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- Store News(99)
- Mud house back in stock 18/08/14
- Craft beer of the week 16/08/14
- Mr Vine, you'll be pleased to know we have a fresh tasting counter! 15/08/14
- Wine of the Week 14/08/14
- Sorry for the slow updates..... 12/08/14
- Sadly, all Bollinger at £25.50 is now sold out. 04/08/14
- New Tasting Counter today!!! 01/08/14
- Bollinger Stock Running very thin..... 30/07/14
- Ned S/B Still £6.99!! 23/07/14
- Mont Saint Jean Corbières £4.99 22/07/14
- The Importance of wine Vintages... 21/07/14
- Two Hands... The Sexy Beast 15/07/14
- Fantastic New Deals starting tomorrow! Offer ends 4th August. 15/07/14
- Australia Tasting still running..... 14/07/14
- Delivery Days 13/07/14
- 3 Cracking Australia Wines Open today! 12/07/14
- Isle of Skye Brewery 12/07/14
- Manager's Price Check - Veuve Cliquot £29.98. Cheapest in Inverness!!! 11/07/14
- Australia Tasting week now on.... 11/07/14
- Superb Drinking Claret for July/August! 08/07/14
- New Wine of the Week! 06/04/14
- Best of 'The Big 6' for under £10 29/03/14
- Superb Deals! 27/03/14
- Pick of the Pick'n'Mix 21/03/14
- Why I love Oak 15/03/14
- Wine of the Week 17/02/14
- Six Nations 04/02/14
- Wine of the week! 04/02/14
- Winter Wine-derland 18/01/14
- January Fine Wine of the Month 12/01/14
- January Bargain Hunt - running low on stock - hurry!! 10/01/14
- A Special Sparkle 08/12/13
- Christmas is coming! 15/11/13
- Craft Beers 15/11/13
- Sparkling Season! 26/10/13
- Chile Weather 16/10/13
- Spanish Offer (last two days) 29/09/13
- Brand New In!!!! 26/09/13
- This week's Fine Wine 22/09/13
- Sauvignon Blanc Day! 21/09/13
- Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay! Come in and try it!!!! 20/09/13
- Fancy a Freebie? 20/09/13
- New Beer in Store...Curious IPA from Chapel Down 20/09/13
- New Zealand Tasting starts today! 20/09/13
- New Wine Of the Week!!!! 18/09/13
- The Fine Wine Plan 10/08/13
- Want to get your favourite wine at the best price? 07/08/13
- Looking for something other than wine? 04/08/13
- Wine of the Week 03/08/13
- Head to Head on the Tasting Counter 29/07/13
- Producer of the Month 28/07/13
- Wine of the Week 24/07/13
- New website 24/07/13
- Head to Head on the Tasting Counter 18/07/13
- Wine of the Week 18/07/13
- Wine of the Week 24/06/13
- Producer of the Month: Vignobles de Lorgeril 13/06/13
- Wine of the Week 12/06/13
- Majestic Party Services 05/06/13
- Wine of the Week: Les Hauts de Castelmaure Corbieres 15/05/13
- Sizzling Summer BBQ Wine Picks 13/05/13
- Producer of the Month: Chateau Pigoudet 10/05/13
- Wine of the Week: Clos Du Bois Pinot Noir 10/05/13
- Easter opening hours 30/03/13
- New opening hours. 30/03/13
- We are closed on Easter Sunday 28/03/13
- New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Fans Be Aware! 01/02/13
- Burn's Night - 25th January 13/01/13
- Wine Of The Week - Catalpa Pinot Noir 08/01/13
- Bargain Hunt Stock 08/01/13
- Rioja Crianza 2007 Marqués de la Concordia 02/01/13
- Delivery Information 03/12/12
- Wine of the Week - Jim Barry 'The Cover Drive 17/08/12
- Wine Of The Week - Cave de Lugny £6.99! 09/08/12
- Fine Wine Of The Month - Montes Alpha The Purple Angel 03/08/12
- Wine Of The Week - Chapoutier Belleruche 2010 21/07/12
- Wine Of The Week - Villa Maria Reserve, Wairau Valley 15/07/12
- Weekly Wine Quiz #6 13/07/12
- Wine Of The Week - Lapostolle Merlot 13/07/12
- July Wine Courses 02/07/12
- Wine Of The Week - Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2003 01/07/12
- Weekly Wine Quiz #5 29/06/12
- Wine Of The Week - Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir £10.79! 26/06/12
- Weekly Wine Quiz #4 22/06/12
- Weekly Wine Quiz #3 09/06/12
- Wine Of The Week - Shadowfax Chardonnay 09/06/12
- Weekly Wine Quiz #2 02/06/12
- Fine Wine Friday June 1st 31/05/12
- Wine of the Week: Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009 Ripasso La Casetta di Ettore Righetti, Veneto, Italy 23/05/12
- Weekly Wine Quiz # 1 18/05/12
- Wine Of The Week - Saint Clair Estate Sauvignon Blanc 18/05/12
- Wine of the Week - Blind River 09/05/12
- Fine Wine Friday May the 4th 04/05/12
- Wine of the Week: Viña Pomal Rioja Reserva 2007 03/05/12
- Wine Of The Week - Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz 25/04/12
- Easter Specials 02/04/12
- Music and wine matching? 24/03/12
- Fancy a different white? 03/03/12
- Route Schedule for Deliveries 27/02/12
Mud house back in stockDate published: 18/08/14
Don't miss out!!
Craft beer of the weekDate published: 16/08/14
Einstök White Ale
A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.6x330ml Bottles
Mr Vine, you'll be pleased to know we have a fresh tasting counter!Date published: 15/08/14
Mr Vine, you'll be pleased to know we have a fresh tasting counter!
Hopefully see you later on today or tomorrow!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/08/14
Wine of the Week Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago
Central Otago is the central part of New Zealand's south island, and with its free-draining loam, gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become known for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single-vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo.
An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.
Enjoy with duck or lamb.
Sorry for the slow updates.....Date published: 12/08/14
Sorry for the slow updates.....
We have been a bit short on the old staffing front. However, we are now back to normal, so expect daily updates on our twitter feed and facebook page.
Offer of the week. Peroni £1 per bottle. It comes in packs of 12.
Sadly, all Bollinger at £25.50 is now sold out.Date published: 04/08/14
Sadly, all Bollinger at £25.50 is now sold out.
To make sure you don't miss these kind of offers. Ensure we have your email the next time you shop.
New Tasting Counter today!!!Date published: 01/08/14
New Tasting Counter today!!!
Lots to try, including 1er Cru Chablis, Red Burgundy and even some Beaujolais!
Check the online tasting counter for specifics.
Bollinger Stock Running very thin.....Date published: 30/07/14
Bollinger Stock Running very thin.....
Get your orders in today if you need any! £25.50 per bottle
Ned S/B Still £6.99!!Date published: 23/07/14
Ned S/B Still £6.99!!
We don't have much left. At the time of writing we have 30 bottles remaining in store!!!!! You can pre-order it at the current price until 4th August!
Mont Saint Jean Corbières £4.99Date published: 22/07/14
Mont Saint Jean Corbières
For Two Weeks Only! Offer Ends 29th July!
Now only £4.99!!
Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of black pepper which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.
The Importance of wine Vintages...Date published: 21/07/14
The Importance of wine Vintages...
How important is the year a wine is produced? First of all, a good year is declared when weather conditions have been favourable to the grape growing season. If you are buying a wine as an investment it makes good sense to buy a year which is declared a good vintage. However, with the advances of modern technology wine producers are now able to create excellent wine despite the trials and tribulations of the weather. So much so that many wine producers consider that the vintage charts should be made obsolete.
Despite the advances in modern technology, wines from good years still command a higher price. The bonus of this is that is there are "bargains" to be had in the years that don't get labelled as good years! My little tip would to be to look out for the likes of 2007 Bordeaux as a wine to drink. It's unlikely to be a good year to invest in, but it's a great way to get wine that you can drink and smile knowingly that you're not paying over the odds.
Two Hands... The Sexy BeastDate published: 15/07/14
Two Hands... The Sexy Beast
The ever popular Two Hands range of wines offer a big range of blends and grape varietals accompanied with some imaginative names! In this particular instance, "Sexy Beast". Sexy by name and Sexy by nature; this 100% Cabernet offers a full bodied wine with bags of dark fruit on both the nose and the palette. With Raisin, bramble and smokey notes, this is a wine that is sure to even tantalise the traditional claret lovers. Worth trying with rich meat dishes or even a cheese board. It's on the tasting counter over the next few days so why not pop in a try it before it's all gone.
Two Hands - Sexy Beast - Mclaren Vale 2012 £18.00
Fantastic New Deals starting tomorrow! Offer ends 4th August.Date published: 15/07/14
Fantastic New Deals starting tomorrow!
Mont St Jean @ £4.99
Vina Sol @ £5.99
Picpoul @ £5.99
Corte Alta @ £6.66
All in good supply. Make sure you stock up.
Australia Tasting still running.....Date published: 14/07/14
Australia Tasting still running.....
Right up until the Friday, there will still be a few super Aussie wines open to try.
Delivery DaysDate published: 13/07/14
Here at the Inverness store we deliver wine to a large part of the highlands. Below is a handy list of our delivery days and routes. If the name of your town isn't on the list, or you have an IV27 postcode, please contact the shop on 01463 232164 for advice.
All local deliveries can usually be done either same day or next day.
Our delivery service is completely FREE when purchasing a minimum of 6 bottles of wine.
-Boat of Garten
-Kyle of Lochalsh
-Muir of Ord
3 Cracking Australia Wines Open today!Date published: 12/07/14
3 Cracking Australia Wines Open today!
DB Pinot Noir £8.49
Vasse Felix Cab/Merlot £13.59
Chateau La Vieille Croix £14.99
Isle of Skye BreweryDate published: 12/07/14
Brewery of the Month
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye Red
“Malted barley is a vital part of the Scottish brewing tradition. We use three different varieties to create the deep colour and smooth nuttiness; each grain is milled right here in our brewery, giving us complete control over flavour and freshness. Then we blanche this rich brew with just the right amount of Challenger and Fuggle hops” - Ilse of Skye brewery
Open to try on the tasting counter.
Manager's Price Check - Veuve Cliquot £29.98. Cheapest in Inverness!!!Date published: 11/07/14
Manager's Price Check
Majestic Price Veuve Clicquot £29.98
We are the cheapest place in Inverness to buy your Veuve Clicquot!
The Whisky Exchange £29.99
Correct as of 11/07/14
Australia Tasting week now on....Date published: 11/07/14
Australia Tasting week now on....
Over the next 5 days, there will be a great range of Australian wine open to try on our tasting counter.
Keep your eyes peeled on the virtual counter to see what's open.
Come and explore!
Superb Drinking Claret for July/August!Date published: 08/07/14
Superb Drinking Claret for July/August!
Chateau Le Vivier
£8.99 per bottle
£53.94 per box of 6
A 50/50 Cabernet/Merlot blend, this wine has great balance between firm tannin, intense bramble fruit and soft plum notes, with the influence of old and new oak adding polish and a liquorice spice.
At this price, it's a claret that isn't just for those special occasions.
Ask a member of staff if you would like to taste!
New Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/04/14
Caixas Albarino, 2012, Spain. £7.49
This week our WOTW has a bit of a personal touch to Majestic. You won't find this anywhere else - it's a company exclusive, and the grapes themselves were picked by Majestic employees!
Albarino is a speciality of North Western Spain, where the grape relishes the Atlantic breezes and plentiful rainfall, creating crisp, refreshing aromatic wines. This one brings a core of citrus to the table wrapped in peaches, apricots and a whiff of white flowers. A great new wine for all fans of fruit-forward aromatic whites!
Best of 'The Big 6' for under £10Date published: 29/03/14
There are literally thousands of varieties used to make wine in the world today. So for me it says something about their caliber and enduring popularity that of those thousands there are six that dominate the British market as well as the majority of the greatest wines in the world: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for White and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz and Pinot Noir for Red.
With that in mind, here are my 'best of' these varieties in our 'under-£10' category - handily the exact number you need to fill a case!
CHARDONNAY - Grand Ardeche, Louis Latour. £9.99. To get this caliber of Chardonnay from its classic heartland of Burgundy you have to spend at least twice as much money. Fresh apple and peach fruit marries beautifully with cream and vanilla. Utterly sensational Chardonnay.
SAUVIGNON BLANC - Errazuriz Single Vineyard. £9.49. I can already hear the shouts of astonishment that I haven't picked a Marlborough, but of all the Sauvignons I've tried in the last year this struck me the hardest. Unbelievably clean citrus and cut grass notes are followed by a long, crisp finish. I'm, not exaggerating when I say this may be the most refreshing wine Majestic does at any price point.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON - Chateau de Sainte Gemme. £9.99. Ok, it's a blend, so it's a bit of a cheat, but on the basis it's a Cabernet-dominated Left-Bank Bordeaux I maintain it still counts! More complex than any single-varietal Cabernet at the price point its time in oak and years spent maturing mean the classic blackcurrant meets aromas and flavours of black pepper, toast and cedar. I love Bordeaux and it's fantastic that despite it's reputation for exclusivity it still makes wines this good for less than £10.
MERLOT - Errazuriz Max Reserva. £9.99. Another Chilean, another Errazuriz, but it's not my fault their wines are so good! The secret to the complexity and structure of this delicious wine is the addition of 3% Carmenere. Doesn't sound like much, but when you taste the sweet spice, clove and vanilla alongside the rich, velvety plum you'll be as glad of it as I am.
SYRAH/SHIRAZ - Peter Lehmann BVS. £9.99. The Barossa Valley is the modern homeland of Shiraz in its New World form, and this is a cracker. You can practically feel the dazzling Aussie sun and the hear the sizzle of the barbecue through the blackcurrant, black pepper and leather that oozes out of this thick-bodied beauty.
PINOT NOIR - Domaine de l'Aigle, Gerard Bertrand. £9.99. Unquestionably the most elegant variety, but as fickle as she is seductive, finding great Pinot for under £10 is like finding an England-friendly Scot. They do exist, but you've got a hell of a search on your hands, and you'll barely believe it when you actually find one. But this one is stunning, and so, so worth the search. As classic Pinot should it feels like silk on the palate, marrying bright cherry and strawberry with a touch of cinnamon and other sweet spice. Drink it and weep.
Picking my favourites of these 6 varieties was an absolute nightmare. For every wine I included there were at least half a dozen I felt I had short changed. On another day, in another mood I might have written something completely different. But for me these six are about as much bang for your buck as £10 will get you, and I urge you to try them all! But if you want to come and change my mind you know where to find me, and I look forward to hearing your own top six!
Superb Deals!Date published: 27/03/14
Four great wines have come on offer for this week only until the 1st of April. They're absolute crackers, so here's what you need to know about them:
Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, California, £6.66. Whether you call it Zinfandel, Primitivo or even Crljenak Kastelanski I am an absolute sucker for this variety. There's no doubt it's most famous in its Californian incantation, and Lodi, where this one comes from, is the Zin capital of the world. Oozing fruit on the nose and the palate this wine shouts of blueberries and plums. A real Majestic favourite, you don't want to miss out on a bottle of this stuff!
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, £6.66. There's a tendency in the industry to be a bit snobby about NZ Sauvignon, but there's no denying its international reputation or the fact that it may be the most popular wine flavour in the UK at the moment. Gooseberries, green peppers and freshly cut grass - this is what it's all about, so get a bottle, bang it in the fridge and wait for a sunny day, because this is as refreshing as wine gets!
Testimonio, Argentina, £8.66. An absolute stunner from winemaker Luigi Bosca, this is another big red that blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat. Elegantly proclaiming its pedigree with chewy tannins, vanilla and spice, this has a beautiful black fruit core that will last for years to come. You won't find a better steak wine than this for under £10 in this critic's opinion!
Prosecco Corte Alta, Italy, £6.66. Everyone loves a sparkler, and this has all the fruit, fizz and frivolity that you look for in a prosecco. The bubbles are accompanied by aromas of pears, apples, even a touch of apricot - this is a perfect wine to start your weekend with a pop.
I'm a fan of all of these wines, and they're not on deals for long. So come along and pick up a few new favourites at absolutely cracking prices!
Pick of the Pick'n'MixDate published: 21/03/14
With so many great deals to choose from, which do you go for? Well, I've had a bit of a look and a bit of a taste, and here are 5 that I think are some of the best.
1. DB Chardonnay, 2011, Australia, £6.66. Jancis Robinson is bang on in her assessment of this. Oaked but not excessively, good lees contact and excellent fruit make this a wonderfully complex Chardonnay for the money. Delicious!
2. Portillo Malbec, 2013, Argentina, £6.66. A refreshing answer to the blockbusting inky-dense style of Malbec. From high altitude vineyards this exhibits brilliant purity of fruit with superb elegance for the money.
3. Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, South Africa, £8.66. I've yet to find a Rustenberg wine I don't love, and this is one of their greats. A Bordeaux-style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon this has a gorgeous mouth-feel with more body and complexity than you generally find in Sauvignon Blancs alongside the crisp, fresh citrus typical of the grape.
4. Errazuriz Merlot, 2012, Chile, £6.99. Another fantastic producer, another fantastic blend. The addition of 15% Carmenere to this Merlot adds structure and spice and all things nice to the rich, velvety plumminess of this cracking wine. Who said Chilean Merlot had to be simple?
5. Codorniu Seleccion Raventos, NV, Spain, £7.99. Cava doesn't get half the recognition it deserves, which means superb wines like this often come at smashing prices. One of Codorniu's higher caliber wines, this includes a good measure of Chardonnay in the blend, resulting in an aromatic elegance and delicious lemon and green apple notes. A must-have with your next fish dinner!
So there are my personal 'go-to' wines from our stellar pick-n-mix selection. Why not come along, give them a go and maybe find five favourites of your own?
Why I love OakDate published: 15/03/14
We all love a fruity wine. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, aromatics from Alsace, lovely light New World Reds, the list goes on. But for me, so many of the wines that really get my tastebuds tingling, the wines that made me fall in love with wine in the first place, have spent time in oak.
I just love some of the flavours that a new oak barrel can coax out of wine, partnering the bright red fruit of Rioja with sumptuous vanilla, the blackcurrant crunch of great Bordeaux with layers of cedarwood, cigar-box and spice. Put simply, I believe that oaked wine achieves a textural and flavour complexity that fruit-forward wine, for all its deliciousness can only aspire to.
And the good news is we have some fantastic deals on oaked wine in store right now.
I'm going to start off with a classic: The Vina Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva. It was Rioja that first opened my eyes to wine, and thanks to bottles like this I will always come back to Spain. To be a Rioja Gran Reserva wine has to spend a minimum of two years in oak casks and a further 3 maturing in bottle before release, so this is smooth as silk and bursting with vanilla and sweet spice flavours. At its current price of £8.99 you just won't find a better Rioja Gran Reserva for the money. An absolute winner!
Not to be outdone, the New World is also doing great things with oak. Case in point is the Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Rita. This wine really achieves a beautiful balance of fruit and oak, oozing classic Chilean Cabernet notes of blackcurrant with a touch of mint, whilst oak-induced spices abound. A brilliant inclusion in our Pick-and-Mix deal for March at £7.99, this is a must for Claret lovers looking to try something new.
Oak's not all about Red Wine though. The classic example would be top Burgundian Chardonnay, but for great value it's worth looking around a bit. We have a great selection of creamy, oaky Chardonnays to rival the Cote de Beaune, but the one I keep coming back to is the L'Etoile De Begude. Creamy butter and bags of hazelnut and almond accompany the crisp, fresh fruit that this wine offers. Down to £11.99 this is a match for Burgundies at more than twice the price.
Of course, I'm also a Whisky boy, and whilst oak is important to wine it is far more integral to the old Aqua Vitae, so I can't finish this article without throwing in my current top pick for Scotch. The Whisky I'm making my way through this month is the Glenfiddich 12 year old, and whilst you may all shout words like 'boring' and 'mainstream' there really is a reason why this is the best selling single malt whisky in the world. A beautiful marriage of whisky from both American Bourbon and Spanish Sherry casks this has it all - Sweet vanilla, nuts and a good helping of apples and pears. So why not treat yourself? Remember, Whisky isn't just for Christmas!
Whether you're another stalwart of oak-aged alcohol or are looking to try something different, why not come along and explore our range. I'm always happy to talk about all things vinous, and would love to help you find a new favourite!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/02/14
I'm sat here, stunned, trying to get my head around the caliber of wine that a mere £6.66 has just afforded me in the form of our new wine of the week, the Errazuriz Carmenere.
Fair enough, I'm a massive fan of this Chilean variety; I believe it beautifully mixes the rich, velvety fruit of Merlot with the spice and structure of good Syrah, and I optimistically hope that with the right marketing and the continued efforts of quality-conscious producers it could be for Chile what Malbec has been for Argentina, but subjectivity aside, this example really is genuinely special.
The nose has the freshly fruity lift that you find in good McLaren Vale Cabernets at twice this price, focussed blackcurrant with twists of blueberry and menthol which melts onto the palate revealing a core of oak-induced chocolate, black pepper and vanilla held together by firm yet silky tannins.
There is no heavy jamminess to this wine, no claggy, overbaked dominance of coffee on the palate. The alcohol is not overwhelming, the structure is not flabby. This really is what great Chilean wine can be all about in the hands of dedicated and skillful winemakers. As you can probably tell, I think this wine is really rather good, and at it's current spectacular price you would have to be utterly inexcusably stark raving bonkers not to give it a try.
Six NationsDate published: 04/02/14
Six Nations Selection
With the Rugby Six Nations underway we thought we'd select a Majestic partner for each Country.
Firstly (obviously!) from Scotland we have the classic which never fails to disappoint (might be being optimistic). The Glenlivit 12 year old Speyside Malt at £28.
From our Italian underdogs we have the quaffing wine (might disappear very fast) – Pasqua Pinot Grigio at £5.99
The Welsh are playing an unusual wild card which could even surprise you... Penderyn Welsh Whisky at £36
The French are playing it safe with a nice blend of favourite grape varieties from Bordeaux. The Recougne 2010 Bordeax Superieur at £7.99
The Irish are keeping up the Celtic spirit with another Whisky – or Whiskey should I say! The Jameson triple distilled Irish Whiskey at £20
Lastly the English are hoping they won't fizz out too soon with their sparkling take on Champagne. The Chapel Down Brut NV at £18.99
Wine of the week!Date published: 04/02/14
WINE OF THE WEEK
Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC Buzet
This wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, plus around 15% Malbec. Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley.
A voluptuous, well-structured, medium-to-full-bodied and approachable red, offering a wealth of blackcurrant and summer berry flavour, surrounded by rounded tannins for a pleasing sense of weight. An excellent partner to roast lamb or duck.
Winter Wine-derlandDate published: 18/01/14
Ghastly, awful, inexcusable pun aside, there are some wines that just seem tailor-made for this time of year. Yes, Christmas has come and gone, yes some of us still haven't broken our New Years Resolutions yet, but if you're anything like me then the festivities will have given your wine supply a hammering and you'll be looking for some brilliant bottles to replace them with.
Whilst the wind howls down the glen, the frost spreads on the car window's you'll freeze your hands off trying to de-ice in the morning and the dark clouds gather overhead what could be better or more appropriate than a glass of rich, rewarding red to warm the cockles and gladden the heart? With that in mind, here are 5 of my top winter reds for when the central heating gives out!
1. Alamos Malbec. A gem from the Argentinian colossus that is Catena Wines, this Malbec is better than a log fire for keeping the heat out! Dark, raisiny fruit laced with sweet spice, this is perfect for the late evenings indoors!
2. Les Hauts de Castelmaure. The hot summers of Southern France are perfect for creating wine to match the cold winters of Scotland, and this one is a classic. Almost jammy blackcurrant fruit and a twist of classic Corbieres herbs. This is one of my absolute favourites.
3. Lehmann BVS Shiraz. The Aussies know something about heat as the tennis players in Melbourne are currently finding out. This wine is from the heartland of Shiraz - Barossa. Chocolate, pepper and a whack of black fruit. A couple of glasses of this and you'll be ready for a barbecue!
4. Hochar pere et Fils. I absolutely love this wine, and it is absolutely perfect for the sort of hearty food you want to eat at this time of year. Resplendent with Eastern Spices, figs and haunting oak influence - stick this with a roast, a stew or a North African feat, the result will be an utter winner.
5. Laphroaig 10 year old. Ok, so this isn't red and it certainly isn't wine, but when all else fails to keep out the chills this titan amongst single-malt whiskies will make everything better. Bellowing the classic Islay peat-smokiness from the first tentative sniff it oozes oaky vanilla and spice and the scent of the salty sea-spray and nuts and fruit and heather and...and...and oh God help me, I'm still a 'Whisky first, wine second' man. I'm sorry. I can't help it!
As ever I'm keen to hear your own thoughts on the perfect winter tipple. So come along to the shop and let's find some favourites!
January Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 12/01/14
Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir, Central Otago, NZ
New Zealand, and Central Otago in particular, is gaining an international reputation for producing some of the very best Pinot Noirs outside of Burgundy, and Mt. Difficulty is no exception.
“Aromatically this wine leads with soft, velvety, rich blueberry notes; detail comes from brown spice complexity. Supple, rich, broad plummy red berry notes lead into a well textured lush mid-palate. Finally, the wine finishes on a red berry note with fine-elegant structure.”
Enjoy by itself or pair with duck and game dishes.
January Bargain Hunt - running low on stock - hurry!!Date published: 10/01/14
We're running low on our bargain hunt wines, so get in quick to snap up a well priced bottle or two...
We have stock left of:
Giesen Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand
Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Talinay Chardonnay, Limari Valley, Chile
Argento Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina
A Special SparkleDate published: 08/12/13
We've got a lot of great offers on Champagne and Sparkling Wine at the moment but one in particular has caught my eye. Laurent-Perrier NV Brut is currently at only £25 per bottle, which I think is absolutely fantastic.
Laurent-Perrier go for a lighter style than many Champagnes, which really allows the citrus fruit to shine through the softer notes of yeast and gentle spice. This wine would be absolutely fantastic as an aperitif wine or to pair with a lovely piece of boxing day salmon, and at this price it's well worth snapping up!
Christmas is coming!Date published: 15/11/13
I can't believe we're already at the time of year when shops start selling Christmas decorations and festive lights are hung from street lamps! That being said, no one wants to get to Christmas unprepared, which got me thinking about the bottles I have my eye on for the festive season...
First and arguably most important, the wine to enjoy with Christmas dinner! This year I'm going in a slightly unusual direction and will be opening a bottle of Chateau Musar. Influenced by the winemakers of Bordeaux this wine is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, but made in the Lebanon. 'The Lebanbon?' I hear you question skeptically. Yes. The Lebanon. And it is without a doubt the most intriguing and entrancing wine I have tried this year. The Bordeaux influence clearly shines through, but behind that float nuances of heady, exotic spice. This is a blockbuster of a wine that will more than stand up to your rich Christmas fare, but will do so with incredible elegance as well. And in fact the 'second' wine of the Musar estate, 'Hochar Pere et Fils' brings much the same to the table (albeit in a lighter way) for a smaller outlay. And what more appropriate wine for a Christmas meal than one that comes from the Middle East?
But Christmas is the season for indulgence, and for me that means Port and Whisky! The Port I have my eye on this year is Taylor's LBV, which has spent six years maturing in oak before being bottled. Smooth as silk, rich, opulent and bursting with noes of dried fruit and spices this wine is a warm hug-in-a-glass, absolutely perfect for a cold winter's evening.
Finally, Whisky. I was a fan of the Aberlour Distillery long before I really discovered wine, and at its current incredible value I would be mad to overlook their 10 Year Old for my Christmas Dram. That being said, I am very tempted by the Highland Park. Oh, and the Laphroaig. And then there's the Bruichladdich too. Oh and I nearly forgot the...
Ok, so I need more time to pick my Whisky. But with the festive season just around the corner it's the perfect time for you to get ahead of the game and stock up for the big day. And if you've got other bottles in mind then come along and tell me about them. After all, Christmas is the time for sharing...
Craft BeersDate published: 15/11/13
Since we introduced the Anchor Steam and Brooklyn beers from the USA to our range several months ago, they've proved really popular and picked up a determined following among some of our customers. They are a good example of brewers who really put a passion and determination into producing beers which are not just gassy concoctions to be swigged and forgotten about but products which demonstrate a range and depth of flavours. Increasingly they are being promoted to match different styles of foods, just as wine traditionally has been.
We now have some new additions to our range of craft beers. Also from the USA is 'Under Dog' lager from the Flying Dog Brewery in Fredericksburg, Maryland - one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement across the pond. This is a really tasty refreshing lager that shows that canned lager doesn't just have to be the big familiar brands we see stacked on the supermarket shelves . Joining it is Punk IPA from Scottish mavericks Brewdog. This is a seriously good IPA and is packed with flavour and also comes in 330ml can 6 packs. Perhaps the most individual of all of our craft beers is Einstok, a white ale from Iceland. If you are familiar with the well-known Hoegaarden beer from Belgium, then you are not too far away. However, I found the Einstok to have even more punchy citrus fruit flavours than Hoegaarden and an altogether lighter, more refreshing beer.
So why not come and try some of our new beer additions and join the craft beer revolution.
Sparkling Season!Date published: 26/10/13
So we all know that Champagne can be pretty pricey! This is largely for two reasons. Firstly, the process of creating those brilliant bubbles involves a secondary fermentation process within the bottle itself. So big Champagne producers often have millions of bottles taking up cellar space for years on end, and that has to be paid for. Secondly, the name. Champagne is quite probably the most famous wine name on the planet, intrinsically linked to the spirit of celebration. And to be fair, at its best it is also delicious!
However, for a much more modest outlay you can get some sparkling wine that will make your celebration go with just as much of a bang (or a gentle hiss if you open the bottle properly!) for only a fraction of the price, and we have quite a selection in store for you! Sparkling wine can be made in a number of different ways, although generally speaking the best quality stuff is made in the 'traditional method' as pioneered by Champagne.
So what are my 'top picks'? Well, starting with a 'traditional method' example, The Lindauer Special Reserve from New Zealand is fantastic. Made in the same way as Champagne and from the same grapes (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) this has the classic toasty characteristics that come from secondary bottle fermentation, as well as good fruit character and a creamy finish. But not everything has to be made in the same way as Champagne, and Italy's world-famous Prosecco is deliberately made through the 'tank method' to avoid that yeasty character and focus on the fruit. A superb example of this is the La Marca Cuvee, which for balance, complexity and delicious fruitiness is probably my favourite sub-£15 sparkling!
As always I would be delighted to hear why you think I am utterly wrong and chat about your own favourite fizz, but in the meantime, why not come down to the store and stock up for the festive season?
Chile WeatherDate published: 16/10/13
Looking across the store whilst having my lunch I can't help but be struck by the sheer amount and diversity of great value Chilean wine we have in store. Spared from the ravages of phylloxera in the 19th Century, given ample supplies of water through snow-melt from the Andes and with a warm enough climate to consistently bring large amounts of grapes to full ripeness, Chile has many natural advantages that other countries are justly jealous of. What they are trying to do now, following the collapse of their dictatorship some twenty years ago is further exploit their vast range of terroirs to come up with increasingly diverse styles of wine. From the cool climate of sub-region Casablanca to the warmer regions in the Maipo and Rapel Valleys the country has so much to offer the wider wine world, and fortunately we have a beautiful selection of these offerings in store! From crisp Sauvignon Blancs and beautifully balanced Chardonnays to elegant Cabernets and Carmenere's (a varietal claimed by Chile as their own) there really is something for every palate.
So, personal top picks. Well, the Purple Angel Carmenere would be my absolute favourite, but it comes with a pretty hefty price tag! Sticking to the more affordable reds, my choice would be the Koyle Carmenere. A blend of 85% Carmenere and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah this really shows the potential that this fantastic grape can achieve in the right hands. Careful winemaking techniques achieve a marriage of youthful fruit and oak-encouraged notes of earth and spice. This was the wine that really introduced me to Carmenere and I have never looked back!
White-wise, tough pick. There are some fantastic Chardonnays knocking about, notably Los Boldos and the LFE Gran Reserva, and Chilean Viogniers are doing a lot to bring me round to the varietal, but I'd personally have to go for the Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. This brilliant offering from one of Chile's best producers makes a rude gesture in the direction of Marlborough with its crisp, clean acidity accompanied by enticing aromas and tastes of greenery and tropical fruits.
Of course the beauty of our selection is that your own favourites will almost certainly be two completely different wines, and I look forward to discussing the subject with you! In the meantime, why not make your way over to the store and explore what this fantastic South American Nation has for you today.
Spanish Offer (last two days)Date published: 29/09/13
The gorgeous weather we're experiencing in Scotland at the moment must mean we've filched it from the Mediterranean! But if we're about to be overrun by angry Spaniards demanding their sunshine back at least at Majestic Wines we know how to placate them! For two more days Spanish Wines are on a 25% reduced price, and that means some incredible bottles are available for equally incredible prices. From aromatic Albarinos to mature, smooth-as-silk Gran Reservas Spain offers a wealth of complex, yet near-universally approachable beauties.
My own top picks (and this is an unbelievably difficult decision!) would be the Muriel Gran Reserva 2004, a full-bodied rounded beauty oozing complexity through notes of stewed fruits, leather, vanilla and tobacco that boldly shout its pedigree as having been picked from fruit grown in a spectacular vintage and then tenderly aged in barrel and bottle for in excess of five years before release. My pick for whites would be the Albarino Martin Codax 2011. Created in the cooler climate of the Riax Baixas in North-Western Spain this delicate yet aromatic wine combines hints of peaches and honey with subtle notes of herbs and spices into a magnificent alternative to Chardonnay. However there are so many other beauties to choose from, and I look forward to talking to you about your own favourites!
Special mention before I close though must go to the Senorio del Aguila Gran Reserva 2006, which is surely a contender for the title of 'Majestic's Best Value Wine', not just from our Spanish selection, but across our entire range. I cannot come up with enough superlatives to describe the value-to-quality ratio of this wine, which offers chestnuts, vanilla and hints of basalm along with red fruits made a touch more elegant than many Spanish wines through its inclusion of Cabernet Sauvignon alongside the classic Tempranillo-Garnacha blend. Like the Muriel it has spent at least five years in barrel and bottle to earn 'Gran Reserva' status, yet because it is from the Carinena region rather than the more famous Rioja it is available at a more affordable price than many base-level Rioja Crianzas made with far less care and attention.
So before Spain takes its sunshine back come and explore the incredible offers we have on her magnificent wines in our store. Who knows? You might end up uncorking a new favourite!
Brand New In!!!!Date published: 26/09/13
£9.59 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines
(£11.99 single bottle)
Over the last week or so we have had a couple of new wines come into the range, but this one from Chile really caught my eye. While the label may be very 'new' world in style, this is a serious wine and is really worth a try!
Named twins due to the use of both Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, two grapes with are more often used to produce single variety wines, the 50/50 split gives this wine two very different personalities. On one hand the Malbec provides raisin like aromas with a full and rich fruity palate, while the Cabernet Sauvignon provides a firm tannic structure and an almost menthol quality. Together they compliment each other perfectly, producing a wine that is both smooth and fruity with a fantastic firm structure. This is a wine that would really benefit from decanting to open the nose and gain its full potential.
For me this is my new steak night wine! Serve with a rare rib eye, minted garden peas and Match of the Day and I am in heaven!
This week's Fine WineDate published: 22/09/13
We've got a real treat for you on the tasting counter this week. From Martinborough, New Zealand, widely recognised as one of the New World's great answers to Burgundian Pinot Noir comes a cracking bottle called Coney Pizzicato. The distinctive Martinborough style comes in part from having the oldest Pinot vines in New Zealand, which impart a wonderful structure and subtle earthy undertones to the wine, marking them out from the largely fruit-driven styles found elsewhere. Oozing elegance and complexity this wine is begging for rich food to cut through, so come along, give it a try and take home a few bottles today!
Sauvignon Blanc Day!Date published: 21/09/13
It's 40 years now since pioneers of genius decided Sauvignon Blanc vines would be worth planting in New Zealand and came up with a style of wine that has become more or less the world's favourite. But there is so much more to this fantastic grape than the likes of the Ned and Cloudy Bay, however fresh, fruityy and perfect for a chilled glass on a Summer's day they may be. From Sancerre to Stellenbosch and Bordeaux to Colcagua there are so many styles of wine into which this aromatic beauty is transformed. So why not come and explore at Majestic today? You might just find a new favourite!
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay! Come in and try it!!!!Date published: 20/09/13
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2010/2011
Dry and freshly acidic, but with soft and lifted tropical notes on nose and palate, combined seamlessly with delicate oak spiciness. Very clean and refreshing, with plenty of crisp flavour on the finish.
Fancy a Freebie?Date published: 20/09/13
Fancy a Freebie?
We love to go the extra mile for our customers at Majestic. From our free tasting counter, wine events and cheeky banter we want to make sure you have a Majestic experience that can't be picked up in your local supermarket.
But that isn't enough we are now giving away free glasses! Dartington Crystal glasses at that! How you may ask, well here is how you can claim your free glasses:
1.If you are a new customer sign up to our list today and we will give you a voucher so that the next time you make a purchase in-store, you will receive a pair of glasses absolutely FREE
2. If you are already an existing customer and already on the customer list, simply bring a friend to Majestic who has not shopped with us before, and when you each make a minimum purchase of 6 bottles, you will each get a pair of glasses absolutely FREE
New Beer in Store...Curious IPA from Chapel DownDate published: 20/09/13
New Beer in Store...Curious IPA from Chapel Down
Here's what Chapel Down have to say about it...
"We’ve learned that great wine such as Bordeaux, Champagne and Cote du Rhone use three great grape varieties working in harmony to create better balance and depth.
In a similar way this balanced but powerfully hoppy India Pale Ale is brewed using the finest pale ale malt and three complimentary hops.
In this beer we use:
Traditional English Goldings - the traditional, fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops
Bramling Cross, a forest fruity beauty.
We then finish with punchy, spicy, aromatic Chinook.
We think that in balancing these three exciting hops we have created a very drinkable beer of great power and harmony."
Why not come and try a case? Currently on offer at just £17.99 (12*330ml)
New Zealand Tasting starts today!Date published: 20/09/13
New Zealand Tasting starts today!
We have a wide selection of New Zealand wines open to try over the next few days. Keep your eyes peeled on the 'online tasting counter' to see what we have open.
Also, if any of you can make it in on Saturday. We are running two tasting tutorials on Sauvignon Blancs. One at 12pm and one at 3pm. They are totally free, so try and pop in.
New Wine Of the Week!!!!Date published: 18/09/13
Pizarras de Otero 2012 Bierzo
A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.
The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 10/08/13
Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur? Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT).
Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month. Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:
• Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.
• Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.
• An exciting and ever-evolving range.
• Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.
For more information please visit http://www.layandwheeler.com
Or give us a phone on 01463-232164
Want to get your favourite wine at the best price?Date published: 07/08/13We all hate having to pay more than we have to for our favourite wine(s), or waiting for them to come back in stock, so why not let us take the stress out of it for you?
Let us know which product(s) you're interested in and we'll add your details to our customer preference folder. We'll then get in touch and give you a courtesy call when those products arrive back in stock or come on a special promotion!
No hard sell involved and no obligation to buy, we just want you to be able to get your favourite wines on the best deal possible!
Get in touch with us at the store here
01463 232 164
Looking for something other than wine? Date published: 04/08/13We do more than just wine here at Majestic, including an ever expanding range of craft beers and ciders. If you're looking for some beer to enjoy with whatever the Scottish weather has left of the summer for us, why not pop in?
We've got everything from Curious Brew Lager (made with Champagne yeasts), to German beers, to Scottish ales from the Black Isle Brewery, Innis and Gunn and much more!
Even better, we've got plenty of special offers on some of our beers at the moment, with Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, San Miguel Fresca and Asahi packs all working out at just £1 a bottle!
Why not come and explore with us and browse our selection for yourself? You may well find something new to try that you almost certainly won't find in the supermarkets!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/08/13Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 Nicholas Potel
Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines, or “Vielles Vignes”, which are lower yielding than their younger counterparts and as such produce a more concentrated fruit flavour in the grapes. These are sourced from a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used in production, resulting in a very crisp and elegant wine.
The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with an almondy complexity on the finish.
Previously featured on Saturday Kitchen and at the time described as the “best value white wine they had ever tried on the show”. Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheese tart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.
Currently £8.99 a bottle
Head to Head on the Tasting CounterDate published: 29/07/13We've always got some interesting comparisons open to try on our tasting counter. Pop in to try them for yourself! This week:
Chenin Blanc vs.... Chenin Blanc?
Chenin Blanc is an extremely versatile grape variety and as a result is grown in a great variety of differing styles, predominantly from throughout the Loire valley in France. Since this week is our Loire and Beaujolais tasting week, it would have been rude not to explore a couple of these!
The grape owes it's versatility to it's high acidity, meaning it can be used to produce everything from sparkling and dry, still wine to slightly sweet or dessert wines.
It is theorized that Chenin Blanc originated in the Anjou region of Loire in the 9th century, and this is where our first wine on the tasting counter is from: La Grille Cool Fermented Chenin Blanc. Using specially selected grapes from the schist and granite-soiled vineyards of the western Loire valley, the result is a zesty off-dry wine with citrus and peach characters. Cool fermentation helps to bring out all of these fruit flavours and some ageing of the wine on it's lees contributes added complexity. At just £6.99 a bottle, this will make a fantastic aperitif or partner for grilled trout or salmon.
Vouvray is an appellation within the Loire valley, dedicated almost exclusively to Chenin Blanc. Although the wines produced can vary greatly, Vouvray tends to be associated with off-dry styles. Our next wine from Domaine des Aubuisieres is no exception to this, with slightly sweet hints of pear and apple balanced by Chenin's classical acidity and minerality. Each parcel of this wine is grown across a variety of limestone and flint soils and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels and partly in old glass-lined vats cut into the rock. At £8.99 this is one of my current favourite vouvrays, and was featured in Jane MacQuitty's Saturday times top 100 whites. Superb as an aperitif or with seafood or cold-cured meats to balance the acidity.
Interested in trying other variations of Chenin Blanc? Why not try...
The Bernard Series Chenin Blanc: A dry, oaky style from South Africa - £11.99 a bottle.
Bouvet Saumur Brut: A fantastic Loire sparkling wine made from Chenin grapes in the traditional Champagne method - £9.99 a bottle.
Producer of the MonthDate published: 28/07/13Maison Louis Latour
Louis Latour has over two centuries worth of experience and Burgundian history, remaining family-run since their foundation in 1797. They have built a fantastic reputation as both a wine producer and négociant-éléveur (a French term for a wine merchant that assembles the products of smaller growers and winemakers and sells the result under it's own name), and for the quality of their wines.
Their vineyards extend throughout the Burgundy region, from Chambertin in the north to Chevalier-Montrachet in the south. Their vineyards from outwith the confines of Burgundy are also quickly gaining esteem, see our Grand Ardeche Chardonnay or Valmoissine Pinot Noir for a great couple of examples of this.
All of their grapes are vinefied and aged at Chateau Corton-Grancey, the oldest functioning winery in France, situated in Aloxe-Corton. It has been cleverly designed, cut in to the hillside and therefore using gravity to make the wine. This respects the fragility of the grapes and eliminates the threat of oxidation from pumping of the must.
Come and explore with us throughout this month, when we'll have a selection of different Louis Latour wines open available to try on our tasting counter!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/07/13
Rioja Reserva 2008 Lagunilla
Don Felipe Lagunilla founded this famous Rioja Bodega in 1855, and gained the title Commendador for his pioneering work in defeating Phylloxera during the epidemic which hit Rioja in the 1870s. It was he who recommended the introduction of American rootstocks to the Rioja vineyards.
A classic, rich, Rioja Reserva wine striking a good combination of sweet blackberry fruit and spicy vanilla oak courtesy of being aged in oak casks and then in bottle for a total of 36 months.
A classic Rioja Reserva style deserves a classic Rioja food match to go with it, such as a roast shoulder of lamb. Though this wine will be equally at home with a wide variety of game or grilled meats, or even tomato-based pasta dishes.
New websiteDate published: 24/07/13
As some of you may have already noticed, a number of Highland postcodes are adding a delivery surcharge on web orders. This is an error which is currenty being rectified. If you are having any problems ordering please phone the store and we can take your order directly.
Head to Head on the Tasting CounterDate published: 18/07/13We've currently got a few interesting comparisons to investigate on our tasting counter. Pop in to the store to try them for yourself!
Gruner Veltliner: Austria Vs New Zealand
Gruner Veltliner (sometimes abbreviated to Gru-Vee or "Groovy") has long been the staple grape variety of Austria, so to find one from New Zealand is a bit of a novelty. St Clair is pioneering this grape in New Zealand, producing the first wine in 2011 and owning more than half of the total planted in the country at present. Being such a new venture for them, it is very much still in it's early experimental stages with varying methods of production between the last couple of vintages.
The current one, sourced from a single vineyard, is partially fermented in oak and matured on it's lees. This results in slight toasty, peppery hints complementing citrus and peach flavours and rounded, full mouth-feel. Currently £13.99 a bottle.
Compare this to our offering from Austria, the Weingarten Weissenkirchen from the Wachau region. This area is synonymous with the Gruner Veltliner grape - and for good reason. With grapes sourced from various different vineyards, this wine is more subtle than the Kiwi alternative. A mouth watering acidity and streak of minerality complement a citrussy, appley palate. Currently £8.99 a bottle
The staff here are in disagreement as to which style we prefer. Why not come and explore at Majestic Inverness and try them for yourself?
Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/07/13St Clair Pioneer Block Gruner Veltliner 2012
Traditionally an Austrian grape variety, at the moment there are only 30 hectares of Gruner planted across the whole of New Zealand and St Clair has just over half of those. This wine was only first released in 2011, but they are hoping to eventually do for Gruner what New Zealand wines have already done for Sauvignon Blanc - originally the staple of the Loire Valley in France. Judging by what a hit it has been with the staff at Majestic, this could well be very achievable!
Pale gold in colour, with aromas of lemons, peaches and slight floral touches. These follow with the flavours on the palate, combining hints of peppery spice to provide a very satisfying complexity and length. This is a versatile food wine, but will probably pair best with seafoods or a variety of cheeses. Why not try it with a seafood linguine?
We've currently got this wine open, and just for fun, have an Austrian Gruner Veltliner for you to compare! Come on down and try something a little unusual!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/06/13Dogajolo Carpineto 2011 Toscana
In the inovative style of it's big brothers - the 'Super-Tuscans' - but at a fraction of the price, this is a 'Baby-Tuscan'. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes are vinified separately, before being blended and allowed to harmonise in oak barrels to produce a soft and intensely fruity wine, far superior to it's IGT classification.
Fragrant, fresh fruit of raspberries and red cherries suggestive of a young wine are complemented by the complexity derived from oak ageing. Soft and smooth on the palate, this is a wine that really opens up after having the bottle open for a while.
A great easy-drinking all rounder, this wine will complement a variety of dishes from a rich Tuscan stew, to cold cut meats or even just with pizza or pasta.
Currently only £8.79 a bottle in our 20% off Italian wines promotion!
Producer of the Month: Vignobles de LorgerilDate published: 13/06/13
Producer of the Month: Vignobles de Lorgeril
Founded in 1620 with the laying of the first stone of Chateau de Pennautier, Vignobles de Lorgeril now encompasses a selection of family estates throughout the Languedoc region of Southern France. Of these, included in our range at Majestic are: Chateau de Pennautier, Mas des Montagnes and Domaine de la Borie Blanche.
Each of these estates have a common philosophy, to express as naturally as possible the fabulous terroirs of the region. And as Lorgeril believe the best terroirs are those set at altitude, each estate will therefore be found at the highest area in their respective appellation. The resulting cooler nights and wider range in temperatures bring out an aromatic richness in the grapes as they ripen, whilst maintaining their freshness and elegance.
Come and explore in-store or online at Majestic to view our full range of Lorgeril wines. Our personal top picks of the range are:
Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 = £5.99
Mas des Montagnes Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2010 = £8.99
Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 2010 = £8.49
Marquis de Pennautier Rose Cabardes 2012 = £6.99
Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/06/13Rueda Blanco 2012 Marques de Riscal
Marques de Riscal is one of the most famous wineries in Spain, producing high quality wines made from specially selected grapes taken from the harvest in a similar fashion to the great Chateaux of Bordeaux.
This wine is an intriguing white made from the Verdejo grape. Originally from North Africa, Marques de Riscal and other Spanish wineries have helped to adopt and re-invent a fresher style of Verdejo wine, which is now increasingly popular in Spain.
A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish, this wine is at home with a variety of lighter dishes from seafoods to salads.
Majestic Party ServicesDate published: 05/06/13Planning a party this summer? Let us help take the stress out of it all for you with the following services:
- Advise on quantities and which wines/beers/spirits would be best suited for your party - helping you to match any food you'll be having, and your guests preferences
- Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (subject to a small deposit)
- Free delivery on orders of 6 bottles or more, arranged at a time convenient to you
- Sale-or-return arrangements on orders to make sure you don't run out on the day
The sun is shining now in Inverness, so let's celebrate!
Place your order online, call us at the store on 01463 232164 or pop in to see us. We'll be more than happy to assist you.
Wine of the Week: Les Hauts de Castelmaure CorbieresDate published: 15/05/13
Very nearly sneaking on to our list of recommendations for barbeque wines, this Grenache, Syrah and Carignan blend from south of Corbieres has abundant flavours of cassis and jammy damson fruit. This, combined with notes of spice and herbs on the palate, and followed by a satisfying warmth make this wine at home with everything from grilled steaks to beef casseroles and all manner of red meats in between.
Sizzling Summer BBQ Wine PicksDate published: 13/05/13
We saw a brief glimmer of hope in the weather this week for the beginning of warm summer evenings so, this being Scotland, I'm sure everyone is poised and ready to dust off the barbeque at a moment's notice. Make sure you've got the wines to match when the weather finally decides it's May afterall and no longer February with a few of our suggestions.
Wirra Wirra Church Block - We couldn't have a list of barbeque wines without mentioning the Australians. This Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot blend from McLaren Vale has plenty brambly, plummy fruit flavours complemented by notes of cedar and cloves.
Perfect with beef steak or lamb chops. Currently £9.99 a bottle.
Chateau de Pennautier Cabardes - The Cabardes appellation in Southern France is the only one permitted to use this unusual blend of both traditional Bordeaux and Southern French grape varieties including Cabernet, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot and Shiraz. This leads to a slightly rustic feel, with aromas of blackberries, mullberries with spicy flavours following on the palate.
The ideal companion for homemade beef burgers or barbeque-glazed pork ribs. Currently £6.99 a bottle.
Montenovo Godello Valdesil - The Godello grape may be an unfamiliar one to many, but this hidden gem from Spain never lasts long on the shelves here due to fast becoming a favourite among staff and customers alike. And for good reason, with abundant flavours of herbs, pears and pineapple combined with a very satisfying mouth-feel and slight salinity.
Throw the shrimps on the barbie! This one is at it's best with all manner of grilled seafoods. Currently £9.99 a bottle.
Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle Rose - From our current producer of the month this is a very pale and delicate Provence rose made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes picked cool early in the morning. The result is a very subtle and light style of wine with flavours of red apple, cherries and strawberries balanced beautifully by a refreshing acidity.
Sticking to the salad or looking for something to sip on it's own in the sunshine? Look no further! Currently £8.99 a bottle.
Producer of the Month: Chateau PigoudetDate published: 10/05/13This successful Provencal winemaking estate dates back to the 16th century and is situated on land which the Ancient Romans used for wine production. The winery was revived in 1992 by the Schmidth family, who still own and run it today.
Their vineyards lie on chalky, gravelly south-facing slopes in the north of the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence wine appellation, ideal for growing all of Provence's traditional grape varieties.
Cuvée La Chapelle Rosé is a long term-staff favourite of our Provence rosés, made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grape varieties. Very light and delicate in style, it's ideal to sip in the sun on a hot summers day, with aromas of fresh red apple and rose petals and a refreshing acidity. Currently £8.99 a bottle.
Cuvée La Chapelle Blanc is a new addition to our range, composed of a 50/50 blend of Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc. Similar lightness and freshness that has always characterised Chateau Pigoudet's rose, with flavours of citrus, melon and pear balanced beautifully by a streak of acidity and a hint of warmth on the finish courtesy of the alcohol. Also £8.99 a bottle, serve ice cold with a chicken Caesar salad.
Wine of the Week: Clos Du Bois Pinot NoirDate published: 10/05/13
A new addition to our range, Clos Du Bois have almost 800 hectares of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. Made it trademark Californian style, this Pinot Noir offers juicy raspberry and cranberry aromas blended with hints of spice and vanilla courtesy of 8 months ageing in a mixture of French, American and Eastern European oak.
Very drinkable on it's own, or equally at home with a slow-roasted shoulder of pork.
Easter opening hoursDate published: 30/03/13
We are closed tomorrow (Sunday the 31st of March).
We open again on Monday with Bank holiday opening hours (10am - 5pm).
Then we will resume our revised opening hours from Tuesday onwards.
New opening hours.Date published: 30/03/13
Our new opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 10am - 7pm
Thursday and Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am -7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank holidays 10am - 5pm
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.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Fans Be Aware!Date published: 01/02/13
2012 has proved to be a tough vintage for Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand, with yields down as much as 30%. This combined with increased demand from new and existing markets alike has pushed up the price of grapes to as much as double what they were the previous year.
The result for our customers is that we will be unlikely to see any of our most popular New Zealand Sauvignons for less than £7.99 a bottle for the foreseeable future, following our next price change on Monday the 4th of February.
Our current advice to our regular customers that buy these wines is therefore to stock up now while you can as, moving towards summer, this may well be the last we see of these wines priced at £5.99 or £6.99.
Although this applies across our entire New Zealand range, our most popular wines which WILL be increasing in price include:
Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc - currently £5.99
Composite Sauvignon Blanc - currently £5.99
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - currently £6.99
Waimea Sauvignon Blanc - currently £7.99
Grab them for these prices before 3pm on Monday 4th of February while you can!
Burn's Night - 25th JanuaryDate published: 13/01/13
Obviously, Burns night is an occasion for whisky more so than wine. For an 'Address to a Haggis' and the toast to the lassies, there's nothing better than having a wee dram in your hand. We've got a wide variety of Scottish whiskies to fit the bill, which you can mix in as one (or more!) of your usual 6 bottles. My current personal choices are:
Glenmorangie The Original 10y/o - One of our local distilleries from just over on the Black Isle in the 'valley of tranquility' - the Gaelic definition of 'Glenmorangie'. Maturation in bespoke bourbon oak casks provides a honeyed sweetness that complements the citrus, vanilla and almond flavours. And on special offer at just £25 a bottle, this offers fantastic value!
Ardmore Traditional Cask Strength NV - Got a cold (who doesn't at the moment?!) or prefer a whisky that'll put hairs on your chest? This traditionally produced, peated offering from Ardmore is double matured - first in ordinary oak barrels, followed by smaller 'quarter casks' resulting in smooth, peat-smoke and earthy flavours... and an ABV of 46%! Also currently on special offer at just £28 a bottle.
If you don't think you can stomach the single malts for the whole night though don't worry, we've got a great selection of wines that will complement your haggis, neeps and tatties perfectly. Pop in to the store for our full choice of recommendations, but a couple I'll definitely be pointing people in the direction of are the following:
Vina Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva 2003 - Winner of a silver Decanter Wine Award, and easily one of our current best value Gran Reserva Riojas this wine is beautifully mature, packed with raisin and prune flavours. Combined with the additional characteristics of vanilla and a touch of caramel this should match beautifully with the meat and spice of your haggis. £7.99 a bottle.
Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2010 Corbières - A full-bodied Grenache, Syrah, Carignan blend from Embres-et-Castelmaure - a tiny village to the south of Corbières. Grenache provides sweet jammy and cassis notes, while the Syrah and Carignan add 'garrigue' aromas of cloves and dried herbs (some could argue including heather!) Despite being full-bodied this is a very versatile wine, perfect with a wide variety of red meats and should also be an ideal companion to haggis. £9.99 a bottle.
Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' - Personally I'd take a red every time for haggis, but if I was pressed to chose a white it would definitely have to be a rich, fruity Chardonnay - which can often match well with slightly spiced dishes such as haggis. This offering from the Lorgeril family is one of our current best value, featured in our Majestic Bargain Hunt. Grown at high altitude, the grapes produce wonderful aromas of peach, pineapple and vanilla courtesy of the sunlight during the day, but develop the required complementary acidity and balance due to the cooler temperatures in the evenings. £6.66 a bottle.
Come and visit us in Inverness for more recommendations, and have a great Burn's supper from all of us here!
Wine Of The Week - Catalpa Pinot NoirDate published: 08/01/13
Part of our exciting new Majestic Bargain Hunt range (see separate news article and main web page), this Argentinian Pinot Noir offers fantastic value at just £8.49, reduced from £12.99.
Jammy redcurrant and raspberry fruit flavours are abundant in this wine, along with a hint of caramel courtesy of the brief ageing in new French oak. Elagant on the palate, it is very drinkable by itself but will also match up excellently with rabbit, duck or cured meats.
At £8.49 this won't hang around for long on the tasting counter this week, so come and grab some while stocks last!
Bargain Hunt StockDate published: 08/01/13
Today is the begining of our Bargain Hunt promotion. Quite a few wines have been dramatically reduced and are available on a first come first serve basis.
Below is a run down of what we have here in stock in Inverness:
Samur Champagny, Chateau de Targe 2010 - £7.24
Valencay Lafond 2011 - £5.99
Vouvray Moelleux d'Orleans 2011, Half bottle - £7.99
Chateau La Dournie 2010 - £5.99
Mas de Mas Corbieres 2011 - £6.66
Domaine de Cres Richards Alexaume 2011 - £6.66
Saint Michel Rouge Gaillac 2010 - £5.24
Cres Richards Marsanne Roussanne 2011 - £6.66
Marques de Pannautier Chardonnay Terroirs d'Altitude - £6.66
Paul Mas Vermentino 2011 - £5.24
Finca Emperatriz Rioja Reserva 2007 - £10.99
McHenry Honen Cabernet/Merlot 2011 - £8.99
Te Mata Chardonnay 2010 - £10.99
Catalpa Pinot Noir - £8.49
Catalpa Chardonnay - £8.49
Whilst stocks last!!
Rioja Crianza 2007 Marqués de la Concordia Date published: 02/01/13
Marqués de la Concordia is named after one of Spain's most eminent historical figures. Don Jose Abascal was granted this prestigious title in 1812 after his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas, during his position of viceroy of Peru.
Made with Tempranillo grapes only, Marqués de la Concordia Rioja is the only brand to age its wines in a combination of new French and American oak barrels for 18 months. The short ageing and ripened grapes enhance the fruitiness over the oak in order to deliver a bold and fruit driven, new world style underpinned by the classic qualities of Rioja.
Deep, dark ruby hues. A nose of ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit are well balanced by the use of new oak providing lashings of vanilla and spice. The palate is well-knitted together showing great concentration and length.
Ready to open and enjoy now, this wine will be at it's best with roast lamb, or other red meats.
Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12
Due to the size of our delivery area we visit certain areas on particular days of the week. While we always endeavor to deliver at a time most convenient to you, and will call to arrange one with you in advance, please bear this in mind prior to ordering.
Our normal delivery schedule is as follows:
Mondays - Local deliveries
Tuesdays - South/ South East (Aviemore, Grantown on Spey, Newtonmore etc)
Wednesdays - East (Nairn, Elgin, Aberlour, Tomintoul etc)
Thursdays - West (Isle of Skye - Broadford & Portree, Kyle etc) Please note that we only visit Skye on a fortnightly basis during the Winter.
Fridays - North (Dingwall, Ullapool, Tain, Lairg etc)
These can be subject to change dependent upon the volume of our orders on particular days and inclement weather. Please contact us directly at the store via phone or email to gain the most accurate and up to date information regarding our delivery schedules.
Wine of the Week - Jim Barry 'The Cover DriveDate published: 17/08/12
WINE OF THE WEEK
Jim Barry 'The Cover Dive' 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra/Clare Valley, Australia
The late Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley wine region, to the north-east of Adelaide. The Cover Drive uses a small portion of fruit from this cool-climate region, with the majority coming from the famed Coonawarra region. The wine takes its name in honour of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the site where these vines now take root. After careful blending, the wine is aged in a mix of French and American oak.
Fragrant nose packed with rich cassis, toast, cedar, vanilla, piqued with hints of anise and plum. Mouth-filling, juicy tannins follow, and generous blackcurrant, cherry fruit, with a complex, deep finish.
A superbly drinkable, youthful Cabernet with plenty of future promise. Pair it with dishes that will respond to its fruit such as rare meats, or even Pizza.
Wine Of The Week - Cave de Lugny £6.99!Date published: 09/08/12
This is a wonderfully fresh and elegant white
Burgundy at an excellent price. A classy and subtle
wine the Chenaudieres is refreshingly crisp with a
palate of apples, peach and citrus fruits. A lively
mineral streak makes this a brilliant summer Burgundy.
Fine Wine Of The Month - Montes Alpha The Purple AngelDate published: 03/08/12
This stunning Chilean wine is widely known as one of the country's most exciting and sought after wines.
Featuring 92% Carmenere, 8% Petit Verdot and aged in both French and American oak barrels, this is a remarkably complex and concentrated red that is simply bursting with inky black fruit, coffee bean, chocolate, spice and tobacco.
A fantastic treat for any occasion, this wine would be especially delicious when accompanied with braised venison steak.
Wine Of The Week - Chapoutier Belleruche 2010Date published: 21/07/12
This is an absolute superb value. The 2010 Belleruche leaps out of the glass with enticing aromas of black cherry, tobacco, pepper and violets.
On the palate it's a soft and round wine with smooth supple tannins featuring an impressively complex palate of dark fruits and liquorice. £6.99
Wine Of The Week - Villa Maria Reserve, Wairau ValleyDate published: 15/07/12
This is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon from one of Malborough's most exciting producers!
Pale lemon in colour this wine leaps out of the glass with a intoxicating nose of pineapple, guava, asparagus and herbs. On the palate this wine is bursting with refreshing tropical fruit!
Weekly Wine Quiz #6Date published: 13/07/12
Hello hello. It's time for Weekly Wine Quiz #6. Spitoons at standby...
1) What are the three main grapes in Valpolicella
A) Amarone, Corvina, Cabernet Sauvignon B) Barbera, Dolcetto, Sangiovese C) Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
2) How many First Growth Chateaux are there in the left bank of Bordeaux?
A) 3 B) 4 C)5
3) Which of these flavours would you most likely find in a bottle of Sancerre.
A) Gooseberry B) Pineapple C) Plum
4) Who is the wine advocate?
A) Hugh Johnson B) Robert Parker C) Jancis Robinson
5) Bacharach is a wine producing town in which German wine producing region?
A) Mittelrhein B) Mosel C) Nahe
Last Weeks Answers:C) Zinfandel A) Crushing, Pressing Fermentation C) Weight C) Sherry B) 5 Puttonyos
Wine Of The Week - Lapostolle MerlotDate published: 13/07/12
This juicy, full bodied red is a perfect example of the exciting potential of the Merlot grape in Chile!
Inky Black with a spicy nose of dark cherry and plums, this wine is full of chocolate, black fruits, earth and a wonderfully soft and supple finish! £12.79
July Wine CoursesDate published: 02/07/12
Sign up for one of our free, two hour wine courses this July. Our introduction to wine is a fantastic way to educate your palate in a relaxed and fun enviroment. Pop into the shop or give us a call to book your place!
Wine Of The Week - Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2003Date published: 01/07/12
This is a fantastic example of Gran Reserva Rioja at an excellent price. This wine leaps out of the glass with a fascinating array of raisin, caramel, tobacco, vanilla and prune. The palate is elegant and refined with mature notes of black cherry, clove, lea!ther and spice! £8.99
Weekly Wine Quiz #5Date published: 29/06/12
Welcome back oenophiles. Five questions, three possible answers, no prisoners.
1) The Italian grape Primitivo is otherwise known as...
A) Merlot B) Sangiovese C) Zinfandel
2) Put these in their chronological order.
A) Crushing, Pressing, Fermentation B) Pressing, Crushing, Fermentation C) Pressing, Fermentation, Crushing
3) Full bodied wines have more..
A) Alchohol B) Fruit C) Weight
4) TIo Pepe is a famous producer of which sype of wine
A) Creme de Cassis B) Port C) Sherry
Still there? Here comes the whopper.
5) What is the top level of Hungarian Tokaji?
A) 3 Puttonyos B) 5 Puttonyos C) 10 Puttonyos
Last weeks answers: B) Ugni Blanc A) Mornington Peninsula B) Cahors C) Christopher Merret B) Pauillac
Wine Of The Week - Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir £10.79!Date published: 26/06/12
This is a brilliant example of some of the wonderfully ripe and complex Pinot Noirs coming out of Chile. The nose leaps out of the glass with a fantastic bouquet of smoky red cherry, butter, earth and tobacco leaf. The palate is elegant yet showing impressive concentration and length with an exciting array of red fruits, spice and vanilla.
Weekly Wine Quiz #4Date published: 22/06/12
Hello, and welcome to our fourth Weekly Wine Quiz. Our Trainee Manager Ruari is the Questionmaster this week, setting this set of posers:
1) Which of the following grape varieties is most likely to be used in the production of Cognac?
A) Chardonnay, B) Ugni Blanc, C) Gros Mansang
2) Which Australian wine region is gaining fame for excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay?
A) Mornington Peninsula, B) Margaret River, C) Central Otago
3) Malbec has become synonymous with Argentinian red wine, but from which French appellation did it originate?
A) Bordeaux, B) Cahors, C) Madiran
4) Benedictine monk Dom Perignon is often erroneously attributed with the discovery of Champagne, but which Englishman was in fact responsible for its discovery?
A) Thomas Tallis, B) Geoffrey Chaucer , C) Christopher Merret
5) Which Bordeaux commune has the highest concentration of 1er cru classé chateaux?
A) St-Julien, B) Pauillac, C) Margaux
And the answers to last week's quiz:
1) B - Rosé, 2) A - Australia, 3) B - Chianti, 4) A - Margaux, 5) C - So-Mell-Yay
Weekly Wine Quiz #3Date published: 09/06/12
Hello hello and here we go with wine quiz # 3
1) Tavel is most famous for...;
A) Red B) Rose C) White
2) Which country of these is most likely to produce semillon?
A) Australia B) Chile C) New Zealand
3) Which wine is famously paired with liver and faber beans?
A) Champagne B) Chianti C) Corbieres
4) Which is the southernmost of these Medoc appelations?
A) Margaux B) Pauillac C) St.Estephe
And for the win...
5) How do you pronounce sommelier?
A) So-Mell-Ee-Er B) So-Mell-Ee-Yay C) So-Mell-Yay
Last weeks answers:
C) Rielsing B) Oak C) Legs C) Skins B) Petrus
Wine Of The Week - Shadowfax ChardonnayDate published: 09/06/12
This is a beautifully structured, ripe and expressive Chardonnay from one of Victoria's most exciting producers.
This delicious white almost leaps out of the glass with a fantastically aromatic nose of fresh white peaches, pear, vanilla, citrus fruits and toast.
The palate is big weighty and stunningly complex with a vast array of citrus fruits, hazlenut and savoury oak.
Enyoy with rich poultry dishes or white fish in Saffron butter.
Weekly Wine Quiz #2Date published: 02/06/12
Hello and welcome to the 2nd edition of our weekly wine quiz! Pencils ready...
1) Germany is most famous for which grape?
A) Gewurztraminer B) Mullar Thurgau C) Riesling
2) Wine is usually aged in...
A) Cedar B) Oak C) Pine
3) What are the wine streaks on the side of your glass called?
A) Arms B) Legs C) Teeth
4) Tannin comes from the grape...
A) Juice B) Leaves C) Skins
And one for the brave...
5) Which winery has a second wine called La Fleur?
A) Ausone B) Petrus C) Romanee-Conti
Last Weeks Answers B) Port C) Champagne C) Western Australia C) Sweet A) Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Fine Wine Friday June 1stDate published: 31/05/12
Fine Wine of the Month
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Thelema was a fruit farm until purchased by Gyles and Barbara Webb in 1983. Over the years, orchards have made way for vines, and now Thelema represents one of the top class wine producers in South Africa.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented with wild yeasts after careful de-stemming and hand-sorting of berries to ensure top-quality fruit. 18 months maturation followed, with 45% in new French Oak to add cedar, vanilla and toast notes to the wine, the balance being rested in older barrels to soften the character of the wine.
Residual sugar is low, even by red wine standards, yet the intensity of the fruit character lends it a spectacular fruit-sweetness that makes this wine very approachable in youth. A long and firm finish follows a palate of cassis, toast, and is redolent of coffee and chocolate. The tannins are firm but well balanced, and suggest that while superb now, this wine will deliver even more complexity over the next 8-10 years.
Enjoy this with a fine roast, grilled filled steak, or beef bourgignon; it would be an utterly indulgent treat for a barbecue with a few close friends.
Wine of the Week: Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009 Ripasso La Casetta di Ettore Righetti, Veneto, ItalyDate published: 23/05/12
Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009 Ripasso La Casetta di Ettore Righetti, Veneto, Italy
Veneto is famous for its Valpolicella wines, a blend of Corvina, Rondinelle and Molinara grapes. They range from elegant and light Classico styles, to sweet Recioto, and the blockbuster powerhouse of Amarone wines. Amarone is made by drying the grapes in racks before vinification to intensify the flavours, and after pressing, some of these grapes are then fermented with a Valpolicella to create a Ripasso; these wines are a richer, fuller Valpolicella.
Expressive nose packed with rich cherry, plum, dark fruit and toasted vanilla. Really juicy in the mouth, with a delicious tartness and a complex, deep finish.
An astounding match with Venison, it also compliments cheeses and, interestingly, dark chocolate.
Weekly Wine Quiz # 1Date published: 18/05/12
Hello and welcome to our first edition of the weekly wine quiz where we'll be testing your minds and palates each week with our vino themed trivia. Good luck!
1) The Douro river is most commonly associated with...
A) Malbec B) Port C) Sherry
2) If someone orders Bolly or Tatty what kind of drink will they receive?
A) Bellini B) Bordeaux C) Champagne
3) Where is Margeret River?
A) Northern Australia B) Southeast Australia C) Western Australia
4) Icewine is...
A) Dry B) Fizzy C) Sweet
And here comes the hard one...
5) Which of these has the grape variety Montepulciano in it?
A) Montepulciano d'Abruzzo B) Rosso di Montalcino C) Vino Noble di Montepulciano
Answers will be given next week. Ciao!
Wine Of The Week - Saint Clair Estate Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 18/05/12
This absolutely delicious Sauvignon Blanc is loaded with refreshing tropical fruit. Pop into Majestic soon to give it a try! £10.99 per bottle.
Wine of the Week - Blind RiverDate published: 09/05/12
This is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon from one of Malborough's most exciting producers!
Pale lemon in colour this is wine leaps out of the glass with a intoxicating nose of pineapple, guava, asparagus and herbs. On the palate this wine is bursting with refreshing tropical fruit!
Fine Wine Friday May the 4thDate published: 04/05/12
We picked a stellar wine for a very special Fine Wine Friday - it is international Star Wars Day, and we're pretty sure that if Lando Calrissian were to drink wine on Cloud City, it would be this: Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008, from Marlborough, New Zealand.
Though better known for their eponymous Sauvignon Blanc, now a benchmark for top quality Marlborough Sauvignon, their Chardonnay has a cult following all of its own. Rather than make another wine in the bombastic style that typifies New Zealand Sauvignon, the winemaking team at Cloudy Bay opted for a more restrained, tight and burgundian style that nevertheless showed it's New World terroir. The result has the finesse of the Old World with the power and tropical fruit of the New World.
Drop in today and enjoy a taste of this superb wine; packed with peach, lemon, melon, toast and acacia on the nose with the slightest touch of butterscotch, it is bright yet rounded with a lingering finish. You could quite happily lay this down for a few years as you might a top quality Pouilly-Fuisse, though you would be hard pressed to resist its charms now.
We look forward to seeing you in store, and May the Fourth be with you.
Wine of the Week: Viña Pomal Rioja Reserva 2007Date published: 03/05/12
Viña Pomal Rioja Reserva, 2007, Spain
Reserva Riojas are aged for at least 24 months, with a minimum of 12 months being spent in barrel. Viña Pomal have been making wines since 1904, this Reserva is 100% Tempranillo and comes from their own vineyards close to the winery.
Expressive nose packed with blackberry, caramel, vanilla and toasted leather. Really juicy in the mouth, bursting with rich berry fruit and velvety tannins and a dark chocolate finish.
Classic match for Rioja is lamb, but with flavours this rich it would go well with cured meats and charcuterie, or even char-grilled meat from the barbecue.
Wine Of The Week - Jim Barry Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 25/04/12
This is a classic juicy and full bodied Shiraz from one of Australia's most renowned and respected producers.
Inky purple in colour, this wine leaps out of the glass with enticing aromas of chocolate, tobacco, spice and blackcurrent.
This is a jammy and voluptuous red wine with with a complex array of black summer fruits, mocha, clove and vanilla.
The savoury full bodied nature of this wine would make it the ideal partner to a hearty meat lasagna or casserole.
Easter SpecialsDate published: 02/04/12
If you fancy popping in for a stock up before Easter, come and try the Springfield Wild Ferment Chardonnay on the tasting counter this week. Ideal for a creamy chicken casserole. This and plenty of other exciting wines are available to try free of charge in-store. We have some RED HOT deals running for the next week so don't miss out!
Music and wine matching?Date published: 24/03/12
Having studied music at University, I spent some time looking at the importance of Muzak (music that is designed to alter your mood). Being quite interested in the subject, I was recently pleased to read that scientists in Oxford have been researching the effect music has on your sense of taste and smell while drinking wine! Amazingly they found that it did have an effect on the subjects ability do detect and differenciate between tastes and smells.
So this week I will be drinking the fantastic value Chateau Romefort 2006 (Medoc - £7.99) with two contrasting albums: Miles Davis - Kind of Blue and Afro Cuban All Stars - A toba Cuba de la gusta. Why not try out some tasty tune's on your favourite tipple and let us know how you get on!
Fancy a different white?Date published: 03/03/12
Even with thousands of different grape varieties, it's easy to get stuck buying the same old wines. Below are three examples of Southern French white wines that might get you swapping you Sauvignon Blanc or chucking the Chardonnay!
Paul Mas Vermentino 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc - £7.99
This grape originates from Italy, and is the same grape as the Pigato grape from Liguria and the Favoria grape from Piedmont. Fed up of Pinot Grigio? Then this wine from Paul Mas will open up a whole new window for you. Offering an array of flavours, slightly citrus with a hint of smokiness. Perfect partner for an Arbroath smokie perhaps!
Paul Mas 'Valmont' Grenache Blanc 2010 Pays d'Oc - £7.99
This grape is believed to have been a mutation of the better known red Grenace grape. Generally found in the Côtes du Rhône and Roussillon regions of France, but it is also grown in Spain and the United States. Mostly used as a blending grape and is found in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but in this instance is bottled as a single variety. Apples, pears, a touch of citrus fruit and a well balanced acidity makes this the perfect party wine alternative to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Domaine Sainte Rose 'La Nuit Blanche' Roussanne 2009, PGI Cotes de Thongue - £8.99
Roussanne is a wine makers nightmare whilst also being a wine makers dream! Late ripening, irregular yields and has a tendency to suffer from rot. However, it blends well, can benefit from oak aging and has good aging potential. It is predominantly used as a blending grape but drinks equally well on its own as shown by this offering by Domaine Sainte Rose. Fermentation and aging in Oak has given this wine a rich and full flavoured quality, generally found in an oak aged Burgundian chardonnay. Try this with roast pork or creamy chicken dishes.
Route Schedule for DeliveriesDate published: 27/02/12
We do our very best to get your wine out to you as quickly as possible. With a large delivery area to cover we try to stick to regular days in the week. Below is a schedule of where we go and when.
Tuesday: Newtonmore / Kingussie / Grantown / Farr
Wednesday: Fochabers / Elgin / Forres / Nairn / Aberlour
Thursday: Portree / Garve / Muir of Ord / Beauly
Friday: Dingwall / Cromarty / Tain / Brora / Dornoch
Sunday: (Fort William First Sunday of the month)
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Meet the team...
Alex ManagerWith Sam having left the wine trade to go and sell tractors, I have been drafted in to build on Sam's success. I worked a 6 month spell here back in 2011, I am already recognising a few familiar faces. This summer you will find me drinking Italian Gavi and decent Chablis.
Caitlin Trainee Manager
George Trainee ManagerWhen I am not driving the van around the Highlands I am very partial to a cheeky wee glass of Puligny Montrachet... Since joining the Majestic team I have picked up so much from the well informed team here in Inverness..Especially Sam. I am a also a keen Morris dancing fan..
Jamie Assistant ManagerI like going the extra mile, whether it be for a customer or on a long distance running session. My dream day is a 60 mile run followed by a bottle of Bollinger and some Fish and Chips. Simple.
Jason Sales AssistantAfter several years teaching, I joined Majestic in 2001 where I worked at various stores in London & my native Essex. 9 years ago, after a particulary heavy night on the vino collapso, I found myself in Inverness and haven't been able to escape since. Love good riesling, albariño, and fiano for whites, and Bordeaux and southern Italians for reds.
Michael Trainee Manager