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

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(236)

Focus on Producer – RigalDate published: 26/08/14

Focus on Producer – Rigal

Rigal is located in the lot valley in the heart of South-West France, and its roots have been in the town of Cahors since 1755.

L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal - £6.66 when you buy ANY 2 wines from the Summer Selection (single bottle: £9.99)

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.

Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs.

L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2013 Rigal - £6.66 when you buy ANY 2 wines from the Summer Selection (single bottle: £9.99)

Made by Rigal, one of the cornerstones of the wine industry of Cahors and the wider Lot Valley, spiritual home of the Malbec grape, this is a modern-style rosé from 100% Malbec. This wine has been named in honour of one of the region's other famous crops, saffron.

Vivid in colour, this rosé is equally vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp.


7 days left : Day 1 - Laurent-Perrier Brut NV ChampagnDate published: 26/08/14

7 days left : Day 1 - Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne

You've got 7 days left to shop our Summer Selection wines, before the offers end next Monday 1st !! Each day until then I will be counting down the top 7 offers not to miss.

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne

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

£24.99 when you buy ANY 2 or more wines from the Summer Selection save 33% ( single bottle : £37.50)

Wine of the Week : Finca Resalso 2013, Emilio Moro, Ribera del DueroDate published: 26/08/14

Wine of the Week : Finca Resalso 2013, Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero

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

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

Perfect with grilled merguez or other spicy, smoky meats.

£11.99 or buy ANY 2 selected bottles save 25% = £8.99


New Arrival : Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir 2010, MarlboroughDate published: 25/08/14

New Arrival : Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough

This Pinot Noir hails from Marlborough's Southern Valleys. The estate was named after the interesting geological formation that borders its vineyards, which has a herringbone-like pattern created by streams of water running down either side of a central ridge.

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

Try alongside a selection of hard cheeses or mixed antipasti.

£12.99 or buy ANY 2 wines in the Summer Selection save 33% = £8.66


Love Argentinian Wine ?Date published: 25/08/14

Love Argentinian Wine ?

Then do we have a treat for you …

Thursday 4 September 18:30-19:00 : FREE SPOTLIGHT TASTING

We are throwing the spotlight on wines from Argentina. Join us in store to try 6 wines in 30 mins and sample the delights of this country. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

Friday 5 September – Thursday 11 September : ARGENTINA TASTING WEEK

All this week we will have a selection of wines from Argentina open on our tasting counter. You might have discovered Malbec but what about Torrontes or Tannat? Everyone welcome.

Want to know whats open to try before you come into store ? Just head to the website www.majestic.co.uk/berkhamsted to see whats open to try.

OR want to know about future tasting events just ask a member of staff for more information,


Love South African Wine ?Date published: 25/08/14

Love South African Wine ?

Then do we have a treat for you …

Thursday 11 September 18:30-19:00 : FREE SPOTLIGHT TASTING

Spotlight on South Africa - we'll throw some light on 6 wines in 30mins. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

Friday 12 September – Thursday 19 September: SOUTH AFRICA TASTING WEEK

All throughout the week there will be a range of South African wines open to try on our tasting counter. Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux blends - there'll be something for everyone! Everyone welcome.

Want to know whats open to try before you come into store ? Just head to the website www.majestic.co.uk/berkhamsted to see whats open to try.

OR want to know about future tasting events just ask a member of staff for more information


Don't miss out : Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NVDate published: 25/08/14

Don't miss out : Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV

Most of us at Majestic forget how great this wine is, until we taste it again. L'oeil de Perdrix, or 'eye of the partridge' in English, is actually something of a Majestic favourite. Made exclusively from Pinot Noir; this Rose Champagne is a fine mousse, poised and perfectly balanced; it's a real pleasure to drink.

It is also exclusively bought by Majestic, meaning you won't find it anywhere else! It's a very special wine.

Not a bad price either.

£19.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles from our 33.3% off selection

£30.00 single bottle price


Staff Choice - Argento Malbec 2013 MendozaDate published: 23/08/14

Currently on our tasting counter we have added in a little beauty, the Malbec grape 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. This wine is on our buy 2 save 33% offer retailing at £6.66!

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.

This wine is an ideal choice with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes. 


Food and Wine match: Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis JadotDate published: 22/08/14

Food and Wine match: Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis Jadot

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

This naturally corked wine is made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish, this is a perfect wine to complement chicken or fish.

We currently have this on our tasting counter so come on down and see what you think. The wine is also on our buy 2 save 33% offer at the moment, come and take advantage of this great deal.

Wine of the Week: Vina Pomal CrianzaDate published: 20/08/14

Viña Pomal is the flagship wine of Bodegas Bilbaínas, one of Rioja's oldest estates, and has now been produced for over 100 years. The winery had a bottling plant near London's Charing Cross in the 1940's, and Viña Pomal was reputed to be a favourite of Winston Churchill.

This deep cherry red wine is full of black fruit and liquorice notes, with hints of cocoa and toast from 12 months' ageing in American oak barrels. Supple tannins and elegant on the palate.

Pairs with the typical Rioja matches like grilled red meats, but will also accompany rice dishes, cheese or pâté.


Rosie's Rosé - Muga Rioja Rosado 2013Date published: 18/08/14

The end of the summer is upon us meaning the rosé season is coming to an end. I'm going to sneak one more in before the sun goes away again- Muga's Rioja Rosado 2013.

This wine is made from Grenache, Tempranillo and Viura

From vineyards at the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the Rioja Alta region, planted on clay, limestone and alluvial soils. A twelve-hour maceration of the grapes precedes a 25-day fermentation in 1000 litre barrels to produce a delicate rosé.

The Muga Rosé is a deep salmon colour, with intensely fresh, strawberry, raspberry and orange peel aromas. The domination of the Garnacha grape provides plenty of warm, spicy fruit with crisp acidity.

An ideal apéritif, this wine can be enjoyed on its own and can also complement prawns in sweet chilli or garden salads.

Single bottle price £10.99

Buy any 2 save 15% £9.34

Last days of summer.Date published: 17/08/14

With the August bank holiday coming up what better excuse to enjoy the last few days of summer and have one last hurrah! Party? Barbecue? Hiding inside while the rain batters the windows? Whatever the occasion Majestic Wines can cater for all your wine and beer needs. Just ask a staff member and they will be able to assist you in picking the best wine, fizz or beer to suit your celebration.

 And don't forget we also do free glass hire, free delivery and sale or return, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you won't run out!

Rob's Saturday KitchenDate published: 16/08/14

So you've gone to the kitchen - the cupboards are bare!!! But it doesn't matter as you can't cook anyway, however you can use the phone and there is a drawer full of takeaway menus. After ordering it will take 30 minutes for the food to arrive, just enough time to throw on your onesie and jog down to Majestic. Here come the matches-

Thai - Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer £8.99

Fish and Chips - Krug Grande Cuvee £125 (get some mushy peas too)

Pizza/Pasta - Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo  £9.99 if you buy 2 or more, £11.75 single bottle price

Indian - Birra Moretti £30 (24pk)

On the tasting counter: Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2011 Arribes del DueroDate published: 15/08/14

Now a luxury hotel and home to one of Marqués de la Concordia's cellars, Hacienda Zorita is a beautiful 14th century monastery and vineyard estate, that can list Columbus among its historic visitors. The wine is 100% Tempranillo matured in new French and American oak.

Bright garnet red, this wine is intensely fruity, with a lush mouth-feel. Strawberry and cherry flavours mingle with hints of chocolate , toasted oak and vanilla.

Enjoyable on its own, or with rich pasta dishes.

£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.66

Open on the tasting counter to try.

Fine Wine Update - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chalumeaux 2011 Le MeurgerDate published: 14/08/14

New addition to our Fine wine shelves:

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

£40.00


Summer Scorchers- new deals for 2 weeksDate published: 13/08/14

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Grifone

Grape

Montepulciano

Origin

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains.

Taste

Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Enjoy

The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this the perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes.

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

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

Taste

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Enjoy

Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.

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


Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze

Grape

Pinot Grigio/Gris

Origin

Although thought of as a white grape, the Pinot Grigio grape's skins naturally develop a pink tinge when the berries are fully ripe, and it is these colour pigments that make this wine lightly rosé in colour.

Taste

Fresh fruit, such as apricot and peach on the nose; soft floral flavours on the palate and a refreshing, pleasantly smooth finish. Excellent with appetizers, fish dishes, soups and white meat.

Enjoy

This easy drinking rosé makes a great a apéritif for lazy summer afternoons!

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


What I am enjoying at the momentDate published: 11/08/14

Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Paso Robles

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah-Shiraz, Petite Syrah

Origin

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

Taste

Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins.

 Enjoy

Drink with braised shin of beef.

Single bottle £13.99 buy any 2 save 15% £11.89


Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2013 Côteaux Varois en Provence

Grape

Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Carignan

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Single bottle £9.99 buy any 2 save 25% £7.49

Contesa Pecorino 2013 IGT Colline

Grape

Pecorino

Origin

Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

Taste

Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.

Enjoy

Try with nutty cheeses, such as the wine's sheep's milk cheese namesake, or with simple cod dishes.

Single bottle £9.39 buy any 2 save 15% £7.99



Callum's Saturday kitchen Date published: 09/08/14

With raspberries being bang in season I thought it would be rude not to do a recipe based on that. You can make the puff pastry if you are feeling brave but you will get the same result from shop bought. 

Raspberry slice with raspberry sauce


Make one large millefeuille as a centrepiece to finish off a family gathering - much easier than making individual portions and just as impressive.

IngredientsFor the puff pastry

550g/1lb 4oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting

¾ tsp salt

550g/1lb 4oz unsalted butter, soft enough to be pliable

icing sugar, for dusting

For the crème pâtissière

570ml/1 pint milk

2 vanilla pods, split lengthways

3 free-range egg yolks

2 tbsp cornflour

300ml/10fl oz double cream

½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

2 tbsp caster sugar

For the millefeuille

500g/1lb 2oz raspberries

For the raspberry sauce

400g/14oz raspberries

1 tsp lemon juice

1-2 tbsp icing sugar, to taste

Preparation method

For the puff pastry, place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add 200ml/7fl oz of cold water. Mix to combine and then tip out onto a floured work surface. Briefly knead to form a rough, but evenly combined, dough. Wrap in cling film and place the pastry in the fridge to rest for 1-2 hours.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll the pastry out into a rectangle approximately 50x30cm/20x12in. Slice the butter and lay this over two-thirds of the dough. Fold the unbuttered dough third over the buttered one, then flip that over the remaining buttered third so that the butter is wrapped inside the dough. Take a rolling pin and lightly roll the upper surface of the dough to press out any air bubbles. Seal the edges with a sharp whack of the rolling pin.

Give the pastry what is known as one single turn – fold the bottom third of the pastry up, then the top third down. Roll the pastry out towards the folded edges until it measures roughly 60x25cm/23x10in, then fold the pastry in by thirds again.

Give the pastry a further two turns, without resting in between. Place the pastry on a plate, cover with cling film and transfer to the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the pastry out to 8mm/1/3in thick and cut into two 28x10cm/11x4in rectangles. Place the pastry rectangles on a baking tray and dust with icing sugar.

Bake the pastry in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden-brown and well risen. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

For the crème pâtissière, put the milk and vanilla pods and seeds in a pan and warm over a low heat.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and cornflour. Stir in a little of the warm milk, then pour the mixture back into the pan. Cook, stirring, over a gentle heat until thickened. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Remove the vanilla pods.

Whisk the double cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Add the remaining vanilla seeds and caster sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. Mix with the crème pâtissière and place in a piping bag.

For the raspberry sauce, place the raspberries and lemon juice into a food processor and blend to a smooth purée. Taste the mixture and add icing sugar, to taste. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl.

To serve, split both pieces of pastry in half widthways to make four pieces of pastry. Place one piece in the centre of a serving plate and pipe over a third of the cream mixture, smoothing out the top. Arrange a quarter of the fresh raspberries on top, then place another sheet of pastry on top. Repeat the layering process by topping the second sheet of pastry with half of the remaining crème pat and some more raspberries. For the final layer, top the last piece of pastry with the remaining raspberries and dust with icing sugar. Serve with the raspberry sauce.

What to Drink?

With a dessert you need to go for a sweet wine. The wine of the week is a vouvray Aubausieres and is a perfect match to the dish:

Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock.

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.

Single bottle £11.75 buy any 2 save 15% £9.99 

 

Staff favourite: Graham Beck Brut!Date published: 09/08/14

A cracking sparkling wine that we've been enjoying as a team lately has been the Graham Beck Brut from South Africa. Currently £9.99 on the buy 2 save 33% deal, this wine is a blend of new and reserve wines, with the grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch. 

This wine has an inviting nose full of light yeasty aromas, and the palate gives fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a light mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish. Enjoy as a cost effective alternative to champagne without sacrificing flavour!

Wine of the Week: Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2013 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard FouquetDate published: 08/08/14

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock.

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.

A superb aperitif wine which will also partner the delicate flavours of salmon or cold cured meats. Try with poached pears.

Single bottle price: £11.75

Buy any 2 save 15% ~ £9.98

Fine Wine Update - Condrieu 2012 E. GuigalDate published: 07/08/14

Just arrived on the fine wine shelves - 

The famous enclave of Condrieu is well known for the richly exotic and perfumed wines it produces from the rare Viognier grape variety. Guigal was part of the resurgence of Condrieu and uses oak to impart extra nuances to the wine.

Aromas of pears, sweet peaches and pineapples abound in this wine, which is delicately dry, full-flavoured, with a silky palate-feel and lashings of vanilla and spice on the long finish.

A superb match for crab, pork and also creamy curries, Condrieu should be drunk young.

£34.00


Alternatives to NZ Marlborough Sauvignon!Date published: 07/08/14

Now we all know Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has become a firm favourite throughout the country (and the world), with its fresh acidity, gooseberry and citrus notes, but what if you've drunk your fair share of it and would like an alternative? Don't worry, we've got you covered at Majestic. 

My personal favourite for this time is year is a good Gavi (Northern Italy), specifically La Toledana, which is currently open on our tasting counter. This wine has an excellent steely minerality to it, combining citrus notes with peach and a slight honeyed edge, making it an exciting alternative to a Marlborough Sauvignon, and at £7.99 on the summer selection offer, it's an all round winner! 

Moving westwards to Spain, the Caixas Albarino is also an excellent value for money wine at £7.98 on our buy 2 save 15% deal, with its zesty, youthful style complemented by subtle hints of stone fruit and nectar. Enjoy this with mussels (my favourite!) or other shellfish. 

We've got plenty of excellent summer wine choices at Majestic, so pop in and ask a staff member for their recommendations (trust me, we've tried our fair share!). 

Wine of the Week: Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2011Date published: 05/08/14

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah-Shiraz, Tannat

Origin:

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.

Taste:

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.


Coming up- Loire & Beaujolais SpotlightDate published: 02/08/14

Between the 8th and 14th August we will have a selection of Loire and Beaujolais wines open to taste. So if you're a fan of Sancerre or Beaujolais come on down and have a chat with one of our members of staff about some of the best French regional wine.

Hello August!Date published: 02/08/14

Can you believe it's august already? I certainly can't and here at Majestic we are celebrating the new month with a new set of wines on 33.3% off when you buy any two.

Some of August's highlights include:

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV at £33.31 a bottle

Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fume at £9.99 a bottle

Leon Perdigal Cotes-Du-Rhone at £6.66 a bottle.

You can visit our website or come in store to see the full range.

Coming up- Free Wine CourseDate published: 01/08/14

On Sunday 10th August we will be holding a free wine course here at Majestic Wines Berkhamsted.

A free introduction to wine session. It lasts for approximately 90 minutes. We cover 6-8 different wines where we talk about styles and factors that effect the style. At the end we do a simple food and wine matching to give the basics when pairing with food.

If you are interested in coming along please RSVP to ensure your place

You can RSVP by e-mailing the store at ber@majestic.co.uk

Alternatively you can call us on 01442879771

Or simply talk to a member of staff in store.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Beer of the Week - Goose Island IPADate published: 30/07/14

Goose Island IPA 6x355ml

 BottlesFrom Chicago's craft brewery Goose Island, comes this India Pale Ale. It recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.

Single case £12.99 buy any 2 craft ale cases save £3, £9.99

Wine of the Week - Septimo Dia ChardonnayDate published: 30/07/14

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

This Chardonnay comes from the Gualtayary district of the Uco Valley, an area with dual soil types of rock and sand, and notable sloped vineyards. The varied soils and altitudes provide grapes of varied characteristics, allowing winemakers to blend their desired style.

Taste

A lightly oaked Chardonnay, offering a pleasing balance between green apple and tropical fruit flavours, and delicate vanilla and toast aromatics, all supported by fresh and youthful acidity.

 Enjoy

Try with a homemade fish pie.

Single bottle £10.99 buy 2 bottles save 25% £8.24

Bollinger at a silly price!Date published: 29/07/14

Until Monday we are offering in my opinion what is the best NV champagne that money can buy at a price that hasn't been seen sice before the recession!

Madmame Bollinger said:

"I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty." Lily Bollinger

With this in mind we are offering it at £25.50 a bottle (the lowest I have ever seen it) but I would hurry it will not last long at this price and it is only on for a week. Unfortunately when it has gone it has gone!

Last week of July's OfferDate published: 28/07/14

We're into the final week of July's offers with August's offers starting on the 4th August.

Some of the highlights include:

Veuve Clicquot NV ~ £29.98 a bottle when you buy any 2 from the summer selection.

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV - £26.65 a bottle when you buy any 2 from the summer selection.

Pilsner Urquell £24 a case = £1 a bottle!

Callum's Saturday kitchen Date published: 26/07/14

Boiled lemon and artichoke salad

Ingredients

2 thick-skinned lemons, preferably unwaxed

1 tsp sea salt

4 globe artichokes

75g/3oz blanched almonds, split into halves

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme

2 tbsp honey

1 lemon, juice only

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Preparation method

Place the whole lemons into a small saucepan, cover with water, add the salt and bring to the boil. Cover with a smaller saucepan lid turned upside down, or a heatproof saucer to keep the lemons below the surface of the water. You may have to weigh the lid or saucer down, as the lemons will float to the surface.

Boil the lemons for 30 minutes, or until the lemons are soft and the skin can be pierced easily with a fork, then drain and set aside to cool.

Cook the artichokes in a separate pan of salted boiling water for 20 minutes, or until soft at the centre, then drain and set aside to cool.

Peel away the tough outer leaves of the artichokes and cut across the top to remove the upper, inedible section of the leaves and reveal the heart. Trim the stalks if they are stringy, and remove the choke (the furry yellow matter in the centre of the artichoke) if there is one. Cut the artichokes into quarters, then place in a bowl and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Technique: Preparing artichoke hearts

Cut the boiled lemons in half, then scoop out and discard the soft inner pulp and other stringy pith. Tear the skins of each half into 2-3 pieces and add to the artichokes.

Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the almonds and toast them, tossing over occasionally, to brown all over.

Add the toasted almonds and thyme leaves to the artichoke and lemon mixture.

Mix the honey with the lemon juice in a clean bowl and add the olive oil. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then pour the dressing over the artichokes and lemons. Mix together well and serve.

What to drink?

With a dish that is so full of flavour you need a wine that will match the citrusy heights from the lemon but enough body to partner the earthy artichoke, I would go for a Montagny and what better wine than the Montagny 1er cru we have open to try today? The slight creamyness and hints of lemon and green apple will partner this dish perfectly.

Montagny 1er cru: single bottle £12.99 buy any 2 save 15% £11.04

Wine of the Week - Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2010 Cave des Vignerons de BuxyDate published: 24/07/14

A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality-conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.

A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.

Buy any 2 save 15% ~ £11.04

Celebrating One Year of Majestic.co.ukDate published: 22/07/14

To celebrate the 1st Birthday of our New Majestic Website we are running a special offer on four Majestic classics.


For one week only (Tuesday 22nd July to Monday 28th July) the following four products will join the 33% off summer offer:


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

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

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

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

As stated these are only here for a week so come and get them before they run out!

Back in - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Clos de la Garenne' 2008 Duc de Magenta, JadotDate published: 21/07/14

A superb Puligny boasting perfumed aromas of lemon, apple, peach, Seville oranges, roasted almonds, minerals and just a touch of oak. Rich and textured in the mouth, there is a seamless transition between the aromas and the flavours on the palate. A magnificent racy acidity that helps to give the wine real grip and focus, and provides a wonderfully dry finish. Delicious in its youth, but will drink for 10+ years.

£50.00 Buy 2 bottles save £10 = £45.00

Callum's Saturday kitchen Date published: 19/07/14

This weekend I have decided to do a recipe that has to go down as one of my all time favourites, sit me in the garden on a hot summers day with a cold glass of white and I am in heaven 

Ingredients

2 kippers or whole smoked mackerel

1 tsp freshly grated horseradish

2 tsp Dijon mustard

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp crème fraîche

½ lemon, juice only

100g/2½oz unsalted butter, chopped

To serve

spring onions, chopped

sourdough bread, cut into slices

Preparation method

Remove the skin from the fish - the odd bone is fine as the mixture will be blended. Add the fish to the blender.

Add the horseradish, mustard, black pepper, crème fraîche and lemon juice and blend to a paste.

Add the butter and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt.

Serve with spring onions or sourdough bread.

What to drink?

With the Mackerel being such an oily fish you need a wine that has good acidity to cut through, my perfect accompanyment is the Caixas Godello, a really nice and light Spanish wine that has a bracing acidity and a nice citrus hit that is perfect for this dish.

Single Bottle £9.99 buy any 2 save 25% £7.49

Wine of the Week - Poggioargentia MorellinoDate published: 19/07/14

Grape

Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo

Origin

In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak.

Taste

Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, which is medium-bodied and approachable, and fresh in feel. A subtly rustic streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness.

Enjoy

Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.


Summer Drinking!Date published: 18/07/14

As we have been graced with such lovely weather for the majority of the weekend here are my picks of what to drink in the garden.

Caixas Albarino, Martin Codax

Grape

Albariño

Origin

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

Taste

A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.

Enjoy

Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

Single bottle £9.39 buy any 2 save 15% £7.98

Domaine Hout-Lirou Pic Saint-Loup

Grape

Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

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

Taste

Crimson red in colour, intense and complex aromas of baked red fruits, spices and notes of 'garrigue' leap from the glass. Well rounded with silky tannins and a gentle long finish.

Enjoy

Ideal with mature cheeses, rich stews and spicy dishes.

Single bottle £9.99 buy any 2 save 15% £8.49

M de Minuty Cotes du Provence

Grape

Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren

Origin

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.

Taste

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Enjoy

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

Single bottle £14.99 buy any 2 save 33.3% £9.99

Ed K's Craft Beer RecommendationsDate published: 17/07/14

Hello guys! 

I'm a big lover of good beer, and as you may already know, we've recently had various different types of craft beers in, and they're selling like hot cakes! They are on a 'buy 2 save £6' offer, so please come and join the growing list of people loving the craft beers. My personal favourite is the Goose Island IPA from Chicago, but the Camden Hells Lager is also a big draw for me. I'm yet to try all of them, so please come on down, have a try of some and let me know what you think!

New July Offers!Date published: 17/07/14

This week we have introduced 5 more wines onto the buy 2 save 33.3% promotion.

Codorniu Rosado- £6.66 on the buy 2 save 33.3% promotion

Codorniu seleccion raventos- £7.99 on the buy 2 save 33.3% promotion

Prosecco corte alta - £6.66 on the buy 2 save 33.3% promotion

Torres Vina Sol- £5.99 on the buy 2 save 33.3% promotion

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon - £5.99 on the buy 2 save 33.3% promotion

Come in store and see which other fab wines you can mix and match these brilliant offers with!

WoW Picpoul VillemarinDate published: 16/07/14

Grape

Picpoul

Origin

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.

Taste

Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

 Enjoy

Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.


New in: Camden Pale Ale and Camden LagerDate published: 14/07/14

Last week we received our stock of new craft beer! The Camden Brewery Pale Ale and Camden Brewery Hells Lager. Both are on our craft beer deal so there's more options on the mix and match. 

Buy two and save £6 ~ £10.99 for six

Rosie's Rosé - Boschendal Rosé 2014, Coastal RegionDate published: 14/07/14

Yesterday evening my mum and I spent a couple of rather stressful hours on the M1 southbound. So when we finally arrived home at quarter to 9 I knew what was needed! The Breakfast Club and a bottle of Boschendal Rosé.

This wine is from one of South Africa’s original wine estates. The Boschendal vineyards are situated along the Groot Drakenstein Mountain. The planting of noble red grape varieties is relatively new to this region.Showing ripe cherries and strawberries on the nose and a crisp, fruity palate that is clean and refreshing on the finish. An excellent apéritif or enjoy with cold meats, fish and salads.

Buy any 2 save 25% ~ £6.74 a bottle!

Sunday Roast Suggestion - Jim Barry 'Cover DriveDate published: 13/07/14

I might be working today but when I get home tonight I will be having roast beef.  Having beef today gives me many options but my personal favourite red wine would have to be a Cabernet Sauvignon as it has the beefy structure to match.  As we have been tasting Australian wines this weekend I am going to have to go for the Jim Barry 'Cover Drive' that is currently open on the tasting counter.  A beautifully full bodied, rich, full of black fruit with a slightly menthol character this wine really impresses.  The tannins are powerful but not overbearing and will happily break down the beef to make each mouthful supple and tender.

If you would like to try for yourself then why not pop down and try on the tasting counter. Normally £13.99 a bottle and currently on our buy any 2 wines from our 15% off range this comes down to £11.89 a bottle.

Callum's Saturday kitchen Date published: 12/07/14

I haven't done this for a while so i thought it would be prudent to do a nice summery dessert that requires very little skill and hardly any preparation.

Key lime and elderflower pie

IngredientsFor the biscuit base

175g/6oz digestive biscuits (or ginger biscuits)

80g/3oz butter, melted

50g/2oz caster sugar

For the filling

1 x 400g/14oz tin condensed milk

100ml/3½fl oz freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)

1 lime, zest only, finely grated

75ml/2½fl oz elderflower cordial (one that has a 1 to 10 dilution ratio)

3 free-range egg yolks

200ml/7fl oz double cream

icing sugar, to taste

mint sprigs, for garnish

Preparation method

For the biscuit base, finely crush the biscuits by placing into a sealed plastic bag and bashing with a rolling pin (alternatively, pulse to crumbs using a food processor). Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the sugar, stirring well to combine.

Pour the melted butter over the biscuit crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined. Place the crumb mixture in a 23cm/9in springform cake tin, and press into the tin evenly with your fingers. Build up the sides of the crust to a height of about 4cm/1½in. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes, or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.

For the filling, in a large mixing bowl whisk together the condensed milk with the lime juice, lime zest, elderflower cordial, egg yolks and half the cream until the mixture thickens.

Pour mixture into the pie crust, give the tin a little shake to level the top and bake for 15-20 minutes. The pie is ready when the filling has a slight wobble.

Set aside to cool for half an hour in the baking tin, then chill the pie in a refrigerator for as long as possible.

When ready to serve, whip the remaining cream with icing sugar, to taste. Be careful not to overwhip it; the cream should remain soft and billowy. Spoon the whipped cream onto the top of the pie.

Serve in slices with a few mint leaves for garnish.


What to drink?


For nice zesty dessert there is only one wine in my eyes that will match it, the wonderful Vin Alba Torrontes. The wonderful floral aromas and a slight sweetness on the palate is a perfect match for this dessert.

single bottle £10.99 buy any 2 save 25% £8.24


Wine of the Week: Angels Share Shriaz Date published: 11/07/14

This week in line with the Australian tasting we have a real gem open for you to try the Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz:

Grape

Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

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

Taste

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

 Enjoy

Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

Single bottle £23 buy any 2 selected fine wines save £10, £18


Australian tasting weekDate published: 10/07/14

Starting tomorrow we are going to open a selection of wonderful wines from down under. This is perfect for the nice weather that we have been having to match up with your BBQ meats. A small selection that we have open to tray are as follows:

Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

This wine has been named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley estate, then aged in French and American oak.

Taste

The nose is very fragrant, dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with nuances of fennel and damson. A generous palate with succulent tannins framing blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavour

Enjoy

Can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more.

Single bottle 13.99 buy 2 save 15% £11.89

Yalumba Y series Viognier

Grape

Viognier

Origin

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world and is home to Yalumba, founded in 1849. Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape.

Taste

This is a full-bodied dry white, with a gorgeously perfumed floral scent and a ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky palate-feel.

 Enjoy

Enjoy with a light pasta flavoured with herbs, seared swordfish or tuna.

Single Bottle £9.39 buy 2 save 15% £7.98

Coming up - Wine CoursesDate published: 09/07/14

Coming up in store we have two Wine courses coming up.

They are on the 20th July and 10th August both at 3pm

A free introduction to wine session. It lasts for approximately 90 minutes. We cover 6-8 different wines where we talk about styles and factors that effect the style. At the end we do a simple food and wine matching to give the basics when pairing with food.

If you want to come let us know by e-mail (ber@majestic.co.uk) telephone (01442879771) or telling a member of staff in store...

Look forward to seeing you there!

Rosie's Rosé - Berne Grande Récolte 2013Date published: 08/07/14

We're now well into July, well one week at least, which means it's quite definitely summer! To me summer means sitting around in the garden with a glass of Rosé providing it's not raining of course...

This week I am heralding the Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2013 from the Cotes de Provence. This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.

Wonderfully yummy and currently on the buy two save 15% deal at £8.92 a bottle!

Ed's hot weather wine!Date published: 08/07/14

Now most people go for a Rose when the weather is as spectacular as it has been recently.  I myself prefer a good affordable white wine to refresh my pallet!  My tip to cool down those hot summer afternoon's would be Vinho Verde from Portugal.  Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers.  A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.  Currently on our third off deal at £5.99 this really is a superb versatile choice for your summer afternoons! 

New In - Picpoul Ormarine 2013 MagnumDate published: 04/07/14

Cave de l'Ormarine is one of the Languedoc's most successful cooperatives, and is responsible for vinifying 50% of the wine produced by the entire Picpoul de Pinet appellation, itself the largest white wine appellation of the south of France.A brilliant pale yellow with youthful green hints, this is a light yet intensely citrussy wine, with characteristic aromas of grass, green bell pepper and blossom notes, and a crisp, refreshing palate.This impressive magnum will make a wonderful addition to summer parties, pairing with grilled fish, seafood or freshly prepared salads.

Currently at Majestic wines for £19.99 a bottle

Wine of the Week: AIX rose MagnumDate published: 04/07/14

Grape

Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Special offer £19.99

Lets Raise a Glass to Fantastic FizzDate published: 02/07/14

With the change of the offers having just happened we have some wonderful deals on Champagne that are sure to get you in the mood for the summer weather we all hope to be having this month.

Laurent Perrier Rose 

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.

Single bottle £75 but any 2 save 33.3% £45

Louis Roederer NV

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

Single bottle £45 buy any 2 save 33.3% £29.98

J de Telmont NV

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.

Single Bottle £24 buy any 2 save 33.3% £15.99

Wine of the week: Santa Rita 120 ChardonnayDate published: 01/07/14

Origin

Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnay benefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and the more tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes.

Taste

A youthfully green-tinged lemon yellow wine, with an inviting nose of yellow apple, tangerine zest and ripe melon. Refreshing and zippy on the palate, with a soft, clean finish.


Enjoyable on its own, or with a chicken Caesar salad


Coming this Saturday... Provencal spotlight tasting!Date published: 30/06/14

The weather is lovely- perfect for drinking Rose and who makes better Rose than the winemakers of Provence?

This Saturday at 3pm we are having a spotlight tasting of Provencal rose wines 30 minutes 6 wines what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

Love Provencal Rose? Come and enjoy a great range. Don't like Provencal Rose? Come and let us attempt to change your mind!

Either way we'd love to have you!

If you want to come please let us know, you can phone the shop, tweet us, send a carrier pigeon, smoke signals or even tell a member of staff in store!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ed K's Weekend WineDate published: 29/06/14

Hello everyone!

Watching some South American football over the last few days has really got me into the mood to drink some wine from the region. The wine of choice yesterday was the Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere (currently on the tasting counter!), which has a beautiful smokiness and wonderful balance to it. This is one of my favourite wines to date and represents seriously good value for money at £9.98 a bottle on the buy any 2 save 15% deal. 

I've also been enjoying Italian white wine lately, particularly the Custoza, which displays all the characteristics of a typical Italian white, making it perfect for this time of year. This wine is also excellent value at the moment at £6.74 on the buy any 2 save 25% deal, and I've been recommending it to everybody who has given me 5 seconds to talk to them!

Hope to see you in store soon. 

Fine WineDate published: 28/06/14

Lots of additions to the fine wine shelves this week - I've picked out a few -

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2004 Péssac-Léognan   £30.00 Buy 2 bottles save £10 = £25.00

The vineyards of Larrivet-Haut-Brion lie on the same ridge of gravel as the near neighbours Haut-Bailly and La Louvière. The wine is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, producing around 10,000 cases per annum.

"...currants and cherries along with a hint of smoke/burning embers are followed by a wine possessing excellent fruit, medium body, sweet tannin, and a seductive, lush personality" 89 Points R Parker

Drink over the next 8-10 years, allowing the wine to really open up and soften, with further integration of tannin and fruit.

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013 Adelaide Hills   £25.00

Shaw and Smith began in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hall Smith decided to realise a dream to make wine together. Their aim was to make exciting, refined wines and they specialise in Sauvignon Blanc, cool climate Shiraz and this single vineyard Chardonnay.

“This beautiful Chardonnay gets better with each vintage. It’s a gorgeously subtle white wine with a core of lemony fruit and just a hint of very smart, powdery oak.” Max Allen, The Weekend Australian

Lightly chill and drink over the next five years with roast pork.



Offer's end MondayDate published: 27/06/14

It's getting to that time again, price change is coming up so you have a few days left to take advantage of this months great offers!

Highlights include Bollinger Special Cuvee NV at £33.31 a bottle and Marques de Riscal at £9.99 a bottle!

Wine of the week: Medalla Real CarmenereDate published: 25/06/14

Origin

Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven, Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with a little more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. This Carménère comes from sites in the Marchigüe and Apalta regions.

Taste

Plush and full bodied, this wine offers the nose and palate an array of blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

Enjoy

Will stand up well to steaks, as well as something a little gamier, such as pot roasted rabbit or duck.


Rosie's weekend winesDate published: 23/06/14

So this weekend I had the wonderful treat of having my mum visit me, the best part of the visit? She cooked dinner!

Dinner was a delicious seafood pasta - squid, prawns and smoked salmon in a cream and garlic sauce- yum!

To partner this lovely dish i selected our very own Puy de Dome Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012 this Loire wine is a lightly structured unoaked Chardonnay with fabulous citrus characteristics and a refreshing acidity. Perfect for a creamy seafood pasta!

We also had some Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV as a cheeky aperitif beforehand- deliciously aromatic with green apple and hints of jasmine on the palate.

What did you drink this weekend?

Puy de Dome Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012- Buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV - Buy 2 save 25%= £9.74

Open today only - Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NVDate published: 21/06/14

To compliment today's fine weather we are opening the above Prosecco to get you all in the mood for outdoor socialising!  Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

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

Single bottle £12.99, buy any 2 wines from our 25% off range and save 25% = £9.74 a bottle

Wine of the Week - Château Pigoudet ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé Date published: 19/06/14

Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault


Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method.

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries. Fresh and elegant, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful finish. Enjoy with Salade Niçoise.

Single bottle price £10.99

Buy any 2 save 15% ~ £9.34


New In - Custoza 2013 Cantina di CustozaDate published: 18/06/14

Cantina di Custoza was started by a group of local winemakers in 1968. Today the Cantina has well over 200 members, who contribute grapes from over 1000 hectares of vineyards, from the south and west of Lake Garda all the way to the outskirts of Verona.  A light and easy-going white, with a gentle citrus fruit backbone accompanied by soft flavours of melon and subtle tropical fruit. Delicately aromatic, dry and refreshing. Single bottle £8.99, buy 2 save 25% = £6.74. Super value and available to taste at the moment!

Wine of the Week, Gavi La Toldena 2013Date published: 17/06/14

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.


Callum's Guide to food and wine pairingDate published: 16/06/14

It is a well known fact that there is a correlation to food and wine, I am going to give you a quick crash course in what things to look out for when ordering wine at a restaurant.

Acidity in food:

This increases the perception of the body, sweetness and fruitiness in the wine.

Decreases the perception of acidity in the wine

Some acidity in food is generally a good thing for food and wine pairing as it can be very high acid wine e.g. (Reisling) into balance and enhance the fruitiness. However if the level of the acidity in the wine is low, high levels of acidity in foods can make the wines seem flat and sometimes flabby.

Sweetness in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and the burning affect of the alcohol in the wine

Decreases the perception of body, sweetness and fruitiness of the wine

Sweetness in a dish can make a dry wine lose its fruit and be unpleasantly acidic. With any dishes containing sugar, a good general rule is to select a wine that has a higher level of sweetness e.g. a dessert wine

Umami in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and alcohol burn in the wine

Decreases the perception of body sweetness and fruitiness in the wine

Umami is the savoury taste, the Japanese call it the flavour of "deliciousness". Many foods that are considered difficult to pair contain high levels of umami without salt to counteract the hardening effects on wine. These include asparagus, eggs, mushrooms and ripe soft cheeses. Other foods that tend to be high in umami tend to be high in salt, which can counteract the impact of umami on  the wine, these foods include cured or smoked sea-food and meats as well as hard cheeses such as parmesan.

Remember that bitterness comes form the tannins extracted from the grape skins or oak. This therefor means if you have a food which is high in umami and low in salt you should go for a wine that has a low amount of tannins and a relatively low acidity content e.g white wine Frascati or red wine Pinot Noir

Salt in food:

Increases the perception of body in the wine

Decreases the perception of astringency, bitterness and acidity in the wine

Salt is wines friend when it comes to food and wine paring. 

Bitterness in food:

Increases bitterness in wine

Sensitivity to bitter taste varies from person to person. Generally, bitter flavours add to each other, so bitterness in the food alone may be at a pleasant level and the bitterness in the wine may be balanced but together the bitter levels may combine to reach an unpleasant level. If you have a food that is high in bitterness then avoid overly oaky wines or wines that are high in tannins.

Chilli heat in food:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and alcohol burn

Decreses the perception of body, richness, sweetness and frutiness in the wine

This is one of the most commonly asked questions too us, what would you pair with a curry. The simple answer is there isn't a perfect match. The heat will make tannic wines very bitter and acidic wine overly so, the only comprimise is to go for an overly aromatic white wine such as a Gewertztraminer, the floral properties and the slight amount of sweetness allow the wine to stand up to the chili heat. If not that then a good old fashioned beer. 

The golden rule that I live by is if you are eating a food from a certain region of country then pick a wine from the region or country, they normally get it right


The winners form yesterdays Spotlight tastingDate published: 15/06/14

As we had a spotlight tasting yesterday i thought it would be a good idea to share the winners from the people that tried them.

Gavi 2013 La Toledana

Grape

Cortese

Origin

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Taste

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Enjoy

An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

single bottle £11.99 buy 2 save 25% £8.99


Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese

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

£21 buy any 2 selected fine wines save £10, £16

We still have these open on the tasting counter so came and see if you agree with the experts

Wines for the WeekendDate published: 13/06/14

Asthe weather is so good this weekend I thought I woulf give you my quintessential wines for the weekend, whether it is just drinking on it's own or to go with a BBQ.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cab. Sauv.

 Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha.Each lot is individually vinified at its peak of ripeness and aged in french oak barrels.

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

Enjoy with spicy red meats, venison and goose.

Ch. Berne Grande Reclote Rose

Château de Berne has 110ha of vines, and has been producing wine since 1750. Today it is both a winery specialising mainly in rosé, and a rural leisure resort, promoting wine tourism and sustainable viticulture in the Côtes de Provence.

This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.

Best served with a Provençale lunch of anchoiade with salad and fresh tomatoes, or with grilled white fish.

Caixas Godello

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod.

These are my picks for a weekend of sunshine so come in and get them before they are all gone!



Wine of the Week: Etoile du Mer Rose LuberonDate published: 12/06/14

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours.

A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.

Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads.

£11.99 single bottle £8.99 when you buy 2 or more


New Wines on TasteDate published: 10/06/14

To continue our spotlight on New Zealand tasting week we have added three more wines onto our tasting counter today!

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc ~ buy 2 save 15% £9.98 a bottle

Villa Maria Riesling ~ special offer £8.99 a bottle

King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc ~ buy any 2 save 33.3.% £9.99 a bottle

25% off Italian WinesDate published: 09/06/14

To coincide with our Italian spotlight week (with a spotlight tasting on Saturday 14th June) the majority of our Italian section is on 25% off when you buy any 2 or more.

Some wines included in this promotion are:

Breganze Pinot grigio £5.99 a bottle

Verga Primitivo £6.74 a bottle

Chainti classico san leonino £11.99 a bottle

Stella alpina pinot grigio- £8.99 a bottle

Free Spotlight Tasting - 14th JuneDate published: 08/06/14

On Saturday 14th June at 3pm we are holding a free spotlight tasting on the wines of Italy.

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

Please RSVP to confirm your place.

Wine of the Week - The Ned Pinot NoirDate published: 08/06/14

This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay and loam soils. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot.

With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.

This wine will develop more smoky character if aged, but is great now with roast chicken, duck or turkey.


£14.99 single bottle price 

 buy any 2 save 33.3% ~ £9.99 a bottle

New Zealand Spotlight Week 6th-12th JuneDate published: 06/06/14

Today kicks off the New Zealand Spotlight week here at Majestic so if you're a fan of the wines of New Zealand you'll drfinitely want to call in and try some of the fantastic kiwi wines we'll have on taste!

Today's include

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66 a bottle

King's Thorn Pinot Gris - £9.99 a bottle

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc - £16.99 a bottle

Geisen Merlot - £8.91 a bottle

Matua Pinot Noir - £9.36 a bottle

The Ned Pinot Noir - £9.99 a bottle

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV - £14.99Date published: 05/06/14

As we move into June we have a great deal on Monopole Brut non-vintage champagne here at Majestic.

Currently on the summer selection at 33.3% off meaing it is at the fantastic price of £14.99 a bottle!

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

Wine of the Week - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013 PGI Loire ValleyDate published: 04/06/14

Pierre-Jean Sauvion is the fourth generation of a family of winemakers based at Château du Cleray. Located in the outskirts of Nantes, the estate is most famous for its Muscadet, but also makes this Sauvignon Blanc sourced from several vineyard sites further inland.

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish.

This is a new wine into Majestic and offers great value at £6.66 on the multibuy.  Come down and give the wine a try!


Ned Sauvignon Blanc back on offerDate published: 03/06/14

With the start of our June promotion we now have Ned Sauvignon Blanc back on offer at £7.98 on the multibuy.

Rosé Weather - Château de Berne Rosé 2013, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 01/06/14

The sun is shining, it's a beautiful day perfect for sitting in the garden drinking rosé. And we have a beautiful provence rosé here at Majestic wine that comes, wait for it, in a square bottle! This wine is an attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, wellbalanced and refreshing on the palate.

£14.99 single bottle price.

Buy any 2 save 15% ~ £12.74 a bottle!

On The Tasting Counter - Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2005 La Rioja AltaDate published: 31/05/14

Grapes: Grenache, Tempranillo

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

£24.00 single bottle price

Buy any 2 of selected fine wines and spirits and save £10 ~ £19.00 a bottle

Coming up - Price ChangeDate published: 30/05/14

The time has come again for the offers to change here at Majestic Wines, so now is a good time to make the most of some great offers.

But don't worry there will be a new range of wines coming on offer from Tuesday!

Exciting stuff!

On the Tasting Counter - Caixas Godello 2013Date published: 29/05/14

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.


£9.99 single bottle offer

Buy any 2 save 33.3% ~ £6.66


Final few days of the current offers!Date published: 28/05/14

This is just a quick one to say that the current offers are running out close of play Monday! so if you have been enjoying things like Veuve at less than £30 a bottle and Minuty at £9.99 then this weekend is the time to stock up! Hurry before these amazing deals end.

On The Tasting Counter - Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua ValleyDate published: 27/05/14

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties of malbec and cabernet sauvignon, 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.

Decant at least 30 minutes before serving. At its best with rare sirloin steak.


£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £7.99

Open to try - come on down!!!!!!

New in - Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013 LubéronDate published: 26/05/14

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours.

A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.

Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads.


£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £8.99

On The Tasting Counter- Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 25/05/14

Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault

Château de Berne has 110ha of vines, and has been producing wine since 1750. Today it is both a winery specialising mainly in rosé, and a rural leisure resort, promoting wine tourism and sustainable viticulture in the Côtes de Provence.

This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.

Best served with a Provençale lunch of anchoiade with salad and fresh tomatoes, or with grilled white fish.

£10.49 single bottle price.

Buy any 2 save 15% ~ £8.91


On The Tasting Counter - Primitivo 2013 Natale VergaDate published: 24/05/14

The southern part of Italy is home to Primitivo, a grape now more commonly known elsewhere as Zinfandel. This example is from vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, in the south-eastern part of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'.

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit.

Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces.

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £6.74

Come and have a try!!!!


Wedding Gift ListsDate published: 23/05/14

Are you getting married? Already have all the toasters and pans you could ever need? Why not try something different for your wedding list?

With Majestic you can create a list of wines that your guests can choose from to create a fabulous wine cellar.

What Majestic offers

A highly personal service tailored to your requirements

Free expert advice from our knowledgeable staff

Choose from fantastic wines from around the world

Your own individual Gift List web page 

Free delivery to your door arranged at your convenience


For more information check out the website! http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/gift-lists

On The Tasting Counter - Jackson Estate ‘Vintage Widow’ Pinot Noir 2011 MarlboroughDate published: 22/05/14

The hallmark of the award winning Jackson Estate winery is an unstinting devotion to quality. Made according to traditional Burgundian techniques, this effort proves that Pinot Noir, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, belongs in Marlborough.

Reveals ripe berries, spices, and earthy aromas with well integrated oak, concentrated and textured on the palate with lots of luscious fruit, a whisper of smoke leads to a satisfying finish.

Will continue to develop for up to 6 years and go well with most game dishes.

£19.99 Buy 2 bottles save 15% = £16.99

On the tasting counter to try - come on down!!!!!!!!


Wine of the week- Mud House Pinot Noir 2013, Central OtagoDate published: 21/05/14

Central Otago is the central part of New Zealand's south island, and with its free-draining loam and gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become know for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo.

An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.

£14.99 Single Bottle Price

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£9.99


Summer wine evening Date published: 20/05/14

We are filling up fast for our Summer wine evening so please make sure that you give us a call on 01442879771 to boom or alternatively email us at ber@majestic.co.uk

We are going to have 10 wines open to try as well as a guest appearance from Gonzalez Byass showing off some of their lovely products. There is also a food truck in the car park serving tapas! What more could you want from an evening?  So book now before it is full up!

Bank holiday opening hoursDate published: 19/05/14

As we are about to embark on another long weekend I thought it would be beneficial to let you know what our opening hours are:

Friday 23rd - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 24th - 9am  - 7pm

Sunday 25th - 10am - 5pm

Monday 26th - 10am - 5pm

This lets you know when we are here to sort out all of your wine needs for the long weekend 

Piedtanqué? Pétanque?Date published: 18/05/14

You may have seen our new range of great value southern french wines. Pied Tanqué comes in Red, White and Rosé. All are great value at only £5.49 a bottle and are very easy drinking no fuss, no nonsense wines! Don't believe me? Come and see for yourself- We've got the red open on the tasting counter at the moment and it's fantastic value for money!

The Name Pied Tanqué is a play on words on the traditional french game Pétanque which is a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground.

New In - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013 PGI Loire ValleyDate published: 17/05/14

New in and new on the tasting counter! 


Pierre-Jean Sauvion is the fourth generation of a family of winemakers based at Château du Cleray. Located in the outskirts of Nantes, the estate is most famous for its Muscadet, but also makes this Sauvignon Blanc sourced from several vineyard sites further inland.

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish.

Perfect with a summery baby-leaf salad with fresh tomatoes and goat's cheese.

Buy any 2 save 25% £7.49

Party Season Begins!Date published: 16/05/14

Half way through May and the weather is beautiful! Who's up for a BBQ this weekend?

Remember as well as our fantastic range of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks we also do free glass hire and have chiller bins and ice buckets available to hire (along with the ice to go in them)

We also do free delivery when you buy six or more bottles of wine. 

There's really no excuse to not throw a party with this beautiful weather!

Mix and Match any 2 selected Spirits and Fine Wine- save £10Date published: 15/05/14

We have expanded our fine wine deal to include selected spirits so now if you want to grab a great deal on fine wine you can also grab a great deal on spirits as well! Why not have a bottle of Amarone and a 12 year old speyside Single malt whisky and save yourself a tenner?! 

Whisky not your thing? No problem! Come in store or visit our website to see the full range.

Now The Sun's Here...Date published: 14/05/14

It seems that the good weather has arrived and bbq season is upon us. Here are a few wines that will go down well at the garden parties -

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £7.49

The vineyards of Vallée 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.

Caixas Albariño 2013 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas £9.39 Buy 2 bottles save 15% = £7.98

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.

Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana £10.49 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.99

Founded in 1877 by Don Miguel Martínez Berberana, this is now one of the best selling Riojas. The Reserva is matured for a minimum 2 years in American oak cask and only released when it is ready to drink.

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours. Round and full, well balanced, long and elegant.


Now get out there and enjoy that sunshine!!!!



Wine of the Week - Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine 2012 Louis LatourDate published: 14/05/14

A Burgundian-style offering produced by Maison Louis Latour, the grapes for this wine are sourced from the Vars region near the south-eastern Mediterranean coast, at similar altitudes to Latours own vineyards in the Côte de Beaune.

Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose, a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, leading to a rounded finish.

Super value at £9.99 a bottle

Staff Choice - Bouvet Saumur Loire RoséDate published: 12/05/14

It may not be rosé weather at the moment, but we can always hope some optimistic buying will turn the weather around.

This wine is lovely and light with raspberry and peach fruit characteristics and a inviting floral nose. The mousse is delicate and the wine is a very pretty salmon pink colour.

Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet and his wife, Celestine Ladubay. It is now one of the Loire's largest sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local growers and produce the wine using the traditional Champagne method.


This is a great bargain at £8.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 wines from the summer selection.


Interested in Web Exclusive wine offers?Date published: 11/05/14

At Majestic wine we often acquire small parcels of exclusive wines at very competitive prices.  These are only offered to customers on our private e-mail list due to the small number of bottles acquired.  If you are interested in receiving these offers then please send us an e-mail at Majestic Berkhamsted and we would be happy to add you to the list.

Callum's Saturday KitchenDate published: 10/05/14

This week we are doing a very summery dish, morels are bang in season at this time of year and is the perfect accompanyment for the meaty monkfish.

Ingredients

For the parsley butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 shallot, finely chopped

100g/3½oz button mushrooms, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

250g/9oz butter, cut into cubes, at room temperature

10g/¼oz chopped flatleaf parsley

1 shallot, finely chopped

For the monkfish

100g/3½oz morel mushrooms

olive oil, for frying

2 shallots, finely chopped

100ml/3½fl oz white wine

250ml/9fl oz chicken or fish stock, plus splash of stock to cook the asparagus

100g/3½oz broad beans

100g/3½oz peas

12 spears asparagus

salt

4 fillets monkfish (about 130-150g/4½-5½oz each)

50g/1¾oz Iberico ham, thinly sliced

1 lemon, juice only

Method

For the parsley butter, heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the shallot, mushrooms and garlic until they are softened. Set aside to cool.

Mix the shallot and mushroom mixture in a bowl with the butter and chopped parsley. Set aside.

For the monkfish, preheat the oven to 230C/450F/Gas 6 and clean the morels thoroughly. Heat a dash of olive oil in a saucepan and fry the shallots and morels for 2-4 minutes. Add the white wine and chicken or fish stock and cook for about 6-8 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has significantly reduced.

Add the broad beans and then the peas and stir through a little of the parsley butter.

Place the asparagus in a pan with a little olive oil, salt and a splash of stock and put a lid on. Cook for 2-4 minutes – it will steam in its own juices.

Heat a dash of olive oil in an ovenproof pan and cook the monkfish until nicely browned all over. Transfer to the oven to cook for four minutes. Once out of the oven place a slice of ham on top of each portion of fish so that it starts to melt while resting. Leave to rest for at least four minutes.

To serve, spoon the buttery peas and broad beans onto each plate, then the asparagus and morels. Place the monkfish on top. Save the juices from the morels and the asparagus pan. Add another splash of olive oil and lemon juice to the pan juices and use this as a sauce. Serve any remaining parsley butter on the side.

What to drink?

With such a rich dish you need a wine that has a good acidity. the wine I have chosen this week is the fantastic Mud House Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a wonderful aroma of passion fruit and gooseberry, this is all backed up by a bracing acidity that will cut through the richness of the dish.

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 single bottle £6.66 when you buy 2 or more 


New In - Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 09/05/14

Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.

This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

Allow to breathe for an hour or so, then serve with lamb or beef.

£12.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £9.74

New In- Mud House Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 08/05/14

We are welcoming a new Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough to our range. Mud House has been retailed in the UK through smaller retailers and off-licences for a few years now and now we have added it to our range at the amazing price of £6.66 when you buy two or more wines from the summer selection.

And if the price was not tempting enough we also have it open on the tasting counter for you to "try before you buy"

Come in and try "The Next Big Thing"

Staff Choice - Santa Rita 120 Carménère 2013 Central ValleyDate published: 08/05/14

Santa Rita's 120 range has been named in tribute to 120 freedom fighters who sheltered at the Santa Rita winery during Chile's war of independence in 1814. The Carmènère is sourced from a range of vineyard sites throughout Chile's Central Valley.

A lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak.

Enjoy with simple pasta dishes, grilled lamb chops or simply on its own.


£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £6.74

Bring A Friend to Majestic!Date published: 07/05/14

We are currently giving out vouchers in store for our "Bring a Friend to Majestic" promotion, if you are an existing customer ask a member of the team for one of these vouchers and then next time you shop with us, bring a friend who is not already on our mailing list and if they also buy six bottles you both get a free bottle up to value of £10 on us!


Any questions, ask a member of the team!

Wine of the Week - Château Guiot Rosé 2013 Costières de Nîmes, FranceDate published: 06/05/14

From the Nîmes region at the foot of the Rhône appellation, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault are grown on the unique rolling pebbles, or 'gress' of Château Guiot. The colour is obtained by keeping the skins in contact with the juice before fermentation.

Perfume, red berries, spice, summer berries and blossom aromas with an off-dry, medium weight of fruit, clean and mineral acidity and a vibrant sweet redcurrant finish.

A wine that will bring sunshine to the cloudiest day, best enjoyed young. An apéritif or partner to tortellini with rabbit ragout.

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save 15% = £7.64

Open on the tasting counter to try!!!!!!


New in - Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 05/05/14

We have another premium Provencal Rose with some real prestige. The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.

A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. £17.99 a bottle.

Spotlight on Chile tasting weekDate published: 04/05/14

Yesterday, we kicked off our Spotlight of Chile tasting week with a spotlight tasting- but don't worry if you missed it we've still got the wines open for you to try on our tasting counter!

During this batch of promotions we have a great selection of Chilean wines on 33% off.

 These include the new in First Class Pinot Noir down to £5.99 , the 120 Sauvignon Blanc down to £5.99. the Montes Twins  down to £7.99 and many more! Come in and see us or check out our website to see the full range!

New in: Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013 LubéronDate published: 03/05/14

Origin

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours.

A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.

£11.99, Buy 2 bottles save 25%: £8.99


Staff Choice - Domaine Ferrandière Pinot Noir 2013 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 02/05/14

Domaine Ferrandière is situated on the site of an ancient maritime lagoon. The area is deliberately flooded each spring to reduce the salinity of the soil. This unique terroir was unaffected by phyloxxera and therefore supports ungrafted vines.

A soft, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, with an emphasis on ripe red berry fruit character. Short-term oak maturation has added subtle herb and spice notes.

Drink with poultry or medium-strength cheeses.

£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.66

Open on the tasting counter to try!!!!


Wine of the Week; Gavi La TolendanaDate published: 30/04/14

Grape: Cortese

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

£11.99 Single bottle price

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33.3%*

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

£7.99


New Summer Pricing Date published: 29/04/14

We have decided to try and simplify our offers.  We now have 3 promotional mechanics in play and customers can buy any '2' wines off the same mechanic to get the discount.  We now have 33% off (orange signs), 25% off (teal signs) and 15% off (purple signs).

We hope this improves the shopping experience and at the same time enables customers to buy more single bottles to try.


Just In - Pesquera Reserva Especial 2003, Ribera del DueroDate published: 28/04/14

This is a 'limited edition' reserva made from grapes specially selected from the 2003 vintage.The wine has undergone a total of 30 months in American oak barriques, and is now showing extremely well following the last few years of bottle-age. A serious, well structured wine, with a smoothly polished feel and layers of black fruit and spice. Drink now - 2016

£30 when you buy 2 or more, £35 single bottle price.


Sunday Roast BeefDate published: 27/04/14

Roast beef with all the trimmings, nothing better on a Sunday. But you need the right wine -

Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 McLaren Vale

From a tiny boutique winery in the up-and-coming McLaren Vale region. This area has a climate similar to Bordeaux except, in the words of one winemaker, it never rains and it’s never frosty. This full-bodied Cabernet is aged for 18 months in both French and American oak.

Blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours, enhanced by hints of mint and plenty of toasty oak and cedar notes on the palate. Smooth and velvety, revealing sweet tannins on the finish.


£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8 = £10.99


Callum's Saturday kitchen Date published: 26/04/14

Tis the season for Asparagus! This is a particularly joyous time of year for chefs as British Asparagus is the best in the world. This recepie really brings out the freshness in the Asparagus and is truely a Spring treat!

Chilled Asparagus Soup with crispy Pancetta and 

Ingredients:

2 large bushels of Asparagus

1 large white onion

1 litre of Chicken stock

1 bunch of Mint

10 rashers of Pancetta 

Method:

1) Finely dice the onions and sweat in a little butter with the mint tied in a bunch. Remove the woody ends of the Asparagus and the tips. Slice the stalks and add to the sweated down onion.

2) When the Asparagus has softened slightly add the chicken stock and cover. Allow to cook for 5-7 mins, never let it boil or it will loose its green colour.

3) Remove the bunch of mint and blitz the soup. Strain through a fine sieve over some freezer blocks to cool the soup quickly so that it retains its's colour. Place the soup in the fridge and allow to cool completely.

4) Grill the Pancetta until it is crispy and leave to one side to cool, keep the fat that has drained off the meat. 

5) To serve pour some soup into chilled bowls, scatter over the crispy Pancetta and finely sliced mint. Lastly cut the Asparagus tips in half and place in the soup as well. Drizzle over the pancetta fat. Serve immediately.

What to drink?

With this dish being so fresh and light it needs a wine that is also fresh and light. The Quinta Azevedo Vinho Verde is exactly that! The literal translation is green wine so perfect for a green dish. On the nose there is white peach and strong citrus aromas, these flavours follow through on the palate backed up by a refreshing acidity that is perfect to cut through the richness of the pancetta.

Quinta Azevedo Vinho Verde buy any 2 save 33% £5.99 a bottle 

Last weekend of the current Pick'n'MixDate published: 25/04/14

To all of you lovely people that have been enjoying the current Pick'n'Mix selection this is a warning that you only have until the 28th to stock up!

The Ned is all gone but do not worry we are getting some in mid-May. You can secure it at the £6.99 price if you pay before the end of the promotion.

If you can't wait that long then we have the excellent Oyster bay at an amazing price of £7.99 a bottle which is a fantastic alternative to the much loved Ned.

Please give us a call to order or pop in before it is too late!

New In - Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 Léon PerdigalDate published: 24/04/14

This wine is a blend of five traditional white varieties(Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and viognier) sourced from several vinyard areas across the southern Rhône, including the districts of Vaucluse, Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. Fermented at low temperatures and matured without oak.

An approachable wine with medium intensity and a gently complex nose of pear, white peach and delicate honeysuckle scents. A rounded palate with a pleasing balance between roundness and crisp acidity.

A good all-rounder for pairing with food. Ideal with chicken or fish in light sauces.



£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99

Wine of the Week (WOW) Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho VerdeDate published: 23/04/14

Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.

Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish. 

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

Open on the tasting counter to try before you buy. 

Beat Those Tuesday Blues!!Date published: 22/04/14

The bank holiday is over and most of you it is back to the grindstone today. But all is not lost, the holiday is over but the great wine deals go on!! Here is a few of the great deals in store that may just bring a smile to your face:

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV   £45.00 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £29.98

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £11.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £7.99

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques' 2012 £17.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £14.99

Something for everyone - come on down!!!


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

Open on the tasting counter!!

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

Open on the tasting counter!!

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

Open on the tasting counter to try!!



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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Like this wine? Book a place for our Winter tasting Tuesday 26th November starting from 6pm for lots more delicious wines to try... for free! 


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. 

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

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.

Store Events(4)

South Africa Tasting Week

12 September 2014 - 19 September 2014

All throughout the week there will be a range of South African wines open to try on our tasting counter. Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux blends - there'll be something for everyone! Everyone welcome.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

11 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

Spotlight on South Africa - we'll throw some light on 6 wines in 30mins. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

RSVP

Argentina Tasting Week

5 September 2014 - 11 September 2014

All this week we will have a selection of wines from Argentina open on our tasting counter. You might have discovered Malbec but what about Torrontes or Tannat? Everyone welcome.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

4 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

We are throwing the spotlight on wines from Argentina. Join us in store to try 6 wines in 30 mins and sample the delights of this country. Please RSVP to confirm your place.

RSVP

Store Tasting(6)

What we're tasting today...

Meet the team...

  • Danielle Trainee Manager

    Hello Berkhamsted! I am the newest member and am especially looking forward to meeting all the new people and immersing myself into the wonderful world of wine! I love a cheeky glass of Old Vine Zinfandel and can never say no to a good Rioja.
  • 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!)
  • Ed K Trainee Manager

    I started here in April this year, and I am currently going through my WSET level 3 award in wines and spirits, so please come down and test my knowledge! My current favourites are Aussie Chardonnay and a good, full-bodied Shiraz. I'm a keen tennis player and I've played the drums for 11 years.
  • Nikki Senior Assistant Manager

    I'm back ! After spending time some time in our High Wycombe and Amersham branches. I love big fruity reds such as the Ridge wines and Ribero del Dueros, but would never say no to a glass of fizz or two !!
  • Rosie Trainee Manager

    Quite recognisable as the only girl on the team, I have moved to the Berkhamsted store after starting out at the Reading store. I'm gearing up to do my WSET level 3 so can often be seen with a book in my hand trying to memorise the ageing rules of Spanish wine. I am partial to an oaked Chardonnay, but will never say no to a glass of Champagne!

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