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18 Norwood
Beverley
HU17 9EY
United Kingdom

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Store News(338)

Wine Of The Week - New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 25/07/14

The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc

WAS £14.99

NOW £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more Summer Selection Wines

Looking for a zingy, fruity white ?? 

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand's most famous growing region

Nose: Gooseberry, passionfruit and lemon grass

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Palate: Excellent fruit concentration with bursts of tropical and citrus, sour acidity in the cheeks make for a perfect refreshing summer wine.

Finish: Round and smooth

Food Match: All manner of fish dishes, especially oily fish. Why not try a mackerel salad?

Staff Review: “ A fantastic wine from the Marisco Winery (same guys as The Ned) with more body, flavour intensity and length” - Jessica

Open to Taste now!!


FLASH SALE- THE NED SAUV BLANC £6.99 AND MORE Date published: 22/07/14

FLASH SALE- THE NED SAUV BLANC £6.99 AND MORE 

We have a ONE WEEK sale on a few of out best selling and popular products. 

- First up is The Ned Sauv Blanc 2013 down from £10.49 to £6.99 !! 

'Readers adore Kiwi sauvignon blanc. No apologies for voting Ned in again. It lacks that oily, rotting cabbage aroma and taste that too many New Zealand sauvignons display. Its intense, zingy, tongue-tingling, green pepper, mango and white currant fruit make it one of the few summer swigs that can cope with goat’s cheese salad and fresh asparagus.'

​​Jane MacQuitty - The Times Summer Top 100 Star Buy – Best New World white

- Next is another great Sauvignon Blanc from the Pouilly Fume region of the Loire Valley. 

Pouilly-Fumé 2012 Jean Vincent 2012 down from £14.99 to £9.99 

With more body than The Ned, this sauv is refined, elegant and slightly flinty. Lovely and smooth on the finish with a clean citrus and gooseberry fruit. A fantastic deal which sold fast at this price last Christmas. 

- Next we have a brilliant rose with light body and refreshing strawberry and raspberry flavours. Great for quaffing in the garden this week, and why not while the weather is still good. The best priced Provence rose wine we have had all summer so why not make the most of it now!!!! 

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence down from £9.99 to £6.66

- Lastly we have a lovely soft and fruity style of Cotes du Rhone. The soft tannins make it great for an easy drinking style of french wine with a touch of spice and red fruit. Great for a party wine or with red meats.

'Les Galets' Côtes du Rhône 2011 down from £8.49 to just £5.66 

Quick....!!! Limited stock available!!!

Special Birthday Offer!Date published: 21/07/14

It's the 1st birthday of our new Majestic website, so to celebrate we're having a 1 week flash offer on some of your favourite products! The following products will join the 33% off summer selection from Tuesday 22nd July - Monday 28th July:

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

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

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

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

Don't miss out!

Wine of The Week- Mont Saint Jean!! £4.99 Date published: 18/07/14

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières 

WAS £6.99

NOW £4.99 !!!!!

Looking for a great value red?

Region: The vineyard is situated in the beautiful countryside of the upper Corbières near Carcassonne.

Nose: Rich black fruits and a touch of sweet spice

Grapes: A classic mixture of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan.

Palate: A dry medium bodied red with juicy fruit and easy going tannin. A touch of spiciness in the mid palate.

Finish: Smooth and satisfying

Serving Suggestion:  Great as a good value BBQ wine perfect with grilled red meats. Yum!

Staff Review: Here we have a fantastically priced red wine- a house staple with many of our customers!” - Jessica


Australian Tasting Week- Staff Reviews Date published: 17/07/14

Australian Tasting Week- Staff Reviews 

This week we have been trying a variety of different wines as part of our Australian Tasting Week. Here are my tasting notes for the ones on our counter. 

1. McGuigan Chardonnay 2013 South Eastern Australia WAS £7.99 NOW £5.99 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines.

I was pleasantly surprised with this wine and it offered much more than I expected. McGuigan's first vines were planted in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. They now source grapes from a number of renowned regions including Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Eden Valley.

Nose: Ripe peach, honey and lemon curd.

Palate: Soft, gentle acidity with a lovely smooth light-medium bodied feel. Juicy flavours of melon and banana chips hit you  followed by tart lemon at the side of your mouth. There is a slight nutty/ creamy nuance in the background. A light use of oak ageing here keeps it fresh and fruity. 

2. Second up we have an interesting aged Semillon. 

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008 Hunter WAS £9.29 NOW £6.97 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines. 

Nose: The fruit has pretty much gone on the nose, but we are left with woody aromas of wild herbs, scrub-land and liquorice root. 

Palate: Savoury and lemony with a touch of hazelnut, think aged Burgundy. Excellent acidity for a wine of its age. 

3. Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013 South Australia WAS £9.39 NOW £7.98 when you buy 2 or more 15% off wines. 

Yalumba have to be one of my favourite Aussie producers, and this wine doesn't disappoint. Popular across the country, this viognier is beautiful and summery whilst packing flavour intensity and body. 

Nose:  A stunning bouquet of sweet pea, ripe peach and honey. Intensely floral!

Palate: In contrast to its sweet nose, the wine is dry and full bodied on palate. Fruit flavours of lychee and lemon are apparent as well as honeysuckle and apricot. Delicious!! 

I hope you enjoyed my article and please feel free to ask me any questions via twitter or in store. 

Jessica (Assistant manager) 



!!! ATTENTION!!! DELIVERY NOTICE- NO DELIVERIES ON TUESDAY!!!!!Date published: 16/07/14

!!! ATTENTION!!! DELIVERY NOTICE- NO DELIVERIES ON TUESDAY!!!!!

Dear Customers, 

Please note that we will not be doing deliveries on Tuesday due to a shortage of staff. We will however be making deliveries to Driffield, Scarborough, Filey etc on MONDAY 21ST JULY.

Continue to order online as usual or telephone us on 01482 868 050 


Staff Pick of the Summer Selection- The FizzDate published: 16/07/14

Staff Pick of the Summer Selection- The Fizz

Hello there I'm Jess, and over the past couple of days I've been reminding myself of some of the great deals that we have running. Here is my top 3 fizz offers this July. The best thing about the Summer Selection is that you can treat yourself to a bottle of champagne or fizz and still take advantage of the discounted price. 

1. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne WAS £40.00 NOW £26.65 on the Summer Selection.    

Don't get me wrong, I do love a rich toasty champagne but for me this is a great wine to have during the summer as it is light and easy-drinking in style. Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes.  Perfect with canapes.

2.  Prosecco Salantin Extra Dry NV WAS £12.99 NOW £8.66

Having tried many of our Prosecco's this has to be one of my favourites. Leaning more towards appley fruits, this wine has just the right amount of fizz without being too lively or too soft.  A great party wine in a stunning bottle. 

3. Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc  WAS £15.99 NOW £10.66 

A firm favourite over the years, this wine is made from 100% chardonnay and in the same way as Champagne using the traditional method. On the palate you experience a creamy texture with soft rounded lemon and apple and light yeasty nuances. 

Thanks for reading

Jess

£4.99 AND £5.99 Wines!!! Date published: 16/07/14

£4.99 AND £5.99 Wines!!! 

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières WAS £6.99 NOW £4.99 CRACKING VALUE!! 

Here we have a fantastically priced red wine- a house staple with many of our customers! A classic blend of grapes, this Corbières uses grapes from Ornaisons which provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

Palate: Medium bodied in style with plenty of fruit and a touch of spice from the Shiraz. Rounded and easy going tannin this is overall a really well balanced wine and for the price it would be silly not too stock up. 

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc WAS £8.99 NOW £5.99 

This white wine has had a bit of following across the country and now we are bringing it into the spotlight by offering further discount. At £5.99 this is a steal and I'l defiantly be buying a couple to quaff in the garden over the summer. Apparently this week is going to be hot hot hot and this would be great as an aperitif. 

Palate: Dry and fruity in style it displays citrus fruits with slight floral overtones. 

Look out for these wines on our Tasting Counter this weekend!! 


Staff Pick of the Summer Selection- The RedsDate published: 15/07/14

Hello again, here is a few of my favourite red wines featured in the current Summer Selection Promotions. I've picked a mixture of grapes and styles which have caught my attention recently. I hope you enjoy my little reviews.

1.  Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch South Africa WAS £13.99 NOW £9.33 when you buy any 2 or more Summer Selection Wines. 

Blackcurrant and earthy spice with layers of flavour. Smooth and rich, this wine would pair well with beef dishes. A classic Bordeaux Blended wine from Stellenbosch. Drinking well now but has the structure to develop over the next 8-10 years.

2. Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia WAS £13.49 NOW £8.99 when you buy any 2 or more Summer Selection Wines

Here we have a fantastically priced bottle of wine that has been aged for over 5 years before release. The oak and bottle ageing turns the Tempranillo into mature fruit flavours with leather and balsamic notes. Lovely vanilla and smooth tannin on the finish. What more could you want??

3. Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Merlot 2013 Colchagua Valley WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66 

I have been really impressed with this winery since going to one of their tastings last year in Guildford. Here we have a smooth merlot with nice oak influence and medium-full bodied in style. If your looking for something with fresher fruit try the Mountain View Merlot (Luis Felipe Edwards), or if you prefer a full bodied style then try the Gran Reserva Merlot (Luis Felipe Edwards).

4.  Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir 2012 WAS £11.99 NOW £7.99 

Pinot noir is rather expensive to make as they use a lot more of these smaller grapes that in other wines, and they require delicate treatment as they have thin skins. This example focuses on red berry fruits with a touch of smoke in the background and for me represents great value pinot. Really nice with sour acidity; perfect with pork. 

Staff Pick of the Summer Selection- The WhitesDate published: 14/07/14

Staff Pick of the Summer Selection- The Whites

Here are some of my favourite white wines that have featured in our current promotion. I'm a big fan of Spanish wines as well as white burgundy, however there is something for everyone in this months flyer. Cheers to a great summer!! 

1. Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2013 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66 when you buy 2 or more Summer Selection Wines. (33.3%) 

A really great dry summery white, softer than a sauvignon blanc with lime fruit and a slight herby touch. Nice body and smooth on the finish. A great wine to pair with summery lunchtime dishes, such as paella and other rice salads, or pasta dishes with mussels. A great wine from a great producer. One of my favourites on the Summer Selection. 

2. Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Mendoza WAS £8.99 NOW £5.99 when you buy 2 or more Summer Selection Wines. (33.3%) 

A light easy going style of sauvignon blanc that focuses more on soft melon and citrus rather than gooseberry and tropical fruits like the New Zealand wines. Softer acidity that some with a pleasant light bodied feel. 

3. Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 Nicolas Potel was £12.99 NOW £8.66 when you buy 2 or more Summer Selection Wines (33.3%) 

Unoaked with clean lemony fruits backed by a touch of almond. Dry and refreshing with good acidity.  

4. Rioja Blanco 'Antea', Barrel Fermented 2012 Marqués de Cáceres WAS £11.99 NOW £7.99 

Buttery, rich with flavours that remind me of key lime pie. A solid favourite since starting Majestic Wine this is a beauty that some people would walk past. Excellent producer at an excellent price. Grab it while you can!! 


Recent Press MentionsDate published: 13/07/14

Recent Press Mentions

The Guardian- 12th July

A Stick End Noble Sauvignon Blanc WAS £14.99 NOW £12.74

The grapes are left on the vine to encourage botrytis or 'noble rot', which intensifies the flavours in grapeS. Think fig, nuts and and ripe nectarine. Great with fruity desserts. A sweet and sticky treat!!

The Times- Jane MacQuitty- 12th July

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot WAS £8.49 NOW £6.66

Nice rustic tannin with bitter chocolate and cocoa. Great with BBQ meats. This wine was also featured in the TOP 100 wines on 5th July. Find out more at www.bellinghamwines.mobi/MJM

Mail on Sunday- Olly Smith- 13th July

M de Minuty Rosé Magnum, 2013 £25.00

We all had the chance to try his wine last week during our Provence Wine Tasting week, and we were all reminded of the beautiful soft red fruit flavours. The addition of the local aromatic grape variety Tibouren, brings Mediterranean herb flavours to the blend; like rosemary and lavender . A smooth and silky wine with a slight touch of acacia honey towards the end. A firm favourite with Majestic Customers across the country.

Great as a Magnum for parties, BBQ's or a special birthday present.


Facts for the Peter Lehmann Shiraz Date published: 12/07/14

£9.99 (When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case. Single bottle price £11.75 

This Shiraz is from the Barossa Valley which is usually has a hot and dry climate to help develop a spicy style of Shiraz. The grapes ripon fast fast under the sun, so that the acidity of the grape ripon very quickly.      

Its aromas include dark fruits and a slight oak tinge (from the wines aging in French and American oak). They use french and american oak barrels for 12 months to encourage for their fermentation, imbuing them for a heady sweetness and smoothness to the wine. 

The dark fruit is also present on the palate, mainly presenting blackcurrant flavours. However, there are also secondary flavours of dark chocolate and mocha, making the wine more complex and giving it more depth.

Enjoy drinking now or lay down for a couple of years to develop into an even tastier wine.

The richness of the wine and the richness of the meat balance out and really allows the flavours of each to be released. Typical southern Australian cuisine goes well with this wine e.g. barbecue, chirizo and a spicy beef stir fry. 


The Custodian Grenache 2011, d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale. Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/07/14

Grape: Grenache – VEGETARIAN

Origin: Winemaker Chester d'Arenberg Osborn is the fourth generation of a great winemaking family, which first established itself in Mclaren Vale in 1912. The old-vine Grenache grapes experience foot-treading, basket pressing and then 12 months' ageing in a combination of casks.

Taste: Minimal processing ensures maximum flavour, with the soft cherry and raspberry fruit shining through on the palate, accompanied by a heady perfumed nose.

Enjoy: Try with hearty, Gallic cuisine like duck confit, or any rich stews with fragrant herbs. 

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Casablanca Valley- Staff Pick Date published: 05/07/14

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Casablanca Valley- Staff Pick 

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc 

Origin: The single vineyard blend is sourced for a specific block at La Escultura estate in Chile, which was planted in 1992. This site is benefiting from sandy-loan soil and cool sea breezes. 

Taste: Freshly cut grass aromas compliment those of green apple and pineapple, crisp acidity lends freshness to the intense and invigorating palate. the finish is dry and refreshing. 

Enjoy: Choose this wine if you are thinking of serving baked trout or salmon 

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014Date published: 04/07/14

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014

 Last week, the results of the Decanter World Wine Awards were announced. The competition attracted 15,007 entries - all tasted by a line-up of masters of wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers. After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Majestic entered a number of wines into the competition, as did some of our suppliers. 

Below is a selection of some of our Gold medals.

- Surani Costarossa 2012 • Also awarded International Trophy - Red Italian Varietals under £15 (33 wines out of 15,007 entries won an International Trophy) 

- Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013 • Also awarded Regional Trophy - White Languedoc-Roussillon under £15 

- CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2007 • Also awarded Regional Trophy - Red Rioja Gran Reserva over £15 

- Bollinger Grande Année 2004 • Also awarded Regional Trophy – Vintage Champagne 

- The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011 • Also awarded Regional Trophy - New Zealand Chardonnay under £15 

- Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012 19.536 Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013 19.608 Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012 


Recent Press Mentions Date published: 29/06/14

Recent Press Mentions

Saturday Kitchen- 29th June

Con Amigos Malbec 2013

Here we have something a little bit unusual- a Chilean Malbec. The majority of people are drawn towards the classic Argentinian Malbecs in our store but it could be easy to miss out on something like this wine from the cooler and wetter Bio Bio Valley in Southern Chile.

WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more 33.3% off wines

Food Match: Sichuan Steak

The Times- Jane MacQuitty TOP 100- 28th April

UNDER £6.50

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Monte Schiavo 2013

UNDER £8.00

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – our biggest selling wine. A classic Marlborough Sauvignon with lovely minerality and a dry fruity finish. 

As Caixas Godello 2013 -  A cracking Spanish White with green fruit, gentle acidty and a slight herby nuance. 

UNDER £12.00

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 – on of my favourite full bodied viogniers with honey, dried apricots and spice.

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV- fantastic light alternative to champagne. Plenty of fruit and a touch of yeast. Great value

UNDER £25.00

Chablis 1er Vaillons Louis Moreau 2011 – A fine elegant chardonnay with good concentraion of flavour


Saturday Kitchen Yesterday! Con Amigos!! Date published: 29/06/14

Saturday Kitchen Yesterday! Con Amigos!! 

Hola! 

Yesterday morning Saturday Kitchen featured one of our wines- Con Amigos Malbec 2013, Bio Bio Valley. £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more Summer Selection Wines. 

Here we have something a little bit unusual- a Chilean Malbec. The majority of people are drawn towards the classic Argentinian Malbecs in our store but it could be easy to miss out on something like this wine from the Bio Bio Valley.

The region itself is in the South of Chile and is one of three Sub-Regions, the others are Itata and Malleco. The climate here is noticeably cooler and wetter with annual rainfall often exceeding 1000ml, in comparison with northern areas such as Elqui and Limari where water supply is an issue at a n annual low of 80ml per year. The type of climate in the south can be compared to that of France's northern wine regions.  

This is a youthful fruity example of a Malbec with ripe tannin and body. Expect plush plum and blueberry and less spice or pepper in comparison to a wine from Mendoza like the Vinalba Malbec Reservado ( £7.99.)  

Food Match: Saturday Kitchen recommend a Sichuan steak recipe, which can be found on the BBC Food Website: www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sichuan_steak_06764 

Drink With Friends!! 


Cotes de Provence Saint Victoire 2013, Famille Negrel Date published: 27/06/14

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah

Origin: The Negrel family settled at the domaine Mas de Cadenet in 1813, and has now been there for 7 generations. Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines.

Taste: Bright salmon pink; typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refnined and complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture.

Enjoy: Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes.


Recent Press MentionsDate published: 25/06/14

Recent Press Mentions

The Times- Bob Tyer- 22nd June

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Buying New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc can be a bit of a mind field but this wine offers that zippy freshness as well a depth of flavour gained from the extended lees ageing. A great buy for under £10

WAS £11.99 NOW £8.99

Sunday Express- Jamie Goode- 22nd June

Château Miraval Rosé

75cl Bottles priced at £17.99

Magnums (two bottles in one) priced at £38

This wine has been featured in loads of newspapers recently and no wonder, it stunning! We had it open on the tasting counter this week and it was very popular. A lovely smooth and creamy consistency with peach and acacia honey with excellent length.

Previously Reviewed in The Times:

a tangy, tasty, herby, multi-layered onion-skin hue'd pink and worth its price tag” - Jane MacQuitty

The Observer- David Williams- 22nd June

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV

Classy, elegant and sophisticated using 100% chardonnay with a smooth and rounded feel


Ruinart Champagne- Back in Stock Date published: 25/06/14

Ruinart Champagne- Back in Stock 

Ruinart is the oldest champagne House, founded in 1729.  Founded by Nicolas Ruinart in theChampagne region in the city of Reims, the house is today owned by the parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.

For me Ruinart represent class, elegance and sophistication. Interestingly the bottle design is inspired by the first champagne bottles of the 18th century and definitely stands out on our champagne shelves. Both the Rose and Blanc de Blanc are presented in beautiful boxed which make them perfect for a gift. 

Ruinart Brut NV WAS £50.00  NOW Special Price £33.33

Blended with Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot (50-55%) and Pinot Meunier (5-10%)

The flavours lean more towards pear as well as almonds and hazelnuts with a touch of brioche. Delicious!! 

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc WAS £60.00 NOW £41.66

The nose is fruity with white peach and citrus with smooth and round palate, clean and fresh on the finish. 

A note from the producer 'Ruinart Blanc de Blanc embodies purity of the Chardonnay grape which it is made exclusively. Made primarily with Premier Crus from the Cote des Nlancs and Montagne de Reims terroris, it is intensely aromatic' 

Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne  WAS £60.00 NOW £41.66

Ruinart Rosé was first released in 1962. It is the blanc de blanc to which 15% Pinot has been added. Sublime golden pink in colour, a subtle nose of cherry and freshly-picked red berries leads to a fleshy and delightfully smooth finish.

My particular favourite would be the Blanc de Blanc with its creamy texture and rounded body. 

Whichever one you go for I'm sure you wont be dissapointed.

Staff Review: Verdicchio di Matelica 2013, Poggio alle Rondini Date published: 24/06/14

Staff Review: Verdicchio di Matelica 2013, Poggio alle Rondini 

Verdicchio is the name of a grape variety and also the name of two DOCG areas (Denominaztion di Origine Controllata e Garantita). Both are situated next to each other in an area called Marche in central Italy. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is the biggest whilst the smaller Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva is more mountainous. This stunning area of beauty is high in the Appenines and is responsible for more complex Verdicchio wines. 

The wine we are looking at today has been open over the weekend on our Tasting Counter in store and is produced by Poggio alle Rondini (est 1971) who are the largest co-operative in the region hilly Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva commune. 

This wine reminds me of the Gavi Araldica that we stock, which is made using the Cortese grape. It is not  dissimilar in the sense that you will taste youthful and slightly 'underipe' flavours and tangy acidity. 

Nose: A youthful nose with zesty lemon and lime with a touch of acacia. 

Palate: Dry and crisp with a slightly sour acidity that would refresh on a hot day. 

Overall a cracking price for a nice light, unoaked and fruit driven wine. 

£6.74 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines. 

Two Great Reds on Offer!! Date published: 23/06/14

Two Great Reds on Offer!! 

Vinalba Malbec Reserva £7.99 on the Summer Selection

The Vinalba Malbec Reserva is made from 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. 

Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal £9.99 on the Summer Selection

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

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. 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.


Open to Taste: Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis Jadot Date published: 22/06/14

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis Jadot

 WAS £13.49 NOW £8.99 on our Summer Selection Offers. 

Open today is an example of an elegant chardonnay, unoaked in style this is a fantastic White Burgundy. By using no oak the winemaker can reveal the fruitiness of the Chardonnay grape variety. 

The Producer: Louis Jadot have been making wines since 1859. Burgundy's reputation stems from the unique growing conditions, or 'terroir'. The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Nose: Soft lemon and pear. 

Palate: Lemon continues on the palate with green apple notes. Juicy acidity in the cheeks is complemented by lovely creaminess. Dry and crisp on the finish. 

Excellent with chicken and fish dishes. A firm favourite with Majestic Customers nationwide. 

Online Review : "Great valueVery fresh, all too drinkable and probably the best value wine I've bought this year. A 'banker' when I'm filling up a trolley" Bob 26 November 2013

Fine Wine Open to Taste! Marqués de Vargas- Rioja Reserva 2009 Date published: 21/06/14

Fine Wine Open to Taste! 

Marqués de Vargas- Rioja Reserva 2009  WAS £19.99 NOW £14.99 when you buy any 2 or more selected Fine Wines 

Here we have a classic Rioja, using the traditional blend of Tempranillo, Grenache and Carignan. 

Tempranillo is a grape variety that offers red strawberry fruit characteristics. It is naturally low in acidity and has thick skins. In very hot climates it can over ripen and lack acidity, thus it is better suited to grow in areas which are moderated by altitude or the sea. It also plays a role in more concentrated age worthy wines such as the one we are looking at today.

Grenache or 'Graciano' is another important grape in Spanish wines and can provide alcohol as well as fruitiness, and has a tendency to mature early. Carignan or 'Mazuelo' are smaller grapes which gives the wine acidity, tannin and structure. 

Nose: A big blast of concentrated black fruits as well as tobacco, bitter cocoa and liquorice root. 

Palate: The deep fruits continue onto the palate. The wine is full bodied in style with robust tannin and a smooth finish. 

This wine would benefit with some breathing. 

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 20/06/14

Wine Of The Week

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

£17.99 Also stocked in a magnum size (1.5litres) at £38.00

Here we have a stunning bottle of wine from Brad and Angelinas venture in southern France.

The 17th Century Estate was bought by them back in 2009 and has produced fantastic vintages since 2012.

Nose: Clean stone fruit (think peach and nectarine) with a hint of strawberry backed by subtle honeysuckle.

Palate: A gorgeous delicate dry wine which has a smooth and rounded feel whilst remaining fresh and light. Lots of soft peach and tangerine characteristics.

Enjoy with seafood this summer. Open to Taste on our Tasting Counter :-) 

Pilsner UrquellDate published: 17/06/14

In 1842, the world’s first pilsner was born, Pilsner Urquell, which literally translates to ‘The Original’ that defined a whole new beer category. 

In 1842, visionary brew master Josef Groll created the world’s first clear golden beer with a delicately balanced taste of noble hop bitterness and unique caramel sweetness. This was no longer the dull, dark beer of previous centuriers and earlier brewers, but a beer that marked the dawning of a new era, a beer that would change the world.

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

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


Bardolino AllegriniDate published: 17/06/14

Open today, come instore to taste!

Bardolino 'Naiano' 2013 Allegrini £9.99Buy 2 bottles save 25% £7.49

Grape Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella

Origin

Naiano is located in the hills close to the small town of Bardolino, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. The vineyards here have a south-southwesterly aspect, giving the grapes excellent sun exposure, and the 200m altitude and cool temperatures ensure lengthy ripening.

Taste

Straightforward and unmistakably Italian, this Bardolino is bright ruby red, with a freshness of fruit and a slender frame. Lingering flavours of cherry and bitter almond add a dash of complexity.

Enjoy

Any simple Mediterranean cuisine will partner well with this wine, especially a lively Primavera style pasta, or dressed olives.


Surani Costarossa Date published: 17/06/14

On the tasting counter today:

Surani Costarossa 2012 Primitivo di Manduria £10.99Buy 2 bottles save 25%£8.24

Grape Primitivo

Origin

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over-ripening the grapes on the vine, then harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style.

Taste

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish.

Enjoy

Try with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver.


Fine Wine PlanDate published: 16/06/14

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.


Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough Date published: 15/06/14

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation.

Taste: A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and Passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.

Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers!!


Wine of the week Gavi Araldica 2013 Date published: 15/06/14

Grape: Cortese

Origin: Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Lingurian coast.

Taste: A very dry wine that has a zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Enjoy: Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.


Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 10/06/14

Region: New Zealand. Made from a selection of the best grapes grown throughout Marlborough. During vinification the wine was left on its lees for a brief spell which has given its excellent concentration and added depth. 

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Nose:  A medium (-) intensity on the nose. With a tropical fruit characteristic that has a lime aroma with a hint of passion fruit flavor 

Palate: A very dry white wine with tropical fruit bursting with passion fruit flavors. High intensity wine full of flavors. 

Food Match: Can be enjoyed on its own but goes best with crab or poached salmon salad.        

£1 a bottle Beer Offers: Asahi Date published: 10/06/14

£1 a bottle Beer Offers: Asahi 

Asahi are Japanese brand that produce a variety of different beers and whiskys and a Japanese drink named Shochu, which is a distilled beverage and can be made from sweet potato, buckwheat, rice and barley. In fact Barley is used when making the Asahi Super Dry beer which we have for sale in Beverley at just £1 per bottle (330ml bottles in cases of 24)

Other beers include Asahi Kuronama , Asahi Free Style and Asahi Off. The 'Super Dry' remains one of the most popular beers in Japan today after its debut in 1987. 

Expect a malted barley taste with a crisp finish. The producers have achieved 'Karakuchi', a Japanese culinary term which literally means 'pungent' and 'mouth', so expect lots of flavour from this beer helped along by aromatic hops.


Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2013 East Coast £8.49 Date published: 09/06/14

Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2013 East Coast £8.49 Open to Taste Now!! 

The Region: Hawkes Bay (North Island) is primarily famous for growing top quality red grapes such as Cabernet and Merlot as well as Malbec and Syrah. These Bordeaux varieties thrive in the region due to the warmth and little rainfall. The soils are also responsible for the regions success, for example the deep warm shingle that spreads 1500 acres where the Gimblett Road now runs. 

The Grapes: Malbec, Merlot 

Nose: A fruity nose with lots of red fruits like strawberry and a touch of peach. 

Palate: An off dry rose wine with lots of sweet strawberry and forest fruits with a touch of spice. During the wine making process the wine rests on the grape skins for around 24 hours which results in a paler wine. 

Food Match: Best served with seafood starters such as salmon terrine or crayfish salad.

This Weekend in the Press!!Date published: 08/06/14

Recent Press Mentions

The Times- Jane MacQuitty-7th June

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Staff Review: “On of our biggest selling wines, and for good reason; dry, minerally and fruity”

Jessica Briggs Assistant Manager

WAS £10.65 NOW £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines

Food Match: Light fish dishes or salads

Saturday Kitchen-Susie Barrie- 7th June

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2013

A great alternative to New Zealand Sauvignon, with clean green fruit and grassy notes. - Jessica Briggs Assistant Manager

WAS £10.49 NOW £6.99 when you buy any 2 or more 33.3% off wines

Saturday Kitchen Recipe: Tomato Consommé

Sunday Express- Jamie Goode-8th June

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2013

WAS £8.22 NOW £6.98 When you buy any 2 or more 15% wines.

A lively wine with a hint of spritz and green fruit. Light and fruity this would be fantastic as an aperitif in the garden this summer.


The Kings Legacy- Chardonnay Open to tasteDate published: 07/06/14

The Kings Legacy- Chardonnay Open to taste now in store. 

This week we are showcasing a fantastic example of a New Zealand Chardonnay. Yes, most of us are fans of Sauvignon Blanc but its nice to try something different now and again. From the producers of The Ned, we have 'The Kings Legacy, 2011'. £9.99 when you buy 2 or more 33.3% wines from The Summer Selection. 

What first strikes me is the lovely golden yellow colour in the glass. 

Nose: On the nose you find sweet honey and floral honeysuckle  as well as dried pineapple and some kiwi fruit. 

Palate: When you take a sip you get an explosion of different flavours like ripe nectarine and apple. What I love about this wine is you get masses of fruit backed by spicey-nuttiness and toasty oak on the finish- all held together with a soft texture and silky finish. 

Try if you like other 'New World' Chardonnay like LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay (Chilean wine) or Septimo Dia Chardonnay ( Argentinian Wine)

Food Match: Scallops or butternut squash or even a Moroccan chicken dish. 

Find out more about William de Marisco's descendants and their wines at www.marisco.co.nz 




Wine of the Week- Black Cottage Sauvignon Date published: 06/06/14

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more 15% Off Wines

Here we have a top quality, award winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp refreshing and fruity. What more could you want?

I thought I'd choose feature a classic sauvignon blanc as our wine of the week this week to mark the beginning of New Zealand Tasting Week. Hope you enjoy!! 

NOSE: Classic elderflower and gooseberry

FLAVOURS: Grassy and herbaceous with a touch of tropical fruits. Clean and crisp on the finish

For me this a great example of a Marlborough Sauvignon with a gorgeous balance between acidity and fruit. Lovely smooth on the finish whilst remaining zesty and fresh.

This wine combines fruit from Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough, striking a perfect balance between ripe tropical fruit and acidity. Delicious! 

Open to taste today

Grüner Veltliner Date published: 29/05/14

This grape variety is mainly grown in Austria and accounts for 30% of all plantings in the country. 

Flavour Characteristics: In youth you will find green grapes, pepper and smoke as well as a salad like freshness. When ageing decent wines should develop honey and toast flavours. 

The best areas for growing the grape in Austria is Niederösterreich however it can be found in Slovakia and Czech Republic. 

We currently have a cracking deal on a youthful Grüner Veltliner: 

Grüner Veltliner 2013 Weingärten Weissenkirchen, Wachau Special Offer: £8.99

The colour of fresh straw, an alluring nose of gooseberries with a hint of green apple and flowers. Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and eleganc

Jancis Robinson: 

"But in general Grüner Veltliner produces very refreshing, tangy wines with a certain white pepper, dill, even gherkin character. The wines are spicy and interesting and in general this is because of the grape's own intrinsic qualities because the great majority of them, unlike Chardonnays, see no new oak. They are generally fermented in stainless steel and aged either in tanks or very old, large casks, although there have been recent experiments, not always successful, with barrique-aged Grüner Veltliner" *


* full article found at http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/20070301_3.html . 

Interesting Wines on the Summer Selection- Part 2Date published: 29/05/14

Interesting Wines on the Summer Selection- Part 2

With only a few days left on the Summer Selection promotions it seems apt to take a look at some of the more interesting wines which you may have overlooked.

Next we have 2 red wines which have caught my attention: 

1. Crozes Hermitage 2010 Domaine Les Hauts de Mercurol 

What I love about good Syrah is the powerlful flavours yet the elegant feel of the wine. This has spice, body, great length and overall is a well balanced and delicious wine. 

'seductive black summer fruits with silky tannin which will allow this exceptional wine to age with grace' 

The Producer: Mercurol is a village in the Drôme Valley to the north of Rhone, and close to Tain l'Hermitage, known for producing quality Crozes-Hermitage. This domaine's winemaker Yves Cheron, has vineyard holdings on some of the most prestigious sites of Burgundy and the Rhône

The Region: Crozes-Hermitage is the largest of the northern Rhone AC'S with vines spreading over the hillocks ad plains behind the hill of Hermitage. 

Food match: Guineafowl 

£10.66 on the Summer Selection 

2. Leyda Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Leyda Valley

Here we have a fruity pinot noir, medium bodied in style with hints of cherry and raspberry. For me this is a great example of what a Pinot Noir should have - well balanced acidity, refined tannin and a fresh fruity feel. An excellent producer at a great price. 

The Producer: Viña Leyda were established in 1997, on a small cluster of vinyard sites in the San Antonio part of Leyda Valley. Each site is said to exhibit its own 'micro-terroir'. Selected Oregon Pinot Noir clones are grown on a slow-ripening, southwest-facing plot of clay soils.

The Region: Leyda is a recently discovered area, located 1.2km from the Pacific Ocean. Its proximity to the sea makes it an ideal spot for vitivulture. 

Food match: Pheasant or Guineafowl  

£9.33 on the Summer Selection 



Interesting Wines on the Summer Selection- Part 1 Date published: 28/05/14

Interesting Wines on the Summer Selection- Part 1

With only a few days left on the Summer Selection promotions it seems apt to take a look at some of the more interesting wines which you may have overlooked.

First of all we have 2 white wines:

1.  Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda

Here we have something that you don't really see much of- A Spanish Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda. I really like this wine as it has a softer approach than for example a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but still with decent zingy acidty and a night weight to it. The flavours focus more on grapefruit with a slight herb-y background. 

The Producer: 

Bodega Vega de la Reina has its own vineyard in Valdestillas in the province of Valladolid, on the banks of the rivers Douro and Adaja. The property covers more than 100 hectares of the Rueda region, at an average altitude of 740m above sea level, with a continental climate. The soil, of alluvial origin with a markedly sandy and stony texture at the surface, is very appropriate for vine cultivation.

A cracking deal at just £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more 33.% wines. 

2. Gavi 2012/2013 La Toledana 

Here we have a Gavi which is a wine made in Piedmont in Italy from the Cortese grape. 

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

Just £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more Summer Selection Wines. 

Reales Viñedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Castilla - Special Offer £5.99Date published: 27/05/14

Reales Viñedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Castilla - Special Offer £5.99

Here we have a wine thats cracking value and drinking really well now. Open to taste in store 

Grape: Tempranillo (found in rioja and across spain)

Origin: Castilla. This is an area just east of La Mancha (south of Madrid). This part of Spain endures the most extreme continental climate where summers can get close to 40ºC, while in the winter temperatures regularly fall below freezing. With no maritime influence or breeze this area is difficult to produce wine. Yet here we have a wine that is drinking really well now.

Taste: This flavours of the wine have now fully developed into mature fruits; think dried cranberries and redberries. This is held together by vanilla pod and spice. A long savoury finish will leave you wanting more!! 

Food Match: 'Jamon' or tapas. 

Online Customer Review: 'Well rounded and full bodied wine. We drink this wine regularly and feel that it's excellent with a wide variety of food. It's also very good on its own.' March 2013


Robertsons Chenin Blanc- £4.99Date published: 26/05/14

Robertsons Chenin Blanc

Open on the tasting counter we have Robertsons Chenin Blanc at just £4.99.

This is a wine that I've been recommending to many people as an easy drinking, quaffing wine perfect for any party of occasion. Medium dry and nicely refreshing this should appeal to most people. A cracking buy in my opinion!!

Grape: Chenin Blanc. Locally known as Steen this is the most planted variety in the region.

There are 5 different regions within the Western Cape- Coastal, Olifants River, Klein Karoo, Boberg and finally the Breed River Valley which is were Robertson Valley are is located. It is dry and warm and widely known for producing reliable, well made wines for volume brands.

Style:A smooth balance between citrus fruits with a touch of pineapple. A subtle touch of oak gives the wine a lovely mouth-feel. Delicious!

Food Match: Great with a variety of foods like chicken or seafood. Serve well chilled between 8-10 ºC.

A word from the producer:

'Robertson may be a small down but its got a big heart. Our extended family of 35 contributing farms, most of them 7th Generation, shares a love and respect for the earth that shows in every bottle of our wine'

Find out more at: www.facebook.com/Robertson.Winery

www.robertsonwinery.co.za


Quick guide to Chardonnay- The White grape of Burgundy.Date published: 26/05/14

Quick guide to Chardonnay- The White grape of Burgundy.

It has become the world's most popular white wine grape, perhaps because unlike riesling for example it does not have a particularly strong flavour of its own, what makes it so special is its ability to routinely take on whatever character the wine maker desires. From the production of the much loved Chablis where cool fermentation takes place to maintain fruit preservation, to the Champagne process, or to the fashionable recipe of malolactic fermentation, lees stirring and barrel fermentation, taking place all over the world most famously the Cru vineyards of Burgundy. For me Chardonnay is the Queen of all white wine, it's taste can vary from light body, crisp, clean and steely, through to voluptuous rich full bodied wine which can be beautifully honeyed and complex.

Chardonnay is grown all over the world but its home is Burgundy eastern France here it thrives

The best wines - from "Grand Cru" vineyards - of this region are usually grown from the middle and higher part of the slopes, where the vineyards have the most exposure to sunshine and the best drainage, while the "Premier Cru" come from a little less favourably exposed slopes. The relatively ordinary "Village" wines are produced from the flat territory nearer the villages. All of Burgundys White Grand Cru's are in the Côte de Beaune the south of the Côte d'Or. The Côte de Nuit home of Pinot Noir in the North is home to the majority of 25 red Grand Cru. The Côte d'Or wine growing area is only 40km long and 2km wide so it is difficult to see how such a small area can produce wines of such different quality, but this is where mesoclimates and the french term 'terroir' really come into play. Further south the Chalonnais and Maconnais regions can produce some excellent wines but are widely regarded as good value. The best and most well known vineyards in the Côte de Beaune are Mersault traditionally very rich buttery with a large oak influence, Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet are both usually wonderful examples of the power of chardonnay the former being more elegant and refined, Puligny more hedonistic and powerful rich nutty.

Top Premier Cru and Grand Cru Burgundy are beautiful when young complex and intiging mixture of fresh fruit, vanilla, toffee, nutty. When cellared correctly the complexity is exagerrated and you begin to achieve beautiful caramel, honey and rich nutty notes which are a joy to behold. I know they normally have a large price tag but sometimes you just have to treat yourself sit back and admire the beauty of Burgundy.

Chardonnay is also one of the predominant grape vaieties of Champagne usually blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (both black varietals) however if you are to see Blanc de Blanc on a champagne label by law it means it can only be 100% Chardonnay, there are many examples of this but one of the first to produce this rich creamy textured Champagne is Ruinart one of the oldest Champagne houses. It is a beautiful example of the versatility of this grape, and again its ability to take on flavours imparted by the wine maker. Chardonnay has long been planted in Australia, and they are one of the reasons chardonnay had its wine boom in the 90's however due to over production and the use of oak chips rather than oak barrels its great reputation was some what tainted, however this doesn't mean they should be avoided quite the opposite there are some real bargains to be had. One of the better regions is the Mclaren vale with its long warm days and cool nights the grapes have great oppurtunity to ripen with the cooling nights allowing them to mature on the vine gaining complexity and concentration whilst maintaining the all important acidity to balance the ripe fruit character. The most pronounced and distinctive feature is ripe peaches, with the wine from cooler sites displaying white peach. These wines maintain elegance and generally have long cellaring potential. Some McLaren Vale Chardonnay also features ripe melon, banana, fig and cashew nut flavours – rich and generous with pure elegance.


What is Prosecco and why do we love it so much?!Date published: 25/05/14

What is Prosecco and why do we love it so much?!

Prosecco is a grape variety and also the name given to the style of sparkling wine. Prosecco is made in Italy and can vary in quality from DOC* status wines ( which covers a wide are of Veneto and Friuli) and the top quality area of Conegliano- Valdobbiadene which is a DOCG** classification area. 

The process in how it is made differs from champagne in the sense that fermentation takes place in a large tank rather than in the bottle. This method is not only cost effective, but it retains the natural aromatic characteristics of certain varieties of grape. Lees stirring can be used to a achieve a yeasty taste however this is not really desirable in Prosecco production as we like to be able to taste the soft floral and pear flavours of the wine. The quality of the dry base wine that is put into the tank is very important in making a good wine along with the care taken in production. 

I am particularly a fan of the Prosecco Zonin which we currently have on offer at £7.99. For me it represents a great Prosecco at a great price- with lovely bubbles and a very slight off dry finish. Delicious as an apéritif or with canapés.  

DOC* Specifies the geographical area, permitted grape varieties and minimum alcohol level. It may also stipulate the production method and minimum ageing. Currently more than 300 DOC wines. 

DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status wines are a quality insurance label for the customer e.g the it is guaranteed best vines are used from the best sites in that region 

Alamos Malbec- Open to Taste Date published: 25/05/14

Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena, Mendoza WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66 on the Summer Selection

Origin: Mendoza. This region in Argentina accounts for over 70% of all wine production in the country. High altitude and snow melt water are two key viticultural factors that allow this grape to thrive. Without this the climate would be too hot and produce over ripe wines which lack elegance and finesse. Many wineries have utlised altitude to its full potential, by growing vines at 3000 metres above sea level in areas such as Salta Province. This results in pure and concentrated wines with fantastic 'bouquets'.

The Grape: Malbec can be found in Bordeaux and southern france were it is often blended with other grape varieites. It would brought over to Argentina around 1850 and has since grown in popularity as a single varietal. Typical characteristics include deep black forrest fruits as well as pepper and spice. They can range from jammy thick full bodied styles to more floral elegant and perfumed wines.

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

Alamos Malbec is produced by one of the top wineries in the country, Catena Zapata and is a popular line here at Majestic Wine. Please pop down and try and make the most of the fantastic price at just £6.66!! 


Recent Press MentionsDate published: 24/05/14

Recent Press Mentions

Saturday Kitchen- Olly Smith- 24th May

Domaine de Montval Syrah 2012

Staff Review: “A soft, silky and plush textured wine with gorgeous fruit blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. A smooth and pleasing finish” -

Jessica Briggs Assistant Manager

WAS £9.99 NOW £7.49 when you buy any 2 or more 25% off wines

Food Match: Steak

The Telegraph- Susy Atkins- 18th May

M de Minuty Rosé Magnum, 2013

Magnums (two bottles in one) priced at £25

Majestic Wine has a set of four Provence rosés in beautiful, unusually shaped magnums (1.5 litres) for summer. All are from the 2013 vintage, and dry, crisp and refreshing in true Provençal style. We especially like the M de Minuty Rosé 2013” - Suzy Atkins

The Guardian- Fiona Beckett- 17th May

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66 When you buy any 2 or more 33.3% wines.

A classic Marlborough Sauvignon with plenty of flavour intensity and mouthwatering acidity. Definitely not be missed this summer!!


Tuesday Nights Wine CourseDate published: 23/05/14

Tuesday Nights Wine Course 

On Tuesday night we had another successful 90 minute Wine Course which included eight different wines from different regions, made using different grape varieties. The informal nature of the event ensured that everyone could ask questions as they went along including questions about champagne production and wine tasting. 

In preparation for summer we included a Rose Wine which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The dessert wine (Brown Brothers Late Harvest Muscat £8.49 when you buy any 2 or more 15% wines) was also a hit, with everyone agreeing that dessert wines don't need to be viscous and 'cloying' to be enjoyable. 

We also included a food and wine matching section of the course, with one of the favorites being the goats cheese and rose wine match as well as the pinot noir and pate. 

Look out for some up and coming dates on our website for future dates. We look forward to seeing you and hopefully you will enjoy the evening as much as we do. 

#comeandexplore #majesticknowledge 

Bagder Mixed Ales Date published: 20/05/14

Badger Mixed Case 12x500ml Bottles -  A mixed case of ales from the fabulous Hall & Woodhouse brewery in Dorset. £21.60 when you buy any 2 or more cases of selected ales.  Not long a go I had chance to try these ales and was really impressed!! 

The Hall & Woodhouse Brewery in Dorset have been brewing since 1777 and over the years they have built up an excellent reputation of producing award winning bottled ales as well as running successful pubs across the county. 

Included in this mixed case you will find Tangle Foot,  which is a golden ale. Light amber in colour with crisp and spicy over tones on the nose. On the palate you will find fruit and hoppy notes. 5%

The Blanford Flyer is definitely my favourite among mainly because I LOVE ginger. A sweet and fruity feel with ginger and toffee spice. Bitter and crisp on the finish. Delicious! Everything you could want from an ale. 5.2% 

First Gold is a darker amber/ nutty brown colour in the class you can taste more malt in this ale. A floral note on the nose. 4%

Finally you will get three bottles of the fantastic Hopping Hare. This is made in a refreshing style with a crisp sweetness to the flavour, which would match well with spicy oriental dishes. 4.5%

 I hope you have found this article interesting and may be encouraged to include some Badger Ales in your order today.  

Todays Grape: Riesling Date published: 20/05/14

Todays Grape: Riesling 

Riesling is a grape variety that can make a variety of different styles of wine, from acidic racy Clare Valley wines to Late-Harvest dessert wines. 

It is naturally a fruity aromatic grape offering lots of interesting aroma and flavour characteristics both in youth and maturity. 

In cooler climates such as the famous Mosel in Germany flavours of taut green apple and grape whereas in warmer climates such as Austria  you tend to find flavours of peach and lime. Unlike chardonnay, winemakers don't use malolactic fermentation* in the wine making process or oak, with the exception of botrytis wines** Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin. 

 Icewine can be made using Riesling in California and Germany (Eiswein). The beerenauslesen and Trockenbeerenauslesen are the sweetest styles found on the German Kabinett classification and can be exception and complex wines and are only made in exception vintages. 

In Austria riesling is the most commonly planted noble variety and can be made in a dry or sweet style and are usually full bodied. They tend to be richer than the often medium-sweet light bodied styles found in Germany. 

* a process which turns harsh malic acids into softer lactic acids like those in milk

** botrytis cinerea is a process where the grapes shrivel on the vine, thus concentrating the sugars and flavours in the grapes.  

Click and Collect ServiceDate published: 19/05/14

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!


Nicolas Potel - A fine producerDate published: 19/05/14

Nicolas Potel - A fine producer

Nicolas Potel decided to set up his own wine négociant business after the death of his father in 1996 and the subsequent sale of Domaine Pousse d`Or, which his father had been managing. 

The Nicolas Potel label became an excellent source of predominantly red wines, from Bourgogne Rouge to the Grands Crus of the Cote de Nuits. His hallmark has been to make wines which respect both their vineyard provenance and the style of the vintage while remaining attractively priced. Since 2004 Nicolas the Cottin brothers of Labouré-Roi have owned the brand, with Potel running the business until 2009. 

We currently have a great deal on 'Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 Nicolas Potel' which is priced at £8.66 when you buy any two or more Summer Selection Wines. 

The style of chardonnay is un-oaked, using stainless steel to ferment and mature the wine. Predominately citrus fruits on the nose which follows onto the palate with a touch of creaminess on the finish.  Great for simple summery dishes like quiche and salad. A very enjoyable wine !! 

Malbec Info and Best Deals Date published: 18/05/14

Malbec is also found in the South West France in Cahors, as well as in Bordeaux. When planted in the limestone soil of Cahors it tends to produce dark tannic wine, compared to softer less tannic style found in Argentina. Other countries planting the grape include Chile (which enjoys similar organic growing conditions), South Africa, North Italy and New Zealand.

The grape became less popular in France when almost all of the vines were destroyed by frost in 1956.

The grapes are deep purple coloured and can produce robust tannic wines. The skins are thin and need plenty of sun and warmth to ripen, more so than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

We have several different Malbecs featured in our Summer Selection, and here is a little bit more info about them: 

1. Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan £5.99 when you buy any 2 or more 33.3% wines
A smooth medium bodied style of malbec with secondary flavours of spice. Medium tannin and made in an easy to drink style. Perfect with rich tomato pasta dishes. 
2. Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza £6.99 when you buy any 2 or more 33.3% wines
Plush delicious tannin and a silky smooth texture. Flavours of blackcurrant, bramble fruits and a touch of sweet spice.
3. Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Uco Valley £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more 33.3% wines
A new addition to the Vinalba range, this wine oozes juicy blackcurrant and damson. Full flavoured and perfect with roasted meat. 
4. Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena, Mendoza £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more 33.3% wines
A great malbec produced by top winemakers Catena Zapata. Classic rich black fruits on the palate backed by pepper and sweet tannin. 

Information about Vermentino Date published: 17/05/14

Information about Vermentino 

Last Saturday Saturday Kitchen featured a Vermentino on their show which was matched with sea bass, which prompted me to find out a little bit more about the grape variety. 

Origin: Native to Italy but also planted in Southern France. 

Vermentino grapes are typically used to produce light, attractively aromatic wines with refreshing acidity and can be blended with grenache and even sauvignon blanc in some parts. Australia has started to experiment with plantings so we should see more Vermentino wines in the future from new world countries. 

Palate: Leafy, lemon-tinged flavours.

Generally speaking Vermentino wines are not made to cellar and are best consumed young. The grapes don't lend themselves to a sweet style however some DOCs in Liguria sanction Vermentino grapes for dried-grape passito wines. 

Random fact: In Provence it is known as Rolle. 

One of my favourite examples that Majestic Wine stock is Vermentino 2013 Poggioargentiera, priced at £8.49 when you buy 2 or more wines on 15% off. Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine has flavours of pear and herbs with plenty of fruit. 


Mud House SauvignonDate published: 16/05/14

Wine of the Week

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

WAS £9.99

NOW £6.66 when you buy 2 or more


Looking for bargain summer white?

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Palate: Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Food Match: Seafood and light salad dishes.

Open to Taste now!!


Fine Wine Friday Date published: 16/05/14

Fine Wine Friday 

Each Friday I will be sharing some information about a Fine Wine in our Range and Today it will be the Natale Verga Barolo WAS £23.00 NOW £18.00 when you buy 2 or more

 I recently tried the Natale Verga Primitivo and was won over so it figured that I take a look at the Barolo and find out a little more. 

So what exactly is Barolo? 

Barolo is a DOCG status area in the steep, angular hills of southern Piedmont region on Italy. Nebbiolo is the grape and it is a variety that ages well. To be sure Barolo is not a wine to drink young as they can be too tannic and not fruity enough, however as they age they are capable of creating fantastic flavours of truffles, licorice, prunes and chocolate (among other things) The best wines in the region capture the subtle and distinct aromas of the grape, and traditionalist wine makers will stick to the long maceration periods and careful use of oak to make fantastic wines. The grape variety is also used to create nearby Barbaresco wines, which are often not as rich and seductive as Barolo's yet represent great value.  

Producer :

Natale Verga is the fourth-generation owner of the Verga family estate which was founded in 1895. This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11-hectare estate owned by the Gomba family, and has been matured for 24 months in French oak casks. 

Tasting Note: Aromas of intense blackberry and ripe red fruit along with rose petals. Expect to find a textured and opulent wine on the palate with spicy minerality. 

Serving Suggestion: Game, grilled meats and aged cheeses. Optimum drinking temperature: 18-20 degrees

Random Fact: The Nebbiolo grape ripens as late as Novemeber when there is plenty of fog, and the Italian word for fog is Nebbia, hense the grapes name. 

Cricket Whites, Cherry Reds...Date published: 15/05/14

Cricket Whites, Cherry Reds...

Majestic Wine have teamed up with Louis Latour to celebrate the bicentary of Lord's - the Home of Cricket. 

As you may or may not have seen in our recent leaflet we are promoting these two classic Latour Wines. Both are in stock at Majestic Wine Beverley priced at £9.99 when you buy two or more. I thought I would take the chance to express my enthusiasm for these wines, along with some additional information and hopefully you will be inspired to try them yourself. 

The Producer: 

Louis Latour, who have been producing wines in this area since the late 70's. 

The White: 

Are you a fan of white burgundy? If so you should definitely give this one a try. A classic wine that is loved by many Majestic Customers

Region: In Southern France to the west of Rhone

Taste: Lots of complex layers of flavour. The fruits are predominately lemon and apple backed by hazelnuts and spice. The texture is a buttery with a weighty feel. A slight savoury element on the finish. Reminiscent of a Meursault! 

Food Match: An excellent match for chicken or dauphinoise potatoes. 

The Red: What I really like about this red is the body and spiciness of the wine, offering more complexity than some reds found in Burgundy. Approachable and easy drinking but offering character and lots of flavour. Can be drank with game or pork. 

Region: Vars region near the south-eastern Mediterranean coast, at similar altitudes to Latours own vineyards in the Côte de Beaune.

Taste: Strawberry and red cherry with seconary characteristics of vanilla and warm spice. 

Find out more at majestic.co.uk/lords

Looking for a soft and fruity chardonnay?? Date published: 14/05/14

Looking for a soft and fruity chardonnay?? 

Here we have a cracking deal on the Oxford Landing Estates Chardonnay 2013 Yalumba, South Australia

WAS £7.99 NOW £5.99 when you 2 or more 25% off wines. 

Set on the banks of South Australia’s majestic Murray River, the Oxford Landing vineyard is named after a nearby site where drovers once grazed and watered sheep. Andy, the winemaker, is part of the accredited 'Yalumba' winery and is responsible for producing the 'Y Series' range. (We stock the viognier here and Majestic!) 

Palate: 

Here we have a great all rounder, which would be great for a party or get together. This style of chardonnay is likely to appeal to every bodies taste buds; not too oakey or full bodied, a medium dry white with lots of fruit and well balanced acidity.  

So why not stock up while you can? Free delivery within a wide area 

Call 01482 868 050 

Calima Wines. New to Majestic...Date published: 13/05/14

Calima Wines. New to Majestic...

We currently have lots of new wines in our range and we have featured two on our Tasting Counter this past week. They are made by the same producer and are made in Catalunya. Better known in the UK as a producer of Cava, the Marqués de Monistrol winery also produce a wide range of still wines from Catalunya's principal grape varieties, at their ultra-modern winery, located around 40km south-west of Barcelona. I always jump at the chance to try different wines outside of Rioja so here are my reviews: 

Calima Garnacha Blanco 2013 Catalunya  WHITE WINE

Origin

This wine is produced by the Marqués de Monistrol winery, who are based at the site of a former Cistercian monastery in Penedés. Although more famous as a white Rhône variety, Garnacha Blanco, or white Grenache originated in Spain and is closely related to red Garnacha

Appearance A very light pale lemon colour

Aromas Capsicum and green fruit with a gentle floral aroma.  

Palate Soft and fruity with low acidity levels, which makes for an easy drinking style. Zingy and fresh on the finish.

Calima Garnacha Tinto 2013 Catalunya RED WINE 

Appearance A clear ruby red

Aromas Youthful nose of red red fruits, like tinned strawberries and cherries, with a touch of sweet spice.

Palate Simple and fruity, medium-low body with light tannin and juicy acidity. 

Both make for great BBQ wines or parties.



On the Tasting Counter: Gavi di Gavi 'La Toledana' Date published: 12/05/14

On the Tasting Counter:

Gavi di Gavi 'La Toledana' 

Grape: Cortese

So, Gavi is a renowned DOCG zone in Piemonte and is undoubtedly the most interesting expression of Cortese, a grape that is indigenous to the area. The town itself is a effectively a strip of land that is 15 km long and no more than 5.5 km in width in the south east of the province of Alessandria. With care in the vineyard and cellars, and with a helping hand from the moderating maritime influences of the Ligurian  coastline, Cortese  from this part of the world can produce highly aromatic and fruit-driven wines that are delicious to drink, with this Gavi being no different!

Appearance:  A pale, lemony-green colour.Nose: This wine has lovely aromas of citrus fruit, coupled with pears, peaches and nectarines. 

Palate: From the offset, it is clear that this Gavi has more weight to it than a Sauv Blanc or Pinot Grigio. In fact I would argue that it is ever so slightly off-dry and the slightest hint of honey initially on the palate confirms this. What hits you afterwards are the fresh, vibrant fruit characteristics that were detected on the nose. The racy acidity of this wine is very well balanced too.

Drink with: I would personally drink this wine by itself as an apéritif, but I think it would match very nicely with a buffalo mozzarella, tomato and rocket salad!

Open to try now on the Tasting Counter 

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 11/05/14

Recent Press Mentions

Saturday Kitchen- SusieBarry- 10th May

Paul Mas Vermentino 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

A zesty style white wine with a rich bodied feel. Clean citrus fruits backed by herbaceous/ leafy flavours.

WAS £8.99 NOW £7.64 when you buy any 2 or more 15% off wines

Food Match: Steamed Sea Bass

The Times- Jane MacQuitty- 26th April

Château Miraval Rosé

75cl Bottles priced at £17.99

Magnums (two bottles in one) priced at £38

A beautiful bottle of wine from Brad and Angelina's venture.

a tangy, tasty, herby, multi-layered onion-skin hue'd pink and worth its price tag” - Jane MacQuitty

The Daily Mail- Matthew Jukes- 26th April

Muscadet Jean Sablenay £5.99 on special offer

Staff Review:

Not to be condused with Muscat, Muscadet is made using the Melon de Bourgogne grape, and this example is made in a light bodied summery style, and Perfect for quaffing. Simple soft citrus flavours come through with slight floral notes”

Jessica (Assistant Manager)


New addition to the Fine Wine OfferDate published: 10/05/14

New addition to the Fine Wine Offer

Nautilus ‘Special Blend’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough has now been added to the 'Buy any 2 Selected spirits or Fine Wines' and save £10.00 offer. 

Here we have a complex yet elegant sauvignon blanc from an excellent producer

Style: Tropical Whites

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc 

Taste: Typical Marlborough aromatics of gooseberry, cut grass and nettle leaf are accompanied by a distinct mineral note on the palate, giving the wine a firmness of structure and lengthy finish. 

'This wine is only released in exceptional years when we see a standout parcel of grapes with extra fruit definition. These primary aromas and flavours are overlaid with additional layers of complexity and texture arising from partial fermentation in large oak cuve and an extended period of lees stirring. The resulting wine expresses the winemaker's craft and a strong sense of place.' - Nautilus  

Don't forget you can mix this wine with any other Fine Wine or Spirit on the deal. 

Check out the full range on their website 

www.nautilusestate.com 

Summer Wine Evening- A Real Success!! Date published: 09/05/14

Summer Wine Evening-  A Real Success!! 

Last night was our Summer Wine Evening, held in store at Majestic Wine Beverley. Lots of people attended with many different wines open to taste. 

Some of the highlights included a fantastic new 'Cremant de Loire', which customers enjoyed upon entry. This is a wine made in the same way as champagne using 60% chenin blanc grapes and 40% chardonnay, resulting in a light crisp and slighty 'biscuity' flavoured wine perfect for gatherings or parties. 

Everyone had the chance to chat and meet other customers and discuss their favourite wines. 

The cheeses went down a treat as well as Pipers Crisps which kept everyone happy till the end of the event. 

Positive feedback was given about wines which are new to the range as well as some classics, for example the Muga Rioja Reserva 2009 which is drinking really well now. 

We decided to include a couple of classic wines, like the Château de Tracy 2012 Pouilly-Fumé which was stunning. 

We hope that everyone enjoyed the evening and we will see you all for the Winter Wine Evening later in the year. Please keep checking our events page for up and coming events held in store. 

Thanks again!! 

New Chilean Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 09/05/14

We have a brand new addition to our already fantastic range in Chile, Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc! 

Winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to home both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The wave series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coats's influence on Chile's terroir.

The vineyards are located within the Leyda Valley which is located within the San Antonio region of Chile. Located right on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the cooling air from the ocean combined with the long sunny days makes conditions ideal for growing the Sauvignon Blanc grape! 

On the palate a clean crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering aromas of grapefruit, goosebury and refreshing lime! Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Would match well with King Prawns, green salads and oysters!

This new and exciting addition is also great value, currently only £6.66 on our summer selection AND we have it open to try on our tasting counter!   

Our Pick of the Summer Selection- The WhitesDate published: 09/05/14

Our Pick of the Summer Selection

Hi I'm Jess, the Assistant Manager and here is my pick of The Summer Selection. 

Today I will be picking my favourite whites...Thanks for reading !! 

Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda Was £9.99 Buy 2 Bottles 33.3% Now £6.66 

Here we have an interesting Spanish wine. A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. The wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish with more decent body and acidity. 

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough Was £19.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save 33.3% Now £13.32

A wine bursting with tropical fruits- think passionfruit, mango, guava and banana. Fantastic aroma intensity and flavours which will blow you away. Stunning and such a good price at the moment it would be silly to miss out!! A great refreshing wine for hot days in the garden entertaining your friends. 

Gavi 2012/2013 La Toledana Was £11.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save 33.3% Now £7.99

A brilliant example of a Gavi made using the Cortese grape. Gavi is in Piedmont and has been referred to as Italy's Chablis due to the minerally, crisp whites. This wine has a lovely texture with flavours of citrus and soft pear, backed by a steely crisp finish. Great as an apéritif or with salads this summer.  

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my selection of stunning whites for the summer. Remember you can mix and match across these wines and still get the best deals. 

Our Pick of the Summer SelectionDate published: 08/05/14

Our Pick of the Summer Selection

Hi I'm Jess, the Assistant Manager and here is my pick of The Summer Selection. 

First I will be picking my favourite reds and tomorrow the whites...Thanks for reading !! 

Waimea Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Nelson WAS £14.99 NOW £9.99 

I love this Pinot Noir because of its medium bodied feel and silky texture. Wines from Nelson are generally fruitier and this one leans more towards black cherries with hints of sweet spice. A very smooth finish which is perfect with game or red meat dishes. As I'm vegetarian I much prefer oven baked mushrooms with garlic... yum! 

Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana WAS £10.49 NOW 

This wine is a lovely medium bodied style of Rioja with lots of strawberries and vanilla with a touch of balsamic. Soft and rounded on the palate, this would make a great match for many foods like lamb, paella or stew.

Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2012 Aconcagua Valley WAS £10.49 NOW £6.99 

A smooth red with warm spice, a hint of coffee and smoke.  From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels. Delicious!!

You can mix and match within these wines and still get the best deals so why not give some a try today ? 





Dreaming of Summer.....Date published: 07/05/14

Dreaming of Summer.....

This week we've been enjoying...

'Days of Summer' Reserva 2013.Miguel Torres Chile 

Close your eyes and imagine a summer meadow, the smell of honeysuckle in the air and freshly cut grass. Your setting up a picnic spot and about to open a bottle of wine. As you pour 'Days of Summer', the floral bouquet smells sweet and inviting...

Grape Variety: Muscat

Palate: White grape and honey, with a hint of sweet pineapple. 

The Producer: Miques Torres'es winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain, and is among those leading the sustainable viticulture movement in Chile.


Free Wine Event- Summer Wine Evening!! TOMORROW 6.30PM ONWARDSDate published: 07/05/14

This is a final reminder about our Summer Wine Evening that is taking place tomorrow from 6.30pm onwards. We still have spaces available so please feel free to call us to book your place. 

Free Wine Event- Summer Wine Evening!!  May 8th 6.30pm onwards

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.

"With lots of new and interesting wines coming in store (as well as exciting looking rosé magnums!!) we can't wait for summer to come. And we want to celebrate the longer nights and brighter sunnier days with you at our Summer Wine Evening. It really is good fun and enjoyable for new and regular customers alike." - Matt and Jess, at Majestic Wine Beverley  

We look forward to hearing from you so please give us a call : 01482 868 050 


What is Godello?? Date published: 30/04/14

What is Godello?? 

Godello is a white grape variety grown in the north-west of Spain (Galacia). In the past Godello has been used in blended wines but is has gained increased recognition as a quality single varietal. The wines in this area are usually vinified in a modern fresh style in well equipped clean wineries. Spain's whites are largely made from neutral grape varieties, yet in Galacia these native varieties are capable of producing perfumed wines with mouthwatering fruit. 

We currently stock two Godello's at Majestic Wine Beverley and we will be offering the 'As Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax' for £6.66 when you buy 2 or more Summer Selection Wines.  The wine is produced in Monterrei which is an area in the Galicia (North West of Spain on the border of Portugal) Visit www.domonterrei.com for more information on the wine growing region. 

For me this is a perfect summery wine with its delicate flavours of melon and pear with floral nuances in the background. 

The second example comes from the nearby Valdeorras, an area which is thought to yield the best Godello crops. 

Montenovo Godello 2012 Valdesil, Valdeorras

This wine has a crisper texture and more greener fruit on the palate. Light in weight, yet with a palate coating sense of texture. The rocky slate soils seems to add a Mineral/Stone like quality to the wine. 

Serve well chilled to bring out the crisp zesty finish. 

Planning a Party?Date published: 30/04/14

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.


Get Set for Summer- New Offers!! Date published: 29/04/14

Get Set for Summer- New Offers!! Let the good times roll....

Today marks the beginning of our new set of offers, online (including click and collect) and in-store. 

'The Summer Selection' wines have been discounted by 33% and the best thing is, you can mix and match across the range. In store we have laid them out at the front where you can happily browse and even taste some of them on our tasting counter. 

Feel free to ask any member of staff about a wine and we will hopefully be able to advice you based on your preferences. A mixture of whites,  rosé wines and red wines are included as well as the all important fizz. 

Additional Services: As some of you may already know, we offer Free Delivery as well as a hiring service of glasses, chiller bins and ice buckets. Everything you could need for a summer get together so why not start planning ahead now?

In order to mark the beginning of summer we have our annual  Summer Wine Evening which will be taking place on Thursday 8th May from 6.30pm onwards so please make sure you sign up to this by calling our number: 01482 868 050. 

These deals will end on the 2nd June  

The Summer SelectionDate published: 29/04/14

The Summer Selection kicks off today with a great variety of wines to get you ready for those summer evenings sat outside in the sun.  

Here's a few of my favourites from the selection! 

Sparkling wine is an all time favourite, that I can't turn down a glass of and with the Bouvet Saumur Rose at £8.99 you can't go wrong. Bouvet-Ladubay is in the Loire valley and is their second oldest and largest sparkling wine producer so they know a thing or two. This light- bodied sparkling is perfectly balanced with redcurrant aromas with raspberry and cherry flavours on the palate leaving a great refreshing finish. 

For a glass of white the Serena Pinot Grigio £6.66 is a fantastic choice with notes of melon, banana and pear this fruit driven pinot is a great mix with white fish or barbacued tiger prawns, for when the weather lets us have a bbq. Coming from one of Italy's great producers they have made a fine delicate pinot grigio which really stands out. 

Wanting something a little heavier? There are some superb malbecs being produced in Agrentina at the moment such as the Alamos Malbec £6.99. This is from the Mendoza region and is not only one of the biggest but one of the most important regions on Argentina. It is well rounded with intense notes of plum, blackberries with ripe sweet tannins. This full-bodied malbec is great with roast meats but also some spare ribs and BBQ sauce to go with the summer feel. 

Hopefully some of these will take your fancy but if not there is a huge selection so why not come and visit us in store or look on our website. 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc- Last Day on Offer!! Date published: 28/04/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc- Last Day on Offer!! 

Looking for a zingy white with mouthwatering acidity?? Then this classic Marlborough Sauvignon won't disappoint... 

Today is the last day which you can place an order for The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, 2013. £6.99 when you buy any 2 or more Pick 'n' Mix Wines.*

Unfortunately we are currently out of stock in store however we are expecting it to be in stock by mid May. This means you can make your order by telephone or online and secure your order at the fantastic price of £6.99. Perfect for any up and coming parties or gatherings you may have. We also offer FREE delivery which can be arranged upon ordering. 

Call 01482 868 050 to make your order

Thanks for your continued loyal custom. 

*minimum order 6 bottles, any mixture


Good Rioja Deals on the Pick 'n' Mix offerDate published: 27/04/14

Good Rioja Deals on the Pick 'n' Mix offers.

Whether your looking for a simple fruity wine or a complex oaked wine we have a great selection here in Beverley. 

The three I have selected are all part of our current Pick 'n' Mix range (offers end Monday 28th April), and offer different characteristics and qualities. So what is 'Rioja' ? Rioja is a region in northern Spain which has a two prominent climates; Atlantic and Mediterranean. This makes the area suitable for white and red wine production, however the three wines we will look at today are made using red grapes. The two main varieties are 'tempranillo' and 'grenache'. 

- The first example is a Crianza (pronoucned Cre-an-tha) and has to be aged for a minimum of 2 years by law before it can be released. Crianza's usually spend between 6-12 months in oak and the rest is aged in the bottle)

Rioja Crianza 2010 Gran Vendema £5.99 when you buy any 2 or more Pick 'n' Mix Wines

A youthful example, with an easy going feel and moderate tannin. Red berry flavours and light-medium bodied in style. 

- The second example is a Reserva and has to be aged for 3 years by law before release. (Usually in barrel between 12-24 months and the rest of the ageing takes place in the bottle)

Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña Eguía £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more Pick 'n' Mix Wines.

Very popular at Majestic Wine with a variety of customers. This wine has a smooth medium bodied feel with lots of stewed red fruits and a touch of vanilla. Made using 100% Tempranillo and is oaked for 24 months in French and American Oak. 

- The final example is a Gran Reserva which is aged for at least 5 years (24-36 months in oak and the rest in the bottle) 

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía £8.99 when you buy any 2 or more Pick 'n' Mix Wines. 

An excellent price for a wine that exhibits mature 'raisony' fruit and secondary characteristics like leather. A brick red colour with soft tannin makes for a great match with Lamb. 

 

What is Marsanne?? Date published: 26/04/14

What is Marsanne?? 

We have just featured Olly Smiths wine on our Press Mentions article, which has prompted me to discover a little bit more about the Marsanne grape variety. 

Marsanne is a white wine grape, most commonly found in the Northern Rhône region, an area which is most commonly associated with the red wines of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage. It is often blended with Roussanne and sometimes Viognier and interestingly Marsanne and Roussane can be blended (up to 15%) with the red wines of Hermitage. Outside of  Rhône you can often find the Marsanne being produced in the Languedoc. Marsanne wines can be dry in style or even sweet when made into a straw wine. 

Outside of France you can find it in places like Australia, where a richer style can be achieved by blending marsanne, rousanne and viognier, like in the Turkey Flat Butcher's Block White (£11.99 when you buy two or more) which uses moderate oak contact and lees stirring during maturation to a achieve a weighter more textured style. 

Please explore or range of Marsanne blended wines as well as Olly Smiths recommendation this week on Saturday Kitchen. Here are some examples: 

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' 2013 PGI Pays d’Oc

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

Bordière Nord Marsanne Viognier 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc  

Currently £6.49 when you buy 2 or more

Dom. Sainte Rose 'Le Marin Blanc' Marsanne Roussanne 2012 PGI Côtes de Thongue

Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

#comeandexplore 

Recent Press Mentions Date published: 26/04/14

Recent Press Mentions

Saturday Kitchen- Olly Smith -26th April

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne

'La Forge Vineyard' 2013 PGI Pays d’Oc

Jean-Claude Mas has created a rich and mellow but well-balanced white from 100% Marsanne grapes, a proportion of which is barrel-aged for extra complexity

Food Match: Cod and Mussells

Sunday Express- Jamie Goode-20th April

Domaine Les Yeuses 'Les Epices' Syrah 2011

WAS £9.99 NOW £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

Packed with rich, meaty, peppery black fruits, this southern French red is the essence of syrah. Ripe and sweetly fruited, it would be great with herb-crusted rack of lamb.”

Superb complexity for the money, this award-winning wine will age for 2-3 years but is fantastic now with all manner of meat dishes.

The Times- Jane MacQuitty-19th April

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007

Staff Review: 'A fantastic vintage champagne with a soft a rich style. Toasty with a round bodied feel' Jessica Briggs, Assistant Manager Beverley


Wine of the Week Primitivo 2013, Natale Verga Date published: 25/04/14

Wine of the Week Primitivo 2013, Natale Verga

WAS £8.99 , NOW £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Looking for a smooth, medium bodied red?

Region: Puglia, which is in the the south-eastern part of Italy.

Nose: Black cherry and prune

Grape: Primitivo, otherwise known as Zinfandel

Palate: The palate focuses more on concentrated red summer berries, which follows onto tangy acidity at the side of your mouth.

Finish: Dry yet velvety smooth.

Food Match: Pasta, grilled red meat or cheese

Staff Review: “ Having tried little Primitivo I was very surprised at the quality and complexity of this wine,lovely on its own or with food” - Jessica

Open to Taste now!!


VEUVE CLICQUOT Brut Nv, £29.98 on the Pick 'n' Mix Date published: 25/04/14

VEUVE CLICQUOT Brut Nv

We are taking this opportunity to let you know about this deal which will be coming to an end on Monday 28th April. 

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

The Facts:

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

The Grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 

The Taste: 

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

Staff Review:

"A lively champagne with lots of apple and citrus. Bags of flavour intesity and big bubbles" Jessica Briggs

The great thing is you can mix and match this with any other wines in the Pick 'n' Mix promotion, so why not treat yourself to one this weekend?  






Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc- £7.99- Offer Ends 2nd June Date published: 24/04/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc- £7.99 In the Pick 'n' Mix promotion- Offer Ends 2nd June 

Looking for a crisp, dry, refreshing white with lots of fruit? Then this Sauvignon Blanc may just be what your looking for. 

"Oyster Bay captures the special character of New Zealand's cool climate viticulture. Elegant, assertive witnes with glorious fruit flavours"

A classic Marlborough Sauvignon, this wine displays gooseberry and tropical fruits on the nose with a lovely elegant crisp palate. A light bodied wine with mouthwatering acidity, this is a very well balanced wine at a great price. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

This will make an excellent summer wine served as an aperitif or with a seafood salad. Also ideal for a summer BBQ or party, so why not plan ahead and get stocked up? 

"A refreshing full flavoured sauvignon blanc, excellent value for the discounted price, and probably worth the full price." - Online Customer Review, August 2013 

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic wine! 

Free Wine Event- Summer Wine Evening!! Date published: 23/04/14

Free Wine Event- Summer Wine Evening!!  May 8th 6.30pm onwards

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.

"With lots of new and interesting wines coming in store (as well as exciting looking rosé magnums!!) we can't wait for summer to come. And we want to celebrate the longer nights and brighter sunnier days with you at our Summer Wine Evening. It really is good fun and enjoyable for new and regular customers alike." - Matt and Jess, at Majestic Wine Beverley  

We look forward to hearing from you so please give us a call : 01482 868 050 

New interesting fizz in stock! Date published: 21/04/14

New interesting fizz in stock! 

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire £9.99 when you buy with any other Pick 'n' Mix wine

I have often been asked the question 'Do you stock any Crémant de Loire?' And now I am pleased to say that we do.

So what is 'Crémant' ?

 Crémant applies to seven French sparkling wines AC's (Appellation Controlée), Crémant d'Alsace, Crémant de Bourgogne,  Crémant de Limoux and Loire. 

The wine is made in the traditional method, as in champagne and this example uses Chardonnay (as in Champagne) as well as Chenin Blanc. As a minimum requirement Crémant wines must spend at least 9 months on the lees (yeast that falls to the bottom of the bottle, tank or barrel) wheras this one spends 12 months maturing on its lees. 

Tasting Note

On the nose expect golden apple and subtle biscuit notes. On the palate the wine is dry with an elegant feel. 

Can cellar for 3 years



Champagne Deals!! Part 2 of 2 Date published: 20/04/14

Champagne Deals!! Part 2 of 2 

We have some great champagne deals on at the moment in our Pick 'n' Mix selection. This, for example means you qualify for the lower price when you buy a bottle in conjunction with any of the other Pick 'n' Mix wines (still wine or Prosecco/cava etc)

1. Pol Roger Réserve NV £34.98 (Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%)

For me this is one of the most elegant and interesting champagnes I have every tried. A nose reminiscent of dough or ripe cheese, the dairy elements continue onto the palate. This is backed by lemony fruit and a slight nuttiness. The sophisticated option!! 

2. Bollinger Special Cuvée NV £33.31 (Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%) 

A more full bodied, rich and toasty style. 

3. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV £46.63 (Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%) 

A fantastic example of a 'Blanc de Blanc', this rich style of champagne focuses on peach and citrus flavours. A mouthfilling, round texture. Perfect!! Established in 1729, Ruinart is champagnes oldest house. 

Why not treat yourself this Easter?! 

Champagne Deals!! Part 1 of 2 Date published: 19/04/14

Champagne Deals!! Part 1 of 2 


We have some great champagne deals on at the moment in our Pick 'n' Mix selection. This, for example means you qualify for the lower price when you buy a bottle in conjunction with any of the other Pick 'n' Mix wines (still wine or Prosecco/cava etc)

1.   Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV- £16.66 ( Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%)

A  lighter, delicate Rosé champagne with aromas of summer fruits and rose petals. 

2.  Canard-Duchêne Brut NV- £18.99 ( Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%) 

Again we are looking a lighter more crisper style of champagne, with apple notes and a slight biscuity finish. 

3. Nicolas Feuillatte NV- £16.66 ( Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%) 

A little more soft apple a pear in comparison to the Canard-Duchêne with a touch of yeast. Still light in style in comparison to for example Bollinger NV. 

Hopefully some of these bottles have inspired you today. Check out tomorrows post for a more premium selection

Cheers!! 

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.

Somewhere in the store you will find...

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

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...

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(4)

International Merlot Day

7 November 2014 (10:00 - 20:00)

As we head into winter this would be the perfect time to try some different merlots from across the world. Free to try in store on our tasting counter, we can guide you through the wines and suggest food matches.

Open to all

International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

30 August 2014 (09:00 - 19:00)

International Cabernet Sauvignon Day is for wine lovers all over the world to celebrate the great wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon! Expect some different wines on the tasting counter from different regions- available to taste all day

Open to all

Free Wine Course

21 August 2014 (18:00 - 19:30)

This course is designed for people with an interest in wine but who don't necessarily know a lot about it. It is an introduction to wine and will involve basics about wine tasting, food matching and sparkling wine production. And the best thing of all...it's free! If you (and your friends/partner/family members) are interested then sign up before spaces run out!

RSVP

Loire & Beaujolais Spotlight Week

8 August 2014 - 14 August 2014

Join us from 8-14 August when the tasting counter will be laden with summery whites from the Loire Valley and light, fruity reds from Beaujolais - perfect for summer sipping.

Open to all

Store Tasting(7)

What we're tasting today...

Meet the team...

  • Dylan Trainee Manager

    I'm Dylan from Durham in the North East of England. I have just started my Majestic Wine career as a trainee manager in Beverley and I am very excited to be here. For 3 years I had studied Business and Financial Management at the University of Hull and wish to bring what I learnt into Majestic. Currently my favourite wine is the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc with my favourite region of wine to be Malborough in the south island of New Zealand.
  • 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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