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Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Unit 7, Grafton Retail Park
Oldbrook Boulevard
Milton Keynes
MK6 2YA
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
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Store News(369)

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo ValleyDate published: 21/08/14

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley

Hello one and all,

Having recently enjoyed this wine I realised I had to review it.

What an awesome wine! Made up of a limited parcel exclusively for Majestic, by one of the best producers of the Maipo Valley, it undergoes an extensive series of procedures to produce it.

The grapes are hand-picked from the mature vines rooted in the foothills of the cool Andean mountains. Once picked several specifically selected yeasts are added for the fermentation. This wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, giving the classical tastes of vanilla.

Once you pour a glass, you will enjoy an aroma of ripe red berries, including a hint of blackcurrant. Then comes the vanilla and dark spices. This is a rich sumptuous wine, with smooth silky tannins. Enjoy with wholesome red meat dishes, such as beef casserole.

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£8.24

Single bottle £10.99

Michael


Brooklyns Back!!Date published: 16/08/14

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

Now back in-stock at Majestic MK

Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNEDate published: 16/08/14

Wine of the Week


Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE - 2009    
£9.99 (offer price)


Grape - Grenache, Tempranillo


Origin - Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.


Taste - A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.


Enjoy - Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

Open to try now...

Let's Talk About SulphitesDate published: 14/08/14

Let's Talk About Sulphites


What are sulphites?

‘Sulphites’ is essentially a blanket term for a range of common sulphur compounds, several of which are found in food and drink. The one most commonly found in wine is sulphur dioxide (SO2) which has been used in winemaking for several hundred years.

Why are there sulphites in wine? Tiny amounts of sulphites occur in all wines as a natural result of the winemaking process, but most of the sulphites present in wine are those which have been added intentionally. Sulphites are commonly used for sterilising wine-making equipment such as barrels and tanks, which can lead to trace amounts being transferred to the wine. Later, SO2 is often added to the juice to control the fermentation process. For example, once the desired alcohol level has been reached, SO2 can be used to kill the yeast and thereby stop fermentation. It also kills other microbes, preventing the wine from spoiling due to bacterial activity. Sulphites are also highly effective at preventing oxidation, and the majority of winemakers (even those who have made the wine using natural processes with little or no SO2 throughout) will add sulphites at the bottling stage to help prevent oxidation and therefore improve the wine’s shelf-life.

Do they affect the taste? Sulphites are most easily detectable on the nose. Most people can identify sulfurous odours (often referred to as a ‘struck match’ smell) at SO2 concentrations as low as 50ppm (parts per million), especially in wines sealed by screwcap, which tends to preserve aromatics very effectively. The aromas are usually present for a very short time after the wine has been opened, and fade once the wine has received exposure to the air.

Are sulphites harmful?

At the low concentrations found in wine, sulphites cause no harmful effects in the vast majority of people. A very small number of people have a high sensitivity to sulphites, and may suffer symptoms such as chest tightening or wheezing (particularly in asthmatics), headaches or skin rash. Sulphite sensitivity is thought to affect only around 1% of the population, and the above symptoms are likely to require much higher doses than those typically found in wines or foodstuffs. Other foods which may contain sulphites in various amounts are beer/cider, fruit juice, tinned foods, processed vegetables, dried fruit, jams/preserves, biscuits and cakes, cured meats and many others.

What are the legal limits on the amount of sulphites in wine?You will find that the vast majority of wines now have ‘contains sulphites’ printed on the back label. EU regulations require that all wines with more than 10mg/lt (or only 10ppm) of sulphites display this warning, and wines with concentrations lower than this are extremely rare. The maximum levels of sulphites permitted in wines sold within the EU are 160mg/lt for red wine, 200mg/lt for white/rosé wine, and 400mg/lt for sweet wine.

How can I find a wine that’s low in sulphites?

Producers do not have to specify the actual level of sulphites in their wine on their labels, meaning they are of little help in finding which wines are the lowest in sulphites. For example, two white wines both labelled as containing sulphites could legally have sulphite concentrations of 10mg/lt and 200mg/lt respectively; a difference of 20 times the minimum amount. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some general pointers which you may find helpful.Red wines, especially those rich in tannins, contain high levels of antioxidants and are therefore naturally more resistant to oxidation, requiring little or no added sulphites at bottling. Most producers will still add a small amount anyway, to ensure that the wine maintains its condition. White wines do not contain these antioxidants, and easily suffer discolouration or loss of freshness due to oxidation, and therefore require higher sulphite doses to keep them fresh. Sweet wines generally have much higher sulphite levels because their high sugar content makes them prone to bacterial spoilage or secondary fermentation. Sparkling wines may also have higher sulphite levels because they are often bottled with some yeast residue still present.As a general rule, wines produced in large volumes will have more added sulphites. Air exposure and yeast/microbes are harder to manage in volume production, and therefore the amounts of sulphites cannot be managed as finely. Many mass-market wines are also made with primary fruit flavours and fixed alcohol levels in mind, both of which may be managed using sulphites. Also, wines packaged in bag-in-box format, or shipped in bulk are more susceptible to air ingress and therefore benefit greatly from added sulphites to inhibit oxidation. This obviously suggests that cheaper wines will tend to have higher sulphite levels than premium or boutique wines, which is true to an extent. However, the mere fact that a wine is expensive is not a guarantee that it is low in sulphites.



Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho Verde - Perfect for the summer.Date published: 14/08/14

Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho Verde - Perfect for the summer.

I am guilty of being a bit of a seasonal drinker, warm juicy reds in the winter and refreshing whites in the summer. With all this lovely weather we have been having, the Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde has been my go to wine. With its slit spritz is there any wonder why this is one of my top summer wines! It also has a complex aroma of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. It is so crisp and thirst quenching, really is a fab wine.

Single bottle price is £8.22

If you buy two or more from the 15% of selection it comes in at £6.99

It really is a superb wine and great value for money!

ENJOY and let me know what you think. 



Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Wairau ValleyDate published: 14/08/14

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Wairau Valley

From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.
Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.
Perfect with seafood or salads.


£8.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles (Buy 2 save 25%)

£11.99 single bottle price


Peroni £1 per bottleDate published: 14/08/14

Peroni £1 per bottle

For the month of August we have Peroni 24*330ml at an amazing price of £1 per bottle.


Try something new...Date published: 14/08/14

Are you anxious to branch out of your comfort zone, looking for a wine that's a bit different but don't want to buy something expensive that you might not enjoy? Do you spend month after month drinking the same New Zealand Sauvignon and Argentinian Malbec thinking is their something else out their for me?

Don't despair! We have picked out these exciting wines from our range that are perfect for you to try. We are sure that you will love them!

Whites

El Cometa del Sur Garnatxa BlancaTerra Alta Spain

Terra Alta is a small appellation south of Catalonia. Grenache Blanc is one of the regions principle grape varieties. This dry wine is youthful and subtly aromatic with flavours of tinned pears and white flowers. Delicate, with soft acidity and a lovely zesty finish. 

£6.79 (Buy 2 SAVE 15%) Single Bottle £7.99

Stella Alpina Chardonnay, Alto Adige Italy.

Italy's most northern wine region, Alto Adige is home to some of the country's best white wines. The high sunshine hours,high altitude and moderate climate is perfect for ripening grapes to their best quality. This wine is refreshing with balanced acidity, bold floral flavours and a subtle tropical fruit. - Also try the Pinot Grigio from this producer!

£9.74 (Buy 2 SAVE 25%) Single Bottle £12.99

Rose

Boschendal The Rose Garden, South Africa

From one of South Africa's original wine estates, this rose is made form noble red grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) which are relatively new to this region. Named after a historic rose garden at Boschendal with one of the oldest collections of roses in the Cape. Dry, crisp and refreshing rose with ripe red berry flavours. 

£6.74 (Buy 2 SAVE 25%) Single Bottle £8.99

Reds

'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra Spain

The grapes for this wine are sourced from traditionally bush-trained vines, between 70 and 100 years old, from the Nekeas Valley. Intense and vibrant black fruit flavours accompany a nose of red cherry and liquorice. Bright acidity and structured tannins.

£8.49 (Buy 2 SAVE 15%) Single Bottle £9.99

Casa d'Aragona, Salice Salentino Italy

From this small town comes this easy-drinking blend of two local grape varieties (Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera) A lovely comfortable wine ideal for a night in with a cheesy tomato pasta dish. Flavours of juicy red cherries, plums and strawberries dominate. 

£6.74 (Buy 2 SAVE 25%) Single Bottle £8.99

So come on an adventure with us, come and explore your nearest majestic and ask us for our recommendations! We will be so excited to help you find a new favourite and maybe find a new one of our own along the way!  


Wine Word of the day - YeastDate published: 14/08/14

Wine Word of the day - Yeast

A micro-organism present on the skins of grapes that reacts with the sugars inside and results in the production of ethyl alcohol during a process called fermentation. Yeast is particularly important in the production of sherry and champagne and adds very distinct flavours to wines


New, Simpler, Majestic pricing mechanismsDate published: 14/08/14

New, Simpler, Majestic pricing mechanisms

We now have 3 pricing mechanisms which make the whole shopping experience simpler with more of a chance to vary your selection.

You can now mix any 2 wines from any region and get the discount you are after as long as they are on the same offer. We still have a minimum purchase of 6 bottles which includes free delivery.

The three mechanisms are buy any two save 15%, buy any two save 25% and buy any two save 33.3%.

We also have expanded our buy 2 selected Fine wines save £10 to include selected spirits.



Vintage report: ItalyDate published: 14/08/14

Vintage report: Italy

2010: Plentiful rain everywhere meant tricky growing conditions, but the wines are good quality,showing more restraint and acidity than usual.

2009: Piedmont fared very well, producing, rich,well structured wines. Southern Italy more variable,although Sangiovese was generally sound.

2008: A wet summer was salvaged by a warm harvest season. Many wines tend towards elegance rather than body or power.2007: Some hail problems, but overall a warm vintage, producing powerful reds in both Tuscany and Piedmont.

2006: A good to very good year throughout most of the country, with Chianti, Veneto and Piedmont particularly successful.

2005: A difficult vintage. Heavy rain and even hail covered the country throughout the harvest. Decent quality is available from conscientious producers.



The re-fit has started.Date published: 09/08/14

We are currently at the start of a 6 week re-fit here at Milton Keynes, however we will still be open through out.

We are very sorry for any disruption that may be caused during this phase but it'll be worth it when you have a nice new shiny store to come a shop in.

Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have.


Wine Of The Week- Rioja Reserva 2008 LagunillaDate published: 07/08/14

Grapes: Grenache, Tempranillo

This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstocks.

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.

Partner with roast shoulder of lamb, or any number of game dishes

Single bottle price £10.99

Buy any 2 save 33.3% ~ £7.32

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges' 2012/13 Louis JadotDate published: 06/08/14

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges' 2012/13 Louis Jadot

Do you want a wine which you can enjoy with friends? This is one such wine.

A typical Burgundian red from the Maconnais region, this wine will certainly not disappoint. From this region wines are made fresh and youthful. Made from a blend of 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir, this light red displays notes of red currants with a hint of cassis flavours.

Made in such a beautiful style 'Les Roches Rouges' consists of redcurrant and raspberry, well balanced and fresh. Match it with white meat for that perfect meal. What a wine!

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £8.99

Single bottle £13.49

Michael


Rioja Reserva 2009 Vina EguiaDate published: 04/08/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Vina Eguia

Welcome to another wine review,

If you fancy a smooth drinking Rioja at a fantastic price then look no further.

Hailing from the Rioja subregion of Alavesa, the Bodegas Eguia is situated in the village of Elciego which in turn is one or the best areas to make wine. In the wine-making process it undergoes the traditional Reserva process. This process has 24 months of ageing in French and American oak, and then a further 2 years in bottle.

The outcome of this process come through the taste. With traditional Reservas displaying notes of dark fruit, vanilla and cloves, highlighted with red berry notes. On appearance this wine is a deep ruby, with cedar hints which elude to the ageing. Whilst displaying the typical Reserva taste.

Match this wine with slow-cooked or pan fried lamb and you will not go far wrong. As part of our 33.3% deal it is £6.66 (what a corker!)

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£6.66

Single bottle £9.99

Michael


Beer of the Week! Roscoe's Amber AleDate published: 02/08/14

Beer of the Week

Roscoe's Amber Ale 

New York, United States

An American Amber real ale from Roscoe's Hop house in America. Aromas of wheat bread, toastiness and sweet butterscotch which all follow through on to the palate. The added honey does exactly what its meant to, creating a sweet taste from start to finish.

Overall a delicious Beer that we only have a limited stock of. Make the most of our limited stock!

£12.00 for a crate of 12


Beer of the Week! Roscoe's Amber AleDate published: 02/08/14

Beer of the Week

Roscoe's Amber Ale 

New York, United States

An American Amber real ale from Roscoe's Hop house in America. Aromas of wheat bread, toastiness and sweet butterscotch which all follow through on to the palate. The added honey does exactly what its meant to, creating a sweet taste from start to finish.

Overall a delicious Beer that we only have a limited stock of. Make the most of our limited stock!

£12.00 for a crate of 12


Bring a friendDate published: 28/07/14

If you have been in store lately or had a delivery form us you have probably received a purple bring a friend to majestic voucher.

This is a great incentive to introduce your friends to the wonderful world of wine. Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you.

So why not bring a friend with you next time you come in!


Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, DOCG, ItalyDate published: 28/07/14

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, DOCG, Italy

Produced at the La Marca winery in Oderzo in the Veneto region of Italy, this is a classic Prosecco style that is great value for money.

The producers continually aim to improve the quality of their wines, and thanks to the use of advanced technologies in both the vineyard and the winery it certainly shows here.

In the glass, it is a pale straw colour with a fine mousse. Both the nose and the palate display the typical apple and pineapple fruit you would expect from a Prosecco, alongside a citrus freshness.

Great as an aperitif and would partner well with fish dishes.

£14.99 or buy two and save 33% = £9.99!


Vallée Des Pins - RoseDate published: 28/07/14

The first rosé on our tasting counter is the Vallée Des Pins. Enjoying the weather? This rosé is the perfect accompaniment for a BBQ! Currently on the buy 2 and save 33.3% deal at a mouthwatering price of £6.66!*

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

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters

*Only until the end of 28th July



The Barossa ValleyDate published: 28/07/14

The Barossa Valley region lies to the North of Adelaide in South Australia. It's hot, dry climate and limestone soil are ideal for growing bush vine trained Shiraz (or Syrah), Grenache, Mataro (or Mourvèdre) and Cabernet Sauvignon.  

However, it is Shiraz that really flourishes in the Barossa Valley with some very fine examples being produced. The wines tend to be full-bodies, soft and rich with characteristics of ripe dark fruit and sweet spice. Leather, and caramel notes can develop with age. 

Our wine of the week, the Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz by Two Hands is a premium example, bursting with intense aroma. Only £18 when you buy with any other selected fine wine or spirit (usually £23, saving £5 a bottle). 


Nyetimber Fizz - Product of EnglandDate published: 28/07/14

Product of England

For over twenty years Nyetimber has had a solitary aim: To make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world, including Champagne.

With numerous international awards under their belt, proves that England has the capability of producing wines of Grande Marque standard.

The Nyetimber vineyards are located on soils found in Champagne, which dips under the Channel and reappears in Sussex.

Using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes all grown on domestic vineyards, the classic cuvee has a rich creamy texture with a lengthy warm finish, epitomising the harmony of flavours that a blend from these three grapes can bring.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - £23.98, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case. (single bottle price £35.99)

Nyeetimber Demi-Sec NV - £25.98, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case. (single bottle price £38.99)


Party time!!Date published: 28/07/14

Planning a party, be it for a special event or "just because"? Perhaps you're getting married? In any case, you've come to the right place.

With so much to offer and so many great deals to choose from, finding the perfect wine for you can be a bit daunting. Here at Majestic, we pride ourselves on being able to offer you the best advice on our extensive range of red, white and rosé wines, sparkling and fortified wines, beers, ciders, spirits and even soft drinks. We're all trained (or training) to know our Beaujolais from our Bordeaux and our Merlot from our Malbec. 

Nevertheless, you don't always have to take our word for it as we always have a selection of wines open to try (for free!) in store. We can even arrange a wedding tasting for you in store and can open a couple of bottles for you if you have your heart set on something. 

Once you have chosen your drinks, we'll deliver them to you for free. We deliver seven days a week (up to 8pm Monday-Friday) and offer 2 hour windows so you don't have to wait around all day.

We also have glasses, chiller bins and ice buckets (as well as the ice to fill them) to hire out. There is a deposit to pay for this service, which is fully refunded upon return. 

Last, but by no means least, we offer sale-or-return on our products, removing the worry of over-ordering and being stuck with vast quantities of the same wine. As long as the items are in resalable condition, we'll take them back with no fuss.

The only thing left to ask yourself is this: why would you go anywhere else?


George DuboeufDate published: 28/07/14

George Duboeuf the 'King of Beaujolais' is a small wiry bright eyed man with a very serious passion for gamay. He started off his adult life as a PE teacher in Paris. He quickly became unhappy with city life and of his seemingly endless commute on the Paris equivalent of the central line. So he escaped to Beaujulais. After years of grafting and endless hard work he has come out on top with the biggest area under vine in the Beaujolais region.

Some names that are given to places are just meant to be! Fleurie is one of those, the wines produced are subtle, delicate and sensual. The pink granite that underlies the region gives the wine added character and panache. This Fleurie certainly fits the bill the delicate and beautiful with a touch of oak which gave it an added flavour.

£9.98 when you buy two wines from our 15% promotion.


Mont Saint Jean 2012, CorbieresDate published: 28/07/14

Mont Saint Jean 2012, Corbieres is on a brilliant short-term offer at the minute, only £4.99!!

Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, this wine shows notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

This wine is perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board.


ChardonnayDate published: 28/07/14

Chardonnay takes its name from a village in the macaronis , but has expanded widely from its Burgundian roots and is planted around the world. It can produce quality wines in a wide range of climates, although the style varies considerably. cool climates, such as Champagne and chablis , give very steely wines, medium to light in body, high in acidity and apple, pear or green plum fruit notes. More favourable sites, and moderate-climate regions, result in more citrus, melon and peach favlours. In warm and hot climates the fruit character tends towards exotic flavours such as banaana, mango or fig.

Birthday offersDate published: 28/07/14

To celebrate the 1st Birthday of our New Majestic Website we are running a special offer on four Majestic classics.


For one week only (Tuesday 22nd July to Monday 28th July) the following four products will join the 33% off summer offer:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy any 2 save 33% = £6.99

Pouilly Fumé Jean Vincent - £14.99 buy any 2 save 33% = £9.99

Les Galets Côte-du-Rhône - £8.49 buy any 2 save 33% = £5.66

Vallée Des Pins Provence Rosé - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% = £6.66

As stated these are only here for a week so come and get them before they run out!


Gavi 2013 Araldica - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% - £6.66Date published: 25/07/14

Gavi 2013 Araldica - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% - £6.66

Gavi is often referred to as the Chablis of Italy on account of the wines being mineral, having a rich understated complexity and being particularly food friendly. Despite being more closely linked in style with its neighboring region's wines, Gavi is still considered Piedmont's white jewel in the crown. It gained DOCG status in 1998.

Totally different in style and wine-making, the grapes are pressed very gently and free-run juice is used predominantly to capture the floral and elegance for which Gavi is famed. Lemon and citrus pith on the nose and palate, there's something very clean about this wine, tangy, bitter perhaps, it's searingly refreshing. Perfect for the garden.


Enjoy



Majestic at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Date published: 25/07/14

Majestic at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 

Here is a selection of some of Majestic's wines that won the Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014:

Surani Costarossa Primitivo 2012

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013 

CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2007

Bollinger Grande Année 2004 

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012

 Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012 


What's hot ..Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet Date published: 25/07/14

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc

Grape Picpoul

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.


Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish.

Only £5.99* (when buy 2 bottles or more) 


Veuve Cliquot NV - still on offer...Date published: 25/07/14

Veuve Cliquot NV - 33% off = £29.98 a bottle when buy 2 or more

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

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.


Craft Beer Of the WeekDate published: 25/07/14


Einstock Icelandic Pale Ale


Three kinds of hops combine with pure Icelandic water to create our version of the Pale Ale, where robust flavours meet smooth malt. Cascade hops give it the American character, while northern Brewer and Hallertau Tradition add just enough bitterness to make this ale refreshingly Icelandic.

Single case pack = £14.99


Buy 2 cases of Craft Beers and save £6.00 = £11.99 a case


Super SparklingDate published: 25/07/14

Codorniu Selection Raventos,

save 33.3% = £7.99

(£11.99 single bottle price.)

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style.

Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

International Wine Challenge Bronze Award Winner!


NEW - Goose Island IPA £9.99 offer priceDate published: 25/07/14

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

Enjoy

Celebrations!!!!! Date published: 22/07/14

We are Celebrating a years anniversary of our new style web site by lowering the price of some of our best sellers for a limited time.

Ned S/B only £6.99 when you buy any two bottles as part of our 33.3% offer

Pouilly-Fume 2012, Jean Vincent only £9.99 when you buy any two bottles as part of our 33.3% offer

Les Galets, Cote du Rhone 2011, only £5.66 when you buy any two bottles as part of our 33.3% offer

Ned S/B only £6.99 when you buy any two bottles as part of our 33.3% offer

Vallee Des pins Rose 2013 only £6.66 when you buy any two bottles as part of our 33.3% offer

These fantastic offer won't last for ever so hurry.

Wine Of The Week - Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012 Two HandsDate published: 19/07/14

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, Barossa Valley - £18.00 (offer price)

Grape -  Shiraz

Origin

Two Hands are dedicated to showcasing the wide range of styles available from Barossa's many and varied plots. This example is sourced from a number of parcels of mature, gnarly Shiraz vines, and aged in a mixture of new and old French oak hogsheads for 12 months.

Taste

Intense and complex on the nose, which offers an array of fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender. Full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and good length.

Enjoyable immediately, but will develop nicely for up to 5 years in bottle.


Staff Favourite on the Tasting CounterDate published: 19/07/14

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence -  £7.49 (offer price)

Grape - Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

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

Taste

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.

Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine.

Enjoy


NEWS FLASH: AMAZING NEW LIMITED TIME OFFERSDate published: 16/07/14

We've Done it again.


Somehow our excellent buyers here at Majestic have managed to get some amazing deals on some fantastic wines starting today (16/7/14).


Mont Saint Jean Corbières, £5.87 Buy any 2 save 15% = £4.99

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, £7.04 Buy any 2 save 15% = £5.99

Both of these wines are perfect for any events you might be having through out the summer or even just for drinking at home, hurry as this offer won't last for ever but lets hope our summer does.


Staff Favourite on the tasting counter: Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 02/07/14

Gavi 2013 La Toledana


£8.99

When you buy any 2 selected wines and save 25%

Single bottle price £11.99

It's been our staff pick once, and quite rightfully it earns it again. This wine is made from late harvest cortese grapes which give delicious rich and ripe fruit notes. The combination of peach, pears, and a slight honeyed edge with a hint of citrus and steely minerality make this the perfect summer wine... in my opinion! It's not too overwhelming on the palate but it still crisp and refreshing.


Wine Of The Week!!!Date published: 02/07/14

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012 Ramón Bilbao


£6.66

When you buy any 2 wines in our save 33% range.

Single bottle price £9.99

Grape

Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja’s emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From vines with an average age of 40 years, this concentrated, intense Rioja is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.

Taste

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

Enjoy

This soft and supple wine is vibrant ruby in colour with aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit and slight hints of vanilla on the medium bodied palate.


£14.99 Champagne!!Date published: 30/06/14

£14.99 Champagne!!

We still have small stocks left of the Heidsick Monopole NV Champagne at only £14.99 this isn't to be missed!


ProseccoDate published: 29/06/14

Prosecco

Prosecco is made in Italy and can vary in quality from DOC* status wines ( which covers a wide are of Veneto and Friuli) and the top quality area of Conegliano- Valdobbiadene which is a DOCG** classification area. 

The process in how it is made differs from champagne in the sense that fermentation takes place in a large tank rather than in the bottle. This method is not only cost effective, but it retains the natural aromatic characteristics of certain varieties of grape. Lees stirring can be used to a achieve a yeasty taste however this is not really desirable in Prosecco production as we like to be able to taste the soft floral and pear flavours of the wine. The quality of the dry base wine that is put into the tank is very important in making a good wine along with the care taken in production. 

I am particularly a fan of the Prosecco Zonin which we currently have on offer at £7.99. For me it represents a great Prosecco at a great price; with lovely bubbles and a very slight off dry finish. Delicious as an apéritif or with canapés.  

DOC* Specifies the geographical area, permitted grape varieties and minimum alcohol level. It may also stipulate the production method and minimum ageing. Currently more than 300 DOC wines. 

DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status wines are a quality insurance label for the customer e.g the it is guaranteed best vines are used from the best sites in that region 


The Mudhouse Sauvignon - £6.66Date published: 29/06/14

The Mudhouse Sauvignon - £6.66


For all you Sauvignon Blanc lovers out there (and we know there are lots!) there is a new arrival fresh from Marlborough -The Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc.
It's barely been in our stores a week and the press reviews have been exceptional. This is a great glass of punchy, zesty summery drinking. A real steal at just £6.66 too. 


Sit back and enjoy …Date published: 28/06/14

Sit back and enjoy …

Want something light and refreshing to sit back and relax with? Try our lovely, fresh Custoza. At just £6.74 it's well worth it.

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

Goes great with herby salads, prawns and simply cooked white fish dishes. Alternatively it goes down very well all on its own or washed down with another glassful...


The June Summer Selection: Les Roches Rouges, Louis Jadot, BurgundyDate published: 27/06/14

The June Summer Selection: Les Roches Rouges, Louis Jadot, Burgundy


Les Roches Rouges: £8.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection Wines

The gentle, rolling hills of the Mâconnais region in the south of Burgundy makes fresh and fruity wines accessible in their youth. This wine is sourced from several vineyard sites to create a light and supple blend of around 80% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir.

An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish.


Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 BandolDate published: 27/06/14

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


Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde Date published: 26/06/14

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 

Vinho Verde is a region that hugs the Atlantic coast, running north from the city of Porto, extending way up to the Spanish border at Galicia. This is beautiful countryside, of small farms and woodlands scattered with tiny villages, and everywhere there are vines, crammed into back gardens, straddling the roadside, climbing through church yards.

Traditionally the vines are trained high on pergola trellises - an eminently practical arrangement that allows the smallholder to grow a second crop beneath, most commonly maize. It also gives the vines plenty of exposure to the breeze - essential in this often damp climate that is prone to frost in Spring and rot-causing humidity in summer.

But this is the old face of Vinho Verde, which earned a dubious reputation for its wines. Typically the wines - harvested with enormous yields - where dilute, low in alcohol, and often fiercely acidic. After harvest and lying in the chilly cellars over the region's cold winter, a second fermentation occurred in spring because sugar was added to sweeten the wines. This created the sweet yet acidic, fizzy and low alcohol wines that found few friends in the sophisticated world of modern wine.


Now most estates are looking for much better balance of fruit, acidity, sugar and alcohol. The biggest changes are in vine training, with the pergolas being replaced by other systems that still keep the vines well off the ground, but provide much better management of the leaf canopy and exposure of grapes to the sun. Young vines are planted to be trained on wires. Yields have also been cut, though it is still a relatively high-yielding region.

From this wine you can expect complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. It is a lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish. A perfect summer wine!

£8.22 or Buy 2 Save 15% = £6.99 each


Have you tried...Gavi Montiero?Date published: 25/06/14

Have you tried...Gavi Montiero?

Gavi seems to appear in many different guises, from ultra clean and zesty to fairly fat and oily. This amazing value example is a great example as it sits somewhere in the middle! Fresh and slightly herby on the nose (think fresh fennel meets basil) and on the palate it's quite zingy with an apple/melon-like core flavour. This wine needs seafood! 


Phylloxera!Date published: 24/06/14

Phylloxera was brought to Europe in the mid nineteenth century as a result of the transatlantic trade in plant material. V. vinifera has no way of resisting the vine pest, which therefore able to cause the wholesale destruction of the vineyards of Europe. Phylloxera cannot be controlled by chemical sprays. it has a very complex life cycle, which means it takes different forms throughout the year.  During one phase it lives underground and feeds on the roots of the vine. Bacteria and fungi enter through the feeding wound and infects the roots. The vine is weakened by these infections, becoming less and less productive every year. After several years the vine dies. 

American vines, which evolved with phylloxera are able to inhibit the underground louse by clogging its mouth with a sticky sap. They also form protective layers behind the feeding wound preventing secondary infections.

phylloxera is now a problem in nearly every vineyard area of the world. Except Chile, Argentina and south australia have strict quaratine 


Argento Malbec: £6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection WinesDate published: 24/06/14


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.

Wine Of The Week!!!Date published: 24/06/14

Wine of the week

L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, Comté Tolosan

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.


Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs.

£9.99, or £6.66 when you buy two or more bottle on our 33% offer.


Craft Ales have well and truly landed here in Milton KeynesDate published: 23/06/14

We are now seeing an influx of Amazing craft beers here in Milton Keynes. The latest addition to our ever growing range is the Brooklyn Summer Ale. this cheeky little beer is very light in style and full of charm.

Come down and see what all the fuss is about.

Le Difese Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 23/06/14


Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly 
with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that 
extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and 
tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of 
overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and 
American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine 
Advocate.
A really fantastic wine showing incredibly well now. Don't miss your chance to taste in on 
our tasting counter this week. 
Just £16 on our Fine Wine offer (buy any two selected fine wines or spirits save £10)

Craft Beers at Majestic Milton Keynes.....Date published: 22/06/14


Did you know that here at Majestic wine we also do a little more than great wine. We 
have an ever increasing range of craft beers in stock, need something for the football 
or the summer sun? Come and have a look, here's a few from our range of beers at the 
moment just to give you a taste...


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


Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles
A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.
Punk IPA, Brew Dog 6x330ml Cans
Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.


Brooklyn Summer Ale 6x355ml Bottles

A modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's: refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavour. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.

Einstök White Ale 6x330ml Bottles
A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made 
with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet 
light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.
These are all currently on a multibuy discount down to £9.99 when you buy any 2 or 
more, unit price for all is £12.99.

What is 'veraison'?Date published: 22/06/14


This is a term used by English speaker to describe the onset of the ripening period. 
During veraison the colour of the berry changes, the grapes soften, sugar increases and 
acidity decreases. The change can be rapid and dramatic with berries going from hard 
and green to double the size. Not all berries ripen at the same rate. The first grapes to 
show veraison are the more exposed. They are usually near to walls, stakes or posts 
or have radiated heat from the soil. Sunny warm weather can bring on veraison early, 
presenting a challenge to the grape grower.

The Production of ChampagneDate published: 21/06/14


Have you ever wondered what makes Champagne different to regular still wine? 
Wondered why it comes with such a premium and wondered how they get the bubbles in 
the bottle? Well there 8 steps in the creation of sparkling goodness 
Pressing
The are three primary grapes used in Champagne. These are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay 
and Pinot Meunier. The grapes are pressed very gently in a pneumatic press to to as not 
release the bitter tannins contained within the stems, skins and pips of grapes. Pinot Noir 
traditionally produces red wines and this gentle pressing prevents the release of the red 
pigments within the grape skin.
Primary Fermentation
The three different grape juices are fermented to produce base wines ready for blending. 
These 'still wines' you would not want to drink however, as they will be very highly acidic 
and low in alcohol. This is due to the cold climate of Champagne and high latitude.
Blending
The producer will take these base wines and blend them in a way that best suites the 
style he or she is trying to achieve. In non-vintage wines, a producer can use 'reserve 
wines' that may have been stored for many years with different characteristics to achieve 
a consistent style. Vintage wines can only have wines blended grapes grown in the same 
year.
Secondary Fermentation
This blended wine has no sparkle and the secondary fermentation is where the magic 
happens. A liquid called tirage is added to the wine. This contains yeast, sugar and 
other nutrients. The bottle is sealed with a plastic cap similar to a beer bottle top and is 
stacked horizontally. The bottle is left to ferment for six to eight weeks and the alcohol 
content raises slightly. As the bottle is sealed the carbon dioxide produced has no where 
to go and dissolves into the wine. Once fermentation is complete the pressure within the 
bottle is as high as six atmospheres.
Yeast Autolysis
Once the fermentation is complete the yeast die and form a sediment known as the 'lees'. 
These cells begin to break down and release proteins and other compounds. This 
influences the flavour of the wine with such characters of bread, biscuit and toast notes. 
This process typically last four to five years but can last as long as ten. In wines that are 
aged longer, typically vintage Champagnes, the lees keep the wine fresh and can be left 
for decades.
Riddling
After a producer has aged the Champagne on the lees for long enough, the remaining 
yeast sediment needs to be removed from the wine. The process of riddling is when 
the bottle is slowly tilted forward and twisted to collect all the sediment. This used to be 
carried out by hand and was very labour intensive and time consuming lasting as long as 
eight weeks. A hydraulic arm is usually used for tilting taking only eight days and riddling 
up to 500 bottles a time.
Disgorgement and Corking
The neck of the bottle is submerged in very cold brine which freezes the wine in the neck. 
The cap is removed and the pressure ejects the frozen wine from the bottle. The bottle is 
then topped up with dosage, a mixture of wine and sugar is then added, and the cork is 
then placed on the bottle. The sugar added at this stage will determine the style (ie. Brut, 
Demi-sec).
Bottle Ageing
The bottle is then aged for a further few months to allow the dosage to fully integrate 
and for further flavour development and that is how Champagne is made!

Vintage guide – France 2006Date published: 21/06/14


Bordeaux 2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't 
ripen fully. However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.
Red Burgundy 2006: Patchy with a few problems with rot in the Côte de Beaune. But 
some fruity yet forward reds from the Côte de Nuits.
White Burgundy 2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and relatively forward wines. 
Chablis is also excellent with particularly refreshing acidity.
Champagne 2006 was good for Chardonnay, but not so good for both Pinots.
Loire 2006: A difficult year, although early-ripening varieties like Sauvignon Blanc are 
excellent throughout. Not so good for sweet whites.
Rhone 2006: A healthy year producing rich, balanced wines with generous fruit. Some 
age-worthy Northern reds, and good acidity in the whites.
Alsace 2006 was an unusual year with September rain causing problems, although some 
excellent wines have been made.
Southern France 2006: Mixed results with some great wines being made, and some poor 
wines. An average year for the vast Vin de Pays area.

Worldcup BeersDate published: 20/06/14


Want to treat yourself to ew beers whilst watching the World Cup?
Why not try our fabulous selection of craft beers?
Any mix. Any two x6 Packs
Save £6! £9.99 each
(Single pack £12.99)
Choose from...
Brooklyn Lager: An amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing 
bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.
Brooklyn Summer ale
Anchor Steam Lager: A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, 
distinctive flavour.
Einstock White Lager
Under Dog Atlantic
Brew Dog IPA

Vintage guide 2009Date published: 20/06/14


ITALY 2009: Piedmont fared very well, producing, rich, well structured wines. Southern 
Italy more variable, although Sangiovese was generally sound.
SPAIN 2009: Hot and dry throughout most of Spain, the vintage produced many 
powerful, intense wines, with plenty of body and ripe tannins.
AUSTRALIA 2009: Yields reduced deliberately in many places, and by bushfires in 
Victoria. Otherwise relatively cool conditions, giving balanced wines.
CHILE 2009: Mild conditions favoured white wines, as well as Syrah and Pinot Noir, 
which tend towards elegant structure rather than outright power.
SOUTH AFRICA 2009: A tricky vintage due to cool, wet weather. Thicker-skinned red 
varieties suffered, while whites are crisp and well structured.
NEW ZEALAND 2009: A great vintage in all regions, with quality boosted by much crop 
thinning following 2008’s bumper harvest.
CALIFORNIA 2009: A long, hot growing season ended with thunderstorms around 
harvest time, causing slightly patchy quality, but the good wines are very good.

Dinner party cheese & wine.Date published: 19/06/14


Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But 
did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of 
my favourite pairings!
Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and 
wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which 
complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese 
softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich 
fruit and savoury characters within.
Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white 
wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the 
crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.
Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach 
for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. 
And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate 
as well for a real treat!

Are you a pub or restaurant manager/owner..Date published: 18/06/14


Majestic were recently named House Wine Merchant of the Year at 
the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, in recognition of the great value and wide range 
of wines we offer to our Commercial customers:
"And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s 
competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the 
radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”
Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes 
we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you 
can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help 
achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.
It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, 
who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need 
it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to 
be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 
Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust 
award. Some have gone on to hone their knowledge and passion even further by 
completing the Level 4 Diploma.
So Why Choose Majestic Wines?
•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines 
only available to our on-trade customers
 • We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed 
tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 
• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which 
explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners 
course specifically tackles food matching.
 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders 
personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open 
seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you – even at 
weekends.

Staff Favourite on the Tasting Counter: Vistamar late harvest moscatelDate published: 18/06/14

Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2013 Limarí Valley 37.5cl Half bottle


£6.49

This is the first in a long time for our tasting counter to display a dessert wine. This one comes from Limarí in northern Chile, where the long ripening season produces wines with great fruit concentration. After harvesting, the grapes are partially sun-dried, reducing their water content and thus concentrating the sugars. Straw yellow in colour, with golden highlights. Aromas of white flowers, peach, apricots and quince carry through to a palate of more ripe stone fruits and dried fig flavours. Match with sticky toffee pudding, sweet fruit cheesecake, or rich blue cheeses.


Wine Of The Week!!!Date published: 18/06/14

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza


£7.99

When you buy any 2 wines in our save 33% range.

Single bottle price £11.99

Grape

Malbec

Origin

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.

Taste

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

Enjoy

A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak, venison or lamb are ideal companions. 


First Class Pinot Noir: £5.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection WinesDate published: 15/06/14


This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state-of-the art winery 
in neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with 
selected yeasts, and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character.
Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with 
raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of 
floral and pepper hints.
Enjoy

Errazuriz Carmenere: £6.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection WinesDate published: 14/06/14

Errazuriz Carmenere: £6.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection 
Wines
Sourced from our vineyards in the Valle de Aconcagua. This region features a 
Mediterranean climate. From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged 
in French and American oak barrels.
On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy 
notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, 
pleasant finish.

Summer red – Vinalba MalbecDate published: 13/06/14


With all the garden parties, weddings and BBQs over the summer months, the challenge 
is set to find  the right wine to please your guests. A perfectly smooth, juicy, easy red 
for drinking on its own or with those smokey BBQ sausages is the challenge. Look no 
further...
Vinalba Malbec £7.99 when you buy any 2 'save 33%'... Juicy and smooth for drinking on 
its own but with plenty of body and smokey character to match the food on the barbie!
Enjoy

Wine Of The Week!!!Date published: 13/06/14

Wine of the week

Pietrariccia Fiano 2013 Surani


£7.49

When you buy any 2 wines in our save 25% range.

Single bottle price £9.99

Grape

Fiano

Origin

Masseria Surani is an estate dating back to the early 1900's, and is located just 6km from the Ionian coast in Apuglia, Italy's 'heel'. The Fiano grape is found almost exclusively in southern Italy and Sicily, and is thought to have it origins in ancient Greece.

Taste

A bright lemon colour with a golden tinge. The nose offers an inviting mixture of citrus and tropical fruit with floral hints. Crisp acidity and good palate texture make for a refreshing, satisfying feel.

Enjoy

Drink with a salad, generously dressed with olive oil, anchovies and pine kernels. Try with glazed pork chops.


Summer white – Wave series Sauvignon blancDate published: 12/06/14


With all garden parties, weddings and family get togethers over the summer, the 
challenge is set to find  the right wine to please your guests. A perfectly, light, easy going, 
crowd pleasing, glugger of a white wine to impress. Look no further...
Wave series Sauvignon blanc... Chilean by name, kiwi in style. Limes, grassand tropical 
fruit mingle for an oh-so-easy-drinking glass of white. At 6.66, it's a no brainer.
Enjoy

AssyrtikoDate published: 12/06/14

Assyrtiko - This is a top quality white grape variety grown increasingly widely in 
Greece.  The origins of this grape are on the island of Santorini.  The grape is excellent
at retaining acidity in a hot climate, which has resulted in successful cultivating elsewhere 
in Greece, notably on the North Eastern mainland around Halkidiki.  It has a severe 
mineral profile which makes it an excellent blending grape for Malsgousia, Semillon and 
Sauvignon.  The wines can age well.

Last week of 25% off Italian wines..Date published: 12/06/14

Last week of 25% off Italian wines..


On the 30th June our offers will change over, and our month long offer of 25% off Italy will be gone.

So here is my pick of the bunch that I highly recommend snapping up before the prices make that jump.

1) PoggioArgentiera Vermentino 2013 - £7.49 with 25% off - A crisp and lean Italian white, which is both refreshing and interesting. Hailing from the Southernmost vineyards of Tuscany, a mixture of peachy stone fruits and limey citrus dominate. An element of clean minerality hints through, adding to the appeal of this wine for the classic...chilled in the garden on a hot sunny day, or any other time for that matter.

2) Barolo Milani - £13.49 with 25% off - An intense and attractive ruby colour leaps out of the glass, drawing you in. Plush, ripe black and summer fruits are abundant here, with cherry and black currant taking center stage. 24 months in Oak ensure the wine is elegantly rounded off, and supple tannins create a fantastic food wine.

3) Natale Verga Primitivo - £6.74 with 25% off - A wine that represents fantastic value for money, from a producer with real pedigree (Verga's Barolo is excellent!). Approachable, medium bodied, this is a fantastic mid week wine. Red berry flavours and aromas combine together to make an easy drinking, interesting Italian red.

4) Inama Soave - A quality Soave made with the Garganega grape. A rich and luscious Italian white here from the North East. Lower yields and prestigious vineyards create a rich and complex wine. Honey, apricots, peaches and almonds are all evident here, definitetly worth paying a bit extra for!


Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, 2013Date published: 11/06/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, 2013
Marlborough – New Zealand
£6.66 – Buy 2 Save 33.3% (Single bottle price £9.99)
Our very latest addition to our New Zealand range comes from Marlborough, 
a region now famous for producing quality Sauvignon Blanc.
Aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated 
and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruits with green 
vegetal undertones.
Chill well, will go well with light rice or pasta dishes.
This is currently our cheapest New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, so please take 
advantage of this introductory offer whilst you can!

Château Tour du Haut Moulin 2007: £11.24 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection WinesDate published: 10/06/14


Tour du Haut Moulin is situated in Cussac Fort, between Margaux and St-Julien, in the 
heart of Haut-Médoc. It has been owned by the Poitou family since 1870 and is now in 
the 6-generation of family ownership. It has 28 hectares of vines on Garonne gravel soils.
Now showing a good degree of maturity with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit 
and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a 
harmonious mouthfeel.
Enjoy

A £10 bottle for you and one for your friend - on us!Date published: 10/06/14

Yep it's true, don't miss the chance to get yourself and your friend 2 free bottles worth 
£10 (1 each). All you have to do is bring them with you or your next shop, add them 
onto the customer list and as long as you each get 6 bottles you get a free bottle of your 
choice, or with our guidance and £10 off the bill. Happy days! :) They'll be a friend for 
life...

10% off all purchases at Majestic…Date published: 09/06/14

Yes it's true, there is a way that you can get a 10% invoice discount on all Majestic
Purchases. It applies to the saver investor or avid wine enthusiast. 
Lay and Wheeler - Majestic's sister company is a long established fine wine broker. They 
offer temperature controlled cellerage, the ability to buy wine en-primeur (direct from the
Chateau on release), expert personal wine advisors and a large selection of superb fine
wines from many different vintages. How it works, is when you join their plan and deposit 
£100 a month, you build up a wine 'bank' with which to invest or divulge. You can sell the 
wines when you or like or get them delivered to your residence.
With this £100 (or more) you get a 3 month's rolling credit (3 times your monthly debit), 
a free case of Bordeaux worth £120 and a card which entitles you to 10% off all Majestic 
Wine Purchases. Not a bad set of bonuses?! If this is of interest to you please visit their 
website www.laywheeler.com

Staff pick - The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough £9.99Date published: 09/06/14

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

Origin - Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour.

Taste - A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.

Enjoy - At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

Enjoy

Need to get your wine, beer, spirits, sparkle and soft drinks for your wedding? But don’t know where to start?Date published: 08/06/14

Feel free to come in store and speak to a member of staff. They will be happy to give
guidance on:
- The best wines to please your guests
- Help you choose the best wines that will compliment your food choices
- Quanities of wine that you will need
- The best 'sparkling' deals: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava
Other services we provide to make planning your day hassle and care free:
- Free Delivery 
- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice Buckets are also avaliable (deposits are required)
- Sale and Return
We look forward to seeing you soon

Are you a Pub or Restaurant manager/owner?Date published: 07/06/14

Majestic were recently named House Wine Merchant of the Year at 
the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, in recognition of the great value and wide range 
of wines we offer to our Commercial customers:
"And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s 
competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the 
radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”
Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes 
we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you 
can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help 
achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.
It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, 
who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need 
it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to 
be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 
Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust
award. Some have gone on to hone their knowledge and passion even further by 
completing the Level 4 Diploma.
So Why Choose Majestic Wines?
•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines 
only available to our on-trade customers
 • We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed 
tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 
• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which 
explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners 
course specifically tackles food matching.
 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders 
personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open 
seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you – even at 
weekends.

Prosecco Zonin: £7.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection WinesDate published: 06/06/14


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.
Enjoy

Something new…Date published: 06/06/14

We all like to stick to what we know and especially when it comes to wine, we're no 
different. However let's appeal to your adventurous side and tempt you with different, 
exciting wines to steer you away from the old favourites.
 

If you like...
French Sauvignon blanc
You should try...
 Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin £7.64 when you any 2 ' save15%' ...a fresh, light, zingy, 
citrussy number from the South of France. The perfect summer drink.

If you like...
Californian Zinfandel
You should try...
Primitivo Costarossa, Italy £8.24 when you any 2 'save 25%'
Primitivo and Zinfandel are actually the same variety. What you get with the Italian 
primitivo is the same rich, dense dark fruit and concentration but with added perfume. 
Think violets.

If you like...
 Viognier
You should try...
Pietrariccia Fiano £8.49 when you buy any 2 'save 15%'  - a dry white full of stone fruit 
flavours and plenty of texture. An exciting, inviting wine and a winner at the summer 
BBQ.

Champagne on Offer Part 2Date published: 06/06/14

Champagne on Offer Part 2

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV

Grape Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the 
nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish. 
On special offer  £42.00  £25.00

Pol Roger Réserve NV

Grape Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33 meters deep and average 
particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited 
to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.
£50.00 Buy 2 save 33.3% = £33.31 a bottle

Champagne on OfferDate published: 05/06/14

With the new June Summer Selection there are a couple of Champagnes on 
exceptionally good deals:

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV
Grape - Chardonnay 
Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée 
offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an 
abundant mousse.
£22.49 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £14.99

Canard-Duchêne Brut NV 
Grape - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in 
style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.

Emma's Pick on the tasting counterDate published: 04/06/14

Staff Favourite on the Tasting Counter

Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía

£6.66

When you buy any 2 selected wines and save 33.3%

Single bottle price £9.99

This was the first Rioja I ever tasted and it is a silky, smooth, simple example of a young Crianza. It is made using tempranillo from a bodega run by the illustrious Muriel group. This wine comes from vineyards in Rioja's Alta and Alavesa sub-regions. The traditional Crianza maturation sees this wine spending 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release. It is vivid cherry red in colour. The aromas show off the wine's oak ageing, with vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes coming to the fore. An elegant palate of ripe fruit framed by soft, polished tannins.

The definitive accompaniment to tapas, especially those of red meat, lamb or cured cheeses, however I found it stands up fantastically against a bolognese or chili con carne for the slighty less sophisticated diners.


The Loire ValleyDate published: 31/05/14

The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is made up of 4 sub-regions: NantaisAnjou-SaumurTouraineCentral Vineyards.

The Loire covers a huge area and therefore makes very different wines depending on the sub-region. Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre from the Central Vineyards in the east produce very steely, flinty wines; whereas the wine produced further west in the Nantais region is often sweeter in style.

Some of the key grape varieties include Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc for white wine and Cabernet Franc for red wine.

Come and Explore some of wines we have in store from the Loire.

A personal favourite of mine is the Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fume. If you need any recommendations or just want to try something new pop in and i'm sure we can help!

See you at the tasting counter...



Staff Favourite on the Tasting CounterDate published: 29/05/14

Staff Favourite on the Tasting Counter

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence


£7.49

When you buy any 2 selected wines and save 25%

Single bottle price £9.99

I can't recommend this Rosé highly enough. It manages to display far more fruit than many other provence rosés of its kind whilst still remaining crisp and dry.

The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style. Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.

Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine.


Wine Of The Week!!!Date published: 29/05/14

Wine of the week

Parcel Series Shiraz 201

Grape

Syrah

Origin

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

Taste

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

£8.99, or buy 2 and save 33.3% £5.99


WINE FACT - VintagesDate published: 25/05/14

WINE FACT - Vintages

- Vintage just means harvest, it has nothing to do with describing the quality of a wine.

- Most wines are vintage wines. If it has a year on the label, that is the year the grapes were picked and the wine was made.

- Just like growing other produce like Asparagus in Formby, Rhubarb in Wakefield or Strawberries in Devon, some years are better than others, with the weather playing a significant role.

- Wine Spectator Magazine's vintage chart rates each vintage on a scale of 1-100. 85-89 is “very good”, 90-94 is “outstanding”, 95+ is “otherwordly”.

- In Rioja in northern Spain they've had an astonishing run of great vintages. Every year since 2000 has been 85 or above. Look out for the 2004's, 2005's and 2009's in particular as all were above 90 points - “outstanding wines of superior character and style”


Nyetimber Classic Cuvee open to taste - Saturday 24th MayDate published: 24/05/14

Come down on Saturday 24th May and give the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee a whirl...

Grape - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier

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

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

Enjoy - The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

See you at the tasting counter


Star Quality: New Chateau Miraval RoseDate published: 24/05/14

Star Quality: New Chateau Miraval Rose

It has finally arrived, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Provence rose bringing with it a little bit of holly wood glamour to Majestic's shelves.

This is the second vintage and during its first year was extremely popular with the vineyard selling out in just 3 days.

Miraval, in the village of Correns, amongst the rugged, scrub-covered hills of the Var department to the west of Draguignan, is the summer home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They have leased the place since 2008, bought it in 2012 for an estimated $60 million and, when they did so, took control of the vineyards.

With the summer sun beginning to shine this is a refreshing rose with subtle hints of strawberries and cream.

This rose is a real treat and at just £17.99 will bring a bit of hollywood sparkle to a summer evening. 

Also available in magnums at £38.00 each!


Staff Favourite back in stock - Albert Morot Savigny les Beaune 1er cru 2008Date published: 23/05/14

Staff Favourite back in stock - Albert Morot Savigny les Beaune 1er cru 2008

Albert Morot Savigny les Beaune 1er cru 2008 £19.99

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

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

Albert Morot staunchly traditionalist in his viticultural techniques but he also believes in pricing his wines fairly and even better, doesn't release them until they have developed a little in bottle. Consequently this is one of the best value fine wines we do. 

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

Enjoy

Staff favourite - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 La CasettaDate published: 22/05/14

Staff favourite - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011 La Casetta

£17.99

Buy two bottles and save 15%

£15.29

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

Enjoy


Sam Adams Boston Lager - £1.00 a bottleDate published: 21/05/14

Sam Adams Boston Lager - £1.00 a bottle

We have an amazing deal on Sam Adams Boston Lager at the moment. Just £24 for a case of 24.

So any of you who are hoping to spend this bank holiday weekend in the garden... 

...why not do it with a nice, cold, £1 beer in hand?


Cocktail of the day: CosmopolitanDate published: 19/05/14

It's my 'go to' cocktail. I love a cosmopolitan. In fact, I enjoyed a couple last night while I soaked up some last minute rays on my balcony. They're just so refreshing and light yet feel so indulgent, and they are so simple to make!

All you need is 1.5 measures of Vodka, 1 measure of triple sec, 1/2 measure lime juice, and cranberry juice to taste. Mix it all up and you've got yourself a Cosmo that Carrie Bradshaw herself would be proud of.

Quincy back in stock….Date published: 19/05/14

Quincy back in stock….

Quincy 2012, Jean-Charles Borgnat LOIRE Sauvignon Blanc

The Quincy appellation produces dry, aromatic wines very much in the same mould as Sancerre.  Jean-Charles Borgnat is a young and dynamic producer, and this wine is a match for many a Sancerre.Aromatic nose with spring flowers, racy and rich gooseberry and citrusfruits, hints of greengage, textured palate and a long, fresh and pleasing finish.

Excellent on its own, this wine also works very well with vibrant Thai dishes.

Just £9.99 when you buy two or more.  Why not pop in for a sample

Enjoy


Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/05/14

We've chosen this wine as our Wine of the Week for no other reason than it is excellent value for money. The cheapest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc by a mile, and it's ridiculously tasty too!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013,

Marlborough New Zealand

£6.66

When you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines and save 33%

Single bottle price £9.99

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Taste

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.


Cocktail of the day: Planters punchDate published: 18/05/14

Mix Jamaican rum ( 4 measures), Angostura bitters (8 drops), Lime juice(1 measure), water (4 measures) and sugar syrup (2 measures) intoa cocktail shaker and add some ice cubes.

SHAKE

Strain into 2 ice filled highball glasses and decorate with slice of orange and lime.

Enjoy.

Pied Tanqué Blanc: £5.49Date published: 18/05/14

Pied Tanqué Blanc: £5.49

This wine is sourced from several vineyards throughout south-west France and the Languedoc, and is made from a blend of three traditional grape varieties that are rarely seen as single-varietal wines, but which commonly feature in the typical whites of southern France.

An easy-going, lightweight white wine with moderate alcohol and a pleasing mixture of citrus and white fruit character, and soft-edged acidity.

Enjoy


Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, ItalyDate published: 17/05/14

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why.  The Corta Alta is fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés.


It's definitely Pimm's O'ClockDate published: 17/05/14

With the weather looking to be a winner this weekend it's definitely time to whip out a winning cocktail. I had my first Pimm's and lemonde of 2014 whilst basking in the sun yesterday evening, and I haven't known happiness like it for quite some time!

Here is how to make a wimbledon-worthy Pimm's cocktail:

1 measure Pimm's No. 1 (£11.99 at your local Majestic)
1 measure of Gin (£15 for a bottle of Gordon's at your local Majestic if you purchase it along with something else on our Fine Wine and Spirits offer)
A splash of Ginger Ale and some Lemonade.


Simply fill a glass with ice and pour in all the ingredients, mix it up and decorate with some strawberries and cucumber.

Glorious!

Pied Tanqué Rose open in tasting counter: £5.49Date published: 17/05/14

We have this amazing value Rose in stock and open to try on our tasting counter, with its light body and  well balanced red fruit this is a perfect rose for a summers day.

Offer alert...Alamos Malbec only £6.66Date published: 17/05/14

Offer alert...Alamos Malbec only £6.66

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

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.

Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Currently on offer until the end of this month, don't miss out on this great wine and call us today for free delivery.

Enjoy


This evening Emma will be attempting to make...Date published: 16/05/14

...  a Tijuana Sling!

The other night I found a bottle of Reposado Tequila in the cupboard and thought I would try my hand at a spot of mixology. As I have an intense dislike for Tequila, I have decided to mix it with some ingredients that I do like (limes, blackcurrants and ginger ale) in the hope of creating something truly magnificent!

So, for this cocktail, you will need:

3.5 measures of tequila
1.5 measures of creme de cassis (only £10 purchased from us along with another bottle of something on our Fine Wine and Spirits deal)
1.5 measures of lime juice
4 dashes Peychaud's bitters (I went for Angostura Bitters because I'm assuming they are fairly similar...?!)
7 measures of ginger ale

Simply pour the tequila, creme de cassis, lime juice and bitters into a cocktail shaker along with some ice cubes and shake. Then pour into a hi-ball glass (or mug, whichever) and top up with the ginger ale.

Enjoy, and let me know how yours turns out!

New wine - Killka Chardonnay: £7.99 when you buy 2Date published: 16/05/14

New wine - Killka Chardonnay: £7.99 when you buy 2

From the same producer that brings us Portillo Malbec, a consistent favourite amongst malbec lovers. Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.

Enjoy


Having a wedding?Date published: 15/05/14

Are you preparing for that big day this year? We're here to help take the stress out of choosing some lovely wines to match your food and ones that your guests will enjoy. Please call us on 01908 691835 or email at mkn@majestic.co.uk and we can arrange a time to do a tasting with you.
We have lots of added extras with our wedding service such as free delivery to the venue, glass hire and sale or return too. So get in touch, we'd love to help plan your big day!

Look forward to hearing from you..

Team Mk


Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2012 South AustraliaDate published: 15/05/14

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2012 South Australia £7.98 when you buy 2 or more - Open on the tasting counter to try.

Grape - Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah-ShirazOrigin

The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangways Wigley, who also studied law and architecture, and played cricket for South Australia. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'.

Taste - A brilliant crimson with a purple edge, this is a youthful and vibrant wine offering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, lifted by hints of violet and spicy oak notes.

Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best served with red meat.

Enjoy


New Arrival - Chandon Brut NV ArgentinaDate published: 15/05/14

New Arrival - Chandon Brut NV Argentina

Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

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

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

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


Enjoy


Lush Crush - CocktailDate published: 14/05/14

The sun is up and you want to party....why not make yourself a 'Lush Crush' cocktail, perfect for those summer days and nights:

Muddle together 4 strawberries, 2 dashes of sugar syrup and 4 lime wedges in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the 2 measures of Kurant Absolut vodka and some ice cubes.

Shake and strain into 2 chilled flutes and top up with chilled Prosecco, decorate each glass with a sliced strawberry and enjoy.

Prosecco Corte Alta is perfect for this and currently on offer at £6.66 when you buy 2 or more.



Like Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka...?Date published: 14/05/14

... then here is a cheeky little cocktail recipe especially for you.

The wild twist on the Cosmopolitan, I present to you the 'Horizon'

To make two cocktails, you will need:

3 measures of Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
1 measure Pear Liqeuer
2 measures of pressed apple juice
2 teaspoons of passion fruit liqueur
2 dashes of lemon juice
Some ice, and some lemon twists (to add to the masterpiece)
And a cocktail shaker

Simply add all the ingredients together into a cocktail shaker along with the ice and shake it all up! Then strain it into a glass (a martini glass if you will) and decorate with the lemon twists.

We can provide the Zoo-Brov-Ka at a mere £20 a bottle if you mix it with something else in our Spirits and Fine Wine offer, but if your budget won't stretch to all the fancy liqueurs then some supermarket value apple juice and a lemon will do the job just fine :-)

perfect for this weekend: Enjoy!



Need a Full Price List?Date published: 14/05/14

Need a Full Price List?

This summer we have decided not to produce a Grape to Glass that we have produced in the past. With new offers and wines entering the range every month we feel you would prefer to be kept up to date on new arrivals and prices as we go. With this in mind you can now download our stores price list containing everything that we have in stock at that moment. This is a great way to search our in-store range and get some inspiration before you hit the store. 

However, never fear if there is a wine on the website that is not on our personal listing we can always arrange to have the wine bought from another local store and still offer free delivery of any 6 bottle. Not bad if we say so ourselves!!  

So why not check out our up to date listing and Come and Explore the world of wine with Majestic Wine Milton Keynes


Montes Twins 2012, Colchagua ValleyDate published: 13/05/14

Montes Twins 2012, Colchagua Valley

Montes is an extremely successful producer. In fact they are one of very few self funded wineries in Chile. They even own properties in Argentina.

The grapes are grown on the incredibly steep slopes of Colchagua valley. 

The wine is made up of a blend of Cabernet and Malbec. This unusual blend is rarely seen outside of France. The wine is aged for 10 months in new French oak.

Intense, rich, dark fruits dominate the palate. Blackcurrant and plum aromas are integrated with a toasty, smoky element. Why not try with sirloin steak.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles


Staff Pick - Conde de Valdemar, Rioja Gran Reserva, 1998, MagnumDate published: 12/05/14

Conde de Valdemar, Rioja Gran Reserva, 1998, Magnum £19.99 a bottle.

Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50%Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that willappeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been agedin 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.

This wine has been cellared under perfect conditions, but as with all fullymature wines, uncork and serve with care to show the wine at its best.

Enjoy

Little sparklers…Date published: 12/05/14

Little sparklers…

You don't have to go with Champagne, if you're looking for some great bubbly at a better price range, why not choose from a selection of some of our sparkling wines?

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV, New Zealand: £15.99 when you buy two or more. An excellent sparkling with great nutty complexity and crisp green apple flavours.

Lindauer Special Reserve Blancs de Blancs: £12.99 when you buy two or more. A great, cheaper alternative to Champagne. Citrus fruit combined with a slight creaminess.

Undurraga Brut, Chile: £7.99 when you buy two or more. A real bargain in my opinion. A top quality sparkling designed for toasting! Citrus flavours abound in this dry bubbly.


Enjoy


Gift cartons and wine Boxes!Date published: 11/05/14

Gift cartons and wine Boxes!

Have you ever noticed that in Majestic we will always box up your wine into reused boxes?

Well, there is a very good reason for that! Firstly, here at Majestic we care about the environment and less cardboard used may be only a small help but it's better than nothing. Secondly, by not incurring extra costs producing and distributing we are able to keep our home delivery service free!

However, if you are buying a present for someone and want it to look a bit snazzy, we do offer a range of gift bags and presentation boxes in various sizes for very competitive prices!


Rose ready for you here at MKDate published: 10/05/14

We have a lot of Rose ready for you here at MK...there are some absolute belters on offer!!

Offer Alert!!! Mud House, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc £6.66Date published: 10/05/14

Offer Alert!!! Mud House, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.66!! Don't miss out. It's a parcel once it's gone it's gone.

Big Look!Date published: 10/05/14

After a big gift or just very thirsty? Come down and check out our range of magnums...

Remember to sign up for our free tasting eventsDate published: 10/05/14

Remember to sign up for our free tasting events, here's Emma enjoying a sample at our latest Chilean Spotlight tasting. Our next tasting is our Summer tasting on Tuesday 20th May which starts at 6:30/7:00 pm. Call us on 01908 691835 to book a place and it's free!!

Staff Favourite on the tasting counter: Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 10/05/14

Staff Favourite on the Tasting Counter

Gavi La Toledana 2013, Piedmont Italy


£7.99

When you buy any 2 selected wines and save 33.3%

Single bottle price £11.99

Bored of Pinot Grigio? Find New World Sauvignon Blanc far too pungent and acidic? Meet the perfect compromise! This Gavi di Gavi is made from the Cortese grape and due to its fresh, steely minerality wines from this region are often described as the 'Chablis of Italy'. Only wines coming exclusively from the vineyards closest to the town of Gavi are permitted to wear the title 'Gavi di Gavi', with others labelled simply 'Gavi', so this example truly is the real deal.

La Toledana is made from late harvest grapes so they have had longer to ripen. Longer ripening periods means you get richer fruits and slightly less acidity... bonus! This wine demonstrates ripe peach and pear notes with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge. All this deliciousness is livened up by a steely minerality and refreshing acidity. It's the perfect party wine this summer, suiting all manner of palates.

Enjoy by itself or with white fish and summery salad.


Benefits of registering your email addressDate published: 10/05/14

Benefits of registering your email address


The best way to keep up to date with our offers, exclusive online deals and parcels is through our email mailing list. We have recently run numerous 1 week offers that have only been communicated to our customers via emails. So if you don't shop every week then you could be missing out. It's simple, just email us at mkn@majestic.co.uk to let us know you want to receive our emails. 


The Parcel SeriesDate published: 09/05/14

The Parcel Series

This is an exclusive special parcel of wine obtained at a remarkably low price from a well know vineyard and then bottled up under our own label The Parcel Series.  The Parcel Series wines can come from many different vineyards and a variety of countries, the wines are from well known producers across the globe.  

In Majestic we have got a few Parcel Series wines on offer, but the one i'm talking about is the Cabernet Merlot reserve 2012, Western Cape it has come from a well known multi-award winning producer and this superb wine is also organically farmed in South Africa.  Hand harvested, fermented in traditional open tanks and matured for 18 months in american and french oak barrels.

This wine has an attractive ruby garnet colour, the wine shows its class with a nose of rich cassis and red cherry fruit with forest floor undertones.  Smooth tannins, rich palate fruit and a hint of minerality, this is one to taste.  This exciting wine from South Africa can be enjoyed with slow cooked beef or a lamb served with mint gremolata.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made it into Majaestic!!!Date published: 07/05/14

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made it into Majaestic!!!


Of course they're not here themselves but their fabulous Miraval Rose Cotes De Provence, the Hollywood couple bought the Miraval estate in 2009 which is located in the Var region of Provence, the vineyard has been extensively renovated, they then sourced expertise wine making from Perrin.  The first modern vintage was released in 2012 and was met with wide acclaim.

The Miraval Rose has a beautifully pale pink colour and is met with strawberry and stone fruits on the nose, with soft and delicate floral touches.  This lovely Rose has great palate texture, with tangerine and peach notes joying layers of berry fruits.  The Miraval Rose is no doubt a superb wine and would be enjoyed throughout the year, the wine would compliment a fine seafood dish, but would be very special through the hot days and summer months and can easily be enjoyed on its own, with the expertise wine making and input from Perrin this is one to watch out for.

New Zealand - tasting weekDate published: 05/05/14

If you're a fan (as so many are) of the wines of New Zealand you'll definitely want to call in from 6-12 June because our tasting counter will be heaving with fantastic kiwi wines.

Big gift…make it a magnum!Date published: 05/05/14

Magnums of Minuty Provence Rose now in stock. They look awesome and taste even better...don't miss out, only at £25.00 a bottle.

Enjoy

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKENDDate published: 03/05/14

Thinking of getting some wine for the long weekend? 

Perhaps a bbq might be planned or a nice Sunday roast, however you want to enjoy your weekend we will be open with a host of wines from Chile and other countries available for you to try.

We are open as normal apart from bank holiday Monday when we close at 5:00pm

#Comeandexplore


Spaces still avaliable: Chilean Spotlight tastingDate published: 28/04/14

We still have a few space left for our Chilean Spotlight tasting on Saturday the 3rd of may starting at 3:00pm and lasting for 40 minutes

Just speak to a member of staff if you are interested.

Hurry though spaces are nearly taken.

Wine Of The Week!!!Date published: 26/04/14

Wine of the week

It's a classic, and it's now at a great price! For this reason and the fact that it is a super example of a classy and restrained New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, we've chosen it as our wine of the week.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013,

Marlborough New Zealand

£7.99

When you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines and save 33%

Single bottle price £11.99

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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


Easter Pick 'n'Mix MalbecDate published: 20/04/14

This month we have a few fantastic deals in our Easter Pick 'n' Mix range!
This month, Viñalba Reservado Malbec, 2012 from Mendoza is only £7.99!!
This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark 
plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate hints.
A full-bodied wine with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. 
Peppered steak, venison or lamb are ideal companions.
Enjoy

The Loire ValleyDate published: 19/04/14

The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is made up of 4 sub-regions: NantaisAnjou-SaumurTouraineCentral Vineyards.

The Loire covers a huge area and therefore makes very different wines depending on the sub-region. Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre from the Central Vineyards in the east produce very steely, flinty wines; whereas the wine produced further west in the Nantais region is often sweeter in style.

Some of the key grape varieties include Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc for white wine and Cabernet Franc for red wine.

Come and Explore some of wines we have in store from the Loire.

A personal favourite of mine is the Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fume. If you need any recommendations or just want to try something new pop in and i'm sure we can help!


Staff Favourite on the Tasting CounterDate published: 18/04/14

Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2012 North Coast California


£9.74

When you buy any 2 selected wines and save 25%

Single bottle price £12.99

If you're a fan of rich, creamy Chardonnay's I recommend you give this one a go. A richly fruity Chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak toast and a creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend. It is a truly elegant wine which would go great along side a creamy seafood risotto or Lobster Linguine.

Hurry, only three bottles left in store!


Wine Of The Week!!! Provence RoseDate published: 18/04/14

In tribute to this wonderful weather we've been having recently, we've chosen a Rosé for our Wine of the Week. This one is new to our range and we think you'll love it.

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013,

Côteaux d'Aix en Provence

£7.99

When you buy 2 more

Single bottle price £9.99

Grape

Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en

Provence. The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the

constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully

blended to achieve the desired style.

Taste

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

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

with more exotic guava-like characters.

Enjoy

Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine.


Staff favourite - Marqués de RiscalDate published: 18/04/14

Staff favourite - Marqués de Riscal

Marqués de Riscal: £10.99 when you buy any 2 pick 'n' mix wines 

April marks the beginning of a brand new set of offers! Hopefully you're all receiving little leaflets in the post detailing this months bag of tricks, and I'm keen to get reviewing the many different bottles we have on our best offers! In fact, I'm very excited about Marqués de Riscal at £10.99, as it's always been one of my favourite mid priced Riojas, very much one to stock up on whenever it comes on an offer that suits you. Particularly as if you're so inclined it's a bottle that will develop really well over the next few years.

It's a classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. A solid balance between those intense fruit flavours and the more leathery oaky flavours you expect from your Rioja.

In terms of food matching, as a classic Rioja it begs a classic match. Lamb or spicy casseroles will bring out the best in it, as it will for them.

Enjoy


Rose deals…Date published: 17/04/14

Rose deals…
Domaine La Chautarde Rosé, 2013
Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence. Representing 
truly stunning value, this light and fruity offering is perfect for those summer evenings and 
barbecues, with soft flavours of strawberry and red cherry and a pleasing acidity.
Great for parties, £6.66 for Provence rosé is super value, so snap it up this April.
M de Minuty Rosé, 2013
Quite possibly the sleekest and most memorable bottle at Majestic, its smooth curves 
hold one of my favourite rosés. A beautiful pale pink hue, it oozes class. Bright candied 
red fruit and floral notes with a rounded mouthfeel, it is a wine of real quality and 
at £9.99, this is not a price to miss.
Both part of our Pick 'n' Mix deal, you can mix and match these rosés with a wide 
selection of white, red and sparkling wine, so let's get summer started and put the rosé 
on ice.

Reds from Galicia ……Date published: 16/04/14

Reds from Galicia ……
The region of Bierzo is in the north-western corner of Spain, near Galicia. This region 
was little known until huge investment in the 90's led to a surge in quality and demand. 
The region received its DO (Denominación Origen) in 1989. It has approximately 60 
wineries, the majority of which have very small parcels of land from which to take their 
crop.
Mencía is the region’s most planted varietal accounting for nearly two-thirds of the area 
under vine. It tends to ripen early, and suits its maritime climate with high Autumn rainfall.
Mencía produces a plethora of different styles of wine, across the spectrum, from lighter 
examples showing strawberry and raspberry flavours, to those showing olive, blackberry 
and dark cherry with robust tannins and savoury, earthy notes with hints of minerality
taken from the mineral laden terroir. 
The most noted producer in Bierzo is Descendientes De J Pelacios. The co-founder 
of this estate was partly responsible for putting Priorat wines on the map and getting it 
DOCQ status, the only other region to hold such status other than Rioja. With this kind of
producer at the helm it seems like Bierzo's meteoric rise is set to continue at pace.
At Majestic we stock 2 Bierzo Mencias at different ends of the spectrum:
Pizarras de Otero 2012 £6.66 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines - This wine shows 
hints of strawberry and sour cherry with an edgy minerality on the finish.
The Petalos by Descendientes De J Pelacios 2010 £15.99 Multi-buy price - This wine 
is much more robust with hints of black olive, blackberry and dark cherry. It has firm but 
smooth tannins and some savoury earthy notes.
Enjoy..see you at the tasting counter.

Chilean spotlight tasting Saturday the 3rd of mayDate published: 15/04/14

We have another amazing Spot light tasting on Saturday the 3rd of may. This time the focus is on Chile and some of the fantastic wine it produces.

If you want to come along it starts at 3:00pm and will only last around 45 minutes, Just give us a call or pop in and we will save you a space but hurry as places fill up fast.

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 15/04/14

The Easter opening hours at Majestic Mk are as follows.


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

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

Sunday 20th April - all stores are closed

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

We look forward to seeing you over the Easter break.

Many Thanks

MK Majestic



Easter tasting selectionDate published: 15/04/14

We will have a range of perfect Easter wines open this weekend (starting Friday 18/4/14) so come and have a try!

Easter Sunday at the Scobie household Date published: 15/04/14

I have just decided (with a bit of inspiration from a customer) what I shall have for lunch and more importantly what I might drink with it.

Meal: 

Smoked salmon starter with a small side salad followed by spiced  roast duck with a honey glaze


Wine:

Whites

-Chablis Laroche, 2011, £12.99,

This will work really well with the starter as the crisp acidity will cut nicley through the oil in the fish, however you can also use it with the main as it has a nice soft un oaked fruit palate.

-Rusternberg Roussanne, South Africa, 2012, £15.99

This has a nice rounded soft palate that will stand up against the honey sweetness and is un oaked so wont over accentuate the spice.

-Rioja Muga Blanco, Spain, 2012, 9.99

All though the cheapest (only because its on a very good deal) this wine will work incredibly well with the main and the starter as again its medium bodied but with a much more prominent fruit character than the other two.

Reds

-Maranges 1er cru Nicolas Potel Red Burgundy, 2012, £14.99

A light Burgundian Pinot Noir which is robust yet subtle is a classic match that would compliment the chablis on the table.

-Petalos Bierzo 2011 Spain, £15.99

Very smooth yet has amazingly balanced tannin, a perfect match for the Main

-Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, 2012, £18.00

A Pinot Noir like the red Burgundy, however this is much more fruit forward and powerful but still light in body and tannin.


Now to choose.....



Prosecco…Date published: 15/04/14

Prosecco…
So everyone loves Prosecco but with more and more choice how do you know which to 
pick?  Here are a few helpful hints to help you interpret the label!
1)  If you want fully sparkling pick a spumante but if you want gently sparkling pick 
afrizzante.
2)  Extra dry actually means off-dry so if you like a hint of sweetness these are great but 
if you want a dry Prosecco you will probably prefer a brut.
3) Most Proseccos come from the DOC (Denominazione de Origine 
Controllata) Prosecco but the better quality ones come from the hills in the 
Valdobbiadene region within this which is given the staus DOCG (Denominazione de 
Origine Controllata e Garantita).  So pick a DOCG for a treat!
4) Prosecco has to be made in the Prosecco region in North West Italy from the grape 
variety Glera.  Therefore you can't make a rosé Prosecco.  However, sparkling rosé 
made from the Raboso grape is getting more and more popular.
Hope that helps you with your choices next time you're having a party or just fancy a 
cheeky glass of sparkly fun with a loved one!
Enjoy

Popular fizz - De Telmont £14.99Date published: 14/04/14

Popular fizz - De Telmont £14.99
 I really love this, our majestic house champers, now reduced to £14.99!
From a family owned producer this is yeasty, creamy and full of fresh citrus fruit. Quite a
rich style for not a lot of money.
Enjoy

Planning a Wedding?Date published: 13/04/14

Planning a Wedding?
Tying the knot soon and want to find the right wine to suit everybody? We can sort all 
your needs. Just come in and speak to one of our friendly staff and they will be able to
advise what wine you should have depending on what food you will be serving on the big
day. As well as this, we can help you decide how much wine you will roughly need to buy
based on how many guests are attending.
We provide the service of sale and return so if your guests weren't as thirsty as you 
thought they may be then you can return whatever wine you don't drink (just so long as 
the bottle is sealed). 
We also provide an impressive range of beers and soft drinks for those who don't enjoy 
wine as much we do.

On every order, delivery is FREE! Date published: 12/04/14

On every order, delivery is FREE! One of the many free Majestic 
services for our customers, our delivery service is unique.
Not only is delivery FREE on a minimum of 6 bottles (any mix) they're fulfilled by the local 
Majestic store team in their very own Majestic van. We deal with your order from the 
moment you've clicked the big red 'Place Order' button to the moment we deliver - and all 
at a time that's convenient to you, including evening and weekends.
We'll contact you within 24 hours to confirm the details, and usually arrange a 2-hour 
window for delivery. We're flexible enough to cater for most special requests - you 
can use the checkbox labelled 'I would like to enter delivery instructions' on the online 
checkout to include a message for us with your order.
We turn around many orders within  two to four days, although in some cases this may 
be longer (a maximum of 7 days). 
You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you 
get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and 
order cubed ice (although we can't deliver orders for just these products).

WEB EXCLUSIVE OFFER.Date published: 11/04/14

With summer just around the corner we are at it again with our rose web exclusive offer.

We are offering;

 -3 magnums of Minuty Rose 2013 for only £75.00

 -6 75CL Miraval Rose 2013 for only £107.94

You can either go online or give us a ring here in store but hurry stocks are through selling fast

Planning a party..Date published: 11/04/14

Planning a party..

Are you having a party but don't know where to start? At Majestic, not only are our staff enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, we can advise on wine to suit every budget and can offer advice through personal recommendations (one of the perks of this job is trying lots of different wine!) 

Not only this, we have a great range of soft drinks, beers and spirits, so we really are your one-stop-shop for party drinks. On top of this, we stock ice, and offer a free glass hire service, as well as chiller bin & ice bucket hire. 

We can even deliver your goods to you for free too. For the best, unrivalled advice pop in to the store or call us on01908 691 835 to have a chat with one of our friendly team members, who can help you choose and fulfil all your drinks requirements! 


Grati Chianti Poggio Galiga 2012Date published: 11/04/14

The Grati family have been producing wine and olive oil for 6 generations. Their estate is
located in the DOCG of Rufina, a zone identified as one of Tuscany's finest. This wine is
made from 90% Sangiovese, blended with two other traditional Tuscan varieties.
A lively ruby colour, this is a classic Chianti offering a nose of cherry-like fruit and subtle 
floral hints and a dry, harmonious palate combining lipsmacking acidity and fine tannins.
A great accompaniment to a mixed antipasti.
£6.66 when your buy any 2 Pick N' Mix Wines.
£9.99 single bottle price
Offer ends 28/04/14
Enjoy!

Staff Favourite on the Tasting CounterDate published: 10/04/14

Staff Favourite on the Tasting Counter

Torres Vina Esmeralda 2013

Gewurztraminer, Muscat/ Moscatel

£6.99

When you buy 2 bottles

Single bottle price £8.99

I think my palate is becoming more and more sensitive as I get older; increasingly I find myself moving away from those pungent, higly acidic New World Sauvignon Blancs, to something more sophisticated and floral! I tried this wine for the first time on our tasting counter and it ticks all the right boxes. It smells like a box of turkish delight with the honeysuckle and rose petal aromas dominating the nose... that's the Gewurztraminer. The palate is lively and refreshing with flavours of pear and apple with a rich and sweet, cinnamon finish. Great with seafood, summery salads, or just by itself in front of A Place in the Sun... one can dream.

Enjoy!


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

The Easter opening hours at Majestic Mk are as follows.


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

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

Sunday 20th April - all stores are closed

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

We look forward to seeing you over the Easter break.

Many Thanks

MK Majestic


New In - Chateau Livran 2010 Halves £5.99Date published: 10/04/14

New In - Chateau Livran 2010 Halves £5.99
Cheeky Cru Bourgeois claret in halves, perfect if you’re not feeling a whole bottle.
Enjoy

Email alerts – don’t miss out on great dealsDate published: 10/04/14

Email alerts – don’t miss out on great deals
The best way to keep in touch with our offers, exclusive online deals and parcels is 
through our emails. Lately we have run quite a few 1 week offers (such as 33% off our 
Argentinean Malbec range) that have only been communicated to our customers via 
emails. So if you don't shop every week then you could be missing out. It's simple, just 
email us at mkn@majestic.co.uk to let us know you want to receive our emails. 
Don’t miss out..

Easter deals at MajesticDate published: 09/04/14

Easter deals at Majestic

With glorious weather on the horizon I thought we would have a look at some great wines, on our current Pick 'N' Mix promotion, that are perfect for drinking on sunny days!

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence - 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. A beautiful pale honeysuckle pink, and offering 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. Was £14.99 but now only £9.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case!

Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho Verde- Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine. This wine has complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish. Was £8.99 but now only £5.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case!

And for those of us who just cant get enough of bubbles in the sunshine.....Ruinart NV! One of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export Champagne. A classic Champagne that was sought-after and hard to come by. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown. Was £55.00, now only £36.65 when you buy two as part of a mixed case!

Enjoy


Wine Of The Week- Great with your Easter Sunday Roast!Date published: 09/04/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE, Spain

£9.33 When you buy 2 more

Single bottle price £13.99

Grape: Grenache, Tempranillo

Origin: Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.

Taste: A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.

Enjoy: Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

Customer Reviews

“Great wine for the money at discounted price, would buy again. Went down very well at recent party”

“lovely balance of fruit, oak and spice a satisfying drop of wine”


Cracking deal….Bollinger Special Cuvée NVDate published: 08/04/14

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Currently £33.31 when you buy 2 or more save 33%, unit price £55.00

Enjoy


Take the path less trodden and be amazed!Date published: 28/03/14

Finding Sauvignon a bit stayed?

Finding Merlot a bit monotonous?

Can't face another day of Cabernet”

You will be surprised just how many grape variety's there are in the exciting world of wine, many of them run parallel with common grape variety's in terms of price and style but can offer some fresh perspective and get the palate excited again.

Over the next few weeks we are going to post a collection of articles focusing on real alternatives to the common go to grapes, to help you jazz up your wine choice a little.

So watch this space and open up your mind to a wider world of vino discovery.


Fine Wine Plan – Lay and WheelerDate published: 27/03/14

If you're looking to invest in some great wines for the future or to drink over the next year or two this is definitely the way to go.

You pay on a monthly basis of which all goes towards your chosen wines, the wines are stored in bond until you wish to take them out. The expert staff at Lay & Wheeler can advise you on which wines are suited to you. 

The benefits you get from joining our plan are as follows;

- 10% discount at Majestic Wine when you subscribe £100 or more per month.

- Free Joining case will be added to your collection.

- Fine wine plan advance which allows you to go three times over your monthly subscription as a credit limit. 

- Exclusive offers on a quarterly basis.



Wine makingDate published: 26/03/14

Ever wanted to know what wine making involves? Well you are in luck, below are some of the key steps involved in making all your favourite wines...

Grape processing - This involves grape reception, where grapes are checked on a sorting table to eliminate unripe or rotten grapes

Destemming and crushing – The stem of the grape is removed and crushing breaks the skin of the grapes and liberates free run juices.

Pressing – This separates the liquid and the solid constitutes of the grapes. For white wines pressing occurs before fermentation while for red and rose wines it will be after. The juice created by pressing is know as must.

Sugar and alcohol adjustment - In cooler climates there may be insufficient natural sugar to give the wine a satisfactory level of alcohol. In which case must enrichment may be carried out.

Acid adjustment - Acid levels may be increased, if during grape ripening acidity has fallen too far. Equally they may be neutralised by the addition of potassium bicarbonate.

Tannin adjustment -insufficient tannin's in the grapes can be raised by adding tannin powder.

Fermentation - fermentation is a chemical reaction brought about by the action of yeast or bacteria. The principle role of yeast is to produce alcohol. There are two methods of fermentation, alcohol and malolactic. Alcohol fermentation is the conversion of sugar into alcohol.




Get to grips with Albarin…Date published: 25/03/14

El Rescatado Albarin 2013

Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Y Leon

Albarin is an ancient variety which was all but extinct just a few years ago. There are still only around 100 hectares of it planted in the whole world – all of it in the valleys of the Picos De Europa Mountains near Leon.

The name El Rescatardo means “rescued” in Spanish, and is an homage to Professor Pedro Mittelbrun who pioneered the replanting of this grape variety. He has single-handedly put it back on the map, and for that all of us oenophiles owe him a debt of gratitude!

This is a really interesting wine. Genuinely something a bit different. On the nose it is reminiscent of an Alsace Pinot Gris. Aromas of peach and peardrops are framed by hints of nutmeg and cinnamon spice. The palate is rich and fruit-driven. Good acidity prevents it from being flabby but there is a weight to the mouthfeel that suggests this is a great food wine. Pair it up with some buttery Lobster or some scallops in a creamy sauce!

Enjoy



New arrivals for SpringDate published: 25/03/14

Here are a few new additions to the Majestic family...

El Patito Feo, Navarra - £6.99

Graciano grows brilliantly in Navarra, a region for so long in the shadow of Rioja. “The Ugly Duckling” is a fantastic fruity red if you like the stylr of Rioja but want a bit more freshness

Passimento, Pasqua - £8.99

A wonderful Italian red made by drying the grapes to concentrate their flavours. Perfect with some nice cheese, olives and salami!

El Rescatado Albarin, Tierra De Leon - £9.99

Not a mis-spelling! This isn't an Albarino! Albarin is an ancient, and almost extinct grape variety. Quite like Pinot Gris from Alsace with a spicy quality and Apricot fruits. An odd one to tick off the list of grape varieties you've tried!

Arrowfield Semillon, Hunter Valley - £6.99

A 6 year old white wine – should be past it's best right? Wrong! Hunter Valley Semillon is utterly fantastic with a few years bottle age! This is INCREDIBLE value for money! Do not miss out!

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet, South Australia - £7.99

Classic Aussie Cabernet with ripe blackcurrant and leafy, eucalyptus notes. Hard to think of a better Cabernet for under a tenner.

Enjoy

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - £6.66 for one week onlyDate published: 25/03/14

Don't miss out on this little beauty..

Ravenswood are one are the biggest producers in California and we have there flag ship wine - Lodi Zinfandel.. The grape variety may be more familiar to some in its Italian name -Primitivo. 

In Lodi, California alot of the vines used are very very old - this adds complexity and structure to the wines.

Tasting note :- Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finis. Enjoy over the next four years.

I would think about stocking up for those impromptu BBQS.

*Offer when you buy 2 or more in the pick 'n' mix. 

Enjoy


New Fine Wine – Haut-Bages Averous 2006 PauillacDate published: 24/03/14

Origin

This Château in Pauillac is located near to Château Lynch-Bages and since 1978 has been used as their second label. Haut-Bages Averous ‘blooms’ earlier than it’s older sibling which allows drinking enjoyment earlier.

Taste

Its style is typical of a Pauillac, with fabulous structure and soft, ripe fruit notes with hints of pepper and cassis. A long and silky finish with undertones of fresh herbs.

Enjoy

Open and enjoy over the next 3-4 years with a saddle of lamb or fillet of beef.

£30.00


Enjoy



New Arrival – El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 Terra AltaDate published: 23/03/14

Origin

Terra Alta is a small appellation in the south-eastern corner of Catalunya, close to Aragón and Valencia. Garnatxa Blanca, or Grenache Blanc is the principal white grape variety here, having originated in the north of Spain before spreading into France.

Taste

A light straw colour with hints of green, this is a youthful and delicate wine, offering white pear and apricot flavours and gentle floral aromas. Soft acidity and remarkable body.

Enjoy

Best served alongside simple tapas such as anchovies or grilled squid.

Single Bottle = £8.99 OR Buy 2 selected wines save 25% = £6.74


Enjoy



Staff PickDate published: 22/03/14

Gavi Araldica

£9.99 or mix and match on Pick'N'Mix

= £6.66

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.

To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served simply with herb butter.

Enjoy



Champagne Deals..Date published: 22/03/14

For a limited time only until Monday 17th March we have some highly competitive Champagne deals fit for all tastes. New this week we have:

Veuve Cliquot NV @ £29.99

Nicholas Feuillatte NV @ £16.66

This goes alongside the existing offers of:

Moet NV @ £28.98

Taittinger @ £27.99

Laurent Perrier NV @ £27.99

Heidseck Monopole Cuvee Prestige @ £16.66

Phewww, all those! Just so you know.. all of these prices are when you buy any 2 of our Pick 'n' Mix deal. Most of these offers are the best prices you'll find around and you certainly won't find as good a mix of offers anywhere else in the UK.

Enjoy



Tucumán Malbec the glorious Red liquid of Argentina.Date published: 21/03/14

Che Guevara, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and  Norma Aleandro is some the of the greatness that has come from the South American land of Argentina........ now add Tucumán Malbec to that list. Tucumán is the most densely populated, and the smallest by land area, of the provinces of Argentina. Just one glance at the stylishly designed Andy Warhol inspired label tells you every thing about the brash yet well balanced bottle of wine.

The Malbec has been made on a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak content ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. The genius behind this youthful creation is none other than legendary wine maker Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

If your a fan of meat topped pizza, grilled meat or salty fish this is the drink for you....Here at Majestic for a limited time only and in honour of the great  Juan Manuel Mallea, a bottle of Tucumán Malbec when brought with another is only £9.99......YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT £9.99!!! COME DOWN AND GRAB YOURSELF A BOTTLE. This will be the drink of many Argentinians this summer when watching the World Cup...so don't be a stranger and give this a try it may just be the bottle your wine cellar has been missing.


Yours Truly


Abbas Ali.

Back in stock – AIX Rose MagnumsDate published: 21/03/14

Just arrived back in stock....

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

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

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!

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Just £19.99! 

Enjoy



Californian - Fine WinesDate published: 20/03/14

Come down and have a look at these wines,

Foxen Pinot Noir 2012 - £24.00

New in, this is an exquisite wine from a small winery in Santa Barbera. It is quite different from its neighbouring styles of Pinot Noir from Napa and Sonoma in the sense that it offers spicy new oak scents combined with aromatic herbs, a core of black fruit characteristics and a ripe tannic structure. Whereas Napa and Sonoma Pinot Noirs are more likely to use old oak and red fruits are more prominent. I would recommend this with any sort of game dish.

Stag's Leap Merlot 2010 - £35.00

Hailing from the prestigious Napa Valley, Stags Leap have produced a rich, fleshy and complex style of Merlot. It is beautifully balanced, and the structure and texture hold this elegant wine into place providing great length. Primary characteristics of blueberry are complimented with natural spices. Highly recommended! Brilliant with any red meats and hard cheeses.

Stags Leap Cabernet Artemis 2011 - £40.00

Another excellent wine produced by Stag's Leap is full of classic Napa Cabernet characteristics such as cassis, blackberry, cedar and liqourice on the nose supported by depth and rich flavours of cherry, chocolate and coffee on the palate. Really ripe tannins and good acidity. If you are into your full bodied reds, this one is a no brainer!

Saintsbury Chardonnay 2011 - £17.99

From the Carneros region, this Chardonnay is fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur-lie (lees ageing) for 8 months. During the ageing process the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact. The flavours of this Chardonnay really are evident from the oak such as the vanilla, hazelnut and toast, and the body and creaminess come from the lees ageing. Well balanced and a powerful finish. A must try! which will keep for another 3 years

Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2011 - £22.00

From the same producer, the ethos of producing wine that maintains the hallmark of the vineyard rather than simply the mark of the producer dominates the wine making philosophy for Carneros Pinot Noir. Great care is taken in picking the grapes, so hand-picking is essential. Classic red fruit aromas with flavours of vanilla, spice and tobacco coming from time spent in oak give this wine texture and firm integrated tannins. Fantastic weighty finish. Like the Foxen, will partner well with any game dishes.

Enjoy



Staff favourite - Minuty RoseDate published: 19/03/14

There is something about Provence Rose that makes me think of relaxing on a hot summers day! They have been making wine here for over 2,600 years and Rose still represents more than half of all Provencal production.

The M de Minuty is a great example of a fantastic rose from Cotes de Provence, which is famous for its Roses. Chateau de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular with its vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean.

This Rose is a pale honeysuckle pink, offering a clean nose, citrus fruit, and floral notes. Partner with seafood or enjoy on its own!


Enjoy



Migsy’s Pick n Mix choice - Vergelegen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/03/14

A fine example of a South African Sauvignon Blanc. The Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc is our Pick of the Pick 'n' Mix today.

Origin

Fruit grown in Vergelegen's own vineyards as well as from vineyards in the Elgin and Overberg regions. Grapes from Vergelegen's vineyard are planted on South and South-western slopes planted and 200-230 metres above sea level in granites or clay-based Clovelly soils.

Taste

A range of flavours are in abundance: gooseberries, figs, elderflower and clean cut grass to name a few. Perfectly balanced, with a racy acidity and mineral structure finishing elegantly and at length.

Enjoy over the next two years with pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops.

Only £7.32 when you buy any two wines from the March Pick 'n' Mix


Enjoy



SherryDate published: 18/03/14

A look at Sherry…..

Sherry takes its name from the small southern Spanish town of Jerez. The town is in the province of Cadiz in Andalucia. The Sherry trade is dominated by brands owned by major Sherry 'houses'. These houses have their bodegas, or ageing warehouses in Jerez itself, or the two seaside towns of Sanlucar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa Maria. Most own their own vineyards, but they will also buy grapes and must from the large number of vineyard owners.

Soils and Vineyards

Soils within the area are divided into three types: Albariza, Arena and Barro. The most important soil type is Albariza; this soil is very compact with a high chalk content, which gives it good drainage whilst retaining moisture. In the sunshine, the vineyards are a dazzling white, due to reflection off the chalk. Albariza is found in the heart heartland of the Sherry region, in the rolling hills between Jerez and the Guadalquivir River. It is here that the finest grapes are grown.

Climate

The climate here is hot Mediterranean, with hot Summers, mild Winters and an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. The area's rainfall generally comes between October and May, therefore water is a precious commodity in the Summer, to counteract this vineyards install collection troughs (aserpias) between rows of vines.

Grape Varieties

Palomino - This variety accounts for 90% of all vines planted in the area. This grape seems to only come into its own when used in Sherry, whilst also requiring the Albariza to make wine of any distinction.The grape has a thin skin and is thus prone to splitting, therefore it is picked by hand to limit damage.

Pedro Ximenez - This grape is generally grown on the Arena or Barro. After picking the grapes are left on grass mats to dry in the sun. This concentrates the sugar levels. The resultant wine is often used for sweetening purposes.

Vinification

Once picked the grapes are pressed immediately to avoid oxidation. The first 70% of the juice is used for Finos and other light sherry styles. The next 20% is used for Olorosos and other less fine wines. Anything above this must is sent for distillation. After pressing the juice is held with Sulfur Dioxide for 24hrs to stop acidification with Tartaric acid. The wine is then pumped into stainless steel vats for fermentation under temperature control with the natural yeasts generally adequate for this. Fermentation is conducted between 25-30 degrees, this is higher then normal white wine to ensure that the aldehydes and other constituents that give sherry its distinctive flavour do develop. In December after the vintage and soon after the first fermentation has finished the first classification takes place. The head cellarman or capataz determines the future of the young wine. The more delicate wines are destine to become Finos, whilst the heavier wines will become Olorosos. At this early stage,natural yeast, known as Flor, will be growing on the surface of the wine. The flor plays a vital role in the development of the wine, it feeds on oxygen, alcohol and glycerine and in the process reduces the overall acidity of the wine. It also provides a protective blanket for the wine by preventing oxidation. The oxidation  is necessary for Oloroso wine, whilst unwanted in Fino sherries. For optimium effect the Flor needs to be refreshed periodically, this occurs via the solero system, which replenishes the older wine with younger wine. 

Once wine is designated a Fino or an Oloroso they are fortified with a mixture of old wine and high-strength alcohol. A Fino is fortified to between 14.-15.5%, whilst an Oloroso is fortified to 18%, which prevents the existence of Flor. Finos then go through the solero system, with a further classification after six months, where those with thinner Flors will become Amontillados. Once the wine has finished ageing in the solero, 3 to 5 years for a quality Fino, up to 10 years for Amontillados and Olorosos, and 25 years or more for the finest wines -  it will undergo a variety of treatments before being bottled.

Sherry Styles

Fino - Pale in colour and should be light dry and clean on the palate.

Manzinilla - This is a Fino aged in a bodega in the seaside town of Sanlucar, where cooler climate allows the Flor to be active all year round. This gives the wine an individual character and a salty tang.

Amontillado - An aged Fino from which the Flor has died away. Brown-yellow in colour and dry, with intense nutty flavours.

Palo Cortado - A rare elegant wine, where the Fino fails to sustain the Flor. The resulting wine has similar aromas and flavours of an Amontillado, but, on the palate, has the full body of a dry Oloroso.

Oloroso - A full-bodied, russet-coloured wine. It will have robust flavours that can be very savoury, meaty and nutty.


To try - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado  £14.99


Grape - Palomino

Very rare style of sherry that falls between the elegance of Amontillado and the richness and complexity of Oloroso. From the cellar of Cayetano del Pino, this is a truly magnificent example of the style.



Just arrived back in stock....AIX Rosé 2013Date published: 17/03/14

Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

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!

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Just £19.99! 

Enjoy

Just arrived back in stock....

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

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

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!

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Just £19.99! 

Enjoy



Wine Of The Week!!!Date published: 17/03/14

My pick of the week is the Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2011 is a standout wine with its own individual personality, with its sweet honey notes the Tokayi is one for those sunny days.  The Tokayi Dry furmint has plenty of acidity that gives the palate crispness and bite, with mineral tinges which promotes the fruit-laden exotic feel.  The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines. More commonly associated with the super-sweet dessert wines of Hungary, the Furmint grape is employed here in a dry white, to stunning effect.  A must try for the Tokayi enthusiast and people looking for a slight change on there existing dry whites.  

The Dry Furmint can be partnered with strong creamy cheese or a rich poultry dish.

New World Chardonnay = The New Way ForwardDate published: 01/03/14

I thought I hated chardonnay... until I sampled the delights of the Chilean Montes Alpha Chardonnay, This little number opened my eyes to the array of creamy, full, toasty wines which the New World has to offer. The warmer climate means that the grapes are that little bit riper; they have more tropical notes of banana and pineapple to them and more of the acid has turned to sugar which in turn produces a fuller bodied and more alcoholic wine...Careful! Below are three of my affordable favourites which have all seen some degree of oak ageing to add further body, flavour and structure, making them great wines to drink of an evening, or with heavier, more rustic dishes such as roasts and creamy fish or chicken dishes.

Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2012

Casablanca, Chile

£12.99

This wine is matured in French oak for 12 months before bottling and has a creamy, buttery character with hints of toffee on the finish. Alongside the tropical, banana nose this wine is the dry white equivalent of a banoffee pie! It is a truly sophisticated wine.

Septimo Dia Chardonnay 2012

Mendoza, Argentina

£9.99

This is a lightly oaked chardonnay from cooler areas of Mendoza. It has lighter fruit notes of green apple which leads onto the tropical fruit flavours. The oak adds delicate vanilla and toast aromas to support the youthful acidity.

Giesen Chardonnay 2012, Marlborough New Zealand

£7.99

(when you buy two, single bottle price is £9.99)

Only a portion of this wine is aged in oak meaning it is not as full and buttery as the Montes Alpha and the stone fruit notes truly shine through and are highlighted by subtle hints of brioche, ginger and spice from the oak influence. Fresh, fruity and lightly creamy. Delicious.


New Entries To The Tasting Counter!!!Date published: 27/02/14

Vinalba Malbec Touriga Nacional has been entered into the pick 'n' mix promotion and also opened on our tasting counter.  The wine here is an intriguing one, it has a blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape Touriga Nacional it presents a dry and fruit driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose.

Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to  dominate and leave a rich, long finish.  A wine that everyone should come in and try.

Come into Majestic Mk and taste this intriguing little gem.

The New Improved Pick 'n' Mix PromotionDate published: 26/02/14

Today we have put some new wines into the excellent Pick 'n' Mix promotion, some exciting Malbec's from Argentina have been added and what a selection it is, among the great wines is the Vinalba Reservado Malbec Mendoza which is a somewhat delightful wine from the Vinalba estate, this wine has previously won a Decanter award for its quality and the news from Argentina is that the Vinalba has just won a gold at the AWA 'Argentinian Wine Awars'.  The Vinalba is an absolute steal at £7.99 down from £11.99 on the 33% off Pick 'n' Mix.  The wines grapes have been sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes Mountains, grown at different altitude to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.

The Vinalba Reservado literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha flavors.  This offer has come into the pre-existing Pick 'n' Mix promotion so don't hang around this gold medal award winning wine will not be around long at this fantastic price.

Tasting Counter Pick Of The WeekDate published: 26/02/14

My pick of the week is the delightful Days of Summer Reserva 2013, the wine has all the characteristics to give us the hope of having such a joyous summer, this really is Summer in a glass.  Days of Summer is another great wine from the famous Torres family of Spain and are one of the leading sustainable viticulture movements in Chile.  This is a unusual wine which  is sourced from Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions.  As the name suggests, this is a summery wine full of bright and juicy white grape, floral and gentle tropical aromas. A tiny hint of residual sweetness gives it a round, easy-going feel.

This wine is open on the tasting counter so come down to are Milton Keynes store and give it a taste and dream of the summer to come.

Marvelous MalbecDate published: 24/02/14

Malbec is the grape variety of the moment and here at Majestic Mk we some great ones for you to line your trolleys with. Check out the Alamos Malbec, Montes, and the New Santa Ana and Tucumen Malbecs. Four stunners to set your taste-buds on fire.

These wines are part of our New February Pick 'n' Mix range and they're all under £8.00 a bottle. You won't be disappointed with these stunners..

Enjoy


One to look out for: Cuvée Diane 2009 Viñalba, MendozaDate published: 23/02/14

New in-store this week and straight into the fine wine collection is the Vinalba Cuvee Diane.

Cuvée Diane 2009 Viñalba, Mendoza

Grape: Merlot, Malbec.

Named after the wife of Viñalba winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre, this is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, grown in high quality massal-selected vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. A rich and inviting wine that hints at Hervé's Bordeaux background, this blend is full of dark fruit and spice aromas, and has a wonderful palate complexity, offering a plum and damsom backbone bolstered by smooth tannins and spicy oak.

Price: £27.00 when you buy two or more selected Fine Wines.

Go on treat yourself....


Migsy's pick - Vina Sol at £5.99Date published: 22/02/14

Fresh,crisp and fruity, Vina Sol is currently on a cracking deal at £5.99!

Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870.

Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

A wine suitable for drinking anytime - pre or post siesta! Superb with rice, fish and shellfish.

Don't miss out!!


Lagunilla Reserva 2008Date published: 21/02/14

My favorite wine open for tasting is the Lagunilla Reserva a classic Rioja, with an interesting balance between meatiness and classy elegance, the Lagunilla has been in oak casks for 24 months which has given this Rioja an enticing texture, very smooth and mellow complimenting both of these fantastic grapes the Grenache and Tempranillo. A masterclass once again from the Spanish wine industry and a steal at £6.66 on our 33% Pick 'n' Promotion.

Come into Majestic Wine MK and give this fantastic Rioja a try!!!

Lover of Sauvignon Blanc?Date published: 21/02/14

Love Sauvignon Blanc?...look no further than our current offers.....

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc £5.99

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc £9.99

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc £9.99

Villa Maria Reserva Sauvignon Blanc £10.99

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc £16.99

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc £22.00

Enjoy!!



Robert Parker's Sonoma Valley Review 2009-2012Date published: 20/02/14

Article by the 'Oracle' that is Robert Parker on Sonoma Valley wines from 2009-2013. Enjoy... 

2009 - 2012 Sonoma Valley - Winefare for the Common Folk

Sonoma Valley is essentially the antithesis of Napa Valley - far more laid back, the home to winemaker/farmers as opposed to billionaires (although there are plenty of millionaires in Sonoma), an assortment of wonderfully casual restaurants focusing on the local wines and agricultural produce, and a diversity and geographic maze that is infinitely more complex and nebulous than Napa's exceptionally well-defined valley and AVAs. While Napa Valley is one of the world's epicenters for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, that varietal plays a far less significant role in Sonoma. Whether it is the Sonoma Coast, Russian River or further north in Dry Creek and Alexander Valley, you will find Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah and many ancient head-pruned vineyards planted in what is generically referred to as "Mixed Blacks." Not that there isn't some mighty fine Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma Valley, but most of it emanates from the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains or in the northern areas of Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley, as well as Knights Valley. As the following tasting notes reveal, and it's the most comprehensive report The Wine Advocate has ever published on Sonoma Valley, there is a remarkable diversity of wines in this beautiful viticultural region made up with endless expositions, micro-climates, etc.

As far as vintages go, readers should refer to Issue 209 for a recap of the most recent vintages in Napa Valley. Of utmost significance is that 2012 is the best vintage since 2007, and everyone in both Napa and Sonoma is raving about 2013. One salient point needs to be made about the 2011 vintage. Because Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tend to ripen much earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, some of the enormous challenges the October rains brought to vineyards on the Napa Valley floor, did not affect Sonoma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that was largely harvested before any damaging rains. It was a cold year in Sonoma, just as it was in Napa, and attaining full phenolic ripeness was something that had to be caressed and assisted by radical viticultural work, something the top producers in Sonoma are as capable of doing as their brethren in Napa Valley.

In short, 2012 looks consistent across all varietals, 2011 is very good to excellent for Chardonnay, above average for Pinot Noir, generally poor for Zinfandel (although there are many exceptions to that rule), and not so bad for Cabernet Sauvignon. 2010 may not be as strong overall in Sonoma as it was in Napa Valley, but it is certainly a very good vintage. Again, Zinfandel had some issues as did some Pinot Noir sites. 2009 has turned out well, but the star is 2012. Even if only 75% of the winemakers I talked with are correct, 2013 will eclipse 2012, and that is an appetizing thought.

Sonoma is a fertile source for endless values and realistically priced wines as the Cabernet Sauvignon prices have not yet matched the Shangri-La like prices of Napa Valley. About the tastings: All of my Sonoma tastings were conducted between October 21 and November 2, 2013.


Bargain of the week- Alamos Malbec £6.66Date published: 19/02/14

A wine made by the Catena family. They began making Alamos in 1993 as the second wine of Catena. Alamos is sourced from some of the younger vineyards in the best areas of Mendoza's high altitude country. The yields from these vines are kept low, and are all hand harvested. Their goal is to be true to their 'house' style of a rich concentrated wines that have distinct varietal flavour. 

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Buy two Pick 'N' Mix wines save 33%: £6.66 per bottle!! 

Enjoy!!

My Pick Of The Week On Tasting CounterDate published: 18/02/14

My favorite wine open for tasting is the Lagunilla Reserva a classic Rioja, with an interesting balance between meatiness and classy elegance, the Lagunilla has been in oak casks for 24 months which has given this Rioja an enticing texture, very smooth and mellow complimenting both of these fantastic grapes the Grenache and Tempranillo.  A masterclass once again from the Spanish wine industry and a steal at £6.66 on our 33% Pick 'n' Promotion.

Come into Majestic Wine MK and give this fantastic Rioja a try!!!

Special Parcel - Arrowfield Wines - AustraliaDate published: 18/02/14

Following on from the online exclusive this special parcel is now available in stores. Here's a brief over of these two Australian whites coming from the Hunter Valley:

Reserve Semillion 2009 at £6.99 when you buy 2 or more (£9.99 for one)

Made from old, low-yielding vines this Semillion is made in a lively, youthful style. Heradling the grape used for classically clean and silky Sauternes this Semillion is made in a dry style. While stainless steel fermentation allows the light and crisp flavours of lime, lemon and floral notes to display themselves this is nonetheless a wine that can be enjoyed over a number of years (if you can keep your hands of it for that long!) If left, the wine will develop richer honeyed notes over time

Reserve Chardonnay 2009 at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more (£9.99 for one)

The heat of the Hunter Valley allows acids in the wine to sweeten, creating a bold and richly flavoured Chardonnay. Lees stirring and oak ageing give this white added warmth, depth and complexity. Soft apple and pear flavours couple with a richer honeyed toastiness. A full, round and viscous mouth-filling glass. Butter on toast - yum!

Be quick and buy your case of this one of parcel today...


Weddings made easy...Date published: 17/02/14

Are you preparing for that big day this year? We're here to help take the stress out of choosing some lovely wines to match your food and ones that your guests will enjoy. Please call us on 01908 691835 or email at mkn@majestic.co.uk and we can arrange a time to do a tasting with you.
We have lots of added extras with our wedding service such as free delivery to the venue, glass hire and sale or return too. So get in touch, we'd love to help plan your big day!

Look forward to hearing from you..

Team Mk

What's your favourite drop?Date published: 16/02/14

Your wine update........

Want to know when your favourite wine is on offer, when we have free tasting events or what wines we have open to taste? Simply email us your name, postcode and email address and we will keep you informed with everything you'd like to know. And we won't bombard you, just tell us how often you'd like to receive the information too! Just send the information to mkn@majestic.co.uk and we will get back to you.

Team Mk

Fancy a Cocktail?Date published: 16/02/14

Here are some of our favourite cocktails at the moment.....

X.Y.Z Cocktail:
1 Quater lemon juice
1 Quater Cointreau
Half Bacardi Rum
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Marny Cocktail
1 third Grand Marnier
2 thirds Dry Gin
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

The Earthquake Cocktail
1 third Gin
1 third Whisky
1 third Absinthe 
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Blue Monday Cocktail
1 quater Cointreau
3 quaters vodka
Dash of blue vegetable extract
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass

Enjoy!

New Ale - Timothy Taylor's Landlord AleDate published: 16/02/14

Not that it really needs much of an introduction but seeing as it's new to the Majestic range. We now stock Timothy Taylor's Landlord Ale!!!

A brilliant ale for any occasion.

On offer at £22.80.

Enjoy


Majestic Commercial - We have a lot to offer your business...Date published: 16/02/14

Majestic Commercial is the name for the corporate division of Majestic Wine.  We have our own on-trade proposition that is very appealing to commercial businesses such as restaurants, bars, pubs, golf and yacht clubs.

Choose Majestic Commercial as your wine supplier and you get so much more than just a wine supplier.  In addition to a range of wines to rival any in the industry you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you've set for your business.

The services start with a dedicated member of the commercial sales team, single point of contact, who's on hand to offer support, guidance and information.  All members of the commercial team have achieved the WSET Level 3, with many going on to study for the WSET Diploma as well.  On top of all this knowledge and experience we also offer a number of useful tools and services to help you sell more wine.

In addition to the wide Majestic range, we have Commercial Exclusives which are only available to our on-trade customers.

We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and dedicated tasting notes.

We provide staff training through our "confidence in wine" courses as well as "food and wine matching" courses.

Our on-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your order personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable and friendly staff.  Stores are open 7 days per week so deliveries can be made at a team to suit you - even at the weekends.

If you are interested feel free to contact us at the store on 01908 691835 or email us at mkn@majestic.co.uk.

Jane McQuitty's Star Buy - Vignoble Abeille Chateau-neuf-du-papeDate published: 15/02/14

Have you tried the Vignoble Abeille Chateau-neuf-du-pape? £22 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Recommended by Jane McQuitty

Star Buy

...lots of complex, warm, weighty, spicy, and thoroughly enticing chewy fruit to the fore, shot through with seductive cinnamon, leather and beef tea elegance. Enjoy this now with a cockle warming steak and kidney pie or game casserole. Or tuck it way until 2016 for richer, softer, more truffley flavours to appear.”1st February, The Times

Make sure you get yours......


White RiojaDate published: 14/02/14

White Rioja

Something of a personal favourite for the staff here in Milton Keynes Spanish white wines are continuing to get better and better. Unknown to many these individual grape styles offer a unique style which pairs well with a variety of dishes.

At Majestic we have several producers, whose names you may be familiar with from the reds, that offer excellent white Rioja's. The best thing about these styles however is that with their elegant style, long finish and depth of flavour they also don't break the bank!

The Viura and Malvasia grapes which primarily feature in this production favour hot, dry conditions and can often be found in clay and calcerous soils. Aged on the lees for before maturation these wines offer a superb golden colour. Fresh flavours of grapefruit, lemons and limes are present with a strong acidity which offers a mouth watering finish. Secondary characteristics such as vanilla and subtle spices add depth to the flavour in these wines giving them a wonderful elegance. The oak ageing allows these wines to pair comfortably with white meats or with traditional dishes such as Paella.

Muga Blanco- £9.99 when you buy more than one

Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco 'Antea' - £8.99 when you buy more than one

CVNE Rioja Blanco Vina Real- £7.99 when you buy more than one


My Favorite Wine Of The WeekDate published: 11/02/14

My favorite wine of the week has been the El Rescatado, this Spanish wine has grabbed my imagination and has had me gripped by its tales of being on the brink extinction to now being rolled out in many Majestic stores nationwide.  El Rescatado 'The Rescued' is a fine example of the rare grape Albarin.  Albarin is very rare, to be specific there are only 100 hectares planted in the whole world.  We can thank Professor Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun for dedicating his life to saving and popularising the Albarin, in 2010 he founded the winery Leyanda Del Paramowith with that mission in mind.

If you think this is just an exciting story then try a bottle or two for yourself this wine is just as exciting if not more exciting, with a real fresh and crisp acidity, it combines gooseberry, citrus fruits and a hint of fresh green herbs.  This El Rescatado starts off with dry notes but then levels of to an easing tropical edge to really get the palate going.

Argentina and their most popular grapeDate published: 10/02/14

As we have entered Argentinian tasting week, the staff here at Majestic MK thought some background on Argentina's most exported grape that is bottled up and experienced all over the world.

The Malbec grape was introduced to Argentina by French agricultural engineer Michel Pouget in 1868, ever since Malbec has been widely planted in Argentina producing a softer, less tannic-driven variety than the wines of Cahors, Malbec is the dominant red varietal in Cahors where the Appellation Controlée regulations for Cahors require a minimum content of 70% which sets it apart from the Argentinian Malbec.  There were once 50,000 hectares planted with Malbec in Argentina; now there are 25,000 hectares in Mendoza in addition to production in La Rioja, Salta, San Juan, Catamarca and Buenos Aires, which makes Argentina the biggest grower and importer of the grape variety.

While acreage of the Malbec is declining in France, in Argentina the grape is surging and has become a "national variety" of a sort that is uniquely identified with Argentine wine.  Thanks to the provincial governor Domingo Faustino Sarmiento helping introduce the grape back in 1868, instructing Michel Pouget to bring the cuttings from France to create the Argentinian revolution of Malbec wine variety's.  

Cheap 'n' Cheerful Bargain Bouquet WinesDate published: 09/02/14

Come down to Majestic Wine Milton Keynes and buy some terrific wines from our Bargain Bouquet.

We will look forward to seeing you.


La Serrana Tempranillo 2012. Spain - £4.99

Cuvee Genevieve Blanc 2012, Southern France - £4.99

Cuvee de Richard Blanc 2012, Southern France - £5.49

Muscadet 2012, Jean Sablenay, Loire Valley £5.99

McGuigan Chardonna 2010y, Australia £5.99

Mont St Jean 2012, Corbeires, Southern France £5.99

Sangiovese Bacaro 2012, Italy £5.99

San Marco Frascati Secco 2012, Italy £5.99

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile £5.99

Yali Wetland Cabernet Carmenere 2011, Chile £5.99

Alan Grigion Carignan, Southern France £5.99

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc, Chile £5.99

Rioja 2012, Marques De Grinon, Spain £5.99

Grand Heron  Cotes de Gascogne 2012, Southern France £5.99

Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Chile £5.99

Torres Vina Sol 2012, Catalunya, Spain £5.99



Valentines Day is coming up!!!Date published: 08/02/14

Valentines Day is coming up!!! Come down to Majestic Wine MK and have a browse to find your special someone the perfect gift, or even easier take our recommendations.

The Laurent-Perrier Rose NV, a Pinot Noir Chardonnay mix with plenty of stylish Strawberry fruit and its full of vivacity and easy drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing aperitif, this lovely Champagne works well with a variety of dishes so what ever you are cooking this Valentines Day the Champagne and food will know doubt compliment each other. 

With all information considered the Laurent-Perrier Rose will be the perfect gift for a perfect evening, it is for the special someone you are dedicating this day.

Here at Majestic Mk we are also suggesting the Oeil De Perdrix Rose NV, meaning 'eye of the partridge' this is again a Pinot Noir Chardonnay.
This pale salmon pink rose Champagne offers an exciting and enticing complexity, fitting for the evening. Delicate in style, this Champagne also exhibits a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic aperitif for the relaxation period after the fine dinning. 

We are always here to help at Majestic Wine so come on down, make this Valentines that EXTRA BIT SPECIAL.

Wine of the Week: Rustenberg R M NicholsonDate published: 06/02/14

Wine of the Week

Rustenberg, R M Nicholson, Stellenbosch, 2010, South Africa

This week we are offering you the chance to try a fantastic blend from South Africa. This premium Rustenberg wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah grapes create fantastic depth of flavour and intensity on the palate.


This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration.

Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.

Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

As part of our Pink 'n' Mix range this wine is currently available at £9.32 when you buy more than one.


Argentinian Tasting Week 7th - 13th FebruaryDate published: 06/02/14

Argentinian Tasting Week

Friday 7th- Thursday 13th February

With the wind and rain howling outside there is nothing better than sitting down to some comfort food and a nice warming glass of red one. The food we will let you sort out but for wines we can turn to Argentina.

A boom has certainly taken place regarding Argentinian Malbec but whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice there is still so much to choose from. Enter Majestic Milton Keynes. All week we will be sampling a range of full bodied warming reds that are perfect though the winter and will give you some ideas of favourites for your Summer BBQ (although that is probably still a way off).

Malbecs often show off a deep inky colour and offer a robust tanning to complement their wines. Traditional characteristics of blackcurrant, black cherry and blackberrys are frequently paired with hints of vanilla and pepper. These more complex characteristics age well and are best paired with some hearty red meat dishes.

As for the whites Argentina is also seeing growing success predominatly with its Chardonnay grape plantings. These offer an excellent alternative to the more traditional Burgundy styles. Soft ripe fruit apple and citrus flavours are complimented with a South-American tropical fruit note. On the palate hints of vanilla are present in a creamy and nutty finish.

Make sure you take advantage of the fantastic Argentina offers in store and we will make Malbec lovers of you yet.


Tempted by Tempranillo?Date published: 06/02/14

Tempted by Tempranillo?
Today's spotlight grape of the day is Tempranillo. Lovers of Rioja have this grape 
to thank, as it forms the heart of the blend for most of the wines from this region.
The grape is widely planted across most of Spain and is also responsible for the
great wines of Ribera del Duero and the wines of the up-and-coming region of
Toro. Tempranillo is known by a number of different names - including Tinto 
Fino, Tinta de Toro and Cencibel - depending on where it is being grown. In 
some regions thicker skinned clones of the grape are cultivated, resulting in 
more powerful, tannic wines, as is the case in Ribera del Duero. 
Tempranillo needs quite hot conditions to ripen fully but, because the grape is 
naturally low in acidity, if it is too hot the resulting wines can seem 'flabby'. The 
grape has a natural affinity for oak, as can be seen from the Gran Reserva Riojas.
These wines often develop a complex dried fruit, leather and vanilla character.
It can, however, also produce young unoaked wines which have an intense 
strawberry and red fruit nose.
Enjoy!!

Food and Wine MatchDate published: 05/02/14

Food and Wine Match
Roast Pork with Bordière Nord Marsanne Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc
Simply score the rind, rub generously with oil, salt, pepper and sage or thyme. 
Then rest on a bed of onions and carrots and roast. Serve alongside roast 
potatoes, cider gravy and apple sauce. A great alternative to a Sunday roast 
chicken.
The wine to match?
I chose the Bordière Nord Marsanne Viognier, now only £6.49 when you buy 
2. An invitingly aromatic wine, with a nose of citrus fruits, honeysuckle and 
stem ginger. The palate is a mix of yellow apple, apricot and white peach 
flavours, with a rounded texture.
Give it a whirl…

It's a NewbieDate published: 04/02/14

It’s a newbie - Bordeaux Supérieur; the Château Haut Brignon 2012
Why not start the new year with something new? That's exactly what we 
thought: please welcome a new Bordeaux Supérieur; the Château Haut 
Brignon 2012.
Haut Brignon is a family-owned château in the village of Plassac, which lies 
on the banks of the Gironde immediately south of Blaye. Being so close to the 
river, the soils here are partly silt-based, with the remainder made up of the 
region's typical chalk and clay.
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec, this is a good solid 
middleweight claret, with plenty of ripe blackberry and plum fruit character. 
Cool fermentation and maturation in stainless steel have preserved a fresh,
supple feel, making this wine a sound match for roasted pork belly.
Perfect!!

Make it six...Date published: 02/02/14

Make it six…
Whether it's mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or 
two of great vintages for laying down, we have a rule: a minimum purchase of 6 
bottles.
This rule allows us to do things differently. We have friendly, enthusiastic
and properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 190+
stores. We have wines open on our tasting counter every day for you to try, and
if you'd like to join us at one of our many Taste and Explore events they are of 
course free. Finally, if your order is over £40*, we deliver for free – including
evenings and weekends at a time to suit you.
It's doing things this way that's made us the biggest, and we think best, wine 
retailer in the UK.

Black Cottage Pinot GrisDate published: 02/02/14

Black Cottage Pinot Gris


New in to our range of New Zealand white wines is the Black Cottage Pinot 
Gris. Following a high demand for the delicious, Wine Orbit Five Star award 
winner Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc, we have introduced this one to whet 
your growing appetite for Black Cottage wines.
Winemaker David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected 
plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The grapes are night-harvested to preserve acidity and purity of fruit characters, further supported 
by a long, cool fermentation.
This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear 
and exotic spices. The palate is awash with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and 
retains a hint of natural sweetness.
A perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine, come and get some before they go.

Marques de Riscal, Rioja ReservaDate published: 01/02/14

Marques de Riscal, Rioja Reserva
Our current offer On Riscal Reserva is coming to an end on Monday 3rd of
February. Don't miss out on this great opportunity, as I don't imagine well ever
see this wine at such a great price again.
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2008
In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought 
groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the 
face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as 
one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.
A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and 
embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with 
summer fruit flavours.
Standard bottle Currently £9.99* when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, unit 
price £14.99
Magnum Currently £22.00*
Don't forget both these offers end on Monday the 3rd of February. We also 
deliver for free on a minimum of 6 bottles over £40.00.
Don't miss out...

Aussie Cracker!!!Date published: 01/02/14


Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Coonawarra
Origin:
This wine has been named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, 
which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium
Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley
estate, then aged in French and American oak.
How does it taste?
The nose is very fragrant, dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with 
nuances of fennel and damson. A generous palate with succulent tannins 
framing blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavours.
Can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more.
20% off Australian wines £11.98... not for long!! offers end on Monday 3rd January

Wine of the Week- Yalumba Bush Vine GrenacheDate published: 31/01/14

£10.99

when you buy any two Australian wines and save 20%

In this cold, wet, dreary weather this wine is just what you need to warm you up. The palate is full of dark berry fruits, wild red cherries, fleshy plums and a savoury winter spice, balanced perfectly with a full body and smooth, long finish. This is a great alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and will be a brilliant partner to your roast on Sunday.

Our prices are changing on Tuesday 4th January, so get down quick to snap this up!

Who else loves a bargain...?!Date published: 31/01/14

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Was £6.99, Now just £4.66 when you buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines

This wine has a pleasant, fruity nose of melon, lime and mango with further citrus notes on the palate. It is light, crisp and refreshing, and will go perfectly with all manner of light fish dishes, such as salmon fish cakes ... or just drink it by itself! Chill it down well and enjoy... if only we had some sun! 

At this bargain price you can't go wrong, but hurry, offers end on Monday 3rd February


Ned Sauvignon Blanc – ending soonDate published: 31/01/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is currently on a great deal at £7.99 per bottle 

(when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines). It is due to go up in price 
significantly on Tuesday 4th February, so if your a huge fan of this wine you may 
want to stock up quickly!
Why not order online for free delivery on orders over £40 (minimum 6 bottles). 
You can also contact us by phone or just drop in store to make your purchase.


See you at the tasting counter…

The Majestic Wedding and Party ServiceDate published: 26/01/14

I know it is only January but lets face it, those parties and weddings creep up very quickly. It might be raining outside now but soon it will bright sunshine and you will wish you had sorted  your party plans.

At Majestic we are here to help. We have a dedicated in store team who can advise over a wide variety of wines, champagnes and beers to meet the demands of your guests. Furthermore we can assist in the tricky task of knowing what quantities to supply.


Our party service includes glass hire, ice buckets, chiller bins and of course free delivery.


Make sure you give us a call on 01908 691835 to find out more

Great Value MalbecDate published: 24/01/14

Great Value Malbec

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza

Over the past few years the rise of Argentinian Malbec has been nothing short of remarkable. A big bold flavoursome wine that pairs wonderfully with big meaty dishes. No wonder this was a favourite for BBQ's throughout the summer. Although this doesn't have to be something you can only enjoy in the sun. The rich flavour yet soft texture of a Malbec allows it to pair with hearty dishes all year round. As the weather starts to turn colder still and the one pot dish emerges from the cupboard a Malbec is your best bet to avert the cold!

Relatively new to our range Tucumen is a prime example of why Malbec is so successful. Grown in the warm Mendoza region these grapes are protected by the Andes on one side and the vast Argentine Pampas on the other. High altitude an access to snow melt help to balance this area into a fine wine making region.

On the nose Tucumen displays lots of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry and plum. All the youthful fuity vibrancy you would expect. On the palate these characteristics are also present with a slight hint of oak which adds to the velvety texture. Well rounded tannins add to the structure of this wine as does its well balanced acidity.

Pair with red meat and game dishes for the best results.

£7.99

when you buy more than one


Wine of the Week: Bertrand ViognierDate published: 24/01/14

Wine of the Week

Gerard Bertrand Viognier Reserve Special 2012

20 years after the establishment of Bertrand wines the quality continues to excel. The former French international rugby player is now the proprietor of over 600 hectares of land in some of France’s best wine producing regions. By offering great wines at fair prices his success was immediate and he quickly gained a reputation as a point of reference in the opinion of the professionals.

Based in the South of France near Montpellier the warm Mediterranean conditions allow this particular grape to develop a wide array of flavours and aromas. On the nose the more typical stone fruit characters of peach and apricot to more luscious notes of pineapple and mango are easily distinguished. Further touches of a floral nature add additional depth to this great value white.

On the palate the stone fruit charactears accentuate and are met with a minerality which contributes to a pleasantly long finish. Additional hints of honey and dried fruits are also notable.

Wonderful to drink as it is but would also pair well with shellfish pasta.

£7.99

when you buy more than one bottle


New - Burrow Hill Somerset Cider!Date published: 18/01/14

We try to keep things new and interesting at Majestic and it is always exciting when a new product arrives. This weeks newbie is a Glastonbury Festival favourite Burrow Hill Somerset Cider, a product that were are delighted to add to our well developed range of beers, ales and ciders. 

The past few years have seen the rise of some fantastic craft beers, many of which we have a big affection for. However cider is something that is at its best when in a simple style. All of the apples are grown on their 160 acre orchard and are produced in a manner which they feel retains a sense of tradition from the style of the cider to the label on the bottle. Made in a medium dry style each mouthful is packed with fresh crisp apples offering thirst quenching refreshment.

£18 for 8 x 500ml


V is for...VodkaDate published: 17/01/14

Vodka is a colourless, fairly neutral-tasting spirit. It is distilled to a high strength, usually using continuous still, and then filtered through coal to remove impurities before bottling. Because it is distilled to such a high strength, very little of the character of the base material appears in the spirit.

A wide range of base materials can be used including potatoes, cereal grains, and even grapes. The little flavour that remains from the base material used can be an important part of the character of the spirit, particularly with eastern-style and some western premium vodkas.

As well as differing subtly in their flavour, vodkas also differ in their quality and texture of the spirit. Some are very soft, creamy and smooth; others can be quite harsh with a noticeable 'bite', which can be part of the character of the vodka does not always indicate a poor quality spirit.

Eastern-Style Vodkas

Eastern-style vodkas, such as those from Russia and Poland, tend to retain more of the character of the base material. They have characterful flavours, but the alcohol may seem harsher. Potato-based have a particularly creamy, luxurious texture, though they are expensive to produce. Rye-based vodkas have a subtle, but noticeably spicy flavour. Barley and wheat are also used.

Western-Style Vodkas

Western-style vodkas aim for smoothness and neutrality, often at the expense of character. The best have a soft creamy texture. They are the ultimate innocuous spirit, and their mix ability makes them ideal for cocktails where the main flavours do not come from the base spirit.

Flavoured Vodkas

Flavoured vodkas may be made with modern flavourings such as orange, cranberry or vanilla, or they follow traditional recipes that use cherries, bison grass, plums or honey.

We currently have a great selection of vodkas in-store so come down and have a look…..


The Majestic Party ServiceDate published: 16/01/14

Happy New Year to all and what a year it is set to be. There are a fantastic number of events taking place this year which require maximum celebration. The Sochi Winter Olympics, The Oscars, The World Cup in Brazil and of course Peter Capaldi's first appearance as Doctor Who. Not forgetting of course all the national holidays, birthdays, weddings and celebrations in between.


At Majestic we offer an extensive party service which starts the moment that you step into the store. Our expert staff are able to creatively offer ideas about a range of wines, beers and spirits to fit your budget as well as your taste! To top it all off we offer FREE delivery even on 6 bottle orders and can also provide glassware, ice and table top containers to make your event hassle free.


If you have any celebrations in mind for this year give us a call on 01908691835 or e-mail us at mkn@majestic.co.uk

Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 16/01/14

The Fine Wine Plan

What's involved:

You pay on a monthly basis, an amount that suits your budget. This payment becomes credit towards your chosen wines, which are stored in bond until you wish to take them out. The expert staff at Lay & Wheeler can advise you on which wines are suited to you. They are all highly trained and experienced in selecting the best wines for short or long term ageing. 

The benefits you get from joining the plan are as follows;

- 10% discount at Majestic Wine when you subscribe £100 or more per month.

- Free joining case will be added to your collection.

- Fine wine plan advance which allows you to go three times over your monthly subscription as a credit limit. 

- Exclusive offers on a quarterly basis.


Expert Advice and Free DeliveryDate published: 16/01/14

At Majestic we know that choosing wine can be arduous task so we are here to make a little easier for you. All of our staff complete a WSET Level 3 course in wine so that we are able to offer the most informative and accurate information to you. Hopefully we can offer a range of new wines for you to try through our tasting counter as well as personalised recommendations. To top it all off our resident driver Theo can deliver them to you free of charge with a smile on his face.


Give us a call on 01908 691835 or e-mail us at mkn@majestic.co.uk

Sipsmith Delight!Date published: 15/01/14

Sipsmith delight…


Sipsmith is an independent distillery based in Hammersmith, London and was founded in 2008 by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall. It is home to Prudence, the first copper still to launch in London for nearly 200 years! 

A team of master distillers produce small batches of spirits, about 200 bottles a time, that are all skillfully hand crafted using fresh, carefully selected botanicals and the finest of ingredients. 

In stock we have the fantastic smooth and aromatic London Dry Gin on special offer at £28, yum!!

So why not pop in and treat yourself to one of these great gins!

Enjoy!!


Reasons to be cheerful Date published: 14/01/14

With the most depressing day (January the 23rd) fast approaching I find myself looking for the light in what can be a cold and financially hard tunnel of a month.

Luckily for me I work at Majestic Milton Keynes which is full of reasons to be cheerful, So to help you (and us) see in February with a spring in your step we at Milton Keynes are going to bring you a majestic reason to be cheerful every day.


Reason 1:

We are running a wine course on Sunday the 9th of feb. This is fun and informative session that lasts for about 90 minutes in which we explore the factors that make different wines taste the way they do, we also look at what makes a good wine and food match and best of all its totally free just give us a call and we will sign you up. 

Spicy WinesDate published: 14/01/14

Spicy Wines

Spicy foods can be hard to pair with. We feel that a Gewurztraminer would be the best fit. This is a grape grown traditionally in the Alsace region but is now planted more widely. This grape variety displays lychee and floral characteristics with a slight sweetness which works well to offset some of the spice. New Zealand offer two excellent Gewurztraminer's in the form of Villa Maria which is £8.79 on multibuy and Waimea which is £11.99 on multibuy. Chile offer an alternative with the Yali Gewurztraminer which is priced at £6.99. We also have a good range of the more traditional Alsatian Gewurztraminer, such as the Hunawihr Gewurztraminer at £8.79. 

CoehloDate published: 14/01/14

"Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup.  All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. "  Coelho


Andy: Life of a traineeDate published: 13/01/14

My Life as A Majestic Trainee

Its been three months into my Majestic journey and what a journey it is.  The journey has so far been very exciting, fun and also challenging, which makes it that much more intriguing, from the diverse amount of customers I enjoy speaking to on a daily basis to the warming environment within Majestic, from the staff and customers a like.  Its one of the only customer based business's that is 100% focused on customers and making the whole experience of wine that much more enjoyable.  Its rewarding to provide a service one would like to receive themselves, if you haven't shopped at Majestic then please come and see for yourself, this benefits me and the rest of the Majestic staff as we get to enjoy the whole experience with everyone that decides to come on the Majestic journey.  

One major factor for me is the progression, progression within the company and also as a person changing within a new culture. Finding out new wines, different ways cultures express themselves, trading tradition and historic findings, I find this most exciting.  Finding out more knowledge on a daily basis, about wine, myself, colleagues, customers and Majestic as a whole. These are the things that make working at Majestic such an enjoyable experience.





Andy: Life of a traineeDate published: 13/01/14

My Life as A Majestic Trainee

Its been three months into my Majestic journey and what a journey it is.  The journey has so far been very exciting, fun and also challenging, which makes it that much more intriguing, from the diverse amount of customers I enjoy speaking to on a daily basis to the warming environment within Majestic, from the staff and customers a like.  Its one of the only customer based business's that is 100% focused on customers and making the whole experience of wine that much more enjoyable.  Its rewarding to provide a service one would like to receive themselves, if you haven't shopped at Majestic then please come and see for yourself, this benefits me and the rest of the Majestic staff as we get to enjoy the whole experience with everyone that decides to come on the Majestic journey.  

One major factor for me is the progression, progression within the company and also as a person changing within a new culture. Finding out new wines, different ways cultures express themselves, trading tradition and historic findings, I find this most exciting.  Finding out more knowledge on a daily basis, about wine, myself, colleagues, customers and Majestic as a whole. These are the things that make working at Majestic such an enjoyable experience.





Calling all Albarino fans!Date published: 13/01/14

There’s more to Galicia than Albarino….


Are you a fan of Albarino and want to try something a little different from the Rias Baixas region in Spain? If so, then why not try Godello -  This is a white grape variety found predominantly in North West Spain.  It is a fantastic dry white wine with peachy, ripe pear flavours.

Caixas Godello £7.99 multi-buy price (this is currently open to taste on our tasting counter.)

Montenovo Godello £9.99 multi-buy pricea

(minimum purchase just 6 bottles, any mix)

Enjoy!!……..





Majestic Commercial TeamDate published: 13/01/14

Majestic Commercial is the name for the corporate division of Majestic Wine.  We have our own on-trade proposition that is very appealing to commercial businesses such as restaurants, bars, pubs, golf and yacht clubs.

Choose Majestic Commercial as your wine supplier and you get so much more than just a wine supplier.  In addition to a range of wines to rival any in the industry you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you've set for your business.

The services start with a dedicated member of the commercial sales team, single point of contact, who's on hand to offer support, guidance and information.  All members of the commercial team have achieved the WSET Level 3, with many going on to study for the WSET Diploma as well.  On top of all this knowledge and experience we also offer a number of useful tools and services to help you sell more wine.

In addition to the wide Majestic range, we have Commercial Exclusives which are only available to our on-trade customers.

We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and dedicated tasting notes.

We provide staff training through our "confidence in wine" courses as well as "food and wine matching" courses.

Our on-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your order personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable and friendly staff.  Stores are open 7 days per week so deliveries can be made at a team to suit you - even at the weekends.


Bargain Hunt! (UPDATE)Date published: 11/01/14

We are selling out of our bargain hunt wines quickly, please hurry to avoid missing out on these fantastic deals.

Can't make it to store? Give us a call and we will either reserve some of these fantastic wines for you or arrange delivery at a convinient time that suits you.

If we don't have a specific wine for you rest assured we will try our best to get hold of it for you from another store however like us other store are selling out quickly so don't delay come and hunt today.


Great Value ChablisDate published: 11/01/14

Chablis 2012 Philippe de Mery

£11.99

Looking for a dry, crisp white wine?

Here we have a great, classic example of a Chablis which has been sourced from a range of vineyards in this region noted for its chalky soils. It has all the great qualities of a Chablis; like crisp apple and lemon as well as that steely finish. The acidity is fresh and leaves your mouth watering for more! 

A great light bodied white suitable as an aperitif or as an accompaniment with fish starters.


Chapel Down Curious BrewDate published: 09/01/14

Chapel Down Curious Brew

Chapel Down as a winery has became very popular in the past decade. With multiple awards to their name, and lots of excellent press coverage this flourishing business it set to be the future of English wine.

There are many difficulties a British wine firm has to take into account when it comes to creating a wine worthy of the current market. The major issue being of course, weather. Lack of heat and too much rain can completely ruin a crop. However, with cultivating a greater area of land to vine, one can hope the excess grape juice can be stored in stainless steel tanks for many years to come.

Majestic are now proud to introduce Chapel Down's range of craft beers!

What is unique about this beer is that they ferment it with Champagne yeast which adds a distinct flavour I have tasted in no other. With the Curious Brew winning a gold medal award at the International Beer Festival, this distinct flavour is clearly desirable. The craft beer revolution is in full swing across the country, with many producers looking to achieve higher quality beers with a more pronounced hoppy character. 

The high price of craft beer often surprises customers, however, this is due to the production techniques used in the brewing process. Typically, craft beers use far more hops than their blander competitors, leading to exquisite and exiting beers.

Join the revolution today


Available for £17.99 a case


Bargain Hunt!Date published: 09/01/14

Bargain Hunt favourites


Below are a few favourites from our Bargain Hunt selection and it's a great time to bag yourself a bargain! Look for the red tags in-store but, be quick - at this rate, they won't be around for long!



Favourites include:

Chenas 2011 Jean-Francois Trichard £7.99

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon-Semillon- £12.49

Rioja Crianza 2009 Marques de Caceres Magnum £16.66

Serena Banfi Pinot Grigio- £7.49

Fairleigh Estate Pinot Noir- £7.33

Argento Chardonnay £6.00 per bottle



Enjoy!


wine of the week: Jim Barry Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 30/11/13

Wine of the Week

The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011 Jim Barry, Clare Valley

£11.98 (when you buy 2 Australian wines)

Grape - Shiraz

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.


The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.


Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.




A treat from LebanonDate published: 28/11/13

Hochar Pere et Fils

Special Offer Price £11.99

Hochar (pronounced Hoshar) is the second wine of Chateau Musar, this single vineyard red grows from low yielding, old vines (anywhere between 35-50 years old). In comparison to the Chateau Musar, this most definitely is a softer style wine. It is aged in barrel for 6-9 months and is then further aged in bottle for two years before being released, so there is a lot of love and care gone into each bottle.

Deep in colour, this wine has a complex nose of dark fruits, figs, dates and sweet spices. Similar flavours are displayed on the palate, beautifully intigrated with good acidity, fine tannins and a beautiful length.

All this adds up to a wine that can be drunk on its own or with roasted lamb.

This is a cracker if you’re after something a bit different…


Beautiful BubblesDate published: 27/11/13

Don’t miss out on these crackers…..For a month only we've slashed prices on top champagnes. 

Nicolas Feuillate NV is only £16 - or why not try the Vintage, at only £20

Lanson Black Label £19.99

Perrier Jouet NV £24.99

Louis Roderer NV £27.99 Staff Favourite

Veuve Cliquot NV £29.99 - Bargain of the Century

Enjoy!!


Christmas time mistletoe and WINE!!Date published: 26/11/13

So with December the 25th approaching fast you might be starting to think about your wines for your Christmas and New Year parties. I know I am! We have some amazing offers on some gorgeous wines so its worth popping in to see us and checking them out for yourselves. In the mean time I will give you a few examples of just how great they are!!

Veuve Cliquot NV - £29.99 when you buy 2 or more selected fizz

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee - £23.98 when you buy 2 or more selected fizz

Codorniu Cristina Vintage - £9.99 when you buy 2 or more selected fizz

For the Reds:

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche M.Chapoutier - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Rhone 

120 Carmenere - £6.39 when you buy 2 or more from Chile 

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir - £17.60 when you buy 2 or more from New Zealand 

The whites:

Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi - £6.66 when you buy 2 or more from the pick and mix range 

120 Viognier - £6.39 when you buy 2 or more from Chile 

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £20.00 when you buy 2 or more from New Zealand

So don't miss out and come in and see us here in MK, don’t forget we also have a tasting counter for you to sample a nice mix of wines.

See you soon!!!! 


Christmas treat - Paulaner Oktoberfestbier.Date published: 25/11/13

This an absolute stunner and a big staff favourite, make sure you get it whilst it’s in stock….

Region: Bavaria

Tasting Note: A deep amber gold colour, this is a full bodied style of lager. The nose has biscuit and subtle toffee characters.The palate is more rounded than a traditional lager and hasa subtle malty sweetness. Flavours of bread and biscuit are also apparent.

ABV:6%

Hops: Hallertau 

Origin: Paulaner is the largest brewery in Munich and the eighth largest in Germany. Originally founded by monks in1634 the brewery was intended to produce beer for the monks during Lent. Oktoberfest beer is based on a recipe from 1872 and in Germany only six breweries are legally allowed to call their beer "oktoberfestbier"

Enjoy: Well chilled with pork dishes.


Guess who’s back on offer……Date published: 24/11/13

THE NED SAUVIGNON BLANC IS BACK AT £6.99 as part of our Christmas deals.

Don’t miss out, make sure you get yours today!!


New Australian will be a big hit!!Date published: 23/11/13

The Scribbler 2010 Yalumba

Origin:

Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler is Yalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shiraz combination, made with a view to early enjoyment.

How does it taste?

Dense and vibrant purple in colour, with a nose of concentrated dark fruits, liquorice and black olive. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins.

Yalumba recommends serving with a game pie with a truffled parmesan and parsnip mash.

£14.99

Buy 2 Australian wines save 20%

£11.98

Enjoy!!


New Arrivals: Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MendozaDate published: 22/11/13

Origin: One of Argentina’s most famous and oldest wineries, Santa Ana was founded in 1891 by Luis Tirasso, an Italian who pioneered winemaking in Argentina. Mendoza is Argentina’s foremost wine region, producing nearly 70% of the country's wine. It is home to America’s tallest mountain, Aconcagua.

Tasting Note: Simple citrus dominates the nose, but in a classical confident manner. Texturally lively, it sploshes about in the glass and is totally refreshing.

This is a great value for money alternative to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and would be a perfect addition to a Christmas wine selection.

Enjoy



Party time at Majestic Milton KeynesDate published: 21/11/13

We can cater for all you’re party needs this Christmas:

Fizz? Champagne or sparkling wine depending on your preference

- A wide range of over 900 wines with a 1/3rd off selected lines and 20% off wines of the Rhone, Australia, New Zealand, California and Chile.

Beer and Cider

- Spirits

- Seasonal Drinks - Pimms and Mulled Wines

- Soft Drinks and Water

Free Glass hire with the order of wine or fizz

Ice, Chiller Bin Hire or Ice Bucket hire

- Free wine tasting in store 

- FREE DELIVERY

- Sale-or-return - we will take back any unused bottles provided they have not been opened and there is no damage to the bottle or label.

Please give us a call on 01908 691 835, e-mail us on mkn@majestic.co.uk or visit us in store for more information as to how we can help.  

Look forward to hearing from you..


Sparkling suggestionDate published: 20/11/13

Cloudy Bay - Pelorus Vintage

£17.99 when you buy 2 save 1/3

(£26.99 single bottle)

An already Majestic favourite, Pelorus is known for quality. With this in mind, choosing this high quality sparking wine over a low/mid price Champagne makes a lot of sense. This fantastic wine is from the famous Kiwi producer Cloudy Bay and is made in the Champagne method with a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With structure and elegance this is a match for any of the great Champagne houses and at the moment a bargain at under £18!!

Enjoy on Christmas day or perfect as a gift!!


Spirits need a lift? Check out these deals….Date published: 20/11/13

With the festive period coming we've got some great gift ideas for you already in their own packaging. Our Martin miller's Gin even comes with it's very own Gin glass and The Veuve Grande Dame 2004 comes in it's very own top of the range case... Christmas made easy...

Taylor's 10-year-old Tawny Port

Currently £20.00

Martin Miller’s Reformed Dry Gin 70cl Bottle

Currently £25.00

Monkey Shoulder 70cl Bottle

Currently £25.00

Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos 2001

Currently £28.00

H by Hine VSOP Cognac 70cl Bottle

Currently £30.00

Château Musar 2004 150cl Magnum

Currently £45.00

Dalmore 15 Year Old 70cl Bottle

Currently £50.00

Veuve Clicquot ‘La Grande Dame’ 2004

Currently £110.00

Don't forget at majestic we sell a minimum of 6 bottles of wine, spirits and Champagnes but to a mixture of your choice. To place an order visit our website on www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01908 691835


Wine in the newsDate published: 19/11/13

The Wine Advocate - Petalos Bierzo 2011

This wine has received an excellent write-up by Luis Gutiérrez in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

"At the end of the day, if I really have to recommend a wine from this collection, the one I'd buy for my cellar, it will be the 2011 Petalos del Bierzo...The wine is very aromatic and flowery (violets), almost heady, with clear notes of blueberries and licorice. The oak is perfectly integrated, almost imperceptible, save for a touch of spices and a lactic hint denoting a very young wine. It has a medium body, with a thick silky texture, is very tasty, with some acidic strawberry flavors. This is one of my go-to wines at restaurant lists, as it offers very good value for money...This could very well be the best Petalos produced to date. Drink now through 2019. 92 Points."

Enjoy!!


Pick 'n' mix 33% off : Château Patarabet 2007 St-EmilionDate published: 19/11/13

This Claret is where Bordeaux really starts to get interesting!

Château Patarabet has been owned by the same family since 1920. It is a small estate of only 9 hectares, located on the outskirts of the St-Emilion appellation, on an area of diverse soil types.

Produced in a very good year for Bordeaux, this Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend has aged to become a balanced and medium-bodied wine. It gives an intense nose of mixed black fruits, with hints of peony, violet and aged leather, leading to a full and round palate with moderate and well structured tannins and plenty of grip.

Enjoy this with a hearty beef casserole, venison, or a nice cut of lamb.

Don’t miss out!!

Enjoy


Party wines from Chile – Panamericana Familia…Date published: 18/11/13

A new wine has arrived in Milton Keynes and it come from producer Panamericana, Chile. Their Sauvignon Blanc is an exciting and great value addition to our range. A bright and reflective wine the glass, the Panamericana has a pale lemon green colour in glass, with a full nose of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, passion fruit, and lime aromas; a lovely tropical expression of fruit.

On the palate the Panamericana displays a nice gooseberry and lime flavour, with a floral elderberry finish. Another great value wine that is perfect for a party or just for everyday drinking.

The Panamericana Merlot is also proving very popular. Ample red berries and fresh acidity with subtle hints of vanilla and spice. A great warming wine for those winter nights.

Enjoy


Our picks from California….Date published: 17/11/13

Wine has been produced in California since 1782, but it wasn't until 1833 that the first commercial winery was established by John-Luis Vignes. He was the first Californian winemaker to import European vines and also the first to export  Californian wines. These days they are best known for big branded wines of all colours but there are also some excellent examples of, particularly, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Here are some examples from our range, that are also open to taste this week;

Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2012 Sonoma County, £8.74 Buy 2 USA wines save 20%£6.99 - A bright and vibrant style of Chardonnay, with a soft, tropical fruit character typical of Californian examples. Medium palate weight, with a pleasing mix of racy acidity and buttery softness.

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Central California £11.24 Buy 2 USA wines save 20% £8.99 - A lush and deeply coloured wine, which is also soft and easy-drinking. A backbone of intense cassis-like fruit is complemented by notes of baking spice and cedar, held together by polished tannins.

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2012 £12.49 Buy 2 USA wines save 20% £9.99 A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 'Karia' Chardonnay 2008 Napa Valley - £28Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 £23.00 - Generous and complex on the nose, which abounds with notes of lemon, orange blossom, fresh apples and toasted brioche. Mouth-filling and delicately spicy, but supremely elegant and refreshing.

Come on down and make the most of the 20% off.

Enjoy!!



New Italian little number…Date published: 16/11/13

A cracking new red has arrived at Majestic Milton Keynes -

Vereto Salice Salentino 2010, Agricole Vallone at an amazing £8.99 (when you buy two) or £10.99 (single bottle price)

It's a perfect example of the Negroamaro grape, with deep and intense ruby-purple colour; the wine itself is an incredible mixture of aromatic fruits, with a delicate twist of savoury balsamic and spice notes, to top it all off this wine also boasts excellent length.

This wine is perfect paired with a rustic, warming red meat stew and pungent herbs- absolutely delicious!

Enjoy


Make mine a Sherry..Date published: 15/11/13

Sherry has had a bad reputation in the UK for a while, being seen as sweet, creamy drink for the elderly. This is a huge misconception!!! Sherry is predominantly dry and gives a wonderful aroma and taste of nuts, baked apple and butterscotch.

There are 5 main styles of sherry, they are fino, amontillado, oloroso, palo cortado and PX.

Fino and Amotillado sherries are fermented in oak barrels that are filled 5/6 full. This allows a layer of yeast to build up and cover the sherry which prevents it from oxidising this gives it a very dry baked apple and salty flavour which matches olive and hard cheeses perfectly.

Amontillado is made as a fino, but after 7 months in oak it is checked and the flor has died, which allows it to slightly oxidise, giving it traits of a fino, with a slight nutty, butterscoth taste, which is spectacularly good.

Oloroso is fermented to a higher alcohol of 17% abv which kills the flor and allows the wine to oxidise from the start. This gives a very dark colour and very nutty, slightly sweet flavour.

Palo cortado is a hybrid, being a blend of fino sherry, and PX sherry which is naturally sweet. Palo cortado translated into English is cut stick because on the barrel of fino sherry there is a line, when they add PX they put another line across the original line making a cross, so they know what is in the barrel. This wine is bizarrely brilliant, it has the dry salty-ness of the fino with the sweetness of the PX.

PX is a sweet sherry that has some port characters but offers a far more nutty complexity. They are all well worth a try. Fortunatley we have all of them for you to buy in store. Furthermore, we have the fino (£8.99), amontillado (£9.99), oloroso (£11.99) and palo cortado (£14.99) open to try on the tasting counter.

Go on give sherry a go…


Craft BeersDate published: 14/11/13

Here at Majestic MK we like to introduce new products that excite us. We are stocking some great new craft beers for the remainder of the year. Here are a few of our favs…

Punk IPA, Brewdog, Aberdeen;

This IPA has been hopped twice during its production which entitles it to a cool complexity. It is sweet with tropical fruit but offers a bitterness to finish. What a fantastic home-grown IPA which will sell really well as it can be matched with food as well as enjoyed alone. 

I would reccomend a spicy snack or street-food style gourmet with this as it helps you wind-down and relax. 

If you have not been, check out their pub just at Kelvingrove in Glasgow's west end. They have plenty of brew to try.


Classy bubbles…Date published: 13/11/13

Fancy some classy bubbles? We have a great selection of some of the LVMH products all on very good offers for the festive period...Looking for a gift...Look no further-

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NVCurrently £27.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £42.00

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV

Currently £29.99 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price £45.00

Ruinart NV

Currently £35.00

Moët & Chandon Rosé NV

Currently £38.00

Veuve Clicquot 2004

Currently £39.98 when you buy 2 or more save 33.3%, unit price

Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV

Currently £40.00

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004

Currently £42.00

Ruinart Rosé NV

Currently £45.00

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV

Currently £45.00

Veuve Clicquot NV 150cl Magnum

Currently £70.00

Krug Grande Cuvée NV

Currently £120.00

Dom Perignon 2004 Gift Box

Currently £120.00

Don't forget at Majestic we sell and deliver a minimum of 6 bottles of wine mixed how you like. Free delivery applies to orders over £40.00. To place an order visit our website at www.majestic.co.uk or call us on 01908 691835


Big gift…make it a magnum!Date published: 12/11/13

As the festive season approaches, I bet you've all been wondering what inspiring offers we have in store for you.

As well as our new and exciting promotional offers, we have a “large” range of magnums available here at Majestic Wine. And what could be better than a bottle of wine?... a magnum of wine! So if you're struggling for gift ideas, or you simply fancy a treat, why not check out our magnum collection available in store or for free delivery.

We also have gift boxes available if you would like to purchase a magnum as a present for someone.


PeroniDate published: 11/11/13

Here at Majestic MK, we love a great deal. Not only do we have some fantastic offers on wines, we also have some great deals on beers. Peroni is currently at just £24 a case. That's just £1 a bottle. Now there's a great excuse to stock up on beer at the same time as topping up your wine rack next time you place an order!!


33% OFF - PICK N MIX WINESDate published: 10/11/13

Are you looking for a varied, exciting and, above all, a bargain of a mixed case this November? If so then now you're in luck!

With our current off you can have any two of a selected range of wines and still save 33% meaning that you can really mix it up. The deal spans countries as well as grape varieties so come on in and experiment. Come and explore with us today!

Remember it's free delivery so if you're unable to pop in, order online or call us on 01908 691835.


Chris's Guide to Clois du BoisDate published: 06/11/13

Clois du Bois
This range of wines originates from the regions of Sonoma County and Coastal California. The founder is Frank Woods and after travelling through the French wine making regions, he decided to take this knowledge back to the USA. Even after decades, the team at Clos du Bois still embrace this philosophy and produce some very elegant wines. The Director of Winemaking Gary Sitton states  - “My goal with each of our wines is precisely the same: to honestly express the character of the appellation and to do so in the approachable, refined style for which Clos du Bois is known.”
These Californian Wine makers are also very conscious of the environment and aim towards sustainability. They are not only concerned with energy efficiency but also creating healthy eco-systems. The belief is that a healthy environment is crucial for vines to thrive.The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the original wines from Clois du Bois but we also stock the popular Reserve Merlot. The Chardonnay resembles a well-rounded Burgundy, with subtle oak yet still full of big new-world fruit. The Pinot Noir is very fruit driven, made in California’s trademark style.
Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2011/2012 North Coast £12.49 (buy 2 USA wines save 20%)-  £9.99
Clos du Bois Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2009 Alexander Valley £18.74 (buy 2 USA wines save 20%)-   £14.98
Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2011/2012 £12.49 (buy 2 USA wines save 20%)-   £9.99

Wine of the Week - Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012, A PassoniDate published: 30/10/13

Wine of the Week - Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012, A Passoni

This week we have chosen a wine that is a little bit different and unique. This particular Vernaccia comes from the Cantina di Passoni estate which was restored by Milan born Francesca Passoni. In 1990, she and husband Giuseppe restored the estate and its accompanying convent to their original splendor and they are now producing wines of excellent quality. 

This wine is intense with a lively acidity and lots of pure fruit. The palate is unmistakably crisp with citric and green fruit notes. This fruit is backed up with the classic Vernaccia character of almonds. Whilst working as an excellent aperitif this wine will also work well partnering grilled fish, poultry and fresh summer salads. 

Catena Malbec 2011Date published: 11/10/13

Catena Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

£9.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

Single bottle price £12.99

Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

The complex character, tannins and acidity help suit this wine to further ageing and it will comfortably last five years.


Chris's Creamy CarbonaraDate published: 08/10/13

Today I am going to provide a simple Carbonara recipe with some interesting wine pairings.

Ingredients-

300g spaghetti 1 finely chopped shallot 100g cubed bacon lardons 3 chopped garlic cloves 2 eggs 145ml single cream 40g grated Parmesan

1.Put the pasta on to boil 2.Beat together the eggs, cream, and Parmesan with plenty of pepper. 3.Fry the bacon and shallot until the bacon is crispy 4.Add the garlic and cook for slightly longer 5.Drain the pasta and combine with the cream and bacon mix.

There are two obvious routes for matching this dish. I am going to demonstrate these using the same grape, to show the importance of all the factors in the wine-making process. Typically an acidic wine would be ideal to cut through the creamy sauce but also the grease from the bacon. It also needs a strong flavored wine to cope with all the garlic. Therefore firstly I would suggest-

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 19.99 (multi-buy)– A crisp white Burgundy with plenty of acidity, yet still able to hold up against strong flavours.

Although as this dish is quite heavy, you could match this with a weighty-wine. Although in this circumstance it is the weight we are matching, we must not forget about the strong flavour which may wash over certain wines. Therefore I would suggest-

Heggies Chardonnay 2011 £18.99- A true buttery, intensely-flavored, heavy-weight wine from Australia.


Wine of the Week Meerlust Merlot 2009 StellenboschDate published: 05/10/13

Do you like the subtle complexity of right-bank Bordeaux?

How about the body and richness of a South African Merlot?


Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this South African wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity. It reveals delicate spice aromas and juicy plums on the long smooth finish.

Enjoy with rich beef dishes.


Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc to taste!Date published: 27/09/13

This Saturday we will be opening Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from New Zealand's famous Marlborough region - on a great buy 2 save £8 deal right now down at £15.99 (single bottle is £19.99 but you're not going to buy one!) come and see why this is a must buy Sauvignon right now. 

Come and explore at Majestic MK!

Wine of the Week: Wirra Wirra Scrubby RiseDate published: 24/09/13

The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangeways Wigley who alongside studying Law and Architecture also played cricket for South Australia, which explains the cricket themes amongst some of the Wirra Wirra wines. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'

This new wine from the Wirra Wirra range has a brilliant crimson colour with a purple edge. This is a youthful and vibrant wine offering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit,lifted by hints of violet and spicy oak notes. 

This wine is delicious either on its own or with any red meat dish. Drink now or over the next 5 years.

An absolute bargain at £7.99 when you buy any two bottles.

Sparkling Saturday Date published: 14/09/13

We have a bottle of Heidsieck & Monopole Brut Champagne ready to go on the tasting counter today!

Why not come in and give it a whirl?

WE HAVE DONE IT AGAIN: Fantastic short term deals.Date published: 12/09/13

From Now untill the 23rd of September we have some fantastic offers on the wines below.

Grifone Montepuliciano @ £4.99 when you buy two

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc @ £5.99 when you buy two

Prosecco Zonnin @ £6.66 when you buy two

Nicolas Feuillatte n/v @ £15.99 when you buy two

Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 @ £17.99 when you buy two

Piper Heidsieck n/v @ £19.99 when you buy two

So if your just topping up or wanting to splash out we have a fantastic deal in store for you.


Wine of the Week - Chateau Chantalouette 2007Date published: 10/09/13

Chateaux Chantalouette is the second Wine of Chateau de Sales which is the largest in Pomerol and has been under family ownership for the past 500 years. The wine is harvested from 30 year old vines planted on the western edge of the Pomerol appelation on limestone and clay soils. Every vintage after fermentation is complete, various vats from the Chateau de Sales production are selected for Chantalouette, which is created as a softer, earlier to mature version of the De Sales blend. 

The Chantalouette is a bright and inviting claret, with a nose of ripe black fruit and subtle hints of earth and forest floor. The mouth - feel is round and supple, yet enduring and it possess a pleasing complexity.


Take advantage of our fine wine offer on this wine. Buy any two Chateau Chantalouette and save £10 with the price per bottle only being £14.99!

Wine of the Week - Montes TwinsDate published: 02/09/13

Wine of the Week - Montes Twins

This wine is from the legendary wine producer Aurelio Montes, who is a pioneer in making superb, affordable wines from Chile and Argentina. This particular wine is from one of his Chilean vineyards in the Colchagua Valley where he pairs the grape varieties of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon in order to create Montes Twins. The blend of these two grape varieties is particulary interesting as they are normally seen as single grape varieties. However, Montes twins is perfectly balanced with a 50/50 ratio of the two grapes, matured for over 10 months of which 60% of that time in French oak.

This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin - like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances. At its best with rare sirloin steak.

Montes Twins is one of the best value wines currently on offer and at £9.59 it contends with many wines double its price.


Spotlight TastingsDate published: 23/08/13

As if the month of September couldn't get any better with the kids going back to school, your local store will be holding free spotlight tasting tutorials on the weekends! So, if you want to learn more about your favourite wines this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Chardonnay - Sat 17th Sept 12pm

'Rioja & Beyond' - Sat 14th Sept 12pm

'Sauvignon Blanc & Alternatives' - Sat 21st Sept 12pm

Shiraz/ Syrah - Sat 28th Sept 12pm

To sign up, give us a call on 01908 691835 or just ask a member of staff whilst you're in store. You can also RSVP online too!

******Italy 25% off*******Date published: 20/08/13

The sun is out so we have done it again, reducing most of our Italian wines by 25%.

Come in and take advantage of our fantastic offers, but hurry they won't be around for long.

Wine of the Week! Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, La CasettaDate published: 12/08/13

Wine of the Week! Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, La Casetta

This wine comes from the beautifully hilly villages east of Lake Garda, an area steeped in history for producing Valpolicella Wines and it really shows through in this particular example. The term Ripasso refers to the fact that this wine has had a portion of the fermented, dried skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

This wine displays a beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of confected cherry, plum and berry fruits follow through on the palate which are further comlpemented by hints of Vanilla. Fine and rounded, it has a velvety smooth texture and the intense and complex flavours makes it a winner when paired with meat dishes and seasoned cheeses.

Take advantage of the fantastic 20% off Italian Wines today and purchase the Casetta at a bargain price of £13.59 when you buy any two Italian Wines. 

Wine of the Week! Alamos Viognier 2012Date published: 07/08/13

Wine of the Week - Alamos Viognier 2012

The Alamos vineyards are set in Catena's high altitude landscape and as a result it benefits from warm days and cool evenings. This range in temperature allows a long ripening period and thus preserves the fruit's full range of aromas and flavours.

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

Lightly chill and enjoy now with baked fish or alternatively with rabbit and spring vegetables.

A really great wine to enjoy with the last of the summer weeks and on a single bottle offer at £8.99.


WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 02/08/13

Wine of the week

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.

£749 or £5.99 when you buy two or more.

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 26/07/13

Wine of the Week

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Grande Reserve cru Classe 2012, Provence Rose

The Château Sainte Marguerite was created in 1929 and was acquired by the Fayard family in 1977. Situated between Toulon and Saint Tropez, this little seaside village is gifted with exceptional climatic conditions and earth with great soil, to produce top quality wines.

This organic Grande Resérve displays fresh red berry fruits and delightful floral aromas. A slight floral character is also present on the palate.

Light and refreshing, this wine is ideal served with appetizers or dessert. Serve chilled.

New Late Summer Offers!Date published: 23/07/13

We're well into summer now and just when you thought our summer offers couldn't get any better... they have!

If you're still looking for an alternative to the Ned Sauvignon Blanc, why not give the Giesen a try? Now at £6.99 on our 20% off New Zealand deal (single bottle price £8.74), this fantastic example of a reasonably priced New Zealand sauvignon offers oodles of tropical fruit notes to the nose and palate. With gooseberries and nettles being the predominant flavours this wine very fresh and light, making it a great apperitif for the summer.

Alternatively, why not try the Argento Pinot Grigio? From Mendoza, Argentina and now at only £5.99 when you buy atleast 2 bottles (single bottle price £8.99) this is an Argentinian twist on the classic and beloved pinot grigio grape, and while it's on offer it's now the perfect time to give it a go! In Mendoza the grapes ripen just that little bit more giving apple and pear fruit flavours as opposed to the more citrussy ones from Italy. Even so, this wine is just as refreshing, if not even more gluggable than it's Italian counterparts and is perfect for a summer garden party.

If you're looking for a red wine to have with your barbecued meats this summer, look no further than the Amalaya de Colome Malbec blend. Another from Argentina, here the Malbec has been blended with cabernet sauvignon, tannat and syrah to give a deep ruby, full bodied and tannic red wine to accompany red meats perfectly. So if you love your malbecs, Rhone wines and Clarets this is a must try at its new offer price of £7.99 (when you buy 2 bottles, single price £10.99).

Or, if it's a sparkling wine you're after then today sees the start of some fantastic Champagne and Sparkling wine offers. For example, Nicolas Feuillate NV at just £18 a bottle (saving you £10!!), and Prosecco La Marca Cuvee at just £9.99 which is a softer, lighter, fruitier ... and cheaper (!) alternative to most champagnes.

Remember, it's a minimum of 6 bottles purchase but that doesn't have to be 6 of the same meaning you can mix, match and try a real selection this summer.

Wine of the week: Serena Pinot Grigio RoseDate published: 23/07/13

Serena Pinot Grigio Rose, 2012 £6.99

(When you buy any 2 Italian wines and save 20%, Single bottle price £8.74)

This pinot grigio rose is refreshing and sophisticated; a perfect summer rose!

Slightly darker in colour than many other pinot grigio rose wines, this one offers intense summer fruit aromas and flavours with dominant ripe strawberry notes gently mingling with citrus, pear, banana and melon.

Try it with poached fish, light pasta and salad dishes. Or, simply by itself to cool down in this summer heat!

O is for Oranjeboom!Date published: 23/07/13

O is for Oranjeboom.

Oranjeboom is awesome dutch lager. Try some! Founded in 1671 in Rotterdam Inbev bought it in 2004. Oranjeboom is brewed under license in the UK in Faversham by Shepherd Neame.

WINE OF THE WEEK RISCAL BLANCO 2012Date published: 19/07/13

Wine of the week

Marques de Riscal, Blanco, 2012

From the eminent Rioja producer Marqués de Riscal, this is an intriguing white from the Verdejo grape. For a long time the sleeping beauty of the Rueda region, Verdejo is now increasingly popular in Spain.

A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish.

Perfect on its own in the summer sun or will partner well with seafood.

£8.99, or £6.99 when you buy two or more.

N is for Notley AbbeyDate published: 15/07/13

N is for Notley Abbey

The home of  new brewers XT. Notley Abbey is just outside Long Crendon and XT have been brewing their for approximately

M is for MarstonsDate published: 13/07/13

M is for Marstons

In 1834 J.Marston established J.Marston and Son at the Horninglow Brewery in Burton on Trent. They amalgamated with J Thomson and son and moved to the Albion brewery where they still brew to this day. They are the largest craft ale brewer in the world and hold 1.1% of the UK market.

The have recently purchased Brakspear and Wychwood but they are still brewed in their home of Witney. Marstons own Bank's and Jennings as well.

L is for LeffeDate published: 09/07/13

L is for Leffe!

Leffe is owned by Anheuser_Busch Inbev. It is a Belgian beer and is marketed as an Abbey beer. The Abbey was established in 1152 and as in many monasteries the Canons brewed ale. The brew was developed from products found in the wild around the Abbey. Leffe is now brewed in Leuven at the Stella Artois brewery.

NED SAUVIGNONDate published: 09/07/13

NED SAUVIGNON BLANC UPDATE

As some of you may be aware we are currently out of stock of the Ned sauvignon Blanc and the brilliant offer of £6.99 runs out next month, But don't panic we can still take orders for it in the meantime and let you know when it comes in, at which point you can come and collect or we can even deliver them out to you for free. If you need a tasty sauvignon to tide you over in the meantime why not try the Brancott Estate, its an amazing sauvignon with lashings of vibrant citrus fruit and gooseberries, perfect for the summer and best of all its at £6.99 the same price as the Ned.

Wine of the week: Berne Grand Recolte Rose, 2012.Date published: 04/07/13

On offer at £8.99 (When you buy two bottles and save £2, Single bottle price £9.99)

From a region that produces some of the very best rose wines, this is no exception. Made from grenache and cinsault grapes, this rose is cool-fermented to ensure that it retains the fresh, primary fruit characteristics and a vibrant salmon pink colour. It has a nose of spring flowers, strawberries, raspberries and melon, and is juicy and fresh on the palate with hints of peachy exotic fruit.

Easily enjoyed by itself or with light summery salads and grilled white fish, this rose is a must-have for this hot summer heat-wave we've been predicted!

K is for KrombacherDate published: 01/07/13

K is for Krombacher!

Krombacher is the Germany's 2nd best selling brewery. It is also one of the largest privately owned breweries. Started in 1803 by Johannes Haas, the brewery remained in the family until 1896 when it was bought by Otto Eberhardt. The brewery is currently owned by the Schadeberg family.

Wine of the Week: King's FavourDate published: 28/06/13

Wine of the Week: King's Favour

From one of our favourite New Zealand Wine producers, the King's Favour is brought to you from Marisco Vineyards. Marisco also produce the Ned Sauvignon making the King's Favour its bigger brother. The King's Favour benefits from a Lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. It is stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.

This wine is at its best with fresh oysters, delicate  white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheese. The King's Favour like its younger brother The Ned is also brilliant to sip on its own.

Adam's Interesting Reds: Brouilly 2011, Domaine des Maison NeuvesDate published: 28/06/13

Adam's Interesting Reds: Domaine des Maison Neuves

Brouilly is in the south of the Beaujolais region and is the largest of the Beaujolais crus. The wines the region produces are often described as being "typical" in regards to Beaujolais. Domaine de Maison are a quality - conscious grower that eschews the use of herbicides to give healthier vines.

The wine is produced using the Gamay grape and it results in a deep coloured wine that shows a great finesse and fruit intensity. Tye nose gives powerful aromas of ripe berry and currant notes. The palate shows soft tannins and a balanced acidity on the finish.

Enjoy with white meat dishes.



Ever wondered how Rose is made...?Date published: 26/06/13

In preparation for our Provence rose tasting tutorial this weekend I thought I'd give you a head-start by telling you how rose is made.

There are 4 methods:

1) Direct Pressing- Here black grapes are crushed and pressed in the same way as in the production of white wine (I.e. the grapes are pressed to extract the juice BEFORE fermentation. Fermentation then happens without the skins so as to avoid the extraction of colour and tannin.) During the pressing, a little colour is extracted from the skins but tannin avoided, and this method produces some of the very delicately coloured rose wines, such as the Pinot Grigio blush rose.

2) Drawing Off- Here black grapes are crushed and pressed in the same way as in the production of red wine (I.e. Fermentation takes place with the skin to extract as much colour and tannin as possible) Unlike red wine production, the temperature during fermentation will be slightly lower to retain more delicate fruit flavours, and the juice will be drawn off after a much shorter period of skin contact; normally 6-48 hours. The longer the wine remains in contact with the skins, the deeper the colour will be of the final rose. Once the juice is drawn off from the skins it will continue to be fermented at an even lower temperature, again, to retain the primary fruit flavours, but also to allow fermentation to finish completely (otherwise there would be lots of residual sugars in the final wine.)

3) Bleeding (Saignee)- In this method, the rose is essentially just a by-product of red wine production. It follows the same procedure as Drawing off but only a small portion of the juice is removed after 6-48 hours of fermentation (this will be the rose) and the rest continues to ferment into a red wine.The grapes used are therefore not ideal for rose wine and so rose made by this method tends to not be as good as rose made from grapes grown specifically for rose production. Think alamos malbec rose perhaps?

4) Blending - Exactly what is says on the tin. Red wine is blended with a white wine to make a rose wine! This is not permitted in the EU except for making rose Champagne. Many inexpensive yet fruity rose from the New world are made in this way.

So, this weekend when you're enjoying a glass of your favourite rose, you may be able to take a guess at how it's been made!

Adam's Interesting Reds: The Ned Pinot Noir 2012Date published: 22/06/13

Adam's Interesting Reds: The Ned Pinot Noir 2012

Renowned winemaker Brent Marris has crafted a complex yet harmonious Pinot Noir from the Waihopai River. Handpicked and aged for 12 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot. The Ned is famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc and The Ned Pinot Noir matches up to it with an excellent flavour and extremely high quality.

With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas on the palate this wine is warming and ric, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish.

This wine will develop more smoky character if aged, but is great now with roast chicken, duck or turkey.



J is for Jack O' LegsDate published: 22/06/13

J is for Jack O' Legs.

Strong ruby ale brewed by the Tring brewery unsurprisingly from Tring. They also brew award winning Side pocket for a toad which is malty bitter style.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 22/06/13

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

£6.99 (When you buy any two New Zealand Wines, single bottle price £8.74)

From one of New Zealand's most well know wineries, this Sauvignon Blanc is a great alternative to The Ned. Alive with ripe tropical fruits, plenty of gooseberry, zesty citrus fruits, a hint of elderflower and a mouth-watering finish, this is a vibrant and refreshing wine that is great to drink by itself. Or, why not try it with lemon and pepper chicken... a great combination for summer.

CALLING ALL SAVVY SHOPPERS!Date published: 20/06/13

CALLING ALL SAVY SHOPPERS

Ever worry that you might be missing out on some great deals of your favorite type or style of wine?

Here at Majestic wine Milton Keynes we are committed to providing the highest level of service to our customers and that is why we have introduced a way of ensuring you don't miss out on great deals that suit your wine preference.

We can contact you when a wine of interest is either coming down or transversely going up in price, that way you can make the best of what we offer with out the need to constantly keep an eye out for the best deals.

If you think you would like to sign up for this service it couldn't be more simple, All you need to do is speak to a member of staff, let them know you want to be included in the “customer preference service” and what kind of offers your interested in, this could be you favorite wine or even an area/grape variety of choice. You can give us either an email or phone number and we will only contact you by your preferred method.

If you are placing an order on line just add that you would like to be included under the notes section of your order and we shall do the rest.

Majestic wine Milton Keynes #comeandexplore

I is for Innis and GunnDate published: 19/06/13

I is for Innis and Gunn.

They are a specialist independent brewery based in Edinburgh. They were originally part owned by William Grant and sons but were bought out by the other partner in 2008. Their beer is matured in oak casks that have been used to mature spirits. They are the biggest selling British beer in Canada and the second in Sweden.

Wine of the Week - The VicarDate published: 16/06/13

Chapel Hill 'The Vicar'

Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Regularly featuring among Australia's top-rated wines, 'The Vicar' is blended from several parcels of prime Shiraz vineyards in the Mclaren Vale, selected each vintage for the quality of their output.

The blend is then aged for 20 months in new and old French and American oak hogsheads.

This wine boasts huge flavour with blackcurrant, black cherry and plum flavour's complimented with hints of pepper.

A beautiful, full bodied wine. Ideal with red meats or on its own. Why not treat yourself this summer to a cracking Aussie Shiraz!

H is for Hopping MadDate published: 15/06/13

H is for Hopping Mad.

Hopping Mad is a small brewery set up in Olney relatively recently. They brew a variety of great quality bitters as well as a stout called Black Jack. Their best selling beers are Patriot which is brewed using American hops. This gives the beer a hoppy and slightly floral nose with huge amounts of flavour. The other best seller is Brain storm which is a more traditional golden ale style. The Brewery is unusual in the fact that they don't bottle their beers. They sell them to the off trade in 5L kegs which last for up to 3 weeks once opened.

g is for Golden HenDate published: 08/06/13

G is for Golden hen, or Old Golden Hen as it is properly called. Brewed by Morlands formerly of Abingdon it is owned and brewed by Greene King. A lighter and slightly lower alcohol content than it's more famous bretheren, Old Speckled Hen, this is a delighful summer ale that slips down very nicely.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Parcel series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/06/13

Wine of the week

Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Chile

Yet another exclusive for Majestic by one of Maipo Valley's best producers. The grapes are hand-picked from mature vines in the cool Andean foothills, fermented with selected yeasts, then transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months' maturation. A classic cassis-like aroma overlayed with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice. Lashings of pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins. Enjoy with the sunny weather and your bbq this weekend.

£9.99, or £7.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines.

F is for Fuggles hopsDate published: 01/06/13

F is for Fuggles hops!

Hops spread out from China initially. There are around 80 varieties in commercial use around the world and many more in trials. Fuggles are used predominantly for bitter brewers as the flavour is fairly strong.

THE KINGS FAVOUR 2012Date published: 31/05/13

The Kings Favour 2012 Marlborough New Zealand

Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough's favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King's favour.

A lively and intense, yet focused nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.

At its best with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

£12.49, or £9.99 when you buy any two wines from New Zealand

E is for Estrella DammDate published: 30/05/13

E is for Estrella Damm.

It is produced in Spain in Barcelona and is widely marketed around the world. It is a clean, fresh and easy going lager of fantastic quality!

WINE OF THE WEEK: JOFFRE MALBECDate published: 24/05/13

Wine of the week

Joffre Malbec 201, Argentina

Argentinian Malbec has surged in demand from consumers who realise that the terroir there is perfect for expressing the full bodied intensity of flavour that Malbec offers. Argentina's wine growing regions are mostly based in high altitude desert plains, providing perfect levels of sun exposure, temperature and rainfall.

This full style of Malbec is a great example of the value and complexity produced by many wineries in Mendoza, but without the brutish tannin and over-extraction of some of the cheaper alternatives.

Full-bodied yet elegant, this wine is packed with expressive aromas of plum, cherry, vanilla and chocolate, following on to a rich yet subtle palate

This wine would really shine with a nice steak, or alternatively stock up for the colder months as it would be ideal with a beef or venison casserole.

£10.99, or £8.99 when you buy two or more.

D is for DoombarDate published: 23/05/13

D is for Doombar!

The flagship beer of the Sharps brewery, brewed on the Rock in Cornwall. Sharps were working towards being an environmentally friendly brewery offsetting all of their carbon emissions and producing the Eden ale which became the official beer of the Eden project.

Sharps is now owned by Molson Coors.

C is for Cobra!Date published: 13/05/13

C is for Cobra!

Brewed in the UK it was specifically designed for the British market to match British style curries. Less fizzy then many of it's competitors it is extremely refreshing!

Sparkling Saturday - Cloudy Bay Pelorus NVDate published: 11/05/13

CLoudy bay Pelorus NV!

Named in honour of a Dolphin called Pelorus Jack. Pelorus Jack was a favourite of seamen as he used to guide ships through some sections of the Cook straights!


The sparkling is a fitting tribute as it has a full body, smooth fine moose and lots of flavour! Fantastic quality that needs to be tried to be believed!

B is for BrahmaDate published: 11/05/13

B is for Brahma!

Brahma is Brazilian and is a really refreshing zingy lager. Similar style to Corona but with a lighter fresher flavour!

A is for AdnamsDate published: 08/05/13

A is for Adnams!

Adnams have been brewing in Southwold since 1872. They produce ales of varying strengths and styles. From Gunhill and Lighthouse  which are their lighter styles through their house bitter style, the Southwold Bitter, to Broadside which is their amber strong ale. Fantastic quality beer as shown by dint of the fact that they are still producing beer today.

Adnams have expanded recently into spirit production through the Copper House Distillery which was set up in 2010.

A-Z of BeersDate published: 07/05/13

Ato Z of Beers.

Although we are a wine merchant we have an interesting and varied range of Beers. We stock beers from around the world focusing on finding premium quality brewers large and small who all share a passion for their product.

This next collection of articles will aim to encompass the entire spectrum of beers styles.

Watch this space and hopefully enjoy!

Save the date : Summer Wine EveningDate published: 04/05/13

Summer Wine Evening : Thursday 16h May at 6.30pm

Our flagship Summer Wine Evening is back! This is a fantastic evening where you get to sample a variety of wines, hand-picked by the team here at Majestic Wines Milton Keynes.

These are very in-formal evenings with tasting stations set up around the store and you are free to wander around and try as much or as little as you want. Our staff will be on hand to offer tips and advice as well as the odd nibble to help things go down smoothly.

If you would like to come, either call us on 01908 691835, e-mail us at mkn@majestic.co.uk or ask us to put your name on the list the next time you pop in, as places are limited.

Oh, did we mention it's FREE to attend so bring along a friend or two. Who knows you may discover a new favourite or two !


We hope to see you there

Majestic Milton Keynes

WINE OF THE WEEK: PARCEL SERIES SHIRAZ 2011Date published: 03/05/13

Wine of the Week

Parcel Series Shiraz 2011, Western Cape

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, made by one of South Africa's most well-established producers. Hand harvested from vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch, the grapes are cool fermented before maturation in second-fill French and American oak barrels. A nose predominantly of mulberry and plum, with nuances of coriander and savoury spice. The rich fruit on the palate is framed by muscular tannins and an enduring liquorice character.

The smooth Style and yet slightly girppy tannins make this the ideal wine for your barbecue.

...Oh I almost forgot the best bit, its only £5.99 when you buy two or more.

Kangarilla Road ChardonnayDate published: 02/05/13

The Kangarilla road winery is a small boutique wine producer based in the McLaren Vale. The name Kangarilla is taken from the Kaurna language of a local tribe of Aboriginals meaning 'place of two springs'.

The winery produces fantastic quality wines of a robust yet refined style. Their shiraz is full bodied with plenty of ripe blackberries and blackcurrant with just a hint of eucalyptus providing a cooling influence.

The chardonnay is outstanding, the 2012 vintage has I believe only 20 percent of it's wine oaked. This means that you have a subtle hint of the warm vanilla and toast but surrounded by fresh tropical fruits.

What is terroir Date published: 21/04/13

One of the most common words you hear bounded about by wine “profesionals” is the french concept of terroir, but what does this actually mean? In fact there is no actual direct english translation the closest being the word “terrain”, certainly a far less emotive word, All though here in the uk we have no translation for terroir we are not exempt from it, in fact everywhere in the world has one be it a vineyard or our own back garden. In its most simple form terroir could be described as the soil that effects the growing conditions and final outcome of anything that grows from it, it is however a little more in depth than that. The world atlas of wine describes terroir as “the dirt itself, the subsoil and the rocks beneath it, its physical properties and how they relate to the local climate” The main thing to remember is that regardless of definition the terroir is is on of the most important factors that influence the style of the the eventual wine, all though their will be many other influences through out the production of a wine it all starts with the terroir.  

Wine of the Week- Planalto WhiteDate published: 19/04/13

Wine of the week

Planalto White Reserva 2011 Douro

A blend of white grape varieties indigenous to the Douro area. At once traditional and modern, the wine is vinified very much in a contemporary style, with de-stalking and cold fermentation helping to preserve freshness of fruit and maximum aromatic impact.

Dry and delicate, but possessing an interesting aromatic intensity and complexity, with overtones of blossom. The fruit is predominantly citrus, with soft pear and melon flavors completing the picture, This delicate yet expressive wine is a real alternative to sauvignon blanc

Perfect on its own or will partner well with seafood.

 

£7.99, or £6.49 when you buy two or more.  

Wine Tips: Decanting WineDate published: 17/04/13

Wine Tips: Decanting Wine.

Decanting is a great way to get the most out of a wine by allowing the wine to breath and an effective decanting can sometimes double the taste and aroma of a given wine. Decanting wine should not only be reserved for old vintages either as many younger wines also benefit from it too.

Too effectively decanter a given wine..

1)hold the bottle in one hand and the decanter in the other.

2)Pour steadily, ideally with the bottleneck against a strong source of light such a naked light bulb or a candle.

3)Continue to pour until you see the sediment (if any) move to the lower neck of the bottle.

4)Only stop pouring when the dregs move dangerously close to the rim.

5) Serve from decanter after 30 mins to an hour from decanting.

By taking the time to decant your wine you will get much more from it, compared to simply pouring it straight into a glass upon opening it.

Adam's Recommendation: Boschendal Chenin BlancDate published: 17/04/13

Adam's Recommendation: Boschendal Chenin Blanc

Boschendal is one of South Africa's origional wine farms and the wines they produce are a brilliant quality at an affordable price. Their Chenin Blanc is no exception and has a great depth of flavour and texture to it. This fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage'.

The Chenin Blanc is a well balanced and a full bodied wine. It has a distinguisable aroma of mango and honey and the palate has a tropical fruit flavour with hints of nuts and honey.

it is excellent with seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Adam's Recommendation: Plan de Dieu, Domaine DurieuDate published: 14/04/13

Adam's Recommendation: Plan de Dieu, Domaine Durieu

Plan de Dieu is a small appellation in the centre of the Southern Rhone between Chateauneuf - du - Pape and Gigondas. Domaine Durieu was created in 1976, owning vineyards established in the early 1900's, and more recent plantings.

The wine's 70% Grenache provides a backbone of warm, bright red, jammy fruit, while the addition of other traditional varieties (Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan) gives a firm tannic structure and a spicy uplift.

Drink now or within the next 3-5 years. Openinig this wine an hour before drinking and allowing it to get to room temparature greatly benefits the drinking experience!

Wine of the Week- Bellingham The Bernard Series Viognier 2011Date published: 12/04/13

Wine of the Week

Bellingham “The Bernard Series” Hand-picked Viognier 2011

This week's wine of the week is part of our South African themed tasting week.

As the name suggests all the grape that go into this wine are picked by hand. This wine is a homage to a pioneer in South African wine production, Bernard Podlashuk and the work he did for South African wine production.

On the nose this wine has lots of fruits, notes of apricot, peach and hints of florality show through mingling with white pepper nuances. There is plenty of apricot and peach flavours on the palate which linger, and refreshing acidity make this wine ideal for a sunny day.

£11.99 or why not take advantage of our offer on South African wines. Buy any 2 South African wines and save 20% making the Bernard a real bargain at £9.59 a bottle!

Wine of the Week- Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004Date published: 05/04/13

Wine of the Week

Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004

This week's wine of the week is something a little bit special and one of my personal favourites when it comes to Rioja.

Made from grapes grown in the Rioja Alta region this is one of the best Riojas. Vina Ardanza remains a family owned bodega and is named after one of the founding families of the region. All the grapes that go into this wine are selected from their 360 hectare estate.

Made from a blend of Grenache and Tempranillo grapes this wine has a lovely complexity that keeps you coming back for more. There's still plenty of fresh fruit on the nose, mixing with aromas of spice and a slight earthy quality. On the palate this wine has a nice medium weight with the complexity carrying through from the nose, and a good tannic structure.

Normally £22.50  but why not take advantage of our offer on Spanish wines. Buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% making the Ardanza a bargain at £17.99 a bottle!  

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- Marques de Riscal Rueda Date published: 27/03/13

Marqués de Riscal, Rueda, 2011

If you're looking for something a little different than the usual Sauvignon Blanc then I would recommend giving this wine a try.

Marques de Riscal was a instrumental in changing white wines from Rueda from an oxidised sherry style to this light, crisp refreshing style.

Made from the Verdejo and Viura grape varieties this wine is nice and light, with lots of citrus fruits, hints of florailty and a slightly herbaceous nose. On the palate this wine is really refreshing, the fruit flavours show though and it's finished with a crisp acidity. Ideal drinking with a light salad or seafood dish.

£8.11 or buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% so just £6.49 a bottle  

Rediscovering Riesling- McGuigan ShortlistDate published: 26/03/13

The next Riesling on our journey through this grape variety comes from the Eden valley in Australia. Coming from one of the most awarded wineries in the world, McGuigan’s shortlist Riesling 2005 is a delightful example of how fragrant this variety came be. The grapes are picked from 40 year old vines from a single vineyard and cold fermented in order to maintain freshness. It has a nose packed full of tropical fruits, dominated by pineapple, crisp green apple and citrus fruits and hints of florality. The palate doesn’t disappoint either; it fills the mouth with lots of fresh fruit character and has a racy acidity that makes this wine so refreshing.

I love this as something a little bit special at £14.99 a bottle and goes down nicely with a creamy fish dish, but will last for a good 5 or more years if you wanted to save it. Definitely a weekend treat.  

Wine of the week: Chateau Saint Georges 2007, St-Georges-St-EmilionDate published: 22/03/13

Wine of the week: Chateau Saint Georges 2007, St-Georges-St-Emilion

Located to the north of St. Emilion, the satellite appellation around the hamlet of St-George produces wines in a simiolar style. This chateau is the leading local producer, with a 50-hectare estate on the areas south facing slopes.

On the nose, the wine offers up ripe blackberry with cigar box and graphite aromas in abundance. On the palate the flavours are satisfyingly dense and well structured.

The Chateau Saint Georges is perfect with French cuisine such as coq au vin or simply enjoyed on its own.

Rediscovering Riesling- Dr. L 2011Date published: 20/03/13

As a big Riesling fan I’m always out to get people to share my love of this diverse grape variety. So I thought I would take you though some of our different Rieslings we have to offer in store to get you to rediscover Riesling.

I developed my love of Riesling while working in a winery in the beautiful Mosel valley where our first wine comes from. Dr. L 2011 Riesling, from the Loosen Brothers. I lived and worked not too far from Bernkastel-Kues where the Loosen brothers’ winery is based and I have seen first-hand the steep, slatey vineyards where this wine is grown.

This off dry example has lots of the classic notes of honey and plenty of stone fruits like apricots and peach both on the nose and palate; followed by the refreshing acidity associated with this grape variety. With a low Abv (8.5%) and a low price tag to match (£7.99) this is an ideal Riesling for everyday drinking.  

Wine of the Week- Peter Lehman ShirazDate published: 16/03/13

Wine of the Week

Peter Lehman Portrait Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2010

As a fan of Australian Shiraz this is one of my all time favourites for everyday drinking.

Peter Lehman is known throughout the Barossa Valley as the “Baron of Barossa” partly due to his wine making presence throughout the valley, but also for his efforts to help the local community. In the 1970s due to a dispute with his bosses Peter Lehman decided to buy the grapes himself and has been making wine ever since.

This is a really classic example of an Australian Shiraz, aged for 12 months in both American and French oak this wine has a lovely level of complexity. There's plenty of blackcurrant and plum flavours blending nicely with mocha and chocolate characteristics. On the palate it's just a rich with plenty of body, ideal drinking with a flavoursome, peppery casserole.

£10.49 or buy 2 and save £4 so just £8.49 a bottle

ADAM'S WINE FACT OF THE DAY : RUDEADate published: 13/03/13

Adam's wine fact of the day: Rueda

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town that straddles the main road from Madrid to Leon. During the Middle Ages vineyards flourished on this bleak Castilian plateau and cellars were hollowed out of the limestone under the town.

The area had a large focus on producing fortified wines in the image of sherry. However the grape that would prove to be Rueda's sleeping beauty, the Verdejo, was awoken in the 1970s by Bodegas Marques de Riscal of Rijoca who recognized the area's potential for dry white wine. A fresh Rueda white was sold alongside de Riscal's already popular Rijoca reds and proved to be a huge success.

A modern Rueda is a light, fruity, dry white wine. It may be made from a blend of Viura (Maccabeo) and Verdejo with the latter accounting for at least 50 per cent of the blend, or it may be a sauvignon blanc varietal (SB introduced by de Riscal in the 1980s)

Rueda superior must contain at least 85 per cent Verdejo and, as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines.

A-Z of Italian wine : Z is for Zuccheir ResiduiDate published: 13/03/13

Zuccheir Residui translates to residual sugar.

Residual suagr is measured in grams per litre g/l whilst you are unlikley to ever find a wine with less than 1 g/l a sweet wine has to have a minimum of 45 g/l however many of the top quality dessert wines have a sweetnes of over 400g/l. just make sure you brush your teeth after drinking.

V is for ValpolicellaDate published: 12/03/13

V is for Valpolicella

A red wine of extremely varied quality from the Venteo region in north east Italy. The valpolicella saw its production zone greatly enlarged when it achieved DOC status in 1968. The original Valpolicella zone, whose wines  alone may be labelled 'Valpolicella classico', now accounts for less thann half the total production of this area.

The DOC regulations imposed a maximum limit of 70 per cent of Corniva grapes in the wine. This has been considered unhelpful to the wine as Corniva is generally considered the grape with the most personality in the blend. The high acidity of the Morinara and the neutral character of the Rondinella contribute little to the overall quality level. 

Some quality wines have emerged out of the Valpolicella such as Amarone and Recioto which are made solely from dried Corniva. Also Valpolicella Superiore which is made from 100 per cent Corniva is considered to be a particulary notable wine.

T is for TorgianoDate published: 09/03/13

T is for Torgiano

Torgiano is a small hillside DOC zone in the central Italian region of Umbria and is situated between Perugia and Assisi. The production of bottled wine here is almost entirely in the hands of Lungarotti family who efforts have proven that the sangiovese vine can yield very impressive results outside of the Tuscany region.

The wine making philosophy is important in the Torgiano which emphasises a breif period of time of cask ageing and some barrel maturation thereafter, followed by a lenghty period of bottle ageing (up to ten years for the reserva)

S is for squinzanoDate published: 08/03/13

S is for Squinzano!

Squinzano is a DOC in the south east of Italy in the Puglia region. It is known mainly for robust red wine made predominantly from the Negroamaro grape.

WINE OF THE WEEK:Boschendal Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2011 South AfricaDate published: 08/03/13

The Boschendal Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot is produced by picking both the Cabernet and Merlot grapes when they are at the their optimal ripeness, the grapes are then fermented separately before being expertly blended together. The result of this technique means this wine is both powerful and yet not over powering, displaying ripe red berry flavours on the palate complimented by hints of cedar and well rounded tannins. This wonderful wine would compliment a steak and kidney homemade pie.

R is for RipassoDate published: 05/03/13

R is for ripasso

Ripasso means 're-passed'. A great example of this winemaking method is Valpolicella ripasso where the valpolicella is passed over the uncrushed Amarone grape skins. This process adds flavour and body and is well worth investigating as a style.

U is for Umbria!Date published: 02/03/13

The region is named for the Umbri tribe, one of those who were absorbed by the expansion of the Romans. Pliny the Elder recounts a fanciful derivation for the tribal name from the Greek ὄμβρος "a shower", which had led to the confused idea that they had survived the Deluge familiar from Greek mythology, giving them the claim to be the most ancient race in Italy.[3] In fact they belonged to a broader family of neighbouring tribes with similar roots. Their language was Umbrian, one of the Italic languages, related to Latin and Oscan.

The Umbri probably sprang, like neighbouring tribes, from the creators of the Terramara, and Villanovan culture in northern and central Italy, who entered north-eastern Italy at the beginning of the Bronze Age.

The Etruscans were the chief enemies of the Umbri, and the Etruscan invasion went from the western seaboard towards the north and east (lasting from about 700 to 500 BC), eventually driving the Umbrians towards the Apenninic uplands and capturing 300 Umbrian towns. Nevertheless, the Umbrian population does not seem to have been eradicated in the conquered districts.

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 01/03/13

Wine of the week La Vieille Capitelle 2009, Languedoc,South France

From the stable of renowned winemaking former rugby player Gerard Bertrand, this is a clasically-styled Languedoc red, hailing from the clay and limestone terraces around Narbonne. Hand-picked, destemmed and fermented at controlled temperatures for great fruit purity.

A wine with superb structure and soft yet distinct tannin displaying a fruit profile of dark cherry and mulberry complimented by a hint of cassis, wrapped up by a softening from French oak.

Allow to breathe and serve at room temperature with slow-cooked beef or lamb dishes.  

Q is for Quality ControlDate published: 27/02/13

In the 1960's the Italian government began tidying up the multiplicity of Italian wines into defined indentities. This was achieved with the italian DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) system; an Italian answer to the Appellation Contolee system in France. The DOC system specified region boundaries, maximum yields and specified grape varieties and production methods. A superior form of the DOC system, DOCG, was implemented in the 1980's which further improved quality by making sure that standards were not just controlled but guaranteed and was awarded to such wines as Barolo, Barbaresco, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. 

P is for: Pecorino!Date published: 25/02/13

Pecorino is one of Italy's lesser known great grape varieties. predominantly made on Italy's east coast it is slowly disappearing from vineyards. The grape makes very good quality characterful wine with flavours of green apple, fresh almonds and a hint of peach. Pecorino is also the name for a hard cheese made form sheeps milk. It is often studded with truffles or chilies.

O is for: Oltrepo PaveseDate published: 23/02/13

This is Lombardy's largest viticultural area. It extends over the hills and accross a series of townships in the province of Pavia south of the river Po. The name means 'over the Po and in the Pavia region'. This area contains 39,520 acres of vineyards and has the potential to produce 1.2 million hectolitres of wine which equates to 31.6 million gallons. The area is registered as producing 450, 000 hectolitres much of which is Pinot Noir.

The reason for this disparity lies with some of the big Spumante producers from the Piedmont region and cinnzano buying grapes for there own use.

 

N is for:Date published: 15/02/13

Nardo!

Nardo is a DOC known for robust reds made mainly from the Negroamarro grape. Nardo is a small area on the South Eastern coast of Italy in the Puglia region. You will find it on the Western coast of the heel of the boot!

M is for:Date published: 01/02/13

Maceratino

This increasingly rare white grape is grown on Italy's beautiful Adriatic coast.

It is possibly related to the local Greco grape or the famous Verdicchio grape.

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 27/01/13

Gavi- La Lancellotta 2011

This delicious North Italian wine is produced in the beautiful little town of Gavi, which, is only a total of 15km long and 5km wide. The Cortese grape is famous for producing great wines in this region of Italy.

The nose of this wine gives off delicious ripe green apples and with hints of peach and lime. Leading on from the nose you will still notice the dominance of green apples but with a fantastic mineral grip to it. This wine will continue to fill your mouth with amazing flavors long after drinking.

This wine would be a perfect match to a chicken salad toped with a drizzle of French dressing.

A fantastic alternative to your standard Pinot Grigio. This bottle could send you head over heels in love with Italian wine.

An absolute bargain at £8.49 when you buy two or more bottles.

 

L is for:Date published: 25/01/13

Lambrusco- This was one of the most popular wines in Europe and the USA in the 1980's.

The wine is mainly produced in Modena, Pama and Reggionell. this wine is typically very fruity and is perfect for drinking young.

Eighty five percent of Labruscos are of the Grasparossa variety. This is one of the fullest varietsand has the highest  Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

Its combination of big fruit flavours and high acidity make it an ideal matching for egg pasta.

St Vincent of Saragossa- Patron Saint of WineDate published: 22/01/13

St Vincent of Saragossa- Patron Saint of Wine

Every year on January 22nd the wine makers of Burgundy honour St Vincent the Patron Saint of wine. There are many tales as to why St Vincent has earned himself this title, one of the less gory and more inspiring tales is that of how pruning first came to be discovered.

The tale goes that one day while traveling through vineyards on his donkey St Vincet stopped to talk to some workers in the vineyard, while he was distracted his donkey nibbled on some nearby vines. During the next harvest the pickers noticed that this vine produced more fruit than any other, and so pruning was born, or so the legend goes.

Not only is St Vincent credited with the discovery of pruning but traditionally his day marks the start of winter pruning. In Burgundy every year on this day they hold a festival in honour of St Vincent, called "Touring St Vincent" (or Saint-Vincent Tournante). It is held in a different town each year, it starts early with a tour through the town with statues of St Vincent which ends in a church for mass. Then its off to the wineries to taste wine.

The reason St Vincent is honoured on  January 22nd every year is because it is the anniversary of his death. St Vincent was the Deacon of Valerius of Saragossa, where during this time he was out spoken on matters of faith. This angered the Muslim rulers who had him crushed death in a wine press.

So lets raise a glass to St Vincent.

I IS FOR IMBOTTIGLIATODate published: 20/01/13

iMBOTTIGLIATO IS THE iTALIAN WORD FOR BOTTLED

H is for HoraceDate published: 17/01/13

Otherwise known as Quintus Horatius Flaccus, (65-8BC). Horace was a poet who wrote many odes containing references to wines. He enjoyed colecting wines form significant years for example when his patron recovered from serious ilness and a grand old Caecuban wine to celebrate the defeat of Cleopatra.

WINE OF THE WEEK: TAUTAVEL ARAGO 21 2009 GERARD BERTRANDDate published: 17/01/13

Tautavel Arago 21, 2009,Gerard Bertrand, France

Tautavel is famous for its wine, but it is also famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of prehistoric mankind, excavated in the Arago Caves. 'Arago 21' was the reference code given to a skull belonging to Tautavel Man, believed to be at least 400,000 years old.

Made from roughly equal proportions of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, this wine exhibits a blend of vibrant fruit, spicy undertones and firm tannins, with characteristic wild herb nuances.

Drinking well either on its own or with a juicy steak.

G is for GaglioppoDate published: 16/01/13

Gaglioppo

A red grape variety from Calabria in the far south of Italy. It thrives in dry conditions and can reach highb sugar levels which result in a robust wine somtimes lacking in sublety but high in flavour.

F is for Frizzante!Date published: 15/01/13

Frizzante is the Italian wine term to denote partially sparkling wine as opposed to spumante which is fully sparkling. Frizzante is usually created by partial fermentation in a tank before having the fermentation arrested. This creates a wine that has less bubbles and usually has a lower abv then their fully sparkling counterparts.

It is usually easy to spot frizzante's by the type of closure they have. This will either be screw cap or a normal cork.

E is for Emilia-RomagnaDate published: 14/01/13

The fourth biggest producing region in Italy in terms of quantity. The region is famous for Lambrusco which manifests itself most commonly as a sparkling red. Emilia-Romagna produces around 198million gallons of wine each year. Unfortunately with such high productivity only 15% of the wine produced is of DOC quality.

A-Z OF ITALY: DOLLCETTODate published: 13/01/13

Dollcetto

An early ripening, low-acid red grape variety cultivated almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in the north west region of Piedmont. The wines are are soft, round, fruity, and fragrant with flavours of licorice and almonds. Designed to be drunk young all though if well balanced and of good quality could be aged for up to 5 years.

THE GREAT MAJESTIC BARGAIN HUNT IS HERE!!!Date published: 11/01/13

Yes we have done it again, the Majestic Bargain Hunt is back! We've got some great wines on offer just waiting to be found. You can save up to 33% on our Bargain Hunt wines, but hurray because once they're gone, they're gone.

So pop in store anytime before Monday 4th February to hunt yourself out a bargain!

WINE OF THE WEEK: GOLDWATER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 MARLBOROUGHDate published: 11/01/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2012

From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture. This is a fine example of a kiwi Sauvignon that manages to be very fruit forward whilst maintaining racy acidity and strong mineral backbone, It blends old world and new world perfectly.

Enjoy now either on its own or with a fresh seafood salad.  

C is for ChiantiDate published: 10/01/13

Next in our A-Z of Italian wines is Chanti. 

Chianti comes from the Tuscany region, which is located along the west coast of Italy. It is made from the Sangiovese grape variety. Chiantis typically have a meduim body with high acidity and tannins. It is known for it's sour cherry aromas and flavours.

If you're interested in trying a Chianti I'd recommend trying the San Leonino Chianti on offer at £8.99 a bottle.

The A-Z of ItalyDate published: 10/01/13

As I'm sure you've seen we have started compling an A-Z of all things wine related. We've got this far and realised that there is so much to learn about Italian wines that we would take you through an A-Z of Italy.

We've already covered Amarone and Bardolino, so keep your eyes peeled for Chianti coming soon!

B is for- BardolinoDate published: 09/01/13

This cheerrful, light red wine from the East shores of Lake Garda in Italy is generally very easy drinking. Which, makes it perfect for a lunch time tipple.

The rose version is called Bardolino chiaretto this often is one percent higher in alcohol and must be aged for atleast one year bfore being released.

WOW - Kuhlmann-Platz GewurtraminerDate published: 06/01/13

Wine of the Week

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2011 Cave de Hunawihr

Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr was the first cooperative in Alsace and the third in France as a whole. The winery was built in the 1950's by the wine makers in their spare time not taken up by looking after the vineyards.

Aromas of apricots and yellow plums follow through onto the palate, where they are augmented buy the traditional lychee and honeysuckle flavours. There is just a touch of sweetness to this wine which sets it off well.

Drink this wine with pungent soft cheeses or spicy food!

£9.99 single bottle price

£7.99 each when you buy 2 or more bottles!

A-Z OF ALL THINGS WINE RELATED: ADate published: 06/01/13

As we have just rolled into another new year we have decided for a bit of fun to produce an A-Z of hopefully interesting wine snippets. We will publish these on a daily basis A -Amarone Perhaps one of Italy's most famous wines, Amarone is produced by drying out grapes to create a rich wine with a thick texture. This full bodied wine can be enjoyed with game or a rich tomato based pasta dishes.  

ALASTAIRS CHOICE FOR NEW YEAR!Date published: 28/12/12

 With new year fast approaching I'm getting excited by not only what the new year may have in store for me but what I might be drinking to ring in the changes. I think Ill probably start the evening with a long gin and tonic, the Gin of choice will be Sipsmiths as its modern style of fresh botanicals is bound to be a light enough to give the evening a good start. All though I'm not sure what will be on the menu yet I think its likely to be a light fish dish washed down with Ned Sauvignon as not only will it compliment a fresh fish dish but I can carry on drinking it all evening. Finally what to toast the new year? I think it will be pol Roger n/v as not only is it my favorite champagne but also on a cracking price of £32 at the moment. What ever you do to celebrate may you  have a thoroughly good evening. Cheers!!!!!

Delivery scheduleDate published: 19/12/12

We are now full for deliveries before Christmas, we still have delivery spaces available for up to New Year. Please feel free to order and collect from the store if you recquire your wine earlier.

 

Merry Christmas!

WOTW: Saintsbury Pinot NoirDate published: 19/12/12

Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2008 Carneros Saintsbury, established in 1981 were one of the first pioneers in California for producing high quailty Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The ethos of producing wine using gentleness and restraint rather than simply the mark of the producer dominates the winemaking philosophy for the Carneros Pinot Noir.

This elegant Pinot Noir displays clear Ripe red-fruit aromas with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla. A ripe and textured palate of integrated tannins, red-fruit and spice with a fresh, weighty finish.

This wine would drink really well on its own, or alternatively Partner very well with Duck for Christmas.

£18.74, or £14.99 when you buy two or more Californian wines.  

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/12/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2011, McLaren Vale

This isn't your typical Aussie Chardonnay!

There has been a tendency in recent years for Australian winemakers to 'over-oak' their wines, producing hefty, rich and almost over-powering Chardonnays.

But this one, from a highly regarded boutique winery based in the cooler McLaren Vale region, is superbly balanced. A light lemon-green in colour, the nose is delicate and fresh with a lively citrus character. A touch of French oak adds complexity, mouthfeel and body to the wine, without over-shadowing the zesty tropical fruit and white peach flavours. There's a great length to the wine, with a refreshing finish.

Try this moreish wine with chicken in a creamy sauce or with flavourome fish such as rainbow trout.

£9.99 when you buy any 2 Australian wines

Winter warmerDate published: 05/12/12

Winter Warmers

In the last 2 years we have seen a large increase in the popularity of flavoured Gins and Vodkas. With this explosion of interest a few producers have risen to meet this challenge.

Gordons have been producing sloe gin for a number of years and have been very successful at it. Relative new boys in the field are Sipsmiths, who have the first new copper still in London since 1820.

Sipsmiths have gone one step further and are producing sloe gin and damson vodka. Both are obviously Sipsmith productions as they are characterised by the freshness of the flavours that are present. They use actual fruit rather than essential oils in the production of their spirits.

What ever your persuasion the flavoured spirits make an excellent digestive and are ideal for your hip flasks for those cold wintery walks with your dog! You could also use it to create a Kir Royale by adding it to sparkling wine or Champagne!

Petrified of Port? Date published: 03/12/12

Petrified of Port?

As the festive season sneaks up on us we always find ourselves thinking that a nice bottle of Port would be an ideal gift, or a great way to finish off the Christmas feast. But does the thought of braving the Port shelves to choose the perfect bottle scare you? Then never fear as I am here to give you a brief guide to the different styles of Port and what it all means.

In this, the first of 3 articles, I will be looking at Ruby Ports. First the basics, Port is a fortified wine made of a blend of grape varieties from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Ruby Port has been the most popular style within the UK, the basic style of Ruby Port is usually sweet, they are deeply coloured with lots of fresh fruits. They are non-vintage (a blend of different years) and are sold when they are 3 years old or younger. They don't benefit from further ageing, so best crack them open now, they don't need decanting. Taylor's First Estate is a lovely example, at only £7.99 it has lots of intense Christmas cakey and dark berries aromas.

Reserve Ruby Port are a blend of higher quality wines, than basic ruby port, these are matured in casks for up to 5 years before bottling. These wines have rich fruit flavours and are full-bodied, they are deep in colour and are also ready to drink and don't need decanting.

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) are made from a single year, these are cask matured for 4 to 6 years, and have richer more complex fruit aromas and flavours than basic ruby port, they also have more obvious tannins. They are bottled ready to drink, LBV generally don't need decanting , unless they are unfiltered. Fronseca Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage is a delicious example at £14.99 has lots of plum and raisin fruit with a long lasting finish, it does need decanting.

Next I'll be looking at Tawny Ports. If you want to know more why not come talk to us in store and look out for our helpful Snowmen!

Sparkling Saturday's are here again!Date published: 01/12/12

To make choosing the correct fizz for Christmas we are opening a sparkiling wine every Saturday up to Christmas for your delectation!

Come and explore the possibilities!

CHRISTMAS IS NEARLY HERE!Date published: 30/11/12

With Christmas now just around the corner and our store brimming with stock we are starting to get excited here at Majestic Milton Keynes. Our team is here ready and waiting to help make your christmas just that little bit more merry, we can help take the stress out of planning that christmas party or even help you to select the perfect wines for the big day and don't forget we have our tasting counter with an eclectic mix of wines to try if your looking for a bit of inspiration. So why not come and pay us a visit or if your a bit pushed for time give us a call/ order online and our resident expert in delivery Theo can soon be winging his way to you.

Wine Of The Week- Jim Barry..Cover driveDate published: 22/11/12

Jim Barry-Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon-2010- Australia

 

£10.99 a bottle when you buy two or more Single bottle price £13.74

The Jim Barry Cover Drive is produced in the Coonawarra valley, which lies to the South East of Australia. A refined Australian Cabernet that gives off plenty of red berry fragrance, such as sour cherry and raspberry with a hint of Cassis and cedar. On the palate this wine has plenty of blackberry, blackcurrant. Cherry and even a hint of liquorice. This vegetarian/organic wine has well balance tannins and can be drunk now or kept for five years or more. A fantastic wine that would be well suited to a Sunday roast with some fine beef.  

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 16/11/12

As Christmas looms ever closer we all need a little inspiration for the perfect festive drink. To help you find the perfect Sparkling wine to mark the occasion every Saturday before Christmas we will have a sparkling wine open our tasting counter for you to try,

Every week will be a different sparkling wine, from Prosecco to Cava and even Champagne.

Why not follow us on Twitter, @majesticmkn,  as we will announce every Friday which Sparkling Wine we will be opening, or keep an eye on our home page: http://www.majestic.co.uk/miltonkeynes

We look forward to seeing you for a sparkling Saturday!

New offers for a limited time. HURRY!!!Date published: 26/09/12

Here at majestic wine Milton Keynes we have done it it again and come up with some cracking offers.

We have lowered the price of the following amazing wines:

 

-Macon Lugny, Louis Latour £9.99, buy 2 and the price comes down to £7.99 per bottle

-Chapoutier Belleruche £9.99, buy 2 and the price comes down to £6.99 per bottle

-Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi £8.99, buy 2 and the price comes down to £5.99 per bottle

-Laurent-perrier Rose only £45.00

- Nicolas Feuillatte only £15.00

-Green Point Sparkling N/V only £9.99

...But hurry these offers will only last until monday 15th October!

 

 

WINE OF THE WEEK. WEINGARTEN WEISSENKIRCHENDate published: 19/09/12

WEINGARTEN WEISSENKIRCHEN,GRUNER VELTLINER 2011, AUSTRIA

The Wachau region of Austria comprises of a 33 kilometer long gorge overlooking the Danube river. Produced from vines grown around the Weissenkirchen parish including the hamlets of Joching and Wösendorf. Grüner Veltliner is an aromatic variety primarily from Austria.

The colour of fresh straw, an alluring nose of gooseberries with a hint of green apple and flowers. Well balanced acidity and citrus fruits leading to a spicy, lively wine of minerality and elegance.

This Gruner Veltliner would drink well on its own or would be a perfect match for fresh seafood such as scallops.

Wine of the week. Vina Ardanza ReservaDate published: 12/09/12

Wine of the Week

Vina Ardanza Reserva 2001, Rioja


One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour, it's really to understand why this amazing red was awarded 94 parker points.

All though drinking well now you could easily lay the Ardanza down for up to 10 years (if you can wait that long). Drink either on its own or as the perfect partner to a rich meat dish such as game pie.

Wine of the Week: 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011Date published: 07/09/12

Wine of the Week

Bellingham “The Bernard Series” Viognier 2011, Western Cap, South Africa

Never shy in producing robust and forward wine, South Africa has done it again with this lusty Viognier from the western cape.

The grapes are hand picked and aged in French oak for 7 months, giving this extravagant wine the backbone to match the full fruit profile.

The nose demonstrates a wonderful array of peaches, lychees and rose petal, supported by a hint of vanilla. On the palate the fruit characteristics are still very much present but are complemented by undertones of white pepper and cinnamon.


The Bernard will work well drinking on its own or would make a tasty partner to any creamy fish or chicken dish.

Fine Wine Friday 7/9/12 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 2009, Santa BarbaraDate published: 07/09/12

FINE WINE FRIDAY

Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 2009,
Santa Barbara

The first Friday of every month is our chance to open a bottle of Fine Wine to share with our customers.

And today we've got this Californian dream to try!

Winemaker Jim Clendenen is the multi-award-winning creator of ABC's superb Pinot Noirs, hallmarked by their classic but easy-drinking style. This example is sourced from several vineyards including Le Bon Climat and the legendary Bien Nacido in Santa Barbara.

Bright, clear and light in the glass, the ABC has a ripe and welcoming nose of strawberry, cherry and plum, supported by a subtle spice and minerality. The palate is soft and supple with a great concentration of fruit. Smooth tannins give this wine a polished feel and a long-lasting, moreish finish. This really is one of those wines when the more sips you have the more complexity it gains!

The attractive fruit characters make this very hard to resist in its youth, but if you have the will-power it will develop further with up to another 5 years of ageing.

Being a lighter red, the ABC is a delight on its own – ideal for the Indian summer we're currently enjoying. Alternatively, it's a fantastic match to a fillet of pork or roast turkey.

£22
(single bottle)
or
buy two save £4
£20

ProseccoDate published: 01/09/12

Prosecco

Italy is well known for producing very unique and high quality still wines, but is perhaps less well known for its contribution to the sparkling market.

Prosecco is the most dominant force in Italian sparkling exports, and is vastly different in style to other sparkling wines as it uses a very different production method. This wine undergoes fermentation in a stainless steel tank rather than in a bottle, and so is ideal for producing aromatic and elegant wines with delicate flavours. The wines are often floral on the nose, with violets and peach, with subtle fruit on the palate. Unlike chardonnay based sparklers, Prosecco is not designed for ageing and so is at its best drunk young. It makes the perfect tipple for a summer's party, so finger's crossed the weather will pick up before it's officially over! Prosecco is all made from a single Italian white grape variety called Viura, and hails from a region in the northern part of the country. For an indication of the top quality wines, look for the town name of 'Conegliano Valdobbiadene' where the best vineyards are found.
 

Share a Sherry!Date published: 24/08/12

Thought Sherry was just a drink for grandmas at Christmas?
Well think again!

Sherry is making a comeback as people realise what fantastic complexity and value for money it offers. And the range of styles means there's a Sherry for all occasions and tastes this summer!

For a light, slightly sweet aperitif or to 'dip your toe' in the world of Sherry, try the Cream style.

Fino is one of the lightest styles of Sherry and is great to sip on its own. But Finos get even better when accompanied by a summer's evening and some mixed nuts!

Manzanilla is the classic accompaniment to tapas and informal dining – a unique salty twang and a great freshness makes it one of the few wines that works well with olives, strong cheeses and calamari.

More nutty than the Manzanilla, the Amontillado style has greater body and flavour concentration, making it a great wine to savour with meaty fish like a grilled tuna steak.

Oloroso is a fully oxidated wine, resulting in a deeper colour and a great savoury edge, not dissimilar to a dry Madiera. Partner this with sticky barbecued prawns – the smoky barbecued flavours work wonderfully with the complex flavours of the Oloroso.

And as a treat for dessert, you can't beat Pedro Ximenez. Simply pour this dark, lush, sweet wine over vanilla ice cream!

Remember, all these Sherrys are best served chilled – and with friends!



For more information about our Sherries, please ask a member of staff.

Sparkling Wine From Across FranceDate published: 18/08/12

Sparkling wine from across France

Although Champagne is the heartland of sparkling wine in France, there are other regions across the country that use the same methods to produce regional-specific styles. Generally speaking, sparkling wines from the region are made from the same grapes that make the best still wines in that area. For example, Cremant d'Alsace wines will use Riesling and Pinot Blanc in their blends, often supported with Chardonnay to give the wine structure and body. Cremant de Bourgogne wines are neighbours to Champagne, with similar growing environments. These often use the same grape varieties as Champagne, with the addition of Aligote. Cremant de Loire wines tend to be based on Chenin Blanc with Cabernet Franc. Wines labelled 'Vouvray' and 'Saumur' are an indicator of higher quality, and, as with their still wines, come in an array of styles with from dry to slightly sweet.

Champagne Part 2 – The different forms that Champagne can takeDate published: 05/08/12

Champagne Part 2 – The different forms that Champagne can take

Champagne is most widely sold as a white, dry, non-vintage sparkler, but most producers actually supply a range of styles. Vintage champagnes are made from grapes all picked in the same harvest, whereas non-vintage wines can be made from reserve wines of different ages.

A vintage champagne is usually an indication of high quality; in order to produce a champagne made from a more limited supply of grapes, the grapes must be of higher quality in the first place, as blending options are reduced. Vintage champagnes will undergo a longer period of bottle ageing before release, increasing the biscuit and brioche flavour characteristics. This results in an altogether rarer and more interesting wine. Producers also have the option to play around with grape varieties in the blend.


Rose champagnes have surged in popularity. These use an increased proportion of the red varietals in the blend, and can range from a coppery glow to intensely pink. These wines have a delicate red fruit flavour in addition to the traditional characteristics. Blanc de Blancs – white from white - champagnes are made solely from chardonnay grapes, producing richer more intense flavours. Blanc de Noirs – no prize for guessing, white from black – are made exclusively from the black grape varieties. These three styles can all be made in both non-vintage and vintage styles.


Before champagne is laid down to age in bottle, the producer will add 'Liquer D'expedition' to the wine. This mixture includes a changeable level of sugar (the 'dosage') to determine the wine's final sweetness. The most familiar label is 'Brut' or 'Extra Brut', where only a small amount of sugar is added, resulting in a dry wine. An 'Ultra Brut' champagne has had no sugar added at all. For those with a sweet tooth, I highly recommend trying a 'Demi-Sec' champagne, which has a higher level of dosage and therefore more residual sugar on the palate.


Finally we come to those wines that reside on the top shelf behind our counter, and fetch the highest asking prices. Prestige cuvee champagnes are the 'best growths' for a Champagne house. These will only be produced in the best years, and are considered to be the best expression of the grapes that the producer can make. They are always vintage champagnes, so all the grapes used are from the same year, and these wines are at their best after long-term ageing. With intense and complex flavours, and very delicate bubbles, these wines are the perfect expression of luxury.


For those of us who only dream of buying these luxuries, there are plenty of alternatives to rival the Champagne regions from across the globe. Next week's article will discuss other sparkling wines produced in France.

Champagne Part 1 – How it's made and what makes it taste so goodDate published: 20/07/12

The first article in this series covers the most famous sparkling wine of all: Champagne.
Known for it's golden colour, biscuity flavours and delicate bubbles as well as being the drink of choice for the rich and famous. Many consumers will raise an eyebrow at the hefty price tag that often accompanies these bottles, but with an understanding of the intricate processes and centuries of knowledge and tradition in each bottle, the price is more than justifiable.
Champagne is made from a blend of three grapes, but what many people don't know is that only one of these is white; Chardonnay. The other two grapes that make up the blend are Meunier and the delicate and temperamental Pinot Noir. To avoid staining of the juice, press houses are located at the vineyard, so that pressing takes place as quickly as possible after picking. This juice will go through two stages of fermentation, a complex procedure of blending and a varying time period of bottle ageing before it makes it to your glass. The first stage of fermentation produces what is known as the base wine. This is a fairly unpalatable liquid, that is very high in acidity. At this time the blending procedure takes place. For the large champagne houses that we all instantly recognise, maintaining a consistent house style is essential. To achieve this in their non-vintage and vintage wines, blends may be made from as many as 70 reserve wines. This is what makes champagne such an impressive product; the knowledge and understanding of taste required to keep this consistency for a market that demands only the best. After this, the wine will undergo a second fermentation, followed by a period of ageing in the same bottle that will eventually make it to our shelves.
You may have noticed that champagne foils cover the entire neck of the bottle. In the early days of production, there was little consistency in how full the bottle would be. The foil meant that the varying levels were hidden from the consumer. Nowadays more sophisticated production means that this no longer occurs, but the traditional methods of labelling have remained, to create distinctive and recognisable appearance.
Having covered the basics of champagne production, next Friday's installment will describe the various styles that champagne can adopt, and the variance in prices that these differing styles ask.

Guiding you through the celebration season - Our guide to sparkling wineDate published: 19/07/12


I love nothing better than a glass of bubbles. Whether it's white or pink, bone dry or seductively sweet, aged and yeasty or fruity fresh, there are occasions when nothing else will quite do. The Summer of 2012 was meant for celebration for us Brits, first the Jubilee, then the excitement of Euro 2012, the first British finalist at Wimbledon in over 70 years and the anticipation of the London's Olympic Games yet to come. Nothing accompanies a celebration like the pop of a cork.

Over the coming weeks, I am composing a series of articles about sparkling wine in it's various guises. Each week I will talk you through a region of production, the sparklers they do best and the various factors that both help and hinder them.

First in the series will be about Champagne; how it's made, why it's so unique, and exactly what makes it so special. This will appear on our store page on Friday!

The Cider Ware-house RulesDate published: 30/06/12

The Cider Ware-house Rules


We all enjoy a glass of wine – but there's times when your mouth waters for an ice-cold cider and nothing else will do!

Whether it's out in the summer sun at a barbecue or simply at the end of a long week, nothing quite refreshes your taste buds like a cold bottle of crisp, sparkling, juicy cider!

And at Majestic we have something for all tastes!

If you prefer a more traditional style try the Aspall's Suffolk Draught (£18.96 for 12X500ml) or the Henney's (£19.92 for 12X500ml).

The Duché de Longueville (£23.40 for 12X500ml) and the Stella Cidre (not cider! £21.60 for 12X568ml) offer a fuller-flavoured continental alternative.

For those who like medium-sweet ciders there's the Bulmers (£21 for 12X568ml), or if you want more fruit and sweetness try the Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime (£11.70 for 6X500ml)!

Still can't decide? Then pick-up either the Aspall's Mixed Case (£19.92 for 12X500ml) or the Weston's Cider Makers Choice selection pack (£19.92 for 12X500ml) – each contain a great range of styles and you're sure to find something that suits!

All our ciders are sold in multi-packs, which means you can be sure of having enough for everyone to share while making a saving over buying single-bottles in the supermarkets!

Majestic – more than just wine!

Customer Preference File - stay informed about the wines you love!Date published: 09/06/12

Recommendations tailored to you.

If you prefer a certain style of wine, love a particular producer or want to explore a new wine producing region, then ask a member of staff to add you to our 'Customer Preference File'.

We can then keep you informed of new products and offers that will interest you. Think of us as your own personal wine shoppers!

Tell us what you like – and we'll tell you what else you will like!

Bringing sherry backDate published: 22/05/12

If you are planning an evening get together this summer, you have probably considered putting together a selection of olives, nuts, crisps and other tapas-style nibbly bits. To go with these, I imagine that a crisp, refreshing, dry white wine may also feature on your shopping list.

Can I make a suggestion? Try sherry instead.

If you want a wine that offers excellent quality at very good value, has unique exciting flavours, and represents hundreds of years of tradition from it's region of origin then you can't go wrong.

These wines offer complexity, body and length rarely found in white wines, and certainly not at these prices! The different styles offer different distinctive flavours. Fino sherry is not exposed to air during it's fermentation and maturation, and so has very fresh aromas such as yeast and dough (usually associated with the much celebrated sparkling wines of Champagne), as well as herb and citrus flavours. Oloroso sherry is oxidatively matured, meaning the wine has consistently been exposed to air. This gives it a dark brown colour, and leather and smoky flavours, making it a fantastic partner to cured meats. Amontillado sherries combine the production methods of both styles, and therefore integrate flavours of both too. All these styles are the original and perfect match for tapas.
These are fortified wines; you must prepare to expect very intense flavours, and a much higher alcohol content than you would find in your average bottle of pinot grigio!

If this all sounds a little daunting, then blended or sweet style sherries may provide a more approachable alternative. Blended styles are made by blending any one of the three dry styles with some sweet style sherries, or concentrated grape juice. This means they have very similar flavour characteristics to the parent sherry, but the sweetness softens the impact a little.
Sweet styles are made from different grapes to dry styles. Either Muscat or the world-renowned Pedro Ximenez are used. Grapes are left to raisin under the Southern Spanish sun to concentrate the sugars and flavours, resulting in an intensely sweet wine that taste of dried fruits, candied orange peel and sweet spice. It's perfect poured over vanilla ice cream, an ideal way to finish your summer evening!
 

Gewurztraminer past, present and what's the future?Date published: 15/05/12

Gewurztraminer!

The grape variety earned the prefix of 'Gewurz' because of it's spicy aroma which can be very enticing. Thought to hale from Northern Alto Adige (Northern Italy) it has found a home in Germany and near neighbour France, more specifically in the Alsace region. Examples from this area tend to be very aromatic but with a strong body to back it up.

In modern times Gewurztraminer can be found in most countries repertoire with very different characteristics. From the high altitude areas of Chile it takes on a strong citrus note then their slightly softer Australian counter parts efforts.

Where ever the Gewurztraminer is produced it has overtones of Lychees and honeysuckle. It really lends itself to desert wines because of the rich and slightly sweet fruit flavours. The fruity flavours have made it a favourite to match with spicey food as it balances and softens the stronger flavours.

Wine of the Day on TwitterDate published: 09/05/12

Today marks the start of our Wine of the Day on Twitter!

Be sure to join us on Twitter: @majesticmkn to keep up-to date!

The first Wine of the Day is...

Gestos Malbec! At only £5.99, this is a fantastic wine, punching well above its weight. Plus it's open to try on our Tasting Counter!

Vintage Champagne, Is it dated?Date published: 18/03/12

Vintage Champagne, Is It Dated?

Champagne can be divided into two main categories, Vintage or Non-vintage.

Non vintage champagne is a blend of wines made in different years. This is done to create a House style of Champagne that doesn't need copious amounts of time before being ready to drink. Non Vintage styles tend to be consistent year in year out. With the ability to blend together different years a consistent house style can be created. Non vintage champagne can only be released after 18 months ageing.

Vintage Champagne is only made in the best years, this is determined as when the grapes have just the perfect amount of acidity versus the sugar. Vintage champagnes must be aged for at least 36 months before release, but many houses will age their wines for longer. The benefit of this is the extra contact with the lees (dead yeast cells), which creates the yeasty bready flavour that champagne is famed for.

In general, non vintage champagne is a slightly fresher and fruitier style. Due to the longer ageing of vintage champagne, characteristics of brioche, marmite and honeyed overtones are developed. There are of course exceptions to every rule. Krug for example is a non vintage champagne but is such a full bodied style that lengthy ageing is needed before it is approachable. At the other end of the spectrum, Heidseck Gold Top is a vintage champagne, but is designed to be drunk only after a little more than the minimum ageing.

So is it dated? The champagne industry is having a torrid time with the recession causing sales in a lot of the older more established markets to remain flat. While it could be argued that new innovations or styles may be necessary to put the sparkle back into the market one fact remains, champagne is still and hopefully will remain a by-word for quality wine production.

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Meet the team...

  • Alastair Assistant Manager

    Having worked in both the Leamington store as Trainee and Bicester store as Assistant Manager I'm now continuing my Majestic story here in sunny MK. Currently enjoying my fuller bodied champagnes such as Pol Roger and Taittinger Vintage however I'm equally at home with a good value Corbieres. I look forward to meeting the good people of Milton Keynes, so why not pop in and say hi?
  • Miguel Manager

    Having worked in various stores in and around Bucks, I'm back in MK for my second stint. I am a lover of Spanish wine and Champagne. If you're buying mines a bottle of Krug please.
  • Theo

    Theo is our driver here in MK. A veteran of the local area, most of you will know him by his trademark knock on the door. Just milk, no sugar in his tea!

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