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- Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 3 20/06/14
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- Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 2 19/06/14
- Taittinger promotion- £25 a bottle! 18/06/14
- Ken's trip to Spain pt3 18/06/14
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- IWC GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE WEEK 14/06/14
- New Cider... 13/06/14
- Wine of the week - Falanghina Terredora 13/06/14
- BBQ Season is open! 12/06/14
- New craft beer! 10/06/14
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- The Original Pilsner from Pilsen 08/06/14
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- Wine of the week - Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 27/05/14
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- Mature claret to try! 17/05/14
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- Wotw: Grifone Montelpuciano d'Abruzzo 15/05/14
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- Ken's trip to Spain pt1 11/05/14
- Press Mentions 11/05/14
- New staff Favourite: The Kings Legacy Chardonnay 10/05/14
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- Bring a friend.. 04/05/14
- Chilean tasting week 03/05/14
- New arrivals! 03/05/14
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- It's Chile Week! 02/05/14
- Wotw:Con Amigos Malbec, chile 01/05/14
- New Pricing! 30/04/14
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- Wine of the Week-end! 26/04/14
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- Our big Summer tasting- Wednesday 14th May 2014 25/04/14
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- Wotw: Louis Latour macon Lugny 2013 23/04/14
- Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 now 33%off! 22/04/14
- Web Exclusive: The Gérard Bertrand Cigalus Case 6x75cl Bottles 21/04/14
- Easter opening hours 18/04/14
- What to have with your steak on World Malbec Day(Thursday 17th) 17/04/14
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- New Zealand's Waimea set for an exciting year! 14/04/14
- Easter Tipples 13/04/14
- Sparkling Saturday returns! 12/04/14
- Food and wine matching night 11/04/14
- Rosé Renovations complete 09/04/14
- Wotw: Grati Chianti 2012 09/04/14
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- Exciting new Rioja Parcel! 04/04/14
- Wine of the week 02/04/14
- New staff Recommendation: Pizarras de otero 02/04/14
- Meet Our new Assistant Manager,Ken 31/03/14
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- Wine of the Week 27/03/14
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- New: Free Delivery on any 6 bottles! 15/03/14
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- Wedding themed Wine Courses 13/03/14
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- Picking'n'Mixing - Sam's choices. 11/03/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 10/03/14
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- Delivery Schedule w/c 9th March 08/03/14
- Staff Choice 06/03/14
- Wine of the Week 05/03/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 04/03/14
- Delivery Schedule W/C 2nd March 01/03/14
- Staff Choice 01/03/14
- Heather's Half Term part 2 28/02/14
- Malbec Madness! 26/02/14
- Wine of the week 26/02/14
- Majestic's Fine Wine Plan 25/02/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 24/02/14
- Heather's half-term drinks menu (part 1) 22/02/14
- Delivery Schedule 21/02/14
- Wine of the week 19/02/14
- A weekend of fine wine... 18/02/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 17/02/14
- Wither Hills Sauvignon 13/02/14
- Ordering wine in a restaurant.. 12/02/14
- Wine of the week - Finca Las Moras Tannat 12/02/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 10/02/14
- Welcome to Argentina 09/02/14
- Pipers Unsalted Crisps 08/02/14
- Treat Yourself This Valentines Day! 05/02/14
- Wine of the Week - Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 05/02/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 03/02/14
- Delivery Schedule w/c 3rd February 01/02/14
- Something for the weekend 31/01/14
- Wine of the Week 29/01/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 27/01/14
- Delivery Schedule week commencing Monday 27th 25/01/14
- Wine of the Week! 22/01/14
- Can you tell what it is yet? 20/01/14
- South of France Wines 18/01/14
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- Region in Focus - Southern France 16/01/14
- Van Repairs 14/01/14
- Wine of the Week - Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 11/01/14
- The Ned Sauvignon Blanc; quick, quick!! 05/01/14
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- Majestic Bargain Hunt! 05/01/14
- Wine of the Week - A Party Drink! 29/12/13
- Opening Hours Over Christmas 23/12/13
- Heather's Christmas List 21/12/13
- Dear Santa... For the (almost) In-Laws! 20/12/13
- Dear Santa... Something to share with my sister. 19/12/13
- Twas the night before Christmas 18/12/13
- Luke's Christmas Wine 18/12/13
- Dear Santa... Something to share with the beer drinkers! 18/12/13
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- Dear Santa... 16/12/13
- Delivery Schedule w/c 16th December 13/12/13
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- Wine of the week - La Rioja Alta, Vina Ardanza 2004 11/12/13
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- Dessert Wine Season Has Begun! 06/12/13
- Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 05/12/13
- Wines of the week - The Christmas Collection - Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008 04/12/13
- The tasting counter... 30/11/13
- 200th Store! 22/11/13
- Muga dinner 2013 21/11/13
- Wine of the Week 20/11/13
- Wine of the Week; A Guessing Game! 19/11/13
- Wine of the week 13/11/13
- A very Californian Christmas 09/11/13
- Come and explore our new Sherry range 27/10/13
- This weeks fine wine... Amarone 25/10/13
- New short term deals; better snap them up quick! 19/10/13
- Autumn magic of Fine Wine 18/10/13
- Autumn Magic of Fine Wine - An Aussie Red! 11/10/13
- A Little something special. 08/10/13
- Autumn magic of fine wine 05/10/13
- Latest two week fizz offers 02/10/13
- New two week offers. 01/10/13
- Spotlight tasting this Saturday 25/09/13
- Open to try today 25/09/13
- Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough 21/09/13
- South African wines now 25% off until Monday! 18/09/13
- New offers coming soon... 17/09/13
- Explore Sauvignon Blanc this weekend 17/09/13
- Autumn magic of Fine wine - Week 2! 13/09/13
- For those who missed the chardonnay tutorial... 10/09/13
- Orchard Pig 07/09/13
- Autumn magic of fine wine. The first installment 06/09/13
- Chardonnay spotlight tasting 04/09/13
- South Africa - a beginner's guide 01/09/13
- Too late too late the cry will be... 31/08/13
- Spotlight tastings 28/08/13
- Wine of the Week (Another little Italian number!) 28/08/13
- Wine of the Week! 22/08/13
- What's in a name? 20/08/13
- Italian wines at 25% off... whats not to like? 20/08/13
- Wine of the Week... 17/08/13
- Keep your eyes on our webpage... 15/08/13
- Fine wine at house wine prices 14/08/13
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- Not long to go on the Giesen offer... 10/08/13
- Wine press mentions. 10/08/13
- Wine of the week... 10/08/13
- Vegetarian wines? 07/08/13
- Wine courses 30/06/13
- Wine of the week... Moncayo Garnacha 30/06/13
- Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel...delicious 24/06/13
- Wine puns... 22/06/13
- PRODUCER of the week 21/06/13
- Wine of the week... 14/06/13
- Two week special offers 25/05/13
- Wine of the Week: Contesa Pecorino 2012 Colline Pescaresi 23/05/13
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- Wine of the Week: LaCroix 2007 Bordeaux Superieur 02/05/13
- Wine of the Week: Umbral Malbec 2010 A celebration of Malbec World Day 17/04/13
- Producer of the Week: Marques de Riscal 11/04/13
- Limited Parcel of Vinatge Rioja 09/04/13
- It's fine wine Friday! 05/04/13
- Salice Salentino- wine of the week 02/04/13
- We are closed on Easter Sunday 28/03/13
- Mother's Day gifts 07/03/13
- Do you like fine wine? 06/03/13
- Catena Malbec, this weeks wine of the week 06/03/13
- Giles at Deer Park Hall 04/03/13
- Deer park Wedding Showcase 04/03/13
- Giles' Fine Wine Friday 01/03/13
- Andy's pick this week 18/02/13
- Spanish whites... 12/02/13
- Wine of the week (while it lasts) 12/02/13
- Wine of the week.... 10/02/13
- Fine wine Friday.... 01/02/13
- This weeks wine of the week... 13/01/13
- Cognac, Armagnac what is the difference? 13/01/13
- Fine wine Friday, the best thing about a new month 04/01/13
- Deliveries back to normal 02/01/13
- My wines for the New Year 30/12/12
- Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone Wine of the week 21/11/12
- This weeks wine of the week 25/10/12
- Wine of the Week: KC Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 11/10/12
- My Top Three South African Reds! 07/10/12
- Wines of South Africa: A little Introduction 07/10/12
- Fine Wine Friday: Meursault Blagny Premiere Cru Chateau De Blagny Louis Latour 2009 05/10/12
- Wine of the Week: Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 05/10/12
- Wine of the Week: Domaine de L'Aigle Pinot Noir 2010 30/09/12
- NZ Pinot Noirs 26/09/12
- Wine of the Week: Composite Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2010 25/09/12
- A Little Introduction to our Pinot Noir Tasting Tutorial.... 23/09/12
- A little Introduction to our Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Tutorial 22/09/12
- Wine of the Week: Saint Clair 2011 Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 19/09/12
- Wine of the week: Torrealdea Gran Reserva 2005 16/09/12
- Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 Viognier 03/09/12
- Mâcon Villages Domaines des Terres Gentilles 2010 Burgundy 25/08/12
- Last of the Summer Wines 24/08/12
- Bank Holiday Information! 24/08/12
- My Top Three Italian Reds! 18/08/12
- Majestival is here! The theme is BBQ! 16/08/12
- Majestival BBQs 13/08/12
- A “Fleurie” of Picnics ahead! 10/08/12
- The Taste Preferences of the New Arrival 07/08/12
- My Top Three Italian Whites! 06/08/12
- Wine of the Week: The Ned Pinot Noir 05/08/12
- Fine Wine Friday- Catena Alta Chardonnay 03/08/12
- Wine of the Week: Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent, Louis Jadot 2010 30/07/12
- Majestic Star Buys! 29/07/12
- 10 Things You Might Not Know About The Loire Valley! 23/07/12
- Wine of the Week: Vouvray Demi-Sec 'La Bourdonnerie' Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans 23/07/12
- Wine of the week: Valdaviesco Merlot 2009 17/07/12
- Wines of Beaujolais and the Loire Valley Tasting Week! 16/07/12
- Bring Out the Sunshine! 16/07/12
- Chill Out With Chilean Wine! 10/07/12
- Wine Of The Week: Quinta de Bacalhoa 2008 08/07/12
- Fine Wine Friday: Puligny-Montrachet 2010 Domaine Jomain 05/07/12
- Wine Of The Week: Santa Carolina Merlot Reserva 03/07/12
- South American Super Sippers! 29/06/12
- Wine Of The Week: Bourgogne Chardonnay 26/06/12
- Celebrate this Summer with Champagne! 23/06/12
- Wine Of The Week: Paul de Mas Cabernet de Cabernet 15/06/12
- This Summer Everything Goes With Pink! 12/06/12
- Wine of the week: Oxford Landing Estate Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 11/06/12
- Wine Of The Week: Chateau Guiot Rose 06/06/12
- Let Summer Sizzle On: Great New Offers! 04/06/12
- Bank Holiday Opening Hours! 04/06/12
- Wine of the Week: Prestioge Parcels Pinot Gris 26/05/12
- Wine Matches for Savoury Pastries such as Sausage Rolls, Pork Pies & Scotch Eggs 16/05/12
- Raise a Glass to Our Fabulous Jubilee Offers! 16/05/12
- Perfect For Picnics: Classic egg Mayo with a Twist & Bree and Grape Sandwiches 16/05/12
- Food & Wine Match: Roasted Vegetable, Feta and Chickpea Salad 15/05/12
- Perfect Picnic Partners 15/05/12
- Wine of the Week: Nero D'Avola di Sicilia 2010 15/05/12
- Celebrate the Summer With a Little Taste of Italy 12/05/12
- Some Great Summer wines 10/05/12
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- Food & Wine Match: Summer Vegetable and Chicken Casserole 05/05/12
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- Wine of the Week: Luis Felipe Edwards Viognier Reserva 2011 02/05/12
- Wine of the Week: Lindauer Brut NV 25/04/12
- Asparagus Season Has Arrived! 25/04/12
- Here's to a Royally Good Summer 25/04/12
- Asparagus Season is Here! 22/04/12
- St George's Day! 21/04/12
- An A to Z of Wine: J is for Jadot 17/04/12
- Reach for the Rose: Is summer just around the corner? 16/04/12
- Malbec World Day! 14/04/12
- Wine of the Week - Vinalba Malbec Reserva 14/04/12
- Its our First Birthday! 13/04/12
- Great Deals Ending Soon! 12/04/12
- Wine of the Week: Contesa Pecorino 2011 11/04/12
- Its our first birthday! 10/04/12
- Fine Wine Friday: E.Guigal Condrieu 06/04/12
- Easter Opening Hours 05/04/12
- Wine of the Week: Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 03/04/12
- An A to Z of Wine: I is for Ice Wine 29/03/12
- An A to Z of Wine: H is for Hermitage! 25/03/12
- An A to Z of Wine: G is for Grenache! 21/03/12
- Wine of the Week: M. Chapoutier Cote du Rhone Belleruche 2010 19/03/12
- An A to Z of Wine: F is for Furmint! 17/03/12
- Tasting Counter Down! 17/03/12
- An A to Z of Wine: E is for En Primeur 16/03/12
- An A to Z of Wine: D is for Dolcetto! 14/03/12
- Seasonal Sparklers! 13/03/12
- Fantastic New Easter Offers! 13/03/12
- A-Z of wine: C is for Chablis 10/03/12
- An A to Z of Wine: B is for Barolo! 07/03/12
- An A to Z of Wine: A is for Albarino 06/03/12
- Vinalba Malbec Touriga Nacional 05/03/12
- wine of the Week- Composite Sauvignon Blanc 24/02/12
- Wine of the Week - Raats Granite Blocks Cabernet Franc 2010 16/02/12
- The Majestic Fine Wine Plan 12/02/12
- Wine of the Week - Petit Chablis 2010 08/02/12
- Wine of the Week - Alamos Malbec 2010 31/01/12
- The Majestic Bargain Hunt 31/01/12
- Wine of the Week - Argento Pinot Grigio 26/01/12
- Saint Vincent - Parton Saint of Wine 15/01/12
- Wine of the Week - Anakena Indo Carmenere 09/01/12
- Try Something New this Year 02/01/12
- Wine of the Week - Prosecco Treviso 30/12/11
- January Opening Hours 30/12/11
- Wine of the Week- Domaine Bourillon Dorléans Vouvray Demi Sec 12/12/11
- Last Chance to Buy... 03/12/11
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- Wine of the Week - Fairleigh Estate Riesling 25/11/11
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- Fine Wine Friday 7th October 06/10/11
- *IMPORTANT* Restricted Road Access Wed 7th - Fri 9th November 03/10/11
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- Sample South Africa 23/09/11
- Wine of the Week Quincy JC Borgnat 19/09/11
- Wine of the Week - Chateau de Cray Bourgogne Rouge 2008 15/09/11
- James' guide to Sherry 10/09/11
- Wine of the Week - Louis Latour Macon-Lugny 05/09/11
- Autumn Wine Events 04/09/11
- 6 (+) Reasons to open a bottle of bubbly! 03/09/11
- Wine of the Week - De Morgenzon 'DMZ' Syrah 30/08/11
- Last weekend for Summer deals 26/08/11
- A 9 Year Old Red Burgundy? 22/08/11
- Wine of the Week - Waimea Pinot Gris 2009 22/08/11
- Codorniu - King of Cava 17/08/11
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- Fine Wine Tasting Evening - Part Two (The Reds Strike Back) 08/08/11
- Wine of the Week - Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2008 08/08/11
- Fine Wine Tasting Evening - Part One 05/08/11
- New Wine of the week - Pic Saint-Loup 01/08/11
- Wine of the Week - Pouilly-Fume 'Les Cascadelles 25/07/11
- Wine of the Week - DB Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 18/07/11
- Wine of the Week - Marquis de Pennautier Rose 11/07/11
- Wine of the Week - Ayler Kupp Riesling 05/07/11
- Fine Wine Friday Today 01/07/11
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- Wine of the Week - Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 20/06/11
- Cloudy Bay online special! 15/06/11
- Wine of the Week - Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 13/06/11
- Wine of the Week - Lindauer Blanc de Blancs £7.99 10/06/11
- Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - £29 till 20th June 01/06/11
- Bank Holiday Deals 24/05/11
- Wine of the Week - Bacaro Pinot Grigio 2009 23/05/11
- Wine of the Week - Errazuriz Merlot 16/05/11
- Wine of the Week - Fairleigh Estate Rose! 09/05/11
- Summer Offers! 03/05/11
- New Wine of the Week 02/05/11
- End of Spring Offers! 29/04/11
- New Wine of the Week 25/04/11
- New Wine of the Week 18/04/11
- Malbec World Day 17/04/11
Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/07/14
For this week's choice we've opted for one of our improved short term deals, which will be ending on Monday 28th July - so make sure to stock up at this great price!
Vallée Des Pins Provence Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence
The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style
Made from the typical Provence blend of Grenache,Syrah & Cinsault, but with a dominant portion of Cabernet Sauvignon as well.
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.
£9.99 or buy any 2 save 33%
We're Celebrating!Date published: 22/07/14
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99!!
Fantastic New Offers!Date published: 20/07/14
Earlier this week the Villemarin Picpoul came onto offer at £5.98 a bottle, and from the South of France it's great value for money. It is crisp and zesty, the lime lime fruit that is found on the nose follows through onto the palate creating a vibrant and refreshing wine.
Try with fresh fish such as whitebait or grilled sardines.
Overall it is a perfect summer BBQ wine!
New Spirits ArrivalDate published: 17/07/14
We've a new entry into our spirits shelves, with this beautiful little Prosecco mixer! Welcome one and all to the delights of Aperol!
Aperol is an 11% spirit-based infusion of herbs and roots with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which makes it ideal as an aperitif. The classic recipe is to mix ice cubes, a slice of orange, 2 parts Aperol with 3 parts of Prosecco and a splash of San Pellegrino or Soda Water.
Only £11.99 a bottle as an introductory offer, come and get it whilst its hot...the weather that is!
New Arrivals: Roscoe AlesDate published: 17/07/14
We have two wonderful new beers in stock- At only £12 a case these are sure to move quickly so pop in and get in on the action!
Roscoe’s Hop House IPA
This is an easy drinking craft beer. It boasts a spicy hop character, blended with smooth malt flavour for a balanced finish. Pale, Crystal and Caramel Malts gives this beer a rich flavour profile, while the combination of four different hops - CTZ, Chinook, Willamette and Golding – offer a distinctive, spicy aroma and long hoppy finish.
Roscoe’s Hop House Amber Ale
Medium-bodied with a complex malt character that is balanced by a subdued hops flavour. Produced with three different types of hops: Simcoe, Cascade and Magnum that offer a slight citrus/grapefruit aroma, this Amber Ale is appealing to craft beer drinkers and those wanting a step-up from lighter flavour beers. The unusual addition of a small amount of honey to the brew adds complexity to the nose and makes for a rich finish. This balanced ale is brewed using traditional methods for a unique flavour profile.
Mont Saint Jean 2012 - Reduced to £4.99Date published: 16/07/14
Mont Saint Jean 2012, Corbières SOUTH OF FRANCE
Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend.
Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from the village of Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.
Perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or even a steak on the barbecue.
£5.87 Single bottle price £4.99
BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 15%
*When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case
Exciting New Arrival...Date published: 16/07/14
...Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2006 Magnum!
Was £59.99, special offer until August 4th:
Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/07/14
Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc
Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.
Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.
Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.
-a truly exceptional price for this wine which we haven't seen since Christmas 2012!
'If you're looking for a crisp, seafood-friendly dry white to accompany mussels or crab this summer, then this Picpoul from the Mediterranean is just the ticket, with its ripe stonefruit and apple flavours, its zingily juicy texture and dry palate-cleansing finish.' The Wine Gang
Excellent value proseccoDate published: 15/07/14
***GREAT NEW OFFER***
Prosecco is most definitely in fashion and at great value for money you can't say no to this light, fruity, beauty.
It has soft bubbles which help to accentuate the peach and pear notes and its crisp finish make it an excellent aperitif.
Buy 2 save 33.3%
New additional offers - One week onlyDate published: 15/07/14
From today until Monday 28th July we have additional offers on our Summer Heroes 33.3% off promotion.
These offers include:
Prosecco Corte Alta at £6.66
Codorniu Rosado sparkling at £6.66
Torres Vina Sol at £5.99
Pennautier Cabernet at £5.99
Come in and explore while stocks last!
Awaited ArrivalDate published: 12/07/14
After building up some excitement with our July flyer, cruelly followed by a delayed shipment, we're happy to announce our Goose Island IPA is finally in stock!
"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."
6 x 355ml bottles, 5.9%
1 case £12.99 or Mix and Match and buy two of our craft beers saving £6 = £9.99
Another wine genius is born..Date published: 11/07/14
Our trainee Zoë is the latest in our merry band to receive her WSET qualifications. More than that, she got a Merit as well!
WSET is the Wine Spirits Education Trust- every Majestic employee trains through them to get the understanding and training about wine that lets us help you!
Why not pop in and put her to the test!
Wine of the week - Waimea Pinot GrisDate published: 10/07/14
Waimea Pinot Gris 2013
Origin: This wine is grown in the Nelson region of New Zealand which is west of Marlborough.
It has a good balance of tropical and stone fruit which makes it seem sweeter than it is, overall it is still an off-dry style. It fills the mouth whilst retaining a good amount of acidity to keep it fresh and well balanced.
Match: It is fantastic with Asian cuisine and can handle the spice, however it is equally as good as a apertif on its own.
Buy 2 save 33%
Bring a Friend..Date published: 08/07/14
Bring a friend -both get a free bottle!
Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic, and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you, up to the value of £10.
It couldn't be simpler - a free £10 bottle with your next purchase when you introduce a friend to Majestic.
So why not pop down for a taste, a little browse with your mates - and get a free bottle on us!
Rosés and tapenade- a beautiful combinationDate published: 05/07/14
We are delighted these go so well together- a bit of a revelation for all attendees of our spotlight tasting today!
Jane MacQuitty's top 50 reds for the summer Date published: 05/07/14
Jane MacQuitty has this morning written about her top 50 reds for the summer in The Times newspaper. We feature 5 times with the following wines:
Con Amigos Malbec - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more
Mocha Java Merlot - £6.37 when you buy 2 or more
Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone, Michel Chapoutier - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more
Errazuriz Pinot Noir - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more
Crozes Hermitage Les Saviaux - £11.99 when you buy 2 or more
They have received brilliant write ups in the paper, which we have a copy of for you to browse through when you're in store today. As an added bonus, we have opened the Con Amigos Malbec on the tasting counter for the weekend, so you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
See you in store soon
Rosé Rosé RoséDate published: 04/07/14
Mid-summer is rosé time, and there's no more popular style at Majestic than the light, delicate rosés of Provence. We'll have a range open to taste all week, so call in and give them a try.
Rose open to try today in Evesham Majestic:
Aix Rosé 2013 Magnum Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.
Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence
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.
M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence
Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.
Majestic on ManoeuvresDate published: 03/07/14
What a lovely day to be out delivering in the van!
Don't forget it's free and delivered at your convenience, just a minimum of 6 bottles.
Anatomy of the VineDate published: 03/07/14
Anatomy of the Vine
Shoots: The new growth of a vine. Bumps called nodes will appear and from them leaves with either flowers or tendrils.
Leaves: The main purpose is to feed the plant through photosynthesis but can also be used to create a canopy.
Tendrils: These are used to help the wine attach themselves to a structure, e.g. trellis.
Flowers and Berries: The flowers are the reproductive organs, where they are bunched together in groups called inflorescences. Once a flower is successfully pollinated, it will become a berry and therefore the inflorescences will become bunches of grapes. Vines have evolved now so that grapes as a wind-pollinated animal dispersed species, making the flowers very small.
Buds: They form in the join between the leaf and the shoot. It has a protective shell that houses the beginnings of the roots, leaves, flowers and tendrils for the next years growth.
One Year Old Wood: Shoots become woody after growth in the winter. In the following spring they become one year old wood where the buds from the previous year grow into shoots. Fruit is more likely to grow from these buds and therefore managing the one year old wood is important. This wood will be created into a cane or a spur, depending on the amount of buds that it has.
Permanent Wood: This is wood that is older than one year but is restricted by pruning. This wood is used for the trunk and the arms (also known as cordons) of the vine. Some carbohydrate stores are kept in this wood during the winter to fuel the initial shoot growth until the leaves take over.
Roots: Mainly to absorb water and nutrients in the soil, but it is there to help anchor the vine in its place and to also store carbohydrates to be used throughout winter. The most common roots used come from the Northern American species due to their resistance to phylloxera.
Wine of the WeekDate published: 01/07/14
Rioja Reserva 'Dos Maderas' 2009 Beronia
Based in Rioja Alta, the name 'Beronia' comes from the Berones – a Celtic tribe from third century BC who inhabited the area now known as Rioja Alta.
The 2009 vintage was predominantly hot and dry across all of Spain, producing wines of depth and power. The name 'Dos Maderas' trabslates as 'two woods' and refers to the process of 18 months oak ageing in French barrels with added staves of American oak for complexity.
Dark ruby in colour, the nose is packed with warm red fruits and hints of sweet spices such as cinnamon and a touch of clove. The flavours follow on to the palate which is very smooth with light tannins
Drink with: An end of dinner cheese board
Single bottle price*: £14.99
or buy two save 33.3%
Majestic CommercialDate published: 30/06/14
With us, you get so much more than a company that just sells wines. We also have a range of services carefully designed to help you maximise sales and achieve your individual business goals.
Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements, our sales ethos remains the same: it all revolves around you. We start by listening to your plans, priorities and goals. Then we’ll draw on our unrivalled expertise and commercial acumen to develop a bespoke package of products and services to help you meet your objectives. However, in order for us to be able to viably offer you the full commercial on-trade package, you must spend at least £1,000 per site on wine every month to become a Majestic Commercial customer. If your average spend is below £1,000 per site per month, we will be happy to help meet your requirements at a store level.
Dedicated Account Manager
Strong customer relationships are at the heart of our business. That’s why we give you a key point of contact, based in your region, who’s on hand to offer the support, advice and information you need, when you need it. Our people combine commercial experience with industry-leading Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications, giving them the knowledge to guide you through the world of wine and everything in it.
Local delivery, local support
Your account will be serviced from a local Majestic store within our 180 strong nationwide network. This gives you the reassurance of knowing the people picking, processing and delivering your wines, at the same time as keeping costs to a minimum. What’s more, being open seven days a week makes it quicker and easier to arrange deliveries, even at weekends.
Bespoke wine list design & production
A well-presented wine list with informative tasting notes is a vital tool in promoting and selling wines right across your range.
Commercial Exclusives range
We pride ourselves on offering quality and interest throughout the Majestic range. However, as a Commercial customer you also have access to a hand-selected range of key wines which are not available for retail sale to the public.
Sharing our knowledge
Our customers tell us that the most valuable support we can give them is via training of their staff. We offer training ranging from our really successful Confidence in Wine course that cultivates an understanding of the winemaking process and key grape varieties as well as basic food and wine matching principles. Another recent development is 'Perfect Partners' a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus.Any information please call us on 01386 423824
Critics Choice!Date published: 28/06/14
With our award winning range of wine, we often feature in 'best of' lists for top wines at great value.
This year, we've managed to snag 10 of the 50 spots available!
In the under £6.50 category, we have two wonderful whites;
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013, Monte Schiavo - £8.49 or buy 2 for £6.37 each*
Torres Days of Summer 2013, Miguel Torres - £8.65 or buy 2 for £6.49 each*
In the under £8 category, we have two firm favourites;
AS Caixas Godello 2013, Martin Codax - £9.99 or buy 2 for £6.66 each*
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £10.65 or 2 for £7.99 each
In the under £12 category, we have the delightful Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 - £12.99 or 2 for £9.74 each
In the under £25 category, we have the fabulous 2011 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons by Domaine Louis Moreau, which is £20 as part of our Fine Wine and Spirits deal.
Rose wise, we have the delicately delicious Famille Negrel Cotes de Provence Saint Victoire at £9.99.
And as for the Fizz, we stole all three top spots!
Bollinger owned Loire fizz l'Extra par Langlois Brut NV - £14.99 or 2 for £8.99*
English Alternative Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - £35.99 or 2 for £23.98!
And the classic Laurent Perrier Brut- £43.50 or 2 for £28.98!
Some of these prices are only available until the 10 July though, so you'd best be quick! (We've handily popped a * next to these, though!)
Our Party ServiceDate published: 28/06/14
So, the summer season is upon us which means its the perfect time of organise a fabulous party. But parties can be stressful, so your friends here at Majestic Wine are more than happy to help. Whether it be a wedding, anniversary, birthday or simply a BBQ, we've got the recipe to make your party one to remember.
Not only do we offer a range of great wines, beers and soft drinks, our staff are trained in wine so we can help you choose the perfect beverages. We can offer advice on food matching and help you get the best value for your buck.
We offer a free delivery service and we'll even loan you glasses and chiller bins for free. We hold a small deposit for all borrowed items; each glass is £1, small chillers are £10 and large chiller bins are £15 however this is refunded once the items are returned to us. We can also provide bags of ice and deliver them to you on the day so they don't melt!
Above all else we offer a personal and professional service and we'd love to help you plan your summer events so if you need any further information either come and see us in store, or follow the contact details below:
Telephone: 01386 423824
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Heather, Ken and Zo
AKA Team Evesham
Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 28/06/14
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009
£35.99 single bottle price
or buy 2 save 33.3%
For over 20 years West Sussex-based Nyetimber have strived to create the finest sparkling wine of England. Flavours of lemon, vanilla, shortbread & a classic minerality combine to create an award-winning fizz; at a 'blind' sparkling wine competition in Italy, Nyetimber was picked as winner against wines such as Bollinger & Louis Roederer!
WOTW Take 2Date published: 26/06/14
After selling out of our first Wine of the Week - the fabulous Ravenswood Zinfandel, we've picked a great-value French white to take charge for the rest of the week:
Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Vin de France
This winery was founded in 1897 by Andre Lacheteau in the Loire area of Anjou. Now encompassing many more vineyard sites, this wine is still made in the Loire method using cool fermentation and early bottling for maximum purity.
Unmistakable 'Sauvignon aromas' of gooseberry and fresh cut grass, this wine offers excellent value for money when compared to it's Loire and even New Zealand rivals. The palate is packed with zingy citrus fruits and refreshing acidity leading to a clean dry finish.
Drink with: Goats cheese & red onion tarts with seasonal salad
Was £7.99 – Special Offer
Explore our beer range this Summer!Date published: 21/06/14
We have a massive range of ales, lagers, ciders and craft beers to tempt you this Summer- Make sure you have a good look when you are in store! You can also gaze in wonder at our "beer-o-rama" photo to get an idea of what we do!
Mix and Match any two packs of these Craft Beers and save £6!Date published: 21/06/14
This smooth American lager is certainly to be enjoyed in the sun! This lager has a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness making it the perfect match for any barbecued food! Come and grab a pack while stocks last!
This rich, full beer displays a deep amber color with a unique flavor. Another fantastic craft beer not that dissimilar to a summer ale but with the structure and effervescence of a traditional lager. A great beet to be enjoyed over the summertime!
This distinctive Icelandic craft beer displays a strong citrus bouquet, with a delightful palate of peach and tropical fruits. When drank in a wine glass this ale really opens up, leading to the most interesting and enticing nose.
This is a big, hoppy beer that really packs a punch of flavour. Our in-store fact sheet explains the differences between this craft exponent and your generic supermarket lagers; more or less everything from production to ingredients.
Brooklyn Summer Ale
Brooklyn Summer Ale is a English Pale Ale style beer brewed by Brooklyn Brewery in New York. Crisp and clean this beer hits the spot on a hot summer afternoon.
All £9.99 when you buy 2 or more 6-packs.
(£12.99 single pack price)
Wotw: Ravenswood Zinfandel, CaliforniaDate published: 20/06/14
Ravenswood Old vine Zinfandel
Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, they produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.
Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.
This Zinfandel will suit any BBQ food but is also very drinkable on its own!!
£11.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save 33%*
Only £7.99 a Bottle!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 3Date published: 20/06/14
Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 3
Food and wine matching is all about finding combinations that won't fight for attention in your mouth. So we've compiled a range of lip-smacking, BBQ friendly wines and some flame-grilled gastronomy to accompany them. Bon appetit!
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011/12, Lodi County, California -
£11.99summer selection £7.99
Bursting with sweet blueberry and plum, this beauty could soon be you barbecue's best friend. Try this often overlooked variety with steak, or a seared duck breast.
Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra, Australia -
£12.99summer selection price £8.66
Coonawarra is famed for its fruity, fragrant Cabernets, and this fruit forward style with hints of cedar and blackcurrant leaf is a great example of the region. Try with juicy homemade beef burgers.
Marques de Vargas 2009 open to try!!Date published: 20/06/14
Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.
A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, plush fruit with a full and well balanced finish.
Pair with beef carpaccio or slow cooked lamb and garlic and thyme potatoes
Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 2Date published: 19/06/14
Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 2
Food and wine matching is all about finding combinations that won't fight for attention in your mouth. So we've compiled a range of lip-smacking, BBQ friendly wines and some flame-grilled gastronomy to accompany them. Bon appetit!Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2013, Central Valley, Chile -
£8.99summer selection price £5.99
Boasting bright brambly fruit, subtle spice, and a hint of green bell pepper, this is a worthy companion to red meats and flame-grilled vegetarian kebabs.
Mister Shiraz 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile -
£9.99summer selection £6.66
With notes of spice, plum, and strawberry, this must-have BBQ wine from Colchagua Valley partners beautifully with a rare, peppered steak.
Taittinger promotion- £25 a bottle!Date published: 18/06/14
You might be tempted by the Taittinger Brut reserve as it is currently on offer at £25 a bottle!
This represents a massive £17 off it's single bottle price of £42.
If you would like to order any, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 01386 423 824 to place an order.
Ken's trip to Spain pt3Date published: 18/06/14
On Friday morning we woke up refreshed in our amazing hotel rooms and met downstairs to share a lovely Spanish cured meat breakfast- with the best and freshest orange juice I've had in ages! Today we were off to tour Pesquera but first we were going to meet Alejandro at his little hideaway in the vineyards.
As we left Peñafiel in glorious sunshine, we slowly rose up the rolling hills into acre after acre of low slung, old-vine Tempranillo. Crossing the Duero river a few times we found our way to the Pesquera holdings and a quaint little stone cottage with a spectacular view of the Duero valley. Alejandro met us there and while we sat admiring the stunning vista before us, he proceeded to crack open a magnum of 1984 Pesquera Tinto for us to greet the day! With the extra bottle age, the wine was silky soft and effortlessly light with fresh red and black berries and finished with soft spices of vanilla and fennel.
It became a wonderful 'second breakfast' as we also tried his homemade chorizo and cheese as well as something completely different. He had some prepared muffins that tasted like French 'Madeleines'- cutting the top off then pouring some wine is was definitely a first for me. The wine acted like a blackberry coulis cutting through the airy, lemony cake, and while not something you'd see at a bake sale, is definitely something to try at home!
After saying goodbye to Alejandro, (who was 0ff to Singapore to hang out with Rafael Nadal at the tennis-how cool is this guy?), Augustin took us around the famous Pesquera winery where we saw all the usual wine making equipment, rooms full of American oak barrels and ageing rooms! There was also a signed poster from Julio Iglesias who is also a big fan it seems! We then headed off to Condado de Haza which is owned by Pesquera and run by Alejandro's daughter. He always says because he has four daughters his four boys are his red wines!
Condado de haza is a 'French chateau concept' winery- houses and facilties are central and surrounded on all sides by their own grapes, which stretch off for miles it seems. Again, the wine here is made from 100% Tempranillo and has lengthy barrel and bottle ageing before release.
We were briefly shown the facilities which included a long underground tunnel strecthing for hundreds of meters into a hillside under the main building. Occasionally when looking up you could just about make out the surface light throgh little circular vents which help circulate the air. These tunnels are used for bottle ageing the wine and are naturally cool environments. Right at the bottom are little rooms cut off from the tunnel which are used for some of the older and more famous releases going back to the beginning of Pesquera- we all had fun finding our birth year vintages and if we could have bought them there and then, we all would have spent our money gladly!
Up on the surface, we were ushered into a beautifully decorated room where we were going to have lunch. Overlooking the vineyards, the room was full of the personal touch-old photos and awards as well as signed souvenirs from guests and celebrities were showcased throughout. Our favourite was a young Alejandro surrounded by about fifteen ladies all dressed up for dancing. Lunch was a sublime affair, with each course being matched to a different wine. The Alejairén made an appearance again, this time matched to 3 different patés on toast, duck, herby duck and goose. Other highlights included individual garlic soups with egg and chilli, a pizza with jamon and a mini mushroom lasagna.
Needless to say, the food was too good to resist and we all got stuck in. The Conde de Hazo wines were slightly different to Pesquera as they mostly are French oaked giving them a more earthy character compared to the sweet spice from American oak in Pesquera. My favourite of the meal was the Alenza Gran reserva 2003 which was super silky and bursting with soft berries and caramelized raisin flavours. We also got to try it from a 1996 magnum which was incredible! The extra age wasn't readily noticeable in colour and nose but on the palate, the fruit had given way to spice and savoury hedgerow notes of bramble and liquorice.
It was tough to say goodbye (and even tougher to stand up after all that food) but unfortunately we had a plane to catch and some road to cover to get to Madrid. If I'm ever in the area again though, I will definitely consider stopping in the Ribera del Dueuro again, if not for the wine, then for the amazing hospitality and genuine warmth!
Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 1Date published: 18/06/14
Well Fed, Well Red - New World part 1
Food and wine matching is all about finding combinations that won't fight for attention in your mouth. So we've compiled a range of lip-smacking, BBQ friendly wines and some flame-grilled gastronomy to accompany them. Bon appetit!
Callia Bella Malbec 2013, San Juan, Argentina -
£8.99summer selection price £5.99
With an intense palate of wild berry and spice, this San Juan Malbec is a great partner for charred chicken drumsticks and, dare I say it, a pasts salad!
Argento Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina -
£9.99summer selection price £6.66
Malbec and steak are the greatest of allies, but why not try this richly textured, fruit-driven red with a lightly spiced lamb kofte?
Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina -
£11.99summer selection price £7.99
This lip smacking, award-winning Malbec pairs beautifully with beef, but try matching the ripe, dark plum fruits and dark chocolate undertones with rich, venison steaks.
Sipsmith - craft spirits!Date published: 16/06/14
We've got a good selection of Sipsmith spirits including their Damson Vodka and London Dry Gin. They are a great and independent company based in London and our range features many of their award-winning spirits.
Delivery Schedule w/c 16th JuneDate published: 15/06/14
Monday 16th - Lots of spaces to all areas available
Tuesday 17th - Tewkesbury & surrounding areas
Wednesday 18th - No Deliveries
Thursday 19th - Chipping Campden & surrounding areas
Friday 20th - No Deliveries
Saturday 21st - Pershore & Local
If you need a slot that falls outside of these parameters please give us a call on 01386 423824 and we'll do our best to help.
IWC GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE WEEKDate published: 14/06/14
IWC GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF THE WEEK
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc
This New Zealand Sauvignon has recently won a gold medal in the International Wine Challenge – and it totally deserves it! It is fast becoming a majestic favourite and is easy to see why with its expolosive flavours of guava and fresh grapefruit on the palate. Its rich and textured mouthfeel leaves hints of citrus and tropical fruits.
Overall it is a cracking wine for under £7! So if you're looking for your Kiwi Sauvignon fix this summer then give this a try.
New Cider...Date published: 13/06/14
...Aspall Premier Cru 6 x 500ml 7%
£13.99 single pack price, or buy two save £6 = £10.99
This multi-buy can also be mixed with the Craft Beers and 6 x Aspall Mixed case!
A crisp and refreshing cider perfect for BBQs and sunshine
Wine of the week - Falanghina TerredoraDate published: 13/06/14
This white wine is made using a grape that is unique to Italy – Falanghina. On the nose it gives a plethra of flavours including nuts, a hint of floralality and bright citrus note.
It is fermented using stainless steel tanks which helps to accentuate its variatal flavours. It has a light and fruit driven character.
On the palate there is just as much going on, apple and citrus flavours are accompanied with a hint of honeysuckle. It is complex and textured and is well suited to many different foods such as roasted vegetables.
Buy 2 save 25%
BBQ Season is open!Date published: 12/06/14
The sun is out, everyone has a smile on their face, and the smell of distant BBQ is carried in the breeze..
Your mind wanders…Glazed ribs, charred chicken, homemade burgers and a cold beer. What could be better? Well you may have noticed that here at Majestic we are passionate about our wine, and whats more we’re convinced even he most humble of barbies can be brought to life with one or two of our summer stunners.
My mission over the past few weekends has been to match up some grilled gastronomy with some of our most supple, juicy reds to elevate your plate to greater plateaus and make your meat really memorable. I’m not going to lie, I can think of worse things to do than share a steak or six with some good friends over a glass or two of wine, but the satisfaction really lies in finding that perfect combination.
For me, the Ravenswood Zinfandel’s juicy blueberry notes really made my rump steak sing, whilst the peppery syrah in the Delas Saint Esprit Cote de Rhone took an earthy cumberland sausage to the next level of smoky deliciousness. So all that’s left is for you to give some of these 12 below a try and let us know what you think! They’re all on our 33% off deal so mix and match until you find your perfect partner!
1. Callia Bella Malbec With an intense pallet of wild berry and spice, this San Juan malbec is a great partner for charred chicken drumsticks and, dare I say it, a pasta salad!
2. 120 Carmenere Boasting bright brambly fruit, subtle spice, and a hint of green bell pepper, this is a worthy companion to both red meats and flame grilled vegetarian kebabs alike.
3. Vina Eguia Crianza Ripe red fruits, soft tannins, and a lively acidity make this supremely versatile crianza from Vina Equia the classic match for minted lamb chops.
4. Argento Malbec Malbec and steak are the greatest of allies, but why not try this richly textured, fruit-driven red with a lightly spiced lamb kofte?
5. CDR Delas Saint-Esprit Silky smooth with hints of raspberry and plenty of black fruit, the peppery syrah in this blend make it a stunning companion for red meats and even slow roasted pulled pork.
6. Mister Shiraz With notes of spice, plum, and strawberry, this must-have BBQ wine from the Colchagua Valley partners beautifully with a rare, peppered steak.
7. Errazuriz Merlot Youthful and fruit driven, this Chilean merlot’s combination of soft plum and bramble match wonderfully with the humble, rustic pork sausage.
8. Berberana Reserva Juicy morello cherry, strawberry, and delicious vanilla overtones make this another great lamb match, but if you’re feeling adventurous try with sticky, glazed pork ribs.
9. Ravenswood Zinfandel Bursting with sweet blueberry and plum, this beauty could soon be your barbecue’s best friend. Try this often overlooked variety with steak, or a seared duck breast.
10. Vinalba Reservado This lip smacking, award winning malbec pairs beautifully with beef steaks, but try matching the ripe, dark plum fruits and dark chocolate undertones with rich, venison steaks.
11. Hamilton Block Cabernet Coonawarra is famed for it’s medium bodied fruity, fragrant cabernets, and this fruit forward style with hints of cedar and blackcurrant leaf is a great example of the region. Try with juicy homemade beef burgers.
12. Marques de Caceras Reserva 09 Hugely expressive on the nose, with rich, luscious red and black fruits, this Reserva is only produced in the best vintages. Match with spatchcocked game to bring a luxurious edge to your BBQ.
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New craft beer!Date published: 10/06/14
Where better to get your info from than the brewery itself? Exciting new beer for Summer on our mix and match craft beer promo down to £9.99 for 6 bottles.
Our Charity of the year : Dogs for the DisabledDate published: 09/06/14
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.
"I'm delighted to announce that Majestic staff have chosen Dogs for the Disabled as our Charity of the Year for 2014. With collection tins in stores, mobile phone and printer cartridge recycling and staff fundraising activities, we’re looking to continue to build on last year’s fantastic work for charity."
Steve Lewis, Chief Executive, Majestic Wine
The Original Pilsner from Pilsen Date published: 08/06/14
Throughout June we have 24 x 330ml bottle packs of Pilsner Urquell for just £24. Great for parties and get together's, or just the fridge! This is a great Czech lager and is a lovely alternative to Peroni, especially at this price.
Craft(y) beer thinkingDate published: 06/06/14
Loving the philosophy behind this! Check out Under Dogs Atlantic Lager
New World Vs Old World: RieslingDate published: 06/06/14
New World Vs Old World
Main Divide Riesling 2012, Pegasus Bay, Waipara, New Zealand
The Waipara valley is only some 20 odd miles from Christchurch in New Zealand. The “Main divide” name comes from New Zealand's Southern Alps which form the backbone of the South Island. Some botrytised grapes are used in the blend which gives the wine a slightly off-dry style and provides a honeyed richness. On the palate the richness of the wine fills the mouth with ripe apricots and lime which is nicley finished off with a zip of acidity.
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'Les Princes Abbés' 2011, Domaines Schlumberger, Alsace.
Comparatively, this alsacian reisling is of a drier style. It is bone dry but its very fruity and floral character can often mimic the apperance of sweetness. There are lush aromas of grapefruit and lime with a kick of refreshing acidity. This is a beautiful and refreshing wine that works brilliantly with oysters or crab or even as an apertif on its own.
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Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Syrah Date published: 06/06/14
Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2011 Hawkes Bay
Proud to be New Zealand's most awarded winery, Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah earns it's place with a Bronze award from the International Wine Challenge. The Private Bin range highlights approachable, generously flavoured wines that have earned a worldwide reputation for quality.
Hawkes Bay is the driest wine region in New Zealand, and offers a wide variety of soils offering all grapes a home. The grapes for this Syrah are sourced from two sites within Hawkes Bay both known for their free-draining alluvial soils promoting red grapes of great intensity – Gimblett Gravels & Dartmoor Valley.
Deep in colour with a hint of purple, the nose is packed with ripe and juicy red fruits and a hint of herbs. The palate is very smooth with added touches of black pepper and a refreshing finish.
Try with: Herb crusted pork and a tomato salad
Single bottle price* £12.89
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Heidsieck & Co. Monopole BrutDate published: 05/06/14
Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut
Heidsieck's house style of a 'Pinot Noir dominated Champagne' makes it rich in flavour whilst still remaining approachable. It has beautiful soft bubbles and an abundant mousse. Flavour wise, it has a slight toasty note and is delicately packed with crisp golden fruit.
Now down to the crazy price of £14.98 as part of the summer selection, it is definitely not one to be missed!
Old world Vs New worldDate published: 03/06/14
Old World vs New World
Today I'm going to compare a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. So firstly, the Chateau Marquis de la Grange is an entry level Bordeaux. It is a fresh and medium bodied style claret that certainly packs a punch well above its weight. It is full of soft, subtle fruits such as plum and blackcurrant. Aging in oak barrels gives this wine a silky smooth texture and hints of soft spice. This 2010 vintage is ready to drink now and at a great price of £6.99, gives you even more of a reason to stock up!
To compare, I have chosen the Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend. This wine is from South Africa where it is common to find Bordeaux style wines. The majority of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, a little Cabernet Franc is added to give body and the plum notes that you find in the Marquis de la Grange. This particular wine comes from the Western Cape where the cooling ocean currents help to moderate the warm Mediterranean climate, overall this creates ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen to their full potential. It has a rich nose of cassis and charred fruit and very much displays a forest-floor type aroma. It is full of smooth tannins that coat the mouth. Overall it is a high quality and well-balanced wine.
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Wine of the week - Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/06/14
Wave series Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Carmen
New to our range, the Wave series takes it inspiration from the unique terroir of Chile as well as having some new Zealand influences. Winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile but learnt how to make wine and to surf in New Zealand – hence the name “Wave series.
On the palate it is refreshing and lively, it has explosive grapefruit and gooseberry notes followed by a hint of lime.
Enjoy well chilled with fresh king prawns or a goats cheese salad.
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Vina Ardanza 2005 - Try the new vintage Date published: 31/05/14
With the new 2005 vintage of Vina Ardanza now released, we are giving everyone the opportunity to taste this fantastic wine all weekend. Pop into the store and try it for yourself.
The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled us to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza 2005. Our vineyards benefited from very generous weather conditions and the grapes ripened perfectly as a result. Moderate and well-timed rainfall ensured a very good budding. The Tempranillo grape bunches were of average size, whereas the Garnacha vines yielded very loose bunches with small-sized berries, which resulted in highly concentrated grapes. Grape picking started in early October, with mild daytime weather and cold temperatures at night. This temperature drop assisted in both balancing the sugars and achieving phenolic ripeness, which is crucial in producing quality wines. Grapes showed optimal health conditions and very good analytical parameters, which augured well for an extraordinary vintage. 2005 was officially awarded as “Excellent”.
BLENDING AND SOURCING The 2005 vintage of Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from our 30-year-old plots ‘La Cuesta’ and ‘Montecillo’, located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining our ‘Finca La Pedriza’.
WINEMAKING AND AGEING The grapes were selected in the vineyard and taken to the winery in refrigerated trucks. Once fermented, the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was barrel-aged for 36 months in four and a half year-old casks. The Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two and three year-old casks. The wines were manually racked six times. It was bottled in July 2009.
TASTING NOTES Dark ruby red with an orange tint on the rim. Intense and lively on the nose, with spicy and balsamic aromas, scents of vanilla, coconut shells and black pepper with undertones of blackberries. Well-structured on the palate, perfectly balanced in acidity and alcohol content, with soft and silky tannins. The long aftertaste displays flavours of fresh blackberries along with spicy woody notes. The Ideal partner for roasted and grilled meats, barbecues, poultry
End of May offers!Date published: 31/05/14
Hurry! Our great May offers are ending on Monday 2nd June!
Our fantastic offers are all changing at close of play on Monday 2nd June, so don't miss out if your favourite wine is on there! Here are my top picks:
As Caixas Godello - £6.66 (33% off pick and mix)
If you love Spanish Albarinos and citrussy, fresh whites in general, the Godello is a great wine to try if you fancy something new. Full of lemon, pear and melon flavours with just a hint of florality, this little stunner is the perfect summer evening wine.
Codorniu Reina Cristina Blanc de Noirs - £9.99 (33% off pick and mix)
A great price for a fantastic vintage cava. Lovely fine bubbles with a delicate floral aroma, this is a steal at this price. If you're keen to explore differenct sparkling wines, the this 100% pinot noir cava is the right wine to start you on your journey!
M de Minuty Rosé - £9.99 (33% off pick and mix)
If delicate, pale, dry Provence Rosés, then this is a must try. delicate citrus flavours are matched with light candied fruit notes and balance the crisp acidity perfectly. Stock up on this for the summer bbq's!
Old world Vs New worldDate published: 27/05/14
Old world Vs New world
Lindauer Brut Cuveé
This New World sparkling wine comes from New Zealand. The grapes are sourced from Hawkes bay and Gisbourne, both regions are found on the East coast of the North Island. It is produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir grapes give bold black fruit flavours whilst the subtle toasty character comes from the Chardonnay grapes. It is fresh and vibrant and even at this price can take on some excellent Champagnes.
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De Telmont Grande Reservé
Produced in the Damery region in France, this a delightfully toasty Champagne. It is also produced using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. It is a good quality champagne bound with a fulfilling red fruit character and a creamy mousse. The slightly cooler climate helps to develop notes of gooseberry and it also helps to retain the freshness of the wine. It is soft, fruity and a classic yeasty style Champagne.
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So in conclusion, the Lindauer is fresh, vibrant and has a subtle toasty note. The De Telmont on the other hand is much more yeasty and toasty in style with crisp fruit flavours.
The best of our offers - Only one week left Date published: 27/05/14
With only a week left of our May promotion I thought I would highlight the best offers that will be coming to an end on the 2nd of June:
If it's New Zealand Sauvignon that you like then we have a great offer on the Oyster Bay, currently at £7.99 a bottle it will be increasing to £8.99. Its is a beautifully crafted, crisp wine. Offering punchy, exotic flavours of gooseberry and guava.
The Serena Pinot Grigio, a fantastic white wine from Italy, is also going up. This refreshing white makes a great party wine and is easily quaffable for any occasion. It is currently £6.66.
Veuve Clicquot is a great champagne to celebrate any occasion with, it has rich biscuity flavour and a creamy mousse. It will be at £29.98 until the 2nd June, so snap it up quickly!
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc will be going back up to £16.99. Currently at £13.32, it is a steal. It is a wine packed with juicy tropical fruits, made from only one block of vines this is an excellent example of a high quality New Zealand Sauvignon. Why not treat yourself? Enjoy with fresh seafood.
If you are a fan of Chilean reds then the Errazuriz Carmenere must be on your list to try. It is bold and coats the mouth. It has aromas of chocolate and a hint of spice. Currently £6.99 it will be increasing to £8.92.
Alamos Malbec is a Majestic favourite. Its rich mouth-feel is accompanied by a raisined character and it is bursting with bold blackcurrant fruits. Perfect with your Sunday roast beef. Currently at a great price of £6.66
Wine of the week - Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/05/14
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough
The Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. This is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon with an inviting nose of fresh citrus and elderflower.
It is refreshing and well balanced with just the right amount of acidity. On the palate it offers tropical fruits with underlying green vegetal tones.
Staying at a fantastic price of £6.66 all summer, this is definitely not one to be missed!
Great with light pasta dishes or its just as good on its own.
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Bank Holiday Weekend Opening HoursDate published: 23/05/14
Saturday 24th May - 9am-7pm
Sunday 25th May - 10am-5pm
Monday 26th May - 10am - 5pm
Exploring Saint Clair WinesDate published: 23/05/14
Exploring Saint Clair Wines
On Tuesday 20th May the Majestic Staff of the Midlands had the pleasure of attending a supplier tasting led by wine maker Matt Thompson from the Saint Clair winery in Marlborough, New Zealand.
Originally the Saint Clair range was produced by blending different parcels of wines from different plots, this was in order to create consistent and unique wines. However, upon tasting the wines before blending, Matt realised that some of the blocks were of exceptional quality and therefore deserved to be sold as a block rather than in a blend.
As a result Saint Clair have a significant range of Pioneer Block wines including the excellent 2012 Sauvignon Blanc which has more pungent flavours of gooseberry and an overall pleasing high acidity compared to its Estate blended counterpart.
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Another exciting wine that we tried (and one of my favourites!) was the Gruner Veltliner. This is most certainly an up and coming grape variety that has its roots in Austria and Central Europe. On the palate it has a delicate citrus blossom, a hint of white pepper and underlying peach notes. It has an extraordinary texture that coats the mouth. It is a great alternative to the Chardonnay grape if you fancy trying something new and exciting.
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We then moved on to try the Estate Selection Pinot Noir alongside the Pioneer Block Pinot Noir. Both excellent examples of New Zealand Pinot that stand up well to the famous Martinborough and Otago regions. The Estate selection is smoky and has a perfumed spicy edge over the smooth black cherry fruit. The Pioneer block is aged in oak which gives it a toasty characteristic. It is a wonderfully complex wine with flavours such as raspberry and cherry.
Estate Pinot Noir
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Pioneer Block Pinot Noir
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Overall a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all.
Wine of the week - Wirra Wirra Scrubby RiseDate published: 22/05/14
Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2012
A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from South Australia.
“Wirra Wirra” is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'. And this wine certainly lives up to that expectation. It is full bodied and vibrant. Bursting with fruits such as raspberry and cherry. It is well rounded off by spicy oak notes.
This is a smooth and well structured red wine that should be enjoyed with any red meat dish which will help to enhance the fruitiness of the wine.
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Italy: Old Style Vs New StyleDate published: 20/05/14
Italy: Old Style Vs New Style
Italy is home to to traditional style reds and delicate, aromatic whites. However it is also a country of increasing diversity with up and coming new style reds know as "Super Tuscans" that have taken the world by storm.
The San Leonino Chianti Classico is a traditional style wine produced in the region of Tuscany in Central Italy. It has deep red cherry flavours and hints of sweet spice on the palate. A blend of Sangiovesse, merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this Chianti is soft and well rounded and being a relatively high acidic red it matches well with similarly acidic tomato pasta dishes or classic meat filled Italian pizza.
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The Dogajolo is a young "super-Tuscan" wine that is soft and packed with fruit. Being a Super Tuscan, this wine focuses on using grapes that are not native to Italy as the main fruit in the wine. Namely Cabernet Sauvignon which makes up approximately 70% of the blend. It is oak-aged to give the wine elegance and complexity. The result is a great all-rounder and an excellent alternative to the classic Chianti style. Try with a Tuscan Stew - tender beef cooked with tomatoes and thyme.
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New ArrivalDate published: 19/05/14
One for the beer lovers - A new mixed case of Marston's Golden Ales, 6 x 500ml bottles including:
> Marston's Double Drop Ale
> Sunbeam Blonde Beer
> Jennings Cumberland Ale
> Brakspear Oxford Gold Beer
> Wychwood Dr.Thirsty's Blonde Beer
> Marston's English Pale Ale
A fabulous introductory offer at just £9.90!
Ken's trip to Spain pt2Date published: 18/05/14
We woke up to a lovely breakfast laid out in true Spanish style. Fresh tomatoes, cured jamon and lots of fresh orange juice and coffee. After a leisurely breakfast, we toured the grounds and vineyards of Torre de Ona, learning about the history of their cultivation. Climate and aspect play a big role in getting perfectly ripe Tempranillo and the attention to detail paid to the vines is incredible.
We met Julio Saenz, the chief wine-maker at La Rioja Alta, who proceeded to talk us through a Vina Ardanza Reserva vertical of 5 bottles; the 1985, 1996, 2001, 2004 and 2005! Needless, to say, this was a very special thing to be doing, these wines evolve fanatically with bottle age and drink well over two decades after bottling. The 2001 is my favourite wine and a 'Reserva Especial'- an award given to wines only when the grapes at harvest are perfect in every way!
All of the wines were incredible and showing well, but my favourite of the morning was the 1996, with its coffee scented, vanilla oakiness, lush strawberry and slightly dried raspberry flavours really showing this wine's elegant style. Many of the group agreed although as usual it was hard to find fault with any of the wines.
After another fantastic lunch and several more glasses of wine(this job is tough you know), we said our goodbyes and headed off to our next stop, the town of Peñafiel in the Ribera del Deuro to meet the men from Pesquera!
A short hour and a half drive later, we arrived at AF Pesquera to settle into our accommodation, Pesquera's very own 4* hotel, named after Alejandro Fernandez himself (chief winemaker and founder of the Pesquera empire). Nestled under the gaze of the Castillo de Peñafiel , a 10th century hilltop castle, the hotel's unique architecture really marries the more traditional stone facades in Spain while still being modern and very impressive.
Pesquera was founded in 1972 by Alejandro Fernandez, the same man in charge today at the young age of 82. He had dreamed of his own winery even while working various jobs as a young man, (he even patented a revolutionary beet harvester) and had made wine every year from his family's own grapes, learning from his father. He had to wait till 1972 before starting Pesquera with an old 16th century winepress which you can still see today. 10 years later, the empire was well established and his wines were bringing much attention to himself and the Ribera del Deuro region. Ribera del deuro was recently named the wine region of the year 2012 by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Pesquera is made only from the Tempranillo grape, known as Tinto fino in the Ribera del Deuro .There are other similarities between Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Whereas the wines are quite distinctive as a result of significant differences in terroir, both regions produce wines selected for long ageing with complex vinification processes, producing intense, extremely long-lived wines from largely limestone soils. Wines are classified as much for their longevity as their grape quality, same as the Crianza and Reserva system in Rioja.
We were honoured to meet Alejandro as he proceeded to host us through dinner, along with his trusty translator for the night Augustin. The food was incredible and of a very high standard. Highlights included a sumptuous, perfectly cooked risotto and a cod fillet with rich and spicy pine nuts.
The wines were incredible, starting with the new white wine of Pesquera, a barrel aged Airen that was made to honour Alejandro's wife and called Alejairén. It is aged in barrel for 24 months, giving it incredible smoothness and complexity. It changed while we were drinking it as the warmth released more and more characteristics. Fantastic wafts of honeysuckle and fresh biscuit alongside savoury peach and herb notes!
All the red wine was served straight from ice buckets, which was a first for me! While not something I would do, this allowed you to taste the wine's fruit without having to battle through a large amount of tannin. All the reds sit around the 14.5% ABV mark so with the tannins have a great capacity for ageing. Like me, Alejandro believes its always good to drink something with a bit of age, maybe 10 years or longer if you can, that is if you have the patience!
Pesquera Crianza Tinto 2011 “Dark, bright berries with fennel-like liquorice and a rich, textured feel”
Pesquera Reserva Especial 2003 “Intense and complex black fruit and spice! Glossy and polished finish, leaving a taste of jammy cherry and plum”
After dinner we were treated to a bit of a sing song from Alejandro who got us all to join in the chorus. The wine definitely helped as we were certainly no choir. Seeing the passion and vitality of the man really put into context the philosophy behind winemaking- one of pleasure and passion in something that is crafted with skill and no small amount of devotion and care.
Stay tuned for part 3...
Mature claret to try!Date published: 17/05/14
Its not often we open one and they are amazing. If you want to see what Bordeaux is all about and why people love them aged, pop in and try the Domaine de le Gaffeliere 1996 we are opening today!
Incredible mature fruit with classic right-bank silkiness, it's a definite instant favourite here.
Make the most of the SunDate published: 16/05/14
We've really been enjoying the sunshine over the last couple of days, and our Tasting Counter shows it! So if you're conducting your first BBQ of the year make sure to join us this weekend to stock up on some summery wines and beers. We have two rose's open to taste and will also be opening a Sparkling wine tomorrow which is part of our 33.3% off deal and a real treat.
We look forward to seeing you! (Ice-lollies would be much appreciated...)
Wotw: Grifone Montelpuciano d'AbruzzoDate published: 15/05/14
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains.
Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins. A staff favourite when choosing an everyday wine, this is a versatile and fruity wine with a pleasing soft approach.
Food Match: The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this the perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes. Keep it Italian to benefit from the great acidity!
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Summer Tasting Date published: 14/05/14
If you've been reading our news articles or following us on Twitter (@MajesticEvesham) you may have noticed it's our Summer Tasting tonight! From 18:30 onwards we'll have over 10 different wines open to taste, as well as some local beer and some amazing Italian cheeses!
If you want to be involved in our tastings, please email us on email@example.com and we can let you know when we have our next one. They are always free and always fun- a great way to find your next favourite wine.
New World Vs Old WorldDate published: 13/05/14
New World Vs Old World
Malbec is the grape of comparison today. It is grown extensively throughout Argentina and Chile where the grapes' popularity has increased dramatically year on year. Now it is capable of produce both full bodied, rich and smooth tanined wines as well as those that are lighter and fruit driven.
Firstly lets take Portillo Malbec. This Argentinian beauty has an intense nose of plums and brambles. On the palate it is rich and smooth and bound together with lush tannins. It is produced in the relatively cool climate area of Valle de Uco where the vineyards experience high altitude and great sun exposure. Simply enjoy with a cheese board.
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Truffier Malbec is a great example of a Southern French Malbec. It is produced in the Cahors region where the vineyards have a high level of sun exposure that helps with ripening the grape. This is a dense wine of black cherry and bramble fruit. The bold, juicy palate is nicely finished off with peppery tannins. Enjoy with char-grilled pork ribs.
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Summer Tasting Sneak PreviewDate published: 12/05/14
It's our big Summer Tasting this Wednesday 14th May, and we're very excited for our wine choices! Here's a little preview of some of the new arrivals we'll be opening:
1. Leon Perdigal Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc
With the Red Leon Perdigal going down a storm at our Winter tasting in November, it was an obvious choice to give the white a go for Summer! A blend of five traditional grapes, this wine is brilliantly complex with great balance and a rounded texture.
2. Vinalba Rose
The Vinalba range is very popular in Evesham and we're looking forward to trying the new Rose. A traditional Southern-French blend of grapes, this wine has typical Argentinian depth of flavour and vibrancy creating a deliciously quaffable rose.
3. L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Cremant de Loire
Picking the fizz is always a hard choice, but knowing the popularity of our other Crement de Loire (Bouvet) we thought this new Langlois Brut should be very well received. Made with Chenin Blanc and a touch of Chardonnay, this fizz is dry and elegant with zesty citrus flavours alongside subtle biscuit aromas.
Ken's trip to Spain pt1Date published: 11/05/14
I was lucky enough to travel to Spain recently as a research trip into two of my favourite wines, La Rioja Alta and Pesquera from the Ribera del Duero. The trip was short but sweet and crammed in so many great experiences. So much happened I'll be breaking it down into 3 sections, each covering a day.
We arrived at Stansted early on Wednesday morning to meet Richard , the UK distributor who would be our chaffeur, host and tour guide in Spain. A short flight to Bilbao later and we were on our way to one of the most iconic wineries of Spain, La Rioja Alta! The product most familiar in the Majestic range is the fantastic Ardanza reserva which always goes down well with our customers.
Based in Haro, the home of Rioja's most well known and prestigious wineries, La Rioja Alta was started in July 1890 by five Basque and Rioja-based vine growers who created "SOCIEDAD VINICOLA DE LA RIOJA ALTA" in what is known as the Haro Station District. This was the beginning of a fascinating business venture in which the only dream of the five founders was to craft and age high quality wines. Their approach to winemaking was modern for the time and relied heavily on growing the best grapes they could and capturing their presence in beautiful wines.
We met Francisco and Javier who would be showing us around the various facilities and settled immediately into a lovely tapas lunch accompanied by their Albarino grown in Galicia up in northern Spain. The wine perfectly suited our food and refreshed us after the hour long drive from Bilbao.
Touring the winery and oak barrel filled rooms was an amazing experience. The rooms are always bigger than you think and the air is filled with the scent of American oak- a heady, intoxicating blend of coconut and vanilla. The history of the wine is evident everywhere as you see the future releases alongside wine dating back twenty or more years. We also visited the Labastide facility, just 1500m away from the Haro facility, a modern winery that has the most up to date equipment I have ever seen! Everything was gleaming and very impressive.
For dinner we headed out to Torre de Ona, La Rioja Alta's 'Chateau concept' winery. Surrounded by their vineyards, they make wine only from their own grapes, which are all Tempranillo and vary from 20 to 60 years old. We had an excellent dinner which included roast suckling pig, a lovely Ardanza reserva 2005, the Gran Reserva 904 2004 and even some Spanish Grappa which had us all going red in the face-powerful stuff.
The Ardanza 2005 is fruitier than previous Ardanzas as the Graciano in it was aged 6 months less in barrels. The resulting blue and red berry filled flavour matches brilliantly with the vanilla and cinnamon overtones and is met with a silky acidity. A truly elegant wine, this slips down all too easily.
Suitably fed and 'watered' we spent the rest of the evening talking enthusiastically about how spoilt we felt and how good the wines were. Ardanza remains my favourite wine and we looked forward to the next day which included a fantastic Ardanza vertical of past and present vintages.. stay tuned for part 2..
Press MentionsDate published: 11/05/14
Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith
Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2013
£8.49 – On the 15% off deal
Summery wine that’s as scented and uplifting as strawberries on a trampoline.
(Olly’s Pick of the Bunch)
Saturday Kitchen- Susie Barrie
Paul Mas Estate Vermentino
£7.64 – On 15% off deal
Very bright gold with youthful green tints. The nose is predominantly citrus, with berry and slightly smoky notes.
The Telegraph – Victoria MooreLirac Domain des Garrigues 2012
£8.49 – On the 15% off deal
Made entirely without oak, this wine is vibrant and youthful in both colour and aroma, with great freshness to the dense red fruit
Peter Lehmann Riesling 2013
£8.91 – On the 15% off deal
Delightful citrus and stone fruit notes abound on the palate and the finish is remarkably taut. A mouth-watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling revitalised.
New staff Favourite: The Kings Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 10/05/14
This wine is one of the Kings Series range, made by Brent Marris, the man behind the ever popular Ned!
His ancestor, William de Marisco (circa AD 1100), was said to be one of 35 illegitimate children of Henry the First- making him one of 'The Kings Legacy.'
This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees.
An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.
Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding.
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New Kiwi Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/05/14
Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin. We're excited to be stocking this wine at a fantastic price of £6.66 all through Summer.
The nose is full of fresh citrus and elderflower which follow onto the palate with added hints of fresh asparagus and guava. Refreshing, but not searing, the acidity is well balanced making this wine very quaffable. Join us this weekend to try Mud House Sauvignon on our in-store Tasting Counter!
New World Vs Old WorldDate published: 06/05/14
Sauvignon Blanc is grown successfully all over the world, and in particular it thrives in the Loire valley in France, Southern French regions, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa to name but a few. The style and the flavours of this one grape variety can vary so much from country to country. So lets look at a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in comparison with an Old World style from the South of France.
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is grown in the famous Marlborough region of New Zealand. Dubbed the "new home" of Sauvignon Blanc it is easy to understand why this style has become one of the nations favourites. Oyster Bay oozes fresh gooseberry and tropical flavours on the palate whilst retaining crisp and refreshing acidity. It is elegant yet assertive and its subtle green grass and herbaceous notes make it an ideal match for fresh salads or seafood dishes.
Buy any 2 save 33.3%
Lacheteau Sauvignon Blanc comes from a region in South Western France. It is made in the classic "Loire style" which is ultimately more restrained than its New Zealand counterpart. Again it is crisp and refreshing and has a good level of acidity. Citrus flavours lead the palate which is surprisingly expressive for an old world style. There are subtle hints of white flower notes on the nose and tropical fruit flavours on the palate which help to round this well balanced wine. Similarly, enjoy with seafood or simply as an aperitif.
Buy any 2 save 15%
Bring a friend..Date published: 04/05/14
Do you have lots of wine drinking friends? Know of someone that loves their New Zealand Sauvignon, Southern French Chardonnay or Argentinian Malbec? If so, bring them along to to majestic next time you are calling by and we will give you both a free bottle - specifically chosen for you!
Vouchers are available in store, just ask one of the team.
Both parties must purchase at least 6 bottles.
Chilean tasting weekDate published: 03/05/14
Here are some tasty treats that we had with our Chilean themed tasting counter today. It looks like the Con Amigos Malbec was a big favourite and similarly the Errazuriz Sauvignon also went down a treat. But our favourite definitely has to be the Lapostolle Merlot with its explosive flavours of cassis, black cherry and dark chocolate.
New arrivals!Date published: 03/05/14
With summer getting into full swing we are currently stocking up our Rosé section and we have some exciting new arrivals to share with you!
The Etoile De Mer comes from the Provence region in Southern France. It is a blend of two red grapes: Grenache and Syrah, the latter provides the dense fruit notes. It oozes ripe strawberries on the palate which is rounded off with subtle herb notes. Perfect on its own, with an afternoon in the sun!
Buy any 2 save 25%
The Pizarras de Otero Rosé is also new to our range. This wine comes from North West Spain and has intense raspberry and redcurrant flavors. It is a firmly structured wine which would match nicely to a creamy chicken dish.
Buy any 2 save 33.3%
Bank Holiday Weekend Opening HoursDate published: 02/05/14
Saturday 3rd 9am -7pm
Sunday 4th 10am - 5pm
Monday 5th 10am - 5pm
It's Chile Week!Date published: 02/05/14
Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Chile as a modern wine making country has lots to offer in terms of value and quality!
Many of our customers favourite wines are from this diverse region which offers superb value for money. To celebrate this unique country and it's place in the world of wine, this Saturday we will be showcasing some of our favourite Chilean wines.
Join us this Saturday at 3pm for a 30 min exploration of these great wines.
Open to try we've got the Parcel Series, a fruit-driven and elegantly smooth Cabernet Sauvignon. We will compare it's soft spice with that of the Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings forth more blueberry and cherry notes, whilst retaining complex hints of clove.
There is also an opportunity for you to compare two contrasting Sauvignon Blancs. Firstly the Santa Ema, which has a complexity of flavours such as grapefruit and passion fruit. With a great balancing acidity, it would match well with grilled white fish. On the other hand we've got the explosive gooseberry and guava flavours of the Errazuriz Sauvignon, it's hints of tropical fruit would match it with a slightly spicy, fresh fish dish.
We will also be doing a third pairing to be revealed on the day!
Wotw:Con Amigos Malbec, chileDate published: 01/05/14
Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio Valley
The Bio Bio Valley is making a name for itself as one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions.
With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel.
Perfect with a char-grilled steaks or rotisserie chicken.
£9.99 a bottle or buy 2 save 33%
Only £6.66 a bottle
New Pricing!Date published: 30/04/14
We have a new system of pricing at Majestic to make it easier to mix your wines from all across our range.
There are 4 bands of pricing, alongside the single bottle prices:
buy any 2 save 33% (Orange)
buy any 2 save 25% (Teal))
buy any 2 save 15% (Lilac)
buy any 2 selected fine wines or spirits, save £10 (Burgundy)
By buying 2 or more wines with the same colour price, you will get the stated discount, and the offers can be mixed as long as you have 2 or more from the same category!
If you need any help, please ask one of the team!
Price ChangeDate published: 28/04/14
From 10am tomorrow morning we will be conducting a large store price-change. Please bear with us as we'll be changing a lot of our prices as part of our 'simpler pricing' structure. We expect to be up and running from 12!
Wine of the Week-end!Date published: 26/04/14
Our Wine of the Week - Louis Latour Macon-Lugny - has gone down a storm, hence we've run out! So here's an extra little Wine of the Week-end for you:
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
Oyster Bay epitomizes classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Arguably New Zealand's most famous winery, Oyster Bay is one of Marlborough's most dynamic wineries, creating an enormously successful global brand.
Pungent aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruit leap out of the glass. The palate adds a touch of grassy herbaceousness, and the acidity is refreshing but not overly drying. Well balanced and with good length, this wine has earned it's reputation for all the right reasons.
Balanced enough to drink on it's own with friends, or try with lightly seasoned crab cakes.
Single bottle price*: £11.99
Buy any two Pick 'n' Mix wines save 33.3%
Job Vacancy - Temporary DriverDate published: 25/04/14
Ideal for anybody wanting to gain work experience in a busy retail environment, or those with an interest in wine, beers and spirits. We have a vacancy for a temporary position as a Driver, starting 5th May for 3 days a week for 6-8 weeks. The Driver’s role is to provide a high standard of customer service when delivering stock, and undergo stock-runs to local stores, using a Citroen Nemo van. A Driver should be aware of their responsibilities in providing a great delivery experience for our customers, and willing to participate in work in the store whilst not making deliveries. Please call Heather on 01386423824 for more details.
Our big Summer tasting- Wednesday 14th May 2014Date published: 25/04/14
Twice a year we host a fun filled evening designed to thank our customers and give you a chance to try 10 of our favourite wines in a relaxed environment. We supply some excellent Italian cheeses and cured meat and the entire evening is free of charge!
Our Summer tasting will be taking place on Wednesday 14th May 2014 from 6:30 till 8pm
These evenings always book up quickly so if you are interested please call us on 01386423824, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into store and we'll pop your names on the list.
See you there!
New Fine WinesDate published: 24/04/14
Just arrived - some fantastic new Fine Wines that are all part of our 'buy any two Fine Wines save £10' deal!
Pesquera Crianza 2011 Alejandro Fernandez, Ribera del Duero £25 or buy two save £10 = £20
“Alejandro Fernandez has become one of the superstars of Spain. His wine is made from the Tempranillo grape and is aged 2-21/2 years in casks, which produces remarkable depth and richness, and a texture not unlike top notch Pomerol. The rich fruit combined with the sweet oaky smells has resulted in some opulent and voluptuous wines that are real head turners.”Robert Parker, The Wine Buyer’s Guide
Pesquera Reserva Especial 2003 Alejandro Fernandez, Ribera del Duero £35 or buy two save £10 = £30
If you prefer a little more age for your Rioja, this Pesquera is a 'limited edition' reserva made from grapes specially selected from the 2003 vintage. Drink now with a herb crusted rack of lamb.
Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2011 £23 or buy two save £10 = £18
Producers of one of Italy's most celebrated Bordeaux-inspired wines, Ornellaia have created Le Volte as an approachable, early-drinking 'super-Tuscan' blend, marrying Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese. A rich black fruit core is surrounded by fine-grained tannins, giving a firm structure and a sense of opulence, with concentration and weight lifted by fresh red fruit acidity.
Meet some of our new rosés in for summer!Date published: 23/04/14
Meet some of our new rosés in for summer!
We have a large stock of Rosé wine in Majestic this Summer and we thought we would let you get to know about some of our newest arrivals:
Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence
The vineyards or Valle des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditional 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.
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.
Pizarras de Otero Rosé 2013 Bierzo
Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.
A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.
Pied Tanqué Rosé 2013, vin de France
This rosé is made from grapes sourced from the Hérault region of the Languedoc. It is similar in style to many o f the light and delicate rosés from the more famous,premium reguons across the ssouith of Fraance and as such, reperesents amazing value.
A pale, delicate rosé with ripe red berry aromas and a light, gentle off-dry palate that is soft and rounded.
Wotw: Louis Latour macon Lugny 2013Date published: 23/04/14
Louis Latour Mâcon-Lugny 2012
The family-run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected négociant-éléveurs in Burgundy. In particular, the Mâcon-Village AC of Mâcon-Lugny has been led to great fame and popularity largely through their efforts.
The Mâconnais produces 3 times more white wine than the rest of Burgundy put together. It's hills are made up of a rich alkaline clay soil which the Chardonnay grape variety loves. The fresh acidity and vibrant fruit make this a stunning example of the regions wine!
The nose is full of creamy lemon curd and citrus notes with a note of white blossom. 100% vinification in stainless steel tanks gives a fresh and lively palate, with crisp green apples and a buttery richness.
Food Match: Grilled pork chops topped with cheese and apple sauce.
£11.99 or buy 2 save 25%
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 now 33%off!Date published: 22/04/14
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand
Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.Taste
Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing and ideal for sunny days outside!
Joins our April Pick'n'mix promotion where you save 33% off your mixed case of 6!
Buy 2 or more from the pick'n'mix and pay just £7.99 a bottle!
Web Exclusive: The Gérard Bertrand Cigalus Case 6x75cl BottlesDate published: 21/04/14
The Gérard Bertrand Cigalus Case 6x75cl Bottles
An exclusive mixed case of two exceptional wines made from one of Gérard Bertrand most prized estates, Domaine de Cigalus. The unusual white blend is 70% oak-fermented before reblending and oak ageing to create a complex wine - perfect with soft cheeses. The red, is the second red wine from the 'indomitable' Cigalus estate. The varieties are vinified separately before being blended and matured in new oak.
Complement the wine's spicy notes and hints of truffle with roast lamb.
The wines will be delivered to us direct from the winery at the beginning of May, so you can expect them to arrive with you mid-May.
Easter opening hoursDate published: 18/04/14
Over the bank holiday weekend, our hours are as follows:
Good Friday 18/04/2014:open as usual 10am - 8pm
Easter Saturday 19/04/2014: open as usual 9am - 7pm
Easter Sunday 20/04/2014 : CLOSED
Easter Monday 21/04/2014 Sunday hours 10am - 5pm
What to have with your steak on World Malbec Day(Thursday 17th)Date published: 17/04/14
What to have with your steak on World Malbec Day(Thursday 17th)
There are certain foods and wine that just go together and what better excuse for midweek steak than celebrating World Malbec day with some well cooked protein, beautiful wine and an authentic Chimmichurri sauce!
Chimichurri is a green parsley sauce used for grilled meat, originally from Argentina. The origin of the name of the sauce is unclear.
Various stories explain the name as a corruption of English words, most commonly the name 'Jimmy Curry'or 'Jimmy McCurry'.However, there is no contemporary documentation of any of these stories.
The Argentine gourmet Miguel Brascó claims that the word chimichurri originated when the British were captured after the British invasions of the Río de la Plata. The prisoners asked for condiment for their food mixing English, aboriginal and Spanish words. According to this story,che-mi-curry stands for "chemi salsa" (a rough translation is”hey give me condiment” or “give me curry”). The word then corrupted to chimichurri.
Chimichurri is made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white or red wine vinegar. Additional flavorings such as paprika, cumin, thyme, lemon, basil,rocket and bay leaf may be included. In its red version, tomato and red pepper may also be added. It can also be used as a marinade for grilled meat, giving a fresh yet earthy tang to a steak!
Celebrate World Malbec Day by doing it the classic Argentine way!We have a large range of Malbecs from all over the world, and most on a great deal - pop in and find your perfect match!
Wotw: Argento MalbecDate published: 16/04/14
Argento Malbec 2013
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.
Located in the west of Argentina, Mendoza borders Chile and the Andes mountain range. These mountains protect the vineyards from the rain coming in from the west so irrigation is regularly used in the area. The vineyards are planted between 600 and 1,100m in altitude because exposure to the sun is greater at that level. The altitude also has that added bonus of having a moderating affect on the temperature.
The Argento Malbec is full of rich blackberry and cherry fruits with a lovely smooth sweet spice to finish.
Deep and smooth, this wine works well with any meat dish from burgers to beef roast, but is also easy drinking on its own and a good crowd pleaser.
£9.99 or buy any 2 save 33% on our pick'n'mix offer
New Zealand's Waimea set for an exciting year!Date published: 14/04/14
We have just received an email from Waimea Estate winery in New Zealand, looks like they've got a great vintage ahead! They have just finished the harvest for 2014 before the predicted rainy weather in New Zealand. They say the quality is looking great and they are particularly excited about their Pinot Noir, the small dark berries this year has resulted in concentrated, rich juice that is full of flavour.
Similarly their Sauvignon crop is in excellent condition with a range of ripeness in the grapes giving a nice range of styles. We've got the Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2013 in stock. With aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruits, this wine can be enjoyed on its own on a glorious summer afternoon. Or it is an ideal match to seafood such as fresh oysters or scallops.
Buy 2 save £6
£12.99 Single bottle price
Easter TipplesDate published: 13/04/14
Here are a few of our favorite matches for your Easter Lunch
Why not try the plush red fruits and subtle spice of the LFE Gran Reserva Merlot with Roast lamb?
Or similarly try the Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva, this complex and toasted wine is an ideal match to lamb.
The McManis Viogner is a great match to Roast Pork and creamy leeks with great stone fruit aromas and lush texture.
Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay with its buttery texture and vanilla palate is an ideal match for a roast chicken and Dauphinoise potatoes.
Whatever you are having,we can help you find a wine to suit.
Sparkling Saturday returns!Date published: 12/04/14
As Summer returns, we are seeing some new lines of sparkling come in geared for the change in weather (and hopefully some more parties). The first to arrive is a Rosé version of one of our favourites and we've opened it to let everyone discover it today!
Bouvet Ladubay Saumur Rosé NV France
This wonderful salmon sparkling rosé is made entirely from Cabernet franc grown in the Loire valley. The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet and his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local producers and vinify using the traditional method, the same as Champagne.
A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose.
A fine summery aperitif, perfect with smoked salmon on crackers and herby chicken salads. It would be also be a great Easter Sunday morning treat!
£13.49 single bottle price or save 33% when you buy any 2 or more of our April pick n mix wines*
*As part of our minimum purchase of six bottles of wine, champagne & spirits.
Food and wine matching nightDate published: 11/04/14
On Wednesday night, I did an external tasting at Bower Willis Designs kitchen showroom in Shipston-on-Stour where we matched wines to some excellent food, all cooked in hot air and steam ovens!
The evening is designed to showcase the professional results these ovens give your everyday cooking and we matched the wines to get excellent quality for great value.
Over the course of the night, we enjoyed some great food and I've put the wine matches in so you can try them at home if you wish.
Parmesan & Sundried Tomato Tear + Share Rolls with Lindauer Brut Rosé
This creamy traditional method sparkling is made just like Champagne but is from New Zealand. Full of delicate red berries and lovely fragrant citrus it worked really well the the herby rolls, and really brightened the tomato flavour.
Chicken Ballotine on rocket salad with Macon Lugny (Louis Latour)
The chicken was rolled up with a cream cheese filling and steamed for 90 minutes, resulting in perfectly cooked moist chicken with a creamy tang. We matched this with the Latour Macon Lugny which is an absolute classic accompaniment to chicken. The fresh apple and citrus along with a lovely textured mouthfeel really highlighted the flavour in both the wine and food. Really refreshing.
Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto with Valmoussine Pinot noir
A 'No-stir' Risotto which delighted me, this dish is made with all the raw ingredients in one pan before having hot stock poured in and then cooked for 25 minutes. Earthy mushrooms and fragrant asparagus were lifted by the great acidity in this wine and the red berry and cherry flavours lingered on the palate, perfectly rounding out the dish.
Sous Vide Rump Steaks with red wine reduction with Dogajolo
A bit of a favourite of mine, this Rump steak was cooked medium rare sous vide and then pan fried to get caramelised flavours. Served with the Dogajolo (a baby 'Super Tuscan' of Sangiovese and Cabernet), it was well matched by the fine tannins and lovely autumnal crunchy red berries and soft spice. A warm, smooth compliment to a great bit of beef.
Steamed Salmon with carrots and asparagus with Lindauer rosé
A surprise for me, we matched this with the Lindauer rosé again, which proved just as adept. Tthe citrus notes in the wine lifted the salmon's creamy texture and the berries highlighted the carrot's natural sweetness.
Mini Pear Galettes with crème Fraiche with Château la Rame dessert wine
These individual pastry desserts were well accompanied by a French classic dessert wine made of Semillon and Sauvignon blanc that was affected by botrytis, a noble rot.The crisp, sweet citrus and honeyed apricot cut through the pastry and accentuated the apricot glaze perfectly.
If you are interested in us doing an external tasting for your party or business function, give us a call in store on 01386423824 or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Rosé Renovations completeDate published: 09/04/14
After Heather has put some serious effort in, our Rosé section is looking great! Make sure you pop in to see what is new in time for Summer!
Wotw: Grati Chianti 2012Date published: 09/04/14
Chianti Poggio Galiga
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, Canaiolo and Colorino.
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 lip smacking acidity and fine tannins
At only 12.5%, this fruity red wine is ideal for an everyday treat and a real crowd-pleaser due to its versatility with various foods .
Food Match: Anything from Antipasti to Meatballs in a rich, spicy tomato sauce. Keep it Italian to benefit from the great acidity!
£9.99 or buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines save 33%*
* when bought as part of our minimum purchase of 6 bottles, including wines, Champagnes and spirits.
Rosé RenovationsDate published: 09/04/14
We are making our Rosé section more accessible seeing as the weather is set to improve this weekend! We'll keep you posted but we think it's going to look amazing!
New Wines for the Pick 'n' MixDate published: 08/04/14
Just added today:
LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay - £7.32*
LFE Gran Reserva Merlot - £7.32*
Cune Reserva - £9.33*
Prosecco Corte Alta - £6.66*
*Prices quoted are when you buy at least two bottles from our Pick 'n' Mix range, as part of our minimum purchase of 6 bottles
Back in Stock!Date published: 07/04/14
A little too excited to have the delicious Septimio Dia Malbec & Chardonnay back in stock! Alongside a fresh batch of Bouvet, Bollinger & Curious Brew Beer to name a few. Give us a call on 01386 423824 to secure your share.
Half BottlesDate published: 06/04/14
We don't normally do things by half, but we've just welcomed a new arrival in the shape of a 375ml Bordeaux!
Chateau Livran is from the Medoc and stands on the site of a 13th-century fortress. A robust and well-structured wine, offering flavours of plum, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit. Ample tannins give voluminous texture and great length.
Exciting new Rioja Parcel!Date published: 04/04/14
Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1998, Conde de Valdemar Magnum
This exclusive wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tempting to both Rioja lovers and Claret fans alike. The careful oak ageing of this wine give the desired toasty oak notes that match the voluptuous black fruits.
Ready to drink now this wine would be ideal when the family come around for Easter Lunch. Enjoy with a classic roast Lamb and all the trimmings.
Wine of the weekDate published: 02/04/14
It's our Spanish tasting week! Make sure you pop in all week to try some great Spanish wines and if you are free, come along to our Free tastings on Saturday 05/04/2014 at 12 pm or 3pm- Book your spot by calling the team on 01386 423 824
Marques de Caceres 'Antea'
Barrel Fermented Rioja 2012
This is rich effort from Marqués de Cáceres, the Viura-dominated blend has a dash of Malvasia added and is aged on lees before maturation in new barrels.
As soon as the oak integrates to a certain level the wine is removed as over-dominating oak is not desired.
Beautifully soft citrus fruit and pear flavours mingle with the richer oak characters of spicy toastiness and a buttery character.
An exceptional food partner that marries well with seafood, tuna, raw fish and even various types of cheese. Serve slightly chilled as it really opens up when it slowly warms.
£11.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save £6!
Only £8.99 a Bottle!
* When you buy any two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
New staff Recommendation: Pizarras de oteroDate published: 02/04/14
Bierzo is a province in the North West part of Spain, where this vineyard has recently been revived by acclaimed winemaker Martin Codax since 2003. Pizarras, meaning 'slate' in Spanish, represents the unique mineral soils here, and is represented by the chalkboard like appearance of the label.
This wine is lively and full of flavour with aromas of deep cherry and strawberry that follow through onto the palate, backed up with plum and blackberry notes. A well rounded soft wine ideal to match with spring lamb and minted greens.
£9.99 single bottle price
Part of our Pick'n'Mix save 33.3%
Meet Our new Assistant Manager,KenDate published: 31/03/14
Hi, Ken here, and I'm back in Evesham after almost two years learning about wine and working in 4 different Majestics! Evesham was my first store so I'm sure some of our customers will recognise me.
I am originally South African and have lived in the UK since 2007. Wine has always fascinated me but the real education started with trying the Majestic range and getting my training. We are lucky to have such an extensive range available in the UK and I'm still discovering new flavours and ways to pair wines with food. I will always have a smooth, fruity red or oaky Rioja but have recently been delving into the old world wines of France and Italy, which also have an earthiness and history behind them.
I'm always keen to discuss any wine under the sun and more than happy to recommend wines to go with certain occasions or food matches!
See you in store soon, Ken
3 Reasons to Visit Us Today!Date published: 29/03/14
Spring has landed in Evesham, and it's also Sam's last day before she moves off to Mere Green, so we've got:
Undurraga Rose £10.49 or buy two save £5 = £7.99
Perfect to drink chilled and in the sunshine.
Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel £6.49
An ideal match for Sam's Victoria Sponge leaving cake!
All available to try in-store, make sure to stop by!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/03/14
DMZ Syrah 2011 De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch
This youthful and expressive wine comes from young vines in De Morgenzon's own estate, grown on its weathered granite soils. Hand-picked, the grapes are then fermented in stainless steel, before transfer to French oak barrels for 11 months' maturation.
A beautiful bright ruby colour, full of plum and berries supported by cinnamon and vanilla. Good to drink now, or for lying down for a few years; I'd be interested to see how it is in 5 or so!
Match with a fresh pasta with marinara sauce.
Usually £10.99 - Buy 2 save £4
(when bought as part of a mixed case of 6)
Don't Miss OutDate published: 25/03/14
For one week only the following wines have been reduced by 33.3%:
Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc £6.66
Prosecco Corte Alta £6.66
Staff Choice: Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, California £6.66
Testimonio, Luigi Bosca, Argentina £8.66
We now offer FREE delivery on ANY 6 bottles so give us a call on 01386 423824 or order online at www.majestic.co.uk to get your wines delivered later this week!
Party ServicesDate published: 23/03/14
All this (albeit sporadic!) sunshine has got me thinking about picnics, parties and barbecues...
Are you aware of the party services we here at Evesham can offer to help make your event as stress-free as possible?
Not only can we offer advice on your wine choices, we can help with quantities and food matches, and we also have all the beers, ciders, spirits and soft drinks you could possibly need under one roof! As well as this, we have free* glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (as well as the ice to fill them!) and we work on a sale-or-return basis.
With free delivery and our smiling faces, let us do all the hard work for you!
Pop in store, give us a call on 01386 423 824 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start the ball rolling.
*glass hire requires a £1 per glass refundable deposit, chiller bins £15 each refundable deposit and ice buckets £10 each refundable deposit
Treat Her this Mothers DayDate published: 22/03/14
Why not treat her this mothers day?
I'd like to think that most people would agree with me when I say mothers are very special people indeed. With Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I might offer up a few suggestions to help make her day extra-special.
Undurraga Rose (to go with the Breakfast in Bed!)
Breakfast in Bed is the staple of Mothers Day. It's the promise that for this day, your Mother doesn't need to lift a finger. So why not treat her to a glass of pink fizz alongside her scrambled eggs and toast?
This Chilean sparkler is a lovely soft fruity alternative to the morning orange juice!
(£10.49 or buy 2 save £5 = £7.99)
Passimento (To have with the Sunday Lunch)
Sunday Lunch is a real family occasion. Hustle and bustle, chatting, scrapping, pass-the-salt-please, that-was-my-roast-potato...! Whether you're having beef or lamb, I'm recommending the Italian Passimento. The producers dry the grapes to concentrate the flavours in the wine, and boy does it taste good! Full of cherry and spice, I shall definitely be enjoying this with my dinner!
(£11.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £8.99)
AIX Provincial Rose (For tasting, toasting and teaching)
The Mothers Days of my childhood are fondly remembered as the sunny day the whole of my family would converge on my Grandparents house, sit in the garden, eat lots of great food, congratulate each other on a job well done, offer hints and tricks (usually to get the kids off to sleep at bedtime!), and, of course, drink lots of Rose!
Definitely a tradition I would love to bring back, and it would be easier to do with a large bottle this wonderfully refreshing, tasty rose.
(Available as Magnums and Double Magnums - £19.99 and £50 respectively)
New ArrivalDate published: 21/03/14
When it comes to brewing beer, Timothy Taylor's has one of the best reputations around. He started brewing in Keighley, West Yorkshire way back in 1858. It is still a family run business to this day.
'Landlord' is their classic Pale Ale and is made using Pennine water from the wells at Knowle spring. It contains some of the finest Golden Promise barley malt and the very best whole leaf hops.
We've also got some bottles just waiting to be opened, so come down and join us in-store to try a sample of Yorkshire's finest.Available in cases of 12x500ml, 4.1% abv. Buy one case for £25.80 or buy any two cases of ale and Timothy comes down to £22.80!
New Arrival!Date published: 20/03/14
Vinalba 50/50 2012 Tupungato
The ever-popular Vinalba range has got a fantastic new addition: This wine is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina's 'other' great Bordeaux-sourced grape. Bordeaux winemaker Hervé Fabre made his name from Malbec, having been the first to make a single-varietal Malbec in Argentina.
Typically intense and vibrant, full of inky violet colour, with a juicy damson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both nose and palate. Toasty oak influence adds a touch of complexity.Single Bottle = £11.99 OR Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £8.99
Wine of the Week - Gavi AraldicaDate published: 19/03/14
Gavi 2013 Araldica
Increasingly popular, Gavi is a small town and wine-making region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, famed for it's zippy, lemony whites created using the Cortese grape.
Araldica ferments this Gavi in stainless steel tanks, to highlight the fresh fruit flavours and give a clear and elegant flavour. The delicate flavour profile is further emphasized through a low ABV of just 11.5%, making this wine pleasantly easy-drinking.
Pale in colour with a slight green tinge, the nose is packed full of classic lemon & citrus aromas, with a slight herbal edge. The palate follows on with added lime zest, with a refreshing level of acidity that doesn't overpower.
An ideal aperitif, or try with green pesto pasta
Single bottle price £9.99
Or buy any two wines on our Pick 'n' Mix and save 33.3%
Producer Focus: Brooklyn BreweryDate published: 18/03/14
Brooklyn Brewery is a microbrewery based in Brooklyn in New York City. It was started in 1987 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six-year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.
The pair hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the logo for the I Love New York campaign, to create the company logo and identity. Glaser received a share in the company in return.
Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. In 1996, they acquired a former matzo factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery.
Although the brewery looked to expand its brewing capacity in the City, originally most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, were brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing. The company later sought to expand its facilities in Brooklyn, but had difficulty finding a suitable site within the borough. However, an economic recession allowed them to remain in Williamsburg and undertake a $6.5 million expansion of the brewery in 2009.
Since 1994, Garrett Oliver has been the Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster. He had first been appointed brewmaster at the Manhattan Brewing Company of New York in 1993 where he began brewing professionally as an apprentice in 1989. In 2003 he published the book "The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food". Garrett has also been a judge at the Great American Beer Festival for eleven years.
This beer is currently on our craft beer offer £12.99 per 6 pack, or buy any two 6 pack's and pay £9.99 per pack. This means you can mix it up with our other craft beers, so why not try an Anchor Steam, Punk IPA, UnderDog, or Einstock!
Quiz TimeDate published: 17/03/14
It's time again to guess our choice for Wine of the Week!:
1. This wine comes from Piedmont
2. This wine is famous for using the Cortese grape
3. This wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks to emphasise the fresh fruit characters
4. The ABV comes in at a pleasantly low 11.5%
5. This wine would be a great accompaniment to fresh seafood linguine
Join us on Wednesday to enjoy a glass with us!
New: Free Delivery on any 6 bottles!Date published: 15/03/14
Our outstanding delivery service is second to none because everything is managed locally, from the moment you order until the moment our Majestic van arrives at your door. You'll get a call from us here at the Evesham store to arrange delivery at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends, so you don't have to hang around waiting all day.
Now this remarkable service is free for ANY order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40. That means you can choose any wines you like, including our most budget friendly wines under £6, such as the Bacaro Sangiovese, Grifone Montepulciano and the San Marco Frascati. If you need advice, we are helpful and knowledgeable, and will be able to assist in making any selections or answering any queries you may have. Place your order today at www.majestic.co.uk/Evesham or by calling us in store on 01386 423824. Come and Explore with us today!
Back in StockDate published: 14/03/14
Back in stock - Wine Racks! Well-made in a simplistic style for optimal storage of your wine collection. £1.25 per hole, we currently have 12, 16 and 30 hole racks in store ready to take away. Or, if you need a specific size, give us a call on 01386 423824 and your uniquely made rack in any size and choice of colour will be ready in 2-3 weeks.
Wedding themed Wine CoursesDate published: 13/03/14
Thanks to our constant raving about our 'Free Introduction to Wine' Course, I'm sure most of you know that our courses occur every month for groups of around 10 people, and we get to taste 8 different wines of distinctive styles, followed by some food and wine matching. These courses are designed to get you to try new things, understand what to look for when choosing wines, and learn the basic principles of food and wine matching. In summary, one of the team will pour you wine and feed you food whilst chatting about various wine concepts and answering any questions you might have!
For the dates of our next few wine courses, please see our 'events' section.
Related to this, over the last few weeks, we have been giving out advice left right and center around ordering for weddings and other large functions. We generally invite the bride and groom (and dads credit card) to store, where we narrow down to a few appropriate options, discuss numbers, and then either try a few wines on our tasting counter or send them away with a selection pack to try at home with friends and family. And this got me thinking - why can't we combine the two? Get together a group of upcoming newlyweds and their entourage, and invite them for an evening tasting where we can try different sparkling wines for the Reception fizz, a variety of easy drinking reds and whites for the Breakfast, and even rustle up a few canapes (subject to kitchen requirements) to get like-minded individuals together and discussing a variety of options and opinions - completely free of charge! This could also work well for groups or committee's tasked with sourcing the wine for large functions and events, and even existing wine groups (or any group really) that fancy a night of wine tasting following something of a theme - for example Italian wines, New World vs Old World, BBQ wines, the list is endless!
So if these wine courses are completely free - why do we hold them? What's in it for us? The team at Evesham are passionate about wine and enjoy passing on our knowledge and education whenever possible - in short, we enjoy it! Spending an evening with a group of people sharing a similar interest in drinking wine and eating tasty nibbles is not at all a bad way to spend our working time. There's absolutely no obligation to buy or join our customer list, and no sales pitch whatsoever. All we want to do is reach out to our community and spread the word about the Majestic Wine proposition, communicating with more and more people about how we are a great place to buy your wine and what we can offer. And if you enjoy the course and think it's a great idea - help us become more known by telling your friends and colleagues!
So if you know of some stressed out brides in the process of choosing wines for their big days; are part of a committee tasked with providing alcohol for Spring events; or just know of a few friends who'd like to get together and learn a bit more about wine, give us a call on 01386 423824 or email email@example.com to find out what kind of free wine course we can customise to your needs.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Heather, Luke & Sam
Wine of the weekDate published: 12/03/14
Vina Eguia Reserva Rioja, 2008
Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.
Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.
Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.
Buy 2 save 33.3%
Picking'n'Mixing - Sam's choices.Date published: 11/03/14
I love the pick'n'mix. Having the freedom to choose 6 different bottles and still qualify for the fantastic 33% off is great fun!
Yesterday I spent a great deal of time deliberating over which 6 to choose. I have an anniversary coming up, it is my other half's birthday next week, and we are having a little party on Wednesday to celebrate the safe arrival (and return home) of my second nephew. I needed something special, but with the ability to please the masses. And a little something spectacular for myself, of course.
As an anniversary present for my parents, I bought a bottle of Laurent-Perrier NV (£27.99*). We are not big fizz drinkers in out household unless we have something to celebrate (for instance, the bottles of Champers I was bought for my 18th birthday we popped on my 21st) and I feel that 25 years of marriage is definitely something worth celebrating! Lighter in style than some other Champagnes, I like that this has a heart of citrus fruits and gentle spices with lovely toasty notes. Coupled with the wedding photo my sister and I have had put on canvas for them, I think they'll enjoy their day.
For my other half, I decided to go a little crazy and buy him two wines, a red and a white. He is an exclusive red drinker, liking his Tempranillos and Sangioveses, so I thought I would throw him out of his comfort zone and into the wonderful world of Burgundy. (It doesn't hurt that these are two wines that I particularly like, but we'll keep that under wraps!) The red was an easy choice for me, and next Tuesday he shall be receiving the Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir (£9.99*). A lighter red, with subtle hints of red fruits and violets on the nose that gives way to cherries and raspberries on the pallet. As for the white, I struggled a little more. Eventually I had to choose between the Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques (£9.99*) and the Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (£7.99*). My choice only came down to the fact that I have already tried the Macon, and felt that it's simpler fruity style with apples and pears might be a nice introductory wine for my other half's pallet.
To celebrate the new arrival, I decided on just a nice easy-drinking red and white to cater for everybody. I already have some rose at home so should be able to cover all bases! Red wise, I decided on the Errazuriz Merlot (£6.99*). A youthful Merlot with only 50% of it being aged in oak to add some complexity, I feel that the bramble and plum flavours work perfectly with the slight vanilla, and is a wine that even my family can appreciate! As for the white, I've gone slightly off script with the DB Reverve Chardonnay (£6.66*). I must admit, Janice Robinson's review on her website really sold this to me! Not one I've tried (yet) but I'm excited for it. Lightly oaked, full of fresh peach and citrus flavours, with touches of almond. Even my Pinot loving family should be able to enjoy it.
And last, but most certainly not least, I chose the Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV (£24.99*) as my special something. I'm expecting a fair few changes in the coming months, and shall be saving this for when everything has settled back down and I can finally celebrate. A beautiful Champagne full of appley fruit flavours with a zesty mousse, which I recently learnt is Barack Obama's Champagne of choice (and by that, it is the house Champagne of the White House!) - if it's good enough for the leader of the free world, I'm sure it will suffice for me!
(* Prices when 2 bottles from the Pick'n'Mix are bought as part as a mixed case of 6.)
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 10/03/14
These Monday's are rolling around quicker and quicker! Here's a new quiz for you all to whet your appetites for some brand new offers which start tomorrow!
1) We actually stock the entire range of this particular wine; youngest to oldest.
2) This Bodegas is located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion.
3) As is typical of this style, it has received 24 months ageing in oak plus a minimum of 2 years bottle ageing before it can be released.
4) The brand is symbolized by an open hand on the label, which is itself in the shape of an open book - analogous to putting one's hand on a bible to swear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
5) The perfect (and traditional) match to red meats and cheeses!
Don't forget to pop by Wednesday to see if you were correct.
Your preferences; let us help you!Date published: 10/03/14
Whether you love are mad about Malbec, barmy about Burgundy, or get excited by one off special parcels of wine, then please ask to be added to our Customer Preference File!
By keeping a record of what you like and your email address or phone number, we can keep you informed about price changes on your favourite wines, new additions to our range that might interest you, special offers and one-off parcels of wines we think will tantalize your taste buds.
Don't worry, we won't share your details with anyone else and we'll only contact you when we think it'll be beneficial to you.
Give us a call on 01386 423 824 or pop in-store and talk to us if you would like some more information.
Delivery Schedule w/c 9th MarchDate published: 08/03/14
Tuesday 11th March - Deliveries between 10am-2pm West - Pershore etc
Wednesday 12th March - South & East - Chipping Campden, Broadway etc
Thursday 13th March - North & East - Cleeve Prior, Alcester etc
Friday 14th March - South & West - Tewkesbury etc
Please give us a call on 01386 423824 to request a delivery time convenient for you.
Staff ChoiceDate published: 06/03/14
Today I decided it was time to open something that had piqued my curiosity for quite a while; the Callia Bella Malbec.
I was not disappointed! Upon the nose, ripe red fruits lead with a slightly spicy edge, which explode on the pallet leaving behind soft tannins.
Great intensity, a nice finish, and those hints of blueberries and vanilla give this wine a very easy drinking appeal.
Should match perfectly with the spaghetti and (veggie!) meatballs my other half is currently cooking up for us!
An absolute bargain at £5.99*
(any 2 wines in our March Pick'n'Mix)
Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/03/14
Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto Adige
Our Wine of the Week is from the fabulous Nals Margreid wine estate in the Alto Adige area of Northern Italy. With a similar latitude to Burgundy in France, the postiion of Alto Adige next to the Alps and the Dolomites lends to excellent conditions for growing top-quality grapes. Indeed, the region has a reputation for producing wines of distinctive finesse.
The Nals Margreid winery excel at producing wines that allow the terroir of the vineyard to shine through. This chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel tanks, creating a light and fresh style far away from the oft found oaky buttery wines.
The nose is light with enticing notes of peach and stone fruits. The palate spreads throughout the mouth with a delicate richness, and a mineral edge leads to a refreshing finish. A fantastic alternative to a similar priced white Burgundy!
Will go down very well as an aperitif, or try with a greek salad
Single bottle price: £13.99
Or buy two bottles from our Pick 'n' Mix and save 33.3%
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 04/03/14
It's time again to test your powers of deduction with our quiz for this weeks Wine of the Week; join us on Wednesday to grab a glass and see if you were right!
1. This wine is a new arrival to our range
2. It comes from Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites
3. The grape is not native to Italy, however it is very much at home as the wine growing region shares a similar latitude with Burgundy
4. Wines from this region are famed for their finesse and excellent quality - particularly white wines
5. This wine will go well with a light feta salad
Delivery Schedule W/C 2nd MarchDate published: 01/03/14
Wednesday 5th March: Deliveries to all areas
Friday 7th March: Deliveries to all areas
Saturday 8th March: Local deliveries only
Please call us on 01386 423824 or place an order online to secure a slot for free delivery!
Staff ChoiceDate published: 01/03/14
If you're a fan of Bordeaux wines, did you know you can find fantastic 'Bordeaux Blends' in South Africa?
Great examples can be found from many wineries all over South Africa that create 'Bordeaux Blends' using the classic grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and sometimes also Cabernet Franc and even Petit Verdot.
Our staff choice today is the Jordan Cabernet/Merlot from Stellenbosch. Deep red in colour with an alluring nose of jammy blackcurrant and black cherry. The palate is full-bodied but very smooth, with a gentle tannic grip. A great match for BBQ ribs.
Heather's Half Term part 2Date published: 28/02/14
One of the perks of working in the wine trade (amongst many) is the new knowledge and understanding we gain almost every day, thanks to wine being an ever-changing commodity. This knowledge inevitably leads to the desire to constantly explore, and so when some Uni friends came for lunch in Birmingham it was hard to resist suggesting various wine bars to take them to!
After a hard days shopping and lunching (at Bodega - by far Birmingham's best South American dining experience!) we headed for Bacchus Bar, sumptuously decorated and tucked away under the Burlington Hotel. Immediate appeal for all wine-lovers, as Bacchus is the Greek God of wine-making, and so expectations are immediately high.
We were greeted with an appealing and lively atmosphere, with people crammed into every little hidey-hole seating area showing real popularity amongst all age groups. After tracking down a table, it was time to consult the menu. As well as beers, ales and ciders there was an excellent variety of wines, far away from the standard pub offering of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. I was particularly pleased to see a Pignoletto sparkling wine - said to be the 'next Prosecco' and so was eager to try this. Unfotunately things started going down hill, as the lovely barman informed me that their sparkling wine fridge had broken, and no sparkling wines were chilled. My next option - Picpoul (usually representing an excellently low mark up on wine lists) was, alas, out of stock. After much searching by the barman, Chenin Blanc, a guilty pleasure of mine, was also out of stock. Getting a little annoyed at this point, I scoured the fridges behind the bar to see what was sitting waiting to be bought, and was happy to see a bottle of Marques de Riscal Rose, which I quickly bought before he could give me anymore bad news.
We carry the Riscal Reserva and Rueda Blanco in store, both of which are excellent wines, and so I was looking forward to the rose. It was drier than I expected (the other highly reputed Spanish wineries Caceres and Cune produce rose's that are both heavily laden with sweet red fruits) but still pleasant. Deep salmon in colour, there were restrained flavours of cherries and wild strawberries, with a slightly tart finish.
The rose went down well with the group and the cosy decor was a big hit. For a wine bar it was fustrating to have 3 choices unavailable, but this could be put down to the busyness of half-term week. With friendly staff and a great atmosphere, If Bacchus can up their game with their stock levels, it definitely makes my top 10 Birmingham Bars.
Malbec Madness!Date published: 26/02/14
Today marks the start of 6 days of Malbec madness, madness in a good way though, 33.3% off madness.
Until the 3rd of March Argentinian Malbecs are a third off. This wonderful grape has made a resurgence since Argentina adopted it as their own to produce some deep purple, full bodied, fruity wines. Below are a few examples of some great deals on offer.
Santa Ana Malbec at £5.99
Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards.
Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.
Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.
Portillo Malbec at £6.66
Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.
An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.
Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine.
Callia Bella Malbec at £5.99
Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes.
An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.
Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.
Wine of the weekDate published: 26/02/14
Did you guess our wine of the week correctly? If so, a pat on the back, if not then here it is.
El Patito Feo Garnacha Graciano 2012, Navarra
El Patito Feo, or 'the Ugly Duckling' is a reference to Navarra's percieved lack of status compared with Rioja, its more famous and celebrated neighbour. This wine demonstrates that Navarra is also more than capable 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, medium-weight tannins.
Partner with spicy pork dishes.
Buy 2 save 25%
(when bought as part of a mixed case of 6)
Majestic's Fine Wine PlanDate published: 25/02/14
The Fine Wine Plan is a simple and effective way to build a personally tailored fine wine collection - join now from £50 per month.
With access to a vast range of fine wines from some of the greatest producers in the world, Lay & Wheeler’s Fine Wine Plan is designed to be completely flexible. Whatever your tastes and budget, your personal wine consultant will be able to select and advise upon the best wines to suit your requirements.
You don’t even have to worry about the best place to keep your wines, as they can be stored at Vinothèque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse, which is designed to provide the perfect conditions for the maturation of fine wines.
All you need to do is decide where and when you would like to enjoy your next delicious bottle of fine wine.
How to Join
To join the Fine Wine Plan simply complete the online application form and indicate your main wine preferences, providing your personal consultant with a starting point. Then complete the Direct Debit form online. Once we receive your application, we will set the direct debit up with your bank and your account will be under way.
Visit https://www.laywheeler.com/finewineplan for more Info
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 24/02/14
It's Monday - and we have another Wine of the Week quiz for you to sink your teeth into:
1. You won't have seen this wine in Majestic before as it's new to our range
2. The region that this wine is from neighbours the most famous wine region in Spain
3. This wine comprises two Spanish grape varieties - but neither is the famous Tempranillo
4. The name of this wine derives from the perception that this wine is the 'ugly duckling' or 'always the bridesmaid' to the more famous neighbouring Spanish wine
5. The light and fruity style makes it a great accompaniment to flavoursome pork dishes.
Join us on Wednesday to get the result!
Heather's half-term drinks menu (part 1)Date published: 22/02/14
Engaged to a teacher, most half-terms you'll find me out of the shop and (ideally) wining, dining and generally relaxing with my time off. In the half-term that's just gone I explored a few wine options, from red wine tasting for my wedding, visiting a Birmingham wine bar and hosting a girls night in. So what did I discover?
As mentioned in previous articles, my family are by no means wine connoisseurs, and so for the wedding the key words for the red wine choice to be served with dinner are 'affordable' and 'crowd-pleasing'. And with a hefty corkage, 'affordable' is particularly key! So with the arrival of our February Pick 'n' Mix and also a few gems in our 'Bargain Bouquets' i thought it would be a good chance to try a few wines with my family. (I should also mention my family's opinions are important as I won't be drinking the red wine at our wedding; I'll have a private stash of top-shelf champagne to myself all day - I'm a realist).
As the meal will be roast lamb, Rioja was my initial thought, and so Lagunilla Reserva (£9.99 down to £6.66) made the first appearance. From the Bargain Bouquet selection, Alain Grignon Carignan (£5.99) is a firm customer favourite, and so I thought I'd check out what all the fuss is about and popped a bottle in. Another great offer at the moment is the Mas des Montagnes Cotes du Roussillon Villages (£8.99 down to £5.99) of which a previous vintage I had enjoyed. To finish off the selection I thought we needed an Italian - as who doesn't enjoy a good glass of Italian red? So the Casa D'Aragona Salice Salentino (£8.99 down to £5.99) made the cut, as I prefer Italians with a little age.
We tasted all the wines side by side before food, and then mum kindly cooked a roast lamb dinner for us to carry on drinking the wines to see how the flavour profile changes/matches the food. The wine at the wedding will only be served alongside the meal, and so this was particularly important. There was some confusion as each wine was praised and then trashed at various levels over the course of the meal ("I really like this one" - 10 minutes later - "Oh no I don't like this one at all") which is to be expected when tasting different wines, as the senses become intoxicated and your palate picks up and retains flavours from all the wines - I'll have to take a spittoon next time.
With each family member picking a different favourite, the middle ground that everyone thought was nice and imminently drinkable was the Lagunilla Rioja Reserva. With a nice smooth texture and a good balance between fruit flavours and spicy tobacco notes, we agreed that the Rioja was the best match for the lamb dish and would be enjoyed for the duration of the meal. The Salice on the other hand was the least popular, as it lost a lot of it's flavour with the meal. The Carignan was packed with powerful raspberry fruit flavours which were pleasant at first, but it lost it's appeal as time went on. The Montagnes was dad's favourite but mum's worst, with dark fruit flavours and a hint of violet, and we felt it's heavier style might also divide the wedding guests. It's useful to remember that the key to getting wine for a large group of people is that you're not trying to find a wine that everybody will love - such a wine doesn't exist! Instead, look for a wine that nobody dislikes. For us, the Lagunilla was the only red that not a single person voted as the worst.
So there we have it - the red wine for the big day will be a Rioja. Now, time to keep an eye on the prices over the next few months and take a selection of Spanish reds home for further research...... I can feel a headache coming on.
Delivery ScheduleDate published: 21/02/14
Our Van has it's MOT next week, and so our deliveries are more restricted than normal. Please give us a call to arrange a delivery for tomorrow if your order is needed before next Wednesday:
Saturday 22nd: Deliveries to all areas
Sunday 23rd - Tuesday 25th incl: No deliveries
Wednesday 26th: Deliveries to all areas
Thursday 27th: No deliveries
Friday 28th: Deliveries to all areas
Wine of the weekDate published: 19/02/14
Well done if you guessed it correctly, I didn't! 16 points this week to anyone who got it. It is Boschendal, Rachel's Chenin (It's not Rachel's, it's mine).
Here is some info...
The grapes used in this wine were picked from 27 year old bush vine vineyard with low yields and good fruit. The moisture stress in this vineyard resulted in tiny berries, allowing for concentrated flavours in the wine. The grapes were sourced from an area renowned for top quality Chenin. Most of these vineyards are established on Clovelly and Avalon soils.
The grapes were hand-picked at full ripeness. Harvesting took place during mid-morning.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a constant tempreture of 14- 16°C. Fermentation was stopped before the wine became completely dry. 10% of the wine was fermented in older French oak barrels. After fermentation, the lees were stirred weekly in a process called “battonage”, which allows for greater richness in the wine.
Boschendal was the first winery to barrel ferment Chenin in South Africa. This fruity, well-balanced, full bodied wine is distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas on the nose. On the palate, this wine has a core of fruit with hints of nuts and honey. The ideal wine for an al fresco summer lunch, lightly curried mussels, chicken, fish casseroles and in general Asian dishes.
Currently on offer at buy 2 save £4, so £6.99 when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case of six.
A weekend of fine wine...Date published: 18/02/14
This weekend was one of those weekends where it is almost necessary to drink fine wine, having not extracted anything special from the rack for a while it was decided that a controlled cull would take place, much to the disgust of my parents who are currently in the midst of something known as 'dry february', any ideas??
So with Roast Pork and all the trimmings on the cards for the Sunday roast, some decisions needed to be made. I was recently given a bottle of Pesquera Crianza 2010 (www.pesquerafernandez.com) and have been waiting for the right moment to pop the cork, after a chat with a friend (@wood_and_wine) it was decided that maybe a Muga Seleccion Especial 2009 (www.bodegasmuga.com) would be more suitable, a bit softer, slightly more acidity to cope with the fat of the pig and more aromatic. It was epic to say the least! Little did I realise that there was a ginger and lemon cheesecake hiding in the kitchen, so I had to think fast and put a Jackson Estate Botrytis Riesling (jacksonestate.co.nz) in the freezer for rapid chilling. It turned out to be the best idea I had that day, stunning wine and a stunning food match!
Monday was a bit different in that dinner was corned beef hash and the wine I had in mind was as far away a match for that as you can get. So dinner was inhaled and a bottle of Vina Tondonia Reserva 1994 from Lopez de Heredia (www.lopezdeheredia.com) was opened as a digestif! Having drunk this wine before I knew it was a beauty but I was surprised at how youthful this bottle was compared to the last. A bright red core with a touch of brick at the rim and bags of sour cherry and redcurrant. Notes of sun warmed leather and tangerine zest also jumped out at me and with a elegant silky mouth feel and finish for days. It is amazing to think that it was already 19 years old and easily had that amount of life left.
All in all it was a fine weekend, there really are not enough superlatives to describe how good the Tondonia was!
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 17/02/14
Monday! It's Monday!
And what better way to spend this gloomy, wet Monday than to have a guess at our wine of the week?
Without further ado;
1) The title deed for this estate dates back to 1685, and the first official owner was a Frenchman called Huguenot Jean le Long.
2) The estate is situated in the Cape Floral Kingdom which boasts one of the most diverse and fascinating ecosystems on Earth.
3) This wine boasts a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey.
4) During fermentation, this wine undergoes a process called 'battonage'. This is a weekly stirring of the lees, and results in a wine of greater depth and texture.
5) This wine is actually named after the estate's water spring.
Don't forget to head back on Wednesday to find out if you're correct!
Wither Hills SauvignonDate published: 13/02/14
A lot of long-time-lovers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc should remember Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc as an old favourite, which was sadly taken off our listings over a year ago. Luckily, we have secured a parcel of the 2012 vintage, so get it while stocks last! The 2012 vintage gives strong herbaceous flavours and lots of gooseberry, creating a very a-typical New Zealand style. It's also part of our February Pick 'n' Mix so buy two and save 33% - just £6.66 a bottle. Don't miss out! We've got it open to try this weekend so make sure to Come and Explore.
Ordering wine in a restaurant..Date published: 12/02/14
So this Saturday night I will be taking my wife out for dinner, I can't tell you where because she will read this and it's a surprise!
I love eating out but at times find it quite difficult. Working in the wine trade, when deciding on where I want to eat I always read the wine list before the menu looking for producers I recognize then working out the mark up. I understand the need for mark up but this can sometimes be completely unrealistic and quite often will make or break my decision to eat there regardless of the menu. On the flip side of that, working in the wine trade means that I sometimes know that a certain commercial line is in fact a well known product that has been re-branded for the on-trade and can be a real bargain.
Personally I think that corkage isn't advertised widely enough and could be a real money spinner for eateries, for me I would rather take a £20 bottle of wine to a restaurant and pay £10-15 corkage knowing that I probably would have paid more than that for an inferior wine and the restaurant has made £10-15 without having to do anything or making me feel like I'm being cheated!
I hope I haven't come across like i'm having a rant, but with Valentines day looming I thought I would share my thoughts with you and give you something to think about when you fork out £18.95 for something that probably cost the restaurant £4.20!
Wine of the week - Finca Las Moras TannatDate published: 12/02/14
Did you guess correctly? Award yourself 17 points if you did, it was tricky this week.
We have just come off the back of our wines from Argentina tasting weekend (www.winesofargentina.org) so decided that wine of the week should be from the 5th largest producer of wine in the world. Argentina!
Tannat is considered to be the national grape variety of Uruguay and is grown in a few South American countries where it tends to be used as a blending grape. It has high tannin levels and can be quite astringent so needs to be tamed, usually by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. In Argentina it has found a natural home and is used to make wine in an up-front and fruit driven style.
This bottle from www.fincalasmoras.com is a full-bodied red wine with enticing notes of chocolate, mint and blackberries which are complimented by sweet spice from the oak (#nowoodnogood) and is best served with lumps of red meat, like most Argentinian wine!
Price wise it sits at £9.99 unless you buy two or more when you save £4 and get them for £7.99 each!
Open to taste NOW!!
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 10/02/14
It's Monday again, which means it's time for a little bit of fun!
Our new wine of the week is from one of my favourite wine producing regions, and I'm excited that soon it shall be available for everybody to taste!
Without further ado;
1) This wine comes from the fifth largest wine producing country in the world.
2) The grape variety used to produce this wine is rarely seen outside of France, or as a single varietal.
3) The name of this vineyard comes from the mulberry trees present in their estates, which are located in the three main valleys of it's province.
4) This wonderful wine is aged in oak for 16 months, 'to tame it's character'.
5) A good accompaniment to hearty steaks
Don't forget to head back on Wednesday to see if your guess was correct!
Welcome to ArgentinaDate published: 09/02/14
With our Argentinian tasting week in full swing, I thought now would be a good time to reacquaint myself with one of my favourite wine making regions! It has so much more to offer than the Malbec it is famed for.
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world. Because of its proximity to the equator, many of the vineyards are actually situated 600 meters or more above sea level. This allows for suitably cool growing sites, and is the case of the Malbec grape gives regional differences in the wines produced; grapes grown at lower altitudes display fuller-bodied tendencies, with black fruit flavours, whilst those grown at higher altitudes are more elegant, with fresher, floral aromas.
There are three particular specialty grape varieties grown in Argentina. The best known one is Malbec. Once known for producing full-bodied, spicy wines with ripe black fruits, Malbecs are also beginning to be known for the elegance that can be expressed. It is the single most widely grown grape throughout all the provinces, and was initially used as a blending grape with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Whilst it is mostly used as a single varietal nowadays, some premium blends still rely on it.
The second most widely grown variety is Bonarda. It has yet to reach it's full potential in the world wine market, but recent improvements have been made to create a new focus for this grape; it is viewed by it's growers as another unique selling point for the diversity that Argentina brings to it's wines... Watch this space!
The third variety is the Torrontes grape. The origins of Torrontes is still a mystery; was it bought over, or is it a cross of two other grapes? nobody knows! Torrontes used to be bitter, lacking in acidity and course. However with recent investments and more modern techniques, Torrontes has become Argentina's signature white grape variety. The wines it produces are intensely fruity, with floral perfumes, medium body and firm acidity.
Other varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier, with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot also thriving.
Why not make your way in to store to try some of my favourite Argentinian wines, have a chat and to quiz me on my new found knowledge?
Pipers Unsalted CrispsDate published: 08/02/14
So Heather and I have been having a little bit of a debate; Unsalted crisps.
Personally, I don't really understand them. I'm a lover of punchy sea salt and cider vinegar flavoured crisps that make my taste-buds tingle for hours after I've eaten them!! Heather has made a couple of excellent points in their favour though;
1) Their ingredients list;
For Pipers Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt crisps, the ingredients list totals a whopping 14 (All wonderfully tasty and organic!)
For Pipers unsalted, the ingredients list totals 2. Potatoes and sunflower.
2) Their use with other foodstuffs;
They are the ultimate dipping companion! They can be used with salsa, they can be crushed over salads for some added crunch, they can be dipped in Camembert, spread with cheese, tapenade, hummus... The possibilities are endless!
They are particularly nice because they don't impart any extra flavours; everything can be enjoyed as it was meant to be!
Upon cheekily asking for proof, boss lady sent me on a mission to find some things that we can taste test with. And luckily for all you lovely people, we're willing to share! Pop in store, and find head to our tasting counter and find amongst the wonderful wines available for you a selection of dips and spreads to tantalize your taste-buds!
We're currently selling these versatile crisps for £1.99, but we have found a few bags that are short-dated and are available for 50p each.
I may have to take some home myself.
Treat Yourself This Valentines Day!Date published: 05/02/14
Here at Majestic Evesham we strongly dislike the hype and excessive price-rises on all things vaguely romantic around this time of year! Instead, we recommend spending some time in with your loved one and treating yourself to a special hand-cooked dinner with an equally special bottle (or two). So here are our suggestions for celebrating in style:
Keep it classic and grab a bottle of something pink and fizzy:
Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose NV is currently on a fantastic deal as part of our February Pic 'n' Mix at just £29.98*! With an average retail value of £41, this is an incredible saving for a delicious rose champagne packed with delicate bubbles and enticing fruit flavours of strawberry and raspberry.
Raboso Rosado Corte Alta is a pink Prosecco style sparkling at £8.49 when you buy at least two. This is very easy drinking with a slightly off-dry palate and flavours of cherry and ripe peach.
Or take the chance to spoil yourselves with our Buy 2 save £10 Fine Wine deal! These fantastic, high quality wines are priced at a similar cost to what you would pay for a half-decent house wine in a restaurant, and you can even mix and match:
The Chocolate Block 2012, is a powerhouse red from South Africa and is indulgence at it's best. Heady aromas of leather, earth and spices mingle with blackcurrant and dark cherry, with a good tannic grip that will match perfectly with steak. £27 (or buy any two Fine Wines save £10) £22
For old-world lovers, Muga Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial 2009 is a fantastic buy for a ripe, smooth, harmonious Rioja. Flavours of dark fruits, spice and perfume make this wine a great match for all manner of casseroles and gamey dishes. £25 (or buy any two Fine Wines save £10) £20
Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 explodes all opinions of your average Italian Pinot Grigio out of the water. Velvety and full-bodied, this wine has persistent flavours of citrus, pear and stone fruits and will match beautifully to grilled seafood or creamy pasta dishes. £23 (or buy any two Fine Wines save £10) £18
For Sauvignon Blanc lovers, there's no better excuse to crack open the prestigious Cloudy Bay Sauvignon. Gooseberry galore with herbal layers and tropical fruit edges, a great aperitif or match with oysters and scallops. £27 (or buy any two Fine Wines save £10) £22.
So make sure to have an extra special Valentines this year..... by staying in!
Wine of the Week - Arrowfield Show Reserve SemillonDate published: 05/02/14
Hunter Valley Semillon 2008
The Show Reserve Semillon fruit comes from old low cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate vineyard in the Hunter Valley. The grapes were harvested in the coolness of night and gently pressed. The juice was given a long cool ferment in stainless steel tanks prior to an early bottling.
Hunter Valley Semillon is a unique and iconic style of wine, especially when it has had bottle age. These wines have now put on weight and exhibit toasty, limey notes and great length and balance.
This is a one off parcel, and a one off opportunity to buy top end iconic wines at great prices.
Buy one £9.99
or buy two save £6
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 03/02/14
Monday wine quiz time again, this week is a real corker, see if you can work it out from the clues...
1. The region this wine comes from is located to the north of a city commonly confused as this country's capital.
2. The grape is quite often used in white Bordeaux blends.
3. The winery has been one of the regions most respected producers for many years but has recently struggled financially.
4. The wine exhibits toasty, limey notes which are quite typical of this grape.
5. A great food match for this would be Dover Sole with lemon butter!
Pop in on Wednesday to tell us your answer and taste the wine!
Delivery Schedule w/c 3rd FebruaryDate published: 01/02/14
We have a full contingency next week and so deliveries are available everyday! Give us a call to secure a preferred slot!
Something for the weekendDate published: 31/01/14
It's the last day of January, hopefully you have all given up giving up drinking, so with that in mind I thought I would make you all aware of my top 3 fantastic offers that will be coming to an end at 7pm on Monday 3rd of February...
First up is the ever popular 'The Ned Sauvignon Blanc', currently at £7.99 (20% off New Zealand wines) this awesome example of NZ Sauvignon will be going up to £10.99 so with a saving of £18 a box at its current price it really is worth popping in to stock up.
Next is an old favourite, 'Marques du Riscal Rioja Reserva'. Over the Christmas period this has been selling at £9.99 (buy 2 save £10) and will be going up to its full price of £14.99, it's not difficult to see the savings to be made here for this superb Rioja.
And finally I have to tell you that after having 'Bollinger NV' at an astonishing £30 (buy 6 save £90!!) it will be going up quite significantly so make sure you get it at Christmas prices while you still can!
So, those are my top 3 deals to make sure you don't miss out on this weekend. We have all the above mentioned in stock and at their offer prices until 7pm on Monday. Please come and see us in store, or if you don't fancy braving the weather/mcdonalds traffic then place your order on-line at www.majestic.co.uk or over the phone on 01386 423824.
Wine of the WeekDate published: 29/01/14
Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2012 Chardonnay
Santa Rita is a powerhouse in Chilean wine production, with their 'Medalla Real' range focusing on producing wines of more distinction and class. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the northernmost vineyard district in Chile – the Limari Valley, where cooling sea breezes create an ideal climate for quality wine production.
Golden in colour, the nose is full of ripe fruit flavours and baked apples. Weighty on the palate, with a delicious creamy edge and notes of vanilla from regular lees stirring.
A great partner for roasted white meats such as pork belly.
Buy any two Chilean wines save 20%
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 27/01/14
Monday wine quiz time is back! Let us know what you think this week's Wine of the Week could be:
1. The winery was founded in 1880 by Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha.
2. They have a great-value basic range that focuses on lively fruit flavours, but this wine comes from their slightly more prestigious range which aims for a classic style with more secondary and savoury characters.
3. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the northernmost vineyard district in Chile.
4. The grapes are barrel fermented and undergo regular lees stirring.
5. The wine is rounded and creamy and would match well to roasted white meats such as pork belly.
Get the answer (and the wine open to taste) on Wednesday!
Delivery Schedule week commencing Monday 27th Date published: 25/01/14
Due to a high number of staff holidays throughout January and February, our van will not be available for deliveries every day. Please check our webpage to find the latest delivery updates or give us a call on 01386 423824 to find out when we're next in your area.
Deliveries to all areas: Wednesday 29th, Friday 31st
Local deliveries: Saturday 1st Feb
Wine of the Week!Date published: 22/01/14
Did you take our quiz on Monday to guess what today's Wine of the Week is? Congratulations to those who picked Côtes du Rhône Vidal-Fleury!
Vidal-Fleury own the impressive title of being the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously operating winery. Head winemaker Guy Sarton du Jonchay also has an impressive background of involvement in prestigious wineries in Bordeaux, Argentina and Australia.
The use of four different Rhône grapes is effective at producing wines at an affordable price point, with extra complexity and depth. Grenache is the main component of this wine (65%) as it is characteristically very rich and warming, however it also gives high alcohol levels and so needs to be carefully blended. Syrah (20%) gives deep colouring and peppery spice aromas. Mourvèdre is a quality grape with great potential that is being used more often in CNDP blends in recent years, and the 10% used in this wine adds great depth and body. The final 5% of Carignan lends a touch of acidity to freshen the finish.
Deep ruby in colour the nose is an enticing mix of ripe red and dark fruits with lingering black pepper and herbal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly grippy, tannins and a touch of fresh acidity on the finish that would go well with food. A herby cassoulet would be an ideal match.
Single bottle price* £9.99, or buy any two wines from Rhône save 20%
Can you tell what it is yet?Date published: 20/01/14
It's that time of the week again, Monday wine quiz time!
Maybe you're on January detox, maybe you had a heavy weekend and your brain feels like porridge, either way see if you can guess what our wine of the week is from these imaginative clues.
1. The region this wine comes from stretches 200km from Vienne in the north to Avignon in the south.
2. The winery responsible for this wine is the valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781.
3. The four grape varieties used to produce this wine are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.
4.It has a classic nose of bramble fruit and heady spice, with a palate of snappy red fruit and firm tannin.
5. If you sat down for dinner with this bottle you really need some Lyonnaise sausage or a herby cassoulet with duck confit!
So, there you have your five clues, answers on a postcard!
Tune in on Wednesday to see if you are correct.
South of France WinesDate published: 18/01/14
Just a quick little overview of the Southern French wines we still have open for all your tasting desires!
Laurent Miquel is the eighth generation winemaker in this family estate, which has been making wines in the Languedoc since 1791. This wine is made by careful blending of a number of separately-vinified cuvées, both oaked and unoaked, to balance freshness and complexity. Aromas of honeydew melon, pear and grapefruit dominate the nose, which continues on the palate in a cascade of citrus and stone fruit flavours, along with a touch of oaky creaminess.
The Gascony region is perhaps France’s best value white wine region, producing whites with refreshingly grassy and fruity aromatics, mainly from the local Colombard and Ugni Blanc grape varieties. This has a fruity nose with grassy aromas, ripe grapefruit leading on a crisp palate and a fresh finish. Definitely a great wine for those long (and long anticipated!) summer evenings.
‘La Nuit Blanche’ Roussanne
Domaine Sainte Rose
The Roussanne grapes were picked overnight as it is the coolest time of day and protects the pure fruit flavours, hence the name ‘La Nuit Blanche’. The direct translation means ‘The White Night’, but literally means ‘The Sleepless Night’. Fermentation and ageing in oak has led to a rich, full-bodied style. A striking golden yellow colour with exotic fruit aromas followed by fresh mandarin and nuts on the palate.
Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir
Originally owned by Burgundian négoçe Antonin Rodet, this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. One of the Languedoc's highest vineyards, possessing the finely-balanced climate necessary for growing Pinot Noir, and has been the recipient of many awards. A distinctive Pinot Noir nose of wild strawberries, with cinnamon and clove-like notes. The light fruit is backed up by tight and bracing tannins, leading to a long, mineral finish.
‘La Garrigue’ Syrah Grenache
Domaine Sainte Rose
The vineyards of Domaine Sainte Rose cover a total of 48 hectares, with planted vineyards amounting to 33 hectares. They spread from the clay/limestone soils found along the banks of the River Thongue up onto the gravelly soils of the plateau. Flavours of the Garrigue such as aromatic thyme with jammy, red fruit and spicy, black pepper, make this a wine of enormous character. It is warm and complex on the nose, and rich & ripe on the palate.
'Gardemiel Vineyard' Malbec
Paul Mas Estate
From a single vineyard plot located 200km from Malbec's birthplace in Cahors, this modern Malbec echoes both the Old World rusticity of Cahors, and the inky fruitiness found in the Malbecs of Argentina and the rest of the New World. This Malbec keeps its bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruit at the centre of the frame, with the edges softened by restrained use of new oak, and subtle herbaceous notes from the 10% Cab Franc.
Something for the weekendDate published: 17/01/14
It's mid January. The nights are long, cold and wet. The cat is complaining because she wants to go out but it's too windy. Some people have decided to stop drinking for a month. It's still 11 days until pay day. All of these things are quite miserable so I thought I would introduce something to bring a rosy glow to your cheeks. Cider!
This week we received a delivery of the latest Cider to be added to our product range, so let me tell you about it...
Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with no interest in selling his cider through major supermarkets. This is a Majestic exclusive line.
All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers.
Sounds good doesn't it? We have it open to taste if you like to try before you buy, and when you realise how good it is it will cost you £18 for 8 x 500ml bottles, visit www.ciderbrandy.co.uk for more information or come and see us in store.
Region in Focus - Southern FranceDate published: 16/01/14
Tomorrow sees the beginning of out South of France tasting week. I'm excited about the wines we've chosen for you all to try on our tasting counter! As a welcome into the week we have in store (puns galore, today!), here's a brief introduction to the South of France!
Southern French vineyards lie along the Mediterranean coast; the Ocean to one side, mountains to the other. They are split into three groups; to the East of Rhone is Provence, and to the West of Rhone is Roussillon and Languedoc.
The quality of wines produced in the South of France improves year upon year, giving well made value-for-money wines (and a small number of premium ones too).
Having the warm Mediterranean climate, sunshine hours are plentiful, the temperatures are warm (in excess of 30°c during the summer months), rainfall levers are low (especially during the growing season) and the winters are mild. It is the ideal location with the ideal conditions for growing grapes.
Black grape varieties that thrive here include Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. These are the most widely grown, with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault also being seen. The most widely seen white grape varieties are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, with Viognier, Muscat and Grenache Blanc also enjoying the climate. Pockets of Mauzac, Picpoul, Maccabeu, Rolle and Clairette are steadily grown too.
Be sure to pop back tomorrow to see which wines we have available for tasting!
Van RepairsDate published: 14/01/14
Our Van is going into the garage for a little TLC next week, and as such our delivery schedule will be very limited. Please get in touch as soon as possible to arrange a suitable delivery time if you need an order between Monday 20th - Friday 24th. Thanks!
Wine of the Week - Bellingham Mocha Java MerlotDate published: 11/01/14
Mocha Java Merlot
From the same winemaker as the fantastic Bellingham 'Bernard Series', Niël Groenewald's Mocha Java Merlot is a fun take on the aromas of chocolate & coffee bean that can be present in red wine
Bright ruby in colour, the nose is packed with a mocha-like blend of coffee and cocoa. Light on the palate, with juicy flavours of dark cherry and a refreshing finish.
Will go well with a variety of barbecued red meat.
£8.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save £3*
Only £7.49 a Bottle!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc; quick, quick!!Date published: 05/01/14
Just a little reminder for everybody who loves the Ned as much as we do; It's only £6.99* for a few more hours!
At 7pm tomorrow, it will revert back to it's previous price of £7.99.
Buy 7 today for the price of 6 tomorrow!
Quickly now, come down and see me or phone me on 01386 423 824 to get yours today!
Wine of the Week - Lovely Little Italian!Date published: 05/01/14
Poggioargentiera are based in Maremma, in the southernmost part of Tuscany, where estate owner Gianpaolo Paglia was born.
Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines.
Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aromas. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing lime streak.
This gorgeous white works amazingly with pan-seared salmon or trout, with a herby fresh tomato salsa. The perfect match with anything typically Italian!
£9.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save £4
Only £7.99 a Bottle!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Majestic Bargain Hunt!Date published: 05/01/14
Happy New Year, everybody!
Here's hoping you're all partied out, and if you're anything like me that New Year's Resolution has already failed (miserably, I might add!)
It's that early part of the year where we're watching out for the pennies, and are always on the look out for great value. Luckily for you lovely people out there, we've already got a head start on that for you.
Introducing Majestic Evesham's Bargain Hunt; but hurry, stocks are depleting rather quickly!
Buy any 2 wines from our selection and save 33.3%*!!
The wines that have gotten ready and are waiting for you to take them home are;
La Plata Sauvignon Blanc - £4.66
Castabel Vinho Tinto, Lisboa - £5.33
Valdiveiso Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc - £5.33
Danie de Wet Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson - £6.00
Argento Chardonnay - £6.00
Cotes du Rhone 'Font de Blanche', Clos de Mont-Olivet - £6.33
Macon-Villages Domaines des Terres Gentilles - £6.66
Mandrielle Sangiovese, Banfi - £6.66
Finca Alcayata Pinot Grigio - £6.66
Macon-Cruzille 'Le Chanay', Cave de Lugny - £7.33
Don Tiburcio Benegas Malbec Blend - £7.99
Umbral de Los Tiempos Malbec, Familia Alonso - £8.66
The Shortlist Chandonnay, McGuigan - £9.99
Rioja Crianza Magnum, Marques de Caceres - £16.66
And there we have it; all helpfully placed in promo price order!
Be sure to pop in soon (or call us on 01386 423 824) to grab a bargain.
*Don't forget, our minimum purchase is 6 bottles, any mix.
Wine of the Week - A Party Drink!Date published: 29/12/13
2012 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza
Decanter are loving our wines almost as much as we are! Our Portillo Malbec recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy, and we absolutely agree.
Malbec is best know as being from Argentina (although good examples are also seen from the South of France) and is well known for being big and full bodied... This is no exception!
Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level.
This great example Malbec has an intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. It is round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins and a generous finish.
This Malbec works particularity well with lightly spiced beef, or a lamb and date tagine.
£9.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save £6
Only £6.99 a Bottle!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13
Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:
- Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
- Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
- Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
- Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
- Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
- Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
- Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
- Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
- Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
- Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED
Normal opening hours resume from Thursday 2 January onwards.
Heather's Christmas ListDate published: 21/12/13
I've always imagined that wine-shop Managers are the kind of people that lounge around all Christmas supping exquisite wines of all varieties, and was greatly anticipating the rack of wines I would effortlessly amalgamate in time for the holidays. However, my first Christmas as Manager is proving that sadly not a lot has changed; I'm still saving for my wedding, my fiancé's favourite wine so far has been an oxidized Chenin Blanc, and the rest of my family can barely taste the alcohol they're pouring down their throats! Needless to say, value-for-money is key to my Christmas wine list!
My Polish family tradition is to have the big family gathering on Christmas Eve, so as we close shop at 5pm, getting home will be a rushed affair. With a (rather non-traditional) variety of meats, veg and accompaniments on offer, I've opted to take a bottle of the versatile DB Reserve Pinot Noir (£7.99*). This Pinot is light enough for white meats, but will also hold its balance and flavour against red, and so makes a great choice for a wide variety of food. A little more jammy and rounded than your average Pinot due to the Aussie climate. For a white option, I'm taking Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc (£13.99*) to try and keep everybody happy. The classic Sauvignon flavours of ripe gooseberry and citrus will keep the relatives content, while the added dimension of vanilla and floral characters will also keep my interest! Sauvignon is a classic choice to any food your having difficulty matching, as the high acidity will cleanse the palate between mouthfuls.
Christmas day has to be started with some fizz, so I've chosen one for the family breakfast, and then a little treat for myself later in the day! To start I'm going with Lindauer Rose NV (£9.33*). Early morning alcohol can be a little harsh, and so the ripe fruity flavours of a rose should go down slightly easier than a dry Brut sparkling! For later on I've picked the fantastic Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008 Vintage (£17.99*) - a brilliant alternative to Champagne, as it's made in the same method and with the same grapes, and it's a firm favourite of mine. It has a lovely creamy richness from the ageing process, with flavours of brioche and baked apples.
For the big Christmas dinner, I've gone with full-flavoured wines to keep my palate-challenged fiancé happy. The white option is Mount Difficulty Pinot Gris (£15.99*) with pungent flavours of rich peach and pear, and the red is the Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache (£10.99*) which is full of dark spicy fruits and a very smooth texture which I always look for in red wines.
My dream Christmas list of wines is a different story – perhaps a few more years of family education will let it happen...
Dear Santa... For the (almost) In-Laws!Date published: 20/12/13
For with my Other Half and his family; Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 Magnum.
My other half has a lot of wine drinkers in his family. I mean, I come from a large family, but mine all like different things; white, rose, bubbles, beers. His are all about Rioja. The Ardanza Rioja Reserva is, in my humble opinion, the Christmas wine that will knock their (newly received) socks off. With a nose of cranberry, vanilla and strawberry jam with leathery undertones, and a complex and intense pallet to match, this has got to be one of my favourite wines of the season! And with a magnum, there should be just enough to go around! £37
So there we have it! A modest list which I hope my family will read (and, of course, that they'll take the hint!)
Dear Santa... Something to share with my sister.Date published: 19/12/13
For sharing with my sister; Miller's Gin (and Fevertree Tonics)
(Although that all depends on just how well she behaves!) Martin Miller wants to show people just how wonderful gin can be. I think he may have managed it! Smooth and delicate, with long lasting citrus notes that are neither too bitter nor sweet, coupled with Juniper notes punching through whilst not overpowering, climaxing in a soft, clean finish. Whilst it is amazing on it's own, coupled with Fevertree's crisp tonic, this makes the perfect Christmas long drink for a girly chat with the younger sister. £25 (and £2.59 for the tonics!)
Twas the night before ChristmasDate published: 18/12/13
Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the shop,
Not a creature was drinking, not even a drop,
The sherry was left by chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While parents had dreams about big juicy reds.
Luke's Christmas WineDate published: 18/12/13
So having spent nearly the last two months trying to decide what wine to drink this Christmas, I think I have finally decided! Here is a run down of what I have chosen and why I have chosen it...
Chapel Down Brut - I think I have earmarked this for Christmas day breakfast which I hope will be the traditional Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 - This cork will probably get popped just before lunch as a little pick me up, although there is a chance that this and the Chapel Down could switch places on the day!
Laurent-Perrier 2002 - One for Boxing Day, I see this as the perfect way to soothe the after effects of the previous days frivolities. As I have a Pheasant Pie to cook, soothing will be needed.
Turkey Flat Butcher's Block, Marsanne-Viogner-Roussanne 2012 - This I got because it's a bit different and I like it, simple as that! I think it'll be a good aperitif and cope with a bit of Turkey if needs be.
Martin Codax, Albarino 2012 - I love Spain, I love Albarino, I love Martin Codax, I love Prawn Cocktail.
Septimo Dia Chardonnay 2012 - One of my all time favourite Chardonnays, great integration of oak and balanced beautifully with the tropical fruit. My Turkey white.
Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008, Magnum - It's Christmas so Rioja must be served, magnums are great for an occasion and Riscal make a good Reserva suitable for most meats.
Nicolas Potel, Cote de Nuits Villages, 2011 - Another festive favourite is red burgundy and this example is velvety smooth with subtle fruit and a wonderful smokey savoury edge.
Montes Alpha Merlot - As the father in law isn't the biggest Rioja fan, and likes a Merlot, this fine Chilean bottle will hopefully keep him happy. Hampers full of fruit with an almost chocolaty side to it.
La Rioja Alta, Vina Ardanza 2004 - One of the greatest wines, originally it was not on my list of festive treats but having sold a lot to our customers this year I feel like I am missing out!
Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007 - Very complex, honey, nougat, blossom, peach moving in to figs and apricots. Reccomended with creme brulee but that's not very Christmassy so mince pies!
Jackson Estate Botrytis Reisling - An indulgent end to an indulgent lunch, loads of honey and marmalade all washed down with invigorating acidity, should be good with some Christmas cake.
Well that is it, possibly, who knows what else might make an appearance! All are available at Majestic and if you feel like sharing your Christmas booze pop a comment in the box below or tweet us @majesticeve
Dear Santa... Something to share with the beer drinkers!Date published: 18/12/13
For those who like their beers; Hook Norton's Lion.
My father and granddad are big beer drinkers. I was practically raised on a steady diet of real ales. I think it's about time I introduced them to something! A delicate ale full of fruit, this is definitely an ale which can be enjoyed by the ladies. Fresh off the production line and lighter than Hoooky's other ales, but definitely one to be watched. £24* (*when you buy 2 cases of bottled ales)
Dear Santa... Something to share with my GrandmaDate published: 17/12/13
Pedro Ximenez Triana, Hidalgo.
I am very new to the sherry game. I am also new to the mince pie game! My grandma loves both of these things, and as I was taught only today, both of these things work very well together! The sweetness and the toffee, raisin and fig flavours of the sherry work incredibly well with the sweet cinnamon fruits found in mince pies. Consider me converted! £12.99
Dear Santa...Date published: 16/12/13
As the designated driver this Christmas (I know, sad, isn't it?!) I've decided that I should compile a list of all the things I would like you to bring for me to share with my family once all the driving is done.
To toast a “Christmas Well Done” with the whole family; Nyetimber Classic Cuvee.
This is by far my favourite sparkling wine to date. It has the classic elegance of Champagne, the Champagne-like nose of citrus and brioche, and bubbles to rival even the greatest. And it's home grown and produced in West Sussex! £35.99 single bottle price, or buy any 2 sparkling wines save 33% = £23.98
Stay tuned to hear what else is on my list!
Delivery Schedule w/c 16th DecemberDate published: 13/12/13
Monday 16th - WR11, WR12 Broadway, Badsey
Tuesday 17th - WR10 Pershore, Fladbury, Lenches
Wednesday 18th - GL55 Chipping Campden, Honeybourne, Mickleton
Thursday 19th - Tewkesbury, Dumbleton, Astons
Friday 20th WR10 B49 Pershore, Alcester
Christmas Deliveries Date published: 13/12/13
As we get closer to the big day our delivery schedules are filling up fast. We are still able to offer pre-Christmas guarantees, so please check our store webpage for delivery timings and route schedules to see when we're next in your area. A few things that will help us operate efficiently and make sure we get your wine to you as quickly as possible include:
* Flexible delivery times - Timing deliveries can be a tricky business; maximum flexibility means that we can squeeze in as many deliveries as possible to help make everybody's Christmas. We are used to letting ourselves into gardens and crawling into wendy-houses, so to save you waiting around for us to arrive please let us know if there's a safe place we can leave your wines!
* Unavailable products - With the amount of stock leaving our store on a day to day basis, wines shown as available online may have run out in store. We love making recommendations, and so if a wine isn't in stock, we'd love to give you something of a similar or better style and quality.
* Inclement weather - So far so good! But if it does start to turn frosty and white, our van really struggles. Get your orders in as early as possible to avoid disappointment!
* Directions - Our Sat Nav will get us pretty close, but if there's something distinctive or unusual about where your house is located, please let us know. This is particularly useful with late afternoon/evening deliveries!
We're aiming to keep deliveries going until as close to Christmas as possible, so when everybody else starts declaring that pre-Christmas deliveries are over, please make sure to check our webpage or give us a call and we'll do our best to help!
Wine of the week - La Rioja Alta, Vina Ardanza 2004Date published: 11/12/13
La Rioja Alta SA, Vina Ardanza 2004
Tempranillo – Garnacha
One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is one of the most sought-after bodegas.
Comlex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.
Enjoy over the next decade or this year with your Christmas lunch or Boxing day pie!
BUY 2 SAVE £10 - £18.50
Also available in Magnum for just £37!!
It's Chriiiiiiistmas!Date published: 11/12/13
Sorry, my Roy Wood impression never gets any better!
So I hear a particular time of year is coming up? Personally I never would have guessed, it's not like shops have been selling Christmas-sy type things since early October or anything...
As much as we love Christmas here at Majestic Evesham, we believe in enjoying it in modesty (as we do many things!)
Which is why Saturdays are the only day we play Christmas music.
Which is why we're not wearing Santa hats.
Which is why our decorating is simple. A bit of tinsel, some shiny beads, and, of course, the Christmas Tree of Ned.
Pop in store for that safe haven away from the Christmas rush!* We posted our Christmas opening hours yesterday so come and see us!
Lots of love,
*I definitely feel the need to point out that we're all rather excited for Christmas, and when the tunes are on, we do tend to sing along!
Wine of the week - The Christmas collection - Chateau Coufran 2004Date published: 07/12/13
Chateau Coufran 2004, Haut-Medoc
Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Drinking beautifully now, at it's best with cheese so maybe one for after lunch!
BUY 2 SAVE £10 - £14.99
Dessert Wine Season Has Begun!Date published: 06/12/13
The nights are getting colder (alongside all other extremes of weather) - so Team Evesham feel there's no better time of year to get yourselves acquainted with the deliciousness that is dessert wine. From now on whenever you visit us in-store there will be a bottle of dessert wine on our Tasting Counter to tickle your tastebuds for the festive season, as nothing quite says 'Happy Christmas' as a glass of deliciously honeyed wine.
We are starting this week with the fantastic Ned Noble - a brilliant introduction to dessert wine for first timers. The Ned Noble is made from pure Sauvignon Blanc, which is becoming an increasingly popular dessert wine grape option. Golden in colour with an almost orange tinge, the nose is full of sweet fruits such as apricot and honey and lemon. The palate is moreishly sweet, but not overpoweringly so, as the fresh acidity cleanses the palate between sips. Single bottle price £12.49 or buy any two New Zealand wines and save 20% = £9.99
Christmas & New Year Opening HoursDate published: 05/12/13
Monday 9th - Friday 13th December 9am-8pm
Saturday 14th December 9am-7pm
Sunday 15th December 10am-5pm
Monday 16th - Saturday 21st December 9am-8pm
Sunday 22nd 10am-5pm
Monday 23rd 9am-8pm
Tuesday 24th 9am-5pm
Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th Closed
Friday 27th 10am-8pm
Saturday 28th 9am-7pm
Sunday 29th 10am-5pm
Monday 30th 10am-7pm
Tuesday 31st 10am-5pm
Wednesday 1st January Closed
Thursday 2nd - Normal hours resume
Wines of the week - The Christmas Collection - Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008Date published: 04/12/13
Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008, Rioja, Spain
Tempranillo – Graciano - Mazuelo
Vinos de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal has been a pioneering winery in Rioja since 1858 when it was founded. It was the first winery in Rioja to make barrel-aged wines and since then Marques de Riscal has always combined innovation and tradition in all areas of winemaking.
The grapes are hand-picked from 15 year old vines and later aged for 26 months in American-Oak barrels.
Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, and warming sweet spice on the finish.
This wine is a great match for grilled and roasted red or white meats with mild sauces, it's fair to say this will match with anything you put on the christmas day dinner table
BUY 2 SAVE £10 - £9.99
The tasting counter...Date published: 30/11/13
On the tasting counter we have a plethora wine open for you all to try. What with it being December tomorrow, and having had our winter tasting on Thursday and the end of the Rhone & Burgundy week we seem to have lots of treats to taste. I have taken a picture of it as it looks good at the moment with Heather's flowers taking centre stage!
Come and see us to try some delightful wine, there is even some Gin and Fever Tree Tonic in case it's too early for vino!
200th Store!Date published: 22/11/13
Together, we are Majestic!
Majestic have opened their 200th store today, and we are all celebrating the success.
Here's a quick picture of us celebrating today; Manager Heather, Trainee Manager Sam, and Assistant Luke who is in the dog house!
A special thanks must be said to the lovely Barney for stepping into Luke's shoes at the last minute. #explore200
Muga dinner 2013Date published: 21/11/13
Last night (18th November) saw the return of the annual Majestic staff dinner hosted by Muga, this year the event was held in a lovely little restaurant called 'About Thyme', and Manu Muga himself was a wonderful host.
Bodegas Muga is located in the historical Barrio de La Estación (railway station district) in Haro. The facilities (270,000 square foot) are two centuries old, built mainly of stone and oak. In fact, oak is paramount in the winery. There are 200 oak deposits as well as 14,000 barrels, made out of different types of oak ranging from French oak (Allier, Tronçais or Jupilles), American, Hungarian, Russian and even the small consignment of Spanish oak. Bodegas Muga vineyards are located on the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the area called Rioja Alta. The site climate is exceptional due to, on the one hand, the singular geography and orientation of the vines and on the other hand, the surrounding Mediterranian, Atlantic and Continental climates are combined harmoniously thus creating a suitable climatic site for growing grape.
The dinner makes a lot of sense for both Majestic staff and Muga themselves, for us it is a chance to try current releases from the range we stock giving us valuable tasting notes to then pass on to our customers, like wise for Muga it makes sense for the same reason. The wines of Muga are some of the greatest of the Rioja region and this dinner is a fantastic opportunity to taste them at their best, alongside the food that makes them sing the loudest. And on that note, here is the menu from the evening with the wines we tasted..
***2010 Conde de Haro Sparkling***
Jamon Iberico de Bellota
***2012 Muga Blanco, Barrel Fermented***
King Scallops, Cauliflower puree, Lemon & Fine Herbs
***2009 Muga Reserva***
***2009 Muga Seleccion Especial***
Rack of Lamb, Judion Beans, Green Asparagus & Thyme Roasted Potatoes
***2005 Prado Enea***
***2005 Torre Muga***
Cheese Board - Picos, Mahon, Manchego & Brie
Spanish Almond Tart, Vanilla Pod Ice Cream
Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/11/13
Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Nicolas Potel 2012
Maison Nicolas Potel is a respected name in Burgundy, with the Potel family having previously owned the prestigious Domaine de la Pousse d'Or in Volnay. The grapes of this wine are sourced from across the Burgundy region, primarily from old Cote d'Or vines.
This beautiful wine has a restrained nose of berry fruit (principally strawberry and blackcurrant), which is followed by a soft-edged palate with smooth, supple tannins.
This wine is at it's best when paired with tangy cheeses, cold cuts, pasta dishes, and of course, Beef Bourgogne!
£12.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save £8
Only £8.99 a Bottle!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Wine of the Week; A Guessing Game!Date published: 19/11/13
Wine of the Week; Can you guess what it is yet?
Unfortunately my terrible title is not a clue as to the home of this particular wine... Sorry!
Wednesday is going to be our Wine of the Week day, and for a bit of fun we thought we would whet your appetite and give you some clues as to which wine we shall be opening for all to taste later this week!
Without further ado; our wine of the week 'guessing game'
1) This particular wine is from (arguably!) the greatest still wine producing region France has to offer. (It is often debated!)
2) The producer of this wine is one of the best respected names in it's region (I'll give you a clue; it's from Burgundy!)
3) The grape variety used exclusively in this wine is notorious for being difficult to cultivate.
4) And finally, this wine shares it's name with a beloved French dish. The main ingredients are beef, wine, and vegetables...
Pop back on Wednesday to see if your guess was correct!
Wine of the weekDate published: 13/11/13
Croix Saint Adel Blanc 2012 PGI Coteaux du Libron
STORY - This wine comes from a winemaking collective in Cers-Portiragnes, a locale between Béziers and the Mediterranean coast. The wines here are typified by bold varietal characters, and are often created by blending unusual combinations of grapes.
TASTE - A fruit-filled and eminently gluggable white wine, offering a lively mixture of white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavours with a soft and friendly acidity.
FOOD - A great partner for gammon steaks or roast ham.
BUY 2 SAVE £4
A very Californian ChristmasDate published: 09/11/13
This weekend is our wines of California tasting weekend. With the 'C' word looming it is a great opportunity to try some new world wines that are perfect for that big juicy roasted bird, whether it be a rich, buttery Chardonnay, a smooth, spicy Pinot Noir or perhaps a big, fruity Cabernet Sauvignon for those of you having a lump of Beef.
The stars of the show this weekend have to be the Au Bon Climat 'Isabelle' Pinot Noir 2010 and the Saintsbury 'Carneros' Chardonnay 2010.
Au Bon Climat is based in Santa Maria, California and was founded in 1982, the primary source for their grapes is the Bien Nacido Vineyards, in northern Santa Barbara County. The 'Isabelle' Pinot has become a bit of a cult wine since it's inaugural vintage in 1994 and was made in honour of the birth of Jim Clendenen's daughter, Isabelle. It is a blend of the best barrels from the best vineyards which are selected by Jim himself. It is an extremely complex wine with bags of fruit, heaps of baking spice and a somewhat earthy edge with fantastic length. A real treat at Christmas for £36.00 a bottle.
Saintsbury has made this classic Burgundian style Chardonnay since 1981. Pinot Noir seems to get all the limelight these days as Chardonnay gets frowned upon, possibly to do with the many differing styles of wine made from this fabulous grape. This Chardonnay is barrel-fermented which adds complexity and helps to integrate the oak character, it also completes malo-lactic and is aged on the lees which enhances texture and mouth feel. All grapes are grown in Carneros, which is believed to be as good a spot to grow Chardonnay as anywhere else, resulting in a wine with good acidity, ripe pear and citrus fruit and a long finish. On our Pick 'n' Mix selection at £13.32 when you buy two or more.
We have many more fabulous wines for Christmas so please pop in and talk to the team about all your festive needs.
Come and explore our new Sherry rangeDate published: 27/10/13
Over the weekend we have opened up our new 'Pedro' range of sherries.
To view the range go to http://www.majestic.co.uk/search?SynchronizerToken=3cc4a5dadfde28c46eca89c085df5fe9bfa9525c70360344e973e64117a4a402_W5nE1rGCprZP2cPQh12bNA%3D%3D&SearchTerm=pedro&ViewType=1
This weeks fine wine... AmaroneDate published: 25/10/13
Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Cantina Negrar
Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties,
Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around
one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the
sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.
Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a
group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes.
The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.
Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a
powerful fruit driven finish.
Best served with slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese.
Down from £23 to £18 if bought with another of our fine wines at house prices.
New short term deals; better snap them up quick!Date published: 19/10/13
As we head into the second half of October (I know! Where on Earth has the time gone?) we have a whole new range of favourites on even better deals; but be warned! These prices must end the 28th October.
Firstly, our Côtes du Rhône Chapoutier (usually £9.99) is now buy 2 save £4, making it £7.99 a bottle*. 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.
For those of us who enjoy something a little different, the Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde is well worth a taste! With complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers, this is a stimulating wine, with good acidity and is very well balanced; hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish. Buy 2 save £3, making this beautiful Portuguese white £5.99 per bottle*!
Our next improved deal includes 4 wines from the same winery; our Wakefield Estate range. The Wakefield Estate Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay are on a mix-and-match type deal. Buy any 2 Wakefield Wines and save £6. This brings each of them down to £8.99*.
Everybody enjoys fizz on occasion, and with Prosecco Zonin on an amazing buy 2 save £10 (Yes, a tenner!!) this wonderfully versatile sparkling wine is well worth a look at.
And for the Champagne lovers amongst us we have De Telmont Grande Réserve Brut to add to list; buy 2 bottles save 40%, bringing it down from £25 to a wonderfully palatable £15 per bottle*.
Phew. Better head in and stock up quickly because they're selling fast!!
*When you buy two as part of a mixed case of 6.
Autumn magic of Fine WineDate published: 18/10/13
It's that time of the week again; Fine Wine Friday! In keeping with previous weeks, today we popped open another of our "Fine Wine at House Prices" wines; the Château Senejac 2010 Cru Bourgeois.
Wines from the Médoc (on the left bank of the Gironde estuary) are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines of this area perfume and structure. Château Senejac dates back to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.
The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit, good balance and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing. This particular wine has a nose of perfumed black currant, blueberry and plum skin, with hints of cigar box, graphite and mocha. It is medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish. This wine offers a sense of both pedigree and opulence.
Absolutely delicious paired with roast lamb, rosemary and mint sauce.
Down from £23 to £18 if bought with another of our fine wines at house prices - absolutely beautiful!
Autumn Magic of Fine Wine - An Aussie Red!Date published: 11/10/13
Today we've opened what is arguably our most well-received bottle of the entire Autumn!
It was, of course, the Two Hands, McLaren Vale 'Angel's Share' Shiraz.
Two Hands was established in 1999 with a view of showcasing the best Shiraz Australia (and in particular, Barossa) could offer. Producing it's first vintage in 2000, the winery has since built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz which show off regional characteristics.
The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, Southern Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. 'Angel's Share' relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation.
This particular Shiraz gives peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.
Best drank with food, a juicy steak is the obvious first choice, although it would be a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce.
Down from £23 to £18 if bought with another of our fine wines at house prices.
Whats not to like? Might have to take a bottle or two home myself!
A Little something special.Date published: 08/10/13
With the Christmas not that far away, we were really keen to get ahead of the game and try something to match with that wonderful Christmas turkey. So we have opened Louis Latour's Gevrey- Chambertin 2007.
Situated about 15 Km South of Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the finest viticultural villages of the Côte de Nuits. Its slopes of sparse, pebbly, limestone-rich soils are known for producing Pinot Noir with great body and power. In 1847 Gevrey-Chambertin was the first village of the Côte d'Or to join the village name with that of one of its Grand Crus - hence ‘Gevrey-en-Montagne' became ‘Gevrey-Chambertin. A Côte de Nuits classic.
This wine has a dark ruby colour, with aromas of black fruits, liquorice and a light peppery feel, and supple tannins. Great balance, slight acidity and a wonderfully long finish giving way to a leathery undertone.
Drinking wonderfully now, or with a few years of patience (depending on preference) for this wine to reach its full developed potential. Could be perfectly enjoyed with game dishes such as roasted guinea-fowl, pheasant or a Christmas turkey.
£23.00 a Bottle!*
* When bought as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Autumn magic of fine wineDate published: 05/10/13
This week we have gone all classical and we have opened the delicious Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-Bordet.
An old and respected family winery, Séguinot-Bordet are located on the right bank of the Serein. The Kimmeridgian clay soils in this area contain high levels of marine fossils, said to be responsible for the local wines' subtle iodine-like character.
Fourchaume is one of the most respected Premier Cru classified climates of Chablis located to the north of Chablis town. An intense and focused nose of stone and citrus fruits, with smoky, mineral notes and very subtle oak. Great purity on the palate, with the mineral streak adding texture and length.
An intense and focused nose of stone and citrus fruits, with smoky, mineral notes and very subtle oak. Great purity on the palate, with the
mineral streak adding texture and length.
Normally £24, buy two selected bottles of fine wine and save £10
Latest two week fizz offersDate published: 02/10/13
As promised, a follow on from yesterday and the launch of our latest two week special offers.
Today I bring you our fizz offers and these, I think, are some great wines at even better prices.
To start we have;
Prosecco Corte Alta, a fizz that is delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish. Normally £10.49 buy two bottles save 1/3 £6.99
Nicholas Feuillate NV, a Champagne that is fantastic for a Friday night in. A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Normally £25, buy two bottles save 1/3 £16.66
Lastly, but by no meas least, Louis Roederer Brut. A personal favourite of mine. From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style. Normally £42, buy two bottles save 1/3 making it a staggering £28.00
New two week offers.Date published: 01/10/13
So with a new week, OK it may be Tuesday but that's close to the beginning of our new week, we are launching some great deals for a fortnight .
In the white corner we have;
Louis Jadot Macon Roches Blanches, a wine that is made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. Single bottle price £11.99, buy two save £8 down to £7.99
Serena Pinot Grigio, ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate. Single bottle price £9.99 buy two bottles save £8 down to £5.99
Now, in the red corner we have;
Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais Villages, Packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. A bright and youthful wine with a fresh finish. Single bottle price £8.99 buy two bottles save £6 down to £5.99.
Portillo Malbec, 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. single bottle price £9.99 buy two bottles save £6 down to £6.99.
Keep your eyes peeled for more news about our fizz offers tomorrow.
Spotlight tasting this SaturdayDate published: 25/09/13
If you are a lover of Syrah, Shiraz or would like to give them a whirl, then this Saturday is perfect for you. We are having a spotlight tasting focusing on different styles of Shiraz and Syrah from across the world, and the aim is to try 6 different wines in half an hour.
We are having two sessions, one at 12pm and the other is at 3pm. These tastings can be very well attended so we are encouraging customers to book a place in advance. That way we can make sure we have enough glasses!
If you would like to attend, please call us on 01386 423 824 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to try todayDate published: 25/09/13
Today I have opened one of my favourite week day wines. Viña Eguía reserva.
Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.
What makes it even better is that it is on our improved offer of buy 2 Spanish wines save 25%. Down from £9.99 to £7.49
Only up until Monday 30th of September, what are you waiting for?
Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011 MartinboroughDate published: 21/09/13
Continuing our Autum exploration of fine wines, this week we have opened this Coney Pizzicato.
The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.
A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy
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, or wild mushroom risotto.
£23 Buy 2 save £10 = £18
South African wines now 25% off until Monday!Date published: 18/09/13
As you may have seen from our website, we have improved our South African for a short period. Up until Monday the 23rd of September you can now save 25% when you buy two or more South African wines as part of a mixed case.
Keep an eye for some of our favourites...
New offers coming soon...Date published: 17/09/13
As of tomorrow we will be unveiling a short term offer that has already got me excited. I can't say yet what it is, but keep your eyes on our webiste tomorrow to find out more!
Explore Sauvignon Blanc this weekendDate published: 17/09/13
Don't forget that this weekend is our spotlight tasting featuring Sauvignon Blanc from across the world.
We have two tutored sessions, one at 12pm and one at 3pm.
If you would like to come along, please call on 01386 423 824 to book a place
Autumn magic of Fine wine - Week 2!Date published: 13/09/13
As the new girl around here, I've had a limited experience with out Fine Wines!
That said, we're currently offering Fine Wines at House Prices; buy 2 selected fine wines and save £10. Needless to say, I am enjoying this offer far too much (much to the chagrin of my other half!)
To accompany this offer, we are opening a different Fine Wine every Friday, and today is the turn of the Jadot Beaune Premier Cru.
Pinot Noir is a very hard grape to grow, however the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemakers. The thin skin of great Pinot results in lighter wines than most Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, reflecting the terroir 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 centuries.
Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness.
On the nose the wine offers hints of violets, followed by savoury, fleshy redcurrant on the palate, held together with approachable tannins. Red and black cherries also dominate the palate, leading to a warm, vibrant body of sweet fruits and soft tannins. Pinot Noir is an excellent match for many foods, especially roasted game or duck!
And this beautiful wine is down from £23 to £18 if bought with another of our fine wines at house prices.
What's not to like?
For those who missed the chardonnay tutorial...Date published: 10/09/13
For those of you who missed our Chardonnay tutorial on Saturday never fear, here is a quick overview of the wines that were opened....
Comparing Australasian chardonnays:
Giesen Chardonnay 2012, Marlborough
£7.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)
This wine is ripe and richly aromatic, offering notes of stone fruits accented by brioche, toasted almond and subtle ginger and spice hints. It is fresh and fruity with a lightly creamy palate texture, perfect with poultry.
Aspen Chardonnay 2011, South Eastern Australia
£5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£6.99 single bottle price)
Pale straw yellow in colour with youthful green hues, this wine has a nose of citrus fruits and ripe apples, with underlying notes of vanilla. Crisp lemon and lime on the palate served up with a rounded and buttery feel. This is a great party wine, suitable to drink alone or with white meats and fish.
Comparing oaked and unoaked chardonnays:
Septimo Dia Chardonnay 2011, Mendoza
£7.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)
All the way from Argentina, this wine is a lightly oaked chardonnay, offering a balance between green apple and tropical fruit flavours, and delicate vanilla and toast aromatics, supported by fresh and youthful acidity. Perfect with homemade fish pie, mmmm!
Domaine Begude 'Le Bel Ange' Chardonnay 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc
£8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£9.99 single bottle price)
The nose of this delicious wine shows crisp, citrus fruit aromas that develop into more honeyed, peach and pear aromas. A fresh and clean body of acidity complements the fruit on the flavoured palate with a clean, fresh finish. With seafood and white meat dishes, this wine is a treat.
Contrasting Burgundy chardonnays:
Petit Chablis 2011, Union des Viticulteurs de Chablis
£9.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£11.99 single bottle price)
A bright, approachable chardonnay with the absense of oak, allowing the generous ripe apple and citrus fruit to shine through. Snappy acidity and a subtle mineral tinge provide a crisp finish. You would not believe it's not a Chablis! Once again, this wine is best enjoyed alongside white fish or seafood.
Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010, Chateau des Jacques, Louis Jadot
£11.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£13.99 single bottle price)
This wine is rich and complex, well rounded with ripe peach fruit and a perfectly integrated citrussy acidity leading on to a long fresh finish. Perfect alongside cured sausages and creamy cheeses.
Orchard PigDate published: 07/09/13I know that we are called 'Majestic Wine' but that doesn't mean that is all we do. We love to celebrate new products and here we have a fine example.
We have just started stocking Orchard Pig Reveller, and for a limited time the offer is £12 a case. You did read right £12 a case. As I mentioned this is a short term offer so snaffle it up while it's here.
What better way to describe it tan from the makers themselves:
"Reveller is a party for the senses - hold the glass up to the light as you pour the straw-coloured cider and listen to the bubbles gently break the surface. Then the revels really get going, with the cider’s rich, savoury aroma sparking thoughts of dishes such as baked apple and apple sauce. The taste is lighter than the aroma suggests, helped by the gentle sparkle. Reveller is light, crisp and refreshing with a tangy note of freshly squeezed lime in the finish.
A palate-cleansing counterpoint to a hearty roast pork dinner or crispy pork belly - or sup with a bag of crunchy, salty pork cracklings."
There you have it, if that does not sway you then pop in to try a sample. Just ask a member of staff.
Autumn magic of fine wine. The first installmentDate published: 06/09/13
At Majestic we love wine and we love to share it with our customers. That is why over the next few weeks you will see some truly fantastic wines feature on a tasting counter from our 'fine wines at house prices' range.
So lets begin at the beginning, today we are opening the Jermann Pinot grigio.
Pinot grigio is not world renowned for top quality wine and can be too light and too delicate. This wine is most certainly an exception, taken from the region of Friuli in the north east of Italy and produced by the well known Silvio Jermann.
The vineyard and winery are not your usual with the vineyards hosting organ pipes that when the wind blows play an eerie tune and quotes taken from Dante and Kipling in the winery.
An un-oaked wine with an intense nose of peaches and hints of spice with vibrant fruit flavours on the palate. Ideal with grilled seafood or pan fried mushrooms.
Down from £23 to £18 if bought with another of our fine wines at house prices. Whats not to like?
Chardonnay spotlight tastingDate published: 04/09/13
Don't forget that this Saturday is our spotlight tasting focussing on different Chardonnay styles from accross the world.
Call us on 01386 423 824 to book a place.
Tastings are at 12pm and 3pm.
South Africa - a beginner's guideDate published: 01/09/13
Having been with Majestic for just over a month now (and thinking I had a fair grasp on things), I have learnt that there truly is a big, wonderful world of wines out there, and really, I knew very little!
Luckily for me, I work with some wonderful people and I've definitely picked up a lot, from colleagues and customers alike.
My next mission is to learn all about South African wines. After a little research, and this really is just the tip of the iceberg, I'd like to share with you all what I've learnt!
South Africa have actually been producing wines for over 350 years now, and 90% of them come from the Western Cape.
Better known producers, such as Robertsons and Boschendal are situated in Franschhoek valley. Bordered in the North by the Langeburg Mountain Range, this beautiful area provides a wide variety of growing and soil conditions. The most commonly grown grape varieties for white wines are Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, whilst Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage are the most widely planted reds.
With the founder's Old World heritages and the current maker's New World connections, South African wines are the perfect transition for those of us who look to make the leap from Older styles to the newer.
And luckily for us all, they're the next region to be focused on! Pop in store to taste some of our favourites and check out our improved offers – 20% off South African wines when you buy two bottles.*
(*as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.)
Too late too late the cry will be...Date published: 31/08/13
With our excellent summer offers ending on Monday, do not miss out on some great buys.
Peroni 24 pack only £24
Ned Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 if you buy two or more
25% off Italian wines when you buy two or more
And there is so much more.
Offers end in store on Monday at 7pm!
Spotlight tastingsDate published: 28/08/13
You may have heard us talking in store about some new events that we will be doing in September, spotlight tastings.
Just to explain these tastings are focusing on either a grape variety or a region. We will look at different styles so you can decide which you prefer. The tastings are very relaxed and led by one of our members of staff right at our tasting counters. They are every Saturday in September and we are even doing two sessions each Saturday, 12pm and 3pm. They are half an hour sessions, we do anticipate that the tastings will be popular so we are requesting people sign up to a time slot so we can make sure we have enough glasses!
The dates and wines under the spotlight are as follows:
7th September- Chardonnay
14th September- Exploring Rioja and beyond
21st September- Sauvignon Blanc
28th September- Shiraz/ Syrah
To sign up, please call 01386 423 824 or email email@example.com
Wine of the Week (Another little Italian number!)Date published: 28/08/13
As we only have one week left on our amazing 25% off Italian wines offer, I thought I might tell you about another particular favourite of mine. As a predominant red wine drinking couple, finding a white wine that both myself and my other half enjoy is a challange! One that was made easy when I was introduced to our La Toledana Gavi.
Gavi is a small region within the Piedmont region in North-West Italy, with the vineyards closest to the village being labeled Gavi di Gavi. Gavi di Gavi is often called the 'Chablis of Italy' on account of the mineral quality of the wines.
This particular Gavi is produced using grapes harvested slightly later than usual, which lends itself to a nose of ripe peaches and honey. Pears and slight citrus fruits are perfectly balanced with a mouth-watering acidity and the steely minerality.
A lovely drinker as an apéritif, or well paired with poached white fish or a creamy chicken dish. I really enjoy it with a creamy pasta dish.
£9.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save 25%
Only £7.49 a Bottle!
* When you buy any two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Wine of the Week! Date published: 22/08/13
As a personal lover of all things Italian (Italian food, Italian wines, Italian footballers...) our current 25% off Italian wines promo is making my bank balance a whole lot lighter! With fantastic wines reduced by such a substantial amount, it makes no sense not to feature my current favorite red we have on offer; the San Leonini Chianti Classico. An absolute steal at £7.95 each when you but at least two Italian wines.
Chianti is known as one of the great native Italian red wines, and has been making a comeback in popularity since the mid 1990s. Found in the Tuscany region of west-central Italy, Chianti is based on the native Italian Sangiovese grape, although classic French varieties also grow extremely well here. This Chianti comes from perfect south-easterly facing slopes near the village of San Leonino.
Tuscany experiences long, dry summers, and the north-east Apenines and the western Tyrrhenian Sea give protection from the extremes of winter. Complex soils allow a wide variety of grapes to prosper well.
A good example of a traditional Chianti style, with a bright fruit nose of cherry and violets. A pleasantly soft mouth texture with mouth watering acidity, hints of sweet spices and a beautifully long, silky finish. Drink now or keep for 3-4 years.
Perfectly matched with most Italian foods such as pasta, pizzas and roast meats.
£10.61 each or buy any 2 Italian wines save 25%
What's in a name?Date published: 20/08/13
Being a lover of gin and tonic I am naturally drawn to its history. I was reading an article by Sam of Sipsmiths a few evenings ago and it detailed where the term fever tree came from.
Previously tonic water was infused rather heavily with quinine. Quinine is often attributed to helping keep away those annoying mosquitoes. Quinine is an extract from the bark of South American cinchona tree which is referred to as 'fever tree' among the indigenous population due to its ability to stop chills.
So I learnt something new that day and in honour, I had a Sipsmith Gin and Fever Tree tonic.
Italian wines at 25% off... whats not to like?Date published: 20/08/13
As of today, for the last two weeks of our summer promotions, we have just knocked another 5% of our Italian range! That's 25% off Italian wines.
We have a great selection to choose from and over the next two weeks we'll have some of our staff favourites open on the tasting counter. So if you like a light Pinot Grigio, Gavi or a floral Fiano, a rich Valpolicella, ripe Chianti or a spicy Salice Salentino you know where to come!
Wine of the Week...Date published: 17/08/13
Decanter are loving our wines almost as much as we are! They say our Callia Bella is a must-try red, and we absolutely agree.
Malbec is best know as being from Argentina (although good examples are also seen from the South of France) and is well known for being big and full bodied... This is no exception!
Grown in the town of San Juan, 630 meters above sea level in the Valle de Tulum surrounded by the Andes, Bodegas Callia have produced an easy drinker which is fresh and generous on the pallet, leaving soft tannins and a long, balanced finish.
This wine has rich ripe berry flavours and subtle hints of spice. Vanilla and blueberries give this wine a really easy drinking appeal.
This Malbec works particularity well with Italian style foods. Try with a Spaghetti Bolognese as opposed to a roast beef.£8.99 each or buy 2 save £6 - only £5.99 a bottle!!
Keep your eyes on our webpage...Date published: 15/08/13Over the next week or so we have got some fantastic offers emerging. So you don't miss out, keep an eye on www.majestic.co.uk for all of our latest offers.
To make sure you don't miss out on any of our best offers, why not subscribe to online mailing list? Call us in store to add your email address so you never miss a deal/
Fine wine at house wine pricesDate published: 14/08/13
I don't know about you but I can't always go out for a meal so I have taken to using my fantastic cooking skills (debatable according to my wife) to cook up a feast at home.To accompany this schmorgesborg of flavours I would like a nice wine to go alongside it. Thankfully Majestic now offer a great proposition 'buy two selected fine wine and save £8.' This is ideal as I can pick two different fine wines from a selection of different wines ranging from classics like Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Meursault to a new world Shiraz or Chardonnay. Even better is that the offer prices range from £15.99 to £26.
Question is what will cook with have alongisde your fine wine?
Two weeks already?!Date published: 13/08/13
Well now Evesham, what can I say? I've officially been here two weeks, and how they have flown!
Time spent in the van means that I've seen quite a bit of the beautiful Cotswolds and met a lot of lovely people (and some extremely cute dogs!) whom have all been very welcoming and patient with me in lieu of getting lost and phoning them begging for directions when I've actually been sitting just outside of their houses...
In store I've learn as much from Giles and Andy as I have some of our customers! I think Barney the dog was my favorite visitor of all so far... But the top spot is still open to consideration! Our tasting counter is a definite perk of the job; being able to taste the wines with other people has expanded my knowledge tenfold; whilst I may miss subtle things, someone else promises me it's there!
Never have I learned so much in such a short period of time and I am loving every minute of it. See you all soon!
Not long to go on the Giesen offer...Date published: 10/08/13The Giesen at £5.99 has to be one of our star buys at the moment and its only on this offer until Monday.
Made from 32 parcels across the Marlborough region you get a beautifully constructed wine. That typical gooseberry matches wonderfully with the fresh nettles and citrus and is only enhanced by the tropical fruit singing through.
Hurry, don't miss out on this offer. Pop in store or call 01386 423 824 to grab a bargain.
Wine press mentions.Date published: 10/08/13
Majestic always try to get in some great quality wines and at even better prices. Recently we have been fortunate to have a few wines mentioned in Decanter.
The Callia Bella Malbec from Argentina, gets a great write up being described as a "must try red". At £5.99 if you buy two or more it is great value as well and well deserving of its 19/20
Another mentioned wine is the Martin Codax Albarino. A delicious Spanish white with flavours of stone fruit and citrus that is immensley easy drinking during these warm summer days, at £6.99 if you buy two or more it's all most a must by!
Grab them while you can!
Wine of the week...Date published: 10/08/13Today I thought I would pop open one of my favourite wines at the moment, Pizarras De Otero. Not only do I love it but also the critics, recently winning a silver in Decanter and a gold in the International Wine Challenge.
This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo.A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.Partner with herbaceous lamb cutlets, or pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauces.
At £6.99 if you buy two or more this wine is a really bargain.
Vegetarian wines?Date published: 07/08/13
Every so often a customer sees on our pricing stands that it says a wine is vegetarian. The questions that sometimes follows is "well what did they put in to make not vegetarian." There are a number of answers to that questions and I suppose the best thing is to explain why first.
When making wine there is the yeast that is added to ferment the sugars found in the juice of the grapes. This leaves a sediment in the wine which can leave it cloudy. So another substances is added that helps to collect the yeast cells and sediment together, a bit like coagulation. As more yeast cells collect together it gets heavier and bigger and these clumps can be filtered off. The use of fining agents (as they are called) can also be used to help clarify the wine and sometimes remove tanins.
Now on to the agents themselves, over the years different agents have been used ranging from gelatin, egg whites, bone char to isinglass which is sturgeon bladder. By the time the agents have fulfilled their purpose and fined out there is barely if any of the agent left behind. Leaving us with a beautifully cloudless beverage.
Wine coursesDate published: 30/06/13Every 6 weeks or so we have one of our wine courses. They are an informal introudction to wine tasting with a little bit of food and wine matching. Great for people who are starting out on their wine journey why not come and explore one of our courses.
Call us in store on 01386 423 824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when our next course date is.
Wine of the week... Moncayo GarnachaDate published: 30/06/13
La Garnacha 2011, Salvaje del Moncayo
This wine is produced from one of Spain's most well known and oldest grape variates, Garnacha or Grenache as it is more commonly known in the rest of the world. The grapes are hand harvested as the vines are left to develop into wild bush vines to protect the grapes from sun damage. The Ebro Valley in Northern Spain also offers the best climate for producing excellent Garnacha based wines.
An appealing nose of red berries with a hint of liquorice and black pepper. The palate delivers flavours of red currants, black pepper and earthy characteristics, much like a red Burgundy, balanced by a medium body and medium-firm tannin.
A great match to any red meats or try with chicken and chorizo pasta.
Buy 2 bottles save £4
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel...deliciousDate published: 24/06/13
Yesterday afternoon I held a wine course and one of the wines I chose was an old staff favourite, the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel. Grown in the northern part of California's Central Valley, this is where Zifandel has really found a great home. Zinfandel hails orginally from Croatia and is in fact the same grape variety as Primitivo found in the south of Italy.The wine is bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. It is immensely drinkable on its own or accompanied by, as we found last night, mature cheeses.
At £7.99 if you buy two or more this wine is a bargain. Snap it up while you can.
Wine puns...Date published: 22/06/13
Naturally as I am progressing through my years with Majestic and, well my own years, I have slowly started to turn more in my father. I am increasingly finding really bad puns amusing. I saw this the other day which did make me chuckle...
"resigned to my fate, I bought 24 bottles of red wine. It was a case of syrah, syrah."
If you have any more, send them to us via @majesticevesham on twitter, or our facebook page
PRODUCER of the weekDate published: 21/06/13
Jim Barry was the first qualified wine maker to work in the Clare Valley.
He and his wife Nancy built up a successful wine business that has
produced award winning wines since is establishment in 1959. The company
has stayed within the family and is now run by Jim's second son Peter.
Jim first set foot on his famous Lodge Hill vineyard in 1977 and instantly
knew it would be special. This is where two of his best wines are now
made, the Lodge Hill Shiraz and the Riesling. Originally the site would
only be for Riesling but soon he discovered the promise for great quality
The aptly named 'Cover Drive' Cabernet, is grown on the old Penola
cricket ground that can be found in the Coonawara. This wine is dark
garnet red in colour with high clarity. The nose is very fragrant with
intense cassis and cedar dominating the aromas. There is some underlying
nuances of fennel and damson plums. A generous, medium bodied palate
with lovely succulent tannins which carry the flavours of blackcurrant,
sandalwood, liquorice and morello cherries.
Normally £13.74 buy 2 save 20% £10.99
The Riesling is straw coloured with green hues. Rich and lifted aromas of
citrus fruit, nectarine and kumquat. Firm, zingy natural acidity on the
palate, supporting flavours of white peach and mandarin orange.
Enjoy with seared scallops or Oysters.
Normally £12.49 buy 2 save 20% £9.99
The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet
and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty
of grip. The finish is long and rich.
Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense
fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.
Normally £13.74 buy 2 save 20% £10.99
Wine of the week...Date published: 14/06/13
This week we are going for one of my favourites, Wakefield Estate Shiraz.
The Wakefield Estate (which is also known as Taylors in Austalia) extends to just under 750 ha, with roughly 415 ha under vine. It is found in the Clare Valley in the South of Australia. The Clare Valley produces some of Australia's top Shiraz and Riesling thanks to hot summers days followed by cool nights. This allows the vine to rest overnight and make sure the fruit is not 'overcooked'.
This award winning wine shows classic aromas of stewed plum, blackberry, blackberry and violets. The palate doesn't fail to deliver offering ripe blackcurrant and vanilla.
Extremely enjoyable either on its own or with barbecued meats.
£11.99 single bottle price or buy 2 bottles save 20%
Two week special offersDate published: 25/05/13
We are running two week special offers on a number of great products, perfect for everyday drinking, or perhaps for a party or wedding. These offers will be on until Monday 3rd June so pop in-store before the deals end!Mâcon-Lugny 2011, Louis Latour: £10.99 down to £7.99 (Buy 2 bottles save £6)
Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2011, M.Chapoutier: £9.99 down to £7.99 (Buy 2 bottles save £4)
Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Georges Duboeuf: £7.49 down to £5.99 (20% off Beaujolais Wines)
Taittinger Brut Réserve NV: £40.00 down to £25.00 (CHAMPAGNE SPECIAL OFFER)
Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV, New Zealand: £11.99 down to £7.99
Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand: £14.99 down to £8.99
Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC: £9.99 down to £6.99
Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV: £9.99 down to £6.99
Trilogy Cuvée Brut NV: £14.99 down to £9.99
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough: £9.99 down to £7.99 (20% off New Zealand Wines)
Pimm’s No 1 Cup: £18.00 down to £13.00
Wine of the Week: Contesa Pecorino 2012 Colline PescaresiDate published: 23/05/13Contesa Pecorino 2012 Colline Pescaresi
Did you know that as well as being a sheep's cheese, Percorino is also a grape variety? It is a grape variety that is native to Italy, specifically in the region of Abruzzo, and is thin skinned, prompting early ripening. The bunches tend to grow in a triangle shape, similar to the shape of a sheep's head, which explains why the picture of a sheep on the label.
The wine itself spends a small amount of time in oak barrels, giving the nose a slight orange aroma, as well as plenty of citrus fruits. On the palate, the citrus fruits are accompanied by steely minerality and a slight peachy character.
The soft and clean style of this wine makes it a great choice to partner any soft cheeses or salmon fillets wrapped in filo pastry.
20% off Italian wines
Wine of the Week: Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 16/05/13
Gavi La Toledana
Gavi is a small region within the Piedmont region in North-West Italy, which as has fantastic reputation for producing excellent white wines similar in style to Chablis.
This wine is made from grapes harvested later than usual. The nose has an array of flavours, including peach, apricot and honey. The rich palate delivers flavours of peach and apricot with a slight hint of citrus fruit. These flavours are well balanced by the slight minerality and honeyed finish.
This is a great wine to go with any white fish dish. I recommend poached salmon salad.
20% off Italian wines
Wine of the Week: LaCroix 2007 Bordeaux SuperieurDate published: 02/05/13
LaCroix 2007 Bordeaux Superieur
This wine is brand new to Majestic and is a limited parcel sourced from Jonathan Maltus, an English winemaker, with many vineyards in Bordeaux. The grapes for this wine were hand picked from vineyards primarily on St-Emilion Grand Cru sites.
As this wine is from the right bank of Bordeaux, it is mainly Merlot dominated, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc added. On the nose there is plenty of black fruit, such as blackberries and blackcurrants, as well as a slight hint of cedar, gained from the 9 months the wine spends maturing in oak barrels. The juicy black fruits continue onto the palate accompanied by soft tannins and a slight peppery spice.
A great wine to go with a cheese board or with red meat dishes.
when you buy 2 or more bottles
Wine of the Week: Umbral Malbec 2010 A celebration of Malbec World DayDate published: 17/04/13
Umbral de Los Tiempos Malbec 2010 Familia Alonso Mendoza Argentina
Wednesday 17th April is Malbec World Day, a day that celebrates the day when Argentinian president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento officially made 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, which has since become Argentina's most celebrated grape variety. Traditionally a component of Bordeaux Blends this grape variety has really been made Argentina's own and the Umbral Malbec is a classic example of a great Argentinian Malbec.
Umbral's vineyards were planted in 1973 meaning that the vines are reaching a fantastic level of maturity. This results in an exceptionally high quality of fruit. The nose of this wine is soft and fruity displaying aromas of ripe cherries, bramble fruits and herbs. A subtle hint of vanilla and cinnamon spice can be detected.
On the palate this wine is big and juicy displaying ripe plums, dark cherries and bramble fruits. Delicate use of oak gives this wine a little extra depth and complexity with just a hint of vanilla spice on the lengthy finish.
Food match: This wine is an ideal match to grilled meats and would go superbly with a big juicy steak.
£12.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £6!
So only £9.99 a bottle
Producer of the Week: Marques de RiscalDate published: 11/04/13
Marques de Riscal
In 1858, Marques de Riscal was founded by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga. He brought over wine making techniques used in Bordeaux and other French regions and started implementing them in the Spanish region of Rioja. These teachniques accompanied with being the oldest winery in Rioja has allowed Riscal to develop a great reputation for high quality wines, both red and white, 2 of which are open to try here!
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva
This Reserva is Riscals iconic wine and a great example of top quality Rioja Reservas. A full-bodied style with aromas of baked cherries, raisins and cedar. The palate opens into flavours of raisins, prunes and toasty oak with a slight hint of vanilla. A great wine to partner with any red meat dishes.
Marques de Riscal Rueda Blanco
A fantansic, fruit filled wine made from the Verdejo grape in the Rueda region of Spain. An intense nose of citrus fruits and pineapple, which carry onto the palate with a crisp, refreshing finish and a slight floral hint. A great wine for an appetiser or to accompany a fresh chicken salad.
20% off all Spanish wines
Limited Parcel of Vinatge RiojaDate published: 09/04/13
Here at majestic we receive limited parcels of quality wines every now and again. This Rioja parcel has got to be one of our favourites for a while. Sourced directly from the Bujanda family, these old vintage Riojas have been cellared in perfect conditions and demonstrate how different vintages can be totally different!
1987 (4 stars): Rated as a very good vintage in Rioja. The cold winter gave way to a hot summer with rain during parts of July. Harvest started in early September but was interrupted by heavy rain. Many producers who left their grapes on the vines during the rain were rewarded with higher quality, riper grapes than those who had harvested before the rain. This Gran Reserva displays aromas of dried fruit (raisins and prunes) with a slight spicy character. On the palate the dried fruit continues, with the raisiny style accompanied by dried cherry flavours and savoury notes, with a long finish.
1990 (3 stars): A warm winter with little frost during January gave way to a frosty and wet March, April and May, with localised hail storms destroying a large number of grapes. A hot, dry summer allowed good ripening of grapes, however some wines produced were lighter in style due to an early starting harvest. This wine has integrated flavours of red and black fruits accompanied by sweet spices (cinnamon) and tobacco.
1995 (5 stars): Rated an outstanding vintage in Rioja and the second in a row after 1994. With a slightly warmer winter similar to 1994, water retained in the subsoil allowed for successful budding and flowering during May. The summer temperatures were ideal, producing grapes of excellent quality and ripeness. For an 18 year Rioja, this wine displays a great freshness. Cherry and red fruit flavours on the nose lead to a palate of red fruits and pepper and vanilla spices. One of my personal favourite wines I have tried.
It's fine wine Friday!Date published: 05/04/13
Thank heavens its fine wine Friday, that time of the month I look forward to.
Sadly this will be the last fine wine Friday, but we will do our best to pop open a special bottle as often as we can.
So in keeping with it being our Spanish wine tasting week, we have chosen the fantastic Muga Prado Enea 2004 for your perusal.
Taken from the fantastic Bodegas Muga this wine is taken from grapes grown in Rioja Alta. The grapes are the last to be harvested to ensure maximum ripeness. Initially the wine is fermented naturally with no added yeasts or temperature control.
Once the wine has fermented it then spends at least 36 months in small oak casks and then is rested in the cellars for a further 36 months.
An elegant, perfumed and complex nose with violet, wood-smoke, vanilla and red berry aromas. A rich, rounded palate of sweet red berries, wood spices and fresh acidity and a long and complex finish. A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, grilled meats, soft cheeses.
At £30 it is that something special, but we certainly feel it is worth that special occasion, be it birthday, anniversary or Saturday night.
Salice Salentino- wine of the weekDate published: 02/04/13
In keeping with my love of Italian wines I thought In would go for a new wine to our range for my wine of the week, so may I present Salice Salentino.
Salice Salentino is one of the eight DOCs based on Negroamaro found in Puglia, the heel of Italy. The town of Salice Salentino finds itself sandwiched between both the Adriatic and Ionian seas which bring cooling breezes that help the vines to rest over night. This key resting period helps to develop spicy wines with a great depth of flavour.
The main grape variety is Negroamaro but it is accompanied by Malvasia Nera. The latter helps to add perfume and colour to the wine. The DOC of Salice Salentino may have been recognised as recently as 1976 but wine production dates back to Greco-Roman times. Vibrant cherry red with a garnet tint acquired through ageing. A ripe red fruit character and round texture are accented by dry spice and tobacco notes, and supported by sinewy tannins. A great accompaniment for rustic salami, smoked ham or game dishes.
£8.99 or buy 2 and save £4
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.
Mother's Day giftsDate published: 07/03/13
With Mother's Day only a few days away, why not pop in and get them something special.
Do you like fine wine?Date published: 06/03/13
Here in store we have a great selection collection of fine wines, but we also have access to fine wines at our specially designed centre in London.
Why not pop in store to see our range or why not check it out online at
Catena Malbec, this weeks wine of the weekDate published: 06/03/13
Catena Malbec 2010 Mendoza Argentina In the 1960’s Nicolás Catena resurrected the dreams of his forefathers. The estate had struggled financially and lost direction, but he decided to scour the whole of Mendoza for the finest vineyards.
He succeeded in a massive way. By embracing the potential of Malbec as a red single varietal he made his name. Nicolás, and his daughter 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.
At different altitudes, the family’s Malbec vineyards express a unique profile of aromas and flavors: the ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture of the Angelica vineyard (3018 ft elevation); the dark fruit character and pepper notes of the La Pirámide vineyard (3117 ft elevation); the black cherry aromas and excellent structure of the La Consulta vineyard (3593 ft elevation); the explosive floral aromatics full, concentrated mouthfeel of the Adrianna vineyard (4757 ft). The blend of these components creates a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.
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.
Think medium rare steak and chips, that is my idea of heaven
£12.99 or buy 2 save £6 so
Only £9.99 a bottle!
Giles at Deer Park HallDate published: 04/03/13
All set up and ready to hand out some samples of fizz to brides and grooms to be
Deer park Wedding ShowcaseDate published: 04/03/13
We had a table at Deer Park Hall for their recent wedding showcase.
A fantastic venue overlooking the hills towards Malvern
Giles' Fine Wine FridayDate published: 01/03/13
After much discussion in store we have opted for a crackin southern hemisphere Chardonnay. One that certainly holds its ground against some top quality Burgundy.
So here we have, Petaluma Chardonnay 2009 from Piccadilly Valley in Australia
009 was a relatively cool vintage producing restrained wines with elegance and good acidity. This wine comes from the Adelaide Hills in particular the Piccadilly Valley at an altitude of around 600 metres. This cool region allows for a long slow ripening season which does not over stress the vines. This wine has a pronounced nose with bags of tropical fruits as well as vanilla and oatmeal. This is balanced by a streak of minerality and a clean citrus edge. The palate continues along this lines with a rich texture, complex character and long finish all balanced by good acidity. This wine is a great alternative to top Burgundies
A great food wine this would delight any guests at a dinner where full flavoured fish dishes such as roast turbot with a beurre noisette or indeed slow roasted belly pork with apricots.
£25.00 Single bottle price Buy 2 bottles save £10 £20.00 when you buy 2 or more
Andy's pick this weekDate published: 18/02/13
I wasn't lying when I said 'while it lasts' for the Waimea Sauvignon Blanc!
This week I have opted for a nice bottle of red, the sun is certainly shining down on us but there is still a slight wintery feel in the air. To this end I think this wine would be perfect for a nice Sunday roast beef or lamb.
So may I please present;
Lamatum Crianza 2008, Ribera del Duero
This wine comes from plots of old vines, located at 8-900m above sea level, in the continental climate of the central Ribera del Duero region. Despite being an extreme climate area with very little rainfall and long, very hot summers, it is the difference in day time to night time temperatures, caused by the high altitude of the vineyards, which contributes most to the high quality and intense flavour of the wine produced here.
The main grape is Tempranillo, or Tinto Fino as it is also known. These grapes produce powerful, aromatic and concentrated wines which have the ability to age gracefully for a number of years. Lamatum Crianza is made by a group of growers called Reserva de la Tierra. They were set up in the early 70’s with the intention of bringing together the expertise of several quality producers across Spain.
Dark cherry red with vivid garnet hues. The aromas of sweet-savoury red fruit are nicely balanced by vanilla and clove notes. The mouthfeel is polished and elegant, with medium length.
Food match: Serve with slow-roasted lamb shanks or rabbit casserole.
£8.99 or buy 2 and save £4
Spanish whites...Date published: 12/02/13
Do you like your Spanish whites? We here at Majestic we love them, pop along to see our range.
Wine of the week (while it lasts)Date published: 12/02/13
Last weeks wine of the week was so popular we sold through most of the stock. So I wanted to get a fresh one on for you to peruse.
In keeping with our New Zealand, I have opted one of my favourite Kiwi Sauvignons...
Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Nelson, New Zealand
Waimea originally started out as a orchard business, growing apples for distribution around New Zealand. However, the owners deciding that wine was more lucrative started producing wine in 1993. Waimea means 'river gardens' in Maori, and the wines clearly demonstrate the philosophy of minimal intervention in vineyard and winery - producing wines that are a reflection of the terroir in which they are produced.
Nelson is found at the tip of the South Island and west of the infamous Marlborough, and is one of the smallest New Zealand wine zones. Yet, per hectare of vines planted, Nelson consistently wins more awards than the other New Zealand wine regions. High annual sunshine hours & a long ripening season give vibrant aromatic wines, and stony soils of alluvial origin give a flinty backbone.
In contrast to the pungent and intense Marlborough Sauvignons, wines from Nelson are more freshly-scented with minerailty. Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish.
Food match: Gorgeous on a warm summer afternoon, or even to bring some sunshine to a wet afternoon. Fantastic with oysters and scallops.
£10.99 or buy 2 and save £4
Wine of the week....Date published: 10/02/13
Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009/2010 Ripasso La Casetta
A Majestic staff favourite, this wine is taken from the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda. To add extra power and flavour this wine has gone through the 'Ripasso' method. This is where the young wine is re-fermented with the dried grapes from Amarone wines.
The name Valpolicella is derived from a mixture of Latin and Greek as 'in the valley of many cellars.' Valpolicella is produced in the hilly region of Veneto in the the north east of Italy. Utilising the grape varieties Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella
A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.
The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.
£15.99 or buy any 2 and save £6
Fine wine Friday....Date published: 01/02/13
And so with January passing that means we can drink again, or for me, continuing to sample some great wines. In keeping with my love affair of Bordeaux wines over the Christmas period I thought we would go with one more. So please allow me to present, Château Moulin Riche....
Château Moulin Riche is the second wine of Château Léoville-Poyferré and is taken from the region of Saint Julien. In fact the fruits are taken from vines of a 20-hectare site that lies adjacent to the famous Château Talbot.
The vineyard was incorporated in to the Leoville-Poyferré estate in 2003. The vines are planted on the slopes of the Gironde, and the moors were cleared for vines in the 19th century. Moulin Riche translates as 'rich windmill' which indicates there may have been a functioning windmill spinning in the past.
In 1932 Château Moulin Riche was classified as a 'Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel' the only wine out of the 11 Cru Bourgeois in Saint Julien to be marked as such.
The advantage of second growth wines is that the vines used are often younger than those used in the first wines, which can often take decades to fully mature. This means the wine is ideal for drinking now and will keep for a further 5 years or so.
Traditionally a Cabernet-Merlot blend, today the wine employs a small percentage of Petit Verdot for a firm, age-worthy structure. Aged for 18 months in 70%-new oak, the wine is elegant and round, with great aromatic complexity.
At £23 this wine shows wonderful value from a top producer in a top region. Perfect for roast lamb on Mothering Sunday perhaps...
This weeks wine of the week...Date published: 13/01/13
With there being so many fantastic wines in our bargain hunt, I thought I would pick one out for you to try.
May I present Composite Sauvignon Blanc. Some of you may have seen this wine before and I think it is mostly down to the fantatsic expression of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Taken from the emerging terrior that lies at the confluence of the rivers Wairau and Waihopai this landform dates back just a few years. 20,000 to be precise and the 1600 hectare terrace that this landform resides is unique to New Zealand. The producers 'Winegrowers of Ara' are a family owned vineyard and passionate about their sustainable vineyard taken from this site and love to give a pure fruit expression of wine.
Longer ageing has added extra depth to this Sauvignon Blanc. Ripe stone fruits, like grapefruit, still dominate the nose but with minerality notes coming through as well. A slightly more complex palate is rounded off with a refreshing citrus finish.
If you haven't seen enough from what I think, why not check out what others have said at http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-37175
Cognac, Armagnac what is the difference?Date published: 13/01/13
Every so often a customer will pop in and stock up on their regular wines and want to get a friend or a relative a nice bottle of brandy. But unless you know what kind of brandy they like you could be left a little confused as what would be best. One of the questions I get asked is 'what is the difference between Cognac and Armagnac?' So I thought I would write a quick summary of both to help for the future.
Starting with Cognac I think the best thing to let you know that Cognac is found about 60 miles north of Bordeaux. There are six crus for Cognac and they are Grande Cognac, Petite Cognac, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaires. The term 'Champagne' in the crus isn't related to the famous sparkling wine producing region but descibes one of the quality regions where the grapes are grown for the Cognac. This brings us neatly on to the grapes found in Cognac, the single most important grape used is Ugni Blanc, which can be found in some of the still white wines we stock! What happens next is that a low alcohol strength base wine is made. This wine is highly acidic and this is done to protect the wine from off-flavours being created when the wine is finally distilled. To help increase the alcohol to the required level the wines must be concentrated around sevenfold, the concentration is key to ensuring a high flavour instensity after the final distillation. Cognac is double distilled and can only be distilled in copper Charentais pot stills. As a law for the production of Cognac, the wines must be distilled by the March following the harvest.
By simply keeping the wines on their lees when they are distilled can increase the richness of the spirit and can enhance the ageing potential. Once distilled the spirit is then aged in French oak Barrels for a minimum of 2 years. The spirit can be aged for longer if the producer wishes and is backed by the guarantees of the following terms:
*** or Vs youngest spirit is 2 years old -Flavours of grape a floral aromas with vanilla and spice
VSOP (Very Special Old Pale) youngest spirit in the blend is 4 years old
XO (Extra Old) youngest spirit is 6 years old. -Flavours of dried fruit and forest floor aromas.
Now to Armagnac, this region can be found about 60 miles south east of Bordeaux and is split in to three crus. These are; Bas-Armagnac, Ténarès and Haut-Armagnac. Bas-Armagnac is the most prestigous growing region and accounts for up to 65% of production. For Armagnac there are 10 different grape varieties permitted in the production the most important being Ugni Blanc and Baco 22A. Similarly to Cognac the wines must be distilled by the March following the harvest, however, the wines is only distilled once and using a collumn still. The majority of Armagnac is oak aged but there are unaged Armagnacs called 'Blanche.'
Young Armagnac is a fuller bodied spirit than mature Cognac and has more earthy and prune nuances. Armagnac is accepted to requiring more time age and this can be seen in the aging guarantees below:
*** or VS 1-3 years old
VSOP 4-9 years old
Napoléon 6-9 years old
Hors d'Age or XO 10-19 years old
XO premium 20+ years
Vintage Armagnac has spirit all from that vintage and must be at least 10 years old. Blending vintages of Armagnac is permitted, but producers can opt for limited release estate products as this is an important commercial difference with Cognac.
I hope this is helpful if you are looking to buy any brandy in the future.
Fine wine Friday, the best thing about a new monthDate published: 04/01/13
Every month when we choose a wine for Fine Wine Friday there is always that excitment among staff. There was talk of a Barolo or an Amarone, or even a Gran Reserva Rioja. However, I have opted for oldie, but a goldie.
I have had previous vintages of Cloudy Bay Chardonnay and I have never been let down. So I thought, lets try the new vintage we have in, the 2010. This wine is youthful but it tastes great now, I can only imagine how good this would taste if squirreled away for a few years.
So here we have it, Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
Normally £25, buy 2 New Zealand Wines save 20% £19.99
Cloudy Bay has always had a bit of a cult following and I can see why. Grown from low yielding vines in a cool climate region with plenty of sunshine, this ensures grapes slowly ripen to produce the best grapes. 15% of the juices are aged for 1 year in new French oak barrels which creates that toasty characteristic of the wine. With tones of cereals, wheat flower, mandarin and ripe lemon on the nose this wine is a delight.
This wine can be enjoyed whilst in its youth, but a further 5 years in the bottle will only draw out more savoury tones.
Match this with roast chicken for the best Sunday Roast
Deliveries back to normalDate published: 02/01/13
After the hectic times over Christmas and New Year I am pleased to say that our delivery service is now back to normal.
Please feel free to order on-line or over the phone and we will get your wines out to you quick smart.
Happy New Year from all the team at Majestic Evesham
My wines for the New YearDate published: 30/12/12
Its that time of year again when I wonder about what wines to have for New Years Eve. Of late, my wife and I have decided to celebrate New Years Eve. This is mostly due to the locality of our friends, (not very local at all!) and we can usually watch a fantastic firework display from the comfort of our sofa, thanks to the very local cricket club. With all of these factors it means we can then splash out a bit more on wine, but this all does depend on the menu my wife has kindly put together.
This year I have opted for a bottle of the Bouvet Laudbay from Loire to start off. With fresh fruit tones of tangerine and honeysuckle this wine is fantastic to start as it's so refreshing and at £8.49 a real bargain.
For my starter I have been told that it will be chicken. What sauce I enquired, don't know the response. What cut? Again, don't know. So this doesn't really narrow down my wine options other than to white! With this in mind, I want a wine thats not going to be too intense but yet not too subtle. Then accross the store, I spotted Gerard Bertrand's Viognier Réserve Spéciale. I am loving viognier at the moment as it has lovely flavours of peach and aprictos and is so nicely balanced. A single bottle costing £8.99 is a good price, but if you buy 2 bottles you save £3 (£7.49) which makes this a great baragin. it also leaves me with another bottle for another weekend.
This brings us neatly to my main course, which I have been told the menu for... pork. Having popped down to the local butchers I was able to snap up a couple of ham hocks. With an inspired twist (from a cook book) the pork is being slow cooked in Chinese five spice and honey. I could sway either red or white with this, but I am in the mood for a Pinot Noir. The Majestic Peaks from Central Otago is the one for me, with glorious flavours of cherry and raspberry this marries beautifully with my pork. Central Ortago is well known for producing great qulaity pinots and the price often reflects them. However, this is a cracker at £8.79 when bought with another New Zeland wine.
After all this food it must surely be about midnight which can only mean one thing, and that is a spot of Champagne. I am a huge fan of what is in essence the pinoeer of Champagne, Veuve Clicquot. This Champagne has it all for me a richness of fruit, delicately toasted and a mouthfilling mousse. This Champagne is a corker and at £30 a bottle it is fantastic at it.
So there we have it, my wines for New Years. Enjoy!
Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone Wine of the weekDate published: 21/11/12
Côtes du Rhône Belleruche M.Chapoutier
Producing wines in the Rhône since 1808, Chapoutier, one of the most well established, family-owned vineyards. Using self-sustaining, organic farming, this holistic method allows a more natural approach to wine-making. Made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes aged in oak, this allows a rich, medium bodied wine, comprising of all the dark fruit elements. This is the first wine produces to use braille on their labels!. The top reds are subjected to neither fining or filtration, helping to produce a more concentrated and polished distinction. A more dynamic, imaginative method is used since being run by Michel Chapoutier in 1990's, allowing the best possible wine to be produced.
The 200 kilometre (125 mile) region of the Côtes du Rhône appellation stretches from Vienne to Avignon, the length of the Rhône river.
Only a small patch of vineyards in the very north actually accounts for 70% of Burgundy's output. This fantastic wine is comprised of dark fruit, rich aromas, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruits, hints of licorice and a substantial finish.
Food match: This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years, and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.
£9.99 or buy 2 save £4! £7.99
This weeks wine of the weekDate published: 25/10/12
Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Cascadelles' 2011 Caves de Pouilly-sur-Loire
From a high-quality cooperative this classy Pouilly-Fumé provides a benchmark performance, with plenty of mineral characters and a crisp gooseberry zestiness. Smoky gunflint characters define wines from this prestigious appellation.
Pouilly-Fumé is one of France's most respected white wines, with these grapes are grown on limestone soils.
Packed with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberries, orange blossom and citrus fruit backed by a crisp, elegant mineral character on the finish.
This wine would be ideal on its own or with oily fish such as mackerel or trout.
£10.99 Buy 2 save £2 £9.99
Wine of the Week: KC Cabernet Sauvignon MerlotDate published: 11/10/12
Klein Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 South Africa Klein Constantia lies on the narrow Cape Peninsula, only 20km from the centre of Cape Town, where there is exposure on all sides to the maritime influences of the southern Atlantic and the False Bay area, which moderate the tempratures within the Constantia Valley.. Typically South African in style, with a deep ruby core of ripe fruit and spicy aromas from 20 months' barrel ageing. Weighty and richly textured, with plenty of fine tannins providing a lasting finish. Supple spicy tannins underpin sweet, ripe black cherry and chocolate flavours. Drink now with something meaty or age for five years.
Food Match: Matches well with roasted meats, robust pastas and casseroles.
£10.99 a bottle or buy 2 save 20%,
So Only £8.79 a bottle
My Top Three South African Reds!Date published: 07/10/12
This Autumn Majestic Wines are planning to #MakeAutumnRed through the promotion of a number of delicious red wines from across the world. With the South African tasting week beginning on Friday 12th October and the current Save 20% on all South African Wines deal I thought now would be a great time to tell you about my absolute favourite South African red wines!
Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2011
This is a fantastic Merlot from the Coastal Region of South Africa. Its coffee-house name is owed to the fact that the winemaker actively seeks to bring out the savory coffee bean aromas during the winemaking process. Fruit sourced from low yielding bush vines is of excellent quality and helps to give the wine its rich intense flavour. The result is fabulous: a rich array of coffee, cocoa, dark cherry and plum fruits leap out the glass. These materialise on the palate to give a smilky smooth textured wine with soft spice and ample fruit. Perfect with barbecued meat dishes although I love to drink this wine on its own! Priced at just £6.79 a bottle on the South African save 20% promotion this soft and fruity Merlot is a real bargain buy!
KC Cabernet Merlot Klein Constantia 2009
Klein Constantia lies on a narrow Cape Peninsula just 20km from the heart of Cape Town. Its wines are strongly influenced by the maritime influences of the Southern Atlantic which moderate the hot summer temperatures. A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes make up this wine but do not be decieved it is classicly South African in style! A deep core of ripe blackberries, dark plum and blackcurrent fruits are supported by spicy aromas that are the product of 12 months loving barrel ageing. On the palate this wine is full bodied with lots of healthy tannins and a good long finish. The rich full style of this wine makes it an excellent accompaniment to roasted beef or hearty stews. Currently priced at just £8.79 a bottle this wine is perfect for dinner parties!
The Chocolate Block Boekenhoutskloof 2011
This wine is an exciting blend of 5 different grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier. Dominated by about 67% Syrah the grapes are sourced from small blocks of vines on the Boekenhoutskloof estate. Fermented and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels the result is a fantastic wine with a delicious chocolaty taste. The nose is earthy and oozes rustic charm with nuances of leather, earth and spice. On the palate ripe raspberry, blackcurrent and lashings of cocoa, mocha and chocolate with a hint of pepper fill every corner of the mouth. This wine is only produced in very small quantities (only some 4,000 bottles are available of this 2011 vintage) and as such is in very high demand so try to get in early if this sounds like your style of wine! Priced at only £19.99 a bottle the extremely high quality of this wine says a lot for South Africa's winemaking industry.
These are my three favourite South African reds but there is a whole wealth of fantastic wines out there to try so make the most of our South African Tasting Week and see which style of South African red is for you!
Wines of South Africa: A little IntroductionDate published: 07/10/12
With our Wines of South Africa Tasting starting on Friday 12th October I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give you a little introduction to South African wines. So here goes...
It is little known that wine has been produced in South Africa for over 350 years meaning today it has an established tradition of winemaking like many of the most popular European winegrowing regions. The most commonly grown grape varieties are Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites. These range from being light and aromatic in style to being rich and oaky depending upon the producer. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the infamous Pinotage are the most widely planted reds. Pinotage is one of the most famous examples of a crossing (Pinot Noir and Cinsault) producing a full bodied fruity red with lashings of spice and can often develop flavours of burnt rubber, tar and tobacco. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are often blended together to emulate something like bordeaux style blend with a more fruit driven character and can be fabulous!
Some 90% of South African wines come from the Western Cape from regions including Stellenbosch, Robertson, Worcester and Paarl. Here the climate tends to be Mediterranean but inland summer temperatures can soar. Nearer the coast cool Maritime winds influence the temperatures providing good air flow and reducing the risk of rot.
For our South African Tasting Week beginning on Friday 12th October we will be opening a large range of fantastic South African reds and whites for you to try so why not #comeandexplore Majestic Wine Evesham!
Fine Wine Friday: Meursault Blagny Premiere Cru Chateau De Blagny Louis Latour 2009Date published: 05/10/12
For this months fine wine friday we have decided to go with a delicious Meursault Blagny from Louis Latour. 2009 was a fantastic vintage for Burgundy and this little number shows just that with elegant buttery notes, a soft hint of hazel on the finish, great acidity and fabulous length. If White Burgundy is your thing then pop into store over the next couple of days and let us know what you think!
Wine of the Week: Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 05/10/12
Jim Barry “Cover Drive” Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Australia
This big, bold wine is made by Jim Barry, and takes its name from the old Penola cricket ground, which first saw a ball bowled in anger and the flashing cover drives of the local champions in 1950. Coming from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, it is aged in both American oak and French oak, to incorporate a deeper taste.
The nose oozes blackcurrant and other dark fruits, but is dominated by intense cassis and cedar. More subtly, there are hints of mint, damson and fennel. The palate has a pleasant level of tannin and, just like the smell, there is a taste of blackcurrant. I also personally noticed a spiciness to the taste of the wine, so overall there is a wide blend of flavours that create a great body and finish.
The wine is very drinkable now, and we would recommend, if possible, letting the wine breathe for an hour before sampling. The wine would also improve with up to five years of cellaring. Best enjoyed with a red meat dish.
Wine of the Week: Domaine de L'Aigle Pinot Noir 2010Date published: 30/09/12
Domaine de l'Agile Pinot Noir 2010 Gerard Bertrand
PGI, Pays d'Oc Languedoc South of France
Originally owned by the Burgundian negotiant Antonin Rodet this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. The vineyards themselves occupy one of the highest positions in the whole of the Languedoc region benefiting from a slightly cooler climate. This finely balanced climate is ideal for growing the notoriously difficult Pinot Noir grapes which can easily suffer from pests such as Mildew. The wine itself is named after a pair of Royal Eagles which live near to the estate and can often be seen soaring the skies.
The nose of this delicious Pinot Noir is soft and fruity with aromas of wild strawberries, fresh raspberries and lush red cherries. One can also detect a slight hint of vanilla and cinnamon spice which gives the wine extra depth and complexity.
On the palate these aromas materialise to give a silky smooth texture with supple tannins and an abundance of red fruit flavours. These are supported by good acidity and a lengthy finish with a subtle hint of minerality.
Food match: This wine is an ideal match to duck or rare lamb dishes. I would serve it with a delicious Duck Confit with dauphinoise potatoes.
£12.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £8!
So only £8.99 a bottle
NZ Pinot NoirsDate published: 26/09/12
NZ PINOT NOIR
New Zealand Pinot Noirs have been given their share of negative attention. Critics have labeled them weak imitations with no sense of tradition or integrity. For the last ten years, New Zealand farmers have been combating these criticisms by concentrating on upping the quality level and returning to the more traditional refined flavours usually associated with Pinot Noirs. These days their wines are being acclaimed as atypical Pinot Noirs with the correct structure, firmness and flavours typical of the variety.
Pinot Noir grapes were originally planted in Burgundy and created the area's reputation for red wines. Suited to cooler climates, this early ripening, thin skinned grape variety typically displays a fruity perfume of red cherries, raspberries and strawberries with a light colour and soft tannins.
Light and delicate these wines may be, but they certainly deliver on flavour, being juicy yet soft and a perfect match to lunch time foods such as salads or cold cured meats and fowl (usually paired with duck, pheasant and yes,chicken).
We have a range of NZ Pinot Noir in stock, including the St Clair Pioneers Block*, Doctor's Creek 14 Pinot Noir which recently won the Decanter award for Best NZ Pinot Noir Above £10.
*£16.99 when you buy 2 at Majestic.
Personal favourites include :
Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2009 £12.49
A complex array of cherry and strawberry fruit flavours with lifted vanilla
and coffee oak notes. Behind these characters are hints of smoke and
Composite Pinot Noir 2010 *£8.99 when you buy 2 or more.
exhibiting raspberry and cherry aromas with
hints of toasted oak and rounded off with long, fine grained tannins.
Wine of the Week: Composite Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2010Date published: 25/09/12
Composite Pinot Noir 2010
Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough, New Zealand
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. With enough tannin to support further ageing, expect this wine to develop a smokier and spicier feel in the mouth.
Food match: 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 or buy any 2 save £10,
So only £8.99 per bottle!
A Little Introduction to our Pinot Noir Tasting Tutorial....Date published: 23/09/12
On Saturday 29th September at 11am and 3pm we will be tasting six different Pinot Noirs from all different corners of the globe in order to delve into the world of the wonderul grape and see it in all its beautiful forms. Below is a little taster of two of the wines that we shall be trying:
Pinot Noir La Grille 2010, St-Pourcain
This delightful Pinot Noir comes from a company based in Chinon in the Loire Valley. They are rather unusual in that they do not own any of their own vineyards but contract growers from across the Loire Valley to grow fruit for them. Adhering to the strict principals of Lute Raisonee (treating pests etc.. with minimal intervention trying to use organic products wherever possible) La Grille have produced this delicious Pinot Noir. The grapes are cool fermented to retain the fruity fresh style of the grape from low-yielding vines that produce high quality fruit. This produces an incredibly light Pinot Noir showing soft raspberry and red cherry flavours with very gentle tannins. A great Loire Valley wine at a fantastic price!
Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Pinot Noir Reserva 2011
A wonderful Chilean wine from Vina Luis Felipe Edwards which was established in 1976 and is today becoming one of the countries most progressive wineries. Based in the Colchagua Valley the vineyards are nestled in a picturesque secluded horseshoe shaped valley separated by snowcapped Andes mountains by a small ridge known as San Fernando. This wine comes from their 'Signature Series' which is all about promoting great value good quality wines that are ready to drink and do not require any further ageing. A rich and fruity wine is the result with lashings of strawberry and redcurrant fruit flavours and a subtle hint of herbs and woodsmoke.
If you want to try these two wines along with several others then why not come to one of our Pinot Noir tastings on Saturday 29th September at either 11am or 3pm? Its completely free! Just call us on 01386 423824 to confirm a place!
A little Introduction to our Sauvignon Blanc Tasting TutorialDate published: 22/09/12
For todays (Saturday 22nd September) Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Tutorial we will be tasting six very different Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. Each is very special in its own way. I shall give you a little taster description and background information for two of the wines that we shall be trying just as a taster!
Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Nelson
This is one of my alltime favourite Sauvignon Blancs. It comes from the Nelson region which is in the very North of New Zealands Southern Island slightly above the Marlborough Region. Waimea were initially an orchard business but have been planting vines since 1993 and today consider themselves a boutique winery producing relatively small quantities of fantastic wines. A direct expression of the terroir this wine is soft and aromatic in style with hints of orange blossom and rose petals amongst the classic flavours of gooseberry, citrus and soft tropical fruits.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough
This delicious Marlborough Sauvignon comes from New Zealands second largest producer Villa Maria: a pioneering winery which has been making wines since 1961. Interestingly they were also the first 'cork free' winery in New Zealand! This particular Sauvignon is made from a blend of vineyard sites however each plot is vinified before blending to ensure their individual characteristics are expressed. This wine is crisp and refreshing with zesty citrus, gooseberry, green pepper and elderflower characteristics. These herbaceous characteristics make this wine characteristically Marlborough in style!
Wine of the Week: Saint Clair 2011 Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/09/12
St Clairs Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.
The grapes for this wine are 100% Sauvignon Blanc ensuring a fresh, crisp and refreshing wine. A small amount of lees ageing imparts the wine with quality adding texture and body.
An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of
gooseberry and passion fruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous
characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.
Food Match: Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemon grass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.
£17.49 or buy 2 Bottles Save £7 so
Wine of the week: Torrealdea Gran Reserva 2005Date published: 16/09/12
Gran Reserva 2005
The Rioja region has been transformed in recent years, with the addition of new, quality-conscious producers to the list of older, family-owned bodegas. This Gran Reserva is a product of new management.
The perfect ageing in the bottle is seen in the wines ruby red colour with hints of mahogany.
A lovely, clean, fresh example, with lovely strawberry fruit of 'real' Rioja, deep ruby with terracotta reflections, aromas of raisins, vanilla, leather and chocolate leap from the glass.
Food match: Enjoy with lamb kebabs marinated in paprika and served with aioli.
£11.24 or buy any 2+ Spanish wines,
save 20%, only
Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 ViognierDate published: 03/09/12
Santa Rita 120 Viognier 2011
Central Valley, Chile
Sourced from a number of vineyard sites across Chile's Central Valley. Free-run juice and light pressings have been used to maintain a light and crisp feel to the wine, with a long 3-week fermentation period followed by 2 weeks on lees for softness of texture.
Lively and crisp, avoiding the big, oily texture of many a Viognier, and
focusing instead on the flavours of apricot and pineapple, and delicate
floral aromas. Soft in mouth feel, with a refreshing finish.
The enticing aromas of pineapple and apricot abound with a slight floral hint. On the palate it is surprisingly full and rich with a fresh mouth-watering acidity and subtle spice on the finish.
Food match: Viognier is a great match to drink with Chinese-style chicken or prawn dishes, sushi or a stir-fry.
£7.49 or buy any 2 Chilean wines and save 20%, only
Mâcon Villages Domaines des Terres Gentilles 2010 BurgundyDate published: 25/08/12
Mâcon Villages Domaines des Terres Gentilles 2010
We thought that we would bring you a treat this week with a delightful little White Burgundy. All white wine from Burgundy is made from predominantly Chardonnay grapes although a small percentage are also made from Aligote grapes. Despite this white Burgundies can vary an enormous amount in style ranging from crisp fresh citrus style wines to rich smooth creamy wines.
This particular White Burgundy domaine has been owned and ran by the same family since 1921. They now own over 50 hectares of vines producing some excellent wines. The vineyards lie in Mâcon possessing the Mâcon Village appellation name signifying their high quality.
A clean and fresh style of wine with soft green apple and lemon citrus flavours. Hints of delicate white flowers and refreshing acidity make this wine a fabulous summer tipple. This wine is relatively light in body with a lengthy dry finish and subtle hints of minerality.
Food Match: This delicious versatile wine will match with a large range of white fish, seafood and poultry dishes as well as mild cheeses.
£9.99 a bottle or buy 2 save £3
So Only £8.49 a bottle
Last of the Summer WinesDate published: 24/08/12
Don't miss out on these great deals!
Now that the nights are drawing in, we look back on a summer of contrasts! Celebrations and washouts aplenty, everyone has found a reason to celebrate it seems. But before the sun feels like an old memory there's still time to tuck into these awesome offers before we move onto our Autumn promotions! These wines are still on special offer till 8pm Monday 3rd September!
St Hallett Poacher's Blend, Australia, 2011 £4.99*
A unique blend, this wonderful light white surprises from the first as it bursts forth with melon, lime and apple flavours!
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand,2011 £5.99*
Said to be the first Marlborough sauvignon blanc, this refreshing, fruity wine is a perfect accompaniment to seafood dishes or herby and spicy chicken!
Pinot Grigio Breganze Rosato, Italy, 2011 £6.39*
Light pink and crisp with lovely hints of red berries balanced with some ziongy citrus! Always ideal for a party or picnic!
La Toledana Gavi ,Italy, 2011 £7.99*
Italy's version of Chablis, with ripe peach and pear with a honeyed edge and a citrus twist, all balanced with a steely minerality. Made from late harvest grapes.
St Roch-les-Vignes, Cotes de Provence, France, 2011 £6.99
The warmer, southern regions of France are the home of rosé wine, and
nowhere else embodies that fresh, herby style better than Rosé de
Provence from the vineyards around St. Tropez.
Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy, 2011 £4.99*
Smooth and silky with vibrant red cherry and a velvety texture! Ideal with all Italian food!
Santa Rita 120 Carmenere, Valle Central Chile, 2011 £5.99*
Soft and smooth, this supple wine combines spice and vanilla with delicious bramble fruit! Excellent Chilean value and great for BBQ's and parties!
Gran Vendema Crianza, Spain, 2008 £5.99**
This lovely spicy offering brings a quality oak touch to a lively mix of red fruits and a wonderful warming presence in the mouth.
Lindauer Special Reserve Brut cuvee, New Zealand £8.99
Subtle pink in colour with lots of peachy freshness! This sparkling is very creamy on the palate with a lovely toasty, fruity finish.
La Marca Treviso Prosecco,Italy £8.99
Elegant and aromatic with lovely pear and melon flavours. Retains some sweetness to balnce its acidity and everpresent bubbles!
* When you buy any two or more Chilean, Australian, New Zealand, Italian or Beaujolais wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Bank Holiday Information!Date published: 24/08/12
Did you know we are open this bank holiday? Well its true, so if you need to top up on wines, spirits, beers or soft drinks keep us in mind!
We are open the following hours:
Friday 24th August 10am-8pm
Saturday 25th August 9am-7pm
Sunday 26th August 10am-5pm
Monday 27th August 10am-5pm
Tuesday 28th August 10am-8pm (normal hours resume)
We still have 20% on all New Zealand, Chilean, Italian, Australian and Beaujolais wines so why not #comeandexplore before these fantastic offers end on the 3rd September!
My Top Three Italian Reds!Date published: 18/08/12
My Top Three Italian Reds!
The time has come, hopefully you have all sampled some of my top three Italian Whites and now is the time to give the reds a chance! The save 20% on Italian Wines is still in effect and there are some fantastic wines to be had. Sangiovese is by far the most widely planted Italian red grape variety albeit in different strains. This is followed by Barbera, Merlot, Negroamaro, Montepulciano, and Primitivo. Other international varieties such as Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon have plantings but the quantities of these produced tend to follow fashions year by year.
My number three top Italian red wine has got to be the Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. This stunning fantastic value wine comes from coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennine Mountains in the Abruzzi region of Italy and is made from the Montepulciano grape variety. Medium bodied and soft and fruity in style this delicious wine has lots of red cherry and raspberry fruit with gentle tannins and a hint of cinnamon spice. A fantastic party wine which also goes brilliantly with tomato dishes including pizza and pasta. Currently just £4.99* a bottle, this wine is a great deal!
At number two is the Barbera d'Alba Sucule Villa Lanata. From the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, home to Italy's most planted grape variety, comes this stunning wine. The nose exudes concentrated aromas of black cherries, plums, spice and liquorice. The palate is refreshingly high in acidity with a rich array of dark fruits, spice and firm tannins with a long finish. Perfect with red meats and strong cheeses. Priced at just £7.99* a bottle this is a great all round wine.
My top Italian Red absolutely has top be the Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso La Casetta. This delicious wine is made from a blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella and, as it is a ripasso wine, it has had a small portion of the fermented dried skins from Amarone added. This gives the wine extra depth and complexity combining the power and class of an Amarone with the bright fruity style of a classic Valpolicella. On the palate this wine oozes red cherry, plum and berries with hints of vanilla and dried fruits such as figs, raisins, mocha and chocolate notes. A fine and rounded wine with a silky smooth structure, velvety tannins and a long complex finish. Perfect with a range of red meat and cheese dishes. At just £12.79* a bottle this red Italian stunner combines the quality of a fine wine with an affordable price tag!
All three of these Italian wines are stars in their own way and are definitely worth trying. Remember you have until the end of the 3rd September to take advantage of the save 20% on Italian Wines offer!
*When you buy any two Italian wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Majestival is here! The theme is BBQ!Date published: 16/08/12
This weeks Majestival theme is BBQ! So why not let us know what your ideal BBQ would be? Here is my perfect summer BBQ to give you some ideas. Post your ideas at #Majestival or join in on facebook!
My top three summer BBQ wines bring out all the best elements of a British BBQ! BBQ's are a fantastic way to celebrate with friends and family or a great excuse for a good old fashioned get together outdoors. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and if the sun is shining, well thats just a bonus!
My third favourite summer BBQ wine has to be the Serena Pinot Grigio 2011 Banfi. This delicious wine is light and refreshing with crisp citrus, pear and melon fruit flavours. Light and delicate in style this Tuscan delight is the perfect match to crisp green salads or lightly barbecued poultry and seafood dishes such as prawns and sea bass. Currently just £6.99** a bottle!
My second BBQ wine is the Gran Vendema Rioja Crianza 2009. This delicious Spanish stunner is perfect for any BBQ. Made from Tempranillo grapes sourced from 10-15 year old vines the wine is aged for 12 months in American oak barrels than a further 12 months in bottle to give it its unique flavour. Lashings of red cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit flavours intermingled with silky soft tannins and a delicate hint of vanilla spice make for fabulous drinking. This versatile wine is a great match for cured meats and barbecued pork chops, sausages and burgers. Currently just £5.99* a bottle!
The number one spot has to go to the ideal BBQ wine: Malbec! The Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2010 is an award winning wine from Mendoza. The grapes are sourced from vineyards at different altitudes to perfectly balance tannin and acidity. On the palate a rich array of dark plum, cherry and raspberry fruits are met with a rich array of chocolate, mocha and sweet spice. The tannins and juicy and this relatively full bodied wine is great at standing up to hearty meat dishes such as steaks, lamb and other red meat dishes making it the perfect BBQ wine! At just £8.99* a bottle this might Malbec is my BBQ star!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy any two Italian wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Majestival BBQsDate published: 13/08/12
To continue the theme of our Majestival summer events we now move on to "What makes a great BBQ?". Always one of the first to throw on my apron, get the firelighters going and bang some meat onto the grill, I thought I would share some of my favourite wines for the perfect summer BBQ.
To get the BBQ started and while the coals are turning white, I would indulge myself in a glass of chilled sparkling wine. Lindauer Special Reserve (currently £8.99 per bottle) is one of my favourites. This New Zealand fizz is the top of the Lindauer tree and a step up from the standard Lindauer range. It is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (2 of the grapes used in Champagne) and is very much in a Champagne style with a slight pinky hue to it. It does represent a fantastic alternative to Champagne at half the price of even the cheapest ones. Let's be honest, there has been plenty to celebrate over the past few weeks so what better way to do it than with bubbles?!
So the coals are now ready, the flames have died down and I have slapped my first slabs of meat onto the grill. As it begins to sizzle away I think it's time for a refreshing glass of white, always a good choice on it's own. Summer weather is perfect for Pinot Grigio. A big favourite of mine is the Serena Pinot Grigio from Banfi (£6.99 when you Buy 2 or More Bottles). This is a highly respected producer making a range of different wines in a variety of styles (and prices!). Straight from the chiller bin and into your hand, this is always a great choice in the late summer afternoons and evenings. This would be perfect to sip on whilst tossing around a frisbee, hoping that the sausages don't burn!
Alternatively, Rose is a great change of pace and always seems to go down well with males and females (even though the males always tell us that "it's for her"!). The Chateau Guiot Rose (£6.99 when you Buy 2 or More Bottles) would be a my choice. This wine from Nimes takes it's influences from the Rhone with the key Rhone grapes of Grenache and Syrah being part of the blend along with Cinsault. This is a slightly off-dry wine which makes it all the more approachable in the warm summer weather. After exhausting yourself with frisbee heroics this is just the ticket to crash on the blanket eagerly awaiting the arrival of the meat!
Finally the smell of cooked / burnt meat fills the air. It's time for sausages! A great match with sausages is Chianti and the San Leonino Chianti Classico (£7.99 when you Buy 2 or More Bottles) fits the bill perfectly. Robust enough to support the meaty sausages this has silky smooth tannins that marry up to the food extremely well. I always love to throw some version of Reggae Reggae sauce onto my BBQ'd meat and the kick that this sauce gives off really is ideally placed to go with Chianti. To make you feel a little better about yourself, why not add some salad?!
So finally you have filled yourself with meat and washed it down with some great wines! As the coals now begin to cool and the night sky begins to dim, there is no better way than to end the evening with a glass of Sipsmith Summer Cup (currently £18.00 per bottle). This great alternative to Pimms is perfect with lemonade, ice, strawberries and a mint leaf. It will refresh your palate as light soul music lets your evening slip away. What a wonderful evening of BBQing!
I hope you have enjoyed my take on the quintessential British BBQ. If you want to share your own BBQ ideas or take inspiration from others, then why not visit http://www.facebook.com/majesticwine to get involved. Keep your eye out for #Majestival for any mentions or trends on our Twitter feed (@majesticevesham).
Please note: All prices mentioned are valid until 3rd September 2012.
A “Fleurie” of Picnics ahead!Date published: 10/08/12
As a relative newcomer to certain old world styles of wine, I delight in finding great wines that change the way I look at matching food and wine. This Fleurie has become my ultimate light lunch wine, especially when matched with cured meat and cold chicken paté with crackers. Washing down a bit of creamy Brie with a generous glass of this silky soft wine is also a fantastic thing to savour! Where before I would have looked at a crisp Rose, I now get to enjoy a medium bodied, fragrant and fruity red.
Ruby red in colour with an intense mix of strawberries and raspberries, this Fleurie captures the senses on all levels, and that's before you taste it! Rounded and soft with a smooth finish, the fresh berries dance on your tongue!
The house of Labouré-Roi Was founded in 1832 by Monsieur Labouré and Monsieur Roi in Nuits-St-Georges. The Beaujolais Cru of Fleurie, on the borders of the Mâcon region, is renowned for it's consistent quality from its granite soils and this was the reason it is used by Labouré-Roi. Consistent grape quality means I will be enjoying this wine for the foreseeable future in all my outdoor lunch plans!
Other food that I recommend would be sausages, herby lamb casseroles and strong, creamy cheeses, hopefully in the sunshine with good company!
The Taste Preferences of the New ArrivalDate published: 07/08/12
As you may have seen from my biography on our "Meet the Team" section, I am only working in Evesham for an undertermined amount of time. Still I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to write an article for all of the Evesham regulars to get to know me and my favourite styles of wine. I have selected a Champagne, White and Red that are three of my absolute favourites from Majestic. This would be my perfect combination if I was having a dinner party and wanted to use all three styles of wine.
Firstly, to welcome my guests I would treat them to a glass of the fantastic Taittinger Brut Reserve Non Vintage. This is a classic, typical Champagne using the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier blend. Taittinger will always hold a special place in my heart, having been lucky enough to visit the house (one of the last great independent Champagne houses with the oldest cellars in Champagne) in May 2012. As mentioned, although this is the typical Champagne blend, one of the hallmarks of Taittinger is it's high proportion of Chardonnay in the blend (the fantastic Comtes de Champagne at the top end of the range is made using just Chardonnay). Going back to the Brut Reserve though, this has a delicate nose of peach and acacia with the typical brioche notes that we have come to expect from non vintage Champagne. The palate has considerable depth and balance with citrus and honey flavours. A long, fresh and elegant finish would be the perfect accompaniment to canapes and a great way to get my guests in the mood for a great evening!
With my guests suitably bubbled and with their appetite whet with canapes and fizz, I will now move on to an excellent white wine. My choice would be my favourite style of white, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Marlborough region: Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc. This family owned estate is rapidly becoming one of the most respected wineries in Marlborough despite the fact that they only began producing wines in 1994. The 'Pioneer Block' wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit which have been identified by the chief winemaker Matt Thompson. I have always been a big fan of Marlborough Sauvignon (and have tried many!) and I consider this to be as good as, if not better than Cloudy Bay Sauvignon which generally always retails at a much higher price (the current price difference is £6 a bottle in favour of Saint Clair!). This has a huge fruity intensity with gooseberry and passionfruit aromas prevailing from the lively nose. The palate has a steely dryness to it, with a herbaceous character, complimented with an underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish. This would be the ideal match to a variety of main courses but I always think that this goes fantastically well with fish dishes. Two of my favourite are prawns and salmon and I think that this Saint Clair would be a perfect match for either of those!
After a delightful main course, a perfect way to end the evening would be with a cheese board. What better way to match it with than a classic Bordeaux Claret. One of my favourites is the delightful Chateau Greysac. This is actually the house wine of Ferrari! Yes, that's right, a superb wine producing country such as Italy and their most famous car manufacturer drinks a French red! I have a massive passion for Formula 1 so this wine always makes me think of the famous Italian marque (not least due to this wine's scarlet red cork casing!). However, back to the wine and like I said this is a French wine from Medoc in Bordeaux, a 'left-bank' wine. Using three of the permitted Bordeaux grapes this is a blend of Cabernet Franc and then, as per usual for Medoc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This demonstrates the classic Bordeaux aroma characteristics of cassis, black cherry, plum and spice on the nose. Not overly full bodied, this is an elegantly fruity wine complemented with that memorable tobacco and cigar box aromas. However, the rich, fine tannins in this wine make it suited to something with plenty of protein (as this softens tannins) and what better than a cheese board to to just that!
I hope that this article has given you an insight into the different styles of wine that really excite my palate. The wines that I have mentioned during this article are listed below complete with their current prices (offers valid until 03/09/12):
Taittinger Brut Reserve Non Vintage - Special Offer: £26
Taittinger Comtes De Champagne 2000 - Special Offer: £80
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - Single Bottle: £17.49 / 2 or more Bottles: £13.99
Chateau Greysac 2006 - Single Bottle: £12.99 / 2 or more Bottles: £10.99
My Top Three Italian Whites!Date published: 06/08/12
My Top Three Italian whites!
With the Italian Save 20% Promotion in full swing I thought I would bring you a little bit of information on my absolute favourite three Italian white wines. Italy is one of the worlds largest wine producers and has a fabulous history steeped in winemaking and vine cultivation. With such a diverse landscape and distinct wine-growing regions a vast array of different types and styles of wines are produced from a whole host of different grape varieties. Today I am going to discuss my favourite three:
My number three just has to be the Gavi La Lancellotta. This delicious zesty Italian white is made just outside the town of Gavi in the Piedmonte area of Northern Italy. It is produced from the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the area and can be very difficult to cultivate due to its delicate flavour. The Lancellotta is light and refreshing in style with delicious flavours of lemon and lime citrus, soft apple and peach. It has a slight hint of steely minerality and good crisp acidity. Its delicate style makes it perfect for drinking on its own but it is the perfect partner for lightly grilled white fish dishes or chicken salads. At just £6.99* a bottle this Gavi is a star buy!
My silver medal goes to something a little bit different with a hint of sparkle: the Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG. Made by the La Marca winery in Oderzo in the Veneto region the grapes are sourced from an estate of 8,000 hectares. The grape variety used to be known as Prosecco but recently there has been a shake up in the Italian winemaking industry. The areas allowed to produce 'Prosecco' have been strictly defined and the grape variety used to make it has been renamed Glera. Prosecco can be a much lighter more refreshing alternative to other sparkling wines such as Cava and Champagne. This particular Prosecco is my absolute favourite due to its fine mousse of persistent bubbles, soft white peach, green apple and grapefruit flavours. It is very clean and crisp on the palate and doesn't have that astringent acidity that sparkling wines sometimes have. It is the perfect aperitif but also goes fabulously with green leafy salads and light lunches. At just £10.99** a bottle it is eminently more affordable than champagne and therefore a fantastic alternative for those who love fizz!
So which wine has made my number one spot? It is the Contesa Pecorino IGT Colline Pescaresi! This delightful wine is a real gem with a fabulously pale yellow colour and aromas of citrus fruits, orange blossom and hawthorn. The pallet is equally as pleasing with a soft and clean texture, hints of minerality and an array of lemon, lime and elderflower blossom flavours. The Pecorino grape is an early ripening thin skinned variety native to central Italy. It grows particularly well in the Marche and Abruzzo areas on Italy's East coast. As its name suggests it is often made in areas producing the famous Pecorino cheese and as such goes fantastically with it! Failing that this superb wine will go well with most nutty cheeses or simple white fish dishes such as crusted cod. At only £7.99* a bottle this wine is a must have!
These are definitely my top three Italian white wines but the best thing about wine is that everybody likes something different so why not come and explore and let us know which are your top three?
*When you buy any two or more Italian wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
**When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Wine of the Week: The Ned Pinot NoirDate published: 05/08/12
The Ned Pinot Noir 2011
Marlborough, New Zealand
Renowned winemaker Brent Marris has crafted a complex yet
harmonious Pinot Noir with a core plummy fruit and ripe berry flavours, and enticing aromas of violet and hint of oak. From the Waihopai River, which comprises three distinct variations in soil structure. Hand-picked and aged for 12 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot.
With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on
the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of
the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.
Food match: This wine will develop more smoky character if aged, but is great now with roast chicken, duck or turkey.
£12.49 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20%
So Only £9.99 per bottle!
Fine Wine Friday- Catena Alta ChardonnayDate published: 03/08/12
It's Fine Wine Friday!
Catena Alta Chardonnay 2009
Catena sources fruit from the best vineyard rows for the Catena Alta wines. This Chardonnay hails from the Adrianna vineyard, located 1,500 metres above sea level, with shallow sandy, rocky soils.
Bursting with fruit and minerality with tropical mango and pineapple alongside ripe pear and fig flavours. Notes of sweet spice enhances the rich palate and finishes with great freshness and a long length.
A classy wine deserves classy food. Try with lobster or duck à l'orange.
Wine of the Week: Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent, Louis Jadot 2010 Date published: 30/07/12
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent
This classic Beajolais comes from one of the regions most prestigious houses which was acquired by Louis Jadot in 1996. Despite this and its excellent quality it is still affordable and well worth trying.
Although this wine is made from 100% Gamay grapes it is produced using traditional Pinot Noir vinification techniques. This perhaps says something about its Burgundian owner. The wine is fermented for between 20-30 days using indigenous yeasts before being partially aged in French oak barrels to add depth and complexity as well as supple tannins.
The nose is ripe with red cherry and raspberry red fruit aromas intermingled with subtle nuances of irises, roses and the faintest hint of spice. The palate is soft and fruity with a medium body and delicious flavours of plums, cherries and vanilla spice. The finish is long with a noticeable bite from this wines fresh acidic crispness.
Food match: A classic match to roasted Lamb and Duck dishes. This wine will keep for the next 6-8 years if cellared correctly.
£14.99 a bottle or Buy Any 2 Beaujolais Wines Save 20%
Only £11.99 per bottle!
Majestic Star Buys!Date published: 29/07/12
Majestic Star Buys (Mentioned in the Saturday Times)
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Central Valley Chile £5.99*
A crisp and refreshing wine with an abundance of zesty citrus, lemon and grapefruit flavours. The palate is soft with hints of tropical fruit flavours and a nice clean finish. A great party wine!
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough New Zealand £6.99*
The nose is rich dominated by concentrated gooseberry, citrus, green pepper and herbaceous notes. The palate is fresh and clean with lashings of acidity. Perfect with seafood risotto!
Riesling 'Les Princes Abbes' 2009, Domaines Schlumberger Alsace £13.99**
The nose is defined by aromas of lime and grapefruit whilst the palate is dry with subtle hints of minerality and bracing acidity. Excellent with seafood such as oysters, crabs, shellfish and clams.
Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2011, Central Valley Chile £5.99*
Intense aromas of rich plum and dark cherries materialise on the palate to give a silky smooth texture with soft velvety tannins and hints of liquorice, mocha and vanilla spice. Perfect for red meat and pasta dishes!
Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vielle Vignes Nicholas Potel 2010, Red Burgundy £7.99**
Soft juicy strawberry and red cherry fruits make this wine a great easy drinking summer red. Supple tannins and a soft fruity texture make it the perfect wine for charcuterie and cheeses.
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 2010 Louis Jadot, Beaujolais £11.99*
From one of Beaujolais's most prestigious houses this delicious wine has aromas of ripe red fruit, irises, roses and a subtle hint of spice. The palate is soft with gentle tannins and a firm acidic crispness on the finish. A classic match for Spring Lamb!
* When you buy any two or more Chilean, Australian, New Zealand, Italian or Beaujolais wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
10 Things You Might Not Know About The Loire Valley!Date published: 23/07/12
10 Things you might not know about the Loire Valley!
As this week is Wines of Loire Valley and Beaujolais Tasting Week I thought I would write a mini fact file on 10 things you might not know about the Loire Valley:
1 Wines of the Loire Valley have a history dating back at least as early as the first century AD meaning it has has centuries to perfect the art of winemaking!
2 The Loire Valley is split into three distinct regions each producing very different styles of wine. These are Gros Plant, Anjou-Samur and Touraine.
3 Located within Gros Plant is the appellation of Muscadet and Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. These vineyards are greatly influenced by a maritime climate as winds from the Gulf Stream have a warming effect on the region. The principal grape variety used here is Melon de Bourgogne which produces light citrus flavours. These wines go perfectly with seafood dishes!
4 Anjou-Samur is where (you guessed it) some fantastic Anjou's and Samur's come from. Samur Champigny produces some fantastic sparkling wines made from primarily Chenin Blanc which is the principal grape variety for wines of Anjou although they also make some delicious rosé wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals.
5 The Touraine region produces some fantastic Sauvignon Blancs which are of a very high quality but almost half the price of those from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé! It also produces some delicious red wines from Chinon and Bourgueil made from Cabernet Franc which are often oak aged to add flavours of sandalwood to the blackberry and blueberry fruits.
6 Sancerre lends its name to one of the Loire's most famous wines. These are made from Sauvignon Blanc and tend to be high in acidity with rich aromas of gooseberry, green pepper, elderflower and zesty citrus. However, Sancerre also produces some delicious red wines made from Pinot Noir which is very delicate in style and meant to be drunk when they are young.
7 Vouvrays are made from Chenin Blanc but come in a variety of styles ranging from dry to sweet. Vouvray Molleux are especially good quality sweet wines displaying aromas of honey, floral blossom and stone fruits. Their high acidity makes them fantastically well balanced and gives them the potential to age for many years.
8 The Pouilly-Fumé appellation applies to only white wines (unlike Sancerre). These are made from Sauvignon Blanc also and exhibit very similar characteristic to Sancerre displaying unmistakable hints of minerality resulting from the limestone soils of the area which also contain sections of flint.
9 The perfect food match for Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé is smoked salmon salad as the high acidity of the wine cuts through the oiliness of the fish whilst being perfectly balanced with the acidity found in fresh juicy tomatoes and crisp peppers.
10 Although the main grape varieties grown in the Loire Valley are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc a whole host of other grape varieties can be found. These include Folle Blanch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Gamay, Meunier, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Grape varieties exclusive to the Loire Valley include Grolleau (used to make sweet style rose wines), Pineau D'aunis, Arbois and Romorantin.
Wine of the Week: Vouvray Demi-Sec 'La Bourdonnerie' Domaine Bourillon-DorléansDate published: 23/07/12
Vouvray Demi-Sec 'La Bourdonnerie' Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans
Vouvray is an important white wine appellation located in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley in France. Vouvrays are never oak aged and therefore offer a true representation of the grape variety.
This example of a Vouvray demi-sec is medium-dry but Vouvrays can vary from dry to sweet. Produced by a property founded in 1921 this outstanding wine follows the principals of minimal intervention and therefore is true to the Chenin Blanc grape. Naturally high in acidity Vouvrays can age for many years.
On the nose you can detect rich aromas of apricots, honey, and floral blossom. These materialise on the palate giving a medium-dry taste which is well balanced by lashings of fresh acidity and flavours of ripe apple, peaches and apricots. A subtle hint of minerality on the finish shows the superb quality of this delicious wine.
Food Match: Perfect when served with seafood dishes in creamy sauces or with fruit based tartlets.
£9.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £2! So Only
£8.99 a bottle!
Wine of the week: Valdaviesco Merlot 2009Date published: 17/07/12
Valdivieso Merlot 2009
Merlot has it's ancestral roots firmly in Bordeaux where it is used as one of the varietals in the traditional blend of the region. However, it is also widely grown across the globe as a single varietal. The merlot can produce soft fruity wines with velvety texture but is also capable of becoming a wine with great richness. This style is most common in the New World, particularly Australia and this example from Chile
Valdivieso made its name for the production of sparkling wine, it was only in the 1980s the company turned to making still wines. The grapes for this merlot are bought from a number of growers from the Rapel Valley (an area within the greater Central Valley) which are then blended by Valdivieso to create this full bodied, typical Chilean merlot.
Rich, dark cherry aromas with fantastic ripe, red fruit flavours and well integrated spicy oak notes. Soft and almost voluptuous on the palate
Food Match: Slow cooked venison with redcurrant and rosemary jelly
£9.99 or buy 2 save 20%
So only £7.99 per bottle!
Wines of Beaujolais and the Loire Valley Tasting Week!Date published: 16/07/12
Wines of Beaujolais and Loire Valley Tasting Week
Between Friday 20th July until Thursday 26th July we will have a delicious selection of white, red, and rosé wines open to try on our tasting counter. They have all been specially chosen by the staff here at Majestic Wine Evesham so we hope that you have fun trying them!
Sancerre 'Les Barronières' Dominique Baud, Loire Valley £9.99*
This fresh white wine is full of zesty citrus and fresh gooseberry flavours with underlying minerality and a crisp well balanced finish. Perfect for white fish and seafood dishes such as lightly grilled prawns.
Pouilly-Fumé Les Cascadelles Caves de Pouilly-sur-Loire, Loire Valley £9.99*
Packed with elegant but classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberry, orange blossom, citrus and elderflower. This wine is supported by a crisp citrus finish and a slight mineral character. Delicious when drank on its own this wine is also a great match for oily fish dishes such as smoked salmon or mackerel.
La Grille Pinot Noir Rosé Vin de France, Loire Valley £5.99*
This soft fruity rosé displays nuances of strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant and loganberry. It leaves a refreshing feel and a lingering finish. The ideal match for leafy green salads, or char grilled salmon steaks.
Morgon Château de Pizay, Beaujolais £7.99**
The nose is dominated by blackberries and cherries whilst the palate is incredibly smooth with silky tannins. This leaves a soft fruity taste with a light body: Classic Morgon! An ideal match for roasted pork dishes.
Fleurie Flower Label Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais £8.79**
A classic Fleury with soft cherry fruit, and a fragrant floral perfume. Concentrated fruit and light tannins makes an attractive wine with a silky texture. This wine can be served lightly chilled and goes excellently with light summer lunches.
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent Louis Jadot, Beaujolais**
From one of Beaujolais' most prestigious houses the château was acquired by Louis Jadot in 1996. Intense aromas of ripe red fruit intermingle with irises, roses and hints of spice. This wine has surprising depth, dry fleshy tannins and a firm acidic crispness on the palate. A perfect match for spring lamb dishes!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy any two Beaujolais wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Bring Out the Sunshine!Date published: 16/07/12
Bring Out the Sunshine!
In celebration of the launch of our late summer flyer on Tuesday 17th July (and in hopes of a little bit of sunshine) Majestic bring you these fabulous offers!
Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand £5.99**
A delicious zesty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with lashings of lemon citrus, gooseberry, green pepper and herbaceous notes. Crisp and refreshing it is perfect for those hot summer days!
Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudieres' Cave de Lugny, Burgundy £6.99*
A light and easy drinking White Burgundy with soft green apple, lemon citrus fruit and a delightful streak of minerality. Ideal for white fish and poultry dishes!
Gavi La Lancellotta, Piedmonte Italy £6.99**
A delicate wine with expressions of green apple, soft peach and apricot fruits and a hint of grapefruit and lime characters. Its slightly aromatic style makes it a fabulous choice for those who want to try something a little bit different!
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosado, Rioja Spain £7.99*
This wine brims with juicy strawberry, raspberry and red cherry fruits with a hint of floral notes. The palate is soft and fruity with a lengthy finish. Perfect for leafy green salads!
Beaujolais-Villages Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais France £5.99**
A lovely light youthful red wine packed with raspberry and red cherry fruits with very gentle tannins and a fresh finish. Perfect for parties!
Mandrielle Sangiovese Banfi, Tuscany Italy £5.99**
Well defined notes of liquorice and cedar on the nose are followed by a medium bodied palate of both red and black cherries and toasty oak spice. Delicious when served with roasted pepper tarts!
Côtes du Rhône Belleruche, Rhône Valley France £6.99*
This wine showcases a rich aroma of dark fruits, earthy minerals and lashings of spice. It is soft and rounded with smooth tannins and an abundance of blackberry and dark cherry fruits.
*When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy any two Chilean, New Zealand, Italian, Australian or Beaujolais wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Chill Out With Chilean Wine!Date published: 10/07/12
Chill Out With Chilean Wine!
From Friday 6th to Thursday 12th July we are celebrating all things Chilean with a fabulous Chilean tasting week. During this period we have a delicious selection of red, white and rose wines from Chile open to taste on our tasting counter. I thought it would also be a great idea to give you all a little background knowledge on Chilean wines from grapes to glass!
Chile is a very long narrow country located on the West coast of South America. Vines were traditionally introduced by the Spanish Conquistadors however France has had the largest influence on Chilean winemaking with an influx of French winemakers arriving in the 19th century.
Although the climate in Chile is hot it is greatly influenced by the Pacific coast and its Humboldt current due to its 3,000 miles of coastline. The Andes mountains also reach heights of 7,000 metres which provide ideal growing conditions as the high altitude means lower temperatures.
Many of Chile's vines are grown in the Central Valley, a large plateau located in the centre of the country separated from the Pacific Ocean by mountain ranges. Its many rivers provide excellent irrigation for vines and the climate is generally Mediterranean experiencing warm dry summers and winter rainfall. However, vines are also planted to the north of the country in Aconcagua, Casablanca and San Antonio, and to the south of the country in Talca, Maule and Bio Bio.
Vine identification in Chile is not as simple as one might think. An awful lot of vines once believed to be Merlot were discovered to in fact be Carmenere and most of the wines identified as 'Sauvignon' by the Chileans are not in fact sauvignon Blanc but a mixture of Sauvignon Vert, Sauvignonasse and Sauvignon Gris. Despite these minor confusions Chile produces a lot of fantastic Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and Syrah.
Most wines exported from Chile tend to be soft and fruity. They produce some fabulously fruity Cabernet Sauvignons with great structure and purity of fruit. Their Sauvignon Blancs tend to be much lower in acidity than say those produced in New Zealand with crisp clean citrus fruit. They also produce some really soft juicy Merlots with lashings of plum fruit and chocolate and mocha flavours and their Carmeneres are delicious with lashings of spice, vanilla and cinnamon. My favourite Chilean wines however have to be their rich creamy Chardonnays which benefit from oak ageing to produce a rich array of tropical and stone fruit flavours with a delicious toasty buttery finish.
My Top Three Chilean Wines:
Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2011 Leyda Valley £8.79* This delicious Chardonnay oozes soft peach, apricot and mango aromas which materialise on the palate accompanied by delicious flavours of soft butter and toast. Perfect for roasted poultry dishes.
Koyle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Alto Colchagua £8.79* This Cabernet sauvignon is full of rich blackberry and blueberry fruits with hints of chocolate, cedar, coffee and spice. A tiny amount of Carmenere is added to the blend to produce a smoky woody texture. Perfect with fillet steak.
Viu Manent Reserva Carmenere 2010 Colchagua £7.99* A nose of ripe black cherries, juicy plums and herbaceous spice is met on the palate with silky smooth tannins, lush blackcurrant fruit, dates, figs and mocha. Perfect with spicy lamb chops seasoned with fresh thyme.
*When you buy any two Chilean wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Wine Of The Week: Quinta de Bacalhoa 2008Date published: 08/07/12
Quinta de Bacalhao 2008
Famed for it's fortified Ports, the table wines of Portugal are often overlooked, yet some real treats can be found. This wine is a typical Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is ideal with the rainy summer we are going through!
The Quinta da Bacalhôa estate is 15th-century country estate, formerly owned by the Portuguese royal family and known as Vila Fresca. The estate only turned to commercial wine production in the 1970s, and is now one of Portugal's largest producers.
An unusual iberian take on claret, this offers a lush palate of warm
bramble fruit and woody, nutty tannins, and heady aromas of fresh
tobacco leaf and sandalwood.
Food Match: A terrific roast beef wine, which will also go well with mature hard cheeses.
£13.49 or buy 2 save £3
Fine Wine Friday: Puligny-Montrachet 2010 Domaine JomainDate published: 05/07/12
It's Fine Wine Friday!
Puligny-Montrachet 2010 Domaine Jomain
From a family-run estate that follows in the principles of 'lutte raisonné', ensuring that the use of chemicals in the vineyard is kept to a minimum. Hand-harvested grapes are aged in oak barrels for 15 months.
A lean, smooth wine showing notes of citrus, pear and hazelnut on the nose, and hints of vanilla and spice on the palate. Crisp, elegant and refreshing with a long elegant length.
Try this delicious wine with seafood – particularly langoustines, crayfish or tuna!
Wine Of The Week: Santa Carolina Merlot ReservaDate published: 03/07/12
Valle de Colchagua, Chile
We've chosen this wine of the week as part of our Chile themed tasting week, it is also new to our range.
Colchagua Valley, and specifically the vineyards of Miraflores and Los Lingues, have been specially chosen by Santa Carolina as the location for growing this Merlot due to their stony, clay-based soils, commonly associated with the classic expression of the variety.
A bright and exuberant wine, full of cassis, ripe blackberry and vanilla notes, delivered with a soft, plummy fullness. Up to 15% Syrah and Carmenere have added a little extra complexity.
Food match: Enjoyable on its own, but also perfect with rich pasta sauces and red meat dishes in general.
£8.49 or 20% off Chile
South American Super Sippers!Date published: 29/06/12
South American Super Sippers!
Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century and is reknowned for its smooth fruity wines! To celebrate their production of some great value wines, we will be tasting a selection of their finest efforts between Friday 6th July-Thursday 12th July!
Carmen Reserva Carmenere 2011, Valle de Colchagua, Chile £7.19*
The historic rediscovery of Carmenere vines happened at Viña Carmen's vineyards in Alto Maipo in 1994, and since then, the variety has gone on to carve a niche for itself in the country's winemaking. This example from Colchagua is blended with 10% Carignan.Aromas of ripe forest fruits are nuanced with subtle notes of tobacco, red peppers and paprika. Velvety and warming on the palate, with good fruit sweetness.
Indo Anakena Merlot 2010, Valle del Cachapoal, Chile £6.99*
Viña Anakena's Merlot comes from several plots in Alto Cachapoal, around 100km south of Santiago.The soils here consist of roughly equal parts of sand, limestone and clay, providing a great all-round terroir for a wide range of grape varieties. A supremely easy-drinking, soft-tannined Merlot, with small amounts of Syrah and Carmenere added for a slightly meatier structure. Nose and palate are reminiscent of a big bowl of red fruits
Yali Welands Merlot Rose 2011, Valle de Colchagua, Chile £5.99*
Yali is the name of the Valley where the Ventisquero winery is located and is the main area of Mediterranean climate marshland in Chile. El Humedal El Yali is an area recognised for its significance to conservation, with 25% of Chile's bird population concentrating here. A light and fruity rosé with a soft watermelon backbone, embellished with hints of strawberry and cherry on the palate. Enjoy with salads, fish and light pasta dishes.
Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2010, Valle de Casablanca, Chile £9.99*
Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded Viña Montes to pursue the making of premium wines in Chile. Barrel fermented using a mixture of Burgundian and native yeasts this Chardonnay is matured in French oak for 12 months. Aromas of banana and pineapple on the nose, with upfront mango and passionfruit on the palate, complemented by a buttery, creamy character
to the palate. Hints of toffee on the after taste.
Yali Wetlands Viognier National Reserva 2011, Valle de Colchagua, Chile £6.79*
The Viognier grapes for this wine come from the Periliho Estate in theColchagua Valley. Yali's approach to vinification involves a cold soak, before fermentation controlled between 13-16 degrees. The wine is also then aged for two months with weekly lees stirring.Light in body and texture, with an emphasis on stone fruits and tropical characters. Melon, apricot and tangerine notes abound, lifted by a sharp citrussy acidity.
Yali Wetlands Sauvignon Blanc 2010,Valle de Colchagua, Chile £5.99*
Fermentation was carried out gradually in a temperature-controlled environment that allowed extraction of a large quantity of fruit and mineral fragrances. After fermentation the wine was allowed to rest on its lees for 4 months and subjected to bâtonnage.Grapefruit, lime and peach aromas leap from the glass, followed with crisp, citrus flavours on the palate. A refreshing acidity is matched by a zingy finish.
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Wine Of The Week: Bourgogne ChardonnayDate published: 26/06/12
Bourgogne Nicolas Potel
This classical white Burgundy is grown on very favourable sites which gain maximum exposure to the sun but are still available at a reasonable price.
Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or.
Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used in production, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.
The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with a almondy complexity on the finish.
Food match: enjoy with simple,subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheese tart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.
£11.99 or buy 2 save £8
Celebrate this Summer with Champagne!Date published: 23/06/12
Celebrate Summer With Champagne!
This summer promises to be a good one with high hopes of sun! In celebration of this we are offering this fantastic deal:
Montaudon Brut NV Champagne
£15.00 a bottle!
This delicious champagne comes from an established champagne house dating back to 1891. The Montaudon family owned and ran it for four consecutive generations!
Zesty citrus and green apple fruits are delicately balanced by notes of toasted brioche and subtle yeasty flavours. The mousse is delicate yet persistent.
Wine Of The Week: Paul de Mas Cabernet de CabernetDate published: 15/06/12
Domaine paul Mas combines mechanical harvesting with hand picking. The use of machines allows them to collect the largest amount of grapes of optimum ripeness. It also means they can keep picking through the night to prevent the oxidisation of grapes in the day. Since 1892 this family owned winery has been making wine in the Languedoc region of Southern France.
“Vin de Pays” means country wine, and the Vin de Pays d'Oc comes from the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of Southern France. This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc is in fact a mix of finished wines. Blackberry and roasted pepper sit well in a full-bodied, soft red with acres of character.
Food Match: Serve with barbecued meat, pasta dishes or hard cheeses.
This Summer Everything Goes With Pink!Date published: 12/06/12
This Summer Everything Goes With Pink!
Rosé and Summer go brilliantly together, after all there is nothing quite like a crisp refreshing glass of Rosé wine on a hot summers day. No other region on the planet devotes so much of its production to Rosé wine as Provence in France and in celebration of this we will be tasting a selection of wines from Provence between Friday 22nd-Thursday 28th June!
Château Saint Roch-lès-Vignes 2011, Rosé de Provence £6.99*
Made from 100% Grenache grapes sourced from vineyards around St Tropez, this soft dry rosé has hints of citrus, attractive red berry fruits and a delicate hint of spice. The finish is crisp and refreshing.
Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2011, Côteaux Varois de Provence £6.99*
This delicious blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan produces a light and fruity easy-drinking rosé with flavours of strawberries, red cherry, watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make the palate clean and refreshing.
AIX Rosé 2011, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Magnum £19.99
An award winning wine from one of the regions largest and most prestigious wineries Domaine de la Grande Séouve. This delicious blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah is vibrant and summery in style with a bright pink colour and flavours of ripe red berries, raspberries and strawberries. The perfect party wine!
Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2011, Côtes de Provence £7.99*
Château de Berne has been producing wine since 1750 and today owns over 110ha of vines. This cool-fermented Grenache, Cinsault rosé blend has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. It is juicy and fresh on the palate with an exotic hint of peach.
Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2011, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence £8.99*
Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are blended to produce this wonderful light delicate style of Provence rosé. On the palate red apples and ripe cherries are met by floral notes, fresh acidity and a beautiful finish.
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Wine of the week: Oxford Landing Estate Cabernet Sauvignon/ShirazDate published: 11/06/12
Oxford Landing Estates Cabernet Shiraz 2010
Yalumba, South Australia
With the wind and rain once again howling around us, pick up a soul warming, comforting red to snuggle up with. On special offer, this delightful blend will soon see a smile appear.
Established in 1958, the Oxford Landing estate lies on the banks of Murray river in South Australia. This is the ultimate Australian blend, with Cabernet sauvignon sourced from parcels up to 40 years old.
Easy drinking, with spicy dark fruit aroma and lashings of spicy plum and blackberry fruit with hints of cedar on the palate, leading on to a smooth finish.
Food match: Perfect for Sunday roasts or a summer barbecue.
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Wine Of The Week: Chateau Guiot RoseDate published: 06/06/12
Château Guiot Rosé 2011
Costières de Nîmes France
With the weather taking a turn for the better and the sun finally beginning to shine we thought that a nice Rosé wine would make the perfect wine of the week for those hot summer days.
This delicious Rosé wine is made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes grown in the Nîmes region located at the foot of the Rhône appellation. The vines grow on unique rolling pebbles known as 'gress' of Château Guiot. The bright ruby pink colour is maintained by keeping the skins of the grape in contact with the juice for a short period before fermentation.
On the nose perfume, red berries and spice aromas lift out of the glass. The palate sees an abundance of soft summer berries and red cherry flavours accompanied by blossom aromas. This wine is slightly off-dry in style with a clean mineraly acidity and a vibrant sweet redcurrant finish.
Food Match: This light delicate style of Rosé is the perfect match to crispy green salads or as the ideal aperitif.
£7.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £2
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Let Summer Sizzle On: Great New Offers!Date published: 04/06/12
Let Summer Sizzle On!
With the launch of our fantastic Mid-Summer flyer come some even better deals! With BBQ's being lit across the country here are some delicious wines that are perfect for picnics, BBQ's and all other types of get togethers you can think of!
Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2011 IGT Pavia, Italy £4.99*
Since 1925 this family run winery has been producing some fantastic wines in Verona. Light and fresh in style this Pinot Grigio brims with lemon citrus, lime and melon with a crisp well balanced finish.
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough New Zealand £5.99*
The grapes from this wine are sourced from across the region making it a classic Marlborough Sauvignon. Zesty gooseberry, citrus, elderflower and green pepper flavours ooze from this wine. It has crisp acidity and a full flavour.
Mountain View Rose Luis Felipe Edwards 2011, Central Valley Chile £4.99*
A blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon this bright pink rose is full of summer berry aromas with lashings of supple juicy redcurrants, strawberries and red cherries. The perfect party rose!
La Grill Pinot Noir Rose 2010 Vin de France, Loire Valley £5.99**
This delicious Pinot Noir Rose is cool fermented to retain its fresh light style. Nuances of strawberries, raspberries and loganberries are present and it leaves a crisp refreshing finish.
Reales Vinedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2006, Castilla Spain £4.99**
Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes this wine displays intense aromas of raspberries and cranberries with delicious hints of vanilla and spice. A smooth well balanced palate leads to a long savoury finish.
Vina Eguia 2006 Rioja Reserva, Rioja Spain £5.99**
Beautifully deep in colour this fabulous Rioja has an intense bouquet of rich dark fruits, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate is weighty yet elegant with lashings of spice and medium tannins.
* when you buy any two Chilean, New Zealand, Italian, Australian or Beajolais wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
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Bank Holiday Opening Hours!Date published: 04/06/12
This bank Holiday we are open every day so if you need that extra bottle of fizz or a nice case of wine keep us in mind! We are open the following hours:
Saturday 2nd June 9am-7pm
Sunday 3rd June 10am-5pm
Monday 4th June 10am-5pm
Tuesday 5th June 10am-5pm
Wednesday 6th June 10am-8pm
(Normal Hours Resume)
See you soon!
Wine of the Week: Prestioge Parcels Pinot GrisDate published: 26/05/12
Prestige Parcels Pinot Gris 2011
Majestic's exclusive Prestige Parcels are one-off lots of wine from top producers, which have been obtained by our buyers at an extra special price.
Although most famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, producers in the Marlborough region have been making experimental plantings of Pinot Gris since 1990.
Aromas of pear drops, honeysuckle and melon leap from the glass. This wine is softly textured on the palate, with gentle tropical fruit flavours, rounded acidity and a hint of residual sweetness.
Food Match: Poultry Dishes with Citrus or Herbs
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Wine Matches for Savoury Pastries such as Sausage Rolls, Pork Pies & Scotch EggsDate published: 16/05/12
Wine Matches for Savoury Pastries such as Sausage Rolls, Pork Pies & Scotch Eggs
Lets face it no picnic is complete without a mixture of savoury pastries including sausage rolls, pork pies and scotch eggs. Whilst you can make them yourselves they are widely available in local supermarkets and pretty good value. However, which wines to match with them is a different matter altogether!
Great wine matches to this type of food are rich in style with concentrated fruits that can stand up to the flavoursome nature of these delicious snacks. For a white wine I would recommend something like the Mâcon Cruzille 'Le Chanay' 2009 Cave de Lugny from Burgundy. This is a great example of an unoaked Chardonnay in a richer more full bodied style. Apple, white pear and zesty citrus characters on the nose and palate will stand up to the full flavour of the savoury pastries. This wine also has a fantastic mineral streak reminiscent of the limestone rich soils of the Mâconnais which won't be overwhelmed by the pastries. At just £8.99 a bottle when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles this is a great buy!
A great red wine match is a slightly richer style of Pinot Noir such as the Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2010 from Marlborough in New Zealand. Ripe black cherry and rich plum fruits are met with hints of liquorice and a hint of savoury spice that will perfectly complement the pepper in the pork pies and sausage rolls! The silky smooth texture and soft tannins of this wine make it a fantastic easy drinking red. Currently just £9.99 a bottle when you buy any two New Zealand Wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Raise a Glass to Our Fabulous Jubilee Offers!Date published: 16/05/12
Raise a Glass to Our Fabulous Jubilee Offers!
With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee just around the corner we thought it would be a great idea to bring you some fabulous Jubilee deals! Starting Thursday 17th May these offers will only run until Monday 28th May so hurry whilst stocks last!
Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough New Zealand. Just £4.99** a bottle!
The grapes undergo a short cool fermentation period to ensure the fruit retains maximum expression. A Classic New Zealand Sauvignon with zesty lemon citrus, rich gooseberry and grapefruit, hints of elderflower and herbaceous notes.
Viña Eguia Crianza 2007, Rioja Spain. Just £4.99* a bottle!
From a Bodega run by the infamous Muriel group. The grapes are aged for 12 months in American oak barrels then 12 months in bottle. Ripe black cherries and dark plum fruits are met by vanilla spice, soft polished tannins and a lengthy finish.
Viñalba Malbec Reserva 2010, Mendoza Argentina. Just £7.99* a bottle!
Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes Mountains grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. Rich dark plum and blackberry fruits are met with sweet spice, mocha and dark chocolate flavours.
Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC Italy. Just £6.66 a bottle!
A light fresh fruity style of prosecco with medium acidity and lots of fresh pear, red apple, peach and apricot fruit flavour. Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles this prosecco makes the perfect apéritif or accompaniment to canapés.
Prosecco Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV, Italy. Just £6.66 a bottle!
The Raboso grapes, known as the little sister to Prosecco grapes, are picked from vineyards around the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. An elegant and intense bouquet of fresh peach, red cherry and berry fruits with a round soft structure.
Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne. Just £15 a bottle!
A light, fresh and fruity champagne with discrete bubbles and flavours of green apple, pears and citrus fruits with a delicate hint of biscuit and brioche. Delicious!
Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 Vintage Champagne Just £18 a bottle!
This vintage champagne is soft and rich in style with hints of apple and citrus accompanied by flavours of vanilla, freshly baked bread and butter. The perfect party fizz!
Peroni 12x 330ml Bottle Packs Now Just £12 a case!
Peroni 24x 330ml Packs Now Just £1 a Bottle so Only £24 a case!
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Perfect For Picnics: Classic egg Mayo with a Twist & Bree and Grape SandwichesDate published: 16/05/12
Perfect for Picnics: Classic Egg Mayo With a Twist & Bree and Grape Sandwiches
Picnic food is al fresco dining at its best and allows you to make the most of the beautiful British countryside. These two sandwich recipes are quick and simple but will spruce up any picnic and go fantastically with a range of wines.
Classic Egg Mayo With a Twist:
For this great classic British picnic sandwich to serve 4 you will need:
4 bread rolls (I like to use fresh crusty bread)
A large dollop of mayonnaise
1 Spring Onion
A handful of Rocket
1-Boil the eggs in a pan with a pinch of salt for 4 minutes then leave to cool to ensure that they are fully cooked in the middle.
2-Chop into small squares and mix with a large dollop of mayonnaise. I like to add a lot of mayo but you can make them as creamy as you like! If your feeling very adventurous you can even make your own mayo.
3-Next chop the spring onion up into slices about 5mm in diameter and mix into the egg mayo mix. Add lashings of black pepper and stir gently.
4-Slice the bread rolls down the middle, line with rocket then place a good helping of the egg mayo mixture and enjoy!
Bree & Grape Sandwiches:
4 Bread Rolls (I think toasted ciabatta works brilliantly)
A large slice of Bree
A bunch of green grapes
This recipe is really as simple as it looks. Slice the Bree into thin slices and line the bread rolls. Then cut the grapes in half and place over the Bree. Add a pinch of black pepper and serve! I like to add a small amount of chutney to this sandwich to spice it up a bit. Pickle and apple or cranberry both work really well!
Wine Match: I think a great White Burgundy is the perfect match for both of these recipes because the acidity cuts through the richness of the mayonnaise without overwhelming the flavour of the sandwich. The Louis Jadot Macon Blanc Roche Blanches is a perfect example. It has lots of fresh citrus, green apple and grape fruit flavours with great acidity. These fruits matches that of the grapes and complements the Bree. Currently just £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2 bottles!
Food & Wine Match: Roasted Vegetable, Feta and Chickpea SaladDate published: 15/05/12
Roasted Vegetable, Feta and Chickpea salad
I love food that's minimal effort but maximum taste and this is another of my favourites. For lunch, a side dish for picnics and barbeque's or even a light dinner I think it's perfect, easily prepared in advance and just serve it up when you want it.
For 2 servings you will need:
A 300g can of chickpeas in water
2 Peppers (Red, Yellow, Orange or Green)
1 Red Onion
Herbs for seasoning (I recommend Thyme and Basil)
Heat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade (my oven only works in centigrade) and chop your peppers, courgette and red onion into medium sized chunks and put them into an oven proof dish. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and season with the Basil and Thyme, I would then give them a mix to ensure they are all covered.
Once the oven is heated put your vegetables in and cook them for 30-45 minutes, I like mine to be just nicely browning. Drain the chickpeas and divide between your plates, then add the roasted vegetables (either straight from the oven or cooled) cut the feta into cubes and add on top.
I then like to top this with my favourite salad dressing or the old classic of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.
For a lovely summer dish I recommend a nice summer wine like the CUNE Rioja Rosado 2011. This rosé is packed full of summer fruits, like strawberries and raspberries, and the acidity of the wine will act as a palate cleanser with the richness of the feta. At just £6.99 a bottle when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six its a star buy!
Perfect Picnic PartnersDate published: 15/05/12
Perfect Picnic Partners
With a great summer of celebrations right around the corner a good old fashioned picnic is the perfect way to celebrate! Al fresco dining is a great way to get outside and enjoy all the delights of Britain. You can bring many different types and varieties of food, lots of great wines, and even a bottle of fizz for those special occasions. Below are some great food and wine matches that would brighten up any picnic:
The perfect wine to go with leafy green salads, juicy tomatoes and cool cucumbers is one with acidity and flavour to match. The Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is a great choice, crisp lemon citrus and rich gooseberry fruits are met with refreshing acidity and herbaceous notes. Just £7.99* a bottle!
For a lighter option the Serena Pinot Grigio 2011 Banfi oozes delicate pear and melon aromas with soft citrus notes. At just £5.99* a bottle it is the perfect partner!
For sandwiches including Classic Egg Mayo, Bree & Grape & Coronation Chicken:
The perfect match is a light and delicate White Burgundy like the Macon-Village 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2011. Citrus and apple notes, a hint of blossom and faint traces of butter complement the creamy sauces. Currently £6.99** a bottle!
Alternatively you could go for a slightly more aromatic style of wine such as the Caixas Albarino. This delicate floral lemony white wine is delicious and just £7.99**.
For savoury pastries such as sausage rolls, pork pies and scotch eggs:
Try a richer more concentrated style of wine such as the Louis Latour Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine 2010. Cherries, summer berries and sweet spice are met with velvety tannins for just £8.99** a bottle.
Alternatively try the Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. Red cherry and dark plum fruits with lashings of spice and gentle tannins for just £4.99* a bottle! Perfect!
For cakes and all things sweet:
I love a nice glass of fizz with dessert and as so many summer desserts include strawberries and other fruits a delicious glass of pink fizz seems the perfect option! The Chilean Undurraga Rose NV is great with delicious red cherry and watermelon flavours, and a fine but persistent mousse for only £5.99 a bottle!
For those who want to splash out a little bit why not go for our new Montaudon Brut NV Champagne? At just £17 a bottle it bursts with citrus and green apple fruit flavours with subtle hints of brioche and a light delicate mousse.
* When you buy any two Chilean, New Zealand, Beajolais, Australian or Italian Wines
** When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles
Wine of the Week: Nero D'Avola di Sicilia 2010Date published: 15/05/12
Oriano Nero D'Avola di Sicilia 2010
In continuation with our Italian Tasting Week this installment of our Wine of the Week is a beauty from Sicily. Nero d'Avola is Sicily's signature red grape variety. The grape itself is named after the town of Avola in the far southwest of Sicily where it has been growing for several hundred years.
The hilly, mountainous geography of Sicily twinned with its poor soil, intense summer heat and low rainfall provides ideal growing conditions for vines. This classic Mediterranean climate ensures that the vines are sufficiently stressed to place all their energy into producing fantastic grapes.
An intense nose of red plums, cherries and mocha follow through on the palate. They are accompanied by lashings of black fruits such as blackberries, supple tannins and a peppery finish. This savory style of red wine is similar to that of a Shiraz and gives the wine great complexity.
Food Match: Grilled lamb chops with thyme and rosemary.
£6.99 per Bottle Or
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Celebrate the Summer With a Little Taste of ItalyDate published: 12/05/12
Celebrate the Summer With a Little Taste of Italy
Italy produces more wine than any other country with an amazing 1000 different grape varieties and 20 wine growing regions! In celebration of this beautiful country and its amazing selection of wines we will have a variety of Italian wines open to taste throughout the summer, and don't forget its buy any 2 Italian wines save 20% Below are some of our favourites:
Pinot Grigio Bacaro 2010 £5.59*
Pale lemon in colour on the nose this wine gives hints of perfume, pears and lemon citrus. The palate is delicate and refined with fresh and vibrant acidity making a great easy drinking wine.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Monte Schiavo 2011 £6.39*
Verdicchio is the signature wine from the Marche region of the Adriatic Coast. This wine oozes pure citrus fruits including pineapple and lime with a refreshing crisp finish. A great party wine!
Gavi La Toledana 2011 £7.99*
From the village of Gavi in Piedmonte, North-West Italy, this wine displays ripe peach and pears on the palate. These give way to refreshing minerality, hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge.
Falanghina Terredora 2011 £8.79*
Citrus fruit, apple and quince are in abundance with a delicate hint of nuts Three months lees ageing before bottling add depth and texture whilst retaining the light fruit driven character of this wine.
Villa Sandi Prosecco Frizzante NV DOC £6.99*
A lightly-sparkling off-dry style of Prosecco which is pale in colour with floral and citrus notes. The palate is crisp and clean with flavours of honeydew melon and pear. Great as an aperitif!
Prosecco La Marca Treviso £8.99
The grapes are grown close to Venice in Northern Italy. Pale and elegant with youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. A slight hint of sweetness balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Grifone 2010 £4.99*
Lots of red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours are met by supple tannins, a medium body and a hint of sweet spice. It is not difficult to see why this is the signature wine from the Abruzzi region!
'I Saitiri' Salice Salentino Riserva Candido DOC 2006 £7.59
This is a very robust complex wine made from the Negroamaro grape variety. A backbone of dark plum and bramble are met by dried fig, raisin and smokey flavours with rich earthy notes.
Barbera d'Alba Sucule Villa Lanata 2008 £7.99*
An intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spice and liquorice is met by racing acidity, firm tannins and a long lingering finish. Will drink well over the next five years.
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso La Casetta di Ettore Righetti 2009 £12.79*
Combining the power and class of Amarone with the bright fruit of Valpolicella. A rich array of dark cherry, plum, red berries and vanilla are met by flavours of dried figs, prunes and raisins. Fine and rounded with a velvety smooth palate and a long finish.
* When you buy any two Italian wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Some Great Summer winesDate published: 10/05/12
Below are a list of some great wines for the summer that we have been tasting in Majestic wine Evesham:
Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV Sparkling New Zealand £7.99
Lindauer sparkling wine is produced and owned by Montana, one of New Zealand's leading wineries. This delicious blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is made in the traditional champagne method and as a result is fresh, ripe and fruity with subtle aromas of toast, black fruits and crisp citrus notes.
Montaudon Brut NV Champagne £17.00
This vegetarian champagne is produced by a house established in 1891 which takes the name 'Montaudon' from the family who owned and ran the house for four generations. Today owned by Möet Hennessy this champagne has aromas of crisp green apples, zesty citrus and delicate brioche flavours.
Contesa Pecorino £9.99 Buy Any 2 Italian Wines Save 20% Only £7.99
Pecorino is a grape native to central Italy, which is early ripening and thin skinned. The grape gets its name from the triangular shape of its bunches; reminiscent of a sheep's head. It has an intense nose of citrus fruits with hints of orange blossom and minerality make this a soft but clean wine with great texture.
Marquis de Pennautier Viognier Southern France £7.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £2 Only £6.99
Château de Pennautier was built during the reign of King Louis XIII and has been in possession of a single family since 1620. Today the 10th generation of the family harvest Viognier grapes from just 3 ha of vineyards. A full bodied, lively style with ripe peach, exotic fruit flavours and a hint of honeysuckle.
Sonoma Cutrer Coastal Chardonnay California £15.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £12 Only £9.99
This 250 acre estate's vineyards cross rolling hills, and the soils contain volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt Helena providing the perfect growing conditions for vines. Intense white peach, nectarine and lime flavours are combined with toasty oak and cedar to produce a delicious rich and full bodied white wine.
The Ned Black Label Pinot Grigio £9.99 Buy Any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% Only £7.99
Marisco Vineyards, owners of the Ned Black Label, won New Zealand Winery of the year in 2011 and still have world renowned status for their delicious wines. Their Pinot Grigio has a nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a soft rich palate with pure ripe pear and lychee flavours.
St. Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc £13.74 Buy Any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% £10.99
This family owned winery has been producing some excellent wines since 1978. This delicious Sauvignon Blanc is made exclusively for Majestic. The palate oozes rich gooseberry, lemon citrus and elderflower with notes of freshly cut grass, green pepper, blackcurrant leaf and herbs. Crisp acidty and a lingerling minerality make this wine fresh and fruity in style.
St. Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc £17.49 Buy Any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% £13.99
This winery is fast becoming one of the most reputed in Marlborough. Rich aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit are met on the palate by steely minerality and herbaceous characters. The finish is long and lingering showing the exceptional quality of this great wine.
Château Pigoudet Chapelle Provence Rose £9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £2 Only £8.99
The Château is located in an excellent southern position in a picturesque valley overlooking the river Durance in Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Produced using the saignée method from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah this rosé has a light, delicate palate with soft citrus fruit, strawberry and red cherry flavours.
Villa Maria Rose £8.74 Buy Any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% Only £6.99
Produced by one of New Zealand's most celebrated family owned wineries. The Merlot and Malbec grapes for this off-dry rosé are sourced from several vineyards in Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. Aromas of wild strawberries and ripe red berries are met with refreshing acidity, a medium body and good length.
'I Satiri' Salice Salentino Riserva Candido £9.49 Buy Any 2 Italian Wines Save 20% Only £7.59
From the Puglia region of Italy, Salice Salentino are gaining a reputation as producers of complex, distinct great value wines! Made from the native Negroamaro grape this robust wine has a backbone of dark plum and bramble with notes of dried figs, earth and smoke from several years bottle ageing.
McGuigan Signature Cabernet Sauvignon £9.99 Buy Any 2 Australian Wines Save 20% £7.99
Winemaker Neill McGuigan won International Winemaker of the Year and Australian Producer of the Year in 2011 for his fantastic wines. This rich Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception with opulent blackberries, juicy plums, cassis and forest floor characters with a smooth but spicy finish.
St. Clair Estate Selection Pinot Noir £13.74 Buy Any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% £10.99
The grapes are sourced from several vineyards in the South of Marlborough because the clay soils produce grapes with delicate red fruit flavours. Redcurrants, raspberry and ripe black cherry are met by fine tannins and a hint of vanilla which comes from french oak barrique ageing.
Matsu El Picaro Toro Spain £9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 Only £7.99
'Picaro' translates as rogue or rascal symbolising the youthful style of this Toro wine. The Tempranillo grapes come from 50 year old vines which give low yields of high quality grapes. Ripe blackberries and raspberry aromas are met with a bold yet supple palate with ripe tannins and a hint of cocoa.
St. Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Noir £19.99 Buy Any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% £15.99
Pioneer Block wines are made from small parcels of fruit identified by the winemaker as of exceptional quality. The grapes used in this wine come from vineyards at Doctor's Creek and the Southern Valleys to add complexity. Rich raspberry and soft plum fruits are met by redcurrants and a touch of sweet spice. The tannins are soft and the finish lingers.
Wine of the Week: Oriano Grillo 2010Date published: 10/05/12
Oriano Grillo 2010
In line with our Italian themed tasting week. This week's wine of the week is a white that is a relatively unknown grape native to Sicily Grillo is one of Sicily's oldest grape varieties and is normally used in the production of the fortified wine Marsala, and at it's best can produce full-bodied wines with lots of character.
Sicily is Italy's largest region with the largest area under vines, although it only produces 5.5 million hecolitres, which puts it in fourth place in terms of wine productions. Sicily's wine production has traditionally, and to some extent still is, heavily controlled by the Mafia. Sicily's terrain make it ideal for growing and fully ripening grapes, with hillside vineyards that are exposed to plenty of sunlight.
A lively, fresh nose of green apple, with a hint of zesty citrus with subtle pear drop aromas. On the palate it is crisp, clean and refreshing with a playful hints of white peach, pear and camomille.
Ideal as a cool, refreshing drink on a warm summers day, or with fish seasoned with lemon
£6.99 or buy any 2 from Italy and save 20%
Wine of the Week: Yali Reserva GewurztraminerDate published: 08/05/12
Yali Reserva Gewürztraminer 2010
Colchagua Valley, Chile
For this edition of Wine of the Week we thought that we would bring you something a little bit different. We have chosen a Chilean Gewürztraminer: a New World take on a classic European wine.
The grapes for this wine are grown in Yali's Peralillo estate in the Colchagua Valley. They are harvested at night, pressed without coming into contact to the air before being cool-fermented to maximise the fresh delicate style of the wine and concentrate the primary fruit character.
Intensley floral on the nose this wine gives off a medley of roses, jasmine and lemon blossom which accentuate the tropical lychee fruit. These flavours materialise on the palate to give a soft fruity off-dry wine with an abundance of florality and a nice balance between texture and acidity.
Food Match: Lightly grilled prawns or slightly spicy Thai dishes.
£8.49 or Buy Any 2 Chilean Wines Save 20%
So Only £6.79 a Bottle!
Food & Wine Match: Summer Vegetable and Chicken CasseroleDate published: 05/05/12
Summer Vegetable and Chicken Casserole
This is one of my favourite time saving summer dinners as it doesn't require too much attention to make so its perfect for those nights when there's so much else to do.
Sugar snap peas
Paprika (smoked not spicy)
Fresh Basil or Thyme (or both)
I prefer to start by chopping the Chicken and vegetables into smaller pieces to save time later. Take your chopped chicken and onions and fry them in some oil in a large pan (or casserole dish). I like to cook them until they are beginning to brown slightly. Then add in your new potatoes and carrots and pour the stock over them. You want enough stock to just cover everything. Then add into your fresh herbs, paprika and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Leave this to simmer for about 10 minutes, until the potatoes and carrots have softened. Then add in your sugar snap peas and asparagus and cook for a further 5 minutes, then stir in the crème fraiche, check the seasoning and serve while piping hot.
Alternatively I also like this dish if you leave out the new potatoes and serve it with and chunk of crusty bread.
Wine match recommendation: We recommend the Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillion to go with this dish as the Sauvignon Blanc in this blend will match the Asparagus nicely and the Semillion softens the acidity and makes this wine fruiter which will go nicely with the crème fraiche.
Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion 2008 £13.74 or buy any two Australian wines save 20% £10.99
Food & Wine Match: Asparagus and Smoked SalmonDate published: 05/05/12
Food and Wine Match
Now Asparagus Season is finally upon us we will be bringing you a fabulous asparagus recipe and a great wine to match every week! Today's recipe is asparagus and smoked salmon which is perfect for breakfast, brunch or a light lunch!
Asparagus and Smoked Salmon
Knob of butter
1-Add a large knob of butter to a griddling pan and slowly heat.
2-Wash and clean the asparagus then gently griddle in the butter for a few minutes until the asparagus is starting to brown.
3-Cut the ciabatta bread in half down the middle and cover with a generous helping of olive oil. Sprinkle with black pepper and place under the grill for two to three minutes.
4-Remove the ciabatta from the grill and place on top of a small pile of rocket leaves. Lay a piece of smoked salmon over the top of the ciabatta and add more black pepper if desired.
5-Remove the asparagus from the griddle and lay over the smoked salmon. Pour the melted butter over the top of the asparagus and salmon and serve with a wedge of lemon.
Recommended Wine Match: Chablis 2010 Domaine Servin, Burgundy £10.99*
This delicious Chablis is full of citrus zest, green apple and white flowers. It has a pleasant streak of flinty minerality with a crisp clean finish and great length. The acidity of the wine cuts through the oiliness of the salmon but its delicate flavour does not overpower the distinct flavour of the asparagus. All in all a great food and wine match!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six or more bottles.
Wine of the Week: Luis Felipe Edwards Viognier Reserva 2011Date published: 02/05/12
Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva 2011
Rapel Valley Chile
To celebrate the arrival of our fantastic new Summer Offers this Wine of the Week is the Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva 2011. This wine is made by the largest family owned estate winery in Chile in a classic Chilean-style.
The viognier grapes used in this wine are pressed in a protective atmosphere to enhance their clean and fruity style. They then spend just two months in oak to add depth and complexity whilst still maximising their freshness.
Light and fresh yet intensely aromatic. Flavours of peach and apricot leap out on the palate followed by ripe pear aromas and a hint of florality. This wine has a refreshing acidic lift and a gentle mineral grip making it a fantastic easy drinking wine.
Food Match: A great partner for mild spicy dishes such as Cajun chicken or thai prawns in a sweet chilli sauce. Delicious!
£7.49 a bottle Or Buy Any 2 Chilean wines Save 20% so Just
Wine of the Week: Lindauer Brut NV Date published: 25/04/12
Lindauer Brut Cuvèe NV
This Wine of the Week is a sparkling wine to get you in the mood for all those summer celebrations. Lindauer is currently New Zealand's most exported wine and is made from grapes grown in the Hawkes Bay.
Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes give this wine a good level of intensity. It also undergoes a champagne style secondary fermentation and maturation in the bottle, which adds a delicious yeasty character as well as fine bubbles.
This is a great summer drinking sparkling wine with plenty of ripe fruits and lovely toasty, yeasty characters showing through, followed by refreshing acidity on the palate and crisp citrus fruits.
Food Match: Enjoy chilled as an ideal aperitif
Was £11.99 on special offer only:
Asparagus Season Has Arrived!Date published: 25/04/12
Asparagus Season Has Arrived!
Monday 23rd April marked the beginning of the Asparagus Season and as beautiful Evesham is located right in the heart of the asparagus growing region we are celebrating all things Asparagus! Asparagus is notoriously difficult to match to wine because of its very distinct but also very yummy flavour. However, there are a few wines which we think would be great with it and below are a few of our suggestions!
For lightly griddled, pan fried or asparagus broth:
We recommend Sauvignon Blanc because its herbaceous nettly style complements and echoes the flavour of asparagus. Vavasour New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a great match to this style of dish and very affordable at just £8.99** or if you prefer a softer style of sauvignon the Dourthe Reserve from Bordeaux (£6.49*).
For asparagus with seafood such as smoked salmon:
We recommend a medium weight style of white Burgundy such as the Chablis Servin (£10.99*) because the acidity can stand up to the oiliness of the salmon whilst the flavour of the dish is not overwhelmed by the delicate flavour of the wine. Another great match is the Cave de Turckheim Pinot Gris (£8.49*) because its rich and well-balanced style partners the dish without the distraction of too much aroma.
For asparagus with melted butter, hollandaise or creamy sauces:
We recommend a slightly richer style of wine such as an oaked Californian chardonnay which will echo the rich and creamy style of the sauce. The Sonoma-Cutrer 2009 Chardonnay (£9.99*) is a perfect example. If you are not a fan of heavy chardonnays a Sauvignon Semillon blend such as the Cape Mentelle (£10.99**) from Margaret river is a good match as the herbaceous sauvignon matches the asparagus whilst the semillon complements the sauce.
For any other asparagus dishes:
We recommend a nice bottle of fizz because champagne (or champagne-style) sparkling wines have great acidity which will stand up to the flavour of the asparagus. The creamier brioche tones will match any butter or sauces you use. The Lindauer Brut NV from new Zealand (£7.99) is a fabulous example of such a sparkling wine whilst for those who want to treat yourselves we recommend the Nicholas Feuillatte NV Champagne (£18.00) because of its fresh and fruity style!
*When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy any two New Zealand, Chilean, Australian, Italian or Beajolais wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Here's to a Royally Good SummerDate published: 25/04/12
Here's To a Royally Good Summer!
Our fantastic new Summer flyer has just launched and with it comes a host of great wines at even better prices! With an array of brilliant old and new world wonders for you to choose from, Summer looks set to be a good one. Below are some of our favourites:
Chateau Mont Milan Corbieres 2010, Southern France £4.99*
This Decanter Gold Medal Winner has a nose of cooked dried fruits, dates and vanilla this classic French blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.
Côtes du Rhône Vidal Fleury 2010, Rhone Valley £6.99*
A classic Rhône wine with a rich nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The palate is medium bodied with red fruit flavours and fine but persistent tannins.
Majestic Peaks Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago New Zealand £8.79**
This fabulous Pinot Noir is made exclusively for Majestic. Soft cherry, cassis, chocolate and raspberry flavours make this wine elegant but structured with a spicy kick.
Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2011, Banfi Italy £5.99**
A nose of ripe summer fruits is met on the palate with yellow apple, soft pear, banana and white peach flavours. The perfect easy drinking wine with well balanced acidity.
Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2011, Marlborough New Zealand £6.99**
Pale and delicate yet refined with aromas of wild strawberries and soft berry fruits. This medium bodied rose is slightly off-dry in style with refreshing acidity but juicy fruit.
Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley Chile £5.99**
This unoaked chardonnay uses wild fermentation to give it a tropical array of fruits including peach, and mango with a slight hint of nuttiness.
The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough New Zealand £6.49**
A fantastic Sauvignon with lots of acidity, rich gooseberry fruit, zesty citrus and a herbaceous nettly edge. The perfect party wine!
Louis Jadot Macon Village Roches Blanc 2010, Burgundy £7.99*
Fresh and clean on the palate with subtle green apple and pear flavours. The finish is pleasant with a hint of minerality that adds complexity.
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles
** When you buy any two New Zealand, Chilean, Italian or Beajolais wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles
Asparagus Season is Here!Date published: 22/04/12
As well as being St Georges Day Monday 23rd April also marks the beginning of the Asparagus Season! And here in Evesham we are right in the heart of the Asparagus growing region.
Asparagus is a notoriously tricky thing to match wine to because of its very distinct (and rather yummy) flavour. However, there are a few great wines that go especially well with asparagus and a multitude of different asparagus recipes out there. So to celebrate this wonderful season over the next couple of weeks we will have a selection of interesting wines open on our tasting counter that make the perfect match! We will also be offering up a few food and wine matching recipes including that all important key ingredient: asparagus!
We will regularly be updating our webpage and twitter account @majesticevesham over the next couple of weeks with all things asparagus related so watch this space!
St George's Day!Date published: 21/04/12
St George's Day
Monday 23rd April is Saint George's Day and what better way to celebrate all things English than with some information about English wines!
'What did the Romans ever do for us?' is a common phrase. The answer is a little more complex though. It has long been presumed that they introduced winemaking to England when they invaded. However archaeologists has found evidence that vitis vinifera (vines) have been growing here since the prehistoric era. This means the Roman's certainly did not introduce vines to Britain, whether they were the first ones to start producing wine here is another matter altogether.
Anyhow the important thing is that vines have been growing in England for quite some time and today (leap forward a few thousand years) we produce some rather good ones. Below are a few of our favourites:
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 England. The Nyetimber vineyards are located in West Sussex and since 1988 have been producing some fabulous sparkling wines that rival (and often beat in blind tasting tests) the big names from the Champagne region! A nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread are met on the palate by a finely pearled mousse which is soft but persistent. The perfect party wine! £29.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £10 so only £24.99 a bottle!
Chapel Down Bacchus 2010 England. The Chapel Down winery is located in Tenterden in Kent and highlights the fantastic potential of English wines! Bacchus is the fourth most widely planted grape variety in England as well as being Latin for the Classical Roman God of wine. This wine oozes complex aromas of petals, herbs and lychee. On the palate crisp green apple, pears and white pepper are met with well balanced acidity and a fresh finish. Currently just £9.99 a bottle!
Chapel Down 'The Union Red' 2010 England. This delicious red wine is a blend of Rondo, Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Precoce. A fabulous alternative the Beajolais or light Pinot Noirs this red wine is soft and youthful with notes of plum, cherries and liquorice. The tannins are gentle and well integrated making an easy drinking delicate wine. Currently just £11.99 a bottle!
Here at Majestic Wine Evesham we believe that English wines are something a little bit special and would love to hear what you think about them!
An A to Z of Wine: J is for JadotDate published: 17/04/12
An A to Z of Wine: J is for Jadot
On our A to Z of wine the next stop is J: a tricky letter if I do say so myself so here at Majestic Wine Evesham we thought we would write a little on the wines of Louis Jadot.
Louis Jadot is a merchant grower based in the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. He deals exclusively with Burgundian wines and owns 122 acres of vineyards in the Côte d'Or and 86 acres of vineyards in Beajolais. The company was founded in 1859 by Louis Jadot but today is owned by the Kopf family and has been since 1985.
The key to the success of Jadot wines is to produce negociant wines made from both red and white grapes of reliable quality that are bought in. The wines are famed for their class and distinction, known especially for their expression of terroir. The best wines produced by Louis Jadot are fabulous expressions of Puligny-Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne and Chevalier-Montrachet.
Majestic wine stock a good number of terrific Louis Jadot wines. Below are two of my particular favourites:
Mâcon Village 'Les Roches Blanches' 2010 Louis Jadot. The Chardonnay grapes used to make this delicious wine are sourced in Southern Burgundy southwest of Mâcon from superior quality vineyards surrounding the village of Loché. Fresh, clean and fruity in style with lemon citrus, crisp green apple and pear flavours. The finish is delicate with subtle streaks of minerality. £9.99 a bottle or buy two bottles save £2 so only £8.99 a bottle! The perfect match for delicate white fish dishes.
Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2008 Louis Jadot. This fantastic Red Burgundy is made from Pinot Noir grapes sourced from premiere cru vineyard sites which are lovingly matured for 16 months in French barriques. A great structured by soft and fruity wine displaying hints of violets, red cherries and soft redcurrant fruits. The tannins are soft and rounded. £19.99 a bottle or buy two bottles save £4 so only £17.99 a bottle! This wine can be aged over the next five years and goes well with roasted duck.
There are some great wines produced by Louis Jadot so why not buy a bottle or two and let us know what you think!
Reach for the Rose: Is summer just around the corner?Date published: 16/04/12
Reach for the Rosé
Here in Majestic Evesham we are optimistic that summer is just around the corner and welcome those longer evenings. In anticipation of this we are reaching for the Rosé: highlighting some of those fantastic Rosé deals!
Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze 2010, Italy £6.49*
Fresh apricot and peach flavours accompanied by soft floral flavours. This fabulous Pinot Grigio Rosé is refreshing with a smooth finish. Perfect for those lazy summer afternoons!
Marquis de Pennautier Rosé 2011, Southwest France £5.99*
A blend of Malbec, Grenache and Syrah displaying redcurrant and raspberry fruit flavours with a hint of liquorice and tangerine. Supple yet dry on the palate.
La Grill Rosé D'Anjou 2010, Loire Valley £6.49*
Bottled with a light natural spritz this slightly sweet style of Rosé is a blend of Grolleau and Gamay. Strawberries and a hint of peach fill the palate with a refreshing summery zing.
CVNE Rioja Rosado 2010, Rioja £6.99**
Full of ripe summer fruits and confectionery notes of strawberry and raspberries this slightly off-dry style of Rosé is long, complex and brimming with flavour.
Chateau Guiot Rosé 2010, Southern France £6.99*
An off-dry Rosé blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Red berries, spice and aromas of blossom with clean and crisp mineral acidity and a finish of vibrant redcurrants. Delicious.
Marqués de Cáceres Rosé 2010, Rioja £7.99**
A blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache. A pleasant bouquet of raspberries and strawberries. Fresh and lively on the palate with floral notes and mineral nuances.
Chateau de Sours Rosé 2010, Bordeaux £7.99*
A delicious Bordeaux Rosé blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with rich strawberry and plum fruit flavours. Great length and a lingering finish.
Berne Grande Recolte Rosé 2011, Côte de Provence £8.99*
A blend of Grenache and Cinsault possesses subtle aromas of raspberry, strawberry and spring flowers. Juicy and fresh in the mouth with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.
* When you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy any two Spanish wines as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Malbec World Day!Date published: 14/04/12
This year we are celebrating Malbec World Day on April the 17th and in honour of this occasion we have a fantastic selection of Malbecs open to taste on our tasting counter.
Malbec World Day commemmorates the day in 1853 when the Argentinian Presidential candidate Domingo Faustino Sarmiento began his mission to transform the Wine Industry in Argentina. One of the wines he selected to do this with was Malbec. Sarmiento went on to become President just as Malbec went on to become Argentina's best known grape varietal.
Here in majestic Evesham we love Malbec and fully embrace Malbec World Day. We especially enjoy the rich, fruity style of many Argentinian Malbecs and their spicy robustness goes perfectly with those fabulous BBQ's us Brits love to have!
We will have a range of Malbecs open all weekend from Friday 13th April untill Monday 16th April for you to taste! Check out our webpage tasting counter for more details!
Wine of the Week - Vinalba Malbec ReservaDate published: 14/04/12
Vinalba Malbec Reserva
In celebration of Malbec World Day (17th of April) our wine of the week is of course a Malbec. From the largest wine producing region in Argentina (Mendoza, which produces 70% of Argentinian wines) this Malbec Reserva is Vinalba's flagship wine. This wine is made from grapes grown at different altitudes, at the foot of the Andes, in order to achieve an ideal balance between tannin and acidity.
On the nose a rich array of dark fruit aromas, smoke and a hint of spice can be detected. These materialise on the palate where this robust Malbec oozes rich blackberry and plum fruit flavours. Complemented by sweet cinnamon spice, smokey tones and mocha it is a complex and deep wine with a full body, smooth tannins and a decent length.
Recognised for its fantastic quality the Vinalba Reserva won a Bronze Decanter World Wine Award. We certainly think it deserves it!
Food Match: This wine is the perfect match for hearty red meat dishes such as peppered steaks or roasted lamb.
£10.99 or buy 2 save £6 so
Only £7.99 a bottle!
Its our First Birthday!Date published: 13/04/12
This weekend we are celebrating our first birthday in Majestic Wine Evesham and no celebration would be complete without birthday cake and a nice glass of fizz (In this case Prosecco).
We also have a delicious selection of Italian cheeses to taste on our tasting counter and have specially selected a variety of different wines that match with them. These include a medium-sweet Alsace Gewurtztraminer, a fruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a zesty Pecorino from Italy, a rich and creamy Limoux Chardonnay and a delicious late harvest Tokaji Dessert Wine from Hungary.
For the reds we have selected a light and delicate Beajolais from Morgon, a fruity French Malbec, a slightly richer spicy Malbec from Argentina, a hearty Malbec blend also from Argentina, and a deliciously full bodied Malbec Gran Reserva from Argentina with plenty of oaky spice!
So why not pop down to see us and sample the delights on offer! We are always interested to know what you think about the wines we have open!
From the Majestic Team in Evesham!
Great Deals Ending Soon!Date published: 12/04/12
Great Deals Ending Soon
Below are a list of some fabulous offers from our Spring Brochure that are ending on Monday 23rd April. Don't miss out on these fantastic deals!
Lindauer Blanc de Blancs NV New Zealand £8.99
A deliciously creamy bottle of fizz made from 100% chardonnay grapes in the Champagne method. Flavours of white peach, brioche and cream.
Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 New Zealand £5.99*
A zesty Sauvignon with flavours of gooseberry, lemon citrus, green pepper and grassy notes.
Bourgogne Chardonnay Chenaudiers 2010 Burgundy £6.99*
Delicate and elegant in style this White Burgundy has aromas of green apple, lemon citrus and a streak of minerality.
Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc 2011 South Africa £4.99**
This slightly off-dry wine has delicious flavours of mango, peach, apricot and subtle floral tones.
Muriel Reserva 2006 Rioja £5.99**
A fantastic Rioja with lashings of dark cherry, blackberry and vanilla spice with supple tannins and a good length.
Graham Beck Antony's Yard 2009 South Africa £6.39**
A great example of a New World imitation of a Bordeaux blend. Rich dark fruit flavours with a savory earthiness and plenty of tannins.
Berbarana Gran Reserva 2005 Rioja £7.99**
Red cherries, blackberries and lashings of spice accompanied by dried fruit flavours including figs, raisins and an oaky finish.
Fairleigh Estate Pinot Noir Rose 2011 New Zealand £5.99*
A delicate light and refreshing Rose wine with aromas of red cherries and a subtle hint of strawberries.
Torres Vina Sol Rose 2011 Spain £4.99**
Juicy strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas with plenty of flavour and good acidity.
Prosecco Di Conegliano NV Italy £8.99
A delicious Prosecco with green apple, lemon citrus and a hint of pineapple. The bubbles are delicate but persistent. The perfect party fizz!
* When you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
** When you buy any two wines from this region as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
Wine of the Week: Contesa Pecorino 2011Date published: 11/04/12
Colline Pescaresi Italy
As we are approaching the Summer we thought it fitting to have an ideal Summer drinking wine as our wine of the week. Most people know the name Pecorino because of the cheese, this grape variety shares the same name. The bunches of Pecorino grapes are very triangular, which is reminiscent of a sheep's head.
The wines comes from the Eastern coast of central Italy in the Abruzzo region where the climate is influenced by the Mediterranean. This means that the summers are hot and dry. Colline is the Italian word for hills and is used to indicate wines that have been grown on the slopes. The area of Pescara is a hilly Provence and has its own micro-climate making it ideal for grape growing.
The nose of this wine is dominated by citrus fruits with hints of orange blossom. The palate is soft with a clean finish and complex minerality.
Food match: Why not try it with Pecorino cheese
£9.99 or buy 2 save £4
So Only £7.99 a bottle!
Its our first birthday!Date published: 10/04/12
This weekend come in and help us celebrate. From Friday to Sunday there will be birthday cake and a glass of prosecco for all our lovely customers. As usual the tasting counter will be awash with wines to taste and we will all be on hand to help you stock up on our Spring offers.
We would love to see you all.
Giles, Anna and Jaymi
Fine Wine Friday: E.Guigal CondrieuDate published: 06/04/12
Fine Wine Friday
Condrieu 2010 E. Guigal
Condrieu is famed for its rich exotic perfumed wines produced from the Viognier grape variety. Guigal was one of the pioneers of the Condrieu resurgence to impart oak into the wine to add body and subtle nuances of flavour.
On the Palate this delicious Rhone wine oozes pear, sweet peaches and pineapple fruit flavours. Delicately dry in style with lots of flavour, a smooth palate and a rich full texture. Lashings of vanilla and cinnamon spice add depth and complexity to this fantastic fine wine. The finish is long and elegant: a sign of quality.
Condrieu should be drunk young to make the most of its rich aromatic style. It goes perfectly with creamy dishes including poultry and lightly spiced curries or seafood dishes like soft shell crab.
Currently priced at Just £30.00 a bottle!
Easter Opening HoursDate published: 05/04/12
Our Easter Opening Hours are as follows:
Good Friday 6th April 10am-8pm
Saturday 7th April 9am-7pm
Easter Sunday 8th April 10am-5pm
Monday 9th April 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10th April 10am-8pm
(Normal Hours Resume)
Wine of the Week: Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 03/04/12
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2010
To celebrate our Easter Specials Tasting Week, this Wine of the Week is featured in our flyer and is a corking deal. From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc is cultivated using sustainable viticulture and strict selection to ensure quality.
The grapes for this wine are 100% Sauvignon Blanc ensuring a fresh, crisp and refreshing wine. A small amount of lees ageing imparts the wine with quality adding texture and body.
Pale lemon green in the glass, the nose of this wine is full of gooseberry, elderflower and freshly cut grass aromas. The palate follows on from the nose adding a touch of raspberry leaf, lemon zest and herbaceous flavours. A streak of minerality similar to that of Sancerre lingers on the finish highlighting the quality and balance of this delicious wine.
£9.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 so
Only £7.99 a bottle!
An A to Z of Wine: I is for Ice WineDate published: 29/03/12
An A to Z of Wine: I is for Ice Wine
For this installment of our A to Z I thought I would share with you one of my experiences from working a vintage in Germany. Ice wine, or as it is known as in German Eiswein, is a form of desert wine that is made by picking the grapes when they are frozen. Eiswein is relatively rare, as not all wineries make Eiswein every year, as it involves a lot of risks. For example, animals may eat the grapes before they are picked or it might not freeze until early the following year. Although Eiswein has been made more regularly in the top wineries since 1980s.
It was late in November 2010 when I took part in an Eiswein pick in the beautiful Mosel valley. It had been freezing for 3 or 4 days preceding picking, which is a necessity to ensure that the grapes had full frozen. I was summoned from my bed at 5am, as the grapes have to be picked before the dawn again to ensure they are full frozen when pressed, so wrapped in 4 layers of clothing (basically everything I could find to put on) I headed down to the vineyard with everyone else.
We were only picking two small vineyards thankfully, but the work was cold enough. The outside temperature was -8.5 degrees centigrade. I was picking with a team of about 19 other people, which made the work quicker, although light was an issue as the portable flood lights didn't reach to the far end of the vineyard. The work was over quickly, thankfully, although it was made easier by the consumption of white Glühwein to keep us warm.
Staff recommendations: We don't stock Eiswein at Majestic, but we do have some great desert wines. Torres Floralis Moscatel is a great choice from Spain with delicious honey and floral notes of orange blossom and Turkish delight. Would go perfectly with crème caramel, fruit puddings or even on it's own after a good meal. £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mix of 6.
An A to Z of Wine: H is for Hermitage!Date published: 25/03/12
An A to Z of Wine: H is for Hermitage!
This installment of an A to Z of wine focuses upon the letter H and the most famous Northern Rhône appellation Hermitage. Hermitage produces relatively small quantities of long lasting red wines and even fewer full bodied white wines. The appellation itself is roughly the size of a small estate in Bordeaux but do not be fooled, these rich and fruity wines are of exceptional quality and once commanded prices higher than some of the first growth Bordeaux estates!
Red Hermitage is made entirely from the red Syrah grape variety, although small quantities of the white varieties Marsanne and Rousanne can be added to the blend. White Hermitage is made from a blend of Marsanne and Rousanne making them robust and aromatic in style with floral characteristics.
Crozes-Hermitage is by contrast the largest appellation in the Northern Rhône Valley. The grape varieties used are the same as those in hermitage. However, the best reds produced tend to be a little softer and fruiter as the soils are a little richer and spend less time ageing in oak barrels. The wines of Crozes-Hermitage tend to be more affordable than those of Hermitage but still make for some fantastic drinking! They go excellently with hearty red meat dishes such as barbecued meats and stews.
Staff Recommendation: Crozes Hermitage 'Les Jalets' 2007 Jaboulet. Like many Crozes-Hermitages this delicious wine is made from 100% Syrah grapes cultivated in a six hectare vineyard. The soils are stony and lie above what was once a glacial plain representing something similar to the 'pudding stones' of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Aromas of red cherries, redcurrants, blackberries and blueberries can be detected on the nose. These materialise on the palate along with delicious flavours of white pepper and cinnamon spice. A long and smooth finish with rounded tannins and delicate hints of wild mushrooms and liquorice notes make this wine elegant yet complex. Priced at just £13.99 a bottle this beautiful Rhône wine would be my first choice to take to any dinner party!
An A to Z of Wine: G is for Grenache!Date published: 21/03/12
An A to Z of Wine: G is for Grenache!
Now on G in our A to Z of wine we have chosen Grenache. Dispersed all over the Western Mediterranean this rich, fruity red often has candied jammy flavours and is frequently used in blends. In France Grenache is found mainly in the Languedoc-Roussillon blended with Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre. However it is also used in the Rhone Valley in the famous Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas wines.
In Spain Grenache is known as Garnacha and is found in its most common and noblest form as dark berries with light skins. Often blended with Tempranillo, Garnacha forms the basis for many of the Spanish wines of Rioja, Navarra, and Priorat. This style of big and fruity red wine is perfect for hearty meat dishes such as flame-grilled rib-eye steaks, and of course meat based tapas dishes like chorizo.
Staff Recommendation: In celebration of our easter promotion 'Buy any 2 or more Spanish Wines save 20%' this weeks staff choice buy is the 'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2009. This fabulous Garnacha from the Navarra region is made from grapes on traditional bush-trained vines aged between 70 and 100 years old. These produce very low yielding but high quality grapes with good acidity and balance. Beautifully structured this wine displays intense blackberry and raspberry fruit aromas. Ample tannins add texture and structure and delicious dark chocolate and mocha flavours give this wine depth and a lingering finish. This full bodied Garnacha is a beautiful and complex wine perfect for those who enjoy fruity reds.Currently £9.99 or buy two bottles save 20% so only £7.99 a bottle!
If this wine is not your style or you want to explore the world of Grenache/Garnacha more then why not take advantage of our 20% off Spanish Wines deal or venture into the realms of Rhone Valley and Southern French reds and see what takes your fancy!
Wine of the Week: M. Chapoutier Cote du Rhone Belleruche 2010Date published: 19/03/12
M. Chapoutier Belleruche 2010
Côtes du Rhône
To celebrate the arrival of our Easter Offers, this Wine of the Week is featured on the front cover of our flyer and is a corking deal. The Chapoutier family have been planting vines in the Rhône Valley since 1808 combining tradition with a dynamic creative approach to produce some truly excellent wines.
The grapes used in this wine are a traditional Rhône Valley blend of Grenache and Syrah. The Grenache grapes add a rich array of dark fruit flavours to the blend whilst the Syrah gives body, texture and spice. All in all these varieties compliment each other to produce a well balanced food wine.
Rich dark fruit aromas of blackberry, black cherry and plum can be detected on the nose. These materialise on the palate accompanied by earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round with smooth tannins this fabulous wine has subtle hints of liquorice and a substantial finish. To be enjoyed over the next several years this hearty Rhône Red will superbly partner most red meat dishes: Beef casseroles being a perfect example!
£8.99 or Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 So
Only £6.99 a Bottle!
* When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
An A to Z of Wine: F is for Furmint!Date published: 17/03/12
An A to Z of Wines: F is for Furmint
Furmint is described using all the f's as fine, fiery and flavoursome! This white grape variety is predominantly grown in Hungary, just over the border from Tokaji.The name Furmint comes from the Hungarian word 'froment' which refers to the wheaten colour of the wine.
Furmint grapes are partial to noble rot which concentrates the sugars in the grapes making the wine sweeter. This is one of the reasons that Furmint is the principal grape variety used in the famous Tokaji dessert wine. However, Furmint benefits from having high natural acidity which balances the wine making it more flavoursome with great ageing potential. Furmint goes particularly well with strong creamy cheeses and rich poultry dishes. Or, as a compromise, a poultry dish with a creamy cheese sauce would be perfect!
Staff Recommendation: Royal Tokaji 2009 Dry Furmint. This excellent dry white wine is rich and aromatic with honey and juicy stone fruit aromas. On the palate delicious apricot and peach fruit flavours are accomapnied by strong acidity, and a fresh crisp bite. A slight minerality adds complexity accenting the well rounded finish of the wine. Currently £9.99 a bottle or buy two bottles save £3 so only £8.49 a bottle!
This fantastic Furmint is not your run-of-the-mill everyday white wine so if your up for a challenge or are interested in experimenting with different varieties and styles then why not give it a go and see what you think?
Tasting Counter Down!Date published: 17/03/12
Please ignore the wines that are displayed as on our tasting counter! The system is currently a little under the weather and as a result it is not letting us update them. Below is a list of wines that are currently available to taste in Majestic Evesham on 17/3/12
Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 £8.99 a bottle or buy two bottles save £6 so only £5.99 a bottle!
Planalto Douro White Reserva 2010 £7.49 a bottle or buy any 2 Portuguese wines save £3 so only £5.99 a bottle!
Quinta De Azevedho Vinho Verde 2010 £7.49 a bottle or buy any 2 Portuguese wines save £3 so only £5.99 a bottle!
Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 2010 £8.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £4 so only £6.99 a bottle!
Muriel Reserva 2006 £7.49 a bottle or buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% so only £5.99 a bottle!
Chapoutier Cote du Rhone Belleruche 2010 £8.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £4 so only £6.99 a bottle!
Tuella Duoro Tinto 2009 £7.99 a bottle or buy any 2 Portuguese wines save £3 so only £6.49 a bottle!
Marco De Pegoes 2010 £7.49 a bottle or buy any 2 Portuguese wines save £3 so only £5.99 a bottle!
Crasto Douro Red 2009 £9.99 a bottle or buy any 2 Portuguese wines save £3 so only £8.49 a bottle!
An A to Z of Wine: E is for En PrimeurDate published: 16/03/12
An A to Z of Wine: E is for En Primeur
In our A to Z of wine we found E a little tricky so thought that this would be a great opportunity to let all our customers in Evesham know about En Primeur wine, what it is, what it costs, and how you get your hands on it! So here is a brief introduction to the delights on En Primeur and why it might be the perfect thing for you....
'En Primeur' is a wine trade term for wine which is sold for future use before it is bottled. It often refers to classed growths of French Bordeaux wines and indeed this is traditionally where En Primeur wine began. However today many different wines from all over the world can be bought En Primeur.
Cask samples of wine are show in the Spring, so right around this time, and often in relatively small quantities. Experts assess the quality of the vintage and set an opening price. The consumer (i.e. you) pays the opening price for this early wine then waits up to two years for the wine to be bottled, shipped and delivered.The benefit in buying En Primeur wine is that you not only secure high quality sought after wines for yourself, but you also pay less for them because you get in early. For those with a strong wine-collecting instinct this type of purchase is a great way to secure some fantastic wines.
Majestic Wine have teamed up with Lay and Wheeler, an En Primeur specialist and offer a spectacular Fine Wine Plan from as little as £50 per month. The key benefits to joining Lay and wheeler are as follows:
1- You receive a free 6 bottle case of Croix de Beacaillou 2009 worth £150 added to your wine cellar (when you subscribe to spending £100 or more).
2- A dedicated team of fine wine specialists are on hand to guide you and help you build up a great wine collection.
3- You can get an advancement on your fine wine plan meaning up to three months subscription can be used to purchase wine. This helps you buy the wines you want when you want them!
4- As a Lay and Wheeler subscriber you have access to one of the lowest rates available for professional storage of your wine collection at the famous Vinotheque for just £8.40 per annum on a 12 bottle case.
5- Your wine will be delivered to you for free when you withdraw it, anywhere in the UK.
6- At the end of your first years subscription you receive a voucher worth £25 in Majestic Wine vouchers!
7- You can access and manage your collection online and can choose to increase your monthly payments if you wish to purchase larger quantities of wine or build your collection up quicker.
If this sounds like the right plan for you or you want more information visit majestic.co.uk/finewineplan or pop in to see us here at Majestic Wine Evesham. We will be happy to discuss the Fine Wine Plan with you!
An A to Z of Wine: D is for Dolcetto!Date published: 14/03/12
Well here we are on the fourth letter of the alphabet already. Today D is for Dolcetto!
Dolcetto is an early ripening red grape variety that is grown predominantly in the Northwest Italian region of Piemonte. The wines produced are soft, fruity and well rounded with fragrant flavours and hints of liquorice and almond spice. They can be aged but drink best at around two to three years old. The better quality wines that use the Dolcetto grape are Dolcetto d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Ovada which tend to be made from grapes grown on white marl soils. These can be aged for five or more years. Dolcetto is perfect when paired with cured meats such as proscutio, pancetta and salami as well as traditional Italian dishes such as pizza!
Staff Recommendation: Dolcetto d'Alba 2010 De Forville is a delicious soft and fruity wine. Bright ruby in colour with expressive notes of dark cherries, raspberry and redcurrants. On the palate it oozes rich dark cherry flavours with subtle hints of liquorice and a fresh lengthy finish. This medium bodied wine is relatively low in acidity, especially for an Italian wine, and provides easy drinking. Always a crowd pleaser this wine is certainly a staff recommendation. Currently priced at £9.99 a bottle. Or buy two bottles save £3! So only £8.49 a bottle!
Here at Majestic Evesham we think this wine is simply delicious. Let us know what you think on twitter @majesticevesham
Seasonal Sparklers!Date published: 13/03/12
With Mothers Day right around the corner and the smell of spring in the air why not pop open a bottle of fizz? It makes the perfect Mothers Day gift, or a fantastic treat for yourself, and all your family and friends!
Extra de Codorniu Rosada NV, Spain £6.99*
Light and pure with a subtle hint of citrus fruits, raspberry and strawberry, this rose Cava is delicate and refreshing with a clean finish.
Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, Italy £8.99
This perfect prosecco is full of lemon citrus, green apple and soft peach flavours. It bursts with light but persistent bubbles and has a fresh long finish.
Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand £8.99
Soft peach and citrus flavours are accompanied by buttered toast and brioche, which add depth and texture to this fantastic fizz.
Green Point Rose NV, Australia £14.99*
Pretty pinkish tinge with elegant red fruit aromas, small persistent bubbles and complex creamy flavours of white peach alongside citrus tones. Yum!
De Telmont Grande Reserve NV, Champagne £16.00
Medium bodied, soft and fruity in the classic yeasty style this family owned Champagne house is still producing excellent non-vintage fizz!
Canard-Duchene 2005 Vintage Champagne £19.00
The long ageing of this vintage cuvee brings out a wealth of zesty citrus and soft stone fruit flavours with a generous and complex structure.
Nicholas Feuillatte Rose NV, Champagne £20.00
A delicate salmon pink rose with a fine mousse and a nose of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. On the palate this champagne is soft, fruity and welcoming in style!
Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Champagne £30.00***
A full bodied champagne of great class. Delightfully pale golden in colour with a light and persistent mousse and flavours of peach and toasted brioche.
*When you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
*** When you buy six or more bottles as part of a mixed case.
Fantastic New Easter Offers!Date published: 13/03/12
We have some fantastic new easter offers going live today! Here are just a few of the ones that we think are worth a look at....
Villa Maria Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011, New Zealand £9.99*
Gooseberry and passion fruit aromas dominate the nose followed by a palate that's full of zest with citrus fruits with a crisp finish.
Bourgogne Chardonnay “Les Chenaudiéres” 2010, Burgundy £6.99*
A fine example of a white Burgundy with apple and citrus fruits and a streak of minerality.
Catina Breganze Pinot Grigio 2010, Italy £5.99*
A characterful Pinot Grigio with citrus and slight floral aromas on the nose with good acidity that gives it a refreshing finish.
St Hallett Poacher's Blend 2010, Australia £4.99*
This blend of Semillon, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc has a nose full of citrus fruits followed by flavours of passion fruit, lime and grassy notes.
Château de Sours Rosé 2010, Bordeaux £7.99*
This delicious Bordeaux rose oozes with fresh strawberry and rich plum fruit. Perfect for those sunny days in Spring!
Fairleigh Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2011, New Zealand £5.99*
Raspberry, redcurrant and red cherry fruits are found in abundance delivered with delicacy and subtlety.
Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2006, Rioja £10.99*
This rich Rioja brims with ripe blackberry and black cherry flavours. Excellent oak integration gives it a polished finish, smooth tannins, and a vanilla toastiness.
Kanonkop Kadette 2010, South Africa £8.79*
This fantastic New World Bordeaux blend gives aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant and mocha. On the palate dark chocolate and blackberry fruit flavours linger.
Paul Mas Estate “Gardemiel Vineyard” Malbec 2010, France £6.99*
Ripe plum and blackberry fruits are softened by new oak nuances and subtle herbaceous flavours.
Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2010, Argentina £7.99*
This rich and hearty Malbec is full of ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins, dark chocolate, mocha and cinnamon spice. Yum!
* When you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case of six bottles.
A-Z of wine: C is for ChablisDate published: 10/03/12
Today is C for Chablis!
Chablis is grown in the most northern vineyards of Burgundy in North East France. Like all fine white Burgundy it is produced from Chardonnay grapes. The Chablis appellation is split into four main ranks: at the top are the seven named Grand Cru vineyards. Next come the fourty Premier Crus, followed by "Chablis" being the most common and finally Petit Chablis at the bottom. Chablis is characteristically dry with steely minerarlity, citrus fruits and good acidity. This is a direct result of the Terrior as Chablis lies on a Kimmeridgian clay soil (a mixture of limestone and clay) containing many fossilised oyster shells. Chablis is the one fine wine in which Chardonnay is not necessarily given contact with oak. However some excellent Chablis are produced through oak barrel maturation such as the William Fevre Wines. Chablis is delicious when served with delicated white fish, sea food or poltary dishes. It also makes an excellent acommpaniment to green leafy salads and canapes such as smoked salmon.
Staff Reccomendation: Chablis Vocoret 2010 is a classic example of one of the most iconic styles of wine. Made with grapes sourced from all over the Chablis appellation, this delicious wine has steely, mineral aromas. With a palate of stony fruits, grapefruits, lemons and a racy citrus finish this is certainly a wine not to be missed. A fantastic village wine this Chablis is meant to be drank young whilst it is crisp and fresh. Currently just £11.99 a bottle or £10.99 a bottle when you buy two or more as part of a mix of six!
This style of wine is elegant and refreshing with delicate flavours and therefore is always a crowd pleaser. Feel free to let us know which your favourite Chablis are on Twitter @majesticevesham
An A to Z of Wine: B is for Barolo!Date published: 07/03/12
Next on our list is B and what better B than Barolo!
Often known as 'The Wine of Kings, the King of Wines' as traditionally the kings of Turin and the ruling house of Savoy cultivated vines and drank their wine in and around the town of Barolo in Northwest Italy. Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape variety which produces a thick, rich concentrated wine. However all good quality Barolos should be a pale Ruby colour (uncharacteristic of the grape variety) with a complex array of flavour characteristics including plums, blackberries, liquorice, tar, and if the producers are lucky truffles. To counteract these full on flavours Barolos tend to be rather tannic with a good glow of alcohol making them hearty reds. Like many wines Barolos are best served with the food from their region. Rich tomato based dishes and hard cheeses go perfectly with this full bodied red so bearing this in mind pasta dishes are a great option! Otherwise I suggest drinking Barolo with rich red meats such as lamb or steak.
Staff Recommendation: The Barolo Milani 2007 Rocca is a fabulous example of a Barolo. Lovingly aged in oak barrels for 24 months this wine is then bottled and aged for a further 12 months to give it a softer smooth texture. On the nose this wine oozes complexity with aromas of rose petals and pencil lead accompanying the lashings of plum and black cherry flavours. On the palate these fruit flavours are ripe and rich giving a full weighty feel in the mouth followed by good tannins and length. Priced at £15.99 a bottle or buy two bottles save £6 so only £12.99 a bottle!
This rich and ripe Barolo exudes dark fruit flavours and is a fantastic wine for lovers of hearty reds. Why not give Barolo a try and see if it truly is the wine of Kings?!
An A to Z of Wine: A is for AlbarinoDate published: 06/03/12
Hello there to all you wine fans! Whether you like your delicate Pinot Grigio or your big Ozzie Shiraz I believe that there is a wine variety or style out there to suit everybody. Bearing this in mind, here at Majestic Wine Evesham we thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of Wines to explore what is out there and (hopefully) we will fine something that will appeal to everyone!
First on our list is A so why not kick things off with Albarino. This is a particularly distinctive Spanish grape variety which is highly aromatic in nature with rich peach, apricot and floral tones. It is generally grown in Galicia and the North of Portugal's Vinho Verde region. Albarino is a particular favourite of mine as it is slightly more aromatic than your classic French Viogniers. Similarly it can be aged in oak barrels to add a gentle hint of toasty vanilla. If you are a fan of Viognier then it might be worth considering trying Albarino as it might become your new favourite wine. Due to its good balance of acidity, alcohol and florality Albarino goes particularly well with seafood such as delicate white fish, calamare, and seafood paella dishes.
Staff recommendation: The Martin Codax Albarino 2010 is produced in Rias Baixas in Northwest Spain. This light and refreshing wine is full of ripe peach and apricot flavours. A hint of fresh herbs, honey and floral blossom can be detected on the palate giving a good rounded finish. Slightly off-dry in style this wine is absolutely delicious and must be tried with lightly grilled lobster. Currently only £9.99 when you buy two or more bottles this is a chance not to be missed!
Thats all for this installment of An A to Z of Wine. If Albarino sounds like something you might like then why not buy a bottle and see if its for you. Otherwise keep your eyes peeled for our next letter: B!
Vinalba Malbec Touriga NacionalDate published: 05/03/12
Vinalba Malbec Touriga Nacional Reserva 2009
As it is our Argentina tasting week this weeks wine of the week is blend of Argentina's signature grape, Malbec, and Portugal's signature grape, Touriga Nacional. Traditionally used it Port Touriga Nacional is slowly being used in more red wines. Grown in the foothills of the Andes it gives this wine a dark hue and an earthy nose.
70% of all wine produced in Argentina comes from the Mendoza region, and with 160,000 hectares of vines the Mendoza is arguably the largest wine making region in the world. By planting vines at high altitude the annual temperature is lower making it possible to grow grapes in this area. Desert like conditions are also a problem for wine makers here, but this is over come by the use of flood irrigation and the snow melting running off the Andes.
With violets, mulberry and cherry mixing with a hint of chocolate, this wine has a powerful yet elegant nose. Leading on to a complex palate with blackcurrant and plum dominating and hints of toast and smoke adding to the rich, long finish.
Food match: A rich, spicy casserole or a chargrilled steak
£10.99 or buy 2 and save £4
wine of the Week- Composite Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/02/12
Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2009
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is one of our most popular types of wine and this one is a slight twist on a constant favourite. Being lees aged for five months has given this Sauvignon Blanc more texture and depth.
Marlborough has become the most famous wine growing region in New Zealand. Located in the North East of the South Island it is the warmest area in the South Island and often has the most hours of sunlight compared to the rest of the island. Also 2009 was a great vintage for all areas in New Zealand.
Longer ageing has added extra depth to this Sauvignon Blanc. Tropical fruits, like grapefruit, still dominate the nose but with savoury notes coming through as well.
A slightly more complex palate is rounded off with a refreshing citrus finish.
Food match: Warm goat's cheese tart with a green salad and a lemon vinaigrette.
£9.99 or buy 2 save £8
Wine of the Week - Raats Granite Blocks Cabernet Franc 2010Date published: 16/02/12
Raats Granite Blocks 2010
We've chosen this wine of the week as part of our South Africa themed tasting week, it is also new to our range. Cabernet Franc is the lesser known Cabernet varietal, which typically makes light to medium bodied wines which are more dominated by fresher fruit characteristics than the better known Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine is from the Coastal region of South Africa where the climate is perfect for grape growing as it has plenty of rainfall in the winter. Summers in this region can be extremely hot, but these high temperatures are moderated by the “Cape Doctor” wind, which reduces the humidity and the chances of some vine diseases.
Well concentrated red fruits dominate the nose with hints of sweet spices and a smoky oak influence. The smooth palate follows on from the nose with a touch of minerality, a light body and a lingering finish.
Food match: Lamb shanks in a redcurrant gravy
£9.99 or 20% off South Africa
The Majestic Fine Wine Plan Date published: 12/02/12
Building your own Fine Wine cellar can be a tricky business. From finding the perfect lay down conditions for storage at a reasonable price; spending hours/days/weeks choosing exactly which Bordeaux you want to risk buying en primeur; to finally judging which of your wines are ready to drink in time for your upcoming celebration. Luckily, Majestic Wine have come up with the perfect solution.
In partnership with our en primeur specialist Lay & Wheeler, you can look forward to establishing your very own collection of Fine Wine in the simplest and most stress free way possible. A dedicated team of specialists will help and advise in all aspects of creating your collection, and keep you updated with all the latest goings on - as little or as often as you like. Once your wines are chosen, they will be stored in our industry leading bonded cellar facility, at one of the lowest cost rates available. Then, when your ready to withdraw your wine (on the advice of our specialists if need be), you can expect free delivery to anywhere within mainland UK. And all of this starting from as little as £50 per month.
Pop in-store to discover more benefits to signing up to our Fine Wine Plan, or take a look at our website; http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk/WhyJoin.html
Wine of the Week - Petit Chablis 2010Date published: 08/02/12
Petit Chablis Séguinot-Bordet
The district of Chablis is in the northern-most point of Burgundy, where viticulture is at it's most extreme. This is a source of constant worry and frequent upset for all producers,, but when everything comes together some of the most fantastic chardonnay in the world is produced here. The Chablis appellation comprises of four ranks of which Petit Chablis is the lowest, however this is by no means a bad thing...
The best and most expensive Chablis classically has an aggressively dry, steely character and very high acidity that needs a few years bottle age to mellow. Petit Chablis, however, despite not carrying the same high reputation, is much more approachable at a young age, and due to it's lesser popularity, much more affordable.
An inviting nose of lively citrus fruits, with just a touch of white blossom. The palate is light and fresh, with mouth-watering acidity that is apparent but not drying, and a firm, lingering finish.
Food match: Steamed white fish and fresh vegetables.
£11.99 or buy 2 save £4
Wine of the Week - Alamos Malbec 2010Date published: 31/01/12
Alamos Malbec 2010
To celebrate the arrival of our Spring Offers, this Wine of the Week is featured on the front cover of our flyer and is a corking deal. Planted across almost all regions of Argentina, malbec is their most important serious grape variety and is becoming increasingly popular across the globe.
The grapes for this wine are grown in Mendoza, which is the biggest and most important wine-making appellation in Argentina due to its ideal climatic conditions. A continental climate but with no extremes of temperature, water is in ample supply from the upper glaciers and mountain rivers.
Bright ruby-purple in the glass, the nose of this wine is full of sweet raisened fruits and lots of blackberries. The palate follows on from the nose with well integrated tannins that give good grip but with a soft finish. Can drink now or keep in cellar conditions for up to 5 years for the body and tannins to soften even more.
Food Match: Roasted or BBQd meats
£7.99 or buy 2 save £4
The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12
Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!
The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available.
We have around 15 different wines currently available at Evesham; from Bordeaux to Chile to Southern France - and even a WHITE Chateau neuf-du-pape! *(At the time of this news post!) So what better excuse to try something a little different.
Wine of the Week - Argento Pinot GrigioDate published: 26/01/12
Argento Pinot Grigio 2010
Most people think of Malbec when it comes to wine from Argentina, so we thought we would choose something a little different. Commonly an Italian grape variety this pinot Grigio comes from the Mendoza region which is the most important and largest wine producing region within Argentina, over 75% of Argentinian wine is produced within this region.
Located in the west of Argentina Mendoza boarders Chile and the Andes mountain range. These mountains protect the vineyards from the rain coming in from the west so irrigation is regularly used in the area. The vineyards are planted between 600 and 1,100m in altitude because exposure to the sun is greater at that level. The altitude also has that added bonus of having a moderating affect on the temperature.
A nose full of tropical fruits with hints of floral notes, followed by a light clean palate with a bright and refreshing finish.
Easy drinking on its own, a good crowd pleaser.
£7.49 or buy any 2 save £3
Saint Vincent - Parton Saint of WineDate published: 15/01/12
Saint Vincent – Patron Saint of Wine
Saint Vincent of Saragossa is honored every every year on the 22nd of January as the patron saint of wine. Originally a Christian Martyr in Spain legend has it that while traveling one day Saint Vincent stopped to talk to some workers in a vineyard and his donkey nibbled on the vines. That year those vines produced the best crop, from this pruning was discovered. Now according to tradition in some areas pruning does not start until after the feast of Saint Vincent.
So here is a selection of Spanish wines to honor Saint Vincent
Gran Vendema (2008) Rioja Crianza £5.99*
After spending 12 months aging in oak, this Crianza has plenty of oaky vanilla notes on the nose mixed with raspberry and strawberry finished off with a soft palate.
Marqués de Cáceres (2010) Rioja Blanco £6.99*
This white Rioja has an impressively aromatic nose of apple and pear with a touch of floral notes, following with a fruitful palate with a delightful freshness.
Marqués de la Concordia (2006) Rioja Reserva £7.99*
Aged for 24 months in oak barrels this wine has a complex nose blending ripe fruits, spices and cedar. With black fruits dominating the smooth palate which has hints of coffee and chocolate.
Martin Codax (2010) Albariňo £9.99*
This delicate white wine has hints of spices and sweets fruits on the nose with a refreshing palate of stone fruits with a slight hint of honey and a floral finish.
Marqués de Riscal (2006) Rioja Reserva £10.99*
Regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja this reserva has been aged for a 26 months in oak, with further bottle aging. Toasted oak combining with vanilla and red fruits on the nose are rounded off with smooth tannins and a fruity palate.
Viňa Muriel (1989) Rioja Gran Reserva £17.50*
Oaked aged for 24 months and a further 3 years bottle aging having given this wine a wonderful complexity. Dried fruits like figs and raisins blend with subtle spice notes on the nose and are rounded off by well integrated tannins that add a smoothness to the palate with a lingering finish.
* When you buy a minimum of two bottles as part of a mixed case of 6
Wine of the Week - Anakena Indo CarmenereDate published: 09/01/12
Vitis Vinifera (grape vines) were first brought over to Chile by the Spanish in the 16th century, however the French have had a far greater impact on the Chiliean wine industry. Originally a not very well known Bordeaux grape variety, Carmenére has come into its own as a Chilean varietal.
The Cachapoal Valley is located in central Chile close to the Andes which means vineyards here have the advantage of natural irrigation running off the moutain range. Hot dry summers result in very healthy grapes come harvest time.
On the nose a combination of ripe dark stone fruits and touches of coffee and smoke. The palate is full and soft with firm but smooth tannins and good length.
Food Match: Ideal with grilled red meat
£8.74 or buy any two Chilean wines and save 20%
Try Something New this YearDate published: 02/01/12
This year, why not try to broaden your horizons in the world of wine? We've brought together a selection of lesser known wines & grape varieties to help you do just that.
Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2009 Hungary – Better known for their luscious sweet wines, this dry version is richly textured with honeyed stone fruits. £7.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-furmint/product-is-21078)
Oriano Grillo di Sicilia 2010 Italy – A rarely seen native Italian variety, Grillo gives aromas of citrus fruits with hints of almond & pear. £4.99*
Michel Torino Torrontes 2009 Argentina – A specialty of Argentina, the Torrontes grape gives intense aromatics on the nose & a light, crisp body. £5.99*
Domaine les Yeuses Muscat Petit Grain 2009 Southern France – An interesting aroma of white flowers & lychees, with a soft palate. Very quaffable. £6.99*
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Blanco 2010 Spain – Modern day white Rioja, with lashings of apples & pears & a floral hint. Aromatic & fresh on the palate. £6.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-marques/product-is-14327)
Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011 Chile – Bright in colour with intense aromas of ripe apricot & tropical fruits. The palate is richly textured with a crisp finish. £7.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-manent/product-is-39252)
Carmen Reserva Carmenère 2010 Chile – A specialty of Chile, this Carmenère has a touch of Carignan. Lots of ripe black fruits & touches of tobacco & paprika. £6.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-crmen/product-is-39280)
Tuella Tinto 2009 Portugal – A blend of indigenous grape varieties rarely seen elsewhere, this wine has lots of ripe black fruits, herbs & baked earth. £6.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-tuella/product-is-15093)
Aglianico del Vulture 2007 Italy – One of the most important wines of Southern Italy, lots of interesting aromas with black cherry, mocha & sweet spices. £10.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-vulture/product-is-13757)
La Posta Bonarda 2008 Argentina – A native grape of Argentina, this Bonarda is very fragrant with ceder & spice box & a medium chocolaty palate. £9.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-posta/product-is-40091)
Chinon Clos de Danzay 2000 Loire – Better known for its white wines, this aged Chinon from the Loire is full of character with blueberry, tobacco & vanilla. £9.99
Domaine Sainte Rose 'Les Derniers Cépages' 2010 Southern France – A deep & intense red with black cherry, liquorice, & jammy tannins. £6.99* (http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-cepage/product-is-09479)
Wine of the Week - Prosecco TrevisoDate published: 30/12/11
Prosecco La Marca Treviso
Extra Dry Non-Vintage
In getting ready to celebrate new year's properly this week we've chosen a sparkling wine as our wine of the week. In recent years there have been changes to the laws regarding the production of Prosecco. New legislation introduced in Italy in 2009 included tighter restrictions on use of the name Prosecco. Now only wine grown in the designated region can carry the name.
Made from the grape variety of the same name there are a few still Prosecco wines, but like this one they are mostly sparkling. Grown in the mountainous north east of Italy where the summers are hot, followed by harsh winters, this wine undergoes cool fermentation so its fresh qualities are maintained on the nose and palate.
The term “extra dry” can be misleading as this is actually a slightly off dry sparkling wine.
Pale in colour, the nose is youthful with citrus fruits, tropical hints of pineapple and a light perfume. The palate follows on from the nose, with a refreshing spritz.
Food match: Ideal as an apéritif with canapés as the party begins
January Opening HoursDate published: 30/12/11
Whilst almost back to normal, please note the following exceptions:
Sunday 1 January: Closed
Monday 2 January: 10.00am-5pm
Sunday 8 January: 10:00am-3pm
Monday 9 January: 1pm-8pm
At all other times our opening hours are Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm & Sun 10-5pm.
Wine of the Week- Domaine Bourillon Dorléans Vouvray Demi SecDate published: 12/12/11
Located in the Touraine district of the Loire valley, Vouvray is one of the more important appellations in this region. Wine has been made in this area since the middle ages by monks, but it wasn't until 1936 that Vouvray earned an identity of its own.
Most vineyards in this region typically have an idyllic southern aspect which is sheltered. The soil is clay with a topsoil of gravel. Vouvray is usually harvested late to ensure the grapes are fully ripened. Chenin Blanc is the main grape used in this region, the other area famous for using Chenin Blanc is South Africa.
This wine has tropical fruits on the nose with a slight perfumed quality.
On the palate it has a rich honeyed character finishing off with refreshing but balanced acidity.
Pan fried prawns in chilli and garlic butter
£8.99 or buy any 2 save £2
Last Chance to Buy...Date published: 03/12/11
All of the following offers will be ending at 8pm on Monday 5th December. The bracketed lower price is the current offer price. A star (*) indicates a multi-buy is needed to obtain the offer.
Pinot Grigio Superiore 2010, Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze £6.49* (£5.99*)
San Giorgio Pinot Grigio 2010, Breganze £6.49* (£5.99*)
Rueda Blanco 2010, Marqués de Riscal £8.49 (£6.49*)
Oxford Landing Estates Chardonnay 2010/11, Yalumba, South Australia £5.49* (£4.99*)
Oxford Landing Estates Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2008, South Australia £5.49* (£4.99*)
Lanson Black Label NV £25.00 (£22.50)
Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 £22.00 (£18)
Nicolas Feuillatte NV £18.00 (£15)
Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2006, New Zealand £19.99 (£15.99)
Lindauer Rosé NV, New Zealand £9.99* (£7.99*)
Lindauer Special Reserve NV, New Zealand £10.99* (£8.99)
Green Point Rosé NV, Australia £13.99 (£11.99)
Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV, DOC, Italy £8.99 (£8.49)
Gratien & Meyer Saumur Blanc Brut NV, France £9.99 (£7.99)
Pilsner Urquell £25.92 (£22.80)
Spitfire £18.60* (£16.20*)
Montana Sauvignon Blanc 2010/11, Brancott Estate £6.99* (£5.99*)
Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010/11, Marlborough £6.39* (£5.99*)
Fairleigh Estate Chardonnay 2009, Marlborough £6.39* (£5.99*)
Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010/11, Nelson £8.79* (£7.49*)
Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2009/10, Nelson £9.59* (£8.79*)
Montana Pinot Noir 2010, Brancott Estate, Marlborough £7.99* (£7.49*)
Wine of the Week- Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des AntiquesDate published: 02/12/11
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Antiques
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the most important appellations in Southern France. The wines from this region can be made from up to 13 types of grape. This wine, however, uses the classic blend of Grenache, Mourvédre and Syrah. The regulations for this appellation mean that only fully ripe grapes at their healthiest can be used.
The climate in the Southern Rhône region is close to that of Mediterrean. The vineyards in this area typically are flat and known for being covered in large pebbles which store heat and aids the ripening process.
This wine is deep ruby with an intense nose of dark ripe fruits and touches of black pepper. The palate is rich and textured with flavours following on from the nose. The finish is long and warming, perfect for the festive season.
Food Match: Try with roast beef.
£17.49 or buy any 2 Rhône wines under £20 and save 20%
Wine of the Week - Fairleigh Estate RieslingDate published: 25/11/11
Fairleigh Estate Riesling 2010
Fairleigh Estate is produced by the Wither Hills winery exclusively for Majestic. The Wither Hills philosophy 'created in the vineyard' is founded on the belief that fine wines are created from exceptional vineyards, and they take great care in carefully selecting only the best vineyard sites and viticultural methods to produce exceptional wines of all varieties.
Today Marlborough is recognised as one of the premium wine regions of the world. Situated in the north-eastern corner of New Zealand's South Island, the climate is an ideal balance of long sunshine hours and unique terroir.
Pale in colour, the nose is powerful with vibrant citrus fruits and pear. The palate follows on from the nose with added hints of ginger and white blossom. The wine is light and clean with a slight off-dry finish and well balanced acidity.
Food Match: Grilled vegetable cous cous
£8.74 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20%
Majestic Charity of the Year 2012 - Bowel Cancer UKDate published: 19/11/11
We at Majestic are charitable folk, and like to do what we can to help out worthy causes. To do this as effectively as possible, we choose to create a partnership with one charity each year, which we believe is much more effective than distributing untold numbers of bottles here and there.
Each year, we are given a shortlist of charities and vote for the one we most want to support. This ensures that by working together as a team, all of our charitable acts and donations will combine to make a much bigger impact in raising money for one charity. For instance, our 2011 partnership with Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres raised over £16000* via in-store collection tins alone, and that's not including various money raising events such as sky-dives, marathons and raffles.
Our partnership this year is with Bowel Cancer UK, and we are kick starting this campaign by raising over £10,000 in our Christmas raffle. Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives by raising awareness of bowel cancer, campaigning for best treatment and care, and providing information and practical support. About 40,000 men and woman are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year – that's one person every 15 minutes, and it is the second most common cause of cancer death, after lung cancer.
*Total figure raised for Maggies not yet announced
Wine of the Week - Vidal-Fleury Cairanne 2010Date published: 19/11/11
Cairanne 2010 Vidal-Fluery
Côtes du Rhône
This wine of the week links in with our Burgundy and Rhône tasting week. It is a produce from the oldest continually operated winery in the Rhône valley. Wines from Southern Rhône account for 95 per cent of all wines produced in the region.
The climatic conditions of this region are very similar to those of the Mediterranean. This means, however that the vineyards are very susceptible to sudden violent storms. The Mistral current blows in a spice laden breeze and the herbal scrub lands with olive groves add even more of a Mediterranean feel to the area. The soil in the area has a higher limestone content than the north of the valley with a topsoil that has stony deposits.
Ruby pink in colour, the bright red fruits on the nose follow through to the pallet, giving it good length with robust tannins and a peppery finish.
Food match: drink with barbecued lamb chops or a charry magret de canard.
£10.99 or buy any 2 save 20%
Wine of the Week - Yali GewurztraminerDate published: 09/11/11
Yali Reserva Gewurztraminer 2010
Viña Ventisquero are a winery that take great care and pride in their work producing wines in the most environmentally friendly way possibly. The Yali range focuses (& excels) in producing approachable, fresh and vibrant wines in all styles.
The climate of Chile is near perfect for grape growing as the proximity to the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, coupled with very dry summers, produces exceptionally healthy fruit.
A light, fresh example of a classically pungent and aromatic grape variety Gewurztraminer. The nose is full of attractive citrus fruits with a touch of blossom and jasmine. On the palate the wine is very light, with a clean and refreshing finish. A great introduction to gently ease you in to this powerful & distinctive grape variety.
Food Match: Lightly spiced oriental dishes
£8.49 or buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20%
Wine of the Week - Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone 'Les Vignes RoussesDate published: 02/11/11
Côtes du Rhône 'Les Vignes Rousses' 2009
Jean-Luc Colombo is a famed consultant oenologist from the Cornas region of northern Rhone. This red from the generic appellation of Côtes du Rhône is produced in an approachable style whilst maintaining the depth and concentration that Rhône wines are famed for.
The Southern Rhône climate is almost mediterranean, with wet winters and hot dry summers. This wine consists of the classic blend of grapes found in the Southern Rhône; Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.
Bright purple in colour, the nose consists of garrique herbs and ripe, lucious red fruits. The palate is rich and well structured, with a soft mouthfeel and flavours carrying on from the palate.
Food Match: Slow-cooked casseroles
£7.49 or buy any 2 Rhône wines save 20%
Wine of the Week - Reales Vinedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2006Date published: 17/10/11
Reales Vinedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2006
The inspiration for this Wine of the Week comes from seeing the online rave customer reviews (two 5 stars and a 4), all saying what great value for money this wine is and how it stands up well to more expensive alternatives. This red comes from Spain's newest DO region Manchuela, a region showing great potential once the right investment comes along. Watch this space!
A decent vintage with most wines classed as good-very good. The Manchuela region is on the eastern side of Castilla-La Mancha, an area which experiences the most extreme Spanish climate, with gruelling summers and long freezing winters.
Bright in colour with a nose of sweet jammy fruits and hints of warm spices. Notes of cranberry and redcurrant dominate the palate, rounded off with a touch of vanilla. This wine has a fresh, simple, fruity style that is very quaffable.
Food Match; At its best with a variety of tapas dishes.
£6.24 or buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20%
Wine of the Week - Alamos ViognierDate published: 11/10/11
Alamos Viognier 2010
From vineyards high in the Uco valley, Mendoza under the gaze of the snow capped peaks of the Andes. The warm Argentinian climate is tempered by the effects of altitude making for perfect grape growing conditions albeit with strong hail storms a problem. Alamos is the second wine from Catena, a producer of great quality and represent good value for money.
This Viognier is lightly pressed and lees stirred during fermentation and aging giving a more intense fruit packed flavour with good body and structure. 60% is then matured in French and American oak giving complexity without overpowering the varietal fruit flavour.
The enticing aromas of peach and apricot abound with a slight floral hint. On the palate it is surprisingly full and rich with a fresh mouth-watering acidity and subtle spice on the finish.
Food match: Viognier is a great match to spicier food, and this fresh clean example would work well with Chicken chow mein
£7.99 or buy any 2 save £3
Fine Wine Friday 7th OctoberDate published: 06/10/11
We are opening a cracking red Burgudy
Chateau Corton Grancey 2002.
Come and taste a top quality aged Grand cru from Louis Latour
*IMPORTANT* Restricted Road Access Wed 7th - Fri 9th NovemberDate published: 03/10/11
Most people are aware that here at Majestic Evesham our car park is accessed through the gateway to next door McDonald's. We have just been told that next week from Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th November McDonald's are having their car-park re-tarmacked, and hence some access restrictions will be in place. As a result general traffic congestion and confusion may occur and our car park entrance may appear to be blocked by workers, however please note that our entrance will be accessible at all times.
Unfortunately it is likely to be fairly hectic around here between these dates, but please remember wine orders can be placed & all queries answered via phone, email, or the main Majestic website at all times:
To place an order online please visit www.majestic.co.uk
Wine of the Week - Chateau Mont Milan Corbieres Rose 2010Date published: 03/10/11
Château Mont Milan Rosé 2010
Despite having a rosé as our last Wine of the Week, I couldn't resist choosing another to try and drag out the last of this Indian Summer! Before the 1990's incredibly average table wine was the norm coming from Southern-France. However, the appearance of Australian producer BRL Hardy's instigated a make-over, and quality has been increasing ever since, with many delicious and incredible value wines now widely available.
The Mediterranean influence gives good conditions for grape-growing, but can be subject to storms. This wine comes from an award-winning Corbières producer in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern-France, and is a classic regional grape blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah
Scoring 4/5 from our on line customer reviews, this rosé is pale pink in colour, with a nose of sweet raspberry and a hint of rose petal. The palate is light and fresh and highly quaffable, full of red fruits and a soft mouth-feel. Perfect chilled down on a hot day.
Food match: Tapas or fresh salads
£5.99 or buy 2 save £2
Wine of the Week - Clos d'Yvigne Rose 'Bel AmiDate published: 26/09/11
Bergerac is situated down stream from Bordeaux and focuses production on red, white and Rosé wines from the same grapes used by its illustrious neighbor (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet franc & Sauvignon blanc) The climate is generally warmer and drier than Bordeaux as it lacks the tempering effects of the Atlantic Ocean. Long, warm Autumns allow the grapes to fully ripen and develop good body and full flavor in the wine.
This Rosé has been produced by ex-pat Patricia Atkinson who has famously published the novel 'The ripening sun' about her advancement in Bergerac from complete amateur who spoke no French to an established and award winning winemaker. This Rosé is 100% Merlot grown on the sun soaked hills on the left bank of the Dordogne.
Bursting with fresh, clean berry fruits on the nose. The palate is packed with ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits with a hint of creaminess. More body than many southern French Rosé's but remains deliciously well rounded due to the freshness of the fruit.
Food match: Can stand up well on its own, chilled down on a warm Autumn evening. Alternatively, serve with light salad dishes or charcuterie.
£8.99 or buy any 2 save £4
Sample South AfricaDate published: 23/09/11
Wines from South Africa are often the perfect cross-over point between 'old' and 'new' world wine regions. There is a huge array of different wine styles available, something to suit every taste. Here is just a sample of whats on offer!
Boschendal Sauvignon: A cool fermented, fresh and zesty white with plenty of tropical fruit flavours. - £6.99*
La Motte Sauvignon: A fantastically lively Sauvignon with New Zealand style Gooseberry and citrus and a typical South African grassy, green pepper edge. - £7.59*
Buitenverwachting Sauvignon: Meaning 'Beyond Expectation' A fuller bodied Sauvignon with intense green pepper and ripe stone fruits. - £8.79*
Bellingham Chenin Blanc: An old vine, oaked Chenin with punchy tropical fruits and a honeyed vanilla finish. - £8.79*
DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc: Full bodied, honey and oak with rich Citrus and tropical fruit. - £13.59*
Pinotage is a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault and is almost unique to South Africa, creating wines of great complexity.
Zalze Pinotage: Black fruits and plum with a soft and rounded finish. - £5.59*
Barista Pinotage: A trend setter for popular 'coffee pinotage' heavy toasting of barrels creates strong coffee and dark chocolate flavours with a red cherry finish. - £6.99*
Kanonkop Pinotage: A high quality South African estate. Full bodied, concentrated dark fruits with a blast of spicy oak and subtle banana. - £18.40*
* All prices shown are the discounted price, based on 'buy two South African wines save 20%'
Wine of the Week Quincy JC BorgnatDate published: 19/09/11
Quincy A.C is situated on the left bank of the river Cher, a tributary of the river Loire of which this region takes its name. Loire Valley whites are world renowned for freshness of flavour and pleasant, mouth watering acidity. Quincy AC is of a similar vein to Appellations of Sancerre, Pouilly-fume and Menetou Salon. These areas produce clean mineral fueled whites from Sauvignon Blanc. Although often overlooked Quincy was France's second established Appellation (After Chateauneuf Du Pape) Its initial popularity was due to the ease of water transportation in the area.
The vineyards of Quincy sit on gravel soils which give excellent drainage for the vines. The warm summers of the region are temperated by the large amount of rivers in the area. Quincy wines can often be more intense than Sancerre and vary in style from light to full bodied.
This light Sauvignon has an almost floral aroma with fresh gooseberry and citrus. On the palate it is bright and fresh, with a racy acidity. There are herbal and grassy elements and a surprisingly long finish.
Food match: Would be great with all manner of light seafood dishes, like a good Sancerre it also matches fantastically with Goats Cheese
£9.99 or buy any 2 save £2
Wine of the Week - Chateau de Cray Bourgogne Rouge 2008Date published: 15/09/11
Château de Cray Bourgogne Rouge 2008
Not as well known as it's Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits Burgundian neighbours, the Côte Chalonnaise offers a range of high quality wines at very reasonable prices. Vinification and Viticultural techniques are the same as in the Côte de Beaune, with only the top producers using new oak aging.
Semi-continental climate which gives a long cold winter, a humid spring and a dry hot summer. A complex chain of small hills offers the best vineyard sites excellent protection from frosts and good sun exposure.
Very light in colour and appearance, the nose is full of bright fruits and an underlying earthy-spiciness. Nicely concentrated blackcurrant and ripe cherry flavours, the palate is smooth and well-balanced with subtle tannins.
Food match: Roast vegetable cous cous
Or buy 2 save £2
James' guide to SherryDate published: 10/09/11
What is Sherry?
To celebrate the fact that a sherry has found its way for the first time onto Majestic Evesham's tasting counter, here is some info on the wonderful world of Sherry...
Sherry is a fortified wine meaning that a base wine is created and blended with a small percentage of high alcohol grape spirit. This was initially a way to vastly improve the length of time a wine would last before 'going off' therefore it could last the long journeys across oceans to the 'new world' and beyond. In our modern age of stainless steel, sulphites and fast travel, it no longer needs to fulfill this quota and is often sent to the back of the booze cupboard re-emerging at Christmas. But this need not be the case, Sherry is delicious all year round and comes in many different styles from a sweet dessert companion to fresh, dry sherry perfect with tapas. Here are a few key words to look out for..
Fino - The palest and driest Sherry style often with doughy, nutty, floral and green apple flavours
Fino-Amontillado – During maturation the 'flor' (layer of Yeast covering wine) can diminish naturally causing oxidised flavours creating a medium dry sherry with distinct almond flavours.
Oloroso – Matured with no 'flor' resulting in oxidised characteristics of coffee, brown sugar, sweet spice and walnut
Amontillado – Amber coloured balanced sherry combining features of both Fino and Oloroso styles
Manzanilla – Sherry's only DO categorised region, often making Sherries with a more 'tangy' flavour
PX (Pedro Ximinez) – A grape variety giving a sweeter sherry style, often the grapes are slightly raisined (passerilage) to concentrate sweetness, some sherries are so sweet they can have upto 500g/l sugar content!
Cream – Cream sherries have the addition of sweet grape juice, giving a smooth sweet finish. Pale creams are often sweetened Finos although can be blends
On our tasting counter at the moment we have an absolutely delicious Pedro Ximinez Sherry in an Oloroso style, Very sweet with coffee, chocolate, caramel and brown sugar and a fantastic almond and raisin finish. This would be the perfect partner to a creamy rich tirimisu mmmmmmm...
Wine of the Week - Louis Latour Macon-LugnyDate published: 05/09/11
Louis Latour Mâcon-Lugny 2009
The family-run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected négociant-éléveurs in Burgundy. In particular, the Mâcon-Village AC of Mâcon-Lugny has been led to great fame and popularity largely through their efforts.
The Mâconnais produces 3 times more white wine than the rest of Burgundy put together. It's hills are made up of a rich alkaline clay soil which the Chardonnay grape variety loves. The 2009 vintage was magnificent for Burgundy, with the vines enjoying perfect conditions particularly in the maturation phase.
The nose is full of creamy lemon curd and citrus notes with a note of white blossom. 100% vinification in stainless steel tanks gives a fresh and lively palate, with crisp green apples and a buttery richness.
Food Match: Grilled pork chops topped with cheese and apple sauce.
£9.99 or buy 2 save £2
Autumn Wine EventsDate published: 04/09/11
We at Majestic Evesham always find Autumn to be the perfect season for our range of wine tasting events - the bizarre mixture of weather patterns are sure to match almost any wine! Whether it's the last blaze of summer sun tempting you towards something white and chilled or fizzy, or the chilly nights encouraging the opening of warming and hearty reds, Autumn is surely the best time to expand your horizons and try something new.
So if a summer of confusing wine choices has left you wishing you knew what to expect from a name on a bottle, our Introduction to Wine Course is the answer. This informal course will take you through the basics of tasting wine, show you a range of classic wine styles, and even some food and wine matching. With 9 different wines to try in a fun, friendly environment, you're sure to leave with a better grasp of the wine world.
Stuck in a rut? Many of our customers ask for advice on choosing a new wine style to try, after too many months of drinking the same old Pinot Grigio. Our Wine Walks are the perfect opportunity to try a variety of different wines, and takes the risk out of buying a whole bottle of something you may not like! Stations are set up around the store with an accompaniment of nibbles and a bit of background information, and the wines we choose are usually something particularly new and interesting to our range.
The Wine Course lasts around 90mins and the Wine Walks around 60mins. However, if you don't have the time to commit to a full course, don't forget our in-store Tasting Counter is always full of wines open to try, so just pop along and grab a glass. Throughout the Autumn we have a number of themed Tasting Weeks, where the wines open to try will be focused around a specific country, such as Spain, Argentina and South Africa.
All of our Autumn wine events can be found in the events section of this web page, with details of how to sign up or when to pop along. We look forward to seeing you soon!
6 (+) Reasons to open a bottle of bubbly!Date published: 03/09/11
Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 £20
This bubbly has lots of appealing lemon and citrus fruits with just a hint of vanilla, as-well as toasty, biscuity aromas from ageing. The palate is soft and rich, with fine and persistent beading. A fabulous vintage champagne at a great-value price. Drinking superbly now, the excellent vintage year will allow further ageing for 2-3 years – if you can resist drinking it for that long...
1 case = £120
6 (and more) excuses to open a bottle of bubbly:
It's the weekend
Because you deserve it
Wine of the Week - De Morgenzon 'DMZ' SyrahDate published: 30/08/11
De Morgenzon 'DMZ' Syrah
Stellenbosch, South Africa
South African wines can often be viewed as a cross over point between 'new' and 'old' world styles, as proven in the varying usage of the grape variety wording of Syrah/Shiraz throughout the region. This wine has opted for the old world Syrah wording but displays bright intense 'new world' style fruit, with 'old world ' charm and elegance.
The Stellenbosch region which surrounds the city of Cape Town has a warm Mediterranean climate, quality wine production is possible here due to climate tempering factors such as the ice cold Benguela current which travels north from Antarctica and cooling winds from the Atlantic known locally as the 'Cape Doctor'. This wine hails from the terraced vineyards of Stellenboschkloof on mainly granite soils.
Following the theme of a new/old world cross over the wine is first vinified in stainless steel then matured in French oak for 11 months. The wine is therefore youthful with intense blackberry fruit and violet hints, followed by a well rounded softly spiced vanilla finish. Drinking great now but will also keep for a couple of years.
Food match: Pork spare ribs.
£9.99 or buy any 2 South African wines save 20%
Last weekend for Summer dealsDate published: 26/08/11
This Bank Holiday marks the end of our Summer deals which finish at 5.00pm on Bank Holiday Monday.
Don't forget to come in and stock up on your Summer favourites before we introduce you to our exciting Autumn deals.
Lots of new wines on the way and plenty of great offers from every country.
A 9 Year Old Red Burgundy?Date published: 22/08/11
With Fine Wine Friday's proving to be a big hit (see the events section for more info), Team Evesham have decided to start delving further into the world/our shelves of Fine Wine!
The Fine Wine that sparked my interest to study a little more was the Louis Latour Corton Grancey, as this is the eldest Red Burgundy in our range at 9 years old, the next eldest being just 3 years!
Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2002
Domaine Louis Latour
Beautiful red with ruby highlights. A complex nose revealing an earthy mix of red fruit, spice and liquorice. Rounded in the mouth with the same juicy flavours as on the nose rounded out with hints of coffee. Harmonious with supple tannins. Tasted November 2010.
Traditional open-vat fermentation at the Cuverie of Corton Grancey followed by 10 to 12 months in oak casks
From vineyard sites around the town of Aloxe-Corton in the Beaune region of Burgundy. This particular wine is only produced in years when the Pinot Noir grapes reach perfect maturity. The wine derives from the following Grand Cru holdings : Les Bressandes, Les Chaumes, Les Pougets, Les Perrières and Les Grèves.
Average age of vines is 40 years.
Wine of the Week - Waimea Pinot Gris 2009Date published: 22/08/11
Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2009
Nelson, New Zealand
The flagship Waimea range is made every year from the best sites on Waimea Estate vineyards. Waimea means 'river gardens' in Maori, and the wines clearly demonstrate the philosophy of minimal intervention in vineyard and winery - producing wines that are a reflection of the terroir in which they are produced. New Zealand Pinot Gris is more akin to Alsace in style than the drier Pinot Grigio, with notes of apple, pear, honeysuckle, spice & bread.
Nelson is found at the tip of the South Island and west of the infamous Marlborough, and is one of the smallest New Zealand wine zones. Yet, per hectare of vines planted, Nelson consistently wins more awards than the other New Zealand wine regions. High annual sunshine hours & a long ripening season give vibrant aromatic wines, and stony soils of alluvial origin give a flinty backbone.
Rich & slightly golden in colour, the nose is packed full of ripe pear fruits and a hint of sweet spices. The palate follows through with added peach and honey, and a mineral finish classic of this region counter-balances the off-dry sweetness. A lingering finish.
Food match: A fuller apéritif or a good match to a prawn red Thai curry.
£11.99 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20%
Codorniu - King of CavaDate published: 17/08/11
After attending the London Wine Fair this year, Heather & a group of Majestics got to meet the producers of Codorníu and were treated to a behind the scenes tasting of their latest wines. The latest releases proved that Codorníu are continuing to produce delicious sparkling wines, and that each year keeps getting better and better!
Codorníu is one of the 2 Cava giants of Spain (the other is Freixenet) with an impressive history; still family-run and owned, it is the largest and most innovative producer of Spanish sparkling wine, with production that dwarfs that of Moet & Chandon in Champagne.
Often overlooked, the native grapes used in the production of Cava (Macabéo, Xarel-lo & Parellada) work together to create a deliciously dry and refreshing sparkling wine, with lots of elegant citrus fruits and a characteristic 'earthy' quality that defines Cava. Codorníu are also leading the way in experimentation, with plantings of the Chardonnay grape rocketing due to the extra depth and body it creates, as well as the inclusion of red grapes to give richer and more rounded styles.
Extra de Codorníu Brut NV
Macabéo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
A classically styled easy drinking Cava displaying notes of green apple and citrus, with an edge of brioche and a touch of almond. Light in body and clean acidity.
Codorníu Selección Raventós NV – Heather's favourite!
Chardonnay, Macabéo, Xarel-lo
A more modern example, with the Chardonnay giving added notes of peachy lemon and a little more body. Still dry with fine, persistent bubbles and good length.
Wine of the Week - Casale di Valle Chianti 2009Date published: 14/08/11
Casale di Valle Chianti 2009
Chianti is known as one of the great native Italian red wines, and has been making a comeback in popularity since the mid 1990s. Found in the Tuscany region of west-central Italy, Chianti is based on the native Italian Sangiovese grape, although classic French varieties also grow extremely well here.
Tuscany experiences long, dry summers, and the north-east Apenines and the western Tyrrhenian Sea give protection from the extremes of winter. Complex soils allow a wide variety of grapes to prosper well.
A good example of a basic Chianti style, with a bright fruit nose of cherry, raspberry and plum. A pleasantly soft mouth texture with mouth watering acidity and light tannins.
Food Match: Smoked ham tortellini
£7.49 or buy any 2 Italian wines save 20%
Fine Wine Tasting Evening - Part Two (The Reds Strike Back)Date published: 08/08/11
As memories began to get hazier throughout the fine wine tasting night, I thought it would be wise to piece together my knowledge of the fantastic reds we were privileged enough to try on the fine wine evening. As mentioned previously this tasting was in a quiz format in which my team were victorious, hurrah! And sadly (even with suspect cheating) Heathers team were a lowly third! However I digress from the most important factor of the evening, the tasting..
Red number one was a tricky one to decipher on a blind tasting - a wide range of interesting flavours from rich cherry and warm stone fruits to mocha and dark chocolate hints. The lighter colour and crisp, tight acidity gave it away as a Pinot Noir and the hit of ripe fruits showed off its new world roots. With Pinot Noir being experimented with all across the world its exact location was hard to place; USA, Oz and Chile to name a few are producing fantastic Pinot at the moment however this example was revealed as coming from Martinborough, New Zealand. Decanter recently sang the praises of 09 N.Z Pinot Noir and quality did shine through with a lovely long finish, the tannins were present yet not clingy suggesting not too much bottle aging is required for this one.
1 = Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009, Martinborough £36.00 (when 2 bottles purchased as part of mixed case)
Red number two was less hard to place - Rich blackcurrant, smoke and leather with a hint of oak on the nose meant this had to be a Bordeaux with ample Cabernet Sauvignon so left bank. Once it has been figured out that the wine you are drinking is a relatively high priced Bordeaux you can't help but try and find fault with it, but this was very hard with this example. Everything was as it should be; strong but not overpowering tannins, nicely full bodied and rich whilst remaining well rounded and a long complicated finish. This would be a great way to try a fantastic Bordeaux from a classic high quality region without re-mortgaging the house. Can keep for up to 5 years.
2= La Reserve de Leoville Barton 04/05 St Julien £25.00
Number three was my own personal favorite of the night, although it was a struggle to distinguish what exactly it was! Incredibly warming soft dark fruits and well integrated tannins with a vastly lengthy smooth finish. It was pleasantly complex and seemed to change in the glass giving something else on each sip. We guessed correctly at a Cote-Rotie, a wine I have read about but never tasted, made in the north Rhone often with a dash of Viognier to soften. (A style of wine now emerging more in Australia). Happy with our decision we then decided the Viognier played a large part in the complexity, only to find out this was a pure Syrah varietal. Oh well, we got the answer right at least! To do this wine justice it must be consumed in front of a crackling oak fire in a red leather arm chair in a dusty library of a country estate in autumn.. or on the sofa when the kids are asleep!
3= Cote-Rotie Madinere 2009, Cuilleron £40.00
The grand finale did not disappoint, wisely placed at the end of the tasting it was big bold and full bodied. Most teams got the answer right - An Australian Shiraz, this version deliberately avoided new oak and instead focused on the grape itself. This was a good way of seeing the difference between a French Syrah and Australian Shiraz, where the Cote-Rotie went for warm complexity, the Shiraz packed a full bodied punch, it was bold and brassy with super-long length, I think I can still taste it today! Someone described it as a 'Blockbuster' if so this would definitely be an explosion packed Rambo flick with the Cote-Rotie being a twist turning film noir spy thriller.
4= Penfold's St Henri Shiraz, Auldana, South Australia £40.00
A fantastic night was had by all (winners and losers!) and we cant wait for the next one!
Majestic Evesham 'Fine Wine Fridays' take place the first Friday of every month, If you would like to receive e-mails on the wines chosen, pop into store, tel 01386 423824, or e-mail your contact details to: email@example.com
Wine of the Week - Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2008Date published: 08/08/11
Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2008
Mád and Tarcal
Not content with the world-wide fame and popularity of their sweet Tokaji dessert wine, the Royal Tokaji Wine Company set about producing a similarly high quality dry wine using the same grape (100% furmint) in response to the needs of different global markets.
The Vineyards of Tokaji lie North-East of Budapest in the Zemplin mountains. The long warm summers in this region allow for long ripening periods and misty autumn mornings are essential for the dessert wines of which Tokaji is most famous. The 2008 vintage contended with difficult weather patterns, but was saved by a long Indian summer.
An interesting alternative to popular every day whites like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Lots of rich honeyed tropical fruits on the nose with just a hint of almonds. On the palate a refreshing acidity cuts through the honey and rich tropical fruits, with a hint of green apples and a streak of minerality.
Food Match: Rich creamy chicken dishes
£9.99 or buy 2 save £3
Fine Wine Tasting Evening - Part OneDate published: 05/08/11
Us lucky lot at Majestic had a fantastic evening recently, tasting some of the higher priced fine wines in the range. We were blind tasting the wines in the format of a quiz, which I am pleased to announce my team won! The main quiz questions related to grape variety and region, of which many were surprisingly tricky to place. We also had to piece together a tasting note for the wines which I have attempted to replicate. Here is a list of the wines we were fortunate enough to taste:
Veuve Clicquot NV
What better way to commence a tasting than a chilled glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival! We chowed down on fish and chips whilst sipping the delicate 'grand marque' which went together surprisingly well. Veuve is a fantastically delicate Champagne which focuses on the pale lemon and green apple flavours of the chardonnay grape with a light background of buttered toast and honey.
1. Peregrine Pinot Gris 2010, Central Otago, N.Z
A hard wine to place in a blind tasting! Before the wine reached our lips we pinned it down as new world thanks to fresh exotic aromas; my team guessed at viognier due to just a hint of spice on the finish, Heathers team were gunning at Italian Soave. Most were surprised when the answer was revealed and it has sparked an interest in most to try more Pinot Gris!
The ability of modern New Zealand wine makers to produce high quality and complex wines from Pinot Gris shines through in this version. Strong flavours of ripe mango, peach and grapefruit jump out and are perfectly balanced by the light acidity and fresh clean finish. The token minerality of Pinot Gris is also there in abundance making it refreshing and mouth watering whist remaining interesting and complex. Shellfish and prawns especially would match well, best to drink young and fresh and in the blazing summer sun.
2. Meursault 2008/09 Henri Bouillot
The woosh! of toasty oak meant most teams had penned Chardonnay as the grape immediately, however there was debate between a white Burgundy and the possibility of a new world chardy. On the palate it became more clear this was French as the fruit was not punchy and exotic but light and elegant lemon and apple.
Like many Burgundian producers the Bouillot family have a long history of wine making dating back six generations. In 1996 Henri Bouillot set up a negociant business and has quickly built up a strong reputation for quality. The first thing that hits you is the strong aromatics of the toasty French oak, followed by warm pear and citrus notes with well rounded acidity and a backbone of buttered toast and soft vanilla. Fantastic example of Cote du Beaune Burgundy which is drinking very well now but could take a couple of years bottle ageing.
3. Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kreutles, Emmerich Knoll, Wachau, 2009
The wild card of the whites, many of the trainees including me have never tasted this variety before. Guesses aimed towards a mass of different grape varieties which half matched the product we were tasting. My team plummed (again) for a viognier though not overtly confidently, others suggested Alsacian whites. Heathers team (must have cheated) got the variety correct!
The wine is in a distinctive bottle with a picture of St Urban - the patron saint of wine growing used on most Knoll wines. 'Smaragd' is a definition for the best and most valuable wines of the Wachau. This Gruner Veltliner is very light and crisp with a range of herbaceous flavours from fresh green pepper to grass and garden herbs, with fresh, tame citrus fruits to round off the palate.
Right, thats the whites done, stay tuned for the reds!
Majestic Evesham will be adding a fine wine to our tasting counter on the first Friday of every month, today is Masi Amarone so feel free to come and taste before its all gone!
New Wine of the week - Pic Saint-LoupDate published: 01/08/11
Coteaux du Languedoc
The blended wines of the Languedoc are gaining an increasingly more appreciative view from wine critics worldwide thanks to ongoing investment in new winemaking technology. This example is dominated by Syrah with Grenache and Mourvedre making up 20% of the final product.
Pic Saint-Loup differs from most Languedoc sub-regions in both its lack of use of the Carignan grape, and its independence from co-operative cellars. The vines are densly packed and only 500 ha are planted with the grapes for this blend, upon the high altitude slopes of Pic Saint-Loup. Domaine Haut-Lirou has been a family vineyard for over 5 generations.
This wine is cherry red in colour, with a youthful aroma of light rasberry and blackberries. The palate is delightfully complex with woodland notes with sun baked black fruits. Medium bodied and well rounded this wine has a long and crisp pepper filled finished which punches above its modest price tag.
Food Match: Perfect with a rich beef stew and a summers evening
£8.99 or buy 2 save £3
Wine of the Week - Pouilly-Fume 'Les CascadellesDate published: 25/07/11
Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Cascadelles' 2010
Caves de Pouilly-sur-Loire
Pouilly-Fume is one of the most famous white wines of the Loire region, typically showing a smoky or 'gunflint' flavour. This is said to be a result of the fairly neutral Sauvignon Blanc grape variety (known locally as Blanc Fumé) gaining this character from the mostly limestone or flinty soils on which it's grown.
The Pouilly-Fumé appellation is in the Central region of the Loire, experiencing a continental climate, with a serious problem of spring frosts. Spread over 8 Kms, the appellation is sheltered by hills on the right bank of the Loire river, with ideal exposure to the sun. This exposure ensures perfect ripeness of the grapes, but also vulnurability to frosts.
The nose displays typical Sauvignon Blanc characters of citrus and green apple. These fruits carry through to a lively palate, where they are joined by the classic pouilly-fumé hints of steely flint and a smoky, rounded texture. The finish is clean with decent length.
Food Match: Shellfish pasta with a light creamy sauce
£10.99 or buy 2 save £6
Wine of the Week - DB Reserve Pinot Noir 2009Date published: 18/07/11
DB Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
De Bortoli is a family wine company who's aim is: 'to produce genuinely interesting wine styles with a strong regional focus that also offer outstanding value'. This Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley is a great example, as an appealing and complex red at a very affordable price point.
The De Bortoli winery follow the winemaking philosophy that great wine begins in the vineyard, and the Yarra Valley is a region with a cool climate and well structured soils ideal for viticulture. The climate is marginally warmer than Burgundy, but cooler and more reliable than Bordeaux.
Produced in a marginally warmer climate region, this Pinot Noir is riper and fleshier version of your average Burgundy. The nose gives lots of cooked red fruits such as ripe cherry and strawberry, with just a touch of smoke. The palate follows through with a silky soft texture and a herbal note. The finish has a pleasantly sweet red fruit taste.
Food Match: Duck breast with a redcurrant sauce.
£8.74 or buy any 2 Australian wines save 20%
Wine of the Week - Marquis de Pennautier RoseDate published: 11/07/11
Marquis de Pennautier 2010
Cabardès is a languedoc appellation in the South of France. An unusual combination of nominally Bordeaux and Rhône grape varieties are frequently blended together, for instance this rosé contains Malbec - a classic Bordeaux grape (and rarely seen in rosé) - aswell as Grenache and Syrah, the stars of the Rhône.
The Cabardès terroir is a blend of limestone and clay, Mediterranean heat, Atlantic influence, and cool mountain air. Winds are high, consistently buffeting the mountains where the vines are grown promoting healthy circulation.
A bright but not too heavy ruby rose colour, the nose is full of red fruits namely raspberry and redcurrents. On the palate the wine is light in body, with plenty of the red fruit flavours coming through and an attractive hint of liquorice. The finish is full and refreshing.
Food match: Pair with mediterranean vegetable tartlets
£6.99 or buy 2 save £2
Wine of the Week - Ayler Kupp RieslingDate published: 05/07/11
Margarethenhof Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett
At Majestic last week we saw a limited German Parcel of aged Rieslings go flying out; hence this wine of the week was chosen to show the quality of the younger vintages aswell. An unfortunate incident with some messy wine laws in 1971 & 1994 saw large cooperatives flooding the market with masses of inferior wines; a move which still haunts Germany's wine name to this day. Yet, the great wines of Germany are better than ever, and at prices that are a fraction of the true potential.
Every German wine is graded by the natural sugar content of it's grapes – Kabinett being driest and Trockenbeerenauslese the sweetest. This Riesling is produced in the area most famous for producing the raciest & most exciting Riseling's – the Mosel. The location follows the river, & the protective valley sides allow moderate rainfall & rapid warming providing ideal ripening conditions.
Light in colour, the nose is full of lively citrus fruits that carry a sharp intensity characteristic of this region. A steely minerality comes through with touches of floral notes. On the palate, honeyed notes come through with a slightly oily texture, which combines well with a high level of acidity to create a soft finish. Impressive finish.
Food Match: A classic match to Thai foods, try with prawn red thai curry.
£8.99 or buy 2 save £2
Fine Wine Friday TodayDate published: 01/07/11
A fantastic bottle of La Soula, Vin de pays cotes Catalanes is open on our tasting counter today.
This Southern Fance blend is packed with Apricots,Lemons, almonds and honey with a hint of white pepper.
The finish is smooth and buttery, with honey and citrus fruits.
Ready, opened and chilled. So be sure to pop down and try this fantastic fine wine today!
Wine of the Week - Les Douze Fitou 2008Date published: 26/06/11
Les Douze Fitou 2008
This Wine of the Week is a juicy, full-bodied red from the Mont Tauch co-operative in the Languedoc, responsible for half of all production and since the mid 1990s, performing better than many individual producers. The list of names down the front of the label are representative of the growers that compete each year to have their grapes selected to be included in this wine.
The Languedoc is known as France's best value wine region, and is also the most important in terms of volume of wine produced. The climate is very much Mediterranean, with very hot dry summers. This wine is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, and really shows the potential of what the Languedoc has to offer.
Attractively purpley-red in colour, the nose gives concentrated aromas of red and black fruits like cherry and blackcurrant, with hints of spices and lots of liquorice. The palate follows on from the nose, with mouth-filling body and velvety soft texture. The ripe fruit concentration shows off the influence of new-world wine making techniques.
Food match: Will perfectly complement all BBQ'd meats, particularly steaks.
£7.99 or buy 2 save £2
Wine of the Week - Viu Manent Reserva ViognierDate published: 20/06/11
Viu Manent Reserva Viognier
Viu Manent has a history that dates back to 1935, with the main vineyard site being owned since 1954. The vines are situated in the Colchagua Valley, 80 miles south-east of the capital Santiago. This Viognier comes from Viu Manent's San Carlo vineyard, one of the oldest in Chile and with an altitude of 800 feet.
The Rapel Region in which this wine is produced is of high altitude, with a maritme climate cooled by the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard's are mainly situated on fertile clay-loam soils which allow good drainage. The 2010 vintage suffered one setback of an earthquake a few days shy of the harvest period measuring 8.8 on the richter scale and “Crushed a tank like an accordian on the ground!” Fortunately the bulk of the product was saved and vinified successfully.
With no oak ageing and 2 months resting on its lees, this Viognier is fresh and fruit driven. Vibrant yellow in colour it has aromas of fresh tropical fruits. The palate fills the mouth with pineapple, peach and pear notes. The acidity is lighter than expected for a new world wine with an elegant texture.
Food match: Classically Viognier is a great match for Thai cusine, this will also pair well with Moroccan dishes.
£9.99or Buy any 2 Chilian wines save 20%
Cloudy Bay online special!Date published: 15/06/11
Cloudy Bay is often viewed as the wine that put New Zealand 'on the map' in terms of quality wine producing regions. The 1985 vintage developed a cult status for the wine which still strongly survives to this day. In the 1970's New Zealand was viewed as risky territory for grape growing, however the maritime climate and fertile well drained soils have produced some of the most exciting wines of the 'new world'.
Cloudy Bay first started on Jacksons Road, Rapaura in the Marlborough region. Its from here that its signature Sauvignon Blanc was and is still produced. This spot is the inspiration for the moody grey mountainous logo, synonymous with the Cloudy Bay brand, taken from the Richmond Ranges which surround the vineyard.
It hasn't all been smooth sailing for Cloudy Bay, the arrival of Phylloxera damaged many vines in the early 90's and has been rectified by grafting vines onto new rootstock. Since this minor setback the brand has continued from strength to strength producing some of the highest quality wines New Zealand has to offer.
New vineyards have started up in the Brancott and Omaka Valleys, which has allowed Cloudy Bay to produce fantastic wines from the Pinot Noir grape. This is a relatively new development with vines planted in Omaka as recently as 2007, the complex yet delicate nature of these new emerging wines is classically Cloudy Bay in style.
The 2009 Pinot Noir is currently on a fantastic internet order deal of 6 bottles for £132.00, a saving of £33.00
The 2007 Riesling variety from an exceptionally small harvest, offering a similar style to the off-dry Rieslings from Alsace is also on a great deal of 6 bottles for £119.94, a saving of £30.06
Wine of the Week - Yalumba Bush Vine GrenacheDate published: 13/06/11
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache
Proudly proclaimed 'Australia's oldest family owned winery', Yalumba have been rocketing from strength to strength recently mostly due to their spectacular Viognier's, and more recently, this superb Grenache. Whilst Grenache may be known as the 'work-horse' grape of the Rhone, this unflattering nick-name is quashed when Grenache vines reach an age of over 50 years old, and the fruit yields become much lower and highly concentrated.
The Barossa valley is the oldest and most important of Australia's premium wine-growing areas, with a hot and dry climate well suited to producing full-bodied reds.
Bright crimson in colour, with a ripe, sweet fruit nose of cranberry and plum fruits. On the palate, the texture is smooth and full, balancing the sweet fruits of the nose with a herbal complexity and earthy notes.
Food match: Try with full flavoured bbq'd pork chops and a sweet red onion relish.
£10.99or Buy any 2 Australian wines save 20%
Wine of the Week - Lindauer Blanc de Blancs £7.99Date published: 10/06/11
Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs
Produced by the guys behind the giant Montana Wines, Lindauer was one of the first and best New Zealand Sparkling wines to be produced and released on a large scale. Montana are the biggest wine company in New Zealand, owning 55% of all New Zealand wines. But don't let this put you off – they're known for producing high quality and consistent wines at all price points.
The climatic location of Gisborne/Hawke's Bay is near-perfect for creating sparkling wines, encouraging high acidity & intense fruit concentrations in the grapes. This Lindauer Blanc de Blancs uses only the chardonnay grape, promoting elegance, & has spent 24 months ageing on it's lees which gives a creamy and toasty complexity.
Fine, consistent bubbles run through this wine, with a deliciously lemony and biscuity nose. On the palate the bubbles are delicate, with ripe citrus flavours and brioche notes. The finish is refreshingly dry with good length.
Food match: A great aperitif wine, or match to a creamy mussel dish.
Special offer: £7.99
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - £29 till 20th JuneDate published: 01/06/11
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin has a lengthy and fascinating history dating back as far as 1772 when Philippe Clicquot, owner of a few select vineyards in the Champagne region decided to create a wine business under the family name. The Champagne house is most famous for the wife of Philipe's son Nicole Ponsardin. Nicole married François Clicquot in a Champagne cellar as churches were not yet re-consecrated following the French revolution.
After the death of François in 1805 the company was left in the hands of Mme Clicquot who renamed the business Veuve (literally widow). Mme Clicquot successfully controlled the business through France's economic turmoil. Famously she managed to secure the shipment of 25,000 bottles through Napoleonic barricades into heartland Russia. Through perseverance and devotion Veuve Clicquot found its way into almost all major European courts at the time and quickly developed a brand name synonymous with the rich and powerful which it still holds to this day.
Mme Clicquot was not only a shrewed businesswoman but also innovative in Champagne production methods. She is credited for creating a riddling process called remuage (rotating bottles gradually to ease yeast extraction), and even making the first riddling table for the process. Mme Clicquot is celebrated in the companies signature vintage wine named 'La Grande Dame'.
Today Veuve Clicqout Ponsardin NV retains much of its traditional values through its relatively 'hands-off' approach to winemaking (No filtering before blending and only light filtration prior to bottling) This results in a rich fruit palate and a delicately yeasty aroma, creating a superbly well balanced wine with incredibly fine and persistent bubbles.
Veurve Clicquot NV is an instantly recognisable high quality Champagne and is perfect for toasting any celebration, Currently on a fantastic bottle price of £29. This offer is available till the 20th June so it's the perfect opportunity to stock up on a fantastic Champagne ready for any upcoming celebrations!
Bank Holiday DealsDate published: 24/05/11
To help celebrate the coming Bank Holiday Majestic have secured a few extra deals on top of our already great Summer Offers! So whatever you're doing this bank Holiday and whatever the weather, make sure you pop by your local Majestic to pick up these latest deals:
Torres Vina Sol 2010 £6.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 £4.99
Torres Vina Sol Rose 2010 £6.49 or buy 2 bottles save £3 £4.99
Defy the miserable weather with these easy drinking Spanish quaffer's - the white is light and appley, while the rose is full of raspberries. Already popular wines, this fresh and fruity pair will bring a touch of sunshine to the dreariest of summer days.
Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV
Made from 100% chardonnay the result is elegant citrus fruits and soft, creamy bubbles. The perfect party sparkler; deliciously sophisticated without breaking the bank
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
One of the oldest Champagne houses, Taittinger is made to be a crowd pleaser with a pure, uncomplicated, delicate style. A steal.
Louis Roederer 2004
For those slightly more special occasions, this Vintage Roederer is made predominantly from Pinot Noir giving a more complex and firm structure. Rich and full-bodied, this is a beautifully textured Champagne to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.
Wine of the Week - Bacaro Pinot Grigio 2009Date published: 23/05/11
Bacaro Pinot Grigio 2009
This Wine of the Week ties in with our Italian Tasting Week with a quintessential Italian white wine – Pinot Grigio. Bacaro is a producer situated in the North-East region of Italy, where freshness, crisp acidity and purity of varietal character personifies the wines produced there.
Bounded by the Dolomites to the North and the Adriatic sea to the south, North-East Italy experiences harsh, cold winters and hot summers. Vintage variation can be a problem, thus the North-East is leading the quest for more modern vinification techniques.
Pale in colour, the nose detects plenty of fresh green fruits with hints of perfume. The palate follows on from the nose with notes of pear and stone fruit. Light in body and fresh acidity create the perfect wine for summer swigging, whatever the weather!
Food Match: Perfect on it's own, or match to light pasta dishes.
£6.24 or Buy any 2 Italian wines save 20%
Wine of the Week - Errazuriz MerlotDate published: 16/05/11
Errazuriz Reserva Merlot
Errazuriz is one of Chile's leading wine producers creating a range of easy drinking wines packed with concentrated fruit flavours. This Merlot started life in the Aconcagua Valley, where cool, rainy winters, hot dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes create near-perfect conditions for grape-growing.
The 2010 vintage was most notable for a slow, even and gentle ripening of the grapes coming up to the harvest, encouraging excellent concentration and intense colouring. 50% of the wine has been aged in French Oak for added complexity.
Bright crimson colouring shows the wines youthfulness. A nose of ripe red and black fruits including raspberry and soft plums follows through to the palate, where subtle hints of vanilla and toast echo the use of French Oak. Medium body and soft tannins make this wine perfect for everyday drinking!
Food Match: Simple vegetable pasta
Wine of the Week - Fairleigh Estate Rose!Date published: 09/05/11
Pinot Noir Rosé
Fairleigh Estate is situated in the increasingly famous Marlborough region of New Zealand, producing wines that are exclusive to Majestic. This Rosé has been chosen as our Wine of the Week to tie in with our 'New Arrivals' Tasting Week, and is sure to adopt the popularity of it's Sauvignon Blanc counterpart.
The Marlborough region enjoys a combination of free-draining soils, abundant sunshine, cool nights and a long ripening season which create the ideal environment to produce wines that are marked by an electrifyingly bright fruit flavour. Known for it's Sauvignon Blanc, more and more areas of Marlborough are giving way to increased plantings of the Pinot Noir grape, which creates rich fruity reds and increasingly intense Rosés.
The delicate nose is dominated by classic Pinot Noir aromas of raspberry and red cherry. The palate is light and fresh, with soft-edged acidity and juicy red fruits.
Food match: Enjoy on it's own, or will partner well to grilled Salmon
Summer Offers!Date published: 03/05/11
With the glorious sunshine we've been getting lately it seems perfect timing to welcome in Majestic's Summer offers! So here we go....
20% off Australia
Our pick is the Kangarilla range from the McLaren Vale - a consistently high quality producer that produce some stunning wines, such as their punchy Shiraz down from £12.99 to £10.39 and a deliciously crisp yet creamy Chardonnay at £9.59 down from £11.99.
20% off Beaujolais
Grab a case of the ever popular Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages for just £5.99, or try a very slightly heavier richer Brouilly from Domaine des Maisons Neuves at £7.99 down from £9.99.
20% off Chile
The Santa Rita 120 range from Chile are tasty yet affordable wines perfect for social summer gatherings. The fruity Merlot comes in at £5.99, and the spicy Carmenere and aromatic Viognier at £5.49 each.
20% off Italy
With an extensive variety of Italian wines of all styles from all areas, there's sure to be something to please everyone. For a traditional taste of Italy go for the Chianti Classico San Leonino at £7.99, and for the whites a Pinot Grigio Serena at £5.99 down from £8.49
20% off New Zealand
With some amazing New Zealand deals already in place, theres always a wide range of classic Sauvignon's to try. Our pick is the St Clair range, exclusive to Majestic and producing some incredibly opulent and complex wines. The fruit-driven Pioneers Block Sauvignon comes in at £12.79, the lively Pinot Gris at £12.79 and the velvety smooth Pinot Noir at £14.39
And the country offers arn't they only changes happening - there will be some great reductions on prices all across the store, including some unmissable deals on Sparkling wines and Southern France. Look out for the Summer Grape to Glass magazines and Flyers that should be landing on doorsteps over the next few days, or pop into your local branch to see what offers the staff are raving about!
New Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/05/11
Kangarilla Road Chardonnay
Established in 1997, Kangarilla Road vineyard & winery is based in the McLaren Vale South Australia. 'Kangarilla' derives from Aboriginal Australian language and refers to the bountiful local resources.
Above average rainfall in Winter and Autumn months, compiled with calm and cool nights in early spring have kept the south Australian vines full and healthy. This has generated quality grapes, creating a wine of high standard. 30% of the wine has been matured for 100 days in new French oak barrels adding to the overall aroma and texture of flavour.
A lively, zesty citrus chardonnay, Kangarilla has a bouquet of fresh lemon with white peach and floral notes.
The palate combines fresh citrus flavour with light tropical fruits. Elegant with great length of flavour and a mid-palate texture from oak barreling, this Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next twelve months but will also benefit from further bottle ageing.
Food Match: Creamy, light Chicken dishes.
£10.99 Buy 2 save £4
End of Spring Offers!Date published: 29/04/11
Next Monday 2nd May marks the ending of our Spring offers, which include 20% off Spain and South Africa and £3 off our Portugal range! Other great offers coming to an end are our limited champagne deals, with Pol Roger Reserve going up from a bargain £24.99 to £30, and Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV up from just £24.99 to £35. So if you want to stock up in your favourites from these offers, make sure to come along before they end at 5pm Monday 2nd!
Our opening hours over the Bank Holiday weekend are:
Saturday 30th 9am-7pm
Sunday 1st 10am-5pm
Monday 2nd 10am-5pm
Tuesday 3rd May brings the start of our Summer promotions, so come along to see what our latest offers will be!
New Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/04/11
Marqués de la Concordia Reserva
Marqués de la Concordia is a shining example of a producer who manages to combine New World style with Old World terroir. This is a wine of high quality that is drinking well now but will increase in complexity with further bottle ageing.
Despite the contintental and sometimes harsh climate many areas of Spain experience, Rioja is sheltered from the rain bearing Atlantic winds by the Sierra de Cantabria which also moderate extremes of climate. The 2005 vintage was near perfect for grape growing, delivering fruit of optimum ripeness.
The mix of Grenache and Tempranillo grapes creates a classic Rioja delivering complex aromas of ripe fruits, cedar and spice with a smooth palate of dark fruits and a hint of rich roasted coffee beans.
Food Match: Fantastic served with roast lamb cutlets.
£9.99 Buy 2 save 20% £7.99
New Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/04/11
Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc
As an estate winery, Viña Errázuriz strives to produce the finest wines by controlling every stage of the winemaking process, from grape growing in the Aconcagua, Casablanca and Curicó valleys, to final production. The aim is to produce wines with elegance and complexity. The grapes for the Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard 2010 came from a specific sector of this vineyard located in the Casablanca Valley.
The La Escultura vineyard benefits from cool coastal breezes that encourage slow ripening of the grapes, helping to preserve their flavours and ensure good levels of acidity. To preserve the wine's aromatic potential, most of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks.
A bright straw-yellow colour with greenish tints. With a great elegance, this wine displays fresh fruit notes with subtle tones of passion fruit intermingling with notes of green chili, tomato leaf and fresh-cut herbs. The palate is crisp and minerally, with citrus and herbal notes.
Malbec World DayDate published: 17/04/11
Malbec World Day
This Sunday 17th April marks the first ‘Malbec World Day’, a celebration of this deliciously full-bodied variety that represents the benchmark of Argentinian red wine production. Argentina is the world's fifth biggest wine producing country, where most vineyards are located around the base of the Andes mountains, which help to protect the vines from extreme weather conditions whilst providing snowmelt for natural irrigation. Malbec, originally from South-West France, has here developed its own distinct and unique character with intense flavours of black fruits and spice which are a perfect match for the country's national dish of beef steak.
Some of our favourites include:
Gougenheim Malbec 2009 Mendoza £8.99 buy 2 save £3 £7.49
A classy take with a velvety mouthfeel and notes of dark chocolate.
Afincado Malbec 2007 Terrazas de los Andes £25 buy 2 save £10 £20
A stunningly pure and fresh example obtained through the sole use of free-run juice at pressing. Aromas of fresh cherry and plum lead to a supple and polished finish.
Catena Malbec 2008 Mendoza £11.99 buy 2 save £4 £9.99
Great complexity is achieved through the selection of grapes from different altitudes and micro-climates of the area. Ripe blackberry aromas come to the fore accompanied by hints of vanilla.
Esperanza Malbec 2010 Mendoza £5.99 buy 2 save £2 £4.99
A great value classic Malbec with ripe fruits and hints of spice. A perfect every day red.
- Store Events(6)
Free Wine Course
27 September 2014 (16:00 - 18:00)
Our FREE 90 minute tasting session will provide you with a great understanding of wine, from grape to glass. 6 x wines , 2 x sparkling and some very useful food & wine matching to finish. Bring a friend!
Free Spotlight Tasting
11 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)
6 South African wines available to taste side by side in 30 minutes, with a talk from a member of the lovely & very knowledgeable Evesham team.
Free Spotlight Tasting
4 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)
Snappy half hour session tasting a selection of the varied and exciting wines of Argentina
Loire & Beaujolais Spotlight Week
8 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Join us from 8-14 August when the tasting counter will be laden with summery whites from the Loire Valley and light, fruity reds from Beaujolais - perfect for summer sipping.
Open to all
Free Spotlight Tasting
7 August 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)
Join us to get a sneak preview of the wines we'll be opening for our Loire & Beaujolais Spotlight Week! This is a great opportunity to compare wines from the same area side by side, with a knowledgeable staff member on hand to answer any queries and talk through the styles. Cheers!
Free Wine Course
3 August 2014 (15:00 - 17:00)
Our FREE 90 minute tasting session will provide you with a great understanding of wine, from grape to glass. 6 x wines , 2 x sparkling and some very useful food & wine matching to finish. Bring a friend!
- Store Tasting(7)
What we're tasting today...
Meet the team...
Heather ManagerSince opening Evesham back in 2011 as Assistant I'm very excited to be in my first Manager position here. My favourite wines of the moment are big hearty Zinfandels, Expensive French Chardonnay and anything with bubbles.
Ken Assistant ManagerI also started in Evesham, during the Queens Jubilee. I return as Assistant and am delighted to be back in the Vale. I've learnt a lot about wine in the last two years and still love trying new ones and new food matches. I drink almost everything under the sun but can always be won over by a generous earthy red!
Zoë Trainee ManagerEvesham is my second store with Majestic and being a placement student I only have a few months left in the company! I've learnt so much already and I love to try new and more interesting wines such as New Zealand Gruner Veltliner.