great value as a top quality alternative to a Sauternes.


Bollinger NV - £29.98 Date published: 30/09/13

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.

Buy 6 bottles save 33%, single bottle price £45.00

Hurry Last ChanceDate published: 30/09/13

Spanish wines are all 25% off in store until 8pm this evening! There are some fantastic offers to be had, so pop in store before 8pm tonight! Remember, we do free delivery on orders over £40 and you can place orders over the phone - don't miss out! 

Cheers!

#tasteandexplore


Jose Pariente SauvignonDate published: 28/09/13

An exciting new wine has just arrived here at Battersea Majestic. The Jose Pariente Sauvignon.

In the early 1980's, wineries in Rueda began to grow Sauvignon Blanc as an experimental alternative to their traditional local grape, Verdejo. This wine comes from some of the earliest plantings, now firmly established as the region's chosen international variety.Pale lemon yellow with greenish tints, with an expressive nose of exoticfruits and vegetal, cut grass and herb notes. Fresh and clean on the palate, with a tight structure.

This makes a lovely elegant wine to serve as your guests arrive or match with a platter of oysters as a fantastic start to a meal. 

It's open to taste all this weekend


Food and Wine Matching...the basicsDate published: 28/09/13

Food Wine Pairing

A lot of you wine enthusiasts out there have no doubt heard a lot on this subject, but like myself, are still none the wiser. Worry you not fellow enthusiasts, you are not alone for the experts themselves unashamedly admit to the complexity of the subject.

The confounding factor in all this is subjectivity. The processes that bring about the changes in flavour intensity from wine and food combinations is called sensory adaptation and is a largely neurological process which is highly subjective. A good example of this subjectivity is the difference in sensory perseption between a hyper-sensitive indivdual and one with typical levels of sensitivity. It's quite obvious that the two are not going to have similar experiences of the same food and wine combination.

Further factors also play a large role in confounding the art of wine and food pairing. Regional tradition is one such factor. Winemaking and culinary traditions of a region will have evolved together over the years, so don't be alarmed when you hear that in a certain region they have wine and food pairings which completely go against the grain of what you have been taught to be set in stone. For example, we hear a lot about how light wine should be served with light food,therefore, an intense red wine should be unpleasant with a delicate piece of fish. In the French region of Cahors, famous for its Malbec-based wines, don't be alarmed to find people enjoying a piece of trout sauteed in butter with lemon juice and parsley with a glass of Malbec.

Having said this, for simplicity's sack there are a few generally agreed maximes that are followed when matching wine with food and I know most of you have heard them at some point. Most experts belive that the most basic element in wine and food pairing is understanding the balance between the weight of the food and the weight or body of the wine. A heavy and robust wine like a Cab-Sauv can overwhelm a light and delicate fish like lemon sole, while light bodied wines like Pinot Grigio would similarly be overwhelmed by a hearty stew. Flavour and texture of a wine can also inform the choice of food to be paired with it. Sweetness, acidity, alcohol, and tannins can be minimised or heightened when paired with certain foods. The classic example is pairing a fatty piece of salmon with an acidic wine like a Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity of the wine will cut through the fattiness of the wine while the fattiness reduces the acidity of the wine. So these two are a perfect combination because they complement each other well. Sweet wines like Tokaji go well with salty foods like a salty stilton. Alcohol in wine accentuates the heat of spice so highly alcoholic wines should be avoided with spicy food like curry.

Folks like I said earlier, this is a complex subject and I could go on and on, so when in doubt use the anecdote white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. Sweet and salty go hand in hand but this rule changes with sweet puddings which should be served with sweet wines.

I will leave it hear today folks so till next time, so long.



Oktoberfest Beer Is Back!Date published: 28/09/13

Paulaner have once again paid tribute to the world famous beer fair, by releasing this seasonal brew. This beer is somewhat of an institution, both full bodied with a pleasant taste. 

A German brewer is only permitted to use four ingredients. According to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the four ingredients are hops, malt, water and now yeast. The Paulaner master brewers only use the regions best ingredients, with the approved hops coming from the Hallertau region of Bavaria, and the yeast comes from its own pure culture. The water used is the purest and softest from Paulaner's deep wells on the Nockherberg. Paulaner's philosophy is the better the ingredients the better the beer. The Paulaner experts therefore check everything thoroughly using their considerable experience and good noses. 

The brewing process starts with milling the malt, this is followed by mashing- mixing the malt with the brewing water. The mash is then refined, simply meaning the mash is filtered to remove the remaining malt solid. The rest is then referred to as 'wort'. The wort is then boiled for 1 to 2 hours in the brewing kettle, and the hops are added in at this time. This helps determine the taste of the beer. The hops give the beer an aroma and adds to its elegance and fresh hoppy taste. They also are responsible for maintaining the shelf life of the beer. 

The finished brew is now cooled and the remaining hops and protein are removed from the work by being spun at high speed in a centrifuge. The last ingredient to be added is the yeast, this is what starts the fermentation. The sugars of the wort is what transforms into alcohol and carbon dioxide. After being stored for a suitable amount of time, the beer is then filtered and it is then ready to be enjoyed. 

A case of Paulaner Oktoberfest beer is £40 (20 bottles). 


The Special World of Super TuscansDate published: 28/09/13

Let's put Chiantis, Brunellos and Montepulcianos to one side (although all brilliant) and talk about these exciting Super Tuscan things.  Many of these wines operate outside the Italian wine rule book so to speak and therefore don't have DOC or DOCG (that bit of paper round the top of most 'good' Italian wines) status. They are labelled IGT because they use non-regulation grapes.  IGT is actually quite far down the ranks in Italy, similar to Vin de Pays in France, but the quality of some of these wines are outstanding and must certainly be looked out for.  

We stock a few famous examples of this type of wine, but one of particular interest to me at the moment is the Guidalberto because it's on a stonking deal!  It is a glorious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and has more power than a similar blend from France for example and much more acidity making it a dream which rich, meaty foods.  Pop one in the trolley next time you're in as part of our "buy 2 save £10" fine wine deal for only £25 each.  You will not be disappointed.

Monkey Shoulder is Back! Date published: 28/09/13

Monkey Shoulder is a Speyside blend of malts from the Glenfiddich family.  Although not as thorough-bred as the single malts it does have other qualities...  Why not try it as a mixing whisky?  Nothing too fancy as you don't want to over power the delicate highland characteristics so something classic like an Old Fashioned.

Take a sugar cube and coat it in a few drops of bitters and a tiny splash of water then muddle (posh word for mash and stir).  Once you've got a thick sugar syrup, fill your glass with ice cubes then pour over 50ml of this great whisky.  Garnish with an orange peel and if you're feeling extra fun a maraschino cherry.  Delish

Monkey Shoulder Whisky on a great deal at £25 a pop and WAIT until you see the amazing cage it comes in!

A few facts about Shiraz/SyrahDate published: 28/09/13

Seeing as it is out Shiraz/Syrah tasting week here are some facts about the grape!

1. It is the offspring of the grape varieties Dureza (father) & Mondeuse blanche (mother).

2. It was commonly called Hermitage in Australia until the late 1980's before being dropped due to the French PDO.

3. It was brought to Australia in 1831 by Scotsman James Busby "The Father of Australian viticulture".

4. Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape, just different names for it, used to describe different styles of the finished wine - Syrah for the Southern French style, Shiraz for Australian style.

5. Hermitage - the town in Rhone that made the wine famous - means Chapel.

We will have plenty different Syrah/Shiraz open to taste all week long so pop in any time

Focus on...Wirra WirraDate published: 28/09/13

Wirra Wirra

OWNED BY- Greg and Roger Trott

LOCATION- McLaren Vale, South Australia

HERITAGE- Established in 1894 by South Australian cricketer Robert Strangways Wigley. The winery produced a range of wines including Shiraz and Burgundy. The winery proved prosperous until 1925 following the death of Mr Wigley in 1924, when it fell into disrepair; it wasn't until 1969 that cousins Greg and Roger Trott revived it.

PHILOSOPHY- Wirra Wirra wines were created to reflect the pleasant things in life; excellent food, scintillating conversation, beautiful surroundings and a great bottle of wine.

WINEMAKER FACTS

Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning “amongst the gum trees”.

The Mediterranean climate of the region combined with its close proximity to the Gulf St. Vincent produces consistent, richly complex and long lived wines from classic grape varieties, Shiraz being an excellent example.

Roger and Greg Trott made their first wine with an ancient Bagshaw crusher, a pump and an old French press gathered from the ruins of the winery.

Wine Selection

Scrubby Rise - #7wordwinereview- A wine of inky darkness and body! £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2

Church Block - #7wordwinereview- Mocha and cinnamon, a perfect autumn tipple! £12.49 a bottle!

A Brief Guide To Spain (Reds)Date published: 28/09/13

Red

Rioja

Rioja offers some of the worlds longest lived wines. Years of production has meant that people have discovered the nuances they will get from each vineyard, and each of Riojas three sub region offers something different. This allows the producers to fine tune a particular style. The grapes allowed in Rioja production are Tempranillo, Granacha(grenache), Mazuelo and Graciano. Of these the first two are the most important. Tempranillo is usually the main component in more serious Rioja with Mazuelo and Graciano in smaller parts adding a certain finesse and Granacha is used for simple young drinking styles (although there are some great exceptions). Tempranillo's a great grape if you don't like you mouth being dried out by high tannins and it has an hedonistic nose of ripe strawberry and soft leather. The other two major factor is how long the wine has seen oak , Gran Riservas that have well integrated oak often develop very savoury aromas to support a soft strawberry palate.

The rules about naming helpfully tell us the type of wine we are dealing with. The first,Crianza is wine aged for at least two years, at least one of which was in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak. Finally, Rioja Gran Reserva wines have been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. These are minimums and sometimes these wine have been aged much longer, and some Reserva have seen a lot more oak aging then some Gran Reservas.

Ribera del Duero

The Warm Summer days and cool nights and high altitude results in Tempranillo that has much thicker skins. The resulting wines are a contrast to Rioja because they are much bigger and more brooding, there is still strawberry fruit but backed up by darker fruits. As a result it benefits from French oak which integrates superbly. As a result Ribera del Duero wines love food.

Priorat

The second most prestigious region in Spanish wine production. It is unusually diverse in the variety of wines it produces due to its varying altitudes and soils particularly its red slate soils. Traditionally, Priorat wines were made from incredibly low yielding old Garnacha vines, creating massive wines with high alcohol with rancio aromas (think mushrooms and wild game). The modern style of wine is made from international varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and even some Pinot Noir. In general all these wines see a lot of oak, with powerful tannins and deep fruit flavours they are among the world wines with most ageing potential .

A Brief Guide To Spain (Whites) Date published: 28/09/13

Quick guide to Spain

Spain is the the third largest wine producer in the world. Like both Italy and France this is reflected in a diverse array of grapes and regions. At one point, when disease hit Bordeaux, the French switched the consumption to what they considered the second great wine Rioja. However, there is more to Spain than just Rioja, (as brilliant as it is). Of all the European nations Spain has lead the way in embracing modern styles of winemaking. This is a quick guide to some of the major offerings that Spain has.

White

Previously, people thought of Spain as red country but two very exciting things have happened in the last 20 years. Firstly, Spain has adapted where it needs to adapt to the international market bringing in international varieties to where they will flourish particularly Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. Secondly, some previously unsung gems have been rediscovered.

White Rioja

Made from Viura (Macabeo) and Malvasia. Of the two Viura offers the fresh acidity and typically fruit flavours ranging from pear to grapefruit. Malvasia is the star of top white Rioja, offering full body and this richness makes for a perfect balancing with the freshness of Viura. The other major factor is the amount of oak that wine has seen. In the past white Rioja used to see a lot of oak which produced a unique wine of great complexity, although these wines are still produced it is much more popular to make a fresher more fruit forward wine.

Rueda

Another innovator to have come to popular attention in recent years produces two different but similar wines. The local grape Verdejo creates light elegant wines with melon and peach aromas. Realising that the chalky soils and cool evenings would also suit Sauvignon Blanc that now competes with the Loire for the best of European Sauvignon. A movement towards modern techniques has allowed the aromatic fruit to shine through.

Galicia

Again it is a tale of two grapes in the North West of Spain which have seen popularity soar in very recent history. Albarino the wine behind Rias Baixas (but also grown widely though the North West) offers a full texture balanced by a enjoyable acidity. The nose is a floral bouquet with citrus and stone fruit aromas. Godello thrives on a moderate climate and the rocky slate soils around Galicia. Godello has a very clean nose of pear and pineapple usually supported by a curious grassy herbaceousness.

Fine Wine of the Week: Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 28/09/13


Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.

An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.

Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

£15.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Wine Course coming up!Date published: 28/09/13

Want to know a little more about wine?

We provide a free 90 minute appetizer sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal!

If you are interested in attending one our wine courses please give us a call 02075871830 or ask in store!

Our next date is Tuesday 8th October at 7pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lay & WheelerDate published: 28/09/13

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Red Wine of the Week: Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Cents Vignes' 2007 Albert MorotDate published: 27/09/13


Once a négociant, this family firm now lives solely off its domaine, which is made up only of premier crus. This wine comes from vines up to 40 years in age and uses up to 50% new oak adding real depth and structure to this full Burgundy.

Fairly rich and rounded on the palate, displaying toasty oak and lots of ripe red berry fruit, as well as a more subtle earthiness.

Try with pheasant breast or duck, or any game dish. Decant before drinking to really let this wine open up.

£19.99 per bottle

Fine Wine of the Week: Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011 MartinboroughDate published: 21/09/13

Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. The chewy tannins and complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shine through in this particularly expressive Pinot Noir.

Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plum and pomegranate fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours complemented by integrated chewy tannins and a long, savoury finish.

Good Kiwi Pinot can be enjoyed in its youth, or over five years. An ideal match with venison, game and pasta.


£18.00 per bottle, when you buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines.


White Wine of the Week: Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 21/09/13

The Giesen Brothers' winery is located in the Dillon's Point area of Marlborough, and it is here that most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown. A small proportion of the wine has been fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, adding complexity and ageing potential.

A distinctive blend of classic Marlborough aromas – gooseberry, dry grass, currant leaf, ripe pineapple and floral notes that flow onto a palate of crushed herbs, supple fruit sweetness and crisp acidity.

Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years. Enjoy with goat's cheese tartlets.

£11.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case


Star Offer: Gran Vendema, Rioja Crianza Date published: 18/09/13

Gran Vendema, Rioja Crianza, 2002

£7.49, buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20%, £5.99.

We're not sure where our Spanish wine buyer Matt Pym keeps finding these fantastic Spanish wines, but we're not complaining! The wine is made up of 100% Tempranillo and and has spent 12 months in American Oak barrels, followed by a further 1 year in bottle. All this adds up to a perfectly ready to drink now wine. We challenge you to find a better Rioja Crianza for the same price!

Appearance: Vibrant red core with a slightly paler rim, showing some maturation of the wine.

Nose: There's still plenty of jammy red fruit on the nose, complemented with subtle undertones of oaky vanilla notes.

Palate: As with the nose, there's still lots of jammy fruits of raspberry and strawberry on the palate. The tannins are soft and rounded, a very easy style drinking wine.

Enjoy with: This wine will go fantastically well with Sunday's roast lamb

Daily Wine Review: El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Old Vine Garnacha 2011, NavarraDate published: 17/09/13

Part of our focus on Spanish wines this week is to show you that Spain does more than just Rioja. This wine comes from the region of Navarra, home to some of Spain's oldest vines and hottest temperatures!
The traditionally bush-trained Garnacha (Grenache to all you Aussies and Francophiles) vines thrive in this environment. The vines producing fruit for this particular wine are between 70 and 100 years old. The age of the vines means they produce small quantities of super-concentrated fruit.
with excellent focus and structure, this wine displays intense, vibrant and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, and ample tannins that add texture and a streak of bitter chocolate flavour.

Drink this puppy with a big, rare, preferably flame-grilled (probably under an umbrella!) rib-eye STEAK.

£7.99 when you buy any 2+ Spanish wines. Open to taste in-store this week.

Daily Wine Review: Lamatum Crianza 2009Date published: 16/09/13

Daily Wine Review: Lamatum Crianza 2009 £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more spanish wines or £9.99 single bottle price)

Part of our focus on Spanish wines this week is to show you that Spain does more than just Rioja. This wine comes from the continental region of Ribera del Duero where some of Spain's most finest wines are made. The Lamatum is made purely of Tempranillo so the wine is bursting with red fruit character. This is a crianza which means that the wine has spent 15 months in French oak so you get a smooth, easy-drinking red with the vanilla notes of oak but still preserving the fruitiness of the wine.

A beautifully fragrant wine with well-integrated tannins and a good finish. It's the kind of wine you could simply enjoy on an autumn evening or paired with some delicious lamb.

We now have this wine open on the tasting counter and with 20% off Spanish wine you can mix and match and still save.

Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 16/09/13

Well, the sun is still shining, but Autumn is definitely on it's way.

Don't let the darkening days get you down mind, Majestic Havant is here to brighten up your days, nights, and the hours in between.

Our tasting counters are always packed full of inspiration, and this is only set to improve with our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tastings.

In honour of our improved 'Buy any 2 save £10' offer on selected fine wines, every weekend from now until the end of October we will be cracking open a bottle of fine wine to share with the lovely people of Havant.

You may have already sampled the jaw dropping Jermann Pinot Grigio, and the bountiful beauty of Louis Jadot's Beaune 1er Cru over the last two weeks, but it doesn't stop there. Here's what you can look forward to:

20/21 Sept - Coney Pinot Noir 

27/28 Sept - St. Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon

4/5 October - Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet

11/12 October - Angels Share Shiraz

18/19 October - Chateau Senejac, Cru Bourgeois

25/26 October - Amarone Negrar

Is Ribera del Duero the new RiojaDate published: 14/09/13

Rioja has long been considered the premier wine region of Spain.  Ribera del Duero with is warmer climate is producing quality wines with more weight, colour and alcohol.  Whilst Rioja's D.O. laws were established in 1970, Ribera del Duero's were not introduced until 1982. Both use the same Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva ageing laws.  Both have the Tempranillo at the heart of their production. However, during the past decade Ribera del Duero wines have managed to combine great power with freshness and elegance.  There are, of course, some famous wines from the region such as Emilio Moro Valderiz and Tinto Pesquera, (apparently Sir Alex Ferguson's favourite wine).  But the region is now producing consistent high quality wines across the price ranges.

Last night I opened a bottle from Ribera del Duero which is under £10, in fact just £7.99 on the present Majestic Wine Spanish offer.  What a little gem!  Soft, elegant fruit with great depth and complexity, grown from organically grown grapes.  Research has also told me that it comes from the oldest winery in the  region.  I've not tasted a better wine for under £10 this year.  I only wish I had tasted the wine blind without any preconceived ideas.  I believe that I would have placed a far higher price tag on it.  It even comes with a very dapper looking elderly man on the label who I believe is Pablo Penalba.  He was head of this wine producing family until his sudden death in 2006.  "What's the wine?" you ask.  Montecastrillo, from the Finca Torremilanos winery made from 100% Tempranillo.

So has Rioja been overtaken by it's neighbour, Ribera del Duero?  You decide by trying a few comparably priced wines from both regions. Buy them now whilst Majestic Wine still has the Spanish offer on.  For me it is just too close to call.  I believe that I will have to force myself to do a little more product research!  Cheers!

Ardanza Rioja MagnumsDate published: 14/09/13

One of our most popular quality Riojas, the Ardanza Reserva 2004, is soon to be availiable in magnums! This superb wine is full of complex flavours, with cooked red fruits, blackberry and vanilla spice combining on the palate. The finish is perhaps the most impressive part of the Ardanza, allowing you to relish the flavour well after your last sip.

These special bottles are bound to disappear fast so preorder yours today by ringing us in store on 01539 729 257.2 bottles are better than 1!

Don't forget PortugalDate published: 14/09/13

Whilst our offers on South Africa and Spain are great, we also have offers on Portuguese wines too, buy any two and save £3. Here is our top 3!


Vinho Verde Quinta de Azevedo £6.99 - A perfect aperitif with a slight hint off sparkle and lovely citrus notes.

Tuella Tinto, Douro £6.99 - A plummy red with lots of black fruit and herbs from the blend of indigenous varieties. A great match full flavoured, slow cooked red meat dishes.

Crasto, Douro £8.99 - From the banks of the Douro, this blend is packed with ripe blackberries, raspebberries and hints of spice all rapped up by soft tannins. A perfect partner to spicy cured meats or hard cheeses.

And there are lots more too, just search for Portugal!

Malbecs focus on vintagesDate published: 14/09/13

Focus on Vintages - Argentinian Malbecs

Greetings,

Heres your pocket sized guide to Argentinian Malbec, remember, there are exceptions to the rule but this is a good generalisation...

2008 A classic year, wines good for drinking between 2013-2017

2009 A vintage which produced big, opulent reds for winter drinking! Good between 2013-2020

2010 A cold vintage which offers crisp, floral Malbec, especially at high altitude

2011 A vintage which produced lower yields meaning the wines offer great concentration and depth

2012 Concentrated and powerful, very vibrant and full of body. Drinking well up until 2020

2013 A vintage which will produce very pure expressions of the Malbec grape and would be ideal for the cellar, will last until 2025.

I hope you find this information useful

Matsu El PicaroDate published: 14/09/13

Matsu El Picaro 2012, Toro

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.
This is a complex yet fresh wine, with intense aromas of blackberries and blueberries and a hint of minerality. The palate is abundant with dark fruits and good body, ending with liquorice notes resulting from the maturity of the vines.
Pairs well with classic tapas and rabbit dishes as well as spicy meat skewers.You can enjoy it now or can be cellared for up to 2 years.
Open to taste and just £7.99 when you buy any 2 as part of your mixed case

Chapel DownDate published: 14/09/13

I am always one for championing some of our top end British producers so I may aswell start with one of the best.

We may not produce huge amounts of wine in this country but what we do produce is often of a high quality. Chapel Down, located in the beautiful Kent countryside are one of the leading producers of English Sparkling Wines. They have won numerous awards at international tastings. My personal favourite  is the Chapel Down Brut Rose an incredibly elegant drink packed with strawberry notes and perfectly balanced acidity on the palate.

It doesn't stop at the sparkly stuff though, Chapel Down also produce a number of still wines including the exceptional Bacchus, a lovely light, refreshing wine perfect for a relaxing pre-dinner drink. Notes of apple and lychee abound giving a complex wine with notes of white pepper.

If that wasn't enough to get your taste buds tingling they also produce some superb beers! The Curious Brew Lager is not your typical drink, made with champagne yeasts this beer really lives up to its title. Refreshing but with bags of flavour this beer was a real revelation for me.

So, next time your in why not give Chapel Down a try, you will love it!


The wanders of SpainDate published: 14/09/13

Rioja certainly dominates Spanish wine production and was the first region in Spain to gain DOCa status. The principle city in Rioja is Logrono, on the river Ebro. This is used as a reference point for the three distinct sub-regions that to some extent reflect the climatic and soil differences to be found in Rioja.

Rioja Alavesa: Is situated to the west of Logrono, on the north bank of the Ebro. Vineyards are planted up to 800 meters into the foothills of the Cantabrian mountains. The soil is very chalky and the wines are perhaps the lightest  of Rioja, but have the most finesse.

Rioja Alta: Is also to the west of Logrono but lies mainly to the South of the Ebro. Vineyards are planted at a range of altitudes, between 500 and 800 meters. The soils are of largely limestone-based clay creating wines of arguably more depth and complexity. 

Rioja Baja: Is situated to to the east of the Logrono, mainly on the south bank. Here the climate becomes increasingly continental, with hotter summers and more severe winters. The soils are mainly made up of heavy clays and with an annual rainfall of less that 300mml, drought is a real problem. The principle grape in Baja is Garnacha and the wines produced here have less ageing potential than in Alta and Alavesa.

Nothing better than a good BaroloDate published: 14/09/13

Barolo “the wine of the kings, the king of the wines”

Barolo is a red wine produced in Piedmont region of North-West Italy made 100% from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo must be aged minimum for 2 years in oak and at least one year aging in a bottle.

Rich, deeply concentrated, full bodied with pronounced tannins and acidity. Can be light ruby colour to garnet when young and reach orange when aged. Like Pinot Noir grape is never opaque.

Express aromas and flavour characters of chocolate, strawberries, dried fruit, damnson fruit, eucalyptus, leather, licorice, mint, mulberries, plum, spice, tobacco, white truffles, herbs.

Nebbiolo ripens late in October, which means that temperature steadily drops at harvest time. Due to that fact historically Barolo was actually a sweet wine. Temperatures would drop significantly in November and December forcing fermentation to stop and leaving significant amount of residential sugar. In mid 19th century French oenologist Louis Oudart improved winemaking techniques. Focusing on cellar hygiene, he fermented must completely dry making the first modern Barolo. This style of wine soon became among nobility of North Italy and reach fame as “wine of the kings and king of the wines”.

In twentieth century negociants have dominated Barolo production, by buying in grapes in bulk and producing house style wine. From 1960 first single vineyard wines were produced focusing on individual style. There is still no official classification of Barolo wines, however in 1980 one of the first in Italy region as a whole was given a quality assurance of DOCG status.

The zone of production is 5 miles wide at the widest point and extends into the new communes added half a century ago. However 87% of Barolo is produced in the original five communes Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba, La Morra, Barolo and Monforte d'Alba.

Wines from Serraluga Valley, where soils are higher in sand and limestone, tend to be austere and powerful and require significant ageing (12-15yrs) to develop. Valleys of Barolo and La Morra with clay soils tend to produce wines with more perfume aromas and velvety textures. These wines tend to be less tannic and full bodied than those from the Serraluga Valley and requite less ageing (8-10yrs).

At the very moment we offer three Barolo wines:

Barolo Milani 2009 comes on the best offer £13.11 from £17.49 when you buy two or more with %25 off Italy. So you are new to Barolo you can mix just one bottle with other Italian wines to get best deal.

Barolo Ciabot Berton 2008 is a great wine from our fine wine shelf on offer now for £23 if you buy two or more, reg. price is £26.

Barolo Natale Verga 2009 is the new addition to our fine wine shelf, also on offer for £18 when you buy two or more, reg. price £23

Versatility of RieslingDate published: 14/09/13

In Germany there is a saying "Riesling ist Riesling ist Unsinn!" Translated this means "Riesling is Riesling is Nonsense!" This phrase, whilst highlighting German's directness brilliantly, is a reflection of the extreme versatility of the grape. Too often Riesling is just assumed to be semi-sweet and often poor quality. However this assumption could not be further from the truth, as there are countless different styles of Riesling made in Germany, let alone the contributions the rest of the world have made in producing this grape! Ranging from mouth fillingly sweet to bone dry, Riesling can be made in a style anywhere in between. The only thing these styles have in common is exceptionally high levels of acidity, however after that they can be completely different animals. So therefore, to borrow from the saying, to say Riesling was predictable and uniform would be "nonsense"! 

We in Majestic are very lucky as we get to experience the full range of styles of Riesling, from wonderful off dry Mosel Riesling to crisp and minerally Clare Valley Riesling. It is my attention in the article to highlight a few of my favourite Rieslings, and whether you are looking to find your feet and try Riesling for the first time or are a seasoned Riesling drinker I hope you will find something in here that will tickle your fancy. Remember, if you think you have seen it all before then I shall remind you that "Riesling ist Riesling ist Unsinn"!

Kinheimer Hubertuslay Auslese 2003, Berres, Mosel, £10.99: For me Germany Riesling is the pinnacle expression of the grape. A range of styles are produced across the varying regions from spicy numbers in Baden to elegant examples in the Mosel. This wine is from the Mosel and is a delight.  The term "Auslese" means the grapes have been picked relative late, with some grapes subject to "noble rot". This means a wine high in sweetness and acidity is the result. Flavours of stone fruit and lime dominate, with a wonderful honey edge. However it is not cloying owing to the bracing acidity present. Enjoy on its own, like a Beethoven piano sonata, this wine needs no accompaniment.

Trimbach Riesling £11.99: From Germany to my second favourite style of Riesling, that from Alsace. Unlike the elegant and ethereal Rieslings of the Mosel, the wines of Alsace are usually dry, perfumed and powerful. This example from Trimbach is a perfect illustration. The aroma of this wine is full of white peach and quince and a subtle flintyness. The palate is robust with more stone fruit and citrus flavours coming through. It is dry and full acidity. This would be a great match to fish paté.

Terroir Hunter Riesling, Chile, £11.99: This is an another example of a powerful and dry Riesling. From southern Chile and located just a few kilometers from the Pacific ocean it is in an ideal climate location for growing this grape. The nose is weighty and brooding with notes of kerosene and minerals. The palate contains far more fruit as well floral elements.Due to the power of this wine it would make a great accompaniment to smoked meats or fish. Or as alternative that will blow the socks off your guests!

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Riesling, £17.49: This wine is made in the style of a German Spatlese. This means in terms of sweetness it sits in between the Auslese I looked at from Germany and the other two styles of Riesling I looked at. This is a wine all about elegance, with floral notes like Elderflower and stonefruit characters like Apricot coming to the fore. This is just one of many styles of Riesling coming out of New Zealand at the moment and I would recommend all Riesling lovers keep a close eye on New Zealand at the moment!

Saturday Kitchen 14th SeptemberDate published: 14/09/13

Wine of the Week

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011 Coastal Region 37.5cl Half bottle


£8.99 (When you buy 2 or more Spanish wines: 1 bottle – £11.24) 

As recommended by Susie Barrie on Saturday Kitchen 14/09/13, this wine is a truly unique little number.
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 four weeks, concentrating the sugars.
Aromas of honey and marmalade. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity. Great length and should be enjoyed on it's own or with a fruit pudding dish that mixes sharp with sweet.

So many Sauvignon's so little timeDate published: 14/09/13

Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious style of wine - in fact it is our most popular white wine across the company. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

Here are my  #7wordwinereviews on some of our most popular to help you get started:

The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Gooseberry, Apricot, Citrus, Blackcurrant, Crisp yet Elegant

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Like Ned but with Enhanced Flavour Intensity

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Restrained relaxed Acidity, Creamy, Refreshing, Reliable, Classic

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Gooseberry, Kiwi, Apricot, Herbaceous, Packs a Punch

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Sharp Zesty Acidity, Delicate, Mouthwatering and Herbaceous

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Citrus, Blackcurrant, Gooseberry, Pale with Explosive Flavour

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Benchmark Sauvignon, Citrus and Blackcurrant, Intense Complexity

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Ultimate Sauvignon, Classic Gooseberry, Apricot, Perfectly Balanced

And if you'd like any further guidance or to discover Sauvignon Blanc for yourself, why not pop down for our Free Spotlight Tasting on Sauvignon Blanc and Interesting Alternatives on Saturday 21st September at 12pm and 3pm? We'll try 6 wines in 30 minutes from £5 to £20 so you can taste the differences side by side. And if you can't attend either of these tutorials, it will be Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Week from Friday 20th - Thursday 26th September. So Taste and Explore!

For more details about our tastings visit http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/taste-and-explore

Louis Jadot Beaune 1er CruDate published: 14/09/13

This weekend we'll be opening yet another fine wine on our tasting counter and this week it's a stunning Burgundian classic...

Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru  

Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness. Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins.  This works on the same principal as the Jermann Pinot Grigio so when you buy any 2 selected fine wines you save £10. This wine retails at just £20 on this fantastic offer. Once again this wine will be open to taste completely FREE of charge so we look forward to tasting this classic Burgundy Pinot Noir with you. 

Dont miss our great offers!Date published: 14/09/13

Great short term offers not to be missed!

Buy any 2 of the following selected wines and save 33%:

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 (£8.99 for a single bottle)*

Grifone Montepulciano £4.99 (£7.40 for a single bottle)*

Prosecco Zonin £6.66 (£9.99 for a single bottle)*

Piper Heidseick Nonvintage £19.99 (£30 for a single bottle)*

Nicholas Feuillate Nonvintage £15.99 (£24 for a single bottle)*

Heidseick goldtop 2007 Vintage £17.99 (£27 for a single bottle)*

These great offers are only running until Monday 23rd September, so don't miss out!

*When you buy 2 or more selected wines as part of your mix of six.

Hurry! 25% off Italian wines ends Mon 2nd Sep!Date published: 28/08/13

Why not make use of this fantastic offer before the summer finishes. Superb Italian wines at a bargain price.

My Favourites:
Valpolicella La Casetta, Ripasso £12.74 when you buy 2 Italian wines or more.

An absolute beauty of a wine! With a portion of fermented dried-skins from Amarone added them, this cracking wine has the body to match with all types of meats and some your favourite cheeses!

Fremondo Greco  £7.49 when you buy 2 Italian wines or more

Looking for something a little different? One of the oldest grapes in Italy, the Fremondo Greco is a delightful wine for all occassions, With Peach, honey and a mineral undertone, you are simply going to love this.


So if you don't want to miss out call us on 0207 8199796 to place an order!

Bollinger - Une certaine Idee du ChampagneDate published: 26/08/13

Lily Bollinger said this of Champagne on October the 17th, 1961:

"I drink my champagne when I'm happy and whem 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"

Now that's a good approach to Champagne!

Right now we have Bollinger Special Cuvee for £37.00, and for those who have tasted this fine champagne, you'll know this is a steal.

Wines of ItalyDate published: 26/08/13

With 25% now off all still Italian wines under £20 its time to explore this diverse viticultural treasure trove!

Staggeringly different terroirs and winemaking approaches coupled with thousands of indigenous grape varieties mean that Italy can offer something to every wine lover. From the robust yet elegant Nebbiolo wines of Piedmont, to the cherry filled Sangioveses of Tuscany and the perfumed whites of the North East Italy is a vinous paradise!

The wonderful world of Sherry (Part 2)Date published: 25/08/13

Styles of Sherry

Fino
Crisp, dry, yeasty, nutty and tangy, fino is the freshest and most delicate of sherry styles, weighing in at around 15% alcohol. Protected from oxygen during its development by the flor, fino needs to be treated like white wine once it has been opened. It’s a versatile food companion, and should be drunk chilled. An excellent example would be Tio Pepe priced at £9.99 which goes brilliantly with fish.

Manzanilla
This is a fino-style sherry from the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Because the more humid environment in the bodegas here encourages a thicker flor layer, these wines are typically lighter and even fresher than fino, often with a distinctive salty tang. A great example (and my favourite) is La Gitana priced at £7.99.

Amontillado
Aged fino that has lost its flor and then gone on to develop oxidatively, amontillado is an amber-coloured sherry that is nutty and complex, with a long finish. It is fortified to around 17.5 ° alcohol to protect it during its development, and because it has been aged oxidatively it will last for longer once opened.

Palo Cortado
A sort of half way house between a fino and an amontillado, Palo Cortado is the result of a fino sherry losing its flor. Nutty, fresh and complex, this is now a popular style. A good example is La Bota de Palo Cortado priced at £40

Oloroso
Complex brown-coloured sherries, Olorosos develop in barrel without the protective flor layer, often for many years. The result is a complex, rich, nutty style of sherry with aromas of old furniture and raisins. These wines are dry. Because they’ve seen so much oxidation during development, they are pretty stable and stay in good condition for a while once the bottle is opened. If you have never tried this style you are missing out...BIG TIME.

Pedro Ximénez
Made from air-dried grapes, with fermentation stopped early by the addition of spirit, Pedro Ximénez is a remarkable wine. Viscous and amazingly sweet, it tastes like liquid Christmas cake. A great example is Noe PX.

Cream
Cream sherries are more commercial products that have been sweetened by the addition of Moscatel or Pedro Ximénez. I absolutely love the Lustau East India solera but unfortunately we don't sell it, or any variant of cream.

Fine Wine Plan @ Ley & WheelerDate published: 25/08/13

Lay and Wheeler are Majestic's sister company and deal in fine wine storage and collection building.  They have over 150 years experience in buying and selling fine wines.  The Fine Wine Plan is a simple and effective way to build your own personally taliored fine wine collection, from as little as £50 a month. 

Your wines will be stored at Vinotheque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse, which is designed to provide the perfect conditions for the maturation of fine wines.  Whatever your tastes and budget, your personal wine consultant will be able to select and advise upon the best wines to suit your requirements.

A few other great benefits include:

10% discount at Majestic stores when you subscribe to £100 or more a month
A free six bottle joining case will be added to your collection when you sign up
Quarterly offers featuring fantastic wines specially selected for the fine wine plan

Italian Food and Wine...Gavi with...Date published: 25/08/13

Our Italien extra special offer starts on Tuesday 20th August where you will get not 20% but 25% of Italian wines, so we thought we would give you a food and wine matching.

The classic Italian combination of tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella seasoned with salt and olive oil is a fabulous light dish on a summers afternoon. It matches wonderfully with light, crisp whites such as a Gavi. The Gavi Montiero 2012 Rocca has ample acidity to cope with the tomatoes and cut through the olive oil. It's grapefruit and fennel flavours sit harmoniously with the basil and help to bring the full flavour out of the cheese. 

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 hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finis

How to Match Wine and FoodDate published: 25/08/13

For all you food lovers out there this is a brief summary of some of the rules to follow when trying to come up with the best wine to match your favourite dishes.

Match acidity with acidity

For acidic foods such as fresh tomato salads, fruit salads and any rich tomato sauces it is best to balance the acidity in the food with a wine that is equally high in acidity. Therefore the perfect match for these type of foods would be Sauvignon Blanc whether it is a punchy New Zealand option, something a little bit different from South Africa or the slightly more restrained style found in the Sancerre region.

2) Matching acidity with fat

Acidity in wine can also help to balance a dish that is relatively high in fat. Therefore meat dishes such as pate, pork belly and duck work perfectly with a light red such as a Pinot Noir. Alternatively why not try the classic food combination that this rule follows which is fish and chips with a glass of Champagne.

3) Matching foods with wines of the same region

In many of the traditional wine making regions food and wine have evolved side by side and therefore the wines often work best with the traditional dishes of the region that the wine has been designed to be drunk with. Some of the classic examples of this are as follows:

Olives with dry Sherry

Goats cheese with Sancerre or Pouilly Fume

Smoked salmon with Chablis

Lasagne with Italian reds

Chorizo and other cured meats with Rioja

High protein food such as strong cheeses and rich meat dishes with Claret

4) The perfect match for a dessert

Whether you are having a rich chocolaty dessert or a cheese board at the end of the meal there is a wine option to keep everybody happy. The obvious choice for a chocolate based dessert would be a sweet desert wine where the sweetness of the wine complements perfectly the sweetness in the food so that one flavour does not overpower the other. For those of you however who are not a fan of desert wine why not try chocolate based deserts with a glass of Shiraz? The richness and intensity of the wine will give it a black forest gateaux like effect and still works extremely well.

It may not sound like a match made in heaven to everybody, but for those of you who enjoy the combination of sweet and savoury together, rich blue cheeses can also work fantastically with a glass of sweet desert wine. For me personally I think this combination is divine so why not give it a go and see what you think?

Equally blue cheese works very well with the classic match of Port or other rich reds such as a Shiraz and makes a very enjoyable end to a meal.

For more food and wine matching ideas feel free to come in and ask our expert staff or sign up to one of our free wine tasting tutorials held in store by calling and booking your place toda

Who Discovered Wine- Bite-size HistoryDate published: 25/08/13

Who discovered wine?

If you were to type ‘who discovered wine?’ into Google (as I have just done) you would discover that there are many who lay claim to first producing wine. On one hand you have biblical accounts of Noah and his sons making wine at the base Mount Ararat and Jesus playing all sorts of tricks with blood and wine to slate the thirst of his friends. . . and at times enemies.

On the other hand, Persian legend suggests that wine was discovered by accident after King Jamshid banished one of his many ladies from his court. Feeling unhappy and somewhat put out she took to the kings warehouse and drank from a bottle named ‘poison’. However, what she had actually drank was a jar containing grapes which had spoiled and fermented and by all accounts she had a delightful evening top off by a quick snog and kebab! Ok, so maybe not the last bit, but the king was so happy with her discovery that he welcomed her back with open arms and ordered that all grapes grown in Persepolis would be used to create wine!

While the Persian legend has an whiff of truth, in a so much as wine was probably discovered by accident, it is now believed that a fermented fruit based drink has been consumed from around 10,000 - 8,000 BC. Early man probably collected fruits, wild grains and barley, added water and left these to ferment in the sun, producing an intoxicating drink. However, with the discovery of what is believed to be the earliest winery in the mountains of the Black and Caspian sea, modern day Kurdistan and Eastern Turkey dated around 4100 BC, its clear that in a relatively short period the art of viticulture and vilification had made significant advances. It was the ancient Egyptians who made
the next important leap with wine . . . .

Producer in Focus: De Forville WinesDate published: 25/08/13

Producer in Focus- De Forville Wines

This interview was taken from the Majestic Blog and asks for the insights of all things viticultural from one of our favourite producers in Italy. Paulo Anfosso runs de Forville wines in Italy, and make some great examples of Italian classics at an affordable price,


Q. How did you get into wine producing?

A. My brother Valter and I were born into it. We are the fifth generation of the family that started making wine in 1860. We received a beautiful legacy!

Q. What are the most enjoyable and hardest things about the job?

A. A lot of people think it is a lovely and easy job, but being a wine producer in not a simple thing. Bad weather conditions – like hail –can destroy in a few seconds the work of the year. On the opposite side you get a lot of satisfaction knowing people from the other side of the world ask for your products.

Q. What is your favourite grape variety?

A. Nebbiolo. It is the most difficult to make but also the most satisfying in the final results, giving the best expression of fine wines.

Q. What are you drinking at the moment? What foods does it go best with?

A. I taste wines from everywhere, but recently I have been drinking a lot of Dolcetto – a wine that goes with every meal from a simple panino al prosciutto to a pasta or dish of meat.

Q. What’s your top tip for selecting a great wine?

A. Being a winemaker I look to the quality-price ratio of the wine; you know not always the most expensive wine is the best.

Q. If you were told you could only drink one more glass of wine, ever, what would you choose?

A. Hard to answer, in this case I am partisan, I probably would choose a Barbaresco.

Q. What is the most you have ever paid for a bottle of wine?

A. Maybe 100 Euros for a bottle of Sassicaia.

Q. Finally, music to drink wine to?

A. Classical music for the fine wines. Pop music for the others!


For many more articles like this , head to → http://blog.majestic.co.uk/

Fancy something sweet?Date published: 25/08/13

If dessert's your favourite part of a meal, then you'll absolutely love Brown Brothers Late Harvested Muscat.

Why I hear you ask?

  + Grown at altitude in Victoria to preserve frehness in the grapes

  + Wonderfully aromatic, with apricots, ripe apples, oranges and honeysuckle

  + Sweet marmalade-like flavours, with subtle hints of spice adn honey on the finish

  + A bargain at just £7.99 when you buy ANY 2 or more wines from our Australian range

  + The sweetness of the wine also makes it a great match to spicy dishes, so if a spicy tagine or a red Thai curry is your thing, this is the wine for you!]

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Brown-Brothers-Late-Harvest-Muscat-zid19004?tracking=|searchterm:

North East Italy and the magic it producesDate published: 25/08/13

Whenever I think of North Eastern Italy I am reminded of a simpsons episode where Homer doesnt believe that Bacon, porkchops, sausages and crackling (may have added that) all come from the same animal. North Eastern Italy is very much the same. With cheap plonk available all the way to some of the most distinctive wines in the world it is a true gem. Valpolicella is stand out with its normal level, then classico followed by Ripasso, Reicto and Amarone. All these wines are stylistically different but offer the wine drinker something extraordinary. Soave just next door is not just about massed produced dull wine, it can be brilliant, complex, rich and age worthy. A real alternative to Burgundy. The final element that makes it so special is that Prosecco is close by as well. This one area covers so little space but so many wine styles.

All in all it is a new favourite

Producer in focus: TorresDate published: 25/08/13


Torres

OWNED BY- The Torres Family

LOCATION - Catalunya, Spain & Central Valley, Chile

HERITAGE - The Torres family have been making wine since the 17th century and today the winery is owned by the fourth generation of the family. They are the largest winery in Spain with the largest Denomination of Origin in Penedez. They also own the Miguel Torres Winery in Chile's Central Valley.

PHILOSOPHY – To maintain their 100 year old tradition as a family company and to turn every customer into a friend.

WINEMAKER FACTS

Torres's heartland is in Catalunya but they also have vineyards in Chile, China and California!

'Sangre de Toro' translates as bulls blood and is named after the deep ruby colour of the wine.

Torres also produce Spanish brandy, their most famous are Torres 5 and Torres 10!

The Viña Sol is made from Parellada, and the Rose and Sangre de Toro from Garnacha and Cariñena although many of Torres' other wines are made from international grape varieties.

Wine Selection

Torres Viña Sol Rose 2012 - #7wordwinereview- Dry & delicate, like a berry smoothie!

Torres Viña Sol 2012 - #7wordwinereview- A refreshingly crisp wine, perfect for parties!

Torres Sangre de Toro 2011 - #7wordwinereview- Liquorice and blackberries dominate a robust palate.

Magnums- Did you know?Date published: 25/08/13

Did you know that bottles age best in Magnums. So if you planning on buying two bottles of Vina Ardanza for £18 a bottle then why not buy a Magnum for £36 knowing that its 9 years in bottle will have helped it age that little bit better

ViognierDate published: 25/08/13

Saint Ferréol is an extremely old estate that has produced wine for over 200 years now. The Viognier grape reached its peak of popularity at the beginning of the 90s. Like with anything else the popularity brought quantity without quality matching it. Fifteen years later, the grape began to redeem itself. High temperature of Pays D'OC brings the best out of Viognier's character. It has lovely perfumed aromas with peach, apricot and kiwi flavors. All of that is PERFECTLY balanced with a decent level of acidity. This makes the wine easy to drink which is against what people normally think. The range of food that can be matched with this beauty is impressive . Fish and Seafood dishes through to creamy poultry ones; stopping even at Oriental spicy stations and finishing on ripen blue cheese. One of my all time favorites. An extremely well made wine!!!!!

Italy 25% off!Date published: 25/08/13

Italy is the country with the largest amount of vine varieties with over one thousand to choose from. The diversity of Italy's wines is largely down to geography. Grapes are grown from the Mountains right down to the coastal 'Heel'. Here at Majestic we a have great range exploring some of the best Italy has to offer.
As we all know the Italian people have a love for food. With that in mind it's no surprise that the wines are made for food and the food for wine! In both acidity is a key factor. Tomato-based pasta has a good acidity which lends itself well to an Italian red. A good wine match would be the Mandrielle Sangiovese. It is crammed full of red fruit and black cherry flavours and its acidity compliments the acidity in the tomatoes. Its a perfect pastine!! match. 

Forza Italia!Date published: 18/08/13

Here at Majestic Battersea we love all things Italian - pizza, pasta, fresh tomatoes and cheeses, not to mention an array of wines (mostly beginning with B) as long as your arm!

We are very excited about our new improved Italian wine deal, starting this Tuesday, 20th August, where all Italian wines under £25 (excluding sparkling wines) will be 25% off when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case. This offer will run for 2 weeks, and we will have a fantastic selection of our favourite Italian wines open to taste in store for the duration of the improved offer.


Also look out for some cracking Italian fine Wines, which we will showcase in store over the two weekends of this promotion.

For more information and regtular updates of tastings and events in store, follow us on Twitter @majesticbat

Red Wine of the week: The Galvo Garage 2008 d'Arenberg, McLaren ValeDate published: 14/08/13


  • Named in honour of the galvanised shed where d'Arenberg's reds are vinified, this wine doffs its cap to Bordeaux's 'garagists', or small independent winemakers. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and a little Cabernet Franc.

  • Combines New World fruit and power with Old World structure and complexity, with plum and cherry overlayed with notes of cedar and mint. Long length.

  • Full bodied and ripe with firm and rounded tannin, this wine offers a real burst of fruit, so match with robust meaty dishes.

£13.98 when you buy any 2+ Australian wines.

White wine of the week: Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca ValleyDate published: 14/08/13


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

  • Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

  • Best served with poached salmon, cod or Dover sole, or mussels in a creamy sauce.


£7.99 when you buy any 2+ Chilean wines.

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc only £5.99!Date published: 07/08/13

With Giesen at £5.99 until Monday 12th August, we thought we would take a quick look at the background of this great value NZ Sauvignon!

Giesen was founded in the 1980s by three German brothers: Theo, Alex and Marcel. Their estate now spans the prestigious Wairau Valley, comprising thirteen vineyards. The wine is then blended together from thirty-two parcels of land under vine. The large number of parcels of land allows each one to be managed individually to obtain the desired ripeness and with the quintessential Giesen flavour.

The key to the Giesen philosophy is simplicity and their Sauvignon Blanc is an apt representation of this. Classic Marlborough flavours of gooseberry and citrus make up the backbone of the wine, with its characteristic zesty acidity complemented by herbaceous lemongrass notes.

And at £5.99, who could argue with that?

Matsu El Viejo 2010, ToroDate published: 07/08/13

'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) 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.

Enjoyable immediately, partnered with good quality steak or rare roasts, but will also reward cellaring of 5 years or more.

£20.00 per bottle when you buy 2 or more.