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Welcome to Majestic

East Molesey

Contact Information
T: 020 8941 5431
F: 020 8941 5431
E: mol@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
292 Walton Road
East Molesey
KT8 2HY
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(393)

Asahi Super 'Dry' 24x330ml Bottles for £24Date published: 29/03/15

Asahi Super 'Dry' 24x330ml Bottles for £24

Asahi, pronounced 'A-Sa-Hee', means 'rising sun' and is Japan's number one beer.

Asahi was founded in Osaka in 1889 as the Osaka Beer Company. However it wasn't until 1987 that Asahi introduced Asahi Super Dry, a product that transformed the modern beer industry in Japan. 

Asahi Super Dry is a clean and light lager with a crisp, dry taste that is reminiscent of some northern German beers.

"Clean and crisp with a restrained bitterness and a subtle citrus aroma, this light golden beer was Japan's first "dry" lager. Its deft, distinct dryness comes from a carefully concise fermentation period, a minimum four week maturation period and the traditional addition of a small amount of rice. Fresh and with plenty of balanced finesse, it's an ideal accompaniment to the well-defined flavours and textures found in sushi."
Tasting notes by beer writer Ben McFarland

Wine Of The Week - Château Moulin de Curat 2009 Puisseguin St-EmilionDate published: 28/03/15

Wine Of The Week - Château Moulin de Curat 2009 Puisseguin St-Emilion

£9.99

This wine is a Saint-Emilion-style blend from neighbouring Puisseguin. Before becoming a vineyard operation around the turn of the 20th century, the owners of this estate were millers, and some remains of the original mill are still visible on the site today.

Dense crimson in colour, this is a medium-bodied wine with a plush, rich feel. Good ripeness on the nose and palate, with soft spice, dried pine needle and leaf tea aromas.


Special One Week Offer - Rioja Reserva 2010 CVNEDate published: 24/03/15

Special One Week Offer - Rioja Reserva 2010 CVNE

Single Bottle Was £14.99 Special Offer £13.49

OR

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% £8.99


Grape : Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.

Taste

This is a soft luxurious wine, with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. On the palate you will find beautifully balanced rich autumn fruit flavours that transcend effortlessly into a smooth lingering finish.

Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

This offer ends at 7pm on Monday the 30th of March!

Wine of the Week - Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 CoonawarraDate published: 22/03/15

Wine of the Week - Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Coonawarra

Single Bottle Price - £11.99

OR

Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 25% Promotion - £8.99

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.


Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Bathtub Gin!Date published: 15/03/15

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Bathtub Gin - £32.50!

You may have noticed a few strangers on our spirits shelves over the last 3 or 4 months. These strangers are the first products in our new range of craft spirits.

Now as chilly memories of winter become dreams of warmer months ahead, the joys of Gin begin to pop into our thoughts.

If any spirit has truly embraced the whole craft/artisan production ethos it has to be Gin. And if any Gin can claim to be at the vanguard of this Gin revolution it has to be the wonderfully eccentric Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Bathtub Gin!

An extraordinary award-winning gin, produced by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth, it is made using the traditional method of Cold Compounding (or in layman’s terms – infusing). Very high quality copper pot-still spirit is infused with exotic botanicals such as Juniper, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cloves and orange peel.

This gin is made in ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling.

The result is an extraordinary gin, lightly tinted by the botanicals, and with a flavour which is both bold, and perfumed all at once. 


Wine of the Week - Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y LeonDate published: 13/03/15

Wine of the Week - Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011 Castilla y Leon

£9.99 single bottle price 

OR 

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £6.66

Our buyers love a bargain. And their favourite kind is a wine that should be much more expensive than the price they manage to buy it at. So we couldn't be happier to present this absolutely outstanding wine, for the frankly ridiculous price of £6.66 per bottle.

It was so nearly a Ribera del Duero DO wine........So very nearly. The Tempranillo grapes were hand harvested from mature bush vines in Castilla y Leon, where the hot days and cool nights make for super concentrated red berry flavours and precise acidity. The wine was aged for 30 months in French and American oak giving it the smooth texture and vanilla spice so typical of the region.

However, 10% of the Tempranillo grapes came from nearby Toro....that's it! That's the only reason the wine isn't classified as a Ribera del Duero, intended to sell at over £15!

So, don't miss out!! This is a one-off parcel - once it's gone..............it's gone

Wine of the Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, MarlboroughDate published: 06/03/15

A favourite of both Majestic staff and customers alike!

The Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is one of the pioneers of classic Marlborough Sauvignon. Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries.

Aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

An absolute bargain at £7.99...and all Oyster Bay wines are currently 33% off!

Wine Of The Week: Oyster Bay - Pinot NoirDate published: 05/03/15

Wine of the Week

Oyster bay – Pinot Noir

£8.66

Promotional price when matched with wine from the same range.

Set in the heart of the alluvial plane, Oyster Bay has been producing wine of international acclaim since winning the 'Best International Sauvignon' in the IWSC in 1991. A leading example of the 'New Zealand Style', Oyster Bay produces wines of typicity and class.

Ripe red cherry with hints of savoury black cherry, blossom, spice and oak. Juicy red fruits, soft ripe tannins and a soft elegant finish of succulent and red berries.

A great accompaniment to lamb or short loin of pork.


Wine of the week: Greywacke - Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/03/15

Wine of the Week

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

£17

Save £10 when you mix and match from this promotional range

Greywacke (pronounced 'grey-wacky') is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Intense aromatics of melon, peach and papaya are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and green pepper. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling, a small portion of the wine having been oak fermented.


Beer Of The Week: Oakham Ales - CitraDate published: 05/03/15

Oakham Ales - Citra

£22.20*

*when you buy any two 12 bottle packs of Ale

Oakham Ales were the first brewery in the UK to use the American Citra hop. This single hop beer was first made

as a seasonal special, but proved so popular is has now become one of Oakham's most successful core lines.

A light refreshing beer with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry,

bitter finish; this is a very modern version of a classic golden ale. Citra has won many awards since the first brew

in 2011, culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the

CAMRA Great British Beer awards in 2014.Established in Oakham, Rutland, in 1993, the brewery moved to Peterborough in 1998 where their

brewery tap is the largest in Europe!

To be enjoyed in the garden now the sun is making an appearance!


What's the difference between Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva?Date published: 28/02/15

Have you ever wondered what the difference Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva? They appear on every bottle of red Rioja that you buy but what do they mean?

These terms are not an indication of quality, but rather a definition of a minimum time each type of wine has to be aged. 

Crianza: This wine is aged for a minimum of two years in total and must spend six months in oak barrels. These wines typically have vibrant red fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla. 

Reserva: Must be aged for a minimum of three years with at least a year in oak barrels. Reserva because they spend more time in oak have riper fruit and more tobacco and liquorice flavours than the Crianza.

Gran Reserva: These are produced in outstanding vintages. These wines are at least five years old with two years in oak barrels. These produce wines with more complexity that the other two. These typically have deeper colours, elegant flavours and smother finish because of their age.

So next time you're in Molesey, why not try something new and find which you prefer?


NEW WINE - Basedows of Barossa ShirazDate published: 27/02/15

NEW WINE - Basedows of Barossa Shiraz

Single Bottle Price - £10.99

OR Mix and Match 2 bottles save 25% - £8.24

Basedow Shiraz comes from a group of exclusive vineyards just outside the town of Tanunda in Barossa Valley. The winery originated in the mid-1800s, and spent some years under corporate ownership, before being reacquired by the Basedow family's 5th generation.

This classic Barossa Shiraz has deep cherry red flavours, and a thick and juicy backbone of plum jam and cocoa, accented with hints of sweet spice and black pepper, as well as gentle yet rich and mouth-filling tannins.

Try this with spice-rubbed lamb chops or steaks.

Russian Jack Wines from New Zealand - Open to Taste!Date published: 26/02/15

Russian Jack Wines from New Zealand


Who was Russian Jack?


Russian Jack (formally known as Barrett Crumen) was a sailor of either Latvian or Ukrainian origin who jumped ship in Wellington. He spent the next 53 years wandering along the lanes of Wairarapa, working as a swagger. Swaggers cleared the scrub from the land, leaving rich, fertile lands which became the vineyards of Martinborough. There is a statue celebrating Russian Jack’s life in Masterton.


The Russian Jack Pinot Noir


The Russian Jack is a wonderful introduction to Martinborough Pinot Noir. The colour is vibrant and deep with aromas of plum and raspberry and spicy cinnamon characteristics.


£15.99 buy 2 save 25% = £11.99


The Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc


From a winery that recently won the coveted “Best Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand” at the Royal Easter Show, this wine demands to be sampled.


Aromas and flavours of lime, passion fruit and elderflower produce a clean, zippy and refreshing wine.  


£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99


Why buy these wines? They are from a top producer, Martinborough Vineyard, who make the outstanding Te Tera and Burnt Spur wines.

Beer Of The Week: Alhambra Reserva 1925Date published: 26/02/15

The Alhambra brewery was founded in Granada, Andalusia, in 1925 and is named after the city's magnificent Alhambra Palace. Regarded as the leading craft brewery in Spain, despite the arrival of modern equipment little has changed in the overall brewing process since 1925. All Alhambra beers are made with no additives and the water used is still drawn from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The traditional method employed by Alhambra for this beer involves slow, natural fermentation over a period of 35 days. This strong lager has a deep golden colour, and distinctive hop and caramel aromas. The unique bottle is a nod to the bottles used originally in 1925 when the brewery was founded - a Spanish icon, it has no label with all the branding and legal information embossed on the bottle.

"Pours a good fluffy head. Golden amber with lightly toasted aromas. Full-bodied, with a constant, well-rounded and very pleasing taste. Perfect balance of bitter and sweet flavours, with notes ranging from bitter orange to a slightly caramel finish".

£9.99 when you buy any two cases of craft beers (buy 2 save £6)

Hogsback Montezuma's Chocolate Lager!?!Date published: 25/02/15

Hogsback Montezuma's Chocolate Lager!?!

Case of 12 x 330ml Bottles - £24

The Hogs Back Brewery is an independent brewery based in Tongham, Surrey. Their flagship real ale, ‘TEA’ (Traditional English Ale), has proved to be a favourite of cask conditioned ale drinkers throughout the UK and is the proud winner of many awards.

"As Projects go, beer and chocolate is probably about as good as it gets! The head on collision of a famous British beer maker and innovative British Chocolate maker has been as exciting as it has been rewarding, with results that taste as good as the pedigree should suggest. One of the few chocolate lagers in the world and definitely a challenge to perceived wisdom, but give it a go and be prepared to open your mind to a lager that flies in the face of convention; try it with a square or two of Montezuma's Lordy Lord chocolate bar for good measure!". Simon Pattinson, co-founder Montezuma's.


The Champagne ProcessDate published: 23/02/15

Ever wondered how Champagne is made?

I used to, so I thought it would make a nice break from the Focus on Grapes series to share some of what I've learnt about my favourite variety of wine.

Firstly, Champagne is not a type of grape but a region in France. Like Parma ham and Stilton cheese, Champagne is origin protected. This means that whatever bottle you open, if it says 'Champagne' it can only have come from the Champagne region. 

Champagne is made from a blend of three grapes: Chardonnay (the only white grape variety), Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. To avoid colouring the wine with the skins of the Pinot Noir and Meunier, mechanical harvesting is forbidden and the grapes are pressed very gently. From 160kg of grapes only 102 litres can be extracted and the first 82 litres form the Cuveé, from which the best Champagnes are made. This is then fermented in either stainless steel vats or oak barrels to form a base wine which is blended with other base wines from various vintages and villages in order to create a consistent house style. Once the wine has been blended, the liquer de triage (a mixture of yeast, sugar, wine, and clarifying agent) is added and the mixture is bottled and a beer bottle cap used to seal it. The bottles are then stacked horizontally and left to ferment again until the yeast dies (releasing the CO2 which makes up the bubbles) and settles at the bottom of the bottle, forming what is known as lees - which make the classic biscuity flavours. The bottles are then very slowly rotated until they are upside down and the lees are in the neck of the bottle (a process known as riddling). The lees are frozen and pulled out like a cork and the champagne is ready for consumption!

My new favourite champagne is Bollinger for its delicious foaminess and biscuity flavour. I'd also highly recommend Pol Roger (Winston Churchill's favourite champagne) which is a bargain at the moment at £29.98 a bottle!


Last Chance for an Amazing Web Exclusive!Date published: 23/02/15

Web Exclusive: Veuve Clicquot 2004 Vintage £33.31

Veuve Clicquot 2004 Vintage is available in unsplit 6 packs for £199.86 (£33.31 per bottle)until Monday 23rd February while stocks last. 

Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay.

Wonderfully golden in colour with mouth-watering lemon and baked apple flavours. This vintage boasts fine bubbles to give a creamy mouth-feel.

Please visit to place your order: http://www.majestic.co.uk/web-exclusive-wines

Don't forget, we deliver 7 days a week, free of charge!

Thoughts turning to summer...Date published: 21/02/15

In the wake of the ever-popular Soffio No. 3 Prosecco, we've just taken delivery of this lush Rosé version.

It's made from Raboso which gets its name from a native Venetian word meaning "angry", due to the unforgiving high-tannin, high-acid nature of the young red wines it produces.

This rosé however won't make your mouth quite so "angry" - with its soft cherry and summer fruits flavours, and gently off-dry nature, it's the perfect antidote to the cold and rain.

Match with some fresh prawns drenched in lemon juice, and think thoughts of a waterside terrace on the shores of Lake Garda...

Just £6.66 a bottle when you buy 2 or more

A Little Bit More About The Bellingham PinopassoDate published: 20/02/15

Bellingham Pinopasso 2012

This wine is unique. It is rare to find ripasso (or appassimento as the Italians say) used anywhere other than Italy.

Ripasso works by the juice being fermented and then that fermented juice being passed over the dried skins, extracting further sugar, tannin and flavour. The juice is then fermented again to bring the wine together.

The Bellingham Winery was established in 1943 by Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk. 13 Italian prisoners of war helped them to replant the vineyards.

The wine has been aged in old French oak barrels for over six months, with frequent racking occurring during the maturation.

The wine is organic and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

What a wonderful, interesting wine...Give it a try!

A Little Bit More About Our Wine Of The WeekDate published: 20/02/15

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The Rustenberg Estate is based in Stellenbosch, which is often claimed to be the prettiest wine growing region in the world (although many other areas would dispute this).

Rustenberg has vineyards in Simonsberg, Helderberg and Nooitgedacht. The vineyards for Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc are at 550m above sea level against the Simonsberg mountains. Most vines in Stellenbosch are planted about 100m above sea level.

Lees ageing is an important factor in the quality of this wine. Not only does lees ageing add body and flavour, it also gives the wine more structure. Many websites recommend keeping Rustenberg Sauvignon for four or five years, which wouldn’t be possible with most Sauvignon Blancs.

The style of label on Rustenberg wines has not changed much since its inception in 1955. Since the 1990s however, the door changes between being shut or open whenever a significant event in the business or family occurs. The recent closing of the door marked Simon Barlow (Murray’s youngest son) being made a director of the company. Rustenberg frequently receive telephone calls from regular customers to ask what event has led to the orientation of the door changing.

What an amazing wine....Enjoy!

A True Classic For Our White Wine Of The Week!Date published: 20/02/15

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa

Available to taste!

A wine with pedigree!

The Rustenberg winery has a history dating back to 1683. Wine has been bottled in the cellar every year since 1892. The winery has been owned by the Barlow family for over 70 years, which is longer than any other family within the Estate’s history.

An award winning wine!

The current vintage of the wine available at Majestic is the 2014. The 2013 vintage, which was the latest vintage to be assessed, won a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards. Rustenberg are certain of more success when the 2014 vintage is tasted in May this year.

Why choose the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc?

Rustenberg take time and care with their wines. Unlike most Sauvignon Blanc the wine is allowed to rest on its lees (the yeast left over from the fermentation process). This helps to add flavour and body to the wine.

A great wine to drink by itself or with fish or seafood.

£13.49 buy 2 save 33% = £8.99

A Truly Unique Wine Of The Week!Date published: 20/02/15

This wine is unique!

The grape variety in Pinopasso is Pinotage, a well known South African grape, but what makes this wine special? It’s been made using a technique known as Ripasso. This is an Italian technique where the wine is passed back over the grape skins from which the juice was extracted, adding more complexity and intensity to the wine.

Why have Bellingham made this wine?

The Bellingham winery has always been innovative and head winemaker Niël Groenewald has maintained that spirit. Having learnt about the process in Italy, Niël felt it would make a fitting tribute to the 13 Italian prisoners of war who helped the owners replant the Bellingham vineyards in the 1940s.

What can you expect from the wine?

The wine is big and full-bodied. It has flavours of cherry and plum and hints of chocolate and spice.

The wine is organic and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It would go really well with a lasagne.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Half-price Gran Reserva Rioja!!!Date published: 19/02/15

Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 Lagunilla

Grape: Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin: From a bodega founded in 1885 in the high-altitude Rioja Alta region, where the ripening season is long and warm. This Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release.

Taste: A fine and elegant bouquet, full of trademark aged Rioja aromas: raisins, dried figs, cinnamon and vanilla. Velvety on the palate, with time-mellowed tannins, and a long, smooth finish.

Enjoy: Lovely with roasts or game, or try with the winery's own recommendation of baked cod.

Single bottle £15.99 Buy 2 Save 50% = £7.99

Don't Miss Out!

Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Now £7.99!Date published: 17/02/15

Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Now £7.99!

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 features a robust core of dark fruit and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine, pairing perfectly with red meat dishes or with rich dishes like moussaka.

So grab this great wine at this unbelievable price while we still have some 


Shrove Tuesday: Something Sweet or Something Savoury?Date published: 14/02/15

Whether a sweet tooth or a savoury one, we have a whole host of wines to match your pancake preference this coming Tuesday. below are my two favourites!

1. Castelnau de Suduiraut Sauternes. £11.99 a bottle. 

This is a particular favourite of mine, as I have a sweet tooth and am a big fan of Sauternes. What makes this a bargain, is its from the heralded 2009 vintage and has all the hallmarks of its more expensive bigger brother: Chateau Suduiraut. Enjoy the honeyed and confected sweetness of this with a pancake filled with honey or chocolate for a truly sweet treat!

2. Montagny 1er cru 2010 Buxy. £9.74 when  you buy any two bottles marked 33%.

A bit of a left field choice, but stick with me. Try this little gem from 2010 chilled with a pancake filled with shredded salted gammon and melted Edam cheese. This soft rich un-oaked Chardonnay will match the weight of the pancake filling nicely!

The One I LoveDate published: 14/02/15

Who Is The One You Love?

With Valentines day here, we all seem a little preoccupied trying to find ‘The One’’. Whether its finding that special something for that special someone, or alternatively when trying to distract the one from the rest of the world - aka buying oneself a nice sorrow-quenching alternative. Either way, I think its time to avoid the tacky chocolate hearts and go for something that is bound to be appreciated. And we just have the one thing perfect for the occasion…

The One British Whisky:
A unique blend of exceptional British Isles whiskies, each with its own distinctive characteristics, have been blended with great care and passion, resulting in a whisky of intriguing complexity. The ONE is the first British Blended Whisky with a taste slightly smoky, sweet and fruity, nutty, with hints of spice.

I genuinely can’t think of anything I would like my other half to get me that trumps this, sadly I doubt she will get the hint.

Come And Explore Our Majestic Range Of Craft Beers And Ales!Date published: 13/02/15

Currently here at Majestic East Molesey we have a fantastic range of craft beer and ales. Whether it's a few bottles to watch the rugby with on Friday night or just a few to keep warm in the winter nights, we can cater for you. 

Our beer of the week is currently Brooklyn Lager. An amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

Its also open to try on our tasting counter, just pop in store and check out the whole range!

Planning a Wedding?Date published: 13/02/15

Wedding Wines

Planning a wedding in 2015? Then why not look at some of our most popular wedding picks in the East Molesey store. Perhaps it is whites which confuse you, reds which are the unknown territory, or the difficult choice of Champagne vs Prosecco?

Whatever the complication we are looking to help with some useful suggestions. Obviously we know that there are often stringent budgets and multiple different menus which the wines need to be matched with, and many varying tastes to try and please.

At Majestic Wine East Molesey we are here to help and give any advice, and why not have a look at our wedding section on our website www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings and have a look at some of the services we provide. For example on the website there is a brilliant drinks calculator to help give you an idea of the quantities you will may need to for your big day.


The History of Cloudy BayDate published: 13/02/15

Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough.

The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has 250 hectares over four estate vineyards, and long-term supply agreements with nine Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris.

Cloudy Bay wines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Japan. Cloudy Bay believes that the future success of specialist wineries lies in the production of high quality wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. At Cloudy Bay, emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable estate wine style.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was a founding member of the New Zealand Integrated Winegrape Production scheme, set up to develop a programme for sustainable vineyard management, which is now monitored by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay’s impeccable scorecard reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly winery and vineyard management practices.

The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. At the time of Cook’s discovery, Marlborough was in flood and the Wairau River running into the bay was full of silt creating cloudy waters.


Wine Of The Week Date published: 13/02/15

Wine Of The Week - Pierre-Jean Sauvion Chenin Blanc


Where’s this wine from …?


The Loire region of France is the homeland of Chenin Blanc, where a variety of styles are produced, from dry to sweet dessert wines.

This is an off-dry Chenin made by the owners of Château du Cléray, one of the major wineries in the western Loire. The cooling breeze from the nearby ocean adds a certain crispness to the wines from here.


So what does it taste like...?


It’s a light style wine with a lovely flavour of sweet apples balanced by a grapefruity acidity.


It’s open on our tasting counter so try it for yourself!


Why should I buy it...?


A lighter style Chenin like this works really well with seafood, but would also make a great aperitif. At only 10.5% alcohol it’s great for lunchtime.



Shrove Tuesday SuggestionsDate published: 12/02/15

We all love pancakes; a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of sugar, lashings of Nutella… there are loads of options to make your pancakes delicious, but we thought we’d up the ante a bit and have come up with some wine and food matches to make Pancake Day a bit more Majestic. 

Here are a couple of suggestions. The obvious option would be a dessert wine; the honeyed nature of Sauternes would work a treat, as would the fig and cinnamon flavours of Royal Tokaji. 

As an alternative, pour slightly warmed PX over plain pancakes instead of syrup, we would probably serve it with a glass of the lovely stuff as well!

Off-dry Chardonnay based fizz would complement pancakes very well; Graham Beck, Lindauer Blanc de Blancs and L'Extra par Langlois, or, if you’re feeling really decadent, Pol Roger NV, currently on our 33% off deal!

What are you going to drink with your pancakes? 

New Wine - Bellingham PinopassoDate published: 11/02/15

New Wine - Bellingham Pinopasso Pinotage 2013 Coastal Region

Single bottle Price -£9.99

OR

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 25% - £7.49

Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their exceptional richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape.

Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture.




33% OFF Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel!!Date published: 10/02/15

33% OFF Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel!!

Single Bottle Price - £11.99

OR.......

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £7.99!!

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. It is home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils that produce powerful and extractive wines.

Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto is gloriously highlighted here as the Lodi is bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. On the palate it is bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, as well as vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter.


Something Pink to Brighten Up Your DayDate published: 09/02/15

You may have already heard, its no secret.. But valentines day is only around the corner!

And what better way to save you care by a bottle or 6 of your favourite pink champagne or sparkling!!

From now until Monday 16th, we are offering 33% off all pink bubbles.

That means some of your favourite items are available at a bargain price!

Laurent Perrier Rose NV - £44.97 down from £67.40

Veuve Clicquot Rose NV - £39.98 down from £60

Ruinart Rose NV - £39.98 down from £60

make someone very happy this valentines and get them something that says i love you


Beer of the Week Date published: 08/02/15

Beer of the Week - Flying Dog IPA

£12.99 as a single purchase Or buy any 2 craft beers and save £6

Why should you buy Flying Dog IPA?


Flying Dog IPA is great beer from Aspen, Colorado which has been brewed since 1990. Unlike many American IPAs the ABV is 4.7%, as opposed to usual 6%+, making this what the brewery term a “sessionable beer”.


Great Design!


The brewery owner is close friends with the journalist Hunter S. Thompson and the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who collaborated to come up with the funky designs on the labels.


What does it taste like…?


The beer is light and citrussy, with subtle hints of spice and an underlying hoppiness. It is a great accompaniment to Mexican and Asian food.

New Fine Wine Here In East Molesey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Date published: 07/02/15

Chateau Capbern-Gacqueton 2006.

It's on the tasting counter, and it's great - we love it!!!

Come in store to give it a try!!

New Wine in Store!Date published: 07/02/15

New wine in store - Pinot Grigio, Natale Verga

£7.99 single bottle Or £5.99 when you buy any 2 from our 25% range

What is important to know about Pinot Grigio?


Pinot Grigio is a very well known grape variety, providing light aromatic wines. As a soft approachable wine it is a real crowd pleaser that is often found on restaurant and pub wine lists.


Why buy the Natale Verga Pinot Grigio?


This organic wine comes from a traditional family producer with 4 generations of experience and an emphasis on quality. Majestic has formed a great relationship with Natale Verga and we already stock a great Barolo and Primitivo from the winery. Our Italian wine buyer Suzie Harrison says:


“The Natale Verga Pinot Grigio offers great quality at a great price, as do all their wines.”


What does it taste like?


The wine is very fresh, with citrus aromas. The citrus comes through on the palate with hints of apple and pear providing a light, satisfying wine.


Great as an aperitif or serve with seafood and fish dishes.



STAFF CHOICE! (Or...what I drank last night!!)Date published: 04/02/15

STAFF CHOICE! (Or...what I drank last night!!)

Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Catena, Mendoza

£9.99 Single Bottle Price OR Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £6.66

Faced with an evening in on my own and a general lack of enthusiasm in the culinary department, I opted for the simplest of meals last night.....steak,chips and a salad. And as I do at the beginning of every new promotion month, I perused the wines that have just joined our 33% offer. Given my general state of lethargy, the wine needed to be easy to drink from the off and not present my palate with to great a challenge, but still have enough about it to pair perfectly with my steak. 

I had a wide range of suitable suitors for the steak on our 33% promotion, but I decided to go to Argentina, a country that has carved its niche in the world of wine by using the Malbec grape. However, being a contrary sort, I went instead for a Cabernet Sauvignon by Alamos, part of the Catena winemaking family.   

Nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza is home to the Alamos vineyards, which are among the highest in the world. The cool evening temperatures in the high altitude vineyards, in addition to the exclusive use of free-run juice, emphasize the varietal Cabernet character in this quality red.

A great, fruit-driven example of this classic variety, this rich and expressive Cabernet has a concentrated plummy nose and a palate jam-packed with ripe black fruit flavours that pair perfectly with steak (and it did!!), lamb and cheeses.

This and many other red, white and sparkling wines will be a part of our "Enjoy 33% off when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the promotion" until the 16th of March. So come along and grab yourself a very tasty bargain!  


NEW OFFERS!Date published: 03/02/15

NEW OFFERS!

Christmas is but a dim and distant memory, and the cold winter weather is biting deep! However one thing that remains constant is our 33% promotion.

This February we have a small but perfectly formed selection of red, white and sparkling wines to help ease you through to March and the start of Spring.

So, in order to make it easier to choose here are a few of our favourites.

Portillo Malbec

£9.99 Single Bottle OR Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £6.66

This multi-award-winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m. 

It has an intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, Portillo delivers a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.


Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2014 Casablanca Valley

£10.99 Single Bottle OR Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £7.33

The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve to moderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures, aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening.

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.


L'Extra par Langlois Rosé NV Crémant de Loire

£14.99 Single Bottle OR Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £9.99

Langlois-Château has been owned by the Bollinger family since 1973, and is recognised as one of the Loire's premier producers of sparkling wine. This rosé is made from Anjou-Saumur-sourced grapes, and rendered sparkling using traditional bottle fermentation.

Very delicate peachy pink in colour and similarly delicate in aroma, with light summer berry and gentle leafy notes coming to the fore. Fresh, clean and easy-drinking.



  

New Craft Beer - Flying Dog Easy IPADate published: 02/02/15

New Craft Beer - Flying Dog Easy IPA

6x330ml Bottles £13.99 OR Buy Any 2 packs of Craft Beer save £6 = £10.99

The Flying Dog Brewery was founded in Aspen, Colorado in 1994 by astrophysicist George Stranahan and rancher Richard McIntyre. It is now based in a state-of-the-art brewing facility in Frederick, Maryland.

The unique artwork on the label for the Easy IPA and all of the Flying Dog beers has been done by Ralph Steadman, who George got to know through their mutual friend the outlaw Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).

Flying Dog call this light, yet flavorful, beer an American Session IPA, and it has glorious aromas of grapefruit and subtle spice that meld into lemon and pine hop notes balanced by crisp cracker malt. 

A Guide to SulphitesDate published: 31/01/15

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

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

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

Are sulphites harmful?

At the low concentrations found in wine, sulphites cause no harmful effects in the vast majority of people. A very small number of people have a high sensitivity to sulphites, and may suffer symptoms such as chest tightening or wheezing (particularly in asthmatics), headaches or skin rash. Sulphite sensitivity is thought to affect only around 1% of the population, and the above symptoms are likely to require much higher doses than those typically found in wines or foodstuffs. Other foods which may contain sulphites in various amounts are beer/cider, fruit juice, tinned foods, processed vegetables, dried fruit, jams/preserves, biscuits and cakes, cured meats and many others.

What are the legal limits on the amount of sulphites in wine?You will find that the vast majority of wines now have ‘contains sulphites’ printed on the back label. EU regulations require that all wines with more than 10mg/lt (or only 10ppm) of sulphites display this warning, and wines with concentrations lower than this are extremely rare. The maximum levels of sulphites permitted in wines sold within the EU are 160mg/lt for red wine, 200mg/lt for white/rosé wine, and 400mg/lt for sweet wine.

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

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


A Closer Look At The South Of FranceDate published: 30/01/15

We've got so many great offers in-store that we thought it would be a good idea to give you a more in-depth look at what we have available from specific countries. So here are some of the best offers from The South of France!

White

L'INSTANT PASSION SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012,PGI CÔTES DE GASCOGNE - £6.66 - 33% Off

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

This wine comes from several selected vineyard sites across the Côtes de Gascogne, and is vinified by Rigal, one of the region's most well-established producers, founded in 1755. The name refers to passion fruit, one of the noted characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc. An invitingly fresh nose of grapefruit, tinged with subtle grassy aromas and softer, more tropical fruit notes. Elegant and crisp, the palate is awash with refreshing citrus character. Best enjoyed with simple seafood dishes, white fish or as a refreshing aperitif.

MARQUIS DE PENNAUTIER VIOGNIER2013/14, PGI PAYS D'OC - £6.66 - 33% Off

Grape: Viognier

Château de Pennautier has been in the Lorgeril family since 1620. Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril are the tenth generation of vignerons at this historic domaine. The nose reveals honeysuckle, fresh apricots and even a hint of sherbet. Crisp and fresh, with flavours following aromas of the nose and a well balanced lingering finish. An excellent apéritif, however also goes well with all manner of salads,quiches, and grilled fish.

Red

L'INSTANT TRUFFIER MALBEC 2012,RIGAL, COMTÉ TOLOSAN - £6.66 - 33% Off

Grape: Malbec

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure,and are perfect for growing Malbec. Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins. Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs.

PAUL MAS MERLOT 2013, PGI PAYS D'OC - £5.99 - 33% Off

Grape: Merlot

Domaines Paul Mas are one of the largest and most successful wineries in the Languedoc, having 230ha of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to over 800ha of vineyards owned by contract growers, making a range of great value wines with traditional varieties. An inviting ruby and purple colour, the equally inviting nose offers plum and blackberry fruit, accented with subtle mocha notes. A rich and soft palate with ripe tannins and medium body. Drink any time over the next 4-5 years, alongside sausages, or stewed lamb or veal.

LA GRANGE DES COMBES 2012,AOC ST-CHINIAN-ROQUEBRUN - £8.66 - 33% Off

Grape: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre

The local producers' cooperative in the village of Roquebrun was formed in 1968, and today they enjoy their own sub-appellation of St-Chinian, essentially all to themselves. The wines are made using semi-carbonic maceration, for a freshly aromatic style. A deep, lustrous and inky colour, the wine has a nose of crushed red fruit, wild herbs and a hint of smoke. The palate is rich and ripe, with a supple tannic structure and multi-layered texture. Pair with any hearty and robust dish, such as spicy liver meatballs.


Wine of the Week - Domaine de Fabrègues 2011, AOP LanguedocDate published: 30/01/15

Based at a former chapel, this domaine is located a short distance to the north of Pézenas, in the foothills of the Cévennes Mountains. It was acquired in 2005 by owner Carine Despinasse whose aim is to create wines 'between classicism and surprise'.

This is a rich and spicy wine in the classic Languedoc style, with an intense, jammy blackberry and morello cherry backbone balanced by supple tannins and notes of pepper and dark chocolate.

Drink with full-flavoured casseroles or roasts.

£11.99 or mix and match any 2 bottles and save 25% = £8.99

Beer of the Week - Lagunitas IPADate published: 30/01/15

Lagunitas are based in Petaluma California and started up in 1993. They produce a wide variety of beers and their IPA actually made its debut as a seasonal beer back in 1995, and ahas since gone on to become a staple for the company. Brewed using a large number of hops and malts to get the balance just right, it has a hoppy-sweet finish and can be matched with a variety of foods, such as curries, strong cheeses and even desserts like apple tart

£13.99 per 6 pack, or buy any 2 craft beer 6 packs save £6 = £10.99 per 6 pack


Ageing WineDate published: 29/01/15

Ageing wine

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this isn't always the case!

Let us give you a quick guide to which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50. 

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!


Planning a Wedding?Date published: 29/01/15

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) and we sell ice

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

- Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- Wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £15.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget

Call us now on 0208 941 5431 or Pop in store, we look forward to seeing you.

Majestic Wines & Their Commercial SideDate published: 28/01/15

Majestic for Restaurants, Pubs, Bars & Hotels

Did you know that Majestic Wine has a commercial department dedicated to dealing with on-trade sales?

There's more to Majestic than just our retail organisation. If you've recently opened a new business in the local area and are not entirely sure what wines you should be selling to your customers we can help. Not sure where to source wines from? We can help with that too. If you're an established business, maybe you are feeling restricted by your current suppliers' order and delivery deadlines? Perhaps you're simply fed up of the long and labour intensive journey to the Cash N' Carry every week? Maybe the new year is time for a fresh look at your wine range?

If any of the above ring true, then Majestic Wine Molesey is here to help! Whatever your requirements we are experienced in looking after on-trade and retail customers alike.

We provide a dedicated service to business customers including:

Trade Only Wines - Specifically produced for the on-trade

FREE delivery - 7 days a week, arranged at a time to suit you, by you.

FREE tasting - try products before you buy!

We also offer staff training and credit terms.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are on hand to provide advice on what to buy and help you form the perfect wine list for your business

Interested in opening an account with us? Then feel free to pop in store, drop us a email, or give us a call to discuss further details!

Email - Mol@majestic.co.uk

Phone - 02089415431

Our Best Ever Offers are ending soon!Date published: 27/01/15

This month has been the first time we have ever done 40% off a range of wine, and it has been a roaring success!!

But all good things must come to an end, and these offers aren't here forever, so if you are interested in any of the wines below, do not hesitate in popping in and we can help you decide!

Vina Alarde, Berberana Gran Reserva now only £9.59
Prosecco Pasqua now only £7.19
Prosecco Conegliano now only £8.99
Louis Roederer NV now only £26.99
Bollinger Grande Année
now only £59.96

Pop in store before Monday 2nd February to avoid disappointment!

February is great because.....Date published: 26/01/15

February is great because.....

1) It's not January! Therefore if you have been abstaining throughout the aforementioned miserable month, then there is no brighter light at the end of the tunnel than the glorious month of February!

2) March is the next month! And the clocks go forward in March, which means with the onset of lighter evenings we can start to think about that wonderful thing....the pub beer garden.

3) February has only 28 days! You might not have to wait so long for pay day, and we will get into March that little bit quicker.

4) And finally........ you should stock up this week and take advantage of the last week of our current offers and dive into our biggest 33% off range ever!! This means you have more time to enjoy February.

Until the 2nd of February you can get some of the following delights for these ridiculous prices!

NED Sauvignon Blanc - £7.33

Alamos Malbec - £6.66

Prosecco Conegliano - £8.99 when you mix any 2 bottles on our 40% off deal

Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne - £26.99 when you mix any 2 bottles on our 40% off deal

So grab yourself some end of January bargains and make February great!



Store Favourite Back In Stock!!Date published: 25/01/15

Back by popular request - Catena Malbec - £9.74 when you buy any 2 wines from our 25% off selection

This wine proved to be a big hit over the festive period, with the majority of Majestic stores completely running out of stock! But now it is back.

This Argentinian phenomenon produced by Nicolas & Laura Catena is from the Mendoza region, where grapes are grown and ripened at high altitudes to  produce big wines. 

This specific Malbec has its grapes chosen from several altitudes to help create a unique profile of aromas. 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.

The complex character, tannins and acidity help suit this wine to further ageing and it will comfortably last five years. It is best paired with red meats, and a personal favourite is barbecued meats.



A wee dram for Burns Night - Highland Park 12yoDate published: 24/01/15

A wee dram  for Burns Night - Highland Park 12yo

Was £35 - NOW £30!!

Founded in 1798 Highland Park is Scotland’s northernmost whisky distillery situated in Kirkwall, Orkney.

"Highland Park 12 Year Old boasts individuality and complexity, thanks in part to the use of Orcadian peat in the distillery floor maltings and the employment of ex-sherry casks for maturation. The nose is fragrant and floral, with hints of heather and some spice. Smooth and honeyed on the palate, with citrus fruits, malt, and distinctive tones of wood smoke in the warm, lengthy, slightly peaty finish".

90 Points - Gavin D Smith for Whisky Advocate

"The greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky". 

Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion

Wine of the Week - Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 23/01/15

Wine of the Week - Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 

£6.66 when you buy any 2 wines from our 33% off deal!!

This new Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, and is produced by Giesen, which is a family winery that is still owned by the three brothers who founded it! For this wine, they have collected grapes from 47 different vineyards across the Wairau Valley and vinified them at the Giesen winery.

This is a Sauvignon Blanc where the gooseberry flavours are not instantly jumping out at you on the nose, but instead there are aromas of citrus fruits underlayed by a subtle herbaceousness. On the palate, it leans more towards grapefruit and tropical fruits, and has a nice refreshing acidity! 

This is a great wine to be drank as an aperitif or with freshly prepared cold seafood dishes.


New Wine in Store - Domaine de Fabregues 2011 LanguedocDate published: 22/01/15

New Wine in Store - Domaine de Fabregues 2011 Languedoc

Single Bottle Price £11.99

£8.99

When you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 25% off promotion

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault

Origin: Based at a former chapel, this domaine is located a short distance to the north of Pezenas, in the foothills of the Cevennes mountains. it was acquired in 2005 by owner Carine Despinasse whose aim is to create wines " between classicism and surprise".

Taste: A classic Languedoc red, this is a rich and spicy wine with an intense, jammy blackberry and morello cherry backbone balanced by supple tannins and notes of pepper and dark chocolate.

Enjoy: Drink with full-flavoured casseroles or roasts. 

Sam Adams Boston Lager 24 for £24!!Date published: 20/01/15

Sam Adams Boston Lager 24 for £24!!

If, like me, you love your ale but sometimes need the refreshment that a nice chilled lager gives you, then this little gem could very well be the perfect drink for you.

Brewed by Britain's Oldest Brewer - Shepherd Neame, Sam Adams is a richly satisfying lager with a lovely refreshing hoppy style that will keep ale and lager drinkers alike happy.

Amazing Laurent Perrier NV Promotion!!Date published: 17/01/15

Amazing Laurent Perrier NV Promotion!!

Single Bottle Price: £37.50

OR

£22.49 When You Buy any 2 bottles on the 40% off Promotion

OFFER ENDS MONDAY 19th of JANUARY

Grab yourself a bargain over the weekend with Laurent Perrier NV down to just £22.49!!!

Laurent-Perrier is the largest family-owned champagne house in France and its non-vintage champagne is a great example of why it is so popular. 

Made from 45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier grapes, this is a deliciously fresh and elegant champagne. Pale gold in colour with fine and persistent bubbles, it has great complexity and a balanced array of citrus fruit flavours and a deliciously creamy texture.

This is a really superb, refined champagne that makes a stunning party wine or is ideal as an aperitif


New Wine in Store!Date published: 16/01/15

New Wine In Store - La La Land Malbec

As the new year is well underway, we are starting to get more new wines into store, with one of the first being this 2013 vintage Australian Malbec from the North-West of Victoria. With the wines of La La Land being made to be to be consumed early, this is a fruit driven wine with bold forest fruit flavours supported with subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate.

This is  fantastic wine that has a different feel to it than your ordinary Argentinian Malbecs, and is great value at £8.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our 25% range!

This wine can be enjoyed on its own, or with pulled pork sliders or barbecue ribs! It is also best consumed early, or after short term cellaring

Wine of the Week - Mont Saint Jean 2012 CorbièresDate published: 16/01/15

Wine of the Week - Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières

£4.99

A typical Corbières red blend, winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

On the nose there are notes of damsons and blackberries with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, this easy-drinking Corbieres has soft rounded tannins that add a supporting structure. 


Craft Beer of the Week - Curious BrewDate published: 15/01/15

Craft Beer of the Week -  Curious Brew

Case of 12x33cl bottles was WAS £17.99 NOW £14.99! £1.25 per bottle

A premium lager for people who love beer, Curious Brew is made by Chapel Down in Tenterden - Kent, who are perhaps better known for their sparkling and still wines.

Curious Brew uses East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops, and is then re-fermented using Champagne yeast before a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop is added before cold filtering this unpasturised beer into bottle. Full-flavoured and well balanced with aromatic hoppy notes and a crisp refreshing finish, this quintessentially English Lager Beer is brewed with precision and passion.

 As most of our wines feature a recommendation for food matching, it seems only fitting that this artisan product should also....And simply the best match is a great curry! Try it and enjoy. 

NEW CRAFT SPIRIT RANGEDate published: 13/01/15

NEW CRAFT SPIRIT RANGE

TARIQUET VSOP CARAFE ARMAGNAC

£35

60% Ugni Blanc and 40% Baco.

Aged for at least seven years in oak barrels in Tariquet's cellars, this Armagnac shows both fresh characteristics and more mature notes.

Very smooth with a lively bouquet of floral and fresh mint, followed by further hints of woody spices, hints of vanilla, liquorice and macerated fruits.

BROKERS GIN

£19.99

Produced near Birmingham, ten traditional botanicals are used and quadruple distillation in a copper pot still to give a smooth taste.


Cloudy Bay all 33% off!Date published: 10/01/15

As a part of January's Savings Galore at Majestic, we included iconic Cloudy Bay wines in to our 33% off promotion. Time to stock up, the prices so low won't be back anytime soon!!!

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £18.33

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay - £18.33

Cloudy Bay Riesling - £18.33

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005 - £19.99

Cloudy Bay Te Koko - £23.32

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir - £23.32

If any of these pique your interest, call us on 0208 941 5431 to place your order, or take a look online or pop in to see us.

Free delivery on 6 bottles any mix

Wine Of The Week - Peter Lehman Shiraz, Barossa ValleyDate published: 08/01/15

As the first major event in tennis draws near, the Australian Open, we look at one of the best things to come out of Australia..#

Their Shiraz!!

Peter Lehmann, known as the 'Baron of Barossa,' selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region, some of which remain ungrafted due to an absence of phylloxera. his Shiraz is aged in American & French Oak for 12 months months before bottling to add some extra flavours.

Plenty of flesh and spice on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant and bramble fruit as well as hints of mocha and dark chocolate. Full bodied and rich, a classic Aussie Shiraz.

A great partner for beef and richly flavoured, peppery meat dishes, drink this over the next couple of years for maximum pleasure.


New Year - New StyleDate published: 06/01/15

Why not try something different in the new year! Move away from the traditional new and old world Sauvignon Blancs from regions such as Sancerre and Marlborough & come towards a less well known style of Spanish Sauvignon.

The Vega  de la Reina is a suitable alternative with less overt fruit notes than your typical Marlborough styles.

Vega de la Reina has its own 100ha vineyard in Valdestillas in the province of Valladolid, on the banks of the rivers Douro and Adaja. The wines of Rueda have been noted as an alternative to Sauvignon, so growing this international grape was a natural step for the region.

A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. Crisply acidic, the wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish.

Why not try this Spanish Sauvignon Blanc with a spanish meal, it will go perfect with battered hake!!

Prosecco - THE Party DrinkDate published: 29/12/14

Prosecco - THE Party Drink

There ain't no party like a Prosecco party! Well at least that's what the current popularity of this friendly Italian fizz would suggest!

And with New Years Eve fast approaching, Prosecco is the perfect choice if your party is particularly popular.

Below you'll find a few of our choices, ranging from great value to great looking and great quality.

GREAT VALUE:

Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV £6.66 - When you buy any 2 bottles from our 33% deal.

A superb value Prosecco made by the Pizzolo family, one of the north of Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

On the nose apple and pear flavours predominate, pleasantly lifted by subtle notes of freshly cut flowers. On the palate its soft mousse and gently ripe fruit make for an easy-drinking style.

GREAT LOOKING:

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV £8.66 - When you buy any 2 bottles from our 33% deal.

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

On the nose it is wonderfully aromatic and zesty, bursting with green apple fruit and accented with hints of jasmine. On the palate it has a persistent mousse that lifts and refreshes.

GREAT QUALITY:

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG £9.99 - When you buy any 2 bottles from our 33% deal.

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.

On the nose it is delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. It has a medium bodied and well-balanced palate that is wonderfully soft and velvety.

New Years Eve Drinks!Date published: 28/12/14

New Years Eve Drinks!

The quintessential New Years Eve drink has to be Champagne, and not only do we at Majestic have one of the best ranges available, we also have some amazing deals to make it easier on your pocket.

Listed below are a few of our choices from great value Champagnes to classics and a very special one that you might have heard of before.

GREAT VALUE:

Canard Duchene Brut NV £16.99 - When you mix any 2 bottles from the 33% off deal

The best-selling Champagne in France, Champagne house Canard Duchene has been located in Ludes in the Montagne de Reims National Park since 1868. This great value fresh and easy-drinking Champagne has a clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes.

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole 2007 Gold Top £19.99 - When you mix any 2 bottles from the 33% off deal

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.

CLASSICS:

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne £29.98 - When you mix any 2 bottles from the 33% off deal

Need we say more about this iconic Champagne? Surely one of the most recognisable Champagnes there is, Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

SOMETHING SPECIAL:

Dom Perignon 2004 Gift Box  £125

The prestige Champagne of Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon is named after a Benedictine Monk who pioneered a number of winemaking techniques. A blend of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, the truly stunning 2004 Dom Pérignon provides a wonderful sensory experience: from its nose-filling aromas, all the way to the huge finish.

Craft Beer of the Week - Camden Pale AleDate published: 27/12/14

Craft Beer of the Week

Camden Pale Ale

This American style pale ale is bright gold, with a big hoppy nose and a delicate white foam. On the palate it’s packed with citrus and tropical fruit flavours that are nicely balanced by a rounded body and refreshing drink-me-faster bitterness.

£13.99 for a 6-pack

OR 

£10.99 when you buy any 2 craft beer 6-packs on the buy 2 save £6 deal


Wine of the Week - Parrilla MalbecDate published: 27/12/14

Wine of the Week

Parrilla Malbec - £7.99 

When you mix n match at least 2 bottles from our 33% range

This wine is made by Bodegas Fabre, makers of the original single-varietal Argentine Malbecs, and is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish.




Tasting Counter Highlights!Date published: 21/12/14

Tasting Counter Highlights!

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008 Hungary 50cl Bottle

£19.99

Acknowledged as one of the region’s top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines.

A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.

Will continue to improve over several years but drink now, slightly chilled, with blue cheeses or fruit desserts.

Christmas Fizz - Canard-Duchêne Brut NV ChampagneDate published: 13/12/14

Christmas Fizz - Canard-Duchêne Brut NV Champagne

Single Bottle was £28.00 - Special Offer £25.50 OR £16.99 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles on the 33% Promotion

The best selling Champagne in France, Canard Duchene is an excellent value and well-respected Champagne that has a clean and fruity style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes. Fresh and easy drinking, it is the perfect Champagne for all occasions and tastes.


Majestic Wine East Molesey's Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 09/12/14

Please find our opening hours for the Christmas period below:

Tuesday 9th December: 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 10th December: 9am - 8pm
Thursday 11th December: 9am - 8pm
Friday 12th December: 9am - 8pm
Saturday 13th December: 9am - 7pm
Sunday 14th December: 10am - 5pm
Monday 15th December: 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 16th December: 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 17th December: 9am - 8pm
Thursday 18th December: 9am - 8pm
Friday 19th December: 9am - 8pm
Saturday 20th December: 9am - 8pm
Sunday 21st December: 10am - 5pm
Monday 22nd December: 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 23rd December: 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 24th December: 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day and Boxing Day: Closed

Saturday 27th December: 9am - 7pm
Sunday 28th December: 10am - 5pm
Monday 29th December: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 30th December: 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 31st December: 10am - 5pm

New Year's Day: Closed

Friday January 2nd: Back to normal

NEW - Craft Spirit!!Date published: 07/12/14

NEW - Craft Spirit!!

Lakes Distillery - The ONE - British blended whisky £30

Located next to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National Park, Lakes Distillery's the ONE is a unique blend of exceptional British Isles whiskies, each with its own distinctive characteristics.

These whiskies have been expertly blended to produce a complex whisky that is malty on the nose, with soft ginger and vanilla. Slightly nutty. Good weight and texture on the palate. More malt and spice, brittle toffee, and a suggestion of smoke when water is added. The finish is medium in length, slightly drying, with a hint of oak and a ripple of persistent spice. A well-structured, extremely drinkable and versatile whisky.

Tariquet VSOP Carafe Armagnac 70cl BottleDate published: 28/11/14

60% Ugni Blanc, 40% Baco. Aged for at least 7 years in oak barrels in Tariquet’s cellars, this Armagnac shows both fresh characteristics and more mature notes. Very smooth with a lively bouquet of floral and fresh mint characteristics, followed by further hints of woody spices, hints of vanilla, liquorice and macerated fruits.

£35 and open to taste

Dark Spirit of the Week - Red Leg Spiced Rum 70clDate published: 28/11/14

This Caribbean spiced rum gets its name from the Redleg hermit crab as it perfectly captures the laid back spirit of island culture – the crab always feels at home wherever it is! It is left to rest in old oak barrels and delivers a sweet smell of vanilla followed by a warming ginger aroma. The combination of sweetness and spice leaves a smooth, warming mouth feel.

£19.99 and open to taste!

Wine of the Week - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, MarlboroughDate published: 28/11/14

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

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

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

£27.50, but now only £18.33 until Tuesday

Beer of the Week - Curious BrewDate published: 28/11/14

GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012. 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.

£17.99 for twelve bottles.

Battle of the MalbecsDate published: 25/11/14

The Battle of the Malbecs!

Which do you prefer?

Catena Malbec 2013, Mendoza

£12.99

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec.

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

Portillo Malbec 2013, Mendoza

25% off - £7.49

This multi-award-winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m.

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Come in store to give them a try!



Wine of the Week - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso La CasettaDate published: 22/11/14

Wine of the Week - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso La Casetta

Single Bottle Price - £17.99

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 25% - £13.49

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

In the glass this wine has a beautiful deep ruby hue, whilst on the nose there are lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, it has a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

The Battle of the Malbecs!!!Date published: 15/11/14

The Battle of the Malbecs!

Which do you prefer?

San Huberto Malbec 2012,

La Rioja

33% off! = £7.99

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak.

Beefsteak Club Malbec 2013, Mendoza

33% off! = £6.66

This wine is made by Andean Vineyards, and in true Argentinian tradition it is intentionally beefy! The Malbec grapes are harvested late for ultimate ripeness, fermented over 20 days then aged in oak for 6 months.

An intense nose of plum, damson and dark chocolate aromas. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins.

Come in store to give them a try!

New Fine Wines!!Date published: 07/11/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The eigth wine we are highlighting is...........

Chateau L'Evangile 2007 Pomerol

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler. This wine has profound notes of mocha, toast and black cherry on the nose with spicy vanillin nuances. A wonderful fresh wine, it has a velvety texture on the palate with lovely sweetness of fruit and beautiful creamy tannins.

This Pomerol producer is one of the appellation's oldest, stretching back as far as 1741. It sits on a long strip of gravel on the south-eastern part of the Pomerol plateau that is unique to only three properties. It is bordered to the north by Château Petrus, and to the south it is separated only by a road from Cheval Blanc. 

Domaines Barons de Rothschild acquired the estate in 1990 and wasted no time in stamping their mark on it, instigating a more rigorous selection process for the grand vin, introducing a second wine, replanting vineyards and renovating the vat room and cellars. 

All of this activity has paid dividends, with Château l'Evangile lately producing a sustained stretch of very good vintages, elegant, powerful, long-lived wines that will age well.

Robert Parker - 88/100

New Fine Wines!!Date published: 06/11/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The seventh wine we are highlighting is...........

Château Léoville-Poyferré 2006 St-Julien, 2ème Grand Cru Classé

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler, this is what Robert Parker had to say about this wine.

"Dense ruby/purple, with sweet blackberry and black currant fruit with hints of smoke, espresso roast, and new saddle leather, this is another impressively endowed but tannic, backward style of wine. The concentration, brightness, and depth are all present, but I can't see it being even approachable in less than 5-7 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028". 91 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

New Party Wines!!Date published: 05/11/14

New Party Wines!!

Over the last week or so we have been publishing information about some of our great new Fine Wines. Whilst a few bottles may be great for special occasions such as Christmas, it's always worthwhile having a good supply of great value party wine.

We have recently received 3 pairs of red and white wines priced at £4.99 from Chile, Italy and Spain that we think are perfect party wines.

The final pair that we are highlighting are the Bricchetto Sangiovese and Trebbiano.

Bricchetto Sangiovese 2013 IGT Rubicone

Made by one of Italy's major cooperatives, this is a superb value Sangiovese from Rubicone, a relatively modern IGT region of central Italy in which many wineries have begun to specialise in single-varietal wines such as this.

This is a light and approachable red, with Sangiovese's typical redcurrant and cherry fruit characters in abundance. It also has lithe tannins and snappy acidity that make for an easy-drinking feel.

Bricchetto Trebbiano 2013 IGT Rubicone

Under various different names and guises, Trebbiano is one of Europe's most extensively planted white grape varieties, found in innumerable blends and styles, but it is generally only the Italians who use it to make this kind of single-varietal dry white.

Fresh and easy drinking, this wine has subtle white flower aromatics, plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit flavours, and a dry, soft-edged and clean finish.


New Party Wines!!Date published: 04/11/14

New Party Wines!!

Over the last week or so we have been publishing information about some of our great new Fine Wines. Whilst a few bottles may be great for special occasions such as Christmas, it's always worthwhile having a good supply of great value party wine.

We have recently received 3 pairs of red and white wines priced at £4.99 from Chile, Italy and Spain that we think are perfect party wines.

The second pair that we are highlighting are the El Torito Merlot and Chardonnay from Spain.

El Torito Merlot 2013 Valdepeñas

The southerly location of Valdepeñas gives it a very warm, arid continental climate, which particularly suits robust red grape varieties that benefit from the abundant sunshine and lengthy ripening season that this affords.

Cool fermented for a youthful, fruit driven style, this is a soft and plummy Merlot with supple tannins and a juicy palate full of ripe cherry and berry flavours.

El Torito Chardonnay 2013 Valdepeñas

Valdepeñas is one of Spain's more southerly wine regions, and is located entirely within the larger La Mancha region. Its reputation for quality and value has led to an increasing array of grapes being cultivated, including international white varieties.

A soft, fruity and easy-drinking Chardonnay, full of golden apple and ripe peach flavours, complemented by gentle tropical notes. Light and refreshing yet lush and delicately creamy on the finish.



New Party Wines!!Date published: 03/11/14


New Party Wines!!


Over the last week or so we have been publishing information about some of our great new Fine Wines. Whilst a few bottles may be great for special occasions such as Christmas, it's always worthwhile having a good supply of great value party wine.

We have recently received 3 pairs of red and white wines priced at £4.99 from Chile, Italy and Spain that we think are perfect party wines.

The first pair that we are highlighting are the Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc from Chile

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Central Valley

Chile's Central Valley is the very hub of the country's wine production. Extending southwards from the capital Santiago, between the Andes and the Coastal Range of mountains, it is the home of many of the first vineyards to have been planted by European vignerons.

Invitingly fruity, this wine has a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and fresh green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment.

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Central Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Chile, and was among the first of the noble varieties to have been brought over from Europe in the mid-1800's. This example is made by one of the Central Valley's major wineries, based in Cachapoal.

This medium-bodied, fruit-driven style of Cabernet has hints of green pepper and subtle oak notes on the nose, and a palate that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel. 

New Fine Wines!!Date published: 02/11/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The sixth wine we are highlighting is...........

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée de Mon Aïeul' 2009 Pierre Usseglio - £60

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler. 

From the moment this wine was poured, the air was filled with notes of white and pink flower petals, alongside more complex notes of Black Forest ham, lavender and a hint of tapenade. Black-berried fruit dominates the palate, which displays an exceptional textural component, as well as purity and depth of the very highest order. There is an effortless style about Mon Aïeul, which is delightfully natural and terroir-focused, almost beyond comparison within the region.

New Fine Wines!!Date published: 01/11/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The fifth wine we are highlighting is...........

Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron 2006 Pauillac, 2ème Cru Classé - £125

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler. 

"Closed but promising, this is a tannic, masculine style of wine in 2006, with an inky bluish/purple color as well as aromas of incense, charcoal, smoked meats, and the classic creme de cassis that one finds in the top Pauillacs. The aromatics are still retrained, but the wine is full-bodied in the mouth, tannic, backward, and set for a relatively long life. This is not one of the profound wines from Pichon Longueville Baron, but it is certainly a top-flight success for the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028". 92 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

Wine of the Week - Kings Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 31/10/14

Wine of the Week -  Kings Thorn Pinot Gris

Single Bottle Price - £14.99

OR

£9.99 When you mix n match at least 2 bottles from our 33% off range

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles.

The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach, while the lightly unctuous and off-dry palate is lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.


New Fine Wines!!Date published: 25/10/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The third wine we are highlighting is...........

2010 Château d'Armailhac, 5eme Cru Classé Pauillac - £50

The 2010 vintage features a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Its typically austere Cabernet character and slightly antiseptic quality gives rise to a powerful mid-palate, showing the (desirable) mix of ripe dark fruit, crisp acidity and mouth-filling tannins. This balance is crucial to the 2010 and is distinctly different to the opulence of 2009. The jury is still out as to which is superior but both will be long-lived and are at the top of the quality tree.

Robert Parker 93 Points

"Another sensational effort from Philippe Dhaluin, the administrator of Mouton Rothschild, it shows complex floral notes intermixed with forest floor, camphor, blackcurrants and mulberries that all jump from the glass of this aromatic style of d’Armailhac. This wine possesses very good acidity, a surprisingly higher percentage of Merlot than usual, but the quality is impressive. Should age nicely for 15-20+ years."


Wine of the Week - Château Beau-Site 2007 St-EstèpheDate published: 24/10/14

Wine of the Week - Château Beau-Site 2007 St-Estèphe

Single Bottle Price £19.99

OR £14.99 When you mix n match at least 2 bottles of selected spirits or fine wine.

Château Beau Site is a well-established St. Estèphe château that since 1966 has been classified as a Cru Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel. Nearly 100 hectares of vines are vinified traditionally and then matured in oak casks for 12-15 months.

Ripe and straightforward, this is a claret with great all-round appeal. A backbone of blackberry fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of sweet spice and toasted oak. 



New Fine Wines!!Date published: 23/10/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The fourth wine we are highlighting is...........

Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 Denis Mortet - £40

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler, this is a very fine villages level wine that features a blend of 40-year-old vines. The nose is incredibly appealing, while the mouthfeel is rich, suave and opulently textured where the 40% new oak attractively supports the lovely crunchy and slightly spicy fruit.

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin blossoms onto the palate with an effortless grace that is hard to describe with mere words. There is tremendous depth and richness in the glass, but no heaviness whatsoever. Layers of fruit radiate through to the generous, resonant, yet ethereal finish. This is a stunning wine for the appellation.


New Fine Wines!!Date published: 20/10/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The second wine we are highlighting is...........

Corton Grand Cru 2010 Follin-Arbelet - £55

Part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler. This wine has a charming nose of rose petals and bright berry fruit. The oak is well-integrated and adds an attractive intensity, which is both elegant and serious. This harmony follows through to the palate, where the fine tannins hold the palate together with excellent weight and structure. A significant cru in this vintage.

2010 Red Burgundy Vintage report:

The 2010 red Burgundy wines were built around a triangle of fruit, tannins and acidity, whereas some Burgundian vintages leant more towards the tannic OR the acidic. 2010 has produced beautifully balanced wines in a classically Burgundian style with much more red fruit than black, notably cherries and raspberries, and very few green notes.


New Fine Wines!!Date published: 19/10/14

New Fine Wines!!

Christmas preparations have begun! And as a result we have been lucky enough to receive ten rather special fine wines as part of our Pop-Up Cellar sourced by Lay & Wheeler.

The first wine we'll be highlighting is...........

Château Talbot 2010 Cru Classé St-Julien - £50


Fourth-growth Château Talbot is a large property in the heart of the St Julien appellation of Bordeaux. The Château used to be the property of Sir John Talbot, Governor of Aquitaine, Earl of Shrewsbury in the 15th century, and is now run by the late Jean Cordier’s two daughters. 

Talbot has a reputation for refinement and consistency, and is one of the most carefully made and reliable of the St-Julien Cru Classé clarets.

This 2010 vintage received 94 points from Robert Parker, and he claimed that it was possibly the best since the extraordinary 1982 and 1986 vintages.

We have a very small amount of this very special wine available, so grab some while you can.


New Wine - Château Simard 1996 St-EmilionDate published: 18/10/14

New Wine - Château Simard 1996 St-Emilion

£14.99*

Although a small and relatively little known estate, Simard enjoys a sought-after position in amongst some of the premier estates of St-Emilion, including the mighty Ausone. This wine is a fine example from one of Bordeaux's recent classic vintages.

Now fully mature, the wine displays a brick-like hue and mellow aromas of leather, pudding spice and leaf tea aromas. The palate offers rich, raisined fruit and fine-grained tannins.

*As part of your mixed case of 6 bottles

 

Wine of the Week - Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2011 Cantina NegrarDate published: 17/10/14

Wine of the Week - Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2011  Cantina Negrar

Single bottle price - £23 OR £18 When you mix and match at least 2 bottles of selected spirits or fine wine.

From the Veneto region of northwestern Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties. Grapes for the wine were dried on straw mats, increasing the sugar concentration, before being fermented and aged in oak barrels.

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice are the entree to a gloriously concentrated palate that has a thick texture, soft velvety tannins, and very rich fruit characteristics.

A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, rich pasta, tomato flavoured sauces and cheeses. 



New & Interesting Wine - Vox Populi BobalDate published: 08/10/14

New & Interesting Wine - Vox Populi Bobal

£11.99 Single Bottle Price OR £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles from the 25% off promotion

Little known outside of Spain, Bobal is actually the country's 3rd most planted grape variety. The hot and arid region of Utiel-Requena, inland to the west of Valencia, is its heartland, producing powerful red wines. 

A weighty, muscular red, its dense core of forest fruit flavours is framed by smooth yet abundant tannins, that pair perfectly with strongly flavoured smoked meats.

2 Week Special Offers!!Date published: 07/10/14

2 Week Special Offers!!

Starting today , we have a few little extras joining our promotional offers!

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne: Single bottle price £45 OR £29.98 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

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


Cava Calamino NV Spain: Single bottle price £8.99 OR £5.99 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

Parellada is a highly regarded Catalan white grape variety that is synonomous with Cava production. It is the least planted of the three Cava varieties but can produce a fine, quality wine from cooler climates and relatively poor soils. Fresh and harmonious, displaying plenty of apple and toast flavours, yet intensely dry and mouth-watering.


Prosecco Rivamonte NV: Single bottle price £9.99 OR £6.66 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

The immense popularity of Prosecco is due in no small part to the great value it offers, but also to the style of the wine, which is much fruitier, fresher and more floral than many other traditional sparkling wines, making it ideal for parties and informal celebrations. Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple flavours with a revitalising finish.


Prosecco Zonin Brut NV: Single bottle price £11.99 OR £7.99 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.


Gestos Malbec 2013 Finca Flichman, Mendoza: Single bottle price £9.99 OR £6.66 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak. An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.


Serena Pinot Grigio 2013 Banfi: Single bottle price £9.99 OR £6.66 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body. The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.


Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2013 M.Chapoutier: Single bottle price £10.65 OR £7.98 when you Mix and Match 2 bottles from the 25% off promotion.

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region. A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

OFFERS END 20th OCTOBER!!




Brancott Estate Terroir Sauvignon Blanc CompetitionDate published: 06/10/14

Brancott Estate Terroir Sauvignon Blanc Competition

Brancott Estate have created the Terroir Series to showcase the individual characteristics displayed by Marlborough's diverse sub-regions. Here at majestic we have 5 cases of this fantastic wine to give away to our customers as prizes.

Follow this link below for more details on how to enter.
http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away

This Sauvignon demonstrates the style produced by Awatere Valley's cool, windy climate and very free-draining soils. Displaying remarkable restraint and subtlety, this Sauvignon offers layers of citrus zest, flint and freshly cut herb aromas in fine balance. Refined and mineral-rich on the palate.


Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2013 Colchagua ValleyDate published: 05/10/14

Wine of the Week

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2013 Colchagua Valley

Single Bottle £10.99 or £7.33 When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 33% range as part of a mixed case

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, this wine has plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume. 


Fine Wine of the Week - Sexy Beast Cabernet 2012 Two Hands, McLaren ValeDate published: 27/09/14

Fine Wine of the Week - Sexy Beast Cabernet 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

£23.00 or Buy 2 bottles save £10* = £18.00

Two Hands source their Cabernet Sauvignon from a range of sites throughout McLaren Vale to make this voluptuous wine. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in French oak hogsheads.

A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured.

Enjoy immediately or cellar for up to 10 years.

*When you mix and match at least 2 bottles of selected fine wine or spirits

Wine Of The Week - Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough Date published: 26/09/14

Wine Of The Week - Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough  

Single Bottle £9.99 or  £6.66  When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 33% range as part of a mixed case

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif. 


Focus on New Wine - Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare ValleyDate published: 21/09/14

Focus on New Wine - Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley

Single bottle - £9.99 OR Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33%! £6.66

A special parcel selected by our Buyer, made by a dynamic collective of young winemakers based in the outskirts of Adelaide. Several vineyard plots are harvested and fermented individually, before careful blending and maturation for 10 months in French and American oak.

This is a vibrantly fruity Shiraz with good concentration, that is enhanced by lifted spicy aromas, and subtle savoury notes.

Perfect to drink now, or keep it for up to 3 years. 

A great BBQ Shiraz, it can be enjoyed with charred lamb kebabs, and bbqed burgers or sausages.

Focus on Fine Wine - Château Tayac 2006 MargauxDate published: 20/09/14

Focus on Fine Wine - Château Tayac 2006 Margaux

Single Bottle Price - £25.00 OR Buy 2 bottles save £10 - £20.00

One of this famous appellation's less well-known châteaux, Tayac has been quietly producing great quality wines over the last four generations of family ownership, and has established itself as a benchmark for well-made, good value Margaux.

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, this is a medium-bodied, well-structured claret, with good ripeness fruit concentration, harmonious savoury characters, fine-grained tannins and good length.

Ideal accompaniment for rib of beef.

Focus on Fine Wine - Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2011 Cantina NegrarDate published: 16/09/14

Focus on Fine Wine - Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2011 Cantina Negrar

Single Bottle - £23.00

Buy 2 bottles save £10* - £18.00

From the Veneto region of northwestern Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties. Grapes for the wine were dried on straw mats, increasing the sugar concentration, before being fermented and aged in oak barrels.

On the nose you find brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. While the concentrated palate delivers a seductive blend of soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics and a thick mouth-filling texture.

A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, rich pasta, tomato flavoured sauces and cheeses.

*When you mix and match at least 2 bottles of selected spirits or fine wine as part of a mixed case of 6 

Focus on New Wine - Ondine Chardonnay 2014 Western CapeDate published: 13/09/14

Focus on New Wine - Ondine Chardonnay 2014 Western Cape

Single Bottle - £8.99 

OR 

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £5.99

With this Chardonnay, the winemakers set out to create a wine that offered a combination of the respective benefits of oaked and unoaked interpretations of the variety, using cool fermentation in tank followed by only 7 months' lees ageing in barrel.

As a result you get fresh lemon and peach fruit providing the backdrop, with layers of gentle toasted hazelnut and vanilla, plenty of refreshing acidity and a creamy texture.

Perfect with pan-seared fish and steamed vegetables, or on its own in the garden with a book.


Focus on New Wine - Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013 Western CapeDate published: 12/09/14

Focus on New Wine - Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013 Western Cape

Single Bottle - £9.99

OR 

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% - £6.66

This easy drinking Chardonnay is pale lemon wine with characteristic aromas of lime and citrus fruits. Gently crisp on the palate providing plenty of refreshment.  

Enjoy this wine with white meats or drink chilled on its own after a hard days work.


Wine of the Week - Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Coastal RegionDate published: 12/09/14

Wine of the Week - Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Coastal Region

Single Bottle £8.99 or £5.99 When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 33% range as part of a mixed case

Self-proclaimed Sauvignon fanatic Erika Obermeyer joined Graham Beck's winery in 2005, and went on to become one of South Africa's top female winemakers.

This wine is sourced from 8 different vineyards, selected for their naturally cool characteristics.

It is full of intense gooseberry and passionfruit flavour, offset by subtle notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. It also has crisp, lively acidity and an enduring, stony finish. 


Focus on New Wine - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Poggio CivettaDate published: 31/08/14

Focus on New Wine - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Poggio Civetta

Single Bottle - £9.99 OR buy ANY 2 wines in the 33.3% discount range = £6.66

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

A ripe and approachable, medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red, it has luscious blackcurrant and cherry flavours that are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, and framed by fine tannins.

Drink with Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, or pasta and ragu

If you'd like to try some before you buy, it is open and ready to taste on our tasting counter until Thursday the 4th of September



Wine of the Week - Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 MarlboroughDate published: 30/08/14

Wine of the Week - Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

Single Bottle £9.99 

Or £7.49 

When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 25% range as part of a mixed case

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

This great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon combines tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif. 


Craft Beer of the Week - Lagunitas IPADate published: 30/08/14

Craft Beer of the Week - Lagunitas IPA

One of the fastest-growing and the 5th top selling craft breweries in the United States, Lagunitas IPA is an irrepressible combination of drinkability and enjoyability with a fruity aroma, off-set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish. 

Pick a case up for £10.99 when you buy two or more cases from the Craft Beer selection


Do not fear the sweeter wine: Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2013, Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard FouquetDate published: 27/08/14


Do not fear the sweeter wine: Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2013, Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet

There is no doubt that the term 'off-dry' can be a barrier to many wine drinker's experimentation. Needlessly so. The reason for excess (or residual) sugar is that the grapes are hand-picked at full ripeness, thus maximising the richness and full flavour profile of the grape. In this case the Chenin Blanc grapes are cool fermented and bottled early to capture the grapes's inherent freshness. The secret to this freshness comes form the high acidity of the grapes, especially when grown on Vouvray's famous 'tuf' limestone soils, and which counter-balances the residual sweetness gloriously. One could not exist without the other. The results show clean apple, quince and pear fruit riding the crisp minerality, followed by a honeyed finish which coats the mouth with a lasting grippy aftertaste - the work of the sugars. This is the climax to the thrilling sensation that is achived when acidity and sweetness are in perfect harmony. As for food, the sweetness tempers spice extraordinarily well - thereby matching Eastern foods - but also seafood with sweeter or richer sauces..

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Wairau Valley Our most sought after Sauvignon Blanc is back in stock!Date published: 26/08/14

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Wairau Valley

Our most sought after Sauvignon Blanc is back in stock!

This small exclusive parcel of Dog Point is from Marlborough's prestigious Wairau Valley where the grapes experience a long, cool growing season resulting in this Sauvignon's famous intensive flavours.

Enticing aromas of citrus and tropical fruit are underlined by a rare steely minerality. The palate is refreshing, concentrated and full bodied with excellent balance between acidity and body.

This is an outstanding Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, up there with the very best names. It is also tremendous value at the moment, save £6 when buying two bottles.

Taste and explore

Was

£19.99

Now

£16.99

when you buy two bottles


The Wines of ViñalbaDate published: 23/08/14

Viñalba's excellent range of wines showcases the depth and elegance which Argentina can offer.  They encompass an eclectic range of grape varieties and wines from both Mendoza and Patagonia.  Launched in 2008, Viñalba has already won 117 medals, including 11 trophies in the industry’s top competitions.

The wines are made by Bordeaux-born pioneer Hervé J. Fabre who was the first to make single varietal Argentine Malbec after recognising the true potential of the grape.  Viñalba's range of beautifully crafted wines combine Argentina’s purity of fruit and clear varietal expression with the elegance and complexity which are the hallmarks of Hervé’s classical background.  

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza: £11.99 (single bottle) or £8.99 as part of our 25% off deal

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Great with steak and venison.

Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Uco Valley: £11.99

Typically intense and vibrant, full of inky violet colour, with a juicy damson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both nose and palate.

Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2012 Mendoza: £11.99 (single bottle) or £8.99 as part of our 25% off deal.

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.

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011 Mendoza: £15.99 (single bottle) or £13.59 as part of our 15% off deal.

A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and voluptuous. Perfect with beef.

Viñalba Reservado Chardonnay 2013 Mendoza: £11.99 (single bottle) or £8.99 as part of our 25% off deal.

This Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish. Perfect with chicken.

Viñalba Rosé 2013 Mendoza: £11.99 (single bottle) or £7.99 as part of our 33% off deal.

Light on the palate, with ripe strawberry flavour culminating in a dry finish.

Wine of the Week - Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 MendozaDate published: 22/08/14

Wine of the Week - Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza

£11.99 OR Buy 2 bottles save 25% - £8.99

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha flavours that linger for a long time.

A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food, such as peppered steak, venison or lamb.

Craft Beer of the Week - Goose Island IPADate published: 22/08/14

Craft Beer of the Week -  Goose Island IPA

6x355ml Bottles £12.99 OR Buy any 2x6 packs of craft beer save £6 = £9.99

From Chicago's craft brewery Goose Island, comes this India Pale Ale. It recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.

Argentina Tasting- Showcasing Vinalba MalbecDate published: 21/08/14

Argentina Tasting- Showcasing Vinalba Malbec

Thursday 4th September kicks of our Argentina tasting week. All three of us Majestic staff absolutely love Argentine wines so we will be getting ready for it by showcasing our very favourites in the run up to our spotlight tasting, kick starting with the Vinalba Malbec. At £8.99 with 25% off this is a fabulous Friday night steak wine. The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha.Flavours linger for a long time.A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed withfood. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.

My e-mail address, why do you want that?Date published: 21/08/14

Here at Majestic we are always trying to improve the service that we can offer our customers, and one way we can do this is by adding your email address to your Majestic account. 

By choosing to receive e-mails from Majestic you will receive the following great benefits:

Bespoke personalised offers.

Exclusive online deals on interesting parcels.

Invites to events such as our Spotlight tastings.

And best of all NO spam, just the deals that you want.

So next time you pop in please just ask if we have your email details on our system, otherwise you might miss out on all the fantastic things Majestic has to offer you!


New Majestic Team At Molesey: Introducing AdamDate published: 20/08/14

New Majestic Team At Molesey: Introducing Adam

Just coming out of university and into the world of wine, East Molesey is first Majestic Store. I look forward to building my wine knowledge here. My favourite wine has to be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Looking forward to meeting you all in the coming months.

New Majestic Team at Molesey: Introducing JamieDate published: 20/08/14

New Majestic Team at Molesey: Introducing Jamie

The old man of the crew, I worked in Molesey many years ago and am glad to be back. A lover of most drinks from wine to champagne via beer and whisky, my tipple of choice changes depending on the weather and what I fancy. I love smokey Islay malts, spicy Southern French reds, rich and opulent Chardonnays, and full-flavoured ales

New Majestic Team At Molesey: Introducing DuncanDate published: 20/08/14

We have a completely new team here in Molesey so we thought we would take a minute to introduce ourselves. We're here to help you explore the world of wine so why not pop down and say hello!

Manager- Duncan

Welcome to Majestic in Molesey. I am extremely fickle when choosing my favourite wine. It depends on my mood, the weather and how much is in my bank account. I love trying new wines for the first time but always return to my old favourites, Champagne and oaked Chardonnay! I live by the mantra that Champagne makes everything alright!

Focus on the Barossa ValleyDate published: 17/08/14

The Barossa Valley 

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


Craft Beer of the Week - Einstök White AleDate published: 15/08/14

Craft Beer of the Week

Einstök White Ale

Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Pick a case up for £9.99 when you buy two or more cases from the Craft Beer selection


Wine of the Week - Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012 Ramón BilbaoDate published: 14/08/14

Wine of the Week - Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012 Ramón Bilbao

£6.66 When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 33% range as part of a mixed case


Here at Majestic wine in Molesey we believe this is a cracking deal for a fantastic wine. Ramón Bilbao is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja’s emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From vines with an average age of 40 years, this concentrated, intense Rioja is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha. 

Enjoy!

Saturday Kitchen - Rachel's Chenin Blanc 2013Date published: 09/08/14

Grape - Chenin Blanc 

Origin - From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named after Rachels fontein, the estate's water spring. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture.

Taste 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.

Opinion - Although the guys from Saturday Kitchen are having this with Pork Chops, you could also enjoy this with sea food (best enjoyed on a nice sunny day).


Craft Beer of the Week - Camden Hells LagerDate published: 09/08/14

Camden Hells Lager

Helles and Pilsner combine – the pale, crisp body of Pils with the gentle hop profile of Helles. It’s pale gold, refined, elegant and dry. Soft biscuity malt, a light lemony, peppery hop character and the sort of bitterness which quenches and never overpowers. Matured for a long time in tank, it’s how a great lager should taste.

Pick a case up for £10.99 when you buy two or more cases from the Craft Beer Selection


Wine of the Week Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva 2013 Rapel ValleyDate published: 09/08/14

Wine of the Week

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva 2013 Rapel Valley

£7.49

When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 33% range as part of a mixed case


The Luis Felipe Edwards Signature range represents some of the best value wine in-store. This Viognier is light and fresh, yet intensely aromatic. Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears cascade across the palate, finishing with a refreshing acidic lift and gentle mineral grip. 


Why join the Majestic Customer List?Date published: 07/08/14

Essentially it is a tool in place for your benefit - If you've ever had a wine from us and can't remember what it is - we can use your history to find out for you! And don't worry if you bought it from another branch, we can give them a call and get them to check your in-store history there, so we can ALWAYS find out what you've bought, as long as you provide us with your surname and postcode every time you shop.

It also allows us to post you our monthly flyers detailing our latest offers, so you'll always be first in the know (you can opt out of this free service if you prefer not to receive the mailing, and you still benefit from our personalised product history service!)

There is also an option to signup for emails detailing EXCLUSIVE online parcels that you can't get anywhere else - not even in store! So if you want to be kept in the know about all the best deals here at Majestic, make sure you go on our mailing list - after all, it's there for you!

We also offer Tasting Tutorials, Wine Evenings and Wine courses where you can learn about different wines and you get to taste them.

Most importantly it's FREE and PRIVATE - we don't pass your details on or sell them for marketing.

A quick summary of Burgundy vintagesDate published: 03/08/14



2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are
generally early-drinking, ranging from light and
straightforward Villages wines to aromatic yet
elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but
good overall conditions produced wines with both
weight and acidity.

2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a
late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,
well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality
overall, and the wines are generally intense and
firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing
potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to
some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient
producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and
relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent
with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with
low yields of outstanding wines across the board.

New Short Term DealsDate published: 25/07/14

For one week only four of our best-sellers will be joining the 33% off Summer Selection!

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

Our best selling wine by far, the Ned Sauvignon Blanc is definitely a customer favourite. Bursting with tropical fruit and lively gooseberry, it's the perfect, vibrant summer wine. Down to £6.99 for just one week, snap it up whilst you can!

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

Racy citrus and gooseberry fruits lead onto a smoky edge with a mineral edge. A fantastic quality wine, and a great price for a Pouilly Fumé.

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

A classic Côte-du-Rhône Grenache-Syrah blend, the Galets has plenty of juicy red and blackberry flavours, with a hint of sweet spice, and soft tannins resulting in a smooth mouth-feel. An easy-drinking red with a touch of complexity.

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

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters. Perfect for enjoying in the sunshine!

Offers end Monday 28th July

Deals to look out forDate published: 14/07/14

Some of you may have noticed that it isn't just our 33% off selection that provides excellent value - our 25% off range is proving hit with customers and staff alike. Here are our staff picks from the 25% off deals..

Pasque, Passimento - £8.99 (when you buy 2 or more from our 25% off selection - or £11.99 single bottle price)

A little story about the labeling of this particular wine from those familiar with Romeo and Juliet... The 'graffiti' displayed is actually that of 'Juliet's Wall' in Verona, where people often scribe their loved ones names onto. 

As for the wine ... A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.

If you are going to buy just one of these 3 wines, make it the Passimento - it truly is one of my favorites.

Alamos, Viogner - £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more from our 25% off selection - or £9.32 single bottle price)

This unoaked Viognier offers ripe apricot and delicate blossom notes. Light and crisp on the palate, with concentrated peach flavours. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity.

El Parador, Crianza - £7.49 (when you buy 2 or more from our 25% off selection - or £9.99 single bottle price)

Bright cherry red with garnet hues, this is a middleweight wine offering ripe cherry fruit accented with gentle vanilla and spice notes. Clean, smooth and well-integrated palate profile.


Bargain winesDate published: 14/07/14

At Majestic, we have wines from as little as £4.99, which offer great value for money. If you are looking for a good easy drinking party wine, something that will go down well at a barbecue, or are just looking for a bargain, here are our top tipples that are yours to enjoy for under £6. 

Cuvee de Richard Rose 2013,  PGI Pays D'Herault, France £5.49

Bright and crisp, with very subtle strawberry fruit and a refreshing dryness. The small proportion of Muscat adds a dash of juicy grapeyness. Refreshing to drink on its own, or as an accompaniment to a crab salad or prawn cocktail.

Mountain View Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley, Chile 2013 £5.49

Thoroughly citrussy on the nose, with fresh lime and lemon forming the aromatic backdrop. More citrus on the palate, accompanied by a riper hint of pineapple, and mouthwatering acidity. Partner with a herbaceous salad, or with all manner of fish and seafood.

Muscadet 2013, Jean Sablenay, France £5.99

Clean, crisp and refreshing, this classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge.At its best with simple white fish and seafood dishes. Try with smoked haddock.

La Serrana Tempranillo 2013, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain £4.99

Classic Tempranillo notes of dark cherry and blackcurrant are lifted by a hint of dried flowers and spice. Superbly balanced, the fruits of the forest flavours are perfectly complemented by soft tannins. Approachable and good value, to be drunk now with barbecues and steaks.

Robertson Winery Merlot 2013, Robertson, South Africa £5.99

Rich, dark red in colour with juicy ripe plum flavours on the palate combined with sweet black cherry notes. Best served with roast chicken, beef or lamb dishes.

You can place your order online at www.majestic.co.uk or just give us a call on 0208 941 5431 for free home delivery. 


5 Top tips for Matching Food and Wine.Date published: 14/07/14

5 Top tips for Matching Food and Wine.

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as Sea Bass will be overpowered by heavy red wines.

2. Match to the most dominant flavour in a dish rather than the main ingredient as a full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence. Chicken in a mushroom sauce is different to chicken in a tomoato sauce and will need different wine.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes. For example paella with all those rich, flavour-packed ingredients requires a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish.

5. Do as the locals do and match dishes with their home grown wines. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes. so when in Rome


Simplified PricingDate published: 24/06/14

One thing our customers love is our great prices. We always offer great discounts on our wines and now we've made it even easier to mix your cases here at Majestic Wine. We now have 3 main discounts in which you can pick any wines from the same range.

Buy two bottles save 33%

Buy two bottles save 25%

Buy two bottles save 15%

As long as you get two bottles with the same discount then you will get the offer price. This applies across our wines and champagne range. We've also included a number of spirits in our Fine Wine multibuy offer of buy two bottles save £10.

We've here to help so if you have any questions please call in store, email us or tweet us!

Remember we cater for parties!Date published: 23/06/14

Having a summer rendez-vous/wedding/birthday?

At Majestic we offer the complete party service. Pick up one of our Party Planners for full details.

- Free Delivery

- Free Glass Loan*

- Free Chiller Bin Loan**

- Ice

- Advice on quantities

- Sale or Return

- Soft drinks/Mixers 

* £1 deposit per glass. Fully refundable when returned clean and undamaged.

** £10 deposit for ice bucket, £15 deposit for chiller bin. Fully refundable when returned clean and undamaged. 


Vina ArdanzaDate published: 15/06/14

Location

This particular Rioja Reserva is a 2005 vintage which, as a year, was officially awarded as 'excellent'. The ideal weather conditions of timely rainfall, cool night time temperatures and mild autumnal days allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly. The harvest began in early October  when the drop in temperature helps balance the sugars and phenolic ripeness (the subsequent effects of which are present of the nose and palate).

Grapes and Ageing

The wine is a  blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha with the Tempranillo cultivated on 30 year old plots near Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha, however, grows on ancient vines found in Rioja Baja.

After both the grapes had been fermented the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was left to age for 36 months in four and half year old barrels while the Garnacha is aged for 30 months in younger casks. The wine also underwent manual racking and was finally bottled in July 2009.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a beautiful garnet colour but is not dark or opaque as you might imagine but in fact rather light in intensity. The nose is pronounced with clearly defined aromas coming through such as jammy red fruits, earthiness, spice and subtle hints of vanilla. It is a very well balanced, well structured wine as you would expect from such quality. The acidity, alcohol and soft tannins blend together harmoniously with a long finish of woody and red fruit flavours.

Roast lamb would be a brilliant partner for this particular wine. The acidity would cut through the fattiness in the meat which means it would also go with other roasts such as pork and crackling if lamb isn't your bag! 

Price

£24.00 or buy 2 bottles or more at £19.00


Emily's summer selectionDate published: 14/06/14

With the Great British summer seamingly in full swing, here is our perfect mixed case to kick start the evening:

1). Aix Coteaux de Provence Magnum £19.99. Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. A fantastic Rose to get you on your way.

2). Taittinger NV £25. Until June 30th we have a great deal on Taittinger, available at only £25! From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish

3). Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough NZ £6.66. A true Kiwi SB at a great price - this is sure to be a favourite with everyone!

4).The Ned Pinot Noir £9.99 Im sure you have all come across their SB but the Pinot is equally as good value when on special offer! For a tenner you are getting layers of red fruit and bramble. Lovely with Chicken kebabs straight of the BBQ

5). Laurent Miquel L'Artisan 2012 Faugères £7.64.  Best enjoyed decanted 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavours to open fully. Drink with barbecued meats

6). Lunta Malbec 2012 Mendel Wines, Mendoza £10.49. A real showstopper to finish. Full to the brim of Plum fruits followed by smooth vanilla notes. Great with Lamb or a nice juicy steak.

So, invite everyone round and we will deliver the wine, free of charge, at a time convenient to you!


Pilsner Urquell - only £1 a bottle!Date published: 14/06/14

Throughout June we have 24 x 330ml bottle packs of Pilsner Urquell for just £24!  Great for any weddings, BBQs, christenings, or any occasion really! This is a great Czech lager and is a lovely alternative to Peroni, especially at this price! 

Luke's BBQ bundleDate published: 14/06/14

BBQ season is in full swing and here are my picks to make sure it

To enjoy the BBQ - remember the wine here are my suggestions for a mixed case!

2 x Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose (open to taste this weekend on our tasting counter!) is a star player, a great way to kick off the afternoon.  A dry Provence rose with a hint of white pepper mingled with red fruits is simply delicious.  Buy 2 for £9.74 per bottle saving 25%!

2 x The Wave series Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, a classic fresh 'n' fruity white wine.  Great with fresh salads and fish.  Buy 2 for £6.66 per bottle saving 33.3 %!

2 x Vinalba Malbec Reservardo, a big rich fruity number from Argentina.  Fab with steak and sausages. Yum.  Buy 2 for £7.99 per bottle saving 33.3%!

Total: £48.78


Luke's BBQ bundleDate published: 14/06/14

BBQ season is in full swing and here are my picks to make sure it

To enjoy the BBQ - remember the wine here are my suggestions for a mixed case!

2 x Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose (open to taste this weekend on our tasting counter!) is a star player, a great way to kick off the afternoon.  A dry Provence rose with a hint of white pepper mingled with red fruits is simply delicious.  Buy 2 for £9.74 per bottle saving 25%!

2 x The Wave series Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, a classic fresh 'n' fruity white wine.  Great with fresh salads and fish.  Buy 2 for £6.66 per bottle saving 33.3 %!

2 x Vinalba Malbec Reservardo, a big rich fruity number from Argentina.  Fab with steak and sausages. Yum.  Buy 2 for £7.99 per bottle saving 33.3%!

Total: £48.78


Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV AMAZING OFFERDate published: 13/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

*SPECIAL OFFER*

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse. 

A fantastic offer that you cannot miss out on!

Only £14.99 when buying 2 at 33.3% off!

Hurry while stocks last!


A quick guide to BordeauxDate published: 13/06/14

The left bank of Bordeaux is divided into 2 main regions. North from Bordeaux city is Medoc and south lies Graves. 5 communes in Bordeaux have the highest reputation for red wine, 4 of them are situated in Medoc and one in Graves.

Highest reputation communes from north to south:

Medoc

St-Estephe

Among the four famous Left Bank communes, St-Estèphe is the northernmost region. Therefore the fruit in wine is less ripe often austere, texture is heavy and withpronounced tannins. The soil of St-Estèphe is a heavy composite of clay washed ashore from the Gironde. This soil type drains slowly and gives St-Estèphe estates an advantage during dry summers. The wines produce here tend to have more acidity than other red Bordeaux and with less perfume. While Cabernet Sauvignon is still the dominant grape, this sub-region has more planting of Merlot than any other area in the Haut-Médoc. It grows well on clay soils and softens the harshness of Cabernet Sauvignon. Proportion of Merlot varies from chateau to chateau and vintage to vintage but is often 40%.

No premier crus; leading chateaux are Cos d'Estournel and Montrose.

Pauillac

Located south of St-Estèphe, the area around Pauillac has the highest elevation of the Médoc. Soils are predominantly gravel so free-draining, hence higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. A greater variety of styles than in other communes, but generally the wines combine power and finesse: full-bodied but more elegant and less heavy and with less prominent tannins than St-Estephe. Flavours are described byblackcurrent, chocolate, lead pencils (also cedar and cigar box).  

The area of Pauillac contains three of the five first growth estates of Bordeaux. These are Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. It also includes 15 other classed growths. Vineyards in Pauillac are not as fragmented as most of the Médoc, with entire slopes and plateaus belonging to a single estate.

St-Julien

Situated on two plateaus between Pauillac and Margaux, the wine region of St-Julien has the smallest wine production of the four major regions in the Médoc. The waters of the Gironde estuary have a warming influence on the climate which, coupled with the south-easterly exposure of most vineyards, helps to fully ripen the Cabernet Sauvignon vines in this area.

Soils are predominantly gravel. Wines are the most homogeneous of any of the communes in terms of style - elegant and classicSimilar to Pauillac but lighter in weight and silkier in texture.

No premier crus, but St-Julien has the highest proportion of classified estates of all the regions in Bordeaux. These eleven classed growths account for nearly 80 percent of the entire region's wine production.

Margaux

The Margaux appellation encompasses the village of Margaux and the neighboring villages of Arsac, Labarde, Soussansand Cantenac. It is the most southerly of Médoc's appellations. This region has the thinnest soil with the highest proportion of gravel that allows the soil to drain very well. The wines from this area are very susceptible to weather effects during the growing season and harvest.

In general, the style is the fruitiest and most intensely aromatic (blackcurrents perfumed with violets). The wines lack the pronounced tannin and grip of St-Estephe, and have less weight and power than Pauillac and St-Julien. Typical Margaux wines havelightness and finesse.

The area is home to more 21 classified growths, more than any other appellation, with numerous second and third growths as well as one first growth, Château Margaux.

Graves

Pessac-Leognan

This area of the Graves is located just south of the city of Bordeaux. In addition to wine production, the area is known for its crops of pine trees and vineyards are often separated by rows of forest trees. The soil of Pessac-Léognan is composed of gravel terraces with sediments from different geological eras.

Being the most southerly out of these 5 communes, it displays the ripest fruit flavours.Tannins are less prominent and notes of spice and warm bricks on nose and palate (also aromas of smoke and/or minerals). It is also earthier in flavour than Medoc.

It is home to one first growth estate - Château Haut-Brion.



Wine of the Week - Gavi 2013 AraldicaDate published: 13/06/14

Wine of the Week

Gavi 2013 Araldica

£7.49

When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 25% range as part of a mixed case


Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast. Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity. 


Fathers' Day this Sunday - treat your old man to a bottle or two....Date published: 09/06/14

We have some great new wines in store on our 33% off Summer Selection whatever his tastes & your budget!


- For Bordeaux lovers:

Chateau Tour Du Haut-Moulin £9.99

Full of ripe red fruit & cedar notes from 15 months in oak barrels


- For Sauvignon Blanc addicts:

Pierre-Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Crisp gooseberry & green apple flavours from the Loire Valley 


- For fans of New World Pinot Noir:

Mud House Pinot Noir £9.99

A single vineyard wine bursting with cherry spice, bramble & herbal hints

Wine of the Week L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2013, Rigal, Comté TolosanDate published: 04/06/14

Wine of the Week

L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2013, Rigal, Comté Tolosan

£6.66 

Made by Rigal, one of the cornerstones of the wine industry of Cahors and the wider Lot Valley, spiritual home of the Malbec grape, this is a modern-style rosé from 100% Malbec. This wine has been named in honour of one of the region's other famous crops, saffron.

Vivid in colour, this rosé is equally vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp. 


Seasonal tasting 20th of MayDate published: 13/05/14

Our Summer tasting takes place this year on the 20th of May.

There will be a selection of 10 different wines to taste on the night. There will also be a cheese platter to match. It all begins at 6:30pm and should last for a couple of hours. It's up to you how little or long you want to stay for.

If you are interested in attending haven't registered already please give us a call on 020 8941 5431 or email us mol@majestic.co.uk.

The Next big Thing....Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/05/14

£6.66 when you buy two or more

Sauvignon Blanc Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers. 

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

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.

Wine of the Week - Plan de DieuDate published: 09/05/14

Plan de Dieu 2012 Domaine Durieu 

£11.75 buy 2+ Selected wines save 15% £9.99 

Plan de Dieu is a small appellation in the centre of the southern Rhône, between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, originally cultivated in the middle ages. Domaine Durieu was created in 1976, owning vineyards established in the early 1900's, and more recent plantings. 

The wine's 70% Grenache provides a backbone of warm, bright red, jammy fruit, while the addition of other traditional varieties gives a firm tannic structure and a spicy uplift.

Drink now or within the next 3-5 years, with rustic French or English cuisine.

New Rose in Store....Date published: 08/05/14

Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, Luberon

£11.99 or by 2 save 25% £8.99

Syrah, Grenache Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. 

The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours. A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish. 

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

Chilean Wine of the Week! Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2011 Aconcagua ValleyDate published: 05/05/14

Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2011 Aconcagua Valley

£11.04 buy 2+ Selected wines save 15%

Errazuriz have given the 'Max' designation to several vineyard plots that have been developed for their range of premium reserva wines.

A densely fruit-filled Merlot, offering a lively mix of juicy blackcurrant flavour, notes of sweet spices, and aromas of clove and caramel. Smooth, supple yet weighty tannins provide body and length.

Enjoy on its own or with minted lamb chops or roast beef.


NZ WINE EXPORTS REACH RECORD $1.3 BILLIONDate published: 01/05/14

The value of wine exports in March 2014 rose by NZ$30 million, up 31% on March last year, with volumes up 30% led by sales of white wine with around 85% of New Zealand’s wine exports Sauvignon Blancs from the South Island’s Marlborough region.

Exports to the US rose by $20 million to $476 million, led by wine, while in the UK saw the value of its imports rise $56 million, to $212 million, led by wine and sheep meat.


Brangelina's wine is here!!Date published: 26/04/14

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence,and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. 

With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. 

Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.

Rose Magnums in StockDate published: 26/04/14

Very exciting new arrivals of:

Ch Berne, Cotes de Provence Rose £27.50 per Magnum

&

M de Minuty,Cotes de Provence Rose, £25

These are in very limited supply so hurry hurry

and don't forget we've got plenty of the old favorite

Aix Rose Magnums £20


Wine of the week - Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2012 South AustraliaDate published: 24/04/14

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2012 South Australia

 The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangways Wigley, who also studied law and architecture, and played cricket for South Australia. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'. A vibrant wine offering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, lifted by hints of violet and spicy oak notes.


World Malbec dayDate published: 18/04/14

World Malbec Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec.Sarmiento went on to become president and Malbec has become Argentina's most known varietal.

Malbec grapes are found primarily in Cahors in the South West France region, where it began its production. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.

More than 30 cities around the world (coordinated by the Foreign Affairs Office of Argentina) hosted events around Malbec, Argentine food and lifestyle.

My top three recommendations are:

Vinalba Malbec £7.99    33% off

Catena Malbec £9.99   buy 2 save £8

Tucumen  £8.99 buy 2 save £6

A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away... or does it? Date published: 18/04/14

When it's time to celebrate, a glass of wine may be just what's in order, especially since so many studies have proven it to be so good for us. In fact, alcohol, in general, has certain health benefits, like reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as decreasing the risk of developing gallstones. However, all these happy benefits come with a huge caveat: they are only seen in moderate drinkers (which for women means one glass a day). Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of breast cancer as well as a host of other well-known alcohol-related problems.

Wine is one of the best ways to celebrate the benefits of one-a-day drinking. But not all wine is equal, and there are definite cons to go along with all those antioxidant pros in your glass.

Are you a fan of red, white, or bubbly? Read on to find out about the pros and cons of your drink of choice.

Red Wine

Pros: Most people know that red wine contains the most reversterol, the antioxidant found in wine skin that may up the drink's heart-healthy qualities by preventing blood vessel damage as well as reducing LDL cholesterol. Red wine also contains flavonoids, another important antioxidant.Cons: Most of those red-wine-touting studies have been on animals, and the amount of wine we'd have to drink to equal the same amount given to mice would counteract any of the supposed benefits. Also, those 127 calories a glass can add up, even if you are only drinking one a day.

White Wine

Pros: White wine may be beneficial to your lungs. Research has shown that drinking white wine helps keep lung tissues healthy.Cons: White wines are the most acidic, meaning they're the worst for your teeth. In addition, whites contain far less of the heart-healthy and cancer-preventing antioxidants than reds do, and have about the same amount of calories.

Sparkling Wine

Pros: Sparkling wines like Champagne actually have the same healthy benefits as red wine, since bubbly is often made with both red and white grapes. In fact, Champagne was found to have as many of those beneficial polyphenols as a cup of hot chocolate. Also, a glass of sparkling contains fewer calories than red or white — 80 vs. around 120.Cons: Champagne inspires similar health concerns as other types of wine, and for many, it's a common trigger for migraines.

If you don't currently drink, the health benefits of wine are no reason to start. Remember to drink responsibly too!


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 17/04/14

Just to update you with our opening hours for the Easter weekend to make sure you manage to fit in those all important wine purchases!

Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm

Oh and Happy Easter!

Wine of the Week: Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 17/04/14

Vina Eguia, Gran Reserva, Rioja 2004 

£8.99 when you buy 2+ Selected wines 

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. 

The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length. 

Perfect with your easter lamb!!

Not in the dark anymoreDate published: 15/04/14

It’s a familiar scenario. You get back from holiday clutching bottles of wine that tasted delicious in a Tuscan vineyard only to find the flavour has mysteriously vanished.

Now researchers at Oxford University believe they know why.

Wine actually tastes different depending on the conditions in which it is drunk, with light and sound impacting on how fresh, fruity, bitter or acidic the drink is perceived.

So next time you pop into Majestic and take your wine home, try sitting under a bright light or in a dark room and see if it alters the taste of your favourite tipple. 


Wine of the Week - Paul Mas MarsanneDate published: 10/04/14

Something Different..

. Paul Mas Estate Marsanne £6.66 when you buy 2+ Selected wines  

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

Elegant with white flower and hazelnut aromas and delicious pear and honey flavours.   

Perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured.

Wine of the Week - Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 07/04/14

Another tantalising Spanish Wine of the Week!

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

£7.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

Vega de la Reina has its own 100ha vineyard in Valdestillas in the province of Valladolid. The wines of Rueda have been noted as an alternative to Sauvignon, so growing the international grape was a natural step for the region.

A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs. The wine is crisp, mouth-wateringly refreshing and persistent on the finish.

Try with simple Spanish-style fish dishes such as battered hake. 


Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNEDate published: 04/04/14

It's Spanish Tasting Week so I have chosen a staple, top quality Rioja Reserva from a highly-regarded producer as our Wine of the Week...

Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE

£9.99 (save £8 when you buy 2 or more bottles - normal price £13.99)

CVNE was founded in 1879 and is now in its fifth generation of family ownership.

A soft luxurious wine, with a lovely brambly nose and nuances of spice, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.

Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats. 


When 1 bottle isn't enough...Date published: 28/03/14

Just thought I'd let you know the other magnums we have in stock at the moment...

Chateau Musar 2004, £45

Vina Ardanza 2004, £37

Louis Latour Chablis £33.99

Aix Rose £19.99

New Magnums in Stock...Date published: 28/03/14

Château Labégorce 2002, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, Magnum 

 £55.00

 This has an enticing medium-weight nose of fresh redcurrant and plum notes with a cool herbaceous edge. On the palate the wine has lovely weight with a sweet currant and berry fruit character. The oak adds a creamy layer to the fruit but is well integrated as are the fine sturdy tannins. This is a super wine for the vintage and one that will provide much enjoyment in the future. Drink now - 2018.

Wine of the Week - Côtes du Rhône Belleruche M.ChapoutierDate published: 27/03/14

Our staff pick Wine of the Week is the fabulous all-rounder that is...

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.Chapoutier


£7.49buy 2 bottles save 25% (normal price £9.99)

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, combines tradition with a dynamic, creative approach, making some of the best wines of the region.

A superb wine with rich aromas of blackberry and cherry fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins and a substantial finish.

Enjoy over the next several years as a partner to rich meat dishes, especially roasted leg of lamb.


Excitements coming up at Majestic Molesey!Date published: 25/03/14

SPOTLIGHT WEEKS

Fantastic wines from the country on show open to taste all week!

Wines of Spain-4th-10thApril

Wines of Chile – 2nd-8th May

A guided Spotlight Tasting of the wines will take place at 3pm on Saturday 5th April and Saturday 3rd May

Register your interest now – places are limited!

Just give us a call on 020 8941 5431, email mol@majestic.co.uk or pop into store!

1 week to go - Highlights of the March Pick 'n' Mix!Date published: 24/03/14

With one week left of the fantastic save 33% March Pick'n'Mix offer, here are a few of the bestsellers you need in your life before 3pm on Monday 31st March:

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 Stellenbosch £7.32

This Bordeaux style blend oozes ripe berries and plums enhanced by notes of chocolate and coffee, with a complex spicy finish. 

Great with pizza, pasta or stews.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough 2013 £6.66

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry, hints of grass and a reviving fresh finish.

At its best as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch £9.33

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.

Wine of the Week: Mâcon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges' 2012 Louis JadotDate published: 21/03/14

From the Mâconnais in south Burgundy, which provides prime examples of fruity, supple and youthful Pinot Noirs. This, in fact, is only 20% Pinot Noir blended with 80% Gamay, which gives a really fresh and red-fruited boost to this evenly balanced wine.

This is a red to be matched with light chicken dishes or even some seafood.


Wine of the Week: El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 Terra AltaDate published: 21/03/14

This Garnatxa Blanca (or Grenache Blanc) from the far south-east of Catalunya, is a very pale – almost clear – and delicate, light wine. That is not to say that it is lacking in flavour: soft stone fruits, honeydew melon and white pear are able to show through the soft acidity, making this a subtly alluring bottle of wine.

To be drunk this weekend, in the garden, under the sun.


New Wine in Store! El Patito FeoDate published: 18/03/14

£8.99 or £6.74 when you buy two or more.

El Patito Feo, or 'the Ugly Duckling' is a reference to Navarra's perceivedlack of status compared with Rioja, its more famous and celebratedneighbour. This wine demonstrates that Navarra is also more thancapable of creating beautiful, swan-like wines.

The nose is fruity and ripe, with a lifted floral perfume and hints of spice.Palate fruit is bright and fresh, with good ripeness and taut, mediumweighttannins.Partner this with spicy pork dishes.

White Wine of the Week - Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' Louis JadotDate published: 17/03/14

As for White Wine of the Week...

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 Louis Jadot

£7.99 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

A nice apéritif, this will also partner fish dishes and chicken well. 

Red Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada MurielDate published: 17/03/14

Red Wine of the Week is Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Muriel!


£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles (single bottle price £10.99)

Originating from the chalky soils of the Rioja-Alavesa, the wine spends 2 years in French and American oak, and 2 years in bottle before release.

A beautiful dark ruby red, with the classic Reserva characters of firm body and smoothly polished tannins, with subtle Mediterranean herb notes accompanying the typical wood and leather Rioja traits.

Great with stews, hotpot, or minted lamb chops. 


Hurry offers ending 17/03/14Date published: 16/03/14

 Last chance to take advantage of the 33% discount and get the following prices:

Château Méaume 2010, Bordeaux Supérieur @ £6.66

Gavi Montiero 2013, Rocca @ £5.99

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Viña Eguía @ £8.99

Rioja Reserva 2008, Viña Eguía @ £6.66

Nicolas Feuillatte NV @ £16.66

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV @ £29.98

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy @ £6.66

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013, @ £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough @ £8.33  


Ned-mania - What's all the fuss about?!Date published: 13/03/14

Ned-mania - What's all the fuss about?!

This corker of a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc has grown into the default wine of many Brits and the biggest selling wine at Majestic by far (we get through roughly a million bottles a year!), but for those of you who are feeling a little out of the loop, let me enlighten you...

The Ned (it's named after the tallest of the mountains that overlook the vineyard) comes from sites on the banks of the Waihopai River in Malborough. 

Zesty and refreshing with generous characteristic gooseberry and lime flavours, and a smoky herbal twist. 

The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity to this very clean style of wine.

Ideal for drinking now with fresh salads, seafood or oriental food.

Yours for just £6.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines, but only until Tuesday!

Short Dated BeersDate published: 08/03/14

Juat thought I'd take the opportunity to let you loyal customers know that we do occasionally have short dated beers which we reduce to sell quickly. 

If you are interested then pop your head round the door and see if we have anything. It never hurts to ask!!

White Wine of the Week - Springfield Special Cuvée Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/03/14

White Wine of the Week - Springfield Special Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Robertson

£12.49

Springfield's vineyards lie in the Robertson Valley, in South Africa's Western Cape region. Planted by French farmers from the Loire Valley in 1688, the vineyards lie on lime-rich soil with rocky, clay, and sandy soil outcrops.

Distinct minerally undertones are covered with layers of luscious passion fruit flavours, together with gooseberry and citrus fruit flavours and very fresh, vibrant and crisp acidity to balance the fruit.

Drink either on its own as an apéritif or with salads and seafood.


Red Wine of the Week - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine PinotageDate published: 06/03/14

Red Wine of the Week - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2012 Stellenbosch

£14.99 or buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99

A bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape. Hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months.

Full-bodied, with a deep plum purple colour. Intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes, and a spicy toastiness from the oak.

Drink with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats. 


Something 'Pick'n'mix'yDate published: 05/03/14

Just thought we'd elaborate further on our top picks of the Pick'n'mix wines:

Vergelegen Cabernet Merlot £7.33 when you buy two or more pick and Mix

Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains. Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish. Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews.

Errazuriz Merlot £6.99 when you buy two or more pick and mix

Errazuriz source their wines from a range of vinyard sites in the central part of Chile, where the Mediterranean climate and cold nights encourage good fruit purity. Only 50% of the wine has been aged in French oak for added complexity, while retaining fruit character.Youthful in character with a bright crimson colour. A fruit-driven nose,with plenty of soft plum and bramble, and the merest hint of vanilla andspice from the oak, and the blend's 15% Carmenere.Equally at home with pasta in simple tomato-based sauces, as it is with red meat, grilled chops or sausages.

Wine of the Week Fredmondo GrecoDate published: 01/03/14

Fredmondo Greco, Italy, 2012

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4

£.7.99

As the name suggests, the Greco grape is thought to be of Greek origin, the ancestor of grapes first brought to Italy in around 700 BC by the ancient Greeks. This example comes from a winemaking cooperative based in the south of Italy close to Naples.

Though pale in colour and delicate in aroma, this wine has a full texture, dense with apricot and peach flavour, and heady honeysuckle notes on the nose, and a long mineral finish. Great with rich seafood.

Try with monkfish in a creamy herb butter.


The Best Party Malbec There is!Date published: 28/02/14

At £5.99 this Malbec has to be the best priced around, but hurry this offer ends on Monday!

Callia Bella Malbec 2013, San Juan

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

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

Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

£8.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Only until Monday though, so act soon to avoid disappointment!

Another Amazing Short Term Deal on Argentinean MalbecDate published: 27/02/14

Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011, Vistalba

Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave of Italian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level.

Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.

Try this with seared venison loin.

Was £15.99, but now down to £10.65 until Monday


Amazing Short term Deals on all Argentinean Malbec!Date published: 27/02/14

As of yesterday, we are running a short term offer of 33% off every single one of our Argentinean Malbecs.

This is an amazing short-term offer lasting only until Monday, so hurry to get your hands on some of our amazing bargains!

A personal favourite is:

Ben Marco Malbec 2012, Domino del Plate, Mendoza

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.

Was £15.99, but now down to £10.65 until Monday

New Beer range in store...Hepworth BreweryDate published: 25/02/14

Hepworth's Organic Ale: £24 a case when you buy two or more.

Hepworth's Sussex Ale: £22.20 a Case when you buy two or more.

Hepworth's Pullman First Class Ale £24 a case When you buy two or more.

'Hepworths, based in Horsham, West Sussex,  are award winning brewers of Craft Beer,  contemporary  beers made with the honed skills of craftsmen.  Acclaimed as Supreme Champion in 2012, our success is attributable to the high quality of our ingredients, the traditional methods we employ and the long experience that results in the perfect pint'


New Wine in store!Date published: 24/02/14

Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012, DOC Alto Adige

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.

A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.

£13.99 or buy any 2 Pick'n'Mix wines save 33% = £9.32

Tom can vouch for how good this wine is, having tried it last night - a bargain at £9.32, the perfect aperitif!

The Last Week of February's Pick'n'MixDate published: 23/02/14

With one week left of February's Pick'n'Mix, here are a few of the bestsellers this month:

Alamos Malbec 2013, Mendoza £6.66

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

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

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch £9.33

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.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough 2013 £6.66

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.

Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV £8.99

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.

A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif.

Majestic Wine's Charity of the year is Dogs the DisabledDate published: 21/02/14

We've chosen Dogs for the Disabled as Charity of the Year 2014, following a staff vote in November last year.

Dogs for the Disabled is a life-transforming charity, creating exceptional partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs.

Through practical tasks the dogs offer freedom and independence to children and adults with physical disabilities and children with autism. In addition an assistance dog becomes a reason to go out, giving a new found confidence that opens doors to fresh opportunities including friendships, hobbies, education and even careers. The partnerships the charity creates between people with disabilities and dogs are life-changing.

For more information about Dogs for the Disabled and Majestic Wine, please visit www.dogsforthedisabled.org andwww.majestic.co.uk/About/Charity

If you would like to make a donation to Dogs for the Disabled, please visit Majestic's Just Giving page.


New Wine in Store: El Parador 2009, NavarraDate published: 20/02/14

Outside the confines of staunchly traditional Rioja, winemakers are much freer to create wines such as this blend from neighbouring Navarra, combining Spanish grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Spanish tradition, it has undergone 12 months in American oak.

Bright cherry red with garnet hues, this is a middleweight wine offering ripe cherry fruit accented with gentle vanilla and spice notes. Clean, smooth and well-integrated palate profile.

Perfect accompaniment for simple lamb dishes, or cured ham.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £5 = £7.49

New Wine in Store: Passimento 2011, PasquaDate published: 19/02/14

A blend of Merlot, Corvina and Croatina; the name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.

A fine match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked red meat dishes.

£11.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £8.99

White Wine of the Week - Paul Mas Estate Viogner 2013Date published: 19/02/14

Paul Mas Estate Viogner 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc


£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 -

£7.99

Southern French Stunner

Origin The vineyards of Paul Mas account for nearly 100 hectares around the town of Pézenas near the Mediterranean coast. With only 15% of the grapes fermented and aged in oak, this Viognier places the emphasis firmly on freshness of flavour. The characteristic peach and floral notes take centre stage and the oak's vanilla and honey touches adding very subtle embellishments. An interesting partner for lightly spicy dishes and blue cheeses.


Red Wine of the Week - El Parador CrianzaDate published: 19/02/14

El Parador Crianza 2009 £9.99 or buy 2 bottles save £5 =£7.49


A Spanish Beauty

Outside the confines of staunchly traditional Rioja, winemakers are much freer to create wines such as this blend from neighbouring Navarra, combining Spanish grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bright cherry red with garnet hues, this is a middleweight wine offering ripe cherry fruit accented with gentle vanilla and spice notes. Clean, smooth and well-integrated palate profile. 


New Wine in Store!Date published: 18/02/14

Château Clos Fontaine 2007 Côtes de Francs

Côtes de Francs is Bordeaux's smallest appellation, just 450 hectares of vineyards in all, located in the picturesque hills to the east of St-Emilion. Clos Fontaine is perhaps the area's best known winery, owned by the illustrious Thienpont family.

A medium-bodied and rounded wine. Aged in single-use oak barrels for up to 14 months and matured for a further 2 years before bottling, it is harmonious, smooth and has a gently spicy muscularity.

Decant before serving. Best with hearty beef casseroles.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £6.99

White Wine of the Week: Viñalba Reservado Chardonnay 2013 MendozaDate published: 15/02/14

Viñalba Reservado Chardonnay 2013 Mendoza

£11.99 or buy 2 save £4 - £9.99

The high-altitude vineyards of the Lujan de Cuyo area of Mendoza provide low average temperatures and long hours of vivid sunshine, promoting a vibrant and pure fruit character. The wine is made without any oak contact, for a fresher style.

An inviting golden colour, this Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish.

Drink with creamy poultry dishes such as Chicken a la King. 

Red Wine of the Week: Catena Malbec 2011Date published: 15/02/14

Catena Malbec 2011

£13.99 or buy 2 bottles save £8 = £9.99

Love Malbec? Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

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.

The complex character, tannins and acidity help suit this powerful red wine to further ageing and it will comfortably last five years. 


Emily's Pick of the Pick 'n' MixDate published: 13/02/14

Viña Mayu Malbec Reserva 2012 Elqui Valley

Underdogs to neighbouring Argentina, Chile's wineries are still weighing into South America's battle of the Malbecs, with increasingly impressive results. This top-quality hand-picked, cool-fermented example from Viña Mayu is a real contender.

A vividly 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.

Perfect accompaniment for a rare roasted fillet of beef.

£9.32 when you buy any 2 Pick'n'Mix wines (save 33% off normal price £13.99)

New Wine in This Week!Date published: 12/02/14

El Rescatado Albarin 2013, Tierra de Leon

Albarin is native to the valleys of the Picos de Europe in northern Spain and is extremely rare: only around 100 hectares of vineyards are planted with this variety. 20 of those are owned by Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun, who makes this wine.

Extremely fresh and aromatic, combining gooseberry, citrus fruit and hints of fresh green herbs, with a gently tropical edge. Crisp and refreshing acidity.

Enjoy on its own or with seafood tapas such as squid, octopus or prawns.

£12.99 or buy2 save £6 = £9.99

Tom's Pick of the Pick'n'MixDate published: 12/02/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2012, Leyda Valley

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring.

Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.

Balances well with oily fish such as baked sea bass, barbecued pork belly or roasted poultry.

£11.99 or buy any 2 Pick'n'Mix wines save 33% = £7.99

Some stonking new short term deals!Date published: 11/02/14

Starting today, we have some outstanding deals lasting until February 24th!

Cotes-du-Rhone 2010, E.Guigal £11.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £7.99!

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV, Italy £10.49 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.99!

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough £9.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £6.66!

Hurry to catch these outstanding offers!

Puy de Dominant!Date published: 10/02/14

Puy de Dome Pinot Noir is ace, and here's why!

Puy de Dôme Pinot Noir 2011, Cave de Saint Verny

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 350-550 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for production of this cool-climate-style Pinot.

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak.

Best enjoyed within the next 1-2 years, with chicken liver pâté or cold cuts.

£11.99 or buy any 2 wines on the February Pick'n'Mix and save 33.3% = £7.99

February Pick'n'Mix Focus - Rioja Reserva 2008, LagunillaDate published: 08/02/14

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

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

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

£9.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% = £6.66

Red Wine of the Week: Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, StellenboschDate published: 07/02/14

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.

£13.99 or Buy any 2 Pick'n'Mix wines save 33.3% = £9.33

White Wine of the Week - Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012, MendozaDate published: 07/02/14

A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

Enjoy with roast chicken or gammon dishes.

£12.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £9.99

Wine of the Week - Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 05/02/14

£9.33 When you buy any 2 Pick and Mix Wines

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 last and lonely Bargain Hunt Wine!Date published: 02/02/14

After a month of fantastic offers, we only have one wine left on our Bargain Hunt and it is the La Poda Suavignon/Verdejo blend from 2010. Here is a little bit about it, and if it tickles your fancy, hurry on in store because we only have two bottles left!


La Poda Sauvignon Blanc Verdejo 2010, Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León

Castilla y León is one of Spain's up-and-coming wine producing regions, where winemaking is not bound by the rigid traditions of the classic regions, and hence alternative grape varieties and production methods may be employed.

Predominantly citrus characters dominate nose and palate, with gentler, pear and apricot flavours added by the Verdejo grape. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing and mouthwatering edge.

A huge hit with fish or seafood, especially sushi or fresh fruits de mer.

£6.99 or buy 2 save 33.3 = £4.66

Three top products soon to be going up in priceDate published: 01/02/14

Ned Sauvignon Blanc for £7.99
Vinalba Malbec for £7.99
Veuve Clicquot for £29.99

All of the above prices are ending on Tuesday. They cannot last forever, so grab a bargain before it's too late!

Top 6 deals ending Monday. Hurry Hurry!Date published: 31/01/14

Mâcon–Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2012 £8.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £4 £6.99 

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012 £9.36 or Buy 2 bottles save 20% £7.48 

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 £9.99 or Buy 2 bottles save 20% £7.99

Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2011 Barossa Valley £10.99 orBuy 2 bottles save 20% £8.79 

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal £14.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £10 £9.99 

 Châteauneuf–du–Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques' 2012 £14.99  or Buy 2 bottles save 20% £11.99

Red Wine of the Week: Bourgueil Les Cent Boisselées 2005 Pierre-Jacques DruetDate published: 30/01/14

£12.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 -£10.99 

The red wines of Bourgueil, east of Saumur, display the powerful aromas and fruit of Cabernet Franc in a medium bodied style. Pierre-Jacques Druet is regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in this region.

Remarkably pure, ripe blackberry fruit on a concentrated and richly textured palate. Soft tannin, great power, depth and intensity.

A wine to go with anything from shepherd's pie to pâté. Can be served lightly chilled. 


White Wine of the Week: Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2011 Louis Latour Date published: 30/01/14

£10.99 or buy 2 save £2 - £9.99 

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. This terroir coupled with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise results in a wine the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.

Try with roast chicken or turkey with dauphinoise potatoes. 


The Four Remaining Bargain Hunt Wines at Majestic East MoleseyDate published: 29/01/14

The Bargain Hunt has been a roaring success here at Majestic East Molesey. So popular in fact, that we only have four of the wines left, and here is what they are:

Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling 2007 Clare Valley, Eden Valley (1 left)
'The glass is bursting with intense aromas of lime, passion fruit and guava. The well-balanced palate shows equally intense citrus flavours, excellent acid structure and a clean, dry finish.'
£14.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £9.99

La Poda Sauvignon Blanc Verdejo 2009, Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León (4 left)

'Predominantly citrus characters dominate nose and palate, with gentler, pear and apricot flavours added by the Verdejo grape. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing and mouthwatering edge.'
£6.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £4.66

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza (7 left)

'A light gold in colour exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish.'
£8.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £5.99

Alamos Torrontés 2011, Mendoza (1 left)

'Lively notes of citrus and peach, interwoven with delicate layers of jasmine and blossom on the nose. Light and fresh on the palate, with citrus, peach and hints of blossom following through.'
£8.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £5.99


New wine in this week - Gavi 2013, AraldicaDate published: 28/01/14

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

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

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

Dryathlon days are (almost) over!Date published: 27/01/14

With the end of the somewhat onerous and socially isolating Dryathlon fast approaching, we thought we'd run you through some of our best deals to reward your dedication to the cause:

~ Winer Champagne offers

The iconic names including:

Veuve Cliquot @ £29.98 (normal price £45)

Moet and Chandon @ £27.99 (normal price £42)


~ Winter wine offers

Loads of steals such as:

Macon-Villages 'Les Pierres Blanches' Cave de Lugny @ £6.99 (normal price £8.99) - one of our most popular easy-drinking white Burgundy

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent @ £9.99 (normal price £11.99) - a classy, crisp and aromatic tipple


~ 20% off New Zealand

Everyone's favourites will soon be going up in price so don't miss out:

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 (normal price £9.99) 

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 (normal price £8.74)


~ 20% off Chile:

Great quality and value wines such as:

Santa Rita 120 series @ £6.39 (normal price £7.99) - reliably fantastic Carmenere, Merlot, Cab Franc and Sauvignon Blanc!

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay @ £7.99 (normal price £9.99) - refreshing and beautifully balanced


~ 20% off Rhone

Gorgeously smooth and spicy reds including:

Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche @ £7.99 (normal price £9.99)

Cotes du Rhone E.Guigal @ £9.59 (normal price £11.99)


~20% off Australia

Fruit-driven and full bodied for example:

Wakefield Estate £9.59 (normal price £11.99)

Peter Lehmann Shiraz £8.79 (normal price £10.99)


Alas, offers this good must come to an end, so make sure you shop before 3pm on 3rd February!

Bargain Hunt Focus - Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling 2007 Clare, Eden ValleyDate published: 27/01/14

Wolf Blass Wines were established in 1966 and are one of Australia's most recognised names. The Gold Label Riesling is their top expression of this aromatic variety, taken from top vineyard parcels in the Clare and Eden Valleys, then fermented seperately before blending.

The glass is bursting with intense aromas of lime, passion fruit and guava. The well-balanced palate shows equally intense citrus flavours, excellent acid structure and a clean, dry finish.

Enjoy as an intense apéritif or with spicy Asian cuisine. This wine has the concentration, acidity and body to mature well.

£14.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £9.99

Streuth! It's Australia Day!Date published: 26/01/14

As today is indeed Australia Day and the Australian Open is in full swing, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate some of our glorious wines from down under!

Remember: all our Aussie bottles are 20% off when you buy any 2!

Here's a selection of my favourites:


~Turkey Flat 'Butcher's Block' Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre - £11.99 (single bottle price £14.99)

Packed with juicy plum and blackcurrant fruit with smoky, meaty undertones and a hint of spice. Crying out for red meat!


~Yalumba Y Series Viognier - £7.99 (SBP £9.99)

Gorgeously floral nose with ripe peach and apricot flavours, and very satisfying body.


~Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot - £9.99 (SBP £12.49)

A plush palate of plum, bramble and cherry fruit with aromas of clove and cedar. Silky smooth!


~De Bortoli Windy Peak Chardonnay - £8.99 (SBP £11.24)

Complex aromas of citrus and subtle oak influences with a rounded texture make this delightful on its own or with grilled fish and poultry.

Last Remaining Bargain Hunt Wines!Date published: 25/01/14

Our Bargain Hunt has proved a roaring success. In fact, we have sold out of all but a limited selection of these fantastic value wines! 

But you can still enjoy a delicious 33.3% off when you buy any 2 from the selected range of wines until 3rd February.

Some of the delights we have a few bottles left of include:

Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2008 Magnum - £16.66 (from £25)

Refreshing La Poda Sauvignon Blanc Verdejo - a steal at £4.66 (from £6.99)

The intriguingly complex Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc from one of New Zealand's best wineries - £12.49 (from £18.74)

Composite Pinot Noir - bursting with juice raspberry and cherry fruit - £9.16 (from £13.74)

So hurry down to the store this weekend, you'll be guaranteed to find some unbelievable bargains.

New Beers now in stock!Date published: 24/01/14

A selection of Ales from the Sam Brooks in Battersea are now in stock here in East Molesey:

First there is Junction: 4.5% abv,

Then:
Wandle: 4.2% abv
A sunshine gold ale that has a sweetness cut by a delicate lingering bitterness.

Finally:
Sambrooks Pumphouse Pale Ale: 4.2% abv
A light, zesty beer with a wonderful citrus aroma which we get from a combination of New Zealand Hallertau and Celeia hop varieties.

All three varieties are £28.20 for 12x500ml bottles
OR
Buy 2 cases save £6 = £25.20

Bargain Hunt Focus - La Poda Sauvignon Blanc Verdejo 2010, Vino de la Tierra Castilla y LeónDate published: 24/01/14

Castilla y León is one of Spain's up-and-coming wine producing regions, where winemaking is not bound by the rigid traditions of the classic regions, and hence alternative grape varieties and production methods may be employed.

Predominantly citrus characters dominate nose and palate, with gentler, pear and apricot flavours added by the Verdejo grape. Crisp acidity provides a refreshing and mouthwatering edge.

A huge hit with fish or seafood, especially sushi or fresh fruits de mer.

£6.99 or buy any two Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £4.66

Badger Beers Mixed Case now in Stock!Date published: 23/01/14

A mixed case of ales from the fabulous Hall & Woodhouse brewery in Dorset!

£25.20 for 12x500ml bottles

OR

Buy any 2 cases of Ales save £6 = £22.20

New Fine Wine in Stock!Date published: 23/01/14

Torremilanos Crianza 2009, Ribera del Duero

Established in 1903 by the Peñalba Lopéz family, Torremilanos is one of Ribera del Duero's historic wineries. This, their flagship wine is Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino, with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new and old French oak and bottled unfiltered.

Darkly hued damson in colour, this is an opulent, multi-layered wine. Smoky and savoury, with cedar and vanilla notes, and a striking freshness highlighting the ripe blackcurrant core.

Decant an hour before serving, ideally with roasted game dishes, lamb or pork.

£21 or Buy any 2 Fine Wines save £10 = £16

Bargain Hunt Focus - Composite Pinot Noir 2011, Winegrowers of AraDate published: 23/01/14

Composite have adapted their viticultural techniques to the physical environment. High vine densities and low yields - comparable to prestigious Old World viticultural regions - are a notable feature of their approach.

The Composite Pinot Noir exhibits raspberry and cherry aromas with hints of toasted oak and rounded off with long, fine grained tannins.

It can be enjoyed with a wide range of cuisine, from simple summer salads to lighter meats. A great choice with roast duck breast.

£13.99 Special Offer! £13.74 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £9.15

Bargain Hunt Focus - Alamos Torrontés 2011, MendozaDate published: 22/01/14

Torrontés has often been called Argentina's signature white varietal and this example captures all of the explosive aromatic character of this Argentine grape.

Lively notes of citrus and peach, interwoven with delicate layers of jasmine and blossom on the nose. Light and fresh on the palate, with citrus, peach and hints of blossom following through.

The aromas and freshness of this wine would partner really well with Thai or other spicy foods.

£8.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £5.99

White Wine of the Week: As Caixas Godello 2012, Martin CodaxDate published: 21/01/14

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

Red Wine of the Week: Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. GuigalDate published: 21/01/14

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.

£11.99 or buy 2 Rhone wines save 20%

£9.59 

Brand Spanking New and Exclusive Australian Parcel!Date published: 21/01/14

Our first web exclusive parcel of 2014 has landed and it's a real beaut!

Arrowfield Estate is one of the best known wineries in the Hunter Valley and known for their restrained style of winemaking. These three perfectly aged examples showcase the qualities the region is rightly famous for: delicious purity, intensity of fruit and huge longevity, particularly in the case of Semillon which develops immense complexity with age. With prices starting at the equivalent of £5.99 you'll be very hard pressed to find a better value Aussie white anywhere else.

Don't miss out! Available exclusively online at majestic.co.uk, you won't find these wines anywhere else in the country. This is a one off parcel which means once it's gone, it's really gone. Buy your case online today!

Visit our home website for further details:
http://www.majestic.co.uk/

New Wine in this Week - Château Haut Brignon 2012, Bordeaux SupérieurDate published: 21/01/14

Haut Brignon is a family-owned château in the village of Plassac, which lies on the banks of the Gironde immediately south of Blaye. Being so close to the river, the soils here are partly silt-based, with the remainder made up of the region's typical chalk and clay.

A good solid middleweight claret, with plenty of ripe blackberry and plum fruit character. Cool fermentation and maturation in stainless steel have preserved a fresh, supple feel.

A sound match for roasted pork belly.

Only £9.99

Bargain Hunt Focus - Catalpa Chardonnay Date published: 21/01/14

This wine has been named after the Catalpa tree which grows in the Atamisque estate. The grapes here are hand-harvested and the juice fermented in new French oak barrels. 30% of the wine is allowed to age in the oak for 10 months before reblending with the remainder.

Delicate aromas of white apples and pineapple, with the oak ageing exerting a faint honey and vanilla influence. Smooth on the palate, with a fine balance between fresh citrus fruit and woody toast.

Equally at home with turkey or trout.

£12.99 or buy any 2 Selected Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £8.66

New Wine in this week: Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC BuzetDate published: 20/01/14

This plummy red wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of the most common red Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. 

Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley.

A voluptuous, well-structured, medium-to-full-bodied and approachable red, offering a wealth of blackcurrant and summer berry flavour, surrounded by rounded tannins for a pleasing sense of weight.

Drink over the next 2-3 years with duck or lamb dishes.

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more bottles (normal price £9.99)

Majestic exclusive Burrow Hill Cider just in!Date published: 19/01/14

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.  

This quality, dry and delicate cider is bought directly from the Somerset Cider Brandy company farm in Somerset. Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with no interest in selling his cider through major supermarkets. 

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style, flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider!

£18 for a pack of 8

Red Wine of the Week: Laurent Miquel L'Artisan 2011 AOC LanguedocDate published: 16/01/14

The Miquel family have been making wine in the Languedoc for eight generations. The rocky soils and hillside vineyard sites make an ideal location for ripening the local Syrah and Grenache grapes.

Dominated by the spicy, savoury red fruit of the Syrah, with plenty of juicy raspberry Grenache fruit, and a waft of garrigue herbs.

Decant 30 minutes before serving to allow the full flavour to be revealed. Drink with mature cheese or herbaceous casseroles. 

£8.99 or

£7.99 buy 2 save £2

White Wine of the Week: Saint Michel Blanc Perle 2012 PDO GaillacDate published: 16/01/14

Perlé' is the French term for young white wines with tiny bubbles preserved in the wine by bottling shortly after fermentation. This example is blended from grape varieties local to the area between Toulouse and Albi in southwest France.

Youthfully pale yellow with faint green tinges. Zesty lemon and grapefruit aromas dominate the nose. Fresh, lively and dry, the palate is equally citrussy, with a touch of flint-like minerality.

A refreshing aperitif, and the perfect foil for grilled fish and fresh seafood.

£7.99 or 

£6.99 buy 2 save £2

Bargain Hunt Focus - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MendozaDate published: 16/01/14

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

A mere £4.66 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt Wines! (normal price £6.99)

Bargain Hunt Focus - Argento Chardonnay 2011Date published: 14/01/14

£6 when you buy any two bargain hunt wines

Argento means silver in Latin and is often used in Argentina to refer to athing or a person that is quintessentially Argentine, like this Chardonnay.Produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyedoptimum sunshine and excellent terroir.

A light gold in colour exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits withenticing hints of vanilla and spice. 

A bright crisp acidity lends a cleanand refreshing finish.Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods.

Bargain Hunt Focus - Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 13/01/14

Anakena have around 127ha of vines in Leyda, in the Chilean San Antonio valley. Its close proximity to the Pacific ocean, provides a moderate maritime climate, ideal for white aromatic grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc.

This zingy white is an interesting, great value alternative to a NZ Sauvignon with lots of zesty citrus flavours, savoury, leafy notes and an almost saline minerality on the finish.

Best paired with fresh oysters or herb salads.

£5.99 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines (normal price £8.99).

Bargain Hunt Focus - Ata Rangi Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/01/14

Created by one of Martinborough's winemaking pioneers, this is a cut and a half above your average Kiwi Sauvignon! 

Not only is the multiple award winning Ata Rangi ranked as one of New Zealand's best wineries, but 10% of this wine is fermented in 3-year-old oak, adding complexity to a gooseberry and grapefruit backbone, with passionfruit, pear and honeysuckle notes, and a fine texture.

Perfectly paired with oysters or a creamy chêvre.

A steal at £12.49 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines (normal price £18.74) - get it before it goes!

Bargain Hunt Focus - Welmoed Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 10/01/14

From selected vineyard sites in Stellenbosch, where the climate is cool Mediterranean, and soils are of loam and granite. Varietal characters are preserved in this Cabernet by cold soaking before fermentation, and maturation with oak staves for just 8 months.


Nose and palate are dominated by blackberry and cassis, with subtle hints of mint leaf and nutmeg showing through. 
Oak influence is restrained, providing gentle polish to the ample tannins. Welmoed recommend serving with Tzatziki roast beef, or rack of lamb with sautéed vegetables.


Red Wine of the Week: Mister Shiraz 2012, Colchagua Valley, ChileDate published: 09/01/14

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.

At its best with a rare well-seasoned rib steak.

£9.99 or buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £7.99

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, LisboaDate published: 09/01/14

A blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak.

A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins.

A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.

£7.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £5.32

Bargain Hunt Focus - Rioja Crianza 2008, Marques de Caceres, MagnumDate published: 08/01/14

Located in Cenicero, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Cáceres was founded Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Aided by a fresh microclimate, the Tempranillo grapes attain their expressive best, before the wine is aged for 12 months in oak and up to 14 months in bottle.

Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish.

Enjoy over the next three years grilled vegetables, paella, ham, chorizo and cheese.

£25 or by any 2 Bargain Hunt Wines save 33.3% = £16.66

New Wine in Store: Vina Mayu MalbecDate published: 08/01/14

You've loved the Syrah now try the Malbec:

£11.19 When you by two or more Chilean Wines

Underdogs to neighbouring Argentina, Chile's wineries are still weighing into South America's battle of the Malbecs, with increasingly impressive results. This top-quality hand-picked, cool-fermented example from Viña Mayu is a real contender. 

A vividly 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. Perfect accompaniment for a rare roasted fillet of beef.

Great New Offers Starting from January 7th!Date published: 07/01/14

Here is a selection of new prices starting from today:

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £8.74 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £6.99

Rioja Gran Reserva Berberana 2006
Only £8.99

Cooper's Pale Ale 12x375ml, 4.5%
£20.99 or buy 2 save £10 = £15.99

Bargain Hunt Focus - Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Domaine des NuguesDate published: 07/01/14

Gamay is always hand harvested, as fermentation of uncrushed grapes begins within the grapes in the absence of oxygen. Domaine des Nuges, founded in 1976, conducts this fermentation in open top vats, resulting in semi carbonic maceration as oxygen slowly gets introduced.

Very bright and vibrantly coloured. Aromas of red berries, red fruit and spice leap from the glass. The intense colour is not matched by the tannins, which are light and soft, with an almost sweet finish.

At its best when drunk young, enjoy this over the next 18 months, with mushrooms or cold meats over lunch, tuna or even steak tartare.

£10.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £7.32

Bargain Hunt Focus - Chenas 2011, Jean-François TrichardDate published: 06/01/14

Jean-François Trichard comes from a family of winemakers, and took over the running of his father George's estate. Of the ten 'cru' villages of Beaujolais, Chenas is the smallest. It is also known for producing one of the fuller-bodied styles of wine from this region.

A typical Beaujolais nose of red cherries and raspberries, with subtle leafy, herbaceous and floral notes. Ripe and well-proportioned on the palate, which melds fresh acidity with ample tannins.

Drink now or cellar for 3-5 years. Best served cool alongside a cheeseboard.

£11.99 or buy any two Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £7.99

Bargain Hunt Focus - Conde Calatrava Crianza 2006, La ManchaDate published: 05/01/14

From the largest privately-owned producer in La Mancha; situated on a 700m plateau. The climate here is notably dry through both summer and winter, ensuring consistently high quality year on year. The wine is aged in French and American oak barriques for 12 months.

Medium-deep red in colour. The nose offers a comfortable balance of crushed red fruits and vanilla-like notes from oak ageing. Medium-full bodied, with softened tannins, yet plenty of grip and length.

The classic style to accompany well-seasoned lamb or grilled pork chops.

£6.99 or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt save 33.3% = £4.66

Bargain Hunt Focus - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MendozaDate published: 04/01/14

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

£6.99 or buy any two Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £4.66

New Years Opening HoursDate published: 31/12/13

Closed - 5pm New Year's Eve 

Open -10am 2 January

Usual Opening hours from then on...

Happy New Year!

Sparkling Offers for New Year's EveDate published: 28/12/13

What a wonderful selection of offers we have until January 1st to help you ring in the New Year in style!

Here are the details:

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut: Was £37.50 Now £25
Pol Roger Brut Resérve NV
: Was £45 Now £30
Cava Calamino NV
: Was £9.99 Now £5.99
Codorniu Seleccion Raventos
: Was £11.99 Now £6.99
Lindauer Brut Cuvée: Was £13.99 Now £8.99

The perfect variety to suit any budget for that special cork-popping moment at midnight!

White Wine of the Week: Vinalba Chardonnay 2013, MendozaDate published: 27/12/13

The high-altitude vineyards of the Lujan de Cuyo area of Mendoza provide low average temperatures and long hours of vivid sunshine, promoting a vibrant and pure fruit character. The wine is made without any oak contact, for a fresher style.

An inviting golden colour, this Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish.

Drink with creamy poultry dishes such as Chicken a la King.

£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy two or more


Red Wine of the Week: Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007/2008 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-MédocDate published: 27/12/13

The vineyard of Caronne Ste-Gemme is made up of 45 hectares planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone. Plantings consist of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and the average vine age is 25 years.

A bright nose of red fruit with a perfumed edge follows onto the palate with added nuances of smoke, black pepper and subtle oak.

A well-rounded finish craves to be drunk now as an excellent accompaniment to roasts.


£14.99 or £12.99 when you buy two or more

Last Christmas orders!Date published: 20/12/13

Christmas Greetings Molesey and Thames Ditton!

We are still arranging and delivering wine orders all day today (20th) and tomorrow (21st) so make sure you place your last minute orders for Christmas before it's too late!

Call us on 0208 941 5431, email us at mol@majestic.co.uk or drop into store today!

Tom's Ideal Christmas Day: Part 3Date published: 15/12/13

Now one thing that is for certain in my house is that after dessert, there will be cheese, and plenty of it. For this exact purpose, I have allowed myself a little splurge. Tucking in to my monthly budget, it has to be a bottle of 2006 Chateau Talbot. That special christmas treat will be fantastic with a variety of cheeses. Be sure to open it a couple of hours beforehand and decant to ensure the wine is allowed to reach it's full potential.

After all the food has been gobbled and the wine has been guzzled, and if I'm still standing, then it will be time to bed down with the christmas film of choice. It's a Wonderful Life has to be my eternal favourite and itm becomes even better with a lovely bottle of Port, preferably 1995 Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1995 to ensure you wake up nice and late on Boxing Day, with that special christmassy sort of headache.

All in all a very successful christmas day.

Tom's Ideal Christmas Day: Part 2Date published: 15/12/13

Normally in my household, we're lucky enough to gorge on a selection of meats, with beef always being the prime second choice. With beef I feel you always need a full-bodied, fruity accompaniment. An avid fan of Argentinian reds, Malbec holds a special place for me, and none is better than the Catena Alta Malbec. The signature intense black fruit characteristics are complemented by an array of spices, resulting in a full-flavoured, full-bodied finish. The tannins are evident, but silky smooth. A perfect pairing for a steak, or any cut of beef for that matter.

Once you've had your fill of game and poultry and caught ten minutes of The Great Escape on TV, it will be time to move on to sweeter things, namely Royal Tokaji Gold Label. A fantastic dessert wine best matched with fruity dishes, but it will also go very well with your cheeseboard, particularly strong blue cheeses. Figs and cinnamon are embelished by orange peel on the palate, to create a fantastic mouth feel. Make sure you serve it chilled for the best results.

Tom's Ideal Christmas Day: Part 1Date published: 15/12/13

For breakfast, as it is Christmas, you've got to start the day with something extra special. For that wake-up call, there is no better choice than Pol Roger. The rich, creamy and elegant style makes it easily accessible and a great accompaniment for whichever christmas breakfast takes your fancy. From smoked salmon to chocolate money, all goes well with a glass of fizz!

After the presents have been opened and the queen has finished her pleasantries, it's on to the most important part of the day, lunch! First comes the fish starter, and thus it has to be paired with a bottle of Sancerre. The fresh minerality and tangy finish means Chateau de Sancerre is an ideal accompaniment for the light fluffy texture of fish. Citrus fruits and a good level of acidity mean Sancerre is a must to go with most fish dishes.

Moving on to the mains, and now the first meat. This has to be the easiest decision for me, nothing goes better with turkey than Pinot Noir. Red Burgundy and turkey go hand in hand, but for a bit more fruit intensity and elegant structure, my chosen bottle would have to be Martinborough Pinot Noir. The Martinborough vineyard's flagship Pinot, the cherry fruit and lighter body mean it just has to be the choice to accompany your slow-roasted bird!

More coming soon.....


Red wine of the Week: Château Grand Faurie La Rose Date published: 14/12/13

Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2007/2009 St-Emilion Grand Cru

£18 (save £10 when you buy 2 selected fine wines)

This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St. Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils.

A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate.

Drink with roast beef or lamb.

White wine of the Week: Sancerre 'Clos des Bouffants', Roger NeveuDate published: 14/12/13

Sancerre 'Clos des Bouffants' 2012 Domaine Roger Neveu

£12.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

Based in the heart of the Verdigny village of the Sancerre appellation where the chalky soils typical of the region produce Sauvignon Blanc of the highest order. Clos des Bouffants is aged on fine lees for six months to impart additional complexity and flavour.

Aromas of ripe rhubarb and gooseberry leap out, along with hints of lime, chalk and flint. Mineral texture, high acidity, vibrant green fruits and a long, lingering finish.

Best enjoyed over the next year while at its freshest, as a partner to goats cheese, tomato salads, freshly caught seafood or glazed ham.

Emily's Christmas Day Wine Itinerary Date published: 13/12/13

1) Bounce out of bed on Christmas morning to treat yourself to a bottle of Ruinart NV (£35) - an especially elegant champagne from one of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729!

2) Top turkey wine - Pernand-Vergelesses 'Les Pins' 2010 (£16.99) - a Burgundian Chardonnay characterised by a streak of minerality with delicate citrus fruit and faint honeysuckle notes. Delicious.

3) Christmas in a bottle?! The gorgeous Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ (£18 when you buy 2 selected fine wines) has soft velvety tannins, rich fruit characteristics, as well as intense aromas of chocolate and spice. Ideal with game, cheeses, tomato based sauces... and even Christmas pudding!

4) Post-lunch Pick me up - Prosecco Zonin (£7.99) is the answer with its light and refreshing style, displaying notes of pear and apple. For a particularly festive corpse reviver add a splash of Sipsmith Vintage Sloe Gin (£22.50) which is bursting with cassis flavours offset by a delicate tartness.

5) Desert Island Dessert wine(!) - enjoy Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos (19.99) slightly chilled.alongside your Stilton with its nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. This wine's acidity perfectly balances the sweetness, creating a clean, refreshing and highly moreish finish.

Sounds like a pretty perfect day to me!

A festive evening of wine tasting with Bede and friends!Date published: 07/12/13

Barely a fortnight after the excitements of our Winter Wine Evening we were thrilled to welcome our loyal customer Bede Feltham with his entourage of Molesey and Thames Ditton-ites for another wine tasting flight, this time centred around wines to pair with Christmas food.

To get the party started we popped the cork on Chapel Down NV Brut (£15.99), a refreshing home-grown bubbly and viable cheaper alternative to Champagne.

Moving on to the diverse selection of whites, we enjoyed the wonderfully delicate and quaff-able steal that is the Marques de Riscal Rueda Blanco (£6.99) and the fruit-driven Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay (£7.99) with its creamy texture and vanilla oak notes. The firm favourite however was the Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc (£8.79) - crisp and aromatic yet pleasingly elegant compared to a lot of NZ Sauvignon Blancs, with an excellent streak of minerality. 

As for the reds, we had the pleasure of sampling The Ned Pinot Noir (£9.99) which was bursting with red berry fruit and had a lovely smooth finish. The Merlot-predominant Chateau Griviere (£9.99) was really well received - a jammy, highly- approachable Bordeaux. Not to forget the subtly spicy, mellow and youthful Rioja Crianza Arienzo (£8.99). An all-round delicious selection.

To finish, a spot of Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2007 port (£11.99) with a sliver of Stilton left everyone feeling satisfied and very merry!

A big thank you to Bede and all who came along for a highly enjoyable evening! I for one am eagerly anticipating the next...

Sparkling Saturday: Oeil de PerdrixDate published: 07/12/13

£19.99 when you buy two or more.

One of the rare good value Rose Champagnes, available to taste all Saturday.

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weightof fruit. A fantastic apéritif.

New Wine in this Week: Graham Beck Brut NVDate published: 06/12/13

Made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months.

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.

Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.

£14.99 or buy 2 selected bottles of sparkling save 1/3 = £9.99

New Wine in this Week: Torremilanos Crianza 2009, Ribera del DueroDate published: 05/12/13

Established in 1903 by the Peñalba Lopéz family, Torremilanos is one of Ribera del Duero's historic wineries. This, their flagship wine is Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino, with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new and old French oak and bottled unfiltered.

Darkly hued damson in colour, this is an opulent, multi-layered wine. Smoky and savoury, with cedar and vanilla notes, and a striking freshness highlighting the ripe blackcurrant core.

Decant an hour before serving, ideally with roasted game dishes, lamb or pork.

£21 or buy 2 Fine Wines save £10 = £16

New Wine in this week: Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo ValleyDate published: 04/12/13

Cousiño-Macul was founded in 1856, and is the only Chilean winery from the 19th century that remains in the hands of its founding family today. This wine comes from vines descended from some of Chile's earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

An intense and fruit-focused red, full of black cherry and ripe plum flavours, with ample tannins softened by sweet spice notes developed by maturation in small French oak barrels.

Ready to enjoy now, with red meats.

£9.99 or buy any 2 Chileans wines save 20% = £7.99

New Short Term Offers TodayDate published: 03/12/13

Offers From 3/12/13 to 16/12/13

Château Méaume 2009, Bordeaux Supérieur £7.99*

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV, Italy £6.99*

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy £6.99*

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £7.99*

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £8.99*

Leyda Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Leyda Valley£7.99*

Callia Bella Malbec 2012, San Juan £5.99*

When you buy two or more bottles*

New Wine in this Week: Montes Reserva Malbec 2012, Colchagua ValleyDate published: 01/12/13

This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character.

A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury.

Great with spaghetti bolognese.

£9.99 or buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £7.99

Red wine of the Week: Saint Clair Estate Selection Pinot NoirDate published: 30/11/13

Saint Clair Estate Selection Pinot Noir, 2012, Marlborough

£11.98 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

Sourced from several vineyards in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, whose clay soils promote the growth of small bunches of small berries, and thus intensely flavoured Pinot Noir. Portions of the wine are aged in French oak barriques before blending with unoaked wine.

Rich garnet core with a purplish rim. Aromas of ripe black cherries and currants, with a lifted raspberry note and a hint of vanilla. Fine tannins, medium palate weight, and good fruit concentration

Enjoy with cutlets of smoked lamb. Can be cellared for up to 5 years. 


White Wine of the Week: Yalumba Y Series ViognierDate published: 30/11/13

Yalumba Y Series Viognier, 2012, South Australia

£7.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

Australia's Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world and is home to Yalumba, founded in 1849. Family owned Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape.

This full-bodied dry white, exhibits perfumed floral aromas and ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky palate-feel.

Enjoy with a light pasta flavoured with herbs, seared swordfish or tuna.


New Wine in this Week: Graham Beck Brut Rosé NVDate published: 29/11/13

The grapes are hand-picked from Graham Beck's own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The wine has been made in the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit.

Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours.

Enjoy as a refreshing accompaniment to a summer fruit jelly.

£14.99 or buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines save 33% = £9.99

New Wine in this week: Chianti Poggio Galiga 2012, GratiDate published: 28/11/13

The Grati family have been producing wine and olive oil for 6 generations. Their estate is located in the DOCG of Rufina, a zone identified as one of Tuscany's finest. This wine is made from 90% Sangiovese, blended with two other traditional Tuscan varieties.

A lively ruby colour, this is a classic Chianti offering a nose of cherry-like fruit and subtle floral hints and a dry, harmonious palate combining lipsmacking acidity and fine tannins.

At its best enjoyed with platter of mixed antipasti.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

New Wine in this Week: Turkey Flat Butcher's Block Marsanne Viognier Roussanne 2012, BarossaDate published: 27/11/13

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. Try with glazed ham this Christmas.

£14.99 or buy any 2 Australian wines save 20% = £14.99

Winter Wine Evening: Price ListDate published: 26/11/13

If you liked the sound of any of the wines mentioned in the summary of our Winter Wine Evening, or indeed came along to the event and fancied stocking up your wine rack, then please find below the prices of all wines open last Thursday.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004: £35.99 or buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines save 1/3 = £23.99
Nicolas Feuillate 2006: £30 or buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix Wines save 1/3 = £19.99

Torres Vina Sol 2012: £7.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £5.99
Petrariccia Fiano 2012
: £9.49 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.49
Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012
: £12.49 or buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £9.99
Chablis Domaine Servin 2011
: £14.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £12.99
Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2011
: £11.24 or buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £8.99

Claudius Morand Fleurie 2011: £12.49 or buy 2 save £5 = £9.99
Chateau Coufran 2004, Haut-Medoc
: £19.99 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £14.99
Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mclaren Vale
: £14.99 or buy any 2 Australian wines save 20% = £11.99
Meerlust Merlot 2009
: £22.00 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £17.00
Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2011
: £12.49 or buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £9.99

Hochar Pere & Fils 2008
: £11.99
Chateau Musar 2005: £19.99

Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1995: £18.99

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino: £8.99
Pedro's Almacenista Selection Amontillado: £9.99
Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso: £11.99
Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado: £14.99

New Wine in this week: Vereto Salice Salentino 2010, Agricole ValloneDate published: 26/11/13

The town of Salice Salentino is right in the centre of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'. Negroamaro is the region's principal red grape, a distant relative of the more famous Sangiovese, whose origins may even predate the arrival of early Greek settlers in Italy.

Deep and intense ruby-purple, with an intensely fruity aromatic profile, supported by savoury balsamic and spice notes. Firm palate texture provides good length.

Pair with rustic stews of red meat such as lamb with pungent herbs.

New Wine in this Week: Duc de Belmont Côteaux Bourguignons 2011, Loron et FilsDate published: 25/11/13

Côteaux Bourguignons is a modern appellation established in 2011, covering both red and white wines sourced anywhere in the 'Burgundy Hills' but falling outside of the classic appellations, from around Chablis in the north to Beaujolais in the south.

A light-to-medium-bodied red wine, crammed with vivid flavours of ripe redcurrant, blackberry and raspberry, all framed by rounded tannins and gentle perfumed notes.

Ideal foil for simple grilled meat dishes.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99


And it's open to taste on our Tasting Counter today!

Majestic Molesey's Winter Wine Evening - The AftermathDate published: 24/11/13

After what was a barnstorming evening on Thursday night, we've barely had time to grab our breath here in Molesey, but now I find a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee is the perfect time to recall all the night's fanfare and festivities. And what a night it was!

To start we had Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004... gorgeous! I've never had it before and what a treat. Follow that with Nicolas Feuillate 2006 and our guests got double the fizz, double the excitement!

With a great selection of whites open, my favourite was the Medalla Real Chardonnay - full of rich, tropical fruit, and weighty, creamy and wonderfully soft. Gorgeous.

On to the reds, which was where I found myself for most of the evening... and I wasn't complaining!

To start, we had to honour the day, and being the third Thursday in November, although not Nouveau, we had a delicate, aromatic, red-fruit driven Fleurie by Claudius Morand. Then the top choice of the evening was Chateau Coufran 2004, a new addition to our Fine Wine range, and at £14.99 is a real steal, full of smokey, tobaccoey loveliness. Follow this up with a brilliant cooler-climate Aussie Cabernet from Kangarilla Road, and Meerlust Merlot - a real Majestic favourite, and it was a top, top selection.


To finish, we had both offerings from Chateau Musar, the eponymous wine being a stand alone classic, almost incomparable to anything else in our range... as was noted by a fair few customers. After this, the range of Pedro's Sherries were open to taste, and the Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1995 Port was wonderfully received by all who tried, and a perfect way to end what was a beautiful evening.

Special mention must also go to Vallebona Delicatessen for (yet again) providing irresistible cheeses appreciated by all, most notably myself, as I worked through all four. The Gorgonzola is something else!

New Wine in this Week: Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004, Listrac-MédocDate published: 24/11/13

There have been vines planted on the site of Fourcas-Dupré since the early 18th century, but it is only since 1970 that the estate has taken on its modern identity, steadily improving its quality until it was awarded Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status in 2003.

A rich and abundantly aromatic claret, full of meaty red fruit, accented by hints of truffle, cedar and perfumed spice. Plenty of body and graphite-like tannins.

Drink now or cellar for another 3-5 years. Best served with roast lamb.

£15.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £12.99

Red of the Week: M Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes de Rhone 2012Date published: 23/11/13

M Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes de Rhone 2012

£7.99 when you buy two or more.

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region. 

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

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.


White of the Week: Dom de Terres Gentilles Macon-VillagesDate published: 23/11/13

Domaine de Terres Gentilles Macon Villages 2010

£8.49 When you buy two or more.

Domaine des Terres Gentilles has been owned and run by the same family since 1921. Now totalling 50 hectares of vines, the domaine makes a range of good value Burgundies, under winemaker Mikaël Marillier, son of the previous owners, Jean-Pierre and Martine Marillier. A very clean and fruity white, with delicate aromas of white flowers and citrus fruits. 

Lightly textured on the palate, with more crisp citrus notes and a long, dry finish. A versatile wine which will pair well with almost all seafood or chicken dishes, or with mild cheeses.


New Wine in this Week: Striking French Merlot 2012, PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 21/11/13

Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, Jean-claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot from the Côteaux du Limousin.

Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice.

Best served with a rich sausage casserole, roasted red meat, turkey or goose.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

New Wine in this Week: Château Coufran 2004, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois SupérieurDate published: 20/11/13

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.

Ready to drink now, with firm cheeses.

£19.99 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £14.99

New Wine in this Week: Château Recougne 2010, Bordeaux SupérieurDate published: 18/11/13

Château Recougne is an early-17th-century estate located around 10km north of Libourne, and is among the most well established of Bordeaux Supérieur properties. It is planted with around 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Fleshy and robust, full of ripe black fruit accented with hints of mocha, smoke and toast. Plenty of fine-grained tannins providing prodigious grip and savoury texture.

Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best with beef.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

Wine of the Week LFE Gran Reserva ChardonnayDate published: 16/11/13

£7.49 when you buy two or more Chilean Wines

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 

3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish. 

Best served with poached salmon, cod or Dover sole, or mussels in a creamy sauce.

New Wine in this Week: Panamericana 2012, Central Valley, ChileDate published: 14/11/13

This wine is made by Viña El Descanso, a winery based in Sagrada Familia in the Curicó Valley. This Merlot comes from a cool climate area and has been cool fermented, with only a small portion experiencing oak contact, to maintain a fruit-focused style.

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

Best enjoyed with flame grilled lamb kebabs, goose or venison.

New Wine in this Week: Petit Chablis 2011, Domaine Louis MoreauDate published: 13/11/13

Louis Moreau is the 6th-generation of a winemaking family who have been in the Chablis area since 1814. He studied oenology in California, working for several French and American wineries before returning to manage his family's estate in 1994.

A fresh, crisp, fruit-driven wine that showcases the unoaked classic style of Chardonnay that is the Petit Chablis hallmark. Refreshing and clean, with subtle mineral complexity.

Enjoy on its own or as a palate-whetting accompaniment to salads, hors d'ouvre and whole salmon.

New Wine in this Week: Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NVDate published: 12/11/13

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.

£14.99 or buy any 2 Selected bottles and save 33.3% = £9.99

New Wine in this Week: Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Central Valley, ChileDate published: 11/11/13

A great example of the cool climate style of Sauvignon Blanc from central Chile, which offers superb value. The grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and fermented at low temperatures, ensuring excellent freshness and purity of fruit character.

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

Drink with fresh seafood and light pasta dishes.

New Wine in this week: Striking French Viognier 2012, PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 10/11/13

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.

Try this with a mildly spicy chicken tagine or oriental food.

Focus on California: Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Paso Robles, CaliforniaDate published: 09/11/13

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending.

Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins.

Drink with braised shin of beef.

New Wine in this Week: Martinborough Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013, MartinboroughDate published: 09/11/13

Martinborough Vineyard continue their tradition of producing premium interpretations of the classic grapes with this Sauvignon Blanc. Hand harvested from selected blocks, around 25% has been oak-fermented, adding complexity and texture and tempering the intense aromatics.

Typical varietal aromas of guava and citrus fruit are joined by hints of vanilla and perfumed floral notes on the nose. Ripe fruit and crisp acidity combine seamlessly in a delicately textured palate.

Best enjoyed with a selection of seafood canapes or ripe goat's cheeses.

White Wine of the Week: McManis Family Vineyards ViognierDate published: 08/11/13

McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011/12

*£8.99* 

(When you buy 2 or more bottles)

The majority of fruit for this wine comes from McManis' own estate at River Junction, south of Lodi, which enjoys cooler temperatures than the surrounding farmlands due to its being nestled between the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers.

The nose wonderfully exhibits the perfumed floral and tropical fruit aromas indicative of the Viognier grape variety.

Lush peach, apricot and honeysuckle notes feature on the palate, with a soft, yet lively mouthfeel and lingering finish.

A versatile food wine, ideally paired with roast pork glazed with honey and ginger or chicken.


Wine of the Week: Gestos Malbec Date published: 06/11/13

Gestos Malbec 2012, Finca Flinchman, Mendoza

£6.66 (when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines)

Combining the unique characteristics of Malbec grapes from two different terroirs in the Mendoza region, at 700m and 1,100m altitude, Flinchman has created this beautifully balanced, powerful red.

An intense nose of plums, with hints of spice and chocolate from six months ageing in new oak barrels.

The palate is brimming with fresh red fruit and savoury, herbal notes, along with full body and satisfying complexity.

The ultimate wine pairing for steak, this Malbec also works really well enjoyed with other hearty red meat and mushroom based dishes, and good friends!


New Short Term DealsDate published: 05/11/13

Just to get warmed up for the winter season some special offers...

Vieux Remparts 2011, Lussac St-Emilion £10.99 £6.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8*

Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012, Cave de Lugny £8.99 £6.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4*

Côtes du Rhône 2010, E. Guigal £9.99 £7.99 20% off Rhône wines*

Pinot Grigio Superiore 2012, Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze £8.99 £5.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6*

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy £10.49 £6.99 Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz*

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV, Italy £10.49 £6.99 Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz*

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV £25.50 £16.99

but hurry offers end 18/12/13

As it's my last Saturday...Date published: 02/11/13

...here in East Molesey we thought we would treat you kids to a Sparkling Saturday!


So we have opened a personal party favourite of mine: Lindauer Brut and at the moment it is the bargain price of £9.33 when you take any other wine in the Pick N Mix offer.


So come on down #TasteAndExplore at Majestic East Molesey

Wine of the Week: Lodi Zinfandel 2011Date published: 02/11/13

£7.33 When you buy any two selected 'Pick 'n' Mix Wines.

This wine is bursting with big, bold flavours - sweet blueberry, plums and spice dominate the aroma of this wine, which can be picked up on as soon as the glass is poured - no need to get your nose deep into the glass on this wine. 

On the palate you can expect bright, fruity but still soft flavours of toasted spices, a vanilla-y note gives it it a roundness and there is an excellently balanced acidity that makes this wine a pleasure to drink on its own or it goes perfectly with duck dishes or a cheese platter.

Although you can drink this wine now, a couple more years bottle ageing would do it no harm - just remember this wine is not for the faint at heart!


Wine of the Week: Wakefield ShirazDate published: 24/10/13

£8.99 When you buy two or more Wakefield Wines

The Wakefield Estate extends to just under 750 ha, with approximately 415 ha under vine. About 60% of the vines are planted on the famous 'terra-rossa' soil, whilst the rest roll into the river valley on clay soils topped with rich loamy soil. 

The nose shows classic aromas of stewed plum, blackberry and violets and the palate is inviting, filled with ground coffee, vanilla and clove characters mingling with ripe blackcurrant fruit. 

Perfect for beef casseroles or pies.

The best wine for a Saturday eveningDate published: 12/10/13

Looking for a last minute purchase for your Saturday evenings drinking? I fully recommend the stunning Portillo Malbec. Currently on offer at £6.99 (when buying 2 or more), it's young, fruity and smooth as a.... (try it and insert your own description)

Fine Wine of the Fortnight: Angel Share Shiraz, Two Hands 2011Date published: 12/10/13

'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale

£23 or £18 when you buy two or more

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale. 

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouthcoating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins. Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.`

New Sparkling wines in StoreDate published: 10/10/13

Graham Beck Brut - We will be opening for tasting on Sat 12/10!!

£14.99 or £9.99 Save 1/3 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.

Made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months.

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish. Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.

&

Graham Beck Rose

£14.99 or £9.99 Save 1/3 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.


The grapes are hand-picked from Graham Beck's own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The wine has been made in the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit.

Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours. Enjoy as a refreshing accompaniment to a summer fruit jelly.


Wine of the Week - Beyerskloof Cabernet Sauvignon MerlotDate published: 09/10/13

Beyerskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012, Western Cape

£6.79 (when you take 2 or more South African wines)

Having made their name producing Pinotage, Beyerskloof have very successfully turned their hand to growing small quantities of Bordeaux grape varieties on similarly gravelly soils to produce this highly drinkable, classic blend.

This smooth wine has lots of vibrant blackcurrant and red berry fruit on the palate, finished with oaky, nutty hints to add complexity. Medium bodied and deep ruby in colour with firm, ripe tannins.

A versatile food wine, best paired with meaty dishes like beef stew, or even pasta.


Emily's First ImpressionsDate published: 05/10/13

After my first five fun-filled days working in the Molesey store, I have chosen a few of my favourite Majestic offerings to share with you!

- Yali Reserva Viognier - delicious and light with lush stone fruit aromas and good citrus acidity, fabulous on its own or with Asian cuisine.

- Waimea Estate Pinot Noir - it's hard to beat this vibrant yet elegant NZ red, think silky dark cherry and rose petal with a touch of spice.

- Deusa Nai Albariño - this popular Spanish grape variety is a great alternative to NZ Sauvignon Blanc, slightly less acidic and with tropical/stone fruit on the nose and palate, but the same refreshing appeal.

 - Elysium Black Muscat - I've never been the biggest fan of dessert wines, however this avoids being overly sweet, and instead has delectable rose aromas, making a surprisingly good partner for chocolate-based desserts!

New Sherry range...Date published: 04/10/13

The New 'Pedro’s' range of Sherries 

Fino £8.99 - Boasting a pale-lemon colour, this is a classical fino from el Puerto de Santa María. Dry, balanced and full-bodied with lots of yeasty aromas.

Amontillado £9.99 - Full bodied, with penetrating nutty aromas.

Olorosso £11.99 - Full- bodied and with great intensity on the nose due to the long ageing.

Palo Cortado £14.99 - This wine combines the richness on the palate of the Oloroso with the delicacy on nose of the Amontillado.

Fine Wine of the Fortnight Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 29/09/13


Fine Wine of the Fortnight

Saint Clair Pioneer Block

Sauvignon Blanc 2012

£15.99*

*Buy 2 save £8

Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1944.

The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief wine maker Matt Thomson.

Expressing its unique terroir, intense and pungent with aromas of passion fruit, blackcurrant and grapefruit combine with subtle notes of sliced green capsicum and gooseberry. Steely dryness, complex and full, leaving a lasting impression.

Enjoy with fresh sea food or Asian-inspired cuisine.

This really is a powerful wine that should not be missed.


Wine of the week Cote du Rhone E.Guigal 2010Date published: 28/09/13


Cote du Rhone E.Guigal 2010

£9.99

when you take 2 or more

Guigal are up there with the worlds best, making some of the finest wines in the Rhone Vally. There wines regularly receive 100 Parker points!

Some of the vines used are over 50 years old which produce full bodied, full flavoured wines.

Deep red and black fruit, cherry and blackcurrant. A hint of Guigal's unmistakable rich, sweet leathery character and very succulent. From a great vintage.

Fantastic food wine. Pair with any red meat or rich vegetarian dishes.



The Reds are back...Date published: 27/09/13

Today see's the launch of our Pinot Noir and Syrah/Shiraz tasting week. With examples from all over the world, displaying the grapes versatility, why not come and explore and see what we have open to taste for you this upcoming week.


Oh, and cause we love you, we have a Taste and Explore, Spotlight Tasting tomorrow, Saturday 28th September, where our lovely Hannah will talk you through 6 of the finest examples of the Syrah/Shiraz grape from around the world. With one at 12 and one at 3 - it really would be rude not to really!!

25% off Spanish wines!! A selection of our fave offers..Date published: 24/09/13

Starting today we have a super-special offer on the wonderful wines of Spain. Including..

My Personal fave Lagunilla Reserva at just £6.55*

Vina Sol - £5.61*

Riscal Reserva - £10.31*

Gran Vendema Crianza - £5.61*

When you buy two or more Spanish wines*

Bargains Galore I think you'll agree!

Sparkling Specials on ChampagneDate published: 22/09/13

Stunning Short Term Special Offers

Ends Monday 23rd

Nicolas Feuillatte NV

£15.99*

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007

£17.99*

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

£19.99*

*When you buy two or more

There's still time to grab some bubbly bargains! Inquire in store or call 02089415431.


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Round 3Date published: 21/09/13

Round 3 of our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine leads us into the New World with Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir - New Zealand's offering at £23 or Buy any 2 Selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18 per bottle!


Wine is not the only passion that can be found in the creation of this wine. The treble clef logo on the label stems from the love of music that is present in this wine - a salute to the early gig playing days of the wine maker (where his wife used to dance and carry all the gear). Living a life surrounded by passion has not created an over the top wine - on the contrary, the wine making philosophy at Coney is one of minimal intervention so that the fruit and terroir are left to show themselves for what they are.


Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir Vineyards in New Zealand, which has lead to a certain style that has become expected of Pinot Noirs from this region. There is somewhat more structure and a subtle earthy undertone in wines from this region, especially in comparison to the fruit heavy styles of Pinot Noir from Martinborough and Central Otago.


There is a lot of black cherry evident in this wine, with sweet spice and vanilla running through. You are likely to get a hint of savoury notes which will be noticed more in contrast with the sweet juicy fruit body that this wine has, with soft tannins!


If you are a fan of roasted game, duck or wild mushroom risotto then this is the wine for you!

Wine of the Week, Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012,Date published: 20/09/13

Wine of the Week

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012,

Marlborough £7.99

When you buy 2 or more

Brand new in to the company!

Matua, a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family'.

Somewhat appropriate for this winery, as they were one of the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.

A classic example from this region showing gooseberry flavours with tangy grapefruit hints of passion fruit and capsicum, finished with an explosion of fresh acidity.

Share with friends as an aperitif (or keep to yourself its that good!)


Press Recommended Wine Course...Date published: 17/09/13

It is no secret that we love giving things back to our customers, from wine advice for everyday faves to those big events, or discount vouchers based on your personal tastes, or imparting out knowledge to you guys at Spotlight Tastings - we do all of this for you guys, because we love it! But every know and again it is lovely for these things to be recognised. Which is why the whole of Majestic is buzzing, because Jane MacQuitty raved about our Wine Courses last week in The Times!!


If you are thinking of having a go at wine tasting then we are a perfect springboard, there is little point spending lots of money on expensive wine courses if you don't understand the basics - why run before you can walk and all that - which is why our Wine Courses are FREE, as Jane MacQuitty highlights: "Majestic’s free introductions to wine and wine tasting feature three whites, three reds and a champagne... Each bottle illustrates a point, such as assessing a wine’s alcohol, acidity and length." These are the basics we run through with you, giving you a feel for how to taste wine properly and what you should be looking for in a wine. Although these are the key essentials to the course, by far and away customers enjoy the food and wine matching the most, as Jane MacQuitty states;  "Most illuminating of all is food matching..." But I don't want to give too much away there...


The best thing about all these reviews?! We have spaces left on our upcoming Wine Course on 8th October (hosted by yours truly) so why not pop in store or give me a call on 02089415431 to book your space quick sharp before they fill up.


#TasteAnd Explore

Fine Wine tasing today...Date published: 14/09/13

Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru, 2010

INTRODUCTION: One of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does for Pinot Noir, the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety. The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.
FACTS: There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.
TASTING NOTE: Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.
FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck.

Some Crazy Deals...Date published: 12/09/13

Some September stunners for you to stock up on:

Grifone Montepulciano D’Abruzzo £7.49 Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £4.99

Piper Heidsieck Brut £30 Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £19.99

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage £27 Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £17.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £24 Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £15.99

Prosecco Zonin £9.99 Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £6.66

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 £8.99 Buy any 2 selected wines save 33% = £5.99

Chardonnay tasting week....Date published: 10/09/13

We're bang in the middle of our chardonnay tasting week: The beauties we are trying include:

Ch de Jacques Bourgogne Chardonnay 2009, Louis Jadot

Giesen Chardonnay, Marlborough, 2012

Monte Vallon Chardonnay 2012

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2011

Christoph Cordier, Macon Fuisse, VV 2011w

So Head on down and see why everybodies needs a bit of Chardonnay in the life!

Lindauer is back!Date published: 06/09/13

Everybody's fave NZ sparkler is finally back in stock.

Lindauer Brut - £11.99 When you buy two or more

Rose - £9.32 When you buy two or more

Special Reserve - £9.99 When you buy two or more

Blancs de blancs -£12.99 when you buy two or more

Henri Krug & his legacyDate published: 31/08/13

Henri Krug, who died on 7 March, represented the fifth generation of the family to head Champagne Krug, passing the mantle of directeur de la maison to his younger brother Rémi when he retired in 2001, but still on hand to advise his son Olivier when he in turn took over from Rémi in 2007.

Krug worked closely with his more flamboyant brother Rémi during his 25 years leading the business, during which time they introduced Krug Rosé, Clos du Mesnil and most recently Clos d’Ambonnay.

They also oversaw the sale of Champagne Krug in 1999, when the house was bought from Remy-Cointreau by LVMH for a sum reported to be FF1,000m – about €150m at today’s rate.

The brothers’ skills were complementary. ‘People said we were like two halves of the same fruit,’ Rémi told French newspaper l’Union. ‘He was quiet, reserved, modest and a good listener.’

Krug's uncompromising and single-minded determination to produce the best Champagne is legendary. Unquestionably one of the finest Champagnes in the world, only utilising Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With a long period of maturation in bottle of 6-8 years, this champagne will age for many years once bought. It's powerful nutty but smooth flavour, is balanced by a unique freshness. At £126 for six, or £140 for one it's not an every year drinker but certainly worth it for once in your lifetime.

Upcoming tastings...Date published: 30/08/13

·        Saturday 7th September – Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles

·        Saturday 14th September – Spain: Rioja and Beyond

·        Saturday 21st September – Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives

·        Saturday 28th September – Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International Styles

If you would like to attend please call 02089415431

New Wine in store....Giesen ChardonnayDate published: 29/08/13

£7.99 When you buy 2 or more New Zealand Wines

The Giesen Estate is made up of 13 separate vineyards, most of which are in the Wairau Valley, plus a small proportion in the Awatere Valley. Portions of this wine have been fermented and aged in French oak before blending, followed by several months' lees contact.

Ripe and richly aromatic, offering notes of stone fruits accented by brioche, toasted almond and subtle ginger and spice hints. Fresh, fruity and lightly creamy palate texture.

Drink now or allow to develop for 2-3 years. Great with poultry.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 29/08/13

Puy de Dôme Pinot Noir 2011, Cave de Saint Verny

£8.99 When you buy two or more

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 350-550 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for production of this cool-climate-style Pinot.

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak.

Best enjoyed within the next 1-2 years, with chicken liver pâté or cold cuts.

New Beer in Store...Curious IPA from Chapel DownDate published: 23/08/13

Here's what Chapel Down have to say about it...

"We’ve learned that great wine such as Bordeaux, Champagne and Cote du Rhone use three great grape varieties working in harmony to create better balance and depth.

In a similar way this balanced but powerfully hoppy India Pale Ale is brewed using the finest pale ale malt and three complimentary hops.

In this beer we use:

Traditional English Goldings - the traditional, fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops

Bramling Cross, a forest fruity beauty.

We then finish with punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook.

We think that in balancing these three exciting hops we have created a very drinkable beer of great power and harmony."

 Why not come and try a case?


New Wine in Store..Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 21/08/13

£7.99 When you buy two or more

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature.
Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries. An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.
Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.

New Wine in store: Puy de Dôme Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 19/08/13

Puy de Dôme Pinot Noir 2011, Cave de Saint Verny

£8.99 When you buy two or more

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 350-550 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for production of this cool-climate-style Pinot. This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak. Best enjoyed within the next 1-2 years, with chicken liver pâté or cold cuts.

New Wine in Store..Rioja Crianza Arienzo 2010, Marqués de RiscalDate published: 16/08/13

Rioja Crianza Arienzo, Marques de Riscal

£8.99 When you buy two or more

This traditionally styled crianza comes from Marqués de Riscal's best vineyards in Elciego and Laguardia. It has undergone 18 months' cask ageing - relatively long for a crianza wine - plus several more months maturing in bottle before release.

Intense yet mellow aromas of ripe raspberry and fig, mingling with subtle vanilla, coconut and spice notes. Supple and soft on the palate, with plenty of youthful vigour to the fruit.

Drink with tapas of Iberian ham, Manchego and dressed olives.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/08/13

A new addition to our range...

Los Boldos Chardonnay 2012, Cachapoal CHILE

£7.99 When you buy 2 or more Chilean Wines

Château Los Boldos was established in 1991, with the aim of making quality wines by applying traditional French winemaking techniques to grapes grown Chile's high-altitude terroirs. Winemaker is Burgundytrained oenologist Stephane Geneste. Bright greenish yellow hinting at fresh citrus fruit, confirmed by the nose, which adds subtle green apple, pear and honey characters. Crisp acidity segues into a delicately buttery finish. Perfect with creamy fish dishes.

New Wine in Store...Los Boldos Merlot 2012, Alto CachapoalDate published: 13/08/13

Los Boldos Merlot 2012, Alto Cachapoal

£7.99 When you buy two or more

Alto Cachapoal is located in the Rapel Valley, and is one of Chile's most highly-prized terroirs. Its boasts a Mediterranean climate, free-draining alluvial soils, and altitudes of up to 2000 feet, which combine to produce wines with intense colour and aromatics.

This dense, vivid ruby coloured wine offers intense aromas of ripe plums and blackberries, and subtle hints of herbs and sweet spice. Plush, round and satisfyingly fruity on the palate. Enjoy on its own or with meatballs in a rich sauce.

Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/08/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012,

Marlborough

£5.99 when you buy two or more

This fantastic offer is only for three more days!

Giesen wines was founded by 3 brothers, Theo, Alex and Marcel in Marlborough New Zealand. Their aim, to simply make wines people want to drink.

Over the last 30 years they have been developing there own vineyards, 13 in fact covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. With a diverse range of soil types and micro-climates each contributing individual fruit characteristics to produce this great wine.

A vibrant aromatic blend of lime, lemongrass, green herbs and tropical fruit with a full flavoured palate of gooseberry and citrus, finishing crisp and persistant.

Drink with a sea food risotto, paella or just enjoy with good friends.

Wine of The week...Date published: 08/08/13

Caixas Albariño 2011, Martín Códax, Rías Baixas

£6.99 when you buy two or more

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes possibly having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest. A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish. Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

It's almost over...Date published: 06/08/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is only on offer at £5.99 for six more days!! On Tuesday 13th August it will go back up to its full price!! We still have some of this wine left, but it is going fast! Ever popular at it's current price you need to come stock up asap. As soon as the offer ends or we run out of the stuff we are done :(


Come and explore and get yours now!!

New Wine in Store...Date published: 04/08/13

Chablis 2012, Philippe de Mery

£9.99 when you buy two or more

Benchmark Chablis sourced from a range of vineyards in this classic region noted for its chalky soils. Possessing great minerality and texture, Chablis' wines are thought by many to reflect their terroir like no other wines. Lively and fresh with clean citrus aromas.

Crisp, fruity and steely dry on the palate. The finish is long and lean. Perfect accompaniment for meaty white fish.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 03/08/13

Returning to an old favourite, today that's back in stock:

Codorniu Selection Raventos £7.49 a bottle.

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style.

Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Wine of the weekDate published: 02/08/13

Gestos Malbec 2012, Finca Flichman, Mendoza

£6.99 When you buy two or more

One of Flinchman's top wines, using a blend of Malbec grapes from different altitudes. Combining Tupungato at 1,100m, gives freshness and structure and Barrancas at 700m adds colour and density. Its then left to soften in brand new oak for 6 months.

A bold violet colour with intense aromas of plums, delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit on the palate where its met with a hint of herbal spice.

A complex wine and a perfect match with steak or rich sausages.

Fancy something a little different? Enjoy with a chocolate pudding!

The Power of Positive Thinking...Date published: 01/08/13

...positive thinking is the best way to be in life I believe!


We believed that summer wasn't over and hey presto, here comes the sun.


We believed that Majestic has some fantastic summer offers, and hey presto. Giesen Sauvignon at £5.99!! This is a fantastic party wine, great for BBQ's, entertaining or simply for sitting in the garden, nice and chilled! It screams classic New Zealand Sauvignon flavours, I am meaning gooseberry, citrus, all the exciting flavours we have come to know and love as a nation!!


This is a limited offer so you need to be quick of the mark on this one. But we have loads of it in stock! So hurry on down to Majestic East Molesey and stock up before the offer ends, or the sun goes away again!!

Change in weather...Date published: 30/07/13

There may have been a change in the weather. The sun has temporarily (hopefully) left us and in it's place we have been left with the rain which has slightly changed my palate. Instead of chilled summer rose, whites and light reds - I am after something a little bigger. And our freshly stocked Chile section most definitely offers that. We are starting to see an influx of carmenere's, merlot's, shiraz and even big oaky chardonnays - all of which are perfect for this grizzly weather. And with 20% off Chile until the 2nd September, it would be rude to not try some of the offerings.

Bigger is always better...Date published: 29/07/13

Here at Majestic East Molesey, we like to believe that we are on top of the quirky trends! Which is why we like to bring you bottles of wine that are slightly out of the ordinary. And today is no different, as we have received in store a couple of beauties of wine's that will be perfect for that special occasion!


Jeroboams!!


Currently in stock we have the AIX (£50) and the Riscal (£75)


Come and explore and see for yourself!!

Summer?Date published: 29/07/13

Well, our Summer heatwave brought you all out in force to get your hands on our rose section which has been somewhat savagly attacked over these past few weeks.


As there is a little lull in the weather however, those brilliant folk at head office have been working extra hard to secure us a whole load more rose ready for the next summer heatwave in a few days and guess what - it has arrived in your favourite East Molesey store TODAY!!


Come and explore and stock up in case we start to run low!

And it's back...Date published: 29/07/13

Today see's the return of arguably one of the greatest New Zealand Sauvignon's.


That's right guys.


THE NED IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER IN ITS BRAND NEW 2013 VINTAGE!!


Come and explore today to see what all the hype is about

The New Trend...Date published: 27/07/13

Don't know if you know but there is this new trend on the town, it's called Aperol - although you might have heard of it as the Aperol Spritz and it is massive at the moment!!


All you need is Prosecco, Aperol, Soda water and an Orange and THIS recipe:


3 parts Prosecco

2 parts Aperol

1 splash of Soda

Ice and a slice!


And with some excellent Prosecco offers at the moment, starting from £6.99 and Aperol at £14.99 it'd be rude not to join in the trend!

Pound a bottle...Date published: 27/07/13

So it is still hot and sunny, the heatwave looks to continue and the bbq's are blazing!! On day's like these there is nothing better than an ice cold beer with mates to see you through and we have a couple of outstanding deals that will help you out!!


Peroni 24 (x 330ml) for just £24 

AND

Asahi Super Dry 24 (x330ml) for just £24


THAT'S A POUND A BOTTLE!!


But hurry - these offers won't last forever!!

Have you seen...Date published: 26/07/13

...our new offers?!


They run all the way till September and there are some belters on there. Hoping that my lovely friends and family will take advantage of them for that very special Birthday that is coming up for a certain assistant manager #ahem


#comeandexplore either in store or on our brand spanking new web page www.majestic.co.uk/east-molesey

Wine of the Week: La Grille Pinot NoirDate published: 25/07/13

La Grille Pinot Noir 2011  £6.99  when you buy two or more 

Made by Sylvain Miniot, director of the celebrated local Cave, this Pinot Noir comes from the stony foothills of the Massif Central. From the small VDQS St-Pourçain in the Allier département. 

The intensity of fresh redcurrant and spice flavours show just what good value and quality the Pinot Noir grape is capable of when grown in the Loire.

 Ideally served slightly chilled, it is delicious on its own or with white meat dishes, salads and fresh pasta.

Do You Love The Ned?!Date published: 22/07/13

As most Ned fans are aware, we have currently sold out of the 2012 vintage and we are awaiting the 2013 vintage that is due in at the end of the month, but the lovely folks at head office have said that if you come in and pre-order by the end of the day today (22nd July 2012) you can secure an allocation of the new vintage at the current price of £6.99 which ends tomorrow, and if your order is over 6 bottles and comes to more than £40 then we will deliver it for free for you when we get it in stock - how's that for service!


#hurryquick

Last Day Of Offers!!Date published: 22/07/13

Hurry quick, today is the last day of our current offers - things like Brancott Estate at £6.99, Bourgogne Chardonnay "Les Chennaudiers" at £6.99, Barista Pinotage at £6.99 and Perrier Jouet at £25 to name but a few are all ending at 7pm today!


So if there is something in the flyer that tickles your fancy, either pop into store, order online before 3 or give us a call and get it bought now cause tomorrow we will have a lovely little selection of new offers for you!!

Come on Sun - it's Sparkling Saturday time!!Date published: 20/07/13

SPARKLING SATURDAY!!

The sun is out, BBQ's are being fired up, it only seems right to celebrate, and what better way than with our fantastic

Gratien & Meyer Saumur Blanc

£9.99*

*when you take two or more as part of your mixed case

A blend of Chenin, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay, this distinctive sparkling is made in a similar way to Champagne, although the traditional Champagne grapes are substituted for grape varieties local to the Loire Valley.

Once bottled, the wines are matured in cellars made of limestone, which are located directly under the vineyard!

Pale yellow in colour, well refined with light persistant bubbles – expect a fruit driven nose with floral undertones. Both of which can also be seen on the palate which is perfectly balanced, refreshing and has exceptional length!

Try some to see what we are talking about :)

Fine Wine Friday!!!Date published: 19/07/13

FINE WINE FRIDAY!!

Santenay Charmes - Roger Belland

£17.99

when you take two or more

Roger and his daughter Julie are the fifth and sixth generation of wine makers at this estate – with a total of the 23 hectares of vines, the vineyard from which the grapes of this wine originate is located at the extreme south-east of the village of Santenay. The vines that are used in the creating of this wine are at least 35 years old, which produce lower yields of grapes but a more intense flavour. During the vinification process, the wine ferments at low temperatures for around 5 weeks. Thus obtained is a rich wine, fruity and well balanced wine, easy to drink young and able to age very well

A fantastically intense and brilliant purple colour can be seen in the glass, showing the youthfulnes of this wine, however don't let that put you off. On the nose, there are persistant fragrences of blackcurrent and cherry, which develop on the palat. In addition to this expect some seriously smooth tannins that help create a lovely light and summery wine that still has a hefty amount of body. You will find that this wine partners brilliantly with hard cheeses, roast poultry or red meat.

It is currently open in store so why not try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

The next big thing; SIPSMITH SUMMER CUPDate published: 18/07/13

SIPSMITH

SUMMER CUP

'Move over Pimm's; we have a new favourite...'

THE INDEPENDENT

Get your hands on the next big thing this summer and at the offer price of only £15 be the envy of all your friends and serve up this refreshing summer drink bursting with natural flavours.

Inspired by the quintessentially English 'cups' of the 1800s, blended with a host of fabulous summery fruits and flavours including infusions of Earl Grey tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber. Aromatic yet dry, its perfect for marrying with a mixer in the sun.

Mix 1 measure of Summer Cup with 3 measures lemonade in a glass or pitcher.

Serve over lots of ice and seasonal summer fruit.

Sit back and enjoy!

Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence Date published: 18/07/13

Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence

Origin~ Château de Berne has 110ha of vines, and has been producing wine since 1750. Today it is both a winery specialising mainly in rosé, and a Luxury leisure resort, promoting wine tourism and sustainable viticulture in the Côtes de Provence.
Taste ~ This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.
Enjoy ~ Best served with a Provençale lunch of anchoiade with salad and fresh tomatoes, grilled white fish or on a summer afternoon picnic!

£8.99 When you buy 2 or more

Hurry Offers ending 19.07.12Date published: 15/07/13

Just a quick reminder that the following offers end on Thursday so snap then up fast!

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV @ £24.99

and Two of our wines recent featured in the press:

Mlle Jones Fitou 2011, Domaine Jones @ £11.99 when you buy two or more
09 494 Paul Mas Merlot 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc @ £5.99 when you buy two or more

Wine Of The Week: Lagunilla, Rioja, Reserva 2007/8Date published: 11/07/13

Lagunilla Reserva Rioja 2007/8

£6.99 when you buy two or more.

Everybody loves Rioja and I personally feel that there is no better party wine. Generally rich and smooth they can be enjoyed as much on there own as with food. This is a seriously decent wine for the money. If I was given this blind I'd think it was something much more expensive!

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

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

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

Having a party?Date published: 07/07/13

Whether its a casual drinks bash or a full-scale wedding, Majestic East Molesey are here to help. Just pop in store, give us a call or drop us an email for advice.

First things first~ Once you've decided how many guests you are inviting and your budget then you can start thinking about what drinks you will need and whether or not you are going to want food and wine paring.

Fizz~ A party must for any special occasion!

A standard size bottle of fizz (75cl) will provide 6 flutes.

Wine~ Getting the right quantity of wine is crucial. As a general rule, allow half a bottle per person then add a margin for safety. A standard size bottle of wine (75cl) will provide 6 small wine glasses(125ml)

Beer, cider and spirits~ We stock a wide range of larger, ales and cider by the case and mane line and specialty spirits from around the world.

Seasonal drinks~ Pimm's in summer and mulled wine in winter.

Soft drinks and water~ We offer a great range of soft drinks and mixers from Coca-cola and lemonade to cranberry juice and sparkling elderflower. For all-day functions like weddings, you should allow at least half a liter per person.

Glasses~ The free glass loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-balls and pint glasses for a £1-a-glass deposit refunded in full on return.

Ice, chiller bins and Ice buckets~ All available to hire with a full refund on return.

Delivery~ We offer FREE home delivery, 7 days a week, at a time convenient to you!

Sale-or-return~ It's always difficult to know exactly how much you need for a party so take advantage of our sale or return policy so your not left with any excess.

Make sure you get in touch if you have any questions as we are all here to help and love having a chat about your events! #comeamdexplore

Sunny Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 06/07/13

The sun is out, BBQ's are being fired up, it only seems right to celebrate! And what better way than with our fantastic


OYSTER BAY ROSE

at a stupendiously good offer price of £9.99


Made from 80% chardonnay, sourced from the famous Hawkes Bay, and 20% Marlborough Pinot Noir - this wine typifies the charactersitics of New Zealand! Undergoing secondary fermentation in tank, this wine has produced a more youthful characteristic that stands up to traditional method fizzes.


Massively intense in flavour - well what would you expect from the Kiwi's? - the nose is full of cherry and strawberry. Note the fine, persistant bubbles - these help provide a long crisp and refreshing finish full of summer red  fruits!


Why not #comeandexplore - to see what we are talking about!

Even more of our wines are in the press today...Date published: 06/07/13

Even more wines in the press...

This Saturday has not only brought the sun but also the second half of Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 100 – handily, selecting her favourite reds and sparkling's – both of which will be perfect for that BBQ that you are planning for later in the day, weekend or week!

For the under 6 category, she has picked the Lacroix Bordeaux Superieurr 2007 at £5.99 when you take two or more. A light, elegant, easy drinking Bordeaux that Patrick hails as one of his all time faves! Moving to the South of France, Jane also loves Paul Mas Merlot 2012, which is currently at a fantastic £5.99 on multibuy – I am in love with this producer and I promise you, this merlot will not let you down!

Going up a bracket, Jane has selected the Pizarras de Otero Bierzo 2012 – always a Majestic favourite, we are currently awaiting the 2012 vintage in store, but if any of the previous vintages are to go by, this will not dissapoint – we will let you know as soon as it is in store.

Fancy trying a slightly more Bordeaux – then the Chateau de Saint Gemme 2002 at £9.99 is for you. A parcel wine, so always one to snap up, you can expect classic farmyardy Bordeaux notes. One for Bordeaux lovers and people who want to try something a little different!

And as you might have seen yesterday, we have a fantastic offer on Laurent Perrier at the moment, down at £24.99 – and it seems that Jane is impressed with it too!! She has popped that in the under £25 category!

Why not pop in and see some what we are all raving about! But hurry! Some of these offers are on a limited time deal and will run out soon!

Fantastic Fizz!!Date published: 05/07/13

If there was ever a reason to celebrate then the sun coming out for a potential heat wave weekender is most definitely one of them!!


To celebrate in style, we are bringing you Veuve Clicquot at £30 per bottle (until 15/07/13). And as if that wasn't good enough, we also have Laurent Perrier Brut at an amazing £24.99 per bottle (until 18/07/13).


Hurry though!!


These offers won't last long - the fizz's are already flying out the window!!

New To Majestic East Molesey?Date published: 04/07/13

As I am sure you are aware by now, Majestic East Molesey are some what local legends :) however, if you haven't yet visited us in store, and you are not entirely sure what we are about then here is a little bit of info on who we are and what we do!


We specialise in wines of all prices, so if it is the everyday bottle you are after or something that little bit special then we can cater for you.

We are a case merchant so you do have to purchase a minimum of 6 bottles from us but that can be a mix of still, sparkling, champagne or spirits - and we are more than happy to help you decide on those wines.

We offer party services such as advise, glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket hire and we sell ice!

We provide internal tastings that range from fifteen minute weekend tutorials, to ninety minute introductions to wine, to summer and winter invite tastings where you guys come and try our favourite wines. We also offer external tastings for PTA's, local groups etc which we can tailor to your needs.

If you buy 6 or more bottles and the cost comes to over £40 we can deliver them to your door for free! You can order in store, online or over the phone!

We are here to help, whether you are just looking for a new wine to try or you want advise on planning an event, we can help you with quantity, food and wine matching or just suggest something that you might like.

We have a tasting counter which is available for you guys to come and use all day every day - on here you will find new in store wines, wines from the same country, or region, staff favourites and sometimes - if you are lucky, we will open Fine Wine for you to try.


If this is enough to interest you, why not pop into store, give us a call or visit our web page for more information. If you are a new customer and you sign up to our Customer List, we will even throw in a free bottle on your second purchase of six or more wines that we will tailor to your personal tastes (up to the value of £10)

Beer of the Month...Date published: 29/06/13

Bitburger, 'Germany's No 1 Draught beer'

Founded in 1817, this beer has undergone near on two hundred years of adaption and change that has ranked it the third favourite German beer world wide, whilst the brewery themselves boast how in the homeland, there Pilsner is the favouroite draught beer.

The company slogan of “Bitte ein Bit” (literally translated to mean “a bit please”) is ever present in the 330ml bottles that we stock here at Majestic East Molesey – the perfect size for a refreshing beer after a hard day.

Brewed under the German Purity Laws – meaning the only ingrediants useable are: water, barley and hops (although since the understanding of yeast involvement, this too is permitted) this beer is light and hoppy and beautifully refreshing. It makes a fantastic change to your usual lagers, and here in store we are more than happy to open a bottle for you to try at your leisure, so why not pop in and see what this German beer has to offer.

And if that wasn't enough to tempt you – this beer is on a limited time deal of £10.99 for a case of 12 - #comeandexplore and see for yourself!

Our wines are in the press...Date published: 29/06/13

It has come to that time of the year again, where the rather legendary wine writer Jane MacQuitty has compiled her Summer Top 100

No surprises that some of our wines feature in that list – here are some of our store favourites, with staff tasting notes, that Jane MacQuitty loves too...

- Yali Merlot Rosé, 2012

£5.99*

A light and fruity rosé with a soft watermelon backbone, embellished with hints of strawberry and cherry on the palate”

- Grand Heron Marc Ducournau, 2012

£5.99

From perhaps France's best value white wine region, with refreshingly grassy and fruity aromatics”

- Pouilly Fumé “Les Cascadelles”, 2012

£9.99

A great value Pouilly Fumé from a high-quality co-operative packed with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberries, orange blossom and citrus fruit”

- Sancerre Roger Neveu, 2012

£11.99

Offering ripe rhubarb and gooseberry fruit and a zesty mineal texture”

*When you take two or more

Wine of the Week - Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010, BuxyDate published: 26/06/13

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010, Cave des Vignerons de Buxy, £8.99 When you buy two or more

When most people say 'good value white Burgundy', a lot of people think 'well, it might be comparatively good value but I can't spend £20 a bottle all the time!' Thats where the wines of the Côte Chalonnaise come in. As they are not as famous or sort after as the wines of the Cote de Beaune, they are a fraction of the price and can be every bit as delicious.

The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in 1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling wines.

This Montagny offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an elegant, steely dry finish.

Drink now and accompany with salad or shellfish.

Strange shapes...Date published: 22/06/13

This summer (if you can call it that this far) we have been inundated with a new mysterious rose - in a rather strange shaped bottle. We call in square (although it is more of a cuboid) but customers have compared it to many different things - by far the strangest being Olive Oil. I would like to introduce to you (if you have not already seen it) - Chateau de Berne Rose 2012, Cotes de Provence.


Hailing from a stunning property, Chateau de Berne is actually a hotel and spa resort, which are located on an 18th Century wine estate - always nice to sip quality rose whilst having a pamper day. Here at Majestic we stock several of their wines, but this interesting little fellow is their prestige cuvee rose - in it's iconic square bottle!


This Provence gem is an attractive and delicatly honeysuckle pink with a nose of summer fruits and hints of a tropicality - slight notes of mango being the most obvious choice. On the palate expect an intense, crisp and perfectly balanced rose that is as refreshing as it is tantilising for those taste buds.


Drink as an aperitif or with classic Provence style fish dishes - this wine will stand up to slightly spiced dishes but would work better with something simply grilled.


#comeandexplore and let us know what you think!

LOOK WHAT'S BACK!!Date published: 21/06/13

Love Cloudy Bay wines but just not convinced on the price? Well, we have Greywacke Sauvignon back in stock - which is the brainchild of Kevin Judd who is the former wine maker of Cloudy Bay (and was so titled for 25 years).


Named after the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate, you can expect intense tropical aroma's such as melon, peach and papaya, as well as a light herbaciousness characterised by tomato leaf. On the palate there is a crisp but mouth filling sensation which highlights the oak fermentation that took place.


The perfect partner to smoked salmon canapes, anchovies or chevre.


Hurry though! We only have 12 bottles and they always FLY out!

Wine of the Week Caixas Godello 2012Date published: 21/06/13

£7.99 When you buy two or more.

The hot varietal on customers lips and restaurant's lists. Crisp and refreshing whilst able to stand up to food. Perfect for the summer social season

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right.

It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas. A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish. Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod.

Pimm's O'ClockDate published: 19/06/13

Any one for Pimm's?

We are bang in the middle of 'the season' which can only mean one thing.. Its definitely Pimm's O'Clock! A must have at any summer function, garden party or BBQ.

We also have new in-store the special edition Blackberry & Elderflower and at only £13.50 a bottle when you buy 2 or more, pack the picnic basket and enjoy! When you buy 6 bottles of Pimm's we'll even throw in a free jug! (While stocks last)

Pimm's original~

Mix 1 part Pimm's

With 3 parts chilled lemonade

Add some mint, cucumber, orange & strawberry

Pimm's Royal~

Add 25mls Pimm's

Top up the glass with cava or champagne

Add a strawberry

Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower~

Mix 1 part Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower

With 2 parts chilled lemonade

Garnish with blackberries

Something a little cheeky, add a splash of Gin!

Fizz FanaticDate published: 18/06/13

If like me you are a fan of your fizz - then you should pop in to store asap to see some of our fantastic fizz offers. If you are sat at home reading this you might think to yourself, "I have their flyer and a copy of grape to glass, I have seen the offers..."


BUT YOU HAVEN'T!!!


We have a fairly hefty selection of fizz, both champagne and sparkling, many of which are on great deals but aren't in the current promotional marketing! So whether it is basic every day fizz, something for that special event, something English or even something a little obscure we are here to fulfil your fizz needs!


Oh and if you are so inclined, we have a pretty impressive array of fizz in different size vessles #comeandexplore to see what we are talking about!

Like The Ned?Date published: 17/06/13

Like The Ned? Why not try...

Some thing similar- Giesen Sauvignon Blanc~

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

A beautiful example of a Marlborough Sauvignon, very fruit driven. On the palate classic gooseberry and citrus flavours. Perfect with a sea food risotto or paella.

Some thing greener- Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc~

£8.79 when you buy 2 or more bottles

This wine has all the charecteristics of Sauvignon's that you've come to love but with more green fruit and herbaceous notes, giving a revitalising fresh finish. Great as an aperitif of with lemon chicken,Thai spices or fish.

Named brand- Villa Maria Privert Bin Sauvignon Blanc~

£8.79 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Family run, this producer is known for their excellent Marlborough wines. Intense gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit. This wine has it all. Enjoy by its self or with all manner of seafood.

Some thing with added extra- Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc~

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Made exclusivly for Majestic this mouth watering Sauvignon has aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrent leaf and gooseberry. With balancing minerality and crisp acidity it will match perfect with fresh salads, fish and vegetarian dishes.

.. And with 20% off all our New Zealand wines, why wait?

Its BBQ time...Date published: 15/06/13

So the sun might not quite be here but it is trying, and maybe if we all will it to come out a little more by getting our BBQ prep done nice and early it will happen- positive thinking and all that! So here is our Majestic East Molesey low down to the perfect BBQ!


In the UK we are not really big on aperitif - but after spending a year in France I am trying to bring it back! It was actually conceptualised (surprise surprise) by the wonderfully French Joseph Dubonnet, who's fortified wine was given to French soldiers in the mid-1800's to (apparently) help fight Malaria. All in all, it is a wonderful concept, needing to be mouth cleaning and fresh - I like to go for a clean and crisp wine, preferably something with bubbles as I feel it wakes my mouth up, and for my perfect BBQ I would go for the Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina - which is currently at £9.99 - a steal at the price. Bright and fresh on the nose, massively citrussy with a hint of cranberry (which comes from this wine being made from red grapes), the frothy bubbly structure cleanse the palate leaving a light red fruit taste which is beautiful in the summer sun.


If I invite my mother to this BBQ (which in case you are reading this mum - I always would!) I have to be able to cater for her weird tastes - in that she doesn't eat meat but she does eat fish. Generally white  fish and white wine are a safe bet, but when you are cooking it on a BBQ the smokey taste that we love can over power a wine slightly. Which is why I always poach my mums fish - little bit of herbs, squeeze of lemon and (god forbid) a splash of whichever wine I have purchased to accompany her dish. In this instance, I would be tempted by the Pietariccia Fiano, at £7.59 (when you take another Italian wine) this meaty wine stands up to heavier white fish, whilst still being able to compliment the lighter fishes with its citrussy notes.


As a cheap skate, my budget on a BBQ stems to the classic sausages and burgers. As there are endless sausage combination's these days, I would be tempted to go for a bold but not over powering red wine - something like a Corbieres. Produced in a hot region, there are intense flavours in most of these wines - to step away from some of our better known wines I would be tempted to go for the La Combe des Oliviers at £7.99. This wine has a beautiful blackcurranty nose, with hints of herbs and olives which is noticeable in the palate as wel! Because this wine has hints of the med, you are transported to those warmer climes which makes it a great match for those sausages that you might (accidentally) over-do. For your burgers, the greatest BBQ food of all time (arguably) I am opting for a smooth merlot - mu current favourite being that of the ParceL Series Merlot from South Africa at a fantastic price of £5.99 - plummy, raspberry fruits dominate with a hint of smokiness that compliments any BBQ'd burger!


That concludes my faveourite BBQ food and wine matches - although I know you crazy kids like to pop anything on the barbie, so why not come into store or tweet us if you have other Barbie faves that you fancy matching to our wines!

It's only bloomin Fine Wine FriiiiiiidayDate published: 14/06/13

...and this fortnight we are bringing you a corker!


Angel's Share Shiraz from the Two Hands Estate in McLaren Vale. At £18 when you buy another selected fine wine it is a stupendously good price as well!


This vineyard was established in 1999, a quirky named producer of wines, whose other accolades include Sexy Beast and Gnarley Dudes – they aimed to showcase the best Shiraz, Australia had to offer!


Rich and complex on the nose, you will get a lot of dark fruit and spice – this is furthered on the palate with notes of coffee, cocoa, mulberry and plummy notes – a huge body on this wine that coats the mouth, with soft tannins that will help age the wine for up to ten years – not that it lasts that long in my house!!!


We have it open to taste in store, so why not pop down, #comeandexplore and see what you think - we love it!

Australia Tasting Week...Date published: 14/06/13

Here at Majestic, we like to keep things fresh for you guys - everyone falls into wine drinking patterns, whereby we only drink what we know, our favourites - we are all guilty of it - even me. So we are bringing you weekly tasting events at the moment for you so that you can try things that you might not normally try. This week we are bringing you wines from Australia!!


Australia can sometimes suffer a little from pre-conceptions, especially when it comes to their chardonnay's - however as a country, it has such vast expanses of land dedicated to wine growing, which vary drastically - there is a lot more to Australia than meets the eye! Whether it is wines from the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, Barossa Clare or Eden Valley, or perhaps McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills - this country has something to offer the basic wine drinker, right the way through to the connoisseur.


Pop in store to try some of our favourite wines from this country which include, a classic reisling, an everyday shiraz and a fine wine shiraz as well as the dreaded chardonnay, that you all love to hate, or perhaps more aptly all hate to love (apart from me, who loves to love it!!)

New fine wine in Store....Date published: 13/06/13

I'm always very excited when we get a new Red Burgundy! This time its the ever reliable Louis Jadot with an example of the lesser known Santenay appellation from arguably the sexiest vintage of the Noughties. I'm trying to snap up all the 2010s I can get my hands on as the vintage is already very thin on the ground and I've loved every one I have tried thus far!

"Clos des Gatsulards is a single-vineyard site within the Santenay appellation, in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune. Its stony, south-facing slopes produce a dynamic Pinot Noir with great minerality and firm structure."

We've only got a limited amount and I'm going to take a few so you'd better be quick!

Wine of the Week: Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 12/06/13

There are several things that the Californian's do well, one of them is most definitely Zinfandel. Lodi is situated in the Northern regions of the Central Valley and is aptly named the Zinfandel Capital of the World! On closer inspection of the vineyards, the mature Zinfandel vine plantings, coupled with well-drained sandy soils create this powerful and extractive wines that underpin the Ravenswood motto of "No Wimpy Wines".


This wine is bursting with big, bold flavours - sweet blueberry, plums and spice dominate the aroma of this wine, which can be picked up on as soon as the glass is poured - no need to get your nose deep into the glass on this wine. On the palate you can expect bright, fruity but still soft flavours of toasted spices, a vanilla-y note gives it it a roundness and there is an excellently balanced acidity that makes this wine a pleasure to drink on its own or it goes perfectly with duck dishes or a cheese platter.


Although you can drink this wine now, a couple more years bottle ageing would do it no harm - just remember this wine is not for the faint at heart!

Still hoping for summer?!Date published: 11/06/13

For 22 years I have lived in the north of Enlgand, and for 22 years I have watched the South have far better summers than we ever do! So I decided that I was going to make the move down here to be able to live it up in the summer sun.


Really sorry guys, I may have brought the weather with me!! As we are seeing cloudy days and rain, the North are having those hot summer day we are after!


However, here at Majestic East Molesey we are still hoping that we can tempt the sun out with our fantastic Taste of Summer offers that have just been released - I am talking a white Burgundy, a Rioja and a New Zealand Sauvignon - all at £6.99 when you take two or more. If that can't tempt the sun out we have Prosecco at a tenner, vintage champagne at £20, a top house champagne at £30 and a well known rose champagne at £45 (relevant offers apply).


If the sun doesn't get his hat on for these offers then i'll book a one way ticket back to the North asap!

One for the daddy's...Date published: 08/06/13

That time of the year is coming up again. It's Fathers Day!!


Here at Majestic East Molesey we have a selection of treats for that special dad in your life. If it is fine wine that tickles his fancy then we have selected bottles at £8 off when you buy 2.


Or how about Whiskey? A Dad favourite! With our ever expanding selection of spirits we are bound to have something that will excite him.


Or if you just can't decide, we do gift vouchers so you can give the gift of wine without worrying about not getting him the right thing!

Wine Of the Week: Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Date published: 07/06/13

One of my favourite things about Majestic wine are the special little parcels we get from time to time of top quality wines that we are able to offer at below market value. This is a cracking example of that:

Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

£7.99 When you buy any 2 Chilean Wines

A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic by one of Maipo Valley's best producers. The grapes are hand-picked from mature vines in the cool Andean foothills, fermented with selected yeasts, then transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months' maturation.

A classic cassis-like aroma overlayed with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice. Impressively pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins.

Perfect for tomorrow evenings BBQ.



Learning about wine?Date published: 06/06/13

Here at Majestic Molesey, our staff pride themselves on their knowledge of wine, after all it is one of the reasons you come to us! Soa s a thank you, we want to invite you to come and learn a little something about wine!


On Thursday 13th June, Sophie is hosting a Wine Course, and the following Thursday (the 20th) Patrick will be hosting one. It is a fun, informal 90 minute tutorial into the basics of wine - which ends in the best part! Food and Wine matching!!


Although the event is free, places are limited and as such you will need to book on either by popping into store, calling us on 0208 941 5431 or emailing us at mol@majestic.co.uk


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Last chance for some of our summer faves!!Date published: 05/06/13

Hurry!! Last chance to buy, offers end Monday 10th June!

No wine says summer quite like rose and with Boschendal Rose at only £6.99 or M De Minuty Cotes De Provence (which Keira Knightly has at her wedding!!) at £9.99 grab a bottle and get in the garden!

Stock up on fantastic summer whites like the classic Giesen Sauvignon Blanc for only £5.99 or looking for something a bit different? How about the Gavi, La Toledana, dubbed the Chablis of Italy.

We also have both the fruity Vina Eguia Rioja Crianza, and the more vanilla Vina Eguia Reserva for only £5.99 or Chateau Du Pennautier, Cabardes for £8.49. Perfect for a BBQ!

Something to celebrate? Prosecco La Marca Treviso extra dry at £8.99 or Laurent -Perrier Brut at only £25!



Blousy rose champagne thats all ways first on the dance floor!Date published: 04/06/13

Bollinger Rose

Was launched in 2008.

Bollinger is one of a very few champagne houses to produce their own grapes for the blends. The grapes are assembled from Grands and Premiers Crus sites.

This wines main component is the special cuvee blend -

62% Pinot Noir

24% Chardonnay

14% Pinot Meurier

-Which is used in their other champagnes.

But what makes this Rose special is the addition of red wine, they add in about 5-6%.

This wine demonstrates Bollingers unique blending and red wine making skills.

After the primary fermentation its aged for at least 3 years, more than twice the time required by the appellation.

Colour~

A high lighted bronze but with intense depth that the red wine gives.

Nose~

A full aroma of red berries, red current, cherry and wild strawberry. With a spicy touch not unlike the special cuvee.

Palate~

Complex flavours of raspberries and blackberries, good acidity. A fine moose that is lively in the mouth, with a small amount of tannin. All held together by the wines precise structure. Your left with a long mellow finish of delicate berry notes.

This wine would pair well with 'meaty' fish like lobster, crayfish and salmon.

Japanese or not to spicy Asian cuisine

Tart fruit based deserts.

On special offer now for only £40!!

Madame Bollinger, one of the 'Grand Dames' of Champagne.

I drink it when i'm happy and when i'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when i'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if i'm not hungry and I drink it if I am; otherwise I never touch it -unless i'm thirsty.

New Wine in-store - Ch Abbaye St FermeDate published: 03/06/13

Château l'Abbaye de Sainte-Ferme 2005, Bordeaux Superieur

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more


This special parcel was snapped up by our buyers upon first taste. A traditionally-made Bordeaux from the top-rated 2005 vintage, it has
been authentically cellared and is now drinking very well, and therefore offers simply staggering value.

A dense core of mature black fruit, overlayed with hints of graphite, leather and liquorice. The tannins are firm yet smooth textured, and well
balanced by the ripeness that characterises this vintage.

Will work well with rib of beef or a slow-cooked leg of lamb.

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 31/05/13

When I visited the region a few years ago I fell in love with the simultaneously seductive and serious, Pinot Noirs of Martinborough. Alongside Central Otago, Martinborough is considered one of the two best areas for growing Pinot Noir in New Zealand

As its New Zealand tasting week I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you a beautiful example:

Martinborough Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009, £23.99 When you buy two or more New Zealand wines

Martinborough Vineyard produces some of the best Pinot in New Zealand, having made some of the first plantings near the town of Martinborough. Their consistently excellent and internationally acclaimed style has come to represent the terrior of the Martinborough Terrace.

A fantastic, complex and seductive aroma of red cherry, spice, tobacco and earth. Perfectly balanced, an elegant and beguiling structure of tannin and fruit and a long, complex and layered finish.

If you can resist drinking it, the wine will develop and improve over 10 years, but the seductive fruit allows for immediate drinking.

Wine Of The Week: Yalumba Y Series ViognerDate published: 24/05/13

Yalumba 'Y' Series Viogner 2012

£7.99  when you buy any 2 Australian wines 

This little beauty just won an International Wine Challenge Gold Medal! 

A full-bodied dry white, with a gorgeously perfumed floral scent and a ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky palate-feel. 

Its long been one of my favouites but don't take my word for it, have a taste and tell us what you think...

Something about Italy..Date published: 20/05/13

What makes Italian wines so special? If you ever wondered why Italy is so complicated its all down to the fact that - fortunately or unfortunately (however it's looked at!) there is a myriad of wine styles in all colours from a raft of different regions and sub-regions.

There are possibly 1000 grape varieties used to make wine in the country, and the varietal names can change depending on which area its made in! Along with extremely complicated wine labels it can all serve to baffle us all.

But soldier on - it is precisely this infinite range of wines which makes them so special; come and explore them in the Molesey store today!    

It's alright for some...Date published: 16/05/13

At Majestic, we pride ourselves on our staff and their knowledge and our Molesey protege, Hannah, has been taking full advantage of this this week. Tuesday she helped out at Surbiton's tasting, Wednesday she was playing the glamourous hostess at our very own Summer Tasting, tonight she is off to sample the delights of regional France at a Domaine Begude and Domaine Sainte Rose tasting, and on Saturday she will be helping out at our Italian Tastings. It's alright for some!!


I think this calls for a pop quiz next week!!

Summer TastingDate published: 15/05/13

Soooo, we have been banging on about it for weeks but today is finally the day - it is time for our summer tasting. Obviously the rain and the cold has greated us in proper British Summer fashion but we won't let that dampen our spirits, because here at Masjestic East Molesey we have eleven of our favourite wines prepared to show you what we think summer should be about...


Keep your eyes peeled through the course of the day as we slowly reveal what wines we are going to be having open tonight, and tomorrow we shall review each of the wines and let you guys know which was the most popular.


And if the excitement gets too much for you guys as the day goes on, there are still places available so you can always call up as soon as poss to reserve a place for tonight!

Wine of the Week: Truffier MalbecDate published: 09/05/13

A nice juicy Southern French red this week, just in time as BBQ season is in full swing.

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins. Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs.

£6.99 When you buy two or more as part of our minimum of six bottles.

Having a BBQ? Size totally matters...Date published: 06/05/13

It's no secret that here at Majestic Molesey we like to have the WOW factor when it comes to wine. And so I think I have found just the things that will make all the other kids at a BBQ stand back and realise just how serious you are! For the summer afternoon BBQ, I suggest AIX rose, a light Provence rose that has those light summer fruit flavours that both make this wine stand out as a brilliant easy drinking rose that hits the right notes for everyone but also, as it comes in Magnum (£19.99) and double Magnum (£50) size, its definitely one to show off. Now, if you are planning a later BBQ, that might run later into the evening, whereby people are ready to have slightly heavier food, and maybe move on to a glass of red, we also have the Riscal Rioja Reserva, an old store favourite - and again, this comes in both Magnum (£30) and Double Magnum (£75) form - with a classic earthy, vanilla nose, and hints of dark fruit jam, you'll find this wine works excpetionally well with those lamb kebabs...

The coolest labelled Wine of the Week...Date published: 05/05/13

Here at Majestic Molesey we are more than aware that tasting wines is not just about swirling it round your mouth, it is a sensory experience that encompasses visuals and smells as well as taste. Which is why we opted for Mister Shiraz as our Wine of the Week this week, and at £6.99 if you take any other Chilean wine it is an absolute stormer of a bottle. An exclusive bottling for Majestic, you can expect a more traditional, robust, spice driven Shiraz which shows fantastic old world characteristics whilst still having the New World style that we have all come to know and love. When in the glass, this wine is deep crimson in colour with hints of violet which shows it's youthful character. On the nose there are deep dark fruit flavourings such as plum with hints of summer strawberries as well as slight hints (but not overpowering) of vanilla and cedar which we can put down to the ageing that this wine had in French and American Oak. When it comes to tasting this wine, you definitely know it is there - a big palate with great length - the plummy characteristics that you get on the nose are also present which makes it the perfect partner to a rare, well seasoned rib steak!

Saturday Treats...Date published: 04/05/13

It's not just wine that we love here at Majestic Molesey, why not pop into store and try some of our favourite beers courtesy of Craft Beers, the movement that entwined old recipe's and new hops to create an all new style of beer. Originating in the states, we are paying homage to this style by having Anchor Steam and Brooklyn Lager open to taste, and not wanting to be left out, we also have England's version of this style of beer in the guise of Chapel Down's Curious Brew! Who does it best? Come and Explore and find out for yourself. Furthermore, as it is Bank Holiday Saturday, we have also cracked open our brand new Prosecco, the rather fantabulous Proescco Zonin - come and have a try and treat your self this Bank Holiday - it might even help bring the sun out...fingers crossed.  

It may have started to rain. but....Date published: 26/04/13

We have a brand new Wine of the Week: Valdesil Montenovo at £8.49 when you take another Spanish wine. From the Valdeorras region of North West Spain, the vines that are integral to the making of this wine are planted along the River Sil, providing fertile, alluvial soil that helps to create a firm structured white that stands out against the other wines that Spain has to offer. This green tinged wine, shows its youthfulness (it being a 2012), but with a grassy nose and hints of pear and pineapple on the palate, it is perfect for whiling away those long, warm (perhaps) summer evenings. This wine is perfect with simple Spanish tapas - I am thinking grilled sardines - done on the BBQ - no marinade, just a squeeze of lemon!

Roederer at £25!!Date published: 25/04/13

Our fantastic and brilliant team in Head Office have managed to secure Louis Roederer at a fantastic price of £25 for a very limited time! So limited that the offer is only valid until the 29th April, or until we run out of stock so head down to Majestic Molesey as soon as possible to pick up some at this stupidly good offer before Monday!!

Last week of the Easter Offers!!Date published: 24/04/13

This week marks the end of our Easter offers - why not pop in store and see our staff favourites, some of which are open to taste! Always exciting news. Up until Monday 29th April we have some epic deals on Roederer Brut at £25 and Feuillate Brut  at £16 which are perfect for party champagnes, as well as our old friend The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at a brilliant £6.99 (on multibuy). On top of that Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone, Belleruche at £7.99 on multibuy makes for that hearty glass of red we sometimes all are after! Pop into store and get your hands on these before they finish at these current prices on the 29th April 2013!

Boschendal vineyard of the fortnightDate published: 12/04/13

Majestic Molesey's vineyard of the fortnight is Boschendal.

It is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa. Located between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and spread across 2.54km2. The vast size, with a range of altitudes enables them to grow a number of varieties and great care is taken to find the appropiate location for each.

The estate prides its self on conservation, preservation and restoration of the enviroment, with biological farming practices that promotes a habitat of bio-diversity in both vineyard and surroundings.

Each wine is intrisically different but portrays typical characteristics of the Boschendal terrior.

We currently have Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2012 on our tasting counter (for a limited time only!) and 2012 has been declared a stand out vintage by the Vineyard!!

New opening hours from the 1st April.Date published: 01/04/13

From today the 1st April, our hours of trading will change.  Monday to Wednesday we will be open from 10am-7pm, with Thursday and Friday remaining at 10am-8pm. Trading hours on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays will also be unaffected.

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.

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 01/03/13

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 Clos de L'Oratoire

Price £25.00

Buy 2 bottles save £4

£23.00

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 much improved wine estate.

A harmonius blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault produces a wine of  intense perfume with an 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.

Secret this away for ten years or drink now as the youthful fruits and juicy sweetness with roast veal or filets mignons.

But don't just take our word for it, come down and try it on our tasting counter - it's open today (and most likely still be available for this weekend) as this month's choice for Fine Wine Friday, the first Friday of each month (put it in your diary).  

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 22/02/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Angelique de Monbousquet 2009 St-Emilion Grand Cru

£19.99 single bottle price or

£17.99 multibuy price

The second wine of Chateau Monbousquet, Angelique is a more youthful and approachable version of the grand vin, designed to require less cellerage.

Purchased by French hypermarket owner Gerard Perse in the 1990's , Ch. Monbousquet was his first venture into wine, leading him to later purchase Château Pavie, Château Pavie Decesse and Château La Clusière. With the help of Michel Rolland, the famous wine consultant, Perse has taken the Chateau to great heights, culminating it being elevated to Grand Cru Classé in the Saint-Émilion classification of 2006.

Angelique is made from the same 32ha vineyards that produces the grand vin, sitting on St-Emilion's characteristically sandy, iron-rich clay soils. The blend consists of 60: Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This ripe and fleshy St-Emilion, from the stellar 2009 vintage, has an upfront, convivial character, with lashings of jammy black and red fruit, supported by mucluar yet supple tannins.

Drinking well now and for a further five years. And if you've wondering what food to pair with it – it's got to be a full-flavoured beef dish or rich and tender oxtail.

Molesey's Wine of the Week: Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2011, Central OtagoDate published: 16/02/13

Central Otago is the most southerly grapegrowing region in the world. Located at 45º south, it shares unique geographical and climactic conditions with some of the world's most prestigious wine-producing regions like Burgundy and the northern Rhone in France, and Oregon's Willamette Valley in the USA.

During warm daytimes and cooler nights at Central Otago Pinot Noir grapes preserve more acidity and yield brighter into more vibrant fruit. Furthermore the days this far south are long with little cloud or rain but exceptionally sunny and dry. Quartz Reef applies the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer, who continues to enjoy & explore the Pinot Noir's many dimensions, and the convergence of the old and the new wine worlds.

An aromatic pinot noir with a fragrant floral and red cherry aroma. It's very pure and taut with a mix of spice, cherry and violet characters. A finely stuctured wine with pleasantly drying, spicy tannins.

£15.99 When you buy more than 2 bottles or £18.99 single bottle price

Wine of the weekDate published: 08/02/13

Molesey's Wine of the Week

Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo 2011 £6.99 When you buy 2 bottles Save £4!!!! or £8.99 single bottle price

Pizzarras de Otero comes from Bierzo an 18th century estate that lay dormant for many years, before being bought and revived by Martin Codax. Bierzo is an area of North West Spain that covers around 3000km2 of vineyards. The vineyards were planted predominantly by Cistercian Order monasteries in the middle ages. Bierzo features an attractive mix of castles, vineyards, pine forests and delightful mountain scenery. The focal point for wine is the market town of Cacabelos.

Wines from Bierzo have to consit of 70% of the ancient mencia grape. This wine is designed to be drunk young, when the fruit is pure and vibrant. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocks, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo.

Pizarras de Otero presents a deep cherry red with violent reflections. It has a lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry. And subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.

Wine ReliefDate published: 04/02/13

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is an operating British charity founded in 1985 in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief's appeal is Red Nose Day held in March. The charity states that its aim is to "bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which we believe requires investing in work that addresses people's immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice."

In 1999 Wine Relief was set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander as part of Comic Relief and runs every two years. Since the launch it has raised over £4 million pounds to help disadvantage people over the UK and Africa.

This year between 5th February-18th March Majestic will be supporting Wine Relief on twelve wines. Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle to Comic Relief.

Look out for these twelve wine relief wines in store:

Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007

Pouilly Vinzelles 'En Paradis' Louis Latour 2011

Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011

Ch de Pennautier 'Terroirs d’Altitude' 2009

Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2010

Domaine de l'Aigle Chardonnay 2011

Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011

Bardolino 'Naiano' Allegrini 2011

Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann 2010

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010

Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010

Tasting TutorialsDate published: 02/02/13

After last Autumns successful tasting tutorials we will be repeating these this coming Spring.

So join us at the East Molesey store for free 30 minute wine tasting tutorials, at 11am or 3pm on the Saturdays listed detailed below.

Spain & Italy kick starts these informative and informal tasting events on Saturday 9th February,. We will taste and talk our way through some of the new wines, old favourites and overlooked gems from these regions.

The weeks after we will be exploring the following countries:

New Zealand (16th February, at 11am or 3pm) Classic France (2nd March, at 11am or 3pm) South America (9th March, at 11am or 3pm)

If you would like to join us for one (or all) of these dates please let one of the Molesey team know when you would like to come along, as the number of places are restricted.

We look forward to seeing you there.

FINE WINE FRIDAYDate published: 01/02/13

FINE WINE FRIDAY

RIDGE LYTTON SPRINGS 2009 DRY CREEK VALLEY

£30

Ridge Vineyards was founded in the early 1960's on the Monte Bello Ridge in Santa Clara County (California), which had been the site of wine making since Italian immigrants first planted vines there in the 1880's.

The owners David Bennion, Charles Rosen, Hewitt Crane, and Howard Zeidler, all engineers at nearby Stanford Research Institute (SRI), were all amateur enthusiasts and produced Ridge's first commercial wines from the 1962 vintage. In 1969 Paul Draper was brought on as chief wine maker, a position he holds to this day. Draper's work at Ridge has been a huge influence on modern Californian wine making with his emphasis on natural, ecologically sustainable farming and fermentation

Ridge's international reputation was cemented when the Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 1971 Cabernet Sauvignon achieved 5th place in 1976's “Judgement of Paris”. This was a wine competition in Paris organised by Stephen Spurrier, a British wine merchant, which through blind tasting pitted the top Californian Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays against their Bordeaux and Burgundy equivalents. The panel of predominantly French tasters caused consternation by giving the top Cabernet Sauvignon award to Californian Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, with the Ridge Monte Bello coming a respectable 5th place (out of 10 wines). However on the 30th Anniversary of the event, all the wines from the original vintages were retested and this time the Monte Bello came out top! Ridge Vineyards true pedigree shone through and cast asway any doubts about the long-term maturation potential of Californian wines.

In 1991, Ridge Vineyards purchased the Lytton Springs vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. It is from this site that our Fine Wine Friday choice is from. Planted with Zinfadel interspersed with smaller parcels of Petite Sirah and Carignane, a traditional 'field blend' approach is employed.The vineyard's 34 parcels were picked separately, fermented with natural yeast, and pressed at dryness. After natural malolactic fermentation, the wines were tasted blind and 23 of the lots were chosen as exemplifying the vintage. The final blend is roughly 71% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah and 6% Carignane. The amount of new oak in the 2009 blend was reduced slightly to give the wine's fruit and inherent elegance more room for expression. It is a rich and opulent wine, with a backbone of cassis and blackberry fruit complemetned by a savoury muscularity. Certainly enjoyable on release, this wine will evolve beautifully over the next 10- 15 years.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 24/01/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Chateau Caronne Ste-Gemme Cru Bourgeois, 2007, Haut Medoc

£13.99 single bottle price or £11.99 multibuy

One of Majestic's most consistent Clarets over the years, this example from the early maturing 2007 vintage doesn't disappoint.

Dating from 1648, Caronne is comprised of 48 hectares of vines (just south of Ch Lagrange) and has been in the hands of the Nony family since the 19th Century. Planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone, it is this special soil structure combined with traditional vinification methods which contributes in producing a full bodied yet elegant wine.

The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, with an average vine age of 25 years. Matured in wood for 12months with 25% being new oak.

A bright nose of red fruit with a perfumed edges follows onto the palate with added nuances of smoke, black pepper and subtle oak.

Supple tannins lead to a well rounded finish which craves to be drunk alongside this weekend's roast .

Wine of the Week Tabali Reserva Pinot Noir 2011 Limari ValleyDate published: 08/01/13

Limari Valley is one of Chilean up-coming valleys and it is located in one of the northern regions to grow vines.

The valley has an average of 90 mm of rain per year allowing very healthy vineyards and dry harvests.

Hand-picked into small baskets to prevent damage, the grapes are bunch-selected, de-stemmed and fermented under temperature control.

Fresh and elegant, this cool climate Pinot Noir comes from limestone-clay soils. In the mouth is rich and round, full of cherry and raspberry flavours, with soft spiciness and nice acidity.

Perfect partner with poultry, game and charcuterie.

Fine Wine Friday: Turkey Flat Shiraz 2008 Barossa Valley £25Date published: 02/01/13

Turkey Flat is a wine estate located in Barossa Valley in Australia. It was here, on the banks of Tanunda Creek where bush turkeys once roamed, that pioneer Silesian settler Johann Friedrich August Fiedler planted the first vines in 1847.

It still produces shiraz wines from these vines planted in 1847 – some of the oldest in the world.

Turkey Flat has been included in Wine-ark’s “Australia’s Most Collected Wines”.

A great food wine with notes of concentrated black fruit and violets. Ripe supple tannin are supported by smooth, velvety oak.

Wine of the weekDate published: 21/12/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Mersault 1er Cru 'Château de Blagny' Louis Latour £30.00

Maison Louis Latour are renowned throughout the world for the quality of its red and white wines. Château de Blagny is an exclusive of Maison Louis Latour , the vineyards constituting the estate of the Château de Blagny are located high on the hillside overlooking Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. Château de Blagny is the most important domaine in the commune. A wonderful wine, matured in small oak barrels for 8-12 months.

This wine has a colour of pale gold with a powerful, clean nose of citrus fruits and toasty aromas. A nice length with a mineral finish..definitely gets my vote!!

Why don't you treat your self this Christmas, it's a perfect match to go with a Christmas turkey

Wine of the week: Sancerre Rouge 2010, Paul ThomasDate published: 15/12/12

The appellation is famous for its white wines, but originally its reds were better known.

Pinot Noir is the primary red variety cultivated here, grown on gravelly, limestone soil. They are dry, light bodied wines, with pretty floral aroma and delicate flavour.

This juicy, fruity wine shows intense aromas of raspberry and cherry on the nose that develop further on the palate. Soft tannins, crisp yet balanced acidity and masses of ripe red berry flavours.

Perfect partner with poultry, game and charcuterie.

Price £12.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 £11.99

Wine of the week - Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2011 Mount Difficulty, Central OtagoDate published: 27/11/12

Central Otago is the most southerly grapegrowing region in the world. Located at 45º south, it shares unique geographical and climactic conditions with some of the world's most prestigious wine-producing regions like Burgundy and the northern Rhone in France, and Oregon's Willamette Valley in the USA. The Mt Difficulty brand started in 1998 with a very small production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made by Grant Taylor of Gibbston Valley Wines. The Air New Zealand wine awards in put Mt Difficulty on the map, with 1998 Pinot Noir winning a gold medal. This wine highlights the warm season with lovely perfumed blackberry and dark Stella cherry fruits along with a hint of spice, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish. Roaring Meg Pinot Noir will improve for 3-5 years given optimal vintage and cellaring conditions.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 09/11/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2010

£19.99 Special Offer £18.74 Buy 2 still Californian wines under £20 save 20% £14.99 *

Family owned and operated since its founding in 1982, Cline Cellars' Fred Cline was one of the first vintners to plant French Rhône varietals in California, and is one of the original Rhone Rangers. A witty pun on The Lone Ranger, it is a non-profit group of American winemakers ( mostly West Coast) formed to promote wines made with a minimum of 75% of the 22 Rhone varieties.

Cline Cellars is best known for production of their Ancient Vines wines out of Contra Costa County. The Cline's historic Oakley vineyards are planted with Mourvèdre, Carignane, Grenache, Palomino and Zinfandel, ranging in age from 80-120 years old. 42 acres of Carignane and Zinfandel vines were planted in 1906 and 1925, and 14 acres of Mourvèdre vines date back to 1920. These vines are all on their original rootstocks and have survived the threat of phylloxera by the sandy soils of Contra Costa County acting as natural defense against infestation. Newer plantings on original rootstocks are similarly unaffected. The 2010 Ancient Vines Zinfandel has been created by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yielding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino. Californian Zinfandel has been identified as being the same variety as Italy's Primitivo and probably came to California with the Italian immigrants of the late 19th century. It has developed into a distinctly unique variety and is now rightly considered to be an American native variety.

Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Great with grilled steak, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison.  

New shape Bollinger bottleDate published: 26/07/12

The old (left) and the new (right) Bollinger bottle shape. The new shape is called the 1846 as it is the shape of an old bottle marked 1846, found in Bollinger's cellars. The new shape reduces the ratio of wine exposed to the air in the top of the bottle, which should have a positive effect on the quality of the wine, as well as achieving an iconic new look.

Now we deliver any 6 bottles, shopping online with Majestic just got even better.Date published: 12/06/12

Life is busy. Sometimes too busy to make it to your local Majestic. That's why you can now order as few as six bottles online and have them delivered straight to your door for free*.

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English Sparkling Wine Spotlight Tasting - St.Georges Day

23 April 2015 (19:00 - 20:00)

English Sparkling Wine Spotlight Tasting - St.Georges Day

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Free Spotlight Tasting

16 April 2015 (19:00 - 20:00)

Argentina Spotlight Tasting For Malbec World Day

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Spain Spotlight Week

10 April 2015 - 16 April 2015

Spain Spotlight Week

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Easter Specials Spotlight Week

3 April 2015 - 9 April 2015

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Meet the team...

  • Edward Trainee Manager

    I'm brand new to Majestic and bring with me a passion for wine, beers and spirits developed in the pub trade. Love being able to match food and wine, especially Picpoul de Pinet with mussels. Or just enjoying a nice crisp New Zealand Sauvignon with friends.
  • James Manager

    I am new to the team in East Molesey, but I have been around Majestic for many years. I love rich white Burgundies and powerful, spicy reds. I am just starting to stretch my legs into spirits, Appleton V/X being the rum of choice at the moment. Feel free to pop in for a chat.
  • Jamie Assistant Manager

    The old man of the crew, I'm a lover of most drinks from wine to champagne via beer and whisky. My tipple of choice changes depending on the weather and what I fancy. I love smokey Islay malts, spicy Southern French reds, rich and opulent Chardonnays, and full-flavoured ales

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