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T: 01482 868 050
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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
18 Norwood
Beverley
HU17 9EY
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(256)

Black Cottage- A fantastic producer! Part 3 Date published: 18/04/14

Black Cottage- A fantastic producer! 

In part three I will be looking at the Black Cottage Rosé 2013 Marlborough, Marlborough. £9.99 when you buy two or more

Well I've heard excellent things about this rosé and I will be definitely trying some over the coming weeks when we will hopefully see some sunshine. I think the success and popularity of this rosé lies in the French wine making style. Here is the tasting note:

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio/GrisOrigin

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.

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

Online customer review: 

"Easy drinking rose.Ideal Summer wine, very refreshing and soft easy drinking style"

Wine of the Week- Chianti Poggio Galiga 2012 GratiDate published: 18/04/14

Wine of the Week

Chianti Poggio Galiga 2012 Grati

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more Pick 'n' Mix Wines

Looking for an easy drinking, mouthwatering red?

Region: Their estate is located in the DOCG of Rufina, a zone identified as one of Tuscany's finest.

Grapes: Sangiovese and two other Tuscan varieties; Canaiolo and Colorino.

Nose: Classic aromas of red cherries backed by a slight smokey edge.

Palate: A lively ruby colour, this is a classic Chianti offering a nose of cherry-like fruit from the Sangiovese. The style of wine is juicy with lots of youthful red fruits.The tannin is refined and elegant with mouthwatering acidtity and a dry finish.

Food Match: Pizza or Pasta

The perfect pizza wine for your weekend!


Black Cottage- A fantastic producer! Part 2Date published: 17/04/14

Black Cottage- A fantastic producer! 

In part two I will be looking at the Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough. £9.99 when you buy two or more

For me this has to be one the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's at the ten pound price range, here at Majestic Wine. 

The producer: Winemaker David Clouston spent a number of years working at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough, and now lives in a black -painted wooden cottage in the Wairau Valley after which the winery is named. Combining selected parcels of fruit with new and alternative winemaking techniques, we create very special wines that are approachable and delicious. The fruit is sourced from the Awatere (drier and cooler and windier climate) and Wairau valleys, which is then blended to make a delicious style. 

Tasting Note: For me this has to be one Classic gooseberry aromas can be found which continues onto more tropical fruits on the palate. A superbly balanced wine with a beautiful and elegant texture. 

Food Match: As suggested this could be enjoyed with a feta or crayfish salad. 

Customer review found at www.majestic.co.uk 

"An excellent NZ SBA true NZ classic, with a real depth of flavour. Masses of gooseberry notes with a delicious and lingering aftertaste. Definitely one to savour with or without food - a new must on our buying list!" 

Find out more by visiting: www.blackcottage.co.nz

Black Cottage- A fantastic producer! Part 1 Date published: 16/04/14

Black Cottage- A fantastic producer! 

In part one I will be looking at the Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough wine. 

This wine is relatively new to Majestic and I recently had the privilege of tasting it not so long ago. 

- Delicately pink coloured in the glass, you will find fantastic aromas of pear and pudding spice on the nose. The wine is every so slightly sweet and balanced with a gentle acidity (less racier than their sauvignon blanc). 

If your looking for food pairing then Fiona Beckett recently wrote an article in the Guardian: 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/15/wine-pairing-for-asian-food

A word from the producer to Majestic Wine: 

"We're chuffed you have our Pinot Gris and thanks for the incredible feedback via email and twitter. 2013 was a very special vintage for Pinot Gris in Marlborough and the wine has developed a lovely savory spice to back the pear nectar and bright acid line. This has been our summer tipple of choice and you¹ll be pleased to know 2014 is shaping up to be another great Gris vintage."

Please follow Black Cottage on Twitter: @BlackCottageNz

Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2010 - Cracking Deal!! Date published: 15/04/14

Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2010

£10.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Pick 'n' Mix Wines

The Vinalba Malbec Reserva is made rom grapes grown in vineyards from the foot of the Andes. Grapes grown at different altitudes are selected to help create a wine with perfect balance of tannin, acidity and fruit.

An award winning wine with a powerful nose of black fruit and smoke leading to a generous palate of damson, plum and blackberry with a smooth chocolate texture and smooth tannins.

The full body but juicy nature of this wine make it a wonderful match for steak. Also a fabulous barbecue wine, matching superbly with char-grilled flavours. 


Clos du Bois Chardonnay 25% Off Date published: 14/04/14

Clos du Bois Chardonnay 25% Off 

Here we have brilliant wine coming made in the North Coast region of California. The producer are widely known for making excellent quaff-able wines at a good price, however I feel this wine punches well above its weight. The winery have been producing wines for over 35 years, and have adopted a french wine making style. The suggested retail price in the U.S is $15, and we are offering it at just £9.74 in our current promotion which ends on the 28th April. 

The style is creamy and rich with lots of apples and pear flavours. The acidity is still fresh, and the finish dry. A lovely smooth and lush texture and overall really well balanced. 

Alcohol 13.5%

Food Matches: Fish in lemon butter

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 Bierzo £7.49 when you buy 2 or moreDate published: 14/04/14

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 Bierzo £7.49 when you buy 2 or more

Here we have some information provided by the producer about a new wine which we have in stock. We have been trying it last week on the Tasting Counter and customers have really warmed towards it. Sure to be a hit this summer!! 

Its 80-year-old vines have already been farmed by many different generations. Its slate soils have witnessed the hard work of their people, as well as the enthusiasm and joy of the young people. In the very heart of Bierzo, it can be found Otero where unique vineyards in the world exist. And with the grapes from these unique vineyards it is made Pizarras de Otero. 

Pizarras de Otero captures the essence of its native land. It brings us the colours, aromas and flavours of Bierzo. Born of ancient traditions Pizarras de Otero is a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth.

And this is the result, four steps to taste:

Appearance: bright raspberry red.

Nose: hints of red fruit and floral aromas.

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

TYPE OF WINE: Rosé

D.O: Bierzo

VINE: 100% Mencía

YIELD: 40hl/ha

FERMENTATION: stainless steel vats with temperature control

ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14 % Vol.

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

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 8-10ºC


Craft Beers and Ales: Majestic Favourites (Part Four of Four)Date published: 13/04/14

Craft Beers and Ales: Majestic Favourites (Part Four of Four)

"Hello there! Jessica here, the new Assistant Manager in Beverley. I thought I'd take this chance to share with you some information that I gathered when I worked in store Chester. We decided to look more in detail at our Craft Beers and Ales so we could pass on the information to you lovely customers. Here are some brief facts about some of the different products that we stock."

Samuel Adams Boston Lager 

STYLE: FLAGSHIP CRAFT BEER, A VIENNA LAGER.RICH AND SATISFYING, A FULL BODIED ORIGINAL BREW. 

STRENGTH: 4.80%  

WHERE: U.S.A, MASSACHUSETTS  

WHATS SPECIAL? 'OUR FLAGSHIP CRAFT BEER' A RECREATION OF A 19TH CENTURY RECIPE.  

'TRY IF YOU LIKE WHEAT BEER, FULL BODIED IN STYLE'  

Marstons EPA

STYLE: ENGLISH PALE ALE. EASY DRINKING AND LIGHT

CLEAR GOLDEN IN COLOUR. 'A REFRESHING LIGHTER BLONDE ALE WITH CITRUSSY HOPS'

STRENGTH: 3.60%

WHERE: BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND

INGREDIENTS: ENGLISH HOPS AND BARLEY

WHATS SPECIAL? SMOOTH AND EASY DRINKING

'MUCH LIGHTER THAN AN AMERICAN PALE ALE, GOOD SESSION BEER!'



Free Wine Tasting EventsDate published: 13/04/14

Free Wine Tasting Events at Majestic Wine Beverley

We love sharing our enthusiasm for wine here at Majestic Beverley, so we're hosting a series of free tasting events for you to enjoy

The Wine Course

An introduction to the world of wine, in a 60 minute session we'll learn the basics – how it's made, how to taste it, and how to find out what you like. We'll also have a few nibbles and look at how to match food and wine.

Tuesday 20th May at 5.00pm

If you'd like to attend a wine course but these dates don't suit your schedule, let us know and we can arrange one to suit you.

Tasting Weeks

Explore everything these countries have to offer with a whole week of their wines open on our tasting counter

Easter Tasting Selection Friday 18th- Thursday 24th April

Chilean Wines- Friday 2nd May- Thursday 8th May 

Italian Wines- Fri 13th- Thurs 19th June 

Wine Evening 

Summer Wine Evening: Thursday 8th May at 6.30pm onwards 

Sample a variety of wines as you discover the labels to look out for this season. Sign up at the till point. 

External Tastings

Part of a social club, golf club or wine circle? 

We can  provide glasses, staff and expertise for external tastings for you and your friends. 

Please call to find out more or visit our Events page on the website. 


Sharps Doom Bar- Back in Stock £1.85 a bottle on offerDate published: 13/04/14

Sharps Doombar  

Back in Stock!! 

STYLE: BEER. 'A BALANCE OF SPICY HOP, INVITING SWEET MALT AND DELICATE ROASTED NOTES, SUCCULENT DRY FRUITS AND A SLIGHT BITTER FINISH''

STRENGTH: 4.30%

WHERE: ENGLAND, CORNWALL. [EST 1994.]

WHATS SPECIAL? THE BREWERY DOESNT OWN RESTAURANTS OR BARS AND FOCUSES SOLEY ON BREWING. HEAD BREWER HAS MORE THAN 3 DECADES OF EXPERIENCE.

AWARDS: NO1 CASK BEER IN THE UK [APRIL 2013]

JESS SAYS: 'OUR BEST SELLING ALE,APPROACHABLE SMOOTH &WELL BALANCED'

£ 2.10 per bottle or £1.85 when you buy two or more cases of selected bottled ales


Craft Beers and Ales: Something Different (Part Three of Four)Date published: 12/04/14

Craft Beers and Ales: Something Different (Part Three of Four)

"Hello there! Jessica here, the new Assistant Manager in Beverley. I thought I'd take this chance to share with you some information that I gathered when I worked in store Chester. We decided to look more in detail at our Craft Beers and Ales so we could pass on the information to you lovely customers. Here are some brief facts about some of the different products that we stock."

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

STYLE: WHITE ALE. LIGHT AND VERSITILE. SMOOTH AND REFRESHING

STRENGTH: 5.20%

WHERE: ICELAND. 60 MILES SOUTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

TASTE: 'ORANGE PEEL AND CORIANDER' [ON WEBSITE]

WHATS SPECIAL? UNFILTERED USING THE PUREST WATER ON EARTH.

CHRIS SAYS: 'LIGHT LEMON COLOUR WITH FASCINATING AROMAS, WITH FLORAL NOTES AND DELICATE FRUITS'

Brew Dog Punk IPA

STYLE: INDIA PALE ALE, VERY HOPPY AND FULL FLAVOURED WITH AN AGGRESSIVE BITTER FINISH. AMERICAN IN STYLE. DARK AMBER IN COLOUR.

STRENGTH: 5.60%

WHERE: SCOTLAND, ABERDEENSHIRE

WHATS SPECIAL? A TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSIC IPA'S OF YESTERYEAR'

BEN SAYS: ''RICH WITH AN INTENSE COLOUR, FULL BODIED IN STYLE'

'LOTS OF AROMA INTENSITY AND SAVOURY CHARACTERISTICS 


Wine of the Week- Yali Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 12/04/14

Wine of the Week- Yali Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 when you buy 2 or more Pick 'n' Mix Wines.

Looking for a sauvignon blanc at a great price?

Region: Alto Cachapoal is located in the Rapel Valley, and is one of Chile's most highly-prized terroirs. The high altitude and alluvial soils help contribute to the intense colour and aromatics.  A great 'carbon neutral' certified producer, who carry out conservation work.

Nose: Grassy and citrussy

Palate: The nose continues onto the palate with flavours of lime and grapefruit. 4 months of lees ageing gives the wine depth of flavour. 

Finish: Zingy and dry

Food Match: Light seafood dishes

Overall I find this a brilliant wine at an excellent price

Open to Taste now!! 


Recent Press MentionsDate published: 12/04/14

Recent Press Mentions

The Times- Jane MacQuitty -12th April

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, 2013

£5.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

So we featured this product in last weeks press mentions as Jamie Goode reviewed it in the Sunday Express, however we are continuing to promote this brilliant wine in our Pick 'n' Mix range.

A bright, zesty and youthful dry wine with a natural Spritz. 11% alcohol.

Gavi Araldica, 2013

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy

'Fresh in style, this is a clean citrussy wine with moderate acidity.'

Women & Home Magazine- Tim Atkin-April Issue

2004 Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva

'Pale Savoury and Wonderfully complex'

One of our best selling fine wines, a stunning example.

Soft integrated tannin with earthy spice and deep red fruits. 


Craft Beers and Ales: English Beauties (Part Two of Four)Date published: 11/04/14

Craft Beers and Ales: English Beauties (Part Two of Four)

"Hello there! Jessica here, the new Assistant Manager in Beverley. I thought I'd take this chance to share with you some information that I gathered when I worked in store Chester. We decided to look more in detail at our Craft Beers and Ales so we could pass on the information to you lovely customers. Here are some brief facts about some of the different products that we stock."

Curious Brew IPA

STYLE: INDIA PALE ALE

STRENGTH: 5.60%

WHERE: ENGLAND, TENTERDEN KENT

INGREDIENTS: HOPS: 1- ENGLISH GOLDINGS [ADDS FRESHNESS AND SWEETNESS] 2- BRAMLING CROSS [A FORESTY FRUIT BEAUTY] 3- CHINOOK [PUNCHY SPICE AND AROMATICS]

ALSO CONTAINS BARLEY AND WHEAT MALTS.

WHATS SPECIAL? THREE DIFFERENT HOPS!

MARK SAYS: 'EXTREMELY CITRUSSY AND VERY HOPPY, LAYERS OF FLAVOUR'

Curious Brew Lager

STYLE: PREMIUM LAGER. DRIER, CLEANER +FRESHER AND FRAGRANT!

STRENGTH: 4.70%

WHERE: ENGLAND, TENTERDEN KENT

INGREDIENTS: EAST ANGLIAN MALT, SAAZ AND CASCADE HOPS

WHATS SPECIAL? RE-FERMENTED USING CHAMPAGNE YEAST BEFORE ADDING A 'DOSAGE' OF THE RARE AND FRAGRANT NELSON SAUVIN HOP.

AWARDS: GOLD MEDAL AT INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE, ONLY ONE OF 30 IN THE WORLD.

 'SO FAR AWAY FROM MASS-PRODUCED LAGER, SIMPLY AMAZING'


Easter Weekend Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Easter Weekend Opening Hours

Good Evening All,

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:

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

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

Sunday 20th April - Closed

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

Thank you for shopping at Majestic Wine Beverley

Craft Beers and Ales: American Offerings (Part One of Four)Date published: 10/04/14

Craft Beers and Ales: American Offerings (Part One of Four)

"Hello there! Jessica here, the new Assistant Manager in Beverley. I thought I'd take this chance to share with you some information that I gathered when I worked in store Chester. We decided to look more in detail at our Craft Beers and Ales so we could pass on the information to you lovely customers. Here are some brief facts about some of the different products that we stock."

ANCHOR STEAM BEER: 

STYLE: BEER WITH A THICK CREAMY HEAD. RICH AND DISTINCTIVE FLAVOUR. DEEP AMBER COLOUR.

STRENGTH: 4.90%

WHERE: U.S.A SAN FRANCISCO

INGREDIENTS: PALE AND CARAMEL MALTS.

WHATS SPECIAL?: FOUNDED IN 1896. ONE OF THE LAST BREWERIES TO PRODUCE CALAFORNIAN COMMON BEER.

' A HIT OF CITRUS FROM THE HOPS FOLLOWED BY A MALTY FINISH, PAIR WITH SALTY SNACKS'


BROOKLYN LAGER: 

STYLE: AMERICAN AMBER LAGER

STRENGTH: 5.20%

WHERE: U.S.A. NEW YORK CITY.

TASTE: REFRESHING BITTERNESS AND FLORAL HOP AROMA. CARAMEL MALTS ON FINISH. A FIRM MALT CENTER

AWARDS: 2010 AND 2011 WORLD BEER CHAMPS GOLD MEDALS

'CAN PAIR WITH AN ARRAY OF FOOD LIKE STEAK, BBQ, CHINESE AND FARMHOUSE CHEDDAR'


FLYING DOG, UNDERDOG ATLANTIC LAGER: 

STYLE: A. LIGHT AND REFRESHING LAGER WITH A CRISP HOP CHARACTER. EASIER TO DRINK THAN BROOKLYN AND ANCHORSTEAM

STRENGTH: 4.70%

WHERE: U.S.A MARYLAND

INGREDIENTS: RYE AND WHEAT

WHATS SPECIAL? UNIQUE LABEL DESIGNED BY RALPH STEADMAN

JESS SAYS: 'LOVELY HERBY NOTES, WHICH PAIRS WELL WITH SIMPLE SALADS AND LIGHT PROTEINS'

All these products come in packs of six priced at £9.99 when you buy two or more. You can mix and match across the range

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon- Pick 'n' Mix Date published: 09/04/14

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon- Pick 'n' Mix Offer

So I've been intrigued by this wine for some time now. It is a relatively new product to our range and has an eye catching 'burnt sienna' coloured label. This I have learnt, may have something to do with the 'terra rossa' soil (reddish colour) which is a characteristic of the Coonawarra region in South Australia. Coonawarra is flat area pretty much in the middle of nowhere and is renowned for producing opulent and intense cabs. 

This particular example is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and made in a fruit driven style. The grapes have been selected from the a mature block of vines.  

The main flavours focus on cassis or blackcurrant which is a classic characteristic of cab sauv. The wine has a decent structure and according to the producer (Leconfield) will cellar for a couple of years. It can however be enjoyed now and is well priced on our Pick 'n' Mix promotion at £8.66. 

Don't forget you can mix and match this with other wines in the promotion and still get this fantastic offer. 


Recent Press MentionsDate published: 09/04/14

Recent Press Mentions

Mail on Sunday-Olly Smith- 30th March

Planalto White Reserva, 2012

£6.49 when you buy 2 or more

“Fragrant and fresh with delicate zing, it’s a pristine white blended from little known grapes.”

Staff Review: “I recently tasted this wine for the first time and was absolutely astounded at the quality for the price. Reminiscent for me of white Burgundy, with soft citrus and plenty of body as well as carrying crisp acidity, an absolute winner”.

Sunday Express-Jamie Goode-30th March

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, 2013

£5.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

Here we have a bright and zesty, youthful wine, with a hint of sparkle as expected. Fantastic as an aperitif. Why not give this one a try today. 

Women & Home Magazine- Tim Atkin-April Issue

2004 Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva

'Pale Savoury and Wonderfully complex'

One of our best selling fine wines, a stunning example.

Soft integrated tannin with earthy spice and deep red fruits. 



Spanish Tasting Week- Free Tasting notes Date published: 08/04/14

Spanish Tasting Week- Free Tasting notes 

As part of our Spanish Tasting Week we thought that we would share with you some Tasting Notes about the wines we have selected to try and compare on our Tasting Counter. These are just some of the wines available to try which featured on the Spotlight Tasting. 

White Wines 

An interesting Spanish offering here, not to be confused with Albarino!! 

El Rescatado Albarin 2013 Tierra deLeon £12.99, or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

- Albarin is an ancient and almost totally forgotten grape variety. In fact there are no more than 100 hectares of Albarin planted for wine production,all of them in this part of Spain.

- The secret to this wine is the wayyields are controlled. With such humidconditions, the vines produce alot of grapes. Keeping the yields low leads to flavour and body in the wine.

- A delicious conundrum, this wine seems all at once fresh, oily, rich,fruity, and clean, with minerality and zesty yet tropical fruit. Supreme balance.

Red Wines 

El Parador Crianza 2009 Navarra £9.99, or £7.49 when you buy 2 or more

- Founded in 1647, J.Chivite Vineyards is one of the oldest producers in Spain going today. Their commitment to quality is unparalleled and this tends to come across in the wines.

- Navarra is a super area to get in-volved in. Neighbouring Rioja, the climate is similar, but the rules much less stringent, so winemakers have a lot more freedom for expression.

- Made from mainly Cabernet and Tempranillo, the power in the grapes allows the wine to easily take 12 months in new American oak barrels, which softens and seasons the wine.

- A big core of red fruit is supported by the complexity of the oak - vanilla, clove, smoke and leather are all hint-ed at without being overpowering. Excellent judgement and balance.

Montecastrillo 2012 Ribera del Duero£9.99, or £7.99 x 2

- Finca Torremilanos own some of the oldest vines in Ribera del Duero, a lot as old as 100 years. This is handy as their goal is to make one of the best wines in the world.

- The Ribera del Duero is arguably the finest wine making region in Spain. Vineyards high up on the hills mean cool nights and hot windswept days—perfect for intense wine.

- 100 % Tempranillo, which is a grape that thrives in Spain. It needs day-time heat and certainly a lot of sun, but the secret really is the cool nights—elegance but intense

- Lots of rich red fruit, excellent concentration, but it isn’t full bodied or chewy. The tannin's are bright and evident, but it’s clearly a wine that’s been handled with care.

Pétalos Bierzo 2011 Descendientes de J. Palacios£18.99, or £15.99 x 2

-Alvaro Palacios is one of the worlds greatest Winemakers. His Iconic Pri-orat, L’Hermita is Spain’s most ex-pensive bottle, and his top Bierzo, ‘La Faraona’ is getting very pricy too

- The vineyards are farmed biodynamically, with very little vineyard intervention. Crop management and pre-cise handling in the winery are hall-marks of Palacios’ winemaking

- An incredible concoction of flavour, it’s savoury like herbs and olives, with sweet rich fruit on top, a little oak and a fleshy, silky mouthfeel. To think this is his ‘village’ wine

Wine of the Week Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de RiscalDate published: 08/04/14

Wine of the Week

Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano (Grenache)  Mazuelo (Carignan) 

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

Taste: A classic Rioja Reserva using all three grape varieties which adds depth and structure. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. 

Enjoy: This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

Great at just £10.99 when you buy with any other pick and mix wine. 

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere ValleyDate published: 05/04/14

Looking for a dry crisp white, bursting with fruit flavour and mouthwatering acidty?!?

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere Valley

WAS £12.49 NOW £9.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines

Region: Marlborough (North Tip of the South Island) is regarded as the most famous wine growing region in NZ. Vines were first planted in 1973. The climate is hot and sunny with moderating coastal winds. It has the most hours of sunshine across NZ,

Sub region: Awatere Valley, located to the South East of Marlborough. The grapes take one or two weeks longer to ripen and show intense flavour. Intense sun and dry winds are responsible for the intense fruit flavour.

Producer: 'Vavasour describes the wine as 'concentrated, explosively fragrant & literal'.  


Bellingham “Bernard Series” Old Vine Chenin BlancDate published: 04/04/14

Last week I wrote an article on the Bellingham Viognier, and here we have some information about the Chenin Blanc which is equally as good. 

Bellingham “Bernard Series” Old Vine Chenin Blanc LIMITED STOCK IN STORE. 

£9.99 when you buy two bottles (£11.99 single bottle price)

This exceptional South African white wine is made using old, low-yielding Chenin vines. This leads to a depth and concentration of flavour rarely achieved in wines at this price point. The Bernard Series takes its name from the legend of Bernard Podlashuk; founder and original winemaker.Truly a handcrafted and quality wine. 

Matured in French oak, the wine demonstrates a refreshing palate of both tropical and citrus fruit. Weighty in consistency, this is an excellent example of South African Chenin Blanc. This is complemented by generous vanilla spice and honeysuckle. A lingering finish is sure to leave you wanting more or this great value Western Cape offering. 

When matching food and wine it is important to concentrate on the most prominent flavours of the dish concerned. The Chenin Blanc grape gives a good amount of acidity to the resulting wine, which should also be considered when matching this particular style.

For me, the Bernard Series drinks perfectly alongside pan fried fish or scallops. Refreshing acidity and a bite of citrus marry the delicate flavours of the dishes without overpowering them.


What is 'The Ned' and why is everyone raving about it?! £6.99Date published: 03/04/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2013

£6.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix 

(£10.49 single bottle price)

There's good reason why The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is Majestic's best selling wine across the whole of the UK. Winemakers Marisco have truly encapsulated the magic of New Zealand in this beautiful and high-quality wine.

The nose is bursting with bright, fresh citrus fruits and the trademark gooseberry scent that accompanies all good Marlborough sauvignons. The palate is awash with yet more lemon and green apple, with crisp and persistent acidity to leave you longing for more.

At £6.99 this really is a stunning deal. It's a perfect wine for a whole variety of occasions, from an early Spring BBQ to a match for your Friday night fish dishes. 

Grab it while you can!! Offer ends 28th April. 

Arrowfield Wines- Special Parcel Limited availability Date published: 02/04/14

Arrowfield Wines

Special Parcel

We recently featured a special parcel of wine on our website and we still have a few bottles left in stock in store.  

Arrowfield has been one of the Hunter Valley's largest and most well respected producers for many years.

Show Reserve Chardonnay WAS £9.99  NOW £7.99 LIMITED STOCK!!!

The comes from the original plantings on the Arrowfield Estate Vineyard in the Hunter Valley. These old low cropping vines produce an intensely flavoured Chardonnay, the best parcels of which were fermented wild in new and one year old French barriques and given extended lees contact prior to blending and bottling. With added bottle ageing, these are now drinking beautifully and are incredible value.

Show Reserve Semillon WAS £9.99  NOW £6.99 LIMITED STOCK!! 

The Show Reserve Semillon fruit again comes from old low cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate vineyard in the Hunter Valley. The grapes were harvested in the coolness of night and gently pressed. The juice was given a long cool ferment in stainless steel tanks prior to an early bottling.

This is a one off parcel, and a one off opportunity to buy top end iconic wines at great prices!! 


Planning a Party?Date published: 31/03/14

We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a wedding, christening, a birthday, or just a get-together we are here to help!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling? How many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin hire.

What's great is we also have our tasting counter, with wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. 

Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself.

So, please don't hesitate and us call on 01482 868 050 or do come into store ask your questions and enjoy the ease of planning drinks for your party.


QUICK, ITS NEARLY THE END OF CURRENT OFFERS!! Date published: 30/03/14

QUICK, ITS NEARLY THE END OF CURRENT OFFERS!! 

Tomorrow will mark the end of our current offers, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight some of what I think have been the best deals.

One of my personal favourites is the Lagunilla Rioja Reserva at just £6.66

- If your looking for a Classic Rioja with meaty tannin and good length then this is definitely worth giving a try. 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

If you like the real mouthwatering, zingy and zesty style of Marborough Sauvignon Blanc then why not try it at just £6.66 

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch

A classic example of how South Africa can produce brilliant bordeaux blended wines. Full bodied and smooth- perfect with beef.

You can mix and match across these wines and still benefit from the discount, but only until monday the 31st March!!


A little look at Margaux wines. Date published: 29/03/14

A look at Margaux and its famous wines...

Over the Christmas period I was highly impressed when I had the chance to try an exquisite Margaux. Chateaux Tayac is a Cru Bourgeois* wine which blew me over, so I have decided to research a little more about this Appellation. I've learnt the following words to describe a classic Margaux:

'Delicacy... finesse... perfumed... intense... beautiful... floral'

Style: As desbribed, perfumed in their youth. Unlike big bold Paulliacs, they are not particuarly full bodied but definitely not lacking in complexity and flavour. Even in maturity these wines often carry fresh fruit flavour, and as the years pass the perfume deepens and fills out the wine. Violets and floral notes are not uncommon.

Location: This AOC lies to the South, on the 'left bank'. It stands apart from the other AOC'S (St-Estèpe, St-Julien, Paulliac). Margaux has vines across 5 communes.

Viticulture and Vinification: Generally speaking the soil in Margaux is shallow, pebbly, silceous gravel, over a gravel subsoil interbedded with limestone.

Facts:

Margaux and Paulliac are the only appellations in the Medoc with 1er Cru Vineyards.

Margaux has Chateauxs' in all of the 'classes' & can boast the most 'cru classe' chateaux than any other appellation in the Medoc.

'Chateaux Margaux' is the only 1er cru (first growth) estate in Margaux and is highly regarded. Disover more at www.chateau-margaux.com.

Chateau Giscours:

Growth/Classé: 3rd

Second Wine: La Sirene de Giscours

Where? Margaux- in the Commune of Labarde

Style: The first wine has traditionally displayed vivid colour, with rich fruit and finesse and keeps remarkably fresh for many years. As the years pass they broaden out a little.

Grapes: Cab Sauv 75% Merlot 22% Cab Franc 2% Petit Verdot 1%

Climate: Margaux is the warmest region of Bordeaux, therefore the grapes need picking a little earlier. Since the 1950's the chateaux itself has undertaken massive improvements. The vineyards and wines have continued to imporve since the 90's.

*The Cru Bourgeois classification lists some of the châteaux from the Médoc that were not included in the 1855 Classification of Crus Classés, or Classed Growths.

Chateaux Tayac, 2006 is currently in stock at Majestic Wine Beverley priced at £20.00 when you buy 2 or more Selected Fine Wines. 

Stunning Viognier... Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013Date published: 28/03/14

Stunning Viognier... Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013

Since I joined Majestic Wine over a year ago I heard so many great things about Bellingham winery in South Africa and in particular two specific wines which we stock in our shops. The Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier and 'Chenin Blanc' 

'The Bernard Series' pays homage to the legendary founder of the winery who has really put South Africa on the map.

Recently I tried the 2013 viognier and I fell in love. I wanted to find out a little bit more about the wine as well as the growing region so hopefully this will persuade you to grab a bottle too!

 When you think of South Africas signature white grape you may automatically think of 'Chenin Blanc' or 'Steen' as it known. However, Viognier also thrives in the Western cape in the Western Cape. Soils are often sandier and lighter, which suit better to white grape varieties. This contrasts with the heavier soils on the mountain slopes where you find decomposed granite ( such as Stellenbosch, Simonberg, and Franschloek in the East). South Africa has different region, and this wine is grown in the Coastal Region. Within the region there are 8 districts and 17 wards. It is a large area with a maritime climate nearest to the coast which benefits from coastal breezes. Further inland you will find more of a Mediterranean climate. 

My Tasting Note:

Aromas: This is possibly one of the most delightfully perfumed wines that I have ever had the pleasure to smell. Think rose petals, lychees and peaches. 

Palate: One years ageing in French oak and 4% lees contact gives this wine superb character. The texture is rich and mouth-filling whilst the 'apricot-like' fruit characteristics of the varietal remain at the forefront of your palate. The wine is fresh yet weighty. Notes of spice (jasmine and cinnamon?) complement the dried apricot. What do you think? 

My conclusion:

This is a wine with elegance and finesse. You can taste the quality and care that has been taken (like the hand picking of the grapes and specific lees ageing). 

The Wines of South Australia- Clare Valley Date published: 27/03/14

The state of South Australia is a vast expanse of land. Although vine plantations occupy only a small percentage of the region they account for a major part of South Australia's gross domestic product. The plantation of vines in Australia has increased massively over recent decades and the relatively cooler climate areas of the southern coast of Australia in particular have seen an increase. The differences in climate throughout the regions means many different grapes can be grown and different styles of wine made.

The climate of the Clare Valley is perfect for growing the late ripening Riesling grape. Producers in this area can make dry Rieslings, rich in lime with fresh acidity balanced with peach and nectarine flavours. These generously flavoured wines match wonderfully with seafood dishes Asian cuisine. The Jim Barry Lodge Hill Riesling is a particular favorite of mine. Made with grapes grown in a relatively cool area from higher situated vineyards, it is a great example of the Clare Valley style of this grape. I would thoroughly recommend trying it with seared scallops.

Shiraz also thrives in the Clare region. High quality wines can be made from low yielding Shiraz vines. Intense flavours of blackberry, mint, raspberry and black pepper with velvety tannins make these great wines to pair with steak. Most of the wineries of this region are small ones, and you can find great quality wines at very reasonable prices. Knappstein, Jim Barry and Paulett's are names worth looking out for from this region. 

The Wines of Spain - Beyond RiojaDate published: 26/03/14

The Wines of Spain - Beyond Rioja

When we think of Spanish wines, the delights of the Rioja region spring immediately to mind, but the country boasts many regions offering a variety of styles including many little known gems.

The Xerez region is the home of Sherry, a fortified wine that is currently experiencing quite a rennaissance, especially in Spanish style bars and restaurants. Styles of Sherry differ from the bone dry, crisp and refreshing Finos and Manzanillas that suit olives and curred hams perfectly, to the richer, nuttier Amontillados which pair beautifully with pates,  through to intensely flavoured Olorosos which are dominated by toffee, leather and spice aromas and make a good match for blue cheeses. These differing styles are all made from the Palomino grape, but differ dramatically according to how they have been matured. The maturation occurs in the 'Solera System' where wines of different ages are kept and blended over a number of years. Finos and Manzanillas are matured in this way under a layer of yeast called flor which protects the wine from oxidation and imparts distinctive flavour characteristics. Amontillados are initially aged as a Fino style but when fully matured they are refortified to 17% alcohol which kills the protective layer of flor and fed into an Amontillado Solera where they continue to develop but now oxidatively, which adds richer more savoury flavours. Olorossos are completely oxidatively aged, accounting for the darker colour and intense savoury flavours.

Another style of Sherry is the luciously sweet Pedro Ximenez, made from raisened Pedro Ximenez grapes and aged oxaditively to add coffee aromas to the Christmas cake and liquorice flavours. A great dessert wine, especially good poured over vanilla ice cream.

 The Northwest of Spain  with it's relatively cool climate produces wonderful crisp whites, an area that seafood lovers should explore. The Albarino grape from the D.O. of Rias Baixas of the Galicia region makes aromatic wines with blossom, honeysuckle and peach aromas and flavours. The locals particularly enjoy them with the mussels, razor clams and scallops from around their coastline. Another white to look at from this region is the Godello. A crisp citrus palate with great minerality is typical of this style. 

 Whilst the Northwest of Spain is predominantly a white wine producing area, there are some reds of note produced in the Bierzo region, which borders galicia and Castilla Y Leon. In Bierzo the summers are hotter and winters cooler than Galicia but with lower rainfall the black grape variety Mecia thrives here. Styles can vary, from very elegant with flavours of wild strawberry and minerality reflecting the mineral-rich slate soils of the vineyards, to a more muscular wines with liquorice and blackcurrant such as the Petalos Bierzo 2010 made by Alvaro Palacio. These wines can match a number of foods, from charcuterie to lamb and even game.

 Moving further south east into the Castilla Y Leon region another two areas producing quality wines are the D.O.s of Rueda and Toro. Modern styles of wine from Rueda are vibrant whites rather than the oxidised Sherry like wines that were historically made in this area. These wines being produced in this region now are a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Indeed  Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes added to the blend of these wines along with the other three types permitted, yhe local Verdejo, Viura and Palamino Fino grapes.

 Toro has a great history of producing local wines but has recently become a fashionable D.O. producing powerful wines from the Tinta de Toro grape, a evolution of the Tempranillo grape that has acclimatized to the area. Toro's vineyards have survived climatic conditions and phylloxera meaning many fine wines can be found made from low yielding, ungrafted old vines. These wines offer great concentraition of fruit and structure. Numanthia is a great example of this, complex flavours of blackberry, coffee and spice with good aging potential, it more than justifies it's £35 price tag. An amazing wine for a special occasion or a great gift for a wine loving friend.

 Another region wher Tempranillo is king is the Ribera Del Duero area. Over 90% of the vineyards her are planted with Tempranillo although the Bordeaux varieties cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and malbec are also grown and added to some blends. Temperatures here can reach 40 degrees C but drop dramatically at night, meaning the grapes can ripen over a longer period, developing superb concentration of fruit balenced with high acidity levels, due to the poor quality soils that help produce better fruit.

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 25/03/14

Recent Press Mentions

Jane MacQuitty- The Times Saturday 22nd March

Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Uco Valley

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more

Like Malbec but also Cabernet Sauvignon? Struggling how to decide?

Well look no further! This is a powerful red with plenty of juicy damson and blackcurrant. Viñalba keep delivering excellent wines and exciting blends and this definitely delivers.

Women & Home Magazine- Tim Atkin-April Issue

2004 Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva

'Pale Savoury and Wonderfully complex'

One of our best selling fine wines, a stunning example.

Soft integrated tannin with earthy spice and deep red fruits.

Victoria Moore- The Telegraph 22nd March

Gavi 2013 Araldica £6.66 on 'Pick 'n' Mix'

Looking for a fresh white wine at a good price?

Staff Review:

'This is a lovely Gavi, with a citrussy bite and gentle acidity. Great as an aperitif or served with fresh seafood' Jessica Briggs- Assistant Manager Beverley  


Look at what we have been tasting this week...Date published: 24/03/14

Look at what we have been tasting this week...

As you may already know we have different wines open every week on our tasting counter and this week we have been trying an interesting blended wine from the South West Region of France. 

Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC Buzet

Origin

This wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of the most common red Bordeaux varieties with around 15% Malbec. 

Voluptabilis is latin for 'Voluptuous' and the wine certainly is. 

Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec. 

Palate

You can really taste the malbec in this blend! Lots of deep voluptuous blackfruits with a weighty full bodied feel to it. 

Will age nicely over the next coming years however it is drinking well now. 

Hello there!! I'd like to introduce myself...Date published: 23/03/14

Hello there!! I'd like to introduce myself...

I'm Jess from Bolton! I have replaced the lovely Kate who has now been promoted to a larger store in the company. I started my Majestic Wine career down South and have worked my way up to Beverley where I am now assistant manager. Having worked in retail since being 16 I am passionate about customer service and I'll always go out of my way to give you advice. Please pop in and say hi!! Currently loving Viognier, especially the richer styles. As a life long vegetarian I'd appreciate any suggestions regarding recipes and food and wine matching. 


Wine of the Week - Los Boldos Merlot 2012, Alto CachapoalDate published: 22/03/14

Wine of the Week - Los Boldos Merlot 2012, Alto Cachapoal £6.99 when you buy 2 or more 

Looking for a medium-full bodied Merlot with bags of flavour intensity and depth? 

Region: Alto Cachapoal is located in the Rapel Valley, and is one of Chile's most highly-prized terroirs. The high altitude and alluvial soils help contribute to the intense colour and aromatics. 

Nose: Dense plums and damsons with a touch of sweet spice. Lots of aroma intensity and fruit jumps out of the glass. 

Palate: The nose continues onto the palate with flavours of stewed plums and vanilla pod. 6 months in French oak gives the wine depth of flavour. 

Finish: The length is satisfying and warming. Delicious! 

Tannin: Lush and silky with a dry finish.

Food Match: Any rich tomato sauce based dishes would work well or steak. 

Overall I find this a brilliant wine at an excellent price.


A - Z of Wine - Z is for ZweigeltDate published: 18/03/14

Z is for Zweigelt

Zweigelt is Austria's most popular red grape variety. It is a crossing made from the two parent grape varieties Blau-Frankisch and St Laurent. It was bred relatively recently, and is named after its creator Dr Zweigelt.

Click and Collect ServiceDate published: 18/03/14

Click and Collect

Know what you want to buy but don't have the time to search the store for it? With our online click and collect service you can order what you want and we will have it ready for your collection on the date of your choice. Simple! All the wine you could want and not a minute wasted!


A - Z of Wine - Y is for YeastDate published: 17/03/14

Y is for Yeast

Yeast is extremely important in wine production as it fuels the process of fermentation. Yeast can be found on the skins of grapes, and this is known as wild yeast, however, most wine is produced using cultured yeast which have been designed to bring out specific characters in a wine, whereas wild yeast is more unpredictable.

Fine Wine PlanDate published: 17/03/14

Enjoy fine wine? Fancy starting your own personal collection? Thanks to Lay and Wheeler, the fine wine arm of Majestic, this is now possible.

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

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

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

To join please visit www.laywheeler.com.


A - Z of Wine - X is for Xarel-loDate published: 16/03/14

X is for Xarel-lo

Xarel-lo is a native Spanish grape. It is used to make both still and sparkling wines in Spain, but is most famously blended with Parellada and Macabeo in the production of Cava.

A - Z of Wine - W is for Wine!Date published: 15/03/14

W is for Wine!

An alcoholic beverage made from fermenting grape juice, and apparently the most exciting liquid on the planet.

A - Z of Wine - V is for ValpolicellaDate published: 15/03/14

V is for Valpolicella

Valpolicella is a red wine from North East Italy made from Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella. It is made in a variety of styles, ranging from a youthful, fruit-driven version simply called Valpolicella, to a sweet red made from dried grapes named Valpolicella Recioto, through to the famous Amarone, which is a full-bodied red made with dried grapes known for it's robust rum, chocolate, and leather flavours.

A - Z of Wine - U is for Ugni BlancDate published: 14/03/14

U is for Ugni Blanc

Ugni Blanc is a native Italian grape which is now one of France's most planted white grape varieties. This vast planting is due to its use in Brandy production. It's high acidity make it ideal for production of Brandy, and it makes up 95% of vines grown in Cognac.


A - Z of Wine - T is for TerroirDate published: 14/03/14

T is for Terroir

Terroir is a French term describing the natural environment in which grapes are grown. It encompasses soil type, topography, climate, rainfall, sunlight, and relief. All of these aspects add up to a unique environment which leads to particular characteristics in the wine, for example the complexity and flavours in Chablis are due to its unique terroir and such characteristics cannot be replicated elsewhere.

A - Z of Wine - S is for Salice SalentinoDate published: 13/03/14

S is for Salice Salentino

Salice Salentino is an Italian wine made in Puglia, the heel of Italy from the Negromara grape. The hot climate gives Salice Salentino jammy, baked red fruit flavours, with an almost medicinal quality. 

A - Z of Wine - R is for RetsinaDate published: 13/03/14

R is for Retsina

Retsina is a traditional Greek wine made using pine resin that can be dated back to 5000 BC. Pine resin is added before fermentation and filtered out after the wine is complete. 

A - Z of Wine - Q is for QuintaDate published: 13/03/14

Q is for Quinta

Quinta is the Portuguese word for vineyard. It can often be found on Port bottles, single vineyard, single vintage Ports are known as Single-quinta Ports.

March Pick 'n' Mix - ProseccoDate published: 13/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Prosecco Treviso Pasqua, Italy - £13.49 down to £8.99

A light colour, with green tinges expresses the youthfulness of this Prosecco. With a hint of sweetness the palate offers peach, pear, and tropical fruit flavours.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOGC, Italy - £14.99 down to £9.99

From the superior DOCG vineyards of Conegliano Valdobbiadene, elegant notes of apple, pineapple, and peach make this a luscious and refined Prosecco.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


A - Z of Wine - P is for PhylloxeraDate published: 12/03/14

P is for Phylloxera

Phylloxera is a vineyard pest, an aphid that feeds off the roots of vines. It caused devastation across European vineyards in the 19th century, until they discovered they could ward off the pest by creating hybrid vine rootstocks using American phylloxera-resistant vines.

March Pick 'n' Mix - Sparkling Rosé Date published: 12/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Lindauer Rosé NV, New Zealand - £13.49 down to  £8.99

A vibrant pink Rosé, bursting with red currant and strawberry flavours, alongside creamy, biscuity notes. Fantastic value.

Graham Beck Brut Rosé, South Africa - £14.99 down to £9.99

A delightful pale pink colour, with ripe cherry and raspberry notes, and a mineral edge.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV, New Zealand - £26.99 down to £17.99

Made using Champagne grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and using the traditional method, this is an excellent New World alternative. An elegant fizz with cranberry and strawberry fruits, sweet spice, and biscuity notes, all with a creamy, fine texture.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


A - Z of Wine - O is for OakDate published: 12/03/14

O is for Oak

Oak barrels were first used in the maturation of wine in Burgundy were they perfected the art. Whilst wine stored in stainless steel maintains fresh fruit flavours, wine stored in oak can develop cedar, vanilla, coconut, hazelnut, and toasty flavours. The newer the oak, the more flavours the wine will develop, and some barrels are also 'toasted' by burning the inside, which imparts richer toasty flavours. Many red wines, and some white wines are aged in oak. 

March Pick 'n' Mix - New World Sparkling WineDate published: 12/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Undurraga Brut NV, Chile - £10.49 down to £6.99

A light and fresh fizz, full of grapefruit and stonefruit flavours.

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs, New Zealand - £14.99 down to £9.99

Made exclusively from Chardonnay and using a similar technique to Champagne production, this New World fizz is a great Champagne alternative. Elegant citrus fruit is supported by a slight creaminess and hints of brioche.

Graham Beck Brut NV, South Africa - £14.99 down to £9.99

Made using traditional Champagne method, Graham Beck offers yeasty, brioche notes, paired with lime and apple on the palate. Another fantastic budget Champagne option.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008, New Zealand - £26.99 down to £17.99

Another New World fizz made using traditional method, the Pelorus is set apart from the rest due to its extended ageing period, which results in baked bread, nut, and rich, buttery notes, alongside golden apple and citrus, and a creamy texture. A must-try for Champagne lovers.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


March Pick 'n' Mix - ChampagneDate published: 11/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Heidsieck & Co Monopole Brut NV - £25 down to £16.66

An approachable house style made with 100% Chardonnay. Crisp apple notes mingle with soft brioche to create a fantastic entry level Champagne.

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV - £42 down to £27.99

Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Taittinger's house Champagne is an elegant and light style, with apple, peach and citrus notes to the fore, and a hint of honey and brioche.

Veuve Cliquot 2004 - £60 down to £33.31

A fantastic price for a vintage Champagne, snap it up while you can! Veuve Cliquot 2004 has a fine mousse, rich brioche and creme brulee flavours, and a creamy texture.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


March Pick 'n' Mix - New World RedsDate published: 10/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere, Chile - £8.99 down to £5.99

Carmenere is most associated with Chile despite being a native French grape variety, and was only discovered in Chile in 1994 after being mistakenly mixed in with Merlot crops for years. This is due to the soft plum flavours and smooth texture that it shares with Merlot. 120 Carmenere has soft bramble fruit flavours, with subtle notes of vanilla, tobacco, and spice.

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot, South Africa - £8.99 down to £5.99

Pronounced notes of coffee and cocoa give this wine it's name, and can be found alongside black cherry fruit flavours.

Yali Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile - £9.99 down to £6.66

Full-bodied and a vibrant ruby red colour, this Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit-forward, with lashings of cassis, strawberries, and plums, as well as a hint of coffee.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


A - Z of Wine - N is for Noble RotDate published: 10/03/14

N is for Noble Rot

Noble rot is a form of botrytis, a fungus that attacks grapes. When botrytis affects unripe grapes it is known as grey rot and can ruin a crop, however when botrytis affects ripe grapes it is known as noble rot and produces some of the most expensive wines in the world. The noble rot causes the grapes to shrivel up and lose their water, which concentrates the sugar, acidity, and flavour compounds. These grapes make sweet wine with a racy acidity and complex flavours, examples include Sauternes from Bordeaux, Tokaji from Hungary, and Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenaulese from Germany. 

March Pick 'n' Mix - Old World RedsDate published: 10/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Vina Eguia Rioja Crianza, Spain - £9.49 down to £6.33

An excellent Rioja, Crianza has the shortest time maturing in oak, and as such has fresh fruit flavours, as well as hints of vanilla, and a smooth texture.

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 'Les Pierres Rouge' Louis Jadot, Burgundy, France - £14.99 down to £9.99

Pinot Noir is an elegant and light-bodied red, and this is a lovely example, red currant and raspberry fruits are framed with a savoury hint.

Chateau la Vielle Croix, Bordeaux, France - £18.99 down to £12.66

Predominantly Merlot, with richness added from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Blackberry and plum flavours, with savoury cedar and herbal notes alongside a good structure and firm tannins make this a complex, classic Bordeaux.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


March Pick 'n' Mix - New World WhitesDate published: 09/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay, Chile - £8.99 down to £5.99

A fresh, unoaked Chardonnay with a soft texture and aromas of ripe apple, tangerine, and melon.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand - £9.99 down to £6.66

Brancott is a classic example of everybody's current favourite wine, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Intense tropical fruit, zesty gooseberry, with a racy acidity and a grassy edge.

Yali Reserva Viognier, Chile - £9.99 down to £6.66

Stonefruit, such as peach and tangerine are characteristic of Viognier and can be found in Yali Reserva, as well as tropical melon, and floral notes.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


A - Z of Wine - M is for Malolactic FermentationDate published: 09/03/14

M is for Malolactic Fermentation

Malolactic fermentation is a process some wines undergo which changes their malic acids, like those found in apples, into lactic acids, like those found in milk. This creates buttery, creamy flavours in the wine. Winemakers can encourage their wine to go through malolactic fermentation by fermenting at higher temperatures.

A - Z of Wine - L is for LeesDate published: 09/03/14

L is for Lees

Lees is the name for the sediment, such as yeast cells, grape fragments, and insoluble tartrates, that amass in wine during its production. They are usually separated from the wine after fermentation, however some wines keep their lees for a period of time over which they impart flavours and create a more complex wine.

March Pick 'n' Mix - Old World WhitesDate published: 09/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Gavi Araldica, Italy - £9.99 down to £6.66

Made from the Cortese grape, Gavi has recently seen a surge in popularity and with the Araldica its easy to see why! Zippy and full of lemon and grapefruit flavours, with a hint of grassiness and an aromatic quality.

Paul Mas Viognier, France - £9.99 down to £6.66

Characteristic floral and peach flavours typical of Viognier abound, with subtle notes of vanilla and honey.

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Chateau des Jacques Louis Jadot, Burgundy, France - £14.99 down to £9.99

A middle weight, complex and rich Burgundian Chardonnay with soft, ripe peach and racy citrus flavours.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


March Pick 'n' Mix - Best SellersDate published: 08/03/14

We've got some fantastic offers this March as part of our month long Pick 'n' Mix, simply choose any two bottles from the range to get a massive 33% off!

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa - £8.99 down to £5.99

Fresh, zesty Sauvignon, full of gooseberry, guava, and grassy notes.

Portillo Malbec, Argentina - £9.99 down to £6.66

Juicy black fruits abound in this full-bodied, yet silky smooth Malbec.

Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' Louis Jadot, Burgundy, France - £11.99 down to £7.99

An elegant French Chardonnay, with soft green apple and pear flavours and a mineral edge.


Offers end Monday 31st March, so stock up whilst you can!


A - Z of Wine - K is for KrugDate published: 03/03/14

K is for Krug

Despite its relatively small size Krug is one of the most famous Champagne houses. Unlike other Champagne houses, Krug does not make an ordinary Non-Vintage House style, but focuses exclusively on the production of vintage Prestige Cuvees. Krug is the only house that still barrel ferments all it's base wine, which contributes to its rich flavour. Krug is characterised by fresh citrus fruit, and toasted almond and pastry notes. Krug Grand Cuvee is a blend of over 120 base wines, and each bottle takes 20 years to create from start to finish.

A - Z of Wine - J is for JeroboamDate published: 02/03/14

J is for Jeroboam

Did you know that wine bottles don't just come in one size? As well as the standard 75cl they go all the way up to the equivalent of 20

bottles. Bordeaux and Champagne have different names for the various sizes. The Champagne sizes go as follows:

2 bottles - Magnum

4 bottles - Jeroboam

6 bottles - Rehoboam

8 bottles - Methuselah

12 bottles - Salmanazar

16 bottles - Balthazar

20 bottles - Nebuchadnezzar

Random Wine WordsDate published: 02/03/14

Tawny!

Style of fortified wines usually associated with extended cask ageing.

Random Wine WordsDate published: 02/03/14

Flor!

Benevolent film-forming yeasts which are able to form a film of yeast cells which floats on the surface of a wine.

Random Wine WordsDate published: 02/03/14

Lodi!

Town in the central valley of California!

Random Wine WordsDate published: 02/03/14

Pauillac!

A small port and communal appelation in the Medoc district of Bordeaux.

A - Z of Wine - I is for InvivoDate published: 02/03/14

I is for Invivo

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc is from Marlborough, New Zealand and is a typical representation of the style. It's bold and intensely tropical, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, which is awash with a lingering citrussy zest. Invivo is also apparently very popular with the rich and famous, it was served at Peaches Geldof's wedding and is the official white wine of the Graham Norton television show.

A - Z of Wine - H is for HangoverDate published: 01/03/14

H is for Hangover

An unfortunate effect of excessive alcohol consumption. Drinking wine alongside food and drinking plenty of water can lessen the likelihood of a hangover, but drinking in moderation is the only effective control.

A - Z of Wine - G is for GaviDate published: 28/02/14

G is for Gavi

Gavi is an Italian white wine made from the Cortese grape in Piedmont. It is named after the town of Gavi. Gavi is fruity and aromatic, with citrus fruit flavours, and often a complex, mineral finish. Gavi has been experiencing a surge of popularity of late.

A - Z of Wine - F is for FermentationDate published: 28/02/14

F is for Fermentation

Fermentation in regards to wine is the conversion of sugar from grapes to alcohol and carbon dioxide by the metabolism of yeast. 

Planning a Party?Date published: 28/02/14

We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a wedding, christening, a birthday, or just a get-together we are here to help!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling? How many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin hire.

What's great is we also have our tasting counter, with wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. 

Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself.

So, please don't hesitate and us call on 01482 868 050 or do come into store ask your questions and enjoy the ease of planning drinks for your party.


The Wine CourseDate published: 27/02/14

Free Wine Tasting Events at Majestic Wine Beverley

We love sharing our enthusiasm for wine here at Majestic Beverley, so we're hosting a series of free tasting events for you to enjoy.

The Wine Course

An introduction to the world of wine, in a 60 minute session we'll learn the basics – how it's made, how to taste it, and how to find out what you like. We'll also have a few nibbles and look at how to match food and wine.

Wednesday 19th March at 5.30pm

Call us on 01482 868 050 to book your place – they're filling up fast!


A - Z of Wine - E is for EisweinDate published: 27/02/14

E is for Eiswein

Literally ice wine in German, Eiswein is a dessert wine made from frozen grapes, with a high level of sweetness and a high level of acidity. Most famously made from Riesling, Eiswein is made in Germany and Canada. Whereas dessert wines such as Sauternes are made with botrytised grapes, the grapes for Eiswein are left on the vine to freeze, which freezes the juice and concentrates the sugar, acidity, and flavour compounds in the grape. Temperatures of -8*C and below are required to freeze the grapes.

A - Z of Wine - D is for DecantingDate published: 26/02/14

D is for Decanting

To decant or not to decant, that is the question. Decanting was originally done to separate wines from any residual sediment, but this is now only necessary for wines that have been aged for a long period, and Vintage Ports. Many people believe that decanting wines promotes aeration and will encourage development of the wine's bouquet. However, this is debated since oxygen is almost always detrimental to wine. 

A - Z of Wine - C is for Carbonic MacerationDate published: 26/02/14

C is for Carbonic Maceration

Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique most associated with the Beaujolais region in France. Unlike traditional red wine making, in which the grapes are pressed to separate the skins from the juice, carbon maceration requires the grapes to be kept in tact whilst fermenting. The little amount of contact between the skins and juice means that little colour or tannin are extracted, creating a light coloured, and fruit-forward wine with little tannin. Beaujolais is designed to be drank early, and the first Beaujolais of the year, Beaujolais Noveau, is a unique wine with aromas of cinnamon, bubblegum, raspberry, and strawberry.

A - Z of Wine - B is for BaroloDate published: 25/02/14

B is for Barolo

Barolo is a type of wine made in Piedmont, Italy from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo tends to a light colour, which belies its rich flavour and full body. Heavy in tannin and acidity, Barolos age well. Aromas of cherry, tar, and roses make this a unique wine, often hailed as an Italian great. Big and powerful, its a perfect match for hearty Italian tomato-based stews. 

New Beer - Badger Mixed CaseDate published: 25/02/14

New Beer - Badger Ale Mixed Case

Includes the aromatic and citrussy Hopping Hare, the golden ale Tangle Foot, the deliciously gingery Blandford Flyer, and the ruby brown First Gold.

On offer £21.60.


New Beer - Timothy TaylorDate published: 25/02/14

New Beer - Timothy Taylor's Landlord

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

A brilliant ale for any occasion.

On offer £22.80.


A - Z of Wine - A is for AcidityDate published: 24/02/14

A is for Acidity

Acidity might sound like a scary word, but when it comes to wine it's a necessity. Grapes naturally contain acidity and as they ripen this turns into sugar, which is then converted to alcohol during fermentation. The warmer the climate in which the grapes are grown the more acidity turns into sugar, therefore wines from a cooler climate tend to have a higher acidity. Acidity works alongside sugar, alcohol, sweetness, and fruit flavours to create a well-balanced wine, and is a key factor when matching wine with food. Wines lacking acidity tend to taste flabby.

Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 24/02/14


Matching wine with food doesn't need to be a daunting task. Here are a few guidelines to help you pick out a wine to compliment your meal:

1 - Big Wine for Big Flavours
Boldly flavoured dishes like rich stews, fragrant curries and grilled meats are best paired with an equally powerful wine. New world Reds such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz have intense flavours that can stand up to any challenge. Bold and interesting whites like Viognier, Marsanne or an unoaked Chardonnay have nothing to fear from strong flavoured food.

2 - Salt and Acid Soften Wine
Dishes like battered cod smothered in salt and vinegar can overload your tongue. Suddenly, a wine without enough acidity or tannin of its own will taste flaccid by comparison. Try a fresh & zesty Sauvignon Blanc or even a bottle of Cava or Champagne.

3 - Sweet and Chilli Need Soothing
A sweet and spicy Chinese meal can be tough to pair with a wine. A good match will have enough sweetness to balance these challenging flavours. An off-dry Riesling, Gewurztraminer, or Marsanne-Roussane matches spicy food beautifully. 

4 - Cut the Fat
Oily fish and fatty pork are often paired with a squeeze of lemon or a sharp sauce. Your wine should do the same, using a high acidity to cut through the rich flavour. Albarino and Dry Riesling are ideal. Italian food is another classic example of this, reds such as Chianti and Sangiovese have a racy acidity which cuts through fatty salami.

5 - Don't forget Dessert!

Don't be afraid to get something to go with your pudding! A lovely orange muscat, sauternes, or moscatel can match almost anything sweet & sticky!


Random Wine WordsDate published: 22/02/14

Demi Sec!

French term meaning medium dry.

Random Wine WordsDate published: 21/02/14

Grey Rot!

Sometimes known as grey mould and sometimes just rot, the malevolant form of botrytis bunch rot and one of the most harmful of the fungal diseases that attack vines.

Random Wine WordsDate published: 20/02/14

Chambre!

French word also used in English to describe a wine that has been deliberately warmed to room temperature before serving!


Random Wine WordsDate published: 19/02/14

Tendril!

Coiling, clasping organ that enables the stems of plants to climb.

Random Wine WordsDate published: 18/02/14

Tears!

Tasting term used to describe the behaviour of the surface liquid layer that is observable in a glass of relatively strong wine.

Random Wine WordsDate published: 17/02/14

Scion!

In viticulture, is the piece of the fruiting vine that is grafted on to the quite separate root stock

Random Wine WordsDate published: 16/02/14

Rootstock!

The plant forming the root system of a grapevine to which a fruiting variety, or scion, is grafted

Argentina - Alternative RedsDate published: 14/02/14

Testimonio by Luigi Bosca @ £10.99 when you buy two bottles

Testimonio is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, and Syrah grapes from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'. A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

Finca Las Moras Tannat @ £7.99 when you buy two bottles

Usually seen as a constituent of various southern-French blends, Tannat is rarely seen outside of France, or as a single-varietal wine. However, it has found a home in Argentina, where it is made in an up-front and fruit-driven style. A full-bodied red wine with enticing notes of chocolate, mint and blackberries which are complemented on the palate by spicy oak and hints of vanilla.

D.V. Catena Syrah @ £9.99

Made with Syrah grapes sourced from exceptional parcels of fruit and matured for 16 months in a mixture of new and used American oak barrels, this wine was named in honour of Domingo V. Catena, Nicolás' father. Deep violet in colour, the nose is focused with ripe blueberry and plum intermingled with subtle leather, vanilla and tobacco notes. A complex and fruit driven palate, the finish is long and lingering. The perfect match for rich casseroles.

Palo Cortado SherryDate published: 14/02/14

Palo Cortado is a very rare style of Sherry, and combines the finesse of an Amontillado with the power and richness of an Oloroso.

A Sherry is classified as Palo Cortado when the flor of a Fino fails and so allows the wine to come into contact with oxygen and begin to age like an Oloroso. This rarely occurs naturally and so Palo Cortados are highly sought after.

Having been aged under a flor, Palo Cortados have elegant yeasty and almond flavours, blended with richness and complexity developed from oxidative ageing.

Pedro's Palo Cortado is an excellent representation of the style, with crisp Fino characteristics combined with a golden colour, nutty flavours, and a textural richness. Best served chilled, as an apertif, or alongside hard cheeses, olives, smoked meats, or alongside meat dishes.


Argentina - Alternative WhitesDate published: 13/02/14

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc @ £5.99 when buy any two Pick n Mix wines

Everyone's favourite white grape varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, thrives in cooler climates, and so the grapes for this wine are grown in high altitude vineyards and then fermented at a cool 15*C to keep the wine fresh and fruity. Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés @ £9.99

The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool high-altitude vineyards of Argentina. Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Alamos Viognier @ £6.99 when you buy two bottles

The warm days and cool evenings in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow a long ripening period and preserve the full range of aromas and flavours of the aromatic Viognier grape. Ripe apricot and delicate blossom notes on the nose lead to a light and crisp palate, with concentrated peach flavours. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity.

Oloroso SherryDate published: 13/02/14

Oloroso is the richest, and darkest style of Sherry.

Oloroso Sherry gains its dark colour and rich flavours from longer periods of oxidative ageing than other Sherry styles. The flor that develops over both Fino and Amontillado is suppressed in an Oloroso by fortifying the wine to 17.5% after fermentation. At this level of alcohol the yeast cannot survive and so a flor cannot form. This means that Oloroso is exposed to effects of oxidation, which causes it to darken, gain rich nutty flavours, and strengthen in alcohol. Oloroso is often aged for long periods of time, which intensifies this process.

Our Pedro's Oloroso is full-bodied and warming, with a rich texture, dark colour, and beautiful walnut and coffee flavours. This robust Sherry is an excellent match for full-flavoured dishes such as casseroles, red meats, and game.


Amontillado SherryDate published: 12/02/14

Amontillado is a style of Sherry produced using a combination of the methods used to create Fino and Oloroso, giving it a unique flavour profile.

Amontillado Sherry begins life the same way as a Fino, intially being aged under a flor, which imparts yeasty flavours. However, the flor is eventually killed off by fortifying the wine up to 17.5%. The Amontillado is then aged in porous oak casks, which slowly oxidises the wine, turning it a dark golden colour and developing rich nutty flavours.

Our Pedro's Amontillado is a beautiful golden colour, with a luscious texture, and rich hazelnut flavours. Best served lightly chilled alongside hard cheeses, mushrooms, white meats, or even lightly spiced Asian dishes.



Argentina - Everybody loves ChardonnayDate published: 11/02/14

Everybody loves Chardonnay!

Originally from a village in the Maconnais, France Chardonnay can now can be found all around the world. It's popularity is in part due to it's ability to produce a range of different styles, depending on the climate in which the grapes are grown and methods of fermentation and maturation. The warm climate of Argentina produces Chardonnay full of exotic fruit flavours, such as banana, fig and mango, which tend to be full-bodied and rich.

Chardonnay can be heavily influenced by fermentation and maturation techniques. Common flavours include butter and hazelnut due to certain fermentation techniques, as well as nutty, toasty flavours from oak ageing. Argentina produces Chardonnay in a range of styles, from fruit-forward to big and toasty.

Alamos Chardonnay @ £6.99 when you buy two bottles

This wine displays a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak. A bargain at only £6.99!

Vinalba Reservado Chardonnay @ £9.99 when you buy two bottles

Made without any oak contact to create a refreshing, fruity Chardonnay. An inviting golden colour, this Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish.

Catena Alta Chardonnay @ £18 when you buy any two selected Fine Wines

A rich, complex Chardonnay, Catena Alta offers white stone fruit, banana, and mango on the nose, with notes of sweet spice, vanilla, and hazelnut on the palate. The toasty edge and full-bodied buttery texture will pair beautifully with turkey.


Fino SherryDate published: 11/02/14

Fino is the driest and palest style of Sherry, and is made to be drank in its youth.

Fino is made from the Palomino grape, which thrives in the Albariza soils found around the town of Jerez, which is the home of Sherry production. Sherry is a fortified wine, which means that alcoholic spirit is added after fermentation to create a higher strength and richer wine. Different styles of Sherry are fortified to different strengths, which effects their maturation and eventual flavour.

Fino Sherry is fortified to a strength of 15% and then stored in oak casks. The casks are deliberating left partially empty, which allows oxygen to interact with the wine. In the case of Fino, this means that the wine develops a flor, a yeasty cap which forms over the wine, protecting it from oxidation. This imparts doughy, herbal, and almond flavours into the wine, and mean it keeps its pale colour.

Fino Sherry is intended to be drunk in its youth, and our Pedro's Fino is full of youthful apple notes, with hints of almond and yeasty richness. Enjoy it served well-chilled alongside tapas, olives, nuts, and smoked meats.


Argentina - Everybody loves MalbecDate published: 10/02/14

Everyone Loves Malbec!

In the last decade or so, the Malbec grape really has taken the world by storm. Unlike many other fashions and trends however, there is good reason for this new found love. Malbec represents exactly what most people want froma red wine; rich, fruity, smooth, great value-for-money and of course, emminently drinkable.

More recently, Malbec has also been increasingly recognised as a grape that can produce fantastic premium wines and this in particular has been pioneered in Argentina with several projects undertaken to identify the perfect Malbec clones for each specific site and terroir.

Indeed with the huge variation of altitudes available for planting, Argentina offers some of the most terroir specific wines in the world, and it is this, for me, that makes malbec a wonderfully diverse and interesting grape.

Below are two excellent examples of Argentinian malbecs:

Ben Marco @ £12.99 when you buy 2 or more

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the fotthills of the Andes.

Taste: Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.

Vinalba Gran Reservado, Mendoza @ 13.99 when you buy 2 or more

This fine malbec comes from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo region, and is the flagship wine in the vinalba range. Created by Herve Fabre, one of the first Bordeaux-schooled winemakers to come to Argentina, and to recognise Malbec's potential in its high-altitude terroirs.

Taste: A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and voluptuous, providing a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish. 


Introduction to SherryDate published: 10/02/14

As you may have noticed we've recently overhauled our Sherry section, and with the help of Pedro, an expert in the stuff, we've created a beautiful range of Sherry sourced from boutique family-owned wineries in Jerez. In gratitude for his expert guidance and passion we've even named the range after him.

Sherry often has a bad reputation, as a sickly-sweet wine drank only by Grandma, but this is no longer the case as people are discovering the bone-dry food-matching style of Sherry that made the region so famous to begin with.

Sherry is named after the region in which it's produced in the south of Spain. The popular dry styles of Sherry; Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, and Manzanilla are made from the Palomino grape. Whilst sweet sherry is made from Pedro Ximenez and is made using a different production method.

To help you get to know our new Sherry range, we'll be publishing articles this week looking at the differences between the styles of Sherry.


Argentina Tasting WeekDate published: 08/02/14

To help you explore all that Argentina has to offer we'll be opening a wide selection of it's wines on our tasting counter all week, as well as publishing articles on here, so keep your eyes peeled online and be sure to pop in store to come and explore.

Sparkling Spring - ChampagneDate published: 07/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007     £19.99

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

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV     £23.32

Intentionally made in a forward and approachable style, with a good balance of rich fruit and refreshing citrussy edge, this is a Champagne for drinking now at any celebratory occasion.

Sparkling Spring - New World FizzDate published: 06/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV, New Zealand     £8.99

The Lindauer range of Sparkling wines are firm favourites amongst staff and customers at Majestic, and it's easy to see why. Lindauer Brut is brimming with ripe apple and zesty citrus flavours, rounded off with a mineral edge and a racy acidity. An ideal apéritif.

Lindauer Special Reserve NV, New Zealand     £9.99

A lovely shade of orangey-pink, the Lindauer Special Reserve has soft peach and nectarine flavours, with a creamy texture and toasty notes. A fantastic, value alternative to Champagne.

Graham Beck Brut NV, South Africa     £9.99

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.



Sparkling Spring - Old World FizzDate published: 05/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC, Italy     £7.99

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit. It's easy to see why Prosecco's popularity is currently booming with this delicately off-dry and refreshing example.

Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV DOC, Italy     £8.99

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.

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV, France     £8.99

Made in Loire from Chenin Blanc grapes, Bouvet is an elegant fizz with apple and stonefruit notes, and subtle floral aromas. A surprisingly good match for fish and chips.

Sparkling Spring - RoséDate published: 04/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Undurraga Rosé NV, Chile     £6.99

A lovely vibrant pink colour, Undurraga Rosé is the perfect party fizz. Bursting with cherry and strawberry notes, its a straight-forward, easy drinking Rosé, a real crowd pleaser.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV, New Zealand     £17.99

A fantastic fizz from a Majestic favourite producer. Made by traditional method, Pelorus Rosé is brimming with cranberry and strawberry fruit, alongside a touch of sweet spice and toast. A great alternative Champagne, and a must-try for lovers of New World wine.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV, Champagne     £19.99

A delicate salmon pink rosé, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style. The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Perfect on its own, or served alongside roast chicken Sunday dinner with the family.

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV, Champagne     £28.98

An intense, attractive colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif.


Wine of the Week!Date published: 02/02/14

Wine of the Week

El Patito Feo Garnacha Graciano

2012, Navarra

Grape: Garnacha, Graciano

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

Taste: The nose is fruity and ripe, with a lifted floral perfume and hints of spice. Palate fruit is bright and fresh, with good ripeness and taut, medium weight tannins.

Enjoy: Partner this with spicy pork dishes.

Chosen by Jacob


Exciting New ArrivalsDate published: 01/02/14

Passimento, 2011, Italy

Inspired by the love messages written on Romeo and Juliet's wall in Verona, this unique Italian wine is a blend of Merlot, Corvina (used to make Valpolicella), and the lesser-known Croatina. Its name comes from Italy's famous passito wines, which are made from partially dried grapes which increases the intensity and complexity of the wine, and Passimento itself is made this way.

Passimento has a dense, almost inky colour, which alludes to its intensity and depth. Aromas of black cherry, liquorice, and leather follow onto the palate with a touch of sweet spice. Full-bodied with silky tannins and a well-balanced acidity make this the perfect accompaniment to rich Italian stews or slow-cooked meats.

£8.99 when you buy two bottles 

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, 2008, Hunter Valley, Australia

This Semillon comes from grapes harvested from old low cropping vines in the Hunter Valley, which then underwent a long cool ferment in stainless steel tanks. This method produces a fantastic example of the unique style of Semillon produced in the region, with bold, complex, and fresh fruit flavours. Intense citrus aromas leap from the glass, and the palate is full of lemon and lime, as well as a hint of toast and a nettley, herbaceous edge. Zesty and crisp, with a long finish, would pair beautifully with seafood, or fresh salad.

Amazingly good value at £6.99 when you buy any two Australian wines


Both are open to try on the tasting counter this weekend, so be sure to pop in and see for yourself!

Free Wine Tasting EventDate published: 30/01/14

Free Wine Tasting Events at Majestic Wine Beverley

We love sharing our enthusiasm for wine here at Majestic Beverley, so we're hosting a series of free tasting events for you to enjoy

The Wine Course

An introduction to the world of wine, in a 60 minute session we'll learn the basics – how it's made, how to taste it, and how to find out what you like. We'll also have a few nibbles and look at how to match food and wine.

Wednesday 26th February at 5.30pm

Wednesday 19th March at 5.30pm

Call us on 01482 868 050 to book your place – they're filling up fast!


Our Party ServiceDate published: 30/01/14

We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a wedding, christening, a birthday, or just a get-together we are here to help!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling? How many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin hire.

What's great is we also have our tasting counter, with wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. 

Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself.

So, please don't hesitate and us call on 01482 868 050 or do come into store ask your questions and enjoy the ease of planning drinks for your party.


How to store and age wine!Date published: 28/01/14

In recent years, the idea of collecting wines in order for them to develop complexities in the bottle over a given time either to improve the drinking experience or to gain monetary value has been proliferated by the hysteria that surrounds many top chateaux (especially Bordeaux 1st growths).

However, the vast majority of wines are made and designed to drink when released. Only a very few actually have the potential for longevity. Of all the wines, Bordeaux is the godfather of ageworthy reds and can potentially age for over 50 years. Particularly in the communes of Pauillac and St. Julien.

But what is it that makes these types of wines so ageworthy? Well first of all a great vintage such as 1982, or the recent 2009 all have one thing in common & that's lots of sunshine. The ripeness achieved in these years allows for greater potential alcohol levels and more tannic wines. In addition to this, the latitude, atlantic sea breaze and well drained gravel soils allows the grapes grown here to achieve unparralleled balance. Essentially, it is the right balance of acidity and alcohol that defines a great wine.

In addition to this, a red wine needs to display lots of fruit on the nose & palate with signs of other nuances. This is so the fruitiness can slowly disintegrate into secondary characteristics that come into their own after a period of time.

Once you've decided what wine you want to store for a little ageing then its time for the equally important storing process.

Wines that you are planning to store for a serious period i.e. 8 years+ need real care and attention and this can be costly. The following is a list of requirements;

-Store the wine either horizontally or at an angle so all or most of the wine hits the cork and can keep the cork damp reducing the potential for oxygen to get into the bottle.

-Store in a dark room without any windows if possible as UV light is adversarial to the wine and can rapidly change the appereance.

-Store in a damp humid atmosphere if possible as a proportion of humidity is neccessary for the cork to not dry out.

-Store at a moderate temprature of 12-13 degrees celcius if possible, if not no more than about 18/19 degrees. The reason for this is that the warmer the atmosphere the quicker the bottle will age and long term nuances may be lost in the process. In addition to this, rapid temprature fluctuations are not recommended, rather this needs to be relatively constant.

-Avoid vibrations of movements e.g. under a railway as this can be detrimental to a wine.

& Finally look for recommendations from wine experts either online or in texts on when the wine should be opened.

Enjoy!



Pinot Pinot PinotDate published: 28/01/14

Pinot
There are several grape varieties with similar names & are often the same grape but merely called something else depending where it is grown. Here is a brief list of some of the more common ones...

Pinot Beurot - A very old synonym used in Burgundy for Pinot Gris.

Pinot Bianco - The common Italian name for the more widely recognised Pinot Blanc.

Pinot Blanc - French white variety which is particularly found favour in Alsace. Orignally found in Burgundy as a mutation of Pinot Gris.

Pinot Blanco - Latin America uses this name to refer to Chenin Blanc.

Pinot de la Loire - Very rarely used, but a synonym for Chenin Blanc in the Loire valley.

Pinot Grigio - The Italian name for Pinot Gris & extremely popular all over the world. In fact The Italian name is arguably far more famous that its original French inception! 

Pinot Gris - An old mutation of Pinot Noir which can make an awesome array of wines, from fully dry to sweet. In Germany this planting is known as Rulander or Graunurgunder& in Hungary; Szurkebarat. 

Pinot Meunier - One of the big three grapes permitted for use in the production of Champagne. This black grape variety adds spice & depth to the wines.

Pinot Nero - The Italian name for the widely enjoyed Pinot Noir!

Pinot Noir - The red grape of Burgundy fame, expensive & a pain to grow properly. It has also been very prone to mutation over the years which has lead (perhaps to our advantage!) to some of the other grapes listed above! This is also the grape of red Sancerre & usualy Sanceree Rosé. Germany makes very good wines from the grape where it is referred to as Spatburgunder. 

Pinot St. George - Not to be confused with the Pinot family! This is grown in North America where it has been proved to be the same grape as Negrette - another red variety more associated with Italy & Greece!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/01/14

Wine of the Week

Hamilton Block

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.

Taste: Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins.

Enjoy: Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation.

Chosen by Jacob


The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 27/01/14

The Fine Wine Plan from Majestic Wine is designed specifically for customers who appreciate drinking great wine, and who aspire to build a fine wine collection for future enjoyment.

We recognise that time is a precious commodity for many of our customers and not everyone can spend hours carefully researching the world of fine wine.

We also understand that often it's the hassle and administration involved with owning fine wine which can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialist Lay & Wheeler, we've introduced the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar.

At a financial pace that suits you - starting from as little as £50 per month - you get access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our small, dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists.

You will benefit from Lay & Wheeler's ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur, plus you gain full use of the perfect storage conditions found in our industry leading facility Vinothèque


Bordeaux! Yay!Date published: 27/01/14

Home to some of the worlds most famous and most expensive wines, Bordeaux can sometimes be slightly daunting prospect. There are however a vast range of wines produced here and there are still bargains to be found if you know where to look. Hopefully this article will help demystify the region and aid you in the exploration of this most emotive of wine producing areas.

Bordeaux has a moderate yet variable maritime climate, which can produce the perfect temperate conditions needed for grape ripening but is also unreliable and can lead great variations in the style and quality of each vintage. It should be noted however that with modern wine-making techniques and better vineyard management more reliable producers can still make a good wine in in a lesser vintage. These vintages can often provide better value than the 'blockbuster' vintages, which tend to have prices to match their hype.

Bordeaux produces some terrific dry white wines mostly made from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc which tend to be made in a fruit driven style and will be typified by an elegant refreshing acidity. The region is also famous for its desert wines made from these same grape varieties but which have been affected by noble rot. This concentrates the sugars in the grapes to allow for the production of rich yet elegant sweet wines which command some of the highest prices in the world.

Bordeaux reds are where this region really made its name and the vast majority tend to be blends of grape varieties. This is historically because with the variability of the weather it was something of an insurance policy to not rely too heavily on one grape variety so that a vintage can be produced every year, even if that year has been bad for a particular variety. There are a number of grape varieties allowed in the region but the majority of reds are made from varying blends of four main grape varieties.

Although there are four main varieties there are two which could be said to be the most important in Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon brings rich blackcurrant and sometimes vegetal flavours combined with full ripe tannins, which can help Cabernet dominated wines to age for many years, some of the best of which can develop for decades. Merlot is the most widely planted variety in Bordeaux and produces softness and body when added to Cabernet Sauvignon. The other two main varieties are Cabernet Franc which adds herbaceous characters and Petit Verdot which is used mainly to add tannin and spicy notes to the blend.

When exploring Bordeaux it is also useful to know a little bit about the geography of the area as this will have an effect on which grapes will be dominant within the blend. The Dordogne and Garonne rivers join to form the Gironde estuary, dividing Bordeaux. West and south of the Gironde lie the districts of Médoc, Graves, often known as the 'Left Bank'. These areas produce reds dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, tend to be higher in tannin with concentrated flavours of blackcurrant and toasted oak. The best wines here have great ageing potential and can develop lovely tobacco and cedar aromas.

The north and east of the Gironde is where Saint-Emilion and Pomerol are found and this is known as the 'Right Bank'. Wines on this side of the river tend to be dominated by Merlot, but Cabernet Franc is also important here. Wines of the Left Bank can be broadly categorised as being softer and richer in mouth feel than their more structured neighbours. Plum and red fruit characters here tend to tobacco and sweet spice.

Hopefully this introduction will help guide you when exploring the wonders of one of the Worlds greatest wine producing regions!



A Guide to Key Grape Varieties - Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 26/01/14

Cabernet Sauvignon

Synonymous with some of the world's best aged wines. Cabernet Sauvignon needs warm conditions to fully ripen, yet can still be found in almost all wine producing regions of the world, which highlights its popularity. It is has a natural affinity with oak and produces wines which are high in tannin and in some cases can age for decades. Notably grown in Bordeaux where it is always blended with Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon typically has a vibrant blackcurrant core, and can be made in a more fruit-driven style, or aged in oak to add cedar and toasty notes. In Australia it is famous for it's menthol aromas.

Vines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Date published: 26/01/14

As spring has now most definitely sprung, and gardens everywhere are bursting into bloom, so will vineyards now start to show signs of growth.

The life a vine has many stages throughout the year, and certain factors at crucial times will determine both the quantity and quality of the grapes.

Spring: Budbreak – Small shoots emerge from the buds on the vine, left over from pruning after last year's harvest. This signal the end of winter dormancy. Spring frosts at this point can cause damage to crops.
Early summer - Flowering – Six to eight weeks later flowers bloom on the vine. It is the pollination of these which leads to berries being formed. Cold or wet conditions at this time have a negative effect.
Summer - Fruit set – After pollination seeds are developed around which the grape berry is formed. Normally around 30% of flowers become berries. This is reduced in hot, dry conditions.
Early autumn - Versaion – The beginning of the ripening of the grape berry where the grape softens and the colour changes
Late autumn - Harvest – When the grapes are judged to be at optimum ripeness in terms of sugar, acidity and flavour characteristics they are picked and sent to the winery for fermentation. Rainfall at the time can be a problem as it dilutes flavours in the grape. Also grapes are vulnerable to being eaten by birds or animals
Winter – Leaves fall, vines are pruned ready for the following year.

Throughout the year each vineyard will have its own problems to overcome, be it pests, disease or weather conditions and how each problem is tackled will ultimately have an affect on the style and quality of the wine.

Knowing more about where or how the wine you drink is made can help your understanding and ultimately your enjoyment of it!


What are Sulfites?Date published: 26/01/14

Sulfite is a term used to describe sulfur dioxide and other sulfur derivatives.  Sulfites are found in all wines as they are a natural product of fermentation.  Sulfur dioxide is used in wine making to prevent oxidation, kill bacteria and wild yeasts, and encourage quick and clean fermentation.  The E.U. requires wine labels to include “Contains Sulfites” to alert those who may be allergic to sulfites.  Approximately 1% of the population is allergic to sulfites.

A Guide to Key Grape Varieties - Shiraz/SyrahDate published: 25/01/14

Shiraz/Syrah

Referred to as Syrah in it's native France where it produces peppery, earthy wines, most notably in the Rhone Valley where it often features in blends, and as Shiraz in New World countries where it produces robust, dense berry fruit flavoured wines with a savoury edge.


A Guide to Key Grape Varieties - MerlotDate published: 24/01/14

Merlot

Typically smooth, and medium bodied, with plum notes.

Merlot is used in blends in Bordeaux to soften Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. It is grown in many other wine producing countries as a single varietal to produce a plummy, easy drinking wine.

A Guide to Key Grape Varieties - RieslingDate published: 23/01/14

Riesling

An aromatic grape variety, grown most notably in Germany, Alsace in France, and increasingly, Australia.

Riesling is made into both dry and sweet wines in Germany and Alsace, and particularly in Germany is renowned for its ability to balance sweetness with a racy acidity. Citrus fruits, minerals, and floral notes in it's youth lead to honey and petrol nuances with age.

A Guide to Key Grape Varieties - Pinot NoirDate published: 22/01/14

Pinot Noir

Notoriously difficult to grow, Pinot Noir is a thin skinned and early ripening grape variety. It produces some of the most expensive wines in the world, those grown in Burgundy, as well as excellent wines in the USA and New Zealand. 

Pinot Noir produces a light-bodied wine, typically with juicy berry fruit flavours, light silky tannins, and sometimes possessing smoky or earthy qualities.

A Guide to Key Grape Varieties - Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/01/14

Sauvignon Blanc

Best enjoyed young, Sauvignon Blanc typically has fresh, zesty fruit flavours and a refreshing acidity. It is most notably grown in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, and New Zealand.

Sauvignon Blanc's original home in France is the Loire Valley, particularly Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, where it has a racy acidity, vibrant citrus flavours, and complex mineral and smoky notes. In Bordeaux it is traditionally blended with Semillon for dry and sweet wines. Sauvignon Blanc has seen a surge of popularity when grown in Marlborough, New Zealand, where gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours dominate.



Click and Collect ServiceDate published: 21/01/14

Click and Collect

Know what you want to buy but don't have the time to search the store for it? With our online click and collect service you can order what you want and we will have it ready for your collection on the date of your choice. Simple! All the wine you could want and not a minute wasted!



A Guide to Key Grape Varieties - ChardonnayDate published: 20/01/14

Chardonnay

Originally from a village in the Maconnais, France Chardonnay can now can be found all around the world. It's popularity is in part due to it's ability to produce a range of different styles, depending on the climate in which the grapes are grown and methods of fermentation and maturation.

Cool climates, such as Champagne and Chablis, produce steely wines, medium to light in body, with a high acidity, and apple, pear, or plum fruit notes. The warmer the climate more exotic fruit flavours, such as banana, fig and mango appear, and the wines tend be more full-bodied and rich.

Chardonnay can be heavily influenced by fermentation and maturation techniques. Common flavours include butter and hazelnut due to certain fermentation techniques, as well as nutty, toasty flavours from oak ageing.


Fine Wine PlanDate published: 20/01/14

Enjoy fine wine? Fancy starting your own personal collection? Thanks to Lay and Wheeler, the fine wine arm of Majestic, this is now possible.

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

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

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

To join please visit www.laywheeler.com.


Jacob's Wine NotesDate published: 19/01/14

Grape vines:

There are more than 60 different species of grapevine found throughout the world but only a handful of these species are used in modern viticulture. The most important ones are; Vitis Vinifera, Vitis Riparia, Vitis Rupestris and Vitis Berlandieri.

The majority of grapes used in winemaking come for the Vitis Vinifera vines. Vitis Riparia, Rupestris and Berlandieri do not lend themselves to the production of palatable wines however they have their own uses... The vine pest Phylloxera can devastate the Vitis Vinifera vine whereas the other vines are capable of dealing with the pest and therefore are used to provide root systems on which Vitis Vinifera vines are grafted.

On the Tasting Counter - Vignobles des Aubas Colombard Gros MansengDate published: 18/01/14

Vignobles des Aubas Colombard Gros Manseng 2012 PGI Côtes de Gascogne

This wine comes from vineyards located in the centre of Gascony, in the Ténarèze region, famous for its quality Armaganc. In fact, in addition to the classic dry Gascogne whites such as this, winemaker Michel Duffour also makes excellent Armagnac from some of his grapes.

A pale, fresh and crisp white. The nose is awash with citrus fruit tinged with some more subtle exotic notes. Dry and mouthwatering, the palate offers refreshing acidity and bite.

£6.49 when you buy two bottles

On the Tasting Counter - Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Date published: 18/01/14

Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2011 Louis Latour

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine, superb value for money.

£9.99 when you buy two bottles

On the Tasting Counter - L'Instant Passion Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/01/14

L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc 2012 PGI Côtes de Gascogne

This wine comes from several selected vineyard sites across the Côtes de Gascogne, and is vinified by Rigal, one of the region's most well-established producers, founded in 1755. The name refers to passion fruit, one of the noted characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc.

An invitingly fresh nose of grapefruit, tinged with subtle grassy aromas and softer, more tropical fruit notes. Elegant and crisp, the palate is awash with refreshing citrus character.

£6.99 when you buy two bottles

On the Tasting Counter - Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot NoirDate published: 18/01/14

Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2011 Gerard Bertrand, PGI Pays d'Oc

Originally owned by Burgundian négoçe Antonin Rodet, this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. One of the Languedoc's highest vineyards, possessing the finely-balanced climate necessary for growing Pinot Noir, and has been the recipient of many awards.

A distinctive Pinot Noir nose of wild strawberries, with cinnamon and clove-like notes. The light fruit is backed up by tight and bracing tannins, leading to a long, mineral finish.

£9.99 when you buy two bottles


On the Tasting Counter - Domaine Sainte Rose 'Les Derniers CépagesDate published: 18/01/14

Domaine Sainte Rose 'Les Derniers Cépages' 2011 PGI Côtes de Thongue

The 16th century Domaine is now owned and run by British couple Charles and Ruth Simpson. The name of this cuvée means "the last varieties", the constituent grapes being the latest to ripen. They are vinified separately and partly oak matured before blending.

Deep, opaque purple-black in colour, this is a dense and weighty wine. The nose is a brooding mix of black cherry, liquorice and hints of rosemary, and the palate is jammy with lashings of ripe tannins.

£7.99 when you buy two bottles

On the Tasting Counter - Château de TriniacDate published: 18/01/14

Château de Triniac 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages

Côtes du Roussillon is one of France's richest terroirs, possessing long sunshine hours, varied soil types, and the cooling effects of altitude and the Mediterranean. The varieties in this wine are vinified separately, to bring their individual characters to the blend.

Jammy cherry aromas dominate the nose, with hints of violet, raspberry and and pepper adding a heady complexity. Powerful, vibrant and spicy on the palate, with plenty of body.

£6.99 when you buy two bottles

Southern France Tasting WeekendDate published: 18/01/14

The weathers pretty miserable at the moment so we thought we'd bring sunny Southern France to Majestic by opening a selection of Southern French wines for you to taste.

French wine is often overshadowed by the big name regions, such as Bordeaux, Loire, and the Rhone, but there's much more to explore in the less well known areas, and often fantastic bargains to be found too.

So why not pop in this weekend and try something new?

The Wine CourseDate published: 12/01/14

Free Wine Tasting Events at Majestic Wine Beverley

We love sharing our enthusiasm for wine here at Majestic Beverley, so we're hosting a series of free tasting events for you to enjoy

The Wine Course

An introduction to the world of wine, in a 60 minute session we'll learn the basics – how it's made, how to taste it, and how to find out what you like. We'll also have a few nibbles and look at how to match food and wine.

Wednesday 29th January at 5.30pm

Wednesday 26th February at 5.30pm

Wednesday 19th March at 5.30pm

Call us on 01482 868 050 to book your place – they're filling up fast!


Bargain Hunt Starts Today!Date published: 03/01/14

Wahoo!

It's that time of year again; time for the January sales!

#comeandexplore in Majestic this January and see what bargains you can find.

Somewhere in the store you will find...

Chenas 2011, Jean-FrançoisTrichard

Grape: Gamay 

Origin: Jean-François Trichard comes from a family of winemakers, and took over the running of his father George's estate. Of the ten 'cru' villages of Beaujolais, Chenas is the smallest. It is also known for producing one ofthe fuller-bodied styles of wine from this region.

Taste: A typical Beaujolais nose of red cherries and raspberries, with subtle leafy, herbaceous and floral notes. Ripe and well-proportioned on the palate, which melds fresh acidity with ample tannins.

Enjoy: Drink now or cellar for 3-5 years. Best served cool alongside a cheeseboard.

Bargain Hunt Starts Today!Date published: 03/01/14

Wahoo!

It's that time of year again; time for the January sales!

#comeandexplore in Majestic this January and see what bargains you can find.

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Beaujolais-Villages 'Les Esservies' 2012, Domaine des Crais

Grape: Gamay - VEGETARIAN 

Origin: Domain des Crais is a vineyard site in the village of Leynes, close to the cru villages of St Amour and Julienas, in the far north of Beaujolais. 'Les Esservies' is a part of the area whose name is derived from the 'serves',or small pools fed by underground springs. 

Taste: A bright and perfumed nose of ripe berries with hints of candy and floral notes. The palate has a friendly tannic structure, with a soft, mouthfilling roundness and juicy berry fruit.

Enjoy: A natural partner for charcuterie and rustic pâtés.

Bargain Hunt Starts Today!Date published: 03/01/14

Wahoo!

It's that time of year again; time for the January sales!

#comeandexplore in Majestic this January and see what bargains you can find.

Somewhere in the store you will find...

Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Domaine des Nugues

Grape: Gamay - VEGETARIAN

Origin: Gamay is always hand harvested, as fermentation of uncrushed grapes begins within the grapes in the absence of oxygen. Domaine des Nuges,founded in 1976, conducts this fermentation in open top vats, resulting in semi carbonic maceration as oxygen slowly gets introduced.

Taste: Very bright and vibrantly coloured. Aromas of red berries, red fruit andspice leap from the glass. The intense colour is not matched by thetannins, which are light and soft, with an almost sweet finish.

Enjoy: At its best when drunk young, enjoy this over the next 18 months, with mushrooms or cold meats over lunch, tuna or even steak tartare.

Bargain Hunt Starts Today!Date published: 03/01/14

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It's that time of year again; time for the January sales!

#comeandexplore in Majestic this January and see what bargains you can find.

Somewhere in the store you will find...

Mâcon-Cruzille 'Le Chanay' 2009, Cave de Lugny

Grape: Chardonnay - VEGETARIAN 

Origin: Cruzille is a tiny village about 3 miles north of Lugny, where this producer is based. Cave de Lugny is one of the largest AOC producers in France, having 250 member growers across 21 villages in the Mâconnais. This is a great example of the region's unoaked Chardonnay.

Taste: Crisp and elegant, this wine is awash with apple, pear and citrus characters on nose and palate. Firm acidity and a mineral streak,reminiscent of the limestone soil of the Mâconnais.

Enjoy: Makes a great aperitif, or accompaniment for all white meats and fish, or soft cheese.

Bargain Hunt Starts Today!Date published: 03/01/14

Wahoo!

It's that time of year again; time for the January sales!

#comeandexplore in Majestic this January and see what bargains you can find.

Somewhere in the store you will find...

Château Romefort 2006, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc - VEGETARIAN

Origin: A well made cru bourgeois claret, from the vineyards of a 28-hectare estate with a southerly aspect. The vines here average 20 years of age, but this wine is made from parcels of younger vines, for an early maturing and supple style.

Taste: Plenty of ripe red and black forest fruits on both nose and palate, with subtle spiciness and a restrained savoury streak. Tannins are slim and pliant, for an easy-drinking, mellow feel.

Enjoy: Fully mature and drinking perfectly now. Best served with lamb stew.

Bargain Hunt Starts Today!Date published: 03/01/14

Wahoo!

It's that time of year again; time for the January sales!

#comeandexplore in Majestic this January and see what bargains you can find.

Somewhere in the store you will find...

Cairanne 2010, Vidal-Fleury

Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan - VEGETARIAN

Origin: Cairanne is a hillside village of the Southern Rhône, formerly part of the Côtes du Rhône appellation. Recognised for their superior quality, the wines are now labelled with the village name, setting them apart from lesser wines from the rest of the region.

Taste: Bright yet bold and dense cherry red, with an aromatic nose of sweet prunes, raspberry compote and hints of toast. The palate is equally fruit driven,with robust tannins and a peppery finish.

Enjoy: Drink with barbecued lamb chops or a nice charry magret de canard.

The Ashes SelectionDate published: 03/01/14

We are selecting a different Aussie wine for every test match during this winter's Ashes Tour.

This weeks wine:

Peter Lehmann Riesling 2012, Eden Valley

Grape: Riesling - VEGETARIAN

Origin: Riesling is one of the most fashionable varieties currently being grown in Australia, with many different regional styles. Despite the hot climate, Peter Lehmann has made a crisp and refreshing Riesling from Barossa thanks to a careful wine making approach.

Taste: Delightful citrus and stone fruit notes abound on the palate and the finish is remarkably taut. A mouth-watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling revitalised.

Enjoy: The superbly crisp finish makes this the perfect match for oily fish and shellfish, with the acidity really cutting through.

Mixed Cases - Seasonal SelectionDate published: 27/12/13

Planning a New Year's Eve party? Let us take the stress out of choosing the wine selection with our handy pre-mixed cases.

The Seasonal Selection - £83.88 

What’s in the case:

2 x La Grille Touraine Sauvignon 2012, Paul Buisse 

Loire trademarks of gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf characterise the nose. The palate is nicely balanced, with a soft-edged acidity, yet a snappy citrussy zing.

2 x Verdicchio di Matelica 2012, Poggio alle Rondini

A pale lemon colour, suggesting lightness and youth. The nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit. Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish.

2 x William Hardy Signature Chardonnay 2012, South Australia

Intensely fruit-driven aromatics, centring on white peach, melon and citrus, with very subtle hints of oak. The palate has a creamy texture and crisp acidity, balanced perfectly with ripeness of fruit.

2 x Côtes-du-Rhône 2012 Léon Perdigal

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

2 x Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana 

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.

2 x Portillo Malbec 2012 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe,fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Mixed Cases - Festive FavouritesDate published: 27/12/13

Planning a New Year's Eve party? Let us take the stress out of choosing the wine selection with our handy pre-mixed cases.

Festive Favourites - £72.68

What’s in the case:

2 x Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Vin de France

Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate, leading to a clean, dry finish. Perfect with canapes, chicken or tomato dishes.

2 x Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2012/2013, IGT Pavia

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

2 x Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Darling, Western Cape

Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture.

2 x Marquis de Belleville 2011, Bordeaux Supérieur

A middleweight claret with a good balance of ripe plum and berry flavours, with plenty of concentration. Tannins are fine-grained and provide a smooth yet ample feel.

2 x Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012, Grifone

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

2 x Oxford Landing Estates Cabernet Shiraz 2012, Yalumba, South Australia

Easy drinking, with spicy dark-fruit aromas and lashings of plum and blackberry fruit with hints of cedar on the palate, leading on to a smooth finish.

Mixed Cases - Discovery CaseDate published: 27/12/13

Planning a New Year's Eve party? Let us take the stress out of choosing the wine selection with our handy pre-mixed cases.

The Discovery Case - £65.68

What’s in the case:

2 x Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Vin de France 

An astonishing nose with tropical fruit aromas followed by notes of peach. Intense flavours are held together in the mouth by a zesty refreshing acidity.

2 x Garganega Pinot Grigio 2012, Albinoni

Light in colour, refreshing, and crisp and with aromas of limes, grapefruits and lemons making this well balanced wine very easy to drink.

2 x Cuvée de Richard Blanc 2012, PGI Comté Tolosan

A light, crisp and easy drinking blend, with ripe fruits and a fresh citrussy finish.

2 x Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012, Vin de France

Supple and inviting, this wine blends the soft and jammy raspberry fruit of ripe Grenache with the firming influences of Carignan's blackberry flavours and robust tannin.

2 x Cuvée de Richard Rouge 2012, PGI Pays d’Aude

Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish.

2 x Mountain View Merlot 2012/2013, Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley, Chile

Aromas of ripe plums and strawberries, with faint notes of tomato leaf and sage. The palate has a thick and jammy feel, with soft, mature tannins and a rounded, easy style.

Mixed Cases - Discovery RedsDate published: 27/12/13

Planning a New Year's Eve party? Let us take the stress out of choosing the wine selection with our handy pre-mixed cases.

Discovery Reds - £67.08

What’s in the case: 

x Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012, Vin de France

Supple and inviting, this wine blends the soft and jammy raspberry fruit of ripe Grenache with the firming influences of Carignan's blackberry flavours and robust tannin.

3 x Aspen Shiraz 2012, South Eastern Australia

A medium weight red, with a pleasing balance between ripe fruit and savoury, earthy notes on the nose. The palate is succulent and mouth-filling, with lashings of red berry and brambles.

3 x Cuvée de Richard Rouge 2012, PGI Pays d’Aude

Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish.

3 x Mountain View Merlot 2012/2013, Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley, Chile

Aromas of ripe plums and strawberries, with faint notes of tomato leaf and sage. The palate has a thick and jammy feel, with soft, mature tannins and a rounded, easy style.

Planning a Party?Date published: 27/12/13

We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a New Year's Eve party, christening, a birthday, a wedding, or just a get-together we are here to help!!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling? How many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin hire.

What's great is we also have our tasting counter, with wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. 

Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself.

So, please don't hesitate and us call on 01482 868 050 or do come into store ask your questions and enjoy the ease of planning drinks for your party.



Festive Fizz OffersDate published: 27/12/13

You may still be working your way through the turkey sandwiches but New Year is fast approaching and we have some great fizz offers to help you end 2013 in style.

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

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

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

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


The Ashes SelectionDate published: 26/12/13

We are selecting a different Aussie wine for every test match during this winter's Ashes Tour.

This weeks wine:

Heggies Chardonnay 2011, Eden Valley

Grape: Chardonnay - VEGETARIAN

Origin: One of Australia's highest altitude vineyard sites, Heggies vineyard has cool temperatures and rocky, well-drained soil. These provide an ideal environment necessary to stress and challenge the Chardonnay vines, resulting in low yields of grapes with intense flavour.

Taste: The careful handling of oak means this wine has a subtle toasty character which mingles well with the ripe apple and pear fruits. A creamy roundness completes the finish.

Enjoy: Superb with smoked fish, grilled asparagus and veal chops.

Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

Jacob's Christmas Wines- White 2Date published: 21/12/13

Gavi 2012, La Toledana

Grape: 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.

Jacob's Christmas Wines- White 1Date published: 21/12/13

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Grigio 2013, Marlborough

Grape: Pinot Grigio

Origin: The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control.

Taste: A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

Enjoy: This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas.

Jacob's Christmas Wines- Red 2Date published: 21/12/13

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012, TwoHands, Barossa Valley

Grape: Shiraz

Origin: Two Hands are dedicated to showcasing the wide range of styles available from Barossa's many and varied plots. This example is sourced from a number of parcels of mature, gnarly Shiraz vines, and aged in a mixture of new and old French oak hogsheads for 12 months.

Taste: Intense and complex on the nose, which offers an array of fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender. Full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and good length.

Enjoy: Enjoyable immediately, but will develop nicely for up to 5 years in bottle.

Jacob's Christmas Wines- Red 1Date published: 21/12/13

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza 

Grape: Malbec

Origin: This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

Taste:An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Enjoy: Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.

Jacob's Christmas Wines- SparklingDate published: 21/12/13

Lindauer Rosé NV, New Zealand 

Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinotage 

Origin: Produced and owned by Montana, and first 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 and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling. 

Taste: Vibrant pink in colour, with a large number of beads of fast rising bubbles and aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach. A full bodied and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours. 

EnjoyEnjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods and seafood.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 21/12/13

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV

Sourced from the vineyards of Treviso, Prosecco Salatin is a vibrant, fruity, and slightly off-dry sparkling wine. Zesty and aromatic, Salatin is bursting with apple and citrus flavours, with floral notes.

An ideal aperitif, perfect for supping Christmas morning whilst opening presents.

£9.99 when you buy any two selected fizz.

Open now to try in store.

Pedro's Sherry - Palo CortadoDate published: 20/12/13

Palo Cortado is a very rare style of Sherry, and combines the finesse of an Amontillado with the power and richness of an Oloroso.

A Sherry is classified as Palo Cortado when the flor of a Fino fails and so allows the wine to come into contact with oxygen and begin to age like an Oloroso. This rarely occurs naturally and so Palo Cortados are highly sought after.

Having been aged under a flor, Palo Cortados have elegant yeasty and almond flavours, blended with richness and complexity developed from oxidative ageing.

Pedro's Palo Cortado is an excellent representation of the style, with crisp Fino characteristics combined with a golden colour, nutty flavours, and a textural richness. Best served chilled, as an apertif, or alongside hard cheeses, olives, smoked meats, or alongside meat dishes.

Fancy Trying Something Different This Christmas? - Chateau MusarDate published: 19/12/13

Fancy trying something different this Christmas? Lebanon might not immediately spring to mind when you think of wine-making, but it might after you've tried the Chateau Musar. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Carignan, Chateau Musar is a rich, powerful, and intriguing wine. Produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar in the Bekka Valley, Chateau Musar is a unique, must-try wine.

Aromas of baked plum and blackberry give way to raisins, cinnamon, and an earthy smokiness. This complexity follows through on the palate, with a good structure, firm but supple tannins, and a delightfully long finish.

Can be enjoyed now, but will age well, the Chateau Musar is the perfect pairing for your roast goose this Christmas.

£19.99.

Open now to try in store.

Pedro's Sherry - OlorosoDate published: 19/12/13

Oloroso is the richest, and darkest style of Sherry.

Oloroso Sherry gains its dark colour and rich flavours from longer periods of oxidative ageing than other Sherry styles. The flor that develops over both Fino and Amontillado is suppressed in an Oloroso by fortifying the wine to 17.5% after fermentation. At this level of alcohol the yeast cannot survive and so a flor cannot form. This means that Oloroso is exposed to effects of oxidation, which causes it to darken, gain rich nutty flavours, and strengthen in alcohol. Oloroso is often aged for long periods of time, which intensifies this process.

Our Pedro's Oloroso is full-bodied and warming, with a rich texture, dark colour, and beautiful walnut and coffee flavours. This robust Sherry is an excellent match for full-flavoured dishes such as casseroles, red meats, and game.

Pedro's Sherry - AmontilladoDate published: 18/12/13

Amontillado is a style of Sherry produced using a combination of the methods used to create Fino and Oloroso, giving it a unique flavour profile.

Amontillado Sherry begins life the same way as a Fino, intially being aged under a flor, which imparts yeasty flavours. However, the flor is eventually killed off by fortifying the wine up to 17.5%. The Amontillado is then aged in porous oak casks, which slowly oxidises the wine, turning it a dark golden colour and developing rich nutty flavours.

Our Pedro's Amontillado is a beautiful golden colour, with a luscious texture, and rich hazelnut flavours. Best served lightly chilled alongside hard cheeses, mushrooms, white meats, or even lightly spiced Asian dishes.


Pedro's Sherry - FinoDate published: 17/12/13

Fino is the driest and palest style of Sherry, and is made to be drank in its youth.

Fino is made from the Palomino grape, which thrives in the Albariza soils found around the town of Jerez, which is the home of Sherry production. Sherry is a fortified wine, which means that alcoholic spirit is added after fermentation to create a higher strength and richer wine. Different styles of Sherry are fortified to different strengths, which effects their maturation and eventual flavour.

Fino Sherry is fortified to a strength of 15% and then stored in oak casks. The casks are deliberating left partially empty, which allows oxygen to interact with the wine. In the case of Fino, this means that the wine develops a flor, a yeasty cap which forms over the wine, protecting it from oxidation. This imparts doughy, herbal, and almond flavours into the wine, and mean it keeps its pale colour.

Fino Sherry is intended to be drunk in its youth, and our Pedro's Fino is full of youthful apple notes, with hints of almond and yeasty richness. Enjoy it served well-chilled alongside tapas, olives, nuts, and smoked meats.

Pedro's - Our New Range of SherryDate published: 16/12/13

As the festive season approaches we get more customers interested in our range of Sherry. As you may have noticed we've recently overhauled our Sherry section, and with the help of Pedro, an expert in the stuff, we've created a beautiful range of Sherry sourced from boutique family-owned wineries in Jerez. In gratitude for his expert guidance and passion we've even named the range after him.

Sherry often has a bad reputation, as a sickly-sweet wine drank only by Grandma on Christmas morning, but this is no longer the case as people are discovering the bone-dry food-matching style of Sherry that made the region so famous to begin with.

Sherry is named after the region in which it's produced in the south of Spain. The popular dry styles of Sherry; Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, and Manzanilla are made from the Palomino grape. Whilst sweet sherry is made from Pedro Ximenez and is made using a different production method.

To help you get to know our new Sherry range, we'll be publishing articles this week looking at the differences between the styles of Sherry, as well as popping the whole range on our tasting counter.

Christmas Day WinesDate published: 14/12/13

Lets get the cheese board out!

Château Batailley 2007 Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé £35.00 Special Offer £33.00

Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin Batailley is the larger sibling of neighbouring Haut-Batailley and was designated as a 5th growth in the 1855 classification. The vineyards today comprise about 60ha with Cabernet Sauvignon the dominant variety, making up 70% of the total.

Taste Deep ruby/purple colour with elegant blackberry and blackcurrant and truffle flavours, notes of cigar box, pepper and spices lead to hints of liquorice and earth on the finish.

Enjoy Drink now with roast tenderloin of pork and all the trimmings.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 14/12/13

To celebrate Saturday we've opened Prosecco Zonin for you all to try.

Prosecco has recently seen a surge in popularity and is the must have fizz this Christmas. A light and fruit-forward style of sparkling, Prosecco is the perfect aperitif.

Prosecco Zonin is brimming with pear and melon fruit flavours, as well as subtle floral and almond notes. Refreshing and easy drinking, with a hint of sweetness, it's the perfect way to start Christmas day.

A bargain at only £7.99.

Christmas Day WinesDate published: 14/12/13

Now for Christmas pudding!

Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009 Sauternes 37.5cl Half bottle £11.99

Grape Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillion

Origin This is the second wine of Château Suduiraut, a premier Cru Classé Sauternes whose vines border those of Château d'Yquem. Crafted after stringent grape selection, this is a well-made and elegant wine.

Taste With seductive aromas of fragrant orange blossom, spices and fudge. The smooth initial taste develops into soft sweetness on the palate backed by the delicate aromas that are found on the nose.

Enjoy Savour these great value half bottles as a partner to traditional foie gras terrine or poached pears, alternatively just enjoy it on its own.

Christmas Day WinesDate published: 14/12/13

How about a red to have with Turkey!

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

Grape Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin 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.

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

Enjoy 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.

Christmas Day WinesDate published: 13/12/13

How about a white to go with Turkey!

Pouilly-Fuissé 'Les Vignes Blanches' 2011/2012 Domaine Cordier £19.99

Grape Chardonnay

Origin Vignes Blanches is a Cordier-owned parcel of 40-plus year-old vines, producing superbly balanced, rich styles of wine. Characteristic traits of this producer are minimal filtration and super-low yields to maximise concentration and purity.

Taste Ripe tropical fruit in the form of peach and apricot are in abundance here, yet are kept in touch with a crisp acidity which leaves the finish refreshing and near-flawless.

Enjoy Enjoy with richer dishes such as risotto, pâté or duck - the clean acidity will cut through the fatty elements in these foods.


Christmas Day WinesDate published: 13/12/13

Wondering what to drink with your starter???

Chablis 2012 Domaine de Chantemerle, Boudin £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £12.99

Grape Chardonnay

Origin The Boudin family own some of the oldest vines in the appellation of Chablis. The wines are subjected to winemaking atypical in Chablis, resulting in wines that are much richer than typical Chablis.

Taste Hints of green apple, lime and citrus as well as warm ripe stone fruits, almost moving into tropical aromas. A weightier palate than usual, with stone fruits, citrus fruits and medium levels of acidity.

Enjoy Enjoy as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to seafood. Drinking well now but with the potential to cellar for three years.

Christmas Day WinesDate published: 13/12/13

The perfect partner for smoked salmon and cream cheese canapés:

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV    £45.00 Buy 6 bottles save 33% £30.00

Grape Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.


The Ashes SelectionDate published: 13/12/13

We are selecting a different Aussie wine for every test match during this winter's Ashes Tour.

This weeks wine:

Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Coonawarra

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon - VEGETARIAN

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 flavours.

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

Jane MacQuitty's Winter Top 100 - Sparkling WineDate published: 12/12/13

Jane MacQuitty recently published her Top 100 Wines for Winter, heres a few of our sparkling wines that made the cut.

Cava Calamino NV, Spain - £5.99 when you buy any two selected fizz

Made with a blend of native Spanish grapes, this cava is fresh and harmonious, displaying plenty of apple and toast flavours, yet intensely dry and mouth-watering. An bargain at only £5.99.

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - £19.99 when you buy any two selected fizz

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

Jane MacQuitty's Winter Top 100 - The WhitesDate published: 12/12/13

Jane MacQuitty recently published her Top 100 Wines for Winter, heres a few of our whites that made the cut.

Cuvée de Richard Blanc 2012, France - £5.49

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, and Ugni Blanc, this French white is zesty and crisp. Full of citrus fruit flavours, it's easy drinking and makes a perfect aperitif.

Paul Mas Vermentino 2012, France - £5.99 when you buy two bottles

Very bright gold with youthful green tints. The nose is predominantly citrus, with berry and slightly smoky notes. Remarkably rich on the palate, with good acidity, and a satisfying length.

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewürztraminer 2012, France - £7.99 when you buy two bottles

Fresh and open, with a pale straw colour and light body. Aromas of apricot and yellow plum, with hints of white rose. A gently sweet palate with firm acidity that dries and lengthens the finish. Perfect with slightly spiced asian dishes.

Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 2001Date published: 12/12/13

Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 2001 £27.00

Grape: Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa, Touriga Nacional

Origin: The 300 year old Port House of Taylor's, based in Oporto on the Atlantic coast are owners of the Quinta de Vargellas vineyard, based high up in the Douro valley. Vines of over 75 years old make up 60%of the vineyard, produces wines that age as long as vintage Port.

Taste: Concentrated spicy aromas of raisin, spices and currant. Exceptionally rich, with layer upon layer of fruit, a chewy, unctuous texture, firm structure and tannin and a long finish.

How to serve: Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas should be carefully decanted. Firstly stand for 24 hours and carefully remove the cork. Pour the clean wine into a fresh decanter, being sure to leave the sediment behind, and serve in large glasses.

What to drink with: Matches well with full rich dark chocolate deserts, so perfect with your festive chocolate log.


Taylor's 10 Year Old TawnyDate published: 11/12/13

Let's try some Tawny:

Taylor's 10 Year Old Tawny £20.00

Grape: Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa,Touriga Nacional

Origin: Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old.

Taste: Aromas of ripe berry fruit with delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.

How to serve: Does not require decanting, but benefits from aeration. Serve slightly chilled in a large glass.

What to drink with: Delicious slightly chilled on it's own, or as an accompaniment to a rich appetiser or a strong blue cheese. It is also a perfect match to rich deserts so will be perfect with your christmas pudding and brandy sauce.



Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2007Date published: 10/12/13

Here's another suggestion for your Christmas Port:

Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2007 £11.99

Grape: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa

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

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

How to serve: Matured before bottling, Taylor's LBV does not require decanting. Serve in large glasses to fully appreciate.

What to drink with: Taylor's LBV is perfect with rich chocolate deserts, red fruit tarts and creamy cheeses.


Taylor's First EstateDate published: 09/12/13

Not sure which Port to drink this Christmas? Here are some suggestions:

Taylor's First Estate £8.99

Grape: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa

Origin: Taylor's is over 300 years old and still family owned. The First Estate is a ruby port, and is named after the first property acquired by Taylor's in 1744.

Taste: Deep garnet in colour and with a rich concentration of dark berries and Christmas cake hints delivered in a warming, satisfying style.

How to serve: No need to decent, serve slightly chilled in a large glass, or even over ice! That's how they drink it in the Douro!

What to drink with: Excellent on it's own as an aperitif or with cheeses and rich chocolate deserts.


Kate's Christmas SixDate published: 08/12/13

Lindauer Special Reserve Brut NV, New Zealand - £9.99

Nothing beats a glass of fizz whilst you're opening your presents on Christmas morning, and this year I'll be supping on Lindauer Special Reserve. Fermented in bottle and made using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this New World fizz is a great alternative to Champagne. The Pinot Noir grapes give the wine it's lovely pink tinge and notes of red currant, which are balanced with hints of peach and rounded off with a toasty edge.

Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio, Italy - £9.99

A cut above most Italian Pinot Grigio, Stella Alpina has a lush texture with ripe peach, pear and melon flavours, and a crisp citrussy finish. Perfect to keep you going whilst doing the food prep, as an apertif, or for evening drinks.

Catena Alta Chardonnay, Argentina - £23.00

The ideal white to pair with the roast turkey. A rich, complex Chardonnay, Catena Alta offers white stone fruit, banana, and mango on the nose, with notes of sweet spice, vanilla, and hazelnut on the palate. The toasty edge and full-bodied buttery texture will pair beautifully with turkey.

Casa Lapostelle Pinot Noir, Chile - £14.99

A perfect red to accompany the roast turkey. This Chilean Pinot Noir is light enough in body not to overpower the meat and it's maturation in oak offers notes of smoky cedar which pair perfectly with the roast. An elegant Pinot Noir with supple tannins and a silky mouthfeel, Casa Lapostelle is brimming with vibrant red berries, cherries, and plums, with a savoury, smoky edge.

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £12.79

This dessert wine from New Zealand is made from Sauvignon Blanc, which provides a tropical feel and zesty acidity. Lush in texture, with ripe peach, lychee and nectarine notes, this sweet wine is the perfect pairing for a range of sumptuous desserts.

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2003, England - £34.99

Unwind with a glass of the Queen's favourite fizz after a long day of festivities. Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs is a rich golden colour, and is bursting with yeasty notes of brioche and hazelnut, as well as peach and citrus fruit flavours. An indulgent way to end the day.

Christmas Wines - Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza - Red for the TurkeyDate published: 07/12/13

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza

You don't always have to have white wine with white meat, and the Vina Ardanza is the perfect red to break the rule with. 

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 Haro. The 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. Every 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 4 year old American 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.

£23.50 for a single bottle, £18.50 when you buy any two selected Fine Wines

Christmas Wines - Nicolas Potel Meursault - White for the TurkeyDate published: 07/12/13

Nicolas Potel Meursault

A rich, buttery white Burgundy that will match perfectly with your roast turkey and has enough bite to contend with the trimmings.

Nicolas Potel is a very famous name in Burgundy. Although now owned by cooperative, 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. There is always a lot of oak involved in Meursault, as the powerful grapes can handle the intense oak flavours. 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. 

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. 

£22 a bottle

Christmas Wines - Sancerre 'Les Comtesses' - For the Fish StarterDate published: 07/12/13

Sancerre 'Les Comtesses' Paul Thomas

An elegant French classic, and an ideal match for a smoked salmon starter.

Paul Thomas are a small producer in the village 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.

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 possible 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.

£16.99 for a single bottle, £14.99 when you buy two bottles

Christmas Wines - Jermann Pinot Grigio - The AperitifDate published: 07/12/13

Jermann Pinot Grigio

The perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations, a luscious, fruity Pinot Grigio.

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. However 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.

£23 for a single bottle, £18 when you buy any two selected Fine Wines.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 07/12/13

Lindauer Special Reserve NV, New Zealand

£9.99 when you buy two bottles of selected fizz

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand wine-making. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. 

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish.

Enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken.

The Ashes SelectionDate published: 05/12/13

We are selecting a different Aussie wine for every test match during this winter's Ashes Tour.

This weeks wine: 

Turkey Flat 'Butcher's Block' Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2011, Barossa

Grape: Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre - VEGETARIAN

Origin: Turkey Flat vineyards are so named because they stand on an area of flatlands, on the banks of Tanunda Creek, that were once home to a proliferation of wild turkeys. The first Shiraz vines were planted in this area by Silesian settler Johann Fiedler in 1847.

Taste: The nose is floral with hints of five spice, plum, cherry and blackcurrant, with distinctive smoky, meaty undertones. The palate is generous, displaying juicy fruit with a firm palate structure.

Enjoy: Drink with all red meats, game pie, or chargrilled sausages.

Christmas Delivery DatesDate published: 04/12/13

With Christmas fast-approaching we are filling up with deliveries quickly. To avoid disappointment please place your orders as soon as possible.

For orders in the Driffield, Scarborough, and Bridlington areas we still have slots available on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 17th December.

For orders in the Scunthorpe and Grimbsy areas we still have slots available on Thursday 12th and Thursday 19th December.

For local deliveries our last delivery date will be Friday 20th December.

You can place your orders online or over the phone, we hope to hear from you soon.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 30/11/13

To celebrate our New Zealand and Australia tasting week, and just because it's Saturday, we've opened a bottle of Trilogy Brut NV for you all to try.

Made with the Champagne grape trio Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, and fermented in bottle, the Trilogy has yeasty, bready notes, and a hint of creamy elegance. On the palate these savoury flavours are complemented by fresh citrus and apple notes.

An absolute bargain at only £6.66!

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 23/11/13

To celebrate Majestic opening it's 200th store in Petersfield we've decided to open Heidsieck Brut NV Champagne so you can come celebrate with us this weekend.

A Pinot-dominant blend of Champagne, the Heidsieck Brut NV is rich, yet approachable with a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse. And at only £16 it's the perfect fizz for any occasion.

Don't forget we'll also be donating £1 of every bottle of Champagne sold this weekend to the charity Children with Cancer, so it's ideal time to stock up on festive fizz.

200th Majestic Store Celebrations and CompetitionsDate published: 22/11/13

To celebrate Majestic opening it's 200th store in Petersfield we want to treat our customers to say thank you.

We're giving away a years supply of wine, to enter the competition visit http://bolg.majestic.co.uk/win-a-years-supply-of-wine

We've also got a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 to give away to a Beverley customer, to be in with a chance all you need to do is visit us this weekend and fill in a competition slip.

We'll also be donating £1 from every bottle of Champagne sold this weekend to our Charity of the Year, Children with Cancer UK, so you can stock up on Christmas fizz whilst helping charity!

The Ashes SelectionDate published: 21/11/13

The Ashes starts today so we have chosen a different wine from down under for you to try for each test match.

First Ashes Test:

The Scribbler 2010, Yalumba

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz

Origin: Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler is Yalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shiraz combination, made with a view to early enjoyment. 

Taste: Dense and vibrant purple in colour, with a nose of concentrated dark fruits, liquorice and black olive. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins. 

Enjoy: Yalumba recommends serving with a game pie with a truffled parmesan and parsnip mash.

England vs Germany...Wines for the big match...Date published: 19/11/13

If you are watching the International friendly this evening, why not get the appropriate beers in, its a Tuesday night so you probably deserve it. We have chosen a premium English and a premium German beer to go head to head. We will let you decide for yourselves which you think should win the contest...

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down NV 12x330ml Bottles

Gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012!

versus...

Paulaner Original NV 12x500ml Bottles

A classic Bavarian lager from one of the most famous of Munich's many breweries.



England vs The All BlacksDate published: 16/11/13

England play New Zealand in the rugby this afternoon which is perfect timing because our most popular New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has just come back on offer. Come in and stock up on Ned for only £6.99.

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

Enjoy: Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

England vs Chile...Wines for the big match...Date published: 15/11/13

If you are watching the International friendly this evening, why not accompany the football with some sparkling wine, its a Friday night so you probably deserve it. We have chosen an English and a Chilean sparkling wine to go head to head. We will let you decide for yourselves which you think should win the contest...


Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004, England

Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier 

Origin: Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne. 

Taste: A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

Enjoy: The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.


Versus...


Undurraga Rosé NV, Chile

Grape: Pinot Noir

Origin: 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.

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

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

Paulaner Bavarian Wheat BeerDate published: 15/11/13

Paulaner Bavarian Wheat Beer

Region: Bavaria

This beer has a striking appearance, it is bright orange and produces a thick head in the glass. Like most German wheat beers there are intense flavours of clove, bubblegum and banana. This is all balanced by a pleasing citrus quality.

5.5%

Hops: Hallertau

Origin: Paulaner is the largest brewery in Munich and the eighth largest in Germany. Originally founded by monks in 1634, the brewery was intended to produce beer for the monks during Lent. Paulaner bottle five different styles of beer, with this wheat beer proving one of the most popular.

Enjoy: Chilled, with Weiss wurst and pretzel for the perfect Bavarian breakfast.

Paulaner OriginalDate published: 15/11/13

Paulaner Original

Region: The definition of Helles lager. Straw blonde colour. The nose has subtle floral and cereal characters. On the palate citrus flavours combine with a very subtle bitterness, for an incredibly refreshing style of lager.

4.9%

Hops: Hallertau

Origin: Paulaner is the largest brewery in Munich and the eighth largest in Germany. Originally founded by monks in 1634, the brewery was intended to produce beer for the monks during Lent. Now under secular control the brewery is a key part of Bavarian culture.

Enjoy: Well chilled with white fish, such as cod or served as an aperitif.

Paulaner OktoberfestDate published: 15/11/13

Paulaner Oktoberfest

Region: Bavaria

A deep amber gold colour, this is a full bodied style of lager. The nose has biscuit and subtle toffee characters.The palate is more rounded than a traditional lager and has a subtle malty sweetness. Flavours of bread and biscuit are also apparent.

6%

Hops: Hallertau

Origin: Paulaner is the largest brewery in Munich and the eighth largest in Germany. Originally founded by monks in 1634 the brewery was intended to produce beer for the monks during Lent. Oktoberfest beer is based on a recipe from 1872 and in Germany only six breweries are legally allowed to call their beer "oktoberfestbier"

Enjoy: Well chilled with pork dishes.

Curious IPADate published: 14/11/13

Curious IPA, Chapel Down

Region: Kent

A clear copper colour in the glass with aromas of zesty orange and white grape matched with a caramel richness. A smooth, crisp and well balanced beer. Full bodied with a follow through of citrus, grapes and caramel.

5.6%

Hops: Goldlings, Brambling Cross, Citra

Origin: Another fantastic beer from the well known and established English wine producers Chapel Down. Using traditional English hops and combining them with a refreshing twist by using Citra hops.

Enjoy: With spicy meat dishes to turn up the flavour.

Brooklyn LagerDate published: 14/11/13

Brooklyn Lager

Region: Brooklyn, New York

This beer is a great all rounder. Styled as a Vienna lager it has a complex malt edge as well as a refreshing hop bitterness. Flavours of biscuit and caramel on the palate are joined by subtle floral notes on the nose.

5.2%

Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard and Cascade.

Origin: Founded in 1987 this brewery is one of the bedrocks of the American craft beer scene. Current brewmaster and world renowned beer author, Garett Oliver, joined in 1994 and is largely responsible for developing this beer into the one we know and love today.

Enjoy: chilled with grilled meats or with your cheese course

Under Dog Atlantic LagerDate published: 13/11/13

Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog

Vegetarian: Vegan: Organic

4.7%

Hops: Perle, Goldings

Origin: The Flying Dog brewery was originally set up as a brew pub in Denver however the popularity of its beers caused them to move to their current site in Baltimore,Maryland. The name Flying Dog was conceived whilst the founder was in Pakistan climbing K2. Showing inspiration can be found anywhere!

Taste: this is a crisp, hop driven lager. Pale gold in the glass but bursting with flavour. Flavours of citrus and a powerful hop bitterness dominate this beer. These flavours linger on the palate.

Enjoy: Well chilled as an aperitif or with simple salads.

Anchor SteamDate published: 13/11/13

Anchor Steam

Region: California

A wonderful amber colour in the glass, a rich caramel malt flavour dominates this beer. This is then rounded off by subtle citrus flavours that are the result of careful use of hops.

4.8%

Hops: Northern Brewery

Origin: A classic hybrid beer. Lager yeasts are used in a brewing process that is traditionally associated with the production of English bitter. This is a unique style of brewing that originated in the gold rush era of the Westcoast of America.

Enjoy: Chilled with Mexican food or it is equally at home with good company.

Krombacher PilsDate published: 12/11/13

Krombacher Pils

Region: Bavaria

The quintessential German pilsner. Softer and more earthy than a traditional Czech offering. The use of pilsner malt gives the beer a rounded mouth feel as well as toasty notes and subtle citrus and grass notes.

4.8%

Hops: Tettnanger, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Spalt, Saaz

Origin: Krombacher are an established premium brewery in Germany. It is said that one in ten Pilsners consumed in Germnay are made by Krombacher. They pride themselves on the quality of their ingredients, with the use of "Fellsquellwasser" spring water being the key to their taste.This is not surprising as their beer is 92% water!

Enjoy: Well chilled and with cold meats.

Cooper's Pale AleDate published: 12/11/13

Cooper's Pale Ale

Region: Australia

Floral and citrus characters typical of the Pride of Ringwood hops. A natural second fermentation has added a fine sediment that gives the beer a fine hazy appearance and textural depth.

4.5%

Hops: Pride of Ringwood

Origin: Coopers were founded in 1862 by Thomas Cooper, when he was trying to find a restorative drink for his sick wife. His beers were so successful that a full time brewery was established in 1881 and this brewery has remained in Cooper hands ever since.

Enjoy: Cold with barbecued meats.

Krombacher Wheat BeerDate published: 11/11/13

Krombacher Wheat Beer

Region: Bavaria

The appearance is cloudy and a vivid amber gold. The nose contains the traditional wheat beer aromas of clove, banana and bubblegum. The palate is tangy and refreshing with a pleasing mixture of citrus and spice.

5.3%

Hops: Tettnanger, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Spalt, Saaz

Origin: Krombacher are an established premium brewery in Germany. Given the rise in interest in the Wheat beer style this is a new addition to the Krombacher range. New brewery equipment was purchased to ensure that Krombacher's high standards were maintained after the introduction of this beer.

Enjoy: Well chilled and with spicy food.

Curious Beer LagerDate published: 11/11/13

Curious Brew Lager,Chapel Down

Region: Kent

Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral and stone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this wine has citrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by are freshing bitterness.

4.7%

Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin

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

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

Beer Glorious BeerDate published: 11/11/13

Although our true passion here at Majestic Beverley is wine, we all appreciate a good beer. Our beer range is ever expanding, and we've got everything from craft American lagers, to local ales, to German wheat beers. To help you explore the world of beer we've produced tasting notes for a selection of our favourite beers, which we'll be posting online over the next week.

Californian Wines On The Tasting Counter This WeekendDate published: 10/11/13

Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Paso Robles

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

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

Drink with braised shin of beef.

Californian Wines On The Tasting Counter This WeekendDate published: 09/11/13

Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010, Carneros

Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terroir of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.

Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.

Enjoy over the next three years with chargrilled chicken or light fish dishes.

Californian Wines On The Tasting Counter This WeekendDate published: 08/11/13

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2012

Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest yielding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino.

Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Great with barbecued steaks, well seasoned pork chops, or venison.

Upcoming Wine Tasting EventsDate published: 03/11/13

Free Wine Tasting Events at Majestic Wine Beverley

We love sharing our enthusiasm for wine here at Majestic Beverley, so we're hosting a series of free tasting events this winter

Wine Course

A 90 minute introduction to the world of wine

Thursday 7th November at 6.30pm

Spotlight Tastings

30 minute tutorials focusing on a particular grape variety, country, or style of wine

New Arrivals

A look at our exciting new arrivals

Saturday 9th November at 12pm and 3pm

Wines of Rhône and Burgundy

Exploring the wines of these classic wine regions

Saturday 23rd November at 12pm and 3pm

Christmas Wines

Try a selection of our Christmas favourites

Saturday 7th December at 12pm and 3pm

Winter Wine Evening

We'll be opening a range of old favourites and new arrivals to help you decide on your Christmas wines, as well providing cheese and nibbles

Thursday 14th Novermber at 6.30pm


Call us on 01482 868 050, or email on bev@majestic.co.uk to book your place


Fine Wine Open To TasteDate published: 25/10/13

Hansi Baumann introduces the last wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season…

Amarone Negrar (13.675) £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

INTRODUCTION: Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.

FACTS: Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.

TASTE: Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish.

FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese.

Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 11/10/13

Hansi Baumann introduces the sixth wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season…

Angel's Share Shiraz  £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

INTRODUCTION The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.

FACTS Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.

TASTING NOTE Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.

FOOD MATCH Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce.

Fine Wine Open To TasteDate published: 27/09/13

Hansi Baumann introduces the fourth wine in our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tasting season…St. Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon (37.159) £19.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £15.99

INTRODUCTION: Although Kiwi Pinot Noir is making headlines, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based wines are gaining a reputation for quality; Sauvignon Blanc is still the first wine that comes to mind when talking of New Zealand. Cloudy Bay put New Zealand on the map in the late 1980's with success in international competitions and the vibrant, powerful flavours fruit forward flavours that introduced people to a new style of Sauvignon. Before the arrival of the wineries, the Marlborough region, and Cloudy Bay in particular, was historically one of the most significant areas of New Zealand, having been the site of early settlement by both the Maori and Europeans. One of Montana's earliest vintages of Sauvignon Blanc was so much better than most of the white wine being produced in New Zealand at the time that within a decade many of the existing Riesling and Müller Thurgau vineyards were grubbed up and replanted with Sauvignon Blanc.

FACTS: Saint Clair began growing grapes in 1978 to supply local wine companies before establishing their own winery in 1994. Over time their understanding of the different vineyard sites led to the Pioneer Block series; wines that represent the individual terrior of the many vineyards owned and managed around Marlborough. Vintner Matt Thomson's aim it to showcase the variety of flavours that each of the carefully selected vineyards exhibit by vinifying the wines in individual stainless steel tanks before bottling them under block numbers, often with historic or descriptive names. Block 18 "Snap Block" is named after the variety of apples grown before the orchard was replanted with grapes and Block 3 "43 Degree" is named after the vineyard's 43 degree North angle of planting.

TASTING NOTE: Incredibly intense and powerful aromas of limes, gooseberries, capsicums and a hint of green herbs. Very vibrant, fresh and invigorating, the citrus flavours are augmented by hints of Tropicana, with a very long, zesty finish.

FOOD MATCH: The vibrancy of the wine is the perfect match for seafood, especially oysters, or spicy Asian cuisine.

25% off Spanish WinesDate published: 25/09/13

With the improved deal of 25% off Spanish Wines until the 30th September, there has never been a better time to explore the diverse range of wines from this vibrant country. Come along in store or browse online to bag yourself a bargain or two!! 

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 13/09/13


L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc 2012, PGI Cotes du Gascogne

Only £7.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles

This wine comes from several selected vineyard sites across the Cotes de Gascogne, and is vinified by Rigal, one of the region's most well established producers, founded in 1755. The name refers to passion fruit, one of the noted characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc.

An invitingly fresh nose of grapefruit, tinged with subtle grassy aromas and softer, more tropical fruit notes. Elegant and crisp, the palate is awash with refreshing citrus character.

Best enjoyed with simple seafood dishes, white fish or as a refreshing aperitif.


Sensational New Champagne OfferDate published: 12/09/13

Nicolas Feuillatte NV.

 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.

Now just £15.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of your mixed case.


Fantastic new Prosecco offerDate published: 12/09/13

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC 


Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Taste

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


Enjoy

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.


Now only £6.66 when you buy two or more bottles as part of your mixed case.


Fine Wine Open To TasteDate published: 07/09/13

This stunning Chardonnay from the iconic 'Cloudy Bay' winery is currently open to taste on our tasting counter.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough

Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay.

Taste

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



Wine Of The WeekDate published: 06/09/13

CLOUDY BAY CHARDONNAY 2011, MARLBOROUGH

£27.50 or £20 when you buy two or more

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £15

There is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening- a recipe for success with Chardonnay.

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

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


Fine Wine Tastings This AutumnDate published: 01/09/13

Over the coming weekends leading into Autumn we will be opening a bottle of fine wine on Fridays and Saturdays to taste. There will be a different style of wine each weekend, something that everybody will enjoy. Feel free to pop in and taste these wines and the team will be more than happy to talk to you about them.

Italian Food And Wines - Porchetta and SangioveseDate published: 19/08/13

Spolverino Toscano 2011 Carpineto

 Sangiovese, Canaiolo 


Spolverino means 'feather duster' in Italian, and is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Black Rooster; the emblem of Chianti and Tuscany's wine country. The wine is a traditional blend of Sangiovese with several other local grapes, predominantly Canaiolo.

Intense red cherry fruit on nose and palate, interwoven with notes of tobacco and violet. Medium-full bodied, with a juicy richness and snappy, youthful acidity.


The classic Italian dish of roast porchetta is a fantastic treat for a Sunday feast. Traditionally a whole suckling pig is roasted with garlic, lemon, rosemary, fennel, parsley and sage. It can also be done with a rolled loin and belly of pork, with the garlic and herbs rolled up inside as the stuffing. Served with an array of roasted vegetables, cavalo nero and garlic and rosemary roast potatoes it's a treat for any Sunday lunchespecially when served with the Spolverino. The juicy fruit stands up to the various herb flavours and the youthful acidity refreshes your mouth for the next bite.

Italian Food And Wine - Pizza and CopertinoDate published: 19/08/13

 Copertino 2008 Masseria Monaci

Copertino DOC is named after the town of Copertino, but also includes five other villages. These reds are made mostly from the dark skinned Negroamaro grape and this particular one is made from the fruit of 10-30 year old vines.

Thick and luscious with dark, plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate, this is an intriguing wine.


This is an amazing value wine. It's very affordable price meaning it's perfect for opening any night of the week. The intense fruit  flavours with a hint of spice will sit perfectly along side a slice of pizza or two laden with olives, tomatoes, mozzarella,  Parma ham and topped with rocket.


Italian Food and Wine - Halibut and Vernaccia di San GimiganoDate published: 19/08/13

Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012 A Passoni 


The Milan-born Francesca Passoni is the driving force behind this winery. In 1990, she and husband Giuseppe set about restoring the Cantina di Passoni estate and its accompanying convent to their original splendor.

An intense wine with lively acidity and lots of pure fruit. The palate is unmistakably crisp with citric and green fruit notes. This fruit is backed up with the classic Vernaccia character of almonds.


Try this wine with halibut, slowly poached in olive oil, served on a bed of roasted peppers and courgettes dressed with a little pesto. The green fruit flavours of the wine work wonderfully with the vegetables and the almond notes on the finish bring the best out of the fish. The clean citrus notes cut through the oil and pesto wonderfully.


Italian food and wine - Insalata Caprese & GaviDate published: 19/08/13

The classic Italian combination of tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella seasoned with salt and olive oil is a fabulous light dish on a summers afternoon. It matches wonderfully with light, crisp whites such as a Gavi. The Gavi Montiero 2012 Rocca has ample acidity to cope with the tomatoes and cut through the olive oil. It's grapefruit and fennel flavours sit harmoniously with the basil and help to bring the full flavour out of the cheese.  


The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.


A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.





Wine Of The WeekDate published: 17/08/13

CLOUDY BAY CHARDONNAY 2011, MARLBOROUGH

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £15

There is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening- a recipe for success with Chardonnay.

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

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


On the Tasting Counter today, come in and try!Date published: 13/08/13

Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2012 Banfi 

£8.74 Buy 2 Italian wines save 20% £6.99

Grape

Pinot Grigio/Gris

Origin

Although technically a white grape, the skin of Pinot Grigio berries turns a delicate shade of salmon pink, when allowed extended sun exposure at the end of the ripening season. Gentle pressing of the grapes extracts this pink hue to create a delicate rosé wine.

Taste

A nose of ripe summer fruits, mingling yellow apple with soft pear, banana and white peach. The acidity is soft-edged, for a palate that is easy-drinking and refreshing.

Enjoy

Drink with poached salmon or trout, or with light pasta dishes and salads.


On the Tasting Counter today, come in and try!Date published: 12/08/13

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley 

£9.99 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £7.99

Grape Chardonnay

Origin

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

Taste

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Enjoy

Best served with poached salmon, cod or Dover sole, or mussels in a creamy sauce.


On the Tasting Counter today, come in and try!Date published: 11/08/13

2 Up’ Shiraz 2012, Kangarilla Road, South Australia

£11.24 Buy 2 Australian wines save 20% £8.99

Grape

Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

The vineyard of Kangarilla Road offers 30 acres of mature vines, contributing rich fruit characters so typical of McLaren Vale. Sourcing grapes from three regions this wine is then matured in French and American oak for 12 months.

Taste

A vibrant Shiraz with rich blackberry fruit and hints of plum, dark cherry and spice. The long lingering finish reflects dark berry fruits and fine tannins.

Enjoy

Enjoy this full, fruity style now as an accompaniment to spare ribs slathered in barbecue sauce.


On the Tasting Counter today, come in and try!Date published: 10/08/13

L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, PGI Côtes du Lot 

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £6.99

Grape Malbec

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

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


Vina Ardanza 2004 MagumsDate published: 10/08/13

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta 150cl Magnum £36

Grenache, Tempranillo

Now in stock in Beverley, this classic Rioja in magnums. Impress your guests with this stunning dinner party wine. 


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.


Wonderful with pan roast duck or a pink rack of lamb.




Wine Of The WeekDate published: 10/08/13

'2 Up' Shiraz, Kangarilla Road, South Australia 2012

£11.24 or

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more wines of Australia.

A vibrant Australian Shiraz from the Kangarilla Road estate which has over 30 acres of mature vines.

This is a typical McLaren Vale Shiraz, rich blackberry fruit with plum, dark cherry and peppery spice. Full bodied and rich with a long finish and fine tannins.

A fantastic BBQ wine, it will suit any red meat.


On the Tasting Counter today, come in and try!Date published: 09/08/13

Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas 

£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 £6.99

Grape Albariño

Origin

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes possibly 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.


Tutored TastingsDate published: 05/08/13

We will be holding four more tutored tastings in September. These tastings will be held on Saturday afternoons, exploring 6 wines in 30 minutes.


Saturday 7th September - Chardonnay; It's influence on international styles

Saturday 14th September - Spain; Rioja and beyond

Saturday 21st September - Sauvignon Blanc and interesting alternatives

Saturday 28th September - Syrah/Shiraz; It's influence on international styles


Availability is limited so booking is advised.

Wine of the Week - Bellero Barbera 2012 PiemonteDate published: 03/08/13

Bellero Barbera 2012 Piemonte

Grape

Barbera

Origin


Barbera is native to the north-west of Italy, and is one of the most widely planted red grapes in Piemonte. Traditionally used for making very light-bodied wines, modern winemaking techniques are producing rounder, fuller-bodied examples of Barbera such as this.

Taste


A violet-tinged cherry red wine, offering aromas of blackberry and red apple, with jammy hints. Prominent acidity harmonises well with the soft tannins, providing a lively yet rounded mouthfeel.

Enjoy


The perfect red wine for partnering a selection of fresh bruschetta, salami and other antipasti.

£5.99 when you buy any two Italian wines with the 20% off offer (single price £7.49)

Ned Sauvignon Blanc - 2013 vintage now in stock!Date published: 02/08/13

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin


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

Taste


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

Enjoy


Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood


Beaujolais & Loire wine #7Date published: 01/08/13

Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Cascadelles' 2011/2012 Caves de Pouilly-sur-Loire 

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

From a high-quality cooperative this classy Pouilly-Fumé provides a benchmark performance, with plenty of mineral characters and a crisp gooseberry zestiness. Smoky gunflint characters define wines from this prestigious appellation.

Taste

Packed with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberries, orange blossom and citrus fruit backed by a crisp, elegant mineral character on the finish.

Enjoy

Ideal on its own or with oily fish such as mackerel or trout.

Beaujolais & Loire wine #6Date published: 31/07/13

Brouilly 2011 Domaine des Maison Neuves 

Grape

Gamay

Origin

Brouilly is the southernmost and largest of the Beaujolais crus and as such is often described as 'typical' in regards to Beaujolais. Domaine des Maison Neuves are a quality-conscious grower that eschews the use of herbicides to give healthier vines.

Taste

A deep coloured wine, showing great finesse and fruit intensity. The nose gives powerful aromas of ripe berry and currant notes. The palate shows soft tannins and a balanced acidity on the finish.

Enjoy

Enjoy with white meat dishes.

Beaujolais & Loire wine #5Date published: 30/07/13

Sancerre Rouge 2010/2011 Paul Thomas

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin

From the famous white wine appellation in the Central Vineyards district. Pinot Noir is the primary red variety cultivated here, grown on gravelly, limestone soil.

Taste

This juicy, fruity wine shows intense aromas of raspberry and cherry on the nose that develop further on the palate. Soft tannins, crisp yet balanced acidity and masses of ripe red berry flavours.

Enjoy

Fantastic summer drinking, try chilled on its own, or with charcuterie.

Beaujolais & Loire wine #4Date published: 29/07/13

Fleurie Flower Label 2011 Georges Duboeuf

Grape

Gamay

Origin

Fleurie is one of the ten crus of Beaujolais and one of the most sought after. Georges Duboeuf is one of the best known winemakers in this region to the south of Burgundy, and has been nicknamed the King of Beaujolais.

Taste

Classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant, floral perfume. Concentrated fruit and light tannic presence are testament to the cru status of this wine. An attractive wine with a silky texture.

Enjoy

Served at cellar temperature (approximately 12oC) this is a refreshing companion to a light summer lunch.

Beaujolais & Loire wine #3Date published: 28/07/13

La Grille Touraine Sauvignon 2012 Paul Buisse 

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

The result of a partnership between Paul Buisse and a number of leading Loire winemakers. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from vineyards in the central Loire valley, and are cool-fermented to preserve the delicate aromatics.

Taste

Loire trademarks of gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf characterise the nose. The palate is nicely balanced, with a soft-edged acidity , yet a snappy citrussy zing.

Enjoy

Partner with a light Oriental stir-fry, or of course, seafood.

Beaujolais & Loire wine #2Date published: 27/07/13

Beaujolais-Villages 'Les Esservies' 2012 Domaine des Crais 

Grape

Gamay

Origin

Domain des Crais is a vineyard site in the village of Leynes, close to the cru villages of St Amour and Julienas, in the far north of Beaujolais. 'Les Esservies' is a part of the area whose name is derived from the 'serves', or small pools fed by underground springs.

Taste

A bright and perfumed nose of ripe berries with hints of candy and floral notes. The palate has a friendly tannic structure, with a soft, mouth-filling roundness and juicy berry fruit.

Enjoy

A natural partner for charcuterie and rustic pâtés.

Wine of the week - Fleurie Flower Label 2011 Georges DuboeufDate published: 26/07/13

£8.99 When you buy two or more

£11.24 single bottle price

Origin

Fleurie is one of the ten crus of Beaujolais and one of the most sought after. Georges Duboeuf is one of the best known winemakers in this region to the south of Burgundy, and has been nicknamed the King of Beaujolais.

Taste

Classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant, floral perfume. Concentrated fruit and light tannic presence are testament to the cru status of this wine. An attractive wine with a silky texture.


Beaujolais & Loire wine tasting week 28th July - 1st AugustDate published: 26/07/13

This weeks sees our in store tasting of Beaujolais and Loire. Pop in and see what exciting wines we have open to try from these amazing places!

Beaujolais & Loire wine #1Date published: 26/07/13

Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2011 Domaine de la Tourmaline

Grape

Melon de Bourgogne

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Chill well and drink immediately with scallops. Also makes an excellent partner for oriental cuisine.

Champagne to celebrate the 'Tour De France'!!!Date published: 21/07/13

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV Champagne


Was £55.00  Special Offer £45.00 

Grape

Pinot Noir

Description

A classic pink Champagne, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit and full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. Unlike many rosés, though, this wine has its serious side, and can grow in depth and complexity with a year or two in bottle. Unusually made by the saignée method, leaving the juice on its skins for three days to extract colour, rather than simply adding a dose of red wine to the blend.


Champagne to celebrate the 'Tour De France'!!!Date published: 20/07/13

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne


Was £42.00 Special Offer £32.00

Buy 6 bottles save £12 £30.00 *

Grape

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!


Wine of The WeekDate published: 20/07/13

As Caixas Godello 2012,

Martin Codax

Rias Baixas, Spain

£9.99 or buy £7.99when you buy two or more.

Galicia in Northwest Spain is often hailed as the green part of Spain with relatively cooler temperatures. The sea breezes coming of the Atlantic Ocean are perfect for cooling grapes growing on the vines in the region meaning it is ideal for growing refreshing, zesty white wines.

The Godello grape has often been used as a blending grape in the past but in recent years has become a star in it's own right. This particular wine from the highly regarded Rias Baixas D.O. area is dominated by apple and pear on the nose with floral hints, leading into more crunchy pear on the palate with clean acidity and a generous texture enhanced by a period of lees ageing.

Seafood is the perfect match for this wine. Salt cod in particular, mussels in a cider cream or grilled sardines.


Champagne to celebrate the 'Tour De France'!!!Date published: 19/07/13

Canard-Duchêne Brut NV Champagne


Was £29.00 Special Offer £19.00 

Grape Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

Offering excellent value, this Champagne offers its pleasures in a clean, easily accessible style. Pure fruit flavours dominate both the nose and palate, with just a hint of yeastiness and a fine mousse.



Chilean Wine #5 - Mister ShirazDate published: 17/07/13

Mister Shiraz 2011 Colchagua Valley

Grape

Syrah or Shiraz

Origin

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Taste

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.

Enjoy

At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.


£6.99 when you buy two or more Chilean wines as part of a mixed case of 6 (single price £8.74).

Chilean Wine #4 - Santa Rita 120 CardonnayDate published: 16/07/13

Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2012 Central Valley

Grape

Chardonnay

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.

Enjoy
Enjoyable on its own, or with a chicken Caesar

£6.39 when you buy two or more Chilean wines as part of a mixed case of 6 (single price £7.99).


Chilean Wine #3 - Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial MerlotDate published: 15/07/13

Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Merlot 2011/2012 Colchagua Valley

Grape

Merlot

Origin
Chile has made something of a name for itself as a producer of fruit-driven, full-bodied Merlot, and owes much of this reputation to the kind of climate found in Colchagua. Mediterranean days and cool nights allow slow ripening, producing grapes of high flavour intensity.

Taste
A deep purplish red, this wine is youthful and vigourous, offering a red cherry and cassis backbone, and hints of fresh green herbs. Deft use of French oak has given added polish and softness.

Enjoy
Drink with all red or white meats in mild sauces.

£5.99 when you buy two or more Chilean wines as part of a mixed case of 6 (single price £7.49).


Wine of the Week: Mister ShirazDate published: 14/07/13

Mister Shiraz 2011 Colchagua Valley

£6.99

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 20%!!

(When bought as part of a mixed case)

Single bottle price £8.74

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style. Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length. At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.


Chilean Wine #2 - Valdivieso Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/07/13

Valdivieso Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Grape
Sauvignon Blanc

Origin
Valdivieso were formed in 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso became the first winery in South America to make a sparkling wine. Grapes are sourced from cooler areas in the Curico and Maule Valleys and left on lees for around 3 months for added depth.

Taste
The lovely crisp nose displays lots of gooseberry fruit and hints of freshly cut grass. Zesty lime and lemon on the palate leave the mouth refreshed afterwards.

Enjoy
Enjoy this Sauvignon as a drinks party white, or with smoked salmon or shellfish.

£6.39 when you buy two or more Chilean wines as part of a mixed case of 6 (single price £7.99).


Chilean Wine #1 - Errazuriz Pinot NoirDate published: 13/07/13

Grape

Pinot Noir 

Origin

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. He realised that the cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers combined with Pacific breezes to make it an ideal area to grow grapes.

Taste

An attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and a touch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smoky nuances from the oak ageing.

Enjoy

A smooth, silky mouthfeel make this an excellent partner to roast pork or fillet of salmon. 

£8.79 when you buy two or more Chilean wines as part of a mixed case of 6 (single price £10.99).

Chilean tasting week!!Date published: 13/07/13

This week sees our Chilean tasting until Thursday 18th July.

We will be opening lots of different wines from around Chile.

Chile offers wines of great value for money!

Pop in and say hello and try some of ehat we have to offer.


Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 Summer WinesDate published: 28/06/13

JANE MACQUITTY'S SUMMER TOP 100

Jane MacQuitty has released her top 100 Summer wines and we have some open for you to taste

Best wines under £6:

OPEN TO TASTE: Yali Merlot Rose- £5.99 when you get at least 2 Chilean wines (single bottle price £7.49)

OPEN TO TASTE: Grand Heron Marc Ducournau- £5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (single bottle price £7.99)

Best wines under £8:

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisieres- £7.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (single bottle price £9.99)

Best wines under £12:

Sancerre 'Clos des Bouffants' Neveu- £11.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (single bottle price £14.99)

OPEN TO TASTE: Pouilly Fume 'Les Cascadelles'- £9.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (single bottle price £11.99)

Muga Rioja Rosado- £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (single bottle price £10.99)


Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 22/06/13

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2010, Lodi County

£7.99

(when you buy at least 2 bottles. Single bottle price £10.99)

Lodi is the Zinfandel capital of the world and is located in the north of California's Central Valley.

This wine is bursting with aromas of plum, blueberry and spice. These flavours continue onto the palate with added complexity of vanilla and toasted spices.

If you like full-bodied reds with a good finish then it is a must try!

Having a cheese board after dinner? Ravenswood is the perfect match.


Latest OffersDate published: 11/06/13

We have some brilliant offers online and in store at the moment.

These include:

White Wines:

-The Ned Sauvignon Blanc (2012)- £6.99 when you buy at least 2 New Zealand wines. (single bottle price £8.74)

-Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc (2012)- £6.99 when you buy at least 2 New Zealand wines. (single bottle price £8.74)

-Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudieres', Cave de Lugny (2012)- £6.99 (buy 2 bottles save £4. Single bottle price (£8.99)

-Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (2012)- £19.99 when you buy at least 2 New Zealand wines. (single bottle price £25)

Red Wines:

-Rioja Reserva Casa del Comendador, Lagunill (2007)- £6.99 (buy 2 bottles save £8. Single bottle price £10.99)

-Portillo Malbec (2012)- £6.99 (buy 2 bottles save £6. Single bottle price £9.99)

-Rioja Gran Reserva, Vina Eguia (2004)- £8.99 (buy 2 bottles save £8. Single bottle price £12.99)

-Brancott Estate Pinot Noir (2011)- £7.99 when you buy at least 2 New Zealand wines. (single bottle price £9.99)

Sparkling Wines:

-Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry (NV)- £9.99 

-Undurraga Brut (NV)- £6.66

-NEW Oyster Bay Rose Brut (NV)- £10.99 (buy 2 bottles save £6. Single bottle price £13.99)

Champagne:

-Moet & Chandon Brut (NV)- £29

-Bollinger Special Cuvee (NV)- £30 (buy 6 bottles save £12. Single bottle price £32)

-Laurent-Perrier Rose (NV)- £45


Come and explore!!

External TastingsDate published: 11/06/13

Are you interested in learning more about the world of wine? As well as the in-store wine courses and tasting events we run, we can also arrange to do external tastings. If you have a group or society that enjoy wine and would like to learn more about different styles or matching food and wine, feel free to contact us in store on 01482 868 050 or email us on bev@majestic.co.uk to discuss planning an event.

We can tailor the theme of the evening to suit your group focusing on specific countries or comparing and contrasting new and old world styles.

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New Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/13

We now have new opening hours:

10am-7pm Mon-Weds

10am-8pm Thurs-Fri

9am-7pm Sat

10am-5pm Sun

Wine Relief 2013Date published: 18/02/13

Want to help charity? But, does cycling Lands end to John O'Groats sound too much like hard work? Is sitting in a bath of beans not really your thing? How about relaxing with a nice glass of wine?  Sounds alot more appealing, doesn't it.Well your luck is in! Get involved with Wine Relief 2013.

 

Wine Relief was set up by Master of Wine Jancis Robinson and is part of Comic Relief. Since, its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised. The money is used to help transform the lives of poor and vunerable people in the Uk and Africa.

 

Majestic are supporting this worthy cause by donating 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold of 12 selected wines to Comic Relief (between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th of March).

 

Here is Majestic Beveley's TOP 5 of the Wine Relief Selection:

 

Testimonio, 2010, Luigi Bosca  An intense Argentinan blend of Cabernet , Shiraz, and Tannat with inky cassis fruit, silky tannins and hints of spice and vanilla.

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot, 2010, Margaret River An excellent alternative to Bordeaux with blackcurrant and cherry aromas and hints of liquorice and cedar.

Bardolino 'Niano', 2011, Allegrini Unmistakenly Italian with ripe fresh fruit and flavours of cherry and almond.

Poully-Vinzelles 'En Paradis', 2011, Louis Latour An elegant and fresh white with honey, stone fruit, and floral flavours.

Domaine de l'Aigle Limoux Chardonnay, 2011, Gerard Bertrand Oak aged with white fruit an lemon flavours, with hints of flowers, hazelnut and almonds.

 

*Comic Relief reg charity: 326568

 

 

 

 

 

My Highlights form South AfricaDate published: 25/04/12

South Africa
Kings of Diversity

The Whites

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Constantia 2009

The constantia Valley, home to Klein Constantia, is the oldest vineyard region in the Cape, having produced wine since 1989. Family owned, there is a real emphasis on quality not quantity.
A vibrant light green appearance. The nose displays wondeful tropical aromas of pineapple and passsionfruit. Distinctively New World in style, very little of the Loire style gooseberry and citrus so often found in cooler climates. The palate is classic Sauvignon with its racy acidity and its clean refreshing finish, with lovely green apple and citrus fruit, this similarly to a White Bordeaux has a 4% addition of Semillon, which gives extra depth and a richness on the palate making it an ideal partner to Shellfish.

Bellingham, The Bernard Series Viognier

Hand picked grapes are ermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact, this is designed to add body and complexity.
This wine has a great perfume and is very aromatic. Classic peach aromas are at the forefront, with layers of lychees, rose petals and spice. On the palate the peachey flavours come through, nice layers of spice, white pepper and cinammon. The palte is medium to full bodied, and has a good amount of acidity. This would be an ideal partner with a creamy seafood and poultry dishes.

De Mongonzon Chenin Blanc

'The Morning Sun' so named as they are the first parts of the Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day. This benefits the wine as the sun aids the ripening process without scorching the grapes. The vineyards are situated 200-400 metres above sea level, lending to a cooller climate giving that all important longer hang time on the vine adding complexity and balance to the wine.
This Chenin Blanc known as 'steen' to the locals is fermented at lower temperatures to that of the Loire in order to maintain the freshness of the tropical fruit so apparent on the nose and palate in this wine. This wine is fermented in a barrell and there is less ageing. On the nose it is gloriously rich with plently of tropical fruit and notes of honey, which carry through onto the rich opulent palate. This wine has great weight and body and would need a rich dish to match.

Vergelegen Chardonnay

Sourced from Vergelegen' premium vineyards located on the south west facing slopes. 40% aged in French oak.
Pale golden colour, with powerful and intense citrus aromas lovely honey blossom and subtle biscuit aromas. A concentrated palate of ripe stone-fruit, mango and peach, toasty vanillin oak and fresh acidity. This wine is fantastically structured and balance, the finish is long and the fruits linger on the palate.
Drinking well over the next three years as a accompaniment to grilled seafood or fresh oysters.


The Reds

Le Cap Maritime, Boekenhoutskloof, Walker Bay, Shiraz, 2008

From te superb Boekenhoutskloof estate hails this Syrah from the cooler Walker Bay area, which results in more restraint and balance. The wine is matured for 15 months in French oak, adding depth, structure and roundness. Very deep and almost purple in colour, the nose is spicy, rich and broody, cloves and pepper show through, black berry and blueberry fruits come through in the backgorund and the oak lends a slight smokiness to the wine. Full bodied palate lovely richness of fruit on the palate slight smokiness again, good acidity and moderate tannin give good balance to the wine. Drinking very well at night, matched with spicy moroccan lamb.

Beeyerskloof Reserve Pinotage 2008
Beyerskloof was founded by Beyers Truter of Kanonkop. A top Pinotage as a great price. 20-30 year old bush vines make this great hybid of cinsault and Pinot Noir aka Pinotage. Matured in French oak for 18 Months.
Lovely Ruby Red colour, it is on the lighter side in terms of what Pinotage can achieve which is quite refreshing as S. African wines can somewhat be over extracted and cloying. Lovely brambly notes on the nose whith hints of spice and mocha. The palate is smooth. The fruits are dark berry with hints of spice and coffee. This is a great Pinotage and would be a great match for bbq meat.


Rustenberg RM Nicholson, Cabernet Sauvignon , Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as a winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified seperately, blended then aged in oak for 7 months to enable the wines to integrate together. The result is a fantastically complex wine blackcurrant aromas are in abundance from the dominance of Cabernet, the Syrah adds a lovely spicy pepperiness to the wine, there are also garrigue herby aromas coming through. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold taninns. This wine is drinking well now is is extremely vibrant correctly cellared this will keep for 8-10 years.

Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

This is Kanonkop's flagship wine, a bordeaux blend, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Like any true Bordeaux the wine is bottled unfiltered for extra depth.
A deep ruby red colour. Dominant aromas of the cabernet show through with exaggerated black current and cassis, leaping from the glass, with hints of smoke, pepper and herbs. On the palate, this is full bodied, balanced, fresh with great acidity, long complex finish, the mellowed tannin harmonise the wine given it great structure and suprising elegance. Personally could do with a few more years in bottle, as it will continue to mellow and gain complexity, could happily be cellared for a decade. Brilliant match for roast lamb.
 

Trip to ChampagneDate published: 26/03/12

So here we are, 12 lucky Majestic managers about to embark on a 2 day tour of Reims, the city at the heart of the Champagne industry in France.
It all starts off at St Pancras International where we are met by our superb hosts Simon and Mary. It isn't long after boarding the 11:31 to Paris where we are treated to our first taste of the fizzy stuff as an aperitif to an excellent Eurostar lunch.
We arrive in Paris, unfortunately there's no time to explore the capital as we head directly to Gare de l'Est for our transfer to Reims.
We have a few minutes to check into our hotel before we're off again, first stop Ruinart.
Ruinart is the first established Champagne house dating back to 1729 and inspired by the intuition of a monk well ahead of his time. Its grounds are in the heart of Reims, and the house itself is an a very beautiful building. We are shown round and taken down to the chalk stone caves, 8 kilometers worth, though we didn't get to walk the full distance. Deep underground there are many thousands of bottles stacked on top of each other maturing, its amazing how they don't fall over!
After the tour of the caves we get to try some of the wines, "R" de Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, Dom Ruinart 2002, Ruinart Rose and finally Dom Ruinart Rose 1998. Opinion was divided on the staff favourite, although I thought Dom Ruinart 2002 stood out as the best.
Then to dinner in Ruinarts hospitality area. The food was amazing, Langoustines and Caviar to start with followed by a perfectly cooked Noisette of Lamb. This is the life!
We were all feeling very satisfied, maybe a little full after such a terrific meal, but there was just enough time for a quick nightcap before retiring to our hotel rooms.
On to the next day, there was time for us all to reflect on our evening at Ruinart the previous day, but then we were off to Moet.
It's a 30 minute drive as Moet is situated in Epernay, it's a bigger operation than Ruinart as you'd expect being the wold's largest Champagne house. We get to tour the caves, some of them have 40,000 bottles stacked on top of each other maturing. Each stack has codes written on the side, but only a select few know which Champagnes are in the bottles. I wouldn't fancy being the person who has to box them all up when they are ready for release!
Dinner was then served at La Trianon Palace, built opposite Moet as a suitable place for Napolean to stay at on his many visits to Champagne. We were treated to lobster and red mullet for the meal, accompanied by Moet 2002, Moet Rose and a magnum of Moet 1999.
There was just time for a quick stroll around the grounds on such a beautiful sunny day before we were driven back to Reims to catch the train back to Paris.
Its 6pm now, and we're all back on the Eurostar to London, we have packed so much in to 2 days and we all feel very priviledged to have been shown around the two Champagne houses. Its only when you see the work that goes into the Champagne making process that you realise how complicated it is.
All in all, a fantastic 2 days, and we've all brought home some great memories.

Delivery InformationDate published: 22/01/11

The delivery schedule for the Beverley branch is back once again! If you live North of Beverley in areas such as Scarborough, Driffield and Bridlington then we will coming to you every Tuesday, and for those who live South of the Humber Bridge, we deliver on Thursdays. Finally for those living in the other surrounding areas such as Hull, Hessle and Market Weighton, we will endeavour to deliver to you on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Store Events(5)

Free Spotlight Tasting

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

We will taste a variety of different Italian wines, produced from various regions made with different grape varieties. White wines and red wines included so why not book on? Bring a friend! Its free to attend and very informal and relaxed. Call 01482 868 050

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Free Wine Course

20 May 2014 (17:00 - 17:30)

An introduction to the world of wine, in a 60 minute session we'll learn the basics – how it's made, how to taste it, and how to find out what you like. We'll also have a few nibbles and look at how to match food and wine. An informal session were you can ask questions to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Free Seasonal Tasting

8 May 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

A popular free event held in store were you can walk around sampling a variety of different wines which will sure to be favourites this summer. A chance to chat and ask questions to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. You can even bring some friends and see what Majestic Wine is all about. New customers welcome. Call to book on: 01482 868 050

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Free Spotlight Tasting

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

We will taste a variety of different Chilean wines, coming from various regions made with different grape varieties. White wines and red wines included so why not book on? Bring a friend! Its free to attend and very informal and relaxed. Call 01482 868 050

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Chilean Tasting Week

2 May 2014 - 8 May 2014 (09:00 - 20:00)

Throughout this week we will be showcasing a variety of different Chilean wines on our Tasting Counter. Please feel free to pop down and check them out, even if your not a customer you are welcome to sample the wines, and who knows, you may even like some. Or why not book on to the Spotlight Tasting for a more official Tasting.

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Meet the team...

  • Jacob Trainee Manager

    I have recently started with Majestic. Beverley is my first store and I am looking forward to exploring the world of wine and becoming a connoisseur.
  • Jess Assistant Manager

    I'm Jess from Bolton! I started my Majestic Wine career down South and have worked my way up to Beverley where I am now assistant manager. Having worked in retail since being 16 I am passionate about customer service and I'll always go out of my way to give you advice. Please pop in and say hi!! Currently loving Viognier, especially the richer styles.
  • Matt Manager

    Originally from Bury, Lancashire. I have been with Majestic since 2003 and worked in Wilmslow, Nottingham, Harrogate and Beverley, where I have been manager for 5 years. My favourite wine is Prado Enea and the best region I have visited with Majestic is Yarra Valley in Australia.

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