Welcome to Majestic

Derby

Contact Information
T: 01332 346242
F: 01332 346242
E: der@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
91-99 Ashbourne Road
Derby
DE22 3FW
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free local delivery
  • Free glass loan
  • Free parking
  • Free tasting every day
Store News(219)

Easter Wine of the Week!Date published: 18/04/14

Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc

This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc accurately depicts the terroir from which the grapes are grown. The grapes are carefully selected from a single vineyard and the stone fruit, gooseberry and grapefruit flavours demonstrate the superior quality of this wine.

Perfectly matching any seafood this wine is ideal for a treat over the Easter period and with 25% off it comes in at great value at just £8.99!


Upcoming events at Majestic Wine DerbyDate published: 11/04/14

Don't miss out on the FREE tastings we will be running in store throughout April, May and June

Wine Courses

Upcoming Dates

Thursday 15th May 6pm-8pm

Thursday 5th June 6pm-8pm

A two hour course with one of our in store team running through the basics of wine tasting. We'll discuss how to analyse wine, what makes different and unique styles and basic food and wine matching. Expect whites, reds, fizz and even dessert wine!

RSVP required, places limited.

Book a place on one of these courses by calling 01332 346 242 or emailing der@majestic.co.uk

Easter Tasting Selection

18th April- 24th April

No RSVP required, just turn up for a tipple on the tasting counter!

All week we'll be showcasing some of our favourite wines for Easter. Come and try a great range of wines to prepare you for the Easter Weekend.

Summer Tasting Evening

Thursday 7th May 6pm-8.30pm

Come and explore the best wines Majestic has to offer this Summer. We'll be opening exciting new arrivals, refreshing summer classics and some fun rosés. Come down and find the wines to make your Summer go with a swing

RSVP required, places limited.

Book a place by calling 01332 346 242 or emailing der@majestic.co.uk


Do you want to try more Fine Wine from Majestic?Date published: 11/04/14

Here at Majestic Wine Derby we try to enjoy the finer things in life. Each month we open up at least one bottle of Fine Wine for you to taste.

If you would like us to let you know when we are opening something extra special why not sign up to our Fine Wine email alert?

Make sure you don't miss the chance to taste that top notch tipple you've had your eye on.

Call 01332 346242 or email der@majestic.co.uk to recieve Fine Wine email information.

To view our Online Tasting Counter visit www.majestic.co.uk/derby

Follow us on Twitter @majesticderby 


Rose!Date published: 11/04/14

Rose. Much maligned as a fashion statement and slurped on a summers day but ignored the rest of the year. Well Rose is here to stay and we have some great Roses for those wanting to try some new wines. We have a fantastic parcel online at the moment with two lovely Provence Roses.  Both are in limited number and available on our website here

http://www.majestic.co.uk/web-exclusive-wines

We have more Rose coming in as well so keep an eye out for more arrivals.

News: Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - closed. Happy Easter!

Monday 21st April -10am - 5pm


Wine of the Week: Riscal Reserva RiojaDate published: 09/04/14

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marques de Riscal

£14.66

buy 2 bottles save 25%

£10.99

Chosen by Dave...

It's Spanish Tasting Week, and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy a consistently excellent wine from a this classic region of Northern Spain?

A nose of clove and vanilla, is followed by a soft palate of cherry and plum. This combination of fruit, body and tannin creates an excellent balance which is the backbone of this reliable all rounder.

Sits perfectly alongside Spring lamb, a fantastic option for Easter Sunday.


Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 05/04/14

Codorniu Reina Ma Cristina

Blanc de Noirs 2011

Fancy a treat this weekend?

Then look no further than this excellent vintage Cava from the renowned Codorniu Winery.

As part of our Spanish tasting week, we are opening a bottle of vintage Blanc de Noirs Cava in store. This is a sparkling wine made entirely from pinot noir grapes, one of the three key grapes for Champagne making.

This cava makes a wonderful alternative to champagne due to it's rich toasty nature and fine, persistent bubbles. It is very dry and works well with any fish dish or as an aperitif.

At just £9.99 in the Easter Pick 'n' Mix it makes a great treat for celebrating over the next few weeks!


Wine of the Week - Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/04/14

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Casablanca Valley


£11.99 – Buy two bottles save 33% - £7.99


The single vineyard blend is sourced from a specific block at La Escultura Estate, which was planted in 1992. This site is benefiting from sandy-loam soil and cool sea breezes.

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


Wine of the week: Vinalba 50/50Date published: 28/03/14

Chloe's Choice...

A blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

The grapes for this wine are picked from high altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley, Argentina.

The warm days and cool nights mean that the grapes can ripen perfectly and develop interesting characteristics whilst still on the vine.

A deeply intense ruby red wine with a nose dominant in blackberries, plums and damsons. Notes of spice and cloves also come through.

The taste further demonstrates ripe black fruit flavours, matched with smoky vanilla from it's time spent in oak. This wine will match steak or a leg of lamb, perfect for spring.

£8.99 (buy 2 save £6)

(single bottle price £11.99)



Mothers DayDate published: 26/03/14

Don'r forget about Mothers Day on Sunday March 30th this year. We've got lots of offers on mixed cases or if you want to put together a 6 bottle case you can put it in a gift carton for an additional £5. We're open 10-5 on the day just in case you've left it until the last minute!

Wine of the Week: Pizarras de OteroDate published: 24/03/14

Pizarras de Otero 2012, Bierzo

£9.99

buy 2 bottles save £5

£7.49

Chosen by Dave...

It is all too easy to always choose wines made from international grape varieties, but why not try something new? Our Wine of the Week this week is made with Mencia, a light fruity varietal found mostly in North West Spain.

A complex nose of both cherry and blackcurrant is followed by an elegant palate of plum and summer fruits. Subtle tannin and great length complete this Spanish bargain.

Sits perfectly alongside Spring lamb.


Wine of the Week: Gavi AraldicaDate published: 19/03/14

Gavi 2013, Araldica

£9.99

buy 2 wines on the mix and match deal and save 33.3%

£6.66

Chosen by Dave...

Whisper it quietly, but Spring is in the air. As the weather improves and the evenings get bright, I find myself drawn more and more towards the great range of light, refreshing whites Italy has to offer. What better way to start the Summer than with the Piedmont's star Cortese, Gavi?

Aromas of cut herbs, nettle and lime are followed by a clean citrusy palate, with zingy acidity. Fresh and lively.

Drink with fresh fish dishes or as an aperitif.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/03/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc


£10.49 – Buy any two Pick and Mix wines save 33.3% - Now only £6.99


Ned Sauvignon Blanc is truly a Majestic Wine. It's our best selling wine and once you try it you'll see why. Gooseberry and flinty notes on the nose lead to a finish so moreish you'll be back in for another taste. One week at £6.99. Be quick folks!


Wine of the Week: Barista PinotageDate published: 07/03/14

Barista Pinotage 2013, Western Cape

£9.99

buy 2 save £5

£7.49

Chosen by Dave...

It's South African Tasting Week! And what better way to celebrate than with South Africa's signature grape variety, Pinotage? A genetic cross of Cinsaut and Pinot Noir, Pinotage is noted for its rich fruit flavour and coffee aromas. The Barista is a good value example of this variety.

An intense, complex nose of coffee, cocoa and red fruit is followed by a smooth, mouth filling plum flavour with savoury hints. Subtle tannin and great length complete this rich, round red.

Enjoy with roasted or grilled red meats. A winter warmer.


Malbec Madness at Majestic Wine Derby - Day ThreeDate published: 28/02/14

From Wednesday 26th Febraury until Monday 2nd March (that's six days people) we have taken 33% off the top price off all the Argentinian Malbecs in the Majestic range. Every day until Monday we will select one and highlight it. This is a real chance to get hold of some great wines at very reasonable prices. If you need to stock up for BBQ weather, need some wedding bargains or are just a fan of Argentina in general this is the ideal time to get stocked up.

Today we have selected the Septimo Dia Malbec. This is a classic example of a Malbec which has grapes picked from high altitude vineyards.  Lots of fruit characteristics and spice notes come through on this wine.  The cheapest price Majestic have had on this wine was £7.99. At £6.66 it represents fantastic value for money. Below is the link for the Septimo Dia Malbec on our website.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Septimo-Dia-Malbec-zid40116?tracking=|searchterm:

Wine of the Week: RM Nicholson, 2010Date published: 27/02/14

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch

£13.99

buy 2 wines on the mix and match deal and save 33.3%

£9.33

Chosen by Dave...

It's a testament to the wide range of wines which Majestic stock that I have worked for the company for nearly three years without ever trying this wine. After hearty recommendations from both colleagues and customers I decided to give it a try, and it's pretty good...

Loads of rich full blackcurrant and spice on the the nose, followed by a full palate of red fruit and powerful tannins. Superb length for £10.

Enjoy with roasted or grilled red meats. A winter warmer.


Malbec Madness at Majestic Wine Derby - Day TwoDate published: 27/02/14

From Wednesday 26th Febraury until Monday 2nd March (that's six days people) we have taken 33% off the top price off all the Argentinian Malbecs in the Majestic range. Every day until Monday we will select one and highlight it. This is a real chance to get hold of some great wines at very reasonable prices. If you need to stock up for BBQ weather, need some wedding bargains or are just a fan of Argentina in general this is the ideal time to get stocked up.

Today we select the Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec. From the Vinalba range this is cracking stuff. Usually £15.99 this comes down to £10.65 a bottle on the current Pick and Mix deal. This is the cheapest we've ever had this wine at (it's down to £12.99 usually) so with over anotehr £2 a bottle off it's time to get some stashed away. Click on the link to order and check out the reviews too.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Vinalba-Gran-Reservado-Malbec-zid40102?tracking=|searchterm:

Come back tomorrow to see what we have for day three of Malbec Madness at Majestic Wine Derby.

Malbec Madness at Majestic Wine Derby - Day OneDate published: 26/02/14

From Wednesday 26th Febraury until Monday 2nd March (that's six days people) we have taken 33% off the top price off all the Argentinian Malbecs in the Majestic range. Every day until Monday we will select one and highlight it. This is a real chance to get hold of some great wines at very reasonable prices. If you need to stock up for BBQ weather, need some wedding bargains or are just a fan of Argentina in general this is the ideal time to get stocked up.

Today we select the Callia Bella Malbec. Currently at £8.99 it comes down to £5.99 on our short term deal. It was featured in Decanter Magazine as a top wine under £15. The reviews on our website are very good too.  Click on the link and find out

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Callia-Bella-Malbec-zid40124?tracking=|searchterm:callia

Come back tomorrow and see what we have lined up next!

Something sweet?Date published: 22/02/14

Ever wanted to try a slightly sweeter style of wine or perhaps a sherry, but not sure how to go about it? Well here is a quick guide to helping you pick the sweet treat thats right for you!

Normal wines are fermented to dryness which means that the yeast consumes all available sugars. Sweet wines are different because they contain unfermented sugars. This can be done by interrupting fermentation, adding a sweetening component (popular in Germany) or by concentrating grape sugars through drying them out.

However, the most well known way of producing sweet wines is through the onset of Noble Rot, caused by a fungus called Botrytis. Whilst this might sound a bad thing, if it develops once the grapes are ripe it leads to some of the best sweet wines in the world. It works by the fungus penetrating through the skin of the grape and causing the water to evaporate. This leads to the sugars and acids in the grapes becoming much more concentrated, generating some intensely sweet flavours and aromas including marmalade, honey and dried fruit.

Icewine (Canada) and Eiswein (Germany) are also sweeter styles and are produced by freezing the grapes on the vine. This means that when pressed, the ice is left behind and the concentration of sugars in the wine is much higher than it would ordinarily be.

Sweet sherries are made from Pedro Ximenez and Muscat grapes which have their sugar levels concentrated by being dried out in the sun after being picked, a process called raisining. This also causes more flavours to develop within the grapes. Due to the high sugar concentration, the yeast struggles to ferment at all which means a low level of alcohol. Therefore, the wine is fortified to 17% abv.

We stock a range of sweet dessert wines as well as sherries so if you fancy trying something new pop in and we can find the one that is best suited to your palate.

Exclusive Parcel: Arrowfield WinesDate published: 15/02/14

Introducing Arrowfield Winery, New South Wales...

 

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, 2008, Hunter Valley £6.99*

A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. This wine is remarkably age-worthy. Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long, lemony finish. Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years to allow the wine to develop a richer, more honeyed profile.


Arrowfield Unwooded Chardonnay 2007 Hunter Valley £5.99*

This is an exclusive parcel of high-quality, mature Australian Chardonnay. Arrowfield Estate create this wine from a blend of old-vine fruit from Hunter Valley with cool-climate fruit from Orange. Vinification without oak has preserved the grapes' natural character. A fruit-driven style of Chardonnay, focusing on melon and ripe stone-fruit flavours, with a citrussy acidity maintaining freshness and balance, and Hunter's trademark 'savoury' character. Well-developed and ready to enjoy now. Perfect with chicken cooked in a light creamy sauce.

* When you buy 2 or more bottles.


New Additions to the Pick and MixDate published: 14/02/14

Next time you're in store why not look our for the three new wines on our Pick and Mix offer.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Marlborough £9.99 buy any 2 Pick and Mix wines and save 33.3% £6.66

Back by popular demand! This fresh Marlborough Sauvignon is full of fresh gooseberry, guava and passionfruit.


Cotes du Rhone Guiigal 2010, E. Guigal £11.99 buy any 2 Pick and Mix wines and save 33.3% £7.99

A classic full bodied Cotes du Rhone. A fantastically versitile food wine.


Codorniu Rosado NV £10.99 buy any 2 Pick and Mix wines and save 33.3% £7.33

A light and refreshing fizz. Lots of strawberry and rasberry. A real bargain.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/02/14

Vinalba Malbec Touriga Nacional Reservado

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. 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.The dense, full nature of this interesting blend make it open to a large array of dishes, but try with rich or spicy casserole.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/02/14

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008, Hunter Valley

£9.99 - Buy two bottles save £6 - £6.99

A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. This wine is remarkably age-worthy.Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long, lemony finish.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/01/14

Viña Mayu Malbec 2012 Elqui Valley



13.99 – Buy two bottles save 20% - £11.19


Anyone with a long memory will hopefully remember we used to stock a great Syrah by Vina Mayu a few years ago. They are based in the Elqui Valley which is up at the top of Chile. The region itself is said to be a great location for astronomers as it is renowned for having very clear skies. It is also a cool climate which gives optimum conditions to growing grapes. The long warm days give way to cool nights with breezes coming off the Pacific Ocean.


The name Mayu comes from the Inca name for the river of stars that are in the Milky Way. The wine itself is a real contender against the Malbecs that are famous for coming out of Argentina.. This Malbec is avividly coloured, muscular yet sophisticated wine, offering layers of nutmeg and clove amid a swathe of lush bramble fruit.


Full-bodied with a long, silky finish this wine would sit alongside a top rib eye steak. Utterly delicious!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/01/14

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Coonawarra


£12.99 – Buy any two Australian wines save 20% - £10.39


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

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


Burns Night 25th JanuaryDate published: 22/01/14

As the festive season becomes a hazy memory some of us here at majestic (the jocks) turn our attention to the birthday of Scotland's famous bard. The perfect reason to banish the January blues and enjoy traditional Scottish fare with the famous haggis as the centerpiece. Here is what i will be drinking 

Pouilly Fume 2010, Jean Vincent

The classic Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire region in France. Intensely aromatic nose with gooseberry fruit enhanced by a smoky, flinty character leading to a long steely finish. A perfect aperitif, an accompaniment to soup or a salmon starter.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Papa Luna 2011. Calatayud

A gem of a wine made by Scotland's very own Norrel Roberetson MW. The 'Flying Scotsman' has discovered Grenache vines over 100 years of age in Calatayud which produce the fruit for this red which punches way above its weight. Full bodied and robust with aromas of raspberry and black cherry, notes of pepper, vanilla and herbs add complexity and depth. A wine that express's  the terroir of this wild landscape. A great match for Haggis

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more

For something slightly different try the Punk IPA, brewed in Aberdeenshire and a drink that the Rabbie Burns would certainly approve of

£9.99 per 6 pack when you buy 2 or more 

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New ArrivalsDate published: 18/01/14

We've had some great new wines in recently. If you're looking for some new wines to try why not come down and pick up some new wines from us.

Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon - This is down to £7.99 on our buy any two Australian wines offer. Lovely fruit with soft tannins make this a softer Cabernet then most. Enjoy with lamb steaks.

Vina Mayu Malbec - On offer to £11.19 on the Chilean multibuy this is a deep coloured Malbec with lots of rich varietal fruit. Powerful but also moreish.


Southern French Tasting WeekDate published: 16/01/14

From Friday 17th January until Thursday 23rd you might notice a distinctly Southern French flavour to our tasting counter. We are celebrating all that is good about this diverse area. Expect bold flavour, unusual grape varieties and great value for money. Here is our pick of the best the region has to offer.


Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, 2012, Coteaux de Languedoc £7.99 buy 2 save £3 £6.49

Grape: Picpoul

This light and refreshing wine is a fantastic alternative to sauvignon blanc. Light green apple flavours with an acidic lift make this the perfect partner for simple white fish dishes.


Striking French Viognier, 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc £9.99 buy 2 save £4 £7.99

Grape: Viognier

A fantastic example of this Southern French varietal. Light oaking has added body to rich stone fruit flavour. This fuller wine pairs very well with oriental foods as well as drinking excellently on its own.


Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2011, Louis Latour £10.99 buy 2 save £2 £9.99

Grape Chardonnay

Fantastic value for this creamy, nutty Chardonnay. Expect a ripe apple flavour with a rounded vanilla finish. The perfect accompaniment to your Sunday roast chicken.


Domaine de Montval Syrah 2012, Pays du Gard £9.99 buy 2 save £6 £6.99

Grape Syrah

A bargain alternative to the classics of the Rhone, this wine offers blackcurrant and cherry, as well as fantastic spicy complexity at a low price. Try with aromatic lamb dishes.



L'Instant Truffier Malbec 2012, Rigal, PGI Cotes du Lot £9.99 buy 2 save £6 £6.99

Grape: Malbec

Malbec was grown in Cahors in the South of France many years before it became the signature wine of Argentina. Why not try this lighter expression of Malbec, offering cherry, prune and pepper note. Enjoy with barbecued red meats, it is a Malbec after all!


Domaine l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2011, Gerard Bertrand, PGI Pays d'Oc £12.99 buy 2 save £6 £9.99

Grape: Pinot Noir

Fantastic value for a Pinot Noir and a great alternative to lower end Burgundy. Strawberry, cinnamon, clove and vanilla all spring from the glass. Fantastic with both red and white meats. 


Bargain Hunt WinesDate published: 16/01/14

We still have some cracking bargains in store at the moment with a third off.  Supplies are limited so don't delay and snap up these wines today!

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc - £4.66

Argento Chardonnay - £6

Cape Mentelle Sauv/Sem - £11.66

Serena Pinot Grigio Rose - £6

Casabel Vinho Tinto - £5.33

Chenas Trichard - £7.99

Composite Pinot Noir - £9.16

There are a few more wines which are in small amounts. Pop in and see the range

Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/01/14

Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, South Australia

£9.99

buy 2 Australian wines save 20%

£7.99

Having greatly enjoyed the Yalumba Y Series Viognier over the last few years I was excited to see this new, great value addition to Majestic's range.

A deep red in the glass, with plum and violet aromas, followed by full blackcurrent and herbal notes. Oak maturation has softened the tannins.

Great with shepherd's pie.


Beer of the Month - Oakham CitraDate published: 08/01/14

Oakham Brewery are based in Peterborough and have been making quality ales for just over 20 years.  They have managed to gain nationwide poplairyt in this time by producing a range of different styles and by also trying something different. In 2009 they were the first commercial brewery to use the Citra hop in a beer. It was so good they named it after the hop and it has truly taken off.

The beer itself is an American Pale style with a true citrus flavour. The dominant flavours of lychee and grapefruit come through but leave a bitter finish.  It comes across as hoppy but it's not overpowering or unbalanced.  Its a relatively restrained 4.6% and as part of our mixed case deal on ales comes down to £15.60 per case of 8 when you buy two or more cases.  That's only £1.95 a bottle!!!!

This beer has been roadtested by me. It's delcious. It's also our Beer of the Month for January 2014!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/01/14

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2012 Central Valley

Single bottle price is £7.99. Buy two bottles save 20% -£6.39!


Cabernet Franc is a grape variety not seen in many wine producing regions. It's home is in France and is mostly used in Bordeaux blends and also in the Loire valley as a single variety. It also springs up in South Africa and now also in Chile and is starting to show real potential.


The wine itself is fruit laced with vegetal notes. It is rounded but has enough acidity to partner with food. This is a fantastic value wine and goes to showcase the incredible variety of wines produced in Chile today.


Upcoming events at Majestic Wine DerbyDate published: 06/01/14

Upcoming events at Majestic Wine Derby

Don't miss out on the FREE tastings we will be running in store throughout January and February.

Wine Courses

Upcoming Dates

Thursday 23rd January 6pm-8pm

Thursday 13h February 6pm-8pm

Thursday 20th February 6pm-8pm

A two hour course with one of our in store team running through the basics of wine tasting. We'll discuss how to analyse wine, what makes different and unique styles and basic food and wine matching. Expect whites, reds, fizz and even dessert wine!

RSVP required, places limited.

Book a place on one of these courses by calling 01332 346 242 or emailing der@majestic.co.uk

Southern French Tasting Week

Friday 17th-Thursday 23rd January

No RSVP required, just turn up for a tipple on the tasting counter!

All week we'll be showcasing some of our favourite wines from this diverse and exciting region. Come down and chat to our knowledgeable in store team about the best the area has to offer. Expect a few old favourites and some newer wines to our range and, as always with the South of France, great value for money.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/01/14

Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di Manduria

£9.99

buy 2 save £2

£8.99

The Azienda Agricola Surani is located in Manduria, a mere 6km far from the Ionic sea. The combination of sandy and clay soils, intense light and the fresh breeze gives the primitivo a distinctive and complex character.

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a vibrant nose of prunes, dates and figs with a subtle but complementary hint of sweet spice. Full bodied with soft velvety tannins that leave an excellent finish.

This firm staff favorite will not be forgotten quickly!


Last minute fizz dealsDate published: 30/12/13

IF you need some fizz for the New Year then make sure you check out some of our last minute deals here. These are great deals but will end at 5PM on New Years Eve.

Perrier Jouet NV - £25 

Laurent Perrier NV - £25

Pol Roger NV - £30

Codorniu Raventos - £6.99

Lindaeur Brut - £8.99


Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/12/13

Striking French Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc

£9.99 – Buy two bottles save £4 - £7.99


This Viognier comes from a vineyard in the Côteaux du Limousin, and has been partially oak-fermented for a rich style. It is the brainchild of Jean-Claude Mas, one who is never too shy to make a wryly humourous observation on French culture.


A pale golden colour belies an intense and complex wine, full of lush peach and apricot flavours, and heady notes of vanilla and warm toast, followed by a creamy finish.

Perfect with seafood and chicken, this wine is a winner all round. Cheers!!



Wine of the Week: Bourgogne Chardonnay Nicolas PotelDate published: 21/12/13

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011/12, Nicolas Potel

£12.99

buy 2 save £8

£8.99

Finding a white wine to go with your Christmas turkey is always a challenge. Burgundy is almost always the answer. Chardonnay's light, fresh acidity cuts against the richness of a Christmas dinner.

Citrus fruits on the nose are followed by flavours of apple and a round, almondy finish. This wine offers great length at a price to suit a modest budget.

Equally brilliant with turkey or goose. Merry Christmas!


Delivery Schedule at Christmas - UpdateDate published: 18/12/13

As we get closed to Christmas we will be winding down our delivery schedule. As of Saturday 21st December we will only be delivering within a 5 mile radius of the store.  On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December there will be no deliveries outside of Derby itself. If you need an order putting togther we can have it ready using our click and collect service or by putting an order in over the phone and then collecting. It must be the cardholder collecting the order in these circumstances.

If you have any queries then please call us on 01332 346242.  As of Friday December 27th we will be operating a normal delivery schedule up until the New Year but slots are limited so don't delay in getting those orders in. 

Opening hours up until the New Year.Date published: 16/12/13

Please note the following opening hours for us if you're planning on seeing us over the festive period.

Monday 16th - Saturday 21st December - 9-8

Sunday 22nd December - 10-5

Monday 23rd December - 9-8

Tuesday 24th December - 9-5

Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th December - Closed (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!)

Friday 27th - Monday 30th December - As normal business hours

Tuesday 31st December - 10-5

Wednesday 1st January - Closed (HELLO 2014!!)

Thursday 2nd January - Normal business hours resume

We can always have orders ready for collection instore if you're coming to see us.  Please call us on 01332 346242 if you have any queries.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 14/12/13

Our Sparkling Saturday is...

Heidsieck & Co Monopole Brut NV Champagne


Single bottle price £24.00 but buy 2 bottles or more and save 1/3 making the bottle price £15.99


With the festive season around the corner his smooth, classy champagne offers excellent value as an introduction to the renowned Champagne House of Piper and Charles Heidsieck

The Heidsieck house blend is dominated by 70% Pinot Noir making for a richer style of champagne with crisp golden fruit, brioche notes and an abundant mousse which will ensure a great start to any celebration. A wine that delivers more than the price would suggest. Stock up now for Christmas and New year!


A great partner for canapés, smoked salmon or goats cheese


Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/12/13

Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur

£19.99 – Buy as two selected Fine Wines save £10 - £14.99


Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.

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.


Martin Millers GinDate published: 07/12/13

Martin Millers gin is center batch distilled like a good malt whisky using only the heat of the spirit and 10 hand picked botanical's which include; juniper berries, coriander seed,angelica root, liquorice root, orris root, cassia bark, florentine iris, Seville orange peel, lemon peel and folded lime oil. 

This classic dry gin is distilled in the heart of England's Black Country, but with a twist. Its distilled with Icelandic spring water resulting in a exciting, fresh, dry and creamy soft palate.

In 2012, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America awarded Martin Miller’s Gin Double Gold and the accolades “Best in Show” and “Best White Spirit” followed.

This fantastic gin is a firm staff favourite and we currently have it open to try here in the Derby store. Pop down and have a sample for yourself! We're certain you wont be disappointed if you're a gin lover!

Don't forget to pick up a a pack of Fever Tree tonic to compement  your perfect gin and tonic!

  

Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/12/13

2 Up’ Shiraz 2012 Kangarilla Road, South Australia

£10.99 – Buy two Australian wines save 20% - £8.79

Made by Kevin o'Brien (the maker of the Kangarilla Road wines), this deep inky Shiraz spends 12 months in French and American oak which lends flavour and structure to the wine. The dark berry tones are abundant on the palate and the richness. There are spicy notes as well which makes the wine perfect with steak and peppercorn sauce. This is a great party wine too and perfect for Christmas time!

Delivery Schedule at ChristmasDate published: 03/12/13

Here at Majestic Wine Derby we try and make sure that we get your order to you as soon as possible. We're quickly filling up our delivery slots up until Christmas but there's still time to make sure that you get your Christmas tipples to you.

When you order with us if you could have details of a safe place to leave an order in case you're not in ie. with a neighbour or in a shed would be ideal. We will generally try and leave orders in a secure place but if you need to be in we will try and work a convenient delivery slot with you.  

If you have any queries regarding your delivery then please call us on 01332 346242 where we will get our order sorted for you. 

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/11/13

£9.99 – Buy any two New Zealand wines save 20% - £7.99


With so much attention paid to their signature Sauvignon Blanc, it should be pointed out that Brent Marris also knocks out a fantastic Pinot Grigio as well. It comes out a delicate copper hue and packs more of a creamy note then most Pinot Grigio. It's fantastic with fish dishes and will hold itself up against Thai Curry. Delicious!


Wine of the Week: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des AntiquesDate published: 22/11/13

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques' 2012


£17.99 - £14.99 – Buy two Rhone wines save 20%

£11.99


Chateauneuf du Pape in one of the worlds premium wine regions. The wines which are produced here are adored all over the world. CNDP (for short) is a blend of many different grape varieties and usually makes a richer more full bodied wine. This CNDP has lashings of spice and blackcurrant and also a hint of 'garrigue' which is a term that refers to a herby flavour to the wine. It is perfect for Christmas and will match up with classic roast beer, richer poultry and the cheeseboard. Enjoy!

Focus on: De ForvilleDate published: 16/11/13

Having recently arrived in Derby, I was delighted to see the store was fully stocked with De Forville wines- one of my favourite producers.

The De Forvilles have been producing wines in the Piedmont in Northern Italy since the 1860s. Their domaine covers ten hectares across two villages. Almost all the wines are estate bottled and represent great value for any fan of Northern Italian classics.

Dolcetto d'Alba 2012, De Forville £8.99*

Dolcetto is one of the Piedmont's less famous grape varieties. This wine offers soft cherry and liquorice. A fantastic, fresh earlier drinking wine.

Langhe Nebbiolo 2011, De Forville £8.99*

A great value example of Nebboilo, the grape variety used in Barolo. Plenty of ripe forest fruits and spice, combined with zippy acidity and soft tannins, making this a great combination for soft cheeses.

Barbera d'Asti 2011, De Forville £10.99*

Planted on the lower slopes; Barbera d'Asti is a fresh, crisp expression of Barbera. A palate of cherries and vanilla combine with soft tannin and fresh acidity to create a wine to be enjoyed now or aged for a few years

Barbera d'Alba Villa De Forville 2012, De Forville £10.99*

Using grapes taken from 40 year old vines, the Barbera d'Alba displays more rounded, deep flavour than its counterpart from Asti. Cherry, cloves and vanilla flavours create a rich, well balance wine.

Barbaresco 2009, De Forville £13.99*

This wine is made with Nebbiolo grown in the village of Barbaresco, just to the North East of Barolo. Full bodied and complex the Barbaresco shows hints of leather and spices. Perfect with steak.

*When you buy two De Forville wines as part of a mixed case.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/11/13

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley

£11.24 – Buy any two Chilean wines save 20% - £8.99


This classic Chilean Cabernet is made using individual lots which have been vinified in barrels. The wine is then tasted and blended to get the right balance of flavours. The colour is deep and plummy with a big nose laced with an almost medicinal quality. The finish is rich and long with lots of fruity characteristics and a hint of chocolate. Serve with game like venison or wild boar for an indulgent treat.


Beer of the Month - Brewdog Punk IPADate published: 03/11/13

The Beer of the Month this month is one I've been looking forward to for a while. It's one I;ve enjoyed when I've bought it from various establishments and now we finally stock it at Majestic Wine!  Brewdog started in 2007 with just two determined men, a battered van and a dog. They're now exporting all around the world and have even opened a bar in Stockholm!

This is what got the Brewdog party started. A 5.6% IPA which has a hoppy punch and a tropical fruit palate with a touch of grapefruit. This is part of our craft beer range which includes Flying Dog, Einstok,  Brooklyn Brewery and Anchor.  Buy any 4 packs and each pack is just £9.99.  They're all a bargain but Brewdog is Novembers Beer of the Month!!

Beaujolais NouveauDate published: 02/11/13

Every year in November we prepare for something that is almost a ritual for wine lovers.  On the third Thursday in November we get the release of the latest vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau!  This wine is seen by certain people as rather dated but if you like the lighter more confected styles of red wines then this is perfect!  We only get limited amounts every year and as it is made for drinking early (ideally within 3 months) we advise to reserve it in advance.  If you would like more information then please call on 01332 346242 or email der@majestic.co.uk

Wine of the Week Part 2Date published: 02/11/13

Since the Ravenswood Zinfandel has sold out so quickly we have opened some other delicious wines and picked this cracker as our next Wine of the Week


 

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

£13.99Buy as pat of the Majestic Pick and Mix – Save 33% - Now just £9.33

This is made by Brent Marris, a certain New Zealand producer who also makes The Ned Sauvignon Blanc. The Kings Favour is made just for Majestic in the UK. It is stylistically more like a Sancerre with it's piercing mineral core and rounded finish. However the fruitiness of the wine is inescapable and this wine takes New Zealand Sauvingnon's to another level. The current price is the cheapest we've ever sold it at!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/10/13

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County

£10.99Buy as pat of the Majestic Pick and Mix – Save 33% - Now just £7.32


Ravenswod motto is 'No Wimpy Wines' and this super Zinfandel certainly falls under that moniker! A Majestic favourite, this wine is produced by the brash producer Joel Peterson and this wine sums up his personality – bold with many layers to it! The fruit is what is predominant with this wine. So much cherry and blackcurrant fruit comes through on the palate. There is an underlying acidity to the wine and the wine is well balanced even at 14.5%. Perfect with game and lamb dishes.


Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 22/10/13

Turkey Flat Butcher's Block White Marsanne Viognier Roussanne 2012 Barossa


Single bottle price is £14.99 but buy two and save £6 making each bottle just £11.99

This interesting white blend has been created by taking the three major classic white varieties of the Rhône, fermenting them individually with moderate oak contact and lees stirring during maturation, before blending to create a multi-layered style.

An involving and diverse wine, with bright aromatics and subtle texture. Stone fruit and floral aromas give way to tropical nuances and refreshing acidity, delivered with a satisfying roundness.

Enjoy as an unusual aperitif, or partner with fine fish dishes.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/10/13

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011 Mendoza


£15.99 – Buy two bottles save £6 - £12.99.


This Malbec comes from the Vinalba stable, whose winemaker
Hervé Fabre who is one of the first Bordeaux taught winemakers to go back and apply their knowledge back in Argentina. The grapes for this wine come from 60 year old vines. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine itself is intense and smooth with plenty of layers. There is the typical fruit and brambly notes but the wine comes through with a complexity and has more in the way of floral notes then you'd expect. A surprising Malbec but one which is utterly delicious!

Out with the old, in with the newDate published: 12/10/13

As Christmas is approaching, with so many new wines coming in we have some wines in the range that have been reduced to make space.  These are wines which won't be stocked again for the foreseeable future so if you wish to stock up on some bargains for the wine rack then pop down and see what we have in.

A couple of examples include...

Esperanza Sauvignon Blanc - Was £5.49 - NOW £3.99

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Semillion - Was £12.49 - NOW £9.99

Rayuela Cabernet Sauvignon - £7.99 down to £5.99 when you buy two or more

La Plata Malbec - £6.99 down to £4.99 when you buy two or more

Supplies are limited and we want to make space for these new wines coming in so make sure you don't miss out.



Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/10/13

La Motte Shiraz 2010 Franschhoek 

Single Bottle Price is £11.99. 

Buy any 2 wines from South Africa and save 20%, making this bottle just...£9.59 


Continuing with our promotion on wines from South Africa we pick this lovely Shiraz with the grapes being sourced from a few different areas.


The wine is an ink colour with delicious blueberry notes on the nose. It is full bodied but carries more of an elegance more associated with French style Syrah. The flavours that come through are fruit driven with a herby note.

This is a lovely wine to be served with Lincolnshire Sausages or Roast Pheasant.


Recommended by Karl 

Beer of the Month - Freedom PilsnerDate published: 08/10/13

Freedom Brewery Pilsner, 5%

As you're probably well aware we try and stock a range of local beers and ales from around the area and this month we feature Freedom Brewery from Staffordshire.  We have two new beers from them. The first is a Organic lager coming in at 4.8% but the one that we really like is the Pilsner. At 5%the beer itself is full bodied and comes with a citrus hop aroma and a long satisfying finish.  The beer comes in full packs of 24 for parties or if you don't need a full case we have smaller cases of 6 bottles which fit right in your fridge!  The Organic comes in at £9 for 6 bottles and the Pilsner is £8.40 for 6 bottles.  This is one of the nicest lagers I've had for a long time so make sure you pick a case next time you're in store.

The Majestic Derby Winter Wine EveningDate published: 07/10/13

It's that time of year for the Majestic Derby Winter Wine Evening.  This years tasting is on Thursday 14th November bad there will be chance to try some new wines alongside some old classics to give you some ideas for Christmas. As always it will bu busy so we advise that you book your places in advance to avioid disappointment. Please call us on 01332 346242 or email us der@majestic.co.uk to make sure you don't miss out!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/10/13

Portillo Malbec 2012 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

Was £9.99 – Buy two bottles save £6 - £6.99

This was one of our bestselling wines at Christmas and now we're fully restocked again! Part of our South American tasting week this wine is produced by one of the former winemakers from Catena. Rich brambly fruit and tannins which would melt alongside a rump steak! Decanter Magazine called this Argentina's best Malbec under £10. Who are we to argue? 


Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/09/13

Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua Valley

Single bottle price is £9.99. Buy two bottles save £4 -£7.99!


This fantastic wine is exclusive to us here at Majestic and we're sure that you will love it as much as we do!

A classic Shiraz with a twist of retro, made specifically for lovers of a wine style once exclusivley Australian. Made by our own wine maker Nic Bizzarri using only ripe black Shiraz grapes baked in the southern hemisphere sun.

This big and bold Chilean Shiraz is succulently rich, deep crimson in colour with hints of vanilla and cedar scent on the nose and palate, finishing with subtle notes of pepper.

This perfect BBQ wine goes well with gutsy dishes such as grilled meats and rich casseroles, even red hot curries.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 21/09/13

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc - £12.49

Buy two save £6 – Just £9.49 - (£2 a bottle cheaper then Oyster Bay!)


Villa Maria are true icons in New Zealand. Their wines are worldwide and win countless awards. This Sauvignon Blanc was picked from their best grapes and then during vivification the wine was left on the lees. This process is also used in the Loire for Muscadet (look for 'Sur Lie' on the bottle). This gives the wine a slightly more complex flavour profile.

It still displays the gooseberry and tropical fruit you would expect from Sauvignon Blanc. The wine also had a lingering finish which makes it perfect with crabcakes and a zesty crab salad with chilli and lime dressing.




Even more improved offers!Date published: 17/09/13

There have been some more short tern fizz deals that have started today

Undurraga Rose - £10.49 - Buy two save £5 - £7.49
Moet Imperial Brut NV - £42 - Buy two save 33% - £27.99
Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 - £60 - Buy one get one free! (making it just £30 a bottle)

These are short term offers so be quick.


Spotlight Tasting - SpainDate published: 11/09/13

This weekend is our Spotlight Tasting focusing on Spanish wines.  There will be a focus on Rioja but also other regions such as Catalunya and Toro.  If you can't make it  to the tutorials then we will have a selection of Spanish wines open to taste over the week.


Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 10/09/13

Alongside our Spotlight Tastings instore we are also opening up a bottle which is included in our current Fine Wine offer. This will be open to taste on the Friday every week for the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@majesticderby) and also our online tasting counter to see what we have open to try.


Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 10/09/13

... Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch


Single bottle price is £12.49 but...

...buy any 2 SA wines and save 20%...

making each bottle just £9.99


This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration.

Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins. Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.


Like this? Then also try...

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2010 Stellenbosch £17.47/£13.99

Beer of the Month - Everards TigerDate published: 07/09/13

Another new addition to the Majestic Derby beer range is Everards. The Leicester based brewery have won quite a few awards in the last few years and we have started stocking two of their bottled ales. The beer itself hits the spot between bitterness and a touch of sweetness which comes from the Crystal malts that they use in their beer. 

We've started selling both Tiger and Everards Original in cases of 8. If you buy two cases you also receive a free branded pint glass whilst stocks last.


Come and Explore Cloudy Bay Chardonnay!Date published: 05/09/13

This weekend we have our first spotlight tutorial on Chardonnay. Alongside the various Chardonnays we will opening, there will also be the opportunity to taste Cloudy Bay Chardonnay.

Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and perhaps New Zealands most iconic winery. Clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. The perfect mix of a cool climate location and lots of sunshine in Marlborough means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay!

The nose has elements of figs, lemon and butterscotch that leads on to a palate with a rounded and toasty complexity and very long finish!

If this wine is as good as I remember, I will almost certainly be tempted by a couple of bottles on the current deal. A huge saving of £15 entails if you buy 2 or more bottles, making each bottle just £20! Single bottle price is £27.50.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 03/09/13

Alamos Chardonnay 2012

Single bottle price is £8.99 but...

...buy two and save £4...

making each bottle just £6.99



This wine comes from the Catena family in Argentina and is made in a easier drinking style compared to their more premium output. This Chardonnay is made in a new world fashion and you can feel the oak caressing the wine. Butterscotch and vanilla on the palate come together for a long rich finish. This wine is perfect with creamy chicken dishes.

Majestic Wine Derby and The Exeter ArmsDate published: 31/08/13

We're happy to announce that we have teamed up with The Exeter Arms in the centre of Derby (who are the current holders of the Derby Pub of the Year) to let you enjoy a bottle of wine from their current list when each member of your party orders two courses from their menu.  To get the voucher you just need to spend £50 instore.  The voucher is for a £20 spend on a bottle from the list at The Exeter Arms so if you want to take advantage the offer for the voucher runs from today until the end of September and the voucher is valid until the end of October this year.

If you have any queries about this please call on 01332 346242.

James' top 5 picks for the last weekend of our current offers...Date published: 28/08/13

1. The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99 – no surprise this wine features as number 1 in my top 5 products to stock up with before price change. Our number one selling wine is going up £2 a bottle!

2. Marstons Pedigree at £15 – brewed just down the road, one of our top selling beers cannot be beaten at just £15 for 12 x 500ml bottles.

3. Moet NV at £27.50 – Perhaps the best known Champagne, this classic champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours.

4. Albinoni Pinot Grigio at £5.15 – my top pick for late summer BBQs and parties. Easy drinking, fruity and great value!

5. BVS Shiraz at £9.99 – any one that knows me well will know that I love Aussie Shiraz. Big, rich and fruity this wine packs a punch well above its modest price tag!

If any of these wines are of interest to you please don't hesitate to contact us on 01332 346 242 or call into store before 7pm on Monday 2nd September!

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 25/08/13

... Montecastrillo 2011, Ribera del Duero

Single bottle price is £9.99 but...buy two and save £4, making each bottle just £7.99

Brand new to the Majestic range comes this wine made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old

100% Tempranillo, this wine is fruit-focused and easy-drinking with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.

Enjoy with your late summer BBQs. My top food pairing is with barbecued pork chops! Delicious!

Our Wine of the Week is...Date published: 20/08/13

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La Casetta


Single bottle price is £16.99 but...

...buy two Italian wines and save25% ...

making each bottle just £12.74


This fantastic wine recently won a Bronze award at the International wine challenge, and we can see why! A blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinell, this Ripasso has had a portion of the fermented, dried skins from Amarone added, this combines the power and the class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the Valpolicella.

Ruby in colour with almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours. This wine has become a firm staff favourite and is the perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.

An improved offer on Italian Wines! 25% off!Date published: 20/08/13

Italy is one of the most prolific wine producing countries in the world. Grapes were cultivated there when the Greeks established colonies in the 8th and 7th centuries BC, but it is only in the last 30 years that its full potential has been recognised.

At last growers have realised that, even in the baking heat of the far south, it is possible to produce quality wines utilizing the latest winemaking techniques. Italian winemakers throughout the country now acknowledge the importance of low yields, of terroir, of scrupulous winery practices and of the country's own grape varieties.

While Italy's red wines have long been its finest, its whites are improving rapidly – not only the well-known Soaves and Orvietos but also a new wave of exciting wines such as Greco or Fiano.

One thing has not changed, however; for Italians, the primary purpose of wines is to accompany and complement food, and what fabulous food it is!

To celebrate the arrival of our improved deal on Italian wines (now 25% off!) I have compiled a list of my favourite Italian wines from our range:

Pietrariccia Fiano – 100% Fiano – a bright lemon colour with a golden tinge. The nose offers an inviting mix of citrus and tropical fruit with floral hints.

Now only £6.56

Gavi La Toledana – 100% Cortese – ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Now only £7.49

Masi Masianco – Pinot Grigio and Verduzzo – a bright and inviting golden colour, this wine is alive with notes of peach, apricot, pear and pineapple.

Now only £9.37

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Grifone – 100% Montepulciano – a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Now only £5.62

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, La Casetta – Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella – a beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints.

Now only £12.74

Sumit's Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 15/08/13

It's that time of the month again where I select a wine from the fine wine at house wine prices. . Today I have chosen to write about an interesting white wine, the Petaluma Chardonnay from the Piccadilly Valley in Australia. I personally wasn't a big fan of Chardonnays until I tried this wine.

The grapes are specially hand picked from the seven “distinguished vineyards” in the valley, so you know a lot of care is taken in the selection process. The temperatures where ideal in 2010 for the chardonnay grapes to fully ripen and develop a rich full flavour. The barrel fermentation in French oak barriques brings out the creamy texture on the palate.

Can be drink now or if you have the patience, it will age well in the bottle. Perfect match with chicken or creamy fish dishes.

£24.00

or buy any two of our selected fine wines and save £8

£20


The Ned Pinot GrigioDate published: 11/08/13

With The Ned Sauvignon Blanc being our biggest selling wine do you know that they make a delicious Pinot Grigio too? The production method it goes under gives the wines a slightly pink tinge which gives the wine a more distinctive taste then normal Pinot Grigio.  We are anticipating delivery of this wine in the next two weeks so if you wish to place an order then please contact us directly instore as it usually sells out quickly! Phone on 01332 346242 to make sure you don't miss out.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 06/08/13

Oyster Bay Sauvignon 2012

An impressive Sauvignon made from the world famous Marlborough region in New Zealand.

The cool fermentation process ensures that every bit of that fresh flavour is brought to life on the palate.

Aromas of intense gooseberry and tropical fruits combine with an undertone of herbaceousness.

An easy drinking wine which can be drank on its own or matched with food. The perfect food match would be white meat or any fresh sea food.

£9.99 single bottle or

Buy any New Zealand wines and save £4

£7.99

Karl's Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 06/08/13

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2011 Mount Difficulty, Central Otago

Central Otago is one of the premium wine producing regions in New Zealand.  It lies further south on the south Island then Marlborough and and although it is responsible for only about 1% of wine produced from New Zealand, this region produces some of the top wines that come from this part of the world.

Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety in the area and the area of Central Otago is seen as one of the few areas that rival Burgundy (the heartland of Pinot Noir) in terms of quality. The Roaring Meg (named after a local river) isn't the top wine produced by Mount Difficulty but these wines do receive as much care and attention as their other wines. This wine spends 9 months in French oak which provide both colour and structure to the wine. Pinot Noir can have a gamey, earthy flavour to it and this wine has this along side the fruit that you would expect that comes from one of the warmer regions in New Zealand.

The wine has a slightly creamy mouthfeel from the oak and the coffee almost truffley flavours come through with this. This is a wine which can be enjoyed now or will benefit from some short term cellaring (3-5 years).  It was my Christmas Day red two years ago and it would grace anyone's table.  Enjoy this with turkey or gamey meats such as venison.

Beer of the Month - Thornbridge JaipurDate published: 01/08/13

As it is World IPA day on August 2nd (tomorrow as I write this!) I thought we'd celebrate one of the great beers that we sell here. Most people know that I do enjoy my beer and this is one my my all time favourites!

Jaipur IPA, Thornbridge Brewery - 12 x 500ml bottles - £30 - Buy two cases save £6

This has been included in the poll taken by Great Taste as one of the top 50 Food and Drink items in the UK.  IPA stands for India Pale Ale as this type of beer was made to be shipped out to India when it was in the British Empire.  It was always made using lots of hops as this gave the beer lots of flavour but also acted as a preservative on the long trip to India. 

The hops in this beer give such an intense finish but the flavours which come through (citrus, grapefruit and a creamy note) makes this beer a real icon.  Thornbridge export their beers all around the world so I consider myself quite lucky that I live and work less than 30 miles from the brewery! 

You can now order local beers from your local Majestic store online.  Just make sure that you have put Derby as your local store and the range of Thornbridge beers are available to order.




Giesen Sauvignon Blanc now £5.99!Date published: 01/08/13

The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc has come down to £5.99. This is a fantastic short term offer which is on for the next twelve days. If you wish to take advanatage then place your orders online as normal or call us instore on 01332 346242 to arrange an order.


Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 29/07/13

Brouilly 2011 Domaine des Maison Neuves

Single Bottle Price is £11.24. Buy any 2 wines from Beaujolais and save 20%, making this bottle just...£8.99

To coincide with our wines of Beaujolais tasting week I have decided to open this fantastic wine for our Wine of the Week. Made from the Gamay grape variety, this light fruity red is perfect for a light lunchtime drink or with cold cuts. Brouilly is the southernmost and largest of the Beaujolais crus and as such is often described as "typical" in regards to Beaujolais. Domaine des Maison Neuves are a quality-conscious grower that avoid the use of herbicides to give healthier vines. A deep coloured wine, showing great finesse and fruit intensity. The nose gives powerful aromas of ripe berry and currant notes. The palate shows soft tannins and a balanced acidity on the finish.
Recommended by James

Karl and Sumits Late Summer ChoicesDate published: 24/07/13

This is a selection of some the wines which are on great offers at the moment. There is a nix mix of reds and whites and with these offers carrying on until September 2nd there's plenty of time to enjoy some of these with friends next a BBQ, on a beach or with a fine meal you've prepared.

Karls Choices

Verdicchio di Matelica 2012, Poggio alle Rondini – Down to £6.99 when you buy two or more

Softer then a Sauvignon Blanc this wine had citrus fruit notes and a refreshing character without being over the top. It's very nice on it's own and will match with light summer salads and fish.

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Syrah 2012 – Down to £5.99 when you buy two or more

I love Syrah. Chile is starting to come good for it's top grade Syrah but this one packs a real punch for such a small price. It is fresh and juicy with a slight acidity. Have this with your BBQ burgers.

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose 2012, Cotes de Provence – Down to £9.99 when you buy two or more

Provence Rose is really driving the Rose market at the moment and this lovely sappy rose with underlying acidity and lashings of strawberry is perfect for any picnics you're having.

Sumits Choices

Caixas Albarino, 2011, Martin Codax, Rias Baixas – Down to £6.99 when you buy two or more

A Majestic exclusive! An interesting grape which is native to Spain. It is very aromatic with hints of stone fruit, which benefits from the maritime climate in Rias Baixas meaning it can develop its acidity in the cool nights. This means a crisp and light wine with a well rounded finish.

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2011, Central Valley- Down to £6.39 when you buy two or more Chilean wines

An extremely soft and supple texture, juicy red fruits of cherry and ripe strawberries. This particular Carmenere has had some oak aging, therefore you may detect hints of vanilla on the palate. For many years the grape was mistaken for the Merlot grape as it has similar characteristics.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough – Down to £7.99 when you buy two or more New Zealand Wines

On a great buy at the moment at £7.99! Aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, with a herbaceous feel. The cool fermentation in stainless steel vats really brings the fresh flavors to life.

Villa Sandi Prosecco Frizzante NV, DOC – Down to £6.99 when you buy two or more Italian Wines

Great value for money if you're after a off-dry style of fizz! Fine bubbles with aromas of pear and honeydew melon.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 23/07/13

Rioja Reserva 2008 - Vina Pomal, Spain

£12.99 – Buy two save £6 - £9.99

This wine was awarded 'Best Rioja Trophy' at the Wines from Spain Awards in 2012.

Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes sourced from Vina Pomal's own vineyards which surround the winery. The nose is bursting with blackberry and raspberry aromas and the palate is clean, intense and persistent. It is perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannis.

This traditional style of Rioja will be a superb complement to charcuterie or cured meats...but my top tip is to pair this wine with your Roast Lamb Sunday Dinner or Lamb Steaks on the BBQ!

Delicious from start to finish!


Deliveries on Wednesday 24th JulyDate published: 18/07/13

Please note that we will be unable to carry out any deliveries during the day on Wednesday 24th July. All other days that week are unaffected.  We try to be as quick as possible with our deliveries so we hope this one day blip won't affect you too much.  If you have any queries though please call on 01332 346242


Sumit's Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 17/07/13

Since this is the 1st article of my fine wine of the month, I have chosen an absolute corker! This wine is Majestic's most popular selling fine wine in the whole company! It has won the gold award from the International Wine Challenge for exceptional quaility. It was given 94 Parker points from Robert Parker the famous wine critic which shows even under the toughest scrutiny it performs well. Produced in Rioja Alta the most prestigous region of the three sub regions of Rioja. I can't stress enough how great this wine is. Absolutely heavenly on the palate with red fruits and spicy tannins with a very long length! Now to reveal this exceptional wine: "Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004". As part of the fine wine at house wine prices...£18 when you buy with any other one on this offer.  

Sipsmith Summer CupDate published: 17/07/13

Fancy a change from Pimms this summer? Then try Sipsmith Summer Cup - a delicious alternative! It is a blend of Sipsmith London Dry Gin and a number of summery fruits and flavours including Early Grey tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber. It's simple to make, just mix 1 measure with 3 measures of lemonade, lots of ice and some seasonal summer fruits!

In stock today at only £15 a bottle. 29%ABV.

Remember our min. purchase is any mix of 6 bottles of wines and spirits!

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 15/07/13

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011

£12.99 or buy any two wines from Chile and save 20%...

£10.39

This wine is made with grapes taken from the 'La Escultura Estate', where cool sea breezes help preserve the freshness in the grapes. Naturally occurring yeast in the grape skins are used instead of cultivated yeasts, along with subtle use of 10% French oak.
This wine is unbelievably well balanced, with subtle tropical stone fruit in the form of apricot and peach mingling with subtle oak characters and a rich creaminess.
Enjoy this wine over the next 2 years to allow further integration of oak and fruit, and enjoy with roast chicken and seafood dishes.

Chile Date published: 12/07/13

Chile is the most important provider of South American wines to the export markets of the world. Chile has many advantages for the production of good wine; the climate is near perfect with prevailing percific winds, there is a long ripening season and the lack of rainfall is compensated with unlimited quantities of snowfallfrom the Andes. On top of this pylloxera, a pest that attacks the vine itself, is not present in the country which means the vines do not need to be grafted to survive.

The Chilean domestic market is small so internationally demanded grape varieties now dominate production. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are used for varietal wines and Bordeaux blends. They typically show strong flavours with intense berry fruit and capsium. Chardonnay wines show great fruit purity due to the ripeness and health of the grapes. Oak is oftern used and produces label the wines with the term reserva to denote which wines have received oak treatment.

Chile has a long viticultural history for a new world wine producer dating back to the 16th centuary when Spanish conquistadors brought the vitis vinerfera vines with them and colonized the region. In the mid 19th century French grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Carmenere were intoruduced. In the early 1980s a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the us of oak barrels for ageing. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Chile is now the 5th largest exporter of wines and the 9th largest producer.

It's Fizz FridayDate published: 12/07/13

So we've decided to open the Undurraga Brut. Was £9.99, Now only £6.66!

Don Francisco Undurraga was one of the pioneers of winemaking in Chile. This sparkling wine is from Chile's most famous wine region the Maipo Valley which surrounds the capital Santiago.
The wine is produced from two of the three Champagne grape varieties - Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - but instead of using the traditional method it is produced in the Charmat or Tank method. This means the second fermentation takes place in a sealed tank rather than in a bottle (like in for Champagne). This results in a dry, light and fresh wine with lime, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and elegant bubbles. A great apéritif or sparkling wine for toasting! We also stock a number of the Undurraga still wines – some of which have been recent medal winners!

BeaujolaisDate published: 11/07/13

It's been well over a year since I sat my WSET Advanced exam so I recently decided to flick back through my notes to refresh my memory of a number of wine producing regions. The one that stood out for me to tell you about was Beaujolais...

The Beaujolais appelation sits just to the South of the Maconnais in Burgundy, and North of Lyon. It is most famous for the Gamay grape. This variety produces light, fruity wines which are characterised further by a vinification technique called Carbonic Maceration – which creates an almost bubblegum and banana character in the wine.

A good deal of Gamay is produced in the south and sold as Beajolais Nouveau (the first wine of the new vinatge). Beajolais Nouveau is not released for sale until the third Thursday of November and must be sold before the end of the following August. Otherwise most of the wine is labelled Beaujolais Villages or can come from any of the ten Beaujolais crus.

If you are interested in trying any wines from Beaujolais please pop in store - they are currently 20% off!


Improved Offers for the AshesDate published: 09/07/13

With the Ashes starting very soon we've secured some improved offers on two pale ales.  Marstons Pedigree has now come down to £15 per case in our multibuy deal on bottles ales and the Coopers Pale Ale is down to £15 also from £17.99. Both of these offers start now so make sure you don't miss out!


Wine of the Week - Rueda Blanco 2012, Marques de Riscal Date published: 08/07/13

An interesting white wine from Marqués de Riscal, who have chosen to produced this wine from the Rueda appellation. The grape is Verdejo which is flowery and herbaceous. The chalky soil and continental climate make it the perfect condition for the grape to thrive. The cool nights allow the grape to retain acidity and help develop aromatic flavors. An elegant wine with a fresh finish. Perfect with any seafood dishes.

Single bottle £8.99

or buy 2 bottles and save £4

£6.99


It's Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 06/07/13

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, Italy

Was £12.99 Now only £9.99!

I believe this is probably the best sparking wine available at Majestic for under £10 a bottle! Delicious, easy drinking and goes great with or without food 

The La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.
Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.




Chateau Musar...Rose?Date published: 05/07/13

if you're familiar with the iconic Chateau Musar from Lebanon you may not be aware they do a cracking rose.  Made from 100% Cinsault this is a serious Rose filled with red apple flavours. Offered to us unfiltered, this is a gutsy rose which would be delicious served chilled at anyones weekend   This wine is open to taste over this weekend so pop down and try a little bit for yourself!

News: Improved OffersDate published: 05/07/13

With it being such a glorious weekend coming up we've managed to get some improved offers on a couple of iconic champagnes and some very BBQ friendly French reds

Veuve Clicquot - Now £30 a bottle (was £35 per bottle when bought in a case)
Laurent Perrier - Now £24.99 (was £38 single bottle price!)
Paul Mas Merlot - £5.99 from £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles (was £8.49)
Fitou by Mademoiselle Jones - £11.99 down from £14.99 when you buy two or more

We will be having the Fitou open to taste this weekend. It isn't in every Majestic store (it's not even on the website) so pop down and get stocked up!


Jane MacQuitty Top Summer WhitesDate published: 03/07/13

Here are the picks from The Times 100 Best Summer Whites as chosen by Jane MacQuitty

Yali Merlot Rosé 2012
£7.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £5.99 until 2nd September

Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012
£7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisieres 2012
£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Sancerre ‘Clos des Bouffants’ Neveu 2012
£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Pouilly Fumé ‘Les Cascadelles’ 2012
£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £9.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Muga Rioja Rosado 2012
£10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £8.99 until 2nd September

Karl's Guide to the SummerDate published: 03/07/13

Huzzah! The summer is here and when the sun is shining there's nothing better then having friends around for some good times, BBQ's and hopefully some nice refreshements! Our range of wines, beers and soft drinks covers all the bases so that you can worry more about topping up your suntan than topping up your glass. Here are my top summer picks

Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2011 Domaine de la Tourmaline -  £6.99 down from £7.99 when you buy two or more

This is one of my favourite summer wines. With a gentle spritz on the palate and a refreshing minerality, it comes in at 12% which is a little gentler then some NZ Sauvignon Blancs. It is a great apertif wine and any kind of fish dish would be perfect with this great wine.

Portillo Malbec 2011/2012 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza - £6.99 down from £9.99 when you buy two or more

Coming in as Decanter Magazine's Best Argentinian Malbec under £10 this rich fleshy Malbec comes from higher altitude grapes which means that the grapes ripen slowly and can produce some fantastic flavours. It's brilliant with burgers, super with steak and lovely with lamb.

Codorníu Selección Raventos NV - £7.99 down from £9.99 when you buy two or more

Cava is ace. It's light, frothy and perfect when served very cold from the fridge. Made from traditional Cava grape varieties it also has a generous dash of Chardonnay which adds a creaminess to the zippy lemony notes of the wine. I love it!

Sipsmith Summer Cup - £15 per bottle – Special Offer

If you're a fan of Sipsmith Gin, pick up a bottle of this next time you're instore. Add 3 parts Lemondade (preferbly Belvoir Press Lemonade) to 1 part Summer Cup, serve over ice and voila. The Belvoir Press Lemonade on it's own is also delicious and with ACTUAL REAL LEMONS used as an ingredient it will quench anyones thirst.

Thornbridge Wild Swan - £24 down from £27 as part of our multibuy deal on ales (£12*500ml)

Everyone who knows me knows that I do enjoy beer a lot. We stock 5 different Thornbridge beers here at Majestic Derby and this light pale ale comes with citrus notes and a light crisp finish. A lighter summery ale is always good with BBQ meats and also would partner a chicken caeser salad too.  This is not on our website at the moment so if you would like to order it online just put a note in the additional instructions or just pop down instore as we have plenty in stock.


Well that's my summer sorted! If you have any questions call instore, tweet us @majesticderby, email us der@majestic.co.uk . Let us know what you're having in your glass this summer.


Premium Soft DrinksDate published: 01/07/13

Fever Tree

Fever Tree is all about the taste, since its lauch the company has received widespread acclaim from drinks critics worldwide. It was recently featured by the Sunday Times as 'the UK's fastest growing drinks company'. At Fever Tree taste is everything which is why the co-founders Charles and Tim have traveled the world to source the highest quailty natural ingredients available from independent small specialist suppliers. So remember, if 3/4 of your gin & tonic is tonic, make sure you use the best. 

A pack of 4 Fever tree tonic 200ml is £3.05 or buy 6 or more and save 15% making each pack just £2.59

Belvoir

For generations country people have been making fruit cordials and presses as a way of preserving summer fruit for the winter months. Our Belvoir range are produced in the same tradition method. They do not contain any artifical preservatives, colours of flavourings. Just masses of pressed fresh fruit, freshly picked flowers and cooked spices that result in a incredible taste experience. 

Regular presse's are £2.45 but buy 2 or more and save 20% making each just £1.96.

We stock more than just these two products featured so call us on 01332 346 242 so we can talk you through the range and add some to your next wine delivery!

Wine of the Week is ...Date published: 01/07/13

Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua Valley

Single bottle price is £8.74. When you buy two or more Chilian wines the bottle price drops to £6.99!

This fantastic wine is exclusive to us here at Majestic and we're sure that you will love it as much as we do!

A classic Shiraz with a twist of retro, made specifically for lovers of a wine style once exclusivley Australian. Made by our own wine maker Nic Bizzarri using only ripe black Shiraz grapes baked in the southern hemisphere sun.

This big and bold Chilean Shiraz is succulently rich, deep crimson in colour with hints of vanilla and cedar scent on the nose and palate, finishing with subtle notes of pepper.

This perfect BBQ wine goes well with gutsy dishes such as grilled meats and rich casseroles, even red hot curries.

Staff Favourite - Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 28/06/13

Those of you who know me well will know that I love big, bold and fruity wines (often with a high ABV!) This wine is no exception!

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.

The inky blackcurrant fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich. This wine is drinking beautifully now and if you're like me you won't be able to wait the predicted 5 years for the fruit to soften. I would match this wine with any grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.

Price: £13.74 BUT...buy alongside any other Australian wine and save 20%, making this bottle just £10.99


Staff Favourite - La Vieille Ferme 2012, Cote du Ventoux, Perrin et FilsDate published: 27/06/13

Grown in the Southeast region of the Rhone this fantastic wine has plenty to offer for a incredible price! The Rhone valley has over 2000 years of wine growing and production history. The climate type is mediterranean with milder winters and hotter summers and the grapes are grown on limestone and red tertiary alluvial soils. Many grape varieties are grown that include grenache, syrah, cinsault, mourvedre, carignan, bourboulenc, grenache blanc clairette and roussanne. The La Vieille Ferme is a blend of grenache and syrah that produces a warm, elegantly structured Rhone blend. The palate offers jammy blackberry flavours with hints of strawberry and soft spice to finish. A fantastic companion for meats and cheeses.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 27/06/13

Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas


£9.99 – Buy two save £6 – Down to £6.99


Made by Martin Codax (but picked by Majestic staff!) this lovely Albarino shows off the region of Rias Baixas at its finest. The grapes for this wine come from minerally soil which gives the wine a tongue tingling acidity. It has a freshness which comes from the stone fruit characteristics and has a lovely rounded finish. A great wine which will pair with seafood perfectly!

Staff Favourites - Berne Grande Recolte Rose 2012, Cotes de ProvenceDate published: 26/06/13

In preparation for our Rediscovering Rose tutorials I've been getting back into the rose and this particular one comes highly recommended. From a producer dating back to 1750 this one of two roses that we stock by them, the other having the distinction of coming in an eye catching square bottle. It is cool fermented which gives it a freshness that comes from roses in Provence. On the palate it's redcurrant fruit and slight florality comes with a little acidity which pairs it nicely with fish dishes. Grilled sardines and a fresh provencal salad is my match with this. Delicious!

Staff Favourites - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 22/06/13


This was one of the first Sauvignon Blanc I tried in Majestic and it quickly became my personal favourite. There is not many New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines that can compare to its underlying minerality, whilst still maintaining flavour intensity of gooseberry and passionfruit! The extra bit of complexity makes it stand above the rest! Dont just take my word for it, its had excellent reviews from the “Observer” and “The Times”.

Only £14.99 on the New Zealand Offer

Single bottle £18.74


New Sparkling Wine OffersDate published: 21/06/13

We've just had some new offers start on a range of sparkling wines from Trilogy and Oyster Bay.  The Trilogy Brut and Rose have been reduced from £14.99 to just £8.99! The Oyster Bay Brut and Rose have dropped from £13.99 to £9.99 as well. The Trilogy is first come first serve and for a traditional method sparkling wine for under £9 a bottle it represents fantastic value for money too.


Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 18/06/13

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley


Single bottle price £12.49 but buy 2 or more wines from Australia and save 20% making the bottle price £9.99


This fantastic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon is at a unbeatable price for value for money. Founded in 1979 after struggling wineries in the region banded together as a consurtium under the leadership of Peter Lehmann. Today the ever growing company sources grapes from over 140 independent local growers in and around the Barossa Valley.


Parcels of fruit destined for this exclusive 'BVC' Cabernet Sauvihnon were sourced from premium vineyards. Plantings from the North, which are higher and benefit from cooling winds, result in perfumed blackburry characteristics whilst the Southern vineyards are richer, forming the backbone of this Cabernet Sauvignon.


This firm staff favourite would be a perfect accomplice for a Beef roast followed by aged cheddar cheese.

Curious Brew and Chapel DownDate published: 16/06/13

All of the staff at Majestic Wine in Derby are very proud and patriotic about English beer and wine.

We have stocked a number of English still and sparkling wines from producers like 'Nyetimber' and 'Chapel Down' for a while now. However, we have recently started stocking Chapel Down's award winning beer called 'Curious Brew'.

This premium lager is re-fermented with the Champagne yeast that the wine-maker uses in the production of their fizz. It results in a truly delicious lager with a real depth of flavour.

'Curious Brew' is available in cases of 12 x 330ml bottles at the price of £17.99. It has an ABV of 4.7%.

If you are curious to try 'Curious Brew' then call us on 01332 346 242 to add a case to your next wine order of 6 or more bottles and qualify for free delivery*

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 12/06/13

Pietrariccia Fiano 2012, Surani

If you're looking for an alternative to a Pinot Grigio, then this is an exceptional example. Made with the Fiano grape, which is exclusive to Southern Greece and Sicily. On the nose you may pick notes of citrus and tropical fruit, with a dominant aroma of apricot fruit. Very easy drinking dry wine, that would match well with Salad dressed with olive oil.

£9.49 or buy alongside any other Italian wine and save 20% making it just £7.59


Sumit's Summer SizzlersDate published: 11/06/13

Oyster Bay Rose Brut NV

Looking to open something for a celebration, then look no further, intense flavors of kiwi, cherry and strawberries. Perfect match with sea food starters, such as prawns!

Macon-Villages Blac 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2012 Cave de Lungny

A very easy drinking wine. Crisp citrus and apple notes, you may even detect traces of butter!

Cotes du Rhone, Belleruche 2011, M.Chapoutier

Looking for an alternative to ChateauNeuf-Du-Pape? But still love the Grenache and Syrah blend? Then this is a superb example. Rich blackberry and cherry fruit with a long finish. Enjoy with rich meaty dishes.

Vinabla Reservado Malbec 2011, Mendoza

One of my personal favorites! If you like your full bodied ripe dark plum fruits reds, then you will love this wine. It will go well with those summer BBQ's especially steak or lamb.

Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua Valley

A Majestic exclusive! If your looking for a bargain then you should look no further! An interesting nose of plum and strawberries with hints of vanilla. Delicious with rare seasoned rib steak.

Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc 2012, Western Cape

Made from the famous Boukenhoutskloof region, the people who brought you the well known chocolate block. They now bring you this gem of a wine! This fairly unusual blend of viognier and grenache blanc creates a delicate perfumed wine with aromas of apricots, blackberry and hints of pepper. Perfect match with spiced poultry.

Chateau Pigoudet “La Chapelle” Rose 2012, Coteaux d' Aix-en-Provence

An excellent Provence Rose! Extremely light and fresh with ripe cherries and red apples on the palate!

AIX Rose 2012, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, Magnum

Bigger is always better! Another great Rose, often described as the “definitive Provence Rose”. Perfect for any occasion.

Father's DayDate published: 07/06/13

It's Father's Day on Sunday 16th June 2013. Our top 3 Father's Day gift ideas are:

Taylor's LBV Port at £9.99

Remy Martin VSOP at £35.00

Pol Roger Reserve NV at £32

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 05/06/13

Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2009 Hawkes Bay


£19.99 – Buy any two New Zealand wines save 20% - £15.99


This parcel is from a small vineyard and the producer tries to use natural processes in the making of the wines so there is no use of pesticides on the vines.

This is classic New Zealand Pinot Noir with some chewy tannins and with a subtle vegetal undertone which makes the wine slightly savoury. The finish on this wine is very satisfying and would pair up with meaty dishes as well as crispy duck. This is a lovely wine which comes with a little bottle age compared to our other NZ Pinot Noirs. Good stuff!

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 31/05/13

...Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Pinot Noir 2011

Single bottle price is £17.49 but buy any 2 wines from NZ and save 20%...making each bottle just £13.99!


Wow! What a brillinat wine – and this isn't even the top Pinot at Martinborough Vineyards! 


Martinborough Vineyard is one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot Noir on the map, back in the mid 1980's. A cool, maritime climate results in a natural low vigour site and ensures high quality, consistent, ripe fruit. 


The nose displays succulent ripe cherry, berry and plum fruits combined with savoury notes and a hint of mocha. Fine tannins complement the fruit giving further texture and a generous lingering finish.

An elegant Pinot Noir that is approachable in style and whilst drinking well, will reward further cellaring. Partner with roast lamb.
 


New Zealand Date published: 27/05/13

In preparation for the New Zealand tasting week I thought I would write a short article on this extremely popular country. The article will cover some of the main wine producing regions and the key grape varieties.

We will start of with the world famous region of Marlborough, known for its exceptional Sauvingon Lac. On the nose the aromas of these wines are focused on capsicum, cut grass and elderflower. However some may show passion fruit and stony mineral notes. This is similer on the palate.

Martinbough is located south on the Northen Island. It is known for its exceptional Pinot Noirs, which have a rich, cherry-fruited and velvety texture.

Auckland which is also located in the North Island is a red wine producing region. It is where the warmest vineyards of New Zealand are located. This allows this particular region to grow grape varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Gisborne is known for producing white wines of the Chardonnay grape. Whereas if we travel south to the South Island to the vineyards of Central Otago, the key grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris.


Wine of the Week - Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011 Date published: 24/05/13

This is a typical example of a outstanding Aussie Shiraz. The Lodge Hill Vineyard is located in the prestigious Clare Valley, which benefits from warm evenings therefore allows the grapes to develop interesting flavors. These flavors include blackcurrent and boysenberry fruit and a noticible menthol notes. On the nose you can detect aromas of spearmint, black pepper and raspberry. This Aussie classic can be drank now or if you're willing to wait can be aged for the next five years to sofen the dense fruit flavors.

This wine will match with grilled or BBQ meats, lasagne.

Only £10.99 on the Australian offer,

Single bottle price £13.74


Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 17/05/13

... Dogajolo Carpineto 2011 Toscana

This wine is simply super! Made in the innovative style of the Super-Tuscans, but at a fraction of their price, this is a 'Baby-Tuscan'. Approximately 30% Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a majority of the native Sangiovese to create a wine superior to its IGT classification. Soft and intensely fruity, this wine combines the elegance and complexity given by oak-ageing with the fragrant, fresh fruit of a young wine. Soft on the palate with a smooth finish. A great all-rounder, this wine will complement a rich Tuscan stew, as well as cold cut meats or even just with pizza.

£10.99 or buy any 2 Italian wines and save 20%, making this just £8.79


Provence RoséDate published: 14/05/13

I love drinking Provence Rosé in the summer and with all this 'great' weather we're having at the moment I thought I'd share a little bit of knowledge and some of my favorites from the Majestic range with you all.

Did you know? Around 80% of Provençal wines are rosé but quality does vary considerably. Cotes de Provence is the largest appellation, producing about half of all French rosé from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan.

My top 3 picks you must try this summer are:

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé – Offer Price: £6.99 – simply a bargain!

M de Minuty Rosé – Offer Price: £9.99 – a very pale honeysuckle pink wine with a clean nose of citrus fruits and a lively, rounded palate.

AIX Rosé Magnum and NEW IN, IN LIMITED AVAILABILITY a double Magnum (yes, that's the equivalent to 4 bottles) – £19.99 and £50 respectively. The PERFECT choice for any event!

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 13/05/13

Matsu El Picaro 2012

£9.99 - Buy two bottles save £4 - £7.99

This is the youngest of three wines made by the producer Vintae. The series is linked by the word Matsu, which is taken from Japanese culture. Each wine is labeled with a face of a worker from he vineyards. This first one is labeled with a young man as this wine is made from some of the younger vines. Bearing in mind that they're still 90 years old we are dealing with wines with serious complexity!
El Picaro (translates as 'The Rogue') is made from Tempranillo from the region of Toro. This style of Tempranillo is a bit tougher then that found in Rioja which gives the wine rich body and plenty of fruit.
This is a fantastic wine and if you're curious we also El Recio ('The Tough Guy) and El Viejo ('The Old Guy').

Wedding WinesDate published: 11/05/13

If you're currently planning for a wedding (or planning to ask the question) there will be lots of different things that need sorting and organising. Although we can't plan it all for you we can certainly help out with providing the drinks for the big day. At Majestic Wine Derby we cater for weddings on any scale from country hall weddings for 300 guests to small intimate affairs for 30-40 people. We are happy to talk through the range of wines, fizz, beers and soft drinks that we stock and also arrange the amounts that you need. With Sale and Return, Free Delivery and Glass Hire we can provide a package that would meet anyone's needs for the big day.

If you have any queries about planning for a wedding (or even just parties in general) feel free to pop instore or get in contact with us on the phone, by email or even tweet us!

We can't promise glorious weather but we can make sure that the wines you pick will help contribute towards what will be the best day of your life!


Derby's Summer SizzlersDate published: 10/05/13

With our summer offers now on it's time to stock up and get some great wines in. We've all picked two each and with some great offers on at the moment it's time to stock up!

Karl

Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua Valley

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length. At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.

Dry Furmint 2012, Royal Tokaji

The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines. More commonly associated with the super-sweet dessert wines of Hungary, the Furmint grape is employed here in a dry white, to stunning effect.

James

Albariño Martin Codax 2011 Rias Baixas
Delicate peachy aromas with hints of spice, herbs and traces of sweet fruits, a fresh and crisp palate rounded by hints of honey, peaches and stone fruits, a medium body and with a floral finish. The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Noir 2012
With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.


Jack

Fleurie Flower Label 2011 Georges Duboeuf
Classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant, floral perfume. Concentrated fruit and lighttannic presence are testament to the cru status of this wine. An attractive wine with a silky texture.


AIX Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 1.5l Magnum
Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!


BEER OF THE MONTH: CURIOUS BREW

Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer. A GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012.


Summer Tasting EveningDate published: 09/05/13

Here are our summer tasting wines! 


Did someone say G and T?Date published: 08/05/13

Now that the summer is almost upon us we can take advantage of the longer days (and nights) and start getting some more seasonal drinks in. The big heavy reds of the winter are usufeul for the BBQ but when it comes to summer I like the crisper whites and also breaking out the gin! Unbelievably just a few years ago I would have turned my nose up at the thought of a cold G & T but now with plenty of ice and a wedge of lime this is my staple summer choice.  We stock a fair amount of spirits at Majestic and when you're planning a big outdoor bash or just restocking the wine rack make sure you have a look at our spirits range.  Here are two of my favourite gins:

Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 41.6% - Distilled in small batches by the Fairfax brothers, this a a gin which has tradition at its heart. They are using a traditional copper still to distill the spirit which is the first time since 1820 in which a traditional still has been used in London. The water is sourced from Lydwell Spring which is the source of the Thames River (one for the fact fans out there). The gin itself is made with ten different botanicals which gives the spirit a lot of depth on the palate.

Martin Miller, 40% - Martin Miller is a real person, not a made up person to front this paricular gin. The base spirit is made in England but then shipped to Iceland and then spring water is used as this is the best kind of water that they could find to get the flavours they were after. This is a softer gin then Sipsmith but it is extremely versatile not just on its own but with a wide range of mixers. We've been told that pink grapefruit juice is a very good mixer to go with it!


The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 29/04/13

One of the great things about Majestic Wine is the fact that as a company we have contacts with lots of suppliers throughout the world. When we started our relationship with Lay and Wheeler we started being able to deal with the top producers and also their top wines. These are wines which although do come with a serious price tag are wines which will improve with time and provide a worthy investment to any wine lover.

Therefore in conjunction with Lay and Wheeler we have the Fine Wine Plan. This plan will open doors to new wines and provide an opportunity to get hold of some top wines without having to pay lots of money up front. A subscription can start at £50 per month but if you start with £100 per month then there are some fantastic benefits to be had,

The first is that by starting with £100 per month you will automatically have a 6 bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009 added to to your cellar. This is worth £150 and already gets your fine wine cellar off to a great start.

The second is new to the plan. If you start off with £100 per month you are entitled to the Majestic Privilege Card which entitles you to 10% discount at Majestic Wine. This is exclusive to Majestic Fine Wine Plan customers!

You will also be notified of fantastic offers on the Fine Wine Plan and having a credit limit of 3 times your monthly subscription means you can plan ahead for your wines. Storage is kept at a temperature controlled state of the art facility (which is actually down in Burton on Trent) and the storage fees are some of the lowest available. Also when you want to withdraw your wine it is delivered for FREE as it is done through Majestic's nationwide network of stores.

If you have any questions please call us instore on 01332 346242 or email us at der@majestic.co.uk. This is a great time to start building up your cellar of Fine Wine so why not start today and open the door to a world of Fine Wine.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 21/04/13

Clos de Bois Chardonnay 2011, North Coast £12.49 – Buy two save £5 - £9.99

In partnership with several local growers throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California, Clos de Bois has access to almost 800 acres of vineyard spanning a diverse range of microclimates. Their aim is to emu8late the classic wine styles of France. A richly fruity Chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak toast and a creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend. This wine is best enjoyed with lobster or creamy seafood pasta dishes.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 15/04/13

Peter Lehmann Riesling 2012 Eden Valley

£10.49 – Buy two bottles and save £4 - £8.49!

Peter Lehmann has made a crisp and refreshing Riesling from Barossa thanks to a careful winemaking approach. Delightful citrus and stone fruit notes abound on the palate and the finish is remarkably taught. A mouth-watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling revitalised. The superbly crisp finish makes this the perfect match for oily fish and shellfish, with the acidity really cutting through.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 10/04/13

...Gran Vendema Crianza Rioja

£5.99 on offer!

This is a wine bought from a top producer and then we slap our own label on the front of it. This is a young rioja with plenty of cherry fruit and soft tannins. The finish is pleasing and unlike some of the Reserva and Gran Reserva riojas which spend much longer in oak this wine retains more of the fruit. It's perfect with chargrilled meats, cheeses and vegetable lasagne!

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 03/04/13

...Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch

Single bottle price is £9.99 but... ...buy any 2 SA wines and save 20%... making each bottle just £7.99

This is a Decanter Magazine Bronze Award Winner and is one of my favourites amongst Majestic's range of South African Sauvignon Blancs.

To make this wine, fruit is sourced from Vergelegen's own vineyards as well as from vineyards in the Elgin and Overberg regions. The grapes are planted on South and South-western facing slopes, 200-230m above sea level in granite or clay-based soils.

A range of flavours are in abundance: gooseberries, figs, elderflower and clean cut grass to name a few. Perfectly balanced, with a racy acidity and mineral structure finishing elegantly and at length.

Enjoy over the next two years with pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 29/03/13

Limari Valley has a cooler climate than other parts of Chile which means a longer ripening season. This is a Chardonnay unlike those of yesteryear, all big blousy fruit with no structure.

The nose is inviting with hints of stone fruit and the creaminess you'd expect from Chardonnay. It has citrus notes which lead onto a linguring finish on the palate. It is medium to full bodied and the fruit characteristcs are predominant but not the main thing about the wine itself.

The wine has good levels of minerality which gives the wine a nice long finish. We have been told it goes very nicely with creamy pasta dishes but I would pair this with any roast poultry, salmon and even a mild Thai curry would go with this nicely!

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.

Opening hours over EasterDate published: 27/03/13

Please note that we are open over the bank holiday as follows

Friday 29th March - 10-8

Saturday 30th March - 9-7

Sunday 31st March - CLOSED

Monday 1st April - 10-5

If you have any queries please call us on 01332 346242, email us (der@majestic.co.uk) or tweet us (@majesticderby)

Champagne offersDate published: 23/03/13

If you've got any plans for Easter you will probably need a bottle or two of fizz.  We have some cracking champagne offers on at the moment and here are just a few

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £25 down to £16

Heidseick Monopole Gold Top 2007 - £30 down to £20

Taittinger NV - £36 down to £26

Louis Roederer Nv - £40 down to £29! - Karl's star buy

Laurent Perrier Rose - £62 down to £47

We have lots of other offers on so come down and stock up for Easter.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 22/03/13

...Select Blocks Pinot Noir 2010, Ara, Marlborough

Single bottle price is £14.99 but... ...buy two and save £10... making each bottle just £9.99

This fantastic new wine to our range is produced by a man called Jeff Clarke, who has twice been named International Winemaker of the Year. He was among the first wave of producers in Marlborough, establishing an early understanding of the local terroir alongside the Marlborough Research Institute. The Ara estate is located at the elevated end of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, an area providing a unique combination of altitude, free-draining alluvial soils, immense sun exposure, and the cooling influences of the region's proximity to the ocean. A fruit-driven, lively and supple Pinot, with juicy plum flavours. Good ripeness and fruit purity from cool fermentation, enhanced by a subtle toasted oak influence. Here at Majestic Wine Derby we would recommend serving this wine with pork in a sticky sauce, or a beef or even tuna fillet! Delicious!

Karl's trip to MashamDate published: 18/03/13

Recently I went up to North Yorkshire for a rather full on (but responsibly enjoyed!) weekend. Amongst going quadbiking and other things I managed to get on a tour of the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. As people who know me are aware I am a beer fan so was looking forward to this part part of the weekend. When I was told we were going to be eating at the brewery as well I started looking forward to it even more!

What was interesting to see was the relatively short history behind the brewery itself. It was only established in 1989 after Theakstons Brewery was bought out by the much larger Scottish and Newcastle. The chap who set up Black Sheep is called Paul Theakston (who is still involved in some part with running the company) and the name is attributed to the strong sheep farming links in the region. On the tour I couldn't help but notice that there was a few mentions of the 'other brewery' in Masham. I was of the opinion that there was room for both of them in the area!

We were able to try a few different beers within the range (including a very powerful Imperial Stout at 8.5%) but we all seemed to settle on the slightly less potent stuff! Black Sheep say that their beer is down to the fact that they own their own spring so they have their own direct source of water for the beers they produce. Anyone who is familiar with the process of making beer will be aware that the kind of water used is key to getting the balance of flavours right. One of the major things that was metniomed was that they wanted to make sure that there was consistency across the beers and that even goes to how a pint is pulled. If you ever have a pint of Black Sheep that doesn't taste right, tell them so they can go and see if the pub needs any tips on how to serve it.

The food at Black Sheep was really good and washed down with Black Sheep Ale. We stock this in cases of 12 with a price of £21 if you buy two or more as part of our multi buy deal on ales. The weekend was really good and I am now looking for another reason to visit Masham again very soon.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 18/03/13

Rioja Crianza 2009 Gran Vendema £9.99 - £7.49 – Now £5.99 when you buy two or more

This is a wine bought from a top producer and then we slap our own label on the front of it. This is a young rioja with plenty of cherry fruit and soft tannins. The finish is pleasing and unlike some of the Reserva and Gran Reserva riojas which spend much longer in oak this wine retains more of the fruit. It's perfect with chargrilled meats, cheeses and vegetable lasagne!

Trilogy Cuvee RoseDate published: 16/03/13

Trilogy Cuvee Rose

This is Jacob's Creek's premium sparkling wine and is made from the same grapes as Champagne. The rose cuvee is made by vinifying with minimal skin contact, for a delicate colour and subtle red fruit influence. Trilogy's Rose has a lively and aromatic nose of fresh strawberry and raspberry, with a yeasty, biscuity lift. The palate is awash with ripe yet delicate fruit flavour, held together by a creamy texture. An impressive aperitif, best served alongside some salmon and horseradish blinis.

Available to taste in store Saturday 16th March!

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 11/03/13

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Casablanca Valley 

£10.99 – Buy two save £6 - £7.99

The single Vineyard blend is sourced from a specific block at our La Escultura Estate, which was planted in 1992. This site is benefiting from sandy-loam soil and cool sea breezes. Freshly cut grass aromas complement those of green apple and pineapple, crisp acidity lends freshness to the intense and invigorating palate. The finish is dry and refreshing and would be perfect if you are thinking of serving baked trout or salmon.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 06/03/13

Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza Was £9.99 – Buy two bottles save £6 - £6.99

This was one of our bestselling wines at Christmas and now we're fully restocked again! Part of our South American tasting week this wine is produced by one of the former winemakers from Catena. Rich brambly fruit and tannins which would melt alongside a rump steak! Decanter Magazine called this Argentina's best Malbec under £10. Who are we to argue?

Mothers Day - Sunday March 10thDate published: 05/03/13

If it's something fizzy, something sweet or just something different then we can get you sorted out for Mothers Day. Don't just turn up with a limp bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates.  If you do turn up with flowers and chocolates though keep on reading!

Fizz - Mothers Day should always have some bubbles and if you're struggling for ideas then we have two cracking bottles for you. Trilogy Cuvee Rose -  A lively and aromatic nose of fresh strawberry and raspberry, with a yeasty, biscuity lift. The palate is awash with ripe yet delicate fruit flavour, held together by a creamy texture.  This is a lovely pink fizz and is on a special offer at £9.99.

Also...there's Champagne!

Perrier Jouet NV - A well-priced Champagne of considerable charm. Perrier-Jouët is light, certainly, but displays a lovely weight of soft-apple fruit and an easy-drinking, well balanced style that make it extremely popular.   It also comes conveniently gift boxed!  This is on an amazing offer at £25.

Sweet tooth - If a box of chocolates is a must then don't go for dry champagne. Pick a lovely dessert wine!

Brown Brothers Muscat - Golden in colour, with a nose of apricot, apple and oranges, dried marmalade fruits on the palate and sweetness balanced by good acidity leaving a fresh, lingering finish. This comes in at £7.99 per bottle

If you need any inspiration though do pop in and we will make sure you will have a happy mother this Sunday.  

Derby Staff PicksDate published: 01/03/13

At Majestic we want our customers to 'come and explore' and experience new, interesting and exciting wines. Each member of the team here at Majestic Wine Derby has chosen two wines which we thoroughly enjoy and would like to introduce you to - all of which we feel represent great value for money and quality...

Karl has chosen:

Catena Malbec 2010 Mendoza (Offer Price: £9.99) Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

Grüner Veltliner 2011 Weingut Pfarre Weissenkirchen (Offer Price: £8.99) The colour of fresh straw, an alluring nose of gooseberries with a hint of green apple and flowers. Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and elegance.

James has chosen:

Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2012 (Offer Price: £6.79)

Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey. Château Laville Bertrou 2010 Minervois-la-Livinière, Gérard Bertrand (Offer Price: £11.99) An immensely robust and concentrated wine, with a firm backbone of red and black fruits, and heady wafts of heathland shrubs and pepper on the nose. Muscular tannins provide weight and length.

Alex has chosen:

Giesen Sauvignon 2012 (Offer Price: £6.99) 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.

Robertson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Offer Price: £5.59) Deep red in colour, rich mulberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas with flavours of dark berries, plum and are enhanced by soft, rounded tannins and a fruit driven finish.

Matt has chosen:

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2010 Stellenbosch (Offer Price: £7.99) A bright, juicy and straightforward wine, offering a mixture of jammy red and black berry fruit, with subtle notes of menthol and cocoa. Soft, middleweight tannins make for an easy-going feel.

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011/2012 Nelson (Offer Price: £8.99) Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish.

Fine Wine Friday for MarchDate published: 01/03/13

The rather spiffing Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva 2001 is our fine wine Friday this month. Spending 24 months in oak and then 36 months in bottle.  The 2001 vintage in Rioja is a classic and this wine showcases this perfectly.  Dark fruit with cigar box hints lead onto a finish with surprisingly fresh acidity.  This wine will benefit from some short term aging but is drinking very nicely at the moment.

Priced at £25 down from £30 whrn you buy 2 or more bottles grab some and have with your very best roast lamb.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 25/02/13

Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs d'Altitude 2008 Minervois La Livinière £9.99 – Buy two save £4 - £7.99

From the Minervois region, this wine is made from grapes which are exposed to a lot of natural sunlight. The blend is similar to that of wines from Chateauneuf du Pape but is weighted more in favour of Shiraz than Grenache. The fruit is very forward with plenty of cherry,blackcurrant and forest fruits. The finish is dry but the tannins are very forgiving. This is a great example of wine making in a region which is often overlooked by wine consumers. I personally love this wine and think it represents great value for money. It's fantastic with Merguez Sausages.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 18/02/13

RM Nicholson 2010 Rustenberg, Stellenbosch £12.49 – Buy any two South African Wines save 20% - £9.99

This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration. Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins. Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 12/02/13

Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011 Swartland £9.99 – Buy any two South African Wines save 20% - £7.99

This wine comes from the producer Adi Badenhorst. The grapes are grown from old bush vines on unirrigated soils. This lends the wine to a be very expressive in style. The Cinsault in the blend gives it a softness which contrasts against the Shiraz. The name Duiker comes from a vine leaf eating antelope which in their words is pretty but pesky! This wine is has an elegance which would lend itself to pork and lamb dishes.

Oeil de Perdrix NV only £15Date published: 09/02/13

If you're stuck for ideas for a Valentines present or if you just like a bargain then continue reading!

The 'Eye of the Partridge' is a long standing Majestic favourite. The prcess of squeezing the ripened Pinot Noir grapes to give the wine it's distinctive pink tinted edge. With a fruity core and yeasty notes this a serious champagne and not one made just to satisfy the need for pink fizz!  It's currently on offer at £15 and was recently written up by Jane MacQuitty in the Saturday Times.

The offer is on for a little while but it does sell quickly so pop down and see us and we'll make sure you don't get in trouble this Valentines Day.

Our Wine of the Week is...Date published: 06/02/13

...Finca Los Altos Gran Reserva 2005, Valdepeñas £7.99 or buy two save £4 - £5.99

Valdepeñas is an appellation in south-central Spain, with an arid climate and difficult mountainous terrain, creating an ideal environment for cultivating low yields. This wine is made in a traditional style, with 18 months' maturation in French and American oak barrels. Ruby in colour, with hints of brick red to the rim. Generous aromas of ripe berries, vanilla pods, old leather and toast. Mellow and soft on the palate, with an enduring complexity. Best enjoyed with simple meat-based tapas, such as skewered Iberico pork.  

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 28/01/13

Lirac 2011 Domaine des Garrigues

Was £9.99 – Buy two save 20% - £7.99!

Made entirely without oak, this wine is vibrant and youthful in both colour and aroma, with great freshness to the dense red fruit. Ample tannins provide a long, blackcurrant and liquorice-tinged finish.  

Snap it up now before it all sells out!!

Our Wine of the Week is...Date published: 23/01/13

Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011, Leyda Valley Was £9.99 – Buy any two Chilean wines save 20% - £7.99

This wine comes from the Leyda Valley in Northern Chile. It is north-east facing so is one of the warmer sites in that region. Chile is fast becoming an area which prodices premium Syrah and this one is no exception. With dense blackcurrent fruit it is rich but unlike an Australian Shiraz is doesn't come through with a blockbuster finish. Decanter Magazine had this as one of the best reds under £15 on the market. Snap it up now!

Offers ending soon! Staff Picks!Date published: 19/01/13

At the end of January our Christmas and New Year offers finish. Each member of the team here at Majestic Wine Derby has chosen two wines which we will be stocking up on before the offers end - all of which we feel represent great value for money and quality...

Karl has chosen: Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay (Offer Price: £6.99) 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.

Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port (Offer Price: £9.99) Dark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit.

James has chosen: Surani Costarossa 2010 Primitivo di Manduria (Offer Price: £7.99) Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV (Offer Price: £9.99) Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

Alex has chosen: Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc (Offer Price: £9.99) Elegant and vibrant nose of passionfruit, ripe citrus and hints of elderflower, a resonant palate with gooseberries,rhubarb and mineral notes, great texture and long finish.

Domaine Haut-Lirou 2010 Pic Saint-Loup (Offer Price: £7.99) Crimson red in colour, intense and complex aromas of baked red fruits, spices and notes of 'garrigue' leap from the glass. Well rounded with silky tannins and a gentle long finish.

Matt has chosen: Leyda Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Offer Price: £9.99) Supremely fresh in aroma, with an intense and vivacious raspberry and cherry nose, accented by hints of green herbs. The palate is nicely refined, with an elegant shape and very direct fruit.

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Potel (Offer Price: £7.99) The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with an almondy complexity on the finish.

Our Wine of the Week is...Date published: 14/01/13

This is part of the Majestic Bargain Hunt, a chance to get hold of some fantastic wines at some fantastic prices. Vibrant and intense, Composite Sauvignon Blanc shows ripe, clean stone and grapefruit characters. It is highly concentrated with a generous textured mouthfeel and a long clean finish. Snap it up now before it all sells out!!

Tastings in 2013Date published: 14/01/13

Now we're in a new year we have started up the Majestic Evenings again. A range of different formats which cover wine tasting, specific wine regions and also a selection of wines we think you would like.  The Wine Course is back in action and we have dates set up.

If you can get together a group of people (maximun 10) that would like to do a Wine Course with us then get in touch with us instore. you get to try some great wines and hopefully learn a little bit along the way.  Also the WIne Course is FREE!

We do most of our tastings Tuesday to Thursday during the week.  If you have a group that needs a specific time then ask as we may be able to accomodate you.

Our Wine of the Week is...Date published: 09/01/13

McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot 2010/2011 Margaret River Was £13.74 – Down to £11.24 – Buy two save 20% - £8.99

Our first wine of the week for 2013 is part of the Majestic Bargain Hunt. This rich supple Cabernet Merlot blend comes from the Margaret River in Western Australia. Lots of ripe fruit with a lick of vanilla lead onto a warming finish which would match up with charcuterie or dare I say BBQ Ribs!  It's a Bargain Hunt wine so with limited availability act now before stocks dry up.

The Majestic Wine Bargain HuntDate published: 08/01/13

As we start a new year the powers that be decide that we need a bit of a tidying up. The first thing that customers say when they walk in is 'Wow you've sold a lot of wine!'. Indeed after Christmas the store can look a little bare and the moutain of Peroni that we had a month ago is now barely a molehill.  Once we straighten ourselves up we have a look at the wines and as it is in Majestic we have lots of new wines coming in.  However we only have so much space so now we have the second installment of the Majestic Wine Bargain Hunt!

These are wines which are truly delicious but are making way for new additions. Many are drinking wonderfully now and indeed some could even be popped down underneath the stairs (if that's where you keep your wines).  There are some absolute gems to be had and here are a couple of them

Galvo Garage d'Arenberg 2007 - This was priced at £16.99 but now is down to £10.99 on the Bargain Hunt.  This is a Bordeaux style wine with Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Petit Verdot in the blend.  Chester Osborn is the winemaker and his wines are as bright as the shirts he wears!  This has plump tannins and lovely rich fruity characteristics.  It's also ruddy delicious!

Domaine Cres Ricard 'Alexaume' 2011 - Down from £9.99 to £6.66 when you buy 2 or more this is a blend of Marssanne, Roussanne and Viogner.  This is the typical blend you would find in a white Cheateaunuef du Pape.  However this is coming in at a quarter of the price.  This wine is creamy, nutty and hints of apricot it's a fantastic fine to match up with creamy fish dishes.

The Bargain Hunt is on NOW!!!  Stocks are limited and will go quickly.  Come down and we'll show you some real bargains!

Our new Wine Of the Week is...Date published: 19/12/12

...Campofiorin 2009 Masi £9.99 each (when you buy 2 or more bottles. 1 bottle: £12.49)

The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours. Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish. Drink with a selection of matured cheeses, black olives and Parma ham.  

Karls Christmas WinesDate published: 13/12/12

When it comes to this time of year it's inevitable I will start to think about the wines I'll be having for Christmas and New Year. Our Christmas offers have started here so I'm statrting to piece together some ideas for what I'll be having with the turkey on Christmas Day. I will be highlighting some of these best offers over the next few weeks so hopefully you will all be able to have a merry Christmas.

Vinalba Malbec 2010/11 - £10.99 - Buy two bottles save £6 - £7.99

This rich and inviting red comes from one of Argentina's top wineries. This is winemaker Herve's flagship wine. Aromas of rich ripe black fruits and a hint of smoke jump out of the glass. On the palate it is wonderfully complex, rich blackcurrant and plum flavours combine with toasty vanilla oak. This combination of intense flavours creates an elegant but full-bodied superb red.

This would be perfect with the Boxing Day beef and is one of my favourite wines. 

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 12/12/12

Ch. Moulin Riche 2007, St-Julien

£23

The second wine of Léoville-Poyferré, Moulin Riche is actually vinified from the fruits of a separate 20-hectare vineyard, lying adjacent to Château Talbot. Traditionally a Cabernet-Merlot blend, today the wine employs a small percentage of Petit Verdot for a firm, age-worthy structure. Aged for 18 months in 70%-new oak, the wine is elegant and round, with great aromatic complexity.

Great with your traditional Christmas roast!  

Karl's Christmas WinesDate published: 08/12/12

When it comes to this time of year it's inevitable I will start to think about the wines I'll be having for Christmas and New Year. Our Christmas offers have started here so I'm statrting to piece together some ideas for what I'll be having with the turkey on Christmas Day. I will be highlighting some of these best offers over the next few weeks so hopefully you will all be able to have a merry Christmas.

Chablis 2011 Domaine Servin

Chablis is a classic Christmas wine and this example from Domaine Servin is something that woud look good on any Christmas Day table this year. Quintessentially Burgundian, this Chardonnay has a mineral undercurrent with hints of citrus fruit and a lovely fresh finish.

If you're having salmon anytime this Christmas then this is the wine to have!

It's Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 07/12/12

We've decided to open...

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 (An excellent vintage by the way!) Clos de L'Oratoire £23.00 when you buy any 2 or more bottles (Single bottle price: £25.00)

In the ocean of vines surrounding the ruins of the Papal palace, rising up from the Galets stones, lie the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 'Clos de L'Oratoire' is a place of prayer built in the 18th century, now an improving wine estate.

An intense, perfumed and enticing array of sweet spices, brooding black fruits and sweet red cherries. Earthy, fruity, spicy and complex layers of flavour a marshalled by firm tannins into a long finish.

Hide this away for ten years or drink now with any roast meats!  

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 05/12/12

...Testimonio 2010 Luigi Bosca

£7.99 (When you buy 2+ bottles, 1 bottle: £12.99)

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat

Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line. Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'.

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla. Drink with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.

ABV 14%  

Karl's Christmas WinesDate published: 30/11/12

When it comes to this time of year it's inevitable I will start to think about the wines I'll be having for Christmas and New Year. Our Christmas offers have started here so I'm statrting to piece together some ideas for what I'll be having with the turkey on Christmas Day.  I will be highlighting some of these best offers over the next few weeks so hopefully you will all be able to have a merry Christmas.

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir - £22 - Buy two New Zealand wines save 20% - £17.59

Most people think of Sauvignon Blanc when they think of wines from Marlborough. This Pinot Noir, made using more Burgundian techniques will show that you don't just get benchmark whites from the area. This is has lashings of sweet forest fruit which would match up with the tiurkey and cranberry sauce. The Vintage Widow refers to the partners of the winemakers who see very little of their other half whilst they are striving to make the best Pinot Noir they can. This is truly a Christmas cracker!

Wine of the Week - Jim Barry, Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 27/11/12

This wine has now become a firm favourite with Majestic customers all over the country. This wine is produced from vineyards at a higher altitude, therefore providing ideal growing conditions with warm days and cool nights. The wine comes from low yields which means more concentrated aromas and a fantastic tannic structure. Familiar flavours of blackberry and spice lead also to chocolate and a touch of menthol. The finish is powerful yet balanced and leads me to believe that this wine would lay down comfortably for another 5 years.

£9.99 when you buy any 2 Aussie wines – 1 bottle: £12.49  

Wine of the week - E. Guigal Cotes du RhoneDate published: 20/11/12

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades. This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.  

£8.79 (When you buy 2 or more bottles– 1 bottle: £10.99)  

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 07/11/12

...McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2011

Single Bottle: £10.99, or buy any 2 Californian Wines and save 20%, making this just £8.79

The McManis family had been growing grapes for 4 generations before they finally decided to start their own winemaking in 1990-building their own state-of-the-art facility in Lodi. They now operate over 2500 acres of vineyards, and support several other small growers.

This middle weight Zin is purple in colour and offers an abundance of raspberry and strawberry on the nose, and dark fruit on the palate. Round and smooth, it has hints of caramel and vanilla on the finish.

Enjoy with hearty fare such as braised lamb shanks.  

Karl at Derby Brewing CompanyDate published: 20/10/12

A couple of weeks ago I dragged myself out of bed at 5AM to join up with the people at Derby Brewing Company. I've always had an interest in beer and since moving to Derby just over a year ago I've been able to try lots of different beers from various local breweries. However the chance to visit these breweries don't come about very often so when I asked Trevor (the Head Brewer) for a possible look around he suggested that I come on a brew day. This meant the (rather challenging) early start but it meant I could see the brewing process from the beginning.

The start of the day was a soft one. I was introduced to the kettle (copious amounts of tea were available all day) and I saw the care and attention that went into making the beer. As beer is at least 92% water they used steel tanks to bring this huge amount of water upto the right temperature. This is a process that is done overnight so I learnt that making beer is truly a team effort! Once the water was transferred into another tanker the malt was introduced. This is milled on the premises and the job of stirring it into the water is a physical one and attains to their status as 'handmade' beers. Once this process occurs it is left on a rolling boil to get the malt to release its sugars and flavours. At various points the temperature is checked to make sure the liquor doesn't get too hot and burn the malt. At this point there is no alcohol in the liquor so I tried a little sample. The maltiness really came through and dare I say that it would be great alternatives to other malted drinks that are available in the supermarkets.

Once the liquor is transferred back to the original tanker the hops are then added. Hops are especially important as they are the key ingredient in imparting flavours into the beer. They use a range of different hops at DBC and again this is added by hand so I was given a bag of hops and added them into the top of the tanker and gave it a good old stir! The smell of the hops was amazing with the floral notes coming though especially. The other tanker in which the malt is is put in is left full with the leftover malt which is then emptied out (again by hand!) so I got stuck in again with a shovel. Luckily Rich (one of the brewers) was on hand and he had the job of clearing out the tanker and then scrubbing it clean. This again is a very important part of the process of making beer. To be a good brewer you need to be an excellent cleaner!

The day with Derby Brewing was great and it was a real eye opener in terms of seeing how the process of beer making is very physical (a bit like my job) and also very rewarding when it all comes together (again, a bit like my job!). I was given a few bottles to take away as a thank you for my graft (all 15 minutes of it when added up) and Trevor then even gave me a lift home for my troubles!

We sell two of the DBC range in bottle at the moment. Business as Usual is a light copper coloured malty ale with a hint of bitterness which leaves you wanting another sip. Old Intentional is a darker ale with slightly sweeter edge to the finish. Both are in stock right now in cases of 8 x 500ml bottles so if you want to take home some local handmade beers then give us a call instore.  

Wine of the week - Ben Marco MalbecDate published: 19/10/12

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

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

This rich full bodied wine would be a great accompaniment to lots of red meats, such as wild boar, rib-eye steak or cassoulet.  

£13.99 - Buy two save £4! - £11.99

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 17/10/12

La Motte Shiraz.

Made from grapes sourced from a number of different regions including Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Darling. The various climates and variety of soil types lead to unique contributions of flavour and structure. Classic Shiraz aromas of spice, aniseed and clove lead to a palate of blackcurrant fruit and liquorice. A full body with rounded, integrated tannins and a long, clean finish. Excellent with game or roast beef. Perfect for this cold, wet weather!

Only £9.59 when you buy any 2 SA wines as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles. Single bottle price is £11.99

Wine of the Week - Eikendal Chardonnay 2011Date published: 13/10/12

Eikendal Chardonnay is a classic well-balanced wine packed with rich fresh lemony, vanilla and toasty oak flavours. The fine complexity added by oak maturation has created a wine of distinction. This is a Chardonnay which has the acidity associated with a Burgundy style wine but also carries through on the palate with a rich creamy finish which would match wonderfully with creamy dishes such as fish pie and Chicken a la King. This is a wine to be savoured and will also age gracefully for another 2-4 years if you have the patience to leave it!  

Wine of the Week - VInha do Monte 2010Date published: 09/10/12

Alentejo in southern Portugal is one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe. This wine comes from the Herdade do Peso estate, which has its own dam which provides much-needed water for vineyard irrigation. This traditional Portuguese blend offers a floral bouquet, with a backdrop of plum and mulberry fruit. Ripe and warm on the palate, with lingering white pepper and jasmine tea flavours on the finish. Delicious with enchidos, chorizo, or any hot and spicy grilled meats!
 

Free DeliveryDate published: 03/10/12

Since we dropped our minimum delivery down to just 6 bottles (it's free if it's over £40) we've seen a lot more of our customers! However if you live outside Derby we cover the following postcodes

DE4, 5,6 and 7

DE11,12, 13, 14 and 15

DE72, 73, 74 and 75

LE67

Please call us instore on 01332 346242 if you have any queries about our free delivery service.

Wine of the Week: Errázuriz Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 29/09/12

Errázuriz Pinot Noir 2011
£7.99 (When you buy 2 or more Chilean wines, save 20% - £9.99 single bottle price)

To celebrate our Pinot Noir tasting week, I've chosen this fantastic Pinot Noir as our wine of the week! Hailing from the Casablanca Valley, west of Santiago in Chile this offers a fruitier style of Pinot Noir in comparison to the traditional Burgundian style.

Lashings of soft red fruit aromas of raspberry, red cherry and redcurrant leap from the glass with aromatic notes of cherry blossom in the background. On the palate, the ripe red fruit flavours continue with hints of vanilla and savoury spice showing the wine's 7 months' oak ageing.

Match with braised lamb shanks with pearl barley and root vegetables for a tasty dinner on a chilly autumn evening!
 

Wine of the Week - Parcel Series Riesling 2006, Eden VallyDate published: 26/09/12

Our fine Parcel Series wines continues with this fantastic Riesling from Eden
Valley. Already with some good bottle age to the wine, the nose provides plenty
of layers with lime, green apple and a touch of diesel (a classic Riesling note).
On the palate the finish is dry with a hint of sweetness. The wine is made
purely from the free run juice from pressing. This gives the wine a more
concentrated finish. It would match up perfectly with prawn teriyaki. Serve
it well chilled and enjoy another Majestic bargain!
 

Karl's BargainsDate published: 26/09/12

With the current 20% off South Africa and Spain it's easy to not look at the other offers around the shop. However there are plenty of bargains to be had and I've picked 5 here which I think are a bit of a steal. Come and explore with me.

1. Romate Fino Sherry – Anybody who knows me is aware after my trip to Jerez this year that I am a rather big fan of all forms of sherry. Fino sherry is a great aperitif wine and also goes well with fish dishes. However it will match more savoury dishes as well like cured meats, pate as well as the classic match of salted almonds. This is currently £5.99 which when you take into consideration the production methods and the uniqueness of this wine makes it a bargain.

2. Waimea Pinot Gris 2011 – With the weather turning a bit cooler (and wetter) we need a white wine with a bit of richness. The crisp Savvys and Albarinos that were selling during the summer don't quite taste the same when it's dark at 6.30 at night. The thought of pairing this with a warm Satay Chicken Noodle salad makes me want to race home and start cooking. The thought of this wine being down to £8.99 from £12.49 makes me want to get my wallet out.

3. Plan de Dieu 'Le Mistral' Cote du Rhone Villages 2010– Just to the north of Chateauneuf du Pape, the area of Plan de Dieu makes CNDP style wines without that pesky issue of shelling out loads of money. Rich, meaty tannins match up with plump fruit and give a really satisfying finish. With game season around the corner, anybody wanting to have a wine to go with pheasant or grouse will find its perfect match here. At £7.99 down from £9.99 it also complements my inner Scrooge.

4. Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – Nicolas Catena is a former Decanter wine man of the year and luckily his wine expertise is also hereditary. Although Malbec is usually uttered by myself when talking about wines from Mendoza, the Cabernet Sauvignon that they produce is also delicious. This is a real crowd pleaser with loads of smoky fruit which leaves a nice warm feeling. It also makes me feel good when it's down to £6.49 from £8.99.

5. Elysium Black Muscat – Like chocolate? Like wine? Like them both together? You can thank me later. This is the way to have your cake and eat it...preferably with a glass of this Feel free to liberally apply some blue cheese to this wine as well. Seriously it's lovely. And at £9.99 down from £12.49 it's one to buy now and stash away for Christmas.

These offers are on until Monday October 29th so you have at least another month to take advantage of these under the radar offers.
 

Improved offers on Champagne!Date published: 21/09/12

We have the following fantastic deals on Champagne that start today and run until Monday 1st October:

Moët et Chandon Brut Imperial NV - £25
Moët et Chandon Grande Vintage 2002 - £28
Veuve Clicquot 2004 - £38
Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV - £38
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV - £45
Ruinart Rosé NV - £45

These one-off deals represent amazing value for money so don't miss out!


 

Burgundy...a Chardonnay-lover's paradiseDate published: 20/09/12

Earlier on this month, Laura (manager of Majestic Wine Wolverhampton) and I set off for a 4 day whistlestop tour of Burgundy and Champagne. After stopping overnight in Calais, we headed south to Beaune, stopping off at Louis Bouillot's Imaginarium en route. Founded in 1877 in Nuits-St-Georges in the north of Burgundy by a specialist Crémant de Bourgogne producer, Jean Boillot, the winery now produces a wide range of sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligoté as well as an interesting sparkling Gamay (the grape used to make Beaujolais).Being a huge Pinot Noir fan, I couldn't wait to try their Blanc de Noirs (made from 100% Pinot Noir) and their Perle de Vigne Crémant de Bourgogne (available through Majestic) did not disappoint either!

Perle de Vigne Crémant de Bourgogne NV Louis Bouillot - £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £11.99 single bottle price
Alcoholic fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks with the wine then undergoing a secondary fermentation in bottle followed by 24 months' ageing on its lees. The palate is rich and fruity with pear, peach and baked apple flavours dominating with a hint of biscuit and brioche in the background.

The following morning saw us driving south for an hour to the village of Fuissé, home to Domaine Thibert. Now headed by Christophe Thibert and his sister, Sandrine, it was their parents who started commercial production in 1967 even though it had been owned by the same family of winemakers for 6 generations. After a tour of the winery we then headed to the tasting room where we tasted a fantastic range of their wines including the following two which we stock at Majestic.

Mâcon-Fuissé 2011 Domaine Thibert Père et Fils - £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £2! £11.99 single bottle price
Made with grapes grown in vineyards around the village of Fuissé, this is a fruit-driven Chardonnay with only 10% of the blend being matured in oak barrels. Fresh lemon and lime flavours dominate the palate with the small portion of barrel-matured wine adding a softer, textured element. With refreshing acidity and a streak of minerality, this wine would be the perfect partner to sea bass en croûte with Puy lentils.

St-Véran 2010 Domaine Thibert Père et Fils - £12.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £2! £13.99 single bottle price
From the hugely underrated area of St Véran, the grapes for this wine come from a vineyard that includes old vines that are over 85 years old. The grapes are hand harvested which allows selection of grapes at optimum ripeness. Fuller-bodied and richer than the Mâcon-Fuissé, this wine is fermented and matured in oak barrels and vats before bottling. This wine offers more tropical fruit flavours with ripe peach, pineapple and melon coming to the fore with toasty vanilla notes in the background. With a creamy, long finish, try matching this wine to mushroom risotto.

After a fantastic lunch at a restaurant a couple of kilometres from Fuissé, l'Auberge de la Patte d'Oie, we then headed back south to the village of Chassagne-Montrachet and specifically the winery of Bader-Mimeur. After a quick tour of the vineyards in the clos adjacent to the château, we then descended to the cellars where Jean-Luc gave us a history of the winery. We then tasted a selection of their wines including a beautiful Bourgogne Pinot Noir and a fabulous St Aubin 1er Cru 1997 and the following wines that we stock here at Majestic:

Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2007 Bader-Mimeur - £19.99
The nose is aromatic and floral with notes of honeysuckle, apricot and ripe pear leaping from the glass. On the palate, flavours of lemon, lime, apricot, pear and melon all vie for attention and lead in to a long, rich, creamy finish. Match with roast chicken, crushed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge 2007 Bader-Mimeur - £14.99
Many of the Pinot Noir vines that produce grapes used for this wine are nearly 70 years old, having been planted in 1945 and thus produce low yields of high quality grapes with a high fruit concentration. Harvested by hand, the grapes are then matured in oak barrels for 15-18 months. The wine offers quintessential Pinot Noir aromas of raspberry, redcurrant and red cherry on the nose with the ripe red fruits continuing on to the palate supported by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and white pepper. With a gentle acidity and fine-grained tannins, this is the perfect partner to smoked duck.

We then wound our way back up to Beaune, passing through the highly regarded Burgundy villages of Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay and Pommard.

The following morning after a leisurely breakfast we headed north on the motorway to Bar-sur-Seine and specifically our first Champagne house of the trip, Champagne Devaux, producer of one of our best-selling Champagnes, the Oeil de Perdrix Rosé.

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne - £18
Taking its name from the delicate salmon pink colour of the eye of the partridge, this Champagne is made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in the Côtes des Bars area in the south of the region. The palate oozes with soft red fruit flavours such as raspberry and strawberry with hazelnut and biscuit undertones.

Next stop was the village of Bouzy, one of Champagne's 17 Grand Crus, located 30 minutes south of Reims. Having spent 6 months working in Champagne as an au pair back in 2009, the reason for our stop off in Bouzy was to visit the family I used to work for but Champagne was never going to far away! In the afternoon we did a blind tasting of 6 wines whose dosage varied between 0.35g/l and 0.5g/l sugar in preparation for the bottling of their Brut Reserve which would take place the following day. We then tasted a selection of their wines including my personal favourite, the Cuvée Friandises which is their dessert Champagne, simply delicious! If you are ever visiting Bouzy, Champagne Jean Vesselle is definitely worth a visit and Delphine and David (the owners) will give you a fantastic welcome! The following morning we returned to the winery to see the dégorgement process in action. After the second fermentation has taken place in the bottle (producing alcohol and CO2) which gives the Champagne its bubbles, the wine is then aged before the sediment is removed in a process called dégorgement. The sediment collects in the neck of the bottle which is then plunged in to an ice bath causing an ice cube to form around the sediment and trapping it. The cap is then removed, the ice cube pops out and the level is topped up with the liqueur de dosage which is a blend of reserve wine and sugar. The cork is then inserted and the Champagne is ready to be sold!
All too soon it was time to say goodbye and stocked up with Champagne and wine, we hit the road and started our long journey back to the UK!
 

Derby's A-Z of Wine: L is for....Leyda VineyardDate published: 17/09/12

Vina Leyda was founded in 1997, in the Leyda valley. This area is regarded as the last great innovation of Chilean viticulture. Traditionally, Leyda Valley has been an area of natural pasture lands and basic crops such as wheat and barley. After evaluating the pleasant conditions of the area, a crucial investment was made which enabled water to be brought from the Maipo river through an eight kilometer pipeline. Actually Leyda has planted vineyears for a total of 245 hectares.

The logo of Vina Leyda depicts a former train station. This train station building was once the last stop for travellers coming from Santiago, before they reached the Pacific Ocean. In 1983, it was accidentaly burnt down in a fire.

Leyda was born as the pioneer vineyard in Leyda Valley, whose commitment is to be a protagonist of a unique place. Their chief winemaker Viviana Navaratte, works with specific microterroirs and their limited wine production and selection of each parcel gives their wines purity, identity and character to their already sterling reputation.

Two of their wines have recently won trophies at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards:

Leyda, Reserva Syrah, Leyda Valley 2010

Toasty, cracked black pepper nose, meaty and herbal, with a whiff of the sea. Blackberry liqueur on a savoury, peppery and juicy palate. This is a beautiful wine. There's oak, but in its gently cherry nature it accentuates the peppery complextion of the Syrah and adds weight to the savoury, tangy flavour. Delicious.

Leyda, Single-Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley 2011

Floral, flinty gooseberry aromas. with cheesecake and spice over a silky palate. Good precision of lemon zest on the palate - superbly crafted. The wine is then left in contact with the lees, imbuing it with flinty mineral notes to complement the tangy citrus and roasted green pepper flavours.

Wine of the Week: Kanonkop Kadette 2010Date published: 17/09/12

Kanonkop Kadette 2010
£8.79 when you buy any 2 South African wines, save 20%!
£10.99 single bottle price

If you like full-bodied reds but fancy trying something different this week then opt for this South African Bordeaux blend with a twist! Made from typical Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine also uses South Africa's signature grape variety, Pinotage, to make up 50% of the blend.

Just as many Bordeaux châteaux make a 'second' wine which offers a more forward, approachable style, this is Kanonkop's 'second' wine. Aged for over a year in French Nevers oak barrels, this is nevertheless a complex, sophisticated wine.

Ruby red in colour, notes of fresh blackberries and blackcurrants leap from the glass alongside softer tones of mocha and cinnamon. Ripe black fruit flavours dominate the palate with soft raspberry notes also coming to the fore and a lick of bitter chocolate in the background. With a soft, rounded finish, match this wine to roast pheasant with chestnut mash and honeyed parsnips.

Interesting fact: Kanonkop means “Cannon Hill” in Afrikaans and takes its origins from when cannons were fired when Dutch trade ships were arriving in to Cape Town harbour.
 

Exciting Arrivals from the Left BankDate published: 16/09/12

We have two exciting new arrivals to our Bordeaux section hailing from the Left Bank which I thought I'd tell you a bit more about:

Château Tayac Cuvée Larauza 2007 Margaux - £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £10; £19.99 single bottle price

This special cuvée varies from the normal blend in having a slightly higher percentage of Merlot offering a softer and more approachable wine. On the nose, dark forest fruits and earthy aromas dominate with a hint of toasty oak in the background. Blackberry, damson and plum flavours come to the fore on the palate alongside notes of cassis and cedar. Drinking well now, this wine will continue to age for a further 5 years and will match well to roasted venison.

Château Moulin Riche 2007 St-Julien - £25

This is the second wine from renowed Léoville-Poyferré and offers a more forward wine for earlier consumption. The grapes used for this wine come from a 20-hectare vineyard that is separate from the rest of Léoville-Poyferré's vineyards and is actually situated next to Château Talbot. Following the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend, there is also a small percentage of Petit Verdot adding a spicy element and improving the wine's ageing potential. Blackberry, loganberry and blackcurrant flavours abound on the palate supported by notes of pencil lead, black pepper and toasty oak from the wine's 18 months' ageing in 70% new oak barrels. Drink now with hearty fare such as sausage and lentil casserole.
 

Wine of the Week: Paul Mas Estate 'Nicole Vineyard' Viognier 2011Date published: 12/09/12

Paul Mas Estate 'Nicole Vineyard'  Viognier 2011
£6.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £8.99 single bottle price


After a summer dominated by Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, why not try something different this week? This wine is 100% Viognier (a grape variety famous for its use in the white Rhône wine Condrieu) with 15% of the grapes being fermented and aged in oak adding a rounded softness yet retaining the fresh fruit flavours.

Notes of white peach, honeysuckle, lemon and pear leap from the glass with a hint of cinnamon in the background. On the palate, ripe stone fruit flavours such as peach and apricot dominate alongside fresher flavours of soft pear and melon. Hints of vanilla and biscuit lead in to a long, lingering finish.


Match with sea bass in a simple creamy parsley sauce, delicious!
 

Wine of the Week - Composite Pinot Noir 2010, MarlboroughDate published: 06/09/12

£13.99 - Buy 2 bottles save £10 £8.99

The Winemakers of Ara take a careful approach to their wines. The vines that
produce the grapes only give small yields so the flavours of this wine are very
expressive of it's terroir. The wine is almost opaque in appearance but don't let
that fool you into thinking the flavours aren't there. The smoky palate leads onto
mocha and black cherry with an underlying minerality with is more in keeping with Pinot Noir from Burgundy. This would match perfectly with duck or pork. Enjoy!

Wine of the Week: Leyda Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2011Date published: 29/08/12

Leyda Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
£8.79 (When you buy 2 or more Chilean wines, save 20% - £10.99 single bottle price)

If you like white Burgundy but are looking for something a little bit different, then try this fantastic Chardonnay from Leyda. The grapes come from vines grown on loose stony soils which produce low yields of high quality fruit.

Aromas of crisp green apples, lemon and apricot leap from the glass. Notes of nectarine and white peach come through on the palate alongside the citrus flavours with hints of brioche and vanilla in the background.

Try this delicious wine with crab and asparagus risotto!
 

Wine of the Week: Jim Barry Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 24/08/12

Jim Barry Lodge Hill  Shiraz, 2010 Clare Valley £9.99 (When you buy any 2 Aussie wines– 1 bottle: £12.49)

This wine has now become a firm favourite with Majestic customers all over the country. This wine is produced from vineyards at a higher altitude, therefore providing ideal growing conditions with warm days and cool nights. The wine comes from low yields which means more concentrated aromas and a fantastic tannic structure. Familiar flavours of blackberry and spice lead also to chocolate and a touch of menthol. The finish is powerful yet balanced and leads me to believe that this wine would lay down comfortably for another 5 years. Drink this with BBQ meats this bank holiday weekend and find out why so many of our customers have grown to love this wine.
 

What I've tried so far...Date published: 22/08/12

Since starting at Majestic I have had the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of wines, from different regions, that I would normally not have come across. This has broadened my palette and expanded my knowledge base so I thought I would share my top wine experiences:

Waimea Estate Gewurztraminer (£10.79 – save 20% when you buy 2 New Zealand Wines) an intense, tropical fruit laden wine which is a perfect match for spicy foods such as Thai curry.

Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2011 (£5.99 – save 20% when you buy 2 Chilean Wines) a collaboration of intense red fruit aromas, an obvious accompaniment for light red meat dishes and pasta.

Prosecco Corte Alta (£6.66 SPECIAL OFFER PRICE) Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, an ideal accompaniment to canapes or on its own as an aperitif.

Wine of the Week - LFE Gran Reserva Merlot 2011, Colchagua ValleyDate published: 20/08/12

A great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels. 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.

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. Perfect with rich pasta sauces and red meat dishes

RRP - £7.59 (When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case) or £9.49 (Single Bottle Price)

Majestival Barbecue poem!Date published: 15/08/12

To celebrate our latest Majestival question “What makes the perfect BBQ?” we've picked out our favourite wines to match to barbecued food, from bangers to burgers we've got it covered!

Bangers, traditional Lincolnshire or pork and apple, bangers are a staple for any barbecue this summer! Match with Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon. Offering quintessential Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon flavours of intense cassis, blueberry, coffee bean and savoury black pepper, this is a stunning offering from Jim Barry. With ample tannins, this wine would be a perfect partner to any flavour of sausage.

Aioli dips to go with fresh, juicy king prawns. Look no further than Waimea Gewürtztraminer – this floral, aromatic wine will balance the spicy garlic flavours beautifully.

Rosemary-crusted lamb steaks are a must for a barbeque with friends. Try one of our new arrivals, Matsu 'El Recio' from the Toro region in Spain. Lush blackberry, damson, coffee bean and bitter chocolate abound in this fantastic Tempranillo.

Burgers! No barbecue is complete without big, meaty burgers and you need a big, robust red to match up to them. Try the award-winning Viñalba Malbec, full of ripe black fruit flavours and smoky nuances.

Eggplant or aubergine works fantastically on a barbeque, chargrilled and drizzled with olive oil before serving. The oily texture of eggplant needs a wine with generous acidity such as Domaine Villargeau Côteaux de Giennois. Situated close to Pouilly-Fumé, this small appellation is renowned for producing high-quality Sauvignon Blanc without the high price tag. Fresh gooseberry, lime, grapefruit and herbaceous nettle flavours all vie for attention on the palate and lead into a clean, refreshing finish.

Chicken is another BBQ staple and chicken drumsticks are always a must for us! Chardonnay is the perfect partner to white meat dishes so why not try the stunning Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay? Tropical fruit flavours such as peach, apricot, grapefruit and passionfruit dominate the palate with hints of honeysuckle and vanilla in the background.

Uncomplicated and simple is often the best way to go so drizzle a simple lime and chilli marinade on some tuna steaks and then pop on the barbie! Match the delicately spicy notes of the marinade with a Provence rosé such as Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire
from Famille Negrel, the raspberry and strawberry notes and crispy acidity balancing the spice nicely.

Eton Mess is THE way to round off any meal al fresco! Partner this decadent dessert with something sparkling, like Oeil de Perdrix Rosé. Delicate yet packed with soft red berry flavours and biscuity notes, this fantastic Champagne brings out the fruit flavours of this dessert beautifully.

Wines suggested:

Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - £10.99 when you buy any 2 Australian wines, save 20%! £13.74 single bottle price

Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2010 - £10.79 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%! £13.49 single bottle price

Matsu El Recio 2009 - £12.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £6! £15.99 single bottle price

Viñalba Malbec Reserva 2010 - £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £10.99 single bottle price

Domaine de Villargeau 2010 - £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £2! £9.99 single bottle price

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2010 - £8.79 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £10.99 single bottle price

Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2011 Famille Negrel - £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £2! £9.99 single bottle price

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne - £18 Special offer down from £27!

Derby's A-Z of Wine: K is for Kangarilla RoadDate published: 13/08/12

Kangarilla Road Vineyard and Winery is based in McClaren Vale, South Australia. It was established by Helen and Kevin O'Brien in 1997. Kangarilla Road is the main road running past the Vineyard towards the small village of Kangarilla, the name is a deviation of the Australian Aboriginal language and refers to the abundance of resources locally.

Kevin O'Brien is an oenologist with over 20 years experience in the wine industry. Helen O'Brien brings flair to Kangarilla Road and has extensive experience in public relations, promotions and fashion industries.

Kangarilla Road's winemaking style is very good indeed. Their winery is a state of the art, five star facility. Their winemaking approach begins in the vineyard where they nurture their vineyards using sustainable techniques, including biodynamic and organic methods. This encourages healthy soils and vines, which delivers fruit to their winery which is balanced and gives a good reflection of the McClaren Vale region.

McClaren Vale has a fairly typical Mediterranean climate. Warm summers and moderate winters prevail. The region benefits from the afternoon sea breezes directed onshore via some of Australia's best beaches. There is a confidence in McClaren Vale's glossily seductive reds, with old-vine Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more recently, Merlot performing with brio. McClaren Vale's Shiraz is said to contribute a mocha and warm-earth character.

Here are some of the fantastic Kangarilla Road wines that we currently have in stock:

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2009/2010 McLaren Vale

On the nose this wine shows the typical warm spice characters of Shiraz, with a lovely complexity of berry fruits on the palate. Superbly balanced and long with an almost European elegance. Excellent with traditional roast beef.

RRP: Price £14.99, Buy 2 still Australian wines between £5-£20 save 20% £11.99

Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2010/2011 McLaren Vale

Lively citrus and zest flavours together with light tropical fruits and white peach, displaying tight acidity on the superbly balanced palate and a great length of flavour. An excellent partner to creamy chicken dishes. Will keep for another 3-5 years.

RRP: Price £12.49, Buy 2 still Australian wines between £5-£20 save 20% £ 9.99

 

Staff Selections!Date published: 08/08/12

With such a range and diversity of wines available here at Majestic, it can sometimes be difficult to know which one to pick! So we've made it easier by choosing our favourite wines that we've tasted recently including our team's top fizz choice!

Karl's choice – Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere - £9.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%!

Made from Chile's signature grape variety, Carmenere, with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a fantastic offering from Carmen. Lush black fruit flavours such as blackberry and damson, tobacco, blackcurrant leaf and spicy oak all vie for attention on the palate. Pop the bangers on the barbie and crack open this fantastic red!

Rachel's choice – M de Minuty Rosé - £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £6!

The little-know Tibouren features alongside Grenache and Cinsault in this fantastic Provence rosé. Delicate salmon pink in colour, notes of citrus, peach and raspberry leap from the glass with soft red fruits and watermelon dominating the palate. The ultimate summer wine, on its own or with fresh summer salads!

Jamie's choice – Viña Pomal Crianza - £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles, save £5!

With a complex palate of red cherry, raspberry, liquorice and coffee beans, match this fantastic Rioja to roast lamb and seasonal vegetables.

Matt's choice – Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay - £8.79 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%!

Full of ripe, luscious notes of peach, apricot, melon and honeysuckle, this is the perfect partner to poached salmon salad.

Team Derby's fizz choice – Prosecco La Marca Treviso - £8.99 Special offer!

Fresh pear, melon, lemon and grapefuit flavours abound on the palate. Crisp, refreshing acidity is balanced by a hint of sweetness making this the perfect aperitif and party fizz this summer.
 

Fine Wine Friday : Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jomain 2010Date published: 03/08/12

Fine Wine Friday

Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jomain 2010 - £25


Founded in 1992 by siblings Philippe, Catherine and Christophe, Domaine Jomain has over 8 hectares of Puligny-Montrachet vineyards, with 2.6 hectares classified as Premier Cru and Grand Cru. The Jomain family firmly follow the principles of “lutte raisonné with a minimal use of pesticides in the vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and then aged in oak barrels for 15 months after fermentation.

On the nose, intense notes of peach, pear honeysuckle and hazelnut with a hint of white chocolate leap from the glass. Citrus fruit flavours come through on the palate alongside riper stone fruit flavours, vanilla and cinnamon.

Match this fantastic wine to lobster thermidor for a truly decadent delight!
 

Wine of the Week Spolverino Toscano 2010 Carpineto Date published: 01/08/12

Spolverino Toscano 2010 Carpineto
£9.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines, save 20%!
£12.49 single bottle price

Founded in 1967, the Carpineto winery is based at Greve in Chianti. 95% of their wine production is red with Sangiovese and Canaiolo dominating. After the success of their signature Super-Tuscan Dogajolo, this is Carpineto's new offering. Meaning “feather duster” in Italian, Spolverino is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the emblem of Chianti Classico, the black rooster. As the wine has a screwcap, it cannot be classified as a Chianti Classico even though it comes from that area.

Ripe red cherry, blackberry and coffee bean aromas leap from the glass with the soft red fruit flavours dominating the palate. Hints of tobacco, savoury spice and dark chocolate also come through, leading into a long, lingering finish.

With its generous acidity, this wine would be the perfect match to red meat dishes such as lamb and mint burgers served with a tomato and basil relish.
 

Sparkling Saturday 28th July - Chapel Down NVDate published: 28/07/12

We've got the Chapel Down Brut open today in store. If you've not experienced English fizz then pop down to the store to try this lovely English wine.

Wine of the Week: Pouilly Fume 'Les Griottes' 2010, Jean-Pierre BaillyDate published: 24/07/12

Grapes from up to 40 year old vines planted on the argilo limestone and kimmeridgian clay, more commonly associated with the Chablis region, imbues the wine with Pouilly-Fumé's classic richness, smokiness and complexity.

Rich and smoky on the nose, with subtle limes, white florals and honeysuckle atop a palate of fresh, clean and vibrant acidity, citrus fruit flint, minerality and green peppers. A long and layered finish.

Enjoy over the next three years with asparagus in hollandaise, Caesar salad or shellfish.

The Times Summer 100 wines - Jane MacQuittyDate published: 21/07/12

Here are the wines that Jane MacQuitty has recommended in The Times.

 

2011 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc
Squeaky clean and proud of it, this stainless steel fermented and aged
sauvignon is the wine to serve to Loire devotees who feel New World
sauvignon somehow fails to hit the spot. Named in honour of the 120
soldiers who hid in Santa Rita's cellars during Chile's war for
independence, this grassy, punchy, 13.5 per cent alcohol, lime and green
pepper-scented sauvignon is the wine to serve at all those mixed buffet
summer parties.

2011 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc
Star Buy - Best Value
This bowled me over with its mouthwatering blast of zesty, verdant, nettle,
grass cuttings and flowering currant pisazz. All that, and closing on the
zingy, tropical fruit note that has made Marlborough sauvignon so famous,
effortlessly put Giesen ahead of the pack. Made with grapes from 32 plots
in the Wairau valley, Giesen is just the job served with asparagus, or an
Asian-spiced salad.

2011 Wither Hills Chardonnay
Star Buy - Best Buy
Anyone tasting this 14 per cent alcohol Kiwi chardonnay will wonder why
they bother with white burgundy - it made mincemeat of most of the sub-£8
white burgundies it was lined up with. It oozes spiced baked apple and
cinnamon flavours. With a fine, nutty, toasty, oak-derived finish, it was
impossible to fault.

2009 Les Princes Abbes Riesling Schlumberger
Unthinkable to go through the summer without a fine Alsace white to savour
alongside those powerfully flavoured summer dishes. If you have
stomach-space for just one, make it this racy riesling. Schlumberger differ
from other Alsace producers in that every wine it produces comes from
grapes grown in its own vineyards. Such quality control has paid off and
this mouthwatering riesling oozes bold, vibrant, thrillingly complex musk
peach, lime and floral fruit.

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St-Jean
The Gagnard family work together, which helps to explain why this premier
cru is so good. From the northern end of the appellation, this swanky
premier cru has lots of delicious, ripe, toasty, smoky, steely, again
heavily oak-spiced fruit.

Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur Brut NV
Star Buy - Bargain Fizz
Big summer party in view? Then you and yours will need a brilliant, bargain
bubbly to crack open for the occasion. Made exclusively from the Loire's
classy chenin blanc grape and stored in long, cold galleries hewn out of
the region's tuffeau stone, what you get from this fine sparkler is lots of
zippy, zesty, waxy, floral, honey-baked apple fruit.
 

J is for...JadotDate published: 19/07/12

For the next stop on our alphabeltical adventure in to the world of wine, we're heading to the well-known winery of Louis Jadot.

Founded in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot, Maison Louis Jadot's roots actually date back to 1826 when the Jadot family purchased Clos des Ursules (a Beaune premier cru). Over the next few decades the négociant house acquired many prestigious vineyards including Corton Charlemagne and Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles. Since the beginning, the winemaking team has always strived to produce wines that express the true nature of Burgundy and of the particular terroir. Although most of the vineyards Jadot own are found in Burgundy, they also own some to the north-west of the village of Regnié in the heart of the Beaujolais-villages region.

Here at Majestic we have a range of Louis Jadot's wines and I have picked out some of our favourites:

Mâcon Villages Blanc 'Les Roches Blanches' 2011 Louis Jadot
£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £9.99 single bottle price

Made primarily from fruit around the high-quality vineyards around the village of Loché in the southwest of Mâcon, this Mâcon Villages offers excellent value for money.

Green apple and citrus flavours leap from the glass with ripe pear flavours also coming through on the palate with a streak of minerality. Completely unoaked, this fresh, clean Chardonnay would be a great partner to white fish dishes such as pan-fried cod with tomato and cheese gratin.

Marsannay Blanc 2009 Louis Jadot
£15.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £17.99 single bottle price

Although the cru of Marsannay is perhaps better known for its red wine, it also makes smaller quantities of white wine. Jadot employ a slightly unusual winemaking technique for this particular wine, with the grapes being pressed in whole bunches directly into oak barrels where it is then fermented and matured, a process which takes around 14 months.

Exotic notes of peach, apricot and pineapple leap from the glass alongside softer citrus notes. On the palate, the ripe stone fruit flavours dominate with notes of citrus, honeysuckle and vanilla in the background.

Match with chicken served in a creamy tarragon sauce.


Mâcon Rouges 'Les Roches Rouges' 2010 Louis Jadot
£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £9.99 single bottle price

Made from a blend of 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir, this wine hails from the Mâconnais region in southern Burgundy. Fresh and fruity in style, ripe red fruits such as raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant abound on the nose and palate.

With soft tannins and refreshing acidity, this is the perfect red for white meat dishes such as chicken and wild mushroom pie.

Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2008 Louis Jadot
£17.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £19.99 single bottle price

Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this wine spends 16 months in French barriques before bottling.

This wine is an excellent expression of Beaune with raspberries and wild cherries dominate the nose with floral notes of violets in the background. Flavours of fleshy raspberries and redcurrants, savoury spice, nutmeg and cloves marry together beautifully on the palate. Enjoy over the next 5 years with game dishes like roast pheasant with celeriac and bacon.


Beaujolais Lantignié 2010/2011 Louis Jadot
£7.99 when you buy any 2 Beaujolais wines, save 20%! £9.99 single bottle price

Bright red in colour, this wine made from 100% Gamay offers lashings of ripe red berries on the palate with red cherry, raspberry and redcurrant coming to the fore. Notes of savoury spice and cloves complement the bright fruit flavours and lead in to a soft, refreshing finish. This light-bodied, easy-drinking red is the perfect accompaniment to summer picnics!

Recent press mentions: 7th - 14th JulyDate published: 17/07/12

Read about one of our wines in a newspaper and can't remember what it was? Don't worry! I've summarised all the wines that have featured in all the main newspapers over the last week so you can track them down more easily!

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – Saturday 14th July

2009 Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken - £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £2! £10.99 single bottle price

...Or spend half that on another racy, grapey riesling: the smashing 2009 Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken.

2011 Dr L Riesling - £7.99

More medium dry is Ernst Loosen's keenly priced 2011 Dr L Riesling with its pleasing ripe, grapey, floral, aniseed-spiked taste.

2010 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes Nicolas Potel - £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £8! £11.99 single bottle price

Nicolas Potel's 2010 Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir is great value for money and bursts with terrific, elegant, ripe, smoky, gamey, strawberry-laden fruit.

The Observer – David Williams – 8th July

Morgon 2011 Chateau de Pizay - £7.99 when you buy any 2 Beaujolais wines, save 20%! £9.99 single bottle price

There is something playful suggested by the very sound of the words gamay (the grape variety) and beaujolais (or bo jolly, as Del Boy used to call it). This wine offers that joie de vivre but, being from the region's Morgon area, has just a little more muscle and grit along with the characteristic summer berries.

The Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer – 8th July

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - £13.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £6! £16.99 single bottle price

Elegant fruit and light tannins.

The Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 8th July

Domaine de Coyeux 2006 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise - £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £2! £7.99 single bottle price

The southern French Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is one of the most versatile and affordable golden dessert wines; it’s delectable chilled with red-berry puddings and fruit pies.

The Saturday Times – Jane MacQuitty – 7th July

Surani Costarossa 2010, Primitivo di Manduria - £7.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines, save 20%! £9.99 single bottle price

What’s wanted with burnt barbecued fare is a fat, heady, 14.5 per cent alcohol, sweet Italian, whose beefy, baked-plum, clove and loganberry-stashed fruit takes devilled chicken and piri-piri sauces in its stride.

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Te Mata - £15.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%! £19.99 single bottle price

Unusual, hand-picked, barrel-fermented Kiwi sauvignon, topped up with a flavour-enhancing splash of sauvignon gris and semillon, that has created a toothsome, refined, verdant, herb and nettle-spiked, svelte summer white.

The Independent – Anthony Rose – 7th July

The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - £9.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%! £12.49 single bottle price

A pungently zesty new vintage Kiwi sauvignon blanc with intense passion fruit flavours tinged with refreshing blackcurrant leaf notes.

The Evening Standard – Andrew Neather – 5th July

Churchill Estates 2008, Douro - £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £2! £10.99 single bottle price

From a port producer, this shows what attractive red table wines some of the main port grapes – here touriga nacional, tinta roriz (aka tempranillo) and touriga franca – can make. Brooding, dark, focused.

The Evening Standard – Sam Wylie-Harris – 5th July

Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2010 - £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £9.99 single bottle price

A fresh, soft and elegant pink with a silky texture and a fragrant enough length to please the palate of an angel.

Paul Mas Estate ‘Nicole Vineyard’ Syrah Viognier 2011 - £8.99

A syrah dominant with a splash of viognier, this light red is bursting with bags of flavour, a strong blackcurrant nose and red summer fruits.
 

I is for...Italy!Date published: 14/07/12

Wine is a part of life in Italy. It can be traced back thousands of years and the range of grape varieties that are planted run into several hundreds. In an Italian restaurant customers may go for a glass of something familiar like Pinot Grigio or a Chianti. These are are great choices but once you start looking around you get a real sense of the range of wines that are produced in Italy. Now that winemaking methods and techniques have vastly improved in the last 20-30 years the consistency of wines coming out of Italy mean that there is a hue choice to go at.

When I started at majestic I took each country that we sell wines from and broke them down into their regions and sub regions. Italy can be divided up by geography and also the grape varieties that are grown. With 20% off any two Italian still wines under £20 at the moment you could make up a case of 6 wines that would sit on any dinner table or make a fantastic gift.

Oriano Grillo di Sicilia 2011 - £6.99 down to £5.59 - A white wine made from the grape variety that makes Marsala wine, this lemony zippy wine would be perfect with oily fish such as Mackerel.

Gavi di Gavi La Toledana 2011 - £9.99 down to £7.99 – The grape variety (Cortese) is also known as 'The Chablis of Italy'. With a steely core, the grapes are left to ripen a little longer which gives the wine a slightly off dry style. A glass of this with a tomato starter would be delicious.

Vermentino Poggioargentiera 2011 - £9.99 down to £7.99 – Stone fruit and a limey twist means that this wine would be perfect on a warm summers evening.

Copertino Rosso 2007 - £7.99 down to £6.39 – The Negroamaro grape variety is truly Italian in style. Plummy smoky dried fruit with a savoury edge which lends itself to gamey meats. 

Corvina Rosso Veronese - £9.99 down to £7.99 – Corvina is one of the main grape varieties that goes into the production of Amarone. This wine is lush and full bodied with redcurrant fruit and plump tannins. Perfect for the cheeseboard.

Rosso di Montalcino 2010 Il Poggione - £18.74 down to £14.99 – The younger version of Brunello di Montalcino, this wine is made from Sangiovese and is made in a more accessible style. Cherry fruit is framed by 12 months in oak. It is smooth and full and would be perfect with a roasted aubergine ragu.
 

New Fine Wine Arrivals!Date published: 12/07/12

When new wines arrive in stock, we're always eager to crack open the cases and discover what's inside, especially when it's fine wine (wines over £19.99 a bottle).

Here in Derby, we've recently had two new addition to our Bordeaux Fine Wine range that I thought I would tell you a bit more about:

Château Grand Corbin 1999 St-Emilion Grand Cru - £15.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £8! £19.99 single bottle price

Originally founded in the 18th century, Château Grand Corbin came to prominence in 1960 when the estate was taken over by Alain Giraud. Classified as a St-Emilion Grand Cru, this wine offers excellent value for money. As with most Right Bank wines, the blend is Merlot-dominated with a proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are hand-picked and spend 12-14 months ageing in barrels made from Vosges and Allier oak. The1999 vintage is at its peak now but will continue to keep until 2015. Soft, black fruit aromas dominate the nose with blackberries and plums coming to the fore. The brambly fruits continue on to the palate with hints of spice and liquorice in the background. With soft, rounded tannins, this wine would be the perfect match to rich meat dishes such as smoky sausage casserole.

Château Chauvin 2006 St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé - £35

Château Chauvin is located on the north-west part of the St-Emilion plateau, a stone's throw from the renowned Cheval-Blanc. The soils are a mix of sand and iron-rich clay. This château has significantly developed over the last two decades, partly due to winery improvements undertaken in the 1990s but also partly due to the new winemaker who joined the château in 2008. The 2006 vintage is drinking well now but would definitely reward the patient drinker if left for further development. Aromas of ripe blueberries and blackberries leap from the glass with floral notes of violet also apparent. Notes of cinnamon and cloves become more evident on the palate, supporting the juicy black fruit flavours. Partner with roasted lamb and rosemary potatoes.
 

NEWSFLASH! Offers ending Monday 16th July!Date published: 11/07/12

With our current flying ending this Monday, we've selected our top 10 offers that shouldn't be missed!

1. Bollinger Special Cuvée - £30 when you buy 6 (£32 single bottle)

2. Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%!

3. Viña Eguía Reserva 2006 - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £8!

4. Pasqua Pinot Grigio - £4.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines, save 20%!

5. Lindauer Rosé - £7.99

6. Undurraga Brut NV - £5.99

7. Canard-Duchêne Brut NV - £18

8. Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%!

9. Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay - £6.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%!

10. Jacquart Brut Mosaïque NV - £15
 

A fino time in JerezDate published: 11/07/12

When I was given the opportunity to go to the Sherry region in southern Spain, I immediately said yes. Sherry was something that eluded me mostly until I started working for Majestic back in 2006 when I was introduced to Pedro Ximenez. Ever since, the salty tang of a Manzanilla sherry or the fuller bodied Oloroso has never been too far from my fridge.

There were 10 people from Majestic on the trip so when we landed in Jerez at 10PM we were escorted to our hotel where we were told to get ready for dinner at 11PM. Not being used to the Spanish way of eating, the food we had was amazing. Tapas served with Romate Special Reserve Fino and also a white wine that they produce in the Ribero del Duero region was fantastic.

The next day we were taken out to the vineyards. The guys from Romate apologised to us as we had woken up to something rarely seen in the region. Clouds. The sun was bursting behind it though and to be honest I was grateful for the cooler temperatures as being a Yorkshire man I don't exactly tan very well! We saw up close the Albariza soils which give the wines their distinctive taste. Inside the winery there was barrels and barrels stacked on top of each other and we had a sample of the Fino extracted from the barrel with the layer of flor still intact. The flor is the protective layer of yeast that keeps the wine from being oxidised and acts as a kind of preservative. Once we were shown around we were off back into Jerez to the Romate centre of operations where we looked at the logistics behind this fantastic product. Remember that this is the only region that makes this kind of wine so they have customers all over the world wanting their products.

We then went into the cellars at Romate where we were shown the Solera system in full effect. This is the way in which the wines are aged and blended. We tried various Amontillado's, Oloroso's and PX (my favourite) and then we also tried some of their brandies which cost several hundreds of Euros per bottle. Romate do not have a ready-made visitor centre so this was something that not many people get to do.

The afternoon was spent by most of us in the town of Puerto de Santa Maria which forms one of the points of the 'Sherry Triangle'. This time was spent discussing what we had seen so far and also enjoying some local cuisine later that night. The temperature during the day was topping 36 degrees!

The next day we went to Arcos de la Frontera, a historical town with a fantastic cathedral and cliff top views which were magnificent. We had a walk around the town followed by another fantastic lunch with more of Romate's great sherries. The afternoon was spent in the area of Sanlucar de Barrameda. We tried some of the local Manzanilla sherries after which we had to make our way back into Jerez as we were flying back that evening into England. It was a whirlwind trip but one on which we learnt so much about this region and its fascinating wines. If anyone reading this has any sherry related questions then get in touch with me in-store!

Jamie's Trip to the Rhone ValleyDate published: 10/07/12

We arrived at Marseille Airport and then trvelled north to the city of Avignon, taking in the clear blue skies and luscious scenery on the way. We arrived in Avignon in the early evening, and after a quick change we all set off for our evening meal at a top-quality restaurant. Our meal was outstanding and consisted of truffles, chicken and asparagus, crème brulee and quite possible the greatest cheeseboard ever assembled in history! The wines to accompany our meals were 'Le Mistral' Plan de Dieu, Vacquerays 2010, Domain de la Garrigue, many different Chateauneuf-du Pape's and a local dessert wine. It was an amazing way to start our trip and my highlight has to be the mind-blowing cheeseboard, especially Brie with black truffle.

The next morning, after we had a hearty breakfast and enjoyed the fresh morning air, we set off for what was to be an amazing, action-packed day. Our first stop was the stunning Chateau du Beaucastel vineyard. We were given a guided tour of the cellars where we saw the huge oak barriques where Beaucastel stored their wines. Then we were given a tour of their personal cellars where we saw their staff laying down their wines by hand, somewhat very carefully. It was an amazing sight to see. The tour continued with a tasting in their personal tasting room, where the highlight of the tasting was the incredible White Beaucastel 2009, which consisted of Grenache and Rousanne. It was a fantastic way to start the day, and more was to follow.

Our next stop was the historic town of Chateuneuf-du-Pape, the very heartbeat of Rhone. We began with a brilliant viewing of the castle of CNDP, which still stands proud on top of a hill overlooking the town. We toured the narrow streets and visited some of the caves in the town where we had a very unique setting for our next wine tasting. Apprently the caves we visited contained some of the remains of the Knights Templar! Some of the wines which we tried were the 'Jurassic' CNDP style Domaine Lucien Barrot and a few traditionalist CNDP's such as the stunning Domaine de la Vielle Julienne, which probably has to be one of the greatest wines I have ever had the pleasure of tasting afterwards, we stopped off for lunch in a fantastic restaurant overlooking the town and the Rhone river. Might I say the view was incredible. It conisited of tapenade and lamb at Le Verger du Papes. It was amazing.

After lunch we headed north to the city of Avignon for what was going to be a feast for the eyes. We parked up just inside the old stone walls of the city and walked a mile to the Palais des Papes, formerly home to the Pope and one of the most important medieval buildings in the whole of Europe. It was an architectural masterpiece and looked divine against the bright blue sky. We were given a guided tour of the building and it was even more beautiful on the inside. The highlight was seeing the original paintings on the walls which were over 700 years old. They were quite a sight indeed.

For our evening meal we travelled up to the town of l'Orange and dined at the amphitheatre of l'Orange. The restaurant was mind blowing as it was built out of a cave. This was a backdrop like no other. Our dinner consisted of Foie Gras, fillet of Beef and yet more Rhone wines, including a magnum of 2006 'Galet Blanches' CNDP. By this point I was running out of superlatives in which to describe the food and wine we were having. The after-dinner entertainment consisted of us catching the end of an outdoor concert which was being held in the old amphitheatre of l'Orange. It was yet another historic feast for the eyes.

Our final days visit took us to the vineyards and offices of Cave de Monterail. This capped of a wonderful trip where we saw the vineyards in full flow, and their vinification plant where the staff were hard at work. We had a mini tasting session which consisted of the 2011 Serabel, Les Gatlets, Lirac and Beaumes-de-Venise. They were all very good and 2011 looked like a very good vintage for all their portfolio. Our tour we visited the vineyards of Domaine Pegau. This was yet another great visit as we got to try their wines directly from the barrel. Just before haeding to the airport, our last stop for lunch was at a BBQ just outside of Avignon. Here we enjoyed some fantastic Rose wines, especially Magnum's and some delicious food. It was a great way to end our trip which was spectacular from start to finish and one that shall not be forgotten in a hurry.
 

H is for...HermitageDate published: 09/07/12

In honour of Jamie's recent trip to the Rhône, the next stop in our tour is the renowned appellation of Hermitage. Situated in the northern part of the Rhône valley, to the north of Valence, Hermitage is famous for producing extremely high-quality wines made exclusively from the Syrah grape variety. Back in the mid 18th century, Hermitage was so highly regarded that it was used by producers in Bordeaux to beef up their wines! The appellation itself is tiny, reaching just over 320 acres (130 hectares) and is unique in northern Rhône in that its vineyards lie on the left bank (instead of the right) and are south-facing. This means they are well-protected from strong, cold, northerly winds.

Although Hermitage wines typically command high to very high prices, excellent value-for-money wines can be found from some of the satellite appellations such as Crozes-Hermitage. The village of Crozes is situated to the back of the hill of Hermitage and covers almost 10 miles of vineyards, stretching north and south of the town of Tain l'Hermitage (situated at the foot of Hermitage). Many Crozes-Hermitage are highly fruit-driven wines designed for early consumption but many producers (such as the following) are also producing more elegant, complex wines capable of up to 10 years' bottle ageing.


Crozes Hermitage 2009 Domaine Les Hauts de Mercurol
£11.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £6! £14.99 single bottle price

Mercurol is a small village located to the east of Tain l'Hermitage and is known for producing quality Crozes-Hermitage.


Deep inky red in colour, lively aromas of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and redcurrant leap from the glass. The palate offers quintessential Syrah characteristics – ripe, black fruit with hints of menthol and savoury spice in the background. Partner with game pie for a match made in heaven!

Crozes-Hermitages 2009/2010 Yann Chave
£15.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £6! £18.99 single bottle price

Seeing the potential of his father Bertrand's excellent vineyards, Yann Chave stopped selling grapes to the local cooperative and started making his own wines a few years ago. He uses indigenous yeasts and unlike many producers, he doesn't filter his wines giving a classic, northern Rhône Syrah.

Black fruits dominate the nose alongside more floral tones of violets and sweet spice. The ripe blackcurrant and black cherry flavours continue on to the palate supported by hints of eucalyptus, black pepper and savoury spice. With taught tannins, this is the perfect partner to roast beef served with crushed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Chile...great wines, great prices!Date published: 09/07/12

Chile is a winemaker's paradise, offering a plethora of soil types and microclimates allowing the cultivation of a wide range of grape varieties. From exotic, peachy Viogniers to tropical, honeyed Chardonnays and rich, velvety Pinot Noirs to fleshy, muscular Cabernet Sauvignons, not forgetting Chile's signature grape variety, the spicy, mocha-infused Carmenère, Chile has something for every palate!
 

New Wine of the Week: Barbera d'Alba Sucule 2008Date published: 03/07/12

Barbera d'Alba Sucule 2008
£7.99 (When you buy 2 or more Italian wines, save 20% - £9.99 single bottle)


Hailing from the Piedmont region of northern Italy, this wine is made from Italy's third most planted grape variety – Barbera. The area of Alba provides excellent conditions for growing high-quality Barberas that challenge neighbouring Barolos and Barbarescos. On the nose, aromas of red and black cherries leap from the glass with hints of plum, sweet spice and licquorice in the background. Dark fruit flavours such as blackberry and black cherry dominate the palate with sour red cherry and pudding spice notes coming through later. With a high acidity, firm tannins and a long, warming finish this is the perfect partner to tomato-based pasta dishes such as penne al'arrabiata or red meat dishes like sirloin steaks in a tomato and caper sauce, delicious!
 

New Wine of the Week: The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2010Date published: 26/06/12

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough
£9.99 (When you buy 2+ bottles; 1 bottle = £12.49)

Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour. A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge. At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

Rosés from Provence Tasting WeekDate published: 21/06/12

As you may well be aware we are running a week long tasting of Provence Rosé wines from Friday 22nd of June till Thursday 28th. What this means for you is that any time you pop in during this week we'll have a variety of Provence Rosé wines open on our tasting counter for you to try. At Majestic we're ever the optimists and are hoping that by bringing out the Rosé we'll also bring out the summer sun!

I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to discuss the history of Provence Rosé and look at a few of the wines that we'll have open. Provence, located on the Mediterranean Coast to the east of the river Rhône, benefits unsurprisingly from the warm Mediterranean climate, perfect for growing the necessary grapes. The varieties found here include Grenache which provides red fruit flavours, Syrah for black fruit flavours and colour, Cinsault for its crisp acidity and Mourvèdre for colour and body. Other grape varieties are also used, but these are the most common.

Provence is historically known for its Rosé , which was sold in distinctive bottles mostly to the holidaymakers in the resorts there. The wines were far from perfect and faults were hidden by chilling the wine in ice. Recently there has been a shift from producing large quantities of poor quality wine, to producing smaller quantities of much better wine. This is because demand for the cheaper wine disappeared and EU funding has helped modernise and improve the winemaking process.

This leads us then to our upcoming tasting week. I'm going to write a few tasting notes for some of the wines we will have open for you to try. First up is the Château Saint Roch-lès-Vignes 2010. With its distinctive bottle shape, red berry fruit flavours and soft spices, this dry and refreshing Rosé is typical of those found in Provence. Fantastic on its own on a hot summer's day this wine would also drink well with a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. It's a bargain at £6.99 when you buy two bottles or more and only £7.99 at the single bottle price.

Another wine we will be opening is the  M de Minuty Rosé 2011 , a new addition here at Majestic. Again in a distinctive bottle this pale pink wine is slighter sweeter than usual with subtle floral and candied aromas and flavours. Using the little known Tibouren grape this wine is quintessential of Provence and  would go excellently with all manners of shellfish. At just £9.99 a bottle when you buy two or more bottles this wine is exce llent value for money and still great value at £12.99 for the single bottle price. 

The third and final wine I'm going to discuss is the AIX Rosé 2011 Magnum. This award winning wine comes from one of Provence's most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouvre. Bright pink in colour with delicious summer fruit flavours this dry Rosé is mouth wateringly fresh. As this wine comes in a magnum it's perfect for all manner of summer events and great at a dinner party. This wine goes particularly well with a large variety of seafood or with the canapés you'll be serving. At £19.99 a bottle this is fantastic value for an outstanding wine.

It's important to remember that these are just a selection of wines we will have open for our Rosés from Provence week. Don't miss out on trying these, and many more excellent wines; come down to our store any time over the next week for some summery inspiration!
 

Want your case delivering? Read this!Date published: 17/06/12

For many years Majestic Wine has provided a free delivery service for our customers who buy 12 or more bottles of wine. This stayed when we brought our minimum purchase in store down to 6 bottles. Many of our customers would like 6 bottles but just don't have the time to make it into the store.  Therefore we have now REDUCED our minimum order for free delivery from 12 to 6 bottles of wine. This qualifies on a spend of over £40. You can add onto your order from our range of beers, soft drinks and water as well. We have a MAXIMUM 7 day delivery guarantee but in most cases we can deliver to many of our customer within a few days.

We cover a large area in our van going upto North Derbyshire, East and South East Derbyshire down past Burton-upon-Trent, South towards Swadlincote, Coleville and Kegworth and up towards Heanor.

If you have any queries about our FREE delivery service please contact us instore on 01332 346 242, by email at der@majestic.co.uk or if you are on Twitter, @majesticderby

Majestic Wine Press MentionsDate published: 17/06/12

Once again we have had a range of our wines highlighted recently in the press.  Here is a selection of these fantastic reviews

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 9th June 2011 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc Mouthwatering, bold, floral, white currant, nettle and gooseberry-stashed 2011 from Marlborough is just the ticket for all those al fresco summer spreads.

The Independent – Anthony Rose – 9th June 2011 Sancerre Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils This fine new vintage sauvignon is fragrant and concentrated with classic gooseberry fruit, its herbaceous borders adding zing to this stylish Loire dry white.

The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 9th June 2011 Black Cottage Pinot Rosé

The Sunday Express – Jamie Goode – 3rd June Chapel Down English Rose NV This salmon-coloured English fizz is crisp and precise with subtle cherry fruitiness and some lively, herby notes.

The Daily Mail – Matthew Jukes – 2nd June 2007 Marques de la Concordia Crianza This bold, daring, statesmanlike red has masses of class and impact on the palate. Bigger, darker and richer than many reds, It's a stunning deal, too.
 

Rosé – the ultimate summer wine!Date published: 13/06/12

As the days get warmer (hopefully!) and the evenings get longer, our thoughts turn to BBQs and kicking back in the garden with a glass of wine. Rosés vary dramatically in style and sweetness so there's a rosé for you whatever your palate! Provence is undoubtedly the spiritual home of rosé and we have a fantastic range including some exciting new arrivals! Perfect with fresh summer salads, delicately spicy king prawn kebabs or simply on its own, rosé is the ideal summer wine. Fancy something try something different? We've got some interesting Pinot Grigio rosés and a beautiful Pinot Noir rosé from award-winning producer Black Cottage!
 

Beaujolais...more than just Nouveau?Date published: 12/06/12

Say Beaujolais and most people think of Beaujolais Nouveau, released on the 3rd Thursday in November every year (merely weeks after the grapes have been harvested). Yet this region offers much more than just early-drinking, highly fruity Nouveau as I quickly discovered when I spent a couple of days there earlier this month.

Beaujolais is a relatively small wine-making region, stretching 34 miles from north to south and lying just beneath the Mâconnais of southern Burgundy. The Gamay grape dominates here with isolated plantings of Chardonnay and other international grape varieties.

After landing in Lyon, 5 other Majestic staff and I headed north to Château de la Terrière, based near the village of Cercié in the cru of Brouilly. The largest of the 10 Beaujolais crus, Brouilly's vineyards cover around 1300 hectares and has characteristic granitic and alluvial soils. Bertrand, our guide, took us on a tour of the winery and we tried Beaujolais-Villages 2011 and Brouilly 2011 straight from the tank. 38 communes have the right to put Beaujolais-Villages on their wine and it consequently accounts for 25% of all Beaujolais production. We then headed to the cellar where we tried Moulin-à-Vent 2011 straight from the barrel. Moulin-à-Vent is located further to the north and takes its name from an ancient windmill that sits on top of a hill at Romanèche-Thorins. The cru's manganese-rich soils allow for the production of grapes that give wines with fantastic ageing potential.

With lunch we tried a range of wines including a fantastic Moulin-à-Vent 2009 and their Beaujolais-Villages 2010 (£7.99 when you buy any 2 Beaujolais wines, save 20%). The grapes for this wine come from vineyards located on the edge of the Brouilly cru, therefore offering excellent value for money. The palate is fruity with lashings of strawberry and red cherry flavours. With gentle, savoury tannins, this was the perfect partner to our charcuterie platter. After lunch, we headed off on a tour of the vineyards of Château de la Terrière, Domaine des Maisons Neuves and Château des Maladrets including a stop off at the church on the top of Mont Brouilly. At Domaine des Neuves, the owner explained the different ways of training Gamay vines and how they avoid using herbicides at his winery in order to give purer wines. Their Brouilly 2010 (£8.79 when you buy any 2 Beaujolais wines, save 20%) offers a perfect expression of the terroir with black fruits such as blackberry and blackcurrant alongside softer red fruits on the palate.


The following morning saw us head north to the Mâconnais where we drove around the villages of Fuissé and Pouilly amongst others. After a couple of vineyard stops, we set off for Domaine des Nugues. Located just a couple of kilometres from Château de la Terrière, Domaine des Nugues was founded in 1976 by Gérard Gelin with his son, Gilles, now joining him in running the winery. On arrival, we were met by Gilles who gave us a quick tour of the winery before starting a fantastic tasting.

The grape variety Gamay is always hand harvested and then undergoes carbonic maceration, the name for the process in which whole bunches are placed in sealed vats and the juice starts to ferment whilst still inside the grape giving wines that are high in fruit flavours and low in tannins.

First of all we tried their Beaujolais-Villages 2010 (£7.99 when you buy any 2 Beaujolais wines, save 20%) which had powerful aromas of ripe red berries and savoury spice on the nose. Raspberry and strawberry flavours dominate the palate with soft, gentle tannins. We then moved on to their Fleurie 2010 (£10.39 when you buy any 2 Beaujolais wines, save 20%). Offering a more complex nose than the Beaujolais-Villages, notes of raspberry, damson and redcurrant come to the fore. The red fruit flavours abound on the palate with smoky notes in the background. With a streak of minerality, this made a ideal match to the meats we had for lunch!

Other highlights during our tasting included Beaujolais-Villages 2009, a really interesting sparkling Beaujolais, 2 rosés and Gilles' Quintessence de Gamay 2008. As we sat down to lunch, Gilles disappeared off and came back with a Beaujolais-Villages 2003 and Beaujolais-Villages 2006 but undoubtedly everyone's favourite was the magnum of Beaujolais-Villages 1990 which was incredibly fresh! A beautifully smooth Crème de Cassis rounded off the meal and all too soon, it was time to get back in the car and head back to the airport to catch our flight home.
 

Summer celebrations!Date published: 12/06/12

Here at Majestic we love a good party and with a jam-packed summer of sports ahead of us, having a get-together with friends is definitely on the cards! We've got a great range of red, white and sparkling wine at fantastic prices this summer. From soft, delicate Pinot Grigio to fruity, zesty Sauvignon Blanc and rustic French reds to more robust Riojas there's something for every palate!
 

Derby's A-Z of Wine, G is for...GewürztraminerDate published: 10/06/12

G is for...Gewürztraminer

The next stop on our tour of the A-Z of wine is G, which we are using to represent...Gewürztraminer.

Gewürztraminer is an aromatic wine grape that performs best in cooler climates. It has a distinctive aroma so strong, that it earned the grape the gewurz, or “spice”, in German. It has flavour characteristics of lychees, roses, passion fruit and floral notes. Gewürztraminer can easily be fussy about soil and climate. The vine is vigorous and dislikes chalky soils. It is also very susceptible to disease. It buds early, so it is very susceptible to frost and needs warm, dry summers to really bring out its flavours. Its natural sweetness means that in hot climates it can become flabby, with not enough acidity to balance out the huge amounts of sugar. Gewürztraminer grapes are characteristically deep pink and the wine is almost always a deep golden and sometimes a pinkish colour as a result.

This grape variety is grown all over the world, in countries such as, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, the USA and Germany. But the best examples of Gewürztraminer come from Alsace in France. He it is at its finest. The soil type of sandstone and marl really brings Gewürztraminer into a league of its own here. Its also sunny. The Vosges Mountains flank high into the sky crating a ribbon of green and fantastic grape growing conditions. The wines here have an undertow of body and nerve, as well as a savoury finish, which stops them from cloying.

Here at Majestic, we have a great selection of Gewürztraminer wines from across the world, but here are a couple of our favourites:

Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2008/2009

The viticultural origin of the Trimbach Family dates back to the 1600s, and they are now one of the most prestigious producers in Alsace. One of Alsace's noble varieties, Gewürztraminer, originated in Italy and accounts for over 2700 hectares of vineyards here. This wine from Trimbach is dry and restrained but without any loss of the grapes exotic and spicy characteristics. Perfume and lychee dominate the palate and a clean finish leaves the mouth refreshed. Superb by itself or as a match for the spicy viscosity of Chinese or Thai dishes, or even rich cheeses.

RRP: Majestic Price, £13.99

Gewürztraminer 2010/2011 Cave de Turckheim

In 1955, 180 vine growers running 109 hectares joined together to form the Cave de Turckheim. These producers all had strengths and weaknesses and needed a structure and common policy without losing the personality of each member. Aromatic and dry, this Gewürztraminer shows white blossom and rose on the nose, followed by plenty of spice and hints of honey. Rich and well balanced with a dry finish. It makes an excellent partner to spicy Asian food and the classic Alsatian Münster cheese.

RRP: Buy 2 bottles save £3, £8.49, Single Bottle Price £9.99

Press Mentions - The TimesDate published: 03/06/12

Jane MacQuitty recently wrote about two cracking sparkling wines that we have on offer at the moment.  Whether you're looking for a bottle for someone special in your life or need some really good value cava we have the following two wines in plentiful stock here at Majestic Wine Derby

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose NV - Down to £47 per bottle or £100 for a party ready magnum!
Its glorious meaty, lingering, red summer-fruit flavours make it a great bubbly now, equally happy with salmon and rosy-pink lamb.

Extra de Codorniu Brut NV - Down to £6.99 per bottle from £9.99
Britain loves bubbles, but inexpensive, easy-drinking summer sparklers with crowd-pleasing fruit are very hard to find. Majestic's brilliant value Extra Cuvee cava, made by the traditional champagne method, is consistently delicious. So dive into this stylish 11.5 percent Spanish sparkler oozing terrific, zesty citrus fruit.
 

We also have offers on loads of other sparkling wines at the moment.  Please contact us instore for more details

E is for...ErrázurizDate published: 30/05/12

Having been in Champagne for our last stop, we now jet off to Chile to stop off at the Errázuriz winery, located in the Aconcagua Valley to the north of Santiago. The valley benefits from cool mountain breezes that sweep down from the Andes as well as a moderating influence from the Pacific Ocean with warm air funnelling up the Aconcagua river mouth in the evenings. Founded in 1870 by Don Maximiano Errázuriz, the winery was reputed to be the largest single wine estate in the world at the end of the 19th century. Nowadays, its vineyards stretch over 2,500 acres including some situated in the Casablanca Valley, south west of Aconcagua.

Here at Majestic we have a great range of Errázuriz wines with something for every palate!

Errázuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - £6.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £8.74 single bottle price

Offering quintessential notes of gooseberries, lemon and tropical passion fruit on the palate, this wine would make a fantastic match to crabcakes with a tomato and basil dressing.

Errázuriz Chardonnay 2011 - £6.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £8.74 single bottle price

Made from grapes that come from Errázuriz's La Escultura vineyard that enjoys cooling sea breezes and thus a long ripening period, this wine has a lively, intense bouquet. Aromas of pineapple, papaya, guava, lime and pear leap from the glass. The exotic fruit flavours continue on to the palate, backed up by toasty brioche notes. Try with roast monkfish with crushed new potatoes and watercress salad.

Errázuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - £7.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £9.99 single bottle price

The nose is fresh and lively with notes of freshly cut grass, lemon, gooseberry and grapefruit. With an intense, citrus-driven palate and long, refreshing length, try matching this wine to salmon en papillote.

Errázuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010 - £9.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £12.49 single bottle price

Winner of a bronze Decanter award and silver medal holder of an International World Challenge award, this fantastic Chardonnay is a real show stealer! The wine is fermented with naturally occurring yeasts that are present on the grapes' skins instead of the normal cultivated yeasts and 10% is fermented in French oak barrels. This makes for a more full-bodied style of Chardonnay with tropical fruit flavours of peach and apricot dominating the palate. Toasty notes of biscuit and a lick of vanilla round off this extremely well-balanced wine. The perfect partner to chicken served in creamy tarragon sauce.

Errázuriz Carmenère 2011 - £6.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £8.74 single bottle price

Deep burgundy in colour, this wine offers spicy notes of blackberry, mocha and dark chocolate on the palate. With ample, mouth-filling tannins, this medium-bodied red made from Chile's signature grape variety, would work well with pepper-crusted steak and sweet potato chips.

Errázuriz Max Reserva Cabernet 2009 - £9.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £12.49 single bottle price

The Max vineyards are named after the estate's founder, Don Maximiano Errázuriz, with the grapes for this wine coming mainly from the Max 2 and Max 5 plots. Bright ruby in colour, the nose is a medley of red and black fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg and bitter chocolate. The juicy forest fruits dominate the palate with hints of vanilla in the background, coming from the wine's 12 months' ageing in French and American oak barrels. Pop some bangers on the barbie and crack open this fantastic, rounded red!

Errázuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir 2010/2011 - £10.79 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £13.99 single bottle price

Made with grapes grown in the Casablanca valley, this is a highly aromatic Pinot Noir with aromas of raspberry, blueberry and violets leaping from the glass. The soft red fruit flavours continue on to the palate, supported by hints of sweet spice and ripe tannins. If you can be patient, this wine will continue to improve for a further 3-4 years but if you can't wait that long, partner with slow-roasted shoulder of lamb and braised summer vegetables - delicious!

Sipsmith Summer Cup - Hurrah for the summer!Date published: 25/05/12

If you're a fan of Pimms, then the Sipsmith Summer Cup is something you must try.  It is made with the Sipsmith London Dry Gin and then blended with fruits of the summer alongside other English staples such as Earl Grey and cucumber.

It is a fantastic thing to serve at any outdoor occasion.  AT the moment we're are sampling it instore with Belvoir Lemonade which is a real treat.  If you're coming down to stock up on our other offers this weekend then come and try a sample.

Best of British!Date published: 25/05/12

With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee coming up and a bumper Bank Holiday weekend, what better way to toast Her Majesty than with some English sparkling wine. Forget Champagne, we have a fantastic range of English sparkling wines from award-winning producers Nyetimber and Chapel Down. With a bumper Bank Holiday weekend, a BBQ is definitely on the cards so look no further than the fantastic Sipsmith Summer Cup, a refreshing alternative to Pimm's! And as the sun sets and thoughts turn to something a little more elegant, Hereford-based distillery Chase make a range of vodkas and fruit liqueurs to make that perfect cocktail!

Recent press mentionsDate published: 19/05/12

Here at Majestic, we're really enthusiuastic about our wines and it's always great when other people are too! Here are some of the most recent mentions our wines have had in the press:

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 12th May 2012

2011 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £7.49 single bottle price

Appetisingly cheap, verdant, nettle-spiked Chilean sauvignon with just enough bold, spicy, steely fruit and fragrance to pop up here as a good, ordinary, early summer swigger.

2009 Marquis de Belleville, Bordeaux Supérieur - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles save £4; £7.99 single bottle price

Tasty sub-£6 clarets are harder to find than hens’ teeth, so hats off to Majestic for this bold, ripe, creamy, plum-laden merlot, topped up with a slug of cabernet sauvignon and a dash of cabernet franc.

The Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 9th May 2012

2010 Leyda Reserva Riesling - £7.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £9.99 single bottle price

A citrus cocktail of lemon, tangerine and grapefruit and thoroughly palate-cleansing, so a great aperitif. #

Sipsmith Summer Cup - £18

The new Sipsmith Summer Cup from the eponymous gin distillery has nuances of Earl Grey tea, cucumber and lemon verbena and is much drier and more herbal than the classic Pimm’s No 1 when made up with iced lemonade. Garnish with mandarin slices and borage.

The Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith – 6th May 2012

2010 Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Old Vine Chenin Blanc - £11.99

Rich, intense, peachy and tropical white wine that’s brilliant paired with a juicy pork stir-fry, and fun to match with a cheeseboard.

The Independent – Anthony Rose – 5th May 2012

2010 Plan de Dieu ‘Le Mistral’ Cave de Monterail - £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles save £5; £9.99 single bottle price

A vibrant aromatic red with a refreshing blackberry juiciness and a fine-textured smooth ripe spiciness with lively fresh bite etched on the finish.

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 5th May 2012

2010 Leyda Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc - £8.79 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines, save 20%! £10.99 single bottle price

This stunning, bold, verdant, grapey, white currant and herb-spiked white gets my vote.

2010 Morellino di Scansano, Poggioargentiera - £8.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines, save 20%! £11.24 single bottle price

The more I taste Tuscany’s chunky seaside reds, the more I like them, so lap up this lively, red meat-loving 2010, whose herby, bitter cherry fruit is mostly sangiovese with a dash of ciliegiolo.

2011 Picpoul de Pinet, Villemarin - £6.49 when you buy 2 bottles save £3; £7.99 single bottle price

Plump for a sparky, spicy, floral 2011 Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin, a star from the South of France.

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore – 5th May 2012

2009 Marco de Pegoes - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles save £3; £7.49 single bottle price

An amazing bargain of a rustic red, this one. It’s a blend of castelão, the beautifully scented alicante bouschet and syrah. It tastes big and bright, all red and black fruit underpinned with liquorice and rough, rustling, tree bark cut with flashes of acidity.

Escape to the country...Chase distilleryDate published: 04/05/12

Earlier this week, 4 other Majestic employees and I set off to leafy and at the moment, somewhat waterlogged, Herefordshire to visit Chase's distillery, home to the World's Best Vodka (San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010). Born and bred in Herefordshire, William Chase had over 20 years farming experience before embarking on a new adventure in 2002 when he started making Tyrrell's crisps. Whilst Tyrrell's went from strength to strength, Will started to have ideas of new avenues to explore and whilst travelling around the States in 2004, he discovered a small, boutique distillery making vodka from potatoes. And in April 2008, Chase started distilling their own potato vodka. All stages of the distillation process take place on the farm with the potatoes being grown on site then peeled, mashed, fermented, distilled, bottled and packaged. The result is a pure, smooth, creamy vodka of unbelievably high quality.
On our arrival we were met by Angus, the distillery manager, who after a quick sample of their potato vodka, led us on a tour of the farm starting with the potato peeling machine. The potatoes used are mainly Lady Claire and Lady Rosetta and are grown on the farm in Hertfordshire. They have an average starch content of 25% (compared to other varieties of potato, such as Maris Piper, which have an average starch content of 16-18%) which makes them ideal for making vodka. After the potatoes are peeled, they then go in to the mashing machine to produce a runny mashed potato liquid. The next stage is the all-important fermentation process where the yeast converts the sugars in the potato in to alcohol, producing heat and carbon dioxide as by-products. To counteract the overheating of the potato, the solution is kept cool and the result is a potato “wine” with an alcohol content of 11%. The next step is distillation which converts the potato wine in to vodka. Legally, vodka must be taken to 96% abv (alcohol by volume) before it is then diluted back down to the bottling strength (usually around 40%). Chase use a traditional handmade copper batch pot still which helps to produce a pure, smooth vodka.

After having a look inside the fermentation tanks, Angus then led us upstairs to show us the rectification column which constitutes the second part of the distillation process. The column is over 70 ft tall and has 42 bubble plates up it all at slightly increasing temperatures. The column works on the basis that different types of alcohols boil at different temperatures and so unwanted substances can then be removed at different points. Methanol (a type of alcohol that can make you go blind) has a relatively low boiling point so is one of the first substances to be moved. Ethanol (the type of alcohol they want in their vodka) collects at the top of the column as it has the lowest boiling point of any of the alcohols, leaving unwanted compounds with even higher boiling points in the column. This therefore makes up three parts – the heads (the methanol), the hearts (the ethanol – the important part that Chase are after) and the tails (any remaining unwanted substances). The hearts now have an abv of around 90%. As the legal requirement is 96% the hearts are then put back in to the bottom of the column and the process is repeated to give a spirit that is over 96%. After a quick photo with the distillery's mascot, we then headed back downstairs where we were shown the tanks with the diluted vodka. At the end of the distillation process, the 96% vodka is diluted with purified water down to a more bearable 40%. The bottling process is done by hand – the bottle is held under a clever machine that fills the bottle with the desired type of vodka to the required level. The bottles are then packaged and ready to be dispatched!
After seeing the boxes of vodka ready to be shipped to places such as the Czech Republic, Spain and Norway we were taken to the bar to start our tasting with Catherine, the sales manager. We tasted a range of vodkas including marmalade, smoked, Bourbon (a vodka that had been aged in Bourbon whisky casks), Islay, naked Chase (made from organically grown apples) Bramley apple (naked Chase apple vodka distilled with Bramley apples), gooseberry, blackberry and an interesting horseradish flavour! My favourites have to be the rhubarb vodka which simply blew me away and their elderflower liqueur which was to die for!

Thank you to Angus and Catherine for a fantastic tour and tasting, we all had a brilliant time and if you've never tried any of the Chase vodkas, I cannot recommend them highly enough!
 

Laurent PerrierDate published: 02/05/12

We are very happy here in Derby as we have a representative from Laurent Perrier visiting us on our Wine Evening on Thursday 10th May. There will be the Brut NV open to sample alongside a wide range of wines on the night and as always there will be plenty of Majestic staff on hand to give advice and make sure the night goes off with a bang.

If you haven't signed up yet it's not too late but we are now getting down to the last few places so contact us here in store and make sure you don't miss this great event.

New Arrivals for Summer!Date published: 24/04/12

New Arrivals for Summer tasting week: Friday 27th April – Thursday 3th May


With each new Grape to Glass comes an exciting new batch of brand new arrivals to our range. Here in store, looking through the list of new arrivals always leaves us desperate for them to arrive! This summer, we've got new wines to try from all over the world from crisp, steely Chablis to zesty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with an interesting white from Galicia made from the Godello grape also making an appearance. For the reds, we can't wait to try some fantastic new blends from Italy, a silky Pinot Noir from the Giesen brothers in New Zealand, and several full-bodied, spicy Shirazes from renowned Australia producers such as Peter Lehmann and Two Hands. Here is a selection of the new wines that will be available to taste :


Chablis 'La Collégiale' 2011, Laroche - £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £13.99 single bottle price

Grapes for this wine are taken from several growers who work together for Domaine Laroche. The soil in Chablis is a mixture of Kimmerigian clay and limestone which gives the wine its unmistakeable steely minerality. Fresh citrus aromas leap from the glass with notes of peach blossom in the background. The palate offers a medley of lemon, lime and ripe stone fruit flavours with characteristic stony minerality. Partner with smoked salmon and watercress salad for a match made in heaven!


Montenovo Godello 2010, Valdesil, Valdeorras - £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4! £9.99 single bottle price

Galicia is not always the first area in Spain that would spring to mind for producing wine, yet the appellation is becoming increasingly popular for producing high-quality white wines from the indigenous Godello grape variety. The area enjoys a moderate maritime climate with cooling sea breezes and rocky, slate soils with offer ideal conditions for growing white grape varieties. Godello produces crisp, clean, herbaceous whites and this wine is no exception. Aromas of green apple, pear and exotic pineapple and a touch of mango are apparent on the nose alongside notes of freshly mown grass. The palate is light and fresh with ripe citrus and exotic fruit evident. Crack open a bottle with a plate of freshly cooked calamares and be transported to warmer climes!


Rosso di Montalcino 2010, Il Poggione - £14.99 when you buy any 2 Italian wines, save 20%! £18.74 single bottle price

Located near Montalcino, this area is famed for its full-bodied, intense reds made from Brunello, a dark-skinned clone of Sangiovese which gives low yields of high-quality grapes. This wine is 100% Sangiovese but offers a lighter style as it is made from grapes taken from younger vines. The nose is intense with aromas of raspberry, damson and red cherry bursting from the glass. The wine spends 12 months ageing in barrel and this is evident in the toasty notes in the background. Ripe red fruits come to the fore on the palate, supported by soft blackberry, liquorice and strawberry tones. With its smooth, silky mouthfeel and ample, chewy tannins, try matching this wine to chargrilled steak and sweet potato chips.


Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2008, Hawke's Bay - £15.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%! £19.99 single bottle price

Grapes for this wine are taken from a small vineyard located in Waipawa. The vineyard benefits from north-facing slopes and a range of soil types and microclimates allowing the winery to cultivate several grape varieties in the same location. Flavours of red and black cherries, plum and blackberry dominate the palate with savoury, earthy aromas in the background. Ripe, soft fruit combined with ample acidity and silky tannins make this an exceptional Pinot Noir. Partner with coriander-crusted lamb rump with celeriac purée and roasted baby beetroots for a match made in heaven!

Lebanon...an undiscovered jewel!Date published: 22/04/12

Earlier this month, 9 other very lucky Majestic employees and I met at Heathrow on a bright sunny morning bound for Beirut, Lebanon. Now the Middle East may not immediately spring to mind as one of the world's main wine producing regions yet Lebanon has a long winemaking history (it is mentioned in the Bible by the prophet Hosea, thought to have lived around 775-725 B.C.). It is now home to over 30 wineries, including the fantastic Chateau Musar, our hosts for the next 5 days.

After setting down in Beirut in the early evening, we quickly dropped off our stuff at the hotel and headed out with our guide from Musar, Richard, to sample some of the local cuisine. Hummous, fattoush (a green salad with a delicious sumac flavoured dressing topped with pieces of toasted pitta), baba ghanoush (mashed aubergine with olive oil and spices) and tabbouleh (a salad of finely chopped parsley, bulgar wheat, mint and tomato) all featured on the menu and after a short stroll around downtown Beirut we headed back to the hotel for a good night's sleep!

We left the hotel bright and early to head to Chateau Musar's winery in Ghazir, to the north of Beirut where we met Gaston Hochar who took us on a tour of the winery. We then met Tarek, Musar's Head Winemaker, who then gave us a fantastic tasting of some of Musar's wines. Highlights included 1979, 1985 and 1989 Musar red and 2004 Musar white and a beautiful Cinsault 2010 that smelled like apricot jam! We then headed off to a fantastic seafood restaurant by the sea in Byblos and enjoyed delicious fish mezze for lunch with Serge, one of the current owners of the winery who educated us about Musar's ethos and vision. Feeling slightly sleepy after our long, relaxed lunch we then went for a tour of the citadelle in Byblos whose history dates back to well over 5000 B.C. Phoenicians, Romans and Egyptians have all inhabited the city over time contributing to a rich architectural history. After a quick stop at the fossil museum with its collection of fossilised marine life, some several millions of years old, we headed to the historic quarter for a few drinks.

Thursday morning also saw us up bright and early and after a quick breakfast, we hopped on the bus and were whisked off to Baalbek, a World Heritage site located in the Bekaa Valley that is famed for its Roman temple ruins. Originally known as Heliopolis, the ruins have remained miraculously well-preserved including its three temples dedicated to Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus. The size of the some of the monuments were absolutely incredible with some columns reaching over 20m and supporting friezes weighing up to 60 tons! We then set off to meet Tarek for another delicious lunch before being taken for a tour of the vineyards where Tarek explained why it had chosen particular sites for growing each varietal, depending on the incline of the slopes and soil composition. After a quick stop at a bakery, where Tarek was insistent on us trying a variety of Lebanese sweets even though we were almost fit to burst after our enormous lunch (!), we headed back to Beirut to meet Ronald, Serge's brother, who oversees marketing and finance at the château, for dinner. He was very passionate about their wine and told us all about its development and diversification over the last few decades. With that familiar feeling of having eaten too much, we strolled back to the hotel and collapsed in to bed after our action-packed day!

Our final day in Lebanon was dedicated to sight seeing and after a more leisurely breakfast we set off north up the coast to visit the grotto at Jeita. Rediscovered in 1836, the caves are split in two – the upper stretching just over 2km and the lower reaching 6.2km on total. Both are full of gravity-defying stalactites and stalagmites with the longest stalactite in the world found in the upper cave, measuring 8.2m in length. In the lower cave, we took a boat ride along the lower gallery to see more of the incredible formations. Making the most of the fantastic weather, we had lunch at a restaurant located right on the sea front and had lots of fresh seafood mezze including fried calamari and squid in a Provençal sauce, along with the ubiquitous hummous and fattoush. After a wander around the souqs we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our last dinner in Lebanon with Serge, Ronald and Gaston. At 9pm we set off to the restaurant located in the marina and feasted yet more Lebanese delicacies – puréed sea bass with pine nuts and a stunning prawn and yoghurt curry were two of the highlights but the food in general was absolutely amazing! There is no other wine, of course, to match such cuisine as Musar – the white, made from indigenous Lebanese grape varieties Obeideh and Merwah, with its rich, buttery, hazelnut characteristics was a perfect match to the mezze. Gaston had also brought along a 1974 vintage of the Musar red (which has never been officially released) which was mindblowing! Each time we came back to it, we smelled something different – blackberry, raspberry, redcurrant, toffee, raisins, pecan, caramel, sweet spice and a lick of bitter chocolate were all apparent on the nose and palate – simply stunning! All too soon, it was time to say farewell to our hosts who had been so generous and welcoming to us during our trip. We had been spoilt by the array of our wines offered to us by the Hochars and the Cinsault 2010 and Musar 1974 are wines that I will remember for the rest of my life! Our guide, Richard, from Musar UK was also fantastic and had put so much organisation and effort in to arranging our trip.

If you ever have the chance to go to Lebanon, I can not recommend it highly enough – the food, people, wines and scenery were simply stunning and I would love to go back!

 

Something Special for the WeekendDate published: 21/04/12

This weekend in Derby we are opening up a bottle of the delicious Lacoste Borie, Pauillac, 2007 at £19.99. This is the second wine of the famous Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste and it shone in this fantastic Pauillac vintage. It is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and has been vinified in French oak barrels for 18 months. With blackberry, plum and charcoal on the nose, the palate is plump and refined with ripe tannins providing the frame. The fruit flavours are layered with vanilla leading to a liquorice finish. It can be drunk now but will also age for a further 6-8 years. It pairs perfectly with rich meat dishes or good quality cheeses.

This wine is generously priced and excellent value for money. Don't believe us? Come in and try it for yourself!

Majestic Wedding InformationDate published: 10/04/12

Are you getting married this summer? Have you thought about which wines and champagnes youre going to have on your special day?

Well, here at Majestic Wine Derby, we can help you every step of the way when it comes to wine. In Derby, are all WSET qualified and can provide expert knowledge for you on wine and champagne. We have an amazing range of over 800 wines to choose from, but if that seems daunting, dont worry we will help you find the wine best suited for your big day and your budget. We will also help you find wines that will match your food menu and your personal tastes.

We can also take care of the little extras, such as FREE glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket hire. We can even supply the ice for your wedding too. If you have a lot of wine, these are a great way to keep your wines and champagnes chilled.

And the best thing of all is...we offer FREE home delivery!

If you would like any more information, please contact us via

  • Telephone: 01332 346242
  • E-Mail: der@majestic.co.uk
  • Website: www.majestic.co.uk

 

 

Summer 2012 - A Season of CelebrationDate published: 10/04/12

This summer promises to be one of the most eventful and spectacular the UK has ever seen for decades. With so many exciting events happening this summer, it promises to be a summer to remember. The London Olympic and Paralympic Games are just around the corner, as well as the Olympic Torch Relay, Euro 2012, Wimbledon and most important of all, the Queens Diamond Jubilee. This summer really is more packed than a can of sardines.

With all these events going on, Majestic Derby will be helping you to celebrate too. If youre planning or hosting a party this summer, we will help every step of the way. Our expert staff will help you with choosing your wine and champagne, to providing the glasses, ice and chiller bins for your party. We will even deliver free to your door, seven days a week at a time to suit you.

So come on, theres every reason to celebrate and support the UK this summer, and at Majestic Derby, we will also be doing our bit help celebrate. We just hope the Great British weather does its part too.

Local beers from your local Majestic WineDate published: 09/01/12

Don't forget that on top of our award winning range of wines we also do a cracking selection of beers, many of them local. All of them come from small producers and we think that they are all really great beers. All prices listed are for when you buy 2 cases of any ales.

Derby Brewing Company – Made by Trevor Harris, Business as Usual and Old Intentional are two cracking beers. Sold in pubs throughout Derby, we have them in cases here and we always have plenty in stock. (£21 per 12 bottle case when you buy 2+)

Thornbridge – Up in Bakewell, the world renowned Jaipur IPA is possibly my favourite beer ever. They also do Kipling, a lovely golden ale with hints of citrus and Wild Swan which is only 5% so you can have a whole one and not feel tipsy!. The Jaipur is £26.40 per 12 bottle case, Kipling is £24.60 per 12 bottle case and the Wild Swan is £23.40 per 12 bottle case.

Purity – Two words. Mad Goose. Delicious. Also the UBU is very refreshing. I first tried the Pure Gold when I worked in Carlisle when a customer who had family in Warwickshire brought some back on a trip from there. Needless to say I was very happy to find that we had them in when I moved to Derby. The Pure Gold, Pure UBU and Mad Goose are all £15.60 per 8 bottle case.

Kelham Island Brewery – Started in the early 1990's (just as I was finishing primary school), carrying on the tradition of brewing beer in Sheffield, we have now persuaded them to come to Derby and we now have Easy Rider, Pale Rider, Riders of the Storm and Pride of Sheffield. Being from Sheffield myself I do really love these beers a lot and am very happy to see them selling well here in Derby. All the Kelham Island beers are £17.60 per 8 bottle case.

These beers aren't in our catalogue and aren't on our website. We deal direct with them so call us if you want these beers with your next order or if you have any questions about them then just ask.

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Free Wine Course

5 June 2014 (18:00 - 20:00)

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15 May 2014 (18:00 - 20:00)

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7 May 2014 (18:00 - 20:30)

It's our Summer Tasting with some new wines open to taste. It is RSVP so make sure you reserve a place.

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3 May 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)

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Meet the team...

  • Chloe Trainee Manager

    Hiya! I've just joined the Derby store after starting my time with Majestic in Ashbourne. I enjoy drinking oaked, New World Chardonnays but a glass of anything sparkling also wouldn't go a miss. I'm currently studying for my WSET Level 3 and I will happily recommend the perfect wine for you as my knowledge continues to grow.
  • David Assistant Manager

    Hi, I'm delighted to be in Derby, having worked in York, Wirral and Chesterfield. I enjoy Ribera del Duero and Galician whites as well as big oaky Chardonnays and rich Rhone blends.
  • Jack Trainee Manager

    Hello all, I've just moved to the Derby branch as a trainee after a 9 month stint in Nottingham. I am a big fan of reds, especially anything big and bold that can go with a juicy rare steak! Perfect at those summer BBQ's that we're all looking forward to. Come down for a chat and come and explore!
  • Karl Manager

    How do! I've been here in Derby for over 2 years and with Majestic for 7 years. My taste in wine does go with the seasons so I'm really enjoying more hearty reds such as Malbec and also rustic Southern French blends. I also have a soft spot for Sherry and I also enjoy a drop or two of ale. Why not pop in and see what we have open to taste.

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