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Contact Information
T: 01244 381 118
F: 01244 381 118
E: che@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Centurion Point
Victoria Road
Chester
CH2 2FD
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free local delivery
  • Free glass loan
  • Free parking
  • Free tasting every day
Store News(467)

Pick of the Craft BeerDate published: 20/09/14

Pick of the Craft Beer

Goose Island IPA (£9.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)

Goose Island Brewery is located in Chicago, Illinois. It began as a single brewpub known as Clybourn which opened in May 1988 and now produce several craft beers,

This IPA has lovely fruity aromas and a long hoppy finish. True characteristics of a traditional IPA with a Chicago inspired twist.

Brooklyn Lager (£9.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)

Brooklyn Brewery is based in New York and started in 1987. Amber gold with a malty body and a floral hop character, Brooklyn Lager is a revival of Brooklyn's pre-prohibition all malt beers. This is the brewery's first and best selling beer, brewed using only with malted barley, hops, water, and yeast.

Brooklyn Summer Ale (£9.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a summer refresher with a difference. The difference comes from the malt which is 100% British two-row barley, prized for superior taste. This Summer Ale is gold in colour, with a soft bready flavour, clean bitterness, and bright hop aromas.

Anchor Steam Beer (£9.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)

Today Anchor is one the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world. The unusual name is derived from the 19th century when “steam” seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed in the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. The word “steam” may have referred to the pressure of natural carbonation developing in the beers.

This beer is a deep amber colour, with rich and distinctive flavours. A good match for Thai cuisine due to its aromatic characteristics.


33% off Argentina!Date published: 19/09/14

For one weekend only we're offering you the chance to snap up any of your favourite wines from Argentina with an outstanding offer of 33% off each bottle.

Simply mix and match 2 OR MORE wines from our 33% off deals, and you will receive these wines at the bargain discounted price!

Remember, these offers ARE in conjunction with our 33% Autumn offers, so mix away.

Order online, over the phone, or in store - 01244 381 118 - che@majestic.co.uk

Enjoy!


Craft Beer - EinstockDate published: 19/09/14

Craft Beer - Einstock

Einstok White Ale 
ABV- 5.2% 

Brewed in the centuries-old Belgian tradition, the White Ale features the complex flavours of the classic witbier, including orange peel and coriander – all brewed with pure Icelandic water that delivers a cool smoothness that is flavourful and refreshingly drinkable. The complex flavours of the classic witbier, including orange peel and coriander – all brewed with pure Icelandic water and a touch of oats that deliver a cool smoothness that is uniquely flavourful and refreshingly drinkable. 

This is a beautifully delicate beer with really pretty floral aromatics of orange blossom and honeysuckle. On the palate there is a mouth filling weightiness reminiscent of the way honey feels without the cloying sweetness that often comes with such weightiness in white ales. In fact, despite its sweet, floral aromas, this is a bone dry beer with a crisp, refreshing finish that lingers on nicely. For those who enjoy the elegance of Blanche du Bruxelles from Belgium, you will most certainly find enjoyment with this one.


Einstok Pale Ale

ABV 5.6%

American and Bavarian craft come together with the finest Icelandic water to create the Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones. Cascade hops give it the American character, while Northern Brewer hops add just enough bitterness to make this Ale refreshingly Icelandic. Three kinds of hops combine with pure Icelandic water to this version of the Pale Ale, where robust flavour meets smooth malt. Cascade hops give it the American character, while Northern Brewer and Hallertau Tradition add just enough bitterness to make this ale refreshingly Icelandic. 


This pours a honeyed amber yellow color with serious foam that tightly compacts once it dies down. There’s a honeyed sweetness rounding out the lightly hopped aroma, and an almost-tropical, pineapple-like hop profile. Lightly hopped with an upfront bittering tailing into a touch of resiny pine. Lightly flavored with tropical hop flavors and a slightly dry finish that is very agreeable. I noticed a light toast on the malt that comes across as it warms. 


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 19/09/14

Thai Food

Much spicier than Chinese, with a more intricate mix of flavours, these dishes are far more difficult to match wine to.  For the very hottest chilli-charged dishes, forget wine  and stick to beer or, better still, iced water, but with mildly hot Thai dishes, you can get away with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Champagne, which will also go with dishes that include coconut milk.  When lemon grass, lime, and other zesty ingredients dominate, try an unoaked Australian Semillon.

Wine of the Week Catena Malbec 2012 Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 18/09/14

Wine of the Week Catena Malbec 2012  Mendoza, Argentina

£8.66 when you buy two bottles (£12.99 single bottle price)

Malbec is Argentina's signature red grape and this wine from the award winning winemaking team at Catena Zapata is a classic example.

By blending parcels of wine from different high altitude vineyard sites in Mendoza they are able to create a wine of great depth with intense and complex aromas.

Deep ruby in the glass, on the nose there's lots of deep, dark fruit with plenty of peppery spice. Full bodied and rich, on the palate there's even more deep, ripe fruit with loads of blackcurrant, black pepper and a hint of vanilla. Firm tannins and a long finish make this a fantastic wine.

There's only one way to really enjoy a big Malbec like this – with a juicy, rare rib-eye steak and some chunky chips.


Italian Fizz Date published: 18/09/14

Italian Fizz 

One of the new wines to grace the Majestic shelves is the Berlucchi Cuvee Imperial, Franciacorta. Or Italian sparkling to put it more simply. Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, having been made a DOC in 1967. Ten years earlier than this Guido Berlucchi was first to produce the style commercially. This sparkling wine is fermented in bottle whereas Prosecco is tank fermented. The two different types of fermentation make for differing styles of sparking. The Prosecco's have a light fruity taste as less of the wine has come into contact with the yeast during fermentation. The Chardonnay based blend of the Franciacorta is a supremely elegant wine with a light footed feel on the palate. Its is generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and a citrus character. Best served with mixed antipasti or fresh cheese. The Prosecco's are great to drink with appetizers as are a much lighter affair. 

New Wine AlertDate published: 17/09/14

New into Majestic!!!

Fish Hoek Malbec 2014, Western Cape - £8.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% - £5.99

Grape:  Malbec, Pinotage

Origin: The Fish Hoek range of wines was the brainchild of Bruce Jack, founder of Flagstone Winery, which is famously housed in an old dynamite factory on the outskirts of Cape Town. This wine is a blend of Malbec with 10% Pinotage.

Taste: A dark ruby colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit with hints of smoky spice.

Enjoy: Pair with char-grilled steaks, or cream of sun-dried tomato soup.



Wedding ListsDate published: 16/09/14

Wedding Lists

Choosing a gift list for a wedding, civil partnership or other special occasion can be incredibly difficult. Couples may already have many of the items found on a traditional gift list. Wine makes an exciting alternative to the usual choice of toasters or crockery and can be enjoyed in many years to come.

Together with the help of our trained staff we can help you create a personal wine list that offers your guests a fun and interesting gift to choose from. What could be better than your own wine cellar to greet you home from your honeymoon?

What Majestic offers a highly personal service tailored to your requirements, free expert advice from our knowledgeable staff, choose from fantastic wines from around the world, your own individual Gift List web page, free delivery to your door arranged at your convenience. 

The first decision to make is to decide what type of wines you want on your list, the most popular type of list we offer is a selection of wines, fine wines and Champagne with the intention of enjoying their gifts on future anniversaries or special occasions, but the choice is entirely yours.

Alternatively, some couples set up their Gift List with the wines they've chosen to drink on the day. This can be a great way for guests to contribute to the costs of the big day.

The Majestic website is at your side to give you an idea of what we have to offer, but we strongly recommend a visit to your local Majestic store to discuss your list and personal requirements. Our expert staff can offer advice and recommendations to help you put together a wine list that will be unique and special to you.

We recommend choosing between 10-15 wines at mixed prices so that your guests have a varied list to choose from.

Inform your guests

Once you have finalised your wine list we then set up your own individual web page that lists your wines and explains how your guests can buy a gift from the list. Your guests can leave a personal gift message wihen ordering. 

We can also help by:

- Producing invite slips for you to send out with your wedding invitations which will include your unique web address and Gift List telephone number

- Emailing your Gift List and 'How to Order' guide to your guests

- Producing a hard copy of your Gift List to send to guests

- The other fun bit - receiving your wines!

We'll close your list either shortly before your wedding day (if you want the wines for the wedding itself) or shortly afterwards if you you prefer.

You can prearrange a specific date and time that you want your wines delivered, or arrange this when you return from your honeymoon. We will also send you a full list of your wines detailing who bought you the gift and the personal message they left for you.


Producer in FocusDate published: 15/09/14

Shaw + Smith

Beginnings: Established by winemaker Martin Shaw and Master of Wine Michael Hill Smith in 1989.

Owners: Martin Shaw, Michael Hill Smith MW, and Matthew Hill Smith.

Winemaker: Martin Shaw

Vision: To make exciting, refined wines exclusively from the Adelaide Hills that rank amongst Australia's best.

Vineyards: Shaw + Smith own three vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah, Woodside, and Lenswood, with a total of 75 ha under vine. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.

Spotlight on a region...Date published: 14/09/14

Saussignac

Saussignac - this is a small appellation in the South West of France.  It is most famous for the production of sweet white wines from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.  The leading producers of the area are Clos d'Yvigne and Domaine de Richard who have established an excellent reputation for sweet wine making.  In 2004, the appellation laws were tightened further to insist on manual picking of grapes and a completely natural level of sweetness which is normally due to Botrytis(Noble Rot).  Botrytis is the common natural process of concentrating the grape juice used in the production of the more famous Sauternes and Tokaji.

Cocktail of the MonthDate published: 13/09/14

Cocktail of the Month

Ciroc Vodka

Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

35ml Ciroc Vodka

15ml Orange liqueur

Squeeze of fresh lime juice

25ml Cranberry juice

Twist of orange peel

Preperation

Place the Ciroc Vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well before straining over a coupe glass or small Martini glass.

Whilst holding the orange peel over the glass, flame with a lit match. Garnish with the flamed peel and serve.

Ciroc Vodka - £23.32 (Reduced from £35)

Ciroc is distinguished from other vodkas by the fact that it is derived from grapes, rather than using corn, sorghum, rye, wheat or potatoes.

The production method used for Ciroc is “snap frost” grapes: Mauzac Blanc from the Gaillac region of France and Ugni Blanc from Cognac.

This ultra premium vodka is distilled five times to create a smooth and balanced taste.


Wine of the Week - Finca Resalso Emilio Moro Date published: 13/09/14

Wine of the Week 

Finca Resalso Emilio Moro 2013 £8.99

When you buy any two 25% off wines (£11.99 single bottle price)

This week we have chosen a brand new and exciting Tempranillo as our coveted Wine Of The Week!

Finca Resalso is a collection of vineyards ranging from 5 – 15 years of age. These young vines give a lighter alternative to the Emilio Moro signature wine, and the juice has undergone less extraction and oak ageing.

The palate is dominated by generous primary fruit character, combining ripe mulberrry and cherry with forest fruit undertones. Subtle notes of liquorice and spice add a hint of savoury depth, allowing the wine to stand up to smoky meat dishes.

We love tasting and discovering new favourties here at Majestic Chester, so we would love to hear your views on this new arrival.

If you enjoy tasting Spanish wines then why not sign up to our FREE Spanish Tasting Evening on Thursday 9th October at 6:30pm?

Call us on 01244 381 118 to book your place today.

Spotlight On A Region...Date published: 13/09/14

Sicily 

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and, in terms of quantity, is one of Italy's most important wine regions, annually producing a quantity roughly equal to the Veneto or Emilia-Romagna.  Much of this is produced at high yields deliberately to take advantage of the EU's intervention scheme, which takes wine off the market and distills it.  The ancient port of Marsah-el-Allah, built under Arab rule, gives its name to Sicily's once popular classic wine, Marsala.  By the mid-19th century, Marsala had evolved into a style between that of Madeira and sherry, but now finds itself as popular as bread and dripping, and just as likely to come back into fashion.  Indeed, until recently, Sicilian wines were generally unfashionable.  Then in 1995, the Planeta family established their winery, the wines satrted to attract attention an growing respect in the early 2000s, and Planeta is now not only the island's top producer, but also one of Italy's greatest.  The stunning quality of these wines encouraged some long-established wineries to raise standards, as well as investment from big mainland producers, such as Zonin, which established Feuda Principi di Butera.

South Africa Tasting - The CaracalDate published: 13/09/14

The Caracal 2011, Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch. 

A bordeaux blend from one of the Capes oldest estates, this wine has been named after the Caracal, a wild lynx like cat indigenous to South Africa, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural from of pest control. 

The Grape varities used in this blend are, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. 

It has spent 12 months maturing in new and old french oak barrels. This has led to toasty and cedary aromas, with smooth ample tannins and a blackberry and mulberry fruit core. 

The suggested food to accompany this delicious wine is Oxtail or roast Pork belly.

£12.74 When you buy 2

Explore Autumn's Colours - 33% OffDate published: 11/09/14

Explore Autumn's Colours - 33% Off

This Autumn sees the start of our new special offers. There's 33% off a wide range of wines to suit any budget, including reds, whites, rosé and fizz. You can see the full range of offers on our website, or by popping in to see us and taste some exciting new arrivals!

Place your order today by calling 01244 381 118


33% Off Spirits!Date published: 10/09/14

33% Off Spirits!

We have the following on a 33% discount which can be matched with any of the other 33% offers in store.


Chivas Regal £30.00 - £19.99

Gordon's 'With a spot of Elderflower' £19.99 - £13.32

Ciroc Vodka £35.00 - £23.32

Jim Beam £22.50 - £14.99

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey £30.00 - £19.99

Call us on 01244 381 118 to order today!

Don't forget it's free delivery on every order.


Upcoming Tasting EventsDate published: 06/09/14

Upcoming Tasting Events

Fri 5th Sep - Thu 11th Sep 

Argentinian Spotlight Tasting

Thu 11th Sep

Free Spotlight Tasting - South Africa

Thu 25th Sep

Free Wine Course

Thu 23rd Oct

Free Wine Course


Call 01244 381 118 to book your free places now!

New Craft Beer!Date published: 06/09/14

New Craft Beer!

Dead Pony Club - Brewdog! £9.99*

The Dead Pony Club is a beautifully crafted 3.8% Californian Pale Ale. This light beer packs a large punch of flavour, dominated by citrus fruit and a subtle nuttiness. We believe this is the perfect session beer, which you can match with a variety of lightly spiced Indian dishes.

#CraftBeerRevolution

Order yours today by calling 01244 381 118

*When you buy any 2 cases of craft beer

Fine Wine Of The Month - Organistrum AlbarinoDate published: 05/09/14

Fine Wine Of The Month

Ever tried a fine wine Albarino?

Here's a spectacular effort at a one of our very favourite grapes.

This Albariño comes from a selected southwest- facing plot, which tends to ripen earlier than the rest of Martin Codax's vineyards. Fermentation begins in stainless steel under temperature control, and is completed with a brief period in French Allier oak. The wine has a medium intensity nose that is subtle and complex, with notes of stone fruit, vegetal tinges and nuanced with spice. Excellent roundness and enduring acidity provide a firm and characterful palate.

£20.00 a bottle

when mixed with any selected fine wine or spirit

£25.00 Single bottle price


Beer of the Month - Lagunitas IPA, CaliforniaDate published: 05/09/14

Beer of the Month

Lagunitas IPA, California

6 x 355ml – 6.2%

£13.99 or £10.99 when you buy any 2 craft beer packs

Our Beer of the Month is the beautifully crafted Lagunitas IPA. Here at Majestic we are proud to support the craft beer revolution that is taking place across the world; elevating quality and widening choice.

The brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma, California when they quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location.

The Lagunitas has a purity of flavour and complexity that perfectly compliments its hoppy character. The ideal choice for those drinkers who like their allrounders!


Wine of the Week - Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/09/14

Wine of The Week

Matua Malborough Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage 2013

£6.66 if you buy 2 [33% OFF!!]

Single Bottle Price: £9.99

Matua is a wine close to me as I worked at this very winery for a year in 2012! This Sauvignon Blanc delivers a clean crisp flavour derived from it's well balanced acidity and strong green notes that are so typical of this region of New Zealand. This clean flavour is supported by hints of tropical fruits, gooseberry and grapefruit as well as developed citrus notes that create an overall experience to rival the big names in Marlborough Sauvignon.

This wine would match very will with a fish dish, especially with a strong flavour such as smoked haddock [or as I tried it with a kiwi local dish of Paua (sea snails) that was mind blowing]

Patrick Rummens (Trainee Manager)


Wine of the Week Date published: 30/08/14

Wine of the Week

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir

2010

£12.99

33% off when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines

£8.65

We are proud to introduce a brand new addition to the Majestic range; Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir 2010. New Zealand produces some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world, often with jammy flavours and crisp acidity.

This new wine represents great value and premium quality. A New World Pinot of this standard for only £8.65 is hard to come by, so we are thrilled to feature it as our Wine Of The Week.

Drink over the next 2 years with duck or pork dishes. The acidity present in the wine cuts through the fattiness of the dish and leaves the beautiful flavours behind.


Taste and ExploreDate published: 28/08/14

Taste and Explore

Here at Majestic we believe it's important to try the wine before you buy. Not only to assess the quality but also to see if it's a style you would be happy to pay for and drink at home. Therefore, we have a range of tastings here in store that are totally free to all our customers. 

Tasting Counter:

Taste wine all day, every day with our in store tasting counter. Here you will find a range of White and Red Wines, and occasionally Rosé or Sparkling too. So why not pop in store today to see what we have open?

Wine Courses:

Our wine courses are designed to give you information about wine styles, grapes, wine growing regions and also food and wine matching. Here it is less about the brands and more about the type of wine, giving you an insight into everything wine related.

Spotlight Tastings:

Every now and again it's nice to focus on a particular style of wine, or wines from a country or wine producing region. Therefore the Spotlight Tastings do just that, for example Spotlight on Bordeaux. The tasting involves a 30 minute introduction on a selection of wines open from a particular region. Therefore you can tell the difference between wines from the same place in the world. Our next Spotlight Tastings will be carried out on 4th September (Spotlight on Argentina) and 11th September (Spotlight on South Africa), both will be taking place @ 6.30pm, so call us on 01244 381 118 to reserve your place.

Seasonal Tastings:

Twice a year we open late for large informal evenings to showcase the best wines those seasons have to offer. There will be a range of wines open to taste, including a welcome glass of bubbly! Nibbles will also be available on the night. Our next seasonal tasting will take place sometime around November 2014. So why not contact us and we will keep you contacted as soon as we have a confirmed date.

Majestic Wine Chester

01244 381 118

che@majestic.co.uk

Bag in a Box - Leon PerdigalDate published: 27/08/14

Bag in a Box - Leon Perdigal

Not just for messy eating, BIB also stands for Bag in Box - you know, the ones with the tap on the side? 

WAIT! Hear me out....

The difference with our BIBs (alongside the standard plusses of being environmentally friendlier and allowing you to have a glass without having to finish the bottle), is that we haven't filled them with the cheapest muck going.  Instead, we've gone for the delicious Leon Perdigal Côtes-du-Rhône which has been a firm Majestic favourite since we started stocking it.

Black fruit, a lightly spicy character and gentle tannins make it an ideal partner to red meat, but easy enough going to drink on its own.  The boxes are 3 litres and cost £24, working out at only £6 per bottle - a snip!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Cotes-du-Rhone-zid06059?tracking=|searchterm:perdigal


Cheese and Wine MatchingDate published: 27/08/14

Cheese and Wine Matching

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of my favourite pairings!

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!

Spotlight on a region...Date published: 26/08/14

Navarra 

Navarra has proved itself to be a particularly forward thinking region. Historically it was know for alcoholic roses made from Garnacha, the growers switched over to red wine production. 

The Vineyards stretch from the northern and eastern borders of Rioja into the foothills of the Pyrenees. 

They are divided into 5 sub zones, all with different climates depending on thier relative altitude. 

The sub-zones have a climate not dissimilar to Rioja Baja , where as those in the foothills of the Pyrenees are cooler and wetter. 

Tempranillo has now become the most widely planted variety ahead of Garnacha. There are also significant plantings of Cabernet and Merlot. White wine production only counts for 5% of the total regions output, and is made from Viuras, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

Tempranillo now accounts for 70% of production. It is either blended with other Rioja varieties to make a wine in a similar style or increasingly with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These international varieties give the wines a characteristic aromatic black fruit aroma that is often balanced with the vanilla and sweet spice flavors of new Oak barrels. Wine styles range from good value Joven wines to top quality premium Gran Reservas.


Spotlight on a region...Date published: 25/08/14

Rueda 

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines


Last Chance to BuyDate published: 24/08/14

Last Chance to Buy

Our short term deals are ending soon!

This is your last chance to make the most of our two week short term deals on:

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2013 Grifone £4.99

Macon- Lugny, 2012 Louis Latour £9.99

Codorniu Brut NV £6.66

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard £6.66

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough NewZeland £6.99


33% off selected Champagne and Sparkling WineDate published: 24/08/14

33% off selected Champagne and Sparkling Wine

1. Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 WAS £30.00 NOW £19.99 on the Summer Selection 33.3%

This vintage champagne is at a cracking price and sold out last time we had it on this deal. Any vintage champagne at £20 or less is a steal so don't miss out!!  Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.

2. Prosecco La Marca Treviso NV DOC WAS £12.99 NOW £8.66 on the Summer Selection 33.3%

One of our top selling Prosecco's this extra dry sparkling wine has delicate pear and apple aromas. On the palate you will find crisper apple and pear with lively bubbles. 

3. Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV, DOCG, Italy. WAS £14.99 NOW £9.99 on the Summer Selection 33.3%

Here we have a top quality wine made from the best grapes grown in the best hilly areas of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. This sparkling has a little more body than the former mentioned, and has more apricot and apple characteristics with a soft round mousse. 

Order yours today by calling 01244 381 118

Free delivery on all orders

Summer Selection Offers Ending SoonDate published: 24/08/14

Summer Selection Offers Ending Soon

A quick reminder that there is just ONE WEEK left to take advantage of the current 'Last Days of Summer' offers.

Here are a few highlights which you won't want to miss -

1. Prosecco Zonin- Brut NV, DOC, Italy. £7.99*

A brilliant deal on a great quality wine- dry with a subtle honeyed edge, this Prosecco is full of soft pear and floral aromatics. Excellent for a party of for quaffing as an aperitif all year round. 

2. Bouvet Ladubay Saumur, NV, 12.5% £8.99* 

A favourite with Majestic customers around the country, this fizz is made in the same way as champagne but produced in the Loire valley from Chenin Blanc. Expect honeysuckle and bruised apple. 

3. Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough £6.66*

This wine has done really well over the summer and at this price its easy to see why. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. 

4. Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2013 Aconcagua Valley £6.99* 

A lovely smooth, medium bodied style of Carmenère with lovely oak use. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish. 

* When you buy 2 or more 33.3% wines. 


Bank Holiday Opening TimesDate published: 24/08/14

Bank Holiday Opening Times

Sunday 24th August 10-5pm

Monday 25th August 10-5pm

Call us on 01244 381 118 to place an order for free delivery or collection


Last of the Summer WineDate published: 23/08/14

Last of the Summer Wine

The Summer is drawing to a close, so we've picked our best 33% off bargains to share with you. The following wines are all £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection products.

LFE Viognier - light, fresh and aromatic viognier with lovely stone fruit flavours and a pleasant minerality on the finish. Well worth a try at this bargain price!

Zorita Tempranillo - home to one of Caceras' wine cellars, Hacienda Zorita is a beautiful 14th century monastery and vineyard estate. The wine itself doesn't disappoint - intensely fruity trawberry and cherry flavours mingle with hints of chocolate , toasted oak and vanilla. Well worth a try.

Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone - a lovely, spicy, medium-bodied CDR blend that expresses the best Rhone has to offer! A great wine to enjoy on its own or with food and friends.

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing finish. Great with light summer salads


Perdigal 3ltr Box! New ArrivalDate published: 22/08/14

New Arrrival

Leon Perdigal 3ltr Box

(equivalent to 4 Bottles)

This works out at the amazing price of £6 per bottle

Normally £6.66 for a 75cl bottle in glass.

Perfect for any bbq, camping trip or garden party


Beer of the MonthDate published: 22/08/14

Beer of the Month

Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale

12 x 355ml

£12

Our Beer of the Month is the beautifully crafted Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale. Here at Majestic we are proud to support the craft beer revolution that is taking place across the world; elevating quality and widening choice.

This amber ale is a perfect example of the interesting flavours being produced in the U.S.A. Honey extracts are added to the beer in order to create an off dry style with a sweet yet malty finish.

The Roscoe ales are part of a special parcel of premium American beers that we have chosen to stock due to their individuality and quality. This means that we are able to offer both the Amber Ale and the IPA at the incredible price of £1 per bottle!

Enjoy this superb craft ale with lightly spiced Indian food or steak and ale pie.


Region of the WeekDate published: 18/08/14

From this week we will be doing a weekly feature both on our news articles and in store. We took the idea of wine of the week and asked ourselves why not a whole region? With the best offers? Picked by our expert staff?

To start us off we went with a region that displays both excellent wine and fantastic value for money...Chile!

Here are our top picks for the week ahead...

1) Errazuriz Carmenere 2013- £6.99 on 33% off – Made with typical Chilean freshness, this mid-bodied wine shows structure with meaty tannins, flavour with bold black fruit and texture with well integrated acidity.

2) Medalla Real Chardonnay 2013 - £7.99 on 33% off – Vibrant lemon colours entice you in, with a nose of citrus & stone fruit. On the palate, barrel fermentation and lees stirring is evident, as the creamy texture leads to a long finish.

3) Con Amigos Malbec - £6.66 on 33% off – The only Chilean Malbec in the range, this fresher, fruitier example is from cool climate vineyards, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, giving the wine great approachability and balance.

4) LFE Signature Series Viognier - £6.66 on 33% off – An aromatic grape variety, this viognier leaps out of the glass. The nose is dominated by ripe stone fruit, whilst the palate is rich yet crisp and minerally.

5) Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon - £9.74 on 25% off – Rich and full bodied as all good Cabernets are, the vines are over 40 years old, giving lower yields and concentrated, ripe plum and blackcurrant fruit flavours. A luciously balanced wine, pair this with rare steak for a culinary delight.

Enjoy!

Short Term Deals!Date published: 17/08/14

We currently have a number of products in store that are on fantastic deals for a limited time only. These are:

1) Georges Dubeouf Fleurie - £8.21 on our 25% off deal - Light easy drinking red from Beaujolais, a fan favourite at Majestic, this won't last!

2) Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Grifone - £4.99 on our 33% off deal - Another incredibly popular wine, and for under a fiver!

3) Corte Alta Raboso - £6.66 on our 33% off deal - Essentially Prosecco's red equivalent, light and fruity, a perfect aperitif!

4) Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 on our 33% off deal - A stalwart Marlborough Sauvignon for under £7, need we say more?

5) Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja - £6.66 on our 33% off deal - A cracking value Rioja which we sold out of in days last time it was this price, get it whilst you can!

6) Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99 on special offer - White Burgundy for under £10, in the current Burgundian state of affairs this is our pick of the bunch!

Offers end Monday 25th August.

Cheers!

Wine of the Week Date published: 17/08/14

We know here in Chester a lot of our customers are familiar with our Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Grifone, well we present to you...an alternative! Still sitting around the fabled £5-£7 mark, this medium bodied, ready to drink red is perfect for an accompanyment to all matters of Italian food.

With fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant, the acidity of the wine go hand in hand with the subtle tannin, creating an array of characteristics which will combine fantastically with tomato based pasta or chicken dishes in particular.

A steal at £6.66 in our 33% off deal!

Summer FizzDate published: 15/08/14

Summer Fizz

1. Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 WAS £30.00 NOW £19.99 on the Summer Selection 33.3%

This vintage champagne is at a cracking price and sold out last time we had it on this deal. Any vintage champagne at £20 or less is a steal so don't miss out!!  Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.

2. Prosecco La Marca Treviso NV DOC WAS £12.99 NOW £8.66 on the Summer Selection 33.3%

One of our top selling Prosecco's this extra dry sparkling wine has delicate pear and apple aromas. On the palate you will find crisper apple and pear with lively bubbles. 

3. Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV, DOCG, Italy. WAS £14.99 NOW £9.99 on the Summer Selection 33.3%

Here we have a top quality wine made from the best grapes grown in the best hilly areas of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. This sparkling has a little more body than the former mentioned, and has more apricot and apple characteristics with a soft round mousse. 

Some cracking deals here, and don't forget you can mix and match across the entire range and still get the best prices.



Spotlight on a region...Date published: 15/08/14

The Barossa Valley 

The Barossa Valley is a famous wine region in South Australia and lies with the Hunter Valley as Australia's best known region. The area has a warm climate and the valley floor is particularly suited to red wine production. Barossa Valley Shiraz has become a internationally renowned. The grape ripens incredibly well here, producing deep purple, inky The vines are bush trained to help give the grapes some cover from the intense sun, and with little irrigation, yields are small but the quality is exceptional.

Wine and Food MatchingDate published: 15/08/14

Wine and Food Matching

Thai Food

Much spicier than Chinese, with a more intricate mix of flavours, these dishes are far more difficult to match wine to.  For the very hottest chilli-charged dishes, forget wine  and stick to beer or, better still, iced water, but with mildly hot Thai dishes, you can get away with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Champagne, which will also go with dishes that include coconut milk.  When lemon grass, lime, and other zesty ingredients dominate, try an unoaked Australian Semillon.

Adam's new 33% top 3!Date published: 08/08/14

So back to work, and a fully stocked and refreshed 33% off selection!

Here are my top picks to get you through to the close of summer...

1) Mud House SB - Still going strong here in Chester, and a favorite of my family and friends, it would be rude not to include it! Full of gooseberry and guava, packed with lively acidity and a clean, fresh texture. For £6.66 on our 33% off deal, can you really say no?

2) Domaine de Montval Syrah - Recently written up in The Times top 100, this is a cracking expression of Southern France Syrah. Full and rounded, with typical varietal spice and black fruits, this is a cracking food wine, and a steal at £6.66.

3) Cune Rioja Reserva - Another sub £10 wine that I think is incredible. Typically well balanced between ripe cherry and blackcurrant fruits and oaky flavours of vanilla and toast, this wine shows a fantastically smooth texture, which is great as a classic match to roast lamb.

Enjoy!

Wine Course 25th SeptemberDate published: 08/08/14

We have just announced one of our wine courses to take place at 6pm on Thursday 25th September.

The wine courses are completely free, and aim to give you some introductory knowledge of the ins and outs of tasting and choosing wines, making it a lot easier (and interesting) to shop in store.

There will be 6-8 wines on the night (it's a secret though, so don't ask!), along with some nibbles.

Hosted by one of our expert staff, they are a relaxed, informative and fun evening that will hopefully whet your whistle to go out and learn about our passion...wine!

Sign up is required, so if you fancy it, give us a call, drop us an email, or pop in store for more details.

See you there!

Loire and Beaujolais Spotlight Tasting WeekDate published: 08/08/14

Loire and Beaujolais

Spotlight Tasting Week

We love discovering new and exciting wines as well as revisiting well established classics. All this week we will be showcasing the best examples from Loire and Beaujolais in France. Crisp whites and light, jammy reds are the flavours of the month; perfect summer drinking.

We will also be holding a FREE tasting event on Saturday 9th at 3pm. Our expert staff will be on hold to guide you through the delights of these two pedigree winemaking regions.

Sign up in store today or call us on

01244 381 118


Wine of the Week Date published: 02/08/14

Press Mentions

The Times - Jane MacQuitty

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013

£5.99*

A crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.

The Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Puy de Dome Pinot Noir 2011

£8.99*

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours

The Daily Mail - Matthew Jukes

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

£6.66*

Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones

*Offers valid when bought alongside any other wine on the same deal


New Craft Beer!Date published: 30/07/14

Einstök Pale Ale 6x330ml Bottles

American and Bavarian craft come together with the finest Icelandic water to create the Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones.

Price £11.99  for 6x330ml Bottles when you buy at least 2 packs


FAQsDate published: 30/07/14

What are sulphites?

‘Sulphites’ is essentially a blanket term for a range of common sulphur compounds, several of which are found in food and drink. The one most commonly found in wine is sulphur dioxide (SO2) which has been used in winemaking for several hundred years.

Why are there sulphites in wine?Tiny amounts of sulphites occur in all wines as a natural result of the winemaking process, but most of the sulphites present in wine are those which have been addedintentionally. Sulphites are commonly used for sterilising winemaking equipment such as barrels and tanks, which can lead to trace amounts being transferred to the wine. Later, SO2 is often added to the juice to control the fermentation process. For example, once the desired alcohol level has been reached, SO2 can be used to kill the yeast and thereby stop fermentation. It also kills other microbes, preventing the wine from spoiling due to bacterial activity.Sulphites are also highly effective at preventing oxidation, and the majority of winemakers (even those who have made the wine using natural processes with little or no SO2 throughout) will add sulphites at the bottling stage to help prevent oxidation and therefore improve the wine’s shelf-life.

Do they affect the taste?Sulphites are most easily detectable on the nose. Most people can identify sulphurousodours (often referred to as a ‘struck match’ smell) at SO2 concentrations as low as 50ppm (parts per million), especially in wines sealed by screwcap, which tends to preserve aromatics very effectively. The aromas are usually present for a very short time after the wine has been opened, and fade once the wine has received exposure to the air.

Are sulphites harmful?

At the low concentrations found in wine, sulphites cause no harmful effects in the vast majority of people. A very small number of people have a high sensitivity to sulphites, and may suffer symptoms such as chest tightening or wheezing (particularly in asthmatics), headaches or skin rash. Sulphite sensitivity is thought to affect only around 1% of the population, and the above symptoms are likely to require much higher doses than those typically found in wines or foodstuffs. Other foods which may contain sulphites in various amounts are beer/cider, fruit juice, tinned foods, processed vegetables, dried fruit, jams/preserves, biscuits and cakes, cured meats and many others.2What are the legal limits on the amount of sulphites in wine?You will find that the vast majority of wines now have ‘contains sulphites’ printed on the back label. EU regulations require that all wines with more than 10mg/lt (or only 10ppm) of sulphites display this warning, and wines with concentrations lower than this are extremely rare. The maximum levels of sulphites permitted in wines sold within the EU are 160mg/lt for red wine, 200mg/lt for white/rosé wine, and 400mg/lt for sweet wine.

How can I find a wine that’s low in sulphites?

Producers do not have to specify the actual level of sulphites in their wine on their labels, meaning they are of little help in finding which wines are the lowest in sulphites. For example, two white wines both labelled as containing sulphites could legally have sulphite concentrations of 10mg/lt and 200mg/lt respectively; a difference of 20 times the minimum amount. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some general pointers which you may find helpful.Red wines, especially those rich in tannins, contain high levels of antioxidants and are therefore naturally more resistant to oxidation, requiring little or no added sulphites at bottling. Most producers will still add a small amount anyway, to ensure that the wine maintains its condition. White wines do not contain these antioxidants, and easily suffer discolouration or loss of freshness due to oxidation, and therefore require higher sulphite doses to keep them fresh. Sweet wines generally have much highersulphite levels because their high sugar content makes them prone to bacterial spoilage or secondary fermentation. Sparkling wines may also have higher sulphite levels because they are often bottled with some yeast residue still present.As a general rule, wines produced in large volumes will have more added sulphites. Air exposure and yeast/microbes are harder to manage in volume production, and therefore the amounts of sulphites cannot be managed as finely. Many mass-market wines are also made with primary fruit flavours and fixed alcohol levels in mind, both of which may be managed using sulphites Also, wines packaged in bag-in-box format, or shipped in bulk are more susceptible to air ingress and therefore benefit greatly from added sulphites to inhibit oxidation. This obviously suggests that cheaper wines will tend to have higher sulphite levels than premium or boutique wines, which is true to an extent. However, the mere fact that a wine is expensive is not a guarantee that it is low in sulphites.


Rosé In FocusDate published: 30/07/14

Famille Abeille Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

£10.99 Special Offer £9.99

The estate at Chateau Riotor, who make this wine, is famous for its abundance of cork trees as well as being home to hundreds of turtles who they look after and preserve. Rose is far from a new phenomenon in Provence. In 200BC when the Romans took over, the pink wines of Massaila (Marseille) were already very famous and sought after.

The vineyards for this wine are very close to the sea. The salty air that infiltrates the vineyards influences the grapes. Interestingly some Vermentino in the blend. Fragrant and alive on the nose, there’s a perfumed strawberry note that makes it eminently smellable. Clearly well made as the balance is good and it’s subtle and elegant.


Rosé In FocusDate published: 30/07/14

Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2013 Famille Negrel

£10.99 Special Offer £9.99

The Negrel Family have been making wine at this domaine for 201 years. Jane MacQuitty from The Times says this is 'the best tenner's worth of Provence pink for many summers now'. Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines.

The sea facing vineyards for this wine are up to 200m above sea level. The Mistral swirling off the sea cools the vineyards which leads to very elegant wines. A smokey number, it's very savoury and serious. A thinkers wine, the acidity is great and there's a clean, bitter finish. Would come alive with food, a plate of chacuterie perhaps.


Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 26/07/14

Sparkling Saturday

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire

£9.99 – On the 33% off deal

Origin

This is the Loire equivalent of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the region's white grapes. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines.

Taste

Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mousse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue.

Enjoy

Enjoy at any celebration. Will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.

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Also, why not try one of our new craft beers.

Open Today:

Goose Island IPA - £9.99

A hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.

Roscoe Amber Ale - £12

Roscoes Amber Ale pours a deep amber color, with a clean nose, balanced hops and malt, and ends with a light citrus finish.

Press MentionsDate published: 26/07/14

Recnt Press Mentions

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

2012 Chablis Vocoret

£12.74*

Steely and minerally aromas with citrus fruits, limestone, slate and a crisp, fresh and vibrant palate of stony fruits, limestone, grapefruit and lemons, finishing on a racy and uplifting citrus kick.

The Times – Jane Macquitty

2013 Chateau du Cleray Muscadet

£8.49*

A magnificent sur lie muscadet with baked apple and lemon-zest styled fruit.

2012 Minini Valpolicella Ripasso

£9.74*

Refermented on amarone grape skins, a rich ripasso like this bold, fat, juicy, crimson morello cherry charmer is the perfect, swanky barbecue red.

The Financial Times – Jancis Robinson

2013 The Lodge Hill Riesling

£10.61*

A tinglingly dry, refreshing wine grown on one of the highest vineyards in Australia’s Clare Valley, a hotspot for the world’s finest white wine grape.

*Prices valid when 2 or more purchased


Great Deals from only £4.99!Date published: 26/07/14

Great Deals from only £4.99!

Mont Saint Jean 2012 £4.99

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

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

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

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

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


The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99!Date published: 26/07/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99!

Many people haven't heard the name Brent Marris, I'll be honest and admit I hadn't until a couple of days ago!

But this is the man behind some of our most popular New Zealand wines, a glass of Ned Sauvignon Blanc anyone?

Born and bred around wine, Brent went to university in New Zealand studying everything and anything he could about wine. He then started his journey on the Marlborough wine trail.

His first achievement: the creation of the world famous Oyster Bay Sauvignon...not a bad first try eh?

His second wine: Wither Hills Sauvignon, some of you may remember this one, it was incredibly popular here at Majestic when we stocked it.

Next up, The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, hands up if you know this one.

And finally, The King's series (favour, landing, thorn), his premium version of international grapes from his preferred vineyards.

A quote from our CEO, Mr Steve Lewis:

"It's almost become the default white wine of the British middle classes. The Ned for us is a bit like having bread or milk. If we don't have it in stock customers don't understand."

Not bad for the boy from New Zealand.


Mont Saint Jean Corbieres £4.99!Date published: 21/07/14

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres £4.99!

Corbières is a significant appellation in the Languedoc region of Southern France. It produces some exciting wines. The red wines tend to be dense and herbal and make up the majority, with a small amount of rose and white wines also being produced. Carignan is the dominant red variety, with some very old vines producing wines of good concentration. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre are also planted, and blended with Carignan. The terrain here is very hilly and subsequently the soils vary throughout the region. Vineyards in the South of the region are cooled by altitude and are as high as 300 to 450m above sea level. The vineyards near the coast can have high average temperatures and low average rainfall,but this is compensated by the influence of the sea.

Press MentionsDate published: 19/07/14

This Week's Press Mentions

www.winepages.com – Tom Cannavan

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 - £7.49

“Deep cherry red with vinous, cherry and red liquorice aromas”

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 - £9.99

“Classic Provence with a herb and lemon palate and a chicory bite of dryness.”

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 12th July

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013 - £8.99

“Top 50 winner with a coffee, vanilla and chocolate-scented scratch patch on its back label.”

Daily Mail – Helon McGinn – 11th July

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 - £22.50

“Buttery, with waxy lemon flavours. Great with roast chicken.”

Pied Tanqué Rouge 2013 - £5.49

“Fresh, red berry fruits from southern France.”

* prices applicable when buying 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case (6 bottles)


The Times Top 100 Summer WinesDate published: 17/07/14


The Times (Jane Macquitty) Top 100 Summer Wines

Red

Con Amigos Malbec 2013 - £5.99*

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013 - £6.37*

Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir 2012 - £7.99*

Belleruche Côtes du Rhône 2012 - £7.99*

Crôzes-Hermitage 'Les Saviaux' 2012 - £11.99*

Sparkling

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire -£8.99*

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England - £23.98*

White's


Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 - £9.74*

Days of Summer 2013, Miguel Torres, Itata Valley - £6.49*

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 Monte Schiavo - £6.36*

As Caixas Godello 2013 Martín Codax - £6.66*

*Prices applicable when buying 2 or more as part of a mixed case


Wine of the Week Date published: 17/07/14

Wine of the Week

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013

£5.99*

This wine has become a real Majestic Chester favourite and is now on a short term offer at only £5.99.

Hailing from the Languedoc region in the south of France, this zesty white wine is made from the rare Picpoul grape. Picpoul de Pinet, often referred to as the "lipstinger", is a great alternative to Sauvignon due to its crisp, fresh flavours and intense acidity.

The Villemarin has a nose of lemon and lime, blended with floral and green herb notes. This is partnered with a bone-dry, zesty palate with flavours of green apple and grapefruit.

This refreshing wine is a great summer's drink and is perfect with sea food dishes such as oyster

*When purchased alongside any 15% off wine


Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne Offer £43.31Date published: 12/07/14

The Perfect Summer Fizz

One of our best loved rosé Champagne has been reduced!

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

Now only £43.31 when you purchases two or more bottles, down from £65.

Why not read some of our customer reviews;

- This is our favourite champagne, saved for very special occasions. It is pure luxury, fresh, light, sparkling rose which is unsurpassed for taste and quality. The price was so attractive, I just had to get some while I could. It arrived the very next day!

- Of all the Rose Champagne this is my favourite! Soft with flavour and delicious.Go try and enjoy. Au revoir!


New Wine of the Week - Heggies Chardonnay 2011Date published: 12/07/14

Wine Of The Week

Heggies Chardonnay, 2011

Eden Valley, Australia

£15

When you buy any two selected Fine Wines (£20 single bottle price)

The Majestic Spotlight on Australia tasting week is now on! This free event is taking place at every Majestic store and will feature a wide range of Aussie reds and whites. We've got some old classics alongside exciting new arrivals for you to taste and explore on our free in store tasting counter.


Heggies are proud to source grapes from some of the highest altitude vineyard sites in Australia, giving them cool temperatures and rocky, well-drained soil. These climactic features provide the ideal environment to stress and challenge the vines, thereby forcing them to produce fruit with a complex and concentrated flavour profile. This intense flavour is further guarenteed by limiting yields and using hand harvesting techniques.


We love the Heggies Chardonnay for its big, bold aromatic nose, which is dominated by rich, toasty oak. Sweet vanilla spice is evident, alongside ripe tropical fruit. The palate is considerably softer, as the oak integrates with the fruit to create a smooth, well rounded mouth-feel. Finally, the finish is sublime, leaving you to enjoy every sip before reaching for another sample!

The richness of the wine is important when matching with food; try smoked fish and grilled asparagus or a soft cheese.

If you enjoy tasting this wine, ask our staff for details of upcoming free tasting events. 


Grape in focus - ZindanfelDate published: 12/07/14

Zinfandel - Once thought to be the only indigenous American Vitis vinifera grape, Zinfandel has now been positively identified by Isozyme 'finger printing' as the Primitivo grape of southern Italy. However, the origins of this grape are Croatian, where it is known as the Crljenak Kastelanski. Depending on the vinification method used, Zinfandel can produce many different styles of wine, from rich and dark to light and fruity or nouveau style. They can be dry or sweet; white, rose or red; dessert or sparkling.

Our Best New Zealand SB DealsDate published: 12/07/14

Our Best New Zealand SB Deals: -

Mud House S/B - £6.66

Oyster bay S/B - £7.99

The Ned S/B - £7.99

Black Cottage S/B - £9.98

Greywacke S/B - £16.99

Cloudy Bay S/B - £22.50


BBQ WinesDate published: 11/07/14

BBQ Wines

Summer Is Here...

Barbecue Anyone?

Here at Majestic we love a good barbie when the Sun's out, here are our staffs top 5 for your brilliant British summer...all for under £10.

M De Minuty, £9.99 on 33% - A show stealer, perfect for pre-food, or post!

Mud House SB, £6.66 – Fantastic on its own or with your lunch time salad.

Prosecco Zonin £7.99 – 2014 is the year of Prosecco, this one is great value.

Errazuriz Pinot Noir £7.99 – A lighter red for the sun, will match all white meats.

Medalla Real Carmenere, £7.99 – Smoky and supple, red meat match perfection.


Wine of the Week Date published: 09/07/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon


£7.99 on our 33% off deal

This Cabernet is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery

whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu.

A bright, youthful ruby red, this is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of

ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black

pepper.

This full bodied red would be the perfect accompaniment to some mature cheese


Press MentionsDate published: 05/07/14

This Weeks Press Mentions

Jane Macquitty's Top 100 Summer Wines

(The Times)

Con Amigos Malbec 2013

£5.99*

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013

£6.37*

Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir 2012

£7.99*

Belleruche Côtes du Rhône 2012

£7.99*

Crôzes-Hermitage 'Les Saviaux' 2012

£11.99*

*Prices applicable when buying

2 or more as part of a mixed case


Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/07/14

Wine of the Week

Waimea Pinot Gris

£9.99 As part of the Summer Selection deal

Nelson is one of the smallest wine producing regions of New Zealand and provides stark contrast to the commercial powerhouse region of Marlborough located an hours drive to the west. Wineries operate on a much more artisan level here and offer more individuality and in many cases greater value for money.

Waimea Estate is one of the leading wineries operating in Nelson, the winemaking philosophy of winemaker Michael Brown is to produce wines that show vivid varietal characteristics together with subtle nuances associated with the varied winemaking techniques he employs such as battonage ( lees stirring ).

Many producers in the New World attempt to emulate the Alsation style of Pinot Gris and whilst this wine carries some characteristics of classic Pinot Gris such as honey and some subtle spice the ripe melon and apple fruit certainly plant this wine firmly in the New World. Although ready to drink now this wine will certainly develop in bottle over the next 3 to 4 years and is perfect with spicy Asian cuisine or full flavoured fish such as Turbot or Red Snapper.


The Times Top 100Date published: 29/06/14

The Times Top 100 Wines

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire - £13.49 buy any 2 save 33% - £8.99

This is the Loire equivalent of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the region's white grapes, Chardonnay and Chenin. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines. Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mousse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue. Enjoy at any celebration. Will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England - £35.99 buy any 2 save 33% - £23.98

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne. Having used the classic Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this sparkling has a Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.


The Times Top 100Date published: 29/06/14

The Times Top 100 Wines

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Western Cape - £12.99 buy any 2 save 25% - £9.74

Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact. Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish. Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

Days of Summer 2013, Miguel Torres, Itata Valley - £8.65 buy any 2 save 25% - £6.49

Miguel Torres's winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain, and is among those leading the sustainable viticulture movement in Chile. This unusual Muscat is sourced from Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions. As the name suggests, this is a summery wine full of bright and juicy white grape, floral and gently tropical aromas. A tiny hint of residual sweetness gives it a round, easy-going feel. The perfect accompaniment for ceviche and other flavoursome seafood salads.


The Times' Top 100Date published: 29/06/14

The Times Top 100 Wines

Here are some of Majestic's wines that made it into The Times' Top 100 Wines:

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 Monte Schiavo - £8.49 buy any 2 save 25% -£6.36

Monte Schiavo are a large cooperative group. The fruit is sourced from over 35 growers, and the quality is usually superb. Verdicchio is the signature wine from the Marche region on the Adriatic coast, and is one of the prime examples of a fresh, summery Italian white.An invigorating wine with great diversity of fruit, including lemon, pineapple and lime along with ripe apricot notes. The finish has an interesting bitter almond streak. This is the quintessential Italian white wine. Perfect as a party wine or for outdoor drinking (preferably in the sun).

As Caixas Godello 2013 Martín Codax - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% - £6.66

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas. A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish. Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod.


Coming Soon.... Picpoul Magnums!Date published: 29/06/14

Picpoul Ormarine 2013 75cl Magnum

Cave de l'Ormarine is one of the Languedoc's most successful cooperatives, and is responsible for vinifying 50% of the wine produced by the entire Picpoul de Pinet appellation, itself the largest white wine appellation of the south of France.

A brilliant pale yellow with youthful green hints, this is a light yet intensely citrussy wine, with characteristic aromas of grass, green bell pepper and blossom notes, and a crisp, refreshing palate.

This impressive magnum will make a wonderful addition to summer parties, pairing with grilled fish, seafood or freshly prepared salads.

Price £19.99


Join The CLubDate published: 29/06/14

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The best way to keep in touch with our offers, exclusive online deals and parcels is through our emails. This has a number of benefits:

Recently we have started running one week offers that have only been communicated to our customers via emails.  So if you don't shop every week then you could be missing out. 

We often have Web Exclusive parcels that can only be bought online and often sell-out fast, so email alerts ensure that you don't miss out.

We also email exclusive money off vouchers.

It's simple, just email us at che@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01244 381 118 to let us know you want to receive our emails.



Masciarelli - 25% off!Date published: 29/06/14

The Azienda Agricola Masciarelli was established in San Martino in 1978 by Gianni Mascarelliand and started producing wines in 1981.

Gianni inherited from his grandfather Giovanni the passion for the vineyards and for wine. This passion has driven the business from only 2.5hectares to an impressive 320 hectares, scattered around 14 different towns.

Since the beginning Mascarelli have focused on the potential of the native wine varieties: Montepulciano and Trebbiano.

Made from 100% Montepulciano this wine captures the full potential of the native grape variety. Bright ruby in colour, with an attractive nose of red juicy cherries with subtle violet and tobacco notes.

Bursting with blackcurrant and damson fruits on the palate with taut tannins and a slight hint of liquorice and spice.

This would go perfectly with an Italian tomato based dish.

£8.99

Fine Wine - Decoy Zinfandel 2012Date published: 29/06/14

Decoy Zinfandel 2012 Duckhorn, Sonoma County

Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in1976, Duckhorn vineyards have spent more then 30 years establishing itself as one of North Americas Premium producers (especially of Bordeaux variety wines). Nappa Valley is one of the most famous and prestigious wine regions within the New World.

Zinfandel (or 'Zin' as it is affectionately known in the United States) is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in America from Europe in the early years of the 19th century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma Counties, which remain its strongholds today.

This Zinfandel is harvested from the 13 vineyards of the Duckhorn Estate. Made from 100% Zinfandel. It is aged for 12months in barrels.

This is a lush and inviting expression of Sonoma Country Zinfandel with aromas of dark plum, nutmeg and cardamom, as well as French oak-inspired hints of vanilla. On the palate, bright red fruit flavours are balanced by well-integrated acidity, all leading to a soft, silky tannined finish.

Great partner for duck dishes.

£25*

*When you buy any two selected fine wine bottles. Save £10

Wine of the week Ravenswood Zinfandel £7.99*Date published: 24/06/14

This wine has been around a while in Majestic but has become a real revelation for our customers within the past year – it is easy to see why – you get an awful lot of wine for your money – concentrated plum and forest fruits dominate the palate along with warm spices. This is a serious wine, underlined by Ravenswood's motto of 'No wimpy wines' !

Great BBQ fare as this will stand up to anything you throw at it, but I prefer Zinfandel with anything vaguely Morroccan – the spices compliment each other perfectly.

Enjoy!

Ben


Last week for 25% off ItalyDate published: 23/06/14

On the 30th June our offers will change over, and our month long offer of 25% off Italy will be gone.

So here is my pick of the bunch that I highly recommend snapping up before the prices make that jump.

1) PoggioArgentiera Vermentino 2013 - £7.49 with 25% off - A crisp and lean Italian white, which is both refreshing and interesting. Hailing from the Southernmost vineyards of Tuscany, a mixture of peachy stone fruits and limey citrus dominate. An element of clean minerality hints through, adding to the appeal of this wine for the classic...chilled in the garden on a hot sunny day, or any other time for that matter.

2) Barolo Milani - £13.49 with 25% off - An intense and attractive ruby colour leaps out of the glass, drawing you in. Plush, ripe black and summer fruits are abundant here, with cherry and black currant taking center stage. 24 months in Oak ensure the wine is elegantly rounded off, and supple tannins create a fantastic food wine.

3) Natale Verga Primitivo - £6.74 with 25% off - A wine that represents fantastic value for money, from a producer with real pedigree (Verga's Barolo is excellent!). Approachable, medium bodied, this is a fantastic mid week wine. Red berry flavours and aromas combine together to make an easy drinking, interesting Italian red.

4) Inama Soave - A quality Soave made with the Garganega grape. A rich and luscious Italian white here from the North East. Lower yields and prestigious vineyards create a rich and complex wine. Honey, apricots, peaches and almonds are all evident here, definitetly worth paying a bit extra for!

So go on, take your pick!

Adam


Brooklyn Summer AleDate published: 20/06/14

Brooklyn Summer Ale

£9.99*

The Brooklyn Brewery, New York, was set up by Steve Hindy in the late 1980's after learning the art of home brewing whilst stationed in the Middle East as a journalist.

This summer ale is made in a lighter style to the original Brooklyn Lager, making it perfect for the summer. It has a light golden colour and a bright, hoppy aroma teamed with soft bready flavours and a crisp bitterness. The result is a refreshing, thirst quenching beer, perfect for enjoying in the sun.

*If bought alongside another craft beer


Wine of the week Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose £9.74*Date published: 19/06/14

The M de Minuty has taken the mantle of our best selling Provence Rose at Majestic, and perhaps quite rightly so due to its elegance and unmistakeable bottle. If you look a bit further into our Provence Rose range you will find this gem of a wine, which in my opinion, represents better value for money than the Minuty. Softer in style, with hints of spice and delicate summer fruits, this is a great match to summer evening aperitifs but can also handle BBQ'd chicken and fish.

Rose in general is becoming much more popular in the UK, and although we are not quite at the point of drinking this all year round, you can enjoy this until late summer at least.

Ben


Wine Styles - ProseccoDate published: 16/06/14

Prosecco

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

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

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

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

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


Discover a New Grape...Date published: 16/06/14

Grüner Veltliner

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jancis Robinson: 

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

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


Wine Styles - EisweinDate published: 15/06/14

Eiswein

Eiswein - Originally a German concept but now used in the New World as well, this rare wine resulted from the tradition of leaving grapes on the vine in the hope of attracting Botrytis cinera. The grapes are then frozen by frost or snow, harvested and pressed while frozen.  They are pressed while still frozen because the frozen ice rises to the top of the vat and it can be scraped off to leave a concentrated juice that produces a wine with a unique balance of sweetness, acidity, and extract. 

Gavi £5.99 Special OfferDate published: 15/06/14

Gavi Montiero

Gavi seems to appear in many different guises, from ultra clean and zesty to fairly fat and oily. This amazing value example is a great example as it sits somewhere in the middle! Fresh and slightly herby on the nose (think fresh fennel meets basil) and on the palate it's quite zingy with an apple/melon-like core flavour. This wine needs seafood! 

Only £5.99 until 30th June.

Call to order on 01244 381 118

Wine Service TipsDate published: 15/06/14

Have you ever wondered what's the best temperature to serve wine at? 

Here's a rough guide to make it nice and easy!

Style of wine                                     Example of wine                                                      Serving Temperature

Sweet Wines                                     Sauternes                                                                     6-8 °C

Sparkling Wine                                  Champagne, Cava, Prosecco                                     6-10 °C

Light/med bodied white                     Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc                7-10 °C

Med/full bodied oaked white              White Burgundy, New World Chardonnays                 10-13 °C

Light bodied Red                               Beaujolais                                                                     13 °C

Med/Full bodied Red                         Claret, Rioja, Shiraz, Chateauneuf-du-Pape                15-18°C

                                                         



Wine of the Week Date published: 14/06/14

Wine of the Week Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012


£9.74 – 25% off Italy

Now that our Italian Spotlight Tasting week has begun I have chosen a great new addition to our Italian range to be our Wine of the Week. If you love Amarone then this is a fantastic option for a fraction of the price. This is a ripasso wine, which means that it is re-fermented for 10 days on Amarone grape skins to create a deep and complex wine.

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

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


Italian Tasting All WeekendDate published: 14/06/14

Call in and join us to experience la dolce vita from 13-19 June, as we'll have a range of Italian wines open on the tasting counter all week. 

This weekend we have a wide selection of great Italian wine open to taste, including one of our premium fine wines and a new traditional method sparkling wine!

Pop in store to taste and explore with our expert staff and discover a new favourite today.

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido - Open to taste!Date published: 13/06/14

Fine Wine Tasting

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido

This very impressive blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese is open to celebrate our Italian Spotlight Tasting Week. Check out our free tasting counter for a range of great Italian offerings to taste and explore.

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

89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.


Italian Spotlight Tasting WeekDate published: 12/06/14

We are happy to announce the start of our Italian Spotlight Tasting Week! Over the next 7 days our free Tasting Counter will heavily feature our best Italian wines, from great value party reds to premium fine wine treats. The Tasting Week will also include a free tutored tasting, hosted by your local Majestic team. This tasting will involve 6-8 Italian wines, including whites, reds and fizz! To book your free place/s now call us on 01244 381 118. 

Summer RoséDate published: 12/06/14

Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2013 East Coast £8.49 

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

The Grapes: Malbec, Merlot 

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

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

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


Premium New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/06/14

Fine Wines of the Month - Make a special meal even more memorable with these fine New Zealand wines at house prices:

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012/13, Marlborough, New Zealand - £25.00 buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 - £20.00

Made using the finest Sauvignon grapes from New Zealand's famous Wairau Valley, this displays subtle honeysuckle, alongside powerful passion fruit and gooseberry aromas. On the palate, expect blackcurrant leaf, lime and nettles.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand - £25.00 buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 - £20.00

Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation. It's full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Boasting a medium-full body, the palate is succulent and crisp.


Spotlight on a region...Date published: 12/06/14

Morgon 

Morgon is an important Beaujolais cru which encompasses about 1100ha of vines around the commune of Villie-Morgon.  The wines produced are considered notably denser and longer lived than most Cru Beaujolais and the appellation has even been used as a verb, as in describing the process by which a young Beaujolais becomes more like a Pinot Noir-dominated red burgundy with time in bottle: il morgonne. Soils here are more weathered and the total ripeness is likely to be greater than in most crus, although some consider that only the wines made on the slope known as Cote de Py just south of Villie-Morogn have the real depth traditionally associated with Morgon. George Duboeuf's Cuvee Jean Descombes is one of the best.  Naturally therefore, you will find it here at Majestic where it's currently on offer at just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.  

Brilliant Beer Bargains for the World Cup!Date published: 12/06/14

Pilsner Urquell - £24(24 x 330ml Bottles)

Asahi Super Dry - £24(24 x 330ml Bottles)

Coopers Pale Ale - £15.99(12 x 375ml Bottles)

Becks - £24(24 x 275ml Bottles)

Spitfire - £15.96(12 x 500ml Bottles)


Pilsner Urquell, £1 a bottle!Date published: 10/06/14

As part of our ever changing offers in store and online, here at Majestic we have a personal favourite of the Pilsner Urquell at just £1 a bottle, a real bargain.

This was the first ever brewery to produce Pilsner, hailing from it's traditional home of Plzen in the Czech Republic so they know what they're doing!

If you're entertaining over the summer (world cup party anyone??), this is a great opportunity to provide a fantastic lager to your guests without breaking the bank.

Crack a bottle, and come on England!

Adam's Fathers Day PicksDate published: 10/06/14

As Father's day approaches, I start racking my brain about what I'm going to get my Dad, always difficult, but with Majestic it doesn't need to be.

As he is a big fan of his ale's, whisky's and Sauvignon's, here's my pick of what we have:

Einstock Icelandic White Ale - Made with some of the cleanest and purest water in the world. This white ale is incredibly refreshing and crisp, with intense citrus flavours coming through that combine to create the perfect summers day ale. £9.99 on on our beer and ales deal.

Auchentoshan Single Malt - Auchentoshan are unusual in distilling their whisky three times rather than twice as with other Scotch malts. The Classic is matured in 100% Bourbon casks giving this elegant lowland malt sweet aromas of vanilla, coconut and stone fruits. £26

Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc - Brought to you by the man who created Oyster Bay, Wither Hills and the Ned range. Brent Marris has created this upmarket Sauvignon from Marlborough to be the next step up from his Ned range. Made very much in a similar mold to Sancerre with it's fresh minerality and high acidity, there is a more citrusy, steely feel to this than other Kiwi Sauvignons. A favourite of mine, and I'm sure he'll love it too!£9.99 on our 33% off deal.

Plenty more in store, come and explore!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/06/14

This week as part of our Kiwi tasting week, we've elected a classic Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough - in fact, the first Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. Matua's REALLY big claim to fame is that they were the first ever winery to plant Sauvignon vines in Marlborough, transforming the region into an internation wine powerhouse that so many know and love.

The world Matua is Maori for “Head of the Family”, and this is their modern interpretion of the internationally renowned white variety. Showing classic aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit, this leads to a palate of vibrant acidity and concentrated tropical fruit flavours.

We love it, and think you will too.

£7.49 when you buy two bottles from our 25% off deal (£9.99 single bottle)


Guide to BordeauxDate published: 09/06/14

Ever been stood in one of our stores, gazing over our range of wines from Bordeaux, wanted to dip your toes in and sample the world famous clarets, seen the word Chateau too many times and given up? 

Hopefully this brief guide will eradicate that problem, and thus make shopping Bordeaux much simpler, quicker and inevitably, more enjoyable for you guys!

Let's start with the river...the Girande essentially splits Bordeaux in two...the "left bank" on the left (see? simple!) and the "right bank" on the right. The weather is greatly influenced by the ocean due to its proximity to the coast, hence a huge difference between vintages from the variations in the climate. These variations from year to year can vastly affect certain grapes ability to ripen successfully, and due to this, a range of grapes are used in order to maintain the level of output and quality.

99% of Bordeaux wines are blends, meaning that there are 2 or more grape varieties used to make up the final wine.

These grapes are:

Red: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

White & Sweet: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle

There are a very small number of exceptions, but as a general rule of thumb:

Left Bank Wines = Cabernet Sauvignon Dominated

Right Bank Wines = Merlot Dominated

Left Bank

The wines of the left bank are usually full bodied, rich and structured, with high tannin. They usually display characters of Blackcurrant fruit and due to Cabernet Sauvignons affinity to oak, vanilla and toast are eminently present. A lot of producers purposely make these wines age worthy, and the top Left Bank wines can easily age for decades, giving the wines a tobacco and cedar quality.

Areas to look out for from the Left Bank: Medoc, Haut-Medoc, Margaux, St Julien, St Esteph, Pauillac.

Right Bank

From the Cabernet Sauvignon wines of the left bank we cross the river to the right bank. Due to the dominance of Merlot in these wines (it needs a lot less heat and sunlight than the Cabernet to ripen), they tend to be softer and more elegant than those of their neighbours. Well rounded and smooth, Cabernet Franc is often used to add structure, colour and tannin. Displaying riper fruit flavours of red and black berry fruit with an increased acidity, although not as age worthy as the Left Bank wines, there is still potential for 15+ years of maturity.

Areas to look out for from the Right Bank: St-Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, Libourne.

Hopefully this quick guide will help you to pick out a quality Bordeaux to suit all palates, I won't go into the long winded and mind boggling classifications of 1855. 

If you have any questions, just ask!

Adam


NZ Tasting WeekDate published: 08/06/14

Here in Chester we know how well the Mud House SB has been received, and we also know how much our customers love the Ned.

But if you fancy trying something different, now is your chance...with wines open from NZ throughout this week, it's a great opportunity to try something different.

We will have reds and whites open on the tasting counter all week, which gives you the chance to sample before you make any decisions. We find that customers who have an affinity for a certain countries wines enjoy these weeks, so come in to store for a chat and some expert advice.

Hopefully you'll discover some new firm favourites.

Adam's Summer Selection PicksDate published: 08/06/14

We've got some great offers this month on our 33% off deal, here are my picks of the bunch:

White - Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc £8.66 as part of our 33% off - Packed full of elderflower, gooseberry and passion fruit, this wine is bursting with fresh acidity and an excellent crisp texture. Perfect for a summer day in the garden.

Red - Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008/9 £9.99 - A brilliant price for a brilliant wine. Highly concentrated aromas of black fruit lead into a palate which is elegantly rounded off by the oak influence, vanilla and toast abundant!

Sparkling - Prosecco Zonin £7.99 - Light, fresh and crisp. Lovely flavours of pear, green apple and a citrussy backbone complement the vibrant acidity, a great aperitif for your barbecues.

My top 3 there, but there is plenty more on offer in store!



Brent Marris, The Man Behind The NedDate published: 08/06/14

Many people haven't heard the name Brent Marris, I'll be honest and admit I hadn't until a couple of days ago!

But this is the man behind some of our most popular New Zealand wines, a glass of Ned Sauvignon Blanc anyone?

Born and bred around wine, Brent went to university in New Zealand studying everything and anything he could about wine. He then started his journey on the Marlborough wine trail.

His first achievement: the creation of the world famous Oyster Bay Sauvignon...not a bad first try eh?

His second wine: Wither Hills Sauvignon, some of you may remember this one, it was incredibly popular here at Majestic when we stocked it.

Next up, The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, hands up if you know this one.

And finally, The King's series (favour, landing, thorn), his premium version of international grapes from his preferred vineyards.

A quote from our CEO, Mr Steve Lewis:

"It's almost become the default white wine of the British middle classes. The Ned for us is a bit like having bread or milk. If we don't have it in stock customers don't understand."

Not bad for the boy from New Zealand.

So come in to store, pay thanks to one of the original pioneers of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc and try some as part of our New Zealand tasting week.


Press MentionsDate published: 07/06/14

This Week's Press Mentions

Mathew Jukes' Top 200 Wines - The Daily Mail

Matthew Jukes, wine writer for the Daily Mail since 1999, has put together his Top 200 Wines which includes many Majestic favourites. See the pull out for details.

Saturday Kitchen – Susie Barrie

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc £8.99

Matched with a tomato consommé

Black Cottage Minot Gris £6.99

Matched with a lemon grass chicken dish

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

El Cometa del Sur Tinto £6.79

Intense and fruity, this wine is crammed with black cherry, bramble and plum-like flavours, along with warm spicy aromatics

The Times – Jane MacQuitty

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

a wine with Aromas of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours


Wine of the Week Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio £8.99Date published: 03/06/14

We have just launched a fantastic new promotion on our Italian wines – 25% off the whole range, any mix you like! Italian whites have become very popular recently as our customers have explored the lesser known wines such as Pecorino, Fiano, Verdicchi and Vermentino from all corners of the country. Here we come back to the classic Pinot Grigio. Well almost...
The Stella Alpina hails from Alto Adige in NE Italy towards the Slovenian border – here the Pinots are much fuller in style, rich and exotic with a hint of spice. This definitely comes under the label of Majestic staff favourite and is a great match for any foor with a hint of spice. A real tasting counter wine – give it a go! 

Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Rose 2013, BandolDate published: 01/06/14

Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Rose 2013, Bandol

Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rose as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Chateau Romassan Rose. Made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre.

An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rose showing fresh berry aromas and hints of spice.

Serve at 0-12°C, as an aperitif, with sweetbreads or Asian cuisine. 

Available now at £27.00 per bottle.

I would recommend getting some early before it sells out as this is already flying off the shelves!

Discover Sherry #3Date published: 31/05/14

Apostoles 30-Year-Old Palo Cortado, Gonzalez Byass, Half bottle

Palo Cortado is a light wine chosen to be a Fino but instead aged oxidatively like an Oloroso whilst retaining some of the elegant Fino character. It is the rarest type of sherry and this example has had 30 years' ageing to gain even further complexity. Dark amber in colour, with intense nuttiness and caramel on the nose but a dry finish with a delicate yet mouth-filling warmth.To fully appreciate every nuance of this wine, you must try it by itself,but it will also pair with cheese, salted almonds and tapas.

Discover Sherry - #2Date published: 31/05/14

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso

Warm and rounded in style. Full-bodied, with a nutty complexity;expansive on the palate. Excellent with rich foods such as game dishes, casseroles or red meat stews.

Discover SherryDate published: 31/05/14

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado

Very rare style of sherry that falls between the elegance of Amontillado and the richness and complexity of Oloroso. From the cellar of Cayetano del Pino, this is a truly magnificent example of the style.

Majestic Wine - Here For YouDate published: 29/05/14

Majestic Wine - Here For You

Majestic specialises in selling brilliant wine by the case. We believe wine – whether you’re buying it or selling it, and especially when you’re drinking it – should be full of fun.

There are plenty of places where you can buy decent wine. What gets us really excited is interesting wine – the wines you taste that are just a little special. They’re difficult to find in the supermarkets but we’ve got hundreds of them for you to explore, and we don’t want you to pay over the odds to find them. Majestic makes interesting affordable, so everyone can enjoy it.

We live and breathe wine, and we taste our fair share too. We love to share our knowledge with people and help them to discover and explore new wines, and we always tell it straight. None of us could ever recommend a wine we didn’t believe in.

Naturally, we think experimenting with wines is a good idea. We’ve never fallen in love with a wine so much that we’d stop trying new ones. And it’s how we run our business. Majestic doesn’t stand still; we’re always trying new ideas and looking for the next big thing in wine. That’s how we stay one step ahead of the competition.


Fine Wine PlanDate published: 29/05/14

Fine Wine Plan

At Majestic Wine, all of us are passionate about wine, and whilst we happily snaffle some of our great bargains for the majority of the wine we drink, what gets us really excited is Fine Wine, whether it is classed growth Bordeaux, Premier Cru Burgundy or any one of the plethora of prestigious wines produced in the New World. That is why so many of us have signed up to the Fine Wine Plan run by our sister company Lay and Wheeler.

You pay in money each month (from as little as £50) to create a fund to buy your wines, Lay and Wheeler also provide credit in the amount of 3 x your monthly subscription. You can be as proactive or as hands off as you like in choosing your wines, Lay and Wheeler's expert staff will be happy to guide you, whether you are buying Vintage Port as a Christening gift or White Burgundy for next summer's drinking.

Other great benefits include exclusive offers for fine wine plan members at seriously advantageous prices and if you subscribe over £100 per month you receive a free case of wine when you join the plan and the Fine Wine Plan Privilege Card which gives you a whopping 10% off all your purchases from Majestic Wine!

If you have any questions, pop in and ask us in-store, visit the Lay and Wheeler Website (www.laywheeler.com) or give them a call on 01473 313 330.


Wine of the Week - Costarossa PrimitivoDate published: 29/05/14

Wine Of The Week

Costarossa Primitivo

£8.24 when you buy any two wines on the 25%

(£10.99 single bottle price)

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

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plus, with toast notes that linger on the finish. This heavy red is drinking beautifully now, but will continue to improve over the next 3-5 years.

Match with venison or pan fried calves' liver, enhancing the richness of the dish and the weight of the wine.

Here at Majestic Chester we are always looking to taste and explore new and exciting wines. The best way to find a new favourite is to taste, so why not join us for an upcoming spotlight tasting event? Visit www.majestic.co.uk/chester to see all of our tasting dates or ask in store today!


BBQ WinesDate published: 28/05/14

BBQ wine matches 

Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan - £5.99

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes.

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

First Class Pinot Noir 2013 Casablanca Valley - £5.99

This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state-of-the art winery in neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character.

Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.  If you don't like the full bodied blockbusters from Argetnina then this wine will be right up your street.


Spotlight on a region...Date published: 28/05/14

Rueda

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines.


Vinification TechniquesDate published: 27/05/14

Wild Fermentation

There are a few bottles here at Majestic that make a big deal of having been made by "Wild Fermentation". And we're often asked what that actually means.

Yeast is one of the main components in winemaking - it reacts with the sugar in the grape to produce alcohol and CO2 (in still wines, the CO2 is allowed to escape, whereas in sparkling wines the CO2 is trapped inside the bottle or tank, and since it has no means of escape, dissolves into the wine to produce bubbles). Wild yeasts are present on the skins of the grape and in the winery, and once this yeast comes into contact with the wine, fermentation will start naturally.

Many winemakers will leave these yeasts to their own devices as it produces interesting, complex wines with greater vintage variation and clear expression of region and grape characteristics. The wild yeasts are however, unreliable and do not give a consistent style. For this reason, it has become common practice in New World wineries particularly, to use cultured yeast in order to gain a consistent style and a reliable fermentation. Different strains of yeast are adapted to suit different grape varieties and can be used to impart certain characteristics to the wine.


New Arrival - Primitivo 2013 Natale VergaDate published: 26/05/14

Primitivo 2013 Natale Verga

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

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

Price £6.74 when you buy at least 2 bottles


Producer in FocusDate published: 25/05/14

Nicolas Potel - A fine producer

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

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

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

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


Grape of the DayDate published: 24/05/14

Grape of the Day

Todays Grape: Riesling 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Arrival - New Minini Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 23/05/14

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

Grapes ; Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella

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

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

Price £9.74 (with any two 25% off wines)

New Arrivals - The Calima SeriesDate published: 23/05/14

Calima Wines. New to Majestic...

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

Calima Garnacha Blanco 2013 Catalunya  WHITE WINE

Origin

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

Appearance A very light pale lemon colour

Aromas Capsicum and green fruit with a gentle floral aroma. 

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

Calima Garnacha Tinto 2013 Catalunya RED WINE 

Appearance A clear ruby red

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

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

Both make for great BBQ wines or parties.



Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/05/14

The Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99

Hailed as the "New Ned", the Mud House is an exciting new arrival to our ever-expanding Kiwi Sauvignon range.
For all you Sauvignon Blanc lovers out there (and we know there are lots!) there is a new arrival fresh from Marlborough -The Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc.
It's barely been in our stores a week and the press reviews have been exceptional. This is a great glass of punchy, zesty summery drinking. A real steal at just £6.66 too. It's flying out, so grab yours at majestic.co.uk or on 01244 381 118.


New Beers In Stock!Date published: 23/05/14

New Beers In Stock!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cricket Whites, Cherry Reds...Date published: 22/05/14

Cricket Whites, Cherry Reds...

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

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

The Producer: 

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

The White: 

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

Region: In Southern France to the west of Rhone

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more at majestic.co.uk/lords


Spotlight on a region - RhoneDate published: 21/05/14

Stretching from Vienne to Avignon, the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation occupies a 200km length of the Rhone river.  Beyond this great region other Rhone wines exist, and some are not even French.  The banks of this mighty river are clad with vines all the way from Switzerland to the west of Marseille where the river runs into the Mediterranean.

The Rhone divides neatly into two - the Syrah-dominated north and the Grenache-influenced south.  The north and south differ not only in terrain and climate, but also contrast socially, culturally, and gastronomically.  From the north come the classic ink-black wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie as well as the fine dry whites Condrieu made from the Viognier grape.

Meanwhile, the mellow warmth of the south is home to names such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise and accounts for a staggering 95% of all wines produced in the Rhone as a whole.



Food and Wine Matching - BeefDate published: 20/05/14

Full bodied reds with lots of tannins, like Malbecs, are great wines with beef as the fattiness softens the tannins and intensifies the fruitiness of the wine.

A good match would be the Argentinian Malbec Tucumen.

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

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

As an alternative to a Malbec a good Australian Shiraz would work such as the Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz.

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

Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.


Spotlight on a Region - Binissalem Date published: 19/05/14

Binissalem is a DO on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. Most of the wine produced goes to the thriving holiday resorts. The dominant grape variety is the red Manto Negro. The grape can produce some well-balanced reds though they can lack structure and character. The main white grape is the Moll, also called Prensal Blanc which produces bland, neutral wines.

Villa MariaDate published: 18/05/14

Villa Maria was founded in 1961 by George Fistonich who, through his dedication to quality, has led Villa Maria to become the New Zealand wine icon it is today. Villa Maria have created different Tiers for their wine varieties and below you will see their rankings.

Private Bin

Made with approachability in mind, the Private bin range is extensive in its offerings.
Wines are blended from a variety of vineyards across a region or throughout the country
Clean, fresh and lively flavours.

Cellar Selection

Crafted using the very best winemaking techniques, this range is styled to provide accessible drinking whilst still allowing for medium term cellaring. Made identically to the Reserve range just slightly less intensity of flavour.
Ripe, rich and engaging wines.

Reserve Selection

Reserve wines are blends of a particular region's most outstanding vineyards in a specific vintage.Typically rich, fruit-driven wines with ample weight, concentration and intensity of flavour, these wines are expressions of excellence for the particular variety and region.

Single Vineyard

Single vineyard wines are 'terroir' wines, reflecting the unique vineyard sites from which they come. Due to the nature of producing wines from exclusive parcels of land, Single Vineyard wines are only available in very limited quantities.


MatsuDate published: 17/05/14

Vintae - The Spanish New Wave


Think of Spanish wines and your mind probably turns to Rioja. However, there is more to Spain than the classic barrel-aged Reservas and Gran Reservas wrapped in a golden wire cage. The real buzz in Spanish wine is coming from ambitious, dynamic young winemakers ready to explore other regions and varieties.

Created with the passion of Rioja entrepeneur Jose Miguel Arambarri and covering 6 different DOs across Spain, Vintae is causing a real revolution in the winemaking industry with its avant-garde approach.

Their Matsu wines from Toro in the far west of Spain unite the oriental culture of caring for nature (matsu is Japanese for wait) with advanced biodynamic techniques to produce polished wines of grace, power and real regional character.

Both wines are made from Tinta de Toro, the local variant of Tempranillo.


Majestic's Party ServiceDate published: 16/05/14

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

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

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

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

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

So, please don't hesitate and us call on 01244 381 118 or do come into store ask your questions and enjoy the ease of planning drinks for your party.


New Arrival - Crôzes-Hermitage 'Les SaviauxDate published: 16/05/14

Crôzes-Hermitage 'Les Saviaux' 2012 Domaine Michel Poinard

Grape - Syrah/Shiraz

Crôzes-Hermitage is the largest appellation of the northern Rhône, and although dominated by large cooperatives, there are still small independent producers. This wine is made by Yves Cheron, from the fruits of his 9-hectare estate's mature Syrah vines.

Muscularity and power typical of Rhône Syrah, combining intense red and black fruit with notes of sweet spice and darker, smokier notes. Middleweight tannins provide good balance and length.

Price £11.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles

Wine of the Week Date published: 12/05/14

Wine of the Week

Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013

£8.99 – on the 25% off deal

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

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

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


Last day of the football season!Date published: 11/05/14

So that time is upon us again, 3pm today and the kick off of the final day of the football season!

The question is (aside from how many will City stuff past West Ham), are you drinking the right wines or beer for the occasion?

I have picked out my top deals for the day, so get into store to stock up on our best deals!

Wine:

Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 Bierzo - £6.66 on our buy 2 save 33% deal - A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

Vega de La Reina Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66 on our buy 2 save 33% deal - A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. Crisply acidic, the wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish.

Domaine Ferrandiere Pinot Noir - £6.66 on our buy 2 save 33% deal - A soft, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, with an emphasis on ripe red berry fruit character. Short-term oak maturation has added subtle herb and spice notes.

Beer:

We have a great selection of craft beers in at the moment, on a great deal of buy 2 save £6.

Einstök White Ale 6x330ml Bottles - £9.99 as part of the deal - A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Anchor Steam 6 x 330ml Bottles - £9.99 as part of the deal - A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

We also have Samuel Adams Boston Lager at £1 a bottle on a 24 case - Tesco has this at £1.49 on offer!!

Press MentionsDate published: 10/05/14

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith


Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2013

£8.49 – On the 15% off deal

Summery wine that’s as scented and uplifting as strawberries on a trampoline.

(Olly’s Pick of the Bunch)

Saturday Kitchen- Susie Barrie

Paul Mas Estate Vermentino

£7.64 – On 15% off deal

Very bright gold with youthful green tints. The nose is predominantly citrus, with berry and slightly smoky notes.

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Lirac Domain des Garrigues 2012

£8.49 – On the 15% off deal

Made entirely without oak, this wine is vibrant and youthful in both colour and aroma, with great freshness to the dense red fruit

Peter Lehmann Riesling 2013

£8.91 – On the 15% off deal

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


New Italian Fine WineDate published: 10/05/14

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola - £17 as part of our Buy 2 save £10's deal.

A new one into the range, some of you might recognize the name "Bussola"?

We previously stocked the Valpolicella Classico wine by this incredible Italian producer, and now we've got a new one!

Made in the Ripasso style, where the fermentation is enhanced by grapes whose skins are dried out or "raisined" in the sun after harvest. This evaporates the water, concentrating the sugars and flavour compounds. This style is very similar in the way that the Italians make Amarone, so if you like your big, bold, concentrated wines, then this one is definitely one to try.

An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood. The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. Drink now or over the next 5 years.

In store now!

Summer TastingDate published: 09/05/14

Remember, our Summer tasting is just around the corner!

On Thursday 15th May we will have a range of wines from all over the world open, accompanied by nibbles and of course, our expert staff on hand to answer any questions you might have.

To book a place for the tasting give us a call on 01244 381 118

or alternatively send us an email at che@majestic.co.uk

Places are not limited, so feel free to bring friends and family.

See you there!


Dare we say it..the new Ned?!Date published: 09/05/14

Ghasps of horror we hear!

You can't replace the Ned you say!

Well, we aren't replacing it, so don't worry! But we DO have a new player in store in the hugely popular Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc range.

Introducing...Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66 as part of our 33% off deal.

Founded in 1996, this winery has spent lots of time perfecting their interpretation of the international grape. Taking extra care to ensure the grapes reach physiological ripeness and preserving the classic aromas and flavours, we think it's a real success, and hope you will too!

Packed full of tropical fruit aromas including the classic gooseberry, passion fruit and elderflower abundant. On the palate a zippy acidity balances out the pungent fruit flavours in this wine, reflecting the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc style.  

An absolute steal at £6.66, we have it open to taste on our counter, so pop in store for a sample...you won't be disappointed!


Wine of the Week Date published: 07/05/14


Wine of the Week


Con Amigos Malbec

£6.66 – As part of the Summer Selection


With our 'Spotlight on Chile Week' coming to a close, I thought I would take the opportunity showcase a new addition to our Chilean range.

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

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel.

Perfect with barbecued red meat.


Spotlight on PortDate published: 07/05/14

What you need to know about Port

How is it made? Port gets its name as it is matured in the town of Oporto, situated on the West coast of Northern Portugal. Here the climate is much cooler than where the grapes are grown, an area far inland from Oporto known as the Duoro valley. Here, five main grape varieties are cultivated in the baking heat giving wines of intense flavour, body and tannins....perfect for making port! Traditionally the grapes were crushed by placing them all in a granite or concrete trough known as a lagar. The grapes were then trodden by periods of regimented dancing for a number of hours or even days. This still happens in a few of the best port houses, or quintas as they are known, however modern technology has given rise to machines which do the job more economically. Still, it takes a few days to extract the maximum amount of colour, flavour and tannins from the rich grapes. After crushing the grapes undergo fermentation and fortification. Port is fermented much like any other red wine initially, except when the alcoholic level reaches 6-8% abv. At this point fermentation is halted by adding concentrated grape spirit (itself at 77% abv) in a proportion of 1 part spirit to 4 parts port. As the fermentation was stopped unnaturally, there remains a residual amount of sugar, hence the sweetness of port. One the port has been fortified, it is put into oak barrels to mature. How it is matured?

There are two main ways of maturing port and they are bottle matured and barrel matured. Bottle matured ports are usually those intended to last the longest and are also normally the most expensive, such as vintage port and single quinta port. Even bottle matured ports are aged in wood for two years to soften them slightly, then are then bottled and should ideally be aged for 20 years or more. Barrel matured ports include the other varieties such as tawny, late bottled vintage (LBV) and ruby. These varieties are matured in oak casks until they are deemed ready to drink, they are then bottled for sale and thus do not usually get any better with further bottle ageing. Essentially, ageing the port in oak casks allows them to mellow somewhat and undergo a controlled amount of oxidation. The longer the barrel ageing, the more oxidative characteristics begin to shine through, such as flavours of caramel, nuts and coffee.

The main varieties & characteristics

There are a wide variety of ports and all offer a completely different drinking experience. The main types are as follows:

Ruby: this is the most common type of port on the British market and is also usually the sweetest. It has the least amount of barrel ageing and is usually quite simple in terms of flavours, consisting mainly of dark fruits. It does not need decanting and will not improve further with bottle ageing.

Late Bottle Vintage (LBV): this type of port is a specified vintage which has been aged in barrels for six years (modern style) and four years (classic or unfiltered style). It is then bottled and sold. The further ageing in oak gives these ports a much softer mouth feel than ruby port and tend to show some oxidative characteristics. The classic style will likely improve with further bottle ageing and should also be decanted. As the modern style is filtered it will not age and should not be decanted.

Tawny: these ports will usually have a number on the label and this indicates how many years it has spent in oak as a minimum. The longer the time the more soft and pale they become, usually showing intense, nutty oxidative characteristics. This is my favorite style of port other than vintage and should match beautifully with nutty cheeses such as parmezan. They do not need decanting.

Vintage and Single Quinta ports: these are the most expensive ports as a vintage may only be declared three times a decade. As these are matured for only two years in cask and the remainder in bottle, they are designed to age for a long time. Vintage ports are extremely intense and heavy wines with powerful dark fruit flavours and firm tannins. These are ideal for gifts not intended to be drunk immediately, especially for those under 15 years old. They will throw quite a large deposit and so will need to be decanted before drinking.

What to drink it with

There is probably no better match for port than blue cheeses. Cheese can be more difficult to match to red wine than would first appear, as salty cheeses tend to dry out red wine somewhat. To counter this effect you need a red wine with gumption and ideally sweetness also, to handle all of those strong flavours. Step forward port...

If you have any questions about port then please do not hesitate to ask one of us!

Buy 2 Save £10 - Selected Fine WinesDate published: 06/05/14

Buy 2 Save £10 - Selected Fine Wines

There's nothing more annoying than when you go to a Restaurant and you pay £20+ for a wine that you know you can buy in the shops for less than a tenner. Why not spend the same amount of money and buy a fine wine to have at home? Then you get what you pay for! Here at Majestic we have a current offer on, so that when you buy two selected fine wines you save £10 off the normal price. Wines included are big names in the fine wine industry such as Chateauneuf-du-pape, Cloudy Bay, Two Hands, as well as regional fine wines such as Bordeaux, Pinot Grigio and many more! If you would like to find out more on this offer pop into store, have a look around at the selection on our website at www.majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 

Fine Wine SpotlightDate published: 05/05/14

La Réserve de Léoville-Barton 2007 St-Julien

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

With a classic 'left bank' nose of smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead, the palate is rich and rounded with assertive tannins, ample fruit and well integrated oak. Serve with shoulder of lamb braised in wine or beef Drinking well at the moment, but will keep for another 5 or so years. 

 '£30.00 £25.00

When you buy any 2 selected fine wines.


Save the simple way at MajesticDate published: 05/05/14

Our pricing system at Majestic has just undergone a huge renovation. 

The benefit for you is that you no longer need to buy 2 or more of the same bottle to get the great deals, you can now mix and match within the ranges!

We have 4 different ranges:

 Orange price tags - 33.3% off

 Teal price tags - 25% off 

 Purple price tags - 15% off 

Crimson price tags - save £10 on selected spirits and Fine Wine

This means you can taste and explore new wines more easily and confidently with bags more to choose from. 

Our summer selection is made up of fabulous wines that suit the season perfectly, so come and see what we have for your summer party, bbq, or warm evenings in the garden. With our new price system and great selection you really can't go wrong. 


New Arrival... Edna ValleyDate published: 05/05/14

New in Stock: Edna Valley Wines

This time of year always marks the introduction of several exciting new wines in to the Majestic range, including two wines from California's Edna Valley Winery.

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012 - £12.99 or buy 2 save 33% - £8.65

Pinot Noir enjoys more moderate climates and much of Californian vineyard land is simply too hot to produce balanced examples. The Edna Valley runs East/West, opening out in to the Pacific. The facilitates the inflow of cooler ocean air, moderating the climate and facilitating the production of elegant wines. Full and supple, this Pinot displays ripe cherry fruit and floral hints.

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012 - £12.99 or buy 2 save 33% - £8.65

Another Burgundian variety benefiting from the moderate mesoclimate of the Edna Valley, we have a Chardonnay that combines the richness typical of Napa Valley examples with a precise acidity that helps keep the wine fresh. Enjoy its butterscotch and apple pie notes with Sunday Roast Chicken!


Rosé MagnumsDate published: 03/05/14

Summer would be no fun without a rosé magnum.

Summer is around the corner and we have the perfect ingredient for those long, lazy, late summer afternoons.

It's a fact. Wine does taste better from a magnum.  I'm not sure of the exact science but I can tell you it does. Let's just leave it at that.

We have not one or two or three, BUT FOUR MAGNUMS of fresh, fruity, dry 2013 Provence Rosé to choose from. 

Aix - £19.99

Minuty - £25.00

Chateau de Berne - £27.50

Miraval - £38.00


Spicy Food and WineDate published: 03/05/14

Wine and Spicy food matches!

Spicy food is a British staple, but notoriously difficult to match with wine, as the spice can overwhelm flavours and everything just goes a bit odd. Here are a few that work really well!

Black Cottage Pinot Gris (£9.99 when you buy two or more) - Roses, pear, ginger, apples burst from this New Zealand Pinot Gris. There is sumptuous sweetness to balance well with spice - this would go well with a hot prawn curry!

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 - (£8.24 when you buy any two or more) - This wine is dry, but its incredibly aromatic peach and green apple nose works just as well with anything Thai.

Samuel Adams - (£24 for a case of 24) - Why not stick to a British classic - curry and beer?! The crisp, ice cold lager has a nice flavour but doesn't overwhelm food.


Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 03/05/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £11.99 - £7.99 (when you buy any 2)

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

Origin - Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Taste - Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Enjoy - Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.


Spotlight On ChileDate published: 02/05/14

Chile's vineyards are nestled between the coastal mountain ranges and the Andes - a myriad of valleys stretching more than 900km from north to south but barely 100km from east to west.

Along this north-south axis are common climatic features such as the cooling effect from cold air descending from the Andes, as well as prevailing winds caused by the Humboldt Current, which blows cool air along the river valleys. However, each valley has its own distictive style and success stories, as you can discover with our free Chilean Spotlight week events.

2nd - 8th May - The Chilean Spotlight Week - We invite you to explore a range of great Chilean wines at Majestic Wine Chester. Lots open to taste all week on our free in store tasting counter.

Saturday 3rd May 3pm - An in depth free tasting focusing on the differences in style between Chile's reds and whites. 

To book your free place on the Saturday tasting, please call us on 01244 381 118 or send an email to che@majestic.co.uk

#TasteAndExplore

Wine of the Week Date published: 01/05/14

Wine Of The Week


P15 Malbec, Mendoza


£7.99

When you buy any two Summer Selection wines (£11.99 single bottle price)


'Picada 15' is the name of the old highway that runs alongside the vineyards of San Patricio del Chañar, Neuquén province, where this wine is made from the fruit of relatively young vines. At 39º latitude, Neuquén is Argentina's southernmost wine region.


A fresh and youthful Malbec, with a focus on ripe cherry and plum flavours. The nose is lifted and expressive, with heady violet and subtle vanilla. Middleweight tannins give harmony and structure.

Enjoy in its youth, paired with rich stews or pasta sauces.


If you enjoy tasting this and other wines then book your free place on our Summer Tasting Evening now. Thursday 15th May 6:30pm – 8pm.

Ask in store for details or call us on 01244 381 118.


Sparkling Deals!Date published: 01/05/14

The Summer Selection includes some great bargains on both Champagne and sparkling wine from around the world. We have picked out just a few highlights that are perfect for all your garden parties, BBQ's and weddings.

Veuve Clicquot NV - £29.98

Heidsieck Monopole Goldtop 2007 - £19.99 

Prosecco di Conegliano - £9.99

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV - £19.99

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV - £49.97

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV - £10.99

Prosecco Zonin - £7.99

Oyster Bay Sauvignon - £7.99Date published: 30/04/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call to order now on 01244 381 118


New Arrival - Pied TanquéDate published: 30/04/14

Pied Tanqué Rouge 2013 Vin de France

Grapes - Merlot, Cinsault

This easy-drinking red comes from vineyards in and around the Hérault Valley departement of the Languedoc, and is typical of the fruity, approachable reds that are so integral to the food culture of southern France.

Light-bodied with a supple tannic structure, this is an eminently drinkable red, delivering ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavours with subtle herbaceous notes, leading to a clean finish.

A great lunchtime red. Great with ravioli in a fresh tomato sauce.


The Summer SelectionDate published: 29/04/14

The Summer Selection

We are proud and excited to introduce the Majestic Summer Selection. We have a wide range of wines on offer at 33% off throughout May, with reds, whites, rosé and fizz all up for grabs. To celebrate the launch of the Summer Selection we have compiled a list of our favourites from the bunch.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Callia Bella Malbec £5.99

Gavi Toledana £7.99

Prosecco di Conegliano £9.99

Veuve Clicquot NV £29.98

Heisdieck Monopole Goldtop 2007 £19.99

Order in store, online or on 01244 381 118


New Arrivals - Fizz!Date published: 28/04/14

New interesting fizz in stock! 

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire

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

So what is 'Crémant' ?

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

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

Tasting Note

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

Can cellar for 3 years


Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 Today OnlyDate published: 28/04/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc- Last Day on Offer!! 

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

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

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

Call 01244 818 118 to place your order.


New Arrival - Pied TanquéDate published: 28/04/14

Pied Tanqué Blanc 2013 Vin de France

Grapes ; Grenache Blanc, Terret, Ugni Blanc

This wine is sourced from several vineyards throughout south-west France and the Languedoc, and is made from a blend of three traditional grape varieties that are rarely seen as single-varietal wines, but which commonly feature in the typical whites of southern France.

An easy-going, lightweight white wine with moderate alcohol and a pleasing mixture of citrus and white fruit character, and soft-edged acidity.

A great all-rounder for pairing with simple everyday cuisine. Try with cod or similar white fish.

Rosé MagnumsDate published: 28/04/14

Rosé Magnums

We have a selection of rose magnums back in stock ready for summer. 

Last year's biggest seller was the AIX magnum.

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

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

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

Price £19.99

Available this year in Magnums as well as regular bottles is the Château de Berne Rosé Côtes de Provence.

A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle.

An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.

Drink as a summery apéritif, or with classic Provençale fish dishes, either lightly spiced or simply grilled.

Price £27.50

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 Today OnlyDate published: 28/04/14

The ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is on offer for only £6.99 until this evening at 7pm!

If you would like to order some of the nation's favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then call us direct on 01244 381 118. We are unsure when The Ned will be on offer at this great price again, so make sure you don't miss out and order today.

Wine of the Week Date published: 23/04/14

Wine Of The Week


Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc


£7.99


When you buy any two Pick 'n' Mix wines (£11.99 single bottle price)


Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.


Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.


If you enjoy tasting this and other wines then book your free place on our Summer Tasting Evening now. Thursday 15th May 6:30pm – 8pm.

Ask in store for details or call us on 01244 381 118.


Oyster Bay Sauvignon - £7.99Date published: 22/04/14

The Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is now on the Pick & Mix deal at an amazing £7.99. 

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Oyster Bay shows pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

Easter Pick 'n' Mix Ending SoonDate published: 21/04/14

The Easter Pick 'n' Mix promotion ends next Monday. The following offers are available to order in store, online or by calling us directly on 01244 381 118. Delivery is completely free and you can also click and collect to save time.

Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99

Vinalba Malbec - £7.99

Zonin Prosecco - £8.99

M de Minuty Rosé - £9.99

Eguia Reserva Rioja - £6.66

Pick of the DayDate published: 20/04/14

Pick of the Day

Today we have selected the Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho Verde. This is a perfect wine for warm days when the sun is out. We are choosing this today in the hope that it will bring the sun out.

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

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

At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

Price £5.99 when you buy at least 2 wines from the April Pick "N" Mix.


Pick of the DayDate published: 19/04/14

Pick of the Day

Our choice for today is the Lindauer Special Reserve.

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle.

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish

Price £9.99 when you buy at least 2 wines from the April Pick "N" Mix.


Fine Wine FocusDate published: 19/04/14


Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta

The Region

Hailing from the Rioja Alta and named after one of the region's founding families. The grapes (Grenache and Tempranillo) are grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings. 2004 was a great vintage producing wines that are dark, structured and tannic.

The Wine

The Ardanza is our most popular fine wine and it's easy to see why. As a reserva, it has spent a minimum of 12 months in cask and 24 months in bottle before being released. Rich, spicy and complex, with soft tannins and a long finish.

Food Match

Perfect with your Sunday lamb.


Press MentionsDate published: 19/04/14

Press Mentions

The Times – Jane Macquitty

Louis Roederer NV

£27.99 – on the Pick & Mix

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

Saturday Kitchen – Susy Atkins

Lindauer Special Reserve

£9.99 – on the Pick & Mix

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish

James Martin's Food Match: Courgette and potato rosti


Wine of the Week Date published: 19/04/14

Wine Of The Week


Marques de Caceres Reserva


£11.99


When you buy any two 25% off wines (£15.99 single bottle price)



For the Easter weekend we have chosen a classic pairing for your Sunday roast lamb. The Caceres Reserva epitomiseswhat great Rioja should be. Located in Cenicero, the winery has been operating since the late 1960s and has established an international reputation for producing brilliant wines. This particular example is aged in oak for 22 months before maturing in bottle for a further 24 months.



The palate is awash with fresh blackcurrants and a rich vanilla spice. Generous fruit flavours are backed up by soft, well integrated tannins. A fresh acidity helps the Caceres match well with a wide variety of dishes. The favourite for me will always be a classic combination of spicy rioja and lightly seasoned, slow cooked lamb. Beautiful!



If you enjoy tasting this and other wines then book your free place on our Summer Tasting Evening now. Thursday 15th May 6:30pm – 8pm.

Ask in store for details or call us on 01244 381 118.


Château Livran Half bottleDate published: 18/04/14

Château Livran 2010 Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 75cl Half bottle

Château Livran stands on the site of a 13th-century fortress. The estate as it stands today gained recognition for its wine in the late 1800s. In modern times, the Merlot and Cabernet vines have been replanted where they perform best, according to soil analysis.

A robust and well-structured wine, offering a backbone of dense plum, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit and plenty of body. Ample tannins provide excellent length and a voluminous texture.

Drink now or keep for 3-5 years

Price £5.99

Peroni £1 Per Bottle!Date published: 17/04/14

Peroni 330ml bottles at £1 per bottle!

We have a fantastic offer on Peroni 330ml bottles. A case of 24 will cost you only £24!

This is a brilliant offer on an extremely fashionable and premium lager.

Order with your wine online, by visiting us in store or by calling us on 01244 381 118

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 17/04/14

Easter Opening Hours

Our opening hours for the Easter holiday period are as follows:

Friday 18th April 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99!Date published: 16/04/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2013

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

(£10.49 single bottle price)

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

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

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

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

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 15/04/14

Our Easter opening hours are:

Good Friday 10AM - 8PM

Easter Saturday 9AM - 7PM

Easter Sunday CLOSED

Easter Monday 10AM - 5PM

Riscal Reserva 2008 £10.99Date published: 15/04/14

The Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal is a classic style of Rioja Reserva.

The Tempranillo, Gracio and Mazuelo grapes are hand-picked from 15 year old vines and aged for 26 months in American-Oak barrels. 

There are plenty of juicy fruits, especially strawberrys, and lots of vanilla aromas from the oak. The palate has silky tannins, and the fruit carries through from the nose.

Delicious with grilled or roasted meats; try it with typically Spanish dishes to bring out its best.

£14.99 Special Offer £14.66  - Buy 2 selected wines save 25% - £10.99


Wine of the Week Date published: 14/04/14


Pierre Sauvion

Sauvignon Blanc 2013

£7.49 – on 25% off deal

A new addition to the Majestic range, this is a great, intensely fruity summers day drink.

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

A light, straightforward wine, with a citrus fruit backbone and gentle

accents of nettles and freshly cut grass on the nose. Crisp acidity

provides a refreshing finish.

A perfect match for a summery baby-leaf salad with fresh tomatoes and goat's cheese


RoséDate published: 14/04/14

Rosé wines back in stock!

For all of our Rose drinkers out there we now have our best sellers back in stock.  These include M de Minuty at £9.99 and Domaine Chautarde Rose at £6.66 on the multibuy.  Both wines were very popular last year so get yours whilst stocks last - 01244 381 118 che@majestic.co.uk


Sunday Roast Wine Match - LambDate published: 13/04/14

Sunday Roast Lamb and Spanish Reds

If you are roasting a lamb joint there are few better matches than good, hearty, Spanish red - here are my top picks:

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

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

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

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal - Special Offer £14.66 Buy 2 selected wines save 25% = £10.99

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

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.


Region In FocusDate published: 12/04/14

The Magic of Mencia

The region of bierzo is in the north-western corner of Spain, near Galicia. This region was little known until huge investment in the 90's led to a surge in quality and demand. 

The region received its DO (Denominación Origen) in 1989. It has approximately 60 wineries, the majority of which have very small parcels of land from which to take their crop.

Mencía is the region’s most planted varietal accounting for nearly two-thirds of the area under vine. It tends to ripen early, and suits its maritime climate with high Autumn rainfall.

Mencía produces a plethora of different styles of wine, across the spectrum, from lighter examples showing strawberry and raspberry flavours, to those showing olive, blackberry and dark cherry with robust tannins and savoury, earthy notes with hints of minerality taken from the mineral laden terroir. 

The most noted producer in Bierzo is Descendientes De J Pelacios. The co-founder of this estate was partly responsible for putting Priorat wines on the map and getting it DOCQ status, the only other region to hold such status other than Rioja. With this kind of producer at the helm it seems like Bierzo's meteoric rise is set to continue at pace.

At Majestic we stock 2 Bierzo Mencias at different ends of the spectrum:

Pizarras de Otero 2012 £6.66 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines - This wine shows hints of strawberry and sour cherry with an edgy minerality on the finish.

The Petalos by Descendientes De J Pelacios 2010 £15.99 Multi-buy price - This wine is much more robust with hints of black olive, blackberry and dark cherry. It has firm but smooth tannins and some savoury earthy notes.

Both examples of Mencia are different from most Spanish wines and offer a change from the norm.


Bollinger Offer!Date published: 11/04/14

Offer alert...Bollinger Special Cuvée NV

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

Currently £33.31 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £55.00

This offer runs out on April the 28th make sure you don't miss out...Call us on 01244 381 118 to arrange your free delivery.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:

Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - closed

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm


New Arrival - El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 Terra AltaDate published: 10/04/14

New Arrival - El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 Terra Alta

Grape ; Garnatxa Blanca

A light straw colour with hints of green, this is a youthful and delicate wine, offering white pear and apricot flavours and gentle floral aromas. Soft acidity and remarkable body.

Best served alongside simple tapas such as anchovies or grilled squid.

Price; £6.74 when you buy at least 2 bottles


Provence Rose Web SpecialsDate published: 10/04/14

Check out our website now form some very special Provence Rose parcels, featuring a wine from a certain celebrity couple ... http://www.majestic.co.uk/Miraval-Rose-zid08018x6

Buy now before it's all gone! 

New Arrival - El Cometa del Sur Tinto 2013 Terra AltaDate published: 09/04/14

New Arrival - El Cometa del Sur Tinto 2013 Terra Alta

This spicy Spanish red is produced by Bodegas Abanico, who source their grapes from several partner growers in and around the towns of Batea and Corbera. Garnacha, known as Garnatxa in the local Catelan is the principal grape, grown on traditionally trained bush vines.

Intense and fruity, this wine is crammed with black cherry, bramble and plum-like flavours, along with warm spicy aromatics. Supple, ripe tannins and a juicy fruit sweetness fill the palate.

This is a blend of Syrah-Shiraz, Cariñena Garnatxa

Price; £6.74 when you buy at least 2 bottles


New Wine of the Week - Morellino PoggioargentieraDate published: 09/04/14

Wine Of The Week

Morellino Poggioargentiera 2012

£9.99 – 2 bottle price

This week we have chosen a long standing Majestic favourite as our Wine Of The Week. The Poggioargentiara comes from southern Tuscany, where sangiovese is known as morellino. The grape is blended with Ciliegiolo, an indigenous local variety, resulting in a youthful and fruity blend. Minimum oak ageing ensures the wine is bright and fresh on the palate, and ready to drink immediately after release.

Expect ripe cherry and strawberry to dominate the palate, softening into blackberry and blackcurrant flavours. A strong, rustic backbone helps the Poggioargentiara to be drank alongside a variety of dishes, including lamb chops and game.

If you enjoy sampling new and exiting wines ask our staff for information on upcoming free tasting events, including Majestic Chester's Summer Wine Evening on 15th May. We will be showing a wide variety of wines, accompanied by some tasty nibbles.


Provence Rose in abundance...Date published: 08/04/14

It's that time of year (well almost) when people turn to Rose as the evenings get lighter. The Minuty Provence Rose has become such a cult wine now in this country and we have the new vintage on offer as part of the Easter Pick and Mix at £9.99. We also have a couple of new arrivals this year - those of you who receive our web special offer via email, check your inbox later this week for some gems which will only be available online. 

Food and Wine Matching - CheeseDate published: 08/04/14

Wine and Cheese Match

If you fancy having over some friends for a cheese and wine night here are my selections.

Fresh but no rind - Mozzarella, Cream Cheese or Creme Fraiche -  Light crisp White: like a simple Bordeaux Blanc, Bergerac, English unoaked whites. Rose: Anjou or a Rhone and for a red a very light red, like a Bardolino, Beaujolais or a young Bordeaux.

Hard Cheese, waxed or oiled, often showing marks from Cheesecloth - Gruyere family, Manchego and other Spanish cheeses, Parmesan, Cantal, Comte, old Gouda, Cheddar and most 'traditonal' English cheeses - Gouda, Gruyere, some Spanish and a few English cheeses complement fine Claret or Cabernet Sauvignon and some great Shiraz/Syrah wines. But strong cheeses need less refined wines, preferably local ones. Also try a sweet wine, the Tokaji Aszu.

Blue Cheeses - Roquefort can be wonderful with Sauternes, but don't extend the idea to other blues. It is the sweetness of Sauternes, especially old, that compliments the saltiness. Stilton and Port, preferably tawny, is a classic. Intensely flavoured old Oloroso, Amontillado, Madeira, Marsala and other fortified wines go with most blues.

Natural rind (mostly goats cheese) with bluish-grey mould (the rind becomes wrinkled when mature) - Sancerre, Valencay, light fresh Sauvignon Blanc, Jurancon, Savioe, Soave, Italian Chardonnay and lightly oaked English whites.

Bloomy rind soft cheeses, pure white rind if pasteurized or dotted with red, Brie, Camembert, Chaource, Bougon (goats milk Camembert) -Full dry white Burgundy or a Rhone if the cheese is white and immature; powerful, fruity St-Emilion, young Australian (or Rhone) Shiraz/Syrah or a Grenache if its mature.

Washed-rind soft cheeses, with rather sticky, orange-red rind - Langres, mature Epoisses, Maroilles, Carre de l'Est, Milleens, Munster - local reds, especially for the Burgundy cheeses, vigorous Languedoc, Cahors, Cotes du Frontonnais, Corsican, Southern Italian, Sicilian, Bairrada. Also powerful whites, especially Alsace Gewurztraminer and Muscat.

Semi-soft cheeses, thickish grey-pink - Livarot, Pont L'Eveque, Reblochon, Tomme de Savoie, St-Nectaire - Power white Bordeaux, Chardonnay, Alsace Pinot Gris, dryish Riesling, southern Italian and Sicilian whites, aged white Rioja, dry oloroso sherry. But the strongest of these cheeses kill most wines.


Free Wine Tasting Everyday!Date published: 07/04/14

At Majestic, every day is as an occasion to taste, learn and explore. So in all our stores you'll find a tasting counter with open bottles ready to sample. Try them alone, with friends or with some help from us.

We're always on hand to guide you to something that is right for your palate and your pocket. And we're well qualified to do so because all our people are required to pass the demanding Wine and Spirit Education Trust's WSET Level 3.

Just as the best way to enjoy wine is with others, we think the best way to choose it is to taste with others.

That's why we hold free, regular tasting events that are designed for all levels of knowledge and we keep them all relaxed, informal and social.

Whether you're trying Argentinian wine for the first time or you're a seasoned wine collector, our courses can make your personal wine journey that much more informative and enjoyable.

Visit our homepage to view what we are tasting at the moment and what events we have coming up.

Spanish Tasting Week - GrapesDate published: 06/04/14

A little bit of Info about Torrontes...

Torrontés is a white Argentine wine grape variety, producing fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity, smooth texture and mouthfeel as well as distinctive peach and apricot aromas on the nose. Three Torrontés varieties exist in Argentina: Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino, and Torrontés Mendocino. It is primarily Torrontés Riojano that has received attention for the quality of its wines, and is the variety used for most Argentine wines simply labeled Torrontés.

Around 8,700 hectares (21,000 acres) in Argentina have been planted with Torrontés Riojano. Plantings in the very high altitudes (1700m+) of the Calchaquíes Valleys in the far north of Argentina have recently met with success. The vine is highly productive and is just under ten percent of all white grape plantings. The Salta region in northwest Argentina is particularly noted for its Torrontés as the grape thrives in cold dry, windswept conditions.

According to wine expert Jancis Robinson, Torrontés has the capability of producing wines of high quality, but its success is dependent on the skill and care of the winemaking process, particularly in maintaining suitable acid levels to balance the wine. At its most ideal, Robinson notes, Torrontés are "wines for early drinking that are not too heavy, are high in acidity, and are intriguingly aromatic in a way reminiscent of but not identical to Muscat."



Spanish Tasting Week - RegionsDate published: 05/04/14

Ribera Del Duero

The Ribera del Duero is cut off from any maritime influence by a ring of mountains. The vineyards of the Ribera del Duero are situated in the highest part of the Meseta, with some Vineyards planted as high as 850 meters. It is this altitude that mitigates the continental climate by ensuring cool night time temperatures throughout the year. 

The region has had an asscoiation with fine wine production dating back to the ninteenth century and is a D.O for red wine and rose wine only.

Tempranillo is the dominant grape variety and is the single ingredient in some of the best red wines. Garnacha is grown too and is mostly made into dry rose. 

Wines of the Ribera del Duero are naturally darker in colour with more powerful and astringent tannins than tempranillos from Rioja. Wines also feature characteristics of dark fruit and plum and spend a small amount of time ageing in French new oak barrels. 


EASTER NEWSLETTERDate published: 05/04/14

EASTER NEWSLETTER

MAJESTIC WINE CHESTER

Wine Events

Wine Course - Thursday 24th April and Thursday 12th June – 6.30pm – 8pm

Spanish Tasting Week - 4th April-10th April

Summer Tasting Evening - 15th May 6.30pm – 8.30pm Book Now!

Tasting Counter – Full of new and classic wines everyday.

All of our wine events are completely free of charge (£5 refundable deposit for Wine Courses), simply call us to book your place today – 01244 381 118

Wine Of The Week

Every week a member of the team selects a “Wine of the Week” to open on our tasting counter. Here are some of the

wines we've been tasting over the last few weeks....

El Rescatado Albarin - £9.99

Errazuriz Single Vineyard SB - £7.99

Vinalba 50/50 - £8.99

Easter Pick 'n' Mix

There are loads of great bargains to be had in our Easter Pick 'n' Mix 33% off!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99

Vinalba Malbec Reservado - £7.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne - £16.66

Zonin Prosecco - £7.99

Party Service

The Majestic Party Service gives you everything you need for your perfect wedding, bbq or garden party. Free glass and chiller bin hire (deposit required), free delivery and sale/return arrangements to suit you.

Contact

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Free Spanish Wine Tasting Today!Date published: 05/04/14

Join us in store for a free Spanish wine tasting at 3pm today! We've got a range of whites and reds open to try, including an exciting new arrival to the Majestic range. The tasting will last approximately 30 minutes, so feel free to drop in and sample these impressive wines. Call us to book your space on 01244 381 118.

This week's press mentionsDate published: 05/04/14


Olly Smith - Saturday Kitchen

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV

£7.99 – On the Pick & Mix

A fantastic quality sparkling wine made in the same way as Champagne. Pale lemon golden coloured, with streams of fine bubbles. Peachy and lemon aromas with a crisp acidity.

Anthony Rose - The Financial Times

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012

£12.99 – Multi-buy offer

Premium parcels of fruit and partial wild yeast are fermented in French oak barriques to create a toasty, nutty nose, with peach and tropical fruits on the palate


Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 04/04/14

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 

My pick of the Easter deals has to be the Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon. Hailing from Coonawarra in Australia, this smooth and fruity red is a steal at only £8.65 (when you buy any 2 Pick n Mix wines). The fruit forward style is typical of a new world Cabernet, with fresh blackcurrants and black cherries dominating the palate. Matured with minimal oak contact, this really is the perfect wine for relaxing on a Spring evening. Drink over the next 1-3 years with hard cheese or rich beef casserole.

Order yours today on 01244 381 118 for FREE DELIVERY 

Wine WordsDate published: 04/04/14

Wine Words - Tannin

Tannin is a substance found in grape skins and stalks. Wine with high tannin can leave a dry feeling in the mouth around the gums. It can even be quite unpleasant at times! So, why would producers make wine with this quality?

Simple - tannin helps to preserve a wine as it ages. Wines with low tannin are not suited to ageing and as such should be enjoyed while they are young. As wine ages, the tannins soften and so highly tannic wines may need to be left for longer before they are ready to drink. Some foods can also soften tannin in the mouth, which is why game is the perfect accompaniment to Barolo for example. 


Wine of the Week - El Rescatado AlbarinDate published: 04/04/14

Wine of the Week 

El Rescatado Albarin

2013


£9.99 when you buy two bottles (£12.99 single bottle price)

We are excited to introduce a new Spanish white to our ever expanding range. The El Rescatado is a fantastic example of the Albarin grape variety. Native to the valleys of the Picos de Europe in Northern Spain, this variety is extremely rare; only 100 hectares of vineyards are planted. As such it is a great opportunity to taste and discover a new favourite.

The nose is fresh and expressive, with a delightful combination of gooseberry, citrus and hints of fresh green herbs. The palate follows on nicely, with crisp acidity matching the tropical flavours. This wine is a favourite among sauvignon blanc fans, as well as all lovers of crisp dry whites.

I recommend drinking this young, whilst the fresh citrus is prominent. Enjoy at its best with seafood tapas such as squid, octopus or prawns.

We are showing this wine as part of our Spanish Tasting Week here in store. We will be opening a wide variety of both reds and whites, including fine wine and some new arrivals.

There will also be a Spotlight Tasting event at 3pm on Saturday 5th April, lasting approximately half an hour and completely free of charge.


Wine of the Week Errasuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc £7.99*Date published: 02/04/14

Very different to the typical, intense Malborough style that most have become accustomed to – Chilean Sauvignons tend to be more grassy and herbaceuos on the palate and therefore easier to match to food. The Errasuriz is great value at this price, with South America fastly becoming the number one destination for great value wines compared to its competitors.

Sauvignon is generally the perfect aperitif wine, this however will be able to also accompany light summer salads. If New Zealand Sauvignon has become a 'bit much' for you – give this a go.


Curious Brew LagerDate published: 27/03/14

Curious Brew Lager

ABV: 4.7%

Background Info: 

Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an award-winning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beer receives not only a "dosage" of champagne yeast in its second fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,famed for their intense aromas.

Taste: Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral and stone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this wine has citrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by a refreshing bitterness. Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats and fish.


Fine Wine FocusDate published: 27/03/14

Fine Wine Focus

Our fine wine shelves are full of wines in the Buy 2 Save £10 promotion. This offer now has an extended and ever better range than before so I though I would pick out some of my favorites from the offer. Today  I have chosen the McGuigan Handmade Shiraz.

As a big Shiraz drinker and having previously tried the shortlist series by Mcguigan I thought I would give the handmade Shiraz a try.

This limited edition wine comes from Langhorne, South Australia and is a premium wine growing region. The grapes were picked from low yielding vines at full ripeness which helps to retain all the flavour. The wine was left in oak for 18 months before being bottled giving a wonderful oak influence. 

This is everything you would want from a Shiraz and more. It is packed full of chocolate and cherry flavours with a long, velvety tannin finish.

If you can resist drinking this straight away, it can keep for up to 10 years.

Price ; £20 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.


ITALY - Vintage by VintageDate published: 26/03/14

ITALY - Vintage by Vintage

2010: Plentiful rain everywhere meant tricky growing conditions, but the wines are good quality, showing more restraint and acidity than usual.

2009: Piedmont fared very well, producing rich well structured wines. Southern Italy more variable, although Sangiovese was generally sound.

2008: A wet summer was salvaged by a warm harvest season. Many wines tend to lean towards elegance rather than body or power.

2007: Some hail problems, but overall a warm vintage, producing powerful reds in both Tuscany and Piedmont.

2006: A good to very good year throughout most of the country, with Chianti, Veneto and Piedmont particularly successful.

2005: A difficult vintage. Heavy rain and even hail covered the country throughout the harvest. Decent quality is available from conscientious producers.



Australian Wine FactsDate published: 25/03/14

Key Regions in Australia

South Eastern Australia: wines can be made from blending grapes grown in: South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

South Australia: Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Riverland.

Victoria: Rutherglen, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula

New South Wales: Hunter Valley, Riverina (MIA)

Western Australia: Swan Valley, Margaret River, Frankland River, Mount Barker


Fine Wine FocusDate published: 24/03/14

Fine Wine Focus

Our fine wine shelves are full of wines in the Buy 2 Save £10 promotion. This offer now has an extended and ever better range than before so I though I would pick out some of my favorites from the offer. Today  I have chosen the New Zealand Roaring Meg Pinot Noir .

This wine is from Mount Difficulty in Central Otago.

Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

This is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years. Enjoy with pork loin and peach chutney or rabbit casserole.

Price ; £18 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 23/03/14

Oriental Cuisine 

When choosing wines with oriental food you need to match the aromatic and spicy nature of the dish with the wine. 

A good wine to try would be the Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2013 Marlborough

New Zealand’s most famous winemaking region may be best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, but some vibrant Rieslings are also made here, and seem to have found a home away from home in Marlborough's temperate climate.

Showing enticing aromas of lime, apple and vibrant passion fruit, this is immensely fresh despite being off-dry.

Price; £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles


Wine of the Week Date published: 22/03/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Vinalba 50/50

£8.99 – If you buy 2 or more

This wine is brand new to us and has recently been recommended by Jane Macquitty in The Times. This mixed with the fact that I'm a huge fan of Vinalba's wines made this an obvious option for our new Wine of the Week.

The 50/50 refers to it's blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, which mix to create a deep, powerful red, packed with flavour. Intense blackcurrant on the nose and palette with toasty oak influences adding complexity.

This Argentinian blend would be a great accompaniment to roast lamb.


Regions in Focus...Date published: 22/03/14

Beaujolais

Beaujolais AC is the major source for Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine that is specifically made for early drinking and now accounts for up to half the total annual crop of Beaujolais. Its fashion seems to have largely passed in Britain, although it is now a commercially successful novelty in countries such as Japan. It cannot be released to the consumer until after midnight of the third Wednesday in November after the vintage, that is the morning of the third Thursday, and cannot be sold by growers or merchants after the following 31 August.

Most winemakers in Beaujolais use a vinification technique called carbonic maceration, which is fermentation of whole bunches of black grapes with the berries initially intact. The intracellular fermentation results in well-coloured, fruity red wines, with low tannin. Generally Beaujolais produce simple, fruity wines best consumed when young, although a few can develop complexity with bottle age.

Champagne GrapesDate published: 21/03/14

Champagne Grapes

There are three main grape varieties used in the making of Champagne. These are:

Chardonnay - is most widely planted in the Cote des Blancs and Cote de Sezanne. It gives much lighter bodied wine than in Burgundy and has high acidity with floral and citrus fruit character.

Pinot Noir - dominates in Montagne de Reims and Cote des Bar. This variety produces wines of greater body and length, and provides the structural backbone to most blends. It can also give blends a red fruit character.

Meunier - predominates in the Vallee de la Marne because it buds late, protecting it from the spring frosts that occur more frequently in this area. It gives an east-to-drink fruitiness, and is especially important for wines that are made to be enjoyed while young.


Grape of the DayDate published: 19/03/14

Grape of the Day - Malbec

Malbec is a black grape variety once popular in Bordeaux, still the backbone of Cahors, but given a new lease of life by its obvious success in Argentina. Malbec is Argentina's most important serious wine grape. Varietal Argentine Malbecs have some perceptibly Bordelais characteristics, of flavour rather than structure. The wines a generally much more ripe and lush than their French counterparts, although they are similarly capable of extended ageing here.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/03/14

Wine of the Week Macon Blanc Roches Blanch 2012

£7.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the March Pick 'n' Mix

(£11.99 single bottle price)

The Macon Blanc Roches Blanch is a typical example of a quality wine from a well established producer, Louis Jadot. This wine has always proved popular with staff and customers alike due to its expressive and well rounded palate.

As more customers begin to try chardonnays again it is great to be able to showcase the grape's true potential on our in-store tasting counter. The “anything but chardonnay” club should definitely try this wonderful wine before writing it off altogether.

The March Pick 'n' Mix includes lots of great value offers, saving you 33.33% across the entire range. At £7.99 this is certainly one of my personal top picks for this month, as the wine is both enjoyable on its own and versatile when matching with food.

Drink over the next 2-3 years with lemon chicken or lightly seasoned grilled fish.


Spotlight on a region...Date published: 18/03/14

Spotlight on a region...

Italian Vintages

2010: Plentiful rain everywhere meant tricky growing conditions, but the wines are good quality, showing more restraint and acidity than usual.

2009: Piedmont fared very well, producing rich well structured wines. Southern Italy more variable, although Sangiovese was generally sound.

2008: A wet summer was salvaged by a warm harvest season. Many wines tend to lean towards elegance rather than body or power.

2007: Some hail problems, but overall a warm vintage, producing powerful reds in both Tuscany and Piedmont.

2006: A good to very good year throughout most of the country, with Chianti, Veneto and Piedmont particularly successful.

2005: A difficult vintage. Heavy rain and even hail covered the country throughout the harvest. Decent quality is available from conscientious producers.



Free DeliveryDate published: 17/03/14

New Free Delivery

Delivery is now FREE for any order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. 

There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40.

Our outstanding delivery service is second to none because everything is managed locally, from the moment you order until the moment a Majestic van arrives at your door. You'll get a call from your local store team to arrange delivery at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends.

We turn around most orders within a day or two, although in some areas this may be longer (an absolute maximum of 7 days).

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't deliver orders for just these products).

We go above and beyond; we're flexible enough to cater for most special requests. You can enter delivery instructions online which are sent to the team with your order, or discuss your requirements when we call to arrange delivery.

To minimise the amount of packaging we use, wine is delivered in re-used manufacturer's boxes. However, for more stylish presentation we also have gift packaging available.


Spotlight on a region...Date published: 16/03/14

Bordeaux Vintage Guide

2000 Feted as the millennium vintage, described as 'one in a lifetime' and heaped with superlatives, 2000 produced wines of spectacular quality on both banks of the Gironde. Hindsight has not diluted the enthusiasm for the vintage, but the press and trade have lost some of the restraint shown when initially describing the 2000, so almost every subsequent appears to be superior! Wines of power, elegance and concentration abound. Long ageing potential.

2001 A vintage of quality that was under-hyped following the millennium vintage, best described as Classic Bordeaux. Superior to 1999, akin to the 1988 vintage. Elegant and aromatic wines at a fraction of 2000's price. Wines have potential for ageing, most however will never attain sweetness and weight of warmer vintages.

2002 Another year of 'Classic' Bordeaux, with Cabernet based wins on the Left Bank providing many of the highlights. Left Bank wines had potential for extended aging, whereas Right Bank wines provided early drinking highlights. Many wines of interest and quality from this often overlooked vintage. Wines are much lighter than previous 3 years, more perfumed, providing for medium term ageing (up to about 15 years for most wines).

2003 The only word needed to describe 2003; Hot. Extremely concentrated wines, high alcohol levels and reduced acidity levels prevailed across Bordeaux. Initially thought of as superior to 2000, lack of acidity and over-concentration has led to diminishing interest. Many wines enjoyable after 5 years in bottle, questions abound about long term ageing potential.

2004 A return to a 'Classic' vintage after the over-ripe and somewhat Port-like wines of 2003, 2004 was a somewhat dark vintage of high tannin levels and perfumed Cabernet. The 2004s have somewhat been forgotten compared to its predecessor and successive vintage, but many charming and elegant wines are available. Comparisons to 1988 abound, due to leafy Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavours. Great wines have long ageing potential.

2005 Compared to outstanding and legendary vintages such as 1990, 1982 and 1959, the first 'Vintage of the Century' after 2000 and 2003, wines were initially very high in tannin and extract, yet still sweet and elegant on release. Many of the Left Bank wines require prodigious aging before realising their full potential. Most wines are enjoyable now due to sweetness of fruit and tannin but have further development in bottle over 10+ years.

2006 A very good quality vintage, similar in style yet slightly superior to 2004. Described as another 'Classic' vintage of leafy Cabernet, more approachable and elegant when young than previous 'Classics'. Left bank produced powerful wines, very dark fruit flavours and slightly sour tannins.

2007 The curse of seven struck again, following on from 1987 and 1997 as the lesser vintages of the decade. An early drinking vintage, many 2007’s are at their best now and provide easy drinking medium weight wines.

2008 A vintage that was slated before it was even harvested, both because of a poor spring and early summer, and the onset of the world's financial difficulties. Robert Parker awarded higher scores to the 2008 wines than to many of the 2005s (although these ratings have subsequently softened). Right Bank wines were generally superior to the Left.

2009 Excellent vintage, the greatest vintage of the decade, and in comparisons with other outstanding and exceptional vintages, 2009 is now the only year from the 'naughties' that gets a mention next to '59, '61, '82 and '90. Platitudes that were first espoused in 2000, refined in 2003 and honed in 2005 were brought forth with gusto to describe the quality of 2009 that the wines are living up to, showing seductive and opulent fruit characteristics.

2010 Another fantastic vintage, as good as 2009 for different reasons; where 2009 produced wines gorgeous in their youth, 2010 produced more powerful, intense and concentrated wines.


Staff Pick Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja 2004 Date published: 16/03/14

Staff Pick Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja 2004- £8.99 What an absolute bargain for such a mature wine. 

A beautifully smooth example of a 'Gran Reserva'. Mature 'raisiny' fruits are poised excellently against a backdrop of spice and stereotypical leather characteristics. The tannin is soft and approachable as it has had time to integrate into the wine perfectly during its bottle maturation.  A long rich finish that leaves you with a heart warming feeling. Perfect with slow cooked lamb. 

The facts: Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Come and try this wine on our tasting counter today! 

Press Mentions Date published: 15/03/14

Saturday Kitchen- Saturday 15th March

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 Buxy £8.99

A refreshing style of Chardonnay made using old vines, this really is a quality wine at a great price. Classic lemon flavours on the palate with a dry finish.

£8.99 When you buy 2 or more bottles

Food Match: Cod (by Paul Rankin)

Women & Home Magazine- Tim Atkin-April Issue

2004 Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva

'Pale Savoury and Wonderfully complex'

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

www.wine-pages.com- Tom Cannavan-6th March

Côtes du Rhône E. Guigal £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Staff Review:

'This is one of my personal favourites when it comes to Côtes du Rhône. Lots of deep dark fruits. A well structured, full bodied example from an excellent vintage. Enjoy with a variety of foods.' Jessica Briggs- Trainee Manager Chester  


Aix Rosé Magnums!Date published: 15/03/14

Aix Rosé Magnums!

Aix Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, Magnum - £19.99

Our shipment of this years eagerly awaited AIX Magnums has just arrived!

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, Shiraz

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

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

Enjoy: A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapes or seafood.

Grape of the DayDate published: 14/03/14

Grape of the Day

Picolit - the grape variety derives its name from the small , or 'piccolo', quantity of grapes it produces; which is due to is very poor pollination in the vineyard.

The use of small oak barrel maturation is an innovation introduced in the mid 1980's.  The best quality producers leave the bunches in the vineyard to late October and then lay them out on mats to dry and raisin before pressing.  It is considered a dessert wine, however it is not as luscious as many others.


Fine Wine - In FocusDate published: 13/03/14

Fine Wine - In Focus

Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012 Barossa Valley 

'£23.00 £18.00

When you buy any 2 selected fine wines.

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

Intense and complex on the nose, which offers an array of fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender. Full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and good length. Matured for 12 months in French oak of which 8% was new and the remainder in two to six year old oak A personal favourite of mine, drinking very well now but, unlike me, if you have the patience this will improve and develop if left for another 5-10 years. 

Wine StylesDate published: 13/03/14

Wine Styles

Eiswein - Originally a German concept but now used in the New World as well, this rare wine resulted from the tradition of leaving grapes on the vine in the hope of attracting Botrytis cinera. The grapes are then frozen by frost or snow, harvested and pressed while frozen.  They are pressed while still frozen because the frozen ice rises to the top of the vat and it can be scraped off to leave a concentrated juice that produces a wine with a unique balance of sweetness, acidity, and extract. 

Pick of the Pick & MixDate published: 12/03/14

Pick of the Pick & Mix

Today we have selected the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV.

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.

Price; £24.98 when you buy at least 2 bottles from the March Pick "N" Mix.


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 11/03/14

Food and Wine Matching

When choosing wines with oriental food you need to match the aromatic and spicy nature of the dish with the wine. 

A good wine to try would be the Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2013 Marlborough

New Zealand’s most famous winemaking region may be best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, but some vibrant Rieslings are also made here, and seem to have found a home away from home in Marlborough's temperate climate.

Showing enticing aromas of lime, apple and vibrant passion fruit, this is immensely fresh despite being off-dry.

Price; £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles

Wine of the Week - Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99Date published: 11/03/14

Wine of the Week 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2013

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

(£10.49 single bottle price)

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

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

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


Pick of the Pick & MixDate published: 10/03/14

Pick of the Pick & Mix

Today we have decided on the Bourgogne Pinot Noir 'Les Pierres Rouges' 2011 Louis Jadot

Maison Louis Jadot has been making wine in Burgundy since before 1859. With an unwavering dedication to quality, winemaker Jacques Lardière aims for excellence with all his wines.

Displaying subtle hints of red fruit and violets on the nose, with a well rounded palate of cherry and raspberry fruit with a rounded texture. Gently tannic and with good length.

Price; £9.99 when you buy at any 2 bottles from the March Pick "N" Mix.


Wine WordsDate published: 09/03/14

Wine Words - Remuage

This is the French term for the riddling process which is an integral stage in the 'traditional method' when making sparkling wines.  It actually means 'shaking' and is done to agitate the dead yeast cells and gradually move them to the top of the bottle. When the bottle is upside down the top of the neck is frozen and the bottle is then turned through 180 degree's. Finally, the crown cap is removed and the frozen slug pops out leaving a sparkling wine ready to drink after dosage.

Recent Press Mentions Date published: 08/03/14

The Telegraph-Susy Atkins- 2nd March

Waimea Estate Pinot Noir 2011 Nelson

WAS £14.99, NOW £11.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Luscious black fruit and a smooth round texture. A weightier wine at 13.5%. As expected, plenty of fruit concentration from this Nelson wine.

Find me in New Zealand!!

Saturday Kitchen- Saturday 08th March

Paul Mas Estate Viognier 'Nicole Vineyard' 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc

£6.66 when you buy two or more Pick 'n' Mix wines.

A fresh viognier with peachy notes .

James Martin's Food Match: Crab tortellini with spring vegetables, crab sauce and chive oil.

Jancis Robinson - Wine of the Week - Published 7th March

DB Reserve Chardonnay 2011 De Bortoli, South Eastern Australia

£6.66 when you buy two or more Pick 'n' Mix wines.


Chester's Pick of the Pick & MixDate published: 08/03/14

Chester's Pick of the Pick & Mix

This March we've introduced a great range of wines into the Majestic Pick & Mix. To help you select the best of the bunch we've compiled a list of our personal favourites for you to try.

Eguia Crianza - £6.33 - This classic Crianza is both fruity and spicy. The oak-ageing process has enriched the wine with a subtle vanilla spice, whilst fresh black cherries dominate the palate. Drink over the next 3 years with delicately cooked lamb dishes or hard cheese.

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 - South African sauvignon is becoming increasingly popular, as it offers good quality at great prices. This particular wine is more subtle than its New Zealand counterparts, with soft citrus and a crisp finish. Drink young and pair with light fish and seafood dishes.

La Marca Conegliano Prosecco - £9.99 - Now that Prosecco has established itself as an alternative to Champagne and Cava, we're enjoying discovering the different styles available. The La Marca Conegliano one of our drier Proseccos, with a flavour profile consisting of citrus and tropical fruits. This perfect aperitif is also an excellent choice for your forthcoming wedding or party.


Order online or call us here in store on 01244 381 118 to order today.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/03/14


Bellingham 'The Bernard Series'

Pinotage

£11.99 – When you buy 2 or more

To mark the start of our South African Tasting week, I thought it appropriate to choose a wine made from South Africa's signature grape.Pinotage was bred in SA by crossing Pinot Noir with Cinsault (previously known as Hermitage, hence the name)

The grapes used to make this Pinotage wine are selected from old un-irrigated bush vines growing in ancient and weathered soils. Low-yields ensure that each hand-picked berry is packed with flavour concentration, which is further enhanced by maturing the wine for 18 months in French oak barrels.

A full bodied wine with flavours of black cherry, truffle and a spicy toastiness from the oak.


Harper's InterviewDate published: 02/03/14

In a recent interview with Harpers.co.uk, Majestic Wine’s chief executive Steve Lewis is “more optimistic” about 2014 than the year before, but doesn’t expect things to be easy. He tells harpers.co.uk what how Majestic differs from its competitors.

With 2.8% growth in like-for-likes and 5.9% overall for the 12 weeks to January 6, 2014, Lewis is “very happy” with the results. How did Christmas trading shape up?

“We had a good November, partly through self-help as every store [it has 203] had a customer tasting and invited along 70 customers and offered food from an Italian delicatessen. This is something supermarkets can’t replicate. We had a slow start to December, as Christmas fell on a Wednesday, but we came up with creditable results.”

The group’s most recent results – to the end of September 2013, show an average bottle price of £7.71 versus £5.22 in the market as a whole, and an average transaction spend of £127. What helps with hitting these sorts of prices?

“South Africa is performing very well – it’s up 28% and that’s mostly driven by new products. It’s got some excellent Sauvignon Blancs at £6 to £7 a bottle. Argentina is also up 27% - the majority of our customers have really fallen in love with Malbec. Sparkling wine is also up 15% - mostly from Prosecco and New Zealand sparkling but English sparkling has grown too.”

How does your sales mix differ from the rest of the market?

“New Zealand still wine is 18% of our sales, compared to 5.7% for rest of the trade. The other striking difference is France, which makes up 35% of our sales compared to only 14% in the rest of the market. We’re quite different from the market as a whole.”

How do you think 2014 will pan out?

“With regard to our trading, once we passed the anniversary of the Jubilee and Easter, we’ve been trading at this sort of level [as per Christmas] pretty consistently. The consumer is in a slightly better place than last year, but they’re still constrained. I’m more optimistic about the year ahead but I don’t expect it to be easy.

“Our fine wine, at £20 and over, has shown very significant growth. We’ve changed to focus on wines at £20 to £30 range versus £30 to £40. It now includes easily identifiable wines such as Brunello, Amarone and Meursault. Our largest selling fine white wine is Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and in red it’s  Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva at £23.50.”

“In September and October our graduates join, and they all get to taste these fine wines, which gives them the confidence to sell them. Not every retailer can do that. That’s what makes us a major player in fine wine.”

What’s the plan for store openings in 2014?

“We will open four more by the end of the financial year, including one in Kettering and one in Leighton Buzzard, and we’re on track to open 16 this year, the same as last year.”

How’s the online side of the business performing?

“The key part of our online business is that it’s fulfilled through the stores. In June we launched a new platform and since then Click and Collect has been greatly enhanced. There was a very significant surge before Christmas when we couldn’t guarantee delivery before Christmas day.”  

For the link to the interview, click on the following link. 

http://www.harpers.co.uk/people/qas/qa-with-steve-lewis-chief-executive-of-majestic-wine/353338.article 


Free Wine!Date published: 02/03/14

Recommend a friend and be rewarded with fizz. 

We love nothing more than seeing somebody begin their Majestic wine journey and we like to reward people who help us do that. Here is how we can reward you:

1) Pop in store, pick up and complete a "Recommend a Friend" voucher

2) We'll send your friend a voucher for a free bottle of Prosecco. This is redeemable when they make their first purchase at any Majestic store and have their details added to the customer list.

3) Once your friend has redeemed their voucher we will send you a voucher for your free bottle or Prosecco.

Spotlight on a region...Date published: 01/03/14

Languedoc-Rouissillon.

At the heart of Southern France is the Languedoc-Rouissillon, the single bigest wine-producing region in the world, accounting for over a third of France's total production. the Meditteranean climate encourages a huge range of grape varieties, which means that there is something for everyone! Emerging styles like Picpoul de Pinet and Corbieres are fast becoming household names, while some incredibly complex Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are giving their Burgundian neighbours a run for their money. 


Press MentionsDate published: 01/03/14

Recent Press Mentions

The times – Jane Macquitty

Torres Days of Summer

£6.99 – Multi Buy Price

Produced by Spain's famous, Miquel Torres family, this is a slightly off-dry Muscat with floral aromas and ripe, tropical flavours.

Sunday Express – Jamie Goode

Curious Brew Lager

£17.99

A real staff favourite here in Chester. This is a fresh, light style of lager brewed in Kent by the same people who bring us the fantastic Chapel Down wines.

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Mas des Montagne

£5.99 – on the Pick & Mix

A classic Rhone blend with aromas of Grenache's jammy raspberry and flavours of dark fruits and spice provided by the Syrah and Carignon.


Fine Wine Focus Foxen Pinot Noir 2012 Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara. CalaforniaDate published: 28/02/14

Fine Wine Focus

Foxen Pinot Noir 2012 Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara. Calafornia

The Region

Calafornia has been producing wine for hundreds of years, and it was in 1833 when the first commerical winery was set up. Santa Barbara is a popular coastal destination with a growing rate of wineries.

The Wine

With a natural abundance of sun, you wouldn't suspect this classic Burgundian grape variety to thrive, however Calafornia is responsible for excellent examples. Established in 1985 the Foxen winery is 2000 acres and remains in family hands.

Food Match

Peking Duck

The spicy oak complements the asian spices in this dish. Use ginger and honey to baste the duck and this will complement the wine perfectly. 


Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC BuzetDate published: 28/02/14

New in to Majestic:Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC Buzet

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Origin: This wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of the most common red Bordeaux varieties with around 15% Malbec. Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley.


Taste: A voluptuous, well-structured, medium-to-full-bodied and approachable red, offering a wealth of blackcurrant and summer berry flavour, surrounded by rounded tannins for a pleasing sense of weight.


Enjoy: Drink over the next 2-3 years with duck or lamb dishes.


Wine of the Week Malbec, of course!Date published: 28/02/14

Wine of the Week

Malbec, of course!

Portillo Malbec

WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66 when you buy any two Pick 'n' Mix Wines.

Looking for a smooth full bodied red?

Portillo Malbec is a fantastic Malbec that offers tons of blackfruits, with a rich, fullbodied and smooth texture. The oak adds a touch of sweet spice. The tannin is lush and long, leaving you wanting more! 
You could pair this with lots of food. Personally I would choose something with a rich subdried tomato sauce, or even some cheese. So why not give it a try at just £6.66  

Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 27/02/14

New in to Majestic: Burrow Hill Cider.

We've just received a brand new addition to our cider range and it's set to receive a warm welcome. Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Owner, Julian Temperley (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with a focus on quality. All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style. In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider! It will be available to taste this weekend so get yourself down to the store to find out what the fuss is about!

Spotlight on a StyleDate published: 26/02/14

Champagne.

Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France following rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation. Some use the term champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine, but the majority of countries reserve the term exclusively for sparkling wines that come from Champagne and are produced under the rules of the appellation.

The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne appellation law only allows grapes grown according to appellation rules in specifically designated plots within the appellation to be used in the production of Champagne.

Royalty from throughout Europe spread the message of the unique sparkling wine from Champagne and its association with luxury and power in the 17th, 18th and 19th century. The leading manufacturers devoted considerable energy to creating a history and identity for their wine, associating it and themselves with nobility and royalty. Through advertising and packaging they sought to associate Champagne with high luxury, festivities, and rites of passage. Their efforts coincided with the emergence of a middle class that was looking for ways to spend its money on symbols of upward mobility.


Spotlight on a StyleDate published: 25/02/14

Cava

Cava (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkaβə], plural caves) [sparkling wine]] of Denominación de Origen (DO) status, most of which is produced in Catalonia. It may be white (blanco) or rosé (rosado). The macabeu, parelladaand xarel·lo are the most popular and traditional grape varieties for producing cava. Only wines produced in the champenoise traditional method may be labelled cavas, those produced by other processes may only be called "sparkling wines" (vinos espumosos). About 95% of all cava is produced in the Penedès area inCatalonia, with the village of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia being home to many of Spain's largest production houses. The two major producers are Codorníu and Freixenet.

In the past, cava was referred to as "Spanish champagne", which is no longer permitted under European Union law, since Champagne has Protected Geographical Status (PGS) and Spain entered the EU in 1986. Colloquially it is still called champán or champaña in Spanish or xampany in Catalan. Today it is defined by law as a "quality sparkling wine produced in a designated region" (vino Espumoso de Calidad Producido en una Región Determinada, VECPRD).

Cava is an important part of Catalan and Spanish family tradition and is often consumed at celebrations like baptisms, marriages, banquets, dinners and parties.



Wine of the Week - Pouilly-Fumé ‘Les Cascadelles’ Date published: 24/02/14

Wine of the Week Pouilly-Fumé ‘Les Cascadelles’ 2012 Caves de Pouilly-sur-Loire

£10.99 when you buy two bottles (£12.99 single bottle price)

This Loire Sauvignon Blanc is a Majestic classic. Pouilly-Fumé is a personal favourite of mine, due to the complex flavour profile and steely minerality often shown in the appellation. Whilst New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is gaining justifiable prestige, the French will always be the masters!

The palate is dominated by classic Sauvignon flavours; fresh gooseberries, orange blossom and citrus. A Smoky gunflint character compliments the aforementioned fruit, with crisp acidity providing the perfect backbone.

Other Pouilly Fumés I would try include the impressive Jean Vincent (£10.99) and Les Cerisottes Jean Pabiot (£14.99).

When matching this wine with food I would focus on oily fish dishes such as mackerel or trout.


Delegat Web ParcelDate published: 24/02/14

Don't miss out: Delegat, New Zealand web exclusive parcels.

We currently have two Delegat, New Zealand web exclusive parcels, get them while you can!

Delegat Reserve Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay 6x75cl Bottles: £41.94

This Merlot from the Delegat's Web Exclusive is made from the very best fruit in Hawkes Bay. Packed with ripe, juicy, dark fruit flavours and a full bodied richness; this wine is great with tomato pasta dishes and red meats.

Delegat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay 6x75cl Bottles: £41.94

Made from the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this Delegat's Web Exclusive wine is a New World winner! Bursting with lush black fruits, it's vibrancy really shines through. Have this soft and velvety wine with steak or your weekend roast.


MalbecDate published: 22/02/14

With Malbec quickly becoming our best selling red category at Majestic, we have something special around the corner for this coming Wednesday. Watch this space...

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 22/02/14

The Times – Jane MacQuitty - 22nd February

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc

£8.66 – on the Pick & Mix

Echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon and 2-3 months lees ageing adds to the texture. This is less intense then a Kiwi Sauvignon with aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry.

Sunday Express – Jamie Goode - 23rd February

Curious Brew Lager

£17.99

A real staff favourite here in Chester. This is a fresh, light style of lager brewed in Kent by the same people who bring us the fantastic Chapel Down wines.

Saturday Kitchen- Saturday 15th February

Mas des Montagne

£5.99 – on the Pick & Mix

A classic Rhone blend with aromas of Grenache's jammy raspberry and flavours of dark fruits and spice provided by the Syrah and Carignon.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages

£7.49 – if you buy 2 or more

This is one of the lightest reds we sell and is great served chilled. Packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. A bright and youthful wine with a fresh finish.


Bellingham "Bernard Series" Chenin BlancDate published: 20/02/14

Wine of the Week

Bellingham “Bernard Series” Old Vine Chenin Blanc

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

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

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

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

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


Chesters Pick of the Pick 'n' Mix Date published: 17/02/14

The Whites: 

Jack Picks...Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

This is classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, lots of gooseberry and tropical fruits coming through and zingy acidity! Sure to brighten up these dull winter days in an instant! Serve with fresh fish or as an apéritif. An absolute steal at this price. 

Mark Picks...

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2012 Leyda Valley
Looking for a creamy, oakey chardonnay? Then this Chilean offering is your best bet! The barrel fermentation and lees ageing gives the wine texture and depth of flavour as well as good length. A good match for butternut squash or roasted chicken. And at such a good price why not?!

The Reds: 

Jess Picks...  

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch 
I love this wine! And what a fantastic alternative to a Bordeaux; blended with the same grape varieties and produced in one of the most prestigious wine growing regions in South Africa. A firmly structed red wine with excellent tannin with a dry finish. Deep, rich blackcurrant flavour with smokey undertones. 

Ben Picks...
Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal


Fruity and spicy, this 2010 vintage is drinking really well now. With decent tannin and body, this Cote du Rhone is on the more full bodied side. Great with red meats or venison. 

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 16/02/14

Recent Press Mentions

Mail on Sunday- Olly Smith- 9th February

The Ned Pinot Grigio, 2013 £10.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

Bored of NZ Sauvignon Blanc? Why not give this Pinot Grigio a try. Prodcued by Marisco wines the flavours lean more towards pear rather than the classic gooseberry taste of a sauvignon blanc. Soft and rich on the palate with a slight pink blush.

The Telegraph- Susy Atkins- 9th February

Lindauer Special Reserve NV £9.99 (on the Pick 'n' Mix)

This chardonnay and pinot noir blended wine is made in the same way as champagne and displays lots of red fruit characterstics as well as a lovely toasty flavour and a creamy finish. A subtle pink colour in the glass, your guests are sure to be impressed at any party or gathering!

Saturday Kitchen- Saturday 15th February

'This food and wine match sounds amazing! Particulary because im Vegetarian' Jess- Trainee Manager at Majestic Chester

This Weeks Recipe: Quinoa burger, cassava chips and ocopa dip

The Wine Match: Leyda Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (£9.99 when you buy 2 or more)


Ben's perfect pick and mix 6Date published: 15/02/14

With our great new promotion at Majestic you can put together a box of 6 different wines, all with a third off, from different countries and price points. My 'sixer' would be:

Lindauer Special Reserve

Rustenberg RM Nicholson

Cotes du Rhone Guigal

Chardonnay Puy de Dome

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc

Bouvet Sparkling Saumur

Total price for this excellent half case £52.93 (total saving of £26.51)

Freedom Beers StaffordshireDate published: 15/02/14

Now in stock at Majestic Chester - the Freedom Ales Pilsner and Organic Lager - just £8.99 for 6 bottles (when you buy 2) - the only place to get Freedom in the UK outside Bars and Restaurants! If you haven't tried these pop in for a sample. Proper beer which tastes of something quite simply. 

Wine of the Week Date published: 15/02/14


Passimento 2011 Pasqua

£8.99 – Buy 2 or more

This wine is brand new to us so we have been eager to try it. The name derives from 'appassimento', the method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. This is the traditional method used in Valpolicella for making Amarone and produces dark, rich wines with a great intensity.

This Passimento is a blend of Merlot, Corvina and Croatina. The grapes are dried for one month on straw mats where they lose about 30% of their water content, which concentrates and intensifies the wine. The result of all this hard work is a deeply coloured, fruit driven wine with flavours of red cherry, leather and spice.

A perfect match for a slow cooked beef stew



Famous French Regions...Date published: 11/02/14

Margaux

Situated in the South of the Medoc district, Margaux is the most famous of all Bordeaux appellations.  While it bathes in the reflected glory of its name-sake premier cru, it is also the largest and least consistent of the four classic Medoc appellations.  Situated on a large, low-lying plateau centring on Margaux itself, the soil is shallow, pebbly siliceous gravel over a gravel subsoil interbedded with limestone which is great for the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which dominate the blends here.

Only red wines have the right to the appellation of Margaux.  All grapes must be destalked, skin contact duration is typically 15 to 25 days to extract all that colour from the grapes, and the wines are matured in cask for between 18 and 24 months. Along with Pauillac, Margaux is the only Medoc appellation with premier cru vineyards but only Margaux can boast vineyards in all five categories of the classification.

The quintessential wine of Margaux is Chateau Margaux which has a particularly remarkable concentration of flavour, velvety texture and a complex, elegant finish.  It is arguably the most famous red wine in the world.

You can still sample some great Margaux without breaking the bank as these wonderful  Majestic examples prove.

BriO de Cantenac Brown 2007 Margaux £17.99 when you buy 2 or more

Elegantly structured claret, with aromas of pencil lead and sandalwood, and a bramble backbone. A good level of ripeness, medium body, and tannins of a firm, taut character.

La Sirène de Giscours 2006 Margaux £22

A more supple, early-drinking expression of the estate's style, the Sirene offers a fleshy core of fruit accented with notes of smoke, spice and creosote. The excellent 2006 vintage is drinking superbly now, and will continue to develop for another 5-10 years.

Ségla 2006/2007 Margaux £24

Ségla is the second wine of the famous Château Rauzan-Ségla. It is a wine with excellent concentration and poise. A great example of good value Margaux drinking well now.


2010 - In FocusDate published: 10/02/14

2010 French Vintage Guide

Beaujolais 2010: Considered by many to equal the quality of the brilliant 2009 vintage. Wines are fruity, supple and well balanced.

Loire 2010: Solid vintage. Sauvignons very fresh and aromatic, and red wines are supple, with above average ripeness and body.

Alsace 2010: produced low yields and very high quality overall.

White Burgundy 2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but good overall conditions produced wines with both weight and acidity.

Rhône 2010: Another great vintage in both northern and southern areas. Yields extremely low, but wines are generally rich and intense.

Southern France 2010: Dry conditions and moderate temperatures favoured whites which are aromatic and fresh. Reds nicely balanced.

Iconic Fine WineDate published: 09/02/14

Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough.

The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has 250 hectares over four estate vineyards, and long-term supply agreements with nine Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris.

Cloudy Bay wines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Japan. Cloudy Bay believes that the future success of specialist wineries lies in the production of high quality wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. At Cloudy Bay, emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable estate wine style.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was a founding member of the New Zealand Integrated Winegrape Production scheme, set up to develop a programme for sustainable vineyard management, which is now monitored by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay’s impeccable scorecard reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly winery and vineyard management practices.

The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. At the time of Cook’s discovery, Marlborough was in flood and the Wairau River running into the bay was full of silt creating cloudy waters.

Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007

Pale gold and exquisitely fragrant, the 2007 Cloudy Bay Riesling is fresh and enticing … the vibrant aromas of lime zest and citrus blossom combining with musk and beeswax. On the palate, a hint of honeyed citrus is nicely balanced by a crisp acidity that lingers through to a clean, long finish.

Grapes were hand-picked between the 14th and 19th of April. Analysis showed an average brix of 22.5. Hand picked, whole bunches were gently pressed using a long, slow press cycle. The free run juice was settled three days before being racked to old French barrels. Fermentation was carried out with naturally occurring indigenous yeast to marry pure fruit flavours with savoury characteristics. The final blend was put together in October and bottled in November 2007. Final analysis after bottling shows alcohol content of 12.7% v/v, a pH of 2.89 with 7.86 g/L TA and 7.2 g/L of residual sugar.

What a story....


Food and Wine...Date published: 08/02/14

Cheese and Wine 

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of my favourite pairings!

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!


Wine of the Week: Catena Malbec 2010Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 08/02/14

Catena Malbec 

2010 Mendoza, Argentina

£9.99 when you buy two bottles (£13.99 single bottle price)

This week we are celebrating the wines of Argentina! Of course Malbec is Argentina's signature red grape and this wine from the award winning winemaking team at Catena Zapata is a classic example.

By blending parcels of wine from different high altitude vineyard sites in Mendoza they are able to create a wine of great depth with intense and complex aromas.

Deep ruby in the glass, on the nose there's lots of deep, dark fruit with plenty of peppery spice. Full bodied and rich, on the palate there's even more deep, ripe fruit with loads of blackcurrant, black pepper and a hint of vanilla. Firm tannins and a long finish make this a fantastic wine.

Food Match: Rare rib-eye steak and chips!! 


Special Parcel Arrowfield WinesDate published: 07/02/14

Special Parcel

Arrowfield Wines

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

Unwooded Chardonnay

A fruit-driven style of Chardonnay, focusing on melon and ripe stone-fruit flavours, with a citrussy acidity maintaining freshness and balance, and Hunter's trademark 'savoury' character. A little bottle age adding some nice complexity. Intended to be sold at £10, we're offering it at £5.99

Show Reserve Chardonnay

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

Show Reserve Semillon

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

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


New Zealand Producers...Date published: 07/02/14

Villa Maria

Villa Maria was founded in 1961 by George Fistonich who, through his dedication to quality, has led Villa Maria to become the New Zealand wine icon it is today.
Many things have changed since George Fistonich won his first award in 1963 and is now celebrating 50 years of exceptional wine making.
Villa Maria have created different Tiers for their wine varieties and below you will see their rankings.

Private Bin

Made with approachability in mind, the Private bin range is extensive in its offerings.
Wines are blended from a variety of vineyards across a region or throughout the country
Clean, fresh and lively flavours.

Cellar Selection

Crafted using the very best winemaking techniques, this range is styled to provide accessible drinking whilst still allowing for medium term cellaring. Made identically to the Reserve range just slightly less intensity of flavour.
Ripe, rich and engaging wines.

Reserve Selection

Reserve wines are blends of a particular region's most outstanding vineyards in a specific vintage.Typically rich, fruit-driven wines with ample weight, concentration and intensity of flavour, these wines are expressions of excellence for the particular variety and region.

Single Vineyard

Single vineyard wines are 'terroir' wines, reflecting the unique vineyard sites from which they come. Due to the nature of producing wines from exclusive parcels of land, Single Vineyard wines are only available in very limited quantities.


Australian Producers - In FocusDate published: 06/02/14

d’Arenberg is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale. In 1912 Joseph Osborn (pictured left), a teetotaller and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, purchased the well established Milton Vineyards of 25 hectares in the hills just north of the townships of Gloucester and Bellevue, now known as McLaren Vale.

Joseph’s son Francis Ernest (‘Frank’) Osborn left medical school, choosing to forsake the scalpel for pruning shears. He soon increased the size of the vineyard to 78 hectares. Fruit was sold to local wineries until the construction of his own cellars was completed in 1928. Dry red table and fortified wines were produced in ever increasing quantities to supply the expanding markets of Europe.

In 1943 Frank’s son Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, universally known as “d’Arry”, returned from school, age 16, to help his ill father run the business, eventually assuming full management in 1957. In 1959 d’Arry decided to launch his own label d’Arenberg, named in honour of his mother, Frances Helena d’Arenberg.

It was a small and humble start but the wines gained immediate cult status amongst imbibers and judges. The 1968 Cabernet Sauvignon won the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the 1969 Royal Melbourne Wine Show and the 1967 Red Burgundy (Grenache based) was awarded 7 trophies and 29 gold medals in Australian capital city wine shows. By the 1970’s d’Arenberg wines had become very fashionable, having gained a significant national and international profile in less than 20 years.

Enter the fourth generation, d’Arry’s son Chester d’Arenberg Osborn. From a very early age Chester was focused on continuing his family’s winemaking tradition. While growing up on the family property he helped his father d’Arry in both the vineyards and the cellar floor during school semester breaks and Christmas holidays.

After graduating from Roseworthy College and touring other Australian and European wine regions, Chester took over the reins as Chief Winemaker in 1984. He immediately set about returning the family’s vineyards to their traditional grape growing practices of minimal inputs and no fertilisation, cultivation and irrigation wherever possible, therefore achieving natural soil flavours with very low yields.

The winemaking processes of the past have been maintained, capturing the unique small-batch character of the wines and the true flavour of the McLaren Vale region. All grapes, red and white, are basket-pressed. The reds are still traditionally fermented with the grape skins (caps) submerged in open wax-lined concrete fermenters utilising the age-old technique of foot-treading.

In June 2004 Chester’s father, d’Arry was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his contributions to the wine industry and to the McLaren Vale region. After more than 65 consecutive vintages d’Arry is very proud of his achievements in creating an internationally recognised wine brand commonly known as the ‘Red Stripe’ due to the distinctive diagonal red stripe that adorns the label.

d’Arenberg’s art of being different extends to a range of fortified and dessert wines, which have legendary status worldwide, as well as operating d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, one of South Australia’s most loved and highly awarded restaurant, set on a picturesque hilltop with our Cellar Door tasting room adjoining.


New and Exiting StockDate published: 05/02/14

New in Stock... Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 £12.99 Buy 2  OZ save 20%£10.39

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

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

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

Regions in Focus...Date published: 05/02/14

Picpoul de Pinet is one of the more dynamic named crus of Coteaux du Languedoc producing green-gold, full-bodied, lemon-flavoured white wine exclusively from Picpoul Blanc grapes.  This curious specialty in the deep south of France, one of the country's few varietally named AC wines, has in the post-modern age of vinification attracted new interest.  Millions of tourists each summer see the well-signposted co-operative at Pinet, the most important producer of this distinctive wine and clearly visible from the main autoroute along the Mediterranean coast.  We stock two fantastic examples, one by Domaine Cabrol and one by Villemarin. They are both fantastic with shellfish and great as a refreshing aperitif!

Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 04/02/14

Burrow Hill Cider

Big News on the Cider front!

We are now stocking Burrow hill cider. Hailing from Somerset this Cider is the real deal and is widely regarded among the best in the UK ! It has also featured on River Cottage. 

It is unique and beautifully artisan in its approach. The apples all come from the 160 acre orchards situated on the farm. 

Priced at £18 for 8x 500ml bottles it is a bargain too !


Wine of the Week Caixas Godello Martin CodaxDate published: 03/02/14

As featured in this Saturday's Telegraph as Victoria Moore's best buy, this Godello is a must try for those of you who have an affection for Albarino. This is Galicia's second most popular grape behind the now relatively well known Albarino – it shares similar aromatic characteristics of melon and stone fruit, whilst showing a zesty citrus backbone.

For those people who find Sauvignon Blanc rather too acidic, and Pinot Grigio a bit too bland, wines from this area in this style seem to hit the spot as they are fresh and light to drink without being overbearing. This is quite a versatlie wine and would go well with seafood, salads etc. but I think it is a great aperitif wine. Martin Codax also produces the Caixas Albarino, the Bierzo Red and the Martin Codax Albarino in our range. All well worth a try.

£7.99 when buying 2 or more as part of a mixed case. 

Regions in Focus...Date published: 03/02/14

Denmark

Despite the far northern latitude, vines have been grown here since the Middle Ages - mainly in greenhouses or against walls.  Outdoor vine-growing was first seen in the 1980s, thanks to the development of new varieties able to ripen in cool climates and survive cold winters.  After decades of experimentation to find varieties best-suited to the Danish climate and to producing good wine, growers now favour Regent  and Rondo for red wines and Madeleine Angevine and Orion for whites.

Most Danish vineyards are small and amateur but by 2005 there were 10 professional growers, whose production was small and therefore very expensive.  The Union of Danish Winegrowers has more than 1000 members.


Caixas Albariňo 2011, Martín Códax, Raís BaixasDate published: 02/02/14

Martín Códax is one of the most famous producer's in the Galicia region of Spain and this Albariňo is made exclusively for Majestic by Códax.

Light, fresh and youthful in style, this Albariňo is a zesty dry white that is well worth a try by those who have yet to come across it. The nose is full of citrus fruits with added stone fruit and nectar aromas. A crisp, refreshing acidity adds to the fruit backbone on the palate which lasts for an enduring finish.

The perfect accompaniment to fish and shellfish dishes.

£7.99 (When you buy 2 or more).


Sauvignon Blanc - In FocusDate published: 01/02/14

This particular white grape has exploded in popularity in recent years with New Zealand being by far the favourite. You could spend many a late summer evening sampling the wide variety of vineyards in New Zealand alone, from Cloudy Bay to the Ned but for something a bit different why not try a new country?

Like many other grape varieties the Sauvignon varies depending on soil content and weather. So a French Pouilly-Fume will contain more herbaceous notes as the tropical flavours struggle to develop in cooler conditions as-well as a flinty minerality from the unique soil content found in this region.

Many love Marlborough because the warmer conditions bring out the tropical characteristics but tend to hide the complexity found in many of the French ones. For those who are put off by the grassy French notes or the over fruity Marlborough, both Chile and South Africa produce wines which balance these two characteristics. Why not try the Errazuriz Sauvignon from Chile or the Boschendal Sauvignon from South Africa?


South AfricaDate published: 31/01/14

South Africa

South Africa's unique topography and range of micro-climates allow for vast differences in their wines, ranging from dense, rich, complex examples to crisp, light and fruity session wines.It is this varied range which has attracted a loyal fanbase across the globe. South Africa is the eighth leading wine producing country on this planet.

Their reds are characterised by concentrated fruit backed up by a smoky, rubbery complexity, whereas their whites generally show an abundance of fresh, ripe fruit, mingling with acidity and minerality. The value of these wines has helped South African wine remain at the forefront of both the economical and top end of the domestic wine market.


Spain And Portugal In FocusDate published: 30/01/14

Spain And Portugal In Focus

Spain has a long wine history dating back to the time of the Romans when Iberia was a major supplier for Rome itself, whereas Portugal is relatively new to the table wine market, better known for the beaches in the Algarve, golf and Port. But in recent years many of the small vineyards producing high quality wine have come together to form Quintas and estates big enough to supply more sustainable quantities of wine.

We have chosen a typical selection of both Spanish and Portuguese wines for you to compare. Both countries have similar hot and dry climates but both see differing conditions depending on the sub-regions and the effects of oceans, rivers and altitude.

The Portuguese whites tend to be dry and crisp, whereas as the Spanish ones tend to incorporate more Oak aging. For the reds one of the most common varieties in Spain is the Tempranillo, whereas Portuguese reds tend to offer blends of many lesser known varieties.

The Portuguese red we have chosen for you today offers a very interesting blend of Alicante Bouchet, Aragones (Portuguese term for Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro, Syrah and Trincadira collected from the region of Alentejano, one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe, producing full bodied wines with rich fruits.

So why not come in and give them a try?  


Fine Wine - In FocusDate published: 29/01/14

For many people, the world of Fine Wine and investing in wine can be a daunting place. We've compiled a list of ten top tips designed to help you get the most out of the market. 

1: Focus on buying from the best estates in the Old World. 
The regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Rhone and Champagne provide the best returns. For long term appreciation, it is advised to focus primarily on the best wines and vintages from Bordeaux, and to diversify your investment portfolio with a selection from the other top wine makign regions from the Old World.

2: Invest in wines with a medium-long term view.
The historical performance of fine wine has shown that it is capable of providing investors capital protection, low volatility and solid returns. Fine Wine Investment has produced positive absolute return in every single 5-year holding period since the first period record of Dec '99 - Dec '04.

3: Provenance and storing your wines in bond are key.
When buying a precious asset like fine wine, having it stored profesionally and in in the right conditions is key. Doing so will help to guarantee the future value of the wine and a good return when you decide to sell.The easiest way to ensure this is to store your wines in bond in a bonded warehouse (See end of article for futher information on this).

4: Understand the risks and benefits when buying 'En Primeur'.
En primeur, or 'wine futures' as it is commonly referred to as, is the process of buying wine whilst it is still in the barrell. Bottling and physical delivery occur 2-3 years after the vintage is released. Traditionally believed to be the best way to buy for investors as it allows wine to be purchased by investors at it's lowest market price, it does come with some risks. The main risk being that as the wines are sold before the final blend and oak aging is complete, the actual bottled product may be better or worse than samples suggested. 

5: Use as a diversification tool.
One of fine wine's most attractive features for investors is that it makes a great diversification tool in your investment portfolio!

6: Buy Wines with a high Parker Score
Robert Parker Jr (for those unfamiliar with the name) is the single most influential critic in the world of wine. The scores he awards to any given wine directly effect price and market demand. So, when it comes to investment, it's wise to follow Parker's scores. 

7: Speak to a tax advisor.
Although fine wine investment is often adervtised as being a 'tax free' investment due to it being exempt from capital gains tax, it is always advisable to seek the advice of a tax advisor as legislation within this area is not always black and white. This should also ensure you are making the most of fine wine as an asset. 

8: Always check prices.
Prices for investment grade wines can vary by as much as 20% when buying from one source or another and therefore it's always crucial to shop around. One of the best ways of doing doing this is using wine-searcher.com.

9: Manage your portfolio online.
One of the best 21st century advances in the wine market, is the ability to monitor your portfolio online using a tool such as Liv-ex's 'Cellar Watch' - which allows you to upload your portfolio and value it's holdings against recent market activity and price data. 

10: Invest in wines that offer value and growth potential.
The best way to do this is to compare prices across a range of vintages for a particular estate and also cross-compare these with Robert Parker scores, Vintage quality scores and availability. 

Want to find out more?
Lay & Wheeler is the fine wine specialist of Majestic Wine and have been offering en primeur, in bond and fine wine sales since 1854. Head over to www.laywheeler.com for more information and to start your investment portfolio!

Botrytis - Wine WordsDate published: 28/01/14

Botrytis

Botrytis Cinerea is a fungus which infects grapes and in certain climates can make the most complex and longest-living of all the sweet white table wines. They are distinctively scented in youth, often honeyed, and are capable of extremely long bottle ageing, for many decades in some cases. 

A temperate climate is ideal for botrytis. Early morning mists allow development of the fungus, and if followed by warm sunny autumn afternoons in which the grapes are dried, the progress of the fungus is restrained and noble rot is formed. Grapes affected by noble rot and wines produced from them are often called botrytized or botrytis affected. If the grapes are not dried in the warm afternoons, then the fungus may spread so quickly that the grape skins split, forming the unfavourable grey rot (botrytis bunch rot). 

Any white grape variety may be infected by the botrytis fungus but certain varieties are particularly sensitive and well adapted to the production of botrytized wines. Traditionally Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Furmint are favoured. 

Sauternes (in the Bordeaux region) has the potential to produce the greatest quantity of top quality botrytized wine. The confluence of the rivers Ciron and Garonne provide an excellent mesoclimate for the development of noble rot. Germany is the other famous source of botrytized wines, using Riesling as the classic grape. Tokaj, in Hungary, is also closely associated with botrytized wine-making. In the New World, botrytised wines are made with increasing frequency. In Australia, New Zealand and California particularly, a host of botrytized Rieslings have emerged.  


Chardonnay - FactsDate published: 27/01/14

Chardonnay Facts

1. Chardonnay is the only permitted White grape variety in Champagne production.

2. Chardonnay takes its name from a village in the Maconnais, in France.

3. Chardonnay is the second most planted grape variety in New Zealand, after Sauvignon Blanc.

4. Chardonnay is one of the world's most planted white grape varieties with over 160,000 acres worldwide, second only to Airen.

5. Chardonnay was one of the varieties taken to New Zealand and Australia in 1832 by James Busby, considered by most to be the 'Father' of the Australian wine industry.

Coquimbo - In FocusDate published: 26/01/14

Coquimbo

The most Northern of Chiles wine producing regions and although responsible for only 2% of production, Coquimbo is becoming recognised for its premium wines. Up until the 1990's Coquimbo was known for producing basic table wine for the Chilean domestic market from varietals of only local interest. As the millenium rolled around a more quality focussed Chile emerged, and with it the 3 sub regions of Elqui, Limari and Choapa Valleys within theCoquimbo region. Sea breezes and cool mountain air mixed with brilliant sunshine offer excellent growing conditions in this area, although challenges exist in the extremely low annual rainfall which make irrigation essential. As a result of this climate, wines of extreme elegence and quality are becoming synonomous with the area. Elqui lends itself to Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah, and Limari produces exquisite Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

Burn's night supperDate published: 25/01/14

Obviously the traditional match for the annual Haggis treat would be a whisky - I play it fairly safe when it comes to style and prefer the softer, floral approach rather than a smoky Islay. However we are in the business of wine so here are some grape based alternatives:

Red - A southern French blend from the Rhone or the Languedoc is my choice, as the Garrigue infused spice stands up quite well to the powerful flavours of the Haggis - The aptly named 'La Garrigue' from Domaine Ste Rose, an English owned property in the Languedoc is a steal at £6.99.

White - This required some head scratching amongst the team - a rich and spicy Pinot Gris either from Alsace or from New Zealand would stand up well - my current favourite a new arrival - the Isabel Pinot Gris displays the complexities of proper Pinot Grigio (£15.99 on offer when buying 2 or more). A more off the wall choice, from Hungary, the Tokaji Dry Furmint. This is from the Royal Tokaji Company which produce the famous sweet wines - this offering is just slightly off-dry and from the same grape variety - Furmint. Aromatic, floral and spicy - a real find. 

Wine of the Week Date published: 25/01/14

Wine of the Week

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay

£7.99*

*Buy 2 USA wines save 20%

I'm a big fan of Californian wines, especially their Chardonnays, which are usually rich and full of The Beringer hails from vineyards in central and northern California which have a perfect combination of hot, sunny days and cool nights with a coastal breeze. This combination ensures the grapes are able to ripen slowly and develop complex flavours.

This is a fruit driven wine with flavours of ripe apple and pear with a citrusy finish. On top of this, partial oak

It would go perfectly with creamy dishes as well as being great with goose.


Fine Wine FocusDate published: 25/01/14

Fine Wine Focus

Chablis 1er Cru 'Les Fourchaumes' Vieilles

Vignes 2009, Domaine Laroche

The Region

Chablis lies north of central Burgundy, just 19 miles from Champagne's southernmost regions and therefore shares a similar cool climate. Fourcharmes is one of only two premier cru vineyards which is south facing and is always among the top 3 of Burgundies 17 premier cru's.

The Wine

2009 was a fantastic year all across France and the wine produced in Chablis that year is rich, minerally and full of character and this premier cru is no exception. Fermentation occurs in 2nd or 3rd use oak barrels which gives it a golden colour and delicate buttery notes.

This Laroche is rich, full bodied and complex without losing sight of the crispness, minerality and finesse that make the white wines of Chablis amongst the best in the world.

A great accompaniment to seafood dishes or equally perfect by itself.


Bottle SizesDate published: 25/01/14

Bottle Sizes!

There's often a degree of confusion when it comes to the size of wine bottles & rightly so! Some with the same capacity of liquid often have a different name depending on what type of wine they contain. The number within the bracketts is the relative fraction of standard sized bottles within each vessel.

Piccolo (0.25) This is also known as a quarter bottles, a snipe, a pony or a split! Generally only used for Champagne.

Chopine (0.33) This is a now slightly archaic term, but was once the standard size in France.

Demi (0.5) Commonly know as a half bottle as it is indeed the French word for 'half.'

Tenth (0.505) Called so as this is one tenth the volume of an American Gallon.

Jennie (0.67) This size equates to half a litre, common for sweet wines & sherry wine.

Clavelin (0.83) Very rarely used for anything other than Vin Jaune.

Standard (1) The size we all know & love!

Magnum (2) Two standard sizes bottles, which comes to 1.5 litres of wine!

Marie Jeanne (3) This can also be referred to as a Trugnum or a Tappit Hen.

Jeroboam / Double Magnum (4) Although the same size, Jeroboam refers to Champagne & Burgundy, whereas a Double Magnum is for Bordeaux use.

Rehoboam (6) Six bottle size for Champagne & Burgundy.

Imperial (8) For Bordeaux Use.

Methuselah (8) Same size as Imperial but for Burgundy & Champagne.

Salmanzar (12) Twelve bottles for all types of wine.

Mordechai (12) Twelve just for Champers & Burgundy.

Balthazar (16) For all types.

Nebuchadnezzar (20) For all types.

Melchoir (24) For all types.

Solomon (26.66) Just for champagne.

Sovereign (33.33) Merely for champers!

Goliath (36) Likewise. Sometimes referred to as a Primat.

Melchizedek (40) Likewise!

Magnums are great for dinner parties & generally medium to heavy red wines age far more gently in a larger vessel such as this!  


Faults In WineDate published: 24/01/14

Over the winter several customers informed us that they had unfortunatley opened a couple of bottles of wine which was corked, however they poured the contents of the bottle down the sink! Don't!

Cork taint is fairly uncommon, but nevertheless prevalent enough that it could happen to you or me! Moreover, there are several other 'faults' which can affect wine & in any case we just wanted to remind you that if this occurs to one of our wines you can return them to the store from which they were purchased in exchange for another bottle, or something else!

We will always swap them over & jot down the Lot Number which appears on each & every bottle of wine in the hope that the data can be recorded in order to prevent the fault ever happening again!

Either way this is a good excuse to get all scientific on the reason for Corked wine, or Cork taint, or as some of us (rarely) refer to it; TCA - 2, 4, 6 - trichloranisole! Firstly if you have pieces of cork in your actual bottles, this is totally fine & drinkable so long as the wine smells normal. Cork taint can be detected by an obvious musty odour which will become apparent when poured into a glass. Its actually very hard to detect TCA from merely smelling the cork itself. The fault usually occurs when a penicillium mould ifound in the crevices of natural cork reacts with chlorine based chemicals sometimes used on the sterilising process before bottling. Though this is becoming rarer by the day, so fear not.

In a nutshell, if you find you purchase wine from us which does contain an obvious fault, please don't hesitate to bring it back for us to investigate & exchange it for a fresh bottle! 

We want your wines to be corkers, not corked!

Port - In FocusDate published: 23/01/14

There are actually a vast array of grapes used in the production of Port throughout the Douro & often the grape mix in some vineyards is still unknown!

However for interest sake, we shall take a brief look at the major players...

Black Grapes:

Touriga Nacional – low yielding, high colour & tannin with concentrated flavours. Generally considered the finest grape for quality but occupies a tiny percentage of the actual vineyard area.

Touriga Franca – High colour & tannin variety which is slightly higher yeilding than Nacional with a really great aromatic quality. It require warmer sites to ripen fully. It is the most widely planted of the top five.

Tinta Roriz – (Another localised name for the Tempranillo grape of Rioja fame!) Something of a lightweight by Douro valley standards. It can add elegance to blends, however.

Tinta Barroca – This grape gives high mustweights & high levels of colour, tannin & acidity, which is important as nearly all port required the addition of some acd. It is early ripening & so prefers the cooler sites of the region.

Tinta Cao – This is very rare & low yeilding but high in extraction & valued by some shippers for the more high quality blends.

White Grapes:

Although fairly rare & relatively difficult to track down in the UK, the best varieties are considered to be Gouveio, Malavasia Fina & Viosinho.

New Zealand - In FocusDate published: 23/01/14

New Zealand - In Focus

Wine making and vine growing go back to colonial times in New Zealand. In 1851 in Hawke's Bay by missionaries. Due to economic and cultural factors, wine was for many years a marginal activity in terms of economic importance. The three factors that held back the development of the industry simultaneously underwent subtle but historic changes in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1973, Britain entered the European Economic Community, which required the ending of historic trade terms for New Zealand meat and dairy products. This led ultimately to a dramatic restructuring of the agricultural economy. Before this restructuring was fully implemented, diversification away from traditional protein products to products with potentially higher economic returns was explored. Vines, which produce best in low moisture and low soil fertility environments, were seen as suitable for areas that had previously been marginal pasture.

Inthe late 1960s and early 1970s noted the rise of the "overseas experience," where young New Zealanders traveled and lived and worked overseas, predominantly in Europe. As a cultural phenomenon, the overseas experience predates the rise of New Zealand's premium wine industry, but by the 1960s a distinctly Kiwi (New Zealand) identity had developed and the passenger jet made the overseas experience possible for a large numbers of New Zealanders who experienced first-hand the premium wine cultures of Europe.

In the 1970s, Montana in Marlborough started producing wines which were labelled by year of production (vintage) and grape variety (in the style of wine producers in Australia). The first production of a Sauvignon Blanc of great note appears to have occurred in 1977. The excitement created from these successes and from the early results of Cabernet Sauvignon from Auckland and Hawkes Bay launched the industry with ever increasing investment, leading to more hectares planted, rising land prices and greater local interest and pride. Such was the boom that over-planting occurred, particularly in the "wrong" varietals that fell out of fashion in the early 1980s. In 1984 the then Labour Government paid growers to pull up vines to address a glut that was damaging the industry. Ironically many growers used the Government grant not to restrict planting, but to swap from less economic varieties (such as Müller Thurgau and other hybrids) to more fashionable varieties (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), using the old root stock. The glut was only temporary in any case, as boom times returned swiftly.

New Zealand is home to what many wine critics consider the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Oz Clarke, wrote in the 1990s that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was "arguably the best in the world". Historically, Sauvignon Blanc has been used in many French regions in both AOC and Vin de Pays wine. The most famous had been France’s Sancerre. It is also the grape used to make Pouilly Fumé. The initial focus for the industry's export efforts was the United Kingdom. The late 1970s and early 1980s were not only pioneering times for production but also marketing , when it was noticed and praised overseas and in particular by British wine commentators and critics. For much of the history of New Zealand wine exportation the United Kingdom market, with its lack of indigenous production, great thirst and sophisticated wine pallate has been the principal market. In the last decade the British market's overwhelming importance has eroded; while still the single largest export market, it now makes up only one third of total exports by value, only slightly larger than the American and Australian markets. Japan is a particularly strong importer of high-end New Zealand wines.

New Zealand's wine industry has become highly successful in the international market. To meet the increasing demand for its wines, the country's vineyard plantings have more than tripled in the ten years ending. Sales continue to increase. Cloudy Bay Vineyards set a new standard for New World Sauvignon Blanc and was arguably responsible for the huge increase in interest in such wines, particularly in the United Kingdom. LVMH owns a controlling interest in Cloudy Bay.

Following on from the early success of Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand has been building a strong reputation with other styles; Chardonnay, Cabernet/Merlot blends, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Syrah to name a few.


Fortified Wine FactsDate published: 22/01/14

Interesting facts regarding fortified wines...

Nearly all fortified wines are made using highly rectified grape spirit. This means that it is distilled to 95-96%abv in a column still. This spirit is almost pure ethanol & so adds little by the way of flavour. Port is a notable exception in that the spirit used has a legal maximum of 77%. The addition of alcohol of this strengths ensures the fermentation process comes to an end because the active yeasts cannot survive the conditions.

Spirit is usually added during or after fermentation. During: the main purpose of this is to retain unfermented grape sugars. Therefore the earlier the fortification the sweeter the wine will be.

After: this results in dry wine, for example the majority of Sherry wine. Wines fortified this way are often sweetened during blending, prior to bottling. In fortified red wines, tannin can provide a counterpoint to the sweetness. In Port production where the grapes have an abundance of tannin, this can be achieved through a short but vigorous period of extraction prior to draining the juice from the skins & fortification. It is not as easy to achieve the same results with Grenache based wines where tannin levels are lower so they are often fortified on the skins (mutage sur grains). The addition of alcohol ends the ferment & ensures the required level of sweetness but it also works to extract tannin from the skin.

Wine of the Week Date published: 22/01/14

Wine of the Week

Black Cottage Pinot Gris

£9.99 – Multi-buy price

This wine is brand new to us so we were all very excited to try it and it did not disappoint. It is harvested at night which preserves its acidity and purity of fruit making it a refreshing and vibrant wine.

With fresh, stone fruit flavours and aromas of pear and exotic spices, this wine is very slightly off dry and a great example of how New World technology can be used to create impressively fresh wine with great flavours.

This Pinot Gris will match well with spicy Asian Cuisine as well as being perfect by itself.


Malbec - In FocusDate published: 21/01/14

Malbec - In Focus

Malbec is becoming more and more popular here at Majestic Chester, with customers and staff exploring the wide range available. Due to this rise in popularity it seems proper to explore the thick skinned grape variety a little, with an in focus profile...

AKA: Malbec, Côt, Malbeck, Malbech, Auxerrois.

Malbec, many many years ago was originally & widely planted in France especially in Bordeaux & the Loire valley where it was more commonly know & referred to as 'Côt' ! Indeed it still has a marked presence in The South West of France, most notably Cahors. Here is it usually called Auxerrois. Nevertheless in today's culture Argentina is probably the country most synonymous with the grape & rightly so because the conditions here lead to far more approachable & fruitier example of the Malbec grape.

The reasoning for its relative withdrawal from popularity in France as a blending grape is due to its sensitively to coulure & Downy Mildew. Malbec still grown in France is usually weighty, high in tannin & full of structure.

Argentina has adopted the grape as its flagship variety & it does indeed fare extremely well in the conditions here. Consequently, Chile has also begun to plant Malbec extensively & the wines display a mid-way point between French & Argentine. If French Côt is the most rustic & tannic, Malbec from Argentina is the smoothest & most approachable, then it fair to say the wines Chile has to offer fall somewhere in-between these two extremes.

Generally Malbec offers wonderful flavours of Ripe black Plum, Bramble which often lead into concentrations aromas of chocolate & vanilla. They are medium to full bodied wines with plenty of structure to offer & from the new world – firm but smooth levels of tannin. The wines are also capalable of hugely improving with age.

Red meat, especially steak is usually regarded as one of the most favourable food pairings, however most hearty food is a great match. Alternatively, I like to sip a good Malbec on its own after supper whilst enjoying listening to the record player spin a dreamy album by Explosions in the Sky...

We have examples in store from Argentina, France, Australia & Chile. There are even several Malbec Rosés available which offer brilliant fruit concentration.

Each style is very different & within each country there are several different regions growing the grape, so please simply ask for more details if you wish! There is lots more to say about the lovely grape than will fit on one page, so don't hesitate to ask anything!


Grape Varieties - P is for...Date published: 21/01/14

P is for Pinot!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Producer in Focus - Cloudy BayDate published: 20/01/14

The Cloudy Bay Family

Sauvignon Blanc

Widely regarded as the quintessential expression of the acclaimed Marlborough wine region, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an international benchmark wine noted for its vibrant aromatics, layers of pure fruit flavours and fine structure.

Chardonnay

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is an intriguing, textural wine with pure fruit flavours of citrus and stone fruit enhanced by a savoury nuttiness and subtle new oak.

Pinot Noir

Our 2010 pinot noir exudes ample red and black fruit, including rhubarb, bramble fruit and cranberry.  It is balanced with notes of fresh mushroom, white pepper and savoury spice.  We love this vintage’s delicate and lacy tannin structure.

Riesling

Made in very limited quantities and released as an aged wine, Cloudy Bay Riesling reflects an Alsatian influence over a pure expression of Marlborough fruit.

Te Koko

The 2009 Te Koko is an intriguing and unique expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of lemon thyme, mandarin blossom and stonefruit combine with ginger spice, toasted nuts and savoury tones - underlined by exotic tropical notes most typical of this aromatic varietal. The many-layered palate is creamy and textured, balanced by a clean, mineral acidity. A wine of persistent flavour and intensity.

Wine of the Week!!! Date published: 19/01/14

Wine of the Week

Looking for a toasty white with beautiful apple flavours?

Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2012 Louis Latour

WAS £10.99 NOW £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Region: West of the Rhone alps

Sub region: Ardeche's climate is dry and hot and distinctly Mediterranean. Its soils are largely sandy and rocky, founded on sandstone bedrock in the higher areas and more clay-dominated soils in the valleys. Viognier and Chardonnay are the most successful grape varieties. Their popularity has been boosted by enterprising producers from outside the Ardeche, including several big names from the Rhone and Burgundy.

Producer: Louis Latour is an important negociant in Burgundy, and his experience shows in this fabulous 'Mersault' like wine.

Tasting Note: Evocative and buttery style with apple and lemon fruit flavours. Excellent length and body which would work well with chicken. Secondary floral aromas are apparent as well as subtle spice. 


Free Tasting Events in 2014Date published: 19/01/14

Here at Majestic Chester, we enjoy nothing more than a good wine tasting. Sharing and discussing wine is our passion, and we need you to help us indulge! We have regular tastings every month; from an educational wine course to a 30 minute taste and tour of a wine region. There will also be two larger tasting events this year, so keep your eyes pealed for info in the Spring. 

Stay in the know by checking our webpage or email your name, postcode and email address to us at che@majestic.co.uk and we will keep you up to date with all of our free wine events. You will be the first to know, so you don't miss out.

Majestic in the PressDate published: 18/01/14

Wines in the Press...

It's not just our customer and our staff who are enjoying our wines, the wine writers are too! Try them and see what everyone's talking about!

Peter Lehmann Riesling £8.79 when you buy 2= bottles

My current house white, as much for its 11 per cent alcohol as its zippy, zesty lime flavour and hint of honeysuckle. Finishes dry. Great with chicken or prawn stir-fries.”Susy Atkins, The Telegraph

Catena Malbec - £12.99

The more refined, brighter approach to malbec is evident in wines such as the polished, black-fruited 2011 Catena Malbec.” Anothny Rose, The Independent

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Brent Marris' well-distributed Sauvignon tends to be on a deal more often than not, but even at its full retail price it delivers in the glass, unfurling flavours of passion fruit, gooseberry and melon. Flavoursome stuff at a fair price. 90 Points.” Tim Atkinwww.timatkin.com  


The Craft Ale RevolutionDate published: 17/01/14

The Craft Ale Revolution

Something very exiting is happening to beer and lager in the UK! Craft ale has arrived to save us all from average, disappointing lager. Staff and customers alike are just beginning to explore the ever-growing range of premium quality beers available right here at Majestic. 

Having tried a few of the choices on offer my personal favourite has to be the Brewdog Punk IPA. This is a big, hoppy beer that really packs a punch of flavour. Our in-store fact sheet explains the differences between this craft exponent and your generic supermarket lagers; more or less everything from production to ingredients. 

The Einstock Icelandic White beer is another personal favourite. By comparison, this viking descendant displays a strong citrus bouquet, with a delightful palate of peach and tropical fruits. When drank in a wine glass this ale really opens up, leading to the most interesting and enticing nose I've had the pleasure to smell!

For more details on the #CraftAleRevolution please ask in store.

Wedding ServiceDate published: 15/01/14

Wedding Service

We know planning a wedding can be stressful and at times can give you a headache! This is why Majestic Wine, the UK's biggest and best retailer of wine by the case, have developed a tailored service, which uses both knowledge and expertise to help every couple find that match made in heaven.

Our party planner gives great advice on catering for wedding receptions. When you're ready to start selecting your drinks, the team in our Chester store can tailor a drinks package to your exact requirements, taking into account your menu, budget, and above all your personal tastes!

On top of this we can offer FREE glass, ice bucket and chiller bin loan (deposit required), FREE delivery and a sale or return option.

Please feel free to pop into the store to discuss your preferences and take away some samples. You can also contact us on 01244 381 118

We look forward to helping you plan your perfect drinks package soon!


Focus on Italy: PART 2 Date published: 13/01/14

Focus on Italy: Part 2 

We have currently added a lovely display on our Wine Tasting Counter which goes into some of the different Italian Wines that we have for sale. 

Here we will look at 2 different Piemonte Wines 

BAROLO 'ROCCHE DELL'ANNUNZIATA' 2009 ROCCHE COSTAMAGNE

REGION: PIEMONTE(NORTHWEST ITALY) THESE WINE ARE GENERALLY FULLER AND RICHER THAN IN THE NORTHEAST

LOCATION: BETWEEN THE APENNINES TO THE NORTH EAST AND THE TYRRHENIAN SEA TO THE WEST

CLIMATE: SEVERE WINTERS WITH FREQUENT INVERSION FOGS.

PRODUCER: ROCCHE COSTAMAGNE

CLASSIFICATION: BAROLODOCG 'Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita'.The top classification which ensure the best quality grapes grown in the best sites.

ALL THE BEST VINEYARDS ARE LOCATED ON A SMALL MOSTLY GENTLE, BUT OCCASIONALLY STEEP SLOPE AROUND THE HILLS OF LANGHE.

GRAPES: NEBBIOLO WHICH PRODUCE RICH AND SMOKY BAROLO'S

THE NAME ORGINATES FROM 'NEBBIA' WHICH MEANS FOG.

STYLE: THE MODERN STYLE HAS RIPE FRUIT AND SOFTER TANNIN AND ARE GENERALLY MORE APPROACHABLE THAN THE OLD TRADITIONAL 'THICK,TANNIC, DRIED OUT' WINES.

PALATE: BLACK FRUIT, TOBACCO AND WOODSMOKE

AGEING: BAROLOS HAVE AGEING POTENTIAL UP TO 25 YEARS!

FOOD MATCH: PHEASANT STEW OR MATURE CHEESES

BARBARESCO 2010, DE FORVILLE

REGION: PIEMONTE(NORTHWEST ITALY) THESE WINE ARE GENERALLY FULLER AND RICHER THAN IN THE NORTHEAST

LOCATION: BETWEEN THE APENNINES TO THE NORTH EAST AND THE TYRRHENIAN SEA TO THE WEST

CLIMATE: SEVERE WINTERS WITH FREQUENT INVERSION FOGS.

PRODUCER: DE FORVILLE

'Estabished in 1860; five generations of winemakers'

LOCATED ON THE HILLS OF BARBARESCO

CLASSIFICATION: BARBARESCO DOCG

'Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita' Greater suppleness than a Barolo with softer fruit and charm. Must be aged for at least 2 years , one must be in oak or chesnut casks.

GRAPES: NEBBIOLO WHICH CAN MAKE A MORE FEMININE, ELEGANT BARBARESCO.

STYLE: A MEDIUM TO FULL BODIED WINES WITH FLAVOURS OF CHERRY FRUIT AND PERFUME.A GREAT MORE AFFORDABLE BAROLO.

PALATE: DARK CHERRIES, EARTH AND LEATHER.

AGEING: 5-10 YEARS. CAN ENJOY NOW!

FOOD MATCH: FILLET STEAK WITH MUSHROOMS

Staff Review: 'The more affordable version of Barolo, subtle spice with a smoky complexity' Ben, Manager 


MasiDate published: 13/01/14

Masi - Producer Profile

The name "Masi" is derived from "Vaio dei Masi", the small valley in Valpolicella acquired by the Boscaini family at the end of the 18th century - the family still own the land today. 

The Venetian regions have always been ideal for viticulture, thanks to the huge variety of historically recognised terroir sites.
Masi has selected the best vineyard sites in foothill and hillside locations, paying particular attention to the development of single vineyard, or cru, wines which express the excellence of individual high quality vineyard sites and consequently have their own unique characteristics.

The main focus of Masi is the production of quality wines, using grapes and methods native to the Venetian regions, whilst also being one of the most innovative producers in Italy. Through collaboration with pretigious intitutes and universities, Masi have contributed to the development of winemaking practices in this region in a valuable way. In particular, they have created an internationally recognised new category for wines from the Veneto - the "Superventian" - derived from the winemaking process for Amarone and used in their Campofiorin. Made using Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, the fresh grapes are fermented, then refermented along with some partially dried grapes giving rich and complex flavours.

Take a look at our website to see which of the Masi wines we have in stock at the moment!


Wine of the Week Date published: 13/01/14

Wine of the Week

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

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere Valley

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

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

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

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


Focus on Italy: PART 1 Date published: 12/01/14

Focus on Italy: Part 1 

We have currently added a lovely display on our Wine Tasting Counter which goes into some of the different Italian Wines that we have for sale. 

Here we will look at 2 different Tuscan Wines 

WINE 1:PROMIS 2011 GAJA, IGT TOSCANA

REGION: TUSCANY (WEST CENTRAL ITALY)

LOCATION: BETWEEN THE APENNINES TO THE NORTH EAST AND THE TYRRHENIAN SEA TO THE WEST

CLIMATE: SUMMERS ARE LONG AND FAIRLY DRY AND WINTERS ARE LESS SEVERE. HEAT AND LACK OF RAIN CAN BE A PROBLEM THROUGHOUT GROWING SEASON.

PRODUCER: GAJA,

'Origins back to 1856'

RENOWNED FOR FINE WINE PRODUCTION IN PIEMONTE. ORIGINS DATE BACK TO 1856. (NORTHWEST ITALY)

CLASSIFICATION: IGT 'Indicazione geografica tipica'

GRAPES: MERLOT, SANGIOVESE AND SYRAH

STYLE: A MODERN TUSCAN BLEND, FALLING OUTSIDE THE TRADITIONAL DOC CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM BECAUSE OF THE USE OF INTERNATIONAL GRAPES.

PALATE: DARK PLUM AND CASSIS WITH A SPICY LINGERING FINISH.

AGEING: 5+ YEARS

FOOD MATCH: FOOD LIKE RICH TUSCAN STEWS OR SPICY PORK

Staff Review: ' A fantastic 'Super Tuscan', sure to impress at any dinner party. An interesting choice so why not make the most of our fine wine offer today?' Jess, Trainee Manager

WINE 2: BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2008 BANFI

REGION: TUSCANY(WEST CENTRAL ITALY) near the town of Montalcino.

LOCATION: BETWEEN THE APENNINES TO THE NORTH EAST AND THE TYRRHENIAN SEA TO THE WEST

CLIMATE: SUMMERS ARE LONG AND FAIRLY DRY AND WINTERS ARE LESS SEVERE. HEAT AND LACK OF RAIN CAN BE A PROBLEM, PARTICUARLY FOR MONTALCINO WHICH HAS ONE OF THE DRIEST AND WARMEST CLIMATES IN TUSCANY.

PRODUCER: BANFI

'In Pursuit of Excellence'

A MULTI AWARD WINNING FAMILY OWNED VINEYARD ESTATE, PIONEERING CLONAL RESEARCH AND ORGANIC WINEMAKING.

CLASSIFICATION: DOCG 'Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita'. BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO WAS AWARDED THIS STATUS IN 1980.

GRAPES: 100% SANGIOVESE

STYLE: A CLASSIC 'CHERRY RED' BRUNELLO

PALATE: FULL SOFT AND VELVETY TEXTURE

AGEING: 5-10 YEARS. CAN ENJOY NOW!

FOOD MATCH: LAMB WITH THYME ROASTED POTATOES

Staff Review: 'Excellent wine enjoyed over Christmas, really well balanced; rich but not overpowering' 'Mark, Trainee Manager. 


Grape of the Day - ProseccoDate published: 12/01/14

Grape of the Day - Prosecco

Prosecco is the grape behind the eponymous Italian fizz, which is currently more popular than it has ever been.  It comes in two main styles: Frizzante (lightly sparkling) and Spumante (fully sparkling) and often has at least a hint of sweetness to it.  The wine can now only be labelled as Prosecco if it is grown in the traditional areas around Venice, otherwise it has to be called Glera.  It has a lightly fruity character and good acidity, so is a perfect base wine for fizz.

Of the various styles of Proseccos I would suggest the following offer the best value:

Frizzante: Villa Sandi, a delicate, lightly sparkling, off-dry wine, great aperitif.

Spumante: Zonin, a fun, fruit-driven style on a great deal for late summer.

Vintage: La Marca, a more serious, dry, delicate style with a lovely floral note.

PiemonteDate published: 11/01/14

Spotlight on a region - Piemonte

Piemonte literally means 'foot of the mountain', and this wine region in the far North of Italy is certainly influenced by the Alps. Vineyards scurry up the foothills in a band that encircles Turin, the region's capital.

Top quality wines are in abundance in this region. Reds made from the Nebbiolo grape are complex and aromatic - try our Barolo Milani. White wine from this region is generally crisp and great with seafood, the Gavi for example is light and fresh with a whiff of candied fruit. Our Gavi Toledana is fruity with a steely minerality and makes a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

GamayDate published: 10/01/14

The forgotten grape of Burgundy, now almost exclusively used in Beaujolais.  Move on from your jammy, young Beaujolais Nouveau there is far more variety out there.  With our present hot weather and with the low tannins that come from the Gamay grape, why not try putting a Fleurie in the fridge?  For a more serious style Beaujoais try a Morgon or a Brouilly with their combination of red and dark fruits, great with Lamb!  Put a couple of bottles in your next Majestic Wine case.

Argentina - In FocusDate published: 09/01/14

Argentina - In Focus

Argentina has a winemaking history stretching back some 450 years: cuttings of vines were brought from Chile to Santiago del Estero, in Northern Argentina. The Mendoza Province began the winemaking tradition in 1557, but it was a while before the region became famous for the production of Malbec. Currently, Argentina is the fifth largest wine-producing country in the world, with a very strong domestic market and a growing international export market (including us in the UK).

Argentina's vineyards for the most part lie close to the Andes, in a series of irrigated oases in what is otherwise desert. These green patches are spread over more than 1500 kilometers from the province of Salta in the north to Rio Negra and Neuquen in Patagonia. Most of the vineyards lie 600 metres or more above sea level, and in Salta they regularly extend to 2000 metres or more, allowing suitably cool sites to be found close to the equator.

A combination of high yielding vineyards, low labour costs and dry summer conditions makes it possible to select large quantities of fully ripe, healthy fruit at low cost. Most modern wineries have invested in the most up-to-date equipment, enabling temperature controlled fermentation to take place in hygienic stainless steel. All but a handful of estates are using oak barriques for premium wines, although it is still possible to find wines being made in the old fashioned way, with long periods of ageing in large old oak casks before bottling. 

The three most important grape varieties planted in Argentina are Malbec, Bonarda and Torrontes. Malbec produces full bodied, ripe, black fruit, spicy reds, whilst Torrontes gives us an intense fruity and floral white wine with medium acidity and body. Bonarda is the second most grown varietal, however the international market is yet to welcome the grape onto the world stage. We do have some Bonardas in store but Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate our Argentinian reds. 


Chapel Down Curious BrewDate published: 08/01/14

Chapel Down Curious Brew

Chapel Down as a winery has became very popular in the past decade. With multiple awards to their name, and lots of excellent press coverage this flourishing business it set to be the future of English wine.

There are many difficulties a British wine firm has to take into account when it comes to creating a wine worthy of the current market. The major issue being of course, weather. Lack of heat and too much rain can completely ruin a crop. However, with cultivating a greater area of land to vine, one can hope the excess grape juice can be stored in stainless steel tanks for many years to come.

Majestic are now proud to introduce Chapel Down's range of craft beers!

What is unique about this beer is that they ferment it with Champagne yeast which adds a distinct flavour I have tasted in no other. With the Curious Brew winning a gold medal award at the International Beer Festival, this distinct flavour is clearly desirable. The craft beer revolution is in full swing across the country, with many producers looking to achieve higher quality beers with a more pronounced hoppy character. 

The high price of craft beer often surprises customers, however, this is due to the production techniques used in the brewing process. Typically, craft beers use far more hops than their blander competitors, leading to exquisite and exiting beers.

Join the revolution today - Mix and match - Buy any 2 packs of craft beers and save £12!


Wine of the Week Laurent Miquel L'Artisan 2011 AOC LanguedocDate published: 07/01/14

Wine of the Week

Laurent Miquel L'Artisan 2011 AOC Languedoc

WAS £8.99 NOW £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

Like medium bodied reds with juicy fruit?

This is a fantastic example of an elegant, unoaked style of Shiraz. 'Syrah' offers a touch of spice to the blend whereas the Grenache adds plesant fruitiness. 
A great easy drinking red suitable for most palates. And it would look great on the dinner table so why not give it a try at just £7.99  

Laurent Miquel, a rising star in French wine making, creates this wine in his family estate in Cessenon sur Orb in the South of France where the rocky soils of the hilly vineyard sites are particularly well adapted to growing Grenache and Syrah. 

Port - In FocusDate published: 07/01/14

Port - In Focus

There are actually a vast array of grapes used in the production of Port throughout the Douro & often the grape mix in some vineyards is still unknown!

However for interest sake, we shall take a brief look at the major players...

Black Grapes:

Touriga Nacional – low yielding, high colour & tannin with concentrated flavours. Generally considered the finest grape for quality but occupies a tiny percentage of the actual vineyard area.

Touriga Franca – High colour & tannin variety which is slightly higher yeilding than Nacional with a really great aromatic quality. It require warmer sites to ripen fully. It is the most widely planted of the top five.

Tinta Roriz – (Another localised name for the Tempranillo grape of Rioja fame!) Something of a lightweight by Douro valley standards. It can add elegance to blends, however.

Tinta Barroca – This grape gives high mustweights & high levels of colour, tannin & acidity, which is important as nearly all port required the addition of some acd. It is early ripening & so prefers the cooler sites of the region.

Tinta Cao – This is very rare & low yeilding but high in extraction & valued by some shippers for the more high quality blends.

White Grapes:

Although fairly rare & relatively difficult to track down in the UK, the best varieties are considered to be Gouveio, Malavasia Fina & Viosinho.


Majestic's Commercial ServiceDate published: 06/01/14

Majestic's Commercial Service

Majestic Commercial is the name for the corporate division of Majestic Wine.  We have our own on-trade proposition that is very appealing to commercial businesses such as restaurants, bars, pubs, golf and yacht clubs.

Choose Majestic Commercial as your wine supplier and you get so much more than just a wine supplier.  In addition to a range of wines to rival any in the industry you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you've set for your business.

The services start with a dedicated member of the commercial sales team,  single point of contact, who's on hand to offer support, guidance and information.  All members of the commercial team have achieved the WSET Level 3, with many going on to study for the WSET Diploma as well.  On top of all this knowledge and experience we also offer a number of useful tools and services to help you sell more wine.

In addition to the wide Majestic range, we have Commercial Exclusives which are only available to our on-trade customers.

We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and dedicated tasting notes.

We provide staff training through our "confidence in wine" courses as well as "food and wine matching" courses.

Our on-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your order personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable and friendly staff.  Stores are open 7 days per week so deliveries can be made at a team to suit you - even at the weekends.

For more information get in touch today by calling 01244 381 118


Tasting NotesDate published: 05/01/14

Tasting Notes

Here at Majestic we are happy to offer you free tasting notes with every purchase. These informative and easy to read notes are designed to guide you through the wine tasting experience. Furthermore, each note is accompanied by a food and wine match suggestion for you to try out at home. 

If you would like tasting notes to be delivered alongside your online wide order, please add a note in the appropriate box.


The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 05/01/14

The Fine Wine Plan

What's involved:

You pay on a monthly basis, an amount that suits your budget. This payment becomes credit towards your chosen wines, which are stored in bond until you wish to take them out. The expert staff at Lay & Wheeler can advise you on which wines are suited to you. They are all highly trained and experienced in selecting the best wines for short or long term ageing. 

The benefits you get from joining the plan are as follows;

- 10% discount at Majestic Wine when you subscribe £100 or more per month.

- Free joining case will be added to your collection.

- Fine wine plan advance which allows you to go three times over your monthly subscription as a credit limit. 

- Exclusive offers on a quarterly basis.

If you would like to know more please contact us in store on the following number - 01244 381 118


Bargain Hunt @ Majestic!Date published: 05/01/14

It's that time of the year again....  The new year has arrived and we need to make room for next year's selection, so we've selected some unbelievable bargains from our range that have reached the end of the line.  You can enjoy 33.3% off when you buy any 2 or more bottles from the Bargain Hunt, but be quick because once they're gone; they're gone!  

Here's a selection of some of our personal favourites, but for the full range please either give us a call on 01244 381 118 or pop into Majestic Chester and see us.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Mendoza -  £4.66 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Valdivieso Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Central Valley - £5.32 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines

The lovely crisp nose displays lots of gooseberry fruit and hints of freshly cut grass. Zesty lime and lemon on the palate leave the mouth refreshed afterwards.

Conde Calatrava Crianza 2007 La Mancha - £4.66 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines

From the largest privately-owned producer in La Mancha. The nose offers a comfortable balance of crushed red fruits and vanilla-like notes from oak ageing.

Wine of the Week Septimo Día Chardonnay 2012 MendozaDate published: 04/01/14

Wine of the Week

Septimo Día Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza

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

Like Banana, Mango and Honey?

Septimo Dia, meaning 7th day, combines hand picked parcels of fruit from Septima's finest vineyards. 
A wonderful nose of banana, mango, vanilla and honey. On the palate the tropical fruits continue which is contrasted with well balanced acidty. Medium to full bodied, the wine leaves a warm toasty finish.Food Match: Fish Pie with a buttery potato topping. 
Find out more at bodegasseptima.com
Why not give it a try? 

Wine of the Week Chablis 2012 Philippe de MeryDate published: 27/12/13

Wine of the Week

Chablis 2012 Philippe de Mery

£11.99

Looking for a dry, crisp white wine?

Here we have a great, classic example of a Chablis which has been sourced from a range of vineyards in this region noted for its chalky soils. It has all the great qualities of a Chablis; like crisp apple and lemon as well as that steely finish. The acidity is fresh and leaves your mouth watering for more! 

A great light bodied white suitable as an aperitif or as an accompaniment with fish starters.

Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009 Cave des Vignerons de BuxyDate published: 21/12/13

Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009 Cave des Vignerons de Buxy

Looking for a classy, sopisticated chardonnay?
Here we have a fantastic White Burgundy which comes in at just under £10 when you buy two or more. Produced in Côte Chalonnaise, this appellation of Burgundy is situated inbetween Cote D'(to the north) and the Maconnais (to the south). 'Cave des Vignerons' is a co-operative offering excellent value for money, and consistent wines years after year. One of our biggest sellers! 
Style: Soft, Rich and toasty. On the nose you fine classic lemon curd aromas as well as secondary characteristics; like dairy and yeast. The palate offers a silky smooth texture with full bodied weight. Citrus and peach come through backed by well balanced acidity. 
Why not give it a try?


Food Match: Baked salmon and Dauphinoise potatoes  
Try if you like Macon Lugny, Louis Latour 

Château Patarabet 2007 St-EmilionDate published: 20/12/13

Château Patarabet 2007 St-Emilion

Here we have an absolute gem of a wine at a cracking price, perfect for the festive period. Château Patarabet has been owned by the same family since 1920, and represents excellent value for money this Christmas. Merlot makes up the majority (about 65%) of vines planted around Saint-Emilion, and continues to increase in popularity because of the softer, more approachable wine styles it produces. 
This medium bodied red has flavours of blackcurrant as well as secondary characteristics of leather and wood. 
Generally speaking, the 2007 vintage is ready to enjoy now. This moderately tannic wine could be enjoyed with lamb or beef casserole. 

Wine of the Week! Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New ZealandDate published: 19/12/13

Wine of the Week! Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand

WAS £11.99 NOW £9.59 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines..

Like mouthwatering acidity with a dry finish ?

Here we are showcasing a  classic example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and why not? It might brighten up this cold winter day and remind us of the glorious summer of 2013!
This effort comes from head winemaker David Clouston who honed his skills at wineries all around the world before finally returning home to his native New Zealand.
On the nose this wine is classic Marlborough with tons of gooseberry and tropical fruit. This continues on the palate with lashings of passionfruit and lychee. There's a slight hint of grassiness to add complexity and crisp, refreshing acidity.
Enjoy this now with your shelfish starter at Chrismtas! 

Christmas Wines- Staff Recommendations Part 2 Date published: 15/12/13

Christmas Wines- Staff Recommendations Part 2 

The Dessert Wine...

Jack Recommends

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008 Hungary 50cl Bottle

'For me Christmas is a time for relaxing and indulging in luxurious food and drink, and what better way to do this than with a super sweet, luscious Tokaji. This special Hungarian dessert wine is famous for being Queen Victoria's favourite tipple, bringing a real touch of grandeur to Xmas day. I find it off-sets salty nuts and cheeses very well. Perfect with a good stilton.'

Food matches: Stilton, gorgonzola. Or poached pears and cinammon.

The Sparkling Wine...

Mark Recommends

Laurent-Perrrier

Brut NV

'Christmas is a great time to treat yourself and it is tradition in my family to start the day off with a Champagne breakfast. The Laurent-Perrier Brut was the first Champagne I tried and it's still a favourite of mine.

It has a high proportion of Chardonnay making it fresh, creamy and great with food'

Food match: Smokled salmon- (on bagels for a champagne breakfast?!)


Christmas Wines- Staff Recommendations Part 1 Date published: 14/12/13

Christmas Wines- Staff Recommendations Part 1 

The Red...

Jessica Recommends

Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz McLaren Vale

'Me and my sister love nothing more than to get comfy on Christmas night and tuck into one of the many boxes of chocolates we have received.

Luckily we share the same taste in wine; big bold reds with plenty of dark fruits and spice, and this wine is a perfect match. This is my ultimate treat and boasts beautiful floral aromas, silky tannin and greath length.'

Food matches: Dark Chocolate

The White...

Ben Recommends

Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru 2011, Domaine Fevre

'I'm fortunate in having a brother who's a chef, who dutifully takes charge of Christmas dinner!

The menu differs each year but this year we will be indulging in a lobster starter, and as a bit of a wine traditionalist there is no better match than a steely, crisp chablis. The Premier Cru Chablis tend to have depth of flavour and complexity, and the Fevre does not dissapoint.'

Food matches: Lobster, smoked salmon or a retro prawn cocktail! 


New: Wine of the Week - Vasse Felix Cabernet MerlotDate published: 13/12/13

Wine of the Week

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011 Margaret River


£12.78  when you buy two bottles (£15.99 single bottle price)

Named in honour of an early seafarer who drowned whilst exploring the treacherous coast, Vasse Felix in the Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River region of Western Australia, produces award winning wine from ancient soils influenced by the Indian and Southern Oceans.

Perfumed and leafy aromas along with generous black fruits and berry fruit aromas. A palate rounded by oak, integrated and ripe tannins and warming layers of dark fruits. An integrated complex finish.

Match with a wide range of charcouterie.


Christmas opening hoursDate published: 11/12/13

Our Christmas opening hours are as follows:

Monday - Saturday 9AM - 8PM

Sunday 10AM - 5PM

Christmas eve 9AM - 5PM

25th and 26th CLOSED

27th 10AM - 8PM

Wine of the Week Saint Clair Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 09/12/13

Wine of the Week

Saint Clair Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough

WAS £14.99 NOW £11.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines..

Like Red fruit and fine grain tannin?

Saint Clair is one of Marlborough's largest family-owned and operated wineries. Their commitment to viticulture has led to a number of award winning wines such as 'New World Wine Producer of the Year 2012' and a Decanter  Bronze Medal in 2012. This wine shines a beautiful clear ruby red in the glass, you can automatically see it is going to be lovely and light on the palate!The fruits on the palate are dominated by fresh strawberry and raspberry. This is backed by subtle pepper on the finish. 

Perfect for the guests that don't want a big heavy red this Christmas, or match with duck!  

Why not give it a try? You can mix it with any other New Zealand wine of your choice.  

Chardonnay a Day - Day 3Date published: 08/12/13

Meursault 2011 Nicolas Potel

Looking for a creamy white wine with full body and character? 

The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generous and approachable style of Chardonnay.

Nose: Buttery, hazelnut aromas.

Body: Full and luxurious

Palate: The fruit is not automatically obvious, with much more emphasis on secondary characteristics of nut, as well a hint of baked beans and yeast. 

The acidity is medium to low which makes for a soft edged style of chardonnay.  

Wine of the Week- Marques de Riscal Reserva Date published: 07/12/13

Wine of the Week- Marques de Riscal Reserva 

We have picked a cracking Classic Rioja Reserva to feature on our tasting counter this week

Grapes: The classic grenache, tempranillo and carignan blend 

What I personally like about this wine is the full bodied style.The texture is smooth and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with stewed summer fruit flavours. A 2008 vintage which is still carrying lots of deep fruit flavours, yummy! Enjoy now or cellar for up to five years.

What a cracker! 

www.marquesderiscal.com

Stella Alpina Date published: 07/12/13

Stella Alpina 

This week we can proudly present 'stella alpina, pinot grigio'. This wine is by far one of the best pinot grigios around, and at £9.99 it is definately worth it. Forget the 'delicate' 'light bodied' pinots, here we have a wine that packs lots of aromas and flavours into every mouthful. The body scores between medium and full and has a beautiful silky texture. The flavours of peach and lime linger, complimented by a subtle herby characteristic... What do you think? 

This wine has decent acidty, making it perfect for a fresh tomato salad or why not just enjoy a glass on its own. 

Open now to taste!! 

Chardonnay a Day- Day 2Date published: 05/12/13

Chardonnay a Day- Day 2

Oxford Landing Estates Chardonnay 2012/2013 £6.39 when you buy any 2 australian wines wines)

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

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

A Chardonnay a day! DAY 1: Petit Chablis 2011 Domaine Louis MoreauDate published: 24/11/13

On thursday evening we all had a fabulous time at our Seasonal Winter Tasting! Lots of people attended and the vibe was very positive.

We all got a chance to try different things, and one of my personal favourites was the Petit Chablis 2011 Domaine Louis Moreau, £11.99 when you buy 2 or more

The wine tasting reassured my belief that many people don't realise Chablis and Petit Chablis wines are actually made from the Chardonnay grape. Any why is this? The style of wine is so crisp and elegant and completly different to the full bodied or oakey chardonnays from other, generally hotter countries such as Australia. Completly unoaked and fruit led, chablis are popular with fish such as whole salmon. 

The petit-chablis region has very similar soils to Chablis, and you can often find some excellently priced wines. 

What I particualy enjoyed about this example was the 'chalky' dry finish and minerality. The apple and citrus fruits make a beautifully refreshing wine, perfect for summer or winter for that matter as you can pair it with your Christmas Turkey! 

Beaujolais Nouveau Date published: 23/11/13

Beaujolais Nouveau 

So its that time of year again! And here we have for sale (for a limited period, while stocks last!)

 George Duboeuf Beaujolais Noueveau 2013.£8.49* when you buy 2 or more 

For those of you who aren't familiar with this tradition, these wines become available to buy on the third thursday in novemeber, and the vintage cannot be sold past the 31st of August the following year.  
The wine making process uses  a technique called carbonic maceration- which involves putting whole bunches of Gamay grapes in vats contained Carbon Dioxide. The grapes burst and then yeast is added afterwards to complete the fermentation. 
Style: Fruity and youthful, with light tannin and low malic acid. Intended for early drinking.
Can be served lightly chilled. 


Random Fact: other Beaujolais wines have compex aromas of bubblegum, candy floss and kirsch. Yummy!! 

Wine of the Week - Promising PinotDate published: 20/11/13

Wine of the Week

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir

£13.74 or buy 2+ Chilean wines save 20%

=£10.99

It's our Chilean tasting week this week and in celebration, I want to show you what a diverse wine producing country Chile really is. This week's wine of the week shows exactly what they can do with the French varietyPinot Noir.

Pinot Noir is reknown from the Burgyundy region of France with classic savoury, gamey characters.

The Errazuriz Wild Ferment takes it's influence from, Burgundy however this Chilean gem has riper fruit due to the longer hours of sunshine.

In true Pinot Noir style, this has plenty of red fruit character alongside spicy notes and hints of violets.

The perfect match for a good Pinot is duck breast. Enjoy with braised cabbage and red currant jus.

Salut!

Kerri

p.s If you want to discover more about Pinot Noir, have a read of pages 46 and 47 of our Grape to Glass magazine


Wine of the Week - Chilean CharmDate published: 16/11/13

Wine of the Week

Cousino Antiguas

£9.99

or buy 2+ bottles save £4

= £7.99

Chilean wines have soared in popularity in recent times and I think our wine of week highlights exactly why. They take their inspiration from the Old world, yet they offer better value for money. To me, this is wine shows exactly what Chile can do.

A Cabrnet and Merlot blend aged in oak, this wine tasks its inspiration from the wines of Bordeaux. What you find here however is richer, riper more concentrated fruit in comparison to Bordelaise wines. The glass bursts plum and blackcurrant flavours with sweet spice.

Cheers!

Kerri


Wine of the Week: Yalumba Old Vine Grenache Date published: 11/11/13

Wine of the Week: 

Yalumba Old Vine Grenache 

£10.99 when you buy any two Australian Wines. (usually £13.74 for a single bottle*)

With the weather getting colder by the day my thoughts turn to heavy, rich reds that provide that fantastic warming sensation with every glass-full- and this wine ticks all the boxes!

Produced from Vines which are up to 70 years old and thrive in th blistering Barossa Vallet heat, this wine is packed full of rich red fruit and heavy spice aromas. Structured yet approachable, the grenache is drinking really well now and would be the perfect match for a peppery steach or hearty beef stew. 

Review of Saint Michel Blanc Perlé 2012 PDO Gaillac Date published: 10/11/13

Whilst working at Farnham myself and a customer both decided to try the same bottle of wine- so heres what we thought about the Saint Michel Blanc Perlé 2012 PDO Gaillac:  

A blend of Loin de L'Oiel, Muscadelle and Mauzac. 'Perle' is the french term for young white wines bottled with natural pearls, or tiny bubbles preserved in the wine by bottling shortly after fermentation. A youthful pale yellow colour with slight green tinges. 

Me: This is clean, fresh and youthful wine perfect as an aperitif or with pan fried trout. My palate particularly enjoys the medium levels of acidity, which occur whilst still supporting a crisp and fresh style of wine. The nose is delicate and slightly floral, whilst the flavours are simple with pear and soft citrus.The grapes are mainly grown in South West France and offer something different to Sauvignon Blanc or perhaps Torrontes. 

Coreen: Youthful and fresh wine with an almost sherbet like spritz, paired with hints of minerality and citrus. Nice to quaff on a sunny afternoon with good conversation. 

Only £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 


The Pièce de résistance of the evening...Date published: 08/11/13

The Pièce de résistance of the evening...

So I went to a stunning wine tasting in York a couple of days ago, and tasted lots of  Vinalba Wines. 

Viñalba is a family-owned company, set-up and run by husband and wife team Hervé and Diane Joyaux Fabre- and this wine is dedicated to the fine lady.  

Cuvee Diane 2009, Vinalba Mendoza

The finale was the 'Cuvee Diane' is an intense, full bodied Malbec with lots of rich fruits and strong aroma At 15% this is a big wine, not to be approached lightly. The sweet oak smell reminds be of a fruit pie baking in the oven- heavenly!

An excellent gift idea for any Malbec Lover! 

We tried lots of Malbecs as well as an aromatic Torrentes and even a sneaky peak at a rose.  It was great to try Malbec and 'Touriga Nacional' blended together- a rare treat! We also stock this wine priced at £11.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Adam's Favourite! - Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage £17.99 Date published: 08/11/13

Adam's Favourite!

Cloudy Bay

Pelorus Vintage

£17.99

when you buy 2 save 1/3

(£26.99single bottle)

Personally I'd always suggest picking high quality sparking wine over a mid price Champagne any day! This fantastic wine is from the famous Kiwi producer Cloudy Bay and is made in the Champagne method with a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With structure and elegance this is a match for any of the great Champagne houses and at the moment a bargain at under £18!!

Perfect to put away for Christmas day or give as a gift!


Wine of the Week - Rhone RangerDate published: 06/11/13

Wine of the Week

Domaine Grosset Cairanne

£14.99 or buy 2+ Rhone save 20%

=£11.99

When the weather gets cold and the nights draw in, I always turn to a good glass of a hearty, rich Rhone wine to warm me up.

This one certainly hits the spot.

In true Cairanne style it is predominantly Grenache with a helping of Syrah for added pepperiness and Mourvedre for structure.

The Grenache vines here boast over 100 years of age giving the grapes more complexity and concentration.

The glass offers a rich, concentrated wine with plenty of body. Flavours of wild berries and damson dominate alongside herbaceous notes.

At home with venison stew.

Cheers!


My pick of the Mix... Date published: 03/11/13

My pick of the Mix... 

The White: Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010 Carneros £13.32*

A beautifully creamy white, with body and a smooth texture provided by the 'lees ageing' (otherwise known as 'sur-lie'). This is such an interesting oaked Calafornian chardonnay because it represents how elegant and refined wines from this region can be - breaking through the typical sterotype. On the palate you find nutty and toasty flavours and a long decent length. 

The Red: Côtes du Rhône 2011 Vidal-Fleury £6.66*

A spicy, heart warming red with red fruits and spice. Perfect with herby sausage or rustic casserole.  A classic blend of syrah, grenache, carignan and mouvedre. 

Why not give them a try ? 

*when you buy any 2 of the Pick 'n' Mix wines. 


Keep Calm and drink Carmenere Date published: 31/10/13

Keep Calm and drink Carmenere

Why I love Carmenere...

Before I worked at Majestic Wine I hadn't heard of this grape variety, but I've learnt to love it. You will find the grape grown throughot Chile and made in a variety of different styles- like the richer more full bodied 'Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009 Leyda Valley' (£8.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines). 'Plush' is used to describe this wine on our website, and I totally agree; silky smooth and lots of flavour.

  Carmenere can be blended with other grapes such as merlot- to produce a more fruiter and softer style or it can be made richer and more complex with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of my personal favourites has got to be 'Koyle Gran Reserva Carmenère 2011 Alto Colchagua' (£8.79 with any other Chilean Wine). I like the use of oak and the interesting blend of grapes which gives a real concentration of flavour and depth; again very silky smooth with a touch of sweet spice. 




SUPERB OFFER ALERT!! £6.99 per bottle!!! Date published: 30/10/13

SUPERB OFFER ALERT!!  

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough - £6.99 !!!! (£6.99 when you buy any wines from our Pick 'n' Mix wines)*

We couldnt help but raise attention to a ridiculously good offer at the moment. 

This wine has all the classic flavours and aromas of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a strong lean towards tropcial fruits such as passionfruit as well as a hit of gooseberry.  This 2013 Vintage is a refreshing, dry white wine that would suit most occasions. 

Stock up while you can! 

* a minimum of 6 bottles 

Wine of the Week Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 30/10/13

Wine of the Week

Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

WAS £14.99 NOW £9.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines..

Like Zingy, Dry Whites?

Saint Clair is one of Marlborough's largest family-owned and operated wineries. Their commitment to viticulture has led to a number of award winning wines such as 'New World Wine Producer of the Year 2012' and a Decanter  Bronze Medal in 2012.  This wine is dry, fresh and fruity with lots of classic gooseberry and passionfruit.  A solid 4 stars on our website!

 Why not give it a try, its on our tasting counter. Or why not some other New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's from the Pick n Mix and have your own tasting session at home? 



Wine of the Week - Moreish MerlotDate published: 26/10/13

Wine of the week

Moreish Merlot...


Wakefield Merlot £8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles


This week's wine the spotlight is this award winning, Aussie merlot at a limited price of  £8.99You get a lot of wine for your money here and the gold award says it all.From the cool Clare valley this is a plummy, bramble laden Merlot with hints of violet and perfume. This is juicy, soft Merlot has a generous body and texture. Sure to warm you on these cold autumn evenings!

Enjoy with a hearty sausage and lentil casserole!

Kerri


Looking for a fruity, lightly oaked Chardonnay Date published: 24/10/13

Looking for a fruity, lightly oaked Chardonnay? ? 

Septimo Día Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza

Septimo Dia, meaning Seventh Day, combines hand-picked parcels of fruit from selected Parcels of fruit from Septima's Finest vineyards. 

This wine has featured on our tasting counter a few times since we have started stocking it, and for good reason!! 

For me the nose is particularly attractive and inviting as it is dominated by banana, mango and honey with a touch of vanilla and 'toasty' oak On the palate there is a continuation of tropical fruits which lean more towards fresh pineapple as well as a hint of apple. The acidity is very fresh and fruity and the finish is dry. This is an excellent wine that would please most people as it isn't too heavily oaked or acidic. 

Food Match: Try with a homemade fish pie.

Currently priced at £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more. 

Staff Pick... Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 NelsonDate published: 22/10/13

Staff Pick...

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Nelson

WAS £12.99 NOW £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Summer in a glass..

Trying to fight off the autumn showers? Theres never a wrong time to enjoy a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon. Here we have a fine example from Nelson. The wine has inviting aromas of cut grass, green apple and tart passion fruit On the palate you find more intense tropical fruits and zingy acidity. Lots of sunshine and a late ripening period ensures ripe picking and bags of flavour. 
Serve well chilled to enjoy this wine at its best or maybe with oysters if your feeling fancy!
No Fining Agents used, suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Wine of the Week!! Date published: 21/10/13

Wine of the Week

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009 Leyda Valley

WAS £11.99 NOW £8.99 when you buy 2 or more

Like Big, Bold Reds.....?

The Medalla Real collection represents the tremendous diversity and wealth of Chile's terroirs, influenced by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. This particular wine is made in the D.O 'Valle de Colchagua' and has been aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.On the nose you find deep concentrated fruits and lots of earthy spice- almost like smoked paprika. On the palate you find bags of intense fruit as well as cocoa beans. A long satisfying finish. Definitely up my street!!
Why not give it a try? 

The Magic of Fine Wine - Senejac shines...Date published: 18/10/13

The Magic of Fine Wine

The weeks fine wine treat for you is the beautiful Chateau Senejac from the Haut-Medoc. What a wine it is!

In classic Medoc style, this wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with a helping Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Verdot to give the wine structure.

This wine comes from the brilliant 2010 vintage meaning you can keep this in your cellar for a few years yet.

Aged for 15 months in oak, this wine is complex and balanced. You'll find black fruit in abundance with coffee and cigar box notes too.

Enjoy with a hearty beef bourgignon!

Santé!


Wine of the Week - Winter warmer...Date published: 15/10/13

Wine of the Week

Wakefield Estate Shiraz, Clare valley

£11.99

or buy 2+ bottles save £6

= £8.99

Now the winter is well on its way, we think this rich Aussie wine is a perfect winter warmer.

On a reduced price for 2 weeks, this wine is excellent quality and value.

The Clare Valley is a slightly cooler wine producing area in comparison to the likes of the hot Barossa. This enables the grapes to ripen slower, bringing about more complex flavours. In the glass you'll fuind lashings of blackberry and blackcurrant with hints of coffee, cloves and vanilla too. In true, Shiraz style, this wine has a full body but is approachable and elegant in its style. Pair with game pie for a seasonal match.

Enjoy!



Friday Food and Wine matchDate published: 11/10/13

Friday Food and Wine Match

It's been a long, stressful week and all you want to do is relax and enjoy some good food and wine. Good job this recipe takes only 10 minutes to rustle up!

A simple dish which is quick to create, yet with so much flavour and texture. On the menu  this week: pan fried hake with garlic.
I've taken inspiration from my recent trip to Haro, Spain where this dish and its accompanying wine are well-known locals.

The key here is good quality extra virgin olive oil so head out and buy a good bottle.


Start by heating your (regular) olive oil in the pan and putting your hake steak in, cooking for 3/4 minutes. Add plenty of garlic shavings to the mix and fry along with the hake for another couple of minutes ensuring golden but not burnt garlic. Take it off the heat and add a glug of your best extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Result? A super tasty and quick fish supper.

The only match for this rich,  garlicky number is Muga Blanco. This white Rioja is a beautiful, full bodied white with melon flavours, nutty notes and citrus hints. It's generous body, texture and weight  stands up to the meaty fish whilst the refreshing acidity cuts through the oil. Give it a go this weekend!


Kerri

Wine of the Week - Pedro's AmontilladoDate published: 09/10/13

£9.99 per bottle

Sherry is slowly coming back into fashion now and for good reason – the classic fortified wines of Jerez offer unparallelled complexity at a surprisingly low price and are a million miles away from the bottle of pale cream lingering in a kitchen cabinet. Pedro's is our new sherry range, produced exclusively for Majestic from small, boutique, family owned cellars (known as Almacenistas in Jerez) and are all in a traditional style, with more depth and complexity than other more mainstream sherries.

This wine is a great example of the amontillado style with a delicate nose of orange, a tiny hint of green apple and a lovely nutty touch. On the palate it's dry, fresh and rich with flavours of orange and hazelnut.

Serve just below room temperature with hard cheeses or mature cured meats – absolutely delicious. (But don't leave it open in a cupboard for a year!)


Rest, Relaxation and Rioja...Date published: 09/10/13



Beating sunshine and the smell of paprika kissed chorizo could only mean one thing...I had arrived in Haro, Rioja, Spain.

I was lucky enough to embark on an educational visit to the Rioja region just last week and what a place! Haro is a beautiful town in North west Rioja full of culture, great local food and of course fantastic wines!

Bodegas Muga was the highlight of the trip. A winery with huge global success and iconic wines, yet with a welcoming, family feel like no other.
What I loved about Muga was that the hard work and effort into winemaking was evident, the quality of the wines, consistent and the success of the wines global and yet everyone involved in the bodega loved their job and embraced each and every visitor to the winery. How refreshing to find a successful company with great credentials and a welcoming down to earth attitude! Equally as good though were the delicious Riojas. Here are a few of my highlights...



Muga Blanco 

£9.59 when you buy 2+ bottles

A barrel fermented rich white. This is full of melon and vanilla flavours. A full, rounded texture makes this a great match to food. Try with hake stuffed roasted peppers for a Riojan match.



Muga Especial

£19.99 when you buy 2+ bottles


Rich dense dark fruit and sweet spice with a full body, this is classic reserva Rioja. Enjoy now or keep for a few years to develop. At home with slow Roasted moroccan spiced lamb.



Prado Enea

£30.00
A beautiful and elegant Gran Reserva. A smooth, elegant wine full of sweet Spice...vanilla, cinnamon and clove to name a few alongside rich raisined fruit. Simply Rioja.

Open to taste now: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 05/10/13

£19 when you buy two bottles of selected fine wine (£24 single bottle price)

As a little treat on this autumnal weekend we've opened a cracking bottle of fine wine! The steely, elegant wines of Chablis are among the most famous produced in Burgundy. This example, from top producer Seguinot-Bordet originates from Fourchaume, one of the best Premier Cru vineyards, a stones throw from the Grand Cru vineyards.

On the nose it's fresh and elegant, with zesty citrus and green apple. On the palate the wine has a lovely texture with yet more citrus and apple. This wine's naturally high acidity and minerality lead to a long, fresh finish.

Enjoy now with seared scallops or keep for a few years to allow the wine to develop lovely honeyed notes.


Coney Pizzicato Martinborough PinotDate published: 20/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Martinborough Pinot Noir

£18 when you buy any two Selected Fine Wines (£23 single bottle price)

The latest round of our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine tastings – we have decided to re-familiarise ourselves with a Majestic classic in the form of the Coney Pinot Noir from Martinborough New Zealand.

Martinborough is the oldest New Zealand wine region for Pinot Noir, with vineyards planted in the 1970's – the Pinot's here have more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Malborough and Central Otago. With the Coney specifically, on the nose there is an aroma of black cherry, sweet spice and a slight smokiness which leads to vibrant, juicy fruit on the palate with a soft tannic structure.

Pinot Noir is great at this time of year when we start to see more game in our butchers – our Italian food enthusiast Kerri recommends pairing this with venison and wild boar tagliatelle.. 


Wine of the Week - Catena ChardonnayDate published: 17/09/13

£9.99 when you buy two bottles (£12.99 single bottle price)


Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's longest established wineries, producing wines in Mendoza since 1902. Fourth generation winemaker Dr Laura Catena blends this wine from parcels of grapes sourced from the family's high altitude vineyards.
On the nose there's lots of ripe tropical fruit with lashings of mango and apple and just a hint of creaminess. On the palate it's full bodied, intense, creamy and rich with lots of ripe mango, apple and banana. Extended oak ageing lends delicious spicy, toasty flavours. With a long finish, this is a serious wine at a great price.
Keep for 2-3  years or enjoy it now – roasting a chicken with paprika rubbed into the skin would be a perfect foil for this wine.

Fine Wine Friday - Tomás Postigo Crianza 2010, Ribera del DueroDate published: 13/09/13

£25.00 when you buy any two Selected Fine Wines (£30.00 single bottle price)

As it's our Wines of Spain tasting week we've decided to open this fantastic example of Ribera del Duero, a new addition to our Fine Wine promotion (buy two selected fine wines, save £10).

Whilst Rioja remains the best known Spanish wine, lesser known regions such as Toro, Priorat and Ribera del Duero are putting out some fantastic quality wines which are now starting to garner some serious critical recognition. The Ribera del Duero is a rugged, beautiful area towards the border with Portugal and specialises in making full bodied reds primarily from Tinto Fino (the local name for Tempranillo).

This wine is produced from more than 30 separate parcels of wine from vines grown at altitudes of 750-950m. The eventual  blend from the assembled parcels is 90% Tempranillo with the remaining 10% made up of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It's then aged in new French oak for 12 months.

Rich and perfumed on the nose with aromas of black fruit and pepper. This wine is full bodied and opulent on the palate with lashings of ripe fruit and toasty oak. Supremely well balanced with a lengthy finish, this is a wine to be savoured.

Cellar for 3-5 years or enjoy now with a meaty steak.

Wine match of the week - Bold BarbarescoDate published: 12/09/13

I love nothing more than rustling up a good meal and finding the perfect wine to match it. This week I've been experimenting in the kitchen and have found not only a favourite recipe but the perfect wine to match it.

On the menu was game tagliatelle. Homemade tagliatelle finished with a touch of black truffle butter, slow cooked rich mix of venison, wild boar and pheasant (courtesey of Chester market!) and plenty of rosemary, slow cooked onions and tomatoes. The match? A bold Barbaresco. The Nebbiolo grape variety (as in Barolo) full of red and dark cherries and savoury truffle notes. This one is bold and powerful yet elegant. The truffle flavours in the wine paired well with the flavours in the dish and the acidity of the wine cut through the richness of the game.

Treat yourself this weekend!

Barbaresco De Forville - £13.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Kerri's Wine of the Week - Powerful PortugueseDate published: 11/09/13

Wine of the week

Churchill Estate Douro

£11.49

buy 2+ Portuguese wines save 20%

=£9.99

Now that Autumn is slowly creeping up on us, my attention has turned to warming, powerful reds. This one is sure to do the job.

Since Port is Portugal's most popular export into the U.K, their still wines seem to get overlooked. I think though, that Portugal offers excellent value for money if full, bold and powerful reds are your thing. The Churchill estate is made from three of the key varieties that go in to making port- Touriga Nacional, Touirga Franca and Tinta Barroca. Unmistakably full bodied and brimming with dark cherries, bramble and vanilla spice. An elegant and well-made wine, this is the perfect match to slow cooked beef with chorizo and peppers.

Cheers!

Kerri

Fine Wine of the Week - Bargain or Bust?Date published: 06/09/13

Jermann Pinot Grigio

£18

when you buy at least two bottles from our fine wine offer,

Mix and Match! (£23 single bottle)

This week I was asked to do a tasting based on a bargain or bust theme. While big names such as Rioja, Chateauneaf-du-pape and Pouilly-Fume are always an easy choice, I decided to look further a field and hit the jackpot with this great value Pinot Grigio!!

While Pinot Grigio has a rather poor reputation as a light, neutral and quite frankly uninspiring wine, it is possible to find examples which buck the trend and offer you so much more! While the majority of commercial Pinot Grigio comes from the Trentino area of North East Italy, its neighbouring region Fruili is producing some fantastic rich and aromatic styles more commonly found in Alsace under the synonym of Pinot Gris. Harvesting the grapes later in the year and allowing the sugars to develop leads to an expressive and textured wine.

Anything but uninspiring, this wine is packed full of stone fruit, along with a burst of citrus on the nose. The palate has an almost velvet texture and is rich in ripe apricots and honey, leaving you with soft and refreshing acidic finish.

This wine deserves only the very best food match, pair this with a rich and creamy king prawn and pea risotto and you won't be disappointed!

Fine Wine WeekendsDate published: 01/09/13

Staff and customers alike mourned the demise of Fine Wine Fridays. They're back with a vengeance! Through September and October we'll have a bottle of fantastic of fantastic fine wine open every single weekend.

Come and taste every weekend - we'll have a variety open over the months - details of which wines are being opened can be found on our events calendar.

Wine of the Week: Errazuriz Wild Ferment ChardonnayDate published: 27/08/13

£10.39 when you buy two bottles of Chilean wine(£12.99 single bottle price)

Cool sea breezes along the Casablanca valley make this an ideal location for the cultivation of cool climate Chardonnay, producing exceptionally well balanced wines with ripe fruit and fresh acidity.

For this wine, Errazuriz choose to use just the natural wild yeast present in the grape skins for fermentation, rather than relying on cultivated yeast. 10% of the wine spends 10 months in French oak, adding a hint of toasty spice.

On the nose it's lively and fresh with green apple and a hint of citrus. On the palate it's ripe with more green apple and tropical fruit. There's a subtle spicy hit from the oak which also contributes a fantastic texture.

Enjoy this wine over the next few years with roast chicken. 

Pyramids, disco dancing and wine. Date published: 27/08/13

The History of Wine - Bite-size

Known more for their huge tombs, incestuous monarchy and well bound mummies, not forgetting their contribution to any Saturday night disco dance floor, the Egyptians were also the first major civilization too both produce and import wine on a grand scale. Throughout Ancient Egypt wine was seen as an important ceremonial sprit, as well as being loved as a cheeky tipple by the many Pharaohs and royals alike. While most of the lower classes lived on a diet of bread, fruits and beer, the royals took it upon themselves to plant vineyards along the Nile Delta in order to provide a healthy supply of grapes for their newly acquired taste for wine. 

      Wine also played an important role in preparing the dead for their journey to the afterlife, with clay amphoras being discovered with the remains of wine in wealthy Egyptians tombs. It also turns out that even in the hot Middle Eastern climates they were able to produce white wine, which was discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun who was obviously as partial to a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the garden as Majestic customers are! Most of what we know about their daily lives comes from the drawings and paintings from the tombs of wealthy Egyptians, however it is believed that wine played an important role in religious ceremonies long before the Bible was written. 

      The downfall of overindulgence was also known, with one contemporary writer suggesting that wine was the blood of those who had fought and loss against the gods and those who drank it would be crippled by madness and would lose their sense!. Nothing to do with the uncontrollable fermentation process producing wines of varies strengths and qualities then? Lets hope the Greeks fair a little better . . . 

Adam's recipe of the week with wine to matchDate published: 19/08/13

Recipe of the Week

The Ultimate Chilli Con Carne!
With mid-week football finally back on our screens, what better way to cheer on your team than with a juicy red wine or cooling beer and this homemade Mexican classic!! 
Ingredients - 
300g chuck steak, diced 300g minced beef 50g chorizo, finely chopped 2 medium red onions, finely chopped  2 celery sticks  2 fresh red chilli’s 1/2 tbsp chilli powder  1/2 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cinnamon   2 tbsp light brown sugar 2 x tinned chopped tomatoes  1 x tinned kidney beans 1 x tinned borlotti beans 50g 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate  2 limes  1 pomegranate  Large bunch of fresh coriander  Sour cream Rice & tortilla chips - to serve 

In batches, fry diced chuck steak until browned and then remove from pan. Then fry the minced beef until also browned and remove and set aside with chuck steak. In the same pan fry chopped onions, celery and chorizo until soft, but not brown.  Add the chopped chilli, chilli powder, smoked paprika and cinnamon and cook for further 2 minutes.  Return beef to the pan and add sugar, chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, borlotti beans, chopped coriander storks and bring to the boil. Then cover, reduce to a simmer over a low heat and cook for 2-3 hours.  Before serving season with salt and pepper, add the juice of 1 lime and stir grated chocolate into the chilli.  Serve with steam rice and garnish with sour cream, chopped coriander, pomegranate and a wedge of lime.   

Food and Drink Matches - 
To match the richness of the beef in this dish you need a wine that is big and fruity. For me you can’t beat an Argentinean red like the fantastic Portillo Malbec. A lovely intensely black fruited nose with a smooth lushes palate. A great week-night wine at just £7.99 when you buy two. If beer is more your thing, you won’t go far wrong with a bottle of Anchor Steam. Malty and with a slight sweetness before a lightly bitter finish, this is a great food and beer match. Grab a six pack for just £12.99 or four packs for just £9.99 each!

The History of Wine - Bite-sizeDate published: 17/08/13

Who discovered wine?

If you were to type ‘who discovered wine?’ into Google (as I have just done) you would discover that there are many who lay claim to first producing wine. On one hand you have biblical accounts of Noah and his sons making wine at the base Mount Ararat and Jesus playing all sorts of tricks with blood and wine to slate the thirst of his friends. . . and at times enemies.
On the other hand, Persian legend suggests that wine was discovered by accident after King Jamshid banished one of his many ladies from his court. Feeling unhappy and somewhat put out she took to the kings warehouse and drank from a bottle named ‘poison’. However, what she had actually drank was a jar containing grapes which had spoiled and fermented and by all accounts she had a delightful evening top off by a quick snog and kebab! Ok, so maybe not the last bit, but the king was so happy with her discovery that he welcomed her back with open arms and ordered that all grapes grown in Persepolis would be used to create wine!
While the Persian legend has an whiff of truth, in a so much as wine was probably discovered by accident, it is now believed that a fermented fruit based drink has been consumed from around 10,000 - 8,000 BC. Early man probably collected fruits, wild grains and barley, added water and left these to ferment in the sun, producing an intoxicating drink. However, with the discovery of what is believed to be the earliest winery in the mountains of the Black and Caspian sea, modern day Kurdistan and Eastern Turkey dated around 4100 BC, its clear that in a relatively short period the art of viticulture and vilification had made significant advances. It was the ancient Egyptians who made
the next important leap with wine . . . .

Fancy your own personalised tasting?Date published: 17/08/13

Missed one of our in-store tastings?
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wines from around the world or learn the best food and wine matches,
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Simply buy your wines and we will organise a complete tailor made
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Funky Label, Cracking Wine!!Date published: 17/08/13

Wine of the Week

Montes Twins

£9.59 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines

(£11.99 single bottle)

Over the last week or so we have had a couple of new wines come into the range, but this one from Chile really caught my eye. While the label may be very 'new' world in style, this is a serious wine and is really worth a try!

Named twins due to the use of both Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, two grapes with are more often used to produce single variety wines, the 50/50 split gives this wine two very different personalities. On one hand the Malbec provides raisin like aromas with a full and rich fruity palate, while the Cabernet Sauvignon provides a firm tannic structure and an almost menthol quality. Together they compliment each other perfectly, producing a wine that is both smooth and fruity with a fantastic firm structure. This is a wine that would really benefit from decanting to open the nose and gain its full potential.

For me this is my new steak night wine! Serve with a rare rib eye, minted garden peas and Match of the Day and I am in heaven!

Ribera Del Duero... The Modern Face of TempranilloDate published: 16/08/13

Conde de San Cristobal £13.99 when you buy 2 or more

As soon as I saw this New arrival on our shelves...I just had to try it. Ever a fan of the up-and-coming Ribera area of Spain, I wanted to see if this was up to standard -The Tempranillo grape, from the Duero valley but grown in extreme conditions. This is what sets Ribera del Duero apart. The winters are harsh, the summers tropical and the land steep. It is this unique topography and climate which create a wine of structure, intensity and concentration yet with elegance and balance. This one is no different-
It brimms with rich deep blackberry and dark plum fruit with bags of sweet spice.

I couldn't wait to tuck into mine but this is certainly a wine which will improve in years to come. So snap it up- enjoy now with slow cooked chorizo and roast peppers or keep it to mellow for 5-10 years. Snap it up..this gem will fly out!

Salut!

Kerri

Wine of the Week: Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2010Date published: 11/08/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)

Spain isn't all about Rioja – there's plenty of other regions that produce fantastic wine such as the Duero valley! This beautiful, rugged landscape is renowned for its full bodied reds. I was lucky enough to visit the area and stay in Hacienda Zorita itself last year, trying plenty of wine with local foods and tasting this wine again takes me straight back there!

100% Tempranillo matured in a mixture of new French and American oak, there's plenty of bramble fruit and toasty oak on the nose.

On the palate, this wine is medium-full bodied with lots of intense red and black fruit with toasty oak and sweet spice. Good acidity, firm tannins and a long finish make this a great wine with food.

My personal favourite dish to enjoy this wine with is a slow cooked chicken, chorizo and tomato stew. Tasty!

Wine of the week - Barbera d'Alba SuculéDate published: 05/08/13

Barbera is often over-shadowed by Piemonte's more renowned wines such as Barolo or Barbaresco, but can offer in some cases far superior value. As a grape variety expect fresh acidity with plum and black cherry in abundance, though with this example we find more depth, spice and a hint of darker Morello cherry.

I love this wine at most times of year – in winter it is warming enough to fight off the cold weather, but at this time of the year pair it with BBQ or pizza. Basically anything with bold herby flavours would be a good match. I had this wine last week with some award winning sage and onion sausages from Edge's of Hanbridge and was pretty content.

Chosen by Ben

Free Wine Tasting?Date published: 03/08/13

Free Wine Tasting?

At Majestic Wine Chester, we love nothing more than enjoying good wine. So why not join us on one (or all!) of our FREE wine tastings and explore the intriguing world of wine with us. Simple call on 01244 381118 or email che@majestic.co.uk to sign up.

The Wine Course

A 90 minute introduction to the world of wine. You'll learn how to taste wine like a professional, how to recognise a good bottle of wine and what to look out for when matching food and wine together.

Thursday 29 th August 6:30 – 8pm

Thursday 10th October 6:30 – 8pm

Thursday 14th November 6:30 – 8pm

Spotlight Tastings

A 30 minute fun, informal tour and tasting of the style of wine in question. Choose your slot either 12pm or 3pm.

Saturday 7th September – Chardonnay: It's influence on international styles

Saturday 14th September– Spain: Rioja and Beyond

Saturday 21st September - Sauvignon Blanc and interesting alternatives

Saturday 28th September – Syrah or Shiraz: It's influence on international styles

Did you know we can organise private wine tastings too? Great with colleagues as a team building exercise or simply with friends for a gathering. Speak to one of our team members to find out more.

A Marvellous day with Marques de Caceres . . .Date published: 01/08/13

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited on an educational trip to one of Rioja’s most highly regarded bodegas, Marques de Caceres. Already a massive fan of all things Spanish and with the chance to visit the vineyards of Spain’s most iconic wine region, I couldn’t wait!

Foundered in the 1970s by Enrique Forner, Marques de Caceres has become a pioneer of the Rioja Alta region and know to produce some of the Spain’s greatest wines. Quality and passion are the corner stone of this bodega and this could be seen from the warehouse to the board room. In recent years the winery has installed state of the art wine making technology which has allowed Caceres, not only produce traditional red wine, but also award winning whites and rose. 

What really stood out for me was that while Marques de Caceres has a very traditional image, their wines are produced for a modern world. 

Having the chance to try the whole range was fantastic, however there were a couple which really stood out for me. . . 

Marques de Caceres Crianza 2009

The corner stone of Marques de Caceres, their crianza makes up the largest proportion of the winery output. Produced from vineyards aged between 20-25 years old, this crianza can best be described as a ‘terroir’ wine, incapsulating the essence of Rioja. Dark ruby in colour, with bold aromas of raspberries, cherry and a hint of vanilla. On the palate this wine is well structured with nice minerality and a lasting finish.  Best served with suckling pig or sweet red pepper stuffed with hake. 

Marques de Caceres Antea 2011

When you think of Rioja you almost certainly think of red wine, however Marques de Caceres has become pioneers in the production of refreshing and interesting whites. What sets this wine apart is the use of oak. Fermented on its lees and aged in new oak imparts a subtle, but welcoming richness to both the texture and flavour of this wine. Walking a fine balance between fresh grapefruit and pears, along side roast almonds and single cream, this wine keeps changing and improving in the glass. This very food friendly wine matches well with rich seafood dishes and light cheeses. 

Marques de Caceres Gaudium 2005

Produced from low yielding vineyards which age between 50-80 years old, the Gaudium is Caceres premium fine wine and the perfect special occasion bottle. Once the grapes have been vinified the wine is placed in brand new french oak for 16-20 months and then aged for a further 24 months in bottle producing a complex yet elegant wine. Rich in body and full of black cherry and coffee this wine has a well balanced structure and well integrated tannins. Drinking well now, but could improve over the next decade. Match with rare beef shoulder or mature Cabrales cheese. 

Wine of the Week - Amalaya de Colomé Malbec BlendDate published: 31/07/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles (£10.99 single bottle price)

Argentina has adopted Malbec as its signature red grape and the Amalaya represents a really interesting and tasty expression of the grape from one of the oldest producers in Argentina.

Malbec is famed for its rich ripe black fruit – this example takes about 70% Malbec and blends it with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat to give additional depth and complexity.

On the palate this wine is full bodied and rich with lots of ripe black fruit. Shiraz adds a hint of peppery spice while the tannat gives a smoky complexity. Fine tannins and a lovely long finish make this a great wine for food pairing.

Enjoy this rich wine over the next few years with rich meaty dishes!

New Wine of the Week - Totally Tuscany...Date published: 25/07/13


Morellino di Scanscano

Poggioargentiera

£11.99 or buy 2+ bottles save 20%

=£9.59

Ever a fan of a good Italian red, I thought this one stood up to the accolade of wine of the week this week.

The name Morellino comes from the clone of Sangiovese used in this wine. From Southern Tuscany, this wine is quintessentially Italian. The glass brims with red and black cherry fruit and hints of ripe strawberries!

Perfect with an array of classic Italian cuisine. Try with a charcuterie platter for a great match or simply on its own in the sunshine!

Salute!

Kerri

Chester's Summer Delights...Date published: 25/07/13

Our Pick of the bunch for summer!

Need a little inspiration for summer sipping? Look no further, our expert team have hand picked their favourite summer tipples...

Adam's choice – Albarino Caixas £6.99 (when you buy 2+ bottles)

A peachy, light and fresh number, this wine offers great value for money. Perfect aperitif or enjoyed with seafood!”

Mike's Choice – Peyrassol Rose - £9.99(when you buy 2+ bottles)

Every summer occasion has to have some Provence Rosė. The Peyrassol, for me, is perfectly Provence. Dry and crisp with flavours of peach and nectarine and a mouthfilling texture.”

Kerri's Choice – Chapel Down Brut £17.99

A refreshing alternative to Champagne. This English sparkler is light and fresh and very elegant. A must have aperitif to start the garden party.”

Ben's Choice – Chateau de la terriere Beaujolais Villages - £7.99(when you buy 2+ bottles)

Such a summery red, this Beaujolais is light, and full of cherry flavours. Perfect enjoyed chilled or with a charcuterie platter.”

Perrier-Jouët... Perfect JulyDate published: 24/07/13

Perrier-Jouët... Perfect July

I was lucky enough to embark on a educational trip to the Champagne house of Perrier-Jouët in Epernay, France last week. And what a couple of days! Champagne-a-flowing and sun shine-a-shining! What else could you want from a two day trip to Champagne? It wasn't all about the Champagne sipping...we also had some visits to the Champagne cellars, vineyards and even a stay in...gasp... Maison Belle Epoque!

What I really took away with me from the visit though was the creativity and hard work that goes into the Champagne we know as Perrier-Jou
ët. They really steer clear from the mass produced characterless champagne that appeals to the masses, rather they seek balance and elegance in their Champagne. Whilst a picture of deep rooted tradition, they are willing to change, evolve and innovate with the times creating a modern expression of their historic Champagne. Whilst Perrier-Jouët isn't the richest, fullest of Champagnes, it is the product of talented and creative winemakers who strive for elegance and excellence. The creativity can be seen even in their decorative bottles of showy Japanese flowers...even my en-suite bathroom was spruced with elegant hand painted floral designs!

The two wines from the range which really stood out to me have to be the Perrier-Jou
ët Grand Brut and of course the Belle Epoque 2004.

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut - £35(when you buy 2+ bottles)

Elegant and delicate, this champagne is full of ripe pear flavours alongside an integrated citrus streak. A silky, light body with a delicate mousse makes this the perfect aperitif. The citrus notes and refreshing acidity mean it would partner well with noix st Jacques - Scallops to you and me.

Belle Epoque2004 - £99 (when you buy 6+ bottles)

The Belle Epoque is a different beast..rich, complex and toasty. Being a vintage it has aged for six years on its lees. This extended lees ageing brings a nose of bread and brioche and a creamy texture and yet the wine still boasts an elegant and clean palate. So at £99 a bottle it isn't for everyday drinking, but this is a wine with the elegance, finesse and complexity for the deserving occasion. Enjoy as I did chez Maison Belle Epoque with a rich poultry dish in a creamy, herby sauce and good friends.


Santé!



Wine of the Week - Tautavel Arago 21Date published: 20/07/13

Tautavel Arago 21
Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Gérard Bertrand

£8.49 when you buy two bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)

The Arago caves in Tautavel were the site of archaeological excavations revealing fossilised bones of prehistoric man. Arago 21 was the reference number given to the skull of a man believed to have died at least 400,000 years ago.

Thankfully, despite the slightly morbid story behind the name, this wine is young and fresh! From renowned producer Gérard Bertrand, roughly equal quantities of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan go towards making this wine. A deep ruby colour in the glass, the nose is all brooding dark fruit, with dried herbs and just a hint of tobacco leaf. On the palate this wine is full bodied, with yet more intense dark fruit. Grippy tannins and a lengthy finish make this a great match for a meat rich barbecue!

Perfect with some herby sausages and a steak straight off the grill- yum!

Wine of the Week - Perfect ProvenceDate published: 15/07/13

Wine of the Week

Chateau Barthés Rose

£11.99 or buy 2+ save £4

=£9.99

With the glorious sun beating down over Chester, what better wine to enjoy the summer than with a light and delicate Rose?

Produced on the Mediterranean coast in one of the top spots of Provence, Bandol creates refreshing rosés with slightly more body than its Provence counterparts.

On the nose, a mouth watering floral aroma with hints of perfume. The palate is clean and noticeably fuller, with fresh summer fruits and a pleasing finish.

Enjoy with seared tuna steak and Mediterranean roast vegetables

Cheers!

Wine of the Week - A Galician GreatDate published: 10/07/13


Montenovo Godello

£10.99 or buy 2+ save £2

= £9.99

The sun is finally shining over Chester and I can't think of a better way to enjoy it than with a lovely chilled glass of this Godello in hand. An interesting variety form the cool area of Galicia in North West Spain. It is the cool maritime influence here that is the driving factor in the elegance and balance of this wine. And what a wine. It is dry and crisp with pear and citrus flavours. The palate is clean with a generous texture and refreshing acidity.

At home with simple tapas style dishes such as anchovies or calamares. Equally at home with your BBQ'd seabass this weekend!

Cheers!

Curious about Brews? Beer Tasting - Chester ExclusiveDate published: 07/07/13

At Majestic Chester, we're really passionate about well made craft beers and ales. Why not join us in store on Saturday 27th July at 3pm for your chance to sample our latest arrivals and some old favourites? 

Wine of the Week - Summer in a glassDate published: 05/07/13

Wine of the Week

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

£10.99 or buy 2+ bottles save 20%

= £8.79

This weekends sunshine calls for a chilled glass of something summery! Enter this week's wine of the week...Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.

A lively glass of gooseberries, lemons and grassy notes. A crisp palate and generous texture set this wine apart. Perfect for a warm summer's evening or great matched with BBQ'd seabass.

Enjoy!

New Wine of the Week - Rioja RelevationDate published: 02/07/13

CUNE Rioja Reserva

£13.99 or buy 2+ save £8

=£9.99

This week's wine of the week is a new found love of mine... Ever a fan of a rich and complex red, I would normally venture to the Languedoc Rousillion region to find it. My Majestic colleagues have encouraged to venture to the world of Rioja and I've not looked back yet. There is something about the unmistakable oaky, sweet spice aroma that sets Rioja apart.

This one is no different. A glass full of brambly fruit alongside sweet vanilla and clove and good helping of coffee. A full body, complex flavours and a long finish make it great value at under £10.

There is no better food match than slow cooked Moroccan lamb! Try it this weekend.

Cheers!

Kerri

New local brewery 'TicketyBrew' at Majestic Chester!Date published: 02/07/13

Finally... after first trying this along side TicketyBrew's master brewer a few months ago, I have been dying to get my hands on a case of this fantastic new Pale Ale. Brewed in tiny quantities on a small industrial estate in Manchester, this is a brewer who is going far!!!

Styled on the ever popular American Pale Ales, such as Sierra Nevada and Odell, this is a beer packed full of fresh citrus hops and a complex spicy character. However, what's most exciting about this is that it's bottle conditioned and freshly brewed. This means that as the beer stays in contact with the live yeast in the beer, it will continue to develop and only get better. If you love Brooklyn lager, Anchor Steam or Curious Brew, this is a beer for you!!

£22.80 per 12 bottle case, as part of our ale Multi-buy deal or £25.80 per case.

We also have just one case of another really exciting Belgium style Dubbel from the same brewery. This rich, dark ale is not a beer to be underestimated at a hefty 6.5% ABV. Bitter dark chocolate and a peppery finish makes this a great alternative at the end of a meal to port or coffee. If your looking for a new beer experience... look no further.

£24 per 12 bottle case, as part of our ale Multi-buy deal or £27 per case

Sherry - Not just for ChristmasDate published: 30/06/13

Having recently studied for my fortified wine exam (tastings included!), I have found a new love in the wine world - Sherry! It offers something for every occasion ...the chilled aperitif, the food friendly tipple and the sweet one to finish a meal. Sherry not only offers a complex, interesting wine but it really is superb value for money! It has a complex and lengthy ageing process and yet one of my favourites still comes in at £7.99 a bottle. A real bargain! Sherry is such a food friendly drink and the new trend of sherry and tapas bars which are popping up all over London are really driving a new trend for the Sherry industry.

Here are a few of my favourites...

La Gitana Manzanilla £7.99 – The driest style of sherry. Full of bready citrussy notes. Enjoy simply chilled on its own or with a helping of almonds.

Manzanilla Pastrana £11.99 – This is a single vineyard, award winning Manzanilla. Complex and bursting with orange and apple peel and a rich almond note.

Amontillado Hidalgo - £12.99 A rich, nutty yeasty dry Amontillado. Full of oxidative character. A great pairing to a rich paté.


Try something new.

LVMHeavenDate published: 26/06/13

On what can only be described as a muggy Monday afternoon, I was lucky enough to attend a tasting of Moët Hennessy prestige range at their UK HQ in London. A short 5 minute walk from the tube station takes you towards a row of leafy Georgian houses, flooded with Aston Martins and flash city suits. However the entrance to one of the biggest producers of luxury and prestige products, is rather understated. 
After signing in and being handed the menu of wines, Champagnes and sprits up for tasting, I knew I was in for a treat! Recently released Dom Perignon 2004, Krug Vintage, Dom Ruinart Blanc 2002 and Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 were just the tip of the iceberg. 
Through the next room a fantastic set of fine wines produced within the Toro region of North West Spain, along with a weighty Argentinean fruit bomb with rich sweet spice. Finally, Glenmorangie Signet, Belvedere unfiltered Vodka and Hennessy’s premium cognac priced at a staggering £1500 per bottle!!
While all where amazing in their own way, here are my top 3 . . . . .
1) Dom Ruinart 2002 Blanc de Blancs: 
Quite simply the best Champagne I tasted! 2002 was a fantastic year for the growers of the Grand Cru sites of the Montagne de Reims where these rich and acidic Chardonnay grapes are harvested. An elegant mousse, with aromas of pear, white peach and blossom. On the palate that rich clotted cream like texture along with unmistakeable chardonnay boldness. Champagne at its best!!!
£140 single bottle or £126 per bottle when you buy a case of six.  
2) Hennessy Paradis Imperial:
Ok, so I have to point out from the start that while this is by far the finest spirit I have ever tasted, the price, a cool £1500 per bottle puts this into the realms of a once in a life time drink. Created in 2011, Paradis, is a blend of over 140 Cognacs from a family going back 7 generations. Rich and complex aromas of spice, honeysuckle along with floral notes and red berry. In the mouth this cognac is silky and viscous, hints of cinnamon and cardamon give way to candid and dry fruit, with a smooth lengthy finish. 
3) Numanthia 2009:
 Situated in North West Spain in Castilla y Leon close to the Portuguese border. The up and coming region of Toro is starting to produce fine wines and this wine is no exception. Produced from 50 year old, low yielding Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) vines which are producing high quality wines. A high concentration of ripe black fruit and dark chocolate along with firm but integrated tannins which will only help to improve the wine with age.  £35 single bottle. 
All in all, not a bad way to spend a Monday afternoon!

New Wine of the week - Perfectly Provence...Date published: 25/06/13

The sun is shining and we're cracking open the rosé to celebrate!

This has to be our best selling rosé of the summer so far. Classic Provence in style (including the bottle!),the M de Minuty is elegant, balanced and delicately pink. Full of peachy notes and citrussy tones with lovely floral hints too! Perfectly dry on the palate with a generous texture. This is your go to summer rosé- perfect chilled enjoyed in the sunshine or very versatile paired with food.

A great pairing would be a buffalo mozerella and tomato salad.

Cheers!

Moreish MoncayoDate published: 25/06/13

Garnacha Moncayo

£9.99 or buy 2+ bottles save4 £4

= £7.99

This weeks wine in the spotlight is a perfect sipper whether the sun stays out or not – great value, very approachable and even works slightly chilled!

This wine shows exactly what the North of Spain can do with the Grenache variety. As the label depicts, the grapes come from bush trained vines which both help to reflect the heat from the ground and shade the berries from sunburn.

The glass brims with wild berries and red fruit flavours. A floral lift to the flavour and a mid body makes this wine a winner! Try slightly chilled with a charcuterie platter or a perfect partner to chorizo and butterbean casserole.

It's not just us enjoying this offering, Olly Smith recommended it on Saturday Kitchen too!

ENJOY!

Everything's looking Rosé!Date published: 21/06/13

Everything's looking Rosé!

Nothing says summer quite like a chilled glass of rosé in the garden after a hard days work. At Majestic Chester, we love nothing more. Rosé is so such a versatile tipple..perfect with tuna steak, light salads or enjoyed with friends.With plenty of new arrivals and a fantastic rosé range this summer, we want to share them with you. So join us for our informal and fun tasting tutorial on Saturday (29th June). As ever it is completely free! Simply let us know if you would like to come along and join us at either 12 or 3pm for a 45 minute tasting tutorial!

What? 45 minute rosé tutorial

Where? In store

When? Saturday 29th June @ 12 or 3pm

The must have wines this summer!Date published: 21/06/13

The Experts word...

Our customers always tell us how good our wines are and our staff can't get enough of them either! It seems the experts quite like our range too. So join in and try the pick of the bunch...

Corte Alta Prosecco NV only £7.99

A typically fun, uncomplicated prosecco, this has a classic explosive sherbet-fountain

frothiness and sweet pear and apple fruit, plus a cleansing sweep of citrus. It's not madly

complex, but then nor is it meant to be: ideal as an inexpensive summer-evening postwork

pick-me-up.” The Observer – David Williams – 16th June

2012 Vinalba Seleccion Torrontes £7.99when you buy 2 + bottles

A winery that is best known for its great value Argentinean reds, Viñalba can strut its

stuff with white grapes too. This is a classically aromatic example of Torrontés,

Argentina's adopted white grape, with lemon peel and sherbet flavours, bright acidity and

a hint of lime zest.www.timatkin.com – Tim Atkin – 14th June

Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire, Famille Negrel £8.99 when you 2+ bottles

Some Provencal rosés are quite expensive for what they really are, but this typical blend

of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah is perfect for less than a tenner. Subtle herbal and tart

fruit flavours, dry and slightly spicy and bliss to drink ice-cold, with bouillabaisse, on a

warm evening.

The Wines of Marisco – it's not just Ned Sauvignon!Date published: 13/06/13

If you've shopped at Majestic, you'll have probably tried the Ned Sauvignon Blanc – it's our best selling wine.

Its creator Brent Marris is a Marlborough legend with an impressive CV (chief winemaker at Oyster Bay, creator and winemaker of Wither Hills) and Marisco is his current venture, producing wines of fantastic quality that offer great value for money – here's a few you really ought to try.

In The Ned range why not try...

The Ned Pinot Grigio £7.99

One of our favourite wines in Chester, this is an absolutely fantastic wine for summer. Leaving the grapes to get really ripe in the sun lends a very delicate salmon pink blush to the wine and gives it fantastic aromatic intensity. Quite rich and full on the palate, there's ripe tropical and stone fruit and fresh acidity. Try it with slightly spicy dishes – think marinated salmon fresh off the barbecue.

The Ned Pinot Noir £9.99

Classic Marlborough Pinot – medium bodied with subtle smokiness and spice on the palate, this is ideal as a lighter bodied red over summer. Try it with duck breast – a match made in heaven!

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 (half bottle)

The Noble Sauvignon Blanc is a multi award winning sweet wine – fairly light in body but intensely sweet, and with incredibly rich fruit from the 6 month fermentation process. Ideal with a cheese board.

Launched in 2009, the King's series is the next step up from the Ned range:

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc £9.99

The King's Favour is a real staff favourite. Lively, fresh and intense, there's loads of stone fruit, green pepper and herbaceousness on the nose. Zesty and intense on the palate, it's the perfect partner to light seafood dishes.

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris £9.99

A subtle and elegant wine, the rich body and slightly off dry palate are expertly balanced by high acidity and a very gentle spritz. Lovely floral aromas on the nose and lots of ripe peach on on the palate. Try it with grilled prawns.

The Sticky End £12.79 (half bottle)

Trying this wine side by side with the Ned Noble Sauvignon is quite interesting! Some oak ageing lends additional body and complexity to the Sticky End and just a tiny hint of spice. A great and versatile sweet wine that's equally at home with chocolate brownies or a mature blue cheese!

(All prices when you buy two or more NZ wines)

Wine of the Week: Domaine Saint Ferréol ViognierDate published: 13/06/13

£10.99 when you buy two bottles (£12.49 single bottle price)

Viognier is becoming increasingly popular as people look for something a little bit different. Classically, it produces the elegant yet aromatic white wines of Condrieu in the Northern Rhône – this example from the South of France is a great value alternative.

Beautifully aromatic on the nose, there's intense ripe fruit and hints of honeysuckle. On the palate there's delicious stone fruit, with a clean, mineral freshness and great length. Spending some time in oak lends this wine a rich texture that makes it particularly capable for food pairing.

Really versatile when it comes to food matching – try it with griddled sea bass and fennel or honey and ginger glazed chicken.

New Wine of the Week - Sauvignon sophistication...Date published: 08/06/13

Wine of the Week

Pouilly Fume Jean Vincent

£11.99 buy 2+ bottles save £4

= £9.99

We've chosen this classic Pouilly Fume for you this week because at £9.99 it really offers superior quality at a great price.

Classic in style, this Pouilly Fume is elegant and clean. The glass bursts with citrus fruit and grassy aromas. On the palate it is concentrated with a rich texture and refreshing acidity. Enjoy chilled, with good friends in the Chester sunshine!

For a great food match try with seabass and fennel on your BBQ!

Cheers!



Wine of the Week: Black Cottage Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/06/13

£8.99 when you buy two bottles of NZ wine (£11.24 single bottle price)

As it's currently our New Zealand tasting week, we thought it would be the perfect time to showcase this classic example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

This effort comes from head winemaker David Clouston who honed his skills at wineries all around the world before finally returning home to his native New Zealand.

On the nose this wine is classic Marlborough with tons of gooseberry and tropical fruit. This continues on the palate with lashings of passionfruit and lychee. There's a slight hint of grassiness to add complexity and crisp, refreshing acidity.

Enjoy this now with shellfish and a simple salad.

Wine of the Week: Castelmaure CorbieresDate published: 29/05/13

Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2009 Corbières


£9.99 when you buy two or more

£11.99 for a single bottle


A classic Southern French blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan from the village of Embres-et-Castelmaure, near Corbières. This wine is produced by the village cooperative from grapes hand-picked from 760 local plots, some of whose vines are up to 80 years old.

The nose is full of jammy black fruits and cassis, with an earthy richness provided by notes of thyme and herbs. A full body and soft, juicy tannins give the wine a rich texture, with a palate of damson and dark cherries, alongside savoury notes of thyme, spice, and a hint of smokiness.

A perfect food wine, Les Hauts de Castelmaure will drink beautifully alongside a hearty casserole.

Bank Holiday SpecialsDate published: 21/05/13

Starting today (21st) we have launched some Bank Holiday special offers which run until Monday 3rd June - these include some Majestic Chester customer favourites such as:


Macon Lugny Louis Latour £7.99*

Georges Duboeuf Beajolais Villages £5.99*

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Chapoutier £7.99*

Taittinger Brut NV £25

*prices valid when buying 2 or more

Get your orders in while stocks last!


Wine of the Week - DogajoloDate published: 16/05/13

Dogajolo Carpineto 2011/2012, Toscana

After a few false starts, Summer seems to finally be beginning and to celebrate, here is the latest vintage of a popular innovative “Baby Tuscan” classic, a fine example of modern Tuscan blending.

Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a majority (70%) of the native Sangiovese to create this great value Tuscan red. Soft, with an intense fruit flavour, the Dogajolo combines the elegance and complex flavours given by oak-aging with the fragrant fresh fruit of a younger wine. It's soft on the palate with a smooth finish.

This wine is a great all-rounder. Best enjoyed with a rich stew, cold meats or even just with pizza.

Domaines Begude & Ste. Rose - An Evening of Languedoc WinesDate published: 15/05/13

Last night a group of Majestic staff members from the north of England gathered in drizzly central Manchester to attend a tasting hosted by  James Kinglake and Charles Simpson, the respective owners of Domaine Begude and Domaine Sainte Rose. Both are English winemakers producing a range of wines in the Languedoc and travelled over to give Majestic staff a chance to try a few of their wines (some of which we stock, and some that we don't). 

James and Catherine moved to France from London and bought Domaine Begude in 2003. Their winemaking philosophy is to avoid too much external interference with the wine, eschewing weedkilling chemicals in favour of weeding by hand - later this year their entire production is to be certified organic.

The first wine we tried was the Le Bel Ange Chardonnay (£8.99) - a crisp, refreshing, unoaked Chardonnay (with just a hint of Chenin Blanc). Grown at fairly high altitude, cold winds from the Pyrenees allow for a longer growing season and allow fruit to ripen without losing acidity. On the nose it's lively and fresh, with a clean, zingy palate making it a great apértif or a match with light fish dishes.

Next was the Pinot Noir Rosé (£8.99) - a lovely light, dry, delicate rosé wine. 100% Pinot Noir, picked at night and kept cool to maintain acidity, it's matured in stainless steel to keep it light and fresh. On the nose there's delicate red fruit, confected strawberry and just a hint of blossom. On the palate it's lovely and fresh with plenty of fruit and a nice long finish - perfect for a glassful in the sunshine.

We tried L'Etoile - their top Chardonnay. Eagle eyed customers will have snapped it up when we had a little bit in stock as part of a parcel. Matured in large oak demi-muids, it's full and rich, bursting with ripe fruit and buttery toasty oak. If you're a fan of oaked Chardonnay, this has to be one of the best I've tried with a rich body yet still fresh acidity.

We also a couple of more experimental wines produced in very small quantities just for fun - "Le Secret de Sud" - a Gewurztraminer which was bursting with flavours of lychees and rose petal with a lovely lingering finish and their "Exotique" - a delicious Gruner Veltliner which was fresh and incisive with a lingering finish of white pepper.

Moving onto the wines from Dom. Ste. Rose that Charles had brought along the contrast was amazing. Despite being just 100 miles apart the climate, soil and overall terroir are very different. At Dom. Ste. Rose they plant a lot of Rhone varietals - giving rise to come really interesting wines with loads of texture. As a Chemistry graduate and general science nerd, I found some of the more advanced techniques they employ very interesting. By picking different parcels of grapes at differing levels of ripeness and allowing wine to oxidise slightly more by limiting the amount of time it spends under protective atmospheres, they are able to gain a variety of base wines to blend together.

First we tried "Le Vent du Nord" (£6.99) - a blend of Chardonnay & Rousanne. Some of the Rousanne spent time in French oak and lends loads of weight and texture to the wine. Slightly oily with a hint of toasty oak, this wine would be ideal with pork.

Next we tried "Le Marin Blanc" (£7.99) - a blend of Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier. Aromatic and up-front on the nose, the palate is well rounded and fresh - a good match for chicken dishes.

"La Garrigue" (£6.99) is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. You can immediately pick up the pepper of the Syrah. Full bodied but well balanced, you could really pick up a lovely herbal note. By practicing co-inoculation, they're able to produce a wine with low volatile acidity that ages well but is still really enjoyable in youth.

Finally we tried their Cote-Rotie style Syrah Viognier blend "Le Pinacle". Deep and brooding in the glass, it was immensely full bodied and rich with ripe dark fruit and peppery spice. It took a large wedge of salami to neutralise the very chunky tannins!

As we had a brief chat about the wines, a glass of 2006 100% Rousanne from Dom. Ste. Rose appeared. It's always an interesting treat to try aged white wines. An oxidative nose led into a wonderfully full bodied, complex and nutty palate with an incredibly long finish - really fascinating and a lovely wine to round off the evening.

Thanks to James and Charles for hosting a great evening and I'd encourage you to follow them on Twitter - @DSRCharles and @Begude

Fine Wine at House Wine Prices – buy two save £8Date published: 13/05/13

At Majestic we have a very broad selection of fine wine (apparently we list more than 1000!) and think that a great bottle is the perfect accompaniment to a special occasion or just a lovely indulgent treat once in a while.

Our new promotion is a fantastic way to try some of these outstanding wines – buy any two from a selection of our fine wines and save £8! We think there's something to suit everyone's taste but here's four of our favourites.

Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2011, Séguinot-Bordet £22 £18 when you buy two selected fine wines.

Fourchaume is one of the best premier cru vineyards in Chablis – lying on the north bank of the river Serein just a mile north of the grand cru sites. This example from Séguinot-Bordet is fresh, incisive  and fantastic quality.

With crisp fruit, mouth watering acidity, subtle oak and intense, steely minerality this is an absolutely classic example of Chablis. It can be enjoyed now in its youth (try it with sea bass) but if you give it a year or two it will begin to develop even more complexity.

Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004, La Rioja Alta £22 £18 when you buy two selected fine wines.

From the famed bodega, the Viña Ardanza is a textbook Rioja and consistently one of our most popular fine wines. There's layers of rich, ripe fruit and spice, toasty oak, a lovely velvety texture and a long, lingering finish. The perfect match to Sunday roast lamb.
The Viña Ardanza is rewarding now but in a couple of years there'll be even more complexity and earthy notes.

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011, Two Hands £22 £18 when you buy two selected fine wines.

If you like big Aussie Shiraz you'll love this! Two Hands are a boutique winery founded in 2001 who aim to showcase the best of every region of Australia. The Gnarly Dudes is sourced from old vines across the best sites in the Barossa valley.
On the nose it's deep and brooding, with tons of dark fruit and peppery spice. On the palate it's unashamedly full with rich, ripe fruit, spice and toasty oak. Try it with a steak now or in the next 10 years!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009, Mont Redon £26 £22 when you buy two selected fine wines.
The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are without doubt the best known of the Rhône valley, famed for their rich, full bodied style. Vignoble Abeille produce a classic style of  Châteauneuf and 2009 was a great  Rhône vintage – making this a great choice for fans of big, rich reds.
Beautifully balanced on the palate, there's tons of rich, dark fruit and hints of sweet spice. Enjoy in the next 5 years with rich meat dishes.

Wine of the Week- The King's Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/05/13

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

Wine maker Brent Maris, a big name on the New Zealand wine scene, and one of the first to recognise the potential of New Zealand Sauvignon, makes our best selling 'The Ned' Sauvignon.

This wine is a step up, with a real richness of flavour, and multi-layered gooseberry and exotic fruit. Ideally refreshing on a summer day, with its crisp mouthfeel yet intense fruit.

Enjoy paired with creamy scallops or king prawns in garlic and herb butter.

Wine of the Week - Gavi 2012, La ToledanaDate published: 30/04/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles of Italian wine (£9.99 single bottle price)

Piemonte is probably most famous for the brooding red wines of Barolo but the deliciously light and crisp wines of Gavi produced from the Cortese grape are becoming increasingly popular and this is a textbook example from this beautiful region at the foot of the Alps. It's fantastic as a fresh summer wine and it's just come on offer!

On the nose there's fresh citrus, ripe peach and a lovely hint of honey. Fresh and light on the palate, there's yet more ripe peach and fresh citrus and lovely balance provided by a clean, fresh minerality and a long finish.

Enjoy it well chilled in the sunshine or with a simple seafood and cherry tomato pasta dish.

Wine of the Week- Caixas Godello 2012, Martín CodaxDate published: 25/04/13

Godello is a grape which is a rising star in Galicia, which is also home to its more famous cousin Albariño. Brought to you by one of the most respected Bodegas, Martin Codax, this is a very exciting new wine to our range, at a wallet friendly price!

The name of the wine- 'Caixas' refers to the crates that are used to transport grapes to the winery, illustrating the fact that as well as being handpicked the grapes have been carefully transported. This helps to preserve the aromas and flavours.

This shines through with the uplifting lemon, pear and wild flower aromas, and the crunchy apple, lush melon and floral palate.

This wine would pair beautifully with gambas pil pil, patatas bravas and other mouthwatering tapas dishes.

Wine of the Week - Fremondo Greco 2012, SannioDate published: 18/04/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)

This week, we're featuring a wine that's new to our range. Greco is a grape variety grown sparingly in the south of Italy capable of producing aromatic, elegant white wine that's perfect for enjoying in the sunshine that we're now starting to occasionally see.

On the nose this wine is beautifully aromatic, with delicate aromas of peach and blossom. On the palate it really shines, with more peach and apricot flavours. It's quite full bodied but has really fresh acidity and a lovely long mineral finish.

Deliciously fresh and vibrant, this wine is a great match for richer fish dishes – try it with pan fried salmon with a tarragon butter sauce.

Wine of the Week: La Grange des Combes 2011, St-Chinian-Roquebrun Date published: 11/04/13

£8.99 when you buy two bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)

St-Chinian-Roquebrun is a small sub-appelation found on mountainous terrain in the foothills of the Cévennes producing wines from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. This wine joined our range late last year and sold out in Chester in its very first weekend so it's a delight to see it back in stock!

On the nose there's plenty of dark fruit, lifted by a hint of red fruit and lovely herbal and savoury smoky notes. Full bodied, ripe and rich on the palate, there's yet more dark fruit with a lovely savoury edge. Well rounded tannins and a long finish make it a great wine to match food with.

Enjoy over the next couple of years with hearty food – try it with a spicy stew.

Wine of the week Georges Duboeuf JulienasDate published: 04/04/13

Julienas Flower Label 2009, Georges Duboeuf

Buy 2 save £6 = £8.99 Single bottle price = £11.99

The Cru village of Julienas, named after Julius Ceasar, was probably the first place vines were planted in Beaujolais, by Roman settlers.

George Duboeuf took up this wine making tradition in 1957, and continues to produce excellent wines throughout Beaujolais, that seek to represent the terroir.

This example has delicious complex smoky hints on the nose, with fragrant peonies, violets and dark fruit.

With its fine structure, yet light tannins, it will match well with cold cuts such as honey glazed ham- the perfect picnic wine!

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.

Wine of the Week: Rioja Gran Reserva - Vina EguiaDate published: 26/03/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)

Rioja is always a great wine for food matching – with styles to match almost every dish. This is a great wine to match up with an Easter lunch and is always a staff favourite at Majestic Chester!

Sourced from vineyard sites with vines averaging 40 years in age, this wine spends 30 months in oak and 36 months in bottle before release, producing classical Rioja style and structure.

Deep garnet in the glass, on the nose there's plenty of rich, dark fruit with a hint of slightly more mature raisined fruit and toasty oak. On the palate, yet more black fruit and lovely savoury notes. Medium bodied with well integrated tannin and a lengthy finish.

Enjoy this wine over Easter with the classic pairing of roast lamb or with rich meat stews.

Wine of the Week - Vinalba Reservado MalbecDate published: 25/03/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles (£10.99 single bottle price)

Viñalba are one of our favourite Argentinian producers – we stock a wide range of their wines. The Malbec Reservado is a stalwart and always proves popular with customers and staff.

The high altitude vineyards in Mendoza where this wine hails from provides ideal growing conditions and allows for excellent quality wines. Deep ruby in the glass, on the nose there's tons of deep black fruit and just a hint of pepper. On the palate it's full bodied with yet more dense, dark fruit, peppery spice and firm tannins. Enjoy this the same way the locals do - with a big meaty steak!

Weekend Wine - Conde de Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva 1991Date published: 21/03/13

£14.99 when you buy two bottles of Spanish wine (£18.74 single bottle price)

Our buying team has struck again and snapped up another great parcel of vintage Rioja! This is a great example from the Martinez Bujanda family who have been making great Rioja since 1889.

1991 was a relatively small vintage, however the wines produced tended to be of fantastic quality. This wine still has plenty of body, with concentrated dried fruit character on the palate, lovely mature savoury notes and fantastically well integrated tannins. Fully mature and ready for drinking now - try with cured meats

This wine will be open to taste over the weekend on our tasting counter - drop in and try it in-store

Exclusive Mature Rioja ParcelDate published: 21/03/13

After seeing some of their wines featured in last year's Rioja parcel, Conde de Valdemar got in touch with our buying team to offer them an opportunity to snap up some more mature Rioja. Our Spain buyer Matt Pym flew out to the cellars, tasted the wines and made an offer which they happily accepted. Buying mature wine can often be a bit of a gamble but with this parcel, the wines have been stored in the cellars at the bodega since their production, offering absolutely impeccable provenance and a guarantee they've been cellared in perfect conditions. Initially launched as a web exclusive, we were lucky enough in Chester to receive an additional allocation.

Since founding their first winery in 1889, five generations of the Martinez Bujanda family have been producing great quality wines in Rioja, embracing modern technology and pioneering the modern style of Rioja that is so popular now in the 1980s.

Gran Reserva 1980 (£16.99/btl) - Fully mature and drinking beautifully thanks to the presence of soft strawberry fruit flavours which belie this wine's advanced years. The gorgeous meaty complexity of this wine gained with age make it irrestible.

Gran Reserva 1981 (£19.99/btl) - 1981 was the best year of the 1980s for long lived wines. This wine has wonderful structure with fine tannin and bright acidity. On the palate flavours of dark chocolate, dates and truffles abound.

Gran Reserva 1984 (£12.99/btl) - Baked red fruit, prunes, coffee and vanilla spice are all packed in to this soft and irrestible wine. Classic mature Gran Reserva Rioja.

Gran Reserva 1989 (£13.99/btl) - Baked red fruit, prunes, coffee and vanilla spice are all packed in to this soft and irrestible wine. Classic mature Gran Reserva Rioja.

Gran Reserva 1991 (£14.99/btl) - 1991 was a small vintage where the quality of the best wines was very high. This wine is full bodied with a concentrated dried fuit character of raisins and figs, and meaty, leathery notes on the finish. Its ripe, grippy tannins have become beautifully integrated with age.

Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1998 (£19.99/magnum) - Tight-knit, dense black fruit meets powerful tannin and toasty oak notes. Aged in a large format bottle, this wine is evolving slowly and has many, many years of life ahead of it.

(All prices when you buy two Spanish wines)

Fine Wine Friday - 5th April - Customer ChoiceDate published: 16/03/13

You decide which wine we're going to open!

The options are...

Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja

Delicious Rioja - rich luscious fruit, beautiful velvety mouth feel, well integrated tannins and a long finish with lots of vanilla. One of our most popular fine wines at Majestic.

Vergelegen "The Red" 2005

One of Vergelegen's flagship wines - from unirrigated, low yield vines on the Rondekop vineyards. A Bordeaux blend with great concentration - rich, opulent dark fruit with sweet spice and toasty oak. Amazing wine!

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Classic Marlborough SB from some of the best vineyard sites in Saint Clair's estate. Tons of zippy, zesty fruit, a rich mouthfeel - a great partner to grilled salmon.

How do you get to pick? Tweet us @majesticchester or comment on the Facebook post!

Wine of the Week: Black Cottage Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/03/13

£8.99 when you buy two bottles (£10.99 single bottle price)

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is one of our most popular ranges at Majestic – people just can't get enough of these bold, bright, racy wines.

This effort comes from head winemaker David Clouston who honed his skills at wineries all around the world before finally returning home to his native New Zealand.

On the nose this wine is classic Marlborough with tons of gooseberry and tropical fruit. This continues on the palate with lashings of passionfruit and lychee. There's a slight hint of grassiness to add complexity and crisp, refreshing acidity.

Enjoy this now with shellfish and a simple salad.

Spotlight on... SpainDate published: 11/03/13

Spanish wine is consistently one of our most popular categories and it's not difficult to see why – Spanish wine offers great variety, consistency and value for money. Whilst the overwhelming association is with Rioja, there's plenty more out there!

When it comes to a refreshing apértif it's hard to beat Spanish wines. Try the Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs from Codorniu (£12.99 when you buy 2). A Pinot Noir dominant blend, there's bruised apples and toasty brioche on the palate with lovely fine bubbles – ideal with smoked salmon canapés.

Sherry has been enjoying a resurgence recently. To those of us who are already sherry fans (most of the staff of Majestic...) this is no surprise – it's an outstanding food wine which always offers great value for money. The Manzanilla La Gitana from Hidalgo (£9.99) is a great example of dry sherry – light and fresh with a delicious slightly savoury tang. Treat it like a white wine and enjoy it chilled alongside some marinated anchovies on crostini, the perfect pairing!

If you want to try something a little bit different, the Martin Codax Albarino (£9.49 when you buy 2) could be just the ticket. Crisp and fresh, this aromatic white from Galicia is the perfect match for simply cooked shellfish. Or try the Vega de la Reina Verdejo from Rueda (£6.49 when you buy 2) – this light, elegant white is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

Fans of full bodied reds might well find their home in the Duero valley (pictured). Near the border with Portugal, this region produces rich, spicy reds such as the Emilio Moro (£13.99 when you buy 2) – a firm favourite among staff and customers. From old vines, this full bodied red has layers of deep fruit interleaved with toasty savoury notes. Perfect with a steak.

Coming full circle, it seems unfair to discuss Spain without at least a mention of Rioja and my personal favourite has to be the Muga Reserva (£13.99 when you buy 2). A powerful style, with lots of juicy rich fruit, sweet spice and toasty oak. I like it with a lamb tagine.

Wine of the Week: Morellino di ScansanoDate published: 11/03/13

£8.99 when you buy two bottles (£11.99 single bottle price)

Those of you who visited our winter tasting evening will have met the charismatic winemaker from Poggioargentiera, Gianpaolo Paglia – a man thoroughly committed to modern, forward thinking winemaking in Southern Tuscany.

The majority of this blend is Sangiovese and it spends only a small amount of time in Oak, giving rise to a youthful and fresh style of red wine.

Medium bodied with heaps of cherry on the palate, fresh acidity and well integrated tannin, there's just a slight savoury hint giving you plenty of options for food matching.

A versatile wine, try it with pizza or a rabbit ragu.

Koyle Carmenere Wine of the Week - £10.99 buy 2 save £6 £7.99Date published: 05/03/13

This stunning new world wine is a blend of 85% Carmenere, with the rest of the blend being made up of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. All the grapes for this particular wine are hand harvested from vineyards based in Colchagua. The wine undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation before aging 60% of the wine in French oak for twelve months prior to re-blending.

The Koyle Carmenere has a fantastic integration of fresh and vibrant young fruit as well as soft and savory undertones. Quite stereotypical of south American wines, it is full bodied with lots of rich dark fruits and subtle tannins. The twelve months spent in oak has given the wine a long finish with hints of spice and vanilla.

Drinking well over the next five years or for immediate consumption. There is no better way to enjoy this robust wine than matching with steak or cured meats.  

Wine of The Week: Chablis Vocoret 2011Date published: 02/03/13

Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £9.99

Single bottle price = £11.99

From one of the northernmost wine-growing areas in the world, Chablis has a stunning combination of cool weather, limestone soils with a layer of Kimmeridgian clay which in turn produces one of the worlds most iconic wine styles. Vocoret source their grapes from the entire appellation for their Chablis.

This wine has the stereotypical steely and minerally aromas associated with Chablis, along with lots of refreshing citrus fruit such as grapefruit and lemons. On the palate, lots of fresh and vibrant stone fruit can be found with a mouth-watering crisp and clean finish.

The style of this wine is designed to be drank in its youth to avoid losing all of the fresh and vibrant fruit within the wine. An ideal food recommendation would be to have with seafood such as seabass or salmon.

New and Exciting Beers!Date published: 28/02/13

We have some fabulous American additions to our lager collection.

San Francisco's famous Anchor Steam, is an all-barley malt beer and has been brewed in the traditional style since 1896. It is virtually handmade, and a far cry from modern weedy American Lagers! It is deep amber, with a rich flavour and thick creamy head. 4.8% abv £9.99 for 6 when you buy 4, otherwise £12.99.

Brooklyn Lager is also a 'pre-prohibition' style all malt beer, launched by traditional brewing fanatics in 1987. The beer is infused with fresh hops as it ferments, making an even more tangy refreshing style- perfect for summer! 5.1% abv £9.99 for 6 when you buy 4, otherwise £12.99.

How about Australia's traditionally made offering? Established in 1862, Coopers is a behemoth of Aussie Brewing. Cooper's Pale ale is refreshing, with a fruity character, and light hoppy taste, balanced with crisp bitterness. Ideal with ale-battered fish and chips. 4.5% abv. £17.99 for 12.

Or why not try the English version? The award winning Chapel Down Curious Brew, from Kent, is 'curious' as it is uniquely bottle fermented, using champagne yeast. It won Gold at The International Beer Challenge 2012, one of 3 International lagers to scoop the award, out of 400 competitors. Its fine crafting shines through with the deep golden colour and floral hoppy zing. 4.7% abv £17.99 for 12.

Wine of the Week - Catena Malbec 2010Date published: 26/02/13

£9.99 when you buy two bottles (£12.99 single bottle price)

Malbec is Argentina's signature red grape and this wine from the award winning winemaking team at Catena Zapata is a classic example.

By blending parcels of wine from different high altitude vineyard sites in Mendoza they are able to create a wine of great depth with intense and complex aromas.

Deep ruby in the glass, on the nose there's lots of deep, dark fruit with plenty of peppery spice. Full bodied and rich, on the palate there's even more deep, ripe fruit with loads of blackcurrant, black pepper and a hint of vanilla. Firm tannins and a long finish make this a fantastic wine.

There's only one way to really enjoy a big Malbec like this – with a juicy, rare rib-eye steak and some chunky chips.

Wine of the week- 'Fitou' by Mademoiselle Jones, 2011 Date published: 22/02/13

Wine of the week- 'Fitou' by Mademoiselle Jones, 2011 £12.99 if you buy 2, otherwise £14.99

Part of an exclusive Southern French Parcel which is new in, this is an excellent Fitou made from old vine Carignan, Grenache and Syrah which packs a spicy, dark fruit punch.

Unusually for a Southern French wine this is the work of Mademoiselle Jones herself, an experienced winemaker hailing from Lincolnshire, and consultant winemaker David Morrisson, an Australian.

The intensely concentrated dark fruits, and hint of garrigue herbs make it an excellent partner for roast beef (very fitting!).

Only tiny quantities are made, so snap it up while you can.  

Wine of the Week: Peñalolen Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 17/02/13

£8.99 when you buy two bottles (£11.99 single bottle price)

Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is recognised the world over for its quality and this one doesn't disappoint – it's a fantastic wine and a firm Majestic favourite.

The vines are planted on cool hillside vineyards in the Maipo valley with difficult terrain, resulting in low grape yields and real fruit concentration.

Deep ruby in the glass, on the nose there's lots of deep, dark fruit with spice and herbal notes lending real complexity.

Full bodied and opulent, there's even more rich fruit on the palate with a lovely hint of spice and really toasty oak notes. Firm but well integrated tannins and a long finish make this a great wine for food – try it with a steak or rich beef casserole.

Wine of the Week: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot NoirDate published: 12/02/13

£10.99 when you buy two bottles of New Zealand wine (£14.49 single bottle price)

It's the Wines of New Zealand tasting week and we thought it would be worth highlighting a Pinot Noir – a variety that they grow very well but sometimes falls by the wayside under the onslaught of Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough Pinot is renowned for its soft, jammy fruit, refreshing acidity and delicate tannins and this is a textbook example.

On the nose there's plenty of jammy black fruit and sweet, fresh red fruit.

On the palate this wine is lovely and fresh with plenty more lovely ripe fruit balanced with zingy acidity.

Soft tannins and a nice long finish make this a perfect match to seared duck breast.

Wine of the Week: Raats Chenin BlancDate published: 05/02/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles of South African wine (£9.99 single bottle price)

As all South African wine has just come on a 20% off promotion we thought it would be worth highlighting a new addition to the range.

South Africa does Chenin Blanc very well – with styles ranging from rich, full bodied heavily oaked to light, zippy styles. This example from Raats falls into the latter category with just a small amount of the wine being fermented in oak for a better mouthfeel.

On the nose there's loads of tropical fruit balanced by clean citrus fruit and a slight herbaceous hint adding complexity.

On the palate the wine is light and fresh, with lots of tropical fruit and a bit hit of lime. Zippy acidity and a lovely texture make it a great wine for food matching – try with some simply cooked shellfish.

Wine of the Week Surani Costarossa PrimitivoDate published: 31/01/13

Surani Costarossa 2010, Primitivo di Manduria

£7.99 if you buy 2. Otherwise £9.99

I have chosen this as my wine of the week as it's an incredibly rich fruit filled wine, just the thing for those cold winter evenings!

Plum and blackberry envelop your taste buds, with a hint of pudding spice. Great value and perfect with pizza.

Wine of the Week: Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2009, Arribes del Duero, SpainDate published: 26/01/13

£7.99 when you buy two bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)

Spain isn't all about Rioja – there's plenty of other regions that produce fantastic wine such as the Duero valley! This beautiful, rugged landscape is renowned for its full bodied reds. I was lucky enough to visit the area and stay in Hacienda Zorita itself last year, trying plenty of wine with local foods and so was excited when this wine appeared in store last week!

100% Tempranillo matured in a mixture of new French and American oak, there's plenty of bramble fruit and toasty oak on the nose.

On the palate, this wine is medium-full bodied with lots of intense red and black fruit with toasty oak and sweet spice. Good acidity, firm tannins and a long finish make this a great wine with food.

My personal favourite dish to enjoy this wine with is a slow cooked chicken, chorizo and tomato stew. Tasty!

Wine Tasting Events at Majestic ChesterDate published: 26/01/13

As it's a new year, we're doing some more wine tasting events!

First up is our wine course - something we're been running at Majestic for a few years now. It's a pretty informal set-up - about 10 people around a table trying a bunch of wines, discussing them, learning a bit about wine tasting and how wine is made and finally the basics of food and wine matching. It's an ideal introduction to wine and best of all it's free! We do ask that you RSVP just so we know how many people are intending to come and we do take a £5 fully refundable deposit per person to encourage attendance.

Dates will appear on the store web page when they're arranged but our first event is scheduled for Thursday 7th February at 6 PM.

Following on from the success of the introduction of tasting tutorials last year, we're running them again this year! We're running a series of tasting weeks throughout spring. During these weeks there will always be a selection of wines from the area open to taste on the counter. On the Saturday of each week, at 11AM and 3PM, we will be running a tasting tutorial! These free sessions are designed to allow you to explore a few wines from the area and learn a little more about them! If you're interested in coming along, please let a member of staff know so we can put your name down.

Tuesday 5th – Monday 11th February: Spain and Italy Spain and Italy Tasting Tutorial Saturday 9th February (11am and 3pm)

These regions produce easy drinking wines that are great for food pairing. Whether it's exploring Spanish reds that aren't from Rioja or trying a few of the unusual indigenous Italian grape varieties, our tasting tutorial should allow you to explore a few new possibilities!

Tuesday 12th – Monday 18th February: New Zealand New Zealand Tasting Tutorial Saturday 16th February (11am and 3pm)

The wines of New Zealand are consistently among some of our best sellers – especially Sauvignon Blanc. During the tasting tutorials we'll be trying some different styles of Sauvignon Blanc to show off the variety that New Zealand produces and showing off a few less seen grape varieties!

Tuesday 26th February – Monday 4th March: Classic France Classic France Tasting Tutorial Saturday 2nd March (11am and 3pm)

These French wines are classics for a reason! Whatever food you're having, it's pretty likely there's a French wine to match it. The huge variety of wines that you can find throughout France means there's plenty to try and talk about in this tasting tutorial!

Tuesday 5th – Monday 11th March: South America South America Tasting Tutorial Saturday 9th March (11am and 3pm)

The wines coming out of South America are improving in quality and range every year and usually offer great value for money. From aromatic white wines to rich, full bodied reds there's something to suit everyone's tastes and we'll be trying a good range in the tasting tutorial.

Wine of the Week - Château Laville Bertrou 2010Date published: 18/01/13

Château Laville Bertrou 2010 Minervois-la-Livinière, Gérard Bertrand

£11.99 when you buy two bottles (£14.99 single bottle price)

As it's our Wines of the South of France tasting week, we thought it would be rude not to feature a wine from the region. Despite being pretty new into our range, this wine is already becoming a firm favourite with the staff here.

From the ever reliable Gérard Bertrand stable, this wine is a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache. On the nose there's tons of black fruit with lovely savoury herbal hints.

Full bodied on the palate, there's immensely concentrated black fruit with just a touch of pepper. A long finish and firm tannins combine to complete this big beautiful wine.

Enjoy with hearty red meat dishes on these cold January nights!

A Bargain Hunt Wine of the Week - Catalpa Pinot NoirDate published: 12/01/13

This is a great New World Pinot Noir to rival anything from New Zealand or California.

Proof that Argentina can produce elegant medium bodied wines, this is full of ripe black fruit and smoky notes on a lingering finish. It also happens to be part of our promotional bargain hunt offering up to 33% off selected wines!.

A great foil for pan-fried breast of chicken

New Grapes for the New yearDate published: 09/01/13

It can be really easy to stick with what you know and like especially at this time of the year with the wind and rain lashing outside window.

Why not add a bit of variety into your wine with these lesser known grapes which all offer something a bit different.

1) Vermentino

This white variety is grown throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon area of the south of France and Northern Italy. It can come in a variety of styles with several modern producers attempting to make full rich examples. Why not try Paul Mas Vermentino 2011 @ £5.24. This great value wine is featured in our Bargain Hunt and offers rich in green fruit flavour whilst remaining fresh and clean on the finish.

2) Torrontes

An unusual variety which displays some of the aromatic grape and floral flavours associated with Muscat. It has become something of a signature variety in Argentina and can be a great food wine. Why not try Vinalba Seleción Torrontés @ £7.99 when you buy 2 or more. This is textbook torrontes, Beguilingly aromatic and yet still light enough to drink on its own.

Enjoy!

Spotlight on.. ViognierDate published: 07/01/13

More and more people are beginning to recognise and appreciate this unusual white grape variety and with good reason – Viognier is one of the most interesting white wines out there!

Viognier is a delightfully aromatic grape – producing wines with characteristic aromas of ripe, tropical fruit with floral overtones. With a little oak ageing you can produce fantastically rich, full bodied wines. Conversely, by aiming for cool temperature stainless steel fermentation it's possible to produce light, fresh but still aromatic wines. Viognier is probably most at home in the Northern Rhône, producing the famed white wines of Condrieu AOC – intensely floral and aromatic but still with bracing acidity (they also tend to be quite pricey!)

The ripe fruit and delicate floral notes of Viognier make it a great match for delicately spiced food – You can get good value Viognier in France though – try for example the Viognier Réserve Spéciale from Gérard Bertrand (£7.49 when you buy two). This light fresh style is produced to be really fresh – with peachy tropical fruit accompanied with a faint lift of honeysuckle. Perfect with a seafood stir fry.

For a great value really intensely aromatic example why not look towards the New World and try the Viu Manent Viognier (£8.79 when you buy 2). This Chilean wine leaps out of the glass at you with beautiful aromas of ripe fruit and floral blossom. Match this with Thai green chicken curry.

One unique use of Viognier comes once again from the Northern Rhône. The famed wines of Côte-Rôtie blend Syrah and Viognier to produce powerful, full bodied red wines with the Viognier adding just a hint of a perfumed lift. Once again, these wines tend to be unusual and pricey but there's plenty of good examples from elsewhere – why not try the Porcupine Ridge Shiraz Viognier from South Africa (£8.99). Lots of fleshy dark fruit but with a little perfumed lift – delicious with a rare steak!  

Wine of the Week - Blind River Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/01/13

£9.99 when you buy any two New Zealand wines (£12.49 single bottle price)

If your Christmas was anything like ours, it was probably dominated by rich, full bodied red wines – this fresh, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc from family owned producer Blind River could be just the thing for a spring clean of the tastebuds!

On the nose, this wine is quintessentially Marlborough Sauvignon, with zesty citrus fruit, tropical fruit and gooseberry leaping out of the glass.

On the palate, the tropical fruit really shines through with great intensity. There's a subtle minerality which when combined with the racy acidity really makes this wine refreshing and bright. Partial barrel fermentation gives it a slightly richer, more complex mouthfeel.

Enjoy this wine now with seafood – it's perfect with a nice piece of pan fried salmon.

Wine of the Week - Viñalba Malbec Reserva 2011Date published: 12/12/12

£7.99 when you buy 2 (£10.99 single bottle price)

Viñalba are one of our favourite Argentinian producers – we stock a wide range of their wines. The Malbec Reserva is a stalwart and always proves popular around Christmas.

The high altitude vineyards in Mendoza where this wine hails from provides ideal growing conditions and allows for excellent quality wines.

Deep ruby in the glass, on the nose there's tons of deep black fruit and just a hint of pepper. On the palate it's full bodied with yet more dense, dark fruit, peppery spice and firm tannins.

Enjoy this the same way the locals do - with a big meaty steak!

Wine of the Week 'La Maladiere' Chablis, William FevreDate published: 07/12/12

'La Maladiere' Chablis, William Fevre

£12.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more.

This is a classic Chablis from one of the leading producers in the region, with a 250 year history.

Produced on the hillside surrounding the town, from the best vineyards, adjoining the Premier Crus, it has gained the classic minerality and lemon notes of the terroir.

Would be excellent with smoked salmon canapes on Christmas day.

Nick's Wine of the Week - Halcon ReservaDate published: 16/11/12

I've chosen this rich and savory Chilean red to transport you away from the cold and wet British weather to the warm climbs of South America

This is an unusual wine in that the predominant grape in the blend, Malbec is more recognisable when grown in Argentina. It is however grown here across the border to great effect. The wine is full of dark spicy berry fruit and a delicious peppery edge.

It's currently £8.79 if you buy two or more Chilean wines

 

Viñalba Reserva Chardonnay 2012, MendozaDate published: 19/10/12

Viñalba Reserva Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza

£8.99 each when you buy two, £10.99 single bottle price.

As it's Argentinian tasting week from the 19th to the 25th October, here is an offering from a wine producer whose Malbec is a staunch favourite for many of you.

This is a ripe and refreshingly fruity Chardonnay. Produced at high altitude in the Lujan de Cuyo area of Mendoza, the fruit is spared the baking heat, whilst ripening well in the long hours of sunshine.

Unoaked, on the palate you get a crisp and fruit driven style, with heady flavours of pineapple, white stone fruit and green apple. This is rounded off with a rich, slightly nutty finish.

Great with chicken dishes or on its own as a refreshing apértif.

Luis Felipe Edwards Chilean tasting, reviewDate published: 13/10/12

The team were kindly invited to a tasting with 'Luis Felipe Edwards', a top ten Chilean Winery, which is wholly family run, recently.

The man himself, Luis Felipe Edwards (Jnr), was there to give us some more background on the old favourites we have in store, and introduce a few new offerings that are soon to appear!

A charismatic and welcoming figure, Luis Felipe's passion for his wines soon rubbed off. He talked about his families mission to provide excellent wines at every price point. This is proven by the pleasing black and red fruit jammy smoothness of the Mountain View Carmenere 2011, currently £4.99 if you buy more than one! as well as the refinement of the Signature Series- £7.99- £9.99.

The winery is based in the Colchagua Valley in Chile, with 1000 hectares of vineyards throughout Chile. The oldest vines were planted in 1937. They have the closest vineyards to the sea, and the highest altitude ones in Chile, in the Andes, in the quest to search for cooler climes. This is so the grapes can ripen without losing flavour and creating overly alcoholic wines.

We tried the Signature series Reserva Viogner 2011, £7.99, which had a peach, apricot, blossom, and oaky vanilla nose. The palate had a refined toasty, buttery, stonefruit taste, and creamy texture.

The Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011, currently £9.99, is barrel fermented, with 30% of the wine resting in oak for 3-4 months. This creates a lovely peach, oak kernel and lemon taste.

The bargain of the day had to be the Signature series Reserva Pinot Noir 2011, currently just £5.99 on offer. This comes from the Maure and Casablanca Valley, has very light tannins, and juicy redcurrant, strawberry jam flavours. Fabulously light and fruity, but with backbone, this would be great chilled with a peppered tuna steak, or at room temperature with garlic pork chops.

We also stock the Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Reserva Malbec 2011, new in store and just £7.99, and the LFE Gran Reserva Merlot 2011, £7.99, both of which are firm favourites of mine, with oaky red and black fruit flavours and a hint of spice.

Stay posted as more of the LFE range will appear shortly!

The vines and wines of MoroccoDate published: 06/10/12

Sat in the passenger seat of a thirty year old silver Mercedes streaking through the Moroccan countryside at 1.30 in the morning, I began to wonder what I had got myself into. Desperately searching for a non-existant seatbelt, I was re-assured by our driver Abdul that he knew where he was going. Well, I thought, at least that made one of us. 

I was lucky enough to win a travel bursary with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and I had decided to visit Morocco. It was the friendly and extremely helpful Abdul who met me at the airport with his ,ahem, vintage taxi early on a Sunday morning. Not necessarily at the front of most people's mind when the concept of quality wine production comes to mind, North Africa does however have a rich history of wine-making from ancient times through to French colonisation. I centred my visit on the northern area of Meknes fifty or so kilometres from Fez. The high altitude helps to moderate what can be a fierce summer and help to produce wines of real substance. The highlight of my stay was a visit to the largest producer within Morocco, Les Celliers de Meknes, who account for somewhere near 90% of Moroccan wine production. Set among hundreds of hectares well maintained vineyards, their high-tech winery was a match to any new world operation and a tasting of their range revelled their attention to quality instilled by their French winemaker.

To here more about the more about the wines of Morocco, as well as the country's wider cultural and historical highlights, why not drop in and speak  to me personally! I look forward to seeing you soon...

Fine wine of the month Boukenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2011Date published: 05/10/12


£19.99 with another South African wine, £25 separately

Traditional Rhone and Bordeaux grape varieties make up this rich and complex wine. Only 432 barrels were made.
It is predominantly Syrah (Shiraz) with a liberal measure of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and the white grape Viogner to add an aromatic note. This makes the finished product as much of a mouthful as the winery - 'Boukenhoutskloof'! Which means 'ravine of the beech trees' in Afrikaans.

Scents of black cherries, chocolate, spice and leather, and flavours of blackcurrant, pepper and raspberry show this to be a winning combination. The wine is full bodied, with perfect balance and excellent grip and structure. Drink now or within the next 10 years.

Try with a slow cooked lamb and orange stew.
 

New Autumn Arrivals Tasting WeekDate published: 05/10/12

New Autumn Arrivals Tasting Week

Friday 5th – Thursday 11th October

We have some exciting new arrivals this autumn, and they are on the tasting counter for you to try! Here are our pick of the bunch.

Whites

Introducing your new easy drinking NZ Sauvignon blanc! with typical hints of gooseberry, lime and blackberry leaf. Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Marlborough, New Zealand, £5.99 each for 2, £7.99 separately

Fancy another purse friendly offering, crammed with fresh peaches, honeysuckle and crisp green apple? Pietrariccia Fiano, Surani, Southern Italy, £6.99 each for 2, £8.99 separately

Or are you after something a bit different? A sumptuous Riesling from 2006 with nutty complexity, toasty petrol notes and a splash of fresh lemon? Parcel Series Riesling 2006 Eden Valley, £6.99 each for 2, £9.99 separately
Reds

Try our hearty fruit-driven merlot with an abundance of black fruit, spice and wild strawberry, perfect for relaxing by a roaring log fire. Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2011 Colchagua Valley £7.49 each for 2, £9.99 separately

If you're in the mood for something more light and summery, the eminently quaffable La Plata Argentinian Merlot is for you (2011, Mendoza) £5.99 each for 2, £6.99 separately, with juicy redcurrant and blackberry compote flavours.

Or how about a great priced Bordeaux from Puisseguin-St-Emilion? With the classic Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend it has notes of redcurrant, strawberry and lots of oaky complexity with a smooth finish.
Château Teyssier 2007 Puisseguin-St-Emilion £7.99 each for 2, £9.99 separately.

New! Southern Italian Fiano White. Wine of the week.Date published: 05/10/12

Pietrariccia Fiano, Surani, Apuglia, Southern Italy

£6.99 each if you buy 2, £8.99 each

We are showcasing our new arrivals for autumn this week, you can try a varied selection on our tasting counter. I chose this wine as it's a brand new arrival to our range, and a great easy drinking wine to relax with and recapture memories of summer!

This wine is produced by Masseria Surani, an historic Italian winery dating back to the early 1900's. Located in Apuglia, in the hot climes of Southern Italy, this wine smells of summer, with scents of honeysuckle, peach and apricot.

On the palate there is fresh peaches, a hint of tropical fruit and crisp green apple, making a refreshingly balanced wine.

Try with olives, and bruschetta with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

Mike's Visit to SpainDate published: 05/10/12

One of the perks of working at Majestic is the opportunity to travel on educational visits. I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Spain by United Wineries (producers of Marqués de Griñon, Marqués de la Concordia, Berberana and Lagunilla wines) last week with six other Majestic employees. After a cold, damp morning rushing to Gatwick airport we met our generous hosts Paloma and Louisa and settled in for a short wait before our flight. It seems that we managed to bring the grey weather with us across to the continent – with sunglasses only being necessary for the first 10 minutes after our arrival at Madrid airport. Undeterred, we hopped into a minibus and tussled with the sat-nav as we headed north west through the gorgeous ancient city of Salamanca, near the border with Portugal. A short drive further and we arrived at our home for the trip, the beautiful Hacienda Zorita.

That evening we headed back into Salamanca for a delicious meal at Casa Paca (I plumped for the roast piglet), accompanied by the glorious Marqués de La Concordia Rioja Reserva – silky with dense, dark fruit and enough tannin and acidity to match up to the food perfectly. The following morning we all had a quick breakfast before heading further west to the Arribes del Duero National Park, home of the vineyards for Hacienda Zorita to get down to some serious tasting. As we arrived, we were all taken aback by the sheer scale of the vines stretching off into the distance. Thankfully, the rain had abated by now so we could enjoy the view without needing our umbrellas!

We were given a tour of the winery, beginning with a walk along the bottling line where they were bottling up the current release of the Magister (more on this later). Having never seen a bottling line before, I have to admit I was a little entranced by the rapidly spinning bottles, entering empty at one end and popping out at the other end full of wine, cork driven into place, capsule sealed and labels affixed.

Walking into the gloomy barrel cellar, seeing the walls of French and American oak barrels and taking in the potent aromas of sweet spices and smoky cedar accompanied by just a hint of wine instantly gives you a feeling of the importance oak ageing plays in the maturation of these wines and an impression of the sheer scale of this wine production.

We ascended the building to the tasting room where we sat down and worked our way through the range. The familiar wines of Berberana and Marqués de Griñon started us off, their soft, fruity styles whetting our appetite for the later wines. Starting on the wines of Concordia, we were each poured a glass of Vega de la Reina Rueda Verdejo – a delicious, tropical white wine with herbal hints and a fantastic mouthfeel. This award winning wine has long been one of my favourites (I think it’s an absolute bargain and tasting it in its natural home was a lovely experience). They add 10% Sauvignon Blanc to the Verdejo blend to ensure it has crisp acidity so it was very interesting to try the Vega de la Reina Rueda Sauvignon Blanc next, with its lip smacking freshness and ripe fruit flavours it would be fantastic with any fish dishes. The Marqués de la Concordia Crianza was next to be poured, with tons of red and black fruit, delicious vanilla spice and fresh acidity making for a delicious wine, perfect for matching with red meat dishes. Tasting it side by side with the Marqués de la Concordia Reserva proved interesting – the extra time ageing giving the Reserva ripe fruit and more developed oak flavours.

Next, we tasted the Marqués de la Concordia Hacienda de Susar, only awarded DOC Rioja status as an experimental wine! A blend of primarily Tempranillo with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot added and extensive ageing in new French oak, this wine was really something quite unusual – with the classic Rioja characters of dark fruit and oak spice given a big hit of ripe fruit from the other varieties. They described this wine as an attempt to bring together the New and Old world – and I think I’d agree. It still has the elegance and poise of the old world Rioja but with a big boost of new world-esque concentrated ripe fruit. We moved on to the Hacienda Zorita wines, beginning with the Hacienda Zorita Crianza – a lovely, fresh example with lots of delicious fruit and spice. Syrah isn’t something you often see in Spanish wines so it was interesting to taste the Hacienda Zorita Syrah – a very elegant wine with plenty of dark fruit and peppery spice characteristic of the variety. The star of the show had to be the Hacienda Zorita Magister – Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec blended and extensive new French oak ageing makes for a fantastic wine! Lots of ripe, dark fruit is balanced by the structure provided by the new French oak ageing. Firm tannins and a lengthy finish demonstrate this is a serious wine to be enjoyed over the next few years. A short jeep ride took us through the border with Portugal and ready for a boat ride along the Duero valley. At the end of the boat ride we leapt off and scrambled up the jetty to a small building – tables were quickly laid, glasses of Vinho Verde poured and from a large wood burning grill appeared some delicious local fish and meat – a delicious lunch! After lunch, we leapt back into the jeeps and headed back to Hacienda Zorita. Later that evening, we had a tour of the old monastery and chapel, finishing up in the barrel cellar where we all enjoyed a barrel sample of Magister, an interesting experience as you got to see how the wine ages, with the oak flavours slowly integrating further with the fruit. Dinner was in the restaurant of the Hacienda, yet more fantastic food!

On our final day we rose early to head to the Zorita Organic Farm. This spectacular modern facility, concealed underground is the home of some award winning cheese and olive oil! A cheese and olive oil tasting followed, matched with more Verdejo and Syrah. It was a true pleasure to learn about a subject I knew only the bare basics about from the master cheesemaker, a man who had such passion for his craft (through our fantastic interpreter Jesus). The quality of the cheese, jamon and olive oil were apparent – the olive oil had such intense flavour I could happily have sipped it on its own! We were teased during our tour of the farm with a trip into the balsamic vinegar cellar. Whilst the mouth-wateringly intense flavours filled the air around us, we couldn’t try it – as it won’t be ready until 2014! As we relaxed into lunch and conversation around the tasting table, I have to admit we lost track of time a little and had to quickly hop into our minibus to get back to the airport. Louisa excelled herself as we drove back to the airport and got us back just in time for our flight!

We returned to London full of fantastic food and wine with a better appreciation of the technical precision that goes into these wines, an understanding of the terroir that gives these wines their distinct character and the personalities of the people who work so hard to produce them. My thanks go again to United Wineries for inviting me and in particular Paloma and Louisa for being such fantastic hosts.  

Wine of the Week Portillo Malbec Uco Valley ArgentinaDate published: 26/09/12

There are many awards within the wine industry and as you may well notice from browsing most wine aisles, a bottle heavily adorned with medals is actually quite commonplace. The Decanter yearly World Wine Awards however actually mean something to most people in the business, with accolades highly prized.

This new arrival to our range has just won Best Malbec under £10 and we can see why – bold, dense black fruit, with a hint of black pepper and spice with a hint of tannin on the finish – a really well structured wine for the price point. It gets the thumbs up from team Chester!

Charlotte's wine of the week- Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc, St Clair 2011Date published: 20/09/12

It's Sauvignon Blanc tasting week at Majestic! (18th-24th September), so it's fitting our wine of the week is this luscious Sauvignon Blanc from award winning St Clair winery.

With grapes sourced from some of St Clair's finest vineyards- in this case from 'Bell Block', a small parcel of outstanding grapes, this is a fruit-driven wine with rich complexity.

Heady flavours of fresh gooseberry, blackcurrant leaf, green pepper and passionfruit are counterbalanced by refreshing crispness on the palate.

Matches well with fish and chips!


We are holding tastings with lots of info about this ever-popular grape variety at 11 and 3pm on Saturday 22nd- see you there!

Limited Rioja Parcel now available in-store! Date published: 13/09/12

Majestic Chester are highly excited to reveal the arrival of a select parcel of Rioja from some of the most sought after vintages of the last 30 years including 1987,1991, 1994 and 2001. There are a host of top producers represented in this limited parcel including Marques de Riscal, Rioja Alta and Vina Tondonia. There really is something for all budgets with wines up to 20 years old available from just £7.99 upwards. When these wines are gone we have no further stocks so buy now to avoid disappointment. Feel free to drop in-store, e-mail us or contact us via phone.

Nico's Wine of the Week - Composite Pinot Noir, Winemakers of AraDate published: 13/09/12

I've chosen this kiwi offering for our wine of the week because Pinot Noir is a perfect partner to all manner of autumn dishes.

Ara is a winegrower's co-operative who can offer brilliant value for money in their wines by pooling their collective resources.

This is a wonderfully fruit driven wine with a host of flavours reminiscent of redcurrant and strawberry jam.

Best enjoyed with poultry or game dishes. Yummy stuff.

Two Hands wines get two thumbs up!Date published: 16/08/12

Last night in Manchester, the Majestic team were lucky enough to attend a tasting run by Two Hands wines of South Australia. Matt Wenk, the winemaker, told how Two Hands strive to acheive such high quality in their wines and how their unique range was born... and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories behind all their quirky labels!

Their 'Picture Series' of premium wines all sport very attractive labels and unquestionably original names! This range features wines named 'Brilliant Disguise' (a seriously delicious spritzy moscato) to 'Gnarly Dudes' (a fabulously punchy shiraz named after The Big Lebowski flick). Their 'Angels' Share' was a wonderful surprise, particularly for me. I found the nose fairly floral, reminding me of parma violets and the palate was smooth with black cherries and fine tannins. The 'Sexy Beast', a big, lush cabernet sauvignon was also a firm favourite, and the name certainly got a laugh!

We then tried their 'Garden Series' - a super premium range of Shiraz sourced from 6 of the best shiraz locations in Australia. Out of this range, the 'Samantha's Garden' definitely stood out for me. Named after Michael (the proprietor)'s wife, Samantha. From Clare Valley, this is one of the more elegant styles, enhanced by 18 months in French Oak. It displays brilliant, soft  fruits that coat your palate with a smooth, plum finish.

The team at Chester would like to thank the Two Hands team for putting on a great evening and invite our customers to take away and try these great wines for themselves!

Angels' Share Shiraz - Buy 2, save £8 - £18.00

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz - Buy 2, save £8 - £18.00

Samantha's Garden - £35.00

Rule Britannia!Date published: 11/08/12

English Sparkling wine has to be the utimate British success story

We have seen sales of this patriotic tipple increase this summer, especially with the Queen choosing the delectable Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs Vintage bubbly (£34.99) at her Jubilee banquet.


Nyetimber aim to make top class fizz to rival the finest Champagnes, from their vineyards in West Sussex, which have similar terroir to the Champagne region- with gravelly Kimmeridge soil and cool climate.

Nyetimber Manor is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was designed for Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII. She never got to take up residence, as Holbein's portrait was revealed to be rather a flattering one, to Henry's chagrin!

Happily, Nyetimber's wines impress a lot more, winning a host of awards in international competitions.In fact the Classic Cuvee beat Champagnes such as Bollinger and Louis Roederer to be crowned 'Champion of Worldwide Sparking Wines' at an Italian competition in 2010.

I have sampled some of the Nyetimber range of Sparkling wines, made using the Champagne method and grape varieties. The Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2003 (£34.99), made with 100% Chardonnay, was sublime- it had complex, creamy brioche, candied fruits, and green apple flavours, with aged yeasty notes, and mouthwatering acidity.

The Rose Vintage 2007(39.99) is very crisp and fruity, with subtle raspberry, cherry, green apple, and strawberries, and yeastiness reminiscent of choux pastry. It's richness and the delicacy of the red fruit are due to its composition of 75% Chardonnay 25% Pinot Noir.

Finally, the Classic Cuvee 2004 (£24.99), a blend of the three classic Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. A sumptious palate of citrus fruit, white flowers, brioche and shortbread, with a rounded finish of grilled almonds. It is less intense than the Blanc de Blancs and would complement white fish or desserts excellently.

All these can be ordered in store.

We also stock the Chapel Down range of Sparkling wines.

So, while the weather holds up, lets celebrate by raising a glass of homegrown bubbly to 'the Queen, the Duke of Lancaster'.

New wine of the Week - Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 09/08/12

Coming from the most prestigious area for white wine production in New Zealand, this is a Kiwi Sauvignon with a twist. In addition to the refreshing crispness which is the hallmark of the kiwi style, this wine offers a mass of richer tropical notes. I've picked this wine for those of you heading to the seaside over the coming weeks as it's a great partner to all manner of fish and seafood dishes

Enjoy!

Loire visit summer 2012Date published: 25/07/12

We try our best at majestic to get around and see the wine regions of the world and this summer I was able to visit a few of our producers in the Loire. A region well known for its stunning Chateaux and beautiful countryside, loved by the Brits, it is also a wonderfully diverse wine region. As you travel from the mouth of the Loire, around Nantes in the west, you are in Muscadet country and culture has much more of a Breton influence. Further inland around Saumur and Anjou Chenin Blanc comes to the fore producing wonderful sparkilng wines from the likes of Bouvet Ladubay, which I was lucky enought to visit. If you ever get the chance make sure you try the 'Taille Princesse' - made in conjunction with Gerard Depardieu - you can't miss his unmistakeable protruding nose on the label! We were staying close to Chinon which is further east again where Cabernet Franc produces reds in contrasting styles, from the light and fresh to the more serious full bodied reds which can indeed age - as shown by our Chinon Clos de Danzay 2001 from Druet.

East of Tours we come to Vouvray and Coteaux de Layon country, close to the Chateaux of Chenonceau and Cheverny. Here Chenin Blanc is again the dominant grape, producing styles which range from the bone dry crisp style of Vouvray Sec to the luscious sweet wines of the Layon and of Chaume, which use Botrytis affected grapes. Finally as we travel east of Blois and Chambord Sauvignon Blanc makes an entrance in the famous vineyards of Pouilly Fume and Sancerre amongst others.

Here in Chester we have a cross section of wines from both the Loire Valley and Beaujolais open to taste until tomorrow evening - these are available to view on our online tasting counter on our store homepage.

New Wine of the Week Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay Date published: 25/07/12

 Away from Burgundy, the one area which seems to have Chardonnay production down to a tee, and at a much more reasonable price tag, is South America. Whether this is down to French winemakers setting themselves up in Argentina and Chile, due to the high quality French oak widely used, or due to climate the end result in the bottle is generally very good. Once a mantle held by the Aussies, the Chileans in particular seem to thrive in the sub £10 bold , toasty style of Chardonnay.

Here we have an offering from Santa Rita – from the Limari valley in Chile which is cooled by Pacific breezes and relative altitude – giving the wine fresh acidity to compliment the ripe tropical fruit flavours and well integrated buttery oak.

The reason we love this wine at Majestic is because it seems to convert many of the 'ABC' crowd (Anything But Chardonnay) – give it a try and see what you think!

Just £8.79 when buying 2 or more

Nick's Sparkling Visit to ChampagneDate published: 22/07/12

Along with some of my collegues, I was lucky enough to visit the headquarters of the Champagne house Lanson on July 19th. The whole visit was  brilliantly down to earth and informative especially the budding wine geeks in our group.

After arriving at Lanson around lunch we were immediately given a guided tour of their facilities and cellars. It was a great opportunity to see behind the scenes on the bottling line and see first hand how the delicate and persistent fizz which is characteristic of Champagne is achieved. Lanson's cellars proved to be a maze of different rooms and tunnels. They can hold up to 25 million bottles there and have stock of previous vintage back as far as the 1940s.  Lanson are one of the only houses to not use a process called malolatic fermentation when making their wines. This tends to soften and boraden the flavour of Champagne so theirs instead retains brilliantly crisp and citrusy flavours making their Black label a wonderful appertif sparkling wine. After the tour we were treated to a tasting of their different cuvées including the stunning gold label vintage which I'm sure you'll be glad to hear is readily avalaible at your local majestic!

For more stories on the trip please pop in-store

Wine of the Week Campofiorin MasiDate published: 01/07/12

 Masi is one of the renowned Amarone producers of Veneto – and any of you who have had the pleasure of sampling his Costasera Amarone Classico (lurking in our Fine Wine Shelves) will know why. The Campofiorin is a new arrival to our range however, with a more mid-week looking price tag! Made in the traditional Ripasso style (refermenting the wine using partially dried grapes), this is a rich and sumptuous wine which carries the role of little brother more than adequately.

We have decided to choose the Campofiorin this week as the British summer seems to have deserted us and many of us are in need of some hearty warming reds! Luckily when the sun eventually does shine this will stand up to most barbecue fare.

A snip at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Wine of the Week - Chateau St Marguerite RoséDate published: 26/06/12

Wine of the week - Chateau Sainte Marguerite rosé

Our wine of the week this time around is a
Majestic Chester staff favourite!

The winery, found on the French Riviera,
has a history dating back to 1929. It is run
today by the Fayard family who are
dedicated to producing wines of excellent
quality.

This wine is organic, therefore the vines
are not treated by any chemicals and the
utmost respect is paid to the environment
in all stages of growing and harvest.

This wine is wonderfully elegant and
delicate with ripe strawberry flavours
and flora on the nose.

The perfect partner to barbecued prawns
with a fresh avocado salad.

Only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Wine of the Week - Viu Manent CarmenereDate published: 19/06/12

Wine of the Week - Viu Manent Carmenere

In wishful anticipation of good barbecue weather, this week we have chosen this fabulous Carménère from Chile. With its luscious ripe blackcurrant fruits, earthy coffee and herbal character, this wine is a perfect match for your barbecued lamb chops or beef burgers. Even if you do have to resort to an indoor affair!

Carménère, the signature grape variety of Chile, has a very interesting history. It was the French who first planted this variety in Chile and up until 1993 the Carménère vines planted were thought to be Merlot. The Carménère grape has thrived in the hot climate of Chile, and in being very similar in style to Merlot, this is a great alternative!

Only £7.99 with a purchase of another Chilean wine
 

Vintae Tasting Manchester Date published: 19/06/12

Vintae is a dynamic winery with a modern outlook, producing wines across 8 of Spain's DO regions, and we are lucky to be stocking 4 of their fantastic reds from the Toro region in North West Spain and from Navarra. You may have seen these new labels on a recent visit to your local store - they are the ones with the faces staring at you from across the room, as my other half eloquently put it...

The winery is now run by 2 brothers, under the guidance of their Father, one of which took the time out from his busy schedule to conduct several informal and enjoyable tastings across the country last week exclusively for Majestic staff. Ricardo is only 27 and already a winemaker of several years experience, which made all of us in the room with similar aspirations very jealous! His outlook on wines was very refreshing and it is an approach very much reflected in the bottles he produces - an elegant Riesling from Rioja and a spicy full bodied dry Muscat from the same region are just 2 examples of his radical thinking which we were lucky enough to sample. We finished with the 3 wonderful wines we have recently started stocking at Majestic (the ones with the faces) from Toro, located near the more well known Ribera Del Duero region. These wines are made from a local clone of Tempranillo, from very old vines (up top 110 years old) and display incredible depth and concentration. They are named accordingly:

El Picaro (the cheeky one) £7.99 when buying 2 or more

El Recio (the hardworker) £12.99 when buying 2 or more

El Viejo (the old man) £20 when you buy 2 or more

Allocations are small so make sure you pick one up to try on your next visit.

View the world through rose-tinted glassesDate published: 19/06/12

When the sun comes out, and that's not something we can always rely on in these parts. I can firmly say there's nothing quite like a chilled glass of Rose enjoyed with a bit of Al-fresco dining or amongst friends. When I first started with Majestic in 2010, Rose was a category of wine which I knew little about. I think I probably associated it with simple gluggable wine, enjoyable when the weather was good but a largely undemanding proposition. Since then I've become rather partial to a glass of rose.

A big part of that has been trying different offerings from Provence, often viewed as an area providing some of the best roses in the world. These wines are based on the typical Southern French varieties of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Red varieties based on these grapes tend to be rich and powerful often only subdued by many years age in bottle. The roses are however a different story. The very best, often from small re-known areas such as Bandol, show an array of red fruit flavours which are both deliciously delicate and lingering. They often have enough weight to work really well with food. Fish and vegetable salads are the perfect partner. Rather than just take my word for it, why not pop into your local Majestic and sample a few of our best Provence Roses in-store. Our Provence Rose Tasting Week runs between June 22nd -28th with a wide selection of different styles open to try. I look forward to chatting to you at the tasting counter over a cold sample of the pink stuff whatever the weather outside.

Wine of the Week! Yalumba 'The Y Series' Viognier Date published: 13/06/12

Yalumba Y series Viognier

Yalumba was founded in the 1800s by a British brewer named Samuel Smith, and has become Australia's oldest family owned winery. "Yalumba" is aboriginal for "all the land around" and the Smith family have strived to make wines that are a true expression of the terroir at their historic vineyards in South Australia.
The wine is pale straw in colour and we can detect rich aromas of honeysuckle and mandarin. The wine has been fermented in stainless steel to preserve the grape's unique characteristics, yet aged on the yeast lees for texture and body. Thanks to these careful wine making techniques, the palate is rich with stone fruit, almond and flora, yet with a refreshing grapefruit finish.

Such a great wine for the price! One to have at your dinner party with pan- seared tuna steaks and a fresh herb salad.


Just £7.59 when you buy 2 or more
(£9.49 single bottle price)

All you ever need to know about BeaujolaisDate published: 11/06/12

Ever tried a Beaujolais Village or a Fleurie but would love to know a little more about the grape variety and wine style?

Well never fear! Having visited the region earlier this month I was treated to a short trip of several of our quality conscious producers in the area and managed to absorb a huge amount of information on the region. Here are a few points which you might not have been aware about Beaujolais:

1) Beaujolais is made from a sole grape - Gamay - which produces excellent wines on the granite bases soils which dominate the area. In other soils, the Gamay vine tends to grow too vigorously producing grapes which are bloated and lack flavour. The granite soils of Beaujolais help to restrict the vine and produce wines of better quality

2) Beaujolais is home to ten 'Crus' which are able to bottle wine under their own name. Fleurie is an example of one of these crus. They all tend to have slightly different flavours and character relating to their varying soils, aspect and historic wine-making techniques. Brouilly and Regnie tend to be the softest and most appealing when young, whilst Morgon and Moulin a Vent are more robust and can age well.

3) 'Beaujolais Nouveau' is the first released wine of the latest vintage in France. Legally this wine cannot be sold before the third Thursday of November and is generally a fun and fruity wine historically popular in the U.K. and increasingly Japan. In Majestic we stock one Nouveau wine each year, made by Georges Duboeuf

4) Beaujolais produces 95% red wine, although there is a small amount of white Beaujolais created using the Chardonnay grape, and a small proportion of Beaujolais Rose is also made

4) The Beaujolais region sits directly to the south of one of France's most famous wine regions - Burgundy. In some places the two regions are only separated by a fence or road. where this division occurs is often based on the soil. Where clay based, fertile soils are found, you tend to be looking at the southern part of Burgundy. Where there is more sand and granite you find Gamay

Keep an eye out for a short article about the producers I visited to follow soon!

Australia Tasting WeekDate published: 08/06/12

We have some cracking Aussie wines open to taste from Friday 8th June until Thursday 14th June. Check out our online tasting counter which is updated daily to see what we have available to sample.

Wine Of The Week - Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot NoirDate published: 03/06/12

Wine Of The Week - Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir

From grapes harvested at the Errazuriz  'La Escultura' vineyard in Casablanca Valley. A strong coastal influence here moderates
temperatures and promotes slow ripening;  creating complex and excellently balanced  flavours from the grapes.

This Pinot Noir was made using a technique called 'wild fermentation', meaning the  natural yeasts present on the skins of the  grapes are used to start fermentation. This type of technique, due to a complex  combination of by-products, means the wine
shows greater depth and original character.

A fantastic summer fruit burst! A deep ruby- red, the nose expresses sour red cherries, strawberries and a hint of toasty oak. The
palate is a wonderful combination of juicy of red fruits coupled with a smooth, earthy texture.

Only £10.79 when you buy another Chilean Wine

Fine Wine Friday - Shadowfax ChardonnayDate published: 01/06/12

Shadowfax Chardonnay 2010, Mornington Peninsular, Victoria

The Shadowfax winery is located in the Mornington Peninsular in the state of Victoria, Australia. The Mornington Peninsular is the summer playground for the rich and famous of Australia. It possesses a cool maritime climate with a narrow annual temperature range and a relatively large degree of rainfall. The Tasmanian Sea has a key influence on the area and the subsequent style and quality of the wine being produced. This is largely due to the proximity of the sea, as it has a cooling affect on the region helping to aid the ripening of the grapes and developing key flavour characteristics.

The winery is co-managed by the internationally recognised producer Matt Harrop, who has produced excellent wines throughout Europe and the Anzac.

The wine is an exemplary Aussie Chardonnay and ticks all the traditional boxes for style and flavour characteristics. The appearance seduces you with a wonderful moderately intense golden lemon colour, with divine notes of peaches and butter on the nose. A well structured and balanced palate consists of ripe tropical notes of Pineapple and Peach followed by a creamy nutty combination.

Shadowfax is a superb and dynamic wine that is very versatile and still has a lot of bottle potential. A perfect wine to enjoy now and will continue to develop over the next 5 years. A rich chicken or fish dish would be an ideal food pairing to complement the structure and flavours of the wine.


Only £20 a bottle when you purchase 2
(£25 single bottle price, buy 2 save £10)

New Zealand's 5 Star PinotDate published: 01/06/12

New Zealand is currently most famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc, but these 4 Pinot Noirs have just been awarded 5 Stars in Decanter Magazine, July 2012, showing that there is more to the country than Sauvignon.

St Clair Pioneer's Block 15 Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough - £15.99 when you buy 2
(£19.99 single bottle)

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough - £15.99 when you buy 2
(£19.99 single bottle)

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010 Central Otago - £14.99 when you buy 2
(£18.74 single bottle)

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir Martinborough - £15.99 when you buy 2
(£19.99 single bottle)

Jubilee Opening HoursDate published: 01/06/12

Our opening hours for the Jubilee weekend are as follows:

Saturday 2nd June 9am - 7pm

Sunday 3rd June 10am - 5pm

Monday 4th June 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 5th June 10am - 5pm

Wednesday 6th June onwards normal opening hours

Wine Of The Week - Prestige Parcels Pinot GrisDate published: 30/05/12

The Prestige Parcels range is a series of parcels that are produced exclusively for Majestic Wine. The parcel's origins may vary from vineyard to vineyard but it allows fantastic wines to be drank at affordable prices.

Pinot Gris plantings in New Zealand were an experimental move by forward thinking and dynamic winemakers in the 1990's. The contemporary style of wine is a great alternative to Pinot Grigio.

The wine has a wonderful golden lemon appearance with aromas of pears and melon. A well structured and balanced palate with subtle tropical and honey notes. A perfect partner with a zesty chicken dish or on its own.

£8.79 when you buy another New Zealand Wine.
(£10.99 Single bottle price)

Chapel Down English WinesDate published: 28/05/12

With the Jubilee weekend closing in on us, I reckon it's about time we took a closer look at Chapel Down and their excellent range of English wines....

"We believe that England remains one of the most tolerant, enterprising, ingenious, creative, stylish, energizing and occasionally eccentric places on Earth. They are English values. They are Chapel Down's values." chapeldown.com

Chapel Down, an Award-winning producer of top quality English wines has strived to create dynamic and inspiring range of still and sparkling wines- perfect for your Jubilee celebrations! Interestingly, the south of England has an incredibly simillar terroir to that of the Champagne region, making their sparkling wines a great patriotic alternative to Champagne...

Chapel Down Brut NV £14.99 **Special Offer!**                                                                                                                                         Bursting with Citrus and persistant and excitable effervescence, this light and crisp sparkling is a great apéritif.

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2005 £19.99 **Special Offer!**                                                                                                                                 A real rival to the best champagnes. This sparkling is  light with flavours of green apple and citrus, yet with a smooth and creamy finish.   

Chapel Down English Rose NV £17.99 **Special Offer!**                                                                                                                                     A perfectly delicate and floral rosé fizz, with a citrus hit on the finish. Great with Smoked Salmon!

Chapel Down Flint Dry £8.99                                                                                                                                                                                          Very simillar in style to Pouilly Fumé, the palate displays citrus and a slight hint of smoke.

Chapel Down Bacchus 2010 £10.99 The grape variety,  Bacchus, is named after the Classical Roman God of wine. This is a very complex wine, showing crisp apple, juicy pears and spicy white pepper.

Stock up before the weekend to complete your Jubilee celebrations. And don't forget to ask us for tasting notes for your wines, to impress your guests!!

Wine of the Week - Isabel Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/05/12

The Tiller family established Isabel Estate Vineyard in 1982 and is named after Michael Tiller’s late mother, Isabel.

Isabel wines are 100% Estate grown and Estate bottled and great attention to detail is given at all stages of growing and vinification. Hand harvested grapes arrive at the winery within moments of picking, this ensures exceptionally good quality fresh fruit.

A wonderfully complex sauvignon which stands out from the crowd. The nose is layered with tropical fruits, green pepper and cut grass. Citrussy grapefruit and lime on the palate, along with ripe pineapple and gooseberry.

Just £13.99 when you buy another New Zealand wine.
(£17.49 single bottle price)

The Many Faces of New Zealand WineDate published: 24/05/12

New Zealand is fast becoming known for it's fantastic quality and excellent value in everything that it produces.

So, for the next week we will be showcasing some of our Star products so that everyone can see just how exciting New Zealand's wines really are.

Sauvignon Blanc is what most people find synonymous with New Zealand but there are exciting wines being made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and many other varieites.

Producers are also becoming more and more experimental to produce wines of real quality whilst also having their own unique flavours and charcteristics. These include Kevin Judd, Brent Maris and many many more.

So why not pop in and try some of these wonderful wines and see what you think for yourselves.

Wine of the Week - Geyser Peak ChardonnayDate published: 22/05/12

Along the North Coast of California, Sonoma County has 19,800 ha of vines and is home to world-class Chardonnay. Thanks to the presence of the cool Humbolt Current in California, the summer temperatures are tempered therefore ripening period. This is excellent for developing complex and rich flavours within the grapes.

Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, and has around 100 acres of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to those of several partner growers in Sonoma and Mendocino.

This excellent value Chardonnay is bursting with tropical fruits, juicy green apples and smooth buttery undertones.

Just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more
(£9.99 single bottle price)

Jubilee JewelsDate published: 17/05/12

Here at Majestic we love a party, and what better excuse is there than the Queen's Jubilee?

So, with that in mind, we thought we would give you even more to celebrate! We have put together a selection of wonderful wines at bargain prices that will make sure you really enjoy the Bank Holiday without breaking the bank.

Here they are:-

Nicholas Feuillatte NV - £15

Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 - £18

Riverlands Run SB 2010 - £4.99 when you buy 2

Vinalba Malbec Reserva 2010 - £7.99 when you buy 2

Prosecco Corte Alta NV - £6.66

Peroni Nastro Azzurro - £1/ bottle

Wine of the Week - The NED Waihopai River Pinot Grigio 2011Date published: 16/05/12

'The onus is on better producers to prove that Pinot Grigio has more to offer than is commonly believed'  - Ian d'Agata - Regional Chair for Italy at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

We believe that this Pinot Grigio certainly does offer more. Italy's most successful wine has become a global phenomenon and this Kiwi wine is a stunning example of a new world alternative to the old world mass produced traditional Italian style.

Produced by NED one of New Zealand's most dynamic Sauvignon Blanc producers, the fantastically acclaimed winemaker Brent Maris has produced a wine full of flavour and elegance. The crop is excellently protected by a pair of Falcon's to scare any potential harmful pests away.

A wine that sways to the style of a Pinot Gris, it is beautifully fresh and smooth, with a palate packed full of tropical stone fruit. The wine exhibits flavours and characteristics that sits inbetween a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay.

Very versatile and will be a perfect wine to drink on its own or to match with a fresh salad or creamy pasta.

£7.99 a bottle when you purchase 2

20% off NZ Wines

Celebrate the Summer with English ExtravaganceDate published: 11/05/12

As there is a lot to celebrate this summer, what with the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics, what better excuse to crack open a bottle of bubbly. And why not show your Patriotism by buying British? Let's just hope the weather improves.

Here at Majestic Chester, we stock 4 of Chapel Down's wonderful Sparkling range and within those, we think there is something for everyone! Over the summer, they are all on extremely good deals and are a wonderful alternative if you fancy a change from Champagne!

Chapel Down Brut - £14.99

Chapel Down English Sparkling Rose - £17.99

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2005 - £19.99

Chapel Down Sparkling Rose Brut - £21.99

If these don't do it for you, Chapel DOwn also do a selction of still wines!

WOTW - Valpolicella RighettiDate published: 11/05/12


Hailing from the La Casetta di Ettore Righetti estate the grapes from this wine are hand-picked and of the highest quality. The wine has been made using the Ripasso method where the grapes are passed over Amarone skins to add flavour. The wine is full-bodied and smooth with cherries and spices on the palate. Essentially the same as an Amarone but at half the price, this is an absolute steal. To be drunk with all meats and cheese.

This a big Majestic Chester favourite and will open to taste over the weekend.

Wine of the Week - Monte Vallon ChardonnayDate published: 26/04/12

A new Chardonnay to the Majestic range and it is one that we are very excited about. The Monte Vallon has a very modest price tag but do not let that effect your judgment as it is exceptional. Produced in the South of France from grapes sourced from a number of vineyards 30km inland of the Mediterranean coastline surrounding the village of Argeliers.

The wine is made from the juices of the first pressing, which is then fermented for 3 months with slight contact to oak and then for a further 3 months on their lees. This process enables the wine to be fruit driven with tropical characteristics and a delicate structure.

The wine has a wonderful golden appearance and is dominated by green apples and with tropical and floral hints. The palate has bags of fruit but is perfectly balanced with a lovely refreshing acidity and rounded finish.

A perfect wine to enjoy chilled on its own or with fresh seafood.

£6.99 a bottle when you purchase 2 or more.

Wine of the week - Matsu El Picaro 2010, ToroDate published: 19/04/12

With a contemporary burst of Spanish wines starting to appear in the market, one of the leading producers of new style of wine emerging is Vintae. Produced in the western region of Toro from the local varietal of the classic Tempranillo grape, Tinta de Toro produces wines that are different to your usual Spanish qualities.

The El Picaro is Vintae's entry level wine but do not let that put you off as the wine is produced from 50 year old vines that produce intense notes of black fruit. The wine is dominated by fruit and typical of the style has seen minimal oak aging, having only been aged for 3 months.

The wine has a deep ruby appearance and is dominated by black fruit notes on the nose. The palate is intense with bursts of blackberries and blackcurrents accompanied by fresh mineral notes. A superb balance and a lasting finish gives the wine a more subtle edge over other Spanish wines such as Rioja.

A perfect wine to enjoy on its own or with a spicy Spanish dish.

£7.99 a bottle when you purchase 2.

The other wines avaliable in the Matsu range are the El Recio 2009 at £12.99 multibuy and the limited El Viejo 2009 at £20 multibuy. The whole Matsu range is exceptional and well worth a try. Pop in and give the El Pacaro a taste.

La Garnacha 2010, Salvaje del MoncayoDate published: 13/04/12

The La Garnacha is new to the Majestic range and is a fantastic addition that we are proud to offer you. It is a fantastic example of the quality of Grenache wines that are being produced in Northern Spain. The grapes are sourced from the mountains of Moncayo from ancient wild vines that help to produce mouthwatering intensive notes.

Although still a relatively young wine, it possesses vibrant notes of wild berries and raspberries accompanied by subtle notes of tobacco, which will become more distinctive over time. The palate is medium bodied but is intense with strong hints of strawberries, berries and raspberries accompanied by discrete notes of French oak.

An usual Spanish wine that is definitely worth a taste and will no doubt leave you wanting more. A perfect partner for a steak or a spicy tomato based dish.

Only £7.99 a bottle!!

20% of Spanish Wines

Easter Food and Wine Matching Final Week!!Date published: 07/04/12

Food and Wine Matching 4th weekend

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, £12.49 When you buy £9.99

This is fantastic example of a New Zealand sauvignon. Fresh , full of fruit flavours such as passionfruit and guava with underlying citrus notes. I would pair this wine with:

King Prawn Pad Thai

Ingredients
50ml/2fl oz vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, sliced
20 king prawns, shells removed
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp shrimp paste (blachan)
75g/2½oz roasted peanuts
½ tsp chilli flakes
250g/9oz fine rice noodles, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, then drained
150g/5oz bean sprouts
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
handful fresh coriander leaves, to garnish
1 lime, juice only
Preparation method
1.Heat the oil in a wok over a high heat. Add the garlic and prawns and stir-fry for two minutes, then remove and set aside.
2.Add the eggs and spread out around the wok to form an omelette shape. Once cooked through, break up the egg into chunks, then set aside with the prawns and garlic.
3.Add the shrimp paste, nuts and chilli and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
4.Add the noodles, bean sprouts, sugar, soy sauce and fish sauce and stir-fry just long enough to warm everything through.
5.Return the egg and prawns to the wok and stir to combine.
6.To serve, evenly divide the pad Thai among four bowls. Sprinkle with coriander and a squeeze of lime.
(Simon Rimmer)


Gran Vendema, Rioja Crianza 2008- £9.99 when you buy 2 or more £5.99


This amazing value Crianza, is full of red fruit flavours driven by red cherry, moderate tannins. A Fantastic easy going red!


Pork Chops with Gremolata

Ingredients
For the pork chops
2 pork chops
salt and freshly ground black pepper
25g/1oz butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, skins on, squashed flat
175ml/6fl oz white wine
For the gremolata
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ lemon, zest only
Preparation method
1.For the pork chops, season the pork chops with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the butter and oil together in a frying pan until frothing, then add the flattened garlic and seasoned pork chops. Fry for 2-3 minutes, or until browned, then turn the chops over and fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Lower the heat and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through. Transfer the chops to a warm serving plate.
2.Pour the wine into the pan to deglaze, scraping off the residue from the bottom of the pan. Bubble over a high heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by two-thirds.
Technique: De-glazing pan gravy


3.For the gremolata, mix together the parsley, garlic and lemon zest in a small bowl.
Technique: Zesting citrus fruit


4.To serve, spoon the reduced white wine sauce around the pork chops and sprinkle over the gremolata.
(Nigel Slater)

Chateau de Sours RoseDate published: 07/04/12

Placed high up on a limestone plateau, just to
the south west of pomerol and facing
St.Emillon, Chateau de Sours has been
producing extraordinay wines for over
200 years.

Their expert and learned atisanal approach
to winemaking really shows in this rich,
complex rosé.

A vibrant cherry blossom pink colour and
very simillar on the nose. A rich palate with
red berries and strawberries and cream.

The perfect match with a prawn and
avocado salad. Or try with raspberry
cheesecake!

Only £7.99 when you buy 2

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 06/04/12

This month's Fine Wine Friday is the Muriel Gran Reserva 1989. If you like aged Rioja then this is for you. There is still plenty of fruit, but it is perfectly integrated with bags and bags of sweet spice, vanilla and hints of smoke and tobacco.

This is the perfect partner for Lamb and around Spring and Easter this is the perfect time to enjoy this if you want to treat yourself.

Why not pop in and treat yourself to a couple of this fantastic wine @ just £17.50 when you buy 2, down from £25.

Wine of the Week - Spolverino Toscano 2010Date published: 31/03/12

Spolverino Toscano 2010, Carpineto

A classic Italian wine from Tuscany. The name Spolverino translates into the meaning of 'feather duster'. The wine is produced by one of Tuscany's best producers Carpineto using predominately Sangiovese and a blend of local grapes.

The wine draws you in with a fantastic ruby appearance indicating its subtle medium body. The nose is dominated by vibrant red fruits of cherries and raspberries with a distinctive hint of oak. The palate is dry and intense with red cherries dominating with integrated notes of tobacco following through. The intensity and richness of the fruit produces a lasting finish with a youthful and refreshing acidity.

Spolverino would be a fantastic partner for a BBQ or with cured meats.

 

£9.99 a bottle when you purchase 2

Easters Food and Wine Matching 3rd WeekDate published: 31/03/12

Food and Wine Matching 3rd weekend

St Hallet Poachers Blend, 2010, Barossa Valley Australia- only £4.99! when you buy 2 or more bottles

This wonderful blend dominated by Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Semillon and Riesling, giving the wine crisp acidity.

This wine would go really well with this reciepe of:

Medieval chicken with whole garlic cloves
Serve this unusual but delicious roast chicken with mashed potatoes or crusty bread and a crisp green salad

Ingredients:
1 small packet saffron threads
400ml/14fl oz white wine
1 roasting chicken
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
5 small garlic bulbs
5cm/2in piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
olive oil
sea salt
Preparation method
1.Preheat the oven to 230C/450F/Gas 8.
2.Soak the saffron in a little of the wine. Rub the chicken all over with the pepper and cinnamon and place the chicken in an ovenproof dish.
3.Cut the tops off the garlic bulbs so you can see the cloves and arrange them around the chicken with the ginger. Pour a little olive oil into the garlic bulbs and pour the saffron and remaining wine around the chicken. Season the chicken with salt and place in the oven.
4.Roast for 20 minutes then lower the oven temperature to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and cook for another 40 minutes, or until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through. Baste the chicken and garlic regularly during cooking (BBC Food)

Red Wine Food Matching

As South Africa is on offer atn majestic we all now have the chance to try some of the amazing blends they do. A great example of this is the:

Kanonkop Kadette, 2010 only £8.79 when you buy 2 or more South Africa Wines
this wine is a blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc creating a complex flavour in the wine. I suggest with this wine a meal of:

Spiced lamb with Pomegranate
Transform a couple of lamb steaks with this paprika marinade and serve alongside a cooling pomegranate and cucumber salad for the ultimate balance of flavours.


Ingredients:
1 garlic clove
a pinch coarse sea salt
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp smoked paprika
a drizzle of olive oil
2 lamb steaks
1 whole cucumber
seeds from half a pomegranate
a few sprigs mint
Preparation method
1.Crush the garlic with a pinch of salt using a pestle and mortar. Add the black peppercorns, coriander seeds and paprika, and continue, adding a tablespoon or two of olive oil, till you have a rough, loose paste. Baste the lamb steaks with the spice mix then set aside for at least 15 minutes, longer if you can.
2.Lay the steaks on a hot barbecue to ensure a charred crust and leave to cook for approximately ten minutes, turning them occasionally.
3.Meanwhile chop the cucumber into neatish chunks and put in a serving bowl. Remove the seeds from half a pomegranate, avoiding any of the white pith. Scatter over the cucumber. Finally tear over the cooling mint and toss together.
4.When the lamb is cooked, season generously with some coarse sea salt and serve with the refreshing salad. (BBC Food)
 

Mel's recipe for the perfect Gin and TonicDate published: 24/03/12

Take a tall hi-ball glass

Fill it up by 1/3 with ice

Quarter a lime

Squeeze the juice of one quarter into the glass and drop in

Use another quarter to squeeze juice around the rim of glass

Add a 50 ml serving of Martin Millers London Dry Gin

Crack open a bottle of Fever Tree tonic water and fill glass!

Serve!
(Preferably in the sunshine, with a punnet of strawberries!)

Wine of the Week - Marques de la Concordia ReservaDate published: 23/03/12

Marques de la Concordia is named after one of Spain's most distinguished historical figures. The title was given to Don Jose Abascal for  unifying the New World with the Old Americas. The say this personal heritage of  merit, excellence and progress are values
at the heart of Rioja's finest wines.Made solely with Temperanillo grapes, and uniquely aged in both French and Amercian oak barrels. Spending only a short amount of time in contact with oak, this Rioja is very fruit driven with overtones of spicy, vanilla oak.Due to its juicy, new world style, this wine is very drinkable on its own, or paired with barbequed lamb!

Only £7.99 when you buy another Spanish wine

Come in over the weekend to try it FREE on the tasting counter!

Easter Special!! Food and Wine Match - Weekend 1Date published: 16/03/12

With Easter looming and only 5 weekends away we thought it be appropriate to showcase 10 of our best offers on wines in store on a week by week basis.

Each weekend on the run up to Easter we will be recommending a white and red to go with the food match that weekend. This will be the Chester store staff personal favourites to partner the relevant bird which will be in the oven on Easter Sunday.

This weekend our wine recommendations are

White - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2011 @ £6.99 when you buy 2+

This wine is new to our range and a goo - d alternative to The Ned and Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc. At only £6.99 it punches well above its weight with fresh crisp citrus fruit flavours held together with good backbone acidity leaving a clean finish on the palate.

 

Red - Rioja Reserva 2006, Bodegas Muriel @ £5.99 when you buy 2+

A favourite with all Majestic staff this wine consistently offers great value for only £5.99 a bottle. Having been aged for 24 months in barrel and a further 24 months in bottle this wine is silky and smooth with soft raspberry and red cherry fruit on the palate. This wine has well integrated tannins which are subtle and leads to a good finish.

 

Food match for Weekend 1

With our Spring offers being launched and Sauvignon Blanc and Rioja recommended above I only think it's right that we start the food match with a starter of scallops (my personal favourite) and spring lamb.

Starter

For the scallops

olive oil, to cook

8 large or 12 small scallops removed from shells, cleaned and halved

salt and freshly ground black pepper*

½ lemon, juice only

For the scallops, heat a little olive oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Season the scallops with salt and freshly ground black pepper before placing into the pan sliced-side down and cook until golden-brown, about 1-2 minutes. Turn the scallops over and reduce the heat. Cook for a further 1-3 minutes, depending on their size, or until just cooked. Take care not to overcook the scallops. Remove scallops and squeeze over some lemon juice.

 

Main

Spring lamb

180g/6oz spring lamb, trimmed

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the grill to its highest setting. Season the lamb, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and place under a the grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side (for medium) or, until cooked to your liking. Set aside to rest in a warm place.

 

Open your bottles of wine and enjoy...............................................

Mothers day fizzDate published: 15/03/12

Mothering Sunday 18th March

To make the day special, why not go for some stunning sparkling wines that we have on offer at the moment?...

Oeil De Perdrix Rose Champagne is on a great 2 bottle deal at the moment at £20.
Delicate, salmon pink in colour and soft fruity bubbles. The perfect aperitif.

Lindauer Brut Cuvée from New Zealand is £9.99 when you purchse 2 or more. A great light and citrussy sparkling, fabulous chilled and drank outside. IF the sun does actually come out...

The Lindauer Special reserve at £10.99 (when you buy 2) is a different style to the Brut Cuvée, but another great wine. Ever so slightly pink in colour and the palate is rich and creamy.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene is a steal for £8.99. A tropical delight, with pineapple and melon prominent on the palate. The perfect accompaniment to a light lunch or salad.

Have a good one!

Marqués de Cáceres, Rioja Crianza 2008Date published: 12/03/12

A classic Crianza from Cenicero in the heart of Rioja Alta which does not disappoint. Produced by Cáceres who has over 60 years of production experience in a fresh micro-climate region enabling the grapes to be at their expressive best.

Although 2008 was not the greatest year for Rioja production, this wine is still exceptional which is mainly down to the work of Cáceres. The ageing process for this wine has consisted of 12 months in oak and a further 14 months in bottle.

The wine draws you in with a fantastic ruby and purple appearance indicating its youthful Rioja age. The nose is dominated by vibrant Cherry and Blackberry aromas with subtle hints on herbs. The palate has a medium intensity of sublime red fruit with hints of sweet spice which give this wine a superb balance and lasting finish.

A perfect partner for Paella or Chorizo based dishes and will get even better over the next couple of years.

£7.99 a bottle when you purchase 2

Let Battle Commence..Date published: 09/03/12

England and France have a history of going toe to toe with each other and this weekend's battle in France will be as hard fought and gripping as any before. The French have held the sparkling wine accolade for as long as it has existed, but the English are finally fighting back and some would argue are even the greater force. Two fantastic sparkling wines from either side of the channel are:

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV, France
Bouvet is the second oldest sparkling producer from Saumur in the Loire region. Made in the traditional Champagne method but with Chenin Blanc instead of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This elegant wine is fruity and floral on the nose followed by a palate full of apples and Honeysuckle.

£9.99 When you buy 2.


Chapel Down Brut NV, England
Chapel Down is one of the choices of the royal family and rightly so. Produced in Kent by England's biggest producers using a blend of Rivaner, Reichensteiner and Pinot Noir this warrior gives the greatest Champagnes a run for their money. A superbly balanced wine which is refreshing and zesty that will conquer all at the final whistle.

£17.99 When you buy 2

Feel free to show your patriotism!!

Spanish Wine Selection at Majestic Wine Chester!Date published: 09/03/12

Spanish Wine Selection at Majestic Wine Chester !

Instore we have a broad range of delicious Spanish wines , coming from regions all over spain.

Spain is renowned for Rioja. We currently stock many of Rioja's top producers:Muga , Marques de Murrieta creating smooth velvety Gran Reservas. If you like your Rioja's fruitier we have Reservas and Crianzas to suit your palate. Aswell as Rioja, there are fantastic wines from Ribera del duero, Navarra and Bierzo.

The Exceptional:- Emilo Moro, Ribera Del Duero £13.59 when you buy 2 or more

The Classic – Cune Reserva 2007, £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

The Value – Gran Vendema Criza 2008- £5.99 when you buy 2 or more
 

Why not try some spanish whites:

From full bodied citrus and toasty style barrel fermented white riojas, to crisp clean citrus white riojas. The crisp whites an alternative to Sauvingon Blanc the barrel fermented styles and alternative to Chardonnay.

One of my favorite personal favorites grapes from Spain is Albarino, An aromatic wine full of flavour! Two options are-

Martin Codax,2010 - 9.99 when you buy 2 or more
Pazo Senorans,2010 - £13.99 when you buy 2 or more
 

Kanonkop KadetteDate published: 27/02/12

From one of South Africa's most prestigious producers, comes a wonderful blend to drink all year round. Known as their '2nd wine' the Kadette is blended from predominantly Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Having aged in French oak for around 12 months, it is a very forward and much lighter style than Kanonkop's top wines. Still showing a deep ruby colour, both the nose and palate show masses of ripe raspberries, blackcurrant and those unmistakable Mocha flavours from the Pinotage. These combine well with hints of dark chocolate and blackberry which show more on the palate. A lengthy finish make this wine an absolute bargain.

Partner this with Grilled Welsh Lamb Steaks.

Where should we be eating?Date published: 03/02/12

If you have been into Majestic Chester you will see that we are enthusiastic and excited about new products coming in as well as big into our food and wine matching.

Is there somewhere in Cheshire we are missing out on eating out at the moment. Send your recommendations to us @majesticchester on Twitter or email the store on che@majestic.co.uk

We look forward to your suggestions....

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 02/02/12

The first friday of every month we open up a bottle of fine wine between £20-30.

It is definately our favourite weekend of every month, and a date for your diary to pop in and try a fantastic bottle of wine.

We look forward to seeing you

 

PS if you follow us on twitter, you can find out which bottle we will be opening!

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.

 CH LA VICOMTESSE
 ANTONIN RODET BEAUJOLAIS
 LAWSON'S DRY HILLS ROSE
 CUVEE DES AMANDIERS ROUGE
 CLOS D'YVIGNE LE PRINCE
 CLOS D'YVIGNE RGE ET NOIR
 VIGNES DE NICOLE CAB MERL
 L'ENIGME CABERNET SAUV 
 DOM LES YEUSES LE SIRIUS
 DOM PECHE ROME TEMPRANILLO
 CLOS D'YVIGNE CU'NICHOLAS
 L'ENIGME SAUVIGNON
 DOM LES YEUSES MUSCAT SEC
 CONO SUR GEWURZTRAMINER
 MATETIC EQ SAUVIGNON
COSTERO SAUVIGNON BLANC
ALTOSUR SAUVIGNON
 

Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Wairau ValleyDate published: 28/01/12

Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley 2011

From arguably one of New Zealand's best producers comes this spectacular Sauvignon Blanc. With grapes taken from four vineyards in the heart of the Wairau Valley, this wine displays all the characteristics you could want from a great Sauvignon.
The tropical aromas are simply bursting out of the glass, giving wonderful scents of passion fruit and ripe gooseberries. Leading through to the palate, this wine displays a mouth-watering acidity that will leave you wanting more. The ripe fruits combine deliciously with a slightly herbaceous hint, leading to a clean, long-lasting finish.
Quite simply one of our best wines under ten pounds, make sure you don't miss out!

Just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more
(£12.49 single bottle price)

Hurry! Offer ends Monday!

St. Clair online parcelDate published: 27/01/12

While stocks last we have limited amount of St. Clair Pioneer Block Grüner Veltliner, Gewürtztraminer & Syrah. Available online only!

These are cracking wines. Last years Syrah was absolutely delicious, in complete contrast to Aussie Shiraz, the Hawkes Bay Syrah is delicate and perfumed with loads of fruit.

New Zealand Grüner Veltliner is in its infancy (originating from Austria) but is widely tipped to be the next big thing to come from NZ.

 

Get these wines whilst you can. We in Chester have 6 of each to share between Staff!

Wine of the Week - Chateau Aigues Vives CorbieresDate published: 22/01/12


Château Aigues Vives Cuvée Exception 2007 Corbières


Gérard Bertrand is known as one of France's most renowned winemakers, and he does not disappoint with this Southern French blend. Made from Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan, this wine has great structure and body – definitely something to keep you warm on these wintery nights.
A deep red colour in the glass, this wine displays aromas of red and black fruits with notes of black pepper and cocoa. These spicy, peppery notes follow through on to the palate, and the ripe, juicy tannins provide a fantastic balance that leaves a lasting finish. Enjoyable on its own, or partner with a rack of lamb – delicious!

Just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
(£9.99 single bottle price)

Saint Michel GaillacDate published: 14/01/12

Over the weekend, we have the Saint Michel Gaillac Rouge and Blanc open to taste! These are two really interesting new wines that combine easy drinking with good depth from Southern France.

The white is made from Loin de L'Oeil, Muscadelle and Mauzac while the red consists of Braucol, Syrah and Merlot.

The white is very refreshing and combines light fruit flavours with good acidity to give a well balanced aperitif, while the red is very smooth and elegant with plenty of fruit.

Both of these wines offer excellent value at just £5.99 when you buy 2 so get in while stocks last!

Wine of the Week - Paul Mas MarsanneDate published: 10/01/12

From one of the most prestigious producers in Southern France comes this fantastic 100% Marsanne. Not known for being used on it's own, Marsanne is usually blended with other varieties in the Rhone region to add complexity and body to wines.

Although rich and full, this is perfectly balanced and matches refreshing acidity with subtle fruit and rich buttery undertones, that come from some barrel ageing, to give a wine that is not only different but also very drinkable aswell.

The nose and palate are very similar combining Pear and blossom scents with a soft butter note that develop onto the palate and combine with delicious honeyed flavours.

Rich and complex, this wine would pair exquisitely with Poached Salmon with a creamy sauce and Asparagus (if you can get it).

Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 06/01/12

As its Fine Wine Friday today (the 1st friday of every month), and added to the fact that I am on a mission to share my love of Californian wine with the world, we have opened

Ridge 'Geyserville' Zinfandel 2009, Sonoma

This is a superb and quite restrained (for California) Zinfandel. With Ridge being avid beleivers in Organic and Sustainable farming this wine is a true expression of terroir from the single vineyard situated just above the smal town (village) of Geyserville near Sonoma.

Bags of succlent Black Cherries dominate the nose and palate with black fruit and fantastic hints of spice and menthol. A superb wine with great finesse (yes thats right a Zin with finesse) and a long finish drinking from now til at least 2022 if not 2030. Dont just take my word for it;

Robert Parker 93-94 points, and read Claytons' (our Fine wine Centre Manager) opinion using the link below:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-ridge/product-is-18736

Do we give Californian Wine enough credit?Date published: 06/01/12

It is no secret that at Majestic we do not stock a huge amount of Californian wine, however this is not due to the lack of quality wines produced in the USA, it is more to do with the price of these wines; with the cost of suitable land in California at a premium.
The wines that Majestic stock are carefully selected by our Buying team, because at each price point they must offer very good value-for-money. This in turn means that some of the wineries and producers Majestic stock are often some of our favourite wines:

Sonoma-Cutrer

Their Chardonnay (see link below) is one of the wines when on such a good offer is snapped up by staff. Full-Bodied, oaky and very rich this is a Chardonnay for Chardonnay lovers.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-cutrer/product-is-18844

Saintsbury

A fabulous producer and one of the first wineries to start growing vines in Carneros, a cooler climate than that of Napa due to the pacific influence. This lends itself to growing the grape varieties of Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) which both of a good comparison to those of Burgundy.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Saintsbury/product-is-18528

Duckhorn

Again one of the best known wineries in Napa Valley. We currently stock their Napa Valley Merlot, which is a ripe, full, jammy expression of Merlot, unlike some of the lighter new world merlots you see more often. A great wine to try, and a great price for a Napa wine!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-duckhorn/product-is-18839

Ridge

A new addition to the Majestic range, this is a superb winery from souther Sonoma (just north of Napa) and they are committed to Organic and Sustainable farming. There wines are a great expression of terroir which is something not always associated with Californian wines. A must try particularly for their two fantastic Zins and according to Kate from St Johns Wood their Chardonnay!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Ridge

At Chester we also stock their £35 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which is a corker! (not online but please phone the store if you would like one)

Stag's Leap Winery Cellars

The winery that put Napa on the map as there 1974 vintage of Cask 23 beat top Bordeaux in a blind tasting in Paris 1976. Some of there other wines are superb as well, with their Artemis and Fay Cabernet receiving rave reviews and the KAria and Arcadia Chardonnay both being great example of Napa Chardonnay.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-stag

(we in chester still have some Karia Chardonnay in stock at £22 when you buy 2 or more) please call if you would like some)

 

**Although online you must by 6 bottles of fine wine, if you would like just one special bottle (as part of your 12) give the store a call as the likelihood is we have it in stock**

January BluesDate published: 03/01/12

Christmas may be over but here at Majestic we like to keep the cheer going.

All of our Winter deals are available until the end of January.

20% off Chile

20% off New Zealand

20% off Australia

20% off Rhone

Plus many more great deals

So why not pop in and bag yourself a bargain, you never know it may help you forget that it's January!

Decant or not to Decant????Date published: 05/10/11

To Decant or Not to Decant – That is the Question???

To decant a wine means allowing a wine to breathe. The question is should you let wine breathe? There are numerous articles online on whether or not you should allow a wine to breathe. The point of allowing a wine to breathe is exposing it to air and in turn maximising the potential of a wine. Most red wines do benefit from decanting and some white wines will as well.

The rule of thumb is the lighter the wine for example Pinot Noir; the less aeration is needed compared to a robust Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.

The next step is the actual decanting of the wine. Some believe that it is quite enough to purely uncork the bottle and leave it on the side for a couple of hours before drinking it. This is no use at all and the wine will gain no benefit to being open. There is simply not enough surface area of wine exposed to the air.

To decant the wine you could use a gravy jug or if you are a true wine lover you can treat yourself to one of the Riedel decanters we have in store. By decanting the wine you are increasing the surface area of the wine to the air allowing the wine to reveal its full potential and flavour.

Allow the wine to breathe for a good two to three hours before serving. However if you are using a measuring jug you can always pour the wine back into the bottle prior to serving. Whilst serving the wine one of the many errors consumers do is to pour a full glass of red wine into the glass. A tip of the trade is to pour an inch to two of wine in the bottom of the glass allowing further aeration before drinking.
 

Delivery ScheduleDate published: 09/09/11

Here at Majestic Chester we offer a superb, free delivery service (when you order 12 bottles or more).

You can place your order online, over the phone, in-store or via email.

We aim, whenever possible to deliver your order quickly, efficiently and at a time that suits you. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

A rough guideline of our delivery schedule is detailed below:

 

Monday & Thursday: Cheshire Run

 

 Including: CH1-4, CW4-8 & SY12-14

 

Tuesday & Friday : Wirral

 

Including CH43-66 (& deliveries local to Chester)

 

Wednesday: Wales & Wrexham

 

Including: CH5 & LL11-30

 

Regards,

 

Majestic Chester

Store Events(3)

Free Wine Course

23 October 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

Join us for a free introduction to wine! This tutored tasting is designed for beginners who would like to learn the basics surrounding wine tasting and production. The evening will feature sparkling wine, whites, reds and a food/wine matching demonstration. Call to book on 01244 381 118.

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Free Spotlight Tasting

9 October 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

Explore Spanish wine with a free tutored tasting. This exclusive tasting will feature a range of top quality Spanish reds and whites. Call us to book your free place today - 01244 381 118

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Free Wine Course

25 September 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

Join us for a free introduction to wine! This tutored tasting is designed for beginners who would like to learn the basics surrounding wine tasting and production. The evening will feature sparkling wine, whites, reds and a food/wine matching demonstration. Call to book on 01244 381 118.

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Meet the team...

  • Adam Trainee Manager

    After settling in here in Chester I've been expanding my wine knowledge with the view of passing my WSET exam. Come and grill me and test my knowledge! Now the sun is starting to show its face I'm going to start digging in to our fantastic range of Rose's, particularly from Provence! I'm also developing a love for our craft beer range, which is growing by the week!
  • Andy Senior Manager

    After a full 3 year tour of the North of England, I'm finally back where I belong in the North West! Having worked in Chester back in 2011 I'm getting to know the store again and seeing a few familiar faces. My wine likes are ever changing but I'm currently enjoying trying weird and wonderful grape varieties and you can never go wrong with a glass of Sherry or Madeira in my eyes.
  • Chris Driver

    Hi, I'm Chris. This is my first job in the wine industry although I have been an enthusiast for many years. My favourites are the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties but my colleagues are now tempting me with white wine varieties. My main interests at the moment are cliff diving and horticulture.
  • Jack Senior Assistant Manager

    Over the past two years I have worked for Majestic in Leeds, Newcastle, Kendal and now, Chester. My favourite part of the job is helping customers discover new wines through our varied tasting events. Personally, I love big new world reds (Aussie Cabernet in particular) as well as rich, creamy Chardonnays.
  • Patrick Trainee Manager

    This is my first position with Majestic following 3 years spent in Australia and New Zealand traveling and working in wine. My favorite wines have been heavily influenced by my travels, spending my young(er) years drinking Old World red and the odd Chardonnay. I now have a passion for New World Grenache and Shiraz as well as the classic Chablis and Rhone style blends from around the world. I'm looking forward to increasing my wine knowledge as well as taking advantage of a few of the great offers!

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