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E1 6LG
United Kingdom

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INDIAN RUNNER PREMIUM GOLDEN ALE: Refreshingly DifferentDate published: 31/08/14

INDIAN RUNNER

PREMIUM GOLDEN ALE

Refreshingly Different

THE STORY: With a desire to produce an outstanding refreshing beer, the Indian Runner team have drawn on a wealth of brewing expertise to produce Indian Runner Golden Ale.

Brewed in the UK using a complex structure of malts and hops, this unique, refresh Premium Golden Ale is perfect drinking,, whatever the occasion.

RUNNER WITH FOOD: The perfect accompaniment to dishes of all types, Indian Runner Golden Ale works particularly well with spicy food. It's lightly sparkling body and depth of flavour make it a refreshing partner to any meal.

BREWER'S TASTING NOTES:

Visual Appearance- Golden Amber.

Smell/Aroma- A sweet and hop aroma.

Texture- A lingering mouth feel that makes this a very moreish beer.

Flavour- On first tasting Indian Runner Pale Ale offers a clean, satisfying and refreshing flavour. This is followed by a distinctive vanilla character that lingers on the upper palate and gives the beer a fine balance of flavour.

MULTIBUY DEAL:

12* 500ml

£26.40 when you buy 2 cases of selected ale

FINE WINE OF THE WEEK: McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009Date published: 30/08/14

FINE WINE OF THE WEEK

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009

Longhorne Creek, Australia

Langhorne Creek is a premium wine growing region of South Australia on the Fleurieu Peninsula near Adelaide.

Located on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, where the River Murray flows into the sea, rich fertile soils make this an outstanding grape growing region, particularly for red varieties.

Deep crimson with purple tinges, intense ripeberry characters with a vanilla lift exude on the nose.Concentrated rich, black fruit flavours on the palate followto a balanced and velvety finish. 

This wine will be at its best after 5 years of cellaring.

£20 when you buy any 2 selected spirits or Fine Wines.


Lesser Spotted Grape Varieties: Cabernet FrancDate published: 28/08/14

Often described as the 'feminine' side of the more famous Cabernet (have you guessed it yet?) Sauvignon and one of many grapes going through a bit of a renaissance of late, Cabernet Franc used to be far more popular than it is today. Grown extensively in Bordeaux to bolster Cabernet Sauvignon blends until the international demand for Merlot caused it to be displaced, it is now only Chateau Cheval Blanc (St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Class (A)) of the top Bordeaux producers use a majority of Cabernet Franc in their wine. Despite this relative decrease in Old-World growing, increasingly producers in the New World are experimenting with this difficult but elegant grape variety, utilising modern wine-making techniques in cooler climates to demonstrate this variety at it's majestic best. However, it's biggest contribution to the wine industry is as a parent to Cabernet Sauvignon - it was indeed the breeding of Cabernet Franc with Sauvignon Blanc that gave us the world's most planted grape variety.

Whilst Cabernet Franc continues to perform a function across the Bordeaux region as an insurance to failed Cabernet Sauvignon vines due it's earlier ripening and ability to withstand cooler temperatures, as a single variety it is capable of outstanding wines. Cheval Blanc has already been mentioned, but it is also traditionally the main red grape of the Loire sub-regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur Champigny where locals serve it lightly chilled. Cabernet Franc is known for it's perfumed, currant-y fragrance, flavours of red berries and relatively light body and low tannin levels so makes a great aperitif - here are my two favourites that we stock at present:

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2013, Central Valley, Chile - £5.99 as part of our 33% off Summer Selection

Saumur Champigny 2011, Chateau de Targe, Loire - £9.99 as part of our buy any 2 save 15% offer

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CHAMPAGNE: To taste not to drinkDate published: 28/08/14

To truly appreciate a glass of champagne one must first understand the correct technique of tasting. The difference between tasting and drinking wine is quite simple, when drinking, we instantly decide if we like or do not like something without giving it too much thought. Whereas to taste means to analyse, why is that you like or do not like this liquid in front of you?

The technique applied to tasting champagne is the same used when tasting wine, but there are certain special things to look out for......

Do not fill the flute completely. Take time to observe the colour of the champagne: is it pale straw-yellow or a deeper shade? Does it have a greenish edge to it? It may even be pink.

Look at the size of the bubbles. The smaller they are, and the more slowly they rise up the glass, the better the champagne.

Smell the champagne, then give it the lightest of swirls and gauge the aroma again. Can you pick out vanilla, rose petals, peach, citrus, honey or spices?

Now taste it, holding it in your mouth but without rolling it around your tongue. Now swallow.

Elegant, delicate, floral?            

You decide.


New Arrivals: MO MonastrellDate published: 27/08/14

MO Monastrell 2012, Alicante

August seems to be the month of new wines down here at Majestic City. We really are spoiling you! And with this one, it's genuinely exciting as it really does add something new to the range - our only wine from Alicante!

Of course, we are talking about the Denominacion de Origen (DO) Alicante - not the budget holiday destination - where they've been making wine for hundreds of years. Here the heat-loving, potentially troublesome Monastrell (Mouvedre in France, Mataro in Australia) thrives. It ripens late, so needs the long, dry and warm summer that you get on the south-eastern coast of Spain to allow it to reach optimum ripeness. The MO Monastrell is made by  Bodegas Sierra Salinas, who are directing their focus on making modern wines from indigenous grape varieties, and as such the wine is hand-harvested before being cool fermented for optimum flavour and colour extraction.

Predominantly Monastrell (85%) with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante and Garnacha thrown in, this is the wine for those who love juicy, dark reds. A very deep crimson colour with bramble and cherry flavours, this offers a lovely balance of freshness and maturity from it's short period spent in French oak before bottling. As with any good Rhone wines, try this with hearty, rustic dishes. Or just purely if you fancy a break from Tempranillo/Garnacha.

And we haven't even got to the best bit yet...it's only £6.66! (if you buy two or more from our 33% off Summer Selection range)

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Malbec V's The WorldDate published: 26/08/14

THE RISE AND SHINE OF MALBEC

While other wines' popularity rises and falls, Malbec is proving consistently captivating. The concentrated bramble notes and smooth, velvety texture make it a crowd pleaser: warming in wet weather and the perfect choice for a summer BBQ. These great value Malbecs make part of our Summer Selection so you'll get a third off when you buy any two.


SANTA ANA MALBEC 2013, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, 13%

Great value Malbec from one of Argentinas oldest wineries. Plum and cherry characters join supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

£8.99 Summer Selection Price £5.99


ARGENTO MALBEC 2013, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, 13.5%

From grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.

£9.99 Summer Selection Price £6.66



NEW WINE: LAROCHE PEYROLI CHARDONNAY, 2012Date published: 25/08/14

Mas La Chevaliere Vignoble Peyroli Chardannay 2012, Laroche


Background:

As you may have read in the press, once again, Burgundy has been ravaged by hail storms, causing widespread damage and significantly reducing the potential yields for the third year in succession. With Burgundy stocks at an all-time low and prices rising almost on a daily basis, we have been working hard to find alternatives to Burgundy, which encapture the characteristics of the region's wines but still represent great value for money. Combining Michel Laroche's Burgundian savoir faire with the more reliable Languedoc climate, this delicious Chardonnay from high altitude vineyards achieves exactly this.


Location:

Laroche's Mas La Chevalière estate owns 8 ha of Chardonnay Peyroli. The Peyroli vineyard is situated 40km north of Beziers at an altitude of 400 to 500 metres, where the days are warms and the nights cool. This huge temperature contrast between night and day and the clay limestone soil produces perfect ripeness and an elegant minerality in the grapes. This unique vineyard provides one of the most intriguing white wines I have found from the South of France.


Technical Information:

Whole bunches are pressed in a pneumatic press then the must settles for 24 hours settling at 12 to 15° C under protective conditions.Three weeks of fermentation at 15°C in stainless steel vats and 20% in French oak barrels,Nine months ageing. 80% stainless steel vats and 20% in 3 to 4 years old French oak barrels on fine lees. Minimum filtration to preserve the maximum natural character of the wine then bottling under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality.


Tasting Notes:

Pale straw colour. White fruit and white blossom aromas on the nose, with a hint of spice. Delicate fruitiness on the palate, balanced with refreshing citrus acidity. A long finish. Enjoy with crayfish, lobster, fish with sauce, Thai food or cheese. Serving : 10°C - 12°C.


£12.99 buy any 2 save 25% = £9.74 

Fine Wine of the Week!Date published: 23/08/14

LFE 900 Single-Vineyard 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile

This wine is a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. All are sourced from the same high-altitude vineyard in Colchagua Valley, which enjoys average temperatures of 3C lower than in the valley floor, producing intensely flavoured, slow-ripened grapes. As a result the wine is a symphony of ripe, dense black fruit flavour, structured by muscular yet velvety tannins.

On the buy 2 save £10 deal!

Single bottle price £20

When you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case £15!!!

Now open on the tasting counter! Come and try.

New Arrivals: Finca Resalso 2013, Emilio Moro, Ribera del DueroDate published: 23/08/14

Finca Resalso 2013

We are delighted to announce another new arrival to our Spanish wine range! This is the 'second wine' of Emilio Moro, one of the most highly regarded producers in the Ribera del Duero, an appellation located roughly to the west of its famous cousin Rioja and producing a similar style of wine. Like much of Spain, Tempranillo is the dominant variety here - although known locally as Tinto Fino - but the continental climate of the Ribera is known for producing fuller-bodied, fruitier wines than Rioja (as a rough generalisation). 

As for the Finca Resalso, it is a wine made from young vines between 5 and 15 years old, meaning a lighter, fruitier (and cheaper!) alternative to the signature Emilio Moro 2010. Having undergone less oak ageing, this is more similar to a crianza style wine and as such is dominated by primary flavours of mulberry and cherry with only the subtlest hints of spice from oak. As with most fruity Spanish wines, this will accompany tapas and cold meats brilliantly, but equally would make a lovely, easy-drinking everyday wine.

Available at £8.99 when you buy any 2 from our 25% off range, this is a cracking price for a wine from such an esteemed producer. Snap it up before we realize!

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Party PlannerDate published: 20/08/14

Key questions:

1. How many guests are attending your party? (remember when thinking about amount of wine to order to take away the number of children included in your guest list!!)

A glass (or 2) of sparkling wine on arrival? 

One bottle of sparkling wine = 6 flutes 

So for 10 guests you will need 3 bottles (18 flutes glasses)

For a sit down dinner we recommend 1/2 bottle of wine per head.

One bottle of wine = 5 glasses 

So for 10 people 5 bottles will be perfect etc (25 glasses)

2. Whats on the menu?  Match the wine to your menu for maximum enjoyment, the team here can advise on the best matches!

Fish = Sauvignon Blanc, non-oaked Chardonnay (Chablis or similar) for white.  Red is harder here but if you much Beaujolais will work well.

Chicken = Chardonnay or Viognier for white, Pinot Noir for red

Beef = Red meat means red wine. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz/Syrah - Cote du Rhone... 

Lamb = Rioja or Pinot Noir.

3.Have you got enough wine?

So you have gone for 1/2 a bottle per head but still feel nervous - did you know we offer a full sale or return policy?  As long as you have kept at least 6 bottles of your original purchase (our minimum order) you can return any leftovers which are in in good condition. Win-win!

4. Have you got enough glasses?

We also offer a glass hire service which is FREE! We charge a £1 deposit per glass (wine, flute or hi-ball) when it goes out then refund you minus any missing or broken on their return. Easy!

We also hire out chiller bins (£15 deposit) and table top ice buckets (£10 deposit) PLUS we have ice in 4kg bags at £3.99 a bag.

5. Can we deliver?

Why yes we can! Free home delivery, 7 days a week in convenient 2 hour time slots to suit you.  Minimum purchase if 6 bottles, same as in store and online - and we never charge for this service!!

So get planning, if you need more help pop in to store or give the team a call :-)



New Arrivals: Lagunitas IPADate published: 18/08/14

Lagunitas IPA: Petaluma, California

Following on from our successful craft beer tasting this weekend, we are very pleased to annouce a brand new addition to our range - Lagunitas IPA! Currently the fifth-best selling craft brewery in the USA, this is a fantastic alternative to Goose Island or Anchor Steam, two of our most popular American beers.

Lagunitas are well-known for their irreverent stories on packaging and their IPA is no exception; we invite you to inspect for yourself! As for the all-important taste, it is a trademark American-style IPA, using 43 different hops and 65 different malts to obtain a smooth, full-bodied but incredibly aromatic beer. Available in multiples of 6 or 24 and as always with our craft beers, part on our multi-buy offer, so there really is no reason not to grab a six-pack next time you're looking for a great craft beer.

In the words of Lagunitas themselves, 'Life's Uncertain, Don't Sip. It Speaks, People Mumble, Obey the Buds and come visit us sometime'!

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New Italian Wine!!Date published: 16/08/14

Multepupulciano d'Abruzzo 2013

Poggio Civetta


GRAPE: Montepulciano

ORIGIN: This wine comes from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family, located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Cheti, which local legend claims was founded by Achilles in 1181BC.

TASTE: A ripe and approachable, medium bodied and distinctly Italian red. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.

FOOD MATCH: Drink with Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, or pasta and ragu.


Single bottle price-  £9.99

Buy 2 and save 33%- £6.66



Lesser Spotted Grape Varieties....ColombardDate published: 16/08/14

Lesser Spotted Grape Varieties....Colombard

A French grape originally used in the production of Cognac but was considered to be inferior, Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche being the favoured varieties.

The grapes popularity wained in France during the 1970's with almost half of total planting being pulled up, it found a new home in California. Know as French Colombard it became the state's most planted variety, providing a neutral, crisp base wine for commercial blends. Perfect for servicing the fashion for white wine.

In the hot, dry climate of California's Central valley is the perfect environment to counter act the varieties disadvantages. The usually disease prone grape thrives and the characteristics that the Cognac producers disliked, more alcoholic and less acid than the alternatives, are an advantage for consumers of the wine in it's undistilled form.

Exciting this wine is not but it offers pleasantly lively innocuousness. When blended with varieties such as Ugni Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is offers an inexpensive, easy drinking wine that is light and crisp with a citrus finish.

Why not try...

Cuvee de Richard Blanc - £5.49 (was £5.99)

A blend of Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Sauvignon, this wine is a Vin de Pays du Comte Tolosan. Light, crisp and easy drinking bland with ripe fruits and a fresh citrussy finish.

Grand Heron - £6.79 (£7.99 buy 2 save 15%)

From the Cote de Gascogne, this wine offers a fruity nose with cut grass aromas and ripe grapefruit on the palate with a fresh finish.

La Croisade Reserve Colombard Sauvignon Blanc - £6.49 

Also from the Cote de Gascogne this wine is driven by the lively, aromatic Sauvignon. It is crisp and dry with zingy acidity and a bounty of gooseberry and tropical fruits on the fresh palate.


Lesser spotted grape varietes - BonardaDate published: 15/08/14

Lesser spotted grape varietes - Bonarda

A native of Italy the Bonarda grape has been overlooked and underated for too long. It is used in many Italian blends and is not always allowed to shine as a single varietal. This is an extremly interesting grape varity to explore, big fruit character with complexity in the form of fragrant spice. Argentina have whole heartedly adopted Bonarda and made it their own. It is blended with Malbec to give complexity, but we also have the fantastic single varietal to fully express this lesser spotted gem.

La Posta Bonarda 2010 Estela Armando's Vineyard, Mendoza


The Armando vineyard has come a long way since current owner Estela Armando's grandfather began making wine there in the 1880s, transporting it over the mountains by mule, and selling it to workers on the Trans-Andean railroad. Deep crimson in colour, the wine has fragrances of cedar, spice box and red and black berries. Round and ripe in texture, with medium body and hints of pepper and chocolate. Showing its Italian roots, this Bonarda will go well with rich pasta, olives and cured meats.

£9.99

Kaiken Malbec Bonarda Limited Selection 2008 Mendoza

The Kaiken is a Patagonian goose, which regularly migrates across the Andes, and this is exactly what winemaker Aurelio Montes has done. The renowned Chilean winemaker has selected fruit from a number of vineyards in Agrelo and Uco Valley. A deep, ruby and violet-coloured wine, with a backbone of plum and berry fruit, and spicy touches from maturation in French oak. Concentrated and complex, with ripe, sweet tannins and a long finish. A versatile wine, matching well with pizza, pasta or pork chops.

£9.99


New Arrivals: Chandon Rose NVDate published: 13/08/14

Chandon Rose NV, Argentina

As the name suggests, this wine is the result of Moet & Chandon's carefully selected investment in Argentinian viticulture. In the late 1950s, oenologist Renaud Poirier was given the task of finding the perfect place to continue the Moet ethos and style but in a 'New World' setting, with Argentina as the target. Based in the Mendoza district of Agrelo, Bodega Chandon represents Moet's first significant venture outside of France and as of May this year, were able to start importing and selling Bodega Chandon wines in the UK. The mixture of clay soil, a semi-desert climate and cool nights allow the perfect conditions for growing grapes with the desired balance of flavour, body and acidity.

For this Rose version of the Chandon Brut NV, Chardonnay from several different altitudes is blended with a controlled Pinot Noir base wine, followed by the traditional 18 months ageing on its lees prior to release. This results in a complex sparkling rose, as the citrus and stone fruit flavours from the Chardonnay are well complemented by the flavours of red cherries and strawberries and cream from the Pinot Noir. As with all good sparklers, the mousse is voluminous and smooth, making this a wonderful aperitif to suit all celebratory occasions. 

Best of all, this is currently on our 33% off Summer Selection deal so represents a fantastic bargain. £13.99 for a bottle of wine by Moet & Chandon? We must be mad offering it that cheap!

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Try Something Different?Date published: 12/08/14

Are you anxious to branch out of your comfort zone, looking for a wine that's a bit different but don't want to buy something expensive that you might not enjoy? Do you spend month after month drinking the same New Zealand Sauvignon and Argentinian Malbec thinking is their something else out their for me?

Don't despair! We have picked out these exciting wines from our range that are perfect for you to try. We are sure that you will love them!

Whites

El Cometa del Sur Garnatxa BlancaTerra Alta Spain

Terra Alta is a small appellation south of Catalonia. Grenache Blanc is one of the regions principle grape varieties. This dry wine is youthful and subtly aromatic with flavours of tinned pears and white flowers. Delicate, with soft acidity and a lovely zesty finish. 

£6.79 (Buy 2 SAVE 15%) Single Bottle £7.99

Stella Alpina Chardonnay, Alto Adige Italy.

Italy's most northern wine region, Alto Adige is home to some of the country's best white wines. The high sunshine hours,high altitude and moderate climate is perfect for ripening grapes to their best quality. This wine is refreshing with balanced acidity, bold floral flavours and a subtle tropical fruit. - Also try the Pinot Grigio from this producer!

£9.74 (Buy 2 SAVE 25%) Single Bottle £12.99

Rose

Boschendal The Rose Garden, South Africa

From one of South Africa's original wine estates, this rose is made form noble red grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) which are relatively new to this region. Named after a historic rose garden at Boschendal with one of the oldest collections of roses in the Cape. Dry, crisp and refreshing rose with ripe red berry flavours. 

£6.74 (Buy 2 SAVE 25%) Single Bottle £8.99

Reds

'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra Spain

The grapes for this wine are sourced from traditionally bush-trained vines, between 70 and 100 years old, from the Nekeas Valley. Intense and vibrant black fruit flavours accompany a nose of red cherry and liquorice. Bright acidity and structured tannins.

£8.49 (Buy 2 SAVE 15%) Single Bottle £9.99

Casa d'Aragona, Salice Salentino Italy

From this small town comes this easy-drinking blend of two local grape varieties (Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera) A lovely comfortable wine ideal for a night in with a cheesy tomato pasta dish. Flavours of juicy red cherries, plums and strawberries dominate. 

£6.74 (Buy 2 SAVE 25%) Single Bottle £8.99

So come on an adventure with us, come and explore your nearest majestic and ask us for our recommendations! We will be so excited to help you find a new favourite and maybe find a new one of our own along the way!  


New Arrivals: Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/08/14

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc by Carmen: Leyda Valley, Chile

Given the financial constraints many of us find ourselves under these days, it is no surprise that Chilean wines have only become more popular over the last decade or so. Due to the comparatively low price of land and the masses of fertile soil (when compared to Europe, for example), Chile is able to offer many cracking wines at low(er) prices and thus tick all the boxes in the all-important 'value-for-money' category. This essentially means that the wine market has something to offer even the most financially careful of consumers, and we are delighted to announce that here at Majestic City we have yet another wine to add to our extensive Chilean selection.

The Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc is made by Vina Carmen in the Pacific Ocean-influenced Leyda Valley (where the name 'Wave Series' comes from), known for it's cooler climate and thus crisp, refreshing wines. This is no different; winemaker Sebastian Labbe learned his trade in the similarly moderate New Zealand climate but has made a typically Chilean clean and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Displaying refreshing gooseberry, grapefruit and lime flavours, this makes for a great aperitif or if matching with food, shellfish such as king prawns will match well with the clean Sauvignon acidity. 

Best of all, this is currently on our 33% off Summer Selection deal - truly a bargain not to be missed!

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Craft Beer Tasting Friday 15th August Date published: 11/08/14

Come join us this Friday 15th August for our Craft Beer Tasting!

From 6pm we will be opening a range of our new Craft Beers for you to try!

So pop in & join the team! Is there a better way to start your Friday night?

We will be having beers from some of the finest breweries around!

Here is just a few: Brooklyn, Einstock, Camden, Brewdog & more!

The Ned vs Mud HouseDate published: 11/08/14

The Ned is the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc here at Majestic and to celebrate Majestic.co.uk's Birthday it has come down in price to £6.99, which brings it in direct competition with our newest New Zealand Sauvignon; the Mud House, priced at £6.66. But which one is better?

The Ned:

Grown on the banks of the Waihopai River and the Wairau Valley, this Sauvignon has a nose of nettles and grass, leading to gooseberry flavours with a smokey, herbal hint. The palate also displays a lovely gun flint minerality. The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect partner to fresh summer salads and fresh seafood. 

The Mud House:

Also grown in the Wairau Valley, this Sauvignon has aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles; all of which continues onto the palate with tropical and citrus undertones. The Mud House Sauvignon Blanc will also partner brilliantly with seafood dishes, but also summery rice or pasta dishes.

So which one is better? That depends on what you want. If you want a more complex, herby and almost savoury character then the Ned Sauvignon is the one for you. If you want a fresher Sauvignon, with much more fruit character and tropical flavours then the Mud House is the one for you. 



Muga RosadoDate published: 09/08/14

Muga Rosado 2013 £9.34

Grapes, 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo.

Grown on clay/calcareous and alluvial soils in Haro, Rioja.  This wine spends about twelve hours macerating with the grape skins and ferments for 25 days in small, 1000 litre wooden vats, which is where it is kept for 2 months before being bottled.

This vintage was hallmarked by generous rainfall, which meant that the vines practically never stopped growing throughout the cycle. As a result, the canopy development was a key factor and conditioned the organoleptic features of the wine, in particular its aromas and acidity.

The grapes’ natural acidity was enhanced, especially the malic acid, leading to typical “green apple”, Granny Smith-type descriptions of the aromas, and fruits at just the right point of ripeness, such as cherries, peaches, pineapple and citrus fruits intermingled with pasty shop style aromas, from careful use of short term lees aging and stiring. Salmon-pink evolving towards bright copper in the bulb an absolute joy to drink.



Best of the August Summer Selection!Date published: 08/08/14

Best of the August Summer Selection

We have a large range of wines that have now joined the August summer selection and have 33.3% off, so here are three highly recommended wines from the list.

Prosecco La Marca Treviso - £12.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% = £8.66                                                                                                                     Peach and pear scented bubbles, with a good backbone of citrus fruit. This is ideal for casual drinking and pairs really well with paté.

Gavi La Toledana - £11.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% = £7.99                                                                                                                                       Dry, clean and very refreshing this classic Italian wine from Piemonte is busting full of mineral notes, lemon zest and stone fruits with a slight almond twist on the finish. This is undeniably a fish wine, the oilier the better! Try charred barbecue mackerel.

Amalaya de Colome Malbec, Argentina £11.99 buy 2 save 33.3% = £7.99                                                                                                           This wine is actually a blend of Malbec (70%) with some Cabernet and Shiraz adding depth and spiciness. It's a wine from high altitude vineyards, where intense sunshine, coupled with a dramatic decline in temperature at night leads to a fresh but intense wine. Try this wine with red meats or cheese!

For the complete August Summer Selection see our website! http://www.majestic.co.uk/


Producer Focus: YalumbaDate published: 08/08/14

As one of Australia's oldest wineries, many fans of wine from Down Under have heard of Yalumba, the Barossa stalwarts. Formed in 1849 by British migrant Samuel Smith and translating as 'all the land around' in Aboriginal, Yalumba are Australia's oldest family-owned winery, (now on the fifth generation) a status they are incredibly proud of. However, there is far more to Yalumba than just history. 

Benefiting from their status as a family-owned winery, Yalumba are in the largely enviable position of not being responsible to shareholders and thus have the freedom to experiment and innovate regardless of the profit-making potential of any specific venture. For example, Yalumba were one of the first to experiment with Viognier but now the grape is a huge success and many other producers are rushing to follow their example. They were also heavily involved in the pioneering Stelvin screw-cap closure system, aiming to eliminate cork-taint and provide greater freshness, particularly in white wines. Currently the focus is on old vines; attempting to get higher yields from these concentrated, flavoursome but notoriously unprofitable vines - our Bush Vine Grenache is a great example of their success in this area.

Generations of stability and continued investment in modernising their equipment and wine-making techniques mean that wines by Yalumba are always interesting, well-made, and good value for money. As a company, Majestic stock a wide range of Yalumba wines but currently here in City we stock the following in our Australian section:

Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon - £7.98 (buy any two save 15%)

Y Series Viognier - £7.98 (buy any two save 15%)

The Scribbler - blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, currently £11.98 (buy any two save 15%)

Bush Vine Grenache - £11.89 (buy any two save 15%)

All these wines are on the same deal, so why not mix 'n' match a few Yalumba's today?

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

Today sees the start of our newest Spotlight Tasting! We will have six luscious Loire and four brilliant Beaujolais wines open to taste over the next week. We'd love you to pop down and try them for yourselves (completely free as always), so here's a sneaky peak of what to expect:

Loire

Pouilly-Fume 2012, Jean Vincent

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013, PGI Loire

Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2012, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils

Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013, Domaine de la Tourmaline

Clos du Papillon  Savennieres 2009, Domaine des Baumard

Saumur Champigny 2011, Chateau de Targe

Beaujolais

Fleurie 2013, Laboure-Roi

Beaujolais-Villages 2012, Georges Duboeuf

Beaujolais-Villages 2011/12, Chateau de la Terriere

Beaujolais Lantignie 2013, Louis Jadot

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Best of British: Chapel DownDate published: 07/08/14

In part two of our Best of British review, and as a farewell to the Commonwealth Games, we focus on the veritable monolith of English wines, Chapel Down.

Based in Tenterden, Kent, but with vineyards across the south of England, Chapel Down benefit from the same soils as Nyetimber; the limestone and chalk content being very similar to that of Champagne and with a similar average growing temperature. Hugely ambitious with a dedicated expansion plan, Chapel Down believe that they can not only make high-quality Sparkling wine, but still wines too, in a style not dissimilar from Alsace or the Loire Valley. One thing is for sure, they are the largest in the UK in terms of bottles produced, all the while expanding their range, of which we at Majestic stock quite a few:

Brut NV - the wine that put Chapel Down on the international wine map. Approachable and refreshing, this is a lighter style of Sparkling than you'll find in Champagne, but exceptionally well made.

Pinot Reserve 2006 - comparable to a Pinot-based vintage Champagne (eg. Bollinger). Full-bodied, toasty and packed with juicy redcurrants.

Flint Dry - made from Huxelrebe, Bacchus and Schonburger (nope, I hadn't heard of them either). Extended lees contact adds complexity and body to the balanced but delicate flavour profile of elderflowers, minerals and smokiness. Flagship wine demonstrating Chapel Down's willingness to experiment with varietals they believe conducive to the English climate.

Rose - dominated by Pinot Noir and ably supported by Rondo and Regent, this is pure strawberries in a glass. Made in a dry, light Provencal style and as such remarkably refreshing.

All this without mentioning the exceptional IPA and mouth-watering Lager we stock as well. For Chapel Down the only way is up!

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SCREWCAPS: THE GREAT CLOSURE DEBATE.Date published: 07/08/14

SCREWCAPS: THE GREAT CLOSURE DEBATE.


For many wineries, it;s no longer a debate: corks have lost. Most have chosen screwcap for all their wines white and red, on the basis that it's the best generally available technology. Membrane covered corks, glass stoppers and even stainless-steel crowns seals may prove viable alternatives.

Natural cork will only come back if the causes of sporadic bottle oxidation can be identified and solutions to the problem found. Taint remains a secondary issue but has been largely eradicated by the cork producers-after the horse has bolted.

Fine Wine Series: Au Bon Climat Hildegard 2010Date published: 06/08/14

Au Bon Climat Hildegard 2010, Santa Maria Valley, California

It may sound hard to believe, but working in the wine industry has it's downsides - one being that the more wines you try, the less likely you are to be truly surprised by a wine. However, on Monday we here at Majestic City had the pleasure of trying this wonderful Californian wine from Au Bon Climat, a wine so exciting we had to tell you ALL about it.

Au Bon Climat, or ABC, have been making a range of quality wines for over 30 years now, but it is the attempt to do something different that makes the Hildegard so special and a new, firm staff favourite. Ignoring the ubiquitous Chardonnay and utilizing the unfashionable Burgundian grapes of Pinot Blanc and Aligote in a blend with dry-fermented Pinot Gris is brave, but the result is outstanding and genuinely new and exciting.

Offering aromas of apple, almonds and freshly baked cake from it's time spent in French oak (not American, in keeping with the French 'ethos') and a delightfully smooth texture, this is at once balanced, generous and complex. The Hildegard will partner well rich white meat dishes, but is an absolute delight on its own. Drop in and pick up a bottle before stocks run out!

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FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, LET'S DRINK BUBBLESDate published: 05/08/14

Long days are growing shorter and the summer is drawing to a close. It seems only right to see out the season in sparkling style. So pop the cork, raise a glass and let's toast. There's still time to make it a truly memorable summer.


Below is just a small sample of the Fantastic offers we have on across our range of sparkling wines. So whether your a strictly Champagne kind of person or are partial to a bit of Prosecco, we are sure to have something for you.


Bollinger Special Cuvee, NV:      Just  £33.31


Prosecco La Marca, Cuvee NV, DOCG:     Just  £9.99 


Cava Codorniu Rosado, NV:         Just  £7.49

Lesser Spotted Grape Varieties: TannatDate published: 05/08/14

Tannat

Tannat is a thick-skinned black grape variety, native to south-west France but also popular among growers in Uruguay, where it has become considered the national grape and is locally known as Harriague. In it's native Gascony, Tannat is used most notably in Madiran AOC and is characterized by a deeply coloured, notoriously tannic structure that can often take several years to soften, but equally gives Madiran excellent ageing potential. It is these exceptionally high levels of tannin that mean Tannat is often blended with other grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah/Shiraz in order to soften the wine and make it more approachable. In Uruguay, the style varies considerably but here Tannat-based wines are generally less astringent than their European compatriots due to the warmer climate, and have even been made into styles reminiscent of Beaujolais or Pinot Noir/Gamay blends.

Wines made from Tannat are therefore fantastic investments due to their ageing potential, but equally can be paired well with foods such as red meat and hard cheeses, where the proteins and fats bind to the tannins and thus soften their mouth-feel. We only have one Tannat-based wine in stock at present, but my goodness it's a good 'un:

Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca

A blend of Cabernet, Shiraz and Tannat, this is a typically south-American Tannat blend - dark, dense and deep, full of cassis fruit, spices and vanilla. A great match for hard cheeses and red meats, as is to be expected. Currently available for just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from our 15% off range.

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Producer FocusDate published: 04/08/14

Producer Focus- Edna Valley Vineyards 

Edna Valley Vineyards hail from the Central Valley of California. Their vineyards can be found south east of San Luis Obispo, north of Santa Barbara. Central Valley in California is unique in the wine world as having the most sunshine hours and least summer rainfall of any wine producing region in the world. Irrigation, all be it controversial, is essential here. Edna Valley Vineyards is located the coastal region of Central Valley allowing them some influence from the pacific.  A long growing season allows later harvesting, giving the wine great concentration. With quality continually improving and such a wealthy market on the doorstep for Californian wines, often wines we see in the UK can appear comparatively (and debatably) expensive. We are now stocking Edna Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir and Edna Valley Vineyards Chardonnay for just £8.66* a bottle! A cracking deal in my opinion! The Pinot Noir is now open to try at Bangor's tasting counter... so what are you waiting for! 

*33.3% off when you buy 2 or more from the same selection. 


Summer SparklingDate published: 03/08/14

What makes a good summer sparkling wine? We often get asked this question down here at Majestic City, and with the plethora of sparkling wines available to the consumer it can get confusing sometimes. Trying to achieve that balance of refreshment, value for money and pleasing everyone can be difficult, so to help you out with your summer holiday parties, we thought we'd give you a few recommendations.

L'extra par Langlois Brut NV, Cremant de Loire

Cremant is used to describe a sparkling wine made using the champagne method, but from other regions in France, and often uses the grapes that thrive best in the region instead of the usual trio of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Given that this is a wine made in the Loire, the dominant grape is Chenin Blanc which adds a delicious creaminess to the wine. Bolstered by Chardonnay for it's structural properties and citrus flavours, this is a fantastic example of a Loire sparkling; light, dry and elegant. A great value alternative to Champagne and also on our 33% Summer Selection deal until Tuesday.

Codorniu Selection Raventos NV, Spain

The Codorniu family have been pioneers of Cava for nearly 150 years and the Selection Raventos is a very modern example of this style. Incorporating the ubiqitous Chardonnay into the blend gives a more aromatic wine, whilst still maintaining the classic light-bodied, mineral style with delicate citrus and peach flavours. A great all-rounder, this will also match well with canapes and appetisers and offers a slightly better quality to standard Cava or Prosecco.

Undurraga Rose NV, Chile

A chilean sparkling wine? I know, it sounds unusual. However, as many wine lovers know, Chile is fantastic value for money due to the comparitively cheap cost of viticulture and wide availability of fertile land, and this wine is no different. Undurraga make this wine from 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the cool Leyda valley, meaning the wine maintains a wonderful freshness and crisp acidity.  An attractive watermelon colour and full of strawberry and cherry flavours, this is an ideal summer wine for the more adventurous party organiser.

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Camden Pale Ale Tasting TODAYDate published: 02/08/14

Camden Pale Ale

Camden town Brewery was founded in 2010 by Australian Jasper Cuppaidge. Since then they have been at the forefront of the Craft Beer trade hwere in London. Today we will be opening and sampliing one of there amazing beers the 'Camden Pale Ale'

Made useing the finest ingrediants, carefully blended to create a fresh, crisp, hoppy beer. This is a fantastically crafted beer.

'America invented Pale Ale during the dark, dry years of prohibition. It was made in Bathtubs by gangsters who traded illicit liquor for secret new hop varieties. One day the president tasted Pale Ale when no one was looking. "prohibition is over" he said.'



Best of British: NyetimberDate published: 02/08/14

The great British summer is in full swing, so to mark this unpredictable, unique and sentimental time of year we thought we'd give you an insight into the fantastic British producers making wine on our very doorstep. The advent of better facilities and infrastructure, improved wine-making techniques and the discovery of soil very similar to the Champagne region has dramatically improved the quality and reputation of English wine. Across the south of England, grapes are ripening as we speak, ready to fulfill the ever-growing demand for the Best of British.

Nyetimber

These guys are most certainly all about quality - in 2012 they famously refused to bottle any wine as the grapes were not of a high enough standard. Located in West Sussex, Nyetimber aim to make traditional method sparkling wine to rival the best Champagne (and have scored higher than some very big names in blind tastings). All their wine is produced from the 152 hectares across West Sussex and Hampshire and the only grapes grown are the Champagne trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, meaning Nyetimber's whole operation is geared purely to sparkling wine production.

Classic Cuvee 2009 - Nyetimber's flagship wine, the clue is in the name. Classically champagne-like aromas of citrus, brioche and shortbread are delivered with elegance and poise.

Rose Vintage 2009 - made from specifically selected French clones, this is bursting with redcurrants and cherries intermingled with toast and brioche. 

Demi-Sec - Nyetimber's piece de resistance and the first of it's kind in England, this off-dry sparkler is 100% Chardonnay and is simulatenously luscious and fresh.

Blanc de Blancs 1996 Vintage, Magnum - A real 'wow' wine made from 100% Chardonnay in the classic Champagne style. Golden in colour with peach and citrus aromas, this is at once balanced, opulent and delicate. 

We currently have all these featured wines in stock, and the Classic Cuvee is on our 33% off Summer Selection deal until Tuesday, meaning there has never been a better time to pop down to us here in the City and pick up some great English wine.

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Crafting A New Beer RangeDate published: 01/08/14

Here at Majestic we're as passionate about good beer as we are about good wine. Craft beer has really taken hold in the UK beer market and we are particularly proud of the selection of great craft beers we offer. In addition to stalwarts such as Brooklyn, Anchor Steam, Meantime and Chapel Down, we have recently started stocking beers by London Fields, Einstok, Roscoe and Camden Brewery, whilst also expanding the range of some our more established producers. We thought it only fair we give you all a bit more information about some of our newest, most exciting and favourite craft beers.

Goose Island IPA

Let's start with the best of the US. Goose Island are based in Chicago and the IPA (short for India Pale Ale) is one of their flagship beers. At 5.9% ABV this is not one for the faint-hearted, but is simultaneously hoppy, delicate and very, very tasty. Definite staff favourite.

Roscoe Amber Ale

From New York, Roscoe's beers are one of our newest arrivals, and their amber ale offers the UK beer drinker something different to the triumvirate of stout/porter, lager or pale ale. In a twist on pale ales, amber ales are made by brewing with amber malt and usually less hops resulting in a darker colour but also a fuller, less aromatic flavour. 

Camden Hells Lager

Camden Brewery are a mere 4 years old and their Hells Lager offers the craft beer connoisseur a traditional, German-style lager from an expanding, ambitious producer. 'Hells' is a German word meaning 'light-coloured', but in practical terms a 'Hells'-style lager is hoppier and more aromatic with a drier finish than your standard commercial lager. More Budvar/Pilsner Urquell than Peroni/Carlsberg.

Einstok Pale Ale

Who thought the Icelandics would jump on the craft beer bandwagon? Well they have, and the result is outstanding. Einstok would have you believe that their success lies in the quality of the water they use, which they actually import from Iceland before brewing in the UK, but there is a lot of craftsmanship that has gone in to making this beer. As a left-field option, look no further.

Meantime Yakima Red

We have stocked both the Pale Ale and Lager for some time now but are excited about the 10 cases of Yakima Red that came through our doors yesterday morning. Another Amber Ale, this is brewed with British and German malts with the addition of five different hop varieties, giving a complex, smooth taste.

With the exception of the Roscoe beer, all the above are part of our craft beer deal - so why not pop down this weekend and see what we have to offer!

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FREE DELIVERY SERVICEDate published: 30/07/14

FREE DELIVERY SERVICE

Did you know Majestic offer FREE home delivery, 7 days a week!!


Deliveries are always fulfilled at a convenient time, by your local store (or by the store nearest your venue) so you're always dealing with the same store team you placed your order with. If you're ordering for a large party it may be worth organising delivery a few days in advance to allow for late additions/changes to the guest list - but be aware that if your ordering ice you will need somewhere to store it until the big day.


So whether you're having a a few friends around for a BBQ or organising a wedding, don't forget Majestic can bring everything you need directly to your door.

Fine Wine Focus - Chablis 1er Cru 2009, Domaine LarocheDate published: 26/07/14

Chablis 1er Cru 'Les Fourchaumes' Vieilles Vignes 2009

Domaine Laroche


'The 2009 Chablis Les Fourchaumes comes across as tightly wound, especially within the context of the year. There is plenty of fruit, but the wine hasn't yet begun to blossom in the glass. This broad shouldered, intense Chablis needs time to fully emerge. Today it is quite reticent. The pointed, insistent minerality is attractive, but also imposing at the stage. Anticipated maturity: 2013+' 92+ points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

£30

Buy 2 bottles save £10

£25


Wine of the Week - Ch Barthes Rose 2013Date published: 22/07/14

Wine of the Week

Château Barthès Rosé 2013 Bandol

Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.

A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, pears and hints of floral perfume. Lithe and supple on the palate, finishing with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.

£12.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4

£11.04


SIPSMITHS TASTE OF SUMMERDate published: 22/07/14

SIPSMITH SUMMER GIN CUP


If your a fan of Pimms & Lemonade then your going to love the Sipsmith Summer Gin Cup.

Sipsmith Summer Gin Cup is the perfect sip for gin lovers. Made with award-winning Sipsmith London Dry gin, handcrafted in Sipsmiths West London distillery, then blended and infused with a host of summery ingredients including lemon verbena and Earl Grey tea. Zesty citrus gin notes combine with aromatic spices, fresh cucumber and Earl Grey tea to make a deliciously refreshing summer gin sip. 


To create the perfect serve bursting with bright summer flavours simply fill a large wine glass (or carafe to share) with ice, add one part Sipsmith Summer Cup (35ml per person), top with 3 parts lemonade, garnish with a slice of lemon, SIP back and enjoy.


SIPSMITH SUMMER CUP £15 per bottle.

Mix & match any 2 selected spirits and fine wines save £10


Majestic at the Decanter World Wine AwardsDate published: 17/07/14

Majestic at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 

Here is a selection of some of Majestic's wines that won the Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014:

Surani Costarossa Primitivo 2012

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013 

CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2007

Bollinger Grande Année 2004 

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012

 Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012 


Gavi 2013 AraldicaDate published: 17/07/14

Gavi 2013 Araldica - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% - £6.66

Gavi is often referred to as the Chablis of Italy on account of the wines being mineral, having a rich understated complexity and being particularly food friendly. Despite being more closely linked in style with its neighboring region's wines, Gavi is still considered Piedmont's white jewel in the crown. It gained DOCG status in 1998.

Totally different in style and wine-making, the grapes are pressed very gently and free-run juice is used predominantly to capture the floral and elegance for which Gavi is famed. Lemon and citrus pith on the nose and palate, there's something very clean about this wine, tangy, bitter perhaps, it's searingly refreshing. Perfect for the garden.


Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NVDate published: 17/07/14

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV - £12.99 buy 2 save 33% - £8.65

The Salatin family have had a presence in Treviso for over half a millennium, but have only made wine since the end of WWll when they realised the potential of the terroir. Treviso has been an area of wine production since Roman times, and was particularly loved by Doges of Venice who spent their holidays relaxing in the picturesque hills.

Prosecco labelling can quite complicated - due to a quirk of translation Extra Dry doesn't mean that the wine is dry, rather that it's slightly sweet. Brut or Extra Brut would mean dry. This wine is incredibly quaffable, especially on a hot summers day. It has lots of pear and peachy flavour and a frothy vivacious bubble structure which is very refreshing.


INCREDIBLE 2 WEEK ONLY PROMOTION: 15TH - 28TH JULYDate published: 15/07/14

INCREDIBLE

2 WEEK ONLY

PROMOTION!!

Here at Majestic we are very proud to offer you this 2 week price discount on some of our favorite wines. Crisp white, succulent red and top quality sparkling wines are all covered in this one-off promotion.

Torres Vina Sol, SPAIN

£7.99 Buy Any 2 Save 25% £5.99

Pennautier Cabernet, SOUTH OF FRANCE

£7.99 Buy Any 2 Save 25% £5.99

Prosecco Corte Alta, ITALY

£9.99 Buy Any 2 Save 33% £6.66

Codorniu Rosado NV, SPAIN

£9.99 Buy Any 2 Save 33% £6.66

Codorniu Raventos NV, SPAIN

£11.99 Buy Any 2 Save 33% £7.99

These fantastic offers will only be running until the 28th of July so don't miss out. Place your order today either on-line, over the phone or simply pop in-store. Don't forget, we also offer free delivery.


Summer SparklingDate published: 05/07/14

Summer Sparkling

Bouvet Saumur Rosé Brut NV


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

A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose.

A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.

£8.99 (Pick 'n' Mix 33.3% off)


Food and Wine Matching - Rose and KormaDate published: 05/07/14

Food and Wine Matching - Rose and Korma

Due to the recent spurts of great weather, this week I was inspired to dabble in a splash of food and Rosé matching. As a fan of the more dry and delicate Provence style Rosé, I went against my usual choices and sampled something with a little more body and sweetness, in order to match a more wholesome meal than light fish or salad.

Having perused what food I still had left in the cupboards I threw together a mild chicken korma using some trusty pre-made sauce from a jar and boil-in-the-bag rice (not forgetting the old jar of mango chutney hidden at the back of the fridge).

The Rosé I chose for this dish was the Rose D'Anjou from La Grille who produce wine in the Loire Valley. This medium sweet Rose explodes with fun and fruity characteristics of strawberries and peach which together with a refreshing acidity integrate beautifully with the sweet spices and creaminess of the dish.

It was delicious and also helped to use up some chicken that was becoming a bit tired.


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

We are pleased to announce that several wines in our substantial range have won medals at the annual Decanter World Wine Awards! Often said to be subject to the most vigorous judging, top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals based on how exceptionally they performed in their respective category.

However, in addition, we had six wines awarded 'Trophies' for outstanding performance. It is worth noting that only 33 wines out of 15,000 entries won a Trophy, so we are understandably very proud to be stock a significant portion of winners! Of these, four really stood out to us here at Majestic City:

Surani Costarossa, 2012 : International Trophy - Red Italian Varietals under £15

This has long been a firm Majestic staff favourite. It is made from Primitivo, indigenous to southern Italy (and Eastern Europe), which wine boffins will know is genetically identical to Zinfandel, the Californian variety. However, that is not to say it is the same wine as you'd find in the USA. As always, terroir plays a part in determining the phenolic make-up of a wine, and here the grapes have been allowed to over-ripen on the vine followed by a slow fermentation for maximum flavour extraction. This results in a dense, voluptuous wine with notes of prunes, figs and sweet spice, that is simultaneously, soft, plush and elegant on the finish.

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier, 2013 : Regional Trophy - White Languedoc-Roussillon under £15

After a successful rugby career ending in 1992, Gerard Bertrand went in to the wine business and is now arguably one of the largest wine producers amongst the vast southern French wine regions. Whilst we also regularly stock a wide variety of his wines, the Viognier really stands out. Due to not possessing a marked acidity, it is notoriously difficult variety to cultivate and harvest right (unlike Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, for example), but Bertrand has turned it into one of his easiest-drinking and consistent wines. Displaying the characteristic peach and white flower aromas, the palate is honey-rich, lush and remarkably refreshing. A great wine to accompany white meat, or simply on it's own.

The King's Legacy Chardonnay, 2011 : Regional Trophy - New Zealand Chardonnay under £15

From the vast and seemingly bottomless Sauvignon Blanc lake that is Marlborough, we thought that a trophy-winning Chardonnay was definitely worth a mention. Utilising all the tools available to modern winemakers, this Chardonnay is sourced from both the Wairau and Brancott Valley, from a mixture of older and younger vines to give a real balance and depth to the wine. It is then fermented in oak using wild yeasts, before resting on the dead lees of those yeast cells for a further 10 months. This intricate process provides complexity and a subtle creaminess whilst maintaining the fresh fruitiness of apple and nectarine that so appeals to the modern wine consumer. Outstanding value and incredibly easy-drinking.

CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2007 : Regional Trophy - Red Rioja Gran Reserva over £15

CVNE produce a number of wines for our Spanish range but this Imperial 2007 is one of their top offerings. Having been made for the UK market for nearly a hundred years, this is made from 20 year old vines and classically aged in oak before release. This ageing process gives the wine great structure and balance, a garnet hue and enticing aromas of coffee, caramel and cinnamon. This is a wine with many years of improvement still left in it, but should you be unable to avoid temptation, it goes outstandingly well with roasted meats or game. 

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Have You Tried.....?Date published: 10/06/14

Have you tried...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! 


Syrah and Shiraz - Are they the same?Date published: 10/06/14

In a nutshell - yes.

However, it isn't quite that simple, they are the same grape but a bottle labelled as Syrah will rarely taste the same as one named Shiraz.

In France they tend to use the word Syrah and produce a very elegant wine with a real focus on the spicy and peppery edge of the grape. A fantastic example of this is the Hermitage region in the Rhone valley where there is a pronounced peppery note on the wines.

Conversely in Australia, arguably the home of Shiraz, they produce big beefy wines with much more emphasis on the fruity and meaty aromas of the variety. But in Australia, and in other New World sites, the word Syrah is used to denote a more restrained (French) style of wine.

Keep an eye out for the different styles we have and maybe try a selection next time you pop in!


A taste of Summer - Black Cottage RoséDate published: 10/06/14

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

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

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with salads or prawn dishes.


VINA ARDANZA 2005Date published: 01/06/14


LA RIOJA ALTA

VINA ARDANZA 2005


The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled us to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza 2005. Our vineyards benefited from very generous weather conditions and the grapes ripened perfectly as a result. Moderate and well-timed rainfall ensured a very good budding. The Tempranillo grape bunches were of average size, whereas the Garnacha vines yielded very loose bunches with small-sized berries, which resulted in highly concentrated grapes. Grape picking started in early October, with mild daytime weather and cold temperatures at night. This temperature drop assisted in both balancing the sugars and achieving phenolic ripeness, which is crucial in producing quality wines. Grapes showed optimal health conditions and very good analytical parameters, which augured well for an extraordinary vintage. 2005 was officially awarded as “Excellent”. 


 BLENDING AND SOURCING 

The 2005 vintage of Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from our 30-year-old plots ‘La Cuesta’ and ‘Montecillo’, located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining our ‘Finca La Pedriza’. 


WINEMAKING AND AGEING 

The grapes were selected in the vineyard and taken to the winery in refrigerated trucks. Once fermented, the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was barrel-aged for 36 months in four and a half year-old casks. The Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two and three year-old casks. The wines were manually racked six times. It was bottled in July 2009.


TASTING NOTES

Dark ruby red with an orange tint on the rim. Intense and lively on the nose, with spicy and balsamic aromas, scents of vanilla, coconut shells and black pepper with undertones of blackberries. Well-structured on the palate, perfectly balanced in acidity and alcohol content, with soft and silky tannins. The long aftertaste displays flavours of fresh blackberries along with spicy woody notes. The Ideal partner for roasted and grilled meats, barbecues, poultry and game, Iberian ham and sausages, as well as semi-cured cheeses. 






Bank Holiday Bargain!!Date published: 23/05/14

Having a BBQ/Party this bank holiday?

Want 6 bottles of cracking Prosecco delivered to your door (at a time to suit you) for under £40?

Then take a look at this fruity fizz

Prosecco Corte Alta, NV

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic. It is delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

£9.99 or buy 2+ save 33% - £6.66

That's a case of 6 for £39.96! 


Argentinian Malbec - Perfect for a BBQDate published: 20/05/14

Argentinian Malbec

The Malbec grape variety was first brought over to Argentina in 1850, when it was predominantly used for blending with several different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It has since become the most planted grape variety in the country.

The Malbec grape will show regional differences in accordance with the changes in climactic conditions such as altitude.

Low altitude areas: these produce fuller bodied wines with greater hints of black fruit.

High altitude areas: these produce more elegant and silkier malbecs with less fruit influence and more floral aromas.

In Argentina there are 3 main growing areas for the Malbec grape. These are:

Mendoza Region: This region accounts for 70% of all wine produced in Argentina, and is one of the largest wine growing regions in the world. The climate is dry and almost desert like, and wine is influenced by both snow melting water for irrigation and high altitude due to the surrounding Andes Mountains and Argentine Pampas.

San Juan: This wine region is the second most important wine region of Argentina and is hotter and more arid than the Mendoza Region.

Rio Negro: This region is where some of the most high class wines from Argentina come from. The high winds, low rainfall and large diurnal range allow for high quality viticulture. In this region it is not dominated by altitude cooling but mostly latitudinal cooling.

Top Offers this Month:

Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza. £6.99 buy 2 save 33%

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena, Mendoza. £6.66 buy 2 save 33%

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.



Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/05/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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. This is crisp, elegant and refreshing.

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

£11.99 buy two save 33% £7.99 per bottle 


Emilio MoroDate published: 20/05/14

Emilio Moro 2010, Ribera Del Duero (£14.99 Buy 2 save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Known locally as Tinto Fino, the Tempranillo clones here are old and pure. The Emilio offers real intense flavours of blackberry, vanilla and smoke. Full bodied and a lingering finish with well integrated firm tannins that make this perfect with Lamb. 


FREE TASTING - Weds 14th MayDate published: 10/05/14

Summer Tasting Evening - Wednesday 14th May 6pm-8pm

Nothing to do on Wednesday evening? Why not come and join us for an evening of wine and cheese! Enjoy 10-15 wines from our range as well as some lovely cheeses from Vallabona.

It is an informal evening so come along, grab a glass and get stuck in!

Call the store today to book your place...020 7247 9381

Discovering Italy – Trentino-Alto AdigeDate published: 09/05/14

Discovering Italy – Trentino-Alto Adige

Trentino

This is the southern part of the central alpine region. The vineyards are centred on the valley of the Adige River and the hills immediately to the east and west of the river. Heat rapidly builds up at the lower altitudes during the summer months so the climate is not as cool as one would imagine.

70% of the vineyards in the region are registered for DOC production; one large regional DOC is supplemented by various varietal and geographical DOC zones. The most important wines from Trentino come from 17 grape varieties including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Muller-Thurgau, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

The biggest handicap this region faces is that wine production is market driven; grapes have been planted and vinified according to comsumer trends without regard for suitable soil types and climates.

Alto Adige

The northern part of the region is predominantly German speaking, and vines compete with apple trees for space in the warmer valley floor. Wine production is dominated by co-operatives who account for two thirds of production.

Historically, Schiava was the dominant grape variety accounting for 60% of plantings and producing light, acidic red wine. Today it is being rivalled by Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.

Lagrein, the 2nd most important red in the region, is unique to Alto Adige and produces deep coloured wine that are earthly and tannic.

The majority of wines explored from the region are to Austria.


Top BuysDate published: 08/05/14

This week we have got 5 top deals that everyone simply must take advantage of!

Gavi Toldedana £7.99

Minuty Rosé £9.99

Berberana Rioja Reserva £6.99

Serena Pinot Grigio £6.66

Bouvet Rosé £8.99

All the prices quoted above are when you mix and match from our Summer Selection.


New Arrival: P15 MalbecDate published: 05/05/14

New Arrival - P15 Malbec

Owing the the huge success of Malbec from Argentina over the last few years we have brought in a lovely new wine from an up and coming area of this wonderful country. Patagonia lies at 39 degrees latitude, and is the second southernmost wine producing region behind Central Otago in New Zealand. Made from relatively young vines the wine has a slightly more perfumed nose than the more punchy wines of Mendoza and has a delicious black cherry and heady violet based palate. The name, P15, comes from the old highway that used to run adjacent to the vineyards.

£11.99 or save 1/3 down to £7.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our Summer Selection.


Chardonnay - The RenaissanceDate published: 30/04/14

It is no secret that the big, oaked New World Chardonnays of the 80s and 90s have, in some quarters, permanently tainted some consumers views towards the great Burgundian white grape. Emphasis on power rather than elegance and oak over fruit, created wines that were unpleasant to many. By contrast, lighter and more fruit driven white varieties, such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc have enjoyed a rise in popularity and have since dominated the UK market.

However, slowly but surely those on the ABC bandwagon are being won over by a more modern and thoughtful approach to winemaking. Cool climate and high altitude vineyards are leading this revival, with oak being used to contribute to the textural and aromatic complexity rather than being the wine's defining characteristic. The resulting wines possess more poise and elegance than their predecessors and are thus more palatable and appealing to UK consumers.

Styles range from unoaked wines with clean and crisp citrus and green fruit characteristics to a subtle use of oak giving vanilla and tropical fruit notes. These more restrained chardonnays can be found from a multitude of New world regions such as Chile, Argentina, California, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The latter is currently experiencing healthy growth, with Hardys up 14% in value in the last 12 months (Accolade, 2013) and chardonnay is the fastest growing Australian grape variety.

At Majestic we stock a wide range of new world Chardonnay and would encourage you to #tasteandexplore


Summer Wine EveningDate published: 29/04/14

Don't forget, on the 14th May we will be holding our bi-annual customer tasting! We open a range of wines, from fresh, summery whites to Champagne to fine wine. If you would like to join in, just give the store a call on 0207 247 9381, or e-mail ( cty@majestic.co.uk ) & we will book a spot for you - there are still spaces left! Want to bring some friends along? You sure can! We just ask to let us know how many people will be attending when you book.

See you on the 14th. And yes, it's free. It's our way of saying thank you for being friends of Majestic City. Who needs loyalty points!


Food and Wine Matching - Thai Curry and GewurstraminerDate published: 26/04/14

Food and Wine Match

Thai Chicken Red Curry with Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2011 Nelson

As a lover of all things spicy, I made a Thai chicken red curry last night. A simple mix of chicken, Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, Asian vegetables and of course more chilli. This makes a lovely supper when you want something quick and delicous.

The wine to match?

I chose the Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2011, a intense, tropical-fruit-laden wine. Full of concentrated flavours of orange zest and lychee, it is embellished with floral notes on the nose and a delicate yet slightly unctuous texture. The off-dry apéritif style really emphasises the wine's fruitiness, complementing the Thai spices perfectly.


De Telmont Champagne at £14.99Date published: 22/04/14

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV 

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

Fabulous value.£22.50 Single bottle price £14.99 Buy 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33%* When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case



New Arrival: Crittenden Estate ChardonnayDate published: 22/04/14

Crittenden Estate Chardonnay 2011 Mornington Peninsula - £22.00 or £17.00 when you buy 2 or more of selected Fine Wines.

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin: Crittenden's first five acres were planted in 1982, a time when Mornington Peninsula had little association with wine, having only around 10 acres of vines. Garry Crittenden and his family have since developed the estate into one of the region's definitive wineries.

Taste: Plush, generous Chardonnay, full of ripe melon and citrus with a rounded, buttery mouth-feel. 10 months in French oak has given this wine remarkable depth, harmony and nutty lees-derived nuances.

Enjoy:

Superb with homemade pasta garnished liberally with herb butter and freshly shaved parmigiano.


SPECIAL OFFER - Peroni Nastro AzzuroDate published: 16/04/14

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml Bottles

£31.92 £24.00

The leading Italian lager - clean, crisp and refreshing.


Special Offer: PILSNER URQUELLDate published: 16/04/14

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles

£27.84 £24.00

The original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style.  


Fine Wine - Vina Ardanza 2004 Reserva, Rioja AltaDate published: 15/04/14

This is one of the very best 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.

Grape: Tempranillo, Garnacha

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

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

This wine is part of our fantastic fine wine deal: Buy 2 bottles save £10*

The 2004 Reserva was nominated 'best value wine in the world' by renowned critic Robert Parker in 2013 - so its not just me who likes it!

Sal

Rhone - Get Your Money's WorthDate published: 10/04/14

Rhone - Get Your Money's Worth

With the popularity of Rhone wines growing, It's becoming hard to really find a wine that is truly outstanding for under £10 - Plenty of good wines but not outstanding! Well, I've found one at Majestic, that is both amazingly well made but is also under that magic £10 mark. Let's take a look and see!

Lirac 2012, Domaines des Garrigues - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more - A family run winery since 1961, this wine is seriously good. When you consider that no oak has been used in the making of this wine it's hard to believe how ample the tannins are; lush red fruits burst through and a vibrant, youthful colour is apparent. the finish has notes of liquorice and a burst of blackcurrant brings it back in to balance beautifully.

Real quality, really good price! Come and get yours now!

Sal

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Easter Opening Hours

Friday 18th April - Normal hours, 9am - 7pm

Saturday 19th April - Normal hours, 10am - 6pm

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April - 10am - 3pm

Excellent New ArrivalDate published: 09/04/14

Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012

Brand new to the Majestic range comes this harmonious and wonderfully rich Italian chardonnay. Golden in colour with an abundance of tropical fruit, this little gem will be perfect with Chicken breast stuffed with feta and a rich creamy sauce.

£9.33 as part of our fantastic Pick n Mix deal which is running for just one more week! 

Don't miss out!!!

Sal

A True Majestic Favourite . . . At A Truly Amazing PriceDate published: 09/04/14

NED SAUVIGNON BLANC . . . £6.99!!!

For A limited time only the Ned is just £6.99. Hugely popular with staff and customers alike at majestic, this is a classic example of Marlborough sauvignon blanc at it's very best. A powerful nose of nettles and tropical fruits lead onto an intensely fruity palate with smoky hints and mouthwatering acidity. 

With an offer as good as this, it is strictly while stocks last, so please hurry to avoid disappointment!!!


Region in Focus - LoireDate published: 08/04/14

The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is made up of 4 sub-regions: NantaisAnjou-SaumurTouraine,Central Vineyards.

The Loire covers a huge area and therefore makes very different wines depending on the sub-region. Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre from the Central Vineyards in the east produce very steely, flinty wines; whereas the wine produced further west in the Nantais region is often sweeter in style.

Some of the key grape varieties include Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc for white wine and Cabernet Franc for red wine.

Come and Explore some of wines we have in store from the Loire.

A personal favourite of mine is the Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fume. If you need any recommendations or just want to try something new pop in and i'm sure we can help!

Sal


Planning a Wedding?Date published: 08/04/14

Planning a Wedding?

Tying the knot soon and want to find the right wine to suit everybody? We can sort all your needs. Just come in and speak to one of our friendly staff and they will be able to advise what wine you should have depending on what food you will be serving on the big day. As well as this, we can help you decide how much wine you will roughly need to buy based on how many guests are attending.

We provide the service of sale and return so if your guests weren't as thirsty as you thought they may be then you can return whatever wine you don't drink (just so long as the bottle is sealed). 

We also provide an impressive range of beers and soft drinks for those who don't enjoy wine as much we do.



Spotlight Tasting - SpainDate published: 05/04/14

Free Spotlight Tastings!

We will be holding a FREE spotlight tasting in-store with a range of Spanish wines.

It starts at 3pm Saturday 5th April. 

What it entails: there will be 6 wines to taste in thirty minutes. There is only one way to discover your next favourite wine and that is quite simply, to taste it. 

We will look at Spain and learn more things like how the landscape and climate affects the flavour. You will get to try different wines from the same region next to each other, or different wines made with the same grape, which we have found is a great way to compare and contrast in order to develop your palate; or just taste some great wine... for free!!

Why not come in to taste, learn and explore?

Just sign up at the sales counter, give us a call on 0207 247 9381 or send us an email at cty@majestic.co.uk 

See you there!


Loire Valley in a NutshellDate published: 03/04/14

The Loire is the longest river in France with a length of 1,012 kilometers (629 mi) and is the 170th longest river in the world. Its banks are characterized by vineyards and chateaux in the Loire Valley.

The Loire Valley wine region includes the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France. In between are the regions of Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouvray.

The Loire is often divided into three sections. The Upper Loire which includes the Sauvignon blanc dominated areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The Middle Loire is dominated by more Chenin blanc and Cabernet franc wines found in the regions around Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. The Lower Loire that leads to the mouth of the river's entrance to the Atlantic goes through the Muscadet region which is dominated by wines of the Melon de Bourgogne grape.

While the majority of production is white wine from the Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes, there are red wines made (especially around the Chinon region) from Cabernet franc, and Sancerre Rouge which is made using Pinot Noir.

Loire wines tend to exhibit characteristic fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavours-especially in their youth.



MalbecDate published: 03/04/14

Argentina has a wonderful hot climate which allows grapes to ripen quickly. In order to avoid over ripe and sunburnt grapes, the best producers plant their grapes at high altitude which enable perfect ripening conditions as the Malbec grapes are exposed to the sunlight but not the heat. This means that the Malbec bunches ripen more slowly and evenly and gain sumptiously soft tannins, lovely ripe dark fruits and a deep attractive ruby colour. 

Tips: Often producers will state on the bottles if their Malbecs are planted at high altitude, whereas bulk produced Malbec will generally be planted on flat vineyards as it's easier and cheaper to harvest the grapes.

Recommendation: Try our Catena Alta Malbec with a nice, juicy steak.


In the know about ChampagneDate published: 03/04/14

Sparkling in the spotlight: 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.


Bottle SizesDate published: 03/04/14

Most of us are familiar with the regular 75cl bottle, after all the majority of wine comes in this format, however there are many other sizes available - we're often asked about their names so here they are!

For Champagne:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Jeroboam (4 btls)

Rehoboam (6 btls)

Methuselah (8 btls)

Salmanaza (12btls)

Bathaza (16 bts)

Nebuchadnezza (20 btls)

For Bordeaux and other still wines:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Marie-Jean (3 btls)

Double Magnum (4 Btls)

Jeroboam (5 ltrs)

Imperial (8 btls)

Aix Rose Double Magnums now in-store! Come and check them out, you won't be disappointed!

Know your ProseccoDate published: 03/04/14

Sparkling in the spotlight: Prosecco

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine; generally a Dry or Extra Dry wine; normally made from Glera ("Prosecco") grapes.

Although the name is derived from that of the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape may have originated, DOC Prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, traditionally mainly around Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north of Treviso.

Prosecco is the main ingredient of the Bellini cocktail and can be a less-expensive substitute for Champagne.


Planning a Wedding?Date published: 22/03/14

Organising the wine is an important part of the day to get right, and not many people have much experience buying wine in such large quantities. We're here to help make your wedding buying experience simple and rewarding.

You can plan everything you need for your Wedding drinks from this page, and if you need more help or would like to organise a free wedding wine tasting at your local Majestic store we can connect you with your local Majestic expert.

Wedding Wine Advice

Choosing the perfect wedding wines isn't as hard as you may think. The most important thing is to choose wines you and your partner both really enjoy and are good value.

It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £17 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £7 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer.

The team in your local Majestic are experienced at advising couples on wines to suit their tastes, their menu and their budget. We'd be happy to help point you in the direction of a few different whites, reds and sparkling to choose from.

The Arrival and Toast

At Majestic we're real sparkling specialists and always include a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers.

A standard sized bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine (75cl) will provide 6 flutes. For a wedding reception or toast you'll need 2-3 glasses per person. So for 100 guests you'll need at least 100 x 2 glasses = 200 flutes, or 34 bottles.

Consider using a big-name Champagne for toasts and a more cost-effective, great tasting sparkling wine for welcome drinks or further drinking.

The Meal and Party

Here you are ideally looking for versatile wines that broadly match the food and are good crowd pleasers. This way you will steer clear of obvious food and wine clashes and appeal to a wider audience at the same time.

As a general rule, allow half a bottle per person then add a margin for safety.

A standard sized bottle of wine (75cl) will provide 6 small wine glasses (125ml). So one case of wine (12 bottles) will provide 72 glasses. So for 100 guests you'll need 100 x 3 glasses = 300 glasses, or 50 bottles.

Preferences for red and white wines are usually evenly split, but be aware of seasonal variations (in warmer weather allow for more white than red, and vice versa in the winter) and don't forget about rosé!

Organise a Tasting

Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. As well as giving advice, at Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.

Another idea that's increasingly popular is to gather a few friends and family together one evening for a pre-wedding tasting. Open a few "shortlisted" wines and see what you and your trusted advisors think. (Remember, we can deliver the wines to your home and lend you glasses if you need them.) We'd recommend trying no more than three different whites, reds and fizzes in one sitting though or you risk being overwhelmed - and use small tasting samples rather than full glasses or you won't be in the best state for decision making by the end!

Free Glass Loan

You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.

Arranging glass loan with online orders

You can request glasses when you order online, by choosing the 'I would like free glass loan' option and entering how many multiples of 12 wine glasses, flutes or hi-ball tumblers you'd like. The £1 per glass deposit is added to your online order.

When you're done with the glasses, you'll need to take them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for glasses. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the glasses. All we ask is that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready to re-use - the good news is they are dishwasher-safe so there's no need to wash them all by hand! A deduction of £1 per glass will be made to cover any breakages or losses.

Glass loan is at your local store managers' discretion, is subject to availability, and only available to customers purchasing wines, spirits and beers in quantities proportionate to the number of glasses requested. Glass loan is only available in areas where we deliver direct from store, and not by courier.

Ice, Chiller Bins & Ice Buckets

It's important to plan how you're going to keep your drinks chilled. Majestic chiller bins hold 18-24 bottles of wine or Champagne or 2-3 cases (48-72 bottles) of lager when filled with ice and water. Filled with 3-4 bags of ice, drinks will be well chilled in 30-45 minutes and will be kept cold for several hours especially if kept in the shade. These are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis, refunded in full on return.

Alternatively, for a more formal affair try our table-top ice buckets which are available to purchase or hire for £10 – these hold 4-5 bottles of Champagne, wine or water with 1 bag of ice.

Don't forget that we also sell bags of ice that we can deliver with the rest of your drinks.

Arranging ice and chiller bins with online orders

You can request chiller bins and order ice when you order online, by choosing the 'I would like chiller bins and/or ice' option and entering how many bins and how much ice you'd like. The £15 per bin deposit is added to your online order. Ice prices vary across the country, but the website calculates the most you'll ever need to pay - if the ice is cheaper locally, your local Majestic store will adjust accordingly before you are charged.

When you're done with the bins, you'll need to take them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for chiller bins. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the bins. All we ask is that the bins are returned to us clean and unbroken.

Chiller bin loan is at your local store managers' discretion, is subject to availability, and only available to customers purchasing wines, spirits and beers. Chiller bin loan is only available in areas where we deliver direct from store, and not by courier.

Free Delivery

The last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is how to get the wine to the venue. We can deliver the wine to your venue, or wherever else you want it to go, on a date and time prescribed by you so you don't have to worry

Our delivery is FREE, 7 days a week. Deliveries are fulfilled by your local store (or by the store nearest your venue) so you're always dealing with the same store team you placed your order with.

Free delivery applies to orders of 6 bottles of wine or more anywhere in mainland UK. Delivery to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland attract a delivery charge. Unfortunately we cannot offer delivery to the Channel Islands or destinations outside the UK.

Sale or Return

It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a wedding and you certainly don't want to run out. Our people will be happy to offer advice on quantities but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy.

All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition – we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.

We do not collect leftovers or hire glasses so you will be responsible for returning them to your local store.

Sale-or-return is at your local store managers' discretion, and enquiries about sale-or-return on larger orders should be made to your local store.


Wine FactDate published: 22/03/14

California, by itself, is the world’s fourth largest producer of wine after France, Italy and Spain. Washington, D.C., consumes more wine per capita than any state in the nation.

t Majestic, every day is as an occasion to taste...Date published: 22/03/14

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 peopleare 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.

Stephen's Fine Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/03/14

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. My latest choice is the 

Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Ladoucette

At Château du Nozet, Baron Ladoucette follows a family tradition producing some of the best Loire wines available. Superb Pouilly-Fumé with pungent elder-tinged fruit and a smoky, steely finish.

Price £25 when you buy at least 2 selected fine wines.


Vintage Report - SpainDate published: 17/03/14

Spain 2009 Vintage

Weather Conditions
Rioja enjoyed a very hot summer after a wet and cold winter and spring, although the lack of rain in August and first half of September caused worries that the grapes would not be able to develop fully. Rain came, however, in mid-September, and this, in turn, led to worries that the grapes would swell and become 'flabby' if the rains continued for too long. As it happened, the last days of September were dry and bright, and the main harvest started at around that time. 

The unique weather conditions meant that the vines had produced many more grapes than usual, and the Consejo Regulador decreed that a substantial amount should be left on the vine, to ensure that the official quota was not exceeded - one report suggests that some 80,000 kg had to be officially abandoned to ensure that quality and price were maintained. 

The harvest finished over the weekend of the 24th-26th October, just before the arrival of more rain and fog which could have caused further problems.
Best Appellations
In terms of ripeness, as is usual the Rioja Baja recorded good sugar levels as well as phenolic ripeness. Coupled with advances in viticulture and bodega technology, this has resulted in some very good wines - much better than we once expected from this subzone, and this in spite of a May hailstorm which damaged some 1,700ha of vines. Also, picking started very early here, on the 27th August. 

Rioja Alavesa suffered more than the other two subregions from the early and late rains, and has made some excellent cosecha and Crianza wines, but probably fewer Reservas and Gran Reservas than in a regular year. Rioja Alta seemed to have the best of both worlds, escaping the worst of the rains and enjoying a long, hot summer.
Best Producers
The famous names with large vineyard holdings, as ever, come to the fore, as they have the capacity to select the ripest, healthiest grapes for their upscale wines. It's in the nature of Rioja that the same top 20 or 30 bodegas will shine every year, so a list is a little invidious. However... in Rioja Alavesa relative newcomers (1991) Agrícola Labastida are showing great prowess; so too even newer Bodegas Amaren (1995), an offshoot of Luís Cañas; Izadi and Remírez de Ganuza are on top form, and it will be interesting to see what becomes of the old Domecq bodega and vineyards, now part of a joint venture between Bodega Muriel and Marqués de Riscal (though that won't be until the 2010 vintage is released).

Rioja Alta stars include Contador (formerly Benjamín Romeo); old-stagers Bilbaínas; Bordón, Peciña; La Emperatriz; LAN; Muga and CVNE are all reliable, year in and year out, and RODA and Finca Allende continue to astonish.

Rioja Baja stalwarts include Barón de Ley; Palacios Remondo (the family winery of Álvato Palacios); and look out for Finca Manzanos, a family-owned company with a brand-new purpose-built bodega, and the Escudero brothers with their new Bodega Valsacro. Rioja Baja is fighting back from its old reputation of producing hot, high-alcohol wines from the Garnacha: it's doing a great deal more than that.

New Spanish white....Date published: 07/03/14

El Rescatado Albarin 2013

Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Y Leon

I'll admit it, when this wine first came in I thought there had been a typo and that some buffoon at HQ had missed the “o” off the end of Albarino! How wrong I was! It turns out there is a grape variety I'd simply never heard of before. 

Albarin is an ancient variety which was all but extinct just a few years ago. There are still only around 100 hectares of it planted in the whole world – all of it in the valleys of the Picos De Europa Mountains near Leon.

The name El Rescatardo means “rescued” in Spanish, and is an homage to Professor Pedro Mittelbrun who pioneered the replanting of this grape variety. He has single-handedly put it back on the map, and for that all of us oenophiles owe him a debt of gratitude!

This is a really interesting wine. Genuinely something a bit different. On the nose it is reminiscent of an Alsace Pinot Gris. Aromas of peach and peardrops are framed by hints of nutmeg and cinnamon spice. The palate is rich and fruit-driven. Good acidity prevents it from being flabby but there is a weight to the mouthfeel that suggests this is a great food wine. Pair it up with some buttery Lobster or some scallops in a creamy sauce!



March Pick and Mix wines Date published: 07/03/14

On the back of February's fab deals we've got another 'pick and mix' offer for March; again you can buy any mix of any of the selected wines and you get a whopping third off!

If we could only have six of the pick and mix lines, these are the wines we would choose...

Pol Roger Reserve - Rich, complex and delicious  

Prosecco La Marca Conegliano - This prosecco really stands out from the crowd, elegant and refined but still fun and fruity! 

Gavi Araldica - fresh, dry and crisp, this slinky Italian is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

Paul Mas Viognier - With aromas of spring blossom and honey, this is the wine for springtime, shake off those winter blues!

Cune Crianza - This youthful Rioja is packed with summer fruit flavours and just a touch of sweet spice, makes a great partner for cured meats and soft cheeses. 

Paul Mas Syrah Viognier - A Cote Rotie by another name, and better still - without the hefty price tag. Punchy yet complex, there is lots to love about this wine.  

These six bottles - one of which is a branded champagne, and all of which we love - only comes to £71.61

These offers will be changing on the 31st March, so pop to the store, ring or buy online at majestic.co.uk today!  



Wines Under £6Date published: 07/03/14

As you may know here at Majestic we offer a range of deals, buy 2 save.... 20% off.... Save 1/3.....

Our simplest deal however is our bargain wines, all at under £6 per bottle and all just on a single bottle price. Not only are they great 'everyday' wines but we like to keep you on your toes and offer you some great value too.

My favorites are...

 Paul Mas Chardonnay, fruity and delicious with just enough oak to make it interesting! Currently at £5.99

La Vielle Capitelle, a classic South of France blend which is great with a roast. Also at £5.99

But don't just take my word for it the £5.99 Mas de Montagnes Cotes du Roussillion Villages was recommended in the Telegraph on Saturday 1st March, they proclaimed it as a 'Red Hot Bargain' and 'best value wine of the year', of which we are very proud!


Customer Preference!Date published: 06/03/14

We want to help you...

In store we have a special list of customers that we have named our customer preference file!

The aim is to notify you about price changes on the wines you love! 

We can also let you know if we have anything new to our range that might excite you. 

As always, we won't share your details with anyone else and we'll only contact you when we think it'll be of benefit to you.

Let us know if you would like to be added to our list. 

Whether you love New Zealand Sauvignon, crazy about Champagne, mad about Malbec or get excited by one off special parcels of wine  - ask to be added to our Customer Preference File!


Pick "N" Mix - HighlightsDate published: 06/03/14

Our Easter Pick and Mix has Started! 

Highlights include:

Belle Epoque £66.66 

Heidsieck Brut £16.66

Cune Crianza Rioja £6.66

Rachels Boshendal Chenin £5.99

Yali Viognier £6.66


What is Retsina Wine?Date published: 06/03/14

Retsina is a type of wine from Greece that uses pine resin to add flavour. Retsina starts out as any other wine would, except small pieces of pine resin are added to the must and left in until the first racking separates the finished wine from all solids. It is produced mainly in the southern part of central Greece close to Athens, but is made locally all over the country. The main grape used is Savatiano with some Rhoditis usually added or occasionally Assyrtiko. Retsina is a protected traditional appellation and it is rarely made outside Greece and southern Cyprus. Locals are accustomed to its pungent flavour, and it is such a unique wine that it receives a lot of interest from visitors as well.

True or False?Date published: 06/03/14

All Burgundy wines are made from a single grape variety?

FALSE: Borgogne Passetoutgrain is one-third Pinot Noir with the rest Gamay, and generic white Burgundy and Crémant de Bourgogne can include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Aligoté, and Melon de Borgogne (as well as Sacy in Yonne)


Did you Know?Date published: 06/03/14

In the United States,  vineyard regions are classified according to a system developed by scientists Manyard Amerine and A.J. Winkler. Their work was based on the research of the 19th century French scientist, A.P. de Candolle, who found that vines began to grow each spring after the air temperature avaerages 50oF. In 1944, winkler and Amerine, working at the University of California-Davis, drew up a regional climatic classification based on the total number of degrees accumulated during the seven months that the vine grows. It is sometimes criticised for is oversimplification, but the system is widely used in reference material on the subject. Thus, Lecel 1 regions have less than 2,500 "degree-days" per season; those and Level 2, between 2,501 and 3,000 degree-days, those at Level 3, between 3,001 and 3,500 degree-days, those at Level 4, between 3,5001 and 4,000 degree-days; and those at Level5 accumulate more that 4,000 degree-days. As a guide, the average Bordeaux climat is considered to be around Levels 2 or 3. 

Did you Know?Date published: 06/03/14

Wine is produced in some surprising locations around the world.  The world knows all about the quality and fantastic grape growing conditions in South Africa, but it is not just here that wine is made.  Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania all have area under vine and wine being made.  There are challenges here. The climate can be very hot, meaning vines are grown at altitude in the cooler inland areas, often at over 1000 metres.  Wine is also produced on the African Indian Ocean Islands, in Madagascar and the French island of Reunion. Reunion is a tropical island and it is surprises a lot of people when you say some good wine is made there.  It is a recognised French wine making area 

Wine Terms - GarrafeiraDate published: 06/03/14

This is a word used in Portugal by winemakers, wine collectors and wine bottlers. It means 'private cellar' or 'reserve'. The term was once used widely on labels to denote a red wine from a specific year. These wines are only made from an exceptional vintage and are aged for 30 months before sale including at least 12 in the bottle. White and Rose wines must have at least 12 months ageing in the bottle to qualify, though today, these wines are rarely seen as garrafeira. By law, all garrafeira wines must display their region of origin and have an alcohol content at least 0.5 per cent above the minimum for that DOC.

Cheese & WineDate published: 22/02/14

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!


Famous French Regions - MargauxDate published: 22/02/14

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.


Sal's Pick and Mix Top Date published: 22/02/14

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)

Sal



Did you Know? Oak ShavingsDate published: 18/02/14

Oak shavings are sometimes used to 'oak' a wine.

When a wine has had some oak influence, it doesn't necessarily mean it has been aged in a barrel. Oak shavings or chips are cut, dried and heated in the oven. They are then used during the fermentation process when they impart flavours such as coconut, toast and smoke depending on how long they have be heated in the oven. They are used in vats as a kind of infusion. They are often used in South America, and have been since the 1980's. Europe legalized their use in 2006. This technique is much cheaper than using a barrel, but it simply cannot compare to the complexity gained from barrel ageing.



Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Back in Stock!!Date published: 17/02/14

The new vintage of the famous Greywacke Sauvignon is back in stock.

Made by the world famous wine-producer Kevin Judd, the man behind Cloudy Bay's success, there are not enough words to describe how much of a pioneer this man is. Despite being a  young winery, only 5 years old, this has not stopped Greywacke developing a cult following, for those who love fine wine, especially Cloudy Bay, but want something else. 

Lashings of gooseberry, intermingled with elderflower, papaya and wet stone, this is one for the purists. Tell your friends and join the revolution of leaving Cloudy Bay behind for pastures new.

Pair with anything at all - this wine is both super and super versatile.

£19.99 down to £16.99/bottle multibuy


Staff Favourite - Gavi Araldica 2013Date published: 17/02/14

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

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles and save £4 (£9.99 single bottle price)


Sal


Why 6 Bottles You Ask?Date published: 15/02/14

Whether it's mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or two of great vintages for laying down, we have a rule: a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

This rule allows us to do things differently. We have friendly, enthusiastic and properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 200+ stores. We have wines open on our tasting counter every day for you to try, and if you'd like to join us at one of our many Taste and Exploreevents they are of course free. Finally, if your order is over £40*, we deliver for free – including evenings and weekends at a time to suit you.

It's doing things this way that's made us the biggest, and we think best, wine retailer in the UK.


Sauvignon Blanc FactsDate published: 15/02/14

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety that prefers moderate or cool climate, where it can retain a refreshing acidity, together with the classic green, herbaceous and tropical fruit flavours.

It is widely planted in New Zealand and Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France.

In general Sauvignon Blanc is not oaked and should be consumed young. Oak is sometimes used to give the wine extra body and character, particularly in the USA, where it is often labelled as Fumé Blanc.

An aged Sauvignon Blanc will develop a green vegetable character, displaying notes of asparagus and peas, which some people enjoy.

The most successful of the classic regions is definitely Marlborough, New Zealand. Here a distinction can be made between the Awatere valley, where it is dryer and cooler and the resulting wines have higher acidity and a distinct tomato character; and the Wairau valley, where Sauvignon Blancs go from pronounced caspicum flavours (in the north) to ripe tropical flavours (in the south).

A wonderful and atypical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc we have in stock is Cloudy Bay Te Koko from the Marlborough region (http://www.majestic.co.uk/Cloudy-Bay-Te-Koko-zid37153). Together with oak ageing and batonnage (lees-stirring) the wine is also fermented with wild yeast and the outcome is a complex Sauvignon Blanc, packed with tropical fruit, almond, citrus and a hint of smoke. It would go beautifully with roast turkey.

In general, Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley is vinified in a way that avoids accentuating any excessive herbaceous or fruit character, resulting in a more restrained style of wine.

Sancerre and Puilly Fumé are the most famous (and expensive) appellations of the region. An elegant example is Sancerre Cuvée Edmond 2008 Alphonse Mellot

(http://www.majestic.co.uk/Sancerre-Cuvee-Edmond-zid05341).

But for a budget choice, look for Quincy, Reuilly and Menetou-Salon, appellations that tend to be very good value for money in the region.

Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire tend to go very well with goat cheese (we tried it in store many times in our free wine course).

Try Reuilly 2012 Henri Beurdin (http://www.majestic.co.uk/Reuilly-zid05208).

If you are free this Saturday and would like to taste a selection of Sauvignon Blancs from the world, we will be having a free tasting in store.

#tasteandexplore


We Are Majestic!Date published: 15/02/14

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.


Spotlight on a Region - BadenDate published: 15/02/14

Baden is a German wine region and is the longest region in the country. Popular wines from this region include Spatburgunder and Grauburgunder.  This region is highkly suitable for ripening red grapes which explains the explosuion of growth of red wine grapes being grwon here. 

Pick "N" Mix - Pick of the DayDate published: 11/02/14

There is a wide range of fantastic wines available in our February Pick "N" Mix so each day we thought we pick one of our favorites. To start with we have chosen the Alamos Malbec.

This great Malbec is a Majestic favorite with staff and customers and as we seem to be having alot of appalling weather this is the perfect wine to warm up with.

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.

Price; £6.66 when you buy any 2 wines featured in our Pick "N" Mix.


Pink and Mix- Love Rioja?Date published: 11/02/14

Rioja Reserva Lagunilla 2008

This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstocks.

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.

Partner with roast shoulder of lamb, or any number of game dishes.

£9.99

£6.66

When you buy 2 or more Pick “N” Mix wines

James


Spotlight on a Region - TouraineDate published: 11/02/14

An important wine region in Loire. The most well known wines coming from this region are those from Bourgueil and Chinon. The most popular grapes from this region are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. 

Spotlight on a Region - PfalzDate published: 11/02/14

Pfalz is a wine region in South Germany. Nearly half the wine produced in this region are dry wines, and the region has been a leader in producing full bodied dry wines mostly from the Riesling grape. Red wines from Pfalz are also full bodied with alcohol levels often over 13%.

Wine Words- HardDate published: 11/02/14

Hard is a tasting term used to describe a wine that is high in astringent tannins and is without much fruit flavour. 

Spotlight on a Region - MargauxDate published: 11/02/14

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 

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 

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

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.

James

Grape of the DayDate published: 11/02/14

Today's featured grape is the little-known Norton grape. Also known as Cynthiana, although at one time Norton and Cynthiana were thought to be different varieties. 

Described accurately by some of its proponents as 'The Real American Grape' because, unlike Zinfandel, Norton is native to the USA.  It is pure Vitis aestivalis not vinifera but does not have any 'foxy' character.  Norton yields very small grapes with high pip ratio, necessitating destelage to avoid excessively harsh tannins in the wine. 

Acidity is high, with an unusually high proportion of malic acidity, and the wine has the unnerving ability to seemingly 'stain' the glass!  It is the only wild grape capable of producing fine wine.  

James

Wine Words- Methode ChampenoiseDate published: 11/02/14

Methode Champenoise - The process in which an effervescence is produced through a secondary fermentation in the same bottle in which the wine is sold. This procedure is used for Champagne and other good-quality sparkling wines. In Europe, the term is forbidden on the label of any wine other than Champagne, which never uses it itself.

James

Valentine's Day SpecialDate published: 11/02/14

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV £49.96

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.



Bottle Size GuideDate published: 10/02/14

Bottle size guide.

How big can a wine bottle get? 
Capacity (Litres) followed by the number of standard size bottles contained:
Standard (.75)  1
Magnum (1.5)  2
Jeroboam (3)  4
Rehoboam (4.5)  6
Methuselah (6)  8
Salmanazar (9)  12
Balthazar (12)  16
Nebuchadnezzar (15)  20


The Wines of ArgentinaDate published: 10/02/14

The Wines of Argentina - Overview

Although Argentina's viticultural history can be traced back to before the arrival of Spanish colonists in the 16th century, it is only within the last twenty years or so that Argentinian wine has made its presence felt on the international wine market. Like many of its New World counterparts, Argentina's rise from the production of low quality table wine for domestic consumption to its current place in the global wine scene has been meteoric. The industry has increasingly focused on high quality varieties, exploiting some of the most remarkable vineyard sites in the world to make truly terroir-specific wines.

Climate

The principal wine growing regions of Argentina tend to be incredibly dry; rainfall below 250mm annually is not uncommon (by comparison, the Roussillon, France's driest region, sees 450mm) and desert conditions are typical. It is only through irrigation that viticulture is possible, with the snow melt from the Andes providing the essential water. Temperatures can be very high in summer, often in excess of 40 degrees. Again it is the Andes that provide sufficient cooling influence to allow for quality grape production, with altitude providing the cool nights that allow the vines to rest. Given the dry, arid conditions, the risk of rot and other fungi is relatively low. As such, very little pesticide is necessary and many wineries are organic or biodynamic.

Regions

Production is dominated by the region of Mendoza, whose output can exceed that of Australia and New Zealand combined in a given year and constitutes roughly 60% of annual output. Famed for its Malbec based wines, the valleys of Lujan de Cuyo and Uco are renowned for producing the finest examples of the grape globally.

San Juan, to the north of Mendoza is second most important in terms of production volume. Its more northerly location makes for a significantly warmer climate. Bonarda and Syrah are the most successful varieties planted there.

Salta, to the far north produces increasingly impressive wines from some of the most distinctive vineyard land in the world. The Cafayate valley in Salta boasts the highest altitude vineyards in the world, with some at over 2500m.

Grape Varieties

Malbec - Responsible for the most widely lauded reds in South America, Argentine Malbec is typically rich and full bodied with bright fruit, velvety tannins and violet aromas. Originally from Bordeaux, Malbec was brought across by French colonists in the 19th century. It was extensively experimented with by Dr Nicolas Catena in Mendoza. The ideal sites for the various clones were established and high end examples can cost over £200 a bottle.

Torrontes - Sometyhing of an Argentine speciality, Torrontes is a white grape that can produce wines with effervescent floral aromas reminiscent of Gewurztraminer and Muscat. At it's best in the high altitude vineyards of Salta where cool nighttime temperatures help grapes retain their acidity.

Bonarda - Thick skinned and late ripening, Bonarda produces dense, dark wines with aromas of blackcurrant. 

Various international varieties are planted widely in Argentina, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Tempranillo seeing significant acreage.


Cheese and Wine!Date published: 05/02/14

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 Words - Vitis ViniferaDate published: 05/02/14

Vitis Vinifera is a vine species that most of the worlds wine is made from. The main problem with this vine is that it is susceptible to Phylloxera which destroys the vine.  There is not currently a cure for Phylloxera.

Grape of the Day Date published: 05/02/14

Pigato - this is a characterful white grape variety which can produce quite distinctively flavoured varietal wines from the North west of Italy.  This grape is identical to the well known vermentino grape variety cultivated successfully in the South of France.

Spotlight on a Region - Emilia - RomagnaDate published: 05/02/14

This is an Italian wine region across North Italy. Only about 15 % of the regions output is classified as DOC wine.  Grape varieties produced in this region include; Sangiovese, Merlot , Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.  

RoseDate published: 31/01/14

Forget the winter....at Majestic City we love Rose whatever the weather....ever wondered how it's made??

First things first: pink wines are not made by simply blending red and white wines together. In fact, with the exception of Champagne, it is actually illegal to make rosé this way in Europe.

Actually, it's easier to think of rosé as a very, very light red . . . the colour of red wine comes from the the skins and so pink wine starts life in much the same way that a red wine would be made. The grapes are harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and fed into a vat (usually made from stainless steel). The colour from the skins starts to 'bleed' into the liquid during a process known as maceration. By keeping this period short, the colour – and flavour – can be kept light. When the colour is perfect, the winemaker draws off the juice into a clean vat, leaving the skins behind and the wine can then be cool-fermented, in the same way a white would be made.

In Champagne, blending red and white wines together is permitted, largely due to the fact they then undergo a second fermentation in the bottle (the bit that makes the bubbles). This gives the wine a chance to settle and the character of the wine to develop.

Whereas most rosé used to be made as a by-product of making strong, powerful reds (effectively drawing off the juice early so that the skins could be used to add more colour and tannin to the wine) most pinks these days are made as a quality product in their own right. Usually dry, often light, they make a refreshing alternative to whites and are particularly versatile with light food such as shellfish or salad.



Planning a Wedding?Date published: 31/01/14

We have been meeting lots of couples planning their big day this week, so if you are planning your nuptials we are on hand to help you out. Now is a great time to stock up on our cracking Champagne & Sparkling deals, still at Christmas prices for a limited time!

On our website we have a handy check-list of all aspects to cover in planning your big day from bottle quantities to planning corkage and glass hire! http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings


All our staff in store are qualified and experienced at advising couples on wines to suit their tastes, their menu and their budget. We'd be happy to help point you in the direction of a few different whites, reds and sparkling to choose from.


Food & Wine MatchingDate published: 31/01/14

The world of food and wine matching is incredibly complex. It confuses, baffles and frustrates in equal measure. While any wine can be drunk with any food it will not always leave the most pleasant taste in your mouth. A successful food and wine match will ensure that the wine (or the food) does not deteriorate in quality. 

The question is, how do you achieve this feat?

Well there are some simple ways to ensure that the wine and food will not create a bad taste in the mouth. A good place to start is with the old myth that you can have 'white wine with fish and red wine with meat'. This is a generalisation that is not necessarily the best way to match your evening meal and will stop you exploring some excellent matches that go against this widely held view. However there is some credence in this statement too. When eating fish it is common to have lemon juice or vinegar, which are highly acidic. This matches well with the acidity found in plenty of white wines and can help create a fuller, more enjoyable wine. However reds which tend to be less acidic can taste metallic and thin.

When it comes to red wines and meat, the tannins can have a softening effect however there are still other obstacles to it being a perfect match. Often meats like a rare steak are seasoned with plenty of black pepper. This can have a detrimental effect on some finer, older wines, ruining the depth of flavour but may improve younger, lighter reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese and even make them seem more complex. 

Sweet foods are another area that can be difficult to match. Dry wines are a disaster when mixed with them and chocolate especially can coat the mouth and require a strong, full bodied sweet wine to overcome them. Other flavours such as bitterness in wine can be matched with salty foods, while salty foods can also make sweet wines taste even sweeter.

Some classic food and wine matches include smoked salmon with a dry Riesling. Red Bordeaux matches lamb beautifully, while the merits of Gewurtztraminer and thai green curry are becoming very well known. Sparkling wine and champagne can create an elegant match for some fish and chips while Sauternes is a great match for some roquefort cheese.

There are many food and wine matches that classically match however every dish is different as every wine is. While there are recommended ways to match food and wine there is no clear template and the best way to find good matches is to experiment. Sometimes certain flavours in foods may have an unexpected match with wines you wouldn't expect. This is all part of the fun and if a match doesn't work then you can always save the wine to drink on its own after dinner.


Majestic Commercial - Together we will be successful.Date published: 31/01/14

With us, you get so much more than a company that just sells wines. We also have a range of services carefully designed to help you maximise sales and achieve your individual business goals.

Dedicated Account Manager

Strong customer relationships are at the heart of our business. That’s why we give you a key point of contact, based in your region, who’s on hand to offer the support, advice and information you need, when you need it. Our people combine commercial experience with industry-leading Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications, giving them the knowledge to guide you through the world of wine and everything in it. Meet the Team.

Local delivery, local support

Your account will be serviced from a local Majestic store within our 200+ strong nationwide network. This gives you the reassurance of knowing the people picking, processing and delivering your wines, at the same time as keeping costs to a minimum. What’s more, being open seven days a week makes it quicker and easier to arrange deliveries, even at weekends.

Bespoke wine list design & production

A well-presented wine list with informative tasting notes is a vital tool in promoting and selling wines right across your range. Sample wine lists.

Commercial Exclusives range

We pride ourselves on offering quality and interest throughout the Majestic range. However, as a Commercial customer you also have access to a hand-selected range of key wines which are not available for retail sale to the public. See our Commercial Exclusive Range.

Sharing our knowledge

Our customers tell us that the most valuable support we can give them is via training of their staff. We offer training ranging from our really successful ‘Confidence in Wine’ course that cultivates an understanding of the winemaking process and key grape varieties as well as basic food and wine matching principles. Another recent development is ‘Perfect Partners’, a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus.

On top of all of this, your account manager can help you prepare your own customer events, such as Gastro Evenings and quiz nights. They may even be able to assist on the night by introducing the wines accompanying the courses you serve.


Wine Words- MOGDate published: 31/01/14

MOG refers to the leaves, canes, vines and other debris picked with grapes when harvesting.  The benefit of harvesting by hand is that the amount of MOG collected is reduced significantly compared to mechanical harvesting.

Spotlight on a Region - Saale-UnstrutDate published: 31/01/14

Saale-Unstrut is a small but expanding wine region in eastern Germany of terraced and sometimes isolated vineyards, starting to recover from the forlorn condition in which they were left by the former East German regime.  The main producers in the 650ha under vine are the cellars at Naumburg belonging to the state of Sachsen-Anhalt, and the co-operative cellar at Frey burg.  As in nearby Sachsen, Muller-Thurgau dominates and Weissburgunder is increasingly popular.  

These are continental Europe's northernmost vineyards, with a continental climate and frequent, dangerous frosts.  The result is wines that are naturally light in alcohol but relatively rich in extract.  It is said that the calcareous soil gives them added body, so that they can seem better balanced  than many dry wines grown in the slate of the Mosel.


Wine Words- Head spaceDate published: 31/01/14

Head space is the space in a container holding a liquid that is not taken up by that liquid.  In wine containers it is often called the ullage, or ullage space.  In large, modern wineries, the head space of stainless steel tanks is often deliberately filled by an inert gas as a preservative measure.

James

Grape of the Day Date published: 31/01/14

Gamaret - Red grape cross bred in Switzerland by André Jaquinet at Changins from Gamay and Reichsteiner.  The variety, which has good rot resistance, was the third important grape variety grown in the canton of Geneva by 2005.  Gamaret generally produces dark purple wine with the aroma of spices and blackberries and subtle tannins.  Initially Gamaret was developed for French western Switzerland while Garanoir, with the same parents, was created for the German western part.

James

New Arrivals: Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 28/01/14

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!

£18 per case of 8


Wine FactDate published: 28/01/14

Wine Fact of the day.

Humans can distinguish 10,000 different smells – useful when it comes to wine tasting


Wine FactDate published: 28/01/14

Wine Fact of the day.

Spain has the largest area of land dedicated to vineyards in the world – 120,000 hectares at last count.


Wine FactDate published: 28/01/14

Wine Fact of the day.

A buttery wine is one with the taste or aroma of butter or butterscotch.  It is usually used to describe white wines and often results from the wine’s time in contact with yeast during barrel fermentation.


Did you Know? SpittingDate published: 28/01/14

Spitting out the wine is normal in wine tasting!

It may seem a little odd, and at times frustrating, but it is necessary to spit out wine at tastings. Tastings usually take place during the day, and when trying a number of different wines, you simply cannot drink them all without getting drunk! Even spitting out is enough to dull the senses and concentration. Swallowing does not affect the assessment of the wine as everything takes place between nose and mouth. This is why when spitting , you can appreciate the aromas and body of the wine a little better.


Did you Know? Grape VarietiesDate published: 28/01/14

Ever wondered how many grape varieties there are in the world? There are roughly 5000! Experts have to take into account a number of things when trying to work it out and they are still a long way off getting a truly accurate number. An interesting fact is that when you take into account how the names of grapes vary from country to country, there are no fewer than 40,00 varieties worldwide! Much of these are the same varieties though!

Did you Know? Sommelier'sDate published: 28/01/14

The proffession of sommelier is more than 4,000 years old. In fact, it goes back to the time of the Pharaohs, when the sommelier was responsible for preparing the drinks for the country's kings and nobles, making and serving both wine and beer. Until the middle of the 20th century, the sdommelier also bottled the wine in the cellar of the restaurant where he worked. When it became customary to bottle wine at estates, sommeliers began working on the restaurant floor.

Wine Words- Transfer MethodDate published: 18/01/14

The transfer method is one method of producing sparkling wine. This process involves undertaking a second fermentation in bottle and then transfering the wine into a tank where the wine is then seperated from the deposits. 

Grape of the Day Date published: 18/01/14

Corvinone- This is a red grape variety that is grown in Italy in the Valpolicella area. Due to the large berries and loose bunches this variety is ideal for drying and is therfore used in dried grape wines such as Amarone and Recioto.

James

Wine Words - AutovinificationDate published: 18/01/14

This is a method of vinification, a process which is designed to extract maximum colour from red grapes.  Autovinification is the process of automatic pumping over . This is where the fermenting wine is drawn from the tank and pumped over the top in order to break the cap which is created by grape skins and other solid particles. The cap needs to be broken in order to continue to extract as much colour as possible from the grapes. 

James

Grape of the DayDate published: 16/01/14

Debina- This is a white wine grape from Greece and is grown primarily in the Zista region of Eprius in the North West of Greece. It usually produces lightly sparkiling wines.

Wine Words- PomaceDate published: 16/01/14

Pomace - A word used for centuries by English cider-makers meaning the debris of fruit processing.  In white wine-making, the pomace is the sweet, pale brownish-green mass of grape skins, stems, seeds and pulp left after pressing.  In red wine-making, the pomace is a similar mass of grape debris coloured blackish red left after the free-run wine has been drained.  Because red wine pomace is what is left after fermentation rather than before, it also includes dead yeast cells and contains traces of alcohol rather than sugar.

James

Spotlight on a Region - Cotes du ForezDate published: 16/01/14

Cotes du Forez -  A range of hills between the upper reaches of the Loire and Lyons in eastern France give their name to light, vigorous red and rosé wines made, like Beaujolais, from the Gamay grape.  The wines, designed for early drinking, may taste reminiscent of those of the Cote Roannaise to the north.  Both regions, part-granitic, have known greater glory.  Full AC status was granted to Cotes du Forez in 2000.  It is higher than the Cote Roannaise, has a slightly less dependable climate, and has taken an almost exclusively co-operative route.  The Vignerons Foréziens co-operative is based in Boen-sur-Lignon and has won acclaim for its policy of developing quality through a series of different cuvées.  Plantings have remained steady at around 200ha.

James

Spotlight on a Region - FronsacDate published: 16/01/14

This is a small wine appellation in the Bordeaux area on the 'right-bank' of the Dordogne river.  Fronsac is on the West side of Libourne, with the more famous Pomerol to the East.  The wines of Fronsac & Canon-Fronsac tend to be made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but in the warmer years they will also include Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.  There are some great value wines to be had from this AOC.

James

To drink or not to drink.....Date published: 16/01/14

Keeper

The Château Lynch-Moussas 2006 Pauillac comes from a very good quality vintage described as a classic vintage of leafy cabernet, more approachable and elegant than previous classics. A good example of a Medoc which is rich with juicy ripe tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. 89 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

Drinker

The Château Chantalouette 2007 Pomerol

is the second wine of Château de Sales, and comes from the same vineyard estate. The 2007 Bordeaux vintage is an early drinking vintage with the wines at there best now. A bright,inviting and easy drinking claret, with a nose of ripe black fruit and subtle hints of earth and forest floor. Ideal for drinking with with a selection of firm, full-flavoured cheeses. 

James


Spotlight on a Region - Alexander ValleyDate published: 14/01/14

Alexander Valley is a wine region in California in Northern Sonoma. It is the largest wine region in Sonoma and prodduces a wide range of different grapes including; Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Blanc and Zinfandel. The warm climate helps to ripen the grapes to produce rich wines although the ageing potential is usually quite limited.  This area has a growing reputation for the wines produced with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. 

James

Grape of the Day Date published: 14/01/14

Monica - this is a red grape variety grown in Sardegna; but is thought to originate from Spain.  Its wines have been described lacking depth and generally speaking should be consumed straight away.  Once again it does depend on the way the vineyards are managed and if the yields are kept low then its possible to find wines which have better concentration.

Wine Words - PollenDate published: 14/01/14

This is the collective term used for the pollen grains which carry the male gametes in sexual propagation for the vines.  The pollen develiops within sacs of the anther; the more mature grains has a sculptured surface typical for each species.

Spotlight on a Region - Picpoul de PinetDate published: 14/01/14

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.  The co-operative at Pomerols and some individual domaines such as Félines Jourdan have made some good examples.


James

Wine Fact of the DayDate published: 13/01/14

Red wine is considered to be the oldest man made medicine in the world. Its healing value is mentioned on Ancient Egyptian Papyri dating back to 2200 BC

Fine Wine PlanDate published: 13/01/14

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

We recognise that time is a precious commodity for many of our customers and not everyone can spend hours carefully researching the world of fine wine. So in partnership with our 'En Primeur' specialist Lay & Wheeler, we've introduced the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar.

At a financial pace that suits you - starting from as little as £50 per month - you get access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our small, dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists. Whatever your tastes and budget, your personal wine consultant will be able to select and advise upon the best wines to suit your requirements.

You don’t even have to worry about the best place to keep your wines, as they can be stored at Vinothèque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse, which is designed to provide the perfect conditions for the maturation of fine wines.

All you need to do is decide where and when you would like to enjoy your next delicious bottle of fine wine.

To Join, please visit on-line  www.laywheeler.com or call us in store on 0207 247 9381.


Sal's Top PicksDate published: 11/01/14

My name is Sal and I am a trainee manager at the City store and have been with Majestic for a few years now. I am always in the process of learning and tasting my way round the vast selection of exciting wines Majestic has to offer. However, over the past few months these are the wines that I have found to be exceptional value for money here at Majestic. 

Today I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you my thoughts and opinions on the wines I have tasted over the festive period.

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2012

This fantastic chardonnay from Chile is produced in the Casablanca Valley, where the warm climate and winds from the Pacific Ocean the Andes create a smooth chardonnay with notes of Vanilla and Peach. To accompany dishes such as poached salmon and mussels. A perfect wine for those that enjoy full bodied creamy chardonnays.

(£7.49 when you buy at least two bottles)

Kings Thorn Pinto Gris, 2012

This delicately pink coloured wine is produced in the world renown region of Marlborough in New Zealand, giving aromas of peach and honeysuckle, with an off dry taste and a warm lengthy finish. To be enjoyed with a variety of foods such as grilled prawns, roast chicken and creamy cheeses.

(£9.99 when you buy at least two bottles)

Vasse Felix Chardonnay, Margret river, 2012

This toasty chardonnay was thoroughly enjoyed around my Christmas dinner table this year, offering peach and tropical fruit notes, as well as hints of vanilla from the French oak it is fermented in. An excellent full flavored chardonnay to be enjoyed with white meat dishes.

(£12.79 when you buy at least two bottles)

Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

This Californian red is a deeply coloured soft subtle wine that gives notes of red cherries and hints of spice and cedar. The soft tannins and warm finish make it a perfect wine to be enjoyed with roasted duck and barbecued meats.

(£8.99 when you buy at least two bottles)

Rioja Crianza, Gran Vendema, 2010

This Crianza is made with 100% tempranillo from a 15 year old vineyard in the heart of Rioja. This vibrant red offers notes of strong red cherry and hints of oaky vanilla. An easy drinking Rioja that can be enjoyed by itself or with pork chops or cured meats.

(£5.99 when you buy at least two bottles)


Craft BeersDate published: 10/01/14

Since we introduced the Anchor Steam and Brooklyn beers from the USA to our range several months ago, they've proved really popular and picked up a determined following among some of our customers.  They are a good example of brewers who really put a passion and determination into producing beers which are not just gassy concoctions to be swigged and forgotten about but  products which demonstrate a range and depth of flavours.  Increasingly they are being promoted to match different styles of foods, just as wine traditionally has been.  

We now have some new additions to our range of craft beers.  Also from the USA is 'Under Dog' lager from the Flying Dog Brewery in Fredericksburg, Maryland - one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement across the pond. This is a really tasty refreshing lager that shows that canned lager doesn't just have to be the big familiar brands we see stacked on the supermarket shelves.  Joining it is Punk IPA from Scottish mavericks Brewdog.  This is a seriously good IPA and is packed with flavour and also comes in  330ml can 6 packs. Perhaps the most individual of all of our craft beers is Einstok, a white ale from Iceland.  If you are familiar with the well-known Hoegaarden beer from Belgium, then you are not too far away.  However, I found the Einstok to have even more punchy citrus fruit flavours than Hoegaarden and an altogether lighter, more refreshing beer.

So why not come and try some of our new beer additions and join the craft beer revolution.

Wine Appellations of France - VacqueyrasDate published: 09/01/14

Vacqueyras

In the southern Rhône wine region of France, along the banks of the River Ouvèze.It is primarily a red wine region with some white and rosé wines being produced. Being a little brother of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and, arguably, Gigondas, the wine is moderately prestigious and can yield pleasing results when treated correctly.

Located only a few kilometers south of Gigondas, Vacqueyras shares much of the same terroir with vineyards located in 100–400 metres (330–1,300 ft) altitude. The best vineyards are found on Plateau de Garrigues. In the lowland, warmer temperatures result in more powerful and often inelegant wines.

Why not try Vacqueyras Pavane 2011 La Bastide Saint Vincent


Bargain Hunt is Here!!!Date published: 08/01/14

It's time for our annual 'Bargain Hunt' with a range of wines reduced by 33.3% to clear through the lines and make room for some new wines in Spring. You can check which wines are available in Norwich by filling in your postcode here: www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines.

But be quick - some wines are only available in small quantities and many will sell out fast, get them while you can!


New Year Wines!Date published: 08/01/14

New year: Time to try some new wines?

If your new years resolution is to try new things the easiest place to start is surely with wine. If you are a Sauvignon Blanc drinker here are my top tips for you:

Contessa Pecorino (£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2+): Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.

Villemarin Picpoul De Pinet 2012 (£7.99 or £6.49 when you buy 2+): Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

Marques de Riscal Rueda Blanco (£8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2+): A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish.


Did You Know?Date published: 08/01/14

Did you know? Rustenberg.

Rustenberg wines all carry the same ink drawing of the family estate, dating back to the 17th Century on their label. Sometimes the door will be shown closed and other times open, the front door represents milestones or significant events hapenning in the household or winery.


Wine QuotesDate published: 07/01/14

I cook with wine….. some-times I even add it to the food.”- W.C. Fields

Wine QuotesDate published: 07/01/14

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.”Aristophanes

Wine QuotesDate published: 07/01/14

Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” Andre Simon

Wine QuotesDate published: 07/01/14

“There’s only one thing better than a bottle of wine….. Two” Lilly Bollinger

Fast FactsDate published: 07/01/14

Fast Facts: Rhone.

Food Match: These bold, powerful, warming wines work well with hearty cold-weather dishes. Sausage and mash, honey-glazed gammon steaks and rich winter casseroles come alive with juicy Rhone reds.


Bargain HuntDate published: 06/01/14

This January we've got a real bargain hunt going on. And the only reason we've reduced these wines is to make room for next season's selection.

With a delicious 33.3% off when you buy any 2 from the range of selected wines, you're bound to find some unbelievable bargains. The perfect way to perk up your January. But hurry - stocks will sell out quickly!

Wine Words - DucellierDate published: 06/01/14

This is the name of a special fermentation vat designed to extract maximum colour and tannin from the must without the use of electricity. The system was originally devised for wine making in Algeria, but is now most commonly used in the production of port.

James' Champagne for NYE.Date published: 28/12/13

This is a great champagne to start the NYE celebrations and is a firm favorite of mine.  The nose has toasty/brioche aroma's followed by subtle biscuit/yeast flavours backed up by cooked apples and stone fruit that last forever on the pallet.  It really is one of the best NV champagnes on the market and a steal at just £30.00 a bottle

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.  

James


Wine Words- FletriDate published: 28/12/13

This is a French wine term used to describe grapes which have been dried before fermentation to increase the sugar content; the technique is widely usded in Switzerland and parts of austria.

James

Spotlight on a Region - FleurieDate published: 28/12/13

Fleurie - this is the most well known Beaujolais cru, of which there are 10.  There are just under 2,000 acres inside 'AOC Fleurie' and all of it is made from the Gamay grape variety.  It is usually one of the most expensive Beaujolais cru's and produces wines which have a floral perfume on the nose.  They are good lighter style for a picnics in the summer and some people choose to chill the wine for 20 minutes prior to drinking!!

James

Grape of the DayDate published: 28/12/13

Fiano - This is an underated grape variety from Campania in southern Italy.  Settesoli is a large cooperative winery on the island of Sicily and they have shown that good quality wines from Fiano are possible along side the good cheap quaffing wine that is consumed by the locals and tourists.

James

Festive Suggestions for... Glazed HamDate published: 19/12/13

Festive Suggestions for... Glazed Ham

DB Reserve Chardonnay 2011 De Bortoli, South Eastern Australia £6.65 when you buy any 2 Australian wines

A lightly oaked Chardonnay, this wine is well rounded and approachable. Aromas are of fresh peach and citrus, with soft touches of vanilla and almond. A middleweight palate with a lush texture.

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2012 Marlborough £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

This is immensely fresh despite being off-dry. An intriguing apéritif, this wine can also be paired well with aromatic Thai food or glazed ham.

Fleurie 2010/2011 Claudius Morand £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Plump and mouth-filling, with a hint of fruit sweetness on the palate, supported by fine, smooth tannin. Try with lamb or glazed ham.


Christmas Collection – Boxing Day IndulgencesDate published: 19/12/13

Christmas Collection – Boxing Day Indulgences

Why not work some culinary wonders with your Christmas Day leftovers? While you're at it, here are some handpicked wines to enjoy with them.

Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours. Round and full, well balanced, long and elegant. Try with chestnut and red wine paté, or leftover cuts of game.

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.Chapoutier £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish. Pair with a turkey and parsnip curry.

Mâcon-Lugny 2011 Louis Latour £8.99 when you buy 2 or more

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish Lovely alongside a ham hock terrine.

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012 Colchagua Valley £7.49 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines

Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume. Enjoy with cold cuts or a turkey pasta bake.

DB Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 De Bortoli £7.99 when you buy any 2 Australian wines

Made for early drinking, this is an open and generously textured Pinot Noir, with warm and jammy red fruit flavours, together with soft tannins and medium body. Will complement a turkey and Stilton pie to perfection.


By James

Festive Suggestions for...Christmas PuddingDate published: 19/12/13

Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Cantina Negrar £18 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics.

Taylor's 10-year-old Tawny Port £20

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

Elysium Black Muscat 2011 Andrew Quady 37.5cl Half bottle £9.99 hwen you buy any 2 USA wines

Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit. One of the few wines that can stand up to chocolate puddings. Or try it poured over ice cream for the ultimate after-dinner treat!

By James

Beginner's Guide to Dessert WineDate published: 19/12/13

Beginner's Guide to Dessert Wine

There is no better way to finish off a great meal than with a bottle of dessert wine. There are many styles to choose from so here is our guide to point you in the right direction this festive season.

Port

Robust, tannic Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barocca are the varieties behind this unique style. The concentrated, structured base wine is fortified to stop fermentation early, leaving a sweet, robust juice with plenty of residual sugar.

Our recommendation: Taylor's First Estate NV, Portugal £8.99

Noble Rot

It sounds like a winemaker's worst nightmare but Botrytis Cinerea (noble rot) is actually encouraged in certain vineyards for the uniquely complex (and often pricey) style of wine it creates. As the fungus attacks the grapes, it extracts water whilst concentrating sugars, flavours and acids.

Our recommendation:The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2011, New Zealand £9.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines

Passito

Traditional Italian method of producing sweet wines from grapes left to dry on straw mats or racks of bamboo. The flavours and sugars concentrate as the grapes turn to raisins.

Our recommendation: Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011, South Africa £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Late Harvest

A style made from grapes left to hang on the vine and harvested later with higher sugar levels and ripeness.

Our recommendation: Brown Brothers Orange Muscat And Flora 2012, Australia £6.79 when you buy any 2 Australian wines

By James

Get in the Christmas Spirit!Date published: 19/12/13

Get in the Christmas Spirit!

Here at Majestic we don't only sell wine, and as it's Christmas you need look no further for all your spirit needs. So whether you having a party or just a quiet tipple at home, here are a few of our favourites to get you in the Christmas spirit...

Absolut Vodka 70cl Bottle £15

Clean, pure and stylish vodka from Sweden.

Sipsmith Vintage Sloe Gin 50cl Bottle £22.50

This authentic, handmade, wonderfully balanced sloe gin is subtle, complex and bursting with sweet cassis flavours, offset by a delicate tartness.


Sipsmith London Dry Gin 70cl Bottle £28

Floral summer meadow notes followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness. The gentle mouthfeel combines with a lemon tart and orange marmalade flavours, ahead of a spicy juniper finish.


Monkey Shoulder 70cl Bottle £25

A unique 'triple blend' from 3 Speyside distilleries, monkey Shoulder is smooth with a rich and floral sweetness.


Baileys Chocolat Luxe 50cl Bottle £17

Luxurious blend of real Belgian chocolate, Irish whiskey, and cream. Try with Christmas pudding.

By James


The Christmas Collection – Top Choices For CheeseDate published: 19/12/13

The Christmas Collection – Top Choices For Cheese

Christmas is a perfect occasion to break out the cheese, whether to round off a Turkey dinner or as part of a Boxing Day buffet. Something other-worldly happens when a fantastic cheese meets its perfect wine match. Try these and prepare for pleasure.

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley £7.49 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish. Pair with a smooth, creamy blue such as Cambozola.


Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length. A definite partner for Manchego or Iberico cheeses.


Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV £27.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. A classic match for Brie and Camembert, but try it with melted Gruyere on toast for the ultimate Christmas breakfast!


Testimonio 2011 Luigi Bosca £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla. A good match with a sharp Cheddar.


Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles

This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture. Mild semi-hard cheeses such as Jarlsberg or Edam work well here.

James

Wine of the week // Meursault Narvaux 2009/2010 Louis JadotDate published: 19/12/13

Meursault Narvaux 2009/2010 Louis Jadot

Grape Variety – Chardonnay

Les Narvaux is a vineyard area adjacent to Genevrières and Poruzots, and has very shallow soils and a southerly aspect, which promote both low yields and excellent ripening. This wine exhibits the typical Meursault roundness and approachability, with a pleasing crispness and nutty accents.

£25.00When you buy two or more bottles*

* as part of a minimum purchase of 6 bottles (any mix)


Perfect Party Wines Under £6Date published: 11/12/13

The Christmas Collection – Perfect Party Wines Under £6

Here are a few of our top picks from the Majestic Christmas Collection if you're planning a festive celebration this Christmas. At under £6 per bottle when you buy 2 or more, they won't break the bank either. And don't forget, not only can we supply the wine we can also loan you glasses, chiller bins and ice buckets and offer sale-or-return so you don't have to worry about how much to order. In fact, the only thing we can't provide are the guests.

Panamericana Merlot 2012 Central Valley £5.99

Ample red berry fruit combining fresh acidity with ripeness and warmth. Offers good concentration and depth, a soft and plummy texture, and hints of vanilla and spice.

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Darling, Western Cape £5.99

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

Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2012/2013 IGT Pavia £5.99

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

Rioja Crianza 2009 Gran Vendema £5.99

Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.

Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Central Valley £5.99

A well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality.

Marquis de Belleville 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur £5.99

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

James

Spotlight on a Region- St-MacaireDate published: 11/12/13

St Macaire is a small town in the Bordeaux region just across the Garonne from the famous Grave appellation.  Most of the wines sold in this area come under the Cotes de Bordeaux-St-Macaire; which is almost extinct.

James

The Christmas Collection – Brilliant BubblyDate published: 11/12/13

The Christmas Collection – Brilliant Bubbly

Why not get the Christmas celebrations started with a little fizz? Fill up those glasses while exchanging gifts with family and friends and toast the best day of the year!

Undurraga Brut NV Chile £6.99 when you buy any 2 selected Fizz

Don Francisco Undurraga, was one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile. From Chile's most famous wine region the Maipo Valley, produced using the charmat method.

Dry, light and fresh with lime, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and elegant bubbles.

A great apéritif or sparkling wine for toasting.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC £7.99 when you buy any 2 selected Fizz

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua £8.99 when you buy any 2 selected Fizz

The classic sparkling wine of northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method, whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful fruit profile.

A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.

Chill well before serving. Try with monkfish served with fresh green vegetables.

Lindauer Rosé NV New Zealand £9.33 when you buy any 2 selected Fizz

Produced and owned by Montana, and first released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling.

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

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

James

Wine Words - Fruit DrivenDate published: 09/12/13

This is a tasting term which is used to describe a wine which is dominant in friuit flavour derived from the grape.  To be fruit driven the fruit must dominate the other flavours which originate from the winemaking and maturation process such as barrell fermnatation and oak ageing. 

Grape of the DayDate published: 09/12/13

Brachetto-   A light red grape variety which is predominantly grown in North West Italy.  The grape usually produces aromatic wines that are light in body. One of the more notable wines produced from this grape is Brachetto d'acqui which was promoted to DOCG status in 1996.  This is a slightly sweet sparkling wine with notes of strawberries. 

Wine Words- TriDate published: 09/12/13

Tri is French for a sorting process, notably postal, but in a wine-making context, it means the selection of suitable grapes.  This usually takes the form of a triage on reception of the grapes at the winery or cellar, using a sorting table or table de tri. However, in the production of botrytized wines a trie or several tries, is made in the vineyard whereby the pickers proceed along the rows selecting only those clusters that have been successfully attacked by noble rot.

New ArrivalsDate published: 09/12/13

New Arrivals: Turkey Flat Butcher's Block White 2012 Barossa. 

Origin: Turkey Flat is a Barossa property that’s home to some very old vines. Each wine label they do has its own unique turkey to dis-tinguish them from one another. The Barossa is famous for its gutsy purple shiraz, but it also has significant plantings of white Rhone varietals, which love the heat.Handled with sensitivity, the Marsanne sees 6 months partial fermentation in oak, but there-after it is pretty clean winemaking.

Tasting Note: A fresh, savoury nose, salty nuts and citrus fruit. The palate shows how good the grapes are—heavy, but lively, intense but clean, and so many flavours.


Bordeaux in the spotlightDate published: 09/12/13

Bordeaux in the spotlight: A simple way look at left and right bank differences.

Right Bank

Merlot Country! Pomerol and St Emillion the King regions. Wines such as Petrus, Le Pin and Ch Cheval Blanc, whose 1947 is often thought to be the greatestwine ever made.PomSt Em

Left Bank

Cabernet Land! St Estephe, St Julien, Margaux,Pauillac are famous regions, as is Sauternes, home to the ethereal and mysterious sweet wine, Ch d’Yquem.Other famous wines include Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Mouton and Haut-Brion.


Bordeaux in the spotlightDate published: 09/12/13

Bordeaux in the spotlight: Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009 Sauternes. 

Suduiraut are a very famous property, whose wines are often thought to be the most similar to Chateau d’Yquem. This is their second wine.Sauternes is unique in that it is consistently prone to morning mists rolling in off the river and into the valleys, which allows the sweet wines to be made. Semillon and SB grapes suffering from noble rot, brought on by the moisture from the mists, shrivel up so the juices become very sugary and concentrated. Sauternes is an acquired taste that needs a few goes, but this is a brilliant example. Oily, tropical, great acidity, toasty and with a typical Sauternes saffron edge.


Rhone in the spotlight: North or South?Date published: 09/12/13

Rhone in the spotlight: North or South?.

Northern Rhone

Main grapes: Syrah and Viognier

Famous areas: Hermitage, Crozes, Cote Rotie, St Joseph, Condrieu and Ch Grillet, one of 3 single property AC’s in France.

Southern Rhone

Main grapes:13 different permitted grape varieties

Famous wines: Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone (Villages)


Something to Serve with a Seafood Starter?Date published: 09/12/13

Something to Serve with a Seafood Starter?

Pick one: Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012, Friuli, Italy - £23.00 or £18.00 when you buy 2 bottles

Something light and fresh is the ideal match for seafood. Bear in mind that light-bodied wines don't necessarily lack flavour - this definitely debunks the myth that Pinot Grigio can't be a serious wine. An intense, powerful nose of peaches and cream with hints of spice leads to a weighty yet vibrant body, fruit flavours and a rich texture.

Pick two: Pouilly-Fume 2010 Ladoucette, France - £30.00 or £25.00 when you buy 2 bottles

Smoked Salmon? Oysters? Langoustine? Whichever seafood you're serving this season, one of my all-time favourite wines is a gift that keeps on giving! Lemons and limes are encased by elderflower in a deliciously rounded yet crisp white with adorable balance, complexitiy and slight flint-smoke finish. Leave all other Sauvignons aside for a day and give this one a chance. You won't be disappointed!


50 years of Vina SolDate published: 09/12/13

Vina Sol arrived in 1963 as a symbol of winemaking modernity. When Miguel Torres began experimenting with cool-fermentation to produce a fresher, more aromatic white wine, he couldn't have foreseen the acclaim that would follow. Yet five decades later, Vina Sol still stands as a benchmark for fresh, lively whites, with a huge following of contended consumers and critics around the world.

Celebrate Christmas with FizzDate published: 09/12/13

Celebrate Christmas with Fizz: Champagne. 

Top Champagne deals here at Majestic:

J. De. Telmont  Grande Reserve, NV : £16 (When you buy 2+)

Canard-Duchene Brut, NV: £17.99  (When you buy 2+)

Heidseck Monopole Gold Top, 2007: £19.99 (When you buy 2+)

Piper-Heidseck Brut, NV: £22.99 (When you buy 2+)

Louis Roederer Brut NV: £27.99 (When you buy 2+)

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV: £27.99 (When you buy 2+)

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV: £29.99 (When you buy 2+)


Fine Wine PicksDate published: 09/12/13

Fine Wine Picks: Region - Best from Bordeaux and Why?

Chateau Berliquet 2006, St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe, France - £30.00 £25.00 or £20.00 when you buy 2 bottles

Saint-Emilion is home to some of France's greatest wines, with structure for aging and perfume for drinking young. Produced by one of the appellation's oldest estates, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot shows hallmark characters of cassis, cherries and sweet spice leading to a lingering savoury finish.

Chateau Chauvin 2006, St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe, France - £35.00 or £30.00 when you buy 2 bottles

Christmas wouldn't be complete without a bottle or two of claret and this is the one I'm plumping for. Saint-Emilion elegance shines through with raspberries, blueberries and kirsch framed by wonderful hints of violet and spice. Firm yet ripe tannins make this the perfect partner for Boxing Day roast gammon in front of the fire.


Super SherriesDate published: 09/12/13

Super Sherries: Pedro's .

2013 has seen the return of Sherry as a trendy drink, the number of Sherry bars popping up around the country has been on the rise and is introducing people to Sherry as a drink that's not just for Granny! Pedro's sherries are a great new range to Majestic which are one to watch this Christmas. 

Named after, Pedro 'The Man' in Jerez. He is incredibly knowledgeable man and was instrumental in putting together the range. Gus importance is recognized in the naming of the sherries. An Almacenista is a 'cellarmaster', this range comes from a boutique family-owned wineries with great wines buried deep in their cellars.  The labels used are original posters from the festivals of Jerez, superbly eye-catching and classic in style. 

Pedro's Almacenista selection Fino: £8.99

Pedro's Almacenista selection Amontillado: £9.99

Pedro's Almacenista selection Oloroso: £11.99

Pedro's Almacenista selection Palo Cortado: £14.99


James' Top Five picks from the Christmas Collection - Number 1Date published: 06/12/13

Macon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches', 2012, France

Made from Chardonnay grapes, this is a great white wine from Burgundy for the generous price of £6.99

This Macon-Villages is ideal for those who prefer unoaked Chardonnays. Pale lemon in colour; this white Burgundy has apple and citrus notes, which will carry on to the palate, along with pears and a mineral finish. 

Macon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches', 2012, Cave de Lugny, France. £8.99. Or Buy 2 bottles save £4 £6.99


James' Top Five picks from the Christmas Collection - Number 2Date published: 06/12/13

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee des Antiques' 2012, France

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the slightly fuller-bodied red wine of the Rhone region in France. The Chateauneuf-du-Pape is packed full of blackcurrants and redcurrants, alongside hints of spice and leather. A truly beautiful wine, with a long savoury finish. A perfect red French wine to pair with venison on these cold, winter, Sunday afternoons. 

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee des Antiques' 2012, France. £14.99. Or Buy 2 Rhone wines save 20% £11.99


James' Top Five picks from the Christmas Collection - Number 3Date published: 06/12/13

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV, France

This Champagne is a winner in my eyes, for the simple reason it truly surprised when I first tried it. 

At £16.00 I wasn't expecting great results, but this cuvee offers brioche and rich golden fruit flavours that complement each other wonderfully. 

As they say, never judge a book by it's cover! 

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV, France, £24.00. Buy any 2 selected fizz save 1/3 £16.00


James' Top Five picks from the Christmas Collection - Number 4Date published: 06/12/13

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2012, South Africa

If you're yet to try wines from South Africa I thoroughly suggest you do. They're a favourite of mine, and this Syrah Viognier from the Western Cape is a great steal at £6.99.

Made from Syrah and Viognier grapes; this wine is full of rich plum flavours, with some added spice making it a little more interesting on the palate. Smooth tannins make this an easy-drinking wine. Perfect with lamb, but will work brilliantly with many red meat dishes. 

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2012, South Africa. £8.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £4 £6.99


James' Top Five picks from the Christmas Collection - Number 5Date published: 06/12/13

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, 2012, France

This light, refreshing white wine is an good alternative to a Sauvignon Blanc, if you're becoming a little bored with the grape variety or fancy trying something new that's not to dissimilar from your usual plonk. 

On the nose this Picpoul de Pinet offers citrus fruits of lemon and lime. A long finish of green apples, with an interesting blend of white blossom and green herbs. This wine is perfect with white fish, such as whitebait or grilled sardines. 

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, 2012, Coteaux du Languedoc, France. £7.99. or buy 2 bottles save £3. £6.49


Like Chardonnay?Date published: 06/12/13

Then I think you'll like Louis Latour Pouilly Vinzelles! 

This is one of my all-time favourite wines and is a special treat for me! A clean, fresh wine displaying honey and stone fruit aromas, this is definitely a contender for Christmas dinner in my house! Sweet honey and floral characters are in abundance on the palate and create a fine and elegant complexity. 

Its on a good deal at the moment where by if you buy more than 2 bottles the price goes down from £14.99 to £12.99. Nice little saving!


Wine Words - BlanketingDate published: 06/12/13

Blanketing is a term used in wine making. It is the process of applying a gas, usually Carbon Dioxide, to protect grapes, juice or wine from oxygen.

James

Grape of the Day Date published: 06/12/13

Dinka-  This is a widely planted white grape variety in Hungary and Vojvodina. It is also known as Kovidinka and kevedinka. The grape has a pink skin and is used to produce simple and ordinary wines. 

Spotlight on a Region - HeathcoteDate published: 06/12/13

This is an emerging wine region which used to be part of the more famous Bendigo region in Victoria.  It has produced exciting Shiraz and is expected to produce some good single estate wines.

James

Spotlight on a Region - MudgeeDate published: 06/12/13

If you are familiar with the Mudgee region then you will have probably visited the area on holiday.  Its quite a small area in NSW (Australia) which is associated with rich, smooth reds made from Shiraz & Cabernet.


Wine Words- MouthfeelDate published: 03/12/13

Mouthfeel - this is a tasting term which we sometimes use when describing wines.  It can be used to describe the texture attributes of a wine like smoothness, silky, soft etc.  Most commonly used when describing red wines. 

What to drink with... Herring.Date published: 03/12/13

A specialty on the east coast of England and there is nothing better than a chilled glass of Muscadet 'sur-lie' from the western Loire valley.  Our very own Muscadet Tourmaline is currently £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles and this would work a treat.

Grape of the DayDate published: 03/12/13

Cabernet Severny- This is a Russian red wine grape variety. It has been specially bred for cold climates as it is very resistant to frost. This grape is a result of the crossing between Seianetze Malengra and Vitis Amurensis. 

Wine Words- Collar RotDate published: 03/12/13

Collar Rot is a fungal disease that commonly attack young vines. Those which are grown in cool, moist soil are most vunerable. The disease causes the vines to weaken and possibly die. In order to help prevent this from occuring, soil can be removed from the base of the trunk which helps to reduce moisture in the soil.

Wine Words - TintoDate published: 30/11/13

Tinto - Spanish and Portugese for red, so that vino tinto is red wine.  Tinto, like Tinta,  is also the first word of many Spanish and Portugese names and synonyms for black grape varieties.  Tempranillo, for example, is known as Tinto Fino in Ribero del Duero.

Grape of the Day Date published: 30/11/13

Ezerjo. This is a white grape variety from Hungary and although it is widely planted there it is not well known outside of Hungary. The wine from the vineyards near the town of Mor are usulally light. crisp and refreshing. This grape can also produce sweet wines.

Spotlight on a Region - TursanDate published: 30/11/13

Tursan is a small VDQS in the Landes in South West France producing wine made from mainly red, mainly Tannat grapes, mostly from the Geaune co-operative and sold locally.  The white version is of more interest and is virtually a one-producer wine, but what a producer: three-star chef Michel Guérard of Eugénie-les-Bains who sells his oaked version of the local white grape variety Baroque under the name Baron de Bachen.

Wine Words -Lifestyle WineryDate published: 29/11/13

A term coined in New Zealand for a small winery established and run, typically by an educated young to middle-aged couple who have access to funds generated by another career, more for its bucolic appeal than as a strictly commercial proposition.

Spotlight on a Region - Graves de VayresDate published: 29/11/13

Graves de Vayres is a small Bordeaux district named after the historic town of Vayres, which has nothing to do with Graves but is just across the river Dordogne from the town of Libourne.  From about 600 ha of gravelly soil, with patches of sand, the appellation produces mainly light red wines made substantially from Merlot grapes, although many of them are sold under the simple Bordeaux AC.  White wines, both sweet and dry, were once more important.  

Today the white is usually dry, occasionally given barrel maturation, and constitutes the minority of wine sold as Graves de Vayres.


Grape of the Day - 27th NovemeberDate published: 29/11/13

Grauburgunder - German synonym for Pinot Gris used for the increasingly popular dry wines made from this grape in Germany.  Sweeter wines are normally labelled Ruländer.  Its success in producing spicy, full-bodied dry wine accounts for the steady increase in total area planted with the variety in Germnay: its 3400ha by 2003 making it the country's fifth most planted white grape.  

It needs a good site with deep, heavy soils to maximize the impressive level of extract of which it is capable. It is a particularly popular speciality of the warm Baden region, although there are several hundred hectares in both Rheinhessen and Pfalz.

James


Wine Words - CraterDate published: 29/11/13

Crater - A big, deep bowl with a wide mouth used in ancient Greece for mixing wine, most often with water.  The crater was characteristically 12 to 18 in high and could either be painted pottery or made of bronze.

James

Spotlight on a Region - Condado de HuelvaDate published: 29/11/13

Condado de Huelva - Spanish denominated wine zone in Andalucia, close to the city of Huelva between the Jerez region and the Portugese border.  Nowadays few of its wines, which have typically been fortified and made in the image of its neighbour Sherry, are exported but the region has a long history.  Huelva became a DO in its own right in 1964.  The principal grape is the rather neutral Zalema along with a little Palomino.
Three styles of wine are made.  Condado Palido is a pale, dry, fortified wine matured in a solera under a blanket of flor so that it resembles a coarse of Fino sherry. Condado Viejo is a rancio style of wine aged in a solera and resembling a somewhat rustic Jerez oloroso.  Vino Joven, on the other hand, is an unfortified dry table wine which now accounts for about half the regional production, and which can be a little fruitier than similar white wines produced in the Jerez area.

James

Chocolate Block 2012 Now in Stock!!!Date published: 27/11/13

One of South Africa's most popular red wines is not back in stock!

The wine is made from an exciting blend of 5 grape varieties - Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier - from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate,fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity. Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

It is currently part of our Fine Wine offer, so goes from £27 down to £22 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Order yours now before it sells out again!


Vintage ReportDate published: 27/11/13

ITALY

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 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 hailcovered the country throughout the harvest. Decentquality is available from conscientious producer


Aspall's Visit!Date published: 27/11/13

Aspall's Visit. 

I was recently lucky enough to visit The Aspall's estate in Suffolk. We were given a guided tour through all the processes of making cider, from seeing the old apple trees, through crushing, fermentation and up until the bottling plant. It was explained to us that unlike other Cideries (This is a made up word- apparently there is no word for a Cyder "brewery") Aspall's take their inspiration from the winemaking in Alsace, and borrowed many techniques used by these winemakers to make top quality Cyders. Because of the similarities in production, we were able to food match with some of the cyders; Aspall's Cuvee is great as an aperitif, Premier Cru is great with light fish (eg. Salmon) and the Imperial goes beautifully with sweet dishes/desserts.Whilst there we sampled a large number of the Aspall's range (including their Draught, Apple Juice, Premier Cru and their top quality Cuvee). After a fantastic day (and maybe a few too many Cyders!) I was indeed an Aspall's convert!


Quick FactsDate published: 27/11/13

Quick Facts: Giesen. 

Giesen own 720 acres in the Wairau valley.The Wairau Valley is home to an ancient riverbed with extremely good soil for winemaking and produces some of the best wines in New Zealand.


New ArrivalsDate published: 27/11/13

New Arrivals: Croix Saint Adel Blanc 2012 PGI Coteaux du Libron.

Origin: This award winning wine is a retro bottle, made the way wine used to be made in the Langue-doc—by throwing all sorts of grapes together. Located between Béziers and the Mediterranean coast, Libron is a hot region, with cooling breezes. It’s famous for its canals which are full of holidaying barges.One of the benefits of blending a number of grape varieties is the potential for complexity. Howev-er balancing the flavours in the wine can be very difficult.

Tasting Note:The most impressive thing about the nose is that you can smell Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier. Excellent body and intriguing flavours make a winner.

Enjoy: A perfect partner for gammon or roast ham.


Bordeaux in the Spotlight!Date published: 27/11/13

Bordeaux in the spotlight: Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009 Sauternes. 

Suduiraut are a very famous property, whose wines are often thought to be the most similar to Chateau d’Yquem. This is their second wine.Sauternes is unique in that it is consistently prone to morning mists rolling in off the river and into the valleys, which allows the sweet wines to be made. Semillon and SB grapes suffering from noble rot, brought on by the moisture from the mists, shrivel up so the juices become very sugary and concentrated. Sauternes is an acquired taste that needs a few goes, but this is a brilliant example. Oily, tropical, great acidity, toasty and with a typical Sauternes saffron edge.


Wine Words- QualitatsweinDate published: 25/11/13

This is a German term for quality wine. About 95% of each German vintage is classed as a Qualitatswein.

Grape of the Day Date published: 25/11/13

Malagousia - An elegant white grape variety rediscovered and identified only recently in modern Greece.  It may be related to Malvasia and yields similarly full-bodied, perfumed wines.

Spotlight on a Region - TursanDate published: 25/11/13

Tursan is a small VDQS in the Landes in South West France producing wine made from mainly red, mainly Tannat grapes, mostly from the Geaune co-operative and sold locally.  The white version is of more interest and is virtually a one-producer wine, but what a producer: three-star chef Michel Guérard of Eugénie-les-Bains who sells his oaked version of the local white grape variety Baroque under the name Baron de Bachen.

Quick FactsDate published: 25/11/13

Quick Facts: Bodega Septima. 

Bodega Septima are a very new, yet state of the art winery established by Codorniu, of Cava fame, in 2001. They spent 60 years finding the perfect place.


Quick FactsDate published: 25/11/13

The boutique Clos du Bois winery is powered by 4000 solar panels, which if laid side by side would cover 4 acres of land.

Beers in the Spotlight!Date published: 25/11/13

Beers in the Spotlight: Brooklyn Lager

Region: Brooklyn, New York

Tasting Notes: This beer is a great all rounder. Styled as a Vienna lager it has a complex malt edge as well as a refreshing hop bitterness. Flavours of biscuit and caramel on the palateare joined by subtle floral notes on the nose.

ABV:5.2%Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard and Cascade.Origin: Founded in 1987 this brewery is one of the bedrocks of the American craft beer scene. Current brewmaster and world renowned beer author, Garett Oliver, joined in 1994 and is largely responsible for developing this beer into the one we know and love today.

Enjoy: chilled


Bordeaux in the spotlight!Date published: 25/11/13

Bordeaux in the spotlight: Château Le Vivier 2008 Médoc. 

New in to Majestic this is another great new Bordeaux to the collection..

At Ch le Vivier they’ve built the largest underground cellar in the medoc. Affectionately known as ‘The Cathedral’ it can hold the entirety of 10 vintages at once.The vineyards on which the grapes are grown were formerly owned by Lafite Rothschild very close to St Julien. Fantastic wine-making country.\A super philosophy at Vivier—They house 10 vintages at a time and release them when they are ready as opposed to releasing in vintage order. So 07 before 05. Classic Claret, slightly dry and savoury on the nose with an un-derlying sweet black fruit and cedar aroma. Dusty tannins would love a rib of beef.


Looking for a New Wine Supplier?Date published: 25/11/13

Dedicated Account Manager

Strong customer relationships are at the heart of our business. That’s why we give you a key point of contact, based in your region, who’s on hand to offer the support, advice and information you need, when you need it. Our people combine commercial experience with industry-leading Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications, giving them the knowledge to guide you through the world of wine and everything in it.

Local delivery, local support

Your account will be serviced from the City Majestic store. Having this local base will give you the reassurance of knowing the people picking, processing and delivering your wines, at the same time as keeping costs to a minimum. What’s more, being open seven days a week makes it quicker and easier to arrange deliveries, even at weekends.

Bespoke wine list design & production

A well-presented wine list with informative tasting notes is a vital tool in promoting and selling wines right across your range. We will produce this list through extensive consultation to make sure this is the perfect list for your venue.

Commercial Exclusives range

We pride ourselves on offering quality and interest throughout the Majestic range. However, as a Commercial customer you also have access to a hand-selected range of key wines which are not available for retail sale to the public.

Sharing our knowledge

Our customers tell us that the most valuable support we can give them is via training of their staff. We offer training ranging from our really successful ‘Confidence in WIne' course that cultivates an understanding of the winemaking process and key grape varieties as well as basic food and wine matching principles. Another recent development is 'Perfect Partner', a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus.

On top of all of this, your account manager can help you prepare your own customer events, such as Gastro Evenings and quiz nights. They may even be able to assist on the night by introducing the wines accompanying the courses you serve.


Spotlight on a Region - RégniéDate published: 23/11/13

Régnié is the most recently created Beaujolais cru (in 1988), and is a tribute to communal spirit, or at least the spirit abroad in the neighbouring communes of Régnié-Durette and Lantignié, whose vignerons lobbied for years to be allowed to join the other nine crus.  The 750 ha of vines are some of the highest and most westerly of the crus immediately east of Beaujolais.


James and Salim

Wine Words - ReflectionDate published: 23/11/13

Reflection from soils and in some cases from water is considered by some to influence wine quality.  Very white soils, such as the Albariza soils of Jerez, do indeed reflect high proportions of sunshine, and can add to the heating of vines growing on them.  This is easy to demonstrate by calculation.  More difficult to prove is the theory that sunlight reflected from rivers may benefit nearby vineyards, as in the Mosel valley.  While the eye can behold the silvery sheen of water at low sun angles, it is unlikely that this can have any thermal effect on adjacent vineyards.

James

Grape of the Day Date published: 23/11/13

Plavai - Late ripening white vinifera grape variety native to Moldova and widely planted throughout eastern Europe and the ex Soviet republics. In Moldova, it is also known as Belan and Plakun; in Romania, it is called Plavana; in Hungary, Melvais; in the Krasnodarski region of Russia, Belan or Olivier.

James

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down BrutDate published: 23/11/13

Sparkling Saturday at City is back!

Today we have the wonderful Chapel Down Brut available to try.

Sparkling wine made in England rivaling some of Champagnes biggest brands. This beauty has a refreshing, zesty balance with fine bubbles. At only £15.99 it is better value than most Champagnes as well. So pop in to have a try but beware you may like it so much you end up with a case or two!! 

Say Hi!!!Date published: 22/11/13

Just a quick hello from the Team here at Majestic City! Pop in any time for great advise, free tastings and exploring the fantastic world of the wine!

We look forward to seeing you,

Team City

Dom PerignonDate published: 22/11/13

Dom Pérignon was the 17th century Benedictine monk who has gone down in history as the person who "invented" Champagne thus however not the case as it was accidentally invented by the English.  His name was originally registered by Eugène Mercier. He sold the brand name to Moët & Chandon, which used it as the name for its prestige cuvée, which was first released in 1937.

A rigorous selection process in both the vineyard and winery ensures that only the best grapes go into Dom Pérignon champagne. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are used in roughly equal proportions without one variety dominating the other.

In its youth, Dom Pérignon shows incredibly smooth, creamy fruit with perfect balance and weight. As it ages, it takes on wonderfully toasty aromas and a finesse equalled by very few of the other Grandes Marques.

VinalbaDate published: 22/11/13

Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2010 Mendoza

Grape

Malbec,Touriga Nacional

Origin

An intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, in a dry and fruit-driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose.

Taste

Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.

Enjoy

The dense, full nature of this interesting blend make it open to a large array of dishes, but try with rich or spicy casserole.


Two Hands WinesDate published: 21/11/13

Sexy Beast Cabernet 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale - £18.00

Matured for 14 months in French oak, this Cabernet is a beast as the name suggests. Lip-stainingly deep colour with lush, ripe fruit and a layer of smoke and sage. Very full but elegant and smooth. Drinking well now but could be put down for at least a thousand years.

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, Barossa Valley - £18.00

The fruit for this wine comes from very mature plots of Shiraz from all over the Barossa. The gnarled vines produce less fruit but of very high quality and complexity due to the increased amount of old wood.

Aged in a mix of old and new French oak, the nose is heavy with burnt toffee and chestnuts, with ripe fruit, chocolate and lavender on the palate.

Angels Share Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale - £18.00

A cooler climate Shiraz compared to the Gnarly Dudes, much more aromatic and complex with notes of coffee and cocoa on the nose and intense plum on the palate. The tannins are round and soft with an incredible length.


New Beer ArrivalsDate published: 21/11/13

New Beer Arrivals

Einstök Icelandic White Ale £9.99

Made from the purest water on earth just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Einstök Icelandic Craft Ales deliver "...a flavorful, easy-to-drink adventure". Now available to you right here. Brewed in the centuries- old Belgian tradition, their White Ale features the complex flavours of a classic wheat beer, including orange peel and coriander.

Punk IPA & BrewDog £9.99

Located in Ellon BrewDog claims to be Scotland's largest independently owned brewery. Punk IPA is their flagship brand. Behind the hype and noise, it is a very, very cultured beer. Heavily but stylishly hopped (twice) with an intense and tropical palate. It has a lovely bitterness on the finish that adds an intriguing fresh dimension, and it works very well with food.


Vintage Report - BordeauxDate published: 21/11/13

Bordeaux 

2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produce done of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripeand early-drinking wines, especially from the LeftBank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully.However, whites are delicious and sweet whitesvery good

.2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds arebalanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautifularomatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc


Beaujolais Nouveau DayDate published: 20/11/13

The wait is over! Tomorrow hails the third Thursday of November, which means one thing... Beaujolais Nouveau day!

From the famous house of Dubeouf comes this Beaujolais Nouveau, a style of wine released only weeks after harvest. Traditionally, the maturation would happen in barrel during transportation to the market.

Bright ruby in colour, with youthful rasberry and red cherry fruit on the palate and a refreshing acidity, this is a classic nouveau.

Serve slightly chilled and of course, whilst still young and Fresh.

Available for £8.49 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case of six.


James 

Time to celebrate!Date published: 20/11/13

We're coming up to the party season now, which I love because it lets me indulge my love for great sparkling wines!

So here are are a few that no party would be complete without!

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV, £24.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from our Pick 'N' Mix selection and save 33.3%

This is a delicious Non-Vintage Champagne, one of the first I tried on joining Majestic. It's pretty, floral-patterned label make it a beautiful gift and when you open it up you're in for a real treat. A friendly, open style with refreshing ripeness to it's soft appley fruit. A zesty mousse and hints of brioche make this a wonderful bubbly for a party.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, £27.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from our Pick 'N' Mix selection and save 33.3%

For a truly opulent, luscious Champagne experience, it has to be the Louis Roederer. A hugely prestige Champagne producer, their house style is overtly fruity with nutty yeasty notes. This is a wonderfully rich Champagne and shows its elegance and class with every sip.

James


Upcoming Spotlight Tasting DatesDate published: 20/11/13

Spotlight Tastings are back!

Want a great place to spend half an hour on Saturdays?

Why not come along to Majestic City and try 6 wines in 30 minutes around a theme, different theme each week.

Saturday 23rd November -

Rhone and Bordeaux: The varying styles compared and contrasted from these 2 French wine powerhouses.

12pm or 3pm

Saturday 7th December

Christmas wines: All the help and inspiration you'll need for choosing your Christmas tipple(s!).

12pm or 3pm

All tasting are completely informal, will sample 6 different and interest wines, last half an hour and as always are completely FREE!

Speak to a member of staff in store or call us on 0207 2479381 to book your place.


James


Spotlight on a Region - Coteaux de TricastinDate published: 20/11/13

Coteaux de Tricastin - An extensive and recently expanded appellation on the eastern fringes of the southern Rhone for mainly red and rosé wines with a very small amount of white.  Although the climate here is definitely Mediterranean, the higher altitudes and more exposed terrain produce rather lighter wines than those of the Cotes du Rhone which they resemble.  The best wine comes from sheltered, south-facing slopes, but acidity levels are usually noticeable beneath the superficial warmth of the southern vine variety perfume.  The region was substantially redeveloped by pieds noirs returning from North Africa in the late 1960s.

Grenache and Syrah are the principal vine varieties grown, although up to 15 per cent of Carignan, Mourvedre or Cinsault is allowed.

The wines are similar to those of the much larger Cotes du Ventoux appellation to the immediate south, which was also promoted to full Appellation Controlée status in 1973.

James

Wine Words- TintoDate published: 20/11/13

Tinto - Spanish and Portugese for red, so that vino tinto is red wine.  Tinto, like Tinta,  is also the first word of many Spanish and Portugese names and synonyms for black grape varieties.  Tempranillo, for example, is known as Tinto Fino in Ribero del Duero.

James

Grape of the Day - TerretDate published: 20/11/13

Terret is one of the Languedoc's oldest vine varieties and, like Pinot, has had plenty of time to mutate into different shades of grape, which may even be found on the same plant.  Indeed, Galet claims to have seen different-coloured grapes in the same bunch.  Terret Gris was once by far the most planted white wine variety in the Languedoc, even if it was concentrated in the Hérault département, where there were 2600ha of Terret Blanc still growing in 2000.  Either grape can be made into a relatively full-bodied but naturally crisp varietal white, but as a name Terret lacks the magic of international varieties.

James

Beer of the Month - Curious BrewDate published: 18/11/13

BEER OF THE MONTH

Curious Brew Lager,

Chapel Down

Region: Kent

Tasting Notes:

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.

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,farmed for their intense aromas.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats


James


Pick 'n' Mix offer has two weeks left!Date published: 18/11/13

There is now only two weeks left of our hugely popular 33% of Pick 'n' Mix offers! There really is something for everyone in this deal and could be the perfect Christmas present if you are thinking that far ahead! We have everything from Champagne, Prosecco, easy drinking party wine or a hearty Red to warm the cockles during the predicted cold snap!

Here are some of my favourites to help whet the appetite:

Champagne

-Laurent-Perrier Rose at £44.98

-Perrier-Jouet at £24.99

-Nicolas Feuillatte at £16

White wine

-Serena Pinot Grigio at £6.66

-Caixas Albarino at £6.66

-Gavi Montiero at £5.99

Red wine

-Lagunilla Rioja Gran Reserva at £9.99

-Ravenswood Zinfandel at £7.33

-Alamos Malbec at £6.66

These offers end 2nd December so hurry while stocks last!


James


Spotlight on a Region - Pouilly-VinzellesDate published: 18/11/13

Sharing half a name with its far better known southern Burgundian neighbour Pouilly-Fuisse, Pouilly- Vinzelles consists of the village of Vinzelles together with a 51 ha appellation predominantly located on a heavily inclined east-facing elevation overlooking the valley of the Saone.Les Quarts is reckoned to be the best vineyard with the leading producer being Domaine de la Soufrandiere. In additiion there is an even smaller appellatiion (29 ha) called Pouilly-Loche which may sometimes be sold under the name of Pouilly-Vinzelles but never vice versa.


James

Wine Words- Vielles VignesDate published: 18/11/13

Vielles Vignes - French for 'old vines'.  The term is used widely on wine labels in the hope that potential buyers are aware that wine quality is often associated with senior vine age.  There are few effective controls on the use of the term, however, and little agreement about exactly how many years it is before a vine can be deemed old.


James

The NED Sauvignon Blanc- Now £6.99Date published: 18/11/13

The ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is now down to £6.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines. Ready for the Christmas party season, this crowd pleasing wine is refreshingly delicious and fruity with typical new Zealand flavours of Gooseberry with a herbal twist.

James

Grape of the Day -Ugni BlancDate published: 18/11/13

Although seldom seen on a wine label, Ugni Blanc is in fact the most predominant variety of white grape planted in France. It originated in Italy under the name of Trebbiano , first coming to France as a result of trading between the French and Italian ports on the Mediterranean throughout the 14th century. The wine produced from this grape is generally thin,uninspiring in character but highly acidic;for this reason its predominant use is as a base wine for brandy and it is therefore heavily deployed in the Cognac and Armagnac regions, Cognac sometimes referring to it as St.-Emilion. A resilient grape giving high yields, it is also planted in Argentina and Bulgaria.


James

Wine Words - VeraisonDate published: 18/11/13

Veraison is a French word used by speakers of English and denotes the period of intermediate development of grape berries at the beginning of the ripening process. At this stage the berries undergo a significant and rapid change in both colour and texture going from being hard and green to soft and red-black or yellow-green depending on variety. Their sugar content and volume increase whilst the level of acidity decreases. At the onset of veraison the berries are approximately half their eventual size but begin to grow substantially within a very short period of time, the veraison process being prompted and encouraged by spells of warm dry weather with abundant sunshine. 


James

James' favourite wine for the week...Date published: 18/11/13

One of my favourite grape varieties is Shiraz. So, I thought I would let you guys know about a wine which I was lucky enough to try this week and which I thoroughly enjoyed.

It's the McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009 Langhorne Creek.

Origin

Langhorne Creek is a premium wine growing region of South Australia on the Fleurieu Peninsula near Adelaide. Located on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, rich fertile soils make this an outstanding grape growing region, particularly for red varieties.

Taste

Deep crimson with purple tinges, intense ripe berry characters with a vanilla lift exude on the nose. Concentrated rich, black fruit flavours on the palate follow to a balanced and velvety finish.

This wine will get even better than it is now if it is left to age for another couple of years.

Single bottle price: £25

£20 when you 2 selected fine wines


Wine Of The Week - Costarossa Primitivo 2010Date published: 13/11/13

 This week's Wine of the Week sees us heading South to sunny Italy. The South of the country is known for its warm Mediterranean climate and its plush, deep wines and this Primitivo is no exception coming, as it does, from the 'heel' of the Italian boot.

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

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

A great match with venison or pan-fried calves' liver and well worth the £8.99 price tag (when you buy 2 or more).  


What to drink with... CasserolesDate published: 13/11/13

Casseroles are a perfect choice for winter weather but what wines would match up well. Well the answer to this depends on the type of meat to be used. For dark meat a full bodied red would be an excellent match. You could go for a traditional Claret or a Nebbiolo wine from Italy. For something a little bit different you could go for a Chateau Musar from Lebanon. 

If light meat is used a lighter wine would be a better match. Beaujolais or a light red from South West France would be a great choice. White wine would also go well, particually a Chenin Blanc from Soputh Africa.  


James loves.... Wine and ChocolateDate published: 13/11/13

Yes that's right, my favorite wine and food match is wine and chocolate. This can of course be block chocolate or some delicious chocolate based desert I have baked.  I think the best wine to go with anything chocolate based is the Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz. This wine has hints of  dark chocolate on the palate so it really is the best wine to have with all things chocolate. I do think that any good quality Australian Shiraz would be a suitable alternative though. 

Wine Words- WhiteDate published: 13/11/13

White has a special meaning when applied both to grapes and wine.  Any light-skinned grape may be called a white grape, even though the grape skin is not white but anything from pale green through gold to pink.  In a similar fashion, white wines are not white, but vary in colour from almost colourless to deep gold.

Spotlight on a Region - AlmansaDate published: 13/11/13

This is a very small region located on the eastern edge of the greater 'La Mancha' wine growing region in central Spain.  The Almansa DO produces some strong, robust red wines which used to be used for blending; but we are seeing more sold in a market that is becoming increasingly price orientated.  The wines are made from Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera which perform well in this servere contintental climate.

Spotlight on a Region - Pessac-LeognanDate published: 13/11/13

Located to the south of Bordeax this area produces both red and white wine. The soils are very gravelly and is therefore ideal for the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon. The area is home to Cru-classé cháteaux and the prices for wines can be extremely high. 

Grape of the Day Date published: 13/11/13

Todays grape of the day is Ugni Blanc. Also known as Trebbiano, this is the second most planted grape variety in the world. It is one of the grape varieties used to make Cognac and Armagnac. 

Wine Words - CapDate published: 13/11/13

The cap is the term given to the  mass of stalks, grape skins etc that are present on the surface of red must during the process of fermentation.

Beers in the Spotlight: Curious Brew Lager,Chapel DownDate published: 12/11/13

Beers in the Spotlight: Curious Brew Lager,Chapel Down

Region: Kent

Tasting Note: Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral andstone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this wine hascitrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by arefreshing bitterness.

ABV: 4.7%

Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an awardwinning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beerreceives not only a "dosage" of Champagne yeast in itssecond fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,famed for their intense aromas.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats and fish.


Spotlight on a Region - SantenayDate published: 12/11/13

Santenay is a somewhat forgotten village in the Cote de Beaune district of Burgundy producing red wines from Pinot Noir and occasional whites.  The soils in Santenay are a little richer in Marl than most of the Cote d'Or, producing red wines tending to the rustic more than the elegant.  They are not counted among Burgundy's finest, although they are capable of ageing well.  The vineyards are trained and pruned according to the Cordon de Royat system in place of the usual Guyot.

Most of the best vineyards, the Premiers Crus La Comme, Clos de Tavannes, and Les Gravieres, form an extension from Chassagne-Montrachet.  Also reputed are La Maladiere, situated behind the main village, and Clos Rousseau on the far border of Santenay, beyond the casino and thermal waters of the higher village.  Vincent Girardin is one of teh best, and certainly most prolific, Santenay producers.

Spotlight Tastings this weekend! Date published: 07/11/13

Come and discover our new arrivals this weekend! We have two sessions, one at 12pm and another at 3pm. No need to book a place, just come along and sample the delights we have to offer!


What James is drinking tonight!!Date published: 05/11/13

After a busy day of getting stock away and making the store look nice, its got to be a glass of the Lagunilla Reserva at just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more.  Unfortunately I've got to play squash, before I can enjoy this with lamb cutlets......

What to drink with...Spicy Thai FoodDate published: 05/11/13

This is a dish that needs a wine with a little residual sugar which will balance superbly against the Asian spices.  If you are willing to push the boat out a little then the Heimbourg Gewurztraminer 2008  would be a great match.  It is £14.99 when you buy 2 or more, but it's a great wine that has an incredible finish.



Wine Words- CruDate published: 05/11/13

This a french term for a vineyard that is classed as superior quality. In English the word is translated as growth. Premier crus are often called first growths in Bordeaux.  In Beaujolais the top ranked communes are are called crus and their produce is Cru Beaujolais. 

Grape of the Day - 5th NovemberDate published: 05/11/13

Rubired - An increasingly popular red-fleshed California variety. It was released, along with the somewhat similar but much less successful Royalty, in 1958.  Its productivity and depth of colour have made the variety so popular with blenders of wine, California port, and grape juice, that by 2003 there were more than 13000 acres in the state, making it California's sixth most popular red grape.  It is grown, without any major viticultural problems, mainly in the hot San Joaquin valley.

Wine Words - VanillinDate published: 05/11/13

Vanillin is a phenolic aldehyde found in grapes and a component of the lignin structure of oak wood; responsible for the vanilla note in wines.  It is especially extracted from barrel wood.  If new oak casks are used for wine maturation, this vanillin adds complexity to the flavour.

Spotlight on a Region - SeysselDate published: 05/11/13

Seyssel is a small wine appellation within the eastern French region of Savoie producing light, dry and off-dry white still and sparkling wines from vineyards concentrated on the steep slopes of the upper Rhone valley about 40km downriver of Geneva.  This is one of the few Savoie wines to escape the region itself, notably in the form of sparkling Seyssel from producers Varichon et Clerc.  Altesse is the dominant grape variety here, although the local Molette is also grown for sparkling wines, which must contain at least 10 per cent Altesse, whose Savoyard roots are said to be here. 

The sparkling wines need to have a potential alcohol of just 8.5 per cent at harvest and must be bottle fermented in the region.  They are light, refreshing, and the best can develop in bottle, but most are drunk locally. 


Free Wine Tasting- California. Friday 8th Novemeber to Monday 11th November, come and explore!Date published: 05/11/13

Come and explore our wines of California this weekend! 

No need to book a place, just come along and sample the delights California has to offer!

Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the wines of this region.

Come and explore!

Quick FactsDate published: 04/11/13

Quick Facts: Domaine Begude. 

This winery was taken over by an English family in 2003, Domaine Begude is now a standout property. Robert Parker even described the wines as beguiling.


Quick FactsDate published: 04/11/13

Quick Facts: Paul Mas. 

The Heron on the label of Paul Mas wines is named ‘Vinus’ and was known for eating all the Chardonnay grapes from the vines on the riverbank.


Quick FactsDate published: 04/11/13

Quick Facts: Eikendal. 

As part of their work with a cheetah charity, Eikendal have given over an area of land for a group of young cheetahs to move into.


James' wine for the weekend.Date published: 25/10/13

To go perfectly with the fillet steak I am promised by my housemate this weekend my contribution will be the Portillo Malbec 2012, Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza. I shall keep quiet that this multi-award winning wine is under £10.00 and if we are served fish pie instead may well bring it home again! 

Spotlight on a region- UmbriaDate published: 25/10/13

This is a wine region in Italy, most known for Orvieto which is a white wine. The main grape varieties are Trebbiano, Grechetto, Malvasia and Verdello.  Red wines from the region are beginning to attract attention mostly from the reputation of Sagrantino. 

What to drink with...Spicy Thai FoodDate published: 25/10/13

This is a dish that needs a wine with a little residual sugar which will balance superbly against the Asian spices.  If you are willing to push the boat out a little then the Heimbourg Gewurztraminer 2008  would be a great match.  It is £14.99 when you buy 2 or more, but it's a great wine that has an incredible finish.

and... its open to taste this weekend.

James


Quick FactsDate published: 25/10/13

Quick Facts: Marques de la Concordia.

Winner of 136 international awards since 2004, Concordia was started by Jose Abascal in1812. He was granted the title of Marques de la Concordia on account of his work bringingSpanish culture to their South American colonies and acting as a diplomat.


Quick FactsDate published: 25/10/13

Giesen was set up by three German brothers in 1981. They made the bold decision to move from their homeland in order to make great wine in NZ.

Quick FactsDate published: 25/10/13

Quick Facts: Cillar de Cilos.

Described by the Oxford companion to wine as a serious contender to the top wineries ofRibera del Duero, Cillar de Silos is a Family affair, which began in 1970 when AmalioAragon was getting such compliments for his 'back garden' private production.


What to drink with..Hard CheesesDate published: 24/10/13

Dry and off-dry English wines are ideal with Caerphilly, while the sweeter styles of English wine are perfect with Wensleydale served with a slice of homemade apple pie.  Mature Cheddar and other well-flavoured, hard English cheeses demand something full and red such as a fine claret, or if it has bite, Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Chateau Musar.  Sangiovese-based wines bring out the sweet flavour of fresh (but mature) Parmesan.  Alsace Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are ideal with Gruyere, although something with a little more acidity, such as a Californian Sauvignon Blanc, is better with Emmental.

What to drink with...Chinese foodDate published: 24/10/13

Good-quality German Riesling Kabinett wines are very useful for partnering many Chinese dishes, particularly those in black bean, ginger or oyster sauces or with any gingery or sweet pepper flavouring.  Spare ribs require a Spatlese, sweet-and-sour an Auslese, chillies and other hotter flavours an Alsace Gewurztraminer, preferably Vendange Tardive.  For duck or goose, try a good-quality Vouvray demi-sec, still or sparkling.  If delicate or bland ingredients, such as water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, or cashew nuts dominate, choose a fresh or soft white such as a light Australian Chardonnay.  With spring rolls, choose a good dry fizz.

James

What to drink with..TerrinesDate published: 24/10/13

Fish, shellfish and meat terrines should be partnered with a wine according to their main ingredient or flavour.  Most vegetable terrines go well with young, dry or off-dry, light-bodied, still, sparkling or aromatic white wines from the Loire, Alsace, Germany, Austria, northeastern Italy, New Zealand and England.

James

Spotlight on a Region - ValenciaDate published: 24/10/13

Valencia - Spain's biggest port and third largest city, also lends its name to an autonomous region and one of five wine denominations in the Levante.  The vineyards are well away from the city, inland from the fertile market gardens and paddy fields bordering the Mediterranean. Production of white wine exceeds red.  Neutral  dry whites are made from the Merseguera grape, although the local Moscatel Romano produces some good, pungent dessert Mistelas.  Monastrell and the dark-fleshed Garnach Tintorera together produce rather coarse red wines, although the latter can produce some fresh, dry rosé.  Five large producers dominate Valencia and the surrounding DOs.

James

Wine Words Tank MethodDate published: 24/10/13

This is a method for making sparkling wine. For this method the second fermentation takes place in a sealed tank instead of taking place in a bottle. The main advantage of using the tank method is that it reduces the production cost compared to other methods such as the traditional method. Prosecco is often produced using the tank method.

Grape of the Day Date published: 24/10/13

The grape of the day for today is Trebbiano. This is a white grape variety that is also know as Ugni Blanc. It is one of the most planted grape varieties in the world. The vines are known to be vigorous and high yielding. Trebbiano is usually used as part of a blend. In Italy it can be found in Orvieto and Frascati wines.

Spotlight on a Region - PiemonteDate published: 24/10/13

Piemonte is a region in North West Italy and has the largest area under vines for DOC and DOCG wine production.  The main grape varieties found in Piemonte are Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Cortese. Barolo DOCG is produced in this region and is considered to be one of the worlds greatest red wines. This area also produces Gavi which is a white wine made from the Cortese grape. 

James

Grape of the DayDate published: 22/10/13

The grape of the day for today is Pelaverga. This grape comes from Italy in particular Piedmont. It is a rare grape variety that is commonly used to make strawberry flavoured, lightly sparkling wines. 

Spotlight on a Region - Coteaux de PierrevertDate published: 22/10/13

Coteaux de Pierrevert is a zone in the alpine foothills of northern Provence representing some of the highest vineyards in France, promoted to AC status in 1998.  The appellation extends over a large area east of the Cotes du Luberon but a declining area, 210ha in the late 1990s, is dedicated to making this wine.  

Wines of all 3 colours are produced and, thanks to the relative harshness of the climate, they are usually marked more by acidity than body.  Grenache and Syrah are the dominant grapes.  Tourism in the Hautes Alpes de Provence is such that there has been little need to seek export markets.


ProvenceDate published: 22/10/13

Provence

Cotes de Provence AC is the largest Appellation Crotrolle in Provence, with wines being produced from the naval port of Toulon.

Traditionally most of the wine produced was rose, drank by holiday makers. Now many producers have moved to making higher quality wines, often red, utilising their right to add up to 30% Cabernet Sauvignon to the blend.

To the west are the vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix en Provence AC which produces a range of red, white and rose wines. Due to high demand, prices for wines from both these regions are often heavily increased.

Another important appellation within the region is Bandol AC, produced near Toulon, which makes red wines based upon the Mouverdre grape. These wines are dark and full-bodied with powerful tannins and spicy bramble flavours. The production of wine from this appellation is small and due to its high reputation, wines of very high quality often sell for very high prices.

Other appellations within this region include Vin de Pays des bouches du Rhone and Vin de Pays de Vaucluse. They produce southern-Rhone-style wines at lower prices.



Spotlight on a Region - MoselDate published: 22/10/13

Mosel is a German region that produces white wine. Riesling is the dominant grape variety. Mosel has many top quality villages with the most well known being Piesport and Bernkastel.

New Pedro's SherryDate published: 21/10/13

The sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices. 20% of the fino blend is from an aged fino solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth. They are all authentic and traditional in style. Pedro Dauthieu is a local man and knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. Their colour and vibrancy have fantastic stand out value.  The wines and labels are absolutely exclusive to Majestic! 

Wine Facts! Did you know? Porcupine RidgeDate published: 21/10/13

Wine Facts: Did you know?: Porcupine Ridge. 

Porcupine Ridge is made by Boekenhoutskloof, which means Ravine of the Boekenhout, a tree used in Furniture making.Porcupine Ridge vineyards are actually home to hundreds of Porcupines, who the winery are keen to conserve. They’re great for keeping pests at bay.


Quick FactsDate published: 18/10/13

Quick Facts: Cape Mentelle. 

Cape Mentelle is owned by LVMH, the biggest luxury brand company in the world. Their commitment to quality above all else is evident in the wines.


Spotlight on a Region - AostaDate published: 16/10/13

Aosta is Italy's smallest region and only produces a small amount of wine each growing season. Most of the wine produced here is sold privately  either to tourists or passing motorists. The area itself is very rugged and is not ideally suited to the cultivation of vines due to increasingly steep slopes. The most important grape varieties, accounting for roughly a 3rd of production are Torrette and Blanc de Morgex.

Wine Words- CrossingDate published: 16/10/13

A crossing is the word given to a new breeding of a vine variety resulting from the crossing of two vine varieties of the same species.

Spotlight on a Region - CowraDate published: 16/10/13

Cowra - This is a well established warm Australian wine region which can produce some cracking chardonnays.  However, most of the production focus is on yield, which is then destined for blending at the lower end of the market.  

Wine Words- Grosser RingDate published: 16/10/13

This is an association of some of the finest estates in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Germany; it is offically called the Grosser Ring VDP Mosal-Saar-Ruwer.  Its has a long history and was founded in 1908 by the mayor of Trier.  The Grosser Ring is devoted to the Riesling grape variety; its mebers expel any grower that is not producing top wines and for this reason 90% of the wines are QMP.

James

Grape of the Day Date published: 16/10/13

Grolleau Gris - This grape is planted on just 2,000 acres and is the pink skinned version of Grolleau which is more popular in the Loire valley and used for blending in generic regional wines.  If growers are able(and want to!!) restrict the vigour of the wine, the resulting wines can have real character.

What to eat with Jambalaya???Date published: 16/10/13

This one-pot creole is a jumble of different flavours combining different culinary traditions and a hotch potch of flavours.  Sauvignon blancs from around the world work brilliantly with this dish coping with the strong seafood flavours and spices well.  I suggest a Sauvignon Blanc from a small Loire appellation called Cheverny; the interesting thing here is that the wine has 15% Chardonnay in the blend and this gives the wine a rounded finish and works perfectly with the Jambalaya.

James

Wine Facts! Did you know? Wirra WirraDate published: 16/10/13

Wine Facts: Did you know?: Wirra Wirra. 

Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal term meaning 'Amongst the gums'. 

Wirra Wirra are currently build-ing a trebuchet (catapult) to fire fine wine at neigbouring winer-ies, who will return the favour.

They also get dressed up as horses once a year and race around the vineyards in homage to Australia’s greatest horse race, The Melbourne Cup.


Quick FactsDate published: 16/10/13

Quick Facts: Boschendal.

Boschendal are a famous South African winery who are extreme-ly conscientious about their land and the conservation of flora and fauna as well as wildlife. The Garden Route in South Afri-ca is a travellers dream, with amazing scenery, mountains, wineries, golf courses, rivers for fishing and restaurants.


Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 11/10/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine

Angel's Share Shiraz

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the

Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.

TASTING NOTE Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.


Wine Words - New Latitude WinesDate published: 10/10/13

New Latitude Wines - A term coined by Thai wine writer Frank Norel in 2003 for wines made in the tropical fringes of the global wine map, although it could equally well apply to those from high latitudes where viticulture has recently been encouraged by climate change.

Grape of the Day - 10th OctoberDate published: 10/10/13

Muscat Canelli - Also known as Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat Blanc and Moscato Canelli, this grape is in fact the Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, and it is surprisingly successful in California, producing some delightfully perfumed, flowery-flavoured wines in off-dry through to very sweet and dessert styles.

Spotlight on a Region - Conca de BarberaDate published: 10/10/13

Conca de Barbera - A small but promising wine zone in Spanish Cataluna, sandwiched in between Penedes, Costers del Segre and Tarragona.  At around 500m above sea level, this DO experiences cold winters and hot summer days are tempered by cool winds from the sea.  Miguel Torres of Penedes recognized the grape-growing potential of the limestone country around the Castillo de Milmanda and some of his best Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are sourced in the zone.  Torres has been championing a federation between Conca de Barbera and Penedes 40km away.  Some interesting rosé wines are also made from the local Trepat vine, which is also the subject of interesting experiments in red wine vinification in Cataluna.

Most of Conca de Barbera's grapes are used to produce Cava, however, and consequently few wines carry the name of the DO on the label.

James

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine - Angels Share Shiraz 2012, Two HandsDate published: 09/10/13

The latest wine in our 'Autumn Magic of Fine Wine' is this classy Shiraz from the McLaren Vale in Australia. 

'Angels Share' Shiraz 2012, Two Hands

£18.00 or £23.00 when you buy 2 or more.

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

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

Just pull the BBQ out for one more time and slap a chunk of Fillet on the grill for 2 minutes each side and enjoy!!!!

Open on Friday 11th & Saturday 12th October.

James


Spotlight on a Region - AlmansaDate published: 09/10/13

This is a very small region located on the eastern edge of the greater 'La Mancha' wine growing region in central Spain.  The Almansa DO produces some strong, robust red wines which used to be used for blending; but we are seeing more sold in a market that is becoming increasingly price orientated.  The wines are made from Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera which perform well in this servere contintental climate.

James

Wine Words - DosageDate published: 09/10/13

This is the final addition made to sparkling wines that have been made in the 'traditional method' and it also determines the final sweetness of the of the wine.  In French this is known as 'liqueur d'expedition.


James

Wine of the Week: Amalaya de Colomé MalbecDate published: 08/10/13

Amalaya de Colomé Malbec (blend)

Salta Province

£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

(Single bottle price - £10.99)


Winemaker Francisco Puga honed his skills at Bodega el Estecoin in Cafayate and moved across town to Amalaya after realising the potential of the bodega. Production in Cafayate is dominated by the white variety Torrontés. The extremely high altitude in the Salta Province (5,522 ft in Cafayate) allows the production of fantastically high-quality Malbec. This wine is around 70% Malbec, with a smattering of spice added by Syrah, cassis from Cabernet Sauvignon and colour and perfume from one of the jewels in South America's crown; Tannat.

Dominated by dark fruit from the Malbec, with plums, cherries and blackcurrants at the forefront. This wine has plenty of grip, with sweet spices intermingling with a subtle oakiness which reveals its lethargic past resting in barrels before bottling.

A bottle where finesse and boldness walk hand in hand. Partner this with chocolate steak.


James


Autumn Staff PicksDate published: 08/10/13

Our recent price change has seen some excellent offers come through. Here are our Autumn staff picks to reflect these offers:

James  - Conde de San CristobalRibera del Duero- £13.99 (when you buy at least 2 Spanish wines. Single bottle price £17.49). Bursting with blackcurrant and hints of spice, this wine matches perfectly with roasted lamb shank as the flavour intensity of the meat is matched by the intesity of the wine.

Sal - Boschendal Chenin Blanc- £6.79 (when you buy at least 2 South African wines. Single bottle price £8.49). This wines depth is a result of weekly lees stirring, which gives flavours of nut and honey to accent the already present tropical fruit flavours. A great match for seafood.

Roger - Tautavel Arago 21, Gerard Bertrand- £8.49 (when you buy at least 2 bottles. Single bottle price £9.99). A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, this wine provides a pleasant combination of fruity, spicy and herbal flavours. Match with barbecued chops.

Andrew - Marques de Riscal, Rioja Reserva- £10.99 (when you buy at least 2 Spanish wines. Single bottle price £13.74). This Rioja is beautiful to drink now but can be left to age for another 5 years. Full-bodied with summer fruit and vanilla flavours. Enjoy with a cheeseboard.

By James / Team City

Wine Words - MeatyDate published: 08/10/13

Meaty is a term that suggests a wine so rich in body and extract, that it feels as if you could almost chew it. This is often the case with high tannin wines.

James

Grape of the Day - Ugni BlancDate published: 08/10/13

Todays grape of the day is Ugni Blanc. Also known as Trebbiano, this is the second most planted grape variety in the world. It is one of the grape varieties used to make Cognac and Armagnac. 

James

Spotlight on a Region - Pessac-LeognanDate published: 08/10/13

Located to the south of Bordeax this area produces both red and white wine. The soils are very gravelly and is therefore ideal for the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon. The area is home to Cru-classé cháteaux and the prices for wines can be extremely high. 

James

Spotlight on a Region - ClarksburgDate published: 04/10/13

Clarksburg is a Californian wine region and AVA(American Viticultural Area) and is in the large central valley near Sacramento.  It is propably best known for its Chenin Blanc that tends to benefit from the summer sea fogs that cool the blistering hot summer days.  It will never be the best quality growing area in California but has shown promise over the last decade.


James

Wines of South Africa Tasting WeekDate published: 04/10/13

We are pleased to announce that from Friday 4th October until Thursday 10th October we will have an exciting range of South African wines open for FREE tasting all day, every day, here at Majestic City.  From crisp whites through to bold, chunky reds and sweet, luscious dessert wines, South Africa has something for everyone.  So, if you fancy sampling what this amazing country has to offer, then don't hesitate to pop in and see us.

Unitil then, here are a few of my South African favourites I would heartily recommend:

Barista Pinotage 2012, Western Cape - £7.59 when you buy ANY 2 South African Wines

A wine for three courses – ripe bramble fruits and roasted coffee beans integrate to give a lingering smooth chocolate finish. Perfect with roast meats and chocolate cake.

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch - £9.99 when you buy ANY 2 South African wines

Wonderfully complex and well balanced, this as well as the traditional Bordeaux varieties, Syrah has been added to the blend for an appreciated black pepper spice.

Jordan Chardonnay 2012, Stellenbosch - £11.98  when you buy ANY 2 South African wines

A rich and powerful wine, brimming with glossy, honeyed apple and lemon fruit, with hints of hazelnut. The deft use of oak ageing has added aromas of buttered toast, and a roundness to the palate

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 Western Cape - £9.59 when you buy ANY 2 South African wines

Tropical fruit and citrus, limestone and oak aromas give way to a refreshing, powerful and rounded palate. Vanillin spices with honeysuckle, layers of fruit and a lingering finish.

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011 Coastal Region 37.5cl Half bottle - £8.99 when you buy ANY 2 South African wines

Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

James

What to drink with...Thai dishesDate published: 04/10/13

Much spicier than Chinese, with a more intricate mix of flavours, Thai 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 Sémillon.

James

Spotlight on a Region - TumbarumbaDate published: 02/10/13

Tumbarumba is a relatively new wine region in New South Wales, Australia. It is cool, high altitude region in the Australian Alps, particularly suited to growing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The altitude is essential for growing these cool climate varieties as further down the slopes the climate would simply be to hot. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are grown for table consumption as well as sparkling wine production.

Wine Words - UpfrontDate published: 27/09/13

Upfront – A term that describes a wine with an attractive, immediately recognizable quality that says it all. Once open, the wine will not develop further and the last glass will not say anymore about it than the first. 

'Discover Shiraz and Pinot Noir', 27th September - 2nd OctoberDate published: 27/09/13

Its another week and another tasting event! 

Taking centre stage is Shiraz and Pinot Noir, in our 'Discover Shiraz and Pinot Noir' tasting week. Running from Friday 27th September to Thursday 3rd October, we have some cracking wines chosen and open to try. If you are new to these grapes or they are your favourite variety, we have something to tantalize the taste buds!

Also this Saturday, it is our Spotlight Tasting Tutorial on Shiraz. In the 'spotlight' we have some excellent Shiraz or Syrah wines from different parts of the world, along with some Shiraz blends. Its a great opportunity to try different styles alongside each other. Sessions are 12pm and 3pm and last half an hour. Call 02072479381 to book.

James

Spotlight on a Region - DenmarkDate published: 27/09/13

Denmark is not a region that one readily associates with vine growing and wine making, but grapes have been cultivated here since the middle ages. It really is at the northernmost limit for grape growing. The grapes used to be grown against walls or in greenhouses to combat the cool climate and harsh winters. After decades of experimentation, vines are grown outside and the grape varieties suited to cold climates. Rondo and Regent are the red grapes. Madeline Angevine and Orion are the white grapes. There are now professional wine producers in Denmark and with production being small scale, the wines are very expensive.


James

Wine Words- Salary wine.Date published: 26/09/13

This is the practice of paying workers in wine instead of cash; this dates back to Persia where wine rations were in excess of what a normal person could consume, so they would use it as a form of currency.  It is sometimes used in Bordeaux but the quality of wine given is not very good.

James

Spotlight on a Region - SassicaiaDate published: 26/09/13

Sassicaia has become one of the must try fine wines from Italy and can command prices equivalent to the nest Bordeaux wines.  It was only granted DOC status it the late 1990's because of the high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend; and is the only wine to have a single estate DOC.  If you fancy trying something a bit cheaper then we have the 'little brother' Guidolberto in stock at £25.00.

James

Wine Words- UndertoneDate published: 26/09/13

Undertone - A subtle and supporting flavour characteristic that does not dominate like an overtone. In a fine wine, a strong and simple overtone of youth can evolve into a delicate undertone with maturity, adding to a vast array of other nuances that give the wine complexity.

James

Spotlight on a Region - PrioratDate published: 26/09/13

Situated in Catalonia, Spain, this area has a dry climate and poor soil, in which the vines' roots spread everywhere in search of moisture, the local saying being that Priorat vines can suck water out of a stone.  The best wines are currently being made around the hilltop town of Gratallops, by a group of young winemakers led by Bordeaux-trained Riojan oenologist Alvaro Palacios, who brought with him a wealth of experience from Chateau Petrus to the Napa Valley.  New-style reds are huge, serious and stunningly rich, but those of the old style tend to be heavy, over-alcoholic, and oxidized, although the best traditional wines fall somewhere in between.

One of the country's oldest appellations, Priorat is one of the Spanish wine industry's super-stars.  The use of the spelling 'Priorato' has been dropped on bottles in favour of the Catalan version 'Priorat'.

James

25% off Spanish Wines for a limited timeDate published: 25/09/13

With 25% off Spanish wines for one week only, there has never been a better time to explore the wines of this diverse country. 

Whilst Spain is well known for it's Tempranillo based wines from famous regions such as Rioja, more up and coming regions such as Toro and Ribera del Duero are not to be missed out on. Spanish whites are in fact more commonly planted than red varieties, with a range of native varieties such as Macabeo, Verdejo and Albariňo now also growing in popularity with the international market.

With wines ranging in style from easy drinking inexpensive styles to more expensive age worthy wines, there is something to suite all palates and occasions!

James

What to drink with...Pork, Poultry and VealDate published: 25/09/13

Pork, poultry and veal are flexible and can take a diverse range of wines from modest traditional method sparkling, through almost every type of medium- or full-bodied dry or off-dry white wine, to light reds from Beaujolais, Champagne, Alsace and Germany, literally any medium-bodied red wine, whatever its origin and a large number of full-bodied ones too.  For chops, cutlets, or escalopes, grilled, pan-fried or in a cream sauce, it is advisable to choose something with a higher acidity balance or some sparkle.  Beaujolais is perhaps the best all-round choice; it works well with roast pork, particularly served cold.

James

What to drink with...BeefDate published: 25/09/13

Claret is the classic accompaniment to roast beef.  Choose a younger, perhaps lighter and livelier style if the meat is served cold.  A good Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia, California, Chile, Italy, New Zealand or South Africa would do just as well and would be preferable in the case of steaks that are charred on the outside and pink in the middle.  For pure beef burgers, an unpretentious, youthful red Cotes-du-Rhone with an honest, chunky, peppery flavour is ideal. But, frankly, almost any drinkable red wine of medium, medium-full, or full body from anywhere will accompany all beef dishes with some degree of competence, as will most full-bodied and rich-flavoured white wines.

James

Wine Words - "PergolaDate published: 25/09/13

This is a form of overhead vine training and is common on the West coast of Portugal in the production of Vinho Verde.  The vines are lifted of the ground to 1.8m and this allows the air to flow underneath and help prevent disease in this maritime climate.  Porto is the second wettest city in Europe and the vineyards of Vinho Verde certainly don't lack rainfall.  This also allows the potential of a second crop underneath the pergola. 

James

Spotlight on a Region - Perth HillsDate published: 25/09/13

This is a picturesque and expanding region just west of Perth in western Australia.  The iconic areas further south like Margaret River have gained great notoriety for its wines over the last 20 years and have a reputation for winning awards.  Perth Hills has improved its rustic wine reputation over the years and could be an area to watch over the next 10 years.  

James

Wine Words - ArrachageDate published: 20/09/13

Arrachage- This is a French term for ripping out vines. The European vine pull scheme of the late 80's really made its mark on the southern French landscape.

Spotlight on a Region - 'Bourgogne Aligoté Date published: 20/09/13

Bourgogne Aligoté a generic appellation in Burgundy that makes white wines from the Aligoté grape. The wines can vary from refreshingly crisp to disagreeably tart. The tart wines are used for Vin blanc cassis or Kir. Aligoté mostly produces wines that are best consumed young, however there are some that can age well from the best locations.


James

'Exploring Sauvignon Blanc' Tasting Week 20th - 26th SeptemberDate published: 20/09/13

The time has come for all you Sauvignon Blanc fans out there, it is our 'Exploring Sauvignon Blanc' tasting week!  If you are new to this grape it is also a great time to come in and experience just how varied in style this wine can be.

Running from 20th - 26th September, we will have lots to try on the tasting counter, as well as a 'Spotlight' Tasting Tutorial on Saturday. The tutorial will focus on trying a Sauvignon Blanc and an alternative wine together.  We have some great wine regions in the 'Spotlight'! Just call us on 01473 232128 to book your place at 12pm or 3pm.

Our Wine of the Week is also a Sauvignon Blanc so you are spoilt for choice!

We look forward to seeing you


James

Spotlight on a Region - VolnayDate published: 14/09/13

Volnay is a small village on the Cote d'or producing elegant wines from the Pinot Noir grape variety.  Over half the vineyards in Volnay are classified as 1er Cru with the best vineyard being Les Santenots which can be sold as Volnay Santenots under its own AOC.  This vineyard expresses the velvety finesse of Volnay.

James

Reduced to Clear - Rioja Parcel.Date published: 14/09/13

We have a selection of wines from Rioja which have been reduced to clear this weekend.  They are a selection of older vintages and express great character and longevity.

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 1985 £11.19

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 1986 £11.19

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 1992 £7.99

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 1995 £13.59

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Magnum 1996 £15.99 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Magnum 1998 £15.99

James

English Wine- The RenaissanceDate published: 12/09/13

After several hundred years of Monastic production, English wine dwindled to almost nothing two centuries ago, finally coming to a complete halt in the Second World War. The fifties saw the beginnings of a revival with some commercial plantings but production didn't start in earnest until the eighties and nineties. The current production is in the region of 2.5 million bottles from about 124 Wineries, who between them own 430 vineyards. The majority are in the warmer south of the UK, Cornwall, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire have the highest concentration, by far the largest single estate being Nyetimber: at 177 hectares it alone accounts for 12% of the total (currently 1438 Ha). 

English wine is now synonymous with Sparkling wine, most often comparable to Champagne. This is no accident- the chalky subsoil of most of Sussex is the same as that under Champagne,as it stretches across the Channel. You just need to look at the White Cliffs of Dover to see that. The climate is also similar, just 0.5C difference on average. Use the same combination of grapes- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier- and the same 'Traditional Method' of production and it is easy to see why English Sparkling wine has beaten Champagne in blind tastings.

Still wines are also produced, and these have improved markedly in recent years. Whites from Bacchus in particular and other cool climate grapes have a lovely spring blossom and herbaceous/ hedgerow character that is pleasingly unique to the UK, many new plantings are replacing reliable but dull Muller Thurgau. Some excellent Chardonnay is being produced too, Chapel Down's 'Kit's Coty' single vineyard Chardonnay has won many accollades since its release this year. Reds are improving too. Many Pinot Noirs in the past were virtually interchangeable with Rose, and though this light style is pleasant, deeper wines are appearing, not just Pinot's but pleasant wines from Rondo and Dornfelder, though I don't think we are about to see an English Shiraz any time soon. 

Currently in stock:

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV £23.99

Nyetimber Blanc De Blancs 1996 in Magnum £95-

Chapel Down English Rose NV £17.99

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006 £19.99

James

Wine of the Week- Chateau Mugron 2010, BordeauxDate published: 12/09/13

A super example of a 'House' Claret for everyday drinking. A Merlot dominant blend from the right bank commune of Prignac-et-Marcamps, just south of Bourg. Supple and approachable with an austere Cabernet streak and lovely balance of fruit and tannins, this is a simple wine but a textbook example of what Bordeaux does so well when you look away from the glare of the Medoc, Pomerol et al. 


James

Short Term Giesen Sauvignon Blanc OfferDate published: 12/09/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Offer: 

Was £9.99 Special Offer £8.99 BUT

Buy 2 bottles save 1/3 - £5.99!! Offer ends 7pm Monday 23rd September

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

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

Short Term Champagne offers!!Date published: 12/09/13

Short Term Champagne Offers!! Offers end 7pm Monday 23rd September!!

Perfect for pre-Christmas parties or the big day itself!!

Stock up now!!

Buy any 2 save 33.3%

Nicolas Feuillatte NV was £24 now £15.99

Pinot Noir/Chardonnay - A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 Vintage was £27 now £17.99

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

Piper Hiedsieck Brut was £30 now £19.99

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

James

Wine Words "PhylloxeraDate published: 12/09/13

Phylloxera - A vine louse that spread from America to virtually every viticultural region in the world during the late 19th Century, destroying many vines.  New vines had (and still have0to be grafted on to phylloxera-resistant American rootstocks.

Spotlight on a Region - BinissalemDate published: 12/09/13

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.


James

Wine Words - "Off VintageDate published: 11/09/13

Off Vintage - An off vintage or year is one in which many poor wines are produced due to adverse climactic conditions, such as very little sunshine during the summer which can result in unripe grapes, and rain or humid heat at the harvest, which can result in rot.  Generally an off vintage is a vintage to be avoided, but approach any opportunity to taste the wines with an open mind because there are always good wines made in every vintage , and they have to be sold at bargain prices if a vintage has a bad reputation.


James

Wine Words - "FruitcakeDate published: 11/09/13

Fruitcake - This is a subjective term for a wine that tastes, smells or has the complexity of the mixed dried-fruit richness and spices found in fruit cake.

Spotlight on a Region - Vins de Pays d'OcDate published: 11/09/13

The vast appellation of the Vin de pays d'Oc is the most successful of all  vins de pays, commercially and qualitatively.  It sells well because of the simpicity of its name, which even Anglo-Saxons have no difficulty pronouncing, and it encompasses most of the best produced in France.  Some 70 per cent of production is red,  with the balance split equally between white and rosé.  Even though most of the finest vin de pays  are produced here, the volume of output is so vast that the quality will inevitably be variable. 

What has enabled so many truly fine wines to emerge in this denomination is the role of the so-called cépages améliorateurs. These grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are not traditional in the region, but add greatly to the quality and finesse of more rustic local varieties.  They also make excellent varietal wines.  Viognier is on the increase as a varietal wine and makes a good-value, juicy-fruity, more exotic alternative to Chardonnay.

James

Whato to drink with...River FishDate published: 11/09/13

Generally, most river fish go well with a fairly assertive rosé, since both the fish and the wine have a complementary earthiness, but an assertive white such as a Sancerre is just as effective.  Sancerre, white Graves and Champagne are especially successful with pike.  Champagne or Montrachet is classic with salmon or salmon-trout, whether baked, grilled, pan-fried, poached or smoked, but any good-quality dry sparkling wine or white Burgundy will be excellent, as will top Chardonnay wines from California, the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.  Riesling, whetehr Alsace or German is almost obligatory with trout, particularly when it is cooked au bleu.


James

Cooking with Jose Pizarro and Codorniu Date published: 10/09/13

Majestic, Codorniu and super chef Jose Pizarro have teamed up to bring you the most cutting edge and innovative recipes, matched with the best Cava on the market. Here is just a snippet;

Jose Pizarro matches Fish and Chips Tostados with the Majestic favourite, Codorniu Cava Brut NV. For more recipe information get in touch with us in store, where we have full recipe leaflets aplenty for you to test yourself with.

Good luck

SherryDate published: 06/09/13

Sherry

Sherry, which comes from Jerez has been known by British people for a long time. There are many different styles aside from Cream Sherry and they are proving very popular for a new generation of British Sherry drinkers.

Dry

Manzanilla – is bone dry, pale in colour with an appley, yeasty tang.

Fino - is creamier and nuttier than Manzanilla but still has the same salty character

Medium

Amontillado – an aged fino, is also dry but develops an amber colour with a hazelnut character and more body.

Oloroso is fuller bodied than Amontillado with pronounced walnut flavours and is a great main course wine

Sweet

Pale Cream is sweetened fino sherry. It is aromatic, with a fresh biscuit flavour and a tangy hint of pears.

Rich Cream is full bodied and aromatic with a mahogany colour. Its rich, amber, caramel flavours are shown off to their best over ice and a twist of fresh orange.

Pedro Ximenez or PX is a luscious, chocolate and coffee laced sticky sherry.

Sarkis

Marvellous Magnums!Date published: 06/09/13

Marvellous Magnums!

Magnums are bottles that hold 1.5 litres of wine - twice the size of a normal bottle! They are great for dinner parties and special occassions as something a bit special. And also great for keeping and aging, a magnum being the optimum size bottle to lay down, as it has the same ullage size as a normal bottle, but more wine so the ratio of air to liquid is better.

Just arrived instore:



Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta £36 - A new addition to our magnum collection, this is one of our best selling wines in 75cl format, and will age superbly as a magnum. Complex, with flavours of fruits, spice and earth, well balanced and elegant.

James

New to MajesticDate published: 06/09/13

Montes Twins, Malbec/Cabernet

Chile, 2012

Although this might sound like a somewhat unusual blend, Malbec was historically used throughout Bordeaux before the plague of phylloxera hit Europe in the mid-nineteenth century.

Ruby red in colour, bramble fruits from the Cabernet Sauvignon and a hint of plums and cherry from Malbec makes this wine very elegant and attractive. The firm and rich tannins of the Cabernet are softened by the smoother more velvety tannins in the Malbec resulting in a very well balanced wine. Smooth yet powerful, this wine would go perfectly with barbecued steak.

£9.59

Sal

Spotlight on a Region - Ardèche Date published: 06/09/13

Ardèche is a region in south east France on the right bank of the River Rhone. It is situated between the main concentrations of vineyards which constitute the northern and southern Rhone valley. IT is an area with steadily improving wines with high quality Chardonnays being the most popular. Virginie is also grown to a lesser extent. The Burgundian producer Louis Latour was a pioneer, and still produces the famous Grand Ardèche Chardonnay.


James

Wine Words - "GutsabfullungDate published: 06/09/13

Gutsabfullung - A German term which literally means 'bottled on the property'.  Gutsabfullung can only be used by a winemaker who holds a diploma in oenology.  This means any naturally gifted winemaker who has not sat the examination, but owns an estate and makes brilliant wines, has no legal way of indicating his or her wine is an authentic product that has been grown on, fermented at, and bottled on a individual wine estate.

Richard

Spotlight on a Region - Pouilly-VinzellesDate published: 06/09/13

One of my favorite wines from the southern end of Burgundy.  Only 51 hectares of Chardonnay are grown in this small AOC, most of which over looks the town of Saone.  One of the best vineyards is 'Les Quarts' but most of the production is in the hands of local co-op's.  Interestingly the neighborouring Pouilly-Loche, just 29 hectares, can be sold under the name of Pouilly-Vinzelles or Loche.


Roger

Wine Words - TrockenbeerenausleseDate published: 06/09/13

Trockenbeerenauslese - A German wine produced from individually picked, botrytized grapes that have been left on the vine to shrivel, it is typically golden-amber to amber in colour, intensely sweet, viscous, very complex and as different from Beerenauslese as that wine is from Kabinett.


James

Spotlight on a Region - RéunionDate published: 06/09/13

Réunion - This African island is, believe it or not, the most far-flung of all French wine areas: Vin de Pays de Cilaos.  Created as recently as 2004, the vin de pays regulations forced the removal of the hybrids that used to grow here.  Hybrids are still the mainstay of viticulture on Madagascar, which arguably offers greater potential, but the performance of the classic vinifera varieties growing on Réunion (Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and Malbec) could well change the mind of those 'Mad' people.  There are plans to plant Gros Manseng, Pinotage, Syrah and Verdelho.  The styles produced are red, white, rosé and Moelleux.  The only wine producer currently is the local cooperative, Chais du Cilaos, which harvested just 28 tons of grapes in 2004.  The vines grow at an altitude of 1200 metres on volcanic soil, cropping in January.  The wines are fresh, crisp and well made, fermented in new, temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats.


James

Free Bottle of Wine With Your Meal at The Dove in Broadway Market!Date published: 29/08/13

Don't forget to claim your voucher for a free bottle of wine with your meal next time you visit The Dove in Broadway Market!

Simply spend £50 or more in store today and we will offer you a voucher for a free bottle of wine up to the value of £20.  Or, if you would like to splash out on a wine a little bit more expensive (something we'd highly recommend!) then simply use the voucher to deduct £20 from the price.*

The Dove, 21-26 Broadway Market, London  E9 4QJ  Tel: 020 7275 7617


*Terms and conditions apply


Wine of the Week - Rioja Crianza Arienzo 2010, Marques de RiscalDate published: 29/08/13

Wine of the Week this week comes from Spain and its a fantastic Rioja Crianza from a top producer that packs a punch at 14 % alcohol!!

Rioja Crianza Arienzo 2010, Marqués de Riscal

£8.99 when you buy two bottles!!

£10.99 single bottle price)

This traditionally styled crianza comes from Marqués de Riscal's best vineyards in Elciego and Laguardia. It has undergone 18 months' cask ageing - relatively long for a crianza wine - plus several more months maturing in bottle before release.

Intense yet mellow aromas of ripe raspberry and fig, mingling with subtle vanilla, coconut and spice notes. Supple and soft on the palate, with plenty of youthful vigour to the fruit.

Drink with tapas of Iberian ham, Manchego and dressed olives.


James

Coming this autumn - 'Spotlight' tasting tutorials!!Date published: 29/08/13


This autumn we have the following dates available for our upcoming 'Spotlight' tasting tutorials. These are an informal 30 minute tasting session held in store.

These sessions are designed to give you information on grape varieties, wine styles and food recommendations. Most importantly they are for you to have fun trying something different, with the 'spotlight' focusing on each grape individually and it's varying styles

Saturday 7th September - Chardonnay

Saturday 14th September - Rioja

Saturday 21st September - Sauvignon Blanc and beyond!!

Saturday 28th September - Shiraz

The sessions will start at 12pm and 3.00pm.


James

Spotlight on a Region - Rías BaixasDate published: 29/08/13

Rías Baixas is region in the north west of Spain that is gaining more popularity all the time. The DO covers red, white and rosado wines, but it is the white Albarino grapes that the area is best known for. These grapes come from low-yielding vines and the wines can have a real depth of flavour with lively, fresh acidity. They accompany the fresh seafood caught in the area beautifully! The area has a high amount of rainfall, meaning the vines have to be trained to maximize airflow helping to stop potential issues with rot and fungal diseases. The Albarino grapes also have thick skins to help withstand the damp maritime climate.

James

Spotlight on a Region - La Rioja.Date published: 28/08/13

La Rioja(Argentina)

This is a region 150 miles North of the more famous Mendoza region in Argentina.  La Rioja is the oldest of the wine producing regions and is home of the torrontes grape variety, back in 2003 there was only 20,000 acres of vines planted but this has increased significantly over the last decade with torrontes becoming the signature white grape of Argentina.  They also produce wines from the Muscat(Muscat of Alexandria) grape, but the biggest hazard it the lack of water for irrigation and this makes wine making a difficult activity.

James

Spotlight on a Region - PolandDate published: 28/08/13

The grapes that are grown in Poland are grown on a commercial scale; varieties include Regent, Rondo, Seyval Blanc and Sibera Bianca.  Many of these are hybrid grapes which have been developed to with stand disease, severe weather or vineyard pests.    


James

Anyone for another Sauvignon Blanc??Date published: 27/08/13

Its that time of the year to remind you that our 20% off New Zealand promotion is coming to an end(2nd September 2013).  We have a great range to choose from and this is my top 5 judged on price and quality: -

1) Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc- £8.99

2) Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc  - £14.99

3) The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99

4) Invivo Sauvignon Blanc - £9.99

5) Te Mata 'Cape Crest' Sauvignon Blanc - £16.99

All these wines include the 20% discount when you buy 2 or more Kiwi wines.

Wine Words- IsinglassDate published: 27/08/13

Isinglass -  This is a gelatinous fining agent that is obtained from the swim-bladder of freshwater fish.  It is usually used to clear hazy, low-tannin wines.

Spotlight on a Region - RomaniaDate published: 27/08/13

Romania has as much potential for producing quality wine as any other Eastern European country. The biggest problem is inconsistency and lack of investment. It has a growing reputation for Pinot Noir and has produced some excellent Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Sauvignon in the past. Wine making in Romania goes back 4000 years and is more important than in Russia or Hungary. Hybrids dominate the vineyards, but these will have to be removed by 2014. The climate in Romania is Continental with hot summers and cold winters. Vines are grown on all sorts of soil and land types and are made in what some would say are antiquated conditions with serious investment needed to bring the wineries up to modern standards.

Chapel Down Curious Brew IPA - Now in StockDate published: 23/08/13


Any beer fans out there will probably familiar with the very popular Curious Brew Lager we've had in store for a while, from the top English winemakers Chapel Down.

We have now received in stock their IPA - India Pale Ale.

For this beer they blend 3 different types of hops for different character and complexity. These are:

· Traditional English Goldings - the traditional, fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops
· Bramling Cross, a forest fruity beauty.
· We then finish with punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook.

The result is a powerfully hoppy pale ale, with great depth.

On sale for £17.99 per pack of 12 bottles.

White Wine of SpainDate published: 22/08/13

Peoples first thoughts of distinctively Spanish wine immediately turns to the colour red, such as strawberry smooth Rioja and the exciting full bodied wines of the Ribera del Duero. However, Spanish wines don't come in just red with one of the most exciting grapes, Albariño, having some what of a Renaissance at the moment and it is certainly at its best in Rías Baixas region, near Galicia.

Rías Baixas manages to create such well balanced delicate whites because its beautiful vineyards unlike most of Spain experience only moderate summers and warm winters. This allows the grapes to ripen evenly creating a more complex flavour structure.

Albariños are light and peachy and in Rías Baixas achieve an exceptionally floral nose. Enjoyed on its own or with simple chicken dishes. With Majestic currently offering savings of upto £6 on Rías Baixas wines if you buy 2 it is certainly worth giving a try.

We currently have Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas in stock for only £6.99 if you buy 2. 

Cotes du Rhone, Vidal-FleuryDate published: 22/08/13

Cotes du Rhone, Vidal-Fleury

With the sunshine seeming to be hiding away and the summer downpours making more of an appearance, this red wine is perfect for relaxing at home on a rainy day.

Vidal-Fluery was established in 1781 and is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Rhone Valley. They vinify and ages wines produced in Rhones renowned appellations allowing time to age and mature to ensure high quality. Today Guy Sarton du Jonchay is the head winemaker whose experience ranges from Bordeaux to Australia's Rosemount Estate to Cavas de Weinert of Argentina.

Produced using a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourverde and Carignan there are classic Rhone aromas of bramble fruit and heady spice. These characteristics continue on the palate with lashings of fresh red fruit and firm tannins creating a medium bodied mouth feel.

Match this wine to Lyonnaise sausage and mash or will also partner well with duck confit.

£7.99

When you buy 2 bottles or more (£9.99 Single Bottle Price)

Veuve Cliquot NV Date published: 21/08/13

An archetypal Champagne from an historic house. Madame Clicquot's wine displays a superb marriage of freshness and power - gorgeous and deceptively pale colour with fine, persistent bubbles -a poised, delicately bready nose - and on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long. Made with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

Currently down in price from £37 too £30 (for just a single bottle)

Sal

Focus on a grape- ListraoDate published: 21/08/13

Listrao - was grown on Maderia as a table grape and is planted on the nearby Porto Santo where is makes quite a flabby dry white wine and a fortified wine known as Listrao de Porto Santo.

Wine Words - "ReticentDate published: 21/08/13

Reticent – This term describes a wine that is holding back on its nose or palate. It is likely to be describing a young wine that will develop with a little more maturity.

Spotlight on a Region - LuxembourgDate published: 21/08/13

Luxembourg is a small but diverse wine-producing country on the northern edge of commercially viable viticulture. Some excellent dry white wines are produced here. The grapes are grown on a 26 mile southeastern facing flank on the left bank of the River Moselle, overlooking the southernmost section of Germany's Mosel region. A somewhat moderated continental climate predominates with mild winters and cool summers, with the wettest months coinciding with the harvest. Frosts can be a problem and can reduce yields by 80 per cent on rare occasions. The soil is mainly marl and clay in the south, with pinkish-brown dolomite in the north. The main grape variety is Rivaner, with Auxerrois, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Ebling and Pinot Blanc the other most important varieties.

Spotlight on a Region - MaipoDate published: 20/08/13

Maipo is possibly the most famous wine region in all of Chile and takes its name from the River Maipo. Sitting just south of the capital Santiago, it is not the largest region, but the wine it produces is of excellent quality.  There is a clear predominance of red grapes over white, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay being the most widely planted.  Merlot, Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc are also important.  It is the Cabernet Sauvignon that the area is most famous for, reaching high alcohol levels and intense colour and flavour.  Rainfall is low with most falling in the winter, making irrigation common.  

Wine Words - "Vin d'une nuitDate published: 20/08/13

Vin d'une nuit - A rosé or very pale red wine that is allowed contact with its grapeskins for one night only.

Spotlight on a Region - RuiterboschDate published: 20/08/13

Once again the spotlight is firmly on one of the lesser known South African areas.  The Ruiterbosch is a samll new ward with a promosing cooler climate and has the country's most southerly vineyards facing the indian ocean.  The climate hear is different to most of SA because of the winter rainfall and falls outside the generic 'Mediterainen climate'.  Watch out over the next 5 years for their S/B and Pinot Noir!!

Perfect BBQ Wines: Burgers- Parcel Series Merlot 2012 Date published: 19/08/13

Perfect BBQ Wines: Burgers- Parcel Series Merlot 2012

On the menu: Burgers.

Wine Match: Parcel Series Merlot 2012 - £7.99, or buy 2 save £4= £5.99

Majestic own label, the Parcel Series wines are sourced from some of the best wineries in the world. They are designed to showcase the quality their specific regions can produce. This wine is from Stellenbosch in South Africa, one of the most scenic areas around Cape Town. It is a very popular destination for wine tourists, with the Stellenbosch Wine Route an extremely popular attraction for many visitors. The tour, which incorporates over 40 of the regions finest wineries, was set up in 1971 to promote the area.

The grapes for this wine are chosen from vineyard sites across Stellenbosch. The benefit of selecting grapes in this way is that there will be a variation in the grapes used to make the wine, and therefore a lot of complexity. If, like for this wine, these grapes are selected based on their quality, it can lead to really interesting bottles. Compare this to a Single Vineyard offering, where all the grapes are from one site. The advantage here is that the wine will be a true expression of terroir.

Plum, raspberry and mocha notes on the nose with a little bit of traditional South African smokiness. The wine is warm and comforting with chocolate covered fruit and bonfire. This wine is open and voluptuous, fruity and smooth; Exactly what a burger calls for.

Wine Words - "MillesimoDate published: 19/08/13

This is pretty straight forward being the French word for vintage, so a vintage dated wine is said to be millesime and quite often seen on the labels of vintage champagne bottles.

Spotlight on a Region - Orange RiverDate published: 19/08/13

This is the hottest and most northerly of the South African vineyards and has quite a short history as vines have only been planted here since the 1960's.  What it lacks in history it makes up for in quantity as it produce's 12% of the country's wine.  This is mainly cheap bulk wines with yields over 40 tonnes per hectare thanks to massive investment in irrigation.

Wine Words - 'Doble PastaDate published: 15/08/13

Doble Pasta - A Spanish term that refers to red wines that have been macerated with double the normal proportion of grape skins to juice during fermentation. Such wines are opaque, with an intense colour, and may be sold in the bottle or for blending.

Spotlight on a Region - Klein KarooDate published: 15/08/13

This is a region in South Africa which is more known for ostrich and sheep farming.  However the guaranteed sunshine of this inland semi-dessert oasis means little vine disease and high sugar levels, so it has much promise for the future!!  A few enterprising estates like Boplass and Die Krans are making hearty port style wines and fortified muscadels.

Vintage Information - ChampagneDate published: 14/08/13

2006 was good for Chardonnay, but not so good for both Pinots.

2005 was not a true or great vintage, although quality is probably only just below the bumper

2004 vintage, which also boasted excellent acids and purity.

2002 produced a high quality vintage.

The 2000 and 1999 vintages are both forward in style.

However 1996 and 1995 are both superior with the 96s having the structure for further ageing.

On Trade Information Date published: 14/08/13

Majestic wine can offer a range of award winning, commercially exclusive wines, only available to our on-trade customers, sourced from top quality producers that we trust. Should you decide to choose Majestic Wine as your wine supplier, you can be sure of exceptional service from all levels of staff, from the delivery driver, to your Account Manager. Our renowned customer support and service levels are implemented by the locality of our branches which are open seven days a week resulting in very quick flexible and reliable deliveries We are wine specialists and believe in doing all we can to help our customers reap the rewards from our knowledge and experience, therefore we do the extras, like our 'Confidence in Wine Course' whereby one of our highly trained staff will bring your team up to speed with your new wine list giving them the confidence and knowledge to provide great food and wine recommendations to complement your menu and enhance your customers experience. The City team are all qualified to WSET Level 3 and have a passion for the products so you can be sure we give you good, honest advice. We hope this is of interest to yourself and if you would like a further chat about anything please call the store on 02072479381 and we will be happy to help, and advise on how to set up your account.

Majestic Party ServiceDate published: 14/08/13

Majestic offers a Party service that will provide all the beverage necessaries to make your party/ event a huge hit. Including free delivery on a minimum order of 6 bottles, free glass and chiller bin hire and a huge range of wine, beer and soft drinks. If you visit our us at http://www.majestic.co.uk/Services/Parties you will find all the essential information to plan your get together.

Happy planning,

Sako

The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 14/08/13

What is the fine wine plan?

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

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

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

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

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

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


Benefits

A FREE 6 bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009* worth £150

As a thank you for joining us, we would like to get your new wine collection off to a good start with a fantastic free six bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009, the second wine of top St-Julien property Ducru-Beaucaillou from the heavily sought-after 2009 vintage.

Your free case will be added immediately to your fine wine cellar when you subscribe to a monthly direct debit of £100 or more.

Dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists

Lay & Wheeler's experts are there to help you build up a great collection of wine to drink in the future.

Fine Wine Plan 'Advance'

Purchase wine up to the value of 3 month's subscription in addition to any funds that you have available in the Fine Wine Plan. This helps you buy the wines that you want, when you want them.

Great value storage

Gain access to one of the lowest rates available for professional storage of your collection, at our industry leading bonded cellar facility Vinothèque - �8.40 per annum on a 12 bottle case.

Regular Fine Wine Plan offers

Receive regular great value offers exclusive to members of the Fine Wine Plan.

Free delivery

Free delivery when you withdraw a case of wine to drink, anywhere in mainland UK.

Majestic rewards

Receive £25 in Majestic Wine vouchers at the end of the first year that you pay more than �50 per month into the Fine Wine Plan.

Flexible

Increase your monthly payments at any time - if you wish to subscribe more each month you will be able to build your collection a little quicker and purchase larger quantities of fine wine or perhaps focus on even more sought after wines.

Online access

As a Fine Wine Plan member you'll get online access to your fine wine collection, so you can manage your cellar at a time that suits you. 

for more infomation visit http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk

Provence RoseDate published: 14/08/13

Provence Rose


Rosé has seen a boom in popularity, both in France and the UK over the last ten years, and Provence has been heavily involved in this revolution. The Rosé wines of Provence are made to go hand in hand with the modern Provençale lifestyle. Gone are long, laborious lunches with rich, sleep inducing food and wine, and in their place are light, fresh, quick meals which are far more suited to the healthy, hard-working ethic that has developed in Provence. As such, the wines are light and elegant, but are expertly handled and sought after.

Here in the Covent Garden store, we are all massive fans of Provence, so much so we are all delighted with the great range we have in stock!

Just something you might be interested in is, there are four different ways to make Rose listed below are the 4 ways.


1) Direct Pressing – To produce the most delicately coloured Rosé wines, a technique called drawing off is used. Black grapes are gently crushed and pressed in order to extract as little colour and tannins as possible and the juice is run off.

2) Drawing off – Red grapes are processed as to make red wine, then juice is drawn off while fermentation occurs. The longer the wine remains in contact with the skins, the deeper the colour of the final Rosé.

3) Bleeding (Saignée) – A similar technique to drawing off, except that only a proportion of the juice is drawn off and the rest remains in contact with the skins to produce a red wine. This produces an intensely concentrated red wine and the Rosé is essentially a by-product.

4) Blending – When a small proportion of Red wine is added to White wine, producing a Rosé. This method is not permitted in the EU except in Champagne, other than that it is mainly used to produce inexpensive New World Rosés.

Vina Ardanza MagnumsDate published: 14/08/13

Get these big gems now for Christmas I can not see these bottles lasting past the Summer. £36 for 1.5 litres of a genuinely classy fine Rioja Alta wine. This is worth getting now and saving Christmas.

What Simon Drank Last Night....Date published: 14/08/13

Septimo Dia Chardonnay, Mendoza

As a massive Chardonnay lover, when I saw this Argentine beauty come in, I had to buy a bottle. I was not disappointed. A big bold wine with plenty of flavour, imagine a caramalised banana and pineapple tarte tatin with a dollop of vanilla ice cream..zippy acidity on the finish makes a wonderfully balanced wine. I enjoyed it on its own but it would pair perfectly with a Sunday Roast Pork Belly.

An absolute bargain at just £7.99 (when you buy two or more bottles, £9.99 single bottle price)

Veggie WinesDate published: 14/08/13

A question we are often asked- Why does this bottle say it is vegetarian or vegan?

Wine may be made from vegetarian friendly grapes, but In order to remove very tiny undesired particles from the final product the liquid is fined. A variety of substances known as fining agents can be added to the vat to bind to these particles to allow them to be removed.Agents such as: egg whites, isinglass (fish bladders), gelatine and milk can be used. In theory their addition would render the wines produced, as unsuitable for vegetarians and/or vegans. It is worth remembering that these products are used in very small quantities and the aim is that they will also be removed during the filtration/fining before hitting our shelves.

Wine Words -EisweinDate published: 12/08/13

Watch out for City's Wine Word of the day!

Today we explaining what Eiswein is.

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. 

What to drink with...White FishDate published: 12/08/13

White fish have the very lightest flavours and it would be a pity to overwhelm their delicate nuances with a dominant wine.  Grilled sole, plaice and mullet are enhanced by a youthful blanc de blancs Champagne, top-quality estate Muscadet, Savennieres, Pinot Blanc from Alsace, Pinot Grigio from northeastern Italy, and fine estate Vinho Verde with authentically tart dryness and just the barest prickle.

Spotlight on a Region - GeelongDate published: 12/08/13

Geelong – This is a cool climate wine region in the Port Phillip Zone of the Australian state of Victoria. The area is especially good for complex, intense Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Shiraz is another variety that does well here. Production is small scale with some excellent family-owned and operated wineries.

Planning a wedding? Let us help you take the stress out of choosing your wines!Date published: 10/08/13

Planning a wedding this year? Let us help you take the stress out of choosing your wines for the big day.

Finding the perfect wines for your wedding day can be a daunting experience, but don't worry, we can help.  Our expert staff are on hand to give you advice from start to finish, and at no extra cost.

There are 4 main reasons why you should consider using our wedding service, here's why.Remove the risk with our sale-or-return policy
There's nothing worse than running out of wine on your wedding day, you want you and your guests to have the best possible time after all. On the other hand, you don't want to be left with loads of wine that will take you months to drink. To solve this problem, we can offer you sale-or-return so that you bring back anything you don't drink. We can also help you calculate the quantities you will need.


Save money with our free glass & chiller bin hire

Weddings are expensive enough without having to pay for additional hire costs. When you buy your wine from us, we'll help you figure out how many glasses and chiller bins you need, and then loan you them for free.  A deposit of £1 a glass is required when you hire out such items, but this is fully refundable when you bring them back in tact and clean.


Remove the hassle with free delivery to your venue

As your Wedding Day approaches, you've got a million things to worry about and do, so cross off how to get the wine to the venue. We can deliver the wine to your venue, or wherever else you want it to go, on a date that is convenient for you, free of charge, no worries!


Get the perfect wine with our expert advice

All of our staff are experts in matching wine with food. When you've decided on your menu we can help you pick the perfect matches that will be sure to go down well with your guests.


Spotlight on a Region - CahorsDate published: 10/08/13

Cahors is a wine region in the Quercy district in south west France. It is increasing in importance, producing exclusively red wine mostly of the Malbec or Cot grape. The area has had considerable investment and produces some excellent concentrated wines. The Malbec grape is called Auxerrois here and the appellation states a minimum of 70 per cent for Cahors, supplemented by Tannat or Merlot. An interesting point about the region is that neither Cabernet grape is allowed. The region's climate is influenced by the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and although winters are colder than Bordeaux, the wines tend to be more concentrated.

Spotlight on a Region - ChablisDate published: 10/08/13

Chablis is a famous wine region in Burgundy that is isolated halfway between Beaune and Paris in northern France. It is only 19 miles from the southernmost vineyards of Champagne, and has more in common with this region than the rest of Burgundy. The soils are calcareous clay, with Kimmeridgian clay being the most famous type. It is harder to ripen grapes in cool climates, and Chablis is at the northern limit for grape growing. This is a constant worry for growers, however when everything is right, the wines are some of the best in the world. Chardonnay is the predominate grape, showing its versatility in the semi-continental climate. Long cold winters, humid springs and fairly hot summers are the norm. Hail and spring frost being the greatest hazards. The best sites are situated at 150 – 200m altitude, and all the grands crus are on one stretch of southwest facing slope, just north of the town of Chablis itself. Most of the premier cru slopes face southeast.

Love New Zealand Sauvignon?! - Giesen down to £5.99Date published: 10/08/13

If you are a big fan of New Zealand Sauvignon then take advantage of our great deal on the Giesen which is down to £5.99 at the moment.

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of
the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

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

This wine would match perfectly with a seafood risotto or a paella.

Free Spotlight Tastings - 6 Wines in 30 MinutesDate published: 30/07/13

Why not come to one of our free spotlight tastings?

Every fortnight beginning Saturday 7th September you are invited to come in-store where are staff will be holding free tastings which centre around particular grapes, styles or regions.  These tastings are completely free and you're welcome to bring your friends - the more the merrier!

Saturday 7th September - 'Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles'

Saturday 14th September - 'Spain: Rioja and Beyond'

Saturday 21st September - 'Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives'

Saturday 28th September - 'Syrah/Shiraz: Its Influence on International Styles


Come and Explore



A History of Languedoc-Roussillon WinesDate published: 21/06/13

The history of Languedoc wines can be traced to the first vineyards planted along the coast near Narbonne by the early Greeks in the fifth century BC. Along with parts of Provence, these are the oldest planted vineyards in France. The region of Languedoc has belonged to France since the thirteenth century and the Roussillon was acquired from Spain in the mid-seventeenth century. The two regions were joined as one administrative region in the late 1980s.

From the 4th century through the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Languedoc had a reputation for producing high quality wine. In Paris during the 14th century, wines from the St. Chinian area were prescribed in hospitals for their "healing powers". During the advent of the Industrial Age in the late 19th century, production shifted towards mass-produced le gros rouge — cheap red wine that could satisfy the growing work force. The use of highly prolific grape varieties produced high yields and thin wines, which were normally blended with red wine from Algeria to give them more body.

The phylloxera epidemic in the 19th century severely affected the Languedoc wine industry, killing off many of the higher quality Vitis vinifera that were susceptible to the louse. American rootstock that was naturally resistant to phylloxera did not take well to the limestone soil on the hillside. In place of these vines, acres of the lower quality Aramon, Alicante Bouschet and Carignan were planted.

During both World Wars the Languedoc was responsible for providing the daily wine rations given to French soldiers. In 1962, Algeria gained its independence from France, bringing about an end to the blending of the stronger Algerian red wine to mask the thin le gros rouge. This event, coupled with French consumers moving away from cheap red wines in the 1970s, has contributed to several decades of surplus wine production in France, with Languedoc as the largest contributor to the European "wine lake" and recurring European Union subsidies aimed at reducing production. These developments prompted many Languedoc producers to start refocusing on higher quality, but has also led to many local and regional protests, including violent ones from the infamous Comité Régional d'Action Viticole (CRAV).

Despite the general reputation as a mass producer and a consensus that the region is in the midst of an economic crisis, parts of the Languedoc wine industry are experiencing commercial success due to outside investment and an increased focus on quality. Sales have been improved by many vineyards that concentrate on creating a good brand name rather than relying on the sometimes infamous regional designations. Some vineyards have adopted the youngest batch of AOC classifications developed in the late 1990s, while other vineyards eschew designated blends entirely and are instead shifting toward bottling single varietal wines, a practice increasingly demanded by consumers in the large New World wine market.

The Wine Regions of ProvenceDate published: 21/06/13

Provence has eight major wine regions with AOC designations. The Côtes de Provence is the largest followed by Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Other significant wine regions include Les Baux-de-Provence, Coteaux Varois en Provence, Coteaux de Pierrevert, Bandol, Cassis, Bellet and Palette. Sub-appellations include the Fréjus, La Londe and Montagne Sainte-Victoire regions. The Côtes du Luberon AOC in the nearby Vaucluse département is occasionally cited by some sources with Provence due to some similarities in wine style; the appellation is however officially part of the Rhône wine region and its typicity more closely approaches that of its neighbour on its northern border, Côtes de Ventoux AOC, also a Rhône wine. The region has several vin de pays designations, with Bouches-du-Rhône, near Aix-en-Provence, being one of the most common designations seen abroad.

The Bellet AOC is in southeastern Provence, near Nice has a significant Italian influence with its major white wine being made from the Italian wine grape Vermentino, known in France as Rolle. Other grape varieties include Chardonnay, Clairette, Mayorquin, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Pignerol, Braquet and Roussanne. Though the white wines receive more international attention, production in Bellet is about equal in white, red and rosé wine with most being consumed by tourists to the French Riviera.

The Palette AOC is the smallest major wine area in Provence with most of the vineyards being owned by Château Simone. The region is situated on predominantly calcareous limestone soil and produces wines that are similar in style to the southern Rhône region. The main grapes of the region include Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Ugni blanc.

The Coteaux de Pierrevert AOC is a minor wine area located around the village of Pierrevert in the northeastern section of Provence. Its red, white and rosé wines are mainly made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut, Clairette and Rolle. The climate here is cooler than in other areas of Provence and the wines are thus lighter in body than those of other areas of the region.

Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 15/06/13

From here on out every Saturday at Majestic City is going to be Sparkling! Each week at around 1pm we will be opening a different wine from our Sparkling section so you can shop with a glass of bubbly in hand.

For our Sparkling Saturday we are going to be opening......Prosecco Treviso Pasqua from Italy.

A fantastic sparkler, made in northern Italy, in the Treviso region, using the Charmat mehod, whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave!

A straw yellow colour with greenish tinges, full of peach, pear & other tropical fruits. This is one you do not want to miss. So pop in at 1pm and shop in style!

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 03/06/13

"Either give me more wine or leave me alone."    - Rumi

A to Z of Wine.......D is for DolcettoDate published: 03/06/13

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo.

The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds. Most Dolcettos should be drunk within a year or two of the vintage, but the wines from the best producers can last for 5 years and sometimes longer.

Wine of the Week - Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose, 2007, St-Emilion Grand CruDate published: 29/05/13

Wine Of The Week

Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2007, St-Emilion Grand Cru

£19.99 down to £15.99 when you buy any 2 Fine Wines in our “Buy 2 Bottles Save £8” Deal

Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin: This wine comes from a small, established chateau to the north of St. Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Chateau Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils.

Taste: A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate.

Enjoy: Drink with roast beef or lamb

Our View: St. Emilion had a good year in 2007 not fantastic but above average, however, that is not reflected in this gorgeous wine which is exceptional value for money. Being from the right bank of Bordeaux and having had 6 years now to mature you can say it is still youthful with more to blossom for those who are patient enough to lay this down. I think it is still drinking very well now and it's nice to have a Bordeaux of this quality where the tannins are over powering and the main thought when the wine interacts with your palate. As you would expect there is plenty of dark fruit (plum, blackcurrant and bramble stand out) on the nose and palate with hints of clove and plenty of spices. There is a fine texture to this wine that reminds of an Argentine Malbec in that even though there is plenty of body to it, you can find yourself on glass 3 or 4 incredibly easily. Overall this is a fantastic buy with the new “Buy 2 Save £8 Offer” we are offering on selected Fine Wines. Affordable good quality Bordeaux is one area where I have always struggled to find value for money, while on this deal I now know what I'm having with my Sunday roast, especially when my parents come round who love traditional French wines.

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 25/05/13

"Anyone who tries to make you believe that he knows all about wines is obviously a fake."   - Leon Adams

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 20/05/13

"Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle."

A to Z of Wine.......C is for Carbonic MacerationDate published: 15/05/13

Carbonic maceration is a widely used process, producing a wine that is ready for drinking in a matter of weeks rather than months or years. It produces the style of wine that is popular, a wine that is of good purple colour, fresh and fruity on the nose, soft and eminently quaffable and ready to drink.

The two important factors necessary to the success of this process are the use of whole bunches of undamaged grapes and a fermentation vessel that can be filled with carbon dioxide.

Any vat can be used for carbonic maceration, provided it can be closed at the top to prevent the ingress of air. The fermentation takes place in two distinct stages, the first in a specially prepared closed vat at an elevated temperature, the second in an ordinary vat at normal temperature.

The first stage, takes place without the involvement of yeast. The alcohol that is produced during this phase is formed by intracellular fermentation inside the grape where the grape's own enzymes attack the sugars, breaking them down to alcohol. This process is allowed to continue for between five to fifteen days at about 35 degrees, during which time about 3% of the alcohol is produced.

During the second phase, the vat is drained and juices are seperated. The skins are pressed as usual and the press juice is added to the free-run juice. The combined juices are cooled to about 20 degrees, transferred to an ordinary vat and extracellular fermentation takes place, using the yeasts from the skins of the grapes.

Beaujolais uses carbonic maceration to produce all their wines. It is ready to drink within two months of the fermentation and should be consumed within six months.

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 13/05/13

"Beer is made by men, wine by God " Martin Luther

Vintage Sundays - White BurgundyDate published: 12/05/13

Burgundy, possibly the most revered of all wine regions, is where the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the world is produced. A huge variety of both style and quality means that there is something here for every wine lover, especially with our impressive range.

White Burgundy
2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are
generally early-drinking, ranging from light and
straightforward Villages wines to aromatic yet
elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but
good overall conditions produced wines with both
weight and acidity.

2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a
late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,
well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality
overall, and the wines are generally intense and
firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing
potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to
some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient
producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and
relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent
with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years,
with low yields of outstanding wines across the board.

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 10/05/13

"Age is just a number. It's totallt irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine."  - Joan Collins

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 07/05/13

"She gets to keep the chalet and the Rolls, I want the Montrachet."  - Forbes Magazine, 1996


Vintage Sunday- GermanyDate published: 05/05/13

GERMANY
Excellent wines were made by growers who were
rigorous in their selection in 2006, although yields
are down dramatically. 2005 was generally
successful for wines in all styles from dry to
lusciously sweet, whereas 2004 is a classic kabinett
vintage. Top Riesling vintages in the last 20 years
are 2001, 1995, 1993, 1990, and 1988.

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 04/05/13

'I do not make wine, I make passion'.......Head winemaker, Castello Dello Paneretta.

Vintage Sundays - RhoneDate published: 28/04/13

2010: Another great vintage in both northern and
southern areas. Yields extremely low, but wines are
generally rich and intense.
2009: Superb throughout the region. Early
harvesters made supple, youthful wines. A late
heatwave meant late pickers made some
blockbuster wines too.
2008: A solid vintage despite some poor weather
early in the season. Yields very low. Wines tend
towards balance and elegance rather than power.
2007: Best vintage in recent years, especially in the
Southern Rhone. Wines show good purity of fruit
and fine structure.
2006: A healthy year producing rich, balanced
wines with generous fruit. Some age-worthy
Northern reds, and good acidity in the whites.
2005: A great vintage with perfect conditions
enabling rich, balanced wines to be produced. In
the North the 2005's could match the excellent
1990's.

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 28/04/13

"Champagne is appropriate for breakfast, lunch or dinner."   - Madeline Puckette

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 25/04/13

"If we sip wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night" - D.H. Lawrence

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 24/04/13

"In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it." - Napoleon

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 23/04/13

"I should say upfront that I have never been in a cellar in my life. In fact, I can see no reason why anyone should ever go into a cellar unless there is wine involved."

- Rachel Hawkins

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 15/04/13

"Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance."

Benjamin Franklin

Vintage Sunday- ItalyDate published: 14/04/13

Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

ITALY

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 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.

 

Enjoy all your vintages.

Adam Le Blanc Vin  

Wine Quote Of The DayDate published: 13/04/13

"Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It's culture. It's the essence of civilisation and the art of living" -Robert Mondavi

Wine Quote Of The DayDate published: 12/04/13

"Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine" - Thoms Aquinas

A to Z of Wine.....B is for BaroloDate published: 12/04/13

For the letter B I have decided to write up about Barolo.

Barolo is a red DOCG wine produced in the northern Italy region of Piedmont and is made using the grape Nebbiolo. Often described as one of Italy's greatest wines it has a fantastic reputation and some fantastic wines to match. A full bodied red, savoury yet dark fruit driven charecteristics. Ideally matched with beef wellington & venison, and can be matched with many cheese's due to it's high tannin levels. These wines can usually be laid down for up to 20 years especially good quality ones giving them an oppourtuinty to soften up and become ready for drinking.

The present day Barolo zone is located a little over 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) southwest of Alba. While it is nearly 3 times the size of the nearby Barbaresco zone, it is still relatively small and is only 5 miles (8 km) wide at it widest point. The Barolo zone can be broadly divided into two valleys. The Serralunga Valley to the east includes the communes of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d'Alba and Serralunga d'Alba. Planted with soils higher in sand, limestone, iron, phosphorus and potassium, the wines of Serralunga Valley tend to be austere and powerful and require significant aging (at least 12–15 years) to develop. The Central Valley to the west includes the communes of Barolo and La Morra with soils higher in clay, manganese and magnesium oxide. This region tends to produce wines with more perfumed aromas and velvety textures. These wines tend to be less tannic and full bodied than those from the Serralunga Valley and can require less aging (8 to 10 years).[4] The most widely planted and productive region of the Barolo zone is La Morra which is responsible for nearly a third of all wine labeled as Barolo and produces twice as much wine as the next leading zone of Serralunga d'Alba.

I am currently drinking the Barolo Milani, £12.49 down from £15.99 when you buy 2 or more. It has a beautiful nose full of cherry fruit and blackcurrent & plum with a slight hint of violet. This all carries itself onto the palate and is delicious with roast lamb or a mature cheese. A real bargain from Majestic,it's not often that you find good Barolo at this price so snap it up quick! That's all from me this week, look out for next week's article which i'm sure you'll all enjoy! C is for Champagne!!! yum

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 11/04/13

"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."

Benjamin Franklin

South African Tasting week Starting 12/04/13Date published: 11/04/13

We will have a great array of South African wines on our tasting counter until Thursday 18/04/13. Whether your into your big smokey reds and fresh fruit driven whites we wilol have something interesting open all week for you to sample.

 

See You soon

Wine Quote of the dayDate published: 10/04/13

"Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine." - Charles Dickens

Wine Quote Of The DayDate published: 09/04/13

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever" - Aristophanes

Bordeaux 2012 Vintage Report: A year for the winemaker!Date published: 09/04/13

Following a difficult 2011 vintage, Bordelais producers were again confronted with a tough year as weather conditions affected yields and grape ripening. Early on in the season the weather tended to be wet with cool temperatures, leading to uneven flowering and a reduced crop of fruit. In contrast, this period preceded a long and dry spell which with a lack of rainfall placed stress on the vines and led to uneven ripening. April saw 100ml of rainfall whereas the period between July 15th – September 15th saw a mere 30ml, a fact which demonstrates the inconsistent weather this vintage. This marked difference between cool/wet and hot/dry weather resulted in a varied “veraison” period with grapes ripening very late in the season and at different speeds. One measure taken by growers was to cull a proportion of the yield in July so as to balance out maturity, a necessary act despite the already small yields. Grapes were left to hang as long as producers dared in order to aid ripening before rainfall forced a lot of their hands and the grapes were duly harvested. Grape selection was key this year as the wet conditions during harvest placed added pressure of disease.

This was therefore a vintage for the winemaker, where the skill and knowhow of these producers would have been essential. Those who kept their yields low, placed emphasis on careful grape selection and took precautions against the humid conditions were capable of producing good wine. However those that didn’t would have been faced with an under ripe crop, small yields and the troubles associated with mildew rot.

This year was more favourable on the right bank as Merlot fared better than the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated left bank. This was also a good year, despite small yields, for the sweet wine producers. The humid conditions towards the end of the season were perfect for the development of Botrytis Cinerea, a condition which shrivels the grapes and leaves them with delicious high sugar concentration. Watch out therefore for the Sauterne’s and Barsac’s of 2012.

You can find our comprehensive Bordeaux range here: http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/category-is-France/category-is-Bordeaux  

Fine Wine ReportDate published: 08/04/13

Welcome to your weekly report on the latest Fine Wine arrivals and offerings Majestic City has to offer. All the wines mentioned are available at the store, on-line or over the phone. We offer free delivery with a minimum purchase of any mix of six wines, spirits and champagnes. If you have any requests, comments or suggestions on wines you would to see featured in our store please get in touch (our details are at the bottom of the report).

New Arrivals

Chateau de Tracy 2011Pouilly Fume, France - £19.99

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc Description: Wines have been made from the vineyards of this Château since 1396, but the winery owes its current incarnation to the Count and Countess Alain d'Estutt d'Assay, who resurrected it in 1952. Today it is run by their son, Henri d'Assay, and his sisters. Pale gold with a silvery shimmer. And open and intense nose, offering notes of blackcurrant and citrus fruit, with background vegetal hints. A fresh citrussy attack on the palate and seductive minerality. Drink with pungent goat's or sheep's cheeses, or fine seafood.

Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 La Rioja Alta - £22.50 down to £17.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish Wines

Grape: Grenache, Tempranillo

Description: One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour. Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

Fine Wine Friday

For those of you who missed last week's Fine Wine Friday, here is the review

Matarromera Crianza 2009, Ribera del Duero £25 down to £19.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish Wines

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin: Bodegas Matarromera are one of the finest producers in Ribera del Duero, having 80 hectares of vineyards on some of the best slopes, around Olivares and Valbuena del Duero. This wine has been matured for 12 months in oak and 12 months in bottle before release.

Taste: Bright cherry with purple glints, it has a complex nose of strawberry and fig, accented with notes of roasted coffee bean, vanilla and light toast. Smooth, spicy and harmonious on the palate.

Enjoy: Enjoy with a tender braised shoulder of lamb.

Majestic City Tasting Note: This is a delightful wine full of body and power, while still young enough too enjoy the red fruit such as cherry and a slight hint of plum, accompanied by a backdrop of vanilla & spice that lets us know this wine has spent some time in oak. What I love about the Crianza is that it is old enough to be enjoyed now and young enough to lay down for a few more years yet. Highly recommended too all you Spanish wine lovers out there.

Currently still available to taste on our tasting counter. Be quick it won't last long.

Vintage Report

Bordeaux

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance, enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully. However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly. Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September. Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.

Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995

For those who are interested in our additional Fine Wine services please feel free to look up:

www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk or www.laywheeler.com

and keep in touch with us

Phone: 0207 247 9381

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New Arrivals - BeerDate published: 08/04/13

Exciting times at Majestic City as we are ushering in a new era of beer's.

Just come in today:

Hercules Lager from Kent @ £16.99 for a case of 12

Hue from Vietnam @ £36.00 for a case of 24

Coopers Sparkling Ale from Australia @£24.00 for a case of 12

and Dixie Beer from New Orleans @£17.99 for a case of 12

Very exciting as you can see, and look out very soon for some fabolous local beers as were bringing in Beers from London Fields and Meantime

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 08/04/13

 The Irish believe that fairies are extremely fond of good wine. The proof of the assertion is that in the olden days royalty would leave a keg of wine out for them at night. Sure enough it was always GONE in the morning!

Irish Folklore

Vintage Sundays - CaliforniaDate published: 07/04/13

Vintage Sundays are back and were kicking things off with one of my favourite places in the world California!

California's climate and geography presents much more variety than outsiders give it credit for. The key is not in the latitude of the vineyards but more the proximity to the cooling influence of the Pacific, namely the bank of fog that sits just off the coast during summer. The San Francisco Bay area acts as the air conditioner for the vineyards of the southern Napa and Sonoma which slows ripening and gives rise to higher quality wine.

2009: A long, hot growing season ended with thunderstorms around harvest time, causing slightly patchy quality, but the good wines are very good.

2008: Extremely variable weather meant timing of the harvest was crucial. Quality is varied, but good from the top producers.

2007: An above average vintage, with warm temperatures producing intense wines, particularly Cabernet and Merlot.

2006: A late harvest of balanced and generally excellent wines, particularly Pinot Noir.

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 07/04/13

"Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do."

Ecclesiastes 9:7

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 06/04/13

From here on out every Saturday at Majestic City is going to be Sparkling! Each week at around 1pm we will be opening a different wine from our Sparkling section so you can shop with a glass of bubbly in hand.

For our 2nd official Sparkling Saturday we are going to be opening......Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV, France.

A delightful sparkler, made by the Champagne House Taittinger, using the traditional method and using the local grape Chenin Blanc.

Fruity aromas, fine bubbles, honeysuckle and apples on the palate. This is one you do not want to miss. So pop in at 1pm and shop in style!

Wine Quote of the Day!Date published: 06/04/13

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

Galileo Galilei

Wine Quote of the DayDate published: 05/04/13

"God made water, but man made wine."

Victor Hugo

Fine Wine Friday - Matarromera Crianza 2009, Ribera del DueroDate published: 05/04/13

Fine Wine Friday

Matarromera Crianza 2009, Ribera del Duero £25 down to £19.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish Wines

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin: Bodegas Matarromera are one of the finest producers in Ribera del Duero, having 80 hectares of vineyards on some of the best slopes, around Olivares and Valbuena del Duero. This wine has been matured for 12 months in oak and 12 months in bottle before release.

Taste: Bright cherry with purple glints, it has a complex nose of strawberry and fig, accented with notes of roasted coffee bean, vanilla and light toast. Smooth, spicy and harmonious on the palate.

Enjoy: Enjoy with a tender braised shoulder of lamb.

Majestic City Tasting Note: This is a delightful wine full of body and power, while still young enough too enjoy the red fruit such as cherry and a slight hint of plum, accompanied by a backdrop of vanilla & spice that lets us know this wine has spent some time in oak. What I love about the Crianza is that it is old enough to be enjoyed now and young enough to lay down for a few more years yet. Highly recommended too all you Spanish wine lovers out there.

Crozes-Hermitage 2009/2010 Cave de TainDate published: 04/04/13

I love some of the more subtle and smooth Rhone wines, made in a fruitier style than your wines from Hermitage AC for example. One place in particular where these wines are abundantly available is from Crozes-Hermitage, an area immediately surrounding Hermitage AC. In comparison with their prestigious neighbours, wine is produced on a much larger scale, the majority of which is red and made from the Syrah variety. The wine made in this area is by and large less complex than wines from Hermitage AC. This is reflected in the price these wines retail at- you can get great value for money for a deliciously fruity example of Syrah from the Northern Rhone.

Located between Valence and Lyon, Cave de Tain lies at the foot of the Hermitage hillside. Their Crozes-Hermitage 2009/2010 Cave de Tain offers seductive plum-rich fruit with a slight but enticing smoky spice on the finish. Tannins are well rounded and are backed up by a firm acidic structure which makes this a great wine to go with food- I had mine with a beef stew. Delicious!

You can purchase this wine for £9.99 on-line or in store as part of a mixed case. Come and Explore!

New weekend opening timesDate published: 03/04/13

 Our weekend hours have now changed:

Saturday we are open from 10am until 6pm

Sunday we are open 10am until 3pm.

 

Weekdays we are still open 9am till 7pm.

Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 03/04/13

Guidalberto Tenuta San Guido 2010 (13.004) £30 ‘Buy 2 Save £10’, £25

Produced by Tenuta San Guido, this baby brother to the renowned 'Super Tuscan' Sassicaia is produced from the same vineyards in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. The vineyards at Tenuta San Guido are gravel based with a similar structure to the soil in Graves, Bordeaux. Legend had it that the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon vines were grown from cuttings from Château Lafite-Rothschild, however, when the vines were identified as coming from an estate near Pisa the reputation that Sassicaia had built meant that this did not affect demand!

Sassicaia made history recently when it was the first single vineyard wine in Italy to be awarded its own DOC - Bolgheri Sassicaia. The Guidalberto was introduced in 2000 and this vintage is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, from declassified fruit and wine from the Sassicaia, and 40% Merlot, the wine is darkly hued with bramble and violet aromas along with hints of red and black cherries, vanilla and roasted herbs.

A to Z of Wine.....A is for AustraliaDate published: 03/04/13

Welcome to the new weekly A to Z of Wine, where every week I will be guiding you through the alphabet and bringing you some information about Wine regarding that week's letter.

As this is the first week we will be starting with the letter A. The first thing that springs to mind is Australia. One of the pioneers of New World Wine in general there is a great amount to grasp.

Australia's Wine Making Regions can be split up into five regions. Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, South-Eastern Australia and South Australia. Climatically the country could be split into two: a tropical weather pattern affecting New South Wales & the north, while the southern half of the country, covering the key viticultural states of W Australia, S. Australia and Victoria enjoys a less extreme band of warm to hot weather.

Australia and its dynamic winemakers re-wrote the rules during the 1980s and 1990s, producing great value, fruity wines at unmatchable prices. Now we recognised Australia as capable of so much more, including refined and sophisticated wines from boutique producers. Famous mostly for the grapes Shiraz (Syrah in French), Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Australia can also produce exciting Rieslings, Sauv Blanc's and Pinot Noirs.

The most notable styles of Australian wine are: Barossa Valley Shiraz, Eden Valley Riesling, McLaren Vale Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley Riesling, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley Semillon, Margaret Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Currently my favourite pick in our Australian range is the 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2011, Two Hands from McLaren Vale. A big full bodied style with a fantastic rich and complex nose. An intense mouth-coating full of rounded tannins with hints of cocoa, coffee against a undercoating of plum fruit. Just before the weather does start to warm up again, have this as your swansong red until September (hopefully). Down to £18.00 from £22.00 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. Finish off red season in style!

Look out for next weeks article where I will be exploring the letter B! For all you Italian wine lovers out there, B is for Barolo!

Press RecommendationsDate published: 30/03/13

Look out in store for Wines recommended by the experts!

In Store we currently have wines recommended in the:

The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Sunday Express, City AM, Mail on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Independant

So pop in and come and check out, all the amazing, award winning, expert recommended Wines at Majestic!

Sparkling Saturdays!Date published: 30/03/13

From here on out every Saturday at Majestic City is going to be Sparkling! Each week at around 1pm we will be opening a different wine from our Sparkling section so you can shop with a glass of bubbly in hand.

For our first official Sparkling Saturday we are going to be opening......Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc NV!

Recommend in the Times today by Jane MacQuitty, this New Zealand wine is fantastic value for money. Down currently from £14.99 to £8.99!

Elegant, creamy and fine with great bubbles, this is one not to be missed! So pop in at 1pm and shop in style! 

Tasting notes... A Greatest HitsDate published: 30/03/13

An old favourite article of Majestic City that I thought i'd revamp.

The world of wine is confusing and occasionally ridiculous. I remember seeing Oz Clarke on TV when I was about 15 years old, he gave the following description of a wine he and Jilly Goulden were tasting on Food & Drink, “It's like walking into a forest and discovering an abandoned cottage, but the door is open. You walk slowly up the stairs and open a large wooden chest on the landing...” I think that the laughter of his co-presenters cut him off at this point. But it struck a chord with me, and I still believe that tasting notes can be more descriptive when they paint a picture or tell a story than when they use tired wine vocabulary and clichés that don't actually tell the layperson anything at all about the wine.

So, here's a collection of some weird and wonderful tasting notes I've come across. Some were overheard, and others spilled out of my own mouth at some point when carried away... All of the wines are available in the City Majestic store.

Righetti Ripasso Valpolicella “... Like a velvet winged butterfly, flapping through a dark forest at night and landing on a cherry tree.”

Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno “It's just, mmmm, just... aah. Oooh. Why would you drink anything else? It's as though the tannins are made of silicon and they just slide effortlessly over the palate.”

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc “The bouquet is like tropical rain on nettles.”

Catena Alta Malbec “A masked soldier on horseback with a sword in his hand, galloping through the night across the desert plains to rescue a damsel in distress.”

Vacheron Sancerre “It's as though a heavenly ball of straw gold, containing all that is good in the world, has landed on my tongue and it slowly fades away, leaving a silk layer of happiness.”

If you've got any interesting tasting notes you'd like to share then please tweet us with them.

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.

Adam's Travels to Pilsner UrquellDate published: 23/03/13

Last week I was lucky enough to travel to the Czech Republic on an educational expedition. I visited the very impressive brewery of Pilsner Urquell. Plzen is home to the second oldest brewers of lager in the world, only just behind the oldest region of Bavaria.  The actual grounds are a mixture of very traditional and extremely modern buildings. The process to which they produce the beer is very close to the original method they used in 1842. The difference these days is that the beer goes through an intense filtering and pasteurisation process (they are obsessive about delivering the cleanest tasting lager possible). I did, however, get the chance to sample some Pilsner that had not gone through the modern processes straight from the barrel. I can only describe the taste as simply amazing. It was rich, hoppy, sweet and sour. Unfortunately without the cleaning process used today the beer would not reach the countless worldwide destinations with the desired clean taste. If you are lucky enough to sample beer straight from the barrel, please take up the chance. The trip has given me a new greatly heightened opinion of the lager. With the right care a beer can be as complex as wine. If you ever visit Prague, I recommend taking the time to visit Pilsner Urquell, a simply fascinating and enjoyable place to visit. Enjoy Pilsner Urquell at the very good price of £24 for a case of 24 330ml bottles in store and online now. Great value for such a quality beer which is drenched in great history.

Adam Le Blanc Vin    

Easter promotional tasting week starting Friday 22/03/13Date published: 20/03/13

The Easter promotional flyer should be hitting our customers very soon. Why not come and try some delights from the new promotions. We will have Red and White wines open to sample all week on our tasting counter. Just pop in any time from Friday for some Easter inspiration.

See you soon..

 

Adam Le Blanc Vin

Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004- Majestic customers favourite red fine wineDate published: 07/03/13

This wine has been proven to be our customers favourite red fine wine. It is  Fine Wine that is real value for money. it is rich, bold, complex and, most importantly, delicious!

A real steal at £18 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

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

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

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

Body

This wine is D on our scale of body (A being the lightest and E being the most full bodied). The Vina Ardanza packs a real punch in terms of body and fruit intensity.

Enjoy while stocks last,

Adam Le Blanc Vin

Wine of the Week - Shadowfax Chardonnay 2010Date published: 06/03/13

 Wine of the Week!

Shadowfax Chardonnay 2010, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia £25 down to £20 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin: Shadowfax winery is located in Werribee Park in the state of Victoria, a short drive from Melbourne. The winery is co-managed by Kiwi winemaker Matt Harrop. Whose career has included spells at wineries in Italy, Moldova, New Zealand and Australia's Hunter Valley.

Taste: A big and weight Chardonnay in the finest Aussie tradition, crammed with flavours of ripe pineapple and peach, accented with notes of hazlenut and savoury oak.

Enjoy: Drink with rich poultry dishes, or white fish in saffron butter.

We Say: A delicious Chardonnay, a big oak driven style, plenty of vanilla, that is complimented with tropical fruit. This is one of my favourite Chardonnays in the store. I know Australian Chard's went out of fashion a little while back, but this is the sort of thing that could push it to the fore once again.

Vintage volume VII: CALIFORNIADate published: 16/02/13

Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

CALIFORNIA

2009: A long, hot growing season ended with thunderstorms around harvest time, causing slightly patchy quality, but the good wines are very good.

Try Saintsbury Chardonnay 2009

2008: Extremely variable weather meant timing of the harvest was crucial. Quality is varied, but good from the top producers.

Try Shafer Vineyards Merlot 2008

2007: An above average vintage, with warm temperatures producing intense wines, particularly Cabernet and Merlot.

Try Hansel South Slope Pinot Noir 2007

2006: A late harvest of balanced and generally excellent wines, particularly Pinot Noir.

Try Seghesio Cortina Zinfindal 2006

Enjoy all your vintages,

Adam Le Blanc Vin

Wine of the Week - Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee des Antiques' 2011Date published: 09/01/13

Grape-Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah or Shiraz

Origin-13 different white and red grape varieties are permitted for the making of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine has been aged in the famous cellars of Ogier Caves des Papes in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Taste-This wine is dark ruby with a complex nose of spices and hints of pear. A smooth and lingering finish.

Enjoy-Enjoy this with rich, rustic flavoured dishes, especially meat and game.

20% OFF all Rhone Wines!

£12.49 down to £9.99 when you take any 2 Rhone Wines!

The bargain hunt has startedDate published: 08/01/13

 There are some amazing reductions on some brilliant wines. Have a browse http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Bargain+Hunt

 

Be quick, once there gone they are gone.

 

Happy hunting,

 

Adam Le Blanc Vin

Vintage VII: South AfricaDate published: 06/01/13

Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

SOUTH AFRICA

2010: Very changeable weather tested vignerons, but low yields appear to have produced good quality wines for many.

2009: A tricky vintage due to cool, wet weather. Thicker-skinned red varieties suffered, while whites are crisp and well structured.

2008: A solid year overall, although variable weather conditions have benefited whites more than reds.

2007: On a par, or perhaps even better than 2006 with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay excellent. Reds have ripe fruit and early accessibility, although top wines are keepers.

2006: White wines are generally excellent, especially Sauvignon Blanc. Reds are also good but more variable.

2005: A difficult vintage. Some suffering drought stress, others rot so careful selection is necessary.

Enjoy all your vintages,

Adam Le Blanc Vin

Vintage volume VI: New ZealandDate published: 29/11/12

 Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

NEW ZEALAND

2011: Wetter weather and a short growing season produced wines with good precision and elegance, and often an atypically firm structure.

2010: Excellent vintage all round, with a long, moderate summer producing ripe, tropical Sauvignons and deep, intense Pinots.

2009: A great vintage in all regions, with quality boosted by much crop thinning following 2008’s bumper harvest.

2008: Generally good everywhere, although rain affected the harvest in parts of Marlborough. Very high yields pushed prices down.

2007: Yields are down everywhere thanks to cool and wet weather during flowering. Quality is excellent, particularly for Marlborough and Hawkes. Central Otago Pinot Noir is concentrated and age-worthy.

Enjoy all your vintages,

Adam Le Blanc Vin

JAMES' WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 28/11/12

 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2008, d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale

This wine is so named due to it's blend of black and white grapes, similar to the colours of the Magpie. An interesting blend of 10% Viognier and 90% Shiraz, this wine offers everything you would expect from an Ozzie Shiraz but coupled with a touch of Viognier, has a delicate perfumed edge.

Firm but well integrated tannins and a peppery spice are wrapped around a strong backbone of dark cherry. Nuances of Vanilla are present from American oak ageing as well as a touch of Jasmine courtesy of the Viognier.

A rich and full bodied wine, similar in style to a classic Cote Rotie, this would match well with red meat based dishes.

 

Available for £13.58 on a multi-buy deal  

James Sur Lie Shaw

Vintage volume V: Loire, FranceDate published: 20/11/12

Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

Loire 2010: Solid vintage. Sauvignons very fresh and aromatic, and red wines are supple, with above average ripeness and body.

2009: An excellent vintage overall, with a dry summer producing richer-than-usual dry whites and supple, rounded reds.

2008: Early frosts and cool overall conditions meant lengthy ripening, lowish yields and a late harvest. Quality above average.

2007: Cool and damp weather produced fine, elegant whites with firm acidity, though some are rather austere as a result.

2006: A difficult year, although early-ripening varieties like Sauvignon Blanc are excellent throughout. Not so good for sweet whites.

Enjoy all your vintages,

Adam Le Blanc Vin

Vintage volume IV: ChampagneDate published: 04/11/12

Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

Champagne

2006 was good for Chardonnay, but not so good for both Pinots.

2005 was not a true or great vintage, although quality is probably only just below the bumper 2004 vintage, which also boasted excellent acids and purity.

2002 produced a high quality vintage.

The 2000 and 1999 vintages are both forward in style. However 1996 and 1995 are both superior with the 96s having the structure for further ageing.

Enjoy all your vintages,

Adam Le Blanc Vin

Vintage volume III: AUSTRALIADate published: 21/10/12

Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

Australia

2011: Record rainfall in eastern areas meant a tricky vintage for many. Western areas by contrast were very hot; Margaret River reds are superb.

2010: Further yield reduction coupled with good weather meant an excellent vintage overall, with heavy rain causing only a few headaches in South Australia and Adelaide Hills.

2009: Yields reduced deliberately in many places, and by bushfires in Victoria. Otherwise relatively cool conditions, giving balanced wines.

2008: Above average vintage. Quality very good everywhere, with only a few heatwave-hit areas of South Australia experiencing problems.

2007: Yields are considerably down thanks to drought and frosts. However quality is excellent, with reds particularly impressive. Perhaps the best vintage ever in Western Australia.

2006: Overall a good to very good year in the east of the country, but the west had mixed results with good whites but varied reds.

2005: Rated as good to excellent. In general warmer regions did better than cooler ones. Oversupply problems maintain downward pressure on prices.

 

Enjoy all your vintages,

 

Adam Le Blanc Vin  

Vintage volume II: ItalyDate published: 12/10/12

Welcome to Vintage. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every week.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

 

Vintage: Volume II- Italy

ITALY 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 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.

 

See you next week wine lovers,

 

Adam Le Blanc Vin

The House of RuinartDate published: 20/09/12

The first champagne house in exsistance Ruinart has legandary status around the world for being the home of premier champagne. Officiallly established by Nicolas Ruinart on 1 September 1729, who was continuing a legacy past down from his ambitious uncle, the Benedictine monk Dom Thierry Ruinart, who the prestigious Dom Ruinart Vintage is named after.

Dom Ruinart was probably the first person to envision the trade of champagne in the future. Having come from a high society Champagne family he travled Europe noticing the growing delight of Champagne across the aristocratic circles. On 25 May 1728, Dom Ruinart was given the oppourtunity to chase his dream when the King authorised the transport of wine in bottles, previously it could only be transported by cask, which was not possible for champagne. This gave him the oppurtunity to lay down the foundations for his nephew Nicolas, who soon realised that Champagne trading was the future and from 1735 Champagne trading became the sole business of the Ruinart House.

Since this time, those in charge at Ruinart have always maintained their pursuit of excellence and continued to establish the values of authenticity, quality, refinement and openess. This has allowed it to establish a truly global reputation as a true aesthete in its approach to champagne.

At Majestic City, we currentley have in stock the Ruinart NV, Ruinart Blanc de Blanc, Ruinart Rose NV and a few special bottles of the Ruinart Blanc de Blanc in magnum bottles.

Ruinart NV: A classic Champagne that was sought-after and hard to come by. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc: Grand Cru Chardonnay has been used to make this Champagne. Citrus, peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate, ideal when married with oysters and sashimi. My pick of the bunch altough they are all fantastic.

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

Paulaner TripDate published: 17/09/12

Last week I was lucky enough to join a trip for an educational visit to the Paulaner brewery in Munich. Being a big fan of beer I was very excited to have the oppourtunity to learn more about one of my favourite beers. We landed late in the afternoon so were whisked away for dinner soon after arriving. We had a fantastic traditional German platter (pictured below) which had an amazing array of meat to be washed down with Paulaner Oktoberfest. Luckily for us we arrived a few weeks before Oktoberfest start's so got to try this great beer. The rest of the evening was full of joy and laughter has our hosts continued to fill us with food and beer.

The next morning we had an early start as we had tours of the Paulaner brewery and central Munich planned. At the brewery we learnt all about the history of Paulaner, the brewing process and ingredients used. We followed this up with lunch, again another selection of meat, sausage was by far the most popular. With lunch we had the Paulaner Wheat beer which was delicous. After this we had a brief tour of Munich and then were off back home. In all it was an absolutley fantastic trip and i'd like to thank everyone from Paulaner who showed us around and fed us. I'll be sure to visit Munich again soon during the Oktoberfest festival and enjoy the plenty of treats on offer.      

Vintage Sundays volume I: BordeauxDate published: 16/09/12

 Welcome to Vintage Sundays. Each week we will supply information on the key recent vintage years. We will have a spotlight on a different wine growing region every Sunday.

Vintage, in winemaking, is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product (see Harvest (wine)). A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. In certain wines, it can denote quality, as in Port wine, where Port houses make and declare vintage Port in their best years. From this tradition, a common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or of a particularly high quality.

Bordeaux. France.


2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced
one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have
immense cellar potential and first-growths hit
record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing
wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,
enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm
temperatures late in the season. Some underripe
and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left
Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet
whites superb.

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for
Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully.
However, whites are delicious and sweet whites
very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board
thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are
balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful
aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where
yields were kept in check some very good wines
have been produced from Merlot and both the
Cabernets.

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many
winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.
Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.
Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.

Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995

Join us next week when we will be going through the vintages of Spain.

Have a great week,

Adam Le Blanc Vin

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Meet the team...

  • Becky Senior Manager

    I love trying out any wines that are new and exciting but I always seem to come back to my favourite...Chardonnay. The bigger and more buttery the better. As for reds I enjoy an aged Rioja or a New World Pinot Noir.
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  • Giles Assistant Manager

    Hailing from the land of Oz, I was like a young Paul Hogan. All action, back home I once went toe to toe with a koala! Crikey that chipper was tough. After that long day I finished off with some local Shiraz thus my love of wine ensued. Nowadays i'm a City boy and there ain't no place like London town. I love all wines but every now and then you might find me with a cheeky Foster's out back. Struth! Put another shrimp on that barbie!
  • Jamie Trainee Manager

    City is my second store having been in the Dulwich branch until the end of June 2014. I'm always interested in trying anything different or interesting, but retain a strong loyalty to the Loire and Rhone Valleys or Kiwi Pinot Noir.
  • Roger Senior Assistant Manager

    Big juicy blends or Vintage Champagnes are my thing, although a recent trip to Bandol had me converted to Provencal Roses..those subtle delicate aromas had me hooked. Maybe its all situational then? Whatever the case, it never hurts to experiment. As I did once.
  • Sako Sales Assistant

    I'm a new recruit to the City branch,having work at Docklands over christmas last year. II would like to learn more about wine but my favourites at this moment in time are French and Lebanese reds. I know I know!
  • Sal Trainee Manager

    I've been in the store for over a year now and been with Majestic for the past 4 years working in various places around London. I have a real passion for big full bodied reds and love a glass of full bodied Champagne!
  • Scott Driver

    Hi! I'm the Ginger Ninja driving around. Vrooom vrooom vroom! If you want your wine call the store & i'll get it to you in super quick time! Hailing from the finest region of Canada i'm ice cool and can handle anything. Come on give me a package to deliver, I love the challenge!

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