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7 - 9 Ross Road
Hereford
HR2 7RH
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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Store News(272)

Current Summer Selection - Team Hereford ChoicesDate published: 22/08/14

As many of you know, every month we are offering a large selection of our wines with 33% Off. 

Being able to Mix and Match wines on the promo, it's a great way to try many different wines and discover (hopefully!?!) a new favourite that you may never have had before.

With so many different wines to choose from we thought we would let you know what we enjoy drinking from the current range to help you discover that hidden gem!

Arfon (Manager):

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2013, Casablanca Valley, Chile - £7.33*

My name is Arfon and I am an oaked Chardonnay lover!

It feels so good to finally admit that after years of having to hide my wine fetish due to the fact the market was flooded with cheap over oaked rubbish back in the 90's.

If that is your lasting memory of Chardonnay and you have not dared touch it since, why not use this wine as a stepping stone back to falling in love with one of the greatest grape varieties around.

Lashings of stone fruit notes on the nose and the pallet coupled with subtle hints of vanilla and citron.

A dry creamy finish allows this wine the versatility of food matching or just drinking on it's own

Best served with a strong white fish dish and a creamy sauce.

James (Assistant Manager):

First Class Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile - £5.99*

I love Pinot Noir. But due to the fact it is one of the most prestigious and notoriously difficult grape varieties to grow, quality versions of this wine tend to go for top end prices. If I do find a Pinot Noir under £8 alarm bells tend to go off in my head because if this variety is not correctly produced and corners are cut the wine can really suffer!

So when I tried this new addition to our range at under £6 a bottle you can imagine my reservations. What I discovered was one of the most enjoyable, structured, interesting red wines I have ever had under £10.

All the berry notes of raspberry and redcurrant that you would expect, coupled with subtle floral and spice notes. It reminds me of some high end Burgundy's but without the massive price tag.

If you are a fan of or are interested in exploring the Pinot Noir grape variety then this wine is an absolute must!!

Ian (Trainee Manager):

Chateau St Gemme, 2008, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux - £9.99*

As a frugal person I rarely find myself buying Bordeaux wines, its not that they are not beautiful but rather that new world wines tend to be far more reasonably priced and if you are just after something for everyday drinking what are you supposed to do?

Thats why this wine is quite unique. Although it cant quite match the First Class in terms of price it is certainly one of, if not the, best value Bordeaux's in Majestic.

It is not only more accessible in price but in taste also. Medium bodied with ripe red berry fruit at its core.

What makes this distinctly Bordeauxian is its complexity and length which can often be scrimped on wines from the region under £10. The St. Gemme however has black pepper, toast and vanilla notes that work beautifully as secondary flavours to back up to fruit front foot.

* Price when you buy any 2 or more bottles from our Summer Selection range.

Wine of the Week - Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza Argentina, 2013Date published: 18/08/14

A hidden gem.


This wine does a very good job of  remaining invisible from the average antenna by hiding under the £6 mark. You should not be fooled though it is one of our best value Sauvignons. 


New Zealand Sauvignons tend to have a monopoly on most peoples minds and whilst it is true that you can count on Marlborough whites to always be of a certain standard they certainly charge for that reliability, as is only logical.It follows however that by moving away from Kiwi wines you can find some delicious complex wines for a sliver of the price.


No where is this more evident than with the Santa Ana. Crisp refreshment runs through every limb of this wine. Yellowish in colour with a youthful Granny Smith tint, with a citrus led palate it tastes how it looks. Now if you're thinking that sounds a little sharp for you let me ease your mind, you would be absolutely correct if citrus was the only dimension to this wine but subtle tropical and herb notes in the background really soften and round off the wine. 


Any seafood pairs well with this or just enjoy it on its own there is certainly enough to wrap your taste buds around. Ian – Trainee Manager (Future Executive) 

Latest Additions to the current offers - For 2 weeks only!!Date published: 12/08/14

Starting today for 2 weeks only we have once again added 10 improved offers to the Summer Selection range many with a whopping 33% off these really are great value for money.

The new additions are as follows:

- Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48, Buy 2 save 33% - £4.99*

- Pinot grigio Rose Breganze - £8.99, Buy 2 save 33% - £5.99*

- Cava Calamino NV - £8.99, Buy 2 save 33% - £5.99*

- Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99, Buy 2 save 33% - £6.66*

- Codorniu Brut - £9.99, Buy 2 save 33% - £6.66*

- Prosecco Corte Alta - £9.99, Buy 2 save 33% - £6.66*

- Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% - £6.66*

- Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49, Buy 2 save 33% - £6.99*

- Fleurie Duboeuf 'Flower Label' - £11.75, Buy 2 save 25% - £8.81*

- Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99*

* Offers end Monday 25th August


Peroni Lager at £1 per bottleDate published: 12/08/14

Each month Majestic Wine are offering a premium lager at a £1 per bottle

This Month happens to be the turn of Peroni 24 packs at you've guessed it £24!

Perfect for those upcoming BBQ's, parties or wedding celebrations. Hurry offer ends Monday 1st September 

Wine of the Week - Pouilly- Fume 'Les Cerisottes' 2012, Domaine Jean PabiotDate published: 10/08/14

In the spirit of the Loire an Beaujolais Spotlight Tasting week (Ask for details) this weeks wine shall be a beautiful rendition of one of Loire's most famous wines, the Pouilly-Fume.


Wines from this area are known for being highly perfumed and for a unique flinty and mineral taste they draw from the limestone rich soils of the area. Its brother appellation Sancerre shares many of its characteristics and a fan of one is often a fan of the other. 


The Cerisottes certainly checks all the boxes of a high quality Pouilly-Fume. With ear popping aromas of limes, chalk, capsicum (red pepper) and smokiness there is a lot to wrap you snoz around. 


The smokiness pervades all the way through to the palate combining with green fruits and gooseberries to give a thoroughly tingling and tangy touch.


An absolute stunner to go with a plethora of seafood, maybe some poultry or just savour it solo.  


Ian – Trainee #comeandexplore 

Exclusive South African Wine Parcel - Including Chocolate Block (Magnums and 3 Ltr Bottles too!!)Date published: 08/08/14

As many of you will no doubt know,  at Majestic we often release limited/exclusive parcels of wine.

And today is no exception. We have released a range of exclusive South African wines from 3 of teh most important producers Kanonkop, Beyerskloof and Boekenhoutskloof -  producers of the much loved and very popular Chocolate Block which is also available in Magnums and 3 litre bottles too!!

And just to wet your appetite I will tell you a little bit about Chocolate Block.

I can still remeber the first time I tried Chocolate Block many years ago as a trainee at Gloucester after hearing all the hype from customers and fellow staff members about it - You see Chocolate Block comes in once (maybe twice?) a year in limited amounts and doesn't hang around for long.

It was everything anyone ever said about it - devine!

It's an earthy, rustic style of wine, full of leather, earth and sweet spices bursting too though with blackcurrant and raspberry fruit and with a powerful yet velvety smooth chocolate finish - as you would expect being called Chocolate Block!

If this has wet your appetite, go on-line now to avoid disappointment and get your order in quick, they won't be around long!

For details see: http://www.majestic.co.uk/south-african-wine-parcel

Arfon - Manager


Wine of the Week - Panamericana Merlot £5.99Date published: 30/07/14

The Central Valley in Chile is its most prominent wine region in terms of international recognition. The fact that it is very close to the nations capital, Santiago, may be a colluding factor but the fact that the region produces stunning wines does not hurt either. I'm sure a dash of competitiveness is present also as they stare down their  counterparts in Mendoza, Argentina's best know wine region, just across the Andes. 

This Merlot is produced in a subregion with cool climate and has been cool fermented so as to maintain a fruit driven flavour. This comes in the form of red fruits berries delivering a fresh, ripe aroma with plums following on the palate. Far from one dimensional a small portion of the grapes undergo oak aging imparting a subtle level of spice and vanilla flavours.


Beautifully suited to lamb or beef dishes, why not experiment with a kebab. We can't give you the sights and sounds and full experience of a trip down the Panamerican Highway but we can offer a taste.

#comeandexplore

Wine of the Week Alamos Malbec, Catena, Mendoza - £6.66 (As part of the Summer Selection – Single bottle £9.99)Date published: 18/07/14

Wine of the Week

Alamos Malbec, Catena, Mendoza - £6.66

(As part of the Summer Selection – Single bottle £9.99)


Many people wrongly assume the Malbec grape orginates from South America, it is actually a French varietal and was once grown in several of the French powerhouse regions; Bordeaux and Loire etc. 
However due to the fierce competition and an unreceptive audience it failed to reach fame and fortune but, just like many rock stars have done in the past, it found critical claim on a different continent. Practically putting Argentinian winemaking on the map Malbec has flourished, particularly in the Mendoza region in the foothills of the Andes mountains where the wine embodies this rugged region.
Alamos Malbec is a beautiful representation of a classic Mendoza Malbec. 
Dark cherry and blackberry flavours penetrate deeply on the nose with dried fruit in tow on the palate.
Malbec's always tend to be good value for money and easy going crowd pleasers. This is no different, now down to £6.99 as part of our Summer Selection.
Well balanced and with ripe sweet tannins this wine stands up very well to roast meats for a hearty meal.
Ian - Trainee                     #Comeandexplore

Team Hereford Fine Wine Evening - Arfon's SelectionDate published: 12/07/14

It gets talked about very often amongst the team here at Hereford ...... 'we must have a Fine Wine Tasting Evening at some point', however trying to fit this in around days off etc and other commitments is easier said than done. 

However we are all getting together tonight and each bringing along a bottle of Fine Wine for us all to try - we are good to you, look at the lengths we go to to learn about the wines, it's a tough job but someone has to do it hey ; )

And as a sneak preview I will let you know what I am bringing along for the guys to try:

Greywacke Riesling, Marlborough, NZ

To start and a huge treat for the team I thought this would start the evening off perfectly. Greywacke is the label of renowned ex Cloudy bay Winemaker Kevin Judd, and those that know me know what a huge fan I am of Riesling so I'm very much looking forward to this. 

It's an off-dry style bursting with fresh lime juice, lime leaves, jasmine and corriander with a satisfying freshness and length - well there is only one way to find out and I shall let you know what it's like tomorrow.

Le Difese, 2011, Tenuta San Guido, Italy

A wine to finish on I think with our BBQ, I will also be taking the la Difese, which i'm hoping will work perfectly with our Sausages. A super Tuscan-style wine with a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese this wine will hopefully pack some punch. 

It is said that this wine is silky smooth and full of dried red cherry, blackberry and leather with that extra touch of acidity that will cut through the fattiness of the sausages beautifully! Again, for research purposes we will try it later and let you know what it's like, it is a tough life I hear you say!

You may be wondering why I am contributing 2 bottles of wine to the evening, the simple answer, James is famed for turning up to these events empty handed - ask his old colleagues in Gloucester, but after all the gentle mockery, i'm sure he will turn up with something nice - sorry James i couldn't resist ; ) See you later.

Arfon - Manager

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - ONLY £7.99 !!Date published: 12/07/14

We've got some great wines on our latest offers and the Oyster Bay is certainly one. Its down to £7.99* - now that's a great offer!

Perfect for those Summer parties, BBQ's and of course Weddings.

Did you know that Majestic Wines were the first UK retailer to import this delicious wine back in the 1980's, now thats a real love affair there.

Arfon - manager

* When you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection range - a saving of 33%. Offer ends 4th August

Wine of the Week - Yalumba Y- Series Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia - £7.98 Date published: 11/07/14

In the light of the fact that it's currently Australian tasting week here at Majestic and many of our customers use these weeks to educate themselves more on the given regions most prominent wines we have chosen this classic wine to introduce to you.

The grapes for this wine are sourced from a variety of different vineyards in Wrattonbully and Barrossa in South Australia the latter of which experiences slightly warmer temperatures during the growing season. This slight disparity as well as about a third of the wine undergoing oak aging leads to a blend that is unquestionably Aussie but  well balanced as well.  

Lively on the nose with a perfume of violets and ripe red fruits that are backed by subtle leafy notes on the palate. This wine is very appraochable and the texture is quite supple. 

Brilliant for lamb dishes and if it was me I would get a bit of mint to the party as well.

For the more patient amongst you this will age well in the bottle over the next 3 - 5 years.

Ian - Trainee                     #Comeandexplore


Wine of the Week - Killka Chardonnay - £7.99Date published: 10/07/14

The sun has been pouring down on us over the past few days and at this time of year the evenings are long and warm and you actually have time to enjoy it after work, unless you have kids of course. So if you do fancy getting the deck chairs out and enjoying the gentle glow of the evening rays you will probably want a little something as the cherry on the cake.

Something like the Killka Chardonnay? 

This sublime Argentinian white is youthful and vibrant, having refreshing ripe citrus notes on the nose and extending on the palate to tropical flavours as well. It has a deeper dimension though as it is lightly oaked which instills in the wine an interesting duet of vanilla and honey.

This has recently moved on to our Summer Selection so is now at £7.99!

If you plan on adding a bit of patio dining into the fray this couples brilliantly with creamy pastas and chicken dishes.

Ian - Trainee             #comeandexplore 

Something different? ......... FianoDate published: 29/06/14

The more famous grape varieties have there status for a reason, but this shouldn't fool you into thinking that if a grape doesn't have such a prestige it isn't worth trying. On the contrary the more obscure varietals is where you are likely to find a wine that fits perfectly to your individual taste. 

A prime example is the Fiano grape used to make Pietrariccia Fiano, Surani. An Italian wine that harbours summery aromas in the form of a mixture of citrus and tropical fruits. The wines individuality comes from the subtle floral notes that accompany the fruity backbone. This combination make it a perfect summer wine and its fresh and crisp acidity complete the picture.

A beautiful wine to enjoy with salads or anchovies.

So next time if you want to get off the beaten track not give the Fiano grape a go.



Wine of the Week - Beaujolais Domaine Romy - £7.49Date published: 27/06/14

Beaujolais has been a bit neglected in our Wine of the Week nominations of late and its time to put a stop to that.

This wine is a prime example of what Beaujolais has to offer. Made from the prominent grape of the region Gamay and power driven by fruit as is typical of the area. 

The father and son team that run this vineyard have a keen interest in sustainable viticulture but as of yet it has not resulted in any kind of reduction in quality of the wine. Quite the opposite.

Redcurrants and strawberries make up the trunk of this wine with a smooth texture and light tannins supporting the fruits well.

Unusually this is one of the few reds that can be chilled and maintain its essence. Great for garden meals where you want something refreshing and light.  

One of our most inexpensive Beaujolais' at £7.49 and it is a ideal for a case study in this beautiful region.

Trainee Manager - Ian        #comeandexplore 

Did you know...Date published: 16/06/14

Did you know.....

Did you know that Italy has more than 1000 varieties of vines (Vitis Vinifera) and yet no more than 40 are used for commercial use.

If you fancy sampling some of the 40 varietals on offer, why not pop by our store this week.#italytastingweek


Italian Wines with 25% Off - Arfon's choicesDate published: 15/06/14

It may be surprising to know (or not?) that Italy produces more wine than any other country. With such a variation of Climate and topography the variety of wines and styles is great with something for everyone.

 With 25% off Italian wines at the moment what better time to explore what this country has to offer than now, and for inspiration and to help you on your way I have listed some of my favourite Italian wines some old, some new. Obviously you don't have to try any of my recommendations if you don't want to, there will be your perfect wine somewhere in this aisle!

 Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Ripasso, La Casetta - £13.49* 

Ask any Majestic staff member what their favourite Italian red is and I can guarantee you most will utter the words Valpolicella Ripasso, La Casetta. If you have enjoyed Amarone in the past but don’t want to pay the price tag associated with these wines, then look no further than this ‘bellismo’ wine. 

In fact the ‘Rippaso’ wines have a small proportion of the dried fermented skins of Amarone added to them giving them the structure and class of Amarone combined with the fruitiness of Valpolicella.

 All in all this is a voluptuous, full-bodied, yet rounded and silky smooth red wine, brimming with confected red cherry and berry fruit, all wrapped up with the subtle hint of vanilla and sweet spice.

 Stella Alpina Chardonnay, 2012, Alto Adige - £9.74*

 You are reading right, I did mean to write Chardonnay. And if your looking for a Chardonnay with richness and full of tropical fruit like that of the new world and the refreshing zing of a Burgundy then this is also the wine for you. 

Chardonnay thrives in the mountainous regions of Italy especially its most northerly wine region – Alto Adige where the moderate temperatures and cool evenings allow the grapes to develop to their full complex potential.

 This wine is in my opinion is a great all-rounder full of creamy, vanilla-laced tropical fruit, yet with a citrus lift to finish. The perfect wine with Hunter chicken or any creamy Italian pasta dish.

 Serena Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Tuscany, 2013 - £7.49* 

Well you couldn’t not have a Pinot Grigio in an Italian line up, this one being one of my favourites and a wine that evokes many memories every time I try it having visited Banfi and it’s famous castle and cellars just outside the beautiful Tuscan town of Montalcino. 

Despite being Italy’s largest producers, the care and attention they give their wines is unbelievable, they even hand pick grapes and if you have ever driven through the vineyards around Banfi you will know that this is some task, but hand selection of grapes ensures the best grapes reach the sorting tables and into the resultant wines. Being a Tuscan Pinot Grigio, the warmer climate creates a Pinot Grigio with riper apple, pear and melon fruit character and a moderate acidity compared to its counterparts in more northern climes. A perfect wine for these warm summer evenings or if you are happy to share your discovery, this makes a great all round party wine. 

Prosecco Salatin NV, Treviso - £9.74*

Continuing on the party theme and like Pinot Grigio I could not miss off Prosecco – the choice of many for any celebration or summer BBQ, Prosecco seems to be at the top of many people’s list for their wedding or party bubbles.

 It’s no surprise why Prosecco is so popular and with examples like this it’s not hard to see why. The first time I tried this new (ish) Prosecco I was instantly a fan. The off-dry fizz is bursting full of crisp green apples and florality with incredible length of flavour that lingers yet lifting and refreshing the palate.

 As said, perfect for any party or celebration or to be enjoyed with that classic of Italian starters, Melon wrapped in Parma ham.

 Well what are you waiting for, pop down to the store to try the Italian wines on our tasting counter and with 25% off any 2 or more Italian wines, why not try something new today?

 Arfon - Manager * Price when you mix and match any 2 wines from the Italian section, saving 25%

Wine of the Week Contesa Pecorino 2013, IGT Colline PescaresiDate published: 14/06/14

Wine of the Week Contesa Pecorino 2013, IGT Colline Pescaresi £7.49 (when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case. £9.99 single bottle price) 


If like me you sometimes fancy something a little bit different to your usual whites, well look no further. 

It is a thin skinned, early ripening white grape that is native to Italy. What makes it a little special is that 30% of it is oak fermented. 

With flavours ranging from citrus fruit to orange blossom that are well balanced with complex minerality make this drop a versatile little number. 

 
Match with a goats cheese starter or a simple cod dish. Failing that just sit back, put up your feet and enjoy a chilled bottle on it's tod. 

Wine of the Week Minini Valpolicella Ripasso2012 Date published: 13/06/14

Wine of the Week

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso2012
£9.74 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £12.99) The 'Oxford Companion To Wine' definition of Ripasso wines: A technique of adding extra flavour, and alcohol, to Valpollicella by re-fermenting on the unpressed skins of Amarone wines. 

 
My definition of Ripasso wines: Wines that taste as stunning as Amarone wines but without the hefty price tag. A real hidden gem!!

With dense fruit flavours of dark cherry and bramble coupled with a silky smooth tanic finish.

Treat this wine as you would a fine wine, allow it to breathe for an hour or so before serving with a full red meat meal.


Wine of the Week - Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 07/06/14

Wine of the Week Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

£5.99 Special Offer price. Normally £7.99

 
If like me you are a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but have noticed a significant price jump recently, which has meant you are searching for an alternative 'every day white'...... Look no further!!!
This wine which has been around since the late 80's comprises mainly of grapes from the Loire but also encompasses vineyard sites from further south.
With powerful aromas of cut grass and floral notes balanced perfectly with ripe gooseberries and citrus on the palate. Great firm acidity concludes perfectly with a bone dry finish.
Match with a goats cheese starter or simply on it's own. This wine is a little hidden gem!!

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV now only £14.99!Date published: 04/06/14

This wonderful champagne has finally come into our reduced selection with 33% off at £14.99!

A staff favourite here as this exceptional champagne rarely descends to such an exceptional price. 

Rich yet approachable this cuvee offers a brilliant balance between crisp golden fruit, brioche and an abundant mousse.

This bubbly really hits the satisfaction yearning taste centres

Come and give it a go 

Ian - Trainee Manager                      #comeandexplore

Majestic Wine Wins 'HOUSE WINE MERCHANT OF THE YEAR' and '24 MEDALS' for our Commercial Exclusive Wines at the Sommelier Wine awards 2014Date published: 29/05/14

Do you run a restaurant, Hotel, Pub or bar?

If you do, you may not know that at Majestic Wine we specialise in providing wines to the trade, which includes a range of on-trade exclusive wines - not available on the shop floor  *

And I'm pleased to announce that we have been recognised for our incredible value on-trade wines by winning the 'House Wine Merchant of the year' award at the Sommelier Wine awards recently along with 24 of our exclusive wines winning medals, 5 of which have won gold!

This is what the judges had to say about Majestic's entry this year:

“.... this year we felt that Majestic Wine Commercial’s performance was sufficiently different to merit the introduction of a new award. Every wine but one (a Loire sparkler) of its sizable award count was under £10

This, in itself, was impressive enough, but in fact the majority of them were under £6 – and a fair percentage of them under £5

At a time when it’s clearly increasingly hard to source genuinely cheap wines, this is an amazing effort, and a reflection of the quality of its sourcing....And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”

So if you been thinking recently about changing suppliers or want to increase your wine offerings by the glass, why not pop in-store to enquire about our exclusive on-trade range and what Majestic can offer your business.

* Minimum spend £12k per annum to qualify

Summer Wine Tasting Evening - Thurs 22nd MayDate published: 21/05/14

As many of you are probably aware we hold 2 large FREE tastings every year as a thankyou to all our customers and a chance to welcome new customers  to Majestic Wine.

They are very popular and the upcoming one has been no exception, however we have had a few last minute cancellations so if you are interested in coming along get in contact asap to get your name on the list by calling us on 01432 271250, bring friends too the more the merrier!

They are a friendly, relaxed tasting with a few local suppliers coming along or sending samples for you to try. This year I am pleased to say we have Weston's Cider, Penderyn Distillery along with the Mouse Trap Cheese Shop (Church Street) bringing along a small range of their selection of fantastic cheeses to help accompany the wine.


Talking of wine, as a sneak preview we will be tasting the following wines on the night:

- Bouvet loire Rose Sparkling Wine,

- Banfi 'Serena' Pinot Grigio, Tuscany, Italy

- Symboise Piquepoul/Sauvignon Blanc, Cotes de Thau, France

- Killka Chardonnay, Uco valley, Argentina

- Saint Clair, 'Wairau Reserve' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ

- Aix, Provence Rose (Magnum)

- First Class Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile

- Natale Verga Primitivo, Puglia, Italy

- Parcel Series Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa

- Surprise Red Fine Wine

Craft Beers Now back in StockDate published: 21/05/14

We now have our popular Craft Beers back in stock. If you've never tried an Icelandic White ale before I would suggest you give it a try today - only £9.99 per pack (6 bottles) when you get any 2 or more craft beers. Watch this space for further craft beers to our range details soon.

Wine of the Week - Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough £6.66!!Date published: 16/05/14

Attention all New Zealand Sauvignon lovers!

We know a lot of you have been missing the Ned since it went off offer and frankly we have too. There is light on the horizon though as some new blood has arrived on the scene. The Mud House Sauvignon Blanc.

The popularity of the Ned was rooted in its value for money and here at Majestic Hereford we see the same prospects for this sublime white, especially at £6.66! 

The most prominent flavours are both citrus and tropical with grapefruit and guava coming through and for those with a more sensitive palate a slight hint of vegetal undertones. 

As i'm sure you have noticed the weather has been lovely over the past few days and this dry white is the perfect accompaniment for a patio sun bathing session because of its substantial fruitiness and its refreshing qualities.

Beautiful on its own but also goes well with light summery pasta or fish dishes.

 Bag this bargain!

Ian - Trainee  #comeandexplore

New Sparkling Wine to our range - Berlucchi Cuvee Imperiale NV, FranciacortaDate published: 11/05/14

New to our Italian sparkling range is the Berlucchi Cuvee Imperiale NV Fraciacorta.

Tipped as the new 'Prosecco' with regard to it's popularity, I thought as I hadn't really heard of this region before I thought it would be good to read up a little about it and share my finds for us to all learn together!

Fraciacorta is a region in Italy's Lombardy that gives the locally produced sparkling wines their name - an area known for producing the regions finest wines. 

It will then be no surprise to you that the sparkling wines of this region have been promoted to DOCG status in 1995.

It was Guido Berlucchi that was the first to produce this style commercially, and thus becoming the regions largest sparkling wine producer.

The style is very unique in Italy thanks to the likes of Guido Berluchi as it's the first Italian wine to insist on using the traditional bottle-fermentation method (as in Champagne), with 25 months ageing on the lees or 37 months for the Riserva style and made using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir  (as that of Champagnes) which are very suited to the rolling hills of this region.

The result is a classically biscuity, Brut-style of wine with supreme elegance but with a some what weightless feel on the palate.

The Berlucchi Franciacorta  is no exception, combined with beautifully fragranced pear, golden apple and citrus characters, and no wonder Francicorta's wines are demanding a new found love and respect from the rest of the world - but will it get your respect and love?

Well there is only one way to find out - why not pop in and try it for yourself as it is currently open on our tasting counter. And with 33% off and only £14.99 it's already got my vote.

Arfon - Manager

Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2013 - £8.24Date published: 10/05/14

In the 1990's there was an inescapable glut of Chardonnay amongst vine growers, particularly in Australia who favoured extremely heavy oaking. This period massively tarnished Chardonnay's reputation for years. 

Thankfully though the storm is abating and Chardonnay is returning to its former glory and rightfully so.

A shining example of the potential of this wonderful grape is the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva from the Casablanca Valley. Located between the Andes and the west coast of Chile the valley enjoys winds ideal for moderating the climate aiding the ripening of the grapes.

The product of this is a wine with deep aromas of peach, apricot and vanilla. Its appeal on the nose is outdone on the palate as the stone fruit flavour is chased by citrus and the oak aging adds a creaminess that really satisfys on the finish.

A wonderful wine to have with fish, particularly some sort of salmon dish with creamy accompaniments.

Down to £8.24 right now as part of the 'Buy 2 Bottles Save 25%' range now on which is a steal for any gran reserva.

Be part of the resurrection of Chardonnay!

Ian - Trainee Manager 




Wine of the Week - As Caixas Godello 2012 - £6.66Date published: 06/05/14

After having a plethora of red wines for wine of the week recently its time to give a deserving white the spotlight. 

With the weather improving as it is the timing couldn't be more perfect. You may have been looking up to the heavens and cautiously starting to believe it may be relatively safe to organise a bbq, family meal or even a seance if thats your bag and every good seance needs a quality tipple.

This Spanish white is a superbly solid example of a spring wine. Delicate yet multi-faceted on the nose with apple and pear flavours as the backbone, supported by floral notes and rather subtle citrus. That light citrus zest forms a lengthy but not overpowering finish.

Would be a beautiful team-mate to a fancy fish and chips.

A very quaffable wine and at £6.66 as part of the Summer Selection it goes down even easier.

Many of you may not have heard of the Godello grape variety before, I certainly hadn't, but this grape's recognition is rising. Native to north west Spain and northern Portugal where it is known as Gouveio we expect you to see more and more of this varietal so try it here first and get a glimpse of the future. 

Ian - Trainee




Did you know...Date published: 06/05/14

Did you know...

Did you know that Cile is one of the only wine growing countries that is completely free of Phylloxera (a small yellow root feeding aphid) which devastated European vines in the 19th Century.


Wine of the Week - Errazuriz Estate Series CarmenereDate published: 30/04/14

In the wake of the Medalla Real Carmenere coming off offer I have been on the rebound. It was a painful separation and I have been looking for another carmenere to heal my wounds and bring me back to life, and I think I have found that in the Errazuriz Estate Series.

This beautiful Chilean has a deep and dark colour that is representative of its complexity, harbouring lots of spices, smoky oak flavours and black pepper with a chocolaty follow up. This is a member of that rare species of wine which is both complex and big yet oddly quaffable.

At £6.99 it is astounding! David Dickinson eat your heart out.

This truly rich wine couples well with steaks. For a wine that pulls no punches give it a go.

Ian - Trainee Manager



Double the Joy for Summer - New Provence Rose Magnums!Date published: 26/04/14

Breaking News!

We have recently receive a range of Provence Rose Magnums to add to our range. If you are a fan of the Aix magnums and Provence Rose then you will love these!

They are the perfect party piece this Summer and I have to say  two of the most striking bottles we have seen, and wine to match, definate showstoppers.


Chateau de Berne Rose, Magnum, 2013, Cotes de Provence - £27.50

Their iconic square bottle looks even more impressive in magnum form. Chateau de Berne is a stunning 18th century property and landmark of Provence, now a luxurious hotel and Spa. The bottle label proudly shows off the historic stained glass window from a unique room of the Chateau. Pop in and I will tell you about this room, it's too raunchy for these pages!

moving on, this rose is the hallmark honeysuckle pink wine is bursting with summer fruits and a hint of mango. just what you would expect from a Provence Rose the palate is intense, crisp and refreshing with flavours as per the nose. A perfect summer aperitif or BBQ cooked sardines.

M de Minuty Rose, 2013, magnum, Cotes de Provence - £25.00

A classic shaped Provence Rose bottle but just twice the size as normal and double the joy!

Chateau de Minuty is located on St Tropez penninsula overlooking the Mediteranean Sea. This Rose is a perfect example of local styles of Provence Rose and a wine that up until recently you never really saw in this country much - and now we give it to you in a Magnum form, we are good to you!. The unique factor in this wine is the proportion of Tibouren grapes used a grape variety grown exclusively in the region.

Again pale honeysuckle pink, the nose offers citrus fruit and classic floral candied fruit characteristics. The palate is clean and extremely refreshing yet with a rounded palate.

A perfect accompaniment to any shellfish (Lobster if you can afford to holiday in St Tropez!) or a summery mozarella and tomato salad.

Miraval Rose, 2013, Cotes de Provence - £17.99

O.k it's not a magnum granted, but i couldn't write about Provence Rose and not mention this new addition to our range - you'll just have to buy 2 bottles of it!

Recently brought into the spotlight thanks to it's new owners - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who are extremely hands on and keen to have an input into the wines production and renovating the 17th century property.

The first modern release of this wine in 2012 caused quite a stir and met with wide acclaim, even being listed in the wine spectators top 100 wines from the world - the first ever Rose to be listed in this star line up apparently!

Every customer that has had this wine and seen it in store have lit up with delight and excitement so this says alot.

A beautiful pale pink colour with notes of wild strawberry, stone fruit and a delicate touch of floral character, hallmark Provence rose nose.

the palate has great texture with soft tangerine and peach notes joined by layers of berry fruit. A great Summer afternoon wine with selected guests!


New to Pick 'n' Mix Range - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc only £7.99*Date published: 26/04/14

Brought forward a week the ever popular Oyster Bay, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc, has joined our current Pick 'n' Mix range, now only £7.99 (was £11.99)

This Sauvignon Blanc is known for it's soft easy drinking style bursting with classic gooseberry and tropical fruits followed up with a very subtle herbaceous and a crisp refreshing finish.

This is the perfect wine for all occasions, especially with this sunshine, so if your looking for the ideal party or wedding wine look no further than this beauty!

* Offer ends 2nd June 2014

On 'Saturday Kitchen' Susy Atkins recommended Lindauer Special Reserve NVDate published: 19/04/14

SATURDAY KITCHEN

RECOMMENDATION

On 'Saturday Kitchen' Susy Atkins recommended Lindauer Special Reserve NV as a wonderful accompaniment to Sea Bass.

A perfect bottle of Easter bubbles!!!

Lindauer Special Reserve NV £9.99*

*When you buy any two bottles from the Easter Pick 'N' Mix. (Single bottle price £14.99)


Wine of the Week - Marques de Riscal, Rioja Reserva Date published: 17/04/14

With Easter Sunday fast approaching you may be searching for a wine to accompany any meals you have planned with family or friends. If you want to impress we recommend opting for this stunning Rioja. 

It fits perfectly with many traditional Easter meals complementing any style of pork or lamb. That being said many vegetarian dishes work well with this red as well and it even has the ability to cut through the rich foods and desserts we often treat ourselves to during these wonderful holidays. Last but not least this can turn a cheese board from pleasant to heavenly, particularly mature cheeses.

Being a Reserva it retains the ability to please a wide audience as it holds both toasty oak flavours alongside vanilla and summer fruits gently covering a large spectrum of tastes. This makes it ideal for gatherings, dinners parties or whatever you have planned. 

I hope you all will be capitalizing on the beautiful weather that supposedly awaits us.

Happy Easter

Ian - Trainee Manager



April's Pick and Mix staff choicesDate published: 10/04/14

So we have had our new pick and mix range out for almost a fortnight now and all of us here have managed to prize out some favorites after a taste here and a taste there:

Arfon: Santa Rita Medalla real Carmenere 2009            £7.99 as part of the pick and mix deal:

I was beaten to the finish line on this one as I had hoped to choose this wine but Arfon was too quick for me and fair play to him. This is a stunning wine. Carmenere was a new grape variety to me up until recently and I was absolutely blown away. The smooth texture, full body, prominent secondary flavours and dark fruit flavours combine for an instant classic.

James: Pouilly-Fume 2011 Jean Vincent     £9..99 as part of the pick and mix deal:

Made from the familiar Sauvignon Blanc grape James claims this is the best Pouilly- Fume he has had under £20. The aroma is particularly vivid capturing your attention immedietly. And it doesn't let go. Combining gooseberry and smoky characteristic to make a truly interesting wine. Great for shellfish dishes but works well with any seafood. 

Ian (Me):  Pizarras de Oteroas 2012            £6.66 as part of the pick and mix deal:

Another new grape to me; Mencia. Although I am a big fan of the Carmenere I was happy to be able to select this red. One of the wines featured in our recent Spanish tasting event which was received particularly well and was commented a lot when paired with a manchego cheese. The aroma is profoundly distinct and reaches you before you even get near to the glass. Dark fruits again noticeable but red fruits making a definite impact. 

Easter opening hours for Majestic Hereford Date published: 10/04/14

The opening hours over the Easter weekend for our store are as follows:

Friday 18th April         10am-8pm

Saturday 19th April     9am-7pm

Sunday 20th April       Closed

Maonday 21st April     10am-5pm

Look forward to seeing you all over the holidays

Wine of the Week; Vina Eguia Gran Reserva RiojaDate published: 09/04/14

One of the first wines I tried after starting at the Hereford store was the Eguia Reserva. I bought myself a lovely bit of strong cheddar in the Butters Market in preparation and sat down for a contented evening. 

Ever since I have been pining for the Gran Reserva and this month it has come on offer at a brilliant £8.99 as part of this months pick and mix deal. 

So I have bought myself a bottle already but am yet to drink it but after a tasting with James I know i'm on a one way track right up my street. Best make another trip to the market though. This time a stronger mature cheese is more apt and i'll be heading to the butchers as well as serving this fabulous wine with a meat dish is also recommended. 

It has a particularly interesting texture this wine as it has smoothed out greatly from its younger brother leaving behind some of the furriness whilst retaining an unmistakably tannic aspect which is why its still perfect for strong cheese. Alongside a lovely deep taste of red fruits and spices.


Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra £8.66 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £12.99)Date published: 04/04/14

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Coonawarra £8.66 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £12.99) Buy 2 bottles and save 33% 

 Coonawarra's brick red earth (or Terra Rossa) interspersed with it's black soil areas surrounding the Coonawarra ridge offers striking views. Couple this topography with the Mediterranean climate and maritime influence coming off the southern ocean allows an outstanding spot to perfect the growing of Cabernet Sauvignon. 

 Hamilton Block displays classic layers of cassis and dark berry fruit with long fine tannins. The oaking allows a long, smooth, well balanced finish. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.

The Haze Fades with Ian the New Trainee Date published: 28/03/14

Hello there!

For those of you who aren't regular visitors to the store I'm Ian the new trainee, I've been working at the Hereford Majestic store for just over a month. It is my first store and it is agreed by all I am the best trainee that has ever existed.

For those of you who are regular visitors to the store I'm the one who has been wasting your precious time whilst I fumble around the till with a similar grace as when you try and use your mobile in the middle of a snow storm.

Since arriving at Majestic I have learnt about and tried a multitude of different wines which has been amazing and I am finally starting to get to grips with the majority of our products. The learning curve has been steep as I'm sure there are those among you who have, as i did, felt a tad overwhelmed by the choice of wines out there. 

Is that the grape or the producer? The vineyard or the district? 

Are these familiar questions to anyone? And when it comes to the names you would be forgiven for thinking I was speaking Vulcan.

So on a loose weekly basis I will be giving you an insight into my learning as I steadily become able to say something more about a wine than 'i like this one'. A phrase those who have spoken to me in the store will recognize.

This wine business isn't as scary as i first thought, so join me as slowly BUT surely the haze fades.

Cheers

Ian 


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Wine of The Week - Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Kevin Judd, Marlborough, NZDate published: 22/03/14

The name Kevin Judd will be familiar to you if you are a fan of Cloudy bay Sauvignon Blanc. Formerly the winemaker for Cloudy bay, Kevin Judd is the brainchild of this winery.

The reason I have chosen this as our wine of the week is because James and his Wife came round to mine for supper and we had this with one of my all time favorite fish dishes from Mitchel Tonks fish cookbook - Cod steaks with potato Gnocchi, chilli and a rich tomato sauce, and it worked beautifully (watch this space - recipe to follow).

Greywacke is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterizes the soil of the vineyard, helping to give the wine a superb tongue tingling mineral finish. The nose of this wine I could smell all day with capsicum and tomato leaf abound.

The palate is very well rounded compared to many NZ Sauvignon Blanc's as a proportion of the wine has been oak fermented, softening the palate. The capsicum comes through on the palate with the added hit of hallmark gooseberry that lingers on and on.

Perfect with Mitchel Tonks recipe of Cod steaks with potato Gnocchi, chilli and a rich tomato sauce.

Wine of the Week - Chateau Meaume 2010Date published: 13/03/14

Wine of the Week

Chateau Meaume 2010,

Bordeaux Superior

£6.66 (When you buy 2 or more SA wines: 1 bottle – £9.99) Buy any 2 South African wines and save 20% One of the original wines included in the Majestic line and still one of the most respected products with our customers and staff alike. Bursting with fruit flavours ranging from plum to blackcurrants balanced perfectly with the integrated cedar notes from the oaking. Goes extremely well with beef, lamb and strong cheeses. 

Additions to the March Pick 'N' MixDate published: 11/03/14

We have some fantastic recent additions to our March pick n mix range, but hurry as these short term offers are only around for one week!!

 (11-17 March 2014);

The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc £10.49 down to £6.99

Vina Eguia Reserva £9.99 down to £6.66

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25.00 down to £16.66

Veuve Clicquot NV £45.00 down to £29.98

Chateau Meaume £9.99 down to £6.66

Gavi Montiero 8.99 down to £5.99

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva £13.49 down to £8.99

Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 down to £6.66

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc - £12.49 down to £8.33

We look forward to hearing from you soon..


A - Z of Wine: H is for the heavenly Heidsieck Champagne! Date published: 08/03/14

As this is my first article as the new trainee I initially thought I could not have arrived on a tougher letter, how wrong I was. Have you ever thought it would be lovely to have a drop of champagne as a special treat but the jump in price is to great for a savvy shopper like yourself? 

Me too, lucky for us Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Champagne is an epic 33% off this month down to £16.66, and it is not alone. 

Choose from a wide range of other champagnes, sparkling wines, reds, whites and roses as part of our Pick and Mix deal for March when you buy any 2 bottles from the range. 

The Heidsieck Monopole is a fabulous dry champagne and would be the perfect way to make Mothers Day a bit more memorable and remove the guilt you might have about almost forgetting about it, again. (Its Sunday the 30th March, and you're welcome).

Until next week Hereford

Ian (New trainee)


  

  

Did you know.....Date published: 08/03/14

Did you know.....

The pinotage grape was created by a Stellenbosch University Viticulturist by the name of A.I. Perold.

He crossed Pinot Noir with Cinsault (commonly known as Hermitage in S.A. especially) to create on of the most unique, flamboyant grapes around.

However it took another 35 years before pinotage found it's way onto wine labels in South Africa and a further few decades before we started to see it on our shelves.

It is some ways the 'marmite' of red wines, people either love it or hate it as the flavours can be...interesting.

One of the best representations of the grape I have ever tried is the Bellingham Bush Vine Pinotage ( £11.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case, £14.99 single bottle price)

which is available to try on our Tasting Counter this weekend.

Why not pop by and discover this fascinating grape with a sample in store.


Hereford FW Society Tasting Thurs 6th MarchDate published: 06/03/14

This Evening myself and James will be attending one of Hereford Fine Wine Society's meetings tasting a selection of Fine Wines from our range, and I thought I would share with you what we are trying and their descriptions - a sneak preview of what we are tasting for members too !?!


Wine 1 – Chateau de Tracy, 2012, Pouilly Fume.

Comte Henry d’Assay and his sisters, owners of the domaine of Château de Tracy are the descendants of a Scottish family.

The estate lies in the northern Loire.

The soil consists of flint clay, marl with small oysters and Kimmeridgian limestone or caillottes allows the Sauvignon expressing all its complexity and diversity.

For the last 12 years the chateau have carried out reasonable cultivation respecting the environment, ploughing grass and the use of butterfly lures to help reduce the use of chemical treatments.

Often pruning and thinning of leaves as well as green harvesting to produce high quality wines.

At harvest, Comte Henry d’assay and his team taste grapes in the vineyard , selecting the best grapes. Juice is selected as it comes off the press and eac ‘batch’ is made into wine seperately, carrying out blind tastings throughout production to make up the different vintages.

Treatment kept to a minimum due to long production periods, and constant stirring in the lees.

2012 is certainly a a vintage with great ageing potential.

Tasting notes:

- Pale Gold

Nose of blackcurranrt and citrus with background vegetal notes of asparagus and cut grass

fresh citrus on the palate and seductive evident minerality.

Perfect with goats cheese or fine seafood, delicate sea foods.


Wine 2 – Domaine St Ferreol, Viognier 2012, PGI Pays d’ Oc, Languedoc-  

 Rousillion.

Chateau of Saint Ferréol dates back to 822. Located in the Herault valley of the Languedoc region of Southern France.


Wine has been produced at the Chateau, formerly a Priory since records began in 1146. In 1988 Chateau Saint Ferreol was one of only 3 Coteaux de Languedioc vineyards listed in Sotheby’s guide to fine wines.


Chateau Saint Ferréol is located in the midst of Coteaux de Languedoc, surrounded by hilly terrain that is largely AOC and bordered by the river Boyne.


The winery now has modern equipment to facilitate the production of high quality wine but mastery of traditional methodology is crucial to create classical & elegant complex flavours.


Other grape varieties also used are Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscat.


Today, although they grow several varieties, the jewel in their crown is this barrel-fermented Viognier, modelled on the fine wines of Condrieu – reviews excellent.

Pale straw colour

Intensely aromatic complex aroma and flavour of mature dried apricots, peach skin, necgtarine and honeysuckle finished by a smooth yet refreshing vanilla.

Delicious wine on it's own or with fish, poultry and pork but also compliments spicy dishes such as Thai and Indian curries.

2012 vintage – excellent

Review by Tom Cavannagh (wine-pages) sums it up the best I think:


‘Most attempts by winemakers around the world to emulate the great Viognier wines of Condrieu have failed miserably in my opinion. Even in Condrieu and other appellations of the northern Rhône, many Viognier producers cannot avoid a certain flabbiness that can make 'serious' Viognier wines tiring to taste, let alone drink. This Languedoc-Roussillon wine is an absolute star however, and I would put my neck on the line and say possibly the best Viognier I have tasted outside of Condrieu - indeed one of the best full stop.’


Wine 3 – St-Veran ‘Les Crais’ 2012, Domaine Cordier.

St-Veran

- Appelation status only received in 1971

- Extends over 8 communes and divided into 2 small islands separated by Pouilly-Fuisse.

- St-Veran wines made entirely of Chardonnay.

- Soils are a mixture of chalk and clay.

- Use pruning method known as Maçonnais tail pruning typical of the Maçonnais district and is a variation on Guyot pruning.

This technique of bending of the wood into an arc during pruning is designed to prevent ACROTONY, a characteristic defect of Chardonnay vines, and also serves to protect the plants against spring frosts.

- Wines take on a rich amber hue as they improve with age.

- Ample and elegant bouquet and powerful flavours on the palate of:


- white peach, apple or pear, or floral notes of lime-blossom or acacia that give way, over time, to notes of hazelnut or almond, offset by delicate touches of honey, vanilla and flint.


'Les Crais' is :

-situated on a southern hill near the village of Leynes (South of Region).

- very low yields of 25 hl per hectare to increase ripeness and concentration.

- 20% of the wine experiences new French oak and with very little fining or filtration produces a very rich style.

possibly one of the richest examples of a Saint-Véran's you might find, with concentrated apricot and peach surrounded by a creamy oak texture.

Flavours of concentrated peach and apricot surrounded by a creamy yet refreshing texture.


Domaine Cordier known as a ‘Maverick’ in Burgundy as he uses a higher percentage of new oak than many other producers.



Wine 4 – Rioja Reserva, Vina Ardanza, 2004, Rioja Alta.

Overview:

Very best of Rioja’s producers from fruit grown exclusively in the bodega’s vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region. One of the most sought-after bodegas remaining under family ownership.

Made using Tempranillo (80%) and Garnacha (20%) from 30 YO vines in the Ardanza vineyards of Fuenmayor and Cenicero.

2004 vintage

- After 2 years without the right quality to make Ardanza, 2004 was an excellent vintage.

- Abundant water and snow in winter, absence of pests in spring, marked day and night temp fluctuations created perfect conditions before harvest allowing slow balnced development of the grapes.

- In Sept, vineyards enjoyed exceptionally good weather.

Processes:

Selective grape Harvest, and refrigerated transport.

After both fermentations, wine barrelled in 2005.

Tempranillo, spending  36 months in American  Oak with average age of 4 years.

Garnacha, aged only 30 months in 2/3 yo American oak barrels to maintain freshness and authenticity of the variety to come through in the wine.

Manually racked 6 times before bottling in December 2008.

Wine:

Complex mixture of both primary and secondary of earth, spice, red-fruits, long elegant structured medium weighted body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour

Will age beautifully over the next 10 years.


Wine 5 – La Reserve de Leoville Barton, 2007, St-Julien.


Overview:


10 generations of barton family so far the first a thomas barton, created the negociant company in 1725 becoming an influential figure of the wine trade who's reputation far exceeded the french and European borders.

In 1826 his grand Son Hugh acquired a quarter of the former leoville property after the French revolution and re-named the plot Leoville-barton to differentiate it from the the others.

The current owner Anthony barton along with his daughter Lilian bartion-Sartorious strengthenes and enhances the reputation of Leoville barton as it is today.

The 51 hectares of Léoville and 17 hectares of Langoa, planted in deep gravelly soil with a clay sub-soil, include large proportions of old vines in order to obtain the best possible quality.

Traditional ploughing , no weed killing.

Manually harvested followed by successive sorting operations of the grapes before de-stemming, crushing and fermentation plot by plot.

Refuses to raise the price of his wine above what he sees as fair, only charging half that many of their ambitious neighbouring chateaus, Leoville Barton remains great value.

2006 one of the best vintages for La Reserve, apart from the 10/10 2005 of course. Oz Clarke gives it 8/10 in his 2009 publication of 'Bordeaux' and not quite ready to drink, now its a different story.

Vinification:

The grape varieties are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (74%), (23%) Merlot and (3%) Cabernet Franc

Both properties have the same vinification methods of 7-10 days fermentation in large wooden vats with twice daily pumping over and 3 weeks maceration drawing off into the barrels again lot by lot.

Ageing:

16-18 months in french oak Barrels cellared at 15 °C

50/70% new oak according to vintages, manually racked barrel to barrel, fined in barrels using fresh egg whites.

La reserve is the 2nd wine of this famous property. As an earlier drinking version of the gran vin, this is real value for money.

Tend to be difficult wines to taste young and they come into their own after 8-10 years.

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

Drinking well will kepp for another 5 years or so.


Wine 6 – CNDP Oratoire, 2009, Clos de L’Oratoire des Papes.

Overview:

In ther Oceans of vines surrounding the ruins of Papal palace, rising up from the 'Galets stones' lie the vineyards of CNDP

The 'Clos de L'Oratoire' is a place of prayer built in the 18th century, now an improving wine estate.

Wine:

Intense, perfumed and enticing array of sweet spices, brooding black fruits and sweet red cherries.

Earthy, fruity, spicy and complex layers of flavour marshalled by firm tannins into a long finish.

Like any good CNDp best aged for 10 years or so but will drink well now too thanks to the youthful fruits and juicy sweetness.

Wine 7 – Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, 2011, La Casetta.


Overview:

From the beautiful hilly villages between Lake Garda and Verona in the vento district of Italy.

Veneto stretches from the BO river to the Austrian border between Trentino-Alto to the west Fruli-Venezia to the East.

Vinification

Rippaso (re-passed) wines have long been traditional in Veneto.

The best young Valpolicella wines is put into tanks andor barells that still contain the lees of the 'recioto' for which they were previously used.

Recioto, is made using passido and is a bitter-sweet deep, yet smooth port-like wine to which Amarone is a derivative of recioto made using Corvina.

When mixed, the active yeast cells in the sediment precipitate a 2nd fermentation. This increases the alcohol content and gives it some 'recioto' character.

Some valpolicella wines are turbocharged by RIPPASO - A portion of fermented, dried skins from Amarone added to them, many of which don't mention this on the label, this one does.

Valpolicella rippaso therefore combines the power and class of Amarone with bright fruit of the Classic Valpolicella.

Wine:

Deep dense wine as you would expect with almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complimented by vanilla hints.

Fine, and rounded with a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense complex flavours.

Best drunk between 6 – 15 years, so great ageing potential, but will drink beautifully now with all types of meat and strong mature cheeses, I.e. a good Gorgonzola.

Wine 8 – Barolo, Natale Verga, 2009.

Overview:

Barolo in the Piedmont area of Italy, west of the Veneto region.

Italy's greatest wine Appelation, and it's finest wines are the ultimate expression of the Nebbiolo grape.

Biggest factor in the quality of Barolo's has been more to do with man than soils etc – thought Barolo's from the NW have more elegance than the SW – where they are known to be fuller in body.

Great Barolo is comparable but there are still poor barolos, NOT AS MANY AS THE 1980@S – What is it with wines of the 80's !!!!

Natale Verga is the 4th generation owner of the Verga family estate founded in 1895.

Vinification:

This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11 ha estate owned by the Gomba family.

Matured for 24 months in French Oak.

Wine:

Garnet in colour.

Offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke – A 'Classic' Nose for Barolo.

Palate warming with undertones of spice and graphite.

Wine 9 – Mystery Wine


I am not giving it away completely !!





























AIX Rose Magnums are back - Perfect for any Spring party!Date published: 03/03/14

Look what is back in stock! 

We have received our first delivery of the 2013 AIX Rose magnums, perfect for any spring party.


These proved extremely popular last year so grab them while you can or call us on 01432 271250 to reserve some while you can!!


Wine of The Week - Bellingham Mocha Java, Merlot, 2013Date published: 03/03/14

IF LIKE ME YOUR A FAN OF FRESH COFFEE THEN THIS IS DEFINATELY FOR YOU! 

 The wine owes its coffee-house name to the savoury coffee bean aromas that the wine makers 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.  

Wine of the Week Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011, Stellenbosch, South AfricaDate published: 24/02/14

Wine of the Week

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa £8.49 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £9.99) Cabernet blends continue to rank as one of South Africa's finest red wine styles and this addition from Gary and Kathy Jordan is no exception. With over 30 years of growing experience in the Stellenbosch region the Jordan family know exactly how to eek out every last drop of terroir style from this stunning part of the world. Combining a blast of jammy red and black berry fruit coupled with secondary flavours of menthol and cocoa, this versatile red can be enjoyed on it's own or matched with any red meat.

#ComeandExplore


Wine of the Week Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western Cape Date published: 16/02/14

Wine of the Week

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western Cape 

 
£8.66 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £12.99)

Since 1996 Rustenberg has been under the guidance of Simon Barlow, who installed a brand new winery and has done everything necessary to ensure that Rustenberg's reputation remains impeccable. 

 
This stunning sauvignon blanc blends the margins between structured old world white bordeaux's and vibrant, explosive New Zealand Sauvignons. With aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry coupled with a palate displaying tropical fruit notes which all balances out perfectly due to the added texture that derives from 3 months lees ageing.


Did you know...Date published: 16/02/14

Did you know that Rhone 2010 wines have been given 10/10 for the vintage. The yields of grapes were extremely low, but the wines are generally rich and intense. This vintage offers a lot of development over the coming years, so stock up now!


Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal  £11.99 

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.99

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

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.

Taste

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.



The A-Z of Wine - 'G' is for 'GuigalDate published: 11/02/14

The A-Z of Wine 

This week, in a rather Sesame Street styley, is brought to you by the letter 'G' (and the number 43, but that's another story!), so how lucky that one of our customer's favourite wines is coming on offer today, and it begins with the letter G! You'd have almost thought I planned it that way (I mean, if you didn't read the rest of the drivel I've written!) but no, it's just pure serendipity! The wine in question is one of Rhone's finest and most famous: The Cotes du Rhone Guigal – it's down to an incredible £7.99 from it's usual (and still reasonable) £11.99 price, which is certainly the cheapest I've ever seen it.


The Guigal family is one of those responsible for Rhone's relatively recent resurgence (try saying that after a bottle of Guigal!) as it makes consistently superb blends, which represent the best of full-bodied Rhones.


This is a wine that a lot of people know and love, and hold as the bench-mark for wines of the region, and I've heard a lot of customers and staff alike calling this the best Rhone they've ever tasted!


So how about you grab one at a bargain price whilst it's in stock, and I'll join you – well it would be rude not to!


Until next week, Guig..I'll be seeing you! (apologies, but thinking of Guigal puns is hard!)


Charlotte


3 New additions to our Pick 'N' Mix OffersDate published: 11/02/14

If the Pick 'N' Mix offers weren't good enough, they have just got even better, thanks to 3 new additions joining the collection as of today. 

You may be convinced that your eyes are deceiving you but they aren't, these really are the prices!

Guigal, Cotes du Rhone - £7.99*

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Marlborough, NZ - £6.66*

Raboso Rosado, Corte Alta NV, Italy - £6.99*

Be quick as these won't be around in quantity for long. To reserve your wine do call us on 01432 271250

*When you buy any 2 or more selected wines from our Pick 'N' Mix range.

Wine of the Week: Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008Date published: 10/02/14

Show Reserve Semillon 2008, Arrowfield Estate, Hunter Valley

Only £6.99 (When you buy 2 or more, £9.99 single bottle price)


This week many of you might have been ruing missing out on a certain exclusive on-line sold-out parcel – the Arrowfield selection from the famous Hunter Valley.  For those of you that don't know, our parcels are usually top-quality wines that Majestic's clever buyers have managed to secure at a lower-than-usual price, meaning they're always great value for money.  This one delivers even more bang for your buck (hate that phrase!) because unfortunately the producers had  a bit of financial difficulty, so had to sell off wines at an even cheaper rate.  Bad news for them, but excellent news for those of us (and who isn't in this category, really?) who want fine wines but don't want them to cost the earth.  This Semillon was intended to retail at £20, and you can see why: 

it comes from old vines planted in a Valley that's famous for it's style of Semillon 

it's been bottle-aged to give it more body, plus some great toasty notes, with a lemon and lime  palate

it has a long finish and great balance

it will just keep on developing and getting better and better over the next 5-8 years

All that makes for a great wine, but it's made even more palatable by the fact that it's now just £6.99 when you buy two! Thus, this wine's a great investment, but, realistically, once you've tried one, the rest probably won't last that long!  Once these ones have gone, we won't have any more, probably ever, certainly not at this price, so don't miss out again – grab a few and see how good Semillon can be!

My Pick of the Pick 'n' Mix – ArfonDate published: 08/02/14

I'm sure you have all seen but the popular Pick 'n' Mix offer is back and better than ever, there really are some fantastic wines in there many starting at an incredible £5.99! And if like me your finances are recovering from an over-indulgent December, 33% off takes some beating!

To help the conundrum of which ones to choose, we will all be picking our perfect booty bag (anyone remember these?) of wine and below you will see my ultimate Pick 'n' Mix selection:

White

This was a tricky one for me to choose, as there are just too many great value whites on offer, but old habits die hard and for my white selection I have chosen a toasty oaked Chardonnay. In this case the Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, 2012 from Leyda valley, Chile.

This wine ticks all the boxes for me and everything you would expect from a barrel fermented Chilean Chardonnay. It's packed full of stewed apple and stone fruit yet richly creamy and toasty on the palate. At just £7.99 this Chardonnay is hard to beat.

Red

Many of you will now know what a huge fan of Spanish wines I am and for my red I will definitely have to stock up on some Lagunilla, Reserva, 2008 Rioja - just £6.66* 

This classic Rioja has loads going on, very complex, yet extremely velvety smooth, with warming sweet spice that you would expect from a Rioja, perfect on it's own or with Roast Lamb.

Fizz

I would like to be recommending a Champagne here, but I truly have had an expensive Christmas looking at my bank balnce. Plus I am clearly not on Trainee manager wages like Charlotte who has recommended the Laurent Perrier Rose ; ) 

To be honest I think this is a hint for her other half for valentines day more than anything else!

I have though gone for a cracking value alternative to Champagne in the form of the Lindauer Brut Cuvee NV from new Zealand. A steal at £8.99

Bottle fermented like champagne this NZ sparkling is a fresh fruity number with subtle aromas of toasty bread with zingy, crisp citrus fruit all wrapped up with a minerally finish. this fizz has wedding celebration written all over it!

My Pick of the Pick 'n' Mix – CharlotteDate published: 08/02/14

My Pick of the Pick 'n' Mix – Charlotte

You might have noticed our big offer for February, the 33% off Pick 'n' Mix deal, which allows you to mix and match wines from all over the world, and save a third on each – awesome! But with so many on offer it can be difficult to choose, so to help you out, we've each chosen a white, a red and a bottle of fizz which we think stand out from the crowd and offer even more value for money (OK, really we just want you to know which wines we like in case you wanted to get us a Valentine's Day present!)

Red:

Puy de Dome Pinot Noir - £7.99

I love a Pinot Noir, they're fruity, light and easy-to-drink (although, really, I don't struggle to drink many wines!) and this one is a perfect example of that.  There's fresh red fruit like raspberry and cranberry, but it's still soft and balanced - and it's perfect with a turkey or pork Sunday roast.  If you're not a fan of oaking, this one's your perfect Pinot Noir, as it's seen no oak whatsoever in a year of aging, leaving the fruit to speak for itself.More to the point, it's a Pinot Noir that's under £8, and that's OK in my book!

White:

Paul Mas Chardonnay - £5.99

We love Paul Mas at Majestic, he just seems to make some really interesting wines – whether it's a blend you don't see very often, or a twist on a classic, he always seems to nail it.  This Chardonnay is no exception – rather than turning his nose up at American oak, as a lot of European producers would, he utilises it in 20% of this white, so there's a subtle coconut and vanilla note, without it overpowering the tropical fruit flavours.  Any Paul Mas at £5.99 is worth a go, and this is another great-value feather in his cap.

Fizz:

Laurent-Perrier Rose NV -  £49.97

I know what you're thinking: 'What?! That tight northerner is recommending a wine that's £50 – I thought she never paid more than a tenner for anything!' but this is a very rare exception!  Anyone whose drunk this before will tell you that it's their favourite Rose Champagne – it's got bags of flavour, a creamy mouse and is really dangerously easy-drinking!  Once you've tried this one I guarantee you'll be a convert for life!  That's why it makes my 'Pick of the Pick 'n' Mix' list – even at £50 (you're saving a cool £25 at that price) it's a bargain, it's that good.

So that's my pick of the bunch – stay tuned for Arv and James' selections, and, until next time, Happy Bargain Hunting!

Wine of the Week Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC BuzetDate published: 05/02/14

Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC Buzet


 

£6.66 (When you buy 2 or more: 1 bottle – £9.99) 

  Buzet, located up the Garonne river on the banks between Agen and Marmande. The wines are known for their play on Bordeaux -like blends but typically with a bit more weight and sophistication than your average Bordeaux AC. 

 
Voluptuous and well structured, this wine offers a wealth of blackcurrant and summer berry flavour with a subtle layer of tannins that allow this wine to be drunk now or in the next 2-3 years.


The A-Z of Wine - FDate published: 30/01/14

The A-Z of Wine 

Over the past month a lot of us have given up drinking as part of our New Year's Resolutions, a healthy January detox to start the year right. I myself have been trying to stay off the alcohol (note I didn't say 'succeeding'!) as has Arv, and if you have managed it for the whole month, I take my metaphorical hat off to you (I'm picturing a straw boater, but you can imagine your own hat). However, the problem with giving up alcohol in January, apart from the obvious lack of wine to help you through the most bleak time of the year, is that you miss out on all the January sales! It's the bargain time of the year in Majestic, as well as everywhere else, and here we all are missing out on the deals because we've chosen to do something sensible! It's just not right in my opinion, so now's the time to make the most of the bargains, in order to catch the end of one set of our deals (our Christmas selection, 20% off New Zealand, Chile and Rhone and Bargain Hunt wines are on 'til February the 3rd) and the start of the new promotions (our new Pick 'n' Mix range plus a host of new countries and Bargain Bouquets of wines under £6, will be coming on offer on the 4th of February). In order that we save as much money as possible and try some stunning wines at the same time, I'm proposing an end to our January detoxes. That's right, this week 'F' is for 'Falling off the wagon in February'!*


Now's the time to come in store, stock up on the wines that are coming off promotion, and check out what lies in store for what's sure to be a spectacular spring for exploring new wines – so come on in and let us show you how to get some great wines as well as great value, this winter!


Stay tuned for next week's message, which is probably not going to be as socially irresponsible as this one!**


*Not if you're an actual alcoholic - that would be highly irresponsible of me – just if you've given it up for the month!

**I can't guarantee that though!


Wine of the Week - Grand Terroir Montpeyroux, Gerard BertrandDate published: 28/01/14

Wine of the Week

Grand Terroir Montpeyroux 2011, Gerard Bertrand

Only £7.99

(When you buy 2 or more, £9.99 single bottle price)

This week we're continuing our cut-price January theme by picking another of our best value wines as Wine of the Week. It comes from one our our favourite producers – Gerard Bertrand – who's know for producing really classy wines, without the huge price-tag to match – perfect when money's tight, but you want something a bit special! The 'Grand Terroir' series is all about reflecting the character of the vineyards within the wines, this one being a rhone blend, made more complex and unique by it's origins. Nick-named 'The Stony Mountain' the vineyard in Montpeyroux is nested between the sea and the Larzao range, and is seemingly the perfect place for all the constituent grapes to thrive. Each grape is allowed to shine, with structure and colour coming from the Carignan, black fruits and pepperyness from the Syrah. The Grenache softens out the tannins and brings balance to the alcohol, and the Mouvedre completes the picture by adding richness and complexity. Sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it? But what does it really mean? I suggest you give it a try now, and what you'll find out, in simple terms, is this: there's loads going on here, both in flavour and structure, but it's really drinkable, especially at £8 a bottle!


Wine with HaggisDate published: 24/01/14

This Saturday (25th January) is Burn's night, celebrating the birthday of the famous Scottish Poetry author - Robert Burns.

Traditionally the Haggis is toasted and accompanied with a wee dram of whiskey. However, if you are throwing a Burn's night celebration and whiskey is not your thing then why not toast the humble haggis and your neeps and tatties with wine.

A good haggis is hard to beat, and the the delightful rich texture has a unique range of ingredients (which might not be worth looking up for some!) which in my opinion needs a full-bodied red wine to stand up to the strong flavours.

 You can experiment with a whole array of wines but I would suggest something with good acidity to cut through the fattiness, a good sweet earthen and spicy character and most importantly of all a wine that is fruity enough to counterpoint the gamey richness associated with haggis.

A good  full-bodied 'New World' Cabernet Sauvignon or peppery Shiraz is often recommended or soft, fruity and herbaceous Rhone blends or Spanish Tempranillos are hard to beat if your not keen on the fruity new world styles out there. 

I have listed a few of my ' wee' (In a scottish accent) favorites to have with haggis below, but whichever wine or whiskey you choose, make sure you raise your glass to Mr Burns!

Santa Rita '120' Carmenere - £6.39 (When you buy 2 or more Chilean wines)

A juicy fruit-driven style of Carmenere with a soft texture brimming with brambly fruit accompanied with tobacco leaf, vanilla, pepper and wood-spice that will match haggis beautifully.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage - £14.99

As an alternative, quite often I will recommend a Pinotage to people to have with haggis as the smokiness and sweet spices work well. This full-bodied Pinotage is one of my favourites. Brimming with damson and black cherry fruit and a savoury smoked meatiness accompanied by spicy toastiness from the oak ageing would work brilliantly - almost sounds like it's haggis in a glass!!

Aigues Vives Corbieres, Gerard Bertrand - £8.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

Southern French Rhone blends though with their soft fruitiness and Garrique herb styles work wonders with haggis. As many of you know I am a huge fan of Gerard Bertrand's range, and his Aigues Vives Corbieres would have to be my no.1 choice for the humble haggis.

The smooth structure of this wine with it's array of sweet red and black fruit, and evident acidity make for a great match, but it's the hit of savoury spiciness and wild garrique herb nuances that really make this the ultimate haggis red for any Burn's celebration!


Whiskey in Focus - Burn's Night: Haggis and a good single maltDate published: 19/01/14

Burn’s Night – Haggis and a good Single Malt.

Burn’s night, in honour of the great Scottish Poet – Robert Burns, has been celebrated since the 18th Century on the anniversary of his death, and then continued on what friends originally thought was his birthday on the 29th January. Two years later however, it was discovered that his birthday was recorded as being on the 25th January and since then a Burn’s Supper is always eaten on this date. Burn’s suppers follow a standard format consisting of traditional Scottish cuisine including haggis, a recitation of Burns’ poetry and of course a toast to the humble haggis with a wee dram of a good single malt whiskey.

We have many different styles and types of whiskey available from all over Scotland - each region having their own style of flavours and characteristics. With such a diverse range in store we have something to suit all tastes and budgets, and with the help of the following basic guide, you should be able to pick the perfect toasting dram.

Blended Whiskey

The majority of Scotch sold is blended. Made from a blend of malt whiskey and grain whiskey, left in casks for several months after each is aged separately making for a great value starting point whiskey. Why not try the smooth and mellow Famous Grouse £19.00 per bottle

Blended Malt

Blended malt is a blend of single malts from several distilleries, harmoniously blended by a master blender making a perfect everyday introduction to the quality that you expect from single malts. A personal favourite of mine is Monkey Shoulder £25.00 per bottle. Sweet offerings of vanilla and toffee, with hints of oak and sweet spices - cinnamon and nutmeg. This is one exceptionally smooth whiskey.

Lowland Single Malt Whiskey,

Lowland whiskies are generally regarded as the most light bodied of the Single Malts. Light in flavour with flavours of grass, heather, honey, the merest hint of smokiness and with sweet vanilla characteristics thanks to typical ageing in used Bourbon barrels. A perfect example of a lowland whiskey is the Auchentoshan 12 yo £30.00 Per bottle. Textbook green leafiness on the nose accompanied by burnt sugar and sweet vanilla. The palate is smooth and sweet with hints of citrus fruits leading to sweet ginger and a lingering nuttiness.

Highland

Highland scotch is not as light as Lowland whiskies, but lighter and more elegant than the heavily peated Islay style. One of our most popular selling whiskies is the Glenmorangie 10 YO £25.00 per bottle. A combination of creaminess and freshness of fruit, this is a mellow style of whiskey where creamy vanilla is accompanied by floral fruitiness and cleansing orange to finish.

Islands

A diverse whisky region, considered part of the Highland region and a general term for single malts produced on the islands around the Scottish mainland (with the exception of Islay-considered a separate region). The proximity to the sea adds maritime flavours and depending on the distillery they generally have a light smokiness, subtle spice and are soft and mellow. With such a range of styles it’s hard to recommend a single whisky. Good examples include the Arran, Talisker and one of my favourites the lightly peated Jura superstition £30.00 per bottle with tastes of spice, smokiness, honey, pine and peated undertones.

Speyside

Speyside whiskies are considered the most elegant in Scotland. Light in style with floral and fruity notes (crisp apple and pear) with minimal smokiness and grassy tones, in some ways similar to the lowland style. Speyside is home to the Aberlour 10 Year Old Single Malt £19.00 Per bottle. Matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks. It has a dry fresh fruity aroma with sweet notes of mint and toffee. This whiskey is exceptionally smooth and creamy with sweet spice and honey intermingled with fresh crisp -apple flavours.

Islay

Islay whiskies are generally described as full-flavoured, pungent and very peated. The use of peat for drying eludes a medicinal iodine-like characteristic with seaweed and salt flavours. Generally the lightest in colour of any single malt style as often aged in re-fill casks. However don’t be fooled by this as Islay’s are renowned for their extreme smokiness. 

If you are looking to treat yourself this Burn’s night or someone as a gift look and want something different and very similar to an Islay style whiskey then do you fancy trying a Welsh Whiskey?

The Penderyn distilleries 'Peated' single malt whiskey - £40.00, produced near Brecon, is aged in ex-Bourbon casks along with ex-peated scotch whisky casks which give the whiskey it's characteristic smoky style and a lingering vanilla finish. 


Wine of the Week Tautavel Arago 21 2010, Gerard BertrandDate published: 16/01/14

Wine of the Week

Tautavel Arago 21 2010, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Gerard Bertrand £8.49 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £9.99) Buy 2 bottles and save £3 Tautavel, the Cradle of Humanity, is a wine from the Côtes du Roussillon Villages appellation at the heart of the vineyards of the South of France, situated inland from Perpignan in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Gérard Bertrand has forged an exclusive partnership with the wine growers of this appellation to produce a must- have wine. A deep, delightfully brilliant colour with light brown flashes.

The nose is intense and fruity with aromas of soft red fruit and particularly of raspberry, backed by nuances of spices.

The initial taste is full-bodied with soft tannins, revealing aromas of the garrigue and spices mid-palate, leading to a long, lingering finish.


BARGAIN HUNT 2014 - GRAB THESE BARGAINS WHILE YOU CANDate published: 14/01/14

If you took advantage of the Bargain hunt wines last year then you know what great value there is to be had - call it our January Sale!!

If like me you are feeling the pinch this January, don't despair, as the wines really are incredible value for money starting from as little as £4.66! Why not pop in to hunt them out.

There is nothing wrong with them and a shame to lose many of them, it's just with an ever changing range we often have to say goodbye to some lines to make way for new wines. I can't emphasis enough the incredible value to be had with these wines.

Below you will see a list of Bargain Hunt wines available from Majestic Wine Hereford, be quick as they are in short supply:


Macon-Cruzille 'Les Chanay', 2009 - £7.33* (1 left)

Cape Mentelle, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, 2011 - £13.32* (2 left)

Thelema sauvignon Blanc, 2012 - £11.66* (2 left)

Giesen Pinot Noir, 2011, Marlborough, NZ - £9.16* (3 left)

Composite Pinot Noir, 2011, Marlborough, NZ - £9.16* (4 left)

Rayulea Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Chile - £5.33*(2 left)

Tabali 'Reserva Especial', Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Limari, Chile - £8.66* (15 left)

Santa Carolina Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Leyda valley, Chile - £6.00* (6 left)


* When you buy any 2 or more from our Bargain Hunt range

Did you know...Date published: 13/01/14

Did you know that the south of France boasts one of the most exciting collections of local vine varieties in Europe, including the likes of Gros Manseng, Arrufiac, Petit Verdot, Marsanne, Roussanne, Petit Corbu,Mourvedre and many more. 

If by chance you have never heard let alone tried some of these varieties, or that they are firm favourites of yours, why not pop by this weekend as we will have an exciting selection of Southern French wines featuring some of the varieties above available to sample on our tasting counter.

See you soon

Wine Of The Week - Tabali Reserva Especial Sauvignon BlancDate published: 04/01/14


Tabali Reserva Especial 'Caliza Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Limarí Valley

The Tabali Special Reserve Sauvignon is part our 'Bargain Hunt' wines instore.


This sophisticated, well-balanced wine originates in the small town of Limari upon a 180 hectre vineyard known for its chalky clay soils. This sauvignon maintains the classically ripe fruit characteristics whilst replicating the european style. A firm and tightly structured Sauvignon, reminiscent of the finest examples of the Loire. A fresh lemon and grapefruit backbone, sprinkled with cut grass notes and a smoky, stony minerality. Best enjoyed with fine seafood, fish dishes, or with Greek salad.


Only £8.66

(When you buy 2 or more as part of mixed case)


Wine Of The Week - Christmas Lunch Date published: 19/12/13

Wine of the Week

Christmas Lunch

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011

£27.50pb or £21.99 when you buy two or more

In my humble opinion this is the best of the Cloudy Bay range and a perfect white wine for the big day.

A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.

A wonderful match with turkey or simply on it's own.

&

Chateau Guillot 2002

£25.00pb or £20.00 when you buy two or more

What Christmas would be complete without a good old bottle of claret!

We are luckily sitting on some of the 2002 vintage which is drinking beautifully at the moment.

If you are expecting to enjoy some red meat over the festive period

(I for one will be tucking in to Rib of Beef) then look no further as this wine has the perfect balance between depth of flavour and tannic structure to suit.

A plump and rounded claret, typical of Pomerol, combining the lush fruit

backbone of 70% Merlot with Cabernet Franc's leafy, savoury influence.

Maturation in 40%-new french oak provides spice and polish.


Majestic Christmas Calendar - Behind Door Number 11:Date published: 19/12/13


Running out of gift ideas?...Leave it to us

Fantastic 12 bottle  mixed cases, pre-mixed for your convenience and offering great value.


Discovery Reds 12x75cl Bottles

Whether you are a new to wine or a seasoned connoisseur, the Discovery Reds are ideal.

£75.78

Total Savings £8.70

£67.08




The Discovery Case 12x75cl Bottles

Discover the world of wine with this fantastic value case - a diverse range of wines from New and

£74.48

Total Savings £8.80

£65.68



The Seasonal Selection 12x75cl Bottles


Great for your party! A mix of styles from traditional Rioja to the very popular Sauvignon Blanc.


£113.88

Total Savings £30.00

£83.88



Festive Favourites 12x75cl Bottles

Quality wines at everyday prices, to keep your tastebuds tantalised, and dinner guests impressed.


£113.88


Total Savings £30.00

£83.88





Majestic Christmas Calendar - Behind Door Number 10:Date published: 16/12/13

Majestic Christmas Calendar - Behind Door Number 10:

Fluke of nature....Fantastic flavour!!

Pedro's Palo Cortado £14.99

Palo Cortado, a traditional and fully natural style of sherry based on an absolute fluke of nature.

This would have been a wine pre-selected to become a Fino or at a later date an Amontillado.

Yet on a rare occasion the veil of protective flor did not develop as required and the wine began ageing in an Oloroso fashion.

The result is an intermediate style, the elegance of the Amontillado with the depth of flavour and power of an Oloroso.

It is by far the rarest of styles and are now classed as some of the very greatest of dry sherries.

Classically matched to hard cheese but why not try it with your turkey dinner? I have a feeling you will be pleasantly surprised.


Christmas Delivery Schedule 2013Date published: 15/12/13

When you place an internet or telephone order with Majestic Wine, we guarantee you that it will be delivered within seven days.* This has now been increased to 14 days to guarantee deliver before Christmas, but don't fear.

As you can well imagine, Christmas time is our peak trading time and as the consumption and number of festive parties increases, so do the number of our deliveries.

To help put your mind at ease, we have listed below the days that we'll be heading to your neck of the woods (weather pending) along with a date that you should place your order to guarantee this delivery date. We know you'll need your wine and as a team, we'll try our best to meet any request that you make.

So #ComeAndExplore Majestic Hereford, this Christmas!

On behalf of the team, I wish you all the happiness and joy of the festive season and look forward to helping make your Christmas a really special one.


Delivery dates:

North and West (Leominister, Hay, Brecon, Builth, Rhayader and everything in between!)

Tuesday 17th December 

and

Thursday 19th December

East (Bromyard to Ross)
Wednesday 18th December

South and South West (Ross, Monmouth and Abergavenny areas):
Monday 16th, 
Wednesday 18th, 
Friday 20th 
and 
Monday 23rd December


Order by:
Order 24 hours before your last local delivery to ensure guaranteed delivery by Christmas

Majestic Christmas Calendar - Behind Door Number 9:Date published: 14/12/13

Majestic Christmas Calendar

Behind Door Number 9:

Pulling back the Majestic Calender door Number 9, is that a picture of an Angel, no it's an eagle.

This may be a clue to what treat is in-store for you over Christmas with my next christmas choice -

Domaine L'Aigle Pinot Noir, 2011, Gerard Bertrand

L'Aigle is French for Eagle, the domaine named after a pair of nesting eagles that nest on the rocky outlook above the vineyard. We never saw them when we were there but I'm sure they exist.

As many of you will know I am a huge fan of all Gerard Bertrand's wines, as they offer incredible value for money something that Gerard himself is very passionate about too. This Pinot Noir is no exception.

From one of the highest vineyards in the Languedoc, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees the vineyard is perfect for slow ripening of the Pinot Noir grapes allowing them to fully develop and allow the complex flavours to become evident.

The Domaine L'Aigle Pinot Noir is brimming with wild strawberries and sweet spices like cinnamon and clove, all rounded off with bracing tannin and a long mineral finish very much like the Pinot Noirs' of the Cote d' Or region in Burgundy (but half the price) - only £9.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

If your looking for a great all round Christmas food wine, this is it. Perfect with Game, cheese, beef or goose – which is what I'm hoping for (are we Ginny ; ) (My lovely Mother-in-Law))

What will be behind door number 10? Who knows? You'll just have to wait 'til tomorrow to find out!


Christmas Punch with PortDate published: 14/12/13

With the cold windy weather tonight, thought I would upload the perfect winter warming port punch, perfect  in front of the fire nad  after a couple of these you'll sleep like a baby.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Caster sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

60ml Port (Preferably Taylors for me!)

30ml Cognac

Orange and lemon slices and 

sprinkled ground clove to garnish.

Add recipe ingredients to sauce pan and heat gently before serving.

If you want to be really posh you can serve with a twist of orange peel too!

Majestic Christmas Calendar - Behind Door Number 8:Date published: 13/12/13

It's one of our old favourites behind door number 8, the classic Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004. We've had it one the tasting counter a few times recently, partly because we want to try it again and again, and partly because we really want to share it with everyone who comes into store – it's that good! This is one to take your time over, so set it by for a cold winter evening in and just enjoy! It's £18.50 when you buy two (as part of our 'Buy two, save £10' Fine Wine deal) and is the perfect match for a big fat Christmas Goose (which is what I'll be having it with come the big day!).

Plus, if you really want a show-stopping Christmas centre-piece, we've got the magnums for just £37, which are bound to impress your friends and family, and besides, with this wine, twice as much is still not enough for us!


What will be behind door number 10? Who knows? You'll just have to wait 'til tomorrow to find out!


Majestic Christmas Calendar Behind Door Number 7:Date published: 12/12/13


'Two Hands' will make the perfect Christmas gift!!

Two Hands winery was founded in early 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz. 

From the outset, Two Hands set out to be unique. This approach is reflected in everything from the names of the wines through to innovative packaging and, not least, the wines themselves.

'Quality without compromise' is a core value that drives all Two Hands decisions so, not surprisingly, the wines have received international acclaim from respected wine critics, with Robert Parker proclaiming Two Hands as '...the finest negociant operation south of the equator...'

The three 'Two Hands' wines I have selected for the festive period are as follows:

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Barossa Valley £23.00 or £18.00 when you buy two or more

Gnarly Dudes is made with fruit sourced from mature vineyards from the Barossa's western ranges. Intense and complex on the nose, which offers an array of fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender. Full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and good length.

Angels' Share Shiraz Mclaren Vale £23.00 or £18.00 when you buy two or more

Angel's share refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from the oak barrels during maturation.

Assertive aromas, bursting with blackberry, bramble and white pepper. Glossy dark cherry, mulberry fruit with fresh acidity and fine tannins. A classy wine that brings to the fore the best attributes of McLaren Vale Shiraz.

Perfect match with rare roast beef

Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon Mclaren Vale £23.00 or £18.00 when you buy two or more

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

A succulent wine with aromas of lavender, cranberries and minty floral Asian spice. This is textbook Cabernet Sauvignon and highlights how well McLaren Vale is situated to growing it.

Perfect gift to get on the right side of the father-in-law


Majestic Christmas Calendar Behind Door Number 6:Date published: 11/12/13

Majestic Christmas Calendar Behind Door Number 6:

Classically this is the season to write about Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos and at some point before the big day is upon us we will give it the festive attention the Puttonyos deserves.

However, today I am going to write about the lesser known (and much cheaper) Royal Tokaji wine....The Dry Furmint.

The name Furmint is the grape variety that is used to make the wine which derives from the Hungarian word 'Froment' which describes the wheaten colour of it's wines.

Furmint is a fine, fiery grape that offers complex aromas of honey and stone fruits. Backed up by firm acidity and notes of minerality this well defined wine is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!

This wine would make a perfect accompaniment to the turkey dinner or some of the soft cheese that we all know we will be devouring in excess over the coming weeks!

So if your stuck for a gift and don't want to break the bank then why not try this truly unique wine, chances are that whoever you buy it for would have never tasted the like before and I am very confident they will fall in love with this hidden gem.

Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2011, £9.99 or £8.49 when you buy two or more.


Majestic Christmas Calendar Behind Door Number 5:Date published: 11/12/13

Majestic Christmas Calendar

Behind Door Number 5:

Contrary to popular belief we're not just obsessed with wine at Majestic.. we're also obsessed with beer, spirits, and generally anything that makes us merry at Christmas*! We know you're not always after a wine to keep you warm of an evening or to get a party started, and behind door number 5 is our perfect Christmas Gin!

We've chosen Martin Miller's Reformed Dry Gin – but don't be put off by the 'reformed' bit, it's actually been blended with Icelandic water (fancy!) to give it 'Artic Clarity'. What that means is that it's smooth enough to drink neat (if you're northern!) with ice and a a slice of cucumber and has a freshness to it that makes it a bit special. With hints of cucumber in the gin as well, it's the perfect gin for the cl;assic G 'n' T. We'd recommend pairing it with our fever-tree tonics for a change from your Christmas wines.

(*also on the list are shoes, bags, and the Arsenal being top of the league!)

Stay tuned to see what's behind door number 6!


Majestic Christmas Calendar - Behind Door Number 4:Date published: 11/12/13

Majestic Christmas Calendar

Behind Door Number 4:

Today's Advent Article is all about starting your Christmas day properly, with a Christmas cocktail! It's my take on a Christmas Morning Mimosa, and it's sure to blow away the cobwebs and get you ready to face family frictions and cooking complications in style!

The first ingredient is our very own Cava Calamino – recommended by Jane McQuitty, but, more importantly, just £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles (down from £8.99), so it's perfect for mixing! Half fill a Champagne flute with that, then almost fill to the top with fresh orange juice and, for the extra kick you need, add a shot of Chase's Marmalade Vodka* straight from the freezer.  Garnish with a spiral of orange peel and serve with your morning Salmon (or, if you're like me, your Christmas bacon sandwich!)  Perfect!

(*Chase's Marmalade Vodka is £35 at the moment, and there's only a limited supply in Majestic, so grab it quick or be disappointed)!

Stay tuned to see what's behind door number 5!


Majestic Hereford Advent Calender 2013 - Day 3Date published: 09/12/13

Fool proof Mulled Wine Recipe

Ingredients

2 x btls Gran Vendema Crianza

60ml Selsley Gourmet Mulling Syrup

Method

1.Mix the mulling syrup and wine together in a large sauce pan

2.Heat through until piping hot, DO NOT BOIL

3.Serve with a slice of orange

4.Drink and enjoy....I told you it was fool proof

Gran Vendema Crianza £9.99 or £5.99 when you buy two or more

Selsley Gourmet Mulling Syrup £5.99 or £5.49 when you buy two or more


Majestic Hereford Advent Calender 2013 - Day 2Date published: 09/12/13

I can't believe December is upon us yet again. To help you make the perfect Christmas selection, everyday throughout December the Team at Hereford will be on hand to help, recommending a selection of our favourite Champagne, wines, and festive drinks. 

Look out for our individual baubles in-store to help you find our choices. Charlotte has obviously chosen the pink ones, James has the brown sparkly ones, Pete has the shiny brown ones and I have gone for the ginger sparkly baubles !!.

Day 2

As with any Christmas day, the only way to start the festivities is with a glass of bubbly, and what better one of my recommendations to start with than:

Perrier Jouet NV only £24

At £24 this is one of my favourite Champagnes and is everything you need for your Christmas morning bubbly. It's seaming with fresh apple fruit flavour but has a subtle toasty sweet biscuit finish - almost apple crumble like.

Perfect with Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs on a toasted bagel ... a staple breakfast in my household, well for me anyway, my Wife doesn't like Smoked salmon - heathen!!

Alternatively, for that extra wow factor we have the Perrier Jouet NV in a Magnum at only £55, perfect for sharing!


Wine Of The Week - Angelique 2009, St-Emillion Grand Cru.Date published: 09/12/13

In conjunction with our Bordeaux tasting week, we have chosen the Angelique de Monobousquet 2009, St-Emilion Grand Cru as our Wine of The Week.


The second wine of Chateau Monbousquet, Angelique is the more youthful and approachable version of the Grand Vin, the winery was rewarded with Grand Cru Classe in 2006 and is thought of as one of St-Emillion's 'super-crus'.
The Angelique is all you would expect from a youthful St-Emillion, fleshy and ripe almost jammy red and black fruit abound with grippy yet supple tannin finished off with a hint of wild herb.
A great value St-Emillion that would be the perfect Boxing day red wine with Roast beef and all the trimmings!

Majestic Hereford Christmas Calendar 2013 - Day 1Date published: 08/12/13

Majestic Christmas Calendar

Behind Door Number 1:

To kick off our Christmas Calendar, we've chosen the Port to end all Ports – the Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 2001, whichcomes from the Taylor family's home estate, the river-side Vargellas. It's renowned as 'one of the greatest wine estates in the world', and as soon as you open it you can see why! The grapes are still trodden in the traditional way by the local villagers, so it's much more expensive and labour intensive, but Port-makers agree that it's still the best way (even the automated pressing machine for Port use foot-shaped paddles to try to recreate human feet). This Port is full, rich and thick, full of currents and spice and all things nice, and will just keep getting better over time, and could be drunk any time over the next ten years – but if you present this with your after-dinner cheeses on the big day, I'm pretty sure it won't see the new year!

Stay tuned to see what's behind door number 2!


The A-Z of Wine: 'E' is for 'EnglandDate published: 30/11/13

The A-Z of Wine 

Today is Saint Andrew's day, patron saint of Scotland, so what better way to commemorate than to write an article all about... you guessed it... England! (I know an article about Scotland would have been more appropriate and less incendiary, but a) we don't sell any Scottish wines, and b) Scotland doesn't begin with 'E' and it's really difficult to think of wine-related things beginning with 'E' (seriously, James wanted me to write about egg whites and enzymes – fun!). So, what can be said about this green and pleasant land, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, THIS ENGLAND?! ... Er, well, I mean, we make some decent booze...


Charlotte's choice: (it's like Sophie's choice, only I've never won an oscar for my troubles!)


The Local Hero:

Wye Valley Brewery are possibly our favourite neighbours: they're friendly, they own one of the best pubs in Britain, and they make great beer – what more could you ask for?! Their HPA is Arv's choice whenever he frequents the barrels, and has an unusual citrussy note that's make it a bit more interesting. The Butty Bach is a customer favourite and packs a massive punch. The name is Welsh slang for 'little friend' (must..not...make...Scarface...reference!) and it's perfect for sharing with your mates!

Wye Valley Ales are £19.20 for one pack, or £17.20 each when you buy 2 or more, so grab a pack of each and see which you prefer.


The Star of the Catwalk

Our Stand-out British Champagne is the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, 2004, it's citrussey and creamy and shows that British Wines can be as good as their more famous European counterparts. This one was even voted the offical Sparkling wine of Paris Fashion Week, which is a pretty difficult accolade to achieve for anyone not hailing from Reims, but when you taste it, you can certainly see why. It's 33% off on our Pick 'n' Mix deal until Tuesday 2nd December, so it's definitely worth a try at £23.98!


That's all for this week, but keep your eyes peeled for our Advent Articles all the way through December.


Cheers,

Charlotte



Wine Of the Week - Ara Composite Pinot NoirDate published: 29/11/13

 Wine of the Week

Select Blocks Pinot Noir 2011 Ara, Marlborough

It's our Australia and New Zealand Tasting this week, and whilst we aren't huge fans of their cricket and Rugby teams right now, we still have a soft spot for their wines! Our Wine of the Week this week comes with the James Howells seal of approval – he says it's 'the best value New Zealand Pinot Noir we sell' and 'a taste sensation' and he should know, since he spent around 3 years down under (stop it, you're making your own jokes up now!). It's full of red cherry goodness, there's a hint of vanilla and smoke, which makes me thinks of sitting by the fire on a cold winter's evening. The oak gives a little cedar and makes it all feel well-rounded. This is definitely one to consider opening with roast goose or turkey on the big day, and with 20% of New Zealand at the moment, it's definitely a good time to grab a couple!

Only £10.99

(When you buy 2 or more wines from New Zealand, £13.74 single bottle price)


The A-Z of Wine: 'D' is for 'DouroDate published: 23/11/13

The A-Z of Wine 

Since it's coming up to (whisper it) Christmas, we've been cracking open a few Winter warmers, and it's inspired this week's A-Z topic: D is for 'Douro'!


The Douro Valley is the spiritual (and literal) home of the best Ports in the world!


After sailors decided that wine didn't keep for long enough after it had been opened (not a problem I've ever personally experienced!) they added spirits to it, increasing its longevity, and creating a new fortified wine – Port. Whilst the name might seem to come from the nautical link, it's actually comes from where it's made – the Portuguese capital. The vineyards are situated along the Douro river, so once picked, they're sailed down to Porto in little sailing boats known as 'Rabelos' to be sold in town or abroad.


The Douro is thus the heart and soul of Port – used for it's transportation and moderates the temperature in the Douro Valley to provide the perfect climate for the grapes used.

Charlotte's Choice: (It's like 'Sophie's Choice' only less depressing and with more wine and fewer Nazis)


The Christmas gift:

This year's must-have Christmas present (for people who love with Port at least (and, really, if they don't love Port, then why even buy them a present?!) is Taylor's 10 year-old Tawny Port.

In true Ronsil tradition, it's tawny in colour, has been aged for an average of 10 years, and is a Port – who'd have thought it?! It's also, as James would say, like Christmas in a bottle – full of jammy berries and nuts, and the perfect match for Christmas pudding!

The Stand-out:

My 'Pick of the Ports' (and I guarantee you won't be able to say that after a bottle!) is Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 2001. This one's extra-special because it comes from the Taylor family's home estate, the river-side Vargellas. It's renowned as 'one of the greatest wine estates in the world', and as soon as you open it you can see why! The grapes are still trodden in the traditional way by the local villagers, so it's a much more expensive and labour intensive method, but Port-makers agree that it's still the best way (even the automated pressing machine for Port use foot-shaped paddles to try to recreate human feet!). This gorgeous Port is full, rich and thick, with loads of currents and spice and all things nice, and will just keep getting better over time, though it can be drunk straight away, or at any time over the next ten years – but something tells me it won't last that long!


That's all for this week, who knows what next week's topic will be – I know the tension will be eating at you, so have a quick glass of the Douro's finest to pass the time!




Wine Of the Week - Gerard Bertrand Hospitalet 2011Date published: 22/11/13

In conjunction with our Rhone and Burgundy tasting week, we thought we would open up what the Languedoc has to offer when it comes to Rhone style reds as a comparative.

Having stayed and visited Chateau Hospitalet, this was a trip down memory lane for me, plus a new vintage to try since the 2009 which we tried at the time of our visit. Be warned I think we harvested the Mourvedre grapes that MAY have gone into this vintage!?!

Ask anyone who knows me, and they will know what a fan I am of all Gerard Bertrand's wines (It's not just me either, Gerard was voted red winemaker of the year recently too in the IWSC awards recently). 

I can still remember trying their wines for the first time and thinking these are incredible for the money. mentioning this to Gerard, he smiled and said that he wanted to offer wine of great quality at a reasonable cost. His flagship wine - Chateau Hospitalet is no exception. If you like big bold Rhone wines like Chateau-Neuf-du Pape or Gigondas then this is definately the wine for you to try.

It is robust much like the wines of Gigondas with powerful structure and firm tannins yet has the candied black fruit and sweet spice associated with a good CNDP. All this is rounded off with an almost Garrique herb finish, imparted from the many wild herb plants that line the vineyard maybe?

A great wine with huge ageing potential that will only get better and better. Perfectly matched with a good venison or beef steak perhaps.

If you are ever in the Languedoc, I can highly recommend a stay at Chateau Hospilatet, you won't be dissappointed.


Did you know....Date published: 11/11/13


Did you know that Chile is the only wine growing country in the world that is completely free of the small yellow aphid (phylloxera) which devastated grape vines back in the 19th century.

The fact that the vine-growers need not worry about these pesky  little critters saves them a fortune because Grafting (the connection of resistant rootstock to original) is not required.

Look out for our Chilean Tasting week that starts this Friday (15th-21st November) where we will be opening up a range of wines from this fantastic country...no bugs included.


The A-Z of Wine: 'C' is for Chablis Date published: 03/11/13

The A-Z of Wine 

We're up to 'C' this week, so I thought I'd talk about one of my favourite subjects: that's right 'C' is for Charlotte, it's all about me! I'm joking, of course (because every week is about me and because I couldn't pass up this opportunity to talk about my all-time favourite wine!) this week 'C' is for 'Chablis'! That's right, 'C' is for crisp, clean, crystal clear, classically citrusey, choice Chardonnays, that are champion! (Phew, sorry, I think I need to lie down now after that 'C' overload!).

As you can probably tall by my enthusiasm* (*read: the fact that I won't shut up about them) I think you really can't beat a good Chablis, and let's face it, most of them are better than good! If you want to talk in more depth about Chablis, come and see me (I'll warn you now that I'll be doing most of the talking though!) but for now I'll just leave you with my two best buys:


Charlotte's Choice: (It's like 'Sophie's Choice' only less depressing, with more wine and fewer Nazis)


The Bargain:

I've been raving about this one for pretty much as long as I've worked at Majestic, to the extent that we keep running out of this wine, so I won't say too much about it here, but our Petit Chablis 2011 by Union des Viticulteurs de Chablis is top-drawer, and at £9.99, is one of the best priced examples we offer. Get it now, while we still have some, or I will!


The Stand-out:

If money were no object, and I had to drink one wine for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be the Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-Bordet. The Seguinot-Bordet family have been making Chablis for over 400 years, so you expect this to be exceptional, and it really is. There's the great citrus nose that you expect, but with more intensity than you're used to, it's bracingly acidic, and has a flinty, gun-smoke minerality which makes it perfectly refreshing. There's also a hint of oaking, which means it will age well, but it's so well integrated that it doesn't overpower, leaving just a little extra body, a smidge of well-roundedness, and the slightest hint of smooth honey on the aftertaste. It's absolute class at £24 a bottle, £19 if you buy two. If you're looking to treat yourself, grab a couple, lock your doors and windows and just sit back and enjoy – I'll be very jealous!

That's all for this week, so happy drinking!

Charlotte




Wine of the Week Pedro's Almacenista Selection FinoDate published: 02/11/13

Wine of the Week

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino 

£8.99

We're celebrating Sherries at the moment in Majestic, and have opened four different styles from our Pedro's Sherry range.  They're right out the top draw and worth a try while they're on the tasting counter, which will give you a chance to compare them and pick your favourite, but since Jancis Robinson has particularly mentioned the Fino in a recent list of 'Best Wines under £10' we thought we'd make it our Wine of The Week as well (ok, so maybe we're jumping on the bandwagon a little, but it's a pretty good bandwagon to be on, so we're not complaining!)!As you'd expect from a Fino, this is dry and refreshing, there's lots of almondy goodness, and there are sharp apple and citrus flavours which become more prominent as you keep tasting it.  This is perfect when drunk slightly chilled, as an aperitif or with a wedge of cheese and is best when it's first opened, which is just another reason to pour yourself another glass!*

*Beat that Jancis Robinson!



Wine of the Week Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010/12, Clare ValleyDate published: 26/10/13

Wine of the Week

Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2010/12, Clare Valley

Step up to the podium/tasting counter – we've got a gold medal winner in our midst! No, it's not for Javelin (although Arv's got a decent arm) or Rhythmic Gymnastics (you should see James' triple axle) but the AWC International Vienna Wine Challenge Gold Medal winner gracing our presence this week! This champion of a Cab Sav comes from the Wakefield family, who've passed their wine-making expertise down three generations, which means you get all the Aussie values of big, bold, intense flavours, with the finesse of an old hand. There's bags of black brambles, cedar and eucalyptus and it's youthful, strong and in it's prime right now, just like a true Olympic hero. The whole Wakefield range is 20% off right now, so you can mix and match them, but this one should really qualify for your final line-up!

Only £8.99

(When you buy 2 or more as part of mixed case, £11.99 single bottle price)


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting - Amarone NegrarDate published: 24/10/13

Every weekend throughout September and October as part of our Autumn magic of Fine Wine tastings we will be opening a range of Fine Wines on our tasting counter (For details see James's earlier article below) for the opportunity to try something special - Fine Wine at house wine prices. So why not pop in-store to try them and discover the magic of Fine Wine.

This weekend (Friday 25th October) we will be opening the Amarone Negrar  £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18 per bottle.

And here is the review from our Fine Wine Manager Hansi:

Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.

FACTS: Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.

TASTE: Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish.

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

Did you know...Date published: 20/10/13

South Africa makes some truly remarkable reds, but there most widely planted red grape variety is Pinotage.

The grape was created in South Africa by the crossing of pinot noir and cinsault.

The taste of pinotage can range from a Beaujolais style of red berry fruit character to very full bodied rich, spiced berry fruit with secondary notes of rubber and smoke (imagine doing a  hand brake turn into a red currant bush)

We currently have the Barista Pinotage available to try on our tasting counter, why not pop in and try this unique grape variety.

Wine of the Week Septimo Dia Chardonnay Mendoza 2012 Date published: 19/10/13

Wine of the Week

Septimo Dia Chardonnay Mendoza 2012
£7.99 (When you buy 2 or more: 1 bottle – £9.99)

Chardonnay

Septimo Dia meaning 'Seventh Day' is a wine that begins with the finest handpicked

 grapes from the most prestigious vineyards. 

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.

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.

Try matching this wine with homemade fish pie.

#comeandexplore


South Africa Tasting @ Ledbury Wine Club Date published: 17/10/13

On Tues I was kindly invited to attend Ledbury Wine Club's monthly meeting and to talk about South African Wines (Currently on 20% off until 28th October).

As part of the tasting we tried 8 different wines, and comparatively tasting against French wines. As promised for Ledbury Wine Club see below the tasting notes for the evening. I had a very enjoyable evening and very much look forward to doing another tasting in the near future for your welcoming wine club:

With a wine making history stretching back into the 17th century, South Africa is the oldest 'New World' country and produces many different styles of wine, and whether you like a zesty Sauvignon Blanc, an appley Chenin or a smokey Pinotage there’s something for everyone from this wine making country which is recently seeing a renaissance in popularity and gaining favour with international wine drinkers.

However, this journey hasn’t been without its ups and downs. South African wine making for a long time was synonymous with the co-operative Winegrowers association of South Africa or KWV that unfortunately valued quantity over quality, by imposing a minimum price on wine and guaranteeing to buy any excess wine.

This, plus the devastation of vineyards caused by Phylloxera in the 19th century and the boycotting of South African products in protest of the country’s system of Apartheid caused a down turn in export markets.

It wasn’t until as recently as the 1980s and 1990s when apartheid ended that the world’s export market was opened and the KWV stripped of it’s previous regulatory power that South African wines began to make a real name for themselves with the culture of winemaking moving away from one of quantity to one of limiting yields and wines of quality.

Many wine producers quickly adopted new world viticultural and wine making techniques coupled with old world principles, attracting an influx of upcoming wine makers from other countries helping to bring international influences on new and well known varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay for example.

French wine making and styles though are seen very much the benchmark to the wine industry worldwide including South Africa. We will therefore be tasting a range of wines from France and South Africa to pin-point some of the differences and similarities of them; and which ones you prefer of course!

Sauvignon Blancs Old world vs New World

Talk about climatic differences and how climate affects styles of wine.

Fruity, elegant Loire against intense Vegetal SA style

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent

Chenin Blancs - Crisp to Lucious, Chenins diversity as a grape.

We couldn’t have a South African tasting without trying Chenin Blanc, sometimes known as Steen, Chenin is now undoubtedly the signature white grape of S.A.

Chenin Blanc is probably the world’s most versatile grape variety and comes in many different styles in both the Loire and S.A, from bone-dry crisp apple styles to very floral and honeyed in exceptional years. Chenin Blanc’s from South Africa’s best sites produce bone-dry wines of greater intensity than commonly found in Loire.

La Grille Chenin Blanc:

The La Grille cooperative winery produce wines of exceptional value for money. Cooperatives like the KWV of S.A. have been guilty in the past of producing wines of quantity rather than quality. However, these days, consumers demand more and cooperatives will reward and pay for quality grapes to produce better wines. La Grilles Chenin Blanc is no exception.

Grown on granite and schist from mainly western Loire, perfect for this grape variety. A fresh fruity off-dry style. Full of apple, quince, white flowers and white peach character. A perfectly balanced wine.

In South Africa they take this to a whole new level by using the grape as part of a blend to produce luscious dessert style wines like that of Vouvray.

Rustenberg ‘Straw Wine’

The wine named as it is made in the ‘Passito’ method, like in Amarone. Whereby the grapes are laid on straw mats and semi-dried, concentrating the sugars a similar concept to Sauternes whereby the Botrytis saps the water from the grape and concentrates the sugar.

Made from Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Crouchen Blanc. The dessert wine is extremely luscious and brimming with concentrated marmalade, honey and dried apricot. A great value alternative to some of the more expensive dessert wines, like Vin de Constance and Tokai for example.

Pinotage and it's stylistical differences

Pinotage, the Cinsault x Pinot Noir cross is to South Africa what Shiraz is to Australia and Malbec now is to Argentina. The problem is that Pinotage has had a poor track record yet many die hard South African producers would still defend it’s potential and now growing it at higher altitudes to allow further ripening times for full tannin ripeness without producing wines that are hugely full with too much alcohol. Many growers will say that the potential of Pinotage is also achieved in skilful cellaring efforts. After over 70 years South African Pinotage is receiving the kind of acclaim that it deserves.

Beyerskloof Pinotage

A classic Pinotage, very fruity, brimming with plum and bramble fruit coupled with Pinotage’s trademark spiciness. A well-structured wine, yet elegantly soft, accompanied by a perfectly balanced freshness. Great with any spicy foods and if your Scottish a good haggis!

Barista Pinotage

Produced from vines situated in the Paarl district where the high-lying sites once famed for their whites are well suited to the production of fine-quality reds like Pinotage. The topography allowing slower ripeness drawing the coffee like characteristics out of this grape variety - hence the name. Barista being associated to people who specialise in making espresso-based coffees an appropriate name.

The grapes are pressed and fermented in oak to preserve the dark coffee aromas that make Barista so distinctive.

This intense wine has the unmistakable aroma of fresh coffee, and if like me you love the smell of freshly opened coffee you can immerse yourself into this wine for ages.

The wine is rich and mouth-filling with coffee and chocolate mixing with unmistakable Pinotage flavours of plum, mulberry fruit and Morella cherry. The high-lying sites allowing for perfect smoothness and tannin ripeness. No green tannin or acetate flavours found here.

Decanter 5 star Rated Bordeaux Blends

Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends rank as one of S.A.'s finest red wine styles.

Traditional firm and assertive styles are made here, but the trend is towards more up-front wines driven by ripe, juicy cassis fruit with cedary spicy-vanilla oak complexity.

New-wave wines are often enjoyable when young, but will develop in bottle too much like Bordeaux wines.

Many of the best examples are found in the regarded Stellenbosch area.

Chateau Greysac, Medoc

Situated in the gravel estuary in the hamlet of By in the Medoc.

Greysac is a very seductive and elegant Claret at excellent prices.

Medium-bodied with ripe currants, tobacco and juicy plum, vanilla and spice. Fine tannin and beautifully balanced fruits and a long lingering finish.

Now if you compare this to the S.A example you will see how similarly styled and flavoured the 2 wines are, highlighting the quality found from S.A

Rustenberg John x Merriman

Named after John Xavier Merriman who purchased the farm in 1892 that later became Rustenberg. He was the last prime Minister of the Cape Colony before the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910.

Talk about screw-cap and corked bottles 2 vintages ago.

Intense blackberry, blackcurrant and undertones of mint, spice and cigar box or integrated oak and very subtle tannins.


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting - Chateau Senejac, Haut-Medoc 2010Date published: 17/10/13

Every weekend throughout September and October as part of our Autumn magic of Fine Wine tastings we will be opening a range of Fine Wines on our tasting counter (For details see James's earlier article below) for the opportunity to try something special - Fine Wine at house wine prices. So why not pop in-store to try them and discover the magic of Fine Wine.

This weekend (Friday 11th October) we will be opening the Chateau Senejac, Cru Bourgeois, £23.00 buy 2 save £10 = £18.00 per bottle.

And here is the review from our Fine Wine Manager Hansi:

INTRODUCTION: Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.

FACTS: Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.

TASTING NOTE: Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.

FOOT MATCH: Roast Lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.


Fantastic Short-Term October Offers For 2 Weeks Only - Ending 28th OctoberDate published: 15/10/13

Today sees the start of the next instalment of our fantastic October offers, with some incredible prices.

Hurry though these offers are on for 2 weeks only – ending on the 28th October.

Below you will see a list of all the new offers, prices and a brief description.

Chapoutier Belleruche, 2012 £7.99*

A superb value wine, with rich dark brambly fruit, earthy minerality and spice – CNDP for the everyday.

Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde, 2012 - £5.99*

A very refreshing apperitiff wine bursting with tropical fruit and a floral finish topped off with a signature spritz.

Wakefield Cab Sauvignon, 2010 - £8.99*

The Wakefield wines are fantastic value for money at normal prices so make sure you snap them up at these prices. This Cabernet sauvignon is typically Aussie. Packed with jammy blackcurrant, licorice and a minty finish.

Wakefield Chardonnay, 2012 - 8.99*

A full textured Chardonnay with an array of fruit that leaps ut of the glass – with white peach, pineapple and a refreshing citrus core.

Wakefield Merlot, 2012 - £8.99*

A deep inky merlot with halmark plum fruit siky-smooth chocolate and very subtle tannin

Wakefield Shiraz, 2010 - £8.99*

A very different style compared to normal Aussie shiraz. Stewed plum, bramble fruit, violet, coffee, vanilla and even a touch of warming clove to finish, you would almost need to call this a Syrah.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £6.99*

At £6.99 this is an absolute bargain. Light and refreshing as you would expect from a Prosecco but the Zonin has a bit more almond ceaminess almost Soave like in some respects. A great all round party fizz.

J de Telmont NV Champagne - £15.00*

One of the oldest Champagne houses, a cracking NV style champagne

Laurent Perrier Rose NV - £50.00

This Rose Champagne doesn't need explaining, one of the best value rose champagnes in my eyes.

* When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case.


The A-Z of Wine: 'B' is for Bargain!Date published: 13/10/13


This week's topic is something very close to my heart – I love a bargain! Arv and James would probably say that I'm just a tight northerner, but I'm just not impressed with a flashy name and a big price tag, I'd much rather get something that's value for money, whether other people look down on it or not. So this week I thought I'd share some of my best value wines. Two whites, two reds, and one wild card made the list. Some are on deals at the moment, and some are always a good buy, but they'll all give you a bit more bang for your buck (hate that phrase!) so you can spend it on the stuffs that matters (like more wine!)!


A good old Ricky Red!

First off on my list is the Cuvée de Richard Rouge 2012, or as we call it at Majestic, the 'Ricky Red'. It's often scoffed at for being one of our cheapest lines, but don't turn your nose up just yet; I was surprised at how fruity, juicy and easy-drinking this is. There's lots of strawberry and cassis and, really, how wrong can you go when it's £5.49 full price?!


The best smelling wine I've ever tasted!

Honestly, you get your money's-worth before you've even tasted the Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004, there's so much going on that it took me 5 minutes to even start drinking it, and both the smell and the taste were sensational! This is one to take your time over, so set it by for a cold winter evening in and just enjoy! It's £17.99 when you buy two or more until the end of October (while Spanish wines are 20% off) so you'll probably never see it cheaper than it is now, but if you really want a show-stopper, my advice is to buy the magnum at £36, as you'll rarely see a magnum for just twice the price of a single bottle!


A crowd-pleasing Chardonnay

Whilst the LFE Mountain View Chardonnay isn't my personal favourite, this list isn't all about me (ok it is, but just go with me here!) I couldn't have a list of bargains without including it. Full price it's £6.99, and right now it's £5.99 when you buy two, which is pretty good on it's own, but the reason it's such good value is the reaction it got on our Chardonnay tastings last month. Even pitted against fine wines, old-world stalwarts and my beloved petit-chablis (and I can't believe that wasn't the clear winner – blasphemy in my opinion!) the LFE Mountain View came top, not just for price, but for a lot of people for taste as well. What else do you need to know for £6?!

New in from Argentina

My last white on our bargain list for this week is the Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc. Santa Ana are new to Majestic this autumn, and this one's a bit different from the New Zealand Sauvignon's you tend to see – there's more citrus than usual (and it's much less like being hit over the head with a giant gooseberry!), and the tropical fruits are softer and more subtle. There's still some good herbaceousness going on in the background though. Because it's new in, you get the introductory offer of £5.99 when you buy two or more (down from £8.99) so it's the perfect time to try something new!

*(the Santa Ana Malbec is also a bargain at £5.99, but that would mess up my '2 red, 2 white rule!)*

A bargain bit of bubbly!

Last up is a champagne that's rich, crisp, refreshing, balanced, nutty, and, most importantly of all, named after two of my favourite childhood games: that's right, it's the Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut Non-Vintage (I'll be the top-hat, you can be the iron)! Just what you want to celebrate putting hotels on Park Lane AND Mayfair, for just £17 when you buy two! Ready or not, here I come!


That's all for now (I mean, we have loads of other bargains in-store, I just can't be bothered to write about them all!) so check back soon for my latest installment – next week, it's my favourite and yours (oh, it's not your favourite? That's fine, we're just no longer friends!), the thing of beauty that is... Chablis! ** Until then, stay cool Hereford!


**(Disclaimer: If next week's article is a bit late it will probably be because I needed to do a LOT of extra 'research' for this topic!)**


What is all this fuss about Fine Wines?Date published: 12/10/13

What is all this fuss about Fine Wines?

Are they really worth the extra money?

Why not pop into our store,try some everyday drinking new world reds on our tasting counter and then try this wine and decide for yourself!

Two Hands 'Angels' Share' 2010,

McLaren Vale, Australia.

£18.00

(When you buy 2 or more bottles -1 bottle = £22.00)

Each of the three wines from the Two Hands 'Premium Picture' series taste as distinctive as the names.

The 'angel's Share' is no exception. The name refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from the oak barrels during maturation. This representation of the shiraz grape is 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. What a treat!!



#Come and Explore

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting - Two Hands Angel ShirazDate published: 10/10/13

Every weekend throughout September and October as part of our Autumn magic of Fine Wine tastings we will be opening a range of Fine Wines on our tasting counter (For details see James's earlier article below) for the opportunity to try something special - Fine Wine at house wine prices. So why not pop in-store to try them and discover the magic of Fine Wine.

This weekend (Friday 11th October) we will be opening the Two hands Angel Share Shiraz, McLaren Vale.  £23.00 buy 2 save £10 = £18.00 per bottle.

And here is the review from our Fine Wine Manager Hansi:

INTRODUCTION The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.FACTS Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.TASTING NOTE Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.FOOD MATCH Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce.

The A-Z of Wine 'A' is for: AlbariñoDate published: 06/10/13

Yes, here it is – the long-awaited first entry into my ABC's of Wine! I've chosen to start rather conventionally with A (I was going to mix it up and go for Q first, but I couldn't think of anything wine-related that begins with a Q, so I thought I'd give myself a few months to think about it!), so this week I'm focusing on Albarino. I chose Albarino because it's a grape that I'd never heard of before starting Majestic, but have really liked all the examples I've tasted since.


Most Albarino is grown in the North West of Spain, particularly in Rias Baixas (which isn't so easy to pronounce after a few glasses, let me tell you) which is very humid, which means it's more of a challenge to predict how quickly the grapes will ripen. That means, firstly that Albarinos from the same producer, in the same style can vary greatly from year to year, and secondly, that they are never cheap. Luckily, technological advances have meant a massive improvement to Albarinos in general, allowing them to be of a more consistently high standard, but since Albarinos seem to be constantly growing in popularity, they will probably retain their high price-tag.


When they do get it right, there should be lots of clean stone-fruit flavours, particularly apricot and peach, they should be really light, with crisp acidity, making them really refreshing. The grape is similar to Viogner and Gewürztraminer as well as Petit Manseng, which it is closely related to (and no, I've never heard of that one either!).


Fun fact: when Australian wine-makers saw that Albarino was becoming 'the new Viogner' back in 1998, they spent loads of money investing in it so they could capitalise on the increasing popularity. The only problem was that the cutting that had been sold to them as Spanish Albarino, were actually the French varietal of Savignin! So for ten years every Australian bottle of 'Albarino' was actually the wrong grape, and this only became apparent in 2008, when a French wine specialist noticed the difference, did some DNA analysis and crush the Australians' money-making dreams like so many Savignin grapes! Bad Luck Aussies! So now you won't see Australian Albarino, at least for a good while, and if you do, you can pull out this, frankly spectacular, anecdote and impress all your friends (no need to thank me!)!


That's all for this week, but keep scanning your timeline for next week's article!


My pick of the Alphabet:

If this article has inspired you to try Albarino for the first time, or revisit it, I'd recommend the:


Deusa Nai Albariño 2012 Marqués de Cáceres, Rías Baixas


as the perfect example of how good Albarinos can be! Spanish wines are 20% off (when you buy two or more) right now, so make the most of it and grab a couple of these for £9.99 each.




Wine of the Week - Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 Louis JadotDate published: 05/10/13

£7.99

(When you buy 2 or more : 1 bottle – £11.99)

Louis Jadot are one of our favourite Burgundy producers here at Majestic; they have a reputation for high-quality wines and they very rarely disappoint.  This 'Les Roches Blanches' is no exception, delivering the dry crispness that we've come to expect from the area of Macon. The Chardonnay grapes used have seen absolutely no oak, so all the fresh fruit flavours are kept locked in, meaning you get an intense hit of apples and pears as soon as you taste it.  There's also a good level of acidity, long finish and hint of minerality, which makes for a really refreshing white Burgundy.Right now you can save a fantastic £8 if you buy two or more, so I'd recommend you stock up before the offer ends, or, more probably, someone gets there first!

An introduction to Wine and Cheese MatchingDate published: 04/10/13

As promised to the 60 people who recently attended a Wine and Cheese evening in aid of Clehonger Church, please see below the notes accompanying the evening and the wine and cheese matches we tried on the night, I hope your experimenting with wine and cheese flavours.

Obviously not exclusive to the attendees, if like me your a die hard cheese fan like me please do take a look, I will warn you it's quite a long article so why not sit down with a glass of wine and raid your fridge for a good bit of cheddar while your reading:

Wine has to be Cheese’s best companion and one of life’s great culinary pleasures.

However, pairing cheese and wine is not quite as straight forward as it seems.

As in all food and wine matching, there are many things to consider such as texture, acidity, fat and tannin –

The wine must compliment and not over power the cheese, but balance one another.

You can destroy the entire cheese experience if you pair cheese with the wrong wine.

Basic rule is the more delicately flavoured the cheese the more delicate the wine should be, whereas fuller-flavoured cheese take take fuller flavoured wines.

It is a common misconception that cheese is always paired with Red wine.

This is actually the result of the age-old dinner party practice whereby guests will start on lighter wines before moving onto heavier ones and possibly port. Since cheese is generally served before dessert, later in the meal. People will generally be drinking the heavier reds and therefore associating cheeses with this style of wine.

However, most wine experts will say that White Wine tends to pair better with cheese. Although, everyone’s palate will be different, what is a great pairing for one person may be a dislike for someone else.

With an array of styles

A good ‘Safe’ place to start wine and cheese combinations is pairing wine and cheese from the same regions, a classic being French Goats Cheese with Loire Wines.

We will now go through wine number 1 and break it down as a professional would to identify some of the key components of wine that have key roles in wine and cheese matching.

Goat’s Cheese – La Grille Touraine Sauvignon Blanc.

Flavours of ‘GRASS’ and ‘MINERAL’ flavours of Loire SB such as Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume can deliver beautiful flavours when matched with goats cheese.

Light style of cheese that requires a light wine of higher acidity.

Acidity of the SB cuts through the fattiness of the cheese. The cheese comes alive and the wine takes on a rich complex character that was masked by acidity the first time round.

Bolder, NZ or S.A SB’s tend to be too strong for this mild tasting cheese.

Pecorino – Pecorino Bianco

Light flavouredcheese, but a hard cheese that will need acididity to cut through protein/fat but with body.

30% of wine is fermented in oak barrels and left on the lees. Giving extra body which matches the firmness of the cheese beautifully.

Brie – Vergelegen Chardonnay

Brie is one of those cheeses usually associated with red wines, however the creaminess of the cheese is drowned by the flavour of the red’s tannins. The balance and texture are all wrong.

The creamy, rich weighty texture here requires a Full-bodied White Wine that itself is full-bodied with a creamy texture.

A perfect style of white for this is an oaked Chardonnay, with other wines such as Burgundian Chardonnays and rich Viogniers also very good.

If however you are looking for a Red Wine to have with Brie, a wine that’s very fruity with minimal soft tannins are good i.e Beaujolais and Chilean Merlot.

Despite the fact that many red wines aren’t suited tomany styles of cheese, there are of course a couple of classic exceptions to this, one of my favourites has to be the following cheese and wine match:

Mature Cheddar – Vina Eguia Gran Reserva, Rioja.

Cheddar cheese being a semi-hard cheese is a great all-rounder when it comes to accompanying many styles of wine. However, depending on the strength of the cheddar, you will require slightly different styles of wine.

For a mature cheddar, you will need a wine that is medium-bodied yet very flavoursome.

If you are looking for that ultimate red for your cheese board, a Gran Reserva Rioja with at least 5 years of ageing is wonderful. (Mention ageing process of Gran Reserva ?)

Tannin of the wine has softened down, but still packs flavour. Served with the Rioja will only make the wine taste even smoother.

Proteins in cheese reacting with tannin, softening them down even more. Same reason Bordeaux’s are best drunk with cheddar cheese, changing both the wine and cheese. Great Whites for a strong cheddar are good oaky chardonnays or white Burgundies.

Cheese like this works well with a number of wines, try the second piece with a wine of your choice.

Stilton – Tawny Port

Due to the strong flavour of Stilton Cheese, you need a robust wine that can match the depth of flavour from the cheese, but smooth in tannin as cheese dries out the tannin more, resulting in making wine more Austere.

One of my all-time favourites is Stilton with Sauternes. Their inherent sweetness balances the ‘saltiness’ present in blue cheeses and produces a combination of flavours not dissimilar to that of sweet and sour dishes.

A classic as we all know is Port and Stilton, which works perfectly, softer blue cheese like Roquefort are better served with a good flavoursome dessert wine that will match the more powerful flavour of this cheese. Therefore as a great all-round match I have a treat for you – The taylor's 10 Year Old tawny..

Aged an average of 10 years in oak barrel, the oak gives the port, sweet vanilla and nuttiness. Perfect with Stilton - The sweetness goes excellently with the cheese, it is the perfect way to end a meal


Everyday Food and Wine matching - Tarte Tatin with Rustenberg Straw WineDate published: 03/10/13

Everyday Food and Wine Matching - Tarte Tatin with Rustenberg Straw Wine

Helping customers with choosing wine to accompany their meals is one of the many things I love about my job. After a recent conversation with a customer regarding this in-store, the customer pointed out that some of the food recommendations on our price tickets from scallops with Chablis to venison steak with Chateau Neuf de Pape were beyond his budget and not the everyday food and wine choice for most, but more a dinner party or special occasion match. This got me thinking once again. Don’t get me wrong I love cooking and hosting our friends and relatives for supper, giving me the opportunity to cook something special, and have a luxury bottle of wine to go with it and therefore some of the food and wine recommendations in-store definitely have their place.

Unlike our European neighbours, most of us Brits do only think about food and wine matching for dinner parties and special occasions but why not choose a wine to go with the everyday humble meal as after all the same rules apply with even the simplest meals. With my huge love for wine I too have my favourite reasonably priced weekly wines and at Majestic wine you’ll find a huge range of wines at every price bracket. I will therefore be sharing some of my humble food and wine matches weekly with you to help inspire transforming your mid-week meals into a gastronomic food and wine delight.

It has been a while since I cooked anything to be honest with you (Thank you Mrs Jones!), but on my day off yesterday I vowed to cook more on my days off and evenings. 

Yesterday I cooked the most simple of desserts, with an abundance of apples around at the moment you can create a great dinner party dessert that you can prep in advance and just cook on the night:

Tarte Tatin with a twist!

100g Sugar

100ml Water

200g Unsalted Butter

3 medium cooking apples or pears work well too

few sprigs fresh thyme,

Ground ginger (to taste)

Ready made Puff pastry+

Egg and milk for brushing

Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 7 (not sure what this is with electric - don't ever cook with electric)

Start by making the caramel by adding sugar and water together to an 8 inch frying pan, bring to the boil, then simmer until you get a lovely thick brown caramel - don't be tempted to stir it for some reason doesn't work the same.

When this point is reached, add the apples and coat in caramel followed by the butter and simmer for 2 mins. take off heat and sprinkle apples and caramel with ground ginger (To taste) along with the fresh thyme leaves, believe me this really works!

Meanwhile cut the ready rolled puff pastry to a circle measuring same diameter as the pan and place on top of apple mixture, tucking edges into the pan - it is at this point you can cover and store in the fridge for cooking before guests arrive.

Brush with egg and milk mix and place in pre-heated oven for 15-20 mins or until pasty golden brown and cooked. leave to cool slightly then turn over onto a serving plate and serve with Creme fraiche alongside a glass of dessert wine, I had mine with Rustenberg's Straw wine - a beautiful match and with 20% off at the moment a great value everyday match. Why not try this for yourselves, it's dead easy and very autumnal!

I will admit as you can see from the picture I did overcook mine a little as the apple has mushed, but practice makes perfect as they say, might have to have this for dinner tonight to crack it.

Look out for my future wine and food matches coming up soon.

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting - 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 02/10/13

Every weekend throughout September and October as part of our Autumn magic of Fine Wine tastings we will be opening a range of Fine Wines on our tasting counter (For details see James's earlier article below) for the opportunity to try something special - Fine Wine at house wine prices. So why not pop in-store and discover a special bottle that you may wish to treat yourself to.

This weekend (Saturday 05/10) we will be opening the Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet £24.00 buy 2 save £10 = £19.00 pb.

And here is the review from our Fine Wine Manager Hansi:

INTRODUCTION: All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terrior, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and theLoire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via theYonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.

FACTS: The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.

TASTING NOTE: Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.

FOOD MATCH: Oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce.

Wine of the Week Rioja Gran Reserva, 2003/4, Vina Eguia Date published: 27/09/13

Wine of the Week

Rioja Gran Reserva, 2003/4, Vina Eguia
£7.99 (When you buy 2 or more Spanish wines: 1 bottle – £9.99)

Rioja is without a doubt one of the best wine producing regions in Spain.  It is the sweet vanilla-oakyness of the wines from this region that has given it such great status.  Bodegas Eguia, who produce this wine, are located in the sub region of Rioja Alavesa which produces some of the regions fullest bodied wines.  This, like many other wines from Rioja, is made from the tempranillo grape which has a naturally low oxidizing content, giving it excellent longevity.  Vina Eguia Gran Reserva receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.Ruby red in colour.  Very mature with caramel, raisin and prune as well as vanilla clove and leather.  Would be beautiful with Easter roast lamb or nutty cheese parcels.

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 25/09/13

Every weekend throughout September and October as part of our Autumn magic of Fine Wine tastings we will be opening a range of Fine Wines on our tasting counter (For details see our earlier article below) for the opportunity to try something special - Fine Wine at house wine prices. So why not pop in-store and discover a special bottle that you may wish to treat yourself to.

This weekend we will be opening the Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc

from the Wairau Valley, New Zealand.


Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc (£19.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £15.99)

'Saint Clair now makes the country's and perhaps the worlds best Sauvignon Blanc' (Bob Campbell, Master Of Wine).

This statement is hard to dispute when you take into account that Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon Blanc than any of the four hundred other New Zealand producers.

The series of Pioneer Block wines derive their name from the numbered plots of vineyards located throughout the Wairau Valley with each Block offering it's own unique tasting grapes due to the soil type and aspect of that particular Block.

This year the Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Block 21, which is located in the lower Wairau Valley, east of Blenheim.

The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at optimum flavour maturity and ripeness.

The grapes were pressed immediately to minimise skin contact and juice detereoration. After settling, the juice was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100% stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness.

What emerged was a wine of pale straw colour, intense powerful aromas of sliced red pepper and gooseberry, with hints of blackcurrant and passion fruit.

On the palate this focused Sauvignon Blanc offers powerful herbaceous characters which are rich and textural with a long, lingering finish.

Enjoy this wine with some pan fried scallops drizzled with lemon and thyme, or simply on its own.

Join us this weekend to try this truly stunning wine

Did you know...Date published: 24/09/13

Did you know that the 'Rustenberg Straw Wine' that we stock derives it's name from the process of drying the grapes on straw for around 4 weeks to concentrate the sugars. This method is referred to as 'Passito'

Introducing Charlotte's A-Z of WineDate published: 21/09/13

Hi everyone, Charlotte here – the newest member of the Majestic Hereford team. Some of you might have seen me already, breaking bottles in store or narrowly avoiding hedges in the Majestic van! I'm really enjoying learning about different wines and I thought I'd share my discoveries with you all (I know, I'm just so generous, right?)!  

But where to begin my quest for wine knowledge? Well, Julie Andrews once said 'When you read, you begin with ABC...' and as I'm not a person to question anything from 'The Sound of Music' (and if you are then, frankly, you've just gone down in my estimation!) I thought I'd use the same method when it comes to wine. Thus, I present to you (drum-roll please):

Charlotte's ABCs of Wine

Each week I'll be working my way through the alphabet, investigating a different topic and sharing what I've discovered. Some may say that what follows will be a load of useless facts, irrelevant anecdotes and meandering waffle, and they would be right, but hopefully along the way we'll also learn a lot of good stuff: interesting tidbits, amazing facts to tell your mates down the pub, useful tips on choosing wine and stories that just make us think a little differently about this liquid that we love. I invite you all for the ride and I hope you enjoy it – I'm pretty sure I will!


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting - Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 18/09/13

Every weekend throughout September and October as part of our Autumn magic of Fine Wine tastings we will be opening a range of Fine Wines on our tasting counter (For details see James's earlier article below) for the opportunity to try something special - Fine Wine at house wine prices. So why not pop in-store and discover a special bottle that you may wish to treat yourself to.

This weekend we will be opening the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand. And here is the review from our Fine Wine Manager Hansi:


Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir (37.158) £23 Buy 2 save £10 = £18

INTRODUCTION: Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories; the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown, the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner. The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir also tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.

FACTS: Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa before the 'Martinborough Terrace' was identified by studies in the 1970's as ideal for quality grape growing. This lead to wineries becoming established in the town and people such as Tim Coney, the elder brother of former New Zealand cricket Captain Jeremy Coney, making the hour long drive from Wellington over a treacherous and narrow mountain road. The Tararua mountain range shelters Martinborough from the winds and weather that buffets nearby Wellington; on days where the rain is horizontal in Wellington it is often balmy and sunny in Martinborough. Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

TASTING NOTE: A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto.

25% OFF South African Wines for 5 days only - Majestic Hereford's Perfect CaseDate published: 18/09/13

South Africa has to be my favourite New World wine producing countries. South African wines offer something for everyone. From their crisp yet honeyed Chenin Blanc’s, and toasty oaked Chardonnays to fruity Pinotage and robust Bordeaux style reds, why not explore the fascinating diversity of the oldest New World wine producing country.

And with 25% OFF for a limited time only – ending on the 23rd September, there is no better time than ever to find a potential new favourite wine and a love for South African wines.

If you need a little inspiration, each of us at Hereford Majestic have chosen a couple of our favourite wines that would make our perfect case of wine from South Africa.

Arfon

Rustenberg, John X-Merriman, 2010 - £13.11 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines).

One of Rustenberg’s flagship wines that features regularly in Decanter magazine receiving 5 stars often. If like me you’re a fan of Bordeaux style wines, then why not take advantage and try what I think is South Africa’s best Bordeaux styled red.

In some ways very similar to some Aussie reds, the palate is extremely complex with great depth of flavours. Jammy blackcurrant and plum fruit and hints of mint are all contained with cigar box aromatics on the finish. A great wine for ageing that will reward the patient.

Bellingham ‘ The Bernard Series’ Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2012 - £8.99 ( When you buy 2 or more South African Wines).

For an alternative to Chardonnay look no further than this decanter award winning Chenin Blanc. Made from low-yielding 40 yr old vines, and matured in French oak for 12 months it’s no surprise that this is a complex and bold wine, layered with tropical fruit, peaches and citrus fruit, with the added punch of creamy vanilla and toasty oak that lingers in the mouth beautifully.

Enjoy with pan-fried monkfish or with a creamy chicken dish.”

James

Graham Beck, Anthony’s Yard, 2009 -£6.55 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines)

A wine that evokes many great memories for me, the red wine I had at my wedding which went perfectly with our roast lamb

A Bordeaux style wine made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and cabernet Franc this wine offers aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate, the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length.

An excellent wine that recently won the accolade of 'Best New World Bordeaux Blend, 2012' and a real favourite of both Arfon and myself.

Robertson Chenin Blanc, 2013 - £5.24 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines)

If your looking for the perfect party white, this has to be up there especially at this new and improved price!

It is a dry style wine but the packed fruit of Pineapple, melon and green apple mask this and make for a superbly balanced wine with surprising structure.

Perfect for a Sunday roast chicken too.

Charlotte

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 - £6.55 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines).

Since starting at Majestic I have been surprised at the many styles of Sauvignon Blanc from various countries and regions and how different they can be.

Having tried this recently I really enjoyed this delicate example which I found full of tropical fruit and finishing with aromatic herbs. A very refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that was similar to some of the Loire Sauvignon’s I have been lucky enough to try, delicate and not too overpowering.

Rustenberg Straw Wine, 2011 - £8.42 (When you buy 2 or more South African Wines).

I know it’s another white wine for our perfect South African case, but having tried this yesterday on our tasting counter (currently Wine Of The Week) I had to put it in. Having never tried desert wines before Majestic, I urge you to try this for yourself. Lucious and honeyed with flavours bouncing off every corner of my mouth, seeming to last forever. I will have to try this with some cheese on Arfon’s recommendation soon.

A guide to Ribera del Duero's wines - My new wine vice!Date published: 16/09/13

After the success of our recent Spanish spotlight tasting and the Popularity of the Ribera de Duero wines available to try, this inspired me to write about my favourite wine region of all.

Wines of Ribera del Duero are challenging Rioja as the most popular Spanish wine styles, and in my opinion I couldn’t agree more. Don’t get me wrong I love Rioja’s and those that know me know how aged Rioja’s are my thing. But I have to confess, I have a new vice and a love for Ribera.

Wines have been produced in Ribera for thousands of years but you might be amazed to hear that the now infamous winery of Vega Sicillia was established in 1894 and Ribera only recognised and really brought into the lime-light in the 1970’s where lots of Rioja producers saw the potential of the terroir - It was the establishment of Bodega Pesquera which really set the trend starting and the founding of many new Bodegas.

As the name suggests Ribera del Duero is situated around the Duero river, the same river that meanders through Spain and eventually through Portugal and the famous port region. It is the unique terroir and location of Ribera’s wines that give these wines their complexity and longevity.

Ribera has both a Continental and Mediterranean climate with long dry summers with day time temperatures exceeding 37°C with an extreme drop in temperature during the evening. These changes in temperature aided by the cooling valley breezes are perfect for allowing the grapes to develop depth of flavour and complexity – an ideal spot for the production of quality wines.

Wines produced in Ribera are from mainly red grape varieties, the main one being Tinto Fino (the local name for Tempranillo) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec which are sometimes blended with Tempranillo and the bench mark style of Vega Sicillia.

Ribera’s wines are classed very much like Rioja as wines of great complexity with exceptional ageing potential. Like red Rioja’s, Riberas too have minimum ageing requirements before release. Crianza’s having 2 years ageing before release (A minimum of 1 year in oak and the rest in bottle), Reserva’s 3 years with at least a year in oak and Gran Reserva’s having 5 years of ageing with at least 2 years in oak.

So taking all these factors into account it is easy to see why Ribera reds are so classy, which have a dense, black colour packed full of rich cooked, oaky-sweet plummy-blackcurranty fruit flavours. Sweet spices abound with a rich chocolaty finish. All this coupled with an extremely voluptuous texture, and velvety soft evident tannins. It is no wonder these wines will age well for 1o years or more!.

Now if your mouth is salivating at the thought of trying out a Ribera, and I do urge you to try them if your a Rioja fan. With 20% OFF any 2 or more Spanish Wines there is double th reason to try some out. To help I have picked out some of my favourites below that you may wish to try:

Lamatum Crianza, 2009 Ribera Del Duero £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more Spanish wines)

If your looking for a great value Ribera, then look no further than the Lamatum. Made by Bodega Vinabuena, a co-operative winery in Ribera who's aim was to grow the best grapes even if it meant tiny yields and unfavorable workloads. The grapes used for Lamatum come from vines some of which are over 70 years old. This result is very low-yields but all the vines energy concentrated into less grapes and therefore producing more complexity and concentrated flavours. With 15 months in French oak helping to produce the very mellow yet deep Ribera red. The wine is full of sweet red fruit and balanced with sweet vanilla and hints of clove spice. Perfect with slow-roasted lamb or will even stand up to a rib of beef. The perfect Sunday roast wine then!

Conde de San Cristobal, 2010, Ribera del Duero £13.99 (When you buy 2 or more Spanish Wines)

A hit at our Spanish Spotlight tasting with most people. New to our range, this was the first time I had tried this wine myself and boy was I impressed!

Made by the well known Marques de Vargas Rioja Bodega which founded in 2000 this is a small boutique winery producing seriously good Riberas, only 1 in fact. They have put all their efforts into a single wine which wasn't released until 2006, 6 years perfecting their wine now that's some serious effort to create this wine!

Interestingly, this wine is aged in the usual American or French oak along with Russian oak. And like the powerful race, the oak of this country adds huge complexity aided by the blending of Tinto Fino with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot giving it extra structure and clout!

A wine with so much going on in the glass, a wine you could smell and brood over for many hours, and a perfect autumn evening wine. Brimming with sweet medicinal spice, toasty vanilla and bold red and black fruit , with an exceptionally long finish. If your looking for an idea ageing Ribera, I think this will take some beating!

Pesquera Crianza 2010, Ribera del Duero £18.79 (When you buy 2 or more Spanish Wines)

I can still remember the first time I tried this wine when first getting into Riberas. It was like nothing I had ever tasted before and before long I was looking at an empty bottle wanting more..

If you are looking for a wine capable of matching up to the infamous Vega Sicillia but without the price tag, you'll do no better than the Pesquera's which do come in a range of ageing styles. The crianza being the only one I have tried. Always highly regarded by many wine critics too, one being the famous Robert Parker who described this 100% Tempranillo as: .... having remarkable depth and richness, and a texture not unlike top notch Pomerol. The rich fruit combined with the sweet oaky smells resulted in some opulent and voluptuous wines that are real head turners( 'Robert parker, the Wine Buyer's Guide').

I couldn't agree more Mr Parker!!

Wine Of The Week - Rustenberg Straw WineDate published: 14/09/13

Wine of the Week

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011 Coastal Region 37.5cl Half bottle


£8.99 (When you buy 2 or more South Africa wines: 1 bottle – £11.24) 

As recommended by Susie Barrie on Saturday Kitchen 14/09/13, this wine is a truly unique little number.
This wine is so named because it is made in the 'passito method' , where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around four weeks, concentrating the sugars.
Aromas of honey and marmalade. Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity. Great length and should be enjoyed on it's own or with a fruit pudding dish that mixes sharp with sweet.

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru 2010Date published: 13/09/13

We are good to you. Not only do we give you lots of Spanish wines to try this weekend, but we also drop in some Fine Wines for you to try. Throughout september and October we will be opening a range of Fine Wines (see James's earlier article on the Autumn Magic of Fine Wine)

This week we have the Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru 2010.

Here is the review from our Fine Wine manager Hansi Baumann:

INTRODUCTION: One of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does for Pinot Noir, the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety. The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.
FACTS: There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.
TASTING NOTE: Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.
FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck.

DEALS DEALS DEALS - Extra Short term Offers Ending On The 23rd SeptemberDate published: 12/09/13

Do you have an upcoming celebration, a wedding or perhaps a milestone birthday party? We have just announced some cracking short term deals that are perfect for parties or even for a special bottle for the weekend. What the heck with prices like these, why wait to the weekend. Be quick they won't be around for long. The offers end on the 23rd September.

I have included below a list of the new offers, their prices and a brief description of the wines. For more information, either pop in or give us a call.

Grifone Montepulciano d'Abbruzzo - Now £4.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

A very smooth easy-drinking wine, brimming with red cherries. The softness and ripeness of fruit make this perfect for parties.

Heidsick Monopole, 'Gold Top' Vintage - NOW £17.99 (When you buy any 2 or more selected champagnes or sparkling Wines)

A huge favourite here with many customers. A rich yet soft style of Champagne, full of baked apple, vanilla and sweet bready notes, almost apple crumble in a glass!

Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne - NOW £15.99 (When you buy any 2 or more selected champagnes or sparkling Wines)

Unlike the above, if your looking for something a bit lighter and more refreshing then look no further than this. Full of citrus fruit, crisp apples and pears with a good sweet pastry finish.

Piper Heidsick Brut NV Champagne - NOW £19.99 (When you buy any 2 selected Champagnes or sparkling Wines)

Not only did we reduced this down earlier in the promotion, we have slashed the price even more!! If you want a name to impress but without the price tag, this is the one for you.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - NOW £6.66 (When you buy 2 or more selected Champagnes or Sparkling Wines)

Prosecco is becoming more an more poular with many people. This Prosecco is a steal at this price. A very light and refreshing off-dry fizz bursting with fresh pear and apple, further lifted with subtle floralness and a rich creamy almonds on the palate. A great apperitiff or welcome drink.

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - NOW £5.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

A Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc below £6!! That's right you are not seeing things. Marlborough SB's are extremely popular, and the Giesen SB will be winning many more fans soon especially at this price. A classic Marlborough style, you get gooseberry and citrus fruit with crisp acidity followed by the classic herbaceousness. A steal at £5.99!!


Wine of The Week - Petit Chablis, 2011 Union des Viticulteurs de ChablisDate published: 11/09/13

A real star buy for anyone who likes their Chablis, but not the hefty price-tag that often comes with it. Unoaked and youthful, there's nothing to overpower the green apple and citrus palate, leaving a wione that is crisp and refreshing. There is a great minerality here too, leaving a clean palate.


Clasasically a perfecrt match for any oily fish dish, thias is the perfect wine to impress, so if your planning a dinner party, but don't want to break the bank, this is the wine for you. All in all, Union des Viticulteurs as the name suggests a co-operative winery, the biggest in the in the region but the quality delivered is everything you want from a Chablis, a great example of Chardonnay at it's best. Chablis look out, Petiti Chablis is knipping at your heels!!

Most frequently asked questions....answeredDate published: 07/09/13

At what temperature should I store my wine?

For long term storage, all wines should be kept in a cool and constant temperature.

Between 10 and 15 degrees C is considered the perfect storage temp.

If this is not maintained the wine can become faulty and the flavours will be affected.

Most importantly try to avoid fluctuations in temperature, keeping the wine away from household machines such as dishwashers, tumble dryers etc.

Happy storing!!

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine TastingsDate published: 04/09/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tastings

We are currently running an exceptional offer on our fine wine range, 'Buy any 2 selected fine wines save £10'.

To allow you to take full advantage of this promotion we are going to open a fine wine every weekend throughout the months of September and October.

Below is a list and brief description of all the wines that we will be opening. See which ones interest you and make a note of the date because once they make it to the tasting counter they will not be hanging around. See you soon.

Friday 6th September - Jermann Pinot Grigio

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, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

Friday 13th September - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru


Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness. Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins.

Friday 20th September - Coney Pinot Noir

Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. The chewy tannins and complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shine through in this particularly expressive Pinot Noir.

Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plum and pomegranate fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours complemented by integrated chewy tannins and a long, savoury finish.

Friday 27th September - St.Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Made using the finest Sauvignon grapes from New Zealand’s famous Wairau Valley, this is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon, sourced from two vineyard sites. Fermented with selected yeasts in 100% stainless steel at cool temperatures for maximum varietal impact.

Displaying subtle fragrances of honeysuckle, powerful passion fruit and goosebery flavours on the nose, which develop into blackcurrant leaf, lime and ripe nettles on the palate. Full, rich and firm.

Friday 4th October - Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet

An old and respected family winery, Séguinot-Bordet are located on the right bank of the Serein. The Kimmeridgian clay soils in this area contain high levels of marine fossils, said to be responsible for the local wines' subtle iodine-like character.

An intense and focused nose of stone and citrus fruits, with smoky, mineral notes and very subtle oak. Great purity on the palate, with the mineral streak adding texture and length.

Friday 11th October - Angel's 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.

Friday 18th October - Chateau Senejac, Cru Borgeois

Located on depp 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 stell 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.


Friday 25th October - Amarone Negrar

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.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 04/09/13

Wine of the Week

Côtes-du-Rhône 2012 Léon Perdigal

£6.99 (When you buy 2 or more: 1 bottle – £9.99)
Leon Perdigal was born in Chateauneuf du Pape, growing up around the area he soon knew all the secrets of how an exceptional wine from the Rhone Valley should be made. This knowledge was put to very good use as he became Ogier's first cellar master when the company was founded in 1859.
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 great length.
Will match perfectly grilled meat, poultry and slightly spiced cuisine.

Wine of the Week - Verdicchio di Matelica 2012 Poggio alle Rondini Date published: 27/08/13

Wine of the Week

Verdicchio di Matelica 2012 Poggio alle Rondini


£6.55 (When you buy 2 or more: 1 bottle – £8.74)
Founded in 1971, the cooperative who make this wine are today the largest producer of Verdicchio in Matelica, a small commune in Italy's Marche region. Located inland of Jesi, its more famous neighbour, Matelica lies at higher altitudes yet experiences a warmer climate. 

These higher better exposed hillside vineyards offer a fuller more characterful wine. Though this wine is a pale lemon colour, the nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit. Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish.

Try this wine with a lightly spiced fish curry or a bag of cod and chips from your local takeaway

Wine of the week - Caixas Albarino 2011, Martin CodaxDate published: 16/08/13

Wine of the Week

Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas


£6.99 (When you buy 2 or more: 1 bottle – £9.99)
Reviewed in this months Decanter magazine under their 'Weekday Wines' section with a rating of 92/100 this wine is a fantastic representation of the Albarino grape.
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.

Most frequently asked questions....answeredDate published: 14/08/13

How should I store my wine?

Wine stored incorrectly can affect the flavour and in severe cases the wine can become faulty.

If like myself you do not have access to a cellar fear not, we can successfully store our wine!

1) For long term storage of wine you should try to aim for a temperature of 10-15 degrees C as extreme cold or heat can cause damage.

2) Avoid fluctuating temperatures, keeping the wine away from household machines such as dishwashers, tumble dryers etc.

3) If the wine is sealed with a cork then store on it's side. This keeps the cork moist, if it dries out in can begin to let in air which results in an oxidised wine.

4) Try to keep it out of direct sunlight, this will have the same effect on the wine as point two.

5) Don't be tempted to store white wine in the fridge for long periods, the cork can harden and loose elasticity allowing oxidation.

Follow these simple steps and we should all be enjoying our stored wines for years to come!!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 14/08/13

Wine Of The Week

Rioja Reserva 2006/08, Vina Eguia £6.99

(When you buy 2 or more bottles -1 bottle = £9.99)


Good things definitely come to those who wait with this gorgeous Rioja Reserva – it's aged for 2 years in oak, and then stored for another 2 years before it comes anywhere near a retailer. All that time gives the underlying notes of cedar a chance to develop, while the oak give a toasty, rounded and elegant taste, without overwhelming the cherry and damson fruit flavours. No surprise that it's been the subject of a lot of rave reviews on our website, with customers boasting about its smoothness and subtlety. With 20% off all our Spanish wines (when you buy two or more) this crowd-pleaser is now a bargain as well!#ComeandExplore

5 Things you never knew about: ChampagneDate published: 10/08/13

1)  The link between Champagne, royalty and luxury comes from the fact Kings of France were anointed in Reims, right by the Champagne-growing vineyards, so it was always a feature at the royal after-party!

2)  Contrary to popular belief, Champagne wasn't actually discovered by Dom Perignon – instead, we owe the modern method of twice fermenting to British scientist Christopher Merret, who wrote a paper about the addition of sugar to already fermented and bottled wine, before Dom Perignon was born!

3)  Champagne was one of the only things that French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau managed to negotiate into the treaty of Versailles. France didn't get it's way about extending its territory, or getting all its damages paid by Germany, but it did ensure that only certain appellations could call their sparkling wine 'Champagne', resulting in the rarity, demand and high price tag of modern Champagne. So at least they focused on the important things in life!

4)  Winston Churchill was such a fan of Pol Roger's Fizz that they named one of their wines after him, and made bottles that were imperial pint-sized (apparently that's how much he enjoyed it!)

5)  The largest bottle Champagne is sold in is the Melchizedek which is big enough to hold 30 litres of wine, or 40 regular-sized bottles!


Wine Of The Week - LFE Seleccion Especial Reserva Malbec 2012Date published: 06/08/13

Come rain .... Or Shine, we have the perfect wines to match all that the British Summer throws at us to suit all budgets.

In-light of the recent  wet weather, we have chosen the Louis Felipe Edwards Selecion Especial Malbec as this wine makes for a perfect warming red after those soggy walks home after work.

From the family-run winery of Luis felipe Edwards comes yet another great value wine. Chile is not known for it's full-bodied Malbec's but thanks to the country's unique topography and the help of the Humbolt cooling winds, helping the grapes ripen slower, producing extra flavour intensity. A great value Malbec that stands up to any Argentinian one

As you would expect this Chilean Malbec is big and bold, yet juicy and smooth. The palate is full of plum, bramble fuits blueberries with a hint of vanilla. Yet again, another fine example of the wines coming out of the Colchagua Valley and that of LFE.

The perfect partner to any sweetly spiced Mexican or Cajun recipes.

Most frequently asked questions......answeredDate published: 22/07/13

Should I decant my red wine?


If you can do so.

The most obvious reason for decanting a wine is to eliminate the sediment from the bottle, doing so will minimise the chance of any bitter or astringent bits.

It can also be very effective in softening a firm, young red wine. The younger and tougher the wine, the earlier you should decant. It is the pouring action, bringing the wine into contact with the air, that softens the wine.

It is certainly wise advice to decanter a fully matured wine but only just before it is served. Old wines can succumb to oxidation quickly and once that happens it is very much past it's best.

Wine of The Week - LFE Selecion Especial Reserva MerlotDate published: 06/07/13

In-light of this beautiful weather, we have chosen the Luis Felipe Edwards Selecion Especial Merlot as this wine would be perfect with any BBQ.

From the family-run winery of Louis felipe Edwards comes yet another great value wine. Chile is always known for it's consistent full-bodied and fruity merlot's thanks to the unique topography this country has and the help of the Humbolt cooling winds that help grapes ripen slower, helping to produce extra flavour intensity.

This selecion especial is no exception. A very smooth yet full-bodied Merlot, full of red cherry and plum fruits along with toasty and spicy oak flavours that linger in the mouth for some time, almost Rioja like! Another fine example of the wines coming out of the Colchagua Valley and that of LFE.

The perfect partner to any BBQ or even a hog roast.

Jane Macquitty's Top 100 Summer wines Part 2 - Reds, Fortified and FizziesDate published: 06/07/13

Twice  yearly the well respected and loved wine critic Jane Macquitty recommends her Top 100 wines. Jane has recommended some of the Majestic wine range in her 'Top 50 Summer Whites' (See the Times suppliment for full details),along with a few Roses's too.

I'm sure we will see many of the Jane followers clutching your suppliments in the car park and believe you me, Jane Macquitty has a huge following here at Hereford, to avoid dissappointment be quick they will be flying off the shelves:

Paul Mas Merlot, £5.99*

From one of the largest wineries in  in the Languedoc, Paul Mas (Mas being a southern french term for Domaine) has always produced great value and consistant wines using traditional grape varieties, thanks partly to having access to vineyards owned by contract growers, and being able to select the best quiality every year. This majority of the grapes for this Merlot are from Pizenas, one of the best wine-producing areas of this region and from older low-yielding vines. This results in a richly complex wine that is full of classic plum and mocha notes. Jane has marked this as her Star merlot and quite rightly so, this is incredible value for money!

Lacroix, 2007, Bordeaux Superior - £5.99*

We very frequently acquire parcels of wine that are amazing value for money, this wine is no exception. Made by Englishman Jonathon Maltus, from several vineyards scattered across the right-bank of Bordeaux, some even in St-Emillion Grand Cru sites. This Merlot-dominated wine really wowed me when I first tried it. Jane agrees saying ... ' these Clarets can seduce ... this fruity based claret, delivers lashings of gutsy, cedary fruit plus a sensual, exotic dusky finish'.

This really is one to grab quickly before it all goes!

Chateau de sainte Gemme, 2002, Haut-Medoc

Not to be confused with another great Haut-Medoc in our range - the Carrone St-Gemme, this Chateau de Sainte Gemme was once part of the famous Lachesnaye estate, and bordering St-Julien in fact. This satisfyingly complex wine, thanks to the 20 year-old vines, is very approachable despite it's, and I quote from Jane's column .. ' Gorgeous, bold, beefy green pepper and cedar-scented tender fruit...' and just the ticket for rosemary-scented lamb!

Pizzaras de Otero, Bierzo, Spain - £6.99*

Wines of these region have had a revival and are becoming very popular, almost a cult-like. If you are lloking for something different from Spain other than Rioja then this will be for you. Wines from the Mencia grape and particulary from Bierzo are known for being very fruit-filled. The Pizzaras (Pizarra being the Spanish for slate found in abundance in the soils of this region) is no different, yet full of concentrated minerality that as jane has said ... 'most spanish producers would kill for'

Serve this wine cool, making it a delightful summer's day red. This wine is packed full of ripe strawberry, plum and blackberry fruit, backed up with vanilla and elegant tannins. Perfect with lamb of course or even fresh tomato-based sauces.

Laurent-Perrier NV - £24.99

A very popular bubbly here at Hereford, and at this price it's only going to be even more popular. A light Champagne style that has subtle toastiness and spice, that Jane has said is ... ' one of L-P's plus points is it's consistency.... A crisp yet easy-quaffing style... the bubbly that big parties thrive on!.'

* When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case.

Majestic's Wines in Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 winesDate published: 29/06/13

Twice  yearly the well respected and loved wine critic Jane Macquitty recommends her Top 100 wines. Jane has recommended some of the Majestic wine range in her 'Top 50 Summer Whites' (See the Times suppliment for full details),along with a few Roses's too.

I'm sure we will see many of the Jane followers clutching your suppliments in the car park and believe you me, Jane Macquitty has a huge following here at Hereford, to avoid dissappointment be quick they will be flying off the shelves:

Domaine Aubuisieres, Cuvee perruches, Vouvray, 2012.

Made from hand-picked Chenin Blanc parcels from plantings across a range of soils, and fermented partly in oak barrels and old glass-lined vats cut into rock. A great example of how the Chenin Blanc variety can be - classic pear and quince flavours abound with a honeyed sweetness finished by the other Chenin characteristic of acidity and a flinty smokiness. If you looking for a light summery lunchtime wine this has to be up there!

Pouilly-Fume, 'Les Cascadelles', Cave Pouilly-sur-Loire, 2012.

From a high quality co-operative, this Pouilly-Fume is packed with Sauvignon Blanc characteristics with added Orange blossom and citrus fruit, and the gun-flint backbone you would expect from any Pouilly-Fume, and as jane has said .... ' and nettle pizzaz that you would expect from a top-draw Loire producer'.

Sancerre, Clos de Bouffants, Roger Neuveu, 2012.

There are Sancerre's and then there are Sancerre's. This is an incredible value sancerre with additional complexity thanks to lees ageing for 6 months giving a slightly more rounded finish.

The usual Sancerre hallmarks of Gooseberry, freshly cut gras and the classic smoky minerality found in wines from this region fill the glass. As Jane has quoted ...'A splendid effortless style ... this stylish Sancerre is worth it'.

Grand Heron, Selection Marc Ducournau, Cotes de Gascogne, 2012.

From one of France's best value white wine regions, this Cote de Gascogne wine is everything that you would expect from wines of this region. Made from Colombard and Ugni Blanc (grapes also used in Cognac production), resulting in a vibrantly aromatic and herbaceous white that is crisp and refreshing with an abundance of grapefruit that lingers on the palate for some time.

Yali Wetland, Merlot Rose, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2012.

Chilean wines are always very consistant and incredible value for money. Yali's valley and the wetlands near by are renowned for their conservation and where 25% of all Chile's bird population concentrate - this would explain the bird pictured on the label then.

Packed full of refreshing watermelon, with hints of strawberry and cherry, this is a light low-alcoholed fruity Rose that as Jane has quoted to .... ' deliver a lot of bang for your buck!'. This easy drinking wine is perfect for those summer garden parties or BBQ's you may have planned.

Muga Rioja Rose, Bodegas Muga, Spain.

From vines planted on the prestigious Alta region of Rioja this is a glorious Rose with intensity of flavour with a richness probably from the fermentation of the grapes in barrell  one being the white grape variety Viura which helps to balnce out the palate. A deep rich rose and full of strawberries and cream, raspberry and orange peel backed up by warming spicy fruits and crisp-acidity from the Garnacha grapes. This truely encapsulates summer in a glass for me. Jane has recommended this rose ... 'to serve with strongly flavoured food'. Perhaps with prawns dipped in sweet chilli sauce maybe!

Wine Of The Week - AIX Provence Rose Magnum 2012Date published: 28/06/13

In conjunction with our Provence Rose tasting week, we have chosen the Aix Rose Magnum as our wine of the week. If you are looking to have a BBQ then why not bring out this party piece!

This award winning Provence Rose is from one of the largest appelations of Provence – The Coteaux d'Aix en Provence region. But don't think as it's the largest appelation that the wines are mediocre. They are far from it, this appelation has many fine and most prestigious estates to it's name.

Red, and white wines are produced in this region too, but the most known and loved are the Roses which have the distinctive pale salmon pink colour, synonymous with this region. The AIX is a fine-quality dry Rose bursting with vibrant and fresh tasting ripe summer fruits – imagine, Strawberries, Raspberries and Peaches in a glass, then you'll be very near to the taste of this elegant wine.

A perfect summer wine to accompany your BBQ or for the tast of Provence try with seafood and canapes.

Wine of the Week - Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2011Date published: 24/06/13

Wine Of The Week

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2011, Western Cape

£6.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles -1 bottle = £8.99)


Producer Boekenhoutskloof (no, we can't pronounce it either!) has been touted as a rising star on the South African wine stage, and their Syrahs can give any Australian Shiraz a run for their money.

This particular Syrah-Viognier blend was described by the Mail On Sunday's Olly Smith as 'smokey, perfumed and powerful', with 'massive character'. He made it his 'Wine of the Week' so we thought we'd do the same - that way everyone can enjoy this great value wine which punches well above its weight. #ComeandExplore

Williams Chase Great British Extra Dry Gin Now in stock!!Date published: 21/06/13

Williams Chase

Great British Extra Dry Gin

Now in stock!!

Normally £32.00 On offer at £20.00

Williams Chase 'Single Estate Gin' that is grown, fermented and distilled on the family farm in Herefordshire, a real labour of love.

With 10 of the finest botanicals that ensure the driest possible gin (they dont just use the juniper berries, they also include the buds), this is an absolute must to enjoy over summer as a long drink with tonic or chilled with a slice of apple.

Wine Of The Week Two Hands 'Angels' ShareDate published: 18/06/13

Wine Of The Week

Two Hands 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2010,

McLaren Vale, Australia.

£18.00

(When you buy 2 or more bottles -1 bottle = £22.00)


Each of the three wines from the Two Hands 'Premium Picture' series taste as distinctive as the names.

The 'Angels' Share' is no exception. The name refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from the oak barrels during maturation. This representation of the shiraz grape is 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. What a treat!!

#Come and Explore

Our Fine Wine barbecue eveningDate published: 07/06/13

Our Fine Wine barbecue evening

The Majestic Hereford team have decided that this Sunday we are going to have a fine wine barbecue night. We will all have to cook a course and match the food with a fine wine of our choice...Simple.

The choices are as follows:

Arfon

Grilled scallop and chorizo salad with Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, £19.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of your mixed case

Made using the finest Sauvignon Blanc grapes from New Zealand's famous Wairau Valley.

Displaying subtle fragrances of honeysuckle, powerful passion fruit and gooseberry flavours on the nose, which develop into blackcurrant leaf, lime and ripe nettles on the palate. Full rich and firm, a great way to start a BBQ.

James

Fieldfare locally reared sirloin steak with Two Hands 'Angels share' Shiraz 2011 Mccaren Vale, £18.00 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of your mixed case

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.

Alice

Crème Brulee (lovingly made before hand by the local supermarket) with Vin De Constance 2005, Klein Constantia, South Africa, £35.00 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of your mixed case

Produced in the oldest wine making area in the Western Cape from hand harvested, shriveled grapes. Released after four years.

Fresh, floral muscat aromas with a hint of spice,and a rich, opulent palate of stone-fruits, nuts, vanilla, wood spices and honey. Well balanced by crisp acidity with a long, succulent finish..

I will let you know how the Sunday social goes...

Wine Of The Week - Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua Valley, ChileDate published: 07/06/13

Wine of the Week

Mister Shiraz 2011 Colchagua Valley £6.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £8.74) 


An exclusive bottling for Majestic, made by wine maker Nic Bizzarri to a recipe he developed when studying wine making at Adelaide University.

This wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.
Deep crimson colour with hints of violet.

The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length. 


At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak. 


Nic also asked his 'artist' nephew to come up with an expression of the fine art of wine making, the result is the label which he has called 'Mr Shiraz'

Wine of the Week - St Clair Pioneer Block '21' Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 31/05/13

Having been to a St Clair Tasting this week, we had to put this wine on as wine of the week as we had forgotten just how good this wine is!

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough £14.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £18.74)
The Pioneer Block is St Clair's way of showcasing their vineyard areas which have exceptional flavour and character but only just don't don't make it into their leading Wairu Reserve wine (which uses only one or two parcels of vines). It allows for the expression of subtle individual vineyard characteristics which would be lost in their Estate Blend. 

The Pioneer Block number 21: Bell Block is situated further down the Wairu Valley than most vineyards. This batch of wine was selected for 'pioneer block' status because of its intenstity of flavours. Excellent canopy management, young vines and the free-draining alluvial soil has allowed for an intensely hercaceous character with goosberry and blacurrant as well as capsicum and passionfruit.

A very easy drinking wine, try on its own or with some fresh seafood. Enjoy over the next couple of years.

A to Z of wineDate published: 27/05/13

A to Z of wine H is for....  herbaceous.

the tasting term used to describe a leafy or grassy aroma.  This is a very sought after aroma in many wines but can be seen as a defect when present in excess, which can happen in wines which have failed to ripen fully.  In general, the younger the vine and the earlier the grapes are picked the more likely you are to have a herbaceous aroma in the wine. 

I really enjoy a herbaceous wine.  Normally, I would associate a herbaceous nose with wines like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, (such as the Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc).  Normally, this is accompanied by gooseberry, citrus and tropical fruit.  However, herbaceous and grassy aromas can often be found in other wines, such as the Mentou Salon, Domaine Du Manay (from near Sancerre) which also has grapefruit aromas and would go well with goats cheese.

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Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/05/13

Wine of the Week: Macon Lugny: Louis Latour

The family-run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected négociants in Burgundy and has been producing wine since 1797. The company has built a reputation for tradition and innovation and become well known for it's quality red and white wines.
The limestone soils in Burgundy produce rich, buttery wines with a pale gold colour, the Macon Lugny also has fresh lemon  curd aromas with peach and green apple.
Good with poultry, pork or seafood.


Are you planning a Wedding this summer?Date published: 22/05/13

Upcoming Wedding?

If you are looking for help/advice regarding the all important refreshments for your big day then contact Majestic Wine Warehouse Hereford.

You can pop in for a chat with one our expert staff, we will be able to advise you on all our products to suit any budget.

Take advantage of our in store 'Tasting Counter' which always has a wide variety of wines open for you to sample at your leisure.

Once you have decided on the wines for your special day we can further assist you by offering:

- Free glass hire

- Free Chiller bin/ice bucket hire

- Free delivery

Now that is all sorted the only thing we need now is the sun to come out on the day....not so reliable.

See you soon.

Bank Holiday Specials! - For 2 weeks only starting Tues 21st MayDate published: 21/05/13

With the second May Bank Holiday weekend looming, we have for 2 weeks only, some fantastic special offers for the occasion. Some of the prices we haven't seen for a while despite the general increase in wine prices.

The following wines are on offer now:

* Louis latour Macon Lugny - NOW £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

* Chapoutier CDR, Belleeruche NOW £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

* Beaujolais-Villages, Georges Dubeouf NOW £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more Beaujolais)

* Taittinger NV Champagne NOW £25!

* Lindauer Brut NV Cuvee  NOW £7.99

*Lindauer Blanc de Blanc NOW £8.99

* Prosecco Corte Alta NOW £6.99

* Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NOW £6.99

* Trilogy Cuvee NV NOW £9.99

* Brancott Estate Pinot Noir NOW £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more NZ wines)

* Pimms No. 1 NOW £13 

If you wish to place an order do pop in or call us on 01432 271250 and we can deliver FREE of charge on 6 or more bottles (Over £40).


A to z of wineDate published: 18/05/13

G is for.. Gavi  (more specifically Gavi 2011 La Toledana, Italy)


Normally, people look to Italy for a Pinot Grigio and other fantastic local grapes can be overlooked.  La Toledana is made from the Cortose grape which is at its best in Gavi DOCG.   This region in Italy is well known for it's dry white wine, few other regions can produce the ripeness and quality of Gavi.  La Toledana is typical of a Gavi wine with citrus and hints of steely minerality (a bit like a Chablis).  The grapes for this particular wine are picked later in the harvest which adds a richness and honeyed edge.

In Italy, this style of wine is grown mostly for the coastal fish restaurants.  Any fresh tasting seafood would go well or poached fish. For vegetarians try a rocket and tomato salad or pasta.  This wine is also light enough to drink as an aperitif or good with grilled chicken, a real all round wine.


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Wine of the Week and Fine Wine Friday (Unoffically) - Amarone Classico Catina Negrar 2009Date published: 17/05/13

In light of our Italian tasting week, we have chosen the Amarone Classico 'Vignetti di Roccolo' 2009, Catina Negrar as our wine of the week as well as our unoffical Fine Wine Friday.

Amarone has to be the most famous of Italy's red wines having had a recent revitalisation of the methods and wines, and this Classico Amarone is produced at the heart of Amarone in the negrar hills.

As with all Amarone production the grapes for this wine are semi-dried on straw mats, increasing the sugar concentration before being fermented in oak barrels. The result is a deep and richly concentrated wine full of chocolate,christmas cake spices and very rich sweet fruit flavours abound in the mouth.

If your looking for a wine that has longevity then you need look no further than this wine. This wine will age nicely for at least another 5 years or to be enjoyed now and particulary good with rich game dishes or even a good selection of Italian cheeses like Gorgonzola.

A to Z of wineDate published: 13/05/13

F is For.... Fleurie

Fleurie is aoneof the 10 Beaujolais Crus and is well known for its fine wine and fresh, floral and fragrent reds.  The Beaujolais district is well typically produces  wines from the Gamay grape and produces nearly half of the wines in Burgundy.  The classical bubble-gum, banana and pear drop aroma is created using carbonic maceration, a method where uncrushed grapes are placed in vats of carbon dioxide.  (Due to the lack of oxygen avaliable, the grapes are forced to get their energy by converting glucose into carbon dioxide, alcohol and energy.  The grapes ultimately burst and their skins are removed. Then yeast then completes the fermentation process. ) This method also produces some of the most highly coloured wines with little tannins.  The wines of Fleurie are mostly to drink young like most of the wine from Beaujolais, however, some can gain a depth of fruit and structure which can last several years and therefore can be the most expensive in the region.  Most wines are co-operatively produced.

Some of our favourites are:

Fleurie, Flower Lable, George Duboeuf, 2011

George Duboeuf has been nicknamed the King of Beaujolais as one of the best known producers from the Burgundy region.  This wine is concentrated in fruit with light tannins and cherry.  £7.99 with another wine from Beaujolais


Fleurie, Domaine de Nugues, 2011

With raspberry, minerality and violet,  as well as a slight smokey character.  Perfect with chicken or pork.  £10.79 with another wine from Beaujolais

Wine of the Week. Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Riesling Date published: 11/05/13

Wine of the Week, Peter lehmann Riesling 2009, Eden Valley.


Peter lehmann is one of the most well known producers from the Barossa Valley.  In the 1970s he established his winery with the goal of helping the local growers who were facing financial ruin.  The Peter lehmann brand has been producing wines for over 30 years  and they are renound for their high quality and expressiveness.  Rielsing is one of the most fashionable grape varieties from Australia and there can be a lot of variations of style.  In the hot climate of the Eden Valley, just next to Barossa, Peter Lehmann has managed to produce a crisp refreshing Riesling.    The Queen of Clubs is his syobol to represent a new beginning for Barossa producers and the club can be found on every bottle.


The Queen on this bottle represents the youthful qualities of the Riesling grape with floral aromas and a tangy crispness this Riesling with floral aromas and a tangy crispness as well as stone fruit.  A mouth watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling revitalised.


The supurbly crisp finish makes this the perfect match for oily fish and shellfish, with the acidity really cutting through.  Or try with a spicy dish from Asia, maybe Thai Green Curry.

A to Z of wineDate published: 07/05/13

E is for.... Eden Valley.


Eden Valley is a sub region in South Australia, bordering the better known Barossa valley and together the two form one of the most qualititively significant wine-producing areas in Australia.  At altitude, on cooler sites, more flavour intensity can be achieved  because of the long growing season.  Outstanding Reisling can be produced with lime-citrus aromas and a steely character and high acidity.  Other well suited varieties also include Shiraz, Chardonnay and Merlot.


Our Favourites Include:


Peter Lehmann Reisling, Eden Valley,

With citrus and Stone Fruit, this wine has mouthatering acidity and a limestone minerality, perfect with oily fish.


Heggies Chardonnay 2011 Eden Valley,

Using a high altitude site provides cooler tempratures which allows the grapes to gain intense flavour.  With subtle toast and ripe apple, this wine would go well with veal chops.


both available in store or online.



Wine Of The Week - Georges Dubeouf JulienasDate published: 06/05/13

If your looking for the perfect red wine to drink on this hot Bank Holiday then look no further than this Julienas from the King of Beaujolais, Georges Dubeouf. Wines of Julienas usually have real backbone compared to other Beaujolais's, this one is no exception.
This medium-bodied example has a complex and intense flavouring of blueberry, blackcurrant and flower petals that is surprisingly easy drinking with soft juicy tannins and a pleasing freshness. Also great slightly chilled too!
Superb with cured meats or even the bank holiday minted lamb.

Our Summer Wine Tasting Evening - Thurs 16th MayDate published: 06/05/13

If you have never been to one of our FREE main in-store tastings then you don't know what you are missing out on. Spaces for the evening are nearly full, therefore if you would like to come along please do let us know ASAP by calling 01432 271250

Not only are we opening a range of NEW and OLD favourites to our range we also have Pol Roger showcasing their NV Champagne, Penderyn Distillery for a wee bit of Welsh whiskey tasting as well as Emily (James's Wife) who will be bringing along a range of her handmade chocolates for you to try alongside some of the wines.

We have chosen the wines to be opened on the night, and we thought we would let you know what they were to wet your appetites beforehand – besides who likes surprises!:

Prosecco Zonin N/V DOC

VouvrayDomaine Aubuisieres, 2012

Gavi La Toledana, 2012

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2012

Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire, 2012

Poggioargentiera Rosato, 2012, IGT

Fleurie Claudius, 2012

LFE Signature Series Pinot Noir, 2011

Parcel Series, Merlot, 2012

Lamatum Crianza, 2009

L’Instant Truffier, Malbec, 2012

Two Hands, Gnarly Dudes, Shiraz , 2011

We look forward to seeing you all on the night.

Do you run a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements?Date published: 25/04/13

Do you run a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements?

If so you might want to consider Majestic Wine for all you wine and drinks needs.

You may not have realised but here at Majestic Hereford we not only cater for the retail sector but we also serve commercial or trade accounts direct from our store with a growing portfolio of businesses with the help of our dedicated account managers who are there to help with any support, advice and information you may need.

What service can you expect to receive if you were to consider joining us?

With us, you get so much more than a company that just sells wines. We also have a range of services that set us apart from our competitors that are carefully designed to help you maximise sales and achieve your individual business goals that include some of the following:

Dedicated Account Manager

A key point of contact is vital. Our experienced account managers are all trained to the leading Wine and Spirit Education trust (WSET) qualification standards giving them the knowledge to guide you through the world of wine. They are on hand to offer the support, advice and information you may need when you need it.

Commercial Exclusives range

One of the things that our accounts love is our ‘Award Winning’ range of commercial exclusive wines* which are not available for retail sale to the public giving you peace of mind that the wines on your list are exclusive to our on-trade customers only! Take a look at our range of commercial exclusive wines here: http://www.majesticcommercial.co.uk/wines/commercial-exclusives

Bespoke wine list design & production

A well-presented wine list with informative tasting notes is a vital tool in promoting and selling wines right across your range. Let us take the stress away from you and we’ll do it for you.

Local delivery, local support

Your account will be serviced direct from your local Majestic store. My friendly team are on hand too and also WSET trained to help you with any queries or advice you may need. Delivery is FREE ** and we are open 7 days a week and we endeavour to arrange deliveries as quick as we can for you even at weekends.

Sharing our knowledge

Our customers tell us that the most valuable support we can give them is via training of their staff. We offer training ranging from our really successful ‘Confidence in Wine’ course that cultivates an understanding of the winemaking process and key grape varieties as well as basic food and wine matching principles. Another recent development is ‘Perfect Partners’, a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus.

On top of all of this, your account manager can help you prepare your own customer events, such as Gastro Evenings and quiz nights. They may even be able to assist on the night by introducing the wines accompanying the courses you serve.

If all this sounds tempting, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Pop in for a chat or call the Hereford store on 01432 271250 where we can discuss your needs and get you in touch with our Business Development Managers.

*: However, in order for us to be able to viably offer you the full commercial on-trade package, you must spend at least £1,000 per site on wine every month to become a Majestic Commercial customer. (If your average spend is below £1,000 per site per month, please contact your local Majestic store who will be happy to help meet your requirements.)

**: Minimum purchase 6 bottles. Spend £40 or more for FREE delivery

Wine of the weekDate published: 15/04/13

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2011/2012 Coastal Region

£6.79 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £8.49) 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.

Wine of the weekDate published: 15/04/13

Wine of the Week

Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011, Swartland, SA £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £9.99) A duiker is a miniture, vine leaf eating, antelope species. This creature provided inspiration for vineyard owner, Adi Badenhorst, to name a range of wines produced in the Paardberg area. His estate uses old bush vines which are unirrigated and planted across varied terrain to produce some beautiful wines.

The Shiraz uses in this wine is partially fermented which releases white pepper on the nose and palate. The addition of the Cinsault grape gives the wine softness and texture and the Mourvdre grape adds dark plumb and black cherry.

With deep tannins this wine would compliment spicy pork ribs beautifully.

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Magnificent microbreweriesDate published: 14/04/13

Currently, there are over 700 breweries in the UK of which more than 90% are classified as microbreweries. The industry serves a market of over 25 million people and provides over 700,000 jobs in the UK. In the UK, the term has become synonymous with small scale breweries operating under the UK Progressive Beer Duty producing quantities ranging from 2 to 20 bbls (a brewer's barrel or bbl is 36 imperial gallons). It is also one of the fastest growing areas of enterprise in both the UK and the USA. All this means for us as the consumer that we have a wide and varying range of unique and different beers from light fruity golden ales to rich full flavoured stouts all competing against each other to deliver the best value with the greatest taste! The next step is to find a microbrewery that delivers on all fronts, and although it is great fun searching out these hidden gems yourself, allow us to give you a couple of our recommendations.

'Butty Bach' Premium Ale,Wye Valley Brewery, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire 'Butty Bach' is a Welsh term for 'little friend'. This full-bodied, smooth and satisfying beer is burnished gold in colour with rich fruity notes and a sweet malty finish. Enjoy a bottle with honey glazed sausages or a rich risotto. £19.20 single 8 pack or £17.20 when you buy two cases of bottled ale.

Bespoke Brewing Co, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire Brewed on the site of the old Wintels brewery in the Forest of Dean and made using traditional ingredients with their own personal twist. 'Money for old rope' – A rich dark forest stout with flavours of malt, grain and deep hop bitterness. 'Saved by the bell' – A light hoppy forest bitter with a spicy hop bite and a delicate floral aroma, very refreshing. 'Over a barrel' – The strong rich forest ale which is fruity on the nose and palate with a generous peppery finish. 'Running the gauntlet' – Full flavoured forest bitter with rich roasted undertones, good hop bitterness with spicy blackcurrant aromas. £32.40 single 12 pack or £29.40 when you buy two cases of bottled ale.

Bath Ales, Warmley, Bath 'Quintessentially English and brewed in the West Country', the Bath Ale range offer diversity with a uniqueness and at the same time never straying far from the classic traditional methods and styles. 'Gem'- A best bitter with a rich aroma of hops and malt, and a long bitter sweet finish. 'Barnsey'- Rich in fruit, with hints of chocolate, this full bodied dark ale is a complex but deeply satisfying beer. 'Wild Hare'- A wonderful, golden organic ale with a fresh-citrus aroma and a dry, bitter finish. 'Dark Side'- A roasted barley aroma, a deep, dark colour and a smooth yet dry taste. An exquisite stout. £24.00 single 12 pack or £21.00 when you buy two cases of bottled ale.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/04/13

Wine of the Week

Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2007, Muriel

£6.99 (When you buy any two Spanish wines as part of a mixed case: 1 bottle – 9.99) Made from the Tempranillo grape, this wine is grown in the chalky soils of Rioja-Alavesa. This district classically produces some of the most full bodied wines from Rioja which have good firmness and acidity. The name Muriel comes from a combination of the wine makers family name 'Mura' and the name of the village in which the winery is located, 'Elciego'. Muriel vineyards stand next to the River Mayor on a plot of about 22.000 square meters. This wine spends two years in oak and two years in bottle before it reaches us. Ruby red in colour, the firm body and smooth tannins are typical of the Rioja style. This wine offers Mediterranean herbs on the nose as well as wood and leather from the oak and bottle aging. Would go well with a warming stew, hot pot or roast lamb

A to Z of wineDate published: 06/04/13

A to Z of wine D is for.. Douro

Douro is a Portuguese DOC named after the river Duro which runs through it.  Although this region is most famous for its production of Port, recently many good table wines have been produced. Since the 1950s a growing number of producers have begun to use their best grapes for the production of table wine and there has been increasing investment and expertises put into the production of unfortified wines. Now just under half the regions vineyards are used for the production of unfortified wines and better vineyard management allows improved yields and grape quality in the extreme climate of the Douro. The grape varieties most used are similar to those used for the production of port, with the Tempranillo grape widely accepted as the best for red wine production in the region, giving wines a spicy, tannic character.  With Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato and Viosinho as the favourite white grapes.  My favourite red and white are: Planalto Douro White Reserva 2011 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-15117/product-is-15117 Dry and delicate, but possessing an interesting aromatic intensity and complexity, with overtones of blossom. The fruit is predominantly citrus, with soft pear and melon flavours completing the picture.

Crasto Douro Red 2011 Quinta de Crasto http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-15113/product-is-15113 With intense aromas of blackberries and raspberries on the nose, the palate is bursting with wild berry characters. Very ripe fruit with ample tannin and spice. Both really affordable while Portugal is on special offer at Buy 2 save £3  

Last ever Fine Wine Friday! Date published: 04/04/13

FWF Rioja Gran Reserva 1995, Campillo

With Spain on tasting this week we decided to stick to the theme and open a beautiful Rioja for our Fine Wine Friday. 

Rioja Campillo has been around for many years.  Starting life as the second wine of Faustino Martinez, which produces some of Spain's finest red wines, these vineyards often produces better wines than the principal label!  This is due to the oakyness the use of new barrels used  to age the wine.  The Campillo vineyards are set in 125 acres of lime-clay soil located in the high-latitude Alavesa region of Rioja and are sheltered from extreme weather by nearby mountains, which offers the best growing conditions for the Tempranillo grape.  The name 'Campillo' means 'little field' after the first vineyard replanted after an outbreak of phloxera. Ruby red in colour, with cedar, spice and tobacco and licorice as well as dark fruit, plum and caramalised orange, this wine offers everything, you would expect from a premium brand, and more!  Balanced and long, this is a very fine example of the Rioja style It would go well with  mature beef steak or game. Not to be missed while Spanish wine is on buy 2 save 20%, £25 reduced to £19.99

Not to be missed while Spainsh wine is on buy 2 save 20%, £25 reduced to £19.99

WOTW Paul Mas MarsanneDate published: 04/04/13

Wine of the Week

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne

£6.99 (When you buy 2 or more: 1 bottle – £8.99) Paul Mas wines are crafted from low yield vineyards using traditional vinification methods. This particular example is from 100% Marsanne grapes, a proportion of which is barrel-aged for extra complexity. The result is outstanding personality and elegance with floral and peach flavours as well as hazlenut and honey. A rich and mellow but well-balanced white.

Very easy drinking and perfect with most fish dishes.

A to Z of wine!Date published: 30/03/13

A to Z of wine, C is for..... Chablis

 

Chablis is the steely, dry, white wine found in Burgundy (North East France), and is made from the Chardonnay grape.  Many New World vineyards borrow the Chablis name as a generic term and many wines carrying the name do not bear a lot of resembelence to the origional Chablis style. Much of the success of the Chabils region is due to the cool northern climate, however the weather is very uncertain which can lead to a lot of vintage variation within the district.  This being said, on good years this region can produce some of the best Chardonnays in the world.  The traditional Chablis is clear and pale with a green hue.  The high levels of acidity need a few years to round out and the main emphasis of the character is the steely minerality.  In recent years the styles of wine from the region has become more and more varied, by the use of steel or oak barrels and of oxidation to varying degrees. 

Two great examples within our range are:

Bourgogne Chardonnay Côtes d'Auxerre 2011 Pascal Bouchard

A pale, refined Chablis-style white, offering a fresh citrus character complemented by subtle hints of flowers. This unoaked wine is crisp and refreshing on the palate, with a suggestion of mineral grip.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-chablis/product-is-04247

 

Chablis 2011 Domaine Servin

Domaine Servin produce wine from their own estate and never sell to negociants - a guarantee of consistency. This can be experienced in the flinty, mineral style with citrus fruit and white flowers.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-chablis/product-is-04419

Easter Chocolate and Wine MatchesDate published: 29/03/13

With Easter weekend upon us, and the Easter bunny delivering lots of chocolaty treats, we definitely have to talk about chocolate and wine, from matching wines to chocolate to chocolaty wines you'll find the lot here.

It is said that wine and chocolate pairing can’t be done but I have to disagree, and like most other food and wine matches with a little thought you’ll soon have the ultimate taste sensation. The key things to remember is to try and keep the wine slightly sweeter than the chocolate or dessert otherwise the fruitiness of the wine will disperse, plus matching the body and richness of wine to that of the chocolate.. For example Milky chocolates will work wonders with a light-bodied wine and a rich dark chocolate will work perfectly with a full-bodied wine. The proteins in chocolates will react with tannin in wine and actually soften them down beautifully.

So with this in mind I have chosen a few of my favourite wines and beverages from our range that will work wonders with most chocolate types and chocolate desserts for you to try:

White Chocolate:

White chocolate as we all know is the sweetest there is, and has a very creamy and buttery taste. As mentioned the wine has to be slightly sweeter than the chocolate calling for a dessert wine in this case.

Why not try the Brown brothers Orange Muscat (£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles) with a white chocolate mousse or cheesecake, or if you can't be dealing with all that faff, just peel back the wrapper on a bar of good White chocolate instead. This blend of Orange muscat and Flora has a remarkable floral character with fresh citrus and sweet spice. The balance between sweetness and acidity is perfect, the citrussy finish will cut through the richness of white chocolate beautifully.

Milk Chocolate:

Cillar de Silos Crianza, Ribera del Duero. £13.99 (when you buy any 2 or more Spanish wines save 20%).

Those who know me, will know how passionate I am about my Spanish wines, especially Ribera wines. They make the all time, all-round easter wines that will not only work wonders with your lamb but will transform itself with a chocolate dessert too. The Cillar de Silos is medium-bodied and packed full of strawberries, cooked blackberry fruit, chocolate and lashings of vanilla. With the strawberry and chocolate element, this will partner well with strawberries dipped in chocolate.

Dark chocolate.:

Vinalba Reservado Malbec £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

If your looking for that indulgent chocolatey wine then look no further than the multi-award winning Vinalba reservado Malbec. This rich and full-bodied wine will compliment any dark chocolate or desserts. The wine is full of plum-fruit, sweet tannins and that all important chocolate and mocha finish that will leave you in wine heaven.

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

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

A to Z of wineDate published: 26/03/13

A to Z of wine. B is for... Belleruche.

Belleruche, Chapoutier, Cote-du-Rhone 2011, is one of our leading wines over Easter, on a fantastic offer and beautiful to drink.  Open on our tasting counter so you can try before you buy!

This wine is from Chapoutier, one of the best producers within the Cote-du-Rhone AOC, a generic appelation that covers the entire Rhone region.  A family owned merchants in Northern Rhone, they use biodynamic viticulture and now farm the largest area of biodynamic vineyards in the world.  They stick to low yields and oak barelling to give concentrated and polished wines.  In 1996 they became the first producers to put Braille on their labels.  Their creative and dynamic approach to winemaking produces some of the best Rhone wines.

This specific wine has aromas of dark fruit and an minerality as well as spice on the nose.  On the palate it has smooth tannins with rich blackberry and cherry as well as hints of liquorice.

Perfect for an Easter roast or any rich meat dish or to keep and enjoy over the next several years.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-06533/product-is-06533

our pick of Easter Majestic offers!Date published: 19/03/13

Easter is just around the corner, and Majestic have some fantastic new offers to see us through the coming festive period! Look out for our fantastic new Spanish offer – buy 2 save 20%! South Africa also remains on buy 2 save 20%.  Also we have some of new Sparkling offers –

Prosecco Conegilano £11.99 £8.99

Here are our favourites from the new offers!

Rioja Reserva 2007/08, Marques de Riscal:  £14.99 reduced to £13.74 then buy 2 Spanish wines save 20% £10.99

When Spain is on 20% off when you buy 2 or more you can find some real steals! This is one of them! A classic example of Rioja reserva with oak and vanilla.The summer red fruits will be an excellent reminder of the improving weather.  Will go well with spicy casserole or ham.

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2011, M. Chapoutier, France: £9.99 buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99

This is a long term favourite of ours in Hereford, and just flies out the door when its on offer!  If you need an excellent value and really special wine for roast lamb dinner this will be perfect.  The rich blackberry and cherry flavours combine really well with this wines slight spice and earthy minerality.  Because this wine has soft smooth tannins it is number one for rich meat dishes.

Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Wairu Valley, New Zealand: £12.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 to £9.99

Villa Maria is a well loved producer  from our New Zealand range.This is a slightly more special Sauvignon from this producer. This is produced from only 4 specifically chosen vineyards in the world famous Wairu valley.  With gooseberry, passion fruit and a distinct herbaceous hint as well as zesty citrus and nectarine this is beautiful drunk on its own or with scallops.

Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2011, Mendoza: £10.99 reduced to £7.99 Buy 2 Save £6

I first tried this at a recent in store tasting and can definitely see why it is a 'Decanter award winner'.  This is the essence of a modern malbec with dark chocolate and mocha as well as dark fruits such as plumb and damson.  This Malbec really comes to life with food, something like a peppered steak.

  A recent addition to our range:

Chateau Saint Georges 2007, Pomerol, France: £19.99 buy 2 save £10 £14.99

Majestic never cease to amaze me with the new wines they manage to get in for us.  This is no exception.  Chateau St George produce superb quality wines and this wine offers exceptional value.  This Bordeaux has a sophisticated nose with graphite, cigar box and ripe blackberry and is equally good on the palate. 

Which are your favourites this Easter, tweet us: @majesticher or write to us on facebook: Majestic Wine Hereford to let us know!  

A to Z of wineDate published: 18/03/13

A to Z of Wine! A is for... Albarino

A grape variety commonly found under this name in Spain and the Vinho Verde region of Portugal. This grape is aromatic and has thick skin which helps it withstand the damp climate and fungal disease. Albarino wines are normally high in alcohol, acidity and flavour. Generally providing intense peach, apricot and fruit on the nose and palate. This was one of the first Spanish white grape varieties produced as a varietal. It has now become so popular it accounts for 90% of all plantings in the Rias Vaixas zone in Spain. This grape can be aged in oak and/or stainless steel barrels for many years and ages better than most other white Spanish grapes. It is also grown in California and Australia.

Want to try? My favorites are:

Albariño Martin Codax 2011 Rias Baixas Delicate peachy aromas with hints of spice, herbs and traces of sweet fruits, a fresh and crisp palate rounded by hints of honey, peaches and stone fruits, a medium body and with a floral finish.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-14266/product-is-14266

Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas 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.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-14008/product-is-14008

Everyday Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 17/03/13

Everyday Food and Wine Matching.

Helping customers with choosing wine to accompany their meals is one of the many things I love about my job. After a recent conversation with a customer regarding this in-store, the customer pointed out that some of the food recommendations on our price tickets from scallops with Chablis to venison steak with Chateau Neuf de Pape were beyond his budget and not the everyday food and wine choice for most, but more a dinner party or special occasion match. This got me thinking once again. Don’t get me wrong I love cooking and hosting our friends and relatives for supper, giving me the opportunity to cook something special, and have a luxury bottle of wine to go with it and therefore some of the food and wine recommendations in-store definitely have their place.

Unlike our European neighbours, most of us Brits do only think about food and wine matching for dinner parties and special occasions but why not choose a wine to go with the everyday humble meal as after all the same rules apply with even the simplest meals. With my huge love for wine I too have my favourite reasonably priced weekly wines and at Majestic wine you’ll find a huge range of wines at every price bracket. I will therefore be sharing some of my humble food and wine matches weekly with you to help inspire transforming your mid-week meals into a gastronomic food and wine delight.

Vegetable and Bean Chillie: Oil for frying 1 medium Onion finely chopped, 1 Red Pepper, finely chopped, 1 Courgette chopped, 1 tsp Ground Cumin, Chilli flakes to taste 1 tsp dried coriander, Tin chopped tomatoes, Tin Red Kidney Beans or Chick Peas, Heat oil in pan and cook onion until soft. Add pepper and courgette until soft. Add spices and cook for a further 1 minute stirring continuously. Add tomatoes and beans, cover and simmer for 15 mins. Serve with rice or cous cous.

To accompany any Chilli dish a young and soft very fruity wine is perfect. With this in mind I chose the Luis Felipe Edwards, Seleccion Especial Malbec 2011, Chile - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

This juicy and soft berried Chilean Malbec is fabulous with Chilli con Carne. The Palate is full of Blackberries and Blueberries accompanied by subtle vanilla undertones perfect for a dish like this.

For an alternative wine match why not try a very fruity Californian Zinfandel too.

Wine of the Week, Rioja Gran Reserva, 2003/4, Vina EguiaDate published: 17/03/13

Wine of the Week, Rioja Gran Reserva, 2003/4, Vina Eguia

£8.99 (When you buy 2 or more: 1 bottle – £12.99)

Rioja is without a doubt one of the best wine producing regions in Spain. It is the sweet vanilla-oakyness of the wines from this region that has given it such great status. Bodegas Eguia, who produce this wine, are located in the sub region of Rioja Alavesa which produces some of the regions fullest bodied wines. This, like many other wines from Rioja, is made from the tempranillo grape which has a naturally low oxidizing content, giving it excellent longevity. Vina Eguia Gran Reserva receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release. Ruby red in colour. Very mature with caramel, raisin and prune as well as vanilla clove and leather. Would be beautiful with Easter roast lamb or nutty cheese parcels.

South AmericaDate published: 12/03/13

The Spanish first introduced viticulture to the Americas.In recent years, Chilie has become renound for it's high quality wines and Argentina for producting large quantaties of good value wine, however, recently Argentina has been giving Chilie a run for their money, with a number of small 'artisan' wineries producing stunning quality wines to compete with those in Chilie. We have our South America tasting week Tuesday 5th to Monday 11th of March with a free tasting on Saturday the 9th of March.

Compare Malbecs; Chilie vs Argentina

Malbec is traditionally seen as the grape used in Bordeaux blend for colour and tannins, however, it can now also be a fantastic primary grape.  These two countries seem to have hit the nail on the head when it comes to producing Malbecs.  Argentina produces many wonderful, full-bodied Malbecs, however, it is not widely planted in Chilie.  More recently, it has become a more popular choice with winemakers who want to offer something different.

Luis Felipe Edwards, Seleccion Sepecial Malbec, 2011 Colchagua Valley.

Luis Felipe used mature vineyards and their ethos surrounds the idea of producing stunning wines with an emphasis on 'drinkability'.  With blackberries, plumbs and blueberry this wine is satisfying, juicy and long.

Joffre Malbec 2011, Mendoza

This full bodied Malbec is a great example of the complexity of Malbecs from Mendosa which is one of the largest viticultural regions of Argentina, whith over two thirds of of the country's wine production.  With vanilla, chocolate and cherry, this wine would go well with light meats such as poultry and goose.

 

Decanter Award  Winners

the worlds largest and most prestigious wine awards, the people at Decanter seriously know their wine!

 

Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011, Leyda Valley

This winery is a recently discovered star, producing some of Chilie's frutiest wines.  The vineyard on which they grow Syrah is called Canelo after the Canelo tree which lives there and is believed to be sacred and magical, probably explains the beautiful mocha and peppery notes in the wine!

Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

with some of the coolest weather in Argentina, Bodegas Salentein  has now produced the 'best Argenteinan Malbec under £10'.  With ripe black fruit this wine is fulsome and lush.

 

Compare Chardonnay: Argentina vs Chilie

As Chilie exported more wines in the 1980s it became clear their whites left something to be desired!  However, with some revolutionary changes and the introduction of new French oak barriques, in the early 1990s there was a transformation in the quality of their Chardonnay

 

Alamos Chardonnay 2011, Catena, Mendosa

Catena was a visionary when it comes to wine.  He produces wines which are very upmarket by local standards which are stylish and far from basic.  This wine in particular is from his superb value Alamos range.  With peach, pear and apple, this wine is oaky and a fantastic wine for creamy pasta dishes.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, 2010/11

Santa Rita now produce fat, ripe wines.  Their 120 range is named after the 120 men who hid in the cellars at Santa Rita after the battle of Rancagua in 1810.  But back to this wine, it offers citrus apple and stone fruit on the nose and is weighty and creamy on the palate.

WOTW Macon VillagesDate published: 12/03/13

Wine of the Week

Macon Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' Louis Jadot, 2011 Burgundy £8.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £9.99) Macon Villages is a very important appellation within Burgundy with 43 communes producing some of the regions best white wine.

Macon Villages is made from 100% Chardonnay grape. The limestone subsoil of the 'Monts du Mâconnais' are ideal for growing the Chardonnay grapes. Some small areas produce exceptional wines. The Louis Jadot Mâcon Blanc Villages is made from grapes from these different areas. This wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks in order to extract the maximum floral and fruity aromas and freshness.

This is an easy drinking and dry white with fresh fruityness, green apple and pear, and floral notes as well as a hint of citrus and a pleasant minerality.

Beautiful to drink now but could age for up to 5 years. Very versatile, try with goats cheese, poultry of fish.

Rioja Parcel 2013 – Bodegas Conde de ValdemarDate published: 04/03/13

Tomorrow (Tues 5th March) sees the launch of yet another rare Rioja parcel of wines sourced from the Bodegas Conde de Valdemar, some of which were in the last rioja parcel.

If you took advantage of the last parcel then you will know not to miss out on this one. These mature Riojas come from many exceptional vintages from 1980 to 1998 and have been carefully stored in the Bodegas cellars unlabelled. They have since had brand new labels added to them and are look extremely stylish and extremely good value for money.

Available in many bottle sizes including magnums and even 5 litre bottles!, there are two styles available as follows:

 

 

  • Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva

    A traditional styled Gran Reserva Rioja made from tempranillo and a touch of Mazuelo.

     

  • Conde de Valdemar 'Vendimia Seleccioada'

    A modern styled wine with a 50:50 blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a gran Reserva style but a more robust muscular style compared to the normal Gran Reserva. If like me your a fan of mature Rioja's and Bordeaux's then these will definitely be for you.

    Stocks of some of these vintages are limited and on a first come first served basis.

    We have listed below reviews of the vintages (curtious of Berry Brothers and Rudd website) that have scored above 7 out of 10 to help you with choosing these rare wines which I hope you find helpful.

    If you need any further davice on these wines or would like us to order some in on your behalf then please do get in contact.

    1987 - 9/10 A very good vintage in Rioja with some notable Reserva and Gran Reserva wines (overall was 10% of production which is exceptionally high).

    The vintage year started with a bitterly cold winter and was hit by insect infestation in May. A hot summer was marked by low rainfall, although growers in Rioja experienced sporadic rainfalls in the first week of September. Growers who were wise to delay picking until after the rain, were rewarded with an excellent crop, fully ripe and healthy.

    1990 - 8/10

    In Rioja, 1990 was almost too dry and this caused some problems with flowering and ripening. The harvest began almost 2 weeks earlier than normal, with the Tempranillo grapes planted on the higher slopes being the most successful as they benefited from the cooler night temperatures. The wines are well balanced, display very good purity of fruit and have developed very well in cask and bottle over the last 10 years.

    1994 - 9/10

    Arguably the second greatest vintage of Rioja ever some describing it as the vintage of the century over the 1963.

    In Rioja the scorchingly hot summer was followed by welcome light rain the resulting wines therefore are perfectly balanced between fruit and acidity. Consequently the wines are full bodied, powerful and extremely complex yet very fragrant.

    1995 - 8/10

    Winemakers battled frost, drought and ill-timed rain this vintage, yet managed to produce some spectacular red wines. In Rioja late April frosts were followed by even flowering during May and June, and then a very wet July.

    However, August was gloriously hot and the good weather continued throughout much of September and most of October. The grapes ripened perfectly, resulting in full-bodied, deeply coloured wines with good levels of concentration and very good structure.

    1996 - 9/10

    A very good wine vintage overall in Spain and especially in Rioja with some notable Reserva and Gran Reserva wines (overall was 10% of production which is exceptionally high ). Growers who were wise to delay picking until after the rain, were rewarded with an excellent crop, fully ripe and healthy.

    1998 - 7/10

    All in all, a successful wine vintage in Spain with the Rioja reds being particularly attractive. There were some instances of frost in late April and early May in Rioja but the damage was not widespread. Flowering took place in excellent conditions and July and August were hot and dry. It rained intermittently in September and this slightly took the edge off what had otherwise been a perfect growing season. The wines however are extremely impressive, if not quite at the level of the stunning 1994 and 1995 vintages.

  • Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/03/13

    Wine of the Week

    Château Saint Georges 2007 St-Georges-St-Emilion

    £12.99 (When you at least two bottles as part of a mixed case: 1 bottle – 17.99) For those who find red wines too harsh or too bitter, St-Emilion, with it's elegance and finesse, is one of the easiest with which to make the transition from white to red. This description is also reflective of the wines that are produced from the satellite appellation of St-Georges-St-Emilion where this wine is a class act with descriptions such as 'Superb quality wine of great finesse'. This wine's pedigree is immediately apparent on the nose, which offers up ripe blackberry, cigar box and graphite aromas in abundance. The palate is satisfyingly dense and swell structured. Best served with traditional French casseroles such as coq au vin.

    VodkaDate published: 27/02/13

    Although my beverage of choice is often a nice glass of white wine, I also really love to try different vodka brands and different vodka based cocktails (you can't beat a Raspberry Cosmopolitan). So I decided it was about time I had a look at the process of making of vodka and what goes into it.

    Historically, vodka is associated with Poland and Russia, but now vodka is produced all over the world. Even us Brits have had a good go at making our own and now it is one of the most popular spirits worldwide. Vodka has a natural purity, which is why I like it so much as a base for cocktails.

    The alcohol used for vodka production can come from any fermented agricultural material, mostly grains and molasses are used, and many premium vodkas use or include potato and grapes. The Herefordian 'Chase' vodka brand began because the producer of Tyrrels Crisps had lots of potatoes left over that were too small for crisps and needed something to do with them (turns out they make pretty good vodka!) Vodka distillers aim is to make the cleanest possible spirit, the closest thing to pure ethanol. By law, most vodka has to have at least 96% abv strength. Some producers therefore choose to use charcoal filtration to remove any impurities. I have always believed that you get what you pay for to a certain extent with vodka. The cheapest standard vodka often use molasses, which often results in a product with little flavour. Some vodka can keep a subtle taste of the original base product. Barley can produce a lighter, crisp vodka with a rich texture, whereas potatoes often produce a much creamier flavour. Some of the most interesting vodka has added flavours. One of my favourites is the Sipsmiths Damzon Vodka we had open over Christmas, which also works really well as a 'Hunter's Cocktail', with Prosecco. Honey and vanilla can also be used as well as bison grass. This can be done by macerating the ingredients into the vodka or by blending in distilled fruit spirits. Another interesting flavour I had never seen before is the Chase Marmalade Vodka. I keep it in the freezer and drink it with lime and ginger beer.

    Over Christmas I decided to experiment by making my own vodka flavours with the plan to offload them on friends and family as 'presents'. I tried a lot of different combinations, some did not go so well, such as marshmallow vodka, but I did manage to make some really yummy vodka flavours, if I do say so myself! My favourite two are Skittles vodka and Worthers Original vodka. Skittles Vodka 'Recipe':

    I simply separated the different colours of Skittles and put them in a small bottle of vodka then shook it up every day for a few weeks. Finally, I put the vodka through a cafeteria to filter out the bits - simple! Not the most sophisticated of drinks, but went down really well with my friends!

    Why not pop into store and try some of the vodka we have open on our tasting counter? They are sure to knock your socks off!  

    Fine Wine Friday: Catena Alta Chardonnay, 2010 MendozaDate published: 22/02/13

    Fine Wine Friday 01/03/13: Catena Alta Chardonnay, 2010 Mendoza £17 (When you buy 2 or more or £23)

    The first Friday of every month we open a fine wine we think is particularly special or on an amazing offer.  This month the wine our very own Arfon calls the 'best value Chardonnay in the whole store' is on a fantastic offer, so we are snapping up the chance to open up this beauty!

     Nicolas Catena has produced some fantastic wines with the help of Paul Hobbs from California. The Catena Alta range definitely classifies as fine wine and one of the best from Catena's range is the Chardonnay. There is a rigerous selection process from the best areas within the vineyard then, the grapes are pressed in clusters and aged in French oak for 12-16 months.

    Intese and greenish yellow in colour, this Chardonnay offers hints of spice and toasted bread on the nose as well as vanilla, peach, citrus and light floral notes. On the palate there is pear and apricot with a slight note of nutmeg. This Chardonnay has a long finish and crips minerality.

    I'm going to try this one with honey chicken, finished with a splash of lime.

    Look forward to seeing you on Friday 1st March.

    French ClassicsDate published: 19/02/13

    French wines are often regarded as some of the best in the world and sets the benchmark for many styles of wine, producing a staggaring number of different varieties.  French Classics tasting week runs here at majestic from Tuesday 26th of February to Monday 4th of March.  We have a free tasting tutorial on Saturday 2nd of March, we can't cover everything, but we hope we can provide a fun half hour taster of Classical French wines.

    Compare Burgundy Appelations: Regional vs Commune

    Chablis appelation's have a cool climate and soils rich in limestone and clay.  Their style of wine is iconic.  Other wines can offer similar styles from the same region and are also great value for money.

    Chablis Vocoret 2011,

    From a family owned winery, renound for it's Chabils with rustic pure wines of exceptional character.  This wine offers steely minerality with stoned fruit, limestone and grapefruit.

    Bourgogne Chardonnay, Cotes d'Auxerre 2011, Pascal Bouchard

    This appelation covers various parcels of vines scattered over the hillside overlooking Augy and Quenne.  Bouchard vineyard was started in 1936 and today is thriving.  This unoaked wine has the minerality that comes with the limestone and slate of the soil.  It also has fresh character and citrus fruit aromas.

     

    Explore: South of France

    The South of France produces a large range of good value wines.  With infulences from Bordeaux, Spain, the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon there are some really excellent styles produced.  They generally tend to be heady, full-bodied, spicy reds.  Two excellent examples include;

    La Ville Capitelle 2009, Languedoc

    From Gerard Bertrand, this wine is a typical Bordeaux blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan.  Well-structured, this wine offers mullberry fruit on the nose as well as thyme and leathery spice.

    Chateau Guiot 2011, Costieres de Nimes

    This wine has more in common with wines from the Rhone.   For the money, the effort that goes into this wine is huge.  The grapes are handpicked and the wine is aged in new oak barrels.

     

    Compare Gamay: Beaujolais vs Burgundy.  

    Classically this grape is renound for its production in Beaujolais.  It typically has a wonderful pear-drop aroma.  Although this grape produces wine which generally should be drunk young and fresh, some Beaujolais Gamays can be aged for up to 15 years and will develop Pinot Noir trates - probably because the Gamay grape  is an ancient natural clone of Pinot Noir.

    Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Georges Duboeuf

    there are 38 villages which come under the Beaujolais-Villages AOC.  To be allowed to produce in Beaujolais all grapes must be picked by hand, this is the only region other than Champagne to enforce this rule.  Packed with strawberry, raspberry and cherry this wine is bright, fresh and fruity.

    Macon Rouges, 'les Roches Rouges' 2011, Louis Jadot

    Burgundy makes most people think of grapes such as Pinot Noir or Chardonnay however, as a region, it produces many of the few Gamay wines to achieve classic status.  Although the Maconnnais is generally better known for it's white wines the Gamay grape accounts for about 25% of all plantings in this area, dispite its dislike of limestone soil.  Red wines from this area therefore, often have a hard edge and rustic quality.  With subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, this red is a wonderful companion to meat.

     

    Intrigued by these wines? Come along to our free tasting tutorial at 11am or 3pm on Saturday 23rd of February and have a try for yourself! Spaces are limited so to secure yours just give us a call on 01432271250.

     

     

     

     

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/02/13

    Wine of the Week

    Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2006/7, Muriel

    £6.99 (When you at least two bottles as part of a mixed case: 1 bottle – 9.99) Made from the Tempranillo grape, this wine is grown in the chalky soils of Rioja-Alavesa. This district classically produces some of the most full bodied wines from Rioja which have good firmness and acidity. The name Muriel comes from a combination of the wine makers family name 'Mura' and the name of the village in which the winery is located, 'Elciego'. Muriel vineyards stand next to the River Mayor on a plot of about 22.000 square meters. This wine spends two years in oak and two years in bottle before it reaches us. Ruby red in colour, the firm body and smooth tannins are typical of the Rioja style. This wine offers Mediterranean herbs on the nose as well as wood and leather from the oak and bottle aging. Would go well with a warming stew or hot pot. Or Fiona Beckett from the Guardian reccomeds it with Easter lamb.

    New Zealand Tasting WeekDate published: 15/02/13

    We are very excited about our New Zealand tasting week running 12-18th of February with a free tasting tutorial on Saturday 16th.  new Zealand produces some of my favourite wines and some of our best value and most popular lines.  This is suprising given that until the 1970s New Zealand had a tiny wine industry winch produced winer manily for the local market.  Like many other New World wine producing countries New Zealand has seen huge changes in the past few decades.  Since then there has been huge growth in the industry sustained by a thirst for the fruit driven New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

    New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, especially from Marlborough, has set a worldwide benchmark. Distinctive and herbaceous some of our bestselling wines such as Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc come from this renound area.  Other wonderful examples incluse Cloudy Bay and Goldwater Sauvignons.

    However, New Zealand is now not just producing wonderful Sauvignon Blanc.  Italy's Pinot Grigio is much lighter and aromatic than the richer full textured examples from France.  New Zealand producers have managed to create stunning versions of both.  Look out for Waimea Pinot Gris and Villa Maria Pinot Gris.

    One of my fantastic new finds is the New Zealand red. The New Zealand Pinot Noir is, like their Sauvignons, critically acclaimed globally.  However, other grape varieties also have significant planting, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, often used to make Bordeax style blends.  New Zealand reds have been flying off the shelves recently, inclusing Brancotte Estate Pinot Noir and Villa Maria Merlot Cabernet.

    We have free New Zealand wine tastings on Saturday 16th of February at 11am and 3pm where we will open a selection of interesting New Zealand wines.  Please book your place by giving us a call on 01432271250 or by email: her@majestic.co.uk.

    Wine of the Week Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011, Date published: 11/02/13

    Wine of the Week

    Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011, Swartland, SA  £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles: 1 bottle – £9.99) A duiker is a miniture, vine leaf eating, antelope species. This creature provided inspiration for vineyard owner, Adi Badenhorst, to name a range of wines produced in the Paardberg area. His estate uses old bush vines which are unirrigated and planted across varied terrain to produce some beautiful wines.

    The Shiraz uses in this wine is partially fermented which releases white pepper on the nose and palate. The addition of the Cinsault grape gives the wine softness and texture and the Mourvdre grape adds dark plumb and black cherry.

    With deep tannins this wine would compliment spicy pork ribs beautifully.

     

    Pop along if you fancy a try.

    #ComeandExplore

    Vallentines DayDate published: 09/02/13

    VALENTINES DAY.

    Fancy staying in this Valentines day? Why not treat the one you love to a bottle of Pink Champagne. We have a range to suit every budget. If you don't fancy cooking, why not try the most decadent of food and wine matches and try this bubbly with Fish and Chips!.

    Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne: £47 per bottle. If you want to impress your partner, what a better way to show them your love than with Laurent-Perrier Rose.

    Lanson Rose NV: £40 per bottle Another salmon pink rose, this pink fizz shows aromas of roses and red fruit. Your valentines gifts in one bottle.

    Nicholas Feuillate Rose NV: £20 per bottle A delicate Salmonn pink rose, in a soft welcoming style. With a fine mousse and a nose of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Try with desert

    Oeil de Pedrix Rose NV: £15 per bottle Meaning eye of the partridge, this pale salmon pink champagne exhibits enticing complexity. A great value pink fizz, which will definately entice your loved one.

     

    *subject to stock avaliability, prices are subject to change.

    Spanish and Italy Tasting TutorialDate published: 06/02/13

    FREE Spain and Italy Tasting Tutorial

    Saturday 09th February at 3pm

    We will be trying :

    From Spain

    Contrasting Spanish White Vega De La Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marques De La Concordia Caixas Albarino 2011, Martin Codax, Rias Baixas

    Comparing Reds Beyond Rioja Lamatum Crianza Pizarras de Otero 2010, Bierzo

    Compare Rioja Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2006/2007 Muriel Torre Aldea Gran Reserva 2005

    From Italy

    Italy's Native Whites Gavi Montiero 2011 Fattori Soave 2012 Contesa Pecorino 2011, Colline Pescaresi IGT

    Itlay's Native Reds Casale di Chianti 2011 DOCG Surani Costarossa 2010 Primitivo di Manduria Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009/2010 Ripasso La Casetta

    If you are intersetd in joining our tasting tutorial please ask a member of staff and we can sign you up. HURRY places are going fast!!

    Wine Relief 2013 - Tues 5th Feb - Monday 18th MarchDate published: 05/02/13

    Wine Relief, set up by the Mater of Wine Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years.

    Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

    Once again Majestic will be supporting the campaign with twelve Wine Relief wines (See below).

    Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each of the following bottles sold to Comic Relief:

     

  • Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 - £13.99

     

  • Pouilly Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ Louis Latour 2011 - £12.99

     

  • Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011 - £8.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

     

  • Ch de Pennautier ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’ Red 2009 - £8.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

     

  • Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir 2010 - £9.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

     

  • Domaine de l’Aigle Chardonnay 2011 - £9.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

     

  • Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011 - £7.99

     

  • Bardolino ‘Naiano’ Allegrini 2011 - £8.49

     

  • Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010 - £10.99

     

  • BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann 2010 - £9.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

     

  • Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 - £14.99

     

  • Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010 - £10.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

    So come on, why not show your support and help the lives of others less fortunate than us by buying some of these wines, you never know you may even find a new favourite to add to your portfolio!

  • Wine of the Week - Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2012Date published: 05/02/13

    If like me you are a huge fan of toasty chardonnays. As an alternative,  look no further than this decanter award winning Chenin Blanc, that's also been  highly rated by Jane Macquitty (The Times) and Anthony Rose (Independent) for previous vintages.

    Not quite as rich and buttery as it has been in previous years but none the less this still retains it's multi-layered palate accompanied by a refreshing finish, almost Burgundian!

    Made from low-yielding 40 yr old vines, and matured in French oak for 12 months it’s no surprise that this complex wine is layered with tropical fruit, peaches and citrus fruit, with the added sweet vanilla, subtle toasty oak that lingers in the mouth beautifully.

    Due to the many dimensions of this wine, it can be matched to an array of foods. In particular enjoy with pan-fried monkfish, scallops and humble pork chops.

    Fine Wine Friday - Nautilus Pinot Noir 2010 Date published: 29/01/13

    Marlborough Pinot Noir has now overtaken Chardonnay to become the regions second most planted grape (behind Sauvignon Blanc). This is due to the massive potential the grape is showing within the area.

    At the forefront of this movement is Clive Jones and Nautilus. Owned by the Australian Yalumba group, it has invested heavily in developing it's Pinot Noir programme with improvements apparent year upon year. With the 2010 vintage showing the potential of being the greatest year since 2001 this wine cannot be missed. Fruit is sourced from five sites, each of which contributes different flavours and layers of complexity to the blend. Since 2007, the Clay Hills component from the Southern Valleys has provided the backbone and mid palate weight. Components from the Awatere, Kaituna, Renwick and Yarrum vineyards provide the “seasoning”. Nautilus Pinot Noir is made from handpicked grapes which are chilled overnight before being destemmed into tanks in the specialised Pinot Noir winery. The fruit is given a cold soak of five to seven days and then wild fermented before aging in French barriques for 11 months.

    With an aromatic bouquet revealing raspberry and plum aromas integrated with spice and a hint of violets. The palate is medium to full bodied with fine tannins and warm fruit flavours. This wine can be cellared or enjoyed now with wild hare or a juicy rare steak.

    We will be opening this wine on the tasting counter Friday 2nd February.

    Come in and have a taste with us.

    Whisky in Focus - Burns Night: Haggis and a good single maltDate published: 25/01/13

    Burn’s Night – Haggis and a good Single Malt.

    Burn’s night, in honour of the great Scottish Poet – Robert Burns, has been celebrated since the 18th Century on the anniversary of his death, and then continued on what friends originally thought was his birthday on the 29th January. Two years later however, it was discovered that his birthday was recorded as being on the 25th January and since then a Burn’s Supper is always eaten on this date. Burn’s suppers follow a standard format consisting of traditional Scottish cuisine including haggis, a recitation of Burns’ poetry and of course a toast to the humble haggis with a wee dram of a good single malt whiskey.

    We have many different styles and types of whiskey available from all over Scotland - each region having their own style of flavours and characteristics. With such a diverse range in store we have something to suit all tastes and budgets, and with the help of the following basic guide, you should be able to pick the perfect toasting dram.

    Blended Whiskey

    The majority of Scotch sold is blended. Made from a blend of malt whiskey and grain whiskey, left in casks for several months after each is aged separately making for a great value starting point whiskey. Why not try the smooth and mellow Famous Grouse £19.00 per bottle

    Blended Malt

    Blended malt is a blend of single malts from several distilleries, harmoniously blended by a master blender making a perfect everyday introduction to the quality that you expect from single malts. A personal favourite of mine is Monkey Shoulder £25.00 per bottle. Sweet offerings of vanilla and toffee, with hints of oak and sweet spices - cinnamon and nutmeg. This is one exceptionally smooth whiskey.

    Lowland Single Malt Whiskey,

    Lowland whiskies are generally regarded as the most light bodied of the Single Malts. Light in flavour with flavours of grass, heather, honey, the merest hint of smokiness and with sweet vanilla characteristics thanks to typical ageing in used Bourbon barrels. A perfect example of a lowland whiskey is the Auchentoshan 12 yo £30.00 Per bottle. Textbook green leafiness on the nose accompanied by burnt sugar and sweet vanilla. The palate is smooth and sweet with hints of citrus fruits leading to sweet ginger and a lingering nuttiness.

    Highland

    Highland scotch is not as light as Lowland whiskies, but lighter and more elegant than the heavily peated Islay style. One of our most popular selling whiskies is the Glenmorangie 10 YO £25.00 per bottle. A combination of creaminess and freshness of fruit, this is a mellow style of whiskey where creamy vanilla is accompanied by floral fruitiness and cleansing orange to finish.

    Islands

    A diverse whisky region, considered part of the Highland region and a general term for single malts produced on the islands around the Scottish mainland (with the exception of Islay-considered a separate region). The proximity to the sea adds maritime flavours and depending on the distillery they generally have a light smokiness, subtle spice and are soft and mellow. With such a range of styles it’s hard to recommend a single whisky. Good examples include the Arran, Talisker and one of my favourites the lightly peated Jura superstition £30.00 per bottle with tastes of spice, smokiness, honey, pine and peated undertones.

    Speyside

    Speyside whiskies are considered the most elegant in Scotland. Light in style with floral and fruity notes (crisp apple and pear) with minimal smokiness and grassy tones, in some ways similar to the lowland style. Speyside is home to the Aberlour 10 Year Old Single Malt £19.00 Per bottle. Matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks. It has a dry fresh fruity aroma with sweet notes of mint and toffee. This whiskey is exceptionally smooth and creamy with sweet spice and honey intermingled with fresh crisp -apple flavours.

    Islay

    Islay whiskies are generally described as full-flavoured, pungent and very peated. The use of peat for drying eludes a medicinal iodine-like characteristic with seaweed and salt flavours. Generally the lightest in colour of any single malt style as often aged in re-fill casks. However don’t be fooled by this as Islay’s are renowned for their extreme smokiness. 

    If you are looking to treat yourself this Burn’s night or someone as a gift look and want something different and very similar to an Islay style whiskey then do you fancy trying a Welsh Whiskey?

    The Penderyn distilleries 'Peated' single malt whiskey - £40.00, produced near Brecon, is aged in ex-Bourbon casks along with ex-peated scotch whisky casks which give the whiskey it's characteristic smoky style and a lingering vanilla finish. 

    Wine of the Week The Lodge Hill Shiraz, 2010, Jim BarryDate published: 19/01/13

    The Lodge Hill Shiraz, 2010, Jim Barry Clare Valley, Australia

    Jim Barry was a pioneer in the Australian wine industry and was the first qualified winemaker in the Clare Valley. Today the company is headed by Jim's son. With an innovative approach to viticulture and a commitment to using new technologies the Jim Barry vineyards have been able to produce consistently high quality wines which have won international recognition. When Jim Barry first purchased the Lodge Hill, his intention was to grow Reisling. However there was a small area with a gentle northerly slope, capturing the warmer conditions, which was perfect for a premium Shiraz.

    With inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit, violet and methyl, chocolate and rosemary, this Shiraz is packed with flavour, followed by smooth tannins and a long ripe finish.

    Perfect to drink now but could also benefit from cellaring for about 5 years. Beautiful with lazagne, grilled meat or a hearty casserole.

    South of France Tasting WeekDate published: 18/01/13

    With the South of France Tasting Week coming up, I thought I would brush up on my knowledge of the area and look at their climate, grape varieties and viticultural practices. The area we know as the South of France runs along the Mediterranean coast from Italy to Spain, then across and up to just below Bordeaux. Of all the vineyard areas in France, this area has seen some of the biggest changes in recent years, moving from larger quantities of lower quality Vin de Table to a smaller output of higher quality wines. Year on year the quality of wine seems to improve and the South of France is now a fantastic region for well-made, good value wines.

    This region benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate with long hours of sunshine and warm summers, mild winters and relatively little rainfall. This means that the region often offers the ideal conditions for growing grapes. However, the large area of the region and differing soils means that there is by no means uniformity in the performance of the area in specific vintages.

     

    Black grape varieties account for well over 75% of grape varieties. Grenache, Syrah and Carignan make up the majority of the black grape varieties towards the Rhone, and in South West France the grape varieties are generally more Bordeaux orientated with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as the main grape varieties grown. In the white, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the two most widely planted varieties and recently there has been a significant increase in Viogner. Muscat and Grenache Blanc are also grown a lot.

    With a warm, relatively dry climate, drought is often the main concern for Southern French producers, whereas fungal disease generally is less of an issue. One of the main aims for producers is to keep vines balanced and yields low in an attempt to improve fruit quality. The past 20 years has also seen improved cellar hygiene, temperature control and oxygen management.

     

    All in all I think an amazingly interesting region with some fabulously good  value wines

     

    *source, Robinson, J. Wines and Spirits, understaing quality and style, 2011 pg. 85-87, 115-119

    Wine of the Week: Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 12/01/13

    Wine of the Week

    Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand

    Two-time winner of the International White Winemaker of the Year, Ara's head winemaker; Jeff Clarke, was one of first wine producers in Marlborough. This, along with the wines single-estate source makes it no surprise that this Sauvignon delivers perfect balance alongside exuberance, refinement and fruit expression. With ripe, clean stone fruit, grapefruit and gooseberry characters, this wine offers a generous textured mouth feel and a long clean finish. Perfect to drink now with haddock, scallops or monkfish or as an aperitif. Or would also be beautiful if left to develop softness and complexity with 1-3 years of cellaring.

    Only £9.59 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand Wines as part of a mixed case. 1 bottle - £11.99

    Bargain Hunt 2013 - Wines availableDate published: 08/01/13

    If you took advantage of the Bargain hunt wines last year then you know what great value there is to be had - call it our January Sale!!

    If like me you are feeling the pinch this January, don't despair, as the wines really are incredible value for money starting from as little as £4.99! Why not pop in to hunt them out.

    Below you will see a list of Bargain Hunt wines available from Majestic Wine Hereford, be quick as they are in short supply:

     

    Saumur Champigny 2010, Château de Targé - £7.24 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Valençay 'Le Clos du Château' 2011, Claude Lafond - £5.99 (Whe you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, Half bottle - £7.99 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Mas des Mas 2011, Languedoc - £6.66 (Whe you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Château La Dournie 2010, St Chinian - £5.99 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Mas des Mas Corbières 2011, Jean-Claude Mas - £6.66 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Domaine des Crès Ricards 'Alexaume' 2011, PGI Mont Baudile - £6.66 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Saint Michel Rouge 2009/10, PDO Gaillac - £5.24 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Crès Ricards Marsanne Roussanne 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc - £6.66 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc - £6.66 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Paul Mas Vermentino 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc - £5.24 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Locorosso Carmignano 2008, Pratesi - £9.99 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Rioja Reserva 2007, Finca Emperatriz - £10.99 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • The Galvo Garage 2007, d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale - £10.99 (When you buy 2 or more Australian Wines)

  • Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough - £5.99 (When you buy 2 or more New Zealand Wines)

  • Te Mata Chardonnay, Woodthorpe Vineyard 2010, Hawke's Bay - £10.99 (When you buy 2 or more New Zealand Wines)

  • Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Central Valley - £4.99 (When you buy 2 or more Chilean Wines)

  • Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley - £5.99 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Tabalí Reserva Especial 'Caliza Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Limarí Valley - £7.99 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2011, Limarí Valley - £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more Chilean Wines)

  • Catalpa Pinot Noir 2011, Atamisque - £8.49 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

  • Filosur Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Andeluna Cellars, Tupungato - £6.66 (When you Buy 2 or more bottles)

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  • Fine Wine Friday - Jackson Estate 'Grey Ghost' Sauvignon Blanc, 2010Date published: 04/01/13

    Christmas may be over but we still have a late present (or early depending on how you look at it) for you!

    For January's Fine Wine Friday we have chosen the Jackson Estate 'Grey Ghost' Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, £17.99 (when you buy 2 or more NZ wines)

    The Grey Ghost is the giant gum tree planted in 1867 by John Stichbury's (5th generation founder) great grandmother, Alice and today standing over 140 feet tall it graces all Jackson Estate wine labels.

    The fruit of this 'single vineyard' wine was taken from 'Block 4', the Grey Ghost vineyard and the homestead vineyard of Jackson estate in the heart of Marlborough on the Wairau plain. The grapes are all hand picked in the early evening and after pressing the wine is partially fermented in French oak (50% in Oak, 50% in Stainless Steel) and undergoing natural vineyard yeast fermentation after which the wine is left on it's lees for 11 months before bottling.

    Pungently aromatic, as befits top Marlborough Sauvignon, but with Jackson's far from main-stream restraining style - Old-World, hands-off winemaking techniques that enable expression of site and true to varietal with purity and depth of flavour and profile.

    A rounded Sauvignon Blanc perfectly balanced with a calcareous acidity and flavours of Nettle and Gooseberry that we would all come to expect from a Marlborough Sauvignon intertwined with ripe citrus fruit to finish and cleanse the palate.

    As it's Friday why not match this to good old fish and chips, something which I am definitely going to try tonight!

    Majestic Advent Calendar Day 20 and 21Date published: 21/12/12

    Falling behind, but we're so close!

    Nicolas Potel, a Burgundian producer of great renown provides out 20 and 21st entries, firstly the Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2010.

    Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines throughout the Macon and the Cote d'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, oak is not used as it's believed that this maintains the wine's elegance and minerality. Classically Burgindian nose of cirtus and marzipan and acacia flowers. Straightforward and rounded on the palate with a finish of alomds.

    Serve alongside roast chicken salad or pate.

    £7.99 when you buy 2 or more, £11.99 single bottle.

    Secondly, the Vielles Vignes Pinot Noir, 2008.

    Once again, the cross Burgundian approach to harvesting is utilised, the majority of fruit for this wine have been taken from the Cote d'Or . A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant, is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins. Drink with all charcuterie and cold cuts, pasta dishes and tangy cheeses.

    £7.99 when you buy 2 or more, £11.99 single bottle.

    Wine of the Week....Date published: 21/12/12

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques', Rhône, France 2011.

    Perhaps the most famous wine producing town in southern France. Thirteen different white and red grapes are permitted in Chateauneuf and any given red example can feature between two and ten different species of grape. This particualr example is dominated by Cinsault, a heavy, punch red from the Languedoc. Grenache, the signature grape of the southern Rhône valley, Syrah the grape of the northern Rhône and a dashing of Mourvedre. 

    Dark ruby in colour with a complex nose of spices and hints of pear. A smooth lingering finish. Enjoy with rich, rustic flavoured game.

    JUST £9.99 when you buy 2 or more ... £12.49 single bottle.

    Majestic Advent Calendar Day 19Date published: 19/12/12

    19 days gone, 6 more left.....Not that we're counting of course!

    Day 19, Let's talk Bokke Wine.

    Chenin Blanc has found a new home in South Africa and the Western Cape has in particular developed quite a reputation for excellent Chenin. The Bellingham 'Bernard Series' from winemaker Niel Groenewald is one of my favourite wines in the store.

    This wine makes use of old vines, which offer low-yields of exceptional quality. Tropical fruit and citrus, limestone and oak aromas give way to refreshing, powerful and rounded palate. Vanilla spice and honeysuckle and a lingering finish.

    Excellent now but transforms with time, the fruit mellowing into a wonderful cedar note.

    £11.99...well worth the price!

    Majestic Calender, Day 18Date published: 19/12/12

    When Pete, our driver, first joined us at Majestic, he was excited to find one of his all time favourite wines in stock! Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Marlborough.  With Christmas on the way, there has never been a better excuse to splash out on a beautiful fine wine.  

    Cloudy Bay vineyards are known best for their Sauvignon Blanc which, arguably, played a pioneering role in establishing New Zeland's excellent reputation for this particular grape.  Full of herbal aromas and ripe guava along with tropical fruit, green lime zest, citrus and elderflower, this is a refreshing chrisp and succulent Sauvignon!

     

    Would be perfect for the vegeterian this christmas, going well with stuffed pepper, but would also go beautifully with most meat.

    £19.99 when you buy two or more wines of NZ, £25 single bottle price

    Majestic Advent Calendar Day 17Date published: 17/12/12

    We're on the home straight! Christmas is in our sights!

    Day 17, let's talk Chardonnay. The Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay from the Casablanca Valley in Chile.

    The climate of the Casablanca Valley is largely governed by winds that alterbnate between those of 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. Three months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

    Best served with poached salmon, cod or Dover sole in a creamy sauce.

    £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more wines of Chile.

    Majestic Advent Calendar Day 16Date published: 16/12/12

    Let's talk Loire...Sancerre to be precise, the pretty river town that many consider to be the home of fine Sauvignon Blanc.

    Wine has been cultivated in the Loire Valley since the first century AD when the Romans bought their passion to northern France.

    The Chateau de Sancerre is owned and run by Marnier-Lapostolle, owners of Grand Marnier and several Chilean based operations. Herbaceous, perfumed, chalky, leafy and aromas of fresh green peppers. Bracing acidity on the palate and concentrated green fruits. Enjoy with shellfish or an asparagus and onion tartlet.

    £14.99 when you buy 2 or more, £15.99 single bottle price.

    Majestic Advent Calender, day 15Date published: 15/12/12

    Christmas and New Years are two of the few occasions I feel I can treat myself to a really lovely Champagne.  With so many fantastic offers on at Majestic this year I have been spoilt for choice this year.  One that really stands out, however, is Pol Roger Reserve NV, which is on special offer at the moment, down from £42 to £32 a bottle*. 

    Pol Roger founded his Champagne house in 1849 and five generations of his direct decendents have run the business since, producing world renound Champagne.  This particular Champagne is his 'signature' Champagne and features over 30 base wines drawn from at least two vintages. 

    Floral, elegant and a little citrusy, this Champagne is perfect for Christmas morning or New Years Eve!

    *prices are subject to change

    Majestic Advent Calender, Day 14Date published: 14/12/12

    One of my favourite parts of Christmas is the cheese board we have mid afternoon! And I think I have found the perfect wine to accompany mine this year, Chateau Griviere 2004, Medoc, Cru Borgeois.  This wine had bold flavours and robust tannins which makes it perfect with mature, firm cheese.  With a jammy, fruity character and subtle notes of orange peel this wine would also go well with stews and cassoulet.  Also reccomended in Jane MacQuitty's 50 best red wines for winter at the beginning of the month! Until Feburary the 4th this is on offer at £7.99 each when you buy 2 or more!

    Majestic Advent Calendar - Day 13Date published: 13/12/12

    On the thirteenth day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeee...Waiiiiiimeaaaa Estate S..B! (Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc to you and I)

    My first wine love was New Zealand Sauvignon. Waimea differs slightly from your 'standard' NZ Sauvignon in that it's grown in Nelson 70 kilometres away from Marlborough the new-World "home" of Sauvignon Blanc. Nelson is a land of stony loam soilds with high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy seeks to blend Old World techniques with pioneering New World technologies.

    Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit that one expects from New Zealand Sauvignon are accompanied with delicate floral and vanilla notes and minerality. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberyy with a zingy, refreshing finish.

    GORGEOUS! and just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more wines of New Zealand, £9.99 single bottle price.  

    Majestic Advent Calender Day 12Date published: 12/12/12

    It's getting to that time of December ... the time for a decision on the all important Christmas Day wine.  One of my favourite Californian wines is the Saintsbury Pinot Noir, 2008; and it occured to me today that this would go fantastically with roast goose, duck, or lamb, three Christmassy roasts I love!

    With ripe red-fruit aromas and bitter black cherry, spice and cigar-box on the nose along with moch and vanilla this Pinot is ripe and textured on the palate, red fruit and spice with a fresh, weighty feel. 

    PLUS Californian wine is on 20% off if you buy two or more throughout December, which brings this down from £18.74 to just £14.99!

    Majestic Hereford Advent Calender: Day 11Date published: 11/12/12

    Time to talk pudding!

    If there is a time to spalsh out and get a dessert wine Christmas is it! And Pete, our driver has a definate favourite, the Hungarian Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2010 - £19.99 per bottle.

    Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990, when a small group of investors brought together 62 small growers in Hungary, and created a high quality range of traditional style wines. This wine's sweetness is achieved by allowing the grapes extended ripening time on the vine.

    With aromas of peach, exotic fruit and blossom this dessert wine offers moderate palate weight, with a fine balance of intense sweetness and an acidic lift.  This would go well with sweet fruit tartes or your christmas cheese board!

    Majestic Advent Calender - Day 10Date published: 11/12/12

    Behind our Hereford advent Calender day 10 is the Chateau Greysac 2007 - £9.99 When you buy 2 or more bottles

    If like me you have the dilema where your brother or other relative does not like turkey (Who doesn't like turkey!) and you have to cook Lamb or Beef seperately then this wine is a cracking all-rounder to have in for Christmas.

    Classically Medoc and packed full of blackcurrant, black cherry, plum and sweet spice intermingled with nuances of  tobacco that is beautifully balanced and a long finish - It's no wonder Decanter magazine have always rated this wine so highly!

    A great all-round food wine that will match a huge array of Christmas meals from Boxing day beef to all manner of gamebirds and even a good cheese board in front of the fire.

    Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 10/12/12

    We all tend to drink a little more around Christmas time, whether it's a drop of Sherry of an evening, a bottle of red to open with friends or a glass (or three) of Champagne on Christmas morning. We at Majestic are here for all of your wine, spirit and beer needs and are extending our opening hours for the festive season...

    Monday 10th - Friday 14th December 9am - 8pm.

    Saturday 15th December 9am - 7pm.

    Sunday 16th December 10am - 5pm.

    Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd December 9am - 8pm.

    Sunday 23rd December 10am - 5pm.

    Monday 24th December 9am - 5pm.

    Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27th December - Closed.

    Friday 28th December 10am - 8pm.

    Saturday 29th December 9am - 7pm.

    Sunday 30th December and Monday 31st December 10am - 5pm.

    Tuesday 1st January - Closed.

    Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th January 10am - 8pm.

    Saturday 5th January 9am - 7pm.

    Merry Christmas #ComeAndExplore

     

    Majestic Advent Calender: Day 9Date published: 09/12/12

    Rosé isn't a wine we would normally associate with christmas, but some are so special it would seem a shame to have a countdown of our favourites and miss them out! Plus, who doesn't like a good Rosé when the mood takes you!  Pete loves Château Méaume Rosé 2011, Bordeaux.

    This Rosé is Merlot dominated in a Bordeaux style from the well known Chateau-Méaume, 15km from the famous wine districts of Pomerol and St-Emillion. With Ripe plum and berry this Rosé offers a velvety texture with a crisp, refreshing finish.

    This would go really well with a grilled steak or would make a perfect apéritif! 

    Majestic Advent Calendar Day 7 - Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 08/12/12

    With Christmas just around the corner, why not get in the festive spirit by popping round to try some Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc NV from a world renowned sparkling producer in New Zealand.

    Made exclusively from the Chardonnay grape, one of the three grapes permitted in Champagne, the Lindauer Special Reserve  is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the normal 15.  This gives it time for the flavours to mature and produces a elegant, fine, soft and bubbly sparkling wine.  Well balanced with citrus fruit and a slight creaminess, it is a slightly lighter alternative to champagne. 

    Excellent value at just £8.99!

    #ComeAndExplore

    Majestic Hereford Advent Calender - Day 8 Fine wine friday bonanzaDate published: 07/12/12

    It's the last Fine Wine Friday of 2012 (and if you believe the Mayans, the last one ever)

    With this in-mind, we're having a double effort....

    Festive Fine Wine Friday

    Les Tourelles de Longueville, 2007.

    £26.00 Deep purple in colour, the nose offers strawberry, blackcurrant and fresh roses. Elegant and packed with vanilla, the silky tannin makes this Bordeaux approachable with a 'ready-to-drink' style. Will also age well for the next 5-8 years. Would go well with game pie.

    Chateau Grand Corbin. Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 1999. £14.99 (When you buy 2 or more 1 bottles = £19.99) Chateau Grand Corbin has been producing wine since the 18th Century, but really only took off in the 1960s as a significant producer. The grapes are handpicked and matured for 12-14 months. This wine offers ripe bramble, plum-jam and cherry pie on the nose, and a little spice and mellow fruit on the palate, making it the perfect Christmas Bordeaux! Would go especially well with roast lamb shank.

    Guide to Bordeaux Part 1Date published: 07/12/12

    With Christmas just around the corner, and Bordeaux wine tasting week on at the moment, it's the perfect time of year to curl up in front of the fire and sample what Bordeaux has to offer. Having recently been to Bordeaux and sampling many of the varying styles of wine the area has to offer, has inspired me to learn more about the wine region that even today sets the benchmark for wine styles around the world.

    The variation in styles is astounding from the humble wines of the surrounding areas to the prestigiously expensive clarets of St-Emillion and Pomerol, but hopefully with these facts, the world of Bordeaux’s wines won’t seem so daunting.  Much like the wines themselves, time will benefit the potential to be had from this fantastic region. Grape varieties

    Almost all Bordeaux’s are produced from blends of grape varieties, each variety adding its own unique character to the wine whilst complimenting the others to produce the harmonious Bordeaux styles. There are 14 varieties permitted and there can be up to 5 black grapes varieties used for reds and 3 for whites.  The more prestigious Chateau’s not using fewer than two varieties. The most widely used of these varieties are:

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Recognised as the most famous black grape in Bordeaux, but not the most planted (this is Merlot),but still accounting for at least 60% of the finest Medoc’s to where it is mainly found. Cabernet Sauvignon produces quality, tannic wines adding structure to blends and contributing dark fruit helping with the potential for maturation to give opulent blackcurrant, cedar/cigar box characteristics with time.

    Merlot

    The most planted variety in Bordeaux, and associated with the most prestigious areas of St-Emillion and Pomerol. Merlot is most commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to help soften the austerity of this variety. With Merlot, sweet spice, fruitcake and plum flavours dominate, but flavours of tobacco and sandalwood can sometimes be detected.

    Cabernet Franc

    This variety is mainly used in St Emillion where it has a greater role than when used in the Medoc. Wines of Cabernet Franc are of less body and finesse than it’s big brother Cabernet Sauvignon, giving less ageing potential. Its flavours of leafy or herbaceousness add backbone and structure to Merlot dominant wines.

    Petit Verdot

    Petit Verdot ripens only in very hot years and is only planted in small quantities in Bordeaux. However this variety is valued and used to add tannin, deep colour and its characteristic perfumed violet scent to lighter wines such as those of Margaux.

    Malbec

    This variety is mainly used for early drinking reds thanks to its characteristic juicy brambly character.

    Semillon

    The most widely planted white grape variety in Bordeaux and widely used in sweet wines like those of Sauternes. Blended with Sauvignon Blanc as on its own this variety creates flabby wines (lacking balance), the two varieties complementing each other beautifully.

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blancs from Bordeaux aren’t quite like the distinctive N.Z wines from this variety. They do however produce wines with vegetal, cut-grass and elderflower characteristics. Sauvignon Blanc as mentioned compliments Semillon and like Semillon is used as part of the blend for Sauternes thanks also to its susceptibility to noble rot, its high acidity giving the wines their refreshing cleansing properties.

    Muscadelle

    Muscadelle can have very floral and grapey aromas. When picked early, Muscadelle eludes aggressive citrus character, but left to ripen fully, this variety takes on a completely different form and becomes honeyed – a reason this variety is used as a minor constituent to sweet wines when in poor vintages its useful for adding honeyed weight and floral scents to the blend.

    Guide to Bordeaux - Part 2Date published: 07/12/12

    Wine Styles

    Bordeaux’s vineyards are divided into 3 main areas, separated by the Dordogne and Garonne rivers meeting to form the Gironde Estuary (historically the hub for trading power, and why for centuries Bordeaux’s wines are regarded as cosmopolitan). These areas are: Left Bank, Cotes and between the rivers and the right bank. It’s the key districts and communes that I will be concentrating on here.

    The Left Bank

    Graves

    Red wines of the Grave are juicy, early drinking, with plummy fruit and a touch of spice and earthen touches thanks to the larger proportion of Merlot added to the blends which soften the austerity of the Cabernet Sauvignon.

    St Estephe

    Dry full-bodied reds, that are big and strong, yet not without finesse. With rich fruit, sweet spices and very cedary wines. Pauillac

    The gravelly soils of Pauillac are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, allowing Pauillac to be the longest-lived of all Bordeaux’s. Pauillac unsurprisingly has powerful blackcurrant flavour, and when left for many years to develop and soften, resounding perfumed cedar wood and pencil shaving aromas emerge.

    A classic Paulliac to try would be the 

    St Julien

    The smallest out of the left bank appellations, but the most intensively cultivated. The wines are dry , medium-bodied that thanks to the gravelly soil have the purity and finesse of Margaux's combined with a firm structure not too dissimilar to that of a Paulliac.

    For a good St Julien, I would recommend the Sarget Gruaud Larose, 2002, £25 per bottle

    Margaux

    Classic Margaux’s are light with an unmistakable perfumed character, but at the same time very complex. The characteristic blackcurrant from the Cabernet Sauvignon is joined by a autumnal harvest of blackberries and nuts, and perfumed with vanilla, violets and rose petals.

    Why not try the Chateau Tayac, Margaux, 2006 £20 per bottle (When you buy any 2 selected FW's)

    Pessac-Leognan

    Created for the finest vineyards in the north of Graves – reds here stand out from the crowd thanks to their richness and from the plummy, blackcurrant fruit emerges a rich earthen scent, followed up with mineral nuances.  

    Why not try the Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, 2004 £25 per bottle (When you buy any 2 selected FW's) and really treat yourself.

    Whites fall into 2 categories, those which use new oak barrels to add creamy vanilla spice to this dry wine with it’s apricot and nuttiness. The second style being un-oaked with refreshing acidity and flavours of the above but without the vanilla spice.

    Sauternes

    These sweet luscious wines are where Semillon dominates thanks to its susceptibility to noble rot.  They are combined with Sauvignon Blanc creating wines of great depth and richness with flavours of peaches and apricots, honey, exotically perfumed spices and creamy vanilla. All this finished off by a cleansing and refreshing acidity that leaves you mouth wanting more.

    Why not opt for the Castelnau Abeiley 2009 - £9.99 per half bottle.

    Cotes and between the rivers

    Entre-Deux Mers

    The largest appellation of this area most famous for producing dry white wines made using Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines and Rose are made too labeled as AC Bordeaux.

    For a good red comes the Moulin Eyquem, 2001 from one of the leading properties from the unfashionable but superb value Cotes de Bourg appellation – only 6.99 per bottle!

    The Right Bank

    The right banks focus is predominantly red wines, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc taking a greater role than Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines from this area are some of the most prestigious and sort after in the world, those being from St-Emillion and Pomerol making the renowned Ch Petrus fetching some of the highest prices of all Bordeaux’s.

    St-Emillion

    In contrast to the wines of the left bank these Merlot dominant wines are able to be consumed immediately but still with the potential to develop further with minimal ageing.

    Wines of St-Emillion have great concentration with sweet fruit cake richness and spice, red berry fruit and rich silky tannins, developing tobacco and cedar nuances as they evolve.

    For a value for money St Emilion the Angelique de Monbousquet, 2009, St-Emillion £18 (When you buy 2 or more selected FW's)

    St.-Emillion satelites

    On the outskirts of St Emillion are many vineyards whose styles of wine are not too dissimilar and lower in price than those famous of St Emillion.  Known as the satellite villages of Montagne, Lussac, St George and Puissegin which utilise the name of St-Emillion after their village name to bask in the glory of its more famous appellation offering great value for money. However, these wines have the same sweet concentrated fruit and spice but with a more rustic earthen character.

    Perfect for everyday drinking the Vieux ramparts Lussac-St Emillion 2008 would be perfect , £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

    Pomerol

    Wines of Pomerol tend to be richer than those of St-Emillion, with a spicier blackberry fruit character and richer creamy texture. Other characters from this sought after region includes plum, blackcurrant, mint, chocolate and truffles. It’s no wonder these hedonistic attributes make these wines the most sought after and expensive in the world.

    Our best value Pomerol in store has to be the Chateau Bourgenouf, 1999, Pomerol - £20 per bottle (When you buy any 2 selected FW's). 

    If your going to treat yourself to a bottle this Christmas, this would definately have to be up there.

    FronsacFronsac and Canon-Fronsac

    Again largely Merlot, wines from these regions offer excellent value ranging from wines with finesse, perfume and mineral back-bone to surprisingly full-bodied and tannic.

    With Bordeaux tasting week in full flow in store. Why not pop in and try some of what Bordeaux has to offer !!.

    Majestic Advent Calendar Day 6.Date published: 06/12/12

    Nothing says christmas like Sloe Gin, and flavoured spirits are a favourite in my house, so it was no suprise to the boys when I placed a pink bauball on Sipsmiths Sloe Gin!   Their limited edition Sloe Gin is left to rest on wild sloe berries, then handipcked in autumn 2010.   This handmade sloe gin is subtle and complex, bursting with flavour. 

    I first discovered this in the form of a 'Hunters Coctail' at the tasting we had in-store last month.  We added sparkling wine to the sloe gin for a more exciting fizz!  (Try using Lindauer Blanc De Blanc.)

    Or use as an alternative to the classical mulled wine; combine cloudy apple juice and some apple and plumb cordial in a saucepan on a low heat.  Add some wintery spices, cinnamon, cardamon pods, ginger or allspice will do nicely. Cover the mixture and simmer for about 20 minuites.  Ladle into a mug, and add 25 ml of sloe gin, garnish with an orange slice or a piece of candied ginger.  This mulled wine reciepe also works well with Sipsmiths Damsom Vodka (Thanks to the Sipsmith Web page)

    New Christmasy deals to tempt you withDate published: 06/12/12

    With Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time to stock up on your festive treats than with these cracking new and improved deals running untl Feb 3rd 2013:

     

  • Fairleigh Estate, 2011, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc now only £5.99 (When you buy 2 or more NZ wines)

     

  • The Ned, 2012, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc now only £6.99 (When you buy 2 or more NZ wines)

     

  • Waimea Estate, marlborough Sauvignon Blanc now only £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more NZ wines)

     

  • Macon-Villages Blanc, 'Pierre Blanches', 2011 now only £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

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  • Vieux Ramparts, 2010, Lussac-St-Emillion £8.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

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  • Macon-Lugny, 2011, Domaine des Terres Gentilles £8.99 (When you buy 2 or more bottles)

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  • Berberana Reserva, 2007, Rioja. £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

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  • Veuve Cliquot NV £30 Extended Offer.

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  • Piper-Heidsick NV £23

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  • Majestic Advent Calendar Day 5.Date published: 06/12/12

    Day 5 ... Let's talk Turkey.

    New World Pinot Noir and Turkey. New Zealand Pinot Noir from the Marlborough region, most famous for it's clean Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir represents New Zealand's most prestigious and popular red wine. The Brancott Estate like to think of themselves as the pioneers of NZ wines. Whether or not, this claim can be verified. Their wines offer excellent value for money.

    Their Pinot Noir offers a nose of red cherries and cranberries, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and woken with a streak of taut acidity. Perfect for your Christmas Dinner.

    £9.99 or just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more wines of NZ.

    Majestic Advent Calendar Day 4Date published: 04/12/12

    "On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeee ... a wee nip of wonderful Sherryyyyy"

    As the famous song goes. For me, Sherry is quintissentially Christmas. For as long as I can remember I've always had a Sherry at Christmas, my great-Grandmother a real legend of a lady would always give myself and my cousins a small Sherry and a mince pie at Christmas. The lady herself passed away at the grand old age of 97, a fine innings. Even today, myself and the family enjoy a Sherry 'for Granny Alice'.

    This is an Amontillado Sherry from the Hidalgo family in the coastal town of Sanlucár de Barrameda, famous for the Manzanilla style of Fino Sherry. Amontillado is literally the aged version of their Manzanilla. The Fino style is perhaps, not what you're used to if you're experiences of Sherry is limited to 'Crofts' and 'Bristol Cream'. For this reason alone, it's worth trying.

    Bone dry with enticing nutty flavours, a slightly oxidised character and a mouthwatering, yeasty tang. Incredibly versatile, this is delicious served slightly chiled.

    £11.99 and open to taste at your local Majestic Wine in Hereford.

    Majestic Hereford - Advent Calendar Day 3Date published: 03/12/12

    Rioja. I love Rioja. The vanilla spice, the weighty complexity, the black and red fruit flavours. The variety.

    For day 3 of the Advent Calendar, I have chosen the wine that I believe to be, quite simply the the best value deal that we currently have in-store. The 2007 Reserva from Berberana.

    To qualify for the 'Reserva' status, the wine must have been aged for a minimum of three years, at-least one of which must have been spent in oak. This ageing imparts a vanilla like flavour and offers a slight spiciness to the palate. The fruit flavours have been toned down, but are still present. 

    This is a very versatile wine, excellent on it's own but would make an outstanding accompaniment to Rosemary infused roast Lamb.

    The best news, I've saved for last. It's just £5.99 when you buy 2 or more, a saving on the single bottle price of £5!

    Last Deliveries Before Christmas...Date published: 03/12/12

    We're on the home stretch. Christmas is in our sights, I can smell the Turkey, the sprouts and the cheese, I can taste the Port, the Champagne and the wine. All hale to the Ale, Christmas is a-coming!!

    With Christmas Day falling on a Tuesday, this week's deliveries are our last to our more rural  locations.

    Tuesday 18th is Kington, Bromyard and Tenbury region.

    Wedsnesday 19th is Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury.

    Thursday 20th is Rhayader, Hay-on-Wye, Builth and Brecon.

    Friday 21st is Abergavenny and Monmouth.

    Our driver can only make a certain number of deliveries in any one day so please order soon to avoid disappointment. When days become overfull, deliveries will be made on a first come, first served basis. 

    On behalf of the team at Majestic in Hereford, Merry Christmas!!!!

    Majestic Hereford Advent Calender - Day 2Date published: 02/12/12

    Day Two!

    Christmas is the time of year I like to have friends round for a glass or two of wine.  I thought I should share one of my staple crowd pleasers for this year - a perfect party wine:

    Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlbrough, New Zeland £5.99*

    For a New Zeland Sauvignon I think this wine is excellent value for money.  Crisp, balanced and fruity, with goosberry and passionfruit this is a soft, easy drinking Sauvignon.

    *when you buy two or more or £7.49 single bottle price

    Recipe: Porty Christmas PuddingDate published: 01/12/12

    If like me you are going to attempt to make your own Christmas pudding this year, I stumbled across this recipe curteous of Taylor's port website which looks divine and I thought i would share it all with you:

    Recipe: Christmas Pudding with Port

    Prep time: 1 Day Cook time: 3 hours 30 mins

    Recipe Ingredients:

    * 350g sultanas * 350g raisins or currants * 150g dried figs, chopped * 125g candied peel * 100g dried apricots * 75g dark glace cherries, halved * 150ml of Port wine * 100g ginger in syrup, chopped, plus 2 tbsp of the syrup * 2 apples or quinces, grated * 2 oranges, juice and zest * 6 eggs, beaten * 250 gshredded suet * 350g soft muscovado sugar * 250g fresh breadcrumbs * 175g self-raising flour * 1 tsp mixed spice

    Preparation method:

    Christmas Pudding with PortFor this recipe you will need two 1.5 litre (2½ pint) plastic pudding basins with lids.

    Soak the sultanas, raisins, currants, figs, peel, apricots and cherries in the Port overnight, giving it a good stir now and again.

    The following day, in a large bowl mix the ginger, syrup, apples or quinces, orange juice and zest with the eggs, suet, sugar, crumbs and flour. Butter the two pudding basins and divide the mix between them.

    Cut two circles of greaseproof paper to cover the top of the pudding and fold a pleat down the centre to allow pudding to expand.

    Put lids on the basins and steam puddings for 3½ hours.

    Let puddings cool before removing greaseproof paper and covering tightly with cling film and lid. The puddings can now be stored in a cool, dry place until Christmas.

    To reheat, steam Christmas pudding for a further 3½ hours, turn out and flame with brandy.

    perfect with a glass (or 2) of taylor's 10 year Old Tawny Port

    Majestic Hereford Advent Calender - Day 1Date published: 01/12/12

    Pinch Punch 1st of the month!

    Believe it or not December is apon us yet again. To help you make the perfect Christmas selection, everyday throughout December the Team at Hereford will all be recommending a selection of our favourite Champagne, wines, and festive drinks. Look out for our individual baubles in-store to help you find our choices. Alice has obviously chosen the pink ones, Jack has the brown sparkly ones, Pete has the shiny brown ones and I have gone for the ginger sparkly baubles !!.

    Day 1

    As with any Christmas day, the only way to start the festivities is with a glass of bubbly, and what better one to start with than:

    Canard Duchene Brut NV only £15

    At £15 this represents cracking value for money and is everything you need for Christmas morning bubbly. It is light, easy drinking, refreshing and very fruity in style, with a light  apple crumble like flavour to finish. It's not hard to see why this is one of France's most popular champagnes.

    Perfect with Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs on a toasted bagel ... delicious!

    Alternatively, for that extra wow factor we have the Canard Duchene NV in a Magnum at only £40, perfect for sharing!

    We have this available to try today in-store, why not pop in and see what you think.

    Revealed: The Favourite Wines of the Trainee ManagerDate published: 30/11/12

    Having recently started to work at Majestic Wines has given me the chance to try a lot of different wines. Here are a few of my favourites.

    Rioja Reserva 2006 Viña Eguia. Rioja, Spain. I tried this wine on a skills and knowledge course I did at our Head Offices and it became my favourite red wine straight away! Beautifully deep ruby in colour with an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas this wine would go well with a mature steak.

    Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand. One of the first wines I bought at Majestic, and not many Sauvignons have lived up to it since. Crisp, balanced and fruit driven, with lots of gooseberries, passion fruit and a fresh, citrus finish. This would be lovely drank alone but would also go well with lightly spiced Asian inspired-food.

    The Ned 'Noble' Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand. This dessert wine was open at our last tasting evening and went down a storm. And I can see why! This wine is intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours. My choice to go with the Christmas cheese board. 'Noble' grapes are allowed to develop a rot on the vine, this concentrates the sugars is where the sweetness comes from.

    What are your favourite wines at the moment? Comment below to let us know!

    Deliveries and Christmas. What you need to know....Date published: 30/11/12

    When you place an internet or telephone order with Majestic Wine, we guarantee you that it will be delivered within seven days.* As you can well imagine, Christmas time is our peak trading time and as the consumption and number of festive parties increases, so do the number of our deliveries.

    To help put your mind at ease, we have listed below the days that we'll be heading to your neck of the woods along with a date that you should place your order to guarantee this delivery date. We know you'll need your wine and as a team, we'll strive to meet any request that you make.

    So #ComeAndExplore Majestic Hereford, this Christmas!

    On behalf of the team, I wish you all the happiness and joy of the festive season and look forward to helping make your christmas a really special one.

    Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th December

     

     

     

     

     

    *Terms Apply. This is subject to the stock being ascertainable.

    Fine Wine Friday - Two Hands 'Sexy Beast' McLaren Vale, 2001 Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 02/11/12

    Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view to showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia has to offer. The producer focuses on the Barossa area. After much success the producer has broadened to also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from a range of sites throughout the McLaren Vale and many other regions. Each of the three wines from the Two Hands 'Premium Picture' series taste as distinctive as the names. And winning the vote for our Fine Wine Friday this month is the:

    'Sexy Beast' Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 2011.

    The 'Sexy Beast' is a  voluptous wine from a range of sites throughout the McLaren Vale. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in french oak hogshead. A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured.

    All Two hands picture series wines are avaliable to buy at Majestic Hereford at only £18 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case or £22 as a single bottle.

    MajestiChef - Jack's Entry...Who wins? You DeicdeDate published: 29/10/12

    A cosy autumn evening, for me, means one thing when it comes to food: Pumpkin. Tell us what makes your perfect cosy Autumn Evening by visiting (www.facebook.com/MajesticWine) for your chance to win a #MakeAutumnRed wine case. Both my recipies today include pumpkin, this means there is no waste!

    Main: Sausage, pumpkin and sage casserole:

    Ingredients:

    50g of butter

  • 6 good quality sausages (pricked with a fork)

  • 1 onion peeled and thinly sliced

  • 3 banana shallots peeeld and finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage

  • 1/2 large pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut in equal sized pieces

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

  • 1tbsp caster sugar

  • 200g canned chopped tomatoes

  • 400g drained rinsed canneloni beans

  • 500ml chicken stock

  • salt & pepper

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley. 

  • Method: Heat oven to 180°C/ gas 4.  1) heat half the butter in a large cassarole over a medium heat and fry the sausages for 4-5 mins or until golden brown all over.  2) add the remaining butter, onion and shallots and fry fot three minuites, or until softened.  Add the garilc and sage leaves and fry for a further 3 minuites, stirring well.  3) Add the pumpkin and stir the mixture until well combined.  Increase the heat to high and add the white wine vinegar.  Continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.  4) Add the sugar, tomatoes, cannellini beans and stock, season to taste.  5) Bring the mixture to the boil, then transfer the cassarole to the oven for 1 hour, or until the sausages are cooked through and the pumpkin tender. 6) To serve, ladle the cassarole into two large bowls and sprinkle with the flatleaf parsley.

  • served with Rustemburg Syrah, 2009, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    This ripe, concentrated Syrah spends more than 20 months in oak. With pronounced savoury aromas and concentrated dark fruit, the palate has an additional spicy dimention with cloves, cinnamon and violets dominating the mix.

     

    Dessert: Pumpkin Pie

    Ingredients:

    750g of pumpkin  (the other half) peeled deseeded and cut into chunks

  • 350g of sweet shortcrust pastry

  • plain flour

  • 140g caster sugar

  • 1/2 tbsp of salt

  • 1/2 tbsp of fresh nutmeg grated

  • 1tbsp cinnimon

  • 2 eggs beaten

  • 25g melted butter

  • 175ml milk

  • 1 tbsp icing sugar.

  • Method: 1) place the pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil.  Cover with lid and simmer for 15mins or until tender. Drain the pumpkin and allow to cool.  2) Heat the oven 180°C/ gas 4.  Roll out the pastry on a light floured surface and use it to line a 22cm loose-bottom tart tin.  Chill for 15 mins.  Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins.  Remove the beans and paper, and cook for a further 10 mins until the base is slightly golden and biscuity. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.  3) Increase theoven to 200°C/ gas 7.  Put the cooled pumpkin through a sieve into a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt nutmeg and half the cinnamon.  Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk, then add the pumpkin puree and stir to combine.  Pour into the tart shell adn cook for 10 mins, then reduce the temprature to 160°C/ gas 4.  Continue to bake for 35-40 mins until the filling has just set.  4) leave to cool, then remove the pie from the tin.  Mix the remainimg cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the pie.  Serve chilled.

    served with A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc, 2010. Marlborough, New Zealand

    A dessert wine fromMarisco Vineyards' King's Series, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grapes which have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine, giving them extra ripeness for intense sweetness and complex flavours.  Sublty nutty, with lychee and fig, ripe nectarine and honey and a citrus lift.

    Is Jack's entry your idea of heaven? If so tweet 'Majestichef Jack' to @majesticher

     

  • Two Hands Fine Wine Friday Majestic Hereford! we want YOUR vote!Date published: 27/10/12

    Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view to showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia has to offer.  The producer focuses on the Barossa area.  After much success the producer has broadened to also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from a range of sites throughout the McLaren Vale and many other regions.  Each of these three wines is taken from the Two Hands 'Premium Picture' series with the taste as distinctive as the names.  Here are the contenders:

    Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 2011.

    a voluptous wine from a range of sites throughout the McLaren Vale.  Vinified in  traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in french oak hogshead.  A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured.

    Gnarley Dudes Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2011.

    intense and complex on the nose, which offers an array of fruit accented by chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender.  Full and ush on the palate, with supple texture and good length.

    Angel's Share Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2010.

    a blockbusting example from vineyards in the slightly cooler costal climates of McLaren Valley. Aromatic, rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mullberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouthcoating, with lashes of soft, round tannins.

    All are avaliable to buy at Majestic Hereford of only £18 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case or £22 as a single bottle.

    Use twitter or facebook to register your vote, we will announce the winner on Friday 2nd November, pop down to Majestic Wine Hereford between Friday the 2nd and Tuesday the 6th of November for a taste!

    (prices valid until 30/10/12)

    MajestiChef - Arfon's Entry...Who wins? You DeicdeDate published: 27/10/12

    For me the perfect cosy autumnal evening is enjoying the wonderful bounty of foods that nature has to offer. Tell us what makes your perfect cosy Autumn Evening by visiting (www.facebook.com/MajesticWine) for your chance to win a #MakeAutumnRed wine case. My menu for the #MajestiChef Hereford Autumn cook off I think encompasses the foods that for me are what autumn is all about!

    Starter: Butternut squash and Sage Risotto Wine: Grenache

    1 Medium Butternut squash, Olive oil, 1 tsp Chilli Powder, 1tsp Ground Cinamon, bunch sage , leaves picked, half roughly chopped, half left whole, 1½ l vegetable stock, 50g butter, 1 onion , finely chopped, 300g risotto rice, 1 small glass white wine 50g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, finely grated Heat oven to 220°C/gas mark 7. Rub the squash in olive oil together, mix the chilli powder and ground cinnamon and sprinkle over the oiled squash with the chopped sage. Roast for 45 mins until it is brown and soft. While the squash is roasting, prepare the risotto. Bring the stock to the boil and keep on a low simmer. In a separate pan, melt half the butter over a medium heat. Stir in the onions and sweat gently for 8-10 mins until soft, stirring occasionally. Stir the rice into the onions until completely coated in the butter, then stir continuously until the rice is shiny and the edges of the grain start to look transparent. Pour in the wine and simmer until totally evaporated. Add the stock, a ladleful at a time and stirring the rice over a low heat for 25-30 mins, until the rice is cooked al dente (with a slightly firm, starchy bite in the middle). Meanwhile fry the whole sage leaves in a little olive oil until crisp, then set aside on kitchen paper. When the squash is cooked, mash half of it to a rough purée and leave half whole. When the risotto is just done, stir though the purée, then add the cheese and butter and leave to rest for a few mins. Serve the risotto scattered with the whole chunks of squash and the crisp sage leaves.

    Main: Pan fried Duck Breast on a bed of Baked Apples with a Blackberry Compote. Wine: Saintsbury ‘Carneros’ Pinot Noir, 2008 - £14.99 (2+ bottles)

    2 Duck Breasts, 2x Cooking Apples, Blackberries, Sugar, Cornflour, Splash red wine ( I know might seem like a waste but worth it!) Chicken Stock. Heat oven to 220°C/gas mark 7. Peel, core and slice the apples into rings and place on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper. Sprinkle with sugar and place in the oven until soft but with a caramelised edge. Rub the duck breasts with oil and place skin side down in a pre-heated frying pan, for 4 mins and another 3 mins on the other side. Place the pan into the oven and cook for a further 7 – 10 mins (depending on size of duck), wrap in foil and rest for 5 mins. De-glaze your frying pan by adding cornflour making sure this is cooked out. Add a good splash of red wine and reduce. Add the chicken stock to obtain your desired Jus consistency. Meanwhile add the blackberries, sugar (to taste) and a little water and cook down, straining through a sieve to create your compote. Place your apples on the plate topped with your sliced duck breast followed by your Jus. Dress the remainder of the plate with your Blackberry compote and there you have the most simple, yet satisfying autumnal dish. Dessert: Autumn Raspberry Meringue Roulade. 5 Egg Whites, 300g Caster Sugar, 1 tsp Cornflour, 200ml Double Cream, 200ml Crème Fraiche 400g Fresh Autumnal Raspberries, Icing Sugar for dusting. Heat oven to 175°C Place egg whites in a bowl and whisk until very stiff peaks are formed. Add the sugar a bit at a time until glossy, followed by whisking in the cornflour but as soon as mixed in stop whisking. Place a sheet of baking paper onto a baking tray and spread to a 1” thickness (away from the edges of the paper). Place in oven for 15mins until pale golden brown, reduce temperature to 150°C and cook for a further 10-15mins until the meringue is hollow sounding. Allow to cool fully. Whisk Cream to soft peaks then add the Crème Fraiche and a touch of Icing sugar. Take a piece of baking paper and place on top of a tea towel (to stop slippage), dust with icing sugar. Turn the meringue onto the icing sugar brown side down (longest side nearest you). Spread with the cream mixture and sprinkle with half the raspberries. Now for the rolling. Take the side of the baking paper nearest you and lift up whilst rolling away from you in a confident manner and you’ll be amazed at the results. Slice and serve with the remaining raspberries.

     

    Is Arfon's entry your idea of heaven? If so tweet 'Majestichef Arfon' to @majesticher

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/10/12

    Alamos 'The Wines of Catena' Malbec. Mendoza, Argentina, 2011. Although classic Malbec is found in Cahors (east of Bordeaux), many people would argue that Argentina is now the spiritual home of the grape.

    A wine that requires little description. It oozes dried, raisin like fruit. Lots of blackberries, full body and ripe, sweet tannins.

    Perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now or lay down and age over the next two years.  

    £6.99 when you buy 2 or more £8.99 single bottle price

    Fantastic new Offers Starting today - 16th October 2012Date published: 16/10/12

    Starting today we have yet more fantastic offers to tempt you with -  from the mouth-watering Villa maria SB to an

    array of champagne and Sparkling wines, perfect for stocking up ready for Christmas!!

    The New Offers are as follows:

     

     

     

  • Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanc', 2011, Louis Jadot.            NOW £7.99* (When you buy 2 or more)

     

     

     

     

  • Jim barry, 'the Lodge Hill' Shiraz, 2010, Australia.                        NOW £9.99* (When you buy 2 or more)

     

     

     

     

  • Villa maria, 'Private Bin' SB, marlborough, NZ.                              NOW £6.99* (when you buy 2 or more)

     

     

     

     

  • Prosseco, 'Corte Alta' NV, DOC, Italy.                                              NOW £6.66*

     

     

     

     

  • Jacquart Brut Mosaique, NV, Champagne.                                    NOW £15.00*

     

     

     

     

  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier, Nv, Champagne.                           NOW £30.00*

    Don't forget we offer Free delivery on 6 or more bottles (over £40) to anywhere in Mainland U.K., so if you would like to take advantage of these amazing deals why not let us take the stress out of shopping for you.

    *: Prices correct at time of publishing

     

  • Perfect Cosy Autumn Evening 2 - #Make Autumn RedDate published: 13/10/12

    ..... There was something missing from this perfect cosy Autumn evening scene. - A good bottle of Red wine!!

    I opted for the new Buitenwervachting Cabernet Merlot from South Africa. And what a cracking wine it was. If like me your a fan of Bordeaux reds, then i can highly recommend trying this. #MakeAutumnRed

    Whats you r perfect cosy autumn evening post your ideas to www.facebook.com/MajesticWine

    Perfect Cosy Autumn Evening 1 - #Make Autumn RedDate published: 13/10/12

    If you haven't alreday posted your ideas to our Majestic facebook page (www.facebook.com/MajesticWine) on what makes the perfect cosy Autumn evening, then why not post your ideas today for a chance to win a Make Autumn red Mixed case of wine.

    I was in front of the fire the other night with my slippers on thinking that nothing could be more perfect on a Autumn evening than this. Then I thought again....

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/10/12

    Louis Felipe Edwards. Seleccion Especial, Malbec 2011. Colchagua Valley, Chile.

    When most people think of Malbec, they think of Argentina. However, the unique climates afforded by Chile's proximity to the Andes, the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica allow it to grow Malbec of it's own. Persistent cool breezes mean that Chile is less reliant on altitiude to temper the heat, than is the case in Argentina.

    Intense violet in colour, with a nose of blackberries, plums and blueberry. Juicy and smooth on the palate with a satisfying weight and length. A great match for sweetly spice Cajun Chicken.

    £7.99

    MajestiChef Hereford #MakeAutumnRed CompetitionDate published: 09/10/12

    In conjunction with the Majestic Facebook competion #MakeAutumnRed. The wannabe chefs in the Hereford team are to be locked in battle to be crowned MajestiChef Hereford Autumn 2012 champion.

    For us what makes the perfect Autumn evening is sampling the beautiful bounty of produce that Autumn has to offer. The challenge is simple. Who can create the best Autumnal themed dishes this weekend using seasonal flavours (a Starter, Main Course and Dessert) accompanied with our perfect Autumnal Red wine match to the dish. We will cook the dish, upload photos, recipes and wine suggestions and the winner of each course will be voted for by our customers in store, on twitter and on facebook.

     The team member who receives the most votes overall will be crowned the winner!

    We will start the competition this weekend so watch this space for our recipes and wine suggestions.

    Ready, Steady.... Get thinking Majestic Hereford!

    Portillo Malbec, 2011. Date published: 08/10/12

    Portillo Malbec 2011, Bodega Salentin, Mendoza, Argentina.

    Bodegas Salentin has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000 hectare of vines, at up 1700 metres above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050 metres. This multi-award-winning wine recently won the Decanter trophy for being the 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10'.

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

    Enjoy with lightly spiced lamb dishes or with a hearty Sunday roast. If you don't take my word for it, how about that of a satisfied customer ... “@majesticher Portillo Malbec. thanks for the great tip - lovely with dinner last night!!"

    £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

    £9.99 single bottle price

    Fine Wine Friday (5th October) - Vina Ardanza Reserva 2001Date published: 05/10/12

    For this month's Fine Wine Friday and In conjunction with the Spanish wines on offer, we've chosen the Rioja Alta, 'Vina Ardanza' Reserva 2001 at a bargain price of £17.59 when you buy any 2 or more bottles.

    The wines of La Rioja Alta are serious wines and some of the best and most sought after Rioja's produced. The Vina Ardanza reserva is no exception, and the best of Rioja. The higher altitude of the Rioja Alta means that the grapes ripenen slower, and are harvested later than the lower vineyards. This allows the full complex flavours of the grapes to develop, and is very noticeable in the finished product.

    Unsurprisingly then this wine is both elegant and complex, has perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruit along with the all important cedar. The palate is extremely smooth and velvety, layered with the abundance of flavoursome fruit and subtle spicy tannins.

    Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the wine will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck and mature cheeses.

    Open to taste on our tasting counter today - please feel free to pop in and try some today. A definate must for Rioja fans like myself !!!

    Have you heard about Fine Wine Friday?Date published: 28/09/12

    The first Friday of the month. The one day on a calendar that everybody at Majestic Wine looks forward to most of all. It's on this day that we get to open a bottle of Fine Wine on our Tasting Counter.

    However, with such an extensive range, we can sometimes struggle to decide just what to open. This is where we are hoping that you could help.

    Is there a region that you're particularly fond of? Perhaps you're a fan of Bordeaux or New Zealand wines and would like to sample some of the Fine Wine that these regions can produce.

    Perhaps, you have been toying with the idea of buying a bottle of Fine Wine to save for Christmas or for your next celebration, but you need a little convincing.?

    If this sounds like you, then we'd love to hear from you. Drop us an e-mail on her@majestic.co.uk  or a Tweet on @majesticher with the region, grape or specific wine that you'd like to try and who knows, maybe next Fine Wine Friday it could be your suggestion that we're sampling.

    Alternatively, if you simply love the idea of sampling an array of Fine Wines why not drop us an e-mail and each month, we'll send you a Fine Wine Friday reminder, detailing what we're sampling.

    It's a fantastic excuse to #ComeAndExplore

     

     

    Incredible Short-Term OffersDate published: 26/09/12

    Macon Lugny, Louis Latour, Burgundy - £9.99 Buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

    Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley - £9.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £6.99

    Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne = was £62.00 now £45.00 (That's Christmas Morning Sorted)

    Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne = was £25.00 now £15.00

    Green Point Sparkling NV, Australia = was £16.99 now  £9.99

     

    Prices accurate 26/9 -15/10/12

    Wine o' The WeekDate published: 23/09/12

    Domaines Paul Mas. Vignes De Nicole. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Southern France 2011.


    The Enclos de Nicole vineyard offers a unique soil and microclimate, located on a hillside of the Herault valley: the soil is spread between clay and chalk toward the top and fossilised material toward the bottom.

    An elegant and complex wine, featuring structured and persistant tannins. A palate full of plum, red berry and sweet spice. The finish is awash with vanilla, anise and cinnamon. A great match with pasta dishes, strong cheeses and hearty meat dishes...Stew and Dumplings anyone?

    £9.99

    Wine of the Week. Graham Beck - Antony's Yard, 2009. Date published: 18/09/12

    Graham Beck, Antony's Yard 2009.
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Western Cape, South Africa.


    A wine made using grapes traditionally found in Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon brings a depth of flavour and structure to the blend, the Merlot adding fruitiness and the Franc brings an earthy structure. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak to soften the tannins and acids.


    Aromas of fruitcake and sweet spice are accompanied on the palate by red and black fruits, leading to a finish of cigar box flavours. A balanced structure and good length.


    An excellent wine that recently won the accolade of 'Best New World Bordeaux Blend, 2012' and a real favourite of both Arfon and myself. Partner with hard cheese or a rare fillet steak...stunning!


    £6.49
    when you buy 2 or more wines of South Africa
    £8.11 single bottle price

     

    A Trip to the Rhone ValleyDate published: 17/09/12

    As the newest member of the Majestic Hereford family, I've decided to introduce myself by recanting a story of a trip that I was lucky enough to make with the company earlier this summer.

    I've always considered myself something of a Francophile. I've always enjoyed the electric playing style of the French rugby team, I possess a passion for food that is quintessentially French and since joining Majestic, I've developed a love for French wine.

    However, despite my love for the culture of our 'old enemy', I've only ever been on a weeks holiday to Britanny and a weekend in Paris. So when an opportunity arose to visit the southern Rhone Valley with some colleagues, I jumped at the chance.

    The trip itself consisted of a two night stay in Avignon, a city that I've always wanted to visit, due to my love of medieval history. We visited the prestigious vineyards of the Perrin family, where we tasted some amazing Grenache dominated Chateauneuf-du-Papes, alongside their Cotes-du-Rhone (which we sell at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more) and an outstanding White Chateauneuf-du-Pape, that was dominated by the Marsanne grape. These wines represent only 5% of production in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and thus fetch a premium price. However, for a less expensive, but still lively and fresh example, why not try the Paul Mas Estate Marsanne? (£6.99 when you buy 2 or more).

    Our guide, Samuel even arranged it so that we could visit the recently excavated caves cellars underneath the Palace in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where a friend of his delievered an informative tasting on the Jurassic (which Samuel referred to as a 'Beast of a wine') and the Neo-Classical style of the towns wine. We were enjoying wine in a cellar that had once been used to store wine for a Pope!

    Our next vineyard stop was the centre of the Cave de Monterail where we able to sample a range of new vintage wines from within our range. The two stand out wines of the producer are the Serabel Chateauneuf-du-Pape which offers an approachable fruit and spice driven palate (£13.99 when you buy 2 or more). Alongside, the 'Les Galets' Cotes-du-Rhone, which is a simple, easy drinking fruity wine and an absolute bargain at £5.99 (£7.49 single bottle price).

    All in all, the two day working vacation was a success. Since beginning at Majestic, I had flirted with wines of the Rhone, experimenting with several examples. Between my time in Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Orange, I have fallen in love with the wines and the places themelves. The food, the culture, the wine and the people are all wonderful and I cannot wait to return there again one day.

    In the mean time, I'm bursting to talk to you about my experiences and the wines that I would recommend!

    Revealed: The Favourite Wines of the Assistant Manager.Date published: 17/09/12

    I've recently moved to Hereford from our Wolverhampton branch. As such, I'm busy getting to know my new customer base. I've already been asked several times, 'what wines do you enjoy?'. The truth is, I enjoy most wines. However, it would make for quite a long article if I were to attempt to list every single one of our 700+ products! As such, I've compiled a short list of my top picks from accross the store (which are in no particular order). I hope you enjoy....

    I'll start with what I always refer to as my 'Majestic Revelation', Chilean Carmenere. Before I started my career at Majestic, I knew very little about wine and Carmenere was a complete mystery to me. It has since become a real passion and interest of mine. These are big, uncompromising wines with flavours of black fruits accompanied by chocolate and bitter cocoa on the nose. Our entry level Carmenere is the Mountain View from Luis Felipe Edwards. At £4.99 when you buy 2 or more, it offers excellent value and punches well above its price bracket. Koyle also have a fine example of a Carmenere from within their Reserva range, this is a wine with a beautifully intense structure. It needs some time to open up, a few hours decanting is rewarding (£9.99 when you buy 2 or more).

    My white 'Majestic Revelation' has got to be Gewurtztraminer (a name that I would've struggled to pronounce a few months ago). This is one of the signiture grapes of Alsace in Eastern France, a region for which I have developed a real appreciation. The Trimbach Gewurtz is one of my favourites, it offers lychee and citric flavours alongside a jasmine like perfume. This makes a wonderful match to Thai food, Thai fishcakes and sweet chilli sauce being my favourite accompaniment. At £13.99, it is perhaps a weekend treat, but definately one that I would recommend. The new world has begun producing Gewurtz and these shouldn't be overlooked. The Yali Gewurtztraminer from Chile is a particularly good example and is only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more.

    Everybody enjoys a New Zealand Sauvignon, right? Who can resist the gooseberry and lime flavours and that streak of minerality? The Ned is consistently popular with both customers and staff (with good reason...it's excellent!). However, perhaps I can tempt you toward some of the other producers. My personal favourite is the Nautilus, I cannot resist the intense passionfruit flavours. This is a fantastically well-rounded wine with a stunning finish and is just £12.49. For a slight change how about exploring Chilean Sauvignon? The Santa Rita 120 was offered by Jane McQuitty as one of her top one hundred summer wines, and at £5.99, it offer incredible value for money. The Leyda Valley also produce stunning Sauvignon Blancs, the Leyda Single Vineyard offers elderflower alongside lime flavours. (£8.99 when you buy 2 or more).

    Next, we're on to Rose. Before I started at Majestic, my only experience of Rose was that very cheap supermarket Rose, the kind of Rose that should come with a dental warning. I foolishly presumed that because I didn't enjoy this, I didn't enjoy Rose at all. How wrong I was. I've found a real passion for Provencal Roses from the stunning Cotes-du-Provence in southern France. This was no doubt aided by a works visit to Southern France, the dry style of Rose that they produce is absolutely perfect on a hot summers day. The Chateau Pigoudet has become a real favourite of mine with its grapefruit and subtle strawberry flavours (£8.99 when you buy 2 or more). The slightly off-dry Minuty is also fantastic, this makes use of the little known Tibouren grape, which offers a slightly floral note. Boschendal Rose from the Coastal Region of South Africa is another favourite of mine, the nose offers a vast array of fruits and a clean minerasity on the palate. (£6.79 when you buy 2 or more wines of South Africa).

    So, that's my very short introduction. Hope we'll see you in-store before too long...

    Jack

     

    *prices accurate as of September 2012*

    Fantastic Rioja Parcel Wines - hurry while stocks last!!Date published: 11/09/12

    For those of you who have taken advantage of our parcel wines before, you will know what amazing value they can be. However parcels like this Spanish Rioja Parcel do not come around very often, and is truely something special considering the prices you will get them for.

    Acquired from a prestigious private collector in Rioja, this parcel offers wines from many great vintages (many from 5 star years) and top Bodegas, this really is not an opportunity to be missed.

    Below you will find the descriptions and prices of some of these wines, with others available. Some of these wines are available directly from the store, some will be sold as Web-Exclusives, others we will have to order in. For information on all these wines please do get in touch. However, some of these vintages are in limited supply and on a 1st come 1st served basis.

    I hope you are now as excited as I am ........

     

    Marques de Vargas, Reserva, 1998 -£14.99 (2 or more bottles)

    Marques de Vargas, Reserva, 2001 -£14.99 (2 or more bottles)

    This is a serious producer, making excellent wines that blend traditional style with modern winemaking techniques, like Muga in some ways. The 2001 Reserva is currently £200 per 6 in bond with Berry's, which works out at around £42 per bottle duty paid.

    Bodegas Urbina, 1994 Gran Reserva  - £14.99 (single bottle price)

    A small bodega focussed on quality wines, which has history back to 1870. Wines from this bodega are sold widely in the Independent trade in the UK, though pricing for the 1994 Gran Reserva sits between £23 and £30! Parker gives this 92 points.

    Vina Tondonia, Bodegas Lopez y Heredia, Reserva, 1987&1991 - £25.00

    Probably the most traditional wines being made in Rioja. Long aging in big old oak vessels, these wines are incredibly stable, and old, when released. Very long lived wines.

    Viña Arana, Reserva, 1982, La Rioja Alta - £25.00 (Single bottle price)

    Vina Arana, Reserva, 1994, La Rioja Alta - £19.99 (2 or more bottles)

    Alberdi, Crianza, 1994,  La Rioja Alta - £9.99 (2 or more bottles)

    Two other wines made by la Rioja Alta, of Ardanza fame. Arana is of the same quality level as Ardanza, just form a different vineyard selection resulting in a fruitier style (as compared to the spicier style of Ardanza). Alberdi is the level beneath these two, but still lovely wine as one would expect from La Rioja Alta.

    Baron de Oña, Reserva, 1995, La Rioja Alta - £14.99 (2 or more bottles)

    This estate wine was bought by La Rioja Alta in 1995, so this vintage would have been overseen by the original Cuban owner. Unusual in Rioja, this was at the time a single estate wine, and was also made in a more modern, fruit forward style in new oak.

    Gomez Cruzado, Gran Reserva, 1964 - £50.00 (single bottle price)

    Despite being little known these days , we're reliably informed that this Bodega used to be a top name. The 1964 Gran Reserva from them is the only wine, but it was the stand-out wine of the tasting.

    Viña Salceda, Crianza, 1994 - £7.99 (2 or more bottles)

    Based in Elciego (same town as Caceres), this is not a bodega we know well at all. The fruit is all Rioja Alavesa, which generally has higher acidity and ages well. The 1987 Gran Reserva showed brilliantly, and we would have priced it higher on quality grounds had it come from a better known producer. The 1994 Crianza was also impressive.

    Marques de Arienzo, Crianza, 1994, £5.99 (2 or more bottles)

    This used to be owned by Pernod Ricard, before being sold to Riscal recently.

    Conde de Valdemar, Crianza, 1994 - £7.99 (2 or more bottles)

    These wines, produced by the well-respected Bodegas Martinez Bujanda, used to be stalwarts of the Bottom's Up/Winerack range in the 90's and early 2000's. Conde de Valdemar is the flagship brand of the Bodega. The wines showed really well in the tasting.

    Monte Real, Reserva, 1991, Rioja - £ 14.99 (2 or more bottles)

    Monte Real, Reserva, 1995, Rioja - £14.99 (2 or more bottles)

    Vina Albina, Reserva, 1991 - £14.99 (2 or more botles)

    Vina Albina, Reserva, 1994 - £14.99 (2 or more botles) - £14.99

    You may well remember the parcel of 1978 Gran Reserva Monte Real we sold a few years back. Riojanas are another of the great names of Rioja that we don't deal with currently, but that is no reflection on the wines. Monte Real rightly has a good reputation, and the 1991 and 1995 Reservas showed really well, as did the Albinas.

    Amezola de la Mora, Crianza, 1994 - £7.99 (2 or more bottles)

    A very old Bodega, but one whose wines I didn't really know, so we priced this up purely on taste. Lovely mature Crianza at a bargain price. It turns out that Berry Bros are selling the 2006 Crianza at £11.75!

    La Vicalanda, Reserva, 1994, Bodegas Bilbainas - £12.99

    This is the flagship wine from Bilbainas, who also make Pomal. 100% Tempranillo from Rioja Alta, 1994 was the first vintage of this wine, which is made in the 'alta expresion' or 'high expression' style. This is a fruitier style made in newer barrels, predominately French rather than American.

    Fine Wine Friday - Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009Date published: 07/09/12

    In-light of the fantastic 20% off offer of South African wines, have we got a treat for you - The Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009.

    Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth.
    And with many International awards accumulated over more than a decade these have gone a long way to substantiate these claims.

    Situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, the vineyards enjoy both a maritime climate and vines with an average age of 20 years. The soil is predominantly red granite, helping with water retention.

    The 2009 vintage has been declared the best vintage over the last 15 years. Thanks to the 23 months the wine spends in new and 2nd fill French Oak never barells, you get a Deep ruby coloured, 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.

    Wine of the week..Date published: 29/08/12

    This week we have a beautiful classicly styled Rioja available to taste. Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja, and the Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

     

    This is 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, and will develop even further with up to five years aging potential.

    Wine of the Week - Domaine L'Aigle ChardonnayDate published: 17/08/12

    I have been very fortunate to have visited Gerard Bertrands Domaine L'Aigle vineyard nestled in one of Languedoc's highest altitude sites. It sits at a cool 450m above sea level and is nestled at the foothills of the stunning Pyrenees Mountains.

    The domaine is named after a pair of eagles that nest on a cliff face within the vineyard hence L'Aigle literally translates to Eagle in English. Unfortunately we never saw them on our visit but we were assured they are very much present and can get really close.

    The cool temperatures here allow the grapes an extra month's ripening compared to the lower-lying areas. This allows the grapes to develop complex flavours ensuring ripeness but still managing to retain that all important acidity.

    The wine is oak fermented in new oak barrels and further aged on it's lees (dead Yeast cells). The result is a wine that is very Burgundian in style but at an extremely satisfying price for the level of quality and finesse  that you get.

    Classic flavours of white fruit and citrus are joined and perfectly balanced with the creamy nuttines of hazlenuts and almonds. Great to drink now and will only get better with laying it down for a while. Enjoy with an abundance of foods from fish to roasted poultry. Or perhaps alongside a very local Limoux dish - a goats cheese and walnut salad.

    Very fitting for this wine I have photos of the beautiful vineyards that i will post with this article over the weekend.

    Wine of the Week - Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde, 2011, Date published: 09/08/12

    To help entice out the sunshine, we have chosen the Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde, 2011as our wine of the week.

    Vinho Verde, DOC is located in North-west Portugal, extending from the vale da Cambra, South of the Douro river to the river Minho that forms the border with Spain.

    With space at a premium, vines are grown on anything that takes them above ground, from trees to fences but most commonly pergolas - granite posts some 4m high, leaving space to grow other crops underneath such as Maize, beans, cabbage and tomatoes etc that the families survive on.

    The best 2 grape varieties that are used for Vinho Verde are the Alvarinho and Loureiro. The Quinta Azevedo is made from 100% loureiro. This heavy-cropping variety produces very aromatic wines and the grapes at this small quinta is of limited production to guarantee a high standard of excellence year after year.

    Vinho Verde literally translates as 'green wine' due to the green tinge the wine takes on. 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.

    The best and Genuine Vinho Verdes are sharp, may be slightly fizzy, but should always be totally dry. Some commercial brands are sweeten to appeal to overseas markets.

    The Quinta de Azevedo you'll be pleased to know is classicly dry on the palate with a lively and invigorating acidity.

    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. A perfect lunch-time wine on a warm summers day.

    More to New Zealand than Sauvignon BlancDate published: 03/08/12

    New Zealand is no doubt famed for it's pungent Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and it's intensely fruity Pinot Noir's. But dig a little deeper and you'll soon realise that there's plenty more wines and styles to discover from this fantastic wine producing country.

    Below is a guide to some of these wines, and with 20% off any two or more N.Z. wines, what better time to try something different.

    Sauvignon Blanc

    New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc is renowned for it's aromatic capsicum, gooseberry and passion fruit characters. However, styles do vary depending on the area. Sauvignon Blanc is predominantly fermented in stainless steel to help retain the wondrous herbaceous characters. However, more and more producers are experimenting with ways of adding complexity, from the use of oak and lees ageing.

    If you fancy a refreshing crisp style of Sauvignon, why not try the Fairhall Cliffs, Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 when you buy two or more NZ wines. Bursting with vibrant zesty fruit  and nettley herbaceousness, this is an aromatic and classic NZ Sauvignon Blanc with a refreshing dry acidity. A cracking wine for the money in my opinion!

    Pinot Noir

    New Zealand Pinot Noir's are known as being the intensely fruity examples of this wondrous grape variety, but with the refined elegance of good Burgundies. Many regions are now becoming known for Pinot Noir production. Waipara Pinot Noir's have hints of pepper and spice, whereas Marlborough and Nelson Pinot Noirs are complex with vibrant cherry fruits dominating the palate.

    Central Otago is a great example of the Burgundian style of Pinot Noir produced in N.Z., with its firm tannins and soft berry fruits, leading into secondary characteristics of herbaceous, spicy notes and earthen flavour.

    A classic example of a Central Otago Pinot Noir is the Roaring Meg, 2011, Pinot Noir, £17.59 when you buy two or more NZ wines. This wine exhibits l lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with added complexity from oak spice. These are all balanced by soft tannins and well balanced acidity  and a fruit-driven finish - The perfect ingredients for ageing potential. Ideal served with game and rare lamb.

    Chardonnay

    Variations in style do exist with the North Island examples being full-bodied, with complex flavours of citrus, tropical fruit and integrated minerality. South Island Chardonnays are generally crisper with greater acidity and minerality, reminiscent of good white Burgundies. Generally speaking, N.Z. Chardonnays are barrel fermented, but unoaked versions do exist.

    For a classic, rich and elegant example of a New Zealand Chardonnay the Te Mata Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay is a definite to try. £13.59 when you buy and two N.Z wines. This Chardonnay fills the palate with ripe stone fruit and citrus characters. The wine is further enhanced by fermentation in oak and lees ageing creating a rounded rich wine.

    Pinot Gris

    Not a grape that you would link to New Zealand, but Pinot Gris is well suited to New Zealand's climate. Rising to the demand for Italian Pinot Grigio's, Pinot Gris is now grown and produced across most of New Zealand and are very Alsace in style with notes of crisp apple and pears, honeysuckle and sweet spice, again the use of barrel and lees ageing adds complexity. North and South Island variations do exist with the warmer North regions producing viscous, fatter styles. The cooler south island regions like those from Central Otago have added complexity and minerality. The Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris is a perfect example of this. At £14.99 when you buy two or more N.Z. Wines. This rich and viscous Pinot Gris has peach and crisp pear flavours backed up with definite minerality.

    Gewürztraminer

    Very much like the Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer is thriving in New Zealand, in a style again much like the Alsace. N.Z. Gewürztraminer are very fragrant with classic Gewürztraminer characteristics of rose petals, lychees and sweet spice. An ideal match to aromatic Thai cuisine would have to be the Waimea Gewürztraminer, £10.79 when you buy any two or more N.Z wines.

    Riesling

    New Zealand Riesling's are reminiscent of quality German Rieslings, in ranging styles of sweetness. Off-dry styles are most common and as with most Riesling, younger N.Z versions elude floral yet citrussy wine with subtle apricot notes, backed up with evident minerality. With age however, the Riesling will evolve into honeyed or kerosene characteristics depending on the initial sweetness in style.

    Sparkling

    If your looking for a fantastic alternative to Champagne, look no further than New Zealand sparkling. Made using the same classic champagne production methods, they truly are amazing value for money. Marlborough is the flagship area for New Zealand sparkling wines, as the cool climate is perfect to allow the classic grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to ripen fully, giving complex and richly flavoured iconic characters of nutty, biscuity aromas, combined with high levels of fruit and crisp acidity.

    The Pelorus 2006 Vintage sparkling from the producers of Cloudy Bay has 3 years lees ageing as champagne. This gives sweet bread, and nutty notes, alongside the luscious apple and citrus fruit synonymous with this region. And at only £16.99 it's definitely a match for most Champagnes, if not better!.

    If this has wet your appetite to try something different, why not pop into your nearest Majestic store and try some of these wines.

    Fine Wine Friday - St Clair 'Wairau Reserve' Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Marlborough, NZDate published: 03/08/12


    If like me your a fan of St Clair wines and in particular the Pioneer block Sauvignon Blanc, then do we have a treat for you.

    To celebrate the installation of our Fine wine shelves, and for our 1st official Fine wine Friday (The 1st Friday of every month we will be opening a different fine wine for you to try) we have chosen the St Clair Wairau reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2001. Marlborough NZ.

    If you think you've tried the best NZ Sauvignon Blanc without trying this, then think again - This has to be in my opinion the best Sauvignon Blanc we do!

    The award winning Reserve wines are St Clair's finest wines that are harvested at optimum ripeness and then hand crafted to produce wines of exceptional character.

    Made using small parcels of the finest Sauvignon Blanc fruit harvested from 2 prime vineyard sights in the lower Wairau valley. The area benefits from some of the coolest nights in Marlborough allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and develop complex flavours. For added varietal impact the selected grapes are fermented with selected yeasts in 100% stainless steel at cool temperatures too.

    The St Clair Wairau Reserve does not disappoint and is classically Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The wine displays fragrances of honeysuckle, powerful passion fruit and gooseberry on the nose. The vibrancy of passion fruit is followed through onto the palate accompanied by blackcurrant leaf, lime and ripe nettles making for an intensely rich concentrated wine that somehow manages to remain fresh and zingy.

    The perfect wine to accompany seared scallops, oysters or any sophisticated Salmon dish.

    At £19.99 when you buy any 2 or more NZ wines, this really is exceptional value. Open to try today on our tasting counter.

    Wine of the Week - Shadowfax Chardonnay, 2010, Mornington, Victoria.Date published: 28/07/12

    To celebrate the instalment of our Fine Wine shelves we've pushed the boat out and have opened a cracking chardonnay for you to try.

    Shadowfax winery is located in Werribee Park in the state of Victoria, a short drive from Melbourne. The winery is co-managed by Kiwi winemaker Matt Harrop, whose career has included spells at wineries in Italy, Moldova, New Zealand and Australia's Hunter Valley.

    A big and weighty Chardonnay in the finest Aussie tradition, crammed with flavours of ripe pineapple and peach, accented with notes of hazelnut and savoury oak.

    Drink with rich poultry dishes, or white fish in saffron butter.

    Wine of the Week! Anakena Single Vineyard ViognierDate published: 21/07/12

    The Lilén vineyard is a plot of Viognier vines located in Requínoa, tucked away in the southern part of the Rapel Valley. Only a quarter of the blend is fermented in French oak barrels, before being reblended and matured with regular lees stirring.


    A subtle nose for this variety, with restrained apricot fruit, accented with a savoury pancetta-like smoky note. Soft, peachy flavours, a hint of fruit sweetness, plus a citrus lift and a full texture.


    Great with mild chicken curry, steamed mussels or scallops.

    This wine really punches above its price point. At £9.36 this wine is amazing. When you buy 2 or more Chilean wines you save 20% and you'd get it for £7.49!!! Come in and try today....

    South of France Tasting weekend!Date published: 15/06/12

    Here at Majestic we are proud of our range of wines from the South of France.  So this weekend come and explore with an impromptu tasting of some of our wines orginating from this part of France. 

    Southern France is still the biggest wine producing region within France with vastly different soils, altitudes, climate and grape varieties.  Many grape varieites are native to the region and do not get grown anywhere else.  The result is a vast array of wine styles and is a region that has seen consistent winemaking and viticultural improvments over the last 30 years. 

    Another bonus to the wines from this part of the world is the price.  As the wines were historically not held in such a high regard as those of Bordeaux, Burgundy or Rhone, there is great value for money from these wines.  I really love these wines and hopefully you will too.

    Wine of the Week! Chateau de Sours RoseDate published: 12/06/12

    Château de Sours, situated on a limestone plateau near Libourne and Pomerol, has been producing wine for over 200 years and is leading the renewed interest in Bordeaux rosé. A deep, bright-coloured rosé with rich strawberry and plum fruit flavours and a long lingering finish. Try with cold meats and pâtés.

    This beautiful wine has also been recognised with a bronze medal from Decanter Magazine.

    Great Rose usually costs more than a tenner - this doesn't...

    £9.99 for a single bottle or £8.49 per bottles when you buy 2 or more.

    Even better, it's open to taste.

    Bank Holiday HoursDate published: 05/06/12

    We are OPEN today 10am-5pm!

    Extra! Extra! Read all about our Press Mentions!Date published: 04/06/12

    Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose NV
    Its glorious meaty, lingering, red summer-fruit flavours make it a great
    bubbly now, equally happy with salmon and rosy-pink lamb.

    Extra de Codorniu Brut NV
    Britain loves bubbles, but inexpensive, easy-drinking summer sparklers with
    crowd-pleasing fruit are very hard to find. Majestic's brilliant, and
    brilliant value, Extra Cuvee cava, made by the traditional champagne
    method, is consistently delicious. So dive into this stylish 11.5 percent
    Spanish sparkler oozing terrific, zesty citrus fruit.
     

    Fine Wine of the Month! Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Te Mata, Hawke's BayDate published: 04/06/12

    Calling all Sauvignon Blanc fans! this one's for you...

    A wonderfully bold departure from intense single-varietal unoaked Sauvignons, Cape Crest barrel-ferment theirs with the addition of small amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris.
    Straddling the divide between typical New Zealand Sauvignon and classic white Bordeaux, this wine is creamy, with blossom and toast notes embellishing the backdrop of citrus and guava-like fruit.
    Superb with seafood and poultry dishes or as an apéritif, this wine will drink well over the next 2 years.

    Not only is this interesting wine at a great price of £19.99, it gets better when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines, dropping the price to a bargain price of £15.99!

    Don't miss out today

    Wine of the Week! Sonoma-Cutrer ChardonnayDate published: 04/06/12

    The Cutrer Vineyard consists of approximately 250 acres on the rolling hills of the estate. Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. St.Helena, has left the ground deficient in nutrients and water. The resultant vine stress leads to high quality fruit.
    Intense aromas of white peach and nectarine combine seamlessly with toasty oak and cedar. Flavours of melon, pineapple and lime leap forward on the palate, alongside more traditional lemon and pear.
    A great complement to poultry, shellfish and vegetables, and an ideal match to goat's cheese.

    Not only is this a great wine but it's also on an exceptional offer - £15.99 down to £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles! It's also a personal favourite of mine and Arfon's so if you need any further information call us on 01432 271250 or pop down and see us we'll be quite happy to wax lyrical about it.

    Press MentionsDate published: 31/05/12

    The Independent – Terry Kirby – 27th May


    2010 Chateau Mont Milan

    A familiar blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah, it is reassuringly robust, spicy and full-flavoured and would suit any grilled meats or Mediterranean vegetable dishes.


    2010 Marquis de Pennautier Viognier

    Typically aromatic with scents of peaches and apricots on the nose, big fruit tastes, with buttery, honey touches and a long dry finish. Try with scallops or any flat white fish with a lemony sauce.


    The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 26th May


    2011 Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Famille Negrel

    Provence is the place for dry pinks, with almost four-fifths of its wine production turned into rosé. Tuck into my favourite, the ripe, herby 2011 Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rosé.


    The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 26th May


    Sipsmith Summer Cup

    Sipsmith Summer Cup (available through Majestic) is a great addition to the fruit cup line-up.

    The Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 25th May

    2011 Torres Vina Sol Rosé

    With its scent of strawberries and light cream, and lip-smacking, dry, fresh finish, this makes a great aperitif or party pink on a hot summer’s night.

    2011 Cune Rioja Rosado

    A very dry, elegant pink with a delicate strawberry tang, and refreshing lift of lemon. One for seafood, especially prawns.

    Press mentionsDate published: 25/05/12

    The Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith – 20th May 2012

    2011 Chãteau de Cleray Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie

    With Jaws, this brisk, bright wine is a perfect pairing full of spanking freshness. Electrifying acidity with an invigorating edge that almost seems salty, it’s impeccable with oysters, shellfish or as an aperitif.
    (Olly was matching wines and films)


    The Observer – David Williams – 20th May


    2010 La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo

    Despite being the main variety in famous wines such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, grenache – or garnacha as it is known in Spain – has never had the cachet of more famous red grapes. Things have been changing recently, though, thanks to glorious reds such as this one, which has a truly delectable freshness beneath its exuberant raspberry and blackberry fruit.
     

    The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 19th May 2012

    2010 Mâcon Villages Blanc ‘Les Roches Blanches’

    Check out…. Jadot’s 2010 Mâcon-Villages, Les Roches Blanches, bursts with fine, nutty, buttery fruit.


    The Telegraph – Victoria Moore – 19th May 2012

    2008 Quinta da Bacalhoa

    Deliciously old-fashioned, oaked, cabernet sauvignon with 10% merlot to round out the blend. There’s a suede-like texture, a small of old leather and a general sense that this is a real wine, not one that was knocked up last week.
    (More stock due into the depot this week)


    The Independent – Anthony Rose – 19th May 2012

    2011 Chablis La Collégiale Laroche

    About as zingy as it gets, the 2011 Chablis La Collégiale, is a glossy chardonnay with a steely bite.


    The Telegraph – Giles Kime – 13th May 2012

    2010 Yalumba Y Series Viognier

    For this week’s dish [salmon], a weighty aromatic white such as this delicious Australian Viognier is just the ticket.


    The Sunday Express – Jamie Goode – 13th May 2012

    2009 Avignonesi Rosso

    A blend of the merlot and cabernet sauvignon grape varieties with the traditional sangiovese helps add some blackcurrant richness to this Tuscan red, which also has a savoury character.


    The Independent – Terry Kirby – 13th May 2012

    2011 The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc

    Perfect with the last of this year's asparagus or a grilled new-season mackerel, this is a terrific deal on one of the best Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, a region where the competition is extremely tough. Absolutely bang-on character aromas of nettles and cut grass lead to refreshing, minerally and mouth-tingling tastes of gooseberry and green herbs.

    Producer Focus - St Clair WineryDate published: 19/05/12

    The wines of St Clair have become well known and loved by Majestic customers and staff alike - myself included. So what is it about the wines of St Clair that have helped stir up such a cult following amongst NZ wine lovers.

    There is no better time to sample what this winery has to offer as the range of varieties and styles of wine available at Majestic is growing. The wineries vision to create world-class wines that exceed customer expectations is testament to the popularity of their wines and the fantastic value they offer. Move over Cloudy Bay you need to share your pedestal with St Clair.

    Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticultural pioneers in Marlborough and owners of St Clair family estate have been growing grapes since 1978 supplying local wine producers. However the desire to extend the quality of the vineyard to the final product led to the formation of the St Clair Family Estate in 1994 with all wines winning medals in their 1st year of full production and continuing to add to their collection of accolades even today.

    It is no wonder, all the St Clair wines I have tried have certainly boasted ‘quality’ at affordable prices which will long continue thanks to the next generation of the family having active involvement in the estate.

    The pioneer block range for me is fascinating and what I will concentrate on here. The Pioneer block wines are all made from individual parcels of quality fruit from specialist single vineyard sites that offer optimum terroir for individual grape varieties, each giving their own individual characteristics and unique style from the same grape varieties.

    I have been privileged to have tried a few of the single vineyard block Sauvignon Blanc’s and it is astounding how unique each one is, almost expressing the terroir where they came from.
    With the range of varieties available and number of premium and individual sites I am in no doubt that I will be enticed by the Pioneer block range for what I hope will be many more years to come.

    Pioneer Block 21 'Bell Block' Sauvignon Blanc

    The iconic and what I would say our most popular premium Sauvignon Blanc – The Pioneer Block Sauvignon. The fruit for this wine was sourced from a single vineyard owned by Peter and Kath Campbell on the fertile, free draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley.
    A wonderful focused Sauvignon Blanc with powerful and intense herbaceous flavours.
    An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long,
    lingering finish.

    Enjoy Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemon grass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

    Pioneer Block 9 'Big John' Riesling

    Grapes from a site in the lower Brancott Valley were specifically chosen for Pioneer Block 9 wines due to the evenness of the soils and the age of the vines.

    These wines are made in a Germanic Spatlese style, with the natural residual grape sugar balanced by firm acidity creating an off-dry impression. The name of this vineyard reflects its 6ft 10in owner, John Walsh, affectionately known in viticultural circles as Big John.
    An inviting pale gold colour, the wine shows aromas of lime rind and grapefruit, and subtle apricot notes. Elegant and off-dry, the palate is a mixture of firm citrus and soft honeysuckle. An interesting alternative aperitif wine that works well alongside canapés, as well as delicately flavoured fish and seafood.

    Pioneer Block 12 'Lone Gum' Gewurztraminer

    The fruit was sourced from the Lone Gum vineyard in the Dog Point region in the lower Omaka Valley directly west of Blenheim. There is a lone gum tree that sits in the middle of the vineyard which is lit up at night. This has been the subject matter of photos by local photographer Kevin Judd – recognise the name?

    The 2008 vintage of this wine has won top international trophies including the Decanter International Wine Awards of 2009.

    The nose is pungent and tropical, with an unmistakably rosy, Turkish delight note. Lightly unctuous in texture, with a palate-coating sweetness offset by a drying, acidic finish. Enjoy Try with smoked meats, or with ripened soft cheeses such as Taleggio.

    Pioneer Block 5 'Bull Block' Pinot Gris

    The Bull block vineyard is situated in Hawkesbury Road, in Omaka Valley – south west of Blenheim on gentle, even northern slopes, once used as grazing fields for bulls – hence Bull Block.

    The area has warmer days, cooler nights and aged silt loam soil with clay loam sub-soil ensuring long ripening seasons . This all contributes to the power and fragrant intensity of the berries.

    This wine is abound with aromas of ripe pears, almonds and fresh bread. A mouth-filling palate, with a rich, oily texture and layers of ripe melon flavours.

    Perfect for lightly spiced oriental dishes especially aromatic Thai dishes.


    Pioneer Block 10 'Twin Hills 'Chardonnay

    This vineyard is in Falveys Road, the Omaka Valley. The Maori translation of Omaka is river between two hills which is where the name Twin Hills originates from.

    St. Clair have gone for maximum impact and expression with this Chardonnay, fermenting 100% of the grapes in a mixture of new and old French oak, before ageing the wine on for 9 months, with regular stirring to draw full character from the lees.

    Hallmark NZ tastes of fresh and snappy peach and tropical fruits are finished with a wonderfully soft, generously rich texture and a biscuity edge. This wine is fantastic with grilled asparagus or fish with parsley sauce.

    Pioneer Block 5 'Bull Block' Grüner Veltliner

    An exciting exciting Kiwi take on a classic variety of Austria and central Europe. There is a buzz in the wine world regarding Gruner Veltliner's from New Zealand, and tipped to be the next big craze.

    This wine was first released in 2011, and from a single vineyard in Marlborough's Omaka Valley.

    The hand-picked grapes are whole-bunched pressed, partially fermented in old oak and matured on its lees, adding a remarkable mouth-filling texture to this usual steely finished wine.

    Restrained on the nose, with delicate citrus blossom and peach notes and an underlying white pepper tinge. The rich palate is full of ripe and peachy fruit, and a dry finish.

    A superb all-round food wine. Great with all manner of fish dishes, or
    with firm, nutty cheeses.

    Pioneer Block 14 'Doctor's Block' Pinot Noir

    Doctor's creek situated South-West of Blenheim has a northerly aspect with devigorating clay soils.

    Doctor's creek, named after the original land owner, a well known doctor in the area, flows through the adjoining vineyard.
    Neal and Judy Ibbotson (St Clair owners) have succesfully experimented with top grafting Dijon Pinot Noir clones where the clay under the sub-soil provides some intense and interesting flavours, helped by blending with a small amount of fruit from the Southern Valley's to add complexity.

    Bright ruby in colour, aromas of raspberry and plum are complemented by a touch of spice. A luscious and soft palate with flavours of redcurrant, cherries and an added warmth from ageing in oak barrels.

    Enjoy This is perfectly matched with tuna or beef fillet with mushrooms and will cellar for the next two to five years.

    Pioneer Block 17 'Bay Block' Syrah

    From vineyards in Bridge Pa Triangle area of Hawke’s Bay in the North Island of New Zealand. The light and free-draining alluvial paki paki sandy loam soils, hours of sunshine and a temperate climate create a long ripening season and perfect conditions to bring out the complex characters of the Syrah grape.

    This wine unusually is 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.

    At its best served with game birds or duck.

    With 20% off New Zealand wines when you buy any 2 or more, why not grab a mixed case and see if there emerges a new favorite.

    Jubilee Offers - Bargains Galore from £4.99 !!!Date published: 17/05/12

    With this being the summer of celebration - If you are organising a Jubille, wedding or summer party. Then have we got a treat for you!

    For a short time only (12 days) ending Monday 28th May, we have a range of wines and Fizz from £4.99 along with beers to help your celebrations go with a bang:

     

    • Vina Equia Crianza - Now £4.99
    • Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc - Now £4.99
    • Vinalba reserva malbec - Now £7.99
    • Peroni Nastro Azzurro 12 pack - Now £12.00
    • Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24 pack - Now £24.00
    • Heidsick Gold Top Vintage Champagne - Now £18.00
    • Nicolas feuillate NV Champagne - Now £15.00
    • Prosecco Corte Alta - Now £6.66
    • Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - Now £6.66

    We will have some of these open during the deals, and if you would like to try them before you buy them then please pop into the store. we are on-hand to offer advise on planning that perfect celebration.

    Fine Wine of the Month! Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2008Date published: 13/05/12

    Hawkes bay is a descendant of an ancient three million year old seabed that was once home to giant oysters the same size as the wine bottle! Today it seems, there is still a little something special in the water in Hawkes Bay if this wine is anything to go by. This sublime 2008 vintage Pinot Noir is a testament to the time honoured natural growing methods including the meticulous hand picking of the grapes that are grown in a temperate and sunny climate.


    A  fresh and floral taste  is accompanied with savoury notes that make way for undertones of  plum, ripe cherry, black berry-fruit and wild thyme hints. A balance of fruit-sweetness, restrained acidity and velvety tannins linger in the mouth.

    This delightful medium bodied red is best enjoyed with cold meats, filet mignon , porcini mushrooms or alternatively it can be enjoyed by itself on a lazy summer evening.

    This wine is amazing value at £19.99. However it is a steal at  £15.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines .

    Don't forget, buy any 2 New Zealand wines and save 20%! 

    Wine of the Week! Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 09/05/12

    The Max vineyards are named after the estate's founder, Don Maximiano Errazuriz, who made his first plantings in Aconcagua in 1870. This wine comes grapes grown mainly in the Max 2 and Max 5 plots, and is aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.

    A bright ruby red wine, with a sweetly expressive nose of red fruit, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Fine and plentiful tannins and juicy black fruit add up to a friendly and enjoyable palate.

    Partners equally well with a rare steak as it does with pasta in a primavera sauce.

    Great at £12.49 even better when you buy 2 or more and it falls to £9.99 a bottle.

    Chile always offers great value and this no exception! Buy any 2 Chilean wines and save 20%.

    Wine of the Week! Gestos ShirazDate published: 27/04/12

    Finca Flichman have applied their 'two altitudes' philosophy to their Shiraz. Grapes from vineyards at 700m provide body and colour, while grapes from the much higher 1100m vineyards add freshness and acidity, for a well-rounded and complex wine.

    Vivid and intense colour; crimson with violet hues. The nose is full of ripe red fruits, accented with hints of tobacco and clove. Both weighty and lively on the palate, with a firm yet rounded structure.

    Enjoyable on its own, or with leg of lamb roasted with garlic and herbs. Even better with some lovely chargrilled roast vegetable kebabs!

    At £8.99 it's a great value Shiraz from a top producer, when you buy 2 or more the price drops to £6.99. Even cheaper = Happy days.

    Press Mentions - April 21st AprilDate published: 25/04/12

    Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty - 21st April 2012

    2011 Greywacke Sauvignon


    Sales are clearly booming at Majestic, where one third of their entire
    sauvignon run is from New Zealand. My favourite is the sensational,
    steely-stony, lemon zest-nipped 2011 Greywacke Sauvignon


    Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirby - 22nd April 2012

    Sangre de Toro 2010


    Ignore the silly little plastic bull attached to the bottle and savour the
    un-gimmicky and full-on flavours in this really juicy, fruity, smooth red
    from Catalunya, made with a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena grapes. A
    terrifically versatile bottle that would be great for a party or barbecue,
    ideal with any simple red-meat dishes or, slightly cooled, with a prawn and
    chorizo paella.
     

    End of Offers Staff Choices - Majestic HerefordDate published: 18/04/12

    As chosen by Arfon, Matt and Stephen

    We, the staff at Majestic Hereford want to bring your attention to the final week of our Spring offers. With great offers on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina and Fizz, nows the time to stock up. We've even held the duty on our current prices until the next price change!

    For you lovers of South African and Spanish wines, this is the best (and final) chance to take advantage of 20% off! To help you out, we, Arfon, Matt and Stephen have chosen our favourites from both ranges to make the first Majestic Hereford mixed case.

    Enjoy!

     

    Arfon's Choices

    Graham Beck Anthony's Yard @ £6.39*

    Aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length.

    Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc @ £8.49*

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

    Emilo Moro, Ribera del Duero @ £13.59*

    Real intensity on the palate, with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla. Full-bodied and a long length, the remarkably integrated, ripe tannins give a firm structure.

    CVNE Vina Real Blanco @ £7.99*

    Light biscuit characters intermingle with hints of cinnamon and forward grapefruit flavours creating a mouth watering wine with a long and elegant finish.

     

    Matt's Choices

    DMZ Syrah @ £7.99*

    An abundance of bright and youthful plum and berry fruit is the main feature, surrounded by touches of violet, cinnamon and vanilla. Rounded and supple in texture.

    DMZ Chardonnay @ £7.99*

    Bright golden colour, with a nose of clean tropical fruit, almonds and sweet vanilla. Peachy fruit on the palate is supported by delicate oak and subtle spice.

    Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo @ £6.99*

    A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.#

    Martin Codax Albarino, Rias Baixas @ £9.59*

    Delicate peachy aromas with hints of spice, herbs and traces of sweet fruits, a fresh and crisp palate rounded by hints of honey, peaches and stone fruits, a medium body and with a floral finish.

     

    Stephen's Choices

    Berberana Gran Reserva Rioja @ £7.99*

    Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.

    Riscal Ruedo Blanco @ £6.79*

    A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish.

    Kanonkop kadette @ £8.79*

    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.

    Zondernaam Sauvignon Blanc @ £7.59

    Aromas of cut grass and gooseberries. A full palate, with powerful flavours of gauva, green figs, gooseberries, and hints of nettles and lemon grass. A creamy mouth-feel dominates the long, crisp finish.

     

    *20% off Price. Eligible if you buy any 2 Spanish or
    South African wines save 20%. Offers valid until Monday 23rd April.

     

    Wine of the Week - Vinalba Gran Reservan 2008Date published: 14/04/12

    In celebration of Malbec World Day – a concept created by wines of Argentina to celebrate Argentina's wine industry and the development of Malbec as it's flagship variety, we have chosen the Vinalba Gran Reserva 2008.

    This Malbec has won so many awards it would need a bottle label the size of an A1 piece of paper, and if your a fan of the Vinalba Reserva then you will absolutely love this.


    This fine Malbec comes from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo region, and is the flagship wine in the Viñalba range. Created by Herve Fabre, trained in Bordeaux, he produces a muscular Malbec with Bordelaise elegance.
    You will be seduced by a classic South American nose of ripe blackcurrant, bitter chocolate and vanilla. It reminds me of a top quality Carmenere.


    The fruit continues in the mouth but there are distinct flavours of petals and violets providing remarkable elegance for such a blockbuster wine. Add in some more chocolate and muscular, yet soft tannins and you have a wine of great quality wine that is unmistakably Argentinian Malbec!


    A full-bodied yet juicy wine is classically best enjoyed with a tender sirloin steak or rare lamb. For an alternative, why not try this wine with chocolate, you might be surprised just how good it is!!

    £12.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, this wine is unbeatable!

    Press Mentions - See which of the Majestic range has been recommendedDate published: 12/04/12

    Observer - David Williams - 8th April 2012


    Raats Family Wines Granite Blocks Cabernet Franc, Coastal Region, South
    Africa 2010


    The Raats family estate in South Africa is a kind of vinous embassy of the Loire
    Valley – it focuses exclusively on two of the French region's major grape varieties,
    chenin blanc and cabernet franc. The family are not slavish imitators, however. In this
    case the characteristically perfumed cab' franc nose is set alongside a plump and
    smoky palate for a great barbecue red.


    Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirby - 8th April 2012


    Viña Pomal Reserva 2003/2006


    From the Bodegas Bilbainas, one of the largest and oldest estates in the Rioja Alta,
    the Viña Pomal 2006 is soft and elegant, packed with blackberry and red-currant
    fruits, with a backbone of nicely balanced spices and subtle flavours of tar and
    leather. The 2003 is much leaner, more focused, less fruity and a bargain. Both
    would happily match the richness of Bill Granger's lamb.


    Guardian - Fiona Beckett - 7th April 2012


    Bourgogne Blanc 2010, Jean-Marc Pillot


    If you bring a rich sauce – a buttery hollandaise in eggs benedict, say – into play, you
    need a fuller-bodied white such as a meursault or similarly-styled chardonnay. Jean-
    Marc Pillot's sumptuously rich Bourgogne Blanc from the excellent 2010 vintage is a
    well-priced alternative.


    Daily Mail - Matthew Jukes - 7th April 2012


    2011 Domaine Bégude, Pinot Rosé, Pays d’Oc, France


    From vineyards in the Limoux region of the South of France, hovering high above the
    historic city of Carcassonne, comes this breathtakingly beautiful pinot noir rosé made
    by Brits James and Catherine Kinglake. It is the epitome of rose petal and wild
    strawberry perfection!


    Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 1st April 2012


    Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Brut, Codorníu


    A rounded, fruity cava with a distinctive flavour of pears and green apples, and a
    snappy, white-pepper finish. Chill for drinking with light seafood canapés and
    starters.


    Independent on Sunday - Tery Kirby - 1st April 2012


    Anakana Indo Carmenère Cachapoal Valley 2010


    Spring may herald the start of the barbecue season and Chile's Carmenère is a
    lovely grape to accompany outdoor cooking. Full-bodied, packed with ripe, juicy
    black-fruit flavours, it is as straightforward as a piece of grilled chicken or lamb,
    maybe with a little spicy relish. This one has flavours of tobacco, coffee and leather
    to give added depth and complexity.


    Sunday Express – Jamie Goode – 1st April 2012


    Anakena Indo Carmenère 2010, Cachapoal Valley


    This lamb-friendly Chilean red is vivid and fruity with bold, sweet berry flavours and
    plenty of structure. Very appealing.


    Château Romefort 2006, Haut-Médoc


    A great claret for a traditional Easter lunch, this is stylish and elegant with sweet ripe
    berries and plenty of balance. At just under a tenner, it’s excellent value for money
    too


    Telegraph – Victoria Moore - 31st March 2012


    Mendel Lunta Malbec 2009 Argentina


    No country makes malbec that is so gloriously perfumed or expressive as Argentina
    does. And there are few names I am so pleased to see on a bottle of it as Mendel
    whose winemaker, Roberto de la Mota, is one of the country’s most celebrated. Aged
    in French oak, this has old-world accents; a wine that feels like it has a story to tell.


    Telegraph – Hamish Anderson – 31st March 2012


    2009 Tokaji ‘Late Harvest’ Royal Tokaji


    I am hard-pushed to think of a better value or more versatile sweet wine than this.
    Lighter than most Tokaji (it is made in a modern ‘late harvest’ style), it is sweet,
    tropical, floral, moreish delight. Its delicate, perfumed side is heavenly with fruity
    puds, but there i\s also enough weight to deal with the nutty intensity of this tart.
    Times - Jane MacQuitty - 31st March 2012
    2011 Viña Sol, Catalunya, Familia Torres, Spain
    Terrific, fresh as a daisy, slimline white, just 11.5 per cent alcohol, with lots of zippy,
    herby Granny Smith and lemon zest fruit


    Saturday Kitchen - 31st March 2012


    Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Carmenère 2011 Central Valley to go with Shepherd's Pie.


    Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith – 25th March 2012


    Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet Côteaux de Languedoc 2011


    Stunning white wine to stock up with for summer – lemony, light, fresh and as pure
    as a laser beam with a pristine ping that’s outstanding paired with fish.


    Observer – David Willliams – 25th March 2012


    Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2011


    A wine that was made for the first flush of spring, this exceptional white positively
    sings with the pure passion fruit that I associate with many Kiwi sauvignon blancs,
    but it has much more to it than that. There's a tingling, mineral edge and an extra
    level of precision and complexity that both lifts it out of the ordinary and makes it
    compulsively drinkable.


    Guardian - Fiona Beckett - 24th March 2012


    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Gewurtztraminer 2009


    Majestic currently has an offer on the exotically perfumed Domaines Schlumberger
    Les Princes Abbés 2009 – this has a marked touch of sweetness that suggests Thai
    food.

    Wine of the Week! St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/04/12

    Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson. An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish. Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

    In my opnion this is, pound for pound, the best sauvignon around. Not only will this dazzle your taste buds but it gets better - at £17.49 it's cheaper than Cloudy Bay. Even better, when you buy 2 or more the price plummets to £13.99!

    It's even on to taste, so get yourself down to try today!

    Fine Wine Friday! (6th April) La Rioja Alta, Vina Ardanza Reserva, 2001Date published: 04/04/12

    In conjunction with the 20% off any 2 or more Spanish wines we've chosen the Rioja Alta, 'Vina Ardanza' Reserva 2001 at a bargain price of £17.59 when you buy any 2 or more Spanish wines.

    The wines of La Rioja Alta are serious wines and some of the best and most sought after Rioja's produced. The Vina Ardanza reserva is no exception.

    This elegant and complex wine has perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruit along with the all important cedar. The palate is extremely smooth and velvety, layered with the abundance of flavoursome fruit and subtle spicy tannins.

    Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the wine will soften
    to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck and mature cheeses.

    Open to taste on our tasting counter Friday - please feel free to pop in and try some. A definite must for Rioja fans like myself, and the perfect accompaniment to your Easter lamb.
     

    Press mentions - Sun 1st AprilDate published: 01/04/12

    Telegraph - Victoria Moore - 31st March 2012

    Mendel Lunta Malbec 2009 Argentina


    No country makes malbec that is so gloriously perfumed or expressive as
    Argentina does. And there are few names I am so pleased to see on a bottle
    of it as Mendel whose winemaker, Roberto de la Mota, is one of the
    country’s most celebrated. Aged in French oak, this has old-world accents;
    a wine that feels like it has a story to tell.


    Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 1st April 2012

    Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Brut, Codorníu


    A rounded, fruity cava with a distinctive flavour of pears and green
    apples, and a snappy, white-pepper finish. Chill for drinking with light
    seafood canapés and starters.


    Independent on Sunday - Tery Kirby - 1st April 2012

    Anakana Indo Carmenère Cachapoal Valley 2010


    Spring may herald the start of the barbecue season and Chile's Carmenère is
    a lovely grape to accompany outdoor cooking. Full-bodied, packed with ripe,
    juicy black-fruit flavours, it is as straightforward as a piece of grilled
    chicken or lamb, maybe with a little spicy relish. This one has flavours of
    tobacco, coffee and leather to give added depth and complexity.

    Press Mentions - 31st March 2012Date published: 31/03/12

    Times - Jane MacQuitty - 31st March 2012

    2011 Viña Sol, Catalunya, Familia Torres, Spain


    Terrific, fresh as a daisy, slimline white, just 11.5 per cent alcohol,
    with lots of zippy, herby Granny Smith and lemon zest fruit


    Saturday Kitchen - 31st March 2012

    Peter Richards went to the Salisbury store this week and will be
    recommending Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Carmenère 2011 Central
    Valley to go with Shepherd's Pie.

    Easter RecipesDate published: 29/03/12

    Starter: Fresh British asparagus with hollandaise sauce and a fresh free range egg. (serves 6)

    Ingredients:

    675g Fresh asparagus,

    5 tbsp butter,

    6 eggs

    salt and pepper.

    For the Hollandaise sauce:

    2 egg yolks,

    1 tbsp lemon juice

    115g butter,

    salt and pepper.

    1. Prepare the asaparagus and add to boiling water, drain and add to a serving plate when ready.
    2. Next make the hollandaise sauce by adding the egg yolks and lemon juice to a proccesor, and salt and pepper to taste. next melt the butter and with the processor on slow, pour slowly into the egg mixture.
    3. Fry the eggs with butter and place on top of the asparagus. Drizzle with the Hollandaise sauce and serve.

    Main: Ragout of Lamb Antonia (Serves 6)

    Ingredients:

    1.5 Kg Diced Lean Lamb,

    1 tbsp olive oil,

    salt and pepper,

    500ml orange juice

    2 tbsp red wine vinegar

    20g Chopped mint + Sprig of rosemary,

    2 Large onions,

    4 cloves of garlic,

    1 red pepper seeded and diced,

    25g grated rot ginger,

    25g cornflour,

    150g apricots, chopped ,

    pot of natural yoghurt.

    1. Preheat Oven to 180°c.
    2. Heat oil in a frying pan or casserole dish and fry off the lamb with the salt and pepper until golden brown.
    3. Add all other ingredients except the yoghurt. bring up to simmer then remove from heat.
    4. Cook movein oven with a tightly fitting lid for 1 hour min.
    Re from the oven and thicken slightly with the cornflour if required and simmer gently for 2 mins.
    5. Serve with fresh green beans and Tagliatelli.

    Dessert: Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding with orange marmalade glaze.

    Ingedients:

    6 x Hot cross buns cut in half.

    9 Eggs,

    140g caster sugar,

    500 ml Milk,

    568ml Double Cream,

    1 vanilla Pod,

    4 Tbsp Marmalde.

    For the spiced butter:

    100g unsalted butter,

    pinch of nutmeg,

    pinch of cinamon,

    zest of 1 large orange.

     

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4
    2. First combine the ingredients for the spiced butter.
    3. Butter Hot cross buns with this and place in a buttered ovenproof dish.
    4. Next seperate the eggs reserving 9 yolks and 1 white, whisk these together with the sugar.
    5. Gently heat the milk and cream in a saucepan with the vanilla seeds and pod, then pour into the eggs stirring continuously.
    6. Remove the vanilla pod and pour over the buttered buns and leave to soak for 20 mins.
    7. Place the dish in a baking tray with water coming halfway up the dish and cook for 45 mins.
    8. Just before the pudding has been in for the 45 mins, gently heat the marmalade and pour over the pudding and return to the oven for a further 10 mins.
    9. Allow to cool and set before serving with a good portion of custard.

    Easter Food and Wine TreatsDate published: 29/03/12

    With Easter just around the corner not only is it a religious occasion, but it's also a time of year for families to get together and enjoy the food that spring has to offer.

    Why not try my alternative Easter Sunday food and wine menu - for recipes see my other news article.

    Starter: Fresh British Asparagus with Hollandaise sauce , topped with a free range poached egg.

    What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring asparagus than with a glass of Sancerre. An ideal sancerre would have to be the Chateau de Sancerre. The palate is fresh with a lively acidity, ideal for cutting through the rich creamy Hollandaise sauce. Green fruits and a herbaceous character intermingle with the apparent minerality adding backbone and body. Perfect at £13.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

    A cracking New World equivalent has to be the popular Ned Black label Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 from Marlborough New Zealand. Located on the banks of the Waihopai river in the Wairau valley which contributed to the origins of the shingle based soil. This allows for the gun flint minerality to be subtly evident in the wine, and comparable to a sancerre, adding great complexity. The nose eludes classic Marlborough herbaceous notes along with gooseberry and citrus fruits. The palate like the sancerre has a lovely acidity with the complex mineral backbone. On a fantastic deal at £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles

    Main: Ragout of Lamb Antonia.

    It goes without saying that Rioja has to be the perfect accompliment to lamb. If you fancy treating yourself, why not try the Vina Ardanza Rioja Alta, 2001.

    The wines of La Rioja Alta are serious wines and some of the best and most sought after Rioja's produced. The Vina Ardanza reserva is no exception.

    This elegant and complex wine has perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruit along with the all important cedar. The palate is extremely smooth and velvety, layered with the abundance of flavoursome fruit and subtle spicy tannins.

    Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the wine will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck and mature cheeses.. As an alternative and interesting food match, why not try with your chocolate eggs, or chocolate pudding - you may be pleasantly surprised!

    With Spain currently on 20% off when you buy two or more bottles this is exceptional value at £17.59

    With chocolate on the mind, as an alternative to Rioja why not try the rich chocolatey Vinalba reserva Malbec, 2008/09 from Argentina to accompany your lamb.

    Made by Bordeaux born Herve Joyaux Fabre in Lujan de Cuyo at the foothills of the Andes where the climate is well suited to growing malbec grapes. This wine acheives perfect finesse and balance thanks mainly to the meticulous care and attention to detail in both vineyard and winemaking itself. Its no wonder then that this wine has added so many awards to its porfolio, including a decanter silver medal for quality.

    A deep red with aromas of rich berry fruits and hints of vanilla and chocolate. These characters are evident on the palate with the addition of Mocha giving perfect smoothness and soft juicy tannins with an incredibly long finish, making a superb match to lamb or equally at home with a beef steak. £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

    Dessert: Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding with an orange marmalade glaze.

    A perfect match to the sweet spice and fruit of the hot cross buns has to be the Vin de Constantia, 2005, Constantia, South Africa. With a rich golden colour this aromatic desert wine punches candied orange peel and peaches staright to your nose. Like the nose the palate is full and viscious bursting with stone fruit, nuts and vanilla spice, leading into lucious honeyed notes that linger in the mouth. This will taste even better knowing that the Vin de Constance is included in the South Africa Promotion at £27.99 when you buy any two or more South African wines.
     

    Wine of the Week! Vinalba Cabernet/Malbec/Petit verdotDate published: 17/03/12

    Another quality offering from the well-respected Vinalba. This lovely wine, a blend of 50% Cabernet with 40% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot, all of which are grown in Lujan de Cuyo, both on the estate's vines and other local vineyards. 60% of the wine undergoes 12 months in French oak barrels, before reblending with the unoaked wine. A dark and powerful Bordeaux-inspired blend, offering aromas of cassis, spice and mint. A rounded and juicy palate, full of forest fruits, with a long, toasty and spicy finish. Serve with the classic roasted leg of lamb.

    A fantastic wine at £11.99 that gets even better when you buy 2 or more as it goes down to £9.99 (buy 2 save 4!)

    The best news is that its open to taste today!

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Press Mentions - Saturday 17th MarchDate published: 17/03/12

    Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty – Saturday 17th March 2012

    2011 Santa Rita 120, Merlot, Central Valley, Chile

    Santa Rita’s best red 120 duo yet includes this smashing, fat, spicy, plum and blackcurrant-laden, meaty pizza and pasta-loving merlot.

    2011 Santa Rita 120, Carmenere, Central Valley, Chile

    Spot on, vibrant, dusky, 120 carmenere with lots of scented, spicy, raspberry fruit, finished with currants and chocolate.

    Independent - Anthony Rose – Saturday 17th March 2012

    2010 Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo

    The new Spanish wave is exciting for wines from hitherto obscure grapes
    such as mencia which here infuses this inky red from Bierzo with
    blackberryish fruit and damson-fresh bite.

    2008 Ulysse Cazabonne, Pauillac

    Bordeaux 2008 is starting to look almost good value, and if you are looking
    for a super-delicious and high-class claret as a treat, the 2008 Ulysse
    Cazabonne, Pauillac, is a chip off the old block of a Pauillac
    first-growth château. We're not allowed to tell you which one, but let's
    just say it starts with an 'L'. And it has the pedigree of the great
    château itself, a stylish red whose cassis core of dark fruit is polished
    by toasty oak and suave-textured tannins.
     

    Last Day of Spring Prices - Mon 12th MarchDate published: 11/03/12

    Don't miss out on the Spring prices that are due to end on Mon 12th March.

    For those that are wanting to stock up. I have highlighted below the products that are due to go up in price on tues, with their current prices. We can take any orders for delivery before tues and arrange with yourselves a time for delivery after this date if thats more convinient.

    Casa dei Gretti, Pinot grigio - £4.99

    Oeil de Pedrix Rose Champagne (N/V) - £18.00

    Taitinger NV Champagne - £25.00

    Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne - £17.00

    Nicolas Feuillate Vint Champagne - £19.00

    Lindauer Rose Sparkling - £7.99

    Codorniu Raventos NV Cava - £6.99

    Prosecco Corte Alta NV - £7.49

    Prosecco La Marca Treviso - £8.99

    Wither Hills Pinot Noir - £9.99

    Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99

    Press Mentions - Sat 10th and Sun 11th MarchDate published: 11/03/12

    Saturday Times - Jane MacQuitty - 10th March 2012

    2011 Rioja Blanco, Muga, Spain - £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles
    Winter’s still here, so lap up this big food-loving white rioja with
    lashings of refined, oaky, appley fruit.

    2006 Château Romefort, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

    2006 was a good, not great, Bordeaux vintage and this vibrant
    merlot/cabernet sauvignon, with a dash of cabernet franc, punches well
    above its weight.


    Independent - Anthony Rose - 10th March

    2006 Château Romefort -£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

    How can such a tiny percentage make any difference when the major
    proportions are cabernet and merlot? The answer is seasoning. Similar
    principles apply to the 2006 Château Romefort, a modern claret – only here
    it's the 7 per cent cabernet franc that brings a freshness to the
    blackcurranty merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

    2007 Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs d'Altitude, Minervois la Livinière - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

    Languedoc likes blends, too. In the 2007 Domaine La Borie Blanche Terroirs
    d'Altitude, Minervois la Livinière, it's the grenache at just 10 per cent
    that adds the white pepper touches to the dominant syrah and mourvèdre.

    Dinner party
    2010 Bourgogne Blanc, Jean-Marc Pillot - £13.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

    A chance to grab a delicious dry white Burgundy from the new intake at an
    affordable price, this complex and nutty chardonnay finishes with fresh
    acidity.


    Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 11th March 2012

    Domaines Schlumberger Gewürztraminer 'Les Princes Abbés' 2009, Alsace,
    France
    - £12.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

    Distinctly medium-sweet, with a soft, creamy texture, rose-petal aroma and
    juicy, ripe apricot at the core. Drink with fresh fruit salads or
    sweet-marinaded pork.


    Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith - 11th March 2012

    Rioja Blanc 2011 Muga - £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.
     

    Young and vital with appley fragrance and plenty of freshness, this
    textured toasty white will evolve beautifully for a few years into a more
    savoury sip.

     

    Lamatum Crianza 2008, Ribera del Duero - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles


    Beautifully balanced red wine that fans of Rioja should rush out and seize
    - it's made from the same headline grape, Tempranillo, and has full fruit
    as well as savoury depth. Stunning with roast lamb, and for the offer
    price it's a bit of a steal.

    Wine Walk - Tuesday 6th MarchDate published: 29/02/12

    There are still plenty of spaces left on this course for next Tuesday. The course will focus on some of the new wines that have recently bestowed our store. Informal but informative, what better way to spend your Tuesday night! best of all it's completely FREE!

    Call 01432 271250 or email us her@majestic.co.uk to sign up.

     

    Wine of the Week! Rioja Reserva CuneDate published: 29/02/12

    Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike. 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 autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish. Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

    It's also on an amazing offer it's £13.99 but when you buy 2 or more bottles the price drops to £9.99 (buy 2 and save £8!).

    Good quality Rioja reserva for under a tenner is amazing value and it's one of my favourites - that's why I chose it! Best of all it's available for you to try when you come and visit us!

    Wine of the Week - Kanonkop KadetteDate published: 18/02/12

    With our South African tasting week well underway, it was only natural to bestow our tasting counter with a lovely wine from Kanonkop.

    This is Kanonkop's 'second wine', similar in ethos to the second wines of the top Bordeaux estates, and is a lighter, more forward version of its top blends. Made from around 50% Pinotage, and aged for at least 12 months in French Nevers oak barriques.

    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. Drink with barbecued lamb steaks.

    It's also at a great price - £10.99, however when you buy any 2 South African wines you save 20% dropping the price of Kanonkop kadette to £8.79, which is a bargain. Get yourself down and see us and we'll make sure you're rewarded with a drop or two!

    New products on the tasting counter!Date published: 10/02/12

    Two new products have arrived into Majestic Hereford and these little beauties are guaranteed to turn heads.

    Coopers Original Pale Ale 12 x 375ml
    £17.49


    Coopers is a 'sparkling' ale from Australia, made in a similar fashion to Champagne (the beer is fermented twice, the second time in the bottle) which gives it the sparkle and a full flavour.  It is a hugely popular in Australia as a premium ale and the beer carries some sediment which is it's natural style and has a very distinctive taste. 


    Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider 6x500ml
    £11.70


    It is quite sweet though still very refreshing, a popular way to drink it is with ice and fresh mint as a alternative to summer cocktails. Bursting with the freshest Strawberry and Lime summer flavours, this is Swedish Cider heaven.

    Valentines Day with Oeil de PerdrixDate published: 07/02/12

    Celebrate Valentines Day this year with help from your local Majestic Wine!

    We recommend celebrating your evening with Oeil de Perdrix Rose Champagne at £18.

    Translated as 'eye of the partridge' due to it's unusual colour, it is a beautiful thing to look at and is a unique, satisfying wine. Sweet red fruits amd savoury aromas on the nose lead into a mouthful of delicate apples and red fruits backed up by those lovely yeasty notes. Not only will this Champagne leave you marvelling at it's incredible flavours but it will also leave you marvelling at it's incredible price! Surely better than paying over the odds for a tacky night out!

    Don't miss out, for all you lovebirds out there this Champagne is the one for you!

    Bargain Hunt Alert! Louis Roederer 2003 @ £33.33Date published: 04/02/12

    With the Bargain Hunt firmly underway at Majestic Hereford it has been drawn to our attention that Louis Roederer 2003 is at an all time low of £33.33 and we have 8 bottles left in stock*.

    If you like Champagne and want a bargain, you best catch it before it runs out.

    Louis Roederer 2003 is rich, full-bodied and elegant. This is everything a vintage Champagne should be and more. The vintage blend is usually Pinot Noir dominated, for a firmer structure. A Champagne for those who enjoy a more complex style

    Wine of the week - Lagunilla Gran Reserva Rioja 2005Date published: 04/02/12

    While the weather outside is frightful, the wine at Majestic Hereford is delightful and this week we have a real beauty to show off.

    From a bodega founded in 1885 in the high-altitude Rioja Alta region, where the ripening season is long and warm. This Gran Reserva spends 2 years in oak casks, followed by 3 years maturing in bottle prior to release. A fine and elegant bouquet, full of trademark aged Rioja aromas: raisins, dried figs, cinnamon and vanilla. Velvety on the palate, with time- mellowed tannins, and a long, smooth finish.
    Lovely with roasts or game, or try with the winery's own recommendation of baked cod

    It's an absolute bargain as well! It's £7.99* if you buy 2 or more bottles! Buy 2 and save £12!

     

    *1 bottle - £13.99

    The Majestic Bargain Hunt at HerefordDate published: 31/01/12

    If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Sherlock Holmes or Poirot, why not pop down to see us at Majestic Wine Hereford to search out some bargains! Don't worry you won't need any magnifying glasses or silly hats, just yourself and a helpful member of the Majestic Hereford team who are ready to point you in the direction of these limited edition bargains.

    Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

    The selection is available in-store now! Don't miss out!

    Do you want to learn more about wine and where it comes from?Date published: 16/01/12

    If you want to broaden your knowledge of wine and where it comes from why not attend one of our wine courses held in store.

    You will get the opportunity to try a variety of different wines whilst learning in a fun and interactive way. All are welcome even if you dont know your whites from reds!

    We only plan to run a couple of sessions over the next 2 months so please either come see me in-store or contact us by phone or by email in order to book yourself onto one of these ever popular events.

    (7-9 Ross Road, Hereford, HR27RH; 01432271250; her@majestic.co.uk)

    Want a free bottle of Prosecco? - Just recommend a friend!!Date published: 12/01/12

    To receive your bottle of prosecco, follow these 3 simple steps.

    1. Pick up the recommend a friend leaflet in-store, fill it in and hand it back to a member of staff or post it back to us.

    2. We'll send your friend a voucher for a bottle of prosecco, redeemable when they make their first purchase in-store  and have their details added to the Majestic database.

    3. Once your friend has redeemed their voucher Majestic will send you a voucher for your free bottle of prosecco, no purchase necessary.

     

    We look forward to seeing you in store soon

    Please note: Terms and Conditions do apply, please see in store for details.
     

    Store Events(8)

    Free Wine Course

    26 September 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

    Want to learn more about wine as well as matching wine with food? If the answer is 'Yes', then why not come along to our FREE and relaxed wine course where you'll get to try a range of wines from around the world. We provide the wine and food, all you have to do is give us a call and book a place! We can either run this event for a number of small parties or, if you have a larger group of around ten people who would be interested, we could run it as a private event.

    RSVP

    Free Spotlight Tasting - South African Wines

    13 September 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)

    If you missed the Spotlight tasting on the 11th September, don't panic we will be doing all over again today. A half hour informal chat about South African wines. We will have the chance to sample many different garpe varieties and styles of wine from this unique wine growing country

    RSVP

    South Africa Spotlight Week

    12 September 2014 - 19 September 2014

    A whole week dedicated to the huge variety of stunning wines from South Africa. We will have plenty to sample on our Tasting Counter throughout the week. See you soon

    Open to all

    South Africa Spotlight Week

    12 September 2014 - 19 September 2014

    A whole week dedicated to the huge variety of stunning wines from South Africa. We will have plenty to sample on our Tasting Counter throughout the week. See you soon

    Open to all

    Free Spotlight Tasting

    11 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

    A half hour informal chat about South African wines. We will have the chance to sample many different garpe varieties and styles of wine from this unique wine growing country

    RSVP

    Free Spotlight Tasting - Argentinian Wines

    6 September 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)

    If you can't make Thurs 4th Sept, don't panic, we are doing it all again today. A great chance to learn a little more about some of the wines that are coming out of Argentina. With this country gaining popularity at a rate knots lets find out what all the fuss is about

    RSVP

    Argentinian Spotlight Week

    5 September 2014 - 11 September 2014

    Join us from 5-11 September when we will have many fabulous wines from Argentina available to try on our Tasting Counter

    Open to all

    Argentinian Spotlight Tasting

    4 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

    A great chance to learn a little more about some of the wines that are coming out of Argentina. With this country gaining popularity at a rate knots lets find out what all the fuss is about

    RSVP

    Store Tasting(6)

    What we're tasting today...

    Meet the team...

    • Arfon Manager

      Having previously worked at Hereford as Assistant Manager, I'm really pleased to be back. My palate does change quite frequently but i'll always come back to my trusted favourite of Bordeaux reds, which I've started enjoying a great deal the more I've learnt about this fascinating region.
    • Ian Trainee Manager

      I joined Majestic earlier this year after returning from a years travelling abroad throughout which I was able to try a wide range of different wines which was the fire starter of my interest. I used to only drink big reds such as Riojas but have broadened my horizons into the wonderful world of white wines. Particularly New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs after I was lucky enough to visit several Marlborough vineyards and sample many different varieties of the wine.
    • James Assistant Manager

      I started my Majestic career in Yeovil before moving to Gloucester via Taunton. Now I find myself back at my old stomping ground of Hereford... well actually it was just across the border in Wales not that I am patriotic or anything, another Grand Slam here we come!! I love the huge amount of diversity available in our range of wines and as and when I discover hidden gems I will be sure to let you know..

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