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Marylebone

Contact Information
T: 020 7724 0933
F: 020 7724 0933
E: mar@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm
Bank Hol 10am - 3pm
Store Address
103-105 Crawford Street
London
W1H 2HS
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • In the Congestion Charge zone
  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Metered parking nearby
Store News(240)

Offers Ending - Get them now for the Bank Holiday Weekend!Date published: 21/08/14

The bank holiday is fast approaching, and everybody needs some wine to make it through! Why not go for a Marlborough Sauvignon and try the Giesen as its only £6.99*! Or opt for a classic Burgundian White with theMacon Lugny Louis Latour which is only £9.99!

Maybe you are celebrating something this weekend and need some fizz, why not try the Cordoniu Brut, a cracking cava from spain, and it won;t break the bank at £6.66*!

Having a BBQ and need some reds, then why not try the fruity approachable Ramon Bilbao spanish red, only £6.66. Or if you want a real, honest to god bargain, go for the Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo which is an incredibly £4.99*!!

Why not pop in store now to make the most of these offers!

*multi-buy price


On the tasting counter - Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, Tommaso BussolaDate published: 21/08/14

Open to taste today, a fine wine from Tommaso Bussola. This is an immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood. The result is a rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. Drink now or over the next 5 years.

Now Only £17! (in fine wine/spirits promotion)

On the tasting counter - Vinalba Malbec Date published: 21/08/14

Open to taste today, this fantastic offering from Vinalba, a wine which has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, the wine blends grapes grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity. The wine wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, dark chocolate and mocha, with sweet tannins contributing to a satisfying mouth-feel, and lingering finish. A full-bodied wine with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food - peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.

Now only £8.99! (in 25% promotion)

Spotlight week - Beaujolais and LoireDate published: 08/08/14

The Loire Valley, famous for great white wine producing regions such as Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, tends to provide wines with a fresh, mineral finish. The balance of mineral flavours and acidity makes wines from this region great partners for various types of seafood, but especially shellfish. Open to try today we have an old vine Sancerre from Domaine Paul Cherrier, a Muscadet from Chateau du Cleray, Henri Beurdin's and Nathalie Lafond's Reuilly, a Chardonnay from Puy de Dome, and a delicious dessert Vouvray from Bourillon d'Orleans.

Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2013, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils, 12.74 (in 15% promotion)

Chateau du Cleray Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013, Sauvion, £8.49 (in 15% promotion)

Reuilly 2013, Henri Beurdin, £9.77 (in 15% promotion)

Reuilly Cuvee Nathalie 2013, Nathalie Lafond, £8.99 (in 25% promotion)

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012, Puy de Dome, £8.99 (in 25% promotion)

Vouvray Moelleux La Levriere 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, Half bottle, £11.04 (in 15% promotion)


Spotlight week - Beaujolais and LoireDate published: 08/08/14

This week is our Spotlight week highlighting the great wines from Beaujolais and the Loire Valley. If you like a lighter red then Beaujolais is the region for you: typically using the Gamay grape, Beaujolais employs a fermentation technique called Carbonic Maceration, which involves whole bunches of grapes being fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. The process greatly reduces tannins, and leads to a fruit-forward, confected style. Open for you today we have a Louis Jadot effort from vineyards surrounding the village of Lantignie, a Fleurie from the House of Laboure-roi, and a Julienas from Georges Duboeuf.

Beaujolais Lantignie 2013, Louis Jadot, £8.99 (in 25% promotion)

Fleurie 2013, Laboure-roi, £9.34 (in 15% promotion)

Julienas 2010, Georges Duboeuf, £8.99 (in 25% promotion)

Open to tasteDate published: 03/08/14

Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, Luberon

Syrah, Grenache

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours. A Provence rosé 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, with a clean, dry finish. Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads.

£8.99 when you buy two or more bottles from the 25% range.

Open to taste - A Manager's Favourite!!Date published: 03/08/14

Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine 2012,Louis Latour, PGI Côteaux du Verdon

A Burgundian-style offering produced by Maison Louis Latour. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Vars region near the south-eastern Mediterranean coast, at similar altitudes to Latour's own vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose lead to a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, with a rounded finish.Try alongside pork belly or roast partridge.

Now only £9.99!*

*Minimum purchase rules apply

LP Rose on offer!!Date published: 02/08/14

One of our best loved Champagne house's has now gone onto an amazing offer!

Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.

Now only £43.31 when you purchases two or more bottles, down from £65.


Happy Birthday Majestic.co.ukDate published: 24/07/14

Another great deal to celebrate our website's birthday is another old favourite, Pouilly-fume Jean Vincent, now back at a very attractive £9.99!

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot. An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish. A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

Now £9.99 when you buy two or more wines from our 33% off promotion!

NED AT £6.99!!Date published: 24/07/14

To celebrate majestic.co.uk's birthday, we have a few improved offers including Ned at £6.99! A quality price for a quality wine...

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai Riverand on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

£6.99 when you buy two or more wines from our 33% off range.

Corbieres at £4.99 !Date published: 16/07/14

Mont Saint Jean from the Corbieres region has come down to a staggering £4.99. Medium bodied, showing damsons and blackberries is in happy company with any BBQ meat. perfect summer red.

Picpoul at £5.99Date published: 16/07/14

This highly fashionable, easy drinking white from the Languedoc region has come down in price to just £5.99 when you buy any 2 wines with a 15% discount. If you want the perfect partner to oysters - this is the one to pick.

Decanter Gold Medal WinnerDate published: 07/07/14

In last weeks announcement of 2014's Decanter World Wine Awards, wines available at Majestic were plentiful. Here is one of my highlights:

Surani Costarossa 2012, Primitivo di Manduria

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over ripening the grapes on the vine, harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style. This wines is a deep, dense ruby colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, and hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish. Try with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver.

Only £8.24!*

*When you buy two or more from our 25% off promotion, minimum purchase rules apply

Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía only £6.99*Date published: 05/07/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña Eguía only £6.99*

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.

Currently part of our summer collection 33% off @ £6.99*

Come and pop in to make the most of this deal, for 1 month only


AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum just £19.99!Date published: 05/07/14

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum just £19.99!

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.

This wine is boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! If you want to make a statement this really does the job! And whats more it tastes like summer in a glass...with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit, this is a deliciously vibrant drop.

Come in store and try before you buy!

Wine CoursesDate published: 05/07/14

At Majestic we are passionate about sharing our knowledge and love of wine with our customers. To that end, we run a free wine course, which provides an introduction to the world of wine, including food and wine matching. If you are interested in attending or finding out more about the courses please contact the store.

Our next wine course takes place on Tuesday 15th July, and we still have a few places available!

Manager's Must-BuyDate published: 05/07/14

Today a bottle that regularly graces my fridge - Domaine du Pre Baron Touraine Sauvignon Blanc!

Domaine du Pré Baron own around 35 hectares of land, predominantly around Touraine. This wine is the next best thing to a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé, maybe possessing slightly less mineral character, but also without the hefty price-tag. With amazing purity and clarity, this super-crisp wine carries bundles of gooseberry and apple fruit, leaving a refreshed palate afterwards. With a real depth of flavour, lively crisp acidity and a long finish this is perfect for creamy seafood dishes such as fish pie.

Only £8.49!*

*When you buy two or more wines from our 15% promotion, normal minimum purchase rules apply.

Manager's Must-Buy!Date published: 04/07/14

Hi all,

Welcome to my informal, informative must-have guide to Majestic wines, highlighting the best of the best deals, those wines that combine superb value with outstanding quality. My first choice - Provence Rose to celebrate the gorgeous weather!

M de Minuty

Grapes - Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, the wine offers a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Now only £9.99!*

*When you buy two from the summer selection. Normal minimum purchase rules apply.

Party TimeDate published: 24/06/14

Are you hosting a Summer Party?

Do not fear, Majestic expert party-planning staff are on hand to give advice on the best wines to have whatever your budget and we also offer the following:

-free delivery from London's best delivery drivers

-chiller bin hire and ice which can be delivered with your order

-free glass hire (we take £1 deposit per glass), champagne flutes, wine glasses and hi-ball glasses


Corporate or On-tradeDate published: 24/06/14

Did you know that Majestic Wine has a commercial department dedicated to dealing with on-trade sales and off-trade sales?

If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 0207 724 0933 and we can put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team. We offer exclusive wines, free delivery, staff training, quality wine and credit terms.

Need wine urgently? Call us now to discuss your needs.


Picpoul or PiquepoulDate published: 24/06/14

Piquepoul, Picpoul, or Picapoll is a variety of wine grape grown primarily in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc regions of France. It exists both in dark-skinned and light-skinned versions. We have Picpouls in stock, the newest one is a blend of Piquepoul & Sauvignon, which adds a streak of minerality.

Gavi AraldicaDate published: 22/06/14

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast. Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity. Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

Sancerre 'Clos des Bouffants' Domaine Roger NeveuDate published: 22/06/14

Based in the heart of the Verdigny village of the Sancerre appellation. arguably the home of Sauvignon Blanc and where you can find some of the best examples today. The chalky soils typical of the region produce Sauvignon Blanc of the highest order. 

Clos des Bouffants is aged on fine lees for six months to impart additional complexity and flavour. Aromas of ripe rhubarb and gooseberry leap from the pale lemon coloured glass, along with hints of lime, chalk and flint you get exactly what you expect from the chalky soils. Mineral texture, high acidity, vibrant green fruits and a long, lingering finish.

Come and give it a try today! On our tasting counter.

£12.74 buy two save 15%


Château Pigoudet RoseDate published: 22/06/14

Located in the north of the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence wine appellation, Château Pigoudet lies in the mountains1,300 feet above sea level. The grapes are planted on 98 acres with various grapes planted. This rose is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault. Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée ( Blending the juice rather than finished wine) method.

Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries. Fresh and elegant, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful finish.

Perfect now the sun has come out! Come and give it a try on our tasting counter.

£9.34 on the 15% off deal!

Heidsieck Monopole BrutDate published: 21/06/14

On special offer today, and open to taste, the Heidsieck Monopole Brut represents Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable housestyle, and offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse. Why not pop in and try some today? The delicious £14.99* price tag should prove incentive enough!

*price when buying two bottles from the 33.33% discount range, 6 bottle minimum purchase policy applies.

Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 17/06/14

In the late 20th century, a new style of wine known as ripasso (meaning "repassed") emerged. This technique is when the  leftover grape skins and seeds from the fermentation and Amarone are added to the batch of Valpolicella wines for a period of extended maceration. The additional food source for the remaining fermenting yeast helps boost the alcohol level and body of the wines adding to the complexity, flavor and color. As the production of Amarone has increased in the 21st century, so too has the prevalence of ripasso style wines appearing in the wine market, with most Amarone producers also producing aripasso as a type of "second wine". Some are hailing it as the death of traditional Valpolicella famed for its light and fruit driven style or is it simply producers reacting to consumer demand ....... watch this space!

Louis RoedererDate published: 17/06/14

Having just come back from a trip to Reims in Champagne where the sun was shining I was privileged enough to spend a bit of time at the Louis Roederer estate trying their range. No visitors centers or ethics eaten away by corporate expansion plans this is a truly artisan product. The passion running through everything done at the estate was incredible and very infectious, as you can probably tell by how I am writing. Words do not do it justice so if you get a chance go an see the area and the dedication put into every bottle ..... if that's not possible right now then add it to the bucket list and just enjoy a bottle of Roederer Brut Premier in the garden this summer instead!

Domaine Ott back in stock!!Date published: 30/05/14

Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 Bandol

Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rosé as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Château Romassan Rosé. An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rosé showing fresh berry aromas and hints of spice.

This is an iconic area and Ott is an iconic wine this is our summer stock so once its gone its gone so make sure you don't miss out.

Currently £27 per bottle

On the tasting counter - Esprit de Pennautier Date published: 29/05/14

This premium cuvée 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 Cabardès style.

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

On the Fine Wine buy 2 save £10 deal at £14.99

On the tasting counter - Greywacke Pinot GrisDate published: 29/05/14

Having made his name at Cloudy Bay Kevin Judd got fed up of the corporate nature and wanted to start something of his own! The Greywacke wines are just that ....

The 2012 Pinot Gris gives aromas of nashi, freshly cut pears and Golden Delicious apples with hints of nutmeg and white pepper. Medium to full-bodied with a good amount of straightforward apple and pear flavors and adequate acid lift to balance, it finishes with good persistence. Drink it now to 2015". 87 points. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate.

£25

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 10/05/14

Le Difese 2011, Tenuta San Guido

"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese wouldindeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbitsauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity thatcuts through any fattiness. 

Dried cherry, blackberry, leather andtobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There isa distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese isaged for 12 months in both French and American oak. 

Anticipatedmaturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The WineAdvocate.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 10/05/14

SPARKLING STAURDAY

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV, Franciacorta

(£14.99, when bopught with any other 33% off offer wine)

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.

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.


Rose MagnumDate published: 07/05/14

Summer would be no fun without a rosé magnum.

Summer is around the corner and we have the perfect ingredient for those long, lazy, late summer afternoons.

It's a fact. Wine does taste better from a magnum.  I'm not sure of the exact science but I can tell you it does. Let's just leave it at that.

We have not one or two or three, BUT FOUR MAGNUMS of fresh, fruity, dry 2013 Provence Rosé to choose from. 

Aix - £19.99

Minuty - £25.00

Chateau de Berne - £27.50

Miraval - £38.00


Simple Pricing at Majestic Date published: 07/05/14

Our pricing system at Majestic has just undergone a huge renovation. 

The benefit for you is that you no longer need to buy 2 or more of the same bottle to get the great deals, you can now mix and match within the ranges!

We have 4 different ranges:

 Orange price tags - 33.3% off

 Teal price tags - 25% off 

 Purple price tags - 15% off 

Crimson price tags - save £10 on selected spirits and Fine Wine

This means you can taste and explore new wines more easily and confidently with bags more to choose from. 

Our summer selection is made up of fabulous wines that suit the season perfectly, so come and see what we have for your summer party, bbq, or warm evenings in the garden. With our new price system and great selection you really can't go wrong. 


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 02/05/14

LA TOLEDANA,

GAVI DI GAVI

£7.99 (TWO OR MORE BOTTLES)

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. Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.


Wine of the Week - Argento Malbec - Malbec World Day! Date published: 17/04/14

In honour of this glorious occasion, we are opening a delicious bottle Malbec for you to try!

Argento Malbec 2013 Mendoza

£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles from the Easter Pick 'n' Mix or £9.99 single bottle price (as part of your mixed case)

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.

Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.

So, don't hesitate to come in an celebrate with us!

Free wine Tasting - Wines for EasterDate published: 17/04/14

Join us on Saturday 19th April at 3pm in store for a free wine tasting on the best of the bunch for Easter. Whether it's wines to enjoy with good friends and family or wines to match the special Easter meal, we've got the answer! 

Simply RSVP on 0207 724 0933 or at mar@majestic.co.uk. Feel free to bring a friend or two along!


New Product! Bouvet Rose NVDate published: 17/04/14

The sparkling Saumur by Bouvet has been a real favourite of Majestic customers for many years and it is with great excitement that I can now announce that we are now stocking Bouvet Rose! 

This pink fizz is based on Cabernet Franc, the traditional red variety of the Saumur production region in the Loire Valley of France.  This is a delicate style of sparkling rose offering subtle notes of raspberry and peach with fine mousse and clean finish.

I can't wait to try this - It's only £8.99 on the Pick 'n' Mix, definitely worth a try!


The Perfect Easter LunchDate published: 17/04/14

A roast leg of lamb is always associated with Easter but if you fancy doing something a little different but still keeping within the confines of lamb I think lamb shanks are the way to go. 

I tried this dish the other week and it certainly was a crowd pleaser, the slowly braised shanks fell off the bone and gravy, which was enriched by a bottle of red wine and a whole load of shallots, would have turned any vegetarian. 

To go with this dish we tried a fantastic Spanish wine and were very impressed with it before and during the meal;

Rioja Reserva 2009, Vina Pomal, down to £9.74 (saving 25% from £12.99)

The classic pairing of a spiced Rioja and lamb certainly didn't disappoint with velvety tannins perfectly matching the tender meat and the toasty oaky spices compliment the Rosemary and tomato throughout the sauce. This wine is a fantastic example of a Rioja reserva - the fruity notes havn't been totally removed by the oaking and you can still get fred fruits on your palate. Absolutly delicious and extremely moreish.  

If you ask nicely in the store and I'm around I'll be happy to give you the recipe!

Happy eating and drinking!


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 12/04/14

For information of our opening times over Easter Weekend, please see below;


Friday 18th April - usual opening hours (9AM - 7PM)

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours (10AM - 6PM)

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours (10AM - 3PM)



WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 08/04/14

Pétalos Bierzo 2011,

Descendientes de J. Palacios

£15.99 When you buy two or more

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

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

An interresting alternative middleweight red, which will go well with full flavoured pasta dishes, hard cheeses or game


Eggcelent Easter Savings!!Date published: 04/04/14

This Month's Pick'N'Mix selection is better than ever with loads of cracking offers and simply delicious wines to enjoy throughout this month and across Easter weekend!!

With The Ned Sauvignon Blanc down to an great price of £6.99 from £10.49 it is an offer not to miss out on. In my eyes it's certainly the best New Zealand Sauvingnon for under £10!! Crisp and rich with tropical fruits its a refreshing drink ideal to make the most of the first sunny spring evenings, or have it alongside a delicious summery seafood salad.Brilliant value, brilliant wine.

Another of this months best buys is Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV, for only £16.66, down from £25 this stunning salmon pink Champagne is the perfect bottle to open on Easter weekend with the family. Get the weekend started with a bit of bubbly and everyone will be happy. 

Follow the fizzy stuff with any of our many of our bottles of Rioja which are on offer at the moment, the perfect match to a big Roast Leg of lamb. I'm tacking home a Rioja Reserva 2009, Marqués de Riscal, Magnum for only £22, a perfect match to the roast dinner and big enough to keep all the in-laws happy as well. 

   

Aix Double Magnums are backDate published: 04/04/14

Aix Rose DOUBLE Magnums...4 x the fun!

What a way to start a party, a double magnum of rose.

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.

Give it a go for just £50.00!


Spanish Spotlight Tasting Saturday 5th April @ 12pm and @3pmDate published: 04/04/14

There will be a Spotlight Tasting of Spanish wines on Saturday 5th April at 12pm and 3pm. These tastings are set-up for you to try a number of wines from our highlighted region to help broaden your horizons and discover new wines that you may not know about. They are a very relaxed so that you can kick back and sip your wine whilst we talk briefly about the products featured.  If you would like to hold a spot on the spotlight tasting feel free to give our store a call on 0207 7240933 or drop us an e-mail mar@majestic.co.uk. Any guests you have are more than welcome on the day to! 

We look forward to seeing you. 

Team Marylebone


Easter is upon usDate published: 04/04/14

There is nothing better with spring lamb than a glass (or 2!) of Rioja, so come and exploreour great “Spanish Savings” offer.

Even if you aren't a fan of Rioja, why not try a crisp, dry Albarino from top producer Martin Codax in Galicia or even one of the fantastic new Garnatxa blends from Terra Alta.

Buy any 2 wines from the Spanish

Savings and save a massive 25%.

Join us at the tasting counter from 4th -10th April to taste a selection of these great wines!


Stunning Champagne Web Exclusives!Date published: 21/03/14

Here at Majestic, we always like to give amazing offers on all our wines. Currently, we are running THREE (YES THREE!) superb offers on vintage Champagne from household names such as Veuve Clicquot, Laurent Perrier and Perrier Jouet. These deals are fantastic value for money and definitely should not be missed. They are also great gifts for Mother's Day, because we all have to look after our Mum's! The Champagne's included in this exclusive web parcel are:

Veuve Clicquot 2004 6x75cl Bottles - £199.86

Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay.

Wonderfully golden in colour with mouth-watering lemon and baked apple flavours. This vintage boasts fine bubbles to give a creamy mouth-feel. An excellent companion to fish or white meat.

Laurent-Perrier 2004 6x75cl Bottles - £180.00

Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier remains in family hands to this day. This superb Brut Millèsime is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from grand cru vineyards.

A medium straw yellow in colour with an open and well developed nose. A well sustained palate with a slight biscuity character and a long honeyed finish. Serve just above fridge temperature as an apéritif or with seafood.

Belle Epoque 2006 Perrier-Jouët 6x75cl Bottles - £399.96

From Perrier-Jouët, Belle Epoque is one of the first 'Prestige Cuvee' Champagnes, in a bottle adorned with hand-painted Art Nouveau flowers.

The rich, creamy palate and floral aromas entice and seduce all-comers.The fine mousse compliments the full palate of baked apple, white blossom and lemon notes to give a lingering, rounded finish. Fantastic ageing potential, to be brought out to make any occasion special. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a selection of fish dishes.

If you are interested in ordering any of these Champagnes, please place your order via majestic.co.uk



Guess what's back - The Conde de Valdemar Rioja Parcel!Date published: 21/03/14

If you loved it the first time, you are sure to love it the second time round. We have managed to obtain more of our popular mature Rioja Parcel from about a year ago from Conde de Valdemar. We are selling these as web exclusives on our website. The wines are branded as 'Vendimia Seleccionada', which means they are a blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. We have lots of different vintages and they come in two size bottles,  a party-busting 1.5litre bottle and a show-stopping 5litre bottle. The wines we are selling are listed below.

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1998 Conde de Valdemar 5ltr Bottle - £70.00

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega.

Tight-knit, dense black fruit meets powerful tannin and toasty oak notes. Aged in a large format bottle, this wine is evolving slowly and has many, many years of life ahead of it.

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1998 Conde de Valdemar 4x150cl Magnums - £79.96

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega.

Tight-knit, dense black fruit meets powerful tannin and toasty oak notes. Aged in a large format bottle, this wine is evolving slowly and has many, many years of life ahead of it.

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1996 Conde de Valdemar 5ltr Bottle - £70.00

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega.

Very claret-like in style - blackcurrant and cedarwood are most noticable on the palate, with a hint of mint. Quite a blockbuster.

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1996 Conde de Valdemar 4x150cl Magnums £79.96

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega.

Very claret-like in style - blackcurrant and cedarwood are most noticable on the palate, with a hint of mint. Quite a blockbuster.

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1995 Conde de Valdemar 5ltr Bottle - £70.00

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega.

This wine presents fresh blackcurrant fruit flavours on a tightly defined tannic structure with fresh acidity.

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1994 Conde de Valdemar 5ltr Bottle - £70.00

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega.

One of the greatest Rioja vintages of all time. This wine is very robust and intensely concentrated with flavours of blackurrant compote, dark chocolate and liquorice with a slightly smoky finish.

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vendimia Seleccionada' 1994 Conde de Valdemar 4x150cl Magnums - £79.96

Five generations of the Martinez Bujanda family have made wine since the foundation of their first winery in 1889. Conde de Valdemar is their flagship Rioja brand and is widely regarded as a benchmark for the top wines of the region.

From a legendary Rioja vintage, we strongly recommend adding a case of this wine to your order. It has a powerful meaty palate with a ripe, fruity finish and smooth texture.

If you are interested in any of these wines, please order via our website at majestic.co.uk


Wine of the Week - Rioja Gran Reserva 1991, Conde de ValdemarDate published: 21/03/14


Rioja Gran Reserva 1991, Conde

de Valdemar


Special Price - £14.99

This Gran Reserva is the top wine from Bodegas Valdemar, and is a

fine representation of Rioja's solid 1991 vintage. Made from a blend

of around 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano, grown

only in estate-owned vineyards. More than 2 years in French and

American oak have created a smooth, mellow and delicately savoury

wine.

We have managed to obtain more of our popular mature Rioja Parcel from about a year ago from Conde de Valdemar. We are selling these as web exclusives on our website. The wines are branded as 'Vendimia Seleccionada', which means they are a blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. We have lots of different vintages and they come in two size bottles, a party-busting 1.5litre bottle and a show-stopping 5litre bottle.

Ask a member of staff if you need more details

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Alex



The Wine CourseDate published: 13/03/14

WINE COURSES

We just had a course this week, but fear not we have more coming up in April and May.

The wine course is a great introduction to wine. You will get to try at least 3 white, 3 reds, a champagne and a dessert wine.

During the the 2 hourse we will cover the basic method of analysing wine, compare grapes and the affects of climate and also do some food and wine matching.

Best of all, the event is free to attend. Please get in touch if you are interested.


Tasting Notes: Main Divide RieslingDate published: 13/03/14

Currently on our tasting counter, this delicious wine is a great example of a slightly off-dry New World Riesling. Named after New Zealand's Southern Alps, Main Divide is rich and viscous, displaying classic minerally (and petrol-like) aromas along with hints of ripe apples, peaches, nectarines, limes and figs. The palate is fresh and crisp thanks to careful handling in the cellar which has enabled the wine to retain some of its natural carbon dioxide (thus it may show a little spritzig when first poured). There is great acidity and fruit concentration in the mouth, most notably flavours of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and zesty lime.

This wine can most definitely (and easily!) be drunk by itself. Extremely moreish. Would also go perfectly with a Chinese duck dish. Or some oysters.


Wine Term of the day: AspectDate published: 13/03/14

When we look at a map of cru vineyards in Burgundy, we don't see them all lined up together as you may expect. This is because whilst the soils the vines grow plays a major part in the resulting wine, it is not the only factor. Aspect describes the slope of the vineyard. The greater the aspect, the larger the surface area that the vine can be exposed to the sunlight. This is important in cool climates such as Mosel and Burgundy as is maximizes sunlight; this increasing the ripeness of the grapes. Great effort is made in these regions and some producers will dig in to the slopes to further benefit from more light. Being on a slope, the labour intensity also increases, and reduces the level of mechanization that can be incorporated at harvest.   

Sparkling WednesdayDate published: 12/03/14

SPARKLING WEDNESDAY!

This Wednesday we have a little treat in store. instead of just sparkling Saturday, we also have a sparkling Wednesday this week.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

For the next 6 days it is on a 33.3% discount; £25.00 down to £16.66 when bought with any other pick and mix wine.

A great all round champagne, perfect for any occasion.


Great Champagne offer - Veuve Clicquot NV Date published: 11/03/14

CHAMPAGNE OFFER OF THE WEEK

Veuve Clicquot BrutNV

Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time,

resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

£45.00 DOWN TO £29.98 WHEN BOUGHT WITH ANY OTHER PICK AND MIX WINE - THIS IS A GREAT BARGAIN! 



SPECIAL OFFERS - 1 WEEK ONLYDate published: 11/03/14

GREAT NEW OFFERS - 1 WEEK ONLY

Lots of 'Web Special' offers this week, lasting for the next 7 days:

Chateau Meaume £9.99 down to £6.99

Gavi Montiero £8.99 down to £5.99

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva £13.49 down to £8.99

Vina Eguia Reserva £9.99 down to £6.66

Nicholas Feuillatte NV £25.00 down to £16.66

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV £45.00 down to £29.98

Proseco Corte Alta £9.99 down to £6.66

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £10.49 down to £6.99

Villa Maria S.B. Cellar Selection £12.49 down to £8.33

These are really fantastic offers, don't miss out!


Veuve Vintage £33.31 when you buy 2 bottlesDate published: 10/03/14

Veuve Clicquot 2004 

Grape Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay. An excellent companion to fish or white meat.


South Africa Tasting Week!Date published: 07/03/14

South African Tasting Week 

Friday 7th - Thursday 13th March

Join us in store all week when we will have a range of South African wines on the Tasting Counter. Keep watching this space as we will post more information about the selected wines throughout the week.

Come and Explore South Africa!


Chamapgne and Sparkling Pick 'n' Mix!Date published: 07/03/14

Pick 'N' Mix - Chamapgne and  Sparkling Wines 

We have a great range of sparkling wines to suit everyone's taste - and we have lots of them included in our March Pick 'N' Mix. Here's a few of them..

Heidsieck & co Monople Brut £25, or buy 2+ £16.66

Perrier Jouet NV £37.5, or buy 2+ £24.99

Laurent Perrier Brut NV £42, or buy 2+ £27.99

Taittinger Brut NV £42, or buy 2+ £27.99

Veuve Clicquot VINTAGE £60, or buy 2+ £39.98!!!!!!!

Prosecco Congeliano £14.99, or buy 2+ £9.99

Undurraga Brut £10.49, or buy 2+ £6.99

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage £26.99 or buy 2+ £17.99

Prosecco Pasqua £13.49 or buy 2+ £8.99



Chateau Haut-Bages Averous 2006Date published: 07/03/14

The second wine of Chateau Lynch Bages has just landed in Majestic Marylebone. TheChateau Haut-Bages Averous 2006, Pauillac has fantastic structure with soft, ripe fruit notes and subtle pepper and deep cassis flavours. The Averous is a much younger interpretation of its big brother, meaning the wine reaches its ideal drinking window much earlier. This wine makes a perfect partner for saddle of lamb or a rib of beef. Priced at just£30 per bottle, why not treat yourself and add a cheeky bottle to your case?

Lager for the weekendDate published: 07/03/14

We've got a great deal on our Peroni Nastro Azzurro at £14.99 per case (12 x 330ml bottles), that works out at just £1.25 per bottle, why not pop in and grab a case and get the weekend celebrations under way early, after all this is a weekend packed for of big sporting fixtures, and you never know who might be popping round, so make sure you've got a fridge filled with supplies!

Top Buys in our March Pick 'n' Mix 33% off offers!Date published: 07/03/14

With a new month comes a fresh new selection of wines on offer and this month we've got 40 wines in our Pick 'n' Mix offers - pick any 2 wines from the mix and save 33%!

With so many to choose from, I thought I'd pick a few that offer amazing value for money!

Rioja Crianza 2010 CVNE - £6.66 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines, save 33% (down from £9.99)

Established in 1879, CVNE have become one of the most respected producers in Rioja. Their crianza is aged for a year in oak barrels giving it much more depth and complexity than most crianzas. Aromas of raspberry, red cherry and red currant leap from the glass with the ripe red fruit flavours continuing on to the palate with hints of vanilla in the background.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley - £7.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines, save 33% (down from £11.99)

A real step up from their 120 series, Santa Rita's Medalla Real collection expresses the variety of terroir in Chile, influenced by the Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Rich dark fruits dominate the nose with hints of eucalyptus and coffee beans. Cassis, blackberry and damson dominate the palate alongside softer notes of vanilla, sweet spice and dark chocolate.

Paul Mas Estate Viognier 'Nicole Vineyard' 2013 - £6.66 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines, save 33% (down from £9.99)

Domaines Paul Mas are renowned for making high quality wines from a range of Languedoc grape varieties and this Viognier is no exception. 15% of the blend is aged in oak barrels to give greater texture and body to the wine whilst still retaining plenty of fresh fruit characteristics. Peach, apricot and melon dominate the nose alongside quintessential Viognier floral aromas. On the palate, ripe stone fruits abound with notes of honey and butterscotch from the oak ageing.

Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Western Cape - £7.33 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines, save 33% (down from £10.99)

If you like Loire Sauvignons like Sancerre but are looking something that's a bit friendlier on the wallet, then why not try this cracking Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa? The nose is pungent and expressive with elderflower, lemon, gooseberry and freshly mown grass all making an appearance. The palate is crisp and zesty with lemon, grapefruit and greengage coming to the fore. With zippy acidity and a steely minerality, this is a fantastic wine for the price.


Attention all Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc fans!Date published: 07/03/14

As part of our March offers, Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc is on offer at just £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles, saving 25% (down from £10.65)! 

One of Marlborough's most famous producers, Villa Maria was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich. Starting with just an acre of vineyards, the estate now has two wineries - one in Auckland and one in Marlborough - and produces wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and Gewürztraminer as well as some more unusual grape varieties like Arneis!

On the nose, quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon aromas of lemon, gooseberry and passion fruit leap from the glass. The palate is crisp and refreshing with lemon, lime, gooseberry and passion fruit all vying for attention. Fantastic on its own, this wine would also work well with seafood dishes and summer salads.


Sparkling Saturday is Back - Graham Beck Brut NVDate published: 28/02/14

**Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone**

Graham Beck Brut Nv, £14.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33% - £9.99

Part of our Pick 'N' Mix Deal

Graham Beck Brut NV

Origin

Made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months.

Taste

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.

Enjoy

Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.

Sparkling Sarturday Recommendation by Alex


WINE OF THE WEEK - Catena Alta Malbec 2010 MendozaDate published: 28/02/14


The 2010 Alta Catena Malbec comes from the Angelica, La Piramide, Nicasia and Adrianna Vineyards and undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel, then is aged in French oak, 50% new, for 18 months. It offers a gorgeous, pure, floral bouquet with ripe pomegranate and wild strawberry imbued with superb minerality and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a tense, almost broody entry. It is a classic Malbec, one you might almost think came from the Old World, underpinned by great structure and a sense of masculinity. Yet it is superbly balanced with plenty of ripe, earthy black fruit laced with tar and tobacco towards the long, rather aristocratic finish. Excellent!

£28.00

Buy 2 Bottles save £10*

£23.00

Fine Wine At house wine price

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines Save £10 offer


Wine of week Recommended by Alex Senior






Malbec Mania! 33.3% off Argentinian MalbecsDate published: 26/02/14

Malbec is fast becoming one of the most popular red grape varieties, to celebrate this we are including them in our current Pick 'N' Mix promotion. This will end on Monday 3rd March so if is Malbec is your favourite tipple now is the time to get your wine rack stocked up.

Here are some of the best deals:

Callia Bella Malbec £5.99

Alamos Malbec £6.66

Portillo Malbec £6.66

Argento Malbec £6.66

Tucumen Malbec £7.33

Vinalba Malbec £7.99

Catena Malbec £9.33

Catena Alta Malbec £18.66

For more details on the prices please visit www.majestic.co.uk or give us a call on 0207 724 0933.


New web exclusive parcel from Delegat's!Date published: 19/02/14

The Delegat brand is owned by Delegat’s Wine Estate Limited who are one of New Zealand's largest family-owned wineries. Established in 1947, they have been making wine for over 60 years and have a real passion for producing wines that show off the different regional characteristics.

We have just released a web exclusive parcel which include two Delegat's wines:

Delegat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay - £41.94 for an un-split case of 6 bottles (£6.99 a bottle)

This is a Kiwi take on a Left Bank Bordeaux! Ripe black fruits dominate the palate with hints of plum and savoury spice coming through on the finish. 

Delegat Reserve Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay - £41.94 for an un-split case of 6 bottles (£6.99 a bottle)

Quintessential Merlot flavours of plum, damson and black cherry abound on the palate with notes of blackberry and raspberry in the background. Rounded tannins make this a fantastic easy-drinking mid-week red! 

Stocks are limited so if you're interested please go to http://www.majestic.co.uk/delegats-wine to place your order!


Wine CoursesDate published: 19/02/14

Our wine courses are a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with the fundamentals of food and wine matching and for scratching the surface of the world of wine!

We have two courses in the diary - this Thursday 20/02/14 and Thursday 11/03/14. The courses are an 'introduction to wine' - a very casual and friendly approach to learning the basics, in good company!

If you're interested in coming along- it's completely free! - all you need to do is give us a call in store and we can book you in.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Australian Parcel Part 3Date published: 17/02/14

Arrowfield Show Reserve Unwooded Chardonnay 07, Hunter Valley

Origons:

This is an exclusive parcel of high-quality, mature Australian Chardonnay.

Arrowfield Estate create this wine from a blend of old-vine fruit from

Hunter Valley with cool-climate fruit from Orange. Vinification without

oak has preserved the grapes' natural character

Taste:

A fruit-driven style of Chardonnay, focusing on melon and ripe stone-fruit

flavours, with a citrussy acidity maintaining freshness and balance, and

Hunter's trademark 'savoury' character.

Well-developed and ready to enjoy now. Perfect with chicken cooked in a

light creamy sauce.

£5.99 when you buy two bottles or more, very limited stock so give a call, email or pop in to the store and get your's today.


Australian Parcel Part 2Date published: 17/02/14

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 08/09, Hunter Valley

Origins:

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 age-worthy

Taste:

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.

Fort just £6.99 (when you buy two or more) this is an absolute bargain. A great wine for great value


Australian Parcel Part 1Date published: 17/02/14

Arrowfield Show Reserve Chardonnay 08/09

Origins:

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

Taste:

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.

Ideal partner for roast chicken.

At £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles, this parcel from Arrowfield offers fantastic value. There's limited stock, so don't miss out.  


Planning a Party/Wedding?Date published: 15/02/14

Planning a Wedding or Party?

The team here in Marylebone would absolutely love to help you plan your special occasion. All you need to do is talk to any member of staff who will help you plan the perfect wines, beers, water and spirits for your event. Let us know how many guests you are expecting and we can tailor a drinks package to your exact requirements, taking into account your menu, budget, and above all your personal tastes!

Don't forget, we also have a tasting counter here in-store which gives you a cracking opportunity to sample a few wines and to see exactly what wine styles you enjoy.

At Majestic we also offer the following party services

Free wine glass, flutes, hi-ball tumbler hire (with a fully refundable deposit of £1 per glass)

Free Chiller bin hire (£15 fully refundable deposit)

Ice £3.99 (4kg bags)

FREE delivery!

Although we're happy to offer advice on quantities, it's always better to get too much than too little, so to help put your mind at ease we can offer sale-or-return on all large orders. All we ask is that everything comes back in saleable condition - no labels peeled off by chilling, beer still in full cases, that sort of thing.

For more detailed information please call us on 0207 724 0933, or view online at www.majestic.co.uk



Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 15/02/14

Burrow Hill Cider £2.25 a bottle (£18 per case of 8)

Our latest cider has just arrived in store!

Originating in Somerset, the Burrow Hill cider is the newest addition our ever expanding range of ciders. Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. Majestic purchase it directly from the farm and it is sent to the depot, then delivered to stores across the whole of the UK.

It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, as well as on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods. This cider is not available in supermarkets as it is a Majestic exclusive line.

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style. In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to be able to offer it to customers of Majestic Nottingham North.

So pop down and give this new cider a try, we'd love to know what you think of it!



New Ale in Stock: Timothy Taylor's Landlord - Brings back the good old days!Date published: 15/02/14

We have a new ale in stock for all our customers. It's called Timothy Taylor's landlord and it is an amazing Pale Ale at an amazing price. I was so happy to see this coming in to our stock. My beer indulgence is due to the 'Landlord' when I was back North after a hard day's work!

Timothy Taylor started brewing in Keighley. West Yorkshire in 1858 and the business continues today as a family company maintaining the tradition of excellence he established. Landlord is the classic Pale Ale brewed in the traditional way using Pennine Water drawn from the wells of Knowle Spring, the finest Golden Promise barley malt and only the best quality whole leaf hops. Refreshingly reliable and nationally renowned, this full drinking Pale Ale, has a complex and hoppy aroma. Landlord has won more major awards than any other UK ale, including four times as Supreme Champion at the Brewers' International Awards and four times as CAMRA's Champion Beer of the Year.

£22.20 (When you buy two cases of bottled ale)


Important information for all businesses in Central London!Date published: 15/02/14

Who are Majestic?

Majestic Wine is the UK's largest case merchant. We currently have 200 stores throughout the UK with 16 due to open in this financial year. The staff are all trained in wine by the international body 'The Wine and Spirit Education Trust' and are committed to providing a high level of customer service.

Why does this help me?

As well as being available to the public, Majestic Wine has an award winning commercial branch providing for a large number of bars and restaurants. For our on trade customers we have excellent pricing and trade exclusive products.

We believe that we have an un-rivalled service in terms of customer service and pricing so why not get in touch to see if we can help you with your supplies?

We can offer you :

-A huge range of wines – over 800 wines

-Trade exclusive lines

-Competitive pricing

-Account facilities (terms apply)

-Free delivery on orders of 6 or more, on day and time to suit you. Multiple deliveries a week as you require.

-Staff training to ensure that your staff have the knowledge to maximise your wine sales

-Menu and wine Matching

-Wine List design

-Wine evenings/Wine dinners

All offered from your local store.

The aim is to build a relationship that is beneficial to both your business and ours. We aim to provide top class customer service and help your business grow.

Majestic Wine Marylebone

0207 724 0933

mar@majestic.co.uk


The Rhone ValleyDate published: 15/02/14

The Rhone is one of the greatest wine rivers in the world and runs through the Rhone valley which plays host to over 80000 hectares of vineyards. In my view Rhone wines are some of the most enjoyable to drink with their subtle silky tannins and their varying delicious fruit flavours. 

Perhaps the best-known wine of the Rhone valley is Chateauneuf-du-pape however there are so many more produces to explore.

Coming into the February Pick 'N' mix offers is the Cotes du Rhone, 2010 E. Guigal, down from £11.99 to £7.99.

It's a full bodied wine with dark fruit aromas and savoury white pepper notes, making it a superb food wine. 

Try it with any red meat dishes but I recommend having it with delicious slow roasted pepper stuffed with a tomato beef mince topped with a sprinkling of cheese. 

Come in store, or order online to take advantage of this new offer.  


New wines added to our February Pick 'n' Mix deal!Date published: 15/02/14

We've added 3 more wines to our February Pick 'n' Mix selection - buy any 2 as part of your mixed case of 6 and save 33%!

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £6.66 when you buy 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines (down from £9.99)

A Majestic favourite, this wine has quintessential Sauvignon Blanc aromas of lemon, elderflower and gooseberry. Zesty citrus flavours dominate the palate backed up by refreshing acidity and a streak of minerality.

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal - £7.99 when you buy 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines (down from £11.99)

This fantastic blend of Grenache and Syrah from one of the Rhône valley's most renowned producers is a fantastic robust winter red. The palate offers a medley of blackberry, damson, blackberry and red cherry flavours with spicy, peppery notes in the background.

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV - £6.99 when you buy 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines (down from £10.49)

If you're looking for a sparkling rosé for Valentine's Day (or indeed any other occasion!), then look no further! Dry in style, this wine offers a plethora of ripe strawberry, raspberry and red cherry flavours on the palate with delicate yet persistent bubbles.


Top pick from our Argentina tasting week!Date published: 15/02/14

If you're having a nice big steak for Valentine's Day then why not treat yourself and go for a bottle of the fantastic Malbec from Luigi Bosca? On offer at £12.99 (down from £15.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £6), this is a great new addition to our range.

Bodega Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Italian winemakers who had emigrated to Argentina. The winery is still family-owned with the Arizu family (descendents of Luigi Bosca) now at the the helm. Vistalba is a prestigious sub-region of Luján de Cuyo (located in the upper Mendoza valley) and is located at an altitude of 990m above sea level.

Rich notes of plum, damson and blackberry leap from the glass. The palate is awash with dark, brambly fruit flavours with cassis, blackberry and morello cherry coming to the fore. With ample acidity, firm yet juicy tannins and subtle vanilla notes from the wine's oak ageing, this is a fantastic accompaniment to rich red meat dishes such as steak.


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 13/02/14

Passimento 2011 Pasqua

Merlot, Corvina, Croatina



The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.



A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.


£11.99 or £8.99 when you buy two or more


Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc - Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/02/14

This fantastic Sauvignon is made by the well known Kevin Judd, previously winemaker at Cloudy Bay.

A fine example of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, this crisp, fresh white has hints of green pepper on the nose, with notes of citrus and goosebury on the palate, culminating in a lingering finish with a zippy acidity.

Certainly on a par, if not better than Marlborough Sauvignon's at twice the price, it is certainly a wine not to be missed. We see very small amounts of this wine annually and it's proving increasingly difficult to get our hands on!

£19.99, or £16.99 when you buy two bottles

Wine of the Week recommendation by Alex Junior


Wine of the Week Date published: 11/12/13

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Clos de la

Garenne' 2008, Duc de Magenta, Jadot

£45.00

Looking for the perfect white wine to go with your Christmas turkey? This is it.

A superb Puligny boasting perfumed aromas of lemon, apple, peach, Seville oranges, roasted almonds, minerals and just a touch of oak.

Rich and textured in the mouth, there is a seamless transition between the aromas and the flavours on the palate. A magnificent racy acidity that helps to give the wine real grip and focus, and provides a wonderfully dry finish.

This wine is truly delicious in its youth and will also drink for 10+ years.


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 29/11/13

Te Mata Chardonnay, Woodthorpe Vineyard 2012 Hawke's Bay


Grape - Chardonnay

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery and remains family owned. It has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines. They have also developed a unique single vineyard from which it produces its Woodthorpe wines.

This Chardonnay has ripe stone fruit and citrus characters subtly enhanced by fermentation in seasoned oak barrels, lees contact and a creamy malolactic influence, to create a rich and elegant wine.

An elegant finish promises continued development over the next couple of years. Partner with lobster or veal in a rich, creamy sauce.

£18.74 or £14.98 when you buy any other NZ wine


Rhone/Bordeaux Spotlight TastingDate published: 20/11/13

This weekend we will be holding two half an hour spotlight tastings in store @ 12:00 and 15:00. This weeks spotlight is Rhone/Bordeaux themed and we will be opening several of each for you to try and compare.

The spotlights are a fantastic opportunity to learn a little more about your preferred wine regions or grapes, with everything you need to know in a concise thirty minutes. It's also completely free to come along to and a great chance to try some new and interesting wines. If you're free at either of these times please feel free to come along. For more details have a look at our website or just give us a call in store!

We look forward to seeing you.

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 16/11/13

Casa Lapostolle 'Cuvée Alexandre' Merlot 2012 Colchagua Valley


Grape

MerlotCarmenère



Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, the dynamic young French founder of this innovative Chilean winery, produces wines of spectacular quality. This fine Merlot comes from one of Casa Lapostolle’s low-yield single vineyard sites.


Ruby in colour with aromas of red fruit, rosemary, white pepper and sweet spices on the nose. Rich fruits and notes of vanilla and nutmeg on the round palate, finishing with fresh and lasting sensation.


To be enjoyed now or cellared for several years. Drink with rich meat stews like beef bourguignon.


£14.99 or £11.98 when you buy any other Chilean Wine


Sparkling Saturday - Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NVDate published: 08/11/13

*Sparkling Saturday*

Special Offer

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV

Save 33% - £26.99 down to £17.99 when you buy two bottles of selceted Champgne or Sparkling wine.

Pelorus is one of the top sparkling wine producers from New Zealand. This wine is made in traditional Champagne method using 80% Pinot Noir and the rest Chardonnay from specially selected parcels.

It is a defined yet delicate style. It has fine bubbles and is pale pink in colour. It gives off aromas of strawberry and on the palate it has lashings of cherry and sweet spice.

It is a perfect to accompanny smoked salmon or any range of canapés. At such a great price it is perfect for both celebrations or just a weekend treat!


Pick 'N' Mix OffersDate published: 07/11/13

Why not enjoy a night in with something new and exciting! As the nights get longer and colder, treat yourself to a wider selection of wines in our new Pick 'N' Mix offers. 

This offer allows you to purchase one of each of the wines at bargain prices! This is a great opportunity to try wines you wouldn't usually purchase, without having to buy two bottles.

Some of the highlights of this offer are;

- Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc priced at £6.99

- Côtes du Rhône 2011 Vidal-Fleury priced at £6.66

If you fancy a change why not pop in to your local store and view all the wines on this great offer!


Christmas is upon usDate published: 07/11/13

With the festive season fast approaching, it's worth remembering that we cater to all your party needs, apart from the turkey! We provide soft drinks and ice as well as wines, spirits and beers.

Glass hire is available with a £1 fully refundable deposit per glass - essentially free. 

Free delivery is offered if you are short on time, or car space. We offer this service 7 days a week, all throughout the day.

We even offer external tastings, ideal for occasions such as Christmas parties.

Get in touch and we can help make the Christmas Season a little easier for you!


Wine of the Week - Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007Date published: 07/11/13

Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007

£27.50 or £21.99 as 20% off NZ wines

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.

Wine of the week recommended by Alex



Italy's Answer to Champagne - Prosecco!Date published: 14/10/13

Italy's answer to Champagne has enjoyed a remarkable global renaissance in popularity in recent years, especially here at Majestic!

Prosecco is light, fruity and with delicate bubbles has been making waves in the sparkling wine market. To many in the industry however this comes as no surprise, Prosecco offers quality at great value, and in times of recession it seems to be the perfect choice for an aperitif rather than Champagne.

Prosecco is named after its principal grape variety (prosecco) and like Champagne starts its life as a still wine, however the similarities end there. Prosecco is made using “the tank method” rather than the more time consuming costly traditional method that Champagne undertakes.

We have a brand new Prosecco in stock at £9.99 offer price, join us saturday 19/10 for a cheeky bubbly sample.


New Sherry Range!Date published: 12/10/13

New - Pedro’s Almacenista Selection.

Exclusive to Majestic!

Our new sherry range has arrived this week and is well worth a look. The range consists of Pedro’s Fino £8.99, Pedro’s Amontillado £9.99, Pedro’s Olorosso £11.99 and Pedro’s Palo Cortado £14.99. The sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices. 20% of the Fino blend is from an aged Fino Solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth. It is a different proposition from the clean and lean styles of Fino such as Tio Pepe, though it should still be served cool. Pedro Dauthieu is a local man who helped us bring the whole concept together and he proved such an invaluable asset we decided to name the range after him. Pedro knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed. The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. It was not straightforward getting permission to use the labels from the Consejo di Regulador, but as usual our man Pedro knew the right man who was able to make it happen!


The Wine CourseDate published: 07/10/13

We have two dates booked in for our Wine Course, 17th October & 7th November. It's a perfect opportunity to learn a little more about the wine world. A very informal Introduction to Wine, with the chance to taste some fantastic wines and Champagne - no challenging questions we promise! 

We'll also do some food and wine matching and explore the real do's and don'ts with regards to wine and a meal. It lasts roughly 2 hours and is completely free to come along to. If you're interested please give us a call in store for more information or to book a place!

See you soon,

Alex

Syrah-Shiraz Spotlight Tasting 28/09/13Date published: 22/09/13

Our next stop on the spotlight tasting route is Syrah-Shiraz. In line with a tasting week of the same theme, we'll be holding two spotlight tastings on Saturday 28th September at 12:00 & 3:00.

The sessions will last around half an hour and are a great opportunity to explore this hugely popular varietal. If you're a syrah/shiraz lover, it's a fantastic chance to try some of our range and if it's not your 'go-to-grape,' then why not come and try something new and see if this grape variety has the potential to fill the gaps in your wine rack!

For more details on the spotlight tastings or to book a place, please give us a call in store. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

  

Sparkling Saturday - Nicolas Feuillatte NV BrutDate published: 19/09/13

*Sparkling Saturday*

*Special Offer*

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Brut

£15.99!!

Take advantage of this amazing deal today! The Nicolas Feuillatte is a traditional French Champagne with delicious citrus fruit, apple and melon flavours on the palate, and a creamy, toasty finish. Try it for yourself, its open on our tasting counter!

Stock up today, hurry though - offer ends Monday 23rd!!


Wine of the week - Barolo 2009 Natale VergaDate published: 19/09/13

Barolo 2009 Natale Verga

£23, buy any2 selected Fine Wine save £10, £18

The Barolo is a traditional hillside village in the rolling hills of Piedmont, north-western Italy. The vineyards and cantine (wineries) there have long been famous for producing some of Italy's very finest red wines, predominantly from the region's signature grape variety, Nebbiolo. Fragrant, tannic Barolo wine is so revered that it was one of just three wines awarded DOCG status on the day that the classification was introduced in July, 1980

Natale Verga is the fourth-generation owner of the Verga family estate which was founded in 1895. 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.

Why not give it a try - its open for you to try today!

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Alex


FANTASTIC OFFERS - 33% off these selected winesDate published: 12/09/13

Starting today we have some fantastic new and improved offers!

If Champagne and Sparkling wines are your thing then you will not want to miss out on these:

Piper Heidsieck Brut - £19.99 - when you buy 2 selectd wines

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2007 - £17.99 - when you buy 2 selectd wines

Nicholas Feuilllatte NV - £15.99 - when you buy 2 selectd wines

Proseco Zonin - £.6.66 - when you buy 2 selectd wines

With a 33% saving on all these sparkling wines they offer really great value.

If you are looking something else, fear not!

Love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Then we have the Geisen S.B. down from £8.99 to £5.99 when you buy 2 selectd wines.

If you're looking for a great bargain on red wine we have the Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo down from £7.49 to £4.99 when you buy 2 selectd wines

This is a shorterm special offer until the Monday 23rd September and we don't want you to miss out on these brilliant savings

Wine of the Week - Barolo 2009 Natale VergaDate published: 30/08/13



Wine of the week - Barolo 2009 Natale Verga

£23, buy 2 save £10- £18

The Barolo is a traditional hillside village in the rolling hills of Piedmont, north-western Italy. The vineyards and cantine (wineries) there have long been famous for producing some of Italy's very finest red wines, predominantly from the region's signature grape variety, Nebbiolo. Fragrant, tannic Barolo wine is so revered that it was one of just three wines awarded DOCG status on the day that the classification was introduced in July, 1980

Natale Verga is the fourth-generation owner of the Verga family estate which was founded in 1895. 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.

Why not give it a try - its open for you to try today!

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Alex




**Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone** Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2007Date published: 30/08/13

*Sparkling Saturday*

*Special Offer*

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2007

£15.99!!

Take advantage of this amazing deal today! Hurry offer ends on Monday! 

From Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Pelorus Vintage is made in the style of Champagne, by the same production method, from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. With 3 years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne.

Pale straw colour and aromas of ripe citrus fruits indicate its chardonnay origins. A layered bouquet of apple and lemon citrus complements fresh bready notes derived from two years bottle ageing on lees. The deliciously crisp palate displays toasty, creamy complexity, enhanced by a lingering nutty finish.

As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine.


#sparklingsaturday recommendation by Alex

Spotlight Tastings September 2013Date published: 22/08/13

Like wine tastings?

Then you'll love our FREE Spotlight Tastings this September!

Every Saturday in September we'll be running tastings of 6 wines in 30 minutes all based around a variety of themes. We'll run a tasting at 12pm, and rest assured if you can't make it then there will be another at 3pm! So no excuses then, come and join us to Taste & Explore every Saturday in September. You can sign up for just 1, 2, 3 or all of the dates if they take your fancy!

We'll be celebrating with a variety of differing styles of wine, including a few fine wines based on the following grapes and regions:

Sat 7th Sept – Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles

Sat 14th Sept – Spain: Rioja and Beyond

Sat 21st Sept – Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives

Sat 28th Sept – Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International Styles

To join in, sign up by:

Emailing: mar@majestic.co.uk

Phoning: 0207 7240933


2 weeks only! improved offer on italy now 25% off Date published: 22/08/13

That's right 25% off all Italian wines when buying 2 bottles or more for 2 weeks only! I will definitely be stocking up and everyone else should too.

For the bargain hunters out there my top buys are:

Albinoni Pinot Grigio/Garganega - Fresh, light and dry - £5.15

Casale di Valle Chianti -  Vibrant red cherry fruit - £6.37

Surani Fiano - Oppulent tropical fruit - £6.56

Valpolicella Classico Ripasso, La Casetta - Velvety, smooth and intense - £12.74

Rosso di Montalcino, Il Poggione - Red berries and toasty oak - £14.05

Majestic wine reviews in AugustDate published: 22/08/13

Decanter Sept 2013

2012 Callia Bella Malbec £5.99* - Fantastic value red. The ever increasing popularity of Malbec makes this a must try!
2011 Caixas Albarino £6.99* - Made by Martin Codax just for Majestic, this fantastic Spanish white will please all wine lovers

The Guardian

2012 Ned Pinot Noir £9.99* - We all know about the sauvignon, but why not try their red! Soft subtle and bursting with fruit, this represents real value for money when it comes to NZ Pinot Noir!

The Observer

Paulett's Polish Hill River Riesling £10.99* - Direct from the Clare Valley, this dry riesling is clean and crisp and begging to be drunk with your next spiced dish!

Sunday Express

Laurent Perrier NV £25* - What weekend would be complete without a few bubbles to help you on your way. From on eof the finest champagne producers, this NV displays a fresh richness only found in the best champagnes!

*when you buy 2 or more

Wine of the week Date published: 16/08/13

Fleurie is one of the ten crus of Beaujolais and one of the most sought after. Georges Duboeuf is one of the best known winemakers in this region to the south of Burgundy, and has been nicknamed the King of Beaujolais.


Fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant, floral perfume. Light tannic presence are testament to the cru status of this wine. An attractive wine with a silky texture.


Fantastic on it's own or with a light salad!

Wine of the Week - Catena Malbec 2011, MendozaDate published: 09/08/13

Catena Malbec 2011, Mendoza

Majestic Price - £12.99

The Catena family have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of microclimates in the high altitude region of Mendoza. As a result, this Malbec is blended from a combination of grapes from different altitudes, giving it a unique aroma and palate profile.

In my eyes, it is everything a fantastic Malbec should be. An abundance of rich black fruit, followed by subtle flavours of vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Firm tannins and a refreshing acidity also excentuate the elegant structure of this wine.

The complex character will benefit from an additional 5 years aging, but this wine is drinking fantastically well now. Pair with hearty beef dishes or simply enjoy on its own.

Why not give it a try - its open for you to try today!

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

#sparklingsaturday 10th August 2013Date published: 09/08/13

Prosecco Zonin NV, DOC

Special Offer £7.99

You dont need a reason to treat yourself to some delicious fizz, but we have some great reasons why you should! Each Saturday here at the store we will have a different Champagne or sparkling wine open for you to try on our tasting counter for free!

This week its the Zonin Prosecco. An Italian classic, this is a fruity treat with notes of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, lifted further by subtle floral hints and aromas of almond. It is delicately off dry, with a delightfully clean finish.

The perfect aperitif, party wine or just to be enjoyed in the sunshine with friends. At £7.99 its also a bargain, so there is no need to feel guilty about how many bottles you open!

So why not celebrate the Summer....get the BBQ on start popping those corks!!

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Brut NV - Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone!Date published: 02/08/13

Its nearly the weekend which can mean only one thing....it's sparkling saturday at Majestic Wine Marylebone again!

This week we will have the Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV sparkling wine open for you to try for free! It's made from the same grapes as Champagne (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), and using the same traditional method of vinification, so the style of this fizz is of course very similar to Champagne. Perhaps its most special quality is that its made from only the free run juice of the grapes, which gives it a softness and elegance.

Crisp flavours of apple and citrus are backed up with a yeasty complexity all thanks to the time the wine spent on its lees.

This is a fantastic aperitif to be enjoyed on its own, or the perfect accompaniment to crab pasta, and at £15.99 its a bargain. Come and try some this weekend and stock up!

Wine of the Week - Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Castello BanfiDate published: 02/08/13

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Castello Banfi

£26, when you buy 2 selected Fine Wines

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.

The grape variety is a supr clone of Sangiovese and was first bottled in 1888. The town of Montalcino is 112km south of Florance, enjoys a warm dry climate with excelent ventilation and cool nights. Sangiovese reaches it maximum ripeness under these conditions, giving fuller richer wines than anywhere else in Tuscany.

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.

Jane MacQuitty Recommends - (Part two) RedsDate published: 19/07/13

The highly respected Times Wine critic Jane MacQuitty has released the second part of her 100 best summer wines. Among the fifty reds Majestic are pleased to have six recommended. There are wines for all tastes and budgets and a couple of firm staff favourites. See the below links for more details. 

Paul Mas Merlot 2012 £5.99 if you buy two or more (Valid until Thursday 18th July)

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-paul+mas+merlot/product-is-09494

Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2002 £9.99 if you buy two

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-gemme/product-is-01009

La Croix 2007 £5.99 if you buy two

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-01004/product-is-01004

Fitou by Mademoiselle Jones 2011 £11.99 if you buy 2 or more (Valid until Thursday 18th July)

Pizarras de Otero 2012 £6.99 if you buy two

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-14005/product-is-14005

AND...

A fizz has also been recommeded -

Laurent Perrier Brut NV £24.99 (Valid until Thursday 18th July)

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Top+10+Fizz/product-is-22102

Please feel free to contact us in-store to discuss these and other wines we stock

External TastingsDate published: 06/07/13

Are you interested in learning more about the world of wine? As well as the in-store wine courses and tasting events we run, we can also arrange to do external tastings. If you have a group or society that enjoy wine and would like to learn more about different styles or matching food and wine, feel free to contact us in store on 0207 7240933 or email us on mar@majestic.co.uk to discuss planning an event.

We can tailor the theme of the evening to suit your group focusing on specific countries or comparing and contrasting new and old world styles.

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Anyone for Pimm'sDate published: 06/07/13

Wimbledon Finals Weekend is fast approaching and it's set to be a scorcher! Why not cool yourself down with a quintessentially British glass of Pimm's or the perfectly named Sipsmith Summercup.

Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 100 Wines - Majestic SelectionDate published: 06/07/13

A couple of picks from Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 100.
Those of you who have shopped using Jane's recommendations before will know how quickly they get snapped up. Please call, email or drop in to get your pick!

Under £6-
Yali Merlot Rosé 2012- £7.49 or £5.99 (when you buy any 2 Chilean wines)
Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012- £7.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99

Under £8
Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisieres 2012- £9.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99 from 28th

Under £12
Sancerre ‘Clos des Bouffants’ Neveu 2012- £14.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99
Pouilly Fumé ‘Les Cascadelles’ 2012- £11.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £9.99
Muga Rioja Rosado 2012- £10.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £8.99

Under £25
Chassagne Montrachet Phillippe Colin 2010 (via Lay & Wheeler) = £24.95
Email: sales@laywheeler.com

*Prices given are per bottle when 2 or more are purchase as part of a mixed case

Come and Explore

Wine of the Week - Santenay Clos des Gatsulards 2012 - £20 - Buy 2 bottles save £8 - £24Date published: 04/07/13

Santenay is the most southerly wine-producing commune of the Cote de Beaune in Burgundy, with its own communal appellation (created in 1937). The wines produced here are predominantly red and made from Pinot Noir, although a small quantity of Chardonnay is also produced.

The Santenay appellation is located to the South of Côte de Beaune. The Gatsulards part is in front of Santenay Clos de Malte, slightly higher.

The soil is very stony and steep, rather difficult to work. It is South oriented and therefore warms up very quickly, it is also quite a windy place.

The grapes are destemmed and fermented in open vats before being put in French oak barrels during a year before bottling.

Very nice colour with a shiny touch of ruby. Aromas of small red berries with some light cherry sapwood and a delicate nose of oak. The mouth is supple, dynamic and full of minerality due to the stony soil. This Santenay will be perfect with red meat or charcuterie.

This wine can easily be kept from 8 to 10 years in good conditions of humidity and temperature.

**Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone**Veuve Clicquot NV ChampagneDate published: 04/07/13

Celebrate #sparklingsaturday

at Majestic Marylebone!

Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne

Special Offer Ends 18th of July

£30 was £37

You dont need a reason to treat yourself to some delicious fizz, but we have some great reasons why you should! Each Saturday here at the store we will have a different Champagne or sparkling wine open for you to try on our tasting counter for free!

This week its the Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne.

An archetypal Champagne from an historic house. Madame Clicquot's wine displays a superb marriage of freshness and power - gorgeous and deceptively pale colour with fine, persistent bubbles -a poised, delicately bready nose - and on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long.

Do not miss out!!!

#sparklingsaturday recommendation by Inna

New improved - Champagne deals - 2 weeks onlyDate published: 04/07/13

We have some fantastic new deals starting Friday 5th July

Veuve Clicquot NV £37 £30 until Monday 15th July
Laurent Perrier Brut NV £38 £24.99 until  Thursday 18th July
Fitou by Mlle Jones 2011 £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99 until Thursday 18th July
Paul Mas Merlot 2012 £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 until Thursday 18th July


Wine of the Week - AIX Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 1.5l Magnum £19.99Date published: 27/06/13

AIX Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 1.5l Magnum £19.99

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.


Bottle SizesDate published: 22/06/13

Most of us are familiar with the regular 75cl bottle, after all the majority of wine comes in this format, however there are many other sizes available - we're often asked about their names so here they are!

For Champagne:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Jeroboam (4 btls)

Rehoboam (6 btls)

Methuselah (8 btls)

Salmanaza (12btls)

Bathaza (16 bts)

Nebuchadnezza (20 btls)

For Bordeaux and other still wines:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Marie-Jean (3 btls)

Double Magnum (4 Btls)

Jeroboam (5 ltrs)

Imperial (8 btls)

Looking for a New Wine Supplier?Date published: 22/06/13

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 the Harrogate Majestic store. Having this local base will give 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. We will produce this list through extensive consultation to make sure this is the perfect list for your venue.

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 Partner', a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus.

On top of all of this, your account manager can help you prepare your own customer events, such as Gastro Evenings and quiz nights. They may even be able to assist on the night by introducing the wines accompanying the courses you serve.

Saturday 22nd June: Saturday Kitchen Recommends..Date published: 22/06/13


This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed in our Sunningdale store and Olly Smith was filmed recommending Caixas Godello 2012 - £7.99 for when you buy 2 or more bottles

The Caixas Godello is made exclusively for Majestic by Martin Codax, famous for good quality Albarino from the Rias Biaxas region of North West Spain. In contrast to Albarino, Godello shows fresher styles of fruit on the palate; crunchy pear, lemon and light floral notes. Perfect match to the grilled sardines you'll have on you're BBQ later (weather permitting!)

Wine of the Week - Montesodi Chianti Rufina 2008, FrescobaldiDate published: 20/06/13

Montesodi Chianti Rufina 2008, Frescobaldi

Majestic Price - £32

New in to our store!

This wine is made from the best Sangiovese grapes from the Nipozzano vineyard, and quality certanly does shine through in adundance with this Chianti.

Ripe and rich in body, it has a fleshy, supple and velvety texture with a huge hinish. Hints of dark chocolate, bitter cherry and plum give it real depth. As with any great quality Italian red it also has a raspy acidity, which creates fantastic balance .

Enjoy now, or through to 2015. Accompany with rich tomato based pasta dishes.

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone - Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010, SpainDate published: 14/06/13

**Sparkling Saturday**

Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina

Blanc de Noirs 2010, Spain

Special Offer - £9.99

This week its a premium cava from Spain. It was launched in honour of the Regent Queen Maria Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorniu with the title of 'official provider of the royal house'. Perhaps more importantly though, it is the namesake of the Assistant Manager of this store....!?!

Made from 'vintage' blends of Pinot Noir, this delicious cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with citrus and fresh pear flavours on the palate. This is complemented by a creamy finish with flavours of brioche - all thanks to the traditional secondary fermentation method.

The perfect aperitif, accompaniment to white fish and party fizz, this truly is a crowd pleaser, and a super price on special offer at £9.99!

Wine of the Week - McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2011Date published: 14/06/13

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2011, Langhorne Creek

£25 - Buy 2 bottles save £10 - £20

Celebrate our wines of Australia tasting week by treating yourself to a bottle of this gem of a wine!

The Shiraz grapes used to make this wine are grown in a premium region for this variety on the Fleurieu Penninsula near Adelaide. Call me biased, but with a number of my family members living in this region I have been lucky enough to visit this winery and taste the wine at the cellar door, and I think it is truly exceptional, and a bargain price for the quality. Rich, fertile soils and an ideal climate produce outstanding red varieties year on year, and this is no exception.

With an intense nose of ripe berries lifted by hints of vanilla, it is complemented further by concentrated, rich black fruit flavours on the palate. A beautifully balanced and velvety finish will also be a treat for your taste buds.

A couple more years of further ageing will certainly benefit this wine, but it is drinking beautifully now, and the ideal partner to rich lamb and pasta dishes.

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

**Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone** - Oyster Bay Rose Brut NVDate published: 07/06/13

**Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone**

Oyster Bay Rose Brut NV

£13.99 - Buy 2 or more bottles save £4 - £11.99

What could be better than a glass of ice cold pink fizz on a warm Summers day? Our answer would be nothing, thats why we have opened this fantastic sparkling rose for you to try this weekend!

Made from 80% Chardonnay sourced from Hawke's Bay and 20% Pinot Noir from Marlborough, this is Oyster Bays take on pink Champagne, and we think they have done a great job - especially of retaining the youthful variental fruit freshness as a result of secondary fermentation in tank as opposed to bottle.

Intense flavours of cherry and strawberry take centre stage with this fizz, followed by a delightful fine mousse and long, crisp finish.

At £11.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles this is a cracking alternative to Champagne for any special event or to share with friends alongside seafood hors d'ouvre.

Sparkling Saturday Recommendation by Christina

Wine of the Week - Meursault 2010, Domaine Yes Boyer-MartenotDate published: 07/06/13

Meursault 2010,

Domaine Yes Boyer-Martenot

Majestic Price - £25

Renound for quality, the wines from this producer improve year on year, especially the Meursaults. The Chardonnay grapes are grown on brown, pebbly soil which is partly how the wine gains such power and finesse.

Traditional aromas of fat, buttery fruit and toast are present in abundance on the nose, and the palate exudes a balanced crispness and a long, nutty finish.

A huge wine of fantastic quality, and at £25 it's a fantastic price. Delicious served lightly chilled to retain all of those bold flavours, and also the ideal accompaniment to baked white fish with a rich creamy sauce.

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

Fine Wine Lover? Key benefits when shopping with Majestic and Lay&WheelerDate published: 04/06/13


If you're interested in buying En Primeur, investing in fine wine or just want to have a few great bottles to hand for that special occasion we have a great proposition for you.  Our sister company, Lay & Wheeler , is a specialist fine wine merchants who have access to the biggest names in the wine world and have a special climate controlled warehouse to ensure wines are stored in optimum conditions.


Key Benefits


A FREE 6 bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009* worth £150. As a thank you for joining us, we would like to get your new wine collection off to a good start with a fantastic free six bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009, the second wine of top St-Julien property Ducru-Beaucaillou from the heavily sought-after 2009 vintage.

Majestic rewards. Receive £25 in Majestic Wine vouchers at the end of the first year that you pay more than £50 per month into the Fine Wine Plan.

The Fine Wine Plan Privilege Card. The Fine Wine Plan Privilege Card entitles the bearer to a 10% discount at Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd.

Dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists. Lay & Wheeler's experts are there to help you build up a great collection of wine to drink in the future.

Great value storage. Gain access to one of the lowest rates available for professional storage of your collection, at our industry leading bonded cellar facility Vinothèque - £8.40 per annum on a 12 bottle case.

Free delivery. Free delivery when you withdraw a case of wine to drink, anywhere in mainland UK.

Flexible. Increase your monthly payments at any time - if you wish to subscribe more each month you will be able to build your collection a little quicker and purchase larger quantities of fine wine or perhaps focus on even more sought after wines.

Fine Wine Plan 'Advance'. Purchase wine up to the value of 3 month's subscription in addition to any funds that you have available in the Fine Wine Plan. This helps you buy the wines that you want, when you want them.

Regular Fine Wine Plan offers. Receive regular great value offers exclusive to members of the Fine Wine Plan.

Online access. As a Fine Wine Plan member you'll get online access to your fine wine collection, so you can manage your cellar at a time that suits you.


Still interested? Then sign up to our Fine Wine Plan from as little as £50 a month but if you put in £100 a month it gets really interesting....

Find out more by asking us in store or alternatively have a look here at http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk

Wine of the Week - Saint Clair Wairau Reserve 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough Date published: 31/05/13

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

£25 - Buy 2 or more bottles, save 20% off New Zealand Wines - £19.99

Saint Clair are famous for their intense take on Marlborough Sauvignon, a flavour described by Oz Clarke - ‘The great thing about Marlborough is that it has produced for the first time since the war, maybe this century, a flavour which no one’s ever found before.’ Their focus is slightly different from most in that while terroir is important, they are very hands on in their winemaking, they aren’t scared to play around with the wine in order to extract the desired flavours. In other words, they are excellent at ‘élevage’ a French term concerning the handling of the wine in the winery - ‘bringing the wine to life’.

Tasting Note: Very intense, but lean on the nose, lemon oil, tangy apple, blackcurrant and a handful of oats. More like passionfruit on the palate, there’s a hint of sweet and sour and kiwi. 

A Ferrari of a wine.


**Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone** - Lindauer Special Reserve Blancs de Blancs NV, New ZealandDate published: 31/05/13

**Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone**

Lindauer Special Reserve Blancs de Blancs NV, New Zealand

Special Offer - £8.99

Missing the sunshine? Never fear, we'll brighten up your weekend with a fantastic sparkling wine from New Zealand!

The special reserve range from Lindauer is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. Blancs de Blancs also comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which is what gives this, and similarly Champagne made in this style its elegance.

Soft citrus fruit, with fine creamy bubbles make this sparkling wine a real bargain and a slightly lighter alternative to Champagne making it ideal for parties, special events or just an everyday treat!

At a special offer price of £8.99 you can also enjoy some guilt-free multiple cork popping!

Sparkling Sarturday Recommendation by Christina

Are you a local business?Date published: 28/05/13

Majestic can provide a range of commercially exclusive wines for your pub, bar or restaurant.

What can we offer you?

Our range was awarded three Gold Medals, one Silver Medal and seven Bronze Medals at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2013. We have also been jointly crowned 'Great Value Wine Merchant of the Year'.

How do we work?

Your account will be run from the Marylebone store, who, along with your personal Key Account Manger, will ensure that your every need is catered for. Running your account from a local store allows us to offer next day delivery and training courses for you and your staff.

If this sounds right for your business, call the us on 0207 7240933 or come in to our store for a chat.

Fine Wine for everybody!Date published: 28/05/13

Majestic proudly introduces a new and exciting offer when buying a whole range of Fine Wine!

Fine Wine at house prices... Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £8.
Simply select any 2 of the stunning Fine Wines below and receive both at House Wine Prices. This new offer allows you to explore Majestic's Fine Wine range without breaking the bank in the process.

Below are our pick of the bunch!
Prices stated below are at the offer price.

Bordeaux;

- Ch. Guillot Pomerol (£20.00)
- Ch. Grand Faire Larose (£15.99)

White Burgundy;

- Meursault le Meurger VV (£20.00)

Rhone;
- CNDP Domaine Durieu (£19.00)
- CNDP Vignoble Abeille (£22.00)

Italy;
- Guidalberto (£26.00)
- Banfi Brunello (£26.00)
- Amarone Negrar (£18.00)
- Jermann Pinot Grigio (£18.00)

Spain;
- Vina Ardanza (£18.00)

California;
- Mondavi Napa Cabernet (£18.00)
- ABC Isabelle Pinot Noir (£32.00)

Australia;
- Angels Share Shiraz (£18.00)
- Sexy Beast Cabernet (£18.00)
- Gnarly Dudes (£18.00)
- Petaluma Chardonnay (£21.00)

- Petaluma Coonawarra Red (£21.00)

South Africa;
- Meerlust Merlot (£15.99)
- Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon (£22.00)

New Zealand Tasting TutorialDate published: 28/05/13

We've just chosen the wines for our upcoming New Zealand Sauvignon Tutorials on Saturday June 1st (12-12.30 and 3- 3.30) and thought we'd whet your appetites by sharing them with you.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc v Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Waimea Sauvignon Blance v Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc
St Clair Wairau Reserve v Te Mata Cape Crest

To book a place on these Tutorials email us mar@majestic.co.uk or call 02077240933.

My New Zealand TripDate published: 28/05/13

My New Zealand Trip

I've just got back from the most mind blowing trip in New Zealand ever. Possibly 1 of the coolest place on Earth, especially for a wine enthusiast and meat lover that also enjoys occasional adrenaline rushes such as I! It was an action-packed, educational journey across both Islands that took me 10 days.

Arriving early doors in Auckland's after an endless aeroplane voyage. We headed to Waiheke Island for a couple of lazy days relaxing on a beach house. We tried out lots of various fun water-sports which was very thrilling. We also caught supper; Red Snapper, what a delicious tasty fish!

After overcoming the jet lag, we headed to Blenheim, capital of the famous Marlborough Region. Harvest was done, the 2013 grapes was fermenting away, which we manage to sample. Make sure you look out for the 2013 vintage, it’s truly stunning, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Anyway we visited 2 wineries, Marisco and Jackson Estate, and we discovered the beautiful plots of land that’s divided into some incredible single vineyards, the landscape was just incredible. We managed to try different Sauvignons from various blocks and it was so noticeable the difference, already within 2 weeks of fermentation, the difference was clear. What an eye opening experience that really demonstrate the effect of soil and climate in winemaking.

After indulging amazing food and wine from Marlborough we headed to Queenstown, which is the capital of all daredevil activities. The town is set in some of the most mesmerizing scenery, it makes total sense why Lord of the rings was filmed there! Yes, I Bungee Jumped for the first time in my life from the famous Kawarau Bridge, breath taking is what I have to say.

Adrenaline was pumped in my system for 2 days; it was time to calm down and explore Centro Otago, famous for quality Pinot Noir but also Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. We went to Mt Difficulty, where we visited the lovely vineyards near Bannockburn followed by a delicious lunch that nearly made my eyes popped, we pared the food with their entire range, I must say some of their single vineyards are just divine. MT DIFFICULTY GROWERS SERIES PACKSPUR PINOT NOIR 2010 was the highlight for me, if you are a Pinot Noir fan and want to try a serious wine then this is a must buy. After wining and dining, we boat jetted on the Kawarau River, the only way to clear out any cobwebs out of the system!

We ended up having an evening BBQ cooked by Mt Difficulty winemaker Matt, gazing on an incredible star show whilst sampling on some older vintages of Pinot Noir. The following day we started the day with another BBQ, but this time, Mexican style, actually it's surprisingly really invigorating.

As all good Journeys it was time to go back home to the UK. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime. I can only say that if you are a wine, food, culture lover then make sure that NZ is on your bucket list.

We've just chosen the wines for our upcoming New Zealand Sauvignon Tutorials on Saturday June 1st (12-12.30 and 3- 3.30) and thought we'd whet your appetites by sharing them with you.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc v Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Waimea Sauvignon Blanc v Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc
St Clair Wairau Reserve v Te Mata Cape Crest

Join us then, so I can convince you to go to New Zealand!

Christinas Champagne Adventure - Ruinart or Veuve? That is the question....Date published: 26/05/13

....So I chose both! This week I was lucky enough to visit the Champagne region of Reims. What with Champagne being my favourite tipple to say I was excited about this trip is an understatement. The trip included visits to the legendary houses of Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot, among a whole number of other treats.

I can honestly say that for two days I was treated like royalty on this trip. As we arrived at Ruinart it was raining very hard, and the staff at the Champagne house ran out to greet and shelter us with umbrellas. Soon after we arrived we were led into a tasting room, where we tasted some of my favourites including the Blancs de Blancs and Rose. I was also lucky enough to try Dom Ruinart....needless to say I am now saving my pennies for a bottle of my own, although that may take a little while. After the tasting we were taken on a tour of the cellars. These were dome shaped caves linked by a network of pathways and also historically used as underground trade networks. Interestingly they were shaped remarkably like Ruinart bottles too! I was in heaven gazing at rack upon rack of ageing magnum bottles of Dom Ruinart. Further to the cellar tour we were treated to a five course meal with a different Champagne to match each course, something I havn't experienced before. I was amazed how diverse Champagne can be in terms of food and wine matching.

Day two started with a visit to Veuve Clicquot. The cellar tour here was similar to that of Ruinart in terms of a network of caves....and we learned that Veuve alone own approximately 24km in area of them! After the tour we were led by the Cellar master through a tasting of a number of the base wines used for the blends of the different styles of Champagne produced by Veuve. Our reward following these highly 'refreshing' examples was a tasting of the finished product in magnum form! The highlight for me however was the bottle of 1990 Vintage that we got to sample...with only four grams per litre of sugar and twenty three years of ageing it was totally different to anything I have ever tasted, and the best Champagne I have ever tasted by far, with similar palate qualities to those of a Fino Sherry!

For our final treat of the trip we were taken to Hotel du Marc (where you can't actually book a room or pay for it, you have to be cordially invited!!) for the most delicious six course meal and once again food and Champagne matching. Among my favourites were a vintage Sec - a sweeter style of Champagne which was the perfect accompaniment to Roquefort cheese.

I have been quoted to say that if I had to survive on either food or Champagne, it would most definitely be the latter, and following this trip I stand by that statement with added vigour. From the range of amazing Champagne that we were lucky enough to taste, the hospitality of the staff and cellar masters and the education we received, this will go down as one of the most memorable trips of my life.

Feel free to pop into our store anytime if you're interested to hear more about it, or for any recommendations!

Wine of the Week - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009/10, PolizianoDate published: 16/05/13

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009/10, Poliziano

Majestic Price - £22

The clone of Sangiovese used to make this wine is called Prugnole Gentilo. It is Poliziano's flagship wine, and arguably one of Tuscany's most celebrated creations.

Rich and full bodied, you will enjoy fruit flavours of plum, blackberry and dark cherry in adundance on the palate. Perfect oak integration adds layers of complexity including dried herbs and vanilla and creates the ideal balance of firm tannins and fruit characteristics.

Drinking beautifully now, this wine oozes quality and is a fantastic food wine - the ideal accompaniment to red meat, rich stews or rich pasta sauces.

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

#sparklingsaturday at Majestic Marylebone!Date published: 16/05/13

Celebrate #sparklingsaturday at Majestic Marylebone!

Prosecco Zonin NV, DOC

Special Offer - £7.99

You dont need a reason to treat yourself to some delicious fizz, but we have some great reasons why you should! Each Saturday here at the store we will have a different Champagne or sparkling wine open for you to try on our tasting counter for free!

This week its the Zonin Prosecco. An Italian classic, this is a fruity treat with notes of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, lifted further by subtle floral hints and aromas of almond. It is delicately off dry, with a delightfully clean finish.

The perfect aperitif, party wine or just to be enjoyed in the sunshine with friends. At £7.99 its also a bargain, so there is no need to feel guilty about how many bottles you open!

So why not celebrate the start of Summer....get the BBQ on start popping those corks!!

#sparklingsaturday recommendation by Christina

Wine of the Week - Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, Barossa ValleyDate published: 10/05/13

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, Barossa Valley

£22 - Buy 2 or more bottles - £18

An exquisite representation of the wide range of styles available from the Barossa Valleys many and varied plots, the Gnarly Dudes is sourced from a number of parcels of mature, gnarly Shiraz vines, and aged in a mixture of new and old French oak barrels for 12 months.

Intense and complex on the nose, this wine will satisfy all your senses by offering an array of black fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender while being full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and fantastic length.

Enjoy today simply on its own as a special treat or save it for a special occassion! It will also develop nicely for up to another 5 years in the bottle.

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Inna

**Sparkling Saturday** Oyster Bay Brut NVDate published: 10/05/13

**Sparkling Saturday**

Oyster Bay Brut NV

£13.99 - Buy 2 bottles save £6 - £10.99

This fantastic fizz is made from 100% Chardonnay in the image of a blancs de blancs style Champagne, but with a more fruit-driven New World edge.

It is extremely elegant, yet intensely fruity with notes of zesty lime and white peach. Crisp acidity and a delicate minerality also provide a complex and ligering mouthfeel.

The perfect aperitif or toasting wine for any special occasion, and also perfect with seafood - delicious!

Sparkling Saturday Recommendation by Christina

Celebrate the start of Summer in style with an AIX Rose Magnum @ £19.99!Date published: 03/05/13

Celebrate the start of Summer in style with an AIX Rose Magnum @ £19.99!

With a delicate balance of soft, ripe summer fruit and crisp acidity this award winning wine from Provence is perfect for a gathering with friends, any event and a great accompaniment to seafood canapes.

Wine of the Week - Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2010Date published: 03/05/13

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2010

£35 - 20% off New Zealand wines, when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case- £27.99

New Zealand is one of the few places in the wolrd where this grape variety elusive perfection, and the highly esteemed Cloudy Bay Estate have surpassed themselves in the production of this innovative Pinot Noir

Appealing sweet fruit with a suggestion of red cherry, rasberry and plum with a hint of floral and wild herb characters. An elegant rather than blockbuster red with surprising power and length. The wine really developed in the glass and deserves to be decanted for at leas an hour before serving.

Try this with slow-corked pork belly or a wild mushroom risotto.

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

*Sparkling Saturday Special Offer!*Date published: 03/05/13

Oeil de Perdrix

£19!!

Take advantage of this amazing deal today! The Oeil de Perdrix is a French Champagne from the Devaux Estate. Owing To the particularly sunny and warm summers of the "Cote des Bar", the Pinot Noir grapes are able to reach optimal ripeness. At the turn of the century, this charming style of champagne was very popular and was given the name "Oeil de Perdrix" as the colour matched that of the eye of the Partridge. Today "Devaux" is perhaps one of the only Houses to continue this tradition and it is made by their Winemaker in limited quantity only. The result of this is a delicate soft champagne that is suitable for all occasions. Try it for yourself, it will be open on our tasting counter this Saturday 4th May!

Stock up today!

Wine of the Week - Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 25/04/13

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011, Seguinot-Bordet

£19.99 - Buy 2 or more bottles - £17.99

From an old and very highly regarded family winery, Seguinot-Bordet are located on the right bank of the Serein. The Kimmeridgan clay soils give this wine a very distinctive character, leading to an intense and focused nose of stone and citrus fruit and smoky, mineral notes on the palate.

Subtle and beautifully integrated oak give this wine fantastic body and texture, enhanced further by a streak of minerality on the finish.

Truly a delight, and a great Chardonnay to enjoy if you prefer something a little lighter and easier drinking than some new world oaked alternatives. Its also not often you can enjoy a Premier Cru Chablis for under £20 so its a real bargain!

Enjoy simply on its own, or as the perfect compliment to any fruits de mer.

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

Celebrate the sunshine with #sparklingsaturday at Majestic Marylebone!Date published: 20/04/13

Celebrate the sunshine with #sparklingsaturday at Majestic Marylebone!

Prosecco Zonin NV, DOC - £8.99

You dont need a reason to treat yourself to some delicious fizz, but we have some great reasons why you should! Each Saturday here at the store we will have a different Champagne or sparkling wine open for you to try on our tasting counter for free!

This week its the Zonin Prosecco. An Italian classic, this is a fruity treat with notes of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, lifted further by subtle floral hints and aromas of almond. It is delicately off dry, with a delightfully clean finish.

The perfect aperitif, party wine or just to be enjoyed in the sunshine with friends. At £8.99 its also a bargain, so there is no need to feel guilty about how many bottles you open!

So why not celebreate the start of Summer....get the BBQ on start popping those corks!!

#sparklingsaturday recommendation by Christina

Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone! 13/04Date published: 11/04/13

Fancy some fizz?! Make your weekend go with a pop - come down to Majestic Marylebone this Saturday 13th April and try a fantastic New Prosecco!

Prosecco Zonin NV DOC

£10.99 since bottle price, Buy 2 bottles save £4, £8.99

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Wine of the Week - Albarino Martin Codax 2011, Rias Baixas Date published: 09/04/13

Albarino Martin Codax 2011, Rias Baixas £11.99 - Buy 2 or more bottles - £9.59

The Martin Codax winery was founded in 1986 in the Rias Baixas region of Northwestern Spain, and concentrates its efforts on making aromatic wines from the Albarino grape.

Similar to Viognier, Albarino is light and refreshing in style, with a hint of sweetness. It's also a fantastic alternative to Chardonnay for those who are looking to explore new grape varieties.

Aromas of peach, spice, herbs and hints of sweet fruit will make your mouth water before you have even taken your first sip! The complexity of the nose is matched on the palate, with further flavours of honey, and a fresh, slightly floral finish.

This is the ideal aperitif, and the perfect match to shellfish - great for summertime drinking. All we need now is a bit of warmth and sunshine....!!

Wine of the Week Recommendation by Christina

Sparkling Saturday at Majestic Marylebone!Date published: 06/04/13

Fancy some fizz?! Make your weekend go with a pop - come down to Majestic Marylebone this Saturday 6th April and try a fantastic fizz for free!

We have the Codornui Raventos Cava open. Made in the same way as Champagne but using different grape varieties, you will enjoy an abundance of fresh citrus and green apple fruit on the palate, followed by a delicious yeasty, toasty finish.

Perfect as an aperif to share with your friends, this is a real treat. At £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles it's also a stunning bargain!

*Fine Wine Friday* - Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009, Domaine Bois de BoursanDate published: 05/04/13

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009, Domaine Bois de Boursan £25

A brand new addition to our Rhone range, this is sure to impress. With an abundance of rich fruit, you will enjoy notes of plums, figs, blueberries and black raspberries. Secondary flavour characterisitcs of graphite and herbes de Provence add to the complexity of the wine, leading to a rich, full bodied finish.

Beautifully smooth and well-rounded, it is ideal to be drinking now but also over the next decade.

Robert Parker awarded it with 90 points, another reason why we have opened it for you to taste and enjoy!

Fine Wine Friday Recommendation by Christina

Wine of the Week - Rioja Gran Reserva 1994, Conde de ValdemarDate published: 02/04/13

Rioja Gran Reserva 1994, Conde de Valdemar £21.25 - Buy 2 or more bottles - £16.99

This exclusive parcel of mature rioja really is something to get excited about. Five generations of the Martinez Bujanda family have made wine since the foundation of their first winery in 1889. Conte de Valdemar is their flagship Rioja brand and is widely regarded as a benchmark for the top wines of the region.

1994 can only be described as a legendary vintage in Rioja, and this wine is no exception to that rule. Powerful and meaty on the palate with a ripe, fruity finish and incredibly smooth texture, it is a real gem.

Fully mature and ready to drink now, and the perfect compliment to roast lamb - delicious!

Wine of the Week recommendation by Christina

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Wine of the Week: BriO de Cantenac BrownDate published: 26/03/13

BriO de Cantenac Brown 2007

The second wine of Château Cantenac Brown, made from pre-selected lots of the Château's younger vines, which are cultivated specifically for this earlier-drinking blend. Otherwise traditionally made, with 25%-new oak maturation for 13 months, followed by egg-white fining. Elegantly structured claret, with aromas of pencil lead and sandalwood, and a bramble backbone. A good level of ripeness, medium body, and tannins of a firm, taut character. Drinking well now, preferably with braised lamb

Now only £17.99 down from £19.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case.

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 19/03/13

Easter Opening Hours

 

Easter Friday 29th March 9am - 7.30pm

 

Easter Saturday 30th March 10am - 7pm

 

Easter Sunday 31st March - CLOSED!

 

Bank Holiday Monday 1st April 10am - 3pm

Spotlight on: Chateauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 17/03/13

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is one of France's most renowned and reputed appellations; found in the Southern Rhone (below Avignon), it is one of the first wines to be subject to so many rules and restrictions. Minimum alcohol is 12.5% but most emerge from the barrel at over 14% and yields are relatively low. However, 13 grape varieties are permitted in the production of Chateaneuf so there can be huge differences between wines; spiciness can be tempered or increased, its deep and dark in colour or lightened by a high proportion of Grenache and the addition of other varieties can make easily accesible early drinking wines.

The bulk of good Chateauneuf is Grenache while Mourvedre and Syrah (both thick-skinned grapes) add extra tannin and structure. The vineyards here are relatively flat at varying altitutudes. Though famed for large 'galet' rocks which reflect heat up to the vine, a considerable proportion of the soils are  clay-based. The celebrated Chateau Rayas eschews both, with their vines growing in sandy calcareous soil. The wines above Mont Redon tend to be a little light, whereas the sheer heat found south tends to offer up bigger, fuller expressions. Part of this is attributed to a tradition to use newer wood and more Mourvdre in that part of the appelation.

Chateaneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009, Mont Redon A superbly balanced wine, hovering delicately between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity. Nose aend palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the dense bramble fruit. The mature bush vines here sit on a plateau of great sun exposure with a topsoil covered with those classic galets.

£20.00 when you buy two as part of a mixed case of 6. Single bottle £25.00

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Tradition 2008, Pierre Usseglio

A refined, polished style, as is to be expected from this Domaine. The nose reveals notes of scented red cherry, garrigue and lavender. Texturally exquisite. Round and glossy with damson fruit, liquorice and peppery spices to the fore. This is not a heady Châteauneuf, but fresh, poised and welcoming, revealing sweet, round, fine-grained tannins.

£25.00

Spotlight on: RiojaDate published: 14/03/13

With our exciting Mature Rioja Parcel now totally sold out, the staff at Majestic Marylebone think that we should give you a run down on the region to let you know what to expect - or what you've missed out on!

The foremost wine region of Spain, Rioja is produced across a hugh area; stretching from La Rioja in north east Spain to the Basque country to the north west and Navarre to the north east, there is plenty of variety. Watch out from wines from Rioja Alta from the north of the region. The cooler weather and higher altitude gives more elegance and finesse to their wines, while examples from the Rioja Baja have more body and weight.

A blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha (the garnacha adds a little more weight and acidity to the tempranillo) is typical of the region; the wines are then extensively aged in oak barrels and in the bottle to allow them to mature. A Crianza is aged a minimum of one year in oak and one year in tank or bottle. A Reserva has a minimum year in oak and two in bottle, while the Gran Reserva (usually only made in the best vintages) benefits from at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. The law prescribes that all three be aged in 225l barrica bordelesa, and while American oak dominates with it's soft vanilla, more and more French oak is being introduced to the region.

If you missed out the Rioja Parcel, then try our favourite Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reservas instead!

Rioja Crianza 2007, Vina Eguia - £6.99 down from £8.99 when you buy two bottles

Rioja Reserva 2008, CVNE - £9.99 down from £13.99 when you buy two bottles

Rioja Gran Reserva 2003, Marques de Murrieta - £25.00

Coming soon - Exiting new Rioja parcel!Date published: 03/03/13

If you're a fan of one-off parcels and love great Rioja, then check out

www.majestic.co.uk/riojaparcel

From Tuesday 5th March for some exciting news!

Wine tasting: South AmericaDate published: 26/02/13

Come and join us for a free wine tasting and tutorial. There will be plenty for you to taste, perhaps something you haven't tried before, and you may even learn a thing or two.

Wine Relief 2013 @ Majestic mAryleboneDate published: 26/02/13

Look Out for our 12 wine relief wines instore. 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold goes to Comic Relief!!

Wine tasting: Classic FranceDate published: 26/02/13

Come and join us for a free wine tasting and tutorial. There will be plenty for you to taste, perhaps something you haven't tried before, and you may even learn a thing or two.

Spotlight on: MarlboroughDate published: 18/02/13

After the raging success of our Weekend Tutorials, this week dedicated to the wines of New Zealand, we've all picked up a little knowledge along the way and would love to share it with those who couldn't make it to the store. We had a vast array of wines open to taste from all over the Islands, but when it came down to sauvignon blanc, there was only one region of note: Marlborough.

Located in the north-east of the South Island, Marlborough is where around 60% of all vineyard land in NZ can be found. Though decent, red fruit, gamey pinot noirs can be found here, they really flourish in Central Otago; in Marlborough, sauvignon blanc reigns. The marked contrast between day and night temperatures helps retain that zingy, characteristic acidity and develops those inviting gooseberry, lime and punchy tropical aromas which have won over British wine drinkers.

For real, top-notch sauvignons, look towards the Wairu Valley and Awatere River. Try Villa Maria's Wairu Valley, Reserve Sauvignon Blanc for only £12.99. Sharp citrus fruit, ripe gooseberries with tropical passionfruit mix together in the glass and deliver a mouthwatering, explosive taste which lingers on the palate.

Highland Park 12 year oldDate published: 16/02/13

Founded in 1798, Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland. Although this is called a highland malt, it is produced on the Orkney Islands; the name referring to the 'High Park' that the distillery was founded on rather than the area of Scotland. As a result this is a distinct Scotch, very much in the keeping of an Island style but also with characteristics that would not be out of place in the Highlands. The peat used to malt the barley is from Orkney, imparting aromas of heather, unique amongst the Island Malts and more in keeping with the mainland.

A gentle herbal peatiness on the nose, with walnuts, toffee-apple, vanilla and some tropical fruit. The palate is smooth and rich with flavours of roast nuts, caramel, tropical fruit and a subtle smokey peat culminating in a zesty finish.

Open to taste on our tasting counter

The Saturday QuizDate published: 16/02/13

The Majestic Marylebone Saturday Quiz: your chance to prove to yourself how good your wine knowledge is. Answers on a postcard.

Q1. Pinotage is a cross between which two grape varietals? a. Grenache and Carignan b. Tempranillo and Syrah c. Cabernet Franc and Grenache d. Pinot Noir and Cinsault

Q2. In which country is the Torrontes grape an important white grape variety? a. Canada b. Italy c. Argentina d. Spain

Q3. The Spatburgunder grape is better know by what name? a. Pinot Noir b. Chenin Blanc c. Sauvignon Blanc d. Malbec

Q4. Which black grape variety is the most widely planted in Bordeaux? a. Cabernet Franc b. Malbec c. Cabernet Sauvignon d. Merlot

Q5. From which method of sparkling wine production is Cava made? a. Traditional Method b. Tank Method c. Transfer d. Asti

Q6. Which one of the following wines is NOT produced in Piedmont, Italy? a. Barolo b. Barbera d'Asti c. Soave d. Gavi

Q7. What are the three grape varieties of Sauternes?

Angelique de MonbousquetDate published: 16/02/13

This is the second wine of Ch Monbousquet and comes from the fantastic 2009 vintage. It boast lots of dark fruit flavours and a superb structure that will see this wine fill out over the next few years. Your patience will be rewarded with further development of the mocha and spicy flavours that are already nicely developing and a softening of tannins. It's already very approachable so you might not want to wait that long...

 

£19.99 down to £17.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case. Open to taste on our tasting counter.

Wine of the Week - Quartz Reef Pinot NoirDate published: 15/02/13

This week's Wine of the Week was an easy pick; to coincide with our Wines of New Zealand tasting this weekend we've cracked open Quartz Reef's Pinot Noir and fallen in love with it. The winemaker Rudi Bauer is from Austria and you can taste the European influence in this offering from Central Otago. A biodynamic estate (like many in Burgundy itself), the wine it produces is full of vibrant fruit and lively acidity, boasting aromas of ripe raspberry, red cherry, violet, plum and spice. A must-have.

 

Quartz Reef, Pinot Noir - available to taste in store now. Only £15.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case of six. £18.99 for a single bottle as part of a mixed case of six.

Regional Red: Côtes du Roussillon VillagesDate published: 20/01/13

Côtes du Roussillon Villages is a sub-appellation found in the northern half of Côtes du Roussillon, tucked away in the valley of the river Agly, near the best slopes of the valley. As with Corbières, the slightly higher altitude here increases the diurnal range and contributes to creating wines with better acidity and tighter structure. Zooming in closer on Tautavel, famous for fossilised remains of prehistoric mankind, there's a higher proportion of granite and quartz-rich soils. Granite keeps heat and reflects it back into the vines, offers quick drainage and isn't very fertile - the best conditions for forcing the vine to dig it's roots deeply and solidly in search of nutrients and water. The result: wines here really reveal their terroir.

On our tasting counter now, we have a brilliant example, Gérard Bertrand's Tautavel Arago 21 2009. Following the AOC's strict regulations, the Arago consists of at least three grapes: here, grenache, syrah and carignan. Though the maximum of carignan is 60% and minimum of syrah and grenache (combined) is just 30%, the Arago strives for balance and harmony and so the 3 grapes are blended in roughly equal proportions. The end product is a medium-full bodied wine, full of vibrant fruit with peppery, spicy undertones and fine tannin with - yep, you guessed it - that wild herby nuance we've come to expect from Southern French Syrah's.

Tautavel Arago 21 2009 at £7.99 when you buy two bottles, save £4. Single bottle price £9.99

Available to taste in store now.

Regional Red: CorbièresDate published: 19/01/13

The next installment of Majestic Marylebone's mini-series on southern French red is here! Today I'll be taking you through the increasingly well-known AOC of Corbières.

Corbières is nestled in the north-west of the Languedoc-Roussillon and produces almost half of the region's wine outut. Carignan still proves to be the most planted varietal here and it thrives in the Mediterranean climate. The intense heat, along with the warm 'vent Marin', is tempered by the altitude of the hilly appellation as well as a competing, cooler breeze: the 'vent Cers', which brings dry, cold weather with it. Not to be outdone, grenache, syrah and mourvedre are also to be found blended with the dominant carignan.

We've chosen Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2010 as Majestic's best Corbières. Vines aged up to 80 year old offer up superb concentration of fruit with that unmistakable garrigue aroma of heather and wild thyme. The damson jam and cassis notes make this winter warmer a perfect match for beef daube and hearty stews and casseroles. Available to taste on our tasting counter.

Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2010 only £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles, save £4.

Regional Red: Minervois-la-LivinièreDate published: 18/01/13

This week, we've torn the store apart hunting for the real gems of Majestic's Southern French selection. A fantastic wine-producing part of the country, dominated by hot-climate varietals such as syrah and grenache, the south of France can offer some great value reds. Blending is key here, with mourvedre, cinsault, carignan and cabernet thrown in to create robust, concentrated wines with that typical garrigue note. For the next few days, I'll be taking you through a different appelation to show just how much diversity and complexity you can find in the South. Today: Minervois-la-Livinière

La-Livinière is nestled in the north-west of Minervois and was only recognised as an Appelation Contrôlée in 1998. Guidelines here are strict: syrah and mourvedre must make up at least 40% of the blend, while carignan and cinsault musn't represent more than 40%. The climate is typical Mediterranean and the garrigue scrubland usually found in the Rhone reigns here too, setting La-Livinière apart from the rest of the Minervois. Each wine hoping to earn the right to have the appelation's name slapped onto their bottle must go through a strict tasting process to ensure it's worthy. Château Laville Bertrou has truly earned its place.

Owned by Gérard Bertrand, the 2010 vintage of Château Laville Bertrou offers up an immensely robust and concentrated expression of syrah. Its firm backbone of red and black fruit is complimented by heady wafts of heathland scrubs and pepper on the nose; on the palate, muscular tannins add to it's rich, full body, and gives way to a satisfyingly long finish. You'll want a mature, crumbly cheese to get the most out of this wine.

Tomorrow, we go to the land of cheap, cheerful - but surprisingly complex - wine: Corbières.

Wine of the Week - Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010, Domaine JomainDate published: 13/01/13

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010, Domaine Jomain

Open to Taste

From vines bordering Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jomain have made an elegant and well-balanced wine.  Citrus and toasted oak on the nose are followed by a rich and buttery palate.  Remarkably good for the price and well worth a try.  Come in and taste it for yourself on our tasting counter!

£12.99 per bottle

or £10.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Dry January - or not?Date published: 10/01/13

People across the country may well have tucked their booze well out of sight and turned down leaving drinks and birthday soirées with a rye, smug smile and the words "Sorry - I'm not drinking in January" - but if you've opened up a newspaper or switched on a TV over the last few days, no doubt you've seen a host of medical experts offering their opinion on 'Dry January'. The consensus is in: as with everything in life, moderation is key. As marvelous as the liver's regenerative powers are, just a month off won't do it too much good. It's much better, according to Dr Christian Jessen, to have a couple of dry days a week to let your liver (and head!) recover the next day.

So we're here to recommend a few bottles of red wine which open up beautifully after 24 hours - meaning you and your drinking buddy can have a large glass with supper and save the rest of the bottle for tomorrow.

Aloxe Corton 2009, Louis Latour at £28.00

This beguiling red Burgundy from Maison Louis Latour only full reveals it's charms the next day with a nose of ripe cherry with subtle liquorice and oaky notes. Elegant tannins give way to an enduring, savoury finish.

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2004 at £24.00

This second wine hailing from Péssac-Léognan opens up on the second night when paired with a beautifully cooked rare rib eye. The currant  and cherry fruit with hint of smoke and sweet tannin makes this a stand-out super Second.

Lunta Malbec 2010 at £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles, £12.99 single bottle price

Deep and ink this is a fruit forward wine: ripe raspberry, plum and bramble followed by a distinctive whiff of vanilla and toast which comes from its 12 months in French oak. A 90 point wine (The Wine Advocate) for £10.99? Absolute bargain. Now available to taste on our Tasting Counter

BARGAIN HUNT 2013Date published: 08/01/13

This January sees the return of Majestic's hotly-anticipated Bargain Hunt - fantastic wines at exceptional prices. Looking at everything we have to offer this year, below is a list of Marylebone's best picks:

 

Saumur Champigny, Chateau de Targé at only £7.24 when you buy two bottles. Save £7.50!

If you're looking for a delicious light red that can even be lightly chilled and served up alongside a meaty fish dish, this is the wine for you.

Te Mata Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay at only £13.74 when you buy two bottles. Save 20%!

Lees contact, malolactic fermentation and the influence of seasoned oak barrels gives this delectable Chardonnay its round, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Ripe stone fruit and citrus flavours are abound in this wine.

The Galvo Garage 2007, d'Arenberg at only £13.74 when you buy two bottles. Save 20%!

A traditional Bordeaux blend from the New World, the Galvo Garage is the best of both worlds. Combining rich fruit flavours with great concentration with Bordeaux's structure and complexity, this is the perfect wine to acompany robust, meaty dishes.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/01/13

After the Christmas merriment and cheer of December, when January comes many of us couldn't stand to look another glass of wine in the eye - not the case here at Majestic Marylebone. We have wines available to taste every day; once in a while something truly special comes along and that's when we stick our seal of approval on it. 

This week we stumbled across Cordier's Pouilly-Fuissé, 'Vers Cras'. A fantastic producer, 'Vers Cras' is one of Cordier's top single-vinyard offerings. It boasts some of Burgundy's lowest yields at just 20 hectolitres per hectare, lending real purity of mouth-watering fruit. Having been aged in 30% new oak barriques, this Chardonnay is round and rich but is beautifully balanced by its minerality.

Best served with seared scallops, fresh salmon or lobster.

Pouilly-Fuissé 'Vers  Cras' 2010, Domaine Cordier, £23.00 when you buy any 2 Cordier wines (£24.00 single bottle price)

Opening Hours Sunday 7th and Monday 8th JanuaryDate published: 02/01/13

We will be closed from 3pm on Sunday 7th January and will open at 1pm on Monday 8th January.

Sorry for any inconvenience

Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12

Christms 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 currently still taking orders for local delivery before Christmas, please call us in store to confirm delivery slot avaliability.

Christmas DeliveriesDate published: 22/11/12

Please be aware that during the busy Christmas period our delivery schedule is filling up earlier and earlier. In order to ensure that we can deliver at a time and date that is convenient to you, we recommend that you place your order well in advance. We offer 2 hour time slots throughout the day. We experience a high volume of local deliveries so even if you are local please contact us in advance.

In the event that you did need to place a last minute order, you can collect wine, glasses and ice from our store located on Crawford Street.

Trade Customer?Date published: 06/10/12

If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 020 7724 0933 and we can
put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team. We offer exclusive
wines, free delivery and credit terms.

Need wine in a hurry? Call us now and to discuss your needs.

Bordeaux 2012 - Day OneDate published: 13/09/12

This time last week I was lucky enough to be sat round Olivier Bernard's dining room table, surrounded by my Majestic cohorts from farflung corners of the country and bottle after bottle of Domaine de Chevalier's finest wines. Crisp sauvignons, luscious semillons and silky clarets sat in between our plates that almost buckled under the weight of foie gras and veal. It may not have been the most ethical of meals, but by the time we'd downed our post lunch pick me up (to clear our foggy heads) all worries had been washed away. Our stay in the Medoc was coming to a close but rather than coming back to grey and dismal Britain with heavy hearts, Olivier's passion and respect for the grape, terroir and sensitive winemaking left us bouyant. The tour around Chevalier's vineyard and chais was a perfect end to a perfect three days.

We hit the ground running, starting with a guided tour around Chateau Margaux, one of the first four Chateaux to achieve premier cru status in the 1855 Classification. From the vineyard, to the fermentation vats, to endless chais filled with row upon row of barrels containing Margaux's 2011 vintage, we saw it all. We even caught sight of their elusive cooper, who, in one short year, shapes, builds and toasts up to 280 barrels. The other 800 or so needed for a vintage are supplied by seven other coopers; more subtle oak from the heartland of France is used to ensure more complexity of flavour. Soon enough we lined up in anticipation in the formal tasting room, eyeing up the first wines of the day: Chateau Margaux 2008 and their second wine, Pavillon Rouge 2008. It was my first taste of a world class wine - but not my last. Just a quick jaunt down the road, and we were at Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet is one of the first Medoc winemakers to start tinkering with biodynamics; as it stands, about 30% of the estate is biodynamic to some extent or another. Unfortunately the wet, foggy conditions that make Bordeaux the perfect breeding ground for noble rot also encourage downy mildew and other diseases that can run riot in a vineyard. Spraying is done twice with all-natural products. Tractors are eschewed in favour of the five estate horses (all family) in order to put less pressure on the root systems. To get their unique terroir to come through in their wine, Pontet Canet want deep, deep root systems and to stress the vine as much as possible - that's also why their planting density was one of the highest we witnessed in the area. After a quick bonjour to the horsies, the time was neigh for another tasting. Here we sampled their 2007, 2009 and, freshly bottled from the barrel that morning, the 2011...

Tune in tomorrow for James' hotly anticipated account of his second day in Bordeaux...

Wine QuizDate published: 11/09/12

1. What country is famous for wines made from the Furmint grape variety? a. Austria b. Hungary c. France d. Germany

2. Which grape variety is NOT used in Sherry? a. Palamino b. Moscatel c. Pedro Ximenez d. Bual

3. What type of wine is Bonnezeaux? a. A low alcohol wine b. Dry red from Burgundy c. Sweet white from the Loire Valley d. Dry white from Bordeaux

4. Which grape variety is sometimes referred to as 'Fumé Blanc'? a. Chardonnay b. Pinot Gris c. Zinfandel d. Sauvignon Blanc

5. What is the grape variety of Barolo? a. Cabernet Franc b. Nebbiolo / Spanna c. Sangiovese d. Barbera

6. How long has an XO cognac been aged? a. 1 year b. 2 years c. 4 years d. 6 years

7. How many Grand Cru sites are there in Chablis? Can you name them?

Fine Wine Arrivals!Date published: 03/09/12

Marylebone will be seeing an influx of new fine wine coming into the store over the next couple of days. See below for a few of the highlights! Stock will be limited so if you see anything that catches your eye, give us a call on 020 7724 0933 to reserve it.

For those with a sweet tooth, we have Tokaji Gold Label 2006 - £28

A great Bordeaux drinking perfect now is our Chateau Destieux 1997 - £19.99

If you have a soft spot for Kiwi pinot noirs, you won't find any better than Mt. Difficulty's Packspur Vineyard expression of the grape - £40

Leoville-Poyferre 1986 - £80

And the piece de resistance, Pichon Baron 2006 - £130

End of Summer OffersDate published: 02/09/12

Our Autumn offers are kicking in from Tuesday 4 September where we've got some fantastic deals for our customers. But don't forget to stock up on wines from New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Chile and Beaujolais before then. This is the last week that these regions are on a 20% discount.

Latest Wine Quiz AnswersDate published: 25/08/12

1. Which one of the following is a wine from the Maconnais?
a. Brouilly
b. Sancerre
c. Pouilly-Fuisse
d. Chassagne-Montrachet

2. Which one of the following grapes is used in the production of Tokaji?
a. Chenin Blanc
b. Furmint
c. Bacchus
d. Palomino

3. Which is NOT a style of Port?
a. Vintage
b. Tawny
c. Crusted
d. Bual

4. Which of the following regions in France is well known for its sweet wines?
a. Bonnezeaux
b. Beaujolais
c. Graves
d. Hermitage

5. Which of the following is a sparkling wine?
a. Chablis
b. Cava
c. Rioja
d. Châteauneuf-du-Pape

6. Which of the following is a black grape variety?
a. Pinot Noir
b. Chardonnay
c. Sauvignon Blanc
d. Muscadelle

7. What are the three grape varieties used in Sauternes?

a. Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle

Pommard PotelDate published: 23/08/12

Well-reputed producer Nicolas Potel presents his expression of Pommard, 2008.

Pommard is a village in the Cote de Beaune, to the south of Beaune itself, and is situated in an area of iron-rich soils. The wines are consequently among the most robust and tannic reds of Burgundy, often with above average cellaring potential.

Deep garnet in the glass, and offering a bouquet of redcurrant jelly, toast and subtle smokiness. Full and amply textured on the palate with dense, savoury-sweet fruit and tightly wound tannins.

Enjoy with nutty, mature cheeses such as cheddar, manchego or raclette.

 

Try on our tasting counter TODAY. only £19.99 when bought as part of a case of six mixed wines, Champagnes or spirits.

Wine QuizDate published: 18/08/12

1. Which one of the following is a wine from the Maconnais?
a. Brouilly
b. Sancerre
c. Pouilly-Fuisse
d. Chassagne-Montrachet

2. Which one of the following grapes is used in the production of Tokaji?
a. Chenin Blanc
b. Furmint
c. Bacchus
d. Palomino

3. Which is NOT a style of Port?
a. Vintage
b. Tawny
c. Crusted
d. Bual

4. Which of the following regions in France is well known for its sweet wines?
a. Bonnezeaux
b. Beaujolais
c. Graves
d. Hermitage

5. Which of the following is a sparkling wine?
a. Chablis
b. Cava
c. Rioja
d. Châteauneuf-du-Pape

6. Which of the following is a black grape variety?
a. Pinot Noir
b. Chardonnay
c. Sauvignon Blanc
d. Muscadelle

7. What are the three grape varieties used in Sauternes?

Summer Party ServiceDate published: 01/08/12

We've been helping our customers plan parties for years and we offer a range of services that will make sure you're party, whatever the occasion, is a success.

Wine & Fizz: We've got a fantastic selection of wines from all over the world and our experienced sales staff can help you select the perfect bottle, whether it's a summer garden party or to match the food at your wedding.

Beer & Cider: We offer a wide range of largers, ales and ciders by the case.

Spirits & Soft drinks: Here at Majestic Marylebone we love our cocktails just as much as we love our wine. We've got a great selection of gins, vodkas, whiskies and lots of things in between. We also offer great mixers, soft drinks and water. So whether it's Pimm's & Lemonade or a single malt, we've got just the thing you need.

Glass Hire: Majestic offer a free glass loan service for wine glasses, champagne flutes and hi-ball glasses. These are available on a £1-a-glass depsoit basis - refunded in full on return.

Ice, Chiller Bins & Ice Buckets: No need to worry about how you're going to chill down all those bottles of white wine and beer you've just ordered - Majestic offers everything you need. Bins and buckets are offered on a deposit basis, refunded on return, and we can deliver with the rest of your drinks order.

Delivery: We offer FREE home delivery, 7 days a week, arranged at a convenient time to you.

Sale-or-return: We know how difficult it can be to know exactly how much to provide for a party: you certainly don't want to run out, but neither do you want to have copious amounts left over. Our staff can offer advise over quantities and to give you further peace of mind, we offer sale-or-return for upto 25% of your order.

Whatever the occasion Majestic Marylebone can help you plan and execute the perfect party. For further details or to place an order please contact the store on 020 7724 0933.

Olympic Torch RelayDate published: 08/07/12

We're lucky enough to have the Olympic Torch pass close by to the store on Thursday 26th July. While the roads in the area surrounding the store should be unaffected, we anticipate an increase in traffic along these routes which may affect our delivery schedule. We strongly advise customers to stock up in advance if at all possible, or give as much notice and retain as much flexibility as possible for delivery requirements if stocking up in advance is not feasible.

There are currently still some delivery slots available but we recommend calling the store to discuss your needs.

If you have any queries or require help with accessing the store then please do not hesitate to give us a call on 020 7724 0933 and one of the team will be happy to assist you.

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 06/07/12

Just a quick reminder for you all that its Fine Wine Friday here in-store and this month we are really treating you!

 

We have three fine wines open for you to taste!

 

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint Jean 2008, Fontaine-Gagnard

Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009

Lacoste Borie 2007

Chile Tasting WeekDate published: 05/07/12

Don't forget, our Wines of Chile Tasting Week starts tomorrow (Friday 6th July) in-store, so pop in and try some of our Chilean range!

Provence Rosé Tasting WeekDate published: 24/06/12

Despite the weather's best efforts to deceive you, don't forget its now our Provence Rosé tasting week so feel free to pop in and sample some of the best the region has to offer!

Saturday Wine Quiz AnswersDate published: 16/06/12

Ok folks, here are the answers. Let us know how you got on.

 

Question 1

d) Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the main grape varieties used for Champagne, along with a third grape called Pinot Meunier

Question 2

c) Californian Fumé Blanc is made from Sauvignon Blanc

Question 3

d) Syrah is arguably at its best in the world in the Northern Rhone

Question 4

b) Willamette Valley is an area within the Oregon state in the Pacific North-West of USA

Question 5

d) Chateau Petrus is located in Pomerol on the right-bank of Bordeaux

 

Saturday Wine Quiz!Date published: 16/06/12

A quick quiz for you on a Saturday afternoon here in central London.  As ever, let us know how you get on via twitter @majesticmaryl

 

Question1

Which grape varieties are used for the production of Champagne?
a) Syrah and Pinot Grigio.
b) Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
c) Sémillon and Viognier.
d) Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Question 2

From which grape variety is 'Californian Fumé Blanc' made?
a) Chenin Blanc.
b) Viognier.
c) Sauvignon Blanc.
d) Chardonnay.

Question 3

In which region of France is Syrah an important variety?
a) Bordeaux.
b) Burgundy.
c) Alsace.
d) Rhône.

Queston 4

In which country would you fnd the wine producing region of Willamette Valley?

a) Chile
b) USA
c) Australia
d) New Zealand

Question 5

Which region of Bordeaux is the famous chateau of Petrus situated in?

a) Margaux
b) St Emilion
c) Pauillac
d) Pomerol

 

For all the answers, look at the next news article - no peeking first!

 

Last day of Jubilee pricesDate published: 11/06/12

Today is the last day for you to take advantage of some of the special prices we have been running for the Jubilee. Make sure you don't miss out on the following deals:

Heidsieck Vintage £18
Nicolas Feuillatte NV £15
Viñalba Malbec Reserva £7.99 for 2+
Peroni 24x330ml £1 a bottle

Australia Tasting Week!Date published: 08/06/12

From Barossa to Adelaide Hills! Starts today

New Zealand Tasting WeekDate published: 26/05/12

Come in and taste, celebrate and enjoy the wine of New Zealand in store! Try out soem classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, something a bit different on the white wine front and some excellent Kiwi Pinot

Special Jubilee OffersDate published: 18/05/12

We have some extra special Jubilee offers, running until Monday 28 May...what better way to celebrate?

To toast...

Heidsieck Vintage  £18
Nicolas Feuillatte NV £15

For the garden party...

Viña Equia Crianza £4.99 for 2+
Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc £4.99 when you buy 2+ Kiwi wines
Viñalba Malbec Reserva £7.99 for 2+

Peroni 24x330ml £1 a bottle

Wine Quiz # 16Date published: 02/05/12

The latest installment of our wine quiz is here. Let us know how you get on @majesticmaryl. Happy quizzing.

1. In which country would you find Sonoma County?
a. USA
b. South Africa
c. Australia
d. New Zealand

2. I'm looking for a good quality dry Riesling. From which of the following wine regions would I most likely find what I'm looking for?
a. Central Valley, California
b. Navarra, Spain
c. Clare Valley, Australia
d. Burgundy, France

3. Which of the following styles of sparkling wine is closest to Champagne?
a. Mooscato d'Asti
b. Prosecco
c. Sekt
d. Cava

4. I have in my glass a wine which is lemon-green in colour and I can detect aromas of apricot, peach and honey-suckle from the nose. On the palate it is dry with relatively low acidity and high alcohol levels and flavours of orange, stone-fruits, melon with a hint of spice. What is it?
a. Australian Viogner
b. Chablis
c. New Zealand Sauvignon
d. German Riesling

5. Which of the following wines has the longest minimum aging requirement?
a. Vintage Port
b. VS Cognac
c. Vintage Champagne
d. Pauillac AOC

6. I'm having pan-seared duck for lunch on Sunday. Which of the following wines should I match this with?
a. White Chateauneuf-du-pape
b. Argentinian Malbec
c. Right-bank red Bordeaux
d. Red Burgundy

7. What are the five main red grape varieties of Bordeaux and what role does each play in the final blend?

Wine Quiz # 15 - AnswersDate published: 30/04/12

Tell us how you went...

1. Where is the region of Corbiers?
a. Northern Spain
b. Southern France Producing rustic, characterful red wines, the Corbiers region gives great quality and a great price - try the Les Hauts de Castelmaure, £9.99 for 2+
c. Corsica
d. Madeira

2. Bonnezeaux wine is
a. Sweet Heralding from the Coteaux du Layon region of the Anju district of the Loire Valley and made from the Chenin Blanc grape variety, Bonnezeaux wines are sweet, elegant and can age for decades. The Château de Fesles 375 ml bottle is £14.99
b. Dry
c. Bubbly
d. Fortified

3. What is the most northern distillery in the Highland Region of Scotland?
a. Jura
b. Glenlivet
c. Highland Park Although it is on the Island of Orkney, Highland Park is classified as a highland malt. Special offer price of £28 each
d. Glenrothes

4. How many Grand Cru sites are there in Champagne?
a. 17 There are 17 villages within the champagne area that have been classified as Grand Cru...less that 9% of the wine producing area of Champagne is Grand Cru.
b. 19
c. 34
d. 56

5. How many years minimum must a cognac be aged before it can be called XO?
a. 2
b. 4
c. 6 Although 6 years is the minimum, many are aged for much longer in barrel (and occasionally glass bourbons) before being released.
d. 8

6. Roughly how many grape varieties are there in Port?
a. 3
b. 10
c. 15
d. Over 50 There are a myriad of varieties used, and in some case the vintners do not even know what is planted in the vineyard! The most important varieties are Touriga Naçional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão and Tinta Barroca.

7. What botanicals are used to flavour Gin?

If it is a London Dry Gin, the predominant botanical is Juniper, but many others are used: Lemon Peel, Mint, Coriander, Violets, Cucumber, Angelica, Orris, Almonds, Licorice, Cassia Bark and many, many others blended together for each Gin's distinct flacour.  Try Sipsmith or Bulldog for a London Dry, or Hendricks and Blackwoods for something different.


 

End of Spring offersDate published: 22/04/12

It's that time of year again: the blossom is out in full bloom and the sweet smell of honey-suckle lingers in the air. Summer is almost here. In fact, at Majestic is starts on Tuesday with the launch of our Summer Catelogue. This means however, that TOMORROW is the last day to take advantage of our super Spring offers on Spanish, Portuguese and South African wines. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Majestic Marylebone recommends...

DeMorgonzon Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch; £13.59 when you buy any 2+ South African wines
Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape; £9.99 when you buy any 2+ South African wines
Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde; £5.99 when you buy any 2+ Portuguese wines

Kanonkop Kadette, Stellenbosch; £8.79 when you buy any 2+ South African wines
Marques de Riscal Reserva, Rioja; £10.99 when you buy any 2+ Spanish wines
Churchill Estates, Duoro; £9.49 whe you buy any 2+ Portuguese winesd
Ch Bel Air, Pomerol; £14.99 (down from £19.99) when you buy 2+

Wine Quiz # 15Date published: 17/04/12

It has been a very long time, but it is time for the next round of the Wine Quiz.  Let us know how you get on....

1. Where is the region of Corbiers?
a. Northern Spain
b. Southern France
c. Corsica
d. Madeira

2. Bonnezeaux wine is
a. Sweet
b. Dry
c. Bubbly
d. Fortified

3. What is the most northern distillery in the Highland Region of Scotland?
a. Jura
b. Glenlivet
c. Highland Park
d. Glenrothes

4. How many Grand Cru sites are there in Champagne?
a. 17
b. 19
c. 34
d. 56

5. How many years minimum must a cognac be aged before it can be called XO?
a. 2
b. 4
c. 6
d. 8

6. Roughly how many grape varieties are there in Port?
a. 3
b. 10
c. 15
d. Over 50

7. What botanicals are used to flavour Gin?

 

Champagne ChampagneDate published: 23/03/12

Just returned from a fantastic trip to Champagne and visited the Maisons of Ruinart and Moet.
Travelling on the Eurostar to Paris, it was necessary to celebrate the entrance of the channel tunnel with a glass or two of Moet! This is the way to travel.

Engulfed in sunshine and uninterrupted blue skies, our first port of call was the underground cellars or 'caves' of Ruinart. The oldest established champagne house exclusively producing champagnes since 1729!
Excavated from chalk sub soil and 38 metres underground we were guided through the labryinths of the cellars lined with 1000's upon 1000's of Ruinart bottles. (The entire underground lair is carefully maintained at 11c - which is the optimum temperature for the evolution of their very elegant style of champagne)
By now we all deserved a glass of champagne and were treated to another guided tour - a masterclass by one of Ruinarts winemakers who took us through the Ruinart NV, Blanc de Blanc, Dom Ruinart 2002, Ruinart Rose and finally Dom Ruinart Rose 2002. I'd forgotten how elegant, crisp, yet fruit driven the Blanc de Blanc was. However the Dom Ruinart 2002 was the highlight for me; buttery and rich with hints of pineapple, brioche, citrus and jasmine on the nose ...in fact if I could buy it as a perfume for my wife, I would !
Feeling slightly peckish, we were treated to a 5 course dinner. Each course designed to pair with each of the champagnes we had already tasted and were about to taste again. This Easter I will certainly be having Ruinart Rose with Lamb, it brings out the subtle sweetness of this delicate meat and the very slight savoury finish of the wine.

After a very good nights sleep and a typical continental breakfast to line our stomachs for another champagne tasting! we were driven to Avenue Champagne in Epernay to visit the house of Moet & Chandon.
A tour of some of the 78km of a more modern underground cellarage brought us up to lunch and tasting time. A glass of fresh crisp and fruity Moet & Chandon greeted us in the grand family residence follwed by a 5 course lunch accompanied by Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2002, which is elegant, subtle and fresh but with a more white blossom and citric nose. At £45, it is a steal for a champagne of this quality from the great 2002 vintage, which will live for many many years to come. Moet Grand Vintage 2002 Rose followed the Moet Rose and for the Grand Finale, a Moet 1999 was opened to have with our plate of cheese.

Unfortunately our return journey to St Pancras awaited.

Wine Quiz #14 AnswersDate published: 17/03/12

It's been a long time coming but here they are..

1. Alsace is
a. In Germany
b. In France (I recommend our fantastic new Alsacian wines from Domaines Schlumberger)
c. In Austria
d. A country of its own right

2. How long does a Gran Reserva Rioja have to spend in barrel prior to being bottled?
a. 1 year
b. 2 years (must be aged for at least 5 years of which at least 2 years are in oak and 3 years in bottle)
c. 3 years
d. 4 years

3. Which of the following is NOT on the left bank in Bordeaux?
a. Graves
b. St-Julien
c. St-Emilion (This appellation is situated on the right bank in Bordeaux)
d. St-Estephé

4. Which of the following communes in Burgundy is home to a Grand Cru vineyard?
a. Meursault
b. Pommard
c. Vosne-Romanée (There are 6 grand cru vineyards, producing some of the finest red wines in the world)
d. Volnay

5. What is Battonage?
a. Aging of wine in a barrel
b. Selling the wine in barrel
c. Stirring the wine and lees in barrel
d. Removing the lees from a barrel

6. I'm after a chardonnay with a very steely, mineral flavour and no oak character, where ought I look?
a. Argentina
b. Bordeaux
c. Chablis (try the Domaine Servin Chablis with lightly grilled or poached fish)
d. California

7. What are the permitted grape varieties for Armagnac?

Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard and the hybrid grape Baco 22A

Wine Quiz #14Date published: 11/02/12

Here is the next installment of our Wine Quiz - let us know how you get on!

1. Alsace is
a. In Germany
b. In France
c. In Austria
d. A country of its own right

2. How long does a Gran Reserva Rioja have to spend in barrel prior to being bottled?
a. 1 year
b. 2 years
c. 3 years
d. 4 years

3. Which of the following is NOT on the left bank in Bordeaux?
a. Graves
b. St-Julien
c. St-Emilion
d. St-Estephé

4. Which of the following communes in Burgundy is home to a Grand Cru vineyard?
a. Meursault
b. Pommard
c. Vosne-Romanée
d. Volnay

5. What is Battonage?
a. Aging of wine in a barrel
b. Selling the wine in barrel
c. Stirring the wine and lees in barrel
d. Removing the lees from a barrel

6. I'm after a chardonnay with a very steely, mineral flavour and no oak character, where ought I look?
a. Argentina
b. Bordeaux
c. Chablis
d. California

7. What are the permitted grape varieties for Armagnac?

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 are just a few of the great wines to find at Majestic Marylebone's bargain hunt:

Domaine Les Yeuses 'La Soure' Merlot/Syrah (Southwest France) £5.99
Chateau La Vicomtesse, St Estephe £6.66
Riesling Steiner Hund, Weingut Nikolaihof £26.66
 

New Prices and some absolute bargains in Marylebone!Date published: 31/01/12

Our new catalogue is out today, chocked full of new offers, and filled with wine and food recomendations. All South African wine is on a generic buy 2 bottles and save 20%!

Also available are some limited stocks at bargain low prices: Château la Vicomtesse at £6.66, Domaine Py Merlot at £4.66...amongst others.

Pop in or give us a call for further information

Wine Quiz # 13 - AnswersDate published: 19/01/12

Here are the answers to the last quiz - let us know how you did!

1. Which Grape variety is Chinon made from?
a. Gamay
b. Pinot Noir
c. Cabernet Sauvignon
d. Cabernet Franc The Chinon appellation from the Touraine region of the Loire Valley produces red wines made from the Cabernet Franc variety.  If you want to try one, the Pierre-Jacques Druet 'Clos de Danzay' at £9.99 for 2+

2. What wine would you recommend to go with Fish and Chips?
a. Champagne The fresh, crisp and vibrant style of Champagne compliments Fish and Chips superbly.  Our favourites are Louis Roederer at £27, Laurent Perrier at £25 and Veuve Clicquot at £29
b. Gewürztraminer
c. Meursault
d. Gran Reserva White Rioja

3. If the liquid in my glass is from the Grand Champagne region, what is it?
a. Champagne
b. Red Burgundy
c. Cognac There are six regions that produce grapes that go into Cognac, the most presigeous are Grand Champagne and Petit Champagne.  Most XO Cognac is predominantly made from grapes grown in these two regions, and the best Cognacs are generally from fruit exclusively grown in Grand Champagne.  Fancy a real treat? Try the Delamain Pale and Dry XO at £60 to  taste how good Cognac can be, without breaking the bank.
d. Armagnac

4. Which of the following grapes is planted in Burgundy?
a. Aligoté One of the 'other' white grape varieties of Burgundy (along with the tiny production of Sauvignon from the St-Bris appellation) after Chardonnay.  Try the Château du Cray at £7.99 for 2+
b. Barbera
c. Cabernet Franc
d. Dornfelder

5. The town of Vila Nova de Gaia is of particular importance in the production of what wine?
a. Port The town on the Douro river where Port is traditionally blended, bottled and aged. Historically, Port could only be exported from this small town, although since 1986 Port can be exported from anywhere within the Douro region.
b. Sherry
c. Madeira
d. Rioja

6. Where is the Bekaa Valley?
a. Hungary
b. France
c. Lebanon The historical and spiritual home of wine producton in Lebanon (dating to the 2nd century AD and a temple to the god of wine, Bacchus), at high altitude and with cool nights, the Bekaa valley is home to many French grape varieties that produce wines capable of significant ageing. The wines of Serge Hochar are excellent examples: the Château Musar (£17.99 each for 2+), Hochar (£10.49 each for 2+) or if you want to try something very different, the Château Musar Blanc (£16.99)
d. Australia

7. Why is most aged rum much younger than Malt Whisky?

The climate where Rum is produced and aged is much warmer and with a higher humidity than Scotland, so the spirit takes on the character barrels and mellows much faster!

South-West FranceDate published: 14/01/12

On our tasting counter this weekend we have a South-West France showcase. Come in to try some full-bodied reds and refreshing whites.

Wine Quiz # 13Date published: 07/01/12

Here is the next installment of our Wine Quiz - let us know how you get on!

1. Which Grape variety is Chinon made from?
a. Gamay
b. Pinot Noir
c. Cabernet Sauvignon
d. Cabernet Franc

2. What wine would you recommend to go with Fish and Chips?
a. Champagne
b. Gewürztraminer
c. Meursault
d. Gran Reserva White Rioja

3. If the liquid in my glass is from the Grand Champagne region, what is it?
a. Champagne
b. Red Burgundy
c. Cognac
d. Armagnac

4. Which of the following grapes is planted in Burgundy?
a. Aligote
b. Barbera
c. Cabernet Franc
d. Dornfelder

 

5. The town of Vila Nova de Gaia is of particular importance in the production of what wine?
a. Port
b. Sherry
c. Madeira
d. Rioja

6. Where is the Bekaa Valley?
a. Hungary
b. France
c. Lebanon
d. Australia

7. Why is most aged rum much younger than Malt Whisky?

Wine Quiz # 12 - AnswersDate published: 06/01/12

Hopefully everyone had a fantastic New Year's Eve and has begun 2012 well.

 

 

1. What is the Charmat Process?
a. The process where wine takes on a woody taste in toasted oak barrels
b. The process whereby wine undergoes a second fermentation in a pressurised tank
c. The process of removing Carbon-dioxide from wine.
d. A filtering process to remove impurities from pressed grapes


2. A demi-sec wine is?
a. Dry
b. Off-dry
c. Medium-dry This classification / description is often used in Champagne and the Loire valley so it's not a surprise when the wine is not completely dry
d. Sweet


3. Where is Gigondas?
a. Southern Rhône Valley Gigondas is one of the villages that is able to bottle wine under its own name, rather than as generic Côtes-du-Rhône villages. Try the Domaine de Notre Dame des Pallières 2010, £10.99 each when you buy 2+
b. Burgundy
c. South Australia
d. Hungary


4. It is known as Côt in western France, but what is it known as elsewhere?
a. Cabernet Sauvignon
b. Cabernet Franc
c. Pinot Noir
d. Malbec Now the most famous and sought after grape variety from Argentina. Compare the Château Gaudou Cuveé Renaissance Cahors ( £9.99 each for 2+) from France with the Viñalba Gran Reserva Malbec ( £12.99 each for 2+) to see how different climate and winemaking can make this grape taste very different


5. Sauternes is famous for producing what style of wine?
a. Fortified wines
b. Sweet white wines Sauternes is home to the most famous sweet wines of France, made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and occasionally Muscadelle, these wines can age for decades
c. Dry Sauvignon Blanc based wines
d. Dry red wines


6. Where is the Napa Valley?
a. Near Naples?
b. Southern Australia
c. California Probably the most famous of California's wine regions, with wineries such as Stag's Leap - try the fantastic Artemis red ( £40 each) to see how good the wines are
d. New Zealand


7. What are the 5 grape varieties for Madeira?

The following four can be bottles and labeled with their individual varietal; Sercial, Verdelho, Bual (or Boal) and Malmsey. The fifth is blended with others for more 'generic' Madeira, Tintia Negra Mole. Madeira is aged under the estufa system (more of this in a later quiz) and is all-but indestructible, and will age forever (if you can resist it!)

Opening Hours over the New YearDate published: 28/12/11

Saturday 31st we are open from 9am - 5pm

We are closed Sunday 1 January

Monday 2 January 10am - 3pm

From Tuesday 3 January we are open as usual, weekdays 9am - 7.30pm, Saturday 10am - 7pm and Sunday 10am - 3pm

What is Matt drinking over Christmas?Date published: 24/12/11

Christmas for me is a time to feast with family and friends and this year will no exception. We all chip in with preparing the meal, but ineitably, I'm in charge of choosing the wine. So here goes:

Christmas eve is generally a quiet affair; the calm before the storm, where we will all tuck in to a simple and hearty Cottage Pie. To go with this I've chosen the 2004 Sarget (£25), the second wine from Guraud Larose.

On the big day itself, we'll all be woken early by my (very) little brother's squeels of excitment and delight and, as we all gather in the living room to exchange gifts, the obliquatory bottle of fizz will be popped. This year I've gone for Laurent Perrier 2002. It's a grand marque champagne from a fantastic vintage and great value at £30. Once the excitment has slightly subdued and the aprons have been donned, I'll be handing round a glass of La Gitana Manzanilla sherry (£7.99) to the sous-chefs. This is a great aperitif, light and nutty, to go with the pre-lunch nibbles.

We're having a traditional Christmas Turkey this year, and to match I've chosen a St Aubin 1er Cru by Gerard Thomas (£18.99) and a lovely, fruity New Zealand pinot noir from Craggy Range Zebra Vineyard (£15.99). Following this, a home-made Christmas pudding, with which I've paired with a rich and nutty desert wine made from Muscat blanc a petit grain: the Vin de Constance (£30) from South Africa. Once is all over, the cheese that has been left on the table to peck at with a bottle of Taylor's Quinta de Terra Fieta (£22) has vanished, the dishes washed and put away, it's time to retire to the armchair with a glass of Delamain Pale and Dry XO Cognac (£60).

Wine Quiz # 12Date published: 23/12/11

1. What is the Charmat Process?
a. The process where wine takes on a woody taste in toasted oak barrels
b. The process whereby wine undergoes a second fermentation in a pressurised tank
c. The process of removing Carbon-dioxide from wine.
d. A filtering process to remove impurities from pressed grapes

2. A demi-sec wine is?
a. Dry
b. Off-dry
c. Medium-dry
d. Sweet

3. Where is Gigondas?
a. Southern Rhône Valley
b. Burgundy
c. South Australia
d. Hungary

4. It is known as Côt in western France, but what is it known as elsewhere?
a. Cabernet Sauvignon
b. Cabernet Franc
c. Pinot Noir
d. Malbec

5. Sauternes is famous for producing what style of wine?
a. Fortified wines
b. Sweet white wines
c. Dry Sauvignon Blanc based wines
d. Dry red wines

6. Where is the Napa Valley?
a. Near Naples?
b. Southern Australia
c. California
d. New Zealand

7. What are the 5 grape varieties for Madeira?

Wine Quiz # 11 AnswersDate published: 23/12/11

1. Clos de la Roche is in which village of the Côte de Nuits?
a. Chambolle-Musigny
b. Flagey-Échezeaux
c. Vosne-Romanée
d. Morey-St-Denis At the northern end of the Cote d'Or, Clos de la Roche is the largest of the Grand Cru vineyards. The soil is rich in marl giving greater depth and body than other vineyard sites.

2. What type of wine comes from the area around Cadiz?
a. Rioja
b. Rueda
c. Sherry You can't get by Christmas without a bottle of sherry, we love La Gitana Manzanilla (£7.99)
d. Madeira

3. What is the Spanna grape variety otherwise known as?
a. Sangiovese
b. Nebbiolo The greatest example of this grape variety is Barolo, try the Paolo Scavino at £30 for 2+
c. Montepulciano
d. Corvina

4. Which spirit is distilled in a Coffey still
a. Cognac
b. Single Malt Whisky
c. Bourbon
d. Armagnac A great alternative to Cognac, another excellent brandy producer.

5. Which grape is Chablis made from?
a. Chablis
b. Chardonnay White Burgundy - fantastic partner to turkey, find your perfect match, a minerally Chablis or full rich Meursault.
c. Colombard
d. Cabernet

6. If a wine was from an Einzellage, what does that mean?
a. The wine is from an individual site The German wine label is one of the most explicit yet confusing on earth, ask Hansi about his favourite German wines and prepare to be converted.
b. The wine is from anywhere within a specific region
c. The wine is made from one grape variety
d. The wine is made from frozen grapes

7. Name all the Champagne bottle sizes larger than a Magnum.

Jeroboam 4 bottles

Rehoboam 6 bottles

Methusalah 8 bottles

Salmanazar 12 bottles

Balthazar 16 bottles

Nebuchadnezzar 20 bottles

Solomon 28 bottles

Primat 36 bottles

Melchizedek 40 bottles
 

What is Annabel drinking for Christmas?Date published: 23/12/11

Christmas morning in our house begins with Champagne, everyone stumbles out of bed and instead of the usual cup of coffee, a glass of bucks fizz is pushed into their hand and happily received. This year we're opening Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 (£18) to mix with the orange juice, and also a bottle of Louis Roederer NV (£27) for those of us who prefer our bubbles on their own.

Next comes hours of gift swapping and the unwrapping of numerous pairs of socks. By this time the turkey is well under way and my mum has begun multi-tasking to an extraordinary level. We always have smoked salmon to start our festive feast, this year accompanied by Chateau de Sancerre 2010 (13.99 for 2+). Turkey with every trimming imagineable follows and we have decided on Louis Latour 'Les Truffieres' 2007 (£35) to really make this meal the perfect Christmas lunch. Christmas pudding is our dessert of choice every year without fail, my Grandma makes them for the whole family and I can not think of Christmas without eating her amazing christmas pudding with a massive helping of brandy butter. This year I am taking a gamble by opening a dessert wine I have never tried before, the Vin de Constance (£30) from South Africa. I have only heard good things about this revival wine, once served in all the great courts and palaces of 18th century Europe, so will surely not feel out of place in Marlow, Buckinghamshire!

As everyone feels full to burst and insist they can't eat another mouthful my dad will bring out the cheese and biscuits and a bottle of Taylor's 10 yr old Tawny Port (£17.99). This we will pick at thoughout the afternoon, gradually getting through most of it. Also on offer will be a bottle of Chase Raspberry Liqueur as a fruity digestif. Everyone will be forced to play boardgames, mainly by me, until no one can stand it any longer and my mum brings in turkey and cranberry sandwiches, incase anyone is peckish!

What Dee is eating and drinking over the festive period?Date published: 23/12/11

So glad, that the time has finally come to unwind after yet another hectic Christmas in Majestic!

I have been ordered to relax, not lift a finger and assume the horizontal position for the next few days, only to sit up when food is served.

To go with a breakfast of Oak Smoked Salmon and scrambled eggs, I will be cracking open a bottle of the ever so toasty Krug NV (£125). Whilst we then sit round the open fire swapping presents, we will be drinking Prosecco La Marca Superiore (£14.99).

After the obligatory afternoon kip, dinner will be served. The butter basted free-range Turkey will be eaten with a glass or three of a Premier Cru Red Burgundy by the excellent producer Albert Morot - Beaune 'Les Toussaints' which is an absolute bargain at £19.99. A herb crusted joint of beef will also be served with a 2004 Gran Reserva from Rioja - Castillo Y'Gay (£35).

My favourire desert wine....Tokaji from Hungary (£19.99) will be sipped with Mince Pies and Xmas Pudding and if there is any more capacity left in our stomachs, a cheese board will come out and be nibbled on with a softer style of Amarone - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso (£12.99)..........then sleep.

What is Tom Drinking Over Christmas?Date published: 22/12/11

On Christmas morning, we have some extended family coming to ours, so we will be opening a magnum of Ruinart NV Champagne (£60) to enjoy whilst swapping presents.  In the afternoon when we sit down for dinner we will be starting with smoked salmon and a glass or two of  Cristophe Cordier's Vire-Clesse (£11.99 when you buy 2+). With our main of Turkey and all the trimmings, I will be cracking open a bottle of the Quartz Reef Pinot Noir (£14.99 when you buy 2+ NZ wines). For dessert we will be having a christmas pud, with brandy butter, and a glass of  Rustenberg Straw Wine (£9.99).

After a few hours, when we pop out the cheese board a bottle of Quinta de Vargellas 2001 vintage port (£25) to slowly wind down the evening. I will also have a bottle of Glenmorangie Highland Whisky (£25) in the spirits cupboard, just in case anyone fancies a nightcap!

 

What is Hansi drinking for Christmas?Date published: 22/12/11

No doubt a few bottles of Champagne and some other little treats will flow over the festive period, so if you are in need of some inspiration for what to have, I'll let you into the secret of what I am having.

 

To accompany pan fried Scallops on Christmas eve, I will be drinking Taittinger Brut Rosé (£35) before a rack of herb crusted Lamb with Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001 (a real treat at a fantastic price £17 each for 2+).

On Christmas day, Roederer Brut to open the presents with (£27 each).  Christmas dinner will be preceeded by yet more champagne (I really love bubbles...) probably Laurent Perrier Brut Vintage 2002 (£30) with the iberico ham, then Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir (£24 when you by 2+ Kiwi wines) and a loin of Venison.  My culinary skills pending, Creme Brulee and Royal Tokaji Company 5 puttonyos Tokaji will round the evening off.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas/New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 19/12/11

We are into the final few days before Christmas...nearly there!

 

We can delivery locally before Christmas, assuming we have the stock available.  Please give us a call on 02077240933 or email mar@majestic.co.uk

We are able to deliver between Christmas and the New Year as per normal

Merry Christmas

Visiting the Marylebone storeDate published: 09/12/11

Don't forget that the congestion charge ends at 6.00pm and parking restrictions outside the store are relaxed from 6.30pm.

Extended Opening Hours for ChristmasDate published: 05/12/11

We are now open Monday to Friday, 9am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 7pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm

 

Christmas is coming!!!

Malt of the month: Glenrothes Select ReserveDate published: 03/12/11

This Speyside distillery is known for producing vintage malts (as opposed to malts of a given age), many of which find their way into blended Scotch whiskies such as The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark. The Special Reserve is a newly added non-vintage style.

Pale gold in colour, on the nose aromas of citrus fruits, peaches and cream with hazelnut and vanilla hints. The palate is light and fruity, with toffee and caramel sweetness on the finish and a subtle touch of peat. It an very easy drinking single malt, perfect for sipping after a hearty dinner.

Wine Quiz # 11Date published: 02/12/11

Here is the next installment...hope it has been worth the wait!  Let us know how you've done!

1. Clos de la Roche is in which village of the Côte de Nuits?
a. Chambolle-Musigny
b. Flagey-Échezeaux
c. Vosne-Romanée
d. Morey-St-Denis

2. What type of wine comes from the area around Cadiz?
a. Rioja
b. Rueda
c. Sherry
d. Madeira

3. What is the Spanna grape variety otherwise known as?
a. Sangiovese
b. Nebbiolo
c. Montepulciano
d. Corvina

4. Which spirit is distilled in a Coffey still
a. Cognac
b. Single Malt Whisky
c. Bourbon
d. Armagnac

5. Which grape is Chablis made from?
a. Chablis
b. Chardonnay
c. Colombard
d. Cabernet

6. If a wine was from an Einzellage, what does that mean?
a. The wine is from an individual site
b. The wine is from anywhere within a specific region
c. The wine is made from one grape variety
d. The wine is made from frozen grapes

7. Name all the Champagne bottle sizes larger than a Magnum.

 

 

 

Wine Quiz # 10 - AnswersDate published: 02/12/11

It has been far too long...but here are the answers!

1. How long does a bottle of vintage Champagne need to spend on the lees (yeast cells) before it can be released?
a. 12 Months
b. 24 Months
c. 36 Months Although this is the legal minimum, many Champagne houses keep their vintage wines on the lees for much longer than this.  For a treat, try the Bollinger Grand Année 2002 at £60, or of the Laurent Perrier Vintage 2002 at £30
d. 48 Months

2. What is mutage?
a. A wine made from a blend of grapes from different vintages
b. The process of killing yeast to stop fermentation This is typically used in Portugal in the production of Port. We have the stunning Taylors Quinta de Vargellas 2001 for £25
c. A grape variety commonly grown in England
d. Another term for a cooperative of wine growers

3. Constantia is in which country?
a. Australia
b. South Africa Constantia is home to one of South Africa's oldest wine producers, and the fabulous Klein Constantia sweet wine, £30 per half bottle.
c. France
d. New Zealand

4. What type of wine uses the Tinta Negra Mole grape variety?
a. Sauternes
b. Port
c. Sherry
d. Madeira Although not one of the noble grape varieties of Madeira, many of the wines contain this grape.

5. Which of the following is a white grape variety?
a. Sangiovese
b. Grüner-Veltliner Hailing from Austria, Grüner Veltliner produces minerally, almost peppery dry wines of great purity and elegance.  The Weissenkirchen 2010, £8.99 for 2+
c. Tempranillo
d. Bonarda

6. Which of the following wines would best match Venison?
a. Chardonnay
b. Riesling
c. Pinot Noir It has to be Pinot, that most elegant, seductive and hedonistic grape varieties. For a real treat, try Ata Rangi 2008 from Martinborough in New Zealand for £45, the Martinborough Vineyards 2009 for £24. From Burgundy in France, the Louis Jadot Premier Cru Beaune Rouge 2007 at £16.99 or Paul Croizier Gevrey-Chambertin 2009 for £25
d. Syrah

7. What are the main villages of the Northern Rhone?

In no particular order; Cornas, Côte Rotie, Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage and St. Joseph. For an added incentive to try them, we're offering 20% off our Rhone wines under £19.99.

Wine Quiz # 10Date published: 25/10/11

Here's the next installment of questions. Let us know how you get on via our twitter page @majesticmaryl. Good Luck

1. How long does a bottle of vintage Champagne need to spend on the lees (yeast cells) before it can be released?
a. 12 Months
b. 24 Months
c. 36 Months
d. 48 Months

2. What is mutage?
a. A wine made from a blend of grapes from different vintages
b. The process of killing yeast to stop fermentation
c. A grape variety commonly grown in England
d. Another term for a cooperative of wine growers

3. Constantia is in which country?
a. Australia
b. South Africa
c. France
d. New Zealand

4. What type of wine uses the Tinta Negra Mole grape variety?
a. Sauternes
b. Port
c. Sherry
d. Madeira

5. Which of the following is a white grape variety?
a. Sangiovese
b. Grüner-Veltliner
c. Tempranillo
d. Bonarda

6. Which of the following wines would best match Venison?
a. Chardonnay
b. Riesling
c. Pinot Noir
d. Syrah

7. What are the main villages of the Northern Rhone?

Wine Quiz # 9 - AnswersDate published: 25/10/11

Ice ages have come and gone with more alacrity that the answers to this quiz - hopefully the wait has been worth it!
1. Gevrey Chambertin is where?
a. The Côte de Nuits
One of the most famous of Communes in Burgundy, producing outstanding red wines from Pinot Noir, at the northern end of the Côte de Nuits
b. The Côte de Beaune
c. The Côte de Chalonnaise
d. The Côte de Blancs

2. Where is the Mosel?
a. Alsace
b. Germany
The picturesque Mosel river winds its way through Germany, passing vineyards that produce Rieslings that dance on the tongue, tickle the senses and satisfy the soul.  Try the Dr Loosen Beerenauslese (£10.99) for some liquid gold!
c. New Zealand
d. Austria

3. Petit Verdot is
a. The most widely planted grape variety in Bordeaux
b. A grape variety grown in the Rhône valley
c. A grape variety that is used in tiny quantities in Bordeaux
Petit Verdot is a grape that is used in blending wines to give structure and tannin.
d. A pun on up Petit verre d'Eau

4. Meritage means...
a. The wine is of Merit
b. The wine is very old
c. The wine is made from Merlot
d. The wine is a blend of grape varieties
Now a rather outdated term, Meritage was used in California to distinguish from single varietal Bordeaux-style wines.

5. Which of the following is NOT a London Dry
a. Gordons
b. Hendricks
To be a 'London Dry' the predominant botanical must be Juniper, even though the gin is distilled elsewhere, or in the case of Martin Millers, shipped to Iceland for dilution.  Although flavoured with Juniper, Hendricks does not conform to the London Dry style
c. Martin Millers
d. Tanquery

6. Where in New Zealand is Martinborough?
a. Top of the North Island
b. Bottom of the North Island
c. Top of the South Island
When we think Sauvignon, we tend to think about New Zealand, and New Zealand Sauvignon usually always means Marlborough! The largest of wine regions in the Land of the Long White Cloud, there are many sub-regions that produces very different styles and flavours.  Try the Stich by Jackson Estate (£11.99) or the Wariau Reserve by Villa Maria (£12.49)
d. Bottom of the South Island

7. What are the districts that produce grapes for Cognac? Which are the best?
Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fin Bois, Petit Bois.  Grande Champagne is the best, with chalky soils producing grapes that make outstanding spirits.  For a great Cognac, try Delamaine XO (all from Grande Champagne £60) or Martell's Cordon Bleu (made entirely from Borderies fruit at £80)
 

Malt of the Month: Glenlivet 12 year oldDate published: 23/09/11

One of the most famous rivers in the 'capital' of Malt Whisky distilling, the Livet meanders through district of Speyside, to the river Spey. The 'Glen' that gives this whisky its name was home to ilicit distilling until legalisation in 1824, and the whisky was in great demand throughout Scotland due to the high quality spirit.
Many distilleries endeavoured to claim that they were 'The' whisky from the Glen on the Livet, by calling themselves Glenlivet. Legally, there is only one distillery that can call itself 'The Glenlivet', although many have tried and often try and suggest that they're the one, but this accolade belongs to the first legal distillery in the glen. Glenlivet 12 year old is the biggest selling Malt Whisky in the United states of America, and widely popular the world over.

The 12 year old has aromas of vanilla with a touch of sweet scented blossom and baked peach flesh. On the palate caramel, warm spices, vanilla and a peachy almost sweet finish. Not overtly smoky, just the merest hint of peat wafts from the glass and rounds out the palate.

Wine Quiz # 9Date published: 12/09/11

Sorry it has been so long, but here is the next installment!

1. Gevrey Chambertin is where?
a. The Côte de Nuits
b. The Côte de Beaune
c. The Côte de Chalonnaise
d. The Côte de Blancs

2. Where is the Mosel?
a. Alsace
b. Germany
c. New Zealand
d. Austria

3. Petit Verdot is
a. The most widely planted grape variety in Bordeaux
b. A grape variety grown in the Rhône valley
c. A grape variety that is used in tiny quantities in Bordeaux
d. A pun on up Petit verre d'Eau

4. Merritage means...
a. The wine is of Merit
b. The wine is very old
c. The wine is made from Merlot
d. The wine is a blend of grape varieties

5. Which of the following is NOT a London Dry
a. Gordons
b. Hendricks
c. Martin Millers
d. Tanquery

6. Where in New Zealand is Martinborough?
a. Top of the North Island
b. Bottom of the North Island
c. Top of the South Island
d. Bottom of the South Island

7. What are the districts that produce grapes for Cognac? Which are the best?

Wine Quiz # 8 AnswersDate published: 06/09/11

How well did you do?

1. What is Ermitage?
a. A wine for Hermits
b. A wine to drink on your own
c. The historic name for Hermitage wine from the Northern Rhône.
d. The historic name for Hermitage wine from the Southern Rhône.

2. The wine smells of black-currant leaf, what is it?
a. Chardonnay dominant
b. Sauvignon blanc dominant
c. Cabernet sauvignon dominant - Aromas of black-currant leaf, or Cassis is the classic give-away for Cabernet Sauvignon. Try the Carrone St. Gemme 2006 from Bordeaux at £13.99
d. Merlot dominant

3. What country excells in producing Grüner Veltliner?
a. Australia
b. Germany
c. New Zealand
d. Austria My favourite is the Weingärten Weissenkirchen, from the Wachau region. A snip at £8.99 for 2 or more bottles

4. Red Sancerre is made from which grape variety?
a. Gamay
b. Cabernet Sauvignon
c. Chardonnay
d. Pinot Noir The great grape variety of Burgundy also makes good wines elsewhere in France...

5. What is the 'National Grape' of Argentina?
a. Carmenere
b. Merlot
c. Mouvedre
d. Malbec Heralding from Cahors in South-western France, this grape variety has become Argentina's own. Try the Catena at £9.99 for 2 or more, or the Vinalba Reserva at £8.99 for 2 or more.

6. What traditionally gave absinthe its flavour?
a. Cherries
b. Juniper berries
c. Mint
d. Wormwood Steeped in history, inspiration for poets, artists and even a 'cure' for Malaria.  Not for the faint hearted, we have a selection available in store.

7. What Chateaux were classified at “First Growths” in the 1855 Classification of the Médoc and Graves?

Château Lafite-Rothschild (Pauillac), Château Latour (Pauillac), Château Margaux (Margaux) and Château Haut-Brion (Graves)

Château Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac) was promoted to the status of First Growth in 1973. Château Haut-Brion was the only wine from the Graves region to be included in the 1855 Classification, the rest of the wines were from the Haut-Medoc.

Wine Quiz # 8Date published: 29/08/11

I hope that you're all enjoying you're bank holiday weekend. Here's the weekly seven questions for you to tackle. Good luck.

1. What is Ermitage?
a. A wine for Hermits
b. A wine to drink on your own
c. The historic name for Hermitage wine from the Northern Rhône.
d. The historic name for Hermitage wine from the Southern Rhône.

2. The wine smells of black-currant leaf, what is it?
a. Chardonnay dominant
b. Sauvignon blanc dominant
c. Cabernet sauvignon dominant
d. Merlot dominant

3. What country excells in producing Grüner Veltliner?
a. Australia
b. Germany
c. New Zealand
d. Austria

4. Red Sancerre is made from which grape variety?
a. Gamay
b. Cabernet Sauvignon
c. Chardonnay
d. Pinot Noir

5. What is the 'National Grape' of Argentina?
a. Carmenere
b. Merlot
c. Mouvedre
d. Malbec

6. What traditionally gave absenthe its flavour?
a. Cherries
b. Juniper berries
c. Mint
d. Wormwood

7. What Chateaux were classified at “First Growths” in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc and Graves?

Wine Quiz # 7 AnswersDate published: 24/08/11

How did you go?

1. Which of the following is a cru of Beaujolais?
a. Margaux
b. Margaret River
c. Morgon There are 10 'cru' of Beaujolais, producing wines from the Gamay grape variety.  The 'cru' wines have the capacity to age for many years. Next time your looking for an alternative to red wines of the Côte d'Or, try some Beaujolais Cru!
d. Mosel

2. Which of the following is a white grape variety?
a. Syrah
b. Merlot
c. Cabernet Sauvignon
d. Rielsing Grown all over the world, from New Zealand to Germany, Argentina to Australia and Chile to Austria.  There are many different styles, bone dry and flinty to lusciously sweet and honeyed.  Forget Blue Nun and Black Tower, Riesling makes some of the world's greatest white wines, give something like the Dr. L (Just off-dry from German, at £7.49) or Knappstein Ackland (Dry from Australia, £8.79 for 2+ Australian) in your next case.

3. My wine smells very buttery and toasty and tastes of peaches and other stone fruit. What is it?
a. Chablis
b. Sauvignon Blanc
c.Oaked Chardonnay Peaches and stone-fruits are the classic aromas of Chardonnay, the butter and toast come from the oak and malo-lactic fermentation.  One to try is the Sonoma-Cutrer from California at £10.99 for 2+
d. Riesling

4. Which of the following is the northern most region?
a. Bordeaux The further north or south a grape is grown, the later the harvest as it is cooler than the regions closer to the equator.
b. Stellenbosch
c. Marlborough
d. Chianti

5. What is a punt?
a. An oar used to steer the boats that ship Port down the Douro
b. A large barrel in which Madeira was historically sold
c. The indentation in the bottom of the bottle Some bottles are famous for not having a punt - such as Cristal Champagne.  Legend has it that there is no punt, as a bomb could have been hidden in the punt by would-be assassins!
d. Young wine still undergoing fermentation

6. What is the predominant botanical that flavours London Dry Gin?
a. Oris root
b. Cucumber
c. Juniper All of the botanicals listed are used to flavour Gin, but in order to be a London Dry, the predominant flavour has to be Juniper. Try a London Dry like Sipsmith (£25), Martin Millers (£22) against another style of Gin such as Hendrick's (£30) or Plymouth (£15)
d. Angelica

7. Name 10 Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte-de-Nuits

From Gevrey Chambertin : Mazis-Chambertin, Ruhottes-Chambertin, Chambertin Clos0de-Bèze, Chapelle-Chambertin, Le Chambertin, Latricières-Chambertin

From Morey-St-Denis : Clos de La Roch, Clos St-Denis, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de Tart, Bonnes Mares

From Chabolle-Musigny : Le Musigny (red and white)

From Vougeot : Clos de Vougeot

From Flagey-Échezeaux : Grands Échezeaux, Échezeaux

From Vosne-Romanée : Richebourg, Romanée-St-Vivant, Romanée-Conti, La Romanée, La Grande Rue, La Tâche

Sipsmith Summer Cup - a tastingDate published: 23/08/11

We have some back in store, so I thought I'd do the 'Wine Thing' and taste it. I had a feeling that it would be more fun to try the Summer Cup against something else, just to see how it compares, the only question was what to compare it with....after some head-scratching and a Sipsmith and Tonic for inspiration, I had it...the original cup, Pimms #1 Gin Sling.

Just looking at the two glasses there were distinct differences in appearance, the Pimms was dark brown with hints of orange at the rim, whereas the Sipsmith was much lighter, more red with brown.

The difference in aromas seemed to follow this distinction; the Pimms was much darker, deeper, richer and heavier, one could almost say brooding! Aromas of boiled lollies, lemon zest and citrus fruits, a hint of bark/wood, cooking spices and spiced prunes wafted from the glass. My overall impression of Sipsmith was much lighter, more perfumed, lifted and vibrant, aromas of peach skin, botanicals, , orange peel, aromatic spices, Earl Grey tea leading to a very fresh and zesty finish.

With Lemonade the difference in flavours was just as pronounced, Pimms was still dark and brooding and the Sipsmith was light, elegant and floral.

Two completely different Gin based cups, depends how you like it really, but my vote goes to the elegant, lifted and perfumed Sipsmith....

Now where has all that sunshine gone?

Wine Quiz # 7Date published: 17/08/11

How have you been going? See how you do this time around, let us know! Feel free to come into the store and discuss any of the questions!

1. Which of the following is a cru of Beaujolais?
a. Margaux
b. Margaret River
c. Morgon
d. Mosel

2. Which of the follwing is a white grape variety?
a. Syrah
b. Merlot
c. Cabernet Sauvignon
d. Rielsing

3. My wine smells very buttery and toasty and tastes of peaches and other stone fruit. What is it?
a. Chablis
b. Sauvignon Blanc
c.Oaked Chardonnay
d. Riesling

4. Which of the following is the northern most region?
a. Bordeaux
b. Stellenbosch
c. Marlborough
d. Chianti

5. What is a punt?
a. An oar used to steer the boats that ship Port down the Douro
b. A large barrel in which Madeira was historically sold
c. The indenation in the bottom of the bottle
d. Young wine still undergoing fermentaion

6. What is the predominant botanical that flavours London Dry Gin?
a. Oris root
b. Cucumber
c. Juniper
d. Angelica

7. Name 10 Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte-de-Nuits

Wine Quiz # 6 AnswersDate published: 15/08/11

Let us know how you did...

1. What is the famous sweet wine of Hungary?
a. Beerenauslese
b. Sauternes
c. Tokaji The Golden nectar of Hugary is Tokaji...try the Royal Tokaji Company 5 Puttonyos at £19.99 for a 50cl bottle, rich and sweet, like luscious honeyed marmalade.
d. Rutherglen muscat

2. My wine is very dark coloured, smells of plum, dark fruits, spice and white pepper, what is it?
a. Sauvignon Blanc
b. Rioja
c. Rhône wine More specifically, from the Northern Rhône.
d. Beaujolais

3. Which of the following is a wine growing region in Germany?
a. Russian River Valley
b. Anjou
c. Mosel Fancy something German, from the just off dry Ayler Kupp at £7.99 for 2+ or a very sweet Beerenauslese by Dr Loosen for  £10.99 per quarter bottle
d. Maipo

4. What do the words 'vieilles vignes' on a bottle of wine indicate?
a. The wine has been aged in oak barrels
b. The grapes have been hand-picked
c. The wine has been made from grapes grown on old vines
d. The wine is organic

5. Where would you find the Vosges mountains?
a. Romania
b. Rhone
c. Alsace This range of mountains affects the weather, a mere 500mm of rain falls in Alsace every year!
d. Piedmont

6. Which wine is aged in the Solera system?
a. Port
b. Sherry Try the La Gitana Manzanilla sherry, classic bone dry sherry for  £8.49 for 2+
c. Champagne
d. Vermouth

7. What are the districts or regions of Scotland that produced different styles of Malt Whisky?

The Lowlands, The Highlands, Speyside (a sub-region of the Highlands), Islay, the Islands (Jura, Skye, Scarpa, Mull, Arran) and Cambeltown.  Check out our introduction to Malt Whisky for more information on Whisky.

Wine Quiz # 6Date published: 08/08/11

Tell us how you get on...

1. What is the famous sweet wine of Hungary?
a. Beerenauslese
b. Sauternes
c. Tokaji
d. Rutherglen muscat

2. My wine is very dark coloured, smells of plum, dark fruits, spice and white pepper, what is it?
a. Sauvignon Blanc
b. Rioja
c. Rhône wine
d. Beaujolais

3. Which of the following is a wine growing region in Germany?
a. Russian River Valley
b. Anjou
c. Mosel
d. Maipo

4. What do the words 'vieilles vignes' on a bottle of wine indicate?
a. The wine has been aged in oak barrels
b. The grapes have been hand-picked
c. The wine has been made from grapes grown on old vines
d. The wine is organic

5. Where would you find the Vosges mountains?
a. Romania
b. Rhone
c. Alsace
d. Piedmont

6. Which wine is aged in the Solera system?
a. Port
b. Sherry
c. Champagne
d. Vermouth

7.  What are the districts or regions of Scotland that produced different styles of Malt Whisky?

Wine Quiz # 5 AnswersDate published: 08/08/11

1. What is grape variety is Vouvray made from?
a. Chardonnay
b. Sauvignon Blanc
c. Chenin Blanc - Give the Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans Coulée d'Argent  at £8.49 each for 2+ a go, crisp, vibrant and zesty fruit flavours balanced by minerality and hints of white florals.
d. Pinot Noir

2. Which of the following is NOT a style of sherry?
a. Olorosso
b. Pale Cream
c. Amontillado
d. Tawny - Tawny is a style of Port

3. Which ONE of the following terms indicates that a sparkling wine is 'dry' in style?
a. Brut
b. Doux
c. Sec
d. Extra-sec

4. Chateauneuf-du-pape comes from which region of France?
a. Bordeaux
b. Southern Rhône - Typically a blend of up to 10 varieites, grown around the ruined Papal Château, the wines are rich, powerful and very long lived.  The Mont Redon 2007 is a typical example, aromas of roasted herbs, plum, dark berries and perfume lead to an intense and concentrated palate of spicy fruits. One to enjoy now or over the next 10+ years (If you can wait that long)
c. Burgundy
d. Languedoc

5. In Australia, GSM stands for
a. Good 'stuff' mate
b. Grenache, Sauvignon and Merlot
c. Great served with meat
d. Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedré - Fancy trying one? We recomend the McGuigan 'Shortlist' at £11.99 each for 2+ to experience the fruits of the forset, perfume, spice and richness that these three grape varieties possess.

6. What is the base material for Tequila?
a. Grain
b. Agave - Specifically, Blue Agave.  If there is a worm in the bottle, it is not Tequila, it is Mezcal!
c. Mescal
d. Potatoes

7. What are the grape varieties of Valpolicella?

The most important variety is Corvina (if you want to try a single variety Corvina, the Ca'Del Pipa is great), followed by Rondinella and Molinara.  These are the principal three varieties, but four others Corvinone, Rossingnola, Negrara and Barbera, can comprise up to 15% of the blend

Wine Quiz # 5Date published: 03/08/11

1. What is grape variety is Vouvray made from?
a. Chardonnay
b. Sauvignon Blanc
c. Chenin Blanc
d. Pinot Noir

2. Which of the following is NOT a style of sherry?
a. Olorosso
b. Pale Cream
c. Amontillado
d. Tawny

3. Which ONE of the following terms indicates that a sparkling wine is 'dry' in style?
a. Brut
b. Doux
c. Sec
d. Extra-sec

4. Chateauneuf-du-pape comes from which region of France?
a. Bordeaux
b. Southern Rhône
c. Burgundy
d. Languedoc

5. In Australia, GSM stands for
a. Good 'stuff' mate
b. Grenache, Sauvignon and Merlot
c. Great served with meat
d. Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedré

6. What is the base material for Tequila?
a. Grain
b. Agave
c. Mescal
d. Potatoes

7. What are the grape varieties of Valpolicella?

August's Malt of the MonthDate published: 02/08/11

Malt of the Month: Isle of Jura Superstition

Distilling of Malt Whisky is not limited to mainland Scotland, many of the Islands produce distinctive and famous Malts. Highland Park from the Orkneys, Talisker from Skye, Tobermory from Mull to name but a few. Only one distillery takes its name from the Island, that of Jura.

The isles of Islay, famous for many distilleries producing heavy and peaty malts, and the isle of Jura lie off the south-western coast. To get to Islay, the boat passes Jura, named after the Norse word for deer, a mere 34 miles long by 7 miles wide, with around 250 inhabitants.

Jura is the only distillery on the island, and is its the largest employer! Probably the most famous of inhabitants was George Orwell, who sought the island's peace and tranquility to write 1984, no doubt the writing process was aided and abetted by a wee dram or two.

Aromas of citrus fruits are balanced with peat-smoke, caramel, vanilla, dry earth and pine wood waft from the glass. The palate is warm, with notes of sweetness; caramel, toffee, toast and esspresso crema lead to an earthy, warming and lingering finish.

Wine Quiz # 4 AnswersDate published: 25/07/11

1. How big is a Salmanazar?
a. 1.5 Litres (2 bottles)
b. 3 Litres (4 bottles)
c. 6 Litres (8 bottles)
d. 9 Litres (12 bottles)

2. What does Élevage mean?
a. The way the wine is 'brought up' in the winery before bottling.
b. The altitude of the vineyard
c. A grape variety from Germany
d. The act of opening a bottle of Champagne with a cavalry saber

3. The wine's aroma is an heady perfume of Lychee and exotic fruits, what is it?
a. Chardonnay
b. Gewürtraminer (We recommend the Waimea Gewürtraminer; £9.99 when you buy any two New Zealand wines)
c. Riesling
d. Torrontes

4. What is Malt Whisky made from?
a. Grain
b. Barley (If you don't know much about whisky read our Introduction to Malt Whisky below or come in and try our Malt of the Month - The Hibiki 12 year old)
c. Corn
d. Rye

5. A Copita is...?
a. The place where Port is stored prior to being shipped.
b. A copper still used in Armangac production
c. A glass to serve sherry in (The La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry is a great match with seafood and it's only £8.49 if you buy two or more.)
d. An antique corkscrew

6. A Kabinett wine is...?
a. Very woody
b. Made from grapes that have a high must weight
c. Needs to be aged
d. Made from grapes that have a low must weight (Try the Ayler Kuup Riesling Kabinett; £7.99 when you buy two or more)

7. What are the eight main grape varieties grown in Bordeaux?
Red
1. Merlot
2. Cabernet Sauvignon
3. Cabernet Franc
4. Petit Verdot
5. Malbec

White
6. Sauvignon Blanc
7. Semillon
8. Muscadelle

Wine Quiz # 4Date published: 16/07/11

Here's this week's quiz. Let us know how you think you're doing via our twitter page @majesticmaryl. Good luck!

1. How big is a Salmanazar?
a. 1.5 Litres (2 bottles)
b. 3 Litres (4 bottles)
c. 6 Litres (8 bottles)
d. 9 Litres (12 bottles)

2. What does Élevage mean?
a. The way the wine is 'brought up' in the winery before bottling.
b. The altitude of the vineyard
c. A grape variety from Germany
d. The act of opening a bottle of Champagne with a cavalry saber

3. The wine's aroma is an heady perfume of Lychee and exotic fruits, what is it?
a. Chardonnay
b. Gewürtraminer
c. Riesling
d. Torrontes

4. What is Malt Whisky made from?
a. Grain
b. Barley
c. Corn
d. Rye

5. A Copita is...?
a. The place where Port is stored prior to being shipped.
b. A copper still used in Armangac production
c. A glass to serve sherry in
d. An antique corkscrew

6. A Kabinett wine is...?
a. Very woody
b. Made from grapes that have a high must weight
c. Needs to be aged
d. Made from grapes that have a low must weight

7. What are the eight main grape varieties grown in Bordeaux?

July's Malt of the MonthDate published: 13/07/11

Suntori Hibiki 12 Year old.

It's a bit odd starting with a Japanese whisky, but as not that many people have tried it, and Japan is not the first place one would think of for Malt Whisky, why not?

Produced in Japan by drinks conglomerate Suntory, Hibiki 12 year old is a blend of premium whiskies. Pale golden in colour, it exudes nutty sweet aromas of caramel, toffee, and honeysuckle, with a hint of woodiness. On the palate the sweetness continues: warm stone fruits, vanilla, pecan nuts and spice combinine, leading to a slightly tropical finish. Ideal as an aperitif on a mid-summer's evening, or try with a fruit tart.

 

For more information about Malt, check ourt the Introduction to Malt Whisky on Marylebone's home-page, or come in and ask us!

An Introduction to Malt WhiskyDate published: 13/07/11

First and foremost, we have to start with the letter E. Why is this important? Well, it tells you where the malt comes from. All this, just from one letter! A magical E! Let me explain; what is the difference between Whisky and Whiskey, aside from that rogue letter e? Whisky comes from Scotland, whereas Whiskey does not.

How is Malt whisky made? Without going into too much detail, if it is Malt whisky, then it is made from 100% malted barley. Other types of whisky are grain whisky (100% grain) and blended whisky (a blend of malted barley and grain).

The barley is germinated using heat to convert the starch to sugars. The way the barley is heated gives some of the distinctive flavours to the Malt. If peat is burnt this will give a smokey, peaty aroma to the whisky, whereas if gas is used there will be no smokey aromas and flavours. The malted barley is then ground to a grist, which is then added to warm water with yeast to create a beer (called the wort) which is then distilled twice in copper pot stills.

During the distillation process, the most volatile substances come through the still first, called the head, and the least volatile come through last (the tails). In the middle is the heart of the distillate, which contains the best flavour and aromatic compounds. The head contains volatile aromatic compounds, including the lighter alcohols, whereas the tails are the heavier, longer-chain alcohols and other impurities.

The distiller will therefore only take the heart (each distilleries heart will be slightly different depending upon the still's shape and the style of malt they want) which is then put into oak barrels and aged. Typically the malt will age in either used Bourbon barrels or Sherry barrels, each imparting a different flavour. The barrels used, combined with the size and nature of the heart, will determine the final flavour of the whisky.

The barrels will remain untouched at the distillery for several years (usually at least 8) before they are blended together with older barrels of malt to ensure consistency of flavour. Every bottle of 12 year old Craggenmore, for instance, will taste exactly the same!

The age statement on a bottle, such as 12 year old, is the age of the youngest whisky in the blend, but often the average age of the constituent

Sometimes, after several years aging in one barrel, the whisky will then be put into another barrel for around 6 months to give a slightly different character, or for release as a special bottling. This process is called finishing, and has become more popular over the last few years, with some whiskies finished in First Growth Bordeaux barrels, Sweet wine barrels, or aged in bourbon barrels and then finished in sherry barrels.
 

Ask us about Sipsmith!Date published: 12/07/11

Most spirits have a reputation to live up to, whereas gin has one to live down...The first decade of the 21st century saw the rise the number of premium and high quality Gins. Relative newcomer Sipsmith using artisan methods and inspired by Gin's heritage, the team at Sipsmith are leading way in replacing the sordid history of Gin with a bright and prosperous future.

Prudence, the first Copper pot still to be introduced in London in around 200 years, is the heart of the Sipsmith distillery. Using water from a spring at the head of the river Thames, distilled in small batches in Hammersmith, Sipsmith Gin is truly a London Gin!

Come in and ask us about Sipsmith and try some of London's finest Gin and Vodka!

Wine Quiz # 3 AnswersDate published: 06/07/11

It has been a long time...finally they're here, how did you do?

1. Which of the following are Beaujolais Cru?

a. Brouilly

Try the  Domaine des Maison Neuves at £7.99 when you buy 2+

b. St. Veran

A sub-region of Burgundy, but not Beaujolais

c. Chenas

Give the Louis Chavy a go at £7.99 when you buy 2+

d. Anjou

A region in the Loire

 

2. Margaret River is a wine growing region in which country?

a. USA

b. South Africa

c. New Zealand

d. Australia

Vasse Felix produces fantastic Chardonnay and Cabernet blends from Western Australia's Margaret River. All Australian wines are on 20% off when you buy 2+

 

3. Where is 'Central Otago' situated ?

a. Australia

b. New Zealands' North Island

c. New Zealands' South Island

Just arrived, the Mount Difficulty Single Vineyard - £32 when you buy 2+ Kiwi wines, or give the Roring Meg a go!

d. Oregon

 

4. "Mis en boteille a Chateau" is often found on wine bottle labels. What does it mean?

a. The wine has been bottled on site

b. The wine bottle has been sealed with a cork

c. The wine has been fermented in oak

d. There is a picture of the Chateau on the label

 

5. 'Gewurz' transaltes to?

a. Sweet

b. Spice

Although the wines are spicy in flavour, the Gewürztraminer grape variety is very low in acidity, so DOES NOT go with spicy food. If you want to explore Gewürztraminer, try the Zind Humbrecht at £11.99 for 2+ with white fish or slow cooked pork

c. Savoury

d. None of the above

 

6. What is Malolactic Fermentation?

a. The process that turns Champagne from a still wine to a sparkling wine

b. The process that makes the wine alcoholic

c. The process where malic acid is converted to lactic acid

Many wines undergo 'malo', this is best observed in Chardonnay from the New World, which very often has a buttery aroma and flavour. Try the Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay (£8.79 for 2+ Chilean) or the Shortlist Chardonnay from Australia (£11.99 for 2+ Australian)
 

d. The process where lactic acid is converted to malic acid


7. Which are the four Noble grape varieties permitted in the production of Alsace Grand Cru?

Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 03/06/11

Open on the tasting counter today: Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru LesPôrets St-Georges 2006 from Alain Michelot. A powerful yet elegant wine from Burgundy with a compact structure and good firm tannins. Certainly something that will continue to delight over the next few years.

Wine Quiz # 3Date published: 02/06/11

Here are the next set of questions....see how you go!

 

1. Which of the following are Beaujolais Cru?

a. Brouilly

b. St. Veran

c. Chenas

d. Anjou

 

2. Margaret River is a wine growing region in which country?

a. USA

b. South Africa

c. New Zealand

d. Australia

 

3. Where is 'Central Otago' situated ?

a. Australia

b. New Zealands' North Island

c. New Zealands' South Island

d. Oregon

 

4. "Mis en boteille a Chateau" is often found on wine bottle labels. What does it mean?

a. The wine has been bottled on site

b. The wine bottle has been sealed with a cork

c. The wine has been fermented in oak

d. There is a picture of the Chateau on the label

 

5. 'Gewurz' transaltes to?

a. Sweet

b. Spice

c. Savoury

d. None of the above

 

6. What is Malolactic Fermentation?

a. The process that turns Champagne from a still wine to a sparkling wine

b. The process that makes the wine alcoholic

c. The process where malic acid is converted to lactic acid

d. The process where lactic acid is converted to malic acid


7. Which are the four Noble grape varieties permitted in the production of Alsace Grand Cru?
 

Wine Quiz # 2 Answers Date published: 02/06/11

Very belatedly, here are the answers to the quiz...

 

Q1. Which of the following grape varieties are planted in Burgundy along with Chardonnay?

A) Alogoté

Try the Château du Cray 2010 Bourgogne Aligoté at £7.99 for two, or as a real treat the Domain Ponsot Morey-St.-Denis 'Clos des Monts Luisants' Vielles Vignes 2007 at £35, but is best descibed as a hug in a bottle.

B) Sauvignon de Saint-Bris

Almost forgotten in Burgundy, so why not try the Simonnet-Fèbvre Saugignon Saint-Bris at £8.49 for two

C) Pinot Blanc

 

Q2. How many ordinary bottles of Champagne in a Jeroboam?

A) 2

B) 4

Such as the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Jeroboam, the ultimate for that special celebration, at £200

C) 6

D) 8

 

Q3. What happens in a Lagar

A) Beer is brewed in to Lager

B) Wines are aged prior to bottling

C) Grapes are crushed by foot

This technique is used in the production of port, where the grapes are foot trodden in low sided concrete vats, called a Lagar.  Some Port houses now uses machines to replicate this method.  Why not try the Delaforce 1991 at £17.99 to experience a such a wine?

D) Red and White wine are blended to make Rosé

 

Q4. From which method of sparkling wine production is Prosecco made?

A) Traditional Method

B) Tank Method

Try the Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene at £9.99 for a classic example of tank fermented sparkling wine

C) Transfer

D) Asti

 

Q5. Which of the following wines are from Hungary?

A) Beerenauslese

B) Sauternes

C) Rutherglen Muscat

D) Tokai

Famous throughout the ages for making sweet wines, Tokaji produces some amazing sweet wines, as well as very different dry wines. The ultimate sweet wine for under £20, the Royal Tokaji Company 5 Puttonyos 2006 is liquid gold in a bottle, fantastic as a desert wine, buy why not try it with Foie Gras? If you fancy something very different, the Dry Frumint from the Royal Tokaji Company is very interesting.

Q6. How do vintners make Rosé Champagne?

A) Blend Red and White wine together

B) Leave the juice in contact with the skins for a little while

Both! Champagne is the only region in France where according to Appellation laws you can make a 'quality' rosé wine by blending red and white wine. If you want to try this, then give the Bollinger Rosé a go £40.  Some Rosé champagnes are made using the saignée or skin contact method, like Laurent Perrier Rosé at £55. Try them and see the stylistic difference!

Q7. What are the permitted grape varieties of Châteauneuf-du-pape?

Red: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Picpoul, Tere Noir, Counoise Noir, Baccarese,

White: Grenache Blanc, Clairette,  Muscardin, Bourboulence, Rousanne, Picardan

Wine Quiz # 2Date published: 04/05/11

Here are the next set of questions, see how you go!

 

Q1. Which of the following grape varieties are planted in Burgundy along with Chardonnay?

A) Alogoté

B) Sauvignon de St-Bris

C) Pinot Blanc

 

Q2. How many ordinary bottles of Champagne in a Jeroboam?

A) 2

B) 4

C) 6

D) 8

 

Q3. What happens in a Lagar

A) Beer is brewed in to Larger

B) Wines are aged prior to bottling

C) Grapes are crushed by foot and fermented

D) Red and White wine are blended to make Rosé

 

Q4. From which method of sparkling wine production is Prosecco made?

A) Traditional Method

B) Tank Method

C) Transfer

D) Asti

 

Q5. Which of the following wines are from Hungary?

A) Beerenauslese

B) Sauternes

C) Rutherglen Muscat

D) Tokai

 

Q6. How do vintners make Rosé Champagne?

A) Blend Red and White wine together

B) Leave the juice in contact with the skins for a little while

 

Q7. What are the permitted grape varieties of Châteauneuf-du-pape?

 

Enjoy the sunshine!

Easter Quiz AnswersDate published: 29/04/11

Here are the Answers to the Easter Wine Quiz that we published last week. How did you do?

Q1. Pinotage is a cross between which two grape varietals?

  • a. Grenache and Carignan
  • b. Tempranillo and Syrah
  • c. Cabernet Franc and Grenache
  • d. Pinot Noir and Cinsault (Enjoy Pinotage? Save 20% on our South African wines when you buy two or more)

Q2. In which country is the Torrontes grape an important white grape variety?

  • a. Canada
  • b. Italy
  • c. Argentina (Why not try the MIchel Torino Torrontes, only £5.99 when  you buy two or more)
  • d. Spain

Q3. The Spatburgunder grape is better know by what name?

  • a. Pinot Noir
  • b. Chenin Blanc
  • c. Sauvignon Blanc
  • d. Malbec

Q4. Which black grape variety is the most widely planted in Bordeaux?

  • a. Cabernet Franc
  • b. Malbec
  • c. Cabernet Sauvignon
  • d. Merlot

Q5. From which method of sparkling wine production is Cava made?

  • a. Traditional Method (Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina at £10.99, great for Summer parties)
  • b. Tank Method
  • c. Transfer
  • d. Asti

Q6. Which one of the following wines is NOT produced in Piedmont, Italy?

  • a. Barolo
  • b. Barbera d'Asti
  • c. Soave (We recommend the Pieropan 'La Rocca' Soave at £22 when you buy two or more)
  • d. Gavi

Q7. What are the three grape varieties of Sauternes?

  • 1. Semillon
  • 2. Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3. Muscadelle

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/04/11

Fans of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc will be pleased to know that we have the Ned back in stock. This fabulous white from the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region has zesty citrus flavours with good minerality and is a great accompaniment to summer salads and seafood.

Are you interested in our award winning Wine Course?Date published: 14/04/11

The Wine Course is an informal 2 or so hour introduction to wine, with a food matching experience where we (hopefully) show what workd and what does not.

We are in the process of finalising the dates for Wine Courses over the next two months, so if you're interested, drop us a line or pop into the store to register your interest.

Look forward to seeing you

Join us for Malbec World Day!Date published: 12/04/11

To celebrate Malbec World Day, come in to Marylebone and try some of Argentina's finest. 

The Malbec grape, occasionally known as Cot in Bordeaux and Cahors, heralds from the South-West of France, but has become Argentina's own. With a range of styles from inky black and peppery, through to aromatic and violets, malbec reflects both the terrior of the vineyard and the winemaking of the vintner.  Find out how different they all can be.

Vote for your favourite Malbec in the Golen Grapes at http://blog.majestic.co.uk/2011/04/08/mighty-malbec-which-is-your-favourite/ or see the shortlisted wines at www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Golden+Grape+Awards

Burns Night may be over...Date published: 26/01/11

But pop in to try a wee dram and have a chat about Malt Whisky

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Free Wine Course

27 September 2014 (18:00 - 19:30)

In-store introduction to the wonderful world of wine, including food and wine matching.

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Spotlight Tasting Week - South Africa

12 September 2014 - 18 September 2014 (09:00 - 19:00)

Explore the wines of South Africa on our tasting counter.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

11 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

A guided tasting of a selection of wines from South Africa.

Open to all

Spotlight Tasting Week - Argentina

5 September 2014 - 11 September 2014 (09:00 - 19:00)

Explore the wines of Argentina on our tasting counter.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

4 September 2014 (18:00 - 18:30)

A guided tasting of a selection of wines from Argentina.

Open to all

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Meet the team...

  • Ben Manager

    After a six month stint as senior assistant in Sevenoaks, I am excited to take on my first management position at in Marylebone. I'm particularly partial to good Pinot Noir from Burgundy, but I'm really not that fussy. Why not join me for a chat at the tasting counter?
  • Dee

    Back in this store after a long stint in our Notting Hill Gate branch. Already seen many friendly faces. Come in and talk to me about any private and corporate events.
  • Toby Assistant Manager

    Previously just the other side of Oxford Street in Mayfair I am delighted to be here in Marylebone. Very passionate about Italian wine I am slowly following Ben in my exploration of Pinot Noir; although I'm much more new world loving the offerings coming out of the states. Come in and say hi!

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