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- Veuve Cliquot 18/11/13
- Friends round for the Rugby? 17/11/13
- Winter Tasting Event 17/11/13
- House Full for Sunday Lunch? 16/11/13
- Favourite Wine of Yesterday's Spotlight Tasting 10/11/13
- Bonfire night 05/11/13
- Dreaming of warmer days 05/11/13
- Wine of the week 05/11/13
- Wine Of The Week (WOTW) - Vina Eguia Reserva 2008 02/11/13
- What we are tasting this weekend 24/10/13
- wine of the week - Torres Viña Sol 2012 Catalunya 24/10/13
- This Week I Have Been Mostly Drinking.... 21/10/13
- The Magic of Fine Wine! 18/10/13
- Wine of the week - L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal 18/10/13
- Food And Wine Matching - Just Ask! 14/10/13
- Sherry Baby - A New Range For Majestic 12/10/13
- Wine of the Week - Graham Beck, Antonys Yard, 2009 09/10/13
- My wine list to end all wine lists - James King 07/10/13
- New kid on the Block - Montes Malbec 07/10/13
- Corte Alta - Fizz With Some Change 07/10/13
- Wine of the week - Portillo Malbec 02/10/13
- Pinot Grigio - Serana 2012 01/10/13
- Would you like to taste a fine wine this weekend? 27/09/13
- Paulaner Oktoberfest 26/09/13
- FREE wine tasting! 26/09/13
- Wine of the week - Real Compania Tempranillo 2011 24/09/13
- Spanish wines now 25% off! 24/09/13
- 'Go to' wines for a drizzly day 21/09/13
- Available to taste this weekend... 19/09/13
- South African wines now 25% off! 19/09/13
- Wine of the week - Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 19/09/13
- Spotlight Tasting: Sauvignon Blanc and Interesting Alternatives 16/09/13
- If you like.............A big winter warmer red? 16/09/13
- Fine Wine Tasting Today 14/09/13
- Save 33% on selected wines 13/09/13
- Autumn Fine Wine - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru - This weekend 11/09/13
- Wine of the week - Barista Pinotage 2011/12 11/09/13
- Chardonnay - My go to white 07/09/13
- Start of our Autumn offers 04/09/13
- Wine of the week - Callia Malbec 04/09/13
- Holiday's are here 01/09/13
- Top last minute tips 01/09/13
- My top 3 wines to grab before the price change - James King 30/08/13
- Last Minute Deal - Chilean 20% 30/08/13
- Wine of the week - Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay, 2012 29/08/13
- Wine of the week - Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas 24/08/13
- Bank Holiday weekend opening hours 23/08/13
- Bargain Bubbles 17/08/13
- Wine of the week - Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2012 17/08/13
- Rainy Day Wines 14/08/13
- How About Something different - Beer!! 11/08/13
- Food and wine match - something slightly different - James 08/08/13
- Giesen - August wine of the month - Owain 07/08/13
- What I had last night 05/08/13
- Wine of the week - Copertino 2008, Masseria Monaci 04/08/13
- Wine and Rain - By Owain Jones 04/08/13
- Wedding Congratulations 03/08/13
- If I Was a Wine. 03/08/13
- Owain - Why I like wine! 02/08/13
- Wine of the Week - Gavi Montiero 2012 Rocco 28/07/13
- The Loire Valley 23/07/13
- Wine of the Week - Gestos Malbec 2012, Mendoza 23/07/13
- Saturday Tutorials 19/07/13
- Picture Quiz 19/07/13
- Wine of the Week - Marquis de Pennautier Viognier 19/07/13
- Hurry ! Offers End Monday ! 19/07/13
- Mark's top 5 Chilean wines 17/07/13
- If you like.............Peach and apricot tart 16/07/13
- If you like.......Grilled halloumi cheese with a courgette salad. 15/07/13
- Wine of the week - L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2012 PGI Côtes du Lot 14/07/13
- Picture Quiz 12/07/13
- Great New Beer Offers 09/07/13
- Wine of the week - Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012, Cave de Lugny 07/07/13
- Picture Quiz 05/07/13
- Need a wine expert? 01/07/13
- Majestic wine in Jane MacQuitty's top 100 29/06/13
- Picture Quiz 28/06/13
- Wine of the Week - Mâcon Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 27/06/13
- Wine of the week - Matsu El Picaro 21/06/13
- New sparkling wine offers 21/06/13
- Cracking All Rounders 20/06/13
- If you like......................Asparagus, broad bean and goats cheese risotto. 17/06/13
- Wine of the week - Serena Pinot Grigio 17/06/13
- Pimm's anyone? 16/06/13
- If you like.....Gooseberry Fool. 15/06/13
- Fathers day gift ideas. 15/06/13
- Wine of the Week - Portillo Malbec 15/06/13
- If you like........New Zealand Sauvignon 11/06/13
- Bollinger 11/06/13
- Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough 27/05/13
- Wine of the Week - Amalaya Malbec 24/05/13
- Seasonal Snacks... 18/05/13
- Wine of the Week - Verdicchio di Matelica 2012, Poggio alle Rondini 18/05/13
- Stag’s Leap Chardonnay Karia, Napa Valley 18/05/13
- Top Tips From Our Summer Tasting 17/05/13
- Picture Quiz 17/05/13
- Wine of the Week - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 15/05/13
- If you like... 13/05/13
- If you like... 13/05/13
- Wine of the Week - Falabella Bianco 10/05/13
- Wine of the Week - De Bortoli Chardonnay 2010 02/05/13
- Fine Wine on a shoe string 26/04/13
- Wine of the Week - L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc 2012 24/04/13
- Picture Quiz 19/04/13
- Wine of the Week - Vinho do Monte 19/04/13
- Wine of the Week - Rustenberg RM Nicholson 15/04/13
- If you like........... 11/04/13
- If you like....... 09/04/13
- IF you like........ 08/04/13
- Wine of the Week 07/04/13
- Picture Quiz 05/04/13
- Picture Quiz 30/03/13
- We are closed on Easter Sunday 28/03/13
- Picture Quiz 22/03/13
- Our great deals this Easter 22/03/13
- Attention Bargain Hunters! 14/03/13
- My first 4 months at Majestic 13/03/13
- Majestic Wine Events 12/03/13
- Wine Making 11/03/13
- Boschendal Cabernet/Merlot 11/03/13
- Picture Quiz 08/03/13
- Summer Tasting 05/03/13
- Mature Rioja Internet Exclusive 05/03/13
- Picture Quiz 01/03/13
- Wedding Planning 18/02/13
- Wine Relief 18/02/13
- Picutre Quiz 15/02/13
- Picture Quiz 08/02/13
- Our top 10 bargains. 26/01/13
- Picture Quiz 25/01/13
- Open as usual. 18/01/13
- Long walks and comfort food 13/01/13
- The Bargain Hunt Top 10 07/01/13
- A Christmas Wine Wishlist 09/12/12
- Yachi Da! 01/12/12
- Beaujolais Nouveau 06/11/12
- Spanish Parcel 25/10/12
- Majestic Commercial 13/10/12
- SWIG External Tasting 11/10/12
- Luis Filipe Edwards Tasting 11/10/12
- Marks Mackerel Matchings 02/10/12
- Amazing Spanish Parcel 25/09/12
- Wine Tasting With Majestic - A chance to learn. 15/09/12
- Marks Marathon du Medoc - 8th September 2012 14/09/12
- Changing tastes; A beginner's insight. 13/09/12
- What makes the perfect BBQ? 20/08/12
- Nyetimber tasting 1pm Tuesday 14th. 13/08/12
- The first instalment of The Summer Top 100. Jane MacQuitty's The Saturday Times 21/07/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Cloudy Bay Te Koko 04/07/12
- The Australia Tasting 6 04/07/12
- Fine Wine Friday 30/06/12
- European Champonship Wine Contenders 18/06/12
- Press Recommendations 16/06/12
- The New Zealand Tasting 6 16/06/12
- Press Recommendations 02/06/12
- Jubilee Offers 20/05/12
- Wine Playlist 23/04/12
- Argentina Adventure 23/04/12
- Weekend treats 14/04/12
- Press recommendations 14/04/12
- Summer in the garden. 14/04/12
- Mystery Wine Challenge - The Results! 08/04/12
- Mystery Wine Challenge 06/04/12
- Malbec World Day 17th of April 03/04/12
- Press recommendations 02/04/12
- Easter Feast 26/03/12
- Mystery Wine Challenge - The Results! 25/03/12
- Blind Taste 18/03/12
- Press recommendations 17/03/12
- Press recommendations 13/03/12
- Mothers Day Menu 10/03/12
- Wine of Argentina Tasting. 05/03/12
- South Africa Tasting 17th - 23 rd February 17/02/12
- The Majestic Bargain Hunt 31/01/12
- Christmas Opening hours 06/12/11
- Fine Wine; What's the Difference? 02/09/11
- Fancy a G&T 02/09/11
- Chilean Tasting Week 23/06/11
- Royal Wedding, what about your wedding? 14/04/11
- Welsh Weather 14/04/11
Veuve CliquotDate published: 18/11/13
Veuve Cliquot is one of the most widely recognisable champagnes in the world with it's distinctive yellow label. Founded in 1772 Veuve Cliquot was taken over by Madame Cliquot in 1805 after the death of her husband. At only 27 Madame Cliquot was a young, determined and inspiring young woman who changed the face of champagne with the invention of the riddling table. This allowed champagnes to go from the cloudy wines that had been produced, to the crystal clear styles we know today. She was also the first person to create a vintage champagne, without Madame Cliquot champagne and champagne production today could be very different.
All off this history has lead to the well respected and truly quality wine that is the Veuve Cliquot NV.
We currently running a fantastic 33.3% off deal on a selection wines which includes the Veuve Cliquot NV. This offer ends on the 2nd of December. Why not stock up and add a real touch of elegance to your Christmas festivities
£29.99 when purchased with any other wine from out pick and mix 33.3% selection.
Unit Price £45
Friends round for the Rugby?Date published: 17/11/13
Did they drink all of your beer? Well, don't panic as we have some great deals in store at the moment for you to restock before the next visit. Here are the top tips for restocking your fridge.
Special offer only, £24 per case.
We also stock a range of Welsh Beers to help support the Rugby in style
Gower Gold and Gower Power
£30.60 per cases of 12.
Only £27.60 when you buy any 2 or more cases of selected ales.
Tomos Watkins Cwrf Haf, OSB Braf and Cwrw Braf.
£16.00 per case of 8.
Only £14 per case when you buy any 2 or more cases of selected ales.
Brain's SA Gold
£17.60 per case of 8.
Only £15.60 when you buy any 2 or more cases of selected ales
£16.80 per case of 8.
Only £14.80 when you buy any 2 or more cases of selected ales.
For those of you who prefer cider as you tipple of choice, these no reason to feel left out as we have something for you too.
Tomos Watkins Taffy Apples.
£13.28 per case of 8
Winter Tasting EventDate published: 17/11/13
Winter Tasting Event
With the time flying we are quickly heading towards the event of the winter season. No, I'm not talking about Christmas, but our Winter Tasting. A fantastic FREE event which we would love to invite you all to. We will be hosting this event on the 21st of November from 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to pop in and try some of our exciting new wines, great offers and good old firm favourites. Our winter tasting is always a very popular night with a great atmosphere. Please contact us by phone, or e-mail to book your place. Alternatively just speak to a member of staff when you pop into store. We look forward to seeing you.
House Full for Sunday Lunch?Date published: 16/11/13
HOUSE FULL FOR SUNDAY LUNCH?
RISCAL RIOJA RESERVA MAGNUM
Cook up a storm with some lovely roast lamb, and serve with a glass of the fantastic Riscal Rioja Reserva. Classic summer fruit flavours rounded with toasty oak and silky vanilla, it's a beautiful match for this winter warmer meal.
And the best bit is, with a magnum there's plenty to go round.
All this makes a Riscal Magnum the perfect center piece for your Sunday lunch dinner table.
Favourite Wine of Yesterday's Spotlight TastingDate published: 10/11/13
Favourite Wine of Yesterdays Spotlight Tasting,
The favourite wine from yesterday's Spotlight tasting was so popular I have decided to write a short tasting note about it!
The Turkey Flat, Butchers Block White, Barossa (Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier) £14.99 buy 2 save 20% = £11.99
The three grape varieties are fermented in separate small oak barrels, before being carefully blended to create this multi-layered and expertly balanced Rhóne style white.
It has a rich nose of Peach, pear, ripe apricot and hints of sherbet and pineapple finished by a smokey toastiness. The palate is superbly balanced with great richness and a fresh zippy tang. All the fruits show through on the palate and it has a mineral finish, outstanding! I would recommend this with spatchcock, white truffle and walnut salad.
Bonfire nightDate published: 05/11/13
Remember, remember the 5th of November
Where Majestic has offers galore.
On a great range of wines
that taste just divine
They'll be a great hit that's for sure!
Dreaming of warmer daysDate published: 05/11/13
Dreaming of warmer days
Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino
Time to dream of warmer evenings and indulge in a spot of tapas. A platter or Manchego and curred meats, or maybe a just a bowl of olives and toasted, salted almonds. Partner this up with a glass of our great new Fino. Bone dry and filled with fresh apple and nutty almond flavours, serve nice and chilled, then the only thing missing is the sunshine.
Wine of the weekDate published: 05/11/13
Wine of the week. Mister Shiraz
when bought with any other wine on our 33.3% off Pick and Mix offer.
Unit Price £9.99
Big, bold and packed with fruit. This Mr isn't the wallflower type! Crying out for a big winter warmer meal, like a sausage casserole, or a steak pie. This bargain bottle is one not to be missed.
Wine Of The Week (WOTW) - Vina Eguia Reserva 2008Date published: 02/11/13
666, The number of the Beast! Iron Maiden sang this with gusto back on the the Seminal album of the same name. 30 years on, I was wondering, would the mighty Maiden now be singing Vina Eguia, The wine choice of the Beast? At the moment, as part of the 33% off Pick 'N' Mix offer we have in store, the Vina Eguia is down from £9.99 a bottle to a Devilishly Fantastic £6.99.
I know it's a bit late for a Halloween based joke so why not stock up for an explosive Guy Fawkes night with this cracking little Rioja.
What we are tasting this weekendDate published: 24/10/13
Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisboa - a blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. This wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak. On the nose this wine displays cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. On the palate, you get a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannin.
Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2012, M. Chapoutier - A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liqorice and a subtle finish.
Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca - A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.
Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012, PGI cotes de Gascogne - A fruity nose with cut grass aromas, ripe grapefruit on the crisp palate and a fresh finish.
Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2012, Marques de la Concordia, Rueda - Lively aromas of greenery and citrus fruit in the sauvignon vein, accompanied by softer, melon and petal touches. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, with a lemony zing.
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough - New Zealand in a glass, vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.
Torres Vina Sol 2012, Catalunya - Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshing crisp wine.
Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2009, Cantina Negrar - The fruity bouquet shows black cherries and prunes, as well as a hint of sweet spice. Full bodied and rich, the palate follows the nose. Structured, yet velvety tannins provide sufficient backbone to serve with game, grilled meats and full-flavoured cheeses.
wine of the week - Torres Viña Sol 2012 CatalunyaDate published: 24/10/13
Origin - Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870.
Tasting note - Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.
Enjoy this wine pre or post siesta with a fish dish.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Drinking....Date published: 21/10/13
Cousino-Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Something new, something old which will keep you from going blue this winter. This a well measured, warming cab that has benefited from a bit of bottle aging. This is pretty rare chance to try something a bit older from Chile, considering that most of our Chilean range are youthful, purple, fruit forward and typically a Merlot ( or Carmenere, Syrah or even Pinot Noir). Cabernet is quite not the first thing you go for when it come to Chile!
This has all the lovely dark fruit that you want from a Cab, but with a little bit more subtlety on the mid palate and a mellow finish; this does not have the punch of alcohol that its younger siblings tend to have.
So let's talk about price, and the thing that makes this wine even more appealing. It's £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more. OMG! That is a brilliant price for a wine that could be worth at least £10-15. (If it was from the South Western area of a particular country, famous for this grape variety, it could even possibly more!!)
Come and get a couple of bottles, before I get them all.
The Magic of Fine Wine! Date published: 18/10/13
From today we will have available to taste, the 2010 vintage Chateau Senejac, Cru Bourgeois - £23 Buy 2 selected Fine Wine save £10 - £18.00
Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.
Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.
Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.
Wine of the week - L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 RigalDate published: 18/10/13
Wine of the week - L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal -
£8.99Buy 2 save £3 - £7.49
One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.
Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.
Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs
Food And Wine Matching - Just Ask!Date published: 14/10/13
We had another successful Wine Course yesterday, which Kelly Ann (Although painfully unwell) conducted with cool professionalism. Everybody had their fill of good wine and had a lot of fun with the food matches. It was an education for them all, in figuring out what works, on an individual and general level.
At the end of the evening the group started to discuss the benefits of matching the right meal with the right wine. In the past they had struggled as they would like a certain wine and choose it based on that alone, without ever thinking about what they were eating.
This is the great thing about Majestic; if you want to plan an audacious 4 course meal, you can guarantee that somebody in store will enthusiastically pick a selection of wines to match whatever your planning on serving up.
Come in to store now and let our imaginations do the hard work.
Sherry Baby - A New Range For MajesticDate published: 12/10/13
We've sourced a new Range of Sherries that will hopefully dispel the illusion that this wonderfully versatile wine isn't a drink for Toffs or people of a certain age. The Pedro's range encompasses the classic examples and an extra special, not often seen example, in the shape of Palo Cortado; considered the most elegant of the Sherry types. So, we have:-
Pedro's Fino - £8.99 a bottle - Golden and yeasty - It has been blended with older wine in the Solera to give it extra depth and complexity. Amazing with seafood and lovely on its own, chilled.
Pedro's Amontillado - £9.99 a bottle - This is dark, rich and nutty - typical of a good Amontillado - It is much bigger than the fino and would be best served with white meats, spicy Asian Dishes or if you fancy a snack, some nuts and dried fruit.
Pedro's Oloroso - £11.99 a bottle - Heavier and sweeter style - it doesn't have the expressive flor characters of Amontillado - this is best served with game meats
Pedro's Palo Cortado - £14.99 a bottle - The ultimate Sherry - It is the perfect blend between Amontillado (The finesse of the flor) and Oloroso (power and body)
With the Festive Season looming large, why not come and do some early celebrating with us at Majestic now.
Wine of the Week - Graham Beck, Antonys Yard, 2009Date published: 09/10/13
Wine of the Week - Graham Beck, Antonys Yard, 2009 Buy 2 South African wines save 20%
Bordeaux style, produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This is then aged for 12 months in French oak to help integration and impart extra complexities and texture.
Aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length.
My wine list to end all wine lists - James KingDate published: 07/10/13
My wine list to end all wine lists - James King
After today I will have 3 more days working for Majestic wines, sad as I am to be leaving, I have gained an invaluable knowledge of wine which will fuel my new expensive taste in trying as many of them as possible.
For my last 3 days I have chosen my 3 favourite wines since joining Majestic a year ago.
Number 1: Masi Campofiorin - This Italian Stallion was one of the first wines I tried at Majestic and is still one of my favourites. It has all the bold and big flavours of a typical Italian red, but with an added velvety quality which has yet to be matched for me. I've never felt closer to the Godfather style of life than when with a glass of this in my hand (and a fedora when no-ones looking).
Number 2: Cloudy Bay Pelorus - I'm struggling to think of a Champagne I would definitely take over this New Zealand bubbly. It has the yeasty complexity I look for in Champagne having spent time on it's lees, with the freshness of green apples tingling the tongue. There certainly isn't a Champagne that comes close to it in the same price bracket!
Number 3: Sexy Beast Cabernet, Two Hands - Along with being my nickname (by my imaginary friends), this is the wine which blew me away the most. Beast is the best word to describe it as it fills the mouth with rich fruit and has more body than Johnny Vegas. Sublime.
There are many more which I could have considered, but these 3 take the biscuit... just.
Come in to store within the next 3 days if you want to discuss your favourite wines with me.
New kid on the Block - Montes MalbecDate published: 07/10/13
New kid on the Block - Montes Malbec
With Argentina leading the charge with Malbec, we tend to forget that Chile, Its not too distant neighbour, is making waves of its own. More importantly, it has been for a 100 years! Chile is representing fantastic value for money at the moment and this is a prime example.
The dark and intense colour promises a deep intense flavour and it doesn't disappoint. Packed with blueberry and raspberry fruit, it is elegantly followed by vanilla and butterscotch. Ever so smooth with a light savoury quality.
If you're looking for an alternative to Italian reds with a spaghetti bolognese, then look no further!
At just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more, it gives the Italians a run for their money. Single bottle price £9.99.
Corte Alta - Fizz With Some ChangeDate published: 07/10/13
Have you got a party to arrange? getting the family together for a special occasion, maybe a wedding or maybe you just like the sensation of bubbles in your mouth on a work night. We've got the Prosecco Corte Alta at a very special price at the moment; normally £10.49, you can buy 2 for the fantastic price of £6.99 a bottle.
This Prosecco has a beautiful crisp acidity and a wonderful balance of fruits, with pear at the beginning and a zing of green apple on the finish. A friend of mine married in the summer and picked this sparkler out of a wide choice that I supplied him to try. It made the day extra special and assured that I kept the happy couple's friendship.
Why not come in to store today and pick up a few bottles to try today. Prosecco this good is hard to pass up!
Wine of the week - Portillo MalbecDate published: 02/10/13
Wine of the Week - Portillo Malbec
Just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more, single bottle price £9.99
Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.
An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.
Try this with a lightly spicy lamb and date tagine.
If you don't have your trusty tagine to hand... then I suggest drinking it with a roaring fire, as it's getting to that time of year!
Pinot Grigio - Serana 2012Date published: 01/10/13
This week the Serana Pinot Grigio is down to a stonking £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more.
It's not often that I'm drawn to Pinot Grigio from Italy; Pinot Gris from the Alsace or maybe an attempt from the New Zealanders, but not Italian. They pick the grapes early, retaining a lot of acidity and some pleasant enough flavors of Lemons and a touch of florality. A little bit bland (and dare I say it!?) a little bit boring.
However, I do like the Serana. Delicate and crisp but an obvious punch of citrus that sometimes isn't there with Pinot Grigio. At this price too, you'd be hard to find a better, everyday drinking wine.
Get some in while It's at this cracking offer!
Would you like to taste a fine wine this weekend?Date published: 27/09/13
Would you like to taste a fine wine this weekend?
From today we have the St Clair Pioneers Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 open to taste. The wine is on offer from £19.99 to just £15.99 when you buy more than one.
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.
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.
Paulaner OktoberfestDate published: 26/09/13
We now have the Paulaner Oktoberfest in stock and it's available in a case of 20*500ml Bottles @ £2 each. We do sell out fast so be sure to pick yours up as soon as you can.
FREE wine tasting!Date published: 26/09/13
This Saturday we will be running a free wine tasting themed around The Syrah/Shiraz grape variety and its different influences from around the world. We will cover the Rhone and other blends from the south of France, some of best value Shiraz and Barossa bombs.
We will be holding our 30 minute spotlight tastings at 12noon and 3pm hosted by our knowledgeable staff, but if that's inconvenient for you we will be happy to run through the wines with you at any point over the weekend!
Alongside these tastings we will have a selection of Pinot Noirs and a premium Sauvignon Blanc open and also some of our Spanish range which are enjoying a massive 25% off until Monday!
Wine of the week - Real Compania Tempranillo 2011Date published: 24/09/13
A sour cherry and cranberry explosion in the mouth; this is Spain in a glass. I can see it now, you've got a sombrero on, fighting a bull and drinking this wine all at once. Let's see what this Royal Company is all about:-
Real Compañía de Vinos was established in 2007 by Bodegas Muriel, as a project focusing on producing single-varietal wines from both Spanish and international grape varieties. This Tempranillo comes from 30-70-year-old vineyards in Manchuela, to the east of La Mancha.
£5.59 when you buy this with any other Spanish Wine - Bargain!
Spanish wines now 25% off!Date published: 24/09/13
Yes that's right, Spanish wines are now 25% off.
If you've been considering that paella or juicy steak then now is the time to get its perfect partner.
Here are some of my favourites!
Lagunilla Rioja Reserva 2008 - The perfect balance between meatiness and elegance, with those enticing spicy aromatics.
£6.56 when 2 or more Spanish wines are bought, single unit price £8.74
Vina Eguia, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 - Mature fruit, exhibiting raisin and prunes, followed by a silky mouth-feel with vanilla and leather.
£8.43 when 2 or more Spanish wines are bought, single unit price £11.24
Marques de Vargas, Rioja Reserva 2008 - I tried this for the 1st time last wek and it has become one of my absolute favourite wines! Velvety smooth with rich and dense fruit, SUBLIME!
£14.05 when 2 or more Spanish wines are bought, single unit price £18.74
No time to waste!
'Go to' wines for a drizzly dayDate published: 21/09/13
Go to wines for a drizzly day
I'm feeling betrayed by the weatherman once again. 'Heat wave' they said, 'sunbathe' they said... All I've seen so far is a typical Welsh mist, one which doesn't seem so bad but once inside you are somehow soaking wet.
Well to combat this out and out lie from the wannabe Michael Fish, I have come up with my top 3 wines to beat the drizzly blues.
Number 1: A Spanish red with plenty of backbone. The Muga Rioja Reserva 2009, a beautifully elegant wine backed by layers of fruit and sweet spice, and a finish to compete with the end of the Lord of the Rings book (very long indeed)
£13.99 as part of our 20% off Spanish wines offer, single bottle price £17.49
Number 2: A low priced beauty. The Beyerskloof Pinotage 2012, Western Cape. The drizzly weather needs a bit of spice, and what better way than in this Pinotage with its spiciness perfectly complimenting the berry and fig flavours.
£6.37 as part of the 25% off South Africa wines offer, single bottle price £8.49
Number 3: An Argentinian of Maradona quality. The Callia Bella Malbec 2012, San Juan. Bramble and smokey; just as it should be, a wine of real quality, punching above it's weight (no reference to Maradona's current weight).
£5.99! Yes I said £5.99 when you buy 2 or more. Single bottle price £8.99
If these wines don't do the trick we have plenty more and I won't be offended if you come in and try some others on our tasting counter, even if I did pick these out especially for you.
Available to taste this weekend...Date published: 19/09/13
Available to taste this weekend we will have a selection of Sauvignons from around the world displaying differing styles from differing Terriors and also different wine-making techniques used to produce wines from this very popular variety. This will all be backed up with our free spotlight tastings run by our enthusiastic staff at either 12 noon or 3pm. If you cant make these times we will be happy to run through the wines with you at your convenience
Also this weekend we will be opening the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir, 2011 from Martinborough NZ. Martinborough is known for producing some top quality Pinot Noir's and is home to some of the oldest vines in New Zealand. This is no exception, the minimalist wine-making ensures the wine has a sense of place and that the quality of fruit really shines through.
We hope to see you over the weekend!
South African wines now 25% off!Date published: 19/09/13
South African wines now 25% off!
We have improved the offer on our South African range to 25% off until Monday 23rd September. South Africa can be the the source of some fantastic value single varietal wines as well as some top quality wines coming from wineries such as Rustenburg, Vergelegan an Kanonkop. Here are some of my recommendations;
Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2012/2013 -
£6.99Buy 2 South African wines save 25% £5.24 - In the warm and dry climate in the Robertson Valley lies this winery with the same name. It is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence for this classic Sauvignon Blanc.
Robertson Winery Merlot 2012 -
£6.99Buy 2 South African wines save 25% £5.24 - The Robertson Winery is recognised today as one of South Africa’s leading cellars and makes a classic Merlot. Rich, dark red in colour with juicy ripe plum flavours on the palate combined with sweet black cherry notes.
Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Darling, Western Cape -
£7.49Buy 2 South African wines save 25% £5.62 - The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. 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.
Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch -
£12.49Buy 2 South African wines save 25% £9.36 - This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration. Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.
Vergelegen Chardonnay 2012 Stellenbosch -
£11.24Buy 2 South African wines save 25% £8.42 - Sourced from Vergelegen’s premium vineyards located on south-southwest facing slopes, fruit for the Chardonnay is grown on Helderberg granite or Clovelly soils. Grapes were whole bunch pressed prior to fermentation and 40% aged in French oak. Pale golden coloured with powerful and intense citrus and biscuit aromas. A concentrated palate of ripe stone-fruit, toasty vanillin oak and fresh acidity. A long and fruity finish.
Meerlust Merlot 2009 Stellenbosch -
£21.00Buy 2 South African wines save 25% £15.74 - The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity. Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.
Wine of the week - Robertson Winery Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 19/09/13
Wine of the week - Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Just £5.61 as part of the 20% off South Africa
single unit price £7.49
Established in 1943, Robertson Winery is now one of the largest estates in South Africa boasting a hugely diverse terroir. The vineyards are situated in the Robertson Valley, 160 miles from Cape Town, bordered by mountains and rivers, with a low annual rainfall.Taste
Deep red in colour. Rich mulberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas with flavours of dark berries and plum, are enhanced by soft, rounded tannins and a fruit-driven finish.Enjoy
A wine that can age for up to three years or be enjoyed now with roast beef or a hearty stew.
Spotlight Tasting: Sauvignon Blanc and Interesting AlternativesDate published: 16/09/13
Sauvignon Blanc and Interesting Alternatives.
Everyone has their go to wine and for many of us when it come to white it's a Sauvignon Blanc, often from New Zealand. If this is the case then why not join us for one of Spotlight Tastings on Saturday the 21st of September either at 12:00 or 15:00. During a 30min tasting we are going to be trying a selection of wines, some of which will be great Sauvignons, while others with be wines of a similar style from around the world. This will give you a great opportunity to branch out and try some grape varieties which may be new to you, and to possibly find a new favourite! If you would like to join us, then feel free to pop in for either tasting. We look forward to seeing you.
If you like.............A big winter warmer red?Date published: 16/09/13
If you like............A big winter warmer red?
Then why not try the Conde de San Cristobal, Ribero del Duero
£13.99 When you buy any 2 or more Spanish wines.
Unit Price £17.49
This fantastic wine was a highlight from our Spotlight on Spain tasting last Saturday. This comes from a small boutique winery, where quality is everything. Spending time in not only French and American Oak, there is also time spent in Russian oak. This combination of oak adds great complexity to the wine. Also blended with the Tempranillo are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give extra structure.
Warm spices, vanilla, berry fruit, plums, this wine has so much going on. Great length, and perfect balance shows the quality you are getting in the glass. Drink now or if you can hide it away for up to ten years. For now my plan is to get to the butchers to get some tasty lamb shanks, grab a bottle and cosy up at home.
Fine Wine Tasting TodayDate published: 14/09/13Fine Wine Tasting Today
Today our tasting counter is bursting with interesting things for you to try. On top of our great Spanish spotlight tastings being held at 12:00 and 3:00pm, we are opening the second of our fine wines this month.
The fine wine we have for you to taste today is the Jadot Beaune 1er Cru.
£20 when you buy any 2 or more wines on our Fine Wines at house prices offer.
Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult grapes to grow, so to nurture these vines and produce great wine takes real skill in both the vineyard and the winery.
The thin skin of the Pinot Noir grape make it's wines lighter then wines made from Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. The region it is produced in has a dramatic effect on the style produced, and it is a variety that reflects it terroir more than any other. Bugundy is the spiritual home of Pinot Noir and as such some of the most famous and sort after wines come from this area.
This wine is from the appellation of Beaune where there are 28 Premier Cru sites. Grapes come from many of the Premier Cru sites across this appellation allowing the best characteristic from each area to be captured. The winemaker Jacques Lardiere believes in simple winemaking allowing the purity of fruit and vineyard's character to shine.
Aromas of cherry fruit and savoury spice, leads to a body of warm sweet fruit and silky soft tannins. Pinot Noir is a classic match for game, My favourite is to pair it with Duck and goose fat roast potatoes.
Why not come in and try this wine with us, we would love to hear what you think.
Save 33% on selected winesDate published: 13/09/13
Save 33% on selected wines!
We all love a bargain, and it looks like our buyers have once a again secured a great selection for you too choose from. If it's a glass of fizz your after or an easy going red, I think we've got something to tempt the taste buds.
Here are the wines we have for you to choose from. These deals only run until Monday the 23rd of September so get in quick to avoid disappointment.
Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage. £17.99 when you buy any 2 selected wines
A long running favourite. This great value vintage champagne. Soft and rich with classic apple flavours, rounded with creamy vanilla.
Piper Heidsieck Brut £19.99 when you buy any 2 selected wines.
Well balanced and approachable. This champagne has rich ripe fruit flavours combined with a citrus edge
Nicolas Feuillatte NV £15.99 when you buy any 2 selected wines.
A lovely easy drinking light style of champagne. Delicate bubbles with ripe apple flavours.
Prosecco Zonin £6.66 when you buy any 2 selected wines.
Soft and fruity with flavours of pear and apple. This is perfect as a party tipple.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc. £5.99 when you buy any 2 selected wines.
Gooseberry and citrus on the palate with zingy acidity, this is great Marlborough Sauvignon.
Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo £4.99 when you buy and 2 selected wines.
Lashings of red berry fruit, this medium-bodied wine is a perfect match for pork chops.
Autumn Fine Wine - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru - This weekendDate published: 11/09/13
This weekend we will be opening a proper Pinot Noir - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru - The appellation of Beaune has no grand Cru sites, but many Premier Cru sites. It is not the best situated are for grape growing in Burgundy, but it always consistent. This is due to the availabilty of good grapes from several Premier Cru sites, (Beaune has 28 Premier Cru Sites and 322 ha of land) being included in the blend, making a richer and more complex wine as a result.
The wine is filled with fantastic Red and black cherries. with a savoury note and warm leather and spices coming through on the finish. I find the nose it reminiscent of farmyard characteristics - sounds strange, but you'll see what I mean.
Sorry to mention the dreaded C word, but Christmas is around the corner. Pinot Noir is the perfect partner to a juicy turkey dinner. If your like me and you don't want to think about jingling bells and ho ho ho's, you may want to treat yourself to a lovely duck dinner, maybe even a bit of pork belly and a nice bit of crackling.
The Beaune Premier Cru is on offer- £25 for 1 or you can buy 2 for £20 a bottle. You could mix it up and get another bottle of of something nice on our buy 2 save £10 fine wine deal running at the moment.
Please join us this weekend for a real treat and I promise.. No more Christmas talk for at least 2 months!
Wine of the week - Barista Pinotage 2011/12Date published: 11/09/13
With the new Autumn offer under way it seems that a lot of people have been overlooking the South African contingent. This week, we've decided to bring a little bit of Bok spirit to the tasting counter; ladies and gentleman, here is the Barista Pinotage.
Pinotage is a relatively new clone - a mix of Pinot Noir and Cinsault - that has quickly developed a reputation for being the grape that makes SA recognisable to the International wine community. It is a robust grape, producing a smoky characteristic with mulberry and plums showing through,
This particular effort, as the name suggests, has a coffee element. It is a unique and expressive wine which will keep you warm with the change of season.
£9.49 a bottle or £7.59 when you buy any 2 South African wines; it will compliment the Billatong perfectly
Chardonnay - My go to whiteDate published: 07/09/13
Whether it's a big buttery style, an elegant, nutty style or a gun flint, acid laden beast, I just love Chardonnay. Not even satisfied with the still wines, It's a champagne maker's grape of choice, and the New World too! You can't beat a good blanc de blanc, try the Lindauer!It's a Chardonnay feast too at Majestic, with a range of New and Old World styles to try from. Here are my top 3 on the counter at the minute.
Domain Begude 2012 - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 - Delicious and full - This is a sign oif great things from the South of France.
Septimo Dia Chardonnay - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 - A really interesting one - has quite a touch of oak - Almost tastes like root beer - Yum!
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay - £27.50 or £20 a bottle when you buy 2 or more - Amazing and I've got to say - way better that the Sauvignon - Real care and attention has gone in to this wine - come and have a go and see for yourselves.
Chardonnay, in my opinion, is the best white grape in the World!
Start of our Autumn offersDate published: 04/09/13Start of our Autumn offers
With the beginning of our new Autumn offers, there's plenty to get excited about. With 20% off our Spanish range, 20% of our South African range, and a 1/3 off selected Fizz, there's lots of bargains to be had. We've also got plenty of new wines that we can't wait to tell you about.
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva
Now down to £10.99 when you buy any 2 or more Spanish wines.
This is one for the classic Rioja fans. From a very well known and respected winery. Powerful soft summer fruits balanced with a lick of toasty oak. Grab a plater of ham and cheese and tuck into a bottle of this.
£5.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Then when it comes to great value this wine hit's the spot. So far the Callia has picked up a Decanter Bronze award and is their 'Must try' red in this month magazine. Lashings of fruit with sweet spice.
Gieson Brothers Sauvignon
£11.99 when you buy 2 or more.
A small proportion of this wine has been aged in French oak, giving is lovely added complexity. Classic Marlborough characteristics of cut grass and gooseberry, alongside ripe pineapple and floral notes. Another great wine to come out of Marlborough.
Wine of the week - Callia MalbecDate published: 04/09/13
Callia Bella Malbec 2012 San Juan
Unit price £8.99
When you buy 2 save £6
This wine has met with high praise. So far it has won a decanter Bronze award and it's this month's Decanter 'Must try' red. Powerful blueberry and cherry fruit with some sweet spice from well balanced oak. Soft tannins with a lovely long finish, this wine is a cracking bargain. Why not pop in and have a taste to see, what everyone is talking about.
Holiday's are hereDate published: 01/09/13Holiday's are here
Next week I will be on my holidays, and there are a number of wines that I have been waiting to buy and enjoy throughout the week.
The first is my largest outlay, and perhaps the one I'm most looking forward to. With our current offers drawing to a close, I have been sampling as much as possible, and I thought that there was no better way to finish than with the wine which has gained an enigmatic status with me. The Guidalberto from Tuscany. This wine is often referred to as the 'little brother' of the famous Sassicaia, and team members at Majestic have given it a fantastic endorsement. I think it will take a fair bit of decanting before drinking though!
Part of the fine wine deal at £26 with any other fine wine in the deal.
Secondly, I will be venturing into New Zealand and taking advantage of the 20% off all NZ wines offer ending this Monday. The first of my 2 NZ wines will be the Escarpment Pinot Noir. I am a huge fan of reds with soft and supple tannins and fruit character. This is a cracking example of that and then some! I think I will also take the Majestic's food match advice and enjoy with crisp pork belly, my mouth is already watering.
The second NZ wine will be the ever trustworthy Ned Pinot Noir, the superbly balanced and rounded red fruit flavours followed by the smokiness makes this a very drinkable wine. As its quite a light red, this can be matched perfectly with a Turkey dish.
Escarpment Pinot Noir £17.59 as part of the New Zealand deal. Unit price£22.00
Ned Pinot Noir £9.99 as part of the New Zealand deal. Unit price £12.49
Last and by no means least I'll be getting a crate of Peroni as it is just £1 a bottle! Perfect match for my match of the day night in, hopefully following a Cardiff City win!
Top last minute tipsDate published: 01/09/13
Top last minuite tips.
So, you've seen James and Owain's top tips on the wines to stock up on before the offers end. Not to be left out, here are my favourites. With so many to choose from it's a difficult one. In no particular order, here they are.
La Casetta Valpolicella Ripasso
This wine has been such a long running favourite of mine. Intense, full bodied and complex. Some of the fermented dried skins from Amarone are added to this wine to bring added power and depth. Filled with Cherry, plum and vanilla flavours, it really is beautiful. A great wine to try for Amarone fans or just anyone looking for something special from Italy.
£12.73 when you buy any 2 or more wine from Italy. Unit price £16.99
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc.
What do I really need to say about this wine. I'm sure I am already preaching to the converted. Fantastic classic Marlborough Sauvignon, gooseberry and grass with lovely complexity. We just can't get enough of it. This will sadly be going off offer on Monday so it's a great time to stock up, especially as I'm convinced we haven't seen the last of the sun.
£7.99 when you buy any 2 or more New Zealand wines. Unit price £9.99
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Piont Noir
Now for those of you that know me, you know I love my Pinot Noir and this one is no exception. It's still a bit of a well kept secret, but I'll let you in on it. The Decanter silver medal award speaks for itself. Subtle aromas of violets and soft berry fruits lead on to an elegant palate with fine tannins. This wine is a great match for another favourites of mine, duck.
£10.99 when you buy any 2 or more Chilean wines. Unit price £13.74
My top 3 wines to grab before the price change - James KingDate published: 30/08/13
There are some price changes coming up and there is limited time to take advantage of these great deals!
Number 1 - one of my absolute favourite wines and it just happens to be on the Italian 25% off deal. The Campofiorin 2009 Masi. This Italian stallion has the silky and velvet quality of a wine way above its price range. Mouth filling ripe cherries with a underlying flavour of vannilla and cinnamon. I can't recommend it highly enough. Just £9.36 as part of the Italian deal.
Number 2 - A recent addition to my favourites list is the Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 McLaren Vale. Another velvety and smooth wine, this time with a toasty oak and cedar note on the palate which backs up the gorgeous blackcurrant and blackberry burst initially. Just £11.98 on the Australian 20% off deal.
Number 3 - Last and by no means least is Contesa Pecorino 2012 IGT Colline Pescaresi (or just Pecorino for short...). Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity. This is a great alternative to the Pinot Grigio. Just £7.49 on the Italian 25% off deal. (this is also on our tasting counter this weekend)
Don't be afraid to come in and ask about the wines, we are happy to help!
James King - Majestic Cardiff
Last Minute Deal - Chilean 20%Date published: 30/08/13
Our Summer deals are ending next week so this weekend will be a good opportunity to get some last minute deals. Here are 3 wines I think you should get, before it's too late;-
Santa Ema - £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy any other Chilean wine - Mineral and citrus notes; this wine really punches above its weight. A big change from NZ sauvignon and an absolute bargain.
LFE Signature Merlot - £7.99 or £5.79 when you buy 2 or more - Plums and a lovely mouthfeel - This is a wine that will make any occassion tolerable - It's a real staff favourite and a hearty midweek glugger!
Chateau Los Boldos - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more - New and fresh! This is a newby but a goodie - It's not your typical New World Chardommay - less oak and much more in a Chablis mould! Peacha nd green apple with a zingy, crisp finish. Unlike a good Chablis, It's well under the £10 mark. Yummy Price!
Hurry though, these deals will finish on Tuesday!
Wine of the week - Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay, 2012Date published: 29/08/13
Wine of the week - Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay, 2012
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.
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.
Wine of the week - Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías BaixasDate published: 24/08/13
Wine of the week - Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas
Available for just £7.99 when you buy as part of a mixed case!
Single unit price £9.99
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, overlaid with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.
Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.
02 October 2012
A good one
(2011) Martin Códax is one of Spain's most consistent producers from vintage to vintage, but from what I've tasted the 2011 vintage in this part of Galicia was a good one lending this subtly peachy white extra vim and zest. (David Williams, The Observer, 16th September 2012)
Bank Holiday weekend opening hoursDate published: 23/08/13
This Bank Holiday weekend we will be open
9am-7pm Saturday 24/08
10am-5pm Sunday 25/08
10am-5pm Monday 26/08
Look forward to seeing you!
Bargain BubblesDate published: 17/08/13
It's party season, and no party is complete without a few bottles of something sparkly.
But which to choose I hear you ask?
Prosecco La Marca Cuvee is my answer!
I tried this with my girlfriend for the first time last night and we were both won over immediately. It's crisp, complex flavours of apricot and pear linger long on the palate. It's soft and medium bodied, deliciously sparkling, and incredible value at just £9.99.
Wine of the week - Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 17/08/13Wine of the week - Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Unit price £7.99
A great new addition to our range this fantastic Sauvignon really gives New Zealand a run for it's money. An intensely aromatic Sauvignon blanc with aromas of asparagus and grass with a zippy citrus filled palate. . Match this up with a goats cheese tart for a delicious lunch.
Rainy Day WinesDate published: 14/08/13
When the weather takes a turn for the worse, I can't help but turn to my attentions back to red wine. Not just any red wine either; generally I go for some Italian reds. They are comforting, medium bodied and filled with heady Mediterranean essence that makes me forget the horrors of Welsh weather. So here are my top 3 reds for such occasions.
Surani Costarossa Primitivo - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles - A real star, this wine is full of bramble fruit and has a wonderful mouth feel - Much more restrained than it's American counterpart - Zinfandel - It is heaven in a glass at a very good price.
De Forville Barbera D'Alba - £9.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines - Always consistent and a powerful wine. Cherries on the palate is long and lasting - Fantastic stuff
Grifone Sangiovese - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more Italian wines - This wine is perfect if you want to please a crowd of people; possibly as miserable as yourselves about the weather! It's got lovely cranberry and sour cherry notes.
Also, this week, we see Italian reds going on to an even better deal - 25% off rather than 20% - Another reason to pick up these gems!
How About Something different - Beer!!Date published: 11/08/13
We may have have had a hot summer, but sometimes it takes a slightly taller drink to quench that Summer thirst. Heaven forbid we put a bit of lemonade in wine to make the dreaded Spritzer; no need to feel ashamed... Maybe just a bit :)
So beer it is then; Let's go though some of my beer choices:-
Samuel Adams - 24 x £1.29 - I love this beer - It's now made in the UK by Shepperd Neame - Who also make Spitfire and other such Ales. This beer is less American generic; lovingly crafted and, as I'd expect from a beer maker of Shepperd Neame's quality, Hop driven and heavenly. It's still refreshing and thirst quenching just with a lot more flavour.
This is the perfect beer for that summer BBQ; interesting, light and full on!
Get yours now!
Food and wine match - something slightly different - JamesDate published: 08/08/13
Food and wine match
Last night I decided to go for the slightly different and veer away from normal choices of NZ Sauvignon blanc or Rioja and look for a food wine match that I hadn't tried before. I tried the aromatic combination of Hoisin duck and a off-dry Riesling. If you are imagining a large succulent duck roasted with an array of oriental accompaniments, then you will be disappointed. That was the original plan, but it ended up with the City Kitchen Hoisin duck ready meal. Now there's nothing wrong with this and shouldn't take any validity away from the recommendation at all!
After trawling the Rieslings that we have to offer, I settled on the interesting Wehlener Klosterberg Riesling Spätlese 2001 from the producer C. H. Berres. (I've checked spelling several times to make sure this is correct as German isn't my strong suit).
This wine is part of the limited parcel Majestic acquired from Mosel, so it seemed a bit special to me and it didn't disappoint (unlike my cooking skills). The strong peach and honey flavour backed with the aromatic punch was perfectly harmonious with the Hoisin duck's sweetness and aromatic flavours. It had a long long lasting finish along with the velvety smooth texture.
This wine was only £9.99 and if this is the quality standard in Mosel for this price range then I shall definitely be venturing back into Germany to see what else they can surprise me with.
Giesen - August wine of the month - OwainDate published: 07/08/13
I have to say, the Giesen offer at £5.99 is absolutely brilliant. This is why you should get yours today:-
* It's only £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!
* It's a great example of NZ Sauvignon - More restrained than most
* It's cracking with a Chinese.
* It's fashionable to drink NZ Sauvignon - be one of the trend setters.
* The Ned - Although fantastic - is £7.99 at the moment - Time for an alternative
* Did I mention it's only £5.99!!!
Get down to Cradiff Majestic and get yours now!
What I had last nightDate published: 05/08/13
Last Night I had the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - a fantastic £5.99 a bottle at the moment, when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines.
Having nothing in the fridge, my significant other and I decided to have an alternative Sunday dinner, or as I also like to call it, chinese food.
This wine was a perfect match for the chinese for so many reasons; and here are thoses reasons:-
* Good level of acidity, broke through the delicious grease of the fried delight.
* A more mineral and citrus quality went well with the sweet and sour element of the meal.
* Light and easy drinking; perfect harmony between the heavyness of the food.
* A great price! It's a very good sauvignon for no money - pays the delivery charge and more.
All in all, this wine helped me balance my ying and yang and made a wet Sunday a real pleasure.
Wine of the week - Copertino 2008, Masseria MonaciDate published: 04/08/13
Wine of the week - Copertino 2008, Masseria Monaci
Only £6.79 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case, and there is 20% off all Italian wines!
£8.49 single bottle price
Copertino DOC is named after the town of Copertino, but also includes five other villages.
This area is located in the heel of the Italian boot. These reds are made mostly from the dark skinned Negroamaro grape and this particular one is made solely from this grape from the fruit of 10-30 year old vines.
Thick and luscious with dark, plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box synonymous with the Negroamaro grape. Well balanced and soft on the palate, this is an intriguing wine indeed.
This wine has Italy coursing through its veins, so it has to be matched with the iconic dishes of Italy, pizza and pasta of course!
Wine and Rain - By Owain JonesDate published: 04/08/13
Rain, rain I loath you so,
I'll have to put away my prosecco,
It's time again to have a red,
A cheeky rioja or the Pinot Ned,
I'll grab a shiraz, or a cab, I'll have them with a stew; maybe a kebab,
Goodbye PG, we loved you so,
It's time for a Copertino.
Our wine of the week this week is the Copertino - Only £6.79 when you buy any other Italian wine - As part of our 20% deal.
Wedding CongratulationsDate published: 03/08/13Wedding Congratulations
The team at Majestic Cardiff would like to send out our congratulations
to all the happy couples that have got married today. To the couples who
have brought their wines from us, we hope we helped in a small way to
make your day a real success. We're just sorry we couldn't supply the
weather for you. Although the sun has come out for this afternoon,
hopefully just in time for your photo's. So we'll be raising a glass to
you all today, congratulations!
If I Was a Wine.Date published: 03/08/13
If I was a wine, I'd be the Matsu El Picaro - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more - For these Reasons.
* Having just arrived from Cardiff Bay, I'm a bit of a new kid on the block; just like the Matsu wines.
* I Have got a little bit of age but I'm young in flavour and heart.
* I'm bold and strong.
* I'm great at dinner parties or at social events with friends.
* I'm great value, and punch well below my weight in the grand scheme of things.
* I haven't been around too long, but I imagine I'll be Consistently good and a real favourite in Cardiff.
Get a couple of bottles and see if you agree!
Owain - Why I like wine!Date published: 02/08/13
Wine is brilliant, no doubt about it. My top 5 reasons for this:-
* Its unpredictable year by year.
* It reflects flavours of other fruits and other edible things.
* It reflects the smells of other fruits and smellable things.
* It is an International product.
* It is the perfect blend between art and science.
Try some of our wines at Majestic; I'd recommend the Amalaya from Argentina - Rhone Blend with a whole load of Malbec - Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Wine of the Week - Gavi Montiero 2012 RoccoDate published: 28/07/13Wine of the Week - Gavi Montiero 2012 Rocco
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.
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.
The Loire ValleyDate published: 23/07/13
The Loire Valley
With our Loire and Beaujolais tasting due to start on Friday I thought I'd give a little insight as to what to expect.
The Loire Valley stretches 280kms from the cool continental climates of the famous appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume, where there Sauvignon Blancs are some of the finest in the world. Past Quincy and Reuilly and through Touraine, where some more reasonably priced Sauvignon Blancs can be found. Then we arrive in Vouvray, the home of Chenin Blanc made in a variety of styles from lusciously sweet to sparkling. Chinon is the home of the red wines of Loire where they make age worthy, gamey Cabernet Franc. Once we get though Anjou we arrive in the more Maratime climate of Muscadet where there Dry whites made from Melon de Bourgogne have been paired with the local cuisine of fresh fish for many, many years.
If you like the sound of that then pop in any day between Friday 28th July to Thursday 1st August to taste all that Loire has to offer.
Wine of the Week - Gestos Malbec 2012, MendozaDate published: 23/07/13Wine of the Week - Gestos Malbec 2012, Mendoza
Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed Case Unit Price £9.99.
One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.
An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.
Saturday TutorialsDate published: 19/07/13
During September we will be holding another round of our fun and informative Saturday tutorial. 30 min whistle stop tasting tours of a selected region, country or style. They are completely Free and take place at 12:00 and 15:00 on the selected Saturdays. If you would like to attended one of these tutorials then please feel free to contact us in store either by phone, e-mail or even on twitter. Alternatively just let us know next time you pop in to pay us a visit.
Saturday 7th of September
Spain - Explore Rioja
Saturday 14th September
Explore Sauvignon Blanc and Interesting Alternatives
Saturday 21st September
Saturday 28th September
The team at Majestic Cardiff look forward to seeing you.
Picture QuizDate published: 19/07/13
Can you spot the wine featured in this cheeky closeup. Let us know your ideas on our facebook page or tweet us @majesticcardiff. Here are a few clues to get you started. We're looking forward to your guesses.
This producer is better know for their Crianza with it's well recognised red label.
The name of this wine means 'Mother Goddess'
A grape variety with stone fruit aromas.
Wine of the Week - Marquis de Pennautier ViognierDate published: 19/07/13
Marquis de Pennautier Viognier, 2012. £8.49 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more
A wonderful summery Viognier form the south of France.Beautifully complex on the nose, with honeysuckle, apricot and hints of sherbet. Just perfect for the weather, crisp and refreshing with more delicate peach and citrus flavours. An excellent aperitif, as well as being a delicious match to a summer picnic of quiche and salad.
Hurry ! Offers End Monday !Date published: 19/07/13
Hurry ! Offers End Monday !
Marquis de Pennautier Viognier, 2012. £8.49 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more
Beautifully complex on the nose, with honeysuckle, apricot and hints of sherbet. Just perfect for the weather, crisp and refreshing with more delicate peach and citrus flavours. An excellent aperitif, as well as being a delicious match to a summer picnic of quiche and salad.
Marques de Riscal Rueda Blanco, 2012. £8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more
A light and delicate and wine, yet bursting with intense flavours and enticing aromas. Citrus-y and floral on the nose, with lashings of limes on the palate with a crisp finish. Wonderful with any seafood dishes, try with fresh grilled mackerel stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes with cous-cous and salad.
Undurraga Brut NV, Chile. Special Offer only £6.66
A Chilean sparkler made with the classic Champagne blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Fresh and crisp, packed full of citrus and stone fruit flavours. The perfect aperitif for any summer party or barbecue.
Anakena 'Tama' Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir, 2011/12. £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines
A perfect summer red, medium-bodied, fresh and fruity. Lovely cherry and loganberry flavours dominate, with subtle hints of chocolate and tobacco. Great on its own, or with a tapas board of cured meats and hard cheeses.
Mark's top 5 Chilean winesDate published: 17/07/13
Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2012 £8.74 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £6.99 a new wine to the huge range here at Majestic, this Sauvignon offers a restrained yet intense flavour and all for a very good price.
Terrior Hunter Riesling 2011, Lo Abarca, Undurraga £11.99 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £9.59 another new wine to our range, this is a youthful, dry Riesling abundant with refreshing stone fruit flavours with delicate kerosene notes which add complexity.
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012, Casblanca Valley £8.74 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £6.99. Delicatly oaked this is lighter style of Chardonnay with flavours of Peach, Apricot and subtle vanilla, perfect for creamy dishes.
Luis Felipe Edwards seleccion especial Malbec 2012, Colchagua Valley £7.99 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £6.39 Best known for its Argentinian success, Malbec is growing in popularity and this Chilean example offers an alternative at an excellent price point.
Montes Alpha Merlot 2010, Colchagua Valley £12.49 buy 2 Chilean save 20% £9.99 A Chilean wine with French influence, aged for 12 months in French oak this wine offers tobacco notes mixed in with Black fruits and plums so reminiscent of Bordeaux.
If you like.............Peach and apricot tartDate published: 16/07/13If you like..........................Peach and apricot tart.
Then why not try the Brown Brothers Orange and Flora Muscat.
£6.39 when you buy and 2 or more Australian wines.
Unit Price £7.99
This wine has the delicious sweetness needed to match up to this treat,
but with enough acidity to give a lovely clean finish. Flavours of
citrus with subtle spice, a glass of this will really elevate your
pudding to something quite special.
If you like.......Grilled halloumi cheese with a courgette salad.Date published: 15/07/13If you like...................Grilled halloumi cheese with a courgette salad.
Then why not try the Pouilly-Fume 'Les Cerisottes' 2012 Domaine Jean Pabiot.
£13.99 when you buy 2 or more
Unit Price £14.99
The slightly rich smoky notes to this wine will work well with the
grilled halloumi, while the more citrus and green fruit characteristic
will compliment the courgette salad with a zesty dressing.
Wine of the week - L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2012 PGI Côtes du Lot Date published: 14/07/13
L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2012 PGI Côtes du Lot
Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case saving £4! Single unit price £8.99
With the hottest time of year upon us, particularly this week, there aren't many wines which are more suitable than the L'Instant Safran Rosé, with its clean and crisp style.
Made by Rigal, one of the cornerstones of the wine industry of Cahors and the wider Lot Valley, spiritual home of the Malbec grape, this is a modern-style rosé from 100% Malbec. This wine has been named in honour of one of the region's other famous crops, saffron. Vivid in colour, this rosé is equally vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp. Ideal with salads and barbecued meats, or as a summery aperitif.
Picture QuizDate published: 12/07/13
Can you spot the wine featured in this cheeky closeup. Let us know your ideas on our facebook page or tweet us @majesticcardiff. Here are a few clues to get you started. We're looking forward to your guesses.
A wine inspired by the production of Amarone.
The Boscaini family.
Panic if room.
Great New Beer OffersDate published: 09/07/13
Great New Beer Offers
To celebrate the start of the Ashes we've got some great new beers deals to help quench your thirst during these hot sunny sport filled days.
£15.00 per case when you buy 2 or more.
Unit Price £18.00
12 x 500ml 4.5%
This classic of British brewing has a slightly spicy bitterness with a lovely malty body. Full enough to stand up to some tasty summer BBQ meats.
Coopers Pale Ale
£15.00 per case, down from £17.99
12 x 375ml 4.5%
This popular Australian Pale Ale is sure to be a hit at this bargain price.
Wine of the week - Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012, Cave de LugnyDate published: 07/07/13
Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012 Cave de Lugny
Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case! Single unit price £8.99
If you're considering what wine goes perfectly with this summer heat wave, then look no further!
A stylish wine from one of Burgundy's most reliable and reputable cooperatives. Cave de Lugny is situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, and is the biggest producer of the region.
Crisp and elegant with citrus and apple fruit characters alongside a lovely streak of minerality. Refined and classy, with good length, which I hope the same can be said for this weather.
This wine is ideally partnered with light seafood dishes. However, I can't see any better way than enjoying this wine alone. Make sure it's chilled for best results!
Picture QuizDate published: 05/07/13
Can you spot the wine featured in this cheeky closeup. Let us know your ideas on our facebook page or tweet us @majesticcardiff. Here are a few clues to get you started. We're looking forward to your guesses.
The grape in this wine has been adopted by New Zealand.
Sancerre, Muscadet, Vouvray, etc, etc...........
I wonder if Jack Klugman liked this wine?
Need a wine expert?Date published: 01/07/13Need a wine expert?
Here at Majestic Wine we host a range of free wine events, from our 90 min introduction to wine, to more informal themed tasting tutorials. For more infomation on these events please do contact us in store.
As well as events in store we can also come to you! If your holding a fundraiser, getting together with friends or you need to give your staff a jolly then get in touch and we can arrange a theme and help you pick the right wines for your evening. Although the wines for these events comes at a cost, our time doesn't! We are always looking for an excuse to talk about our favourite subject.
Last week, myself and Kelly-Anne went to Colwinston Village hall to help them raise money for their pre-school. It was themed around summer foods so we picked a selection of our favourite summer wines and paired them with various dishes. The organisers also bought some wine to sell on the evening making it a success for the children of Colwinston.
Majestic wine in Jane MacQuitty's top 100Date published: 29/06/13
Jane MacQuitty has announced her top100 summer wines and below are a few selected wines where Majestic feature.
So get the garden furniture out and set up camp for the summer sporting events with some of these beauties!
Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012 – This wine from perhaps France's best value white wine region, fills the nose with cut grass aromas, and provides ripe grapefruit through its crisp palate, making it a great accompaniment for light seafood dishes.
£7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99
Yali Merlot Rosé 2012 – This Rosé is superbly fruity and light with a luscious soft watermelon backbone. This is followed with the strawberry and cherry burst making it the perfect partner for a light pasta dish.
£7.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £5.99
Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisieres 2012 - A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.
£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99
Sancerre ‘Clos des Bouffants’ Neveu 2012 – This Sancerre jumps out of the glass with gooseberry and ripe rhubarb leaving the mouth salivating from the start. Those aromas continue onto the palate with a high acidity combined with green fruits, which results in a satisfyingly long finish.
It perfectly matches an intensely flavoured tomato salad or goats cheese torte.
£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99
Pouilly Fumé ‘Les Cascadelles’ 2012 - A great value Pouilly-Fumé from a high-quality co-operative packed with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberries, orange blossom and citrus fruit.
£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £9.99
Picture QuizDate published: 28/06/13
For a long time in this country, this grape variety was mistaken for Merlot
A Heavenly wine
Another wine by this producer proved it would not be 'Folly' to plant Syrah.
Wine of the Week - Mâcon Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' Date published: 27/06/13
Mâcon Villages Blanc 'Les Roches Blanches' 2011/2012 Louis Jadot
Short term offer £7.99 when you buy to as part of a mixed case, single unit price £10.99.
With Wimbledon in full flow and the Lions roaring in Australia, there's no better time to enjoy the sunshine and the sporting events than with a crisp and fresh glass of our new wine of the week - 'Les Roches Blanches!'
Grape - Chardonnay
Origin - 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.
Taste - Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.
Enjoy - A nice apéritif, this will also partner white fish dishes well.
Wine of the week - Matsu El PicaroDate published: 21/06/13
Wine of the week.
Matsu El Picaro
£7.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Picaro translates into 'rouge' or 'rascal'
From the Toro region in Spain, this range of wines has proved to be a great hit. With their distinctive labels they are hard to miss. As the wine spends more time in oak the face on the front becomes older and more 'weathered'.
Spending only 3 months in oak has allowed this wine to retain it's purity of fruit. A bold wine with fresh ripe blackberries and raspberries on the palate. A firm favourite amongst staff, why not give this cheeky chappy a try.
If the sun's out match with BBQ beef skewers, or if the rains about, a rich chorizo pasta dish.
New sparkling wine offersDate published: 21/06/13
New Sparkling Wine Offers
Oyster Bay Brut NV £9.99
Made from 100% chardonnay. This is a lovely fruit driven style. White peach flavours, with zesty lime notes. The perfect match to fresh seafood.
Trilogy Cuvee Brut NV £8.99
Jacob's Creek premium sparkling wine. Made from the 3 classic champagne grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Citrus on the nose, following onto breadcrust and yeasty notes. Creamy and elegant on the palate, a great alternative to champagne for any celebration.
Trilogy Cuvee Rose NV £8.99
Again made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Fresh raspberries and strawberries on the nose with a hint of biscuity lift. Beautiful ripe fruit on the palate with a rounded creamy texture. Match with Salmon and horseradish blinis as a real treat.
Cracking All RoundersDate published: 20/06/13
As the British summer really starts to rumble into top gear - with Wimbledon around the corner and the Ashes about to begin - I think this is a perfect time to have a look at some great all rounders from our wines. These really are the Freddy Flintoffs or Jacques Kallis's of the wine world. Great for a BBQ or a party but, bearing in mind the wonderfully fickle English weather, equally good on a rainy evening with dinner.
Anakena 'Tama' Vineyard Selection Syrah 2011, £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more Chilean wines.
A deliciously moreish Syrah from Ankena's single vineyard range, intended to showcase the unique characteristics of different varieties. Perfect with your homemade beef burgers at a BBQ with its beguiling nose of currants and raspberry tarts with hints of dark chocolate and smoke. This medley of flavours continues on the palate, making this a really multi-layered wine and terrific value at the price. On a rainy day, it will match equally well with game dishes, try with venison haunch with a blackcurrant and red wine jus for a real treat.
Leyda Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, £10.99 or £8.79 when you buy any 2 or more Chilean wines.
Grown at altitude on the slopes of Chile's Leyda Valley from low-yielding vines, the wine produced is subsequently a crisp, cool climate style. Green apple, lemon and nectarine dominate nose and palate, with richness coming from oak fermentation along with subtle notes of vanilla and biscuit. A really sophisticated wine, this will be sure to impress at a party and is extremely versatile. It will partner wonderfully with a Cypriot-style stuffed chicken breast for dinner in, or equally well with spatchcock chicken from the barbecue.
Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2012, £9.99 or £8.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles.
A delightfully refined and subtle Provençal Rosé, from a Château which has been producing wines since the 1750's and now promotes sustainable viticulture and wine tourism. A sip of this will transport you to sunnier climes on a rainy day, and enhance a picnic in the Brecon Beacons on a sunny one. Delicate aromas of spring flowers, raspberries and strawberries give way to fresh, juicy flavours of peach and apricot. Lovely with a fresh summer salad on your picnic or with grilled white fish at home.
Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010, £9.99
This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Queen Regent María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 declared Codorníu “Official Provider of the Royal House”. This is a unique sparkling wine for us as it is the only Blanc de Noirs we stock and is deliciously different. Fresh, light floral aromas along with red currants greet the nose, while the palate presents well balanced pear and brioche flavours with a rich mousse. Perfect at any party or as a treat for a dinner in, this will really stand out from other sparkling wines and makes a perfect apéritif.
If you like......................Asparagus, broad bean and goats cheese risotto.Date published: 17/06/13
If you like......................Asparagus, broad bean and goats cheese risotto.
Then why not try the Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. Unit price£6.99
A new wine to our range this is a great choice if you are a fan of Loire whites. Made with the classic Loire style in mind this wine has ripe gooseberry fruit and cut grass aromas. With crisp acidity and lashings of citrus fruit on the palate, this will match perfectly with the fresh flavours of this delicate summer dish.
Wine of the week - Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 17/06/13
Wine of the week - Serena Pinot Grigio
Special Offer £6.39, single unit price £7.99. Buy 2 still Italian wines save 20%
Origin - From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body.
Taste - The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.
Enjoy - A lively yet easy-going wine, which can be enjoyed on its own, or with white fish or light poultry dishes
Pimm's anyone?Date published: 16/06/13
Wimbledon and strawberries, Ascot and fancy hats, Pimm's and the great British summer. These things are just made to go together. Whether it's a wedding reception, picnic, BBQ or just on a sunny afternoon, Pimms is the perfect tipple. Now there is a great new addition to the Pimms range, Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower. Here at Majestic we've got 10% off when you buy any 2 or more bottles of Pimm's and we also have some fab Pimm's jugs and stirers to give away with purchases (while stocks last). We'll even give you a guide to mixing your Pimm's. Or, why not try a Pimm's jelly or soak some fruit in it for a tasty summer treat. So don't forget to grab a couple of bottles so you have them ready for when that sunshine decides to reappear!
Pimm's No 1 cup.
£13.50 when you buy 2 or more. Unit price £15
Mix up 1 part Pimm's to 3 parts lemonade with a good scoop of ice.
Add your choice of fruit, we suggest the traditional strawberries, cucumber and mint, but apple, lemon and melon also work really well. Get creative and use whichever fruit you prefer.
Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower
£13.50 when you buy 2 or more. Unit price £15
Mix up 1 part Pimm's to 2 parts lemonade, with a good scoop of ice.
Add a handfull of blackberries. We think that some blueberries could also be a great addition.
If you like.....Gooseberry Fool.Date published: 15/06/13
If you like..............................Gooseberry fool.
Then why not try The Ned late harvest sauvignon.
£9.99 when you buy any 2 or more NZ wines. Unit price £12.49
Made from Botrytised grapes this wine is a labour of love, as it takes 6 months to ferment out these beautiful flavours. Crisp citrus and melon balance out the rich sweetness of this wine, so that it's not cloying only moreish!
Fathers day gift ideas. Date published: 15/06/13
What to get the man who has everything?? How about a couple of bottles of fine wine? With our Fine wine at house wine prices deal, you can mix any 2 bottles of selected fine wines and save £8, so there is sure to be something to suit everyone.
For the Dad who loves his big New World wines.
A bottle of Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz with it's dark fruit and burnt toffee flavours and a bottle of 'Angels Share' Mclaren Vale Shiraz, full of rich fruit and coffee notes. Both from the Two Hands winery in Australia these are sure to hit the spot. Both of these wines are reduced from £22 per bottle to £18 when bought on the deal. Jokes about your father being a 'Gnarly Dude' are totally optional.
For the Dad who loves Italian wines.
A bottle of Guidalberto. The second wine of the famous Sassicaia this is a must for any fans of 'Super Tuscan wines' Violet in colour with lovely soft rounded fruit, perfect for opening on Fathers day. Then match this up with a bottle of the Brunello di Montalcino from Banfi. This is a full bodied wine with cherry fruit overlaid with chocolate and liquorice. This wine is one built to reward the patient, as it will age for another 5 to 10 years. Both of these wines are reduced to £26 from £30 when you buy any 2 or more selected Fine Wines.
Wine of the Week - Portillo MalbecDate published: 15/06/13Wine of the Week - Portillo Malbec £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 £6.99
Origin Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.
Taste 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
Enjoy Try this with a lightly spicy lamb and date tagine.
"Argentinian Malbec is definitely the most consistently good wine around and this is a very good example. Full, flavoursome and deep in colour."
If you like........New Zealand SauvignonDate published: 11/06/13
If you like...........New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc?
Why not try the L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc. £6.99 when you buy 2 or more. Unit price £8.99
This great new southern French Sauvignon. Has a bold citrus nose of grapefruit, softened with some lovely tropical fruit. Crisp on the palate with lashings of passion fruit.
BollingerDate published: 11/06/13Bollinger
Founded in 1829 Bollinger have shown the dedication and passion needed to create one of the most well known and iconic ranges. They believe that creating fantastic wines can't be rushed and so all of their champagnes are aged for twice as long as is required. The Bollinger Special Cuvee NV is a great way to get a taste of what this Champagne house is really all about, and the perfect place to start exploring their range.
Bollinger Special Cuvee NV
£30 per bottle.
When you buy 6 save £12. Unit price £32
This champagne is made from a careful blend of current vintage wines and beautifully aged reserve wines. Some of these reserve wines have been held in magnums in the Bollinger cellars for 15 years. Made from predominately Pinot Noir, with smaller quantities of Chardonnay and Meunier. In the glass it has a lovely golden colour, and fine mouse. Aromas of baked apples and peach are followed on the palate with flavours of pear, spice and brioche. A beautifully full bodied, creamy champagne. Pair with fish dishes or perfect for a celebration or aperitif
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough Date published: 27/05/13
The Goldwater Savignon blanc is a personal favourite of mine. One of the first New World Sauvignons I had which opened my eyes to levels of quality that can be found in the grape.
Origin - From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practises sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.
Taste - The Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc offers a superb alternative in flavours and aromas to the typical New World Sauvignon Blanc's citrus flavour. The Goldwater has an elderberry and raspberry leaf aroma, giving a refreshing and minerally finish, more closely likened to a Sancerre.
Enjoy - A Sauvignon of this kind is a perfect partner to a summer salad or a subtle seafood course. Lets hope the weather is kind to us so we can enjoy it in its best partner, the sun!
Wine of the Week - Amalaya MalbecDate published: 24/05/13Wine of the Week - Amalaya Malbec (£10.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £7.99)
Origin An interesting blend dominated by 70% of Argentina's signature Malbec. Spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831.
Taste Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.
Enjoy Enjoy with steak pie, or rich, spicy casseroles. Also a perfect wine with summer barbecues.
Seasonal Snacks...Date published: 18/05/13
At this time of year everything seems to spring into life, everthing from the fish in the sea to the new born Lamb and what ever you might be growing in your rasied beds/allotments.
I felt inspired yesterday in the mid May sun to create a seasonal snack for my lunch. Two of the most famous for the time year are asparagus and Jersey royal potatoes, both of which are simply delicious as they are. So after simply poaching my asparagus and gently boiling my Jersey royals I whipped up a quick Hollandaise and poached an egg to enjoy in the sun.
I felt I needed to pair this small but delightfull dish with a glass of wine but didnt fancy opening a bottle so my half bottle of Lanson Black Label Champagne was calling. I really wasn't expecting such a good match, but the earthy potatoes, the sweet aspagus and the buttery hollandaise just seemed to be accentuated by this little rich yet retrained champagne I would highly recommmend it.
Wine of the Week - Verdicchio di Matelica 2012, Poggio alle RondiniDate published: 18/05/13Origin Founded in 1971, the cooperative who make this wine are today the largest producer of Verdicchio in Matelica, a small commune in Italy's Marche region. Located inland of Jesi, its more famous neighbour, Matelica lies at higher altitudes yet experiences a warmer climate.
Taste 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.
Enjoy Try this with the lightly spiced fish and seafood of the Adriatic coast.
Stag’s Leap Chardonnay Karia, Napa ValleyDate published: 18/05/13
I finally built up the courage to open my first fine wine purchase. The Stag’s Leap Chardonnay Karia, Napa Valley 2010. I decided to open it on the sunniest day we’ve had this year, thinking that the summer had arrived and it was plain sailing toward the BBQ and sunglasses. Having spent the last few days in the rain, its safe to say that didn’t come to fruition, however the Stag’s Leap didn’t disappoint. On that promising sunny May day, the Chardonnay provided the perfect partner.
It also proved to be the great stepping stone into the Fine wines I had hoped. It had complexity that I had never experienced in a Chardonnay, and it seemed inconceivable that this wine was of the same grape as some of the Australia Chardonnays or even some other Californian Chardonnays that I've enjoyed, which goes to show the level of variety in the grape.
There is an instant freshness of pear and juicy red apples, followed by a caramel smoothness. There is a slight biscuity vanilla background and it truly lives up to its Greek name ‘Karia’ meaning graceful. It is by far the easiest drinking wine I’ve had and will most likely be for a long time.
For the best results with this wine, enjoy by itself or with a sunny day if mother nature can provide.
Top Tips From Our Summer TastingDate published: 17/05/13Top Tips From Our Summer Tasting
A week has flown by since the evening of our Summer tasting. Now, we are
sure you all had your own favourites from the wines that we tried, but we
though we would let you know which ones proved overall to be the hits of
the night. So below we've listed the top three wines of the night.
Campofiorin Masi £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more Italian wines*.
This red really hit the spot for many of you. Soft and velvety with
cherries and a hint of vanilla, this great producer has once again
created a classic.
Greywacke, Sauvignon Blanc £15.99 when you buy any 2 or more New Zealand
With a small amount of this wine fermented in oak it has a slightly
richer feel in the mouth, compared to many other New Zealand Sauvignons.
Hints of melon and citrus with creamy papaya, this is well worth a try,
especially if you are already a fan of wines like the Cloudy Bay Te Koko.
Falabella Bianco £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more Italian wines*.
One of the many new wines into our Italian range this really impressed.
With citrus and stone fruit flavours it is a lovely alternative to the
better known Pinot Grigio's.
If you weren't able to make our Summer wine evening this year, then
don't despair we have a full tasting calender for you to get involved
with. We have FREE Saturday tutorials running at 12:00 and 15:00 on
selected weeks. These are 30 minutes long and a great opportunity to try
wines from our chosen themes. We also have a FREE 90 minute wine course
available. Please see the detail on our website or contact staff in
store to find out more or to book your place.
We look forward to seeing you.
Picture QuizDate published: 17/05/13
Let us know if you can spot the wine on our facebook page or tweet us @majesticcardiff. Here are a few clues to get you started. We're looking forward to your guesses.
Classic Sauvignon with a twist.
Named after a rock.
From the former wine maker at Cloudy Bay
Wine of the Week - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, New ZealandDate published: 15/05/13
Wine of the Week - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand (£8.74 Or buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% £6.99)Origin The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley.
Taste This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim. A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.
Enjoy Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.
If you like...Date published: 13/05/13If you like Barigin Bubbles then I think the Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV is for you (£9.99 or buy any 2 sparkling wines save £4 £7.99). This Modern Cava has been blended with Chardonnay to give a more aromatic style and a creamy texture to the traditional peachy, lemon characters. Perfect for any occasion whether in the garden, getting married and need a reception /toast drink or just visiting friends.
If you like...Date published: 13/05/13If you like Paella then I think you would love to try the "Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2009" (£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 £7.99). From the foot of the Pyrenees, this Spanish Gewurtz has a nose of rose and honeysuckle which both add complexity to the intense tropical fruit. The palate, still pronounced with Lycee and Peach both come with sweetness and a satisfying texture allowing it to stand up to the powerful paprika flavours od a good Paella.
Wine of the Week - Falabella BiancoDate published: 10/05/13Wine of the Week - Falabella Bianco £7.99 (Buy 2 Italian save 20% unit price £9.00)
In the early 1900's, Antonio Ulisse started a small vineyard close to the town of Crecchio in Abruzzo, but it was not until 2006 when his grandsons transformed it into the commercial winery it is today, making wines from the fruit of three family-owned estates. An exciting blend of three of Abruzzo's principal white grapes, combining citrus and tropical stone fruit flavours with a lifted spiciness and a touch of mineral grip.
Wine of the Week - De Bortoli Chardonnay 2010Date published: 02/05/13Wine of the Week - De Bortoli Chardonnay 2010 Origin - Now in its third generation of family ownership, De Bortoli was established in 1928 by Italian immigrants Vittorio and Guiseppina De Bortoli. Today, they make a wide range of wines from their extensive vineyards throughout Yarra, Hunter Valley and Riverina. Taste - A lightly oaked Chardonnay, this wine is well rounded and approachable. Aromas are of fresh peach and citrus, with soft touches of vanilla and almond. A middleweight palate with a lush texture. Enjoy - Drink immediately or over the next 2-3 years, with poultry or white fish.
Fine Wine on a shoe stringDate published: 26/04/13
Having been at Majestic Wine Cardiff and fully immersed in the wine world for almost 5 months now, it has occurred to me that the position is a double edged sword. Whilst experiencing and tasting wine that I hadn't even considered, wines which weren't on my radar before joining Majestic and are opening my eyes to the variety in wine, it also leads to me having a wider and dangerously pricier curiosity.
In order to better spend my hard earned money, I’ve decided to change my mentality when buying wine. Rather than allocate my monthly wine budget to a large amount of £5-£8 wines, I will start reducing the amount of wines and start increasing the quality. On a less consistent basis, I will be able to buy into the fine wine selection. A fine wine once a fortnight should be sufficient.
I used to want to own these fine wines and have them in my collection as more of an ornament than something to be consumed which fuelled my delusions of grandeur! However, after trying more and more wines, I want to enjoy these wines, which are at the pinnacle of Majestic's great selection, for their sole intended purpose.
The first wine I have decided to buy is the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Karia, Chardonnay from the Napa Valley. On the advice of my colleague, Luke Thomas, this is the wine which started his love affair with fine wines, and showed how much variety there was in Chardonnay; here’s hoping it will have a similar effect on me.
Review to follow...
Wine of the Week - L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 24/04/13Wine of the Week - L'Instant Passion Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Description
This wine comes from several selected vineyard sites across the Côtes de Gascogne, and is vinifed 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.
Picture QuizDate published: 19/04/13
Let us know if you can spot the wine on our facebook page or tweet us @majesticcardiff. Here are a few clues to get you started. We're looking forward to your guesses.
This grape variety was thought to be Merlot in Chile and Cab franc in Franciacorta
Like a spring
Sebastian Pinera is the presidant of the home county for this wine.
Wine of the Week - Vinho do MonteDate published: 19/04/13
Wine of the Week - Vinho do Monte
Alicante Bouchet, Aragones, Alfrocheiro, Syrah or Shiraz, Trincadeira
Alentejo in southern Portugal is one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe. This wine comes from the Herdade do Peso estate, which has its own dam which provides much-needed water for vineyard irrigation.
This traditionally Portuguese blend offers a floral bouquet, with a backdrop of plum and mulberry fruit. Ripe and warm on the palate, with lingering white pepper and jasmine tea flavours on the finish.
Drink with enchidos, chorizo, or any hot and spicy grilled meats.
Wine of the Week - Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 15/04/13
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.
Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.
If you like...........Date published: 11/04/13
If you like .......Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile.
Why not try the Quinta de Bacaloha from Portugal. £11.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.
Many reds from Portugal are a blend of some of the grape varieties used in Port production, this wine however is a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. If it's classic Cabernet characteristics you're after you will not be disappointed. Dark bramble fruit is balanced out with well structured tannin's, add to this the spice that has been imparted from spending 11 months in new oak and this wine has a lovely rich feel to it. This is a bold wine and would stand up perfectly to big red meat dishes or strong flavored hard cheeses.
If you like.......Date published: 09/04/13
If you like ….........fragrant Thai green curry.
Why not try St Clair Pioneers Pinot Gris £13.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.
Pinot Gris is the same grape variety Pinot Grigio, however, they are two very different styles. Where Pinot Grigio is distinctive in it's light subtle flavours a good Pinot Gris like the St Clair is rich, full, and fragrant , with a more oily texture on the palate. Melon, and pear flavours mix with a fullness that comes from the almond notes. The hint sweetness in this wine matches beautifully with the fragrant flavours of this Thai dish.
IF you like........Date published: 08/04/13
If you like..............
We all seem to have our 'go to wines', which can sometimes mean we don't spread our wings and try new things. To make trying something new easier we are going to be recommending wines to try based on wines you already like, or foods you enjoy eating. Look out for our new 'If you like....' features in store. So here goes our first one, and I thought I would start with a style of wine that is a firm favourite amongst many.
If you like........The Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
Why not try the Grand Heron Marc Ducournau, Cotes de Gascogne France. £5.99 when you buy 2+
Made from Colombard and Ugni Blanc these varieties are local to the Gascogny region of France and commonly used to make Cognac and Armagnac. Used to make this still dry wine, these grapes give lovely fresh citrus notes, alongside cut grass aromas. Crisp and lively on the palate, this is perfect with light seafood or salad dishes or just as an aperitif on a sunny day.
Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/04/13
This week in Cardiff it's Spanish tasting week. With a great selection of Spanish classics open on the tasting counter, we thought we'd go for something different for the wine of the week. This weeks wine selection is a straight Garnacha wine that is truly intriguing!
'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2010, Navarra
Only £7.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines as part of a mixed case
Grown from vines of up to 100 years old, this wine encompasses only the best quality grapes grown in small yields. As a result this wine has good structure and thus great complexity; strong black fruit flavours and a peppery, spicy finish with ample tannin to give the wine some extra bite.
Perfect to enjoy on it's own or great when partnered with a flame grilled steak or any other hearty British meal!
Picture QuizDate published: 05/04/13
Let us know if you can spot the wine on our facebook page or tweet us @majesticcardiff. Here are a few clues to get you started. We're looking forward to your guesses.
Alta, Baja and Alavesa.
Minimum 12 months in Oak.
From the same house as Gaudium
Picture QuizDate published: 30/03/13
TIme for this weeks picture quiz. We would love to hear your guesses on our facebook page www.facebook.com/majesticwinecardiff or tweet us @majesticcardiff.
Here are a few clues to help you on your way.
The Black Rooster may have something to say about this.
This wine will sweep away the cobwebs.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Good luck everyone. We look forward to your guesses.
We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13
Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.
Picture QuizDate published: 22/03/13
Join us for this weeks picture quiz. Let us know if you can spot the wine by tweeting us @majesticcardiff or drop us a line on our facebook page www.facebook.com/majesticwinecardiff. Here are you 3 clues
Chianti but not as you know it.
Sangiovese is the main grape.
Our great deals this EasterDate published: 22/03/13
Well if this Easter proves to be a wash out and the cold weather continues fear not, we now have 20% off all our Spanish wines! Maybe we can stow away the ice cold Vedejos and Alabarinos for now, but there are plenty of spicy Riojas, rich Ribera del Dueros and oily black Priorats to warm the soul this Easter.
Love Rioja but what to try something a little different? Why not try the Matsu El Recio 2010 Tempranillo from Toro, just south of Barcelona (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-matsu/product-is-14011). This wine is made from old vines in a biodynamic vineyard. The wine has spent 14 months in new French oak. It's an intense and deep wine, with chocolate, black fruits and a roast coffee character. Perfect with rare beef fillet!! Was £15.99 but buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20%, £12.79.
Attention Bargain Hunters!Date published: 14/03/13
For all you bargain hunters out there, it's the last few days of some of our fantastic offers in store so don't miss out this weekend! Here's just a few to tickle your fancy;
Lagunilla Reserve, Rioja 2007
24 months in Oak has integrated both meatiness and elegance into this wine. Encompassing red cherry fruit flavours as well as hints of tobacco, leather and soft vanilla. At just £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles or £10.99 when you buy just one, this is most definitely a wine not to be missed out on.
Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Georges Duboeuf
From one of the most renowned producers in the wine making world, this straight Gamay Beaujolais is packed full of fruitiness; hints of strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours dance on the palate. A youthful wine with plenty of flavour, a true 'glugging' wine at just £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mixed case.
Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Malbec, 2011
Malbec, normally categorised as an Argentinian growing grape, grows well in Chile as the reliance on altitude in Argentina is not needed in Chile; persistent sea breezes moderate the temperature and creates the perfect climate for Malbec. Intense purple in colour, this Malbec is full of blackberries, black cherries an plum with subtly hints of vanilla. With smooth tannins and a surprisingly long finish, this wine is a bargain at just £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mixed case.
Prosecco La Marca Treviso NV, Italy
For the more special occasion, this Prosecco at just £7.99 is a superb buy for celebrating this weekends Welsh win. Pale lemon in colour with elegant bubbles and a crisp acidity, this Prosecco encompasses refreshing and crisp citrus flavours as well as pear and floral notes on the palate. Perfect for those celebratory moments and at half the price of Champagne, an absolute bargain!
*Sarah's Star Buy*
Oeil de Perdrix Rosé Champagne, NV
'Oeil de Perdrix' also known as Eye of the Partridge is a delicate rose Champagne encompassing flavours of strawberry and red cherry; all the characteristics needed in this lovely Spring sunshine. At just £15 a bottle, this is one not to be missed!
My first 4 months at MajesticDate published: 13/03/13
Although on paper my career is only 4 months young, it feels as though I have spent considerably more time at Majestic Wine and the wine world it lives in. One factor which has contributed to this would be my introduction during the intimidating Christmas build up and the mayhem which inevitably followed. An example of this would be the 90 people in-store tasting we hosted in our Cardiff store on my 3rd day. Needless to say, despite engaging conversation with the customers, I stuck firmly to the beers we had available to taste as my comfort zone only stretched as far. I ended up extremely enjoying the evening which was the last feeling I thought I would feel afterwards.
When customers made the decision that the Christmas wine shopping was due, I was about to given the baptism of fire I had been told so much about by colleagues, and I was disappointed. With the store being stripped to the bone of its stock, I was learning many things in such a short space of time, not least the driving skills of the general public when Christmas shopping needs to be done, and there is one of that particular toy that the son/daughter needs or Christmas is ruined.
The overriding factor which clawed me through this period was the staff at Majestic and the customers who came through our doors. Without the staff's patience and knowledge, there is considerably less chance that I would still be thoroughly enjoying my time here. Also without the customer's friendliness and, once again, patience when I was attempting to get my bearings at that frantic time, then I wouldn't still be at a job that I actually enjoyed and continue to do so.
I hope to get to know many more of the customers at Majestic as not only do I learn a lot from them, but I'm now beginning to be able to relay my own growing knowledge onto customers new to the wine world.
Majestic Wine EventsDate published: 12/03/13
Here at Majestic we have a range of fantastic events that we would love for you to join us at. All our events are FREE, and we pride ourselves on them having fun and relaxed atmospheres. Below are a selection of the events we run and a little bit of information on what they are all about. Dates for events are posted on our web page, on Twitter @majesticcardiff and on our facebook page www.facebook.com/majesticwinecardiff . Also don't forget to look out for the posters in store. If you would like to know more about these events or would like to book onto one then please feel free to contact us at the store. We look forward to seeing you.
The Wine Course.
A 90 minute introduction to wine. During the courses we will take you through a selection of red and white wines and a champagne. The aim of this course is to introduce you to different grapes varieties and styles of wines from different countries. We will talk a little bit about how wine is made and what makes them all taste different. At the end of the course we will take you through some food and wine matching, explaining how to use this to really enhance you meals. This is an informal and fun course for up to 10 people.
Our wine walks are here to give you the chance to try some of our fantastic new arrivals. We even match the wines with some great nibbles to give examples of foods that match. Along with this tasting we'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about the wines and their producers. Wine walks take place in small groups in the store.
These evening take place once in the Summer and once in the winter. As a big open evening the atmosphere is always fun and relaxed. We have a variety of wines open for you to taste alongside few nibbles. Staff are on hand to answer any questions, or offer advice. These evening fill up fast so we advise getting in early to book your place once dates are released
Wine MakingDate published: 11/03/13
Credit where credit's due.
With all the talk of South American wines that's been going on during our tasting week it's made me reminisce about a fantastic trip I was lucky enough to go on. During a visit to Chile we had the chance to hop across the Andes and visit some vineyards in Argentina.
One tastings that really sticks in my mind was one that we had at the Kaiken vineyards. Set in the beautiful vineyards we sat round a table and had the chance to try 5 different barrel samples of Malbec. The really interesting thing about these, was that the only difference between these wines was where the grapes had come from. Each wine had been made from grapes that came from a slightly different area and had been grown at different altitudes. The difference between them was surprising, from one having more acidity, to another being more perfumed. Next came the really interesting thing, we were given a test tube and asked to blend our own wine from the samples. Now, as wine drinkers and part of the wine trade we all knew what we were looking for and were quietly confident that we would be able to do this. So feeling quite pleased with ourselves, we set to work. I must say our confidence was quite misplaced! This is a lot harder than we thought, getting the balance just right shows real skill, watching Edwardo the winemaker set to his own blend whilst talking us through why he was adding certain wines, showed us how involved this process really is. For me this was a brilliant experience that gave me even more respect for good winemakers and what they do. The passion and dedication that goes into every bottle of good quality is what makes it so fantastic for us when we get to the great part of enjoying that glass wine
Boschendal Cabernet/MerlotDate published: 11/03/13
Our wine of the week this week is the Boschendal Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot. Many of you will know the great wines that we already have from Boschendal, their Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc. This however is the first red from Boschendal for us to stock. A South African take on the classic Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon adding the blackberry fruit and silky tannins and the Merlot bringing soft fruit to fill out the palate. Juicy blackberry and cherry fruit with a note of cedar on the finish. This wine will match perfectly with a tasty steak pie. Enjoy.
Picture QuizDate published: 08/03/13
This weeks quiz moves over to France. Let us know your guesses on Twitter @majesticcardiff or on our facebook page www.facebook.com/majesticwinecardiff. Here are 3 clues to help you on your way.
From the heart of Burgundy
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Summer TastingDate published: 05/03/13
On the 9th of May we will be once again holding our much talked about summer tasting. With a fantastic selection of wines available to taste, this evening always proves to be very popular. We will be posting more details on the event closer to the time, but if you would like to get in early to book your place then please feel free to give us a call or send us and e-mail. Places are limited so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.
The team at Majestic Cardiff look forward to seeing you there.
Mature Rioja Internet ExclusiveDate published: 05/03/13
This morning we have released another of our great Internet exclusive offers. This one is for all the Spanish wine fans out there, and is definitely one that won't hang around for long!
Once again our buyers have managed to secure a parcel of amazing mature Rioja. This parcel comes direct from the bodega Conde de Valdemar and features a range of vintages from 1980 through to 1998. These wines have been stored at the Bodega since bottling and have only recently been labeled. As well as standard 75cl bottles there are some exciting magnums and also some impressive 5ltr bottles. We are all very excited about these wines in store, and this morning demand has been very high, so we advise getting in early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any questions regarding this Internet exclusive then please don't hesitate to contact us in store. Also if you would like to be added to our e-mail offers list so that you are kept up to date with offers such as these, then either drop us an e-mail or phone through to the store and we can add you on.
Picture QuizDate published: 01/03/13
1st of March Picture Quiz.
Happy St David's day everyone. With this weeks picture quiz we have a bit of a link to the Welsh as well, see if you can spot that too. Tweet us @majesticcardiff or post your guess on our facebook page. Here are the clues to give you a helping hand.
This grape variety makes it's most famous wines on the left bank of Bordeaux
A principle export of this country is copper.
Wedding PlanningDate published: 18/02/13
With Valentines day just behind us and spring in the air, it's the time of the year when talk seems to turn to weddings. Here at Majestic we have years of experience in helping you organise the drinks for your special day. Not only do we have a huge range of wines, we are also here to help with advice on food and wine matching, styles and the quantities that you will need. Don't forget we also have in store tasting 7 days a weeks to help you make your decision.
With the wine covered, now it's time for the other drinks you may be needing and we can help with these too. We stock beers, soft drinks, water and spirits at Majestic and we can advise on quantities of these too.
If you are needing to hire glasses we've got that covered as well. We have available a range of glasses including wine glasses, flutes, highball tumblers and pint glasses. These are all free to hire, all we require is a £1 per glass deposit which is fully refundable when you return them to us clean and unbroken. We can also supply chiller bins for a £15 deposit and table top ice buckets for a £10 deposit. Ice comes in 2kg bags and these are £2.79 per bag.
Adding to all this the fact that we offer free delivery* and sale or return means that we really can offer you a full party service.
Contact us in store today to speak to us further about your special day.
* When you order 6 bottles coming to a total of £40 or over
Wine ReliefDate published: 18/02/13
Will you be sitting in a cold bath of beans for Comic Relief? Or, maybe you fancy spending an afternoon in the stocks while people throw wet sponges at you? If these ideas don't inspire you then we have a great alternative – Wine Relief. In 1999 Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander came up with a fantastic way of helping wine lovers raise money for this worthwhile cause, and here at Majestic we will be doing our bit. Between now and the 18th of March we have a selection of wines, which when purchased 10% of the retail price goes to Comic Relief. I've given you a taster of the wines available below, but why not pop in and speak to a member of staff to see what else we have available in our Wine Relief selection.
Dr L Riesling, Loosen Bros, Mosel. £7.99 Slightly off dry, with lovely lively acidity. This wine has honey and apricot flavours, followed by a gentle spritz on the palate.
Testimonia, Luigi Bosca, Argentina. £10.99 Dark rich fruit fill this full bodied wine. With silky tannins this wine cries out for a juicy steak or some strong cheese.
BVC Cabernet Sauvignon, Peter Lehman, Australia. £9.99 Blackcurrent fruit with dark chocolate, balanced with soft tannins. A wine that would match perfectly with roast rib of beef.
Picutre QuizDate published: 15/02/13
This weeks picture quiz seemed appropriate considering it was Valentine's day yesterday. Lets see who can spot the wine this week. Post your answers on our facebook page www.facebook.com/majesticwinecardiff . Or tweet us on @majesticcardiff. We look forward to your guesses.
Here are a few clues for you, some more cryptic than others.
A heavenly wine.
'I'll be back'.
Something for those of you with a sweet tooth.
Picture QuizDate published: 08/02/13
Lets see who can spot our picture quiz this week. Another spirit for you today. Pop along to our facebook page to let us know your answer and we'll tell you if you've got it. Here are a few clues to get you on your way.
From simple Barley comes this artisan treat.
One half of a Screwdriver.
James will have a ...... Martini, shaken not stired.
Our top 10 bargains. Date published: 26/01/13
With just a couple of weeks left of our current offers we thought it was time to remind you off a few of our favourite deals. With 20% off in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, California, and our Bargain hunt in full swing it has not been easy to pick just 10 of our favourite deals. However, we have managed it and we hope you spot a few that take your fancy. Don't forget we offer free delivery when you buy 6 bottles with a total value of £40 or over. You can order over the phone or on the internet or you can pop into store and take advantage of our tasting counter to help you choose.
So in no particular order here are our top ten. Ned Sauvignon
£6.99 when you buy any 2 or more wines from New Zealand. If you haven't already tried this complex, classic NZ Sauvingon. Then we urge you to give it a go and find out what all the fuss is about. Composite Sauvignon
£5.99 when you buy any 2 or more wines from New Zealand. This is a zesty citrus packed treat, made all the better for being part of our bargain hunt.
Louis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier
£6.39 when you buy and 2 or more wines from Chile. Soft stone fruit flavours with refreshing acidity. Another brilliant wine from this well established producer. Prosecco La Marca Treviso.
£7.99. If you're planning a party, wedding or just a night in Prosecco is always a hit. Beautiful soft pear and melon fruit will make you want a second glass.
£30. What can be said about this champagne, so well know and respected. Veuve Cliquot is rich and toasty a real luxury without the real luxury price.
Santa Rita 120 Carmnere
£5.99 when you buy and 2 or more Chilean wines. What a great wine for a winters evening, full of dark smoky bramble fruit all wrapped up with a lick of vanilla. Vinalba Malbec
£7.99 when you buy 2 or more. Who doesn't love a good Malbec, and this really is a great one. Sweet tannins are balanced by beautiful chocolate and mocha flavours. Delicious.
Surani Costarossa, Primitivo di Manduria
£7.99 when you buy 2 or more. This sell out wine is now back in stock, so grab it quick. With fig, baked plum and sweet spice this is rich powerful wine.
Mont St Jean Corbieres
£4.99 when you buy 2 or more. Full and fruity with lovely balanced tanins and all at such a great price. Great with hearty comfort food like shepherd's pie. Eguia Reserva Rioja
£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. Classic Rioja, dark fruit, spice and vanilla. Just grab the cheese board and glass, happy days.
Picture QuizDate published: 25/01/13
For a while now we have been running a picture quiz on our facebook page, and we though it was about time we spread the fun a little bit futher. Why not have a go and see if you can spot the wine or spirit. If you think you've got it or would like a further clue then why not drop us a line on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/majesticwinecardiff . Alternatively send us a tweet @majesticcardiff . We look forward to seeing your answers. To help you on your way we have a couple of clues for you.
This isn't a Black Swan
Made in France better known in Russia
Loves being in the mix.
Open as usual. Date published: 18/01/13
We are open as usual today. However our deliveries have been canceled due to the bad weather. We will be keeping you updated with news on our delivery schedule as the weather changes. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and we hope you all have a safe day today.
Long walks and comfort foodDate published: 13/01/13
January days like today are the perfect days to get out for a stroll. With this crisp dry weather and the beautiful sunshine it's the perfect antidote to the soggy weather we've been battling with. After a nice stroll what could be better than coming home to some tasty home cooked food and a great glass of red. Everyone understands that January can be a testing month for the bank balance so I've put together a couple of food and wine matches that will not only feed the hunger after a good walk but wont leave a hole in the bank balance.
I swear by my slow cooker. Throw all the ingredients in and then off you go. When you get home, you'll walk into a house full of the aroma's of your hard work. (You don't have to tell everyone how easy it is!) Then all you've got to do is make your mash and you're off. Lamb and Rioja are a match made in heaven and so I'm recommending the Eguia Reserva Rioja. The perfect balance of rich fruit, spice and vanilla make this a real steal at only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Steak and Kidney Pie.
It doesn't matter if it's short crust pastry or puff pastry on your pie. It's a sure fire winner for a cold winter night. With the rich flavours of the meat and gravy you need a wine with enough body to stand up to these. I've chosen the Gestos Malbec £5.99 . Full bodied fruit with a hint of chocolate and subtle herbal notes. The weight this wine has on the palate will stand up well to those big flavours in the kidney.
Cheese on Toast.
We all know that some nights you just want something quick and easy for dinner that doesn't end in a mountain of washing up! If your having this then get yourself some really good strong cheese. This dish can take a wine with some tannin as the protein and the fat in the cheese will soften them up. I would go for a bottle of Mont St Jean Corbieres only £4.99 when you buy 2 or more. Full with black fruit and with a structure of rounded tannins this match with leave you feeling like you've had a really comforting treat for a bargain!
Sticky toffee pudding
Now, sometimes you've just got to cheat and buy it in rather than make it yourelf. Sticky, sweet and truly indulgent this is a proper stick to your ribs pudding. If you want to really spoil yourself then pair it up with a bottle of Vistamar last harvest moscatel £4.99 when you buy any 2 or more Chilean wines. Stone fruits, and dried fig flavours make this a great match for you pudding treat
If you have any other foods you're looking to match with a wine then why not get intouch with us in store and ask for a suggestion.
The Bargain Hunt Top 10Date published: 07/01/13
This week sees the beginning of the Majestic Wine Bargain Hunt which means outstanding offers on fantastic wines! To help you out we've decided to put together a top 10 list of the wines we have in stock here in the Cardiff Store. Remember some of these wines are very limited availability and once they are gone they are gone! If you would like to check stocks or place orders, give us a call in store to save dissappointment.
So, in no particular order we have.....
1. Saumur Champigny 2010 £7.24 when you buy 2 down from £10.99. A perfect example of Loire Cabernet Franc, lovely with Rabbit!
2. Vouvray Moelieux (half bottle) £7.99 when you buy 2 down from £12.99. A delicate but complex desert wine that will go well in apple tart!
3. Ch La Dourine £5.99 when you buy 2 down from £8.99. A robust southern French red for those cold New Year evenings.
4. Domaine Tranquillite £5.24 when you buy 2 down from £7.99. A superb Cab Sauv dominated blend form the South of France.
5. Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay £6.66 when you buy 2 down from £9.99. This is a lovely rich Chardonnay from Southern France and would be the perfect match for roast chicken.
6. McHenry Hohnen Cab. Merlot £8.99 when you buy and 2 OZ wines and save 20% down from £12.24. A personal favourite of mine, this is a deep rich red of excellent quality and perfect partner to a hearty beef burger!
7. Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon £7.99 when you buy any 2 OZ wines and save 20%, down from £9.99. This wine is truly amazing value being originally listed at £12.49 and a great introduction to a classic white Bordeaux variety.
8. Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc £4.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines and save 20%, down from £6.24. Chilean Sauvignon is always crisp, herbaceous and mouthwateringly good. The Yali is no exception!
9. Tabali Res. Esp. Chardonnay £7.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines and save 20%, down form £9.99. This is a really classy example of Chardonnay packed with stone fruit flavours and a long finish.
10. Catalpa Pinot Noir £8.49 when you buy 2, down from £12.99. This is great value Pinot at it's most robust and meaty. Expect flavours of Raspberries and Caramel!
We have many for great wines avaliable in our Bargain Hunt and we've collected quite of a few of them together in store so you won't have to spend too much time hunting!
A Christmas Wine WishlistDate published: 09/12/12
For many Christmas day must begin (not too early mind) with smoked salmon and Champagne. I’m not really a huge fan of smoked salmon so with my Champagne I tend to have another mince pie. Pick your favourite house non-vintage. Mine is Pol Roger: elegance, class and sophistication with a rich, full flavour.
Next up is a lovely gin and tonic before dinner. I tend to make mine with a good quality gin like Martin Millers and perhaps most importantly a good tonic like Fever Tree. A gin and tonic is only as good as the mixer you use! Whilst I’m enjoying my refreshing drink, I will be decanting my chosen Christmas dinner reds.
There are plenty of wines, both red and white, that go well with Christmas dinner and on such a personal occasion I think it’s important to pick wines that you love and are perhaps important to you in some way. A white for those who prefer it will be a lightly-oaked Bourgogne as I like to introduce people back to Chardonnay and not tell them till they’ve admitted they like the wine and that they have never liked Chardonnay. It’s a little Christmas treat for myself!
And for the red? Those who know me will know what is coming and I make no apologies for being predictable here! Chateau Musar will always have a place on my celebratory table, I love the wonderful tasting, complex wines they produce as much as the story and the sense of history they give me. Like everything out of the ordinary, Musar is a wine that you either love or hate and on an occasion when it is traditional and appropriate to surround yourself with numerous loved ones (and tolerated ones) a marmite wine possibly isn’t the best. But like I said, this is about personal tastes, this is MY Christmas wine list and of course there is no harm in offering an alternative.
My thinking tends to fall to the old world for Christmas dinner wines. A classic Claret for example is perfect, an older Vintage, late 90s Medoc usually works great for me. Pinot Noir is also a perfect match for turkey and since it was Bordeaux last year I will be going for a lovely southern French Pinot Noir by Domain D’Aigle as it represents fantastic value.
For desert I will be offering a wonderful PX Sherry (essentially liquid Christmas cake) and the wonderful Vin de Constance desert wine from South Africa.
I’m feeling rather Chrstmassy after all that!
Yachi Da!Date published: 01/12/12
If your a true Welshy like me then you'll love anything and everything produced in Wales. Merlyn; a Welsh cream liqueur made in the Penderyn distillery is not only Welsh, but also an indulgent winter warmer; perfect for Christmas. The Penderyn distillery is based within one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in Wales; the Brecon Beacons National Park. It's sole philosophy is to continually create high quality spirits time and time again. As such it only produces small quantities.
It's at Christmas when most people like to indulge in good quality products; one of which we have open to taste in store. As explained briefly beforehand, Merlyn is a Welsh cream liqueur blended from the finest Welsh malted barley spirit of Penderyn and fresh dairy cream. It is distinctive from other cream liqueurs in that it is irresistibly rich but has a strikingly clean finish. This is as a result of adding malted barley spirit into the blend; something that makes Penderyn different from other producers. Penderyn's refusal to compromise on taste means that this creamy liqueur is only produced in small batches similar to the Whisky produced in the same distillery.
We, at Majestic have Merlyn in stock and open to taste in store right now. At just £15, it's a great excuse to see how great the Welsh are at producing all manners of perfection. Yachi Da!
Beaujolais Nouveau Date published: 06/11/12
The 15th of November marks this years Beaujolais Nouveau Day. The day when the first wines of the Beaujolais vintage are released. Once a huge tradition of midnight races to the docks and late night restaurant openings, this wine still manages to cause quite a stir on it's release.
Beaujolais Nouveau really doesn't take itself to seriously, this is a wine made for fun and frivolity. Purple in colour and full of bubble gum flavours this wine can be served slightly chilled. This is not a wine for keeping, best drunk young it is at it's best enjoyed before the Christmas tree comes down!
This year the quality of grapes is fantastic, however yields are the lowest they have been for about 40 years. At Majestic we are lucky enough to have our own allocation of this great wine. Not only that, but it's from the well known and respected producer George Duboeuf. We only have limited quantities of this wine and this is all we will get until the 3rd Thursday of November rolls around next year. So if you would like to enjoy some Beaujolais Nouveau this year then please contact us in store on 02920 627 901 to reserve your wine. This will not be available over the internet due to limited stocks. We look forward to hearing from you.
Spanish Parcel Date published: 25/10/12
Here are just a few of the great wines we now have in store. There are plenty more to choose from so please contact us for more details. As these wines are in very limited supply they will not be showing on our website so grab them quick before these amazing aged Rioja's are gone forever.
Cune Imperial Reserva 1995. £22.49 down to £17.99 when you buy any 2 + Spanish wines.
Vina Alberdi Crianza 1994. £12.49 down to £9.99 when you buy any 2 + Spanish wines.
Marques de Riscal Reserva 2001. £22.49 down to £17.99 when you buy any 2 + Spanish wines
Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 1994. £30 reduced to £25 when you buy 2 or more
Majestic CommercialDate published: 13/10/12
I am sure that many of you are aware of our offerings to you as a retail customer, but were you aware of what our Majestic commercial department can offer to you as a business.
As a company we have many years experience of working with all types of business from pubs and restaurants to caterers and hotels. Our dedicated commercial department can offer account management which includes credit account facilities, staff training and wine list production. When it comes to the wines we have, our range of on-trade exclusive wines have been very well received. This year we have been awarded 12 medals for our wines at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2012. Add to this the benefit of local stores with regular deliveries available and we really do have a great package to offer you.
With Christmas fast approaching we can also take care of your Corporate gifts, or incentives. Here at Majestic Corporate we are able to arrange a whole host of different gift options for you. For gifts between 6 and 12 bottles you can choose from the whole Majestic range. For gifts of 1, 2, 3 and 6 bottle gifts we have our Gift solutions brochure which gives options on wooden cases and accessory packs. We can deal with multi-destination orders for you and can be your single point of contact from ordering to delivery and invoicing.
If you would like to read more about what our Majestic Commercial team can do for your business then you can find more information or contact them at www.majesticcommercial.co.uk . Alternatively feel free to contact us in store on 02920 627 901 or at email@example.com
SWIG External TastingDate published: 11/10/12
I've been talking a lot about tastings this month, what with attending the LFE tasting this week, telling everyone about our forthcoming Wine Walk and also presenting a tasting for the wine group SWIG.
SWIG (Serious Wine Imbibers Group) asked me to come along to one of their monthly wine tastings and talk them through some of Majestic's excellent Spanish wines. I've been lucky enough to present wine tastings to many groups of people over the years, but few have been better informed on wine than SWIG. Having been meeting for the past 20 odd years I must admit I was a little nervous, I think any one of them could have lead the tasting!
We started off with a real mainstay of the Majestic range, the Martin Codax Albarino. Most agreed that this was not dissimilar to Viongier in style, with its stone fruit aromas and rounded palate as well as hints of honey and peaches. As it would turn out, this was the wine that won in the final vote, but we'll come to that later. If the Codax represents the classic Spanish native varietal white the country is famed for producing, then the second wine would be an example of the modern forward thinking Spanish Wine-maker. From Torres: the hugely popular Vina Esmerelda. A wine to divide opinion it seems, with strong aromas of honeysuckle and ripe pare, the Gewurztraminer dominated nose left some tasters pleased and others less so. For me, this is a brilliant wine, truly an example of something deferent and interesting. I love its rounded sweetness and grapey flavoursome palate from the Muscat and the wonderful Gewurztraminer nose.
Onto the reds, and to the highlight of the tasting, a chance to compare 3 different Rioja styles. First up the CVNE Crianza, a lovely fruit driven, soft example of a Tempranillo dominated blend. Only 1 year in American oak which lets the red fruit character shine though and gives the wine a fantastically soft feel on the palate. Second up was the CVNE Reserva, a more sophisticated wine, with 2 years in Oak and a further 3 years in bottle it is classic Rioja. A balance of oak and vanilla with aromas of soft red fruits such as strawberries and hints of herbs. A great deal of satisfied noises from the group over this wine. Lastly, and to complete the comparison the Torre Aldea Gran Reserva. Out of the 3 the Gran Reserva certainly stood out as the most different with much more leather and earthy aromas from it's time in Oak and bottle.
Our final 2 reds where the El Chaparral Old Vine Garnacha and the Pizarras De Otero Bierzo. Like the Esmeralda, the Bierzo really divided opinion with everyone finding the chance to taste the previously unheard of Mencia grape to be a real treat. The El Chaparral however went down very well amongst the group scoring highest of all the reds in the final vote. Last but not least the Torres Floralis Moscatel NV desert wine. Described as 'a lush' by one member of the group and the best way to cure a heavy cold by another. The Floralis was the perfect way to end a thoroughly interesting tasting..even the aesthetics of the bottle was admired by all.
Of all the many ways there are to grade wines, the 100 point system of Robert Park, the 20 point system used by Decanter magazine and the simple ticks and crosses I tend to employ I can't help but mention the excellent scoring system used by SWIG. Each member has 3 votes on the white wines and 3 on the reds and are asked to raise their hands for the 3 wines they choose showing one finger for their third best, 2 for their second and so on. Marvelous! As I've already let on, the Codax came out on top with 41, the El Chaparral second with 34 and the Bierzo, the Gran Reserva and Reserva a close 3rd, 4th and 5th. When the prices where then read out, it was the El Chaparral that really stood out. At only £7.99 on offer and the most enjoyed red of the evening.
I would like to thank Mr Jones and SWIG for welcoming me as an honorary member for the evening, and hope to see you all again for a tasting in the future. This tasting was inspired by our recent Saturday Tasting Tutorials but there are many variations of tastings we could perform. If anyone reading this would be interested in doing something similar we would be very pleased to hear from you. There are many ways to taste the wines that we stock at Majestic, one of which is our ever changing in store tasting counters. Every store has one and you can even check what you can taste each day but viewing individual stores on-line tasting counter.
Luis Filipe Edwards TastingDate published: 11/10/12
One of the best things about my job is that I get to attend wine tastings. I love tasting new wines, obviously, but for me the real benefit is the people I get to meet. At the Luis Filipe Edwards tasting we where lucky enough to meet the man himself, Luis Filipe and the chance to discuss his families wines with him was a real privileged.
LFE wines are very much about giving outstanding value at every price and this was a point stressed by Luis as well as by the wines he presented to us. Among the wines that stood out for me where the Seleccion Especial Reserva Malbec, and the Grand Reserva Sauvignon. I'd never tried a Chilean Malbec before and it was really refreshing to taste the grape in this more approachable style. We tend think think of Chile as 'New World' and we tend to think of 'New World' wines as coming from very hot climates but with Chile this just isn't true for the most part. With its dual mountain ranges and the cooling influence of the sea, large parts of of the Chilean wine growing areas such as Cassablanca Valley, Leyda Valley and Colchagua are actually considered cool climate zones in terms of viticulture. The Reserva Malbac really illustrates this in its balanced and approachable style, with an abundance of fruit and incredibly rounded tannins.
I'm really looking forward to receiving the Grand Reserva Sauvignon in store (available shortly) and has been recognized as being world class with the recent win at a global wine challenge. The area of the Leyda Valley where the grapes for this wine are grown is identical in terms of its climate in every way to Marlborough except it has less rainfall over the year. That isn't to say LFE are trying to create Marlborough in Chile as this wine is much more subtle than a lot of Marlborough's offerings. I was really impressed with its lively acidity and balance of fruit and structure. The nose is much more reminiscent of South African Sauvignon with asparagus and broad beens, the palate more citrus and lime than gooseberry and pineapple. I expect people to really enjoy this wine, and can't wait to get it open on our tasting counter in store.
Lastly I can't help but mention the treat of tasting a wine flown in specially from Chile, just for us. The LFE Dona Bernarda 2000, a wine dedicated to Luis's mother and not available for sale anywhere! The reason for allowing us to taste this wine was to demonstrate the ability of Chilean wines to age really well, and probably for LFE to show off a bit! Well I'm not complaining, what a revelation this wine was. Blended from classic Bordeaux varieties, this Cabernet dominant wine has been made with the highest quality grapes, and has undergone no less than 12 years aging in bottle. It was reminiscent of Paullac with a soft and structured style, incredibly elegant and expressive. The perfect way to end a thoroughly enjoyable evening!
I would like to thank LFE for a truly informative tasting, Not only did I learn a great deal about their wines, but also about Chile itself. If there was one word I could use to sum up the LFE wines I tasted it would be 'Value'. However, 'Brilliant' may be a more fitting description, as this tasting has re-ignited my passion for Chilean wine; it feels like a whole new region has just opened up to me, and I cannot wait to explore it..
If you would like any more information on the wines mentioned or about any of the LFE range then feel free to come and see us in store or contact us by phone or e-mail.
Marks Mackerel MatchingsDate published: 02/10/12
Our new Parcel Series Riesling 2006, from the Eden Valley Australia, seemed an absolute bargin at £6.99 if you buy more than one. When I got it home, well chilled and served it with a Smoked Mackel Pate, I was right - What a stunning wine! A dry light style of Rielsing with bags of ripe citrus fruits. With an oily texture and a real slatyness, it makes a perfect match for the smoky, creamy flavour of the pate.
Possibly one of the easiest, tastiest dishes I'v ever made, simply combine (serves 2)
2x Skinned Mackerel Fillets (unpeppered)
1x Heaped tablespoons of Crème Fraiche
The juice of half a lemon
A good pinch of chopped Chives
Half a tea spoon of Horseradish
A pinch of Paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
No need to blend, its good if its still chunky and serve on a slice of Rye or Sourdough, something with a bit of flavour. Top with Olive Oil and some Cornichons for a touch of acidity.
Amazing Spanish ParcelDate published: 25/09/12
I have spent a very exciting morning unpacking some more of the fantastic treat that is our brilliant Spanish parcel. For those of you who haven't already heard, Majestic have managed to get hold of a parcel of amazing aged Rioja. For anyone with a taste for Spanish wines these are just too good to miss. All these wines are limited quantities and many are not available on the internet because of this. I have put together a list of what we have in store below so please contact us in store if you would like to take this unmissable opportunity to get your hands on some of these beautiful wines.
Rioja Crianza 1994 Vina Salceda
£7.99 when you buy any 2+ Spanish wines. Unit Price £9.99
Conde de la Salced Gran Reserva 1987, Vina Salceda Rioja
£14.99 when you buy and 2+ Spanish wines. Unit Price £18.74
Rioja Reserva 2001 Marques de Riscal
£17.99 when you buy and 2+ Spanish wines. Unit Price £22.49
Rioja Reserva Imperial 1991 CVNE
£17.99 when you buy and 2+ Spanish wines. Unit Price £22.49
Rioja Reserva Imperial 1995 CVNE
£17.99 when you buy and 2+ Spanish wines. Unit Price £22.49
Contino Reserva Rioja 2001 CVNE
Wine Tasting With Majestic - A chance to learn. Date published: 15/09/12
For me, the best thing about wine is what you can learn from it. Wine gives back in so many ways and the best way to encounter what wine can give you is by tasting them, together, along side other wines with the help of a friendly, knowledgeable Majestic Guide. We understand that wine can be a bit scary, there is a lot to learn therefor there will be a lot we don't already know as wine enthusiasts. But that doesn't matter, because we don't want wine to be scary, elitist or snobby, we think wine should be fun and engaging.
There are lots of ways you can taste our wines, our tasting counter has at least 6 different wines open every five days, we run wine courses every month for up to 12 people, and we have dedicated tastings weeks to specific wine regions or styles with a tasting tutorial every Saturday. If you would like more info on anything in the last sentence why not have a look on our store web page or ask a member of staff in store. You can even sign up to our twitter feed and facebook page.
Tasting wine with us in store is a fantastic way to learn, but it isn't the only way. Have you ever thought about getting a group of friends together, along with a selection of wines and doing a tasting? It would be a great idea for a party, or just an excuse to learn something new about the wines you know and love or some hidden gems you never thought you would like. We are often asked in store whether or not Majestic could send someone to lead a tasting for their group, be it of friends, colleagues, or a committee and if you are interested in this we would very much like to hear from you. Why not send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us in store on 02920 627901. Depending on the date required we could put together an informative tasting for your group that Majestic staff would present and that would fit almost any budget. Our time would be free, you would only have to pay for the wines!
Just to give you an idea of what we could do, I've put together an example of 6 wines you could use for a tasting. I've chosen Spanish wine as the focus, but there are many different combinations such as Cabernet from around the world, Sauvignon from around the world or left vs right bank Bordeaux. If you keep an eye out on our store web page, we will be posting other examples of tasting collection you could choose in the coming weeks.
Martin Codax Albarino £9.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% unit price £12.49
Muga Blanc, Rioja £8.79 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% unit price £10.99
Matsu El Picaro Toro £7.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% unit price £9.99
Vina Pomal Crianza £7.48 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% unit price £9.36
Vina Eguia Gran Reserva £9.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% unit price £12.49
Torres Floralis Moscatel half £7.99 when you buy an 2 Spanish wines and save 20% unit price £9.99
Total Price £53.23. That's one bottle of each wine, about enough to give a tasting sample to 12-15 people.
With these six wines you'll be introduced to two fantastic white wines. A white Rioja (Muga) and an Albarino (Codax) both of which display very different styles and tastes. You will also get a perfect introduction to Tempranillo, the classic Rioja grape by comparing 3 different example, a Rioja Crianza (Pomal), a Rioja Gran Reserva (Eguia) and a Toro (Matsu) each will have stark and subtle differences for you to pick out. And to top it all off, the Torres Moscatel, a lovely desert wine with an intense nose, taste and sweetness.
To help you with your tasting, we can provide tasting notes for each of the wines, tasting mats for you to set them out as well as glass hire and advise.
If you have any questions about tastings of any kind then don't hesitate to get in touch. You'll find more information about what we do on our store web page, our tweets and articles. You'll also find our tasting counter updated regularly on-line. COME AND EXPLORE!
Marks Marathon du Medoc - 8th September 2012Date published: 14/09/12
Back in Febuary of this year I saw an oppourtunity to tour around some of the most famous Chateaus of the Medoc and raise money for Majestic wines Charity of the year " Bowel Cancer UK". I was new to Majestic at the time so got very exicted by this thought, so I put my name down having not really thought the marathon bit through throughly.
I had never run a Marathon before, or done any running of any sort for that matter, so training was not taken lightly. I started out with short 2-3 mile routes in March and slowly progressed through the coming months until 3 weeks before the marathon I reached a peak of 16 miles. I'v actually started to enjoy running and plan to run the Cardiff Half Marathon.
Finally the morning has arrived, all the training and preparation done! I'm feeling good the atmosphere was really something as we stood amoung 7,500 fellow runners, after a fly past of two french jets we were off. After just 1km was the first chance to sample some wine (don't ask me which one I was in the zone). After running past Cht Pichon- Longuville, Cht Lafite, Cht Batailley just to name a couple I had reached half way. At this point I was still feeling great and was just taking it one mile at a time. I reached 20 miles in 3 hours and I was looking good for my target time of under 4.
But then, as the tempature reached a peak of 38 degrees, (no amount of training in the UK could have prepared me for this) in the exposed vineyards of St-Estephe I hit The Wall! My legs ceased up, my left knee completly stopped working and I could hardly walk and any atempt to start running again was soon put to bed by excrociating stabbing pains in my legs caused by the excessive built up of lactic acid! So a 2 and half hour hobble to the finsh line lay before me. I even stopped at Cht Montrose for a glass of wine and sports massage. The finishing straight was laden with wine and local delicacies such as Oysters and BBQ Steak of which I had plenty. At the last km marker the crowd was really encouraging I tossed my beaker of wine to the side of the route and put all I had into a sprint finish, and by sprint I mean limp, to cross the line in 2194th place with a time of 5hrs 21mins. Not to bad for a first Marathon! Better luck next time.
I have currenly raised £400 for Bowel Cancer UK and you can still sponser me by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Bailey7
Thanks to all the encouragement from the amazing Locals "Allez Mark"
Changing tastes; A beginner's insight. Date published: 13/09/12
Changing tastes, a beginners guide to wine
Nearly a year into the job, a WSET exam under my belt and an ever expanding tasting history stinging my taste buds, I can safely say that I'm still a novice to this wine business. When writing the notes for this article I realised I was unconsciously listing in chronological order the break through's I have had as a wine drinker. Feeling in a nostalgic mood, I thought I'd jot down my my first experience with wines how my tastes have developed and swoon over that wine that everybody has; your first love, the one that stole your heart and won't give back..
I'll skip the pre-history I had with wine before I became an enlightened member of Majestic. The sordid student concoctions are best left in the past. The first wine I had, on my very first day working for the company, was the Errazuriz estate Sauvignon Blanc. It hit the right spots; chilled, sweet (what I considered to be sweet in my uncouth language; it's actually dry) and very good. I recognised the flavours and learned which parts of my mouth tasted which elements of the wine. For the next month I tried as many Sauvignon Blanc's as I could, then Sauvignon Blanc blends, then finally Charonnays from the New world. My tastes were developing and I began to notice subtle differences between the old and new world.
But this is hardly revelatory; no, my next break through came in the form of a Lebanese Wine Chateau Musar. This obscure gem of a wine taught me a valued lesson -
Learn to enjoy what you don't understand.
It was like nothing I had ever drunk before, and it is unlike anything I have had since. I couldn't grasp the sensations this wine was evoking and instead of trying to pin them down in a tasting note, I simply enjoyed what was a unique experience. This opened me up to a whole new world of things I would never have tried before, a very useful asset in a store packed full of wines of all varieties.
My last break through was a little more abstract and is still only a half formed thing. The hand that gave me that glass of Chateau Musar belonged to our assistant manager Luke, who then proceeded to tell me about his time spent in Lebanon with the wine maker. The enthusiasm and love for the place and wine bled through the telling of the story and it was hard not to get swept up and away by it. He has a very particular relationship with the wine that I don't think I would have understood unless I had worked for Majestic.
When I choose wine now to drink now, I consider much more than the monetary cost.
What makes the perfect BBQ?Date published: 20/08/12
What makes the perfect BBQ? Is it the brilliant company, a chiller bin filled with great wine and beer, perfectly marinated meat, the latest recipes from a funky chef? Or is it just throwing a disposable BBQ and any food you can muster in the car and heading down to our beautiful coast to enjoy the sunset?
Whatever your idea of the perfect BBQ why not join in the #Majestival fun on our main Majestic facebook page and give us your suggestions. The best suggestion voted for by Majestic fans stands to win a Majestic hamper filled with crowd suggestions. Get involved and let us hear your ideas. #Comeandexplore.
Nyetimber tasting 1pm Tuesday 14th.Date published: 13/08/12
Tomorrow is very exciting as we have Emma from Nyetimber in store with us to introduce you all to their fantastic range of sparkling wines. If you've ever wondered what English sparkling wine has to offer then join us at 1pm tomorrow and find out why Nyetimber is so highly regarded. Drank by the Queen at her Jubilee celebrations, this wine has followers in high places! We look forward to seeing you all.
The first instalment of The Summer Top 100. Jane MacQuitty's The Saturday TimesDate published: 21/07/12
2011 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc
Squeaky clean and proud of it, this stainless steel fermented and aged
sauvignon is the wine to serve to Loire devotees who feel New World
sauvignon somehow fails to hit the spot. Named in honour of the 120
soldiers who hid in Santa Rita's cellars during Chile's war for
independence, this grassy, punchy, 13.5 per cent alcohol, lime and green
pepper-scented sauvignon is the wine to serve at all those mixed buffet
2011 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc
Star Buy - Best Value
This bowled me over with its mouthwatering blast of zesty, verdant, nettle,
grass cuttings and flowering currant pisazz. All that, and closing on the
zingy, tropical fruit note that has made Marlborough sauvignon so famous,
effortlessly put Giesen ahead of the pack. Made with grapes from 32 plots
in the Wairau valley, Giesen is just the job served with asparagus, or an
2011 Wither Hills Chardonnay
Star Buy - Best Buy
Anyone tasting this 14 per cent alcohol Kiwi chardonnay will wonder why
they bother with white burgundy - it made mincemeat of most of the sub-£8
white burgundies it was lined up with. It oozes spiced baked apple and
cinnamon flavours. With a fine, nutty, toasty, oak-derived finish, it was
impossible to fault.
2009 Les Princes Abbes Riesling Schlumberger
Unthinkable to go through the summer without a fine Alsace white to savour
alongside those powerfully flavoured summer dishes. If you have
stomach-space for just one, make it this racy riesling. Schlumberger differ
from other Alsace producers in that every wine it produces comes from
grapes grown in its own vineyards. Such quality control has paid off and
this mouthwatering riesling oozes bold, vibrant, thrillingly complex musk
peach, lime and floral fruit.
2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St-Jean
The Gagnard family work together, which helps to explain why this premier
cru is so good. From the northern end of the appellation, this swanky
premier cru has lots of delicious, ripe, toasty, smoky, steely, again
heavily oak-spiced fruit.
Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur Brut NV
Star Buy - Bargain Fizz
Big summer party in view? Then you and yours will need a brilliant, bargain
bubbly to crack open for the occasion. Made exclusively from the Loire's
classy chenin blanc grape and stored in long, cold galleries hewn out of
the region's tuffeau stone, what you get from this fine sparkler is lots of
zippy, zesty, waxy, floral, honey-baked apple fruit.
Fine Wine Friday - Cloudy Bay Te KokoDate published: 04/07/12
Te Koko 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
With Sauvignon Blanc vines only planted as recently as 1973 in Marlborough, Alan Scott could not have imagined the impact he would have upon the world. Te Koko took it's name from a Maori legend, where the explorer Kupe was forced into a sheltering bay from a storm. That bay, known as Cloudy bay was named Te Koko-o-Kupe and it is from this tumultuous story that this wine takes its cue.
Marlborough was the site where Sauvignon Blanc was pioneered. Now, up to three quarters of all vineyard space is dedicated to growing this grape. Owing to New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc's commercial success, there has recently been a concerted effort by the government to analyze what factors transform this into a vivaciously crisp and pure fruit character where most Loire versions struggle to produce the vibrancy on the palate.
The commercial success of Sauvignon Blanc has been such that wine producers are moving away from mass produced wines that show very little distinction, to promoting stylistic variation not only between regions, but within sub regions. In Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc is king and for most casual observers New Zealand and Sauvignon Blanc are inseparably paired.
Cloudy Bay has one of the highest reputations of producing wine throughout the world. Te Koko embodies the pioneering spirit of that mythological traveler, as the wine is made with indigenous yeast; a method unheard of before it's trial in 1991. Each bottle is aged for three years prior to release to ensure all elements are integrated for a complex and creamy palate. This wine displays a tantalizing infusion of jasmine flowers, sweet garden herbs with lemon and mandarin citrus. The subtle hint of oak manifests itself through a delicate smokiness; a sumptuous counter-point to local cuisine.
Te Koko is best paired with tastes native to New Zealand. Baked white fish, goats cheese and pumpkin tartlets and freshly shucked oysters compliment this wine's rich, complex character.
Te Koko embodies the spirit of adventure, optimism and potential that New Zealand has brought to the world of wine lovers.
The Australia Tasting 6Date published: 04/07/12
Let's face it if we're going to be celebrating the British summer, we're likely to be doing it in doors. A great way to enjoy the indoors and a fabulous party idea is to have a wine tasting. Get some friends and or family together and with a little help from us you can experience a really interested wine tasting. As a suggestion of what form you tasting could take we've come up with 6 wines from Australia to give you a great idea of what the country has to offer across a range of styles from fizz to desert wine and white and red in between.
The OZ Tasting 6
Green Point Brut NV
Wakefield Est. Chardonnay
Peter Lehman Riesling
DB Reserve Pinot Nor
Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz
Brown Brothers Orange Muscat
Total = £52.74
Prices given are when purchasing 2 or more OZ wines and saving 20%
As well as other examples of tasting wines we can also help you out with everything else you might need from glasses to tasting notes. Enjoy your wine tasting! Come and explore!
Fine Wine FridayDate published: 30/06/12
The first Friday of every month sees the arrival of our Fine Wine Friday. This means that we have a fine wine open and available to taste in store. Each month there will be a different wine as we explore the fine wines of the world. Previous wines have included, The Chateau Fonplegade, Kanonkop Paul Sauer, Vin de Constance, Chablis Pinson and The Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz to name but a few. If you would like us to contact you in advance of the day to let you know which wine we will be tasting then please feel free to contact us at the store with your e-mail address. We look forward to seeing you for our next Fine Wine Friday!
European Champonship Wine ContendersDate published: 18/06/12
England - Forever hopeful of achieving glory, the England team have always boasted a squad with quality players capable of beating the world's best. They are still knocking on the door, and who knows, maybe now is the time for them to show the rest of Europe that they can compete at the top level!
That's why our wine to represent England is - Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 = £24.99 A sparkling wine, which when at its best, can stand tall against its well known rivals from Champagne!
Spain - A team full of both youth and experience and who are always value for money!
That's why our wine chosen to represent Spain is - Rioja Reserva Vina Eguia 2006 = £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles. Single bottle price £9.99. It has bags of youthful fruitiness, supported by some more mature oak aromas and flavours. This is a real contender for the title!
Germany - A team that rarely underperforms and who always has the potential to surprise.
Our wine chosen to represent Germany is - Dr.L Riesling, Loosen Brothers, Mosel 2010 = £7.99. With a fresh acidity balanced against a palate of sweet apricots, this wine may well have the complete package, which proves difficult to beat!
Italy - Perhaps an outsider for this years Championships, Italy always show plenty of passion and have a powerful defence that many countries simply cannot find a way past.
For that reason the wine we have chosen to represent Italy is - Corvina Rosso Veronese, Ca'del Pipa 2009 = £7.99 when you buy any two Italian wines. Single bottle price £9.99. It has plenty of heart with lots of black fruit aromas and flavours, followed by liquorice and spice, backed up by a powerful full-body. A complex wine that is difficult to second guess!
France - Probably the most difficult team to place. Just like the French team sheet, the wine labels of France give little away as to how they are going to perform. However, on their day, they are more than capable of being the best in the world.
That's why our chosen wine for France is - Chateau Caronne Ste-Gemme, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc 2007 = £12.99 when you buy two or more bottles. Single bottle price £13.99. A wine as complex as its name suggests, it shows flavours of red fruit and subtle oak, alongside nuances of smoke and black pepper. Underestimate at you own peril!
Press RecommendationsDate published: 16/06/12
The Independent – Anthony Rose – 9th June
2011 Sancerre Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils
This fine new vintage sauvignon is fragrant and concentrated with classic gooseberry fruit, its herbaceous borders adding zing to this stylish Loire dry white.
The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 9th June
2011 Black Cottage Pinot Rosé
Listed as 1 of the 4 wines in ‘This week’s top wines’
The Daily Mail – Matthew Jukes – 2nd June
2007 Marques de la Concordia Crianza
This bold, daring, statesmanlike red has masses of class and impact on the palate. Bigger, darker and richer than many reds, drink it with the Roast British Beef and Potato Salad (right). It's a stunning deal, too.
The New Zealand Tasting 6Date published: 16/06/12
Here in Cardiff people seem to love tasting and learning about wine whether they are here with us in store or at home with friends and family. With this in mind we have decided to come up with mixed 6 boxes that could be used for exciting and informative tastings you can do at home. We can offer you all the advise you need, from what order to taste the wines in and even what foods would match, we can even hire out enough glasses for the tasting and give you tasting notes for all the wines.
For our first offering we have decided to focus on New Zealand wines with a tasting that gives a good idea of what the country has to offer in terms of red and white wines, fizz and even sweet wines. This is by no mean the full extent of our NZ range and if you would like to try a broader range of NZ wines we are here to help. This box would also make a fantastic gift and as we are now offering free delivery on 6 bottles over £40, we could delivery it for you free of charge.
Here is our Pick!
Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV
Villa Maria Malb Sauvignon
Wither Hills Chardonnay
Waimea Nelson Pinot Noir
Villa Maria Hawks Bay Syrah
The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc
Total Price £60.94*
*Prices take into account our New Zealand 20% off multibuy price.
Press RecommendationsDate published: 02/06/12
Jane MacQuitty's Times Recommendations
Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose NV
Its glorious meaty, lingering, red summer-fruit flavours make it a great
bubbly now, equally happy with salmon and rosy-pink lamb.
Extra de Codorniu Brut NV
Britain loves bubbles, but inexpensive, easy-drinking summer sparklers with
crowd-pleasing fruit are very hard to find. Majestic's brilliant, and
brilliant value, Extra Cuvee cava, made by the traditional champagne
method, is consistently delicious. So dive into this stylish 11.5 percent
Spanish sparkler oozing terrific, zesty citrus fruit.
Tim Atkin on Saturday Kitchen
Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah 2009
Jubilee OffersDate published: 20/05/12
Here at Majestic we love a good party and in preperation for the Jubilee weekend we have some outstanding offers for you on wine beer and fizz!
Check these out!
Eguia Crianza £4.99 when you buy to and save £7 - Unit price £8.49
Riverland Run NZ Sauvingnon £4.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines and save 20%
Vinalba Reserva Malbec £7.99 when you buy 2 and save £4 Unit price £9.99
Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 Now only £18
Nicolas Feuillatte NV Now only £15
Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV Now only £6.66
Prosecco Corte Alta NV Now only £6.66
Peroni Nastro Azzurro 12 x 330ml Now only £12
Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24 x 330ml Now only £24
All offers are subject to the purchase of a minimum of 6 bottles in the case of the wines, beers are sold by the case.
Come and explore!
Wine PlaylistDate published: 23/04/12
“So...” I said innocently, trying my best to ingratiate myself with the manager and my new team.
“...If wine were music, what kind of music would it be?
Little did I know that this would spark a debate that has raged for most of the week. I've sneakily jotted down a few notes on what we have come up with and decided to post them up on here to see if your impressions match our own. In no particular order;
Zinfandel - A big, in your face rock star with tons of spunk. This is Mick Jagger mid strut demanding 'Do you think I'm sexy?'
Sherry - Tom Jones. Sherry is perceived as only being enjoyed by the elderly, but you know that his melodious Welsh tones make you tingle. Any one, of any age can enjoy that.
Port – Johnny Cash. Dark, broody intensity touched with moments of sweetness.
Chardonnay – The career of Manic Street Preachers. Despite the tragedy, the Preacher's have always produced quality music and are thankfully coming back into vogue. But don't call it a come back...
Beaujolais Nouveau - Pop Princess Christina Aguilera belting out Genie in a Bottle. Not for everyone, quite sweet, best when young.
Pinot Noir – We couldn't quite pin this to a single image, era or style of music. Like the grape itself, it defies a simple, easy definition. We settled upon a sultry jazz singer, smoke heaving from her lips as she takes the stage. This is the voice of Aretha Franklin, the majesty of Freddie Mercury, and the ethereal glamour of Marilyn Monroe.
Aged Vintage Champagne - Another difficult one, but we decided this would be your wedding song. You know that you will only get to experience this once and you hope it will be shared with your dearest loved ones.
That's all we have so far. What do you think of our selection? Do you have your own playlist of wines? Can't believe we've missed something out, or decry our tastes? Let us know via our twitter page: @majesticcardiff.
Having a tough time food and wine matching? Remember the golden rule; you can pair anything with Champagne!
Argentina AdventureDate published: 23/04/12
When you think of Argentina, what springs to mind? Malbec? Beef? Gouchos? If that's the case, then you'd be right and these were just a few of the fantastic things included in my recent trip.
Myself and 3 friends landed in Argentina on Thursday morning, 2 others from our group had flown out earlier in the week and were already on their way up into the Andes to go horse riding. After a flying visit to our hotel to change, we were whisked away. We were driven up into the foothills of the Andes to be met by a Goucho who was cooking an Asado (BBQ) for us. We tucked into some amazing roast veg, and beautiful beef, all washed down with a glass of Vinalba Malbec. Herve the wine maker's top tip for this wine is to chill it slightly. At first I was slightly sceptical about this, but it really worked, I was pleasantly surprised by the different characteristics it brought out of the wine.
Now feeling very sorry for our horses after everything we had eaten, we jumped on and off we went. The scenery was beautiful, and the horses we very sure footed over the rocky terrain. We stopped and walked up to a lookout point and the view was stunning. We rode for about an hour, our friends who started earlier than us were out for about 3. Needless to say there were a few sore bums in the morning.
The next day it was a tour of the winery and vineyards. We hopped into cars and were driven into the huge area that Vinalba have been planting in Gualtallary, a region in the Uco Valley. Argentina is a very different ball game compared to some other wine producing countries. Vineyards here are BIG. It is not easy to buy small plots of land here as it's just not economical. Getting the land ready for planting is a big and expensive job. Rocks had to be moved, areas flattened and boreholes drilled before planting could begin.
We had the opportunity to try different grape varieties across the property and to taste them at different stages of ripening. We got to see the highest Touriga National grapes in the world, and the famous Touriga tree pictured on the wine labels. We also had the chance to do a bit of picking, much to the amusement of the real pickers! The picking we got to do was not for the actual harvest but to reduce the number of bunches on each vine. This is done to make the vine concentrate on a smaller number of grapes giving more concentration and quality. Picking grapes may have a romantic image for many but in reality it is back breaking hard work in hot conditions. I'll be honest, I'm glad we only had a play at it.
That afternoon we had another fantastic Asado at the top of the vineyards. Such amazing views added to the experience of the amazing food and wine. Starting off with some Vinalba Torrontes was the perfect tonic to our hot and dusty drive through the vineyards. We were tempted by Empanadas, tiny little burgers and many other delicious treats before we even sat down to our mains. Then came the meat. Argentineans like their meat well cooked, they coat it with lots of salt which gives such an amazing crust and flavour. I can't wait to try it on a barbecue at home. Although I doubt it will be quite the same. A fantastic afternoon was had by all sitting in the sun looking over the vineyards enjoying a glass of wine. There may even have been some dressing up in ponchos to add to the afternoon but I'm not sure about photographic evidence of this.
Our final day in Argentina was spent having a full tasting of the range at Vinalba. This gave us the chance to really pick the brains of Herve and Diane about their wines and where they see their winery heading. All the wines were enjoyed by the group including the rare chance to try a barrel sample of rose. Listening to Herve and Diane speak you could really understand their passion for their wines and how important it was for them to produce quality and exciting wines. Argentina has so much to offer and they are continuing to work hard to make their wines stand out and show this.
To finish off our stay we were lucky enough to be invited to a party Herve and Diane were throwing for staff, friends and family. Big tables outside looked onto the biggest barbecue I have every seen and a live band. To top this off we were treated to some traditional Goucho dancing and some Tango. We all had the opportunity to meet lots of fantastic people while once again enjoying beautiful food and wine. The whole atmosphere at the party was one of a real community. We could all tell that wine really was a deep rooted part of the culture for everyone there.
My whole experience in Argentina was amazing. Herve and Diane and everyone else that we met were so passionate about their wines that it's infectious. We were looked after so well and I would like to thank our hosts. I recommend that if you get the chance Argentina is a fantastic place to visit, it has beautiful scenery, amazing food, fantastic people, and brilliant wine. What more could you want!
Weekend treatsDate published: 14/04/12
This weekend we really are spoiling you. Not only are we celebrating Malbec World Day with a selection of fantastic Malbecs. We also have a few other treat in store for you to taste.
Rekorderlig strawberry and lime cider.
A fantastic flavoured cider from Sweden. Try it served with ice and mint as a funky alternative to Pimms
San Miguel Fresca
Serve well chilled with a slice of lime. Crisp and refreshing, perfect for sunny days.
Henney's Dry Cider
Mike Henney is a man dedicated to making, quality cider. Give this one a try to remind yourself what great cider is all about.
Press recommendationsDate published: 14/04/12
Independent - Anthony Rose - 14th April 2012
2010 Camins del Priorat, Alvaro Palacios
This delicious blend of cariñena and garnacha mixed with cabernet and syrah
is delicately smoky with herby undertones behind a spicy, damson-rich
juiciness. £17.49, buy 2 = £13.99, Majestic
Guardian - Fiona Beckett - 14th April 2012
Poggioargentiera's Morellino di Scansano 2010
...a wine you can currently pick up from Majestic for £8.99 if you buy two
or more bottles. It's another graceful, fresh-tasting red that would drink
well with springtime grills (morellino is the local name for sangiovese in
that part of Tuscany).
Summer in the garden.Date published: 14/04/12
When we think about sunny afternoons spent lounging in the garden with family and friends, our thoughts always turn to the food and wine that would be involved. So, we thought we would let you into a few of our ideas. Like you, we are always looking for a deal too, so we've matched our food ideas up with some of the best deals in store at the moment. We really hope these ideas tickle your tastebuds like they have ours.
It always feels like you're spoiling yourself if you have a glass of fizz. With the Lindauer Sauvignon Blanc Brut at £7.99 reduced down from £9.99 you can without worrying about the bank balance.
If you're going for nice light salads, like my favourite mix of tomato, mozzarella and basil, then snap up the Brancott Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 when you buy 2 or more, reduced down from £8.99.
For the rose fans amongst us (be honest, we all love it!) why not go for one of the Aix Rose Magnums. This is a beautiful wine with delicate summer fruit flavours; the perfect partner to a big bowl of shell on prawns. When you're with friends who cares if the food is messy, and with a magnum bottle there will be plenty to go round.
If you prefer your cold cuts of meat and want to have red, but can't handle big wines when the sun is out, then grab a glass of our Beaujolais-Village Domaine des Nugues. Lovely light soft tannins with red berry fruit layered with sweet spice.
Now, for the out and out carnivores: Lamb chops marinated in garlic and rosemary, thrown on a nice big smokey barbecue. Wash them down with a rich glass of Umbral Malbec. Then find a comfy spot and settle in for the night!
Mystery Wine Challenge - The Results!Date published: 08/04/12
The Mystery Wine Challenge is primarily a bit of wine tasting related fun, but not only that, it is an experiment! This week I decided to do an experiment within an experiment involving the monthly occurrence of Fine Wine Friday. When customers taste our chosen wine blind we always encourage them to fill two of the possible 5 options. If they don't feel confident enough to identify the wines grape, whether it is old world or new world or which country it is from their thoughts on what price it is and whether or not they like or dislike the wine always brings up some of the most interesting results.
This week our Fine Wine Friday wine was the Peregrine Pinot Noir from New Zealand priced at £20 when you buy 2 down from the £25 unit price. And for our Mystery wine........the Giesen Pinot Noir, also from New Zealand but priced at £10.99 when you buy 2 down from the £13.74 unit price. Herein lies the experiment within the experiment! By asking people to taste both wines it was incredibly interesting to gage their reactions to them both. It seemed to be the case that when tasting the more expensive Peregrine first people where quick to notice the similarities with the less expensive and blind Giesen but when reversed, there was little mention of any similarities. With a wine of almost twice the price, I would have hoped that the Peregrine would have come out on top in a comparative tasting and overall this was certainly the case. When tasting the Giesen blind, the reaction was nearly always positive with an average mark of 7 out of 10 the reaction was one of recognition of value and quality with average price suggested coming in at £9.50. The reaction to the Peregrine was nearly always WOW! We did try not to disclose the price until the wine had been tasted however it being billed as the Fine Wine Friday wine, that may have been a giveaway and thus may have affected the response.
More than half the people who guessed the grape variety were spot on with Pinot Noir (including staff members who tasted blind) but only one person was able to pin point it as coming from New Zealand. With 20 people tasting, it is a little speculative to suggested anything concrete from our results however the information certainly seems interesting to me. I would consider Pinot Noir to be a fairly distinctive grape variety and the results would definitely clarify that. Also, I would suggest the Giesen is more savoury in character in comparison to other NZ Pinot, being perhaps more towards the Burgundian style, which is in no way an insult. This would explain the lack of correct answers in regards to country of origin. With Pinot Noir it is nearly always the colour of the wine that people notice first and if people had been writing a note on the Giesen the most common statement would undoubtedly have been on the wines paleness in the glass. Interestingly I wouldn't mind guessing that this lack of depth to the wines colour might have put people off which is a tragic shame! Pinot, with the risk of getting all philosophical is, to put it paradoxically, a philosophical variety! Or, like the last sentence, it makes you think! For me, it almost encourages misunderstanding by being more elusive, more expensive, less deep in colour, and less instantly giving! For many wine lovers Pinot Noir is the best expression of the land it was grown in and therefore the purest wine experience you can have. Pinot Noir is difficult to grow, and even more difficult to 'shape' in the winery. For me, more than any other variety, Pinot sparks debate and disagreement, it makes people ask questions, it creates philosophy. If you don't agree, ask yourself this. Would a blind tasting result article involving any other grape variety become an essay on the complexities of that grape varierty? I think not!
Until next week, enjoy your wine!
Come and explore!
Mystery Wine ChallengeDate published: 06/04/12
It's Mystery Wine Challenge time again! In case you haven't already heard, over the next couple of days we will be challenging our customers to taste a wine blind and try to work out what it is. It is all in the name of fun and knowledge with very interesting results every time. We ask for what price you think it is, whether it is old world or new world, the country and grape variety as well as whether or not you like it.
So, if you find yourself in store this Easter weekend why not give it a go. You never know, you might supprise yourself!
Malbec World Day 17th of AprilDate published: 03/04/12
To celebrate Malbec World Day on the 17th of April we will be holding a tasting in store between the 13th and 16th of April. Why not join us to try some of the fantastic wines coming out of Argentina. You will have the opportunity to try excellent Malbecs and to learn that Argentina has many other beautiful grape varieties to offer. Come and Explore
Press recommendationsDate published: 02/04/12
Times - Jane MacQuitty - 31st March 2012
2011 Viña Sol, Catalunya, Familia Torres, Spain
Terrific, fresh as a daisy, slimline white, just 11.5 per cent alcohol,
with lots of zippy, herby Granny Smith and lemon zest fruit
Saturday Kitchen - 31st March 2012
Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Carmenère 2011 Central Valley
Matched with Shepherd's Pie.
Telegraph - Victoria Moore - 31st March 2012
Mendel Lunta Malbec 2009 Argentina
No country makes malbec that is so gloriously perfumed or expressive as
Argentina does. And there are few names I am so pleased to see on a bottle
of it as Mendel whose winemaker, Roberto de la Mota, is one of the
country’s most celebrated. Aged in French oak, this has old-world accents;
a wine that feels like it has a story to tell.
Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 1st April 2012
Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Brut, Codorníu
A rounded, fruity cava with a distinctive flavour of pears and green
apples, and a snappy, white-pepper finish. Chill for drinking with light
seafood canapés and starters.
Independent on Sunday - Tery Kirby - 1st April 2012
Anakana Indo Carmenère Cachapoal Valley 2010
Spring may herald the start of the barbecue season and Chile's Carmenère is
a lovely grape to accompany outdoor cooking. Full-bodied, packed with ripe,
juicy black-fruit flavours, it is as straightforward as a piece of grilled
chicken or lamb, maybe with a little spicy relish. This one has flavours of
tobacco, coffee and leather to give added depth and complexity.
Easter FeastDate published: 26/03/12
As we turn our clocks to British summer time and the sun is shining gloriously in the sky, new wonderful flavours come into season around Britain. We were so excited that we put together an Easter feast menu using these seasonal local ingredients and have chosen some fantastic wines to match. I have given both a New world and Old world choice. We are sure to get those taste buds tingling.
Salmon fishcakes with a watercress mayonnaise
Boschendal Chenin Blanc
Macon Lugny, Louis Latour
Classic dressed crab
Sancerre Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Paul Cherrier et fils...Classic!
Lindeauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc
Provencale best end of spring lamb with ratatouille
Rioja Reserva Vendimia seleccionada, Muriel
Vinalba Reserva Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot
Fillet of Venison with a wild morel mushroom sauce
Barbaresco De Forville 2008...... perfection!
La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon
Baked chocolate and orange mousse with chocolate sauce and orange cream
Rustenburg straw wine
Royal Tokaji Late Harvest
Welsh cheese board with oat biscuits:
Perl Las blue cheese with De Bortoli Noble One
Caerphilly cheese with Valencay' Le clos du Chateau'
Strong Welsh chedder with Taylors Late bottled vintage
Come and explore!
Mystery Wine Challenge - The Results!Date published: 25/03/12
This is our second Mystery Wine Challenge result and it's really interesting. Last week our blind tasting showed the people of Cardiff really know their Rioja, but it seems they are less familiar with our second wine choice. I have to say even seasoned tasters found this weeks mystery wine a little elusive. In the end I can reveal the wine – chosen by Leigh as Joffre Malbec from Argentina. Priced at £7.99 down from £8.99 when you buy 2, tasters guessing the price where spot on with the average guess at £9.20. Interestingly there was a mix of guesses in regards to old world or new world with a little over 60% giving the correct answer of new world.
For me the most interesting result was the like or dislike rating which came in at an average of 7 out of 10. Given that only one person was correct with their blind tasting (they didn't put their name) and the variety of different wines that we saw the tasters buying it would seem to me that whilst a little overlooked, Argentinean Malbec would offer a perfect chance to try something different!
The most prominent suggestion for grape variety was Cabernet Sauvignon, which is extremely close given their similarities in terms of origin and style. Malbec is a classic old world grape found in Bordeaux blends and as single veriety wines from the south of France, and more precisely Cahors. Argentina has adopted the variety to great success, using altitude as variation for their vineyards and Terroir. Malbec gives full character wines, with lots of fruit and intensity of flavour with an inviting purple colour in the glass. For more information on Malbec and wines of Argentina, head to majestic.co.uk.
Well done to all who tasted the wine this week and where brave enough to give it a go. I for one am excited to see what the reaction to next weeks blind tasting will be. If you want to test yourselves or are up for a bit of wine related fun we'll see you in store next weekend for the 3rd installment of the Mystery Wine Challenge! Don't forget to check out our events section for up and coming wine events and our news section for wine related articles and info. Also, you can also follow us on twitter if you like at Majesticcardiff.
Blind TasteDate published: 18/03/12
So, our first mystery wine has proved to be a fantastic hit with all you blind tasters out there. Thank you so much for taking part in this bit of fun. To those of you who don't know; we have decided that every Friday and Saturday will feature a mystery wine that will be available for a blind tasting in store. Simply taste the wine and fill in a little form telling us how expensive you think it is, if it's old or new world, the country of origin the grape variety and how much you liked it.
To the results! This weeks wine was the Muriel Reserva Rioja. Congratulations to everyone who guessed right. Lots of you got it was from an old world country. On average this wine was given a £10 price, which is fantastic news as on offer at the moment it's only £5.99! Also you gave it an average rating of 7 out of 10. So it looks like we have quite a few Rioja fans. Why not check this wine out on our website for further details. We look forward to seeing you next week.
Press recommendationsDate published: 17/03/12
Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty – Saturday 17th March 2012
2011 Santa Rita 120, Merlot, Central Valley, Chile
Santa Rita’s best red 120 duo yet includes this smashing, fat, spicy, plum
and blackcurrant-laden, meaty pizza and pasta-loving merlot.
2011 Santa Rita 120, Carmenere, Central Valley, Chile
Spot on, vibrant, dusky, 120 carmenere with lots of scented, spicy,
raspberry fruit, finished with currants and chocolate.
Stocks are currently quite low of this wine but 9240 bottles are due into
the depot on 23rd March. Please apologise to customers and take orders for
Independent - Anthony Rose – Saturday 17th March 2012
2010 Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo
The new Spanish wave is exciting for wines from hitherto obscure grapes
such as mencia which here infuses this inky red from Bierzo with
blackberryish fruit and damson-fresh bite.
2008 Ulysse Cazabonne, Pauillac
Bordeaux 2008 is starting to look almost good value, and if you are looking
for a super-delicious and high-class claret as a treat, the 2008 Ulysse
Cazabonne, Pauillac, is a chip off the old block of a Pauillac
first-growth château. We're not allowed to tell you which one, but let's
just say it starts with an 'L'. And it has the pedigree of the great
château itself, a stylish red whose cassis core of dark fruit is polished
by toasty oak and suave-textured tannins.
2010 Bourgogne Blanc, Gérard Thomas
…complex, mineral and appetisingly bone-dry.
Press recommendationsDate published: 13/03/12
This is what the press had to say about some of our wines.
Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty - 10th March 2012
2011 Rioja Blanco, Muga, Spain
Winter’s still here, so lap up this big food-loving white rioja with
lashings of refined, oaky, appley fruit.
2006 Château Romefort, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc
2006 was a good, not great, Bordeaux vintage and this vibrant
merlot/cabernet sauvignon, with a dash of cabernet franc, punches well
above its weight.
Independent - Anthony Rose - 10th March
2006 Château Romefort
How can such a tiny percentage make any difference when the major
proportions are cabernet and merlot? The answer is seasoning. Similar
principles apply to the 2006 Château Romefort, a modern claret – only here
it's the 7 per cent cabernet franc that brings a freshness to the
blackcurranty merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
2007 Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs d'Altitude, Minervois la Livinière
Languedoc likes blends, too. In the 2007 Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs
d'Altitude, Minervois la Livinière, it's the grenache at just 10 per cent
that adds the white pepper touches to the dominant syrah and mourvèdre.
2010 Bourgogne Blanc, Jean-Marc Pillot
A chance to grab a delicious dry white Burgundy from the new intake at an
affordable price, this complex and nutty chardonnay finishes with fresh
Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 11th March 2012
Domaines Schlumberger Gewürztraminer 'Les Princes Abbés' 2009, Alsace,
Distinctly medium-sweet, with a soft, creamy texture, rose-petal aroma and
juicy, ripe apricot at the core. Drink with fresh fruit salads or
Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith - 11th March 2012
Rioja Blanc 2011 Muga
Young and vital with appley fragrance and plenty of freshness, this
textured toasty white will evolve beautifully for a few years into a more
Lamatum Crianza 2008, Ribera del Duero
Beautifully balanced red wine that fans of Rioja should rush out and seize
- it's made from the same headline grape, Tempranillo, and has full fruit
as well as savoury depth. Stunning with roast lamb, and for the offer
price it's a bit of a steal.
Mothers Day MenuDate published: 10/03/12
This Mothers Day, why not spoil your mum with a beautiful home cooked meal. Here at Majestic Cardiff we've taken the stress out of it by giving you some menu ideas complete with wine matches.
Handy to know is that we also do free delivery on a minimum purchase of 12 bottles, glass, chiller
bin and ice bucket hire and we sell ice. All we can't do for you is come round and cook it!
Mothers Day Menu
Smoked Salmon Blinis
A selection of olives and roasted almonds
Bruschetta with sun blushed tomatoes, mozzarella and basil
Lawsons Sauvignon Blanc
Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sure Lie Domaine de la Tourmaline
Seared Beef Carpaccio with watercress and horseradish cream.
Chateau Beaulieu Lalande-de Pomerol
Homemade pizza with mozzarella, roasted veg, olives, sun blushed tomatoes and basil.
San Gimignano Sangiovese
Roast Lamb rubbed with Rosemary and Garlic, served with roasted leeks and potatoes.
Emilio Moro, Ribera del Duero
Pan fried Sea Bass with crushed new potatoes and pesto dressing.
Gavi La Lancellotta
Chocolate pots with homemade shortbread.
Taylors 10 year old Tawny Port
Lemon Tart with Mascapone cream
Cherry pie with vanilla ice cream
Elysium Black Muscat
Wine of Argentina Tasting.Date published: 05/03/12
Join us in store to try a selection of our fantastic Argentinian wines. 2nd - 8th of March
South Africa Tasting 17th - 23 rd FebruaryDate published: 17/02/12
Pop in to our store to try some fantastic South African wines from Friday 24th February until Thursday 23rd february. All South African have have 20% off when you purchase any two or more wines from our range. Check out which wines are currently available to taste by checking out our tasting counter!
The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12
Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!
The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available.
In honour of the forthcoming 6 Nations Tournament we've decided to pick 6 of the best from the Cardiff Bargain Hunt range! These wines are in extremely short supply and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
1. Ch La Vicomtesse £6.66
2. Antonin Rodet Beaujolais £5.99
3. Cols D'Yvigne Rge et Noir £6.66
4. Dom Peche Rome Tempranillo £5.23
5. L' Enigme Sauvignon £3.99
6. Dom Les Yeuses Muscat Sec £5.32
For the many other Bargain wines available why not make your way down to the Cardiff store to hunt our a bargain of your own!
Christmas Opening hoursDate published: 06/12/11
Christmas Opening Hours
5th - 11th December
Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
12th - 18th December
Monday - Saturday 9am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
19th - 23rd December
Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm
Saturday 24th December
9am - 5pm
25th - 27th December
28th - 30th December
10am - 8pm
Saturday 31st December
9am - 5pm
Sunday 1st January
Monday 2nd January
10am - 5pm
Fine Wine; What's the Difference?Date published: 02/09/11
As sales of fine wine are ever increasing and the concept trending well, a reasonable question to ask yourself would be, what is all the fuss about? And what makes a fine wine fine? For Majestic at least, the simple definition is; Any wine retailing at £19.99 or over, however this is the very tip of the iceberg in terms of its true definition. There are tens, maybe hundreds of factors which influence a wines price, for example a wine may be classified as fine because of its rarity in terms of limited stock, or its strong brand name or the fact it has been sourced from inhospitable areas.
Although there are other, more romantic factors that give a wine value such as using hand picked fruit from mature vines in exceptional years from the highest quality soil, which lead ultimately to a wine truly representative of the region and terroir, in other words it tastes divine. This, in my opinion, is what fine wine is all about, wine which tells a story and is an ever evolving living thing., to be savored, shared and appreciated down to the last drop.
I'm in no way knocking a good value Chilean for £5.99 for example as there are many bargains to be had! I'm simply suggesting that perhaps fine wine should be viewed as a separate product altogether, not solely reserved for the stereotypical country estate owner with pots of money to spare but a special treat available to all who value quality over quantity.
So I urge you, next time you visit a Majestic store spend that bit extra on that special bottle, you may be pleasantly surprised...
Fancy a G&TDate published: 02/09/11
I'm a strong believer that if you fancy a change from a glass of wine then you can't beat a Gin and Tonic. If you're with me then you'll be pleased to know that we currently have the Martin Millers Gin and also the Sipsmith Gin available to taste. Both of these Gins are excellent examples of how great premium spirits can be.
At the moment we have an offer on Martin Millers Gin, when you buy a bottle you get a free pack of Fever Tree tonic. If you're going to have a premium Gin then it's a real must to put it with a great tonic like Fever Tree.
For something a little more warming then why not try a sample of our Sipsmith Sloe Gin. A lusciously rich drink full of beautiful winter fruit flavours.
If you're already a Gin fan, fantastic and if you aren't, why not let us try and convert you!
Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 23/06/11
Why not join us instore for our Chilean tasting week which starts tomorrow. We will have a range of grape varieties available to taste, to show how versitile Chilean wine can be. Why not ask us to help with food and wine matching, or just for some advice on something new to try.
Royal Wedding, what about your wedding? Date published: 14/04/11
Are you getting married this year? Why not pop in to see us and let us help you to sort out your wedding wines. We know that planning your wedding can be quite a mammoth task, and we can help by taking the stress out of planning your drinks. We can advise on wines and quantities, and with wines open to taste all day every day, you can be sure to find something perfect for your special day. We offer sale or return, free delivery, free glass and chiller bin hire, a selection of beers, spirits and soft drinks and cubed ice.
Welsh WeatherDate published: 14/04/11
Having lived in Cardiff for 5 years, I must say I love it. However, I am fully aware of how the weather in Wales can be very changeable, shall we say. So I think it's always best to be prepared for those rays of sunshine to come peaking through the clouds. After such a fantastic weekend, I think there are probably a lot of empty bottles of rosé and fizz going off in the recycling as I type, with this in mind I thought some recommendations could be in order. So here we go.
A great favourite of mine is the Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra dry NV. A bargain at £7.99 this fantastic fizz offers fresh pear and melon flavours with hints of peach. I happen to think that a glass of fizz always makes you feel like your spoiling yourself and this one does just that without the hit to the wallet. This would make the perfect aperitif, or picnic treat.
When it comes to rosé, the Cardiff staff choice is the Muga rosado at £7.49 when you buy it with any other Spanish wine. This beautiful creamy, summer fruit filled glass of wine, will make you long for strawberry picking season to arrive. Match this wine with juicy prawns or melon and parma ham for a great starter.
Or how about a sparkling rose. The Lindauer rose is a wine I am always pleased to have in my glass. Full bodied with lush red fruit flavours. This vibrant pink fizz is everything a good sparkling rose should be and at £7.99 when you buy 2, why not crack a bottle to start the festivities at your next BBQ.
Let's all keep our fingers crossed for another beautiful sun filled Welsh weekend!
- Store Events(6)
Free Wine Course
9 January 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)
Join us for our FREE 90 minute wine course. A relaxed and informative introduction to wine. Covering different grapes, styles and countries. Along with some great tips and tasters of food and wine matching.
Closed 5pm New Year's Eve - 10am 2 January
31 December 2013 - 1 January 2014
We're open until 5pm on New Year's Eve, when we'll be off to paint the town red. We re-open at 10am on 2 January 2014. Happy New Year!
Open to all
Closed 5pm Christmas Eve - 10am 27 December
24 December 2013 - 26 December 2013
We'll be shutting up shop for a well earned Christmas break at 5pm on Christmas Eve. We re-open at 10am on Friday 27 December.
Open to all
Free Spotlight Tasting
7 December 2013 (12:00 - 12:30)
Join us for a FREE 30min Spotlight tasting. During this we will be trying a selection of wines which are perfect for Christmas. Wines for Christmas dinner, presents and parties. Come and explore and maybe find a brand new favourite
Open to all
Free Spotlight Tasting
7 December 2013 (15:00 - 15:30)
Join us for a FREE 30min Spotlight tasting. During this we will be trying a selection of wines which are perfect for Christmas. Wines for Christmas dinner, presents and parties. Come and explore and maybe find a brand new favourite.
Open to all
Bordeaux Tasting Week
6 December 2013 - 16 December 2013
Whether you're looking for a classic claret this Christmas, or just discovering the wines of Bordeaux, join us in-store between 6-16 December for a free Bordeaux-themed tasting.
Open to all
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Meet the team...
James Trainee ManagerI started at Majestic in mid November, just before the baptism of fire that was Christmas. Having experienced this, I'm happy to say I made it through to the other side and with my love for wine ever growing, I can't wait to see what lies ahead in my career in this fascinating industry. Please pop into store if you want to discuss your favourite wines, mine tend to change every week!
Kelly-Anne ManagerI have worked in 4 other stores before being promoted to Cardiff as manager. Although every store was great in it's own way, Cardiff is obviously my favourite! When it comes to my own taste in wine, I am a huge Pinot Noir fan. It took two years for me to fall in love with this fantastic grape variety. Why not come into the store and ask me why I think it's so great!
Mark Assistant ManagerI started my Majestic career in Taunton and moved to South Wales in August 2012. After a short stint here I worked in Cardiff Bay for 6 months, but now I'm back on a more permanant basis. I enjoy both Red and White Riojas, new world Pinot Niors and have developed and expensive taste for Champagne. If your looking for wines for any party from Weddings to small dinner parties then I'll be happy to help.