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High Wycombe

Contact Information
T: 01494 511715
F: 01494 511715
E: wyc@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
189 Gordon Road
High Wycombe
HP13 6AR
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(444)

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Majestic!Date published: 19/10/14

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Majestic!
Couldn't make it over to Munich this year for Oktoberfest? No need to worry, you don't have to leave Buckinghamshire to get in on the act.  We have a good stock of Paulaner's seasonal favourite; the Oktoberfest.  
The Munich based brewery is one of six brewers to supply the world famous Beer Festival and commerate this by producing a beer especially for this time of year.  Deep amber in colour, aromas and flavours of caramal, bread and toasty malts.  This is accompanied with a lovely strong spicy hops character.  
Paulaner Oktoberfest is £40 a case while stocks last!

A Brief Guide to Cellaring WineDate published: 18/10/14

Cellaring wine involves storing young wines until they are at a point where the optimum drinking pleasure can be achieved.

Some wines not only become more interesting with age but can actually require ageing to make them a pleasant drinking experience! The other reason to store young wines yourself for drinking at a later date, is the scarcity of mature wines to be had at a price you'd want to pay. Buy them when they are young at a cheaper price and you just have to wait for the wines to mature.

Medium to high quality wines can benefit from ageing but cheap wines will simply deteriorate. The choice of wine therefore is vital. Also pick wine styles you like! No good having mature wine you don't want to drink. The grape varieties that can age best are (reds) Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and (whites) Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon.

For regions, it is safest to stick to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Chablis, Sauternes and the top Piedmont, Super-Tuscans, Mosel, Californian and Australian wines.

Really there are only two places to store your wine; either in a wine warehouse (either with the merchant from whom you bought it or another warehouse) or at home. Wherever the wine is stored, it should be on its side, lying down; at a steady temperature between 8 - 13°; in the dark and away from vibrations.

For more on buying wine en primeur and long-term storage why not pay a visit to the folks at Lay & Wheeler at www.laywheeler.com


Attention Fine Wine Enthusiasts!Date published: 18/10/14

2009 Château La Croix de Gay, Pomerol 
“What a wonderful 2009 from La Croix de Gay, as a new chapter opens in its history. It is blessed with a beautiful, very pure bouquet with floral red cherries strawberry and a touch of marmalade and apricot blossom. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins, great precision with fine mineralite and length. Superb.” 

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 92 Points (January 2010) 

“A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from this well-situated vineyard on the plateau of Pomerol… It displays plenty of kirsch, sweet cherries and red currants along with some sandy/loamy soil and roasted herb notes in a very sexy, up-front, lush, medium to full-bodied style. There’s not a hard edge to be found in this La Croix de Gay…” 
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 90 Points (February 2012) 
Drink: to 2025

Priced at £240 per case of 12 bottles in bond

NOT A MEMBER OF THE CELLAR CIRCLE? Head towww.laywheeler.com/cellarcircle to sign up today!


Pilsner Urquell at only £1 a bottleDate published: 13/10/14

Pilsner Urquell - the original Pilsner from the Czech Republic 

Since their beginning in 1842, Pilsner Urquell was fermented and lagered in large wooden barrels in the cellars beneath the brewery. The cold temperature down there was key to brewing pilsners and before artificial refrigeration this underground space was the best place for the beer. In fact, to ensure the temperature remained cold they carved ice from lakes which became the original form of refrigeration.
The lager is described by Urquell as having  “a uniquely rewarding taste, intensely hoppy, with a balance of subtle sweetness & velvety bitterness, wrapped in a gloriously crisp body”. 

Now just £1 per bottle* for the month of October this is a great offer on a tasty beer. 

Sold only in packs of 24 x 330ml.



All about AcidityDate published: 12/10/14

Acidity is a term we refer to a lot when we are talking about a wine. But what exactly does this mean? Well, acidity is the general term for the fresh or sour taste produced by the natural organic acids in the liquid. You can detect acidity by a prickling sensation on the sides of the tongue, and it is the acidity that gives wines its refreshing and mouth watering qualities that makes you keep going back for more. Different wines have different levels of acidity, for example a cool climate Sauvignon Blanc such as a Pouilly Fume has high acidity and matches well with food also high in acidity like tomatoes as well as shellfish, whereas a hot climate Chardonnay would clash with similar morsels but works well with creamy fish dishes or poultry. It is important that the acidity is well balanced with other components of the wine, as too much acidity can make it too sharp or tart. On the other hand, too little acidity can make the wine very bland, flat and uninteresting. Some might even say 'flabby'. So there you have it, a little info about acidity for you.

Ever wondered why IPA is IPA?!Date published: 12/10/14

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager.

At Majestic we have a few options that are excellent examples: Goose Island, Curious IPA and Punk IPA.

They form part of our "craft beer" selection, all priced at £9.99 for a pack of 6 (when you buy any 2 packs)


This year's Winter Tasting!Date published: 08/10/14

It's that time of year again, our Winter Tasting! We'll have plenty of new wines and Christmas crackers for you to try, plus cheese and nibbles from the famous Vallebonne Deli. It's all free, so mark the date in your diary and come down to the High Wycombe store and join us!

This year's tasting will be on 20th November, from 6pm onwards. All you have to do is let us know you're coming by calling 01494 511715. See you then!

Fantastic new 2 week dealsDate published: 07/10/14

Once again we have decided to treat you to some two week only offers! 

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2013, M.Chapoutier £10.65 £7.99 Buy 2 bottle save 25% 

 Serena Pinot Grigio 2013, Banfi £9.99 £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV £45.00 £29.98 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Cava Calamino NV, Spain £8.99 £5.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Prosecco Rivamonte NV £9.99 £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC £11.99 £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% 

Gestos Malbec 2013, Finca Flichman, Mendoza £9.99 £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33%

We don't want you to miss out so feel free to give us a call in store on 01494 511715 to arrange free delivery, or pop in and see us! 



Quality in Wine!Date published: 05/10/14

'Good' and 'bad' wine

It is sometimes difficult to characterise a wine as 'good' or not, because it is subjective; it depends on your personal judgement, your preferences etc. But using a systematic objective approach, we can draw conclusions on quality that everybody agrees on, regardless of whether you personally like the wine or not. We use the Wine & Spirit Education Trust's Systematic Approach to Tasting, and the conclusions are based on the following:

1. Balance - think of a set of scales, with fruit and sugar on one side, acid and tannins on the other. Also consider how well the alcohol has integrated with the flavour.

2. Length - a really good wine should have a really long, rewarding taste in your mouth for a good few minutes afterwards! It's all about quality rather than quantity, with a great quality wine you won't feel the need to keep reaching for the glass quite so quickly afterwards.

3. Complexity - how many flavours can you taste? How clear are they on your palate?

While we use these as guidelines, remember that everyone has different tastes, so we can't categorically say that you will like any one wine. However, hopefully we can say, "this is a good wine because..." and go from there!


Do you have an MCC Card with us?Date published: 04/10/14

Good news! If you are lucky enough to have a Marylebone Cricket Club Card you will now receive 10% discount in any Majestic store, plus, the monthly limit has been increased to £500. 

Howzat!

New Zealand NewbiesDate published: 03/10/14

New Zealand Wines New To Majestic 

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough £8.66

This Pinot Noir hails from Marlborough's Southern Valleys. The estate was named after the interesting geological formation that borders its vineyards, which has a herringbone-like pattern created by streams of water running down either side of a central ridge. A ripe and intensely fruity Pinot, displaying Marlborough's trademark strawberry and red cherry characters in abundance, with subtle savoury notes contributed by the more mature vine parcels.Try alongside a selection of hard cheeses or mixed antipasti.

Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Awatere Valley £8.99

Brancott Estate have created the Terroir Series to showcase the individual characteristics displayed by Marlborough's diverse sub-regions.This Sauvignon demonstrates the style produced by Awatere Valley's cool, windy climate and very free-draining soils. Displaying remarkable restraint and subtlety, this Sauvignon offers layers of citrus zest, flint and freshly cut herb aromas in fine balance. Refined and mineral-rich on the palate. Ideal foil for grilled oysters or seared salmon.


New Wine Alert!Date published: 03/10/14

We have just added two new Chilean wines to our range - Both from Silver Ghost, and both at the bargain Price of £4.99!

The Cabernet Sauvignon is medium - bodied, with a fruit driven style that offers rounded, red berry fruit with a plummy, easy going feel.

The Sauvignon Blanc offers a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and crisp green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment.

Both of these wines are true bargains and shouldn't be missed!

Brancott Competition!Date published: 02/10/14

The new Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc wines come from Awatere (pronounced Aw-wah-tree), the most southern grape-growing region in Marlborough. The climate is cooler and dryer, so fruit can hang for longer. This results in wine that is highly aromatic, and intensely flavoured. To celebrate its new arrival at Majestic we've got five cases to give away on the blog. Enter the competition here > http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away

WINE OF THE WEEK - LFE GRAN RESERVA MERLOTDate published: 01/10/14

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2013 Colchagua Valley

I love this chiliean merlot. I can definitely say its one of Majestic staff favourites. A great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels. Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume. Drink with a rich aubergine lasagne.

£10.99 each or £7.32 if you buy an two wines from the 33.3% offer. 


ALL Prosecco 33% offDate published: 27/09/14

Come and add a bit of sparkle to those dull autumn evenings! This week you can enjoy all of our prosecco range at 33% off the single bottle price when you buy 2 or more 33% off wines.  

That includes:

Prosecco Rivamonte - £6.66 down from £9.99

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV - £9.99 down from £14.99

Pasqua Prosecco Treviso - £7.99 down from £11.99 

Hurry as these offers finish on Monday 29th September 


Lagunitas IPADate published: 24/09/14

Craft Beer Focus

Lagunitas IPA

'No.1 IPA in California'

Lagunitas have been brewing in Lagunitas, California since 1993. Now one of the biggest craft brewers in America they are known for adventurous and interesting interpretations of traditional beer styles.

The recipe for Lagunitas IPA was formulated with malts, including Crystal Malt, and hops, such as Cascade and Centennial, which work together to produce a balanced and easy-drinking IPA. Big on aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish.

£10.99*

*when you buy any two Craft Beer six-packs (otherwise £13.99)


New Fine Wine InDate published: 22/09/14

So yeah, look at all this cool fine wine!

Ridge Geyserville 2012 £32.00 A field blend of old vine Zin, Carignane and Petite Sirah - this is a huge glass of sweet currants, savoury spice and old vine concentration from a hugely influential winery

Matsu "El Viejo" Toro 2011 £20.00 Big, bold Tempranillo from gnarled vines in Toro 

Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2009 £20.00 Modern styled, vanilla soaked, super intense Rioja from a great house

Staff Fave RiojaDate published: 22/09/14

I've had my fair share of Rioja over the years but, pound for pound, this one is hard to beat...

When the Marqués de Riscal founded his winery in the 1850's, the rest of Rioja had to sit up and take note. Importing methods from Bordeaux, he revolutionised the region and the Reserva Rioja (£14.99 down to £9.99 as part of our 1/3 off selection) is still one of the benchmarks by which the others are judged.

Well structured with silky tannins and packed with ripe, dark berry fruits, this is one classy wine and worth every penny!


Flash Sale Fave!Date published: 20/09/14

Argentina Flash Sale Favourite: Ben Marco Malbec 2012 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza

Grape

Malbec

Origin

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes.

Taste

Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.

Enjoy

This rich full bodied wine would be a great accompaniment to lots of red meats, such as wild boar, rib-eye steak or cassoulet.

£11.32 when you buy 2+ bottles from our Argentina Flash Sale

£16.99 single bottle price


Cellar CircleDate published: 19/09/14


Love fine wine? want to start a cellar of your own but not sure where to start? Check out our #CellarCircle 

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

Cellar circle is a partnership between lay and wheeler and majestic wine. Membership of Cellar Circle with full benefits starts from £100 a month all of which will go towards your wines. you may wish to make a lump-sum payment to give your collection a push and the more you put in, the faster you will see your collection grow. you can change your subscription at any time.

Alongside building your dream wine cellar, belonging to cellar circle brings exclusive benefits and rewards, including:

10% Discount at majestic wine for all your everyday needs.

A years free professional wine storage at our bonded warehouse, Vinotheque.

Free case delivery to any majestic wine store for ease of collection.

A case of wine, individually chosen for you by the cellar circle team, on the first anniversary of your membership.

We believe that building a cellar should be flexible and with our three membership options you choose the level of assistance you'd like from your cellar Circle Account Manager:

We choose for you- Start your journey with full guidance from a member of our knowledgeable team , on hand to select the wines best suited to your personal tastes and budgets.

We help you choose- Build up your own cellar with some guidance and regular recommendations tailored to suit your individual preferences.

You Choose- select your own wines from our extensive list, building your collection as you go- we remain on hand should you have any questions.


DMZ SYRAH WINS MAJOR AWARDDate published: 18/09/14

DeMorgenzon’s DMZ Syrah 2012 wins Gold at the 2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)

The DMZ Syrah 2012 has racked up another Gold medal following on its successes from earlier in the year when it was awarded a Gold medal from the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and a Silver medal from the Decanter World Wine Awards.

The results were announced at the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

Produced entirely from DeMorgenzon’s own Syrah grapes grown in weathered granite soils, the DMZ Syrah 2012 was noted for its “smooth but assertive tannins and big, booming nose packed with generous black fruit”.

£8.24


Finca Reslaso - Emilio MoroDate published: 17/09/14

Tried and tested producer but a new bottle of theirs to add to our range.

This is a stormer of a wine, with a fullness in the mouth and a morish finish. One to add to your basket!

Finca Resalso 2013 Emilio Moro

Ribera del Duero

Tempranillo

Finca Resalso is a collection of vineyards ranging from 5 - 15 years of age; the youngest vines in the Emilio Moro estate. The wine is a lighter alternative to their signature wine, still of 100% 'Tinto Fino', having undergone less extraction and oak ageing.


Dominated by primary fruit character, combining ripe mulberry and cherry with forest fruit characters. Subtle notes of liquorice and spice add a hint of savoury depth.

@£8.99* this is a real treat

GODELLO MAYHEMDate published: 16/09/14

In case you hadn't noticed, here at Majestic we love wine. 

What we love even more is discovering something new, potentially unusual, and surprisingly delicious.

I want to encourage all our customers to be a bit adventurous (go on, it's not like we'd sell any 'bad' wines) and try something outside their comfort zone. NZ Sauvignon Blanc fans, I'm looking at you...

To kick things off, I've chosen a charming white grape variety grown throughout north-western Spain, particularly in Galicia: 

Godello, often used as a constituent in blends, is gaining increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. Though it still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas, where Albarino (which you may well have heard of) dominates.

Delicate yet multi-faceted in style - its textured palate boasts citrus, melon and subtle floral notes. A great alternative for you lovers of aromatic whites.

Try the clean, herbaceous Montenovo Godello 2013 Valdesil, or Martin Codax's As Caixas Godello goes down reliably well!


New in: Parrilla Malbec From MendozaDate published: 15/09/14

New in: Parrilla Malbec From Mendoza, Argentina -  £8.99 saving 25% when you buy 2 more bottles in the promotion. 

Made by Bodegas Fabre, produced from grapes sourced from vineyards in the Valle de Uco. An area considered to be among the top regions in Mendoza. The vines are situated at between 900m and 1200m above sea level. 

The wine is a deep ruby colour, it's packed full of dark stone fruit flavours, balanced beautifully with toasty oak aromas. 50% of the wine is aged in French oak giving smooth ripe tannins and a silky finish.  

Parrilla is the national dish of Argentina, it's a sociable feast where a huge range of meats and vegetables are cooked over an open grill. Short of having your own Parrilla, this wine would pair well with a juicy steak or sausages.  


A Brief Guide to Italian Wines...Date published: 14/09/14

How do you give a quick guide to a country with more than 300 DOC wines, 100 IGT wines and comfortably over 1,000 vine varieties? Space permits us only the very briefest introduction to a country whose uniquely diverse wines so aptly capture the charm and spirit of its people.  There's no surprise they call Italy the "Jurassic Park" of viticulture.

FACTS:-
-DOCG wines are top of the quality tree: the super Bs of Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello, plus Amarone and Chianti Classico. But there are many lesser-known gems too: try IGT wines from the same varieties for a wallet-friendly take on Italy’s big guns.

-The diversity of Italy’s wines is largely down to geography. Grapes are grown from the Alps right down to Sicily, while the Mediterranean climate gives rise to many styles and possibilities.

-There’s more to Italian white wine than Pinot Grigio. To get away from the vinous crowd, look out for Italy’s rising stars Fiano, Greco, Pecorino and Falanghina.

-The Italians are masters of reinvention. Take Chianti and Soave: two classics that have been transformed from their hitherto cheap-and-cheerful images by a wave of quality focused winemakers bringing the latest thinking to the vineyard and winery. 

ITALIAN WINE TERINOLOGY:-

IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica)
Classification based on region of origin rather than wine style, giving winemakers room to experiment with varieties and blends, while offering consumers quality assurance.

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata)
Quality assurance label for Italian wines made in a specific region using defined grape varieties and production methods.

DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
Premium DOC wines bottled in the region of production and approved by a Ministry of Agriculture tasting.



What to do if you have a faulty bottle from us...Date published: 13/09/14

Unfortunately, cork taint is an inevitable problem when sealing wine under natural cork, however at Majestic it needn't cause you too much hassle.

The easiest thing to do is for us to credit the value of the bottle against your next order. If ordering online, simply put a note in the delivery instructions space to say that you have a bottle you'd like to return due to it being corked; if you shop by telephone just mention it when ordering. The delivery store will then arrange this credit and collect the offending bottle when delivering.

If you prefer, we can arrange the replacement or refund sooner; you can either return the bottle to the store that carried out your delivery, or you can contact your local store to arrange an exchange the next time the van is in your area.

We ask that you keep the bottle, and preferably some of the contents so that our store staff can record the nature of the fault, helping us to assist our suppliers in their quality control.




New Vintage of A Burgundy Favourite!!!Date published: 11/09/14

Mâcon-Lugny 2013, Domaine des Terres Gentilles

This is a gem of a find! This great quality white shows that there are still producers in Burgundy who offer superb value, even with small-volume production. This impressive wine comes from a family-owned domaine of only 50ha. Nicely balanced, with crisp citrus fruit providing the backbone, and softer notes of green apples and aromas of white flowers adding welcoming delicacy and complexity.

Perfect with poultry or grilled white fish.

Come in and try it for yourself!

Save 33.3% to £7.99 per bottle by matching any 2 from the '33% off' promot


Chocloate Block In StockDate published: 11/09/14

The Chocolate Block 2012 Boekenhoutskloof

The quest to understand the name of this wine is now the stuff of legend.

Unfortunately Boekenhoutskloof is not going to reveal everything about it, they will say that the style of the red wine is a reflection of their belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to making wines using different blends. The blend however is tweaked from year to year by winemaker Marc Kent to best reflect the season and specially selected blocks of ancient vines. It is then fermented and aged up to 18 months in old French Oak.

The Chocolate Block name however seems to be a secret that they want to keep.

The 2012 is a blend of five grapes, 70% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Grenache, 6% Cinsault and 1% Viognier. It also states on the bottle how many barrels of this wine was produced and in 2012 it was only 1735.

The nose is complex giving off aromas of leather, earth and spice over underlying ripe blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. The palate is full and powerful but with harmonious flavours of cocoa and pepper complexity.

This wine would be most at home with a nicy juicy T-bone steak, a nice game dish or an opulant rib of beef.


Parcel Series ShirazDate published: 11/09/14

The Parcel Series, Shiraz, Clare Valley 2012

£9.99 each or

£6.66

When you buy two or more.

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, of a rare high-quality Shiraz. A special parcel of a high quality, 'when it's gone it's gone' has never been more applicable. From the prestigious Clare Valley on the outskirts of Adelaide this has undergone a year in French and American oak.

Fruit-focused, it also has hints of spice and savory notes. Perhaps not as full bodied as some Auzzie Shiraz, this instead offers a smooth finish that develops with every sip.

Snap it up whilst you can at this bargin price!


New Riesling Parcel!!Date published: 10/09/14

New German Riesling parcel

Straight from Germany, our latest special parcel is a delicious bunch of mature Mosel Riesling from two historic producers.

We can’t resist the focused, pure, peach fruit and floral nature of Mosel Riesling plus the perfectly poised balance between ripe natural sweetness and mouthwatering acidity.

Don’t miss out – 
 until stocks last.

Follow the link to pick some up

http://www.majestic.co.uk/mosel-riesling-parce


Sam Adams £1 a bottleDate published: 09/09/14

Sam Adams £1 a bottle!

Great beer...great price! This is a classic American style, malty beer. Rich in taste and extremely good value for money. Highly recommended.

So come in and try a 24 pack for 24 quid!


New Short Term DealsDate published: 09/09/14

Gavi Montiero 2013 Rocca £5.99

Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía £6.66

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC £6.99

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013 Breganze £5.99

Prosecco Rivamonte NV £6.66

Fleurie 2013 Labouré-Roi £7.99

AIX Rosé Double Magnum £40

Codorníu Rosado NV Cava £6.66


South African Spotlight Tasting!Date published: 08/09/14

Free Spotlight Tasting: Wines of South Africa Thurs 11/09 6.30pm

We're still taking bookings for our free tasting we're running in store next week.

A half hour introduction to South African wines whilst sampling 6 different and delicious examples. One of our team will be on hand to talk you through our selection, covering things like climate, grape varieties and winemaking. All stuff we love talking about as much as we like tasting wine too! 

Why not come in to taste, learn and explore.

Give us a holler at wyc@majestic.co.uk to book your spot


Some More Staff Picks!Date published: 08/09/14

The start of the month brings a whole bunch of new offers at Majestic and this months offers include many of the new wines to the majestic range! 

It can be hard to decide what to pick so here are some staff recommendations for you. 

Spanish 

Pizarras De Otero

A true elegant style of wine from Bierzo, produced from the Mencia grape variety. One you must try!! 

£6.66

Rhone 

Cotes-Du-Rhone Saint Esprit, Delas-Freres. 

Blended from Grenache and Syrah-Shiraz, this wine possesses an impressive purity in its black fruit. Great easy drinking red for a party! 

£6.66

South African 

Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc -NEW IN 

Good new addition. This Sauvignon is produced by one of South Africa's top female winemakers. A palate full of gooseberry and passion fruit! 

£5.99

New Zealand 

Matua Sauvignon Blanc

A great well-rounded Sauvignon combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours. Would be an excellent choice as a party white! 

£6.66

Italian

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Poggio Civetta - NEW IN

A ripe and approachable, medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red. 

£6.66

Australian 

Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley

A special parcel selected by our Buyer, made by a dynamic collective of young winemakers based in the outskirts of Adelaide. A true Majestic Special! 

£6.66

Argentinian 

Alamos Chardonnay 2013 Catena, Mendoza

A great style Chardonnay. This wine displays a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak.

£6.66

Bordeaux 

Château La Vieille Cure 2007 Fronsac - NEW IN

Well-balanced claret with an abundance of inviting fruit. Drinking well now.

£13.32

Chilean

Lady Sauvignon 2014 Casablanca Valley - NEW IN 

Lithe and lively Sauvignon Blanc that showcases Casablanca's trademark style. Invigorating tropical fruit aromas and herbaceous notes 

£6.66


Pick Of The Autumn Promotion 1Date published: 06/09/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Chile 2010 £7.99

I don't think much more needs to be said than this wine is probably the best value red we sell.

Not only does it have bags of blackcurrant fruit in a rich, full bodied style but its also developed some earthy, cedary notes from a year or two in bottle that really tops this all off. its super concentrated but really silky. if i tried this blind i'd have thought it was at least double the price and its not often i can honestly say that!

At £7.99 until the 29th of Spetember

Ever wondered what Autolysis means?Date published: 05/09/14

Autolysis in winemaking relates to the complex chemical reactions that take place when a wine spends time in contact with the lees, or dead yeast cells, after fermentation. While for some wines autolysis is undesirable, it is a vital component in shaping the flavors and mouth feel associated with premium Champagne production. The practice of leaving a wine to age on its lees (or sur lie aging) has a long history in winemaking dating back to Roman winemaking. The chemical process and details of autolysis were not originally understood but the positive effects of a creamy mouthfeel, breadlike and floral aroma, as well as reduced astringency were noticed early on.

Ancient Roman writers, like Marcus Porcius Cato, observed that wine that was left on its lees (or sediment as they knew it) exhibited different characteristics than wine that was quickly separated from its sediment. While the Romans did not understand the full chemical process or details behind the autolysis that took place, they were able to perceive the results of this autolysis in the creamy mouthfeel, reduced astringency and unique flavors and aromas that developed. With modern day understanding of autolysis, winemaking in the Champagne have strict regulation regarding the time Champagne must spend in contact with its lees in order to receive some benefit from autolysis. Under Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) regulations, wines from Champagne cannot legally be sold until it has gone through autolysis in the bottle for at least 15 months with non-vintage Champagne. Vintage Champagne must have a minimum of 3 years aging with some Champagne houses extending the time for autolysis to nearly 7 years.

As the Champagne ages on its lees the process of autolysis causes the release of mannoproteins and polysaccharides that influence the flavor of the wine.

During fermentation, yeast cells convert the sugar in the grape must into ethanol. When the sugar food source for the yeast and necessary nutrients such as nitrogen run out, or the alcohol level of the wine reaches such a point to where it is toxic for the yeast, the cells die and sink to the bottom of the fermentation vessel. These dead cells, or "lees", are normally removed by racking the wine into a clean vessel. If the wine is left in contact with the lees, enzymes start to break the cells down producing mannoproteins (mannose-containing glycoproteins) and polysaccharides that are released into the wine. In sparkling wine production, a wine is made "sparkling" or "bubbly" because a secondary fermentation is introduced when the wine is contained within a sealed wine bottle. During this time the wine is deliberately kept in contact with its lees inside the bottle for a period ranging from a couple months to several years. Studies have shown that the chemical reaction of autolysis, and its impact on the wine, starts to become noticeable after 18 months and will continue to impart traits for at least 5 years. The sparkling wine is eventually separated from its lees through a technique known as riddling and disgorgement.

Influences on the wine

The effects of autolysis on wine contributes to a creamy mouthfeel that may make a wine seem to have a fuller body. The release of enzymes inhibits oxidation which improves some of the aging potential of the wine. The mannoproteins improve the overall stability of the proteins in the wine by reducing the amount of tartrates that are precipitated out. They may also bind with the tannins in the wine to reduce the perception of bitterness or astringency in the wine. The increased production ofamino acids leads to the develop of several flavors associated with premium Champagne including aromas of biscuits or bread dough, nuttiness and acacia. As the wine ages further, more complex notes may develop from the effects of autolysis.

Potential faults

If not properly managed, wine faults can potentially develop from autolysis. If the layer of lees begins to exceed 4 inches (10 centimeters), the enzymes released from the process of the yeast digesting themselves creates reducing conditions and promotes the development of hydrogen sulfide and mercaptan odors. The process of stirring the lees or bâttonage can help prevent a thick layer of lees forming and promote a smoother autolysis. Poor hygiene of the winemaking equipment or wine made from grapes that had residue from fungicide can create off odors smelling of sulfide.


What's new in South African winesDate published: 05/09/14

We have had a few new wines come in to store, in particulary from South Africa. Therefore here's a rundown of what is new in South Africa:

Fish Hoek Malbec 2014, Western Cape:

A dark ruby colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of smoky spice. Enjoy with char-grilled steaks. Only £5.99 when you buy any two wines from our Summer Selection. 

Trebuchet Red 2012, Western Cape:

Deep garnet-purple colour, offering flavours of of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earth undertones. Firm tannins provide ample weight and structure, smoothed by gentle oak. Enjoy with rib steak. Only £6.66 when you buy any two wines from our Summer Selection.

Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Coastal Region:

Full of intense gooseberry and passion fruit flavour, offset by subtle notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. Crisp, lively acidity and an enduring, stony finish. Partner with flavourful barbecued fish. Only £5.99 when you buy any two wines from our Summer Selection. 

Ondine Shiraz 2013, Western Cape:

A backbone of wild and black berries, with characteristic hints of cloves and other sweet spices. The tannins are weighty and abundant, yet soft and ripe in texture.


New Fine Wine Alert!!!Date published: 03/09/14

We have a new arrival to our fine wine shelves today, Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Mileu, 2012 Domaine Laroche

This premier cru Chablis from Laroche is made by collecting whole bunches which are placed in a pneumatic press. The juice then settles in large tanks for 12 hours at 10 -12 degrees Celsius. It is then transferred to oak barrels for 6 months ageing. Minimal filtration is used to preserve the natural character of the wine.


So whats all this oak malarkey about anyways?Date published: 03/09/14

The Use of Oak in Wine

Ever wondered why we use oak in wine? Oak plays a very important role in most great red wines and a fair few white ones too.  It is the wood of choice when ageing wine in barrels.  There are two main different types of Oak; French and American.  French oak tends to add more spice and subtle vanilla flavours whilst american oak adds more buttery, creamy flavours.  A famous example of American oaked wines are Rioja's whilst most French wine is aged in, surprise surprise, French oak.

If you have any questions on wine that you would like us to talk to you about then pop in one day and we will happily oblige over a glass of wine from our free tasting counter.


The big debate...Date published: 01/09/14

Screwcap or cork?

We are now seeing evermore wines bottled under screwcap. They certainly provoke debate, with many displeased with their appearance as well the loss of the ceremony of opening a bottle sealed with a cork. A myth that immediately needs dispelling is that wines do not age under screwcap as it is a perfect seal. This is untrue, a screwcap is far from a perfect seal and does allow some oxygen ingress. More expensive screwtops are even designed to allow a prescribed amount of oxygen transfer into the bottle. What's more, after trials by many wineries, wines are said to age better under screwcap and certainly more consistently than under their natural counterparts. It is estimated that 1-3% of bottles sealed by cork suffer from the dreaded cork taint. Admittedly very long term aging of wines hasn't been completed under screwcap and screwcaps often can give 'reductive' aromas and flavours in younger wines; where sufficient oxygen hasn't entered the wine to prevent sulphur compounds forming. Many screwcap advocates will, however, say that this can be easily dealt with if the wine is treated correctly at the winery. 

In all honesty it is hard to present a case for corks. They are a natural, renewable resource and cork forests do support a huge and diverse ecosystem and harvesting the bark of the cork trees is actually essential to sustaining this. That is probably the best I can say for them. I think that it is very telling that when the Plumpjack Winery of Napa Valley put half of its $150 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under screwcap and half under cork, the screwcapped wine sold out first. I certainly know which closure I would prefer my most precious bottles to have.                


Demystifying German Wine LabelsDate published: 30/08/14

The world of wine can be fairly confusing at times, and even more so when you're dealing with names in various different languages! So, here's a brief guide to German wine terms which will hopefully help clear a few things up....

Trocken

Meaning dry, these whites are amongst the best value and most enjoyable.

Splatlese

These 'Late Harvest' wines typically have a delicious sweetness but are not dessert wines. They shouldn't be confused with the frequent use of the term to designate dessert wines throughout the world.

Kabinett

Are light wines made with fully-ripened grapes, these traditionally have some sweetness balanced with crisp acidity. However, in certain examples, such as the wines of Donnhoff, the wines are so supremely balanced that they are, to all intents and purposes, dry.

Trockenbeerenauslese (also known as TBA)

This translates to 'Select Dry Berry Harvest', ans this style is very rare and is made from shrivelled, overripe grapes, usually affected by Noble Rot. The use of the prefix 'trocken-' refers to the dried grapes, rather than the resulting style, which is lusciously sweet.

Goldkapsel

Usually designated by gold foil on the bottle, but with no legal meaning, interpretations vary from producer to producer. For producers such as Donnhoff and Dr Loosen, this term signifies a high level of Botrytis in Auslese wines.

Auslese

These are 'Select Harvest' wines, made from hand-picked, very ripe bunches. Covering a wide range of styles, Auslese can have some Noble Rot character, and it's sweetness can reach into the realms over dessert wine.

Beerenaulese (BA)

'Select Berry Harvest', made from hand-picked grapes often affected by noble rot, these wines are wonderfully rich and sweet.

Eiswein

This is Ice Wine made from grapes which have naturally frozen on the vine, creating a lusciously sweet, concentrated wine.


We hope this clears a few things up, and hopefully has opened a new door of exploration in German wines!


Argentina Spotlight TastingDate published: 30/08/14

As of the 5th September, you better start channeling your inner Maradona because its Argentina Spotlight week here at Majestic! If you like your Malbecs bold and your Chardonnays oaked or even partial to a drop of Torrontes, this is definitely the week for you. 

Keep an eye on our store website and our online tasting counter because we'll be featuring some amazing Argentinian wines, both white and red. If something catches your eye, make sure you then pop into our store to try the wines or just have a chat with us about Argentina, as a wine producing country.

Better yet, we're hosting an Argentinian Spotlight tasting on Thursday 4th September to kick start the week. This organised tasting led by one of our staff, offers an insight into the distinct style of Argentinian wine. The event begins at 6.30pm and you'll need to book yourself a spot - bookings can be made in store, or you can give us a ring on 01494 511715

We look forward to seeing you!


Awesome Loire WhiteDate published: 29/08/14

Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013

The grape variety used for this Muscadet is Melon de Bourgogne. The phrase on the label 'sur lie' means extended contact with the yeast or 'lees' after fermentation has completed. This gives an extra layer of complexity and slight creaminess to the wine.

A nose and palate dominant in both citrus and stone fruits with slight minerality and a long finish. The slight creaminess makes it a perfect to match with fish either alone, or a fishermans pie.

£8.49 when you buy any 2 wines in the 15% off product range.


Cheese and WineDate published: 29/08/14

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of my favourite pairings!

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes or even the Hungarian Tokaji matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!


Herringbone Pinot Noir 2010Date published: 28/08/14

Herringbone Pinot Noir 2010

I liked this new Marlborough Pinot from Winegrowers of Ara so much it compelled me to say a few words about it!

I knew i was going to like it from the moment i poured it out - a very pale, cherry red, fading out to a lovely autumn leaf colour - good old Pinot colour!!

The nose is all earth, clove, dried strawberry, nutmeg, hung game (seriously) and rose petals - the palate is all silk and spice - very low in tannin but with good acidity to match with gamey meats and a lovely, lingering finish.

I was surprised by how evolved this was at only 4 1/2 years old so its not one to hold on to but for anyone who wants to experience the magic of fully mature Pinot this is a must.

£8.66 when you buy 2 or more 


WINE OF THE WEEK _ Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare ValleyDate published: 28/08/14

WINE OF THE WEEK _ Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley

A special parcel selected by our Buyer, made by a dynamic collective of young winemakers based in the outskirts of Adelaide. Several vineyard plots are harvested and fermented individually, before careful blending and maturation for 10 months in French and American oak.Bright and vibrantly fruity with good concentration, enhanced by lifted spicy aromas, and subtle hints of forest floor and tapenade-like savoury notes.Drink now or keep for another 3 years. Best enjoyed with charred lamb kebabs.

£9.99 £6.66 Single bottle price BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE 33.3%*When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Chocolate Block 2012 has arrived!Date published: 27/08/14

The Famous Chocolate Block has arrived in High Wycombe!!

This is an exciting blend of 5 different grape varieties Syrah 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%, Grenach 10%, Cinsault 6% and Viognier 1%. while being predominantly Syrah each variety adds its personality of the wine. On the nose there are fresh berry flavours and a fine white pepperiness which lead seamlessly into an eligant palate that displays cassis, blackberry, coffee and chocolate to name but a few! A wonderfully rich and complex wine with soft approachable tannins and a long finish.

Only £22 (when you buy 2 save £10) - Single bottle £27.00

We also have one double magnum (3 litres!!!) of this incredible wine left, but you'll have to hurry as the others sold before we put them on the shelf! These are £95.



Just arrived: a new New Zealand Pinot NoirDate published: 27/08/14

The Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir is brand new to our range and on offer at £8.33 when you mix it with any other bottle on the save 33% deal. Named after the herringbone-shaped geological formations bordering the vineyards in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough.

This Pinot Noir is intensely fruity, full of strawberry and red cherry flavours. Some savoury notes can also be found due to the use of some mature vine parcels. This is a great wine if you're looking for something light and summery that still packs a punch! 


Majestic Parcel Series ExclusivesDate published: 27/08/14

Every now and then, our buyers are able to snap up some top quality wine and sell it at rock bottom prices under our 'Parcel Series' label. Here's the run down on the exciting selection currently available in store....

Parcel Series Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2012 

Western Cape

This is an exclusive special parcel of wine obtained at a remarkably low price from a well-known, multi-award-winning organically farmed estate in South Africa. Hand-harvested, fermented in traditional open tanks, and matured for 18 months in French and American oak.

An attractive ruby-garnet colour, this wine shows its class with a nose of rich cassis and red charry fruit with forest-floor undertones. Smooth tannins, rich palate fruit and a hint of minerality.

Enjoy with slow-cooked beef, or lamb served with mint gremolata.

£7.49 when you buy 2 save 25% Mix and Match


Parcel Series Shiraz 2012

Western Cape 

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, made by one of South Africa's most well-established producers. Hand harvested from vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch, the grapes are cool fermented before maturation in second-fill French and American oak barrels.

A nose predominantly of mulberry and plum, with nuances of coriander and savoury spice. The rich fruit on the palate is framed by muscular tannins and an enduring liquorice character.

Best served with a barbecue; try this with chargrilled venison burgers.

£6.74 When you buy 2 save 25% mix and match


Parcel Series Merlot 2012 

Western Cape

This is a special parcel bought from a prominent and well-established Stellenbosch winery, and represents excellent value. The grapes come from several vineyard sites in the Western Cape, and the wine has been matured for 8 months in French oak.

A nose of plum and raspberry fruit, with inviting dark chocolate notes. A smooth and supple palate, bursting with berry flavours, and tinged with subtle, sweet spice.

Great with roast duck.

£6.74 when you buy 2 or more save 25%


New Montepulciano D'Abruzzo!Date published: 23/08/14

As we have a new wine in store this week; Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Poggio Civetta, I thought I'd share a little information about it and where it comes from.

Montepulciano is the name of a vigorous red grape variety planted over much of central Italy and also the name of a town in Tuscany in central Italy at the centre of the zone producing the highly ranked red wine Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano (which is not made from this grape variety, but is made around the town of the same name). The grape variety is recommended for 20 of Italy's 95 provinces but is most widely planted in the Abruzzi, where it is responsible for the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, and in the Marches, where it is a principal ingredient in such reds as Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno. 

The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Poggio Civetta that we have comes from several vineyards owned by the Rosetti Family, located just a few kilometers from Abruzzo's Adriatic Coast. 

It is a ripe and approachable, meduim-bodied and distinctly Italian red. Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins. 

A perfect companion for Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, or pasta and ragu - and currently on offer at £6.66!


Bank Holiday Opening HoursDate published: 22/08/14

Friday 10am - 8pm

Saturday 9am - 7pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

Monday 10am - 5pm

Wedding PlanningDate published: 22/08/14

Wedding Planning

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


Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines
- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) 
- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue
- Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy
- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day


With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £14.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget!


The ONLY Thing Better Than Kanonkop Pinotage IS.......Date published: 20/08/14

...Kanonkop Library Release Pinotage!!!

And no thats not where a group of people in ski masks break into a library, let all the Pinotage wine bottles out of their cages and release them into the wild.....

A library release is where the winery holds back some stocks of wine for sale at a later date to give the drinker a chance to try something fully mature.

Thats the case here, the kindly folks over at Kanonkop in South Africa have unleashed from their cellars a small amount of their iconic Pinotage at a decade old. This 2004 Pinotage will be notably more complex and softer in style and is a very rare chance to see the full potential of this divisive grape.

This is one to mull over and needs an exotic meat pairing in order to strut its stuff.....Kangaroo or Ostrich maybe (a thought is forming)....failing that Venison steaks.

£30.00 a bottle

On The Tasting Counter - Beaujolais Lantignié 2013 Louis JadotDate published: 19/08/14

Grape - Gamay

Origin

The village of Latignié is just north-west of Regnié in the heart of the Beaujolais-Villages region. Maison Louis Jadot is a well known name across the Burgundy region. Their aim is to express the true nature of Burgundy and this wine is no exception.

Taste

This is a bright, vibrant Gamay with moderate acidity and soft tannins, cherry and raspberry flavours and a pleasant finish.


Last Week Of Great OffersDate published: 19/08/14

We have 9 improved offer running until the 25th of August - don't miss out!

Mâcon-Lugny 2012, Louis Latour  £9.99 bottles save 25% 

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013, Breganze £8.99 £5.99 Buy 2 bottles 

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Grifone £4.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012, Ramón Bilbao  £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

Cava Calamino NV, Spain £5.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

Codorníu Brut NV £9.99 £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy  £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV, Italy  £6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough  £6.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%


New 40 litre Flexi tubs to buy!Date published: 15/08/14

New to the Majestic Range!

Flexi Tub

Perfect for parties, the Flexi Tub is light, flexible, and easy to carry. The Flexi Tub has a 40 Litre capacity and can hold approximately 12 bottles of wine. The easy way to chill your wine and beer for barbeques and parties and still have enough room in the fridge for the party food!

Only £4.99


Wine Of The Week - Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja 2012Date published: 15/08/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012 Ramón Bilbao

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in an exclusive location : Haro in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Tempranillo Rioja's key grape variety thrives.

This intense Rioja is a classic blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha which is produced from vines with an average age of 40 years. It really is a superb wine this is highlighted by the fact it achieved a bronze medal at the Decanter Wine awards as well as the International wine challenge. The wine has vibrant ruby colour with subtle hints of cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate is medium bodied with some vanilla flavour coming through. The wine is a perfect accompaniment to a beef stew and will also work well with cheeses.

£9.99 or buy ANY two 33% off wines making it £6.66 a bottle


Exclusive new Italian Chardonnay ParcelDate published: 14/08/14

Today, we have launched a new web exclusive parcel of De Forville Chardonnay from Piemonte, Italy. This delicious cool climate Chardonnay from one of our longest standing producers is an absolute bargain at the equivalent of £8.33 per bottle (£49.98 per unsplit case of 6).

100% Chardonnay from vines planted in Castagnole Lanze in 1983, the wine is completely unoaked. This gives it a crisp, zesty fruit profile, and is a good alternative to entry level Chablis and similar styles of less expensive Burgundy.In the context of current Burgundy pricing, this makes the price seem even better!

This is only available to order online and stocks are limited, so get in there quick if you don't want to miss out!

Highlights From The New Two Week DealsDate published: 12/08/14

Highlights From The New Two Week Deals

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja 2012 - Super bright and fresh red from Grenache and Tempranillo. Very smooth and supple and full of cherry fruit.

£6.66

Highlights From The New Two Week DealsDate published: 12/08/14

Highlights From The New Two Week Deals

Codorniu Brut Cava - Very light and dry Cava from south of Barcelona, superb on a hot sunny day as a thirst quencher!

£6.66

Highlights From The New Two Week DealsDate published: 12/08/14

Highlights From The New Two Week Deals

Corte Alta Raboso Rosato - Essentially a rosé Prosecco this is light, off dry and bursting with cherry fruit #

£6.66

NEW TWO WEEK ONLY DEALSDate published: 12/08/14

Some stunning new offers start today, these are running until Monday 25th August:

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99

Fleurie Duboeuf 'Flower Label' - £11.75 buy 2 save 25% = £8.81

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48 buy 2 save 33% = £4.99 

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

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Codorniu Brut NV - £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 


Focus On Natale VergaDate published: 11/08/14

Natale Verga Primitivo £6.74 in our 25% off deal OR £8.99 single bottle price

This winery started in 1895, the Verga estate is located just north of Milan, but they’ve recently started making wine in Puglia too, Italy’s heel. State of the art production means modern wines.

Puglia’s name is derived from the Italian for ‘without rain’ with 300 sun-shine days a year and temperatures exceeding 40*C in the summer it’s not hard to see why.

With such heat, a lot of work must be done in the vineyard. Canopy management and yield control are vital, inspite of the fact Primitivo is quite robust and can take the temperature.

A very well made example, not too burnt or ripe, the palate is restrained with red fruit, a little liquorice and a rustic disposition, very typical of Southern Italy. Slight spice too.

If your looking for silkiness on your palate youve found it. Enjoy on its own but would work well with most pasta dishes with tomato based sauces.


Syrah/Shiraz Same thing????Date published: 10/08/14

In a nutshell - yes.

However, it isn't quite that simple, they are the same grape but a bottle labelled as Syrah will rarely taste the same as one named Shiraz.

In France they tend to use the word Syrah and produce a very elegant wine with a real focus on the spicy and peppery edge of the grape. A fantastic example of this is the Hermitage region in the Rhone valley where there is a pronounced peppery note on the wines.

Conversely in Australia, arguably the home of Shiraz, they produce big beefy wines with much more emphasis on the fruity and meaty aromas of the variety. But in Australia, and in other New World sites, the word Syrah is used to denote a more restrained (French) style of wine.

Keep an eye out for the different styles we have and maybe try a selection next time you pop in!



Click and CollectDate published: 09/08/14

Click and Collect

Not sure when you'll be in for delivery? Order online today and collect your order FREE from one of our 200+ stores at your convenience!

Our stores are open 7 days a week, and almost all have free parking right outside. You can tell us online when you'd like to collect and we'll have everything ready for you when you arrive.

To make sure you're choosing wines that we have in stock, you can tailor the website to browse the wines available locally:


Fine Wine Value - Loire Valley redsDate published: 08/08/14

Fine Wine Value - Loire Valley reds

It seems there arn't many fine wine regions left in the world where the finest wines are within reach of us mere mortals financially. Beaujolais springs instantly to mind, even the top wines from that region rarely push past £25. Loire valley red is another. Fine wines from places like Chinon and Bourgeuil can offer world class, age worthy reds often for not much money. 

Take Druet's Les Cent Boisselées Bourgeuil 2005 on our tasting counter. 100% old vine Cab Franc this shows lots of smoky, minerally raspberry fruit, a subtle earthy spice and intense autumn leaf character and is only £11.04! Truly a fine wine in every sense of the term but because its unfashionable prices haven't caught up with quality.

But thats ok we'll keep it our little secret!

Wine of the week- Sancerre Chavignol 2013, Paul ThomasDate published: 08/08/14

This week, coinciding with our Loir and Beaujolais tasting week we have this Sancerre as our Wine of the Week. 

Paul Thomas is one of the largest vineyards on the sloping hill of Chavignol which is thought of as one of the choice areas for the production of Sauvignon Blanc. 

This is elegant and expressive on the nose, great purity of gooseberry and citrus fruit complemented by a steely vibrant minerality. 

Looking for something a bit different to have this with? this would be perfect with fish and chips! 


Price- £13.59 in the 15% off offer. £15.99 single bottle price

South African ParcelDate published: 07/08/14

There is a new South African Parcel available as a web exclusive!!

From three of the most important producers, Kanonkop, Boekenhoutskloof and Beyerskloof in South Africa; this once in a lifetime parcel is packed full of unmissable gems including 'library' releases and some of the most exclusive, limited production fine wines. Snap up Boekenhoutskloof's most iconic wine 'The Chocolate Block' - we don’t expect these to last long. some have even sold out already! - Shop NOW!

To see all the details click on this link!

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


Rioja - What Does it all Mean?!Date published: 06/08/14

Rioja is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, but sometimes it can be a bit confusing understanding the labelling and the terminology behind the wines. Here are some of the words which indicate the ageing process that the wine has undergone

Crianza: Aged for a minimum of 24 months, 12 of which must be in oak. This is the lightest and fruitier of the bunch, bursting with red fruit. Nice light and refreshing. Often those who enjoy Merlot can find a lot of pleasure in a Crianza.

Reserva: Aged for a minimum of 36 months, 12 of which must be in oak (although it will usually be aged for longer). The oak starts to give flavour to the wine. Usually selected from better vintages, the Reserva will exhibit hints of toast and vanilla. The red fruit will be slightly jammier. More full bodied and complex than the Crianza.

Gran Reserva: Aged for a minimum of 60 months, 24 of which must be in oak. Selected only from the best vintages, this wine will be rich, leathery, often with vanilla. The fruit will be raisiny, full and jammy. 

Have fun choosing your Rioja and remember, feel free to ask us anything.



VILLA MARIA £7.99!!!!!Date published: 05/08/14


From today, the Villa Maria Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is priced at £7.99 when you buy any other wine from our 25% off selection as part of a mixed case. This great price is available until 1st September, so if you would like to place an order, please do so either online, over the phone on 014940511517, or pop in to our High Wycombe store.

Don't miss out!


New 33% off wines for August Date published: 05/08/14

it's all change here at Majestic, and we have put some great new wines in our 33% off Summer Selection. Some of our personal favourites are:

Gavi Toledana  - £7.99

Bouvet Samur Brut - £8.99

Louis Jadot Macon Villages - £8.99 

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec - £5.99

Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone - £6.66

Prosecco Zonin - £7.99

Laurent Perrrier NV Brut - £24.99

All prices listed are when two or more bottles from the Summer Selection are purchased as part of a mixed case.

For everything else that's included (and there's plenty more!) head to our website or come and see us in store.

Offers end !st September 2014

Quick Barossa Guide!Date published: 04/08/14

A Majestic Guide to the Barossa Valley

The Barossa valley lies to the North of Adelaide in South Australia. It is a 30km heartland of fine wine production. German migrants from Sileasia settled here in the middle of the 19th century, and the little vineyard towns still maintain a distinctly German character. Here the soils in the valley bottom are mainly ironstone and limestone. In the hot, dry climate, old bush vines produce outstanding Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic Barossa Shiraz is full bodied, soft and mouthfilling, with the dark, ripe fruit complemented by sweet American oak. More recently a new style has evolved, with some producers making their Shiraz wines from exceptionally ripe grapes, with very high levels of alcohol, prominent oak tannins and aromas, and baked fruit flavours.

To try - 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

Origin - 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.

Taste - 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.

Enjoy - Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.


A brief guide to Prosecco...Date published: 03/08/14

Here's a quick guide to Prosecco.

So everyone loves Prosecco but with more and more choice how do you know which to pick?

1)  Most of our range is fully sparkling or spumante but if you want gently sparkling pick a frizzante.

2)  Extra dry actually means off-dry so if you like a hint of sweetness these are great but if you want a dry Prosecco you will probably prefer a brut.

3) Most Prosecco comes from the DOC (Denominazione de Origine Controllata) Prosecco but the better quality ones come from the hills in the Valdobbiadene region within this which is given the staus DOCG (Denominazione de Origine Controllata e Garantita).  So pick a DOCG for a real treat!

4) Prosecco has to be made in the Prosecco region in North West Italy from the grape variety Glera. You can't make a rosé Prosecco.  However, we do sell a sparkling rosé made from the Raboso grape.

Hope that helps you with your choices next time you're having a party or just fancy a cheeky glass of sparkly fun with a loved one! As always our Majestic team can offer any more guidance you need when choosing that bottle of bubbly.....we are proud to say that we have tried pretty much every Prosecco in the range so feel free to test us!


A-Z Of Wine Regions - Gevrey Chambertin/ Gigondas/ GravesDate published: 02/08/14

Gevrey Chambertin Village within the Cotes de Nuits famed for its red wines from Pinot Noir grapes. These tend to be among the richest and powerfully tannic wines in Burgundy, often needing bottle age to mellow. Due to the locations prestige, the are many producers who under perform leading this to be a varied region quality wise. 

Gigondas Second only to Chateauneuf in terms of prestige in the southern Rhone. Opulent, full bodied reds and a little white from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Wines from producers like Santa Duc offer serious value.

Graves Sprawling, gravelly region on the southern part of the left bank of Bordeaux, famed for minerally, savoury reds from Cab/Merlot and intense, oak aged whites from Sauvignon and Semillon.

Beaujolais Vintage guideDate published: 01/08/14

Vintage guide: Beaujolais

2012: Severe cold early in the growing season meant very small yields come harvest time, but overall quality still pretty good.

2011: Third stellar Beaujolais vintage in a row,offering wines with great concentration. Many cru wines have the structure to age well.

2010: Considered by many to equal the quality of the brilliant 2009 vintage. Wines are fruity, supple and well balanced.

2009: An exceptional vintage, with a long, warm summer producing wines with ripeness and balanced acidity.


** New Craft beer of the Week**Date published: 01/08/14

Roscoe's Hop House IPA £12 per case (12 bottles per case) 

This week we have our first craft beer of the week and we have chosen Roscoe's Hop House India Pale Ale. 

This beer is brewed in the state of New York at their brewery in Rochester. This is not your typical IPA which has the hoppy characteristics that many IPA drinkers love. This instead has a more dominant malty flavour, but the rich spicy notes of the hops can still be tasted in a perfectly balanced finish. 

This has quite a high alcohol percentage at 6.3% and would be perfect along side the summer bbq, whilst cooking as well as with the food, although I enjoyed mine whilst watching the common wealth games!

Please come in store and have a taste! 

Bianca di CustozaDate published: 29/07/14

Custoza 2013 Cantina di Custoza 

£6.74

A light and easy-going white, with a gentle citrus fruit backbone accompanied by soft flavours of melon and subtle tropical fruit. Delicately aromatic, dry and refreshing.

Cantina di Custoza was started by a group of local winemakers in 1968. Today the Cantina has well over 200 members, who contribute grapes from over 1000 hectares of vineyards, from the south and west of Lake Garda all the way to the outskirts of Verona.

Serve chilled with seafood or it makes a great aperitif. 


Armagnac and Cognac - whats all that about then???Date published: 29/07/14

Armagnac and Cognac

Whilst Gascony is not too renowned for its ability to make wine (although there are some crackers out there if you look), its humble grapes are more well known as the ingredients for brandy. As with French wines, the name Cognac or Armagnac is a specific area (or appellation) within the borders of Gascony. Both are brandies and both feature many different sub-regions but both have there own unique interpretation on style and production methods.

Cognac 

The wine used to make Cognac must contain the grape Ugni Blanc (or Trebbiano if you are Italian) as the main variety, although there are several others permitted including colombard and semillion. The resultant wine once fermented tends to be highly acidic and must be distilled at least twice in a copper pot to wear the name Cognac. It is then stored in oak barrels and the length of time it spends resting leads to its grading. These are VS (very special) - 2 years minimum,  VSOP (very special old pale) - 4 years minimum and XO (extra old) - 6 years minimum.

Armagnac

The grapes used in the production of Armagnac are broadly similar to those used in Cognac, but includes the addition of the attractively titled Baco 22 grape.Distillation only occurs once with Armagnac, resulting in a brandy with a slightly higher ABV (53% is not uncommon) and must be in a column still, again a point of difference with Cognac. Classification is similar to that in Cognac and the grades have the same names, VS, VSOP and XO but they must be aged for 2, 5 and 6 years as a minimum respectively.

The main differences in taste are that Cognac houses will try to produce a consistency in style from year to year, becoming its trademark or signature, much as the Champagne houses to the north do with their non-vintage styles. Armagnac can vary from year to year and by the producer who makes it. Due to this variation it can be released as a vintage, using the year of harvest from the youngest grapes in the bottle. There is nothing like both to warm your heart though!


What poor harvests mean for prices!Date published: 29/07/14

As you may be aware, prices in Burgundy have risen dramatically over the past few months as two successive small vintages (2012 and 2013) plus a lack of stocks of older vintages in the cellars have had a huge impact on bulk costs.

We were hoping that the 2014 vintage would alleviate the stock/price situation, although Burgundy actually needs two successive good volume vintages to restore normal stock levels. However on Saturday 28th June 2014 a huge storm passed through the vineyards of the Côtes de Beaune, with hail literally shredding the vines and putting an end to any hope of prices stabilising this year. So far the Maconnais, Chalonnaise and Chablis have escaped the storms, but it's still early days...

To demonstrate some of the challenges currently faced in Burgundy, here are the May 2014 figures from the Bureau Interprofessionel des Vins de Bourgogne for recorded prices of bulk wine movements compared with 12 months earlier:

Bourgogne Blanc - Prices +50% - Volumes -20%

Bourgogne Rouge - Prices +13% - Volumes +25%

Macon Villages - Prices +39% - Volumes -16%

Pouilly-Fuissé - Prices +57% – Volumes -10%

St Véran - Prices +50% - Volumes -22%

Petit Chablis - Prices +52% - Volumes -28%

Chablis - Prices +44% - Volumes -18%

Chablis 1er Cru - Prices +45% - Volumes -23%

Montagny - Prices +7% - Volumes +79%


Bollinger NV at £25.50!Date published: 29/07/14

For a very limited time, and with very limited stock, the beautiful Bollinger NV Champagne is on offer at £25.50 - just buy any other wine in the 15% off deal as part of your mixed case. We have not had this incredible Champagne at a price this low since May 2008 - so it really is at a recession busting price!

Stock really is very limited so be sure not to miss out on this incredible deal.

GOOSE ISLAND NOW IN STOCK!Date published: 28/07/14

A new craft IPA has now arrived in Majestic - Goose Island IPA

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

Currently on a great multi-buy deal, £9.99 for 6 pack. 

This offer can also be mixed with our craft ales;

- Brooklyn Larger

- Einstok White Ale

- Einstok Pale Ale

- Punk IPA

- Anchor Steam.


Rioja Ageing Date published: 28/07/14

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

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

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

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

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


P-P-P-P PecorinoDate published: 28/07/14

Are you looking for something unique that strays away from the run-of-the-mill styles of wine?

Why not try the Contesa Pecorino, a superbly crisp and refreshing Italian white wine. It's zesty citrus fruits and fresh minerality on the palate, is where it all starts with this wine. Pecorino is the grape variety, named due to the triangular bunches of grapes on the vines resembling a sheeps head, and coincidently a great pairing with the Pecorino cheese itself, both display equal acidity levels making a great match. With only 30% of the wine aged in oak, the Contesa retains a crisp clean finish with a slightly fuller body to add to the complexity of the wine. A sweet orange blossom note finishes this wine, and really makes it stand out from its Italian neighbours.

It's not just us that think this wine is great, the Contesa Pecorino has won bronze awards in both the Decanter Wine Awards and at the International Wine Challenge - two very recognisable awards in the drinks industry.

Priced at just £7.99 per bottle reduced down from £9.39, this wine is a great addition to your case as a treat to try something different.


Leffe Blonde Back in Stock £18.99Date published: 26/07/14

Leffe Blonde Back in Stock £18.99

Good to see this back! Still great quality and only £18.99 for 12!

A-Z of Wine Regions - Fronsac/ Gaillac/ GeorgiaDate published: 26/07/14

Fronsac Right bank Bordeaux satellite appellation producing wines from mostly Merlot that usually comes across as more mineral and rustic than wines from its more illustrious neighbor St Emilion. Is usually pretty good value. Top producer is Ch La Vielle Cure

Gaillac Old fashioned, staunchly traditional region in Southwest France. Famous for Gaillac Perle, a light white made from Loin d'Oeil grapes and bottled with a slight spritz.

Georgia Actually has a long and successful history of wine making. Nowadays two interesting styles are growing in popularity. Orange wines (white wines aged on the skins of the grapes) matured in earthen amphora that are distinctly tannic and savoury in style and big, burly reds from the local Saperavi grape. Expect more to come fro Georgia

Fine Wine Friday: Hardy's HRB Chardonnay 2011Date published: 25/07/14

This Friday (and Saturday, if it lasts that long!) we have the Hardy's HRB Chardonnay open for you to taste in store. It is new to our range so hopefully you're as excited as we are to be able to try it - for free! Here's a description to whet your appetite:

This Chardonnay is a continuation of Thomas Hardy's philosophy of blending between regions, in order to create wines with a broader spectrum of flavours and enhanced balance. It displays the typically vibrant characters of Pemberton combined with wonderfully zesty, citrus flavours from the Yarra Valley to produce a fully flavoured yet restrained and elegant cool climate Chardonnay.

A-Z of Wine Regions - Eden Valley/ England/ FranciacortaDate published: 24/07/14

A-Z of Wine Regions - Eden Valley/ England/ Franciacorta

Eden Valley High altitude sub region of the Barossa valley in Australia. Famed for steely dry, mineral tinged Riesling and restrained toasty Chardonnay.

England Best grapes grown on chalky soils to the south. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir make elegant, champagne esque sparkling wines

Franciacorta DOCG for Champagne method sparkling wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in northern Italy around Lake Garda. Wines can rival Champange for quality and price!

NEW FINE WINE - Kanonkop Pinotage/Paul SauerDate published: 23/07/14

NEW FINE WINE  - Kanonkop Pinotage/Paul Sauer

Great to see these two back. Kanonkop are pioneers of quality in South Africa and have especailly mastered Pinotage in a way many others cannot. Their 2011 Pinotage £20 is full bodied and powerful with smoky black fruits and none of that banana chartacter i often find in Pinotage. The 2010 Paul Sauer £25 is a Bordeaux blend of mostly Cab and is a serious, intense little number. Demands serious coaxing from  the glass and will reward cellaring.

New Fine Wine - Hardy's HRB Chardonnay 2011 £20.00Date published: 23/07/14

New Fine Wine  - Hardy's HRB Chardonnay 2011 £20.00

A cheeky little sixer of this has just arrived on our doorstep!

This is part of the new wave of Aussie Chardonnays sourced from cool climates (in this cases Pemberton and yarra valley) and made with an emphasis on freshness and longevity. If your looking for a big oak monster turn away, this is lean, focused with matchstick and flinty aromas and is light and tingly fresh on the paalte. ALMOST Chablis esque....

Wine Of The Week - Villemarine Picpoul 2013 £5.99Date published: 23/07/14

Wine Of The Week - Villemarine Picpoul 2013 £5.99

Picpoul de Pinet is hot property right now, very much in fashion with consumers for its bright citrus fruit character and high acidity. It comes from a tiny region within the Languedoc and very little is made and at the rate things are going deman is soon going to outstrip supply causing prices to rise.

Enjoy this lemony fresh wine for £5.99 now while you still can!

Mont St Jean Corbieres Reduced to £4.99!Date published: 20/07/14

Until 4th August, our Mont St Jean Corbieres is reduced to only £4.99! This is a genuine bargain and should not be missed. If you don't believe us - it's open to try on our tasting counter!

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

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

Perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board.

ONLY £4.99 when you buy 2 bottles and save 15% (£5.87 normal bottle price)


MORE new beers in our range...Date published: 19/07/14

We have just added to our already comprehensive beer range with several new craft beers. These are:

Goose Island IPA - £9.99 per 6 pack as part of our craft beer offer

Meantime London Pale Ale - £9.99 per 6 pack as part of our craft beer offer

Roscoe's Hop House IPA - £12 for a 12 bottle pack: 

This is an easy drinking craft beer. It boasts a spicy hop character, blended with smooth malt flavour for a balanced finish. Pale, Crystal and Caramel Malts gives this beer a rich flavour profile, while the combination of four different hops - CTZ, Chinook, Willamette and Golding – offer a distinctive, spicy aroma and long hoppy finish.

Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale - £12 for a 12 pack:

Medium-bodied with a complex malt character that is balanced by a subdued hops flavour. Produced with three different types of hops: Simcoe, Cascade and Magnum that offer a slight citrus/grapefruit aroma, this Amber Ale is appealing to craft beer drinkers and those wanting a step-up from lighter flavour beers. The unusual addition of a small amount of honey to the brew adds complexity to the nose and makes for a rich finish. This balanced ale is brewed using traditional methods for a unique flavour profile.

Fantastic new additions to our Summer SelectionDate published: 16/07/14

The sun must be getting to us as we've just added MORE fantastic wines with 33% off into our Summer Selection range. These Are:

Codorniu Raventos Cava at £7.99

Corte Alta Presecco at £6.66

Codorniu Rosado Cava at £6.66

Mont St Jean Corbieres at an absolute bargain - £4.99 - unbelievable value!

Torres Vina Sol at £5.99

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon at £5.99


These are only short term deals so make sure you don't miss out! 

Great wine at £5.99Date published: 15/07/14

Here at Majestic we have put some great wines on offer so you can enjoy some of your favorites at great prices.

The Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde has found its way into the Summer selection, where you save a whopping 33%! This wine can be enjoyed at just £5.99 a bottle! Made from the loureiro grape in the Northern part of Portugal, those of you who have been lucky enough to go there on your holidays will be familiar with this native. The process of Malolactic fermentation produces an elegant wine with great tropical fruit flavors. A very well balanced wine with a definite fruit finish. A light spritz is present on this wine which boasts great value for money and lingers with a moreish taste. Best drunk young, and ideally partnered with seafood and good times.  

For those of you who love a bit of Chile, we have the Panamericana Merlot at just £5.99 this wine is part of our Summer selection. The wine is made in the Curico Valley, in one of the cooler climate areas of Chile. Only a small portion of the wine sees oak contact so expect a fruit concentrated style. Expect a warm, plummy, ripe fruit style backed up with s subtle but present hint of vanilla. This wine is great with a barbecue, particularly with red meats!

If you are looking for a nice French red to partner with a nice lamb dish then look no further than the Paul Mas Merlot. Sticking with the theme this wine is just £5.99 and yes, you guessed it on our Summer selection. From one of the most renowned wineries in the Languedoc region we have a nice fruit driven wine with those inviting mocha notes. A soft palate with juicy tannins, I think this wine offers exceptional value for money!

Fine Wine OF The Month - Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 14/07/14

Fine Wine OF The Month - Angel's Share Shiraz

In a word YUM

This lock and loaded 16% abv Shiraz from McLaren Vale Australia is best described as hedonistic. It is opulent, rich, soft and full of sweet fruit. Its so silky smooth its like drinking liquid velvet.

Don't spoil this wine with food, drink it after and sip slowly.

Thats an order!

£18.00 when you buy 2 selected fine wines

Laurent Perrier Rose offerDate published: 13/07/14

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV Champagne

Our Laurent Perrier Rose is now on an improved offer until 4th August! As well as this from Tuesday 15th it will even be part of the summer selection mix and match. 

The bottle shape can be seen as far back as the 16th century with the contents unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.


A-Z of Wine Regions - Coonawarra/ Copertino/ CorbieresDate published: 10/07/14

Coonawarra Iconic region in South Australia renowned for its terracotta coloured "Terra Rossa" soils. These soils help give a distinctive minty complexity to structured Cabernet Sauvingon wines. 

Copertino Poor, isolated region in South West Italy. The grape Negromaro thrives here producing rich spicy reds and rosé that are often tannic and very savoury in style.

Corbieres vast Languedoc sub region home to many of South of France's largest co-ops. Grenache and Syrah dominate but some old vine Carignan has potential. Better sites give powerful wines with fresh garrigue and blackcurrant character

NEW LOCAL BEER IN STOCK - MALT THE BREWERYDate published: 09/07/14

NEW LOCAL BEER IN STOCK - MALT THE BREWERY

Malt are a pretty new brewery not 5 miles from our doorstep in Prestwood and their beers are proving really popular around Wycombe

We're stocking cases of their 3.9% Golden Ale, their 4.0% Summer Daze and some mixed cases. 

They are all priced at £33 for 12 bottles when you buy any 2 cases of ale. 

These are perfect for summer and are supporting a local business

Rosé Pick - Peyrassol 2013 ProvenceDate published: 07/07/14

Rosé Pick - Peyrassol 2013 Provence

Yesterday, a select band of two participated in a grueling Provence Rosé taste off, to sort the wheat from the chaff in our extensive range. Much arguing ensued as 9 Rosé s were tasted and we arrived at different favourites but mine was the Commanderie de Peyrassol 2013 at £9.74. I loved the slightly buttery texture to this wine alongside its peachy fruit. I also thought very highly of the Vallee de Pins and the Chateau Barthes Bandol!

On giving wines a second chanceDate published: 05/07/14

On giving wines a second chance......

When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's rosé Miraval first came in i immediately bought a bottle to try to see if it lived up to the hype and found myself underwhelmed, sensing it was expensive just because of the name associated with it and while well made didn't do much for me. I suppose on reflection i was looking to be disappointed because i thought well, Brad Pitt and Angelina certainly don't need any more money do they!

 However, whilst tasting it today among 5 others i suddenly realised it had a level of savory complexity i hadn't previously noticed, it was an altogether more interesting wine than any of the others. It was only in the context of this tasting that its quality shone through and i was seriously impressed.

I guess what i'm saying is that a lot of how we perceive quality is influenced by external factors outside of the glass. Like what food we're eating with the wine, what mood we're in, whether we're tasting or just drinking or whether we have preconceptions about what this wine should be.

The upshot of this ramble is that the same wine can taste different the second time around so is perhaps worth trying again.

Take Chardonnay for example. Cheap, artificially oaked chardonnay ruined this grape for a lot of people in the mid 1990 s and now they associate these characters with all Chardonnay. I would urge these people to give Chardonnay another try, just as i gave the Miraval rosé another try.

Fine Wine Open To Taste -Marques de Vargas Reserva 2009 £14.99Date published: 04/07/14

Fine Wine Open To Taste  -Marques de Vargas Reserva 2009 £14.99

We had this moen recently but the 2008 vintage and the difference as clear as day. The 2009 is alot more primary fruited with deep mulberry and black cherry whilst on the palate its tightly wound and well structured.

We suggest drinking the 2008 and keeping the 2009 for a little bit !

Come down this weekend and try it!!!

Wine Of The Week - Medalla Real Carmenere 2009 £7.99Date published: 04/07/14

Wine Of The Week - Medalla Real Carmenere 2009 £7.99

I like this wine more each time i taste it!

Carmenere as a grape has an interesting history. Brought over to Chile direct from its natural home in Bordeaux, this was erroneously believed to be Merlot until 1994 when genetic analysis discovered it in fact was a little known old Bordeaux grape!

Undaunted by this Chile now produces Carmenere that shows real personality like this one. Full and rich with a distinctive peppery character and lots of black cherry and mocha thrown into the mix.

Phemoninal value at £7.99 this is open to try all over the weekend!

Freedom Brewery NOW IN STOCKDate published: 03/07/14

Freedom Brewery NOW IN STOCK

We've got two new lagers from Freedom Brewery in stock. Freedom are based in Staffordshire and pride themselves on doing everything by hand using only natural ingredients. Both the beers we are stocking are certified vegan friendly.

Pilsner Lager 5% - fresh, light and crisp lager

Organic Lager 4.8% - Malty and subtley hoppy

Both these beers are part of the craft beer mix and match offer - £8.99 per six when you buy 2 or more craft beer six packs

A-Z of Wine Regions Chateauneuf-du-Pape/Chinon/Clare ValleyDate published: 03/07/14

A-Z of Wine Regions Chateauneuf-du-Pape/Chinon/Clare Valley

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Region and town in Southern Rhone famed for production of rich, full bodied reds grown on rocky, "galets" soils from 13 different grapes varieties, principally Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Demand has meant at the bottom end of the market examples are often poor quality.

Chinon region and town in central Loire Valley mostly known for medium bodied, scented reds from Cabernet Franc grapes. Birght and vibrant in youth these can often mature exceptionally well and gain character similar to classed growth Bordeaux

Clare Valley High altitude sub region in the Barossa Valley, Australia. Bone dry Riesling is excellent here, as is minty Cabernet and lighter Shirazes. 

Provence Rosé Taste OffDate published: 03/07/14

In anticipation of our Provence Rosé taste off (basically, which is the best out of the ones we stock) i thought i'd publish the line up - available to try from tomorrow!

All vintages 2013

Cuvee de Richard Rosé £5.49  - Not technically from Provence but the addition of the white grape Muscat lends this an interesting dimension!

Vallée des Pins £7.49 - From grapes (including Cab Sauv) grown further inland than many a Provence Rosé, will we be able to pick up the warmer climate??

Berne Grande Recolte £8.91 - From the famed Chateau de Berne, this is their second wine, lighter and fruitier in style

Chateau Pigoudet La Chappelle £9.34 - Perennial Majestic favourite how will the new vintage stack up!!

Commanderie de Peyrassol £9.74 - Palest of the lineup, will the delicacy of the colour come through on the palate?

M de Minuty £9.99 - Great bottle shape, biggest seller in store but will it prove the best of this group!

Chateau Barthes Bandol £11.04 - From superior terroir in the Provence Bandol produces more citric and tropical styled Rosé

Miraval £17.99 - From Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, made by the Perrins, this is pound for pound the most expensive here but will it be worth it!!

Aix Rosé Magnum £19.99 - Bigger is better FACT!

Get yourself down to Majesitc High Wycombe and see what becomes your favourite

APEROL! In Stock NowDate published: 02/07/14

APEROL! £11.99

We are delighted to now be stocking Aperol, an Italiaian aperitif from Padua. A blend of aromatics including bitter orange and rhubarb, this is begging for Prosecco and soda water to be added to create a really lively spritzy cocktail! Trust me its delish!

Brooklyn BreweryDate published: 28/06/14

We have two beers in stock from the Brooklyn Brewery. 

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

We are also stocking their Summer Ale. This is proven to be hugely popular amongst customers and staff alike. This ale is gold in colour with a soft bready flavour and is made from British two row barley.

The craft beers are currently on a great deal, buy 12 and save £6!

Chapel Down Still WinesDate published: 28/06/14

Chapel Down Still Wines

I'm sure many of you have tried one or more of Chapel Down's sparkling wines. But now some of their still wines have come to Majestic High Wycombe. Chapel Down, based near Tenterden in Kent, is demonstrating English wine's considerable potential.


Chapel Down Flint Dry 2013 = £10.99

Grown in vineyards in Kent and the chalk downs of Essex, this wine is made with a medley of different grape varieties which makes for a multi dimensional, well balanced wine. Extended lees contact adds body, flavour and complexity to the blend.

Aromas of elderflower, minerals and a slight smokiness. Flint dry, as the name suggests, with gunpowder-like smoky hints. Slightly reminiscent of Pouilly-Fumé.

An excellent apéritif, this will also go with summery salads. Drink young.


Chapel Down English Rose 2011/2012 = £11.99

From vineyards around Tenterden and Aylesford in Kent, where the temperate climate allows growth of the delicate Pinot Noir, alongside some hardier varieties that shrug off England's cooler days, to produce a vibrantly fruity wine.

Dry and refreshing, and packed with English summer fruit character. Strawberry and redcurrant characters take centre stage, with crispy acidity providing a mouth-watering lift.

Superb barbecue wine, especially if you're having prawns and rice salads.


Chapel Down Bacchus 2013 = £11.99

As well as being the fourth most planted grape variety in England, Bacchus is the ancient Roman name for the classical god of wine. 

Complex aromas of rose petals, herbs and lychee on the nose; the palate shows apple, pear and white pepper. Well balanced with crisp acidity on the finish.

A refreshing and interesting wine, very good as an apéritif or a partner to seafood and salads.


Sparkling Saturday: L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV, Cremant de LoireDate published: 28/06/14

Sparkling Saturday: L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV, Cremant de Loire

As seen on Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 100, and it's open to try today! 

New to Majestic this light sparkling wine is the Loire equivalent to a blanc de blancs Champagne by using the only two white grapes from the region. Made from the Chenin and Chardonnay.

Made in the traditional method including 12 months maturation on lees. This has aromas of apple, citrus and subtle biscuit.

This wine is good for any celebration it is suitable for drinking now or will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.

£13.49 or buy any 2 from the Summer Selection save 33%  = £8.99


Love Provence Rosé?Date published: 26/06/14

Love Provence Rosé?

If you love Provence rose, then do we have a treat for you. From Friday 4th to Thursday 10th July, our tasting counter will be full of Provence rosés for you to try. 

Or for a more in-depth tasting, on Saturday 5th July at 3pm we will be going through 6 Provence Rosé's in 30 minutes. Places are limited so if you would to come along give us a call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk. 

If you want to see what is on the tasting counter before popping into store, just head to www.majestic.co.uk/highwycombe to see what's open to try.

We hope to see you then! 


BACK IN : Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2011 Domaine Louis MoreauDate published: 26/06/14

BACK IN : Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2011 Domaine Louis Moreau

Back in and as seen in Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 100, wines under £25

Louis Moreau is the 6th generation of Moreau family winemakers, and today manages an estate including parcels of vines in 5 of Chablis' 7 grands crus. Vaillons is located to the south-west of Chablis, on an area of Kimmeridgian limestone that is the region's hallmark.

Thanks to the small and concentrated flavours produced by this vineyard's old vines, this Chablis offers a wonderful depth and complexity and an involving, mineral texture.

Best enjoyed alongside a selection of soft, ripe cheeses.

£25.00 or ANY 2 selected Fine Wines or Spirits save £10 = £20.00


NEW DEALS!!!!Date published: 26/06/14

As part of the times top 100 wines for summer we've lowered some prices on some of the bet of the bunch

Langlois Cremant de Loire - now only £8.99 was £9.99

Torres Days of Summer Muscat - now only £6.49 was £7.49

Bellingham Bernard Series Viognier  - £9.74 was £12.99

A-Z of Wine Regions - Chablis/ Challonaise/ Chateau GrilletDate published: 25/06/14

Chablis Iconic white wine producing region in northern France. Only grows the Chardonnay grape on famous Kimmeridgian clay to create intense, minerally whites capable of long life and characterized by high acidity and tart lemon fruit flavours. Usually unoaked.

Challonaise Area of Burgundy south of the cote d'or growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from villages like Mercurey and Montagny. Often undervalued compared to the more prestigious wines further north.

Chateau Grillet Appellation within Condrieu in northern Rhone famed for being owned by a single estate (Chateau Grillet). Made from 100% Viognier, these grapes come from a 2 ha amphitheater of granite slopes and makes a more austere and age worthy style of Viognier. Always expensive.

Wine of the Week : Vermentino 2013 PoggioargentieraDate published: 24/06/14

Wine of the Week  : Vermentino 2013 Poggioargentiera

Poggioargentiera are based in Maremma, in the southernmost part of Tuscany, where estate owner Gianpaolo Paglia was born. Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines.

Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aromas. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak.

Great with pan-seared salmon or trout, with a herby fresh tomato salsa.


£9.99 or Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £7.49

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 29th June Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Underdog Atlantic Lager Back In StockDate published: 23/06/14

Underdog Atlantic Lager Back In Stock

£9.99 per 6 cans when you buy 2 or more

Iconic Ralph Steadman designed can, crisp lager, ideal summer drinking!

FINE WINE ALERT - Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2012 £25.00Date published: 22/06/14

FINE WINE ALERT - Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2012 £25.00

Had this little beauty last night so thought i'd air my views on it

This is a step up from Kevin Judd's entry level Grerywacke Sauvignon. Where as the basic cuvée is fermented in stainless steel and bottled young and fresh this undergoes its fermentation in old oak using only wild yeasts present on the skins of the grapes at the time of harvest along with ageing for 12 months and occasional lees stirring and partial malolactic fermentation. All this means this is a far more creamy, textural Sauvingon with more character than Marlborough generally delivers

The nose displays intense aromas of passion fruit, lemon curd and toast while its fairly full bodied yet very crisp on the palate and the sensation of creamed tropical fruits becomes apparent. Its a much more subtle wine than i first imagined. It really takes a few glasses to appreciate its layers but i found it highly rewarding and very enjoyable.....didn't match well with carrot cake though!

Try this if you love Marlborough Sauvignon but want a break from the norm!

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco La Marca TrevisoDate published: 21/06/14

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco La Marca Treviso

We love a little bit of cheeky Prosecco here at Majestic Wycombe and this is one of the best

Super light in the glass this exudes fresh pears and white flowers. Its off dry profile makes this insanely drinkable

£8.66 !!!


A-Z of Wine Regions - Carmignano/ Carneros/ CastillonDate published: 21/06/14

Carmignano Historic central Tuscan village famed for production of red wines made from around 50% Sangiovese and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The climate and soils around Carmignano mean these wines tend to be softer and lower in acidity than Chianti

Carneros Famed cool climate terroir in Napa valley, California. Focused mainly on sparkling wine production there is also high quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah grown here. Champagne houses Moet and Louis Roederer have wineries here.

Castillon Satellite appellation of St Emilion in Bordeaux making mostly light but flavourful reds from Cab Franc and Merlot. Chateau Pitray is the leading light here.

Blind tastingDate published: 20/06/14

This afternoon I had my first blind tasting! Having only been working here and learning about wine for a few days it was very difficult picking out the complexity of smells and flavours in the wine. This particular wine was from our fine wine collection, a 2008 Marques De Vargas Rioja Reserva. The change in the tone of the wine is an indicator that it had spent some time in Oak and this was most noticeable in the smell and taste of the wine where the oak and the wood really came through for me. To taste there were some strong tannins in this medium bodied wine. A very enjoyable wine which would be perfect with a joint of roast lamb. 

A-Z of Wine Regions - Cahors/ Campania/ Canary IslandsDate published: 20/06/14

Cahors Region in south west France famed for growing of Malbec grapes, made into deep, intense wines, often rustic in style with firm tannin.  Modern wine making techniques have allowed a new breed of young producers to make cleaner, softer, more instantly appealing wines.

Campania Region of south west Italy around Naples famous for the growing of Aglianico and the white grapes Greco, Fiano and Falanghina grapes.

Canary Islands Exciting wines made on all islands from volcanic soils where phylloxera is not present. Listan Negro grapes produce rich, spicy wines of some interest

A-Z of Wine Regions - Bourgeuil/ Brouilly/ Brunello di MontalcinoDate published: 19/06/14

Bourgeuil A pretty village in the central parts of the Loire Valley famous for its production of fragrant reds from the Cabernet Franc grape - these wines whilst not as well known as other, more exalted french reds are full of raspberry fruit and herbaceous complexity

Brouilly Noted Beaujolais cru. 100% Gamay, light and pretty. The best come from the slopes of the Cotes de Brouilly of which Domaine Thivin is a noted producer whose wines age surprisingly well

Brunello di Montalcino Region in southern Tuscany where the local strain of Sangiovese producess burly, powerful wines, often aged for many years before release. The subject of much scandal in recent years due to international varieties having been discovered in a wine suppoosedly 100% Sangiovese

Wine Of The Week - Saint Clair Pinot Noir Estate 2012 £9.99Date published: 18/06/14

Wine Of The Week - Saint Clair Pinot Noir Estate 2012 £9.99

As the new trainee here at High Wycombe this was one of the first wines I have tasted since starting yesterday. This wine is from New Zealand's south island and is made from the grape Pinot Noir. Due to the grape type this wine had very light tannin with delicate red fruit flavours to taste. It was not a full bodied red and I enjoyed the subtlety of the wine. 

This red could be enjoyed on its own but could be enjoyed equally as well along side a pasta or a fish dish. 

Deal of the Day : Codorníu Brut NVDate published: 17/06/14

Deal of the Day : Codorníu Brut NV

From the Penedès region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century.

A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

This easy drinking Cava is great on its own or as an accompaniment to seafood or light salads.

£9.99 or buy ANY 2 bottles from the Summer Selection save 33.3% = £6.66

Craft Beers in StockDate published: 15/06/14

Craft Beers

Here a Majestic we also stock a variety of Craft Beers which are on offer at the moment, all of which are at £12.99 when you buy 1 pack or £9.99 when you buy ANY 2 packs of Craft Beers.

Punk IPA, BrewDog 6x330ml Cans

Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles

A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

Einstök White Ale 6x330ml Bottles

A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Brooklyn Lager 6x355ml Bottles
A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food

NEW IN : Brooklyn Summer Ale 6x355ml Bottles

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a English Pale Ale style beer brewed by Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn


Happy Tasting 


A-Z of Wine Regions - Bergerac/ Bierzo/ BonnezeauxDate published: 14/06/14

Bergerac Extensive, south west French region producing wines in the image of neighbor, Bordeaux from Merlot and Cabernet grapes for reds and Semillon, Sauvginon and Muscadelle for whites. These tend to be fairly rustic in style and often very good value

Bierzo Up and coming region in north west Spain where the local Mencia grape grows on well drained slate and produces wines of medium body and impressive savory complexity

Bonnezeaux Loire valley region bordering Savennieres where Chenin Blanc grapes are grown to make exclusively sweet wines. These tend to be rich, honeyed and capable of extended bottle age

Sparkling Saturday : Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV DOC, ItalyDate published: 14/06/14

Sparkling Saturday : Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV DOC, Italy

Open to try as part of Italy Tasting Week.

Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours.

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

Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.

£12.99 or buy ANY 2 bottles from the Summer Selection save 33.3% = £8.65


Fine Wine open to try : Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 14/06/14

Fine Wine open to try : Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido

"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.

£21 or buy ANY 2 selected Fine Wines or spirits save £10 = £16

Wine Of The Week - Inama Soave Classico 2013Date published: 13/06/14

Wine Of The Week - Inama Soave Classico 2013

£11.24 

Year in year out this wine is a lesson in restraint and and elegance from 40 year old Gargenega, hand harvested, from lava rich soils, this top drawer Soave whispers rather than shouts, its apricot, nut and creamy texture are subtle but with plenty of concentration and length on the palate. A lovely wine all round really, with some roast chicken sandwiches maybe!

Open to taste!

A-Z of Wine Regions - Barsac/Basilicata/Beaumes-de-VeniseDate published: 12/06/14

Barsac Important region for sweet wine in Bordeaux made from Sauvingon and Smeillon grapes. Adjacent to the better known Sauternes the most famous producer is Ch Doisy-Daene. Expect apricots and peaches in abundance

Basilicata Mountainous, poverty stricken region in Southern Italy famed mostly for Aglianico, a dark skinned grape making reds of power and rusticity. Often very good value.

Beaume-de-Venise Southern Rhone region famous for high alcohol reds from Grenache and Syrah and fortified sweet wines from Muscat

Two hands wines are back in stock !!Date published: 10/06/14

Two hands wines are back in stock !!

They disappeared for a little while buy the Two Hand's winery wines are back in stock, or if you've never heard of them but love full-bodied extremely fruity wines then give them a go. The Angel Share, Gnarly Dudes and Sexy Beast are here and are all £18 each when you buy ANY 2 Fine Wines or Spirits (£23 single bottle). So why not try 2 different ones and give them a go, I bet you'll love them!Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer and are dedicated to showcasing the wide range of styles available from the areas varied plots.

Angel Share Shiraz - This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale. Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins. Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz - From the Barossa Valley, this wine is sourced from a number of parcels of mature, gnarly Shiraz vines, and aged in a mixture of new and old French oak hogsheads for 12 months. 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.Enjoyable immediately, but will develop nicely for up to 5 years in bottle.

Sexy Beast Cabernet - Two Hands source their Cabernet Sauvignon from a range of sites throughout McLaren Vale to make this voluptuous wine. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in French oak hogsheads.A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured. Enjoy immediately or cellar for up to 10 years.



Back in - Catena Alta Malbec !Date published: 10/06/14

Back in  - Catena Alta Malbec !

In 1994 Catena Alta became one of the fist premium Malbecs to be exported from Argentina. From the best rows of vines, rigorously sorted and aged in French oak, 70% of which is new. Quintessential Malbec, displaying the power and ageing potential of Argentina.

Deep purple in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry with hints of violets, sweet spices, vanilla and tobacco. Full bodied with integrated ripe tannins, black pepper spice and a lingering finish.

Decant well in advance and enjoy over the next decade. It may be clichéd, but steak, meat and more meat provide for a fantastic match

Only £28

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV at £25 !!Date published: 10/06/14

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV at £25 !!

This wonderful champagne is on a fantastic offer at the moment at £25 a bottle until 30th June. 

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


Nikki's Summer Selection Pick of the DayDate published: 07/06/14

Nikki's Summer Selection Pick of the Day : Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012 Lodi County

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

£11.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the Summer Selection save 33%

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There's more to 'The Ned' than Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/06/14

There's more to 'The Ned' than Sauvignon Blanc

I'm sure many if not all of you have heard of The Ned Sauvignon Blanc. But did you know that they also produce a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir? Both of which are fabulous and deserve to be tried, and will be open during this week during New Zealand tasting week.

For the 1st half of the week ( so today until Monday) the Ned Pinot Noir will be open to try. This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay and loam soils. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot. With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.This wine will develop more smoky character if aged, but is great now with roast chicken, duck or turkey. Now Only £9.99 when you buy ANY 2 wines from the summer selection.

For the second half of the week (Tuesday til Friday) the Ned Pinot Grigio will be open. The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control. A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish. This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas. Only £7.99 when buy 2 or more bottles save 25%

So why not pop down and try some of Ned's other wines


Wine of the Week : Craggy Range Te Kahu 2011 Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's BayDate published: 05/06/14

Wine of the Week : Craggy Range Te Kahu 2011 Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay

Te Kahu means 'the cloak', and is the Maori name for the mist that envelops this valley. The Gimblett Gravels vineyard's unique location creates the warmest vineyard area in New Zealand. This blend ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec ) provides a modern and unique take on a classic Bordeaux assemblage.

Lots of dark brambly fruit and a dark cherry core, ripe tannins add structure and added complexity is available in the form of sweet spice, vanilla and white pepper.

This wine possesses enough concentration and tannin to withstand 8 years ageing, and is a perfect accompaniment to roast dinners.

£19.99 or buy 2 slected wines save 25 % = £14.98

Subject to availability. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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NEWS : New Champagne deal £14.99Date published: 04/06/14

NEWS : New Champagne deal £14.99

Who loves Champagne? I know I do especially when it's on a really good offer. Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV in now only £14.99 when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the Summer Selection save 33% (Single bottle price : £22.49)

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

Order yours today online, in-store or give us a call on 01494 511715.


A-Z of Wine Regions Bardolino/Barolo/BarossaDate published: 02/06/14

Bardolino Light and fresh reds from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes made around Lake Garda's south eastern corner. Similar to Valpolicella

Barolo Sturdy, powerful, long lived reds from Piedmont in northwest Italy made exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape, its name coming from the fogs that cool the region (Nebbia)

Barossa South eastern Australia's heartland for quality wine production, synonymous with juicy, minty Shiraz. 

A-Z of Wine Regions Auxey-Duresses/Baden/BandolDate published: 31/05/14

Auxey-Duresses Village in the Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy producing mid priced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay similar to neighbours  Meursault and Volnay

Baden Large wine region in Germany best known for light, floral Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Very fashionable for those trying to find a Burgundy style Pinot Noir without the price tag

Bandol AOC within Provence known for its serious, structured reds from Mourvedre grapes of which Domaine Tempier's are best known. These reds are known to age for several decades, gaining a heady, herby character Also known for a small quantity of highly aromatic rosé wine.

A-Z of Wine Regions - Arbois/Arribes del Duero/AstiDate published: 30/05/14

Arbois Important AOC within the Jura that can be red (Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Poulsard) or white (Chardonnay, Savagnin). Most famous for the oxidative Vin de Paille style, a dry unfortified white vinified like a fino sherry. Was once hugely unpopular but now fashionable with the rise of natural winemaking.

Arribes del Duero Beautfiul region on the Douro river in Castilla y Leon, western Spain. Most of the region is a designated national mark and best known for the Marques de Concordia owned Hacienda Zorita winery where Columbus garnered support for his exploration of the new world

Asti Village in Piedmont, north east Italy around which Barbera, Dolcetto and most famously Moscato grapes are grown. The name of the grape usually accompanies the name of the town in the title (Barbera d'asti, Moscato d'asti etc) and the wines tend to be lighter than those of sister town Alba

A-Z Of Wine Regions - Alsace/Alto Adige/Anderson ValleyDate published: 30/05/14

Alsace Much disputed region in eastern France in the shadow of the Vosges mountains known for its single varietal whites from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat. Average rainfall is one of the lowest in France leading to a long , cool growing season meaning constancy of high quality grapes.

Alto Adige Northern most region in Italy, producing wines from high altitude sites made from Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and the red grape Lagrein that gives rustic, earthy reds. Trade is dominated by the local co-ops and has recently got to grips with modern winemaking techniques

Anderson Valley Very cool region in Mendocino County, California, producing excellent quality traditional method sparkling wine from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

A-Z of Wine Regions - Adelaide Hills/Alba/Aloxe CortonDate published: 29/05/14

A-Z of Wine Regions - Adelaide Hills/Aloxe Corton/Alsace

Adelaide Hills High altitude (450-550m) , cool climate region in South Australia known for good quality Sauvingon Blanc, Chardonnay and PInot Noir

Alba Town in Piedmont, Northeast Italy around which Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo grapes are grown. Commonly the towns name is prefixed to the name of the grape to give it DOC status (nebbiolo d'alba, barbera d'alba etc)

Aloxe Corton Small village in the Cotes-de-Beaune region of Burgundy around which Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is grown. Dominated by the hill of Corton which has its own grand cru status. Wines tend to be rich, fleshy and expensive!


Italy Tasting WeekDate published: 29/05/14

Italy Tasting Week

Love Italian wines or want to discover more? Then look no further, from Friday 13th June to Thursday 19th, we will have a selection of Italian wines on the tasting counter for you to try ! From new arrivals to firm favorites, and if you want to know what's available to try, head to the website www.majestic.co.uk/highwycombe. 

For a more in-depth exploration of Italian wines, join us for a FREE 30-minute tutored Spotlight Tasting on Saturday 14th June at 3pm. It's just a few hours before England play Italy in the World Cup, but football colours are welcome! Places are limited so if you would like to come give us a call on 01494 511715 or send us an email wyc@majestic.co.uk

We hope to see you there ,

Majestic Wines Wycombe

Better On Day 2 - Copertino 2008 6.74Date published: 28/05/14

Better On Day 2 - Copertino 2008 £6.74

Proof that some wines need a little air to open up, especailly full bodied wines like this Negromaro from the heel of Italy. When we opened this yesterday it was a little muted, today, all vibrant cherry and herbs. Even modest reds can benefit from a splash in an old carafe!

open to taste - Ch Tour de Haut Moulin 2007 Haut MedocDate published: 27/05/14

open to taste - Ch Tour de Haut Moulin 2007 Haut Medoc

Cheeky, smoky, cassis laced claret at a cracking price £11.24 - whats not to love!!!

New In : Mud House Pinot NoirDate published: 25/05/14

New in : Mud House Pinot Noir

You've tried the sauvignon blanc, now the Mud House Pinot Noir has arrived in store ! Only £9.99 when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the Summer Selection.

From Central Otago, the central part of New Zealand's south island, and with its free-draining loam and gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become known for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single-vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo.

An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide greap grip and length.

Enjoy with duck or lamb.


Tasting Counter - Bertrand Montpeyroux £9.34Date published: 23/05/14

Tasting Counter  - Bertrand Montpeyroux £9.34

Got to be a contender for best value wine under £10 this. Grenache and Syrah from seriously stony/chalky soils in the Languedoc this offers swathes of blackcurrant fruit, roasted herbs and soft texture. A superb all rounder

Fine Wine For Friday! - Sancerre Vincent Pinard "Clemence" £17.00Date published: 22/05/14

Fine Wine For Friday! - Sancerre Vincent Pinard "Clemence" £17.00

Top quality Sancerre from a really small producer. This is refined, minerally, elegant Sancerre that doesn't SHOUT like many a New Zealand Sauvignon. It creeps up on you with its impressive depth of flavour and long finish. A real charmer of a wine!

Fine Wine For Friday! - Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir Martinborough £17.50Date published: 22/05/14

Fine Wine For Friday! - Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir Martinborough £17.50

A phenominal Pinot from the southern tip of the north island. Pinot here tends to be more savoury and spicy and this shows lots of black cherry, clove and pine needle character. Exotic in style and silky smooth. Perfect on its own really!

Bring a friend to Majestic and get a free bottle of wine.Date published: 22/05/14

Bring a friend to Majestic and get a free bottle of wine.

We have recently started a new voucher. Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles you both get a free bottle (up to the value of £10) chosen specifically for you!

Simple!


BACK IN - Blind River Pinot Noir Marlborough £16.99Date published: 20/05/14

BACK IN - Blind River Pinot Noir Marlborough £16.99

Herrrrruuuuuggge fan of this Pinot. Marlborough Pinot sometimes lack a little va va voom but in Blind River's hands it is more than a match for some of the more illustrious regions! 

Rich, full bodied and soaked in dark cherry and plum fruit. Super smooth and toasty from french oak. Delish!!

NEW IN - Sparkling Wine for the Weekend Part 2Date published: 18/05/14

NEW IN - Sparkling Wine for the Weekend Part 2

A day late, but here's part 2. Chandon Brut NV Argentina a quality sparkling wine produced by Champagne House Moët & Chandon - fresh and elegant.

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine.

A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés.

£19.49 or buy ANY 2 bottles from the Summer Selection save 33% = £12.98

Want to try before you buy ? This wine will available to try this Wednesday 21st May at our Summer Wine Evening ( Our big summer tasting! Lots of interesting wines open to try and nibbles supplied by Vallebona. Places are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re FREE? So why not bring along a friend or two)

NEW IN - Provence Rose for SummerDate published: 18/05/14

NEW IN -  Provence Rose for Summer : Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence

Summer is coming, and by the look of the weather outside today it is well on its way. The Vallée Des Pins Rosé is an new addition to the Majestic range this summer and I absolutely love it and I hope you will do to. 

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

This pale, aromatic Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon and packed full of raspberry and strawberry characters with a hint of exotic fruits and guava coming through on the fresh palate.

Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine

£9.99 or buy ANY 2 selected wines save 25% = £7.49

Want to try before you buy?  Its open to try on our tasting counter today.


Fine Wine in storeDate published: 16/05/14

Fine Wine in store :  Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola

An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends 18 months in wood.

The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. 

Drink now or over the next 5 years.

£22 or buy ANY 2 selected Fine Wines or spirits save £10 = £17

Want to try before you buy ? This wine will available to try next Wednesday 21st May at our Summer Wine Evening ( Our big summer tasting! Lots of interesting wines open to try and nibbles supplied by Vallebona. Places are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re FREE? So why not bring along a friend or two)


NEW IN - Sparkling Wine for the Weekend Part 1Date published: 16/05/14

NEW IN - Sparkling Wine for the Weekend Part 1

Hello all. In for the Summer we have 3 new Sparkling wines so for each day this weekend I will be telling you a bit about each one. Kicking off Part 1 is the Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut . 

Franciacorta was first produced in Italy in 1961 at Palazzo Lana Berluchi and this wine is from the same house that first created this style. The Franciacorta region is in the heart of Lombardy. This wine is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, made in the “Champagne” style, with all grapes being hand-picked, aged on the lees for a minimum of 18 months with the addition of 10% reserve wines from previous vintages

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

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

£22.49 or Buy ANY 2 selected bottles save 33.3% = £14.98


New Arrival : Custoza 2013 Cantina di CustozaDate published: 14/05/14

New Arrival : Custoza 2013 Cantina di Custoza

Cantina di Custoza was started by a group of local winemakers in 1968. Today the Cantina has well over 200 members, who contribute grapes from over 1000 hectares of vineyards, from the south and west of Lake Garda all the way to the outskirts of Verona.

A light and easy-going white, with a gentle citrus fruit backbone accompanied by soft flavours of melon and subtle tropical fruit. Delicately aromatic, dry and refreshing.

Serve chilled with prawn linguine or a herb salad.

£8.99 or buy 2 + and save 25% = £6.74


Open to try !!



Wine of the Week : Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 MendozaDate published: 14/05/14

Wine of the Week : Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Mendoza

This Cabernet is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu. Winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea brings with him experience of working at wineries in Spain's Toro and Ribera del Duero regions

A bright, youthful ruby red, this is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black pepper. 

 
Drink now or cellar for up to 3 years. Best enjoyed with firm, mature cheeses.

£11.99 or Buy 2 selected bottles save 25% = £8.99

Subject to availability. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Esprit de Pennautier Cabardes 2011 - £14.99Date published: 13/05/14

Esprit de Pennautier Cabardes 2011 - £14.99

This is the top wine from the venerable Chateau de Pennautier in the Languedoc and is rare chance to try one of the finest wines in the south of France for not much money. 

The Chateau themselves describe this wine as a vin de garde - literally a wine meant for ageing. One taste and you can see why. A blend of Shiraz and Cabernet, this wine explodes onto the palate with layers and layers of whole wheat dressed in little honey jackets (no wait thats a breakfast cereal) - what i mean is layers and layers of dark fruit, sweet vanilla from extensive oaking and firm tannin, designed to become more complex with age.

Try one now and one in ten years!

New In - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Gruner Veltliner £14.86Date published: 12/05/14

New In - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Gruner Veltliner £14.86

First released in 2011, this is an exciting Kiwi take on a classic variety of Austria and central Europe. 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.


Restrained on the nose, with delicate citrus blossom and peach notes and an underlying white pepper tinge. Remarkably mouth-filling texture, with ripe and peachy fruit, and a dry finish.


New In - Mud House Sauvingon Blanc 2013Date published: 12/05/14

New In - Mud House Sauvingon Blanc 2013

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin.   We have managed to do a fantastic deal which will allow us to promote the wine at £6.66 all summer. This is considerably cheaper than any of our competitors and will be our best price for a Kiwi Sauvignon all summer. 

£6.66  when you buy ANY 2 wines from the Summer Selection

In Praise of Bouvet Rosé pt2! - Sparkling Saturday £8.99Date published: 10/05/14

In Praise of Bouvet Rosé pt2! - Sparkling Saturday £8.99

I may have previously waxed lyrical about this wine, claiming it was that elusive blend of simplicity and deliciousness....and all of that still applies. Its still great even if i'm saying so underneath 6 cubic feet of rain.

Its open today so strap on your waders and sou'westers and bob on down for a taste....oh no wait actually i see blue sky now!

Mud House Sauvingon Blanc New Zealand £6.66 Date published: 09/05/14

Mud House Sauvingon Blanc New Zealand £6.66 

Vibrant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at a fantastic price, arriving with us Sunday - we're taking orders now!!!

The Return of a legend - Chateau Pigoudet Rosé 2013 £9.99Date published: 08/05/14

The return of a legend - Chateau Pigoudet Rosé 2013 £9.99

Every Majestic staff members favourite rosé (fact) is now back in stock and its as good as ever. Pale pink, fresh as a diasy and enough creamy rosde petyal and redcurrant fruit to keep things interesting.

Summer is looking brighter!

Wine Of The Week - Hacienda Zorta Tempranillo 2010 £7.49Date published: 08/05/14

Wine Of The Week - Hacienda Zorta Tempranillo 2010 £7.49

The grapes for this 100% Tempranillo are sourced from the national park Arribes del Duero, right on the border with Portugal, a stunning location. The Hacienda Zorita, now owned by Marques de la Concordia rose to fame as the location where Chirstopher Columbus appealed for funds to discover the new world.

The wine is itself is aged 12 months in french and american oak and shows lots of red fruit and spice, ideal foil for game.

Albert Morot Savigny les Beaune 1er cru 2008 £19.99Date published: 07/05/14

Albert Morot Savigny les Beaune 1er cru 2008 £19.99

Good red Burgundy these days is not exactly dime a dozen. A combination of high demand, especially from the far east, fragmented ownership of vineyards and small quantities of wines made mean that these days value is hard to come by. 

Oh sure well made red Burgundy with bright fruit is easy enough to find but real, tiny production wine from small growers in premier cru sites....not so much

Which is why i am always so glad when this wine comes in. Not only is Albert Morot staunchly traditionalist in his viticultural techniques but he also believes in pricing his wines fairly and even better, doesn't release them until they have developed a little in bottle. Consequently this is one of the best value fine wines we do. 

Sourced from a single vineyard "La Bataillere aux Vergelesses" (of which Morot owns the whole lot) this comes old, low yielding vines, all hand picked and is aged in new and old French oak. This is a rich wine with black cherry and toast coupled with a fresh acidity and subtle earthy, truffle character. While great now i tend to find that a couple more years in bottle does the world of good, bringing out a more complex floral note. Either way though you get a whole lot of Pinot for your money - which is a pretty rare thing indeed

NEW IN - First Class Pinot Noir £5.99 ChileDate published: 04/05/14

NEW IN - First Class Pinot Noir £5.99 Chile

Good Pinot is very difficult to find under £20 let alone £6, so you can imagine the sheer levels of joy i felt when this light, cranberry infused Pinot  turned out to be really tasty. Really takes the load off the wallet!

NEW IN - P15 Malbec - Patagonia 2013 £7.99Date published: 03/05/14

NEW IN - P15 Malbec - Patagonia, Argentina 2013 £7.99

This is a really interesting new style of Malbec. The grapes are grown in Neuquen, Patagonia, much further south than Mendoza where the climate is much cooler. Consequently the Malbec grown here is lighter and fresher in style with red cherry and medium body instead of the usual darker berry!


NEW IN - Parcel Series Cab/Merlot S.Africa 2012 £6.66Date published: 30/04/14

NEW IN - Parcel Series Cab/Merlot S.Africa 2012 £6.66

Secondly as part of our new in feature we have a ridiculously good value Bordeaux blend from South Africa.

This is something we've bottled and labelled ourselves. It comes from a well known producer, who for whatever reason have decided not to release it under their own name and sold it to us at a knockdown price!

£6.66 really isn't much to pay for wonderful smokey, blackcurrant fruit and cedary finish and i happen to think the BBQ scenario is ideal for this wine. 

Open to taste!

NEW IN - Cotes du Rhone Blanc Leon Perdigal 2013 £7.49Date published: 29/04/14

NEW IN - Cotes du Rhone Blanc Leon Perdigal 2013 £7.49

Sourced from all over the Rhone, this blend takes in Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul and shows honeysuckle and ripe pear fruit. Made to be drunk early and very drinkable indeed!

Open to taste!

NEW IN - FEATUREDate published: 28/04/14

NEW IN - FEATURE

Stay tuned because each day from tomorrow we shall be profiling a new arrival for the summer. We've got loads of new wines in and we'll give you then info on all of them!! 

Tomorrow we start with a cheeky Cotes du Rhone blanc from Leon Perdigal

Last weekend of the Ned £6.99!Date published: 26/04/14

Last weekend of the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99!

This is the last weekend you can get the Ned for £6.99 on our Pick 'N' Mix offer!

Unfortunately we have sold out of the Ned, but if you want to stock up for the summer on the best price, make sure you pre-order before the offer ends at 7pm on Monday 28th April and we'll deliver to you free of charge when the stock comes in mid-may!!

The Ned

A favourite amongst Majestic customers. The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. 

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

Perfect for the summer and such good value! 

Order yours now online, in-store or on 01494 511715



The Other Side Of The Coin!Date published: 25/04/14

The Other Side Of The Coin!

Domaine Durieu Plan de Dieu Cotes du Rhone Villages 2012 £9.49 OPEN TO TASTE

Not five minutes ago i was extolling the virtues of an 8.5% abv Riesling - claiming that its irresistible lightness of touch was what made it so drinkable (i didn't say that but so what!) and now look at me, recommending a 15% Grenache based fruit bomb! Goodness me...To be fair though the weather has put me in the mood for a warming red and this is really something special. 

Plan de Dieu is a farily new AOC, that used to be part of the bigger Cotes du Rhone Villages umbrella and 2012 was a rather good vintage for the southern Rhone. The old vine Grenache and Syrah grapes that make up this blend had a really good time of it. That coupled with the expert hands of the Domaine Durieu means that this is is probably the best wine from Plan de Dieu I've ever had. 

This is packed full of kirsch, fresh herbs, bovril (trust me on this), sweet spice and very ripe raspberries. The alcohol is insanely well integrated and its just plain magnificent really!

It comes across a bit like a mini Chateauneuf-du-Pape (proper expensive Chateauneuf mind, not the cheap stuff in supermarkets) but its UNDER A TENNER #result

Come in a try it. Thats an order!*

*not a real order

The Doctor Is In!!!!Date published: 25/04/14

The Doctor Is In!!!!

Dr Hermann Riesling Spatlese 2005 £10.99 Open to taste

This is a very dangerous wine this. Dangerous in the sense that its just far too easy to drink. Clocking in at a head friendly 8.5% abv, with moderate sweetness and wonderful pineapple and citrus fruit this just does not want to stay in the bottle! The extra years in bottle have given a wonderful sort of unsmoked tobacco character and a lovely creamy texture. Frankly, its amazing and its open to taste this weekend!

New Edna Valley Vineyard WinesDate published: 24/04/14

New Edna Valley Vineyards Wines

I'm super excited about us stocking these as i drunk a fair bit of the Pinot on my honeymoon in California (thats right i'm showing off) and its darn good

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012 £12.99

"Edna Valley is one of the few valleys in California to enjoy an east-west orientation. This allows Pacific mists to drift inland and cover the whole length of the valley, cooling the vineyards and thereby creating a longer ripening season. Aromatically complex, offering subtle notes of rose petal, cola and earth against a backdrop of bright cherry fruit. Fine yet ample tannins provide a mouth-filling texture and plenty of length"

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012 £12.99

"One of California's coolest vineyard areas, Edna Valley is the ideal location for creating refined, restrained and elegant Chardonnay. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and fermented in French and Hungarian oak, followed by nine months' lees ageingCombining typically Californian richness of texture with great freshness of fruit and subtle complexity, with crisp acidity cutting through the layers of ripe apple fruit and toasty oak."

The bit about it being cool is dead on - my brand new wife of one week was very annoyed that she couldn't sunbathe by the pool in June - it was only 16 degrees!!



New Rosè Magnums!Date published: 23/04/14

New Rosè Magnums!

A trio of Provence rosè's in eye catching magnum format!

M de Minuty - £25.00 - red currant fruit, very fresh

Chateau de Berne - £27.50 - in the iconic square bottle (very cool in magnum)

Miraval - £38.00 - Owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, made by the Perrin brothers of Chateau Beaucastel fame. Awesome blend no?


All strictly first come first served - very limited quantities

Wedding Planning!Date published: 22/04/14

Planning a Wedding?

Tying the knot soon and want to find the right wine to suit everybody? We can sort all your needs. Just come in and speak to one of our friendly staff and they will be able to advise what wine you should have depending on what food you will be serving on the big day. As well as this, we can help you decide how much wine you will roughly need to buy based on how many guests are attending.

We provide the service of sale and return so if your guests weren't as thirsty as you thought they may be then you can return whatever wine you don't drink (just so long as the bottle is sealed). 

We also provide an impressive range of beers and soft drinks for those who don't enjoy wine as much we do.



Sparkling Saturday: L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV, Cremant de LoireDate published: 19/04/14

Sparkling Saturday: L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV, Cremant de Loire

Open to try on the tasting counter in Majestic High Wycombe Saturday 19th April 2014!

New to Majestic this light sparkling wine is the Loire equivalent to a blanc de blancs Champagne by using the only two white grapes from the region. Made from the Chenin and Chardonnay.

Made in the traditional method including 12 months maturation on lees. This has aromas of apple, citrus and subtle biscuit.

This wine is good for any celebration it is suitable for drinking now or will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.


£14.99 or buy any 2 from the Pick 'n' Mix = £9.99




Malbec World Day - Staff PicksDate published: 17/04/14

Malbec World Day - Staff Picks

Here are a few of our favorite Mlabec based wines from our current selections,

'Ben Marco' 2012 Dominio del Plata Mendoza £12.99 - Nikki - Locked and loaded with cassis, clove and soft tannins

Chateau de Gaudou 'Tradition' Cahors £7.99 - James - Not many people know Malbec originates from Cahors in the south of France and they tend to be slightly more rustic and earthy in style, but full of character

Tucumen Malbec Mendoza 2012 £8.99 - John - A lighter, fruitier style of Malbec, easier going, can be enjoyed without food

Montes Twins, Malbec/Cab Sauv 2012 - £11.99 - A big, ripe full bodied wine with lots of firm tannins, dark fruit and green pepper complexity.

New Gerard Bertrand Parcel!!Date published: 16/04/14

New Gerard Bertrand Parcel!!

Just loaded onto our website these are well worth a look. This is from Gerard Bertrand's top property in the Languedoc "Cigalus", one of the most highly regarded in the region. This is a mixed case of three each of the white and red second wines from the estate "indomitable".

The white is an oaked blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauv Blanc offering up suger creamy textures and white peach whilst the red is a blend of Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc and is big, full bodied and perfumed.

£96 for the six bottle case, due to arrive in the UK in the middle of May. Please see our website for more details

Tasting Counter in High WycombeDate published: 15/04/14

Open to try in store!

Why not pop in and see what our tasting counter has to offer? You will not be disappointed!

Among it is a rose, a sparkling rose, malbec a Bordeaux and a few more!

We have open a new wine to be stocked here at Majestic it is from the western end of the Loire normally famous for its Muscadet this particular wine offers great value at £7.49 and is very easy drinking. It has a light crisp acidity and slight hint of citrus.

This wine can be drunk on its own and would be ideal whilst sat in the garden.

It is also part of our buy any two from the 25% range so you could potentially mix it with Vina Sol, Rioja Reserva Marques de Riscal, Macon Lugny Louis Latour or a Cote du Rhone E. Guigal.


In Praise Of Bouvet Rosè Brut £8.99Date published: 13/04/14

Bouvet Rosè Brut £8.99

I make no excuses, I love pink fizz. Its like a joyful, exuberant younger brother to non pink fizz, bouncing around and annoying the hell out of its dour older sibling because it doesn't take itself seriously! (odd metaphor i know) 

Thats kind of what Rosè fizz is to me. Something to enjoy and drink without thinking too much about - oh sure it can be profound in the right hands (Dom Ruinart Rosè 1996 springs attractively to mind) but by and large Rosè fizz is about enjoyment, preferably outside on  a hot, sunny day, from an ice bucket. 

I love this brand new Bouvet Rosè from saumur in the loire valley, made from 100% Cab Franc because of that - it bursts with fresh redcurrants and refreshes the palate with every sip. Its great now and you don't have to think too hard about it.  Its that rare blend of quality and simplicity!

Thats pretty much my summer sorted!

Domaine Jones Fitou 2012 £12.99 Open to tasteDate published: 11/04/14

Domaine Jones Fitou 2012 £12.99 Open to taste

Domaine Jones was founded in 2009 by Katie Jones, born and bred in Leicestershire, who after 20 years living in the South of France and working for the local co-op with dreams of owning her own winery discovered a small 7ha vineyard in a remote part of Fitou. With a lot of hard work from her family and friends and a little help from winemaking consultant David Morrison she now produces a range of four wines of which, her Fitou is the flagship. 

A characterful blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, this, unsually for a Southern France blend, offers up lots of Blackcurrant as well as vanilla spice and lavender. Its quite full bodied but really soft in texture and i can only see it improving in bottle as more savoury components develop.

To be honest though its pretty delicious now!

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Easter Opening Hours

Our hours over easter are as follows

Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - CLOSED

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm

Wine Of The Week - Petalos Bierzo 2011 £15.99Date published: 07/04/14

Wine Of The Week -  Petalos Bierzo 2011 £15.99

One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent winemaking philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.

A broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish.


Super House Champagne - De Telmont £14.99Date published: 05/04/14

Super House Champagne - De Telmont £14.99

 I really love this, our majestic house champers, now reduced to £14.99!

From a family owned producer this is yeasty, creamy and full of fresh citrus fruit. Quite a rich style for not a lot of money. 

Spanish Tasting In StoreDate published: 04/04/14

This weekend we've come over all Spanish

As well as 8 cracking wines open in store including our wine of the week Petalos, Bierzo 2011 we've also got our tasting tutorial at 3pm, where you can try all 8 with me to really get a flavor of the amazing wines from around Spain.  Alongside that we've got a nice Manchego cheese to compliment the reds and some salty olives for the whites too!

See you there

NEW IN - Schlumberger Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2007 £14.99Date published: 03/04/14

NEW IN - Schlumberger Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2007 £14.99

This amazing Alsace Pinot Gris comes from a single vineyard called "Spiegel",  an ideal site for prime quality Pinot Gris. Hand harvested, with minimal intervention from the winemaker (no added suplhites) this really has to be tasted to believe. Hugely rich and creamy and almost chewy in texture, this takes on bready aromas from extended lees ageing and a wonderful honeyed, tropical fruit from a few years bottle age. 

This really is an amazing wine and deserves fois gras to be matched with it....fried, on toast ;-) but a decent liver patè will do the job just as well. 

New In - Chateau Livran 2010 Halves £5.99Date published: 02/04/14

New In - Chateau Livran 2010 Halves £5.99

Cheeky Cru Bourgeois claret in halves, perfect for a tuesday night and for feeling like you're a giant!!

Wine Of The Week - Peter Lehmann Shiraz £7.99Date published: 26/03/14

Wine Of The Week - Peter Lehmann Shiraz £7.99

Peter Lehmann, known as the 'Baron of Barossa,' selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region, some of which remain ungrafted due to an absence of phylloxera. Ageing in French and American oak for 12 months occurs before bottling.

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

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


Back in : Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NVDate published: 22/03/14

 Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV

Its Back !!

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

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.

£14.99 or buy ANY 2 bottles from the Pick 'n' mix save 33% = £9.99

Wine TastingsDate published: 22/03/14

Wine Tastings

Do you run a wine club, are you hosting a fund-raising ever, or simply fancy some wine tasting? We can come to you!

If you have a group of 15-30 (ish) people, we can come and do a tasting for you in your office, home or any venue. All we ask is that you buy the wines that you taste on the night, and we will provide our services free of charge! We can also tailor the tasting to suit all levels/budgets and tastes.

For more information please call us on 01494 511715

Summer Wine EveningDate published: 22/03/14

Summer Wine Evening

Our flagship event of the year is back, our Summer Wine Evening. This year it will be held on Wednesday 21st May starting at 6.30pm.

For this tasting we shall open a range of our favorite wines coming in this Summer. There will be some ideal wines to go with BBQ's and a few to enjoy on their own in the sun.

There is only one way you'll discover your next favorite wine and that is to taste it.

Places for the Summer wine evening are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention it's free? So why not bring along a friend or two

 We hope to see you there,

The team at Majestic Wines High Wycombe

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Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2012Date published: 22/03/14

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2012 £22.00

We've just got a couple of these back in stock, its been a few years since they were in heavy rotation at Majestic but demand for all Penfolds wines has soared, mostly in the far east.

Sourced from the world renowned Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra, this is a serious wine intended for extended periods in a cellar (a 1991 was superb a couple of years ago). I haven't tried this yet but these were always quite savoury, with clove and earthy complexity and a a touch of mint on the palate (possibly due to the close proximity of the vines to eucalyptus). An incredible wine in essence. Hurry though as we do really only have a couple of them to sell.

BACK IN - Raats Granite Block Chenin BlancDate published: 19/03/14

BACK IN - Raats Granite Block Chenin Blanc £8.99

Bruwer Raats, the supremo winemaker/owner behind this wine likes Loire valley grapes A LOT! In fact all of his wines are based on either Cabernet Franc or Chenin Blanc, two relatively obscure grapes in the new world. 

Chenin Blanc orginiates in places like Vouvray and SAvennieres in the Loire Valley and is known for being full of apple fruit and qunice, with good acidity for ageing. Bruwer's Chenin Blanc is more dry and tropical fruited in style but still with fresh acidity and zero oak influence. I love it and its a wine made on a small scale by a real character. 

Perfect all rounder really but if pushed it would match with stuff like a hot sunny day and sitting outside, maybe with a light zephyr wind teasing ones extremities.....or something!

Wine Of The Week - Paul Mas Marsanne 2013Date published: 18/03/14

Wine Of The Week  - Paul Mas Marsanne 2013

£9.99 or  buy 2 save £4 =  £7.99

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

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

Open to taste from tomorrow!!!!

Bargain Aussie ChardyDate published: 17/03/14

Bargain Aussie Chardy

De Bortoli gives new lift to Australian Chardonnays!!

The DB is a perfect example of a well balanced very lightly oaked Chardonnay.

On the nose aromas of pineapple, peach, quince, almonds and vanilla invites you to enjoy a glass or two (Maybe three).

On the palate crisp red apple explodes in the mouth and the crispiness cuts through the oak, a perfect combination of flavours in a match made harmony, all for only £6.66 on the pick 'n' mix offer (33.3% off selected wines).

The DB Chardonnay would compliment a porcini mushroom cream sauce with pan fried chicken breast.


Chris's Fine Wine Pick - Domaine Durieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010Date published: 15/03/14

I've long been a great admirer of this wine and its fantastic to a have it back in stock.

I feel like Chateauneuf has a bit of an image problem in the UK. It seems to be the butt of numerous digs at "poncy" wine culture, a little bit old fashioned, difficult to pronounce and with 13 different grape varieties allowed in its production, a little bit confusing too. This is a shame because in the world of fine wine these can be really good value and deliver serious bang for your buck. 

One thing to bear in mind is that these aren't, usually, anything less than full throttle wines.....Not that i've got a problem with that mind!

The Domaine Durieu CNDP (founded in 1976 from Snr Durieu and now run by his sons) from the renowned 2010 vintage is a blend of very old vine Grenache with healthy doses of Syrah and Mourvedre and clocks in at a hearty 15% alcohol. Expect a very deep purple colour and intense aromas of things like ripe black cherry, fresh herbs, maybe even a bit of gamey/meaty character. On the palate this is full bodied, warming and long lasting. Compared with what you can get from say Burgundy or Bordeaux or Italy at £20, this is serious value. You really know you re drinking quality here. 

£25.00 

buy 2 selected fine wines save £10 

£20.00



BEST VALUE FOR MONEY IN THE WORLD OF WINEDate published: 14/03/14

Thats right Capslock title! Thats how strongly i feel about this....

So what do you think? Best value wine category in the world?

New Zealand Sauvignon? Nope

Argentinian Malbec? Nah

Chateau Lafite 2003? Err maybe not!

For me its simple. Gran Reserva Rioja. - Take, for example, the Muriel Gran Reserva 2004 (a wine i am about to buy and drink tonight!), where else in the world can you get a wine with that level of maturity and such complexity to it for around the £10 mark?? Nowhere thats where.

Sometimes you really have to work hard to describe a wine, a Gran Reserva tasting note writes itself. Ripe black cherry, cinnamon, clove, leather, vanilla, liquorice...the list goes on and on. Its a very easy wine to enjoy, its smooth and supple, the flavors linger in the mouth and it works well with a lot of different cuisines (try Moroccan with it). it really ticks a whole lot of boxes and knocks the socks off Bordeaux at a similar price!!

Wine of The Week - Chateau Meaume 2010 Bordeaux SuperiorDate published: 13/03/14

£6.66 until the 17th of march

A long term Majestic favourite, founded by brit abroad Alan Johnson-Hill, this 38 hectares estate produces high quality wines from Merlot, Cab Fran and Cab Sauv on the areas famous clay based soils. 

2010 was a vintage of a lifetime in Bordeaux so consequently this is one of the best Meaumes ever made. 

Rich dark fruit, full bodied and layered, this will only improve over the next few years

Calling all Ned Sauvignon Blanc LoversDate published: 11/03/14

Calling all Ned Sauvignon Blanc Lovers

For 1 week only the Ned Sauvignon Blanc is joining the March Pick 'n' mix, that's right so for one week only you get the Ned at £6.99 when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the Pick 'n' mix (single bottle price £10.49)

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Drink now with fresh summer salads, seafood or oriental food.


Order yours now online or call on 01494 511715 for Free delivery*

*minimum 6 bottle order online and in-store


Fine Wine open to try : Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012Date published: 10/03/14

Fine Wine open to try : Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012

Two Hands are dedicated to showcasing the wide range of styles available from Barossa's many and varied plots. This example is sourced from a number of parcels of mature, gnarly Shiraz vines, and aged in a mixture of new and old French oak hogsheads for 12 months. Intense and complexon 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. Enjoyable immediately, but will develop nicely for up to 5 years in bottle.


£23 or buy ANY 2 selected Fine wines save £10 = £18

James' Sunday Pick from the March Pick 'n' MixDate published: 09/03/14

Rioja Reserva 2008, Lagunilla


If you enjoy Riojas then this one is definitely worth a try, it goes well with roast shoulder of lamb, or any number of game dishes. This Rioja really is great value at only £6.66 when you buy any 2 from the Pick 'n' Mix. With 40+ lines to choose from this shouldn't be too difficult!


This smooth red is a medium bodied wine with 80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha. A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in American oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.


The quality of the Lagunilla wines and many others owes much to Founder Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martin's pioneering work in defeating Phylloxera which hit the region in the 1870's. It was he who recommended the use and introduction of American rootstocks to the Rioja vineyards.



New Arrivals : El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 Terra AltaDate published: 08/03/14

New Arrivals : El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 Terra Alta

Terra Alta is a small appellation in the south-eastern corner of Catalunya, close to Aragón and Valencia. Garnatxa Blanca, or Grenache Blanc is the principal white grape variety here, having originated in the north of Spain before spreading into France.

A light straw colour with hints of green, this is a youthful and delicate wine, offering white pear and apricot flavours and gentle floral aromas. Soft acidity and remarkable body.

Best served alongside simple tapas such as anchovies or grilled squid.

£8.99 or buy ANY 2 selected wines from the Spring savings save 25% : £6.74*

This new arrival is open on the tasting counter for you to try

*Minimum purchase 6 bottles in store and delivery. Prices valid until 31st March

Wine of the Week : Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' ViognierDate published: 07/03/14

Wine of the Week : Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier


This Series is Bellingham’s tribute to the determination and maverick spirit of founder Bernard Podlashuk. Celebrated as a visionary, who helped shape the course of South African wine.


With focus on the smallest of detail these grapes are hand picked, hand selected and only the best of the best grapes are allowed to form part of this Viognier. Nurtured by hand every step of the way, in true Bernard dedication,


This wine is naturally fermented on the lees and barrel matured in French oak for 7 months. Outspoken and ample bodied this wine is brimming with peach, lychees and tropical fruit layered with intriguing spicy aromatics and a richly textured palate.

£11.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 = £9.99


Subject to availability. Prices valid until 31st March 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Pick 'n' Mix - Pick of the Day Thursday!!!Date published: 06/03/14

Pick 'n' Mix - Pick of the Day

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 S.Africa £9.33

Now seems to be a great time to buy South African. The wines are at the best they've ever been and the strength of the pound to the rand means we get a whole lot more for our money than we used to.

Like this for example. Tell me where else in the world you can find such a serious, structured, intense, powerful red from a top producer such as this, under a tenner....Nowhere. That s where.

RM Nicholson, from fruit sourced around Stellenbosch is a blend of the native Bordeaux grapes with some Shiraz thrown in for good measure. It pours a very deep purple colour and offers up copious amounts of blackcurrant, licorice and smoky oak. On the palate its full bodied and well structured but also with a freshness of acidity thats hugely appealing. Seriously good with anything red meat related now and over the next decade.

What's on in Majestic Wines High Wycombe - March and April 2014Date published: 06/03/14

What's on in Majestic Wines High Wycombe - March and April 2014

Wine course

This FREE 60 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.

And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

Next dates:

Sunday 9th March at 3pm

Tuesday 25th March at 6pm

Places for the Wine course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two


Tasting events

Upcoming tasting weeks where there will be a variety of wines open to try.

4th -10th April – Wines of Spain

18th -24th - Easter Tasting Selection


Tasting Counter

There are always at least 6 wines open to taste in store.  Check out our store page www.majestic.co.uk/highwycombe to see what’s open today, and for all the latest news and events.

We hope to see you there,

The team at Majestic Wines High Wycombe

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Lesser Known Grapes - TANNATDate published: 05/03/14

Our tasting counter this week has a bit of a "left field grape variety" feel to it. Today we're focusing on an obscure grapes called Tannat. 

Finca Los Moros - Tannat - Argentina 2012 £7.99

It originates (like nearly all good grapes varieties) from France, in a tiny little region called Madiran, situated south east of Bordeaux. As the name suggests one of its distinguishing features is its robust tannin, quite unlike anything you've ever experienced before!!! In the new world it is best known for producing some good wines in Uruguay and a little bit in Argentina, where this wine comes from.

Expect deep, dark, berry fruit, bitter chocolate and clove spice on the nose whilst it is full bodied with grippy tannin on the palate.

A great alternative to Malbec with a ribeye steak

Open to taste too!!!!

Wine of The Week - Robertsons Pinot Noir South Africa £5.99Date published: 04/03/14

Not best known for Pinot Noir, South Africa, nevertheless this bright, fresh Pinot offers up lots of smoky cherry fruit, beetroot and spice from 12 months in 10% new oak. Fantastic value too and open to taste this week

Fine Wine open to try this weekend : Greywacke Sauvignon 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 01/03/14

Fine Wine open to try this weekend : Greywacke Sauvignon 2013 Marlborough


The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former wine maker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.


This wine is fantastically refined and balanced and offers further complexity than a standard New Zealand Sauvignon. With hints of melon and peach it is an excellent wine that is likely to sell out fast and is a name to look out for in the future.


Greywacke is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard. Grown in the central Wairau and Southern Valley's.


£19.99 or buy 2 bottles save £6 = £16.99


Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd March 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Malbec Madness 33% off Date published: 28/02/14

We're running a 6 day only, improved deal, on many-a-malbec from Argentina. Below are my faves

Callia Bella, 2013, £5.99 down from £8.99 - mid weight, super fruity and easy drinking - open to taste!

Catena Malbec, 2011, £9.33 down from £13.99 - Elegant, structured, savoury and complex - open to taste!

Vinalba Malbec/Touriga, 2011, £7.99 down from £11.99 - Deep dark fruit, powerful and lots of blueberry fruit


Offers end on Monday!!!!


Wine of the Week : Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto AdigeDate published: 26/02/14

Wine of the Week : Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012 DOC Alto Adige

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.

A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.

£13.99 or buy ANY 2 wines from the Pick 'n' mix save 33% = £9.32

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd March2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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DeliveryDate published: 25/02/14

Delivery

We have recently amended our delivery terms so that now as long as you purchase 6 bottles we will deliver for FREE!(it used to be min £40)

 This means that you are able to take advantage of all our great deals regardless of how you order- in store, online or over the phone. 

So why don't you come and explore some new wines today?


Perrier Jouet Rose Special Offer!!!!Date published: 20/02/14

Cracking offer on Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV

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

Currently £29.98 when you buy any 2 from our pick 'n' mix range save 33%, unit price £45.00*

Don't forget we deliver for free on orders on 6 bottles or more



Wine Of The Week - Bellingham Bernard Series PinotageDate published: 18/02/14

Bellingham Bernard Series Pinotage South Africa, 2012

A bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape, this is somewhat removed from the medium-bodied, cherry-scented quaffers normally made from Pinotage. Hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months.

Full-bodied, with a deep plum purple colour. Intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes, and a spicy toastiness from the oak.

Drink with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats.

£14.99 or Buy 2 Save £6.00 = £11.99


 

NEW FINE WINE - Ch La Vielle Croix Fronsac 2009Date published: 17/02/14

A great chance this to try a first rate example of the much heralded 2009 vintage in Bordeaux. Situated a stones throw from Pomerol, Fronsac, although lesser known, offers real value from mostly Merlot grapes and dash of both the Cabernets.

La Vielle Croix are one of the leading estates in this region and treat this wine with real care and attention to detail. Upfront and fruit forward at the moment with lots of youthful black cherry, plum, vanilla and sweet spice. A really intense wine with great structure to help it age for a number of years (We used to stock the 2005 of this and that still isn't fully mature yet)

Fantastic value at £14.99 when you buy 2 selected fine wines

NEW IN - El Parador Crianza, Navarra 2009Date published: 17/02/14

A great, new modern styled Spanish red from just outside of Rioja, in Navarra. A blend of the classic Rioja grapes Tempranillo and Garnacha with a healthy dose of Cabernet Sauvginon, rounded out with 12 months in American oak.

Sleek and ripe in style with loads of vanilla, sweet cherry and cinammon. 

Fantastic value too at £7.49 when you buy 2

Valentines Sparklers. Staff Picks!Date published: 14/02/14

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but in here its quite delightful! plenty of great sparkling offers perfect for that special someone...

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007.

One of our best offers for a vintage Champagne. Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes with your significant other.

Now only £19.99 as part of our February Pick & Mix offer.

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV.

A perfect popular pink fizz which will make any woman happy! Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.

Now only £49.97 as part of our February Pick & Mix offer.

Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV.

A firm favourite with our customers, the grapes are hand-picked from Graham Beck's own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The wine has been made in the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit. Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours.

Now only £10.99, buy 2 save £8.00 

All of these top products are sure to make anyones day! wether its with a special friennd or partner, it's always great to celebrate with a bit of sparkle!



Three New Exciting DealsDate published: 13/02/14

Three new wines have been added to the February Pix 'n' Mix with 2 weeks left theres something for everybody with 45+ wines available so why not have a look?

All wines available at these prices when you buy any 2 from the Pick 'n' Mix as part of a mixed case of 6 whilst stocks last.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc; Get this whilst stocks last a typical New Zealand Sauvignon full of gooseberry, passion fruit and acidity this really is at a bargain price of £6.66. (Single bottle price £9.99)

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal; A fantastic Côte du Rhône at an incredible price this full bodied wine is full of flavour and dark fruit characteristics. This easy drinking wine is great value at £7.99. (Single bottle price £11.99) 

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV Italy; A relatively unknown grape this sparkling pink wine is full of fruit flavours, light and very easy drinking. A great idea for the start of an evening this offers fantastic value for money at only £6.99. (Single bottle price £10.49)


Offering free delivery for orders over £40 there really is no need to go anywhere else as you can order and have your wine delivered at your convenience.


Your local High Wycombe team is here to help our phone number is 01494 511 715.


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Wine of the Week : El Rescadato Albarin 2012, Tierra de LeonDate published: 12/02/14

Wine of the Week : El Rescadato Albarin 2012, Tierra de Leon

Why not try this NEW wine to be stocked? Made with the Albarin grape which is native to the valleys in northern Spain. It is extremely rare as only around 100 hectares are planted with this variety and 20 of those are owned by the producer who makes this wine.

This incredibly fresh wine contains gooseberry and citrus characteristics yet remains very subtle and refreshing with good acidity.

Suitable to match with seafood or could be drunk on its own.

£12.99 or Buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case =£9.99

Subject to availability. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Valentines Day Thursday 14thDate published: 09/02/14

Valentines Day Thursday 14th

Why not celebrate this Valentines with a bottle of Rose Champagne?


Ruinart Rose NV - £70 or £60 when you buy ANY 2 selected special cuvee Champagnes

Sublime golden pink in color, a subtle nose of cherry and freshly-picked red berries leads ti a fleshy and delightfully smooth finish.


Veuve Clicquot Rose NV - £60 or £50 when you buy ANY 2 selected special cuvee Champagnes

A medium bodies rose reminiscent of the power and finesse of the non-vintage label, with a soft red-fruit core.


Taittinger Prestige Rose NV - £50 or £40 when you buy ANY 2 selected special cuvee Champagnes

A delightful pink hue in color and a nose of fresh red berries. It is well balanced, with a fine mousse, and subtle red fruit flavors on the palate.


Laurent-Perrier Rose - £75 or £49.97 when you buy ANY 2 wines from the Pick 'n' mix

With plenty of stylish strawberry fruit and an easy-drinking charm.


Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV - £45 or £29.98 when you buy ANY 2 wines from the Pick 'n' mix

An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance.


Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV - £30 or £22 when you buy 2 bottles

This pale salmon pink rose Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit


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*Minimum purchase 6 bottles any mix wines, spirits or champagne. Free delivery on orders over £40. Offers valid until 3th March 14.


What’s on at Majestic Wine High Wycombe : February and March 2014Date published: 08/02/14

What’s on at Majestic Wine High Wycombe : February and March 2014

In Store Tastings

FREE themed tasting weeks where we open a selection of different wines from the same country so you can get a real feel for the country in question.

South Africa 7th - 13th March


Wine Course

This FREE 90 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.. . And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

Next dates:

Tuesday 11th February at 5pm

Sunday 9th March at 3pm


Places for the Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two


Tasting Counter

There are always at least 6 wines open to taste in store.  Check out our store page www.majestic.co.uk/highwycombe to see what’s open today.

We hope to see you there,

The team at Majestic Wines High Wycombe


(Opening times : Mon-Wed 10-7, Thur and Fri 10-8, Sat 9-7 and Sun 10-5)


Wine of the Week - Alamos Malbec 2013 £6.66Date published: 08/02/14

It is really amazing you can get a wine as good as this for so little money. Imagine yourself holding a bottle of the deliciously rich and smooth Alamos Malbec in one hand and in the other, the change from a £10 note and comparing the two - marveling at the sheer quantity of change (surely some mistake) and the undeniable quality of wine (it really is good you know). 

Thats the sort of situation we're talking about here!

GREYWACKE SAUVIGNON BACK IN STOCKDate published: 05/02/14

this is the sort of news post that demands caps lock!!

2013 Greywacke Sauvignon by former Cloudy Bay head honcho Kevin Judd is now in stock and its as good as ever. 

£19.99 or buy 2 save £6.00 £16.99!!!!

The Joys of SemillonDate published: 02/02/14

A grape perhaps better known as the star in Sauternes but in a tiny pocket of Australia called the Hunter Valley it is capable of producing a hugely distinctive and long lived style of wine.

Usually unoaked and only reaching modest alcohols this dry white can be a little unfriendly in its youth - very high acidity and lime zest character but stay with it and after about 6/7 years bottle age it begins the most amazing transformation. It gets richer and shows notes of toast, grapefruit, honey, nuts and lanolin whilst still maintaining its good acidity. Mature Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the worlds great white wines and i'm pleased to say we now have one in stock

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008, Hunter Valley, Australia  - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

An unbelievable bargain (this could be treble the price and still good value) this is just starting to spread its wings. Its taut and mineral with the faintest hint of wax and lip tingling acidity. The palate is awash with fresh squeezed grapefruit and acacia. Superb now, this will show its best at around aged 10 and I have no doubt will reach its 20th birthday with ease.

A superb wine and one you need to get in quick to buy as its a one off parcel

When its gone, its gone!!!

Last Night.....Date published: 01/02/14

Last Night.....

Last night i sampled a bottle of the new Pasqua Passimento from Veneto in Italy. A style of wine (they partially dry the grapes to concentrate flavors) i hadn't had before and i was very impressed. 

Lovely ripe cherry fruit and sweet spice on the nose and super silky on the palate, this was bright, fresh and delicious!! Not hugely complex but at £8.99 I thought it was just a great glass of wine, one that ll I ll happily go back to.

Cracking label too.

Discover Something New - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Western CapeDate published: 31/01/14


Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Western Cape

Origin:

Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.

How does it taste?

Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.

The Bellingham Viognier will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

£11.99


Wine Of The Week - El Patito Feo Graciano/Garnacha Navarra, 2012Date published: 31/01/14

Brand spanking new in store and open to taste!

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Literally translated as the ugly duckling El Patito Feo celebrates two of Spains most overlooked varietals - the deeply scented Graciano and the raspberry soaked Garnacha. Together they form a perfumed blend with masses of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit with a silky smooth, soft, rounded texture. 

Made to be drunk young with roast beef!

Bargain Hunt deals ending!!!Date published: 30/01/14

This is also the last weekend to capitalise on our insane bargain hunt deals

We've only got a few things left so get in FAST!

Casabel Tinto  - Open to taste, Portuguese deliciousness from mainly Syrah and Aragonez £5.32

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc - Argentinian - Zesty, refreshing, citrus tinged white! £4.66

Argento Chardonnay - Argentinian - Lightly oaked with hints of green apple and buttered toast (my pick) £6.00


Last Weekend Of Top DealsDate published: 30/01/14

This weekend is the last chance to stock up on our Christmas price list deals!!!!

So if you want 20% off New Zealand, 20% off Australia, 20% off Chile and 20% of the Rhone then the time to buy is now!!!

Alongside these there are a few standout deals coming to an end on Monday

Veuve Clicquot NV - £29.98 - elegant, briochy fizz

The New Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 - smiles in a glass! Pure sunshine (needed now more than ever)

Berberana Gran Reserva Rioja - £8.99 - Silky smooth, cinnamon laced Rioja


Wine of the Week : Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 25/01/14

Wine of the Week : Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2013 Marlborough

Winemake David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The grapes are night-harvested to preserve acidity and purity of fruit characters, further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices. The palate is awash with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and retains a hint of natural sweetness.

A perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine.


£12.49 or buy ANY 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £9.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd February 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Bargain Hunt : 25th JanDate published: 25/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 25th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 2 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 12 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 3 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 35 bottles remaining.

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Argentina - Reduced to £4.66 - 10 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !



Bargain Hunt : 24th JanDate published: 24/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 24th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 2 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 20 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 3 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 35 bottles remaining.

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Argentina - Reduced to £4.66 - 10 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !



Bargain Hunt : 21th JanDate published: 21/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 21th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 2 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 20 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 3 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 41 bottles remaining.

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Argentina - Reduced to £4.66 - 10 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !



Upcoming Wine Course DatesDate published: 19/01/14

Upcoming Wine Course Dates

This FREE 90 minute appetizer sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.. . And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

Next dates:

Tuesday 25th March at 6pm

Sunday 13th April at 3pm


Places for the Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call us on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. 


Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two!


We hope to see you there


Bargain Hunt : 19th JanDate published: 19/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 19th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 2 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 20 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 3 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 43 bottles remaining.

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Argentina - Reduced to £4.66 - 19 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !


Bargain Hunt : 17th JanDate published: 17/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 17th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 23 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 5 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left

Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !


Bargain Hunt : 16th JanDate published: 16/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 16th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 23 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 5 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left

Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !



Bargain Hunt : 15th JanDate published: 15/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 15th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 23 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley – Reduced to £6.00 – 12 bottles remaining

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 5 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 23 bottles remaining

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left

Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !



Wine of the Week :Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 South AustraliaDate published: 14/01/14

Wine of the Week :Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 South Australia

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

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

Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

£9.99 or ANY 2 Australian wines save 20% = £7.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 2nd Febuary 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Bargain Hunt : 14th JanDate published: 14/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 14th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 23 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley – Reduced to £6.00 – 12 bottles remaining

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 5 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 23 bottles remaining

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile – Reduced to £5.33 – 3 Bottles left


Argento Chardonnay open to try !

Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !


Bargain Hunt in High Wycombe! Date published: 13/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 13th January

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 23 bottles remaining

White

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley,  Chile- Reduced to £5.32- 3 bottles remaining.

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 5 bottles left.

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £6.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 23 bottles remaining.


Argento Chardonnay, Casabel Vinho Tinto, and La Plata Sauvignon Blanc are open to try!


Order yours online or by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !


Bargain Hunt Staff Pick: Casabel Vinho Tinto 2009. Date published: 11/01/14

My personal Favourite of our current bargain hunt stock, a lovely smooth and fruity Portuguese red.

This wine consists of a blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak

It has a  fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins.

A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.

Now on our special Bargain Hunt offer £5.32 when you buy any two Bargain hunt wines. (single bottle price £7.99)

Grab it before it's gone!


Bargain Hunt Whilst Stocks Last: 11th JanDate published: 11/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 11th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 29 bottles remaining

White

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley,  Chile- Reduced to £5.32- 3 bottles remaining.

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 7 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £6.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 23 bottles remaining


Argento Chardonnay, Casabel Vinho Tinto, and La Plata Sauvignon Blanc are open to try!


Order yours online or by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !




New wine to try on the tasting counterDate published: 10/01/14

New wine to try on the tasting counter

Argento Chardonnay 2012 **Whilst stocks last**

From the Bargain Hunt collection this wine offers great value as its a very easy drinking Chardonnay that could be enjoyed on its own.

Taste: Concentrated grapefruit, apple and pear fruit flavours are complimented with subtle minerality leading into a fresh crisp finish.

From the Mendoza region in Argentina. Mendoza has a unique combination of high altitude, low humidity and natural irrigation from glacial snowmelt. It is where more than 80% of the top wines from Argentina are produced.

Why not come into store to try it for yourself?

£8.99 Single bottle price or £6.00 when you buy 2 or more from the Bargain Hunt range

Buy in store, order online, or over the phone on 01494 511 715


Bargain Hunt : 10th JanDate published: 10/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 10th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 32 bottles remaining

White

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley – Reduced to £6.00 – 12 bottles remaining

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley,  Chile- Reduced to £5.32- 3 bottles remaining.

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 7 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 23 bottles remaining


Casabel Vinho Tinto and La Plata Sauvignon Blanc are open to try !


Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !


Bargain Hunt : 9th JanDate published: 09/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 9th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Bourgogne Rouge Cote Chalonnaise 'Les Millieres' 2010, Vignerons de Buxy – Reduced to £6.66 – 2 bottles

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 40 bottles remaining

Conde Calatrava Crianza 2007, La Mancha – Reduced to £4.66 – Only 3 bottles left


White

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley – Reduced to £6.00 – 12 bottles remaining

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley,  Chile- Reduced to £5.32- 7 bottles remaining.

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 7 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 46 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 31 bottles remaining

Casabel Vinho Tinto and La Plata Sauvignon Blanc are open to try !


Order yours online on by phone on 01494 511715

Come and Explore !

Bargain Hunt pick of the day : Argento Chardonnay 2012, MendozaDate published: 08/01/14

Bargain Hunt pick of the day : Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza

Translated, Argento means silver in Latin and is often used in Argentina to refer to a thing or person that is quintessentially Argentine. Produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyed optimum sunshine and excellent terroir.

Light gold in color, with an exciting palate with flavors of apples, peach and pineapple with hints of vanilla and spice. It has crisp acidity which lends to a clean and refreshing finish.

This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods.

£8.99 or buy ANY 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £6

Only 47 bottles remaining

Come and Explore


Bargain Hunt : 8th JanDate published: 08/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 8th Jan

The January Bargain Hunt is in full swing and the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

 (All prices at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines) 

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Bourgogne Rouge Cote Chalonnaise 'Les Millieres' 2010, Vignerons de Buxy – Reduced to £6.66 – 2 bottles

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 42 bottles remaining

Conde Calatrava Crianza 2007, La Mancha – Reduced to £4.66 – Only 3 bottles left


White

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley – Reduced to £6.00 – 12 bottles remaining

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley,  Chile- Reduced to £5.32- 8 bottles remaining.

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 8 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 47 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 38 bottles remaining


Casabel Vinho Tinto and La Plata Sauvignon Blanc are open to try !


20% off Australia – Nikki's pickDate published: 07/01/14

20% off Australia – Nikki's pick

Here at Majestic, Australia is currently on offer, and you can save 20% when you buy ANY 2 Australian wines. So come mix, match and explore. Below is a selection of my favorites. Enjoy !

Whites

Turkey Flat Butcher's Block Marsanne Viognier Rousanne 2011 - £11.99 on offer

An interesting Australian blend which has been created by taking the three major classic white varieties of the Rhone, and fermenting them individually with a little oak contact to create a multi-layered style. On the nose stone-fruit and floral aromas, which lead to a variety of tropical fruits on the plate. Great for drinking on its own or with fish dishes.

EVC Chardonnay 2012, Peter Lehmann, Eden Valley - £9.99 on offer

This wine is great for those Roast chicken dishes on a Sunday. It is a wonderfully delicate chardonnay with a great balance of great apple and citrus fruit flavors which is supported by a touch of vanilla and toast on the palate.

Reds

McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot 2011, Margaret River - £11.99 on offer

A great wine which is perfect the those hearty winter dishes. This classic Bordeaux-style blend offers the structure of a French wine, but with the concentration and fruit more typical of an Australian. The blackcurrant and olive notes from the Cabernet combine with the plummy notes from the merlot to create a smooth, velvety wine with sweet tannins.

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012, Barossa Valley -  £10.99 on offer

If you love spare ribs, this is the perfect partner. Dark fruits combined with plums with a touch of herbiness and earthy texture to create a long, smooth finish with tannins to match. It is also a good alternative to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.


Bargain Hunt : 7th JanDate published: 07/01/14

Bargain Hunt : 7th Jan

2014 arrives with a bang, the return of Bargain Hunt is here.

For those who don't know, bargain hunt is the one time of year that sees us drastically reduce our prices on lots of wines to make room for new lines arriving for spring. Basically lots of wines are going to be 33.3% off and there are some real bargains to be had. 

You ll need to be quick off the mark though as lots of these will sell through very quickly. Here at Wycombe the wines are selling very well so here is a list of what is left which we'll update daily :

(All prices are at the multi-buy prices when you buy ANY 2 Bargain hunt wines)

Reds

Marquès de Caceres Rioja Crianza MAGNUMS 2009- Reduced to £16.66 -Only 4 bottles left

Anakena 'Tama' Vineyard Selection Syrah 2011, Colchagua Valley – Reduced to £6.66 – Only 1 left

Bourgogne Rouge Cote Chalonnaise 'Les Millieres' 2010, Vignerons de Buxy – Reduced to £6.66 – 2 bottles

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisbon- Reduced to £5.33- 42 bottles remaining

Conde Calatrava Crianza 2007, La Mancha – Reduced to £4.66 – Only 4 bottles left

White

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley,  Chile- Reduced to £5.32- 8 bottles remaining.

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley – Reduced to £5.00 – Only 8 bottles left

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Argentina- Reduced to £5.00 - 47 bottles remaining.

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Argentina- Reduced to £4.66- 38 bottles remaining

Today we have the La Plata Savugnon Blanc and the Casabel Vinho Tinto open for you to try !

What's on in Majestic Wines High Wycombe : January 2014Date published: 07/01/14

What's on in Majestic Wines High Wycombe : January 2014

Wine course

This FREE 60 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.

And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

Next dates:

Tuesday 11th February at  5 pm 

Places for the Wine course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two


Tasting events

Wines of Southern France- Friday 17th-Monday 20th January: During this time there will be a selection of southern French wines open for you to try


Tasting Counter

There are always at least 6 wines open to taste in store.  Check out our store page www.majestic.co.uk/highwycombe to see what’s open today, and for all the latest news and events.

We hope to see you there,

The team at Majestic Wines High Wycombe


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Bargain Hunt pick of the day : Rioja Crianza 2008, Marques de Caceres, MagnumDate published: 07/01/14

Bargain Hunt pick of the day : Rioja Crianza 2008, Marques de Caceres, Magnum

We've got a real bargain hunt going on, to make room for next season's selection. With Bargain hunt you can mix and match any 2 wines on the bargain hunt to save 33.3%.

Todays pick is the Rioja Crianza 2008, Marques de Caceres, Magnum* ( two bottles in one so its twice the fun , and great for dinner parties).

Located in the heart of Rioja Alta, Caceras was founed by Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Aided by a fresh microclimate, the Tempranillo grapes attain their expressive best, before the wine is aged for 12 months in oak and up to 14 months in bottle.

On the nose cherry and blackberry , accompanied by Mediterranean herb, on the palate red cherry accompanied by strawberry fruits and cinnamon leading to a long, silky and spicy finish.

Enjoy over the next three years or with paella, chorizo or lamb.

£25 or buy any 2 wines from the Bargain hunt save 33.3% : £16.66

Come and Explore

* Subject to availability


Wine of the Week : Quincy 2012 Jean-Charles BorgnatDate published: 07/01/14

Wine of the Week : Quincy 2012 Jean-Charles Borgnat

The Quincy appellation produces dry, aromatic wines very much in the same mould as Sancerre. Jean-Charles Borgnat is a young and dynamic producer, and this wine is a match for many a Sancerre.

Aromatic nose with spring flowers, racy and rich gooseberry and citrus fruits, hints of greengage, textured palate and a long, fresh and pleasing finish.

Excellent on its own, this wine also works very well with vibrant Thai dishes.

£10.99 or buy 2 bottles save £2 = £9.99

Calling all Ned Sauvignon Blanc LoversDate published: 05/01/14

Calling all Ned Sauvignon Blanc Lovers

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Drink now with fresh summer salads, seafood or oriental food.

Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99 (when you buy ANY 2 New Zealand wines)

Offer ends 6th January (Afterwards £7.99 multi-buy, Single £9.99 )

Order yours now online or on 01494 511715 



Wine Course : Sunday 26th January at 2.30pmDate published: 04/01/14

Wine Course : Sunday 26th January at 2.30pm

This FREE 90 minute appetizer sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.. . And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

 Places for the Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call us on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. 

Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two!



Wine of the Week : Spolverino Toscano 2011 CarpinetoDate published: 28/12/13

Wine of the Week : Spolverino Toscano 2011 Carpineto

Spolverino means 'feather duster' in Italian, and is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Black Rooster; the emblem of Chianti and Tuscany's wine country. The wine is a traditional blend of Sangiovese with several other local grapes, predominantly Canaiolo.

Intense red cherry fruit on nose and palate, interwoven with notes of tobacco and violet. Medium-full bodied, with a juicy richness and snappy, youthful acidity.

Best with cured or barbecued pork, or with the savoury flavours of Prosciutto and other cured meats. Try with goose this festive season.

£12.49 or buy 2 bottles save £5 = £9.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 2nd Febuary 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

Sparkling Saturday : Laurent-Perrier Brut NV and Codorníu Selección Raventós NVDate published: 21/12/13

Sparkling Saturday : Laurent-Perrier Brut NV and Codorníu Selección Raventós NV

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV - Special offer £25

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

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV Spain £11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 1/3 = £7.99

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style.

Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.



Wine of the Week : Pouilly-Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ 2012, Louis LatourDate published: 19/12/13

Wine of the Week :  Pouilly-Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ 2012, Louis Latour

Produced by the family-run company Maison Louis Latour, who are producing white and red wines from the finest of Burgundy to wines from outside the region of Burgundy.

A clean, fresh wine displaying honey and stone fruit aromas. Sweet honey and floral characters are in abundance on the palate and create a fine and elegant complexity.

A great wine and a great example of a Mâconnais wine. Perfect with seafood and chicken dishes.

£14.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £12.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 2nd February 2014 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Dessert wine open to try : A Sticky EndDate published: 19/12/13

Dessert wine open to try  : A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough 37.5cl Half bottle

This dessert wine from Marisco Vinyeards' King's Series is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine, giving them extra ripeness and promoting the onset of botrytis, creating intense sweetness and complex flavours.

Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lychee and fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift.

Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years for more flavour development. Partner with summer fruit puddings.

£15.99 or buy ANY 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £12.79


Sparkling Saturday : Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NVDate published: 14/12/13

Sparkling Saturday : Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV

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

£37.50 or buy  ANY 2 selected bottles of fizz save 1/3  = £24.99


Fine Wine open to tryDate published: 14/12/13

Fine Wine open to try

Christmas is coming, so we thought we would treat you by opening up a couple of bottles of Fine Wine. This weekend we have the Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet and the Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2012, Domaine Cordier open for you to try (as well as a couple of bottles of fizz for you to try).


Sexy Beast Cabernet 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale - £23 or  buy ANY 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18

Two Hands source their Cabernet Sauvignon from a range of sites throughout McLaren Vale to make this voluptuous wine. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, the wine is then matured for 14 months in French oak hogsheads. A deep and lush ruby colour, with an alluring nose of rich fruit, and subtle touches of violet, smoke, and leafy herbs. Fulsome yet elegant, the tannins are smooth and the palate tightly structured. Enjoy immediately or cellar for up to 10 years.


Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2012, Domaine Cordier -  Special offer £19.99

This Vieilles Vignes comes from a selection of Cordier's own vineyards,some of which have vines exceeding 40 years of age. Aged in 228lt barrels, this wine undergoes minimal fining and filtration to maximise complexity. Yields are 30hl/ha, lower than Le Montrachet.This wine shows a bit more richness and more integrated oak than the standard Cordier Pouilly-Fuissé, as well as bundles of ripe citrus fruit,polished off with a creamy, toasty finish. A fairly full-bodied wine, the Vieilles Vignes is rich and complex with a classy finish, marrying to richer fish and fowl dishes.


So come and explore



All things BollingerDate published: 13/12/13

All things Bollinger

Bollinger has roots in the Champagne region dating back to 1585 when the Hennequins, one of the Bollinger founding families, owned land in Cramant. The Champagne house Renaudin Bollinger was founded on February 6, 1829 in Aÿ by Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Levieux Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger.  In 1918 Jacques Bollinger, the son of Georges, took over the company. Jacques married Emily Law de Lauriston Bourbers, known as "Lilly". Jacques further expanded the facilities by building new cellars, purchasing the Tauxieres vineyards, and acquiring the assets of another Champagne house on Boulevard du Marechal de Lattire de Tassigny—where Bollinger's offices are presently located. When Jacques Bollinger died in 1941, Lilly Bollinger took over. Lilly expanded production through the purchase of more vineyards, but is better known for traveling the world to promote the brand. Lilly was well-publicized in the Champagne region, leaving several noteworthy quotes.  A few are mentioned below.

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

“There’s only one thing better than a bottle of wine….. Two” 

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV - £45 - Buy 6 Save £90 =£30

The expression of the Bollinger house style. This classic Champagne blend uses grapes from a given year, with the addition of reserve wines. This is a classic, Pinot-dominated Champagne of great potential longevity and complexity, which tends to go toasty. The blend includes up to 10% reserve wines, which may be up to fifteen years old. This gives the special cuvée complexity and structure. 

Bollinger La Grande Année 2004 -  Special Offer £60

When Bollinger believes there is an exceptional harvest, they will produce their prestige Champagne La Grande Année ("great vintage") designed to express the character of the vintage. The house will select the best wines, cru by cru, to produce La Grande Année. The wine spends five years on its lees and is aged in bottle under cork, instead of crown seal. 



Christmas HoursDate published: 09/12/13

Christmas Hours

As of today we will be operating Christmas Opening Hours, to give you a little longer to shop for your Christmas wines!

Monday 09/12/13  - Friday 13/12/13  9am - 8pm

Saturday 14/12/13 9am - 7pm

Sunday 15/12/13 10am - 5pm

Monday 16/12/13- Friday 20/12/13 9am - 8pm

Saturday 21/12/13 9am - 8pm

Sunday 22/12/13 10am - 5pm

Monday 23/12/13 9am - 8pm

Tuesday (Christmas eve ) 24/12/13 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 25/12/13 Closed

Thursday 26/12/13 Closed

Friday 27/12/13 10am - 8pm

Saturday 28/12/13 9am - 7pm

Sunday 29/12/13 10am - 5pm

Monday 30/12/13 10am - 7pm

Tuesday 31/12/13 10am - 5pm

Wednesday 01/01/14 Closed


Sparkling Saturday: What's open to celebrate during DecemberDate published: 07/12/13

Sparkling Saturday: What's open to celebrate during December

Why not get the Christmas celebrations started with a little fizz? Fill up those glasses while exchanging gifts with family and friends and toast the best day of the year ( and my favorite). That's why every Saturday in December we will opening a bottle of fizz for you to try.

Saturday 7th December :  Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV 

Saturday 14th December :  Perrier- Jouet Grand Brut NV *

Saturday 21st December : Bollinger Special Cuvee NV *

Tuesday 24th December : TBC


Subject to change, depending on stock levels (It's Christmas after  all)


Sparkling Saturday : Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NVDate published: 07/12/13

Sparkling Saturday : Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

Why not get the Christmas celebrations started with a little fizz? Fill up those glasses while exchanging gifts with family and friends and toast the best day of the year ( and my favorite). 

Open today we have the Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV open for you to try. Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

Special Offer £24.00 or buy ANY 2  selected bottles  of fizz save 1/3 : £16


Wine of the Week : Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009, Cave des Vignerons de BuxyDate published: 05/12/13

Wine of the Week : Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009, Cave des Vignerons de Buxy

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

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

Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, this is a genuine bargain not to be missed.

£11.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 =£9.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd February 2014. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Fine Wine Friday : The Chocolate Block 2012 Boukenhoutskloof, Western CapeDate published: 05/12/13

Fine Wine Friday : The Chocolate Block 2012 Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

£27.00 or Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £22.00

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Subject to availability. Prices valid until 4th February 2014. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.


Sparkling Saturday : Graham Beck Brut Rosé NVDate published: 30/11/13

Sparkling Saturday : Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV

he grapes are hand-picked from Graham Beck's own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The wine has been made in the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit.

Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours.

Enjoy as a refreshing accompaniment to a summer fruit jelly.


£9.99

When you buy any 2 selected bottles of fizz

(Single bottle : £14.99)

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 4th February 2014. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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An exciting, fruit-focused Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon at a very exciting price!Date published: 30/11/13

Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Maipo Valley

This Chilean wine comes from the Cousiño-Macul winery situated in Chile's Valle del Maipo where Cabernet Sauvignons are widely cultivated and well renowned internationally for their high quality.

Interestingly, this particular winery is still owned by its founding family, thus making it the only one of its kind from the 19th Century!

This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vines descended from some of Chile's earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon vines and the result is something very special.

It is a deliciously intense, fruit-focused red wine boasting flavours of black cherry and ripe plum, its ample tannins balanced out by sweet spicy notes making for a smooth and memorable finish.

To make the most of this unique wine it should be enjoyed now and would make an excellent accompaniment to red meat dishes such as hearty beef casseroles, or it can simply be enjoyed on its own.

Normally £9.99 for a single bottle, buy 2 and save £4

Now Just £7.99


Manager's pick of the month : Château l'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin, Gérard BertrandDate published: 21/11/13

Manager's pick of the month : Château l'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin, Gérard Bertrand

This full-bodied, fruit driven, complex wine is unbelievable value at only £16.99 a bottle when you buy 2 (Single bottle £19.99)

One of flagship wine of Gérard Bertrand's broad range, created from prime vineyard sites on the steep, rocky slopes surrounding La Clape, where the estate stands overlooking its 1000 hectares of vineyards, pine forests and heathland.

This muscular wine displays an intense blend of firm tannins, inky black fruit and lifted spice and floral aromas, smoothed and integrated by the influence of over a year in French oak barriques.

Meaty and robust, this wine is fantastic now or could be cellared for up to 10 years. The perfect food match for any red meat, especially roast beef!

What's more it made by a former international rugby player and it's open to try this weekend. Absolutely stunning!

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Wine of the Week : Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo ValleyDate published: 16/11/13

Wine of the Week : Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley

When looking for great value for money, you will very often find me perusing our Chilean section.

This is an excellent example of a Cabernet Sauvignon. It is full of flavour especially black fruits and is relatively full bodied.

This example from Santa Rita is really well balanced with sweet tannins which make it very easy drinking. Suitable with spicy red meats.

£11.24 or buy ANY 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £8.99

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Wine of the Week : Striking French Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 13/11/13

Wine of the Week : Striking French Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc

Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, Jean-claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot from the Côteaux du Limousin.

Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice


Best served with a rich sausage casserole, roasted red meat, turkey or goose.


£9.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £7.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 15th November 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Champagne Magnums in stockDate published: 10/11/13

Champagne Magnums in stock

A Magnum is the equivalent of two standard bottles, which means they are twice as impressive as standard sized bottles, which make them the perfect for any occasion coming up this festive period.

Currently in stock we have :

Nicolas Feuillatte NV, Magnum : £40

Moet and Chandon Brut Imperial NV, Magnum : £80

Ruinart NV, Magnum : £90


Or love your wines double the size ? Watch this space for our wine magnums article, coming shortly.


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Wine of the Week : Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2010, Mendocino CountyDate published: 08/11/13

Wine of the Week : Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2010, Mendocino County

Bonterra's belief that organically grown grapes make wine 'simply taste better' has fueled their quest to become one of the world leaders in organic viticulture, Dry farmed, 35-40 year old vines, at 240-800 meters above sea level are blended together in this wine.

Brooding aromas of bramble, dark and red berries, white pepper and toasted oak. Powerful rich flavors of rich plum, blackcurrant and black pepper are rounded by soft, sweet tannins and hints of vanilla.

Enjoy of the next four years with grilled meat in a blackberry sage sauce, barbecued meats and bittersweet chocolate raspberry torte.


£13.74 or ANY 2 Californian wines save 20% = £10.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 15th November 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Wine of the Week : Vereto Salice Salentino 2010 Agricole ValloneDate published: 30/10/13

Wine of the Week : Vereto Salice Salentino 2010 Agricole Vallone

The town of Salice Salentino is right in the centre of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'. Negroamaro is the region's principal red grape, a distant relative of the more famous Sangiovese, whose origins may even predate the arrival of early Greek settlers in Italy.

Deep and intense ruby-purple, with an intensely fruity aromatic profile, supported by savoury balsamic and spice notes. Firm palate texture provides good length.

Pair with rustic stews of red meat such as lamb with pungent herbs.


£10.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £8.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 2nd December 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Sparkling Saturday : Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NVDate published: 26/10/13

Sparkling Saturday : Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV

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

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.

£14.99 or buy ANY 2 selected Sparkling wines or Champagnes save 1/3 = £9.99

Gasworks - but we are still open!!Date published: 26/10/13

Despite the ongoing gasworks outside our store we are still open, so why not pop down and say hello!



What’s on this month at Majestic Wines High Wycombe : November and December 2013Date published: 25/10/13

What’s on this month at Majestic Wines High Wycombe : November and December  2013

Spotlight Tastings

6 wines in 30 minutes. We hold FREE regular focused tastings where we compare and contrast different wines from the same area or grape. These are on at 12pm and 3pm on the following dates:

Saturday 9th November- New arrivals

Saturday 23rd November- Rhone/Bordeaux

Saturday 7th December – Christmas Wines


Wine Course

This FREE 60 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.. . And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

Next dates:

Wednesday 13th November at 6pm


Places for the Spotlight tastings ans Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call us on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two


Tasting Counter

There are always at least 6 wines open to taste in store.  Check out our store page www.majestic.co.uk/highwycombe to see what’s open today, and for all the latest news and events.

We hope to see you there,

The team at Majestic Wines High Wycombe


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Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Cantina NegrarDate published: 25/10/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Cantina 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.

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

£23 or buy ANY 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18

Open this weekend for you to try 

Wine of the Week : Croix Saint Adel Blanc 2012, PGI Coteaux du LibronDate published: 22/10/13

Wine of the Week : Croix Saint Adel Blanc 2012, PGI Coteaux du Libron

This wine comes from a winemaking collective in Cers-Portiragnes, a locale between Beziers and the Mediterranean coast. The wines here are typified by bold varietal characters, and are often created by blending unusual combinations of grapes.

A fruit0filled and eminently gluggable white wine, offering a lively mixture of white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavors with a soft and friendly acidity.

A great partner for gammon steaks or roast ham.

£9.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £7.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 28th October 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Grapes in Focus : PinotageDate published: 20/10/13

Grapes in Focus : Pinotage

Owing its existence to Abraham Izak Perold, In 1925, he crossed the varieties Pinot Noir and Cinsault (Hermitage) in order to create a local variety with the best characteristics of its parents, the classic pinot taste and quality with the easy-to-grow and disease resistance of the Cinsault. It took nearly 20 years for his experiment to bear fruit, in 1941 the first pinotage was made.

Pinotage tastes best when made in a medium-or-full-bodied style. You will often find that young pinotages has flavours such as red or black berry, plums and cherry. When the wine is matured in new, small oak barrels it can take on flavours such as cedar, chocolate and coffee.

Owing to the wines infinite variety of shades and moods. It matches well with a wide variety of foods, ranging from red meat dishes to oysters to hearty winter soup. However sometimes the best match is just you and a glass of pinotage.

So why not give it a go today, and with 20% off South African wines when you buy any 2. There have never been a better time to mix, match and explore.

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*minimum purchase 6 bottles in store and delivery (free over £40), offer valid until 28th October

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Château Senejac, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 18/10/13

Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

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.

Open to taste this Friday 19th October! Come and explore

Wine of the Week : Tucumen Malbec 2012 MendozaDate published: 16/10/13

Wine of the Week : Tucumen Malbec 2012 Mendoza

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.


£9.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £7.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 28th October 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Wine of the Week : Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de CuyoDate published: 11/10/13

Wine of the Week : Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo

The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool high-altitude vineyards of Argentina.

Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Best served with mild Thai curries or dressed prawn salads.

Special offer : £9.99

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine : 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren ValeDate published: 11/10/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine : 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

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


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

Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

£23 or buy ANY 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18

What’s on this month at Majestic Wines High Wycombe : October and November 2013Date published: 05/10/13

What’s on this month at Majestic Wines High Wycombe : October and November 2013

Spotlight Tastings

6 wines in 30 minutes. We hold FREE regular focussed tastings where we compare and contrast different wines from the same area or grape. These are on at 12pm and 3pm on the following dates:

Saturday 9th of November- New arrivals

Saturday 23rd November- Rhone/Bordeaux


Wine Course

This FREE 60 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.. . And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

Next dates:

Sunday 20th October at 3pm


Places for the Spotlight tastings and Wine Course are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two


Tasting Counter

There are always at least 6 wines open to taste in store.  Check out our store page www.majestic.co.uk/highwycombe to see what’s open today.

We hope to see you there,

The team at Majestic Wines High Wycombe


Wine Course : Sunday 20th October at 3pmDate published: 05/10/13

Wine Course : Sunday 20th October at 3pm

This FREE 60 minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries and questions, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again.

There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way.. . And did we mention its free? So why not bring along a friend or two

Places are limited so call us on 01494 511715 or email us wyc@majestic.co.uk

We hope to see you there,

Majestic Wines Wycombe


Exploring South AfricaDate published: 05/10/13

Exploring South Africa

South Africa may be a New World country but it has still been producing wine for over 350 years. The Mediterranean climate is well suited to the production of wine with the cold Benguela ocean current having a significant cooling effect that extends far inland.

Various grape varieties are planted in South Africa, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which are used for elegant Bordeaux style blends. Where there are iron-rich clay soils, Merlot is planted giving very dark, plummy wines that are reminicent of Pomerol.

Syrah is also successfully, and is used both for rich dark-berry scented, full bodied reds and for more elegant, peppery wines. Cinsault is widely planted which is often used to contribute savoury flavours to blends. Pinotage creates wines in a range of styles, but typically displays red berry fruit character and wines from old bush vine wines may be very full bodied with rich, spiced berry fruit. Some wines may show hints of meat, rubber, banana and even nail varnish and these rather wild flavours can make the wine attractively complex.

Explore our range today and make the most of 20% off all South African wines!

South Africa Tasting WeekDate published: 05/10/13

South Africa Tasting Week

This week we are celebrating our 20% off South Africa offer with a special South African tasting week.

We have selected some of our favourite wines from our South African range including:

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Old Vine Chenin Blanc - £9.59 when you buy 2+ staff favourite

DMZ Sauvignon Blanc - £8.79 when you buy 2+

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 when you buy 2+ Antony’s Yard 2009 Graham Beck - £6.99 when you buy 2+

La Motte Shiraz - £9.59 when you buy 2+

Meerlust Merlot - £16.79 when you buy 2+

Buy these 12 wines as a mixed case for £117.48 and save £29.42!

If you're stocking up for the weekend, here's a great opportunity to try before you buy! We're happy to help and look forward to seeing you at the tasting counter.. happy tasting!

Winter Wine EveningDate published: 04/10/13

Winter Wine Evening

Our flag-ship event of the year is back, our Winter Wine Evening. This year it will be held on Thursday 28th November stating at 6.30pm.

For this tasting we shall open a range of our favorite wines coming in this winter. There will be some winter warmers, some Christmas classics and a few that are terrific with turkey.

There is only one way you'll discover your next favorite wine and thats to taste it.

Places for the Winter wine evening are limited so if you would like to attend please call on 01494 511715 or email us at wyc@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place. Did we mention they’re free? So why not bring along a friend or two

We hope to see you there

The team at Majestic High Wycombe


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting : Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 04/10/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting : 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.

Enjoy with fresh oysters or other fruits de mer.

£24 or buy ANY 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £19

Open this Saturday 

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 28th October 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Wine of the Week : Meerlust Merlot 2009 StellenboschDate published: 04/10/13

Wine of the Week : Meerlust Merlot 2009 Stellenbosch

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity.

Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

Partner with a rich beef bourguignon.


£21 or Buy ANY 2 South African wines save 20% = £16.79


Subject to availability. Prices valid until 28th October 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting : Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 26/09/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting : Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

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.

£19.99 or buy 2 bottles save £8 = £15.99

Open to try this Friday and Saturday

Come and Explore with Majestic High Wycombe

 

Wine of the Week : Septimo Día Chardonnay 2012 MendozaDate published: 25/09/13

Wine of the Week : Septimo Día Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza

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 with a homemade fish pie.


£9.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £7.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 28th October 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Wine of the Week- Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 20/09/13

Grape:

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin:

The Giesen Brothers' winery is located in the Dillon's Point area of Marlborough, and it is here that most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown. A small proportion of the wine has been fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, adding complexity and ageing potential.

Taste

A distinctive blend of classic Marlborough aromas – gooseberry, dry grass, currant leaf, ripe pineapple and floral notes that flow onto a palate of crushed herbs, supple fruit sweetness and crisp acidity.

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine TastingDate published: 13/09/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting


Jadot Beaune 1er Cru (03.444) £25 Buy 2 save £10 = £20

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.

Buy any 2 Selected Wines Save 33%!Date published: 12/09/13

Starting today we have some fantastic improved deals where you can save 33% when you buy any 2 selected wines!

The wines on the offer are:

Grifone Montepulciano D’Abruzzo: £4.99
Piper Heidsieck Brut: £19.99
Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage: £17.99
Nicolas Feuillatte NV: £15.99
Prosecco Zonin: £6.66
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc: £5.99 on the tasting counter!

Here you can mix and match any of the wines on offer and get them all at their offer prices.
This offer ends on Monday 23rd December so make sure you don't miss out and order today!


Wine of the Week- Conde de San Cristobal, Ribera del DueroDate published: 06/09/13

Grapes: Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

A rich, generous yet elegant wine. This stunning Ribera displays intense flavours of ripe blackcurrant and summer fruits, with undertones of sweet spice and topped off with a silky smooth finish.

Perfect with Lamb Shanks.

Fine Wine Friday- Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 FriuliDate published: 06/09/13

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

£23 or buy 2 selected fine wines and save £10 = £18

Sparkling Saturday! The Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV FranceDate published: 31/08/13

We are celebrating the weekend with Sparkling Saturday! The Bouvet's nicely chilled, so  come down and try a drop with us in store.

The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality.

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.

A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, so why not pick some up to enjoy with your weekend takeaway?

£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Wine of the Week - The Caracal 2010 Neethlingshof, StellenboschDate published: 30/08/13

A Bordeaux blend from one of the Cape's oldest estates, this wine has been named after the Caracal, a wild lynx-like cat indigenous to South Africa, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural 'Darwinian' form of pest control.

12 months' maturation in new and old French oak barrels has lent this wine lovely toasty and cedary aromas, and smoothed the ample tannins which envelope the core of juicy blackberry and mulberry fruit.

Drink with slow-braised meats such as oxtail or pork belly.

£14.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £6 = £11.99

Pinot Gris ExplainedDate published: 25/08/13

Pinot Gris Explained

A grape variety that causes much confusion, here are a few facts for you:

-Pinot Gris is a white grape. It is often seen as a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape. The Italian style, Pinot Grigio will be a lot more familiar to most.

-It originated in Burgundy before spreading across Europe to Switzerland and Germany.

-The word 'Pinot' comes from the French word for 'pine cone'. It is suggested that it got this name due to the small pine cone-shaped clusters that it grows in.

-In terms of taste, wines made from the Pinot Gris grape vary greatly depending on the region and country they are from. For example, in California, the Pinot Gris are more light bodied with a crisp, refreshing taste with some pepper and arugula notes. The Pinot Grigio style of Italy is a light-bodied, often lean wine that is light in color with sometimes spritzy flavors that can be crisp and acidic.

Some superb examples to try!

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris, Alsace

A straightforward wine offering fresh pair, apricot fruit and a lifted smokiness.

£8.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

King's Thorn Pinto Gris, New Zealand

Honeysuckle and peach aromas. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses

£9.99 when you buy 2+ NZ wines

St Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Gris, New Zealand

Aromas of ripe pears, almonds and fresh bread. A mouth-filling palate, with a rich, oily texture and layers of ripe melon flavours. Brilliant with lightly spiced Oriental dishes.

£13.99 when you buy 2+ NZ Wines


Wine of the Week- Contesa Pecorino 2012 IGT Colline PescaresiDate published: 23/08/13

Grape

Pecorino

Origin

Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

Taste

Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.


Introducing Italy!Date published: 22/08/13

This week we are celebration Italy with 25% off all Italian wines when you buy two or more!

Italy's rise as an established wine making country is relatively recent as barely more than a generation ago, only a small proportion of Italian wine was even bottled by the producer. It is because of this that Italian wine labels can be a cause of great confusion to us, as Italy still needs a labelling system that sets out clearly who made the wine, where it was made and how it should be referred to.

However, we should not be put off by this slight inconvenience - Italy's geography means that it is well suited to the vine and at the top end the wine's made here have a vivacity and style all of their own. With an annual production of nearly 5 billion litres, Italy has grown to become one of the two giants of global wine production along with France, and little of Italy is not wine country. Today no other country can match Italy's vast variety of consistently food friendly wines and with its wealth of local varieties offering a great supply of intriguing styles to choose from, the wine lover is guaranteed to be satisfied at every price point.

North West Italy simply means Piemonte to any wine lover, and literally means 'foot of the mountain', as the region is surrounded by the Alps. Its reputation is based on its reds, and it is here that the grape Nebbiolo crafts world class reds. Classically these wines have complex aromatics including red fruit, rose, liquorice and hay. High in alcohol, tannin and acidity, its misleading pale colour hides a structural rigidity that enables it to develop in bottle for decades.

Veneto in North East Italy is the country's largest wine producing region and is home to two of Italy's best known exports- Soave and Valpollicella, Valpolicella being the second most important red DOC after Chianti. The principal grape is Corvina, which has a sappy, herbal note overlaid with black fruit. If its white wine you're after, Soave is quantitatively Italy's most important region producing wines with surprising acidity and pronounced floral notes of camomile and iris.

In central Italy, Tuscany remains at the forefront of Italian viticulture, and is the spiritual home of the Sangiovese grape, where it produces its finest wines. This grape has an affinity for oak with high acidity and tannin, and a complex fruit spectrum including earth, blueberry and sour cherry.

Take advantage of all Italy has to offer, there's no excuses when its 25% off! Come and Explore!


From Grape to Glass - How Champagne is MadeDate published: 17/08/13

The only way to really appreciate what Champagne has to offer is if you have an understanding of how it is made. The region has become the benchmark for all other sparkling wines because of the quality wines it produces, and this can only be acheived by undergoing a process that takes much time and effort.

Champagne is unique in that it focuses exclusively on the production of sparkling wines, as it has a cool continental climate that isn't suitable for creating still wines. The three grape varieties used are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, and despite the fact most Champagne is white, nearly 66% of the grapes used are black.

Mechanical harvesting is forbidden to avoid colouring the juice and the grapes are pressed as quickly as possible, but gently to avoid undesirable qualities such as tannin. Then it undergoes a primary fermentation producing a still base wine with moderate alcohol and high acidity. In order to create a consistent house style wines are blended from different villages, vintages and varieties.

Once the blend is made up, a mixture of sugar, yeast and a clarifying agent called liqueur de tirage is added before bottling. The bottles are closed with a crown cap and stacked horizontally for the second fermentation which takes 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, carbon dioxide generated by the yeast dissolves in the wine creating the sparkle.

The yeast cells then die and form a sediment of lees. Over time the yeast breaks down releasing proteins adding bread, biscuit and toast flavours characteristic of all sparkling wines made this way. A process of riddling is then used to dislodge the yeast sediment where the bottles are gradually turned from horizontal to vertical, causing the yeast to collect in the cap. The neck is then frozen in a very cold brine solution, the cap removed and the frozen wine and sediment ejected by the pressure created by the carbon dioxide.

The wine is topped up with liqueur which is a wine and cane sugar solution, and sealed with a cork held in place by a wire cage.

Finally it is ready for sale! It can be drunk straight away, or aged for a number of years. We suggest a non-vintage may be best enjoyed after 3 years ageing.

The perfect match is fish and chips, so why not give a bottle a go with your weekend takeaway?! It doesn't get much better!

Wine of the Week - Montes Twins 2011, Colchagua ValleyDate published: 16/08/13

Brand new in to store this week and gracing the tasting counter as our wine of the week is the Montes Twins 2011 Colchagua Valley. 

The twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.

This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.

Decant at least 30 minutes before serving and to enjoy at its best pair with rare sirloin steak.

Treat yourself this weekend and make the most of our 20% off Chile offer- its just £9.59 when you buy two. Plus it has a rather interesting yellow label sporting two little cherubs - certain to catch the eye of guests at a dinner party!

Oli's Top 10 Chilean Wine FactsDate published: 13/08/13

Ten relatively interesting Chilean wine facts:

1. The UK is the biggest export market for Chilean wines

2. The Spanish introduced Vitis vinifera to Chile in the mid 16th century, partly for Spanish settlers to celebrate the Eucharist

3. Chile is free of Phylloxera – saving money for vine-growers with vines not having to be grafted onto resistant rootstocks

4. There are 4 principle wine regions in Chile:
- Coquimbo
- Aconcagua
- Central Valley
- Southern Regions

5. The Humboldt Current is an icy off-shore ocean current which runs up the Antarctic, allowing wine to be produced in the north which would otherwise be too hot for anything other than Cacti. Chile has typically dry summers which aids healthy grape growth

6. Chile produces 50% less wine than Argentina #winefact

7. Chilean labelling terms “Reserva, Reserva Especial, Reserva Privada and Gran Reserva” must have a minimum of 6 months ageing (for reds). These do not carry a set meaning but are a good indicator of the quality level in a producers range

8. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for nearly ½ of all black varieties

9. Reds share a basic style of lots of ripe fruit

10. Whites are typically fresh and carry good acidity to the aromatic wines displaying bags of perfume

* We have a host of Chilean wine available to try this weekend #ComeandExplore

Fun Facts about Spanish WineDate published: 11/08/13

Did you know...

1) Vino Joven quite literally translates to 'young wine', that may never have seen a barrel before being bottled.

2) Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are the different definitions for the time the wine spends in oak.

3) Tempranillo is the premier grape variety in Spain, and takes its name from the Spanish word 'temprano' which means early, due to the fact it ripens early.

4) Rioja is one of the principle regions in the country. Red wines from this area range quite widely in style, some seeing more oak resulting in the development of savoury aromas of meat and caramel whereas more modern wines seek to preserve fruit showing more tinned strawberry and plum.

5)The letter 'X' in certain Spanish words is pronounced as a shhh! ie Caixas Albarinho is pronounced Caishas and Rias Baixas as Rias Baishas.

We hope you enjoy your Spanish Vino!

Salud!

Wine of the Week - Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 09/08/13

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

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

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Open to try on the tasting counter now!

Wine of the Week - Muga Rioja Blanco 2012Date published: 01/08/13

It's really good, just buy it.

Oli's top 5 tips to wonderful food and wine matchingDate published: 30/07/13

Let’s kick off the Summer with some basic help when food and wine matching. I thought it would be a good idea to share my top 5 with you as it’ll give some of your favourite dishes an added flavour dimension…

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.

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

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes. See this rule of thumb in action with paella, all those rich, flavour packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.

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

5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region. This is especially true in Europe, for instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.

In the current economic climate you'll find me spending more on wine and quality ingredients for home than going out to eat. Better food, better wine. It doesn't get much better!


A Brief Guide to Italian WineDate published: 27/07/13

Italy is home to some of the finest wines in the world, and also lays claim to the greatest number of different varieties cultivated.  As a result,  there are bound to be a few times when the names can get a little bit confusing.  Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, for example, and Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano.  Both say Montepulciano, surely the same?  Not so.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a wine from the grape variety Montepulciano, made near the town of Abruzzo; the wines are medium bodied, and characterised by medium bodied wines displaying red fruit notes and spice with refreshing acidity.  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a wine made from Sangiovese (Vino Nobile in this case is a synonym for Sangiovese) that comes from vineyards surrounding the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany.  Vino Nobile tends to be slightly fuller bodied, marked by dark cherry fruit, complex aromatic aromas and characteristic high acidity with firm tannins that soften with age.

The easiest way to navigate wines such as this is to remember that the first name is often the style or grape variety, the second is the provenance - for example: Barbera d'Alba and Barbera d'Asti are both made from the variety Barbera, where one comes from Alba and the other from Asti.

Of course, if you're in any doubt about which wine you're looking for, or what they might be like, pop in store or give us a call and we'll be happy to help!  All this week we'll have a range of Italian wines available to try in-store, so it's the perfect time to acquaint yourself!

Wine of the Week - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 25/07/13

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin:

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.

Taste:

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.


The Wine Course - Sunday 28th JulyDate published: 24/07/13

Want to know which wines complement which dishes? Or what makes a good wine and why?

Our relaxed, informal 2 hour introduction and tasting session gives you the opportunity to learn a bit more about different wines, make comparisons and explore some food and wine matching. Plus, it is completely free!

Why not book a place now for our next course, which will be held this Sunday 28th July at 2pm? All you have to do is contact us by phone, e-mail or pop in to our Wycombe branch and let us know your name, number and how many people you're bringing. Feel free to bring a friend or two and enjoy an afternoon experiencing some wonderful wines in store!

We look forward to seeing you there!



Let's celebrate English WineDate published: 21/07/13

This summer is turning into one of the best we've seen in years, with weather perfect for garden parties, picnics and barbeques. And soon enough we'll have yet another reason to celebrate as a new royal baby is expected any day.

So in the spirit of celebrating all things British this summer why not give our very own English wines a try? Wines from our country have progressed in recent years and are a fantastic alternative to Champagne.

Chapel Down - is a producer set in the beautiful Kent countryside with vineyards that share almost identical terroir to Champagne. meaning that the climate and conditions provide the perfect environment for creating world class wines. Chapel Down continue to go from strength to strength, improving with each vintage. Our particular hot favourite amongst staff and customers alike has to be the Kit's Coty Chardonnay at £13.99, which uses grapes that are whole-bunch pressed and matured on its lees.

Nyetimber - located in West Sussez, Nyetimber boasts the largest vineyard estate in the UK and also shares many environmental similarities to Champagne. Since their original plantings in 1988 they have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house and have even beaten many of the big names of Champagne in blind tastings. My favourite of the range has to be the rose 2007 vintage, which has wonderful brioche notes as a result of lees ageing.

Enjoy a truly English summer with these wonderful English wines!

Matching Spicy Food and WineDate published: 21/07/13

Enjoy all things spicy? Here are some recommendations for a few different spicy cuisines.

Chinese - You could try Riesling, Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, fruity rose or unoaked New World Chardonnay

Indian - For curry I like aromatic whites such as Riesling, Sauvignon or Viognier. If you'd prefer a red stick to non-tannic wines such as Valpolicella or Rioja.

Mexican - The best match are fruity reds such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Crenache or Shiraz

Thai - go for spicy or tangy whites such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer or New World Sauvignon Blanc

Why not try out a few of these different suggestions with your favourite hot and spicy foods and see what you think!

Wine of the Week - Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 FriuliDate published: 19/07/13

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region.

This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate.

A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

£22 or buy 2 or more bottles and save £8 = £18

Open to try on the tasting counter today!

Great Riesling Outside of Alsace- The Lodge Hill Riesling 2012 Jim Barry, Clare Valley Date published: 15/07/13

Grape

Riesling

Origin: The late Jim Barry was one of the pioneers of winemaking in the Clare Valley. Purchased by Jim Barry in 1977, The Lodge Hill vineyard is one of the higher sites in the area, making it relatively cool and ideal for producing the steely style of Riesling typical of Clare. 

Taste: Straw coloured with green hues. Rich and lifted aromas of citrus fruit, nectarine and kumquat. Firm, zingy natural acidity on the palate, supporting flavours of white peach and mandarin orange. Enjoy with seared scallops or Oysters Kirkpatrick

Great Fizz Offer- Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004Date published: 15/07/13

Grapes

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

Description

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne. A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

Only £23.99!


Wine of the Week- Montes Alpha Merlot 2010 Curicó ValleyDate published: 12/07/13

Grape

Merlot

Origin :The Conquistadors of Spain brought wine to Chile, but France has dominated the vinous influences. A premium wine from the Aurelio Montes has matured this Merlot in French oak for 12 months to impart extra complexities and structure.

Taste: Deep ruby. Aromas of black cherry and strawberries on the nose, with floral hints. Black fruits and plums, with coffee and tobacco notes on the palate. A full-bodied wine of with a long, smooth finish. Decant for an hour before serving. Drink with rich meat casseroles

Planning a Party?Date published: 07/07/13

Now the weather is turning positively Mediterranean is it not about time to fire up the BBQ and celebrate the summer sunshine with a garden party? Here at Majestic we can offer you a service to help your party run as smoothly as possible.

1) Free Glass Hire - You can hire wine glasses, flutes, highballs and pint glasses simply by paying a refundable deposit of £1 a glass, which you will get back when you return the glasses clean and unbroken.

2) Free Chiller Bin and Ice Bucket Hire - When the weather's this good, you need your drinks chilled to cool you down! Chiller bins can be hired with a refundable deposit of £15 per bin, and £10 for ice bucket hire.

3) Ice - we sell ice at £2.79 per 2kg bags, so you can keep your drinks icy cool

4) Free Delivery - get all your supplies delivered to your door for free!

5) Sale or Return - If you don't manage to make it through all the drinks you buy, as long as they are still in a good condition to resell you can return them and we will give you a refund.

We aim to help make your party experience as enjoyable as possible, and of course are always happy to help with any queries. We also have some fantastic party peices to make your party one to remember such as the Bollinger NV Jeroboam at £200 - a real showstopper! Or the Aix en Provence Magnum is great for summer drinking at £19.99

Wine Region - BeaujolaisDate published: 07/07/13

Beaujolais is red wine country made from the Gamay grape, which gives fragrant wines that are full of raspberry and cherry fruit, and very light in tannins. Some Beaujolais wines even have character that suggests bananas, bubblegum and cinnamon-like spices, and most are made to be drunk young. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the region, enabling whole bunches to be sorted to ensure all the grapes are of a suitable quality. It is a really fantastic food wine and goes well with roast duck or Camembert. 

We have a great range of Beaujolais wines, here are just a few of our favourites.

1) Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Chateau de la Terriere - this wine gives fruity strawberries on the nose and palate balanced by complex earthy notes. £7.99 offer price

2) Fleurie 2011, laboure-Roi - Ruby in colour with an aromatic, red fruit and perfume nose. The palate follows into a rounded and soft finish with supple tannins and a lovely concentration of strawberry, raspberry and loganberry. It can be enjoyed on its own or with cured meats. £7.99 offer price

3) Morgon 2011 Château de Pizay - This top class wine has a nose dominated by blackberries and cherries and a silky smooth palate with fine tannins combining. Classic Morgon, showing the fruit of Beaujolais and the charm of Burgundy. £8.39 offer price

Beaujolais is currently on offer, so if you buy two bottles of any wines from the region you get 20% off! And we have the Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Georges Duboeuf open on the tasting counter, so pop in and give it a try today!

Wine of the Week - Campofiorin 2009 Masi Date published: 05/07/13

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

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

Drink with a selection of matured cheeses, black olives and Parma ham.

£12.49 or buy 2 still Italian wines between £5 - £20 and save 20% = £9.99

Wine of the week - Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2010 McLaren Vale Date published: 03/07/13

Grape

Syrah or Shiraz

Origin Kangarilla Road is a tiny boutique winery in the up-and-coming McLaren Vale region. From vineyards located at the northern part of the foothills, the grapes ripen later than other sub-regions resulting in a cooler climate style.

Taste: On the nose this wine shows the typical warm spice characters of Shiraz, with a lovely complexity of berry fruits on the palate. Superbly balanced and long with an almost European elegance. Excellent with traditional roast beef.

A Brief Guide to TastingDate published: 21/06/13

Want to know how to adopt a more systematic approach to tasting to maximize your wine drinking experiences? Look no further- here's a few tips for wine tasting to help you make the most out of your wines!

We use 4 of our senses when we do a tasting.

1) Sight - firstly we have a look at the wine's appearance. We're looking for clarity - any cloudiness is a bad sign and an indication there is a problem with the wine. We can tell a lot about a wine by looking at the colour, for instance red wines get paler as they age whereas white wines deepen with age becoming more of a deep yellow-gold colour. Another feature we can look out for are legs, or tears which are the traces we can see on the side of the glass - this is either a sign of alcohol or residual sugar.

2) Smell - Next, swirl the glass round and give it a sniff! With a good wine we're looking for a healthy, outgoing nose. Young wine smells more of primary aromas, whereas an aged wine will be more subtle and complex on the nose. We also look at the character - different wines give different aromas, for example a heavily oaked chardonnay has not only fruit character but also oaky spice, vanilla and toast aromas.

3) Taste and Texture - in order to release the full flavours of a wine, we draw air through the wine once we take it in. We can detect different aspects of taste such as sweetness on the tip of the tongue or acidity on the sides of the tongue. Tannins can be detected in red wines as a drying sensation on the gums, and body is the impression of a wine's weight in the mouth. Alcohol often gives a warming sensation on the back of the mouth. Finally we have the finish, or the time when the flavours of the wine linger on the palate.

What we look for in a good quality wine is a balance between these components, and of course one that is enjoyable to drink!

Why not pop your face in and have a go at tasting on our tasting counter, the team as always are happy to assist with all your wine related needs.

Happy drinking!


Wine of the week - Caixas Godello 2012 Martín CodaxDate published: 21/06/13

Specially selected for our Wine of the Week is the Martin Codax Caixas Godello, due to its popularity amongst our staff and customers alike.

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish. Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod

A wonderful wine, and on a great offer at just £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Come and try in store today!

An introduction to MousseDate published: 15/06/13

Mousse is a French term given to different styles of Champagne and sparkling wine meaning fizziness. It refers to the bubbles in the wine, whether it be fine and persistent bubbles offering a creamy 'mousse' in Good Champagne and Sparkling wine to a zippy spritz which you may find in a Prosecco Frizante for instance.

Wine of the Week - Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas Date published: 15/06/13

Grape

Albariño

Origin: Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes possibly having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

Taste: 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.
Enjoy: Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

Facts You May Not Know About Our Favourite NZ Sauvignon BlancsDate published: 02/06/13

The Ned - The Ned have an ingenious way of keeping small birds and pests off their vineyard - by having two pet falcons on the property. Named Maggie and Astin, they are a breeding pair of Karearea’s, New Zealand’s only breed of Falcon, and one that requires extensive conservation.

Villa Maria Private Bin 2012 - Villa Maria was named by Sir George when he was sitting in a café with two friends drinking coffee. He chose Maria because it sounded romantic and that was the impression he wanted to convey through his wines.

Bllind River - Blind River was a project started by Barry Feickert in 2002. He and his wife decided to ignore viticultural advice and to learn winemaking for themselves as the vintages went by. They had a mission to take it slow, to never compromise on quality in exchange for volume, and to stick to just two varietals – Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Craggy Range - When Terry Peabody got home from a month long business trip in 1986, his wife and daughter had cooked him a dinner with a purpose. He wasn’t allowed to leave the table until agreeing to start a family winery. It was to be a no expense spared labour of love, a legacy for the family, and something they could all be proud of.

A Bit About BrancottDate published: 01/06/13

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough - £9.99 or £7.99 x 2 NZ 20%

Fact: In the early 1970’s Frank Yukich of Brancott (formerly Montana) decided that the South Island of New Zealand, and more specifically Marlborough, was the perfect place to make wine. This view was derided and laughed off by most, however through the strength of his convictions he ploughed ahead and planted the first Sauvignon Blanc vines in the region. Fast forward 40 years and his prophecy that ‘wines from here will become world famous’ has been proven correct.

Winemaking: Brancott are very concerned with biodiversity, and as such they like to allow local flora to grow between the vines. Not only is this socially responsible, but it helps to provide competition for the vines. The harder a vine has to work for nutrients, the better the grapes will be, and Brancott consider this a very important feature of their vineyards and one of the reasons for their wines being so full flavoured and characterful.

Tasting Note: Clean and restrained on the nose, mainly passionfruit and a hint of green. Monumental levels of acidity hide any aromatic side on the palate, but this would appear with food.

Why Buy: It would be great with oysters, or fish and chips.

We have this wine open to try on the tasting counter today for our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Tutorial. With spaces still available its not too late to sign up and give it a try!

Wine of the Week- Grüner Veltliner 2012 Weingut Pfarre WeissenkirchenDate published: 31/05/13

Grape

Grüner Veltliner

Origin: The Wachau region of Austria comprises of a 33 kilometer long gorge overlooking the Danube river. Produced from vines grown around the Weissenkirchen parish including the hamlets of Joching and Wösendorf. Grüner Veltliner is an aromatic variety primarily from Austria.
Taste: The colour of fresh straw, an alluring nose of gooseberries with a hint of green apple and flowers. Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and elegance. Drinkable at any time over the next six years. An excellent accompaniment to Prosciutto, seared scallops or bisques.

Top Fizz offer: Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne Date published: 30/05/13

Grape

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

An archetypal Champagne from an historic house. Madame Clicquot's wine displays a superb marriage of freshness and power - gorgeous and deceptively pale colour with fine, persistent bubbles -a poised, delicately bready nose - and on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long.


Only £30 a bottle when you buy a 6 pack.

If I could marry a wine: Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 La Rioja AltaDate published: 30/05/13

Grape

Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin: One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.
Taste: Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.
Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

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Top Picks for RoseDate published: 26/05/13

Summer is on its way! With the weather picking up there's no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than relaxing in the garden with a bottle of rose.. So why not pop in and stock up on your pink?! We have some fantastic offers on our range of rose wines, here are just a few we recommend.

1) Chateau Sainte Marguerite Grande Reserve Cru Classe 2012, Cotes de Provence Rose - This delicate, ligh and refreshing organic wine displays fresh red berry fruits and delightful floral aromas, and matches perfectly with appetizers. Alternatively, if you're making the most of a summer's day with a barbeque this works well with barbecued sardines! £12.99 or 11.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

2) Pinot Grigio Rose 2011/12, Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Da Breganze - This wine offers gorgeous fresh fruits such as peach and apricot on the nose, soft floral flavours on the palate and a smooth, refreshing finish. An easy drinking rose, it goes well with a variety of different foods, from fish dishes to soup and white meats. Best Value! £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

3) Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence - This dry rose has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate on the palate with hints of white pepper. A real staff favourite, we love this wine with cold meats, olives, soft cheese or fish dishes. £10.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

4) Chateau de Sours Rose 2011/12, Bordeaux - A wonderful, deep, bright coloured rose, slightly off-dry with rich plum and strawberry fruit flavours and a long, mellow finish. Enjoy this wine with cold meats and pates on a warm summer's evening. An absolute bargain at £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

5) Serena Pinot Grigio Rasato 2012, Banfi - Here's a wine with a beautiful nose of ripe summer fruits, mingling yellow apple with soft pear, banana and white peach. The acidity is soft-edged, for a palate that is easy drinking and refreshing and it is absolutely delicious with Thai seafood dishes but would also go well with poached salmon or trout. £8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Why not come down and pick up a mixed case of rose for your sunny summer afternoons? We look forward to seeing you in store!


Wine of the week - Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence Date published: 24/05/13

Origin: Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.
Taste: This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper. Enjoy Equally at home with charcuterie and other cold meats, olives, soft cheese, or fish dishes.

Wine of the Week- Inama 2012 Soave Classico Date published: 17/05/13

Grape: Garganega

Origin The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months maturation before bottling.
Taste: From lower yields and the best slopes in the region this wine is generous, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has.
Enjoy: Drinking now but will be fine with another couple of years' aging. The creamy finish lends itself perfectly to a match with fish pie.

All you Need to Know About AcidityDate published: 14/05/13

Acidity is a term we refer to a lot when we are talking about a wine. But what exactly does this mean? Well, acidity is the general term for the fresh or sour taste produced by the natural organic acids in the liquid. You can detect acidity by a prickling sensation on the sides of the tongue, and it is the acidity that gives wines its refreshing and mouth watering qualities that makes you keep going back for more. Different wines have different levels of acidity, for example a cool climate Sauvignon Blanc such as a Pouilly Fume has high acidity and matches well with food also high in acidity like tomatoes as well as shellfish, whereas a hot climate Chardonnay would clash with similar morsels but works well with creamy fish dishes or poultry. It is important that the acidity is well balanced with other components of the wine, as too much acidity can make it too sharp or tart. On the other hand, too little acidity can make the wine very bland, flat and uninteresting. Some might even say 'flabby'. So there you have it, a little info about acidity for you. Join us again next week for your next snippet of education!

Wine of the Week - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 'La Ciarliana' 2008Date published: 09/05/13

Grape

Sangiovese

Origin: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano hails from vineyards in and around Montepulciano in Tuscany. Made exclusively from Sangiovese and aged for at least two years, La Ciarliana has been made for three generations by the Frangiosa family in the hills surrounding Montepulciano.
Taste: Juxtaposition of delicate violet, raspberry, and spice aromas on the nose. The palate however exhibits powerful fruit yet fine tannic structure and fresh acidity, leading to a conclusion of savoury spice.
Enjoy this wine is perfect with roast meat, full-flavoured pasta or cheese. Decanting of the wine several hours prior to drinking is advised.

Wine of the Week - Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2010 Le MeurgerDate published: 06/05/13

We have just updated our Wine of the Week to the Meurault Vielles Vignes 2010 Le Meurger! Feel free to come down and try it as it is now open on our tasting counter! Having just challenged our manager Dan to a blind tasting (which, being an expert, he passed with flying clolours!) we all agree that this is a wonderful wine, and a great deal right now on offer at £20 when you buy 2 bottles. Want to know a bit more about this wine? Maison Le Meurger is a negociant firm based in Beaune, who work with a number of vignerons in Burgundy, vinifying at their own fully-equipped winery. This Meursault is made from fully hand-picked grapes. Fermentation and maturation take place entirely in cask. Closer to the more weighty, voluptuous end of the white Burgundy spectrum, this is a classic Meursault, full of ripe golden apple fruit, hints of honeyed toast and a rich, satisfying texture. Drink with quality roast poultry.We hope to see you in store to have a glass!

Wine Word of the Week - TanninDate published: 05/05/13

 We often talk about the tannins of a wine when we try it, but what exactly does this mean?

Tannins are a chemical compound extracted from the skins, stalks and seeds of red grapes and we detect them through the senses of touch and taste. Have you ever felt a drying sensation in your mouth when you try a red wine? Well this is caused by the tannins! A very young tannic wine can almost give the impression your teeth are going to fall out. A very tannic wine, however, enables the wine to age well for, in some cases for hundreds of years e.g. when Oli was at the Rothschild Estate in Bordeaux, Baron Eric was talking about a 1793 that he had recently enjoyed. This wine could only age so well because of the tannins! (amongst other things which we will explore in future articles) Wines with lots of tannin match perfectly with red meat such as steak, as well as strong or mature cheeses as the protein in these foods softens the tannins. There you go, you've learnt a bit about tannin! Join us again for another fact filled, educational newsbite!

Sparkling Saturday - Zonin ProseccoDate published: 04/05/13

Special treat for the weekend - we have just popped the cork on the Zonnin Prosecco for Sparkling Saturday! Want to know a bit more about this wine? Established in 1821, this is the largest family run vineyard in Italy and this example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto. This wine is wonderfully light and refreshing in style, with a delicious fruity palate of fresh pear and dessert apple, further lifted with subtle floral and almond aromas. As I write this article I am enjoying a glass of this super fizz, a definite thumbs up from the team! Come and grab a few bottles today, at only £7.99 a bottle it would be rude not to!

Craft Beer TastingDate published: 03/05/13

Come and join us here in store tomorrow for a special Craft Beer tasting! We will have a selection available for you to try including Brooklyn lager, Anchor Steam and the hot favourite for our staff, Curious Brew. These beers represent the very best of Craft Beer, focusing on quality and taste, demonstrating real whimsical character and displaying a strength of flavour to both intrigue and challenge your palate. So don't miss out! We look forward to greeting you tomorrow!

Wine of the week - Cardela Crianza 2009 Bohórquez, Ribera del Duero Date published: 26/04/13

Grape

Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Origin :Bodegas Bohórquez has become acknowledged for its high quality wines, made from a carefully selected range of vineyard sites both on the low-lying plains and the steep, rocky slopes surrounding the River Duero. This is a modern take on the crianza style. Taste: An invitingly fruity nose offers warm raspberry and blackberry fruit, tinged with vanilla and cinnamon. The middleweight palate offers supple, highly-polished tannins, and satisfying length Enjoy with lamb cutlets, homemade burgers, or a selection of traditional meat-based tapas.

Let's talk about Portugal!Date published: 19/04/13

 This week we celebrate Portugal with both wonderful white and red wines from the country on our tasting counter.

This country may only be small but it has much to offer the wine world, with a remarkable diversity of wines available. Because Portugal's vineyards have evolved in isolation, only a handful of varieties have crossed international frontiers meaning it has a treasure trove of indiginous grape varieties!

So if you fancy sampling some different Portugeuse wines such as the Vinho Verde (which is a fabulous representative of a classic Portuguese style) don't hesitate to come down to the store, we can't wait to see you!

Wine of the Week - Planalto Douro White Reserva 2011Date published: 19/04/13

 A blend of white grape varieties indigenous to the Douro area. At once traditional and modern, the wine is vinified very much in a contemporary style, with de-stalking and cold fermentation helping to preserve freshness of fruit and maximum aromatic impact.

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.

Great with seafood or herbaceous pasta and rice dishes

£7.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £3.00 = £6.49

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Stellenbosch Date published: 12/04/13

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin The fruit is sourced from Vergelegen's premium North to Northeast Stonepine, Rondekop, Rooiland and Kopland vineyards planted on granite, Hutton and Clovelly soils. The wine was fermented in open tanks at high temperature and matured in 225 litre barrels for two years.

Taste Intensely aromatic spicy blackcurrants and ripe plums with vanilla. A fine and well-structured palate bursts with juicy blackberry characters and hints of soft vanilla, ripe tannins and a balanced finish.

Enjoy Enjoy from the decanter over the next two years as an accompaniment to steaks, cassoulet, smoked cheese roast vegetables.

Majestic Wine High Wycombe Wine tasting courseDate published: 07/04/13

 On Sunday 21st April come and join Oli and Lou for a special wine tasting event in store from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. If you would like the opportunity to learn more about some of the wines we have to offer here please call us on 01494 511715  or e-mail us on wyc@majestic.co.uk to book a place on this magical afternoon of wine and food matching. There are limitied spaces available so contact us today to make sure you don't miss out!

Fine Wine Friday : Château Chauvin 2006 St-Émilion Grand Cru ClasséDate published: 05/04/13

Grape

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Description

Château Chauvin is located on the north-west part of the St-Emilion plateau, close to the prestigious Cheval-Blanc, on a gentle slope of sand and iron-rich clay. Considered very much a minor estate for many years, until improvements in the late 1990s led to markedly improved quality from 2000 onwards. The 2006 is now in its peak drinking window and offers an expressive blueberry, violet and spice-tinged character.

Wine of the Week - Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 La Rioja AltaDate published: 30/03/13

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

£22.50 or £17.99 when you buy 2 or more

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

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

Wine of the Week - Select Blocks Pinot Noir 2010 Ara, Marlborough Date published: 22/03/13

Grape

Pinot Noir

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

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

Enjoy Ara recommends serving with pork in a hoisin glaze.

Wine of the Week - Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2010 Aconcagua ValleyDate published: 18/03/13

  Errazuriz have given the 'Max' designation to several vineyard plots that have been developed for their range of premium reserva wines. This Merlot comes from blocks Max I and Max IV, which have been planted with specially chosen French vine clones, and 3% Carmenere.

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

Enjoy on its own or with minted lamb chops.

£12.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £6 = £9.99

On the tasting counter - Viña Pomal 1994 Rioja ReservaDate published: 15/03/13

  Viña Pomal is made by the famous Bodegas Bilbainas, from 100% Tempranillo grown only in the estate's own vineyard, matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The renowned 1994 vintage yielded wines of great body and depth, giving them excellent ageing potential. This wine displays all the hallmarks of graceful bottle ageing, with its mahogany tint, dried prune and raisin fruit, and earthy aromatics. Smooth and remarkably fresh the finish. This wine has been cellared in perfect conditions throughout it's maturity in bottle but as with any fully mature wine colouration may be different to what you expect and you will need to take extra care when pulling the cork

£12.49

Buy 2 bottles save £5 £9.99

On the tasting counter today!!

Exploring Rioja Date published: 09/03/13

Exploring Rioja

Spain has a long wine history dating back to the time of the Romans, and Rioja is the leading wine region producing predominantly red wines in the North of the country.

Rioja wine-making is characterized not by fermentation techniques but by barrel maturation, however the shape and size of the barrels used is governed by law.

The regulations also specify the minimum ageing period for each officially recognized category of wine. In Rioja, red wines labelled Crianza must spend at least a year in oak barrels and a further year in bottle, while Reservas must spend at least a year in oak and 24 in bottles and Gran Reservas 2 year in oak and 36 in bottle.

Come and Explore with Majestic High Wycombe

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Wine of the Week :Benmarco Malbec 2011 Dominio del Plata, MendozaDate published: 04/03/13

Wine of the Week : Benmarco Malbec 2011 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes.

Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.

This rich full bodied wine would be a great accompaniment to lots of red meats, such as wild boar, rib-eye steak or cassoulet

£13.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £2 = £12.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 17th March 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Sparkling Saturday - Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne Date published: 02/03/13

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne

Named as its light, delicate colour matches that of the eye of the Partridge, this is a subtly delicious Champagne from Devaux. Coming from the Côtes des Bars in the south of the region, the red Pinot Noir grapes develop an unusual level of ripeness, lending the wine its hue despite a gentle pressing. Although certainly delicate in style, there is a perfect weight of fruit, developing fine biscuity characteristics as the wine matures.

Special Offer : £15

Perfect for Mothers Day !!

Wine Relief : 5th Feb -18th MarchDate published: 02/03/13

 Wine Relief : 5th Feb -18th March

When next in store, look out for our 12 wine relief wines. With every bottle brought 10% of the retail price goes to Comic Relief.

Domaine de l'Aigle Limoux Chardonnay 2011, Gerard Bertrand - £9.99

Domaine de l'Aigle Piunot Noir 2010, Gerard Bertrand, PGI Pays d'Oc - £9.99

Chateau Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 - £13.99

Lirac 2011, Domaine des Garrigues

Bardolino 'Naiano' 2011, Allegrini - £8.49

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Peter Lehmann. Barossa Valley - £9.99

Cape Mentelle Cabertnet Sauvignon Merlot 2010, Margaret River - £14.99

'Dr.L' Riesling, Loosen Brothers 2011, Mosel - £7.99

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2010, Central and N. California - £10.99

Testimonio 2010, Luigi Bosca - £10.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 17th March 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Wine of the Week : Picpoul de Pinet 2011 Côteaux du Languedoc, Villemarin Date published: 02/03/13

Wine of the Week : Picpoul de Pinet 2011 Côteaux du Languedoc, Villemarin

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

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

Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.

£7.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £3 = £6.49

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 17th March 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Fine Wine Friday : Amarone Classico Costasera 2009, MasiDate published: 28/02/13

Fine Wine Friday  : Amarone Classico Costasera 2009, Masi

Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are tooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in today in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels.

Immensely full-bodies and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas.

Drink with game, mature cheese or as a digestif.

Special Offer : £30 or £27 when you buy 2 bottles

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 18th March 2013. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

 

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Wine of the week- Château Haut-Vignoble Seguin 1999 St-Estèphe Date published: 22/02/13

Wine of the Week :Château Haut-Vignoble Seguin 1999 St-Estèphe

Origin At only 3 hectares, this is a very small property whose wines are made at the neighbouring Château Beau Site, which is owned by the same family. The blend is around 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, and comes from various parcels of established vines, many aged over 25 years.

Taste A deep ruby core, embellished with hints of mahogany. Mature aromas of black fruit, leather, spices and hints of undergrowth. An intense palate, structured by firm tannins and youthful acidity.

Enjoy Try this alongside a game pie.

£14.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £12.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 18th March 2013. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc fans be aware!Date published: 20/02/13

2012 has proved to be a tough vintage for Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand, with yields down as much as 30%. This combined with increased demand from new and existing markets alike has pushed up the price of grapes to as much as double what they were the previous year.

 

The result for our customers is that we will be unlikely to see any of our most popular branded New Zealand Sauvignons for less than £7.99 a bottle for the foreseeable future.

 

Our current advice to our regular customers that buy these wines is therefore to stock up now while you can as, moving towards summer, this may well be the last we see of these wines priced at £5.99 or £6.99.

 

Take advantage of some of our super offers below while you still can.

 

Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc - currently £5.99

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - currently £6.99

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - currently £7.49

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc - currently £7.49

French Classics tasting weekDate published: 20/02/13

Join us for a selection of classic French wines open all this week on the tasting counter. We will also be running French Wine Tasting Tutorials on Saturday 2nd of March at 11am and 3pm. Space is limited on these tutorials so please RSVP in advance.

Champagne vs SparklingDate published: 19/02/13

 From Opposite sides of the globe, both of these bubbles punch well above their weight in the taste stakes.

Jacquart NV - Jacquart's excellent non-vintage is a classically yeasty style showing soft, nutty complexity and buttery brioche notes. Fabulous value at £20

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2007, New Zealand - Made from the free-run juice of hand picked grapes, 3 years lees-ageing results in apple and citrus fruit layered with baked bread characters and a creamy texture. A match for any champagne. Well worth it for £16.99

Wine of the week-Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2010 MarlboroughDate published: 18/02/13

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality.

Taste It is medium bodied with beautifully poised red fruit and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse.

Enjoy Serve with rabbit, veal or duck.

Wine CourseDate published: 17/02/13

Our wine courses are back !!

Want to know which wines complement which dishes? Or what makes a good wine and why ?

Our relaxed introduction and tasting serrion will provide you with a great understanding of wine, from grape to glass.

What's more, its asolutely FREE and you're welcome to bring a friend or two.

Dates for February and March:

24th Feb Sunday 10th March

Places are limited and are filling up fast, so book yours today on 01494 511715 or email us on wyc@majestic.co.uk

Valentines Day - Thursday 14thDate published: 13/02/13

Valentine Day Thursday 14th

Why not celebrate this Valentines with a bottle of Rose Champagne?

Laurent-Perrier Rose - £47 With plenty of stylish strawberry fruit and an easy-drinking charm.

Taittinger Prestige Rose NV - £45 or £40 when you buy 2 bottles A delightful pink hue in color and a nose of fresh red berries. It is well balanced, with a fine mousse, and subtle red fruit flavors on the palate

Veuve Clicquot Rose NV - £40 A medium bodies rose ir reminiscent of the power and finesse of the non-vintage label, with a soft red-fruit core.

Nyetimber Rose 2007 - £39.99 or £37.99 when you buy ANY 2 Nyetimber sparkling wines With an enticing aroma of redcurrant's and cherries, entwined with notes of brioche. The complex flavors are echoed on the palate, which has great texture

Ruinart Rose NV - £55 or £50 when you buy 2 bottles Sublime golden pink in color, a subtle nose of cherry and freshly-picked red berries leads ti a fleshy and delightfully smooth finish.

Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV - £14 This pale salmon pink rose Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit

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*Minimum purchase 6 bottles any mix wines, spirits or champagne. Free delivery on orders over £40. Offers valid until 13th March 13.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/02/13

Wine of the Week :Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2010/2011

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring.

Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.

Balances well with oily fish such as baked sea bass, barbecued pork belly or roasted poultry.

£10.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £8.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 17th March 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Paul Mas- Serious wines at silly pricesDate published: 11/02/13

The family of Paul Mas have been producing wines in the sunny South of France for over 100 years, combining expertise with the latest winemaking techinques to produce classic wines in a modern style

I've found them to be of consistent high quality and with the current offers they should be snapped up. My favourites from the range are:

Paul Mas Chardonnay 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc- £5.99 when you buy 2

20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics.

Taste A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and subtle toasted bread notes. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a persistent finish. A great all-rounder, partnering anything from fish and seafood, to light blue cheeses and rich terrines.

Paul Mas Estate 'Gardemiel Vineyard' Malbec 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc- £6.99 when you buy 2

From a single vineyard plot located 200km from Malbec's birthplace in Cahors, this modern Malbec echoes both the Old World rusticity of Cahors, and the inky fruitiness found in the Malbecs of Argentina and the rest of the New World.

Taste This Malbec keeps its bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruit at the centre of the frame, with the edges softened by restrained use of new oak, and subtle herbaceous notes from the blend's 10% Cab Franc. Drink at cool room temperature along with pasta, barbecued meats, or a selection of strong cheeses and gamey terrines.

Hurry, at these prices they won't be around long

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/02/13

Wine of the Week :Contesa Pecorino 2012 Colline Pescaresi IGT

Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented.

Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity. Try with nutty cheeses, such as the wine's sheep's milk cheese namesake, or with simple cod dishes.

£9.99 or Buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £7.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 17th March 2013 . Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Wine of the week- Saint Clair Pioneer Block Gruner Veltliner 2012Date published: 02/02/13

 A Kiwi take on a classic variety from Austria. This is quite a remarkable wine; with notes of citrus blossom, peach and white pepper.

This is a great match for sea food or nutty cheeses

Fine Wine Friday :Turkey Flat 2007, Barossa ValleyDate published: 01/02/13

Fine Wine Friday :Turkey Flat 2007, Barossa Valley

This iconic Shiraz is one of the finest produced in the Barossa Valley. The 'Turkey Flat' property has been in the hand of the Schulz family since 1865. Grapes for this wine come from ancient, incredibly low yielding vines.

A nose of road tar, black fruit and violets. The palate is very concentrated with intelligent use of oak and a fabulous texture.

A great food wine which will evolve in the bottle for up to 15 years. Try with beef Wellington or fillet steak.

Special Offer : £25

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 4th February 2013. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

 

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Wine CourseDate published: 22/01/13

Our wine courses are back !!

Want to know which wines complement which dishes? Or what makes a good wine and why ?

Our relaxed introduction and tasting serrion will provide you with a great understanding of wine, from grape to glass.

What's more, its asolutely FREE and you're welcome to bring a friend or two.

Dates for February and March:

Sunday 3rd Feb Sunday 24th Feb Sunday 10th March

Places are limited and are filling up fast, so book yours today on 01494 511715 or email us on wyc@majestic.co.uk

We are open !!Date published: 21/01/13

 Greetings,

The weather has not got the better of us here and we are open as usual, drop by and say hi!

Deliveries where possible are going out as normal

Regards

Team Wycombe

Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/01/13

Wine of the Week :McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot 2010/2011 Margaret River

The McHenrys and the Hohnens have been cultivating vines in Margaret River since the 1970s, and this classic Bordeaux-style blend offers the structure of a French wine but the concentration and fruit more typical of Australia.

There are dark blackcurrant and black olive notes from the Cabernet with the plummy, brambly Merlot flavours softening the blend. The palate is tight and firm and the oak and tannins balance admirably. This a powerful wine, perfect for hearty winter dishes yet equally adept at complementing summer barbecues.

£11.24 or Buy ANY 2 Australian wines save 20% =£8.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd February 2013. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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January Bargain Hunt!Date published: 08/01/13

Bargain Hunt January 2013!

Stocks are limited so act quickly to avoid disappointment!

Loire

Saumur Champigny 2010, Château de Targé £10.99 down to £7.24 when you buy 2 bottles & save £7.50 Valençay 'Le Clos du Château' 2011, Claude Lafond £8.99 down to £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6 Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, Half bottle £12.99 down to £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles & save £10 Southern France

Mas des Mas 2011, Languedoc £9.99 down to £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6.66 Château La Dournie 2010, St Chinian £8.99 down to £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6 Domaine Tranquillité 2009, Bernard Magrez, Vin de Pays d'Oc £7.99 down to £5.24 when you buy 2 bottles & save £5.50 Mas des Mas Corbières 2011, Jean-Claude Mas £9.99 down to £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles& save £6.66 Domaine des Crès Ricards 'Alexaume' 2011, PGI Mont Baudile £9.99 down to £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles save £6.66 Saint Michel Rouge 2009/10, PDO Gaillac £7.99 down to £5.24 when you buy 2 bottles & save £5.50 Crès Ricards Marsanne Roussanne 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc £9.99 downto £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6.66 Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc £9.99 down to £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6.66 Paul Mas Vermentino 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc £7.99 down to £5.24 when you buy 2 bottles & save £5.50

Spain

Rioja Reserva 2007, Finca Emperatriz £16.99 down to £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles & save £12 Mas de Subira 2006, Priorat £12.99 down to £8.49 when you buy 2 bottles & save £9

Australia (Buy any 2+ Australian wines and save 20%)

McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot 2011, Margaret River £11.24 down to £8.99 on the Australian offer The Galvo Garage 2007, d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale £13.74 down to £10.99 on the Australian offer Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon 2005, McWilliams, Hunter Valley £9.99 down to £7.99 on the Australian offer

New Zealand (Buy any 2+ N.Z wines and save 20%)

Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough £7.49 down to £5.99 on the N.Z Offer Te Mata Chardonnay, Woodthorpe Vineyard 2010, Hawke's Bay £13.74 down to £10.99 on the N.Z offer

Chile (Buy any 2+ Chilean wines and save 20%)

Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Central Valley £6.24 down to £4.99 on the Chilean offer Vistasur Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Central Valley £6.25 down to £4.10 on the Chilean offer Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley £7.49 down to £5.99 on the Chilean offer Tabalí Reserva Especial 'Caliza Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Limarí Valley £9.99 down to £7.99 on the Chilean offer Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2011, Limarí Valley £9.99 down to £7.99 on the Chilean offer

Argentina

Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés 2011, Cafayate £9.99 down to £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6.66 Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque £12.99 down to £8.49 when you buy 2 bottles & save £9 Catalpa Pinot Noir 2011, Atamisque £12.99 down to £8.49 when you buy 2 bottles & save £9 Filosur Chardonnay 2011, Andeluna Cellars, Tupungato £9.99 down to £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6.66 Filosur Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Andeluna Cellars, Tupungato £9.99 down to £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles & save £6.66

Wine of the week- Langhe Nebbiolo 2011 De Forville Date published: 06/01/13

Grape

Nebbiolo

Origin The De Forville domaine covers ten hectares over two Piedmont villages and their production is now almost entirely bottled on the estate. Nebbiolo is a Piedmont stalwart and most famous for its role in Barolo.

Taste A Nebbiolo with striking ruby colour and a nose that displays bright red fruits with hints of spice. This complexity is carried onto the palate with racy acidity and oak bringing freshness and structure.

Enjoy The soft tannins make this wine a viable option to open now. Give it time in the decanter and serve with fatty meats or creamy cheese

Opening hours on Monday 7th January 2013Date published: 30/12/12

Greetings,

Due to the Majestic 'Christmas' party happening on the Sunday 6th January our opening/closing times for these dates have changed slightly:-

Sunday 6th - 10am - 5pm

Monday 7th - 1:00pm - 8:00pm

Our delivery schedules will be restricted on these days.

Kind regards,

Team High Wycombe

Wine of the week- Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza Date published: 29/12/12

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

Taste Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

Enjoy Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.

Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière 2010/2011 Bourillon d'Orleans 37.5cl Half bottleDate published: 22/12/12

Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière 2010/2011 Bourillon d'Orleans 37.5cl Half bottle

Origin This is a dessert-style Vouvray from one of the region's finest producers, now in its 4th generation of family ownership. A mixture of super-ripe and botrytised grapes, from 30-year-old vines, vinified in both stainless steel and old oak.

Taste A rich and glossy gold in the glass. Aromas are of ripe pineapple and quince, followed by sweet spices, clove and cinnamon. The palate is awash with flavours of sweet figs and crystallised lemon.

Enjoy Enjoyable now, or over the next 30 years. A superb partner for sweet caramel puddings or strong, creamy cheeses.

Great value sticky- try it with blue cheese

Wine of the week- St. Joseph 2009 Vidal-Fleury Date published: 21/12/12

Wine of the week- St. Joseph 2009 Vidal-Fleury

Origin Since the 1980’s Vidal-Fleury has been owned by the Guigal family. Their support has allowed the business to flourish and has enabled them to continue to produce classic wines, blending traditional techniques with modern equipment. Vidal-Fleury have been making wine in the northern Rhône Valley since the late 18th century, and this St.Joseph adheres to the traditional style.

Taste This deep crimson wine has a concentrated berry character on nose and palate, framed by elegant yet firm tannins, and embellished with notes of black pepper, thyme and anise.

Enjoy Enjoyable young, but will benefit from cellarage of 5 years or more. Drink with lamb roasted with a bouquet of fresh herbs.

Meursault 2011 Nicolas Potel- Great value top notch BurgundyDate published: 20/12/12

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generous and approachable style of Chardonnay.

Taste An inviting shade of pale gold, offering a rich nose of apple and peach, with hints of flowers, vanilla and pepper. The palate is fresh and ripe, with soft-edged acidity and a nutty minerality.

Enjoy with roast chicken of fleshy, white fish dishes.

 

High Wycombe Staff Choice

Château La Croix de Gay 2003 Pomerol Date published: 16/12/12

Grape

Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Origin This small estate of 13 hectares only produces around 3000 cases a year and Majestic has snapped up a direct parcel at cracking prices. Comprising 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, these wines are usually dark and direct.

Taste With an aromatic nose of raspberries, cherries, smoke and espresso, the palate is rich and opulent with loads of fruit and a plush texture.

Enjoy Drinking well now, this vintage ripened Merlot better than Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy over the next 4-5 years; decant before drinking.

Jon's Xmas day treat

Bollinger Grande Année 2004Date published: 16/12/12

Grape

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

Bollinger's stunning vintage wines are highly sought after. Following the house style, this is a richly fruited Champagne with bold yeasty notes, yet with an elegance and finesse that is typical of superior vintage wines. To quote Mme Lily Bollinger: 'I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it when I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty of course.

Pefrfect for Xmas day!

Sparkling Saturday- Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Champagne Date published: 15/12/12

 Grape

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

A fine old house with a distinctively light, pure style, Taittinger is a consistent crowd pleaser. Pale in colour with a fine, strong bubble, the nose is of clean green fruit, matched in the mouth with a pleasingly refreshing acidity that makes this an excellent Champagne to drink with delicately flavoured food

Come down and try a drop today

Wine of the week- Rioja Reserva 2007 Marqués de RiscalDate published: 15/12/12

Grape

Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

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

Taste 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.

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

La Réserve de Léoville Barton 2006 St-Julien Date published: 11/12/12

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

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

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

Enjoy Serve with shoulder of lamb braised in wine. Drinking well at the moment, but will keep for another 5 or so years.

Try this with your xmas cheese board

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough 375ml Half-bottleDate published: 08/12/12

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin Botrytised grapes have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine. The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shrivelled berries.

Taste Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours, and as such, never cloys. Lingers long on the palate.

Enjoy An amazing match for gorgonzola or rich pâtés.

open to try this weekend!

Sparkling Saturday Updated !Date published: 08/12/12

Sparkling Saturday :Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne

A well-priced Champagne of considerable charm. Perrier-Jouët is light, certainly, but displays a lovely weight of soft-apple fruit and an easy-drinking, well balanced style that make it extremely popular.

Special Offer : £30

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 4th February 2013. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Sparkling Saturday :Taittinger Brut Reserve NVDate published: 07/12/12

Sparkling Saturday :Taittinger Brut Reserve NV

A fine old house with a distinctively light, pure style, Taittinger is a consistent crowd pleaser. Pale in colour with a fine, strong bubble, the nose is of clean green fruit, matched in the mouth with a pleasingly refreshing acidity that makes this an excellent Champagne to drink with delicately flavoured food.

Special Offer : £26

 

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 4th February 2013. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Something Different from Argentina- Testimonio 2010 Luigi BoscaDate published: 06/12/12

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shyrah or Shiraz, Tannat

Origin Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line. Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'.

Taste A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

Enjoy Drink with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak

Wine of the week- Dry Furmint 2011 Royal TokajiDate published: 06/12/12

 Grape

Furmint

Origin The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines. More commonly associated with the super-sweet dessert wines of Hungary, the Furmint grape is employed here in a dry white, to stunning effect.

Taste Well-defined aromatics comprising rich honey notes and stone fruits on the nose. Plenty of acidity gives the palate crispness and bite, with mineral tinges accenting the fruit-laden, exotic feel.

Enjoy Partner with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.

Fine Wine Friday-Meursault Narvaux 2009 Louis Jadot Date published: 06/12/12

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin Les Narvaux is a vineyard area adjacent to Genevrières and Poruzots, and has very shallow soils and a southerly aspect, which promote both low yields and excellent ripening.

Taste This wine exhibits the typical Meursault roundness and approachability, with a pleasing crispness and nutty accents.

Enjoy Perfect with Moules marinière.

Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo 'Napoleon' SherryDate published: 06/12/12

Grape

Pedro Ximenez

Origin Produced by the Hidalgo Family bodega, established in 1792 in Sanlúcar. Made using grapes dried on straw mats, fermented and fortified, then aged under the solaria system. One of the sweetest wines in the world, PX is about as sweet as things can get!

Taste Aromas of raisins, molasses, figs, toffee, caramel, nuts, the palate is incredibly thick, dense, with an oily texture, massive concentration and unsurpassed sweetness and prolonged length.

Enjoy The ultimate sweet wine! Fantastic when poured over ice-cream.

Perfect with Xmas Pudding!

Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12

We are now unable to deliver new web orders before Christmas. If you place an order for collection we can get the wines ready for you to pick up during opening hours. Please call us on 01494 511 715 if you have any questions regarding this.

Happy Christmas!

Team Wycombe

Sparkling Saturday : Canard-Duchêne Brut NV ChampagneDate published: 01/12/12

Canard-Duchêne Brut NV Champagne

Offering excellent value, this Champagne offers its pleasures in a clean, easily accessible style. Pure fruit flavours dominate both the nose and palate, with just a hint of yeastiness and a fine mousse.

Special Offer: £15

Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001 La Rioja Alta Date published: 30/11/12

Grape

Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Taste Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

Oli will be nursing a bottle of this on Xmas Eve!

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2010 MarlboroughDate published: 30/11/12

  Grape

Chardonnay

Origin Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay.

Taste 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.

Enjoy Eminently drinkable now but it will reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years.

Perfect with your Turkey!

Sweet tooth Saturday :A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Marlborough 37.5cl Half bottle Date published: 30/11/12

Sweet tooth Saturday :A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Marlborough 37.5cl Half bottle

This dessert wine from Marisco Vinyeards' King's Series is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine, giving them extra ripeness and promoting the onset of botrytis, creating intense sweetness and complex flavours.

Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lychee and fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift. Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years for more flavour development. Partner with summer fruit puddings.

£15.99 or buy ANY 2 New Zealand wines save 20%= £12.79

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd Decemberr 2012. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne Date published: 29/11/12

Grape

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

Dan's Favourite NV

White Wine of the Week- Wakefield Estate Chardonnay 2011 Clare Valley Date published: 27/11/12

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin The Clare Valley is a series of elevated valleys, rolling hills and wide open valley floors. It extends for 35 km and is divided into five sub-regions. A continental climate slows the ripening process and explains why aromatic whites flourish alongside intense, rich reds.

Taste White peach, nectarine and citrus fruits leap out of the glass, preceding a ripe, mid-weight palate of peach, pineapple and a subtle cinnamon note.

Enjoy A creamy texture and good acidity give the wine a solid backbone, making it perfect with full-flavoured white meat dishes.

Red Wine of the Week- Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2010 Date published: 27/11/12

Grape

Zinfandel

Origin Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yeilding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino.

Taste Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Enjoy Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison

White Wine of the Week- Pouilly-Fuissé Villes Vignes 2010 Domaine CordierDate published: 23/11/12

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin Vignes Blanches is a Cordier-owned parcel of 40-plus year-old vines, producing superbly balanced, rich styles of wine. Characteristic traits of this producer are minimal filtration and super-low yields to maximise concentration and purity.

Taste Ripe tropical fruit in the form of peach and apricot are in abundance here, yet are kept in touch with a crisp acidity which leaves the finish refreshing and near-flawless.

Enjoy Enjoy with richer dishes such as risotto, pâté or duck - the clean acidity will cut through the fatty elements in these food

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 23/11/12

 Sparkling Saturday : Trilogy Cuvée Brut NV Jacob's Creek

Jacob's Creek's premium sparkling wine, Trilogy is made from the traditional triumvirate of grape varieties, as found in Champagne. Vinified separately, they are then carefully blended together, before secondary bottle fermentation provides the fizz.

A nose of citrus fruit and redcurrant, accented with notes of fresh breadcrust and yeasty development. Fine and elegant mousse provides a creamy persistence on the palate.

Any and all vol-au-vents.

Special Offer : £9.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd Decemberr 2012. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Wines of Australia and New Zealand Tasting WeekDate published: 23/11/12

 From Tuesday 27th to Thursday 6th December we have wines of New Zealand and Australia tasting  week. During this week we shall a selection of wines from these two regions open for you to try. This is a great opportunbity to try something new that you may not of thought of before, and also to try some new arrivals.

So why not pop down and find your new favourite for this festive season, and with 20% off when you buy 2 or more wines from either New Zealand or Austalia.

Come and Explore with Majestic High Wycombe

Wines of Rhone and Burgundy Tasting WeekDate published: 19/11/12

From Tuesday 20th  to Monday 26th November we have Rhone and Burgundy Tasting week. During this week we shall a selection of wines from these two regions open for you to try. This is a great opportunbity to try something new that you may not of thought of before such as a Chablis, and also to try some new arrivals. So why not pop down and find your new favourite for this festive season.

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Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/11/12

 Wine of the Week : Santenay Charmes 2010, Roger Belland

Roger Belland and his daughter Julie represent tge fifth and sixth generations of this winemaking family. Domaine Belland has a total of 23 hectares of vines, made up of some of the best premier cru and grand cru vineyards in Burgundy

An intense and brilliant purplish crimson colour, with a forward and persistent nose of blackcurrant and cherry. Smooth and silky tannins make for a long and involving experience on the palate.

Best served with pheasant of partridge.

£19.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £6 =£16.99

Subject to availability. Prices valid until 3rd Decemberr 2012. Minimum in store purchase 6 bottles.

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Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne only £30 until 3rd DecemberDate published: 17/11/12

Grape

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Description

An archetypal Champagne from an historic house. Madame Clicquot's wine displays a superb marriage of freshness and power - gorgeous and deceptively pale colour with fine, persistent bubbles -a poised, delicately bready nose - and on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long

Class in a glass!

Chilean Bargain White - Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2011 Central Valley Date published: 12/11/12

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnay benefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and the more tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes.

Taste A youthfully green-tinged lemon yellow wine, with an inviting nose of yellow apple, tangerine zest and ripe melon. Refreshing and zippy on the palate, with a soft, clean finish.

Enjoy Enjoyable on its own, or with a chicken Caesar salad.

Chilean Bargain Red - Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2011 Central ValleyDate published: 12/11/12

Grape

Cabernet Franc

Origin As well as being a constituent of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc is the classic red variety of much of the Loire region, particularly Saumur and Chinon. This Chilean example offers a rare glimpse of Cabernet Franc a single varietal wine from outside of France.

Taste A medium-bodied, ruby red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf. The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.

Enjoy A great partner for soft cheeses and fresh tomato pasta dishes.

White Wine of the Week- McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011Date published: 09/11/12

Grape

Viognier

Origin The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from McManis's own estate vineyard at River Junction, south of Lodi where the winery is based. Nestled between the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers, the area benefits from cooler temperatures than the surrounding farmlands.

Taste Immensely ripe and aromatic, presenting the classic peach, apricot and honeysuckle character of Viognier in abundance. The wine has a real weight and viscosity that keeps the finish lingering.

Enjoy Best served with roasted pork belly glazed with honey and ginger

Red Wine of the Week- Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2008 Carneros Date published: 09/11/12

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin The ethos of producing wine that maintains the hallmark of the vineyard rather than simply the mark of the producer dominates the winemaking philosophy for the Carneros Pinot Noir. Gentleness and restraint are critical in the selection of the grapes and in the élevage.

Taste Ripe red-fruit aromas with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla. A ripe and textured palate of integrated tannins, red-fruit and spice with a fresh, weighty finish.

Enjoy Drinking well over the next four years, partner with duck, lamb and game.

Red Wine of the Week- Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009 Marlborough Date published: 25/10/12

  Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality.

Taste It is medium bodied with beautifully poised red fruit and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse.

Enjoy Serve with rabbit, veal or duck

White Wine of the Week- Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza Date published: 25/10/12

  Grape

Chardonnay

Origin A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

Taste Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

Enjoy Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes

Red Wine of the Week- Rioja Reserva La Vicalanda 1994Date published: 19/10/12

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin: From Bodegas Bilbainas (makers of Vina Pomal) and the highly esteemed 1994 vintage.

Taste: Aged for 12 months in new French oak and now 16 years in the bottle; this wine is now fully mature and drinking beautifully. Displaying a lovely fruit character of stewed plums, figs, rasins and mulling spices. The tannins have now integrated making the wine more supple.

Enjoy: The perfect match with roast Lamb

This is a one off parcel so once it's gone it gone!

White Wine of the Week- Villa Maria Private Bin Gewürztraminer 2011 East CoastDate published: 19/10/12

  Grape

Gewürztraminer

Origin Produced by New Zealand's most awarded winery, from fruit sourced in Marlborough, Gisborne and the Hawkes Bay. New Zealand Gewürtraminer forms part of the triumvirate of aromatic varietals taking the wine world by storm.

Taste The nose is brimming with classic aromas of lychees and spice, which follow through to the full bodied, fruity palate. Low acidity levels give the wine a rich and soft, almost off dry finish.

Enjoy Drinking well now or over the next 2 years. This wine will not partner chilli spices, but with aromatically spiced Asian dishes.

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough- Now only £6.99Date published: 16/10/12

  Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.

Taste A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

Enjoy A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

Snap it up before it all goes!

Red Wine of the Week- DMZ Syrah 2009 De Morgenzon, StellenboschDate published: 12/10/12

Grape

Syrah

Origin This youthful and expressive wine comes from young vines in De Morgenzon's own estate, grown on its weathered granite soils. Hand-picked, the grapes are then fermented in stainless steel, before transfer to French oak barrels for 11 months' maturation.

Taste 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.

Enjoy Drinking well now, or over the next 5-6 years. Great with pasta in a traditional marinara sauce.

Body

White Wine of the Week- Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011 Western Cape Date published: 12/10/12

Grape

Viognier

Origin Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.

Taste Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.

Enjoy Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

Fine Wine Friday- Duckhorn Decoy Merlot 2010Date published: 05/10/12

 Why not pop in today to try this top notch new world merlot- hurry it won't last long!

White Wine of the Week- Villa Maria Pinot Grigio 2011 MarlboroughDate published: 05/10/12

Grape

Pinot Grigio

Origin
Sourced from the diverse terroirs of Gisbourne, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Waipara, this Pinot Grigio has the varietal expression typical of Villa Maria wines, yet the style pays homage to the crisp and fruit-focused wines of Alsace.

Taste
Intense aromas of green apple, pear and ripe quince, nuanced with subtle spice. The palate is gently off-dry, accenting the ripe fruit, with crisp acidity providing a mouthwatering finish.

Enjoy
A great partner for soft, mild cheeses, or chicken salad with fresh herbs.

Red Wine of the Week- Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2011 Colchagua Valley Date published: 05/10/12

  Grape

Merlot

Origin
A great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels. Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume.

Taste
Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume.

Enjoy
Perfect with rich pasta sauces and red meat dishes

Calling Trade CustomersDate published: 05/10/12

Trade Customer?


If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 01494 511 715 and we can put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial Team. We offer exclusive on-trade labelled wines, free delivery and credit terms (subject to approval).

Need wine in a hurry? Call us now to discuss your needs.
 

Pinot Noir Tasting Week - Villa Maria Cellar Selection 2009Date published: 25/09/12

On the tasting counter this week is a selection of fine Pinot Noirs from around the world to celebrate our Pinot Noir tasting week. This week's favourite among the staff at High Wycombe has to be the offering from New Zealand.... and at £12.49 a bottle when you buy two or more bottles, you are in for a real treat!

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009 Marlborough

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin

This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality.

Taste

It is medium bodied with beautifully poised red fruit and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse.

Enjoy

Serve with rabbit, veal or duck.

Body
 

Medium bodied

Moet & ChandonDate published: 24/09/12

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

White Wine of the Week- Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 NelsonDate published: 20/09/12

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin
Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating Maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the new world.

Taste
Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish.

Enjoy
Gorgeous on a warm summer afternoon, or even to bring some sunshine to a wet afternoon. Fantastic with oysters and scallops.

Red Wine of the Week- Rioja Crianza 1994 Viña SalcedaDate published: 20/09/12

Grape

Tempranillo
Description

Available at an unusually low price, this wine is from a one-off parcel of fully mature Rioja obtained by our buyers. 1994 was a classic vintage in Rioja, producing some stellar wines capable of graceful ageing over a long period of time. This example comes from a small producer in Elciego, and is a well structured wine even today, offering the classic crianza hallmarks of ripe red fruit, supple mouth-feel and a finish embellished with spice. This wine has been cellared in perfect conditions throughout it's maturity in bottle but as with any fully mature wine colouration may be different to what you expect and you will need to take extra care when pulling the cork.

A trip to Paulaner- MunichDate published: 19/09/12

I've just come back from a little trip to Germany, whilst away I paid a visit to our good frriends at Paulaner Brewery. For many years I have been a big fan of their beers, especially the 'Orignal' Pilsner. Paulaner are one of the 5 major breweries in Munich which feature at the infamous Oktoberfest which attracts beer lovers from all over the world.

The factory occupies a huge sight in the heart of Munich, luckily I had a very good guide who made sure that we didn't get lost! On the tour I found out many facts about their operation- but I will leave you with the facts as to what makes Paulaner so good; they have a great team of experienced brewers who care about the product and they only use the finest Barley, Hops, Malt and Water (nothing else). The water is actually sourced from a well they have on sight which is 240m deep- where it has been untouched for thousands of years making it ultra pure.

After all that walking around I had quite an appetite so went to their restuarant- these guys also now how to cook! I was served a platter of traditional Bravarian food, consisting of; sausages, roast pork, roast duck, sauer kraut, potatoes, dumplings and gravy. All washed down with a couple of  large glasses of  their newly released Oktoberfest beer - It was truly fantastic!

Paulaner Oktoberfest is now available in store, hurry it won't be here long.

Wine of the Week- The Caracal 2009/2010 Neethlingshof, StellenboschDate published: 06/09/12

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc

Origin
A Bordeaux blend from one of the Cape's oldest estates, this wine has been named after the Caracal, a wild lynx-like cat indigenous to South Africa, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural 'Darwinian' form of pest control.

Taste
12 months maturation in new and old French oak barrels has lent this wine lovely toasty and cedary aromas, and smoothed the ample tannins which envelope the core of juicy blackberry and mulberry fruit.

Enjoy
Drink with slow-braised meats such as oxtail or pork belly

White Wine of the Week- Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2011 Nelson Date published: 30/08/12

Grape

Gewürztraminer

Origin
Nelson experiences long, sunny days and Waimea are one of the best producers here. In the early nineties, Trevor and Robyn Bolitho were growing apples on this estate and diversified into vines, with impressive results.

Taste
An intense, tropical-fruit-laden wine, full of concentrated flavours of orange zest and lychee, embellished with floral notes on the nose and a delicate yet slightly unctuous texture.

Enjoy
The off-dry apéritif style really emphasises the wine's fruitiness. A marvellous match for spicy foods such as Thai curry.

Red Wine of the Week- Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007 Columbia Valley Date published: 30/08/12

Grape

Merlot, Syrah or Shiraz, Malbec

Origin
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington state. The Cascade Mountains shelter the estate's Columbia Valley vineyards from much of the harsh weather of the coast, allowing good ripening in an otherwise marginal, northern climate.

Taste
A round and approachable Merlot with an abundance of black cherry and bramble fruit, and nuances of leather, baking spices and aromatic shrubs. 8% Syrah adds a rich, jammy dimension.

Enjoy
The winery recommends pairing with mushroom dishes, such as wild mushroom risotto, or pork loin with a morel sauce.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004Date published: 27/08/12

One of the very best English sparkling wines around!

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings
of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's
premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and
often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

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

Wine of Week- Pouilly-Fuisse 2010, Domaine CordierDate published: 23/08/12

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin:  From the Domaine Cordier estate with vines grown in Fuisse village this is a modern style Burgundy, using 15% new oak.

Taste: Very foward in style; with ripe tropical and peach fruit accompanied with toasty oak makes this wine sumptuous and rich. The flavours linger on the palate for long harmonious finish- what a wine!

Enjoy: Would match a creamy dish like stroganoff  or roasted white meat.

Fancy a change?Date published: 18/08/12

If you've had your fill of main stream whites and are looking for something new then try this little gem.

Planalto Douro White Reserva 2011

Grapes

Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Gouveio, Codega

Origin
A blend of white grape varieties indigenous to the Douro area. At once traditional and modern, the wine is vinified very much in a contemporary style, with de-stalking and cold fermentation helping to preserve freshness of fruit and maximum aromatic impact.

Taste
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.

Food Match
Great with seafood or herbaceous pasta and rice dishes.

At only £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of your mixed case it won't hit your pocket too hard. A Wycombe staff favourite.

We love NyetimberDate published: 17/08/12

Coming all the way from west Sussex, Nyetimber is an award winning ENGLISH sparkling wine, winning over 60 awards including the IWC best sparkling wine in the world for our blanc de blanc. Here is a little about each wine which are available in our store...

The classic Cuvee 2004 - Made from a traditional champagne blend of pinot nior, pinot meunier and chardonnay. A fabulous sparkling wine perfect for a special occasion or to have along with sea food, it is a perfect partner for fish and chips, but is weighty enough for chicken dishes as well. The queen specially selected this for her diamond jubilee celebrations, and is a bargain on offer for £24.99!

The blanc de blanc 2003 - IWC best sparkling wine in the world winning wine. Made exclusively from chardonnay, beating top champagnes in blind taste tests.This a a delicous rich style of sparkling, with an elegant creamy finish.

Th Rose 2007- Wow- this is a real winner. Lovely aroma of cherry and strawberry which follow through on the palate along with juicy raspberries. This soft and elegant little number challanges some of the best champagnes and will only get better over the next 5 years.

Wine of the Week - Jim Barry The Cover Drive, 2010 Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 15/08/12

New in store today is The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 from Jim Barry's Coonawarra Estate.

This wine has been named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley estate, then aged in French and American oak.

The nose is very fragrant, dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with nuances of fennel and damson. A generous palate with succulent tannins framing blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavours. Like many Australian reds, there is a subtle hint of Eucalyptus on the nose.


This offering can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more.

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc £5.99Date published: 14/08/12

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is
also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as
we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing
wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

Now only £5.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case.

Nicolas Feuillatte £15Date published: 12/08/12

Only one and a half days left on this wonderful offer.  Don't miss out!  A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. This Champagne has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

Wine of the Week- Pouilly-Vinzelles 'En Paradis' 2010/2011 Louis Latour Date published: 03/08/12

A clean, fresh wine displaying honey and stone fruit aromas. Sweet honey and floral characters are in abundance on the palate and create a fine and elegant complexity.

A great example of a Mâconnais wine. Perfect with seafood and chicken dishes.

Wine of the Week - Saint Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011 MarlboroughDate published: 26/07/12

Made exclusively for Majestic by one of our favourite new wineries, this mouth-watering Sauvignon has aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and gooseberry and a palate of ripe gooseberry and herbs.

The crisp acidity is balanced by an enticing minerality, making it a perfect match with fresh salads, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Or just enjoy whilst lazing in the sun

Wine of the Week- Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2010 Louis JadotDate published: 20/07/12

Intense aromas of ripe red fruit intermingled with subtle floral aromas and sweet spice. This is no ordinary Beaujolais, showing more body and depth than most- making it a great match for spring Lamb. Is drinking now but has enough acidity and complexity to last a good 5 years

Don't be silly, check out Chile!Date published: 06/07/12

Ladies and Gents, Chilean tasting week has arrived. If  the 20% offer hasn't already enticed you to sample what our friends in South America are capable of then pay us a visit and find out for FREE. Chile offers quality wines at very reasonable prices, and with a range of micro-climates throughout the country they can grow most of the major grape varietals. Big buttery Chardonnays- to delicate Rieslings on the whites, Rich dense Cabernets to light and soft Pinot Noir on reds- Chile has something for everyone. We recommend that you try their signature red Camenere, and it just so happens that we have one open this weekend. We look forward to seeing in store.

Lunch at LafiteDate published: 16/05/12

Having spent a couple of days last week with colleagues in Bordeaux, I was lucky enough to be invited to Lafite for a splendid 3 course lunch and a few glasses of their 'house wine' as it were. This rare opportunity was a real pleasure and a reminder as to why I have such a passion for left bank Bordeaux. 

Firstly we were offered a tasting of the En Primeur 2011 Vintage which was exceptional and I gave 100 'Oli Carr' points! With the obviously grippy tannins, it was still incredibly elegant as expected, and in a couple of decades will be up there with the very best..

When invited in to the main living quarters, we were greeted with a glass of their Champagne and sweet wine with canapes of foie gras and such like. The first course was a lentil soup with poached egg, followed by rare beef, asparagus wrapped in parma ham and a tartiflette. The desert was a pear stuffed with something, but by this point so much fine wine had been flowing I'm not entirely sure with what!!! The Chateau Lafite 1990 that accompanied the cheese board was the highlight. It was full of blackcurrant, moist tobacco leaf, sweet vanilla and a seemingly endless finish... astonishing! As the winemaker whispered in to my ear, "Oli, the best bottle of Bordeaux is an empty bottle of Bordeaux".  It was then I knew exactly why I had chosen this career path, for moments such as that.

Knowing that I won't be drinking that sort of quality in those surreal surroundings ever again hurts me, but is softened by the fact I can get similar top quality wines at a snip of the price here in Majestic Wines of High Wycombe every day of the week!

Sante!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/02/12

 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse

The vintage has been described as superb, and the best in the last decade. This CNDP has all the right hallmarks from this famous appellation to be enjoyed now.

Part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a
total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics:
Mature bush vines that sit on top a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles called Galets or pudding stones.
This wine is superbly balanced between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity.

The nose and palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the dense bramble woodland fruit. The subtle spice is perfect to battle with rich red meaty foods such as winter warming stew or casserole.

Yummy!

Enjoyable immediately, but will improve with 5 years' cellaring.

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/02/12

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse

The vintage has been described as superb, and the best in the last decade. This CNDP has all the right hallmarks from this famous appellation to be enjoyed now.

Part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a
total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics:
Mature bush vines that sit on top a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles called Galets or pudding stones.
This wine is superbly balanced between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity.

The nose and palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the dense bramble woodland fruit. The subtle spice is perfect to battle with rich red meaty foods such as winter warming stew or casserole.

Yummy!

Enjoyable immediately, but will improve with 5 years' cellaring.

Store Events(3)

Free Spotlight Tasting

27 November 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

Spotlight on Californian Wines. A themed tasting of 6 different Californian wines - it is Thanksgiving after all!

Open to all

Free Seasonal Tasting

20 November 2014 (18:30 )

Our big winter tasting! By far our most popular night of the year, Lots of wines and cheeses supplied by Vallebonna

RSVP

Free Wine Course

26 October 2014 (15:00 )

Open to all

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What we're tasting today...

Meet the team...

  • Anna Assistant Manager

    Having recently traveled from deepest darkest depths of Lincolnshire I find myself in the warmer climes of the south! Originally hailing from Yorkshire, I'm probably the one you can't understand. I am partial to the biggest most alcoholic New World wines I can find - either red or white. I'm the girl to ask if you love a good Chardonnay!
  • Chris Manager

    I've been with Majestic for 4 years taking in such exotic locations as Reading, Wokingham and Miadenhead. I've a real passion for most types of wine but if pushed I currently look to red Bordeaux and Aussie Shiraz for vinous sustenance. I'm also studying for my WSET Diploma and have a phobia of empty cafetieres!
  • Ferris Trainee Manager

    Ferris is the newest member of team Wycombe joining us from the wild retail world of Co-op in Walter's Ash. He has endeared himself to us with his demands for decent coffee and his immediate declaration of love for the Viognier grape
  • Jon Duggan-Rees Sales Assistant

    I have been in the wine trade for 9,575 years, and have a real passion in choosing wine to match food. If you want my advice on a good recommendation there is nothing better than a regional French red with a nice hotpot. However I have been known to enjoy a few new world blends from Argentina.

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