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Unit B Rocky Hill
London Rd
Maidstone
ME16 8PP
United Kingdom

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Wine of the week..Date published: 18/07/14

Wine of the week...

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013, France


Grapes: Picpoul

Origin

Nestling just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline in the Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty un-oaked white from the rare Picpoul grape.

Taste

A nose of lemon and lime fruit, with intriguing green herb and fennel notes. Refreshingly dry with a crisp acidity.

Enjoy

With whitebait, grilled sardines, or any white fish dishes. 

Only £5-99 on offer while stocks last!!!


Your definitive Bordeaux guideDate published: 13/07/14

he left bank of Bordeaux is divided into 2 main regions. North from Bordeaux city is Medoc and south lies Graves. 5 communes in Bordeaux have the highest reputation for red wine, 4 of them are situated in Medoc and one in Graves.

Highest reputation communes from north to south:

Medoc

St-Estephe

Among the four famous Left Bank communes, St-Estèphe is the northernmost region. Therefore the fruit in wine is less ripe often austere, texture is heavy and withpronounced tannins. The soil of St-Estèphe is a heavy composite of clay washed ashore from the Gironde. This soil type drains slowly and gives St-Estèphe estates an advantage during dry summers. The wines produce here tend to have more acidity than other red Bordeaux and with less perfume. While Cabernet Sauvignon is still the dominant grape, this sub-region has more planting of Merlot than any other area in the Haut-Médoc. It grows well on clay soils and softens the harshness of Cabernet Sauvignon. Proportion of Merlot varies from chateau to chateau and vintage to vintage but is often 40%.

No premier crus; leading chateaux are Cos d'Estournel and Montrose.

Pauillac

Located south of St-Estèphe, the area around Pauillac has the highest elevation of the Médoc. Soils are predominantly gravel so free-draining, hence higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. A greater variety of styles than in other communes, but generally the wines combine power and finesse: full-bodied but more elegant and less heavy and with less prominent tannins than St-Estephe. Flavours are described byblackcurrent, chocolate, lead pencils (also cedar and cigar box).  

The area of Pauillac contains three of the five first growth estates of Bordeaux. These are Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. It also includes 15 other classed growths. Vineyards in Pauillac are not as fragmented as most of the Médoc, with entire slopes and plateaus belonging to a single estate.

St-Julien

Situated on two plateaus between Pauillac and Margaux, the wine region of St-Julien has the smallest wine production of the four major regions in the Médoc. The waters of the Gironde estuary have a warming influence on the climate which, coupled with the south-easterly exposure of most vineyards, helps to fully ripen the Cabernet Sauvignon vines in this area.

Soils are predominantly gravel. Wines are the most homogeneous of any of the communes in terms of style - elegant and classicSimilar to Pauillac but lighter in weight and silkier in texture.

No premier crus, but St-Julien has the highest proportion of classified estates of all the regions in Bordeaux. These eleven classed growths account for nearly 80 percent of the entire region's wine production.

Margaux

The Margaux appellation encompasses the village of Margaux and the neighboring villages of Arsac, Labarde, Soussansand Cantenac. It is the most southerly of Médoc's appellations. This region has the thinnest soil with the highest proportion of gravel that allows the soil to drain very well. The wines from this area are very susceptible to weather effects during the growing season and harvest.

In general, the style is the fruitiest and most intensely aromatic (blackcurrents perfumed with violets). The wines lack the pronounced tannin and grip of St-Estephe, and have less weight and power than Pauillac and St-Julien. Typical Margaux wines havelightness and finesse.

The area is home to more 21 classified growths, more than any other appellation, with numerous second and third growths as well as one first growth, Château Margaux.

Graves

Pessac-Leognan

This area of the Graves is located just south of the city of Bordeaux. In addition to wine production, the area is known for its crops of pine trees and vineyards are often separated by rows of forest trees. The soil of Pessac-Léognan is composed of gravel terraces with sediments from different geological eras.

Being the most southerly out of these 5 communes, it displays the ripest fruit flavours.Tannins are less prominent and notes of spice and warm bricks on nose and palate (also aromas of smoke and/or minerals). It is also earthier in flavour than Medoc.

It is home to one first growth estate - Château Haut-Brion.


LPR at an amazing priceDate published: 13/07/14

Us folks here at Majestic like to ensure that our customers always have something great to drink and that they always pay a great price for them as well.

Well, we are keeping on with that trend because we just want to see more of you guys. 

We have got the lovely Laurent Perrier Rose on sale for just £43.31!*  So make sure you pick up a couple on your next visit.

Made from 100% Pinot Noir using the Saignée method, this delightful tipple is stylish, easy drinking and incredibly versatile. Vibrant & fresh bubbles accompanied with raspberry, black cherry and blackcurrant flavours on the palate.  It makes for a wonderful apéritif, pairs magically with salmon, but the more adventurous should match it with Asian spiced duck.

So treat your friends, treat your partner or just treat yourself!  

(*£43.31 - multi buy price. £65 - single purchase price)  


Aussie weekDate published: 12/07/14

We are hosting a selection of Australian wines open to try on our tasting counter. 

While Australia's (the worlds sixth largest producer of wine) some 2000+ vineyards produce wines from almost every style available, from dry white table wines through to those fashioned in the style of vintage port, the majority of it's trademark wines remain distinctively Australian, a style it's producers are keen to export for the world to enjoy. So be it it's typically full-bodied and fruit driven reds such as the grape Shiraz, through to the full-bodied oaky styles of Chardonnay for instance, there is plenty the country has to offer for everyone's taste.

So to showcase this countries wines we have a selection of reds and whites open for you to sample from today and throughout the following week ending on Thursday. Wines are free to try, and you are welcome to help yourself, yet we would be more than happy to pour you a sample and have a chat too! If you want to see what we have open to try before you pay us a visit, simply check out the online tasting counter on our website.


English FizzDate published: 12/07/14

If you fancy something a bit different to Champagne, why not try a bottle of the world renowned Nyetimber Classic Cuvee?

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and almost always beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

It has a beguiling nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent.

This really is the home-grown alternative to Champagne.


A Gin explorationDate published: 12/07/14

Stuck for which Gin to partner with your tonic and lime (or lemon) on a summers evening? With the range of gins available, it's a tough choice. Here's a quick run down on some of my favourites.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin 70cl Bottle 

£27.50 (Buy 2 save £10, Single Bottle £32.50) 

Crafted in small batches with love and care this is a classic, traditional London Dry Gin. Bold, complex and aromatic.

English barley spirit distilled with 10 botanical in a copper still blended with pure water from the Lydwell Spring, source of the River Thames

Floral summer meadow notes followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness. The gentle mouthfeel combines with a lemon tart and orange marmalade flavours, ahead of a spicy juniper finish.

Bombay Sapphire London Gin 70cl Bottle

£20.00 (Buy 2 save £10, Single Bottle £25) 

Unlike ordinary gins, that boil their botanicals directly in the spirit to achieve their flavour, the Vapour Infusion process is used by Bombay Saphire. The 10 botanicals are held separate from the spirit in perforated copper baskets, and when the heated vapours rise, the distinctive flavour of the botanicals are released. 

Tanqueray Gin 70cl Bottle

£22.50 (Buy 2 save £10, Single Bottle £27.50)

Tanqueray is a London dry gin; it is so called because of its distillation process, as well as originating in Bloomsbury,London. London dry gin is made by means of double distillation of grain. Botanicals are added during the second distillation. The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, although it is known to contain four botanicals (juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice).

Martin Miller's Reformed Dry Gin 70cl Bottle

£30

Made to a traditional London Dry Style in flavour profile and dryness, this gin uses a mix of ultra traditional distilling methods allied to Martin's own iconoclastic 'take' on gin distilling.

In a break with tradition, there are two separate distillations for the juniper and earthier botanicals that are later 'married' or blended with a second separate distillation of the citrus elements of bitter orange peel from Seville, lemon and lime peel.

These techniques contribute to the gin's unique freshness and clarity of flavour.


Fine Wine addition-McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009 Langhorne CreekDate published: 12/07/14

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2009 Langhorne Creek £20 on offer

Langhorne Creek is a premium wine growing region of South Australia on the Fleurieu Peninsula near Adelaide. Located on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, rich fertile soils make this an outstanding grape growing region, particularly for red varieties.

Deep crimson with purple tinges, intense ripe berry characters with a vanilla lift exude on the nose. Concentrated rich, black fruit flavours on the palate follow to a balanced and velvety finish.

Will benefit from another couple of years ageing and then partner with lamb ragu pasta or braised oxtail stew.


Coming up - Australia Spotlight week as of tomorrow.....Date published: 10/07/14

Coming up - Australia Spotlight week as of tomorrow.....

For a whole week we will be showcasing the delights of Australia; hitting our tasting counter hard at Maidstone will be delicious examples of Chardonnay's Rieslings and Sauvignon Blancs, as well as the classic Cabernet's and Shiraz's that this wonderful country has top offer. 

There is some top stuff - pop on in if you have the time and watch out for some articles on the wines along the way!...  

New offer highlightsDate published: 05/07/14

Highlights of our new offers this July!

Today marks the start of our new July Summer Selection, so I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight some of our best offers.

Alamos Malbec £9.99 buy 2 and save 33.3% = £6.66 A full-bodied Malbec perfect for summer BBQs

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £11.99 buy 2 and save 33.3% = £7.99 This iconic New Zealand favourite is the perfect party wine; a guaranteed crowd-pleaser

La Marca Conegliano £14.99 buy 2 and save 33.3% = £9.99 This Prosecco is very typical of the style, full of crisp pear fruits, with an elegant floral character.

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja £13.49 buy 2 and save 33.3% = £8.99 A great value and fine example of a gran reserva Rioja. The ideal accompaniment for a Sunday roast lamb.

Rustenburg South African Sauvignon Blanc £12.99 buy 2 and save 33.3% = £8.65 Slightly more refined than the New Zealand examples, this Sauvignon Blanc makes a perfect partner with barbecued sea bass and a fresh garden salad.


Local Wine and beerDate published: 05/07/14

Chapel Down Vineyards

The Chapel Down Vineyard is arguably the biggest in England. Based in Aylesford in Kent, the cool climate is exploited to make arange of fantastic sparkling and still wine. A more recent addition is beer made using champagne yeast.

Chapel Down Rose Brut NV £21.32

The colour of lightly smoked salmon and with a nose of strawberry and raspberry. Ripe berry and rhubarb on the palate with a perfectly balanced acidity.

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006 £19.99

Green apples and mineralty on the nose. The palate displays a lemon and lime freshness along with hints of brioche and a very rounded mousse.

Chapel Down Brut NV £17.99

This is a refreshing zesty and balanced wine with a fine mousse that fills the corners of your mouth.

Chapel Down English Rose NV £17.99

Slight hints of rose petals and a soft strawberry character, this crisp, medium bodied sparkling wine aslo has a citrus streak and fine, persistent bubbles.

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down 12 x 330ml Bottle £17.99

Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Re-fermented with Champagne yeast to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer.

Curious Brew IPA, Chapel Down 12 x 330ml Bottle £17.99

This beer is equally top class made using 3 hops Goldings, Bramley Cross and finally Citra hop very flavourful and mouth watering


Oyster Bay back on offerDate published: 05/07/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, NZ

£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £7.99

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

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

Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.


Fine Wine online exclusive. Only a few days leftDate published: 05/07/14

SPANISH WINE LOVERS! Here we have something special for you:

Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2009 Ribera del Duero 

6x75cl Bottles at £168.00

This is a multi-award winning wine from one of the best producers in the Ribera del Duero. The winery has a bit of a cult following and this wine proves its status - a superb 2009 vintage compared to the best Riojas of the same year. This is a powerful old vine Tempranillo with some of the vines interestingly from pre-phylloxera rootstock. Family run winery from Ribera's finest vineyard plots, from cult producer Cillar de Silos. 

Fantastically rich, ripe dark berries with damson plums with subtle notes of spice, nutmeg and mocha. Stunning balance and ripe tannins give a long, smooth, finish.

A real gutsy wine that would love being paired with roast suckling pig, braised lamb shank or venison.

The deadline to place and secure an order is online at 3pm Monday 7 July so don't wait around and order today! 

https://www.majestic.co.uk/Cillar-de-Silos-Torresilo-zid14537x6

The wines will be delivered to us direct from the winery so you can expect them to be with you between 4th and 14th August.

COME AND EXPLORE!


Craft Beers of the momentDate published: 05/07/14

We would like to share with you our 4 favourite craft beers of the moment.

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

Brooklyn Lager

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

Brewdog, Punk IPA

light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, a real crowd pleaser.

Anchor Steam

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

All of these are £9.99 on our craft beer multi-buy deal when you buy 2 or more packs.


What's in a grape? - RieslingDate published: 28/06/14

What's in a grape? - Riesling...

Good afternoon! 

Continuing our grape exploration we move to the Riesling variety, much maligned and perhaps under appreciated or mis-understood? (you can decide). It makes thrilling and unique white wines of all sweetness levels in Germany, dry lime-essences in southern Australia and grape-fruity styles in New Zealand; not forgetting the exquisite dryer styles from Alsace in France. 

No friend of oak maturation, this grape is high in compounds called Terpenes, which create the intense floral and fruit characteristics in so many examples. Adaptable with many foods (Thai cuisine, duck, goose, curries, and sushi come immediately to mind) and very sensitive to the soils in which the vines are planted - often styles can vary widely depending on which country these wines are made in. 

Flavours range from bone dry lime and lemon citrus fruits to richer and more floral examples; often complemented with some residual sugar to balance the high acidity levels (hence the great food compatibility of these wonderful wines). If you are still on the fence with Riesling I would encourage you to explore the drier styles from Alsace and Australia before moving onto the richer styles from Germany. 

Be warned however! It could turn into a very expensive love affair! On a hot summer's day in the garden there is nothing better!      

WINE OF THE WEEK..Date published: 27/06/14

WINE OF THE WEEK...

Chateau Pigoudet Rose, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence.

Grapes: Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

An excellent position in a beautiful valley close to the river durance, benefitting from sunshine all year round. This wine has been made using the saignee method.

Taste

A nose of apples and ripe cherries, fresh and elegant – this award-winning rose lingers onto a beautiful finish.

Enjoy

With poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes with garlic.

£9.34 (buy 2 bottles save 15%)


Five minute guide to ProseccoDate published: 26/06/14

With spring in full swing and summer to follow it is time to think of a nice sparkling to have on those long summer evenings. So, today we are going to explore Prosecco an alternative to Champagne. 

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine, generally a dry or extra dry wine. It is made from Glera ("Prosecco") grapes. Although the name is derived from that of the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape may have originated,DOC Prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, traditionally mainly around Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north o Treviso.

Unlike Champagne, its main commercial competitor, Prosecco usually is produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, making the wine less expensive to produce. The rules for the DOCG Prosecco Valdobbiadene also allow the use of the Metodo Classico: secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Approximately 150 million bottles of Italian Prosecco are produced annually. As of 2008, 60 percent of all Prosecco is made in the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene area. Unlike Champagne, appreciated for its rich taste and complex secondary aromas, most Prosecco variants have intense primary aromas and are meant to taste fresh, light and comparatively simple. Which is a superb match for a war, summer evening.

Why not come in and explore our range of Prosecco we have plenty of offers and are always happy to advise and make suggestions of our own favoutites. 


A GUIDE TO CHAMPAGNE VINTAGESDate published: 26/06/14

You might have a favourite champagne house, but which vintage to go for, if you have a choice. This list here might help you make up your mind.

2004 - most recent champagne vintage. Good quality, late harvest of healthy fruit,ripe grapes with good acidity.

2003 - the heat-wave vintage, with the lowest acidity levels on record; some good wines made (e.g. Bollinger 2003)

2002 - top quality; small vintage of concentrated wines; acidity lowish

2000 - mediocre, not declared by all; soft; low acidity; not for long aging

1999 - goodish, very low acidity, soft, not for long aging

1998 - good despite extreme weather; ripe grapes with good acidity

1997 - mediocre; extreme weather; low acidity

1996 - top quality; ripe grapes with high acidity, lean texture, complex

1995 - very good; rich and ripe


Having a party ? Let Majestic helpDate published: 26/06/14

From intimate gatherings to full-on celebrations, whatever sort of party you're planning this summer, we can help.

Use the handy calculator on our website to order just the right amount of wine and beer. We can deliver everything for free, including glass hire and ice buckets.

And with sale or return, you can bring back whatever you don't drink. 


Wine term: Tertiary aromasDate published: 22/06/14

The aromas in wine that are developed as the wine ages in the bottle. This is in contrast to the primary aromas which come from the grape variety itself and the secondary aromas which come from the winemaking process.

Wine Term, Prädikat: What does It Mean??Date published: 22/06/14

A PDO wine designation for high quality used in Germany and Austria, based on grape ripeness and must weight. There are severalPrädikate ranging from Kabinett (Spätlese in Austria) to Trockenbeerenauslese. The Austrian Prädikat also includes the designationAusbruch between Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese.

Wine Term, Nebuchadnezzar: What does It Mean??Date published: 22/06/14

A large bottle holding 15 litres, the equivalent of 20 regular wine bottles.

Super Tuscan revolutionDate published: 22/06/14

The Tuscan coast witnessed an important development in 1948 for Italian wine. This was the birth of the first Super-Tuscan, so called because, while outside the DOC regulations and therefore declassified to Vino da Tavola,the quality was such that the wines sold far more than their more law-abiding cousins. The movement originally started started as a hobby with planting with the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon at the Tenuta San Guido in the Maremma. In 1968 a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Sassicala, was launchewd and within a few years it was trading hands for more than any other Tuscan red. Super Tuscans were a turning point for the international image of Italian wines. Small in production but high in profile, they re-established Italy's reputation for excellence.

Today hundreds of Tuscan producers vinify prestigious wines based on Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot and Syrah. Many are bottled as IGT Toscana, but the Tuscan coast is now awash with DOCs catering to the modern winemaker.

To Try - Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido

Grape - Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese

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

Price - £16 when you buy two.


New craft Beer in StockDate published: 22/06/14

NEW - Perfect for the Summer - BROOKLYN SUMMER ALE

Refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy.English barley malt gives a fresh bready flavour while German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma.

£9.99 for a pack of 6 when you buy any 2 packs of selected craft beers


WINE OF THE WEEK...Date published: 20/06/14

Wine of the week... 

Yalumba Y Series Viognier, Australia

Grape: Viognier

Origin

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world and is home to Yalumba, founded in 1849. Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape.

Taste

A full-bodied dry wine; with perfumed floral scent and a ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky feel.

Enjoy

With Asian cuisine, curry, seared swordfish or tuna. . cheers!  



What is a ''Punt'Date published: 17/06/14

Punts

An empty (Bordeaux-style) wine bottle with a punt at its base.

A punt, also known as a kick-up, refers to the dimple at the bottom of a wine bottle. There is no consensus explanation for its purpose. The more commonly cited explanations include:

It is a historical remnant from the era when wine bottles were free blown using a blowpipe and pontil. This technique leaves a punt mark on the base of the bottle; by indenting the point where the pontil is attached, this scar would not scratch the table or make the bottle unstable.It had the function of making the bottle less likely to topple over—a bottle designed with a flat bottom only needs a small imperfection to make it unstable—the dimple historically allowed for a larger margin of error.It consolidates sediment deposits in a thick ring at the bottom of the bottle, preventing much/most of it from being poured into the glass; this may be more historical than a functional attribute, since most modern wines contain little or no sediment. It increases the strength of the bottle, allowing it to hold the high pressure of sparkling wine/champagne.It provides a grip for riddling a bottle of sparkling wine manually in the traditional champagne production process.It consumes some volume of the bottle, allowing the bottle to appear larger for the same amount of wine, which may impress the purchase.  Taverns had a steel pin set vertically in the bar. The empty bottle would be thrust bottom-end down onto this pin, puncturing a hole in the top of the punt, guaranteeing the bottle could not be refilled. It prevents the bottle from resonating as easily, decreasing the likelihood of shattering during transportation.It allows bottles to be more easily stacked end to end.  Bottles could be stacked in cargo holds on ships without rolling around and breaking.It makes the bottle easier to clean prior to filling with wine. When a stream of water is injected into the bottle and impacts the punt, it is distributed throughout the bottom of the bottle and removes residues.

Celebrity RoseDate published: 14/06/14

The only Rose to feature in Wine Spectator top 100 - the Miraval Rose comes to Majestic. 

Made at the Chateau owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, this is a really high quality wine.

Delicate and pale, with a nose of strawberry, this leads onto a palate with a hint of orange zest, ripe strawberry and perfect peach.

At £17.99 this is a real Fine Wine. Or treat yourself to an incredible Magnum for £38.

Yorkshire Post – Christine Austin – 19th April 
'I tasted it last week and rather enjoyed its pale colour, gentle strawberry fruit and silky texture. Enjoy it on its own or with a crunchy summery salad. Don’t hurry to drink it, it will last all summer and probably add a little more depth as the weeks go by'


The Wonderful Curious BrewDate published: 14/06/14

Produced by the famous Chapel Down Winery in Kent, Curious Brew lager has been growing in popularity ever since its introduction on to the beer market. Made using a champagne yeast, Curious Brew Lager is uniquely cleaner and fresher compared to many other lagers.

Available in only limited retailers, our price is currently the most competitive. So at only £17.99 a case this is the perfect time to try Curious Brew Lager!


Taittinger Special offerDate published: 14/06/14

 Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

Was £42 - NOW £25

Founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux, the Taittinger Champagne house is based in Reims. Originally the Taittingers were a family of wine merchants who, in 1870, moved to the Paris region from the Lorraine in order to retain their French citizenship after the Franco-Prussian War and the Treaty of Frankfurt. In 1932, Pierre Taittinger bought the Château de la Marquetterie from the wine house of Forest-Fourneaux. The vineyards of the château had been planted with Chardonnay and Pinot noir since the 18th Century, and had been developed by Brother Jean Oudart, a Benedictine monk and one of the founding fathers of champagne wine. 

From 1945 to 1960 the business was run by Pierre's third son François. Under his direction, the Taittinger cellars were established in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, built in the thirteenth century in Gallo-Roman chalk pits dating from the fourth century. After François' death in an accident, his brother Claude took over and directed the business from 1960 to 2005. It was during this time that Taittinger became a champagne house of world renown. Claude Taittinger retired in 2006 and his nephew Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger replaced him as head of the business.

Taittinger Brut Réserve is a blend of Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (60%) wines from over 35 different vineyards and vintages matured to perfection.This high proportion of Chardonnay, unique among non-vintage champagnes, and a minimum ageing of three years in the cellars, where it reaches the peak of aromatic maturity, make Taittinger Brut Réserve a delicately balanced champagne with a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.


Weddings with Majestic Wine MaidstoneDate published: 14/06/14

At Majestic we love wine. After all, it’s what we do and it’s all we do.

For over 30 years we’ve been selling wine by the mixed case with passion, knowledge and enthusiasm.

We always have a huge range of wines available, offering superb choice and great value. We have friendly, knowledgeable and highly-trained staff, free wine tastings, plenty of free parking and a nationwide FREE delivery service fulfilled by your local store and arranged for a time that suits you.

At the end of the day what it really comes down to is what’s in the bottle. We’re driven to find the best wines at the best prices - and we’ll take the fear factor out of your planning. With years of experience organising wines and drinks for weddings, we’re able to provide you with accurate estimates on how much wine, soft drinks, beers and spirits you should order.

The team at Majestic Maidstone are always on hand to provide expert advice on the vast selection of 800+ wines in stock and the wines that would best suit your menu. So please don’t hesitate to call us on 01622 691986 or email: mds@majestic.co.uk to discuss how we can help you plan the perfect drink accompaniment to your wedding.


Italian tasting weekDate published: 14/06/14

 Now is the time to pop into the shop and taste our amazing range of Italian wines for our spot light tasting week. 

If you're interested in further learning, we will be having a information walk through of the wines between 3-345 this afternoon.  This is a great opportunity to learn a little about each of our fantastic wines, and possibly find your new favorite wine(s).  Do come out no matter what, there is absolutely no obligation to make a purchase, we'd love to see and meet you all.  


Aix Rosé double magnums are Back in stockDate published: 14/06/14

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 double magnum; a great addition to the most decadent of parties.

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

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

£50


Fizz with a twistDate published: 14/06/14

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

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

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses or just becuase you have never tried it .


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 12/06/14

Le Difese 2011, Tenuta San Guido

Grapes: Sangiovese

From the producer of Sassicaia - one of the best Super Tuscans (if not the best) on the market. This wine really lives up to the name of the producer. This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. When it opens up a bit more, you will taste leather and hints of tea leaves. The finish is long and carries the same lovely fruit notes.

2011 was their best vintage since 2000 with a nice long ripening season and cool nights ensuring the fruit didn't get too ripe. It has just reached its maturity and drinks nicely over next 5 years.


£21.00 or

£16.00

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What's in a grape? - Sauvignon Blanc..Date published: 11/06/14

What's in a grape? - Sauvignon Blanc..

Welcome to our 2nd edition of the series; today we are looking at Sauvignon Blanc; a grape loved by many, frowned upon by some..

This is the grape of course responsible for some of the world's most distinctly aromatic and explosive dry white wines. It has always seemed to have had it origins in Bordeaux, where, with Semillon, it makes both great dry and sweet wines. DNA profiling has suggested that Sauvignon may be related to Chenin blanc and Traminer.

What makes Sauvignon so appealing? Un-oaked it consistently produces a refreshing, crisp, aromatic wine (usually notes of gooseberries, citrus or tropical notes and even grass!) that is very easy to drink with or without food on a hot summers day. It does shine with spicy dishes such as Thai curry, fishcakes and Asian cuisine as well. Its recognizable, and has a lively acidity which can make the wines very enjoyable for their freshness. If the grapes are unripe however; the wines can tend to lean towards herbaceousness, which can be off-putting.

Countries that shine with this variety are of course New Zealand - which really now sets the standards for others; Chile (very underated in my opinion), and France - which still can produce excellent complex wines which are a delight with all kinds of food (especially soft creamy goats cheese - a match made in heaven). 

The sun is shining - lets raise a glass of Sauvignon Blanc to celebrate!   

   

Wine course - Sunsday June 15th...Date published: 10/06/14

Wine course - Sunsday June 15th...

Hi all, just a heads up to say that there are a couple of spaces available on our award-winning wine course on Sunday June 15th, starting at 2pm. It's totally free, and you get to try some fantastic wines of all styles whilst getting informal tips and advise from our knowledgeable staff an all matters wine. 

All you need to do is call 01622 691986 to book a free place.

Get intouch any time!

Wine AwardsDate published: 07/06/14

Last week, the results of the International Wine Challenge were announced. The competition, now in its 31st year, attracts around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers. After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Majestic entered a number of wines into the competition, as did some of our suppliers. Below is a list of our favourites that won gold this year....

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy

Nyetimber is now established as one of England's finest sparkling wine producers, and it continues to do well in international competitions such as the IWC.  The 2009 Classic Cuvee has a beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.  It is also open to taste today!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Mud House if one of several great sauvignon blancs we stock from New Zealand.  This wine has a pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.  If you like The Ned you'll like this!

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010

This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11-hectare estate owned by the Gomba family, and has been matured for 24 months in French oak casks. An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.  

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012

The 2011 won bronze but they have gone two better this year with the 2012 and won gold.  This has not yet reached our store but will be with us shortley.  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.


Great news!! Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV only £14.99Date published: 07/06/14

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

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 06/06/14

Martinborough, Te Tera, Pinot Noir

Grapes: Pinot Noir

Here's a stunner from Martinborough, the home of Pinot Noir in New Zealand and one of the few regions in the world where the wines rival Burgundy.

A concentrated nose of dark plum and the hallmark Pinot Noir aroma of ripe cherries welcomes you, while subtle savoury notes hint at the complexity of this great wine. The Te Tera is silky and elegant in the mouth, with more dark fruits supported by a gentle spice and a clean oak characteristics. Fine tannins add texture and contribute to a lingering finish.

The Te Tera is a brilliant value alternative to the traditional turkey match of red Burgundy. Alternatively, simply enjoy it on its own and savour all the subtle nuances of this complex wine.

£17.49 or

£14.86

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Wine of the week - Alamos Malbec, Argentina.Date published: 30/05/14

Wine of the week - Alamos Malbec, Argentina.

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina for Malbec wines. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec.  

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit; lots of blackberries, plums, a full-bodied wine with soft, ripe tannins.

Try this with all red meats, but especially steak, but easy enough to drink on its own. 

Special offer £6.66 until Monday! 

What's in a grape - Chardonnay...Date published: 29/05/14

What's in a grape - Chardonnay...

Hi all, this is the start of a new series of articles discussing individual grape varieties one at a time in a bit of detail. I hope you find them interesting and informative! 

Chardonnay.. often maligned and misunderstood, this white variety truly can make some of the greatest dry wines in the world. A progeny of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc (a very old variety), Chardonnay is adaptable and perfectly at home in numerous areas of the world: Burgundy, California, Chile and Argentina spring to mind.

Capable of producing most styles of wines to a high level (sparkling, dry or sweet), and versatile in terms of wine making techniques (suited to stanless steel fermentations, barrel maturation and fermentation, malolactic fermentation and noble rot), flavours can understandably range from steely mineral to crisp green fruits, citrus, tropical and stone fruits to creamy vanilla-spiced essences. No wonder people get confused! 

Chardonnay is a difficult grape to pinpoint due to the large range of flavours coaxed out of it, influenced primarily by the climate in which it is grown, and the wine making techniques it is subjected to. when buying Chardonnay based wines I would recommend you tell the seller what sort of white wine style you generally drink - this will give them a great indicator of the style of Chardonnay that you would like. 

Its a fantastic variety - give it a try!  

Wine of the week...Date published: 24/05/14

Wine of the week..

Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire. 

Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Cotes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for very high-quality wines. Made of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this excellent rose is refined and complex on the palate, with notes of strawberry and cranberries.  

Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes.

£9-99 special offer

New Fizz in stockDate published: 17/05/14

New in stock ...Chandon Brut NV Argentina

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

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

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

Only £12.99 when you buy any 2 on 33% off



Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 16/05/14


Grape: Cortese

Origin

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.


£11.99 OR

£7.99

When you buy 2 bottles save 33.3%


Summer Wine Tasting, Majestic Maidstone...Date published: 14/05/14

Summer Wine Tasting, Majestic Maidstone...

Hi all, a final heads up for those of you that are not aware; at 18:30pm tonight we have our fantastic summer wine tasting in the store. It's completely free, there will be up to 12 wines of various styles for you to taste at your leisure, some delicious cheese from our independent deli, and as always expert advice available on all the wines. 

The tasting will last about 2 hours, so feel free to pop along at your leisure if you have any free time!  

Free wine? Bring a Friend to MajesticDate published: 14/05/14

Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle specifically chosen for you.

Mud House New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has arrived in store only £6.66Date published: 12/05/14

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. Only £6.66 is this the next big thing?

Chapel Down on 33.3% offDate published: 10/05/14

Chapel Down Brut Rose, at £21.32. This bubbly is absolutely outstanding, having recently won a gold medal at the IWSC wine awards, beating many big name champagnes along the way. Elegant with touches of redcurrant and a creamy mousse, this really does cement England's place as one of the top sparkling wine producing countries.

Sam Adams bargainDate published: 10/05/14

Sam Adams is on  special offer at only £1 a bottle. That is a case for only £24


Lots of new Sparkling WineDate published: 10/05/14

Some new additions to our sparkling range, we're so pleased with them that we will be having one bottle open on selected weekends for you to taste...

...As always, any quetsions, give us a call at the Broadstairs shop - 01843 600 949

Bouvet Saumur Rosé - £8.99 (buy 2 save 33%)

Grape - Cabernet Franc

The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet and his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local producers and vinfy using the traditional method.

A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose.

Langlois L’Extra Crémant de Loire - £9.99 (buy 2 save 33%)

Grape - Chardonnay, Chenin

This is the Loire equivalent of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the region's white grapes. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines.

Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mouse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue.

Chandon Brut Argentina - £12.98 (buy 2 save 33%)

Grape - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

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

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


Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut - £14.98 (buy 2 save 33%)

Grape - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, having been made a DOC in 1967. Ten years earlier, Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

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


Lots of RoséDate published: 10/05/14


Pop in and see our wide range of Rose's, delight your palate with this beautiful wine. Some of our best sellers over many years in summer are Provence Rose, such as:

M de Minuty Rose, Cotes de Provence - Pale honeysuckle pink, clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. - £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

Chateau de Berne Rose, Cotes de Provence - An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango - £12.74 (when you buy 2 or more) 

Pinot Grigio Rose, Breganze (Italy) Fresh fruit, such as apricot and peach on the nose, soft floral flavours on the palate - £7.64 (if you buy 2 or more)

We also have some new Roses such as:

Etoile de Mer Rose, Luberon - A Provence Rose with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round - £8.99 (if you buy 2 or more)

Miraval Rose, Cotes de Provence - The famous Rose from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's vineyard, a beautiful pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches - £17.99



Our New pricing structureDate published: 10/05/14

We've got some great and exiting new offers which make it easier and simpler to explore our range. All you have to do is make a mixed 6 and get lot's of great discount at the same time. 

For our regular customer you may have noticed the offers have changed and they may need explaining so here we go:

We've got rid of the single bottle multibuy deals, meaning you don't have to buy 2 of the same bottles to get the discount. Instead there are 3 tiers of amazing discount:

15% off deals (purple labels) - buy any 2 from across this range and you automatically get 15% off 

25% off deals (turquoise labels) - buy any 2 from across this range and you automatically get 25% off 

33% off deals (orange labels) - buy any 2 from across this range and you automatically get 33% off 

The majority of the products in our range are on these offers and as you can see it makes it much easier to mix it up and try something new!

We also have a new deal on Fine Wine. You can mix and match Fine Wine and Spirits (brown labels). As long as you've got any 2 bottles from this range you will save a fantastic £10 or £5 off each!

I hope to see you all soon and hearing your feedback on our new and exciting offers.


Wine of the Week- Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/05/14

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc


Pioneers Block, is made from a small parcel of outstanding fruit identified by the wine maker as expressing special flavours derived from the unique terrior.


This special wine has powerful herbaceous flavours of sliced green capsicum and gooseberry. Hints of blackcurrant and passion fruit lend to overall complexity and fullness on the palate.


Enjoy with fresh seafood, vegetarian cuisine and a fresh salad.

£19.99 or

£13.32

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Is a wine always worth its money?Date published: 05/05/14

Is a wine always worth its money?...

Ever wondered why wine can get so expensive? Its certainly a luxury for most people (including myself) in many instances, and prices for wines from the same region can vary widely. How come?...

Often it is due to the reputation of a particular area (think of red Pinot Noir burgundy for example), or perhaps the reputation of the producer, Vigneron or estate where the wine was made (Chateau Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux springs to mind). Rarity and scarcity also have a huge part to play in the final price for us the consumer, not forgetting the vagaries of supply and demand throughout the world. 

In my opinion is it certainly possible to find wines of exceptional quality and value in the £15-30 price bracket. I would regard anything around the £20 mark as a serious treat (hence to say that I don't splurge very often!), but also I think that with careful choosing, you can fine really great stuff from the £7-12 mark and be perfectly happy. 

For me its all about the producer and who made the wine - this is always my marker to finding bang for your buck.

Wine of the Week- Los Vascos CabernetDate published: 01/05/14

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Domaines Baron de Rothschild, Colchagua 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon


From the Chilean wing of the World famous wine empire that is Baron de Rothschild, renowned for their first growth Pauillac 'Lafite' and synonymous with high quality wines from around the globe. Los Vascos hails from Colchagua in Chile an area in between the ocean and the mountains with a cooler micro-climate than the central valley, resulting in wines with a great purity of fruit and typical Chilean power and early drinking ability. This wine is fantastic value and has the same treatment as a much pricier 'old world' wine with modern stainless steel winemaking techniques, and is grafted on pre- phylloxera root stocks giving a wine with new world fruit but old world style.

A fragrant nose of stewed plum and blackcurrant fruit leads on to a youthful, full palate of ripe berries and an herbaceous, green pepper finish with hints of tobacco. A great match to a juicy steak or beef bourginon.


£10.58 or

£8.99

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We have new Beers in stock!Date published: 30/04/14

Come down and explore some of our fantastic craft ales in store. The newest member of the line up includes...


FREEDOM ORGANIC LAGER

4.8% abv

A Bavarian-style Helles beer, brewed with organic English barley and organic German hops. Typical of that style, this beer has lots of caramel and malt sweetness balanced with subtle floral and citrus hops.

Silver medal winner at the Brewing Industry International Awards 2011, and recently included in Pete Brown’s Top 50 Beers of the UK

FREEDOM PILSNER

5% abv

A classic Czech-style pilsner, brewed with English barley and Saaz and Liberty hops. A rounded smooth-drinking beer, with lots of hop character and very subtle sweetness.

Silver medal winner at 2010 International Beer Challenge


Tom's Fine Wine SelectionDate published: 26/04/14

One of my favourite wines recently in is Esprit de Pennautier 2011. Caberdes.  This premium cuvee from the Lorgeril family estate is a blend of fantastic old vine Syrah with Bordeaux varieties, grown on the south-facing slopes of La Montagne Noir close to Carcassonne, and as such is one of the finest examples of the robust Cabardes style.

A powerful nose of black fruit infused with hints of truffle, pepper and coriander. Full-bodied and rich, with firm yet approachable tannins and mellow, toasty wood influence.

£14.99 on the multibuy - £19.99 a single bottle


New Pinot noir in stockDate published: 26/04/14

First Class Pinot Noir 2013 Casablanca Valley

£8.99 or

Pick 'n' mix any two bottles on the same offer and save 33.3%

£5.99

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin

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

Taste 

 Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints. 
A great partner for tender pork loin. 


New Rose in stock- Miraval Date published: 26/04/14

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009.

A beautiful pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.

£17.99 per bottle



Wine of the week-Chablis BoudinDate published: 25/04/14

Chablis 2012, Domaine de

Chantemerle, Boudin

Grapes: Chardonnay

This is a quintessential Chablis from this world-renovated appelation of Burgundy, showing of the natural beauty of the Chardonnay grape. The father and son family own Boudin business is one of very few producers in Chablis, that still harvest by hand and can be proud of some of the oldest vines in the appellation.

The wines are subjected to winemaking a typical in Chablis, resulting in wines that are much richer than typical Chablis. Hints of green apple, lime and citrus as well as warm ripe stone fruits, almost moving into tropical aromas. A weightier palate than usual, with stone fruits, citrus fruits, good minerality and medium levels of acidity. Enjoy as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to seafood, roast chicken and cheeses. Drinking well now but with the potential to cellar for three years.

It is open now on our tasting counter, so come and try it for yourself it is rather a gem

£12.99 or

£14.99

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Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Now 33% off in the Easter Pick 'n Mix!Date published: 23/04/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

Now 33% off in the Easter Pick 'n Mix!

£7.99 When you buy 2 more more wines within the Pick 'n' Mix range

(Single bottle £11.99)

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

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

Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

Saturday Kitchen recommends Tom's Wedding FizzDate published: 19/04/14

This morning, Susy Atkins selected our favourite Lindauer Special Reserve NV from New Zealand as the wine match for the Heaven and Hell dish.  This delicious fizz was matched to a Seabass with griddled asparagus and confit lemon hollandaise sauce.

Clearly great minds think alike as Tom is serving it for his wedding fizz this August.

Back in Stock: Curious Brew Lager- 12 x 330ml bottlesDate published: 19/04/14

Back in Stock: Curious Brew Lager- 12 x 330ml bottles

£17.99

ABV: 4.7%

Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an award winning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beerreceives not only a "dosage" of champagne yeast in itssecond fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,famed for their intense aromas.Taste: Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floraland stone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne thiswine has citrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by arefreshing bitterness.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats andfish.Background Info:Majestic Wine


Lager Special OfferDate published: 19/04/14

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles

£27.84 £24.00

The original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style. 


Fine Wine for EasterDate published: 19/04/14

2006 really was a winemakers vintage, the wines were extremely variable but if you know where to look there are some steals. A challenging vintage means that the quality winemakers get a chance to shine and this wine illustrates this perfectly.

Château Chauvin is located on the north-west part of the St-Emilion plateau, close to the prestigious Cheval-Blanc, on a gentle slope of sand and iron-rich clay.

This is a beautifully deep coloured wine that exhibits a wonderful nose of graphite, plum and blueberry. Subtle and spicy new oak adds a complexity alongside an excellent finish. This is a concentrated modern example of St Emilion with sweet tannins that are well integrated.

One of the great features of this vintage is that this wine is drinking perfectly right now so there is no need to lay this down. This is a wine that would sit perfectly with a rib of beef. A claret that exceptionally quality that deserves a special occasion.

Fine Wine review by Tom


Pick N Mix Fizz for EasterDate published: 19/04/14

Pelorus Vintage is made in the same style as champagne and by the same production method. it is made from the finest free-run juice of the chardonnay and pinot noir grapes and with 3 years lees ageing before bottling it can rival many top champagnes.

Apple and citrus are apparent on the nose with brioche, baked bread and nutty taste adding the real richness that makes this wine punch well above its weight for the money.

On the Pick n Mix where buying 2 bottles from the range saves you 33.3% this wine is only £17.99



The Aix, 2013, Magnum and Double Magnum?Date published: 19/04/14

Get the party started and book your tickets for social events the rest of the year with the definitive Provence Rose, the Aix magnum. Made by Domaine de la Grande Seouvre, one of the regions largest and most prestigious wineries, this blend of grenache, shiraz and cinsault is as good as it gets. At only £19.99 for a magnum (2 bottles in 1) it just makes sense and you know it!


For a something really special why not splash out on a double magnum £50.00. This really is something to show off about

This product is extremely popular so don't delay and perk up the spring evenings with some party- ready pink!


Online ExclusiveDate published: 19/04/14

The Gérard Bertrand Cigalus Case 6x75cl Bottles - £96, equivalent to £16 per bottle.

An exclusive mixed case of two exceptional wines made from one of Gérard Bertrand most prized estates, Domaine de Cigalus. At this special domaine a 100% natural approach is taken by Gérard and the winemaking team.These are really interesting wines that are made in a traditional way, but with forward thinking and modern biodynamic techniques.

This parcel includes: 

       3 x L'Indomptable de Cigalus Blanc 2012 Gérard Bertrand, PGI Aude Hautrive

70% oak-fermented before re-blending and oak ageing to create a complex wine - perfect with soft cheeses. Invitingly golden in colour, this is an intense and complex wine, full of grapefruit, white peach and honey aromas, with subtle hints of dried fruits and toast. Silky, ripe and involving.

       3 x L'Indomptable de Cigalus Rouge 2012 Gérard Bertrand, PGI Aude Hautrive

This is the second red wine from the 'indomitable' Cigalus estate. The varieties are vinified separately before being blended and matured in new oak. Complement the wine's spicy notes and hints of truffle with roast lamb. Deep, dense garnet core with a mahogany rim. Richly concentrated fruit character is enhanced by subtle hints of spice, bracken and truffle. Full-bodied, with a rounded, mellow tannic texture.

The wines will be delivered to us direct from the winery at the beginning of May, so you can expect them to arrive with you mid-May.


Wine of the week- Cáceres ReservaDate published: 18/04/14

Rioja Reserva 2009, Marqués de

Cáceres

Grapes: Tempranillo, Grenache

Produced only in vintages classed as

Very Good or Excellent when Tempranillo is at its expressive best, the Reserva is aged for 22 months in oak and 24 months in bottle.A dense bouquet of toasted aromas, red and black berries, luscious fruits and spices with a rich, layered body of spicy black fruits and succulent red fruits with integrated tannins, fresh acidity.

A perfect match with Roast Lamb this easter!

£15.99 or

£11.99

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When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


EASTER OPENING HOURSDate published: 13/04/14

Have an eggscelent time this Easter with cracking deals from Majestic Wine Maidstone

Here our opening hours over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Remember we offer free delivery on a minimum purchase of six bottles. 


Friday 18th April - usual opening hours  10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours  9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - all stores are closed.

Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours  10am - 5pm


A weekend RecipeDate published: 12/04/14

A sweet and sour sauce is a very versatile thing. You can serve it with chicken, pork, prawns or even veggie alternatives such as Quorn. I threw this one together last week, and it came out quite well, so why not give it a try.

Ingredients:

2 Spring Onions

1 large carrot

1 large red pepper

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

2 tbsp moscovado sugar

2 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp ground ginger

1 small tin of pineapple chunks

Cut the carrot into batons about 1cm thick, and fry on a medium heat for 4 minutes. Cut the pepper and spring onions to a similar size, add to the pan and continue to fry for another 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cornflour, stirring to ensure all the ingredients have an even coating. Add the tomato puree, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and ginger, and the juice from the pineapple.

Return to the heat and warm through until the ingredients have mixed together well. If the sauce is too thick at this point, you can add some water to thin it down. When the sauce starts to simmer add the pineapple chunks, stir and bring back to a gentle simmer. At this point you can add pork, chicken, or whatever you fancy.

Now when I first made this, I thought I had done a good job, until my housemate reminded me not to forget the wine! This sauce is actually quite tricky to match as it contains vinegar, which is notoriously difficult to put together with wine. The wine match would also need a hint of sweetness to match that of the sauce.

So what did I go with? I almost went with Dr L Riesling (£8.49), which has a good balance of sweetness and acidity, but wanted something to match up with the crunchy greeness of the spring onions. In the end (and it may sound like an odd choice) I went for Lindauer Blanc de Blanc Sauvignon Blanc (£12.99 on promotion). Fresh acidity,  married to fresh  tropical fruit aromas, all given a lift by the addition of a bit of fizz. Fantastic!


Grape of the dayDate published: 12/04/14

Albarin

Albarin is an ancient and almost totally forgotten grape variety (different to the grape variety Albarino). There are no more than 100 hectares of albarin planted for wine production, all of them in Spain, which is considerably small in terms of wine hectares. 


Rose Web ExclusiveDate published: 12/04/14

The summer is definitely approaching! Get ready now for those garden parties, BBQs, or just any other occasion which wouldn't be the same without a summery glass of Rosé.

This parcel makes it easy to add the glamour of the south of France to all your summer celebrations – 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 Côtes de Provence 6x75cl Bottles    £107.94

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 6x150cl Magnums    £228.00

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 3x150cl Magnums    £75.00

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 3x150cl Magnums    £82.50

For more information about these wines, please visit http://www.majestic.co.uk/web-exclusive-wines 


Wine of the week-Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013,Date published: 11/04/14

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013,

Côteaux d'Aix en Provence

Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of

flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine

with more exotic guava-like characters.

Great for a barbecue or a sunshine laden party

Simply a summer delight

£9.99 or

£7.99

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When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Grape of the dayDate published: 08/04/14

Grape: Cortese

Cortese is a white grape from North West Italy, grown in the southly regions of the famous Nebbiolo growing Piedmont and makes up the thoroughly intriguing Gavi DOCG.

The wine produces a moderate acidity and light, crisp flavors that pair well with the delicate fish. Cortese wines tend to be medium bodied with notes of limes and greengage.

Majestic Wine has three Gavi offers on at the mo, which might tickle your fancy:

Gavi Montiero 2013 Rocca - £5.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

Gavi 2013 Araldica - Buy 2 bottles save £4 - £7.99

Gavi 2012/2013 La Toledana - Buy 2 bottles save £2 - £10.99

Grape of the dayDate published: 07/04/14

Grape: Albarino

Grown in the North West of Spain, this jazzy little grape can offer a refreshing escape from hot summer days, with high acidity and notable stone and citrus fruits on the nose and on the palate.

With only relatively recent success on the international market Albarino offers great value for money compared with similar styles of wine from France.

In store offers:

Caixas Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas - £7.49 Buy 2 selected wines save 25%

Albariño Martín Códax 2012 Rías Baixas - £10.99 When you buy 2 bottles

San Pellegrino now in StockDate published: 05/04/14

We have just taken shipment of  San Pellegrino sparkling soft drinks; Blood Orange, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit.. £6.99 for a case of six

Peroni at £1.00 a bottleDate published: 05/04/14

The leading Italian lager - clean, crisp and refreshing. Only £1.00 a bottle

Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 05/04/14

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) ciders 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 a focus on quality. 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! This quality cider is currently available to taste in store! Come and explore cider!

Stock up before it all disappears


The Ned is back at a cracking price £6.99Date published: 05/04/14

Majestic's top selling wine The Ned Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough is now down to £6.99 per bottle when you buy any 2 bottles as part of your minimum 6. 

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand 

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

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Drink now with fresh summer salads, seafood or oriental food.

What a corker!

Wine Term, Ripasso-What does it mean?Date published: 05/04/14

Ripasso The addition of Amarone flavor to Valpolicella wine by allowing the Valpolicella to pass over the drained must of an Amarone on its way to secondary fermentation.

Wine of the Week- PetalosDate published: 04/04/14

Pétalos Bierzo 2011,

Descendientes de J. Palacios

Grapes: Mencia

Located in North West Spain, the climate is cooler and damper and Mencia, a red grape, dominates.

Wines produced from Mencía have traditionally been light, pale, relatively fragrant red wines for early consumption. This style of wine was the result of post-Phylloxera plantations on fertile plains, which tended to give high yields but diluted wine. In recent years, much more concentrated and complex wines have been produced by a new generation of winemakers, primarily from old vines – as in Bizero.

A magnificent nose of olives, smoke, charcuterie, and sugary fruit, combine with a warm spicy richness and a quintessentially Spanish lick of vanilla oak. The palate, like the nose, differs from expectations . Ham, ice cream, big bold black fruit, tapenade, griddled meat and herbs come to the fore. An interesting and alternative middle-weight wine.

£18.99 or

£15.99

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When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Baked EggsDate published: 27/03/14

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 large pepper of any colour, sliced

1 courgette chopped into thin semi circles

1 large sliced onion 

1 tin of tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

A handful of chopped corriander

1/2 a tablespoon of tomato pureé

A teaspoon of harrisa paste

A teaspoon of smoked paprika

As much chili as you can handle


Method:

Sweat down the onions in some olive oil in a large frying pan ideally with a metal handle so you can put it in the oven.

Once they have started to colour a little add in the rest of the veg and continue to cook until they have started to soften. Next add the harrisa, paprika, chili and garlic and continue to cook for a couple of minutes stirring all the time so nothing burns.

Then add the tinned tomatoes and tomato pureé and simmer for about ten minutes until the veg is cooked through, then stir in the coriander.

When everything in the pan is cooked make some indentations in the stew and very carefully crack the eggs into each one. This will sto the eggs running and covering the whole thing.

Season the top of each egg with salt and pepper and put the whole pan into a preheated oven at about 200 degrees C for about five minutes until the eggs are just cooked but still runny.

Serve with some couscous and a nice rich red such as the Lodi Zinfandel, or even go to the other end of the spectrum and have it with a nice chilled Manzanilla Sherry. 






What You've ALL Been Waiting For...Date published: 26/03/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel FOR £6.66 - ONE WEEK OFFER

Grape: Zinfandel.

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

The Ravenswood comes out at D on our Full-Bodied scale.

Enjoy

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

OFFER ENDS 31st MARCH 2014

Wine Term, Salamanazar what does it meanDate published: 22/03/14

Salmanazar A large bottle holding nine litres, the equivalent of 12 regular wine bottles. Typically found holding champagne. 

Aix Rosé is Back in stockDate published: 22/03/14

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum

You know summer is approaching when new stock arrives of AIX Rosé. This wine is a real crowd please and invariably sells out so place your orders please! 

This award-winning wine is 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. 

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! only £19.99 

Or for those with larger needs the double magnum £50.00


A look at ArgentinaDate published: 22/03/14

Argentina is famous for its smooth juicy Malbecs and its Chardonnays that are full of stone fruits and toasty oak characters but they have some unsung heros waiting to be discovered.

Producers Viñalba have some superb blends which include their Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot, which blends 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 40% Malbec. A dark and powerful Bordeaux-inspired blend, offering aromas of cassis, spice and mint. A rounded and juicy palate, full of forest fruits, with a long, toasty and spicy finish.

Another Vinalba blend is Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado which has both Malbec, Touriga Nacional. 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.

Testimonio Luigi Bosca is another example of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz, Tannat from Argentina. A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

Finca Las Moras is a full-bodied red wine with enticing notes of chocolate, mint and blackberries which are complemented on the palate by spicy oak and hints of vanilla. The grape variety is Tannat

The Benegas-Lynch Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot Meritage is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, from an old vineyard site in Mendoza's Maipo sub-region. The wine has immense depth, and a complex and savoury structure, reminiscent of a cru classé Bordeaux. Drinking now or cellar for 10-15 years.

Alamos Viognier. This unoaked Viognier offers ripe apricot and delicate blossom notes. Light and crisp on the palate, with concentrated peach flavours. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity.

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc. Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés. 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.


The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 22/03/14

The Majestic Fine Wine Plan.

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.

AND a discount card that can be used against future purchases from Majestic stores

For more information please visit http://www.layandwheeler.com


Wine of the week- Caixas AlbarinoDate published: 22/03/14

Caixas Albarino, Martin Codax 2011, Rias Baixas

Grapes: Albarino

Martin Codax is one of the largest producers within the Spanish region of Rias Baixas (the area of land above Portugal!) but this doesn't mean he compromises on quality.

Forever popular within our Spanish range, this zestyAlbarino's the perfect wine to evoke fond memories of sunny holidays in the Med or even vaguely warm British summers...sigh.

An aromatic nose of fleshy peach, tangy lemon peel and subtle spice, leads on to a crisp palate abundant withjuicy stone fruits and rounded with a honeyed note. Enjoy as a refreshing aperitif or with meaty white fish, chicken salads, or an authentic seafood paella. Simply delicious!

£9.99 or

£7.99

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Fancy a bit of Fine WineDate published: 16/03/14


Let me introduce you to Chateau Batailley Grand Cru Classé 2004, Pauillac.

Chateau Batailley gained 5th growth classification in the 1855 Classification. The Chateau is named after a battle which took place in 1452 on the grounds where it now stands. Fought as part of the 100 year war, the French successfully re-captured Chateau Latour from the English. Just a few years after the battle the first vines were planted.

Pauillac is situated on the left bank of the Gironde and is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is just reaching its potential in terms of aging. The nose is one of black currants, wood and smoke. It is intoxicating and satisfying. With 8 years of aging the tannins have softened to become silky smooth. The black currants taste ripe and juicy whilst those wonderful woody, leathery and smoky notes push through to give the wine depth and complexity.

For me this is a wonderful companion to roast beef to be followed by a cheese board.

This wine will happily age for a further 5 to 10 years but you will be hard pushed to leave it in the wine rack.

At £33 a bottle this is an elegant and stylish Bordeaux from the left bank bursting with fruit and tertiary characteristics. You'll be hard pushed to find a better example of this price point.


Craft BeersDate published: 16/03/14

Here at Majestic we have an excellent selection of craft beers, some of these beers are available throughout the entire majestic chain and some are locally sourced for individual stores. Put your postcode into the website (www.majestic.co.uk/stores) to see what your local store currently stocks. We can even try and track down a beer you have tried and loved but are struggling to find, just let us know.

Below is a list of the current craft beer stock here at Majestic Maidstone:

Punk IPA, Brew Dog  - SINGLE PACK PRICE 12.99 - OFFER PRICE £9.99 (Buy 2 packs save £6)

Brooklyn Lager  - SINGLE PACK PRICE 12.99 - OFFER PRICE £9.99 (Buy 2 packs save £6)

Anchor Steam  - SINGLE PACK PRICE 12.99 - OFFER PRICE £9.99 (Buy 2 packs save £6)

Einstok White Ale  - SINGLE PACK PRICE 12.99 - OFFER PRICE £9.99 (Buy 2 packs save £6)

UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog  - SINGLE PACK PRICE 12.99 - OFFER PRICE £9.99 (Buy 2 packs save £6)

Saving the best until last.... You can mix and match 2 of the selected six packs and still get the offer price!!!! BEER BARGAIN!

Pop into store to check out the rest of the beer and cider range. :)


Wine Term, Vintage what does it mean?Date published: 16/03/14

Vintage Vintage is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product. A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year.

Wine of the week- Paul Mas Syrah ViognierDate published: 13/03/14

Paul Mas Estate 'Nicole Vineyard' Syrah Viognier 2010/2011 PGI Pays d'Oc

The single vineyard collection comes from Jean-Claude Mas's vineyards in the Languedoc region in the South of France. Syrah Viognier is a slightly unusual blend in that Syrah is a red grape and Viognier is white. This isn't the eccentric French drinking too much of the profits, it is actually a blend which has been used for hundreds of years in the Rhone valley where they use it to make Cote Rotie, typically approx £40 a bottle! There is only 5% Viognier in the blend but it softens some of the spiciness of the syrah and helps give the wine a silky, aromatic feel on the palate.

At 14.5% abv its not shy but still has the finesse to go with a variety of foods but is especially good with big hearty meat dishes!



Wine Term, Grand Vin What does it mean??Date published: 13/03/14

Grand vin French term most often associated with Bordeaux where it denotes a Chateau's premier wine, or "first wine". On a wine label, the word's Grand vin may appear to help distinguish the wine from an estate's second or third wine.

One Week Special offers!Date published: 11/03/14

For one week only we've added some great wines to our Pick'n'Mix range....

So until 17th March, you can benefit from these wines at 33.3% off when you buy 2+ as part of your mixed case.....


-The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at just £6.99 , this is sure to be VERY popular 

-Fancy some Fizz Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne at £29.98, or Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne at £16.66 would go down a treat.

-Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja at £8.99, and Vina Eguia Reserva at £6.66 

Gavi Montiero at just £5.99, and the Majestic classic Ch. Meame at £6.66.


All these are in addition to the current Pick'n'Mix deals, so there is sure to be plenty to tickle your fancy this March.

But remember these deals are only on for 1 week only - and must finish at 7pm on Monday 17th March.



Bargain WinesDate published: 10/03/14

Spring is here at Majestic Maidstone we have another exciting range of wines under £6 for the month of March.  Here are our picks


Cuvée de Richard Rosé 2013 PGI Pays d'Hérault - £5.49

A light and pale rosé from vineyards located between the villages of Cruzy and Argeliers in the Languedoc. Perfect with canapes.

Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc - £5.99

A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and subtle toasted bread notes. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a persistent finish.

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Vin de France - £5.49

An astonishing nose with tropical fruit aromas followed by notes of peach. Intense flavours are held together in the mouth by a zesty refreshing acidity.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012 Grifone - £4.99

Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Mas des Montagnes 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages - £5.99

Vivid crimson in colour, with a nose dominated by the Grenache's jammy raspberry aromas. On the palate, the Syrah and Carignan add some spice and tannin, resulting in a well structured and racy wine.



WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 08/03/14

La Motte Shiraz 2010


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.


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. Excellent with game or roast beef.


£11.99 or £9.99

Save £2 on each bottle when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Wine Term, Balthazar. What does it mean??Date published: 07/03/14

Balthazar A large bottle containing 12 litres, the equivalent of 16 regular wine bottles.

Grapes continuedDate published: 05/03/14

Rotgipfler

Rotgipfler must surely win the prize for least seen varietal wine. This white grape is indigenous to the Thermenregion in Austria, and is sometimes compared to Viognier, although its parents are Traminer and Roter Veltliner. It produces wines with a thick, oily texture with a pleasant floral, peppery element, not dissimilar to an Alsace Gewürztraminer. A grape variety for those who don’t like acidity in whites, here it is
barely noticeable!

Txakoli

The pride and joy of the Basque country in Northern Spain, this variety is the ideal aperitif for those who are driving. It produces very dry white wine with a bracing acidity and low alcohol content, a perfect match to the Basque tapas or Pinxtos found throughout bars in the region. It is also found in tiny quantities in Chile, although its spiritual home will always be the Basque country.

Tyrian

One of the newest grape varieties to come into existence, this variety was genetically ‘bred’ by an Australian company. Currently one winery – McWilliams Wines in Australia – grows the variety; it is a hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and the Spanish variety Sumoll. Tyrian ripens extremely late offering notes of plum and violets, with a deep colour and bright hue.

Welshriesling

No, this is no relation to the Celtic traditions of South Wales in the UK. This variety also has nothing to do with Germany’s Riesling grape, funnily enough. It is mainly planted in Austria, producing light, floral, delicate wines with a forceful acidity, even in warmer climates. Rarely seen outside the FatherLand, this variety can occasionally dazzle us with capacity to make intense, complex dessert wines when subjected to botrytis.



GrapesDate published: 05/03/14

The Ten Weirdest Wine Grape Varieties

Grape Varieties continue to play an important role in the language of wine, which is why ‘varietal labelling’ has become so common. In fact, we could even say that the shift of emphasis from place to grape has been the biggest factor in making wine accessible to the curious and uninitiated. Today, far fewer wine drinkers know the names Volnay or Meursault for example, than know the names of the grape varieties from which these wonderful wines are made: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is much easier to get to grips with a couple of well-known grape names than to know all the possible regions that can be found on wine labels – after all, France’s appellation system was designed by Medieval theologians!

Ten Weirdest Grapes

Most of us are well acquainted with the ‘celebrities’ of wine, the Chardonnays, Merlots and Sauvignon Blancs of this world. A worthy aspect, however, of anyone’s wine  education would be looking further afield to the varieties that stay out of the limelight. So spare a thought for some of the less well-known players as its worth stepping away from Cabernet Sauvignon for a second to give these guys a chance – we promise they don’t bite:

Assyrtiko

One of Greece’s hidden secrets; the country has a number of indigenous varieties of enormous appeal, not least because of their natural freshness, balance and poise. Assyrtiko is grown on the idyllic island of Santorini, producing delightful lime-scented wine, noticeably marked by peppery spiciness from the island’s volcanic soil.

Brachetto

Brachetto is probably Italy’s least well known grape, grown in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It produces an aromatic light red wine that is unusually low in alcohol, often no more than 5.5%. It is used to make spumante (sparkling) style wines. Imagine a light, pink Moscato and you are nearly there. Very popular with the ‘I’m driving’ crowd.

Caberlot

The rarest grape variety in the world, there are only 2 hectares of this variety grown today, a genetic cross between Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It is truly unique as you can only find this grape in one estate in Tuscany, and thus far they have not been willing to share their prize with anyone. The estate’s owner, Bettina Rogosky explains the varietal was first identified in the early 1960s in an old abandoned vineyard near Padua. Her husband, Woolf Rogosky, acquired and named the varietal `Caberlot´, and set out to produce a great wine with a truly unique character. One of the wine world’s greatest secrets.

Furmint

Furmint is the main component of Hungary’s Tokaji wine. Named after the town of Tokaji at the foot of the Tatra mountains in Hungary, it is the oldest known variety to be subjected to the botrytis noble rot, dating from the mid 1600s. Long before producers in Sauternes were subjecting their wines to botrytis, Furmint was producing gorgeous wines with marmalade, caramel and raisin typically on the palate, always balanced by
lovely acidity. A noble grape indeed.

Mavrud

A Balkan grape which is rarely seen today, Mavrud comes from the area of Assnovgrad in Bulgaria. It is notoriously difficult to grow and ripen, in bad years producing rustic wines from unripe fruit. In better years it can offer robust, potent wines, with a dry, peppery Grenache style scent and flavour. One to watch!

Ortega

A variety that is very sparely planted in Germany has found a home in the vineyards of Kent, England. It seems to thrive in the English cool climate conditions, producing white wines with keen acidity and gooseberry, floral notes. It was in danger of dying out all together but Biddenden Vineyards in Kent planted the variety a few years ago with encouraging results. Could be the next big thing for the British wine industry.



Wine Term, Carbonic macerationDate published: 02/03/14

Carbonic maceration Whole, uncrushed grapes are fermented in a sealed vat containing a layer of carbon dioxide. This results in fruity, soft and distinct red wines. These wines have little tannin and are immediately drinkable. This is the method used throughout France's Beaujolais region.

Wine Term, Amontillado: What does It Mean??Date published: 01/03/14

Best described as a matured Fino. After the flor dies, the yeast sinks to the bottom of the wine and is no longer able to protect the Sherry from oxidation. The now unprotected Sherry begins to take on a rich and deep nutty flavor, and can now be described as Amontillado.

Malbec on special offer and here are the staff choicesDate published: 27/02/14

As we've reduced our Malbec range by a whopping 33.3% off. If you enjoy big, powerful new world reds then these following 3 should be perfect. 

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 - £11.99 Single Bottle Price or £7.99 when you buy 2+

One of my initial favourites when I joined Majestic, the Viñalba offers incredible value and has recently won Gold at the Argentinian Wine Awards 2014. Great value at £7.99, this regularly wins coveted IWSC awards and once you've tried it you'll understand why. Great mouth feel, with flavours of ripe plum fruits, dark chocolate and mocha. A veritable bargain!

Catena Malbec 2011 £13.99 Single Bottle Price or £9.32 when you buy 2+

Catena Malbec is a great example of the expertise shown by the Argentinian wine trade. The Catena family work tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a fantastic example of Malbec. If you enjoy Aussie Shiraz, then the flavours of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice mean this a perfect alternative.

Malbec Luigi Bosca 2011, Vistalba £15.99 Single Bottle Price or £10.65 when you buy 2+

Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example ofArgentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtlevanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.

The Malbec 33.3% off deal continues until Monday 3rd March


Wine of the week- Arrowfield SemillionDate published: 27/02/14

Arrowfield Reserve Semillion

Grapes: Semillion

A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. Made in a modern, youthful style, using only stainless steel for fermentation, this wine is nonetheless remarkably ageworthy.


Delicate yet well defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long, lemony finish.


Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years to allow the wine to develop a richer, more honeyed profile.


£9.99 or

£6.99

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £6

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Wine Term, Noble Rot: What doe It Mean??Date published: 26/02/14

Noble rot A fungal virus brought on by Botrytis cinerea that results in dehydrated and shrivelled grapes that are high in concentrated sugar. Noble Rot grapes are an essential component of many Austrian and German wines as well as Sauternes. 

Wine Term. Prädikatswein: What does it mean??Date published: 25/02/14

Prädikatswein The highest class of wine in the German wine classification, formerly called Qualitätswein mit Prädikat. These wines always display a specific Prädikat on their label. For example Beerenauslese.

Wine Term, Trockenbeerenauslese: What does it mean??Date published: 25/02/14

Trockenbeerenauslese: A German term meaning approximately "A late harvest of selected dry berries". A type of German wine made from grapes affected by noble rot. Such grapes can be so rare that it can take a skilled picker a day to gather enough for just one bottle. A Prädikat in Germany and Austria.

Keep an eye out to find out what Prädikat means!

Wine list revival needed?Date published: 24/02/14

Need a New Wine List?

For restaurant, pub, bar, hotel, spa and all other business owners looking for a fantastic wine list, stocked with award winning wines delivered for free 7 days a week, look no further than Majestic! Our commercial team are on hand for a chat about your requirements and to let you know what we can offer and how we can improve your business!

We have a large selection of wines that you won't find on our shop floor, wines that are EXCLUSIVE TO YOU!

Fancy hearing more? Just give us a call on 01622691986 or email us at mds@majestic.co.uk, and leave the rest up to us.


WINE NEWS - ''Bin'' - What does it mean ?Date published: 24/02/14

Bin A term originally meant to denote a location in a cellar where wine is stored but now often seen in brand marketing of some wines (i.e. Bin 75 Merlot, etc)

ABC: What does it mean??Date published: 24/02/14

ABC Acronym for "Anything but Chardonnay" or "Anything but Cabernet". A term conceived by Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm to denote wine drinkers' interest in grape varieties.

We say Don't discriminate against one grape variety! The same variety can taste completely different from one wine to another. This could be to do with the way it's made or where it's from. 

In short you don't know until you've tried it!

Cleanskin: What does it mean??Date published: 24/02/14

Cleanskin In Australia, wine bottled without a commercial label, usually sold cheaply in bulk quantities. These wines can be a real bargain! ask in store and we can point you in the direction of some real quality wines at an unbelievable price! 

What is a ''Chai'Date published: 23/02/14

Chai A wine shed, or other storage place above ground, used for storing casks, common in Bordeaux. Usually different types of wine are kept in separate sheds.[4] The person in charge of vinification and ageing of all wine made at an estate, or the chais of a négociant, is titled a Maître de Chai.[5] The New World counterpart to the chai may be called the barrel hall.[6]

Cooprative. What Does it Mean??Date published: 23/02/14

Cooperative Winemaking organization that is jointly owned by a number of growers who pool their resources and vineyards to produce wine under one label.

Barrique: What does it mean??Date published: 23/02/14

Barrique The French name for a 225 litre Bordeaux style barrel (Bordeaux hogshead). Will yield 24 cases of 12 bottles each. Wine made in a barrique will usually have a more concentrated oaky flavour as the wine has had closer contact with the oak.

Craft BeersDate published: 22/02/14

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.


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 22/02/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011,

Lodi County

CALIFORNIA

£9.49 When you buy 2+ bottles

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the

Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings

in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that

underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas.

Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity,

filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes or a cheese

platter. Enjoy over the next four years.


A Califonian GreatDate published: 11/02/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

I had not tried many Californian wines before so I was not sure what to expect but I certainly was not disappointed from my first tasting. Grown from grapes in the Lodi area of California's Central Valley (also know as the Zinfandel Central), the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 really impressed from the off. It is bursting with flavours of black berry, cherry and plum, has a lovely well rounded texture and an undertone of vanilla and spice. But, what was most impressing was its long lingering finish. The grapes are ripened a little longer than normal giving maturity to this wine, resulting in a great balance of fruit and tannins. This in turn leads to its long finish, the kind of finish you would expect from much older vines. I would strongly recommend having this wine with flavourful duck dishes or a cheese platter.



Calling all CommercialsDate published: 11/02/14

Majestic Commercial

With us, you get so much more than a company that just sells wines. We also have a range of services carefully designed to help you maximise sales and achieve your individual business goals. 

Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements, our sales ethos remains the same: it all revolves around you. We start by listening to your plans, priorities and goals. Then we’ll draw on our unrivalled expertise and commercial acumen to develop a bespoke package of products and services to help you meet your objectives. However, in order for us to be able to viably offer you the full commercial on-trade package, you must spend at least £1,000 per site on wine every month to become a Majestic Commercial customer. If your average spend is below £1,000 per site per month, we will be happy to help meet your requirements at a store level.

Dedicated Account Manager

Strong customer relationships are at the heart of our business. That’s why we give you a key point of contact, based in your region, who’s on hand to offer the support, advice and information you need, when you need it. Our people combine commercial experience with industry-leading Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications, giving them the knowledge to guide you through the world of wine and everything in it.

Local delivery, local support

Your account will be serviced from a local Majestic store within our 180 strong nationwide network. This gives you the reassurance of knowing the people picking, processing and delivering your wines, at the same time as keeping costs to a minimum. What’s more, being open seven days a week makes it quicker and easier to arrange deliveries, even at weekends.

Bespoke wine list design & production

A well-presented wine list with informative tasting notes is a vital tool in promoting and selling wines right across your range.

Commercial Exclusives range

We pride ourselves on offering quality and interest throughout the Majestic range. However, as a Commercial customer you also have access to a hand-selected range of key wines which are not available for retail sale to the public.

Sharing our knowledge

Our customers tell us that the most valuable support we can give them is via training of their staff. We offer training ranging from our really successful Confidence in Wine course that cultivates an understanding of the winemaking process and key grape varieties as well as basic food and wine matching principles. Another recent development is 'Perfect Partners' a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus.

Call us at your local Maidstone store to discuss your needs (01622) 691986


Gifts with a differenceDate published: 10/02/14

Why not send a case of wine?

With over 700 products to choose from, including wine, spirits, Champagne, Port, Sherry & dessert wines, we can help you create a mixed case to suit most tastes and budgets. We also have gift packaging in one, two, three, four, six and twelve bottle formats, so you can present your gift in style.

Don't know where to start, don't worry, we're always on hand to advise, just ask!


Best temperatures to serve winesDate published: 09/02/14

Different wines are best served at different temperatures depending on their style:

Medium/ full-bodied oaked white wines, such as a White Burgundy or Fume Blanc, are best served lightly chilled around 12°C.

Light/ medium-bodied white wines are at their best chilled around 10°C. For example a Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Fino Sherry.

Sweet wines, including Sauternes or sweet Muscats are best served well chilled between 6-8°C.

The same temperature of 6-8°C applies to sparkling wines such as Cava, Champaige and Asti.

When serving light-bodied red wines, they are best drank lightly chilled around 12°C.

Meduim/ full bodied red wines however should ideally be served at room temperature between 17 and 18 °C. Examples include Clarets, red Burgundy, Rioja's, Australian Shiraz, Barolo and vintage Ports.

When chilling wines using an ice bucket, it should be filled up to three-quarters full with a mixture of ice and water to ensure the bottle is fully submerged.


The Ultimate party planning guideDate published: 08/02/14

Party planning at Majestic

You need to decide how many guests you are inviting and the budget you'll be working to – then its on to the fun part

Champagne or Sparkling Wine

If it's a special occasion, or you want to get your celebrations started with a swing, you can't beat a glass of fizz. At Majestic we're real sparkling specialists and always include a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers, starting at £6.99 for Sparkling Wine or £18.00 for Champagne.

A standard sized bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine (75cl) will provide 6 flutes. For a wedding reception or toast you'll need 2-3 glasses per person. So for 100 guests you'll need at least 100 x 2 glasses = 200 flutes, or 34 bottles.

Wine

Whether you're doing drinks with the neighbours or running a large-scale fundraising event, getting the right quantity of the right wine is crucial. As a general rule, allow half a bottle per person then add a margin for safety.

A standard sized bottle of wine (75cl) will provide 6 small wine glasses (125ml). So one case of wine (12 bottles) will provide 72 glasses. So for 100 guests you'll need 100 x 3 glasses = 300 glasses, or 50 bottles.

Preferences for red and white wines are usually evenly split, but be aware of seasonal variations (warmer weather = more white than red, and vice versa) and don't forget about rosé!

It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding or similar function – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £16 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £6 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer. Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. At Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.

Beer & Cider

At Majestic we have a wide range of lagers and ales available by the case. Quantities depend largely on knowing your guests' likely preference for lager, ale or cider but as a rule it's best to over-order. Majestic will refund any unopened cases of beer or cider that you have left over.

Spirits

Serving spirits can be labour-intensive, but at Majestic we try and make things easy. We stock a good range of mainline and speciality spirits from around the world, as well as quality mixers. We recommend you use a true shot measure, as 'home measures' can lead to you serving drinks much stronger than you intended! We can also provide hi-ball (tall) glasses for serving spirits and mixers.

Free Glass Loan

You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.

Ice, Chiller Bins & Ice Buckets

It's important to plan how you're going to keep your drinks chilled. Majestic chiller bins hold 18-24 bottles of wine or Champagne or 2-3 cases (48-72 bottles) of lager when filled with ice and water. Filled with 3-4 bags of ice, drinks will be well chilled in 30-45 minutes and will be kept cold for several hours especially if kept in the shade. These are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis, refunded in full on return. Alternatively, for a more formal affair try our table-top ice buckets which are available to purchase or hire for £10 – these hold 4-5 bottles of Champagne, wine or water with 1 bag of ice. Don't forget that we also sell bags of ice that we can deliver with the rest of your drinks.

Free Delivery

Majestic offer FREE home delivery, 7 days a week, arranged at a convenient time. Deliveries are fulfilled by your local store (or by the store nearest your venue) so you're always dealing with the same store team you placed your order with.

If you're ordering for a large party it may be worth organising delivery a few days in advance to allow for late additions/changes to the guest list – but be aware that if you're ordering ice you'll need somewhere to store it until the big day.

Sale-or-return

It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a party or event and you certainly don't want to run out. Our staff will be happy to offer advice on quantities but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy.

All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition – we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.

We do not collect leftovers or hire glasses so you will be responsible for returning them to your local store.

Sale-or-return is at your local store managers' discretion, and enquiries about sale-or-return on very large orders should be made to your local store.


English Wine - my pick of the cropDate published: 07/02/14

The Romans were the first to plant vines in Britain. By the Middle Ages vineyards were widespread throughout southern England, generally on monastic lands. There then followed a decline with vineyards being destroyed. There has been a boom in planting in the last 10 years and there is at least a hundred or more vineyards across England. 

The UK's maritime climate, tempered with the Gulf stream and Global warming are giving grounds for increasing confidence as far as the production of wine  is concerned. Sparkling wine, especially, is being considered of particularly good quality.  

My pick of the bunch are;

Chapel Down Kit's Coty Estate Chardonnay 2011 £12.99

A fresh and appealing nose of fresh white peach and floral notes, with hints of butterscotch and subtle spice. A complex and richly textured palate full of citrus and stone fruit character. 

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004/2009 England £35.99

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.


Wine of the Week - Catena Alta ChardonnayDate published: 06/02/14

Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011

Grapes: Chardonnay

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's most renowned producers and has been crafting high-quality wines in Mendoza for over a century. Catena Alta is their flagship range and uses fruit sourced from their best vineyard sites. The grapes for this wine come from two of Catena's Andean vineyards – 80% from the Adrianna vineyard and the remaining 20% from their Domingo vineyard. Adrianna is located at an altitude of around 1,500m above sea level and has shallow sandy, rocky soils.


Tropical aromas of mango, pineapple, peach and lychee leap from the glass. On the palate, the exotic notes of mango and pineapple continue along with an array of ripe stone fruit. Hints of fig and sweet spice also come to the forefront and lead in to a long, lingering, refreshing finish.


Match with lobster risotto with watercress dressing for a touch of luxury this weekend!

£23.00 or

£18.00

Fine Wine Save £10 offer

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Brand new OffersDate published: 04/02/14

We have some fantastic new offers available. This includes the magnificent Pick and Mix where you can save 33%. There are loads of others so plenty to choose from. Pop back later for a break down of our favourites.


Wine of the Week Concordia CrianzaDate published: 30/01/14

Marques de la Concordia Crianza 2008 Rioja, Spain

Grapes: Tempranillo

This is a sensational wine blending two distinct sytles of Rioja into one quality prodcut. Made with Tempranillo grapes, using traditional Riojan winemaking techniques mixed with modern new world twist. Concordia age their wines in a combination of new French and American oak barrels which give a warm toasty feel with creamy vanilla hints.


'Crianza' Rioja requires 12months in oak barrels, however Concordia keep theirs for 18 months to give a richer wine. The grapes are picked at full ripeness to give more ripe red fruit character and a new world style to the wine.


A toasty blackberry nose with juicy strawberry notes leads onto a ripe refreshing palate of red cherry, tobacco and herbs. This wine is youthful, fresh and exciting with decent length and just enough tannin to match perfectly with Lamb dishes.


£10.99 or

£8.49

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £2

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Will's Weekend WineDate published: 30/01/14

Tournelles, Voluptabilis 2010, buzet

This wine is the 'second wine' of Château Tournelles, and is a blend of the most common red Bordeaux varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot make up the blend with an additional 15% Malbec. Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley.

 Stylistically this wine shares a lot of its character with the fine wines of Bordeaux. 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.

Having tried this wine last night, i have to say what stood out was the balance, concentration of black fruits and very long finish. If you like Bordeaux reds but struggle to fine value under £10 then this is your fellow. Fantastic match for beef brisket or a traditional stews. .

Amazing value!    £6.66 if you buy 2 bottles, or £9.99


Fizz deals ending soonDate published: 29/01/14

Here is a list of some of the best deals we currently have on our Champagne and Sparkling wine selection, which are ending soon!

* Veuve Clicquot Brut NV    £45.00 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £29.98

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV    £45.00 Buy 6 bottles save 33% £30.00

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV    £42.00 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £27.98

* Canard-Duchêne Brut NV    Special Offer £27.00 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £17.99

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV    Special Offer £24.00Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £15.99

* Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004/2009 England £35.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £23.98

* Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG, Italy    £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £9.99

* Lindauer Rosé NV New Zealand    £13.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £9.32

* Undurraga Brut NV Chile    £10.49 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.99

For more details about any other offers that are ending on the 3rd of February, please visit our website http://www.majestic.co.uk/ 

To place an order, simply call us on 01622 691986, pop in to see us or order online at www.majestic.co.uk 

We offer a free delivery on 6 bottles when you spend £40 or more.


Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc back in stockDate published: 26/01/14

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough.

To many people, mention the name Cloudy Bay and they will have heard of it. Quite a few will have tried it too! Established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley on the North end of New Zealand's south island this wine maker exploded onto the scene with their Sauvignon Blanc and quickly became one of the most prestigious names in new world wine. And after you have tried some it is easy to understand why.

The nose is classic NZ Sauvignon Blanc, herbaceous with those zesty gooseberry notes. This follows through onto the palate but added into the mix are layers of tropical fruits such as passion fruit and guava that give this wine a much more refreshing, slightly rich edge. These bold flavours leave the mouth watering and filled with fruit long after.

This screams for a fish dish, a nice rich clam chowder just to conjure up feelings of sitting in the sun by the ocean.


A wonderful web exclusiveDate published: 26/01/14

The combination of Arrowfield Estate's low-yielding vines and the Hunter Valley's warm, sea-breeze-moderated climate produces a rich and intensely flavoured Chardonnay. Wild fermentation in oak barriques and extended lees contact add rich complexity.

A bold, lush yet easy-going Chardonnay, full of soft golden apple and pear fruit, and subtle aromas of warm honeyed toast. The texture is mouth-filling and round.

Don't miss out on this amazing deal, which  will end at 3 pm on Monday 27th January! 

6 bottles at only £47.94 ,equivalent to just £7.99 a bottle


Weddings with Majestic Wine MaidstoneDate published: 25/01/14

Planning your wedding? Not sure how to go about selecting your beers, wines and spirits?.....Come and see us at Majestic wine in Maidstone...

At Majestic we love wine. After all, it’s what we do and it’s all we do.
For over 30 years we’ve been selling wine by the mixed case with passion, knowledge and enthusiasm.

We always have a huge range of wines available, offering superb choice and great value. We have friendly, knowledgeable and highly-trained staff, free wine tastings, plenty of free parking and a nationwide FREE delivery service fulfilled by your local store and arranged for a time that suits you.

At the end of the day what it really comes down to is what’s in the bottle. We’re driven to find the best wines at the best prices - and we’ll take the fear factor out of your planning. With years of experience organising wines and drinks for weddings, we’re able to provide you with accurate estimates on how much wine, soft drinks, beers and spirits you should order.

The team at Majestic Maidstone are always on hand to provide expert advice on the vast selection of 800+ wines in stock and the wines that would best suit your menu. So please don’t hesitate to call us on 01622 691986 or email: mds@majestic.co.uk to discuss how we can help you plan the perfect drink accompaniment to your wedding.

 Pop down and see us for further information and advice!


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 24/01/14

Waimea Gewurtztraminer

An intense, tropical-fruit-laden wine, full of concentrated flavours of

orange zest and lychee, embellished with floral notes on the nose and a

delicate yet slightly unctuous texture

The off-dry apéritif style really emphasises the wine's fruitiness. A

marvellous match for spicy foods such as Thai curry.

One of Wills favourites and is really fantastic if you want to try something different.

£14.99 or

£11.99

New Zealand 20% Deal

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


Venison and Pheasant RaguDate published: 22/01/14

Ingredients:

Approx 250g of venison haunch and 250g of pheasant breast, chopped finely somewhere between a fine dice and a rough mince.

One onion finely diced.

One large carrot finely diced.

One stick of celery finely diced.

Two crushed cloves of garlic.

Approx two tablespoons of tomato puree

Approx half a bottle of wine

 Method:

Heat some olive oil in a heavy casserole dish and gently sweat the onion, carrot and celery with the lid on, stirring occasionally. Do this for about ten minutes until they all soften down nicely and become translucent.

Next turn the heat up a bit and add the meat and garlic. Brown the meat a bit but not too much so it doesn't become tough. This is just to get the flavour going not to cook the meat through.

Add the tomato puree and cook it off for another couple of minutes and then add the wine. At this point you want the sauce a little bit runny as it will reduce down with further cooking.

Bring the sauce up to the boil, season with salt and pepper, then put in a pre-heated oven at about 150 degrees for a couple of hours until the sauce is nice and thick and the meat is soft and falling apart.

This is best tossed together with a wide ribbon pasta such as tagliatelle so the sauce gives everything a nice coating.


I had this dish with a bottle of Valpolicella La Casetta Ripasso (£13.99 when you buy two). This is a lovely deep rich red which uses some of the left over dried grapes used to make the much more expensive Amarone wines. This gives it a rich raisin flavour with hints of spice and chocolate. This big flavour and body help it stand up to the rich gamy sauce.


New Cider Date published: 21/01/14

It is called Burrow Hill Cider and originates from Somerset. This is a proper traditional cider make no mistake about that. All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style. Here at Majestic Maidstone we are flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider. A staff favourite!


Bargain Hunt Feature wine Casabel Vinho TintoDate published: 18/01/14

Casabel Vinho Tinto

£7.99, or buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £5.33

A blend of traditional Portugese varieties, hand picked from three estates in the Obidos region.  The grapes are matured for 6-8 months without oak.  This leads to a fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice.  The palate has loads of forest fruits and robust tannins.

One of Wills favourite wines and available to try if you pop in on sunday 19th


Discover the world of Red Wine for only £67.08Date published: 18/01/14

Come and try some of our specially selected pre mixed cases. A great way to try a whole range of grapes from all of the world. 

Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012 Vin de France-Supple and inviting, this wine blends the soft and jammy raspberry fruit of ripe Grenache with the firming influences of Carignan's blackberry flavours and robust tannin.

Aspen Shiraz 2012 South Eastern AustraliaA medium weight red, with a pleasing balance between ripe fruit and savoury, earthy notes on the nose. The palate is succulent and mouth-filling, with lashings of red berry and brambles.

Cuvée de Richard Rouge 2012 PGI Pays d’AudeAmazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish.

Mountain View Merlot 2012/2013 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central ValleyAromas 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.


12 bottles for only £67.08 A bargain

Bargain Hunt Wine of the weekDate published: 17/01/14

Talinay Chardonnay 2011 Coastal Limestone Vineyard, Limarí Valley

Bargain Hunt Special!

This modern cool-climate Chardonnay has an invitingly fruity character, offering citrus and tropical notes in abundance. A lush, creamy palate, with mouthwatering acidity and a forthright minerality.

We think this is a real steal. A wonderful wine at a fantastic Price. What a bargain

£16.99 or

£11.33

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Rioja Gran Reserva without the Grand PricesDate published: 16/01/14

Rioja Gran Reserva without the Grand Prices

The producer Vina Eguia, situated in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa sub-region, has made a fantastic Gran Reserva, vintage 2004.

The wine is made with the traditional rioja grape, tempranillo, from vines in their prime around 40 years old, which gives an aromatic, near ethereal, with soft sent of berry fruits and subtle oak cedar aromas. Medium-full bodied, this is elegant in proportion, very smooth in taste and showing attractive integration. The tannins are quite restrained, and there is a youthful freshness from the acidity and sweetness.

Like all Spanish Gran Reserva’s, this Rioja spends 30 months in oak barrels and a further three years in a bottle before release, giving it the subtle and well rounded flavours and is recommended to age with further grace.

The complex game, red fruits and cedar on the finish gives the Eguia subtleties that a lot Rioja’s may not possess, and is terrific for those who find the full-on flavour of the untamed tempranillo grape a bit too much.

This is an excellent wine with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses - http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Gran-Reserva-zid14007


Sticky BBQ RibsDate published: 14/01/14

This is a great slob out recipe that is also good for the barbecue

Ingredients

Approx 500g of pork ribs,

Half an onion,

Four cloves of garlic,

A thumb sized piece of ginger,

A lemon,

Two teaspoons of five spice,

Four tablespoons of dark soy sauce,

A tablespoon of honey,

A tablespoon of sesame oil,

Method

Put the ribs in a large saucepan along with the onion, half of the garlic and and ginger, half a lemon, one teaspoon of five spice and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Next cover with boiling water and put the lid on. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down to a simmer for about an hour and a half.

Chop up the rest of the ginger and garlic then put in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of course salt and grind into a paste. I you don't have a pestle and mortar you could do this with the flat side of a knife bu you wont get as fine a paste. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and put the garlic and ginger in. Fry off for a minute or two making sure not to burn anything. Next put in the rest of the soy sauce, and squeeze in the other half of the lemon. Bring the sauce up to a light simmer then stir in the honey. If the sauce is a bit thick you can ladle in a little of the cooking liquor.

Put the ribs into an oven proof dish and pour the sauce over the top of them. Make sure they are well coated then put in hot oven for about twenty minutes.

That is it! serve with some barbecue beans and some coleslaw for a lazy Friday nights dinner, or instead of putting the ribs in the oven chuck them on a barbecue to get a lovely charred finish. One last tip. Don't throw the stock away! Strain it and reheat in a saucepan, then throw in some rice noodles for an epic noodle soup!

Wine Choice

White

Yali Reserva Gewürztraminer, 2010. This complex Chilean wine is full of tropical lychee fruit and has a spicy finish that will compliment the five spice in the dish perfectly. A steal at £6.99 a bottle!

Red

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature series Syrah, 2010. This is a rich inky purple wine that is bursting with pepper spice and blackcurrant fruit. If you go for the barbecue ribs option this will match the char grill flavour perfectly! £6.39


Will's Weekend Wrecipe Date published: 12/01/14

This could possibly be one of the easiest but tastiest recipes going. It makes approx 6-8portions, so if you have any left over you can always put it into individual portions in zip top freezer bags and take them to work to defrost ready for lunch.

Ingredients
1x Medium sized Butternut Squash
1x Medium Onion
1x Stick of celery
4x Garlic Cloves
1 Litre, Good quality Chicken or Vegetable Stock
1 1/12 tsp Garam Masala

Method
Peel the squash and cut into chunks about 2-3 inches square, then put them into a roasting tin. Crush three of the garlic cloves with the flat side of a knife and throw them in too, skins and all. Put a good glug of olive oil over them then toss them around the tin so everything gets a good coating. Next, sprinkle the garam masala and some salt and pepper over the contents of the tin and again make sure everything gets a good coating. Put them into a hot oven for around twenty minutes or so until they start to caramelize around the edges. DON'T BURN THEM! Or the soup will taste rubbish!
Whilst the squash is roasting, finely chop the celery and dice the onion and throw them in a large pot with some oil and a knob of butter. Sweat them down with the lid on, on a low/medium heat until they are translucent. Next mash and chop up the other clove of garlic (this time without the skin). Add to the pot and continue to cook for a further couple of minutes.
Now empty the roasting tin into the pot and mix everything together. Turn the heat down and cover for five minutes, then pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Once the squash is tender. liquidize the soup.
Wine choice

If I was going to have this as a starter and serve wine with it, I would go for something with a bit of a spicy edge and a bit of sweetness to compliment the sweet roasted squash and garlic. Something like the Vinas del Vero Gewurtraminer £8.49 if you buy two.  This wine is extremely aromatic with sweet ginger and pepper spices along with wonderful cutting acidity that freshens the mouth feel after the initial sweetness.


Food and wineDate published: 11/01/14

As well as wine, food is incredibly important to us at Maidstone. When we put food and wine together, we get a dreamy land of flavours and aromas. I thought it would be a lovely idea to introduce some food and wine matches, along with the recipe for you to try at home. 

We all have different tastebuds but I am hoping these tickle your fancy. You will have to let me know how you get on.

Pan fried scallops and black pudding with apple puree - match this with Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more from New Zealand)

Serves 2

10x Large Scallops

50g Butter

1x Lemon

200g Black Pudding

3x Granny Smith Apples

1x Cinnamon Stick

3x Cloves

25g Caster Sugar

100ml Water

150g Peashoots

Salt, Pepper, Oil

1) Peel and core the apples and roughly chop into equal sizes. Place in a pan with the cinnamon, cloves, sugar, water and juice of half the lemon. Put onto a low heat and let simmer with a lid on for about 25 minutes or until the apples have turned to a mushy pulp.

2) Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves from the puree with a spoon and transfer to a food processer or blender. Blitz till a puree. You can then pass this through a sieve to make it very smooth. You might want to stir in a touch more sugar depending on the taste. Put into a plastic container or bowl till later.

3) Cut the black pudding into rounds or bitesize pieces and fry off gently in a tsp of oil. Drain onto some paper towel.

4) Meanwhile, heat another tsp of oil in seperate pan. Season your scallops well with salt and pepper. Delicatley place the scallops into the pan on its biggest flat side and leave for 1and1/2 minutes. Add the butter to the pan and flip all the scallops to the opposite side for another minute and a half, using a spoon to pour over the now melted butter. Drain onto paper towel and squeeze a little lemon juice over them.

5) Cover you container with the puree in with clingfilm and heat on high in the microwave for 1 minute (a little cheating use of a microwave is sometimes allowed!)

6) To serve, use a spoon to make a neat line of puree down the centre of your plates. Arrange the scallops and black pudding in alternative order down the puree line. Dress the peashoots in a seperate bowl with a small splash of oil, and some salt and pepper. Use the palm of your hands to gently roll the peashoots into a messy ball and place alongside your scallops and black pudding. Serve with some french fries and a wonderfully chilled glass of Waimea.


Grape of the dayDate published: 11/01/14

Grape of the Day - Nebbiolo

A hugely popular grape in Italy but one many of you may not have heard of. It is the main constituant in Barolo and Barbaresco and those of you who know and love these wines, know that this grape must be age-worthy. Some people say that it must be atleast a decade before the wines are drinkable. Nebbiolo is packed with tannin and acidity which are the two key ingredients to a wine that will stand its own through the ages.

Our Barolo, from the producer Ciabot Berton, is a wine from the heart of the Barolo production zone. It is piled with flavours of rose petal, tar and plummy fruit which is balanced up perfectly with a big dose of acidity and tannin. A great wine for lamb shank or a rich stew and can be drunk now or in the next 5 years. 


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 10/01/14

Château Aigues Vives Cuvée

d'Exception 2010, Corbières

Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan

The name of this estate is derived from 'Agua Viva', the Roman thermal

baths that once stood on this site, whose underground water supply

today quenches the otherwise arid soils.

The modern winery was developed by Phillipe Dourthe but is now owned by Gérard Bertrand.

A classically structured southern French red, offering an array of red and black fruit aromas, nuanced with notes of cocoa, rose petal and savoury pepper.

A robust tannic backbone provides a long finish.

Partner with duck confit, braised lamb shank, or some succulent venison

sausages.

£9.99 or

£8.99

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Bargain HuntDate published: 07/01/14

It's that time of year again when we have a bit of a clearout of some lines before we get in some nice shiny new wines for you.

We have our famous Bargain Hunt now in operation! When you buy two or more selected wines you save a third!

Just because these wines are leaving us does not mean they are not any good, far from it in fact. My favorite of the bunch would have to be the Casabel Vinho Tinto. It's a great blend of traditional Portuguese grapes that have a real vibrant fruit flavour but still has loads of body and a nice touch of spice. A perfect accompaniment to a red meat treat and at £5.33 in the bargain hunt an absolute stonker!

Wines for ChristmasDate published: 14/11/13

Wines for Christmas

Gerard Bertrand – Domaine de L’Aigle Chardonnay

Wondering what to have to drink with your Christmas dinner? Wonder no further. Gerard Bertrand’s Domaine de L’Aigle Chardonnay may just be the wine for you and your turkey. Grown in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Domaine de L’Aigle is picked from vines 400 metres above sea level giving it a surprising freshness and an experimental minerality.

The chardonnay has an intriguing mixture of peach, marzipan and hazelnut, and with the wine being left to mature over fine lees, and transferred to into oak barrels to round of a very smooth finish. It almost resembles chardonnays of the 90s and is far from the crispy Australian chardonnays of new.

This interesting wine goes brilliantly with roast poultry dishes and would be great with your Christmas Day turkey.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Domaine-de-l-Aigle-Limoux-Chardonnay-zid10353


A Curious Brew...Date published: 21/10/13

It’s been over a year since Chapel Down’s premium lager, Curious Brew, won a gold medal in the category for best lager up to 5% abv in the annual International Beer Challenge and still retains its unique hoppy taste which is lifted by a sparkling zing.

Chapel Down, which only started brewing beer in 2010, brings a wine-maker's thinking to the beer-brewing process by using East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops. It then re-ferments the lager using the same champagne yeast that goes into its award-winning sparkling wines to create complimentary hoppy taste with a refreshing zestiness.

I recently tried this beer for the first time, highly recommended by fellow staff and customers who keep coming back for more. I was pleasantly surprised by its seemingly continentally inspired mixture that works really well and is a nice contrast to other generic British lagers.

The aptly named Curious Brew, 4.7% abv, gets the thumbs up from me and the team at Maidstone Majestic Wine. http://www.majestic.co.uk/Curious-Brew-Lager-Chapel-Down-zid28072?tracking=|searchterm:curious|brew


To Oak O Not To OakDate published: 18/10/13

I feel it is time to clarify the use of Oak in wines and help you decide whether you would enjoy wines which have or have not seen any oak.

There is a common decision to avoid Chardonnay (especially from the New World) because one does not like it because it has seen too much oak. Now this stems from the 90's (or thereabouts) when there was a trend to over-oak wines, that has mostly ceased however it seems our memories aren't so short.

What does it mean to over-oak? Well, we all enjoy the refreshing citrus and other fruit flavours in our wines, but if too much oak has been used in the production of the wine, we are left with an overly savoury and spiced wine without any of the fruit we desire.

How is oak used in production? There are several ways that oak can come in use in winemaking. Wines can be aged in oak barrels (newer oak gives more flavour than older oak) for a period of time or in steel tanks with oak staves (planks) inside them. White wines can also be fermented in oak barrels whereas red wines cannot.

What are the effects of oak on wine? In short American oak gives wine a sweet spice, adds body and a bit of tannin (more applicable in red wine). French oak gives a more peppery spice with cloves being a common expression. Often it is noticeable in white wines giving a lovely buttery texture.

A brilliant tasting session to judge to oak effects on wine are to try: UVC Petit Chablis (£9.99) as your unoaked example against the Montes Alpha Chardpnnay (£12.99) as your oaked example and see if you notice the difference between the two styles.

Feel free to come in store and ask the team anything you want about the subject or any other wine difficulties you are having.


New wine!! Turkey Flat Marsanne, Viognier, RoussanneDate published: 16/10/13

Turkey Fat Butcher's Block, 2011

Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne

This interesting white blend has been created by taking the three major classic white varieties of the Rhône, fermenting them individually with moderate oak contact and lees stirring during maturation, before blending to create a multi-layered style.An involving and diverse wine, with bright aromatics and subtle texture. Stone fruit and floral aromas give way to tropical nuances and refreshing acidity, delivered with a satisfying roundness.

Enjoy as an unusual aperitif, or partner with fine fish dishes.

£11.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.

£14.99 single bottle price


PRODUCER FOCUS WAKEFIELD ESTATE CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIADate published: 16/10/13

PRODUCER FOCUS

WAKEFIELD ESTATE

CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

As part of our October Offers Part 2, we are offering a very special promotion on our entire 'Wakefield' wine selection. Save £6 pounds when you buy any 2 Wakefield products.

Please find below a brief overview of Wakefield as a producer and a description of the wines we have on offer.

Established in 1969, Taylors Wines is family owned winery located in the Clare Valley of South Australia. Taylors is one of the founding members of the Australia's First Families of Wine which represent 12 Australian family owned wineries and 17 distinct growing regions of Australia.

Taylors’ first wine was the 1973 Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon which was awarded a gold medal at every Australian national wine show it was entered, since then Taylors Wines has grown to become the largest holding in the Clare Valley. Due to trademark restrictions Taylors Wines trades as Wakefield Wines in the majority of the Northern Hemisphere.

OUR WAKEFIELD RANGE

Was £11.99, now £8.99 Buy any 2 bottles and save £6

Wakefield Estate Chardonnay 2012, Clare Valley

Taste: White peach, nectarine & citrus fruits leap out of the glass, preceding a ripe, mid-weight palate of peach, pineapple & subtle cinnamon note.

Food Match: A creamy texture makes it perfect with full-flavoured white meat dishes.

Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2010, Clare Valley

Taste: Classic aromas of stewed plum, blackberry & violets & the palate shows ground coffee, vanilla & clove Characters mingling with ripe blackcurrant fruit.

Food Match: Perfect for beef casseroles or pies.

Wakefield Estate Merlot 2012, Clare Valley

Taste: Awash with plum & cherry flavours & undertones of chocolate.

Food Match: This wine will match well with rich pasta sauces.

Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Clare Valley

Taste: Intense aromas of cassis, redcurrants, a touch of herbs & mint. The palate is packed with ripe berry fruit & licorice.

Food Match: Try with sausage & mash or braised ox cheek.

This is a limited offer so make sure you get in early to guarantee your case.

This Week on Saturday Kitchen...Date published: 12/10/13

This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed in our Norwich store.  

Olly Smith was filmed recommending Giesen Chardonnay 2012

This is a lightly oaked, fresh chardonnay with lots of stone fruits and a smooth buttery texture. We are not sure what he recommended it went with as we were working, but catch up with the programme on iPlayer and have a looksee!

New Sherries!!Date published: 10/10/13

We've recently had a new range of sherries arrive in store which I thought I'd tell you a bit more about!

These sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (or "almacenistas" in Spanish) and offer much more complexity than more mainstream sherries. There are 4 sherries in the range:

Pedro's Fino - £8.99

Fino is a dry wine that is aged under "flor" (natural yeast) to prevent oxidation. 20% of this fino is from an aged fino solera with an average age of 15-20 years which gives it greater body and depth compared to most finos. Almond, fresh apples and yeasty notes abound on the palate.

Pedro's Amontillado - £9.99

Amontillado is an aged fino from which the flor has died away which normally happens after around 7 years. This allows oxidation to happen and gives this dry wine a fantastic nuttiness on the palate.

Pedro's Oloroso - £11.99

Oloroso means "fragrant" in Spanish and this style of sherry has undergone a prolonged period of oxidative ageing from the beginning. Full-bodied with a richer gold colour, this wine offers a myriad of earthy, nutty, savoury notes on the palate.

Pedro's Palo Cortado - £14.99

Palo Cortado is a sherry that had originally been destined as a fino but fails to keep its protective "flor". This allows for oxidation to occur and the style falls between amontillado and oloroso. Soft and floral on the nose like an amontillado, this wine offers a rich, warming nuttiness on the finish like an oloroso.

These sherries all have funky labels which come from a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival from the 1950s and 1960s so be sure to check them out the next time you pop in!


Potato Skin CrispsDate published: 10/10/13

This is a great nibble to knock up when peeling your spuds for a Sunday roast.

Ingredients

A few handful of potato skins.
About a tablespoon of olive oil.
Salt and Pepper

Method

After peeling your potatoes, rinse the skins under a cold tap and dry them off on some kitchen towel. Next spread them out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the oil, salt and pepper. Give them a good mix up then make sure they are spread out evenly on the baking sheet.

Put them in a hot oven for about ten to fifteen minutes until they are all crispy.

Wine Choice

Red

La Vielle Capitelle 2009, Coteaux du Languedoc: Another fantastic wine from ex rugby player Gerard Bertrand. This well structured red has hints of sharp blackberries balanced with secondary leathery and herbaceous notes, which make it approachable and an ideal wine for parties etc. It also has the length and complexity to stand up to rich meaty dishes.

White

Guiesen Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough: This is a classic style Kiwi Sauvignon with a slightly tropical edge to it. Its crisp but fruity character makes it ideal for quaffing with some nibbles but is also an excellent accompaniment to seafood dishes. 


Recent Press Mentions for Majestic WinesDate published: 10/10/13

RECENT PRESS MENTIONS

 The Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 6th October 2012 

Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer A rare Spanish gewürz, medium-dry with green grapes, peaches and lychees. Match with medium-hot, spiced white fish or seafood. 

£9.99 or buy 2 or more Spanish Wines save 20% = £7.99

The Independent – Anthony Rose – 5th October

 2008 Rioja Reserva Marques de Vargas New-wave rioja with a veneer of vanilla oak and a succulent quality of dark red and black fruit flavours supported by a firm backbone of tannins. 

£18.74 or buy 2 or more Spanish Wines save 20% = £14.99

 2011 Puy de Dome Pinot Noir France is not normally the country I’d immediately look at for good-value pinot noir, but the distinctive 2011 Puy de Dome Pinot Noir from Cave de Saint Verny is a pleasurable exception.

£11.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £8.99


Ideas For Dinner PartiesDate published: 09/10/13

As the nights draw in, it is far more tempting to stay indoors and escape the wintery weather! Fear not, we're feeling exactly the same and have come up with some ideas for those of you wishing to entertain friends and family at home. A dinner party is always a winner, and no matter what your eating we are sure to have a match for you in store. 

Fish 

Petit Chablis 2011 £9.99 when you buy 2. A bright and zingy Chardonnay with an absence of oak which allows ripe apple and citrus fruit to shine through. The acidity pairs it well with any kind of seafood or white fish 

White meat

Rioja Blanco Muga £9.59 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines on the 20% off. Complex and toasty aromas combine with a fresh and vibrant fruitiness and zingy lime zest. A hint of spice and vanilla further add to the lovely flavours and go very well with a roast chicken!

Red meat 

Portillo Malbec £6.99 when you buy 2. An intense nose of plum and bramble with a round palate which delivers a load of ripe and fresh black fruit including blackberries and black cherries. Lush tannins make this a perfect match for a steak or lamb tagine

Dessert 

Rustenberg Straw Wine from South Africa £8.99 when you buy any 2 South African wines on 20% offer. Aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet yet still lovely and fruity. The finish is fantastic and will go well with a chocolate pudding or rich cheesecake. Or, on the other hand, if you fancy a bit of tangy blue cheese to offset the sweetness this is also a great match!

Cheese

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, £8.99 when you buy 2. Bursting with berry vibrancy including blueberry and plums and a hint of spice. Still bright and fruity with a deeper depth of spice to create a warm and well rounded red, perfect with any cheese board.

Chateau l'Abbaye de Sainte-Ferme, Bordeaux Superieur, £7.99 when you buy 2. A dense and mature wine with black fruit and hints of liquorice and leather. Firm tannins and well balanced,a classic French red to accompany your cheeses of choice.

If none of these take your fancy, or you would like some more advice or food and wine pairings, then come visit us in store and we'll be more than happy to help!


Chinese Spare RibsDate published: 09/10/13

This is a great slob out recipe that is also good for the barbecue

Ingredients

Approx 500g of pork ribs,

Half an onion,

Four cloves of garlic,

A thumb sized piece of ginger,

A lemon,

Two teaspoons of five spice,

Four tablespoons of dark soy sauce,

A tablespoon of honey,

A tablespoon of sesame oil,

Method

Put the ribs in a large saucepan along with the onion, half of the garlic and and ginger, half a lemon, one teaspoon of five spice and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Next cover with boiling water and put the lid on. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down to a simmer for about an hour and a half.

Chop up the rest of the ginger and garlic then put in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of course salt and grind into a paste. I you don't have a pestle and mortar you could do this with the flat side of a knife bu you wont get as fine a paste. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and put the garlic and ginger in. Fry off for a minute or two making sure not to burn anything. Next put in the rest of the soy sauce, and squeeze in the other half of the lemon. Bring the sauce up to a light simmer then stir in the honey. If the sauce is a bit thick you can ladle in a little of the cooking liquor.

Put the ribs into an oven proof dish and pour the sauce over the top of them. Make sure they are well coated then put in hot oven for about twenty minutes.

That is it! serve with some barbecue beans and some coleslaw for a lazy Friday nights dinner, or instead of putting the ribs in the oven chuck them on a barbecue to get a lovely charred finish. One last tip. Don't throw the stock away! Strain it and reheat in a saucepan, then throw in some rice noodles for an epic noodle soup!

Wine Choice

White

Yali Reserva Gewürztraminer, 2010. This complex Chilean wine is full of tropical lychee fruit and has a spicy finish that will compliment the five spice in the dish perfectly.

Red

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature series Syrah, 2010. This is a rich inky purple wine that is bursting with pepper spice and blackcurrant fruit. If you go for the barbecue ribs option this will match the char grill flavour perfectly!


Will's Fish PieDate published: 07/10/13

This is great recipe if you have a freezer full of fish and don't know what to do with it. I cooked it for my family on Sunday and it went down rather well!


Ingredients
Approx, 1kg of fish if whole, or 750g if fillets. I used trout and whiting and about 200g of raw shelled prawns, 1 large onion, 2 leeks, 4 cloves of garlic, 750g of potatoes, approx a pint of milk, 3 tbs of flour, 150ml of vermouth, a few sprigs of tarragon, parsley and a sprinkling of cheese.


For the Fish
Make a large square of foil, brush a little oil on it then put the fish on it. If using whole fish stuff the cavity with lemon wedges and herbs of your choice, (soft herbs work best, like parsley or fennel tops.)
Next pour about 50ml of vermouth over the fish and sprinkle a little tarragon (fresh or dry) over the top.
You can use this as a base and add anything else you like, lemon wedges, and sliced fennel work well but just use whatever you fancy.
Season well then seal the fish in a neat parcel leaving a bit of space for steam to accumulate. This is what keeps the fish moist and creates some amazing juices.
Put the fish on a baking sheet and put in the middle of the oven on a medium heat gas mark 5-6 or about 200 Celsius for about 30-40 minutes.
Be careful when checking on the fish not to tear the foil in case you need to seal it back up again if it needs a bit longer.
Don't overcook the fish as it will be cooked again in the pie.
Finally flake the fish into big chunks being careful to take out any bones and get rid of the skin. Also keep the juices to put into the sauce.


For the Sauce
Dice the onions and slice the leeks at an angle, (there is no real reason for slicing the leeks like this it just looks nice). Melt a large knob of butter and throw the leeks and onions in and sweat them down until translucent. Next mash up the garlic and throw in with the rest of the veg and cook down for a further couple of minutes, making sure not to let anything go brown as this will give a slightly bitter flavour, then add some finely chopped tarragon.
Next add the flour to the pan, stirring it to coat everything and cook it down for a further couple of minutes to get rid of the raw flour flavour.
Then add about 100ml of vermouth and blend in with a wooden spoon to make a thick paste. Then start to add the milk a little at a time constantly stirring to avoid any lumps, until it is the consistency of thick double cream. Be careful not to boil the sauce and just simmer for a few minutes.
Next add the prawns and cook for about a minute before adding the rest of the fish and the juices. When stirring in the fish be gentle with it so it stays nice and chunky.
Once everything is nicely mixed together pour it into an oven proof dish ready for the mash topping.


For the Topping
It is literally mashed potato.
Boil the peeled and chopped potato for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain them and add a big fat knob of butter and mash them until light and fluffy then season well. I don't put milk in the mash as it soaks up the sauce and can end up a bit sloppy. However a bit of double cream wouldn't go a miss.
To Assemble
Carefully spoon the mash over the top of the filling a bit at a time so it doesn't sink through.
Once you have a nice even coating run a fork over it to make some ridges which will crisp up nicely in the oven.
Sprinkle a little of your favourite cheese over the top and put in a hot oven gas mark 7-8 or 250 Celsius for about 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling up around the edge.


Serve
With some veg of your choice

Wine Choice
I chose Louis Jadot Marsannay Blanc.
It is an excellent chardonnay with lovely citrus characteristics that compliment the fish perfectly. It also has a bit of oak that gives it a great buttery finish that goes well with the creamy rich sauce.


South African Tasting WeekDate published: 06/10/13

Here is a peak at just a couple of wines we have open as part of our South African tasting week. So if you're a fan of rugby, springbok steaks and all things RSA come down to the Maidstone store and try some!

- Meerlust Merlot £16.79 when you buy 2+ South African Wines.

Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit on the nose with a rich spiciness. The palate offers silky tannins with a good length.

-Rustenberg Roussanne £11.99 When you buy 2+ South African wines.

Delicately aromatic on the nose, with a hint of peach and flinty minerality. The palate is full and rich with peach and apricot balanced with fresh acidity.

Hot Toddy (Cure for man flu)Date published: 05/10/13

Like most of the male population I am suffering from man flu at the moment. I can't be sure but it may be fatal. The only thing that can cure it is a decent hot toddy.

It is a very simple recipe which is as follows.

The juice of half a lemon,

One teaspoon of honey,

One large measure of scotch. I would recommend a decent Islay single malt like Laphroaig or Lagavulin. These whiskeys have a peaty, smokey, almost creosote character to them which really helps clear the sinuses.

Top up with hot water and stir well.

It is best enjoyed under a duvet with a large dose of self pity.

10 Things You Did't Know About Beaujolais Date published: 02/10/13

1) The grape variety used is Gamay, which is barely grown anywhere else although there are some attempts to use Gamay in the New World most notably by the famous Australian producer Bass Phillip.

2) The wines are produced using Carbonic or Semi-Carbonic Maceration where fermantation begins turing the sugar in the grapes into alcohol before the grapes are crushed.  Beaujolais is the most famous region using this type of winemaking but it is used elswhere notably for some high quality Carmenere in Chile.

3) The wines produced using this method are light, fruity with a refreshing zing of acidity.

4) The basic wines are labelled as Beaujolais and can be too light and flavourless; although very pleasent examples can be found. Better quality wines are labelled Beaujolais Villages. Wines at both these levels can improved by serving chilled, which emphasizes the fruit flavours.

5) The best wines of Beaujolais come from the 10 Crus which are from North to South St-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin a Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly.

6) The soil in the Cru Villages is Granite and Schist and some limestone.

7) Each Cru has a distinct style and taste. Brouilly has a cleansing minerality, Morgon and Moulin a vent are more savoury and Burgundian in style, Regnie, Chiroubles and Fleurie are the prettiest and fruitiest wines.

8) Beaujolais Blanc is made from Chardonnay and tastes similar to the wines from around Macon in Burgundy to the North but can be fruitier and better value.

9) Georges Duboeuf controlls over 10% of the total production of Beaujolais wine and also loves trains.  He has a huge model railway at his wine theme park Le Hameau Du Vin

10) The overall quality of Beaujolais is improving year on year with producers focusing on denser more characterful wines some of which, especially from Morgon and Moulint a Vent, are capable of improving with bottle age.

Why not try:

Beaujolais Villages Duboeuf  chilled with charcuterie

Ch Jacques Moulin a Vent  with cheese

Morgon Descombes with slow cooked lamb


October DealsDate published: 01/10/13

We have some excellent offers on some of your favourites over the coming fortnight. Here is the pick of the bunch:

Nicolas Feuillate NV £16.67 when you buy two or more

Louis Roederer Brut Premier £28 when you buy two or more

Portillo Malbec £6.99 when you buy two or more

Beaujolais Villages Georges Duboeuf £5.99 when you buy two or more.

Give us a call if you wish to place an order or use our online ordering service. Remember it's free delivery on six bottle orders over £40!!

See you all soon!


Chinese food and wine matchingDate published: 30/09/13

There are 3 main things to bear in mind when pairing wine with Chinese food. 

First, many dishes consist of deep fried meats, vegetables and even bananas. The perfect wine option with fatty or oily foods would be a Champagne. It cuts through the fat and adds a very refreshing and sharp taste to counter the heaviness of the meal. 

Second, If the dish has a hint of sweetness make sure your wine is also sweet. I would suggest our Trimbach Riesling or most wines with gewurtztraminer as the sole varietal. 

Third, be aware of drinking heavy reds with ingredients that have an intense savoury flavour. It can make the tannin taste sour and metallic. The ideal match therefore would be something light and fruity like our Beaujolais-Villages Duboeuf or our Waimea Pinot Noir.

So if your wanting to splash out on some Champers or go for a cheaper and fruitier alternative we have a great selection to cover your needs. Come and Explore!


Marques de Caceres GaudiumDate published: 29/09/13

Technically a Rioja Reserva, in order to achieve the best possible wine that they can produce Marqués de Cáceres play outside of the regulations that apply to Rioja when making Guadium. 

The wine is only made in vintages classified as very good or excellent by the Rioja Control Board, from fruit sourced from the oldest vineyards in the estate and with very limited yields. 

A ‘modern’ style Rioja; aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, with a dark and dense body of black fruits and ripe, spicy tannins. 

The 2005 vintage was officially rated as excellent, with the potential to age for over ten years.

£40 - only 5 left in stock so snap up a bottle now in time for Christmas!

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 28/09/13

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon

Blanc 2012, Marlborough

NEW

ZEALAND

Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed

wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently

as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels

of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.

An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of

gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous

characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.

Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and

fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

£19.99 OR

£15.99

WHEN YOU BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £8


Staff Recommended Spanish WinesDate published: 28/09/13

Spanish Wines 25% off: Staff recommendations!

‘El Chaparral de Vega Sinodoa’ Old Vine Garnacha, 2010 Navarra

100% Garnacha made from vines between 80 and 100 years old with low yields of high-quality grapes. The Atlantic influence in Navarra gives the grapes a higher acidity which balances the intense, vibrant ripe forest fruits of the wine. Bitter, dark chocolate tannins go terrifically with steak or roasted pork.

£9.99 or £7.49 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 25%

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004, La Rioja Alta

On the western edge of La Rioja region, La Rioja Alta is at a higher altitude than the rest of Rioja and this means the grapes have a shorter growing season which gives the wines lighter, brighter fruit flavours and a noticeably ‘old world’ style.

2004 was a 9/10 vintage in Spain and was particularly good for La Rioja Alta. A classic Rioja with red fruits, figs, vanilla and spice with silky smooth tannins. Shows its true depth of flavour after a few hours in the decanter.

£22.50 or £16.86 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 25%


Syrah/Shiraz tasting this week!Date published: 28/09/13

This week we're highlighting one of the noblest black varieties, Syrah. Capable of producing some of the biggest, fullest red wines in the world, from the monstrous, peppery wines of the Northern Rhone to the soft, rich wines of the Barossa. Also featured in many great blends across Southern France, notably Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Syrah is truly one of the most versatile and widely planted varieties around. Here our some of our favourites, all open to try in store over the next week:

Hardy's Signature Shiraz - £6.99 when you buy two or more

Great value from one of Australia's iconic producers. A very fruit forward wine, soft and approachable with dark plumy fruits and a pleasing spicy finish.

Grange des Combes 2011, St-Chinian-Roquebrun - £9.99 when you buy two or more 

Great quality blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from on of the premium cooperatives in the Midi, representing remarkable value. Intense bramble fruits, smoky spice and garrigue herbs blend perfectly. 

Domaine Mercurol Crozes Hermitage 2010 - £11.99 when you buy two or more

From the prestigious Northern Rhone appellation of Crozes Hermitage reflects the excellent 2010 vintage. Inky purple, robust yet fine tannin, dark fruit flavours and a distinct black pepper finish. Text book.


Spanish Wine 25% off!!Date published: 24/09/13

Spanish wine has undergone a wine revolution over the last twenty years and is now producing a diverse range of brilliant red, white and rosé wines.

For one week only we have 25% off our Spanish range when you buy 2+ bottles as part of your mixed case. Here are a couple of highlights;

White

Torres Vina Sol - Offer Price £5.62

Albarino Caixas - Offer Price £7.49

Red

Gran Vendema Crianza - Offer Price £5.62

Marques de Riscal Reserva - Offer Price £10.30

Vina Ardanza Reserva 04 - Offer Price £16.87

Rose

Cune Rosado - Offer Price £6.56

For a complete listing of our Spanish wines on offer visit here: http://www.majestic.co.uk/spanish-wine

Offer runs until 30th September


An Overview of Torres WinesDate published: 23/09/13

Torres

OWNED BY- The Torres Family

LOCATION - Catalunya, Spain & Central Valley, Chile

HERITAGE - The Torres family have been making wine since the 17th century and today the winery is owned by the fourth generation of the family. They are the largest winery in Spain with the largest Denomination of Origin in Penedez. They also own the Miguel Torres Winery in Chile's Central Valley.

PHILOSOPHY – To maintain their 100 year old tradition as a family company and to turn every customer into a friend.

WINEMAKER FACTS

Torres' heartland is in Catalunya but they also have vineyards in Chile, China and California!

'Sangre de Toro' translates as bulls blood and is named after the deep ruby colour of the wine.

Torres also produce Spanish brandy, their most famous are Torres 5 and Torres 10!

The Viña Sol is made from Parellada, and the Rose and Sangre de Toro from Garnacha and Cariñena although many of Torres' other wines are made from international grape varieties.

Wine Selection

Torres Viña Sol Rose 2012 - #7wordwinereview- Dry & delicate, like a berry smoothie!

Torres Viña Sol 2012 - #7wordwinereview- A refreshingly crisp wine, perfect for parties!

Torres Sangre de Toro 2011 - #7wordwinereview- Liquorice and blackberries dominate a robust palate.


A great new Cider, at a crackling priceDate published: 21/09/13

Say hello to our newest cider, Reveller, from Orchard Pig. This cider is made in the heart of Somerset and is full of concentrated West Country apples.

This is a medium cider, bursting with fruitiness that has a fizz that seems to last an age. It is well balanced and is truly an experience to try and I haven't even mentioned the most amazing thing about it...

It is on special offer at the moment of only £1.00 per bottle! Thats almost half price (usual price of 1.80 per bottle).

Available to try in-store now!!! Don't delay as this amazing offer won't be on forever.

So be a pig, trotter down to us, and try some of this new refreshing cider!


Autumn Magic Of Fine Wine Part 3Date published: 21/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir

£23 Buy 2 save £10 = £18

INTRODUCTION: 

Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories; the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown, the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner. The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir also tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.

FACTS: 

Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa before the 'Martinborough Terrace' was identified by studies in the 1970's as ideal for quality grape growing. This lead to wineries becoming established in the town and people such as Tim Coney, the elder brother of former New Zealand cricket Captain Jeremy Coney, making the hour long drive from Wellington over a treacherous and narrow mountain road. The Tararua mountain range shelters Martinborough from the winds and weather that buffets nearby Wellington; on days where the rain is horizontal in Wellington it is often balmy and sunny in Martinborough. Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

TASTING NOTE: 

A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy

FOOD MATCH: 

Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto.

Spanish Wine Ageing RequirementsDate published: 20/09/13

In Spain the Consejo Regulador is the body that defines the age categories of the wines. However, many producers exceed the ageing requirements.

A wine labelled as Joven does not require any time in oak before bottling.

Crianza red must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, of which six months in oak barrels (12 in Rioja and Ribera del Duero) and the rest in bottle. White and rosé crianza must be aged for a minimum of 18 months, with no minimum requirements for oak ageing.

Reserva red must age for a minimum of 36 months, with at least 12 months in oak barrels. White and rosé reserva must be aged for a minimum of 18 months, including 6 months in small oak barrels.

Gran Reserva red must be aged for a minimum of 60 months, of which at least 18 months in small oak barrels (24 months in Rioja and Ribera del Duero). White and rosé gran reserva must be aged for 48 months, including six months in oak barrels (12 in Rioja).

Look for these terms on the labels. Spanish Wines now 20% off.



Don't you.... forget about me! Date published: 19/09/13

Don't forget about all of our mega deals at the moment...

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough only £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo only £4.99

Prosecco Zonin only £6.66

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage Champagne only £17.99

Piper Heidsieck NV Champagne only £19.99

Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne only £15.99

All of our South African range 25% off including fine wines!

And last but not least Bollinger NV £30 when you buy 6 bottles or more.

Don't miss out!

You can order online or over the phone and we deliver free of charge on orders over £40.

Give us a call on 01622691986

25% off South AfricaDate published: 18/09/13

Just a heads up to let you know that all of our South African Wines (including fine wines!) have been reduced further to 25% off. This is a great chance to purchase some outstanding wines at great prices. The pick of the bunch would be the Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 which is now only £26.24 when you buy any two South African wines. 2007 is a year worth lying down so if you want something good to put in your cellar, look no further!

There are a few other recommendations we would like to make including:

Jordan Chardonnay - If you like big buttery tropical flavours, try this. Now £11.24

Parcel Series Merlot - Great party wine. Now £5.62

Graham Beck Anthony's Yard - Great with steak and kidney pie -  only £6.56

Bellingham Chenin Blanc - Lovely honeyed nuttyness and peachy flavours - only £8.99


Call us on 01622691986 or place an order online if you wish to try some of these wines. Remember it's any mix of six and free delivery on orders over £40.

Cheers!

Champagne deals - Veuve Vintage and MoetDate published: 17/09/13

A truly fantastic offer on Veuve Vintage has started today. Reduced from £60 to only £30 a bottle when you buy two or more. That's 50% off! 

Its only while stocks last, so why don't you pick up a bottle while you can.  Christmas is only 15 weeks away...

Moet and Chandon NV has also been reduced today to £27.99 when you buy any two selected champagnes.  These offers run until September 30th along side all our other great deals. 

Spotlight TastngsDate published: 16/09/13

So we are half way through our September Spotlight tastings. So far Chardonnay and Spain have gone down a treat, but there is more to come!

· Saturday 21st September – Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives


· Saturday 28th September – Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International StylesWe will hold two sessions on each day. One at 12 noon and the other at 3pm so book a place now if you wish to attend!

See you soon!

Give us a call or email us on 01622691986 or mds@majestic.co.uk if you wish to attend.Free

On the tasting counter a great Garnacha/Grenache: El Chaparral.Date published: 14/09/13

'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa'

Old Vine Garnacha, 2010

£7.99 - 20% off when you buy 2 or more Spanish Wines!

Made from Garnacha, a grape also known as Grenache. The vines from this part of the Nekeas Valley are between 70 and 100 years old, and yield low numbers of high quality berries. Grapes grown here typically have higher acidity, which lends balance to the quick-ripening Garnacha.

The wine displays intense, vibrant and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, and ample tannins that add texture and a lovely streak of bitter chocolate flavour.

Enjoyable on its own, but we would recommend pairing with a juicy steak or lamb chops.

WoW: Rustenberg Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 StellenboschDate published: 13/09/13

Wine of the Week:

This is Rustenberg's top wine, named in honour of Peter Barlow, who founded the winery 1941 and whose family still runs the estate today. 100% Cabernet from the estate's finest vineyard, planted in 1990 on the south-western slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain.

The taste is the best of New World beautiful liquorice and a hint of vanilla, but it also has earthy truffle notes of the Old World.  The nose would excite a Bee to put down his stripes, put the patio burner on and drink a glass in the last of the autumn sun.  This is a fabulous, deep, multi-layered wine, with a bold and up-front character and velvety texture from 20 months in French oak barriques. Concentrated cassis and black cherry, with subtle herbaceous notes.

Wine and Champagne Bargains at Majestic This FortnightDate published: 12/09/13

We have some cracking deals for you all to get stuck into over the coming fortnight. Place your order now online or call us on 01622 691 986 and get free delivery on orders of 6 bottles over £40.

Here are the deals:

GRIFONE MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO £7.49  Buy any 2 save 33% £4.99

GIESEN SAUVIGNON BLANC£8.99 Buy any 2 save 33% £5.99

PROSECCO ZONIN  £9.99 Buy any 2 save 33% £6.66

NICOLAS FEUILLATTE NV £25.00 £24.00 Buy any 2 save 33% £15.99

HEIDSIECK GOLD TOP VINTAGE 2007 £27.00 Buy any 2 save 33% £17.99

PIPER HEIDSIECK BRUT £35.00 £30.00 Buy any 2 save 33% £19.99

There is limited stock available so fill your boots while its here!

Need a new wine list?Date published: 12/09/13

Need a New Wine List?

For restaurant, pub, bar, hotel, spa and all other business owners looking for a fantastic wine list, stocked with award winning wines delivered for free 7 days a week, look no further than Majestic! Our commercial team are on hand for a chat about your requirements and to let you know what we can offer and how we can improve your business!

We have a large selection of wines that you won't find on our shop floor, wines that are EXCLUSIVE TO YOU!

Fancy hearing more? Just give us a call on 01622691986 or email us at mds@majestic.co.uk, and leave the rest up to us.

Our favourite Malbec...Date published: 11/09/13

To follow on from the earlier article introducing some of Decanter's Top 50 wines under £20 from South America, it is now time to feature the wonderful Catena Malbec. On offer in Majestic at the moment at £9.99, Decanter (Oct 2013)  describes this wine as showing "power and guts but doesn't go over the top." Made using grapes from different altitudes, this wine brings together all the characteristics of these grapes to create a wonderfully layered aroma on the nose. 

With rich blackberry fruit on the nose and hint of vanilla and dark spice, this wine is weighty but with an elegant tannin structure. A crisp refreshing acidity on the finish, this wine could be happily drunk now or if you have the willpower, kept for up to five years.

An absolute gem from one of the best producers in Argentina!

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay is the best in October's Decanter magazine!Date published: 11/09/13

When Decanter arrives in the shop every month, there is a dash by all staff members to see who can get there first and pick out the Majestic wines that have been recommended this month. A few elbows and nudges later and I'm happy to say that I won!!

This month there is a fantastic feature on South America and Decanter has chosen the top 50 wines under £20 and Majestic wines feature on more than one occasion! So to wet the appetite for articles to come, the first mention goes out to the Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay from the Leyda Valley in Chile priced at a fantastic £8.99.

To quote Decanter (Oct 2013) this is "probably one of the best value Chardonnays currently on the market" and I absolutely agree. On the nose you get citrus fruit that quickly turns to softer stone fruit aromas as well as the slight toastiness coming from the barrel fermentation and regular lees stirring that this wine undergoes. On the palate this wine is wonderfully balanced.It is weighty but with plenty of fresh fruit character coming through, and a creaminess on the finish.

An absolute must-try and a steal at only £8.99 if you but two or more!

Does Vodka Freeze?? Oh Yes It DoesDate published: 10/09/13

I've often heard that Vodka does not freeze and so an ideal place to store it is in the freezer, essentially removing the need to put ice in your drinks. I inadvertently put my Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka in the "Quick Freeze" drawer of my freezer and low and behold it froze - not solid, but near enough! Needless to say I now keep it in the fridge, thankfully the quality and flavour of this delicious spirit were not affected!

Beware of the Quick Freeze drawer - it means business!

Zubrowka is a Rye based Vodka which is then filtered through Bison Grass which gives the Vodka a delicious coconut flavour. Best served with apple juice, I mixed it up this week into an Appletini (which includes Apple Schnapps), and even a Raspberry Appletini.

It represents a nice contrast to the neutrality concept of vodka which is all about purity and essentially lack of flavour. Raise a glass to flavoured spirits. What's more Zubrowka will be on offer from Tuesday 3rd September at £20 per bottle (barely more expensive than your standard vodkas and significantly better quality).

Come and Explore spirits at Majestic Maidstone..

Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/09/13

Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious style of wine - in fact it is our most popular white wine across the company. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?

Here are some  seven word wine reviews on some of our most popular to help you get started:

The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Gooseberry, Apricot, Citrus, Blackcurrant, Crisp yet Elegant

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Like Ned but with Enhanced Flavour Intensity

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Restrained relaxed Acidity, Creamy, Refreshing, Reliable, Classic

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Gooseberry, Kiwi, Apricot, Herbaceous, Packs a Punch

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Sharp Zesty Acidity, Delicate, Mouthwatering and Herbaceous

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Citrus, Blackcurrant, Gooseberry, Pale with Explosive Flavour

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Benchmark Sauvignon, Citrus and Blackcurrant, Intense Complexity

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Ultimate Sauvignon, Classic Gooseberry, Apricot, Perfectly Balanced

And if you'd like any further guidance or to discover Sauvignon Blanc for yourself, why not pop down for our Free Spotlight Tasting on Sauvignon Blanc and Interesting Alternatives on Saturday 21st September at 12pm and 3pm? We'll try 6 wines in 30 minutes from £5 to £20 so you can taste the differences side by side. And if you can't attend either of these tutorials, it will be Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Week from Friday 20th - Thursday 26th September. So Taste and Explore!

For more details about our tastings visit http://www.majestic.co.uk/services/taste-and-explore

New Arrivals for Autumn!Date published: 08/09/13

Recently we've had a lot of shiny new wines arriving in store from a wide range of countries. Take a look below at just a small sample of the new selection...

Côtes-du-Rhône 2012 Léon Perdigal - £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

We cracked open a bottle of this classic blend the other day and were very impressed! The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. Possibly the best value Rhône wine we've got!

Montecastrillo 2011 Ribera del Duero - £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

This Spanish Tempranillo is sourced from vineyards spread across 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old. It is fruit-focused and an easy-drinking wine with soft tannins and a smooth finish.

Tucumen Malbec 2012 Mendoza - £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

You won't miss this fabulously colourful wine on the shelf! It is a soft-textured Argentinian with a youthful style, offering plenty of cherry, plum and blackberry fruit on the palate all in a generous and easy-going manner.

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2011 Puy de Dome - £8.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

Perfect with fish, this eye-catching Loire is a tightly structured wined is playing soft-edged acidity and citrus fruit character, intriguingly nutty complexity and and a profound minerality.

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2012 - £14.98 (when you buy 2 or more)

New Zealand has a great reputation for Pinot Noir and this one is quite a character. Rich and brooding, it it full of black cherry and cassis flavours with touches of spice, earth, brambles and mocha.

Montecastrillo Tinto, 2011, Ribera Del DueroDate published: 07/09/13

The chap on the label of this strikingly packaged Ribera is Calixto Seijas, who founded Finca Torremilanos in 1903 and is credited with being the first modern day wine pioneer in Ribera del Duero (which only became a DO as recently as 1982).
The winery is now owned by the Peñalba family, and run by Ricardo Peñalba who is a firm believer in organic and bio-dynamic practices. The 200 Hectares of vineyards is split into 140 different parcels, and is all farmed organically. Made from Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines of between 10 - 20 years old, alcoholic fermentation is in stainless steel for 9 days, subsequent malolactic 80% in steel and 20% in barrique, and the wine then spends 7 months in used French oak. We think this is great value this autumn.

Cillar de Silos Crianza 2009, Ribera del DueroDate published: 07/09/13

One of our favourite Ribera producers, Cillar de Silos is a family owned winery making outstanding wines using 100% Tinto Fino and French Oak. Whilst so many Ribera wines are massively extracted, rustic monsters, these wines always show real purity and elegance, with fresh acidity and a silky texture. 

El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2011Date published: 06/09/13

We would like to highlight one of our favourite wines at the moment which we shall be opening on our Spanish tasting week. Whilst we do have some of the 2010 still in stock, the majority is now the 2011. 2010 is a great example of this wine, but we are highlighting the 2011 as it's recently been giving the following glowing review from Robert Parker himself.

"From the Bodegas Nekeas vineyards planted between 1890 and 1930, the El Chaparral Old Vines is always my favorite wine from this producer. Made from 100% Grenache, or Garnacha, as the winery calls it, the 2011 El Chaparral Old Vines, produced from yields of 1.25 tons per acre, possesses the classic notes of licorice, black raspberries and black cherry liqueur in a full-bodied, sexy, pure and ripe style. This is another amazing value from this winery, which any consumer attempting to maximize his or her purchase power should know by name. 90 points"
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012.

Keep an eye on the online tasting counter and don't miss out on a chance to try this great, reasonably priced Grenache!

Lindauer Back in StockDate published: 02/09/13

After a period of not stocking Lindauer, and only getting through our special reserves, we've now been sent a new batch.  We've got the Blanc de Blanc and Special Reserve in at £14.99.  With the Brut and Rose at £13.99.  Even better than that when you buy two or more Lindauers, as part of a mixed case, you'll get £2 off per bottle.  Happy days!

Fine Wine Tastings at Majestic Maidstone`Date published: 01/09/13

We will be opening lots of fine wines for you to try over the coming weeks so make sure you don't miss out. The following wines have been selected due to the amazing offers which they are on. However, if we are low on stock of any items we will be choosing something else nice to open. There's no need to book a tasting like with the Spotlight tastings this month. Simply pop along on any of the weekends listed below to taste some great fine wines.

Here's the list:

6/7 September Jermann Pinot Grigio

13/14 September Jadot Beaune 1er Cru

20/21 September Coney Pinot Noir

27/28 September St. Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon

4/5 October Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet

11/12 October Angel's Share Shiraz

18/19 October Château Senejac, Cru Borgeois

25/26 October Amarone Negrar

Make sure you don't miss out. See you all very soon!

Award Winning Wines - The Be All And End All?Date published: 31/08/13

You will often come across bottles within our store emblazoned with medals from various vinous competitions around the globe, proclaiming their triumph over the lesser bottles which surround them.  These medals are definite achievements and offer security to the consumer, proving that these wines have been approved for consumption by presumed experts.  

However, I would point out that awards are not the be all and end all. 

Competitions can be a peculiar environment for tasting wine - judges will be expected to try an awful lot of wine in a relatively short space of time which can result in certain wines or styles standing out from the crowd, not necessarily for being the 'best'.  It must also result in a degree of palate fatigue, trying dozens if not hundreds of glasses in a day will surely take it's toll on a taster. 

There is also an argument that many wines, including some of the best, really benefit from being enjoyed over the course of an evening accompanied by some appropriate food.  Therefore, in a tasting that assesses the stand-alone merits of a wine (and I would include our own tasting counters here) it is arguably not the best forum for assessment.  I've enjoyed a glass of many wines that haven't then quite cut it when enjoyed it with a meal, and vice versa. 

Furthermore, there are many wines that will simply not compete in competitions or choose not to trumpet their achievements if they do have success.  There are various reasons for this - costs involved, fear of risks to reputation, not being invited etc.

Having said all that, if a wine has won a medal at prestigious competition such as the International Wine Challenge (IWC) then you are pretty much guaranteed a good bottle of wine.  I'm not trying to knock the these awards, just pointing out that there are a number of excellent non-award winning wines.  The key is, come in to the store and ask one of your friendly knowledgable Majestic staff.

Free tasting events coming up...Date published: 30/08/13

We thought we would remind you all of the upcoming tasting events this month. Give us a call or email us on 01622691986 or mds@majestic.co.uk if you wish to attend. It's a great way to learn about the grapes and styles focussed on in the tasting, and also a great chance to try lots of new wines!

Here are the dates for your diaries:

·        Saturday 7th September – Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles
·        Saturday 14th September – Spain: Rioja and Beyond
·        Saturday 21st September – Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives
·        Saturday 28th September – Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International Styles

We will hold two sessions on each day. One at 12 noon and the other at 3pm so book a place now if you wish to attend!

See you soon!

Henri Krug and the Legacy Left BehindDate published: 27/08/13

Henri Krug, who died on 7 March, represented the fifth generation of the family to head Champagne Krug, passing the mantle of directeur de la maison to his younger brother Rémi when he retired in 2001, but still on hand to advise his son Olivier when he in turn took over from Rémi in 2007.

Krug worked closely with his more flamboyant brother Rémi during his 25 years leading the business, during which time they introduced Krug Rosé, Clos du Mesnil and most recently Clos d’Ambonnay.

They also oversaw the sale of Champagne Krug in 1999, when the house was bought from Remy-Cointreau by LVMH for a sum reported to be FF1,000m – about €150m at today’s rate.

The brothers’ skills were complementary. ‘People said we were like two halves of the same fruit,’ Rémi told French newspaper l’Union. ‘He was quiet, reserved, modest and a good listener.’

Krug's uncompromising and single-minded determination to produce the best Champagne is legendary. Unquestionably one of the finest Champagnes in the world, only utilising Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With a long period of maturation in bottle of 6-8 years, this champagne will age for many years once bought. It's powerful nutty but smooth flavour, is balanced by a unique freshness. At £126 for six, or £140 for one it's not an every year drinker but certainly worth it for once in your lifetime.

Animal, Vegetable or... Mineral?Date published: 25/08/13

There is a phrase much bandied about the wine industry at the moment, cropping up in magazines, tasting notes and from the mouths of critics online and in print: Minerality.  It seems to be the flavour du jour, but what exactly do people mean by that?

It tends to be used as a positive descriptor in wines, implying that the wine is of high quality; you won't see a critic using it to describe a £5 wine, but you'll almost certainly see it used when discussing a finely structured claret or Chablis.  It doesn't mean that you can taste actual minerals from the ground, whatever critics might like to think, as any specific minerals from the soil that do make it in to the grape are so far below the taste threshold that they might as well not be there.  Even wine-writers and critics are split on what it means, and when (or whether) to use it at all.  It's a bit like saying something smells salty or saline, just try sniffing some salt.

So what should we think when we see the word 'minerality' used to describe a wine? Exactly what it sounds like. Chances are, the wine has an aroma or flavour that makes the critic think about the smell of wet stone after rainfall, or what they imagine that smell might taste like.  Wine writing can be very subjective; even if what they actually smell or taste are umami flavours like soy, or savory flavours, minerality can be a metaphor.

The wine-writer and critic Hugh Johnston has said that it is best thought of as acidity in the wine, a freshness of character.  When you see it on a tasting note or a label, think of it as that.

If you're interested in this topic, Andrew Jefford wrote an excellent piece on his Decanter blog on the 3rd June.  You can find it here: http://www.decanter.com/news/blogs/expert/583959/jefford-on-monday-the-party-s-over

Vina Ardanza Magnums!!Date published: 22/08/13

We've just taken a delivery of some 2004 Vina Ardanza Reserva magnums! As one of my first choice Rioja's anyway the arrival of the magnum form is very exciting. BBQ anyone? 

Named after one of the region's founding families. The Vina Ardanza is one of the very best Rioja's produced from fruit grown exclusively in the bodagas' vineyard holding in the Rioja Alta region. Remaining under family ownership this is one of the most sought after bodegas.

The wine is complex and perfumed with primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits. Elegantly structured this wine is medium bodied and has spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Able to be enjoyed over the next decade we recommend serving with a game casserole or wild duck. Or just a load of bangers on the barbecue!

At just £36 per bottle this magnum is a clear bargain

New Spanish wines in stock now!Date published: 21/08/13

On seeing the wines on our delivery this week I was really excited to see the Marques de Vargas Reserva 2008. Last year we had the 2001 vintage so I'm really excited to see how this compares!

Although the modern winery was built in 1989 the Vargas vineyard estate dates back to 1840. The first vines were planted near Logrono by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marques de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

The Marques de Vargas is is a rich. dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liqourice abnd savouy-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced. This wine is best decanted before serving. Pair with beef carpaccio.

We also have a pair of Ribera del Dueros in stock including the phenomenal Conde de San Cristobal which is well worth a go at £13.99 when you buy 2 or more. Look out for it on our online tasting counter in coming weeks. There is also a Sauvignon Blanc from Jose Pariente which we are all looking forward to trying along with some new vintages of your favourite New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignons.

Come in for a taste of some exciting new wines over the coming weeks. Keep an eye on www.majestic.co.uk/maidstone to see what's open at any given time.

See you all soon!

New Loire wines.Date published: 19/08/13

The Loire Valley region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France. In between are the regions of Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouvray. The Loire Valley itself follows the river through the Loire province to the river's origins in the Cévennes but the majority of the wine production takes place in the regions noted above. The area includes 87 appellations under the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Superieure (VDQS) and Vin de pays systems.

The Loire Valley has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 1st century, with the first vineyards being planted by the Romans during their settlement of Gaul. In the High Middle Ages, the wines of the Loire Valley were the most esteemed wines in England and France, even more prized than those from Bordeaux.

Recently we've had two new Loire wines in and they're both on the tasting counter. The Puy de Dome's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir comes from a specific parcel of vines located to the south of Clermont-Ferrand at 570m above sea level; possibly the highest vineyard in the Auvergne. Fermented in a single tank, in which the wine remains for a total of 15 months, maturing on its lees. Puy De Dome is a volcanic mount, whose rocks really influence the Pinot Noir beautifully giving it real mineral jolt. Both of these bottles are £8.99 when you buy two or more of the same type.

The Baron of BarossaDate published: 18/08/13

Peter Lehman sadly died in June aged 82. His legacy has paved the way for Australia to become one of the true heavy-weights of the global wine industry. At a time of great turmoil in the Australian wine business, his actions, possibly the defining moment of his life, saved the lively-hoods of several families and set in motion the series of events that led to Lehman setting up his own winery bearing his name.

This incident is alluded to on the portrait series Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon we sell here at Majestic (£8.79 per bottle, when you buy at least 2). When ordered by bosses at Saltrum, where he was chief winemaker in 1978, to renege on a deal to purchase red grapes due to shifting international demand for white wines, he said no. Having spent the previous 20 years building relationships with the grape growers he managed to raise the funds needed to buy all the grapes and worked out a compromise with Saltrum to produce wine from these grapes at their winery.

A win-win situation for all concerned and this winery was named the Masterson winery and run by Lehman's wife. However the very next year, Saltrum was bought-out and the new owners did not want anything to do with this side-project. With hard work, grit and determination and a slice of luck, Lehman found investors and a winery for sale in the Barossa and the Lehman Winery was formed in 1982, once again saving the livelihoods of the growers.

Lehman’s big break on the international scene came when his 1989 Stonewall Shiraz won ‘The Jimmy Watson’, the most prestigious red wine trophy in Australia, showing the true potential of Australian Shiraz.

Today Lehman Winery produces 750,000 cases of wine every year and with a strong international presence has also worked and developed world-class white wines to compliment its already sterling reputation for reds. The growers of course continue to play their part and now Lehman winery sources grapes from 140 growers across the Barossa Valley. 30 years on this is a story that shows that doing the right thing can still lead to success even when at odds with commercial interests and even when times are not good, hard work can see you flourish when conditions improve.

Peter Lehman

18 August 1930 - 28 June 2013

‘My Word is my Bond’

Wine Of The Week, Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011, Séguinot-BordetDate published: 17/08/13

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin: An old and respected family winery, Séguinot-Bordet are located on the

right bank of the Serein. The Kimmeridgian clay soils in this area contain

high levels of marine fossils, said to be responsible for the local wines'

subtle iodine-like character.

Taste: An intense and focused nose of stone and citrus fruits, with smoky,

mineral notes and very subtle oak. Great purity on the palate, with the

mineral streak adding texture and length.

Enjoy: Enjoy with fresh oysters or other fruits de mer.

£18.00

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £8*

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Single bottle price£22.00

Spanish vintage informationDate published: 14/08/13

With the influx of new Spanish wines that have just arrived in our store we thought that it was perhaps time that we reflected on our vintage knowledge!

2009: Hot and dry throughout most of Spain, the vintage produced many powerful, intense wines, with plenty of body and ripe tannins.

2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Duero.

2007: Very difficult weather with rain and hail, especially in Rioja, hence quality variable. Top producers made some elegant, forward drinking wines.

2006: Not as dry as 2005, but an early September heatwave caused generalised problems. Results vary from dull to excellent but overall not as good a vintage as the two previous ones.

2005: Drier than 2003, with drought in many places during the ripening season leading to an early harvest and low yields. Quality from northern regions (Rioja, Navarra, Aragon and Catalunya) ranges from good to excellent.

2004: Good quality in La Mancha and the North West. Other areas suffering a variety of problems from drought in Andalucia to hail in Ribera del Duero. Top Riojas very good.

Rioja: The best recent vintages for Gran Reserva
and Reserva are 2004, 2001, 1998, and 1996.

Come in for a try of some new wines to our range over the coming weekends. This weekend we will open a couple of Spanish and a few of our newest Loire wines including a Chardonnay! Don't miss out.

Heidseck Prestige CuveeDate published: 14/08/13

 

  Florens-Louis Heidsieck (1749–1828) was the founder of the Champagne house Heidsieck & Co from which later Piper-Heidsieck was spun off, and which was the start of the Heidsieck Champagne clan. Heidsieck was the son of a Lutheran minister from Westphalia, and had moved to Reims to work as a cloth merchant. In Reims, he went into winemaking and started producing his own wine in 1780.

  Heidsieck & Co Monopole is one of two direct descendant Champagne houses of the old Heidsieck & Co, founded in 1785. The "Monopole" part of the name was added in 1923. Today, Heidsieck is owned by the Vranken company (located in Épernay), who also have Pommery and Demoisielle in their portfolio.

  We've recently received in store the Heidsieck & Co Prestige Cuvee. Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.  With it coming in at £22.00 when you buy two or more selected champagne bottles, it really is worth a try.



 

Kentish "BurgundyDate published: 13/08/13

About ten minutes down the road from us here at the Maidstone store is the Kit's Coty Estate, which is home to one of Chapel Downs finest vineyards.


The Kit's Coty Chardonnay is made from whole bunched pressed grapes which are wild fermented in old french barriques, after wich the wine is matured on it's lees.


This gives the wine a character that would not be out of place in a high end Burgundy. A fresh peachy floral nose, with hints of butterscotch and subtle spice. The palate is rich and textured full of citrus and stone fruit with a nutty finish.


I think you will be hard pressed to find a Burgundy that equals this English corker at just £13.99!

Spotlight Tastings Coming Soon!Date published: 12/08/13

On every Saturday in September, we will be running our 30 minutes themed tastings, where you get to try 6 different wines for free! 

There will be 2 time slots available, first one at 12pm and the second at 3pm. To book a place on either one of these times, email us on mds@majestic.co.uk, phone us on 01622 691986 or simply pop in to see us at our Maidstone store. 

'6 Wines in 30 Minutes' Spotlight Tastings:

~ Saturday 7th September: Chardonnay and its Influence on International Styles

~ Saturday 14th September: Spain - Rioja and Beyond

~ Saturday 21st September: Sauvignon Blanc and Interesting Alternatives

~ Saturday 28th September: Syrah/Shiraz and its Influence on International Styles

Lamb And Mango Tagine ThingDate published: 12/08/13

I know that this is'nt really a proper tagine dish, but I used a tagine to cook it in. 

Ingredients: 

For the marinade:

-Two tablespoons of red wine vinegar

-A shot of vodka (I made some rosemary infused vodka which was very nice)

-Two cloves of garlic

-A sprig of rosemary

Everything else:

-Two bone-in lamb shoulder steaks

-One sliced onion

-Half a red pepper copped into chunks

-A small courgette

-Half a mild red chili sliced and the same of green chili

-Half a mango, chopped into 1cm cubes

-About 10-12 whole garlic cloves with the skin on

-A teaspoon of ground cumin

Method:

Now pay attention, this is quite tricky.

Crush two of the garlic cloves and the rosemary in a pestle and mortar along with some salt and pepper until it goes into a paste. Put in a bowl with the vodka and vinegar, give it a stir and put in the lamb to marinade for as long as you can.

Put the veg in the tagine and put the meat and garlic cloves on top. Sprinkle the cumin over it then add the marinade. Put the lid on the tagine and cook on the hob on a low heat for about an hour until the meat is coming away from the bone.


Se I told you it was complicated! Tear the lamb into shreds and serve with some couscous.

Wine match:Chateau Musar 2001 Library Vintage, £22

GRAPE:Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan

ORIGIN:Lebanese wine might seem obscure, but viticultural roots in Lebanon go back over 6000 years. Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from the Beeka Valley, produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar.

TASTE: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.



Ever wondered what to drink German Riesling with??Date published: 11/08/13

Food and wine match

Last night I decided to go for the slightly different and veer away from normal choices of NZ Sauvignon blanc or Rioja and look for a food wine match that I hadn't tried before. I tried the aromatic combination of Hoisin duck and a off-dry Riesling. If you are imagining a large succulent duck roasted with an array of oriental accompaniments, then you will be disappointed. That was the original plan, but it ended up being ordered from the local Chinese take away . Now there's nothing wrong with this and shouldn't take any validity away from the recommendation at all!

After trawling the Rieslings that we have to offer, I settled on the interesting Wehlener Klosterberg Riesling Spätlese 2001 from the producer C. H. Berres. (I've checked spelling several times to make sure this is correct as German isn't my strong suit).

This wine is part of the limited parcel Majestic acquired from Mosel, so it seemed a bit special to me and it didn't disappoint (unlike my cooking skills). The strong peach and honey flavour backed with the aromatic punch was perfectly harmonious with the Hoisin duck's sweetness and aromatic flavours. It had a long long lasting finish along with the velvety smooth texture.

This wine was only £9.99 and if this is the quality standard in Mosel for this price range then I shall definitely be venturing back into Germany to see what else they can surprise me with.

Valpolicella - want to know what it's all about?Date published: 10/08/13

The Valpolicella district covers almost 7000 hectares to the north of Verona. There are two sub-zones: Classico, the hilly area centered on the valley of Fumane, Marano and Negrar torwards the western edge and Valpantena, which lies between Classico and the so called "extended zone", which abuts Soave to the east.

There is a world of difference between the wines produced on the plain and the higher levels of quality achieved in most of the hilly Classico sites and other parts of the district.

An additional two terms, superiore (which means the wine must contain at least one degree more alcohol than the normale and be aged for at least 12 months), and ripasso can be added either singly or in combination.

Amarone refers to a wine made from grapes dried for 100-120 days, with a minimum of 14% abv, and aged for at least two years from the beginning of hte year after the harvest. Recioto is the less dry version, containing more residual sugar.

Source: Decanter

Deals ending this week!Date published: 10/08/13

Happy weekend to you all. We thought we would give you the heads up that one of our improved deals is ending after the weekend, ie on Monday so if you like it, buy a load now!!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 when you buy any two New Zealand wines or £7.49


This wine will be £6.99 so if you are a fan, don't miss out!


Call us if you want to place an order over the phone and we will deliver free of charge if your order is over £40



Wine of the week - Barbera D'Asti De ForvilleDate published: 10/08/13

Barbera d’Alba Villa de Forville

2012, De Forville

ITALY

Grape: Barbera

Barbera is a prolific Italian grape variety grown in Piedmont and

particularly around the towns of Alba and Asti. This Barbera d'Alba is made by the excellent De Forville family using fruit from over 40 years old vines.

Very concentrated dark fruits on the nose, with well integrated spices. This exhibits confected dark cherry fruits with hints of chocolate, cloves and vanilla. Well integrated and silky smooth finish.

Meat dishes with grilled vegetables will complement this wine superbly.

£13.74 or

£10.99

20% OFF ITALIAN WINES*

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Risotto VerdeDate published: 03/08/13

Ingredients

A couple of handfuls of arborio

One onion finely diced

Two crushed cloves of garlic

About half a courgette thinly sliced into semi circles

Some green beans chopped up into 1cm lengths

A handful of peas

Some chopped flat leaf parsley

Any other green stuff you fancy

The juice of half a lemon

About 1ltr of stock

A glass of cheap dry white wine

Some peccorino cheese finely grated

Method

Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan over a moderate heat.

Put in the onions and fry gently to soften them. Be careful to to brown them as this will give a bitter flavour. Next put in the rice and stir around so every grain is coated with the oil. Continue to fry gently for a couple of minutes stirring all the time to stop the rice from browning, then add the garlic and cook for a minute or two.

Next pour in half of the wine and give it another stir. Once this has reduced a bit add about a ladle full of the stock and continue stirring until this has reduced down. Keep repeating this process until the rice is almost cooked and still just crunchy. If you have any spare wine, during this process is the perfect time to drink any spare wine you might have.

Once the rice is at this stage its time to add the veg. Continue adding stock and stirring until the rice and veg are just about cooked, then add the rest of the wine and reduce down one final time.

Next, mix in the lemon juice and season well. Take off the heat and add the cheese and parsley.

Wine Match:

Jermann Pinot Grigio only £18 when you buy any two selected fine wines. Or £22 per bottle!!

Bumper Fine Wine Friday!!!Date published: 02/08/13

We have two fine wines open for you to try this weekend so come and have a go!!

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2011, Friuli

ITALY

£22.00 or

£18.00

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £8

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region.

This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the

Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, fullbodied feel on the palate.

A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild

mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.


Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010, Louis

Jadot

BURGUNDY

Pinot Noir

Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune.

Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness.

Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins.

Drinking now, or cellar for 5 years or more.

£23.00 or

£19.00

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £8

Southern ItalyDate published: 27/07/13

  Ah Southern Italy...  Fresh fish, wonderful white wines, Punic wars, Garribaldi's reunification and bag snatchers:  Well maybe not the sterotyped last one.  We have one Sicilian wine, the Cometa Planeta.  At £25.00 iot's a wine to treat yourself with, but Sicily offers some of the best value out there in Southern Europe.  It's 100% Fiano, with tangerine and peach notes combined with creamy and fine acidity:  A wonderfuly balance, that's in a style not too often found.  Planeta are excellent at crafting their wines and well woth looking out for.

  There are surprisingly few DOCs in the South of Italy one of them  is the Copertino DOC.  The area has a long tradition of wine making pre Roman times, and also had historical connections with the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem. No doubt The Crusaders caused merry mayhem with the aid of the wine from Copertino.  Copertino is a town in the commune of Lecce, where most of the wines are mainly from the grape Negroamaro.  Our Copertino is made from 100% Negroamaro, and has wonderful plummy flavours combined with spice box secondary flavours.  At £6.79 for two or more bottles of any Italian it's fabulous value.  At that price you can sit back and ponder why the Italian judiciary is rather more effective at tackling organised crime, and pursuing corporate crime whilst SOCA sit on evidence and do nothing.  Maybe they need to drink affordable and brilliant Southern Italian wine, when they're being entertained.

Fine Wine Friday! Pesquera CrianzaDate published: 26/07/13

Open to taste this weekend is the Pesquera Crianza 2010, Alejandro

Fernandéz, Ribera del Duero

“Alejandro Fernandez has become one of the superstars of Spain.

His wine is made from the Tempranillo grape and is aged 2-21/2

years in casks, which produces remarkable depth and richness, and a

texture not unlike top notch Pomerol. The rich fruit combined with

the sweet oaky smells has resulted in some opulent and voluptuous

wines that are real head turners.”Robert Parker, The Wine Buyer’s

Guide

Newsletter for late July!!Date published: 24/07/13

PLAN YOUR NEXT VISIT!

GO TO

MAJESTIC.CO.UK/MAIDSTONE AND LOOK AT OUR ONLINE TASTING COUNTER.

WE KEEP YOU UPDATED ON WHAT WE HAVE OPEN TO TRY AT ANY ONE TIME!

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Fine Wine Friday this week will be:

Pesquera Crianza 2010, Alejandro

Fernandéz, Ribera del Duero

£19.99

“Alejandro Fernandez has become one of the superstars of Spain.

His wine is made from the Tempranillo grape and is aged 2-21/2

years in casks, which produces remarkable depth and richness, and a

texture not unlike top notch Pomerol.

The rich fruit combined with

the sweet oaky smells has resulted in some opulent and voluptuous

wines that are real head turners.”Robert Parker, The Wine Buyer’s

Guide

The Wine Course

Want to learn more about wine? Come to one of our free introductory courses to wine tasting this winter and learn all about how wine is made, what makes it so varied and how to match your favourite wines to your favourite foods.

The course is designed to give you an introduction to how the professionals assess and analyze wine. This is meant for beginners or intermediate wine drinkers who wish to know more about the wine they are drinking. However, if you are already quite knowledgeable, we will be happy to cater to your needs! Each attendee will receive a £10 voucher and the course is free, so everyone's a winner.

Book a place today by giving us a call on 01622 691 986 or email mds@majestic.co.uk

Recommend a friend and both of you will receive a bottle of Prosecco courtesy of Majestic!

Simply fill in the form included in your delivery box and get a friend who isn't already a customer with Majestic to fill in their part. Then send the form back to Majestic headquarters or drop into your local store.

As soon as your friend begins shopping with us, you will each get a voucher for a free bottle of DOCG Prosecco Conegliano!

It's as easy as that but do give us a call if you have any questions.

WINE OF THE WEEK - Wirra Wirra Church BlockDate published: 19/07/13



Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet

Shiraz Merlot 2010, McLaren Vale

AUSTRALIA


Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot – VEGETARIAN


The late Greg Trott, winemaker at Wirra Wirra, named this wine after one

of the original vineyard blocks from which the blend was made in 1972.


Originally a Grenache and Shiraz blend, the wine has evolved over the

years into this Cabernet-biased Aussie hybrid.


An aromatic nose, full of cedar, aniseed, clove and leaf notes. Bright

plum, bramble and cherry fruit characterise the plush and juicy palate,

supported by smooth-textured tannins.


Enjoy immediately or cellar for up to 8 years. Serve with fillet steak.


£12.49 or


£9.99

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

20% OFF AUSTRALIAN WINES*



Mont VentouxDate published: 14/07/13

  Today's Bastille Stage in the Tour De france goes up the Mont Ventoux.  French cyclists target this stage as the most prestigious prize, outside of winning the Tour.  Mont Ventoux is a stunning sight from the plains of the Rhone.  It's part of the Vacluse Mountains, which in turn is part of the French Prealps, and as such it's not surrounded by competing peaks.  Looming large it dominates the surrounding countryside, and provides shelter for the Malaucène basin from the Mistral winds.  Wine's been made in this area since, you guessed it, Roman times.

  Cycling up the mountain from the Western side you can see the effect of this shelter as more trees can be found this side, whereas the Bedoin side that the Tour goes up emerges into the Ventoux's moonscape rocky peak much earlier.  The other two vineyard areas in the  Ventoux AOC are East of Carpentras and North of Cavaillon.  Most of the wines are red with the golden three of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre present along with Carignan and Cinsault.  Famille Perrin one of the biggest family owned producers in the Rhone, produce their ever reliable Vielle Ferme red and white in this AOC:  £6.99 for the red when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.

  Whilst cycling up the Ventoux last weekend I contemplated if anyone reads articles on Twitter.  On the way down I crashed.

 

Fine wine Friday!!!Date published: 12/07/13

This week we have decided to open the immense Montes Purple Angel for you to try and it's included in our Chilean 20% off deal so it's the perfect time to buy! See below for more details:

Purple Angel Carmenère 2010,

Montes

CHILE

£32.50 or

£25.99

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

20% OFF CHILEAN WINES*

A blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot. Of this, half of the

Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing

sophistication and elegance. The other half of the Carmenère comes

from Montes’ Archangel estate in Marchigüe, adding potency and

strength.

The grapes are hand picked, normally early in the morning

to make sure that cold temperature is achieved to crush the fruit.

The clusters go through a berry selection, in which only good fruit is

allowed into the tank.

During the 18 months of barrel aging in new

French (50%) and American (50%) oak, the wine is racked 3 times to

get rid of lees, then bottled unfiltered.


Asian Spiced Turkey Koftas Date published: 10/07/13

I came up with these last night and was rather chuffed with the outcome so thought I would share with you!


Ingredients:

About 200g of turkey breast steaks

Half a red onion, finely diced

A clove of garlic, crushed

About a teaspoon of finely diced red chilli

About a teaspoons worth of mashed up/crushed ginger

Half a teaspoon of Chinese five spice

A teaspoon of dark soy sauce

Method:

Mince the turkey steaks. If you have a meat mincer you could use this, if not slice them into fine strips using a big sharp knife or cleaver, then turn the strips round on the board and cut them the other way, in effect making a very fine dice. Then just rock the blade of the knife over the meat as if you were finely chopping herbs, until you get a nice minced consistency. I would not use a food processor as it would make more of a paste than a mince and it's nice getting the occasional chunky bit.

Next, put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together well.

Once you have done this, take a teaspoon of the mixture and mold into a small patty and fry it off so you can taste it and check the seasoning. There should be enough salt from the soy but if not add a pinch of salt instead of more soy as the mixture will become too wet.


Now roll about a tablespoon of the mixture into a sausage shape and repeat until you have used it all up. It should make about 6-8. Cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge for at least half an hour to firm up.

Now they are ready to fry, grill or bake but would be best on the Barbecue!


Wine Match:

Yali Reserva Gewurztraminer: Gewurztraminer is the perfect accompaniment to spicy food as it tends to have a touch of sweetnes to counter act the heat, and is bursting with flavour so wont get lost in the background.


This particular Chiean one is a great example with an intensly floral nose full of rose and jasmine, and bursting with lychee fruit and a nice citrus aciddity that cuts through the slight sweetnes on the palate.


A steal at £6.99 when you buy 2 + Chilean wines! (£8.74 single bottle price)



Jane MacQuitty, Wine expertDate published: 06/07/13

This weekend it's the reds which get a run out and there are some crackers in Jane's recomendations for you. We are especially excited about the Mademoiselle Jones Fitou which is on an improved offer to entice you all even further! See below for what she has said about our wines:

Under £6 category

Lacroix Bordeaux Superieur 2007
£7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 until 2nd September

You can't go wrong with a bottle of Bordeaux for £5.99. ~There's not much else to say about this wine other than buy some.

Paul Mas Merlot 2012
£7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 from 5th July until 18th July

See above.

Under £8 category

Pizarras de Otero Bierzo 2012

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £6.99 until 2nd September

The new vintage has arrived and it's better than previous years in our opinion. I still think I would rather have a bottle of Garnacha De Moncayo though. Just a thought...

Under £12 category

Château de Sainte Gemme 2002

£13.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8 = £9.99 until 2nd September

We personally wouldn't have chosen this wine knowing how good the Caronne St Gemme is for just £12.99. However, an 11 year old bottle of Bordeaux for less than a tenner is a steal still.

Fitou by Mlle Jones 2011

£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99 from 5th July until 18th July

Yes. Most definitely.

Under £25

Laurent Perrier Brut NV

£24.99 from 5th July until 18th July

A Bargain for this price. We also have Perrier Jouet NV at £25 which I would pay the extra penny for.

As most of you will know by now, you need to buy as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. As always, these wines will be sold out pretty soon so give us a call or pop in to get yours.


Hope to see you all soon!


Team Maidstone

WINE OF THE WEEK - It's a RoséDate published: 05/07/13

Black Cottage Rosé 2012,

Marlborough

NEW

ZEALAND

Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir - VEGETARIAN

Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this

rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The

delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to

the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.

Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red

berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp

acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with salads or prawn dishes.

£12.49

or £9.99

20% OFF NEW ZEALAND WINES*

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Jane MacQuitty, Wine expertDate published: 29/06/13

So, Jane MacQuitty has spoken and decided her first set of top summer wines. Here is a list of the wines you can buy at your very own Majestic wine Maidstone:

Under £6

Yali Merlot Rosé 2012
£7.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £5.99 until 2nd September

Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012
£7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisieres 2012
£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Sancerre ‘Clos des Bouffants’ Neveu 2012
£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Pouilly Fumé ‘Les Cascadelles’ 2012
£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £9.99 from 28th June until 11th July

Muga Rioja Rosado 2012
£10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £8.99 until 2nd September

We have loads in stock of each of these wines and highly recommend the Vouvray. We have also improved the deals on these wines so they are all pretty much a pound off their price from last week!

See you soon!

Wine of the Week/ Fine Wine FridayDate published: 28/06/13

'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2011, Two

Hands, McLaren Vale

£18 When You Buy Any Two Selected Fine Wines, £22 Single Bottle

Origin:Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the

best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This

blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal

climes of McLaren Vale.

Taste:Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola

against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouthcoating,

with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

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

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 20/06/13

£27.99 When You Buy 2+ NZ Wines. £35 Single Bottle

Origin:New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where this grape

variety achieves elusive perfection, and the highly esteemed Cloudy Bay

Estate have surpassed themselves in the production of this innovative

Pinot Noir.

Taste:Delicate confected nose, with vanilla and hints of spice. A seductive

palate, where dark cherries and strawberries are complemented by

toasty characters and silky tannins. A complex and textured finish.

Enjoy:Try this with slow-cooked pork belly or a wild mushroom risotto.

Northern Rhone: A continental dreamDate published: 20/06/13

Northern Rhone: A continental dream

   The land of Syrah: the Northern Rhone is said to have the best expression of this revered grape. Though the Northern Rhone is in the South, the Northerly winds from the Alps keep the grapes cool in summer and inhibit fungal disease in spring. The summers are warm, but not scorchio. The soil is granitic, and a strange feature of the best vineyards, is that the soil has to be carried back up the steep slopes after heavy rain.

   With the cool weather Syrah is said to be at the Northerly limit where it can ripen properly. Generally it has to be grown on the best South facing slopes. Improved canopy management and full de-stemming, has reduced the big Tannins and increased fruit intensity.  Traditionally Syrah is fermented with white varieties such as Viognier, which can stabilize the colour of the wine and add intense aromas. Guigal is one of the biggest neogociants in the area, and owns it's own vineyards in prime sites. Vineyard designated wines by Guigal have some of the most, 100 point scores from Robert Parker, a guy who loves big wines. It's La Mouline vineyard Cote Rotie, has around 11% Viognier making it quite floral. It's also won 9 hundred point scores between 76-05. A brilliant affordable starter is Guigal's Brune et Blonde, which takes it's grapes from those two vineyards. With a little bit of Viognier it packs a punch and will introduce you to the world of fine wine. Currently we stock it at £40. Affordable fine wine? Maybe not, but certainly worth a yearly treat compared to some recent Bordeaux vintages.

WINE OF THE WEEK - Yalumba Bush Vine GrenacheDate published: 15/06/13

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache

2012, Barossa Valley

AUSTRALIA

Grenache - VEGETARIAN

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world, most of

these planted as bush vines in the traditional free-standing style.

Yalumba was founded in 1849, long before most 'Old World' wineries.

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.

A good alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a brilliant partner to

spare ribs.

£10.99

WHEN YOU BUY ANY 2 AUSTRALIAN WINES or £13.74 EACH

Fine wine Friday!!!Date published: 07/06/13

Meerlust Merlot 2009,

Stellenbosch

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757.

Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with

11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and

aromatic complexity.

Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit

abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy

edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

Partner with a rich beef bourguignon.

£19.99 or

£15.99

BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £8* AS PART OF OUR FINE WINE AT HOUSE PRICES DEAL

Provence home of RoseDate published: 06/06/13

  Provence:  Where are the best vineyards?  Most people know of the left and right bank of Bordeaux, or where Chablis is in Burgundy.  But the best vineyards in Provence are a bit of mystery to the average Provence Rose lover.  In between Marseille and Nice, the port town of Toulon and the racy resort of St Raphael provide some of the best vineyards.  With around 300 days of sunshine a year, many Brits high tail it there from Spring to Autumn.  You can't take the transporter train anymore, but you can get more and more of these excellent Roses into your UK doors via our Majetic vans! 

 Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded by the Knights Templar, but has been brought into the modern age by owner and vigneron Francoise Rigard.  Coming from the Flassan sur Issole department, you could drive your golf ball into the vineyards from the Golf de Barberoux course.  You might even make St Tropez if the Mistral decided to turn round.  It's just been voted the best Provence Rose under £15 by Decanter, and with it's spicy light white pepper and delightful strawberry flavour you'll see why.  Buy two bottles from us as part of a mixed case and it's only £9.99!

Majestic Maidstone Newsletter, June Part 1Date published: 03/06/13

JUNE 2013 PART1

So with summer sort of arriving we have some nice summery treats for you, and some excellent offers to really get your summer started. Here is a selection of a few things we have tried and liked recently.

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 when you buy 2+NZ wines:The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim. 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. Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.

AIX Rosé Magnum £20: That's right, MAGNUM! Bigger is definitely better! An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood. Also available in double magnums £50!

Vina Eguia Reserva Rioja £5.99 when you buy 2+bottles: Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

Chapel Down Kit's Coty Chardonnay £10.99 when 2+ bottles: This is a single-vineyard Chardonnay from Chapel Down's vineyard in Aylesford named after Kit's Coty, a nearby neolithic monument. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented in old barriques, and the wine matured on its lees. A fresh and appealing nose of fresh white peach and floral notes, with hints of butterscotch and subtle spice. A complex and richly textured palate full of citrus and stone fruit character. Match with all seafood or white fish dishes.

Our next Fine Wine Friday will be the Meerlust Merlot from South Africa on Friday the 8th of June. Big, juicy and chocolaty. This is one you don't want to miss at £15.99 when you buy 2 or more of over 20 selected fine wines as part of our buy 2save £8 offer. Fine wine at house wine prices!

We have also welcomed our new driver, Dave who will be carefully delivering your wine to your door as part of our free delivery service. Say hello next time you get a delivery!

We hope you enjoy the wines you bought this time and hope to see you all soon in store!

Kind regards,

Stephen, Will, Colin and Dave

Ever wondered about buying Fairbourne Sauvignon Blanc??Date published: 03/06/13

Read this about our newest favourite New Zealand wine.

From www.wineorbit.co.nz


Fairbourne Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough 94.5 Points

From their north-facing hillside vineyard with clay/gravel soils, this is a stylish
expression of Marlborough sauvignon blanc made from hand-harvested grapes;
the juice was fermented at cool temperatures then an extended lees contact
with a small portion of the wine matured in seasoned French oak barrels.

The resulting wine is not as pungent on the nose as a typical Marlborough example,
it's delicately fragrant showing white peach, lime zest, feijoa and a hint of
oatmeal characters. However, the palate shows amazing intensity and richness
together with a rounded texture and well-balanced acidity. It's superbly
concentrated and very long on the finish.

At its best: now to 2017. £13.99 when you buy any two NZ wines at Majestic Wine Maidstone

www.fairbourne.co.nz.

Ratings
Stars Points
5 96 - 100 Exceptional quality exhibiting highest level of concentration and complexity.
5 93 – 95 Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type.
4.5 89 - 92 Excellent quality showing high level of concentration and balance.
4 85 - 88 Very good quality displaying attractive flavours and good balance.
3.5 81 - 84 Good quality, easy drinking with straightforward flavours.


Matt Jukes - wine writer extraordinaire - recommendations from our range!!!Date published: 01/06/13

Some of you may have seen Matthew Jukes' Aussie wine recommendations in the Daily Maily this week. Here is a recap of the wines which we stock...

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2012 (19.014) £14.99 buy 2 Australian wines save 20% = £11.99

Also one of our favourites in our range. Also try their Virgilius which is an excellent new world alternative to Condrieu

The Lodge Hill Riesling 2012 Jim Barry (19.110) £12.49 buy 2 Australian wines save 20% = £9.99

Beautiful dry riesling with so much finesse for a tenner it's unbelievable

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2011 (19.608) £14.99 buy 2 Australian wines save 20% = £11.99

Forget what people say about Aussie Chardonnays. They have evolved and become so much more than the oaky chardonnays of the past.

Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 2009 (19.850) £30

Also try the museum vintage for the same price!! Big, bold and fruity shiraz as you would expect from Australia.

Trilogy Cuvée Rosé NV (23.006) £14.99 £9.99

Fantastic for just a tenner too. If you find a better sparkling rose for this price from Oz, tell us, please!

Fine wine Friday!!!Date published: 17/05/13

Little bit of a change to our plans this weekend... We have decided to open the Brunello Banfi 2008 (new vintage in stock) for you all to try. Here is a tasting note for it:

Brunello di Montalcino 2007/08,
Banfi
ITALY

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.

£30.00 Single bottle price

£26.00 BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £8*

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Comein and try before you buy!!

WINE OF THE WEEK - Terroir Hunter Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 17/05/13

Terroir Hunter Pinot Noir 2011,
Leyda Valley, Undurraga
CHILE

Pinot Noir - VEGETARIAN

Named in honour of the pioneering vignerons who originally came to
Chile in search of new vine-growing opportunities, this wine comes from
a small selected plot in Leyda Valley, which has proven itself to be ideally
suited to its Dijon clone Pinot Noir vines.

Centring around a core of red and black cherry fruit, there are notes of
wild herbs, earth and orange peel. Medium body, with tension provided
by a vibrant acidity, lifting the ripe red fruit.

Drink with cold cuts or a game and cranberry pie.

£15.99 Single bottle price  or £12.79 when you buy any two Chilean wines

20% OFF CHILEAN WINES*
When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Bumper Fine Wine weekend!!!Date published: 09/05/13

Pouilly-Fuissé 'Vers Cras' 2011,

Domaine Cordier

BURGUNDY

Chardonnay

'Vers Cras' is one of Domaine Cordier's top single-vineyard offerings, with some of the lowest yields in Burgundy at around 20 hectolitres per hectare.

Using around 30% new oak barriques to give the wine richness

and roundness, whilst the low yields supply ripe fruit.

With a Puligny-esque clarity and the ripe fruit kept in check with linear acidity, this wine fills the mouth but has an elegance and mineral quality matched by few in Burgundy.

Match with seared scallops, fresh salmon or lobster.

Will improve over the next 5+ years, when the oak will further integrate.

£24.00

WINE OF THE WEEK - Callia Malbec, San JuanDate published: 09/05/13

Callia Bella Malbec 2012, San

Juan

ARGENTINA

Malbec – VEGETARIAN

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of

San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area.

Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea

level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes.

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward

wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous

on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Or £8.99 each

New Products In Majestic Maidstone To TryDate published: 04/05/13


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 19/04/13

 

 

Masianco 2012, Masi

Single bottle price £9.99 BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £5

Grape: Pinot Grigio, Verduzzo

Origin: Masi have come to be at the forefront of winemaking around Verona, creating attractive modern wines from the region's traditional grapes.

Taste:Here, Pinot Grigio has been blended with 25% Verduzzo, which has been barrel-aged for 3 months, to create a unique white. 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.

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 06/04/13

our fine wine Friday this week is the sumptuous Vina Ardanza 2004 which is a stunner. Another excellent vintage and on a great deal. Snap up a few bottles while we have some left!

Rioja Reserva 2004, Viña Ardanza, La Rioja Alta

Grapes: Grenache, Tempranillo

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.

£17.99 When you buy any two Spanish wines as part of a mixed case

Or £22.50

A message from our colleagues at Lay and Wheeler...Date published: 05/04/13

As last year is turning out to be one of the best vintages for a while in Oz, it would be well worth a look at what our specialist fine wine colleagues at Lay and Wheeler have to offer from Down Under. Remember, if you sign up to Lay and Wheeler and set up a direct debit of £100 per month, you can avail of a 10% discount card with Majestic! If you like fine wine, it's well worth a go...

Check out the best offers at http://www.laywheeler.com/region/australia

 

Anyway, here is what Kat from Lay and Wheeler has to say:

Dear Wine Enthusiast,

When writing about the wine of such a huge and varied country as Australia, it seems strange to generalise and indeed it would be wrong to do so, except in one respect: the quality of Australian fine wines is very much on the rise. We have been very excited by the wines that we have tasted throughout the year at events and tastings with producers, and putting together this offer has been a real pleasure.

While the long established regions, like the Clare Valley, Margaret River, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, have continued to consistently produce great wines, recent years have brought the cooler climate regions to the fore of everyone's attention, with huge improvements in the quality of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in Victoria. In his recent Chardonnay Challenge, James Halliday commented of the wines that he tasted, "It…underlines the vast improvement over the past decade in the quality of Australian chardonnays, and the diversity of styles reflecting their varying terroirs."

The wines we are offering are among some of the most acclaimed and most sought-after in Australia. Established names like Jim Barry, Jeffrey Grosset, Kooyong and Giaconda are joined by rising superstars like Bindi, Ocean Eight, Yabby Lake and Ten Minutes by Tractor, producers currently collecting accolades by the dozen.

These are producers that are the quality equivalent of some of the most prized wines of Burgundy, Alsace and the Rhône, yet we have managed to secure good allocations and at great prices. This, therefore, is the perfect opportunity to find out exactly why we’re so excited by Australian wines and to see the undeniable quality of these top producers.

Kat Wiggins Marketing Manager

 

WINE OF THE WEEK - Aigues Vives Corbieres 2007, LanguedocDate published: 30/03/13

 

 

Château Aigues Vives Cuvée d'Exception 2010, Corbières

Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan

The name of this estate is derived from 'Agua Viva', the Roman thermal baths that once stood on this site, whose underground water supply today quenches the otherwise arid soils.

The modern winery was developed by Phillipe Dourthe but is now owned by Gérard Bertrand.

A classically structured southern French red, offering an array of red and black fruit aromas, nuanced with notes of cocoa, rose petal and savoury pepper.

A robust tannic backbone provides a long finish.

Partner with duck confit, braised lamb shank, or some succulent venison sausages.

£9.99 or £7.99 BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £4 When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case  

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.

Easter opening hoursDate published: 24/03/13

Hello all,

Just a quick reminder that we will be open as usual on Good Friday and Easter Saturday but closed on Easter Sunday. We will then be open bank holiday hours on Easter Monday. Sorry for inconvenience but we hope to see you all in the coming week!

Good Friday - 10-8pm

Easter Saturday - 9-7pm

Easter Sunday - Closed

Easter Monday 10-5pm

WINE OF THE WEEK - Vinalba Malbec 2011 - Star buy!!Date published: 23/03/13

 

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2011, Mendoza

Malbec – VEGETARIAN

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.

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

£10.99 or £7.99 WHEN YOU BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £6  

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 15/03/13

Greywacke Sauvignon 2012

Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND

Sauvignon Blanc - VEGETARIAN

Greywacke (pronounced 'grey-wacky') is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard.

The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Intense aromatics of melon, peach and papaya are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouthfilling, a small portion of the wine having been oak fermented.

Partner with a selection of canapes made with smoked salmon, anchovies or chêvre.

£19.99 Single bottle price

£15.99 BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £8

When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case  

All Change in ArgentinaDate published: 01/03/13

All retailers in the UK have recently been contacted by the Office of Trading Standards regarding Argentinian wines that use the terms "Reserva" and "Gran Reserva". Argentina had requested permission to use these terms and the EU Wine Management Committee indicated some time ago it would support this request. Many wineries therefore began to use the terms, however due to wider trade disputes between the EU and Argentina, the request has not yet been formally ratified and now appears to be on hold indefinitely. The official position, now being regulated, is that Argentinian wines using “Reserva” and “Gran Reserva” cannot be sold in the EU until the Argentinian request is formally ratified.

We have a fantasic range of wines from Vinalba which do state 'Reserva' on the bottle. Any new shipment of this wine will be labeled as 'Reservado'. It'll still be exactly the same wine, and standard, you've come to expect from Vinalba.

Fine wine Friday!!!Date published: 01/03/13

Meursault 1er Cru 'Les Gouttes d’Or'

2010, Buisson-Battault

BURGUNDY Grape: Chardonnay

One of the greatest vineyards of the Meursault appellation, as noted by Thomas Jefferson. Produced using traditional methods, Buisson- Battault's wines are first-class examples of Burgundy's hedonistic and opulent character, and the exceptional quality of the vineyard.

An archetypal White Burgundy exhibiting nutty, spicy and ripe stone fruits with a powerful, rich, weighty palate of spicy stone fruit, elegantly balanced with fresh acidity with prolonged length.

Gouttes d'Or translates as 'Drops of Gold', and this can certainly age for ten years. Excellent with truffles, or soft cheeses.

£30

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 22/02/13

Paul Mas Estate 'Gardemiel Vineyard' Malbec 2011

PGI Pays d'Oc

Grape: Malbec, Cabernet Franc – VEGETARIAN

From a single vineyard plot located 200km from Malbec's birthplace in Cahors, this modern Malbec echoes both the Old World rusticity of Cahors, and the inky fruitiness found in the Malbecs of Argentina and the rest of the New World.

This Malbec keeps its bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruit at the centre of the frame, with the edges softened by restrained use of new oak, and subtle herbaceous notes from the blend's 10% Cab Franc.

Drink at cool room temperature along with pasta, barbecued meats, or a selection of strong cheeses and gamey terrines.

£6.99 when you buy 2+ save £4 or £8.99 single bottle price

New Zealand Tasting TutorialDate published: 12/02/13

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the gooseberry filled world of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. However, did you know those clever kiwi chaps make other wines too?

This Saturday the 16th we will be holding tutored tastings in store at 11am and 3pm.. We will of course be showing you some of the old favorites like Marlborough Sauvignon, but have you ever thought of trying a Pinot Gris from the Nelson region?

This is a great wine to have with spicy Asian style food. It tends to have a touch of sweet spice that takes the edge off of anything a bit too hot to handle.

Did you know the Kiwis also make beautiful Chardonnay. In general they are a bit less full on than the Aussie Chardonnays of the past, and have a creamy edge with tropical fruits like passion fruit and kumquat.

Of course I'm not going to tell you now what specific wines we will have open, so there's only one way to find out. Give us a ring or drop us an email to book your place at our free tastings

Tel: 01622 691986 Email: MDS@MAJESTIC.CO.UK

 

The wine courseDate published: 11/02/13

The Wine Course

Want to learn more about wine? Come to one of our free introductory courses to wine tasting this winter and learn all about how wine is made, what makes it so varied and how to match your favourite wines to your favourite foods.

The course is designed to give you an introduction to how the professionals assess and analyze wine. This is meant for beginners or intermediate wine drinkers who wish to know more about the wine they are drinking. However, if you are already quite knowledgeable, we will be happy to cater to your needs! Each attendee will receive a £10 voucher and the course is free, so everyone's a winner.

Book a place today by giving us a call on 01622691986 or email us at mds@majestic.co.uk

Next courses: Sunday 24th February at 2:30pm Sunday 10th March at 2:30pm

Fine wine Friday!!!Date published: 01/02/13

 

Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007 Marlborough

Grape Riesling

Description Made from an exceptionally small harvest from two parcels of vines, this is Cloudy Bay's stunning and exclusive take on the classic grape. Echoing the fresh, off-dry Alsatian style of Riesling, this wine delivers a lush and delicately unctuous palate of tropical and citrus fruits, all the time accompanied by a restrained yet potent nose tinged with aromas of beeswax. Drink with mild curries, roasted vegetables or smoked salmon.

 

£19.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines save 20% Or £25

Power Cut This Sunday 13th JanDate published: 11/01/13

Due to work being carried out on a neighboring building to connect it to the grid, we will be without power until approximately 1pm this Sunday 13th Jan.

We will remain open but with a limited trading capacity. You are welcome to come to the store but unfortunately due to health and safety reasons we cannot allow customers to browse around the store. Instead we will go and get what you require.

Obviously our card machines will not be working so we advise paying in cash, however if you need to pay by card we are willing to take your details and ring you take payment when power is restored. Once we have done this we will deliver the stock to your door free of charge.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

 

Shortened opening hours on Sunday/Monday Date published: 04/01/13

Shortened opening hours on Sunday/Monday We will be closing early on Sunday 6th Jan at 2.45PM and re-opening late on Monday 7th Jan at 1PM. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Christmas Delivery Information - Updated!Date published: 03/12/12

December is a very busy time for deliveries, and we will be keeping this page updated on a daily basis with our current turnaround times and schedule.

WE ARE STILL TAKING ORDERS FOR DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

PLEASE PHONE US ON 01622 691 986 FOR MORE DETAILS

We deliver to the following areas on these days

Monday and Friday - Maidstone, Wateringbury, Smarden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Egerton

Tuesday - Cranbrook, Battle, Hastings, Hawkhurst, Rye, Tenterden

Wednesday and Saturday - Meopham, Medway , Sittingbourne, Sheerness

Thursday - Ashford, Folkestone, Tenterden, Biddenden, Romney, Rye, Tenterden

Please note that we will not be making deliveries on 23rd of December or Christmas Eve,  Monday 24th December, but you will still be able to collect from the store on these days between 10am and 5pm on Sunday 23rd, and between 9am and 5pm on Monday 24th.

Where possible we will endeavour to deliver to you on the next day we are in your area, stock permitting. As always, we will phone you to arrange delivery before we come out.

If you have any questions about any aspect of our delivery service, please call us on 01622 691 986

Corbieres - The Best Value Red Wine In Europe?Date published: 24/08/12

Over the last few years, the popularity of wines from the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France has absolutely boomed, as wine lovers have looked for better value away from the classic wine regions, such as Bordeaux and Burgundy. Nowhere has epitomised this surge in affection quite like Corbieres. Once dismissed for it's tannic, rustic and very ordinary wines, a modern approach to winemaking has delivered an exciting array of modern, fruit driven wines with the potential to appeal to fans of old-world and new-world wines alike. Here are a few of my favourites

Chateau Mont Milan 2010 - Unbelievably good for a wine so cheap! When this wine first arrived with the 2007 vintage, we wondered how a sub £5 bottle of wine could possibly be worth a decanter gold medal, but once you take your first deep sniff, you know! Fresh blackberry, figs and spice invite you in, and it delivers in every way on the palate. You would be hard pressed to find a better wine at this price anywhere.

Ch Aigues Vives 2007 - From the great 2007 vintage (the 2007 is exclusive to Majestic) comes this absolute belter! From a property recently acquired by Gerard Bertrand, this wine is a more serious take on Corbieres. A touch of oak frames a well structured wine, with notes of chocolate, pepper and black fruits. A firm but inviting framework of tannins mean this stands up well to slow raost dishes such as duck or lamb.

Blason d'Aussieres 2009 - The second wine of Chateau d'Aussieres this wine was made with the knowhow of the property's current owners, Domaines Barons de Rothschild. Spending up to 12 months in oak helps fill out the flavour profile of this wine. Here the flavours are reminiscient of the landscape on which the grapes are grown, with hints of garrigue herbs and black olives. Great with peppered steak or high quality barbecue food.

Try Something Different! Hochar Pere Et Fils 2005Date published: 17/08/12

When you think of wine producing countries what comes to mind? France perhaps? Spain or Italy, with their long standing traditional ways of making wine? Or maybe you are a new world fan, with their big bold fruit driven styles? It's unlikely that the first place you thought of was Lebanon, but in fact they have been making wine here since biblical times. Although it may have fallen off the viticultural map for many centuries, Lebanese wine making has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, led by the pioneering Chateau Musar, now led by Gaston Hochar.

The Hochar Pere Et Fils 2005 acts as the second wine of Chateau Musar, made in a more forward, approachable style, this still carries many of the hallmarks of it's big brother. Aged in oak for around 9 months, the wine is aged in bottle in the cellars of the estate before being released, meaning it is ready to drink as soon as you buy it.

An interesting blend of red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault, this displays a deep garnet hue, with a concentrated nose of dried fruit, spice and vanilla and an intriguing whiff of balsamic vinegar - but in a good way! Well integrated tannins and acidity mark this out as a wine worth keeping, but the full bodied black fruit will make it hard not to open. Goes great with lamb tagine or barbecued pork.

Try Something Different! Dry Furmint 2009, Royal Tokaji Date published: 09/08/12

The idea for this series of articles is in the title really. We want you to broaden you wine horizons (and ours too!).

We will tell you all about the weird and wonderful wines out there that you might be a bit scared to try or have just never heard of before.

You may have heard of Tokaji before as they are the Hungarian makers that are responsible for making some of the greatest desert wines in the world. As well as making beautiful sweet wines they use the little known Furmint grape to make a rather good dry one too.

The grape gets it's name from the Hungarian word “forment” which refers to the beautiful golden wheat colour that is present in both the sweet and dry wines. It has a powerful aroma that consists of rich honey and stone fruit.

Once you take a sip the taste explodes in tropical fruit and an almost dense honey flavor. Although the initial flavor is fairly full on it is balanced with a nice crisp acidity and has subtlety added from the nice mineral streak that runs throughout.

It goes very well with rich creamy cheeses and rich poultry dishes as well as lighter game birds such as partridge.

All in all a lot of wine for £8.49! (When you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case, £9.99 single bottle)
 

Stuart on Sea - TorbayDate published: 12/04/12

This weekend I will be going to Brixham in Devon, just across the bay from Torquay on the English Riviera. I am making the journey with a group of old school friends, which guarantees much amusement on a boat in Torbay and the surrounding area. We have been making the trip each year since I passed my driving test, giving us the freedom to explore the UK. In that time our palates, tastes and budgets have evolved from burgers, pizza and kebabs all washed down with pints of cheap horrible warm lager. I am not suggesting that we have developed into perfectly refined gentlemen, but we are making progress. Working for Majestic has led me to attempt to change my friends drinking habits.

 This year I will be bringing a selection of wines down with me to match the dishes that we will be having. Going to the coast in Devon gives us an opportunity to enjoy some incredibly fresh seafood. One of my favourites is a simple crab salad. All you need is some lettuce leaves, a splash of white wine vinegarette and some fresh white crab meat. I have two wine matches for this that I will be taking, the first is Domaine de Villargeau 2010, Côteaux Giennois from the Loire next to Pouilly-Fumé. Made from Sauvignon Blanc, on the nose it is bursting with gooseberry and carries through to a palate of lime, citrus and nettle, the wine is clean and crisp and partners the crab perfectly. Loire Sauvignon Blanc is usually a good match for seafood, but I am bringing something my friends have not tried before, The Chapel Down Bacchus. As we are the closest store to Chapel Down in Tenterden, I have had the opportunity to enjoy all of their fabulous wines. The Bacchus has aromas of rose, herbs and lychee, on the palate apple pear and even white pepper comes through. The wine is well balanced with a racy acidity that comes through on the finish. Fresh Devon seafood with Kentish Bacchus wine is a great British match.

No boys weekend away would be complete without a feast of beef. On Sunday we will be cooking roast beef with all the trimmings. For this I have bought a couple of bottles of Château de Brens 1996, St-Emilion Grand Cru. This is a fully mature Bordeaux blend of 80% merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine has notes of spicy plums, aged leather and woody cigar box, giving the wine complex developed mature flavours. This wine matches pefectly with the rich flavours from the beef.

I have my food and wine sorted, now all I need is good weather!

Chapel Down Bacchus £9.99

Domaine de Villargeau 2010, Côteaux Giennois £9.99 or 2+ £8.99

Château de Brens 1996, St-Emilion Grand Cru £14.99

Contesa Pecorino 2011 Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/04/12

Pecorino gets its name from the Italian word for sheep 'pecora'. The grapes on the vines are reminiscent of a sheep's head. From central Italy this Pecorino is pale yellow in colour and has been 30% fermented in oak. On the nose there is a great hit of citrus fruits, hawthorn and orange blossom. The soft and clean palate matches the nose with a pleasing mineral complexity.

Why not pair the wine with the beautifully nutty sheep's milk cheese that shares its name. Or with a simple baked cod dish.
 

Wines of Spain Tasting Week, Starts Friday 23rd!Date published: 20/03/12

As a Spanish wine fan (red and whites) I'm glad to annouce we will have a fine selection of wines on our tasting counter as of the 23rd next week here in Maidstone. Spanish wines have come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades, with a greater emphasis on well-made, clean, fresh and zippy whites along with modern, more fruit-driven red styles. As well as traditional Rioja's we have a surprisingly diverse range of Spanish wines in store; including some rather unique wines from lesser known, indigenous varieties (ever tried the Verdejo grape variety)? Pop in and give it a try, we will of course be on hand to offer friendly advice!  

My personal recommendation is the fantastic 2010 Pizarras de Otero Bierzo from the north-west of Spain. Made from 100% Mencia, this delicious wine has both rich red fruit flavours and a distinct complexity and minerality, along with a long finish on the palate. In limited stocks so snap it up while its here! 

Spring Is In The Air!Date published: 18/03/12

Now that the sun is starting to show it's face, temperatures are rising and the smell of blossom is starting to infuse the air, it's time to put away those winter blockbuster wines, and make a step into Spring!

Here is my guide to what I will be drinking over the next few months.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene, La Marca

Was £12.99, NOW £8.99

What better way to celebrate to arrival of milder weather than this cracker from Northern Italy. All elegant floral aromas, well integrated acidity keeps it fresh but not aggressive, and soft apricot and apple flavours dominate on the palate. This is perfect for al fresco drinking on the patio on a Sunday afternoon.

RECOMMEND A FRIEND AND GET A BOTTLE FREE - Ask in store for details

 

Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

£8.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is great for drinking all year round, but for some reason this one always fills me with the joys of spring. Maybe it's the nose, which is reminiscient of freshly cut grass and elderflowers, with a hint of cloudy lemonade thrown in too. Maybe it's just that the palate is lively and exuberant, with the classic Marlborough gooseberry notes. Or maybe, just maybe, it's that at £5.99 it's too good to refuse!

St Hallett Poacher's Blend

£8.99 or £4.99 when you buy 2 or more

It might be just coming into Spring here, but the Aussies are just leaving summer, and to be honest I think the heat must have been getting to them a bit. It's the only reason I can think of that they would have let this absolutely stunning white blend be sold so cheaply! A quick price check shows Waitrose selling it at £7.79, and Sainsbury's at £8.99, which are perfectly fair prices, but £4.99 could almost be a pricing error. An unusual blend of semillon, sauvignon blanc and riesling, this wine has it all, grassy gooseberry notes, a touch of honey, great complexity and length. Buy it now, before I buy it all!

Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone, Chapoutier

£8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

From one of the top producers (if not THE top producer) in the Rhone valley comes this delightful wine, showing that Spring is not all about the whites. The grenache in the blend makes it juicey and approachable on it's own, while the syrah offers structure acidity and herbaceous, peppery character which will help it match up to warm duck salad or pastrami.

Muriel Gran Reserva 2004 - Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/03/12

 

This Gran Reserva comes from Bodegas Muriel, an excellent producer located in the town of Elciego in the heart of the Rioja-Alavesa sub region. This relatively recently founded estate offers superb value and a classic style of mature Rioja.

On the palate an aromatic explosion of vanilla and spices from the oak blends with mature fruit character and evidence of extended bottle ageing in the form of leather and tobacco leaves.

This Rioja is drinking really well now and offers a mature Rioja from a top vintage and producer at a bargain price. Why not pair it up with a Mothers' Day roast lamb with all the trimmings, heavenly.


£13.74

Buy any 2 Spanish wines
only

£10.99

Fantastic Offers Ending This Week!Date published: 10/03/12

Just thought I'd remind you all of some of our fantastic early spring (or is it late winter?) offers which end on Monday 12th.

Celebrating? Why not try some of the Nicolas Feuilatte NV champagne with its aromas of freshly baked apple and biscuity finish is, currently just £17.00 per bottle

Alternatively

Lindauer Rose from New Zealand, vibrant pink in colour, with plenty of ripe strawberry, redcurrant and citrus character is just £7.99 per bottle, an absolute steal!

Fancy a fresh, goats cheese spring salad?

Pair this up with  the La Grille Sauvignon Blanc, currently down from £6.99 to £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more. The grassy, herbaceousness of the wine matches up perfectly to the leafy greens, while the crisp acidity cuts through the fat to bring out the full flavour the goats cheese, and really enliven the dish.

Still in a wintery mood?

The Wither Hills Pinot Noir, with its deep, earthy dark cherry fruits and sweet spice goes great with roast pigeon breast on top of a hearty root vegetable mash. Currently an absolute bargain at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Wish You Were Here - AlsaceDate published: 09/03/12

Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a week with a few friends in the Vosges mountains in Alsace-Lorraine. My week included plenty of skiing, plenty of hearty meals and of course plenty of Alsatian wines. After a 6 hour drive across France through Champagne we arrived in the small hamlet of Le Grand Valtin approximately 800m above sea level. The first thing we noticed when we arrived, other than the beautiful scenery, was the extreme cold ( -25). We swiftly entered the the chalet, got the fire going and cracked into some of the local spirit we discovered in the kitchen. We discovered a bottle of  Eau-de-Vie, a spirit that is distilled from fruit. Our bottle was made from mirabelles (a type of plum grown in Lorraine). The Eau-de-Vie was instantly warming with a hit of the mirabelles, but an even bigger hit of the alcohol. Certainly not for the faint hearted.

 After a couple of days skiing and discovering the surrounding area we decide to drive to Colmar, the prefecture of the Haut-Rhin département and the home of many of Alsatian wine négociants. On our way to Colmar through the winding, snow covered mountain passes we drove through many chocolate box medieval villages surrounded by vines. We drove along the Route des Vins to Turckheim. We stopped at the Cave de Turkheim and tried many of Alsace's finest offerings. We tried various Rieslings, Gewurztraminers, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blancs, Pinot Noirs and a Sylvaner. After stocking up with wine we headed to Colmar, where we indulged in some hearty Alsatian food in a traditional auberge. I chose a feast of pork knuckle with horseradish and a potato salad washed down with a delightful glass of Cave de Turckheim Pinot Gris, which paired beautifully the melt in the mouth, slow cooked pork knuckle. The wine had floral notes on the nose and on the palate peachy notes. The acidity of the wine brilliantly cut through the fat of the knuckle. After walking off our lunch throught the picturesque cobbled streets of timber framed buildings we returned to Le Grand Valtin.

 For dinner we carried on our Alsatian food and wine tour. We cooked choucroute, pickled cabbage with ham and sausages we paired it up with a crisp Riesling, which matched the tangy pickled cabbage. No meal in France would be complete without cheese. We splashed out on a wheel of the local pungent monster Munster matched with sumptious, floral, honeyed, off dry Gewurtztraminer, which was possibly the finest match of the holiday.

After a week of over indulgence it was regrettably time to return to the UK with a boot full of supplies. Well worth a visit and only 6 hours from Calais!

 

Why not pop in and discover our range of stunning Alsaltian wines.

Composite Sauvignon Blanc £5.99Date published: 03/03/12

The Composite Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand.

Ripe stone fruit with refreshing grapefruit crispness and a hint of mineral complexity. Long in the mouth and easy on the wallet, this is an offer not to be missed. £5.99 when you buy 2 or more (down from £9.99), there are not quality Kiwi Sauvignons like this in this price bracket.

Wines of South Africa Tasting WeekDate published: 17/02/12

From today, we have a week of South African splendour  to complement the 20% off deals on South African wines (Buy 2 or more S.A. wines and save 20%)

If you're having a dinner party or even just a cosy quiet weekend, why not opt for South Africa?

With all of the following FREE to taste on our counter, here's a few suggestions for the weekend:

 

The treat:

Meerlust Merlot 2008 Stellenbosch (£15.99)

Deep, opulent, silky wine that would be the accompaniment to a rich, meaty stew to keep out the cold.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-20092

 

Barista Pinotage 2010 (£6.99)

Intense coffee, chocolate and cherry to be matched with grilled red meat. Give South Africa's flagship variety a try!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-barista/product-is-20252

 

Porcupine Ridge Syrah-Viognier 2010 (£6.39)

Ripe fruit from the Viognier and warming spice from the Syrah means this would be suitable for a sweet glazed meat dish, pork being very suitable.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-porcupine/product-is-20207

 

The White:

Boschendal Chenin Blanc (£6.39)

Honeyed, tropical offering perfect for a fish stew

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-boschendal/product-is-20217

Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/02/12

This week's fave is the Meerlust Merlot 2008 Stellenbosch.

A classic Bordelais Right-bank red at a more accessible price. The grapes are picked and selected by hand and they undergo partial uninoculated fermentation which adds some savoury, yeasty flavours in addition to the typical dark fruit. Fifteen percent of the wine is Cabernet Franc which provides structure and a wonderful perfume.
Mulberry, chocolate, violets, plums and a fantastic minerality all add up to incredible concentration and depth of flavour. The tannins are so fine-grained, making the wine lovely and silky.
Beautiful with a rich beef stew now but has the structure to cellar for at least 10 years with the Cabernet Franc protecting the Merlot and adding freshness and vibrancy.

£19.99 or
Buy 2 or more South African wines =
£15.99

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!

The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available.

Here at Maidstone, our favourite Bargains are

Domaine Py Merlot PGI D'OC, 2009 Now just £4.66

Bourgogne Rouge Pasquiers Desvigne Now just £4.66

Dom Pech Rome Tempranillo 2009 - Now just £5.32

Weissenkirchen Riesling Federspiel 2008 - Now just £6.66

All of these are available in strictly limited quantities, and are not on the Majestic Website, so the only way to grab these great prices is to pop in to see us, or ring us on 01622 691 986!

Remember, it's first come, first served, and when they're gone, they're gone!

ABC?Date published: 23/01/12

Anything But Chardonnay
Is this general rebuttal of all things chardonnay really still a valid excuse to ignore one of the world's premier grape varieties?
As its popularity soared in the mid-90s, its success proved to play a role in its downfall. Over-oaked, very intense and increasingly alcoholic efforts (California and Australia being the main perpetrators) damaged its reputation and its popularity plummeted. Ever since, the chardonnay grape has been scorned by wine drinkers around the world. However, after a minor refit, slimmed down versions have shrugged off excessive oak and buttery characters to rely more on a fruit and lees influence.
“New look” chardonnay appears to be gaining favour, as capricious defectors acknowledge its lofty status and rediscover the range of styles it can produce. So if you are a previous skeptic, why not give chardonnay another chance and try out some of these offerings...


Australia
Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, 2009, Clare Valley

This Australian offering is unlike the big oaky monsters that are usually (and unfairly) associated with Australia. Produced in the Clare Valley in South Australia, this wine has benefited from the continental climate: slowing the ripening process; and its high altitude: preserving acidity during the cool nights. It means this wine produces wonderfully floral and fruity aromatics and offers tropical fruit flavours accompanied by a touch of sweet spice.

California
Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay, 2009, Sonoma Coast

An absolute stunner. It has been fermented and aged in French oak but there's nothing to fear. The resulting nuttiness and toasty aromas marry with the fruit sumptuously. Volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helen's eruption has resulted in vine stress that creates high-quality intense fruit. Full-bodied and not to be missed!

New Zealand
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay, 2010, Marlborough

Although its reputation lies with Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is adept at other producing high-quality varieties. Ripe, tropical fruit is joined by notes of spice and toast from the 10 months spent on its lees in barrel. It is exceptionally crisp and is a great partner for seafood and all white meats.

Chile
Errazuriz Chardonnay 2010/11, Casablanca Valley

An aromatic Chilean Chardonnay. All manner of exotic fruits are discernible. It is the maritime influence here that is important as it engenders a slow and easy ripening season and protects the grapes' acidity. A surprisingly complex wine that will pair well with creamy chicken dishes or even some lightly spiced Thai dishes.

South Africa
DMZ Chardonnay 2010, Stellenbosch

Lighter bodied than their amazing Chenin Blanc, this Chardonnay is a cracking effort. A gorgeous golden colour, this wine is fresh and zesty with citrus and apricot notes and a hint of oak. The team at De Morgenzon play Baroque music to the vines and the wines 24 hours a day! There are speakers around the vineyard and in the cellar, softly playing the harmonious tunes of Bach, Mozart, Handel and the like. They believe that the music has a positive effect on plant growth, the grapes and the wines in the barrels. It tastes so good, I'd believe it!

Burgundy
Petit Chablis 2010, Seguinot-Bordet

And back to France! The difference between this wine and its more exalted neighbour is the clay. On the palate it evokes typical Chablis minerality and crispness. Green apple and lemon dominate. However, it has been aged on its lees, resulting in a bigger body and a slight creaminess remains on the long, clean finish.

Wines to celebrate Chinese New YearDate published: 20/01/12

Monday sees the Chinese welcome in the Year of the Dragon. It is a  time of celebration, and is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. It is traditional on New Years Eve for Chinese families to have an annual reunion dinner. This is traditionally a large feast including chicken, pork and fish. They always leave some of the fish for luck, a tradition which comes from the fact that the words for "fish" and "leftovers" sound the same in Chinese. Of course, the food is oly half of the dining experience, so what wines would match up with these dishes? Here are my suggestions.

Chicken Chow Mein - The soft subtle flavours in this dish match up perfectly with Prosecco, so I suggest  http://majw.co/yoTc7s Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene. The gently aromatic, apple and pear driven fizz, with its fresh flavours and unobtrusive acidity works wonders with the soft noodles and slight sweetness in the dish.

Sweet and Sour Pork -  A few months ago I suggested  an interesting match to the sweet and sour pork of the sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. Still Sauvignon Blanc goes with this dish equally well, and I would reccommend http://majw.co/zjl92a St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc, overwhelmingly exuberant with bags of passionfruit and mango with a minerally finish, this stands up well to the strong red and green peppers. The slight sweetness and acidity of the wine ensure the combination of food and drink is in perfect harmony.

White Fish with Ginger and Spring Onion - The ginger spice needs a heady aromatic character, while the spring onion needs strong flavours on the palate, but the delicate white fish means that the wine cannot be too full bodied. this all adds up to a super match for Alsatian Riesling, and what better than this brand new addition to our range - Domaines Schlumberger Riesling 2009. Grown and bottled on the family owned estate, this is a magnificent example of a dry riesling, with aromatic floral notes, citrus fruit, apple and a steeling mineral finish. Superb!

Kiwi Sauvignon - What's your style?Date published: 08/01/12

It may be hard to beleive now, but until the 1970sm the Marlborough region of New Zealand was primarily know for New Zealand lamb, rather than wine. This changed when Montana, a wine company based in Auckland, bought 1200 hectares, and began planting several different varieties, of which was sauvignon blanc. Things did not get off to a great start, when in the first few years 60% of the vines they planted died because of drought. After a brief return to the drawing board, irrigation was installed resulting in the first commercial vintage of Sauvignon Blanc in 1979. It was an archetypally fruit-driven wine, with and exuberant aromatic character of untethered gooseberry, grass, capsicum and citrus characters. It thus provided the template for all the Marlborough sauvignons that followed in its wake,  including in 1985 the premium Cloudy Bay Sauvignon.

Now if any of you have tried the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon 2011, you would be forgiven for thinking "What is he talking about?", because the modern version of Cloudy Bay SB is a very different beast. Elegant rather than exuberant, more restrained and less gung-ho, but still recognisably Marlborough, Cloudy Bay has evolved. Instead of going for the "bigger is better" approach, the modern wine displays a different dimension to New Zealand Sauvignon, with great depth and length, and a more food-friendly approach.

Not all Marlborough producers have taken their wine down the Cloudy Bay route. Many, such as the St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon display all the unrestrained herbaceous qualities of the "traditional" New Zealand Sauvignon, and have loaded it up with gorgeous tropical passionfruit and mango flavours. With a nice weight on the palate, balanced by the zingy acidity, these wines an absolute joy.

With every style in between, it's no wonder New Zealand sauvignon is so popular, as it truly offers a style for everyone!

William's Top Picks (Offers end 30th January 2012)

Classic Style

Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon 2010/11     £7.99 or £6.39 when you buy 2 +

Jackson Estate Sauvignon 2011            £11.99 or £9.59 when you buy 2+

Elegant Style

Prestige Parcels Sauvignon 2010        £10.99 or £8.79 when you buy 2+

Craggy Range Te Muna Rd Sauvignon 2010   £13.74 or £10.99 when you buy 2+

Tropical Style

The Ned Sauvignon 2011                      £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2+

St Clair Pioneers Block Sauvignon 2011  £17.49 or £14.99 whn you buy 2+

New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 07/12/11

Christmas has come and gone, deliveries are now back to normal. Orders will be delivered within a week of the order being placed. We will however be closed on New Years Day and not be delivering on the 2nd and 3rd.

 

For any queries, please give us a call on 01622 691 986

 

Extended Christmas Opening Hours!Date published: 05/12/11


From today, we are now open from 9am Monday to Friday, so you can beat the rush!

 

Christmas Opening Hours

5th - 11th December
Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

12th - 18th December
Monday - Saturday 9am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

19th - 23rd December
Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm

Saturday 24th December
9am - 5pm

25th - 27th December
CLOSED

28th - 30th December
10am - 8pm

Saturday 31st December
9am - 5pm

Sunday 1st January
CLOSED

Monday 2nd January
10am - 5pm
 

Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/10/11

On our tasting counter, we have our new "Wine of the Week", the Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010. Hailing from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand, this wine is Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc at its best. As the All Blacks smoothly progress to the next round of the Rugby World Cup, we showcase this outstanding, award-winning wine.
As one of New Zealand's prominent wineries, Villa Maria have produced a quality wine with strong tropical aromas with typical gooseberry characteristics. On the palate, the tropical fruits burst out, accompanied by citrus and nectarine with a crisp and lengthy herbaceous finish.
This complex wine will pair well with scallop and peach ceviche or with an onion tart and asparagus. Great value for money for what is an excellent wine.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-37129

Will's Sweet and Sour Sauce, and an Unusual Wine MatchDate published: 20/08/11

A sweet and sour sauce is a very versatile thing. You can serve it with chicken, pork, prawns or even veggie alternatives such as Quorn. I threw this one together last week, and it came out quite well, so why not give it a try.

Ingredients:

2 Spring Onions

1 large carrot

1 large red pepper

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

2 tbsp moscovado sugar

2 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp ground ginger

1 small tin of pineapple chunks

Cut the carrot into batons about 1cm thick, and fry on a medium heat for 4 minutes. Cut the pepper and spring onions to a similar size, add to the pan and continue to fry for another 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cornflour, stirring to ensure all the ingredients have an even coating. Add the tomato puree, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and ginger, and the juice from the pineapple.

Return to the heat and warm through until the ingredients have mixed together well. If the sauce is too thick at this point, you can add some water to thin it down. When the sauce starts to simmer add the pineapple chunks, stir and bring back to a gentle simmer. At this point you can add pork, chicken, or whatever you fancy.

Now when I first made this, I thought I had done a good job, until my housemate reminded me not to forget the wine! This sauce is actually quite tricky to match as it contains vinegar, which is notoriously difficult to put together with wine. The wine match would also need a hint of sweetness to match that of the sauce.

So what did I go with? I almost went with Dr L Riesling (£7.49), which has a good balance of sweetness and acidity, but wanted something to match up with the crunchy greeness of the spring onions. In the end (and it may sound like an odd choice) I went for Montana Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (£9.99). Fresh acidity, the meerest touch of sweetness, married to fresh grassy and tropical fruit aromas, all given a lift by the addition of a bit of fizz. Fantastic!

Wine Course - New dates added!Date published: 07/07/11

We have just added some more dates for our wine course - Tuesday 2nd August at 7pm and Sunday 14th August at 4pm

For those that do not know, our FREE Wine Course offers a fun evening of wine tasting for beginners and experienced wine drinkers alike! We show you how to taste wine like a professional, explain the concept of terroir, and match the wine up to food, both suitable and unsuitable to each other.

Spaces are limited, so sign up today!

New Chapel Down Wines Available At Majestic Wine MaidstoneDate published: 25/06/11

We have just extended our range of Chapel Down wines, so now there are even more ways to enjoy the fruits of the English countryside!

First up, the Chapel Down Brut Rose, at £22.49. This bubbly is absolutely outstanding, having recently won a gold medal at the IWSC wine awards, beating many big name champagnes along the way. Elegant with touches of redcurrant and a creamy mousse, this really does cement England's place as one of the top sparkling wine producing countries.

Next is the Chapel Down Trinity 2009, at £11.99, which really lays to rest the myth that you cannot make red wine in the UK. As the name suggests, three different varieties are used in this wine. The Rondo gives this wine its rich purple colour, and a nice juicy fruit character, while the two different types of Pinot Noir and elegance and finesse to the blend. A wonderful summer red!

Finally is the Chapel Down Nectar 2009 at £11.49. This is a light dessert wine made from English varieties such as bacchus and ortega. While sweet, there is a fresh acidity which makes this wine as good as an aperatif as it is as a match to pudding.

Great wines, with less food miles!

 

 

Amongst the barrels in Rioja and Catalunya Date published: 12/05/11

Last month I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit a couple of our suppliers out in Spain, Bodegas Bilbainas (famous for their Vina Pomal range) and the Cava giant Codorniu. Both wineries are now part of the same family owned group, but both have a long history which, in the case of Codorniu, goes all the way back to 1551!

First stop was Haro in Rioja, where it was illuminating to see that many of the wineries, including Bodegas Bilbainas, are clustered around the train station. Rioja enjoyed its first boom when the Railway arrived, opening up a trade route to the port at Bilbao. From there the wines were shipped to far flung corners of the Spanish Empire. The importance of this trade is reflected in the winery's name, which comes from the fact that it was established by a group of Industrialists from Bilbao, in order to keep their workforce well lubricated!

The railway north also helped Rioja to its second boom in the 1860s, when vine diseases devastated Bordeaux. French winemakers headed south over the Pyrenees, and brought with them the techniques that made Bordeaux so highly regarded, such as small barrel aging. By the end of the 19th century, Rioja was exporting 13 million gallons of wine per month to France.

Although these days all the wine is produced and matured in temperature controlled warehouses, the original cellars (or Calado, as they are known here) are an astonishing sight. Dug out of the bedrock by hand over 100 years ago, there is an eerie stillness as you enter. A black mold coats the walls, and the smell, aside from the expected mustiness, is reminiscent of dried fruit and an almost oloroso sherry like nuttiness. What is most astonishing the the scale of these cellars, which seem to go on for miles. It is no surprise that a few years ago they found a batch of Gran Reserva Rioja from 1978, which nobody knew existed, but had been maturing happily for 30 years! It was apparently drinking beautifully, although there was a lot of sediment.

We move through the cellars until we reach another room. The walls here, rather than being black mold encrusted rock, are white mold encrusted tiles. Asked why, our guide reveals that this was the room that was originally used for removing the yeast from bottle fermented Cava. This was a messy process, so the room was tiled so they could be easily rinsed down. Judging from the mold in this room this had not happened in this room for decades. Its a good job that all the Cava was produced in the modern winery.

Easter Fizz, Recommended by Jane MacQuittyDate published: 23/04/11

Jane MacQuitty is recommending her top 30 sparkling wines in The Times today, and 14 of them are from Majestic! There is a great selection to suit any budget, but here are my personal picks from her list

Louis Roederer Brut £33.00 NOW £24.99 - Creamy yeasty rich champagne, from the makers of Cristal, this shows great class at a modest price

Lindauer Blanc De Blancs - £11.99 NOW £7.99 - Top New Zealand fizz, made entirely from chardonnay, this has bags of lemon ond cream on the nose with a touch of spiced apple on the palate. Irresistable at this price

Whats more, this weekend they are both open to taste!

Bacchus Is Back!Date published: 14/04/11

I am pleased to announce that we now have the Chapel Down Bacchus back in stock. This wine has become a true benchmark for English still wine, and the 2010 vintage is no different. Elderflower and hawthorn aromas intermingle with grassy herbaceous notes, while the palate is fresh with a minerally finish. It is trully worthy of the title "Englands answer to Sancerre"

Wine Course 21/4/11 7pmDate published: 09/04/11

Why not come on down for our wine course on 21 April, still some spaces left. The course is an informal introduction to several wines! A great way to unwind after a hard day of work!

 

Limited spaces available.

 

Don't miss out

Easter Offers In Store NowDate published: 25/03/11

We've got some great offers in store now, ready for Easter, including

Marlborough Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009 £7.49  NOW £4.99 (2 or more bottles) - A great refreshing white, full of the joys of spring

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc De Blancs £11.99 NOW £7.99 - If Champagne is a bit pricey at the moment (and lets face it, we are all tightening our belts a little), this makes an excellent substitute. Stewed apple, cream and sweet spice lift this above your average fizz, I could drink this all day!

Come in and find all the other great offers we have on now!

WINES OF PORTUGAL WEEKENDDate published: 17/03/11

Just a quick reminder that our wines of Portugal weekend starts tomorrow. Please pop down and enjoy our selection of Portugese wines that will be available to try. If you are not thrilled by the Portugese wine,  we have a varied range of wines from many that you will be sure to enjoy!

 

As they say in Portugal 'Saude!' 

Wines for the Perfect PicnicDate published: 12/03/11

The sun is out , it's getting (slightly) warmer and suddenly everyone feels in a much brighter mood. Now that is much more bearable to be outside, many people will be looking for ways to take advantage and spend some time among the daffodils. A great way to do this is to have a picnic. These days dining alfresco in a park has come along way from simply taking a few sandwiches with you to munch while you feed the ducks, with many delicatessens offering hampers full of great food from Britain and beyond.

But what about wine? First off, I would reccommend the Rioja Blanco 2010, Muga, a barrel fermented white from one of Spains best producers. Although it has seen some oak, this wine is all about the fresh fruit and mouthwatering acidity, with apple, pear and citrus on the nose and grapefruit and greengage on the palate. It would be ideal match for food such as asparagus wrapped in salmon.

If you wanted a red, you want to stick with something light and fresh, that is easy drinking, but with plenty of fruit. My choice would be Bourgogne Rouge Vielles Vignes, Nicolas Potel 2009. With a fresh acidity and light cherry fruit, this delightful wine is great value for money and offers an easy drinking style classic Burgundy ideal for outdoors. Great stuff!

South Africa - The most rapidly improving wine producing country?Date published: 23/02/11

A couple of weeks ago I was prsenting a selection of our South African range to a local wine society, and it struck me quite how much progress their wine industry has made over the past five years. On a purely number-crunching basis, the growth in sales in the UK is phenomenal, but while a lot of this has been due to cheap branded "wine" at the supermarket, the jump in quality of more premium producers has been equally impressive.

I remember when I first started that the inexpensive wines (Such as our Robertson Winery range) were great value, but as you went up the scale a bit, many of the reds seemed to me to have an accrid burnt rubber character. The whites were better, but quite often had a distinctive green pepper character, which could at times be overpowering. I am glad to say that this no longer seems to be true in either case.

The reds have developed along two different lines, either going for a fruity new world style or a tighter, denser approach more akin to Bordeaux than the Barossa.

In the former camp comes Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier with an intense, rich fruit driven character, a great alternative for fans of Aussie Shiraz. In the latter is John X Merriman from Rustenberg Winery. A tight knit concentrated character with classic cabernet suavignon and merlot characters, this is for people who would normally choose a Pomerol or St Emilion

The whites have toned down the green pepper aromas, but kept the fresh lively fruit that makes them so inviting. My pick is Eikendal Chardonnay. If you thought you didn't like oaked Chardonnay, this wine will prove you wrong. A much fresher wine than you might think, the toasty oak is balanced out by a fresh acidity, which allows the full tropical fruit flavours to shine through on the palate.

A couple of bottles of fizz for engagements and weddingsDate published: 21/02/11

With Valentines day just gone, and Spring on the way many peoples thoughts will be focussed on their dream wedding. While we do offer a full wedding service (email us for details), I thought i would focus on the celebration rather than the organization.

After the proposal comes the engagement party, and what better bottle to open with your friends than Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene. Fresh, fruity, youthful, and a real crowd pleaser, this will satisfy the need for bubbles without breaking the bank (especially important when you have a wedding coming up!)

For the wedding itself, a vintage champagne is ideal, celebrating one fine year with another! My suggestion is the Nicolas Feuillatte 2004. A rich creamy, biscuity bottle of bubbly which is good enough to make any occasion feel special, this is a great choice for either champagne receptions or for toasting the happy couple.

Stunning Spanish Gewurztraminer, a Tasting Counter must-try!Date published: 17/02/11

On the Tasting Counter at the moment, Vinas Del Vero Gewurztraminer! Usually hailing from Alsace, this one is from Somontano in Spain, located in the cool foothills of the Pyrenees. Compared to the Alsatian Zind-Hubrecht Gewurz (which was open to try last week), this is less opulent, but with a fresher fruit character and a racier acidity. Could go well with a Moroccan Lamb tangine. Mmmmm

Coopers Brewery and James Boags Australian Beer Now In StockDate published: 09/02/11

Exciting news if you like Antipodean ales! We now have 3 exciting Austalian beers in stock. From Coopers Brewery in South Australia we have Coopers Pale Ale and Coopers Sparkling Ale. The Coopers Pale Ale is a wonderfully hoppy, light style of beer, while the Coopers Sparkling Ale is a uniquely Australian beer, with the depth of flavour and robust maltiness of a traditional Bristish beer, but with a refreshing sparkle.

As well as the Coopers, we also have the James Boags Tasmanian Lager Beer, lightly fruity with a sweet malty finish. Great stuff!

French Wine TastingDate published: 05/02/11

A great selection of some new additions to our French range are available to taste. My pick : Gaillard Syrah, a bargain at  £7.99

Yet more dates for The Wine Course!Date published: 27/01/11

Due to overwhelming demand, we have added a few more dates for our popular wine course. For those of you who haven't heard of it, this is our FREE introduction to wine, covering a vast array of wine related topics, such as grape varieties, winemaking techniques and food matching. It only lasts two hours and is a great way of discovering new wines or learning a bit more about your favourite drink!

Sign up now to reserve your place.

And did I mention it was FREE?

More dates for The Wine Course!Date published: 16/01/11

We are happy to announce more dates for the wine course over next couple of months. Tuesday 25th January 7pm, Wednesday 9th February 7pm and Sunday 27th February 4pm. Spaces available, but they do fill up fast, so get in touch and book yourself (and your friends) a space!

Sunday January 9th Monday January 10thDate published: 30/12/10

On sunday January 9th we will be closing at 5pm, but on Monday January 10th we shall be opening at 1pm. Any questions please give us a call.

New Year Delivery.Date published: 30/12/10

Happy Christmas to all of our customers past, present and future. With 2011 rapidly approaching we only have one day left available for deliveries. On Friday December 31st we shall be operating a limited delivery schedule. We will be in Maidstone and the Medway towns tomorrow, but if you have any queries or requests do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail or telephone. We have some fresh new wines open on the tasting counter for you to come and enjoy. If we are unable to fit you in for a delivery please come to our store where we will be able to give you our expert advice to provide you with all of your needs whether you are just stocking up or having a party. We offer full party services in store and online. We are open from 10-5 tomorrow and closed on New Year's Day.

 

Wishing you all the very best for the New Year and we hope to see you very soon.

Christmas and New Year Opening HoursDate published: 22/12/10

Over Christmas and the New Year we will be open as follows:

  • Friday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 25 December: Closed
  • Sunday 26 December: Closed
  • Monday 27 December: Closed
  • Tuesday 28 December: Usual hours
  • Wednesday 29 December: Usual hours
  • Thursday 30 December: Usual hours
  • Friday 31 December: Usual opening, closing at 5pm
  • Saturday 1 January: Closed
  • Sunday 2 January: Usual hours
  • Monday 3 January: Bank holiday hours
  • Tuesday 4 January onwards: Usual hours

New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 06/12/10

December is a very busy time for deliveries, and we will be keeping this page updated on a daily basis with our current turnaround times and schedule.

We have now stopped taking orders for new deliveries before Christmas

You can pick up your order from our store at any time during our opening hours, right up until 5pm on Christmas Eve

Majestic Maidstone Open!Date published: 02/12/10

Just finished clearing a car sized path to our indoor parking zone. Majestic Maidstone, open come snow, hail, sleet or yet more snow! Check out our live tasting counter to see what is available to try, and stock up for Christmas while it is quiet.

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Loire & Beaujolais Spotlight Week

8 August 2014 - 14 August 2014

Join us from 8-14 August when the tasting counter will be laden with summery whites from the Loire Valley and light, fruity reds from Beaujolais - perfect for summer sipping.

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Meet the team...

  • Dave Driver

    Since being made redundant from Comet, I have had the opportunity to work for a close knit team. My taste in wine has developed and I particularly enjoy the Spanish reds of the lighter style and Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. I've also come to love real ales and craft beers. Each day brings me face-to-face with lots of different people which is the most enjoyable aspect of my job.
  • Tom Manager

    Many stores and many bottles of wine. . I love discovering new wines from anywhere in the world. Come in for and ask for some recommendations and I will be delighted to help
  • Tom Assistant Manager

    Hi, I've just arrived here in Maidstone and am settling in nicely! I've been working for Majestic for over 2 years now and have my diploma in wines & spirits, as well as a degree in wine business from Plumpton College. Feel free to pop in and ask any questions - I will be glad to help you. My favourite wines are invariably from France and Italy, and I am a sucker for sweet wines from any country.

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