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Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
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Sunday 10am - 5pm
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Store Address
Romans Business Park
East Street
Farnham
GU9 7SX
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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Lauching our new Cellar Circle PlanDate published: 19/09/14

Previously called the Fine Wine Plan we have now enhanced and listed below are the benefits of becoming a member.

Cellar Circle gives you access to the finest wines, expert advice, unrivalled service and exciting benefits. Everything needed to build your dream cellar.

Benefits include - 

● A year’s free storage at Vinothèque for customers new to Lay & Wheeler

● Free collection from any Majestic store

● 10% discount on all purchases from Majestic Wine 

● A free case on the first anniversary of membership

Terms and conditions apply to recieve full benefits

Sign up at cellarcircle.co.uk

#CellarCircle


Stunning Short Term OfferDate published: 19/09/14

We have a great deal on for the weekend. If you love Argentinian wines then come on down as we have a massive 33% off all of them. Yes a third!
We ran this offer a couple of years ago and it was extremely popular selling out of some lines very quickly.
When was the last time you saw the Catena Malbec, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at £8.33 a bottle!
We have a selection them open this weekend so come on down and explore.
This offer is strictly only on for 4 days so ends on Monday 7.00pm.

Still one of the best!Date published: 18/09/14

We have stocked the wines from Catena for many years but their straight Malbec has long been a favourite of mine and customers. Begining tomorrrow will will have a great deal on it and also open to taste so please come on down and see what you think.

Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

This is the perfect steak wine!


More than BearableDate published: 18/09/14

Noticeably visible on the label of the Pizarras de Otero wine is the paw print of a bear, reminding the purchaser of the heritage of the vineyard as a royal hunting ground, where bear was the prey. It was during the 18th century that vines were first planted in the area, but despite this the vineyard this wine hails from fell into decline and lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003.

'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo. If Rioja is considered a Spanish Bordeaux, then this wine must be thought of as a Spanish Cotes du Rhone, similar in style and complexity. It is a deep cherry red colour and is lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, giving way to a subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate matches the aromas and has elegant and restrained tannins. 

Suitable for drinking as the nights get darker and colder, why not partner with herbaceous lamb cutlets, or pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauces.

Pizarras de Otero is available now for £6.66 when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six bottles.

The Bargain of the MonthDate published: 17/09/14

We all have our favourite houses I know and usually there are other nv's I would buy before Moet but their vintage is another story. It has always been a kind of secret that the vintage really punches above its weight and at present it is on a spectacular deal of a measly £30 a bottle. This is the kind of offer to buy by the case! 

Grand Vintage 2006 is the perfect embodiment of the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage spirit. It is superbly structured and refined. Blending 42% Chardonnay with 39% Pinot Noir and 19% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

Expressing the singular qualities of 2006's grapes, this Champagne is creamy and mature.

I have already bought a case so hurry before stock all disappears! 

Mothers Ruin part 2Date published: 16/09/14

During the Victorian age various different styles of gin emerged, the two still recognised today are London and Plymouth gins. London gin, contrary to its name can in fact be distilled anywhere, it is purely a style. It's chief characteristics are its dryness on the palate and the heavy juniper bias of the botanicals. Plymouth gin by contrast can only be produced within the city limits of Plymouth, protected from being copied elsewhere by the same laws that cover wine appellations. Generally this is a more floral style of gin. 

Leaving behind the Victorians and heading into the 20th century, large spirit companies discovered ways of producing gin on an industrial scale using a distillation method known as 'continuous still'. This means that instead of producing what you can from just one pot of base spirit, you can continually produce base spirit and infuse it with flavourings. If needs be these kind of stills can operate 24 hours a day, every day. While strictly speaking these stills produce gin as defined by law, it did provoke debate as to whether it was the essence of gin. Up and down the country people were beginning to think beyond the generic gin that could be found on the supermarket shelves.

Batch produced 'craft' gins began to capture the public awareness as daring individuals acquired distillation licences (the very same that had been created to stamp out the spread of the scourge of gin in the 18th century) and began experimenting with the botanicals that could be used. Hendrick's gin (hailing originally from Scotland) famously uses cucumber and roses amongst its flavours, while other batch producers include Martin Millers, Sipsmiths and William Chase, who decided to experiment with the base spirit and use unused cider apples to produce it.

Gin seems to have finally shaken off its bad boy image and be welcomed by those seeking a genuinely intriguing and complex drink. With so many differing styles, the choice is huge and that's without experimenting with mixers...

Mixing in the right circles: Fever treeDate published: 16/09/14

It's likely that at least 3/4 of your Gin and Tonic is the tonic. You have deliberated at lengths about your gin choice, planned ahead with your ice trays and probably even singled out a lemon as the perfect zesty candidate. So why neglect the mixer? The bulk of the beverage? The toast to the marmite? Destiny's child to Beyonce? Surely it's imperative the mixer is also truly fabulous. 

 But we must not panic. Fever Tree are here to make sure we can use the best every single time. Their award winning products taste clean, subtle and balanced with authentic flavours and champagne-style carbonation, so just as good as the spirits you're pairing them with. As natural as they get, with ingredients sourced from all over the world, its little surprise this this range taste equally as good on their own. 

Majestic stock a range of these little treats to pep up a G + T or spice up a Dark and Stormy. The age of the dismal mixer might finally be over!

Join the KadettesDate published: 14/09/14

Always ones to promote something a little different, pop in and you'll find the Kanonkop Kadette on our tasting counter. This is Kanonkop's 'second wine', similar in ethos to the second wines of the top Bordeaux estates. It is a mix of Pinotage, Caberenet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc yet despite this it is a lighter, more forward version of it's top blends. The dominant grape at around 50% of the blend is Pinotage and the wine is aged for at least 12 months in French oak barriques sourced from the forest of Nevers.

The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, blackcurrant and mocha flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. It features a good length with a dry finish.

A real 'treat' wine, it will partner barbecued lamb steaks with aplomb.

Kanonkop Kadette is available now for £8.99 when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six wines.

The only way is Oyster BayDate published: 13/09/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an undisputed market leader due to its quality and consistency vintage after vintage. The epitome of a classic Marlborough Sauvignon blanc, it has pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, and also lends subtly green and herbaceous notes. Indeed, it is one of the regions most dynamic and prolific wineries, and has become an extremely popular and recognisable brand. Perhaps the secret to the success of this wine is the process through which it is made; cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes. 

This crisp and elegant wine is a thoroughly refreshing for any occasion. Just chill well and prepare to join the Oyster Bay following. What's more it is currently on the 1/3rd off deal- coming to an ice bucket near you very soon!

CognacDate published: 12/09/14

Cognac is a form of Brandy that is made around the town of Cognac. This town can be found in the Charente and Charente-Maritime departments of western France, just above Bordeaux. Made primarily from the Ugni-Blanc, a Cognac has to adhere to a strict set of rules to be allowed to bear that name. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in barrels, and most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement. To make a Cognac 90% of the wine must be Ugni blanc (known in Italy as Trebbiano), Folle blanche and Colombard. 

After the grapes are pressed, the juice is left to ferment for two or three weeks, with the region's native, wild yeasts converting the sugar into alcohol the resulting wine is about 7 to 8% alcohol.

Distillation takes place in traditionally shaped Charentais copper stills, also known as an alembic, the design and dimensions of which are also legally controlled. Two distillations must be carried out; the resulting eau-de-vie is a colourless spirit of about 70% alcohol.

Once distillation is complete, it must be aged in Limousin oak casks for at least two years before it can be sold to the public. It is typically put into casks at an alcohol by volume strength of about 70%. As the cognac interacts with the oak barrel and the air, it evaporates at the rate of about three percent each year, slowly losing both alcohol and water. Because the alcohol dissipates faster than the water, the alcohol concentration drops to about 40% over time.

The age of the cognac is calculated as that of the youngest component used in the blend. Each cognac house has a master taster (maître de chai), who is responsible for blending the spirits, so that cognac produced by a company will have a consistent house style and quality. In this respect it is similar to the process of blending whisky or non-vintage Champagne to achieve a consistent brand flavor.

Grand ArdecheDate published: 12/09/14

This fantastic white Burgundy style Chardonnay is a real gem. Made by Maison Louis Latour down in the Ardeche, which is to be found to the West of Rhone. Louis Latour's expertise from years of producing celebrated Burgundy wines really shows through in this wine. Close to the Meursalt's buttery and weighty texture this wine is generous with it's secondary characteristics. Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine. Many of our customers come back time and time again for the Ardeche. 

Priced at a very reasonable £9.99 it is easy to see why this has gained such a following, If this were made in a Burgundy appellation it would easily cost near on £15!

KanonkopDate published: 12/09/14

In keeping with our South African theme for this week I've decided to have a look at the wine producer Kanonkop.

Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines. The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.

Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige. 

We currenty have four wines from these very prestigous producers


Kanonkop Paul Sauer £25 on our fine wine offer
Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish.

Kanonkop Kadette £8.99 At 25% off
The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. Good length with a dry finish.

Kanonkop Pinotage £20.00 on our fine wine offer
Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana.

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon £22.00 on our fine wine offer
Deep ruby colour, a full bodied wine with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours, with well-defined, chewy blackcurrant fruit and a balanced tannic structure leading to a long and dry finish.

Wine of the week: Graham Beck, Antony's YardDate published: 12/09/14

Graham Beck, Antony's Yard 2013, South Africa


This delicious Bordeaux style South African red is produced from a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend. It is aged for 12 months in French oak to help integration and to impart the rich complexity and texture characteristic of this wine. With a rich nose of fruitcake and spice, red and black fruits come to the fore on the palate. A hint of cigar box is also present thanks to the oak-aging.
The balanced structure and satisfying length of this wine make it a perfect partner to beef pies and other robust gamey dishes. The makers recommend Antony's Yard 'enjoyed in the spirit it was created- with warmth and appreciation'. A tempting offer.

£6.74 when you buy two or more


To enjoy Con AmigosDate published: 11/09/14

Grey early autumn (eeek!) days like this call for lovely roasts and even lovelier wines. If the summer has left you -like us- a little short on pennies, fear not. Grab a your nearest and dearest and catch up con amigos over a glass of... Con Amigos. This delicious malbec is superb alongside a big, well seasoned roast chicken, and better yet is at a third off this month, £6.66 a bottle when you buy two or more.

 A small price tag for big flavours, Con Amigos hails from the Bio Bio Valley; one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, Bio Bio has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions. It is a vividly purple tinged wine, youthful and fruity, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel. All for £6.66 you say? If you don't tell anyone, we won't either (no promises though). 


Melt in your mouth wineDate published: 10/09/14

One of the key differences between New and Old world wineries is that New world growers are less prohibited to experiment with different varietals and blendings. Appellation rules are far more fluid than they tend to be in Europe leading to some interesting wines indeed. None more so than the luxurious sounding Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof in South Africa. 

This wine features a blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Although dominated by around 67% Syrah, there is also Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Viognier to be found within each drop. The grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on the winery's estate, then fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. 

Key characteristics of this most enigmatic of South African wines is an earthy, rustic nose that gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. On the palate it is both harmonious and powerful, with a cocoa and pepper complexity that is best described as moreish.

This big, broody red is most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

Chocolate Block is available as a magnum (1.5 litres) at £44 or as a double magnum (3 litres) £95 in store now.

Spirits on a third off!Date published: 10/09/14

We've got some great spirits here that we're trying to sell through as quick as possible, to do this we have put them on our 33% offer. Here's a range of what we have on this enhanced deal.


Bushmills Original blended Irish whiskey £14.99 down from £22.50

Grant's Scotch blended whiskey £13.32 down from £19.99

Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey Honey £19.99 down from £30.0

Chivas Regal 12 year old Scotch whiskey £19.99 down from £30.00

Glenfiddich single malt 15 year old Scotch whiskey £24.98 down from £37.50

Remy Coeur de Cognac £29.98 down from £45.00

Tuaca Italian Liqueur £16.66 down from £11.99

Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower £7.99 down from £11.99

Ciroc Vodka £23.32 down from £35.00

Finlandia Vodka £13.33 down from £19.99

William Chase elegant crisp Gin £26.65 down from £40.00

Gordons with a spot of elderflower £13.32 down from £19.99


Plus these work in combination with our regular 33% offers!

Mothers' Ruin part 1Date published: 10/09/14

Gin has a bit of a reputation. The bane of society in Georgian England, where it was cheaper to buy and safer to drink than the water, means that it is forever thought of as a bit of a reckless drink in the British consciousness. If that association took time to shake off, the idea of British colonials in India supping gin and tonics laced with quinine to fend off disease is one that is still much in evidence today.

But where did this drink that to some is the epitome of an English drink come from? As with all good things it is proof of the British way of assimilating other cultures into our own. Following the Glorious Revolution that installed William of Orange on the English thrown there was a craze for all things Dutch and particularly a spirit known as Jenever. A base white spirit was produced that was then steeped with juniper berries giving it a distinctive, tart taste. It was painfully expensive to the average person of the time due to the costs of importation, so ever resourceful, people began to distill the spirit themselves. To make it more palatable it was often made with added flavourings known as botanicals. Over time the botanicals became a key differentiating point between types of gin, but each one had to contain juniper.

Following a government clampdown on home distilling and the drunkenness that ensued from its lack of regulation (conveniently affecting the Scottish Whisky producers and the Jacobites they supported too) gin struggled to find a niche, as suddenly it was subjected to tax and only being sold from licensed premises. Over the next hundred years or so these would become the famed Victorian gin palaces, known as haunts for ne'er do wells of all types.

The total rehabilitation of gins image seemed a long way away...

Sam Adams Boston LagerDate published: 10/09/14

This month our best beer offer is the Sam Adams Boston Lager, at a cracking £24 for 24 bottles. This is one of my favourite beers, It's classed as a craft beer because of it's maltier aspect. Despite many people's opinions of American beer being weak and of poor quality, the Sam Adams Boston Lager has a good deal more flavour than most lagers on both sides of the Atlantic. 

The brand name of Samuel Adams (often abbreviated to Sam Adams, even in advertisements), was chosen in honor of Samuel Adams, an American patriot famous for his role in the American Revolution and the Boston Tea Party. According to tradition, he was also a maltster.

A sherry interesting tippleDate published: 08/09/14

Here at Majestic Farnham we have been doing some serious thinking about the wonderful world of sherry, and have come to the conclusion it is often a thoroughly misunderstood and underrated drink. Three main reasons for our admiration are:

1) Sherry is just a blanket title under which a number of- often wholly different in nature and fermentation technique- fortified wines lie. Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Manzanilla pasada.... the list goes on. A Sherry type for every occasion and taste. Not just the Bristol cream we all know then!

2) Sherry might be one of the (partly) oldest drinks you ever try. During the blending process, no barrels are ever fully emptied. This means each glass you drink could contain some sherry up to 30 years old. That's pretty old. Nearly as old as Adam R. Anyway, all sherries are wood aged for a minimum of 3 years- and that's good enough for us.

3) Sherry making is a process which transforms some unremarkable wine into a remarkably distinctive and satisfying drink. Funny how a little flor and a lot of time can magically produce a lovely Fino tang, or, when flor-less, delicious full bodied and nutty Oloroso. A 'stars in their eyes' style makeover if ever we saw one. In reality the processes can be pretty complicated and employs a solera system of connected barrels, but all we know is it works, and has done for hundreds of years.

Convinced sherry is incredibly exciting?? We have a great range in store, and would love to share our passion with anyone remotely sherinterested (?!)


Marques de Riscal Reserva Date published: 06/09/14

Marques de Riscal is a famous producer from Rioja and even greater Spain. Well known for their Modern abstract Winery and hotel, This producer has been a big player in the Rioja market for a long time. In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga (What a mouthfull!)  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. It's hard not to see why! Big concentration, Delicious savoury flavours and an impressive use of oak make this a great Rioja. Black fruits and red fruits are intertwined along with a balsamic character. This is fantastic with roast lamb or beef! 


£9.99 When you buy any two bottles from our 33% off offer.

Awesome ChardonnayDate published: 05/09/14

Majestic staff are renowned Chardonnay fiends, the majority of us hanker for a softer Chablis style or a big and brassy Aussie belter. Fitting nicely in between this you will find the Septimo Dia Chardonnay

This Chardonnay comes from the Gualtayary district of the Uco Valley, an area featuring dual soil types of rock and sand, and notable sloped vineyards. The varied soils and altitudes provide grapes of varied characteristics, allowing winemakers to blend to their own desired style. 

This is a lightly oaked Chardonnay, offering a pleasing balance between green apple and tropical fruit flavours, and delicate vanilla and toast aromatics, all supported by fresh and youthful acidity. This is a particularly pleasing wine as the oak integrates with the fruit flavours exceptionally well. 

Whilst not so heavy that it can't be drunk alone, try with a homemade fish pie to really show the flavours to the fore.

Septimo Dia Chardonnay is available to buy now for £7.99 when at least two bottles are bought as part of your mix case of six wines. Also available to try on our tasting counter!

Food and Wine pairing rulesDate published: 05/09/14


1. Wines should complement, not dominate food, vice versa.
A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines. But a Spaghetti Bolognaise will destroy a delicate white wine. 

2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish
A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes
See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine. You ideally want to have all the intricacies of the wine or food coming out, which may be hard to detect if you've got two complex things going at each other at once!

4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish
Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours. Thinking big grilled flavoursome meats? Malbec all the way!

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region
This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes. Or for a really interesting combination, goats cheese from Sancerre and Sancerre white wine is a match made in heaven.

Try out these maxims at home. Stay in, cook at home, and spend the same on a bottle of wine as you would in a restaurant. Better food, better wine. Win win!


Wine of the week: Invivo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/09/14

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Awatere Valley, Marlborough


This unmistakably Kiwi Sauvignon comes exclusively from the vineyards of winemakers Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne in the Awatere valley. It is a vibrant and intensely tropical wine, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. Crisp on the palate, with plenty of lingering citrussy zest, it is both bold on fruit flavours and subtly aromatic. The ideal partner to a lightly spiced stir fry, or marinated prawns, Invivo is even recommended to compliment a fish and chip supper thanks to it's refreshing acidity. Chill well and enjoy...


£8.65 when you buy two or more


Taittinger ChampagneDate published: 03/09/14

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.

This has long been a favourite in store and when down at only £27.99 it really is a good buy. Offer ends 29th September.

Oyster BayDate published: 02/09/14

I know not the only kid on the blocks nowadays but when down at £7.99 one of our best selling Sauvignon.

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Offer on until 29th Septmber.


Back in StockDate published: 01/09/14

Although in tiny quantities it is great to have this back in stock. Lovers of the Syrah grape should try this and we would do our best to source more if needed. 

This Syrah comes from a small vineyard plot called Block 17, also known as 'Bay Block', in the Bridge Pa area of Hawkes Bay. This region's combination of over 2000 annual sunshine hours and cool night temperatures brings out the varietal characters of Syrah.

Medium bodied yet possessing a sense of density, weight and purity of fruit. Classic Syrah notes of white pepper on the nose are further lifted by light floral touches and hints of spicy oak.

Perfect for a good steak!


Jam RecipeDate published: 01/09/14

Having gone on a nice wander along the Canal that runs alongside Fleet town centre me and my partner, found quite a few Blackberry bushes, with some ripe fruit upon them. We managed to pick three Kg's of Blackberries over the next few days. Once we got home we were faced with the challenge of what to do with so many Blackberries, until my partner had the clever idea of making Jam. So here is our Blackberry and Apple jam recipe:

You will need:

One stainless steel jam pot - These are often pretty massive, and they need to be!

7 Jam jars

A cooking thermometer

1Kg of Blackberries, they're still to be found growing all around so why not get them for free, it's a fun day out, weather permitting.

500g Apples

1.5Kg of caster sugar 

1 pint of water, boiled


Cut the apples in half and then slice, keep in water to stay fresh. In a regular pot cook the Blackberries with the water until tender, adding the juice of one lemon. Place the Jam jars into the oven at a low heat to sterilise. Cook the apple pieces in the Jam pot with the juice of the Blackberries but none of the pulp. Once the apples can be easily cut with a wooden spoon add the blackberry pulp and sugar in gradually, whilst stirring. Bring the mixture up to 102 degrees whilst continually stirring, you will notice a sudden change in the colour and consistency of the mixture and the bubbles will fade. Allow to cool slightly and pour into the Jam jars and place a circular piece of greaseproof paper on top to keep airtight. Voila!

Exciting Arrival Date published: 31/08/14

We have just received a delivery of Langlois rose. This to me is a very exciting day. We last stocked this wine a good few years ago and I loved it then.

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

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

Superb garden party !

Party Red - Argentinian Bargain!Date published: 30/08/14

It's rare to think of Malbec as being a suitable party wine, generally as it has a reputation for being a big, dense, broody wine suitable for steaks and bbqs. Santa Ana Malbec turns these preconceptions on their head. This is a cracking great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries. Founded in 1891 by Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso, the company has grown to be a substantial player in the domestic market and is spreading out globally. 

This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers plenty in return for relatively little outlay and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards. It is a lively ruby colour with plenty of the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

This is a light and easy drinking red with plenty of big fruit flavours making it ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.

Santa Ana Malbec is available at £5.99 when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six, but only until 1st September.

Great value Pinot NoirDate published: 30/08/14

Finding good Pinot under £15 is always a struggle but this is a perfect example of what gems can be found with a little research.

The Ara estate is located at the elevated end of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, an area providing a unique combination of altitude, free-draining alluvial soils, immense sun exposure, and the cooling influences of the region's proximity to the ocean.

A fruit-driven, lively and supple Pinot, majoring on juicy boysenberry and plum flavours. Good ripeness and fruit purity from cool fermentation, enhanced by subtle toasted oak influence.

This is a wine which is light enough to be drunk by itself or match with light game. A pot roasted pheasant or char grilled quail maybe. 

Wine of the week: Macon Village 2012 by Louis JadotDate published: 30/08/14

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant mineral finish. This wine is weightier than Sauvignon Blanc, but that's perfect for the shift in weather and food styles as we move into Autumn! 

 
It would be a lovely apéritif, but will also partner well with white fish dishes, such as monkfish.


£8.99 when you buy two or more


Super Southern French Red Date published: 29/08/14

Every now and then we like to pique your interest with something a little different; a curiosity on the English market that we feel is worth a try. The Plage du Sud is one such wine, featuring the grape variety Alicante Bouchet. Those who have drunk the reds of Provence while on holiday will no doubt have tried this grape already, albeit unbeknownst, and it is in actual fact the 12th most planted variety in France. It is still unknown elsewhere so here is a brief introduction to it! Alicante Bouchet (or Alicante to its friends) is notable for being one of the few red grapes that has red flesh as well as red skin. It is a very thick skinned and fleshy grape that produces richly coloured, yet soft, wines. 

The Plage du Sud has been blended with Syrah to add complexity and structure to rich mouthfeel of the Alicante. It is a deep, dense cherry red wine offering a lush, juicy palate of ripe red berry flavours with a rounded, mouth-filling texture. These flavours match perfectly the subtle aromas of violets, vanilla and pepper. 

This wine is not too heavy that it can't be drunk alone, but makes a great partner for pizza and roasted vegetables.

Plage du Sud is available now at £6.66 when two are bought as part of your mixed case of six bottles.

Mo Monastrell 2012Date published: 29/08/14

MO Monastrell 2012

This wine is a single varietal from the Sierra Salinas winemakers in Alicante. The grape, Monastrell, is known as Mouvedre in France and often features in Rhone style blends, but is rarely seen on it's own. When in a Rhone blend it lends structure and tannin, however, in a hotter climate it can produce a rich fruity character. I can't help but think of a quaint village surrounded by vineyards with a very beautiful monastery in the centre. Most likely this is because of the similarity between monastry and monastrell. 

This wine boasts an impressively rich and fruity palate backed by spice and a velvety structure. Balsamic flavours also make an appearance, but that doesn't mean this is Vinegar! This is delicious, I'm very excited about this wine as I tried a few Monastrells a while back and loved them! This wine would be fantastic alongside some hearty meat dishes where the velvety texture would help this wine to stand up to big flavours. 


Weissbier, witbier or just plain wheat beerDate published: 28/08/14

I love my Beer from Hells to Pilsner, the Bavarian styles are amongst my favourites! And at Majestic we do a lot more than just wine, our beer section has a wide array of beers. 

Weissbier comes in a number of forms. The dutchmake Witbier, which can often be brewed with slightly more exotic flavourings like coriander or even orange peel! This process is used by the popular brewery Hoegaarden, among others. 

The Germans create Weissbier by using the process of adding at least 50% malted wheat to barley malt proportion  to create a lemon and nutty focus to their beer.  In a Belgian weissbier, however you would often find that raw wheat is used in the brewing process, giving it a more natural taste profile. 

For me whenever I have a weissbier, the first thought that comes to mind is pine nuts and lemon. I always imagine drinking a Paulaner Weissbier whilst eating a pesto pasta with heaps of pine nuts and parmesan cheese mixed in. 

Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 28/08/14

Fresh into the store here at Farnham is this latest offering from Brancott Estate. For those seeking to treat themselves to something more than just another bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or to impress at dinner parties, Brancott have created the Terroir Series as a premium alternative to their already popular wines.

In essence the Terroir Series has been created to showcase the individual characteristics displayed by Marlborough's diverse sub-regions. The idea of terroir comes from the French and is a concept that every wine is a combination of more than just grapes but also the climate, soil, altitude and pruning methods (to name but a few of the variables). Terroir is becoming more and more important to wine producers in the new world as a key identifier of the differences between their respective wines.

The features of the terroir in this Sauvignon demonstrate the style produced by Awatere Valley's cool, windy climate and very free-draining soils. It displays remarkable restraint and subtlety, offering layers of citrus zest, flint and freshly cut herb aromas in fine balance. Refined and mineral-rich on the palate, an excellent example of a Kiwi Sauvignon style.

Lightly chilled it is an ideal foil for grilled oysters or seared salmon.

Back in StockDate published: 26/08/14

Great to see this underrated wine back at Majestic. I was lucky enough to visit Maison Jadot in a previous job and had a tour of all wineries that they own and tasted my way through virtually all their wines from cask including the rarest examples which was something I will take to my grave. What it did show me was what a great producer they are and this Pernand Vergelesses is a fine example of superb value wine in a market where prices have just gone up and up due to 3 years of devastating hail storms in early summer which has pushed availability and costs through the roof. 

Maison Louis Jadot's main aim is to express the true nature of Burgundy through their wines. This is achieved by according equal importance to each of Burgundy's appellations, from Grands Crus right through to regional wines.

A number of different growers grapes have been vinified to create a typical Pernand-Vergelesses. Medium bodied with crisp fruit and nutty complexity. Gentle oak nuances complement a smooth finish.

Try a classic piece of free range guinea fowl served with a simple wild mushroom sauce to partner this.

On offer at £22 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Very limited supply.

GaviDate published: 25/08/14

Gavi has been described as the Italian take on Chablis, and whilst there are some differences it is easy to see the likeness in flavour profile between the two. Gavi is a town found in the North of Italy, in an area known as Piedmont. The grape variety used here is Cortese and like with Chianti classico, vineyards that can be found closest to the town are allowed to call their wine Gavi Di Gavi. This is a sign that the wine created is the ultimate embodiment of the terroir found around this town. 

Often with a lime rind character and a pleasant minerality, these wines are dry and light, though they do not have the high acidity that one might attribute to a Sauvignon Blanc. Gavi di Gavi often has a peachy and honeyed profile, making it richer and more suited to drinking with fuller flavoured fish such as salmon or monkfish.


Gavi di Gavi Toledana 2013 £7.99 when you buy two or more

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.


Gavi Araldica 2013 £7.49 when you buy two or more

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

Gavi Montiero £7.64 when you buy two or more

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.

Lamb and RiojaDate published: 25/08/14

Some combinations are made for each other. Lamb ans Rioja is one of those and that is what I indulged in last night. 

First the Lamb. I inserted slivers of garlic, rosemary and tiny bits of anchovy deep into the leg and left out of the fridge an hour so it is not too cold. Seal in a hot pan until well coloured and then pop in a relatively low oven (say 140) for around an hour. Check this on a regular basis with a sharp knife. Remove and keep covered. Crank the temperature up to cook you potatoes and parsnips. I pop the lamb back in for 5 mins closer to serving time just to build a little residual heat into it and make a gravy from the juices that have collected. Serve with some kale or cavelo nero and the potaoes.

Wine wise Rioja or a good Bordeaux is just the ticket. I had a bottle of the fantasic Beronia Reserva 2009 with mine and it was just delicious.

Bodegas Beronia is named after the Berones, a Celtic tribe who lived during the 3rd Century BC, in the area now known as Rioja Alta where the winery is based. Dos Maderas means 'two woods': the barrels used by the winery are made from both American and French oak.

Deep ruby-maroon in colour, with plenty of density. The complex nose is dominated by cinnamon and clove notes, with hints of toasted bread. Plenty of warm fruit, sweet tannins, and a velvet texture.

Current price £14.99.

My new favourite roseDate published: 24/08/14

Yes, i have for many years enjoyed a rose and usually stick to the lighter style from the south of France but this new rose from Spain is just delicious. 

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wines.

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

Drink with fish from the char grill or in the garden with good company!


ProseccoDate published: 24/08/14

Prosecco is incredibly popular these days and it isn't hard to see why, with a bigger body and a less zingy acidity, coupled with a more palatable price point, Prosecco is really helping to drive the sparkling wine market. Prosecco is made from the Glera grape (formerly known as Prosecco) in the Veneto region of North East Italy. The grape is thought to have originated from the town of the same name in Trieste. But these days it is most likely to be found growing around two towns, Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. 


The fizz in these wines come from a secondary fermentation, much like with Champagne. However the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks rather than in bottle. This helps to keep the cost of Prosecco down because the producers can do this in bulk. 

We've got lots of Prosecco in stock at the moment so why not come and explore

PeroniDate published: 23/08/14

Peroni is a brewing company that was set up in 1846, up in the north of Italy. Now based in Rome, this brewery is best known for its premium beer the Peroni Nastro Azzurro which literally translates as Blue Ribbon. This is so named after the blue riband that was awarded to an Italian Ocean liner, the SS Rex.

This beer always makes me think of having beers in plaza cafes that can be found all around Rome. Though it can be found Internationally this is just the image that I attach to it!

We have this lovely beer in at only a £1 a bottle, making a pack of 24 only £24!

Laurent Perrier ChampagneDate published: 23/08/14

We currently have Laurent Perrier Brut, Rose and Vintage in stock at the moment. This famous Champagne house has been hailed as producing great quality fizz at a more approachable price when compared to other producers of the same level. You might know the rose for it's characteristic light bulb shaped bottle that is classified as one of the most recognisable Champagne brands, close behind Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. 


Laurent Perrier Brut £24.99 down from £37.50

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.


Laurent Perrier Rose £56.22 down from £75.00

Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.


Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004 £42.49 down from £50.00

This superb Brut Millèsime is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from grand cru vineyards. A good match of lively fruit and maturity really show the quality of this vintage Champagne. A complex treat.


Laurent Perrier La Grande Siecle £75

An elegant and top quality Cuvee, this is only made from some of the finest vintages, this is also lovely and complex but fabulously rich when compared to the vintage. The finish just keeps going and going and going...

Matua Matua!Date published: 23/08/14

Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands.'Matua' is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's. They have since produced a range of exciting wines; two of which grace our tasting counter this week.

Pinot Noir:

Abundant redcurrant flavours, juicy acidity and notes of fresh thyme. Elegant, structured and satisfying.

Sauvignon Blanc:

Tangy gooseberry and grapefruit, with touches of passion fruit. A brilliantly refreshing all-rounder.

Both of these Matua offerings are open to try in store, pop in and put 'the head of the family' to the test!

Are you a Chardonnay fan?Date published: 23/08/14

With all the weather woes in Burgundy at present sourcing of good value Chardonnay is high on the Majestic buying team. We have sold the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva for some time now but at the offer at £7.32 this has to be one of our best offers not only for August but this year!

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

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

The 3 months have imparted a great deal of elegance to the wine and surprisingly amount of complexity.

Drink with some of the richer fish ie brill, turbot or even lobster!


Perfect summer drinkingDate published: 23/08/14

If you like your summer whites why not pop in and try this lovely example of Sauvignon from the renowned area of Pouilly Fume. 

Founded prior to the turn of the nineteenth century by Louis Pabiot, this family-run Domaine is based in and around the village of Les Loges. Located opposite Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé produces wines of smoky richness imbued from flint rich soils.

Lemon coloured with intense aromas of limes, chalk, capsicum and hints of smoke before a palate of rich, smoky green fruits, gooseberry and limes with a long, complex and tangy conclusion.

Perfect with a whole baked sea bass.

Back in StockDate published: 22/08/14

Lovers of rich and soft wines should revel in this Italian gem the Passimento from Pasqua.

The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

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

Think venison!


Perfect for parties: Grifone Montepulciano d'AbruzzoDate published: 22/08/14

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains. Grifone Montepulciano is a delicious medium bodied red wine; softly tannic with rich red cherry flavours. It is ideal for a party thanks to the ripe flavours and good structure- and also thanks to it's great value! Equally, it is excellent paired with pork dishes and could accompany a relaxed barbecue with ease.

Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is currently on the tasting counter and is reduced from £7.48 to £4.98. So what are you waiting for? Get the invitations out now!

Top quality RiojaDate published: 21/08/14

I love rioja and have for the past 20 years enjoyed the wines from Rioja Alta. We have just received a small allocation of the epic 904 from 2004. 

Below is from the wine advocate.

The 2004 Gran Reserva 904 is Tempranillo from Brinas, Labastida and Villalba balanced with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were fermented and macerated in inox vats for 14 days at 28º C, and malolactic fermentation lasted 28 days. The wine aged for 4 years in used American oak barrels averaging 4 years old, during which time it was manually racked 8 times. 150,000 bottles were filled. This 2004, from a superb vintage shows a beautiful light red color with a brick rim and a superb nose redolent of balsamic woods, spices, leather, well-hung meat, incense and truffles. The light to medium-bodied palate shows fully resolved tannins, great acidity and pure, pungent flavors that linger in the mouth forever and that can only be Rioja. This is a wine to smell over and over again. It might sound like an exaggeration, but this wine is still too young and you should wait a little bit and drink the superb 2001 vintage which should still be available on the market while this one matures in bottle. At this quality level the price is superb especially considering that the wine is being released 10 years after the vintage. Drink 2016-2024. 


La Rioja Alta has tremendously improved its wines in the last few years while keeping faithful to the most classical style. They have always been hugely popular in Spain, but they seem to be selling their wines faster and don’t produce every cuvee in every vintage and as a result had very few new wines to show. Vina Ardanza jumped from 2001 to 2004, and the next vintage will be 2005. Followers of traditional Rioja are very lucky as both the 904 as the 890 coming on the market are from great vintages and are superb.

Formed by 5 growers in 1890, this superb and classic Rioja house has created an epic wine in the Gran Reserva 904. This wine has undergone 4 years' ageing in cask and had very little filtration or clarification to preserve its natural character.


A wonderfully mature style of Rioja with lashings of secondary and tertiary characteristics, such as leather, mineral, cedar balsam and sweet spices.

Go buy lamb and a bottle or two of this and heaven will shortly follow!

Trout and ChablisDate published: 20/08/14

Last week I took a few days off and went on my first  fishing trip of the year which resulted to a couple of good trout. Not really my first choice of fish to eat they were quite large so I had to be resourceful in their use. So I cured some in gin, smoked a whole fish on the BBQ, made rillettes, had some sashimi and did a trout en croute. All pretty successful but it was the latter for supper last night. I made a paste from a handful of basil, parsley, coriander, capers, an anchovy, Dijon mustard, olive oil and a splash of citrus. Spread on top of the fillet and wrap in puff pastry. Seal with beaten egg and bake in a hot oven for 20/25 mins until golden. Serve with some greens and a good white burgundy. Perhaps a fine Chablis like William Fevre's.

William Fèvre are amongst the leading producers in Chablis and set the benchmark for village-level Chablis with this effort. With a family history of over 250 years in the region, their expertise is unquestionable in this marginal, northern region.

With a searing backbone of acidity and bone-dry finish balanced by fresh lime, lemon and orange fruits, this wine also displays nuances or flint and chalk on the nose.


Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/08/14

This delicious wine is only £6.99! A real bargain wine that's great for parties or Bbq's.

Origin

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

Taste

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.


De Forville Chardonnay 2013 Web ExclusiveDate published: 16/08/14

Origin

From vineyards in the commune of Castagnola delle Lanze in Piedmont's Asti province, and vinified at De Forville's winery in Barbaresco, this wine is a great example of the elegant and focused cool-climate-style Chardonnays of northern Italy.

Taste

An inviting straw yellow colour, and offering gentle aromas of wild flowers intermingling with golden apple and fresh peach. Soft-edged yet refreshing acidity and pleasing harmony on the palate.

This wine is fantastic, in the same style as many white Burgundy's. Check out our website to find this web exclusive wine.


£49.98 for 6 bottles, only £8.33 a bottle!

Moet & ChandonDate published: 16/08/14

Moet & Chandon is one of the most popular Champagnes in the world, Known for it's top quality Brut and iconic Dom Perignon this Champagne house has wined and dined leaders, royalty and emperors since 1743. They currently hold a royal warrant to supply Queen Elizabeth the 2nd. Part of the luxury goods company Moet Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, they have spread internationally. Regularly referenced in pop culture, they have been sung about by Freddie Mercury and many others. 


The production amounts of their Champagne's have always been truly staggering. In 1880 alone they were producing 2.5 million bottles of the Brut alone. But in modern day, they are producing on each suitable vintage 5 Million bottles... of the Dom Perignon! To balance these high production demands whilst keeping their Champagnes at such a high quality is truly impressive. 


Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial £29.98

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.


Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 £42.49

The 2004 vintage from Moët & Chandon is superbly structured and refined. Blending 50% Chardonnay with 34% Pinot Noir and 16% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.


Dom Perignon 2004 £125

Moët & Chandon's finest cuvée is a delightful pale golden yellow with a fine, impressive mousse. Aromas of brioche and honey tones quickly blend with fresh almonds and apricots. It is round, persistent, vibrant and pure.


Big on Taste, Big on ValueDate published: 16/08/14

Taking a place of pride on our tasting counter is the Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon. A single varietal wine hailing from the South of France, this is full of bramble fruit flavours, with a balanced acidity and subtle tannins. The warm southern weather allows the grapes to reach full ripeness, which is apparent in the flavour, while cool fermentation and use of stainless steel brings these flavours to the fore.

The wine is produced by members of the same family that have owned the historic Château de Pennautier since 1620. As their reputation has grown, so too has their prestige and from the 1980s they have become one of the most significant producers in the Carcassonne area, making wines both from Languedoc grapes, and Bordeaux varieties such as this Cabernet. 

A great party wine or ideal for the more grown up dinner party, Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon is an ideal partner for guineafowl or pan-fried duck breast.

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon is available now for £6.79 a bottle when 2 bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc- Secrets behind the success...Date published: 16/08/14

Marlborough is home to New Zealand's most sought-after wines, in particular it's distinct and varied Sauvignon Blancs of which many of you may be familiar with. In fact, 62% of all New Zealand vineyards are located in this region, and produce many of Majestic's best-sellers.

The success of Marlborough white wine really is no secret, but simply due to the perfect grape-growing climate and geography of the region, located in the northeast of the south island. The narrow shape of the south island ensures no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the coast. This maritime climate -of hot, sunny days and cool nights- allows a long growing season through which ripening is steady and balanced, contributing to the intensity of flavours which Marlborough Sauvignons are known for. 

The areas of sandy soil over slate shingles throughout Marlborough are the most desirable for planting vines, as the good drainage of the soil and poor fertility encourages the concentration of flavours in fewer grapes. A wide diversity of flavours are notable from vineyards that are planted north-south, as the soil runs in bands from east to west, with the heavier soils producing more herbaceous wines (the grapes ripen late) and vines planted in stonier soils produce more tropical flavours (the grapes ripen earlier). 

Big names in Marlborough include Brancott Estate, Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay and Mud House. All deliciously diverse and available today!

Wine of the Week: Louis Latour Macon LugnyDate published: 15/08/14

To celebrate our glorious summer weather(?) Majestic are proud to offer you the excellent Louis Latour Macon Lugny at a superb price.

This delicious Chardonnay is produced by the family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich and buttery, yet still Burgundian styles, of Chardonnay. 

A pale gold colour, with aromas of fresh apples and lemon curd, the palate is fresh and crisp with green-apple acidity alongside peachy fruits. A versatile wine which would be excellent enjoyed with pork dishes, or with fresh seafood.

£9.99 down from £10.99


Two Week SpecialsDate published: 15/08/14

Once again we have tweeked our offers and are able to bring you some of your favourite wines at great value prices.

Louis Latour Macon-Lugny brings all the apple and peach flavours expected of a white Burgundy in a rich style. A real treat at £9.99

Fleurie Duboeuf is a classic example of the style, full of red cherry fruits and rounded off with a silky texture. £8.81 for this beauty.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is a must for any New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc fan, bursting with gooseberry flavours. Available for £6.99

Codorniu Brut is a classic Cava, perfect celebratory fizz or for those wanting to treat themselves. £6.66

Rosato Corte Alta is a superb pink fizz from Italy and cracking value at £6.66

These are just a highlight of some of the extra value offers we now have available for you to choose as part of your mixed case of six bottles. Why not pop in and explore for yourself.

The best white ale ever tasted?Date published: 14/08/14

Einstok Icelandic white ale bills itself as 'the best white ale ever tasted', and this week it is on our tasting counter and being put the test!

To be the best, the highest quality ingredients are needed; Einstok is made from the purest water on Earth, just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle, and just touch of oats add full texture. Based on classic Belgian witbier, flavours of orange peel and even a little coriander emerge, adding a zesty zing to the otherwise smooth and refreshing brew. This adventurous ale is both intriguing and approachable, and would add an original twist to a summery evening with friends. Highly recommended with pulled pork- what could be more trendy (and delicious) than this combination?

Interested? Sceptical? Pop in to try this easy-to-drink craft ale... very likely the best white ale ever tasted, but that's for you to decide!

Grand Ardeche ChardonnayDate published: 12/08/14

With a thirst for fine white Burgundy, but without a budget to match, You should look to Southern France. As one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy, whilst maintaining its traditional image, Maison Louis Latour produces some fantastic Bourgogne wines. In 1979, with a view to expanding the business the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce top-quality Chardonnay wines. 

The Grand Ardèche comes from the best vineyards, carefully selected every year when harvesting begins. The grapes are pressed and the grapes are placed immediately in oak barrels made by the cooperage at Latour, where the wine will age for approximately 10 months, like the great wines of Burgundy.

The Grand Ardèche 2012 is shimmering pale yellow in colour. On the nose it reveals aromas of vanilla and brioche with hints of honey and acacia. This is a well-balanced wine, ample and generous in the mouth with flavours of almond paste and vanilla. The finish is bright and lengthy.


Only £9.99 per bottle!



Craft beers!Date published: 12/08/14

We can't keep up with all the new craft beers coming into our collection! This week we've got three brand new ales that guarantee Summer refreshment. 

Goose Island IPA (£9.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)
Indian Pale Ales have become an incredibly popular style of beer. Hoppy brews that offer a bitter edge to their crisp flavours. This beer has a zesty, citrus aroma that makes it perfect for enjoying in the sunshine as an alternative to lager. 

Einstok Pale Ale (£11.99 per pack of 6, as part of our Craft Beer offer)
The Icelandic brewery's White Ale has gathered a cult following amongst out beer-drinking regulars, so Einstok's Pale Ale is expected to be just as popular. There's a little rich maltiness alongside the bitterness in this beer. Ideal to serve at Arctic temperatures to cool you down at the end of a hot day. 

Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale (£12.00 per case of 12)
If you prefer rich, nutty beers to the crisp bitterness of IPA, this is the beer for you. Walnuts, demerara sugar, and honeycomb flavours are all to be found in this smooth ale. Perfect pairing for a steak and ale pie.


Sparkling offers!Date published: 11/08/14

Everyone loves a glass of fizz and we have plenty of offers to keep your glass topped up throughout August! Here's my pick of our best sparkling wine offers this month:

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua£11.99£7.99!

Don't be fooled by the words 'extra dry' on the label! This is an off- dry prosecco with a light, refreshing character. It has a youthful fruit profile of peach, pear and tropical fruit and a floral nose. It makes a great apertif to drink with friends - maybe even at a BBQ (fingers crossed for more sun!).

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy, £14.99£9.99!

This is one for the prosecco fans! Coming from the top area for Prosecco this is a top quality expression of the prosecco grape. A bit weightier in the mouth than many proseccos, although still delicate, it is soft velvety and well balanced. Notes of apple and apricot dominate in this premium expression of everyone's favourite!

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV, New Zealand - £24.99, £16.65!

From the famous Cloudy Bay estate comes this champagne alternative, made using chardonnay and pinot noir: the same grapes that are used in champagne production. The wine is aged on it's lees (dead yest cells) for two years giving the sparkling wine a richer, more complex taste of nuts and bread flavours combined with crisp apple notes. 

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne- £37.50, £24.99

No list of sparkling wines is complete without the king of fizz: champagne. My pick of our big name champagne offers right now is Laurent-Perrier, with the non vintage coming in at only £24.99! A lighter style with citrus, toast and spice characters. The champagne is well structured and so it makes a great food match! Did you know that champagne is a great match for a fish supper? Next time you have a chippy why not upgrade it with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier!


Carbonic Maceration, Or why Beajolais wines taste so fresh and fruity!Date published: 08/08/14

Beaujolais wines are always described as having a very unique characteristic in their fresh, almost confected like flavours. This is down to a certain process that the grapes are vinified which is known as Carbonic Maceration. The general idea behind the process is to keep the wine as fresh possible. 


The key thing which allows Carbonic Maceration to take place is the presence of natural yeasts in the skin of the grapes. The grapes are picked, usually in the night when the temperatures are cooler to preserve the grapes. These are then placed in steel vats and a layer of carbon dioxide is poured over the grapes. Because CO2 is a heavier gas than oxygen it forms a protective blanket that prevents the grapes from oxidizing. Then the natural yeasts get to work and begin to convert the sugars in the grapes to alcohol. Often the grapes burst which lets the fermented juice run from them freely. This wine is then collected and bottled. 

Wine of the week: Paul Cherrier SancerreDate published: 08/08/14

This family Domaine is situated near Chaudoux-Verdigny in Sancerre. The use of old vines (Vieilles Vignes) means that these wines will be more concentrated and thus hold a better quality of flavour. This wine exhibits classic passionfruit and mineral characters coupled with a racy acidity giving excellent balance and structure. Classic Sancerre. Pair with light fish dishes such as sole, or even try with goat's cheese!

£12.74 down from £14.99 Per bottle when you buy two or more 


Wave Series SauvignonDate published: 08/08/14

If you are looking for a great value Sauvignon Blanc this relatively new wine to Majestic could be just the ticket.  

An avid surfer since childhood, winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to hone both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The Wave Series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chile's terroir.

A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Drink really well chilled as an aperitif or try with a simple sun blushed tomato and goats cheese tartlet.

On offer at only £6.66 !

Loire WinesDate published: 07/08/14

The Loire Valley is best known for it's incredible Sauvignon Blanc's, though most people don't actually know it! This is because, like in the rest of France the wines tend to be named after the areas that they are grown, So Sancerre, Pouilly Fume and Menetou Salon are all in fact Sauvignon Blanc! 

But, this is not to say it is anything like the Sauvignons that you may find in New Zealand. The cooler climate, and soil type leads to a much more grassier, leaner wine. Nettles and mineral notes such as flint and stones replace the more tropical flavours that are predominant in NZ Sauvignons. 


Other than Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc is also grown as well as Pinot Noir.

Great value wineDate published: 07/08/14

If you are looking for a fantastic value Kiwi sauvignon then look no further than this great little sauvignon on offer at only £7.49 for August.

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

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

Perfect with some goats cheese or a lean white fish like sea bream.


Chilean MalbecDate published: 07/08/14

Mention Malbec and we tend to think either Southern French or Argentina and the big, broody offerings they produce. Stay in South America but head into Chile and you will discover that Malbec has made a bit of a name for itself here too. As a general rule, Chilean Malbec varietals tend to be slightly less intense, lighter in style but keeping all the fruit flavours expected from the grape.

It is no surprise then that the Bio Bio Valley, known as one of Chiles best areas for producing premium wines, is where some exceptional Malbec is now produced. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions found in France's northern wine regions, but perseverance by wine makers can produce great examples.

Majestic can offer you the Con Amigos Malbec from this particular region. With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel. The weight of the wine means it can match a wide variety of foods, from char-grilled steaks to rotisserie chicken.

Con Amigos Malbec is currently available at £6.66 when two bottles are bought as part of your mix case of six bottles.

Goldwater SBDate published: 05/08/14

Do you like the slightly more subtle Sauvignon's ? Well this could just up your street!

From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.

Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.

Great match for a simply grilled sea bass.



Did you know?Date published: 05/08/14

That Primitivo and Zinfandel are the same grape variety?

Whilst Primitivo is mostly found in the heel of Italy's boot, in the region known as Puglia, Zinfandel is often grown in California. Zinfandel has become so popular in California that many believe this is where it originates from, but it was in fact brought over in the mid 19th century. 

This grape variety often has lots of blue fruit on the palate, such as Plum and even blueberry. Generally full bodied the wines have slight differences. The Italian Primitivo is often slightly more rustic and has a more structured backbone with some black fruits to taste, whereas the Californian Zinfandel is often a bit more fruitier and smoother and focuses on the plum notes. Confusingly enough Californian wine producers like to call rose's made from Zinfandel "White Zinfandel".


We have an Italian Primitivo, the Costarossa Primitivo currently in at £8.24 

and for a taste of Californian sun we have the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel at £8.99

So why not grab a bottle of each as part of your 6 and see what the differences are!

Under rated grape varietals Date published: 04/08/14


Think Garganega and generally you think pinot grigio but it can also go to make some fantastically complex wines in Soave. 

The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months' maturation before bottling.

From lower yields and the best slopes in the region this wine is generous, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has.

Drinking now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. The creamy finish lends itself perfectly to a match with fish. I would say Monkfish or Brill with a cream based sauce. On our tasting counter at present so come down and judge for yourselves!


Panamericana MerlotDate published: 04/08/14

So the weather is still warm but you fancy something a little more red than rose. The problem is that you need something that is light and fruity for this time of year, but still has a bit of substance to go with that bbq you are planning for tomorrow night. Why not pop down to Majestic and try the Panamericana Merlot.

This wine is made by Viña El Descanso from a winery based in Sagrada Familia in the Curicó Valley. Because this Merlot comes from a cool climate area and has then been cool fermented it retains really big fruity flavours, enhanced due to the wine maturing with only a small portion experiencing any oak contact. 

This wine oozes ample red berry fruit combined with a fresh acidity offering ripeness and warmth. The fruitiness on the palate lends the wine a soft and plummy texture, with the merest hints of vanilla and spice coming towards the end of the finish to showcase the small amount of oak maturation.

Best enjoyed with flame grilled lamb kebabs or any barbecued food.

Panamericana Merlot is available for £5.99 from 5th August when two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six bottles

Back in Stock, Organistrum AlbarinoDate published: 03/08/14

If you like your wines from the lesser known areas of the world why not try this stunning wine from northern Spain. We have stocked Codax wines for a number of years now but this particular wine has a limited production so we never receive a large amounts.

This spectacular Albariño called 'Organistrum' comes from a selected south-west-facing plot, which tends to ripen earlier than the rest of Martin Codax's vineyards. Fermentation begins in stainless steel under temperature control, and is completed with a brief period in French Allier oak. The wine has a medium-intensity nose that is subtle and complex, with notes of stone fruit, vegetal tinges and nuanced with spice. Excellent roundness and enduring acidity provide a firm and characterful palate.

This would be an excellent match for some really fresh fish. I could see it being a fine accompaniment to sashimi.

Bored of Savvy?Date published: 03/08/14

Grüner Veltliner is a variety of white wine grape grown primarily in Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, but is now making a name for itself in other parts of the world, particularly New Zealand. 

As a variety, Grüner Veltliner has a reputation of being particularly food-friendly due to its ability to be made into several different styles. These can range from highly acidic young wines for immediate consumption (an Austrian equivalent of vinho verde) to sumptuous full flavoured ones that can be cellar aged for many years. By far the most common style found in Britain is between these two extremes and is characterised by acidity, balanced with citrus fruit flavours. This style makes a particularly leftfield alternative choice to the flood of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs available and is one that I personally choose to take to dinner parties. Nobody expects to be blown away by an Austrian wine yet I seem to get a lot of 'well, I'd never have thought about trying that.' Trend setter me.

Here at Majestic we can offer you Weingärten Weissenkirchen Gruner Veltliner, (£8.99 until 5th August) hailing from the Wachau region of Austria. It shows the typical green apple and gooseberry flavours of the grape and is a perfect match to buffet style snacks, or just chilled and enjoyed in the sun



Ramon Bilbao Single Estate RiojaDate published: 02/08/14

If you are looking for a wine that is good for drinking by itself or a excellent lunchtime wine well this could be for you.

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja’s emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From vines with an average age of 40 years, this is a mid weight wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.

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.

This is a bottle to be enjoyed with some good hard cheese like Manchego, Beaufort or aged Comte. Alternatively grill some tender lamb cutlets over charcoal until medium rare and serve with a bottle or two of this.


A Great Argentinian wine that's NOT MalbecDate published: 02/08/14

Think Argentinian wine and you are more than likely to think of its many Malbecs it is so renowned for, be it the silky smooth, easy drinking styles or the heavier, broody food pairing examples. But think a little outside the box and it is possible to find some expertly crafted non-Malbec varietals and one such wine is the Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon. Regular customers of Majestic will recognise the Tucumen name from one of our top selling Malbecs so here is a genuine chance to try something a little different. 

Like the Malbec, this Cabernet is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu. The head-winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea brings with him experience of working at wineries in Spain's Toro and Ribera del Duero regions and explains the mix of new world and old world styles that can be found within the wines he makes.

This is a bright, youthful ruby red in colour, fruit-driven in taste, full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and blackpepper.

Drink now or cellar for up to 3 years. Whilst not so heavy that it can't be drunk alone, try with firm, mature cheeses to really bring out the berry flavours.

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon is available until Tuesday 5th August at £7.99 when two are bought as part of your mixed case of six.

Matua Pinot NoirDate published: 02/08/14

Finding good Pinot under £10 is always a struggle but this Kiwi wine is only £9.36 at present. For this you get a proper pinot with all those typical characteristics. 

Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands.

An elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated Pinot Noir, full of ripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and subtle hints of wild thyme.

This is a great wine to drink by itself or matches game birds really well. One of my favourite recipes is a miso glazed quail cooked over charcoal.

Quail are a fantastic little bird and such great value if you go to the butcher. Mine does 8 birds for £10! I start by removing the back bone an rib cage then brushing with white miso paste and a little soy then leave for a hour or so. Get your bbq ready (or grill pan) and cook for about five minutes a side. I serve with a small asian salad as a starter and matchs the Matua really well. 

BBQ tonightDate published: 02/08/14

As you know I love my outdoor cooking and bbq alot ! So that leads me to the type of wine that suit something charred and in this case red meats.

Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven, Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with a little more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. This Carménère comes from sites in the Marchigüe and Apalta region

Plush and full bodied, this wine offers the nose and palate an array of blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

This makes for the perfect partner to accompany a fat steak or lamb chops. Until Monday it also happens to have a third off which means it is a paltry £7.99. I have already snaffled a couple of cases of for myself at that price! 


Goose Island IPADate published: 01/08/14

One of the new wave of craft beers this India pale ale has a refreshing Hop character followed by a malty note that adds caramel and burnt toffee to the palate. I'm quite a fan of the Goose Island IPA, I find the malt really adds a lot compared to some other IPA's which can be very fruity with not much else. This style of beer was originally made to survive the long journey from the UK to India. 

Goose Island have been one of the big players in developing the craft beer scene, so why not try this offering from them and see what all the fuss is about! We've also got it open to taste, so why not try before you buy!

£9.99

Per 6 pack when you buy two or more craft beers.


Wine of the weekDate published: 01/08/14

This delicious Pinot Noir is a New Zealand take on the more subtle style of Burgundy. Medium bodied with a nice acidity that makes it ideal for food this wine would be perfect with a mushroom risotto. Forest fruits, Blackcurrant and a generous spiciness can be found on the palate. A delicious wine for a Summer's evening. This is one of my favourite good value Pinot Noirs and for under a tenner it's not hard to see why! We've got it open to taste so come and see what I'm raving about!

£9.36 down from £12.49

Per bottle when you buy two or more 


A little history on Bollinger!Date published: 30/07/14

Founded in 1829 by three people, Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger this Champagne house is known for it's focus on high quality! The house continues to be run by members of the Bollinger family to this day, though before 1960 the Champagne still had the Renaudin name upon it despite no members of the Renaudin family being involved. In 1884 Bollinger became the official supplier to the British court, receiving a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria and has had quite a following in the UK since, being affectionately known as "Bolly".


Lily Bollinger is known for making this famous quote:

"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty."


This is on offer currently at a whopping £25.50 a bottle, A third off!

Bollinger BARGAINDate published: 29/07/14

We have some great deals so far this year at Majestic but this has got to top the lot!

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV at only £25.50 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the best price we have had on Bolly since May 2008.

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

So don't hang around, this only runs for a week or until we run out of stock which I feel will be very quickly.


Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NVDate published: 28/07/14

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. 

Recently a winner of both a silver medal at the Decanter wine awards and a gold at the international Wine Challenge this is a house that produces a fantastic summery fizz that is ever consistent in style. It makes the perfect al fresco Champagne or a great way to start a summer's dinner party. It also happens to be on a great offer to boot but only until the 4th August. 

Top Notch Rhone Date published: 26/07/14

Its great to see the original Viognier back in stock at Majestic. These are wines that are difficult wines to match to food but a simply fresh pasta dish with baby broad beans and a little summer truffle would be perfect.

The famous enclave of Condrieu is well known for the richly exotic and perfumed wines it produces from the rare Viognier grape variety. Guigal was part of the resurgence of Condrieu and uses oak to impart extra nuances to the wine

Aromas of pears, sweet peaches and pineapples abound in this wine, which is delicately dry, full-flavoured, with a silky palate-feel and lashings of vanilla and spice on the long finish.

The 2012 weighs in at a healthy 93 points from RP and if you ever get the chance to taste his La Doriane do. It is truly sublime if expensive!


MalbecDate published: 26/07/14

Malbec is well known for being an Argentinian grape variety, but did you know that it is also one of the six permitted grape varieties that can be found in a Bordeaux blend? Whilst it isn't often found in Bordeaux it is found in Cahors, where it is known as Cot. Bold, juicy and rich this wine is renowned for it's synergy with the delicious steaks that can be found in Argentina. Indeed it can pair well with most grilled meats due to it's richness of flavour. Restaurants like Cau and the Gaucho Grill in the United Kingdom are pushing the popularity of this grape variety. Bbq season is helping to push this wine even more! 

Flavour wise, you can expect dark fruits such as blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry. Spice and deep body are also hallmarks of this wine.

We currently have tons of Malbec from Argentina, with even some from Chile and France so why not Come and Explore!

South African SweetieDate published: 26/07/14

South Africa is possibly not the first country that springs to mind when looking for a dessert wine. But here we have Rustenberg Straw Wine, a firm Majestic favourite and one that will find favour with more people yet. Despite being South African the inspiration for this wine actually came from Italy and the 'passito' method of sweet wine production. In this method the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around 4 weeks to concentrate the sugars. It is this method that gives the wine it's name. The grapes are then pressed for 4-5 hours and placed into barrels to begin fermentation. 

This wine displays classic dessert wine flavours of concentrated honey, marmalade and ripe peach. It is intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex. It features a voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length and avoids being cloying or too sickly.

The perfect acompaniment to tarte tatin or a fruity sponge pudding

Rustenberg Straw Wine is available now to buy at £8.99 when at least two bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of six.

Etoile de Mer Luberon RoseDate published: 26/07/14

Etoile de Mer (literally Star of the Sea) is a rose made in Luberon which can be found to the North of Provence. Made in the Provence style it is crisp, dry and light with flavours of redcurrant, raspberry and wild strawberrys. This is the only Luberon rose that we stock and I have to say I am pretty impressed! We've all had a taste here and the link with Provence rose is unmistakable apart from a fairly noticeable redcurrant character. I can imagine this wine being perfect with grilled king prawns straight from the BBQ! 

Luberon itself is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, where high altitudes create a milder climate. Known for it's picturesque views this area was popularised recently in a number of novels and even the film "A Good Year" which starred Russell Crowe.

£8.99 When you buy two or more.

A little 'Hello' from TannatDate published: 25/07/14

It's not an immediately recognisable grape variety to the average wine drinker but Tannat can boast a long history to rival the Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots of this world. 

Originally found residing in the South-West of France where it was used primarily as a blending grape, Tannat has found a new life and a new niche over the Atlantic in the Americas. Widely planted in Uruguay where it has become something of a national wine identity, it can be found throughout South America and has made inroads into California where recently the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (the USAs regulatory body) declared it to be designated as a single varietal should producers wish to use it.

In style wines featuring Tannat are usually full bodied with a big tannic structure, the key features of this grape variety and an explanation as to why it is commonly used as a blending grape. It is thick skinned, which explains its big tannins, and big blackberry flavours. When combined with other grapes in wine it can enable it to age for considerably longer than might otherwise be the case.

Here at Majestic we can bring you an example of the style in the form of the Argentinian Testimonio. Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat it is a deep, intense blend featuring cassis flavours with hints of spice and vanilla. A real food wine, it's crying out for rare steaks or strong cheeses.

Luigi Bosca Testimonio is currently available for £8.66 when at least 2 bottles are bought as part of your mixed case of 6.

Chardonnay for those that don't like ChardonnayDate published: 24/07/14

There is a lot of discussion as to why people turned there backs on Chardonnay after a period in the '90s where it could do no wrong. Personally I like to believe we all got a little tired of all those big, oaky Australian Chardonnays and it paved the way for the Pinot Grigios and Sauvignon Blancs we all drink so readily today. But is it fair to dismiss out of hand Chardonnay? Not at all and I stake a claim that Nicolas Potels Bourgogne Chardonnay will be the one that could have you beating a path back to the grape.

The chief difference here is that it sees no oak. Not a sniff. It is fermented and matured in ultra modern stainless steel and the result is a wine that keeps a lot of zinginess (if there is such a word) and the all important minerality that is found in far more expensive Chablis or Meursault. But don't think they've scrimped on the grapes. They are a blend grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. 

The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, featuring green apple and melon flavours with an almondy complexity on the finish and hints of flintiness.

Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheesetart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté. Or as a superb alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. No REALLY!!!

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay is currently available for £8.66 when two or more are bought as part of your mix case of six bottles.

New Zealand white wines.Date published: 24/07/14

In white wines Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc predominate in plantings and production. Typically Chardonnay planting predominate more the further north one goes, however it is planted and produced in Central Otago. New Zealand is extremely well known for it's Sauvignon blanc for which it is a go to country to some people. It is often described by some as "alive with flavors of cut grass and fresh fruits". Other white varietals commonly include Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot gris, and less commonly Chenin blanc, Pinot blanc,Müller-Thurgau and Viognier. Riesling is produced predominantly in Martinborough and south. The same may be said with less forcefulness about Gewürztraminer. Pinot gris is being planted increasingly, especially in Martinborough and the South Island. This grape variety, known well in the Alsace is experiencing a particular popularity wave in New Zealand.


We have a huge range of wines from New Zealand including many reds such as Pinot Noir so why not Come and Explore!

Prosecco Corte AltaDate published: 23/07/14

Prosecco is a well known sparkling wine that is made in the Veneto region of Italy. It is made from the grape known as Glera, which previously was known as Prosecco. Known for it's peachy notes and slight residual sweetness this wine is riding high on a popularity streak. It's understandabe when it can often be half the price of Champagne and often more approachable for people who prefer wines that aren't as high in acidity. 

We have a brilliant offer on the Prosecco Corte Alta. Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish. 

£6.66 when you buy two or more, now that's a bargain. You'll have to be sharpish though because this offer isn't on for much longer!


Looking for a great wine at a bargain price?Date published: 23/07/14

Look no further than this gem of a wine. 

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.

Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

It is the perfect wine to have when you have returned from a sultry day at work and you want a refreshing glass or two or does partner oysters or a fruit de mer brilliantly. Coupled with the fact its on offer at a bargain £5.99 but only until this Monday so stock up whilst you can. 

Lamb and RiojaDate published: 22/07/14

I have some lovely lamb chops from the guys at Laverstoke Park tonight for supper. Now lamb and Rioja are an absolute fantastic match and this particular wine is right at its peak of drinking.  

Bodegas Beronia is named after the Berones, a Celtic tribe who lived during the 3rd Century BC, in the area now known as Rioja Alta where the winery is based. Dos Maderas means 'two woods': the barrels used by the winery are made from both American and French oak.

Deep ruby-maroon in colour, with plenty of density. The complex nose is dominated by cinnamon and clove notes, with hints of toasted bread. Plenty of warm fruit, sweet tannins, and a velvet texture.

This is a steal at the moment at only £9.99!


Veuve Clicquot PonsardinDate published: 22/07/14

Arguably one of the most recognisable Champagnes in the world for its bright orange label, Veuve Clicquot has been around since 1777. Madame Clicquot is credited with a great breakthrough in champagne handling that made mass production of the wine possible. In the early 19th century, with the assistance of her cellar master, Antoine de Müller, Clicquot invented the riddlingrack that made the crucial process of dégorgement both more efficient and economic. Furthermore Veuve Clicquot is credited with creating the first Rose Champagne in the late 1700's by blending red wine with white wine. This coincidentally is the only time when red and white wine can be blended to create a rose within Europe.

What the Helles?Date published: 21/07/14

There can be a little bit of confusion when it comes to the proliferation of names the Germans give to their beers. Here I shall have a little look at my preferred type, helles

Origin of this style is laid claim by the Spaten Brewery of Munich in 1894 and the first brew was made to provide a German version of the pale lagers that were flooding over the border from Silesia and Bohemia. Borrowing from some English golden ale practises such as the use of lighter malts, Spaten was able to create their own light lager they named helles, which is German for "light coloured". The need for such a name was in order to distinguish it from dunkelbier,  which is another type of Bavarian beer common around Munich. Dunkelbier by contrast is typically a very dark brown colour and is less bitter, some being rather sweet. The chief difference between helles and a pilsner is that it is typically less gassy and brewed with slighty less of a hoppy taste.

Helles beer continues to be brewed and is often found in the bierhauses around Bavaria. If you can't quite manage to get there Majestic can offer you Paulaner Helles at £18.99 for a case of 12.

Fantastic Value RoseDate published: 21/07/14

Yes, I like Domaine Ott, Miravel and Whispering Angel but these all retail well over £15 a bottle and are usually reserved for special evening or preferred guests! So my everyday rose is the excellent Cuvee de Richard which is a paltry £5.49 at present. We have done the red and white for years here but the rose is a relative newcomer to the range.

A light and pale rosé from vineyards located between the villages of Cruzy and Argeliers in the Languedoc. Made primarily from Cinsault, with just a dash of Muscat in the blend.

Bright and crisp, with very subtle strawberry fruit and a refreshing dryness. The small proportion of Muscat adds a dash of juicy grapeyness.

Its the perfect get home from work glass with a refreshingly modest 12.5 percent of alcohol it means you can have a few glasses without being locked away for exceeding your daily units! 


Great sunday roast wineDate published: 20/07/14

If your having a rib of beef tonight look no further than the fantastic Promis fro Gaja to drink alongside.

This modern Tuscan blend is from one of the legends of Italian winemaking. Although making a name for himself in the Piedmont region with his stunning Barberescos and Barolos, this is Decanter Man of the Year 1998's take on a Tuscan IGT, unconstrained by normal DOC laws.

Providing an array of aromas on the nose, the palate is dominated by dark plum fruits and cassis, with structure added by soft, supple tannins and a spicy, lingering finish.

Percfect with rib of beef.

Prosecco at a Superb PriceDate published: 20/07/14

When the occasion calls for a drop of the sparkly stuff (or you just feel like a treat) but it seems like a loooooong time until payday we do tend to like to grab a bargain. Majestic are proud to present one of our most popular sparkling wines, Corte Alta Prosecco at the superb price of £6.66 when at least two are purchased as part of your mixed case.

Capturing all that is good with the style of Prosecco, this is a fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic. This makes Corte Alta a superb choice for unwinding in the garden on a balmy evening or as the perfect aperitif to kickstart a dinner party. With a light body and fine bubbles it is delicate and aromatic yet still able to carry lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple flavours with a revitalising finish.

A real party favourite at an unbeatable price!

Did you know?Date published: 19/07/14

Only sparkling wine that is created in the Champagne region of France and created to a certain set of rules may be called Champagne. The use of the name Champagne is protected in over 70 different countries, this was through various treaties between wine making committees. Oddly enough the Treaty of Versailles contains a section which protects the name of Champagne. To create a sparkling wine in the method that is used in Champagne is known as Methode Traditionnelle. Previously it was known as the Champagne method, but this was also outlawed in 1994. 

Here's a list of the names for popular sparkling wines in different regions.

Spain produces Cava, of which production is generally in Penedes.

Italy creates Prosecco which is of the Glera grape, previously known as the Prosecco grape.

German sparkling wine is known as Sekt and can use grapes from all over Europe, unless if it is known as Deutscher Sekt. In this instance the grapes must be from Germany


So what is this Carbonic Maceration Malarkey?Date published: 18/07/14

Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique, often associated with the French wine region of Beaujolais, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. In a conventional alcoholic fermentation the grapes are crushed to free the juice and pulp from the skin with yeast serving to convert sugar into ethanol. In contrast, carbonic maceration ferments most of the juice while it is still inside the grape. Some grapes at the bottom of the fermentation vessel are crushed by gravity and undergo conventional fermentation.  The result of this process is a fruity wine with very low tannins, that is ready to drink quickly but lacks the structure for long-term aging. In the most extreme case, such as with Beaujolais nouveau, the period between picking and bottling can be less than six weeks.

During carbonic maceration, an anaerobic environment is created by pumping carbon dioxide into a sealed container filled with whole grape clusters. The carbon dioxide gas permeates through the grape skins and begins to stimulate fermentation at an intracellular level. The entire process takes place inside each single, intact berry. Ethanol is produced as a by-product of this process but studies have shown that other unique chemical reactions take place that have a distinctive effect on the wine.


The Basics...Date published: 18/07/14

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients. Yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Different varieties of grapes and strains of yeasts produce different styles of wine. The well-known variations result from the very complex interactions between the biochemical development of the fruit, reactions involved in fermentation, terroir and subsequent appellation, along with human intervention in the overall process.

Wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with the earliest production so far discovered having occurred  6000 BC in Georgia. It had reached the Balkans by  4500 BC and was consumed and celebrated in ancient Greece and Rome. From its earliest appearance in written records, wine has also played an important role in religion. Red wine was closely associated with blood by the ancient Egyptians, who, according to Plutarch, avoided its free consumption

Portillo MalbecDate published: 18/07/14

Good wine hasn't always has to be costly and at Majestic we strive to have monthly special offers with many under £7. For instance take the Portillo malbec which is £10.49 but at present is one of our 33% off wines which means its only £6.99!


This is perfect for bbqs, large gatherings or great value mid week drinking. Good luck #englandcricketteam Put in a good first round #philmickleson

Marisco VineyardsDate published: 17/07/14

We currently have four wines from the Marisco vineyards, owned by the descendants of the De Marisco family. They've characterised all of their wines with a story from their family's history. Each wine tells a story of from their rich, and often troublesome, past! 

The King's Legacy which tells us that A William de Marisco was said to be one of the 35 illegitimate children of King Henry the 1st. Thus making him part of the King's Legacy. This Chardonnay is wonderfully fresh and creamy. Apples, tagerine and a complex nuttiness abound. Since trying it this has been one of my favourite Chardonnays for under a tenner! 


The King's Thorn is aptly named because of the refreshing nature of this Pinot gris. The story goes that King Henry the 2nd mysteriously gifted the island of Lundy to the Order of the Knights Templar, despite the de Marisco ownership of it. Refusing to give it up the family fought to hold it, becoming a real thorn in the king's side. This Pinot Gris has a touch of residual sweetness which is balanced by a bracing acidity. Honeysuckle and Peach predominates in this wine. 


The King's Favour is a fantastic example of a high quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Despite still holding Lundy island against the law one of the de Marisco family was strangely appointed with the honour of managing a large number of King John's royal galleys. This was an unexpected sign of the family having the King's Favour. Lively and intense, this wine has gooseberry, passion fruit and a strong mineral edge.


Last of all comes the Sticky End which as you may have guessed does not end well for one of the de Marisco family. After being betrayed this family member was taken prisoner during a storming of the island of Lundy and was hung drawn and quartered in London for the crimes of piracy. This dessert wine has heaps of ripe mango, pineapple and passionfruit. Fantastic with any summer desert.


The Legacy, Favour and Thorn are all £9.99 at 33.3% off when you buy two or more

The Sticky end is currently £12.74


pink fizzDate published: 17/07/14

Difficult to say why this warm weather evokes thoughts of pink wine! Perhaps its those summer holidays with your parents where they always drank rose abroad but rarely back home. I not ashamed to say I like rose and we drink it often at home. In addition to this we also enjoy our fizz so put the two together and you get the Lindauer Rose from New Zealand.

This sparkling rosé acquires it's vivid colour from both the Pinot Noir grapes which make up almost half the blend, and a small amount of Pinotage base wines. Following traditional bottle fermentation, the cuvée remains on lees for 12 months for added richness.

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

It also happens to be on a great offer of only £9.99 until the 4th August.


My pick of the RoseDate published: 16/07/14

We enjoy our rose in the Hurd household and enjoy many different styles but when push comes to shove Provence is probably the area of choice for our preferred wines. We have had Pigoudet open a couple of times over the month or two and I have to say it is a great vintage from them.  

Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method.

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries. Fresh and elegant, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful finish.

This really is perfect wine for outside summertime events, be it Goodwood, Henley, Lords or lunch in the garden!

Also a great match for a classic Nicoise salad.

Mont St Jean CorbieresDate published: 16/07/14

Corbieres Aoc (Appellation d'origine contrôlée) is a wine producing area found in the Languedoc-Roussillon. It is a large area encompassing over 33,000 acres and therefore has a number of varied microclimates and terroir's (the set of special characteristics such as the geography, geology and climate of a certain place). 


We have the lovely Mont St Jean Corbieres currently in. Encompassing three grape varieties; Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Carignan. This is a complex wine. Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes. Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.


£4.99 When you buy two or more

Picpoul de PinetDate published: 16/07/14

Picpoul is one of the oldest grape varieties that can be found in the Languedoc region of southern France. It's currently undergoing a bit of a resurgence after fungal diseases ravaged French vines in the mid 19th century. Because Picpoul was particularly susceptible it was deemed to risky to grow. To be a Picpoul de Pinet the wine has to be made exclusively from the Picpoul variety and grown in the specific areas in the Languedoc region. These areas are:

 Pinet, Mèze, Florenzac, Castelnau-de-Guers, Montagnac and Pomérols.

Our Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin is 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.


£5.99 when you buy two or more

Ribs recipeDate published: 15/07/14

Ribs are a perfect dish for the BBQ and this is how I do mine. The recipe differs each time depending what I have here but these are my main ingredients. Take a large saucepan and put garlic, chilies, ginger, shallots, lemongrass(blitzed or mashed in a mortar and pestle), ketchup, soy sauce, lea and perrins, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, sherry vinegar and a good amount of stock. Pop your ribs in the pan and cook gently for 60/90 mins until uber tender. Remove the ribs and reduce the sauce until fairly thick. At this stage continue to cook on the BBQ basting with the sauce or chill overnight ready for the next day. Careful when handling as the meat will be falling off the bones.Ribs are messy so I prefer to drink beer with them and our new range of craft beers would be perfect. The Summer ale from Brooklyn beers would be perfect.

A modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's: refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy. Brooklyn Summer Ale is made from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavour. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition. Perfect for Ribs!!

Rioja AgeingDate published: 15/07/14

Rioja is a fantastic wine producing region found in North central Spain. It is known particularly for its ability to age well and represent good value for money. A part of why Rioja wines age so well is due to their oak ageing, this allows secondary characteristics such as vanilla to develop through on the palate. The amount of bottle ageing and oak ageing is signified by four classifications of Rioja wines:

The first is simply known as Rioja and can spend less than a year in oak.

The second is Crianza, these wines spend two years being aged before release, one of which must be in oak.

A Reserva is aged for three years, with one year spent in oak. Often these are regarded as higher quality than than Rioja Crianza. At one point Argentina began using the Reserva label to indicate wines of quality but this was changed to Reservado so as to prevent confusion. 

Finally a Gran Reserva spends at least 2 years in oak and three years in bottle. These wines often only use grapes of the highest quality If a producer feels that the vintage has not been very successful then they may decide to not label the wine as Gran Reserva so as to protect the high quality that is regarded with the classification.

Top notch Chilean SauvignonDate published: 14/07/14

If you prefer your sauvignon a little more restrained than the Kiwi varietals then why not try this excellent Errazuriz example.

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

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

Very elegant and would match a whole grilled sea bass to perfection. It also happens to be a third off for July!


Superstar Aussie Red!Date published: 14/07/14

Why not pop down and indulge yourself at our tasting counter this week; sample some cracking Australian wines that we have chosen for you. One of my favourites is the Two Hands, Angels Share Shiraz. Those who are fans of this celebrated style of Aussie wine will be delighted to know that it ticks all the boxes when it comes to flavour, body and mouthfeel, and is well worth the money!

The Two Hands Winery was established as recently as 1999, with the sole intention of showing exactly what the Shiraz grape variety could produce from some of the best sites in Australia. Typically for a blockbuster Shiraz you would turn to the hot Barossa Valley but the Angels Share is actually from the cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale. Do not let that fool you though, Angels Share will happily stand comparison to it's more illustrious varietal siblings.

It has an explosion of plum to taste, backed with hints of coffee and cola. It has a rich and luxurious mouthfeel, with surprisingly soft tannins that add depth of structure without destroying the flavours. An excellent wine for food matching, think steak and you'll be on to a winner.

Two Hands Angels Share Shiraz is currently available at £18.00 when bought as two of your mixed case of wine.

Grey Ghost Sauvignon Jackson EstateDate published: 13/07/14

We were visited last week by Jo and John from Jackson Estate and treated to a taste of a few of their wines. Jackson has been with Majestic longer than I have which is more than 10 years now ! I have to admit I don't drink too much Kiwi Sauvignon but when I do I like it a little rounder than the norm and preferably oak aged. This is exactly what you get in the Grey Ghost. 

Marlborough frequently records the highest total of sunshine hours in the country. A long, sunny ripening season extending into April, combined with cool nights helps to preserve acidity. Grey Ghost is partially fermented in French oak and aged for several months on lees.

Pungently aromatic, as befits top Marlborough Sauvignon, but with Jackson's trademark restraint and focus. Nettle and gooseberry characters aligned perfectly with tangy citrus fruit. But there is an underlying richness and complexity due to the oak. Truly a great wine and Jo and John say a great match for fish and chips which I can see. I served at the weekend with some sashimi of sea bass, eel and tuna to everyone's delight. Yes not an everyday wine but on offer at £16.50 somewhat of a bargain!


More To Majestic than just WineDate published: 13/07/14

While we proudly boast the tag line 'wine warehouse', in recent months we have been introducing an excellent (and some may say, eclectic) range of craft beers for those times when only malt and hops will do. Here is a selection of our recent arrivals:

Camden Town Brewery Hells Lager - Available as a pack of six cans comes this exciting brew from one of London's trendiest areas. Hells lager is brewed to ape the German Helles style of lager (clean, crisp, with a smack of hops) but with an English twist in the combination of hops used. 6 cans are available for £13.99

Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale - An American take on English 'light beer' of the late 19th century but still brewed using English Barley. Crisp, light and slightly floral, this is the perfect summer beer when chilled. 6 bottle packs are available for £12.99

Goose Island IPA - If I'm honest this is a watch this space as we are still awaiting it's touch down in store here at Farnham, but I couldn't wait to spread the word. From Chicago hails this IPA brewed much as an English IPA is. Even the abv% is similar. These beers were brewed with a high hop content and quite potent abv (5% and above) to enable transport by sea to the Indian sub-continent from where the style gets its name (Indian Pale Ale or IPA).The American version has the lush big hop flavours and classic malt notes that all good IPA should have. Now, where's that delivery...

Meantime Brewery Pale Ale - Getting its name from the original brewery site in Greenwich this is a cracking Pale Ale. Superb when chilled, there is fruit and hops in abundance and it makes a perfect evening on the patio drink. Pale Ale has been brewed in England for centuries as a lighter alternative to Bitter or Old Ale. During the Victorian age it was safer to drink than the water! Available as a pack of 6 for £12.99


Heggies Chardonnay 2011 Eden ValleyDate published: 12/07/14

Currently on our tasting counter and our wine of the week is the Heggies Chardonnay 2011  from the Eden Valley, Australia.

One of Australia's highest altitude vineyard sites, Heggies vineyard has cool temperatures and rocky, well-drained soil. These provide an ideal environment necessary to stress and challenge the Chardonnay vines, resulting in low yields of grapes with intense flavour.

The careful handling of oak means this wine has a subtle toasty character which mingles well with the ripe apple and pear fruits. A creamy roundness completes the finish. Superb with smoked fish, grilled asparagus and veal chops.


£15 when you buy any two bottles from our fine wine and spirits offer


Lighting the BBQ tonight?Date published: 12/07/14

This time of year I'm rarely off the BBQ and virtually every meat/fish/vegetable gets the treatment. I even do our breads and pizza on it! However I still love a good slab of beef off it and recently have been enjoying a couple cuts of beef Waitrose have started to stock. Bavette and Flat Iron are two cuts that hold lots of flavour but have to be cooked to rare as they go tough if cooked more. I always pop mine a little soy sauce and grated garlic and leave for a few hours. Get your bbq or grill pan as hot as you can and cook for a couple of minutes each side. A few saute potatoes and a watercress salad make this a near perfect supper. 

To drink it has to be a full bodied red. A really great match would be the fantastic Angels Share Shiraz from the Two Hands stable.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

Decant if drinking now or will cellar for a good few years.

Love good ChardonnayDate published: 11/07/14

We as a store all love a toasty 'chard' and open at present is this cracking example from the Heggies winery in Australia.

One of Australia's highest altitude vineyard sites, Heggies vineyard has cool temperatures and rocky, well-drained soil. These provide an ideal environment necessary to stress and challenge the Chardonnay vines, resulting in low yields of grapes with intense flavour.

The careful handling of oak means this wine has a subtle toasty character which mingles well with the ripe apple and pear fruits. A creamy roundness completes the finish.

Yes, not cheap but at £15 a bottle when you buy 2+ I think a steal!

Food wise think top end, so lobster, turbot or some simply grilled veal chops.

Bored of Amarone? Date published: 11/07/14

As it is Australian tasting week here at Majestic, I thought I will attempt to convert all you Amarone lovers to its Cousin, the big powerful Aussy Shiraz. 

Your Amarone will have red fruit dominating the wine, particularly red cherry, whereas the Shiraz will contain darker fruit, with a more earthy and spicy feel. 

On the surface these wines seem completely different, however both of these have some very important characteristics in common. The sweet savouriness of the fruit, the rich texture on the pallet as well as the high alcoholic content are the qualities that should join heavy wine lovers alike. 

Currently on taste we have the Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

Currently £18.00 when you buy any 2 from our fine wine offer! 

Gran Reserva Rioja below £9!!!Date published: 10/07/14

Currently on our summer selection is the Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía. This is a fantastic aged Rioja and down from £13.49 to £8.99 ( 33% saving ).

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release

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

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Offer ends 4th August 

My take on Risotto MilaneseDate published: 10/07/14

Not really a classic risotto Milanese but this is a sort of version I cooked last night and according to my guests was delicious. I made a stock with chicken bones, carrot, celery, shallot, one clove of garlic, a bunch of fresh herbs and a pinch of saffron. Start with 3 litres of stock and reduce by half. Now sweat a couple of finely chopped shallots, a little minced garlic and a touch of chilli. When shallot is soft add a good pinch of saffron and then a large glass of white wine. Cook until absorbed then start adding your stock one ladle at a time and waiting a few minutes between ladles. Around 16 minutes later your rice should be almost there. Now I added some pre prepared langoustine, chargrilled squid and some lightly cooked podded broad beans. When back to temperature add a spoonful of creme fraiche and (I know about no cheese with fish but) a small handful of parmasan. Consistency wise you should be looked for a risotto that is still moving gently not stiff! Drink wise try a bottle of that famous Italian wine Gavi and typically the Araldici.

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

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

On offer at a cracking £6.66 for July.



Great value RiojaDate published: 09/07/14

When I first joined Majestic these guys were offering 2 free nights in one of their fantastic haciendas so naturally I purchased 4 cases and Ellie and I enjoyed a couple of weeks of hotel hopping. I can totally recommend these lovely buildings as somewhere to rest your head and get well fed and watered to boot. We tasted lots of their wines and this reserva has always been a go to wine in the Hurd household.

Marqués de la Concordia brings together the best of both the New and the Old World - New World style and Old World terroir. Using only the very best grapes, they have created a Rioja Reserva of extremely high quality that will improve with further bottle ageing

This Reserva shows complex aromas of ripe fruit, cedar and spice, which develop into a smooth, velvety palate with powerful dark fruit flavours, hints of coffee and an almost chocolatey richness.

 The perfect match for roasted Lamb!


33% off Veuve Date published: 09/07/14

We currently have the Veuve Clicquot N.V, Rose and Vintage with 33% until the end of July, when you buy 2 or more as part of our summer selection.

Veuve Clicquot N.V £45.00 to £29.98

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.

Veuve Clicquot Rose N.V £60.00 to £39.98

A superb, creamy, pink Champagne that makes a perfect romantic gift. A relatively recent addition to the Veuve Clicquot stable, this medium bodied rosé is reminiscent of the power and finesse of the non-vintage label, with a soft red-fruit core. Match with smoked salmon or strawberries and cream for optimum enjoyment.

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 £60.00 to £39.98 

Displaying all the power and richness of the house style, this fine vintage is long and elegant, a superb gift.

Wine bottle sizesDate published: 08/07/14

First to begin with we have our normal size, the 750 ml standard

Double this and you get a Magnum at 1.5L

If you were to double the Magnum you'd find yourself with a Jeroboam

At a whopping 9L is a Salmanazar (A Biblical Assyrian king)

An 18L monster is known as a Mechior (one of the three wise men)

At the top end of the scale, there is the colossal 30L Midas so named after the King of Salem

Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2013 Date published: 08/07/14

Currently on our summer selection is the Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2013, from Marqués de la Concordia. At £6.66 with 33% off this Spannish wine is fantastic value and offers a wonderful alternative to Albarino and Sauvignon.

From Rueda, within Castilla y León, famed for this delicate style of white wine. Verdejo is the predominant white variety here, and is an aromatic grape, often thought of as Spain's alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

Lively aromas of greenery and citrus fruits in the Sauvignon vein, accompanied by softer, melon and petal touches. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, with a lemony zing.

A great wine to pair with summery lunchtime dishes, such as paella and other rice salads, or pasta dishes with mussels.

Hurry offer ends 4th August!

Did you know?Date published: 07/07/14

Nyetimber is a fantastic English sparkling wine that is grown down in West Sussex. It has regularly come up on top when blind tasted against some Champagnes and has won numerous awards. It was also served to the Queen on her jubilee! So why not treat yourself like royalty and give it a go?

£23.98 When you buy two or more

Giesen MerlotDate published: 07/07/14

Stuck finding a pleasant and juicy red wine to drink in the sun? Giesen merlot makes a great choice and is also a lovely BBQ wine. Aromas of cassis, rhubarb, mocha and a spicy undertone are followed by a fruit driven palate. Finely structured with a real juicyness this wine goes brilliant on a summer afternoon. 


£8.90 when you buy two or more

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 07/07/14

This Marlborough sauvignon blanc is a fantastic summer drink. The fruit and aroma spectrum shows a great depth of tropical notes with a distinct green profile. This is an aromative wine displaying aromas of elderflower, lime leaf, grapefruit and a slight herbaciousness. On the Palate there is a vibrant citrus aspect with heaps of fruit. 

Big Red South African StunnerDate published: 07/07/14

With a nip in the air, we may be inclined to turn back to red wine from our well chilled rose and whites and you wouldn't go far wrong with Rustenberg RM Nicholson. This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. 

Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration of flavours. Heady blackcurrant aromas are complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured and almost velvety, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.

Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

Rustenberg RM Nicholson is available now at £9.32 when 2 are bought as part of your mixed case of 6.

Great value wineDate published: 06/07/14

When you are having a party and you don't want to spend a fortune but still want a good wine well look no further than this little gem from Argentina.

This great value Malbec comes from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards.

Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

On offer at only £5.99 for July this is one of our strongest deals for July.


Wet day in SurreyDate published: 05/07/14

I have to admit I have cooked on the bbq for almost 3 weeks now so my palate probably needs a break. Given the weather today I think we will have to change our supper plans and so the wine choice will also change.

We were having some sea bream off the bbq but instead switching to a ragu of beef, veal and pork. Ellies made some pasta and I've left instructions for the ragu. Start with a couple of sliced onions, two sticks of finely chopped celery, a finely diced carrot and 3 cloves of chopped garlic. Sweat slowly until soft then add a chopped chilli, a bundle of herbs (thyme, rosemary,bay,parsley stalk) and a pound of good flavoured tomatoes. Meanwhile brown the mince and add to the other pan. Put in a whole bottle of red wine, some good stock, a couple of minced chicken livers and a good glug of lea and perrins. Simmer low and long. Say 2 hours or so. Adjust seasoning and cook your pasta al dente. Now, do not swamp your pasta with sauce! Less is more. Finish with shaved parmasen. 

Wine wise go Italian and we have a great value wine called Campofiorin from Masi that would be a great match.

The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours.

Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish.

Can't wait for supper tonight!


The Weathers turned, Why not try this...Date published: 05/07/14

Well, the weather has turned against us and if you are after something a little more warming why not try a drop of this Cote de Rhone.This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. and has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepperand garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. 

When there is a nip in the air it can be enjoyed alone or with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.

Leon Perdigal Rouge is available at £7.49 when 2 are purchased as part of your mixed case

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Date published: 05/07/14

Currently on our tasting counter is the Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013. At £7.49 with 25% off this Provence rose is perfect for that summer sun. 

The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.

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

Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine.

Offers end 4th August! 

Wine of the Week: Minuty RoseDate published: 04/07/14

Celebrate summer with this classy Provencal rose. Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Minuty is now available for £9.99 as part of your mixed case of wines

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Date published: 03/07/14

Currently on our tasting counter we have the Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010. Currently at £9.32 with 33% off, this is a fantastic South African take on the classic and iconic Bordeaux blend. 

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

Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.

Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

Hurry offer ends 4th August!!!

Aperol - Distinctly FrenchDate published: 03/07/14

Newly into Majestic in time for summer is this excellent bitters. Aperol is an Italian aperitif originally produced by the Barbieri company, based in Padua. Originally created in 1919, it received worldwide attention from allied soldiers returning home from Italy following world war II. Although it's exact botanical combination is a closely guarded secret amongst the ingredients are, bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona.


Although it tastes and smells much like Campari (the current parent company of Barbieri), Aperol has an alcohol content of only 11%, less than half of Campari and lending itself to making a perfect long drink for a summer lunch. In taste Aperol is milder and less bitter than the darker hued Campari.

In Italy Aperol is combined with Prosecco and mineral water, served over ice and garnished with a slice of orange as a light aperitif cocktail known as Spritz.

Aperol is now available to buy at £11.99 a bottle as part of your mixed case, and makes a great Pimm's alternative.

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de NoirsDate published: 02/07/14

Currently on this months 33% off promotion is the Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina, Blanc de Noirs. At £9.99 this Cava is fantastic value. One of the few Blanc de Noir wines we stock, this is a personal favorite of mine, and one which I bring out at almost every occasion I can,

This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”.

With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

Excellent to combine with white fish or as an apéritif.

Hurry Offers end August 4th!!!!!

Vallee des Pins roseDate published: 01/07/14

Just to prove that you can get Provencal rose at a totally reasonable price this particular wine is on offer at only £7.49 for July. 

The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.

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

Perfect for large parties and summer bbq's .


Funsize Picpoul!Date published: 01/07/14

What better way to impress your friends at an evening soire than producing a magnum of wine? In addition to our hugely popular range of rose magnums we now also stock a Picpoul in this size. 

Produced for us by Cave de l'Ormarine this is one of the Languedoc's most successful cooperatives, and is responsible for vinifying 50% of the wine produced by the entire Picpoul de Pinet appellation. In context Picpoul de Pinet itself is the largest white wine appellation of the south of France. 

This wine is a brilliant pale yellow with youthful green hints, light yet intensely citrussy, with characteristic aromas of grass, green bellpepper and blossom notes, and a crisp, refreshing palate.

Great to drink with friends by itself or excellent for pairing with grilled fish, seafood or freshly prepared salads.

l'Ormarine Picpoul Magnum is now available in store at £19.99

Pinot Grigio Rosé BreganzeDate published: 29/06/14

Currently on our tasting counter is the Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze. With 25% off at £6.74 this very light Rose is perfect for garden and BBQ parties or just drinking on your own in the hot summer sun. 

Although thought of as a white grape, the Pinot Grigio grape's skins naturally develop a pink tinge when the berries are fully ripe, and it is these colour pigments that make this wine lightly rosé in colour.

On the palate, fresh fruit, such as apricot and peach on the nose; soft floral flavours on the palate and a refreshing, pleasantly smooth finish. Excellent with appetizers, fish dishes, soups and white meat.

This easy drinking rosé makes a great a apéritif for lazy summer afternoons!


Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011, La CasettaDate published: 29/06/14

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

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.

£17.99 Single bottle price

£13.49 when you buy or more bottles...also open on the tasting counter!

Clos du Bois ChardonnayDate published: 28/06/14

Currently on the tasting counter is the Clos du Bois Chardonnay. At £9.74 this buttery wine is the perfect way of expressing a well oaked Chardonnay. 

In partnership with several local growers throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of Califonia, Clos du Bois has access to almost 800 acres of vineyard spanning a diverse range of microclimates. Their aim is to emulate the classic wine styles of France.

A richly fruity Chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak toast and a creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend.

Best enjoyed with lobster or creamy seafood dishes.


Clos du Bois Pinot NoirDate published: 27/06/14

Currently on our tasting counter we have one of my favorite wines, the Clos du Bois Pinot Noir (2012). This American Pinot Noir is fantastic value for money at £9.74. And the better news is that it is currently on our tasting counter. 

Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. This Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak. 

A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style.Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins.

Hurry offer ends Monday!!!!!!

Chardonnay lover?Date published: 26/06/14

Pop in over the next few days to have a taste of a great value Californian chardonnay. You can pay vast amounts for wines from over the pond and if you ever have the chance to taste the Sir Peter Michaels top chards they will blow your mind.

In partnership with several local growers throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of Califonia, Clos du Bois has access to almost 800 acres of vineyard spanning a diverse range of microclimates. Their aim is to emulate the classic wine styles of France.

A richly fruity Chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak toast and a creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend.

On offer under £10 this is a cracking little wine. Enjoy with cream based sauces or a piece of grilled salmon.

What to drink whilst watching South Korea v BelgiumDate published: 26/06/14

Being one of the last European nations still be left in the tournament and already qualified i've got to go for a Belgium win on this one...

tonight i shall be drinking..

Leffe Blonde

12x330ml, 6.6% = £18.99

Fantastic FizzDate published: 25/06/14

Bolly has always been one of my favourite non vintage Champagne. Its so consistently on top form the winemaker is a star.  

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

It also happens to be a great deal until Monday 30th June so stock whilst we have the stock!

What to drink while watching Italy v UruguayDate published: 24/06/14

I fancy a Uruguay win in this match. This however makes it harder to pick a product from that country, therefore I will try something a little bit different. 

Tannat is the most common grape grown in Uruguay, accounting for 36% of there wine production. With this being the case I will recommend a Tannat based wine from Argentina. 

Finca Las Moras Tannat 2012 San Juan

A full-bodied red wine with enticing notes of chocolate, mint and blackberries which are complemented on the palate by spicy oak and hints of vanilla.

Drink it with typical Argentinian foods - grilled steaks and spicy pasta dishes. Perfect to drink while watching this spicy encounter. 

Currently £9.99 a bottle!!!

Great ValueDate published: 24/06/14

Often overlooked within our range is our offering of wine under £6. Nowadays the tax on wine is fast approaching £3 a bottle so these sub £6 wines are increasingly difficult to find. Genevieve blanc is a great example of a dry white from southern France. 

Sourced from a range of vineyards, primarily in the Charentes and Gascogne regions, supplemented by traditional varieties from the Loire Valley, this is a versatile and easy-drinking wine very much in the southern French tradition.

Light and straightforward, with an up-front nose of citrus fruit, tinged with a subtle leafy character. Crisp and dry on the palate, with plenty of refreshing acidic bite.

You get back from work and you want a couple glasses of something chilled and dry. Look no further and only £4.99 to boot!

A true customer favouriteDate published: 23/06/14

We seldom have this fantastic wine open to come and see for yourselves what makes this one of our customers all time favourite bottles! 

It will be open from this Friday.

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

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

It also happens to have 25% off at present !

Think a nice piece of Vension with maybe a few wild mushrooms and fresh summer truffle.

What to drink whilst watching Mexico vs CroatiaDate published: 23/06/14

I think this has the potential to be a cracker of a match! I  would be backing Croatia however since we don't stock any Croatian items i think i'll have to go for mexico! 

Tonight i'll be drinking...

Corona Extra with the weather being so delightful, the perfect accompany to the warm evenings with a slice of lime in the top adds to taste and keeps the fly's away! 

24x330ml = £36.00

Reserve de Leoville Barton 2007Date published: 22/06/14

The older I get the less notice I take of critics scores. I say trust your own palate and if you like it all well and good. Take for instance the 2007 version of this wine. I give you it did receive ok scores but nothing remarkable. I opened a bottle of it last night and thought it utterly delicious. It is drinking really well now but easily could age further.  

From the gravelly dunes of Léoville-Barton's vineyards, leading down to the bank of the Gironde, La Réserve is the second wine of this famous property. As an earlier drinking version of the grand vin, this is real value for money.

With a classic 'left bank' nose of smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead, the palate is rich and rounded with assertive tannins, ample fruit and well integrated oak.

Best with a classic rib of beef but also mighty fine match for sweet little lamb chops from the bbq. 



What to drink whilst watching Germany vs Ghana Date published: 21/06/14

So that's it England are out. Sadly i had a lot of English wine suggestions lined up but alas it was not to be...not to fear however there are still plenty of options with plenty of countries still remaining in the tournament!

Tonight i shall be drinking....

Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2011,Prinz von Hessen

From a superb estate in the south-east of Johannisberg in the Rheingau,produced under the direction of award-winning winemaker, Dr. ClemensKiefer. Current estate owner, Donatus Prinz von Hessen, is 436th in line to the British throne!

Delicately dry, this pale, crisp Riesling displays green apple and apricot fruit, with a fine, lingering minerality that gives a pleasant length. An interesting alternative to the usual seafood wines.

£10.99

An Italian Curiosity - Falabella BiancoDate published: 21/06/14

In the early 1900's, Antonio Ulisse started a small vineyard close to the town of Crecchio in Abruzzo. His grandsons revolutionised it from 2006 when it was transformed into the commercial winery it is today, making wines from the fruit of three family-owned estates.

An exciting blend of three of Abruzzo's principal white grapes (trebbiano, cococciola and pecorino), this wine combines citrus and tropical stone fruit flavours with a lifted spiciness and a touch of minerality. 

A versatile partner for food, from semi-mature cheeses to pasta allefrutti di mare or enjoyed chilled on a summers evening.

Falabella Bianco is currently available for £7.49 when 2 are bought as part of your mixed case of 6 wines

Minuty Rose Date published: 21/06/14

One of our best selling rose is now available in lovely magnum form as well as single bottles. These are perfect for entertaining or that ever difficult question of what to take round to other people when going for supper.

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Priced at only £25 a magnum.


Abeille RoseDate published: 20/06/14

Every now and again I fancy a glass of Rose and this is a particularly fine example of Provence rose and so easy to drink.  

This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate.

A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry.

Think sat in garden with friends and a spread of cured hams, cheeses and home pickled summer vegetables. 


What to drink whilst watching France vs SwitzerlandDate published: 20/06/14

With Englands impending knockout of the competition i think i might have pin my hopes on another European country and is there any other better country to support than France? Netherlands? Germany...maybe? 

However for this Fixture i will be drinking...

Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009/10,Cave des Vignerons de Buxy

A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality-conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.

A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.

Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, a cheese board or whole salmon.

£12.99 single bottle price 

Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £9.74 

Pinot Noir - The Darker Side of MatuaDate published: 20/06/14

The wine producer we know and love called Matua was started by brothers Bill and Ross Spence in 1974. Despite beginning as a very small shed-based operation near Auckland, they have since branched out into Marlborough and other regions, and have become one of New Zealand's most renowned international wine brands. 

Their Pinot Noir is an elegantly structured yet satisfyingly concentrated wine, full of ripe redcurrant fruit, delivered with juicy, lipsmacking acidity and featuring subtle hints of wild thyme. Enjoy on its own or with food, it cries out for grilled lamb steaks.

Matua Pinot Noir is available now for £9.37 when bought as 2 of your mixed case of 6 bottles

England v Uruguay tonight!!!Date published: 19/06/14

I will be supporting the English tonight and in homage to them, I will be drinking Nyetimber Blanc de Blanc, and toasting to each goal. 

England's largest vineyard estate, Nyetimber occupies a cluster of sites which share similar chalk-based geology with much of the Champagne region, and which benefit from superb shelter and sun exposure, giving them a rare suitability for growing classic varieties

England's largest vineyard estate, Nyetimber occupies a cluster of sites which share similar chalk-based geology with much of the Champagne region, and which benefit from superb shelter and sun exposure, giving them a rare suitability for growing classic varieties.

Golden colour with delicate bubbles. Classic Chardonnay aromas of peach and citrus, along with floral notes and an almond pastry character, followed by citrus flavours filling the palate.

Drink on all special occasions, or as an indulgent foil for fine seafood or delicate freshwater fish.

At £35.68 a bottle (15%off when you buy 2) this represents excellent value for money.

Think Pink - Domaine La ChautardeDate published: 19/06/14

The weather is daring to turn towards the sunnier end of drizzle and our thoughts tend to turn towards a rosé wine at this time of year. This great Provencal rose is produced by Domaine La Chautarde; located near the city of Brignoles and is a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests, olive groves. The vineyards themselves cover 32ha. The soil type here is known as 'argilo-calcaire', which is a limestone-rich clay and is just one of the factors leading to the light and delicate flavours of this wine. 

A dry and fruity rosé it features the unmistakable Provencal flavours of strawberry and red cherry, but accompanying those there are more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate. 

Great on its own, or as a refreshing foil for 'pissaladière' (Provençale onion and anchovy tart). 

Available now at £7.49 when bought as two bottles of your mixed case of 6 wines

L'instant Truffier MalbecDate published: 18/06/14

Currently on our summer selection is the L'instant Truffier Malbec. This Malbec goes back to the traditional French style of the grape, compared to the more popular South American style. With 33% off at £6.66 this wine represents excellent value for money for this rustic French classic

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.

Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs.

Hurry Offer ends 30th June!!!!

Italian FizzDate published: 17/06/14

What a great addition to our range this new sparkler is! 

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, and is responsible for some of Italy's best. Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character.

I can only agree with The Observer last week that at the single bottle price (£22.49) this is very good but at the current deal of buy two save a third price of £14.98 it is one of the best sparklers out there.

First Class Pinot Noir Date published: 17/06/14

Currenty on our Summer Selection we have the First Class Pinot Noir. With 33% off at £5.99 this wine represents fantastic value for money for an everyday drinking Pinot Noir. 

This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state-of-the art winery in neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character.

am-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.

A great partner for tender pork loin.

Hurry Offer ends 30th June!!!!

Back in StockDate published: 17/06/14

How very exciting to see this gem of a wine back at Majestic. If I tasted this blind I would say it would cost alot more than the measly £28 price tag such is the complexity!

A blend of 55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote, this is an unusual and complex wine, inspired by oft-forgotten white varieties of Burgundy. Aromas of apple, almond, and freshly baked cake notes from time in French oak. A generous and open texture and superb balance all the way to the creamy finish.

I can drink this just by itself but would partner rich fish dishes really well. Think lobster or turbot.

What i'll be drinking whist watching USA vs Ghana Date published: 16/06/14

After finally getting one prediction right -albeit Argentina beating Bosnia & Herzegovina wasn't a massive surprise, i feel more confident in my wine and football prediction recommendations.  

Tonight i'll be drinking...

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 

Edna Valley is one of the few valleys in California to enjoy an east-west orientation. This allows Pacific mists to drift inland and cover the whole length of the valley, cooling the vineyards, thereby creating a longer ripening season ideal for temperamental Pinot Noir.

Aromatically complex, offering subtle notes of rose petal, cola and earth against a backdrop of bright cherry fruit. Fine yet ample tannins provide a mouth-filling texture and plenty of length.

£12.99 single bottle price 

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £8.65

Great value fizzDate published: 15/06/14


Five years ago we used to do only one Prosecco but now we do ten due to the popularity of it.

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

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

Not as dry as Champagne so pleases alot of palates. The wine from Pasqua also has the benfit of being reduced by 33% thus bringing it down to a bargain price of £7.99 until June 30th!

What to drink whilst watching Argentina Date published: 15/06/14

Its got to be a malbec! 

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012,Mendoza 

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

A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed withfood. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions

£11.99 Single bottle price

 £7.99 offer price when you buy two or more

A great BBQ wineDate published: 15/06/14

If you are looking for a good BBQ wine this summer look no further than this little gem!

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

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. 

Perfect with a fat pile of ribs or some grilled lamb chops.

It also happens to be on a cracking deal until the 30th June!

A summer coolerDate published: 14/06/14

I don't know about you but I'm a bit of a mixologist at heart and quite often will knock up god awful drinks but sometimes good ones as well!This is a kind of a version of that very famous English summer drink.Take a couple measures of good vodka, one red vermouth and one of Grand Marnier. Serve over plenty of ice, a good wedge of orange and lots of fresh mint then top up with San Pellegrino limonata.What you have is a proper cocktail that is both refreshing but has a good kick to it.

England v Italy Date published: 14/06/14

Opposing Ian's English Beer for tonight, I have decided to go for an Italian sparkling.

Like Pirlo to bring spark, we have the Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV.

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, and is responsible for some of Italy's best. Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went onto become the region's largest sparkling wine producer. 

With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character.

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

Only £14.99 when you buy 2 or more as part as our 33% off summer selection

World Gin Day Date published: 14/06/14

Being somewhat of a gin fan I basically love most varieties. My absolute favourite for a G&T has to be the fantastic Martin Millers but in a dry martini I'm a pretty big fan of Tanqueray. I also like them dirty. So my preferred blend is a couple of drops of Noilly Prat, a splash of olive brine and a couple of measures of gin. Stir with plenty of ice and pour into a classic martini glass. Some of Simon Hopkinson's delicious cheese biscuits and you have the perfect start to an evening!

What do drink whilst watching England vs Italy Date published: 14/06/14

After completely and utterly proven wrong by the Netherlands who beat Spain 5-1 my prediction ability is due a little check. 

Tonight i shall therefore be drinking...

Marston's Pedigree...because of namesake England are going to need to put in a performance tonight to win! 

12x 500ml, 4.5% Single pack price £21.60...  £18.60 when you buy two or more 

BBQ tonightDate published: 14/06/14

Looking for something to frill tonight well get yourselves down to the butcher and buy a good old T done steak. It's a much forgotten cut of beef that's been overtaken by the might of the rib eye but stills offers up great flavour and everyone seems to like the fact you have a fat slab of meat on their plate just for them. You also of course get two different cuts of meat on one bone (fillet and sirloin).  Make sure you choose a well aged piece of beef and pop it in marinade with plenty of thyme, rosemary, garlic, black pepper and a touch of chilli. Get you bbq or grill pan as hot as you can and season with sea salt. Grill for about 3-4 mins each side depending on thickness and then rest for 5. Serve with a green salad and some simple saute potatoes.  

To drink think a big chunky red. Maybe the Bussola Valpolicella from Italy which is a cracking bottle of wine and would a perfect match with the steak.

Wine of the World Cup Date published: 13/06/14

Like Ian I will be picking a football team playing today, that I fancy to win and will be deciding on a favorite wine from that Country. 

Chile play Australia in tonight's late kick off. I fancy the South Americans to win this one, so in turn I will be choosing a Chilian wine. 

This wine is made by Viña El Descanso, a winery based in Sagrada Familia in the Curicó Valley. This Merlot comes from a cool climate area and has been cool fermented, with only a small portion experiencing oak contact, to maintain a fruit-focused style.

Panamericana Merlot 2012,Central Valley

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

Best enjoyed with flame grilled lamb kebabs.

Currently £6.74 and on our tasting counter 

What to drink whilst watching the World Cup! Date published: 13/06/14

I'm sure most of you are all very aware at the moment the world cup has begun in Brazil!!

Whilst there will elation for one nation there will be ups and downs, surprises and inevitably disappointment (most likely in England case) and for many nations.  We ask the question which interests you more than your other half trying to explain the offside rule...what to drink whilst watching! 

I'll be picking a product on a daily basis which i'll be tipping for the result of the game, on top of being a fantastic product.

Tonight i'll be drinking whilst watching Spain vs the Netherlands...

Lamatum Crianza 2011, Ribera del Duero stylish smooth and sophisticated like Spains football...Dark cherry red with vivid garnet hues. The aromas of sweet-savoury redfruit are nicely balanced by vanilla and clove notes. The mouthfeel ispolished and elegant, with medium length

£8.49 as part  of buy two save 15% offer 


Rioja and LambDate published: 13/06/14

Some combinations are just meant to be and Lamb and Rioja is a tried and tasted perfect example. The way I like to do Lamb chops is on the BBQ ideally. Start by buying the best Lamb you can trimmed of excess fat but ensuring you leave thin layer on the chop. Marinade overnight in olive oil, thyme, rosemary, garlic and chilli. Bring out of the fridge an hour before cooking. Remove from them oil and season well then place over coals, grab a glass of wine and monitor the grilling. It will create flames because of the fat so just turn and move to s different part of the grill. Cook to your liking (med rare for me) and serve with your preferred bottle of Rioja. For instance Beronia 2009  reserva which we had open recently. Lovely dark fruit with a generous lick of vanilla make this the perfect wine for those delicious chops.

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Lindauer Special Reserve NVDate published: 12/06/14

One of my all time favourite sparkling is currently on a great deal for June.

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle.

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish.

So easy to drink there is always massive compliments from your guests when you serve this.

AIX. Bigger the better!Date published: 12/06/14

We have received more stock of the ever popular AIX Rosé 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence. As per last year we have the Magnum at £19.99 and the Jeroboam at £50. 

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. A fantastic blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Shiraz.

 Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. 

A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood

Absolutely brilliant for the garden and or center pieces for party table.


Great value fizzDate published: 12/06/14

A constant question posed to us at Majestic is do we do a cheap Champagne? Well every now and again we get a great deal on fizz at a great price and this Heidsieck currently at under £15 is one.

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

This is not one of those god awful cheap fizz you get at certain supermarkets but a proper example from a well established producer. Hurry as only a short term offer!

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 11/06/14

Currently on the tasting counter and a good staff favorite is the Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011. At £18 a bottle when you buy 2 or more, it represents fantastic value for money.

Although a single vineyard site, the Te Muna Road vineyard is planted with eight different Pinot Noir clones, across 40 individual parcels of vines. Combined with over a year's ageing in small oak barrels, this produces a wine with enhanced complexity and depth.

Deep red, with an almost blackish tint. The aromas are brooding yet inviting, characterised by black cherry, with hints of flowers and tarry notes. Silky on the palate, flowing to a long, spicy finish.

Drink with lamb, game and wild mushroom dishes, either now or following up to 7 years' cellarage


A spare few days?Date published: 10/06/14

Usually my articles revolve around wine (obviously) but today I just thought I'd do a little PR for the French tourist board!
We are just back from a lovely week on the delightful island Ile de Re where we have taken a break every year since we first discovered in 2000. You hop on a flight from Southampton to La Rochelle at 11am. By 1.30 you have picked up your car, driven over the bridge and you are tucking into  your first fruit de mer washed down with a crisp white. We always go either in June or September as July and August is very busy with virtually all of Paris de camping here.
We stay in a perfectly formed small hotel located in Bois Plage (well located for trips to the rest of the island) and spend the week recharging the batteries with the most strenuous activity being choosing our restaurants! If you fancy a short break I can strongly recommend a few days here!

For those With a Sweet ToothDate published: 10/06/14

Think sweet wines and the mind tends to go immediately to the wines of Sauternes or Barsac, so the fact that this dessert wine comes from Limarí in northern Chile is an initial surprise. There is a  long ripening season here that produces wines with great fruit concentration. After harvesting, the grapes are partially sun-dried, reducing their water content and thus concentrating the sugars. This leaves a wine that is straw yellow in colour, with golden highlights. 

On the nose, aromas of white flowers, peach, apricots and quince carry through to a palate of more ripe stone fruits and dried fig flavours. Slightly sticky but far from cloying this may well make you rethink sweet wines from the new world.

Best matched with sticky toffee pudding, sweet fruit cheesecake, or rich blue cheeses as the perfect end to any dinner.

Vistamar Moscatel is currently available at £6.49

Summer Selection Fizz Date published: 10/06/14

With an indian summer hopefully on the horizon its time to celebrate with some bubbles! here of some offers which really excite me....

 Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy

Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%= £9.99

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne

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

Special Offer£22.49 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £14.98

Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.

£30.00 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3= £19.99

These are just a couple of my favourites however there are plenty of more deals on sparkling online and in store!


Top wine from our wine course...Date published: 09/06/14

Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2012, Casablanca Valley!

Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray founded Viña Montes to pursue the making of premium wines in Chile. Barrel fermented using a mixture of Burgundian and native yeasts this Chardonnay is matured in French oak for 12 months.Aromas of banana and pineapple on the nose, with up front mango and passion fruit on the palate, complemented by a buttery, creamy character to the palate. 

Hints of toffee on the after taste. Rich and fruity Chardonnays like this can work quite well with spicy dishes, and are classic partners to poultry in creamy sauces.

Just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more. This wine is also open to taste on our tasting counter!

Massive Malbec ReturnsDate published: 09/06/14

In Argentina, Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Using the work they have painstakingly undertaken, they have produced this Malbec which combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

With elegant structure, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours this is a wine of much complexity; the initial flavours giving way to subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. It is further balanced by firm tannins and a crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

The complex character, tannins and acidity help suit this wine to further ageing and it will comfortably last five years.

Available now at £12.99 as part of your mixed case of six bottles.

The Big Zin' Date published: 07/06/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel -

Hailing from Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, comes this sumptuous wine from Ravenswood. This area is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World and is home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, producing powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. 

This particular wine is bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas with a big, bright and fruity; soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. 

An absolute pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes or a cheeseplatter. Enjoy over the next four years.

Available now at the bargain price of £7.99 when bought as a pair in your mixed case of 6

Everyday South AfricaDate published: 07/06/14

Currently on our tasting counter, we have the Robertson's Cabernet Sauvignon. Now at £5.99 this wine is fantastic value for everyday drinking.

Established in 1943, Robertson Winery is now one of the largest estates in South Africa boasting a hugely diverse terroir. The vineyards are situated in the Robertson Valley, 160 miles from Cape Town, bordered by mountains and rivers, with a low annual rainfall.

Deep red in colour. Rich mulberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas with flavours of dark berries and plum, are enhanced by soft, rounded tannins and a fruit-driven finish.

A wine that can age for up to three years or be enjoyed now with roast beef or a hearty stew.

Hurry offer ends 30th June

Open to taste: Giesen Merlot 2012Date published: 07/06/14

This wine has aromas of cassis, rhubarb, mocha and spicy earthy notes. A fruit driven, finely structured and succulent palate shows flavours of dry spice, vanilla pod and vibrant plum with a superb length. 

The 2012 vintage on the East Coast was very challenging for growers and winemakers alike. Frequent rain meant a huge amount of detail was requited in the vineyard to ensure the fruit was remaining healthy. Some fruit was dropped on the ground to ensure what was harvested was in the best condition and ultimately crops were down ten%. 

The fruit was machine harvested and given a short maceration time while it was warmed, yeast added and fermented kicked in. 

Only £8.91 when you buy 2 or more. 

Villa Maria Private Bin RieslingDate published: 06/06/14

Marlborough may well be synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, but the temperate climate lends itself to all types of varieties that thrive in those conditions, one of these being Riesling. 

This particular wine shows enticing aromas of lime, apple and vibrant passion fruit. Despite being an off-dry wine there is enough acidity to balance it and provide a refreshing lift. 

It can be drunk on it's own lightly chilled or it makes an intriguing apéritif. Why not try this wine with lightly spiced, aromatic Thai food, an unusual but fantastic food match.

Argento Malbec 2013 MendozaDate published: 06/06/14

Currently on our tasting counter we have the Argento Malbec 2013. This wine is on our summer selection at £6.66 from £9.99 when you buy 2 or more. This malbec represents excellent value for money from Argentina's signature grape

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish

Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.

Hurry Offer ends 30th June

Wine of the Week: Jackson Estate 'Stitch' Sauvignon Blanc, 2013Date published: 06/06/14

Jackson Estate 'Stitch' Sauvignon Blanc, 2013


Nicknamed 'Stich', after owner and founder John Stichbury, in honour of his 20 years' winemaking in 2008. This is Jackson Estate's benchmark Sauvignon, sourced from 12 Marlborough vineyard sites. Elegant and vibrant nose of passionfruit, ripe citrus and hints of elderflower, a resonant palate with gooseberries, rhubarb and mineral notes, great texture and long finish. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, this complex wine is a mix between sweet fruits and savoury herbal notes. Chill well and enjoy with a noodle and fresh vegetable stir fry or an Asian spiced fish dish.

£10.95 down from £12.89 when you buy 2 or more bottles.


Heidsieck Monopole Brut- only £14.99!! Date published: 05/06/14

Who doesn't love a bargain? Well we've got one for you!

Heidsieck & Co "Monopole" is a champagne house located in the Champagne region of France. It was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Today, Heidsieck is owned by the Vranken company, located in Épernay, who also have Pommery and Demoiselle in their portfolio.

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

At just £14.99, this is an absolute bargain. 

Tired of Sauvignon?Date published: 05/06/14

It's started to become nice and sunny outside, the perfect weather for a chilled glass of something white. But wait, you have gotten a little tired of the usual Sauvignon Blanc. Here are some top alternatives to try.

Picpoul - A southern French variety, best known for producing light easy drinking wines with a pronounced lemony edge to them.

Chenin Blanc - Another Loire valley varietal, try a South African one for the best expression of citrus and vegetal notes

Gruner Veltliner - A left field choice, but pick up a bottle of this famous Austrian grape variety and soak in the flavours that are like a greener, fresher Sauvignon Blanc

Bacchus - A white variety grown throughout Germany but an absolute stand out when grown here in England. Fresh, zippy and light this is Englands secret weapon as our wines get more recognised throughout the world.


Pimms No 1 Cup- Only £11.99!Date published: 04/06/14

Pimm’s No 1 Cup 

Ideal for picnics, garden parties and barbeques, the subtle spice and citrus fruit flavours of the Pimm’s secret recipe is a summer essential. Mix 1 part Pimm’s No.1 with 3 parts chilled lemonade, serve in a jug with lots of ice, add some pieces of orange, mint, cucumber, strawberries, apples and lemon and you have the perfect summer drink. Alternatively, try it with ginger ale (instead of lemonade) for a tangy twist on the classic serve.

£11.99 for a 70cl bottle


Commanderie de PeyrassolDate published: 02/06/14

Nothing shouts summer like a Rose and the Commanderie de Peyrassol is a fantastic example with a unique story. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes, Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, the area also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oaktruffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs, the perfect way for a knight to unwind!

This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate with subtle hints of redcurrant. This is combined with background notes of white pepper. 

Not only a fabulous wine to drink lightly chilled in the afternoon sun this elegant Rose is a perfect match with charcuterie and other cold meats, olives, soft cheese, or fish dishes.

£11.04 for 2 bottles as part of your mixed case

Bardolino 'Naiano' 2013 Date published: 01/06/14

Currently the Bardolino 'Naiano' 2013 is on our tasting counter. At £7.49 when you buy any 2 this wine provides excellent value for money for an Italian favourite 

Naiano is located in the hills close to the small town of Bardolino, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda. The vineyards here have a south-southwesterly aspect, giving the grapes excellent sun exposure, and the 200m altitude and cool temperatures ensure lengthy ripening.

Straightforward and unmistakably Italian, this Bardolino is bright ruby red, with a freshness of fruit and a slender frame. Lingering flavours of cherry and bitter almond add a dash of complexity.

Any simple Mediterranean cuisine will partner well with this wine,especially a lively Primavera style pasta, or dressed olives.

Alain Grignon Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2013, PGI Pays de l'HéraultDate published: 31/05/14

Currently open on the tasting counter we have the Alain Grignon Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2013. Currently at £6.79 when you buy 2 or more! 

An indigenous grape variety of the Languedoc, Carignan produces dark ruby red wines with plenty of body, and are said to be a great expression of the rugged heath land terror around Carcassonne. This example is from low-yielding vines aged around 40 years.

Deep and inky red in colour, the wine is crammed with black cherry fruit, lifted by subtle vanilla aromas from a touch of oak ageing. Bold, meaty tannins provide satisfying texture and length.

Drink with traditional and hearty southern French cuisine like cassoulet and duck confit.


Open to Taste: Vina Ardanza 2005Date published: 31/05/14

The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled them to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza. Grapes showed optimal health conditions and very good analytical parameters, which augured well for an extraordinary vintage. 2005 was officially awarded as "Excellent".

80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from 30-year-old vines planted in our Viña Ardanza vineyards in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from old, goblet-pruned vines planted at an altitude of 600 m above sea level in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), in plots adjacent to our Finca La Pedriza estate.

The Tempranillo was barrel-aged for 36 months in four and a half year-old casks. The Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two and three year-old casks. The wines were manually racked six times. It was bottled in July 2009.


Only £19.00  a bottle when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines and spirits. Pop in today for a taste!!

Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2000Date published: 31/05/14

We are lucky enough to have 2 of only 12 bottles of this in the whole company in stock!


Pol Roger recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and is perhaps best known as Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne. The house remains family-owned and has a reputation for producing champagnes of finesse and elegance which age very well. Pol Roger Brut Rèserve Non-Vintage, made from equal parts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, is consistently one of the very best on the market, largely due to the high proportion of aged reserve wines in the blend.

Made as an homage to Winston Churchill in the style of the 1928 vintage; one of Churchill's favourites. Elegant yet taught and muscular, complex and seductive with the capacity to age for decades, Winston is a fitting tribute to one of Britain's greatest figures. 

£125 a bottle. This may seem a lot but it is definitely worth every penny!

Smooth Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia...Date published: 31/05/14

Smooth Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia...

Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon Y-Series 2012

Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wrattonbully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style

A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripe red fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable on the palate, with a generous texture.

A cracking wine, currently £9.34 buy any two save 25%= £7.98 (Available to taste too!)


Open to Taste: Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 30/05/14

New Arrival - Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc, Chile

A lovely new arrival to Majestic! A delicious and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the Leyda Valley in Chile. The Leyda Valley is one of the best premium producing regions for Sauvignon Blanc in Chile thanks to the cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean.

Made by Sebastian Labbe of Carmen this wine offers fantastic value for money. Sebastian is Carmen's head winemaker and is responsible for their premium and icon wines. This wines shows the quality he has to offer at a fraction of the price.

This wine displays notes of hay, grass, citrus and bell pepper with a crisp acidity on the palate and lots of ripe grapefruit. This is a light bodied wine so is perfect on its own on a warm summer's day/evening. It will also pair well with light salads and seafood dishes such as Prawns.

£9.99

Buy 2 save 33.3%



Montagny 1er CruDate published: 29/05/14

Back in stock we have the Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009 Cave des Vignerons de Buxy. Currently at £11.04 when you buy 2 or more (15% off)

A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality-conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.

A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.

Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, a cheese board or whole salmon.

This chardonnay provides fantastic value for money for a 1er Cru White Burgundy. Hurry Offer ends 2nd June 

Chateau st GemmeDate published: 29/05/14

Finding quality Bordeaux under £10 can be somewhat of a challenge but this particular wine just shows you what gems can be found.  

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.

An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length.

Drinking really well at present and would be the perfect match for Roast Beef. 


Did you know- Mix n Match any 2 selected fine wine and spirits! Date published: 28/05/14

Our '£10 off' selected fine wines has now extended to include selected spirits. You purchase any 2 bottles from the selection any which way you like! As part of the minmum of 6 bottles purchased.

Pop in-store or go to www.majestic.co.uk to see what delights you can mix and match to make the most of this great offer.


Rose Magnums! Date published: 27/05/14

First up is Château de Minuty which is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. (£25.00 per bottle)

Next on the list is an award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! At only £19.99 per bottle, they are a bargain! 

And finally we have the Château de Berne stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle. An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate (£27.50 per bottle)


Qupe SyrahDate published: 27/05/14

I have long been a fan of the wines from this fantastic winery. They very much are a Rhone specialist and produce wines that are quite subtle fashion compared to many Californian estates. If you get the chance to taste the Rousanne from the same producer do! It is a belter.

This is Qupé's benchmark Syrah and is a blend of fruit from up to eight vineyard sites across the Central Coast region, primarily cool-climate sites in Santa Barbara and Edna Valley. The wine is made in a style that mimics the elegance of classic northern-Rhône Syrah.

This Syrah displays both power and poise, marrying deep black and red fruit with taut acidity and a lithe, fine-grained tannic structure. Mild white pepper notes add savoury complexity.

Think red meat off the char-grill as a food match.


Nautilus Pinot NoirDate published: 26/05/14

It's been a while since we have had this cracking Pinot Noir in stock. Produced in small quantities this is a stellar wine that just show you how good a sub £20 Kiwi Pinot can be. 

Marlborough is renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc, but this Pinot Noir from winemaker Clive Jones of Nautilus Estates eloquently demonstrates the great potential for this noble grape.

Aromatic bouquet revealing raspberry and plum aromas integrated with spice and a hint of violets. The palate is medium to full bodied with fine soft tannins and warm fruit flavour. Its so silky I could drink  this (and have) sat in front of the fire watching old re runs of the Sopranos!

Cellar with confidence for further flavour integration and development. Drink with game.


Aix roseDate published: 26/05/14

Only sold by us in magnums or jeroboams this is a must buy for a summer party. Great impact serving wine from a large bottle plus just look at the reviews. A absolute gorgeous tasting rose.  

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or a classic nicoise salad.


Codorníu Reina Maria CristinaDate published: 26/05/14

I am delighted to see one of my favourite sparkling wines coming onto our 33% off summer selection. The Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina is now down at £9.99 from £14.99.

This Cava Brut was launched in honor of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”. Unique to Majestic, this is one of the few Blanc de Noir styles of sparkling we offer.

With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours, with a hint of blackcurrant in the finish.

Perfect to drink on its own in the garden, or as an accompaniment to white fish or a light chicken dish.  

Hurry Offer ends June 2nd...

Mud House Pinot Noir Date published: 25/05/14

You will have all heard us ranting and raving about the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc recently. But also into stores is their Pinot Noir. We have this wine open to taste and comes in at £9.99 when you buy any 2 as part of our 33% off summer selection. 

This wine can be found in Central Otago, the central part of New Zealand's south island. Its free-draining loam and gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become known for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single-vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo.

An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.

Enjoy with duck or lamb

Hurry Offer ends 2nd June...

Full bodied Rose ?Date published: 25/05/14

We really enjoy a richer style of Rose at home and this new wine from Spain is a little cracker. 

Bierzo is a small wine region of northern Spain, nestling between the coastal climate of Galicia to the north, and the hotter, more arid Castile to the south. The Mencía grape is found almost exclusively in Bierzo region, where it is more commonly used for red wine

A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.

This would match food from the bbq brilliantly or as we did sat in the garden with some antipasti. 

BBQ timeDate published: 25/05/14

All that know me know I'm a keen cook and often the conversation in store revolves around food. This is one of my favourite bbq recipes that is so simple but so good.

Buy a couple of free range chickens and break down but keeping all the meat on the bone. You should end up with 10 pieces per bird (chop breast into 2 bits) or just buy thighs if needs buy.Make slits in all the pieces so marinade penetrates. Then get a pre made tandoori paste and pimp it up with 5 minced garlic cloves, a good 2 inch piece of grated ginger and 3 finely chopped green finger chillis. Add a large pot of yogurt, the juice of two lemons and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Toss the chicken in and leave for 24 or 48 hours. Cook on a really high heat in oven or better still cook on the bbq. You want to get some of the dark colour on the chicken to achieve the best results. Of course this would be even better cooked in a tandoor but I'm not lucky enough to have one of those! serve with a mint and cucumber raita and some homemade naan bread (Madhur Jaffrey recipe excellent).

To drink I'd go for either a beer or a light Kabinett like Ayler Kupp's.

Parcel series CabernetDate published: 24/05/14

Many of you know the parcel series range of wine we do on occasion. Sometimes we know who has produced them for us and sometimes not. In this case we don't but I can take a good guess!

A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic by one of Maipo Valley's best producers. The grapes are hand-picked from mature vines in the cool Andean foothills, fermented with selected yeasts, then transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months' maturation.

A classic cassis-like aroma overlaid with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice. Impressively pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins.

This would match food from the bbq fantastically well and priced at only £7.32 for May! 


Alamos Malbec 2013Date published: 24/05/14

Currently on our tasting counter we have the Alamos Malbec 2013. In addition we have this wine on our summer selection, meaning that it has been reduced by 33% to £6.66 from £9.99

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

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

Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Offer ends 2nd June...

Chianti Classico San Leonino 2011 Date published: 22/05/14

Currently on our tasting counter, we have the Chianti Classico San Leonino 2011. For £8.99 when you buy 2 or more, this Chianti provides excellent quality with fantastic value. 

Chianti comes from the famous region of Tuscan in West-central Italy. This Chianti, is from the heartland of the Chianti zone from perfect south-easterly facing slopes near the village of San Leonino.

This is a very traditional style of Chianti. Full of red cherry flavours and violets, with vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices and a beautiful long, silky finish. Drink now or keep for 3-4 years.

The acidity in this wine make it a perfect food match to most Italian foods. A perfect partner to roast meats, pasta dishes and pizza.

This wine is 25% off with the offer ending 2nd June

Chateau Barthes Bandol RoséDate published: 21/05/14

Chateau Barthes Bandol Rosé

£12.99 £11.04

When you buy 2 or more bottles from the 15% offers

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

From the same district in Provence as Domaine Ott, this rosé has a classic nose of red fruit and subtle liquorice. This district is renowned for the quality of its wines and Chateau Barthes certainly does not disappoint.

A blend of mourvedre, grenache and cinsault this wine is dry with quite a full body for a rosé. Try this with some barbecued sardines or seared tuna steak with Mediterranean vegetables for the full experience!


Light summer redDate published: 21/05/14

If you are after a light summer red to drink in the garden then La Grille Pinot Noir could be just the ticket.

Made by Sylvain Miniot, director of the celebrated local Cave, this Pinot Noir comes from the stony foothills of the Massif Central. From the small VDQS St-Pourçain in the Allier département.

The intensity of fresh redcurrant and spice flavours show just what good value and quality the Pinot Noir grape is capable of when grown in the Loire.

This would be perfect served at cellar temperature around a garden table groaning with antipasti and good friends.


New to rangeDate published: 20/05/14

Looking for a bottle of great value wine then look no further than this little gem. The Con Amigos Malbec is on offer for May at a paltry £6.66 and for that price it really is a great wine. Probably not as full as a couple of the Argentinian Malbec's but extremely easy to drink. 

The Bio Bio Valley is making a name for itself as one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions.

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel.

Perfect for parties especially where the barbecue features! 


Cider anyone?? Date published: 19/05/14

As the days go longer and hotter the urge for a nice sharp cider is growing within me. There is something so satisfying about a crisp and zesty cider fizzing over a heap of ice. I feel refreshed just thinking about it.

Why not try Burrow Hill, the perfect cider to enjoy in the sun!

This cider comes from South Somerset, a farm that sits among 160 acres of cider apple orchards. The first written records of Cider from being made there go back as far as 1678, so heritage and expertise are in great supply! There are eleven different apples used to blend this refreshing cider. A gorgeous blend of apple-y goodness!

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NVDate published: 19/05/14

All Champagne comes from the Champagne region in France. Champagne has a cool continental climate. The Soils in Champagne are dominated by chalk, except in the Cotes des Bar, where it its Kimmeridgian clay.  The chalk provides a good drainage but it retains a sufficient quantity of water. The three main grape varieties use in making Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. Champagne is made using the traditional method which consits of 9 stages: Hand picking and gentle Pressing of the grapes; Primary fermentation; Blending; Secondary fermentation; Yeast Autolysis; Riddling; Disgorgement and Corking; and Bottle ageing.

Champagne is the most exciting drink on earth, and happens to be my favourite thing to sip on. If you disagree try Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV. Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.

Also on a fantastic offer at £26.65 when you buy two bottles save 33%. 


Bring A Friend! Date published: 19/05/14

Bring a Friend!

Make sure next time you visit you pick up a 'Bring A Friend' voucher. Bring a friend that has never shopped at Majestic in and you both get a free 7th bottle when you buy your mixed case - anything up to £10!

Cheers!


Wine of the Week: Springfield Special Cuvée Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/05/14

set in the heart of the mountain-ringed Robertson Valley in South Africa's Western Cape Province, Springfield Estate is a vibrant, family-run wine farm. It is owned by the Bruwer family, fourth-generation wine farmers and ninth-generation descendants of the Bruères, French Huguenots who came to South Africa from the Loire in 1688 with bundles of vines under their arms.

This wine originates from 23-year-old vines rooted in sand rock formations in the estates riverine area. It is a richly concentrated wine from the estate's prime site for Sauvignon Blanc. Treated tenderly in the cellar with minimal intervention, the full expression of the terroir has been allowed, and the resultant complex, sensuous combination of passion fruit and nettles, minerality gives a full mouthfeel with stylish length. Will mature beautifully for 2-4 years. This wine would be perfect either on its own as an apéritif or with salads and seafood.


On Offer: Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009Date published: 18/05/14

This cracking sparkling wine is at the special price of just £23.98 down from £35.99 when you buy any two bottles in our 33% off range. It really doesn't get much better than that...

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne, so why not show your support from something beautifully home-grown?

A Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread, the mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Basically this wine is elegantly shaped and supremely poised. It really is the ultimate  alternative to Champagne for all special occasions; especially at this price!


Cracking Offer: Curious Brew LagerDate published: 17/05/14

Curious Brew is a range of beers that are a fusion of brewing and wine-making techniques.

Drawing on Frazer's extensive beer know how and the wine-making expertise from the team at Chapel Down, this range of beer offers the discerning beer drinker a unique experience. We don't know if they are the best beers in the World, but they are certainly beers that no-one else could create.

Curious Brew Lager - is available in 33cl long neck bottles. They use East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops, then re-ferment using Champagne yeast before adding a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop, before cold filtering this unpasturised beer into bottle.abv 4.7% 33cl bottle. 

This beer is a gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012!!

On a cracking deal at just £14.99 for 12!


Domaine Yeuses SyrahDate published: 17/05/14

If you are a fan of wines from the Rhone this is a cracking example of Syrah from the Languedoc. It often is sighted by wine critics as a fantastic example of the grape but with a very modest price tag.

Not far from the Mediterranean, Domaine Les Yeuses is near Mèze in the Languedoc region. Jean-Paul and Michel Dardé work together with winemaking consultants to ensure the best results from the soil, vines, grapes and climate.

It has wonderfully spicy, perfumed Syrah fruit and an elegant softness and roundness which mark it out as a wine of quality. The finish is long, with an intriguing bitter-sweet pepper note.

Perfect for those summer BBQ's. Think a fat slab of rib-eye cooked med rare and a bottle or two of this!


New in stock and open to taste: Calima Garnacha Tinto 2013, CatalunyaDate published: 16/05/14

Better known in the UK as a producer of Cava, the Marqués de Monistrol winery also produce a wide range of still wines from Catalunya's principal grape varieties, at their ultra-modern winery, located around 40km south-west of Barcelona. Fresh and ripe in feel, this wine has Garnacha's typically bright, lightly confected berry fruit surrounded by moderate, supple yet involvingly chewy tannins.Great barbecue red. Enjoy cool alongside grilled spicy pork ribs.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

New in Stock: Berlucchi FranciacortaDate published: 16/05/14

Looking for a sparkling wine to try? We've got a new one in store from Lombardy, Italy, and it's delicious! 

 Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut

Franciacorta was first produced in Italy in 1961 at Palazzo Lana Berluchi and this wine is from the same house that first created this style. The Franciacorta region is in the heart of Lombardy. This wine is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, made in the “Champagne” style, with all grapes being hand-picked, aged on the lees for a minimum of 18 months with the addition of 10% reserve wines from previous vintages. This wine will give many more expensive Champagnes a real run for their money! 

£14.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of our Pick & Mix offer. 



Bored with SauvignonDate published: 15/05/14

Have you had your fill of Sauvignon Blanc and want to try something different well you should give some of the Italian whites a go.

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

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

Perfect with a simply grilled sea bass al fresco.


great value champagneDate published: 15/05/14

I have to admit that Nicolas Feuillatte champagne is not in the same rank as Veuve or Bolly but when it's on a such a cracking offer as it is presently (£16.66) it really offers alot for little. I'm sure we have all been swayed by certain supermarket champagne for £12 but if we are being truthful most of it is rubbish. I'd much rather take a sparkling wine from elsewhere than force it upon my guests or wife!

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release. It makes a perfect welcome drink. On offer until 2nd June.


Parcel series: Western Cape ShirazDate published: 14/05/14

A perfect companion to a bbq, oooooh that's spicy!

This wine is an exclusive bottling just for Majestic. It has been made by one of South Africa's most well-established producers from hand harvested grapes that trace their origins to vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch. The production method includes cool fermenting the grapes before maturation in second-fill French and American oak barrels. The result is predominant notes of mulberry and plum on the nose, with nuances of coriander and savoury spice. The spices bring character to the glass that jumps out with enthusiasm.  The  palate is defined by rich fruit, framed by muscular tannins and an enduring liquorice character that is sure to leave you wanting more.

Best served with a barbecue; try this with chargrilled venison burgers. At only £5.99 when you buy two or more from the 33.3% discount range this wine offers superb value for money; perfect for lazy Sundays by the barbie.

new to our Italian rangeDate published: 14/05/14

Straight from the same stable of the guys at Sassicaia comes this belting early drinking red. We only received a case but I could not resist buying a couple of bottles. I opened it up and decanted a couple of times to awaken then had it with a wing tip of sirloin of beef. What a great combo. Below is the Wine Advocate note on. I admit it is no Sassicaia but it is really good and you can virtually buy 12 for the cost of one bottle of the aforementioned !

"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.

Limited amounts of this are available.

Kilka ChardonnayDate published: 13/05/14

You should know by know we all love a full flavoured Chard at Majestic and this new example from Kilka is a cracker.

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this  medium oaked Chardonnay.

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.

I could easily drink this by itself but try with maybe a grilled fillet of salmon or a simply roasted chicken.


Deal of the week: Robertson's Chenin Blanc, only £4.99 a bottle! Date published: 12/05/14

 Established in 1941, Robertson Winery celebrated their 70th Birthday in 2011. The winery had its humble beginnings in a charming missionary church on  the outskirts of Robertson, and it’s history is closely linked to that of the town. Robertson, established 1852,  were named it in recognition and appreciation of the many services of Dr William Robertson, a Scottish minister who arrived in South Africa in 1822. During the late 19th century the worker community that occupied the land where the Robertson Winery now stands built a stone church and their congregation was serviced by missionaries. When Robertson Winery was established in 1941, the small church was no longer in use and the winery acquired the building for its winemaking and cellaring operations.

The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency. Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity. Enjoy with seafood or roast chicken.

ONLY £4.99 a bottle!!! 

P15 Malbec 2013, PatagoniaDate published: 12/05/14

New into Majestic and straight onto the 33% off Summer Selection is the P15 Malbec 2013 from Patagonia. Down from £11.99 to £7.99 this wine represents a fantastic Argentian Malbec for everyday drinking

'Picada 15' is the name of the old highway that runs alongside the vineyards of San Patricio del Chañar, Neuquén province, where this wine is made from the fruit of relatively young vines. At 39º latitude, Neuquénis Argentina's southernmost wine region. Making this wine unique to Majestic, being one that is not from Mendoza.

A fresh and youthful Malbec, with a focus on ripe cherry and plum flavours. The nose is lifted and expressive, with heady violet and subtle vanilla. Middleweight tannins give harmony and structure.

Enjoy in its youth, paired with rich stews or pasta sauces.

Offer ends 2nd June...

Gavi 2013 AraldicaDate published: 11/05/14

Currently at majestic we have the Gavi 2013 Araldica, on offer at £6.66 from £9.99 on our 33% off summer selection.

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

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

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

Hurry offer ends June 2nd...

Chandon Sparkling Wine Date published: 10/05/14

Looking for a true Champagne look a like wine ? Why not try this new to Majestic sparkler made by Moet in Argentina ?

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine.

A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

Perfect as an aperitif or with some good oysters. 


Pied TanquéDate published: 10/05/14

Currently on our tasting counter is the Pied Tanqué Rouge 2013, Vin de France. At £5.49 this Southern French Red is absolutely fantastic value for an everyday drinking wine.

This easy-drinking red comes from vineyards in and around the Hérault Valley departement of the Languedoc, and is typical of the fruity,approachable reds that are so integral to the food culture of southern France.

Light-bodied with a supple tannic structure, this is an eminently drinkable red, delivering ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavours with subtle herbaceous notes, leading to a clean finish. A great lunchtime red. 

Great with ravioli in a fresh tomato sauce.

New in and open to taste: Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/05/14

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin. In the last few months Mud House has been acquired by Accolade Wines, who are looking to widen the sales distribution. Mud House has been retailed in the UK for a few years now, through smaller off-licences and wine merchants. 

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes. 

Only £6.66 when you buy 2 or more Pick n Mix wines, and open to taste this weekend. 


Abeille RoseDate published: 09/05/14

Not really a weekend for Rose but we live in hope! New in is the 2013 vintage of Abeille Provence rose.

This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate.

A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry.

All the rose from Provence we have evoke long summer days with supper in the garden. A good tuna nicose salad and a bottle or two of this shared with friends would be the perfect combination.

A fantastic French regional Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 08/05/14

Currently on our 33% off deal at the moment we have the Paul Mas Estate Sauvignon Blanc 'Pépinière Vineyard' 2013, PGI Pays d’Oc. This wine sales for £6.66 when you buy any two from our Summer Selection. 

From this renowned producer the wine has gained additional flavour characters from partial ageing in oak barrels. The vineyard lies in the Limoux area at the foothills of the Pyrenees, at an altitude of about 200m above sea level.

A fresh, herbaceous, smoky white with rich tropical fruit characters and carefully balanced acidity.

A perfect partner to seafood and white fish dishes but would also be fantastic with soft cheeses and fruit desserts.

Hurry offer ends 2nd June...

Summer tastingDate published: 08/05/14

If you never never attended one of our customer invite tastings we have one approaching on Thursday 22nd May. We will have a selection of wines open to try, some new and some old favourites and in addition to this some lovely cheese that is always in peak condition. Its a very relaxed walk around tasting which starts around 6.00pm and lasts until around 8.30pm. We still have a little space so ring or email us to reserve your place.

Oyster BayDate published: 08/05/14

Yes, I do admit you can buy Oyster Bay Sauvignon  Blanc virtually everywhere but unless you are returning from France you rarely find it at £7.99! This is a really strong offer and at present we have plenty of stock but get it whilst you can as I predict we will sell out before the offer ends on the 2nd June.

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Drink with a soft goats cheese or a simply grilled seabass.


The Majestic Fine Wine Plan Date published: 06/05/14

Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur?  Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT). 

Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month.  Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:

•  Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.

•  Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.

•  An exciting and ever-evolving range.

•  Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.

A free joining case AND a discount card that can be used against future purchases from Majestic stores.

Lay and Wheeler have over 150 years' experience in buying and selling fine wines and are experts in the field of en primeur, bond sales and wine storage. 

For more information give us a call on 01252 711988. 


Domaine de L'aigle Pinot NoirDate published: 05/05/14

Although notorious for boasting the hot climate necessary for growing much fuller bodied reds, this Languedoc Pinot Noir retains a fantastic balancing acidity due to the vineyards altitude. As one of the highest spots in the region, The 'Domain of the Eagle' has a far cooler micro climate than the surrounding Languedoc region, necessary for producing good Pinot Noir. This one has a distinctive nose of wild strawberries, cinnamon and clove. The palate displays similar characteristics, but with a long mineral finish. 

Fantastic value at just: £11.04 multibuy.


New in stock: Killka Chardonnay 2012!Date published: 05/05/14

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct micro climates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay. Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.Ideal accompaniment for creamy-textured pasta and chicken dishes.

With a couple of lovely Argentinean Chardonnays in stock at the moment, the Killka had a lot to live up to. It certainly doesn't disappoint. A lot more youthful and vibrant than a lot of it's counterparts, the Killka displays soft tropical, citrus and subtle vanilla characteristics. Lovely on it's own but perfect with creamy chicken dishes

Only £7.99 when you buy any two Pick n Mix wines. 

Portillo Malbec 2013, Bodegas Salentein, MendozaDate published: 05/05/14

Currently on our Summer Pick 'n' Mix Selection is the Portillo Malbec 2013, Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza. Down to £6.66 from £9.99, this is my favorite wine from the Malbec Country of the World. 

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy in 2011.

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

Try this with a lightly spicy lamb and date tagine.

Hurry offer ends 

New in Stock: Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, LuberonDate published: 04/05/14

We are excited to stock a new Rose just in time for the sun to arrive! This Rose is a blend of Syrah and Grenache. 

The Luberon, also called Lubéron, has a maximum altitude of 1,256 m and an area of about 600 km. It is composed of three mountain ranges: (from west to east) the Little Luberon, the Big Luberon and the Oriental Luberon, lying in the middle of Provence in the far south of France. The valleys north and south of them contain a number of towns and villages as well as agricultural land.

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours. A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish. Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads. 

Only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2012, Aconcagua ValleyDate published: 04/05/14

Currently on our tasting counter is the Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2012, Aconcagua Valley. This wine retails at £6.99 from £10.49 when you buy 2 or more as part of our Summer selection!

Sourced from our vineyards in the Valle de Aconcagua. This region features a Mediterranean climate. From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels. 

On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish. 

Enjoy with a perfectly grilled rib eye steak.

Offer ends June 2nd...

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, 2013Date published: 04/05/14

Monte Shiavo, a large cooperative group, source this beautiful summer wine from over 35 growers.

The wine has an intriguing aroma of white flowers alongside the just-ripe pears so commonly found in Italian whites.

On taste, the wine is crisp and light, but with a clear intensity of stone fruit. The perfect pair for trout a la crème or fishcakes with panko breadcrumbs.

A great summer wine for lovers of Pinot Grigio and other Italian whites.

£8.99 £6.74 when you buy 2 or more bottles.


Montes Twins 2012Date published: 03/05/14

Currently on our tasting counter we have the Montes twins 2012. This wine is £7.99 when you buy 2 or more. A saving of 33%!

Montes has been a very successful self funded company in Chile that it has managed to open properties in Argentina and California. This vineyard in the Colchagua Valley has very steep slops, perfect for top end grape growth. 

This wine is a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is very unusual to find outside france, and spends 10 months in French Oak. 

Deep fruit. damson, plum and blackcurrant flavours are at the front of the wine, with mint, toast, smoke and a little incence complement the fruit. 

Hurry offer ends June 2nd 

Chile tasting week, now in full swing! Date published: 03/05/14

Chile tasting week is fully underway here in Farnham, with plenty open to taste, here are a few of our favourites: 

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc, £6.66 when you buy 2 or more Pick n Mix wines:

Although based in Maipo, Santa Ema works with a number of partner growers in Leyda Valley to produce this hand-picked cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda has a semi-arid climate and granite and clay soils, producing wines with excellent acidity and minerality. An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well balanced fruit characteristics and good acidity. 

Montes Alpha Merlot, £12.99 a bottle:

The Conquistadors of Spain brought wine to Chile, but France has dominated the vinous influences. A premium wine from the Aurelio Montes has matured this Merlot in French oak for 12 months to impart extra complexities and structure. Deep ruby. Aromas of black cherry and strawberries on the nose, with floral hints. Black fruits and plums, with coffee and tobacco notes on the palate. A full-bodied wine of with a long, smooth finish.Decant for an hour before serving. Drink with rich meat casseroles.

Please do join us here at the tasting counter to taste these delicious wines! 

Open to taste: Gavi Toledana, £7.99!Date published: 03/05/14

Made with 100% Cortese grape. Cortese is a white Italian wine grape variety predominantly grown in the southeastern regions of Piedmont in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti. 

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes. Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad. 

Only £7.99 when you buy any 2 of our Pick n Mix wines. 

A Fantastic Bordeaux on the Tasting Counter Date published: 02/05/14

Currently on our tasting counter we have the Château Tour du Haut Moulin 2007,Cru Bourgeois. This wine is part of our buy 2 save £25% offer, and therefore comes down to £11.24 when you buy 2 or more.

Situated on the left bank in Bordeaux, Tour du Haut Moulin is situated in Cussac Fort, between Margaux and St-Julien, in the heart of Haut-Médoc. It has been owned by the Poitou family since 1870 and is now in the 6-generation of family ownership. It has 28 hectares of vines on Garonne gravel soils.

Now showing a good degree of maturity with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a harmonious mouth feel.

Drinking well now. Great with a cheese board

Hurry Offer ends 2nd June...

Wine of the week: Los Boldos ChardonnayDate published: 01/05/14

With the exciting taste of Chilean wine humming around the store and Chile's spotlight tasting around the corner, it seems only natural that this week's 'Wine of the Week' is a fantastic white from the Andes! 

Chateau Los Boldos was created in 1991 with the aim of producing Premium wines from Chile. Its founder envisioned wines that would benefit from century old French winemaking techniques combined with Chile’s terroir potential and ability to produce outstanding wine grapes. This dream was materialized in a single vineyard property and winery in Cachapoal Andes region, 100 km south of Santiago, gathering unique conditions for Chateau Los Boldos to produce its wines, controlling every single part of the process.

This Chardonnay was created by winemaker Stephene Geneste, whose training culminated in Burgundy indeed, there are similarities seen here. Bright, greenish-yellow colour hints at fresh citrus fruit which is confirmed on the nose. Subtle green apple, pear and honey characters also come through. Crisp acidity segues into a delicately buttery finish.

This wine is brilliant value at £7.99 when you buy two or more.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, DOCG, ItalyDate published: 01/05/14

Currently in our Summer Selection Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene. This happens to be my favourite Prosecco in store, so I am very happy to see it at £9.99 from £14.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

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

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.

Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch, also perfect for those big summer parties. 

Hurry offer ends 2nd June...  

Our new offers explainedDate published: 29/04/14

Explore our offers the simple way! 

Today marks the start of our new offers, and we have 3 new simpler deals so it's even easier for you to mix and match with your favourite wines. 

Orange: 33% off - mix and match any 2 or more bottles from this selection to save 33%! 

Teal: 25% off - mix and match any 2 or more bottles from this selection to save 25%!

Lilac: 15% off -  mix and match any 2 or more bottles from this selection to save 15%! 

So why not take advantage of our great offers and come down to choose your mixed case! 



Salatin Prosecco!Date published: 26/04/14

Hailing from Cordignano, just north of Conegliano, Salatin is produced exclusively from grapes sourced from the vineyards of Treviso and leads to a typically fruit focussed off-dry style.

A fantastic aperitif wine; there are hints of jasmine to complement the green apple fruit flavours, and a wonderful mousse refreshes the palate, making it suitable for pairing with seafood.

Salatin Prosecco is currently available as part of our Pick 'n' Mix offer - £8.99 for 2 as part of your mixed case


Great value wineDate published: 26/04/14


I'm sure we have all been there, sat in a restaurant in France and not finding that much that excites so you plump for that Muscadet that seems great value. Your plateau de fruit de mer arrives and your on to that second bottle. You then return from holiday and try a bottle over here and think how did I enjoy this so much ! Well we opened the Jean Sablenay and I have to say how pleasantly surprised I was.

Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes, where the Loire Valley region nears the Atlantic coast, and has therefore developed a famous association with seafood. This example is made by Lacheteau, a family winery based in nearby Anjou.


Clean, crisp and refreshing, this classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge.

Drink with mussels, oysters or clams.

Last Weekend Of Easter Offers Date published: 26/04/14

Monday 28th of April marks the end of our Easter Pick 'n' Mix offers. We have a fantastic selection of products on offer until then. 

If you are unable to pop in to store then you can call us on 01252711988 or order online at Majestic.co.uk/farnham

These are some of my personal favourites 


Ruinart Blanc de Blanc £70.00 to £46.64 when you buy 2 or more

Citrus,peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate,ideal when married with oysters and sashimi.

Oeil De Perdrix £25.00 to £16.66 when you buy 2 or more

Delicate in style, but with a perfect weightof fruit. A fantastic apéritif.

Santa Ana Malbec £8.99 to £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum andcherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied,with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish

Macon Roches Rouge Jadot £11.99 to £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish. 

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent £14.99 to £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit,enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

Yali Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 to £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Grapefruit, lime and peach aromas leap from the glass, followed withcrisp, citrus flavours on the palate. A refreshing acidity is matched by a zingy finish.


Fantastic Merlot Offer!!Date published: 25/04/14

Now the flavour characteristic, 'green tobacco leaf' may not seem to some as falling in the same semantic field as, 'luscious', or 'delicious'. However, when it comes to Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot (2012) there is a distinct hint of all of those things! 

A great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels. Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume. Drink with a rich aubergine lasagne.

Now only £8.99 when you buy two or more.

Bargain SauvignonDate published: 25/04/14


Not a wine we have sold for too long but every time we have it open on the tasting counter I'm surprised at what a cracking wine it is and until Monday on offer at only £5.99.

Santa Ana is an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best 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.

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.

Not as floral as a Kiwi but I think all the better for it. Why not pop down and try it this weekend. A great party wine.

Giesen 'The Brothers' Sauvignon Blanc 2012/13, MarlboroughDate published: 25/04/14

Currently on the tasting counter at Majestic is the Giesen 'The Brothers' Sauvignon Blanc 2012/13, Marlborough. The more premium brother of the ever-popular Giesen Sauvignon Blanc. This wine comes in at £11.99 when you buy 2 or £14.99 single bottle price. 

The Giesen Brothers' winery is located in the Dillon's Point area of Marlborough, and it is here that most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown. A small proportion of the wine has been fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, adding complexity and ageing potential.

A distinctive blend of classic Marlborough aromas – gooseberry, dry grass, currant leaf, ripe pineapple and floral notes that flow onto a palate of crushed herbs, supple fruit sweetness and crisp acidity. 

Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years. Enjoy with goat's cheese tartlets.

Marques de Riscal reservaDate published: 24/04/14

This Rioja has long been one of our biggest selling Spanish wines. One taste and you will find out why.

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 really is a stellar match with roasted lamb and on offer for a cracking £10.99 but only until this Monday so hurry while stocks last.


Domaine Ferrandière Pinot Noir 2013, PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 24/04/14

New into Majestic is the Domaine Ferrandière Pinot Noir 2013, PGI Pays d'Oc. Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix at £6.66 when you buy 2 or more, this wine represents fantastic value for money as a Southern French Pinot Noir. 

Domaine Ferrandière is situated on the site of an ancient maritime lagoon. The area is deliberately flooded each spring to reduce thesalinity of the soil. This unique terroir was unaffected by phyloxxera and therefore supports ungrafted vines. 

A soft, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, with an emphasis on ripe red berry fruit character. Short-term oak maturation has added subtle herb and spice notes. 

Drink with poultry or medium-strength cheeses.

On our tasting counter today....

The Ruinart RangeDate published: 24/04/14

An entrepreneur, Nicolas Ruinart realized the ambitions of his uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart: to make Ruinart an authentic Champagne House. In the period immediately following the 1728 edict of Louis XV, which authorized the transport of wine in bottles, the house was established. Prior to this edict, wine could only be transported in barrels, which made it impossible to send Champagne to distant markets, and confined consumption primarily to its area of production.

Nicolas Ruinart founded the House of Ruinart in 1729. The first delivery of “wine with bubbles” went out in January, 1730.

Ruinart Brut:

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

Only £36.65 a bottle when you buy 2 or more Pick n Mix wines. 

Also available in magnum form for just £90.00!

Ruinart Rose:

Ruinart Rosé was first released in 1962. It is the blanc de blanc towhich 15% Pinot has been added. Sublime golden pink in colour, a subtle nose of cherry and freshly-picked red berries leads to a fleshy and delightfully smooth finish.

Only £46.64 a bottle when you buy 2 or more Pick n Mix wines. 

Also available in magnum form for just £110.00!

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc:

Grand Cru Chardonnay has been used to make this Champagne. Citrus, peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate, ideal when married with oysters and sashimi.

Only £46.64 a bottle when you buy 2 or more Pick n Mix wines. 

Also available in magnum form for just £110.00!

Like a light red wine?Date published: 23/04/14

The world of wine can often seem confusing, tedious and a little wry. But honestly, it needn't be! And all you need to know about wine is what you like. From there you can explore and diversify within region and price range. There is so much out there to enjoy.

If you have tried wines and thought them too powerful or rough, the chances are you'd prefer a lighter style. Things to try would be grapes like Pinot Noir or Gamay. Try regions such as Burgundy or Beaujolais. The wines from these places are often made using the grapes mentioned before. Things to avoid would be heavy Cabernet Sauvignon's or big Malbecs.

But really, it's about getting a selection and giving them ago. There's a whole world of wine to be explored, give as many a go as possible and you're bound to find a host of gems to sip and slurp!

Last of our Easter dealsDate published: 23/04/14

From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

In my mind second only to Bollinger special cuvee in weight and the perfect way to start an evening or match with something really decadent like a poached lobster salad.

A real bargain of £27.99 multibuy price until the 28th April.

Minuty Rose Date published: 23/04/14

In addition to our Miraval Rose Magnums and single bottles that arrived this week, we have also managed to get our hands on Minuty magnums. These come in at £25 and make excellent centerpieces for any BBQ or Party this summer. 

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Oyster BayDate published: 23/04/14

I grant you this isn't my usual sort of recommendation but you can not argue that it really is a fantastic price at present. Have a look around and just compare the price! 

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

A nust for those large summer gatherings!!


New in stock: Miraval Rosé 2013, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 22/04/14

We are excited to announce that we now stock the Miraval Rose! 

A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Syrah. The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim. A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.

Only £17.99 a bottle! 

Also available in MAGNUM form, for only £38.00! 

A brief guide to Chile Date published: 21/04/14

From a wine perspective Chile is a country that has always fascinated me. Chile is isolated on the western side of South America at 900 kilometers from north to south and only 100 kilometers from east to west. To the east lies Argentina with the Andes to separate them, and with the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile's vineyards are in perfect locations.

Chile's Central and Northern vineyards have a very good Mediterranean climate. This provides for warm dry summers and cold rainy winters which is perfect for vine growth. These vineyards are typically located on the foothills of the major rivers of Chile such as the Maipo and the Rapel.  The location on the foothills means that during the days the vines are subjected to high temperatures followed by the very cool evenings ( a temperature range of up to 20'C), which is ideal for the crisp acidity and fresh fruit amongst white wines and the fine tannins and darker fruit amongst reds. 

The most popular white grapes are those of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, whereas the most frequently planted red grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and Pinot Noir.

Did you know that Carmenere was mistaken in some parts of Chile until 1994 as Merlot, and has since become one of Chile's stand-out grapes.

My personal favourite is the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 from the Casablanca Valley. This wine is a fantastic example of a New World Chardonnay, primary characteristics of peach and apricot are benefited from the 3 months spent in French Oak to give it a great vanilla and buttery finish.

£7.33 a bottle when you buy any 2 of our Easter pick 'n' mix wines. 

Martinborough Vinyard Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 21/04/14

Crisp and fresh, full of summerness.  This summer treat yourself to a Sauvignon of real quality. Warm, sunny afternoons aren't the same without something zingy and refreshing to drag you through and this lovely little number is ideal. 

It has typical varietal aromas of guava and citrusy lime fruit, however the wine doesn't stop there as hints of vanilla join the party. All the while beautiful warming floral notes escape from the glass. On the palate the wine exhibits ripe fruit and a tangy, crisp acidity that combine seamlessly in a delicately textured palate.

Martinborough Vineyard continues their tradition of producing premium interpretations of the classic grapes with this Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes have been maticulously hand harvested from selected blocks for this wine.  Around 25% of the wine is then oak-fermented, which results in the undenyable complexity and texture. The oak-fermenting also is responsible for tempering the intense aromatics that make this wine so special.

A lot of work has been put into making this wine special and is an absolute steal at only £14.99 

A brief guide to ChiantiDate published: 19/04/14

Chianti is always a fantastic places to find wines inside Majestic. The region of Chianti Classico is located to the south of Florence, wines from this region must contain 100% Sangiovese. However, to the east of Florence you will find the region of Chianti Rufina, where only 80% of the wine needs to be Sangiovese. The rest of the blend used to be made from white grapes but nowadays many traditional grapes are used, tho mostly Canaiolo and Colorino.

Currently on our Easter pick 'n' mix we have the Chianti Poggio Galiga 2012, Grati. When you buy any 2 wines from our pick 'n' mix section, this wine retails at £6.66 (single bottle price £9.99)

The Grati family have been producing wine and olive oil for 6 generations. Their estate is located in the DOCG of Rufina, a zone identified as one of Tuscany's finest. This wine is made from 90% Sangiovese, blended with two other traditional Tuscan varieties, Canaiolo and Colorino. A lively ruby colour, this is a classic Chianti offering a nose of cherry-like fruit and subtle floral hints and a dry, harmonious palate combining lipsmacking acidity and fine tannins. 

At its best enjoyed with platter of mixed antipasti.

Hurry, offer ends 28th April...

Good Pinot Noir under £11!Date published: 19/04/14

A very difficult job is to find a great value pinot noir but we think this Select Blocks form New Zealand is a cracker.

The Ara estate is located at the elevated end of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, an area providing a unique combination of altitude, free-draining alluvial soils, immense sun exposure, and the cooling influences of the region's proximity to the ocean.

A fruit-driven, lively and supple Pinot, majoring on juicy boysenberry and plum flavours. Good ripeness and fruit purity from cool fermentation, enhanced by subtle toasted oak influence.

Try drinking with some simply roasted duck. Delicious!

Steak tonightDate published: 18/04/14

Picture the scene. Your other half has come back from the butcher with a couple of thick rib-eye steaks which you have been put in charge of cooking. Well, fire up the BBQ and get those steaks in a marinade. Then think what you want to drink. Many would think Bordeaux but from the BBQ I would plump for an Argentinian malbec. We have had the Ben Marco malbec open this week and what a cracking example it is.

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

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

Just hope the sunshine holds.


New in stock and open to taste: Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013, Léon PerdigalDate published: 18/04/14

We are very excited to stock a white Cote du Rhone again, and its proving to be very popular on the tasting counter this weekend. 

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Viognier. This wine is a blend of five traditional white varieties sourced from several vineyard areas across the southern Rhône, including the districts of Vaucluse, Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. Fermented at low temperatures and matured without oak. An approachable wine with medium intensity and a gently complex nose of pear, white peach and delicate honeysuckle scents. A rounded palate with a pleasing balance between roundness and crisp acidity. A good all-rounder for pairing with food. Ideal with chicken or fish in light sauces.

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

AIX! The bigger the betterDate published: 18/04/14

We have received the new vintage of the ever popular AIX Rosé 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence. As per last year we have the Magnum at £19.99 and the Jeroboam at £50. 

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. A fantastic blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Shiraz.

 Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. 

A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood

Absolutely brilliant for the garden and or center pieces for party table.

New in stock: Pied Tanqué Wines!Date published: 18/04/14

Pied Tanqué Blanc 2013, Vin de France

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Terret, Ugni Blanc.This wine is sourced from several vineyards throughout south-west France and the Languedoc, and is made from a blend of three traditional grape varieties that are rarely seen as single-varietal wines, but which commonly feature in the typical whites of southern France.An easy-going, lightweight white wine with moderate alcohol and a pleasing mixture of citrus and white fruit character, and soft-edged acidity.A great all-rounder for pairing with simple everyday cuisine. Try with cod or similar white fish.

Only £5.49 a bottle! 

Pied Tanqué Rouge 2013, Vin de France

A blend of Carignan and Merlot. This easy-drinking red comes from vineyards in and around the Hérault Valley departement of the Languedoc, and is typical of the fruity,approachable reds that are so integral to the food culture of southern France.Light-bodied with a supple tannic structure, this is an eminentlydrinkable red, delivering ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavours withsubtle herbaceous notes, leading to a clean finish.A great lunchtime red. Great with ravioli in a fresh tomato sauce.

Only £5.49 a bottle! 

Pied Tanqué Rosé 2013, Vin de France

A blend of Cinsault and Carignan. This rosé is made from grapes sourced from the Hérault region of the Languedoc. It is similar in style to many of the light and delicate rosés from the more famous, premium regions across the south of France and as such, represents amazing value. A pale and delicate rosé, offering a straightforward nose of ripe red berry aromas and a light, gently off-dry palate that is rounded and soft in texture. Great with salmon steaks or any barbecued fish.

Only £5.49 a bottle! 

Wine of the Week: The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011, Jim Barry, Clare ValleyDate published: 18/04/14

If you are a lover of good Shiraz this is perfect for you.

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich. Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.

£14.99 single bottle price or £11.24 when you buy 2 or more bottles.


New Primitivo into MajesticDate published: 17/04/14

New this week into Majestic is the Primitivo 2013, Natale Verga. At £6.99 when you buy 2 (£8.99 single bottle price), this wine represents fantastic value for money. 

The southern part of Italy is home to Primitivo, a grape now more commonly known elsewhere as Zinfandel. Primitivo is estimated to be the 12th biggest grape variety in Italy This example is from vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, in the south-eastern part of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'.

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit. 

Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces.


Great combinationsDate published: 17/04/14

On of my favourite wines for everyday drinking has been over the last few years the delicious Dr L Riesling.

The Mosel valley is famous for its very steep slatey vineyards along the Mosel river. Dr L is a non-estate wine, but brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen work closely with the growers, and in this way are able to ensure excellent quality year after year.

 It made in a kabinett style so just off dry with a slight prickle. So easy to drink but match's Asian food perfectly.A Hurd staple is frying pork mince over a high heat and then add, lots of chopped garlic, lemongrass, chilli, garlic and ginger. Keep going until turning golden then add a good hot of soy, lime juice, a splash of sesame oil and a tsp of palm sugar. Now stir fry some rice noodles, shallots, garlic, ginger and beansprouts. Add you pork and finish with coriander, chopped chilli and crispy shallots. Pour yourself a glass of Dr L and you have a great supper.

Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère 2013 Rapel ValleyDate published: 16/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère 2013 Rapel Valley. At £5.99 (£8.99 single bottle price) when you buy any 2 from our pick 'n' mix range this wine is an absolute bargain.

Viña Ventisquero harvested bunches by hand and then sorted them to select only the best fruit. After a gentle fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, a proportion is then aged for 10 months in French oak. After bottling it is aged for another six months.

Red berry flavours from the Cabernet with spicy notes from the Carmenère intermingle with hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. A well structured, medium-bodied wine with a soft, pleasant finish.

A wine to enjoy with mature cheeses, grilled meats or rich foods seasoned with herbs and spices.

Hurry Offer ends 28th April....

Wine course: Top White: Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012Date published: 14/04/14

Yesterday we held one of our ever popular Wine Courses,  where we introduce novices to the world of wine in just 90 minutes, for FREE! We taste 6 still wines, a Champagne and a dessert wine and also go through a spot of food and wine matching.

The favourite white wine open to taste was the Australian Vasse Felix Chardonnay. 

Located in Margaret River, in the South Western corner of Australia, Vasse Felix have a state-of-the-art winery where this Chardonnay is produced using premium parcels of fruit and partial wild yeas tfermentation in French oak barriques. 

A toasty, nutty nose, with peach and tropical fruits on the palate,complemented by nutty hints and a touch of vanilla toast, a full flavoured wine, yet reserved and well integrated. A fabulous choice for white-meat dishes.

Only £12.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case! Come and explore!


Château de Berne Rosé is back in stock! Date published: 14/04/14

It's back, and in it's famous square bottles!!

A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle.

An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.

Drink as a summery apéritif, or with classic Provençale fish dishes, either lightly spiced or simply grilled.

Only £11.99 when you buy or more as part of your mixed case. 


The Ned Pinot GrigioDate published: 13/04/14

The Ned, Pinot Grigio

The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control.

A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas. 

£7.99 on multibuy 

Pick n Mix Offer: Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean VincentDate published: 12/04/14

Pouilly-Fume is a famous appellation located in the Loire valley on the right bank of the Loire river. It is similar to Sancerre in that it has chalky, well drained stony soil, the main difference is that in Pouilly-Fume the soil has more flint and generally gentler slopes. Pouilly-Fume is also very small, around half the size of Sancerre at 1200ha. Only white wines are made in Pouilly- Fume, and these are made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. 

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

£9.99 in the Pick N Mix!



Open to taste: El Cometa Del Sur, Garnatxa Blanca, 2013Date published: 12/04/14

The Comet of the South from Terra Alta is a classic Mediterranean wine made with hand picked old vine grapes. Located 200km south west of Barcelona, Terra Alta are just at the start of their wine making potential. 

Terra Alta is a small appellation in the south-western corner of Catalunya, close to Aragón and Valencia. Garnatxa Blanca, or Grenache Blanc is the principal white grape variety here, having originated in the north of Spain before spreading into France. A light straw colour with hints of green, this is a youthful and delicate wine, offering white pear and apricot flavours and gentle floral aromas. Soft acidity and remarkable body.

Only £6.79 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Spring LambDate published: 12/04/14

The perfect Easter roasted Spring lamb or as I like to butterfly a leg and pop it on the BBQ.

Take a leg of lamb and remove the bone or get the butcher to do it so you end up with a single piece of meat usually about 5/6 cms thick. 

Now choose your marinade. I sometimes go the Asian route but also a nice one is thyme,chopped garlic, lemon zest, course ground black pepper and a touch of chilli. Add a good splash of olive oil and leave overnight.

Remove from fridge a hour before grilling. Pop on BBQ and grill until done to your liking. Med rare for me so between 20-25 mins usually. Leave to rest for 10 minutes then serve.

To drink I would either have a good Rioja, say Vina Ardanza or some Bordeaux with a little age, maybe Senejac from 2005.

Bring on Easter.


Easter SundayDate published: 12/04/14

Our Easter opening hours are 10-8 Good Friday, 9-7 Easter Saturday, Closed Easter Sunday but open 10-5 Easter Monday.

Panamericana Sauv: Perfic' for a Picnic!Date published: 12/04/14

The last of the daffodils are clinging on to life, the tulips are glorious and the leafy foliage is starting to bring to life the oaken canopies. Time is ripe for a spring picnic of fresh salads and a crisp white wine. When it comes to a quick picnic in a daffodil valley of a Saturday afternoon it may be assumed that the wine is a small part of the affair. A simple, dry and refreshing tipple will do, and you don't have to push the boat out.

At £5.99 for two or more the Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal partner to a sunny afternoon. IT is a great example of the cool climate style of Sauvignon Blanc from central Chile, which offers superb value. The grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and fermented at low temperatures, ensuring excellent freshness and purity of fruit character. A well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality.

The outdoors is great, get out there and enjoy it... just don't forget the wine and a couple of glasses.

Champagne Offers Date published: 12/04/14

If you are after a fizz for a big party now is a great time to pop in. We have what is effectively Majestic's house Champagne De Telmont on offer at a cracking £14.99. This isn't one of those naff supermarket fizz you have never heard of but a well established house that make surprisingly rich Champagne for this price point.  

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Stock up before the 28th April to take advantage of its £14.99 deal price.

Wine of the week: Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Date published: 11/04/14

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. Great match with mature cheddar or beef this wine will reward drinking now or Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation.

£12.99 down from £8.66 when you buy 2 or more. 

New in stock: Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut!Date published: 11/04/14


The historic town is located between the Loire and Thouet rivers, and is surrounded by the vineyards of Saumur itself, Chinon, Bourgueil, Coteaux du Layon, etc. which produce some of France's finest wines. 

The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvetand his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local producers and vinfy using the traditional method. A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose. A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis. 

Only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

new to rangeDate published: 10/04/14


If you are looking for a good Aussie red for the bbq this Hamilton Block cabernet could be just the ticket.

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.

Perfect for some bbq fare!


Light the barbie and grab a cold one! Peroni, £1Date published: 09/04/14

As the weather gets warmer we can't help but think forward to those lazy afternoons in the sun.

I have to admit though, most of the time my tipple of choice is wine. And a further confession dear readers, when beer is involved I would go for real ale or Belgian abbey beers. However when the coals are burning, the grill is heating up and the meat is marinading I get the urge to grab a lager. Indeed at times such as that I feel that nothing else will do. And what better beer than Peroni? In my humble opinion it has to be one of the best; Nastro Azzurro. A single bottle (as rare as just one may be) of that golden nectar sends me back to a Sicilian piazza, the din of Mediterranean streets echo in my ears. And with the sun hitting my face I could imagine no better beer to accompany me through beautiful summer days.

Craft Beers available at Majestic!Date published: 09/04/14

Brooklyn Lager 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99

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

Einstock White Ale 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99

A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Brewdog Punk IPA 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy packs save £6 - £9.99

Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

Anchor Steam 6 x 355ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99

A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

Underdog Flying Dog Atlantic Lager 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99

A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.


Caixas Albarino, Majestically special!Date published: 08/04/14

Albarinio is Galicia's signature white wine. This particular one comes from the region's most famous producer, Martin Codax, exclusively for Majestic! 

Majestic's own staff have selected which grapes are consumed by our customers as picked by as each year a small number are given the opportunity to go to Galicia. Whilst there they will help with the harvest of the grapes. 

The wine is a light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as sardines 'a la placha'.

So, light the fires of summer grill some beautiful British fish in that quintessentially Mediterranean way, pour yourself a glass of Caixas Albarino and be transported. Enjoy...

Yes it is really £6.99Date published: 08/04/14

One of our best selling wines has to be Ned Sauvignon and at present its only £6.99. £4 cheaper than Waitrose!!! Only until the 28th of April though so hurry.

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Perfect with a good goats cheese.

A Portuguese White?Date published: 07/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Quinta de Azevedo 2013, Vinho Verde. At £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more) this wine is a fantastic buy for the upcoming spring and summer months.

Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.

Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.

At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

Hurry Offer ends 28th April...

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 06/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012,Marlborough. Currently at £7.99 when you buy any two from our pick 'n' mix, saving 33%. 

The fruit in this wine comes mainly from across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot. A variety of yeast strains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity.

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.

Drink this in its youth, with a mushroom risotto or pasta dish.

Hurry Offer ends 28th April!

One of my favouritesDate published: 06/04/14

I've long been an admirer on the wines from the Bierzo region in northern Spain. Its reds are made from the mencia grape which is a dark and moody varitel. 

One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent winemaking philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.

The Petalos has a  broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. Still a baby and would age but delicious now. On offer at £15.99. 

We also stock the lighter but no less drinkable Pizarras de Otero (on offer at only £6.66!)

I'm happy to drink these wines sat at home in front of the fire but they would match food that has come off the barbecue really well. 

Bargain FizzDate published: 05/04/14

What's more more perfect for the early summer is a glass of rose champagne and at the moment Oeil de Perdrix rose champs is down at £16.66. At this price it is a purchase that should be made by the case not the bottle.

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif. 

Buy Buy Buy!!!

Open to taste Caixas Albariño, Martin Códax Date published: 05/04/14

Caixas Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest. A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish. Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

£7.49 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 


Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, Léon PerdigalDate published: 05/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, Léon Perdigal. This wine is on sale at £6.66 when you buy any two from our Easter Pick 'n' Mix and is fantastic value for an everyday drinking Rhone!

This staff favourite is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats, or on its own in these last few cold days before the summer hopefully hits us. 

Hurry offer ends 28th April...

Open this weekendDate published: 04/04/14


This particular wine has long been a favourite of mine. I either take it as an interesting wine to begin or it drinks really well with Asian flavours .

Typically innovative and different, this is an intriguing blend from fourth-generation grower Miguel Torres. Founded in 1870, Torres have a rich history of innovation. Although mainly Moscatel, Viña Esmeralda is dominated by the fragrance and spice of the Gewürztraminer

Aromas of honeysuckle, ripe pear and custard apple intermingle with sweet vanilla spice. Fresh and lively on the palate with an aromatic richness that finishes with nuances of cinnamon and cloves.

A great wine and a great price.


Open to taste: Alamos Malbec!Date published: 04/04/14

The Alamos phiolosophy is to make wines that are flavoursome, drinkable and preserve each varietal's distinctive aroma, flavour and textures. Alamos wines recieve moderate oak aging of a mixture of French and American oak which varies according to the vintage. 

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina.Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux,Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.


Vina Eguia Gran Reserva: only £8.99? Now that's what i call value!Date published: 02/04/14

It's spring at last and lamb is on the menu. I can think of nothing better than a beautifully slow-roasted joint, perfectly viscous gravy, crispy roasties and vibrant red cabbage to liven up the plate! Well, actually, I can think of something better; a perfect wine match. And do you know what? I think I've found it. 

The wine makers at Bodegas Eguía offer up this 2005 Rioja Gran Reserva for our pleasure. In the glass it is brilliant ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruity notes are mostly mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. All flavours are a result of the time spent in oak. However, made in 2005 the wine still has reminiscent fresh fruit flavours that combine wonderfully with the resounding maturity to provide a silky mouth-feel that lingers to a pleasantly lengthy finish. Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

As well as being the partner for your Easter Sunday lunch, this gran reserva will equally match wonderfully nutty cheese for afters. Give it a go I  implore you. A perfect introduction to Rioja Gran Reserva!

Incredible value at £8.99 when you buy two or more bottles from our Easter Pick 'n Mix!

Pouilly-Fumé 2011, Jean VincentDate published: 02/04/14

Currently on our April Pick 'n' Mix we have the Pouilly-Fumé 2011, Jean Vincent. This fantastic wine from the Loire region of France is onlu £9.99 when you buy any two of our Pick 'n' Mix wines. (Single bottle price £14.99)

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious wine making family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

Hurry offer ends 28th April....

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012, MendozaDate published: 01/04/14

Currently on our NEW APRIL PICK 'N' MIX we have the Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012, Mendoza. When you buy any two from our Pick 'n' Mix selection this wine retails at £7.99 from a single bottle price of £11.99.

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

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

A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.

Hurry offer ends 28th April

Amazing offers starting today!Date published: 01/04/14

Vina Eguia, Rioja, Reserva - £6.66  (when you buy any 2 Pick 'N' Mix wines)

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

The Ned, Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 (when you buy any 2 Pick 'N' Mix wines)

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Vinalba Reservado, Malbec - £7.99  (when you buy any 2 Pick 'N' Mix wines)

This wine displays ripe dark plum fruit flavours and hints of dark chocolate and mocha. A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak, venison or lamb are ideal companions.


Cracking Offer: Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel Date published: 30/03/14

Zinfandel is a relatively vigorous vine that produces relatively large clustered grapes with moderately large berries that are tightly packed in the cluster. Its distinctive character is that it is uneven ripening. Each berry within the cluster, when that cluster is ripe, will range in ripeness from slightly under ripe to somewhat desiccated and over ripe.

Ravenswood's motto 'No Wimpy Wines' is a perfect expression of the wines that they represent - big, gusty, no-nonsense wines. Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

Currently only £6.66 a bottle!! Bargain!

Perfect value for the sunshine! Date published: 29/03/14

When the sun finally starts to shine we brits love to take full advantage. And why not eh? Weather nice enough to enjoy comes around so rarely! It stands to reason then, that such an event requires an ideal tipple to toast the health of our sun!

When it comes to value for sunny Saturday shlurping I would recommend a crisp, cool rose or white! Open to try this week on our tasting counter are Briganze Pinot Grigio rose and Viña Sol by Torres. Pop in, have a try and grab a few to enjoy this weekend!

Viña Sol
Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870. 
Made from the Parellada grape this wine is fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine. 

A zesty bargain at only £5.99 when you buy two or more

Breganze Pinot Grigio Rosé
Although thought of as a white grape, the Pinot Grigio grape's skins naturally develop a pink tinge when the berries are fully ripe, and it is these colour pigments that make this wine lightly rosé in colour. Fresh fruit, such as apricot and peach on the nose; soft floral flavours on the palate and a refreshing, pleasantly smooth finish. Excellent with appetizers, fish dishes, soups and white meat.This easy drinking rosé makes a great a apéritif for lazy summer afternoons!

Incredibly well priced at only £6.99 when you buy two or more

Both of these wines are open to taste at our tasting counter.

Come and Explore...

New to MajesticDate published: 29/03/14

If you can get past the slightly lively label this new Italian red is a gem. 

The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.


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

This would brink really well with some slowly braised ox cheeks.

Open to taste: Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013Date published: 29/03/14

With focus on the smallest of detail these grapes are hand picked, hand selected and only the best of the best grapes are allowed to form part of this Viognier. Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact. 

Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish. Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

Only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case, and open to taste this weekend!

Rosé!Date published: 28/03/14

rosé is a type of wine that incorporates some of the colour from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The pink colour can range from a pale "onion"-skin orange to a vivid purple colour, depending on the grape varieties used and winemaking techniques. There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée and blending. Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from bone-dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all across the globe.

Here are a few of our favourite Rosé's we have in stock at Majestic:

Minuty Rosé:

Chateau Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually looking over the Meditterranean. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. 

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Pasqua Rosato: 

A rosé from northern Italy's Veneto region. The growers are located in the provinces of Verona and Treviso, and cultivate mainly indigenous varieties, but increasingly employ classic noble varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon to give their blends an international twist.Pale rose pink in colour, with core aromas of red cherry, rose hip and dessert apple. Similar fruits on the palate are delivered with a nice crisp acidity, medium body, and a clean and refreshing finish.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV-Only £24.99!! Date published: 27/03/14

For all your Champagne lovers out there, Perrier Jouet NV is only £24.99!! Just in time for Mother's Day this weekend!!

Since 1811, the house of Perrier Jouet has created wines with a unique signature, both floral and stylish. Since it was founded it has concentrated on small-scale production.

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse.


Open this weekendDate published: 27/03/14

Come and join us to taste the fantastic Senejac from the epic vintage which was 2010. Mr Parker rated this 89 points and notes this chateaux as an overachiever.

Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.

With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable but would be great if tucked away for a few years.

Think roasted spring lamb and this..................perfect!


Offer ending soonDate published: 26/03/14

One of my favourite mid week wines has to be the Lagunilla reserva which at present is a cracking price of only £6.66.

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.

It has that lovely soft vanilla that I look for in a Rioja and that coupled with the fantastic price means another case will be purchased before the offer finish's on Monday.

Party approachingDate published: 25/03/14

We have had today one of our Prosecco today come down to a fantastic £6.66 but only until this Monday.

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés. This is a real party fizz!



Jordan Cabernet Merlot, and a look at StellenboschDate published: 24/03/14

South Africa has been producing wine for over 350 years, equaling some of the European wine producing regions. Through its diverse history South Africa has been known for producing quality wines but suffered somewhat over the end of Apartheid in 1991. However producers have been working fervently to restore the reputation of South African wines on the world stage. Two such producers are Ted and Sheelagh Jordan. The couple  took over their spectacular 146-hectare Stellenbosch estate in 1982, and set about replanting it with international grape varieties. 

Stellenbosch is largely becoming known for being the hub of fine wines in South Africa. The area has an ideal vine-growing climate. Enough rain falls in the winter to sustain healthy vines and afford a good quality grapes. Similarly the summers tend not to get too hot to risk the development of the grapes due to cool winds that channel through the valleys from False Bay at the continents extreme south-west. Stellenbosch has developed a fine reputation for blends of grapes in the Bordeaux style, specifically Cabernet/Merlot wines, such as the Jordan's estate example.

Jordan Estate is currently being run by the original owners' son Gary. Along with his wife, Kathy, the estate has added a new winery and are committed to the development of the modern Jordan range. A key figure in this development is the Cabernet/Merlot blend, a no-nonsense number full of great flavours. The wine is bright, juicy and straightforward, offering a mixture of jammy red and black berry fruit, with subtle notes of menthol and cocoa. Soft, middleweight tannins make for an easy-going feel on the palate.

This wine would match spectacularly with a rich and meaty lasagna.


Mother's Day Treats!!Date published: 23/03/14

If your mum is anything like mine then she will love a few bubbles on Mother's day. Whether it's Champagne or Prosecco, we have you covered here!!

Here are a few of my top picks that Mums will love!

Taittinger Brut NV £27.99*

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate,and a beautiful, elegant finish.

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV £24.99*

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. 

Prosecco Conegliano di Valdobbiadene  £9.99*

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its membersown about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain.Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality. A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

Lindauer Rose £8.99*

Produced and owned by Montana, and first released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling.Vibrant pink in colour, with a large number of beads of fast rising bubbles and aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach. A fullbodied and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours.Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods and seafood.

*(All prices shown are multi-buy on the pick 'n' mix deal)

If you think your Mum would love any of these for Mother's day, or if you have any other questions regarding our range. Contact us via the website www.majestic.co.uk


Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2013, Coastal RegionDate published: 22/03/14

Currently on the tasting counter at Majestic we have the Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2013, Coastal Region. This bottle has a single bottle price of £10.99 and when you buy two or more the price drops to £8.99.

Made from the produce of a Fairtrade-accredited farm in the Western Cape, by Bruwer Raats, one of South Africa's most celebrated Chenin specialists. Only 0.5% of the wine is barrel-aged for 3 months, adding subtle complexity and texture.

Bursting with melon, lychee and pear notes, against a backbone of citrus fruits. Incisive and taut acidity, tinged with a distinct minerality, provides great refreshment and length. 

Great with shellfish, tempura squid, or grilled fresh mackerel.

Hurry offer ends 31st March

Back in stock: Côtes de Provence Rose Sainte Victoire 2013 Famille NegrelDate published: 21/03/14

The days are becoming longer, the weather is improving; Summer really is on its way and that can only mean one thing.. It is time to crack out the Rose!! 

The Negrel family settled at the domaine Mas de Cadenet in 1813, and has now been there for 7 generations. Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines. Bright salmon pink; typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refinedand complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture. 

Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes. £9.99 when you buy 2+ bottles (£10.99 single bottle price)

Fan of NZ Sauvignon?Date published: 20/03/14

We currently have two fantastic offers (along side many more!) running at present. 

The Brancott Sauvignon is down at only £6.66 and the Villa Maria Sauvignon is at £7.99. The represent a significant saving and can only be classed as bargains. These offers however do come to an end on the 31st March so if you would like to take of them please just give a call or pop into the store. Beat those budget increases! 

Fine Wine offer highlights 20Date published: 19/03/14

The last selection of my favourite is this fantastic wine from Toro in Spain.

The Old One of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. 

The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

This is a complex wine and would benefit from extra aging in the right conditions, however if you did decide to drink now decant a couple of hours ahead of time and serve with a slowly roasted shoulder of wild boar. 


Champagne Offers Date published: 19/03/14

Until the 31st March we have some brilliant offers on Champagne in store on our Pick 'n' Mix selection. To qualify for the offer, you will need to pick any two bottles from our Pick 'n' Mix selection regardless of their price. 

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV - From £42 to £27.98

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV £43.50 to £28.98 

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.

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £42 to £27.98

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Back in stock: Peter Lehman Shiraz, £7.99Date published: 18/03/14

Peter Lehman 2011, Barossa Valley

(When you buy 2 or more bottles a part of a mixed case, saving £4)

This Shiraz from the Lehman estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. It's sourced from the best vineyards in the region, and has been aged in a combination of American and French oak, which contributes to its complexity of flavors.

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth, full of that classic Aussie Shiraz taste. Plum, dark chocolate, mocha and a deep blackcurrant core are wrapped in a smooth, warming wine. Make the most of the cold nights we are expecting with this great wine!

Would partner peppery meat dishes perfectly.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

New in: Vinalba Fifty 50Date published: 17/03/14

Just £8.99 a bottle!

Fifty 50 refers to the split between malbec and cabernet sauvignon, Argentina's two great French imports, which both find themselves in this bottle. The structure and depth of the Cabernet Sauvignon are complemented by the Malbec's damson and plum influence. The concentrated fruit flavours are rounded off with an oaked vanilla spiciness, which leaves a very smooth finish for such a flavour some wine. 


A corked bottle?Date published: 17/03/14

Unfortunately it is inevitable to come across a corked bottle of wine from time to time. Cork taint is an problem that comes across when sealing wine under natural cork, however here at Majestic we endeavor to cause as little hassle as possible. 

The easiest thing to do is for us to credit the value of the bottle against your next order. If ordering online, simply put a note in the delivery instructions space to say that you have a bottle you'd like to return due to it being corked; if you shop by telephone just mention it when ordering. We will then arrange this credit and collect the offending bottle when delivering.

If you prefer, we can arrange the replacement or refund sooner; you can either return the bottle to the store in person, or you can contact us to arrange an exchange the next time the van is in your area.

We ask that you keep the bottle, and preferably some of the contents so that our store staff can record the nature of the fault, helping us to assist our suppliers in their quality control.

See its very easy and we aim to not dissapoint! 

Lindauer Special Reserve NVDate published: 15/03/14

Currently we have the fantastic Lindauer Special Reserve NV from New Zealand. Currently at £12.99 from £14.99 when you buy 2 or more

Lindauer released this wine in 1996 to reflect the up and coming elegance of New Zealand sparkling wine making. Their special reserve is one of their top cuvees and contains 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This sparkling wine is made in the same way as champagne is made, with the exception that the first fermentation happens in a stainless steel tank as opposed to the individual bottle.

There is a very pleasant pink tinge to this wine, which is complemented by small finite bubbles. This wine contains aromas of peach, nectarine and hints of black fruit. On the palate there is a creamy texture, with a clean toasty finish.

Enjoy chilled, as an aperitif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken. 


Vina Eguia Reserva: only £6.66 (until Tuesday 18th!!!)Date published: 15/03/14

Rioja Reserva 2008, Viña Eguía

This wine is fantastic value for money and a great example of a Rioja Reserva. This wine is made of predominantly the Tempranillo grape, the main grape variety used in Rioja. Rioja is a region in northern Spain, famed as being the most recognisable name in Spanish wine. Rioja is split into three subregions, Vina Eguia is placed in the Alavesa subregion on the upper banks created by the Ebro River. It is west of Rioja's regional capital city, Logroño; and grapes are grown at up to 800m on chalky soils that results in some of the lightest wines of Rioja whilst also being known for having the most finesse.

To be categorised as a 'reserva' a wine must be aged for a minimum of 12 months in cask and aged for a total minimum of 36 months. Vina Eguia is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas.The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

Amazing Champagne deals ending this Tuesday 18th March! Date published: 15/03/14

Spring is definitely here, and why not celebrate in the sun by cracking out the barbecue and popping a few bottles of Champagne! Until this Tuesday 18th March, selected Champagnes have been reduced in price to join our March Pick 'n' Mix! 

Veuve Clicquot NV - £29.98

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.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £16.66

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

Hurry! Offer ends this Tuesday. 

FLASH SALE: NED SAUVIGNON BLANC ONLY £6.99!!Date published: 14/03/14

The ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is only £6.99 a bottle!! However it is for a limited time only, ending this Tuesday 18th March. 

Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Call us here in store on 01252 711988 to order yours today!! 

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012, Louis JadotDate published: 14/03/14

On our tasting counter this week is the Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012, Louis Jadot

This wine comes from the region of Maconnais. The region was historically used to produce the red grapes of the region (Pinot Noir or Gamay), but in more recent years Chardonnay has come into its own. With the limestone rich soils perfect for the white grapes growth.

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior

quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

A nice apéritif, this will also partner white fish dishes well.

£7.99 when you buy any two from our March Pick 'n' Mix 


Ondine Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 13/03/14

These days most people tend to head towards New Zealand for their Sauvignon Blanc. However South Africa are catching up!

One such alternative that springs immediately to mind is Ondine Sauvignon from South Africa's Western Cape. The cooler growing conditions in Darling give this wine an oft sought after crispness and delicacy and a complexity which belies its bargain price. Tending towards the herbacious rather than the tropical, Ondine Sauvignon still has enough refreshing fruitiness to satisfy the most ardent of Marlborough fans.

1 bottle = £8.99

2+ bottles = £5.99 each

Cracking March Pick n Mix DealsDate published: 13/03/14

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008 - Was £26.99, Now £17.99

Famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay has been expanding its portfolio of wines for some time now, with the Pelorus range of Champagne-style sparkling wines being one of several stalwart additions. Made to the same ageing requirements as vintage champagne and from the same blend of grapes, the 2008 Pelorus is a remarkably effective facsimile for France's most prestigious sparkling wines. Zingy acidity, fresh orchard fruit flavours and a creamy mousse are complimented by a lingering brioche note on the finish. A champagne of similar quality would fetch north of £30, so this is undeniably a real bargain!

Chateau La Vielle Croix 2009, Fronsac - Was £18.99, Now £12.66

Fronsac, the oft overlooked commune on Bordeaux's Right Bank has long been lost in the shadows cast by its more famous neighbours Pomerol and St Emilion. This obscurity has meant that many Fronsac wines represent the best value proposition in Bordeaux. A merlot dominated wine from an outstanding vintage, there is an ample quantity of red fruit, balanced by fruitcake-esque richness and a hint of wild herbs. Close your eyes and you could easily believe you were enjoying a Grand Cru St Emilion at a fraction of the price. Snap it up and enjoy with roast lamb.


Are you a potential Commercial Customer? Date published: 12/03/14

Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.

It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust award.

•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines only available to our on-trade customers

• We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 

• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners course specifically tackles food matching.

 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you!


The AIX Rose Magnums are back!Date published: 11/03/14

The AIX Rose Magnums are back! 

It looks like winter is behind us, the sun is making an appearance and its getting warmer, the perfect time to start stocking up on Rosé. 

I'm a firm believer that it's never too early for a glass of Rosé, especially when it comes to the AIX magnums! This ever popular Provence Rosé is an award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence Rosé. 

The wine is unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum this Rosé is a great match for canapés or seafood. 

A fantastic wine at the bargain price of £19.99! 


Dry Furmint 2011, Royal TokajiDate published: 11/03/14

Coming on offer today is the Dry Furmint 2011, Royal Tokaji. It comes in at £7.99 from £9.99. Royal Tokaji are one of the oldest wine making companies in Hungary, with the Essencia being their flagship wine. 

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

Well-defined aromatics comprising rich honey notes and stone fruits on the nose. Plenty of acidity gives the palate crispness and bite, with mineral tinges accenting the fruit-laden, exotic feel.

Partner with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.


March Pick 'n Mix highlightDate published: 10/03/14

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009

Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains. Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolateand coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complexspicy finish.Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews.

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NVDate published: 10/03/14

Currently on our March Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand at £9.99 from £14.99 when you buy any 2 from our Pick 'n' Mix selection. 

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. The Blanc de Blanc label means that 100% of the grapes are chardonnay, which also give Champagne their elegance. The grapes from this wine coming from Gisbourne. In addition, Blanc de Noir means that all the grapes must be red (usually Pinot Noir and Pinot Muenier).

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

Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

This current offer ends on the 31st March...

Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013, Central ValleyDate published: 08/03/14

Currently on the March Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013,Central Valley. Currently at £5.99 when you buy any two from our Pick 'n' Mix range.

Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnay benefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and the more tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes. 

A youthfully green-tinged lemon yellow wine, with an inviting nose of yellow apple, tangerine zest and ripe melon. Refreshing and zippy on the palate, with a soft, clean finish.

Enjoyable on its own, or with a chicken Caesar salad.

Offer ends 31st March...

Fine Wine offer highlights 19Date published: 08/03/14


I'm not normally a huge fan of South African red's there is the odd exception winery wise. One of these is the famous producer Kanonkop.

Paul Sauer is Kanonkop’s flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered.

Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish.

This really is a baby and cries out to be cellered for a few years but if you cannot wait that long decant to waken this wine up and serve with some red meat or would be perfect with some slowly braised oxtail.

On offer at £25 when buying two or more bottles from our fine wine promotion.


Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013 Date published: 08/03/14

Currently on the March Pick 'n' Mix we have the Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013, this wine comes in at £5.99 (from £8.99) when you buy any two from our Pick 'n' Mix range.

This wine owes its coffee-house name to the savoury coffee bean aromas that the winemakers have actively sought to bring out of the wine. The grapes are sourced from several parcels, many of which are of low-yielding bush vines, producing intensely flavoured fruit. 

Pronounced aromas of coffee, cocoa and black cherry characterise the intense nose. Smooth and full-textured on the palate, with harmonious oak, and a long finish.

Will partner a range of barbecued meats, grilled lamb chops or meaty pasta sauces.

Offer ends 31st March...

Fine Wine offer highlights 18Date published: 07/03/14

One for the cellar next and this wine is one of my all time favourite Bordeaux without paying too much. 2010 was a absolute cracker of a vintage and this would easily age gracefully if kept in the right conditions. Saying that it is already showing really well if decanted and served with a rib of beef.

Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels. With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence.

£23 but down to £18 on the fine wine deal.


Bellingham Bush Vine PinotageDate published: 07/03/14

Pinotage is South Africa's signature grape. It is a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It is called a crossing because both original seeds were Vitis Vinifera. As a fairly new crossing, different variations of this grape are being explored.

A bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape. Hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months.

Full-bodied, with a deep purple colour. Intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes, and a spicy toastiness from the oak.

Drink with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats.

£11.99 when you buy 2 or more (single bottle price £14.99)


Château La Vieille Croix 2009, Fronsac; King of the Hill.Date published: 06/03/14

Château La Vieille Croix in Fronsac has produced this great wine, now down 33% to £12.66 when bought as part of our March Pick 'n Mix offer!  

Laying claim to high the high ground to the west of Libourne on Bordeaux's right bank, the Château claims that its position dominates both Pomerol and Saint-Émilion. Fronsac's proximity to the other two appellations gives the wines a similar style and grape domination. However the wines from this region offer great value in comparison to the two other, arguably more famous, appellations. 

The wine itself, typically of Fronsac, is Merlot dominated. Whilst also containing 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc the remaining 80% is Merlot. The Merlot offers the wine moderate tannins and softness. It is  also the driving force behind the richness and body of the wine, the fruity aromas and more complex tannins and depth of colour come from blending the Merlot with both Cabernets. The blend is then aged in French oak to finish off this lovely Bordeaux. Generous raspberry fruit and a noticeable herbal quality result in a complex yet delicious wine. Excellent Sunday roast companion. 

Pinot Noir Under £6Date published: 06/03/14

Currently at Majestic we have the Robertson Winery Pinot Noir 2013 at £5.99 when you buy any 2 as part of our March Pick 'n' Mix offer. 

A fantastic offer on a South African Pinot Noir, a grape the South Africans are famous for blending with Cinsault to create Pinotage, their signature grape variety. 

Established in 1941, Robertson have grown to become South Africa's third largest wine brand. This Pinot Noir is sourced from the east-facing vineyards of Prospect Farm, an established vineyard located in a fairly cool part of the Robertson Valley.

An unoaked Pinot Noir, with an emphasis on fresh fruit flavours. The aromas are predominantly of youthful cherry and strawberry. Light and supple on the palate.

An ideal partner for light pasta dishes, mildly spiced couscous or grilled chicken, or on its own now it is starting to get warmer in the last of the winter days.

Offer ends 31st March 

Great wines for under £6. Date published: 06/03/14

Unbelievable value to be had by all at Majestic Wine!

Looking for quality every day "quaffing" wines can sometimes seem rather a hard task, but have no fear: they can be found! This month we have some great numbers in our Bargain Blooms deal, all for under £6. More importantly the deal is on single bottle price and a great way to explore with us; why not add one on to your usual shop? Maybe you'll find a hidden 'every day' gem! 

Some of my personal favourites include some incredibly good value southern French tipples. Mas des Montagnes Côtes du Roussillon is a great all rounder. The estate is owned by Nicolas and Miren Lorgeril, renowned Langue doc vignerons, and direct descendants of Cabardès' Pennautier family. The region has terraced slopes of schist, limestone and granite, and is hencean exceptional terroir, sought after by many winemakers.Vivid crimson in colour, with a nose dominated by the Grenache's jammy raspberry aromas. On the palate, the Syrah and Carignan add some spice and tannin, resulting in a well structured and racy wine. An absolute favourite in our house with some lamb chops, well seasoned and sprinkled with thyme. Perfic'!!!!

Another weekend visitor to my glass is Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc. A superb value Sauvignon Blanc, made by a major cooperative in the south of France. Grapes are sourced from several quality growers, and blended to create a consistently elegant and clean style.An astonishing nose with tropical fruit aromas followed by notes of peach. Intense flavours are held together in the mouth by a zesty refreshing acidity. Serve very cold alongside all manner of seafood dishes or as a late-afternoon refresher. Ahhhhh, that's better!

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 05/03/14

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix we have the Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley. This wine retails at £11.99 when you buy 1 or £7.99 when you mix it as part of our March Pick 'n' Mix offer.

Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha. Created in Maipo Valley in Central Chile, the area closest to the capital, Santiago. Each lot is individually vinified at its peak of ripeness and aged in french oak barrels. 

Deep, ripe ruby red in colour with a nose of blackcurrant, menthol and toasty vanilla notes. Rich, ripe almost sweet tannins and a long length.

Enjoy with spicy red meats, venison and goose, or on its own watching the sun set from your armchair in the evening.

Age, it's more than a number!Date published: 04/03/14

Ageing a wine develops its flavour and character, we know this. However, what can be hazy is how to assess whether a wine you have is suitable for aging, or will keeping a bottle have no direct benefit to the taste? After all, the proof is undoubtedly in the tasting!

Firstly we have to decide if the wine-type will react well to ageing in the first place! For this it has been said that the best way to decide this is by using a 'readiness for drinking' scale; let us review the WSET level 3 specifications.

Wines that are high in fruitiness with only slight acidity or tannins usually will not take well to ageing. These wines would be classified as, "Drink now: not intended for ageing." Similarly, if you try a wine that seems that it should have had a fruity taste but have dampened slightly, or indeed has lost freshness in acidity or subtlety in its tannins, it can be seen that they are simply "too old"

If your wine has very firm structural tannins or good levels if acidity it may well benefit from ageing. typically the ageing of such wines will have the affect of developing the fruity flavours with earthy or spice notes. Although tannins will soften with age, acidity and sugar levels will change very little, as will the alcohol content. With that in mind one can determine whether or not a wine has the potential for ageing and the effect of any time it may have in a bottle. On the WSET level 3 specification such a wine would be scaled thusly, "can drink now but has potential for ageing."

If you believe the tannins or acidity are a little too harsh and are in need of development the wine would be classed as "too old." Contrarily, it may happen that we open a bottle and decide that in fact the wine would have tasted better if it had more fruity notes.  If this happens it may be the case that ageing has caused developed into more savoury notes and therefore may have been aged for too long. This would be classed, again, as "too old".

Fine Wine offer highlights 17Date published: 03/03/14

Now this has tpo be sent from our St John's Wood branch due to the small quantities that we get. If you like toasty Chards you will love this.

Majestic ships these wines direct from this quality-driven producer. Productions are tiny, philosophies Burgundian and the results are spectacular. Despite being a former second hand car salesman Stephen Hansel prices his wines fairly. There is huge complexity and depth, the estate chardonnay has bags fruit, a popcorny richness and intelligently used expensive French oak. Remarkable value for money.

This currently is only £18 on the fine wine deal but stock is disappearing fast so do delay. We will sell out!

French Regional Red For Under £5Date published: 02/03/14

Currently at Majestic we have the Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012, Vin de France at the single bottle price of £4.99. It is part of Majestic's commitment to deliver a fantastic range of wines under £6, so there are plenty others in store for you to try. 

This wine is made from grapes sourced from a number of growers, and vinified at Caves de Landiras, a state-of-the-art winery at the heart of the wine making scene for many small vineyards in the south and south west corners of France. 

Supple and inviting, this wine blends the soft and jammy raspberry fruit of ripe Grenache with the firming influences of Carignan's blackberry flavours and robust tannin. Light-to medium-bodied.

This wine will partner with anything from coldcuts to flavoursome pasta dishes, or served on its own

Why not pop down and try the Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012, Vinde France as it is currently on our tasting counter.

Fine Wine offer highlights 16Date published: 02/03/14

Everybody has heard of the famed Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc and I'm sure many have drunk it but to my mind the best wine they produce it the fabulous Te Koko.

This is an iconic wine from New Zealand's most iconic winery. Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand!

Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish.

If you have never tried this fantastic wine I urge you to. I would serve this as an interesting aperitif or try matching with a cheese souffle made with an aged comte or beaufort. 

Priced at £37.50 but on the mix/match fine wine offer £32.50.

Fine Wine offer highlights 15Date published: 01/03/14

Something a bit richer now and from the Two Hand's stable comes the sumptuous 'Angels Share' Shiraz.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

Not really a wine for drinking without food. Think a thick T-Bone steak grilled to med rare. A great supper!

£23 down to £18 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the fine wine offer.



El Rescatado Albarin 2013, Tierra de LeonDate published: 01/03/14


Another Albarino I hear you say? The El Rescatado Albarin 2013, Tierrade Leon is actually made from the far rarer grape variety of Albarin.  This rare light skinned grape is genetically somewhere in between Albarino and Gewurtztraminer. The typical flavours are those of mint, fig and lime. The top Albarins also undergo malolactic fermentation.

Albarin is native to the valleys of the Picos de Europe in northern Spain and is extremely rare: only around 100 hectares of vineyards are planted with this variety. 20 of those are owned by Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun, who makes this wine.

Extremely fresh and aromatic, combining gooseberry, citrus fruit and hints of fresh green herbs, with a gently tropical edge. Crisp and refreshing acidity. 

Enjoy on its own, with smoked oysters or with those more adventurous then a Wasabi chicken salad.

This wine is currently at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more (£12.99 single bottle price) 

and on the tasting counter right now!!!


Fine Wine offer highlights 14Date published: 28/02/14

I have to admit I haven't tasted this vintage of this wine but remember when we last stocked the wines from Foxen probably over 5 years ago now so I'm going going by memory of the last time we had it here.

Foxen is a small Santa Barbara winery produces highly individual Pinot Noir wines quite unlike those from Napa and Sonoma. It offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents with a ripe tannic structure. 

As I remember this really needs food to excell and something like a simply roasted duck would be just perfect.

£29 but down to £24 when you buy two or more from our fine wine promotion.



Portillo Malbec Date published: 28/02/14

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix offer we have the Portillo Malbec 2012/2013 from Mendoza. The wine was a recent addition to our Pick 'n' Mix offer as part of Majestic's fantastic idea to include more, ever popular Malbecs. This wine retails at £9.99 but when you buy any two this wine comes down to £6.66

This Malbec comes from the Mendoza region. This region is the figurehead for Argentinian wine making, with the region producing over 70% of the country's wines. The biggest vineyards are planted in almost desert conditions, protected from the rain by the Andes and from the Pampas. However, snow-melt and the high altitude allow incredible wines to be produced. 

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. 

This multi-award-winning wine won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy in 2011.An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Try this with a slighty spicy dishes, medium strength cheeses or lamb. 

Wine of the Week: Torres Days of SummerDate published: 28/02/14

Miguel Torres's winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain. The family is now earning a reputation as being Chile's most sustainable viticulturists. Sourced from Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions Days of Summer has a unique flavour. As the name suggests, this is a summery wine full of bright and juicy white grape, floral and gently tropical aromas. A background sweetness gives the wine a round, easy-going feel. This summery wine is sure to bring a hint of early Spring to your table despite the dreary weather of late! Perfect with Thai Fishcakes

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, £9.99 single bottle price


Exciting Malbec offers: Callia Bella Malbec, now only £5.99!!Date published: 27/02/14

Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan - Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes. An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness. 

Great value at £5.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines. 

Fantastic Malbec Offer: Luigi Bosca Malbec, 2011.Date published: 26/02/14

Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave ofItalian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourthgeneration of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region ofLujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level.Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.Try this with seared venison loin. 

Only £10.66 a bottle when you buy 2 or more selected malbecs. 

Open to taste in store from Friday 28th February in store! 

My top Fine Wine deals: Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and SAVE £10!Date published: 25/02/14

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and SAVE £10!

We have a variety of Fine Wines on this offer at the moment. Come in and try something new!

Some of the wines on this offer are...

Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru 2011 - There is quite a bit of tension and acidity on the finish to frame layers of rich, highly expressive fruit in the 2011 Chablis Vaillons. This explosive Chablis captures an attractive middle ground between the cooler and riper styles of the year, with both plenty of detail and depth. Since 2006, this parcel has been farmed biodynamically. £25.00 when purchased with the offer.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passion fruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish. It is superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.£22.00 when purchased on the offer. 

Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2005 - Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, commonly known as CVNE, produces some of Spain's greatest wines. Made from 20 year old vines and aged in French and American oak, the Imperial range originated in the 1920s, named for its imperial pint bottles exported to the UK. Full garnet in colour expressing elegant autumn berry fruits, coffee, caramel and cinnamon. The palate is finely structured with dried fruit, plums and damsons combined with toasty vanilla undertones.This is a wine that will evolve well in bottle and last many years, or be enjoyed now. Fantastic with roasted meats and game birds. £20.00 when purchased on the offer. 



The Two Hands RangeDate published: 24/02/14

The Two Hands Range 

The Two Hands winery was founded in 1999 by two friends and all the wines are handmade, hence the name: Two Hands. Their view was to showcase the best Shiraz Australia has to offer, and they source grapes from different regions to show the diversity and regional characteristics. 

Here are a few of the Two Hands wines that are available here at Majestic. 

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, Barossa Valley: 

Sourced from mature gnarly shiraz vines in the Barossa valley. The wine is aged in mixture of old and new french oak hogsheads for 12 months.

Full bodied and intense. Complex with black  fruit flavors combined with notes of toffee, burnt chestnut and subtle hints of lavender. Well structured with a long finish, this wine is fantastic now but will continue to develop for up to five years.

£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

Angels Share Shiraz, McLaren Vale: 

This wine comes from the McLaren Vale, a slightly cooler region than Barossa. It is very rich and aromatic, displaying coffee notes and flavors of plum fruit. With its intense flavors it is deliciously mouth coating with soft rounded tannins. Enjoy now or cellar for up to ten years. 

£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

Sexy Beast Cabernet, McLaren Vale:  

Sourced from sites across the McLaren Vale, the wine is then matured for 14 months in french oak hogsheads. Deep in colour this wine displays an inviting nose of rich fruit combined with notes of violet, smoke and herbs. The wine is elegantly full bodied and well structured with smooth tannins. 

Can be drunk now or cellared for up to ten years. 

£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 


Free Delivery on ANY 6 Bottles!Date published: 23/02/14

Free Delivery on ANY 6 Bottles

We are now offering all customers free delivery on ANY 6 bottles of wine! This means you are no longer restricted by a minimum spend, increasing the choices of wines you can buy for delivery.

We love to see you in store, and we love to see you when we're out in the van! Come and explore!


Buy Any 2 Craft Beers, Save £6!Date published: 23/02/14

Buy Any Craft Beers, Save £6

Mix and match your craft beers and save £6! 

Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles - A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

Brooklyn Lager 6x355ml Bottles - A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog 6x330ml Can - A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.

All £9.99 when you buy 2 or more packs. 

Open to taste: Masciarelli Montepulciano Date published: 22/02/14

Since its founding in 1978, the successful family-run Masciarelli winery has grown from its original 2.5 hectares in the town of San Martino to a total of 320 hectares today, spread across 14 different towns and villages throughout Abruzzo's provinces. Bright ruby in colour, with an attractive nose of red cherry, with subtle violet and tobacco notes. The palate frames blackcurrant and damson fruit with taut tannins and notes of liquorice and spice. Medium weight and a streak of acidity make this a great all-round food wine. Best served with tomato-based pasta dishes. 

Only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Deals ending this Monday, 24th February! Date published: 22/02/14

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal

£7.99 (single bottle price £11.99)

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

Offer ends Monday 24th February

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV Italy
£6.99 (single bottle price £10.49)

The little-known Raboso grape is essentially the sister grape of the white Prosecco, and is here used to make a similarly delicate sparkling wine. Grapes have been picked from the vineyard areas around the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. An elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft and with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and a round and full-bodied structure.

Offer ends Monday 24th February

Fine Wine offer highlights 13Date published: 21/02/14

Sticking to Spain but moving to Ribera region.

A project by Bodegas Roda, one of Rioja's leading wineries, to make a top quality modern Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero. Following four years of research, the La Horra vineyards were identified as Roda's chosen Duero site, and Corimbo was first produced here in 2008. The wine is a dense and multi-layered wine, crammed with black fruit and accented with notes of sweet spice, toast and floral aromas.

Although really quite young at present it is already drinking really well and would be a great wine to drink with a gently braised hare ragout and a buttery pomme puree.

£25 but on offer at only £20 when buying two plus wines from the promoted fine wine offers.

Stella Alpina Chardonnay Date published: 20/02/14

BRAND NEW into Majestic is the Stella Alpina Chardonnay. This wine goes straight into our February Pick 'n' Mix at £9.33 when you buy any two. 

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering  Switzerland and Austria. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude. Due to the location of the region only 15% of the region is able to be cultivated. Generally, the fertile valley floor is used for fruit crops, with the vines situated on terraces on the lower slopes of the valley wall.

The freshness of this Chardonnay is countered by a rich peach flavour and flinty texture from the limestone soil, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.

Fine Wine offer highlights 12Date published: 20/02/14

To one of my favourites now for number 12. The fantastic Vina Ardanza from 2004. This is probably the wine rioja that really got me hooked on Spanish wines some 20 years ago now. 

This is one of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour. Lovely silky vanilla also is here in abundance which is always a sign of a cracking Rioja.

If you ever get the chance to taste their 904 or 890  I urge you to. They are truly world class.

Food wise it has to Lamb and some little cutlets that have been marinated in a little garlic, rosemary and chilli then char grilled. Perfect!!

£23.50 but comes down to £18.50 when you buy two or more from the fine wine offer.


Paul Mas ChardonnayDate published: 19/02/14

Currently on our February Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013. This wine sells at £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our Pick 'n' Mix selection.

This is a very good everyday drinking Chardonnay from Paul Mas, one of the greatest modern domaines in the Languedoc. 20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel,for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics.

A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and an interesting toastiness. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a strong, persistent finish. 

A very good everyday drinking wine, it will partner fish and seafood, light cheeses and rich terrines.

Offer ends 2nd March...

Fine Wine offer highlights 11Date published: 19/02/14

Staying in the USA but a little lighter and it is the soft and supple ABC Pinot Noir.

Winemaker Jim Clendenen is the multi-award-winning creator of Au Bon Climat's superb Pinot Noirs, made in a classic but easy-drinking style. This example is sourced from several vineyards including Le Bon Climat and the legendary Bien Nacido in Santa Barbara.

A delicate and pretty nose of ripe strawberry, cherry and plum fruit, with a very subtle earthiness. Soft and supple on the palate, with great fruit focus and smooth tannins.

This is easily soft enough to drink without food but would also match a roasted duck really well.


£25 but on the fine wine promotion £20 a bottle.


Macon Lugny Louis LatourDate published: 18/02/14

Currently on offer this month we have the Macon Lugny Louis Latour at £8.99 from £11.99 when you buy two or more. We also have it in the ever appealing magnum for £33 a bottle. 

Since 1796, the family run wine making house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines. From the Southern part of Maconnais in Burgundy, this wine, from the Lugny village, have a rich and buttery feel, due to the rich limestone soil. 

Pale gold in colour, with aromas of fresh apples, lemon and citric fruit, together with a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

Perfect on its own or with poultry,pork and or with fresh seafood.

Fine Wine offer highlights 10Date published: 18/02/14

Oh dear. I was wrong about the weather improving so after a long weekend off I delved back into red mode. My 10th recommendation is the stonking Ramey Cab Sauv fom Napa. This was one of my new year eves wines and what a fantastic wine it is. Below is what Wine Advocate has to say about it.

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, dramatic wine endowed with tremendous richness and power. A large-scaled, dramatic wine, the 2009 Cabernet sweeps across the palate with generous, deeply resonant fruit. This is shaping up to be another beauty from David Ramey. The 2009 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Lamoreaux, DeSantis, J. Davies and Somerston. Drink: 2014-2021". 93-95 points. 

Some Californian wines can be somewhat over the top but this is perfectly balanced and would suit a roasted leg of lamb brilliantly or I served it with some fantastic comte cheese.

£45 a bottle or £40 on the current fine wine offer. 

Grand VendemaDate published: 17/02/14

Currently on our February Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Gran Vendema Crianza 2010. This wine sells at £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our Pick 'n' Mix selection.

The grapes (100% Tempranillo) for this wine are picked from 10-15-year- old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Under aging laws this wine is 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.

This can be drunk on its own or paired with Italian cured meats and medium cheeses

Offer ends 2nd March.......

New in stock: Ciroc VodkaDate published: 17/02/14

Ciroc is different to most vodkas because it is distilled from fine French grapes rather than rye, wheat or potatoes. This innovation in French craftmanship uses a cold fermentation process, unique in the world of vodka, that preserves the grape's distinct freshness. It is distilled five times and finished in a copper pot-still in the legendary Cognac region in France. This makes Ciroc a taste experience that is refreshingly different and elegantly smooth.

Give this a go if you're after a high quality vodka! £35 a bottle. 


Williams Chase Single Estate English Apple GinDate published: 16/02/14

Williams Chase pride their gin on being, "the most complicated gin in the world." With each bottle comes a small leaflet that explains their reasons for making such a claim. 

The booklet explains the fact that gin is actually distilled from vodka and to make the perfect gin, they must first start with a great vodka. 

The process of creating this gin starts by turning Williams Chase's own apples into cider. The cider is then transformed into vodka, the vodka is then distilled into the gin we know today. The bottle claims that each bottle is 100 times distilled. The liquid passes twice through the distillery's 70 foot column and copper pot.

The result of this production method, they claim, produces a gin with tears and a perfect pedigree. Indeed, William Chase himself is quoted as saying, "when you are proud of making something put your name on." William Chase must have been exceedingly proud of this lovely little number.

On sale now for £40.00

Santa Ana Malbec 2013Date published: 16/02/14

Currently on our February Pick 'n' Mix offer we have the Santa Ana Malbec 2013. This fantastic everyday drinking Malbec comes in at £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Bodegas Santa Ana is one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. Created in the province of Mendoza, traditionally the most popular wine making region for Malbec. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards. 

Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied,with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

This light and fruity Malbec goes perfectly with med-strength cheeses or on its own in your armchair, watching the rain outside. 

James' wine course: a commentary of sortsDate published: 15/02/14

Manager James hosts Farnham's first Majestic Wine Course of the year!

The evening was set; a selection of whites were chilling in the fridge, food was ready for tasting and a seven foot map of France stood at the ready. James was ready with his best professor's voice in tow, all we needed from that point were the students. 

(Almost) exactly on time the lovely ladies arrived bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready to learn something new about wines they loved and others they thought they didn't! The evening started with a introductions and a brief spell of everyone's preferences; likes and dislikes. Then the fun part began. Each 'student' had 6 still wines, three white, three red, in front of them ready for the tasting. After initial impressions they were then tasked to try and guess the grape variety and region/country of origin of the wines. The guesses were all well informed but unfortunately none were accurate. It was then that James explained certain characteristics of the grapes, regions and style of the wines.

After the whites came a glass of Champagne to wet the whistle and, unsurprisingly it went down a treat! Following the Champagne came the reds, tasted in much the same fashion as the whites.

The most exciting part of the course was yet to come; the food pairing. A veritable Smörgåsbord was presented to see which wines tasted best with certain foods. This proved the most enjoyable, and surprising, part of the evening as the ladies found wines they weren't so keen on in the first instance found the food really changed their perception.

In all the evening was a resounding success. 

...more follows

Timothy Taylor's LandlordDate published: 15/02/14

Timothy Taylor's Landlord

Just £22.80 a case, when you buy at least 2 cases of bottled Ales!

Timothy Taylor started brewing in Keighley, West Yorkshire in 1958 and the business continues today as a family company maintaining the tradition of excellence he established.

Landlord is a classic Pale Ale brewed in the traditional way using Pennine water drawn from the wells at Knowle Spring, the finest Golden Promise barley malt and only the best quality whole leaf hops.

Refreshingly reliable and nationally renowned, this full drinking Pale Ale has a complex and hoppy aroma.

Landlord has won more major awards than any other UK Ale, including four times as Supreme Champion at the Brewers' International Awards and 4 times as CAMRA's Champion Beer of the Year.


Recent Vintages - Amarone, Veneto and Friuli Date published: 14/02/14

The areas of Amarone, Veneto and Fruili are located in North Eastern Italy. 

Fruili is based in North Eastern Italy and shares a border with Slovenia. The vineyards benefit from the cool airflow which comes from the Alps. Pinot Grigio is one of the more popular grape styles grown here and is depicted well in the Jermann Pinot Grigio (£23.00 -  £18.00 when you buy 2 or more fine wine).

The region of Veneto is Italy's largest wine producing region. To the south there is the region of Valpolicella, just north of Verona. Corvina is the principle grape of this region. The Amarone Negar (£23.00 -  £18.00 when you buy 2 or more fine wine) is a fantastic example of a wine from this region. 

Here is just a short vintage review of recent years.

2012 - Long periods of heat created a drought in September. Lead to unbalanced grapes. Amarone should be good however.

2011 - A fantastic year for Amarone, very healthy grapes because of the well-watered spring and summer heat. The white wines are well balanced and concentrated.

2010- A very cool vintage. Very good for light white wines, not so much for the reds. The white wines should be drunk soon.

2009 - Idea end of summer/autumn conditions lead to a very good vintage for Amarone. A very good vintage also for Prosecco and Pinot Grigio

2008 - An overall very high standard of grapes were produced in this vintage. 

2006 - Outstanding year for Amarone, large quantities were created and will drink very well now. 

33% off Champagne!Date published: 14/02/14

We are currently running a cracking offer on selected Champagnes within our range. Take a look below! 

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - 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. £19.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV - 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. £23.32 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV - An intense, luminous 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. £29.98 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV - 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 with turkey. £19.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.


A bit about BordeauxDate published: 13/02/14

In regards to both volume and value, Bordeaux is the largest AC region in France. Although famous for being home to some of the biggest names in fine wine, the region struggles to produce less valuable wines that can remain competitive on the international wine market. The region of Bordeaux is split, metaphorically speaking, into two halves. There are a minority of producers who manage to take advantage of the region's ability to produce some of the most expensive wines available. However it should not be forgotten that there are the vast majority of growers and producers who may struggle to keep up with the burgeoning world market and remain successful.

The climate of Bordeaux is a moderate maritime climate that benefits from the warming affects brought with the gulf stream. The gulf stream brings warm water from the Caribean islands in the western Atlantic all the way to northern Europe, this in turn results in a longer growing season and a generally easier environment for the vines. The region also benefits from the Landes forest which, with the help of coastal sand dunes, protects from any vicious Atlantic storms. Despite the many benefits it cannot be denied that the situation does cause some problems with the large amount of rainfall the region is subject to. The heavy rain may cause havoc in the vines' growing cycle as well with the ripening and harvest of the fruit.

Although the AC allows the use of thirteen grape varieties, the key black grape varieties to take note of in Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon,  Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The red wines of Bordeaux are almost entirely blends of these, among other, varieties. The use of such a technique is used due to the risk that is involved with different grapes. the different varieties all flower, bud and ripen at different stages. Any nonseasonal weather may result in the whole crop being destroyed. Over decades of wine production the methods of blending have been perfected.

Fine Wine offer highlights 9Date published: 13/02/14

The suns peeking out so a white for no 9 and its the delicious Pouilly Fume from Ladoucette. 

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

This is a classic Pouilly Fume that would grace any table with aplomb. Lovely as an aperitif or when matched with a little fresh goats cheese. Also a great combination for a whole roasted line caught sea bass.

£30 but down to £25 on the fine wine offer.

Which glass, I hear you ask!Date published: 12/02/14

As a nation Britain can be seen as placing rather a high value on etiquette and form. Nowhere else is this true of us Brits than at the dinner table and from dozens of knives and forks to bread plates; the way we enjoy our food has many a convention we're expected to know. However it may also be said that this is not necessarily true of wine glasses. Indeed in my university days I was once presented with Winnie-the-Pooh mug, filled to the brim with a pretty decent Shiraz, at a friend's dinner party. At first I thought, "I'd rather have any other drinks receptacle than this," (there was even a hair in it) but then it got me thinking; what glass is the right glass to truly enjoy this?

Etiquette aside, the right glass for your tipple can really make a difference in one's impression of a wine. Most wine glasses out there are specifically designed to emphasise a certain wine's characteristic, so it's a benefit to have some idea which to use.

Red Wine
Best served in a larger glass. The added surface area will result in greater exposure to the air which, in turn, will allow proper development of a wine's flavours and aromas.

White Wine and Rosé Wine
In order to enjoy these wines at their best it would be beneficial to make use of a medium sized wine glass. This will have the effect of gathering the fresh, fruity aromas and then channeling them toward the rim of the glass.

Sparkling Wines
To ensure that the bubbles and aromas that we so love in a good bottle of sparkling use of a flute must be employed. The shape of the flute glass will enhance the bubbles' effect on the drink, this will help to release the full potential of aromas within it. The length of the flute allows the bubble to rise through a greater volume of liquid before finally popping on the surface. 

Finally, it is worth adding that ultimately the cleanliness of the glass you're using could prove to be highly influential in your enjoyment of a wine. Even the slightest hint-of-a-tint of a taint can spoil the true characteristics of a wine. This being said, I don't expect anybody to start buffing their glass cupboards out before the next bottle is opened. Let me merely suggest restraint from using age inappropriate, hairy mugs when your friends pop over with a bottle of wine.

Fine Wine offer highlights 8Date published: 12/02/14

Whilst it's still appalling weather out there I'm going to stick to full bodied red wines and the next one comes from California.

It is Qupé's Syrah which is a blend of fruit from up to eight vineyard sites across the Central Coast region, primarily cool-climate sites in Santa Barbara and Edna Valley. The wine is made in a style that mimics the elegance of classic northern-Rhône Syrah.

This Syrah displays both power and poise, marrying deep black and red fruit with taut acidity and a lithe, fine-grained tannic structure. Mild white pepper notes add savoury complexity.

Very much for lovers of Rhone wines this has long been a favourite of mine and at only £18 on the fine wine offer is a real alternative to St Joseph or Crozes. 

The last time I drank it was with a hare pappardelle which seemed to be a fine match.

Pétalos, a wine of BierzoDate published: 11/02/14

The producer of this wine is Alvaro Palacio, son of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo. He has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent wine making philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30 hectares , spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites. Bierzo, north-west Spain, is situated in the mountainous area between Galicia and the Meseta region. Whilst warmer that Galicia, Bierzo still benfits from cooling influences from the ocean.   

The Pétalos wine is made from the Mencia grape, the key variety of Bierzo. This local grape variety is traditionally suited to cooler conditions. The grapes offer wines with fresh fruit flavours and medium to high acidity and sometimes a hint of herbaceousnous.

Traditionally the Mencia grape was thought to produce thin, dilute wines. However over recent years many producers have worked at improving both the vinyard practises and the way the wine is made to produce a Mencia of higher quality. This comes back to the independant wine making philosiphies that Alvaro Palacio is trying to pioneer. 

The result is an aromatic and interesting wine with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. A perfect alternative to more traditional middle-bodied wines.

I would try this with a rustic Spanish hare stew. Perfection.

Fine Wine offer highlights 7Date published: 11/02/14

When you think of famous Italian wines Brunello di Montalcino is one that often springs to mind. 

Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The grapes for this paticluar wine are sourced from hillside sites with calcareous sandy topsoil and rounded stones.

A full bodied wine with hints of liquorice and chocolate complements the concentrated, velvety cherry fruits on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and long finish. If drinking now decant a couple of times to get it woken up and serve with something quite fully flavoured. Maybe a slow roast leg of wild boar for instance.

Priced at £30 but on offer at only £25 when buying two or more from the fine wine promotion.

Lagunilla Reserva 33% offDate published: 10/02/14

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix promotion we have the Rioja Reserva, Lagunilla 2008. Currently at £6.66 from £9.99 when you buy any 2 of our Pick 'n' Mix wines.

The vineyards for this wine are located in Rioja in Northern Spain. Formed in 1885 by Don Pelipe Lagunilla San Martin, the same man who was credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards during the phylloxera epidemic, an epidemic which swept across Europe. His pioneering work in grafting the Spanish vines onto American root stocks was crucial to the survival of Rioja. 

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. Spending 24 months in oak casks it portrays an enjoyable smoothness, with pleasant vanilla and spicy aromas. On the palate the well structured tannins are complemented by black fruit.

Enjoy with roast shoulder of lamb, any number of game dishes or on its own during a cold February. 



Fine Wine offer highlights 6Date published: 10/02/14

Whilst in Italy my 6th recommendation is the sumptous Guidalberto from Tenuta San Guido who produce the amazing Sassicaia (a truly world class wine)

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.

I drank this recently with some simply roasted Pigeon and sauteed porcini. What a great combination it was!

Whilst Sassicaia retails at well over £100 Guidalberto comes in at only £30 coming down to £25 when you buy 2+ from the promoted range of fine wines.

Classic Sunday night food/wine matchesDate published: 09/02/14

We tend to always have a Sunday roast in the winter and vary the protein week to week. I don't really have an overall favourite so look forward to the variety each week. This Sunday I picked up a whole lamb shoulder from the butcher which is a steal at under £10.

So this morning I studded it with sprigs of rosemary, slivers of garlic and small pieces of salted anchovy. Chopped a couple of onions and put in the roasting tray with the lamb sitting on top. Season the lamb well and add a pint of water to the tin before covering tightly with foil. Put in a low oven say 150 for about 4 hrs. Have a peek every hour to make sure onions aren't burning. Uncover for the last hour to brown. Remove and rest the meat. Skim of the lamb fat and make a lovely gravy with the melting onions. Serve with cavelo nero or kale and roasted potatoes. Wine wise because shoulder is a little more fatty I'm going for a Rioja from Muga. The always have ripe acidity which will cut through the richness. The left over meat makes a great curry or shepherds pie.

Fine Wine offer highlights 5Date published: 09/02/14

We are zipping across to Italy briefly because I tasted this vintage of Promis last night and was bowled over by it.   

Below is what Mr Parker says about it. He scored it 93 points.

'The 2011 Promis (55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Sangiovese) is darkly concentrated with thick tones of black tar, espresso, candied cherry, clove, rum cake and bitter chocolate. Although it feels broad and large in the mouth, the wine also shows enormous elegance and focus. That inner opulence is channeled into tight, sharp pulses that impact the palate with grace and poise. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2024'

Yes I probably drank it a little young but with my char grilled rib-eye that had been marinated in rosemary, garlic and a little chilli is was perfect. I'm buying a case to lay down for a year or two. £30 per bottle but £25 when you buy 2+ from the promoted range of fine wines.



Cork or Screwcap?Date published: 09/02/14

There has always been a debate between the Cork and the Screw cap, as to which is the correct method of closure for wine. The purpose of the closure is to firstly, protect the wine from harm and secondly where the wine need maturation, the closure must enable the wine to do so. 

Traditionally the Cork used to the be the only option, and to this day is still the most widely used. However, the main issue with using a cork is the unwanted effect that is cork-taint (thought to be around 5% of bottles). Cork-taint is caused by the chemical Trichloranisole (TCA), which gives the wine a moldy and cardboard aroma. Cork producers have invested considerable sums into eradicating the effects of TCA with different levels of success. The main benefit of the cork is that it allows some oxygen to pass into the wine, helping the wine to mature. 

On the other side we have the Screw cap. Favored by New World Countries such as Australia and New Zealand for use in their white wine production. Trails have shown that the screw cap will preserve the fruit flavor better than the cork. Furthermore, where the producer wants to preserve the fresh fruit flavor he will use a screw cap. Screw caps do not let oxygen in, therefore there is a debate as to how well wines are able to mature, and because of this research is being carried out into screw caps that will slowly allow oxygen in penetrate the wine. 


Puy de Dome Chardonnay Date published: 08/02/14

Currently on our Bargain Hunt we have the Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012, Puy de Dome at £7.99 from £11.99 when you buy 2 or more. A fantastic saving of 33%. 

This Chardonnay will strike you immediately with its unique label, designed especially for Majestic. The wine itself comes from a specific parcel of vines located 570m above sea level, to the south of Clermont-Ferrand. The Chardonnay is fermented in a single tank, which the wine remains for a total of 15 months. 

A well structured unoaked Chardonnay, this wine displays a soft-edged acidity and citrus fruit character. This wine displays characteristics of a slightly fatter Chablis which makes it a fantastic alternative to traditional Chablis and at a cheaper price. 

An interesting fact about Puy de Dome is that is on the same latitude as Côte Rôtie and St-Émilion but altitude prevents the region from managing to ripen their signature grape varieties such as Syrah, Merlot or Cabernet.


Fine Wine offer highlights 4Date published: 08/02/14

My first recommendation on the white front is the delicious Louis Jadot Meursault Narvaux.

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

Not a blockbuster of a white burgundy but just perfectly balanced with and very elegant. Would suit a piece a simply roasted piece of turbot or brill brilliantly. £30 but down to £25 when you buy 2 or more from the promoted range.

Fine Wine offer highlights 3Date published: 07/02/14

Staying with Bordeaux for the moment and into the Margaux region with Segla 2006. 

Ségla is the second wine of the famous Margaux second growth Château Rauzan-Ségla. More accessible than the first wine, this is does not receive as much new oak, so tannins are riper and smoother making the Ségla ripe and ready for drinking.

It is a wine with excellent concentration and poise. Showing fragrant notes of ripe fruits, violets and cedar with beautiful length and delicate tannins. With great structure and balance and a long finish.

Try it with some char-grilled lamp chops.  £30 down the £25 when you buy 2+ bottles from the selected range.


Torrontés a unique grape variety of the Spanish speaking worldDate published: 07/02/14

This distinctive variety of grape is growing in popularity and recognition in the Spanish speaking world. Indigenous to Galicia, North-West Spain, the variety is commonly found being used in the Ribeiro region. 

Outside of Spain the most important use of Torrontés varieties is in Argentina. Grapes known as Torrontés have been grown there since the 1990s. Despite the fact that there has been considerable emigration from Galicia to the wine producing regions of Argentina, there is no known link to the original Torrontés grapes.

In terms of style, when carefully vinified, the Torrontés wines can be light bodied, aromatic and high in acidity. The aromatic nature of Torrontés is similar, but by no means identical, to muscat. The acidity harbours tropical fruit and citrus notes such as pineapple and clean peach flavours.

If you're after something unique and different this is a great style to start with. In store this week we are offering the Viñalba Torrontés, from Mendoza, Argentina, on the tasting counter. At only £9.99 this wine is definitely worth exploring with. Your taste buds won't know what's hit them!

Fine Wine offer highlights 2Date published: 07/02/14

Staying with Bordeaux but moving to the right bank and to Pomerol for the second great deal. Chateau Bourgneuf from 1999.

An intense and fleshy Pomerol, now fully mature and mellowed with age, yet still displaying plenty of power and muscularity. A core of ripe bramble fruit, shaped by well-integrated tannins, and topped off with aromas of dried scrubland herbs, cocoa and earth. 

Not really one for the cellar as now 15 years old but still holding up well and drinking really well currently. 

I'd drink this with something like roasted pheasant. £25 down to £20 when you buy 2+ bottles. Down to our last 6 bottles in store.


Deal of the week: Alamos Malbec, Mendoza, £6.66 a bottle! Date published: 06/02/14

A wine made by the Catena family. They began making Alamos in 1993 as the second wine of Catena. Alamos is sourced from some of the younger vineyards in the best areas of Mendoza's high altitude country. The yields from these vines are kept low, and are all hand harvested. Their goal is to be true to their 'house' style of a rich concentrated wines that have distinct varietal flavour. 

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Buy two Pick 'N' Mix wines save 33%: £6.66 per bottle!! 



Fine Wine offer highlights 1Date published: 06/02/14

We have as a company over the last few months been running a great promtion where you can mix/match a number of fine wines and as long as you buy 2 or more from the promated range you save £5 a bottle so over the next few weeks I am going to highlight a few of these to you.

Located just a few hundred metres from the village of St-Emilion,  Chateau Berliquet is one of the area's oldest estates. After years in the doldrums, the Château underwent a revival in the mid-1980s gaining it Grand Cru Classé status, and now produces wines of enviable quality.

A classic St-Emilion, offering a dense core of blackberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of earth and underbrush. It still has some soft tannin which will soften over time but at present drinks really well with a classic roast lamb or beef.

Priced at £25 but with the offer is £20 when buying 2+ bottles from the range.  


February Pick n Mix!Date published: 05/02/14

We are excited to introduce our new Pick n Mix! A fantastic range of Old and New world reds and whites, along with sparkling wines and Champagnes on our 33.3% off February Pick 'n' Mix offer.

So how does it work? 

Simple! Choose two products for our selected Pick 'n' Mix range at the front of the store and save 33.3%. As the name suggests, the best thing about this is you have the chance to try two or more different wines ,still or sparkling, and still save money. 

Some of my favourites in the mix this month are: 

Ondine Sauvignon: The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style. Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit andmineral texture.Try with a starter of creamy camembert served with green fig preserve.


Only: £5.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from our selected Pick n Mix.

Alamos Malbec: 

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux,Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Only: £6.66 when you buy 2 or more wines from our selected Pick n Mix.

Vavasour SauvignonDate published: 04/02/14


I have confess to not being the biggest fan of Kiwi SB and there are only a couple of producers I enjoy drinking. When we opened this particular example over the weekend I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. 

The fruit for the Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at night to preserve flavour and freshness. Careful winemaking has allowed the wine to retain the vibrant fruit flavours obtained in the vineyard.

It displays an expressive nose of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with mineral notes on the palate. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine exhibits all the hallmarks of great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It has well balanced acidity and would be perfect for sipping outside in the warm sunshine. If only !!!!!!!!!!!!


Muscadet!Date published: 03/02/14

Muscadet wines are often light bodied and almost always dry with very little, if any residual sugar. Left over carbon dioxide from the bottling process can leave the wines with a slight "prickly" sensation. Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan describes Muscadets as fresh and crisp, at their peak drinking ability from release up to three of years of age. Muscadet that have been aged sur lie can have very subtle "yeasty" aromas. The acidity keeps the wines light and refreshing. Some examples can have a slight "saltiness" about them.

The classic food and wine pairings in the Pays Nantais region is of Muscadet with the local seafood-particularly oysters. Other seafood dishes with which Muscadet pairs well include lobster, shrimp and mullet.

All you need to know about Rioja. Date published: 03/02/14

Rioja is a wine region, with Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.Ca. Qualified designation of origin) named after La Rioja, in Spain. Rioja is made from grapes grown not only in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, but also in parts of Navarre and theBasque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all three regions though there is a slow growth in single-zone wines.

Rioja wines are normally a blend of various grape varieties, and can be either red (tinto), white (blanco) or rosé (rosado). La Rioja has a total of 57,000 hectares cultivated, yielding 250 million litres of wine annually, of which 85% is red. The harvest time for most Rioja vineyards is September–October with the northern Rioja Alta having the latest harvest in late October. The soil in Rioja is clay based with a high concentration of chalk and iron. There is also significant concentration of limestone, sandstone and alluvial silt.

Rioja red wines are classified into four categories. The first, simply labeled Rioja, is the youngest, spending less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A crianza is wine aged for at least two years, at least one of which was in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak. Finally, Rioja Gran Reserva wines have been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are not necessarily produced each year. 

New in stock: Passimento 2011, PasquaDate published: 02/02/14

The Pasqua family began as wine merchants in the early 20th century, selling wine in bulk and by the glass in the town of Trani on the Puglian coast. But in the 1920's, the eldest son, Nicola, went north to Verona in the Veneto to expand the business by importing the wines of his home region. Soon his younger brothers followed and a new business was born. 

A new wine in stock for us and an unusual blend of merlot, corvina and croatina. The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour. A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish. A fine match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked red meat dishes.

Only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Great value RiojaDate published: 01/02/14

I f you are looking for a wine to match with Lamb well look no further than this cracking red from Rioja.

Marqués de la Concordia is named after one of Spain’s most eminent historical figures. Don Jose Abascal was granted this prestigious title in 1812 after his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas, during his position of viceroy of Peru.

A dark ruby-coloured wine brimming with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit flavours. The palate shows lashings of vanilla and spicy oak, giving a rich, lingering finish.

Just perfect with a leg of slowly roasted lamb.



All you need to know about Semillon.Date published: 31/01/14

The origin of the Sémillon grape is hard to determine. It is known that it first arrived in Australia in the early 19th century and by the 1820s the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa's vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning "wine grape". It was once considered to be the most planted grape in the world, although this is no longer the case. In the 1950s, Chile's vineyards were made up of over 75% Sémillon. Today, it accounts for just 1% of South African Cape vines.

Sémillon, which is relatively easy to cultivate, consistently produces six to eight tons of grapes per acre from its vigorous vines. It is fairly resistant to disease, except for rot. The grape ripens early, when, in warmer climates, it acquires a pinkish hue. Since the grape has a thin skin, there is also a risk of sunburn in hotter climates; it is best suited to areas with sunny days and cool nights. long with Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle, Sémillon is one of only three approved white wine varieties in the Bordeaux region. The grape is also key to the production of sweet wines such as Sauternes.

In France, the Sémillon grape is grown mostly in Bordeaux where it is blended with Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle. When dry, it is referred to as Bordeaux blanc and is permitted to be made in the appellations of Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Entre-deux-mers and other less-renowned regions. In this form, Sémillon is generally a minor constituent in the blend. However, when used to make the sweet white wines of Bordeaux (such as those from Sauternes, Barsac and Cérons) it is often the dominant variety. In such wines the vine is exposed to the "noble rot" of Botrytis cinerea which consumes the water content of the fruit, concentrating the sugar present in its pulp. When attacked by Botrytis cinerea, the grapes shrivel and the acid and sugar levels are intensified.

Sémillon is widely grown in Australia, particularly in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney, where for a long time it was known as "Hunter River Riesling". Four styles of Sémillon-based wines made there: a commercial style, often blended with Chardonnay or Sauvignon blanc; a sweet style, after that of Sauternes; a complex, minerally, early picked style which has great longevity; and an equally high quality dry style, which can be released soon after vintage as a vat- or bottle-aged example. 

Why not come in and try the Semillon we have open to taste? Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, 2008, Hunter Valley. Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines!! 



Wine of the Week: Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, New ZealandDate published: 31/01/14

Vavasour Wines, established in 1985, pioneered viticulture in the Awatere Valley. The winery is located thirty minutes south of Blenheim on the stony river terraces of the Awatere Valley. It is an area of stark and majestic beauty. Scorching sun and dry winds result in ripe and concentrated fruit that winemaker Glenn Thomas turns into some of New Zealand's best wine.

Bold and intensely tropical, with an immense bouquet of guava, passion fruit and lime. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, this complex wine is a mix between sweet fruits and savoury herbal notes. The zesty acidity prevails to give a dry lingering finish. Chill well and enjoy with a noodle and fresh vegetable stir fry or an Asian spiced fish dish. 

£9.99 down from £12.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles.


Ch Musar 2001Date published: 30/01/14

We have just received a case of museum release Musar 2001 so I thought I'd see what Mr Parker says about it and .....

  'The 2001 CHATEAU MUSAR, bottled in 2004, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, aged for one year in French oak. Nuanced by cherries and spice, it is quite delicious'

On the merits of that alone I feel I have to buy some. I have always enjoyed Musar and still have bottles from the 80's at home. It is a wine that does age really well but does really need food. The most successful combinations I have had it with is with a good piece of aged venison or last year we had it as part of a tasting menu with roasted grouse in Portugal of all places. 

Cheats ConfitDate published: 30/01/14

When I found I had no duck fat for doing some duck legs the other day I used some olive oil and the results were I admit not as good but still pretty convincing. Marinate some duck legs in a good amount of salt, thyme, garlic and pepper for at least 24 hours. Remove and wipe of excess salt, place in dish/pan and cover with olive oil (I add a few garlic cloves as well) and put in a low oven or stove top on a low flame for a couple of hours. They should be very tender when you remove them. Put in roasting tin and increase the oven temperature and cook until skin crisp. Serve with pomme puree and red cabbage. 

Keep the oil as it does make great duck flavour enhanced saute potaoes. 

To drink go rustic. Something like a Cahor or St Chinan from southern France.

Veuve CliquotDate published: 29/01/14

In 1772, Philippe Clicquot-Muiron established the house which is now known as Veuve Cliquot. Veuve Cliquot played a huge role in making champagne the well sought-after sparkling wine it is today. Veuve were also the first house to use the traditional method that is replicated throughout champagne today. 

We currently have there Brut NV at £29.98 when you buy 2 or more. Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time (30 months instead of the legal requirement of 15), resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

Further to this, we have their Vintage Champagne '04 at £39.99 when you buy 2 or more. Made only in exceptional years. Due to two-thirds of black grapes, the wine is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay. An excellent companion to fish or white meat.

Hurry these offers end on Tuesday!!!

Jean de la vigne from CordierDate published: 29/01/14

This wine has long been a favourite of mine. To be honest I had never heard of this vineyard before we started stocking it a few years ago. Its a wine that you don't really pick up unless you have tasted it, probably favouring the more well known labels but if you are a fan of good white burgundy this is a great sub £13 example.

Cordier's Bourgogne Blanc 'Jean de La Vigne' is entitled to display the Mâcon-Villages appellation on the label, but Cordier prefers not to, as this wine is far from the style of normal Mâcon-Villages. Much more ripeness and fruit are typical of this producer.

Plenty of zesty, citrus fruit here, but with some tropical melon and peach too. Medium bodied with a rounded finish, this is Mâcon wine at its best.

This would be perfect with a good roast chicken or some grilled salmon.


Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2013Date published: 28/01/14

Currently on taste we have the Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2013. Currently at £8.79, as part of the 20% off New Zealand offer. 

Produced by the ever prominent producer, Villa Maria, the fruit for this wine is sourced in the regions of Marlborough, Gisbourne and Hawkes Bay. This wine is one of many European grapes that is coming to force outside of New Zealand. 

The nose is full of classic lychees and spice aromas, which produces a full bodied palate. The low acidity levels give the wine a rich and soft, almost off dry finish

Drinking well now, but will develop well over the next 2 years. This wine will form a great partner for aromatically spiced Asian dishes.


Villa Sandi Prosecco, only £6.99!Date published: 28/01/14

Prosecco takes its name from the grape that is used to make it. Thehome of this wine is the Veneto region of Northeast Italy. Given that we have quite a few people come up to the counter buying Frizzante, I thought that now would be an opportune time to explain what it is. Frizzante is an Italian wine term for partially sparkling wine, as opposed to Spumante which is used for full-fizz wines. Frizzante wines have this gentle fizz after a partial second fermentation in a tank, a kind of half-finished Charmat method of production. Prosecco Frizzante is delicious on a warm summer's day in the garden as an aperitif!

This is a gently sparkling and off-dry style. Very pale in colour, with floraland citrus fragrances. It is crisp and clean with small bubbles and aromas of pear and honeydew melon.


Currently on offer at £6.99 (if you buy two or more bottles - otherwise £8.99)

Arrowfield WinesDate published: 27/01/14

After an extremely relaxing couple of weeks of Caribbean sun I have had my fill of rum punch and until summer arrives Minuty rose which seems to be a staple of Antiguan restaurants. What's new since I've been away ? The internet only parcel of Arrowfield wines has to be worth a punt. I have drank this wineries whites before and remember them to be excellent. It wasn't these vintages but at these giveaway prices I have gone for a six pack of each. Just waiting for them to be sent down to me now!

New in Stock: Gavi Araldica, 2013. Date published: 27/01/14

Gavi is becoming increasingly popular amongst those looking for an alternative to the favourites such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

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

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Offers ending February 3rd Date published: 27/01/14

Why not take advantage of some of these fantastic offers that are ending soon!!!
If you are unable to get to us, then we can always come to you. Our telephone number is 01252711988 and our email address is Far@majestic.co.uk

Veuve Cliquot NV £29.98 when you buy 2 or more

Moet & Chandon NV £27.99 when you buy 2 or more

Bollinger NV £30 a bottle when you buy 6 or more

Portillo Malbec £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Berberana Rioja £6.99 when you buy 2 or more 

New Zealand 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Chile 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Australia 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

USA 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Rhone 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Plus plenty more products at fantastic prices...


Key Grape Varieties 6: Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 26/01/14

This grape variety, often shortened to 'Cab-Sav', is used in the production of red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is the quintessential grape of the Haut-Médoc in Bordeaux but also features heavily around the world. 

Cab-Sav produces buds relatively late which reduces the chances of being caught in damaging spring frosts.  The grapes grow in loose bunches with thick skins. Thick skins gives a high skin-to-pulp ratio and aid the grapes' resistance to rot and insect attack.

Whilst offering a relatively low yield, the grape offers full bodied wines high in acidity and tannins. These characteristics make the wine perfect for aging in oak and allow for further development in the bottle.

Wines from different growing regions tend to have distinct typical aromas and flavours. For example grapes grown in a moderate climate will exhibit flavours of freshly-picked black currents where Cab-Sav from a warmer climate will offer darker fruit notes such as black cherry or even black current jam. Many Australian Cabernet Sauvignons may also develop distinctive flavours such as menthol, eucalyptus or mint. When grown in cooler climates the wines tend to have aspects of green pepper, mint or cedar wood that will accompany the typical black current flavour. These other flavours will become more pronounced with aging. 

Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic match for lamb dishes.


The Sipsmith RangeDate published: 26/01/14

Sipsmith was established in London in 2009, and is one of only four gin distilleries located within the city. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, both who had worked within the drinks industry for many years. 

The most important member of the Sipsmith team is undoubtedly Prudence, a one of a kind copper pot still. Prudence is the first copper distill in London for 200 years. A bespoke design combining a pot with a carter head and a column still makes her versatile allowing her to distill boththeir signature Barley Vodka and London Dry Gin from the same still. 

The spirits are hand made in small batches, just a few hundred bottles at a time. They are made following traditional recipes combined with modern technology.

The following gins are perfect for Christmas: 

London Dry Gin (£32.00 per bottle):

Made with 10 different botanicals including juniper and the more unusual spanish liquorice root, this gin is a real classic, smooth and full of character and exploding with flavour. 

Barley Vodka (£26.00 per bottle):

Distilled in copper for purity, and made from the best spirit from the heart of the run. Engish barley spirit is distilled in Prudence the copper still and is then blended with the pure water of Lydwell Spring. The result is a hand-made vodka with an exceptional soft mouth feel.


Now in Stock: Crittenden Estate Chardonnay, 2011, Mornington PeninsulaDate published: 25/01/14

In 1982 Gary Crittenden was one of the first to plant vines in the Mornington Peninsula. 

Crittenden's first five acres were planted in 1982, a time when Mornington Peninsula had little association with wine, having only around 10 acres of vines. Garry Crittenden and his family have since developed the estate into one of the region's definitive wineries.Plush, generous Chardonnay, full of ripe melon and citrus with a rounded, buttery mouth-feel. 10 months in French oak has given this wine remarkable depth, harmony and nutty lees-derived nuances.Superb with homemade pasta garnished liberally with herb butter and freshly shaved parmigiano.

Only £17.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more of our selected fine wines. 

Thelema - Bargain Hunt Date published: 25/01/14

Currently at Majestic we are running a "Bargain Hunt" promotion, where you can buy any 2 wines in the offer and will save 33%. One such wine is the Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This wine has a single bottle price of £17.49 but comes down to £11.66 when included as part of the "Bargain Hunt".

The Thelema estate is located on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, in between Cape Town and Franschoek. The estate of Thelema was purchased by Gyles Webb in 1983, and was purchased as a fruit farm, but Gyles saw the potential of this great site and turned it into a vineyard. Wine was first created here in 1988 and because some of the most sought after wine in South Africa. 

On the palate this wine is uplifting and refreshing, full of powerful fresh melon and grapefruit aromas, with secondary herbaceous characteristics. The level of crisp acidity gives this wine a fantastic balance. 

This wine will serve brilliantly as an aperitif, or with salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.



Open to taste: R M Nicholson, Rustenberg, 2010, StellenboschDate published: 24/01/14

Rustenberg has a wine growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine growing potential. Rustenberg nestled in the valley of Simonsberg in South Africa's premium wine region, Stellenbosch. 

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

Only £9.99 when you by 2 or more as part of your mixed case! That's a saving of £8.00 on a pair! 

Wine of the Week: Bourgogne Blanc 'Jean de La Vigne' 2011/12, Domaine CordierDate published: 24/01/14

From one of the hottest winemakers in Burgundy, this Domaine is renowned for making first class wines from fruit grown in only the best terriors or sites. All of his wines are fermented in wood giving impeccably balanced and rich wines with long flavours that take over the mouth.

Plenty of zesty, citrus fruit here, but with some tropical melon and peach too. Medium bodied with a rounded finish, this is Mâcon wine at its best. With plenty of fresh fruit and a mouth-filling finish, this cracking Burgundy has the qualities required to complement seafood dishes.

Only £12.99 a bottle, come in for a taste this weekend!! 

Key Grape Varieties 5: Pinot NoirDate published: 23/01/14

Pinot Noir is originally from the Burgundy region of France and is the key variety responsible for the great reputation of its red wines.

The moderate climate in Burgundy is perfect for the grapes' needs and they ripen early in the season. The grapes grow tightly packed in the bunch and stay rather small whilst offering a very sweet juice. Growing in such close proximity to one another does mean that they are more likely to rot.  However, systematic spraying and improvements in canopy management means that this is less problematic that it proved in the past.

The younger grapes characteristically have a fruity perfume of raspberries, red cherries or strawberries. Pinot Noir is soft and light in tannins and retains a light-red colour due to the grape's thin skins.

Aging of Pinot Noirs is often unpredictable. As a result many experts will reccommend that the wines are at their best for a short amount of time. However this is taking for granted that there is only one style of Pinot Noir, when in fact they may be enjoyed at many stages in their development without either heavy, bitter tannins or high levels of acidity. Depending on taste, one may enjoy the vegetal or farmyard aromas that develop from aging a Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir vines are now common world-wide.  The vines need a moderate, cool environment to stop the flavours becoming overripe or too jammy. The grapes can now be found growing successfully in California, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. And lets not forget that Pinot Noir is a key grape variety in the production of Champagne and other sparkling wines. 

So next time you're sipping a soft Burgundy, schlurping Champagne or other bubbly beverage give a thought to this great little grape! Cheers!   

The Sleepless Night: Domaine Sainte Rose ‘La Nuit Blanche’ RoussanneDate published: 21/01/14

This time of year often finds pork dishes on the menu at our house. A versatile meat that takes creamy sauces and fruity side dishes in its stride but a perfect wine partner to pork leads to a variety of options.  

When it comes to a hearty pork and apple stew, such as Normandy Pork, a perfect match has to be this rich and full-bodied Roussanne from the Côtes de Thongue.

For this wine the the Roussanne grapes were picked overnight as it is the coolest time of day and protects the pure fruit flavours. As obscure as it sounds this is where the name, ‘La Nuit Blanche’ originates. The direct translation comes to ‘The White Night’, but literally translated becomes, ‘The Sleepless Night’. 

The protection of these flavours comes across in the wine and mixes well with fermentation and ageing in oak. The oak has led to a rich, full-bodied style which intensifies the fruit. Exotic fruit aromas are followed by fresh mandarin and a nutty warmth on the palate with a lingering finish. 


Vina Pomal Date published: 21/01/14

Currently on our "Bargain Hunt" promotion we have the Vina Pomal 1994 Reserva. This Rioja is on at just £8.33 from £12.49, when you buy any two wines from our Bargain Hunt selection. 

This wine was created by the infamous Bodegas Bilbanias. Made purely from Tempanillo from the Pomal Estate this wine is matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The 1994 vintage is well known for wines of great body and depth, hence the wine has been able to age fantastically over the last 20 years. 

The wine has a strong mahogany tint, dried prune and raisin fruit, on par with a younger Gran Reserva, The tannins are smooth and refined giving the wine a very fresh finish. 

After a long aging period this wine is perfect for drinking now. Or even as a present for those who have a 21st birthday coming up. 


Key Grape Varieties 4: ChardonnayDate published: 20/01/14

Chardonnay takes its name from the village in the Maconnais, but has since expanded from its Burgundian roots around the world. It can produce quality wines in a range of climates, although the style can vary considerably. Cool climates such as Champagne and Chablis give very steely wines, medium to light in body with high acidity and notes of apple, pear and green plum flavours. In warm and hot climates the fruit characteristics tend to be banana, mango and fig. 

Chardonnay takes very well to oak, and many are fermented or aged in french or american oak. This gives some tannin and rich toasty and nutty flavours to the wine. Lees stirring is also used to give complexity and body to chardonnay wines.  Classic regions include Burgundy and Champange in France, Marlborough in New Zealand and Carneros in Californina. However, Chardonnay is now widely planted all over the world. 

Key Grape Varieties 3: ViognierDate published: 20/01/14

Viognier is a grape variety that is slowly increasing in fashion. It is said that it offers the soft full bodied texture of chardonnay, with a more aromatic fruit character. It needs warm to hot conditions to ripen, and the great difficulty with Viognier other than its low yields is that it can rapidly build up very high sugar levels, often before its delicate peach pear and violet aromas have developed. 

Careful handling is essential and sometimes barrel fermentation is used. The finest Viogniers come from Condrieu and Chateau Grillet in northern Rhone, however it is increasingly popular in the new world such as Chile and Argentina. They express delicate perfume with a silky texture combined with mineral flavours. Generally made to drink young, though a small number can be aged. 

Key Grape Varieties 2: Pinot Gris/Pinot GrigioDate published: 19/01/14

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio have the same grape DNA and fingerprint but have contrasting styles when created in different regions and climates.

Pinot Gris is typically produced in the Alsace, although its style has been replicated in other regions such as Marlborough and Oregon. There wines tend to be rich textured, rather high in alcohol with moderate to low levels of acidity. They can contain such fruit as ripe melon, banana and mango, as well as possible botrytsis flavours, giving the potential for desert wines

Pinot Grigio is typically created in North-eastern Italy. The Italians harvest the grapes earlier than normal to keep the acidity levels high and therefore keeping the fruit level basic, not allowing them to develop. The resulting wines are light and fresh in style and very easy drinking. The style has started to be replicated in parts of Germany and New Zealand. 

Key Grape Varieties 1: Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/01/14

The ever popular Sauvignon Blanc is planted widely in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and in the New World, particularly in Marlborough, New Zealand.If planted in cool to moderate climates on poorer soils it can have high acidity combined with the classic herbaceous flavours such as nettles, green pepper and fresh peas. These flavours are usually joined with fruity flavours, typically passion fruit and elderflower. In hotter regions it can develop a much more aromatic characteristics with hints of peach and grapefruit. Oak is sometimes used to give the wines more body and flavour. 

Service temperatures of wineDate published: 18/01/14

This is just a quick guide as to the service temperatures, that different types and styles of wine, should be served at for optimum drinking. 

Medium/full-bodied Oaked white - Such as White Burgundy and Fume Blanc - Serve lightly chilled (10-13c)

Lightly/medium bodied white - Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Fino Sherry - Serve Chilled (7-10c)

Sweet Wines - Sauternes and Sweet Muscat - Serve Well Chilled (6-8c)

Sparkling Wines - Champagne, Cava, Asti - Serve Well Chilled (6-10c)

Light bodied reds - Beaujolais, Bardolino, Valpolicella - Lightly Chilled (13c)

Medium/Full bodied red - Claret, Red Burgundy, Rioja, Australian Shiraz, Barolo, CNDP and Vintage Port - Room temperature  (15-18c)

New In Stock: Burrow Hill Cider!Date published: 18/01/14

I have tried this delicious cider before at Glastonbury festival, where they bring their 'Cider Bus' where they sell their draught cider, mulled ciders and cider brandy. At Burrow Hill apples have been grown and cider has been pressed for at least 150 years. It is the soil, climate and apple varieties which give their cider its unique quality. 

Apples are the starting point for Burrow Hill ciders, and all the apples they ferment are from Somerset, and most from their own orchards which extend to some 150 acres. Burrow Hill grow more than 100 varieties of apples, and they blend these varieties to make their cider. The blending of the fruit is the key to such excellent cider.

Traditionally dry in style, and only £18.00 for 8 500ml bottles!! 

Crianza? Reserva? Gran Reserva?Date published: 17/01/14

Customers often ask what the difference between Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva, when comparing Spanish wine. So here will be a little guide to whats what. 

Due to Spanish Law, there are certain age categories specified for their wine, which require minimum aging periods. 

Crianza - To qualify as such, the red wine must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, with at least 6 months being in small oak barrels. White and rose to be ages for a minimum of 18 months.

Reserva - Generally only created in better vintages. To qualify as such, the red wine must be aged for a total of 36 months with a total of 12 months in small oak barrels. White and rose to be aged for a total of 18 months with 6 months of this being in small oak barrels

Gran Reserva - These wines are only produced in exceptional vintages. To qualify, these wines must be aged for a minimum period of 60 months with 18 of these being in small oak barrels. The white and rose wines must be ages for 48 months with 6 months in small oak barrels. 

We have a fantastic selection of reds in these ages categories. In particular the Eguia series. When you buy 2 or more the Crianza comes in at £6.49, the Reserva at £6.99 and the Gran Reserva at £8.99

Bargain Hunt: Argento Chardonnay 2012, MendozaDate published: 17/01/14

Deeply rooted in the soils of Mendoza, crafted with the spirit of Argentina, and shared with the world, Argento embodies the essence of modern Argentina. Our story is simple – Argento is intrinsically entwined with its country of origin. When you drink our wines, you experience the real Argentina.

Argento means silver in Latin and is often used in Argentina to refer to a thing or a person that is quintessentially Argentine, like this Chardonnay.Produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyed optimum sunshine and excellent terroir.A light gold in colour exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish.Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced Mediterranean foods.

Now only £6.00 a bottle, and open to taste this weekend! 

Wine of the Week: La Vieille Capitelle 2011, LanguedocDate published: 17/01/14

Looking for a fruity, youthful Languedoc blend....?

From the stable of renowned winemaking former rugby player Gerard

Bertrand, this is a classically-styled Languedoc red, hailing from the clay

and limestone terraces around Narbonne. Hand-picked, destemmed and

fermented at controlled temperatures for great fruit purity.

A well-structured middleweight red, offering a supple blend of cassis and

mulberry fruit, nuanced on the nose by notes of wild thyme and leathery

spice, and softened by a hint of French oak.

Serve at room temperature, and is the perfect accompaniment to Lamb dishes.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.


Californian Zinfandel Date published: 17/01/14

Zinfandel is well renowned for being California's signature red grape, and furthermore is the most harvested red grape in California. 

The DNA of the Zinfandel grape is equivalent to that of two other European grape varieties (Crljenak Kastelanski of Croatia and more famously Primitivo from Italy)

This grape variety has a tendency to ripen unevenly, thereby leaving some of the grapes to rasinate and concentrate, whereas others will have achieved the desired ripeness.  This results in the wine having strong, powerful and concentrated red berry flavours with high levels of alcohol, and occasionally small amounts of residual sugar. 

These wines are typically great with Barbecued meats in the summer or with a well seasoned steak all year round. Alternatively it is great on its own, sitting in your armchair in front of the fire. 

Currently in store we have all Californian Wines at 20% off until the 2nd of February. 

What is Botrytis?Date published: 16/01/14

Botrytis bunch rot is a vine disease which of all the fungal diseases, has the greatest potential to have an effect on the wine. the disease can have a disastrous affect on both yield and quality when the fungus affects almost ripe or damaged grapes, typically in humid weather. However, when it affects healthy grapes and the weather conditions are favourable, it develops into the benevolent form of Botrytis called Noble Rot, which is responsible for some of the world's finest sweet wines. 

Here are a few of my favourite sweet wines used with botrytis affected grapes:

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Marlborough(£12.79 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines):

This dessert wine from Marisco Vinyeards' King's Series is made fromSauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on thevine, giving them extra ripeness and promoting the onset of botrytis,creating intense sweetness and complex flavours.Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lycheeand fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift.

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (£9.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines):

Botrytised grapes have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine. The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shrivelled berries.Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and freshmelon flavours, and as such, never cloys. Lingers long on the palate.

New Australian Wines now in stock! Date published: 16/01/14

We spend January recovering from a manic Christmas and New Year, we have a big tidy, and look forward to what we will include in our ever popular Bargain Hunt. It is also an exciting time for us as we see the arrival of new wines. Here are a few new Australian wines now on offer: 

Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, South Australia (£7.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines):

Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wratton bully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style.A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripered fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable onthe palate, with a generous texture. Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (£10.39 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines):

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 andplum 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.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more new arrivals and we will let you know when they come in! 

Now in stock: Black Cottage Pinot Gris!Date published: 15/01/14

Dedicated to producing a range of wines full of 'gusto'. Black Cottage selecting parcels of fruit with modern and alternative winemaking techniques. 

Winemaker David Clouston spent a number of years working at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough, and now lives in a black-painted wooden cottage in the Wairau Valley after which the winery is named.

Bright, pale yellow, with lime green tinges. Offers aromas of gooseberries with a hint of lychee and a leafy complexity. Tropical and herbaceous characters continue on the crisply acidic palate.

Only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines! 

Mixed CasesDate published: 15/01/14

Here in Farnham we still have a a selection of 12 bottle mixed gift boxes for sale, including....

The Discovery Case: a great mix of old world and new world, red and white.  From Italian Pinot Grigio to Chilean Merlot. £65.68

The Discovery Reds: a red wine only case, perfect for this winter weather! Four different wines from Australia, France and Chile. £67.08

Festive Favourites: From Bordeaux to Australia, a mix of red and white, perfect for a party! £72.68

Seasonal Selection: 6 red, 6 white.  A great selection including Rioja, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay - something for everyone! £83.88

Order online or call us here in Farnham.  

Kanonkop wines are back in stock!! Date published: 14/01/14

The ever popular Kanonkop wines are back in stock!! 

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Stellenbosch - Deep ruby colour, a full bodied wine with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours, with well-defined, chewy blackcurrant fruit and a balanced tannic structure leading to a long and dry finish.This wine favours rich meat dishes and cheeses and will reward a further 5 years of bottle maturation. £27.00 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £22.00

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011,Stellenbosch - Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana. Whilst drinking well now, this wine will benefit from a few years of bottleage. Pinotage is a good match for stews or barbecued meat. £25.00 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £20

Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' 2010,Stellenbosch - This is Kanonkop’s flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered. Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish. £30 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £25


Bargain Hunt: La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, only £4.66 a bottle!Date published: 14/01/14

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, and most are likely to link it to Malbec. They are able to produce stunning wines at competitive prices. 

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango.

Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

This wine is included in our current Bargain Hunt offer. Usually £6.99 a bottle, it is now only £4.66 a bottle! However you need to act fast, once this wine has gone its gone!! 

Oyster Bay Brut Date published: 12/01/14

Currently on our "Bargain Hunt", we have the Oyster Bay Brut NV at £8.99 when you buy two or more. A fantastic saving as the one bottle price is £13.49

Made in Hawke's Bay (New Zealand), which is more famous for its Sauvignon Blanc production, this sparkling wine is created entirely from Chardonnay. This gives it a certain similarities to the Blanc de Blanc's of Champagne, however, they New Zealand Climate gives a more fruit driven spin.  

This is a very elegant Sparkling Wine, yet is intense with dominant zesty lime characteristics and seconded by a backdrop of white peach. The crisp clean acidity and delicate minerality gives this wine a well balanced complexity.

Can be served at any dinner party toast, or with fresh seafood dishes.

As it is on our Bargain Hunt, once its gone, its gone!!!!!! 

'On veut du Merlot!' We want Merlot say Striking FrenchDate published: 12/01/14

That's right folks, the French are striking again. This time in search of the ideal Merlot! Take arms citizens! Let us storm the Bastille and block the highways with our tractors! 

What do we want? A hearty Merlot!

When do we want it? NOW! 

Luckily we have in stock the 'Striking French' Merlot. Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, producer Jean claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot from the Côteaux du Limousin.

Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice. Big strong flavours from the gutsy French revolutionaries.

Striking French Merlot would perfectly match a rich sausage casserole such as the iconic Cassoulet or bœuf braisé

Wine of the Week: Oh Carolina!Date published: 10/01/14

Santa Carolina Reserva Merlot, 2011, Colchagua Valley

This week's Wine of the Week is one of the wines in our range of 'Bargain Hunt' deal. At £6.00 down from £8.99, this Chilean Merlot is amazing value for money.  

Colchagua Valley, and specifically the vineyards of Miraflores and Los Lingues, have been specially chosen by Santa Carolina as the location for growing this Merlot due to their stony, clay-based soils, commonly associated with the classic expression of the variety.

In the glass the wine is bright and exuberant. The nose is full of cassis, ripe blackberry and notes of vanilla. These follow through on the palate, delivered with a soft, plummy fullness. Up to 15% Syrah andCarmenere have been added to the wine resulting in a little extra complexity and depth of flavour.

Perfect for drinking on its own or complimenting a rich pasta sauces or classic red meat dishes.

New in stock: Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012Date published: 10/01/14

Yalumba, situated in the heart of the Barossa, is Australia's oldest family owned winery. Yalumba wines have a style all of their own and each have been influenced by a diverse range of elements. These are fresh and flavoursome fruit-driven wine styles of quality and consistency, highlighting the true regional character of South Australia's most renowned viticultural areas and confirming Yalumba's reputation as Australia's finest independent winemaker.

Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wratton bully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style. A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripened fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. The wine is deep and dense cherry red in colour with a nose of brooding Cabernet fruit, berries and plum, with toasty oak. The palate is of vibrant, sweet berry fruit finishing with a firm tannin structure. Supple and approachable on the palate, with a generous texture. Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines!!

Bargain Hunt 2014- More wines in stock!Date published: 09/01/14

Last week we introduced our annual 'Bargain Hunt' with a range of wines reduced by 33.3% to clear through the lines and make room for some new wines in Spring.  We now have in stock: 

Oyster Bay Brut, £8.99 a bottle:

Made from 100% Chardonnay, this sparkling wine is made in the image of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, albeit with a more fruit-driven New World edge, owing to the long ripening of the specially selected Chardonnay clones on Hawke's Bay's alluvial river terraces.Elegantly styled yet intensely fruity, showing zesty lime notes over a backdrop of white peach flavour. Crisp acidity and delicate minerality provide a complex and enduring mouth feel.Toast any special occasion, or serve as a foil for fresh seafood dishes.

Gouguenheim Malbec, 2011, £6.66 a bottle:

Situated in Tupungato in the Andean foothills south of Mendoza, the Gougenheim winery enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year, allowing the grapes a lengthy period of ripening. Mineral-rich soils and dripirrigationprovide the ideal conditions for viticulture.Mulberry and plum dominate the palate, but sweet-spice aromaticssuggest a touch of sophistication. The finish is rounded with ripe fruitthat lingers in the mouth.Accompany this wine with grilled meats, cassoulet or barbecued food for maximum pleasure.

Be sure to hurry though, limited stock!! 

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos de L'OratoireDate published: 08/01/14

We don't often get this wine so if you have never been lucky enough to taste it and you enjoy slightly different grape varieties then this could be just up your street.  

Clos de L'Oratoire is a rare white wine from the southern Rhône. This wine is dominated by oak-fermented Roussanne blended with other unoaked varietals, for a wine that is at once richly powerful and youthfully fresh. An expressive nose of ripe pear, elderflower and vanilla leads into a palate of ripe plum and and tangerine, finishing with a long refreshing zing. 

I would serve this a an interesting aperitif or I have had it before with sashimi which it seemed to be a fine match for.

On offer for £24 abottle when buying 2 or more.

Piper's Crisps!Date published: 08/01/14

Always made in their own factories, Pipers are dedicated to producing the best potato crisps possible. They cook locally sourced potatoes which flavoured with the finest seasoning. At Pipers they search for passionate people who make great food and ingredients to make the seasoning. 

Their new flavour is Kirkby Malham Chorizo. Chris Wildman is the man behind this new flavour. He blends pork with smoked paprika and spices to make a sausage which is dry cured for three weeks to make this interesting flavour. 

Do not expect to find Pipers crisps in the supermarkets. Pipers sell to a diverse outlets, such as hotels, museums, farm shops, and of course us, Majestic. Their philosophy is only to sell to outlets that care about what they sell as much as they do. 

Only £1.33 a bag when you buy 2 or more! We stock lots of lovely flavours, from unsalted to Wissington Spicy Tomato. 

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, now only £6.99!!Date published: 08/01/14

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana isalso its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

A fantastic offer on the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand.  This classic New Zealand Sauvignon really typifies the Marlborough style offering zesty notes of lemon and gooseberry coupled with typical elderflower and tropical fruit. Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken,Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood

Now on offer at £6.99 - Don't miss out!!


Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc: it's lekker, bru!Date published: 07/01/14

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc

A refined and utterly 'lekker' Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. Rustenberg Wines is based in the valley of the Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, one of South Africa's best wine regions.

The nose of the wine offers hints of aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry. The real pleasure in the wine (of course!) is on the palate. The flavours immediately ripen into tropical fruits such as with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel that lasts with a satisfying finish.

This quality wine has been made using only free-run and gently pressed juice, thus minimising the presence of tannins that may otherwise produce bitter notes to the wine. It would pair easily to any seafood dish, delicate enough to compliment a roasted white fish yet flavoursome enough to stand up to any shellfish.


Tucuman MalbecDate published: 06/01/14

Picture the scene. You have a big group of mates coming round and you are having STEAK. You need a wine that not only is great with beef but also good value due to the quantities that would be consumed.

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

On offer at only £7.99 this wine fits the bill on both accounts.

Great ChardonnayDate published: 05/01/14

Ask any of our team here and we all love a good 'Chard' and we are often asked to recommend rich, complex example's of the it but without paying too much. One such wine is the cracking Grande Ardeche Chardonnay from Louis Latour. It has long been a favourite of mine and at around the £10 mark is somewhat of a bargain.

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.

Tasted blind this can easily be mistaken for a much more expensive wine. Great when match with opulent fish dishes or lobster.

We also have a few magnums left at £22 which make great dinner party wines. 


Don't Cry for me Argentina! La Plata Sauvignon Blanc only £4.66Date published: 04/01/14

David Dickinson stand aside, the hunt for the bargain of the year is over! As part of the January 'Bargain Hunt' sale at Majestic we have on offer La Plata Sauvignon Blanc at the fantastic price of £4.66 which is, in my opinion, unbelievable value for money. The wine when served well-chilled will be a treat for many pallets and could surely be deemed quaffable.

The grapes are grown in Central Argentina's Mendoza region. A combination of the cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon.

In the glass the wine offers a pale green-tinged lemon yellow colour. Notes of melon, lime and mango greet the nose. The wine comes across as dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe citrus, grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

When you buy two or more bottles from the 'Bargain Hunt' range as part of your mixed case this wine comes down to £4.66. Only available while stocks La Plata is great value for money.


Thelema Sauvignon Blanc - What a bargain!Date published: 04/01/14

Currently at Majestic we are running a "Bargain Hunt" promotion, where you can buy any 2 wines in the offer and will save 33%. One such wine is the Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This wine has a single bottle price of £17.49 but comes down to £11.66 when included as part of the "Bargain Hunt".

The Thelema estate is located on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, in between Cape Town and Franschoek. The estate of Thelema was purchased by Gyles Webb in 1983, and was purchased as a fruit farm, but Gyles saw the potential of this great site and turned it into a vineyard. Wine was first created here in 1988 and because some of the most sought after wine in South Africa. 

On the palate this wine is uplifting and refreshing, full of powerful fresh melon and grapefruit aromas, with secondary herbaceous characteristics. The level of crisp acidity gives this wine a fantastic balance. 

This wine will serve brilliantly as an aperitif, or with salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.


A winter supperDate published: 04/01/14

Last week with supplies very low in the house I had to resort to the freezer and found some pork mince knocking around at the back that probably had been here a little while. My with challenged me to make something with just our store cupboard ingredients so I rose to the challenge.

I finely chopped a couple of cloves of garlic, a stick of lemongrass, a inch of ginger and a couple of bird's eye chillies. In a very hot wok I quickly cooked those until lightly coloured and then added the pork and cooked that until going light brown and crisp. Be patient as this takes a little time. Then season with light soy sauce and a little palm sugar. I served that on top of some plain jasmine rice and some steamed pak choi dressed in a little sesame oil. My wife declared it a delicious and it was perfect with some of Zind Humbrecht's Gewurztraminer.  

What's in a name? Chateauneuf-de-Pape, Cuvée Des AntiquesDate published: 03/01/14

What's in a name? Chateauneuf-de-Pape, Cuvée Des Antiques

This blend from one of the Rhône valley's most famous wine-producing villages. At £11.99 (when you buy two or more selected Rhône valley wines) This wine from Chateauneuf-de-Pape is certainly fantastic value for money.

In the glass the wine is a brilliantly clear ruby colour. On the nose, spicy notes rise up with overtones of white pepper. Though smooth on the way down, it has a lingering finish and is robust enough to be a perfect accompaniment to a chunky winter stew of beef or venison.

Tucking in to a hearty game stew on a winters night with a glass of Cuvée Des Antiques is a recipe for a great night, and with the wet and cold weather that has been commonplace of late that sounds like quite a plan.


Ataraxia ChardonnayDate published: 03/01/14

We drank over Christmas this wine and I have to admit knowing little about it. What a surprise it was. Not a heavy Chardonnay but like an elegant Puligny. See  below for Neal Martin's comments. 

The 2012 Chardonnay sees 10 months in 225-litre French oak barrel and has wonderful definition on the nose with subtle peach skin and nectarine scent, a little jasmine developing with time. The palate is well-balanced with a citrus-fresh entry, light apricot and peach notes that lead to a harmonious, spice-tinged finish. This is a great Ataraxia Chardonnay that has so much to offer now, one wonders whether it is worth cellaring? Drink now-2017". 91 points. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.

We all thought was just so nicely balanced and elegant and just perfect with a simple piece of Brill and a beurre blanc sauce. 

However very limited supply and on offer at £25 down from £30.

Bargain Hunt 2014Date published: 02/01/14

This ears bargain hunt starts on the 3rd January. We have around 30 or so wines in the offer but quite a few only the odd bottle or two so below are the wines that we have 6 or 12 of. Be warned though these wines do sell out very quickly so it really is first come first served. I have listed the bargain hunt price next to the wine.

La Plata Sauvignon £4.66   (201 bottles)

Umbral Malbec £8.66  (10 bottles)

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc  £11.66  (14 bottles)

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon/Semillon  £12.49  (12 bottles)

Caceres Crianza Magnums  £16.66  (6 mags)

Macon-Cruzille 'Le Charnay'  £7.33 (28 bottles)

Macon Village Gentilles £6.66  (10 bottles)


Good Cab SauvDate published: 02/01/14

When you think of top Cabernet wines produced in the world Napa will often crop up as one the countries that excel in production. However some can be fruit and oak bombs that cost an arm and a leg but there are still great winemakers over there that can jostle with good Bordeaux château.For New Years Eve this year we had the Ramey Cabernet with some char grilled beef. What a cracking wine. Deep cassis fruit with nicely integrated oak make this a fantastic bottle. Such an elegance but with a strong backbone and just perfectly balanced. Still a baby really but drank really well after bring decanted a couple of hours before. Not cheap at £45 but I consider great value nonetheless. I have already purchased a couple more for the cellar.

Fizz for NYEDate published: 31/12/13

Its not too late to stock up on some fizz for this evening and we still have some great offers in store.
Laurent Perrier at a cracking £25. Veuve Clicquot under £30 and Perrier Jouet at £25.
Sparkling wine wise we have the great value Unduragga brut and rose, lots of choice of Prosecco  from £6.99 and Lindauer brut and special reserve blanc de blanc from New Zealand.
Of course you could treat yourselves to a bottle or two of something special. My choice would either by the always sublime Krug or Bollinger's Grande Annee 2004 on offer at only £60 has to be the bargain of the store. Some of these offers do end this evening and stock of a couple of these fizz are limited so no time to delay.

Wine of the Week - Kangarilla Road Shiraz, 2011Date published: 30/12/13

Open to taste today is our wine of the week, Kangarilla Road Shiraz. If you love a bold Shiraz 

100% Shiraz, this wine is made at Kangarilla Road, a tiny boutique winery in the up and coming McLaren Vale region. From vineyards located at the northern part of the foothills,the grapes ripen later than other sub-regions resulting in a cooler climate style. 

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

Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit. Think a slab of good beef char-grilled to medium rare. 

£14.99 or £11.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines. 



New Years EveDate published: 29/12/13

OK, the main event is over and now we have New Year to contend with. Christmas is generally large family events where you need a good supply where's my New Year tends to be a smaller affair so the quality of wines increase.
This year this is what I'm considering.
A good dry Martini to start with made with Martin Millers gin and just a suggestion of Noilly Prat.
You need a good fizz so it has to be Bolly Grande Annee from 2004. An absolute bargain at £60.
For me it has to be a rich white so Chassagne Montrachet La Maltroie 2011 which is drinking beautifully now.
We are having beef for the main course so I'm plumping for Ramey's fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon which is well worthy of its 93-95 Parker points.
We are going to have some of Nyetimber's demi sec with dessert and finish with Delamain's pale and dry XO cognac. Should be a good night and I wish you all a happy new year whatever you are doing or drinking!

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004, only £60.00!Date published: 28/12/13

Bollinger's prestige champagne is produced only when the harvest reaches a perfect balance. It is Bollinger's version of an exceltonal vintage. A blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay coming from both the Grand cru and Premier cru vineyards. Aged entirely in barrels at Bollinger, where only very high harvests become vintage. 2004 was quite a delicate year in Champagne, with a relatively dry winter and spring, but a cold wet end to the summer. The grapes were picked in an excellent state of health, where all the weather conditions were favourable to give the grapes the special qualities necessary for the best vintages. 

A delicate blush and old gold colour showing a sign of maturity. Its aromas are a testimony to the barrels the wine is aged in, giving off toasted bread and brandied fruit. There are also notes of exotic spices, rhubarb and stone fruits. Excellent on its own or the perfect partner for roast lamb or grilled fish dishes. 

Or better yet, bring in the New Year in style, for only £60.00 a bottle!! 

Premade Mixed Cases at MajesticDate published: 24/12/13

Struggling to find a last minute gift for a loved one? Or has that estranged neighbour who felt bad and invited you to the party last minute and left you in need of something to take? Then look no further!

We stock a selection of great boxes offering a variety of wines already packed up for you. Some favourites include Festive Favourites and Seasonal Selection. A great gift and all ready and waiting for you here in store.

Festive Favourites:

2x Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate, leading to a clean, dry finish. Perfect with canapes, chicken or tomato dishes.

2x Pasqua Pinot Grigio 

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish. The ideal apéritif or partner to oriental food.

2x Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 

Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet.

2x Marquis de Belleville 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur

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

2x Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 

This perfect example is a fresh and fruity wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins. The perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes, venison or goose.

2x Oxford Landing Estates Cabernet Shiraz 2012 Yalumba, South Australia

Easy drinking, with spicy dark-fruit aromas and lashings of plum and blackberry fruit with hints of cedar on the palate, leading on to a smooth finish. Perfect for Sunday roasts or a summer barbecue.

The Seasonal Selection:

2x La Grille Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Loire trademarks of gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf characterise the nose. The palate is nicely balanced, with a soft-edged acidity, yet a snappy citrussy zing.

2x Verdicchio di Matelica 

A pale lemon colour, suggesting lightness and youth. The nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit. Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish.

2x William Hardy Signature Chardonnay 

The palate has a creamy texture and crisp acidity, balanced perfectly with ripeness of fruit.

2x Côtes-du-Rhône 2012 Léon Perdigal

The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. Enjoy with Mediterranean lamb dishes or barbecued meats such as pork.

2x Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours.

2x Portillo Malbec 2012 

Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine.

These boxes make great gifts and couldn't be more convenient. Christmas eve makes no never mind, we're open 'til 5 so pop in and see us! Oh... and Merry Christmas!



Perfect Dessert wines for Christmas!Date published: 23/12/13

Dessert wines are a must at all Christmas events, and it is the perfect time of year for us to test them out. We have a fantastic range in store, but here are a few of our favourites. 

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, 350ml £12.79

World class Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc comes in the sweet variety too – such as this bold expressive dessert wine with crisp citrus notes mingling with sweet honey and peach. Perfect with a pear and Walnut Tarte Tartin.

Vouvray Molleux La Levriere 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, 350ml £9.99*

This is a dessert style Vouvray using the Chenin Blanc. This a rich glossy gold coloured wine. The aromas are of ripe pineapple and quince with a palate awash with sweet flavours of figs and crystallised lemon. Perfect with caramel puddings or even strong cheeses. It can also be cellared for up to 30 years. 

Pedro Ximenez Triana, Hidalgo, Spain, £11.99

Not a dessert wine but a worthy of a place in our favourites, this is a beautiful sweet sherry. Made using grapes dried on straw mats it has aromas of raisins, molasses, figs and caramel. Best described as Sticky Toffee Pudding in a glass, this is my favourite. Perfect drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

*when you buy 2 bottles or more.






Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

Go on, treat yourself!Date published: 22/12/13

If you fancy a treating yourself this Christmas why not add one of these gems to your shopping trolley. Nyetimber demi sec. Rich but very soft and utterly delicious £25.99. 

Moet vintage 2004.  Ok, not my favourite nv but their vintage is just gorgeous £42 

Bollinger grande annee 2004. A world class champagne that can compete with top shelf examples. My NYE choice. A steal at £60.

Grand Siecle. LP's famous luxury cuvee as served on BA first class. A blend of several old vintages. £75

Now, Krug, Dom or Comte ? I be happy with any but if I had choose one the 04 Dom. A truly outstanding year that is drinking beautifully now. £120 or £130 for the limited edition Jeff Koons.All in stock at present but selling quickly!

Lamb and RiojaDate published: 21/12/13

One of my favourite food and wine combinations has always been lamb and rioja. Usually leg, shoulder or belly accompanied with a bottle or two of vina ardanza, cune imperial or pesquera. These are fairly expensive wines but in my mind still great value when you compare say Bordeaux or Burgundy. If you are looking to cater for larger numbers then there are still some great sub £10 rioja out there. Take the vina eguia reserva. On offer at only £6.99 this is a cracking proper tasting rioja. Now the lamb. Choose a shoulder that you have studed with slivers of garlic, rosemary and a few pieces of salted anchovy. Put a couple of sliced onions and crushed garlic cloves in a roasting pan and place lamb on them. Season well and cover tightly with foil and put in a low (150c) oven for 3 or 4 hours. Uncover,skim off fat, add a splash  then cook for another hour at 190c to get a beautiful crisp finish. Remove then make your gravy from juices in pan. Some roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage to accompany. A few bottles of the eguia and you have a great value but incredibly tasty supper.

Christmas Special: Marques de Riscal 2008 – Magnum, £22.00!!Date published: 20/12/13

One of the most popular Christmas wines is now available in Magnums.

In 1858, the Marques de Riscal transformed the face of Rioja by introducing wine making techniques from Bordeaux.

This very classic Rioja, muscular and full bodied, yet embodies smooth tannins with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak.

A perfect compliment for your Christmas cheese board or with a spicy casserole. Will age for 5+ years.


Fantastic White BurgundyDate published: 20/12/13


If you are looking for a fine white white look no further than this cracking Chassagne Montrachet that is gracing our tasting counter at present.

This estate is run by Richard Fontaine, the brother-in-law of Jean-Marc Blain from Domaine Blain-Gagnard. Using 20-25% new oak for this top-notch Premier Cru wine, it is then aged for 16-18 months before release.

A staggeringly pure finish, with hints of cream, vanilla and fresh citrus fruit paving the way for a long length. Slight touches of buttered toast on the rich, full palate.

Hurry though as we only have one bottle to open. Perfect for really good fish, say Turbot or Brill and would be a fine match for Lobster.


New in stock: Dom Perignon Vintage 2004, Jeff KoonsDate published: 19/12/13

We have 6 bottles of Dom Perignon's collaboration with Jeff Koons. Jeffrey "Jeff" Koons is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal object, such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces.

Dom Perignon is always a vintage wine. Each vintage is both a contemporary creation that characterises the present and a testimony to the unchanged style that stands the test of time. 

In the same manner, Jeff Koons' Balloon Venus symbolises the continuity of life's energy, rebirth and sensuality. the artist chose to reinterpret this piece for Dom Perignon by creating an exclusive bottle and gift box set that celebrates the human experience of creation in its full glory. 

The 2004 vintage gives aromas of almond and powered cocoa on the nose which develops into white fruit with hints of dried flowers. Classic toasted notes give a rounded finish. On the palate the wine instantly traces an astoundingly fine line between weightlessness and density. the taste lingers and it is elegant with spicy notes. 

Only £130 per bottle! The perfect Christmas gift! 


Chateau Barde-Haut St Emilion 2001Date published: 19/12/13

I have to confess I had never heard of this Saint Emilion grand cru before but after having a taste of it I certainly will remember it. I did a little research and back in 2002 Decanter magazine gave it their top marks and declared it outstanding. Drinking window 2010-2015 so at peak drinking now. Also it had a list price of £31.24 so £35 eleven years later seems somewhat of a steal.Lovely fruit still evident but obvious signs of ageing. Soft tannins with a beautifully balanced finished make this a great wine to accompany roasted goose or I think it would be good for the turkey especially the dark meat.

Port!Date published: 13/12/13

The region of Port stretches up the valley of the river Douro and its tributaries, from just below the capital of the lower duero, Peso da Regua. Porto is known for being very wet,with an annual rainfall of 1200mm. However, temperatures can reach up to 40oc and can remain as high as 30oc into the harvest period. There are a host of grape varieties that are permitted in the production of Port, the most known being Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesa.

The following two ports are stocked here at majestic, the first is currently open for tasting.

Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage, 2007, £11.99 (usually £14.99):

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.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.Drinking well now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing.Partner with cheese or as an after dinner treat.

Taylor's 10 year old Tawny, £20.00 (usually £25.00):

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old.Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.Partners most desserts, particularly those with berry fruit or dark chocolate. It is also a good partner to rich, blue veined cheeses.


Stunning Southern French redDate published: 13/12/13

If you have never spent £20 on a bottle of Languedoc wine I urge you to taste this absolute gem from Gerard Bertrand.

The flagship wine of Gérard Bertrand's broad range, created from prime vineyard sites on the steep, rocky slopes surrounding La Clape, where the estate stands overlooking its 1000 hectares of vineyards, pine forests and heathland.

This muscular wine displays an intense blend of firm tannins, inky black fruit and lifted spice and floral aromas, smoothed and integrated by the influence of over a year in French oak barriques.

I drank this with some slowly cooked ox cheeks and have to it was a heavenly combination.

Open this weekend!Date published: 13/12/13

I have over the last ten years or so have moved back to drinking more old world wines than new. I'm not sure the main reason but raising alcohol levels in those new world wines properly has something to do with.
So I have this week have decided to open a great value Paulliac for all those  roasted ribs of beef being cooked on Sunday.
Chateau Lynch Moussas 2006 which is right in its drinking window now. Robert Parkers comments below.

"A classic Pauillac, this is an obvious major improvement from the proprietors, the Casteja family. Sweet vanilla, tobacco leaf, black currant, licorice, and camphor are all present in this full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic wine, which is still under the radar and fairly priced. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025

Think of roasted leg of lamb or rib of beef to bring the best out of this wine and make sure you have some good Comte to finish the bottle off with.

Rustenberg ChardonnayDate published: 12/12/13


If you are a fan of rich and oaky whites why not pop down to taste this particularly fine example from South Africa .

Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. Warm daytime temperatures give ripe, tropical flavours and 40% of the wine spends 12 months in new French oak.

A beautifully balanced Chardonnay with rich fruit flavours enhanced by minerality and well integrated oak. The palate shows apricot and orange peel aromas with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours.

Perfect for dishes that have a cream sauce, pork fillet or grilled salmon.


Pig out this this Christmas with the help of the Hogs Back Brewery.Date published: 10/12/13

As the holiday season approaches and people stock up their festive stores I implore everyone to add a case of award winning T.E.A. to their trolley. Traditional English Ale truly is an great example of how English ale can, and indeed should, be done. Brewed a stone's throw from Farnham the ale is made with meticulously selected hops that leave a perfectly rounded and delicious taste of proper ale.

Undoubtedly a fantastic addition to any shopping list this Christmas and an even better grown up stocking filler! Enjoy the taste of real ale this winter.


The Sipsmith Spirits Range!! Date published: 10/12/13

Sipsmith was established in London in 2009, and is one of only four gin distilleries located within the city. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, both who had worked within the drinks industry for many years. 

The most important member of the Sipsmith team is undoubtedly Prudence, a one of a kind copper pot still. Prudence is the first copper distill in London for 200 years. A bespoke design combining a pot with a carter head and a column still makes her versatile allowing her to distill boththeir signature Barley Vodka and London Dry Gin from the same still. 

The spirits are hand made in small batches, just a few hundred bottles at a time. They are made following traditional recipes combined with modern technology.

The following gins are perfect for Christmas: 

London Dry Gin (£32.00 per bottle):

Made with 10 different botanicals including juniper and the more unusual spanish liquorice root, this gin is a real classic, smooth and full of character and exploding with flavour. 

Barley Vodka (£26.00 per bottle):

Distilled in copper for purity, and made from the best spirit from the heart of the run. Engish barley spirit is distilled in Prudence the copper still and is then blended with the pure water of Lydwell Spring. The result is a hand-made vodka with an exceptional soft mouth feel.

Sloe Gin (26.00 per bottle):

A blend of Sipsmith London Dry Gin and Dartmoor sloe berrie. After the gin is distilled, it is left to rest on wild sloe berries hand picked in the autumn. The result is a subtle and complex gin bursting with flavour. Perfect for a winter evening.

Damson Vodka (23.00 per bottle):

The award winning barley vodka is left to steep with fresh English damsons. The warm plummy notes of the fruit combine wonderfully with the soft mouth feel provides an exceptionally full bodied flavour. 



Jim Barry ShirazDate published: 09/12/13

If you are hosting a gathering this Christmas and are a fan of aussie reds well this might well be just the ticket for you. 

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

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.

Perfect for a char-grilled rib eye steak.


Barista Pinotage Date published: 08/12/13

Currently on offer we have the Barista Pinotage 2012, Western Cape. 

Pinotage is a very interesting grape variety. Created in South Africa in 1925, where plantings of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut were combined to create the new signature blend of South Africa. 

Created in the Val de Vie wine estate in the Cape winelands, wine production on this estate dates back to 1825. The current wine maker for Barista, Bertus Fourie, is attempting to deliver a very modern wine by drawing out the coffee aromas. 

Intense on the nose, with powerful and unique flavors of coffee, chocolate and cherry. With ripe and well structured tannins this wine is very well balanced. 

This wine is perfect on its own or with red meat dishes. The wine maker himself recommends a blue-cheese filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans. 

Currently on offer at 7.49 when you buy two or more, this wine would make an excellent addition to the Christmas menu to keep your guests on their toes. 


Ruinart ChampagneDate published: 07/12/13

One of the oldest Champagne house in France (est 1729) continues to be one of my favourite houses. They have a very consistent style that is very elegant rather than a rich fat style. It is a little deeper than Pol Roger in style and shares some of the same baked apple characteristics with a touch of brioche. I do not know anyone who does not like Ruinart and at Majestic we do their NV in bottle and magnum , blanc de blancs again in bottle and magnum, rose and a very limited supply of Dom Ruinart (their luxury cuvee) which possibly  is the finest Champagne I have ever had. The perfect start to Christmas day!

Christmas Specials Part 2Date published: 07/12/13

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 - £23.50 or £18.50 when you buy 2 or more:

This is their most famous wine, and it is only made from the most exceptional vines in the town of Haro. Haro is a wine lovers dream. The secret to theis wine is the racking process. Racking is the process of moving wine from one barrel to another to remove sediment built up in the ageing process. The 2004 vintage had 6 rackings during its 36 months in 4 year old american oak., which has led to a traditional, slightly oxidised character. Strawberry jam combined with vanilla, cranberry and leather on the nose. Very intense on the palate th an excellent complexity. Perfect for a turkey feast.

Chateau L'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin- £19.99 or £16.99 when you buy 2 or more:

One of the top wines from Gerard Bertrand, a top producer who won over 48 awards at the IWC awards in 2012. The grapes are tasted up to six times a day,  even at night, to make sure grapes are picked at optimum times. All grapes are hand picked and transferred to the winery within an hour to keep them in good condition. Dark fruit flavours along with a perfumed edge. A perfect accompaniment to hard cheeses. 

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007- £19.00 or £15.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines: 

The grapes for the late harvest Riesling came from two sites in the Fairhall and Brancott sub regions. The fruit was hand picked very late according to flavour profile on the 17th and 31st of May. During each pick two passes through the vineyard were carried out to separate botrytised bunches. Pale and gold in appearance, this wine has aromas of honey, ripe peach and orange blossom. On the palate flavours of rig and apricot are present and it has an excellent long finish.


Christmas Specials Part 1Date published: 07/12/13

This weekend we have a selected group of wines open to taste on our tasting counter, which are all an excellent addition to any Christmas meal. They are as follows:

Jermann Pinot Grigio- £23.00 or £18.00 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines:

Very similar on flavour to that of an Alsatian Pinot Gris, it is macerated on the skin for a long period time, rested on its lees with no oak aging lead to a complex wine. Pear, quince and honeysuckle on the nose, with a rich flavour on the palate. A brilliant Aperitif for before Christmas lunch. 

Sancerre 'Les Comtesses' Paul Thomas - £16.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 or more:

A small producer in the village of Chavignol, with only 10 hectares which is small due to modern day standards. the vineyards are on south facing slopes on chalky clay soils. Extreme thinning in the vineyards results in the grapes left on the vines having intense flavours. A powerful wine with passion fruit, gooseberry and lime on the palate. 2012 was a good vintage and would be excellent with fish or goats cheese, a Loire specialty. 

Nicolas Potel Meursault- Special Offer- £22.00:

Potel is a very famous producer in Burgundy, although it is now a cooperative owed by Laboure- Roi. Meursault is aruably one of the biggest names in Burgundy, alongside Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet. Always a lot of oak used in the making of Meursault. This wine is cold settled after pressing for 24 hours, which allows the juice to oxidise slightly. It is then fermented in oak, before being put through malolactic fermentation in oak. 10 months later it is then put into stainless steel which retains some of its freshness. Typical chardonnay, buttery but tangy on the palate. Toasty and butterscotch on the finish. Perfect white wine for the turkey. 


Classic Majestic WinesDate published: 06/12/13

There a few wines that have been the backbone of the Majestic range for years. Chateau Guiot is one such wine. I can remember buying Guiot before joining Majestic and it always featured in my shop. Yes it has changed bottle wise and now there is also a rose and white but it still continues to be a great value all round excellent wine.

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.

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.

Soft enough to drink by itself but still has enough weight to match hearty casseroles.


"Eye of the PartridgeDate published: 06/12/13

One of the many best kept secrets at Majestic Wine Farnham is the Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV; which translates to "the eye of the partridge". 

This Champagne is an elegant salmon-pink in style. The liquid itself is very delicate with finite bubbles, with a definitive strawberry and raspberry note, which provide a perfect weight to the wine. 

This Champagne would be a great match for a light seafood dish or as an aperitif.

There is currently a fantastic offer on this champagne. When you mix and match any two Champagnes you will save a 1/3. Oeil de Perdrix currently sells at £19.99 from £30.00. 

Wine of the week: Chateau Griviere 2006, Medoc, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 06/12/13

This wine is prodominantly Merlot dominated, which is rare as it comes from the

Medoc, which is usually Cabernet Sauvignon based. It results in a fresh,

supple more everyday wine.

Soft with jammy fruit characteristics, with subtle notes of damp earth and

orange peel on the nose and a supple palate.

This wine is a great match for hearty winter stews, and perfect for these colder months!

£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.


Nyetimber Demi-SecDate published: 04/12/13

Nyetimber are the first English sparkling wine producer to release a demi-sec style sparkling wine. This wine is made from 100% estate grown Chardonnay with a dosage of 45 grams per litre of residual sugar, four times the amount that would go into the brut style of the sparking wine. 

This off dry sparkling has been designed to go with dessert dishes. Pale straw yellow with lots of little bubbles opening up to fruity yeasty characteristics on the nose. Flavours of sweet toffee apples with a slight nuttiness and bread dough. the palate offers medium sweetness that is mostly fruity with peach and creme de cassis at the forefront. 

Only £25.99 a bottle!!!

Callia Bella Malbec is back!! Date published: 03/12/13

Earlier this year Callia Bella Malbec arrived in store at Majestic, and has proved to be a firm favourite amongst customers ever since. 

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.

Behind Mendoza, San Juan is the second biggest wine producer in Argentina. It is home to many varietals such as Malbec, Bonarda. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah for the reds, and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Torrontes and Viognier for the whites. Like Mendoza, San Juan is at high alitude, 600-1200m, semi-desert like and has very little rainfall. The vineyards have to rely on irrigation from the regions rivers and water that melts from the Andes. 

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward Pepper, clove and sweet spice with damson and raspberry on the nose. An up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness. Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

Only £5.99 (usually £8.99), when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. Stock up for Christmas now! 

Chinese tonight?Date published: 30/11/13

I have just been informed that Chinese is our choice of supper tonight so not only do I have to pick it up I also find some wine to accompany.

I usually go Gewurztraminer but tonight I going to go for the German angle.

 

The Mosel valley is famous for its very steep slatey vineyards along the Mosel river. Dr L is a non-estate wine, but brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen work closely with the growers, and in this way are able to ensure excellent quality year after year.

The fragrant nose of honey, apricot and stone fruit carries through to the off dry palate. Refreshingly juicy, a touch of spritz and lively acidity add finesse and balance. It has a slight prickle to it and is the perfect foil for oriental food or when served as an aperitif.

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 30/11/13

Currently on the tasting counter we have the Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Vin de France. 

This wine is produced by a major cooperative in the Languedoc region of Southern France. The producers wanted to replicate the ever popular New Zealand Sauvignon style in Southern France. And in my opinion they have created a fantastic wine. 

This wine has an powerful nose with tropical fruit and aromas peach. These flavours are combined by a zesty refreshing acidity.

At £5.49 (£6.99 when you buy two or more), this wine is an absolute steal. Perfect for everyday drinking or a fantastic accompaniment to a light fish dish or a green rocket salad. 

Wine of the Week: 2 Up Shiraz 2012Date published: 29/11/13

2up” Shiraz, Kangarilla Road

This wine is a blend of Shiraz grapes from the mature vines of the Mclaren Vale, Australia. The name “2up” is homage to a game of chance played by the ANZAC troops of World War I.

A classic example of Australian Shiraz on the nose with vibrant notes of blackberry, black cherry and a hint of spice. On the palate hints of plum, blackberry and cherry intensify with a background of subtle chocolate flavours.

Enjoy on its own, with lamb or with a beef and stout stew.



£8.79 or £10.99 when you buy 2 or more


Taittinger Brut Reserve NVDate published: 29/11/13

Francois Taittinger chose Chardonnay very early on as a dominant variety in the wines of his blend, sensing that the modern consumer would increasingly appreciate lightness, finesse and elegance. The high proportion of Chardonnay, unique among the fine non-vintage champagnes and a minimum aging of three years in the cellar where it reaches full aromatic maturity makes this Champagne delicately balanced. 

the art of blending is to marry wines of different varieties, crus and years to create a wine that is superior to the sum of the wines that compose it. Once the blending is completed the resulting wine is bottled with a liqueur composed of yeasts and sugar and then undergoes bottle fermentation. 

A Champagne for any occasion, and is a symbol of festivity. From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate,and a beautiful, elegant finish.

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV is currently in our Christmas Collection, and is only £27.99 instead of £42.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more from our selected fizz! 

A brief introduction to Germany Date published: 28/11/13

A brief introduction to German Wine

Germany as a country is one which I used to avoid because of the intimidating labelling system. I hope this brief introduction will help you to understand some of the terms used in Germans wine and will enable yourselves like me to widen your pallet. 
First of all there are four different sizes of land where wine is grown. The smallest is the Einzellage (a vineyard), a group of which are called a Grosslage. Several of these create a Bereich ( a district) and a small number of Bereich's create an Anbaugebiet ( a region) for which there are thirteen. 

German wines have to be made by law from grapes from the same Anbaugebiet. If the grapes are taken from different Bereichs then the wine is classified as Qualitatswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete whereby the region has to be displayed on the bottle. However, there is a six stage rating in order of weight of must (sugar in the grape juice) for wines made from the same Bereich classified as a Pradikatswein. I will explain these terms briefly as they are very common and puts you in the best place for choosing your preferred wine. 

The driest stage is Kabinett, these typically have a light style with high acidity with green fruit flavours. Next is the Spatlese,  this means that the grapes were picked in the late harvest style, making for a slightly heavier style of wine with the typical flavours changing to a more citric note. Moreover, we have Auslese,  this is the sweetest wine which can still be classified as dry. The wine here is made from extra-ripe grapes which provides for a richer and more concentrated flavour. 

The next two stages are those of Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. According to law these both have to be harvested by hand. These are both aided by noble rot, which helps in concentration of the sugars. The main difference between the two is that Trockenbeerenauslese is of higher quality, therefore is only made in tiny quantities and only in the best vintages. 

Finally, there is Eiswein. This wine is created whereby the grapes are left on the vine until they have frozen, requiring a temperature of below minus eight. When the grapes are pressed, the frozen water remains leaving a highly concentrated must.

One of my favourite wines in store at the moment is the Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett (currently £8.99 when you buy two or more), this wine combines concentrated honeyed ripe fruit with intense citric fruits and a fresh crisp acidity. It's only slightly off dry so perfect on it's own to be drunk in the garden overlooking the sun, or with any slightly spicy Thai dish. 


Cracking Christmas Offers!Date published: 27/11/13

There are some cracking new offers just in time for Christmas!

Here's just some of our favourites...

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is now just £6.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines to save 20%!

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Marques de Riscal Reserva is down to £9.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more, with magnums at £22, from £30!

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. 

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV is reduced to £30 a bottle when you buy a case of 6!

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Vinalba Reservado Malbec is only £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

Plus there's loads of other great offers - contact us for the latest prices!


Ch TayacDate published: 26/11/13

When you have a Sunday lunch that features beef as the centre piece you need a good wine. Seeing you have spent alot of money on the meat you have to have a bottle or two of a great wine. You will find that most countries produce a red that would be a fine match but call me old school, I always come back to Bordeaux. A current favourite is Château Tayac.

Château Tayac's 37 hectares of vineyards are located on some of the best gravelly soils on the hilltops of Soussans. The château has remained under the ownership of the same family for four generations. The wine is matured in 35% new French oak for 10-12 months.

Deep and rich red in colour, with an open, complex nose of liquorice and cinnamon touches to the fine blackcurrant core. Plenty of concentration on the palate.

A great wine for roasrted Beef. Roll on next Sunday.


Yalumba the Scribbler Date published: 25/11/13

Currently on the tasting counter we have the "Yalumba the Scribbler" 2010. Single bottle price £14.99 - £11.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines. 

Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler is Yalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shiraz combination, made with a view to early enjoyment. 

Dense and vibrant purple in colour, with a nose of concentrated blackfruit and liquorice. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins.

This wine matched a game pie exceptionally or alternatively to be enjoyed on its own round the fire over Christmas.


Sunday EveningsDate published: 25/11/13

The perfect start to a Sunday evening for me starts with a gin based drink. G&T is of a staple and when made with the fantastic Martin Millers gin and Fever Tree tonic is just one of the best long drinks out there.Alternatively I often have a dry martini. Again start with Millers gin and a splash of Noilly Prat. I generally use about 5 gin to 1 vermouth. I always use to shake but now I stir with plenty of ice for a couple of minutes. A little of olive brine makes it 'dirty' which is how I take it. Make some homemade parmesan biscuits and you have a great start to the evening. Millers Gin is on offer at only £25 a bottle!

November tasting a 'resounding success!Date published: 23/11/13

If you had have walked into the store Thursday night you would have witnessed a hive of activity. Manager James dubbed the evening a, 'resounding success' and said that he enjoyed the opportunity to give something back to the customers. Over 80 Farnhamians came to sample some great cheese and a fantastic array of whites, reds and of course a couple of bubblies! At four stations around the store were tasting stations offering a selection of wines to get the taste buds tingling. Don't worry if you missed out though, here's a little bit about some of the night's favourites:

White

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

A fantastic example of a great value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, the classic aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit are ever present in this wine whilst not over powering. Delicate floral notes come through to top off an utterly delicious nose. Very well rounded citrus flavours linger on the palate and compliment the gooseberry notes in this extremely well balanced number. Great on its own or with a platter of oysters.

£9.99 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case or £12.99 as a single bottle

Red

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, New Zealand

This red fruit driven wine is great to drink now or alternatively it could be kept for a couple more years to let some of that red fruit mature into darker more complex flavours. On the nose the wine gives off cranberry and redcurrant notes with a subtle hint of white pepper and other dried herbs. On the palate the slight acidity lends itself brilliantly to those cranberry flavours.

£17.59 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case or £22.00 as a single bottle

Sparkling Wine

Nyetimber Classic Cuveé 2004, England

Beautifully bubbly ready to stand up against any Champagne! This proved a real favourite at the November tasting as guests were greeted with a glass of brioche and citrus scented loveliness. The bubbles themselves gave a wonderfully refreshing feel to the wine without being too gaseous as to unsettle the palate. Extremely well balanced flavours were a treat for the taste buds with the brioche flavour permeating a baked apples base. I would recommend toasting any occasion with this superb English take on the French classic, the wine stands out with its fantastic flavour and unique appeal. Well and truly worth it.

£23.98 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case or £35.99 as a single bottle


Cotes du Rhone BellerucheDate published: 23/11/13

Currently open on the tasting counter we have the Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2012. 

This wine has been created continuously since 1808 by the Chapoutier family, with Michel Chapoutier currently the head wine maker.  He uses a mixture of traditional and creative new techniques to produce one of the standout wines of the region.

Typically as this wine is from the Rhone Valley it is made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah. The Belleruche combines rich aromas of dark fruit with earthy minerals and spice. The smooth tannins gives the wine a soft taste on the pallet, allowing you to enjoy the rich blackberry and cherry notes, with secondary flavorings of white pepper. 

This wine can be ages for several years, and will partner most rich meat dishes.

Why not take advantage of our great deal of 20% off Rhone wines, where the Belleruche comes down from £9.99 to £7.99 when you mix 2 or more Rhone wines. 


Barbara and PastaDate published: 23/11/13

When returning from work to find your wife has been delayed at work and that lamb casserole that was promised is still in the fridge so a quick rustle in fridge and freezer resulted in some tiger prawns and some over ripe tomatoes. Pop prawns in a bowl of water and 10 mins later they are defrosted. Put some spaghetti on and cook al dente. Heat a good splash of olive oil in a hot wok and when smoking add 2 finely sliced cloves of garlic, one chopped birds eye chilli and 3 chopped salted anchovy fillets. After a couple of minutes add a couple of chopped tomatoes and then another couple of minutes add prawns until they turn pink. All in all around 15 mins so a very speedy supper. To drink what better than a glass of that very tomato friendly grape Barbara.

The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety - Barbera. 

 Barbera d'Asti has the most vines, with many of the vineyards planted on the lower slopes and in sheltered areas resulting in fresher styles.

This example from de Forville  has intense aromas of red cherries, vanilla, rose petals and spice leap from the glass, with the intense, powerful palate exhibiting an elegant balance of fruit and tannin to a long, smooth and crisp finish. 

It is a perfect match for the ever difficult tomato based dishes.


Perfect Turkey WineDate published: 22/11/13


Have you got your Turkey wine yet ? If not pop down tomorrow and have a taste of this perfect bird wine.

Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

Would be a fine match for Turkey but will stand up to Pheasant or Partridge simply roasted.


L'Aigle Pinot NoirDate published: 22/11/13

One of the stars of our tasting last night is this cracking sub £10 Pinot Noir. It has to be my favourite Pinot especially when at this price.

Originally owned by Burgundian négoçe Antonin Rodet, this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. One of the Languedoc's highest vineyards, possessing the finely-balanced climate necessary for growing Pinot Noir, and has been the recipient of many awards.

A distinctive Pinot Noir nose of wild strawberries, with cinnamon and clove-like notes. The light fruit is backed up by tight and bracing tannins, leading to a long, mineral finish.

Perfect with a simply roasted duck.


Great food/wine matchDate published: 19/11/13

When having guest's round for supper I often pop to the butcher to see what is good and in seasonal and at present who can argue about 4 partridges for £10!

Remove breasts and legs and pop into a homemade tandoori marinade overnight.

 Roast some cubed butternut squash in a hot oven and for the last 10 minutes add some Indian spices, garlic, ginger and chilli. 

Make a tomato and onion salad (the type you get with your pompadooms) and add chopped coriander.

 Blend some blanched mint with a little garlic, lemon juice and plain yogurt. Then stir in some grated cucumber (no seeds) and season. This is your dressing. 

Get your char grill pan uber hot and cook the partridge for 4-5 mins a side. Arrange on a rectangular plate in a line interspersing the squash, partridge and tomato salad. Spoon over a spoon or two of the yogurt dressing. A very elegant start to a meal and very seasonal.

Perfect with a glass of the prevouisly  mentioned Croix Saint Adel

Croix Adel Blanc Date published: 19/11/13

When looking for a wine to match along side a starter of tandoori partridge salad (recipe in second article) this new white jumped out at me and it was a great match.

It's a intriguing  blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc.

The wine comes from a winemaking collective in Cers-Portiragnes, a locale between Béziers and the Mediterranean coast. The wines here are typified by bold varietal characters, and are often created by blending unusual combinations of grapes. 

A fruit-filled and eminently gluggable white wine, offering a lively mixture of white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavours with a soft and friendly acidity.

It just seemed a perfect weight and richness to match my starter.


Favourite wines from Friday's wine course..Date published: 18/11/13

On Friday we had one of our ever popular wine courses for 6 of our customers. Bill, our new trainee, also sat in to experience his first course!

The Wine Course is an introduction to wine tasting, styles of wine and wine and food matching. It is designed to give the customer a base knowledge from which they can begin their exploration of wine and all it can offer.

We look at the following topics:

- How to taste wine like a professional

- How wine is made

- How to identify a good wine

- How to isolate different features of a wine i.e. acidity, body, length, intensity, alcohol

- How to match wine with food

The favourite wines from this wine course were as follows: 

Ned Pinot Noir: Perfect match for Pate. This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot. Subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate. £9.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines.

Medalla Real Chardonnay: Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard districtin Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled bysea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrelfermented and undergoes regular lees stirring. £8.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines.

A Sticky End Sauvignon Blanc Dessert Wine: This dessert wine from Marisco Vinyeards' King's Series is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine, giving them extra ripeness and promoting the onset of botrytis, creating intense sweetness and complex flavours. £12.79 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines. 


Cognac! Date published: 18/11/13

The Cognac region lies in the two departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime just north of the vineyards of Bordeaux, and is one of the largest vineyard areas in France. The distillation season in Cognac runs from the November following the vintage to the end of March of the following year. Cognac is a double distilled spirit, and the only still used is the copper Charentais pot still. 

Cognac, like Champagne, can only come from its eponymous region in France. The main grape variety is Ugni Blanc, with Colombard and Folle Blanche also used.

There are three age distinctions that are marked on the label. The first, VS ('Very Special') is a blend where the youngest component is stored for at least 2 years in cask. These tend to be the entry level Cognacs that focus on a fruity character.

VSOP ("Very Special Old Pale") is a more complex blend with the youngest component spending 4 years in cask.

XO ("Extra Old") is the top of the tree apart from vintage specific bottles, and although the youngest component must be 4 years old they are usually a lot older. From 2016 the minimum age of the youngest component must be 10 years. 

Our range of Cognacs is growing due to seasonal demand around Christmas, be sure to pop in and take a look! 

Who likes Gin?Date published: 17/11/13

Theres nothing better than a refreshing gin and tonic! Here at Majestic we have a great selection of gins and we are going to talk about two of my favourites. 

Hendricks Gin £30.00 (Special Offer): 

Hendricks Gin is produced by William Grant and sons, in Girvan, Scotland. It was first launched in 1999. In addition to the traditional infusion of juniper, Hendricks also uses Bulgarian rose and cucumber to add flavour. Bottled in a unique dark glass, with an apothecary style shape, and a cork stopper, this gin certainly stands out from the crowd. Its suggested serving is with tonic water over ice, garnished with a slice of cucumber instead of the traditional citrus fruit. It is a delciously smooth style of gin with floral hints. 

Martin Millers £25.00:

Martin Millers gin is centre batch distilled like a good malt whisky using only the heart of the spirit and ten hand picked botanicals. This classic dry gin is distilled in England but is blended using 100% Icelandic water, which gives the gin a creamy finish. The Icelandic water is pure and soft which helps to show off the beautiful flavours from the botanicals. Best served with Fever Tree tonic over ice and with a grapefruit peel garnish. 


A Brief Introduction to Chile...Date published: 17/11/13

From a wine perspective Chile is a country that has always fascinated me. Chile isolated on the western side of South America at 900 kilometers from north to south and only 100 kilometers from east to west. To the east lies Argentina with the Andes to separate them, and with the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile's vineyards are in perfect locations.

Chile's Central and Northern vineyards have a very good Mediterranean climate. This provides for warm dry summers and cold rainy winters which is perfect for vine growth. These vineyards are typically located on the foothills of the major rivers of Chile such as the Maipo and the Rapel.  The location on the foothills means that during the days the vines are subjected to high temperatures followed by the very cool evenings ( a temperature range of up to 20'C), which is ideal for the crisp acidity and fresh fruit amongst white wines and the fine tannins and darker fruit amongst reds. 

The most popular white grapes are those of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, whereas the most frequently planted red grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and Pinot Noir.

Did you know that Carmenere was mistaken in some parts of Chile until 1994 as Merlot, and has since become one of Chile's stand-out grapes.

Why not take advantage of our fantastic 20% off Chilean wines today. 

My personal favourite is the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 from the Casablanca Valley. This wine is a fantastic example of a New World Chardonnay, primary characteristics of peach and apricot are benefited from the 3 months spent in French Oak to give it a great vanilla and buttery finish.

Pick n Mix offer: Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel Date published: 16/11/13


One of the wines on the new Pick 'n' Mix offer is the Ravenswood Zinfandel from California.  This wine is made from grapes grown on old vines in Lodi, an area of California known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World.  The well drained sandy soils, combined with the age of the vines produces a wine that is full of body and character, holding up to the motto of Ravenswood 'No Wimpy Wines' motto

One of my absolute favourite wines that we stock,  bursting with black cherries, currents and cloves, along with plum and spice aromas. Full tannins with balanced acidity on the palate, with a long finish. A pleasure to drink alone or with game pie!

Starting at £10.99 on its own, when bought as part of the Pick 'n' Mix offer the Ravenswood is an absolute bargain at just £7.32.  


Montes Alpha Chardonnay: best served Chile'dDate published: 15/11/13

This week's wine of the week is a buttery chardonnay from Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray. The two began their work in the pursuit of creating premium wine in Chile. This particular Chardonnay is fermented with a combination of Burgundian and native yeasts and matured for a year in French oak. The wine is lemon-gold in colour and a delight on the nose with notes of banana and ripe mango. Passion fruit comes through on the palate and the creamy, buttery character leaves a host of sweeter flavours for the taste buds to explore.

Perfect accompaniment to creamy chicken dishes such as good old chicken and mushroom pie.

Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal Date published: 15/11/13

Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal 

This fantastic wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Using wine making techniques from Bordeaux they tried to single handedly tried to transform the face of Rioja. Nowadays, this wine is regarded as a great example of a traditional Rioja. 

This is a full-bodied wine with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer and red fruit flavours.

This multi-functional wine will complement ham, cheeses and casseroles, or on its own sitting in front of the fire. But will also age very for a further 5 years. 

Available in single bottle sizes at £14.99 for one of £9.99 when you buy 2 or more, or available in Magnum size at £22!

Bargain SauvignonDate published: 14/11/13

Yes we all love Kiwi Sauvignon but when you are having a party or going round to neighbours and don't want to take anything too flash but still good this new wine from Argentina is just the ticket.

This is an 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.

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.

It really is a very pretty little wine with a tiny price tag and just perfect as a get home from work tipple.




Cline ZinfandelDate published: 12/11/13

If you after a rich, fruit driven with lush oak then look no further than this fantastic bottle. Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yeilding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino. Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla. A great maqtch for Venison.


Our Californian Offers!Date published: 12/11/13

I have always been a fan of Californian wines, and since working for Majestic I have been lucky enough to try some top wines! Here are some of my current favourites:

Clos du Bois Chardonnay, North Coast: £9.99 when you buy at least 2 Californian wines (£12.49 single bottle price): a rich, fruity chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak and creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend. Best alongside lobster or creamy seafood pasta dishes.

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, Lodi County: £7.33 when you buy at least 2 bottles in our 33% pick 'n' mix offers (£10.99 single bottle price). One of my absolute favourite wines that we stock,  bursting with black cherries, currents and cloves, along with plum and spice aromas. Full tannins with balanced acidity on the palate, with a long finish. A pleasure to drink alone or with game pie!

Saintsbury Pinot Noir, Carneros: £20 when you buy at least 2 fine wines (£25 single bottle price): ripe red fruit aromas dominate this wine, with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla flavours.  A perfect partner for duck, lamb or game.

It is currently California tasting weekend so we have plenty of delicious wines open on the tasting counter, so make sure you come and try a few of these gems!  With 20% off wines of California at the moment it would be a shame to miss some of these bargains!

A fantastic Fine Wine offer!Date published: 11/11/13

Here at Majestic we are still running our Fine Wine offer which enables you to save £10 when you buy any 2 or more selected fine wines. This is a fantastic offer as in allows you to choose wines from a huge variety of regions and grape styles. These wines make great presents to friends at a dinner party, as gifts or just to be enjoyed on their own when the time calls. 

A selection of wines on this list include:

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 - Was £23.50 Now £18.50* - A fantastic Rioja with flavours of earth, spice and red fruits, with well structured spicy tannins giving this wine a great complexity, medium body and plenty of flavour. Perfect with Casserole or wild duck.

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 - Was £23.00 Now £18.00* - A family run company since 1881, the current winemaker , Silvio Jermann, has created a Pinot Grigio far from the usual. This wine portrays a more full-bodied style with more intense flavours and velvety style. Works very well with grilled seafood or creamy pasta dishes. 

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 - Was £25.00 now £20.00* - Pinotage is one of the most successful blends ever created (a blending of Cinsault and Pinot Noir). Kanonkop is at the top amongst one of the top estates in South Africa and their Pinotage does not disappoint. Full bodied and concentrated with flavours of red and black berries and lashings of oak. Perfect when matched with barbecued meats or a hearty stew. 

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010/11 Santa Barbara - Was £24.00 Now £19.00* - Santa Barbara is well known for being the warmer southern part of California, which can create big powerful and ripe Chardonnays. This immensely complex wine, has on the nose, flavourings of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut. The ripe fruit and nuttiness of the wine helped to give this wine a long and interesting finish. This wine goes very well with roasted poultry.

* When you buy a mixture of two or more.

Au Bon Climat Pinot NoirDate published: 11/11/13

On our fantastic offer on lots of special wines is this fine example of Pinot Noir. You can pay a great deal of money for Pinot's from across the pond but at only £20 (multibuy price) this is a great starting point. 

Winemaker Jim Clendenen is the multi-award-winning creator of Au Bon Climat's superb Pinot Noirs, made in a classic but easy-drinking style. This example is sourced from several vineyards including Le Bon Climat and the legendary Bien Nacido in Santa Barbara.A delicate and pretty nose of ripe strawberry, cherry and plum fruit, with a very subtle earthiness. Soft and supple on the palate, with great fruit focus and smooth tannins.

Its by no means a full bodied wine but would really match dare I say 'the turkey' or be the perfect match for roasted duck. 

Pick 'n' Mix - Perrier Jouët Date published: 09/11/13

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix deal at Majestic we have the infamous Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NV at £24.99!

This wine is produced in the Épernay region of Champagne. It has been produced since 1811, making it one of the oldest champagne houses in the world. 

Perrier Jouet take their chardonnay from their Grand Cru vineyards which helps to give the champagne a really light style with very finite bubbles. 

It is a very open, refreshing style of champagne, with flavours of apple and white flowers at the forefront.

This champagne is perfect on its own or served with a variety of canapes 



Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, 2010.Date published: 09/11/13

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat, which means a well exposed vineyard, produces internationally recognised Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The winery is located on the world famous Bien Nacido Vineyard and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. ABC was listed on Robert Parker's best wineries in the world in both 1989 and 1990. 

Santa Barbara County is in the warmer southern part of California, which can make for Chardonnays that are extremely ripe and powerful. ABC sources its fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast. 

Golden in colour complex nose of ripe apple, range zest and roasted hazelnuts. On the palate a buttery brioche with tropical fruits, with a long finish. 

Only £19.00 when you buy 2 or more of our selected fine wines. 

Paso Creek Cabernet SauvingnonDate published: 09/11/13

Lets face it, you can pay alot of money for wines from Calfornian and still be disapointed. They all too often hanker after Robert Parker points so make rich and oaky wines that sometimes are just too over the top. This cheeky little Cab is on offer at only £11.99 and is a cracker. 

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending

Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins. Very much a food wine this would be perfect with a fat steak char grilled to med rare. 


Chablis and MusselsDate published: 08/11/13

We had a few people round for supper last week and as promised for Bella here is my recipe for spaghetti with mussels. It was suppose to be with the classic vongole but fishmonger had no clams left so I had to adapt. Clean your mussels as usual. Sweat a couple of shallots, 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic, a red chilli and a couple sprigs of thyme until soft but not browned. Add mussels with a good splash of white wine and cook until just opened. Pick from shells and keep to one side. Reduce liquid until only left with a couple of tablespoons then either strain through a fine sieve if you think you might have a little grit or just keep all the bits in the sauce as I usually do. Add the mussels, a spoonful  of creme fraiche and some chopped parsley. Add your al dente spaghetti and serve.I served this with the William Fevre Chablis which was just the perfect accompaniment. Classic in oaked Chablis from one of the finest producers in Burgundy.

Matsu Magnums!!Date published: 08/11/13

We are excited to announce that the Matsu range are now in magnum form, however with in limited stock available! Here is a little about the winery and the wines. 

Matsu, the Japanese word for 'wait', pays homage to the generations of devoted wine makers. The images of the real-life wine-producers decorate the bottle and represent the essence of each of the wines. Matsu winery, based in Toro, Spain is no ordinary winery. It is a contemporary project of sustainable viticulture that brings together an exclusive collection of high expression wines. All the Matsu wines are organic and are made from natural vines. 

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines. 'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age.

The three wines are as follows: 

Matsu el Picaro Magnum 2012(£16.00 each):

Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Matsu el Recio Magnum 2010(£26.00 each):

Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.

Matsu el Viejo Magnum 2010 (£40.00 each):

The Old One' of the Matsu range, the wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.


Jess and Coreen's review of Saint Michel Blanc Perlé 2012 PDO Gaillac Date published: 08/11/13

A blend of Loin de L'Oiel, Muscadelle and Mauzac. 'Perle' is the french term for young white wines bottled with natural pearls, or tiny bubbles preserved in the wine by bottling shortly after fermentation. A youthful pale yellow colour with slight green tinges. 

Our trainee Jess has since moved to our Chester store, but before she left Jess and one of our loyal customers Coreen both bought a bottle of this wine. Below are their reviews. 

Jess: This is clean, fresh and youthful wine perfect as an aperitif or with pan fried trout. My palate particularly enjoys the medium levels of acidity, which occur whilst still supporting a crisp and fresh style of wine. The nose is delicate and slightly floral, whilst the flavours are simple with pear and soft citrus.The grapes are mainly grown in South West France and offer something different to Sauvignon Blanc or perhaps Torrontes. 

Coreen: Youthful and fresh wine with an almost sherbet like spritz, paired with hints of minerality and citrus. Nice to quaff on a sunny afternoon with good conversation. 

Only £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

One of my favourite ChampagneDate published: 07/11/13

One of my favourite all time Champagne houses has always been the family owned estate of Pol Roger. Famously consumed by Winston Churchill in copious amounts (allegedly) so much so their luxury cuvee is named after him.The non vintage is a mid weight fizz with soft apple flavours mingled with brioche  overtones and a fine mousse. It is extremely elegant Champagne and makes the perfect aperitif or with a plate of native oysters is just the ticket.It also happens to be on a excellent offer at present of only £34 a bottle.

Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010, CarnerosDate published: 06/11/13

Currently open on the tasting counter we have the Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010. This wine is part of our pick 'n' mix deal at comes in at £13.32 from £19.99, when you buy another wine in the offer.

This wine hails from Carneros in the Sonoma County in California. Carneros is located to the north of San Pablo bay, and because of its proximity to the bay the vineyards benefit from cool fog and breezes. 

The wine itself on the nose brings flavours of pear and melon with pleasant hints of butter. Upon the palate, the butteryness of the wine comes to the forefront, but does not overpower the fruit, making the wine full bodied yet very well balanced. 

This wine would work very well with chargrilled chicken and light fish dishes, or on its own as we enter the cold winter months. 

Hurry as the offer ends on the 2nd December!

Veuve Clicquot Date published: 05/11/13

Veuve Clicquot NV is currently only £29.99 when you buy 2 wines from our current Pick n Mix range. To celebrate the offer I thought I would tell you a little bit about the Veuve Clicquot range, which I was lucky enough to try at a recent tasting. 

We started off with Veuve Cliquot Brut NV, which is toasty with hints of honey and apricot. This is a great non-vintage champagne, perfect as an aperitif.  We then went on to try the NV rose, this again would be a great aperitif. It has red fruit flavours of strawberry and red cherry with a toasty note of brioche.  Next up was the 2004 Vintage champagne. This was richer and more complex than the NV with subtle mineral and spicy notes coming through and a longer finish. It can be drunk on its own but would also pair well with fish or seafood starters. The 2004 Vintage rose was rich and fruity, with similar red fruit flavours to the NV and slight hints of blackfruit and spice, again this would go great with food. Both these vintage champagnes are drinking well now but will continue to develop for the next 5 years.

Last but not least was the fantastic La Grande Dame 2004, my personal favourite from the evening. Rich and smooth, with a fine mousse and great complexity. Flavours of toast and brioche combined with notes of spices, honey and dried fruits, this champagne has a fantastic finish, and a great ageing potential of up to 20 years.


New arrivals now in stock!Date published: 05/11/13

The Scribbler - Yalumba 2010

The world famous and well respected winemaker from Australia, Yalumba have provided us with a big bold red wine. The Scribbler is a Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz blend which is a popular blend amongst Australian winemakers. The wine has a nose of concentrated dark fruits and licquorice with a full palate and rounded tannins. All in all a perfect wine to go with a lovely piece of lamb or beef.

Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013: 

The cool climate area of Central Valley gives us this fresh and fruity Sauvignon Blanc which has citrus and pear flavours with a streak of flinty minerality on the finish. Great with all manner or fish dishes or perfect to drink on its own.

Panamericana Merlot 2013   

A very well priced Merlot from the Central Valley area of Chile. The wine has been cool fermented and combined with only a small amount of the wine having oak contact this gives the wine a very fresh and fruit focused taste. This wine is excellent a large variety of different foods.

Keep checking back for even more new arrivals!!

New in stock: Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso £11.99Date published: 04/11/13

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso £11.99

Grape: Palomino

This wine has an average age of 20 years, and is fortified to around 17% alcohol during the early stages of its life. This is to prevent the layer of flor forming. The must selected for an Oloroso is always a more fragrant one but also a more robust one. It is highly pure Oloroso that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style from near identical butts. 

Old gold in colour. Full- bodied and with great intensity on the nose due to the long ageing. This wine combines softness and great complexity, giving enormous length on the palate. Rich stews and red meats would be a very good food pairing for this wine. It is also an excellent digestif.


Upcoming tasting events at Majestic FarnhamDate published: 03/11/13

We have plenty of tasting events coming up until the end of this year, make sure you don't miss out on your favourites! Our upcoming events are as follows:

Tasting Weeks

Wines of California = Friday 8th - Monday 11th November

Wines of Chile = Friday 15th - Thursday 21st November 

Wines of Rhone & Burgundy = Friday 22nd - Thursday 28th November

Wines of New Zealand and Australia = Friday 29th - Thursday 5th December

Wines of Bordeaux = Friday 6th December - Monday 16th December

Wines of Southern France =Tuesday 17th December - Friday 20th December  

Spotlight Tastings = '6 wines in 30 minutes'

New Arrivals = Saturday 9th November 12 & 3pm

Rhone & Bordeaux = Saturday 23rd November 12 & 3pm

Christmas Wines = Saturday 7th December 12 & 3pm

If you would like to attend our Spotlight tastings give us a call in store on 01252 711988 or tweet us @majesticfarnham!


The King's Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/11/13

This wine comes from the De Marisco family of New Zealand as homage to their rich family heritage. Sauvignon Blanc is considered New Zealand's flagship wine and this wine adds to the reason they are so popular. The producers chose the grape, Marlborough's most popular, to represent the favour of King John I to the De Marisco family. On the nose The King's Favour is refreshing, full of ripe citrus notes with a hint of tropical-fruit sweetness. On the palate the wine is stoney whilst remaining light and rounded. A perfect accompniement to a delicate white fish dish such as Dover sole and blanched spinach.

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

Only £9.33 When you buy two from the Pick 'n mix range!


New in stock: Pedro's Fino Sherry, £8.99.Date published: 02/11/13

Selected from two different Bodegas in the centre of Jerez, allowing then to benefit from the cool western Atlantic winds, which is so important for flor growth. The first Bodega provides the younger wine which needs to be selected from a Bodega that not only ages vinifies its Finos as it ensures the fresh youthful stock. 

This Fino has an average age of 5 years and is a dual solera blend with 70% of the wine is drawn from butts from a solera of about 3 and a half years age. The remaining 30% coming from another solera of about 8 years of age. Both solera's were blended together and left for a couple of weeks in stainless steel tanks, prior to being chilled down to 2 degrees then bottled. 

This is a bone dry wine, which is aged under flor to protect itself from oxidation. The intense flor character brings the yeasty components, complemented by almond  and fresh apple flavours. 

Pick and MixDate published: 31/10/13

What a better way to celebrate the start of November than indulging in our current pick n mix promotion. We have a selection of nearly 50 wines, champagne and sparkling wines  included in the deal. There are some truly great deals to be had. My personal favourites are the excellent Villa Maria Sauvignon at only £6.99,  LPR at under £45, Nicolas Feuillatte vintage a steal at 19.99, Saintsbury Chardonnay only £13.32, Cune Reserva at £9.33 and Montes Twins down at £7.99. Our  tasting counter has 10 of the pick n mix wines on for the weekend so why not pop down to taste those and see what else is included in this great offer.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 30/10/13

Our wine of the Week this week is the Cune Rioja Reserve...

The company was formed in 1879, and is still to this day family owned. Their wines are still made in the original Haro winery.

This wine is a very soft and smooth wine. There is a fantastic bramble nose with a hint of spices. Upon the taste there are flavours of more rich fruit with hints of leather, coffee and vanilla. Finished with smooth tannins. 

This wine is perfect with with roast lamb or duck or simply on it is own. 

You can enjoy this wine today as part of our pick and mix deal, where when you buy 2 or more of certain products there is 33% off. The Cune reserve when included in this deal is sold at £9.33. 

Ned Pinot GrigioDate published: 30/10/13

So many great new wines are arriving at present its difficult to know which to recommend first, so I won't! Instead a wine that we currently have a decent amount of stock of but does fly out. The Ned sauvignon is probably our biggest selling kiwi wine but my preference is for the pinot grigio. PG is usually not my tipple but the Ned version of this ever popular Italian grape is a cracker.A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish. I drink this as a  perfect aperitif or in the summer with a classic Nicose salad.

I can't Nedding believe it!Date published: 29/10/13

It is the time we have all been waiting for! The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is on offer from today from £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.

The creater, Brent Marris, named the wine after the mountain located next to the Vineyard.The vineyard itself is located on the banks of the Waihopia River.

Upon taste there are intense flavours of nettles and gooseberry, with secondary flavourings that include a smokey herbal twist and subtle mineralty, which makes it a very easy drinking wine.

This wine is great with salads, white fish dishes or on its own.


Magnums!!Date published: 28/10/13


Magnums are bottles that hold 1.5 litres of wine - twice the size of a normal bottle! They are great for dinner parties and special occasions as something a bit special. And also great for keeping and aging, a magnum being the optimum size bottle to lay down, as it has the same ullage size as a normal bottle, but more wine so the ratio of air to liquid is better.

My pick of our magnum selection are:

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta £36 - A new addition to our magnum collection, this is one of our best selling wines in 75cl format, and will age superbly as a magnum. Complex, with flavours of fruits, spice and earth, well balanced and elegant.

Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes, Chateau Neuf du Pape, 2011, £46.00. A complex and aromatic wine with a spicy nose of leather and ginger. Powerful yet silky on the palate, with the freshness of fruit and minerality. Drink now or cellar for 6-8 years. 

New Craft Beers now in stock..Date published: 27/10/13

Here at Majestic we like to introduce new products that excite us. We will be stocking some great new craft beers for the remainder of the year. Here is the pick of the bunch:

Punk IPA, Brewdog, Aberdeen;

This IPA has been hopped twice during its production which entitles it to a cool complexity. It is sweet with tropical fruit but offers a bitterness to finish. What a fantastic home-grown IPA which will sell really well as it can be matched with food as well as enjoyed alone. 

I would reccomend a spicy snack or street-food style gourmet with this as it helps you wind-down and relax. 

If you have not been, check out their pub just at Kelvingrove in Glasgow's west end. They have plenty of brew to try.

Curious Bew IPA, Kent;

This IPA is the next addition from Curious Brew (who introduced us to their champagne yeast beer).

With a blend of three different hops it is very well balanced and naturally has a good weight and a fruity edge. Chapel Down aim to craft beers that are extremely hard to replicate and have originality. We think that they have nailed this ethos in their first two beers as Majestic customers cannot get enough of them!

An outstanding beer which can be enjoyed on its own or with hearty meal!!


From the CellarDate published: 26/10/13

When I was decorating last week we had to move some of my racks which meant unearthing some bottles long forgotten. Yes there is some very tired bottles(2003 muscadet anyone!) but also a couple of gems. The 2005 Grand Ardeche was drinking more like a aged 1er cru St Aubin and a 2006 fairly basic corvina from Cal de Pipa that I drank last night with some roasted pigeon and was the perfect accompaniment. Still full of fruit but all those tannins have softened with age and I would say at its best now. It just shows you that you don't need a cellar for medium ageing. I keep mine under the stairs so little fluctuation in temperature and out of the bright daylight.

New in stock: Pedro's Amontillado, £9.99Date published: 26/10/13

Pedro's sherries are made in over 400 year old butts ranging from 15-20 year old soleras to single butts with over 80 years of age. 

All sherries are made using the Solera process. It involves blending different vintages giving the liquid a varied composition. This continuous blending feeds the microbiological surface which imparts its flavour into the final wine.

This wine has an average age of 15 years, and has spent at least half of its life as a Fino, therefore being protected under the flor. Flor is a layer of yeast which forms on the surface of the sherry, providing a protective guard from oxygen. When the flor begins to die off due to the lack of residual sugar and protein, the wine is fortified to 18%, therefore killing off the flor completely. 

Subtle and delicate bouquet, with hazelnut on the nose, combined with a smooth palate, complete with a fresh and pleasant aftertaste. Delicious!

Like an oaky Chardonnay? Date published: 26/10/13

On the tasting counter this week we have the Clos du Bois Chardonnay. Currently at £9.99 when you buy 2 more with a single bottle price of £12.49 until Tuesday 28th October.

Clos du Bois is a partnership of local growers in Sonoma Valley and the coastal regions of California. There goal is to recreate the classic styles of France.

On the nose this wine shows promanent flavours of pear and butter, with secondary characteristics of lemon. When tasting, the flavours of toast come to the forefront showing off the creamy texture which comes from the oak barrel aging.

This wine would go well with lobster or a creamy seafood dish, or alternatively on its own now we are entering these colder months.

Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Date published: 25/10/13


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


Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics. A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, rich pasta, tomato flavoured sauces and cheeses. Try with Christmas pudding.

Open to taste this weekend and on our fantastic 'fine wine at house prices' price of £18!


Sipsmith Sloe Gin, only £23.00 a bottle!Date published: 25/10/13

Sipsmith's handmade Sloe Gin.

A lovely cold weather warmer perfect for filling any hip flask! The nights are getting considerably cooler and fireworks season is fast approaching. The fruity warmth that Sipsmith's Sloe Gin offers is three fold; in its smell, in its taste and finally as it goes down. It is sumptuously sticky, fruity, fragrant drink perfect for the ensuing cold nights out in the elements.


A Wednesday night treat!Date published: 24/10/13

A Wednesday night treat!

I grant you not a usual midweek supper but seeing it was Ellies birthday yesterday and we both had to work I  thought the least we could do is drink rather well. We started with Simon Hopkinsons perfect cheese biscuits along a 5 year old bottle of Pol Roger Rich which was just gorgeous (insider tip, non vintage champagne can age gracefully so tuck a couple of cases away!) We then had had a couple of old school style Coquille st Jacques with the rest of the fizz. A fat slab of dry aged rib-eye followed with a bottle of Les Forts de Latour 85. Oh how I wish had bought more 15 years ago when only £18 a bottle! A little Comte cheese with the last of the red followed by a couple of glasses of a rare old Grand Mariner as a digestif. A pretty good Wednesday night dinner all in all!

A short review on InvivoDate published: 23/10/13

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Awatere Valley, Malborough

Don't miss out on the fantastic offer on Invivo Sauvignon Blanc ending Monday 28th!

This wine is the brainchild of Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne aiming to produce a fantastic Kiwi wine. On first tasting the wine gives a powerful passionfruit punch with secondary citrus notes.

Perfect with a big green salad, or own its own on those few precious warm days we have left!

Currently £12.49 on its own or £9.99 when you buy two or more! So don't let this offer pass you by!


De Telmomt ChampagneDate published: 23/10/13

As a company we have stocked De Telmont champagne for many years now. I always have found it to be one of the most consistent of our great value fizz range. It is medium bodied fizz with soft apple and yeasty overtones. I have been drinking it well before joining the company and have never failed to be impressed.
It is also happens to be on offer at the bargain price of £15 a bottle but only until this Monday. Top up for all those pre Christmas parties!

Planning a Christmas party?Date published: 20/10/13

At Majestic Wines we deliver 7 days a week, providing that you purchase 6 bottles or more, and your order comes to more than £40. This service is completely free of charge, and we offer flexible delivery hours too for your convenience! We guarantee delivery within 7 days, or placing your order, although it is usually much quicker than that. Trusty Trev our driver is always on hand to deliver your favourite wines, straight to your front door. 

We known how difficult it is to know exactly what quantities you need for a party or event, and you definitely don't want to run out. We are on hand to offer advice on quantities, and we also offer sale and return. We ask that anything you return comes back in a saleable condition- we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases. 

When it comes to glasses, we've got it covered. Our free glass hire includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-balls and pint glasses. These are available on a £1 a glass deposit basis, which is fully refundable when the glasses are returned. We also offer chiller bins, ideal for chilling beers and wines when your fridges are full. Also, we have ice buckets, ideal for keeping a few bottles chilled. They require a £15 and £10 deposit respectively, which is fully refundable when returned. There is no time limit on returning hired items, we just ask they come back clean and intact. 


Fine Wine - Château Sénéjac 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-MédocDate published: 19/10/13

Fine Wine Château Sénéjac 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

Here we have a Cru Bourgeois wine from the very southern part of the Haut-Médoc region in Bordeaux, France. 'Cru Bourgeois' wines fall just under the Classified Growth wines, and can be excellent value for money. The 2010 vintage for Medoc/Graves scores between 7-10 and could benefit from further ageing. This wine certainly has the components for bottle ageing, already displaying concentrated blackcurrant fruit flavours and decent tannin. There is a hint of 'cigar box' (or as I like to describe this as a smokey) flavour coming through which can be attributed to the Cabernet Franc. 

The wine is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and blended with Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (15%) 

Come and try the wine on our tasting counter today!! 

£18 when you buy any two selected fine wines 

Klein ConstaniaVin de Constance Sweet WineDate published: 19/10/13

Once preferred to the best Tokjai's, Yquem's and Sauternes Europe could muster. Constance was also sought after by Napoleon, was seen by Jane Austin as the best way to mend a broken heart and regularly delivered to Royal Courts across Europe, Constance had a remarkable reputation in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1861, however, the Gladstone government removed empire preferential tariffs, and as a result exports nearly dried up, and the golden era was brought to an end when the vineyards were decimated by phyloxerra and powdery mildew. In 1980 Duggie Jooste bought Klein Constantia, redeveloped the farm, and with the help of of Stellenbosch University created and began selling a new recreated version of Vin de Constance made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains.

Thankfully, one of the great new World sweet wines, if not the greatest was revived and has again begun to flourish along with the rest of the South African wine industry. The first new vintage from Klein Constania was released in 1986 and has become a regular sight as a highly sought after sweet wine across the world in the last 3 decades.

A light gold in colour with a green tinge indicating freshness. The wine shows off orange peel, peach and hints of sandlewood. The fine acidity in the wine shows off pears and a nutty savouriness.

A wonderful wine to savour over Christmas or on a special occasion, or even to cellar away for several years. As a mark of its increasing importance in the wine world, the 2007 vintage was recently awarded 97 points by Neal Martin from the Wine Advocate which is the highest award any South African sweet wine has ever received!

A steal at £35 on our South African deal, especially if you are looking for something special but do not want to pay over the odds for a vintage Sauternes!


Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007Date published: 19/10/13

We recently had this fantastic wine open to taste on your wine course and quickly became the firm favourite!

The grapes for the late harvest Riesling came from two sites in the Fairhall and Brancott sub regions. The fruit was hand picked very late according to flavour profile on the 17th and 31st of May. During each pick two passes through the vineyard were carried out to separate botrytised bunches. After pressing, each batch was fermented slowly over two months in small stainless steel tanks until achieving the desired balance of sugar and acidity. It is then racked off to old French oak barrels for an eight month maturation on yeast lees prior to being bottled in February 2007. 

Pale and gold in appearance, this wine has aromas of honey, ripe peach and orange blossom. On the palate flavours of rig and apricot are present and it has an excellent long finish. This golden wine is frequently a dessert all my itself, but is also wonderful served with strong cheeses such as Roquefort, fruit based desserts and creme brulee. 

Only £15.99 when you buy 2 or more!

A quick guide to wine lingo! Date published: 18/10/13

Ever wondered what wine buffs are talking about? Here is a quick guide to wine terminology commonly used in the wine industry: 

Corked: Caused by a chemical known as TCA in faulty corks, this causes a wine to smell musty or mouldy, like wet cardboard. Small bits of cork in the wine do NOT mean the wine is corked, but that more care should be taken when opening!

Dosage: Adjustment of the sugar level in sparkling wines by the addition of liqueur d'expedition after disgorgement. 

Estate: a producer who makes wine from the grapes grown on their property only. 

Lees: The sediment of dead yeast cells that gathers at the bottom of the tank or cask once fermentation is completed. 

Phylloxera: The most serious insect pest of the vine. It feeds on the roots which in the case of vitis vinifera results in death of the vine. there is no known way of eradicating the pest, but its effect can be stopped by grafting the v.vinifera scion on to rootstock, bred from American vine species. 

Sweetness: Many people confuse sweetness with fruitiness. Sweetness refers to the amount of residual sugar present in a wine, which can be detected by dipping the very tip of the tongue in (not elegant – but effective!)

Acidity: This can be detected with the inside of the cheeks after swilling the wine around your mouth. The more acidic the wine the more the cheeks will “weep” and more saliva will be produced.

Tannin: Tannin is extracted from grape skins, stems and seeds and causes your mouth to dry and feel rough. It can most easily be detected by a “furry” sensation on the teeth and gums.

Body: Body refers to the weight of the wine – how heavy it feels in your mouth compared to other wines.

Length: How long the flavours remain after spitting or swallowing. This is also an excellent indication of quality – the longer the length, the better the wine. 

Mountain View Chardonnay 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central ValleyDate published: 18/10/13

Mountain View Chardonnay 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Luis Felipe Edwards is a respected and celebrated wine producer in Chile and has won awards such as IWSC Chilean Producer of the year 2012. The estate includes some of the highest altitude sites in the Colchagua, Maule and Leyda valleys, providing them with a sound base for creating crisp white wines.

On the nose you will find crisp and clean lemon aromas. When you let the wine open up for a minute or two you will discover a little dash of honeysuckle. 

The wine has medium levels of acidty and body with delicate flavours of citrus and pineapple. The has spent some time of its lees rather than in the barrel, therefore imparting gentle secondary flavour characteristics and a round texture. Perfect for parties and suitable for a variety of foods.

Open to try on our tasting counter today. 

Looking for more body, oak and flavour intensity?

We recommend the LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay from the Casablanca Valley. 



Wine of the Week Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 18/10/13

Wine of the Week: Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc

Looking for a fruity, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon....?

This week we are showcasing a great value red from the western part of the Languedoc region. The nose displays straightforward aromas of deep blackcurrant with a hint of oak. The wine is medium bodied and is fermented in stainless steel which retains the simple fruit flavours. The tannin is soft and ripe making the wine very approachable.

What food would you pair this with?

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.



Cardela Crianza 2009, Ribera del Duero Date published: 17/10/13

This is one of my favourite wines that we stock, recently returning to store this week. 

Ribera del Duero is an important wine producing area in the Castilla y Leon region of Spain. Its reputation is largely thanks to the high quality of their red wines, the best of which are renowned throughout the world. Despite a long history of extraordinary wine making, Ribera del Duero was not awarded DO status until 1982. 

Bodegas Bohorquez has become acknowledged for its high quality wines, made from carefully selected range of vineyard sites both on the low lying plains and the steep, rocky slopes surrounding the river Duero. The name Cardela comes from a wooden grassland with trees located in the south of Spain which has been in the Bohorquez family for centuries. 

2009 was a very good year. The hot and dry weather has produced a high quality fruit with an even and slow ripening, with high sugar levels. During harvest, the weather was perfect which helped produce perfectly mature grapes. 

The 2009 vintage is ruby in colour with medium intensity. an expressive nose with ripe red fruits and a hint of pepper. On the palate it is fresh with a nice balance between intensity, fruit and soft tannins with a lovely long finish. 

The perfect accompaniment to lamb cutlets or a juicy homemade burger. 

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines. 

Planning your wedding? All you need to know on what we can offer. Date published: 17/10/13

Here at Majestic we have years of experience in helping you organise the drinks for your special day. Not only do we have a huge range of wines, we are also here to help with advice on food and wine matching, styles and the quantities that you will need. Don't forget we also have in store tasting 7 days a weeks to help you make your decision.

With the wine covered, now it's time for the other drinks you may be needing and we can help with these too. We stock beers, soft drinks, water and spirits at Majestic and we can advise on quantities of these too.

If you are needing to hire glasses we've got that covered as well. We have available a range of glasses including wine glasses, flutes, highball tumblers and pint glasses. These are all free to hire, all we require is a £1 per glass deposit which is fully refundable when you return them to us clean and unbroken. We can also supply chiller bins for a £15 deposit and table top ice buckets for a £10 deposit. Ice comes in 4 bags and these are £3.99 per bag.

Adding to all this the fact that we offer free delivery* and sale or return means that we really can offer you a full party service.

Contact us in store today to speak to us further about your special day.

* When you order 6 bottles coming to a total of £40 or over


Sipsmith - Independent Spirit ProducerDate published: 16/10/13

Sipsmith was established in London in 2009, and is one of only four gin distilleries located within the city. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, both who had worked within the drinks industry for many years. 

The most important member of the Sipsmith team is undoubtedly Prudence, a one of a kind copper pot still. Prudence is the first copper distill in London for 200 years. A bespoke design combining a pot with a carter head and a column still makes her versatile allowing her to distill boththeir signature Barley Vodka and London Dry Gin from the same still. 

The spirits are hand made in small batches, just a few hundred bottles at a time. They are made following traditional recipes combined with modern technology.

We stock all of the Sipsmith range:

London Dry Gin (£26.00 per bottle):

Made with 10 different botanicals including juniper and the more unusual spanish liquorice root, this gin is a real classic, smooth and full of character and exploding with flavour. 

Barley Vodka (£30.00 per bottle):

Distilled in copper for purity, and made from the best spirit from the heart of the run. Engish barley spirit is distilled in Prudence the copper still and is then blended with the pure water of Lydwell Spring. The result is a hand-made vodka with an exceptional soft mouth feel.

Sloe Gin (23.00 per bottle):

A blend of Sipsmith London Dry Gin and Dartmoor sloe berrie. After the gin is distilled, it is left to rest on wild sloe berries hand picked in the autumn. The result is a subtle and complex gin bursting with flavour. Perfect for a winter evening.

Damson Vodka (26.00 per bottle):

The award winning barley vodka is left to steep with fresh English damsons. The warm plummy notes of the fruit combine wonderfully with the softmouth feel provides an exceptionally full bodied flavour. 

Summer Cup (£15.00 per bottle):

Based on the London Dry Gin, it is then blended with a host of carefully selected summery ingredients. including Earl Grey tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber. Aromatic but dry, it is perfect served with lemonade and fruit.


Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne.Date published: 15/10/13

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne.

One of LP's most iconic and best well known Champagne's. Known uniquely as one of the first vintage rose Champagnes. It uses Rose wine making techniques of drawing off the colour and grape juice's to produce a sophisticated and stylish Rose which is well known throughout the world as one of the best.

A multi-faceted champagne which can be drunk on it's own, enjoyed as an accompliment with canape's, guinea-fowl, braised fish. Or even with a fresh fruit salad. For a more daring partnership, a dish of asian cusine definitely brings out the best in the Champagne.

Even the bottle is unique, being specifically designed by Bernard de Nonancourt to be in keeping with the more different bottles produced in the time of King Henri VI.

With a nose of red berry fruits, the wine exhibits fantastic freshness and style.

Perfect as a gift, or as something special to open at Christmas. A great price at £50, down from £67.50.


On our Counter: Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012 MendozaDate published: 14/10/13

Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza

The Catena Zapata family are renowned for producing excellent Argentinian wines, and most famously for Malbecs. Here we have an oaked Chardonnay with plenty of character and flavour. We can describe this wine as 'toasty' due to the barrel fermentation- exactly how I like my Chardonnays!!

On the nose I instantly smell a blend of banana and mango; it is tropical but not overly intense like some oaked chardonnays I have tried from Argentina and Chile. You can see from the 'tears' or 'legs' that the body is likely to be medium at the very least and is likely to have a higher alcohol level than some other Chardonnays from places like Chablis. The beauty of this wine is that the grapes have been sourced from different areas in Mendoza and make use of the different altitudes. The results in a harmonious, well balanced wine that has good acidity with a crisp dry finish. 

Try if you like Septimo Dia Chardonnay. 


On-Trade Customer? Date published: 12/10/13

 You would be right in thinking of Majestic as an off-trade specialist. What you might not know is that we offer a wide range of wines that we sell exclusively to the on-trade. We aim to deliver same day, and also deliver 7 days a week to suit your business needs. We also offer some very competitive pricing on a wide range of champagne, wines, beers, spirits and not forgetting water and soft drinks.

 Majestic offers a unique range of services to suit all types of businesses, offices, restaurants, bars and contract caterers to name a few. Businesses can benefit from our credit account facilities which can take the hassle out of payment. Credit can be arranged to cover any size of business, any type of order, and your account will be handled by your local store team, so any requests or queries are easily dealt with. 

 If you'd like to learn more about our proposition, call us on 01252 711988 or email far@majestic.co.uk and we can arrange for you to talk with someone from our Majestic Commercial team.



New in stock: Santa Ana Wines, Argentina. Date published: 12/10/13

The Santa Ana wines are wines that truly reflect the essence of Argentina. Rodolfo Sadler has made wines at Bodegas Santa Ana since 1985. He is one of the most renowned winemakers in Argentina and his passion and dedication is shown through the wines. He obtains the best and most expressive wines from each region and vineyard. The Santa Ana winery is sheltered by the Andes Mountains, the highest peaks in the American continent, where pure melt waters provide irrigation to the vineyards. 

The Santa Ana wines that we stock at Majestic are:

Santa Ana Malbec, 2013:

Red with violet tinges, fruity and well balanced on the palate. There is a real presence of red fruit such as cherries and plums. This would be ideally paired with roast beef. 

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, a real great value Malbec. 

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc, 2013:

Yellow and bright in colour with a slight green tinge. Well balanced, with delicate citrus flavours. A great alternative Sauvignon to that made in New Zealand. Soft edge tropical notes with the classic herb notes in the background, also fresh on the finish. 

Again only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, bargain!!

Wine of the Week! Testimonio 2011 Luigi BoscaDate published: 11/10/13

Testimonio 2011 Luigi Bosca

This weeks WOTW is a hearty Argentinian red to help fend off those chilly October winds. Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line. Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'.

On the nose you find lush black fruits, blueberry and hints of violet.

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate has hints of sweet spice and vanilla oak. A fantastic big Argentinian red.

Try it with strong firm cheeses or a rare sirloin.

£9.99 when you buy two or more, usually £12.99


An interesting label! Date published: 10/10/13

An interesting label! 

Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley- £11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £9.99

This interesting bottle of wine stands out on website because of the unusual face on the front! So whilst stocking this product in our store today I thought I'd research into it a little bit more. It has been produced in the Maipo Valley region of Chile, which has a Mediterranean climate. The soils are sandy and gravel to the east, more clay to the west. The region displays terrific results for Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Syrah grapes, with Cab Sauv being the largest area of production. 

The wine is made purely from Cabernet Sauvignon and as one would expect a deep purple pigment. It is medium to full bodied and would pair well with red meats- intensifying the juicy flavours of beef fillet or venison. The wine has a core of blackcurrant with aromatic herbs and flowers. 

The image is of stoneware created by Benjamin Lira: www.blira.com 

Catena WinesDate published: 10/10/13

Catena Wines

One of the most respected of producers in Argentina is the Catena winery. Founded back in 1902 they produce quite a few different labels starting with the ever reliable and great value range of Argento. One step above that we have the Alamos range. Again great value especially at present where the malbec and chardonnay are only £6.99. These are excellent wines for mid week drinking or large parties. Further up the scale quality wise you then have the straight Catena wines which we do in the chardonnay, malbec and cabernet varietals. These are very elegant and balanced with lots of complexity, your dinner guests would be very impressed if you served these. Moving further on you come to the Alta range. These are super complex with structure to age well. My favourite in that range has to be the chardonnay. An uber rich, fat wine that could be easily mistaken for a expensive Californian wine. We then also on occasion stock the Nicolas Zapata wines.  

I have copied what Mr Parker says about the 2008 vintage of the Argentino which he awarded 97 points.

The 2008 Argentino Malbec is a blend of 65% Adrianna and 35% Nicasia fruit. It, too, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. The Argentino offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with just a bit of extra nuance, presumably because of the blending. Dense, rich, and voluptuous, this lengthy effort should easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form. It will be most enjoyable to taste these three wines side-by-side in another 10-15 years.

This are mind blowing wines. Not cheap at £60 a bottle but I was so impressed  I bought a six pack after tasting it for the first time!

We only get these wines very, very occasionally so if you fancy trying them let me know and I can let you know when the next vintage is released to us. 


This WeekendDate published: 09/10/13

Wines from Argentina. 
Why not pop down and taste some cracking Argentinian wines this weekend. We will by opening amongst other wines the sumptuous Catena chardonnay and also their fantastic malbec. Both wines are on cracking offers at present at only £9.99 from £12.99. Also a new £5.99 sauvignon from the Santa Ana winery and the always excellent Portillo malbec which is on offer at only £6.99 (but only until Monday!). We will also we have a fine wine open, details of which will be posted over the next day or two on our news page.

Californian WinesDate published: 08/10/13

Great selection of Californian wines in store now !

 We have just received wines from Duckhorn, Cline, Au Bon Climant, Paso Creek, Qupe, Clois du Bois, Ramey, Ridge and Stag's Leap which brings our in store offering to the largest since I have started in Majestic. This coupled with the wines stored at St John's Wood which are only sent to us when ordered and include producers like Caymus, Flowers, Thackery, Silver Oak, Rudd, Dominus, Viader and Togni we know have a list of some truly outstanding wines. 

My personal favorites are the sublime Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay and the deep and dark reds from Sean Thackery. 

Please bare in mind some of these wines we only get in tiny allocations in particular the ones kept at the fine wine centre in St John's Wood.  

Rustenberg RM Nicholson on our Tasting Counter!!!Date published: 07/10/13

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 

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

This wine is blended with several grape varieties which gives depth and layers of complex flavours. Upon swirling the wine in the glass you can see how powerful this wine is as it shows strong 'tears' or 'legs'. The colour is a deep ruby red- very inviting indeed!!

On the nose you get lots of baked fruits with a touch of dessert spice. The 'mouth-feel'  of the wine is silky smooth with grippy tannin on the finish. The flavours lean more towards stewed fruits with a very pleasant oak influence. Suitable for drinking now or for further ageing if you can wait!!

Currently priced at £12.49 down to £9.99 with any other South African wine

Staff Pick!! Barista Pinotage 2012 Western Cape Date published: 07/10/13

Barista Pinotage 2012 Western Cape £7.59 when you buy any 2 South African Wines

'From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape'

This wine is brooding with a gorgeous mixture of deep fruit . Think plum, black cherries, chocolate and stewed mulberries. 

This medium bodied red is has flavours of warm black fruit which continues onto a 'coffee bean' finish. The tannin is smooth and very delicious. This spicy red is perfect as the weather starts to get colder and the nights draw in. 

This is an excellent example of Pinotage which should be celebrated! 

Make the most of our 20% off South African Deal now !! 

Giesen ChardonnayDate published: 06/10/13

We are always on the hunt for great value Chardonnay at Majestic and I have to say for only £7.99 (2+bottle price) this is a little cracker.

The Giesen Estate is made up of 13 separate vineyards, most of which are in the Wairau Valley, plus a small proportion in the Awatere Valley. Portions of this wine have been fermented and aged in French oak before blending, followed by several months' lees contact.

Ripe and richly aromatic, offering notes of stone fruits accented by brioche, toasted almond and subtle ginger and spice hints. Fresh, fruity and lightly creamy palate texture.

Not as full as some of the other new world examples so great as a 'get home from work' tipple or try with a simply roasted chicken.


Antony’s Yard 2009 Graham Beck, Western CapeDate published: 05/10/13

Antony’s Yard 2009 Graham Beck, Western Cape

This Bordeaux blended wine has a nose of concentrated red fruits with a touch of woody oak. Graham Beck has been producing in the Western Cape since 1983, with this particular example using wine from two separate cellars.  

This medium bodied red is fruity and simple with supple tannin.The Cabernet Franc adds a little bit of smoke and depth to the wine, whereas the merlot gives lots of pleasant fruits. The grapes work in great harmony together and make this wine suitable for drinking with all manner of foods, like beef, lamb or just a bit of cheese! 

Online Review: 'Tired of buying boring Bordeaux blends? Anthony's Yard, keeps true to Graham Beck name. Good robust wines made with exceptional fruit in perfect Robertson conditions.'  September 2012

DMZ SauvignonDate published: 05/10/13

I have to confess my South Africa wines are not my first choice of countries but I do enjoy some producers and in particular the whites.

This Sauvignon is made by DeMorgenzon, and comes from some of the cooler slopes of the Stellenbosch area. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed for more delicate flavour, and a small percentage of the wine is fermented in two- or three-year-old French barriques.

Pale, bright gold with green reflections. Extremely youthful and exuberant, with a grassy, citrus bouquet. Acidity is is well balanced and over all it is a lot more subtle than the Kiwi sauvignons.

Try with a nice piece of grilled sea bass.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/10/13

Wine of the Week

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-Bordet: Was £24.00, Now £19

Mix and Match with other selected fine wines to get this fantastic deal

Domaine Séguinot-Bordet has been producing wines since 1590, is one of the most renowned families in the Chablis region in Burgundy. The Kimmeridgian clay soils in this area contain high levels of marine fossils, said to be responsible for the local wines' subtle iodine-like character. The wine is beautifully smooth and silky with lots of flavour intensity and well balanced acidity. Green apple and lemon predominate on the palate. The oak influence is very subtle, with slightly more texture and body than some other Chablis that we stock. 
Its open to taste so why not have a try? 

 
Enjoy with fresh oysters or other fruits de mer

Deal of the WeekDate published: 03/10/13

Deal of the Week

This week's deal of the week is the Serena Pinot Grigio, which is just £5.99 a bottle when you buy two or more bottles. That is an £8 saving on the retail price. 

The Serena is produced by one of Italy's greatest producers, Banfi and is grown in the hills around Montalcino. Only free run juice is used in the making of this wine which means minimal skin contact giving the wine a delicate colour and a lightness of body. It is a sublime Pinot Grigio made in the unmistakable Italian style.

The warm climate in Tuscany gives the grape ripeness and softness in the growing season that really brings out the pear flavours, with melon and banana aromas and a softened acidity on the palate.

This is a fantastic wine at an unbeatable price right now! However the deal comes to an end next week so don't hesitate otherwise it'll be too late. 

One of my favorite new Pinot Noir's Date published: 02/10/13

I'm covering here in Farnham today, but I usually work in the Guildford store. I was pleased to see one of my favorite new Pinot Noir's open on the tasting counter! Here's a bit more information about it. 

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 350-550 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for production of this cool-climate-style Pinot.

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak.

Best enjoyed within the next 1-2 years, with chicken liver pâté or cold cuts.

£11.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £6 = £8.99

 

The Perfect Rioja Reserva !!Date published: 30/09/13

The Perfect Rioja Reserva !!

Rioja Reserva  Marques de Riscal 2008

Grapes: Graciano (or Grenache), Tempranillo and Mazuelo (or Carignan)

So why is this the perfect Rioja Reserva? In my eyes it has the perfect balance between fruit, tannin and body. 

Many Rioja's are made from Tempranillo and or Grenache, however this example is blended in the classic way with Carignan, which gives the wine a beautiful deep colour. Carignan is particular hard to mechanically harvest due to its thick stalks around the grape clusters, therefore great care is needed during the wine making process. Furthermore the grape is naturally high in acidity and tannin and requires great skill of the winemaker to produce a wine with finesse and elegance. 

The nose is slightly smokey with lots of red fruit. The texture on the palate is super smooth- absolutely delicious and would make a great partner with lamb chops. 

 Please come down and check out this wine on our Tasting Counter. 


All you need to know about our Wine CourseDate published: 29/09/13

 We have been running free wine courses for the last few years with great success. Lasting no more than two hours with small groups of about 6- 8 people, we take you through various useful topics such as how to taste wine, differences between key grape varieties and how to match food with wine.

We usually run our wine courses on Sundays from 3pm onwards and are happy to accomodate those who would prefer mid week courses, which would start between 5pm and 6pm. So if this suits your requirements then do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a wine course on a specific date if you can bring a group of interested friends. We try to be flexible wherever possible so if you have another time/date in mind please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Perfect PartnersDate published: 29/09/13

When you think of wine from Argentina you automatically think Malbec but they also make world class wines from the other famous varietals. One of the finest producers has to be Bodega Catena Zapata in Mendoza. The produce wines under the Argento, Alamos, Catena, Catena Alta and topping out with the Nicolas Catena Zapata range(that particular wine in my top ten best wines ever drunk) 

Last night I had a bottle of the Catena Cabernet Sauvignon and I had forgotten how good it is especially when under £10 as it is now. Deep blackcurrant fruit mingles with well judged oak and soft tannins. 

Food wise think red meat. I took an inch thick piece of dry aged rib eye seasoned well and char-grilled until medium rare (about 3-4 mins each side) and rest for 5 mins. By choosing a nice thick piece of steak you can get great colour but still keep nice and pink. A few sauté potatoes and a salad of John Hurds Organic Watercress (the best watercress out there!) 

 A perfect supper.

Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean Vincent- WAS £11.99 now £9.99 when you buy 2 or more. Date published: 28/09/13

Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean Vincent- WAS £11.99 now £9.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Region: Pouilly-Fumé is a prestigious wine growing region. In close proximity to Sancerre, the wines are similar in style with good minerality and clean fruit flavours. They tend to be characterized by 'flinty notes'. Geographically and climatically Pouilly-Fumé is nearer to Burgundy. 

Producer: The Jean Vincent winery decide to pick their grapes at the end of September when they are at optimum maturity and ferment the wine at low temperatures. This helps retain the fresh fruit flavours. 

The nose is elegant which leans more towards citrus fruits rather than tropical aromas which you tend to find with New Zealand wines. Think tarte au citron!!

 What I personally enjoy about this wine is the smooth texture and the fuller body of the wine. 

What you need to know about Malt Whisky!Date published: 28/09/13

Whisky is made from a host of different grains which are full of insoluble starch rather than fermentable sugars. Before fermentation can take place the starches need to be converted to a liquid sugar solution. This is achieved through malting. Malting modifies the insoluble starch into soluble starch. This is done by steeping the grain in water and placing them in a humid environment to encourage germination. As the grains begin to grow they release enzymes that modify the starch. After this, the grains are kilned, which heats the grain to a temperature that halts the germination process but preserves the enzymes. 

However when it comes to malt whisky there are three key factors which influence the style and flavour. First is the use of peat. If peat is used as the fuel during the kilning process then it gives the final spirit a smoky flavour. The intensity of the peat can range from light to pronounced depending on the amount used. 

Secondly, the distillation process affects the final style of the finished product. The cut points and the size and shape of the still which vary considerably from one distillery to the next have a marked influence on the weight and intensity of the whisky. Most malt whiskies are doubled distilled and some even three times distilled. 

Lastly, the barrels used to age the whisky contribute up to 70% of the final flavour of the spirit. Producers place a lot of importance on the quality of the wood that is used. In Scottish distilleries, new wood is never used as it dominates the flavour, and it is often that barrels are reused. The majority of the barrels used are ex-bourbon which gives flavours of vanilla, coconut and spice. The impact on the final spirit as a result of using these barrels is that the whisky tends to be light in colour, more aromatic on the nose and more subtle on the palate than the rich dried fruit flavours that come from European Oak, previously used to age Sherry. The cool humid climate of Scotland means that the whiskies mature evenly and slowly. There are few malt whiskies under 10 years old. 


Paulaner Oktoberfest BierDate published: 27/09/13

Paulaner have once again paid tribute to the world famous beer fair, by releasing this seasonal brew. This beer is somewhat of an institution, both full bodied with a pleasant taste. 

A German brewer is only permitted to use four ingredients. According to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the four ingredients are hops, malt, water and now yeast. The Paulaner master brewers only use the regions best ingredients, with the approved hops coming from the Hallertau region of Bavaria, and the yeast comes from its own pure culture. The water used is the purest and softest from Paulaner's deep wells on the Nockherberg. Paulaner's philosophy is the better the ingredients the better the beer. The Paulaner experts therefore check everything thoroughly using their considerable experience and good noses. 

The brewing process starts with milling the malt, this is followed by mashing- mixing the malt with the brewing water. The mash is then refined, simply meaning the mash is filtered to remove the remaining malt solid. The rest is then referred to as 'wort'. The wort is then boiled for 1 to 2 hours in the brewing kettle, and the hops are added in at this time. This helps determine the taste of the beer. The hops give the beer an aroma and adds to its elegance and fresh hoppy taste. They also are responsible for maintaining the shelf life of the beer. 

The finished brew is now cooled and the remaining hops and protein are removed from the work by being spun at high speed in a centrifuge. The last ingredient to be added is the yeast, this is what starts the fermentation. The sugars of the wort is what transforms into alcohol and carbon dioxide. After being stored for a suitable amount of time, the beer is then filtered and it is then ready to be enjoyed. 

A case of Paulaner Oktoberfest beer is £40 (20 bottles). 

Staff Pick: Peter Lehmann Riesling 2012 Eden ValleyDate published: 27/09/13

My pick of the tasting counter: Peter Lehmann Riesling 2012 Eden Valley WAS £10.99 NOW £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

So why did I pick this one? When I poured it into the glass I was intrigued by the aromas, and having not tried that many Rieslings before I thought it was about time I spent a little time tasting one. The majority of Rieslings I have enjoyed have been off-dry, but this example is completely bone dry and light-weight. On the nose you find the classic petrol type aromas- almost artificial and rubbery- in the most deliteful way possible! After smelling again you start to get some citrus fruits, which then follow through onto the palate. This youthful, zesty white will develop with age and display more mellow, honeyed flavours with age.

Food Match: The superbly crisp finish makes this the perfect match for oily fish and shellfish, with the acidity really cutting through.

Please check out their website at : peterlehmannwines.com


Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough Date published: 26/09/13

Wine of the Week

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

Saint Clair Family Estate began growing grapes back in the 1970's, around the time when producers like Cloudy Bay and Matua began producing their wines. They sold their grapes to supply local wineries, but in 1994 they decided to start making their own. The 'Pioneer Block' range represents excellent quality wines that express unique characteristics of a particular bit of land. This is known as 'terroir'. Pete and Kate Campbell own this vineyard which is situated on the Wairau Valley floor. As I recently learnt from a winemaker at a Matua tasting evening, these wines tend to be dominated by tropical fruits on the palate, and I would definitely agree with him on that. The wine is bursting with flavours of mango, pineapple, guava and passionfruit. This tropical mix is very fruity and juicy with a twist of citrus at the end. Delicous, with lots of aroma intestity and flavour intesity.

Now open on the tasting counter so please come and try ! 

£15.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles £19.99

in phone line STILL down !Date published: 25/09/13

Our main phone is down at present. BT are working on it. Please email me with your phone number if you would like me to give you a call.


A great deal in SpainDate published: 25/09/13

One of the best offers on at present has to be 25% off deal on Spanish wines. I promised myself I couldn't buy any more wine this month but when will I ever see the Vina Ardanza on sale at £16.87 but only until this Monday!

Ardanza is one of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Serve with a slow roasted leg of lamb or char grilled cutlets.

25% off Spanish wines for one week only!!Date published: 24/09/13

Today marks the start of most recent promotion, 25% off Spanish wines, when you buy 2 or more bottles of Spanish wines as part of your mixed case. 

Here is one of my favourite Spanish wines which is now at cracking prices:

Emilio Moro, Ribera Del Duero, 2009: 

The Emilio Moro winery is manually ploughed and harvested by hand,  coming from a selection of vineyards between 15 and 25 years of age this wine spends 50% French and 50% American oak for 12 months prior to bottling. Real intensity on the palate, with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla. Full-bodied and a long length, there markably integrated, ripe tannins give a firm structure. Enjoy now if you like modern interpretations of Tempranillo, or age over the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices.

£14.05 when you buy 2 or more spanish wines as part of your mized case. 


Escarpment Pinot NoirDate published: 23/09/13

One of my favourite Pinot Noir from New Zealand has to be the sumptuous Escapement from Martinbourgh. Located 5km east of Martinborough village, Escarpment own 24 hectares of alluvial gravel, terraced land that stretches along the banks of the  Huangarua River. Plantings are weighted towards Pinot Noir (70%) but also include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

A perfumed, delicate Pinot Noir, with elegantly textured tannins and soft and supple fruit.

I served it last night with a roasted rolled spare rib joint of pork with great success. When it comes to achieving the perfect cracking I have used many methods over the years but now know a lot comes down to the quality of the pork you buy. Pork is still great value so you can afford to use the rare breed and outdoor reared animals. I always leave the joint uncovered in the fridge for a day or two. Score well, kettle of boiling water over, rub salt, a touch of oil and vinegar into skin and pop in a fierce oven for 20 minutes then lower to 190 to cook through. Red cabbage, roasted potatoes, apple sauce and a bottle of Escapement. Perfect! 

McGuigan Handmade Longhorne Creek Shiraz, 2008. Date published: 22/09/13

The McGuigan family have been making great wine for generations. It all started when Owen McGuigan made his home in Hunter Valley in 1880, working in the vineyards to supplement his dairy farm. His son Perc worked his way up from tending the vines to managing a major Hunter Valley winery where the cellar doors were always open to friends and family. Perc's son, Brian also went into wine making, and brought a fresh approach to wine-making and running a winery. First he ran a successful Hunter Valley winery and then building his own major wine business with he help of his wife Fay and his younger brother Neil. Brian wasn't your classic stand offish wine maker and was keen to find out what wines and styles customers enjoyed. 

Due to Brian, Fay and Neil's hard work and determination McGuigan Wines has broken into 20 different export markets. Their love of good wine, passion, dedication and commitment to the quality of the wine shows through the McGuigan wines. As a result they have won multiple awards over the years and in 2002 they partnered with Simeon Wines, making it the 4th largest wine producer in Australia. 

Today we are going to look at the McGuigan Handmade Longhorne Creek Shiraz, 2008. This deep crimson coloured wine has an initial burst of pepper spice on the nose, followed by wild fruits and vanilla. A rich and full bodied wine with a mix of dark cherries and plums. A limited release of hand crafted wine sourced form the outstanding soils and climate of Langhorne Creek. Perfect partner for a rich lasagne or a hearty stew. Could be aged for up to 10 years. 

£20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines on our buy 2 save £10 deal!




Food and Wine PairingDate published: 21/09/13

Food Wine Pairing

A lot of you wine enthusiasts out there have no doubt heard a lot on this subject, but like myself, are still none the wiser. Worry you not fellow enthusiasts, you are not alone for the experts themselves unashamedly admit to the complexity of the subject.

The confounding factor in all this is subjectivity. The processes that bring about the changes in flavour intensity from wine and food combinations is called sensory adaptation and is a largely neurological process which is highly subjective. A good example of this subjectivity is the difference in sensory perseption between a hyper-sensitive indivdual and one with typical levels of sensitivity. It's quite obvious that the two are not going to have similar experiences of the same food and wine combination.

Further factors also play a large role in confounding the art of wine and food pairing. Regional tradition is one such factor. Winemaking and culinary traditions of a region will have evolved together over the years, so don't be alarmed when you hear that in a certain region they have wine and food pairings which completely go against the grain of what you have been taught to be set in stone. For example, we hear a lot about how light wine should be served with light food,therefore, an intense red wine should be unpleasant with a delicate piece of fish. In the French region of Cahors, famous for its Malbec-based wines, don't be alarmed to find people enjoying a piece of trout sauteed in butter with lemon juice and parsley with a glass of Malbec.

Having said this, for simplicity's sack there are a few generally agreed maximes that are followed when matching wine with food and I know most of you have heard them at some point. Most experts belive that the most basic element in wine and food pairing is understanding the balance between the weight of the food and the weight or body of the wine. A heavy and robust wine like a Cab-Sauv can overwhelm a light and delicate fish like lemon sole, while light bodied wines like Pinot Grigio would similarly be overwhelmed by a hearty stew. Flavour and texture of a wine can also inform the choice of food to be paired with it. Sweetness, acidity, alcohol, and tannins can be minimised or heightened when paired with certain foods. The classic example is pairing a fatty piece of salmon with an acidic wine like a Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity of the wine will cut through the fattiness of the wine while the fattiness reduces the acidity of the wine. So these two are a perfect combination because they complement each other well. Sweet wines like Tokaji go well with salty foods like a salty stilton. Alcohol in wine accentuates the heat of spice so highly alcoholic wines should be avoided with spicy food like curry.

Folks like I said earlier, this is a complex subject and I could go on and on, so when in doubt use the anecdote white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. Sweet and salty go hand in hand but this rule changes with sweet puddings which should be served with sweet wines.

I will leave it hear today folks so till next time, so long.


Jose Pariente Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/09/13

An exciting new wine has just arrived here at Farnham Majestic. The Jose Pariente Sauvignon.

In the early 1980's, wineries in Rueda began to grow Sauvignon Blanc as an experimental alternative to their traditional local grape, Verdejo. This wine comes from some of the earliest plantings, now firmly established as the region's chosen international variety.Pale lemon yellow with greenish tints, with an expressive nose of exoticfruits and vegetal, cut grass and herb notes. Fresh and clean on the palate, with a tight structure.

This makes a lovely elegant wine to serve as your guests arrive or match with a platter of oysters as a fantastic start to a meal. 

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2010Date published: 20/09/13

Rustenberg has a wine making history that dates back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine recognised its potential. By 1781 some 3000 cases of wine were produced on the farm, and production doubled by the end of the century. After this a new cellar was built and wine has been bottled every year since 1892. 

In the early 1800s Rustenberg was divided by the owner Jacob Eksteen and a section was given to his son in law, who named it Schoongezicht and sold it soon after. Rustenberg and Schoongezicht were at their peak around 1812, with beautiful flourishing vineyards. But by the middle of the century recession coupled with disease in the vines led to bankruptcy and dispossession. 

Schoongezicht was rescued in 1892 by John X Merriman, who was due to become prime minister of the Cape, and by Rustenberg. Together they revitalised the farms. In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg and later acquired Schoongezicht, reuniting the properties. Their son took over the running of the farm in 1987 and the Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 60 years, the longest period any one family has owned the farm. 

This wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and is named after the former owner of Rustenberg, John X Merriman. He bought the farm in 1892 in sympathy with the farmers suffering from phylloxera, and played a major role in revitalising the farms. This particular vintage of this wine plays a big part; a cold wet winter in 2009 allowed for a lovely even budding of the vineyards during spring. This was followed by by a warm, sunny summer which resulted in great flavour and colour development. Full fruit flavours and soft tannins together with great acidity makes this wine well balanced. 

Save 25% on South African wines until 23rd September 2013, making this wine £9.37 per bottle when you buy 2 or more South African wines. Bargain!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/09/13

Part of our current  'buy 2 and £10' fine wine offer includes this cracking Pinot Noir from New Zealand. You traditionally associate Pinot with Burgundy but there are other countries that produce great Pinot all be it in a different style. New Zealand has been making soft and sumptuous Pinot's for many years now and this one from Coney is particularly good. Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. Complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shine through in this  particularly expressive wine. Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plum fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours.

Why not pop down from tomorrow and have a taste yourself!

This would be great with a simply roasted duck.

Looking to change from Gavi? Montenovo Godello may be the thing !Date published: 18/09/13

Montenovo Godello 2012 Valdesil, Valdeorras- WAS £11.99, NOW £9.59 when you buy any 2 Spanish Wines

So myself and a regular customer decided to give this wine a try. We both bought a bottle and went home to review the wine, and later came together to discuss our findings!

Where is from? 

Valdeorras (meaning 'Valley of Gold' is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain. It has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils.

Customer Review:

' I smell ground almonds or a nice baked lemon tart. Crisp and fresh on the palate. We would be happy to open mid week after a long day at work. It's a lovely little gem of a grape if you fancy a change from Italian Gavi. I think we'll be seeing more of this grape in 2013/2014 and I'll definitely be looking out for it. Would price it between £8-£10. Love & Devotion, Coreen. :-)'  September 2013

I agree with Coreen on this wine, its dry, fresh and crisp with lots of 'wet-stone', almost metallic minerality on the finish.It is far more elegant than a Sauvignon with more subtle citrus flavours.  

Currently well priced so why not grab a bottle today? 

Wines beginning to drinkDate published: 18/09/13

I have been over the last few months been approaching the 2009 Bordeaux wines that I purchased en primeur together with some that I've picked up when returning from holidays taken in France. When first tasted by the wine critics 2009 was sighted as one of the best vintages of our lifetime and that is what convinced me to buy a few cases and what a great decision that is proving to be. Of all the wines I purchased I have not tasted anything that isn't already drinking brilliantly. They are so supple and seductive now it is really difficult not consuming them all now but they really deserve a bit more ageing so I have already ordered more! The pricing actually is still quite reasonable especially when you look at 2011 and 2012 prices (good but by no means great vintages) so my advice is hoover up the 2009's whilst still around. nb 2010 also fantasic!

A new found destinationDate published: 17/09/13

What a difference a week makes! Last week we spent  a week in Portugal staying in a few places prominently overlooking the Douro. The weather was fantastic and averaged out around 32 degrees each day but dropped by the time you went to bed to a very comfortable sleeping temperature. This was our first trip to Portugal and after this trip it won't be our last. I confess to not  knowing a great deal about Portuguese wine but my eyes have been well and truly opened. I always associated the whites as being very green in style and there are still plenty of vinho verde style whites and rose to refresh in the warm lunchtime sun. But we also found beautifully rich and complex whites that would give a fine white burgundy a run for its money (Esporao in paticular). I often went with the sommelier's choice so drank plenty of Douro reds. Such depth can be found in these wines. I was astonished by the quality of the Touriga Nacional  based wines. A lot of these wines are not shipped but some are. Some of my favourite wines came from Quinta do Vallado which also has a cracking small but luxurious hotel. They also do the most fantastic 10, 20 and 30 yr old tawney port as well. We ate mainly in the new wave restaurants for dinner but stuck to the traditional ones for lunch. Who could resist salt cod fritters, roasted rabbit with lemon and thyme with homegrown salads and and a bottle of local wine for under 25 euros ! (Including generous tip). If heading that way just ask me for where we thougnt was worth a detour to eat!

Two Hands- Australian wine makers. Date published: 17/09/13

I was lucky enough to attend a Two Hands tasting through Majestic last week in London, where we were able to taste their range, and speak to the head wine maker, Michael Twelftree. 

Two Hands Wines was founded in early 1999 by Michael and also Richard Mintz. The two had the concept to make the best possible shiraz-based wines from prized Shiraz growing regions throughout Australia. They sought out to show the diversity of Shiraz by highlighting regional characteristics and allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of the wines. Two Hands first vintage was in 2000, and in 2004 a state of the art winery was built in the Barossa Valley, designed for small batch handling. To maximise the individual and varietal characteristics and allow greater quality control, every parcel of fruit however small is handled seperately from crushing through to fermentation and oak maturation. This is very unique in wine making and their approach is reflected in everything from the names of the wines through to the packaging and of course the wines themselves. Two Hands is currently the market leader and now exports their wines to over 24 countries around the world.

Here at Majestic we stock many of the Two Hands wines, my favourite two from the tasting were as follows:

Bella's Garden Shiraz, 2010:

This wine is a blend of the finest Shiraz barrels from across the Barossa Valley region. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 15% new and 25% in one to two hear old ask and the rest in three to four year old oak. Dark in colour with notes of cherries plums and chocolate on the nose followed by an explosion of spice on the palate with fine tannins and subtle oak.

£35 a bottle.

Lily's Garden Shiraz, 2010:

This wine is made from the best grapes from the McLaren Vale region. 18 months in 8% American oak, 8% in one year old American oak and the balance in seasoned two, three and four year old oak. Deep magenta in colour, with rich dark fruits followed by underlying spice and pepper on the nose. These characteristics are carried through to the palate, and provide a long finish.

Also £35.00 a bottle, but worth every penny!

Vegetarian WineDate published: 16/09/13

Vegeterian Wine

Howdie Folks! Today I have chosen to talk about vegeterian wines.Ye ye, I know, many of you are wondering whether such a thing exists since all wines are made from a vegetarian raw material. It is a real thing, vegeterian wines do exist. It will all become apparent at the end of this article, I hope.

So why have I chosen this topic? Well, it is thanks to a huge chunk of serendipity. About a week ago I eavesdropped on colleagues discussing the topic and I listened intenly because I had also wondered what on earth a vegetarian wine was. This morning while wondering what to write to you guys about a customer walked towards me and asked me why some wines are classified as vegetarian? So I explained using the information that I had heard my colleagues discussing. However, I did not have absolute confidence that the “knowledge” that I had disseminated to the customer was 100% acurate because there was some degree of doubt expressed by the source of the information. So I decided to consult a few wine volumes to enlighten myself, and your lovely selves on the subject. There you go, I was wondering what to write about and I just stambled upon it while doing some merchandising on the shopfloor.

Enough of this, back to the subject. Wine lovers out there love their wines crystal clear so producers go the extra mile to ensure that the paying customers get exactly what they want. They clarify the wine using three main processes which are sedimentation, filtration and fining. The latter process involves the removal of microscopic particles suspended in the wine with the aid of fining agents which have an affinity for these particles. These particles can include heat unstable proteins, and tannins. These particles are charged, for example, tannins are negatively charged while proteins have a positive charge. Therefore, the removal of a negatively charged impurity is achieved by using an agent with a positive charge. An array of fining agents have been employed in the industry including fish bladder, dried powdered blood, egg white, and gelatine. Many of you wine drinkers out there will be pleased to know that scientific advances have consigned most of these agents to the dump where they belong! So it's simple, vegetarian wines either do not go through this process or use materials that are not animal derived to carry out this process.

Some of you are dying to know whether I misinformed the customer or not. Well, to my relief, I did not. So there you have it folks, you are up to date on this particular subject. Well, on the very basics at least. Until next time, its bye for now.

This wine's corked!Date published: 14/09/13

This wine's corked!

Howdie folks! I bet you've heard this said countless times and if you are interested in wine and are an unashamed novice like myself, no doubt you have wondered what it means. Further, I also know that several of you out there have returned a perfectly good bottle of wine in a restaurant because it was supposedly corked in order to appear knowledgeable in front of that beautiful girl that you have been chasing for eternity. Busted! No, just teasing.

Sorry, got a bit sidetracked there, back to business. Cork taint, as it is known as in the industry, is a rear occurrence which only happens to about 5% of bottles sealed with cork. It occures when a chemical called Trichloroanisole (TCA) which is present in some cork reacts with the wine giving it a musty, mould aroma and taste. This is quite apparent if you are lucky enough to try a corked sample and a goood sample of the same wine side by side.

It used to be common practice to bleach cork in a strong Chlorine solution prior to use. Research in the 80s demonstrated that this treatment could produce Chloroanisoles (which TCA is one) which can be smelt at minute concentrations. The Chlorine reacts with Phenolics in the cork to form Trichlorophenol which is converted to Chloroanisols by mould growing in the cork. I know, sorry guys. This has seen bleaching being replaced by other processes like ozone treatement. However, these substitute treatments do not provide an absolute antidote to the problem as mould growing on unbleached cork can still generate a corked aroma and taste which may be due to compounds other than Chloroanisoles.

Corks can also pick up off flavours from the environment which then adulterate the wine.Corks can also fail to provide a hermetic seal thus causing contact between the wine and the external environment resulting in unwanted oxidation or abnormal ageing.

Then why not use synthetic corks I hear you clamour. I have asked the same question myself. The answer is most producers know how their wine behaves under cork and their customers prefer it, so they decide to stick with what they know. Plastic corks have also been known to harm the flavour of the wine and they offer insufficient protection against oxygen and wines papidly oxidise thus rendering plastic corks insufficient for wines needing longer periods to mature.

So there you are folks, a dummy's guide to corked wines. Hope it will set the ball rolling for you to enquire further about the subject. Till next time, it's bye for now.

NB: This is a very controversial subject, I hasten to add, and there is little consesus in the field. So maybe a few years down the line this information will be rendered obsolete and I will appear a fool for preaching a wrong gospel.

Wine of the Week: Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot £20Date published: 14/09/13

Wine of the Week: Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot £20* When you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

A delicate ruby colour in the glass, this red is a fine example of wine from the Beaune area in Burgundy. Beaune is at the center of the Côte-d'Or region and is responsible for producing some of the most finest white wines in the world. In this area the reds are generally lighter in style that those in Côte de Nuits. This wine has a really interesting nose- like strawberry jelly or sweets with a hint of violets. These candied fruits are elegant, with no smell of volatile alcohol which you may get with cheaper less refinded wines.

  Louis Jadot makes this wine with 100% Pinot Noir grapes. On the palate the wine has excellent concentration of red frutis with a slight savoury twist. The tannin is good and gives this wine ageing potential. In good cellaring positions this wine could age between 5-15 years.

Come and taste this wine on our counter today.



Champagne..Date published: 13/09/13

Champagne is more tightly controlled than any other appellation because of the popularity of the sparkling wines that are produced there. Champagne is thought of as a general term for sparkling wine but it is infact the Apellation Controlee only applies to the sparkling wines that are made there. These wines have gained their bubbles by undergoing secondary fermentation in the bottle from which they will eventually be served. 

There are three main grape varieties used in the production of champagne, chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Chardonnay, one of main grape varieties grown in Champagne produces lovely fragrant sparkling which becomes creamy with maturity. Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier are both high quality grape varieties that when pressed they do not release much colour due to their skins never developing much colour.

Some Champagnes are made as single varieties, such as Blanc de Blancs which are only made from chardonnay. There is also Blanc de Noir, which is made purely from Pinot Noir. However, most champagnes are made from blending the three together. Blending between the villages is also crucial and most champagnes will be a blend of grapes from as many as 12 villages throughout the village. There are 17 Grand Cru villages, followed by 41 Premier Cru villages.

Rioja for the novice.Date published: 13/09/13

Rioja for the novice.

Having recently joined Majestic as a complete wine novice, I have just began my enlightenment on the subject. Just like any other form of education, I am starting with the elementary and I have decided to write my articles on the basics to aid fellow novices out there who have an interest in wine. Therefore, you will be seeing the word novice in a lot of my headings. Today's article is on Rioja (since its Rioja tasting week in our store) so, if you have ever wondered like I have what on earth Rioja is, this article will set the ball rolling for you on the subject.

Any wine you see on the shelf labelled Rioja comes from the La Rioja province in the north east of Spain towards the country's boarder with France. Three main varieties you are bound to here about in any discussion about Rioja are Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva. These three classes of Rioja are determined by maturation regulations. That is, Crianza and Reserva should spend at least a year in oak (usually new American oak). Crianza should spend a further year matuaring in a tank or bottle while Reserva should spend two further years in tank or bottle. On the other hand, the rules stipulate that Gran Reserva should spend at least two years maturing in oak and and a further three in bottle. Gran Reservas are usually specially selected wines from the best vintages so they are usually the most expensive and supposedly good Riojas you see on the shelves.

For whites, they shoud spend at least six months maturing in oak. Whites labelled Crianza should spend a further year, while Reservas spend an extra two years maturing in bottle before being released onto the market. White Gran Reservas need an extra for years of bottle maturation.

So there you are folks, a quickfire basic guide to Rioja. Well, I say quickfire but it took me ages to research and write this short article. Till next time.

Stainless Steel or Oak? Date published: 12/09/13

The reasons for using stainless steel or oak containers for fermentation and maturation are the opposite of eachother, and depend on many factors such as cost and what kind of character the wine maker wants to add to the final product. 

A stainless steel vat is a long lasting vessel that is usually made from an inert material that is ideally suited to all forms of temperature control, and has the capacity to produce the freshest of wines with the purest varietal character. An oak cask has a comparitively limited life, and is not as easy to clean and can make temperature control particularly difficult. It allows access to the air, which encourages a faster rate of oxidation, but also causes evaporation which concentrates the flavour.

Both American and European oaks are used in winemaking. The difference in preperation and barrel manufacturing technique between the two are the most fundemental factors affecting the characteristics they impart. The aromas of the American oak are more pungent whiile the tannin content of European oaks is higher. The size of the cask is critical to its influence because the smaller it is the the larger the oak to wine ratio is.

A huge factor is also the cost as I mentioned earlier. Two hundred 49 gallon oak casks will cost between four and ten times the cost of a single 9,900 gallon stainless steel vat. After just two years of substantially higer labour costs to operate and maintain the large number of small units, the volume of wine produced in the oak casks is 10% less because of evaporation, and the winemaker faces the prospect of purchasing another two hundred casks.

Tokaji and Sauternes for the novice.Date published: 11/09/13

Tokaji and Sauternes for the novice


I have been tasked to research about two of the great sweet wines out there, Tokaji and Sauternes in preparation of an upcoming training day at head office. Being the generouse person that I am, I have decided to share the little knowledge that I have managed to gather with fellow wine novices out there.

These two wines are steeped in history and are named after the respective regions from which they hail. Tokaji is from the Tokaj-Hegyalja region in the far north-east of Hungary. Wines from the village of Tokaj itself may be called Tokaj, while all others from the region must be called Tokaji with the 'i' denoting 'from the region of'. The principal grape variety used in the making of this wine is the Furmint and it is usually blended with the indeginous variety Harslevelu.

Just like its Hungarian counterpart, Sauternes also hails from a similarly named region located in the Graves district south of Bordeaux. This French wine is made from three principal grape varieties : Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle.

These two regions are able to produce such good quality sweet wines thanks to a friendly fungal infection called 'noble rot'. The regions enjoy a warm climate and are located near major rivers. The warm climate coupled with a constent supply of humidity from the rivers encourage the growth of the 'noble rot' which lays domant in the soil and on vine bark until favourable conditions prevail. The fungus grows on the skin of the grape and feeds on the moisture from the grape. They also feast on over 80% of the grape's acidity and about 30% of its sugar. The removal of water has an effect of concentrating the juice into a sticky, sugar-rich pulp. It also significantly increases the alcohol potential of the grape. The fungus also imparts the legendary complexity these wines are renowned for.

So there you are, it is largely thanks to this unlikely hero that we have these great wines today to enjoy and brighten our lives.

Looking for a toasty champagne on a budget?Date published: 11/09/13

Looking for a  toasty champagne on a budget?

We have Tattinger Brut Réserve NV available to buy on a cracking deal at just £28 down from £42. 

We also stock this champagne in a magnum priced at £70

Tattinger is one of the last family run Champagne houses in the region and uses lots of Chardonnay in their blend (40%), which adds depth and richness to the flavour. The nose is delicate with hints of brioche. On the palate you will find citrus fruits which are fresh and contrasting to the gorgeous honey flavours. The length is long and satisfying. The bubbles are fine, while the foam is disreet yet lingering.

Online Review:

'Full of flavour, unconmplicated, not too dry at all, really delicious, a taste of privelege, croissant and marmalade Very Very Fine. Perfect Champagne.'

Part of our Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz offer


Want a Light Fruity Rioja?Date published: 10/09/13

Want a Light Fruity Rioja?

The Rioja Crianza 2009 Gran Vendema is your answer!

On the nose you will find stewed red fruits like raspberry and strawberry, with a dash of balsamic. If you tilt the wine in the glass you can see that it is pale and you can almost see straight through it. This is a good indication that the wine may be light bodied in the mouth. Crianza's often look this way as they are the lightest, most youthful and fruitiest style of Rioja. 

On the palate you have a continuation of red cherry and strawberry which is accentuated by soft vanilla.The oak ageing is not overbearing and is well intergrated into the flavour of the wine. The tannin is moderate and approachable.

Try with Ratatouille


Domaines Paul Mas 'Vignes de Nicole' Chardonnay Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d’OcDate published: 10/09/13

Domaines Paul Mas 'Vignes de Nicole' Chardonnay Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d’Oc WAS £9.99 NOW £8.99

The Chardonnay and Viognier grapes for this blend were fermented separately, with the intention of maximizing the characteristics of each in the final wine. The Chardonnay spent 4 months in oak prior to blending which gives the wine extra depth and complexity.

The wine has an interesting nose of apricots and melted butter as well as some honeysuckle aromas. The viognier in the blend is responsbile for the floral notes in the bouquet. On the palate the wine is dry with a beautiful silky smooth texture that glides down the throat!!

Dry, delicious, fuller bodied with mango, pineapple and vanilla characters, fresh acidity and a long finish.

Try this fabulous wine now, its on our tasting counter!!


Celebrate Chardonnay at FarnhamDate published: 09/09/13

We are in full flow with our Chardonnay Tasting Week at Farnham so we thought it would be the right time to enlighten you on some interesting information about this wonderful grape variety.

- Chardonnay originated in Burgundy and it was only until the late 20th Century that its name came to fruition. 

- The grape has affinity to oak and can be made in a sweet, highly alcohol style which was made popular in the 80's and 90's by Australia.

- It can grow in a wide range of climates around the world.

- The viticulturalist can choose to use oak or stainless steel during the wine making process which results in very different styles and can often make the wine ageworthy or suitable for drinking young.

- Chardonnay is used to make Champagne, along side Pinot Noir and Meunier. 100% chardonnay champagne is called 'Blanc de Blanc', and a famouns example is Ruinart.

- In the cooler sites like Chablis and Champagne, the vineyards are at risk of spring frost.

- Chardonnay is a successful candidate for malolactic fermentaion, where harsh malic acid is turned into softer, richer lactic acid.

- The grape can thrive in relitavely hot conditions and ripens early, therefore it is the responsibility of the viticulturist to ensure the grapes are picked at the right time and do not loose too much of their acidty.

Cloudy Sunday Deserves Cloudy Bay Chardonnay.. !! Date published: 08/09/13

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough, WAS £27.50 NOW £20 when you buy 2 or more. 

Cloudy Bay has gained reputation for top quality Sauvignon Blanc, but here we have the Chardonnay 2011 vintage open to taste- and what a treat this is!

I think this wine is right up their with their sauvignon blanc- it is obviously different in style yet still identifyable through its fresh, fruity invigorating flavours.

  This wine is exactly what it says on the bottle 'full bodied... ripe fruit... and subtle smoky oak'

On the nose you find classic new world chardonnay aromas. You can tell the grapes have seen sunshine with tropical smells like grilled bananas, dried mango and a touch of honey.

  When you taste the wine you are hit with refreshing acidity, bursting with a mixture of citrus and tropical fruits. An intensly flavoured, juicy palate. The length is stunning and develops into buttered popcorn.

Although chardonnays can be served between 10-13 degrees, I recommend staying on the cooler side of the scale to enjoy at its optimum. 



Curious about Curious Brew Part Two: Curious Brew IPADate published: 08/09/13

You may have read my previous article about the Curious Brew Lager, but I am now excited to write that we are now stocking Curious Brew IPA at Majestic!

Chapel Down produce a range of three 'Curious' beers that are a fusion of brewing and wine-making techniques. These techniques offer any beer drinker a unique experience. Like a great wine, great beer cannot be rushed and you cant compromise on the ingredients, time or techniques.

This balanced hoppy India Pale Ale is brewed using the finest pale ale malt and three complimentary hops. The hops used are Goldings, a traditional fresh and sweet hop, often referred to as the king of English hops. Also used are Bramling Cross, a spicy and blackcurranty, and to finish the Citra Hop which provides an excellent zestiness. All together this creates a really fresh balanced ale. 

This ale may be slightly more expensive than your average ale, but I assure you it is worth every penny! Chapel Down once said, 'We don't know if they are the ebst beers in the world, but they are certainly beers that no-one else could create.'

£17.99 a case (12x330ml bottles).

Staff Pick- Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot Date published: 07/09/13

Staff Pick

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles save £4

Louis Jadot's philosophy is to create wines that show the terroir of Burgundy whether they are Grand Cru or regional wines, and this white made with grapes from the old vines of Château des Jacques is of top quality and are situated near Cru- Moulin- A Vent (an area in that produces premium Beajolais reds)

Nose: Reminisent of a decent meursault, this wine has a complex nose that offers tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and banana, with more interesting aspects like baked beans (yes this seems odd but you may agree!) and salted peanuts.

Palates: On the palate you will find more refreshing citrussy fruits like lemon. The body is medium with a dryness felt on the tip of the tongue. The finish is lingering with a final taste of butterscotch.
The texture is very smooth and has perfect balanced acidty- all the characteristics of a good quality wine. 

Online Customer Review:

'Smooth, with even a touch of sweetness, but not bland. Real class, and lots of presence. It would be interesting to drink with the dreaded vegetarian goats' cheese! That acidity would complement it well. Or you could just drink it by itself and enjoy.'


Open to Taste: Minuty Rose 2012Date published: 07/09/13

Located on the St Tropez Peninsular, the Chateau Minuty vineyards overlook the Mediterranean. Chateau Minuty is one of the leading estates of Provence, and is also one of the most popular roses that we stock here at Majestic. The grapes used to make this rose are Grenache, Tibouren, Cinsault and Syrah. The freshness of this wine is expressed through the Grenache and Tibouren fruit, and also displays the exceptional terroir on which they grow. The percentages of each grape per bottle are as follows:

40% Grenache: This grape is raw and fruity with high levels of sugar which contributes to the alcohol content of the wine and allows for the combined flavours of the wine to be preserved.

25% Tibouren: This ancient Roman grape is very aromatic with a spicy taste and gives of the aroma of a typical Provence Rose.

25% Cinsault: Light skinned this grape often tastes of ripe blue fruits, nuts and spices. It is usually used to blend and soften a wine.

10% Syrah: These grapes are tannic without being harsh. The syrah gives aromas of blackberries, currents and a little black pepper. 

Perfect partner to delicate flavours such as shellfish and light salads.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.


Exploring Chardonnay- Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011Date published: 06/09/13

Tomorrow at 12pm and 3pm we are holding our first Spotlight tasting, and one of the wines we will have open to taste is the Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. 

Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay Vineyards is situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. The unique and cool climate of this region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine compared to anywhere else in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has estate vineyards located in prime sites within the Wairau Valley, and longterm supply agreements with five top Wairau Valley Growers.

Cloudy Baywines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom , USA and Japan. Cloudy Bay place emphasis on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable wine.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is an intriguing wine, with excellent texture. Its pure fruit flavours of citrus and stone fruits are balanced with a savoury nuttiness and subtle new oak. Drinking now but can be aged for up to 4 years or more.

£27.50 or £20.00 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.

Pop in from tomorrow and have a taste with us!!

Orchard Pig Cider now only £1 a bottleDate published: 05/09/13

Orchard Pig Cider from Glastonbury in Somerset is now only £1 a bottle. I gave this little piggy a try today, it's deliciously appley, and bursting with fruitness. Perfect for those who prefer a slightly sweeter tipple...oink oink!

Only £12 for 12x500ml bottles 

Wine of the Week Kanarilla ShirazDate published: 05/09/13

This weeks wine of the week is an unlikely one considering the lovely weather we have enjoyed over the past few weeks. Actually with all the outdoor cooking we have been doing perhaps this is a good choice.

From a tiny boutique winery in the up-and-coming McLaren Vale region.
This area has a climate similar to Bordeaux except, in the words of one
winemaker, it never rains and it’s never frosty. This full-bodied Shiraz
is aged for 18 months in both French and American oak.
blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours, enhanced by hints of mint and
plenty of toasty oak and cedar notes on the palate. Smooth and velvety,
revealing sweet tannins on the finish. Fantastic with some red meat from the BBQ.

Vacheron SancerreDate published: 04/09/13

I was asked this week if I was in the position of a certain Mr Bale and earning the 300k a week that he is reportedly earning what would I drink day to day. Of course after over indulging on Hill of Grace, Petrus, La Tache, Unico, Cheval Blanc 47, Screaming Eagle and Montrachet to name a few I would then have to decide on a house wine. All those previous are truly amazing but too complex for everyday consumption. As a white wine I love fat chardonnay but I would have to pick a sauvignon for my everyday glass.
Known for its racy, mineral and pungent
expression of Sauvignon Blanc, this is textbook Sancerre from probably
the best producer in the region.
Fabulously aromatic nose, concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours, all
carefully balanced by a rich smokiness and steely dry palate. A mineral,
elegant and long finish.
Great with grilled bass, goats cheese or a lovley chilled white when after a long days work.

new offersDate published: 03/09/13

Great new offers have just landed at Farnham Majestic. Country offer wise we have a 20% off Spanish and South African wines sub £20. Selected sparkling and champagne with a 1/3 off. A new deal on a great selection of fine wines where you can mix and match to save £5 a bottle when you buy two or more from the promoted range plus of course loads of individual offers scattered around the store. We also have some spotlight tastings happening on every Saturday in September starting with Chardonnay this week. Look forward to seeing you at the tasting counter!

Pinot Grigio JermannDate published: 02/09/13

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run
ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the
winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes
atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the
Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, fullbodied
feel on the palate. If you ever get the chance to try either their Vintage Tunia or Capo Martino
whites you will not be disappointed. Try this Pinot Grigio with a grilled piece of veal, polenta
and wild mushrooms. Come down and try this wine this weekend. (very limited stock)

My Review of Orchard Pig Reveller Date published: 02/09/13

Orchard Pig Reveller 12x500ml Bottles

We are pleased to present a great cider making company who have come on board our Majestical Ship of Fantastic Beverages!!

Today is the first time we've tried this cider and we can definately say its pretty darn delicious.

It says on the bottle 'a Ritous Celebrations of Apples' and it definately is! The flavour intesity is excellent and very apple-y, just like traditional Somerset cider should be; almost like stewed dessert apples. The taste reminds me of some still cider that I tried some years ago but with great fizz. There is also a fint of what I would say is medicinal- like cloves.

Visit there website for more information on this quirky brand.

www.orchardpig.co.uk

!Follow the Pig!



Quail and WineDate published: 02/09/13

A great little food and wine match is pinot noir and quail. Last night we had a couple of good friends over for supper and as an first course I butterflied the quail removing the back bone and rib cage then put in a marinate flavoured with thyme, lemon zest, garlic and a little chilli. I then gave them about 10 minutes on a really hot BBQ to get that lovely charred flavour. I served with leaves from the garden and a little roasted squash. Wine wise I served the excellent Savigny les Beaune from Morot. Those lovely soft cherry flavours dominate with definite gamey overtones and ripe acidity made this a great match for the quail. Would equally drink well with a simply roasted duck.

LAST CHANCE TO BUY AT DISCOUNTED PRICES! Date published: 02/09/13

LAST CHANCE TO BUY AT DISCOUNTED PRICES!

Today is the last day that you will be able to buy some of our most popular and best selling products at cracking summer discount prices, before our big promotional changes take place tomorrow.

Here are 2 of my red and white picks:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc: £7.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines.

So this is one of our most popular New Zealand sauvignon blanc's, and if youve not tried it then you definitely should!! At first hit the wine is packed full of gooseberry and tangy tropical fruits which then mellows into a gunflinty finish. It is a great expression of the varietial produced in Marlborough and represents excellent value for money. Suitable for any party!!

Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía: £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Again this wine represents excellent value for money for a good quality Rioja. I am a big fan of 'Vina Eguia' who also make 'Bodegas Muriel'. Crianza's spend the least time in oak (in comparison to Reserva's and Gran Reserva's) and are generally fruitier and lighter in style. The 2009 vintage is light in body yet it carries lots of red fruit flavours as well as a twist of balsamic. By balsamic I mean a pleasant acidity that would particulary well with cured cheeses.


Falanghina 2012 Terredora, only £7.49 when you buy any two Italian Wines Date published: 01/09/13

Falanghina 2012 Terredora, only £7.49 when you buy any two Italian Wines

Falanghina is an ancient white grape variety found in Italy, mainly in the Campania region in southern Italy. The vines thrive in the volcanic soil and the grape produces unique aromas of tropical fruits and even pine nuts. Check out my Tasting Note for this Wine:

Nose: Tropical fruits with hints of herbs/nuttiness. 

Palate: A burst of lemon and apple with a subtle taste of herbs. The wine has adequate body and good length. There is a little bit of 'toastiness' to the wine which adds depth whilst remaining fresh and quaffable. 

Check out their website at terredora.com

Food matches: Pasta and Pine nut salad or Roasted vegetable bake.

Online Customer Review:

'aromatic, fresh flavoured, tropical fruits but with a crisp acidity; went well with fish and chips; would definitely buy again'


Courgettes for everyone!Date published: 01/09/13

Readers of our web page know that I am passionate about food and occasionally will share a recipe or two. Presently in the garden we have a real glut of courgettes and keeping up with using them is a struggle. Sauté, grilled, tempura and shaved thinly then marinated in lemon juice, we have had all over the the last month. Earlier this week I made a cracking risotto with them. I made a really intense purée with the courgettes, garlic, thyme and a little chilli. Pass through a fine sieve and set aside. Make a risotto in your usual way then add the purée for then last couple of minutes followed by your parmesan and a spoon full creme fraiche. Season well and garnish with tempura of courgette flower's if you have got them. Perfect for a vegetarian and a meat free supper. Drink a nice bottle of Loire white for example Reuilly

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 Buxy:WAS £9.99 NOW £8.99Date published: 31/08/13

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 Buxy:WAS £9.99 NOW £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more. 

This wine featured at our Wine Evening at the beginning of summer in May, so we decided to celebrate the end of summer by cracking it open again this weekend. We think it is a fantastic buy at just £8.99 and is perfect for a garden party when you need something to suit all tastebuds! Its light, fruity and simple whilst remaining elegant and stylish.

On the nose you will find lemon and green apple with a twist of lime. On the palate you will experience a light bodied clean wine. Unoaked, the finish is crisp and pleasant.

Montagny is a commune in the south of the Cote Chalonnaise sub-region of Burgundy,

and is usually identified by higher acidity that the typical Cote Chalonnaise style.

The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees.

Enjoy with mussels in a white wine and lemon sauce.


Fancy a free bottle of wine with your dinner ?Date published: 31/08/13

I am pleased to launch a great offer in conjunction with one of the best restaurants in the local area.

The Grapevine in Bistro in Odiham* has been serving great food for many years now and for a limited time only when you spend £50 or more in store (Majestic Farnham) we in turn will give you a voucher for a free bottle of wine up to the value of £20.  Alternatively you can use it against a more expensive bottle of wine and receive £20 off (terms and conditions apply)

Do hurry though as we only have a certain number of these to give away!

Full Address: 121 High Street, Odiham, RG29 1L.


Wine of the Week Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere Valley, Marlborough £9.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines Date published: 29/08/13

Wine of the Week

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere Valley, Marlborough

£9.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines

Okay, so we've all got the chance to try this stunning sauvignon earlier on in the summer at our Wine Evening, and now we are celebrating the end of the season by giving you a chance to see what your missing out on! It has won a silver award at the International Wine Challenge and we think it definitely deserves it. Forget your Cloudy Bay's or Oyster Bay's- give INVIVO a whurl!

Established in 2007, Invivos style is gaining global popularity. On the nose you will find your typical bright tropical and green bell pepper aromas. On the palate the wine is smooth and elegant with lots of green fruit and citrussy flavours; like lime juice, gooseberry and granny smith. What makes this wine so special is the balance of acidity and alcohol. The wine packs lots of flavour intesity but feels silky and smooth in your mouth.

Check out their website www.invivowines.com


New in and open to taste: Tucumen Date published: 29/08/13

Introducing our new Argentinian Malbec - Tucumen 2012. 

Over a century ago, the Budeguer family planted their agricultural roots in Tucuman, Argentina. They are a third generation farming family and the largest sugar cane producer in Argentina. After a century in Northern Argentina, the family moved south to start their own winery. This delicious wine combines the Argentinian regions of Tucuman and Mendoza. 

Made in a deliberately youthful style with only minimmal oak contact. This ensures that the wine has a soft texture, yet keeps its fruit character of the grape. Typical bright blackberry and plum fruit flavours with a peppery spice and medium intensity. A slight sweetness with round tannins. An excellent companion to any grilled meats, poultry or oily fish.

Now £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.

Italian offer: Gavi 2012 - La ToledanaDate published: 28/08/13

Gavi 2012, La Toledana

Made from the cortese grape, which creates crisp citrus scented wines which are complimented with fresh acidity. This wine is an ideal aperitif, although it will happily complement white fish dishes served with a tomato and watercress salad.

The white wines of the southern village of Gavi in Piedmont in north west Italy have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Ripe peach and pear flavours, with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge. Stock up now our 25% off Italian wines ends soon!

£7.49 when you buy at least 2 bottles of Italian wine. (£9.99 single bottle price)

Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc £12.99 when you buy 2 or moreDate published: 27/08/13

Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc £12.99 when you buy 2 or more

Available to try on our Tasting Counter:

I think this has to be one of my favourite Bordeaux wines that Majestic Wine Stock. It has a wonderful warm spicey nose and each time you smell it you notice something else; like liquorice, stewed black cherries, tar and cinnamon. What can you smell??

The vineyard of Caronne Ste-Gemme is made up of 45 hectares planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone. I actually think you can taste the irony soil when you sip the wine- which is interesting and gives the wine depth. The fruits have become rich and complex, backed by pepper as well as sweet spice. The finish is smooth and silky with no harsh tannin or nasty acidity- a perfectly balanced example of a cabernet sauvignon dominated 'left- bank' blend.

Plantings consist of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and the average vine age is 25 years.

Tip: This 2007 Medoc vintage scores 5-7 out of ten and would benefit from further ageing, so make sure you keep a bottle aside in your cellar/cupboard for enjoyment in later years.

Spotlight Tastings - All you need to know on our upcoming tastingsDate published: 26/08/13

Here at Majestic we cant help but get excited about tasting wines with you our customers, and we are excited to introduce our 'Spotlight tastings'. These tastings have a simple concept, 6 wines in 30 minutes. Carrying on from our successful summer wine tastings, throughout September every Saturday at 12pm and 3pm we will focus on a grape variety or region, choosing 6 wines of different styles and price points. The tastings are informal and take place in store at our tasting counter. We will teach you a little about the chosen area or grape variety and answer any questions you have. 

The dates are as follows:

Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles Saturday 7th September
Spain: Rioja and Beyond Saturday 14th September
Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives Saturday 21st September
Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International Styles Saturday 28th September

If you wish to sign up give us a call on 01252 711988 or check out our events page. We hope that you are as excited about the tastings as we are!

The favourite wine from our wine course yesterday..Date published: 26/08/13

Peter Lehman Shiraz 2011

This wine was the clear favourite wine amongst our wine course guests.

Peter Lehman is known as the 'Baron of Barossa Valley', who helped shape the wine industry for over 7 decades before his death earlier this year.  This shiraz is made from grapes from some of the best vineyards in the region, where the vines remain ungrafted due to the absence of Phylloxera, an aphid which feeds on the roots and leaves of the grapevines. This shiraz is aged in french oak for twelve months before bottling. 

On the nose there are hints of bramble and blackcurrants which is carried over to the palate with the addition of spice and dark chocolate. This wine is a classic example of an Australian shiraz, both full and rich.

An excellent partner to spicy meat dishes, and richly flavoured beef dishes. 

£8.79 when you buy two or more Australian wines.

A cracking Pinot NoirDate published: 25/08/13

I recently had my team around for supper and the first red we tried was this fantastic wine.
Rather than making this wine from a single vineyard's grapes as one
might expect from Au Bon Climat, Isabelle is created by blending
selected barrels from several sites, including Bien Nacido, Sanford &
Benedict, Talley Rincon and Mount Carmel. A superbly structured,
deep, complex and involving Pinot, and a great benchmarker of the
vintage. Try with something like wild duck or even pigeon.
Only kept at our St Johns Wood store so sent when ordered.

EVS ChardonnayDate published: 25/08/13

New to our range is this fantastic new wine. To make this premium Chardonnay, the juice was drained directly into
French oak hogsheads allowing the natural yeasts on the grapes to
initiate fermentation. Following fermentation the barrels were stirred
regularly for 8 months before stabilisation and bottling.
A medium bodied  Chardonnay showing fine green/gold tinges and a lovely
balance of fresh green apple and citrus fruit flavours, supported by
stylish barrel fermentation characteristics.
Would be perfect with roasted chicken

A good VerdicchioDate published: 23/08/13

Poggio alle Rondini

Poggio alle Rondini

Although this wine comes from Matelica, a small commune in Italy's Marche region, there is nothing small about this wine! It trows a citrusy aroma on the nose while having a dry and crisp palate. It also has a lingering and quite agreable spritz reminiscant of a sparkling wine and gives the illusion that one is drinking some bubbly. To be tried with lightly spiced fish. It is ready to try on our tasting counter and at £8.74 for a single bottle or £6.56 when you buy any two or more Italian wines it is a pretty safe bet.

Ridge Monte Bello ChardonnayDate published: 23/08/13

'One of the most balanced and sumptuous Chardonnays I ever drank' was the feeling around the whole table. I have drank many top end Californian wines and generally they ate never cheap but at £55 a bottle I reckon its a extremely good value. Only available in tiny amounts so all kept at the our fine wine centre in St Johns Wood all sent down when orderd.

Taken from selected parcels of vines within several acres of Ridge's
'Middle Vineyard', whose first Chardonnay vines were planted in
1949. With the most recent plantings dating from around 25 years
ago. Low yields of berries from these mature vines are whole-buinch
pressed and juice transferred to new and old American and French
oak for fermentation and a total of 16 months' ageing, giving intense
flavours of pear, apple and fig with a deep, rich and oily texture.

Think top end food! Turbot, Lobster or a Bresse Chicken.

Wild Mushroom RisottoDate published: 22/08/13

After recommending wild mushroom risotto with this weeks wine of the week I thought I would share my recipe with you. Soak a good handful of dried morals, ceps or porcini in hot water for 20 mins. Remove but keep water. Quickly saute some good normal mushrooms and fresh wild ones (if you can get) with a little garlic and chilli. Reserve half of those and put other half in a blender with the soaked ones and blend with some of the reserved water (watch for grit from the dried ones) until you have a smooth, intense purée. Make your risotto in the regular way using any remaining soaking water and a good chicken stock. Towards the end of cooking add purée and fried mushrooms. Finish with butter and parmesan (some add a little cream but I don't). Add truffle if you wish but if using oil be careful as very powerful. Treat yourself to fresh white truffle when available to take your risotto to the next level!

Wine of the Week Barbara d'Albla VVDate published: 21/08/13

This wine from the de Forville is an abosoulte belter. It has been a favourite of mine for a couple of years now.
Barbera is a prolific Italian grape variety grown in Piedmont and
particularly around the towns of Alba and Asti.
Very concentrated dark fruits on the nose, with well integrated spices.
This exhibits confected dark cherry fruits with hints of chocolate, cloves
and vanilla. Well integrated and silky smooth finish.
It really deserves a good plate of food and I have great sucess serving along side grilled quail and wild mushroom risotto.

25% off Italian winesDate published: 21/08/13

What better time to try out a couple of new wines from Italy and enjoy them at 25% off until the end of August (wines under £20 only). This weekend we will have a great selection open to taste so why not pop down and sample for yourself. Particular highlights are the heady red Campofiorin from Masi which is a perfect BBQ red and the Gavi Toledana which is a late harvested wine so has lots of lush rich peach notes (a snip at only £7.49!)

Monetecastrillo 2011, Ribera del Duero £7.99* NEW Date published: 18/08/13

Monetecastrillo 2011, Ribera del Duero £7.99*

We are proud to present a new wine to our range...

Since the 1980's the Ribera del Duero has challenged the traditional wine of Rioja, by using similar grapes such as Tempranillo (which is locally known as 'Tinto Fino') to create some excellent wines. This wine, however has a different style than a what you may associate with a classic Rioja. If anything we can relate the taste and style to that of a Crianza. Made using organic grapes, this wine has spent 6 months in oak, which accounts for its fruity and straightforward style. Enjoy this youthful, easy drinking red wine whilst its on a great offer.

Nose: Baked Cherries

Palate: Upon tasting the wine feels smooth, which follows on to a tannic bite. The flavours lean more towards red fruits- a hint of sour cherry and raspberry with a little bit of bitter chocolate towards the end.

*when you buy two or more

Pimm's Date published: 17/08/13

Pimm's is a brand of fruit cups but is also considered a liqueur, and is hugely popular in England. It was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm. Pimm, orginally from Kent became the owner of an oyster bar in London, close to the Bank of England. A signature drink of his was called 'The Tonic', a gin based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs which claimed to aid digestion. It was served in a small tankard known as a 'No. 1 Cup' hence the subsequent name. 

The two Pimm's products available at Majestic are:

Pimm's No. 1 Cup: 

Gin based and can be served over ice or in cocktails. It has a dark tea colour with a reddish tint, with spice and citrus fruits on the palate. Often served with lemonade and various fresh chopped ingredients such as apples, cucumber, oranges, lemons, strawberries and mint.

Peter Lehman Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.Date published: 16/08/13

Peter Lehman Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.

This oak aged cabernet hails from the Barossa Valley South Australia, the country's most illustrious wine-producing region. Although the region is largely famed for its shiraz, it also produces far better than average cabernet of which this is one. It is a typical Barossa cabernet being very savoury and fruity. The warmth of the region results in a very ripe harvest which concequently means very concentrated and deep flavours. This characteristic is very evident in this wine even to the uneducated palate. It is flavourful, full bodied, and has a deep and rich colour which is quite pleasing to the eye and gets the taste buds going. This combination of characteristics makes it a great food wine which can be enjoyed with venison, a simple roast joint, or with barbeque. It can, however, be simply enjoyed on its own. At £10.99 for a single bottle or £8.79 for two or more bottles, this is a good value cabernet so come in and grab your share while stocks last. It is open to try on our counter so you can try before you commit yourself. See you then!

Wine of the Week Famille Abeille Rosé 2012, Côtes de Provence Date published: 15/08/13

Wine of the Week

Famille Abeille Rosé 2012, Côtes de Provence

Okay, so we've already had this wine as 'Wine of the Week' this summer, but we really think that this would THE Rose to buy for the last few summer weeks. (Lets hope and pray for the sun to come out this week!!) Please have a read and try on our Tasting Counter.

After just opening this wine this at Farnham we are all delighted at how beautiful and delicate this Provence Rose is. The grapes are a mixture of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle- which brings complex characteristics to what is a fairly straightforward and easy drinking wine. Aromas of peach and apricot gently come through; stunning for quaffing on your veranda on a spring day. You could easily take this on a picnic and enjoy with some strawberries and cream. The sweetness of a good British strawberry and the thickness of the cream will complement the acidity and freshness of the wine. The colour is delicate and slightly blushed; typical of the Provence style.


£9.99 when you buy 2 or more or £10.99 single bottle price


Champagne Offers: Pol Roger NV, £32.00 per bottleDate published: 14/08/13

Pol Roger was founded in 1849 and now owns 87 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the Vallee d'Epernay and on the Cote des Blancs. Their cellars run for 7km and are on three levels, the deepest known as the 'cave de prise de mousse' at 33 metres below sea level. Due to the deep cellars, the temperature 3 degrees lower than the normal used for fermenting champagne, which prolongs the fermentation. This plays a big contributing factor to the quailty and style of the Pol Roger wines, creating their famous fine bubbles. 

The Pol Roger range starts with three non vintage champages, Brut Reserve NV, Pure NV and Rich NV. The Rich NV is the brut reserve with a slightly higher dosage and the Pure is at the other end of the scale with no dosage. The rest of the Pol Roger range are vintage dated, the Brut Vinage, Brut Rose and Blanc de Blancs as well as the Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill.

Pol Roger NV is a blend from 30 still base wines from different vineyards, different vintages and the three main grape varieties which dominate the champagne region, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. On the nose it exhibits white flowers, green apple and brioche with a hint of minerality. On the palate there are hints of stone fruits and a slight nuttiness supported with fresh acidity.

£32.00 a bottle down from £42.00. My favourite non vintage champagne and at a bargain price too!

Fever-Tree Fever!Date published: 13/08/13

Did you know that we stocked the exciting Fever- Tree range? Here is a look at the story behind the brand..

Following a 'tonic tasting' in 2000 to find the best on the US market, Charles Rolls, who previous ran Plymouth Gin joined forces with Tim Warrillow who had previously worked in luxury food marketing to analyse the competition of mixers. The pair found that the majority of mixers on the market were produced using artificial sweetners and cheap flavourings. Therefore in 2004 the pair set out to create mixers using natural and fresh ingredients.

Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water launched in the UK in early 2005. The name Fever-Tree was chosen as it is the colloquial name for the Chinona Tree in which quinine, a key ingredient for tonic is grown. The highly carbonated tonic, consisting of small champagne bubbles for a smoother taste is bottled in 200ml bottles, the perfect size for a double measure gin and tonic. 

Editorial exposure led to and instant positive response, and sales began to flourish. Internationally it can be found in 7 of the 10 top restaurants in the world.

At Majestic we stock different varities of their award winning mixers, including the bitter lemon, ginger ale and lemonade. The tonic is my personal favourite, and is made with a blend of botanical oils, spring water and the highest quality quinine. Clean fresh aromas with citrus and aromatic hint. On the palate it is very soft with none of the cloying mouth feel of other tonics.

£3.05 per single pack (4 bottles) buy 6 packs save 15% making each pack £2.59.

After all, if the tonic is 3/4 of your gin and tonic, then you had better choose the best!

Now in stock: Vina Ardanza 2004 MagnumsDate published: 12/08/13

We are excited to introduce the very popular Vina Ardanza in Magnums.

A blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from 30 year old vines planted in the Vina Ardanza vineyards in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The garnacha grapes come from old vines placed at altitude 660 metres above sea level in Tudelilla. 

The grapes were harvested and refirgerated in transport. After both fermentations, the wine was barrelled in April 2005. The Tempranillo wine spent 36 months in american oak barrels with an average age of 4 years. The garnacha wine is aged for only 30 months in 2-3 year old American oak barrels, therefore an element of freshness and authenticity are maintained. The wine was then bottled in 2008.

Clean and dark cherry in colour, there are notes of spice with a hint of coffee and vanilla. It is a well structured wine with spicy tannins and ripe dark fruit on the palate.

An excellent addition to a barbeque or with a hearty casserole.

Well priced at £36.00


Natural Sweet Wine- Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia 2005Date published: 11/08/13

Simon Van der Stel was given the permission to start his own farm in 1684, and immediately ventured off to uncover the best growing areas in the Western Cape. After testing soils from various locations, he settled on a sheltered valley facing False Bay. He favoured this location due to its granite soil, so claimed the area and called in Constantia.

This delicious sweet wine is made from hand selected shrivelled grapes which are harvested and left to soften on their skins for several days. The grapes are then pressed and the juice is then fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and 500 litre oak barrels. The wine is then left to maturate in a cellar before bottling after 5 years. 

The combination of high residual sugar and moderate alcohol levels preserves the bottled wine, and with the correct cellaring conditions it can be aged for at least 20 years, possibly longer. 

This wine has floral hints on the nose, followed by a hint of spice. On the palate there are stone fruits with a hint of nuts and vanilla, followed by a honey finish. An excellent companion to a tarte tatin or even a creme brulee.

£35.00 per bottle when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.

Open to Taste: Portillo Malbec 2012 - £7.99 when you buy two or more. Date published: 10/08/13

Portillo Malbec is produced at the Salentein winery, which lies in the province of Mendoza. Mendoza is regarded as one of the most popular and important wine growing regions in Argentina, with over 150,000 vineyard hectares and more than 900 wineries. Mendoza dominates winemaking in Argentina and accounts for over 70% of all wine produced in the country. 

Made with 100% Malbec grapes, this wine is red ruby in colour but also displays purple hints. On the nose it is particularly fruity with hints of plums, black berries and also has a touch of vanilla which gives the wine a slight sweetness. Fresh fruit flavours are supported on the palate and there are also round tannis which adds to the body of the wine. This wine would be excellent with grilled meats, spicy dishes and cheese. 

A bargain at £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.


Mister Shiraz on the Tasting CounterDate published: 10/08/13

Mister Shiraz- Colchagua Valley £6.99 Buy any 2 Chilean Wines Save 20%

Style: Bold Flavoursome Red, Medium Bodied.

Grape Variety: Shiraz 

Location: The Rapel-Sub Region on the Central Valley

This Chilean Shiraz has a deep brooding nose of dark fruits like blackcurrant and stewed cherry. Swirl the wine around in the glass to open up secondary aromas of toasty oak. The wine shines a deep crimson colour in the glass and tastes lovely on the palate.

Palate: You will find concenrtrated blackcurrant with a hint of pepper.

Food Match: The wine has decent acidity which would match excellently with bbq meats. If your brave try with hot curries!!

This would be a perfect BBQ Wine this summer.


Wine of the Week- Reuilly Henri Beurdin £9.99 when you buy 2 or moreDate published: 09/08/13

Wine of the Week £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Looking for a quality sophisticated white

thats great for summer quaffing?

Reuilly is situated in the upper region of Loire (close to Sancerre, near Menetou-Salon).

The vines are planted on very chalky, well drained soil, which contributes to the clean, crisp flavours in the wine.

Aromas: Citrus Fruits

Palate: Zesty lemon and lime as well as gooseberry and a hint of herby-grass. Naturally high in acidity, this sauvignon blanc is lively, fresh and young whilst remaining elegant.

Finish: Fruity and lingering

- clean and elegant

- beautiful length

-Drink alone or with dressed crab or prawn cocktail!!

If your bored of New Zealand Sauvignon then why not give this a try?


Nyetimber Sparkling Wines- A Product of EnglandDate published: 07/08/13

The Nyetimber estate counts three major landmarks in its history. It was first recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086, followed by the planting of its first vines almost exactly 900 years later. Finally in 2006, Nyetimber made the decision to make their wines available to the public. 

Nyetimber are fortunate to own one hundred percent of their vineyards and all of their wines are produced from the 152 hectares planted at the best sites in West Sussex and Hampshire. Southern England is perfect for the production of sparkling wine. The climate allows for slow ripening of the grapes, allowing for optimum level of acidity and adds complexity and finesse to the overall product. The grapes grown in the Nyetimber vineyards are the same grapes used to make Champagne; chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.

What is unique to Nyetimber is that they are the only house to only use grapes from their own vineyards. Prior to harvest the grapes are tasted to ensure the best flavour development before picking. If they are not up to standard, they are simply not used. Each and every vineyard os assessed, which means choosing an optimal time to harvest the grapes. All Nyetimber wines are crafted using the traditional method.

Here at Majestic we stock three different Nyetimber products:

Nyetimber Rose Vintage 2007 (£42.99 when you buy 2 or more):

Red rose colour with hints of red cherry and currents followed by honey on the nose. Round and full with a soft texture.

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2003 (£32.99 when you buy 2 or more):

Pale straw coloured with a rich nose of granny smith and citrus fruits.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 (£23.99 per bottle):

Pale gold in colour with fresh apricot and melon on the nose. A long finish on the palate with a lovely bubble texture. This is a real bargain!


Low Alcohol WinesDate published: 07/08/13

Many of our customers often ask if we stock low alcohol wines. We realise for many of our customers having a low alcoholic content is important either from a health perspective or personal preference. So here is our pick of low alcohol wines we stock: 

Dr. Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese, Mosel, £8.49 :

This fantastic German dessert wine is only 7% abv. It has rich honeyed fruit flavours and has a great finish.

Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett, Margarethenhof, £8.99 (multibuy):

Aromatic with flavours of honey and fresh ripe fruit, this is virbrant wine and only 8% abv.  


Saint Clair Pioneer Block Riesling, Marlborough, £13.99 (multibuy):

Elegant and off dry this wine exhibits aromas of lime and grapefruit with subtle hints of apricot. Only 9% abv.

Aspen Estate Merlot, South Eastern Australia, £5.59 (multibuy):

This Merlot has an inviting nose of plum, earth and eucalyptus. Medium bodied and fruity it is only 12% abv.

   

Pol RogerDate published: 05/08/13

One of my absolute favourite champagnes comes from the house of Pol Roger. Established in 1849 it has a ever consistent style that is so very elegant and perfectly balanced. Their NV brut is currently on offer with us at the bargain price of £32. Made up from from virtually equal parts of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay it has notes of green fruits, brioche and floral aromas. It has such a lovely mouthful I know of no one that once tasted isn't smitten. Perfect for an aperitif or I have served very successfully along side sea bass ceviche that has a spicy edge to it.

Curious about Curious Brew?Date published: 04/08/13

Chapel Down is home to largest producer of English Wines. Based in Tenterden, they produce a large range of wines and beers. 

Today I am going to introduce you to Curious Brew beer:

Brewed in England using three different types of hops: East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade. It is then refermented using Champagne yeast before adding a 'dosage' of the rare Nelson Sauvin hop.  The unpasturised beer then undergoes cold filtering, and is then bottled. 

In July 2012 this beer was awarded a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge which has judged the worlds beers for the past 16 years. Curious Brew was entered along side 400 other beers and only 29 other entries made the gold grade. 

Only £17.99 for 12 bottles, £1.50 a bottle (330ml). Worth every penny!

Open to Taste: Chateau Guiot Rose 2012- £6.99 when you buy 2 or more Date published: 03/08/13

EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY!!!

Chateau Guiot Rose 2012- £6.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Grape Variety: Grenach, syrah, cinsault.

Wine growing region: Nimes is an area that produces top quality wines at excellent prices. It lies between the Rhone Valley and Langedoc, meaning it struggles for identity but ensure good prices.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Summer berries and spice. Maybe some floral elements like violets? 

Palate: Redcurrant, strawberries.

Method: This wine was most likely produced using the saignée method which involves drawing off some of the wine during fermentation when making a red wine. 

Jane McQuitty describes this wine asalmost a pale red rather than a rose’.

Robert Parker describes the estate as being ‘splendid’. Round pepples on the ground act as little radiators and stop the vines from freezing and stop the earth from becoming scorched in summer.

Food Match: Shellfish Salad


A bargain White BurgundyDate published: 03/08/13

Sometimes there is a wine that comes into us that really punches obove its weight and this Montagny Vielle Vignes is one of them.
It is produced by the excellent Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and
the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in
1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems
relating to making, storing and selling wines.
This Montagny offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of
white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an
elegant, steely dry finish. It has just a lttle more weight than a Chablis.
I have been lucky enough to visit them a couple of times and across the board they make great wines at very affordable prices.
I would drink this by itself or maybe with a delicate piece of poached sea trout.

WINE OF THE WEEK- Dogajolo Carpineto £8.79Date published: 02/08/13

Wine of the Week

Dogajolo Carpineto 2011/2012 Toscana

Was £10.99 now £8.79*

This beautifully adorned bottle looks fantastic on the outside as well as tasting amazing.

Style: Rounded, approachable and moorish!

You can smell aromas of morello cherry and black fruits with just a touch of wood. On the palate you will find rounded soft tannins and fruity flavours. This sangiovese is a great all rounder that you could enjoy alone or with pizza or heartier stews during the winter.

This young wine is a blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon- which means this wine falls uner the IGT classification (which was set up to allow winemakers to blend non-native grapes. Known as a 'Super Tuscan', this wine represents excellent value for money.

*when you buy 2 or more Italian Wines.


Short term Giesen deal! £5.99 a bottle 2 weeks onlyDate published: 01/08/13

Our Giesen Sauvignon Blanc has been massively popular since joining our range last year and this crisp, zesty Sauvignon from Marlborough has just come down to a great price for the next fortnight. At only £5.99 when you buy two or more it is real value for a Kiwi sauvignon. Pop in this weekend and sample the Giesen brothers staple!

Changes at Majestic Farnham...Date published: 31/07/13

...there comes a time in every Majestic staff members career when they move along to another store and that is happening right here at Farnham this week. Alan our trainee since November is heading East to Sevenoaks this weekend and tomorrow I'm leaving the good people of Farnham to manage the Alton store. We wish Alan all the best in his new store. 

Every cloud has a silver lining though and I hope you all enjoy meeting our new assistant manager Steph and our new trainee Tapiwa when they join the team next week. It has been a pleasure being a part of team Farnham and I hope to see you all again, no doubt as a Wrecclesham resident I will be here to help out at our winter tasting in November at the very least!

Brooklyn Lager - Something a bit differentDate published: 30/07/13

If you're tired of the same old lagers (Fosters, Carlsberg, Becks, and the list goes on) then why not try a fantastic craft beer called Brooklyn Lager. We've all been enjoying it here at Majestic Farnham!

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

£9.99 each when you buy 4 packs

Classic Food and Wine pairingsDate published: 29/07/13

In my occasional articles on classic food and wine combinations there is one that is particularly applicable for a Sunday. Roast beef and a really good bottle of red wine. When faced with probably waht has been a straight month of bbq's my wife suggested have a roast dinner instead. Seeing it was pouring with rain I conceded it was appropriate to roast the rib of beef I was planning to throw on the grill. I rubbed beef in mustard powder, pepper and salt then sealed until really well coloured and popped in a low oven until the core temperature reached mid thirties. Remove and cover tightly. It will continue to cook so for a lovely medium rare aim for mid forties. Whilst this is resting crank the oven and roast your potatoes and Yorkshire's. Most red will go with beef but when I'm eating classic roast beef it has to be claret. Last night I had a bottle of château langoa barton 2001 which with its deep core of blackcurrant fruit and soft tannins was a fantastic match. I have enjoyed cooking outside these last few weeks but I have missed our Sunday roasts!

End of an EraDate published: 28/07/13

Forgive me today as this isn't an article about wine at all. This is an acknowledgement and thanks for one of the most respected of the Majestic managers there has ever been. Ginny has been at the Haslemere branch for many years now and responsible for training so many of us over the last decade. She has a very loyal list of regular customers and I'm sure will be missed by many of them. Internal wise there is an endless list of current Majestic managers/assistant managers and trainee managers that will be ever grateful for her knowledge and wisdom she has imparted to us all. From a personal point of view I was Ginny's assistant manager for over a year and I loved every minute of it. In fact I was, in a way disappointed when I got promoted to a managers position as I didn't want to leave the nest. So many of us have so much to thank Ginny for. She is responsible for getting so many people promoted to a manager over her career I have lost count. She will be a real loss in our region and we all will miss her enormously. I am lucky to cite Ginny as one of my closest friends and can only thank her for all the past years of wisdom and friendship we have shared. Hope all goes well with the impending birth and from all our region much love. XX

Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 now in stock!Date published: 27/07/13

The wait is over, the Ned is back and it doesn't disappoint, full on citrus, plenty of gooseberry and a perfect streak of acidity to give it the lovely refreshing finish that is wonderful in this hot weather! It's young and fruity but drinking nicely now, pop in and stock up! Down to £7.99 with any other NZ wine.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/07/13

To me the essence of an elegant summer white has to be a wine from the classic region of the Loire valley. Mainly they tend to be either sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc. For this weeks wine of the week we have chosen the delicious Chateau de Sancerre. Made solely from sauvignon you get green fruits with a touch of gooseberry that mingle with finely balanced acidity. I often will serve Sancerre as a welcome drink or alongside a simple tomato and goats cheese tart. I also matched it recently with wild sea bass that had been roasted with thyme, garlic and a touch of chilli. Everyone agreed it was a delicious combination. Why not pop down this weekend to taste this wine £15.99 when you buy two or more.

Tips on Storing wineDate published: 25/07/13

Short Term Storage Solutions 

It may be that you don't want to consume a whole bottle in an evening or you need to save some for later, but fear not! You can Vacuum pump the wine and it will last for days. Le Creuset do a good range.

Long Term Storage Solutions

The wine should be kept a constant temperature between 10-15° degrees and not exposed to direct sunlight. 

- WHY LAY BOTTLES DOWN? It keeps the cork wet and in contact with the wine and stops air getting in.

When oxygen attacks the wine it can create unwanted aromas and flavours- like wet cardboard. Oxygenation is often avoided during the wine making process, which preserves the fresh fruit flavours and delicate aromas in the wine. However, fortified wine like Oloroso Sherry can be ageing oxidatively; which gives flavours and toffee, walnut, leather and spice.

Sometimes winemakers want to 

TIP: Many cellar racks are made in grids, and you can number each hole. You can write down which wine is in which hole and this way keep track of where they are without having to move things around all the time.

Don't park your wine near any vibrating equipment like a washing machine!! This disturbs the wine in the bottle; which is especially important if you have an old Rioja or Bordeaux that contains sediment and would need decanting.



Weekend BBQDate published: 24/07/13

I unearthed a bottle of Penfolds bin 389 from the year 1998 over the weekend to take along to a get together with some of my old Majestic friends. We were having a BBQ so I thought something new world would fit the bill and this wine often called 'baby grange' (due to its time spent in ex Grange barrels) could be just the ticket. I was a little nervous as I probably have had it for over 10 years but it looked in perfect condition. I should not of been worried as it turned out to be a lovely, soft, complex bottle that is right in its drinking window. A blend of Cabernet and Shiraz it had real depth but the age had softened all those tannins out. It does prove that some of those well structured, mid priced, new world wines have the ability to age gracefully. It matched the steaks from the grill perfectly but I also think that a really good Comte or Beaufort would be a great combination. Look out for this wine at auction houses.

Calafornian Wine Information Date published: 24/07/13

Since the 1960's winemaking has really taken off, with many premium wineries making top quality Bordeaux blended wines as well as Chardonnay and Zinfandel (which is pretty much exclusive to the region). 

Climate: Varied from North to South. During the ripening season temperatures can reach 40º in the Central Valley, therefore drip irrigation is needed. Luckily there are moderating factors that help cool the vines and preserve the flavours of in the grapes.

Davis Zone: This is climate classification system I is the coolest and V is the hottest. Zones I-III are suitable for premium vineyards.

Napa County: The Mayacamas & Vaca Mountains brings cooling fog down into the valley. The climate is cooler in the South(II) and a warmer Mediterranean climate (II) in the North.

Rutherford and Oakville are notable areas.

Central Valley Region: 80% of Calafornian Wine is produced here- where it is mostly hot and dry (levels IV and V)

Lodi: Benefits from the cooling influences of San Francisco Bay and is home to some of the oldest & best Zinfandel Vineyards.

One of my favourite Calafornian Wines that Majestic Wine currently stock is produced in the warm 'Santa Barbara County'. It is part of our fine wine deal where you can buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £8

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010 Santa Barbara

An immensely complex nose of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut. The palate offers bright fruit and a lush feel, with an enduring nuttiness that provides a long and involving finish. I love an oaked chardonnay!!




Château Beaulieu 2006 Lalande de Pomerol - £9.99 when you buy two or moreDate published: 23/07/13

Château Beaulieu 2006 Lalande de Pomerol- £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Region: Lalande de Pomerol.

Lalande de Pomerol is immediately to the north of the Pomerol appellation itself (on the right bank of the Garonne and Dorgogne rivers). It is an area of similar terrain and gravelly clay and limestone soils and produces wines that are stylistically similar to Pomerol. Here you can find excellent value for money. The wines tend to have a spicy characterstic like white pepper, and deep fruits.

Château Beaulieu

This château, which has been in family hands since 1892 is located near the village of Néac , in the centre of Lalande de Pomerol. Just to the north of the Pomerol appellation itself, it is an area of similar terrain and gravelly clay and limestone soils. 2006 was a good vintage in Pomerol/St Emilion with 7-9 out of ten. The wines are drinking well at the moment, however you can cellar these years to come.

Tasting Note:

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Aromas: Deep redfruits with a smokey-oakey wood background.

Tannin: Juicy and not too over bearing.

Flavours: Deep stewed plum with white pepper accent.

Finsh: Long and warming

Food Ideas: Mustard & Thyme Crusted Rib Eye of Beef.

A good cheese board- the protein in the cheese will break down the tannin in the wine and make the experience much softer and richer.




Extremely Good Value PomerolDate published: 22/07/13

If you were wondering what the great wines of Pomerol were like, but didn't want to fork out for a bottle with a more hefty price tag, then why not buy a bottle from the lesser-known vineyards of Lalande de Pomerol. These are wines made from just outside the more prestigous vinyards of the actual Pomerol appelation, but are cheaper and very similar in style.

We have recently been enjoying Château Beaulieu, 2006. Classy on the nose, which offers ripe black fruit and a sense of maturity. Nicely ripe on the palate, with flavours of plum and bramble, framed by supple tannins.

£9.99 when you buy to or more (saving £10 as it is usually £14.99 for one)

Favourite wine from today's wine course...Date published: 21/07/13

The Coteaux de Giennois is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. Just outside the more familiar name of Pouilly-Fume the village benefits from many of the same cliamte and soil conditions that have established its more famous neighbour. Classic gooseberry fruit on the nose is intense yet restrained, and leads into a palate bursting with flavours of lime and nettle, delivered with a clean and crisp feel. Offering fantastic value for money at just £8.99 when you buy two or more it is a steal when compared to similar qualitiy Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume.

Great summer offers ending on Monday 22nd July. Date published: 20/07/13

Last few days at these prices!!

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2007 Special Offer £20.00 

This richer style of champagne has a biscuity nose and beautiful soft hints of vanilla and dough on the palate. The 'mouse' is very lively and the bubbles are persistent. 

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne Special Offer £25.00

The palate displays lots of soft apple- carrying some yeasty notes but not as rich as Heidsieck Gold Top or Bollinger. A great all round champagne that would suit anyones taste buds!

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Montana, Marlborough £6.99 when you buy any two New Zealand Still Wines.

A dry and fruiy sauvignon with lots of green apple and gooseberry on the nose. Tropical flavours of mango and passionfruit follow on the palate with a elegant finish. Excellent value for money!!

Dont miss out on these fantastic offers. Ring now to make a delivery- free of charge when you spend £40 or more.

Wine of the Week: Thibert St VeranDate published: 20/07/13

Looking for soft buttery white with good acidity and length ?


On the nose you will find a harmonious melody of crisp fresh apple and baked apple,

as well as a touch of lemon curd. You can smell the oak influence on the nose, however

it is well intergrated into the fruit bouquet. My mouth is watering already! The grapes

are handpicked to ensure the best quality grapes are used to make the wine which are

then fermented and matured in oak barrels. My favourite thing about this wine is the elegant balance between acidity and body. The wine coats the mouth and leaves a

creamy finish, as well as a citrus bite and mouthwatering acidty.

Serve between 12º-14º to enjoy the full experience of the wine.

£12.99 when you buy two or more.


Macon Lugny LatourDate published: 18/07/13

Often overlooked in our offering of white burgundy is a wine that has been the backbone of range since the early days of Majestic, Louis Latour's Macon Lugny.
The family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been
producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the
Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of
Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.
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. Perfect for a pre dinner drink or poached chicken breast with summer vegetables
We now have some magnums of it also which would grace any dinner table.

Yali Sauvignon - a wine to remember at a price you won't forget!Date published: 17/07/13

If you are feeling the post Ned 2012 blues then fear not as we have a wonderful option for you to explore in the meantime...Yali sauvignon is a greawt example of the quality Chile can offer at a real bargain price (£5.99 with any other Chilean wine) Fermentation was carried out gradually in a temperature-controlled environment that allowed extraction of a large quantity of fruit and mineral fragrances. After fermentation the wine was allowed to rest on its lees for 4 months and subjected to bâtonnage. Grapefruit, lime and peach aromas leap from the glass, followed with crisp, citrus flavours on the palate. A refreshing acidity is matched by a zingy finish. Perfect for drinking either on its own or with light seafood dishes.

Wine Course August 25th - Spaces available...Date published: 16/07/13

If you would like a free introduction to the world of wine then sign up to our wine course. The next date is 25th August and we hold one a month. If you have a group of 8-10 people who would like an exclusive course please get in touch and we will do our best to accomodate you.

The course is a great chance to learn a bit more about wine. We sample 3 whites, 3 reds a champagne and a dessert wine, talking about how they are made and why they taste the way they do. We also do a bit of food matching to try the wines with foods they do (and do not!) work with. It really is a superb opportunity to jump in at the beginning of a journey into the joys of wine.

My name is LucaDate published: 15/07/13

I'm happy to see the fantastic Luca Malbec from Mendoza in Argentina back in stock at Majestic.
I got a feeling the last vintage we saw was the 2009 so I was slightly apprehensive to to open the new vintage which is 2011. I shouldn't of been.
 Rather than create new vineyards from scratch, Laura Catena persuaded
several established growers in the Uco Valley to improve their vineyard
management and reduce their yields, providing her with top quality
grapes from much sought-after old vines.
Immensely fragrant, offering a nose of black cherry and bramble, with
hints of cigar box , smoke and lavender. Smooth and approachable in
texture, with a generous helping of palate fruit.
I know it will only get better with s bit more age but it is utterly irresistible now. I drank it with a grilled Boerewors from our local farm shop the always excellent Laverstoke Park. A great combination.

CVNE WinesDate published: 14/07/13

Some of my favourite wines from Spain come from CVNE. They are all on great deals at the moment but my pick of all the deals is the Imperial reserva which is down from £22 to £17 when buying two or more.
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in
Haro, Rioja. Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK
in imperial pint sized bottles, this is one of the best Rioja Reservas
around.
The Imperial range all always full of lush dark fruits on lots of spicey vanilla. All the sorts of things I expect to find in my Rioja. I would ideally drink this some char grilled lamb cutlets or some piccante chorizo treated in the same way. Heaven!

Septimo Día Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza, Price £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99 *Date published: 13/07/13

Septimo Día Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza,  Price £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99 *

This Chardonnay comes from the Gualtayary district of the Uco Valley, an area with dual soil types of rock and sand, and notable sloped vineyards. The varied soils and altitudes provide grapes of varied characteristics, allowing winemakers to blend their desired style. 

Aromas: Tropical fruits such as mango and banana. The oak adds a slight sweetness. Think bananabread!!

Palate: The tropical fruits continue on the palate, as well as honey and pineapple. This is offset by a twist of green apple and citrus.

This youthful chardonnay is delicious and excellent value for money. The oak influence is pleasant and not overbearing. 

Food Match: Fish Pie would work well with the buttery potato mash lending itself to the butteryness of the wine, and the acidity matching well with the fish. 

Why not give it a try, its on our tasting counter!


Wine of the Week: Château de Sainte Gemme 2002 Haut-Médoc, £9.99 when you buy 2 or more, otherwise £13.99Date published: 12/07/13

Press Mention and Wine of the Week

Château de Sainte Gemme 2002 Haut-Médoc, Recommended by Jane MacQuitty on the 6th July in The Times 

Looking for an approachable, top quality Bordeaux ?

This wine is drinking absolutely brilliantly right now and we hope you agree. Made from 20 year old vines, the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is beautifully balanced. You will find complex flavours of red cherry, raspberry and vanilla pod, as well as nuances of chocolate and charred wood. The texture is smooth and the finish lingers. The taste is very moorish and just feels like a quality wine! Try for yourself! 

The 2002 vintage in Medoc is rated between 6-8 and can be drank over the next few years. We give it 10 out of 10! You could pair this wine with a variety of red meats such as beef or even game.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more, otherwise £13.99


Press Mention- Jane MacQuitty 6th July. Paul Mas Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc Date published: 11/07/13

Paul Mas Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc Now only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.

GRAB NOW- EXCELLENT PRICE AND RECOMMENDED BY JANE MACQUITTY AS A STAR BUY AT UNDER 6 QUID!

Producer: Domaines Paul Mas are one of the largest and most successful wineries in the Languedoc, having 230ha of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to over 800ha of vineyards owned by contract growers, making a range of great value wines with traditional varieties.

The vines are planted on the best hillside plots which produce from low yields, in an area called 'Pezenas' The climate is mediterranean with long hot summers and relitavely mild winters. The wine is kept in stainless steel vats which retains fruity flavours of the wine. Part of the wine is oaked which accetuates the fruit and adds a little bit of rustic character to the blend.

Aromas: On the nose you will find the typical stewed plummy jammi-ness which you associate with the Merlot grape variety.

Palate: Fruity with subtle hints of bitter chocolate/mocha.

Body: Meduim bodies in style and not too over powering.

Overall conclusion: A nicely balanced wine which I would definately be happy to have in just incase friends pop round and are looking for something easy and straightforward to drink. There are no 'volatile' alcohol flavours or nasty astringent tannin- just flavour and quite a good finish.



Ridge GeyservilleDate published: 10/07/13



I'm delighted to see the Geyserville back in stock at Majestic. I have enjoyed many different vintages in the past. Made from.The blend is mainly made up of Zinfandel with added Carignane and Petite Sirah. This is a very dark fruited wine with generous amounts of sweet vanilla oak. Ridge are an excellent producer that produce fantastic Cabernet, rich Chardonnay and well known for their 'Zins'. They are big wines across the board and they all need food. The Geyserville I would match with slowly braised ox cheeks (see my recipe 5th june in news) or maybe a sweet but spicy lamb tagine. We do have stock of the other Ridge wines (see website fine wine listings) which when ordered get sent from our temperature controled fine wine centre in London. If you have never tried any of these wines I can only say you are missing out on some of the best Californian wines out there and in relation to some producers over there great value to boot.

Parcel Series, Maipo Valley, Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 09/07/13

Like most of us last weekend, i was delighted to attend a BBQ under the glorious summer sun. After dithering for a while, trying to decide which wine to take, i settled for the Parcel Serious Cabernet Sauvignon. Made exclusively for Majestic and sold under our 'Parcel Series' range, these wines are usually made by top producers but have a reasonable price. At £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more Chilean wines) this really is a cracking bottle of wine and was unaminously the favourite on the day and went well with my burger!

A classic cassis-like aroma overlayed with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice. Impressively pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins.

Rioja and LambDate published: 08/07/13

Some combinations are just meant to be and Lamb and Rioja is a tried and tasted perfect example. The way I like to do Lamb chops is on the BBQ ideally. Start by buying the best Lamb you can trimmed of excess fat but ensuring you leave thin layer on the chop. Marinade overnight in olive oil, thyme, rosemary, garlic and chilli. Bring out of the fridge an hour before cooking. Remove from them oil and season well then place over coals, grab a glass of wine and monitor the grilling. It will create flames because of the fat so just turn and move to s different part of the grill. Cook to your liking (med rare for me) and serve with your preferred bottle of Rioja. For instance Lagunilla 2005 gran reserva which we had open recently. Lovely mature fruit with a generous lick of vanilla make this the perfect wine for those delicious chops.

Champagne offers Date published: 07/07/13

What a great month thus far GB sport and what better way to celebrate than a bottle or two of Champagne. We currently have some great deals including Canard Duchene @ £19 and the always fantastic Heidsieck Gold Top vintage @£20. We then have three of the great champagne houses all at £30. Veuve Clicquot, Louis Roederer and when you buy six or more and my personal favourite Bollinger. So pop in today and stock up in preparation for Andy and Lewis today, Justin, Luke and Lee in a couple of weeks and for the great prospect of what should be a great Ashes series. Let's hope the sun keeps shining!

Veuve Clicquot NV - Only £30! Until 15th of JulyDate published: 06/07/13

Until the 15th of July you can get your hands on one of Champagne's finest - Veuve Clicquot NV - for only £30 (down from £37). So make sure you get down to Majestic Farnham, or alternatively order online or by telephone, and pick up a few whilst they are on at this stunning price. With the BBQ and summer party/festival season well under way there aren't too many other champagnes that impress quite like Veuve Clicquot. 

Probably my favourite Champagne, it strikes a perfect balance between freshness and power. The iconic yellow label on the bottle represents the paleness in colour of the wine, which contains lots of lovely, fine persistent bubbles. on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long.


Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Georges Duboeuf - Open on our Tasting Counter!Date published: 06/07/13

Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Georges Duboeuf - £6.99 when you buy at least two bottles of Beaujolais Wine
 

This is one of our best selling wines, and no wonder because its such a great summer wine and at a top price!! The bottle would look beautiful at any BBQ or garden party, and with pretty pictures of flowers on the front who could say no to this wine?! Heres my tasting note:

Appearance:

Upon pouring into the glass the viscosity is quite thin and the colour is ruby with a hint of purple at the rim. Just from looking at the wine we get an idea that this is a youthful example from the region. This tends to be the case in Beaujolais as the style of wine is intended to be drunk young.

Nose: A real bubblegum and candied fruit aroma coming through. Think raspberry candyfloss!

Palate: Fresher fruit flavours dominate, like red cherry and raspberry. The alchol level feels low and the flavour intesity is not too overbearing.

Tannin: Low tannin with a juicy finish 

Food Match: Salmon Fillet with Jersey Royals and Peas à la français

Serve Lightly Chilled 







A classic food and wine match, Bellero Barbera 2012 Piemont, £6.99Date published: 06/07/13

When you think of those cherry fruit dominated Italian reds there are a few dishes that I automatically think of and inspire me to cook. 'Spaghetti with a meat ragu' being one of them.This is how I do mine:

Spaghetti with a meat Ragu 
Soften a couple of onions in olive oil then add a couple chopped cloves of garlic and a crumbled dried chilli. Remove then seal your choice of meat. I use 3/4s beef and 1/4 veal. When lightly browned add your onions, a tin of really good tinned tomatoes, 3 or 4 minced raw chicken livers, a bundle of thyme and bay and a whole bottle of good full red wine. Bring to the boil then summer for a couple of hours. Slow and gentle is key here. Cook your pasta and add a little of the ragu. The Italian way of doing this recipe would be to ensure that the pasta is the key component of this dish. With any remaining ragu you could make a lovely cottage pie.

Wine Match: Bellero Barbera 2012 Piemont, £8.74

Buy 2 still Italian wines between £5 - £20 save 20% £6.99 *



Lagunilla Reserva (2007/2008) and Gran Reserva (2005) Comparison. Date published: 05/07/13

You may be a wine novice or an expert, or maybe somewhere in the middle, but eitherway you will hopefully find this article interesting. 

We are going to take a look at the differences between two Spanish wines that Majestic Wine stock. They are both produced from the same winery and the main differences lie in the ageing process.

Rioja Reserva 2007/2008 Lagunilla

Price £10.99

Buy 2 bottles save £8 £6.99 *

Ageing: Requires 36 months by law in total. The wine has spent 24 months in oak and the rest is aged in the bottle.

Palate: Red cherry, oak influence gives the wine a taste of vanilla pods and charred wood. The fruit is backed by a slight sweet spice.

Tannin: Supple

Finish: Smooth with a bitter sweet aftertaste

Food Match: Roasted Shoulder of Lamb

Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 Lagunilla

Price £14.99

Buy 2 bottles save £8 £10.99 *

Ageing: Requires 60 months by law in total. The wine has spent 24 months in oak followed by 3 years in bottle. 

Aromas: Mature aromas like tobacco, game and leather.

Palate: Dried fruits such a fig, raison and prune backed by smokey oak.

Tannin: Soft and well intergrated into the wine

Finish: Smooth and lingering. Excellent flavour intensity.

Food Match: Steak with black peppercorn sauce, or slow roasted lamb with thyme. Manchego cheese would also match well with the strong flavours in the wine.


We hope that one of these wines takes your fancy! 

The Gran Reserva is open to try on our tasting counter so why not give it a go?



Provence tasting week may be ending but...Date published: 04/07/13

...never fear! We will still have a couple of Provence wines open this weekend including my favourite, the Ch. Sainte Marguerite Organic Rose. The Château was created in 1929 and was acquired by the Fayard family in 1977. Situated between Toulon and Saint Tropez, this little seaside village is gifted with exceptional climatic conditions and earth with great soil, to produce top quality wines.  This organic Grande Resérve displays fresh red berry fruits and delightful floral aromas. A slight floral character is also present on the palate. Light and refreshing, this wine is ideal served with appetizers or dessert. Serve well chilled. A perfect summer wine available for £11.99 when you buy two or more.

Famille Abeille Rosé, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 03/07/13

Having previously prefered some of the more fuller-bodied Rose over the more delicate and light Provencial styles, i have to say i would make an exception for this one. This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate.

 For me, the key factor that distinguishes this Provence Rose from the others i have tried is the vibrant and fruity nose, which follows through on the palate. fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry. Yummy!

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Noir 2012 and a look at the Marlborough regionDate published: 03/07/13

Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough in New Zealand is capable of producing excellent wines and is regarded as the largest and best wine growing region in the country. It is home to the renowned powerhouse winery 'Cloudy Bay'.

The region has grown from strength to strength since the 70's, with sauvignon blanc being the dominant grape variety, with many examples displaying aromas of tropical fruits as well as green herbs and minerality. These fruits are mirrored on the palate and are usually backed by high acidity and great intesity.

Pinot Noir had a slow start, with high yields being planted which resulted in pale wines that lacked flavour and quality. But fear not, Majestic Wine stock excellent examples including The Ned.

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Noir 2012 

£12.49 Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% £9.99 *

With vines growing at a high altitude of 909 metres above sea level, they benefit from cool nights which help to preserve the fruit flavours and acidity. Now to the interesting part, the flavours!

The palate is dominated by lush, vibrant fruits like strawberry and red cherry, as well as plum and ripe blackberry. I would describe the acidity as well balanced and juicy. The oak is very subtle giving a slight sweet spice flavour. The tannin is low making it an easy drinking wine which could be enjoyed with or without food. How about five spiced duck breast?

Please try this wine while it is on our Tasting Counter; you will not be dissapointed !


Restaurant or pub? Find out about our commercial team...Date published: 02/07/13

If you run a pub or restaurant and would like to learn a bit more about what the Majestic Commercial team can offer here is your answer:

 - Trade only commercial wines - on trade exclusives with a superb rangeincluding many award winning wine.

 - Fast efficient delivery, often same day

 - Dedicated account manager to help you choose the right wines for your list

 - Wine list production

These are just a few of the advantages of buying the wine for your establishment from us, if you would like to know more please get in touch on 01252 711988 or e-mail far@majestic.co.uk and we will put you in toucvh with an account manager.

Boillot PulignyDate published: 02/07/13


After starting our evening with the sumptuous Ruinart Blanc de Blanc's we swiftly moved on to a couple of bottles of Boillot's Puligny Montrachet. From one of Burgundy's most famous communes in
the heart of the Côte-de-Beaune département. Jean Marc Boillot's
limestone-rich soils and old vines, along with non-interventionist
winemaking allow for the expression of terroir.
Pale lemon in colour, the wine exhibits nutty and peach aromas with
hints of minerality. Rich, opulent white fruit with hints of floral and
hazlenut adorn the palate with fantastic acidity and balance..A delightful and very elegant white burgundy which would grace any dinner table with aplomb. Think a tranche of Turbot with a light hollandaise as a perfect combination.This wine is very limited so stored in our St John's Wood branch and sent by courier when ordered.

CorimboDate published: 01/07/13

Following on the Alion (see previous article) we then moved to this new to range Spanish stunner.
A project by Bodegas Roda, one of Rioja's leading wineries, to make
a top quality modern Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero. Following four
years of research, the La Horra vineyards were identified as Roda's
chosen Duero site, and Corimbo was first produced here in 2008.
Mostly aged in french oak this is more subtle than some Ribera but none the worse for that.
The wine is a dense and multi-layered wine, crammed with black fruit
and accented with notes of sweet spice, toast and floral aromas.
I was bowled over by how balanced and downright drinkable it was.
Try with a slow roasted shoulder of wild boar. Perfect!


AlionDate published: 30/06/13

When I accepted a dinner invitation from good friends Rich and Treeze I had high expetations of drinking well and we did. It has been a while since I have had this wine but was amazed by its quality.
Bodegas Alion is a sister winery of Vega Sicilia, that focuses on
producing this single cuvée, one of the purest expressions of Duero
Tempranillo. Aged in 100% new French oak for up to 20 months, and
a further 15 or more in bottle, the wine has tremendous power,
delivered with great finesse. The nose is a symphony of exotic spice,
incense, wood smoke and lavender, while the palate offers an equally
impressive multi-layered structure and immense weight.
This is a wine that is best served alongside with roasted lamb.
Not cheap but worth every penny.

Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 29/06/13

Gran Reserva 2004 for only  £8.99 has to be one of the best buys in our current offers we all think here in the  Farnham store.
Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion,
where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several
partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives
30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.
Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very
mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by
vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.
This is a perfect wine to pair with grilled lamb cutlets that have sat in a marinade of rosemary, thyme, garlic and a touch of chilli then grilled to medium rare over charcoal.

PRESS MENTION: Rioja Rosado 2012 Muga, Price £10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £8.99 *Date published: 29/06/13

PRESS MENTION - The Saturday Times Jane Macquitty 29th June 

Rioja Rosado 2012 Muga,  Price £10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £8.99 *

Producer:

Muga produce amazing wines and take great care in the winemaking process. This is an oaked example of a Rose wine, from the Rioja Alta subregion of Rioja. The Winery is at the most westerly area of the region in a place called Haro, which is considered the wine capital of Rioja. 

Winemaking: Maceration takes place for 12 hours, which involves leaving the skins and 'mushed' grapes to extract flavour and tannin into the juice. The wine ferments for 25 days in 1000 litre wooden before being bottled. The fining process is quite something at Muga. It involves using egg whites and leads to a cleaner liquid. The egg whites absorb a lot of the harsh, bitter tannin that can lead to astringent wines.

We think this wine is excellent value for money considering the outstanding winery, and meticulous vinification process. 

Tasting Notes:

Nose:Ripe fruit – sweet cooking apples, little hint of oak,

Palate: Fresh fruit, tangier than provence. Grenache gives a slightly warm spicesness to the blend. Long finish.

Food Match:

Shrimps sautéed in oil and garlic with smoked paprika.


Wine of the Week Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence - £8.99*Date published: 28/06/13

Wine of the Week

Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence - £8.99*


To kick off the rosé week on our Tasting Counter we've selected a delightful and affordable Provence style wine. The light salmon pink colour is beautifully delicate with aromas of peach, pear and red apple. The blend consists of Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and is made using a method called 'Saignee' (Prounounced 'Son-yay') and involves 'bleeding off' some of the juice used in the red wine making process. On the palate you find a fresh acidity with riper fruit flavours like strawberry and cherry juice. This dry style has the acidity to complement fish dishes such Salad Niçoise.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more (usually £9.99)


Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - sold out, but do not fear...Date published: 28/06/13

Whilst we experience a brief gap between the 2012 and 2013 Ned Sauvignon why not take the opportunity to sample something a bit different. Our alternative recommendation this weekend is the Brancott Estate Sauvignon. On offer at the same price as the Ned (£6.99 when you buy two or more) and from one of the most renowned producers in Marlborough this grassy herabaceous wine really hits the spot. Open to try this weekend why not come and see if it matches up to the Waihopei Rivers finest!

Sneaky Peek at Provence Rose Tasting week...Date published: 27/06/13

To give you a preview of our upcoming Provence tasting week we've got the Famille Abeille Rose open to taste. Here is a bit of info about the wine. This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate. A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry. Enjoy as a refreshing picnic wine, or with soft pink fish such as poached trout. £9.99 when you buy two or more.

LFE Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 26/06/13

I'm glad to see this fantastic wine back in stock with us.

Chile is an excellent hunting ground for 100% varietals and this Merlot is no exception.

A great example of Chile's most celebrated red grape, mainly from
vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for
extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and
American oak barrels.
Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry
form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf.
Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume.

Perfect with red meats grilled on your bbq!

Guidalberto - Sassicaia's little brotherDate published: 25/06/13

Tenuto San Guido are famous for Sassicaia, the legendary super Tuscan available for around £180 a bottle. Super Tuscans are typically Bordeaux style blends that fall outside of Italian DOC status but represent some of the very finest wines the country has to offer. I had the pleasure of trying Tenuto's second wine last week. Guidalberto is 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot and made to be drunk younger than the Sassicaia. This doesn't mean it hasn't got ageing potential though as the 2009 I tried was delicious but only at the beginning of its development. Full of dark berries and plums with a touch of tobacco and liquorice. Plenty of tannin but so so soft and silky every sip is a treat. Well worth decanting 2-3 hours before drinking to make the most of this wine. Guidalberto is available on our But 2 save £8 Fine Wine mix and match deal and comes down to £26 from £30 when bought with another fine wine from the offer. Try it this weekend, you won't regret it!

BVS Shiraz 2010 Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley - now £9.99* from £12.49 Date published: 24/06/13

BVS Shiraz 2010 Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley - now £9.99* from £12.49

*Buy 2 still Australian wines between £5 - £20 save 20%

This is still one of my favourite sub £10 Aussie reds- its robust, quite full bodied and packed full of flavour. Peter Lehman is a fantastic producer, and the BVS Shiraz is a great example of the wines they make. The grapes have been sourced from over 140 local growers which, gives depth to the wine as well as giving the smaller vineyards in the Barossa Valley a chance to shine.

Nose: Baked cherries, plum with a hint of stewed strawberry. All lifted by a touch of sweet pudding spice. There is a slight smell of charred wood which suggests barrel ageing has taken place in the production of this wine.

Palate: The flavours lean towards blackfruit as well as toasty wood and cocoa beans.

Tannin: Well intergrated into the flavours and acidity of the wine. Would mellow when eaten with strong cheese such as parmesan.

Food Match: James' Rib Recipe (see earlier post 16/06/13) would work really well, with the spiciness accentuating the star anise, cinnamon and chillies in the rib sauce.

Delicious!!

Open on our tasting counter right now!!

Lirac, Domaine des Garrigues Date published: 22/06/13

Lirac, in the Southern Rhone, is one of seven crus appelations and its wines share similar characteristics to the more prestigous Chateanuf-du-Pape appelation located on the opposite side of the Rhone river. The benefit of Lirac being, you can pay a fraction of the price for that of premium priced Chateanuf's.

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

£8.49 when you buy 2 or more

Villa Maria Chardonnay Cellar SelectionDate published: 22/06/13

On our tasting this weekend is this cracking Chardonnay.

Villa Maria takes both free-run and lightly pressed juice and uses a
mixture of natural and controlled fermentation, creating a mixture of
primary and secondary fruit characters from different length
fermentations. The wine then spends 10 months in barrel on its lees.
Dry and freshly acidic, but with soft and lifted tropical notes on nose and
palate, combined seamlessly with delicate oak spiciness.

Its been a while since we had this wine open and I had forgotten
how good this sub £10 wine is. Pair with some grilled Brill with a light
beurre blanc.


Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax £9.99 (Buy 2 Save £4)Date published: 21/06/13

Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax £9.99

Buy 2 Bottles Save £4

This is an interesting pick to feature on our Wine Tasting counter in Farnham and having not tried Godello wines before, I thought it would be a good chance to experience something different.

Grape: Godello: Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. Native to Galicia, new planting has been encouraged in the last few years, especially in Valdeorras DO. It is considered a main variety in Valdeorras and Bierzo DOs.

Aromas: Pear and melon hit you on the nose, with gentle floral nuances that follow.

Palate: There is mild acidity on the palate, complemented by green herbs and some soft citrus. The citrus is noticable on the tip of the tongue, which contrasts a slight honeyed taste that coats the sides of your mouth. The round texture is a result of lees contact- a process where the wine sits on its 'lees' (yeast deposits) in the vat.

Food Match: Drink with grilled sardines or salted cod.

Press Review:

"First came Albariño, now the Godello variety is doing its bit to confirm Galicia as the source of Spain's most arresting whites, produced here in aromatic style with subtle white flower notes amid the lemon curd, white peach and pear, while the palate is fleet of foot with a zesty zip. (The Wine Gang, www.thewinegang.com, June 2013)"


Wine Of The Week - Rioja Reserva 2008 CVNE Date published: 20/06/13

This weeks wine of the week is a lush Rioja Reserva by the high quality producer CNVE (The Northern Spanish Wine Company)

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish


£9.99 when you buy 2 or more


M de MinutyDate published: 19/06/13

With the weather finally turning for the better how about a glass of one of my favourite rose.

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its
vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is
quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the littleknown
Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.
Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by
subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and
lively palate, with a rounded feel.
Partner with the a fruits de mer or a lighty seared piece of ultra fresh tuna.
We also will have it open from friday onwards so come on down and have a taste.

Pesquera Crianza, Alejandro Fernandéz, Ribero del DueroDate published: 18/06/13

After previously buying two outstanding wines from Rioja (Muga Reserva Especial and Vina Ardanza) i was eager to explore more of Spains prestigous wines. Ribera Del Duero, the only other DOCa region (top classification) in Spain, also offer some outstanding wines and the decision to purcahse the Pesquera Crianza (£19.99) by the small boutique producer Alejandro Fernandez, was one i didn't regret. Full-bodied and weighty on the palate with plenty of dark rich fruit, it could be compared to some of the top notch Pomerol's. It is made exclusively from the Tempronillo grape and is a great example of how expressive the variety can be on its own. We have a limited stock available so i would urge any lovers of quality Spanish reds to give this one a try.


Ch. Musar - Lebanese legend!Date published: 17/06/13

The famed Ch. Musar produces a stunning Bordeaux style wine that can really holds its own. This cabernet sauvignon dominated wine has a wonderfully textured palate offering a fantastic array of flavour from the dark fruits to a lovely leathery finish that works wondefully with a nice rib of beef. Lebanese wine might seem obscure, but viticultural roots in Lebanon go back over 6000 years. Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from in the Beeka Valley, produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar.  Château Musar will last for decades! Currently £19.99 at Majestic and open to taste for the next few days!

rib recipeDate published: 16/06/13

Following on from our bbq wines tasting yesterday I thought I would share my ribs recipe with you grilling fans out there. 

First get your butcher to cut your ribs for you (taking the belly for a Sunday roast). Put them in a large pan of water and add, 3 chopped cloves of garlic, 2 tsp of chopped ginger, 2 chopped birds eye chillies, 2 star anise, a cinnimon stick, 2 tsp of dark sugar, 3 tsp of ketchup, 2 tsp lea and perrins, 3 tsp vinegar and 3 tsp soy sauce (this is just a guide but when adding things think hot, salty, sweet and sour. Bring to boil and simmer for 90 mins or until tender. Remove ribs then reduce the liquid until thick enough to coat ribs. This all can be done well in advance. When ready to cook brush the sauce over and start grilling. You just want to take them to the almost burnt edge for the best flavour or rehaet in the oven in the sauce for a more Chinese style. To drink I always take a beer as eating tem is a messy business !

Wakefield Shiraz - Perfect with A Nice Juicy BurgerDate published: 15/06/13

Matching wine with a good BBQ grilled burger has always prooved challenging for some due to extra layers of salad dressing, sources and of course the bun. It makes the process of attempting to match each flavour to the flavours in a wine quite difficult. The general rule is to choose a wine, speccificaly a red with a bit of tannin, that has a bit of a sweet component to it. For example, the Wakefield Shiraz has a lovely streak of vanilla and sweet spice to it and combined with its stewed plum and blackberry fruits, this makes it a great match.

£9.59 when you buy this with any other aussie wine.

Picpoul de Pinet - storming into fashion!Date published: 15/06/13

We have a couple of Picpouls here at Majestic, the Cabrol and Villemarin and they are both perfect examples of what this underappreciated grape can offer.  Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. Perfect with most seafood, expecially with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines. Try it and you'll be converted! The Villemarin is open to try this weekend as part of our BBQ wine tasting and is £6.99 when you buy two or more.

Yalumba Y Series ViognierDate published: 14/06/13

A stunning example of what can be done with this grape Down Under this wine exudes all the stone fruit qualities you would expect from a Viognier with a beautifully luscious finish. Fantastic value at £7.99 with any other Aussie wine it really is worth a try! Open to sample on our tasting counter this weekend.

A Very Special Wine - Muga, Rioja Reserva 2008Date published: 13/06/13

If you're looking for a top class Rioja then look no further. This one's to die for! By the ever impressing Muga winery.

An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now. Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb ot soft cheese.

£14.99 when you buy 2 or more

English Extravaganza - Curious Brew Lager and Nyetimer Classic Cuvée 2004Date published: 12/06/13

We thought it would be a good time to write up about our English produce. The current weather isn't exactly celebratory, but we shouldn't let that hold us back from enjoying some excellent wines and beers from our Green and Pleasant Land.

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down 4.7% 12x 330ml bottles £17.99

Gold Medal International Beer Challenge London 2012

Made by experienced and award winning wine makers Chapel Down, this lager is dry, fresh, aromatic brewed using the finest pale malt and Saaz and Cascade hops. It is then re-pitched with Champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop.Proving to be very popular this summer so grab a case while you can.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 £27.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

Established in 1988 this wine house has often won in blind taste testings against big Champagne houses. Made using Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this sparkling wine has aromas of citrus fruit and shortbread. This rich style fizz is perfect for a special occasion.

Internet Review:

'This wine is hard to beat by anything. Could not recommend it more highly'

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Now lets hope theres some sunny days left to crack open a bottle!


Mid Summer Flyer launches tomorrow! Read this for a sneak peek!Date published: 10/06/13

Our mid summer flyer launches tomorrow with some great new products alongside some Majestic staples to keep those wonderful outdoor summer parties in full swing. For full details of our new offers check out our website but for now...

Ned Sauvignon, down to £6.99

Brancott Sauvignon down to £6.99

Ravenswood Zinfandel down to £7.99

Callia Bella Malbec and Ondine Sauvignon new in at £5.99

Don't miss out, get that order in now as these products are all selling fast!

Ned Noble Sauvignon Dessert Wine - back in stock!Date published: 09/06/13

This deliciously light and surprisingly refreshing dessert wine is back on our shelves. Still packed with the sweetness you want from a sticky wine the Ned has a wonderful citrus streak running through it preventing it from being too cloying and syrupy, a great intro to dessert wine for you doubters out there! Perfect with chocolate orange fondants.

Hurry Offers Ending on Monday!!Date published: 08/06/13

Hurry Offers Ending on Monday!!

Red

Summery, Light and Fresh

Fleurie Flower Label 2011, Georges Duboeuf, currently £7.99 until Monday 10th June. 

From the iconic area of Beaujolias this wine should be lightly chilled to enjoy at its best. Made from the Gamay grape, the skin is thin and thus producing low tannin. 

Sparkling Wine

Undurraga Rosé NV, Chile, currently £6.66 until Monday 10th June.

A fruit driven refreshing fizz, perfect for parties and celebrations in the garden. A fun cheerful wine.

Champagne

Delicate Pink for the Sophisticated Palate

Oeil De Pedrix Rosé NV, currently £19.00 until Monday 10th June

Beautiful gentle aromas of raspberry, roses and strawberry. A pretty bottle for a gift or a special occasion

Make the most of these offers!

BBQ wine from the LebanonDate published: 08/06/13

On Saturday the 15th of June (this time next week) we will be opening up a really interesting red from Lebanese winemaker, Gaston Hochar, which we think will make a great addition to your next BBQ. The wine contains a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan and has a palate of concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body.

£19.99 a bottle

This wine and more will be open on the tasting counter on Saturday the 15th of june as part of our BBQ wines tutorial. Please ask a member of staff for details.

Grand Ardeche Chardonnay by Louis LatourDate published: 07/06/13

This rather nifty wine by Latour is a southern French delight that really delivers. Perfectly oaked, not too heavy but not too subtle either it ticks all the boxes for you Burgundy lovers out there looking to find a wine at a slightly cheaper price. Here is a bit more info: the climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d'Or. Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine. Try with roast chicken and dauphinoise potatoes. £9.99 when you buy two or more.

Château Guiot = Perfect Red For SummerDate published: 07/06/13

If you're looking for a more quaffable red this summer to enjoy under the scorching British sun, then i would suggest trying this fruity, soft red by Château Guiot. Haling from the South of France it is made from the classic blend of Grenache and Syrah. 

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.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Bin end bargain: Champagne £12 a bottle!Date published: 06/06/13

You read it right, our Comte de Lamotte Champagne is down to £12 a bottle whilst stocks last! Whilst not one of the better known champagne brands outside France this light and fruity house style is a perfect party champagne at a great price and will suit almost any occasion. Stocks really are limited so please get in quick to secure this one off deal or call 01252 711988 to place your order.

Celebrating in the sun? Don't forget our great range of party services!Date published: 06/06/13

If like us more than two days in a row of sunshine has got you in the party mood then don't forget us! Alongside a fantastic selection of party wines and fizz we offer full sale or return for your party orders, free glass hire (refundable deposit payable), free delivery at a date to suit you and chiller bins and ice buckets to keep your whites and beers down to that refreshingly cool temperature. Our expert staff can advise you on the right wines for your event as well as the right volumes with a little bit extra to ensure you don't worry about running out.

Please get in touch on 01252 711988 or pop in to the store to find out more.

BBQ Wines Part 2- The Vegetarian Food OptionsDate published: 05/06/13

Well the weather is still nice so we thought it would be nice to continue our feature on BBQ wines and food matching. 

For all those vegetarians out there and vege lovers theres still plenty of options for BBQ food and wine.

Grilled Red Peppers and Tomato Salsa accompaniment:

Vina Eguia Crianza, Currently £5.99 when you buy two or more.

This wine is fruity and youthful in comparison to its older brothers Reserva and Gran Reserva. The acidity and tannin will balance perfectly with tomato based salads. Any tempranillo wines would work well.

Asparagus and Rocket Salad

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2012, £8.79 with our 20% off Chilean Deal

With aromas of cut grass and green apple, the crisp acidity will match well with the flavour of the asparagus.

Halloumi with olives

Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling 2011, Cave de Hunawihr £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

I love halloumi because of the texture and salty taste- its a great alternative to meat that can work well on a BBQ. A riesling would contrast the salt perfectly.

The cheese is quity high in fat and needs a high acidty wine to contrast it, so alternatively you could go for a sauvignon blanc.





Errazuriz, CarmenereDate published: 04/06/13

Like Merlot? Like Syrah? Then we think you'll like this Carmenere by the Chilean producer Errazuriz. This deeply coulored red has the juicy fruit element of a typical Merlot aswell as providing that spicy kick you get from a good Syrah.

Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and cofee, through the long, pleasant finish. The big, mouth-filling tannins means it could go well with a grilled rib eye steak.

£7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)


BBQ Wines will soon be on our Tasting Counter + Food Matching Date published: 03/06/13

We like having themed tasting weeks on our counter because it means we all get to try different wines that we may not have had or tried in a while. Running along side this will be a Saturday Tasting Tutorial on the 15th June at 12pm and 3pm, presented by Alan. 

This is an informal session which usually lasts around 20 minutes to half an hour.

We look forward to finding out what wines will be featured, in the meantime we have given you a few ideas incase your having a BBQ over the next week.

Sausages and Hamburgers:

Australian Shiraz:

Budget Option: William Hardy Signature Shiraz 2012 £6.99*

Splash Out: BVS Shiraz 2010 £9.99*

* when you buy 2 or more from Australia

Chicken Drumsticks/ wings:

Refreshing Option: Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Côteaux du Languedoc, Villemarin £6.99*

*when you buy 2 or more

Splash Out: Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2011 North Coast £9.99*

*when you buy 2 or more bottles




Saint Clair Wairau Reserve 2011, Marlborough - £25 or £19.99 when you buy 2 NZ wines. Date published: 02/06/13

We are continuing to enjoy New Zealand Tasting Week at Majestic Wine Farnham, so I thought I'd give Saint Clair Wairau reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011 a try.

When smelling the wine you instantly realise this is a restrained elegant example of a Marlborough Sauvignon. A clean nose with delicate aromas - think kiwi and soft citrus fruits as well as a hint of mango. There is less of the green grassiness you find in some sauvignons. During the wine making process the yeasts are carefully selected in order to get perfect luscious flavours. The texture is harmonious and beautifully balanced- with just the right about of acidity and fruit flavours. The finish is smooth and slightly creamy making it very quaffable!

Fine Wine deserves Fine Food so why not match this wine with Seared Scallops with spring onion and tarragon cream.


Nick's favourite NZ wine from the tastingDate published: 02/06/13

Whilst Alan's choice is pretty tasty personally I preferred the Craggy Range Te  Muna Road Sauvignon. A more subtle wine with less intensity on the palate there is a depth to this wine that is unusual for Kiwi sauvignon. Still plenty of gooseberry and cut grass to go around but it is a touch more delicate and a richer finish takes the refreshing acidity down a notch. A real bargain at £11.99 as this wine reminds me of some top Loire valley wines at double the price. A real winner!

My Favourite NZ Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/06/13

We've had some great wines open on the tastintg counter lately, all in aid of our New Zealand tasting week. Out of the array of lovely Suavignon Blanc's we've had open i'd have to say that i enjoyed Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from Wairau Valley.

Pungent aromas of ripe gooseberry, tropical passion fruit and herbaceous hints before an intense, concentrated and zesty palate of fresh citrus fruits and nectarine with a crisp and lingering finish.

£10.99 when you buy any other New Zealand wine

Louis Latour Macon Lugny - last chance for £7.99 star buy!Date published: 01/06/13

This great wine from a great producer is usually £9.99 here at Majestic but we about once a year we manage to get a short term deal from the nice people at Latour to sell it at this amazing price. Offering citrus fruits with green apple on the nose with the lightest hint of oak this is a really well put together wine. The offer ends on Monday and this will be you last chance for a long time to get this wine at such good value, don't miss out!

New Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower!Date published: 31/05/13

We're delighted to be stocking the new and exciting Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms here at Majestic, a real summery, fruity treat,perfect as an alternative to the No.1 Cup on a nice summers day. We're so sure you'll like it we've opened a bottle so you can try before you buy! Only £13 a bottle this summer.

Oyster Bay Merlot £8.79 when you buy any 2 New Zealand Wines in our 20% offer deal. Date published: 31/05/13

Oyster Bay Merlot £8.79 when you buy any 2 New Zealand Wines in our 20% offer deal.

Fed up of Chilean Merlot? Fancy something fruity?

This medium bodied style Merlot wine is full of juicy tannins, and would make a nice alternative to Pinot Noir. This is mainly due to the texture and viscosity of the wine, which is relivately light in style. There are aromas of plum and delicate spice which is typical of the Merlot grape. The palate differs, with the flavours leaning towards fruits like cranberry, red cherry and redcurrant. The style is fresh and easy to drink, which figures due to Hawkes Bay's cool climate. 

Drink on its own or with a variety of dishes such as spaghetti bolognese or pork.

Its on our tasting counter so why not give it a try?

Have you seen ?Date published: 30/05/13

After a absence from the Majestic range I am pleased to say the fantastic
Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay is back in stock.
The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de
Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same
architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by
the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620.
Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes
such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays
hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat.
This is a complex wine that if tasted blind could be mistaken for something
a great deal more expensive. One of Mrs Hurds go to wines!

Wine of the Week: Mâcon-Lugny 2011, Louis Latour £7.99*Date published: 30/05/13

Looking for a quality white at a good price?

THE WHITE BURGUNDY CHOICE 

If you want a cracking chardonnay then Mâcon-Lugny 2011, Louis Latour is just the wine.

This family run négociant has been selling wines since 1797. This wine is a winner because it offers rich flavours and good flavour intesity and length as well as remaining true to the style of the Mâcon. Four and a half star rating on our website!!

Rich yet refreshing

Versitile and Elegant

Drink alone or with poultry, pork or even seafood.

This is an absolute steal so why not give it a try? Offer runs until Monday 3rd June so hurry!

*when you buy two or more


NEW TO RANGEDate published: 29/05/13

We now stock at Majestic Oyster Bay's sparkling wines. We list both the brut which is made from solely chardonnay so very much like a blanc de blanc Champagne in style and also the rose version which is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir.

The brut is quite fruit driven with a note of white peach with under lying citrus flavours and makes the perfect aperitif. The rose is a relative light bodied wine with soft red fruits that when the sun shines is perfect for lunch parties in the garden. We were all very impressed by both and reckon them to be a great addition to the range.

New Malbec!! Cournon Lafleur Malbec 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc £6.49*Date published: 29/05/13

Looking for something fruity? Or maybe your having a BBQ?

We've got the perfect Malbec for the occassion- a simple yet delicious offering from producers Cournon Lafleur. You will find this in our French Regional section of the store, wheras the majority of Malbecs tend to be found in Argentina. This example shows that France is still capable of making quality Malbec at decent prices.

The style is unoaked which makes the wine fruity and very pleasant.

Nose: On the nose there are aromas of blueberry, violet and blackberry.

Palate: Fruity, juicy tannins with jammy fruits. It sort of reminds me of a blackberry pie filling with a slightly sweet tang.

Food Match: Savoury foods would offset the fruit flavours. Why not try barbeque pork chops with Bavarian smoked cheese.


ox cheeks recipeDate published: 28/05/13

With the present weather why not pop into the local butcher and buy a couple of ox cheeks. They are, when cooked well the most flavoursome of braised cuts and a steal at only a couple of pounds per cheek.

The way I cook them is to cut each cheek in 4 large chunks, season and brown well. Remove and add finely diced celery, carrot,  3 finely sliced and 8 whole shallot's. Sweat until soft then add a couple cloves of chopped garlic, a touch of chilli and a garni of thyme, rosemary and bay. Then add 3 ripe, chopped tomatos and a teaspoon of tomato paste. Then pour in a half a pint of stock, a tablespoon of lea and perrins followed by a whole bottle of robust red wine. Cook in a low oven (160) for 3-4 hours checking and stirring every hour. What you end up with a fantastic rich casserole. Serve with a pomme purree and some kale. Perfect with a bottle of two of right bank claret.

Last week for bank holiday dealsDate published: 28/05/13

Just a reminder that our great bank holiday deals including Lindauer Blanc de Blancs at £8.99, Louis Latour Macon-Lugny at £7.99 and Chapoutier Belleruche at £7.99 must end next weekend. There are many more products on our bank holiday deals that are pn the best prices you will see them on all year. Don't miss out, pop in store and make the most of some of these great deals while they last.

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Tasting!Date published: 27/05/13

Just to remind you guys that this coming Saturday (1st June) is our in-store tasting tutorial on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's. If these wines are a regular staple of your diet, if you are interested in exploring our range or just appreciate great wine, then please pop in to Majestic Farnham. This informal and enjoyable event will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes, in which one of our friendly staff will speak about 6 different Sauvignon's whilst you sample them all. With the range of New Zealand Saugvinon's we stock at Majestic this really is an unmissable opportunity for you to try some for absolutely free!

If you're interested then ring us right now, or pop in to the store, so we can book you in. The first tutorial starts at 12 p.m. with another session again at 3 p.m.

See you there!

Refreshing - M de Minuty Rosé Date published: 26/05/13

I couldn't think of much better to do on a bank holiday than to dust the old deck chair from out of the shed, recline in the garden, holding a refreshing drink. Most days i would probably opt for a nice larger, but these days with the increasing trend in light-dry Rose's, i think this would also fit the bill. In particular,Château de Minuty's M de Minuty's Rose.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more!


Wine of the Week - Amalaya de ColomeDate published: 25/05/13

To kick off this bank holiday weekend in style we've selected this classy Malbec blend from Argentina. It really is a perfect wine to go with summer BBQs. Consisting of 70% Malbec, spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831. Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more (usually £9.99)

Pennautier Chardonnay Terroirs d'AltitudeDate published: 24/05/13

A real staff favourite at Majestic Farnham is this delicious and elegant Southern French Chardonnay. The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620. Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat. It's unusual to find a wine that we all adore but this really is worth trying, don't take our word for it though, it's open to taste! Punching well above it's price tag of £8.49 (when you buy two or more as part of your minimum purchase of six) you'd be mad to miss out!

On the Counter: Poggioargentiera Morellino di Scansano £9.59 with 20% Italy DealDate published: 23/05/13

We haved thoroughly enjoyed Italian Tasting week here at Farnham, and have discovered some amazing grapes such as Greco, Pecorino and Vermentino. We love the theme so much that we are showcasing two more reds. Id like to talk about Poggioargentiera Morellino di Scansano which is £9.59 with the 20% off deal.

The wine maker Gianpaolo Paglia married an English Marketing Manager and started Poggioargentiera in 1997. It is located in The Maremma, an area of Tuscany on the coast that use to be wild and typically Etruscan up until the late 1970’s. This area is rugged and hilly with areas that have been modernised for tourism; gold and fishing are firmly on the agenda. 

Grapes: Sangiovese 85%, 15/% Cillegiolo (Italian for 'little cherry')

Nose: Ripe black cherries

Palate: Quite a fruity and approachable; a melody of red cherries and jammy strawberries.

Is It Pimm's O'clock! £13 No.1 Cup and Special Edition Available NowDate published: 22/05/13

We are super excited to promote our Pimms Offers - 

Pimm's NO 1 Cup: £!3

Since 1840 from a closely guarded, secret recipe. 

Classically served 3 parts lemonade to 1 part Pimm's- or try Soda Water and Lemonade for a less sweet version.

Alternatively you could mix with Ginger Beer or a dash of Grand Marnier!!

Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower Special Edition: £13

This delcious special edition comes in a stunning bottle decorated with butterflies, blackberries and elderflowers. Serve over Lemonade and garnish with a few blackberries. Again try with lemonade or soda water.

Perfect for summer picnics or garden parties so why not make the most of this fantastic offer?

www.anyoneforpimms.com

favourite wines of the tasting part 2Date published: 21/05/13

I have already purchased a case of this and have drunk a half of it all be it with some friends and a slow roasted leg of lamb! Chateau St Gemme 2002 (not to be confused with Carrone St Gemme)  is a very much different in style to the wines in produced in 2009 and 2010 and when you look at some of the prices of those current vintages £9.99 for a wine that is now 11 years old really is stunning value.

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core ofripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast andvanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length.

A perfect wine for sunday lunch.

Party-Sized Rose Magnums!Date published: 20/05/13

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. 

Currently at the fantastic value price of £19.99!

Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider - Back in Stock!Date published: 20/05/13

This lovely light and summery cider is back in stock. Hailing from Sweden it is a light (4%) fresh and fruity cider with a lovely hint of sweetness. Perfect for those summer picnics and drinking chilled on a hot day. Only £12 for a 6 bottle case, try it now!

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/05/13

One of my personal favourite wines in the shop is this gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc from Errazuriz. Only £8.79 with any other Chilean wine this represents fantastic value for money, for a similar quality wine from the Loire of Marlborough you'd probably be talking around the £12 mark. Here's a bit more info about it: the single Vineyard blend is sourced from a specific block at the Escultura Estate, which was planted in 1992. This site benefits from sandy-loam soil and cool sea breezes. Freshly cut grass aromas complement those of green apple and pineapple, crisp acidity lends freshness to the intense and invigorating palate. The finish is dry and refreshing. A fantastic choice with oily fish or on its own this is a perfect summer wine.


New Zealand Tasting Tutorials - sign up now!Date published: 19/05/13

NZ Sauvignon Blanc is ever popular here at Majestic and we've decided to kick off June with a tasting week celebrating everything great about NZ wine. But the real treat is on Saturday 1st June when at 12 and 3pm we'll be hosting an informal tasting tutorial based around 6 Sauvignon Blancs, showcasing the styles on offer in Marlborough, the Awatere Valley and Wairau to name just 3. The tutorial is completely free and will last around 20 mins, if you would like to book a spot simply drop us an email far@majestic.co.uk or call 01252 711988. We look forward to seeing you there.

WOTW - Turkey Flat 'Butcher's Block', 2010Date published: 18/05/13

Looking for that perfect red to match your next BBQ? Then look no further! This Aussie Shiraz blend, with hints of spice, plum, cherry and blackcurrant, will compliment any array of red meats. The palate is generous, displaying juicy fruit with a firm palate structure. Elegant and restrained, with a velvety finish.

£11.99 when you buy 2 or more

Septimo Dia, MalbecDate published: 17/05/13

This wine proved a real hit during our summer tasting evening the other day. Priced at £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more) it really does give all the other Argentinian Malbecs we do stiff competition.

Made by Bodega Septima, who are located in Agrelo, in Mendoza's Luján de Cuyo sub-region. Half the grapes for this wine come from this area, and half from the even higher altitude San Carlos district of the Uco Valley, around 1300m above sea level. A bright ruby purple, this is a bold, impactful and sweetly fruited wine, offering a generous swathe of plum and cherry flavour, accented with cocoa and spice notes. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years, ideally with slow-cooked lamb.

Masi Campofiorin - preview of Italian Tasting TutorialDate published: 17/05/13

One of the reds we are showcasing for tomorrows 30 minute tutorialon Italian wines is the Campfiorin by Masi. A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara this meaty red works really well with classic Italian tomato based dishes. /here's a little bit more info sbout Masi and the wine itself: the Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours. Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish. £9.99 when you buy any other Italian wine (usually £12.49)

Vermentino PoggioargentieraDate published: 16/05/13

Another real success at our Summer tasting and a particular favourite of mine is this delicious, light and crisp Italian white. Poggioargentiera are based in Maremma, in the southernmost part of Tuscany, where estate owner Gianpaolo Paglia was born. Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines. Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aroma. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak. Great with pan-seared salmon or trout, with a herby fresh tomato salsa. A great value £7.99 when bought with any other Italian wine on our 20% off Italy deal and available to try this weekend on our Italian Tasting Tutorials at 12 and 3.

favourite wines of the tasting no 1Date published: 15/05/13

Our customer invite tasting took place last night and there were a couple of wines that stood out for me personally. I have to admit its been a while since I have tasted the Codorniu brut but for a bargain price of only £6.99 it offers alot for very little. I'm not saying I prefer it to Pol Roger but for a party fizz or inexpensive welcome drink its perfect. Light in style with overtones of green apple and citrus it really is a cracking bottle of. The rose by the way is on the same deal and even though quite deep in colour it has a light flavours that are best enjoyed al fresco.

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Banfi £26 (buy 2 bottles save £8)Date published: 14/05/13

Brunello di Montalcino is famed for producing 100% Sangiovese based wines of top quality. Brunello di Montalcino has DOCG status; the top dog of the classification system. 

Typically Sangiovese produces wines with prounced acidity and tannins with a core flavour of cherry on the palate. Aside from fruit this wine has developed some interesting secondary characteristics such as liquorice.

The position of the Banfi estate is perfectly situated on hillside sites which allows temperatures to be moderated successfully and grapes to ripen slowly.Brunello di Montalcino cannot be released for sale until five years after the harvest and should be aged for at least 2 years in oak and at least four months in the bottle. 

This 2008 vintage is perfect for drinking now and will stand up to big flavours in your cooking such as garlic and herbs like sage and thyme.

Enjoy!

Masi Campofiorin 2009- £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more Italian still wines)Date published: 13/05/13

Masi Campofiorin 2009

£9.99

(when you buy any 2 Italian wines between

£5-£20 save 20%)

Background: Masi is a renowned and Established

wine business in Italy. Set in Valpolicella, this winery

is a leader of Amarone wine, and has perfected the

traditional method of Appassimento (a process of

partially drying grapes to produce more concentrated

flavours.) The winery has moved with the times

whilst staying true to their family values.

Ran by the Boscani family, the sixth generation wine

makers are continuing to produce an excellent range.

Today we are showcasing a red which packs a punch.

Style: Powerful Reds

Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Aromas: Upon pouring the wine the fruit aromas

jump out of the glass. The aromas are complex in the

sense that both fresh fruit (cranberry and

cherry) can be found as well as undertones of the

dried raisony grapes.

Palate: Red cherries continue to follow through on

tongue with spice that is not too overbearing. There is

a bitter-sweet, moorishness taste to this wine which

would accentuate any mature cheeses. Even some

good old cheddar!

Try it on our Summer Tasting Evening- 14/05/13


Jermann, Pinot Grigio, Friuli Date published: 12/05/13

This Italian wine from the producer Silvio Jermann is a change from the normal light-bodied, gentle Italian whites that are so widely available. Based in Fruili, in the North-East of Italy, the famous Jermann estate was established in1881 and have been making wine with grapes that are atypical of the region. However this style of Pinot Grigio is full-bodied with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety feel on the palate. If you're interested in trying an Italian white with a difference then grab this one, a bargain at £18, down from £22 (when you buy 2 of our selected fine wines)

Domaine Seguinot-Borndet, Chablis Premier Cru 2011 - Buy 2 save £8Date published: 11/05/13

Domaine Seguinot-Bordet has been producing wines since 1590 with the aim of producing top quality ageworthy chardonnays. This winemaker has certainly moved with the times by utilising revolutionary horizontal fermentation tanks to ensure maximum contact between the grape skins and the wine; imparting beautiful rich flavours whilst maintaing the classic flinty characteristics of a white Burgundy.

The location of 'Chablis' is relitavely isolated from the rest of Burgundy, with Champagne being its nearest neighbours. This appelation shares the same 'Kimmeridge' soil that is found in Dorset England, Sancerre and Champagne. The location presents challenging conditions year on year with long hot summers and cold winters.

2011 is a good vintage that will drink now and has lots of potential for ageing.

This Chablis Premier Cru is currently part of our Fine Wine offer so why not treat yourself today.

£18 when you buy any 2 of our selected Fine Wines.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille, Mont Redon, 2009Date published: 11/05/13

Yet another great wine on offer as part of the 'buy 2, save £8' fine wine multibuy deal. This Chateauneuf, produced on Jean Abeille's vineyard and part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, is from a vintage that is driniking very well now and will reward further ageing. 2009, in the Southern Rhone, produced wines from very ripe fruits due to intense heat and even drought. Hence the fruit profile in this classic chateauneuf is youthful with dense bramble fruit joined by lovely, warm oak complexities.

Enjoyable immediately, but will improve with 5 years' cellaring. Drink with red meats or game.

£22 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Domaine Durieu Date published: 10/05/13

Here's another fabulous fine wine currently on our multibuy deal, where you can buy 2 on any selected fine wines and save £8. This powerful red, typical of wines from the Southern Rhone and in particular Chateaneuf-du-Pape, is from a lovely vintage (2010) where small crops across the region produced greatly balanced reds. The maker, Domaine durieu, was established in 1976 and is a family-owned business, now in the hands of two brothers Vincent and FrancoisThe wine delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins and huge length. Down to £19 when you buy 2 or more on any of our selected fine wines!

Chilean SyrahDate published: 10/05/13

Our choice of wine of the week this the excellent Anakena single vineyard Syrah from Chile. Lovers of the wines from Australia and the Rhone will find this wine a great alternative to their usual wines. It is very dark in colour with a spicy nose and subtle vanilla from the oak. On the palate it has a silky texture with a complex and lengthy finish. Food wise something hearty like a Lamb casserole would be a great match. The price for this little gem is only £7.99 when you buy two or more in your shop. Come on down this weekend and have a taste for yourself.

Two Hands - Fine Wine Mulitibuy DealDate published: 09/05/13

If you haven't yet taken advantage of the fine wine multibuy deal that Majestic Wines are currently offering, what are you waiting for!? Its your chance to take home some extrordinary quality wines at affordable prices. When you buy 2 of any selected fine wines you will save £8. Some of those wines on offer include the iconinc 'Two Hands' range. Two Hands is a cult winery based in the heart of Australia's wine producing regions and are known for thier rather excentric way of branding and labelling. Hugh Johnson (MW) describes their wines as "stuffed full of alcohol, rich fruit and the kitchen sink" and i couldn't agree more. Fans of full-bodied reds should definately try Two Hands 'Angle Share' Shiraz as well as the 'Gnarly Dudes' shiraz. We also stock the 'Sexy Beast' Cabernet Sauvignon. £18 each when you buy 2 or more of any of these selected fine wines, so you can mix, match and save money.

summer winesDate published: 08/05/13

An often unsung hero in the wine world are the wines from Beaujolais region in France. Made solely the gamay grape which the softest of all the red grape varietals these wines come into their own in the warmer months. You start with the village wines and then move to the slightly fuller 10 cru village with the most famous being Fleurie and Brouilly. All these wines share bright cherry fruits and ripe acidity making them perfect to drink without food and even better when served at cellar temperature for a lazy lunch in the garden. Two of the other cru wines are Morgon and Moulin a Vent which are the two fullest of all Beaujolais cru's and actually will age in the right conditions. I have tasted 25 year old Chateau de Jacques and it was fantastic, slightly spoilt as we were lunching in the gardens of St Jacques! With 20% off all our Beaujolais range what better time to come and explore.

saturday night dinnerDate published: 08/05/13

After leaving Ellie the task of getting something from the butcher for saturday supper I was very impressed that she had come home with a 2 inch slab of dry aged ribeye, a bunch of John Hurds organic watercress and some king edwards for chips. Pretty old school but still a favourite of household. With such a great looking bit of beef it really deseved a cracking wine so I opened a Pesquera crianza 2007. Wow, what a brilliant wine it has become. If you like right bank claret this is a wine for you to try. Deep rich dark fruits that mingle with that sweet vanilla oak that you so often get from fine Spanish wines. How I wished I had bought more than only one case. We currently are not stocking the wine but hopefully it will at some stage make it back into our range. The combination of wine and beef made for an excellent Saturday night supper!

Veuve Clicquot NV ChampagneDate published: 07/05/13

Another stand out wine for me during a Veuve Clicquot  tasting evening i went to recently, was their Non-Vintage Brut Champagne. Blended using several different vintages, in order to keep the 'house style' consistent, it is a fantastic example of a Champagne that is full-bodied yet still retains its fresh fruit characteristics. It has a deceptively pale colour with fine,