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Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Billet Lane (off High Street)
Berkhamsted
HP4 3LP
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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Store News(127)

Callum's Saturday kitchen Date published: 19/04/14

As it is Easter Sunday I thought it would be rude not to do a dish with Lamb. This dish is crispy Lamb breast with potato dauphinoise.

Ingredients: 

2 good size lamb breasts

1 litre veg oil

1 sack of potatos

3 cloves of garlic

200ml double cream

200ml milk

1 shallot

Method:

1) Take the lamb breasts and liberally cover them with salt. Roll them up in clingfilm and put in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Remove the lamb from the cling film and wash off the excess salt. Roll up the Lamb breast and tie with butchers string.

2) Heat up the oven to 90c. In an oven proof dish place the rolled lamb breasts and cover with the veg oil. Cook for 3-4 hours until the lamb is tender. Remove the Lamb and roll in clingfilm. Place in the fridge too set.

3) While the Lamb is setting finely dice the shallot and garlic. sweat in a little oil in a heave base sauce pan. Add the cream and milk and slowly simmer until it has thickened in consistency.

4) Finely slice the potatoes and layer in an ovenproof dish. Add a small amount of the cream mixture and season. Repeat this process until the dish is full. Place in the oven at 180c for 45mins- 1hr.

5) Slice the Lamb into thick rashers and fry on both sides until it has gone crispy.

6) To serve place 4-5 slices of Lamb with some of the dauphinoise potatoes and i like to serve with seasonal veg.

What to drink?  

With this being such a strongly flavoured dish you can go for something a bit more bold than the usual Rioja. My pick is the Vin Alba Malbec. This wine has wonderful body which will stand up to the Lamb. there is a good depth of fruit that will be a perfect accompaniment to the dish and a good acidity to cut through the creamy richness of the potatos.


Vin Alba Malbec Buy 2 save 33.3% £7.99


Rob's Easter TreatDate published: 18/04/14

This Easter Sunday with the roast lamb I will be drinking the Vina Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta.

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.

£23.50 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18.50

Go on treat yourself!!



Ed's Easter TreatDate published: 18/04/14

One of my favourite wines recently in is Esprit de Pennautier 2011. Caberdes.  This premium cuvee from the Lorgeril family estate is a blend of fantastic old vine Syrah with Bordeaux varieties, grown on the south-facing slopes of La Montagne Noir close to Carcassonne, and as such is one of the finest examples of the robust Cabardes style.

A powerful nose of black fruit infused with hints of truffle, pepper and coriander. Full-bodied and rich, with firm yet approachable tannins and mellow, toasty wood influence.

£14.99 on the multibuy - £19.99 a single bottle

Busy tasting scheduleDate published: 17/04/14

You will see from the events section we have lots of free tastings coming up.  If interested in any of the events then please RSVP to book your place.

Wine of the Week - Chateau La Gravette RoseDate published: 16/04/14

A superb vineyard located in the south of Minervois which is run by the Orosquette family who have generations of vine growing experience. Grapes were probably introduced into the region by Roman Legionaries, as alluded to by writers such as Cicero and Pliny.  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.

£5.99 a bottle

2 New Chileans!!!Date published: 15/04/14

There are 2 new Chileans that have just hit the shelves:

Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio Valley  - £9.99

The Bio Bio Valley is making a name for itself as one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions.

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.

Perfect with a char-grilled steaks or rotisserie chicken.

First Class Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley - £8.99 Buy 2 on the Pick 'n' Mix save 33% = £5.99

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 oak for a fruit-focused character.

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.




Back In - Puligny-Montrachet 2011 Domaine JomainDate published: 14/04/14

Just arrived back on the fine wine shelves - 

From a family-run estate that follows in the principles of ‘lutte raisonnée’, ensuring that the use of chemicals in the vineyard is kept to a minimum. Hand-harvested grapes are aged in oak barrels for 15 months.

A lean, smooth wine showing notes of citrus, pear and hazelnut on the nose, and hints of vanilla and spice on the palate. Crisp, elegant and refreshing with a long elegant length.

Try this delicious wine with herb marinated Langoustines, crayfish or tuna carpaccio.


£30.00 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £25.00

Wine of the Week - Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en ProvenceDate published: 13/04/14

The vineyards or Valle des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.  

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.

£7.99 on the mulitbuy and £9.99 on the single bottle


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 12/04/14

Afternoon Berkhamsted! 

With Easter Weekend approaching fast, we thought it would be a good idea to keep you in the loop with our Easter opening hours. 

Good Friday 18/4 - Usual hours. 10am - 8pm

Saturday - 19/4 Usual hours 9am - 7pm

Easter Sunday 20/4 - CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday 21/4 - 10am - 5pm

After those dates it's business as usual.


Stay beautiful Berkhamsted!



New in - Vallee des Pins Coteaux D'Aix En Provence RoseDate published: 12/04/14

Open today we have this wonderful new addition to our Provencal Rose listing.  £7.99 on the multibuy and £9.99 a single bottle.

BBQ wines themed tasting counter this weekendDate published: 10/04/14

This weekend with the decent forecast we shall be opening up some good value wines to accompany either a BBQ or a garden party! Come down this weekend and try some of suggestions!

Wine of the Week - M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 10/04/14

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren 


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.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.


£14.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £9.99

On the tasting counter to try!!

Rose wines back in stockDate published: 08/04/14

For all of our Rose drinkers out there we now have stock of quite a few of our best sellers back in stock.  These include M de Minuty at £9.99 on the multibuy and Domaine Chautarde Rose at £6.66 on the multibuy.  Both wines were probably our best sellers last year.

Wine of the Week - Pizarras de Otero 2012 BierzoDate published: 07/04/14

Grape: Mencía

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.

Partner with herbaceous lamb cutlets, or pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauces.


£9.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% =  £6.66 Promotion Details

Open on the tasting counter to try!!

Sunday Roast Lamb and Spanish RedsDate published: 06/04/14

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 £14.66Buy 2 selected wines save 25% = £10.99 Promotion Details

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.

Lamatum Crianza 2011 Ribera del Duero - £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99


This wine comes from plots of old vines, located at 8-900m above sea level, in the continental climate of the central Riberal del Duero region. 15 months in French oak creates the mellow and approachable Crianza style.

Dark cherry red with vivid garnet hues. The aromas of sweet-savoury red fruit are nicely balanced by vanilla and clove notes. The mouthfeel is polished and elegant, with medium length.




Back In! Mlle Jones Fitou 2012, Domaine JonesDate published: 05/04/14

In amongst the gorgeous scenery of the Languedoc-Roussillon lie the vineyards of Domaine Jones. Originally from Leicestershire, Katie Jones began producing absolutely stunning wines around 6 years ago. 

With intense black fruit, vanilla notes and subtle flavours of garrigue herbs, this wine really characterises the rustic yet beautiful landscape from where it comes. 

What's more, I've harvested for Katie and can confirm that not only is she absolutely lovely, but her passion for her wines and the work she puts in are second to none! 

It's on at £14.99 for a single bottle or £12.99 when you buy 2 or more. 


Ed's sparkling SaturdayDate published: 04/04/14

Tomorrow we have open Lindauer Brut, another one of my everyday favourite sparkling wines.  Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle.  A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast and black fruits. A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrus fruit characters and a mineral finish.  This is simply the perfect aperitif at £8.99 on the multibuy.  £13.49 on the single bottle.

Staff Choice - 'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2011 NavarraDate published: 04/04/14

The traditionally bush-trained vines from this part of the Nekeas Valley are between 70 and 100 years old, and yield low numbers of high quality berries. The Atlantic influences here contribute to higher acidity, which lends balance to the quick-ripening Garnacha.

With excellent focus and structure, the wine displays intense, vibrant and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, and ample tannins that add texture and a streak of bitter chocolate flavour.

Enjoyable on its own, but also benefits from being paired with a big, flame-grilled rib-eye steak.


£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £3 = £8.49

Open on the tasting counter to try!!

Wine of the week - Argento MalbecDate published: 01/04/14

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina. Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish. £6.66 on the multibuy represents excellent value for money. (£9.99 on the single bottle)

Coming Up...Spanish Tasting Week!!!Date published: 31/03/14

From Friday 4th to Thursday 10th of April it will be Spanish tasting week at Majestic. This means there will be an abundance of Spanish wines open for you to try on the tasting counter. From Navarra to Rioja, verdejo to garnacha, we will be sampling all kinds of vino de espanol, something for every palate.

On Saturday at 3pm there will be a spotlight tasting when one of our team will be running through some of the wines in close detail. Spaces for this are limited so if you would like to attend please contact the store.

Wine of the Week - Barista Pinotage - South AfricaDate published: 28/03/14

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

Another great offer of £7.49 when you buy more than one.  Single bottle is £9.99

Ed's sparkling SaturdayDate published: 27/03/14

This Saturday we will be opening Prosecco Di Conegliano to taste.  A simply wonderful Prosecco on a great deal down from £14.99 to £9.99.  Offer ends on Monday 31st March.  Come and explore

Simple Sparkling Cocktails. Date published: 26/03/14

'Mixing your Champagne?! Heathen!' Some may say. Fair enough if you've just cut you're Bollinger Grande Annee with cranberry juice, but what if you want to spice up your fizz with something a little more exotic? Here are 3 simple ideas to make the spring days a little bit fruitier. 

Peach Bellini. 

A classic. Simply pick up a pack of Funkn Peach Puree (99p no less), add a small amount to the bottom of a flute, and top up with sparkling. 

Kir Royale. 

Another staple of any cocktail menu. Use Creme de Cassis (£7.50 a bottle), just cover the bottom of the glass and top up with sparkling. 

Sloe Gin Fizz.

A recent discover for me. For this you need to use Cava or Champagne. The sweetness of Prosecco makes the drink too sweet. You need the biscuity notes of Cava or Champagne to balance it out. As before, a small drop in the glass, and top it up. 

We carry all the ingredients needed, so why not pop in and see what we can do for you. 

Mothers Day SuggestionsDate published: 25/03/14

As Mothering Sunday is upon us once more, here are a few items that may help bring a smile to the face of your dear mummy:

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £42.00 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% =  £27.98 Promotion Details

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8 =  £10.99

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.


Chablis 'La Maladière' 2012 William Fèvre £15.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £14.99

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

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

These wines will make up for all the petrol station flowers of the past.



Wine of the Week - Château Clos Fontaine 2007 Côtes de FrancsDate published: 22/03/14

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 up to 14 months and matured for a further 2 years before bottling, it is harmonious, smooth and has a gently spicy finish.


£6.66 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Pick N Mix range

£9.99 single bottle price



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Back in! The Nyetimber Range. Date published: 21/03/14

The Grand Daddy of all English Sparkling is now back with us here in Berkhamsted. Often touted as a major Champagne rival, Nyetimber produce wines with all the finesse of it's French counterparts but with the stiff upper lip of the land from whence it came. We've got Classic Cuvee, Rose and Demi Sec but in limited supply. 

Pip Pip! 

Wine Terms Explored - 'TerroirDate published: 19/03/14

The concept of 'terroir' in wine-making is seen as being incredibly important. The word refers to the ensemble of environmental influences that give a wine a sense of place. 

In its most narrow usage it refers only to the effects of different soil structures within an area of unvarying climate and its effects on the quality of the grapes. 

More usefully it can be taken to to cover the combined effects of aspect (directional facing of the vineyard), slope, climate, weather and grape variety. These effects are usually subtle, but are sometimes dramatic and with careful winemaking, they can be transposed in recognisable flavours and other components (such as tannins or acids) in a wine. 


Wine of the Week - Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Tupungato, Domaine VistalbaDate published: 17/03/14

After trying this new wine we decided it was that good that we needed to make it our wine of the week! 

Rich bramble fruit flavours and subtle notes of vanilla and toasty oak makes this the perfect partner for roast lamb or a grilled steak.

At £8.99  a bottle when you buy 2 or more, this wine is a perfect treat for midweek! Pop down into store to try a sample for yourself today  





New In: Vinalba Fifty 50Date published: 16/03/14

New to the shelves!!

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.


£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £8.99

Open on the tasting counter to try!!


Sparkling Saturday - Corte Alta ProseccoDate published: 15/03/14

To celebrate this beautiful weekend we are opening up a Corte Alta Prosecco for you to come and try!!

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.


Special Offer £9.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.66 Promotion Details

Please note this wine is only part of the Pick 'n' Mix until close of play Monday 17th March - get in quick!!


SPECIAL OFFERS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! Part 2Date published: 12/03/14

This week we have a number of special offers on for one week only! joining our pick and mix offer at 33% off. Here are a few of the highlights...

Gavi Montiero 2013 Rocca Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles £5.99.

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 finish. To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served simply with herb butter. 

Château Méaume 2010 Bordeaux Supérieur. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles £6.66.

A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol, Château Méaume has been a Majestic favourite for many years, gaining a reputation for excellent value. 2009 was an exceptional vintage in Bordeaux, and has undoubtedly produced Méaume's best vintage ever. A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood. Ready to drink immediately, yet has the body and structure to cellar well for several more years.

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles £6.66.

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.

These offers are valid until Monday the 17th of March, for the rest of our short term offers please see our website.





SPECIAL OFFERS ONE WEEK ONLY: Champagne.Date published: 12/03/14

This week we have a number of special offers on for one week only! joining our pick and mix offer at 33% off. As part of this deal we have a couple of Champagnes at incredible value...

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £29.98

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.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV  Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £16.66

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

These offers are valid until Monday the 17th of March, for the rest of our short term offers please see our website.


SPECIAL OFFERS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! Part 1Date published: 11/03/14

Starting today we have a number of special offers on for one week only! joining our pick and mix offer at 33% off. Here are a few of the highlights...

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles  £6.99

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. Drink now with fresh summer salads, seafood or oriental food.

Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña Eguía. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles £6.66

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles  £8.99

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release. Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length. Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles  £8.32

Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given it excellent concentration and added depth. Displays pronounced aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose. It is fresh and beautifully crisp on the palate while being vibrantly fruity, ending in a long zingy finish. The perfect wine to take along to summer parties. Enjoy on its own or with crab or poached salmon salad.

These offers are valid until Monday the 17th of March, for the rest of our short term offers please see our website.






Wine of the Week: Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2012 StellenboschDate published: 10/03/14

Seeing as it's South African tasting week it would be rude to not choose their signature grape variety for our wine of the week. This wonderful example by Bellingham is a must for any Pinotage lover. A bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape, this is somewhat removed from the medium-bodied, cherry-scented quaffers normally made from Pinotage. Hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months. Full-bodied, with a deep plum purple colour. Intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes, and a spicy toastiness from the oak. Drink with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats. 

£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 (£14.99 single bottle price)

Staff Choice: Vergelegan Cabernet merlotDate published: 08/03/14

Go Big or go home, this full bodied, beasty South African red certainly packs a punch! But with well balanced tannins and fruit its been a massive hit on our tasting counter today. Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains. Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish. Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews.  A definite must for those who love a Bordeaux blend with a  new world twist. 

 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%£7.32


Promotional tasting: Wines of South AfricaDate published: 07/03/14

From Friday the 7th to Thursday the 13th of march we will be holding a special promotional tasting of South African wines. This will include some great offers from our March Pick N' Mix flyer. These will be open to taste so you are more than welcome to pop in and try some exciting wines from our range. here are a few of the wines that will be opened over the next week...

Here are some of my personal recommendations...

Barista Pinotage 2013 Western Cape. Buy 2 bottles save £5,  £7.49.

From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape. Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit. Drink on its own or with red meat dishes. Bertus' recommends a blue-cheese-filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans!

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western Cape. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £8.65. 

This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2-3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture. Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passion fruit notes providing a layered feel. Equally adept as a partner for shellfish or lobster as it is for roasted sea bass. 

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2012 Stellenbosch. Buy 2 bottles save £6  £11.99

A bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape, this is somewhat removed from the medium-bodied, cherry-scented quaffers normally made from Pinotage. Hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months. Full-bodied, with a deep plum purple colour. Intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes, and a spicy toastiness from the oak. Drink with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats.


Our tasting week runs from the 7th till the 13th of March. please keep an eye on our tasting counter which will show what is open each day.





Dates for your diary: Spring 2014Date published: 06/03/14

 In-store Promotional Tastings.

Special wines available to taste on our tasting counter.

Wines of South Africa: Friday 7th -Thursday 13th March

Wines of Spain: Friday 4th – Thursday 10th April

Easter Tasting Selection: Friday 18th – Thursday 24th April

Spotlight Tastings

A 30 minute informal tasting on our tasting counter with a member of staff.

Wines of Spain: Saturday 6th of May at 3pm

Wines of Chile Saturday 3rd of May at 3pm

Wine Course

A  FREE 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

Our next courses take place on....

Sunday 23rd of March at 3pm

Sunday 3rd of April at 3pm

Sunday 15th June at 3pm

Places for the Spotlight tastings and Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01442 879771 or email us at ber@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two!



Dates for your diary: Spring 2014Date published: 28/02/14

 In-store Promotional Tasting.

Special wines available to taste on our tasting counter....

Wines of South Africa: Friday 7t -Thirsday 13th March

Wines of Spain: Friday 4th – Thursday 10th April

Easter Tasting Selection: Friday 18th – Thursday 24th April

Wine Course

A  FREE 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

Our next courses take place on....

Sunday 23rd of March at 3pm

Places for the Spotlight tastings and Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01442 879771 or email us at ber@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two!


Staff Choice: Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto AdigeDate published: 28/02/14

A yummy new Italian Chardonnay open to taste on our tasting counter. lovely and light with a classic chardonnay finish. A well balanced easy drinking white perfect with some spring sunshine!

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.

A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

Enjoy on its own or with a cheesy chicken bake.


Wine of the Week - Passimento 2011Date published: 27/02/14


Passimento 2011 Pasqua

The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish. A perfect match with slow roasted red meats and rich stews. Would be a fantastic addition to anyone's Sunday lunch table.


£8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

£11.99 Single bottle

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Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd March 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.


Fine Wine UpdateDate published: 20/02/14

Many new additions over the last few weeks:

Chateau Palmer 1996, Margaux, 3eme Cru Classe    £195

Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1985, St-Julien, 2eme Cru Classe   £130

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2007, Cru Classe Pessac-Leognan    £150

Chateau Suduiraut 1989, Sauternes    £75

Chateau Plince 2010, Pomerol     £35     

Wine of the Week - Casa d'Aragona 2010/2012 Salice SalentinoDate published: 19/02/14

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

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


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

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Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd March 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.


New in: Days of Summer 2013 Miguel Torres, Itata ValleyDate published: 17/02/14

Miguel Torres's winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain, and is among those leading the sustainable viticulture movement in Chile. This unusual wine is sourced from Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions.

As the name suggests, this is a summery wine full of bright and juicy white grape, floral and gently tropical aromas. A tiny hint of residual sweetness gives it a round, easy-going feel.


£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £6.99

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New Addition: Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand.Date published: 13/02/14

A one off special Parcel joining our excellent Pick and Mix 33% off offer. Established as recently as 1994, Wither Hills has since become one of Marlborough's best-known wineries. Now owning vineyards spread right across the region, this Sauvignon is blended from a range of parcels, to provide a snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole. Alive with the intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passionfruit. The palate is well balanced with mouth watering acidity and grapefruit flavours leading into a long finish of remarkable intensity.

Again this is a one off special so get it before its gone! Fantastic value at £6.66 as part of the Pick and Mix offer. (single bottle price, £9.99) If you are a fan of Brancott or the Ned this definately worth a try.

Helen's Australian Wine Adventure!Date published: 11/02/14

Just over 3 weeks ago I landed in Sydney, Australia for a trip of a lifetime and a chance to explore one of the worlds most well known wine producing countries in the world!


I spent a couple of days acclimatising to the January sunshine in Sydney and seeing some of the world famous sights (climbing the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House were two of my highlights). I was also taken on a few trade visits to see what a Majestic the other side of the world looks like. The Australian 'bottle shops' had a very extensive range of wines and the staff were particularly proud of their Australian wines!

The next leg of my trip took me to South Australia and the very pretty city of Adelaide. After just missing the heat wave and bush fires I was keen to visit vineyards all across the region. My first stop was the beautiful and historic vineyards of Reynella, where they have one of the oldest Australian outdoor wine cellars. The tranquility of the vineyards was proven when we found a koala sleeping high up in one of the surrounding trees. After a lovely morning we moved to the Tintara winery and had a tour of their vineyards up in the hills overlooking the ocean. We then had a very thorough tasting with chief winemaker Neville. My highlights were the Eileen Hardy Pinot Noir, which was bursting with red cherry fruit and soft spices and the HRB Chardonnay which had delicious toasty vanilla characteristics. Both of which will hopefully be coming to our store soon.


The next vineyard on my travels was Banrock Station. After a tour of the wetland centre the site is based on we sat down to try their wines. I was very impressed with their Mediterranean range, particularly the Fiano which was full of citrus fruit! The Moscato cocktails were delicious as well! Moscato as a sweeter style of wine was apparently growing in popularity in Australia. I can see why as it was refreshing in the summer sun and very easy to drink! 

From the idyllic surroundings of Banrock, I traveled to Berri Estate which was a huge production process Their wines are sold at a very reasonable price and cask wine (wine in a box) which they focus on producing, is hugely popular. We watched the lorries loaded full with just cut grapes from nearby vineyards enter the winery for the first batch of this year's harvest. Later that day in contrast we visited a very small family run winery called Rockford which are famous for their Sparkling Shiraz, which was delicious! Lots of red berry flavour with a lovely Champagne style acidity.  The tour around the small winery included having a look at their mechanical  presses which are still operated by hand! A very different approach to wine production than their neighbours Berri. 

I loved my trip and was so impressed by all the wines and vineyards that I was lucky to try and visit! For any customers who are after a wine recommendation I will definitely be highlighting the oakey Chardonnays and spicy Shiraz's from Southern Australia! 


Staff Choice - Cuvée Diane 2009 Viñalba, MendozaDate published: 08/02/14

Named after the wife of Viñalba winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre, this is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, grown in high quality massal-selected vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. A rich and inviting wine that hints at Hervé's Bordeaux background, this blend is full of dark fruit and spice aromas, and has a wonderful palate complexity, offering a plum and damsom backbone bolstered by smooth tannins and spicy oak.

£32.00

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Fine wine memoirs- Chateau Lynch Bages 2001Date published: 05/02/14

Every now and then we all like to try something regarded as special.  Now special should not just include anything expensive as a rule but in this case it was both expensive and special!  Whilst entertaining a former trainee of mine last week we decided to push the boat out and share a bottle of Chateau Lynch Bages 2001.  Anybody whom knows anything about Bordeaux will for sure have heard of this Chateau. The question is at £120 a bottle is it worth it?  The nose was powerful and full of cassis driven notes which followed through with a more mellow blackcurrant flavour on the palate.  Tannin's with structure but a silky softness showing its class.  In short this was the best claret I have ever had.  A wine with this balance in your mouth is quite simply what you pay for.  Is it worth it?  For me it is always going to be hard to justify this price for a bottle but for a treat as one might with Champagne it is definitely worth it... If you are celebrating a promotion, birthday or winning the lottery I highly recommend this wine.

Wine of the Week - L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, PGI Côtes du LotDate published: 04/02/14

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.

£9.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.66 Promotion Details

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Wine Course Review.Date published: 30/01/14

We had a great turn out at our wine course last Sunday. Tasting some wonderful wines, pairing them with everyday food items to exemplify how the taste of a wine completely changes when paired with the perfect dish.

Here are the wines we showcased:

Domaine de Villargeau 2012 Côteaux du Giennois. The small appellation of Côteaux de Giennois has only 91 hectares planted with Sauvignon vines, and as it lives in the shadow of its neighbour, the renowned Pouilly-Fumé, its wines often slip under the radar and are hence excellent value. The classic gooseberry fruit on the nose is intense yet restrained, and leads into a palate bursting with flavours of lime and nettle, delivered with a clean and crisp feel. Perfect when paired with some French Goats Cheese, or any white meat dishes.

Chablis 2012 Vocoret. From one of the northernmost wine-growing areas in the world, where a combination of cool weather, limestone soils and a layer of Kimmeridgian clay producing one of the world's most iconic wine-styles. Vocoret sources grapes from the entire appellation for their Chablis.Steely and minerally aromas with citrus fruits, limestone, slate and a crisp, fresh and vibrant palate of stony fruits, limestone, grapefruit and lemons, finishing on a racy and uplifting citrus kick.

Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2011/2012 Casablanca Valley.

Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded Viña Montes to pursue the making of premium wines in Chile. Barrel fermented using a mixture of Burgundian and native yeasts this Chardonnay is matured in French oak for 12 months. Aromas of banana and pineapple on the nose, with upfront mango and passionfruit on the palate, complemented by a buttery, creamy character to the palate. Hints of toffee on the after taste.Although it is very difficult to pair wine with spicy food, we found that of the wines we tried this chardonnay was the one to choose. the big oaky flavour more than enough to fight a bit of spice.

Château de Sainte Gemme 2008 Haut-Médoc. Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle. An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length. Perfect when matched with a bit of matured cheddar cheese.

Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Muriel. The name Muriel is a combination of the winemakers' family name of Murua, and Elciego, the name of the village where the winery is located, in the chalky soils of the Rioja-Alavesa. The wine spends 2 years in French and American oak, and 2 years in bottle before released. A beautiful dark ruby red, with the classic Reserva characters of firm body and smoothly polished tannins, with subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits. An ideal match to some Spanish Chorizo, proving how wine and food from the same region is a winning combination.

Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2011 Barossa Valley. 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. 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. A great partner for beef and richly flavoured, peppery meat dishes, drink this over the next couple of years for maximum pleasure.

It was a great afternoon enjoyed by all. Our next FREE wine course is taking place on Sunday the 16th of Feburay at 3pm. There are still a few places remaining so please give us a call on 01442879771 to reserve your place.






Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Kanonkop Kadette 2011Date published: 29/01/14

Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Kanonkop Kadette 2011

The Kanonkop Kadette is a complex blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

The Kadette is Kanonkop's 'second wine', similar in ethos to the second wines of the top Bordeaux estates and is a lighter, more forward version of its top blends. Made from around 50% Pinotage, and aged for at least 12 months in French Nevers oak barriques, it displays some interesting notes both on the nose and on the palate. 

The Kadette is a deep ruby colour and it oozes ripe raspberries and blackcurrants on the palate. This is further enhanced with mocha and dark chocolate notes that linger with the long finish this wine provides. 

Drink this wine with heavy meats or in particular barbecued lamb steaks!

This wine is currently at £11.99 single price bottle.

Wine of the Week - Château Recougne 2010 Bordeaux SupérieurDate published: 28/01/14

Château Recougne is an early-17th-century estate located around 10km north of Libourne, and is among the most well established of Bordeaux Supérieur properties. It is planted with around 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Fleshy and robust, full of ripe black fruit accented with hints of mocha, smoke and toast. Plenty of fine-grained tannins providing prodigious grip and savoury texture.

£9.99 buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99

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Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2012Date published: 27/01/14

Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2012

This wine id made from the the produce of a Fairtrade-accredited farm in the Western Cape, by Brewer Raats, one of South Africa's most celebrated Chenin specialists. Only 5% of the wine is barrel-aged for 3 months which gives this particular wine subtle complicity and texture. 

The Raats Granite Block Chenin is a truly delicious wine. It is bursting with melon, lychee and pear on the palate, against a backbone of citrus fruits. Incisive and taut acidity, tinged with a distinct minerality reminiscent of Chablis wines, provides great refreshment and length. 

This wine is perfect with shellfish, tempura squid, or grilled fresh mackerel. 

Currently at a great price of £8.99 when you buy any two as part of a mixed case.

Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine PinotageDate published: 25/01/14

The Pinotage grape is the signature grape from South Africa and can come in for a lot of criticism for being overly coarse. Bellingham, however have produced a bold and classy take on the national grape of South Africa. It is somewhat removed from the medium-bodied, cherry-scented quaffers normally made from Pinotage. As is usual with Bellingham, all the grapes are hand picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months.

This wine is full-bodied with a deep plum colour. Intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes and a spicy toastiness from the oak.

This wine is perfect with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats.

This wine is £14.99 per bottle and offers excellent value for money.  

Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013Date published: 23/01/14

Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013

Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is a homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the wine-making map. The Bellingham wines are extremely quality focused and the grapes for this particular wine are all hand picked before being fermented and aged in one year French oak with 4% lees contact. 

This wine offers up a complex nose of peaches, lychees, rose petals and spice. The palate continues to impress with rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon. The finish is long, also demonstrating the Bellingham Viognier's quality. 

This wine will partner well with creamy seafood and poultry dishes and can be enjoyed over the next two years. 

Price per bottle £11.99

Adam's Corkers!...... South Africa - Klein Constantia, Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 22/01/14

Adam's Corkers!.......South Africa - Klein Constantia, Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The first wine I will be discussing will be the Klein Constantia which comes from the Constantia Valley. it is the oldest vineyard region in the Cape, having first produced wine since 1689. The estate is family-owned and they display a heavy focus on quality rather than quantity. 

The wine has a light green appearance with ripe tropical aromas of pineapple and passion fruit. The palate is typical of Sauvignon with a keen acidity and the finish is clean and refreshing. The addition of 4% Semillon really gives this wines an extra dimension, giving it an almost creamy texture. 

This wine is perfect with all kinds of seafood, yet also makes a great wine on its own. 

Single Price £13.99 or £11.99 when you buy any two as part of a mixed case.     

Wine of the Week: Puy de Dome Chardonnay 2012Date published: 22/01/14

A wonderful fruity French Chardonnay as featured on last weeks Saturday Kitchen!

his wine comes from a specific parcel of vines located to the south of Clermont-Ferrand at 570m above sea level; possibly the highest vineyard in the Auvergne. Fermented in a single tank, in which the wine remains for a total of 15 months, maturing on its lees.

A tightly structured unoaked Chardonnay, displaying soft-edged acidity and citrus fruit character, intriguingly nutty complexity and a profound minerality.

Drink now with white meat and Fish dishes, or on its own for a Burns night get together!

Now only £8.99 when you buy two bottles! Usually £11.99 a bottle.


Bargain Hunt Update! Date published: 21/01/14

The bargain hunt offers all of our clearance lines at an excellent value. They discounted by 33% when you buy any two from the range. 

The last lines that are still around are as follows. Prices quoted are offer prices. 

Casabel Vinho Tinto - £5.33 

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc - £4.66

Saint Joseph, Vidal Fleury - £12.49

Chenas, Trichard - £7.99

Anakema, Syrah - £6.66

Don Pedro - £4.99

Fairleigh Estate Rose - £5.83

Domaine de Crais, Beaujolais Villages - £7.99

Marques de Caceres Crianza Magnum - £16.66

Banfi Serena, Pinot Grigio Rosato - £5.99

Finca Alcayata Pinot Grigio - £6.66


Hurry down whilst stocks last!

 


Adam's Corkers!...... South AfricaDate published: 21/01/14

The wines of South Africa are incredibly diverse and can offer extremely good value for money. Over the coming weeks I will be writing about some of my favourite South African wines that are within the Majestic range so that we can explore the delicious wines this country has to offer. 

The wines I will be selecting will cover a broad spectrum as South Africa caters for all tastes. From very elegant and sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc to big, robust Pinotage that is simply delicious with heavy red meats, Adam's corkers will take you across the whole range. 

Staff Choice - Dom. Sainte Rose ‘Le Vent du Nord’ Roussanne Chardonnay 2012 Date published: 17/01/14

This unique blend of Chardonnay and Roussanne depends on the north wind to ensure gentle aeration of the berries and thus humidity-free maturation. The berries were carefully picked at night so as not to be exposed to the heat of the day.

A pale yellow colour leads to an intense and elegant nose. Notes of honeysuckle, peach, melon and caramel are backed-up on the palate and contribute to a well-balanced persuasive finish.

£7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £6.99

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Wine Of The Week: Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 12/01/14

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.

£6.99 when you buy any 2 wines from New Zealand

£8.74 for a single bottle


January DealsDate published: 12/01/14

Here at Majestic we have fantastic wines at a range of great prices,so fear not if you are trying to tighten the purse strings in January; there's a wine for you!

Alongside our fantastic Bargain Hunt promotion, this week we are opening some of our favourite wines that won't break the bank! Everything on our tasting counter this week is under £10 a bottle.. proving that you can get some delicious wines at fab prices.

If you are a huge fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then look no further than the Brancott Estate only £6.99 a bottle.. Our wine of the week.

Or how about a warming red wine from Chile, the Yali Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere is packed full of jammy red fruit and spicy vanilla notes. At £5.99 a bottle this is the perfect mid week treat! 

Come in to see us to try what we have to offer on this weeks tasting counter and pick up some brilliant bargains.




Wine Course - Dates for diaryDate published: 10/01/14

Wine Course

A  FREE 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

Our next courses take place on....

Sunday 26th of January. 3pm.

Sunday 16th of February. 3pm.


Places for the Spotlight tastings and Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01442 879771 or email us at ber@majestic.co.ukto reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two!


Staff Choice - Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2012 Domaine de la TourmalineDate published: 09/01/14

The term 'sur lie' sorts the wheat from the chaff in the world of Muscadet. An extended period of lees contact after fermentation leads to a greater complexity of flavour and character.

With ripe fruit aromas, a pleasant richness and fine minerality, this is a classic Loire white. Bottled with a slight natural spritz to help retain freshness.

£7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £6.99


Let's Go Bargain Hunting!Date published: 08/01/14

We're starting our New Year with a bit of a clear out. With our new Bargain Hunt you can save a third on selected wines when you buy any 2 bottles from the offer. We've got lots of end of line deals such as the Ara Composite Pinot Noir 2011 down from £13.74 to £9.16. Or the La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012 down from £5.99 to £4.66! 

Once these wines are gone, then that's it! So hurry up and get yourself a bargain!  

Wine of the Week - Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 07/01/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Wakefield Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon,

Clare Valley


Wakefield Estate is Australia's leading family-owned winery, and chief winemaker Adam Eggins was recently awarded the Winestate Magazine's prestigious Australian Winemaker of the Year prize.


Fresh, intense aromas of cassis, redcurrants and a touch of herbs and mint promise a palate which does not disappoint, packed with ripe berry fruit and licorice.



£9.59 when you buy any 2 Australian wines


£11.99 for a single bottle


New Years FizzDate published: 29/12/13

With Christmas out of the way and New Years Eve fast approaching, it's time to once again go into party planning mode. Nothing gives a party that little bit of a fancy edge better than a few bottles of sparkly stuff. But Oh no! I've spent all my money on the Christmas booze! Help me Majestic! Calm down!! We've got you covered. 

For a fizz that's pleasing on the palate and the back pocket, why not try an offering from Chile in the form of the Undurraga Brut N/V. An elegant wine packed with citrus and stone fruit flavours. At £6.99 a bottle on our third off selected fizz offer, it's guaranteed to put smiles on faces. 

If nothing but Champagne will do, why not try the Perrier Jouet, currently at £25 down from £37.50 a bottle. Bursting with flavours of crunchy green apple, citrus and the classic toasty notes that Champagne is famous for, this will certainly add a touch of elegance to whatever New Years shindig you're planning. 

These are just two of the magnificent deals you'll find here in store. For more, why not pop in, say hello and see what we can do for you! 

Happy New Year!  

New Year's Eve Party Date published: 29/12/13

Not only do we have all your wine needs here at Majestic Berkhamsted for your New Year's Eve bash but, we also can be a helping hand with all the extras!


Trying to get all your glasses together to give to your guests? No need to panic! We offer  a free glass hire service for wine, flute, tumblers and pints! There is only a £1 a glass charge for any that get broken or go missing so there is no reason to risk your best glasses! 


We also offer chiller bins & buckets out to hire, along with 4kg bags of ice for sale, so keeping that Champers cool is no problem throughout the evening! 

Not to mention if you need this all delivered with your wine purchase we can send it round to let you prepare for the rest of the party! 


Give us a call, tweet or pop in store if you need a last minute party order! 

Sparkling saturday - Chapel Down Brut NVDate published: 24/12/13

Chapel Down are one of England's most renown wine producers and this sparkling wine is made from traditional champagne grapes grown from their vineyards in Kent. Produced in the traditional method this wine is capable of giving Champagnes a run for their money. 

This fizz is wonderfully balanced with a zesty character and long lasting bubbles. This would be the perfect treat to have a toast and  to celebrate the New Year!


£15.99 a bottle on a special offer! 

Staff Choice: Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.Date published: 22/12/13

Made from 100% Chardonnay this beautiful Champagne is the perfect celebratory sparkler for Christmas, New Year ... any celebration really!

Grand Cru Chardonnay has been used to make this Champagne. Citrus, peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate, ideal when married with any canape or light fish starter.

usually £55.00 now £45.00 on special offer.

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco Salatin.Date published: 21/12/13

Extra Dry N/V

£14.99 Single Bottle Price

This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso. Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, bursting with green apple flavours!

Perfect with your Christmas seafood starters!

£9.99 when you buy 2 on our 1/3 off selected fizz offer! 


Christmas Specials: Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007Date published: 21/12/13

Finish on a sweet note with this lovely sweet wine, £15.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Cloudy Bay are the most famous New Zea-land wine producer. Synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, their other wines are every bit as impressive.When they made the decision to make a sweet wine, Cloudy Bay searched extensively for the finest sites, where a combination of cool weather for the Riesling, and consistent mists to enable noble rot was considered vital, alongside lots of sun and chalky soils.While most of the grapes are botrytised, Cloudy Bay like about 10% of the wine to come from early pick Riesling, which, with its vicious acidity and clean lime fla-vours, gives the wine a refreshing lift. The sweet grapes themselves are pressed very slowly overnight, which preserves the concentration of the juice.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 pud for an indulgent finish.£19.99, or £15.99 x 2/

Christmas Specials: Château l'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin.Date published: 18/12/13

The perfect partner to your Christmas cheese board, £16.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

This is the grand vin, the top wine, of Gerard Bertrand. In 2012 the IWC awarded him the prestigious accolade of Red Winemaker of the Year after his wines won 48 prizes.Chateau l’Hospitalet is a luxury hotel as well as a winery. The whole estate revolves around the southern French philosophy l’art de vivre, the art of life, which promotes an active healthy lifestyle, full of imagination, good food and good wine.Such is the attention to detail at Bertrand that as harvest approaches the grapes are tasted up to 6 times a day, including at night, so that picking begins at the ab-solute optimum moment. They are then handpicked and transferred to the winery within an hour, which keeps them in good conditionA 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 floral-ity that gives the wine a perfumed edge. It would be the perfect accompaniment to some hard cheese as the tannins would soften and the flavours would open up stylishly.

Christmas Specials: Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004Date published: 18/12/13

A robust red for your Christmas feast, On our Fine Wine offer at 18.50 buy 2 save £10. Also available in magnums at £37 per bottle.

Made by La Rioja Alta, Vina Ardanza is their most famous wine, only made in the most exceptional years from 360 hectares of the finest land around HaroThe town of Haro is a wine lovers dream, with La Rioja Alta, Muga and Lopez de Heredia all within a stones throw of each other. Eve-ry year on the 29th June they hold a wine fight, where thousands of people climb a mountain and cover each other in wine.The secret to this wine is in the racking. Racking is the process of moving wine from one barrel to another to remove sediment built up in the ageing process, and to give it some air. Ardanza 2004 had 6 rackings during its 36 months in 4yo Amer-ican oak, which has led to a traditional, slightly oxidative style.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.


Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva 2009 MugaDate published: 17/12/13

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. After fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, before 24 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle before release.

An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

£17.49 Buy 2 bottles save £5 = £14.99

On the tasting counter to try!!


Fine Wine Update - Château Barde-Haut 2001 St-EmilionDate published: 16/12/13

Just added to the fine wine shelves!!

"The 2001 Barde-Haut is just reaching its plateau of full maturity. Gorgeously complex notes of plums, underbrush, flowers, and earth are accompanied by a fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no hard edges. This wine should keep for another decade." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.


£35.00


Christmas Specials: Mersault 2011 Nicolas Potel.Date published: 14/12/13

The Perfect accompaniment for your Christmas Turkey, £22 per bottle and worth every penny!

Nicolas Potel is a very famous name in Bur-gundy. Although now owned by coopera-tive, Laboure Roi, the focus on quality has been unflinching - they win a lot of prizes.Meursault is arguably the most famous white name in Burgundy, alongside Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet. Commonly thought of as the most powerful expression of Chardonnay in the world, it often has a unique flavour of frazzles, especially in old age.Always a lot of oak involved in Meursault, as the powerful grapes can take it. This wine is cold settled after pressing for 24 hours, which allows the juice to oxidise slightly. This is then fermented in oak, aged in oak and put through malolactic in oak. 10 months later it has a year in stainless steel which retains freshness also.A typically powerful Chardonnay, all muscle and butter on the nose. It’s tangy and lively on the palate—it is still young after all, with apple and a bit of lemon there too. At the end the butterscotch and toast really kick in, it finishes hearty and warm with enviable length. Per-fect with turkey, which needs a robust, structured white, especially with all the other bits and bobs.£22/10Christmas Quote:“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”Andre Simon

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco La Marca Treviso Date published: 14/12/13


Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours.



Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.



Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more selected fizz!

£13.49 single bottle 


Fine Wine Friday - Les Tourelles de Longueville 2007 PauillacDate published: 13/12/13

Les Tourelles de Longueville is the second wine of Château Pichon-Baron. It was introduced with the 1986 vintage and around 12,000 cases are typically produced each vintage. The wine is currently built around the plot of Sainte Anne, planted with a majority of Merlot.

A deep, purple colour with an enticing nose of strawberry, blackcurrant and fresh roses. Silky tannins give a more 'ready-to-drink' style, packed with toasty vanilla notes and an unmistakable elegance.

£30.00

Christmas Specials: Sancerre 'Les Comtesses' Paul Thomas 2012Date published: 11/12/13

Perfect with Smoked Salmon, £14.99 buy two save £4 (single bottle £16.99)

Paul Thomas are a small producer in the vil-lage of Chavignol, one of the most famous wine villages in the area. They only have 10 hectares, which is tiny by modern standards.Chavignol is home to a large percentage of the finest Sancerre. With a lot of south facing slopes, and excellent chalky, clay soils, the wines can develop very intense flavours. Chavignol is also a very famous region in the world of goats cheese, a Loire speciality.The trick to this wine, aside from the excellent terroir, is the care and attention taken in the vineyard, and the winery. Extreme thinning out means the grapes left on the vine are intense and powerful. Further, they are harvested as late as possi-ble and then go through vigorous hand selection, so only the best berries make it.The first thing to note on the nose is the sheer power. Passion fruit, gooseberry and lime all assert their authority and wrestle for domination. 2012 was a good quality vintage and you can see it on the palate. Where a poor vintage would lead to watery wines, the body and creaminess of this are remarkable. A searing acidity means it would be brilliant with fish.

Staff Choice - Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois SupérieurDate published: 11/12/13

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

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


£19.99 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £14.99 Promotion Details

Adam's Christmas Collection: Testimonio, Luigi Bosca Date published: 11/12/13

Adam's Christmas Collection: Testimonio, Luigi Bosca

The Testimonio is an interesting wine from Argentina and is made by the Arizu Family. The Testimonio is an interesting blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannant and Shiraz and as a result it represents a deep, dark and dense blend with an inky cassis fruit palate surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The Testimonio also has an incredibly long finish. 

The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla. Great Christmas food matches for this wine include mince pies and strong firm cheeses. A great wine to enjoy on a cold winters evening and at only £7.99 when you buy any two as part of a mixed case it is one of the best valued wines in our range this Christmas as the single bottle price is £12.99!!

Christmas Specials: Jermann Pinot Grigio.Date published: 08/12/13

Perfect Aperitif! on our Fine wine offer £18 buy 2 save £10 (single bottle price £23)

Taking inspiration from Dante, Kipling and U2, the eccentric Silvio Jermann has in-stalled organ pipes in the vineyard that make musical noise when it’s windy.Fruili has developed through time as a real mesh up of winemaking philosophies. Very close to the Slovenian border, the region was planted with French varieties brought there by Napoleon. Howev-er the Germans and Slovenians have had their say too, which makes this a really unique region.A World away from the enormous yields and charmless production associated with most Pinot Grigio from Italy. In fact this is far more similar to an Alsatian Pinot Gris, as it macerates on the skins for a long period of time, a process that gives the wine it’s rich body. Lees ageing, but no oak leads to a minerality and complexity.The smell of this wine is typically Northern Italian, with pear, quince, honeysuckle and a little peach syrup. On the palate, richness is the most obvious thing at first, it has a delicious tangy oily texture which would awaken the taste buds and possibly the mind after a long morning opening gifts and sipping Champagne. A supremely indulgent Pinot Grigio.






Adam's Christmas Collection: Saint Clair - Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/12/13

Adam's Christmas Collection: Saint Clair - Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc

The Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc is a true Majestic favourite and a cracking white wine for the table on Christmas day. 

The wine from Block 20 Cash Block, is made from a small parcel of outstanding fruit identified by the winemakers as expressing special flavours derived from its unique terrior. Due to the vineyards close proximity to the sea it has a cooler climate and a longer growing season than most of Marlborough and is situated on fertile, free-draining alluvial soils of the lower Wairau Valley flood plain. What this means is that the Pioneer Block displays powerful notes of green capsicum, gooseberry, green figs and tropical notes but in a much more intense manner than most other Marlborough Sauvignons.

The Saint Clair Pioneer Block is only £14.99 when you buy any two New Zealand wines as part of a mixed case!



Staff Choice - Bailey's Chocolate Luxe. Date published: 07/12/13

Just when you thought they couldn't do anything else with the Irish cream franchise, they come up with this; Bailey's Belgian Chocolate Luxe. Decadently thick and creamy, it's perfect for sipping on it's own or even as a dessert dressing. What's more, we've got it open on the tasting counter! £17 a bottle as part of your mixed case. 

Fine Wine Friday - La Réserve de Léoville-Barton 2007 St-JulienDate published: 06/12/13

From the gravelly dunes of Léoville-Barton's vineyards, leading down to the bank of the Gironde, La Réserve is the second wine of this famous property. As an earlier drinking version of the grand vin, this is real value for money.

With a classic 'left bank' nose of smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead, the palate is rich and rounded with assertive tannins, ample fruit and well integrated oak.


Serve with shoulder of lamb braised in wine or beef Drinking well at the moment, but will keep for another 5 or so years.

£30.00 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £25.00 Promotion Details

Open on the tasting counter!!!!!

Adam's Christmas Collection: Chateau Coufran, 2004Date published: 04/12/13

Adam's Christmas Collection: Chateau Coufran, 2004

The Chateau Coufran is relatively new to the Majestic range and it is an absolutely brilliant wine. It is often referred to as the 'Pomerol of the Haut-Medoc' due to its exceptional and unique blend choice in this area: 85% Merlot/15% Cabernet Sauvignon. As a result of the grape blend this wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture. 

This wine has only been slightly filtrated as it is made in the traditional ways and so decanting is recommended due to the little sediment that is within the wine. 

Altogether the Chateau Coufran 2004 is a great tasting wine with a superb long finish. The flavour intensity is just right for a Christmas day meal and at only £14.99 a bottle when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case, it really is a wine to be had this Christmas!


Wine Of The Week - The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011 Jim Barry, Clare ValleyDate published: 03/12/13

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.


£14.99 Buy 2 Australian wines save 20% £11.9 8Promotion Details

Fine Wine UpdateDate published: 01/12/13

New to the fine wine shelves this week:

The Chocolate Block 2012, Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape  £27 or £22 when you buy 2 or more

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.

Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 £29 or £24 when you buy 2 or more

"Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020". 92 points. Antoni Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

Sparkling Saturday - Lindauer Blanc de BlancsDate published: 30/11/13

Join us in celebrating the weekend with a glass of

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs!

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more.

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes.

Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne. 


Staff Choice - Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012 Barossa ValleyDate published: 29/11/13

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world, most of these planted as bush vines in the traditional free-standing style. Yalumba was founded in 1849, long before most 'Old World' wineries.

Spicy dark berried fruits and a savoury, meaty plum fragrance. A juicy core of impressive density on the palate, showing savoury and earthy texture and a long, smooth, fine-grained finish.


Special Offer £13.74 Buy 2 Australian wines save 20% £10.99

Christmas Gift Solution: Discovery Reds 12x75cl BottlesDate published: 28/11/13

Discovery Reds 12x75cl Bottles

Featuring some of our most popular wines this case is as pleasing on the palate as it is on the purse strings. Whether you are new to wine or a seasoned connoisseur, the Discovery Red case is a perfect way to top up your rack, or start a fresh collection. If you're sending this case as a gift don't forget to select a stylish gift carton for just £6.

What's Included?

3x Cuvee de Richard Rouge France

3x Aspen Shiraz Australia

3x Cuvee Genevieve Rouge France

3x Mountain View Merlot Chile

No only £67.08!!! (Usually £75.78)

Available nation wide so if you're looking to send a gift, pop in the recipients post code on our website to find their local store. You can then order online or phone the store and get free delivery. Christmas sorted! or alternatively, pop in store and pick up your plonk today.

Wine of the Week: Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques' 2012Date published: 27/11/13

A wonderful Christmas Red from the increasingly famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of the southern Rhone.

Thirteen different white and red grape varieties are permitted for the making of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine has been aged in the famous cellars of Ogier Caves des Papes in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This wine is dark ruby with a complex nose of spices and hints of pear. A smooth and lingering finish.

Enjoy this with rich, rustic flavoured dishes, especially meat and game.

£11.99 when you buy any two Rhone wines, single bottle price £14.99.


Christmas Gift Solution: The Discovery Case 12x75cl BottlesDate published: 27/11/13

Discover what the world of wine has to offer with this fantastic value case. Featuring a diverse range of wines from New and Old World, there's something in there for everyone. If you're sending this case as a gift don't forget to select a stylish gift carton for just £6.

What's Included?

2x Espirit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc France

2x Garganega Pinot Grigio Albinoni Italy

2x Cuvee de Richard Blanc France

2x Cuvee Genevieve Rouge France

2x Cuvee de Richard Rouge France

2x Mountain View Merlot Chile


Beaujolais Nouveau Day! 21st November 2013.Date published: 21/11/13

Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day which is celebrated on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season. 

Beaujolais Nouveau – that much-ballyhooed cherry-red coloured vintage that’s best served chilled(?) This fresh and fruity red is the result of a quick fermentation process that ends up with a tasty, clean wine that is enjoyed all over the world. 

Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.
There are about 120 Beaujolais Nouveau related festivals held in the Beaujolais region.

The Gamay grapes that go into Beaujolais Nouveau are handpicked in the Beaujolais province of France. The wine actually originated about a century ago as a cheap and cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season.

Perhaps the most well-known producer of Beaujolais Nouveau is Georges Duboeuf, who is credited as one of the marketing geniuses behind the wine. Selling this young red was viewed by some vintners as a means to clear large quantities of wine at decent profits, which would create a much-needed cash flow shortly after harvest. 

The idea of a race to Paris carrying the first bottles of the new vintage was conceived and this attracted much media attention. By the 1970s, the race became a national event. The races spread to neighbouring countries in Europe in the 1980s, followed by North America, and in the 1990s, to Asia.

The Beaujolais region is 34 miles long from north to south and 7 to 9 miles wide and home to nearly 4,000 vineyards which produce twelve officially-designated types of Beaujolais known as AOCs. They include some of the finest and priciest grand crus (big vintage) wines around, including Fleurie and Cote de Brouilly. The most common two are the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages, the former of which account for half of the region's annual output.

In 2010, 35 million bottles of the wine were put on the market. Some 7.5 million were sold in French supermarkets and 15.5 million were exported mainly to Japan, Germany and the United States.

Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk young. Most vintages should be consumed by the following May after its release. However, in excellent vintages (such as 2000) the wine can live much longer and can be enjoyed until the next harvest rolls around

The toen of Swansea in south Wales is a major hub of Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations in the UK. Today there will be multiple celebrations throughout the town marking this special day, seen by many as the start of the Festive season!

We are now stocking a limited supply of Beaujolais Nouveau. Get it before its gone! £8.49 when you buy two bottles.



Wine of the Week - Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2011 Aconcagua ValleyDate published: 20/11/13

Errazuriz have given the 'Max' designation to several vineyard plots that have been developed for their range of premium reserva wines. This Merlot comes from blocks Max I and Max IV, which have been planted with specially chosen French vine clones, and 3% Carmenere.

A densely fruit-filled Merlot, offering a lively mix of juicy blackcurrant flavour, notes of sweet spices, and aromas of clove and caramel. Smooth, supple yet weighty tannins provide body and length.


Special Offer£12.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £9.99

Open on the tasting counter!!

Fine Wine UpdateDate published: 20/11/13

Here are some of the Fine wines that have recently arrived instore:

Barolo 'Rocche Dell'Annunziata' 2009, Rocche Costamagna  £29 or £24 when you buy 2 or more

La Reserve de Leoville-Barton 2007, St-Julien £30 or £25 if you buy 2 or more

Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2009, St-Julien £60

Guidalberto 2011, Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana £30 or £25 if you buy 2 or more

Fancy something stronger this Christmas?Date published: 19/11/13

Here at Majestic, we pride ourselves on our fabulous range of wines from all over the world. From the Malbecs of Argentina to the Sauvignons of New Zealand, you'll always find something to quench a thirst. 

During this cold weather, however, what better to warm the cockles than a nice Whisky? We've currently got some great offers on Scotch and Bourbon to keep you warm throughout the Christmas period. 

A nice, hearty single malt, try the Aberlour 10 Year Old Speyside for £22.00 down from £27. Like a blend? Grant's is currently only £15 a bottle! Prefer your whiskey from across the pond? Jim Beam Kentucky Straight just £20 a bottle.

Whatever your preference, you're sure to find something you'll love this festive season.  

A Magnum For Christmas?Date published: 17/11/13

Chateauneuf - du - Pape, Clos de L'Oratoire

This wine is from a historic Rhône estate whose wine making straddles the traditional and modern, combining temperature controlled fermentation with ageing in old oak foudres to create superb wines exhibiting the classic regional hallmarks. A complexand aromatic wine, with a spicy nose of leather and ginger, withhints of moss and earth. Powerful yet silky on the palate, with a freshness of fruit and mineral grip. Drink now or cellar for 6-8 years.

A really impressive bottle for the table this Christmas and great value at £48 

Staff Choice - Montes Twins 2012Date published: 15/11/13

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.

This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.

Open on the tasting counter to try!!


£11.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.99

Sparkling Saturday - Undurraga RoseDate published: 15/11/13

This Saturday (16/11) this wonderful wine shall be open on the tasting counter to try!!

The grapes for this wine are grown in Undurraga's Codigua Estate. Situated along the Maipo river, behind the Leyda Valley. Cool temperatures here create an ideal environment for producing Pinot Noir of delicate colour and fresh acidity, perfect for sparkling rosé.

Delicate watermelon pink, and with subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate.

Great for parties, as an apéritif, or with lightly spicy chicken skewers.


£10.49 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.99

Wine Of The Week - The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 15/11/13

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.

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.


£13.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £9.32

Pick and Mix offersDate published: 05/11/13

Come down to see us to take advantage of our amazing PICK AND MIX offer! 

When you buy any 2 from a selected range then you save 33%, and the best thing is you can mix and match across all the wines on this offer including some fantastic deals on some fizz for the festive period that is fast approaching!


Here are some of Team Berkhamsted's highlights:

The Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99 a bottle! (when you by any pick and mix 2) Super value for a super wine. This is the perfect example of New Zealand Sauvignon! Zesty and bursting of fruit character that keeps it light and fresh; delicious with seafood.

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV £24.99 a bottle (when you by any pick and mix 2) This Champagne house dates back to 1811 and is very traditional in style. Soft apple fruits and a zesty mousse make the Champers the perfect way to start a party!

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel £7.33 a bottle (when you by any pick and mix 2) This smooth red is bursting with sweet jammy plum flavours delicately balanced with vanilla and sweet spices. Perfect with roast game such as duck. 


With a huge range of wines on offer don't delay in picking up some bargains! We've even got all these wines in one place so its even easier to grab your favourite wines at amazing prices.

Wine of the Week Chateau Patarabet Date published: 05/11/13

Chateau Patarabet, Saint- Emilion, 2007

Château Patarabet has been owned by the same family since 1920. It is a small estate of only 9 hectares, located on the outskirts of the St-Emilion appellation, on an area of diverse soil types.

We've chosen this wine due to its intense nose of mixed black fruits, with hints of peony, violet and aged leather. The palate is full and round, with moderate yet well-structured tannins and plenty of grip. This wine would be a perfect match for a roasted rack lamb.

£9.99 When you buy 2 or more from our PICK AND MIX offer

£14.99 Single Bottle Price

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Wine of the Week: Chateau Le Vivier 2008Date published: 31/10/13

A Staff fave from our new Pick and Mix deal!

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

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

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

£7.99

Pick and Mix Offer! Buy any two save 33%

Single Bottle Price: £11.99.



On the tasting counter: Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Cantina NegrarDate published: 25/10/13

From the Veneto region of northwestern Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties. Grapes for the wine were dried on straw mats, increasing the sugar concentration, before being fermented and aged in oak barrels

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics.

£23.00 Buy 2 selected Fine Wines £18.00


Wine of the Week: Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2011Date published: 23/10/13

An interesting blend dominated by 70% of Argentina's signature Malbec. Spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831.

Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.

Enjoy with steak pie, or rich, spicy casseroles. Also a perfect wine with summer barbecues.

Now only £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles, Single bottle price £10.99.

What's on at Majestic Wine Berkhamsted: November/December.Date published: 16/10/13

Spotlight Tastings

6 wines in 30 minutes. We hold FREE regular focused tastings where we compare and contrast different wines from the same area or grape. These are on at 12pm on the following dates:

Saturday 9th of November- NEW ARRIVALS

Saturday 23rd November- RHONE/BORDEAUX

Saturday 7th December- CHRISTMAS WINES


Wine Course

A  FREE 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

Sunday the 13th of October at 3 pm

Sunday 10th of November at 3 pm


Winter Wine Evening.

An informal wine tasting where we showcase a number of different wines in the run up to Christmas.

Tuesday the 26th November between 6pm and 7pm

Please let us know if interested and we can contact you closer to the time.


Places for the Spotlight tastings and Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01442 879771 or email us at ber@majestic.co.ukto reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two!


Wine of the week, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, PotelDate published: 08/10/13

This week we have another great value Pinot Noir open to taste. At £8.99 on the multibuy this wonderful, smooth delicate Pinot Noir is certainly worth a try if you like a lighter red.  From grapes sourced across the Burgundy region, primarily from old Cote d'Or vines. Maison Nicolas Potel is a respected name in Burgundy, the Potel family having previously owned the prestigious Domaine de la Pousse d'Or in Volnay.  A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant, is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins.

single bottle = £12.99 and £8.99 on the miltibuy

Vendage 2013!Date published: 06/10/13

It's that time of year when wine-makers all across Europe are dusting off the secateurs and donning the gardening gloves in preparation for what is quite possibly the biggest event of the oenology calendar. It's harvest time! So begins the back breaking labour, sticky hands and wondering if there's a massive spider hiding behind that vine you're crouched over. 

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of travelling down to Landguedoc-Roussillon to help out the truly unstoppable Katie Jones. Katie, originally from Leicestershire, has been making wine in this picturesque region just North of The Pyrenees for five years. She got off to a flying start by winning International Wine Challenge medals with her first effort! Since then, her little winery has been going from strength to strength. 

Earlier this year, however, Katie was the victim of a horrific act of vandalism. Just days before bottling as the vats of Grenache Gris were cooling off, the taps were opened and an entire vintage went literally down the drain. Since then, the support that has been shown for this gutsy woman has been amazing. Within the first 2 weeks of the news breaking, the 2013 vintage saw a huge rise in pre-orders. 

With this in mind, I headed down with a sense of determination and a will to work my absolute hardest. After a 15 hour drive with no sleep in the back of what is definitely a contender for most uncomfortable long distance vehicle, we were told that on our first day we were free to do as we pleased (what a relief!) so we decided to take a tour of the local area (wineries).  After a few too many Fitou's the night before, we began our second day with a light, two hour pick of the remaining Grenache Gris. 

Now, I'm a person who doesn't like working with a hangover at the best of times, but I honestly can't think of a better place to wake up, throbbing head or not. With its mountain range backdrop and rolling hills of vines as far as the eye can see, it certainly helps with any queasy feelings you might be having. 

So it's up at the crack of dawn to do 6 hours manual labour in the steadily emerging Mediterranean sun before the absolutely spectacular idea which is the siesta. A four hour lunch break? Don't mind if I do! Throw in a wild boar stew and a nice hearty Carignan and you're sorted! After lunch it's on to the winery to press the mornings harvest. Much to my dismay, I discovered that grapes are no longer pressed by human feet. I suppose it's a hygiene thing. No one wants to hear, 'My word there's a toe nail in my Corbieres!'. What's used instead is a pneumatic press, a great big balloon that gently squeezes out the juice. 

After shifting what felt like a metric tonne of grapes, it's back home to nurse a sore back and an accidentally snipped finger. Even with my niggling injuries and crippling fatigue, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. The sense of worth having done something that helped out a friend immensely after such a devastating incident, not to mention the fact that I enjoyed it thoroughly. 

If you ever get the chance to help out at a harvest anywhere in the world, take it; the reward far outweighs the minor discomforts. Plus, after a few months you actually get to taste your efforts!   

Kaite kindly supplies Majestic with Fitou by Mademoiselle Jones. A hearty example of the luscious wines produced in this region. It's a scintillating mix of black fruit flavours, subtle spice and hints of garrigue herbs that really paint a picture of this wonderfully rural area of France. 


Wine of the Week: Marsannay Rouge 2008 Louis Latour.Date published: 05/10/13

A Burgundian beauty! 

A fruit-filled red Burgundy, from Louis Latour's Clos Chameroy winery, just north of Beaune. Only 20% of the wine has been fermented in oak for added complexity without sacrificing purity of fruit. Menthol-like notes on the nose contribute to the fresh and uplifting character, and the soft-edged but persistent redcurrant fruit lingers on the palate.Will continue to improve over the next couple of years, but drinking very well at the moment.This Pinot Noir has a bit of age but is still light and fruity, perfect for a sophisticated dinner party with a bit of roast duck. Delicious! 

£13.99 when you buy at least two bottles (£14.99 single bottle price)


South African Tasting Weekend: An Introduction to South Africa.Date published: 04/10/13

Wine has been made in South Africa for over 350 years. In previous centuries South African wines, particularly sweet wines, have been held in high regard in Europe. The climate is best described as Mediterranean with a fairly average, warm to hot temperatures throughout the year. However, certain inland areas can become very hot, often rising to above 30 degrees, and very dry. Ocean currents provide a major cooling influence to costal wineries, magnified by the regular cool south-easterly summer winds known as the Cape Doctor.

Grapes planted in the region has shifted dramatically in the past 10 years. in the mid-nineties around 80% of total plantings were white varieties. By 2009 this figure had fallen to 56% showing the massive shift wineries have made from white to red wines. The most famous of all South African grape varieties is Pinotage, a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Pinotage is hardly grown anywhere else in the world and is often regarded as the national grape variety of South Africa. Pinotage is very versatile, it can be made in a Beaujolais style, with a fresh red berry fruit characthter. Alternatively, it can be made to be very full bodies with notes of aniseed, coffee and chocolate. Some wines show hints of rubber or banana. 

The Stellenbosch district of South Africa has long been a hub of wine making in the country. Its climate is in m,any ways very similar to Bordeaux, sufficient rainfall and never too hot, probably explaining why classic Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot thrive in the region. making Bordeaux blends a very popular style among Stellenbosch wineries. Definitely worth a try for lovers of fine Claret!

South Africa is currently on offer, buy any two South African wines and get 20% off!


 

An Introduction to Syrah/Shiraz.Date published: 28/09/13

Syrah is deemed as one of the oldest grape varieties, its style is typically deep in colour with black fruit and spice aromas. Syrah is the predominant red grape variety of the Northern Rhone. Shiraz is the most widely planted grape variety in Australia, where it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also gaiing popularity in other regions, particularly South Africa and the Hawkes Bay region of new Zealand.

People often confuse Syrah and Shiraz and ask what the differences are. The answer is simple, they're the same! a wine referred to as a Syrah usually refers to an old world, french style of wine. Such as the great reds of the Northern Rhone and plantings in the south of France. In this moderate to warm climate, tannins are generally high with a palate of blackberry fruit and notes of black pepper and mint. Shiraz is a term predominantly used in the new world for hot climate Syrah. This style is more full bodied with soft tannins and earthy, leathery flavours with hints of anise and liquorice.

In general, a wine labelled as a Syrah will indicate a more delicate, elegant style of wine, whilst those labelled as a Shiraz are fruitier, full bodied and high in Alcohol.

We Currently have plenty of Syrahs and Shiraz's open to taste. Why not pop in and explore the differnet kinds and blends we have to offer?



Free Wine Events at Majestic Wine Berkhamsted.Date published: 25/09/13

Spotlight Tastings

6 wines in 30 minutes. We hold FREE regular focused tastings where we compare and contrast different wines from the same area or grape. These are on at 12pm on the following dates:

Saturday 9th of November- NEW ARRIVALS

Saturday 23rd November- RHONE/BORDEAUX

Saturday 7th December- CHRISTMAS WINES

Wine Course

A  FREE 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

Thursday 3rd of October at 6.30pm

Sunday 10th of November at 3 pm

Places for the Spotlight tastings and Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01442 879771 or email us at ber@majestic.co.ukto reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two!

Wine of the Week, Cune Reserva '08Date published: 24/09/13

With our recent 25% off Spain deal coming into play this wine really shows off what you can get for under £10. 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.  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.

single bottle £12.49, BUY ANY 2 SPANISH WINES SAVE 25% = £9.36

South African Tasting Evening Date published: 18/09/13

Last week Aoife, Nikki and myself went to a South African wine tasting at the very impressive Chelsea Football Club. Three producers from South Africa attended letting us try their fabulous wines.

The first was Theo from Ondine who had bought along their Sauvignon Blanc. This grassy Sauvignon is very much a cool climate style with tropical notes on the nose and a very citrus driven style. With a  refreshing minerality it would be a perfect match with any seafood dishes. At the moment this Sauvignon is only £5.61 a bottle when you buy any 2 or more South African wines.. saving 25% (this deal runs out Monday 23rd) 

The second producer was Beyer from Beyerskloof winery who was showing two of his wines, the Pinotage and the Cabernet Merlot blend. 

Beyer has been a huge advocate of Pinotage and growing its popularity across the world, not just in South Africa. The Pinotage was smooth and bursting full of red fruit flavours. Beyer even suggested drinking their Pinotage chilled over ice as a delicious summer wine! The Cabernet had more of a blackcurrant flavour to it and stronger tannins. Perfect with any grilled red meat. Both on this 25% off deal are currently £6.36 


The final producer was La Motte, we tried 2 vintages of Sauvignon Blanc side by side. All three of us decided we enjoyed the 2011 which had  slightly more mellow and honeyed notes versus the fresher. more citrus driven 2013. £7.49 a bottle. 


But by far the stand out wine of the night was their 2009 Shiraz which was full of deep black fruits and delicious chocolate notes. This incredibly smooth Shiraz is worth every penny. Currently priced at £8.99 a bottle on the 25% deal is a steal.. although there may be little left as the three of us may take all of our stock home! 


New South African Offer!Date published: 18/09/13

Didn't think our 20% off South African wines could get any better? What if I told you we now have 25% off when you buy 2 bottles or more as part of a mixed case? Yeah! Now you can get your favourite Cape Crusaders at an even better price. Get the Robertson Sauvignon Blanc for just £5.24 a bottle when you buy 2 or more. Order online or come and visit us lovely folk instore. 

Spanish Tasting weekDate published: 13/09/13

This week we here at Majestic Berkhamsted we are celebrating the great wines from Spain. If its a rich Rioja or a gorgeous Godello you are after then look no further! 

Our tasting counter is over flowing with Spanish specials ready for you to try. Not only that but there are still places left on our Spanish spotlight tasting this Saturday. Come in for an informal chat about all that Spanish wines have to offer and try some exciting red and whites Please call, tweet or mention to staff in store if you would like to sign up. 



Autumn Magic Fine Wine TasterDate published: 13/09/13

Today we have the Jadot Beaune !er Cru for you to try on our tasting counter. This Pinot Noir from Burgundy is bursting full of cherry fruit flavours, with soft supple tannins and a vibrant body. This wine is a blend of grapes grown across many Premier Cru sites. Perfect with roasted game or duck.


September Specials Date published: 12/09/13

For the next 12 days we are having a September Special sale on selected fantastic products! 

Why not come down and see us at the Berkhamsted store to pick up a bargain today! The deal works when you buy 2 or more from any of the 6 wines and champagnes below.


These wines are now fantastic value for money and delicious too! 

The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is now at £5.99. This fresh and fruity S/B is bursting with citrus and gooseberry fruit.


Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is a superb special offer of £4.99! This Italian red is a medium body full of cherry fruit flavours and soft tannins.

Smashing Sparkling offers:


Not only do we have some great deals on wine but our fizz is fantastically priced too!

All these Champagnes have been included in this deal as well! 

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £15.99

Heidsieck Monopole Goldtop Vintage 2007 £17.99

Piper- Heidsieck Brut NV £19.99


And to top off these stunning deals the Prosecco Zonin at £6.66.


Don't delay come and visit Majestic Berkhamsted today! 

Wine of the Week : Conde de San Cristobal 2010 Ribera del DueroDate published: 11/09/13

Wine of the Week : Conde de San Cristobal 2010 Ribera del Duero

The 80-hectare Conde de San Cristobal estate is the 'daughter bodega' of Marques de Vargas. Its wines are made using traditional techniques, but combine native and international grape varieties, in the modern signature style of Ribera del Duero.

A rich, generous yet elegant wine, displaying intense flavours of ripe blackcurrant and summer fruits, accented with hints of exotic spice. Plush and silky, with a long, involving finish.

Enjoy with roasted lamb shanks.

£17.49 or buy ANY 2 Spanish wines save 20% = £13.98 


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Subject to availability. Prices valid until 28th October 2013. Minimum in store purchase and delivery 6 bottles.


Exploring ChardonnayDate published: 08/09/13

Exploring Chardonnay : Friday 6th – Thursday 12th September

Originating in the Burgundy wine region of France, it is now gown wherever wine is produced from England to New Zealand. The chardonnay grape itself is very neutral with many of the flavours associated with the grape coming from influences such as terroir or oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, to the rich buttery New World wines with tropical fruit flavours.

Chardonnay's most distinctive role is as a vital ingredient in top-quality sparkling wine, especially champagne. Although in most champagnes it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Blanc de Blancs champagne which made exclusively of Chardonnay shows that it can produce elegant, lively, savoury fizz all by itself. (What the dark-skinned Pinots tend to add is not colour but body.

So why not pop in to store for our Exploring chardonnay week from Friday 6th September until Thursday 12th, where we will have a variety of different chardonnays open on the tasting counter for you to try.

Want to know what’s on tasting counter today? Go to www.majestic.co.uk/bekhamsted to find out

We hope to see you there

Wine Of The Week: Château de Sainte Gemme 2002 Haut-MédocDate published: 05/09/13

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length.

Fine Wine Special - Jermann Pinot Grigio open Friday 6th SeptDate published: 05/09/13

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, 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. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine TastingsDate published: 29/08/13

This Autumn you will notice each Friday we will have a bottle of fine wine open for customers to try.  This is a great opportunity for you to try wines that you might not normally purchase.  See our events section where you can see what will be open and when.

Fine wine offer pick : Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja AltaDate published: 16/08/13

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta

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.

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

£22 or £18 when you buy ANY 2 selected Fine Wines

*miniumum purchases 6 bottles in store and delivery. Subjest to availability

Staff Choice - La Grange des Combes 2011 St-Chinian-RoquebrunDate published: 15/08/13

The local producers' cooperative in the village of Roquebrun was formed in 1968, and today they enjoy their own sub-appellation of St-Chinian, essentially all to themselves. The wines are made using semi-carbonic maceration, for a freshly aromatic style.A deep, lustrous and inky colour, the wine has a nose of crushed red fruit, wild herbs and a hint of smoke. The palate is rich and ripe, with a supple tannic structure and multi-layered texture.

£10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 £9.99

Wine of the Week - Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean VincentDate published: 13/08/13

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

Store Events(6)

Free Wine Course

15 June 2014 (15:00 - 16:30)

Join us for a free 90 minute introduction to wine here at the Berkhamsted store. Learn about the basics of wine- how it's made, how to taste it like a pro and how to find what you like! There is also a fantastic food and wine matching session to finish! Places for the wine course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01442 879771 or e-mail us at ber@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place.

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Free Spotlight Tasting

14 June 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)

6 Italian wines in 30 minutes. A brief introduction to the country and a sampling of what it has to offer.

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Summer Wine Evening

21 May 2014 (18:30 - 21:00)

A free and informal walk around tasting with a host of different wines from the Majestic range. Discover new wines for the hot summer days or reconnect with old favourites. These events often fill up very quickly so if you're interested please RSVP by phone on 01442879771, email us at ber@majestic.co.uk, or pop in store.

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Free Wine Course

11 May 2014 (15:00 - 16:30)

Join us for a free 90 minute introduction to wine here at the Berkhamsted store. Learn about the basics of wine- how it's made, how to taste it like a pro and how to find what you like! There is also a fantastic food and wine matching session to finish! Places for the wine course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01442 879771 or e-mail us at ber@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place.

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Free Spotlight Tasting

3 May 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)

6 Chilean wines in 30 minutes. A brief introduction to the country and a sampling of what it has to offer.

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Chilean Tasting Week

2 May 2014 - 8 May 2014

This week we'll have a range of Chilean wines open for you to try at your leisure (and for free).

Open to all

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Meet the team...

  • Callum Senior Assistant Manager

    I'M BACK! After stints in the Aylesbury and Amersham branches I have come back to where it all began. My real passion lies in Italy mainly reds from the north, but i have been know to partake in a glass of rose in the Summer months. I am currently studying for my diploma so come and test my knowledge
  • Ed Manager

    Berkhamsted born and bred, it's great to back in the home town after running our Oxford branch for the last 3 years. My favourite wines would have to be Bordeaux for the reds and Burgundy for the whites. ( finances permitting of course!)
  • Rob Trainee Manager

    With an extensive background in sales and customer service I decided to apply my skills to something I love , wine and spirits. From the gewurztraminers of the Alsace to the bourbons of Tennessee, it is a subject that has always held my interest and continues to do so as I learn more everyday.
  • Sam Trainee Manager

    Berko is my second store after working as a driver in the bright lights of Stevenage. I've been in the industry for about 2 years, 4 months of that being with Majestic. I love whites from Alsace, Southern French reds, Real Ale and a nice, peaty single malt.

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