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T: 01392 275 644
F: 01392 275 644
E: exe@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
1 Bridford Road
Marsh Barton
Exeter
EX2 8QX
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(138)

August OffersDate published: 16/08/14

With a really varied set of offers in the August flyer we have a lot to be excited about. Indeed, we feature 32 great wines that are under £6.99 in the flyer.

Some highlights of these offers are Peroni (£1 bottle), Vina Eguia Reserva (£6.66) Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon (£5.99), Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay (£8.66), Pizarras de Otero (£6.66) and Mud House Sauvignon (£6.66).


New Special OffersDate published: 16/08/14

New Special Offers

Offers end 3pm Monday 25 August!

Come rain or shine this summer holiday, we’ve got some new deals which are sure to brighten your day. Starting at just £4.99, all of these holiday deals are absolutely outrageous value, and none of them will be around for long. These are available to taste tight now!

Macon Lugny Louis Latour £9.99

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

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

This soft and supple wine is vibrant ruby in colour with aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit and slight hints of vanilla on the medium bodied palate.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.


Food and Wine MatchDate published: 16/08/14

Food and wine match ideas
Today I am recommending Etoile de Mer Rosé from Provence (£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99). This is a classic Provence blend of Syrah and Grenache, it has a very delicate skin-pink colour, with pronounced aromas of ripe red berry fruits and a fresh minerality on the finish.

Try this with a Mediterranean style barbecue of grilled aubergine parcels (grilled slices of augergine, wraped around slices of tomato and mozzarellla, held together with a cocktail stick, drench in seasoning and oil olive and re-bbqed until melted) with rosemary and garlic lamb skewers and fresh crusty bread.

Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/08/14

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc


The Giesen Sauvignon blanc is a lovely example of a New Zealand Sauv. The nose is dominated by rich topical aromas, lime and that all familiar herbaceous notes.

On the palate expect an surge of citrus and zest with a beautiful gooseberry drive.

Match this with any seafood dish.

All this for only £6.66 when you buy any 2 on the 33.3% offer.

Hello Exeter!Date published: 16/08/14

Hello Exeter!

My name is Christian I am the new Trainee Manager here in the Exeter Store having just moved from Cardiff, I am loving every second of it the team are great and so are the customers, I feel settled already.

My favourite wines at the moment are oaky/toasty Chardonnays, as well as the Shiraz grape variety. Why not come in sometime and tell me about your favourites!




Lauren's Wimbledon Winners Date published: 23/06/14

My favourite 2 weeks of sport are here and I think that calls for a toast! here is my pick of summer sippers to help us get through the ins and outs, the lets and bys of this years Wimbledon.

We simply have to start with something sophisticated and quintessentially British which means Pimm's and lemonade - complete with compulsory Wimbledon strawberries, mint and orange. And at £11.99 a bottle I think I'll have a second serve! 

Next lets look to the second round, we are getting into our stride at the All England Club with a cool glass of Craft Beer - why not have an All English Curious Brew I.P.A - Brewed with precision and passion to be powerfully hopped yet balanced with a clean, crisp and refreshing finish. £17.99 (12 x 330ml) 

We are into the quarter finals, time to get serious with some seriously good offers! How about a bottle of the modern classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. We have an amazing value parcel of Mud House Sauvignon £6.66 (single bottle £9.99 or as part of our Summer Selection buy and 2 save 33.3% = £6.66) why not take advantage and snap up yours whilst stocks last. 

It's Semi Final time and true to form the heavens have opened, so while they put the roof up and we all remember 'that Cliff Richard year' and grimace slightly why not open a bottle of Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - its deep, dark full of damson and black cherry and deliciously velvety, however if you are prone to throwing your hands up in excitement this is not a wine to be spilling on a cream carpet! £7.99 (single bottle £11.99 or as part of our Summer Selection buy and 2 save 33.3% = £7.99)

The finals are here - Andy could just retain the title, is it too much to hope for? Either way we need a little sparkle to lubricate the celebrations or commiserations. What's better than Sir Winston Churchill's favourite Pol Roger NV Champagne. This truly is a fine and delicate yet beautifully complex expression of the French classic. I can think of no better way to top off two weeks of tip top tennis. Game, set and Match!


New Zealand Tasting!Date published: 06/06/14

We start our New Zealand Tasting week today, so we have a selection of tasty Kiwi wines for you to sample.  So for all you Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir fans, this is the week you have been waiting for! For all of you who have yet to explore New Zealand, this is the perfect opportunity to start! 

NEW ARRIVALS FOR SPRING!Date published: 14/04/14

El Patito Feo, Navarra - £6.74

Graciano grows brilliantly in Navarra, a region for so long in the shadow of Rioja. “The Ugly Duckling” is a fantastic fruity red if you like the stylr of Rioja but want a bit more freshness

Passimento, Pasqua - £8.99

A wonderful Italian red made by drying the grapes to concentrate their flavours. Perfect with some nice cheese, olives and salami!

El Rescatado Albarin, Tierra De Leon - £9.99

Not a mis-spelling! This isn't an Albarino! Albarin is an ancient, and almost extinct grape variety. Quite like Pinot Gris from Alsace with a spicy quality and Apricot fruits. An odd one to tick off the list of grape varieties you've tried!

Arrowfield Semillon, Hunter Valley - £6.99

A 6 year old white wine – should be past it's best right? Wrong! Hunter Valley Semillon is utterly fantastic with a few years bottle age! This is INCREDIBLE value for money! Do not miss out!

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet, South Australia - £7.99

Classic Aussie Cabernet with ripe blackcurrant and leafy, eucalyptus notes. Hard to think of a better Cabernet for under a tenner.


Have you tried...Gavi Montiero?Date published: 14/04/14

Have you tried...Gavi Montiero?

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


Upcoming Events - May & JuneDate published: 14/04/14

Upcoming Events - May & June

Spotlight tastings

Saturday 3rd May 12pm and 3pm Focus in Chile

Saturday's FREE tutored Spotlight tasting is an excellent chance to try some of our fantastic Chilean wine. This 30 minute tasting will be choc-full of sparkling, white, and red wines!

Saturday 14th June 12pm and 3pm Focus on Italy

This Saturday we turn our Spotlight on the the wines of Italy. We will taste some excellent examples from all over Italy to try and discover some new favourites or perhaps revisit an old friend.

The Wine Course

Thursday 1st May and Wednesday 11th June @ 6pm

Our award winning Wine Course is a FREE tasting held here in store. Over the 90 minutes we learn how to taste wine like the professionals, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part!) how to match food and wine. All taught in a very practical way in a relaxed and informal environment at Majestic Exeter.

Summer Wine Evening

Wednesday 21st May from 6pm

A free informal tasting held in store showcasing a broad range of new and interesting wines.


Easter opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 9am-7pm

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours 10am - 5pm

Don't forget: Free Spain Spotlight tasting Saturday 5th AprilDate published: 31/03/14

This Saturday we turn our Spotlight on the the wines of Spain. We will taste a range of Red and white wines that prove there is more to Spanish wine than just Rioja. We will taste some excellent examples from all over Spain to try to discover some new favourites or perhaps revisit an old friend.

- A range of these wines will be open to taste from the 4th - 10th April


Majestic wine Exeter Wine CourseDate published: 12/03/14

The Wine Course

19th March 6pm

Our award winning Wine Course is a FREE tasting held here in store. Over the 90 minutes we learn how to taste wine like the professionals, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part!) how to match food and wine. All taught in a very practical way in a relaxed and informal environment in store and led by Lauren our store manager.


Pick 'n' Mix: Why not tryDate published: 09/03/14

Majestic wine Exeter currently has a fantastic selection of wines on our Pix 'n' Mix offers, with 33.3% off many lines. From new to old world reds, whites, and sparkling, there is something for everyone to enjoy:


Louis Jadot Macon-Villages Les Roches Blanches 2012 £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more from the Pick'n'Mix

A lovely white Burgundy made in a fresh, clean, and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.


Vina eguia Rioja Crianza 2009 £6.33 when you buy any 2 or more from the Pick'n'Mix

Vivid cherry red colour with aromas that show the wine's oak ageing, with vanilla, coconut, and balsamic notes coming to the fore. An elegant palate of ripe fruit framed by soft, polished tannins.


Chateau Clos Fontaine 2007 £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more from the Pick'n'Mix

Medium bodied wine aged in single us oak barrels for up to 14 months, and matured for a further 2 years before bottling. The wine is a harmonious, smooth wine with a gentle spicy muscularity.


Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more from the Pick'n'Mix

Elegant citrus fruit, with a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative to Champagne.

Don't forget: Free South Africa Spotlight tasting Saturday 8th MarchDate published: 03/03/14

Saturday's FREE tutored Spotlight tasting is all about the versatile and exciting wines of South Africa. In this 30 minute tasting we will look at some superb sparkling, a range of whites from crisp and fresh, to round and soft, and some elegant, light reds right up to some gutsy, full bodied numbers!

- A range of these wines will be open to taste from the 7th-13th March

Malbec Mix 'n' Match WeekDate published: 27/02/14

For one week only, we have put all our Argentinian Malbecs on a superb offer. Buy any 2 Malbecs and receive 1/3 off! It's time to discover how versatile this grape variety can be. With a beautiful range from all around the world and at different price-points, there is a Malbec for everyone. If you happen to have never tried this red before then use this week as the perfect opportunity. 

We have gathered the Malbecs together and displayed them amongst our pick 'n' mix selection so look out for the "orange" part of the store or feel free to ask for any assistance in gathering your selection.
We have even popped a couple of classic Argentinian Malbec on the tasting counter to add to the temptation.
Remember that this offer is only on until the end of play on Monday the 3rd of March so be sure to get your orders in or pay us a visit in store!
Enjoy!

New Wine of the Week - Callia Bella MalbecDate published: 25/02/14

Callia Bella Malbec 2013

Grape – Malbec

Origin -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.

Taste – 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.

Enjoy-Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

£8.99 single bottle price

Or buy 2 bottles save £2 = £7.99


Upcoming events at Majestic wine - March/April 2014Date published: 16/02/14

Spotlight Tasting - 8th March 12pm and 3pm

Saturday's FREE tutored Spotlight tasting is all about the versatile and exciting wines of South Africa. In this 30 minute tasting we will look at some superb sparkling, a range of whites from crisp and fresh, to round and soft, and some elegant, light reds right up to some gutsy, full bodied numbers!

- A range of these wines will be open to taste from the 7th-13th March

The Wine Course - 19th March 6pm

Our award winning Wine Course is a FREE tasting held here in store. Over the 90 minutes we learn how to taste wine like the professionals, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part!) how to match food and wine. All taught in a very practical way in a relaxed and informal environment in store and led by Lauren our store manager.

Spotlight Tasting - 5th April 12pm and 3pm

This Saturday we turn our Spotlight on the the wines of Spain. We will taste a range of Red and white wines that prove there is more to Spanish wine than just Rioja. We will taste some excellent examples from all over Spain to try to discover some new favourites or perhaps revisit an old friend.

- A range of these wines will be open to taste from the 4th - 10th April

New Wine of the Week - Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc £5.99Date published: 11/02/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Grape – Sauvignon Blanc

Origin -Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience.

Taste – Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.

Enjoy-Perfect with all light seafood dishes or soft cheeses.

£8.99 single bottle

Pick'n'Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £5.99


Spring Sparkling RoséDate published: 10/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Undurraga Rosé NV, Chile     £6.99

A lovely vibrant pink colour, Undurraga Rosé is the perfect party fizz. Bursting with cherry and strawberry notes, its a straight-forward, easy drinking Rosé, a real crowd pleaser.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV, New Zealand     £17.99

A fantastic fizz from a Majestic favourite producer. Made by traditional method, Pelorus Rosé is brimming with cranberry and strawberry fruit, alongside a touch of sweet spice and toast. A great alternative Champagne, and a must-try for lovers of New World wine.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV, Champagne   £19.99

A delicate salmon pink rosé, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style. The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Perfect on its own, or served alongside roast chicken Sunday dinner with the family.

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV, Champagne     £28.98

An intense, attractive colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif.


Spring Old World FizzDate published: 10/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC, Italy    £7.99

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit. It's easy to see why Prosecco's popularity is currently booming with this delicately off-dry and refreshing example.

Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV DOC, Italy  £8.99

Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV, France   £8.99

Made in Loire from Chenin Blanc grapes, Bouvet is an elegant fizz with apple and stonefruit notes, and subtle floral aromas. A surprisingly good match for fish and chips.


Spring New World FizzDate published: 10/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV, New Zealand    £8.99

The Lindauer range of Sparkling wines are firm favourites amongst staff and customers at Majestic, and it's easy to see why. Lindauer Brut is brimming with ripe apple and zesty citrus flavours, rounded off with a mineral edge and a racy acidity. An ideal apéritif.

Lindauer Special Reserve NV, New Zealand   £9.99

A lovely shade of orangey-pink, the Lindauer Special Reserve has soft peach and nectarine flavours, with a creamy texture and toasty notes. A fantastic, value alternative to Champagne.

Graham Beck Brut NV, South Africa   £9.99

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.


Spring ChampagneDate published: 10/02/14

The weathers brightening up, and with Valentine's Day and Easter just around the corner what better way to celebrate than with some fantastic fizz? We've included the following sparkling wine in our February Pick 'n' Mix deal to help you celebrate Spring in style.

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007    £19.99

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

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV    £23.32

Intentionally made in a forward and approachable style, with a good balance of rich fruit and refreshing citrussy edge, this is a Champagne for drinking now at any celebratory occasion.


Santa Ana-Producer in FocusDate published: 10/02/14

Producer in Focus

Bodegas Santa Ana

Bodegas Santa Ana has over 120 years experience in the wine producing trade and was one of the first to be founded in Argentina.

They were founded in 1891 by Luis Tirasso, an Italian immigrant and a pioneer in the development of winemaking in Argentina.

Their vineyards are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and Catamarca; the main winemaking regions of Argentina. The Andes mountain range provides the perfect climate and altitude necessary to produce the great wines of Bodegas Santa Ana.

Majestic Wine Exeter stocks the following wines:

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles.

Plum and cherry on both nose and palate, medium-bodied with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles.

Fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background. 


Mothers Ruin that will not ruin the waist line!Date published: 10/02/14

Mother's Ruin

With less calories!

Fancy a nice refreshing drink but trying to avoid beer and wine?

Still haven't burnt off the dozens of helpings of turkey, mince pies, cheese and the copious amounts of beer and wine?

Why not treat yourself to a gin and slim line tonic. Very refresing, very tasty and very low on calories!

Gin we currently stock:

William's Elegant Crisp Gin £40

One of the most complex gins in the world, made from organically grown cider apples and mixed with nine botanicals including: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Liquorice, Orrice, Orange, Lemon, Hops and Elderflower. The result is a full bodied fruity gin.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin £28

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

Hendricks Gin £30Staff Recommendation.

Handcrafted gin with traditional botanicals, juniper, coriander, and citrus peel but the special infusion of cucumber and rose petals creates a unique and unexpected flavour. Often served with a slice of cucumber in it, this is one of my favourite gins and one that I would highly recommend.

Slim line tonic we currently stock:

Schweppes Slim-line Tonic £5.49

for a pack of 12 150ml cans

Fever-Tree Naturally Light Tonic £2.59

for a pack of 4 200ml bottles.



Don't Forget: Argentina wines on the tasting counterDate published: 09/02/14

Majestic wine Exeter has a great selection of red and white Argentinian wines on the tasting counter this weekend, as part of our 'Wines of Argentina' tasting week. Why not come down to Majestic wine Exeter to taste some of the wines on the counter and ask us about our Argentinian range.

Pick'N'Mix 33% off!Date published: 06/02/14

Majestic wine Exeter has 33% off selected wines until the 3rd of March. Why not come in and see what great offers we have on in store today!

New in to Majestic ExeterDate published: 31/01/14

New in Stock... Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 £12.99 Buy 2  OZ save 20% £10.39

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

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

Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation



Looking for a new Wine supplier?Date published: 31/01/14

We not only sell wine to the public, we also offer exclusive labels to the on-trade, along with dedicated account management through Majestic Commercial. Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements we have a range of products and services which we can tailor to your needs.  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 you would like to know more, please give us a call at the store on 01392 275644.


A Brief Introduction to Wine MakingDate published: 31/01/14

Wine making

Ever wanted to know what wine making involves? Well you are in luck, below are some of the key steps involved in making all your favourite wines...

Grape processing - This involves grape reception, where grapes are checked on a sorting table to eliminate unripe or rotten grapes

Destemming and crushing – The stem of the grape is removed and crushing breaks the skin of the grapes and liberates free run juices.

Pressing – This separates the liquid and the solid constitutes of the grapes. For white wines pressing occurs before fermentation while for red and rose wines it will be after. The juice created by pressing is know as must.

Sugar and alcohol adjustment - In cooler climates there may be insufficient natural sugar to give the wine a satisfactory level of alcohol. In which case must enrichment may be carried out.

Acid adjustment - Acid levels may be increased, if during grape ripening acidity has fallen too far. Equally they may be neutralised by the addition of potassium bicarbonate.

Tannin adjustment -insufficient tannin's in the grapes can be raised by adding tannin powder.

Fermentation - fermentation is a chemical reaction brought about by the action of yeast or bacteria. The principle role of yeast is to produce alcohol. There are two methods of fermentation, alcohol and malolactic. Alcohol fermentation is the conversion of sugar into alcohol.


Berberana Rioja Gran Reserva - Only £8.99 - ends on MondayDate published: 31/01/14

Berberana Rioja Gran Reserva - Only £8.99

This Gran Reserva is on special offer down from £14.99, a fantastic deal you won't want to miss.

Aged for a minimum of 3 years in American Oak, gives it the distinct vanilla character that Rioja lovers adore. A further 3 years in bottle allows clove and dried fruit flavours to develop giving this wine a great complexity and smoothness.

A delicious match for a rack of Welsh Lamb, drink now or lay it down to enjoy in a few years time.


20% off New Zealand ends on Monday...Date published: 31/01/14

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
£9.99 or buy 2 = £7.99

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

£8.74 or buy 2 save 20% = £6.99

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2013 Marlborough

£9.99 or buy 2 = £7.99

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough

£10.61 or buy 2 save 20% = £8.48

And many many more super offers all ending Monday! Come and Explore

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Majestic Wedding ServiceDate published: 31/01/14

So you're getting married - congratulations!

One of the most fun bits of wedding planning is trying the food and wine and, of course, choosing your presents!

Your local Majestic in Exeter can help you out with all of these fun things. We offer help with party planning and can help you in choosing the perfect wines to accompany your food, toast the day with and party the night away to.

Come and chat to us about what you'd like - we can work to any quantity and budget and deliver to your venue completely free of charge. If you're having a more DIY wedding we can also offer glass hire, chiller bin hire, ice and a whole host of other things.

Once your done you can return everything you've hired and any wine you haven't drunk and get a full refund - what's not to like?

Also, Majestic wine offer a gift list service.

Maybe you have all of the towels and toasters you think you need, and don't want to ask for money... Maybe you'd like to build up a wine collection, a cellar or just have in a stock of great wines to crack open? If so check out http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/gift-lists for some more information, or come talk to us in Exeter. We can offer you some great advice and something to really look forward to after honeymoon.

In short, if you're planning a wedding come and have a chat with us! We'd be thrilled to see you.


New Chilean additions: Vina Mayu Malbec 2012Date published: 27/01/14

Majestic wine Exeter is now stocking the 2012 Vina Mayu Malbec from the Elqui Valley in Chile.

A good quality Malbec, the Vina Mayu is a vividly coloured, muscular yet sophisticated wine, with interesting developments of nutmeg and clove, lead by luscious bramble fruits. Overall Vina Mayu is a full-bodied welcoming Malbec, with a lovely long finish on the palate.

Try with beef dishes, in particular rare fillet steak, or roast beef.


The 2012 Vina Mayu Malbec is £11.19 if you buy 2 or more, or £13.99 single bottle price.

New Claret at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 26/01/14

Majestic wine Exeter now has the 2012 vintage of the Chateau Haut Brignon, Bordeaux Superior in stock.

The Chateau Haut Brignon is a good solid middleweight claret, with plentiful ripe blackberry and plum fruit characters. The blend is made up of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. This matches well with pork dishes, in particular roasted pork belly.

The Chateau Haut Brignon is currently at £9.99 per bottle and is a fantastic value Bordeaux.


Why not visit Majestic wine Exeter and ask us about our Bordeaux range today!

Storage tips to keep your wine fighting fit!Date published: 25/01/14

How to keep wines in tip top condition.

If a wine is stored incorrectly it can affect the flavour, usually leaving the wine out balance and generally not the way the wine maker intended. Most of the wines we sell are generally ready to drink, however some really do benefit from a bit of bottle age (if you are ever unsure as to whether or not your wine is a keeper please ask a member of staff) Here are a few tips to help keep your lovely, fresh New Zealand Sauvignons lovely and fresh or to help you gain the most from that special bottle of claret that you want to mature to perfection. 

For long term storage (1 year +)

All temperatures should be cool and consistent between 10 and 15 °C

The worst place to store your wine would be in the kitchen due to the high fluctuating temperatures. Also long periods of refrigeration can cause shrinkage damage to the corks and result in sparkling wine loosing their fizz.

Wines with corks should be stored on their sides to keep the wine inside the bottle in contact with the cork, this will stop the cork from drying out and letting air into the bottle causing the wine to oxidise. An oxidised wine may smell vinegary or have a slight bubble that is not part of the wine style.  Wines with screw caps can be kept up right, Stelvin screw caps are the most commonly used style and have a very high success rate, but do check to make sure the seal is intact otherwise this wine could also oxidise.

Keep wine away from direct sunlight as this will cause the wine to discolour, turning a light pale yellow/green wine into a deeper orangey yellow, it will also heat the wine and it will become stale and old before its time. 

Keep wine away from vibrations in order for it to lie undisturbed, so its best not to store the wine on top of speakers or next to the telly. 

It is for all of these reasons that a cool cellar is the ideal area to keep wine, but for those of us not lucky enough to have such facilities, an under stairs cupboard or a cool back room is probably best. 


Focus on VouvrayDate published: 21/01/14

Vouvray is a French region of the Loire Valley located in the Touraine district just east of the city of Tours in the commune of Vouvray. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) is dedicated almost exclusively to Chenin blanc though the obscure and minor grape Arbois is permitted but rarely used.

Wine production in this area is highly variable and dependent on climate conditions, with cooler years promoting the production of dry (sec) and sparkling Vouvray while warmer, more favorable vintage encourages the production of sweet moelleux or liquoreux styles produced by noble rot in a manner similar to the sweet dessert wines of Sauternes. With the naturally high acidity of Chenin blanc, Vouvrays from favorable vintages have immense aging potential.

Some of my favourites are:

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières 2012 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet, £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £8.99

Bernard Fouquet has around 30ha of Chenin vines, planted across a range of soils, from limestone to flint. Each parcel is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock.

A pure, well developed nose of fresh quince and pear. The palate is a swathe of ripe apple fruit, with a honeyed sweetness, balanced by Chenin's characteristic blade-like acidity and mineral grip.



Amazing deals ending soonDate published: 21/01/14

The 20% off deals for Chilean, New Zealand, Rhone, Californian and Australian wines finish on the 3rd of February. So if you love any wines from these particular countries it is best to buy them now and save your money!

These include stunning offers such as 

1.  Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques' 2012 for £11.99 when you buy two or more Rhone wines

2.  Brancott Sauvignon Blanc for £6.99 when you buy two or more New Zealand wines

3.  Santa Rita 120 Carménère for £6.39 when you buy two or more Chilean wines

4. Ravenswood Lodi Zinfindel for £8.79 when you buy two or more Californian wines

5. Oxford Landing Estates Chardonnay  for £6.39 when you buy two or more Australian wines


Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 21/01/14

Burrow Hill Cider which originates from Somerset.

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) ciders 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. 

This will be in-stock from Wednesday 22nd January 2014

£18 for a case of 8x500ml bottles


Tasting NotesDate published: 21/01/14

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008Date published: 21/01/14

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal

Here is a wine that year on year seems to be consistently good quality and it is one of my favourites especially at this great price!

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

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

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

£14.99 or buy 2 = £9.99 - a steal at this price for this super quality, delicious wine! 


Wine Serving TemperaturesDate published: 21/01/14

Everyone knows that warm white wine and cold reds are an abomination! 

The best temperature for full bodied reds. particularly New World is approximately 18 degrees C. Most clarets are best served a degree cooler and Pinot Noirs a little cooler again. Some Reds can be served fairly cool such as a soft fruity, young style such as a Beaujolais which is best served at about 12 degrees C. Obviously however, your not going to be walking around with a thermometer so the average body or hand clasping of a bottle seems to me a sufficiently good judge of temperature.

White wines should be served between about 6 degrees C and 11 degrees C but if on the cooler side it doesn't matter it will soon warm in the glass or if you clasp your hand around the glass to warm it slightly. Wines with higher acidity such as a Sauvignon blanc, Riesling or Albarino should be served cooler as should sweet wines and champagne, light bodied and aromatic wines such as a dry muscat.

The quickest way to chill a bottle of wine is either with a chiller sleeve or plunge the bottle into a bucket of ice and water for about 20 minutes.


Regional French wine tasting on now!Date published: 19/01/14

If you wish to add some French cheer to this blustery weekend pop down to Majestic Exeter now to try some of our Regional French wine favourates.

Bargain Hunt! 33.3% Off some linesDate published: 05/01/14

Majestic wine Exeter is proud to announce it's bargain hunt is now on in store. A select few lines now have 33.3% off whilst stocks last!

Champagne for New Years eve celebrationsDate published: 27/12/13

With new years eve fast approaching, Majestic wine Exeter is a great place to get a large range of wines, spirits, and champagne for the night. Here we present some ideas for Champagne;


Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

£42.00, or buy 2 bottles save 33% = £27.98


Veuve Clicquot Brut NV

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

£45.00, or buy 2 bottles save 33% = £29.98


Ruinart NV

One of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export Champagne. A classic Champagne that was sought-after and hard to come by. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.

Special Offer £35.00


Free to try in store: English Sparkling wineDate published: 20/12/13

Majestic wine Exeter now has a bottle of fantastic Chapel down Sparkling open to try instore today. Why not come down and ask us about our sparkling range today!

Free to try in store: PortDate published: 16/12/13

Majestic wine Exeter now has a bottle of Taylor's Late bottled vintage open to try instore. Why not come along and try a free sample!


Taylor's LBV £11.99 (down from £14.99)

Origin

The 300 year old Port House of Taylor's, based in Oporto on the Atlantic coast, one of the greatest names of Port. Produced from one vintage, from the same constituent wines as the Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage is aged for 4 - 6 years in cask and released ready to drink.

Taste

Dark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit.

Dear SantaDate published: 09/12/13

Dear Santa,

We have been very good this year and would love it if you would consider making this Christmas the best ever by fulfilling our modest requests...

Lauren has a fondness for all things rich and opulent and so would love a couple of bottles of De Bortoli Noble One.

Laura is often elegant and classy and if she had a glass of Krug in her hand it would no doubt only enhance these attributes.

Owen has a liking for something a little stronger and so a fiery bottle of 1990 Bas Armagnac may turn his beard white like yours.

Andy does enjoy a bottle of Cabernet Franc old boy, may I suggest a lovely 2005 Chinon to help keep the riff raff away.

Maria, despite being delicate and light, much enjoys a beefy Carmenere like the Purple Angel.

Alex's preferences float like a butterfly and sting like a good bottle of Havana 7 year Rum.

We hope this finds you well,

Merry Christmas

Team E

  

Don't Forget: Christmas Spotlight tasting Saturday 7th DecemberDate published: 04/12/13

Majestic wine Exeter is pleased to invite you to our final spotlight tasting of the year, covering a large range of wines that are perfect for Christmas and the festive season. The spotlight tastings will be half hour presentations of a selection of around 6 wines, with free samples and tasting of these wines. These will be running at 12pm and 3pm on Saturday the 7th of December.

Why not come and visit us and try some great wines?

Free to try in store: Port and WhiskyDate published: 04/12/13

Majestic wine Exeter now has a bottle of Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 Port and an Auchentoshan 12 year Scotch Whisky open to try, why not visit us today and have a glass of our great Port and Whisky.

Upcoming events at Majestic wine - DecemberDate published: 28/11/13

Majestic wine Exeter is pleased to invite you to our final spotlight tasting of the year, covering a large range of wines that are perfect for Christmas and the festive season. The spotlight tastings will be half hour presentations of a selection of around 6 wines, with free samples and tasting of these wines. These will be running at 12pm and 3pm on Saturday the 7th of December.

Why not come and visit us and try some great wines?

Don't forget: Free Rhone and Bordeaux Spotlight tasting Saturday 23rd NovemberDate published: 22/11/13

Majestic wine Exeter will be hosting 2 Spotlight tastings on Saturday 23rd November for Rhone and Bordeaux. These will be running at 12pm and 3pm, lasting both for half an hour.

Come along and try a great selection of Rhone and Bordeaux wines, with a thorough and interesting of a selection of the best of each region.

Please contact Majestic wine Exeter to secure a place on either Spotlight tasting.

Premium Vodka at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 22/11/13

Majestic wine Exeter has a growing range of premium Vodkas in store today. Representing many different countries within Europe, with many different styles; from English potato Vodka, to Polish Bison grass Vodka, Majestic wine Exeter has a great range of enticing Vodkas.


Stolichnaya Vodka £18.00 (reduced from £20.00)

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka £20.00 (reduced from £25.00)

Chase English Potato Vodka £25.00 (reduced from £35.00)

Ciroc Vodka £30.00

Belvedere Vodka £30.00 (reduced from £35.00)

Grey Goose Vodka £42.50


Why not visit Majestic wine Exeter today and ask us about our Vodka and Spirits range.

New Madeira at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 21/11/13

Majestic wine Exeter now has some fantastic Madeira wine in store; the Henriques & Henriques 10 year old Malmsey NV.


Origin

This Madeira is made solely from Malmsey, one of four classic grape varies on Madeira. Fortified and aged in Estufagem, or dockside warehouses, the wine oxidises, giving it its characteristic colour and flavour.

Taste

Intense coffee and raisin aromas with caramel and complex spicy aromas. Luxurious sweetness, silky textured fruit on the palate, bracing acidity and integrated fortifying spirit with a fantastic finish.

Enjoy

Madeira is all but indestructible, once open the bottle will not deteriorate. Enjoy as an after dinner drink or with toffee pudding.


A fantastic gift this Christmas, but also great value at £16.99 a bottle. Why not come in today and ask us about our great range of fortified wines.

Don't forget: Free Seasonal tasting Thursday 14th NovemberDate published: 11/11/13

Free Seasonal tasting 14th November 6pm

It's that time of year again, we are rolling out the red carpet (figuratively) and inviting you all to join us for our fabulous Winter Tasting Evening. We will have a fantastic range of super value wines and some special treats ideal for the festive season, all accompanied by delicious cheeses and cured meats provided by Vallebona. This is our opportunity to thank our lovely loyal customers and to welcome our new friends Majestic and as always it's all FREE. We hope to see you all here, but please do RSVP. Begins at 6pm.

Spotlight tastings in November and DecemberDate published: 04/11/13

Free Spotlight tastings - November and December


9th November 12pm and 3pm

30 minutes on the exciting new arrivals to our Majestic range.

23rd November 12pm and 3pm

30 minute spotlight tasting on the classic French wine growing regions of Rhone and Bordeaux.

7th December 12pm and 3pm

30 minute spotlight tasting on choosing the all important tipples for Christmas.


Pick'N'MixDate published: 03/11/13

Who didn't love Pick and Mix as a child? Staring wide eyed at the selection, all there for you to choose your favourites, you spend all your pocket money and then skip merrily home with your over full bag goodies. But why should the kids have all the fun? Majestic Wine presentes to you 'The best grown up's pick and mix EVER!' This November we are treating you to a hand picked selection of 48 wines ranging from Classic Clarets, to Marlborough Sauvignons, from celebratory Champagnes to perfect party fizz and what's more you can mix and match any 2 bottles from the whole bunch and get a whopping 33.3% off! 

Here is just a few examples of the bargains to be had;

Rioja Reserva 2008 Vina Eguia £9.99 single bottle price or buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines save 33.3% = £6.66

Chateau Patarabet 2007 St-Emilion £14.99 single bottle price or buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines save 33.3% = £9.99

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £10.49 single bottle price or buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines save 33.3% = £6.99 (whilst stocks last)

Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi £9.99 single bottle price or buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines save 33.3% = £6.66

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc £14.99 single bottle price or buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines save 33.3% = £9.99

Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne £67.50 single bottle price or buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix wines save 33.3% = £44.98


So why not release your inner child and experience the joy of Pick'N'Mix grown up style! 

Upcoming events at Majestic wine - NovemberDate published: 28/10/13

Free Seasonal tasting 14th November 6pm

It's that time of year again, we are rolling out the red carpet (figuratively) and inviting you all to join us for our fabulous Winter Tasting Evening. We will have a fantastic range of super value wines and some special treats ideal for the festive season, all accompanied by delicious cheeses and cured meats provided by Vallebona. This is our opportunity to thank our lovely loyal customers and to welcome our new friends Majestic and as always it's all FREE. We hope to see you all here, but please do RSVP. Begins at 6pm.

Free Wine Course 17th November - 3pm

Your chance to learn how to do a professional wine tasting note, understand what factors influence a wines style and (everyone's favourite part) how to match food and wine. All taught in a friendly, practical environment in store.

Free Spotlight tastings - November and December

9th November 12pm and 3pm

30 minutes on the exciting new arrivals to our Majestic range.

23rd November 12pm and 3pm

30 minute spotlight tasting on the classic French wine growing regions of Rhone and Bordeaux.


Fine Wine on the tasting counter at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 26/10/13

Majestic wine Exeter today has a fantastic wine from our fine wine selection on the tasting counter today; the Amarone Negrar.

Amarone Negrar (13.675) £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

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.

TASTE: 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.

FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese.

On the tasting counter: Pedro's SherryDate published: 26/10/13

Majestic wine Exeter now has available on the tasting counter 4 of our new sherries;


Pedro's Almecanista Selection Fino £8.99

Pedro's Almecanista Selection Amontillado £9.99

Pedro's Almecanista Selection Oloroso £11.99

Pedro's Almecanista Selection Palo Cortado £14.99


Why not come in today and ask us about our Sherry range, don't forget Majestic wine Exeter has also a fantastic range of Ports and other wine.

Magic of fine wine tasting 25th OctoberDate published: 24/10/13

Magic of fine wine tasting 25th October

This is the Autumn of Magic and so to celebrate we will be opening something a little special from our fabulous Fine Wine range ( Buy 2 save £10 on selected Fine wine) which will be on the tasting counter all day, free to try. This week we will be opening Amarone Negrar. 

New Loire Valley additions from Sancerre and Pouilly-FumeDate published: 24/10/13

Majestic wine Exeter has just taken delivery of some exciting new white wine additions to our Loire valley (France) range. Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume are just some of the standout appellations within the Loire Valley that produce fantastic white wines, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The Loire valley produces Sauvignon blanc that is known for their subtlety and crisp minerality,

The Chateau de Tracy Pouilly Fume 2012 (£23.00 each, or buy 2 for £18.00 each) is a fantastically complex example of Sauvignon, with blackcurrant and citrus fruit with vegetal notes. A good level of citrus and minerality give the wine great structure. The Sancerre Chavignol Les Comtesses 2012 by Paul Thomas (£16.99 each or buy 2 for £14.99 each) is a vibrant and exciting wine, with gooseberry, grassy notes, combining fresh ripe fruits with great acidity and minerality. 

Why not visit Majestic wine Exeter today and ask us about our Loire valley range.

New German Riesling at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 23/10/13

Majestic wine Exeter is proud to announce the arrival of a new Riesling; Fritz's Riesling, from Rheinhessen in Germany. Fritz's Riesling is off dry and has a sweetness supported by a range of ripe, tropical fruits. The nose and palate reveal white peach, tropical fruit, and citrus fruit, all brought together with a good level of minerality. A good level of acidity helps support and add structure to this Riesling. Great as an apperitif.

£9.99 each.

Exeter Reviews: Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 22/10/13

A new wine at Majestic wine Exeter is the Panamericana Sauvignon; quite an exciting and great value addition to our range. A bright and reflective wine, the Panamericana has a pale lemon green colour in glass, with a full nose of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, passion fruit, and lime aromas; a lovely tropical expression of fruit.

On the palate the Panamericana displays a nice gooseberry and lime flavour, with a floral elderberry finish. Another great value wine that makes a good alternative to other Sauvignons here at Majestic wine Exeter.

Exeter Reviews: Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2012Date published: 21/10/13

From Pasqua, a family run producers, comes a fantastically youthful and crisp Pinot Grigio. In glass the Pasqua Pinot Grigio is a pale lemon green colour, with a good nose of fresh fruits such as peach, melon, and citrus. A lovely blossom aroma also accompanies the wine.

The palate reveals a selection of fresh fruits mirroring the nose, displaying peach, apple skins, and a slight lemon taste. An overall good quality and well balanced wine, this is fantastic value at only £5.99 each for 2 bottles. The Pasqua Pinot Grigio is also currently on the tasting counter, why not come in today and sample this great value wine.

Upcoming events at Majestic wine - OctoberDate published: 19/10/13

Magic of fine wine tasting 25th October

This is the Autumn of Magic and so to celebrate we will be opening something a little special from our fabulous Fine Wine range ( Buy 2 save £10 on selected Fine wine) which will be on the tasting counter all day, free to try. This week we will be opening Amarone Negrar.

Introducing new Port at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 18/10/13

Majestic wine Exeter is pleased to introduce more Port  to our range. Great presents for Christmas, as well as fantastic matches for cheese, Port is a great drink for any occasion. Why not come in today to ask us about our new range.


Delaforce Corte 1995 Port £18.99 (£17.99 each if you buy 2)

Taylors 10 year old Tawny Port £25.00


Also soon to be in stock are Taylors 2001 Vargellas and Taylors 2001 Terra Feita. Majestic wine Exeter also currently stocks Taylors first estate reserve Port (£11.99) and Croft 1997 Quinta da Roeda (£25.00).

New Wine of the Week - Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.ChapoutierDate published: 14/10/13

Grape: Grenache, Syrah/Shiraz


Origin

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.


Taste

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.


Enjoy

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.


£7.99 each if you buy 2 (£9.99 single bottle price)


New Chilean additions: Pan AmericanaDate published: 14/10/13

New in this week at Majestic wine Exeter are 2 new additions to our Chile range from Panamericana; a producer based near the centre of Chile, in an area with a reasonably cool climate. The two new additions consist of a 2012 Merlot and a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, both great value additions to the Majestic wine Exeter range.

The Panamericana Merlot 2012 (£7.49 or £5.99 each if you buy 2) is a fruit focused wine with fresh red berry and acidity accompanying vanilla and spice characteristics.

The Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (£7.49 or £5.99 each if you buy 2) is a refreshing citrus-forward wine with pear and melon flavours, brought together with a good minerality.

New Prosecco at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 14/10/13

Majestic wine Exeter is proud to welcome a new Prosecco to our range, the Salatin Prosecco Treviso NV (£14.99 each or buy 2 for £9.99 each). With a rather interesting label and bottle shape, the Salatin Prosecco really does stand out, and is a great value addition to any party or wine cellar.

An aromatic and fruit-forward Prosecco, the Salatin Prosecco is a really welcoming and approachable wine as both an aperitif or with seafood dishes. Typical Prosecco flavours of apple are at the fore of this wine, accompanied by luscious jasmine and zesty notes. 

Overall, the Salatin Prosecco is a refreshing Prosecco, that is also great value for entertaining this autumn.


£14.99 each or buy 2 for £9.99 each.


Why not come into store today and ask us about our Sparkling wine deals.

On the tasting counter: Two Hands Angels' Share 2011 ShirazDate published: 13/10/13

Majestic wine Exeter has a new exciting wine open our tasting counter; the Angels' Share 2011 Shiraz. A fantastic example of Shiraz from Australia, with a rich and deep expression of plum and berry fruits. A well developed wine, the Angels Share displays coffee and chocolatey notes on the nose and palate, brought together with a softer tannic structure and a truly mouth filling texture.

A must try for lovers of Shiraz/Syrah, and a good alternative to the meatier and peppery Rhone Syrahs. The Angels' Share 2011 Shiraz is fantastic value and is only £18.00 each if you buy 2 bottles (single bottle £23.00). This is part of our fine wine offers which has buy 2 save £10 on many selected bottles. Why not come in today and ask us about our fine wine selection.

New Claret at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 12/10/13

At Majestic wine Exeter we have a range of great value Bordeaux reds, including 3 exciting new Claret additions. From the right bank of Bordeaux come the Chateau Recougne 2010 (£9.99) and Chateau Patarabet 2007 (£15.99), and from the left bank; the Chateau Fourcas-Dupre 2004.

The Chateau Recougne 2010 (£9.99) is a lively wine with developments of smokiness and coffee, surrounding a good tannic structure and mouth feel. From the highly rated 2010 vintage, this wine should be consumed over the next 5 years.

The second new right bank Bordeaux, the Chateau Patarebet 2007 (£15.99) is from the St. Emilion appellation, one of the most well known regions within Bordeaux. With a good expression of black berries and floral aromas, this wine also displays interesting ageing with leather notes. Drink now, but can have a short period of ageing.

The third new Bordeaux at Majestic wine Exeter is from the left bank, typically producing Cabernet Sauvignon-led wines. Interestingly the Chateau Fourcas-Dupre 2004 (£14.99), from the Medoc satellite appellation of Listrac-Medoc, is Merlot led, and displays a meaty flavour. This wine has allowed truffle and spice notes to develop, giving an interesting drink to enjoy either on its own or with lamb dishes (particularly roast lamb). Drink within 3 to 5 years to get the most from this wine.

Argentina TastingDate published: 09/10/13

Please come on down to our free Argentina Tasting starting on Friday 11th October. Tango dancing optional!

On the tasting counter: Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot NoirDate published: 28/09/13

On the tasting counter here at Majestic wine Exeter we have a large range of both Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir styles on the tasting counter, full of flavour, and free to try. Why not come in and have a glass and speak to us about our Syrah and Pinot Noir range.

At Majestic wine Exeter our particular favourites include the Puy de Dome Pinot Noir (£11.99 or £8.99 if you buy 2), recommended by Jancis Robinson, and a ripe expression of raspberry, cherry, and currant flavours rounded off well with a good use of oak. The Crozes Hermitage Syrah (£14.99 or £11.99 if you buy 2) from the northern Rhone is also of particular note, and has a fantastic hint of white pepper, rounding off an altogether meaty and subtle cherry experience. 

Not forgetting the new world, we have a Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Shiraz (£9.99 or £7.99 if you buy 2); a controlled big expression of berry fruits such as raspberries and blackberries, with spice combining well with a good use of oak. The 2 up Shiraz (£10.99 or £8.99 if you buy 2) is another fantastic Shiraz, sharing the big blackberry notes of the Wirra Wirra, but with tinges of more fruit, such as plum and cherries. Again, look for a good touch of spice on the palate and nose.

Don't forget: Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir Spotlight tastings Saturday 28th SeptemberDate published: 28/09/13

Dont forget that today Majestic wine Exeter has two spotlight tastings combining Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir at 12pm and 3pm. Why not come in today and have a few glasses of some fantastic Syrah and Pinot Noir examples. Each spotlight tasting will last 30 minutes and will give the opportunity to ask questions, drink wine, and learn a lot about the various styles on offer.

Upcoming Spotlight tastings at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 24/09/13

At Majestic wine Exeter we have one remaining spotlight tasting Saturday. This coming Saturday (28/09) is the last of our spotlight tastings, and will be discovering the world of Pinot Noir and Syrah/Shiraz. Come along and try some fantastic wines free in our Marsh Barton, Exeter warehouse.


Saturday 28/09 - 12pm and 3pm

Spotlight tasting on Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir, and their influences on international styles.


If you would like to join us for a Spotlight tasting please either contact us and book a place on 01392 275644.

As always we will have bottles on the tasting counter throughout the day for you to try.


25% off Spain starts today at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 24/09/13

25% off selected Spanish wines begins today at Majestic wine Exeter, improved from 20% off Spain.

Why not try a smooth and delicately oaked Lagunilla Rioja Reserva (£6.55 each if you buy 2), or a lush fruity Gran Vendema (£5.61 each if you buy 2), both with 25% off.

Fine Wine on the tasting counter at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 22/09/13

This weeks fine wine on the tasting counter at Majestic wine Exeter is the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011, from Martinborough in New Zealand. A more bold example of a Pinot Noir, with much more of a fruit forward nose and palate. The Coney Pinot Noir possesses all the finesse and silky tannins one would expect from a Pinot Noir, as well as a lovely complexity, with notes of smokiness, spice, and a touch of some more exotic flavours such as pomegranate. 

Fantastic with gamey meats such as duck, which it matches well with due its acidity. Great with berry infused sauces and reductions that so commonly accompany game dishes. Store recommendation for a food match would be venison, with a port and berry reduction.

£23.00 each, or buy 2 for £18.00

Spotlight tasting today 21/09: Sauvignon Blanc - And Interesting AlternativesDate published: 21/09/13

Today's spotlight tastings will be on Sauvignon Blanc, a fantastic white wine grape that has lots to offer for both food and wine pairing, as well as just drinking. The tasting counter today will have a range of different Sauvignon Blanc styles, from across the old world and new world. Todays tasting will show the Sauvignon Blanc lover a great range to enjoy.

The tastings are running at 12pm and 3pm today and will be hosted by Lauren at Majestic wine Exeter. These will be informative 30 minute tastings with interesting information on the wines presented. Why not come along and have a glass (or a few)?

We have also 25% off some of our South Africa range and 20% off selected Spanish wines - great time for South African or Spanish Sauvignons.


Wines reviewed by Jancis Robinson at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 21/09/13

Two of our fantastic Loire valley wines have been recently reviewed by Jancis Robinson, labelled as great bargains.

2011 Puy De Dome Chardonnay. Loire Valley, France. £11.99 each, or buy 2 for £8.99 each.

A wine we have recently had on the tasting counter here at Majestic wine Exeter as part of our Chardonnay spotlight tastings and tasting counter focuses, the Puy de Dome is a lovely fruity Chardonnay, with Jancis perfectly summing up the wine as one with 'a hint of passion fruit zestiness but none of the boring tropical fruit aromas that so often dog cheap, cool-fermented Chardonnays'.

2011 Puy De Dome Pinot Noir. Loire Valley, France. £11.99 each, or buy 2 for £8.99 each

A new example of Pinot Noir here at Majestic wine Exeter. A region typically known for its white wines, the Loire has really shown, along with Cabernet Franc (try the Chinon), that it is more than capable of producing great red wines. Jancis Robinson describes the wine as having lots of juice and life, and hints at this being a fantastic wine to drink on its own. Pinot Noirs tend to be softer wines, being notably less tannic than those produced by Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and this wine is also quite soft on the palate.


As well as these wines reviewed by Jancis Robinson, Majestic wine Exeter has a great range of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from both the new world and old world. Why not come in today and ask us about our wines.

Don't forget: Sauvignon Blanc Spotlight tastings Saturday 21st SeptemberDate published: 20/09/13

Don't forget our Sauvignon Blanc spotlight tastings are this Saturday (21/09) at Majestic wine Exeter. These will be running at 12pm and 3pm. Why not come along and try some new Sauvignon Blancs with a half hour presentation of numerous styles and alternatives.

Fine Wine on the tasting counter at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 19/09/13

Majestic wine Exeter now has a bottle of Louis Jadot Beaune 2010 Pinot Noir open on the tasting counter. Why not come in and try this magical offering from Louis Jadot. A winner of the bronze decanter award in 2010, the Louis Jadot Beaune is a fantastic example of a Burgundian Pinot Noir, and one that expresses flowery violet notes and nice soft tannins.

English Sparkling WineDate published: 19/09/13

Majestic wine has a small, but good quality range of English sparkling wine, from local producers to those as far afield as Sussex and Kent. Selected tasting notes from our English sparkling wine range:


Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 £35.99, or buy 2 for £29.99 each.

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.


Sharpham Sparkling 2007 £19.99

Refreshingly dry and light, offering delicate biscuity notes and a long, drying finish.


Chapel Down English Rose NV £21.99, or buy 2 for £19.99 each

Slight hints of rose petals and a soft strawberry character, this crisp, medium bodied sparkling wine also has a citrus streak and fine, persistent bubbles


Chapel Down Brut NV £19.99, or buy 2 for £17.99

Maybe not possessing quite as much yeast character as Champagne, this refreshing, zesty and balanced sparkling wine has fine bubbles that wrap around all corners of the mouth.


Chapel Down Rose Brut NV £24.99, or buy 2 for £22.99

The colour of lightly smoked salmon. Classic Pinot Noir nose of strawberry and raspberry with a splash of creaminess. Ripe berry and rhubarb flavours and clean finish with perfectly balanced acidity.

25% off South Africa for one week onlyDate published: 18/09/13

Be quick to grab this amazing deal for one week only

Upcoming Spotlight tastings at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 16/09/13

At Majestic wine Exeter we have two remaining spotlight tasting Saturdays. Next Saturday (21/09) and the following (28/09) are our last Spotlight tasting dates. Come along and try some fantastic wines free in our Marsh Barton, Exeter warehouse.


Saturday 21/09 - 12pm and 3pm

Spotlight tasting on Sauvignon Blanc and interesting alternatives.

Saturday 28/09 - 12pm and 3pm

Spotlight tasting on Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir, and their influences on international styles.


If you would like to join us for a Spotlight tasting please either contact us and book a place on 01392 275644.

As always we will have bottles on the tasting counter throughout the day for you to try.

On the tasting counter: SpainDate published: 15/09/13

At Majestic wine Exeter we have recently had both a Spain spotlight tasting and a focus on Spain on our tasting counter. Along with our 20% off Spain offer, now is the perfect time to come in to taste and try out Spanish wine.

Our current favourites on the tasting counter are:

Lagunilla Rioja Reserva, 2008. £6.99 each if you buy 2

Hearty use of oak and a smooth wine. Good vintage.

Vina Eguia 2004. £8.99 each if you buy 2

Interesting aged fruit with a smooth mouth feel.

Marques de Vargas Rioja Reseva 2008. £14.98 each if you buy 2

Fresh berries and nice hints of smokiness

El Chaparral de Vego Sindoa 2010. £7.99 each if you buy 2

Grenache led wine, with luscious blackberry. Nice tannin structure.


As well as the above Spanish wines, we also have plenty more examples on the tasting counter. Why not come and ask us about Spanish wine today.

Champagne and Sparkling wine offersDate published: 14/09/13

Majestic wine Exeter is proud to present improved sparkling wine offers in store today. Why not come in and ask us about our Champagne and sparkling range, including:

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV - Buy 6 bottles, save 33%: £45.00 each, or £30 each if you buy 6

Full bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistant.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £9.99 each, or £6.66 each if you buy 2

Light and refreshing in palate with fresh pear and baked apple. Floral and almond aromas.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £24.00 each, or buy 2 for £15.99 each

Refreshing, fruity Champagne with discreet bubbles. Subtle hints of apple, pear, and citrus fruits.

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - £27.00 each or buy 2 for £17.99

Citrus, apple, and vanilla flavours. Winner of Bronze Decanter world wine awards and Bronze international wine challenge.

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV - £45.00 each or buy 6 bottles for £35.00 each

Rich fruit, freshness, and mouth filling mousse.

 

Spotlight tasting today 14/09: Spain - Rioja and BeyondDate published: 14/09/13

Today's spotlight tastings will be highlighting Spain as a region, looking at 'Rioja and beyond'. With a range of different Rioja styles as well as other interesting Spanish red such as those found in the Ribera del Duero, todays tasting will show how magical Spain can be as a region.

The tastings are running at 12pm and 3pm today and will be hosted by Alex at Majestic wine Exeter. These will be informative 30 minute tastings with interesting information on the wines presented. Why not come along and have a glass (or a few)?

Don't forget Spain currently has 20% off, and many of the wines on the tasting counter and on today's spotlight tasting have the 20% off also.

Don't forget: Spain Spotlight tastings Saturday 14th SeptemberDate published: 13/09/13

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Wine of the Week: Lagunilla Rioja Reserva 2008Date published: 13/09/13

Lagunilla Rioja Reserva 2008

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

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

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



£6.99 each if you buy 2 or more, £8.74 separately


New Lager at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 12/09/13

Under Dog Atlantic Lager

Why not try our new lager at Majestic wine Exeter; the fantastically interesting Underdog Atlantic lager. With big lemon notes and a very vivacious bubble structure, this is a truly refreshing beer. Why not try a taste of American lager today.

6 cans for £12.99 (355ml).

Spotlight tasting on Chardonnay today 07/09Date published: 07/09/13

Todays spotlight tasting is 'Chardonnay and its influence on international styles'. These will be running at midday and 3pm at Majestic wine Exeter today (07/09).

This will involve a free tasting of several different styles of Chardonnay, designed to help you find new styles and provide interesting facts on varying Chardonnay styles.

On the tasting counter: ChardonnayDate published: 06/09/13

This week at Majestic wine we are celebrating Chardonnay, with a range of new world and old world favourites open for you to try. Why not visit Majestic wine Exeter and taste some of the Chardonnays on offer.


EVC Eden Valley 2012 (Australia)

£12.49 each or £9.99 if you buy 2

Pay de Dome 2011 (Loire Valley, France)

£11.99 each or £8.99 if you buy 2

Macon Villages Les Pierres Blanches 2011 (Burgundy, France)

£8.99 each or £6.99 each if you buy 2

Chablis Premier Cru Montmains 2011 (Burgundy, France)

£17.99 each or £14.99 each if you buy 2


We will be opening further Chardonnays over this coming week, come and visit the Exeter Majestic wine tasting counter.






Wine of the Week: Rioja Crianza 2009 Gran VendemaDate published: 04/09/13

Rioja Crianza 2009 Gran Vendema Grape Tempranillo Origin

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release.

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

Supremely versatile, this can be drunk on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops, and all Mediterranean cuisine.

£5.99 each if you buy 2 or more, £7.49 separately

20% off South Africa: New OffersDate published: 04/09/13

Along with the 20% off Spain that begun earlier this week, Majestic wine Exeter also has 20% off selected bottles from our South Africa range. Why not try one of our fantastic South African whites such as the Robertson winery Chenin Blanc - a wine characterised by its big fruity and floral notes of melon, pineapple, and apple. We also have some great South African reds such as the Vergleglen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot; a fantastic array of fruits alongside chocolate and coffee notes.

20% off Spain: New OfferDate published: 03/09/13

This week marks the beginning of the 20% off Spain at Majestic wine Exeter. From our great Riojas such as the Crianza Gran Vedema 2009 (buy 2 for £5.99 each); bursting with red berries, or a Ribera Del Duero such as the Montecastrillo 2011 (buy 2 for £7.99 each), with a nice balance of raspberry and blackcurrant flavours, you'll find many great examples of the finest Spain can offer.

Why not visit Majestic wine Exeter and talk to us about our offers on Spain.

Dont forget: 20% off offers at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 30/08/13

Dont forget the offers Majestic wine Exeter still has on in store, including 20% off on Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and Beaujolais.

These offers are ending soon, so dont forget to stock up!

20% off New Zealand

Look out for: Saint Clare Pioneer Block Riesling 2011 Great example of a Riesling with lush touches of honey and apricot: £13.98 each if you buy 2 bottles.

20% off Australia

Look out for: DB Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 Great wine for food, with nice tannins and red fruit flavours. £7.99 each if you buy 2 bottles.

20% off Chile

Look out for: Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2012 Refreshing Chardonnay with a palate of Apple and Melon. £6.39 each if you buy 2 bottles.

20% off Beaujolais

Look out for: Domaine de la Motte Beaujolais 2011 Fantastic Gamay based wine with hints of raspberry. Brilliant food wine. £6.99 each if you buy 2 bottles.



Upcoming Spotlight tastings at Majestic wine ExeterDate published: 28/08/13

Throughout September, Majestic wine Exeter will be running spotlight tastings, why not phone in today to book a place on the tastings, running at 12pm and 3pm on the selected dates.


Chardonnay

and its influence on international styles

Saturday 7th September


Spain

Rioja and Beyond

Saturday 14th September


Sauvignon Blanc

and interesting alternatives

Saturday 21st September


Shiraz/Syrah & Pinot Noir

and its influence on international styles

Saturday 28th September

25% off Italy at Majestic Wine ExeterDate published: 26/08/13

Majestic wine Exeter now has 25% off selected lines in our Italy range. As well as great offers, we will have several bottles from the Italian range on the tasting counter. Come in today and ask us about Italian wine.

25% off Italy - why not try Carpineto Spolverino 2011Date published: 24/08/13

With 25% off Italy currently at Majestic Wine Exeter, we will be reviewing several of those on offer. Today Majestic Wine Exeter is reviewing the Carpinero Spolverino 2011, which is currently on the tasting counter.

Carpineto Spolverino 2011

With a great label, the Spolverino really stands out on the tasting counter. The wine has ruby shades, with vegetal, peppery, spicy notes on the nose - which are simply fantastic. The nose is rounded off with soft aromas of dark cherry.

The cherry aroma follows through into the taste, with a mild level of sweetness. Good notes of spice create an interesting flavour and mouth feel, with a good level of tannin. This is a well balanced wine that really shines at its' price point of £12.49, but is £9.36 when 2 are purchased.

Come in and try the Spolverino.

25% off Italy - why not try the Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2012Date published: 22/08/13

With 25% off Italy currently at Majestic Wine Exeter, we will be reviewing several of those on offer. Today Majestic Wine Exeter is reviewing the Montepuliciano D'Abruzzo 2012, which is currently on the tasting counter.


Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2012

First impressions of the Montepulciano are the nice ruby red colour and the combination of clear sweet raspberry and current aromas from the bottle. A touch of vegetal aroma rounds the nose off.

The Montepulciano has a smooth mouth feel with good interplay between raspberry and vegetal notes. There are slight hints of vanilla pointing towards an oak influence on the wine. The wine finishes well with a lingering fresh berry aftertaste.

This is a great wine for entertaining as it goes well on its own. This wine would also be a good match for prawn dishes.

25% off Italy - Why not try Pasqua Pinot GrigioDate published: 20/08/13

With 25% off Italy currently at Majestic Wine Exeter, why not try the Pasqua pinot grigio;

Pasqua Pinot Grigio 

A fantastic pinot grigio, bursting with notes of fresh peach, pear, and apricot flavours. The citrus notes and balanced level of acidity make the Pasqua a well rounded pinot grigio that is great on its own, and a lovely summer wine. Having previously been a wine of the week at Majestic Wine Exeter, this is a well appreciated wine, and one with a very favourable price point of £7.49 each or £5.61 each if you buy 2 or more.


Partridge's Favourite Wines #5Date published: 19/08/13

Mas de Mas Pinot Blanc 2011

The Mas de Mas Pinot Blanc is a good example of a wine that is both refreshing and subtle in flavour delivery. A great dry, crisp wine that offers an elegant alternative to other french Loire whites such as Sauvignon Blancs.

The sweet aroma reveals a slightly oaked wine with hints of citrus and nice exotic fruits on the nose. On the palate the Mas de Mas Pinot Blanc is a well balanced mix of subtle melon and citrus notes, expressed alongside passion fruit flavours.

The wine is a touch acidic on the palate, with the subtle citrus notes combining with the acidity to give a great level of refreshment. This is a wine to be enjoyed best with light fish and seafood dishes.

The Mas de Mas Zucco vineyard Pinot Blanc is produced in the Languedoc region of France, in the south west of the country, by Jean-Claude Mas.

£9.99 each or buy 2 for £7.99 each

Wine for a Rainy Devon DayDate published: 17/08/13

Andrew (Trainee Manager): Chateau de Targe Cabernet Franc 2010

Remind yourself of the incredible summer with this fruity take on Cabernet Franc, full of lush strawberry and raspberry notes. Forget about the rain and enjoy on its own, or with a salad for a comforting lunch indoors.

Lauren (Store Manager): Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011

Our British weather is positively bipolar, one minute blazing sunshine, the next bucketing down.. .so I say why fight it! On a rainy evening I grab my fluffy slippers, blanket, a good book and open a bottle of hearty Shiraz. You can't beat this Shiraz, it is packed with berry fruit, chocolate and sweet spice that could warm the coldest of cockles!

Partridge's Favourite Wines #4Date published: 17/08/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is a fantastic example of the huge flavours that new world wines so often offer. Along with its Marlborough counterparts from New Zealand such as the Oyster Bay, Giesen, and Brancott Estate Sauvignons, the flavours provide a refreshing, crisp taste.

With a light reflective colour and fantastic tropical aromas, hinting at apple and gooseberry, the Ned Sauvignon clearly signals its fruity credentials. The taste is an interesting interplay of powerful tropical flavours, with gooseberry and apple notes adding to the mix. The long after-taste of citrus and apple continues refreshing the palate. Overall, the Ned has a vast array of strong flavours, and expresses itself well with time on the palate.

This wine is a favourite new world Sauvignon, and is a good indicator of the great things to expect from the range of new world and New Zealand wines in stock here in Devon at Majestic wine Exeter. The Ned is produced on the south island of New Zealand, in the Marlborough region, high up on the Ned mountain which gives its name to the wine.

This wine is great to drink on its own, and to entertain, particularly outdoors in the sunny Devon weather. As this wine has so many levels of flavour, sometimes competing, it is a great conversation starter. For a food match, this wine will sit well with salad dishes and seafood.

£9.99 each or buy 2 for £7.99 each

Partridge's Favourite Wines #3Date published: 15/08/13

Chateau de Targé Cabernet Franc 2010

A great Cabernet Franc I have recently enjoyed is the Chateau de Targé 2010. The fruity notes this wine displays both on the nose and when tasting really attracted me to this particular Cabernet Franc.

The Chateau de Targe has a luscious ruby colour. Lovely notes of berries reveal themselves on the nose, with raspberry on full display, really inviting a taste. With low tannins, the wine has a smooth mouth feel and flavour delivery.

This is a great example of a mid-priced Cabernet Franc and is produced in Saumur-Champigny, in the Loire Valley, France.

This wine is great on its own or with lighter red meat dishes which would really benefit from the smooth fruity flavours. A great wine for someone who enjoys lighter reds.

£10.99 each or buy 2 for £9.99 each

Partridge's Favourite Wines #2Date published: 13/08/13

La Grille Chenin Blanc 2011/12

La Grille Chenin Blanc was recently on the tasting counter here at Majestic wine Exeter, as part of the wines of Loire and Beaujolais promotion. La Grille was a popular wine on the counter, and the luscious bright colour of the wine was a key part of the attraction.

On the nose, La Grille displays sweet aromas, hinting at the off-dry flavour it provides on the palate. As with many other Loire Valley wines there is an essence of restraint, particularly in the way that La Grille displays peach and floral aromas on the nose.

A mid sweet floral taste is presented on the palate, providing a refreshing mouth feel. There are some light citrus flavours and slight raspberry notes which help round the wine off well. Although the flavours provide an interesting wine, overall the wine is one which is very delicately put together.

Due its delicate nature, this wine reveals most when consumed on its own, however it can cope well with lighter flavoured dishes, and subtly flavoured fish dishes. Attentive food matching can be critical with this wine, why not contact Majestic wine Exeter with any questions regarding food matching for this wine, or come into store for further help.

£7.99 each or buy 2 for £6.99 each

Californian Zinfandel - Available at Majestic Wine ExeterDate published: 12/08/13

Californian Zinfandel

If you like tannic, chewy reds, why not try one of the three new Californian Zinfandels now available at Majestic wine Exeter. There are 3 Zinfandels, ranging in price from £8.99, to £22 a bottle. Zinfandels are typically high alcohol, big flavour reds that are a hearty drink.

New Zinfandel;

Decoy Sonoma Country Zinfandel 2010                          £22.00 each or buy 2 for £20.00 each.

Ravens Wood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2010                   £10.99 each or buy 2 for £8.99 each

Ancient Vines Contra Costa Country 2012                      £19.99 each or buy 2 for £14.99 each

Upcoming EventsDate published: 12/08/13

The Wine Course - A free introduction to wine tasting and food matching

Our next Courses will be:

Wednesday 21st August at 6pm

Monday 7th October at 6pm

Sunday 17th November at 4pm

Free September Spotlight Tastings - 6 wines in 30 minutes.

A short and snappy informative event  held at 12pm and 3pm on these dates:

Saturday 7th September – Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles

Saturday 14th September – Spain: Rioja and Beyond

Saturday 21st September – Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives

Saturday 28th September – Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International Styles

Partridge's Favourite WinesDate published: 11/08/13

Nathalie Reuilly Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2012


I really enjoyed this wine, which is a nice contrast to the hearty new world Sauvignon Blancs I had been initially introduced to, such as the Marlborough Ned and Brancott Estate. I found the Nathalie Reuilly to have a level of subtlety and restraint in delivering a great, well balanced flavour.

Compared to the new world examples of Sauvignons I had previously tasted, the Nathalie Reuilly had a paler colour, and was lighter on the nose with clear tropical aromas, citrus notes, and gooseberry. The wine itself has a lovely mouth filling flavour, with notes of gooseberry following through from the nose. A refreshing hint of citrus rounds the wine off well.

This is currently my favourite Sauvignon Blanc at Majestic Wine Exeter, and is a fine example of a Loire Valley (N. France) white wine. The Nathalie Reuilly is currently on a buy 2, save £2 offer; a great value purchase for the summer.

This wine is an all rounder; going well on its own or with seafood dishes.


£9.99 each or buy 2 for £8.99

Rose for summerDate published: 23/06/13


The British Summer is a fickle and often fleeting affair, therefore when it does arrive we need to be fully prepared; so BBQ. Check. Sun Hat. Check. Flip Flops. Check. Neon white legs. Check. and a bottle or two of Chilled Rose? 

Here are my suggestions for your perfect summer sippers;

M de Minuty Rose from Provence. An attractive pale blush colour, with a delicate nose of ripe red berries, orange peel, acacia and hints of sweet spice. Elegant and restrained yet perfectly balanced and deliciously complex. This rose takes you straight to those warm Mediterranean summers sitting by the harbour enjoying fresh seafood and watching the world go by. £12.99 each or buy 2 save £6 = £9.99

Alamos Rose from Mendoza. Produced by Argentina's premium producer Bodegas Catena in the foothills of the Andes, this rose is made from Argentines signature grape; Malbec. Deep in colour and with a bright and vibrant nose of Cherry, raspberry and clove. A full bodied rose that would work beautifully with marinated chicken cooked on the BBQ. £8.99 each of buy 2 save £4 = £6.99

Sancerre Rose Domaine Des Clairneaux, Jean-Maria Berthier. From the classic wine growing region of Sancerre more famed for their Sauvignon Blanc, this is a delicious rose made from 100% Pinot noir, exceptionally elegant and delicate with a nose of ripe strawberry, recurrent and classic Sancerre minerality. The palate of a perfect balancing act of ripe summer fruits and crisp refreshing acidity. Perfect as a aperitif or with Summer salads at your Winbeldon party. £13.99

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/05/13

Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2012
Although more famous for their Sauvignon blanc I personally prefer the Oyster Bay Chardonnay. It boasts lots of ripe apricot, fresh citrus fruit and a subtle use of oak, that adds just a hint of mellow spice and a creamy yet precise finish. A really well put together cool climat Chardonnay. Perfect partner to richly flavoured fish dishes such as monk fish wrapped in parma ham with grilled meditaranian vegtables.
£10.99 each or buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £8.79

Fine wine at house wine prices.... Date published: 12/05/13

How much would you pay for a bottle of house wine in your local gastro pub? I would say somewhere in the region of £16- £25 depending on the pub in question. So why not spend that on a bottle of something super special at Majestic and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Here at Majestic wine Exeter we have a fantastic range of fine wines from Blockbuster Aussie Shiraz to classically sophisticated Meursault and we are currently offering a Buy 2 save £8 on all selected fine wines. That way you can choose any 2 from the range and enjoy a saving that allows you to drink fine wine at house wine prices...brilliant! Here is my pick of the bunch;

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010, Santa Barbara - from the warm Southern area of California with ripe apple, acacia, buttered toast and hazelnut characteristics. Bold and powerful yet focused and elegant with a long and involving finish. Bringing the Californian sunshine to Devon, excellent with fragrant Thai chicken dishes. £22.00 each or buy any 2 selected Fine wines save £8 = £18.00

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Domaine Durieu - Established in 1976 by Paul Durieu this estate remains family owned and is now run by Vincent and Francois, Paul's sons. From low yielding old vines which provide deep concentrated fruit and firm yet silky tannins - a classic example of the typical Chateuneuf power, with fresh cherry, bramble fruit with a hint of thyme and sage. The perfect partner to a classic beef wellington. £23.00 each or buy and 2 selected Fine wine save £8 = £19.00

Chateau Grand Faurie la Rose 2007, St-Emilion Grand Cru - This wine come from a small family owned winery (who also own neighboring Chateau Larmande) the area has St-Emilions trademark lime and sand soils. A great example of a medium bodied claret with a mature nose of sweet spice, leather and clove along side blackberry and prune, all brought together on the pallet with super fine tannins. Match this classic Claret with a classic Sunday roast lamb. £19.99 each or buy any 2 selected Fine wine save £8 = £15.99


The Spring Box!Date published: 11/04/13

To celebrate the (surely imminent) arrival of Spring, we have put together a delicious selection of South African wines to tickle your taste buds (it's a box of South African wines perfect for Spring, The Spring Box  or 'Springboks'.... see what we did there!!?) . The case of six bottles includes 3 reds, 2 whites and a rose and, as there is a discount of 20% off South African wines until 29th April, you could get the whole case for a recession-busting £46.34. The wines are as follows:

Boschendal Rose 2012 £8.49 down to £6.79 a bottle - a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah, this fragrant rose makes an ideal wine to serve as an aperitif, light, fresh and juicy, it brings sunshine to the gloomiest of days.

Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2012 £9.99 down to £7.99 a bottle - this unoaked varietal displays just off-dry apricot and peach flavours with a citrus finish, and we think would make a superb match with pork stir-fry.

DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2012 £10.99 down to £8.79 a bottle - with beautifully integrated oak and vanilla notes, this is a deliciously tropical Chardonnay with none of the cloying sweetness that is sometimes associated with this grape - serve with creamy pasta dishes.

Thelema Mountain Red 2010 £10.99 down to £8.79 a bottle - a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc (phew!) and aged in oak for 18 months, this smooth wine exhibits soft black cherry and plum flavours, perfect with Spring lamb.

Graham Beck Antony's Yard 2009 £8.74 down to £6.99 a bottle - this Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) has been a firm Majestic favourite for many years and for good reason. With it's soft tannins and ripe, smoky forest-fruit palate, it is a beautiful match with roast beef.

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2011 £10.99 down to £8.79 a bottle - from Bordeaux to a classic Rhone blend of grapes, a splash of Viognier softens the harsh spice of the Syrah to create a full, rich, powerful red to enjoy with steak burgers.

And there we have it, our Spring Box and all for only £46.34. Enjoy! And don't forget our South African tasting week which runs from Friday 12th April until Thursday 18th April where we will have a selection of delicious wines from our South African range, including the above wines, open and available to taste all day.

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/04/13

Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Côteaux du Languedoc, Villemarin £7.99 each or Buy 2 Save £3 =  £6.49

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. Serve Ice cold and drink with fresh oily fish such as whitebait or grilled sardines.

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Wine Quiz! Week 2Date published: 26/03/13

So here is round two of our wine quiz, we have stepped it up a notch and given fewer clues so see how you go...

 

1.  This is a wonderfully light grape, with playful aromas of lychee and other tropical fruits such as pineapple and melon.  Its mild acidity and abundance of fruit flavours make this grape the pefect partner for spicy foods but it is also great on its own.

a) Gewurztraminer

b) Pinot Grigio

c)  Macabeo

 

2.  Considered by many to be the best grape variety, this grape shows immense adaptibility and diversity across every country and region it is grown in.  Aromas can range from gooseberry and stone fruits to wet pavements and even petrol!

a)  Viognier

b)  Reisling

c)  Vermentino

 

3.  A red grape full of 'oomph', this has in fact two names depending on the wine's style.  But mostly this grape is known for having lots of dark fruits laced with pepper, occasionally eucalyptus and is increasingly regarded as more of a New World wine.

a)  Cabernet Sauvignon

b)  Malbec

c)  Shiraz

 

4.  Unique to Chile, the wine produced from this grape has a distinctive aroma of coffee and chocolate which follows through onto the palate.  These flavours accompany hints of damsons and dates and other dark fruit flavours.

a)  Carmenere

b)  Malbec

c)  Bonarda

Easter OffersDate published: 20/03/13

Easter is fast approaching and we have some great deals to see you through the holiday.

If you plan to celebrate Easter in style then why not go for a bottle of Bollinger? The light delicate bubbles and wonderfully toasty flavours make this a firm favourite, and at £32 a bottle (£30 when you buy 6) there really is no reason not to take one home!

Alternatively we have the ever-popular Nicholas Feuillatte, on special offer at just £16 a bottle, we don't have to tell you that is a bargain not to be missed.

We are currently offering 20% off Spain and South Africa, so this is the perfect opportunity to stock up on your riojas, chenins and sauvignons.  There are a few in particular that we felt we simply had to point out:

Rueda Blanco 2011, Marques de Riscal £6.49 2+ (£8.11 each): Aromatic and delicate, this Spanish white has lots of fresh fruit flavours and goes well with seafood dishes and salads.

Rioja Reserva 2007, Berberana £5.99 2+ (£7.49 each) : Lots of cherry and strawberry flavours, accompanied by vanilla overtones and a smooth rich finish.  This is the perfect match fror rich lamb dishes, casseroles and stews.

Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £4.99 2+ (6.24 each): Soft and well-rounded, this particular sauvignon has plenty of gooseberry and green apple flavours that create a perfect balance with the crisp acidity and leading to a fresh light finish.  A classic match to seafood and creamy pasta dishes.

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 £7.99 2+ (£9.99 each): A wonderful take on the classic Bordeaux blend, Vergelegen have produced a wine bursting with plum and damson flavours, edged with hints of coffee and spice on the finish.  This would be ideal with pasta dishes, stews and even pizza.

One last thing... for all you Ned fans out there, the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc is now at £6.99 so come in and stock up on the sauvignon that never fails to please!

Wine Quiz! Week 1 AnswersDate published: 13/03/13

So here are the answers to our first weekly wine quiz.  See whether you agree with our descriptions....

 

1.  An inviting golden colour, this particular wine is happy wherever it is grown.  Its spiritual home however, is Burgundy.  This grapes versitility means that without oak, the palate is refreshing with plenty of stone fruits such as apricots and apples.  Without oak, flavours of vanilla accompany these fruit flavours, adding a further layer of flavours for you to enjoy!

b) Chardonnay

 

2. Another widely grown grape, these particular wines have a lot more minerality, with hints of gooseberry, green apple and freshly-mown grass notes.  Crisp acidity and citrus notesround off this ever-popular tipple.  A popular match for seafood, these wines can be very perfumed and flowery on the nose and is very rarely oaked.

c) Sauvignon Blanc

 

3.  The most widely grown red grape, this boasts plums, blackberries, mellow tannins and a softness that explains its unwavering popularity and diversity.  This is another well-adapted and unfussy grape that is happy both by itself and as part of a blend.  Also happy in oak, any ageing adds to its flavours, imparting rich secondary flavours of cloves and a velvety texture.

a) Merlot

 

4. A much lighter red grape and wine, this grape is light and playful with strawberries and raspberries bbeing the signature flavours on both the nose and the palate.  Only grown in one location, there are very little tannins present and this particlar wine benefits greatly from being slightly chilled, making it perfect for daytime and summer drinking.

c) Beaujolais

 

Keep track of your score, the next round of questions will be posted on Saturday.

Wine ReliefDate published: 12/03/13

We only have one week left of Wine Relief in support of Red Nose Day, so we thought we should highlight this great cause and show you how we are doing our bit!

Wine Relief has taken place every two years since 1999 and in that time has raised a an impressive £4 million.   We are showing our support by slecting 12 wines and donating 10% of the retail price of each sold bottle to Comic Relief:

Caronne St Gemme £13.99 Lots of black fruit flavours complimented by subtle oak and black pepper.  Perfect for you Sunday roasts.

Pouilly Vinzelles 'En Paradis £12.99 A clean and refreshing white Burgundy, displaying honey and stone fruit characteristics.  Made for seafood and chicken dishes.

Lirac Domaine des Garrigues £8.99 Completely unoaked, this has an abundance of lovely fresh but dark fruits.  Blackberries and damsons are complimented by hints of liquorice and smooth tannins.  Enjoy with any red meat dish.

Chateau de Pennautier 'Terroirs d'Altitude' £8.99 A wonderful mix of blackcurrant, spices and chocolate flavours is displayed in this french red that stands up well suited to stews, cassoulet or roasted meats.

Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir £9.99 Aromas of strawberries and cinnamon follow through onto the palate and are met by redcurrant and clove flavours to produce a very distinctive Pinot Noir.  Serve with duck breast or soft cheeses.

Dr L Reisling Loosen £7.99 Refreshingly juicy, this has an abundance of stone fruit flavours including peaches and apricots.  Lively acidity and being slightly spritzed, this Reisling is a great match for smoked trout or haddock.

Bardolino 'Naino' Allegrini £8.49 Lots of cherry and almond flavours make this a light and fresh Italian red that is well matched for any Mediterranian cuisine or smaller dishes such as dressed olives.

Beringer Founders Chardonnay £10.99 An explosion of tropical fruit flavours, this Chardonnay oozes flavours of mango, pineapple and citrus fruits which go perfectly with a rich and creamy risotto.

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehman £9.99 The flavours in this particular wine are endless.  Blackcurrant and blackberry flavours are followed by spices and dark chocolate flavours.  Serve with a roast fillet of beef and enjoy!

Testimonio Luigi Bosca £10.99 Wonderfully deep and dense with black fruits and cassis flavours.  This has silky tannins and a wonderfully long finish.  You would be mad not to try it with strong cheeses or rare sirloin steaks.

With a great selection to chose from, we are sure you will find something that you will enjoy and allowing you to give to a great cause at the same time!

New Beers on the BlockDate published: 10/03/13

NEW BEERS ON THE BLOCK

At Majestic we are always looking for new and interesting products to please our discerning customers, this is most notable in our wide and exciting range of wines from all over the world, but our enthusiasm for diversity and quality doesn't stop there, here are some new additions to our international beer range; San Francisco's famous Anchor Steam, is an all-barley malt beer and has been brewed in the traditional style since 1896. It is virtually handmade, and a far cry from the mass produced and tasteless commercial lagers! It is deep amber, with a rich flavour and thick creamy head. This beer is the perfect partner to Thai style sweet chilli prawns 4.8% abv £9.99 for 6 when you buy 4, otherwise £12.99. Brooklyn Lager is a 'pre-prohibition' style all malt beer, launched by traditional brewing fanatics in 1987. The beer is infused with fresh hops as it ferments, making an even more tangy refreshing American Craft style beer- perfect for summer BBQ's (if we ever get a summer!) 5.1% abv £9.99 for 6 when you buy 4, otherwise £12.99. How about Australia's traditionally made offering? Established in 1862, Coopers is a behemoth of Aussie Brewing. Cooper's Pale ale is refreshing, with a fruity character, and light hoppy taste, balanced with crisp bitterness. Ideal with ale-battered fish and chips. 4.5% abv. £17.99 for 12. This is not so much international as actually on our doorstep! but I have included it as it is has a distinctly American Craft beer flavour and it's an award winner! Chapel Down Curious Brew, from Kent, is 'curious' as it is uniquely bottle fermented, using champagne yeast. It won Gold at The International Beer Challenge 2012, one of 3 International lagers to scoop the award, out of 400 competitors. Its fine crafting shines through with the deep golden colour and floral hoppy zing. 4.7% abv £17.99 for 12. Quilmes has a 46% share of its home market - it truely is "Argentina’s Favourite Beer" - and this Argentinian icon is enjoying an international reputation with export growth in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. Always brewed to 4.9% Quilmes is a classic lager that reflects its brewing heritage: golden colour, rich texture, refreshing light hoppy taste with a crisp, dry thirst quenching finish. 4.9% abv £15.99 for 12 With Krombacher Pils you enjoy a distinctive, finely bitter taste and a full-flavoured aroma – this is a genuine premium pilsner beer with an alcohol content of 4.8 %. The modern production processes enhance the traditional recipe whilst complimenting the natural products that have been used for generations to create the unique brew that is Krombacher Pils. 4.8% abv £23.99 (for 12) or buy 2 cases save £8 = £19.99 Krombacher also produce an excellent Wheat beer here, the investment in a new brewing plant underpins their commitment to ensuring they produce a fruity, full-bodied and naturally cloudy Wheat beer that has been refined through rigorous selection of the perfect hops that add the distinct flavour to Krombacher Wheat. 5.3% abv £25.99 (for 12) or buy 2 cases save £8 = £21.99  

Wine Quiz! Week 1Date published: 09/03/13

We thought we would flex our quizmaster muscles and set a few questions over the next few weeks.  Your challenge is to pick the correct grape variety from the set of options using the descriptions we have given you.  Good Luck!

1.  An inviting golden colour, this particular wine is happy wherever it is grown.  Its spiritual home however, is Burgundy.  This grapes versitility means that without oak, the palate is refreshing with plenty of stone fruits such as apricots and and apples.  With oak, flavours of vanilla accompany these fruit flavours, adding a further layer of flavours for you to enjoy!

a) Viognier

b) Chardonnay

c) Riesling

 

2.  Another widely grown grape, these particular wines have a lot more minerality, with hints of gooseberrygreen apple and freshly-mown grass notes.  Crisp acidity and citrus flavours round off this ever-popular tipple.  A popular match for seafood, these wines can be very perfumed and flowery on the nose and is very rarely oaked. 

a) Pinot Grigio

b) Macabeo

c)Sauvignon Blanc

 

3.  The most widely grown red grape, this grape boasts plums, blackberries, mellow tannins and a softness that explain its unwavering popularity and diversity.  This is another well-adapted and unfussy grape that is happy both by itself and as part of a blend.  Also happy in oak, any ageing adds to its flavours, imparting rich secondary flavours of cloves and a velvety texture.

a) Merlot

b) Chardonnay

c) Shiraz

 

4.  A much lighter red grape and wine, this grape is light and playful with strawberries and raspberries being the signature flavours on both the nose and the palate. Only grown in one particular location, there are very little tannins present and this particular wine benefits greatly from being slightly chilled, making it perfect for daytime and summer drinking.

a) Pinot Noir

b) Cabernet Sauvignon

c) Beaujolais

 

Answers revealed on Wednesday!

*EXCLUSIVE* New Rioja ParcelDate published: 01/03/13

Next week we will be ushering in a new Spanish parcel for you to enjoy.  The vintages span from 1980 to 1998 and are fantastic value for money considering both their vintages and provenance. 

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva:  Tempranillo with a hint of Mazuelo in the traditional Gran Reserva style.

Conde de Valdemar 'Vendimia Seleccionada: A 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, this would also appeal to those of you who are partial to mature clarets.

These are available from 9am on Tuesday 5th March.  There are very limited numbers of these wines so hurry to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to see the best of what Spain has to offer!

Happy Mothers DayDate published: 23/02/13

It is that time of year when we all say thankyou and give a big hug to our mums, here in store we have a few favourites that we think make the perfect present!

Of course you can never go wrong with a bottle of bubbly and here are some suggestions:

*Champagne Multi-Buy Deal Buy 2 Save £10*

Ruinart Rose £50 (£55 each)

Pol Roger £37 (£42 each)

Perrier Jouet £25 *Special Offer*

Oeil de Perdrix £15 *Special Offer*

All of the above are the perfect accompaniment to a breakfast in bed of smoked salmon and eggs!

If mum is not a fan of champagne then how about either some light, fruity and fun whites or rich, smooth and full reds:

Cloudy Bay Reisling £22.50 Buy 2 Save £5 (27.50 each)

Montes Alpha Purple Angel Carmenere £30

Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc £8.79 *20% off South Africa* (£10.99 each)

Caronne St Gemme £13.99

Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay £5.99 Buy 2 save £3 (£7.49 each)

Lagunilla Reserva Rioja £5.99 Buy 2 Save £10 (£10.99 each)

If none of these take your fancy then why not pop in store and we will do our best to find the perfect gift!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/02/13

Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes 2010/11

The perfect mid week wine, simply on its own or enjoyed with anything meaty.

Grape; Grenache and Syrah Origin; Costières de Nîmes has more in common with the Rhône across the river than it does with the wines of Languedoc immediately neighbouring it. Château Guiot lies just outside the city of Nîmes, in the heart of this appellation. Taste; Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good, smooth finish. Enjoy; Equally good with anything from shepherds pie, meatballs or moussaka style vegetarian dishes. It is also an excellent party wine as it is easy drinking and versatile.

£7.99 each Or buy 2 save £2 = £6.99

A little Wine Relief goes a long way!Date published: 02/02/13

If you want to join in the fun and do your bit for Comic Relief, without dressing up or performing record-setting feats, then you can help support Wine Relief and raise money for a worthy cause - simply by buying wine!

Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

Here at Majestic, we will be supporting the campaign with a range of twelve wines.  Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold of the selected wines to Comic Relief.

The range includes some old world classics, such as...

Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 (Bordeaux)

Chateau de Pennautier 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2009 (South of France)

Pouilly Vinzelles 'En Paradis' Louis Latour 2011 (Burgundy)

Bardolino 'Naiano' Allegrini 2011 (Italy)

As well as some New World gems, including...

Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010 (USA)

Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010 (Argentina)

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann 2010 (Australia)

For the full list of wines check the Majestic website or call into store where we will be more than happy to show you the full range.

So pop in or surf the website and assist us in helping out a great cause!

 

Roses are red, violets are blue...Date published: 02/02/13

Valentines day is just around the corner and although we can't promise you love, we can help with a few suggestions on how to celebrate.  If you are looking for a perfect match for that 3 course meal you are secretly planning, or just want a big hug in a bottle, here are a few of our favourites!

 

Robertsons Chenin Blanc £5.49 Lovely with seafood or roast chicken

Rustenberg Chardonnay £13.99 (2+) Rich creamy poultry dishes would be the perfect match

St Clair Wairau reserve Sauvignon Blanc £25 An ideal partner for seared scallops or salmon dishes

 

Vina Eguia Reserva £5.99 (2+)  Best with lamb, chorizo or cheeses.

Valmoissine Pinot Noir, Louis Latour £8.99 (2+) Try this with pork belly or roast partridge

Petaluma Coonawarra £25 Perfect for peppered steaks and or heavy red meats

And of course the day wouldn't be complete without a bottle of bubbly! From Monday 5th - Monday 18th February we have a special offer:

Laurent Perrier Rose: £47 (normally £50)

Laurent Perrier Rose Magnum £100 (normally £120)

Make a Majestic New Year's ResolutionDate published: 22/01/13

It's still not too late to make your New Year's Resolution to kick-start 2013, and if you're still stumped for an idea, Majestic in Exeter may be able to lend a hand.  A lot of people choose to give up things like drinking for a new start but we here say 'Where's the fun in that?!' (of course all things in moderation!) So here is a suggestion.... how about learning MORE about wine?  I see I have your attention...

The team here at Majestic can offer you many ways to learn more about choosing the wine you enjoy, and enjoying the wine you choose.  Here's how...

The Wine Course

Come along to our next available award wining Wine Course, this offers you the opportunity to learn a bit more about the wonderful world of wines in a relaxed and (very) practical way. We taste a range of wines from all over the world, focusing on the factors that influence them and how best to match food and wine. So if you ever get stumped for what to choose with your meal at a restaurant, or even just at home on a Saturday night, this would be an ideal way to spend an evening. The Wine course is a 90 minute tutored session held in store with one of our experienced Managers. And what's more, it's completely free!

Wine Walk

Another of our staff-led evenings, tailor-made for small groups, will teach you more about our new arrival wines or even take you on a tour of wines from a particular region.  A whistle-stop tour around the world of wine, without having to leave the store!  Also, the added bonus is this is free of charge!  All it takes is a bit of your time and enthusiasm for wine.

Wine Evenings

This is one of our premier events which we hold twice a year (Summer and Winter) This is an opportunity for you to spend an evening in our store, talking to the staff and sampling some great wine and nibbles.  This is the ideal place to be to learn more about your favourite tipples first-hand, and share with the staff your thoughts.

Tasting Counter

One of Majestic's greatest in-store assets.  We keep fresh and interesting wines open all year round for your to sample when you visit the store, be they from our current Special Offers range or from Staff Recommendations.  This is the perfect chance to discover new favourites, or sample some existing ones.

Tasting Notes

If like me, you have a memory like a sieve and everything you have learnt in store falls out of your head the second you leave then no problem! We now offer taylor made tasting notes for your purchase at the touch of a button, meaning you never have to lose track of your favourites. Complete with internesting tidbits of information about the wines origin, producer and some handy food and wine matching tips, these notes are quickly becoming very popular with both new and regular customers.

So there you go, just a few ways in which we can help you make a difference and help you enjoy wine even more, after all life is just too short to drink bad wine!

California DreaminDate published: 09/11/12

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey,

I've been for a walk with some Au Bon Climat (Chardonnay £18.00),

I'd be safe and warm with a good Cabernet (Beringer Founder's Estate £8.99)

California dreamin' on such a winter's day.

Stepped into the store I passed along the way,

well I got down on my knees and I

tried some Viognier (McManis Family Vineyards £8.79), you know the

Bonterra (Chardonnay £7.99) likes the cold he knows I'm gonna stay

California dreaming on such a winter's day.

Trade customersDate published: 06/10/12

Supplier let you down? Here at Majestic we have a range of services for trade customers; so whether you are a bar, restaurant or other local business we can offer:

  • A wide range of exclusive ontrade wines
  • Credit account facilities
  • Free and flexible delivery

Just call us instore on 01392 275644 and we will put you in touch with our Commercial team.

Like Sauternes? Try 'A Sticky EndDate published: 01/10/12

Produced by the the well reputed and pioneering Marisco vineyards in New Zelands Waihopai valley. This is a nobley rotted sauvignon blanc like the traditional Sauternes, but with a little more emphasis on tropical fruit.

The story behind the 'Sticky End' was that William de Marisco - having been outlawed by King Henry III in 1235 fled to Lundy island where he turned to piracy to sustain his existance. Due to the betrayal of one of his associates, William was captured by a storming party on the island in 1242 and carted off to London to face charges of piracy and treason. Found guilty - he was executed with 'perculiar ignominy' - being hung drawn and quartered - indeed a sticky end!

Perfect accompaniment to soft blue cheeses, rich pates or a creamy desert such as pannecotta with mango coulis.

Only £15.99 per bottle (35cl)

The real summer festival starts...Date published: 14/08/12

It's that time of year again to tip our hats and salute the best of the South West's beer at the annual Newton Abbot Beer Festival at Newton Abbot Racecourse, which kicks off on Friday 17th August.  If you can't get enough of your favourites on the day, or discover a hidden gem amongst the mix, come and visit us at Majestic in Exeter as we currently stock some of the big names making an appearence at the "showground".  Choose from any of the following 12-bottle cases:

Dartmoor IPA, Princetown, 4.4% - £25.20

Dartmoor Jail Ale, Princetown, 4.4% - £25.20

Exmoor Gold, Wiveliscombe, 5% - £22.80

Bays Top Sail, Paignton, 4.9% - £24.00

Teignworthy Spring Tide, Newton Abbot, 4.3% - £26.40

Cotleigh Tawny/Peregrine/Buzzard, Wiveliscombe, 4.7% - £21.00 (sold as a mixed case)

Enjoy...may see you there!

 

Your tasting counter needs YOU!Date published: 18/06/12

We have some great chilled Rose from Provence on taste at the moment...don't leave them to get loney - get stuck in!

How-do from the New Kid on the BlockDate published: 17/06/12

It's amazing how much your perception of wine itself can change in just 4 weeks with Majestic Wine.  As the new guy, I came into this business thinking I had a modest knowledge of wine - at least, I knew what I liked.  Which, being a typical student, consisted of any wine with an alcohol content at around £3.00 a bottle (compared to most of my compadres, I considered myself quite refined!)  I got as far as being able to recognise a couple of different makes )Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz), which I could wow my friends with by dropping into conversation at the drop of a hat.

Majestic, however, has since opened my eyes to the very diverse and complex industry this is.  Being asked to be able to break a taste of wine down to the barest bones is still proving the biggest challenge - of course, my first thoughts were always 'It taste's like wine'.  True, some may say,  I may not be far off the mark.  I do, however, have a long way to go.

To try and redeem myself a little before the end of this, I will offer some notes of wisdom on a few of my personal favourites which I have discovered since working for Majestic:

Montes Alpha Chardonnay (£9.99) - having very much been a Chardonnay fan over the years, I was blown away by this one.  Finally, there was a wine with so much substance and flavour, yet still light enough to enjoy at any time.  This was the first instance I had tried a wine which left me with a taste of buttered popcorn - perfect for a movie night in at home.

Mont Milan Corbieres (£4.99) - I was always told that finding a decent red wine for a modest price was hard to come by, but the Mont Milan proves that there are gems out there.  A fruity, spicy, yet smooth wine which is bound to be a real crown pleaser if looking for a red for your next gathering.  The price is just an added bonus.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99) - suited my palate perfectly when looking for a drier variety of New Zealand Sauvignon, whilst still maintaining a refreshing abundance of fruitiness.

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz (£9.99) - full of flavour, with hints of coffee and chocolate on the nose made this an thoroughly enjoyable wine, appealing to my 'sweeter' side (yes, I have one!)  Definitely worth the extra few quid on top of what I used to spend.

I still have a long way to go but I'm sure you can agree that I've not had a bad start in my Majestic life so far.  'Spoiled rotten' I'm sure others would say!

Cider - could it ever compete with wine?Date published: 18/05/12

Cider is usually associated with long hazy afternoons in beer gardens, but just because our bbq summer isn't quite here yet we shouldn't put our delicious scrumpy on the back burner. There is a long tradition of matching cider with food, and plenty of good reasons to consider it alongside or even instead of wine.

In the 17th century cider was considered classy, and was popular amongst the arristocracy who drank it from beautifully decorated flutes, much in the same way we would drink Champagne today. The author of 'Ciderland', James Crowden, claims that westcountry cider makers pioneered the methode champenoise to put fizz in their drinks before Dom Perignon was even born.

Like wine, this glorious beverage can be sweet, dry, still or fizzy but a factor arguably in its favour is its alcohol content. Cider usually tops out at around at 7% ABV, while wines of both colours can regularly be seen pushing the 14% - 15% ABV barrier. It is also made in the UK which can cut down your drink miles considerably should you be a particularly green apple.

It does have a couple of things going against it. Image is one thing that is difficult for cider to run from. Artisan producers are doing a fine job of tackling this by creating classy bottles, labels and advertising campagnes whilst throwing every ounce of personality and passion into their increasingly great tasting products. As nice as this is, I'm not convinced there aren't people that would feel a little put out if you presented them with an over sized bottle of cider when you arrived for dinner. Shame.

The biggest problem with my original question is one of sheer taste. Even those of us who enjoy cider regularly don't necesarily know where to start when it comes to matching it with food. Many cheap bottles of supermarket plonk even have tasting notes on the label suggesting what to eat with it, whereas most ciders don't.

There is no reason not adopt the same terroir approach as some wine drinkers do and pair the area the drink was made with local ingredients when eating or creating dishes. A Somerset cider would be superb with good strong cheddar or Gloucester Old Spot sausages with Gloucester cider. Cider can also be a great match with Camembert - a tricky partner for many wines

Traditional perries can lend themselves very well to fish dishes with their grassy and tropical fuit aromas, not unlike a sauvignon blanc. For oily fish, steer clear of oaked or woody tasting ciders - something made with desert apples usually have a good balance of acidity to compliment mackeral etc. Also - try moules marinieres cooked in cider instead of wine!

Medium dry style ciders can be a brilliant match with chorizo, or spicy mexican dishes. The sweetness really helps keep things calm whilst the acidy helps the punchy apple to come through. Not conventional, but trust me!

Cider does lend itself very well to chicken (particularly with tarragon or star anise etc.) and especially pork dishes (belly in particular), as well as hams and bacon. If a dish would suit a chardonnay, then it will more than likely suit a larger than life fruity cider.

If cider can ever really compete with wine is of course in the eye of the beholder. It will polarize some - but hopefully give all some new ideas with how to enjoy this amazing, and in my humble opinion, underrated beverage.

Hot on the heels of cider and food matching is real ale, although I feel that is for another day............Cheers!!

Pretty In PinkDate published: 12/05/12

Nothing says Summer quite like Rose and with what looks like a good weekend heading our way, now is the perfect time to explore our range and pick wines for that BBQ you know you want to have!

Sticking to tradition, our Provence wines ooze sophistication with their delicate strawberry and peach notes and stand up well to seafood and salads.  Try the Chateau Saint Roch-Les-Vignes (£6.99) for red fruit flavours and crisp acidity, or the Commanderie de Peyrassol (£9.99) with its white pepper finish.  Alternatively, if you are really thirsty, the easy-drinking AIX magnum (£19.99) is the perfect party piece and a definate crowd pleaser.

For something a little different, our new world Roses also have plenty to offer. The deep-coloured Mountain View Rose at £5.99 is a bargain, with summer berry flavours and a refreshingly dry finish.  The Boschendal Rose (£8.49) on the other hand is lighter, with the traditional strawberry notes but with a cherry twist making this an interesting choice.

Of course no summer evening would be complete without bubbly and we have plenty to choose from! You cannot go wrong with the Undurraga Rose (£5.99), which has light bubbles and is perfect as an apperetif.  If you are feeling patriotic then the Chapel Down Rose (£22.99) is a must-have and with its slightly creamy finish is made for smoked salmon and canapes.  If you want to go all out then the Laurent Perrier Rose (£50.00) is the one to choose, with delicate bubbles and a beautifully smooth finish.

Great Local Beers Available.Date published: 21/09/11

The South West is a haven for really good smallish breweries, and we have developed a good range of some of the best.  These regional beers do not appear in the national list, but are availabe to order by phone or in the store.  the quality across the board is supberb, and most are bottle conditioned ales.  They are all included in the fantastic buy any two cases save £6 deal which aplies to all our bottled ales. The Beers, (with their deal prices for 12 x 500ml), are:

Exmoor Gold 5%  Wiveliscombe, Somerset   £21.60

Cotleigh Tawny 3.8% Wiveliscombe Somerset £19.80

Cotleigh Monument 4.0% Wivelsicombe Somerset £19.80

Cotleigh Seahawk 4.2% Wiveliscombe Somerset £19.80

Cotleigh Barn Owl 4.5% Wiveliscombe Somerset £19.80

Cotleigh Buzzard 4.8% Wiveliscombe Somerset £19.80

Reel Ale 4% Teignworthy Devon £23.40

Springtide 4.3% Teignworthy Devon £23.40

Beachcomber 4.5% Teignworthy Devon £23.40

DartmoorJail Ale  Princetown Devon £24.60

Dartmoor Legend  Princetown Devon £24.60

Dartmoor IPA  Princetown Devon £24.60

Butcombe Mixed Pack, Bristol £21.60

Delivery information for ExeterDate published: 04/07/11

Being the hub of the Southwest, we have a fairly vast delivery area ranging from Lyme Regis, accross to Padstow and also stretching down to Penzance. In order for us to squeeze the best out of our service we work on set days in set areas. Here is our delivery schedule so that you can place an order with confidence.

Monday: Exeter, Crediton, Mid-Devon

Tuesday: South & Mid Cornwall (Tavistock, Liskeard accross to Truro)

Wednesday: Exeter, East Devon (as far as Lyme Regis)

Thursday: Dawlish, Teignmouth, Dartmoor, Okehampton,Tedburn St.Mary

Friday: North Cornwall (Rock, down to St.Ives) and also Falmouth.

I hope this is usefull - but if more precise details are needed, then don't hesitate to contact us via the phone or e-mail.

Store Events(4)

Free Wine Course

29 October 2014 (18:00 - 19:30)

Our Award Wining wine course is an informal introduction to the world of wine, covering how to write a professional tasting note, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part) food and wine matching, all taught in a very practical way by our resident expert. What's more all this is FREE! but book quickly as places are limited.

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Spanish Spotlight Tasting Week

10 October 2014 - 16 October 2014 (10:00 - 19:30)

Enjoy a free wine course exploring our new range of whites and red wines across Spain, including some of the classics.

Open to all

Free Wine Course

2 October 2014 (18:00 - 19:30)

Our Award Wining wine course is an informal introduction to the world of wine, covering how to write a professional tasting note, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part) food and wine matching, all taught in a very practical way by our resident expert. What's more all this is FREE! but book quickly as places are limited.

RSVP

Spotlight Tasting Week

12 September 2014 - 19 September 2014 (09:00 - 19:00)

This week we focus our spotlight on the beautiful wines of South Africa. On the tasting counter we will showcase a range of wines which demonstrate the diversity of styles available from this exciting country. From Pinotage to Chenin blanc and everything in between. Feel free to pop in any time to taste.

Open to all

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Meet the team...

  • Alex Senior Assistant Manager

    Hi there, after studying Geology at the University of Liverpool I travelled extensively around South America where my love affair with wine began. I have been with Majestic for seven years and particularly enjoy matching food with wine. If you feel you have a culinary wine matching challenge please feel free to ask!
  • Christian Trainee Manager

  • Laura Sales Assistant

  • Lauren Senior Manager

    I have spent the last 6 years with Majestic working around the South West. I have to thank my Father and his insistence in good food always deserving good wine for my love of all things grape based. I am very please to say that I have recently completed the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust Diploma and I am now proudly sporting the badge to prove it! As for my favourite tipple it just has to be Champagne, especially Louis Roederer.
  • Maria Sales Assistant

    She's back!
  • Owen Sales Assistant

    I am the delivery driver for the store and have worked for Majestic Exeter since 2004. I am the face of Exeter Majestic for those who choose to have their wine brought to them free of charge! My taste leans towards the fizzy side of things whether is be a rich, yeasty bottle of Krug or a refreshing glass of Weston's vintage cider - it's all good!

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