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- Italian Wines Part 1!! 23/04/14
- Clos Sainte-Anne 2009, Pomerol on the tasting counter! 19/04/14
- German Wines, Part 4!! 15/04/14
- German Wines, Part 3!! 14/04/14
- Pizarras de Otero rosé 13/04/14
- WEB EXCLUSIVE Rosé 13/04/14
- AIX Rosé 13/04/14
- Easter Opening Hours 12/04/14
- Stephen's Wine of the Week 07/04/14
- German Wines, Part 2!! 06/04/14
- Rioja Reserva Imperial 2008, CVNE 06/04/14
- Manager's wine of the week 04/04/14
- 120 Merlot just £5.99! 03/04/14
- German Wines, Part 1!! 03/04/14
- Why not try this for a BBQ? 01/04/14
- John's choice of great value, every day drinking red. 29/03/14
- Vina Eguia Reserva 26/03/14
- Ravenswood Zinfandel 26/03/14
- Gavi Montiero 25/03/14
- 1 week left for this AMAZING red 24/03/14
- Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc 24/03/14
- The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 23/03/14
- Macon Lugny 22/03/14
- Burrow Hill Cider: 19/03/14
- Wine of the Week - Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 19/03/14
- March Pick 'n' Mix!!! 19/03/14
- Bordeaux Review: Château Batailley 2007 19/03/14
- Gavi vs Gavi! 14/03/14
- Ned Sauvignon! 13/03/14
- Stephen's choice of the pic'n'mix 09/03/14
- Ella's Pick of the Pick 'n' Mix 06/03/14
- Wine of the Week: Château Lanessan 1998 04/03/14
- Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2012 on the tasting counter 23/02/14
- El Parador Crianza 2009 22/02/14
- Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011, Vistalba on the tasting counter 21/02/14
- Château l'Hospitalet 2011, Grand Vin, Gérard Bertrand on the tasting counter! 21/02/14
- Amontillado Napoleon - Bodegas Hidalgo : a fantastic sherry! 10/02/14
- Whisky Review: Auchentoshan 12 years 06/02/14
- Wine of the Week: Brio de Cantenac-Brown 2007 01/02/14
- On the tasting Counter: Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard 31/01/14
- On the tasting Counter: Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 31/01/14
- On the tasting Counter: Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 27/01/14
- Wine of the Week: Chateau Fourcas-Hosten 2004 24/01/14
- Bargain Hunt Wine: Rayuela Cabernet Sauvignon 17/01/14
- Bargain Hunt Wine: Serena Pinot Grigio Rose 17/01/14
- Bargain Hunt Wine: Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon 16/01/14
- Bargain hunt wine: Mcguigan Chardonnay 15/01/14
- On the Tasting Counter Montepulciano 15/01/14
- Wine of the Week: Château Musar Blanc 2004 13/01/14
- Staff Favourites: Jasmine's 12/01/14
- Wine of the Week: Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2004, Pessac-Leognan 10/01/14
- Tasting Counter Tasting:Château de Triniac 2011 10/01/14
- Wine of the Week: Château Sénéjac 2010 Cru Bourgeois 04/01/14
- Bargain Hunt Time! 03/01/14
- Vinalba Malbec Touriga nacional blend on the tasting counter! 30/12/13
- Château Coufran 2004, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur 23/12/13
- Château Barde-haut on the tasting counter! 23/12/13
- Whisky Tasting - Bowmore 12 year old 20/12/13
- Christmas Delivery!! 19/12/13
- Hine VSOP Cognac 17/12/13
- 'Galet' Cotes Du Rhone on the Tasting Counter! 17/12/13
- Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose on the tasting counter! 16/12/13
- Delivery before Christmas! 14/12/13
- Why not treat yourself to some port? 13/12/13
- Crozes Hermitage 2010 Domaine Les Hauts De Mercurol 13/12/13
- Chateau Senejac 2010 on the tasting counter! 13/12/13
- Little Daily Wine Review:Petit Chablis 2011, Domaine Louis Moreau 12/12/13
- Whisky Tasting - Knockando 12 Year Old 12/12/13
- Chateau Caronne St Gemme 2008 on the tasting counter! 12/12/13
- Santa Rita 120 Merlot on tasting counter! 12/12/13
- Nicolas Potel Meursault on the tasting counter! 10/12/13
- Ned Pinot Grigio on the tasting counter! 10/12/13
- Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling on the tasting counter! 10/12/13
- Indulgent Xmas Red-Jasmine's choice! 09/12/13
- Fine Wine for Christmas! 08/12/13
- Vina Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta 07/12/13
- Spotlight Tasting, Christmas Special! 05/12/13
- A little taste of luxury: Baileys Chocolat Luxe 30/11/13
- Wine of the week: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012 Clos de L'Oratoire 30/11/13
- Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña Eguía 30/11/13
- Daily Wine Review:Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières 23/11/13
- New Starter - Jasmine 21/11/13
- Rhône and Burgundy 21/11/13
- New Starter - Stephen 19/11/13
- Farewell to Mike & Morgan 10/11/13
- "Drink. Conquer. Repeat" - Mike's guide to Rugby drinks 09/11/13
- Daily Wine Review - Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 09/11/13
- Daily Wine Review - Clos Du Bois Chardonnay 08/11/13
- Wine of the week: Château Patarabet 2007, St-Emilion 06/11/13
- Daily Wine Review - Côte du Rhône 2011 Vidal Fleury 05/11/13
- Daily Wine Review - Chateau Le Vivier 04/11/13
- Brewdog Punk IPA has landed! 04/11/13
- Einstok White Ale has landed! 02/11/13
- Daily Wine Review - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino 28/10/13
- Hurry! 20% OFF SPAIN AND SOUTH AFRICA ENDS TODAY! 28/10/13
- Spotlight on New Craft Beers! 26/10/13
- Daily Wine Review - Turkey Flat Butchers Block "The White 25/10/13
- Fine Wine of the Week - Amarone Negrar 25/10/13
- Daily Wine Review - Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec 24/10/13
- Rioja Reserva 2008, Marqués de Riscal 18/10/13
- Château Sénéjac 2010, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc 18/10/13
- Region Focus: Argentina 12/10/13
- Trade Customer? 11/10/13
- Fine Wine of the Week - Angel's Share Shiraz 11/10/13
- Daily Wine Review - Serena Pinot Grigio 08/10/13
- Spotlight: Sherry! 06/10/13
- Wine of the week: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-Bordet 05/10/13
- Daily Wine Review - Catena Chardonnay 29/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Kangarilla Road Shiraz 28/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Beaune 1er Cru "Les Cents Vignes", Morot 27/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Vina Pomal Reserva 26/09/13
- Spanish Bonaza with 25% off all Spanish wines 25/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Rustenburg Sauvignon Blanc 23/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Main Divide Riesling 22/09/13
- Region Focus: New Zealand 21/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Parcel Series Merlot 21/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Rustenburg Chardonnay 20/09/13
- Mike's South African Picks! 19/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Montenovo Godello 19/09/13
- SOUTH AFRICA IS 25% OFF! 18/09/13
- Thirsty Tuesday is upon us! And the wine of choice is ... 17/09/13
- Fine Wine: Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot 14/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Conde de San Cristobal, Ribera Del Duero 13/09/13
- Region Focus: Spain! 12/09/13
- Riesling ist Riesling ist Unsinn! 11/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Matua Sauvignon Blanc 11/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Barista Pinotage 10/09/13
- Managers Wine of the Week - Alamos Chardonnay £6.99 08/09/13
- Fine Wine: Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli-Venezia 06/09/13
- Daily Wine Review - Montes Twins 03/09/13
- Region focus: Beaujolais 01/09/13
- Open To Taste - Arundel Sussex Gold and Arundel ASB 31/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Los Boldos Chardonnay 30/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - 120 Carmenere 28/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Vermentino Poggioargentiera 27/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Serena Pinot Grigio 26/08/13
- Arundel Beers Are Now In Stock! 25/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Campofiorin Masi 25/08/13
- Region Focus: New Zealand 23/08/13
- Region Focus: Central Italy! 22/08/13
- Barolo “the wine of the kings, the king of the wines” 21/08/13
- Region focus: Southern Rhone! 17/08/13
- Five wines under £5 to match Asian cuisine 16/08/13
- Managers Wine of the Week- Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Gérard Thomas 15/08/13
- Mike went to the Great British Beer Festival... 15/08/13
- NEW WINE! Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, Léon Perdigal 14/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Marquis de Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 12/08/13
- Time to get excited: A Moet deal is coming your way! 12/08/13
- WOW! Vina Ardanza Magnums now in stock! 10/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - St Veran Domaine Thibert 10/08/13
- Region Focus: Australia! 09/08/13
- When in Rhone, dear boy. When in Rhone. 08/08/13
- Krombacher Trip 07/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Aspen Chardonnay 07/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - 120 Cabernet Franc 06/08/13
- Managers Wine of the Week- M de Minuty 05/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Anakena Viognier 03/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Fleurie Claudius Morand 02/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Cover Drive 01/08/13
- Daily Wine Review - Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay 31/07/13
- Daily Wine Review - Pouilly Fume "Les Cerisottes 30/07/13
- Beaujolais and Loire tasting week! 27/07/13
- Jose's departure :-( 23/07/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 10 23/07/13
- Australian Pinot Noir?! Yes please! 15/07/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 9 14/07/13
- England v Australia and it's not all about the Ashes 13/07/13
- Very Sherry! 11/07/13
- Picpoul de Pinet Prestige 2012 Domaine Guillaume Cabrol 06/07/13
- Fine wine shelf: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009 06/07/13
- Fine Wine Friday - Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 04/07/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 8 03/07/13
- Wine of the Week - Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2012 Famille Negrel 03/07/13
- BBQ WINES! 01/07/13
- Wine of the Week - Vermentino Poggioargentiera 28/06/13
- Wine of the Week- Crozes Hermitage Cave de Tain L'Hermitage 25/06/13
- Wine & Food 24/06/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 7 22/06/13
- Something for the weekend.. 22/06/13
- New Trainee Asia 21/06/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 6 21/06/13
- Aussie treats 19/06/13
- Wine of the Week - Vernaccia di San Gimignano 18/06/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 5 15/06/13
- Wine of the week - Contesa Pecorino 2012 10/06/13
- Wine in History: Saint Vincent 09/06/13
- Wine of the Week - Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier 07/06/13
- Wine of the Week - Gavi La Toledana 04/06/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 4 03/06/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 3 03/06/13
- Wine in History: Dios of Nysa 01/06/13
- Fine Wine Favourites.. 31/05/13
- Wine in History: The Persian Girl's Discovery 29/05/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 2 28/05/13
- Tasting Counter Teaser 1 28/05/13
- The wine course….a review 27/05/13
- Wine in History: Tarhun, and the Hittites 25/05/13
- Wine of the Week 21/05/13
- Wine in History: Jack in the Green 21/05/13
- A Big Thank You 18/05/13
- Wine in History: Shezmu, Demon of the wine press 18/05/13
- Fine Wine Favourites.. 16/05/13
- Stay in and treat yourself.. 14/05/13
- Wine and Food 12/05/13
- Do you own a bar, pub or restaurant? 10/05/13
- Wine of the Week - Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 09/05/13
- Wine Courses.... 07/05/13
- A few facts about Champagne 07/05/13
- Wine in History: Venice and the Fountain of Wine! 06/05/13
- A few facts about Beaujolais 05/05/13
- Wine in History: Charlemagne's Beard! 03/05/13
- Customer Invite Tasting 01/05/13
- 3 wines I've enjoyed recently.... 26/04/13
- Wine of the Week - Masi Masainco 24/04/13
- A few facts about Zinfandel 20/04/13
- Malbec World Day - Wednesday 17th April 16/04/13
- Wine of the Week 16/04/13
- Fine Wine Friday - Brunello di Montalcino 05/04/13
- We are closed on Easter Sunday 28/03/13
- A few wine facts I've learnt this week 15/03/13
- Fine Wine Friday - La Sirène de Giscours 2006 Margaux 28/02/13
- Classic France Tasting Week; 26th Feb - 4th March 24/02/13
- What I'll be drinking tonight 19/02/13
- New Wine of the Week! Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2011 - Central Otago 18/02/13
- Managers Wine of the Week 09/02/13
- Fine Wine Friday - Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2002 St-Julien 31/01/13
- What I'll be drinking tonight 31/01/13
- Offers Ending - Hurry! 28/01/13
- 3 wines I've enjoyed recently.... 23/01/13
- Managers Wine of the Week 23/01/13
- Snow 19/1/13 - Delivery Information 19/01/13
- Snow - 18/1/13 18/01/13
- Managers Wine of the Week 16/01/13
- Managers Wine of the Week 09/01/13
- Fine Wine Friday - Petaluma Chardonnay 2009, Piccadilly Valley 04/01/13
- Managers Wine of the Week 02/01/13
- Managers Wine of the Week 12/12/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 27/11/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 22/11/12
- 10 Wine Facts! 11/11/12
- Riesling! 10/11/12
- Facts about Chardonnay 20/10/12
- Trade Customer? 06/10/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Château Moulin-Riche 2007 St-Julien, 2nd wine of Léoville-Poyferré 04/10/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 03/10/12
- A Few Pinot Noir facts! 25/09/12
- "Waimea Wine Week" 19/09/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 30/08/12
- Champagne 14/08/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Promis Gaja 2007 02/08/12
- Becca's Top Spaniard 20/07/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 18/07/12
- Top 10 wine and food matches 14/07/12
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- The Delights of Chile 07/07/12
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- It's all about Provence Rosé 18/06/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 14/06/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 06/06/12
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- A pisco of this, a pisco of that! 19/04/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 13/04/12
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- Fine Wine Friday - CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 1999 06/04/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 04/04/12
- Wine of the Week 30/03/12
- Managers Wine of the Week 28/03/12
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- A-Z of wine: L is for Languedoc 16/03/12
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- Managers Wine of the Week 29/02/12
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- A-Z of Wine K is for kabinett 24/02/12
- Wine of the Week - La Motte Shiraz 19/02/12
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- Manager's Wine of the week 08/02/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Clos De l'Oratoire CNDP 03/02/12
- The Majestic Bargain Hunt 31/01/12
- Manager's Wine of the week 25/01/12
- A-Z of Wine I is for Irrigation 21/01/12
- Manager's Wine of the Week 18/01/12
- Manager's Wine of the week 13/01/12
- Will's Pick for the Southwest France Tasting 13/01/12
- Fine Wine Friday - Invitare Condrieu 2008 M.Chapoutier 04/01/12
- Manager's Wine of the week 04/01/12
- A-Z of Wine H is for Hybrid 04/01/12
- This store will close at 2.30pm on Sunday 8th January & will open at 1pm on Monday 9th January 04/01/12
- A-Z of Wine G is for Gewurztraminer 11/12/11
- Manager's Wine of the week 09/12/11
- Christmas/New Year Delivery Information 07/12/11
- Christmas Opening Hours 05/12/11
- A - Z of wine: F is for Flor 02/12/11
- Manager's Wine of the week 01/12/11
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- A - Z of wine: E is for Estufagem 21/11/11
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- Wine of the Week - Crios Torrontes 16/11/11
- Gutsy sausage and bean stew 14/11/11
- A - Z of wine: D is for Dosage 13/11/11
- A to Z of Wine: C is for Champagne 07/11/11
- Managers' wine of the week... 03/11/11
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- A to Z of Wine: A is for Alcohol 23/10/11
- Manger's Wine of the Week.. 20/10/11
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Italian Wines Part 1!!Date published: 23/04/14
Given the "success of my previous articles on German wines, I thought that I would do the same thing for Italian Wines!! So following a similar formula the first part will be looking at the different levels of quality that Italy has in place!!
IGT - Indicazione geografica tipica
This classification was introducd in 1992 as an equivalent to the French Vins de Paus. It includes many wines made from grape varieties and techniques not traditional in their area of production, and which are not, entitled to a higher classification.
DOC — Denominazione di Origine Controllata (controlled designation of origin)
This was the first designation to be introduced and corresponds to the French Appellationcontrolee, specifying geographical zone, grape varieties and production method ( there are more than 300 geograpical entities entitled to their own DOC.
DOCG — Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed)
Is the same as DOC however must bottled at point of location and be approved by the department of agriculture.
Clos Sainte-Anne 2009, Pomerol on the tasting counter!Date published: 19/04/14
Clos Sainte-Anne 2009, Pomerol on the tasting counter!
Today we have a wine on the tasting counter that is a classic example of what I love to drink with a roast I imaging many of you will be having over the Easter period. It is the second wine of Château Moulinet, a well established name. A blend of approximately 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. classically made in the Pomeral style it is fermented with temperature control and aged in oak for 12 months.
On the palate it is a rich and succulent Pomerol, with a core of blackcurrant and damson flavour, embellished with hints of wood shavings, graphite and pine needles. The tannins are firm, providing structure and length. the wine is best decanted both to open up and a being unfiltered saves a lot of hassle.
Having tasted it for the first time this weekend I will defiantly be recommending it in future. what's more its o our fine wine mix and match offer so you you can get it at the cheaper price along with any other.
German Wines, Part 4!!Date published: 15/04/14
We are now onto the fourth and final part of our whistle stop look at German Wines and this time we are going to be looking at the different quality wine regions (Anbaugebiete)
Mosel: This important region comprises of the valley through which the River Mosel cuts, from where it joins the Rhine in Koblenz all the way to the Luxembourg frontier The best wines come from the steep slatey, minerlay-rcih slopes and are made from Riesling, which accounts for over half of the regions plantings, and these are often considered the best wines in Germany. The very finest wines come from Einzellagen.(see part 1) surrounding the villages of Piesport, Braunsberg, Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen and Erden.
Nahe: is a region of quality wine in Germany, along the River Nahe in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. On the region's 4,155 hectares (10,270 acres) of vineyards in 2008, white wine grapes dominate with 75% and Riesling is the most common variety with 27.2%. A characteristic of the Nahe region is that the soils are very varied owing to the region's volcanic origins.
Rheinhesses: is one of 13 designated German wine regions producing quality wines. Named after the traditional region of Rheingau (meaning "Rhine district"), the wine region is situated in the state of Hesse, where it constitutes part of the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreisadministrative district. Although making up only 3 percent of the total German vineyard area, Rheingau has been the source of many historically important innovations in German wine making, and contains many wine producers of international reputation, such as Schloss Johannisberg. Rheingau, with 3,125 hectares (7,720 acres) of vineyards in 2008, also boasts a higher proportion of nRiesling (78.8%) than any other German wine-growing region, with Spätburgunder (Pinot noir) making up most of the rest (12.2%), followed byMüller-Thurgau (1.6%).
German Wines, Part 3!!Date published: 14/04/14
This time out we will be look at the different grape varieties of Germany. Over the years Germany has grown and cross bread a number of different species of grapes to help cope with the continental climate and harsher winters that are not usually associated with Viticulture. White grapes out grown Red providing 2/3 of grapes grown and so we will start by looking at a few different varieties of white grapes grown over Germany.
Riesling: Is the noble grape of Germany and accounts for about a fifth of all plantings, making it the most widely planted variety and is particularly favored in Mosel and the Rheingau. Riesling ripen s late, usually between October and November, and due to its hardy nature is often utilized in Late Harvest ripening.
Muller-Thurgau. This grape is a crossing between Riesling and Madeline royal and was created in the 1880s with the intention of having Riesling's aromatic qualities, but with a higher yield. It is however prone to rot and damage from frosts.
Silavner: Has fallen out of popularity as of late due to competition faced from new crossing, it is now mainly only found in regions where it is a strong historical link.
Spatburgunder/Pinot Noir, give full bodied and fruity wines and is most often found in the southerly vineyard of Pfalz and Baden, and has recently found more and more success.
Dornfelder, was developed in the 1950s and produces deep coloured wines, and due to the high yield of the grape is beginning to more and more utilized.
Pizarras de Otero roséDate published: 13/04/14
Pizarras de Otero is 100% Mencia made in the Bierzo region.
Its 80-year-old vines have already been farmed by many different generations. Its slate soils have witnessed the hard work of their people, as well as the enthusiasm and joy of the young people. In the very heart of Bierzo, it can be found Otero where unique vineyards in the world exist. And with the grapes from these unique vineyards it is made Pizarras de Otero.Pizarras de Otero captures the essence of its native land. It brings us the colours, aromas and flavours of Bierzo. Born of ancient traditions Pizarras de Otero is a wine that can be enjoyed in its youth.
Bierzo is a region located in the León province, in north-western Spain with a very peculiar geography. From big plains to mountainous areas of great height, all full of vegetation. The Sil River, a tributary of the Miño, crosses the region all the way to Galicia. But it is the production of wine for more than ten centuries that most characterizes the region and in 1989 a Denomination of Origin was created for wines from the Bierzo region.
Soils in Bierzo area are principally composed of slate and clay. Many of the vineyards are terraced up from the river, where cool breezes keep the grapes fresh. Others are steep and high in the mountains.
Mencía is the grape that is principally cultivated in the Bierzo. Wines from this variety are generally deep, well-structured and with intense aromas of red fruits, as you will see in the Pizarras de Otero rosé.
Tasting NotePretty and powerful with nice structure and depth of fruit, a result of its long maceration. The good acidity is typical of the Mencía grape, and provides a pleasing finish that is vivacious and crisp.
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WEB EXCLUSIVE RoséDate published: 13/04/14
This parcel makes it easy to add the glamour of the south of France to all your summer celebrations – from Miraval Rosé, from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, to Majestic favourite M de Minuty newly available in stunning magnums – this parcel is not to be missed! Be quick though – most of these wines aren't all easy to find in the UK, especially the party perfect magnums. And you certainly won't find them anywhere else with FREE delivery or click–and–collect.
Miraval Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 6 packs of 75cl bottles (£107.94) or unsplit 6 packs of magnums (£228) The second ever vintage of this wine since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt acquired and renovated the Château in 2009. Winemaking expertise is provided by the renowned Perrin family (of Château de Beaucastel fame). The inaugural 2012 vintage was the first rosé ever to make the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines, and this follow up doesn’t disappoint. Complex with layers of raspberry and strawberry fruits, wild herbs, citrus and wet stone and refreshing acidity.
M de Minuty Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£75) Already available in the Majestic range, this is the latest vintage – now available in magnum. The magnums are the same shape as the 75cl bottles and look gorgeous – my favourite of the parcel!
Château de Berne Rosé 2013 – Available in unsplit 3 packs of magnums (£82.50) Already available at Majestic in standard size bottles, this is the new vintage in magnums.
Here is a link to the website - http://www.majestic.co.uk/web-exclusive-wines
AIX RoséDate published: 13/04/14
AIX Rosé Magnum
An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!
Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.
£19.99 a bottle but remember that is two bottles in there!
A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.
Easter Opening HoursDate published: 12/04/14
Easter Opening hours
Friday 18th April - usual opening hours (10am - 8pm)
Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours (9am - 7pm)
Sunday 20th April - Closed
Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours (10am - 5pm)
Stephen's Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/04/14
As you travel through Erden on the banks of the Mosel, you can clearly see the 'treppchen', or stairs that have been built in the famous vineyards rising sharply above the village, which allow the vineyard workers easier footing on the loose slate of the steep hillside.Taste
A pale and elegant Riesling, with Erdener's characteristic creaminess and soft minerality. Fine acidity conveys fresh citrus flavour amid the moderate sweetness.
German Wines, Part 2!!Date published: 06/04/14
Last time we were looking at the different German classification of fine wine (pradikatswein). Today we are going to be looking at the different geographical classifications which fall into 4 main categories:
Anbaugebiet, wine growing regions, of which there are 13. Anbaugebiet is always indicated on the label of QbA and Prädikatswein.
Bereich, district, of which there are 39. Each Anbaugebiet is divided into one or more Bereiche.
Großlage, collective site, which is a collective name for a number of single vineyards, and which number about 170.
Einzellage, single vineyard, of which there are about 2 600, this is the equivelnt of a (premier or Grand Cru)
Rioja Reserva Imperial 2008, CVNEDate published: 06/04/14
We don't usually have wines like this open on our tasting counter. As big fans of rioja especially with a little age we are very happy to have this open. Here is a short bit of information about the wine an the range.
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles, this is one of the best Rioja Reservas around.
Now for the wine itself. Fine garnet colour with terracotta tinge. Vanilla notes on the nose, with sloes, mulberries and spice. Stewed currant fruit on the palate, dry andelegant with great richness and a fine long finish.
It's a cracker, so why not give it a go?
Manager's wine of the weekDate published: 04/04/14
How has this wine managed to fly beneath my radar for so long!
Here at majestic Horsham there are very few wines which I haven’t had the pleasure of tasting however when I came across this slightly obscure grape variety from the Palacios family I was at a loss - needless to say after trying this gem I will make sure my ignorance isn't repeated!
Fantastically complex this wine offers layers of fruit combined with spice and liquorice. A great match if you're tucking into some hard cheeses.
120 Merlot just £5.99!Date published: 03/04/14
We've just opened the 120 Merlot on the tasting counter and were all pleasantly surprised...
Intense aromas of cassis with hints of vanilla. The wine has a small amount of Syrah in the blend which gives it lots of lovely blackcurrant flavour. A typical Chilean style of Merlot with lots of ripe fruit characteristics. Soft tannins make this a really approachable wine, drinkable on it's own or with most meat dishes.
Currently in our Pick 'n' Mix, I think this is great value at £5.99!
German Wines, Part 1!!Date published: 03/04/14
By far the largest hole in my knowledge has to be German wines, often ignored as overly sweet and under flavored, there is actually a plethora of fantastic wines to choose from, and so over a number of articles i am going to try to educate my self and anyone else who is interested.
First of all I am going to be looking at the various different styles of premium wines or Prädikatswein which literally translates as premium wines with special attributes.
Kabinett - literally "cabinet", meaning wine of reserve quality to be kept in the vintner's cabinet, these wines are fully ripened light wines from the main harvest, Rieslings made in this style will be light in body with berry crisp acidity and flavors of green apples or citrus fruit.
Spätlese - meaning "late harvest"are typically semi-sweet, and are often (but not always) sweeter and fruitier than Kabinett. The grapes are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, and are riper. Spätlese can be a relatively full-bodied dry wine with a hint of exotic fruit. While Spätlese means late harvest, the wine is not as sweet as a dessert wine, as the "late harvest" term is often used in other wines.
Auslese - meaning "select harvest"are made from very ripe, hand selected bunches, typically semi-sweet or sweet, sometimes with some noble rot character. Sometimes Auslese is also made into a powerful dry wine, but the designation Auslese trocken has been discouraged after the introduction of Grosses Gewächs. Auslese is the Prädikat which covers the widest range of wine styles, and can be a dessert wine.
Beerenauslese - meaning "select berry harvest" is made from overripe grapes individually selected from bunches and often affected by noble rot,they are rare and expensive and make for rich sweet dessert wine.
Eiswein (ice wine) is made from grapes that have been naturally frozen on the vine, making a very concentrated wine. The grapes are picked at least -8 degrees C. This leaves for a sweet syrup which when fermented leaves intensely concentrated flavors and a refreshing acidity.
Trockenbeerenauslese - meaning "select dry berry harvest" or "dry berry selection"made from selected overripe shriveled grapes often affected by noble rot making extremely rich sweet wines. "Trocken" in this phrase refers to the grapes being dried on the vine rather than the resulting wine being a dry style. Top quality TBAs are among the most expensive wines in the world.
So that concludes a brief overview of different German styles of wine and next time we will try to get to grips with the geographical classifications.
Why not try this for a BBQ?Date published: 01/04/14
With the sun starting to creep out i have done a short piece on a great BBQ wine. The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.
This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time. A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.
John's choice of great value, every day drinking red. Date published: 29/03/14
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village ofthe same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from theAbruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastalplantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains.Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodiedwine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this the perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes.
Vina Eguia Reserva Date published: 26/03/14
VINA EGUIA RESERVA
Usual price £59.94
FOR A CASE OF SIX
Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The
bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas.
The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.
Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego
Ravenswood ZinfandelDate published: 26/03/14
Ravenswood Zinfandel - California
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 flavorful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.
Down for the last week of our March Pick'n'Mix
£9.99now just £6.66
Gavi MontieroDate published: 25/03/14
FOR A CASE OF SIX
The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese
grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its naturalaffinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.A pale golden
colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it
offers a clean and refreshing finish.To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served simply with herb butter.
1 week left for this AMAZING redDate published: 24/03/14
1 Week left to make the most of our March Pick'N'Mix
Rustenberg RM Nicholson, Stellenbosch (2010)
Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah (Bordeaux Blend - New World style)
This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration.
Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.
Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.
Down from £13.99 to £9.32
Robertson Winery Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/03/14
ROBERTSON WINERY SAUVIGNON BLANC
Usual price £41.94
FOR A CASE OF SIX
With a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zesty
gooseberry and green apple flavours.
Superb with seafood and creamy pasta dishes.
The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/03/14
NED SAUVIGNON BLANC
Usual price £65.94
FOR A CASE OF SIX
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 and seafood.
Macon LugnyDate published: 22/03/14
MACON LUGNY LOUIS LATOUR
FOR A CASE OF SIX
Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd
and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple
acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.
Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry,
pork and or with fresh seafood.
Burrow Hill Cider:Date published: 19/03/14
New Cider! Burrow Hill Cider:
Our latest cider has just been delivered and is now in store. Burrow Hill Cider originates from Somerset and consistently rates as one of the best cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with no interest in selling his cider through major supermarkets. This is a Majestic exclusive line.All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer this to our customers!
This cider is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Wine of the Week - Waimea Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/03/14Single Bottle Price: £12.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £9.99
Grape -Sauvignon Blancdrough, 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.
March Pick 'n' Mix!!!Date published: 19/03/14
February Pick 'n' Mix
For those of you who enjoyed the Pick 'n' Mix during November and December, be sure to visit us this month for the new range in our March Pick 'n' Mix. Within this selection of wine you can mix and match until your heart is content. with choices of red, white and sparkling. Wines for every occasion and prices starting from just £5.99!
Bordeaux Review: Château Batailley 2007Date published: 19/03/14
Chateau Batailley has an interesting and complex history; named after one of the great battles from the 100 year war, and dating back to the late 18th century where the Chateau has passed through a number of different hands. The 57ha Vineyard is 4 km in land and based on a deep gravel bed over a subsoil of clay and sandstone.
The wine itself is comprised of 70%Cabernet Sauvignon. 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The 2007 is deep in colour and quite elegant with blackcurrant fruits and Gooseberry. The 2007 is slightly lighter than in past years and is ready for drinking now. Currently on our fine wine shelves for £33.99 a bottle.
Gavi vs Gavi!Date published: 14/03/14
With two Gavi's on the tasting counter I have found it a great opportunity (well maybe an excuse) to try give them a go. Being a bit fan of here is a brief description on the Gavi and the two wines I tasted.
The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border withLiguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.
The first of the wines has been with for a while and is a classic with many of our customers. It's the Gavi Montiero!
A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest andgrapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish. To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served simply with herb butter.
The second is reasonable new to the majestic range, the Gavi Araldica.
Zippy, fresh and predominately citrus flavoured wine with racey lime zest and nettle aromas. It has a long lasting full palate and enough acidity to cut through a variety of foods.
Both these wines are very easy drinking and are a ideal for the warming weather!
Ned Sauvignon!Date published: 13/03/14
Ned Sauvignon only £6.99!
It's by a long shot the best selling wine in majestic. Haven't tried it yet? Here's a little bit about it.
The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai Riverand 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
Liking what you here? Why not give it a go whilst the price lasts?
Stephen's choice of the pic'n'mixDate published: 09/03/14
With so many amazing offers in the pic'n'mix it's difficult to choose which ones to have. In an ideal world i would say try all of them, but i know this isn't always financially viable. so to help make it a bit easier these are the red and whites that I have brought and enjoyed.
Rachel's Chenin Blanc 2013,Boschendal
From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named afterRachelsfontein, the estate's water spring. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture. Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavourswith hints of nuts and honey.Try this wine with fish stew and fresh herbs or other seafood-based dishes.
Gavi 2013, Araldica
Gavi is a small town and wine making sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast. zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.Drink with sany fresh seafood dish.
Ella's Pick of the Pick 'n' MixDate published: 06/03/14
Our Easter Pick 'n' Mix started a few days, so I thought I would give you a run down of three of my favourites from the range on offer.
This is a new introduction to our range, which I am very happy about because I love Gavi!
Made from the Cortese grape, the wine's namesake is the town and wine-making region of Gavi in Piedmont. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is clean, crisp and elegant. Bursting with citrus flavours and undertones of florality.
Rustenberg RM Nicholson
This is an interesting blend of: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Full of blackcurrant and peppery spice with smooth tannins. This is a rich, full-bodied wine that would go perfectly with a steak.
Drink now or invest in the future and cellar it for a decade to see how it improves.
Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008
From Cloudy Bay's vineyards in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, this vintage fizz is a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir blend. Aromas of baked apple and brioche, with flavours of nuts and citrus fruit on the palate, all with a superb creamy texture and mousse. Made in the traditional method (the same way as Champagne) it really is a match for any Champagne.
*buy any two bottles on the Pick 'n' Mix and save 33%
Wine of the Week: Château Lanessan 1998Date published: 04/03/14
It has been a little while since my last Bordeaux review, this has been in equal parts down to financial restrictions, considerably reduced levels of drinking in the early months of this year, and if I am honest with my self... a little laziness. However I am back withe a vengeance and this week week I have been trying the 1998 Château Lanessan from the Haut-Medoc.
The Vineyards are in one large parcel near to Gruud-Larose, with the vines averaging 30 years old and planted on Gravel soils. The wine consists of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot , 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fermented in concrete tanks and then aged in 30% new american oak barrel's. Lanessan has long had a very good reputation for quality and longevity and as such I was very excited to try this particular vintage. The first thing I will say is that at first the wine was quite closed off, however after a good decant (about an hour and a half) it improved markedly. On the nose there was a lot of Cedar, Light spice and a lot of tobacco reminiscent off a H.Upmann Cigar (in fact probably a fantastic pairing) On the palate it is a little light with Cherry, cassis and a tobacco, however with a fantastic colour and reasonable finish.
This wine needs to be drunk soon, and will go beautifully with wild boar. Overall for £17.99 this is a fantastic wine and well worth picking up.
PS. The second wine from Château Lanessan is Les Caleches de Lanessan and most vintages are always worth a look at.
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2012 on the tasting counterDate published: 23/02/14
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc2012, Central Valley
As one of our bargain buys we have decided to open this wine on the tasting counter. We are already fans of this wine in our store being a wine that we often recommend.
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.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. A great partner for soft cheeses and fresh tomato pasta dishes.
El Parador Crianza 2009Date published: 22/02/14
El Parador Crianza 2009
Relatively new to our majestic range, we have put the El Parador Crianza 2009 on the tasting counter.
Outside the confines of staunchly traditional Rioja, winemakers have more freedom to create wines such as this blend from neighbouring Navarra, combining Spanish grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the Spanish tradition, it has undergone 12 months in American oak. Bright cherry red with garnet hues, this is a middleweight wine offering ripe cherry fruit accented with gentle vanilla and spice notes. A clean,smooth and well-integrated palate profile. The perfect accompaniment for simple lamb dishes, or cured ham.
Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011, Vistalba on the tasting counter Date published: 21/02/14
Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011, Vistalba
From a producer that alot of people know. Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave of Italian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level. Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtlevanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.Try this with seared venison loin.
Château l'Hospitalet 2011, Grand Vin, Gérard Bertrand on the tasting counter!Date published: 21/02/14
Château l'Hospitalet 2011, Grand Vin, Gérard Bertrand
Personal I am a big fan of the wine. I have been lucky to have this a few times and every time I have it I think how good it is.
It is the flagship wine of Gérard Bertrand's broad range, created from prime vineyard sites on the steep, rocky slopes surrounding La Clape. The estate stands overlooking its 1000 hectares of vineyards, pine forests and heath land. In an idealic location.
This muscular wine displays an intense blend of firm tannins, inky blackfruit 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 will show its best after 3-5 years' cellarage, I would pair this with red meats and game.
Amontillado Napoleon - Bodegas Hidalgo : a fantastic sherry!Date published: 10/02/14
Amontillado Napoleon - Bodegas Hidalgo : a fantastic sherry! - £12.99
Sherry has been fast growing in popularity in recent years, and with offerings such as this from Bodegas Hidalgo, I can certainly see why. No longer is this drink the preserve of your grandmother, and wonderful, flavoursome examples like this amontillado show why the style is so fashionable.
Amontillado is allowed to age after the flor has died, and this is a wonderfully nutty example from the chaps at Hidalgo. Dark in colour, with a yeasty tang, this wine is fabulously dry. Drink it with hard cheeses, pates, or for a glorious gastronomic experience, with Jamon Iberico.
You don't have to rely solely on my unqualified word - this sherry has received wider acclaim: it recently topped a Decanter magazine Sherry tasting, having already an international wine challenge silver medal to its name. With such plaudits this wine is an absolute bargain at £12.99.
Whisky Review: Auchentoshan 12 yearsDate published: 06/02/14
A new release from the Auchentoshan distilery replacing the previous 10 year bottle. This whisy is triple distilled from the lowlands, making it particularly unusual. On the nose it exhibits exotic fruits and cereals with a touch of vanilla (reminded me of a creme brulee). It is golden in colour and on the palate is quite mellow with vegetal/grassy flavours reminding me more of an Irish whisky.
In conclusion this is a fine single malt, best drunk in the summer over rocks and represents great value for money,
Wine of the Week: Brio de Cantenac-Brown 2007Date published: 01/02/14
The 2007 Brio is the second wine from Chateau Cantenac-Brown, made from the younger vines from vineyards dispersed across 42ha of Margaux, The wine is made of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot 5% and Cabernet Franc; it is then 25% matured for 13 months in new oak barrels.
One particularly famous wine reviewer Stephen Brook has been particular hard on Chateau Cantenac-Brown in the past, but had positive things to say about the brio describing it as a wine with "finesse and delicacy" and being particularly good for the vintage
This claret is purple in colour and drinking well now, with aromas of toffee, Cherries and sandalwood, with a good level of ripeness, a medium body and firm taut tannins. Fantastic
On the tasting Counter: Ramon Bilbao Single VineyardDate published: 31/01/14
Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja’s emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From vines with an average age of 40 years, this concentrated, intense Rioja is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.
This soft and supple wine is vibrant ruby in colour with aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit and slight hints of vanilla on the medium bodied palate.
On the tasting Counter: Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 31/01/14
From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.
Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.
On the tasting Counter: Leyda Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/01/14
On the tasting Counter: Leyda Sauvignon Blanc
If you enjoy your slightly cooler climate Sauvignon Blancs then you will adore this lil' number from the Leyda valley in Chile. Cooling sea breezes from the Pacific ocean allow the grapes to develop intense,yet well-integrated aromas of citrus and lime zest. The more delicate ripening process means that this wine has a little more finesse than its other New-World rivals and is more reminiscent of a Loire Sauvignon from France. Refrashing acidity and a juicy palate, this wine makes a great partner to those citrus seafood dishes.
This wine is available on the tasting counter and for this final week, you can enjoy 20% off Chilean wine so you can grab this wine for just £9.59 (when you buy 2 or more Chilean wine as part of a mixed case, or £11.99 single bottle price)
Wine of the Week: Chateau Fourcas-Hosten 2004Date published: 24/01/14
This Weeks wine of the week is the Chateau Fourcas-Hosten 2004 and is a new wine to majestic, as such I thought it worth picking up a bottle. The Vineyard is owned by Patrice Pages, and is based on the left bank in Listrac, with a clay subsoil, 30 year old vines and spread over 47ha.
The wine itself is a classic Bordeaux blend of 44% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and the 2004 has strong red fruits on the nose with a moderate aciditiy and n attractive texture, with more stuffing and lift than the 2003 vintage.
Currently priced at £12.99 a bottle the Chateau Fourcas-Hosten 2004 is great value and worth picking up today!!
Bargain Hunt Wine: Rayuela Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 17/01/14
Rayuela is the Spanish name for hopscotch, the traditional hopping game, variations of which are played by children the world over. This range of wines is so named because it represents the same philosophy as the game's: straightforward, informal and fun!
Deep ruby red, with friendly and uplifting aromas of plum, strawberry and spice. Very fruit biased and soft for a Cabernet, with a lush gluggability and moderate tannins, giving a rounded, juicy feel.
Superbly adept as a party wine, and an easy pairing with grilled chops, chorizo and tomato-based pasta dishes and stews.
Bargain Hunt Wine: Serena Pinot Grigio RoseDate published: 17/01/14
Yet again another great value bargain hunt wine!
Although technically a white grape, the skin of Pinot Grigio berries turns a delicate shade of salmon pink, when allowed extended sun exposure at the end of the ripening season.
Gentle pressing of the grapes extracts this pink hue to create a delicate rosé wine.A 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.Drink with poached salmon or trout, or with light pasta dishes and salads.
Get them whilst stocks last!
Bargain Hunt Wine: Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc, SemillonDate published: 16/01/14
Get it at a bargain Price!
The most noted region of Western Australia, Margaret River, has a coolmaritime climate similar to Bordeaux. The pioneering Cape Mentelle. winery takes a minimal approach to this blend, allowing the regional character to shine through.Sauvignon Blanc provides herbaceous, green fruit flavours, perfectly complemented by the heady lemon blossom aromas of Semillon.
A great match to lightly spiced, Asian-style seafood
Bargain hunt wine: Mcguigan Chardonnay Date published: 15/01/14
Get this wine at a bargain price!
McGuigan's first vines were planted in the Hunter Valley of New SouthWales. They now source grapes from a number of renowned regions including Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Eden Valley.
This Chardonnay shows pineapple, citrus and melon aromas complemented by vanilla overtones. Soft and full on the palate, generous tropical fruit flavours are joined by spicy oak notes.
This would be well suited to rich seafood or classic poultry dishes.
On the Tasting Counter Montepulciano Date published: 15/01/14
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village ofthe same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains.
Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.
The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this theperfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes.
Wine of the Week: Château Musar Blanc 2004Date published: 13/01/14
Last night I had the pleasure of enjoying the white 2004 Château Musar, enjoyed with a selection of cheeses a good cigar and a port to finish (review for another day).
Initially I let the wine breath for an hour or so at just under room temperature and it was truly superb. The wine was very subtle on the nose with a floral hint, a very rich body and a beautifully balanced acidity; with hints of nuts, almonds and a slight hint of floral notes. On the palate the Musar is mature and oaky with a hint of green apple, and as one of my closest friends insisted... marmite, which was difficult to disagree with.
The wine is already drinking very well, but will certainly benefit from a little further aging. Currently on sale for £17.99 and a bargain!!
Staff Favourites: Jasmine'sDate published: 12/01/14
Kangarilla Road Cabernet Suavignon
£11.99 (when you buy 2 or Australian wines as part of a mixed case or £14.99 single bottle price)
Big Aussie Reds are definitely up there in my top go-to wines. I love their expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shriaz. The Kangarilla Road range provides superb quality wines at excellent prices. Their Cabernet Sauvignon in particular is bursting with juicy, black fruit flavours with lashings of sweet vanilla from the toasty oak ageing. A very big wine in all aspects but incredibly smooth and indulgently scrumptious!
£7.99 (when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case or £9.99 single bottle price)
For my white, I have gone for this fruity number from Italy. Made with the less well known Pecorino grape variety, it is very easy-drinking and a versatile wine when it comes to food matching. Beautiful flavours of citrus and orange blossom with a fresh acidity. Being partially fermented in oak gives the wine added mineral complexity and smoothness. A great aperitif wine and a great one to go for if you like your crisp, fruity whites!
Wine of the Week: Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2004, Pessac-LeognanDate published: 10/01/14
This weeks wine of choice from the Pessac-Leognan region of Bordeaux, located on gravelly soils with a sandstone sub-soil and is a classic Bordeaux blend consisting of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot.
The Larrivet 2004 is highly drinkable marries a velvety texture with freshness and pep with am assertive acidity and sweet tanins, which suggests an akward adolesence but is starting to age beautifully being both robust and characterful.
Tasting Counter Tasting:Château de Triniac 2011Date published: 10/01/14
Tasting Counter Tasting:Château de Triniac 2011, Côtes du Roussillon Villages
After being introduced to the wines Côtes du Roussillon Villages at a local wine bar, I was keen to try our own selection here at Majestic. The Château de Triniac was all I expected from this style.....a rich glass full of sun-drenched fruit with a lovely grippy structure.
Roussillon is the wine region bordering Spain in the South of France, where the climate provides excellent conditions for viticulture. The vast amounts of sunshine allow the grapes to ripen easily which produces some powerful wines. Even though the alcohol is high, I find that it is well integrated and it is accompanied by plenty of jammy flavours. The Château de Triniac is made of a very 'typical' southern-french blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache which each bring their great qualities to the table in this wine.
An excellent food wine, I would certainly pair it with rich Charcuterie boards or red meat dishes and ideally decanted and served at 18 C.
The South of France is a great region to pick up great value wine of superb quality. This wine is only £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £9.99 single bottle price.)
We have the Château de Triniac available to try on our tasting counter so come on in and let us know what you think!
Wine of the Week: Château Sénéjac 2010 Cru BourgeoisDate published: 04/01/14
This weeks wine of choice from the Haut-Medoc region of Bordeaux, located on the deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian. This is the last vintage before the death of the owner Lorraine Cordier in 2011 and is a classic Bordeaux blend consisting of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.
The Senejac has an oppulant black cherry taste. with hints of graphite and mocha, and a remarkable succulence and vigor. The wine is drinking very well now, but will age for another 10 years.
Bargain Hunt Time!Date published: 03/01/14
Bargain Hunt Time!
Now we are not talking about rummaging around car-boot sales for little antiques to flog off auction, we mean grabbing yourself some tasty deals on some yummy wines. For a limited time only we are offering 1/3 off selected wines and you can mix and match until your heart is content. Act quickly though as some stocks are already limited and we wouldn't want to disappoint!
Let the hunt begin!!!
Vinalba Malbec Touriga nacional blend on the tasting counter!Date published: 30/12/13
An intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, in a dry and fruit-driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose. Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish. The dense, full nature of this interesting blend make it open to a large array of dishes, but try with rich or spicy casserole.
An interesting wine with an unusual twist. Worth a try!
Château Coufran 2004, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois SupérieurDate published: 23/12/13
I was really impressed when i tasted this on the counter today. Being a reasonable new wine in majestic I think I have found another great wine my Sunday roast.
Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture.
On the fine wine mix and match deal this is a bargain!
Château Barde-haut on the tasting counter! Date published: 23/12/13
Château Barde-Haut 2001,St-Emilion
It not every day that we have a wine on the tasting counter like this. "The 2001 Barde-Haut is just reaching its plateau of full maturity. Gorgeously complex notes of plums, underbrush, flowers, and earth are accompanied by a fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no hard edges. This wine should keep for another decade." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (The Hedonist's Gazette, March 2009).
Well worth a try for Christmas.
Whisky Tasting - Bowmore 12 year oldDate published: 20/12/13
The Bowmore is a well refined peaty Single Malt from Islay. With lightly smoked and sugary notes, the Bowmore is more refined than its heavier peaty neighbors.
On the nose the Bowmore 12yo displays Hay, Vanilla and rich smoke, whilst on the Palate, the malt is smooth with a well integrated peaty-ness and a taste of hay-bales, caramel and white sugar. With a long finish and an excellent balance between peat, smoke, dryness and sweetness. The Bowmore is quite under rated and an excellent whiskey for Christmas.
Christmas Delivery!!Date published: 19/12/13
HO! HO! HO! Is that the jingle of Santa's slay?? No its the delivery van and it is still making deliveries to all the good boys and girls of Horsham, and despite what the website says we can still get your deliveries out in time for Christmas Eve for local deliveries. If you have any questions or are unsure then please give us a call on 01403 754546.
Hine VSOP CognacDate published: 17/12/13
Being a big fan of spirits alongside my love for wine I enjoy having a cognac as a digest at the end of a meal. So I thought I would try one of our cognac range. I can say I am glad I did. This cognac is blended for blend of 20 cognacs aged for a minimum of 4 years, from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne and the Petite Champagne, the 2 finest crus in the Cognac region.
Floral on the nose with notes of jasmine and acacia,alongside the richness of apricot and vanilla. Extremely smooth on the palate I recommend this to anyone looking for something special for Christmas. I will be sitting down next to the fire with a glass this Christmas.
'Galet' Cotes Du Rhone on the Tasting Counter!Date published: 17/12/13
As part of the 20% off rhone wines we have put a bargin on the tasting counter.
Galets are the large pudding stones found in the Rhône valley which help store heat and provide excellent drainage. This Côtes-du-Rhône is blended to provide an accessible, early drinking style without being overly tannic or full bodied.
Showing gorgeous, succulent notes of red and black berry fruit flavours and a warming hint of spiciness. Soft and supple tannins contribute to along and rounded finish.
Enjoy as a red to go with canapés or food at parties, or the spicy richness can match a range of red meat dishes.
Quite simply a great value wine!
Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose on the tasting counter!Date published: 16/12/13
To show what great value wine you can get on the current fine wine offer we have opened the Grand Faurie La Rose 2007. this is a wine ui use as an example of the quality that you can get in bordeaux without having to get a loan.
This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St.Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouringChâteau Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils.
on the palate it is a medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate.
I personally love this wine with a chunk of cheddar cheese.
Delivery before Christmas!Date published: 14/12/13
Some of you may have seen online we are not guaranteeing delivery before Christmas if you are over 25 mile away from our store.But don't panic we have plenty of spaces available. Although we we have a busy schedule this time of year in most circumstances we can still guarantee delivery within 5 days.
Any quires or specific delivery needs please feel free to conact the store.
Why not treat yourself to some port?Date published: 13/12/13
As a massive fan of ports I thought I would just mention a little bit about my two favorite ports we stock. They are two very different styles.
The first being a tawny, not the stereotypical type of port that most people think of. Plenty of caramel leads into characters of walnut, hazelnut and sweet spices. These savory characters balance out beautifully with the natural sweetness creating a long and lasting finish.
The second the Taylor's Quinta De Vargellas 2001. The Vargellas vineyard owned by Taylor's is known as one of their class A sites, i.e one of the best. Concentrated spicy aromas of raisin, spices, and currant. Exceptionally rich, with layer upon layer of fruit, a chewy, unctuous texture, firm structure and tannin and a finish lasting in over a minute.
Both of these are great options for Christmas day going equally well with your Christmas pudding or your Cheese board.
Crozes Hermitage 2010 Domaine Les Hauts De MercurolDate published: 13/12/13
Mercurol is a village in the Drôme Valley to the north of Rhone, and close to Tain l'Hermitage, known for producing quality Crozes-Hermitage. This domaine's winemaker Yves Cheron, has vineyard holdings on some of the most prestigious sites of Burgundy and the Rhône.
Deep red in colour, with a freshness on the nose that lifts the expressive Syrah fruit: black and red cherries, bramble and redcurrants. A taut, savoury palate, with an interesting minerality
A great match for guinea fowl and similar game, or try with Ardeche goat's cheeses.
Chateau Senejac 2010 on the tasting counter!Date published: 13/12/13
Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.
With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable.
Drinking well now, but should cellar well for up to 10 years.
Little Daily Wine Review:Petit Chablis 2011, Domaine Louis MoreauDate published: 12/12/13
Little Daily Wine Review: Petit Chablis 2011, Domaine Louis Moreau
The Chardonnay for those of you don't like the generally oaked styles of Chardonnay. Chablis is the expression of Chardonnay involving no oak at all, just pure flavours and a recognisable influence from the soils upon which it grows. The soils, which are rich in marine fossils, impart a distinct mineral character to the wine. The cool climate gives a wine with a crisp, refreshing acidity with fresh citrus and apple notes. A wine which I find very enjoyable on it's own but a great accompaniment to delicately flavoured fish dishes or light salads.
We have this wine available to try on our tasting counter for £11.99 ( when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £14.99, single bottle price). Give it a go and let us know what you think!
Whisky Tasting - Knockando 12 Year OldDate published: 12/12/13
The Knockando is a light, flavorsome and sweet 12 year old single malt with a rich colour. Delicate on the nose with subtle hints of malted barley, hay, peat and manuka honey. The Knockado drinks incredibly well, perfect with game or simply on its own on a cold winters night.
Knockando is Gaelic for "little black hill", but this Whiskey has a big personality, with notes of heather, sweet cake, peat, rum and damp earth. Currently at £34 is great value, come down and pick up a bottle today.
Chateau Caronne St Gemme 2008 on the tasting counter!Date published: 12/12/13
The vineyard of Caronne Ste-Gemme is made up of 45 hectares planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone. Plantings consist of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and the average vine age is 25 years.
A bright nose of red fruit with a perfumed edge follows onto the palate with added nuances of smoke, black pepper and subtle oak.
A well-rounded finish craves to be drunk now as an excellent accompaniment to roasts.
Santa Rita 120 Merlot on tasting counter!Date published: 12/12/13
The 120 Series wines are named in honour of the 120 patriot soldierswho found refuge in Santa Rita's hacienda during the war for Chile'sindependence. The cellars where they were hidden are still used for maturation of Santa Rita's wines to this day.
Intense aromas of red fruits, accompanied by floral, vanilla and tobacco notes. Has a great feeling of volume in the mouth, with plentiful but super-soft tannins, and typically Chilean ripeness of fruit.
An obvious choice for light red meat dishes and pasta, or even weightier fish such as salmon.
Nicolas Potel Meursault on the tasting counter!Date published: 10/12/13
The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte deBeaune, 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. 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. goes great with chicken or white fish.
Try it before it is gone!
Ned Pinot Grigio on the tasting counter!Date published: 10/12/13
The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatenedspecies. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds there by 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 is a good opportunity to try a Pinot Grigio that is a bit different from the average one down the pub. Why not give it a go?
Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling on the tasting counter!Date published: 10/12/13
Cloudy Bay make this wine in very small quantities from two vineyard sites late in the growing season, when many of the bunches are botrytised, although some non-botrytised grapes are included for added freshness. Eight months maturation in oak ensures harmony and richness. Creating a aromatic nose , offering notes of honey, nougat, orange blossom and peach. Indulgently sweet, the palate glows with luscious flavours of ripening and apricot, all the way through a long finish.
A great wine from a super producer that you don't get the chance to taste everyday. Take advantage whilst you still can.
Indulgent Xmas Red-Jasmine's choice!Date published: 09/12/13
Indulgent Xmas Red-Jasmine's choice!
For me, Christmas is the time to break out the big, luxurious reds. The style I would always go towards would have to be an Italian Amarone. Rich, raisin-ed , concentrated grapes are added to the base wine and fermented to give a powerful intensity to both the nose and the palate. Gorgeous aromas of sweet spice, dried fruit and chocolate. The wine is so complex and continues to evolve in the glass...every sip adds a new element to the wine. A powerful wine which can stand against the most flavorsome of food dishes but I personally enjoy it served in a large wine glass, warmed by the heat of an open fire with perhaps a mince pie or two.
Here at Majestic we have the Amarone Negrar which is part of our fine wine deal so a bottle could be yours to enjoy for £18 when bought with another selected fine wine. Be sure to treat yourself this Christmas and what better way to do so than slurp on some fabulous wine.
Fine Wine for Christmas!Date published: 08/12/13
Fine Wine for Christmas!
If there is one time of year for pure indulgence, then this is it. Make sure you have some stunning wines to accompany your Christmas feast and where better to buy them than here at Majestic Horsham. We regularly have fine wine available to try on our tasting counter to take away the "risk" factor when investing in some luxurious wines. Our range covers the famous white Burgundy and Bordeaux along with a brilliant new-world collection. With our knowledgeable staff on hand, we can help you match the perfect wine to the occasion and even advise you how to serve to ensure you savour the wine at its very best. After all, you wouldn't want a warm Puligny-Montrachet would you?!
What's more, we will reward you with £10 off every 2 fine wines from our selected range that you purchase. This is a mix and match as well so you can grab a selection of beauties from around the globe or a case or 2 of your absolute favorite.
Come on down to explore, indulge and ensure you have a very merry Christmas!
Vina Ardanza 2004 La Rioja AltaDate published: 07/12/13
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 will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.
Spotlight Tasting, Christmas Special!Date published: 05/12/13
Spotlight Tasting, Christmas Special!
Wondering what to drink on Christmas day? Come to our spotlight tasting this weekend. It doesn't take up too much of your weekend, just half an hour on a selection of superb wines, ideal for a special occasion. A range from the traditional white Burgundy, an exciting twist on Pinot Grigio to a luscious desert wine from one of the most famous New Zealand producers.
Whats more, it doesn't cost a penny!
Book a place before it's to late. One session at 12:00 and the other at 15:00.
A little taste of luxury: Baileys Chocolat LuxeDate published: 30/11/13
A little taste of luxury: Baileys Chocolat Luxe £17
Infused with real Belgian chocolate, this is the perfect finish to your evening if you have no room for a filling dessert. Gorgeously smooth and not too heavy with a rich 'chocolate-mousse-like' flavour. Serve chilled over plenty of ice for some pure creamy luxury. Fans of the original Irish cream should definitely give this blend a try.
We now have this Baileys available to try on are tasting counter if you need that added reassurance before you buy.
Wine of the week: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012 Clos de L'OratoireDate published: 30/11/13
After the most recent pay day I thought that it was about time that I treated my self and one bottle that I have had my eye of was the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012 Clos de L'Oratoire. It is a fantastic example of a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with a nose of ripe pear, elderflower and vanilla, which gives way to a palate of ripe plum and and tangerine, with a complex and sumptuous finish. This wine drinks perfectly with a pork dish or on its own, served lightly chilled.
Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña EguíaDate published: 30/11/13
The Eguia Rioja has been a firm favorite at majestic for some time, however last night was the first time that i enjoyed a bottle at home.
With a deep ruby colour and an intense mix of dark fruits and toasted oak, the Rioja beautifully accompanied a seafood and chorizo risotto, balancing well between the delicate sea food flavors and spiced meats. The wine is fantastic value for money, currently priced at £6.66 until the beginning of December, and will be a fantastic winter warmer.
Daily Wine Review:Montagny 1er Cru 'Les MillièresDate published: 23/11/13
Daily Wine Review:Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières'
Just one of our fabulous whites from Burgundy, and perfect for this time of year. With the additional body, this wine is best served lightly chilled so that it can really open up and release its bouquet of peach and pear aromas. This Chardonnay has been fermented and matured in stainless steel so has a pure and fresh fruit character although it has developed nicely in bottle and provides a lovely smooth finish. Great food match for your cold cuts of meat the days after the big Christmas dinner but equally as lovely with your white meat dishes. An absoloute bargain for the quality which tends to be the secret with wines from the Côte Chalonnaise region in Burgundy...the same elegance without the hefty price tag.
This wine is now available to try on our tasting counter at only £9.99 (when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case or £11.99 single bottle price)
New Starter - JasmineDate published: 21/11/13
Horsham is now my second store with Majestic and it is lovely to be back in this town after having worked here with my previous job. I'm a fan of the bigger, bolder reds of Australia and Italy although my taste-buds are always being developed by the great range we have here at Majestic. I'm looking forward to providing you all with all your wine and beverage needs over this festive period!
Rhône and BurgundyDate published: 21/11/13
Starting tomorrow we have our In-store promotional tasting of wines from the Rhône valley and Burgundy, and I for one am very excited. With grapes including Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier to choose from, there will be a great variety of flavors and interesting wines. I might even be able to convince Joe to open the Chateauneuf du pape 2009 Vignoble Abeile... or maybe not. Either way it will be well worth coming down and having a taste and taking a few bottles home with you.
New Starter - StephenDate published: 19/11/13
I have just moved back down south after working in Manchester as a Sommelier. For me Wine and Food belong together, and what I enjoy depends on what I am cooking, but at the moment I am indulging in Argentinian Malbec's. However, I am looking forward to discovering more wines here in Horsham!
Farewell to Mike & Morgan Date published: 10/11/13
Farewell to Mike and Morgan from the Horsham team.
Mike's and Morgan's last day working with us here in Horsham was yesterday and we had great Saturday. We are wishing them all the best in their new adventures with Majestic.
Mike has got promoted to a Manager of a brand new store in Petersfield.
Morgan has moved to endure the new adventures in our East Grinstead branch.
It was an absolute pleasure working with them!
We wish both of them many happy Majestic days.
Asia, Joe and Stephen.
"Drink. Conquer. Repeat" - Mike's guide to Rugby drinksDate published: 09/11/13
"Drink. Conquer. Repeat" This is the motto of the Einstok brewery and I cannot think of a better motto when looking at the perfect drinks to go with an afternoon in front of the Rugby. In this article I will highlight a few of the drinks that I think will help accompany this activity, it should enable you to toast a victory or take the edge of a bitter defeat. It might even help you understand the scrummage laws!
Einstok White Ale £9.99(When you buy four packs) What better place to start than the beer that inspired this article. Brewed with fresh Icelandic water and orange peel and coriander this is a very refreshing and flavoursome beer. Perfect when chilled and has all the complexity of a French back division.
Chateau Patarabet, St Emilion £9.99(When you buy at least two) This is a great wine with bags of character. A refined nose of smoke, spice and cedar. The palate is rounded and smooth like a prop forward and is backed with dark fruit flavours. This is a great wine to savour during the course of a match and is ideal to comfort yourself with in defeat.
Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 £19.99 (when you buy at least two bottles) Who does not like a good glass of Champagne? At £19.99 this is the ideal Champagne to toast an England victory. With all the power of an English forward pack this Champagne has notes of brioche, biscuit and a touch of cinammon. Ideal Saturday afternoon drinking!
Te Mata Chardonnay £!4.99(when you any two New Zealand Wines) Given this is a rugby themed article it would be remiss of me not to include a wine from the land of the long white cloud. This Chardonnay is oozing with class with the nose being packed full of citrus and tropical fruits. The palate is elegant with a refreshing hint of lemon and toast. This is a wine that will be sure to keep you and your guests satisfied for the entire match.
Daily Wine Review - Santa Ana Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/11/13
One of our Best Selling Wines this week, from one of Argentina's most prestigious Wineries. Santa Ana is based in Argentina's foremost wine region, producing nearly 70% of the country's wine, (as well as housing the tallest mountain in Argentina.) On the nose this Sauvignon predominately holds tones of citrus; and on the palate there is a fantastic combination of grapefruit.and bell peppers. To be enjoyed with grilled fish or simply on its own with friends.
Daily Wine Review - Clos Du Bois ChardonnayDate published: 08/11/13
Daily Wine Review - Clos Du Bois Chardonnay £9.99(When you buy at least two bottles) This is a thoroughly elegant Californian Chardonnay. Hailing from the coastal region of California the effect of cooling Pacific breezes give this wine a real freshness of fruit and a wonderful acidic lift. The nose has notes of pinneapple, pear and citrus. The palate has a wonderful roundness, due to one third of the wine being aged in oak barrels, this is complemented by flavours of lemon zest, tangerine and a subtle toastiness. This is a great wine to enjoy on its own however it will compliment rich seafood dishes, like Prawns in garlic herb butter, perfectly. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Wine of the week: Château Patarabet 2007, St-EmilionDate published: 06/11/13
Château Patarabet 2007, St-Emilion
New to our range of clairets, Château Patarabet has been owned by the same family since 1920. It is a small estate of only 9 hectares, located on the outskirts of the St-Emilion appellation, on an area of diverse soil types. Merlot dominated blend of Cabarnet Sauvignon and Cabarnet Franc.
An intense nose of mixed black fruits, with hints of peony, violet and aged leather. The palate is full and round, with moderate yet well-structured tannins and plenty of grip.
Perfect with a hearty beef casserole, lamb, game and mild cheese.Try it for yourself, it is our wine of the week and it is open on our tasting counter today. You can get it at £9.99 when you buy 2 selected Pick'n'Mix wines, giving you 33.3% savings. £14.99 single bottle price.
Daily Wine Review - Côte du Rhône 2011 Vidal FleuryDate published: 05/11/13
Côte du Rhône 2011 Vidal Fleury
Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781. Today, head winemaker is Guy Sarton du Jonchay, whose experience takes in Bordeaux, Australia's Rosemount Estate and Cavas de Weinert of Argentina. Mix of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan with the dominance of the first two produce brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit and flavours of blackberry, surrounded by firm and persistent tannins. Aged on lees 70% in tanks and 30% in large barrels.
A classic bistro wine, goes well with most foods like pizza and pasta dishes except of bloody steak or light fish. Serve alongside Lyonnaise sausage or a herby cassoulet with duck confit.
Drink now or next 2-3 years.
This wine is £6.66 giving you 33.3% saving if you buy any selected wines from our Pick'n'Mix deal. You can now take a full advantage of this promotion. Be quick while it lasts! Offer ends 2nd of December. Single bottle £9.99.
Daily Wine Review - Chateau Le VivierDate published: 04/11/13
Daily Wine Review - Chateau Le Vivier £7.99(When you buy any two bottles from the pix and mix) I love Claret, especially when it is great value,so this wine ticks both boxes for me. It is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which gives this wine great balance and depth. The nose displays wonderful cassis and cedar characteristics. The effect of a combination of old and new oak means this wine also has firm tannins and spice as well as black fruit flavours on the palate. If you are looking for a great winter red then I urge you to look no further than this. It will provide a warming drink by the fire on its own but will be the perfect partner to your roast Beef as well! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Brewdog Punk IPA has landed!Date published: 04/11/13
Welcome to Punk IPA. I believe we are the natural UK retailer for Punk, because behind the hype and noise, it is a very, very cultured beer. Heavily but stylishly hopped (twice) with an intense and tropical palate. It has a lovely bitterness on the finish that adds an intriguing dimension, and it works very well with food. It is complex but accessible.
This is a great beer to match with complex dishes. Try with seared Pork chops in Cayenne pepper and paprika sauce.
This beer is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Einstok White Ale has landed!Date published: 02/11/13
Einstok White Ale, Akureyri, Iceland 6x330ml (28.136) £12.99 buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99
This beer is increasingly well-known due to its interesting style and unusual providence. It is a Witbier. Literally, witbier translates as white beer, not wheat beer. However it is part of the wheat beer family. Witbier is most often brewed in Belgium and Holland and differs by including coriander and orange peel in the brewing process. Continental Witbiers can be quite intense and heavy making them difficult to drink more than a glass. Einstok White Ale is not like that at all due to the water used. The brewery is in Akureyri, an extremely remote port in northern Iceland, facing north. The water comes from prehistoric glaciers on mainland Iceland and Arctic rainwater, filtered through untouched lava rock formations; they call it the purest water on earth. It transforms the profile of this white ale into something entirely different. It is an exceptionally elegant ale, carrying a lovely hint of the citric and coriander notes, and a softly weighted palate with a long finish.
This beer is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Pedro's Almacenista Selection FinoDate published: 28/10/13
Daily Wine Review - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino £8.99 a bottle: I love Sherry. Whether it is a deep, dark Oloroso or a nutty, fragrant Amontillado it is a wine that I am always happy to see in my glass. The focus of today's review is on a Fino, this is the lightest style of sherry and is meant to be served well chilled as a great aperitif. Fino Sherry gets its distinctive flavour from a friendly bacteria called Flor which forms a film on top of the wine. The Flor gives the wine flavours of yeast, dough and biscuit. All of which are found in abundance in Pedro's Fino. Flavours of green apple and almond are also present. This is a wonderfully refreshing drink that is packed with flavour. With Christmas around the corner it is a great alternative aperitif. Try serving with green olives and salted almonds to appreciate this wine at its best! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Hurry! 20% OFF SPAIN AND SOUTH AFRICA ENDS TODAY!Date published: 28/10/13
20% OFF SPAIN AND SOUTH AFRICA END TODAY! Whether you enjoy a good glass or Rioja or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch there are lots of great deals to be had in our range. However all good things must come to an end and tonight will see these deals finish. If you would like to take advantage of any deals on Spain or South Africa then you have two options:
1) Come and see us in store today. We will be open until 7pm tonight and will be very happy to point you in the direction of the wine you want.
2) Place an order over the phone by calling us in store on 01403754546. If your order comes to over £40 you will be eligible for free delivery at a time of your convenience.
We look forward to hearing from you and fulfilling all of your wine wishes!
Spotlight on New Craft Beers!Date published: 26/10/13
I am passionate about my wine, but I am also passionate about my beer. In particular, craft beer. Our range is expanding at a rate of knotts and I could not be happier. Our most recent additions are the Underdog Atlantic Lager and the Curious Brew IPA(with two more to come!). They may be from two different sides of the Atlantic and made in different styles, but both beers are high quality products and are equally at home with food or enjoyed on their own. So give these tasting notes below a read and see if these new beers whet your appetite!
Both are available in store
Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog, Denver USA 6x330ml cans (28.211) £12.99 buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99
Yes, it’s in a can, but premium cans are probably the future of craft beer. The beers taste extremely fresh and are cheaper to transport and recycle; cans also fit with the rebelliousness of the craft beer movement. In a sense, Flying Dog invented the craft revolution. They are one of the most important craft brewers of all, not just because of their great beers; without them, the craft beer industry would look and feel a lot different. Their style and rhetoric has inspired a generation of craft-brewers, not least Brewdog from Scotland. Flying Dog began as brewbar in Aspen, Colorado, in 1990. The Rockies back then were a destination for people who found California too mainstream and thought a bit differently. George Stranahan, an astrophysicist with a passion for beer, started the business. The name came from a painting of a flying dog he saw in a hotel in Pakistan, halfway up a failed ascent of K2. George’s close friend was the ‘outlaw journalist’ Hunter S Thompson who famously endorsed the brewery; he was a former Hells Angel who became a biting political journalist and highly-rated sports writer. Author of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, he was outspoken, brilliant and strongly anti-establishment. His influence on Flying Dog and the burgeoning craft beer movement was to set it out staunchly in the face of the dominant commercial brewers. The artwork was created by British artist, Ralph Steadman. The colour and scratchy, confrontational designs are embedded in the culture of the brewery.
Curious Brew IPA, Kent, 12x330ml (28.282) £17.99
Our success with Curious Brew Lager in the last year has been remarkable. It has quickly established itself as the mainstay of our craft beer range. A fantastic beer with a champagne connection from an English producer – what’s not to like. Curious Brew IPA is the next step. It does not have the champagne yeast addition, but it does have the same commitment to balance and originality. Chapel Down aim to craft beers that are extremely hard to replicate; that have genuine originality like wine. This IPA is a very rich but harmonious style, a blend of 3 hops (Goldings, Bramling and Citra) and yet is extremely well balanced. For customers who like Curious Brew but want to try something different and with extra weight and complexity, this is the natural progression. We are able to sell the IPA at the same price at the Lager which is surprising given the significantly higher abv. This is solely down to the bargaining power we had due to the volume of Curious Brew Lager we have sold in the last year. The IPA represents absolutely fantastic value at this price.
Daily Wine Review - Turkey Flat Butchers Block "The WhiteDate published: 25/10/13
Daily Wine Review - Turkey Flat Butchers Block "The White" £11.99(When you buy at least two bottles) I was very excited when I saw this wine come in. We rarely get white Rhones, let alone an Australian wine made using the three major white grapes of the Rhone valley; viognier, marsanne and rousanne. This wine is everything you would expect from an Australian wine. It is full bodied, due to some moderate oak influence and lees stirring , and it is full of fruit. The nose is packed with stone fruit and a subtle smokiness. The palate is rounded and contains flavours of apricot, peach and honeysuckle. This is a great partner to substantive fish dishes, for example roast turbot in herb butter. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Fine Wine of the Week - Amarone NegrarDate published: 25/10/13
Amarone Negrar - £18 a bottle(when you buy two or more)
INTRODUCTION: Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.
FACTS: Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.
TASTE: Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish.
FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese.
£18 a bottle(when you buy two or more bottles)
Single bottle price: £23
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Vinalba Gran Reserva MalbecDate published: 24/10/13
Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec
As we head into colder weather this is the perfect wine to warm you up, packing a hefty 15% abv.
This fine Malbec comes from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo region, and is the flagship wine in the Viñalba range. Created by Hervé Fabre, one of the first Bordeaux-schooled winemakers to come in to Argentina, and to recognise Malbec's potential in its high-altitude terroirs.
This wine has got beautiful deep purple colour and a generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth, sensuous and voluptuous, providing a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish.
It is open on our tasting counter. Come to our store in Horsham and you can judge it by yourself.
This Malbec could benefit from decanting for a about 30 minute before serving. Try it with steak or venison.
It is on fantastic deal £12.99 if you buy two or more, giving you savings of £6. Unit price £15.99.
Rioja Reserva 2008, Marqués de RiscalDate published: 18/10/13
Currently we've got Marqués de Riscal Reserva open on the tasting counter, in honour of it I thought I'd give us a quick breakdown of what to expect from this fantastic wine.
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, and a favourite among the staff here at Horsham.
It's 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. For those that have the oppourtunity, this reserva can also cellared for five years of more!
Fancy giving it a go? Come and Explore.
Château Sénéjac 2010, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-MédocDate published: 18/10/13
Château Sénéjac 2010, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc
Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.
Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification.
With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite, cigar box and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable. Rich texture and long finish.It is ready to enjoy now, but should cellar well for up to 10 years. Drinks beautifully with Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.
You can try it today @ Majestic Horsham and judge for yourself.
£18 when you buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 as a part of mixed case of 6
£23 unit price
Region Focus: ArgentinaDate published: 12/10/13
Argentina has a history with wine making of roughly 450 years. In the north, Santiago del Estero first saw cuttings brought from Chile, and from there the vine spread southward. Today every part of western Argentina is a wine producing region, and the country has both a strong domestic market as well as international success.
The most famous region withing Argentina for wine production is Mendoza, which first saw the vine in 1557. Since then the malbec grape has been championed to such an extent that many forget that it originated in France.
A typical malbec will exhibit rich black fruit flavours supported by sweet spice such as vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. The tannins are smooth. If you'd like to try it for yourself, come and explore! We've plenty of Argentinian wines open to taste today!
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Fine Wine of the Week - Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 11/10/13
Fine Wine of the Week - Angel's Share Shiraz £18.00(When you buy two bottles) The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.
Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.
TASTING NOTE Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.
FOOD MATCH Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce.
This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 08/10/13
Daily Wine Review - Serena Pinot Grigio £5.99(When you buy two or more bottles) This is a Pinot Grigio but not as you know it. Coming from Tuscany, it has been exposed to higher temperatures and more sun light than the grape usually gets. This means that it is packed full of intense fruit flavours. In the glass it is a bright lemon and the nose is full of pear and ripe stone fruit. The palate is smooth and there are flavours of apricot, elderflower and even a hint of banana. This is a great value wine and perfect as an aperitif or with an array of salads. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Spotlight: Sherry!Date published: 06/10/13
Yesterday, four comely new sherries of the Almacenista selection graced our shelves for the first time. Sherry can come in a wide variety of styles, many of which are now represented in store, and it's in their honour we're going to have a quick look at each!
Fino sherry is has a pale lemon colour and are noteworthy for their powerful aromas of almonds, herbs, and dough. I've heard these flavours referred to as salty or tangy before as well. We can detect notes of apple flavours in there too! Our newest fino is 15%. The bottle itself is noteworthy for the label, which is a reproduction of a poster commisioned for the Sherry Harvest Festival of 1967.
Next up, we have an Amontillado. An amber wine that exhibits a combination of both yeast and oxidative aromas, including almonds, hazelnut, and toffee! Released at a higher alcohol content it is 19%. Once again the producer has gone with a poster from the Sherry Harvest Festival, this time 1955.
The third new sherry we've had in is an Oloroso. Unlike fino sherry, which is protected from oxidation by a yeasty layer called 'flor', oloroso focuses heavily on leathery, spicy flavours, and intense nutty aromas. By now you'll have recognised the pattern of labelling for the producer, this time drawing on 1956 to illustrate the wine.
Finally, Poalo Cortado, this time illustrated by a poster from 1951, is a rarer wine. The style can be considered among the finest sherries made, providing us the finesse of an amontilado, with the weight of an oloroso. Very much the best of both worlds we can find flavours typically championed in each style.
I hope I've managed to entice you to come and try out some of the new sherries we've got in! It's always fun to come and explore!
Wine of the week: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-BordetDate published: 05/10/13
Wine of the week: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-Bordet
Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of Burgundy region. Here the soils have an important effect on the wine.
Séguinot-Bordet are located on the right bank of the Serein, on well-exposed site, not far way from Grand Crue sites. 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.
This wine come from an old and respected family winery. It is full of 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.
It is open on a tasting counter for you to be the judge of that.
It can be yours for £19.00 if you buy two or more saving you £10.00 (original price per unit £24.00).
Daily Wine Review - Catena ChardonnayDate published: 29/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Catena Chardonnay £9.99(When you buy two or more bottles) This is a big and bold chardonnay from Argentina. Made from grapes grown in three different vineyards this is a new world chardonnay bursting with flavour. The colour is a bright gold in the glass and the nose is a cocktail of tropical fruit and sweet spice. The palate is full of pinneapple, mango and vanilla however whilst a substantive weight it does not overpower due to excellent acidity. This wine was made to partner you Sunday roast chicken, which is exactly what I will be doing tonight! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Kangarilla Road ShirazDate published: 28/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Kangarilla Road Shiraz £11.99(When you buy at least two) This is an Australian shiraz with a French twist. Coming from the McClaren Vale region, this wine has benefitted from cooling sea breezes. This means that there is a dash of French elegance thrown in with the Aussie power. The nose is a mix of black fruit and spice, with a subtle menthol charachter. The palate is rounded, with notes of cracked black pepper, cherry and cassis. However the cooler climate means this wine has an excellent freshness due to good levels of acidity. This is an excellent wine with red meat dishes, however it can be enjoyed on its own with a good film. Well at least that is how I like to enjoy mine! This wine is open and available to taste
Daily Wine Review - Beaune 1er Cru "Les Cents Vignes", MorotDate published: 27/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Beaune 1er Cru "Les Cents Vignes", Morot £19.99 I have not reviewed a red Burgundy yet, but I am breaking that duck in style! This Beaune 1er cru is made by the Morot family who only produce wine from 1er cru sites in Burgundy. The vines are 40 years old and 50% of the wine has been aged in new oak. All of these factors combined together have produced a wine of stunning quality. It is a vivid ruby in the glass the nose is full of perfume and a subtle gamey quality. The palate is packed with red fruit and wonderful toasty oak notes, which is all finished off with good acidity.This is red Burgundy at its best and should be matched hearty game dishes. An ideal match for Venison stew or roast Pheasant. This wine is open and available to taste
Daily Wine Review - Vina Pomal ReservaDate published: 26/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Vina Pomal Reserva £9.36(When you buy any two Spainsh wines) Whilst Spain was on such a good deal it would be criminal of me not to review one of the many great Riojas available. Made by the historic house Pomal, this is a traditional Rioja reserva. It is full of wonderful red fruit but has lots of spice and smoke to add depth and character. The nose is full of wild strawberry, vanilla and a touch of cedar. The palate contains substantial tannins and flavours of blackcurrant, strawberry and cinnamon. This is a great all round wine, that is ready to drink now but will reward with further ageing. This is the perfect match for roast Lamb or Spanish cured meats. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Spanish Bonaza with 25% off all Spanish winesDate published: 25/09/13
Spanish Bonanza with 25% off all Spanish wines
Welcome to another improved limited time only sale. This time we are offering 25% off all Spanish wines if you buy two or more as a part of your case of six.
I would like to highlight some staff recommendations.
Rioja Crianza 2009. Gran Vendema £5.62.
All-year-round best seller, a young Crianza wine made from 100% Temranillo, from 10-15-year old vines around Cenicero in heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and further 12 months in bottler before realise.
It's vibrant cherry red colour and raspberry and strawberry dominated nose is lifted by oaky vanilla notes. The palette is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and easy-going feel.
It is supremely versatile, this can be drunk on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops, and all Mediterranean cuisine.
Try for yourself, now open on a tasting counter.
Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal £10.30.
In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.
This wine a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. A classic Rioja Reserva, always popular with our customers. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.
This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.
Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marques de la Concordia, Rueda.
Vega de la Reina has its own 100ha vineyard in Valdestillas in the province of Valladolid, on the banks of the rivers Douro and Adaja. The wines of Rueda have been noted as an alternative to Sauvignon, so growing this international grape was a natural step for the region.
A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. Crisply acidic, the wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish.
Try with simple Spanish-style fish dishes such as battered hake.
Great choice for Sauvignon Blanc fans and at the price of £6.56 can compete with many New Zealand SB's.
Daily Wine Review - Rustenburg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Rustenburg Sauvignon Blanc £8.43(When you buy any two South African wines) Sauvignon Blanc can be a bit hit and miss with me. Some I love, others leave me cold. I am happy to say this one I love. The wine is exclusively made from free run juice which has been aged on its lees for three months. This calms down the acidity of the wine and gives it a wonderful roundness. The nose has a vibrant aroma of asparagus and bell pepper. On the palate citrus and green fruits combine, with a subtle tropical fruit flavour underpinning it all. I can think of no better partner for this dish than a roasted sea bass and Italian vegetables. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Main Divide RieslingDate published: 22/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Main Divide Riesling £10.99(When you buy two or more bottles) From New Zealand this is a wine that exudes class. Made in a slightly off dry style, grapes affected by noble rot have been included in this wine, it is a great example of the value and intensity of flavour you can get in Riesling. The nose is full of stone fruit and kerosene. The palate is rich, yet bracing acidity prevents it from being cloying. Flavours of apricot, lime and elderflower are all apparent on the palate. This would make a great aperitif but would also be a perfect partner for Thai curry. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Region Focus: New ZealandDate published: 21/09/13
New Zealand is a sizable chunk of our stores, and favorites such as the Ned prove hugely popular year on year. As a country it's something the british market has developed a real taste for, with a real focus on those fresh citrussy flavours of sauvignon blanc. Having said that, it may come as some shock that New Zealand is a very small producer of wine. The country has only just made it into the top 30 wine producing countries in the world, with it's area under vine being even more modest still! It's a market that has a deep reliance on export, with Britain as the main importer.
New Zealand's place in the world is much more impressive when you consider how young the country is in terms of wine production. In Marlborough (The most important wine producing region) vines weren't planted until 1973, and new sites are being planted year upon year.
Although Sauvignon Blanc is the primary grape variety grown in New Zealand, it's important to remember that by no means is it the only one. Pinot Gris and Riesling are also produced to a high level. New Zealand Riesling has even managed to nestle itself into my heart as a wine I harbour a real soft spot for! In terms of reds Pinot Noir, particularly from Martinborough, is exceptional, while Hawkes Bay is renowned for Merlot based wines.
Like what you hear? We've just had one of our spotlight Sauvignon tastings for the day, and New Zealand certainly made an appearance!
Come and explore!
Daily Wine Review - Parcel Series MerlotDate published: 21/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Parcel Series Merlot £5.62(when you buy any two South African wines) Downton Abbey is about to re hit our screens on a Sunday night and this got me thinking. How is Lady Mary going to cope without Matthew? Will Lady Edith ever find love? What is Carson's first name? All pressing questions, but the most pressing of all is what do I have a glass of whilst watching this all unfold? The answer however is simple, this Parcel Series Merlot is perfect. A medium bodied wine this has everything you could want in a great quaffing wine. The nose is full of rich plum and strawberry fruit. The palate is rounded and smooth, with subtle tannin and a pleasing plum and berry compote flavour. This is all rounded off by a slight smokiness, which reveals the South African origin of this wine. This wine really needs no partner except for a good costume drama, though it would match a Sunday roast beef very well. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Rustenburg ChardonnayDate published: 20/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Rustenburg Chardonnay £11.24(When you buy any two South African wines) This is a rich and satisfying Chardonnay. Coming from the historic house of Rustenburg, this wine displays all the tradition and wine making ability present in the estate. The wine spends 12 months in new French oak before being bottled and this gives the wine an opulent nose. Aromas of vanilla, pineapple and lemon zest mingle. The palate has a slight mineral streak as well as lots of stone and citrus fruit flavours. This is a great comfort wine on a cold autumn evening. If you are wondering what wine to partner with your roast chicken this Sunday then I would look no further than this! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Mike's South African Picks!Date published: 19/09/13
With South Africa now being subject to 25% I have decided to share with you some of my favourite wines that are now on offer. Whilst there are almost too many to mention, I have been disciplined and selected two whites and two reds that are not to be missed under this current promotion. So without further a do, here they are!
Eikendal Chardonnay: £9.36(If you buy any two South African wines) I think this is my favourite South African wine. If God told me I could only choose one South African wine for the rest of my life, this would be it. From Stellenbosch, the grapes are aged for 7 months in French oak before bottling. It is the definition of balanced. Flavours of lemon and toast dance on the tongue and there is plenty of acidity to match the substantive palate. It is just perfect.
Bellingham "The Bernard Series" Old Vine Chenin Blanc: £8.99(If you buy any two South African wines) It would be impossible to talk South African wines without mentioning South Africa's signature white grape, Chenin Blanc. Made from low yielding old vines and matured in French oak this is a powerful style of wine. Packed with tropical and citrus fruit as well as hints of vanilla this is a wine that will make you sit up and take note. Try matching with pan fried sword fish to see it at its best.
"Anthony's Yard" Graham Beck 2009: £6.36(If you buy any two South African wines) A blend of Cabernet Franc,.Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this is a a great value alternative to Bordeaux. It has spent a year in French oak, so this adds a wonderful cigar box complexity to the abundance of black fruit present in the wine. Whether I am sitting down to a meal of sausages and mash or roast beef this red is always an excellent partner to the food.
Meerlust Merlot 2009: £15.74(If you buy any two South African wines) Hands up if you like right bank Bordeaux? Hands up if you like the price? I suspect a lot of people raised their hand to the first question and quite a lot less did for the second! This wine is a top right bank Bordeaux but with out the price tag. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it is brimming with power and elegance. Sour cherry and plum dominate, and are complimented by integrated tannins and subtle sweet spice. A great wine for now, but will mature brilliantly over the next ten years.
I hope these selections have given you a flavour of the range and quality on offer in South Africa at the moment. So why not pop down to the store and explore our range and maybe find yourself some new favourites!
Daily Wine Review - Montenovo GodelloDate published: 19/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Montenovo Godello £9.59(When you buy at least two bottles) If you have been in store recently, chances are you will have overheard me discussing my new found love of the wines of north west Spain. At the moment I cannot get enough of them and this Godello from Montenovo is a great example of why. This is an intense and clean style of wine, almost like a Spanish Chablis(though it is unfair to draw crude comparisons!). The colour is a vivid lemon green and the nose is packed full of green and citrus fruit. The palate is clean and substantive, with flavours of green apple and pear being backed up with bracing acidity. This is a very classy wine and will be equally at home with seafood tapas or on its own with a good book! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
SOUTH AFRICA IS 25% OFF!Date published: 18/09/13
South African wines are on 25% off for the next week. This is an oppurtunity not to be missed as there are great bargains to be had accross the entire South African range. Whether you want to indulge in some high class Chardonnay from Walker Bay or a great value Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch this discount covers it all! You can mix and match to your hearts delight and thereby ensure all your South African wine desires are met. Call in store for free delivery(on ordes over £40) on 01403 754 546 or place on order online.
Thirsty Tuesday is upon us! And the wine of choice is ...Date published: 17/09/13
... the Matsu El Picaro Toro.
Picaro means rogue or rascal, and this wine mirrors the meaning with a fresh, youthful mouthfeel to it! The grapes themselves originate from vines that are of over 50 years of age, and thus add a good structure. Furthermore, an aging of only three months in oak means that this wine is elegant and not too heavy.
Nonetheless, there is one absolutely perfect food match for this wine - a good, hearty steak! Aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa abound, with ripe tannins and a great, mineral finish!
Fine Wine: Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot Date published: 14/09/13
Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot
Beaune vineyards are the most extensive of the Cote de Beaune, between Savigny to the North and Pommard to the South. There are no Grand Cru vineyards in this commune, but 36 Premier Crus. Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Fermentation last between 25-33 days, made as natural as possible in open tanks (without stems), but it is long enough to extract colour, tannins and aromas. Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, that were vinified separately and then aged for 16 months . The blending was done at the very end brining a fine balance between tight structure and softness.
This premier Cru is an elegant wine, fuller in body with red and black fruit aromas and spices. Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins, that will help in further ageing.
Drinking now, or age for 5 years or more in cellaring good conditions. Amazing with Sunday Roast!
£20 if you buy two or more from selected fine wines. Unit price £25.
It is on our tasting counter for you to try!
Daily Wine Review - Conde de San Cristobal, Ribera Del DueroDate published: 13/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Conde de San Cristobal, Ribera Del Duero £13.99(When you buy at lteast two bottles) This is my favourite wine of the moment. I bought a bottle a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it with my family over a meal and was stunned by just how good it is! The vineyard is the "daughter boedga" of the famous Marques de Vargas estate in Rioja. However,despite this tradition, this wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which has produced a wine very much in the style of modern Ribera Del Duero. It is a dense ruby in the glass and the nose is a brooding mix of blackcurrant and tobacco. The tannins are substantive and integrated, and combine with flavours of cassis, raspberry and sweet spice. There is excellent acidity which makes this wine a natural partner to food. Enjoy with Lamb cutlets and rosemary potatoes. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Region Focus: Spain!Date published: 12/09/13
I hope we're all looking forward to our spotlight tastings for Spain. They're great events during which we can open anywhere up to about ten different wines focused on the region.
Spain has an extensive and illustrious history with our favourite tipple. Roman families were involved and owned vineyards from Catalunya to Cadiz. At the time the Empire imported vast quantities of Spanish wine. In more modern times, wine production in the country has come at breakneck pace, both in terms of mechanization and also the development of legal frameworks which have proven so important in other countries. A great example of this rush to modernize is Cava production, which despite using the traditional method can provide exceptional value.
On the comin Saturday we plan to open up a whole range of both whites and reds. Why not #comeandexplore!
Riesling ist Riesling ist Unsinn!Date published: 11/09/13
In Germany there is a saying "Riesling ist Riesling ist Unsinn!" Translated this means "Riesling is Riesling is Nonsense!" This phrase, whilst highlighting German's directness brilliantly, is a reflection of the extreme versatility of the grape. Too often Riesling is just assumed to be semi-sweet and often poor quality. However this assumption could not be further from the truth, as there are countless different styles of Riesling made in Germany, let alone the contributions the rest of the world have made in producing this grape! Ranging from mouth fillingly sweet to bone dry, Riesling can be made in a style anywhere in between. The only thing these styles have in common is exceptionally high levels of acidity, however after that they can be completely different animals. So therefore, to borrow from the saying, to say Riesling was predictable and uniform would be "nonsense"!
We in Majestic are very lucky as we get to experience the full range of styles of Riesling, from wonderful off dry Mosel Riesling to crisp and minerally Clare Valley Riesling. It is my attention in the article to highlight a few of my favourite Rieslings, and whether you are looking to find your feet and try Riesling for the first time or are a seasoned Riesling drinker I hope you will find something in here that will tickle your fancy. Remember, if you think you have seen it all before then I shall remind you that "Riesling ist Riesling ist Unsinn"!
Kinheimer Hubertuslay Auslese 2003, Berres, Mosel, £10.99: For me Germany Riesling is the pinnacle expression of the grape. A range of styles are produced across the varying regions from spicy numbers in Baden to elegant examples in the Mosel. This wine is from the Mosel and is a delight. The term "Auslese" means the grapes have been picked relative late, with some grapes subject to "noble rot". This means a wine high in sweetness and acidity is the result. Flavours of stone fruit and lime dominate, with a wonderful honey edge. However it is not cloying owing to the bracing acidity present. Enjoy on its own, like a Beethoven piano sonata, this wine needs no accompaniment.
Trimbach Riesling £11.99: From Germany to my second favourite style of Riesling, that from Alsace. Unlike the elegant and ethereal Rieslings of the Mosel, the wines of Alsace are usually dry, perfumed and powerful. This example from Trimbach is a perfect illustration. The aroma of this wine is full of white peach and quince and a subtle flintyness. The palate is robust with more stone fruit and citrus flavours coming through. It is dry and full acidity. This would be a great match to fish paté.
Terroir Hunter Riesling, Chile, £11.99: This is an another example of a powerful and dry Riesling. From southern Chile and located just a few kilometers from the Pacific ocean it is in an ideal climate location for growing this grape. The nose is weighty and brooding with notes of kerosene and minerals. The palate contains far more fruit as well floral elements.Due to the power of this wine it would make a great accompaniment to smoked meats or fish. Or as alternative that will blow the socks off your guests!
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Riesling, £17.49: This wine is made in the style of a German Spatlese. This means in terms of sweetness it sits in between the Auslese I looked at from Germany and the other two styles of Riesling I looked at. This is a wine all about elegance, with floral notes like Elderflower and stonefruit characters like Apricot coming to the fore. This is just one of many styles of Riesling coming out of New Zealand at the moment and I would recommend all Riesling lovers keep a close eye on New Zealand at the moment!
Daily Wine Review - Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Matua Sauvignon Blanc £7.99(Whn you buy at least two) Matua in Maori means "head of the family" and I am pleased to say that this is a fitting description of the wine. With its powerful flavours, it will definitely taking the head of the table in the Majestic family of sauvignon blancs. It is an elegant lemon green in the glass and the nose gives off wonderful aromas of both citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is vibrant with mouth watering acidity partnering flavours of lime, passionfruit and capsicum. This is an ideal aperitif but would work brilliantly with a seafood salad. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Barista PinotageDate published: 10/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Barista Pinotage £7.59(When you buy any two South African wines) Pinotage can be the marmite of the wine world. Dividing opinion where ever it goes, this crossing of Cinsault and Pinot Noir, we feel, however, is a great warming red wine. This example in particular highlights some of the wonderful attributes of the grape. Named Barista, the winemaker has deliberately tried to bring out the coffee notes often found in the grape. We are pleased to say that this is a roaring sucess! The nose has a wonderful mocha character which is complimented by black fruits. The palate has substantive tannins and hints of damson, blackcurrant and coffee. If you are looking to be converted to Pinotage there I would strongly recommend giving this wine a go! Match with game meats to really enhance your wine experience! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Managers Wine of the Week - Alamos Chardonnay £6.99Date published: 08/09/13As we enter into our third day of our Chardonnay tasting week I thought it would only be appropriate that my wine of the week comes from this fantastic grape variety.
Chardonnay's come in many different styles and this particular offering from Alamos is a rich toasty full bodied wine perfect with roast chicken or creamy pasta dishes.
The palate is full of ripe stone fruits which combine excellently with a toasty vanilla finish,at £6.99 this wine is an absolute bargain and as we seem to be heading for some colder weather it's a great autumn wine!
Fine Wine: Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli-VeneziaDate published: 06/09/13
Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for the Pinot Gris grape variety. The international popularity of Pinot Grigio is so strong, that it is often being treated as different variety (even if they share the same DNA).
Jermann Pinot Grigio founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since. Present winemaker Silvio Jermann took over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes a typical of the region.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a wine region in the far north-east corner of Italy neighbouring Austria and Slovenia. The region's wines stand out noticeably from other Italian wines producing usually refreshing wines with style depending on climate and proximity to the coast and Alps.
The mountainous topography in the north and the east brings many vineyards above the low-lying cloud, that is sometimes being trap between the hills and the coast. That allows the grapes to bath in the sunshine without the risk of overheating, developing the complexity and aromatic depth before their sugar levels peak. Lower down and closer to the coast, maritime condition moderate the diurnal temperature variation and create more stable weather.
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.
It is now open on a tasting counter for you to try and make your own opinion.
It is currently on offer £18.00 if you buy two of selected fine wines and save £10.
Daily Wine Review - Montes TwinsDate published: 03/09/13
Daily Wine Review - Montes Twins £8.99(When you buy two or more bottles) Good things usually come in twos. and this wine is no exception! A great blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a great all round wine from Chile. Whether you are looking for an easy going wine in front of the television or something to match with your roast beef I beleive this wine is up to the job. A dense ruby in the glass, the nose is crammed with blackcurrant and sweet spice. The palate is rounded with the tannins very well integrated. Flavours of cassis, damson and vanilla mix nicely. The finish is long and satisfying. Yet again, this wine is a fantastic example of the great wines that are being made in Chile at the moment. This wine is open and available to taste.
Region focus: BeaujolaisDate published: 01/09/13
The southernmost area of Burgundy produces the familiar, juicy, fruity red wines of Beaujolais. The two simplest are Nouveau, released a few weeks after the harvest each November, and a basic Beaujolais (often the same wines released later). To the north and west of the region, the vineyards are planted on a series of rolling hills, where the soils are predominantly granitic schist. Gamay has a particular affinity to granite, giving wines of a greater character here than on sandy soils further south. Beaujolais Villages from 39 better villages should be slightly fuller and last a couple of years. Beaujolais from the top 10 villages, the Crus, should be meatier and capable of at least three years' age. The Crus are Saint-Amour AC, Julienas AC, Chenas AC, Moulin a Vent AC, Chiroubles AC, Fleurie AC, Morgon AC, Regnie AC, Brouilly AC and Cote de Brouilly AC. Moulin a Vent and Morgon are the most powerful and full-bodied and will improve in a bottle. Brouilly is the most widely available as has the largest production.
Today and tomorrow are the last two days when you can purchase Beaujolais wines on 20% off deal, when you buy two or more. You can mix and match different wines from all those beautiful villages or stock up on your favourites
Open To Taste - Arundel Sussex Gold and Arundel ASBDate published: 31/08/13
Calling all beer fans! calling all beer fans! This is a quick article to let you know that the fantastic Arundel beers are now open on our tasting counter. Both the Sussex Gold and ASB are open to taste. So why not pop in and try these fantastic local beers? They are a great example of the current renaissance in the British brewing industry.
Daily Wine Review - Los Boldos ChardonnayDate published: 30/08/13Daily Wine Review - Los Boldos Chardonnay £7.99(When you buy at least two) Chateau Los Boldos are dedicated to producing wines that have a heavy french influence. The grapes are gorwn at altitude in the Andes to ensure a fresh and vibrant wine is produced. The colour in the glass is an entrancing lemon green with hints of fresh pinneapple and a subtle oakiness. The palate is medium bodied,packed with citrus and tropical fruits and a lingering acidity. If cooking creamy fish or poultry dishes then I cannot think of a better wine to match it with. However this wine is also great on its own whilst enjoying a good book! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - 120 CarmenereDate published: 28/08/13
Daily Wine Review - 120 Carmenere £6.39(When you buy at least two bottles) This wine is a great example of why you get great value for money in Chile at the moment. Having spent 6 months in French oak this wine has real complexity. It is a dense ruby colour in the glass with aromas of black fruit and mocha. On the palate it has flavours of black cherry, tobacco leaf and vanilla. This is a complex and warming wine. I shall only whisper this, but with autumn around the corner, this is a very comforting wine. A perfect partner for your sausages and mash! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Vermentino PoggioargentieraDate published: 27/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Vermentino Poggioargentiera £7.49(When you buy at least two bottles) Poggioargentiera are one of my favourite Italian producers. Based in Tuscany they make exciting and vibrant wines that reflect where they come from brilliantly. This vermentino is a great example of this. The warmth of Tuscany combined with cool winds from the Mediterranean sea allow a fresh and fruity wine to be produced. The nose has lots of green frui and a slight minty edge. On the palate there are generous helpings of peach, melon and tangerine. This is a great summer wine. It is the perfect match for a grilled swordfish steak with salsa verde. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 26/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Serena Pinot Grigio £7.12(When you buy at least two bottles) This is a Pinot Grigio with a slight difference. It comes from the warm Tuscan countryside which allows some amazing fruit characters to become apparent in the wine. The wine is a wonderful lemon colour in the glass with aromas of apricot and pear on the nose. The palate is soft and with flavours of melon, pear and a subtle banana qulity. This is a great all round summer white wine perfect with a chicken pasta dish or shared with great company. A wine not to miss out on! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Arundel Beers Are Now In Stock!Date published: 25/08/13
In Majestic we are lucky enough to get the oppurtnity to work with local breweries and I am delighted to announce a new addition to our range of local beers, Arundel brewery. Based in the historic town of Arundel, they have been building an excellent reputation for themselves in both the local area and the wider beer community. Most famous for their Sussex Gold, which has won many awards, they are a brewery that I have no doubt will become a firm favourite among both Majestic staff and our customers! We currently have the following Arundel beers in stock:
Arundel Sussex Gold(4.2%abv) £25.80(A case when you buy any two cases of ale)This is the perfect summer beer, and to be honest a great all round beer. A vivid golden colour in the glass, it is has a good body and is packed with wonderful citrus and hop flavours. This is all balanced out with a subtle maltiness. It is great chilled on its own, but would be an excellent accompaniment to fish and chips.
Arundel Special Bitter(4.5%abv) £26.40(A case when you buy any two cases of ale)This is Arundel's take on a traditional English bitter and I am pleased to report this is another excellent offering. A much darker colour in the glass than the Sussex Gold, this beer is packed full of complex malt notes and stone fruit flavours. This is all balanced perfectly with the right amount of bitterness, which is achieved by a very careful use of hops. Serve slightly chilled with your Sunday roast Beef for a perfect food and beer combination.
Both of these beers are an exciting new addition to our range and I am pleased to say we have samples of each available to taste on our tasting counter. So why not pop down and give this great local beer a go!
Daily Wine Review - Campofiorin MasiDate published: 25/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Campofiorin Masi £9.37(When you buy at least two of any Italian wines) There are few more comforting things in life than a bottle of red wine by Masi. From the Veneto area of Italy this wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes and then refermenting the wine with some partially dried grapes. This production allows a rich and smooth wine to be produced that is a joy to drink. A deep ruby in the glass, the nose is a mass of red cherry and sweet spices. The palate is full bodied, with silky tannins. Flavours of black cherry, cinnamon and a subtle savoury quality are also present. This is the perfect wine for a cold evening, match with cheeses and cured meats for a throughly rewarding experience! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Region Focus: New Zealand Date published: 23/08/13
The climate in New Zealand is predominantly maritime, however, vineyards in the north island around Auckaland can be described as subtropical. These variations in climate help to give different New Zealand wines and regions their stamp of idiosyncrasy. New Zealand as a quality wine producer owes much to Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive and herbaceous wines of Marlborough have conquered the world, yet despite New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc fame, the most widely planted grape variety is Chardonnay. Until recently it was perceived that because of its climate, New Zealand was a country for white wines only. Now Pinot Noirs are being favourably compared with those of Burgundy. Exceptional examples can be found from Matinborough, Marlbourough and Central Otago.
Region Focus: Central Italy!Date published: 22/08/13
Since Asia has written an article focusing on Barolo (If you haven't taken a look yet I recommend you have a read!), I've decided to take a closer look at another chunk of Italy. Italy as a wine producing country is an amazing place, with a vast array of different local and international grape varieties being grown all over the country. Wine has such a degree of history that a traveller would be hard pressed to find any corner of the country where the production of wine is not taking place.
There are five major divisions worth taking into account when looking at the wines of central Italy. The first of these areas is called Emilia-Romagna, and encompasses well known cities such as Florence. The major grape of the region is Lambrusco, which you'll be forgiven if you've never come across before.
Much more broadly known are the wines of Tuscany. This region has extensive plantings of Sangiovese, and ecompasses Chianti. Chianti focuses on the Sangiovese grape, which in turn is known for a lighter and sharper style and plummy flavours. Other grape varieties can be added to the blend to add a little umph, body, or tannin.
Next up, Marche is a small and beautiful area on the eastern coast. Here the culture of producing red wines gives way somewhat to whites. The key grape here is Verdicchio, the best of which sport candied fruit flavours with mineral nuances.
With no coastline, the region of Umbra is known for Orvieto. The white wines from this region were once known for being inexpensive, and a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia.
Finally, Lazio further to the south is best known for Frascati. The wines are refreshingly herbal and the best examples can develop well for up to a decade when yields are kept low (A practice generally associated with high grape quality!).
Intersted? Come and Explore.
Barolo “the wine of the kings, the king of the wines” Date published: 21/08/13
Barolo “the wine of the kings, the king of the wines”
Barolo is a red wine produced in Piedmont region of North-West Italy made 100% from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo must be aged minimum for 2 years in oak and at least one year aging in a bottle.
Rich, deeply concentrated, full bodied with pronounced tannins and acidity. Can be light ruby colour to garnet when young and reach orange when aged. Like Pinot Noir grape is never opaque.
Express aromas and flavour characters of chocolate, strawberries, dried fruit, damnson fruit, eucalyptus, leather, licorice, mint, mulberries, plum, spice, tobacco, white truffles, herbs.
Nebbiolo ripens late in October, which means that temperature steadily drops at harvest time. Due to that fact historically Barolo was actually a sweet wine. Temperatures would drop significantly in November and December forcing fermentation to stop and leaving significant amount of residential sugar. In mid 19th century French oenologist Louis Oudart improved winemaking techniques. Focusing on cellar hygiene, he fermented must completely dry making the first modern Barolo. This style of wine soon became among nobility of North Italy and reach fame as “wine of the kings and king of the wines”.
In twentieth century negociants have dominated Barolo production, by buying in grapes in bulk and producing house style wine. From 1960 first single vineyard wines were produced focusing on individual style. There is still no official classification of Barolo wines, however in 1980 one of the first in Italy region as a whole was given a quality assurance of DOCG status.
The zone of production is 5 miles wide at the widest point and extends into the new communes added half a century ago. However 87% of Barolo is produced in the original five communes Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba, La Morra, Barolo and Monforte d'Alba.
Wines from Serraluga Valley, where soils are higher in sand and limestone, tend to be austere and powerful and require significant ageing (12-15yrs) to develop. Valleys of Barolo and La Morra with clay soils tend to produce wines with more perfume aromas and velvety textures. These wines tend to be less tannic and full bodied than those from the Serraluga Valley and requite less ageing (8-10yrs).
At the very moment we offer three Barolo wines:
Barolo Milani 2009 comes on the best offer £13.11 from £17.49 when you buy two or more with %25 off Italy. So you are new to Barolo you can mix just one bottle with other Italian wines to get best deal.
Barolo Ciabot Berton 2008 is a great wine from our fine wine shelf on offer now for £23 if you buy two or more, reg. price is £26.
Barolo Natale Verga 2009 is the new addition to our fine wine shelf, also on offer for £18 when you buy two or more, reg. price £23
We will be opening one of these Barolos any time soon!
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Region focus: Southern Rhone!Date published: 17/08/13
Our current wine of the week is brand new to our range, Leon Perdigal! This wine is a blend of a whole series of grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mouvedre, which works to bring forth rich spiced strawberry flavours and subtle garrigue notes. It's a great wine for spicy mediterranean disches.
Complicated blends aren't uncommon in southern Rhone, with some of the more intricate including dozen different grape varieties. Broadly speaking Grenache is the primary grape involved in wines from the region. There are seven major crus to consider, but today we're just going to take a closer look at two or three.
Perhaps the most famous sub-region is Chateauneuf-du-Pape. As you would expect, Grenache dominates the area, with some wines being produced from just that one grape. The wines are full bodied, and exhibit highly concentrated spiced fruit flavours. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is also noted for it's high levels of alcohol, and it's important to ensure the end product isn't dominated by this. Done correctly, a bottle from this region can be incredibly high quality.
A couple of other noteworthy regions in southern Rhone are Gigondas and Vacqueyras. Both of these regions make wines rather similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, however as they're less well known they often produce excellent wines at bargain prices. Meanwhile in Tavel and Lirac rose wines are made from Grenache and Cinsault, and are capable of developing impressive complexity for a rose.
Interested in giving wines from Rhone a shot? Come and explore!
Five wines under £5 to match Asian cuisineDate published: 16/08/13
Five wines under £10 to match Asian cuisine
With ever rising popularity of Asian cuisine we would like to recommend some great wines to enjoy with a take-away on a night-in or BYO (bring your own), when dining in your local Far East Asian restaurant.
1) Kuhlmann-Platz Gewürztraminer 2012 Cave de Hunawihr
£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 NOW only £8.99
Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr was the first cooperative in Alsace and the third in France as a whole. The winery was built in the 1950s by the founding vignerons, who tended their vines by day and worked on the building by night, creating a winery that is still in use today.
Fresh and open, with a pale straw colour and light body. Aromas of apricot and yellow plum, with hints of white rose. A gently sweet palate with firm acidity that dries and lengthens the finish.
2) Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva 2012 Rapel Valley
£7.99Special Offer £7.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% NOW only £5.99
Luis Felipe Edwards is the largest family-owned winery in Chile, and have developed a wide range of markedly Chilean-style wines, from classic grape varieties. This Viognier is pressed in a protective atmosphere and spends only 2 months in oak, for maximum freshness.
Light and fresh, yet intensely aromatic. Flavours of peach, apricot and ripe pears cascade across the palate, finishing with a refreshing acidic lift and gentle mineral grip.3) Torres Viña Esmeralda 2012
£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 NOW only £6.99
Blend of Muscat and Gewürztraminer is typically innovative and different, this is an intriguing blend from fourth-generation grower Miguel Torres. Founded in 1870, Torres have a rich history of innovation. Although mainly Moscatel, Viña Esmeralda is dominated by the fragrance and spice of the Gewürztraminer.
Aromas of honeysuckle, ripe pear and custard apple intermingle with sweet vanilla spice. Fresh and lively on the palate with an aromatic richness that finishes with nuances of cinnamon and cloves.4) Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo
£10.99Special Offer £9.99 Buy 2 save %20 NOW only £7.99
Decanter Magazine bronze medallist of 2012
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.5) 'Dr.L' Riesling, Loosen Brothers 2012 Mosel £8.49
The Mosel valley is famous for its very steep slatey vineyards along the Mosel river. Dr L is a non-estate wine, but brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen work closely with the growers, and in this way are able to ensure excellent quality year after year.
The fragrant nose of honey, apricot and stone fruit carries through to the off dry palate. Refreshingly juicy, a touch of spritz and lively acidity add finesse and balance.
So this is a little favourite mix to enjoy with my favourite Thai Green Curry.
Managers Wine of the Week- Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Gérard ThomasDate published: 15/08/13
I hear the phrase “anything but Chardonnay” on a daily basis here in Horsham and it is such a shame because there are so many delights this wonderful grape has to offer! Which is why, in order to convert you non believers, my wine of the week this week is a Chardonnay....
The great thing about Chardonnay is that styles can differ drastically between country and producer, believe me there is a Chardonnay out there for everyone. This week as my wine of the week I have selected a lighter more elegant style of Chardonnay from Burgundy. Gerard Thomas' St Aubin is produced from vineyards which share their border with the much heralded vines of Puligny-Montrachet. Soft and elegant on the palate this wine has benefited from gentle fermentation in oak barrels, clean fresh flavours of peach and citrus combine fantastically with a touch of butter and vanilla to make this one of my absolute favourite wines.
The complexity of this wine can be enjoyed on it's own or alternatively it can be partnered with pan fried scallops or lobster.
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, Domaine Gérard Thomas et Files £18.99
Mike went to the Great British Beer Festival...Date published: 15/08/13
...and had an amazing time. I have more than just a passion for wine, I have a passion for beer. So with this in mind I could think of nothing better than heading to the Great British Beer Festival at the Kensingotn Olympia. Joined by friends I set about tasting my way around the delights of the hall. I was delighted to discover that as well as a large contingent of real ales there were many top craft beers there from all over the world. So after purchasing my glass, I set about expanding my beer horizons as well as reacquainting myself with some old favourites.
The hall was organised by regions which meant that exploring areas of the country by their beers was possible. This was something I was keen to do, as having been born and raised(As well as working in!) Sussex I could well and truly get to know my home county by its beers. I was able to discover new breweries as well trying new beers from breweries I was well acquainted with, or at least I thought so! Delights like Harvey's IPA and Dark Star's American Pale Ale were new to me, but will be present in my bottle collection going forward.
There was also an impressive range of foreign beers, from American to German, whatever you wanted was there. I particulary enjoyed tasting the large range of German beers. We are lucky enough in Majestic to stock a lot of specialist German beer, such as Krombacher and Paulaner, so being able to taste similar beers and compare and contrast them with what I knew already was a very informative expereince!
So what did I learn from my afternoons tasting. Firstly, I am a huge fan of pork scratchings and pork pies(though I knew this anyway). Secondly, that no matter how hard I try I am not a cider fan. Finally I realised that the styles and range of beer are just as big and complex as wine. Beer should be appreciated in just the same way we appreciate wine. Fortunately at Majestic we take our beer serouisly and have an ever expanding range of craft beers and ales that showcase the best of the beer world. Here are a couple of my favourite ones from our selection:
St Austell Tribute: £22.80(When you buy any two cases of ale) This is a delicious pale ale from Cornwall. Packed with hops, there are stong flavours of citrus and stone fruit. Chill it down in your fridge and you have a great, refreshing summer drink!
Hepworth's Pullman £24.00(When you buy any two cases of ale) This is the definition of British bitter. A wonderful balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness this is an incredibly moreish beer. Serve slightly chilled and match with your sunday Roast beef for a great food and beer combination.
Paulaner Wheat Beer £20.99(When you buy any two cases of Paulaner) Hailing from Bavaria this is a beer packed wth flavour. Full of spice notes such as clove and with a pleasing bubblegum sweetness this is a robust and classy beer. Try matching with spiced fish curry.
NEW WINE! Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, Léon PerdigalDate published: 14/08/13
Check out this NEW 2012 Léon Perdigal
£9.99Special Offer £6.99*when you buy 2 bottles or more. This wine has joined our extensive selection of Cote-du-Rhone joyful wines. It is made of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre. Those grapes produce light and spicy wines from Cote du Rhone region.
This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the Southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellar master at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.
Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.
I have just opened one and is available on our tasting counter today. So come and try it!
It is an absolute steal for £6.99 if you get at least two bottle. Especially with this very 'Châteauneuf-du-Pape' bottle, that would impressed everyone.
Daily Wine Review - Marquis de Pennautier Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 12/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Maquis de Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon £5.99(When you buy at least two bottles) It is hard not to love the wines of the south of France. Yes, they do not have a famous name but what they lack in this department they make up for in sheer value for money. This Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect example. Cool fermented and matured in stainless steel this is a fresh and fruity interpretation of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is a wonderful ruby in the glass and the nose is dominated by the trademark blackcurrant aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is medium and rounded, with the tannins being smooth. Flavours of bramble fruit and subtle spice are here in spades. This is a great easy going red, it would make a great party wine but would also be the perfect partner to some sausages and mash. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Time to get excited: A Moet deal is coming your way!Date published: 12/08/13
We here in Majestic like to treat you, and this Friday will see the beginning of a special,short term deal on Moet &Chandon Brut Imperial. This Champagne is a great and flavourful wine. Equally at home as an aperitif, served at a party or partnered with food this is a Champagne that is great for all occasions. It has that classic nose of biscuit of brioche and biscuit as well as wonderful citrus notes. Full details of this deal will become available on Friday, but this is an oppurtunity not to be missed!
Give us a call in store on 01403754546 if you would like to take advantage of this deal.
WOW! Vina Ardanza Magnums now in stock!Date published: 10/08/13
When we discovered that we were about to stock Vina Ardanza magnums, there was a mini staff party in store! One of our favourite wines was being put into a party sized bottle, what more could we want? A decent price for it was the answer, and we got that too. At £36 for a magnum this truly is great value for money. Coming from the Rioja Alta and Vina Ardanza's exclusive 360 hectare vineyard, this 2004 Rioja Reserva is a great wine for all occasions. With lots of red fruit and spicy notes this is a complex wine that will match brilliantly with roast Lamb but can equally be enjoyed on its own. As it comes in a magnum bottle it is the perfect centre piece for any dinner parties or a great gift for a loved one. So why not pop in store and buy this fantastic bottle. Your favourite wine, but in a bigger bottle, life does not get much better!
Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 - £36 a magnum
Daily Wine Review - St Veran Domaine ThibertDate published: 10/08/13
Daily Wine Review - St Veran Domaine Thibert £12.99(When you buiy at least two bottles) This is a classy and elegant wine. This is the type of white Burgundy I love to drink! The produce of a 60 acre site in the heart of the Cote d'Or this wine has been hand harvested and bottled unfiltered, which ensures maximum flavour and freshness within the wine. The wine is a shimmering lemon in the glass, with citrus and slight toasty notes on the nose. The wine has been slightly oaked which gives the palate a roundness and spice, as well as fruit flavours of lemon, pinneapple and tangerine. The finish is long and certainly left me wanting more. This would be a delightful match with your roast chicken or a creamy fish dish. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Region Focus: Australia!Date published: 09/08/13
Australia's history with wine goes back more than two centuries, it's a relatively short yet illustrious relationship that has left the country as the fourth largest wine exporter in the world, internationally renowned. Of course, with a country the size of Australia, it's hard to talk about it as one homogenous ideal. Australian wine is highly varied!
Perhaps the most famous region of Australia is the Barossa Valley. The Valley exhibits a hot, dry climate, and it has a long established reputation for exceptional Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. If you've never had a Shiraz from the region it's well worth doing so, as they can be full bodied and spicy, with a surge of dark and ripe fruit flavours.
In Victoria, there's far more rain to invigorate the vines, and both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive there. Victoria was once the wine producing heart of Australia, but many of the vinyards were ravaged by disease and never properly replanted. It's much cooler in the region and so the Pinot Noir strawberries, plums and dark cherries without the jamminess or confected style of other new world wines. The tannins are ripe and soft.
A final region I want to look at today is Western Australia, a region proud to tell you that even though no more than 5% of the countries wine comes from the region, they win 30% of the medals. Granted, this is quite an achievement, and the area is known for producing Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons. These grapes are unsurprising, as the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux, where the grapes are even more prolific.
There are many other regions worth looking at in Australia, but we simply haven't the time today! Why not come and explore?
When in Rhone, dear boy. When in Rhone.Date published: 08/08/13
A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to be staying in a villa on the border between Provence and the Rhone. The weather was exceptional and after a long hard day of reading, swimming and sightseeing I was able to relax with either a glass of Provence rosé or Gigondas. Perfect. Or so you would think, however when I arrived in France I was not a fan of Rhone reds and the thought of a week drinking them did not feel me with joy. So with this, I sipped my first glass with slight trepidation. The herb infused nose and palate of dense black fruit and spice however won me round that evening and from that point on I threw myself whole heartedly into trying as many Cotes Du Rhone, Gigondas and Vacqueryras I could find.
The southern Rhone is famous for producing full bodied red wines using the grenache grape. This is usually blended with other grapes, with syrah and mourvedre tending to be the most common two. The most famous example of this wine is Chateau Neuf Du Pape(sadly I did not make it to this region) however regions such as Gigondas, Rasteau, Vacqueryras and Cairanne all produce excellent wines using the same grapes. This area of France, is also where most Cotes Du Rhone originates, with wines tending to be grenache dominated.
The wines tend to be charcterised by a dense ruby colour with a nose infused with black fruits, herbs and spice. The palates tend to be dense and spicy, with medium acidity. Tannins tend to be restrained, which is what makes these wines such a joy to drink. I found that partnered with grilled meats on holiday they were a delight, with the spice and fruit matching up to the most complex of dishes. However, due to the restrained tannins they were wonderful on their own at the end of the evening. By the end of the week, the heady delights of these wines was enough to make me a true convert and with this in mind I am going to recommend some wines that will showcase the delights of the southern Rhone!
Cotes Du Rhone Guigal - £9.99(When you buy two or more) If you want to understand what good Cotes Du Rhone is about, then look no further than this offering from Guigal. A grenache dominated blend this has wonderful dark cherry fruit which is accented by hints of white pepper.
Rasteau Pallieres - £10.99(When you buy two or more) A blend of four grapes(grenache,syrah,mourvedre and cinsault) this is a more complex offering than the Guigal. It has robust tannins and a toasty spice to partner lots of blackberry fruit. This wine was made to partner steak!
Chateau Neuf Du Pape Cuveé des Antiques - £14.99(When you buy two or more) This is the most powerful of the three, with the nose being an intense experience of sweet spice and black cherry. The palate is substantive and lingers long after it is drunk. This is a wine to partner the most complex of meat dishes.
I hope I have shared some of my enthusiasm for the wines of the southern Rhone, after a glorious week there I am now a true convert. So therefore, I urge you to visit there and try the wines of Gigondas and Rasteau among others. Also, if asked why you are keen to try these wines there is only one response "When in Rhone, dear boy. When in Rhone!"
Krombacher TripDate published: 07/08/13
Last week, seven Majestic Wine staff from the UK went to Germany to the lovely place called Krombach on an educational trip to visit the famous brewery called Krombacher. I was very lucky to be amongst the Majestic crowd and spend 48hrs learning all about premium German beer.
We arrived in a very hot Cologne on Thursday lunch time with Krombacher UK Rep Julian Penny. There was no time to waste and we went straight to the restaurant to cool ourselves with various of Krombacher's beers accompanying a very tasty German lunch. The restaurant was on top of the hill, just by a tower- a landmark of the area. We met International Sales Director Oliver Braun and Daniel his sales team member. We talked not only about hot weather but we learned loads about the future and prospects of Krombacher around the world and especially in UK.
After lunch we all were invited for a 2 hour brewery tour. We watched a promotional documentary and met our guide who took us through the various rooms with various machinery explaining everything we needed to know about the brewing process. I was very impressed to see that most of it computer controlled and we did not see any workers until we got to the sorting and bottling room. The two interesting facts I learned were that only farmers who produce the finest wheat and malt will be allowed to supply Krombacher. A computer will test a sample and if it is not up to Krombacher's standards the truck driver will be turned down.. Another interesting fact is that Germany operates returnable policy on all the bottles. So instead of putting bottles through the recycling bins like we do in UK, they just return them to the shops and get their money back.
After this educational tour we then had two hours of beer tasting. We tried Krombacher Pils, Wheat, Dunker (dark), alcohol free and Radler (shandy), which was my favourite, especially on that hot day!. We tried it with cold meats and gherkins which was a great combination.
The tour was over but not the beer tasting. We went out for some food and guess what? Yes, you're right Krombacher. I had to pace myself with an alcohol free one, that did not lose out on taste at all!
Next day, we visited the Marketing part of the the company and then with a few hours to spare we toured Cologne and tried the speciality of the city -Kolsch beer. It was 38C so cooling off with nice beer was rather nice!
We left Germany with amazing memories. Thanks Krombacher, I truly enjoyed myself!
We currently stock Krombacher Pils (£23.99) and Krombacher Wheat (25.99) in packs of 12. If you buy 2 packs or more you save additional £8.
Daily Wine Review - Aspen ChardonnayDate published: 07/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Aspen Chardonnay £5.59(When you buy at least two bottles) There are bargains, and there are bargains. I can confirm this is a bargain! This chardonnay from Australia is crammed with fruit flavours and a subtle spiciness, I was rather taken a back by how good this wine was when I tried it. A pale lemon in the glass the nose gives away how good a wine this is with citrus and tropical fruits both being instantly recognisable. The palate is medium bodied with flvours of lemon, pinneapple and tangerine being capped off with a hint of toasty spice. This is a chardonnay with complexity and intensity. This is a wine for all occasions, it would be a perfect BBQ or party wine, it would match a roast chicken on a Sunday and it would go nicely with itself in front of the TV. What more could you want from a wine? This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - 120 Cabernet FrancDate published: 06/08/13
Daily Wine Review - 120 Cabernet Franc £6.39(When you buy at least two bottles) This is an absolute favourite of mine, as well as being great value, this is a wonerfully fruity and elegant wine. Cabernet franc at times is the forgotten grape, however it is one of my favourites. It is a major player in great right bank Bordeaux and it is made into quality red wines in the Loire(there are few better wines than an aged Chinon!) It is unusual to see it in Chile, however if this offering is anything to go by we will be seeing a lot more of this grape from Chile in the future! A striking ruby in the glass, the nose is full of red fruits with a subtle lavender back note. The palate is medium bodied, with rasberries, strawberry and a touch of spice being apparent. This is a refreshing and elegant wine. It can be enjoyed on its own but will match white meats very well. Cabernet franc is a staple of my wine rack, I hope it will become one in yours too! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Managers Wine of the Week- M de MinutyDate published: 05/08/13
After the beautiful weather we have been having over the past few weeks I thought it would be appropriate to choose a rosé as my wine of the week and when it comes to rosé they don't come much better than this!
M de Minuty is a fantastic example of the delights Provençal rose's have to offer, a wonderful honeysuckle colour this wine is crisp, dry and brilliantly refreshing. The Minuty is great for drinking on it's own on a warm summers day however can just as easily be partnered with light fish dishes and salads.
Daily Wine Review - Anakena ViognierDate published: 03/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier £7.99(When you buy at least two) Viognier is a grape I often struggle with, however I am pleased to say that wines like this are helping bring me round to the perfumed charms of this grape. Coming from the Rapel Valley, in southern Chilé this wine has had a quarter of itself aged in oak barrels. This adds an extra element of complexity to the wine. On the nose there are wonderful stone fruit notes with a subtle smoky character present. The palate is rounded and full, with lots of peach and apricot flavours mingling. This is a luxuroius wine that is pure hedonism. This wine would work excellently with sea food, but try with a lightly spiced curry to see this wine at its best. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Fleurie Claudius MorandDate published: 02/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Fleurie Claudius Morand £9.99(When you buy two or more bottles) Red wine and summer are not always the easiest of combinations. Sometimes red wine just feels too heavy for the hot weather, however I am pleased to say that this Felurie by Claudius Morand is a great summer red. Made from gamay using carbonic maceration, this is a red wine packed with vibrant red fruit. A pale ruby in the glass the nose is full of summer berries and rasberry. The palate is flavourful, without being overhwhelming with flavours of loganberry, red cherry and wild strawberry combining. It is a throughly refreshing drink! Try chilling this in your fridge for half an hour to enjoy at its best. It will also make a great match for a chicken salad or a tuna steak. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Cover DriveDate published: 01/08/13
Daily Wine Review - Jim Barry Cover Drive £10.99(When you buy at least two bottles) Given that it is the cricket season and the Ashes, it feels appropriate that the Jim Barry Cover Drive should get a mention. This cabernet sauvignon comes from Coonawarra, the heart of Australian cabernet sauvignon. It is a dense ruby in the glass, with notes of black fruit and spice on the nose. The palate is mouth filling with flavours of blackcurrant, black cherry and a subtle liquorice undertone. The tannins are robust and there is a lot of length. This is a great wine for your BBQ or your Sunday roast, with it matching most full flavoured meats. Try this wine with venison sausages to see it at its best! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Villa Maria Cellar Selection ChardonnayDate published: 31/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Villa Maria Cellar Chardonnay £9.99(When you buy at keast two bottles) When we think of New Zealand, we think of Rugby, kiwi fruit and sauvignon blanc. However it is my duty to inform you that their best export is chardonnay. As a climate they are able to produce a style that contains the flavour of an Australian or Chilean chardonnay matched with the acidity and freshness of a French one. In short you get the best of both worlds! This wine spends 10 months on its lees, which means that the tropical and citrus fruit flavours are complimented by a subtle spicy character. On the palate it is clean and elegant, with good levels of acidity. This wine is the definition of balanced. Drink on its own or with complex fish or chicken dishes. For me, it is best with Langoustines and aioli. This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter
Daily Wine Review - Pouilly Fume "Les CerisottesDate published: 30/07/13
Daily Wine Review - Pouilly fume "Les Cerisottes" (£13.99 a bottle when you buy at least two) For me there is only one king of the Loire valley and it is not Sancerre, but Pouilly Fume. It is hard to match the mineral and smoke intensity that these wines can produce. Hailing from a vineyard that dates back to the 19th century, this wine is full of powerful goosberry and lime aromas. The palate is substantive and the flavours linger a long time in the mouth, coupled with racing acidity. This is wine to take note of! It can be enjoyed on its own, but to appreciate this wine at its best I would partner with goats cheese and fresh baguette. This is food and wine matching the way it should be done! This wine is open and available to taste on our tasting counter.
Beaujolais and Loire tasting week!Date published: 27/07/13
From now until the end of the month we in Horsham are enjoying a tasting week centered around Beaujolais and Loire! To get you in the mood here are a few brief ideas about each region. .
Wines from the Loire Valley are known for their intense apple and citrus flavours, and for being more acidic nature. The region is almost as well known for it's goat's cheese as it is wine, and the two products are made with each other in mind, having established themselves as one of the great food and wine matches.
Beaujolais as a region is known for it's incredibly light and fruity reds with very little tannin. This departure from big and tannic french styles has asserted a solid identity for the region. It can be considered a little more summery too, as they're light enough to be served lightly chilled and still have that fresh set of flavours shine through.
Interested? It must be time to come and explore.
Jose's departure :-(Date published: 23/07/13
Our dear collegue Jose is working his last day at Majestic tomorrow. It is my last day working with him today and it was my pleasure.
On behalf of all our Horsham team we are wishing him all the best in his future career in the wine industry. I am sure we will see his lovely face when poping over to stock up on his favourite Majestic wines.
Thanks for great times and all the effort. I am sure loads of customers will miss you too.
Anyway Jose, GOOD LUCK and we will miss you sadly!
Asia, Joe & Morgan
Tasting Counter Teaser 10Date published: 23/07/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Aspen Merlot
2. Bourgogne “Les Millieres”
3. Vina Eguia Crianza
A. Vivid cherry red in colour. The aromas show off the wine's oak ageing, with vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes coming to the fore. An elegant palate of ripe fruit framed by soft, polished tannins.
B. Vibrant red fruits with spicy undertones leap out of the glass, before a palate of raspberry, red cherry and soft tannins. A smooth and elegant finish lingers in the palate.
C. An inviting nose of plum, earth and eucalyptus leads into a palate of blackberry and raspberry, with a supple texture and a satisfying fruit sweetness.
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Australian Pinot Noir?! Yes please!Date published: 15/07/13
Australian Pinot Noir from Victoria & Tasmania has won many new fans from Decanter columnist, Andrew Jefford to Michelin-starred restaurant chef, Roger Jones and sommelier, Alessandro Marchesan after recent tasting. You can read more in new Decanter magazine, where comments like "Australian Pinot is the best in the New World", "The Pinots are more complex than those from New Zealand; they come from older vines", "It's unfair that Australia hasn't got more credit for it's achievement with Pinot Noir - there are some of the most profound Pinot Noir-thinkers on the planet living there, and it's something that Australia takes very seriously".
Result of this tasting was superb, with 100% of wines recommended and all regions highly praised.
We recommend our two favourites here in store.
1) De Bartoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2010, Victoria. 2010 vintage was a steady one with wines that are cooler than earlier vintages with potential for several years of bottle ageing. This wine is medium dense red colour with youthful hints of purple. Aromas predominantly of red cherries, strawberries and redcurrant, which carries through out onto palate, finishing with hint of spice. This Pinot Noir is made by cold maceration followed by warm fermentation at the Bartoli estate, that is one of the largest in Victoria, where temperatures are typically slightly warmer than in Burgundy, but cooler Bordeaux.
You can get it now for £8.99 if you buy two of more of any Asutralian wines.
2) DB Reserve Pinot Noir 20011, which is another steal from De Bartoli estate in Victoria made same way of warm fermentation making it soft and fleshy. 2011 vintage was a year the draught broke. Wet and cool. Wines tend to be pure , aromatic, elegant with fresh acidity. This wine is warm and jammy with red fruit flavours, together with soft tannins and medium body.
You can get it now for £7.99 if you buy two of more of any Asutralian wines, so why not to try both of them.
Tasting Counter Teaser 9Date published: 14/07/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Anakena Syrah
2. Errazuriz Pinot Noir
3. Mandrielle Sangiovese
A. Well-defined notes of liquorice and cedar on the nose are followed by an intense yet medium-bodied palate crammed with flavours of red and black cherries.
B. Highly aromatic yet very subtle in style the fruit aromas show violets and spice which are backed up on the palate by great concentration and soft ripe tannins.
C. A generous nose of currants, loganberry and raspberry tarts, with faint suggestions of smoke, dark chocolate and violets. Thick and juicy palate fruit, with moderate tannins and a supple texture.
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England v Australia and it's not all about the AshesDate published: 13/07/13
If you are following big Ashes games and supporting either England or Australia, you should definitely find out how those countries competing on sparkling wine market.
On the English team: Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have been established themselves as England's premier sparkling house, making world class wine to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.
It's worth to mention that The Queen chose Nyetimber as her sparkling wine at the Jubilee last year.
If you have tried Nyetimber sparkling wines or even better, are a fan of them; then you will love our price drop on Classic Cuvee 2004. Now for limited time you can grab one for £23.99(regular price £29.99). If this is a new name to you, then this is the best chance to try its elegance and soft flavours. On a nose its very much like Champagne (as same varieties of grapes are used; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier) with citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent.
If you like it in pink, we also have Nyetimber Rose 2007, made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with aroma of redcurrants, cherries, intermingled with notes of brioche, which is a result of ageing on the lees. It's got an amazing texture and is great alternative to premium rose Champagne.
On the Aussie team: Jacobs Creek, Australia's largest wine brand. Jacobs Creek (formerly Jacob's Creek) is a small creek that runs through the wine-producing areas of Barossa Valley 80km from Adelaide in South Australia. Jacobs Creek's premium sparkling wine, Trilogy Cuvee Brut NV is made from the same traditional triumvirate of grape varieties, as found in Champagne or above rival, Nyetimber.
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. A high quality, approachable alternative to Champagne, for a special occasion for only £8.99 you can get yourself a true bargain.
So who is a winner you decide.
Very Sherry!Date published: 11/07/13
For hundreds of years, sherry was a hugely popular drink in several european countries, not least the UK. While there has been a decline in popularity there is still a wide range of different styles produced, and many of them are well worth a try!
My first experiences of sherry were of dry sherries, predominantly made from the Palomino grape. Even within this style there's a good variety of different forms it can take, ranging from the pale and tangy finos, right though deep brown Olorosos. Amontillados are generally amber in colour and have a very yeasty, toasty smell to them. Some of the finest dry sherries are called Palo Cortados, noteworthy as they take the best of Oloroso and Amontillados, to form a very high quality wine.
In terms of sweeter sherries, other grapes such as Pedro Ximinez and Muscat can be used. Those that use Pedro Ximinez can be very intense and sweet, and their deep brown colour is usually accompanied by a surge of coffee and liquorice aromas. Muscat of Alexandria produces a similar style, retaining that sweetness and colour, though they provide a citrussy twist!
There are lots of other styles to consider too, such as blended and those from Manzanilla! Despite sherry bing less popular than it once was, some say it's now on the way back in, particularly amongst some younger groups!
Picpoul de Pinet Prestige 2012 Domaine Guillaume Cabrol Date published: 06/07/13Grape :Picpoul Origin Rarely seen as a varietal wine, this Picpoul comes from an estate to the north of the Picpoul de Pinet appellation, around 20km from the Med. Domaine Guillame Cabrol received 'Terra Vitis' certification in 2000 for its sustainable vinegrowing and winemaking techniques.
Taste: Fresh and citrussy, with slightly floral hints, and an unmistakable note of green bell peppers on the nose. Very light on the palate, with a medium length finish.
Enjoy: A natural partner for oysters, all manner of fruits de mer, and green salads.
£8.99 Buy 2 save 2 =£7.99
Fine wine shelf: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009Date published: 06/07/13
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 sit on a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles.
Superbly balanced between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity made of seven grapes varieties. Nose and palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the the dense bramble fruit.
Enjoyable immediately, but will improve with 5 years' cellaring. Drink with red meats or game.
Open now on a tasting counter!
It is a part of fine wine deal £22.00 if you buy any 2 or more selected fine wine.
£26.00 single price bottle.
I would not miss out on that one if I was you. It has proven very popular with staff and customers.
So cheers to that!
Fine Wine Friday - Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004Date published: 04/07/13Tomorrow, on Friday we will be opening a bottle of a very special Rioja in fact one of the very best of Riojas. It is 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.
Great over all wine, amazing with lamb for your Sunday roast.
It is currently on fine wine special offer, which gives you savings of £8 when you buy two or even more savings if you buy more.
Tasting Counter Teaser 8Date published: 03/07/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. M de Minuty Rosé
2. Chateau Barthes Rosé
3. Berne Grande Recolte Rosé
A. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. .
B. A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, pears and hints of floral perfume. Lithe and supple on the palate, finishing with a subtle hint of liquorice.
C. This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.
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Wine of the Week - Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2012 Famille Negrel Date published: 03/07/13Grape, ,
BBQ WINES!Date published: 01/07/13
This Summer's Must Have BBQ Wines
Mister Shiraz: A new addition to the Majestic range, this Chilean Shiraz is already proving to be a real winner. Ripe, fresh dark berry fruits, with subtle hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Tannins are subtle and approachable making for very easy drinking. The perfect match for all of your BBQ meats, or able to be enjoyed by itself. This Shiraz is a bargain at just £6.99 (multi-buy price) or £8.74 for a single bottle.
Vina Eguia Crianza: One of the most popular Rioja's in the Majestic range, this wine has both complexity and approachability. Lashings of fresh dark fruit coupled with sweet spice and vanilla make for a smooth, easy-drinking and well rounded Rioja. £5.99 multi-buy price and £ for a single bottle.
Callia Malbec: Another new edition to the Majestic range, exhibiting wild berry fruits and sweet cooking spice. Ideal with all drilled meats, particularly steak. Antoher bargain buy at £5.99 multi-buy price or £8.99 for a single bottle.
Wine of the Week - Vermentino PoggioargentieraDate published: 28/06/13
Grape: VermentinoOrigin: 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.
Taste: Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aroma. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak.
Enjoy: Great with pan-seared salmon or trout, with a herby fresh tomato salsa.
Wine of the Week- Crozes Hermitage Cave de Tain L'HermitageDate published: 25/06/13
Grape :SyrahOrigin: The northern Rhône's biggest appellation, sufficiently similar to the great Hermitage to have earned the right to affix that name to it. Like Hermitage it is made from 100% Syrah.
Taste: This wine offers seductive plum-rich fruit with a twist of smoky spice on the finish.
Enjoy: Delicious with roast meats, game and casseroles.
Wine & FoodDate published: 24/06/13
Wine has a long history of being served as an accompaniment to food. Food that is consume with wine has an effect on the way the wine tastes and vice versa. The whole idea of paring wine with food is to take advantage of these effects and provide more pleasure than either would when consumed separately. So here we have some tips for you.
- Matching or Contrasting Flavours. Best is to mirror food and wine. For example, a smoky, spicy, gamey or creamy dish is match up by smoky, spicy, gamey or creamy flavoured wine. To contrast flavours best example is Gewürztraminer or Torrontes and Asian food, that goes exceptionally well with wine being off dry and food mostly spicy.
-Local Wine with Local Food. Places that have got long history of winemaking more likely have produced wines that match local food. For example in Italy, where food has got more salt or acid, high-tannic wines are more common. However matching wine to the food of the region is coming from is not the whole story, as some places have got no wine production.
-Read with Read; White with White. Matching red wine with red meat is purely based on principle that high tannings in wine that bins the proteins in red meat, thus softening the impact of the wine. However, what is really important this match, that salt in red meats softens the effects of tannins. It is essential to consider all of the components of a dish (especially sauses) as well as what is served with it. If the structural elements of a dish match there is no reason not to serve red wine with fish or white wine with red meat.
Goat cheese and Sancerre, Oysters with Muscadet, Fish and Chips and Champagne, Stilton and Port, Steak and Malbec.
These parings work because of their structural components (salt, sweetness, acid, etc.) in the food and wine. But because people vary in their sensitivities and their preferences, there is no quarantee that everyone will agree with pairing.
Tasting Counter Teaser 7Date published: 22/06/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Kangarila Road Shiraz
2. Chateau Guiot Costieres Nimes
3. Yalumba Grenache
A. Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good, smooth finish.
B. Spicy dark berried fruits and a savoury, meaty plum fragrance. A juicy core of impressive density on the palate, showing savoury and earthy texture and a long, smooth, fine-grained finish.
C. On the nose this wine shows the typical warm spice characters of the grape, with a lovely complexity of berry fruits on the palate. Superbly balanced and long with an almost European elegance.
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Something for the weekend..Date published: 22/06/13
On the tasting counter this weekend we have yet another little treat for you, this week it comes in the form of a bottle of Meursault. This particular Meursault from Le Meurger offers everything you would expect from a top quality white Burgundy, rich and weighty on the palate layers of golden apple combine brilliantly with a touch of honeyed toast.
Currently part of our selected buy 2 save £8 fine wine offer, it will be open to taste all weekend so why not pop in and treat yourself!
New Trainee AsiaDate published: 21/06/13
This is my first week in Horsham store. I have moved here from East Grinstead branch as a step up in my Majestic career. I am looking forward to work with the Horsham team and meet all the customers. I do love my wine (as you would expect from a Majestic employee), my favourites vary, but I do share my unconditional love to Champagne. I have visited vineyards in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. My next tour will be definitely bound Europe. If you are visiting Horsham store, don't worry I don't bite, come and speak to me, I would love to hear all about your wine journey.
Tasting Counter Teaser 6Date published: 21/06/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Heggies Chardonnay
2. Brancott Sauvignon Blanc
3. Meursault Old Vines
A. The careful handling of oak means this wine has a subtle toasty character which mingles well with the ripe apple and pear fruits. A creamy roundness completes the finish.
B. Full of ripe golden apple fruit, hints of honeyed toast and a rich, satisfying texture.
C. Vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of chalk with a reviving fresh finish .
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Aussie treatsDate published: 19/06/13
As we approach the end of our Australia tasting week I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a quick overview of some of the delights we have tasted this week.
My personal favourite from the reds would have to be the BVC Cabernet Sauvignon from Peter Lehman. This wine has everything you would expect from a classic Aussie cab, big bold and full of fruit, it is the perfect match with some BBQ'd meat.
When it comes to whites my taste buds must be changing, normally a big oaky Chardonnay like the Shadofax would have been the show stopper for me and, although it was delicious, my attention was grabbed by something else. The distraction came in the form of the Parcel Series Sauvignon/Semillon, which at £5.99 offers great value for money. Crisp and refreshing on the palate this everyday drinker is ideal for a warm summers day!
Wine of the Week - Vernaccia di San GimignanoDate published: 18/06/13This week's wine of the week is the Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2011/2012 A Passoni.
Grape: VernacciaOrigin: The Milan-born Francesca Passoni is the driving force behind this winery. In 1990, she and husband Giuseppe set about restoring the Cantina di Passoni estate and its accompanying convent to their original splendor.
Taste: An intense wine with lively acidity and lots of pure fruit. The palate is unmistakably crisp with citric and green fruit notes. This fruit is backed up with the classic Vernaccia character of almonds.
Enjoy: Whilst working as an excellent apéritif this wine will also work well partnering grilled fish, poultry and fresh summer salads
Tasting Counter Teaser 5Date published: 15/06/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Chateau Musar
2. Amalaya Colomé
3. Peter Lehmann
A. A weighty, ripe Cabernet that is nonetheless easy-drinking and soft. Dense blackcurrant fruit, tinged with a leafy spiciness, all framed by fine-grained tannins.
B. Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.
C. Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon. Long finish.
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Wine of the week - Contesa Pecorino 2012Date published: 10/06/13Contesa Pecorino 2012 Colline Pescaresi IGT
Single Bottle Price: £9.99 Buy 2 or more Italian wines save 20% = £7.99
Grape: PecorinoOrigin: 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.
Enjoy: Try with nutty cheeses, such as the wine's sheep's milk cheese namesake, or with simple cod dishes.
Wine in History: Saint VincentDate published: 09/06/13
In the same way that St George is patron saint of England, or St David is patron saint of Wales, a man named Saint Vincent is known as one of the many patron saints of wine, and wine making. It’s not entirely clear how Vincent is linked to wine, but one story claims that on his travels he often stopped to talk to growers in the Burgundy region. On one occasion, while he and a grower merrily chatted away, his donkey began to nibble at the vines which then became far more productive in the following year. Vincent's donkey had discovered the benefits of pruning!
Historically faith has held a very central role in wine making. with monasteries being central to wine production, and wine being integral to religious ceremonies. Faith and wine aren't nearly so interdependent as they once were, but nonetheless, Saint Vincent is often celebrated in Burgundy and other wine producing regions around the 22nd of January, his saint day
Wine of the Week - Domaine Saint Ferreol ViognierDate published: 07/06/13Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier
Single Bottle Price: £12.49 Buy 2 save £3 = £10.99
Grape:ViognierOrigin: Based in a medieval priory where wines have been produced since records began in 1146, Saint Ferréol make several wines including this, their flag ship barrel-fermented Viognier.
Taste: Made in the image of great Condrieu this wine is intensely aromatic with notes of honeysuckle and stone fruit. Powerful and rich on the palate dried fruit complexity is freshened with lovely acidity.
Enjoy: This wine will age for a few more years or alternatively enjoy now on its own or with creamy chicken dishes.
Wine of the Week - Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 04/06/13
This week in Horsham our wine of the week is the Gavi La Toledana
Grape - CorteseOrigin - The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.
Taste - Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.
Enjoy - An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.
Tasting Counter Teaser 4Date published: 03/06/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Giesen Pinot Noir
2. Brancott Pinot Noir
3. Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir
A. A fantastic, complex and seductive aroma of red cherry, spice, tobacco and earth. Perfectly balanced, an elegant and beguiling structure of tannin and fruit and a long, complex and layered finish.
B. A well-rounded and drinkable Pinot Noir, with a backbone of vibrant red fruit, embellished with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and savoury earthy notes.
C. Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.
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Tasting Counter Teaser 3Date published: 03/06/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Ned Sauv Blanc
2. Brancott Sauv Blanc
3. Waimea Sauv Blanc
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. Vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of chalk with a reviving fresh finish.
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Wine in History: Dios of NysaDate published: 01/06/13
It’s surprising I haven’t got around to mentioning Dionysus yet in these articles, as Greek god of wine you’d have thought he’s quite a pertinent character! In fact, Dionysus is another character attributed to have taught man how to make his trademark tipple.
Dionysus was the son of Zeus, and a woman named Semele. Zeus loved Semele very much, and promised her anything she wanted. Jealous, Hera tricked Semele into calling Zeus to her while he was with Hera. The shock of seeing Zeus presented as a god killed Semele, but her child survived. Zues named him Dios, and entrusted him to Hermes to be raised at mount Nysa. It is here, while still young, Dionysus discovered wine, and taught mankind how to cultivate the grape.
Fine Wine Favourites..Date published: 31/05/13
Here are a couple of wines from our current fine wine offer of buy 2 save £8 that I particularly like.
Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010, Le Meurger, £24 or £20 when you buy 2
Meursault wines are a great example of the rich buttery style of white Burgundian wine and this one doesn't disappoint. With hints of apple and honey the long finish is what makes this wine so great.
Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2007, St-Emilion Grand Cru, £19.99 or £15.99 when you buy 2
This is a very nice Claret that keeps on evolving even after it is poured. Starting out as predominantly dried fruits which evolve with hints of clove and bramble. Typical of a right bank Bordeaux the fine tannins make this very easy drinking.
Wine in History: The Persian Girl's DiscoveryDate published: 29/05/13
Recently I was asked who discovered wine. I've been trying to find out, and found that there's actually a number of different legends that claim the first instance of the drink.
According to one legend, wine in ancient Persia (known as “mey”) was originally discovered by a young Persian girl. The young girl had been spurned from the kings harem, and become thoroughly depressed as a result. Unable to cope with her sadness she decided that she would commit suicide by drinking the rotting liquid left in a bowl of table grapes. You can imagine her surprise when, having passed out the previous night, she awoke the next morning with the realisation that she no longer wanted to die. Elated, she shared her discovery with the king and was not only allowed to rejoin the king’s harem, but was also granted further rewards.
Stay tuned for another legend of discovery!
Tasting Counter Teaser 2Date published: 28/05/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
2. Montagny 1er Cru
3. Pasqua Rosé
A. Pale rose pink in colour, with core aromas of red cherry, rosehip and dessert apple. Similar fruits on the palate are delivered with a nice crisp acidity, medium body, and a clean and refreshing finish.
B. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim. A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity
C. A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.
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Tasting Counter Teaser 1 Date published: 28/05/13
Match the wines with the tasting notes:
1. Clos de Bois
3. Mountain View Merlot
A. Aromas of ripe plums and strawberries, with faint notes of tomato leaf and sage. The palate has a thick and jammy feel, with soft, mature tannins and a rounded, easy style.
B. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins.
C. 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.
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The wine course….a reviewDate published: 27/05/13After another successful wine course I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended and give everyone else who couldn’t make it a quick insight into the evening.
As usual we tried a host of various wines from all over the world which showcase the vastly differing grape varieties and the impact the winemaker and climate can have on the end product. My favourite part of the evening would have to be the food and wine matching, using a few nibbles we demonstrate which food can enhance the wines and which food can ruin it.
I think when it comes to our favourite wine on the evening there probably wasn’t one clear winner though the Valdemar 87 and the Portillo Malbec were extremely popular, while the heated debate on cork vs. screw caps added a bit of spice to very enjoyable evening!
If you would like to sign up to one of our free wine courses then keep an eye on our website for future dates www.majestic.co.uk/horsham places are limited to 10 so be sure to get in touch early to avoid disappointment!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Wine in History: Tarhun, and the HittitesDate published: 25/05/13
For today’s exciting instalment we’re heading back to the Hittite Empire covered much of modern day Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon, and was born during the bronze age. I find it fascinating that the Hittites worshiped a vast pantheon containing hundreds if not thousands of distinct deities. The god of wine was Tarhun, son of Kumarbi, who in turn was king of the gods.
Tarhun was much more than a simple wine god though, he also held dominion over the sky and it’s storms, leading to spectacular visualisations of him bearing both a bunch of grapes as well as a thunderbolt.
Not content with his lot, Tarhun eventually usurped his father’s role as king of the gods, and became the most arguably the most prestigious wine god ever to have existed. It’s little wonder then that one of the most celebrated roles in the royal court of the empire was master of the wine stewards.
Wine of the WeekDate published: 21/05/13
Grape: ViognierOrigin: Founded in 1849, Yalumba is located in the Barossa Vallley which plays host to some of the oldest vines in the world.
Taste: A wonderfully rich and rounded white this Viognier is fantastic if you are looking for a white with a bit of body. Floral notes on the nose combine brilliantly on the palate with ripe stone fruits like peach and apricot. Enjoy Drink with meaty fish like swordfish.
Wine in History: Jack in the GreenDate published: 21/05/13
Really I should have posted this article much earlier in the month! In fact the ideal would have been to have written about the topic on May Day, when many of us might have seen Morris dancers observing their traditions. With any luck you might have noticed a fellow dressed all in leaves as part of the proceedings, and even wondered who this could be!
They are Jacks in the Green.
So much more than a 1977 song by progressive rock band Jethro Tull, Jacks in the Green are also often known as the Green Man, a supernatural figure of growth and spring dating far back before many much more famous gods of his sort, he was once so often associated with wine he is pictured with vines growing from his nose, or grapes hanging from his mouth.
Keep an eye out for him, you’ll be surprised the amount of places he shows up: Churches, pubs, banks, old houses, or simple ornaments. The Green Man shows up absolutely everywhere, you just have to stop and look!
A Big Thank YouDate published: 18/05/13
We would like to thank all our customers who joined us for the Summer Tasting Evening for being part of such a successful event. It was a pleasure to have you all in store and we hope you had a lovely time. We will host another big tasting later on this year with our Winter wines selection. Keep an eye on our webpage for more details.
Wine in History: Shezmu, Demon of the wine pressDate published: 18/05/13
Throughout history wine has been linked time and time again with the supernatural, and whereas most people are familiar with deities such as Dionysus and Bacchus being ancient Greek and Roman gods of wine, they were by no means the only gods interested. Most of the time, when we associate gods and wine we think of revelry and parties, but the Egyptians had a very different take on the idea.
Shezmu was the demon of the wine press, though he also showed a healthy interest in perfume and slaughter. The story goes that Osiris, god of the underworld, ordered that any mortals who were wicked in life would suffer Shezmu’s judgment, and wine would be produced of them. Cults sprung up to worship Shezmu as a much feared morose figure, as well as revering him as a protector of righteousness.
Nonetheless, it sounds to me like much less fun than the Greeks and Romans had!
Fine Wine Favourites..Date published: 16/05/13
As promised here are a couple of selections from our new buy 2 save £8 range which I think are fantastic wines,
Jermann Pinot Grigio, (£22 Buy 2 Save £8) £18.00
What makes this wine so special for me is its uniqueness, unlike the majority of Pinot Grigio’s the Jermann offers an abundance of complex flavours and aromas. Its fuller body and velvety texture make this wine an ideal match for creamy pasta dishes or grilled seafood. For those of you who like your fuller whites this is a great option and definitely worth a try.
Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004 (£22 Buy 2 Save £8) £18.00
For the red I have reverted back to an old favourite, Vina Ardanza year after year seem to continue producing the same fantastic quality and this vintage is no different. Full of classic Rioja spices, earthy complexity and red fruit this wine has a brilliant balance of primary and secondary characteristics. Stunningly smooth on the palate this wine is a great match with many meats, if we ever get the weather for it, this would work brilliantly at your next BBQ.
Stay in and treat yourself..Date published: 14/05/13
If you have shopped with us recently you will no doubt have come across our great new promotion on Fine Wines, we are currently offering a deal of buy 2 save £8 on selected Fine Wines. This is a great way for those of you who are a bit unsure about Fine Wines to experiment with various different styles and producers without breaking the bank.
Over the coming days the team will be selected a few of their favourites and letting you guys know why instead of spending £20+ on a house wine in a restaurant it makes more sense to stay in and treat yourself.
Whenever possible we will also be opening up some of these delights, so be sure to keep yours eyes on our web page to see what we have open and when!
Watch this space.....
Wine and FoodDate published: 12/05/13
I love pairing food and wine together to get the best out of both. In fact you will rarely see me with a glass of wine without food and vice versa. Here are a few good pairings I have enjoyed recently.
Clos Du Bois Chardonnay with butter basted roast chicken.
This Chardonnay from California has a rich texture and creamy finish. The beautiful balance of tropical fruits mixed with with butter and vanilla go great with the chicken and veggies.
Benmarco Malbec and Chili con Carne
This Malbec is made in the Mendoza area of Argentina, well known for producing great examples of this variety, and this is no exception. The full body with its flavours of dark fruit and hints of vanilla go great with the spices of chili con carne. Just be careful how much spice you put in the food, as too much chili heat can give wine a more alcoholic feel.
Ayler Kupp Kabinett Riesling and gammon steak
This Riesling is from the Mosel area of Germany and is slightly sweet in style. This made the perception of saltiness in the gammon slightly less. The saltiness also brought out the lovely flavours of honeysuckle and apple in the wine.
Do you own a bar, pub or restaurant?Date published: 10/05/13
Did you know that Majestic also have a dedicated commercial department? If you run a bar, gastropub or restaurant yourself then why not get in touch and see if we can help supply your wines! We offer:
Commercial exclusive wines
Credit account facility
Dedicated account manager
Plus lots more
As well as Horsham, we cover Cranleigh, Billingshurst, Pulborough, Henfield and Haywards Heath plus all the smaller surrounding towns and villages. Not in this area? Don't worry as our neighbouring stores in Brighton, Crawley and Worthing will be happy to help!
Give us a call on 01403 75 45 46 for more information and to discuss your needs with the team!
Wine of the Week - Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/05/13Grape- Sauvignon Blanc
Origin - From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.
Taste - Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.
Enjoy - Perfect with seafood or salads.
The Golodwater Sauvignon Blanc is currently £7.99 when purchased with at least one other New Zealand wine (single bottle £9.99) when purchased as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Wine Courses....Date published: 07/05/13
With all the various different wine events held at Majestic it can sometimes be hard to keep track of what's what, so I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a bit of info on our wine course.
The wine course is a free introductory session into wine tasting, over a very relaxed hour and a half session we go through all sorts from how to taste like a pro to food and wine matching.
The wine courses are held in store and usually start at 6.30pm, the next few events we have coming up are on the 23rd May and the 20th of June, spaces are limited so make sure you get in contact to book your place.
Alternatively if you have a group of friends or family who you feel like treating to a fun evening we are more than happy to set up an exclusive wine course for your group, again if you are interested simply get in contact with the store and we can book in a suitable date!
A few facts about ChampagneDate published: 07/05/13
The UK remains Champagne’s number one market, for the 17 year in a row. Amounting to 32.4m bottles, the UK is 6.1% down in volume but 0.5% up in value.
The value increase was due to restaurants, hotels, elite bars and clubs that account for 30% of UK sales
Champagne is now being purchased more frequently than just for special occasions. Brand combined with price deal is the most important factor in their buying choices.
Some producers are undertaking major expansion works of its production facilities, in anticipation of rising global demand for Champagne.
The harvest limit has been set at 12,500 kilogrammes per hectare (kg/ha) by the region’s trade body, the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), compared to 10,500 kg/ha in 2010 and 9,700kg/ha in 2009.
Other important export markets are the USA, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.
Wine in History: Venice and the Fountain of Wine!Date published: 06/05/13
In honour of our current offers on Italy, I've been digging around for a story about wine from the same country. In doing so I've found myself reading about Venice in the 1630s. At the beginning of the Renaissance Venice spurred itself on as the height of mercantilism and production, linking the christian and muslim worlds. Great trade links required a great merchant navy, and in turn this was constructed by a sizable workforce. In an age where clean water was often considered too expensive for the average worker, alcoholic beverages were seen as a viable alternative. The wine they were provided with was much weaker than we drink today, and was available in great vats, which the workers would dip their hands and cups in when they were thirsty.
Unfortunately this made the wine filthy, and it was soon realized that an alternate system was needed. The lords of the arsenal found this by constructing a fountain of wine, providing a constant stream that didn't require workers dipping their hands, keeping it cleaner and tastier for everybody involved.
A few facts about BeaujolaisDate published: 05/05/13As the sun starts to make a daily appearence you might feel that dark, full bodied reds just aren't what you fancy. Wines from Beaujolais might be just what you are looking for so here are a few facts about this French region. Only 1% of Beaujolais wines are white. The reds are made from Gamay, which gives wines full of raspberry and cherry. They have very little tannin (the drying sensation on your gums). Beaujolais Nouveau is made for early drinking, slightly chilled and is released the 3rd Wednesday of November following the vintage and the limited quantities often sell very quickly. We currently have 20% off all Beaujolias wines in store and online when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles, so why not buy some for yourself.
Wine in History: Charlemagne's Beard!Date published: 03/05/13
Burgundy has always been known for producing exceptional wine. Reds from the region have been acclaimed time after time, etching themselves irrevocably on the world of wine. Reds in the region may have been introduced by the Roman Empire, or greek traders, but there's something of a story behind the whites of Burgundy.
Introducing Charlemagne, first emperor of western Europe since the fall of Rome, he was undisputed king of the Franks, and first Holy Roman Emperor. He's less well known for his passion for wine, which he would quaff quite regularly! Much to the displeasure of his wife the enthusaism of his quaffing left great blotches of red in his beard, so in order to placate his wife he had a portion of burgundese vines replanted as white. The resulting wines allowing him to enjoy his favourite tipples free from his wife's scorn.
Customer Invite TastingDate published: 01/05/13
Well it's that time of year again when we invite you all to stay late and try some fantastic wines at our customer invite tasting evening. The wines have been chosen, the food is on order and the staff cannot wait. This year we have a whole host of new wines to open up, which means it will be the first time the staff get to sample many of them as well.
I'm relatively new to Horsham so it will be a great opportunity for me to get to know many of you, this year as well as the rest of the Horsham team I am very fortunate to be getting some support and more importantly some great wines and great fizz from Lay and Wheeler and Nyetimber who will be helping out on the evening.
This fabulous event is taking place on May 16th from 6.30pm, numbers are limited so make sure you get in contact with the store to book your place,
I look forward to hearing from you soon,
3 wines I've enjoyed recently....Date published: 26/04/13
Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Vina Eguia - This is my favourite Rioja at this price. It's ageing process means it is very complex with notes of raisin, caramel and vanilla. Goes great with slow cooked lamb dishes or nutty cheeses. £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles (single bottle price £9.99)* The Ned Pinot Grigio 2012 - The Ned producers are well known for their great value Sauvignon Blanc but I think this Pinot Grigio is also a great wine. With pure tropical fruit flavour accompanied by pear drop and blosson it goes well with creamy pasta dishes or a nice Summer salad. £9.99* Macon Villages Les Pierres Blanches 2011 - This is another great value wine, this time from Burgundy. It has fresh flavours of citrus and apple with slight buttery hints which mean it is a perfect match for your Sunday roast chicken. £6.99 when you buy 2 or more (single bottle price £8.99)* *When purchased as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles
Wine of the Week - Masi MasaincoDate published: 24/04/13Masi Masianco 2012, Italy
Single Bottle Price: £12.49 Buy 2 save £5 = £9.99
Grape Pinot Grigio, VerduzzoOrigin Masi have come to be at the forefront of winemaking around Verona, creating attractive modern wines from the region's traditional grapes. Here, Pinot Grigio has been blended with 25% Verduzzo, which has been barrel-aged for 3 months, to create a unique white. Taste A bright and inviting golden colour, this wine is alive with notes of peach, apricot, pear and pineapple. A lush, generous palate offering good ripeness and a dry, citrussy finish. Enjoy with fresh linguine served with mussels and clams.
A few facts about ZinfandelDate published: 20/04/13
Zinfandel's popularity is growing, and so are our stocks of it. We have a number of great zinfandel wines in store at the moment, so here are a few facts about the grape.
- The grape is genetically the same as the Italian Primitivo variety and the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski
- It produces very full-bodied reds as well as medium-sweet rosé known as White Zinfandel
- It is grown in about 11% of Californian vineyards with a number of acceptional exapmples
- Many have high alcohol due to uneven ripening of the grapes
- This also means some grapes have started to raisin, leading to intense red fruit and sometimes slight residual sugar
Our Zinfandel range includes McManis, Cline Old Vine, Ravenswood Lodi, Bonterra and Fetzer White Zinfandel, all on some graet offers at the moment so why not give them a try.
Malbec World Day - Wednesday 17th AprilDate published: 16/04/13
Malbec World Day is celebrated each year on the 17th April. It commemorates the day when the then Argentinian President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento officially changed the face of the Argentinian wine industry. New vines were introduced into the country, including the grape variety Malbec.
Malbec originated in the South of France and is now found in vineyards all over the world.
Majestic Horsham have a huge range of Malbec wines so why not pay us a visit and we can reccommend some of our personal favourites to you.
Not only this but you can even try one for yourself and see what you think. We have the Catena Malbec 2010, Mendoza, open on the tasting counter so whether you are new to this grape variety or have tried other Malbecs before come and have a try of this great wine. It is currently £9.99 per bottle (when you buy at least 2 as part of a mixed case of 6).
Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/04/13
Caixas Albarino 2011, Martin Codax, Rias Baixas
We have a fantastic 20% off deal on Spanish wine and you can grab a bottle for £6.99 (as a part of mixed case of 6 bottles)
Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. This wine is made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes been picked by Majestic staff, as a number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.
An aromatic variety that is high in acidity, Albarino can be produced as a light white wine, sometimes slightly sparkling, or in a fuller style, with oak or lees ageing adding to the texture and richness. Either style is recommended with food, particularly the seafood, like mussels, shellfish or grilled sardines. The wines are best consumed one to three years from harvest , when they are at the best quality.
Caixas Albarino 2011, Martin Codax, Rias Baixas is an easy drinking, light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty, well defined citrus base, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruit, nectar and jasmine. Crisp and mineral yet rounded and enduring on the finish.
Come to Majestic and get yours at the bargain price today!
Fine Wine Friday - Brunello di MontalcinoDate published: 05/04/13
Grape - Sangiovese
Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The grapes for this Brunello are sourced from hillside sites with calcareous sandy topsoil and rounded stones.
A full bodied wine with hints of liquorice and chocolate complements the concentrated, velvety cherry fruits on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and long finish. Enjoy over the next 5 to 10 years.
Ideal partner to a roast garlic and thyme seasoned lamb with braised red cabbage and red wine sauce.
We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13
Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.
A few wine facts I've learnt this weekDate published: 15/03/13
As many of our regulars have discovered, there was a fresh face to the Majestic team at Horsham last week. My name is Morgan, and having survived my first week I'd like to share a few things I've learned so far!
Coming from a family of vegitarians I found myself immediately questioned as to why many of the products we sell are tagged as vegitarian. As you may also be thinking, the first thought that came to mind was that surely all grapes are vegetarian! Vegetarian wine actually refers to the distinction between a fining process which uses a type of clay (v) as opposed to isingless, from fish.
I've been putting together a list of wines for myself to try, and having familiarised myself with the shop floor I've discovered that we actually stock two wines that share my name! They've both shot right up to the top of the list, promising blackberries and fine tannins, and I'll be taking a few bottles home to explore them myself!
Of course there's so much more I've picked up so far, with so much more to find out too. I would be remiss if I failed to share these tidbits!
Fine Wine Friday - La Sirène de Giscours 2006 Margaux Date published: 28/02/13
Open for tasting!!!
The second wine of Château Giscours, Sirene is made from the fruits of the estate's younger vines, those from 5-15 years of age. A more supple, early-drinking expression of the estate's style, the Sirene offers a fleshy core of fruit accented with notes of smoke, spice and creosote. The excellent 2006 vintage is drinking superbly now, and will continue to develop for another 5-10 years.
Classic France Tasting Week; 26th Feb - 4th MarchDate published: 24/02/13
Our Classic Wines of France tasting week starts on Tuesday 26th February and we're very excited about some of the wines on show!
Wines from Bordeaux, the Rhône, Loire, Burgundy and the South of France will all be opened throughout the week for you to try; culminating in tasting counter tutorials on Saturday 2nd of March at 11am and 3pm. Please call ahead, e-mail or pop in to confirm your attendance! These are relatively informal sessions but are great fun so make sure not to miss out!
With wines from £4.99 all the way up to £20; this is a tasting not to be missed...we're sure you'll find a new wine that will make it into your regulars in your mixed case.
Come and Explore classic French wines with us from this Tuesday!
What I'll be drinking tonightDate published: 19/02/13
Tonight I'll be opening a bottle of Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Marlborough, New Zealand.
This wine is from a family run winery, which originally started out as a new venture for retired marine engineer Barry Feickert. The winemaking is now managed by his two daughters and their wines are now receiving almost universal acclaim.
What makes this sauvignon blanc different to many others from the Marlborough region is that it is partially barrel fermented, so along with its passion fruit, guava and citrus fruit characteristics you will find an unusual richness on the palate.
The Blind River Sauvignon is currently on a buy 2 save £5 deal at Majestic. Buy 2 or more bottles at £9.99 each (single bottle price is £12.49)*
Not only that, it is currently open on our tasting counter so feel free to pop in to our store and see what you think.
*When you buy as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles
New Wine of the Week! Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2011 - Central OtagoDate published: 18/02/13
We have the lovely Quartz Reef Pinot Noir as our wine of the week this week; it's open to taste so pop in and try it!
The most southerly wine producing region in the world, Central Otago is home to some of New Zealand's most perfumed and delicate red wines. Vintner Rudi Bauer produces elegant, bright, vibrant wines of almost Chambolle-Musigny style and elegance.
Elegantly perfumed with aromas of red cherry, raspberry, violet, plumb and spice. Layers of vibrant fruit and bright acidity wash over a rounded palate of richness and spice, subtle oak and tannin.
Seductive and succulent now, with the potential to age for a further seven years. Best enjoyed with venison, duck breast or lamb.
18.99£15.99 when you buy two or more!! Save £6!!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/02/13
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Jordan Chardonnay 2011, Stellenbosch' New!!
Buy 2 or more South African wines save 20% = £11.99 from £14.99 MINIMUM PURCHASE 6 BOTTLES OF WINE, ANY MIX
The grapes for this wine are grown on the southern slopes of Stellenbosch, which are cooler, leading to a more Burgundian style of Chardonnay. It is aged for 9 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which are new, before being blended with a small proportion of unoaked wine. This gives citrus character and adds refreshing acidity.
A rich and complex wine on the palate, with bags of tropical fruit, baked apple and hints of hazelnut. The delicate use of oak further adds to the toasty, brioche character.
Best accompanied by rich creamy dishes or any roast poultry.
A fab addition to our South African range, particularly at 20% off!
Fine Wine Friday - Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2002 St-Julien Date published: 31/01/13
Tomorrow we will be opening a bottle of Sarget de Gruaud Larose on the tasting counter.
Gruaud Larose is one of the so-called 'Super-second' properties, which challenge the top Premier Cru Classé estates in Bordeaux for supremacy
Sarget de Gruaud Larose was introduced in 1979 as the second wine of the famous St-Julien second growth Gruaud Larose. About 16,000 cases are produced every year.
This vintage is made from 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
With a complex aroma of cassis (blackcurrant), plum, earth, wood-smoke, tobacco, oak, vanilla and cloves, as well as some cooked meats, such as game, this wine is a fine example of St-Julien. The palate is generous with a silky texture, food-friendly structure, great length and complexity. The Sarget is full bodied, black fruit flavours and cassis balanced by ripe tannins, earthy and smokey flavours lead to a long, spicy and complex finish.
Drink now or over the next couple of years as a partner to lamb chops with provençale vegetables.
What I'll be drinking tonightDate published: 31/01/13
Tonight i'll be supping the beautiful Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2009 from Cali.
From one of the most consistent producers in California, this is a classic expression of the Zinfandel (or Primitivo) grape from old vines and a wine that I personally know and love. Hugely juicy and supple with a surprisingly well integrated 14.5% alcohol and smooth tannins; it's just been rated as one of Decanter Magazines top 58 winter warmers for under £15. I'll be having a juicy rib-eye steak and thick cut chips with bearnaise sauce to match (Heaven).
Forget £15, it's on offer (as part of our blanket 20% off California deal) at £7.99 when you buy any 2 Californian wines. Act fast though, as this Californian offer is ending on the 4th of February.
It's ALSO open on our tasting counter, so you can see if you agree with me and try before you buy.
Offers Ending - Hurry! Date published: 28/01/13
Our wonderful Christmas deals are coming to an end of the 4th of February, so make sure you don't miss out!
Lots will be changing and some old favourites you've been enjoying this festive period may be rising in price....
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Vinalba Malbec, Veuve Clicquot and many more of your Chilean, Australian and Rhone favourites will be changing in price!
Pop in store, order online or give us a call before the 4th to ensure you snap up your favourite wines at the best price.
3 wines I've enjoyed recently....Date published: 23/01/13
Louise's Top 3 Recommendations to cheer up the post Christmas blues (Drunk responsibly!):
- Te Mata Chardonnay, New Zealand - Buy 2 save 20% = £10.99 (while stocks last)
- Vignes De Nicole Chardonnay/Viognier by Paul Mas, France - Buy 2 save £3 =£7.49
- Costarosa Primitivo, Italy- Buy 2 save ~£4 = £7.99
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/01/13
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Rioja Reserva Casa del Comendador 2007, Lagunilla'
Buy 2 + bottles save £10 = £5.99 from £10.99
Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martin is the man credited with recovering Rioja's vineyards after the phylloxera epidemic of the 18th Century. He achieved this by introducing the grafting of grape vines onto resistant American rootstocks.
This example of Rioja is a classic Reserva, balancing fruit and more secondary character. It has undergone 24 months maturation in oak barriques, leading to a soft mouth-feel and spicy, vanilla notes.
Drink alongside roast lamb, any game dish or a nice paella.
A real bargain at this price -and yet another great addition to our range!
Snow 19/1/13 - Delivery Information Date published: 19/01/13
We're open as usual today (9am-7pm) and will be attempting deliveries.
If we are unable to reach you we apologise and will attempt to rearrange delivery as soon as possible.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Snow - 18/1/13Date published: 18/01/13
We are open as usual today, closing at 8pm.
Unfortunately we are unable to deliver until further notice. We are keeping our eye on conditions in and around Horsham and will notify you when we are back on the road
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/01/13
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Te Mata Chardonnay, Woodthorpe Vineyard 2010, Hawke's Bay'
'Bargain Hunt'- Limited availability, whilst stocks last = £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles +, down from £13.74
The Te Mata estate, which was established in 1896, is New Zealand's oldest winery. It has been family owned for the last 30 years, and produces a stunning range of both reds and whites. This example comes from a single vineyard – 'Woodthorpe', and it punches well above its weight for this price
On the palate it reveals ripe apples and stone fruit. The clever barrel maturation, lees contact and malolactic influence create a creamy texture coupled with hints of nut and toast, reminiscent of any good White Burgundy.
Drink now, but it will continue to develop over the next couple of years. Partner with creamy dishes or full-flavoured seafood, such as lobster or smoked mackerel.
Another staff favourite – get it at this improved price whilst stocks last!!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/01/13
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough'
Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £9.99 from £12.49
Since 1983 the Marlborough region of New Zealand has enjoyed a fabulous reputation for Sauvignon Blanc, and winemaker Clive Jones doesn't disappoint with this example.
The nose offers a marvellous bouquet full of ripe gooseberries, passionfruit and zesty limes. The palate displays a lovely, soft mouth-feel, balanced by refreshingly crisp acidity; and leads to an elegant, long finish.
Drink now, either on its own, or alongside classic Sauvignon matches such as goats cheese tart
Fine Wine Friday - Petaluma Chardonnay 2009, Piccadilly Valley Date published: 04/01/13
It's fine wine friday again....today we're opening the fantastic Petaluma Chardonnay from the Piccadilly Valley in Australia.
One of the very best examples of New World Chardonnay and certainly just as good as top flight Burgundy. Petaluma have gone from strength to strength in recent years and this rich offering shows how. The wine is complex with subtly rich layers of buttery fruit with an awesomely long finish.
£25 Single Bottle Price Buy 2 Save £10; £20 each!!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/01/13
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2009, Corbieres'
Buy 2 save £4 = £9.99 from £11.99
The Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grapes used for this blend are sourced from the little village of Embres-et-Castelmaure, just south of Corbieres. There are only 150 residents, all of whom work in the wine industry. The local co-operative produces this wine from only hand-picked grapes, from a total of 760 local plots of land.
The nose is expressive with bags of damson jam and blackcurrant character. It also has a recognisable 'garrigue' quality, reminiscent of heather and wild thyme. On the palate, it is silky smooth with great structure.
An ideal Winter warmer, which will accompany beef cobbler or confit de canard
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/12/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2010, Nelson'
Buy 2 or more New Zealand wines save 20% = £8.99 from £11.24
The Pinot Grigio grapes for this wine are sourced from the Nelson region, west of Marlborough. They are grown on loamy soils, with the perfect combination of long sunshine hours and maritime influence. Waimea's wine making philosophy pioneers New World wine making techniques combined with trusted Old World know-how.
The nose is complex with notes of green apple, pear, honey, spice and cream. The palate is off-dry with concentrated fruit balanced by refreshing acidity. It offers a lovely creamy texture and an impressive finish.
A lovely aperitif which also works well with Asian cuisine. Oily enough to go with your goose this Christmas!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/11/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Taittinger Brut Reserve NV' £26.00, Reduced from £36.00!!
The best word to describe Taittinger's champagne is 'classy'. With fine bubbles in the glass, the nose offers an inviting baked apple character. The palate is full of brioche, flavours underpinned with delicate notes of almond.
This makes an excellent welcome drink or party aperitif. One of my all-time favourite celebration Champagnes, and a bargain at this price!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 22/11/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Halcon Reserva 2010, Tamaya, Limari Valley' Buy 2 or more Chilean wines save 20% = £8.79 from £10.99
'Tamaya' translates as 'look out point' from the region's native language. It refers to the steep hill that forms part of the winery's estate. Only 50% of the blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah undergoes barrel maturation, resulting in a fruitier, more youthful style of wine.
A pleasant purple hue with an expressive nose full of blackcurrant and red plum. The palate is meaty with hints of earth and cedar.
Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. Enjoy with confit of duck or crispy pork belly.
10 Wine Facts! Date published: 11/11/12
It's my WSET exam on Tuesday, and to help me revise (and to help you learn with me) i've decided to give you 10 lovely and possibly quite random facts about wine!
1. 66% of the classic champagne grape trio of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are actually black grapes!
2. The primary soil type in the land of sherry (Jerez, Spain) is albariza, a hugely reflective and mainly chalky soil with great drainage that's deep enough to retain moisture in the baking Jerez summers!
3. The main five grape varieties in the use of Port are Tinta Cao, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. Of these, the two considered to be the best are Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca but they are all important in the blending process.
4. Chile is a great place for winemaking. Abundant meltwater from the snow capped Andes and the proximity of most of the growing area to the cooling winds of the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt current really help to moderate Chiles hot weather, dry conditions and sunshine.
5. The Northern Rhone is known for its super premium wines based around the aromatic Viognier grape. The red Côte-Rôtie is a full bodied and deeply coloured yet elegant wine made from Shiraz and Viognier, whilst Condrieu wines are 100% viognier packed full of flavour.
6. Malborough, New Zealand is Sauvignon Blanc territory. The dry, cool and windy conditions, matched with long sunshine hours ensure that Sauvignon Blanc reaches full ripeness whilst retaining its fresh acidity and complexity.
7. The classic Bordeaux grapes of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc all play different roles in the blending process. Put simply; Merlot softens and adds body; Cabernet Sauvignon is tannin and adds structure with its affinity to oak ageing; Cabernet Franc adds body, tannin, finesse and aromatics when blended; Petit Verdot is used in small doses with large consequences, adding tannin and spicy notes to some of the best wines in the best years.
8. Piemonte translates as 'the foot of the mountain', and it's the limestone hills that sit in the shadow of the Alps that produce some of the best Nebbiolo based wines in the world. Barolo, Barbaresco and Langhe wines all come from here and command high prices. With complex aromatics, rich flavours, high acidity and a firm structure that means wines can age for decades, there's no doubting why they're so special.
9. South Africa produces its own sparkling wine made in the traditional method called 'Cap Classique'.
10. The area in California that produces the most wine is not one you may have heard of. Contrary to popular beliefs that all californian wines come from the famous Napa County and Sonoma County, most wine is actually made in Californias central valley. 80% of Californian wine is produced here with fertile soil, continually hot conditions and fully automated vineyards producing huge yields of inexpensive, internationally blended wines that are sold for extremely cheap prices with little character.
So, there you go! 10 little facts about wine.
Riesling! Date published: 10/11/12
We've just popped a beauty of a of a Mosel Riesling on our tasting counter and felt compelled to tell you a couple of facts about the grape variety to wet your appetite.
1. Riesling has been taken under the wing of lots of new world wine makers; namely Australia and New Zealand. Here Rieslings takes on a different style to that of a classic German Mosel effort like the one we've got open, but it's a style that's becoming more and more popular. It's often dryer than its Mosel counterparts and can contain more alcohol.
2. Riesling loves growing in cool climates. Like our one from the Mosel, the cool climate means the grape retains its fresh and racy acidity and ripeness whilst clever winemaking balances this out with remaining residual sugar for a little off dry/medium dry taste.
Come in and give it a go if you've never tried classic German white wine making.
Facts about ChardonnayDate published: 20/10/12
For those of you who are fans of Chardonnay and want to know more about the grape here are a few facts I've learnt since becoming a trainee here in Horsham:
- Chardonnay is the premier white grape of Burgundy making many of their finest wines including Chablis, Saint Veran, Macon, Pouilly Fuissé, Mersault, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet
- The grape is one of 3 used in making Champagne
- It is a grape grown in almost all wine making countries due to its versatility for various climates
- Flavours of 'warm climate' Chardonnay include tropical fruits, such as pineapple, papaya and banana
- Flavours of 'cool climate' Chardonnay are citrus and greeen apple
- Chardonnay wines aged in oak barrels can also have flavours of vanilla and baked apple
- Chardonnay can achieve relatively high alcohol levels and concentrated fruit flavours, which can often confuse people into thinking it's sweet
- In the 1980's Chardonnay's popularity decreased due to some Australian makers producing wines that were too heavily oaked hence the 'ABC' or 'anything but Chardonnay era'
- Chardonnay blends well with Viognier and also Semillon
Trade Customer? Date published: 06/10/12
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Fine Wine Friday - Château Moulin-Riche 2007 St-Julien, 2nd wine of Léoville-PoyferréDate published: 04/10/12
This friday we're opening a beauty from St Julien in Bordeaux; the Château Moulin-Riche 2007. With the winter nights closing in fast now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a fine and classic claret from the from the small and exclusive St-Julien AC in the left bank of Bordeaux.
This is the second wine of Léoville-Poyferré. Vinified from the fruits of a seperate 20-hectare vineyard lying adjacent to Chateau Talbot. It's Smoky, smooth and quite restrained; making it a very classically styled claret with plenty of tannin but with a nice length of fruit on the finish that suggests the pedigree of the terroir. A small percentage of Petit Verdot added to this mainly Cabernet-Merlot blend adds firmness and excellent ageing potential.
Brilliant now and excellent in the future, this wine is a perfect Autumn warmer and will go perfectly with roast lamb/beef.
Open to taste this Friday 5th October!!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/10/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Marqués de Caceres'
Buy 2 or more Spanish wines save 20% = £16.99 from £21.25
This Rioja is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and a mix of 15% Graciano and Garnacha (Grenache). It is only made in exceptional years. It also sees 30 months maturation in high quality oak before further ageing in bottle. This all adds to a very high quality bottle of wine.
The nose reveals the wine's development with much complexity, revealing notes of fig, sweet vanilla spice, stewed strawberries and roast coffee beans. It is intense and well structured on the palate with ripe, concentrated fruit supported with toasty oak. It boasts a very long finish.
Can be drunk immediately but will also cellar for up to a decade. Enjoy alongside lamb cutlets, rabbit paella or Manchego cheese.
A Few Pinot Noir facts! Date published: 25/09/12
1. Pinot Noir (black grape) is one of the consitiuent grapes used in Champagne (white)!
2. Pinot Noir grapes are very small and grow in tight bunches, making them especially prone to rot; often pushing up its price (unless you shop with us here at Majestic).
3. Outside of its native Burgundy, Pinot Noir is flourishing in New Zealand, Chile, California, Australia and Alsace.
"Waimea Wine Week"Date published: 19/09/12
Waimea Estate sauvignon Blanc. Buy two or more for £7.99.
Over the next month we are hosting themed in store tastings at Majestic Wines and this week the staff and customer favourite has been the Waimea Estate SAuvignon Blanc from Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand.
New Zealand consists of two large but relatively narrow islands that lie 1900km from the nearest large landmass, Australia. The influence of the surrounding ocean means that most of the viticultural New Zealand has a cool to moderate maritime climate.
The vineyard area in New Zealand more then doubled between 2003 and 2010. In that time Sauvignon Blanc has become even more dominant and now accounts for approximately 50 per cent of all plantings. New Zealand during this time has become a benchmark expression for the Sauvignon Blanc variety. Intense aromas including gooseberry but also including herbal notes, passion fruit, and occasional asparagus.
The Waimea Estate lives up to expectation. Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating Maritime influence. The wine brings 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 during this late summer with oysters or scallops. YUM!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/08/12
Manager's Bargain Wine of the Week
'L'instant Truffier Malbec 2011, Rigal, PGI Cotes du Lot'
Buy 2 save £2 = £6.99 from £7.99
This wine comes from one of the premier producers of Cahors. The Rigal family have recently extended their operation to include vineyards in the Lot Valley. These consist of alluvial terraces, which are free-draining and have great sun exposure. This all creates ideal conditions for ripening Malbec grapes.
Deep purple in the glass, the nose offers ripe black cherry and bramble fruit aromas, with hints of anise and prune. The palate is full with great structure, underpinned with juicy fruit and black pepper.
Drink over the next 2-3 years. Enjoy with rich meat dishes such as toad in the hole, beef casserole or BBQ pork ribs.
ChampagneDate published: 14/08/12
Champagne is about more than just the sparkle. It's about style, romance, quality and luxury. Champagne is the best way to celebrate, and the best way to console your self when you lose. Charles Dickens said It is "one of the elegant extras in life", and Dom Pérignon described it as "Drinking the stars!" Princess Margaret, Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson are all timeless beauties who drink champagne, and if it's good enough for them, then perhaps its good enough for you? The first Champagne house was founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart so why not try a Ruinart Blanc de Blanc on special offer for just £40 or treat someone special to a Veuve Clicquot Rose at £40, or grab a bargain of Nicolas Feuillatte vintage at just £20!
Fine Wine Friday - Promis Gaja 2007Date published: 02/08/12
Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah or Shiraz
This modern Tuscan blend is from one of the legends of Italian winemaking. Although making a name for himself in the Piedmont region with his stunning Barberescos and Barolos, this is Decanter Man of the Year 1998's take on a Tuscan IGT, unconstrained by normal DOC laws.
Providing an array of aromas on the nose, the palate is dominated by dark plum fruits and cassis, with structure added by soft, supple tannins and a spicy, lingering finish.
This will really reward drinkers over the next five years, and will harmonise with spicy pork or pasta dishes.
BUY 2 SAVE £6 = £22 FROM £25
Becca's Top SpaniardDate published: 20/07/12
Martin Codax Albariño
Founded in 1986 in the Rias Baixas region of Northwestern Spain, Martin Codax produces wine from the aromatic white Albariño grape. If you haven't tried an Albariño, you really are missing out! It has a light and refreshing style, much like that of a Viognier, however it's peachy aromas prove it to be a fantastic alternative to Chardonnay.
Albariño doesn't get much better when it comes to the Martin Codax - it has a consistent quality with a fresh and crisp palate balanced with hints of honey, peaches and apricots.This wine really is the way to my heart! You can enjoy the Martin Codax over the next two years as an apéritif or with a range of food such as; grilled lobster, chicken dishes, or a creamy carbonara. Or if you are like me, you can take pleasure in drinking this wine just as it is.
Here at Majestic the Martin Codax is currently on offer at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles*, and trust me when I say it is worth every penny!
*as part of a mixed six bottle case
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/07/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Luca Malbec 2009, Uco Valley'
Buy 2 save £8 = £17.99 from £21.99
Laura Catena decided that rather than establishing new vineyards, it would be better to improve existing ones. She persuaded growers in the Uco Valley to reduce yields and improve their vineyard management, providing her with high quality grapes from premium ancient vines.
Deep, inky ruby in the glass, the wine offers a nose of bramble, black forest fruit, smoke and cigar box. It is silky smooth on the palate with generous, ripe fruit and well-integrated alcohol.
This complex wine will drink now, but will improve with 10 years cellaring. Serve with rare fillet steak or rib of beef.
A new staff favourite!
Top 10 wine and food matchesDate published: 14/07/12
1) Paella - Rioja
2) Pork Belly -Viognier
3) Carbonara - Oaky New World Chardonnay
4) Tuna Steak - Pinot Noir
5) Fillet Steak - Malbec
6) Sausage Cassoulet - Fitou
7) Thai Green Curry - Gewurztraminer
8) Goats Cheese Tart - Sancerre
9) Sea Bass - Chablis
10) Smoked Mackerel Paté - Pouilly Fuissé
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/07/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2011, Limari Valley'
Buy 2 or more Chilean wines save 20% = £9.99 from £12.49
The grapes for this wine are sourced from one of Chile's most unique vineyards - a chalky river terrace around 12km from the Pacific coastline. This is the perfect location for a lean, cool climate style Chardonnay. This is balanced with 10 months delicate oak barrel fermentation.
The wine boasts a delicious nose of nuts and orange zest. It is buttery on the palate with delicate mineral notes supported by tropical fruit and apple flavours.
Partner with any creamy dish such as fish pie, tarragon chicken or Spaghetti Carbonara
Grab it while it's 20% off!
The Delights of ChileDate published: 07/07/12
Chilean wines are more famous then ever at the moment and their popularity is continuing to grow!
From their lucious and soft merlots to their lively and rich Carmeneres, there is something for everyone from Chile.
If you like your rich, tropical and buttery Chardonays then there is plenty of choice for you and if you like your fruity Sauvignon then the Errazuriz is for you.
Come and find out what suits your palate....
Here at Majestic we are celebrating Chilean wines with 20% off and running a themed tasting in store from 6th to the 12th July.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/07/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Fiano di Sicilia 2011'
Buy 2 or more Italian wines save 20% = £5.99 from £7.49
Cantine Settesoli is the leading Sicilian wine company in terms of both production and turnover. They constantly strive to implement new technologies and experimentation to drive forward.
Fiano is an interesting indigenous grape which has low yields and ripens early. In the glass, the wine has a pleasant golden hue, with a nose of nougat, pear and ripe passion fruit. The palate is crisp, clean and refreshing; with hints of almonds on the finish.
Drink young. Serve well chilled. It will drink nicely on its own, but also makes a nice accompaniment to light white fish.
What a bargain at this price!
It's all about Provence RoséDate published: 18/06/12
Whether it's sunny or not; it is time to get out the rosé, and this year Provence is in!
These unashamedly vibrant summer wines are a pale pink colour and usually a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah.
They are the perfect accompaniment to canopés and any seafood, although of course they are splendid on their own. All you need is a wine glass, a bit of good luck with the weather and you can sip away the afternoon. Enjoy the summer in style....try some of these:
- 'M' Minuty Cotes de Provence 2011 - £9.99 *
- Berne Grande Recolte Rose 2010 - £7.99 *(Both reccomended on www.wineanorak.com)
- AIX Magnum 2011 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence £19.99 (My personal reccomendation)
*based on two or more bottles as part of your mixed 6 bottle case
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/06/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'The Shortlist Shiraz 2010, McGuigan, Barossa'
Buy 2 or more Australian wines save 20% = £11.99, from £14.99
For this wine, McGuigan use premium quality grapes sourced from the outstanding Barossa Valley. It is aged for 16 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels, leading to extra complexity and a silky mouthfeel.
Almost opaque in the glass, the nose is vibrant with lots of forest fruit, vanilla spice, earth, leather and tar. On the palate it is full-bodied but with soft, well-rounded tannins and an exquisitely long length.
Drinking nicely now, but the good structure will enable 5 years cellaring. Enjoy alongside hearty dishes such as fillet steak, sausage cassoulet or beef bourguignon .
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/06/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Chapel Down Flint Dry 2010'
The Chapel Down vineyards are situated in Tenterden in Kent, on an extension of the chalky Champagne soils that run under the Channel. This wine is a blend of indigenous grapes; Huxelrebe, Bacchus and Schonburger. These verieties grow well in our marginal climate. Extended ageing on the wine's lees creates more body, flavour and complexity in the wine.
There are aromas of elderflower, minerals and smokiness. On the palate there is ample nettle character. It is flint dry, as the name suggests, reminiscent of a good Pouilly-Fumé.
This is the perfect apéritif, but also works well with light salads and fish dishes. It is one to be drunk young and fresh.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 01/06/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Black Cottage Pinot Rosé 2011, Marlborough'
Buy 2 or more New Zealand wines save 20% = £9.99, from £12.49
Winemaker and estate owner David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time in France and Corsica. Therefore the wine closely resembles a Sancerre or Provence rosé, as opposed to bolder examples typical of the New World.
A beautiful delicate salmon colour in the glass, the nose offers soft rose petal aromas with ripe strawberries and delicate spice. It is light bodied with refreshing acidity and has a crisp, dry finish.
Chill well and enjoy on its own while the sunshine lasts! Alternatively, serve alongside langoustines or lights Thai salads.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/05/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Peter Lehman EVS Shiraz 2010, Eden Valley'
Buy 2 or more Australian wines save 20% = £9.99, from £12.49
The Eden Valley benefits from ancient soils and slopes at the perfect aspect, enabling grapes to ripen late. This results in wines with much more elegance than the neighbouring Barossa Valley. The grapes are sourced from two individual vineyard sites close to Eden itself.
Deep crimson in the glass with fantastic legs, the wine has an intense nose of ripe black forest fruit with notes of Chinese five spice. The palate is rich and juicy with silky soft, dry tannins.
Drink now or over the next 3 years. Enjoy with peppered sirloin steak or beef casserole.
A pisco of this, a pisco of that!Date published: 19/04/12
A Pisco of this, a Pisco of that
One wet day in February six Majestic Managers were lucky enough to jump ship to the warmer climes of Chile. It's a tough job, but someone has to sample (and of course learn about) the local wines on behalf of all you other consumers out there! So Sven Maxfield (Manager of Newbury) and myself , Louise Stonestreet (Horsham) couldn't wait to tell you all about the experiences we had along with Hannah Finnikin (Macclesfield), Toby Holt (Roehampton), Tim Cornish (Commercial) and Simon Cliffton-Smith (City). So here goes - our big Chilean adventure:
Shortly after touching-down in Santiago the apt thing to do to beat the jet-lag was to toast the trip with a 'Pisco Sour'. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, this is a particularly potent cocktail made with a Pisco base (a local brandy-type spirit) and egg whites; served with nutmeg in a cocktail glass – actually very refreshing in the 30 degree heat (I know, you are jealous already...) There was just enough time to spend the evening in the city so we grabbed the opportunity to visit a typical Chilean restaurant and try out all the local specialities, the highlights of which were definitely the little 'Empanadas' (best described as mini pasties with various fillings), along with little pumpkin fritters topped with spicy salsa. Yum!
Suitably refreshed the following morning we headed out to learn all about the Ventisquero winery, who are perhaps best known for their 'Yali' brand. Our lovely representative Susana, took us up into the wetlands of the Atalpa valley where there is a little gem of an National Park, which Yali help to preserve. 'Yali' in fact is a little Chilean bird that is native to these parts, and it is this that inspired the name of the wine brand along with the label design. Of course we had to sample the Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc itself as we were admiring the bottle; more enjoyable still whilst taking in the change in landscape, from the city lights to the deep forest.
After a little stroll we had certainly worked up an appetite so headed out to the vineyards for some lunch. In a little clearing under the trees, our hosts layed on probably the best BBQ we will ever have, and I'm not exaggerating – the quality of the beef fillet and the lamb is undoubtedly some of the best in the world. Even more delicious when washed down with a silky smooth, chocolatey Carmenere; the black grape now hailed Chile's cult classic.
Over to Sven:
The third day started fantastically, opening the doors of the hotel room onto a patio with vines growing practically on the door step, mountains in the background and best of all a swimming pool glistening in the early morning sun. We were planning on an early morning swim, but after various excuses we decided to forgo the pleasure and get ready for the day ahead!
We headed to the main vineyards where vina ventisquero grow their grapes in the Atalpa Valley. This led to one of the most memorable journeys of the trip through the vineyards in an old truck that only just fit through the winding paths that led to the top of the mountains where they grow their wines. On this trip we saw all the different soil types that appear on just one mountainside and began to understand the nature of terroir. All this led to possibly the most memorable meal of the trip (at least for me!) on a terrace built into the side of a mountain overlooking the entire valley. Here we settled down to some of Vina Ventiesquero’s top wines along with a spit roasted lamb that had been cooked over an open fire. I was challenged by Suzanna (one of the reps) to eat an entire leg! Which I managed with liberal lubrication from some of their premium wines! We then went onto see the winery which is made to work in as much a carbon neutral way as possible and was certainly an impressive set up.
This day was also the day we had to sadly say goodbye to our new friends from Vina Ventisquero, but we did have the delights of Vina Montes to look forward to so we weren’t too glum! We arrived in the Marchigue Vineyards and were able to relax a little while, before heading up in a mountain on the back of a tractor to sample some Montes Cherub rosé overlooking their vineyards (it’s a hard life!) On our way back down we saw some of their experimental growings, here they see what vines can produce with full irrigation, partial irrigation and no irrigation, the people at Vina Montes were really keen to show they were thinking of the future as well as the present.
After a relaxing evening (where we had yet another spit roast lamb laid on for us (I was not feeling great by this point!)) We awoke the next morning to visit the winery of Montes, this was possibly one of the most inspiring moments of the trip, the entire winery is built with Feng Shui in mind and they even play Gregorian music to the barrels to help create the best wines they can. Here we met Aurelio Montes (who had just flown himself in with his Cesna!) and we went through a tasting of all of Montes’s wines, with Mr Montes himself taking us through the wines.
That evening it was back to Santiago where we visited an Argentinian restaurant (rather oddly!) and got to sample the best steaks I think any of us had ever had, with of course liberal splashings of Montes wines!
We awoke the next day with the sad realisation that we would be going home, we left the hotel early to visit Montes’s ‘Outer Limits’ vineyards, which is where they grow wines in places that a few years ago people wouldn’t have thought possible, this produces extra strain on the vines which in theory produces more flavourful fruit, and in the end a more characteristic wine, we got to sample some of these in a fantastic sea food restaurant next to the pacific ocean, after the obligitarory quick dip (certainly mine and Louise’s first time in this ocean) we hopped back in the car and to the airport.
Suffice to say we had a fantastic time in Chile, and though to many Pisco sours were probably consumed on our search for the true taste of Chile, I can thouroughly recommend the country and its wines for being on the forefront of modern winemaking, but if you need more proof come and see us in store and we’ll be sure to point out some of our more unusual favourites!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/04/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Il Sodero 2008 Tenuta Moraia, Tuscany' NEW!!
Buy 2 or more as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase, save £4 = £7.99 from £9.99
This wine is a typical tuscan blend made predominantly from Sangiovese, with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes added. The grapes are sourced from the south-western part of the region in Tenuta Moraia in Maremma.
The wine is bright crimson in colour. On the nose ripe red cherries and raspberries dominate, with notes of red pepper and sweet spice. The wine is medium bodied and packed with black fruit and liquorice.
Balance the racy acidity in this wine with traditional Italian sauces. Why not try alongside arrabiata or lasagne?
Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/04/12
Our new WOTW is the Il Sodero 2008, from Tenuta Moraia, Tuscany
A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon
Tenuta Moraia is located in Maremma, in the south-western part of Tuscany. As with most of the region's red wines, Sangiovese forms the backbone, with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon here adding darker fruit character and extra body.
It's bright crimson in colour with a matching aromatic profile: red cherry, raspberry and red pepper aromas predominate, with very subtle spice. Medium palate weight and flavours of cherry and liquorice.
This wine complements the fresh acidic zip of traditional pasta sauces, such as arrabiata or primavera.
Buy 2 bottles save £4 ! Single bottle price £9.99.
Fine Wine Friday - CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 1999Date published: 06/04/12
We have just opened the CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 1999 on our tasting counter and we have a special deal on it.
Buy 2 bottles save £16 which means you only pay £20 per bottle if you buy 2.
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, commonly known as CVNE,
produces some of Spain's greatest wines. Made from 20 year old vines
and aged in French and American oak, the Imperial range originated in
the 1920s, named for its imperial pint bottles exported to the UK.
Full garnet in colour expressing elegant autumn berry fruits, coffee,
caramel and cinnamon. The palate is finely structured with dried fruit,
plums and damsons combined with toasty vanilla undertones.
This is a wine that will evolve well in bottle and last many years, or be
enjoyed now. Fantastic with roasted meats and game birds.
Pop in today for a free tasting!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/04/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Rioja Blanco Vina Real 2010, CVNE'
Buy 2 or more Spanish wines as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase, save 20% = £7.99 from £9.99
This wine is made from Viura, which is the synonym in Rioja for Macabeo; a grape that makes up 90% of still white wine production in the region. It is a variety that thrives in hot climates. Late ripening, it is at very little risk of frost damage.
Deep yellow in the glass, the wine has bold lemon and grapefruit aromas. On the palate, careful use of oak contributes baked apple and light biscuit notes, leading to hints of almonds on the finish.
Enjoy well chilled on its own or served with rabbit paella or a selection of tapas.
This unusual wine is perfect in the spring sunshine!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/03/12
Here in the Horsham store we are all fans of the Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc, and because it is on such a great deal it's our pick of the week at only £5.99 when you buy more than one bottle!
This Fruity and acidic wine is a great example of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Produced exclusively for Majestic from the heart of the Wairau Valley in New Zealand's Marlborough region, now as famous for Sauvignon Blanc as Sancerre is in the Loire! Crisp, light and fruit driven, with lots of gooseberries, passion fruit and a fresh, citrus finish.
Perfect to drink alone on these warm sunny days and also pairs very well with lightly spiced Asian cuisine and sushi.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/03/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Campofiorin 2008, Masi' NEW!!
Buy 2 or more as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase, save £5 = £9.99 from £12.49
Masi is one of Veneto's most well established and respected wine producers. Famous for Amarone, Masi has been owned and run by the Boscaini family for six generations. Today they are one of Veneto's most well established and respected producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then refermenting the wine with some additional dried grape skins. This creates real complexity, intensity and depth in the wine.
In the glass, it is deep ruby red, fading to a rim with violet hues. The bouquet offers ripe red fruit coupled with cinnamon, vanilla and fig notes.
This is blockbuster of a wine with soft, silky tannins and a savoury, elegant finish.
Drink alongside rustic Italian food, such as artisan cheeses, olives and cured meats.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/03/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Rioja Reserva Imperial 2004, CVNE'
Buy 2 or more Spanish wines between £5 and £20 as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase, save 20% = £15.99 from £20.00
CVNE (Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana) was established in the Rioja region of Spain in 1879. This wine is called 'Imperial' as it was originally shipped to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles. The blend of Graciano, Tempranillo and Mazuelo grapes creates one of the finest Rioja Reservas in the world.
In the glass, the garnet core fades to a tawny rim. The bouquet is a delicious combination of plums, sloes and mulberries with hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate, rich stewed fruit leads to a long and elegant finish.
A wine of real finesse, particularly good with spring lamb. Decanting is recommended.
One of my all time favourites – especially at this price!
A-Z of wine: L is for LanguedocDate published: 16/03/12
Siting by the warm Mediterranean sea, the Languedoc region is where you'll find the best value for money . It is also the most important region in terms of volume production for France. The best local co-operatives produce mostly fine blends of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Mouvedre and Cinsault. Wines are generally spicy and full-bodied. On the white side, Roussanne and Marsanne are quite popular amongst our staff, especially for those who like Chardonnay! To have a bit of a taste of Languedoc try our whole range of Paul Mas Domaines, one of the most modern producers in southern France. Prices start from £6.49 for the Paul Mas Chardonnay.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/03/12
'Ben Marco Malbec 2009, Dominio del Plata, Mendoza'
Buy 2 or more as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase, save £2 = £11.99 from £12.99
In 1999 Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata joined forces to start a project which would express their love and dedication to viticulture and vinification. The resulting wine is created from grapes which are carefully handpicked from vineyards situated in the foothills of the Andes.
It is deep ruby in the glass with a powerful bouquet of ripe red fruits. On the palate, cherries and blackberries lead to notes of vanilla, coffee and liquorice on the finish. The tannins are firm yet sweet, creating a soft, full mouth-feel.
This is a rich wine which really shines when paired with equally rich red meat dishes, such as fillet steak, sausage cassoulet or steak and kidney pie. In fact, why not try it this Sunday with your roast beef?
Wine of the Week - Muga Blanco, RiojaDate published: 13/03/12
Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. The grapes are planted on clay and calcareous soils at the foot of the Obarenes mountains, which are 100% barrel fermented in new oak, from the winery's cooper. This wine holds complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits that give way to zesty lime, spicy and vanillin toasted oak flavours, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish. We suggest you enjoy this wine over the next three years with full-flavoured fish dishes, such as Paella.
At £8.79 Saving 20% when you buy 2 bottles from Spain as part of a mixed case
single bottle price £10.99
Are expensive wines THAT expensive?Date published: 10/03/12
Expensive wines can actually be a bargain! Why is that? You may not know this but the amount of care, dedication, knowledge and passion put into wines can be priceless, not to speak of the pleasure you get from drinking some of the finest wines in the world. Creating the perfect growing conditions for vines to develop and ensuring their quality whatever the vintage is can become a challenge for winemakers, who may well face adverse weather conditions and other environmental pests. Careful studies, harvest plans, and regular check ups help winemakers to achieve the perfect balance in wines as well as respecting the best traditions and terroir. Regardless of your level of expertise it is easy for one to tell the difference between a bottle of fine wine or a cheap version of this great nectar. To wrap it up... this was just a quick snapshot to make you think twice when you buy your next case of wine. We will always be very happy to answer all your questions about any wine at majestic, so you know exactly what you are buying.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/03/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Bourgogne Blanc 2010', Jean-Marc Pillot – NEW!!
Buy 2 or more as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase, save £2 = £13.99 from £14.99
This domaine was founded in 1910 by Jean Pillot and is now run by siblings Jean-Marc and Béatrice. This Chardonnay is an unoaked example, designed to drink well in its youth. However, the delicate touch of lees ageing coupled with good acidic structure mean that it will also age well over the next few years.
The nose is very aromatic with a mixture of ripe fruit and toasted nuts. The palate provides refreshing acidity balanced by the rounding, creamy effect of the lees. Citrus notes lead to mineral and floral hints on the finish.
This delicious Chardonnay is ideal for those drinkers who are put off by the over use of oak commonly associated with Chardonnay. A perfect accompaniment to a range of seafood dishes, such as pan-fried sea bass, langoustines or grilled oysters.
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 29/02/12
Domaine Sainte Rose 'La Nuit Blanche' Roussanne 2009, PGI Cotes de Thongue
Buy 2 or more as part of your minimum 6 bottle purchase, save £2 = £8.99 from £9.99
The Roussanne grapes for this wine are picked throughout the night when temperatures are cooler. This retains varietal freshness and purity of fruit character. Night harvesting is thus referred to in the wine's name – 'La Nuit Blanche', directly translated means 'the white night', but literally means 'the sleepless night'.
Fermented and maturated in oak barrels, La Nuit Blanche is a full-bodied rich style of wine. In the glass, it has a deep, striking gold colour. The nose offers exotic aromas, followed by hints of nuts and mandarin on the palate.
An award-winning wine that will be delicious on its own in the spring sunshine, but will pair well with pork belly or Coq au vin.
An easy dinner party potato dish - truffled potato croquetsDate published: 24/02/12
This is a really easy high impact side dish to your dinner part main course. you will need the following;
salt and pepper
A little butter and cream
White Truffle oil
Japanese bread crumbs.
Make jacket potatos start them off in the microwave then transfer to a hot oven to finish. When cooked cut in half and scoop the potato flesh from the potato...use gloves they will be hot. and then put through a ricer or mouli. If you don`t have these hard luck..you will simply develop strong forearms using your potato masher. however it is important to remove any lumps.
The reason we use jackets and not mash is that we are trying to keep the mixture as dry as possible so that we can mould the potato into the shapes we want for the croquettes. If you use mash the water from boiling transfers to the potato and the mix is to wet to manage
Season to taste and add the white truffle oil (as little or as much as you like) add a little butter and a drop of cream. It is vital that you do not make the mixture too wet.
Then chill for a few hours so that the potato almost sets and becomes more complient when handling.
Now breadcrumb... you need three plates one with flour, one with beaten egg, and one with the japanese breadcrumbe.
make potato into the shape you desire usually tubes about 3-4 inches.
Firstly roll in flour covering the whole croquette then roll the flour covered croquette in the beaten egg again covering fully and finally roll the flour and egg covered croquette into the breadcrumbs. I suggest you then replace the now breadcrumbed croquette into the egg once more and then breadcrumb one final time. this gives a good covering which will stand up to the cooking process.
once all croquettes are covered now you can deep or shallow fry in hot oil until golden and crispy. this can be done a little in advance and then croquettes can be either held or reheated in the oven.
I serve these with venison fillet, cavolo nero and a maderia jus.
All washed down with BriO de Cantenac Brown 2007 Margaux £18.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.
And remember if you don't like truffle oil dont put any in......
A-Z of Wine K is for kabinettDate published: 24/02/12
Pradikat is a wine designation for high quality used in Germany and Austria, based on grape ripeness and must weight. A pradikatswein must show on its label which one of the six levels its belongs to.The first level is kabinett wines which are the most delicate pradikatswein wines and often make ideal aperitifs. Rieslings made in this style will be light in body and high in acid. Flavours of green apple or citrus fruit will be balanced by residual sugar. Sweeter styles alcohol is 8-9% drier styles can reach 12%.
Wine of the Week - La Motte ShirazDate published: 19/02/12
La Motte's Shiraz is made from grapes sourced from a number of different regions including Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Darling. The various climates and variety of soil types lead to unique contributions of flavour and structure.
It shows classic Shiraz aromas of spice, aniseed and clove lead to a palate of blackcurrant fruit and liquorice. A full body with rounded, integrated tannins and a long, clean finish.
Enjoy with game or roast beef
Save 20% when you buy 2 bottles from South Africa as part of a mixed case
single bottle price £10.99
A-Z of Wine - J is for JerezDate published: 09/02/12
J is for Jerez, the home of Sherry. Pronounced 'her-ef'. Its located in the south of Spain, in the province of Cadiz. It has a hot Mediterranean climate, which is great for ripening but drought can be a problem. In the interests of equilibrium, the main soil type is Albariza, having a high chalk content it retains moisture well whilst giving a good degree of drainage.
The two main grapes grown in the region are Palomino and Pedro Ximénez. The first accounts for almost all planting and the majority of sherry production, the latter is mostly used for sweetening purposes, but does make some fantastic sherries in its own right.
Sherry is produced and matured in a very interesting system, but I think I'll leave that for S...ping us on Twitter if you know the answer and want to spoil the surprise...@majestichorsham
Manager's Wine of the weekDate published: 08/02/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
Domaine Les Yeuses Muscat Petit Grain 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc'
£5.32 from £7.99 (33% off, while stocks last!)
Situated near the town of Meze in the Languedoc region of France, the Domaine Les Yeuses winery boasts more than 60 hectares. A small proportion of this land is dedicated solely to the noble grape 'Muscat a Petit Grains'.
This is a very aromatic style of wine with a complex nose full of white blossom and lychees. The palate is well balanced with crisp, refreshing acidity and delicious grapey notes.
This crisp style of wine makes it ideal as an apéritif, but it is also a perfect partner to oriental cuisine or light fish dishes.
Look out for this in our bargain hunt (wines at 33% off) while stocks last!
Fine Wine Friday - Clos De l'Oratoire CNDPDate published: 03/02/12
so folks..the above won your vote for the wine you would most like to try this fine wine Friday. Why not come in and try this weekend?
The Chateau de Sales Pomerol was second in the running so we will put that back in the voting line up for next month if you missed out!
The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12
Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!
Discounted prices start from £2.99 for some Australian Chardonnay Semillion and go up to £20 for some Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru and top quality vintage Port! In between for £6 or £7 we have an exceptional selection of French and Chilean wines!
The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us on 01403 754546 or email for more details of what's available firstname.lastname@example.org .
Follow us on twitter for this and more offers in the future @majestichorsham .
Do not miss the chance of stocking up these great bargain wines just right now!
The whole team in Horsham: Louise, Will, Jim and José are looking forward to hearing from you!
Manager's Wine of the weekDate published: 25/01/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Greywacke Sauvignon 2010, Marlborough' – Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £15.99 per bottle from £19.99
The wines name, pronounced 'grey-wacky', refers to the grey-coloured sedimentary rock that denotes the region's soil. The winery itself was founded in 2009 by Kevin Judd who was formerly a winemaker at the prestigious Cloudy Bay winery for over 25 years.
Part of the wine has been carefully barrel-fermented, which is slightly unusual for Sauvignon Blanc. This results in a more full-flavoured wine with a creamy mouthfeel and bags of tropical fruit. There is an array of melon, peach and papaya flavours, with hints of tomato leaf and capsicum.
Ideal for a special occasion, this wine really comes to life with strong-flavoured canapes made from smoked salmon or anchovies. Also a lovely partner to smoked mackerel paté
A-Z of Wine I is for IrrigationDate published: 21/01/12
As simple as it sounds, irrigation is a method of artificially suppling vines with water. Specialist equipment can be used, as a garden hose wouldn't quite suffice for acres of vineyards, other systems can include flooding, drip, and overhead sprays. Its employ is restricted to certain appellations, as it can ultimately effect yield and quality. However, it is widely practiced in most wine growing regions across the globe, especially in the warmer areas of the New World, funnily enough.
Manager's Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/01/12
'Quinta da Bacalhoa 2008 – Peninsula de Setubal' – Buy 2 save £3 = £11.99 per bottle from £13.49
The 15th century Quinta da Bacalhoa estate, formerly known as Vila Fresca, used to be owned by the Portuguese royal family. Turning to commercial wine-making in the 1970s, it is now one of Portugal's largest producers.
This wine is an unusual 'iberian style' claret, blended from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. On the nose there is a delightful array of pencil shavings, tobacco and sandal wood. The palate offers a supple mouthfeel boosted by juicy bramble fruit. Careful use of oak produces nutty, cedar-like tannins.
This is a 'big' wine which will be best paired to protein-rich food in order to complement the tannins. Why not try it this weekend with your roast beef or fillet steak – or maybe with the cheeseboard afterwards?
Manager's Wine of the weekDate published: 13/01/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'St.Joseph 2009, Vidal-Fleury' – Buy 2 Rhone wines save 20% = £14.99 per bottle from £18.74
This wine adheres to the typical northern Rhone style. The Syrah grapes are fermented by indigenous yeasts and the wine then undergoes 12 months maturation in large oak vats. The Vidal-Fleury winery has been making wine in this style since the 18th Century and their experience really shows with the quality of this wine.
The wine is deep crimson in the glass. There is a delightful bouquet of rich berries. On the palate, the tannins are firm yet elegant, providing a meaty mouthfeel. Juicy red berries and plums are complemented by notes of black pepper, thyme, anise and violets.
Although this wine is drinking nicely now it would also certainly benefit from 5 years cellaring. Drink alongside a rustic sausage cassoulet or lamb shanks, slow-cooked in a rich tomato sauce.
Grab this stunning new addition to our range before the offer ends on the 30th January!
Will's Pick for the Southwest France TastingDate published: 13/01/12
My pick for the southwest France tasting, so far, is the Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc. Not too fruity, not too crisp, a perfect all-round, easy drinking S/B, not something I find myself saying too often. You just cannot fault Mr Mas.
Fine Wine Friday - Invitare Condrieu 2008 M.Chapoutier Date published: 04/01/12
Condrieu is a small appellation in the northern Rhône that makes very small quantities of distinctive and fashionable white wine. Since the 1970's Condrieu's fame and price have risen steadily leading to a renaissance in the popularity of Viognier.
A deep golden yellow colour with a greenish tint. A nose of exotic fruit and a hint of smoke lead to a heady palate of blossom, stone fruits and a well balanced freshness.
Enjoy now or over the next couple of years as an apéritif or as a partner to soft goat's cheese.
Manager's Wine of the weekDate published: 04/01/12
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2009, Mendocino County' – Buy 2 save £6 = £9.99 per bottle from £12.99
The Bonterra winery is on a mission to become one of the key players in organic winemaking. The producers firmly believe that organically grown grapes make better tasting wine. Vines average between 35 and 40 years old, they are up to 800 meters above sea level and are dry-farmed.
This wine displays intense aromas of dark bramble fruit with a hint of toasty oak. The palate is powerful with an abundance of juicy plum and blackcurrant fruits and hints of vanilla and white pepper on the finish. The supple, sweet tannins make for a beautiful, soft mouthfeel.
This wine will keep for up to 4 years. Enjoy with a wide variety of grilled meats, confit of duck, or bittersweet dark chocolate and raspberry tart.
A-Z of Wine H is for HybridDate published: 04/01/12
Well its about time for another A-Z of wine. H is for Hybrid, and it has nothing to do with CO2 emissions. In fact, a hybrid is a type of vine which has been formed from the cross-pollination of two different species. Hybrid vines became exceptionally useful in combating phylloxera, where a Vitis vinifera vine and one of American Orgin would be cross-pollinated, therefore passing on the American vines tolerance of phylloxera. The net result, very happy european wine makers!
This store will close at 2.30pm on Sunday 8th January & will open at 1pm on Monday 9th JanuaryDate published: 04/01/12
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A-Z of Wine G is for GewurztraminerDate published: 11/12/11
Gewurztraminer, which is often written Gewurz-traminer, and quite often abbreviated to traminer, it is a pink skinned grape and responsible for particularly pungent, full bodied wines. Gewurztraminer may not be easy to spell even for wine merchants, but it is blissfully easy to recognise, indeed for many wine drinkers this will be the first wine which most are able to identify blind. This is due to the heady perfume of lychees and rose. the wines are usually deeply coloured, opulently aromatic and fuller bodied than any other white wine. Gewrztraminer's only fault is to have too much of everything - it is easy to tire of its weight and aromatic flavour and high alcohol levels. These wines come from all over the world however the most serious wines are from Alsace and they are capable of at least medium term ageing.
Manager's Wine of the weekDate published: 09/12/11
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Farleigh Estate Riesling 2010, Marlborough' Buy 2 or more New Zealand wines save 20% = £6.99
This Riesling is produced exclusively for Majestic. The grapes are grown on the Fairleigh estate in the heart of the Wairau valley. Although New Zealand is more famous for its Sauvignon Blancs, Kiwi Rieslings are becoming increasingly popular.
This is a typical new world, dry style of Riesling with bags of lime and petrol character. There is a good level of refreshing acidity leading to a fresh, clean finish with hints of stoney minerality.
This is for drinking now but will hold for the next 2-3 years. Enjoy it at its best with thai cuisine or light seafood dishes.
Christmas/New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 07/12/11
We have slots available for Crawley deliveries on Tues 20th. There are also a few slots for other areas on weds 21st and Thurs 22nd
Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 05/12/11
From 5th December:
9am - 8pm Weekdays
9am - 7pm Saturdays
10am - 5pm Sundays
Saturday 17th December 9am - 8pm
Saturday 24th & 31st December 9am -5pm
25th, 26th, and 27th December - Closed
28th, 29th, and 30th December - Usual Hours
1st January - Closed
2nd January - Bank Holiday Hours (10am -5pm)
A - Z of wine: F is for FlorDate published: 02/12/11
Flor is the yeast which grows on the surface of sherry in the barrel. It's mostly found on Fino and Manzanilla sherries, helping to protect them from oxidation and also adding to their distinctive flavour.
Manager's Wine of the weekDate published: 01/12/11
'Quincy 2010, Jean-Charles Borgnat'
Buy 2 save £2 = £8.99
The Quincy appellation (Loire) produces wines very similar in style to Sancerre. This particular example is made by young and upcoming winemaker Jean-Charles Borgnat and gives some of the best Sancerres a real run for their money, representing exceptional value.
The nose is fresh and vibrant with notes of pea, asparagus and fresh grass. On the palate, there are bags of rich gooseberry fruit and hints of citrus, leading to a long, balanced finish.
This wine can be drunk on its own, but really shines alongside goats cheese. Cracking value!
Recipe of the Week: Truffled risottoDate published: 27/11/11
Olive oil, Butter
2 x White onions finely chopped
2 x large Garlic clove
Salt & Pepper
Good quality pre bought Beef stock
Large Glass of White wine or Hidalgo Manzanilla £11.99
Large handfull of grated Parmesan
White Truffle Oil
truffle shavings (if you want)
1. Firstly sweat the onions in a good glug of olive oil and melted butter heavier on the butter than the oil. Do not burn the onions take your time, add the crushed garlic and soften.
2.Then add the aborio rice as much as you need depending on how many your cooking for. Cook out the rice for 4/5 mins making sure every grain is covered with fat and onions and garlic are all integrated.
3.Whilst the pan is nice and hot add the alcohol either white wine or sherry depending on your taste. let the wine be incorporated into the rice this will happen quite quickly.
4. Now there is no getting away from it but cooking risotto is a labour of love you will need to add a ladleful of stock to the rice one ladleful at a time making sure that the previous addition is fully incorporated to the rice. however this process is made much easier with a glass of wine and someone else to chat to whilst at the stove. the rice should almost double in size. Once you have incorporated all the stock and wine the risotto should have a creamy consistency and the rice should be cooked al dente.
5.Now add a huge handful of grated parmesan and let this melt into the rice. this can dry the mix up so if you fancy add a good glug of cream as to loosen the mix.
6.Now add as much or as little as you like of the white truffle oil. this gives the risotto a wonderful perfumed truffle flavour. However is is worthy to note that if you follow all the steps up to step 5 you have simply made a risotto blanco to which you could conciviably add what ever flavourings you wish, but we are making truffle risotto so we will stick with that.
7.you can now garnish either with chives or for something a little extra special truffle shavings.
Now crack open a bottle of Falanghina 2010 Terredora £8.49 if you buy two bottles £10.49 single bottle price
Get a big spoon.
A - Z of wine: E is for EstufagemDate published: 21/11/11
Estufa is a portuguese word meaning oven or hothouse. The term has been applied to the tanks used to heat wines on the island of Madeira in order to accelerate their maturation. 'Estufagmen' therefore refers to the heating process itself. This system imitates the effects of long-sea voyages in tropical temperatures throughout the 18th and 19th century. At first this was an accident, but later wines began to be stowed on-board ships deliberately in order to create staying-power to the wines.
Madeiras consequently never fade over time, but have relatively low demand nowadays. They are most often used for culinary purposes.So, should you require one for a certain dish, come in and try one from our selection!
Recipe of the week: Goats cheese and Cox Pippin saladDate published: 19/11/11
Jim's wife's salad of Goats Cheese Crouton with Cox Pippin:
Ingredients: (serves 2 as a meal or 3-4 as a starter.)
· Small mild goats cheese log (the type with the brie type rind on it).
· 3 slices of white bread
· 1 peeled clove of garlic
· 1 -2 Cox Pippin Apples
· White wine vinegar
· Olive or rapeseed oil
· 1 Round lettuce or Romaine depending on your preference
· 1 stick of celery
· ½ lemon
· Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
· Pinch of sugar
· Tablespoon of pine nuts
Lightly toast the 3 slices of bread and then take a round pastry tart cutter with a diameter size similar to that of the goats cheese roll. On a board cut out circles from the toast. 3 croutons per salad serving are ideal.
Rub each top of the toasted rounds with the peeled garlic clove and put to the side.
Put the pine nuts into a small dry frying pan on a medium low heat and regularly shake pan to turn them until they are a golden brown and put to the side.
In a pestle and mortar put a pinch of pepper, salt and sugar and the remaining garlic clove and grind to a paste. Then add 1 tablespoon of olive/rapeseed oil and continue to mix into the garlic paste. Then squeeze a in a good dash of lemon juice and a tablespoon of white wine vinegar. Mix well until the dressing starts to emulsify. It should taste lightly vinegary and zingy to cut the goats cheese. If required, add more vinegar, oil or sugar to suit your palate.
Sort leaves discarding any bruised ones. Rinse in cold water and then salad spin dry or pat with kitchen towel. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside in a cool place.
Wash and trim the celery stick then cut length ways and then finely chop into width way slices and sprinkle over the salad leaves and set aside in a cool place.
Turn on the grill to a medium heat. Place the lightly toasted bread rounds on a very lightly oiled baking tray. Peel and core the apple and then slice in one direction to give circa 3mm slices and then cut with the same sized pastry cutter to allow one slice of apple per crouton. Then place the apple on the garlic rubbed side of each crouton. Then slice the goats cheese log into discs of an even width of about 3/4 cm allowing enough for each crouton. Top the apple with the goats cheese disc and put the croutons under the grill keeping an eye that they do not burn. Once the cheese has started to melt, remove from the grill and season with black pepper.
Take the dressing and give it a further mix. Then add about 1 tablespoon to the bowl of leaves and with your fingers gently mix the dressing into the salad so that it is lightly coated. Plate up the salad into a central mound in each plate and top each plate with 3 melted goats cheese and apple croutons and then scatter with toasted pine nuts and then serve.
WINE MATCH: Serve with 'King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc' -Buy 2 or more New Zealand wines as part of your mixed box and save 20% = £9.99
The ripe gooseberry and greenish of this wine are a typical match for goats cheese - delicious!!
Wine of the Week - Crios TorrontesDate published: 16/11/11
A superb example of Torrontes, a white grape variety not often seen outside of Argentina. It shows great Viognier stone fruit flavours, full-body, with refreshing acidity. Slightly more off-base than your Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays, so ideal if you fancy trying something a bit different. Its currently available to sample on our tasting counter!
Gutsy sausage and bean stewDate published: 14/11/11
Gutsy Sausage and Bean Stew ( circa 40 mins from start to finish):
(6 Toulouse style supermarket sausages will do, olive oil, 1 red pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, smoked paprika, red wine, salt and pepper, can of tomatoes, can of butter or other neutral flavoured bean, fresh thyme, sugar, french beans, butter, 1 fresh lime)
Snip 6 Toulouse style sausages (Chorizo style sausages work well) into 1/2 inch lengths and fry in a small dash of olive oil in a deep based frying pan over a medium high heat until they have a rich brown colour.
Add a roughly chopped and de-seeded red pepper and 2 finely sliced cloves of garlic and cook till the peppers start to soften.
Then add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika stirring into the sausages, red pepper and residual oil. Then add a generous splash of red wine (Rioja will work well) and stir into the pan over a medium heat.
Add a generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper and heaped teaspoon of fresh thyme. Add a can of tomatoes. I like to use the tinned cherry variety but whole plum or chopped will work too.
Stir in a pinch of sea salt and a 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar.
Drain and rinse a can of beans which can be butter beans, cannellini beans or chick peas depending on your preference. Add these to the pan and bring the stew to a boil then turn down the heat to allow the ingredients to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the stew has reduced to give a rich flavoursome sauce coating the sausages and beans.
The dish can be served on warmed plates as it is, with crusty bread or boiled pasta such penne. An accompaniment I like to use are French beans. Boil some french beans until softened rather than squeaky. Then drain off the french beans, season with salt and pepper. Stir in a knob of butter and grate a touch of lime zest and add a squeeze a of lime juice. Serve warm with the stew.
A - Z of wine: D is for DosageDate published: 13/11/11
Following on nicely from last week's introduction to Champagne, we can talk about dosage in more detail. As discussed, this is the final addition to a sparkling wine made by the champagne method. This tops up the ullage caused by disgorgement and creates the house style, determining the final sweetness or residual sugar level. In French this is sometimes called 'Liquer d 'expédition' and usually consists of a mixture of wine and sugar syrup. Despite this addition of sugar, Champagnes often taste bone-dry, due to high natural levels of acidity. Dosage can be effectively substituted with extended bottle ageing or autolysis (ageing on the lees), so generally speaking, the more age a champagne has, the more balanced it is likely to be and thus less dosgae is required.
The following is a useful guide to Champagne labelling for the consumer, gving an indication of different levels of dosage/sweetness in a Champagne:
Description on label + g/l of additional sugar
Extra Brut = less than 6 g/l
Brut = less than 15
Extra dry = 12-20
Sec = 17-35
Demi-sec = 33-50
Doux = 50 plus
Some Champagne houses pride themselves on 'zero dosage'.
Now there is nothing left to do except dry some different styles for yourselves...
A to Z of Wine: C is for ChampagneDate published: 07/11/11
Birthdays, Christmas, Promotion or perhaps even just because it's a Monday, we Brits can usually find a reason or another to crack open a bottle of Champagne. The origins of this wonderful elixir are shrowded in myth and misguided hearsay, so let me put this straight - Dom Perignon was not the person responsible for the invention of Champagne. Whilst I am sure that the French would tell you otherwise it was in fact created by an Englishman by the name of Christopher Merrett.
The production method of Champagne is what has come to be known as the 'Traditional Method' or 'Méthode Champenoise' which is the process by which the greatest sparkling wines around the world are produced. Firstly a still wine is made as per the usual winemaking method, this is then blended by the Chef de Cave to produce the desired flavour in a procedure known as assémblage. The wine is then bottled and a little alchemic concoction consisting of yeast and sugar (liqueur de tirage) is added before being sealed with a crown cap. It is this seal that is very important, because as the secondary fermentation is underway the by-product of CO2 cannot escape and is therefore forced to dissolve into the wine giving the sparkle.
I will add at this point that rosé Champagne is made not from the production of rosé wine, but actually by blending the white Chardonnay, and two red wines Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this is the only rosé 'quality wine' (an official phrase) that is produced in this way.
Depending on the style of Champagne being produced (either non-vintage or vintage) the wines are then aged in the bottles for a minimum period of 18 monmths (NV) and 36 months (Vintage), although the ageing periods are often much longer. At this point the yeast is still in the bottle and through a process known as riddling the bottle had been rotated from when it was initially bottled and placed horizontally (sur latte) to be sat vertically (sur pointe) with all of the dead yeast cells (lees) collected in the crown cap. Traditionally this riddling was done by hand but is now largely an automated method on what are known as gyropallets.
The next step is the most violent part of Champagne production, and also determines the final style of Champagne (its sweetness, ranging from Ultra Brut (very dry) to doux (very sweet)). Dégorgement is the progess by which the neck of the bottle is dipped into a sub-zero brine solution which freezes part of the wine and all of the lees solid, the crown cap is then removed along with the solid lees, and quickly topped up with a wine and sugar mixture to the required fill level. The amount of sugar affects the sweetness, and this is known as the dosage or liqueur d'expedition. It is in fact because of dégorgement and the uneven fill levels in historical Champagne manufacture that bottles are adorned with the foil neck covering (although it is not uneven anymore...).
After all of this process the bottles are held for a little while for the wine to recover from the 'shock' of the procedure, and to develop in the bottle and then the wine is shipped to us around the world to be enjoyed by millions in the happiest of times. I shall leave you with this poetic quote from 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 if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it - unless I’m thirsty"
Managers' wine of the week...Date published: 03/11/11
New!! 'Vinalba Seleccion Torrontés 2011 '
Buy 2 save £4 = £7.99 (*As part of a minimum 6 bottle purchase)
The Torrontés grape variety is actually a relation of the Muscat family and has become 'the' white grape of Argentina, much in the same way Malbec has for red. High altitude vineyards provide perfect grape growing conditions in this sunny climate.
This wine has a lovely nose of white blossom and pear drops. On the palate it is bursting with ripe tropical fruit such as peach, pear, pineapple and melon. It is lively and refreshing, with crisp acidity.
This is best enjoyed with mild Thai food such as prawn Pad Thai noodles or lightly dressed salads.
A to Z of Wine: B is for BotrytisDate published: 30/10/11
Botrytis bunch rot is a fungal vine disease that can either have a negative impact on both yield and quality of the wine or a positive impact on quality and style. If the fungus affects almost ripe, damaged grapes (typically in humid weather ) it is called 'Grey Rot' and it is no good for wine production. However if it affects ripe, healthy, whole grapes and the weather conditions are favourable it develops into a form called 'Noble Rot'. This usually occurs around large bodies of water where morning mists provide perfect conditions for the rot to form, eat away at the grapes so that they bacome shrivelled and raison-like, concentrating both the sugars and flavours. Noble Rot is responsible for some of the world's finest sweet wines. Typically described as honeyed and complex, you can buy some of these divine wines at Majestic. It is worth trying: The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (New Zealand), The Noble One Semillion 2007 (Australia) and Clos l'Abeilley Sauternes (France).
Managers' wine of the week...Date published: 26/10/11
'Main Divide Riesling 2009 '
Buy 2 save £5 = £9.99 (*As part of a minimum 6 bottle purchase)
This wine is from the Waipara valley in New Zealand, which is situated not far from Christchurch in the Canterbury region. It is named after the Southern Alps or the 'Main Divide', which lies to the west. The grapes are botrytized (they undergo a noble form of rot, shrivelling the grapes to raisins) which results in a sweeter, more concentrated and rich style of wine.
The wine is off-dry to taste, with refreshing acidity which is typical of the grape variety. There is plenty of fruit such as lime and juicy apricots, leading to good minerality on the finish.
This wine is best enjoyed with Asian cuisine such as duck spring rolls or thai green curry with jasmine rice.
A to Z of Wine: A is for AlcoholDate published: 23/10/11
In the A-Z of oenological terms, it seems fitting to start with the fundamental basis of the wine itself – alcohol. Alcoholic drinks can be made by fermenting anything that contains sugar, with regards to wine this is obviously grapes.
From a simplistic viewpoint it is easy to summarise wine production (and thus alcohol production) as: growing the grapes, crushing the grapes, fermenting the (sugar in the) grapes to produce wine. In reality, there are many different factors that affect the final alcoholic content of wine; some natural, but others can be adjusted and controlled by the winemaker.
The obvious way to start looking at this is the difference in alcohol content of sweet wines vs. dry wines; we know that alcohol is created as a result of fermenting sugar, so it follows that the sweeter a wine the less sugar has been converted into alcohol and a lower abv. A good example of this is to look at Rieslings from Germany where both dry (Trocken) and sweet (Auslese to name but one style) are made, at Majestic we have for example:
Riesling Kabinett Trocken, Prinz Von Hessen, 11.5% abv.
Up against the much sweeter (dessert wine):
Dr Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese, 6.5% abv.
Climate is also an important factor when considering the ‘potential alcohol’ of a wine – this is a term used to describe the fermentable sugars present in the ripe grape before fermentation. Shiraz/Syrah is a great way of demonstrating the rather phenomenal difference climate can have on the alcoholic content of your wine. As a general rule you can approximate cooler climates (France) to having a generally lower abv. whereas warmer climates (Australia) tend to produce fruit with a much higher sugar content. Take for example:
Domaine les Yeuses ‘Les Epices’ Syrah, Pays d’Oc, 13.5% abv.
And whilst the south of France is still much warmer than here in the UK, this offering from Australia really shows the difference:
Mollydooker ‘The Boxer’ Shiraz, South Australia, 16.5% abv.
What is perhaps even more interesting is that ‘the boxer’ in fact still has a small amount of residual sugar left, meaning that the alcohol could have been even higher! The different levels of alcohol work however with the relevant wines to achieve a good balance between alcohol, sugar and acidity. Wines from a cooler climate tend to have a higher acidity resulting in lower alcohol but more refreshing and zingy wines (particularly with the whites), whereas the higher alcohol balances with the much richer fruit flavours that also develop in that climate.
Considering all of this when selecting your wine, you should be able to apply these general rules to ensure you pick a wine which has an appropriate alcohol level for your requirements. Indeed you should apply these rules next time you are in-store and have a look for yourself! As always there are exceptions to this rule, feel free to catch us out, and perhaps even find out why.
Manger's Wine of the Week..Date published: 20/10/11
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés ' Buy 2 save £2 = £7.99 (*As part of a minimum 6 bottle purchase)
Torrontés is very much seen as the Argentine grape variety with the most potential. Its high levels of acidity make it well suited to the growing conditions of the Cafayate region of Argentina.
On the nose, it is reminiscent of Viognier with stone-fruit aromas. It is light and delicate on the palate, yet full of flavour. The juicy peach and apricot flavours lead to hints of blossom and honeysuckle on the finish.
This is an ideal apéritif but is also well-paired with soft cheeses, smoked meat and light seafood dishes.
Alsace - The Forgotten Gem of France!Date published: 17/06/11
Tucked away in the north east corner of France and separated by the Vosges Mountains, Alsace is a treasure chest of great wines that often slip the mind. France is a key wine producing country with world-famous regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône and the Loire. These are the often listed regions when people are asked about French wines. Perhaps one reason as to why Alsace is often forgotten is because for much of its life is has been part of Germany. Alsace would not be at the top of most people’s lists when put on the spot, but I believe it should be!
The geography of Alsace is one of the key factors that contribute to the distinctive style of and quality of Alsatian wines. I have mentioned that the Vosges Mountains make up the western frontier, whilst the River Rhine is the eastern boundary. The vineyards lie mainly in the foot hills of the Vosges Mountains where there is a great variety of soils. The slopes include granitic, limestone, sandstone, clay and even volcanic soils. The complexity and variety of soils is one factor that contributes to the broad range of styles that Alsace has to offer. The Vosges Mountains provide shelter from the prevailing westerly, rain-bearing winds whilst the River Rhine provides cool breezes that help combat diseases, such as ‘Grey Rot’, that spread in damp and humid conditions. Some vineyards encourage 'Noble Rot' as it produces some of the world's best dessert wines. Minimal rainfall coupled with warm summers and long, dry autumns give Alsace the ideal conditions for growing and making wine.
Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir are the key grape varieties of Alsace, along with Pinot Blanc and Muscat. Riesling, with its steely clarity of flavour, fine fruit and high acidity, is perhaps the flagship grape and is ideal with light poultry dishes, most sea food dishes and Japanese cuisine. The 2009 Trimbach Riesling, at £9.99, is an excellent example of how mineral characters and petrol on the nose are matched beautifully with white peach, grapefruit and lime. Gewürztraminer follows closely with its aromatic nose of lychees and roses and tropical fruits on the palate. At £11.99* the 2009 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer is a brilliant wine that really demonstrates the Alsace style with a floral nose followed by tropical fruits and a gingery spice on the palate. This wine is a perfect match for Thai food. A great example of an Alsatian Pinot Noir is the 2009 Cave de Turckheim Pinot Noir at £7.99*. This is a light style of red wine that has a lovely nose of red berry fruits and cherry that follows through onto an elegant and fresh palate. These characteristics make this a fantastic summer wine to pair with light salads and fish dishes and could also be enjoyed slightly chilled.
Alsace as a region offers wonderful diversity in its wines and the bottles are instantly recognisable due to the compulsory use of the ‘Alsace Flute’. This region is host to a fantastic array of quality wines to suit all tastes, from crisp, dry whites to luscious dessert wines. I love the wines that come from Alsace, particularly the drier style, and I hope that this article will inspire you to venture into the world of Alsace wines and perhaps you will add a couple to your next mixed case. I also hope that Alsace will no longer be lurking at the back of people’s minds, but at the forefront where I believe it belongs!
*If you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case, minimum purchase is 6 bottles.
Manger's Wine of the Week..Date published: 15/06/11
Manager's Wine of the Week
'Rioja Reserva 2006, Marqués de Riscal' Buy 2 save £8 = £10.99 from £14.99 (*As part of a minimum 6 bottle purchase)
In 1858 the face of Rioja was changed forever when Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga (The Marqués de Riscal) brought over groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux. Their Reserva is what they are famed for and it is widely regarded as one of the best examples of traditional Rioja around.
The wine itself is made from a blend of Graciano, Mazuelo and Tempranillo varieties. It is full bodied, yet smooth with classic strawberry flavours. There is a lingering finish displaying hints of vanilla and pencil shavings.
This wine epitomises classic quality Rioja and has long been a staff favourite!
Drink this wine now or cellar for a further 5 years. Enjoy with a Paella or grilled lamb chops.
Wine of the Week - Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc, 2010Date published: 04/06/11
Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough
When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case (£9.99 single bottle price).
Winemaker David Clouston spent a number of years working at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough, and now lives in a black-painted wooden cottage in the Wairau Valley after which the winery is named. Bright, pale yellow, with lime green tinges. Offers aromas of gooseberries with a hint of lychee and a leafy complexity. Tropical and herbaceous characters continue on the crisply acidic palate. Drink with mildly pungent cheeses such as feta or chêvre, or with a crayfish salad.
Wines of New Zealand Tasting Week!Date published: 03/06/11
A great oppertunity to visit the store and see what New Zealand has to offer! We have a great range of wines from New Zealand open to taste over the next few days so come and try something new!
***Recipe of the Week with Food Match!!*** - Week 1 (Paella)Date published: 09/05/11
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
- pack of large king prawns
- pack of cubed chicken breast
- chorizo ring (sliced)
- paella rice
- 1 x tin of tomatoes
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 x chicken or fish stock cubes
- 1 x lrg Spanish onion
- 1 x red pepper
- parsley and lemon wedges (optional)
- preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
- chop and slice the pepper and onion and fry in olive oil in a large flat-bottomed pan, that will later fit in your oven!
- add the chicken and chorizo, cook until browned.
- add the paprika and turmeric
- Add the tomatoes and simmer until reduced
- fill the pan almost to the top with water boiled in the kettle
- dissolve the stock cubes in the pan
- add half a bag of alborrio or similar short-grained rice
- simmer for 10 mins or so, whilst stirring, until the rice begins to rise to the surface
- transfer to the oven and bake for 20 mins
- remove from oven and stir in prawns
- return to the oven for 15- 20 mins
- serve with lemon and parsley
- crack open our wine of the week!
FINE WINE OF THE WEEK: Campillo Rioja Gran Reserva 1995, buy 2 save £10, down from £25.00 to £20.00....see our tasting counter page!!
Let your summer evenings sparkle...Date published: 03/05/11
As the days get longer and the mercury creeps higher up the scale we put away the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and reach instead for a nice chilled glass of Chablis or perhaps a refreshingly delicate Provence rosé. Indeed, after this stretch of incredible sunny weather I am already looking forward to enjoying lazy summer evenings in the garden sipping a nice chilled glass of Prosecco; I can almost taste its delightfully delicate floral aromas and refreshing acidity.
I must confess that I am myself, a fizz fanatic; in my humble opinion secondary fermentation is a process handed down from the heavens to be enjoyed by us mere mortals. Perhaps this is why as a nation, sparkling wine and in particular Champagne has always been reserved as ‘something for a special occasion’. From toasting the happy couple at a wedding to that all important promotion or birthday, as a nation and indeed across the world if we have something to celebrate we instantly reach for the bubbles.
For me sparkling wine is something to be celebrated rather than simply an aid to celebrating; with a plethora of styles and qualities there is arguably as much diversity in the sparkling wine sector as there is in still wines. Personally they are not just for celebration, but a great wine to enjoy at all times. To quote Lady Bollinger herself:
“I only drink Champagne 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 am not hungry and drink it when I am.
Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.”
Whilst running the risk of promoting irresponsible drinking I find this infamous passage embodies the spirit of sparkling wines as an entity, and not just Champagne.
It is now possible to pick up a perfectly drinkable bottle of sparkling wine for around £5 and at Majestic we have the excellent Undurraga Rosé (Chile) for just £5.49. Made with Pinot Noir this watermelon pink wine has subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals and makes a perfect aperitif of an evening.
For something a little closer to home, Europe has in my opinion some of the greatest bubbles money can buy and that is before you even begin to take into account the alchemy that is worked in the cellars around Reims and Epernay. France itself is home to some fantastic sparkling wines and you would be forgiven for mistaking some for Champagne, and the two finest in my opinion would be a Crémant de Bourgogne or a Crémant de Loire. The former is composed of the key grape varieties used in Champagne (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), and shares a rather similar climate resulting in delightful wines offering good citrus aromas with a hint of biscuit. The Loire valley on the other hand produces a sparkling from one of the most diverse varietals in existence – Chenin Blanc – often supported with Chardonnay in the blend, these wines offer complex flavours of white flowers and honey and I can recommend in particular the Langlois Brut (£9.99) as a personal favourite.
Elsewhere in Europe the Spaniards are capable of wondrous things when they match the unpronounceable Xarel-lo, Parellada and Macabeo to produce the elixir more commonly known as Cava. The 90s was a dark time for Cava with the market awash with poor quality cheap examples; the Spanish have been working incredibly hard to regain the reputation it thoroughly deserves. From the everyday Extra de Codorniu at £5.99 to the stunning Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Vintage at £9.99, Spain has a lot to offer.
A quick trip east and perhaps a short stop on the piste en route we arrive in north-east Italy for the best aperitif money can buy, Prosecco. Unusually for a sparkling wine, the name refers to the grape variety that is used for its production and is most definitely one to watch over the coming years as I expect that we may see a repeat of the boom that rosé and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc producers have enjoyed in recent times. Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine mousse you can pick up a great deal at £6.99 for the Corte Alta. Alternatively, for something that can rival a Champagne perhaps try the La Marca Cuvée a touch more expensive at £10.99, but it represents a very classy wine that would be perfect with canapés before dinner.
We have now reached a crux in this tale of sparkling wines as we move back into the southern hemisphere and down to Australia and New Zealand. Perhaps due to the fact that it is at the other side of the world, but the prices of some of these wines begin to tread on the toes of entry level Champagne. To clarify I think these Champagnes are indeed very good, but it is I suppose only a true hedonist who would follow me to select perhaps the finest alternative to this, the world renowned winery of Cloudy Bay and their range of Pelorus sparkling wines. At the moment at Majestic you can enjoy 20% off Pelorus 2006 vintage for just £15.99 and I implore you to put at least one bottle into your basket even if it is for a special occasion, because I appreciate at this point we may have drifted slightly away from everyday drinking prices.
On that note however, I shall leave you with a New Zealand wine that is truly fantastic and probably the one wine I find myself buying again and again – Lindauer Special Reserve (£7.99). A rich blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a delicate salmon blush, this wine offers full-flavoured complexity with aromas of lemon, white peach and a hint of toast. This bottle fermented wine is my King of Kings in the world of sparkling wine and most definitely a wine to make your summer evenings sparkle.
Get your English wines at Majestic this St Georges DayDate published: 23/04/11
At Majestic Horsham we carry a range of wines from Chapel Down winery from Tenterden in Kent.
Whether you're after a refreshing Rose (only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more), or the stunningly refreshing Flint Dry (£7.99) or Englands own native varietal Bacchus (£9.49).
Celebrating? Then why not raise a glass with the glorious weather this bank holiday weekend with either Chapel Down Brut NV (only £15.99 with 20% off 2 sparkling wines) or the richer Pinot Reserve 2004 for just £19.99 (saving you £5 when you buy 2 selected spakling wines).
Please feel free to contact us in store on 01403 754546. All available while stocks last.
Wine of the Week - Paul Mas Estate Marsanne, 'La Forge Vineyard' 2010Date published: 13/04/11
Paul Mas Estate Marsanne, 'La Forge Vineyard'
When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case (£8.99 single bottle price).
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. The result is elegant with white flower and hazelnut aromas and delicious pear and honey flavours. Perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured.
Wine of the Week - Fuentespina Granate, Ribero del Duero - 2008Date published: 08/04/11
Ribera del Duero,
When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case (£7.99 single bottle price).
This joven style wine from the revered Ribera del Duero region has a nose of red fruits with vanilla and toast aromas, and on the palate it shows supple red fruit and spice flavours. Excellent structure and a long lasting finish are hallmarks of this wine's quality.
Wine of the Week - Laurent Miquel 2009, Nord Sud ViognierDate published: 03/04/11
Laurent Miquel 2009, Nord Sud Viognier
When you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case (£8.99 single bottle)
A limited edition wine grown in perfect North-South facing vineyards in the Languedoc, where the grapes benefit from gentle morning and evening warmth, avoiding the harsh midday sun. The domaine philosophy of 'Culture Raisonée' verges on that of organic viticulture. Subtle pear and apricot combine with notes of blossom.
A hint of nuttiness on the rich, textured palate with gentle acidity and a peachy finish. Subtle pear and apricot combine with notes of blossom.
Last stocks of Jacquart Brut NV selling fast...Date published: 03/04/11
This brilliant champagne is on offer while stocks last at the great price of £15.
Showing delicious notes of marzipan, yeast and freshly baked croissants. Elegant and balanced with a lively mousse
Contact us in store on 01403 754546 to reserve yours today.
The Winter Tasting at Majestic Wine HorshamDate published: 23/11/10
Date Wednesday 24th November
Time 6.30 to 9.30 PM
We will be showcasing a whole host of great Christmas reds, whites, bubblies and a great vintage port from Delaforce. Chateau Mussar will also be attending and not forgetting Horsham's very own local Brewery - Hepworth.
Contact: email@example.com 01403754546 to register your name.
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Jack Trainee ManagerI have lived in Horsham most of my life, but now I work here too! This is my third store previously in Crawley and Tunbridge wells. look forward to meeting the lovely customers of Horsham, may even know a few of you already. My favorite drink is Alchol, then maybe water.
Joe ManagerAfter spending nearly two and half years with the company in various different stores I'm now excited to be the new manager of Horsham. Having studied in Spain for a year I will always have a soft spot for their wines but at the moment I'm especially enjoying reds from Bordeaux and some of the more interesting Italian whites!
John Assistant ManagerHaving grown up in Horsham it is great to be back! This is my third store in majestic after working in Worthing and Chichester. If you asked me what my favorite wines are I seem to go round in circles. Currently I am enjoying big Italian reds, and I can't forget my love of beer! I look forward to talking to you all about wine!
Stephen Trainee ManagerI have just moved back down south after working in Manchester as a Sommelier. For me Wine and Food belong together, and what I enjoy depends on what I am cooking, but at the moment I am indulging in Argentinian Malbec's. However, I am looking forward to discovering more wines here in Horsham!