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Wine of the Week!Date published: 28/07/14
Campofiorin 2010 Masi
Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours.Taste
Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish.Enjoy
Drink with a selection of matured cheeses, black olives and Parma ham.
£11.75 buy 2 bottles save 15% £9.99
Wine of the Week!Date published: 22/07/14
Santa Ana Malbec 2013 Mendoza
Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards.Taste
Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.Enjoy
Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.
£8.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% = £5.99 per bottle
Wine of the Week!Date published: 16/07/14
Château Barthès Rosé 2013 Bandol
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault
Former fashion model Monique Barthès began winemaking in the late 1960s, following her marriage to the owner of a wine company in Bandol, Provence. She then went on to develop her own award-winning 40-hectare estate.Taste
A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, pears and hints of floral perfume. Lithe and supple on the palate, finishing with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip.Enjoy
Try with a seared tuna steak served with fresh green vegetables.
£12.99 buy 2 bottles save 15% = £11.04 per bottle
Wine of the Week!Date published: 08/07/14
Château Pigoudet ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé 2013 Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault
Due to its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method.Taste
Super-light and the colour of bright pink petals, the nose boasts red apples and ripe cherries. Fresh and elegant, this aromatic rosé lingers on a beautiful finish.Enjoy
Enjoy with Salade Niçoise.£10.99 or buy 2 save 15% = £9.34 per bottle
Explore ProvenceDate published: 05/07/14
With the weather as fantastic as it is, now is the perfect chance to try Provence Rosé in its true form! Arguably one of the most refreshing styles of wine!
We have a great selection at affordable prices ranging from £7.49 to £27 available in store and a fine selection on the tasting counter!
So pop in and give some a try.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 04/07/14
Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence
Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Rolle
The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.Taste
A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.Enjoy
Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.
£17.99 per bottle
Wine of the Week!Date published: 02/07/14
Morellino di Scansano 2013, Poggioargentiera
In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak.Taste
Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, which is medium-bodied and approachable, and fresh in feel. A subtly rustic streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness.Enjoy
Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.
£11.99 buy 2 bottles save 25% = £8.99 per bottle
Wine of the Week! Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de RiscalDate published: 27/06/14
Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Riscal!
Tempranillo, Graciano & Mazuelo
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.Taste
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.Enjoy
This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy lamb casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.
£9.99 When you buy at least 2 Bottles as part of a mixed case of 6.
Love Gin!Date published: 21/06/14
If you're partial to a good G&T or gin martini (we certainly are) then we have quite a range in stock
What are some of the best gins to liven up your cocktail cupboard?
Hendricks Gin - £35
Tanqueray 10 - £35
Martin Millers - £30
Tanqueray - £22.50 multibuy-price
Blackwoods 2012 Vintage Dry Gin - £22.50 multi-buy price
Bombay Sapphire - £20 multi-buy price
Gordons Gin - £15 multi-buy price
Gordons Gin with a spot of Elderflower - £15 multi-buy price
Combine with Fever-Tree tonic, a generous sized lime wedge or cucumber & and couple of ice cubes and you've got the most refreshing drink going. Cheers!
Wine of the Week!Date published: 21/06/14
Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2011 Carneros
The ethos of producing wine that maintains the hallmark of the vineyard rather than simply the mark of the producer dominates the winemaking philosophy for the Carneros Pinot Noir. Gentleness and restraint are critical in the selection of the grapes and in the élevage.
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.Enjoy
Drinking well over the next four years, partner with duck, lamb and game. Also a perfect companion for summer BBQs.
£28 a bottle or buy two bottles save £10 = £23 a bottle
Wine of the Week!Date published: 11/06/14
St Clair Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough NZ
Sourced from several vineyards in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, whose clay soils promote the growth of small bunches of small berries, and thus intensely flavoured Pinot Noir. Portions of the wine are aged in French oak barriques before blending with unoaked wine.
Rich garnet core with a purplish rim. Aromas of ripe black cherries and currants, with a lifted raspberry note and a hint of vanilla. Fine tannins, medium palate weight, and good fruit concentration.
£14.99 buy 2 bottles save 33% = £9.99
Bring a Friend to Majestic!Date published: 10/06/14
Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you, up to the value of £10.
It couldn't be simpler - a free £10 bottle with your next purchase when you introduce a friend to Majestic.
Grab a friend and Come and Explore wine together - it's the best way!
Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 07/06/14
Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
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 or buy two bottles and save 33.3% = £14.99 per bottle
Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/06/14
Although a single vineyard site, the Te Muna Road vineyard is planted with eight different Pinot Noir clones, across 40 individual parcels of vines. Combined with over a year's ageing in small oak barrels, this produces a wine with enhanced complexity and depth.Taste
Deep red, with an almost blackish tint. The aromas are brooding yet inviting, characterised by black cherry, with hints of flowers and tarry notes. Silky on the palate, flowing to a long, spicy finish.Enjoy
Drink with lamb, game and wild mushroom dishes, either now or following up to 7 years' cellarage.
£23 buy 2 bottles save £10 = £18 per bottle
Vina Ardanza 2005Date published: 30/05/14
This particular Rioja Reserva is a 2005 vintage which, as a year, was officially awarded as 'excellent'. The ideal weather conditions of timely rainfall, cool night time temperatures and mild autumnal days allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly. The harvest began in early October when the drop in temperature helps balance the sugars and phenolic ripeness (the subsequent effects of which are present of the nose and palate).
Grapes and Ageing
The wine is a lovely blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha with the Tempranillo cultivated on 30 year old plots near Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha, however, grows on ancient vines found in Rioja Baja.
After both the grapes had been fermented the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was left to age for 36 months in four and half year old barrels while the Garnacha is aged for 30 months in younger casks. The wine also underwent manual racking and was finally bottled in July 2009.
This wine has a beautiful garnet colour but is not dark or opaque as you might imagine but in fact rather light in intensity. The nose is pronounced with clearly defined aromas coming through such as jammy red fruits, earthiness, spice and subtle hints of vanilla. It is a very well balanced, well structured wine as you would expect from such quality. The acidity, alcohol and soft tannins blend together harmoniously with a long finish of woody and red fruit flavours.
Roast lamb would be a brilliant partner for this particular wine. The acidity would cut through the fattiness in the meat which means it would also go with other roasts such as pork and crackling if lamb isn't your bag!
£24.00 or buy 2 bottles or more at £19.00
New Wine well worth popping in for!Date published: 28/05/14
New Sparkling: Chandon Brut NV, Argentina
GRAPES: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
ORIGIN: 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.
TASTE: A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length..
ENJOY: Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative,pairing with seafood canapés.
£12.99* BUY 2 bottles of 33% wines
£19.49: Single bottle
Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix.
My Pick Of the Summer Selection Wines! Part 2Date published: 28/05/14
Now for the 2 reds;
Firstly a Splendid and extremely gluggable Pinot Noir from Chile, best of all though is the price £8.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% = £5.99 per bottle
It is the First Class Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley
This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state-of-the art winery in neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character.Taste
Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.Enjoy
A great partner for tender pork loin.
Secondly it would have to be the extremely approachable Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot; again at another great price £9.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% = £6.66 per bottle
Parcel Series Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2012 Western Cape
This is an exclusive special parcel of wine obtained at a remarkably low price from a well-known, multi-award-winning organically farmed estate in South Africa. Hand-harvested, fermented in traditional open tanks, and matured for 18 months in French and American oak.Taste
An attractive ruby-garnet colour, this wine shows its class with a nose of rich cassis and red charry fruit with forest-floor undertones. Smooth tannins, rich palate fruit and a hint of minerality.Enjoy
Enjoy with slow-cooked beef, or lamb served with mint gremolata.
But be quick offers end on the 2nd June
My Pick Of the Summer Selection Wines!Date published: 28/05/14
With only a few days left on the Summer Selection promotions it seems apt to take a look at some of the more interesting wines are my personal faves.
First of all we have 2 white wines:
1. Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda
Here we have something that you don't really see much of- A Spanish Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda. I really like this wine as it has a softer approach than for example a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but still with decent zingy acidty and a night weight to it. The flavours focus more on grapefruit with a slight herb-y background.
Bodega Vega de la Reina has its own vineyard in Valdestillas in the province of Valladolid, on the banks of the rivers Douro and Adaja. The property covers more than 100 hectares of the Rueda region, at an average altitude of 740m above sea level, with a continental climate. The soil, of alluvial origin with a markedly sandy and stony texture at the surface, is very appropriate for vine cultivation.
A cracking deal at just £6.66 when you buy any 2 or more 33.% wines.
2. Gavi 2012/2013 La Toledana
Here we have a Gavi which is a wine made in Piedmont in Italy from the Cortese grape.
Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.
Just £7.99 when you buy any 2 or more Summer Selection Wines.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/05/14
Gavi 2012/2013 La Toledana
The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.Taste
Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.Enjoy
An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.
Region in Focus - BordeauxDate published: 24/05/14
Region in Focus – Bordeaux
Bordeaux, the world-renowned region of two halves, situated in South East France it has a reputation for some of the world’s finest reds and sweet wines.
The region can be split into 3 key areas: Left Bank, Right Bank and between the Dordogne and Garonne. On the left bank is Medoc: Saint Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Haut Medoc: Margaux, Graves: Pessac Leognan, Cerons, Barsac and Sauternes. On the other side of the Gironde, on the right bank is Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Satellites, Pomerol, Fronsac, Cotes de Bourg,and Premieres Cotes de Blaye. Finally, between the Dordogne and Garonne is Entre-Deux-Mers and Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux.
The region has a moderate maritime climate, which benefits from the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. The Atlantic brings high levels of rainfall and humidity, however the vineyards are protected from the worst of the Atlantic storms by the Landes Forest. The soils are varied, for example Gravel and Clay will be found in Medoc, Haut Medoc and Graves. And in St-Emilion and Pomerol Alongside Gravel and Clay, Limestone subsoil will also be present.
The variable weather conditions tend to make it too risky to rely on one grape variety. For this reason the majority of red Bordeaux wines and most whites are produced from a blend. Although 13 grape varieties are permitted under AC regulations, most wines are dominated by the following 3 black grapes and 2 white: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion.
Here in the Newbury store we have a great selection of Bordeaux from ever-day drinking to some of the finest the region has to offer. So why not pop in to find the perfect bottle for you!
Here are some of our favourites you may wish to try!
Currently at £8.99 The Vieux Remparts 2011, Lussac St-Emilion is a rich, full bodied wine with great concentration of flavour. This makes a great accompaniment to hearty meat dishes and strong cheeses.
Also currently with 25% off is the Chateau Simard 2004, St-Emilion. With its brilliant ruby colour, and aromas of ripe berries, this works brilliantly when paired with with roast beef! - £13.99.
Château Barde-Haut 2001, St-Emilion: At it's peak of maturity this fine wine is a real treat at £35.00. With 2001 being a brilliant vintage this is most definitely something you Bordeaux lovers have to try! "Gorgeously complex notes of Plums, underbrush, flowers, and earth are accompanied by a fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no hard edges. This wine should keep for another decade." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (The Hedonist's Gazette, March 2009).
An Alternative to the Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/05/14
Are you a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Do you love The Ned?
Why not try our brand new Mud House Sauvignon Blanc! Fresh into stores and with a stunning 87 points from Matt Prym of the The Wine Gang, this is a really good quality, good value wine and a bargain at only £6.66 as part of our summer selection!
Deliciously fresh with intense grapefruit and gooseberry flavours, enjoy ice cold whilst relaxing in the sun!
Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 17/05/14
Prosecco Corte Alta NV
Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.Taste
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
Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 15/05/14
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
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.
£9.99 or buy 2 save 33% £6.66
Why not try some of our great Craft Beers!?Date published: 10/05/14
Bored of the usual selection of lagers and ales? Our growing range of craft beers has some really interesting alternatives to the bigger brands.
Curious Brew Lager, 12x330ml, £17.99
From Chapel Down, better known as an English wine producer, this premium lager is re-fermented with Champagne yeast to give it a clean, dry and slightly zesty finish. Winner of a gold medal at the 2012 International Beer Challenge, and also becoming increasingly popular here at the Ayr store, this is one to try if standard lager isn't doing it for you anymore.
Curious IPA, 12x330ml, £17.99
Also from the Chapel Down stable, this balanced but powerful India Pale Ale is brewed using pale ale malt and three complimentary hops, influenced by the fact that many wine regions use up to at least three different grapes to create better balance and depth. Much richer and smoother than the Curious Brew, this has enough character of it's own to justify buying both!
Brew Dog Punk IPA, 6x330ml, £9.99
A hoppy and powerful ale in the American style, this is the Scottish producer's flagship brand. Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, this is their tribute to the classic IPAs of yesteryear. Not to be underestimated, this is well worth a try.
Brooklyn Lager, 6x355ml, £9.99
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. An amber-gold lager that displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. After years of bashing American beer, here's some proof that they can actually make good stuff!
Anchor Steam, 6x355ml, £9.99
Also addressing the balance for American beer, we have Anchor Steam from San Francisco. They have a company history to be proud of, dating back to 1896, and also being known as the first of the modern microbreweries. This tasty beer is deep amber in colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.
Einstok White Ale, 6x330ml, £9.99
The Einstok brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. The water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlidarfjall Mountain and through lava fields, delivering the purest water on earth, used in creating this fantastic white beer. This is a great alternative if you've sickened yourself with wheat beers; it's in a similar vein, but not nearly as heavy, with a much cleaner finish, making it dangerously more-ish..
New Sauvignon Blanc for you!Date published: 09/05/14
We have a brand new addition to our already fantastic range in Chile, Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc!
Winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to home both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The wave series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coats's influence on Chile's terroir.
The vineyards are located within the Leyda Valley which is located within the San Antonio region of Chile. Located right on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the cooling air from the ocean combined with the long sunny days makes conditions ideal for growing the Sauvignon Blanc grape!
On the palate a clean crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering aromas of grapefruit, goosebury and refreshing lime! Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.
Would match well with King Prawns, green salads and oysters!
This new and exciting addition is also great value, currently only £6.66 on our summer selection AND we have it open to try on our tasting counter!
Wine of the Week!Date published: 08/05/14
Santa Rita 120 Carménère 2013 Central Valley
Santa Rita's 120 range has been named in tribute to 120 freedom fighters who sheltered at the Santa Rita winery during Chile's war of independence in 1814. The Carmènère is sourced from a range of vineyard sites throughout Chile's Central Valley.Taste
A lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak.Enjoy
Enjoy with simple pasta dishes, grilled lamb chops or simply on its own.
£8.99 or buy 2 save 25% £6.74 per bottle
Great Value White! Date published: 07/05/14
Robertson Chenin Blanc has been a Majestic classic for many years now, I started in November 2009, and my manager back then was always saying what good value for money it is. A easy to drink, well balanced wine, with stone fruit, and a little bit of tropical fruit.
We now have it on special offer for £4.99. It is hard to argue at that price. A great wine to keep in, just in case.
Like Big Bottles of Rose?Date published: 28/04/14
Rose Goes Large!
If you missed out on the rose online exclusive, fear not! We now have a fantastic selection of rose magnums in store. We're optimistic for a bright and sunny summer and with no better way of enjoying the sunshine than with a nice chilled glass of refreshing rose now is the perfect time to stock up on your pink treats.
Here's a few rose mags we have to offer:
1) AIX Rosé - Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. Pick yours up today for £19.99. This rose also comes in a DOUBLE magnum for double the fun at £50 a bottle.
2) Miraval Rose- An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate. A stunning wine presented beautifully in a magnum - the perfect centre piece for any summer dinner party. £38.00
3) Minuty Magum - 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. £25
Reasons to be on our E-mail list!Date published: 28/04/14
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 and Ned Sauv Blanc at £6.99) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01635 550117 to let us know you want to receive our emails.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/04/14
Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2013 Leyda
Although based in Maipo, Santa Ema works with a number of partner growers in Leyda Valley to produce this hand-picked cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda has a semi-arid climate and granite and clay soils, producing wines with excellent acidity and minerality.Taste
An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well-balanced fruit character and acidity.Enjoy
At its best with freshly made citrussy ceviche.
Answers to the 'Quick QuizDate published: 19/04/14
Ok, in order the answers are...
1) England, Romania, USA, Australia, Hungary, Argentina, Chile (the list goes on; pretty much any country with aspirations to produce fine wines).
2) Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier & Chardonnay
5) Bacchus (I will also accept Dionysus even though that is Greek)
6) The Russian Tsar Alexander II
10) Napoleon (Bonaparte, not Dynamite)
Quick QuizDate published: 17/04/14
A few questions about wine. Have a go and see if you're a Pinot-it-all.
1) Name 2 countries where Pinot Noir is grown (other than France and New Zealand).
2) Name the 3 grapes commonly used in the production of Champagne.
3) Which American film of 2004 gave a boost to Pinot Noir sales and nearly ruined the reputation of Merlot?
4) What is the name of the largest format of wine bottle?
5) Name the Roman god of wine.
6) Cristal champagne was created to supply the court of which monarch?
7) What is the name of the grape variety used in Prosecco production?
8) Auxerrois or Cot Noir (sometimes Pressac) are French names for which well-known grape variety?
9) What is the region that Claret come from?
10) Which historical figure said "In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it."
The answers will be posted in a few days.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 15/04/14
Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza
A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.Taste
Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.Enjoy
Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.
£12.99 buy 2 bottles save £6 = £9.99 a bottle
Easter Opening HoursDate published: 12/04/14
Friday 18th April - 10am - 8pm
Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm
Sunday 20th April - Closed
Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm
Marlborough - Region in FocusDate published: 08/04/14
Within the last few decades New Zealand alongside many other New World wine producing countries has undergone vast change. Originally just a small industry mainly producing wine from Muller-Thurgau for the local market, New Zealand has since seen huge growth largely due to the now world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Found on the South Island, Marlborough accounts for nearly 60% of the entire vineyard area of New Zealand. Within two adjacent estuary valleys are Wairau and Awatere. The climate in the Wairau Valley is different to that of Awatere, the Awatere is drier, cooler and generally windier. Where as the Wairau Valley has a warm, dry climate and is moderated during the growing season by sea breezes from Cloudy Bay. The Sauvignon's from here tend to be on the more tropical end of the spectrum with characteristics of gooseberry, passion fruit and grapefruit that ultimately define the wines of this region.
Here are a few great wines from this Region we recommend you try!!!
Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013,
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2013,
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Wine of the Week!Date published: 08/04/14
Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE
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.
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.
Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.
When you buy at least 2 bottles from the 33% OFF Pick'N'Mix
as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 01/04/14
Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Coonawarra
This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium-bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.Taste
Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins.
Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation.
£12.99 or buy any 2 pic n mix wines save 33% £8.65
Wine of the Week! - CopertinoDate published: 18/03/14
Copertino 2008, Masseria Monaci
The DOC of Copertino is named after a single town but also includes five other villages. The reds of this region are chiefly made from the dark skinned Negroamaro grape. This particular example is made from grapes from 10-30 year old wines.
Rich, dark and luscious, dark, plummy fruit flavours. Balanced and soft on the palate, the tannins are fine enough to make easy drinking but prevalent enough to go with a wide variety of foods.
. A great foodie wine – pasta, pizza, meat, cheese, it works with them all!
£7.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more (£8.99 single bottle price)
Grapes in Focus - AlbarinoDate published: 15/03/14
Also known as 'Alvarinho' (Portuguese) & 'Cainho Branco' (Portuguese synonym). The Albarino grape has thick skins (which help protect it in the damper climes that it is used to), and also has a high proportion of skins & pips to flesh. which means plenty of aroma and flavour compounds but a tendency towards bitterness if harvested too early. While greater ripening time would preclude the risk of bitterness it would also add weight and alcohol to the finished wine.
Spanish Albarinos tend to have intense fruit flavours - plenty of white peach and apricot (imagine a Viognier with less weight and more acidity). In recent years Albarino has surged in popularity such that plantings in Rias Baixas account for about 90% of zonal plantings. By 2008 Spanish plantings had expanded to 5,320ha (13,146 acres) and plantings were also established in Australia, New Zealand, California, Oregon and Uruguay (very much a testament to how appealing both the vine and its wine are on the international market).
Albarino Martin Codax 2012, Rias Baixas = £10.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more
Deusa Nai Albarino 2012, Marques de Caceres, Rias Baixas = £9.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more.
Both of these make a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, great wines for Spring or Summertime.
Grapes in Focus - NegroamaroDate published: 15/03/14
Typically grown in the south of Italy, in particular around Puglia, this is a black grape variety that produces a dark and structured wine that can be slightly unorthodox in its flavours (Negroamaro wines can taste both 'farmyard-esque' and slightly medicinal at the same time). In blends (often Malvasia Nera, also grown extensively around Puglia) Negroamaro brings an impression of early maturity; but whatever the incarnation of Negroamaro it works wonders with food (not surprising for an Italian wine).
Here are two of my favorite Negroamaro wines from our range:
Vereto Salice Salentino 2010, Agricole Vallone = £8.99 per bottle when buying two or more.
Casa d'Aragona 2010, Salice Salentino = £6.99 per bottle when buying two or more. (This one is a blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, and a good wine for proving my point about "an impression of early maturity")
South African Chenin BlancDate published: 15/03/14
First brought to South Africa by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, Chenin's talent for retaining acidity even in warmer climates and tendency towards high yields endeared it to the early settlers. Today Chenin Blanc (locally known as 'Steen') covers about a quarter of all South African vineyards producing wines that are drinkable earlier than their French cousins making them a refreshing change from Sauvignon Blanc.
Fine Wine Snap Shot!Date published: 15/03/14
Fine Wine - In Focus
Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012 Barossa Valley
When you buy any 2 selected fine wines.
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.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. Matured for 12 months in French oak of which 8% was new and the remainder in two to six year old oak A personal favourite of mine, drinking very well now but, unlike me, if you have the patience this will improve and develop if left for another 5-10 years.
Did you know...Date published: 15/03/14
...Jim Barry's The Armagh is about as big as Australian Shiraz can get - and that's pretty big. American oak is part of the secret.
Did you know...Date published: 15/03/14
..Silvaner is spelled with a 'y' in all countries except Germany. In Austria it may also be known as Gruner Sylvaner.
Five reasons to love The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/03/14
1. It is an perfect example of a Marlborough Sav. Blanc
2. It is bursting full of green and tropical fruits
3. It is a really fresh, crisp and drinkable wine that goes beautifully with poultry, summery salads, goats cheese and oily fish dishes.
4. It is made by a legend of a winemaker, Brent Marris.
5. It is only £6.99 until Monday 17th March!!!
Wine of the Week - Meerlust Merlot 2010, StellenboschDate published: 11/03/14
To go with our South African tasting week we have a South African wine as wine of the week- we've chosen the fabulous Meerlust Merlot on £17.00 a bottle!
Origin: The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757.
Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with
11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and
Taste: Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit
abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy
Enjoy:The palate offers silky tannins and good length.
Partner with a rich beef bourguignon.
Dom Perignon 2004Date published: 08/03/14
Owned by Moet & Chandon (part of the LVMH group) this is one of the world's most prestigious and iconic Champagnes. Dom Perignon was the first 'Prestige Cuvee' that was launched commercially - the 1921 vintage was released for sale in 1936 and the choice was made to name it after the legendary monk himself.
Historically, the grapes were sourced from the vineyards that were owned by the Abbey of Hautvillers at the time of Dom Perignon (talk about commitment to the story!) These days the grapes are sourced from a number of vineyards (8 Grand Cru villages and a single Premie Cru village). The Chardonnay grapes come from the crus of: Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; and the Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from Ay, Bouzy, Mailly, Verzenay and Hautvillers (the only Premier Cru used in Dom Perignon). The Blend is approximately 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay with a little variation between vintages.
When making the blend the cuvee is meticulously protected from oxygen, sees no oak and gains its hallmark toast and bakery aromas from extended lees ageing. These are also reasons from Dom Perignon's exceptional capacity for ageing - if you have the patience!
Stylistically the 2004 is a wonderful expression of both the house style and the vintage itself. Seductive toasty and sweet patisserie aromas on the nose with a crisp, lively palate and exceptional purity of fruit flavours.
BollingerDate published: 08/03/14
Bollinger is a Negociant-Manipulant (meaning they can make, store and sell Champagne) Champagne House in Ay-Champagne in the Valle de la Marne. Today the house produces some 200,000 cases of Champagne and is aiming to expand production to 250,000 cases by the end of the current decade. In April 2013 winemaker Mathieu Kauffmann left the House and his responsibilities fell to Giles Descotes (who is also the technical director and cellar master for Bollinger).
Founded in 1892 by German businessman Jacques Bollinger (and a handful of friends/associates). During the 20th Century the force behind the champagne was Lily Bollinger who ran the house for 30 years following the death of her husband.
Bollinger retains its traditional use of old oak barrels for primary fermentation of all vintage and reserve wines, as well as proportion of those wines destined for the Bollinger Special Cuvee (the Non-Vintage). The highly oxidative impact of the use of old oak, plus the 6-7 month barrel-ageing time, accounts for Bollinger's slightly earthy, bruised-apple, deliberately oxidised style.
In the last few years the Bollinger House has achieved a controlled pace of growth, supported by the House's 160 hectares of vineyard holdings that help ensure a consistent supply of quality grapes for their wines.
The house style is for Pinot dominated blends with great potential for longevity and complexity. The style tends towards toast rather than biscuit aromas (this is due to their use of oak rather than the character of the Chardonnay in the blend).
Bollinger Special Cuvee: £50 (single bottle), or buy 2 and save £20 = £40 per bottle
The classic. Non-vintaged, made using the traditional method from an assemblage of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier. At least half the wines for the Special Cuvee are cask fermented, making this one of the most complex non-vintage champagnes on the market.
Wine of the Week! Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía.Date published: 05/03/14
Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía
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.
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.
My Favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 01/03/14
Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc
The fruit for the Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at night to preserve flavour and freshness. Careful winemaking has allowed the wine to retain the vibrant fruit flavours obtained in the vineyard.
Light but full of flavour, it displays an expressive nose of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with mineral notes on the palate. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine exhibits all the hallmarks of great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Ideal with a crayfish salad.
Only £9.99 when you buy two or more.
Wine of the Week - Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011, Domaine JomainDate published: 27/02/14
Wine of the Week - Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011, Domaine Jomain
A parcel from the respected Domaine Jomain, this white Burgundy comes exclusively from vines bordering the appellation of Puligny-Montrachet imparting a real elegance and minerality to the wine.
A bright and fruity nose. Toasty oak, a fresh citrus tang, and hints of vanilla and flora. The slightly buttery texture on the palate goes on to a long, complex finish.
Very approachable in its youth, but will reward a year or two of bottle age. A good partner to scallops or chicken.
Press Mentions!Date published: 24/02/14
The Times – Jane MacQuitty - 22nd February
Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc
£8.66 – on the Pick & Mix
Echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon and 2-3 months lees ageing adds to the texture. This is less intense then a Kiwi Sauvignon with aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry.
Sunday Express – Jamie Goode - 23rd February
Curious Brew Lager
A real staff favourite here in Cheadle. This is a fresh, light style of lager brewed in Kent by the same people who bring us the fantastic Chapel Down wines.
Saturday Kitchen- Saturday 15th February
Mas des Montagne
£5.99 – on the Pick & Mix
A classic Rhone blend with aromas of Grenache's jammy raspberry and flavours of dark fruits and spice provided by the Syrah and Carignan.
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages
£7.49 – if you buy 2 or more
This is one of the lightest reds we sell and is great served chilled. Packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. A bright and youthful wine with a fresh finish.
Sherry Darling! Part 4 Palo CortadoDate published: 24/02/14
Palo Cortado is a very rare style of Sherry, and combines the finesse of an Amontillado with the power and richness of an Oloroso.
A Sherry is classified as Palo Cortado when the flor of a Fino fails and so allows the wine to come into contact with oxygen and begin to age like an Oloroso. This rarely occurs naturally and so Palo Cortados are highly sought after.
Having been aged under a flor, Palo Cortados have elegant yeasty and almond flavours, blended with richness and complexity developed from oxidative ageing.
Pedro's Palo Cortado is an excellent representation of the style, with crisp Fino characteristics combined with a golden colour, nutty flavours, and a textural richness. Best served chilled, as an apertif, or alongside hard cheeses, olives, smoked meats, or alongside meat dishes.
Wine of the Week - Cotes du Rhone 2012, Leon PerdigalDate published: 18/02/14
Cote du Rhone 2012, Leon Perdigal
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre
This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.
Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean lamb dishes or barbecued meats such as pork.
£9.99 buy 2 save £4 = £7.99
Bodega Luigi Bosca - Awesome Argentine WinesDate published: 15/02/14
Established in 1901 and still owned by the Arizu family, Bodega Luigi Bosca is a producer making great waves with their range of blends as well as high quality Malbec.
Testimonio (£12.99 single bottle, or buy 2 bottles and save £4 = £10.99 per bottle)
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Shiraz and 15% Tannat. This red is rich, soft, full bodied and a great value wine that partners well with intensely flavoured meat dishes (everything from steak to Cottage-pie).
Luigi Bosca Malbec Seleccion De Vistalba (£15.99 single bottle, or buy 2 bottles and save £6 = £12.99 per bottle)
Deep, fruity, voluptuous (I do not often use that word in a description of wines but in this case it is really quite accurate), slightly toasty from the oak aromas, firm tannin (this is one for the bbq season) and well integrated acidity. This Malbec is a cut above the rest and well worth the few extra quid.
Learning a bunch about Sauvignon Blanc (pun intended)Date published: 13/02/14
Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape variety that prefers moderate or cool climate, where it can retain a refreshing acidity, together with the classic green, herbaceous and tropical fruit flavours.
It is widely planted in New Zealand and Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France.
In general Sauvignon Blanc is not oaked and should be consumed young. Oak is sometimes used to give the wine extra body and character, particularly in the USA, where it is often labelled as Fumé Blanc.
An aged Sauvignon Blanc will develop a green vegetable character, displaying notes of asparagus and peas, which some people enjoy.
The most successful of the classic regions is definitely Marlborough, New Zealand. Here a distinction can be made between the Awatere valley, where it is dryer and cooler and the resulting wines have higher acidity and a distinct tomato character; and the Wairau valley, where Sauvignon Blancs go from pronounced caspicum flavours (in the north) to ripe tropical flavours (in the south).
A wonderful and atypical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc we have in stock is Cloudy Bay Te Koko from the Marlborough region (http://www.majestic.co.uk/Cloudy-Bay-Te-Koko-zid37153). Together with oak ageing and batonnage (lees-stirring) the wine is also fermented with wild yeast and the outcome is a complex Sauvignon Blanc, packed with tropical fruit, almond, citrus and a hint of smoke. It would go beautifully with roast turkey.
In general, Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley is vinified in a way that avoids accentuating any excessive herbaceous or fruit character, resulting in a more restrained style of wine.
Sancerre and Puilly Fumé are the most famous (and expensive) appellations of the region. An elegant example is Sancerre Cuvée Edmond 2008 Alphonse Mellot
But for a budget choice, look for Quincy, Reuilly and Menetou-Salon, appellations that tend to be very good value for money in the region.
Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire tend to go very well with goat cheese (we tried it in store many times in our free wine course).
Try Reuilly 2012 Henri Beurdin (http://www.majestic.co.uk/Reuilly-zid05208).
If you are free this Saturday and would like to taste a selection of Sauvignon Blancs from the world, we will be having a free tasting in store.
Chilean Wine Regions!Date published: 13/02/14
Stretching 900 km from north to south, Chilean wine regions have a unique geography characterized by 4 natural boundaries. The Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Patagonian ice fields to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Together they help maintain healthy conditions and protect vineyards against pests and diseases.
In general, Chile has a warm Mediterranea climate, with warm dry summers and cold, rainy winters but it gets cooler and wetter in the south. During El Ninho years, a cyclical weather phenomenon, rainfall levels increase dramatically.
North of Santiago, the two ranges of mountains merge, while south of the capital there is a large depression, the Central Valley.
Chiles's climate is highly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and the Humboldt Current, that flows from the icy waters of Antartica. This cool sea air is partially blocked by the coastal mountains, although it finds its way inland through the course of the river valleys where the coastal mountains are at their lowest. Very close to the coast the cold air can also become fog.
Another important effect comes from the Andes, which have an overnight cooling effect on vines, creating a higher diurnal range (up to 20° C). This temperature oscillation helps the grapes develop fresh fruit flavours, crisp acidity and, in the case of red wines, ripe tannins, deep colour, and high levels of antioxidants.
These geographical features allow for the country's territory to be divided into three main areas: Costa (costal), Entre Cordilleras (between mountain ranges) and Andes.
With so much geographic variety, the Chilean landscape offers a myriad of terroirs, microclimates and soil types.
Chile has 4 main wine regions:
Coquimbo, in the north, borders with the Atacama desert and comprises the DOs of Elqui Valley, Limari Valley and Choapa Valley.
Ancocagua, which comprises the Alcocagua Valley, Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley (includes Leyda).
Central Valley, a vast and warm flat land where grapes ripen easily, includes Maipo, Cachapoal Valley (includes the sub-region Rapel), Colchagua Valley (includes the sub-region Rapel), Curico Valley (includes the zones Teno and Lontué) and Maule Valley (includes the zones Claro, Loncomilla, Tutuvén).
Southern Region, where is cooler and wetter, comprises the DOs of Itata Valley, Bio-Bio Valley and Melleco Valley.
Among the primary red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted, followed by Merlot , Carmenere (Chilean's signature grape), Syrah, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The main white varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesling
What is a Super Tuscan?Date published: 13/02/14
Super-Tuscan is a term used to describe a wine from Italy that is based around Cabernet Sauvignon not the traditional Sangiovese. The Super-Tuscan was developed in the 1980's, using Cabernet in the blends, and soon began outperforming Tuscany's traditional Sangiovese based wines. They were also far more expensive. The Super-Tuscan wines are still made and are still very good, however Sangiovese has caught up again, meaning the buyer has a wide choice of Fine Wine.
Wither Hills Back in Store!Date published: 13/02/14
Wither Hills was established in 1994 and has become one of Marlborough's best known wineries. They now own vineyards spread right across the region, with this Sauvignon Blanc being blended from a range of parcels, to provide a snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole.
This Sauvignon is very typical of Marlborough, alive with intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passionfruit. The palate is well balanced with a mouth watering acidity and grapefruit flavours leading into a long finish of remarkable intensity.
This would be perfectly paired with goats cheese or fresh oysters.
Buy now for the fantastic price of £6.66 when you buy 2 or more!
Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/02/14
Wine of the Week!
Catena Malbec, Mendoza 2011
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.
£13.99 buy 2 save £6 = £9.99
Wine of the Week!Date published: 29/01/14
Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de la Concordia,
Marqués de la Concordia brings together the best of both the New and the Old World - New World style and Old World terroir. Using only the very best grapes, they have created a Rioja Reserva of extremely high quality that will improve with further bottle ageing.Taste
This Reserva shows complex aromas of ripe fruit, cedar and spice, which develop into a smooth, velvety palate with powerful dark fruit flavours, hints of coffee and an almost chocolatey richness.
Savour now as an accompaniment to slow roasted shoulder of lamb with a balsamic reduction.
£11.99 Buy 2 Bottles save £6 - £8.99 each
Ravenswood ZinfandelDate published: 29/01/14
~ £8.79 ~ When you buy 2 or more, or £10.99
Zinfandel a much maligned Californian grape. Large producers with huge yields, off of acres upon acres, of young vines. Not this wine.
Ravenswood use very old Zinfandel vines, a vine-type that lives for decades more than most of it's rivals. It's warm and dry during summer in Lodi, and the Zinfandel vine puts down deep roots getting just enough water to make the grapes concentrated and full of flavour.
Sweet black cherries, robust spices, and mid palate tannins make this the most delicious wine for almost all meats. It's finish and length is something you rarely find in under £10 wines. With a tiny bit of Petit Sirah, it's a question of uncork and Que Sirah, Sirah with this starry wine.
Last night's tipple... Sumptuous Spanish GarnachaDate published: 27/01/14
Last night's tipple... Sumptuous Spanish Garnacha
Spain is a terrific source of great value wines and some of it most underrated are it's Garnachas, many made from venerable old bush vines that give concentration and complexity. If you haven't had Garnacha (known in France as Grenache) in this iteration before, expect intense sweet berry fruits allied to tobacco notes, floral aromas and some bitter chocolate flavours, brought together in a middleweight package with supple tannins. We have two here at Majestic to definitely give a go:
La Garnacha 2011 Salvaje del Moncayo, £9.99 or buy two and save £4 = £7.99
The grapes for this are grown on the north-facing slopes of the Moncayo in the Ebro Valley in northern Spain from older vines, and the wine was matured in French oak for five months. This medium bodied example is lithe and supple and shows its class with tobacco notes and a geranium like perfume forming a backdrop to sweet raspberry fruit. It could be a great thing to give a go if you are Pinot Noir lover.
El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2011 Navarra, £9.99 or buy two and save £3 = £8.49
From the Bodegas Nekeas vineyards planted between 1890 and 1930 in the Navarra region of Spain comes this wine which is arguably the producer's best offering. The low yielding vines give excellent concentration and suitably dark flavours of black cherries, bitter chocolate licorice and some incense like aromas in a wine that is a more tannic and structured effort than the wine above. Tremendous value, especially given the 2011 we now stock got a rating of 90 from that most premier wine publication, 'The Wine Advocate'.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 22/01/14
Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.Chapoutier
The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.Taste
A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.
This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes especially roasted leg of lamb.
£9.99 buy any 2 Rhone Wines save 20% £7.99
Interested in the finer things in life?Date published: 19/01/14
Enjoy fine wine? Fancy starting your own personal collection? Thanks to Lay and Wheeler, the fine wine arm of Majestic, this is now possible.
The Fine Wine Plan assists you in building a personally tailored fine wine collection but at your own financial pace.
Q. How do I go about setting up a Fine Wine Plan (FWP)?
A. To join the Fine Wine Plan you'll need to first register on the Lay & Wheeler website, and then the simple online application form. You can choose the level of subscription that's right for you, from a minimum of £50 per month. You'll need to specify £100 or more to qualify for your free case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009. When applying you'll be given options to indicate your main wine preferences, providing your personal consultant with a starting point. Complete the Direct Debit mandate, post it to us, and we will do the rest.
Q. What are the benefits?
A. When you sign up to the £100 per month FWP you will receive a number of benefits including a 10% Discount at Majestic Wine and a free joining case which will consist of six fine wines to add to your collection. You will also receive exclusive quarterly offers featuring fantastic wines especially selected for the fine wine plan.
To join please visit www.laywheeler.com or call 01473 313 330
Wine of the Week!Date published: 15/01/14
Leyda Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Leyda Valley
Viña Leyda were established in 1997, on a small cluster of vinyard sites in the San Antonio part of Leyda Valley. Each site is said to exhibit its own 'micro-terroir'. Selected Oregon Pinot Noir clones are grown on a slow-ripening, southwest-facing plot of clay soils.
Supremely fresh in aroma, with an intense and vivacious raspberry and cherry nose, accented by hints of green herbs. The palate is nicely refined, with an elegant shape and very direct fruit.
Will complement the delicately gamy flavours of guineafowl or pheasant.
£13.12 Buy 2 bottles save 20% £10.49
Wine of the Week - Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2008.Date published: 09/01/14
Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2008, Haut-Medoc (£13.99, or buy 2 bottles and save £8 = £9.99 per bottle)
Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Until 1962 this property was effectively part of Lachesnaye, until it was bought by Jean Boutellier who began to bottle Chateau de Sainte Gemme's wine as a brand in its own right. The estate itself is 13ha on the border with St-Julien.
Approachable, accessible, medium-weight and a classic claret core of berry fruits with a cigar-box smokiness that makes this a must have for the dinner table.
Red meats – beef stews are a great match.
Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 05/01/14
Austria and Gruner Veltliner
The quality of Austrian wines has long been recognised in domestic and mainland European markets and in recent years their popularity has grown and taken many new international markets by storm.
Now its white wines and in particular, Austria's own grape variety, Gruner Veltliner, are widely considered to be among the most exciting in the world.
An Important factor in the recovery of Austria's reputation was the wine law introduced in 1986. Most importantly this severely limits maximum yields for wine carrying geographical names. Thus Austria, which has approximately half the vineyard area of Germany, produces only a quarter as much wine. Indeed, the laws bear many resemblances to those of Germany as the quality levels are defined by the minimum must weight of the harvested grapes.
Within Austria, the Alps cover the western and southern parts of the country and consequently the wine producing areas are found at the eastern end. The vineyards share a moderate continental climate with a high level of continentality and in many areas a high diurnal range.
The grape type Gruner Veltliner is synonymous with Austria and in fact 30% of all plantings are of this variety. Gruner Veltliner is a high quality grape that has given Austria a point of difference in export markets. It is capable of giving a broad variety of flavours: green grapes, salad and white pepper in youth, develop to layers of honey and toast as the wine ages. It is capable of expressing quite exaggerated mineral notes when grown with low yields on appropriate soils.
The wine is often aged in old neutral casks which allows the wine to breathe and allows some of the more assertive primary fruit aromas to mellow and encourage the more subtle mineral notes to display themselves.
For PDO wines in Austria there are four generic appellations and it is the Niederosterreich (lower Austria) that is the focus of Gruner Veltliner vines and wine production. Indeed it is the largest of the regions and the frontrunner in both production and exports.
The majority of the vineyards lie on the bank of the Danube and further north towards the Slovak border. Of the 8 sub regions, the most important are the Wachau, Kamptal DAC and Kremstal DAC- all renowned for Gruner Veltliner and Reisling. Steep, terraced vineyards maximise sun exposure and the long, dry autumns allow the grapes to ripen with immense concentration of flavours in their skins.
The wines are sometimes aged for a period in large, neutral, old oak casks before bottling. Expressive varietal fruit and mineral flavours evolve over time to generate complex layers of honey and toast. In fact, the best single vineyard Gruner Veltliners compare in quality and to some extent style, to that of the very finest white Burgundies.
Finally the Weinvierel DAC was the first Austrian DAC and wine labelled as such and which are among the best in Austria. Gruner Veltliner from here is characteristically light, fresh and fruity and with no discernible oak flavours.
Cheese & WineDate published: 03/01/14
Cheese and wine is always hailed as a classic combination. However, finding that 'match made in heaven' is much harder than one might think, particularly if you are serving a variety of cheeses and trying to pick a single wine to match with them all. The advice I would give to any host is to pick a single cheese and wine combination that works well and then stick with that – if you have a varied cheeseboard and only pick one wine then the chances are that it will clash with something on the plate.
That said, there are some wines that will work nicely with a range of cheeses without clashing too much with any of them: New World Merlots and Cabernets can cope with a range of flavours, as do mature, oak-matured Spanish reds such as Riojas and 'Riberas', a decent white Burgundy will always be a pleasure to drink and will not clash dramatically with cheese; or if you are a traditionalist then pick a tawny port (Taylor's 10 year old Tawny Port is my go-to option).
After that bit of sweeping generalisations here are some more specific bits of advice on specific types of cheese.
Mild Hard Cheeses: E.g. Caerphilly, mild cheddar or Wensleydale. Pair well with dry, fruity whites like Sauvignon Blanc or Godello.
Intense Hard Cheeses: E.g. mature cheddar, Red Leicester or Double Gloucester. Work very nicely with mature French and Spanish reds but also with richer Italian wines like Ripasso Valpolicella.
Soft White Rind Cheeses: E.g. Camembert and Brie. Personally I have never found a red wine that does not highlight the ammonia flavours of these cheeses, so I would recommend a rich white burgundy like a Meursault or St. Aubin (preferably one with a few years age on it). If you want to stick to red wine then a fruity merlot or pinot noir will be the safest bet.
Goat's Cheese: No need to think about this one – French Sauvignon Blanc every time! Sancerre cuts through the gluey texture of the cheese. A more mature/intense style of Goat's cheese would call for a more intense type of wine – pungent New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is perfectly at home in this setting. If you have never tried the combination you really should, it is one of those 'match made in heaven' partnerships.
Pungent and Smoked Cheeses: E.g. Munster, or any cheese from Alsace. Pick a Gewürztraminer or an off-dry Pinot Gris, the richness of the wines and their distinctive flavours partner well with the distinctive flavours of many regional cheeses (but smoked cheese in particular).
Blue Cheese: E.g. Stilton, Roquefort or Gorgonzola. I would pick a sweet wine like a Sauternes every single time (but I do have one devil of a sweet-tooth). The honeyed richness of a Sauternes (see also Tokaji and New World imitations like Noble Semillon or Noble Sauvignon Blanc) are a delicious counter to the salty nature of the cheeses. For red wine something rich and powerful is a great choice – port is a classic with Stilton and Amarone can stand up alongside any of them.
At the end of the day, this is only guidance. If you find a combination that you enjoy then that is the right one to choose.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 03/01/14
Los Boldos Merlot 2012 Alto Cachapoal
Alto Cachapoal is located in the Rapel Valley, and is one of Chile's most highly-prized terroirs. Its boasts a Mediterranean climate, free-draining alluvial soils, and altitudes of up to 2000 feet, which combine to produce wines with intense colour and aromatics.Taste
This dense, vivid ruby coloured wine offers intense aromas of ripe plums and blackberries, and subtle hints of herbs and sweet spice. Plush, round and satisfyingly fruity on the palate.
Enjoy on its own or with meatballs in a rich sauce.
£8.74 buy any 2 Chilean save 20% £6.99
The Colour of WineDate published: 30/12/13
Almost all wines grapes produce clear juice. Red wines get their colour from the skins, which are included in the mix when a red wine is fermented. White wines usually are fermented only from juice, so they are much lighter in colour. Pink wines typically are made from starting a fermentation with red wine juice and skins, then removing the partially fermented wines from the skins after a short period.
Wine of the Week: Kangarilla Road Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 27/12/13
Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, McLaren Vale
From a tiny boutique winery in the up-and-coming McLaren Vale region. This area has a climate similar to Bordeaux except, in the words of one winemaker, it never rains and it’s never frosty. This full-bodied Cabernet is aged for 18 months in both French and American oak
Blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours, enhanced by hints of mint and plenty of toasty oak and cedar notes on the palate. Smooth and velvety, revealing sweet tannins on the finish.
Try with rare fillet beef and drink over the next 5-7 years.
£19.99 or buy any two Australian Wines save 20%
Wine of the Week!Date published: 23/12/13
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Domaine Durieu
Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise
Domaine Durieu was established in 1976 by Paul Durieu and remains family-owned, now run by Paul's sons, Vincent and Francois. Unusually, Durieu de-stem their grapes to aid fruitiness, relying on fruit from low-yielding vines to provide firm tannic structure.
With typical Chateuneuf power, the wine delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins and huge length.
The classic match for a full-flavoured game pie.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 21/12/13
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Clos de L’Oratoire des Papes
In the ocean of vines surrounding the ruins of the Papal palace, rising up from the Galets stones, lie the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 'Clos de L'Oratoire' is a place of prayer built in the 18th century, now an improving wine estate.Taste
An intense, perfumed and enticing array of sweet spices, brooding black fruits and sweet red cherries. Earthy, fruity, spicy and complex layers of flavour a marshalled by firm tannins into a long finish.Enjoy
Secret this away for ten years or drink now as the youthful fruits and juicy sweetness with roast veal or filets mignons.
£29 buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10... £24
Roman influence!Date published: 20/12/13
What did the Romans every do for us..,
...apart from the irrigation, civil planning, aqueducts, roads and concrete?
Well it also turns out they were the first people to realize the vine growing potential of the Bordeaux region, and from great vines you can make great wines
A quick guide for the beginner out there are Medoc, Haut-Medoc and within those regions are the sub regions of: St- Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julian and Marguax. These regions hold many a famous name such as Château Mouton Rothschild. Chateau Lafite or Latour.
From the right bank the areas of most note are Saint Emillion and Pomerol. With Pomerol boasting argueably the most famous and expensive claret there is, Petrus.History is my passion..! Feel free to swing by and ask me some historical wine questions.
Spanish Gran ReservaDate published: 19/12/13
Gran Reserva is a labelling term for a Spanish wine that has satisfied certain minimum requirements for ageing in cask and bottle. For wines produced in other countries (such as Chile) this term has less stringent or no legal meaning. Red gran reserva wines are aged for a minimum of 60 months, whites and roses for a minimum of 48 months.
For example, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia at just £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£12.99 single bottle price). This delicious wine is ruby red in colour with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, with prune, raisin and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Delicious with slow-cooked lamb dishes or nutty-tasting cheese!
The other labelling terms are Joven (no time in the cask and wine is bottled the year following the vintage for immediate release); Crianza (red wines are aged for 24 months minimum); and Reserva (red wines are aged for 36 months minimum).
Wine of the Week!Date published: 17/12/13
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc
The second wine of Chateau Cantenac Brown, made from pre-selected lots of the Chateau's younger vines, which are cultivated specifically for this earlier drinking blend. Otherwise traditionally made, with 25% new oak maturation for 13 months, followed by egg-white fining.
Elegantly structured claret, with aromas of pencil lead and sandalwood, and a bramble backbone. A good level of ripeness, medium body and tannins of a firm taut character.
Drinking well now, preferably with braised lamb
Sparkling Saturday!!! - Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2011Date published: 13/12/13
Codorniu was founded by Don Josep Raventos, the man credited with establishing the spanish sparkling wine industry and the first to make 'traditional method' bottle-fermented sparkling wine from Parellada, Macabeo & Xarel-lo.
Despite ancient roots, Codorniu is recognised as the most innovative firm in today's Cava industry. They were the first to introduce the Chardonnay grape - an action that started a controversy over the introduction of foreign grapes and concerns that this progress would erode the intrinsically Spanish character of Cava in general. Thankfully that has not been the case and both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are now well established in Catalonia and the Cava industry. A good thing too since these two international grapes produce a much higher quality of sparkling wine at a great value price.
This is a great example of what can be achieved with international varieties in Cava. Launched in honour of Regent Queen Maria Cristina of Austria who granted Codorniu the title of "Official Provider of the Royal House" way back in 1897.
The Reina Maria Cristina is a Blanc de Noirs (a white wine made from black grapes - Pinot Noir in this case). Fine, persistent bubbles with fresh unripe pear, green apples and a subtle yeasty aroma - this is a delightful aperitif and an ideal partner for light fish dishes and/or canapes.
Come in and try for yourself. We look forward to seeing you.
Chapel Down, a bit of bubbles to open on Saturday.Date published: 13/12/13
Chapel Down, based down in Kent produce some fantastic examples of English Sparkling wine, and if you come down this Saturday you'll be able to experience it for yourself first hand, below is a brief description of the Chapel Down Sparkling wines we have on offer here in Newbury.
The Chapel Down Brut ( our open bottle) is one of the best sellers in the UK, a fruity slightly candied style, it makes perfect easy drinking.
The Pinot Reserve provides beautiful citrus and brioche flavours, a real rival to Champagne.
Chapel Down Rose Brut is arguably thire best wine and has been the most successful on the international stage. Bright and juicy, well integrated flavours of peach cherry and toasty aromas, certainly worth a crack if you want to see what England can offer!
Wine of the Week!Date published: 13/12/13
Casa Lapostolle 'Cuvée Alexandre' Merlot 2012 Colchagua Valley
Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, the dynamic young French founder of this innovative Chilean winery, produces wines of spectacular quality. This fine Merlot comes from one of Casa Lapostolle’s low-yield single vineyard sites.Taste
Ruby in colour with aromas of red fruit, rosemary, white pepper and sweet spices on the nose. Rich fruits and notes of vanilla and nutmeg on the round palate, finishing with fresh and lasting sensation.Enjoy
To be enjoyed now or cellared for several years. Drink with rich meat stews like beef bourguignon.
Our Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 12/12/13
Friday 13/12/13: 9am-8pmMonday 16/12/13: 9am-8pm
Saturday 14/12/13: 9am-7pm
Sunday 15/12/13 10am-5pm
Tuesday 17/12/13: 9am-8pm
Wednesday 18/12/13: 9am-8pm
Thursday 19/12/13: 9am-8pm
Friday 20/12/13: 9am-8pm
Saturday 21/12/13: 9am-8pm
Sunday 22/12/13: 10am-5pm
Monday 23/12/13: 9am-8pm
Tuesday 24/12/13: 9am-5pm
Wednesday 25/12/13: Closed
Thursday 26/12/13: Closed
Friday 27/12/13: 10am-8pm
Saturday 28/12/13: 9am-7pm
Sunday 29/12/13: 10am-5pm
Monday 30/12/13: 10am-7pm
Tuesday 31/12/13: 10am-5pm
Wednesday 01/01/14: Closed
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Clos du Bois - Affordable California!Date published: 10/12/13
The boutique Clos du Bois winery in California is powered by 4000 solar panels, which if laid side by side would cover 4 acres of land! Their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are also excellent value at £9.99, rare for quality Californian wine on the UK Market:
Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2012 £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy any two Californian wines
Origin: In partnership with several local growers throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of Califonia, Clos du Bois has access to almost 800 acres of vineyard spanning a diverse range of microclimates. Their aim is to emulate the classic wine styles of France.
Taste: 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.
Enjoy: Best enjoyed with lobster or creamy seafood pasta dishes.
Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2012 £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy any two Californian wines
Origin: Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. This Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak.
Taste: 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.
Enjoy: Drink with slow-roasted pork shoulder.
Meursault, Nicolas PotelDate published: 09/12/13
Meursault Potel - £22.00 a bottle The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generous and approachable style of Chardonnay. An inviting shade of pale gold, offering a rich nose of apple and peach,with hints of flowers, vanilla and pepper. The palate is fresh and ripe,with soft-edged acidity and a nutty minerality. Drink with roast chicken or fleshy white fish dishes.
Baileys Choc Deluxe!Date published: 07/12/13
A little taste of luxury: Baileys Chocolat Luxe £17
Infused with real Belgian chocolate, this is the perfect finish to your evening if you have no room for a filling dessert. Gorgeously smooth and not too heavy with a rich 'chocolate-mousse-like' flavour. Serve chilled over plenty of ice for some pure creamy luxury. Fans of the original Irish cream should definitely give this blend a try.
Ruinart Champagnes Continued...Date published: 07/12/13
Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV - It is inevitable that with such a passion for Chardonnay Ruinart would have a top notch Blanc de Blanc among their range, and I feel this wine really epitomises that style. Made entirely from grapes of Grands Cru quality, this is lean, fresh and crisp. - £45.00 reduced from £55.00
Ruinart Rose NV - Based on the Ruinart Blanc de Blanc this wine gains it's salmon pink hue and very delicate red fruit notes from the addition of 15% Pinot Noir. The rest of the palate is full of peach and floral notes, with the minerality and crispness of the Blanc de Blanc on the finish. - £45.00 reduced from £55.00
Ruinart ChampagnesDate published: 07/12/13
Ruinart has the right to claim it is one of the oldest champagne houses, having been established in 1729. Their guiding light at Ruinart is the Chardonnay grape and all of their wines pay homage to this mighty grape variety and the elegance and subtlety it can create. Not as well-known as other Champagne houses the quality of Ruinart should not be underestimated, their wines offer a more sophisticated and restrained option for the Champagne lover.
Ruinart NV - Harmonious mellow notes of apple, pear and hints of honeysuckle and wheat provide a wonderful wine. Not the intense blockbusters that you get from the likes of Bollinger but more deftness of touch, a Champagne to try for those who like Perrier-Jouet or Canard-Duchene. - £35.00 reduced from £45
Butter!Date published: 07/12/13
Tonight my darling wife has volunteered to roast a chicken for dinner! This is good news for me (although I did see an alarming amount of butter in the fridge) but if she cooks I must supply the wine. Faced with a buttery roasted chicken there really is only one candidate, our old friend Chardonnay.
My gut instinct tells me the sheer amount of butter used tonight means i'm going to need it to be pretty gutsy so from the cellar (garage) I shall bring forth my last bottle of Petaluma Project Company Chardonnay, Australia, 2010. A staggering wine. Rich and concentrated with peaches, lemon preserve, racy acidity and yes buttery oak on the palate.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/12/13
Château Méaume 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol, Château Méaume has been a Majestic favourite for many years, gaining a reputation for excellent value. 2009 was an exceptional vintage in Bordeaux, and has undoubtedly produced Méaume's best vintage ever.Taste
A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood.
Ready to drink immediately, yet has the body and structure to cellar well for several more years.
Icelandic White AleDate published: 02/12/13
If you have not seen the Einstok, it is a fantastically well made Icelandic white beer or witbier. Typically witbier is made in Belgium, Holland or Germany, but this exception is a great example. Thanks to the water that is drawn from prehistoric glaciers and Arctic rainwater and filtered through old lava formations this purifies the water to no end. The beer is then fermented with a touch of coriander and orange peel that gives off a refreshing citrus note. Unlike some European witbiers this is not a heavy and intense beer but refreshing.
Why not give it a go, if you buy another craft brew 6-pack it works out at £9.99 a 6-pack I do think it's worth it.
Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 30/11/13
Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG, Italy
La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.Taste
A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.Enjoy
Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.
Christmas is looming!Date published: 29/11/13
There are some cracking new offers just in time for Christmas!
Here's just some of our favourites...
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is now just £6.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines to save 20%!
The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.
Marques de Riscal Reserva is down to £9.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more, with magnums at £22, from £30!
In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines,widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. 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.
Bollinger Special Cuvee NV is reduced to £30 a bottle when you buy a case of 6!
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.
Vinalba Reservado Malbec is only £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!
The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.
Plus there's loads of other great offers - contact us for the latest prices!
The Santa Rita 120 Range!Date published: 28/11/13
Old favorites at dependable prices; Santa Rita continue to make some cracking wines. This is a breakdown of their 120 range, wines that punch above their weight and give a fantastic range of choice. So here goes:-
Santa Rita 120 Merlot £6.39 when you buy any 2 Chilean Wines - 20% offer - The classic Chilean wine, plumy, soft and very easy to drink. the top wine for any party.
Santa Rita 120 Carmanere £6.39 when you buy any 2 Chilean Wines - 20% Offer -The grape variety that Chile adopted and made their own - it has lovely, uncomplicated red fruit characters and a wonderful, slightly chocolate edge that makes it a bit moreish - Super price and a cracking wine.
Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc £6.39 when you buy any 2 Chilean Wines - 20% Offer- One of my go to, mid week wines, It has a very lovely spice and a nice dark broody fruit that is typical of the grape.
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignion Blanc £6.39 when you buy any 2 Chilean Wines - 20% Offer - Dependable and delicious, this Sauvignion is crisp, mouth watering and has a lovely citrus notes.
Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay £6.39 when you buy any 2 Chilean Wines - 20% Offer -This is an unoaked Chardonnay, which I think is what puts most people off the grape. This is refreshing, lush and thirst quenching. Peachy and lovely.
Santa Rita 120 Viognier £6.39 when you buy any 2 Chilean Wines - 20% Offer - A grape variety that is done so, so well in Chile. This isn't your typical oily, over ripe Viognier; it is crisper and focuses on the flavor of the grapes - pineapple and apricots really come through. Again, perfect for parties.
Why not take 3 reds and 3 whites for £38.94 - A superb mixed case that would make a cracking gift!
The Chocolate Block!Date published: 27/11/13
Now in Stock - Chocolate Block (Absolute Favourite!)
It is that time of year again when we look forward to the arrival of our allocation of the South African beast that is 'The Chocolate Block' - and arrive it most certainly has! The Boukenhoutskloof winery and winemaker Marc Kent have certainly not disappointed with the 2012 vintage - this blend of 5 varietals certainly packs a punch. Predominantly Syrah, it also comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier and Grenache - all in all, a heady mix!
The grapes all come from special blocks of vines and are aged for up to 18 months in French oak, giving this wine a distinctive yet classic style. On the nose, the rustic earthiness shines through continuing onto the palate where it compliments raspberry and blackcurrant flavours atop nuances of chocolate, coffee, blackberry.........
Excellent with roast beef, but also a great wine for winter evenings next to a roaring fire...!
£22.00 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case (£27.00 single bottle price)
HURRY - Very limited stocks available (only 1735 barrels made in total)
Wine of the Week!Date published: 26/11/13
Pouilly-Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ 2012 Louis Latour
Produced by the family-run company Maison Louis Latour, who are producing white and red wines from the finest of Burgundy to wines from outside the region of Burgundy.Taste
A clean, fresh wine displaying honey and stone fruit aromas. Sweet honey and floral characters are in abundance on the palate and create a fine and elegant complexity.Enjoy
A great wine and a great example of a Mâconnais wine. Perfect with seafood and chicken dishes.
In The Mix - Cocktails with SherryDate published: 24/11/13
As we all know, Sherry is the best drink ever! But not many folks would consider it as an ingredient in a cocktail - curious? Then read on.
2 ounces rye whiskey
3/4 ounces amontillado sherry
1/4 ounce orange liqeur (Cointreau works well)
2 dashes of orange bitters
A fat strip of orange peel to garnish
Combine the ingredients (excluding the garnish) over a large chunk of ice in a rocks glass and stir. Twist the orange peel garnish over the glass to release the oils from the skin then add it to the glass. Enjoy!
3/4 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce ruby port
1/2 ounce Cognac
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces fino sherry
5 dashes Fee Brothers
Whiskey Barrel bitters (no idea where to find these so if you know please let us know.)
Sprig of mint to garnish.
Fill a third of a highball glass with crushed or chipped ice. Add the grenadine, port, Cognac and lemon juice and stir to combine i nthe glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with ice. Add the fino sherry then stir again. Top up any remaining space in the glass with ice then top off with the bitters. Garnish with mint and serve with a straw (ideally while the sun is shining on a beach somewhere).
I know these are not exactly seasonal drinks for this time of year but I came across the recipes and had to share them.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 21/11/13
Striking French Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc
Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, Jean-claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot from the Côteaux du Limousin.Taste
Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice.
Best served with a rich sausage casserole, roasted red meat, turkey or goose.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 15/11/13
Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Maipo Valley
Cousiño-Macul was founded in 1856, and is the only Chilean winery from the 19th century that remains in the hands of its founding family today. This wine comes from vines descended from some of Chile's earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon vines.Taste
An intense and fruit-focused red, full of black cherry and ripe plum flavours, with ample tannins softened by sweet spice notes developed by maturation in small French oak barrels.
Ready to enjoy now, with red meats.
Looking towards Christmas Part. 5Date published: 12/11/13
Prosecco di Conegliano: Bubbles help make Christmas special! Prosecco is more fashionable than ever, but with so much choice it can be hard to make a decision. Well we think the Conegliano is excellently priced for what it is, with a fine mousse, apple and pineapple fruit flavours and a finish that persists, this could make your Christmas. This sparkling wine will have your bells jingling all Christmas – Rob Satchwell, Majestic Wine Newbury manager.
Looking towards Christmas Part. 4Date published: 11/11/13
Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc: Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without last years best selling style of wine, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and what a fantastic example this wine is. Fruit centric with the classic mouth watering acidity typical of the Marlborough region, what sets this wine apart is the more mellow passion fruit qualities, with undertones of gooseberry. Easy drinking and crisp, best enjoyed with a bit of seafood but equally drinkable on it's own.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 10/11/13
Montes Reserva Malbec 2012 Colchagua Valley
This wine comes from some of Chile's oldest plantings of the Malbec grape, some of which are around 100 years old, in Colchagua Valley. It has been matured for just 6 months in French oak barrels, to add complexity and softness while maintaining the fruit character.
A dark and intense ruby red, this wine brims with blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a subtle layer of vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice aromas. Smooth and lightly savoury.
Looking towards Christmas Part. 3Date published: 09/11/13
Mister Shiraz: Exclusive to Majestic, this is a rather complex Shiraz made in showcasing Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust and spicy style of wine. Deep and muscular, lashings of vanilla complement dark cherry and plum fruit flavours. Need to keep warm over the Christmas period? Then this well priced wine is interesting and full bodied enough to see you through to the Spring.
Looking towards Christmas Part. 2Date published: 08/11/13
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee: This is a fantastic alternative to champagne and a real favourite of the staff here. Elegant, sophisticated and rich, flavours of citrus fruit and brioche will stay on the tongue after sipping this. This English sparkling wine has won a series of awards in blind tastings, is regularly served to ambassadors at 10 Downing Street and was served on the Queen's barge at the jubilee. Have a royal standard Christmas with this fantastic example of quality English wine making.
Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/11/13
The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough
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.
£13.99 or buy any 2 'Pic 'n' Mix' save 33% = £9.33
Looking towards Christmas Part. 1Date published: 05/11/13
In my next few articles I'll be writing a bit about a different wine that I think is perfect for the holiday period!
Chateau Berliquet: A real Christmas day wine, and would work perfectly well with Turkey, this smooth St-Emilion Cru Classé demonstrates rich bramble and cherry fruit on the palate. Bring that bit of class to your Christmas table with this fantastic classic Claret.
Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 02/11/13
Nicolas Feuillatte 2006
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.
Great Wine & Food Combo!Date published: 02/11/13
Dinner last night was Thai Red Curry with chicken, mange-tout and baby corn - delicious on its own but a real winner when paired with a glass of Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California.
The wine was a pleasant mix of acidity and tropical richness, the very thing to wash down an aromatic dish like Thai curry.
Sherry Darling Part 3!Date published: 31/10/13
Amontillado is a highly distinctive wine because its ageing process combines the veil of flor process which in used in manzanilla and fino, with a later stage in which the layer of flor disappears and the wine is exposed to oxidation. Again made from Palomino grapes.
Elegant in colour somewhere between topaz and amber. It is subtle and delicate with hints of hazelnuts. Vegetable notes which are reminiscent of aromatic herbs and fine woods. Gentle on the palate with a balanced sense of acidity. It is complex and suggestive, with a dry finish and a prolonged aftertaste with hints of dried fruits.
Amontillado pairs wonderfully with grilled asparagus, smoked fish, mushroom risotto and chicken curry
*Stay tuned for part 4 on Oloroso
Wine of the Week!Date published: 31/10/13
Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.Taste
This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture.
Ready to drink now, with firm cheeses.
Sherry Darling! Part 2 Manzanilla!Date published: 22/10/13
Manzanilla is a dry white fortified wine made from Palamino grapes and aged under a layer of yeasts know as veil of flor. It is produced exclusively in the bodegas of Sanlucar de Barrameda. The special climatic conditions of the town due to its proximity to the sea and at the mouth of a river estuary favour the layer of Flor. Meaning the layer of flor stays active all year round, giving the wine a unique fresh characteristic.
The wine is pale, bright with a yellow straw like colour. Its distinctive floral notes are reminiscent of chamomile blended with the aromas of almonds and freshly baked bread. It is dry and delicate on the palate. Its slight acidity produces a pleasant sensation of freshness and a persistent, subtly bitter aftertaste.
Works well on its own as an aperitif An ideal partner for fresh fish and shellfish dishes. Also pairs really well with anchovies in vinegar, prawns and shrimps, cured salted tuna. It also works really well fried calamari.
*keep a look out for part 3 on Amontillado.
Sherry Darling!Date published: 21/10/13
I was recently fortunate enough to embark upon an educational visit to Jerez the home of Sherry, I was staying in Sanlucar de Barrameda, which is the only place where Manzanilla Sherry can come from, but I will explain more about that later in this article. Many people see Sherry as a very seasonal drink only suitable for Christmas or a drink that only people over 70 drink. I am here to tell you that should not be the stereotype as Sherry is an extremely diverse product and different Sherry styles can compliment a vast array of dishes from all over the world. The first style we will focus on is Fino Sherry
A fino is a dry white fortified wine made from Palamino grapes which is aged under a layer of yeasts which make up the veil of Flor. It is stored and aged in American oak butts using the traditional solera y criaderas system in the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera and El Puerto de Santa Maria.
Bright and pale golden colour, with sharp delicate aromas of almonds, freshly baked bread and wild herbs. Very dry and light on the palate, its aftertaste has hints of almonds, with a mouth cleansing freshness.
On its own or paired with an array of food, clams, shellfish, cured meats, anchovies and Iberico ham. It also pairs really well with Japanese cuisine.
*Look out for part 2 on Manzanilla
Wine of the Week!Date published: 21/10/13
Los Boldos Chardonnay, 2012, Cachapoal
Château Los Boldos was established in 1991, with the aim of making quality wines by applying traditional French winemaking techniques to grapes grown Chile's high-altitude terroirs. Winemaker is Burgundy-trained oenologist Stephane Geneste.Taste
Bright greenish yellow hinting at fresh citrus fruit, confirmed by the nose, which adds subtle green apple, pear and honey characters. Crisp acidity segues into a delicately buttery finish.Enjoy
Perfect with creamy fish dishes.
Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 18/10/13
Chateau Senejac, 2010, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Located on gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Senejac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in stainless steel temperature controlled vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30% new oak barrels.
With black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable.
Drinking well now, but should cellar well for up to 10 years.
Decanting wine...Date published: 12/10/13
The first thing i'll start with is why one may need to decant wine. There have been infinite experiments trying to see whether wine really is improved from being decanted and thus allowed greater exposure to oxygen before serving. Of course the conclusions that have been drawn are contradictory, but hey, the mystery of wine forms a large part of it's enjoyment.
Anyway, there are some advocates that say letting a wine breathe sufficiently can develop the aromas and soften the tannins of a wine. Some, however, say that this can lose aromas and the drinker will be missing out on the wine developing in the glass and those stages of development the wine undergoes as we make our way through a glass. If we are to gain any practical insight from my ramblings i would say if it's a young tannic wine open it a couple of hours or so before drinking. If it is lighter and less tannic and maybe older and more mature, i would drop this to an hour, or maybe less if it is particularly old and fragile. I do believe in decanting myself but what I would say is results vary wine to wine and some it does improve and some maybe less so, but have a go and see what works for you and your own palate.
Something which isn't up for debate is that decanting is essential in removing sediment (colour matter and tannin) from a wine that is older and has perhaps thrown a sediment (more likely in darker wines such a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon based wines for instance) or wines that have had little fining and filtration in their production. So finally how do we go about decanting a wine to avoid sediment (which gives the wine bitterness and extra tannin). Well the process should start 24 hours before drinking. Take the desired bottle and leave it standing upright for 24 hours to let the sediment settle. Pull off the foil capsule of the wine in it's entirety so you can see through the neck of the bottle. Before you begin pouring the wine into the decanter either put a sheet of white paper underneath and pour near a light source from above, or get a light source below where you are pouring. Pour in one steady movement into the decanter, constantly looking through the neck. When you see sediment coming with the wine stop pouring (hopefully at this stage the vast majority of wine will now be in the decanter) and discard the rest of the bottle. Voila, sediment free wine!
Argentinian tasting week starts today!Date published: 11/10/13
If you love Argentine wine like we do, then pop in store this week to taste all that this wonderful region has to offer ! What better way to face Autumn than with a hearty Malbec.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 11/10/13
Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza
A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.Taste
Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.
Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.£12.99 buy 2 bottles save £6 = £9.99
Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 11/10/13
'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale
Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.Taste
Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.
Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.
£23 buy any 2 selected fine wines save ten pounds £18
A few more wine facts.Date published: 10/10/13
Did you know..?
Ramos still extract colour and tannin through foot treading in concrete lagares, which look like big paddling pools. This leads to full, tannic, ageable wines.
Guigal are up there with the worlds best as well. Their wines regularly receive 100 Parker points, year on year.
LFE are now the biggest family owned winery in Chile, with an annual production of 25million litres shipped to 60 countries.
A few wine facts!Date published: 10/10/13
Did you know?
Surprisingly not an amalgamation of 2 famous animals, Kangarilla is an aboriginal term meaning abundance of resources.
Gerard Bertrand used to juggle working in and learning about the family business with an international rugby career. Bertrand is a believer in Art de Vivre (The art of living), a philosophy with which he runs his award winning Hotel.
The Central Valley in Chile is not in the middle of Chile. Rather it is between the Andes and the coast, where wind, heat and water make wine making easy.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 09/10/13
Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Western Cape
Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.
Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.
Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.
£11.99 Buy any 2 South African Wines save 20% £9.59
Announcing Our Free Winter Wine Tasting Evening!!!!Date published: 05/10/13
Winter Wine Evening
Tuesday 12th November
A nice informal event with around sixteen wines to try around the store, hopefully some of which will help you pep up your Christmas table.
There is also some wonderful cheeses and nibbles too, courtesy of a specialist Italian deli. If you would like to attend please phone or email us to book your place.
Phone: 01635 550117
Incredible Pinot Grigio offer!Date published: 05/10/13
This week the Serana Pinot Grigio is down to an incredible £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more.
It's not often that I'm drawn to Pinot Grigio from Italy; Pinot Gris from the Alsace or maybe an attempt from the New Zealanders, but not Italian. They pick the grapes early, retaining a lot of acidity and some pleasant enough flavors of Lemons and a touch of florality.
However, I do like the Serena. Delicate and crisp but an obvious punch of citrus that sometimes isn't there with Pinot Grigio. At this price too, you'd be hard to find a better, everyday drinking wine.
Get some in while It's at this cracking offer!
Wine of the Week: The Caracal 2010 Neethlingshof, StellenboschDate published: 04/10/13
The Caracal 2010 Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
A Bordeaux blend from one of the Cape's oldest estates, this wine has been named after the Caracal, a wild lynx-like cat indigenous to South Africa, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural 'Darwinian' form of pest control.Taste
12 months' maturation in new and old French oak barrels has lent this wine lovely toasty and cedary aromas, and smoothed the ample tannins which envelope the core of juicy blackberry and mulberry fruit.
Drink with slow-braised meats such as oxtail or pork belly.
£12.79 when you buy any two South African wines
Fine Wine Friday: Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 04/10/13
Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet £24 buy 2 save £10 = £19
All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terroir, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and the Loire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via the Yonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.
The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.
Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.
Oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 02/10/13
This week we have chosen Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, 2011, as our Wine of the Week. This is one for all you lovers of lush, tropical, New World Chardonnays.
Sourced from grapes grown in the Limari Valley to the far north of Chile, this wine is barrel fermented and subjected to regular lees stirring.
Rich golden in colour, plenty of citrus, mango, pineapple and banana on the nose and palate. Luscious mouthfeel and a finish that just keeps going and going.
This Chardonnay would be a perfect partner for chicken and is weighty enough to match well with pork.
It's lush, it's fruity and it's open to taste in-store today!
Incredible October offersDate published: 01/10/13
With the nights drawing and and a chill in the air, we all need a bit of cheering up. How about some amazing new offers for October
Serena Banfi Pinot Grigio £5.99 when you buy two
Beaujolais Villages, Deboeuf £5.99 when you buy two
Macon Roches Louis Jadot £7.99 when you buy two
For more information contact us at the store or place your order online and have it delivered for free!
New Zealand's Sparkling WinesDate published: 30/09/13
With its cool maritime climate New Zealand is perfectly suited to grow grapes with the high acidity needed to produce quality sparkling wines.
During the 1970s New Zealand produced a choice of distinctly average sparkling wines made vinified from hybrid varieties and sometimes Muller Thurgau. Today, in a conscious drive towards quality and finesse, most bottle-fermented New Zealand sparklers use a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Representing great value for money, modern New Zealand bubbly makes for a delightful aperitif.
Lindauer Blanc de Blancs, NV. £12.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more (£14.99 single bottle price): My choice of the Lindauer range. Crisp, fresh acidity makes this a decent match with fish dishes; and, since it does a good job of mimicking the yeasty aromas of Champagne, this is one of my favorite aperitifs.
Lindauer Special Reserve, NV. £9.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more (£14.99 single bottle price): Light, fine bubbles and just a touch of pink - juicy flavours of cranberry and peach. As pretty in the glass as it is pleasant in the mouth.
Lindauer Brut Cuvee, NV. £11.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more (£13.99 single bottle price): Chill it, get your friends round, pop the cork and enjoy! Simple, satisfying and very more-ish.
Lindauer Rose, NV. £9.33 per bottle when buying 2 or more (£13.99 single bottle price): A touch of Pinotage joins the blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The result is fuller bodied than the others in the range with more prominent red-fruit flavours and aromas. As with all of these it is a knock-out with canapes...the rose is also very good with lightly spiced cuisine (Moroccan or Turkish food are my chosen food partners).
An introduction to Pinotage.Date published: 30/09/13
Some people in the world of wine seem to have a hang up about Pinotage ( originally a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault that the South Africans made.) Its a marmite grape, you either love it or hate it! Well I love it. Listening to South Africans wine makers share their passion for it and tasting some of their best offerings you can't help but be drawn in. A full bodied wine with real structure framing a wealth of dark fruits; blackberry and blackcurrant falling over dark cherry with just a hint of chocolate on the finish is what you expect from a good Pinotage. It has huge ageing potential and most producers like to age even the entry level offerings to smooth and mellow it all out.
As you can tell i'm sold and with South Africa on 20% off (when you buy any 2 South African wines) it is the perfect opportunity to try some and see if you are too!
St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 30/09/13
This weekend prepare for you senses to be flabergasted by the bold, brash and beautiful St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc. This is New Zealand Sauv Blanc at it's punchiest; oozing Gooseberry and Citrus zing on the nose, passion fruit and guava on the palate, steely dryness on the finish...
This wine is the full package: New Zealand Sauvignon as it is meant to be!
And a bargain to boot at £15.99 each when you buy 2 or more bottles.
Fine Wine FridayDate published: 27/09/13
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough £19.99 buy 2 save £8 £15.99
Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.Taste
An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.Enjoy
Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.
Wine of the Week!Date published: 25/09/13
Matsu El Recio 2010 Toro
El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.Taste
Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.Enjoy
A great steak wine, which longs to be paired with rare asado-style beef fillet or sirloin. Drink now or keep for 2-5 years.
Sauvignon Blanc and alternatives tasting Saturday 21/9/13Date published: 20/09/13
Here are a list of the wines we will be trying at the spotlight tasting sessions;
Espirit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc from South of France £5.49*
Aubus Colombard Gros Manseng from Reginal France £6.49*
Jose Pariente Sauvignon Blanc from Spain £9.99*
Marques de Riscal Rueda from Spain £6.99*
Touraine Joel Delaunay Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley £8.49*
Muscadet sur-lie Tourmaline from the Loire Valley ££6.99*
*denotes multibuy price
Come down and join us spotlight sessions lat around 30 minutes and will at 12pm and 3pm
Fine Wine FridayDate published: 20/09/13
Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough £23 buy 2 save £10 £18
Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. The chewy tannins and complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shine through in this particularly expressive Pinot Noir.Taste
Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plum and pomegranate fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours complemented by integrated chewy tannins and a long, savoury finish.Enjoy
Good Kiwi Pinot can be enjoyed in its youth, or over five years. An ideal match with venison, game and pasta.
Stay in and treat yourself!
Spanish Tasting!Date published: 14/09/13
Here's a quick list of the wines we have open to taste today for our Spanish tasting weekend:
Matsu el Picaro 2012, Toro £7.99
Marques de la Concordia Rioja Reserva 2007, £8.99
Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2009, Arribes del Duero, £7.99
Cilar de Cilos Crianza 2009, Ribero del Duero £13.99
Conde de San Cristobal, 2010, Ribero del Duero £13.99
Please feel free to come down and give these wonderful Spanish wines a try.
Fine Wine FridayDate published: 13/09/13
Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010
Short Term Improved OffersDate published: 13/09/13
Everybody stop what you're doing and listen to this!
For a short time (until Monday 23rd September) the following wines will be on offer (an even better offer!)
Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. £4.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more (£7.49 single bottle price)
Piper Heidsieck Brut NV. £35 £30, or buy 2 and save 33% = £19.99 per bottle
Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2007. £30 £27, or buy 2 and save 33% = £17.99 per bottle
Nicolas Feuillatte NV. £25 £24, or buy 2 and save 33% = £15.99 per bottle
Prosecco Zonin Brut. £11.99 £9.99, or buy 2 and save 33% = £6.66 per bottle
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012. £9.99 £8.99, or buy 2 and save 33% = £5.99 per bottle
Stocks will run down quickly so get your orders in while these prices last!
Something about the Producer - CodorniuDate published: 11/09/13
With its origins in the 16th Century it would be easy to think that Codorniu are subject to the weight of tradition. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Codorniu pioneered the use of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in spanish sparkling wines, and successfully pushed for the inclusion of these two international varieties in the Cava DO (alongside the traditinally permitted Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada)
Codorniu was one of the first companies to produce Cava commercially and has proved to be very good at it.
Here are a selection of some of my favorite cavas from Codorniu :
Codorniu Brut NV (£6.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more)
A dry, light bodied Cava displaying the characteristic green apple, citrus and almond notes of any decent Cava.
Codorniu Rosado NV (£6.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more)
Light and refreshing on the palate with a clean and zingy finish. Pure citrus fruit flavours with a hint of strawberry and underripe raspberry.
Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV (£9.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more)
Pale lemon coloured with very fine bubbles. The classic citrus characters are joined by a peach-like ripeness and the flavours finish with a crisp mineral tang that makes this the perfect apertif.
Magic of Fine Wine, Jermann Pinot GrigioDate published: 06/09/13
Grape - Pinot Grigio
Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970's and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region.
This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full bodied feel on the palate.
A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich creamy pasta dishes.
£23 buy any two selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18. What a great deal, stay in and treat yourself!
Wine Of The Week - Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de CaceresDate published: 05/09/13The wine itself has a potent bouquet of toasted red and black fruits mingled with sweet spices and a whiff of smokey leather. The palate is a well balanced combination of luscious fruit and spice around a structure of well integrated tannins and refreshing acidity.
£15.99, or buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% = £12.79 per bottle
Autumn Magic of Fine WinesDate published: 04/09/13
This is a new instore fine wine tasting opportunity and kicks off in the Newbury store this Friday (6th September). We will be opening the Jermann Pinot Grigio! £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18, great deal for a great wine, but don't take my word for it, come on in and try for yourself.
Team Majestic Newbury
Lindauer Wines Are Back!Date published: 01/09/13
I think you will all agree it has been worth the wait! The Lindauer range is now back in stock at Majestic Newbury.
Lindauer Brut NV £11.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more.
Lindauer Rose NV £11.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more.
Lindauer Special Reserve £12.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more
Lindauer Blanc de Blancs £12.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more
Wine of the Week: Beaune 1er Cru 2010, Louis JadotDate published: 31/08/13Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot
GrapePinot Noir Origin Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness. Taste Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins. Enjoy Drinking now, or cellar for 5 years or more. £23 or buy any two selected fine wines and save £8 = £19 Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot
GrapePinot Noir Origin Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness. Taste Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins. Enjoy Drinking now, or cellar for 5 years or more. £23 or buy any two selected fine wines and save £8 = £19 Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot
GrapePinot Noir Origin Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness. Taste Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins. Enjoy Drinking now, or cellar for 5 years or more. £23 or buy any two selected fine wines and save £8 = £19
Something Different With ProseccoDate published: 25/08/13
Prosecco is delightful - there's just no doubting it. But have you ever considered doing something different with a bottle of this summertime fizz? Here are few cocktails that put a twist on Prosecco.
A favorite of Venice and an Italian classic. Puree a can of peaches (or buy peach puree), pour into glasses and top up with prosecco. Generally the measures are one third peach to two thirds prosecco.
Essentially this is the same as a Bellini but using strawberries instead of peaches. Serve with fresh mint to garnish.
As easy to make as it is refreshing to drink. One third orange juice and two thirds prosecco over crushed ice - it's an Italian spin on a Bucks Fizz!
As good at the end of the meal as at the start. Put a scoop of lemon sorbet into a champagne flute, add a dash of vodka and top up with prosecco. Serve with chopped mint. If you're driving just cut out the vodka - it's just as good!
Wine of the Week: Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca, ArgentinaDate published: 22/08/13Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca, Argentina
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat
OriginBodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line. Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'. Taste A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla. Enjoy Drink with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak. £12.99 or buy two and save £8 = £8.99
Rob's Wine & Food MatchesDate published: 20/08/13
L'instant Truffier Malbec 2011, Rigal, PGI Cotes du Lot
£6.99/bottle when buying 2 or more (£8.99 single bottle price)
This is a one to try for those lovers of Argentinian Malbec. A great half-way between the juicy 'new world' rendering of this grape and the classic French version (rougher, more prominent tannins, calling out for food).
I enjoyed a couple of glasses of this with a rich beef and mushroom stew served with carrots and cauliflower. The mushrooms in particular worked very well with the 'trufflely' undertones in the wine.
Anakena 'Tama' Vineyard Selection Viognier 2011, Cachapoal Valley
£7.99/bottle when buying 2 or more Chilean wines (£9.99 single bottle price)
Light, delicate and subtle – words rarely used to describe New World Viognier, but this one really is! Refreshing and delicious on its own, the scent and flavours of the Viognier grape (typically stone fruits with a whiff of citrus) make it an interesting one to partner with food.
Aromatic spices are the key – think Thai cuisine, Oriental cooking in general or sweeter fruit curries that do not overdo the heat! I had this with a Thai green curry and was happy to find that the food flavours complemented the wine and did not overpower it with chilli-heat, adding another layer of pleasure to an already enjoyable meal.
All Italian Wines 25% off!!Date published: 20/08/13All Italian Wines 25% off!!
As of today and until September 2nd our Italian wines are 25% off when you buy two, and that's any two so you mix and match as you wish! Right now there are some splendid Italian wines on the tasting counter to try before you buy too; so whether it's Barbera or Vermentino come in now and discover some of Italy's best.
Curious Brew Lager!Date published: 19/08/13
If I've not got a glass of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc in my hand (with the rest of the bottle not too far away!) when the sun is shining then i've probably got a bottle of Chapel Down Curious Brew on the go. A new addition to our Lager range, made by the same Chapel Down who produces all that lovely sparkling wine in sunny Kent. In fact the Lager is made using Champagne yeasts which produces a drink of great body and taste. You could even write a tasting note on it it has that much flavour and theres not may Lagers that you can do that about!
So, if you want a change from the same old same old mass produced generic lager out there, give this gem a whirl.
Chapel Down Curious Brew, 12 x 330 ml, 4.7% = £17.99*. That's the equilavent to only £1.50 a bottle!*Lagers only sold in un-split cases
Wine of the Week!Date published: 17/08/13'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' , Old Vine Garnacha 2010, Navarra
Grape - Garnacha
OriginThe traditionally bush-trained vines from this part of the Nekeas Valley are between 70 and 100 years old, and yield low numbers of high quality berries. The Atlantic influences here contribute to higher acidity, which lends balance to the quick-ripening Garnacha.
With excellent focus and structure, the wine displays intense, vibrant and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, and ample tannins that add texture and a streak of bitter chocolate flavour.
Enjoyable on its own, but also benefits from being paired with a big flame-grilled rib-eye steak.
£9.99 or buy two and save £3 = £8.49
Run a Commercial business and looking for a quality drinks supplier?Date published: 15/08/13Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change supplier? Do you want more flexibility?
If the answer is YES then you might want to consider a Majestic Wine account facility.
Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount
Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing
An extensive range
Exclusive lables for the on-trade
Food and wine matching advice
Wine list production service
Flexible delivery 7 days a week
Friendly and helpful staff
Are you interested or need more information?
TEL: 01635 550117
Or pop into our branch and a member of the team will be happy to help
Introducing our newest member of the team!Date published: 14/08/13Hello! My names Jamie and I'm joning the Newbury team from sunny Bicester where I've been since November. I'm looking forward to the challenge of a bigger team and a busier store. I'm a big fan of anything big and Aussie, Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz is a personal favourite, and I'm a sucker for a bit of bubbles or a tasty Provence rose if the weather's right. If you were to catch me on my day off, if I wasn't at the pub, I'd be out playing hockey or watching whatever sport is available.
Quinta da Bacalhoa 2010, Penisula da SetubalDate published: 12/08/13
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
How to taste wine: Part 1 - SightDate published: 10/08/13How to taste wine: Part 1 - Sight
You may have seen us swilling, slurping and sloshing at the tasting counter in store and wondered what we were up to. Well i promise it's not just that we are uncouth and have bad manners (although that still may be up for debate), we are just trying to give a thorough analysis of the wine in hand. The first step in tasting a wine is to check it's appearance, that may sound silly but the appearance of a wine can give quite a few clues as to what we have in our hand and what it's going to be like. So here goes:
Clarity is very important in making sure a wine isn't faulty. If the wine is cloudy it probably means either re-fermentaion has occurred in bottle or there is some microbacterial activity going on, you will certainly notice this when it comes to smelling and tasting the wine. Alternatively it could be if you have a very old wine and the sediment has been disturbed before pouring, this shouldn't smell or taste bad, though, but it probably won't be at it's most enjoyable.
Intensity and Colour`
The colour and intensity of a wine can give away much. To analyse colour the best thing is to hold the glass at an angle of 45 degress and view it with a white background and this will reveal the colour in the main body of the wine and towards the edge of the wine where delicate hues can be noticed (known as the rim of the wine).
Red wines get paler as they get older and this will be noticed mostly at the rim. The rim will change from purple, through ruby and then to a garnet colour as a wine ages. The intensity of colour can also give clue to the grape variety. A Pinot Noir will be far lighter than a Cabernet Sauvignon for instance.
White wines get darker in colour as they age losing greenness and becoming more golden. The rim of the wine should be smaller too and less broad and watery. This is dependent on grape variety too, however.
'Legs' or 'tears' are the traces of wine left on the side of a glass after swirling. The thicker and more visible these are indicates higher alcoholic content or a higher level of residual sugar.
Sometimes you may see crystals in a white wine and these are a result of tartrates precipitating in cold weather. They are entirely harmless and do not affect the quality of the wine at all.
Finally you may encounter small bubbles in a wine that you thought was still. It could be from refermentation where the wine hasn't been filtered properly before bottling, in this case the wine will have a yeasty smell and can sometimes even smell like a Fino Sherry (Tio Pepe for example). Otherwise it is an attribute known as a 'petillance' where some carbon dioxide has deliberately been left in the wine to keep it fresh, you may this find in Muscadet Sur Lie wines.
So that's the first stage in our wine tasting analysis. I bet your all desperate just to drink the stuff, however, next we'll be looking at the nose of the wine, basically just giving it a good sniff. Then after that we'll finally get on to actually tasting the wine. I'm sure you're all feeling for those who have do this professionally... See you next week!
Sparkling Saturday!Date published: 10/08/13
Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV DOC, Italy Special Offer £8.99
Made from Prosecco grapes grownby a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentatoin in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours.
Pale and elegant, with subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetnesswhich balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.
Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach puree for s refreshing bellini.
Good Lager Deals! Date published: 09/08/13
We have Peroni, Asahi and Pilsner Urquell 24 packs for £24 that is a £1 a bottle. What is not to love about that, ideal for this weekend if you are going to a BBQ or just to enjoy the Ashes with. What are you waiting for, pop on in and stock up.
We look forward to seeing you!
External Tasting EventsDate published: 07/08/13
Not only do we do in-store tastings and wine courses but we'll come to you too.
If your involved with a social group such as the Wine society, PTA's etc... we'd be more than happy to hold a tasting event at your venue. From themed nights such as old world versus new world, unusual grape varieties to a wine quiz, you decide.Interested? Then why not give us a call on 01635 550117 or E-mail us email@example.com
Wine of the Week!Date published: 07/08/13
Santa Rita 120 Merlot £7.99 buy 2 save 20% £6.39
The 120 series wines are named in honour of the 120 patriot soldiers who found refuge in Santa Rita's hacienda during the war for Chile's independance. The cellars where they were hidden are still used for maturation of Santa Rita's wines to this day.
Intense aromas of red fruits, accompanied by floral, vanilla and tobacco notes. Has a great feeling of volume in the mouth, with plentifulbut super-soft tannins, and typically Chilean ripeness of fruit.
On its own or with a red meat dish also a great BBQ wine!
Fine Wine Friday: Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru 2007, Albert MorotDate published: 03/08/13
Love Vina Ardanza? Date published: 02/08/13
Well it must be your lucky day... As of next week, we will be stocking Vina Ardanza 2004 magnums!! And at just £36, an absolute steal for any special occasion.
Wine of the Week: Chateau du Cleray Muscadet 2011 Date published: 31/07/13
Melon de Bourgogne
£9.99 or buy two and save £2 = £8.99
Staff FavouritesDate published: 25/07/13
We've put our heads together and picked what we consider to be the best of the bunch, reviewed in just 3 words.
Commanderie de Peyrassol 2012, Côte de Provence - £9.99*
Elegant, crisp and simply divine.
Surani Costarossa Primitivo - £7.99*
Deep, soft and juicy.
Macon-Milly-Lamartine 'Clos du Four' 2012, Christophe Cordier - £11.99
Rich, full and nutty
Pelorus NV, Cloudy Bay - £15.99
Light, delicate and complex
* denotes mulitbuy price
Ashes Update!!Date published: 25/07/13
Australia are in disarray after an appalling first two tests. A pack of well trained Scouts with beach cricket sets could have put up more of a fight. The lack of a quality spinner for the tourists is putting them at a real disadvantage and with little depth in the batting lineup, it is a struggle to see how they are going to overturn the current 2-0 deficit.
For England, the talking point is the fitness of KP. Not the nuts, but the South African prodigy who is suffering with a calf strain. James Taylor has been called up to play for Sussex in the three day game against the Aussies this weekend – a fantastic chance to prove to selectors that he deserves a place in the test squad.
If you're looking for a quality wine to sip along to the Ashes, we recommend the victorious Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004. Everyone loves bubbles and they taste even more fine when the Three Lions are on top! On a Special Offer at £23.99!!
10 Crazy Chilean Wine FactsDate published: 16/07/13
1. The UK is the biggest export market for Chilean wines
2. The Spanish introduced Vitis vinifera to Chile in the mid 16th century, partly for Spanish settlers to celebrate the Eucharist
3. Chile is free of Phylloxera – saving money for vine-growers with vines not having to be grafted onto resistant rootstocks #moneysavingfact
4. There are 4 principle wine regions in Chile:
- Central Valley
- Southern Regions
5. The Humboldt Current an icy off-shore ocean current which runs up the Antarctic, allows wine to be produced in the north which otherwise would be too hot dragging the Humboldt winds up the river valleys. Chile has typically dry summers which aids healthy grape growth
6. Chile produces 50% less than Argentina
7. Chilean labelling terms “Reserva, Reserva Especial, Reserva Privada and Gran Reserva” must have a minimum of 6 months ageing (for reds). These do not carry a set meaning but are a good indicator of the quality level in a producers range
8. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for nearly ½ of all black varieties
9. Reds share a basic style of lots of ripe fruit
10. Whites are typically fresh and carry good acidity to the aromatic wines displaying bags of perfume
* We have a host of Chilean wine available to try this weekend #ComeandExplore
Chilean Wine Labels ExplainedDate published: 12/07/13
Chile offers great value for money for the savvy wine buyer. The country has a climate which accommodates an array of grape varieties, resulting in a range of wines which cannot be beaten on choice and price. Here we take a look at the label and explain what it all means.
Luis Felipe Edwards – The producer – one of the largest Chilean wine makers who have grown alongside the renaissance in Chilean wine in the 1990s. Chief wine maker Nicolas Bizzarri is a distant relative of Luis Felipe and still employs a very much hands on approach to production.Gran Reserva – this isn't as significant as in Spain. For red wine, Reserve, Gran Reserva, Reserve Especial, etc. must have spent at least six months in oak barrels before release. For Chilean wine, such descriptions are generally employed to differentiate between the quality levels of a producer's range.
Colchagua Valley – One of the thirteen wine regions within Chile. Chilean law states that up to 75% of grapes must come from the region stipulated on the bottle, yet most producer's work to 85% in order to conform to EU wine law.
Merlot – Grape variety which has it's home in Bordeaux but grows equally as well in the new world. Fleshy and full in body, Merlot appeals to all palates and thrives in Colchagua.
2011 – The vintage – A cool summer and harvesting season with yields slightly lower than average leading to more concentrate fruit – a good to great vintage.
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot
£8.74 or buy any two Chilean wines and save 20%
Wine of the Week: Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2011Date published: 12/07/13
Cheating on Bordeaux pt. 1Date published: 10/07/13
I've always considered a bottle of Bordeaux to be much like my wife; Trustworthy, reliable and guarenteed to provide me with that little bit of pleasure I need after a tough day at work. Yes expensive at times and yes, they don't always improve with age but it's what I love and no one can tell me otherwise.
That was the case until last week at least. I found myself in the heart of our Burgundy section with a wicked grin on my face. Gevrey-Chambertain, Nuit-St-George, Puligny-Montrachet - such recognisable names dazzling in front of my eyes, enticing me in. Before I knew it, my rack was rejuvinated, my wallet lighter, and Bordeaux was a thing of the past. I wouldn't yet call myself a Burgundy extremist like my colleague, but listen as I attempt to convert you with this mix of six.
Petit Chablis 2012, Seguinot-Bordet - £10.99* (*multibuy price)
A pale, light and lively wine, with a vivacious nose of citrus fruit and white blossom notes. This palate is of crisp yellow apples and a twist of lemon, with a firm, clean finish. Simply perfect for any summers day out in thne garden.
Macon-Milly-Lamartine 2012, Christophe Cordier - £11.99
One of my favourite wines in the store at the £10-12 mark. It really has got everything; zesty lime and orange but with elements of pineapple and mineral too. A slightly weightier body and a beautifully rounded finish, this is Macon wine at its' best.
Saint-Aubin Blanc 1er Cru 2011, Domaine Gerard Thomas et Filles - £18.99
Saint-Aubin is situated just over the hill from Puligny-Montrachet and this wine demonstrates all those characteristics of its pricier neighbour. With s nose of ripe citrus, fresh peach, subtle sweet spice and hints of minerals, this is followed by gentle hazelnut aromas, lemons and limes, hints of vanilla and butter on the palate.
BBQ Beauties!Date published: 08/07/13With the sun finally showing its face and heralding the start of summer, we've picked out a few wines we think are perfect for your next BBQ.
Kangarilla Road 2 Up Shiraz, Australia (£8.99 multibuy) A great value Aussie Shiraz from the McLaren Vale, offering plenty of plummy, brambley fruit and a lovely aromatic lick of spice. Great for the steak and sausage lovers out there!
Luis Felipe Edwards Merlot Gran Reserva, Chile (£6.99 multibuy) Rich fruit, plenty of damson and dark berry character with a toasty finish. Crack this one open when the burgers are just about done!
Caixas Albarino, Spain (£6.99 multibuy) Lovely Spanish drop from the North West, packed with aromatic peachy fruit and a pleasant mid-weight mouthfeel; perfect for the chargrilled drumsticks and equally good with crisp, fresh salad. And shrimps. Obviously.
Domaine la Chautarde, Provence Rose (£6.99 multibuy) Soft, refreshing French Rosé with plenty strawberry fruit and a lovely creamy mouthfeel. Ideal for a sip while you're waiting for the Chef to get his act together!
Of course, we know there's nothing quite like a cold beer, so why not try a deliciously flavoursome craft beer such as Anchor Steam (£9.99 for 6) or Brooklyn Lager (£9.99 for 6). Bit more expensive than some other beers out there, but worth it for the great taste!
Summer Reds!Date published: 08/07/13
Jane MacQuitty's much anticipated top 100 Summer wines has been released and Majestic Newbury is here to help you make the most of your summer, with great offers on a selection of these wines.
Paul Mas Merlot 2012
£7.99 buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 from 5th July until 18th July
From one of the largest and most successful producers of the Languedoc is the magnificent Paul Mas Merlot.
The producers of Southern France have really stepped up their game in recent years, producing quality reasonably priced wines that compete and even beat those consistent New World wines. Paul Mas is no exception, with an inviting ruby and purple colour, with an equally inviting nose offering plum and blackberry fruit, accented with subtle mocha notes. A rich and soft palate with ripe tannins and medium body. Everything you expect from a Merlot and more, for less than six pounds this is a must have.
Pizarras de Otero Bierzo 2012
£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £6.99 until 2nd September
This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo where the Mencia grape flourishes.
Many of you will be familiar with the wines of Rioja, but the Pizarras is a refreshing change with a deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.
Château de Sainte Gemme 2002
£13.99 Buy 2 bottles save £8 = £9.99 until 2nd September
An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length. Mature and ready to drink. Pair with red meat.
Wine of the Week: Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2010, Ripasso La CasettaDate published: 07/07/13
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella
Sparkling Saturday: Oyster Bay Brut NVDate published: 06/07/13
Special Offer £9.99
Wine of the Week: LFE Gran Reserva Merlot, ChileDate published: 02/07/13Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile
OriginA great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels. Taste Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume. Enjoy Perfect with rich pasta sauces and red meat dishes
£8.74 or buy any two Chilean wines and save 20% = £6.99
OriginA great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels. Taste Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf. Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume. Enjoy Perfect with rich pasta sauces and red meat dishes
£8.74 or buy any two Chilean wines and save 20% = £6.99
Wine of the Week: Brio de Cantenac Brown 2007, MargauxDate published: 24/06/13
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Some lovely Italian reds...Date published: 22/06/13
Some lovely Italian reds...
I bloody love Italian red wine. Italy is famed for having over a 1000 grape varieties, but in all honesty only around 40 of these are of any commercial significance, and finding some of the more obscure wines on our shores can be tricky, however, Italy still has so many hidden gems available that I am never left wanting for a new wine experience. Italian grapes have also not travelled well, in the new world the vast majority of wine is made from French varietals and these are what we end up drinking predominately, so Italy can always offer respite for bored palates. At Majestic at the moment we have a 20% off offer on all Italian wines, and it's a mix and match deal so you can buy any two different wines to get the deal and try some of the distinctive wines Italy has to offer. Here are 6 of my favourite reds to help you choose:
Copertino 2008, Masseria Monaci £6.79
Copertino is in the far southern 'heel' of Italy, Puglia. The wines are made from the 'Negroamaro' grape, which literally translates as 'black-bitter' and gives an indication of the wines characteristics. It's a wonderfully thick and plummy wine with plenty of interesting spice and savoury notes offering real complexity at this modest price tag.
Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di Manduria £7.99
This is another bargain from Puglia, but this time made from the Primitivo grape. Primitivo is closely related to the USA's very own Zinfandel, and in this late harvest example you can see the connection with the intense fruit and soft texture this wine also provides. The wine has a plush mouthfeel with rich flavours of prunes and dates, some sweet spice too and all rounded off with some supple tannins. A massive favourite amongst customers and staff alike, it is a must try.
Barbera d'Alba 2010, Villa Lanata £8.39
This Barbera comes from in around the town of Alba in Piemonte in the north west of Italy, the home of this variety which is actually Italy's third most planted. The grape gives wonderful black cherry flavours and has a perfume of anise and violets and this alllied with Barbera's higher acidity and low tannin gives a wonderful freshness to the wine. Look out for wines from Alba (such as this one) but also Asti as this is where the best quality examples come from.
Sparkling Saturday: Trilogy Cuvee Brut NV, Jacob's CreekDate published: 22/06/13
Sparkling SaturdayTrilogy Cuvée Brut NV Jacob's Creek
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Jacob's Creek's premium sparkling wine, Trilogy is made from the traditional triumvirate of grape varieties, as found in Champagne. Vinified separately, they are then carefully blended together, before secondary bottle fermentation provides the fizz.
A nose of citrus fruit and redcurrant, accented with notes of fresh breadcrust and yeasty development. Fine and elegant mousse provides a creamy persistence on the palate.
As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon.
Wines for a very British SummerDate published: 19/06/13
When you think of summer wine drinking, most would suggest a deliciously crisp, pale Provence rosé. It is the perfect match – notes of strawberry, pear drops and rose petal swirl in the glass to the backdrop of a deep orange sun setting in the West as waves from the Mediterranean gently lap at your feet.
A beautiful scene, but the reality in the UK is some what different. Anoraks braced against the driving 'summer rain,' camping weekends with enough kit for an Arctic expedition and soggy evening BBQs. So what alternatives to rosé are a bit more sturdy and well suited to the most British of summers?
To look at white first; Torrentes, a distant cousin of the Muscat grape which we think is a cross between a Viogner and a Pinot Gris. Our Vinalba Torrentes has slightly less body than a Viogner, but with intense aromatics which lift the drinker's mood and transport them to sunnier climes.
Moving onto the Loire Valley, I would suggest the Reuilly Beurdin. This wine is 100% Sauvignon, but unlike anything you will have tasted from the new world. Refined notes of gooseberry lead into a refreshingly crisp palate that will have you coming back for a top up within minutes.
My final suggestion for summery whites would be the Marqués de Riscal Reuda. Made from the Verdejo grape, it has a nose of melon with a fleshy mouth feel and a lemon zip to finish. A perfect apéritif wine with enough body to offer that warming sensation on the way.
Now to the reds; I will kick off with the Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Pinot Noir. It has those very summery aromas of strawberry and redcurrent with wonderfully subtle tannins. A breezey day at Wimbledon would be the perfect occasion to crack open a bottle of this Chilean delight. Go on Murray!
Throwing a curve ball at you, my second red is a Spanish Garnacha. Salvaje del Moncayo offer us 'La Garnacha,' a definitive name to a wine which can mix it with the best the similarly styled red Burgundy can produce. After a nose of forest fruits, the palate is slightly fuller than the Pinot Noir with solid red fruits – it could accompany an afternoon picnic on the beach.
Finally, the bruiser. We all need something to warm us up during the summer evenings when the sun has dropped and the temperature follows suit. The Parcel Series wines which appear in Majestic from time to time always offer great value for money and the South African Shiraz we have in store at the moment is great value and some! A fruit forward gem, with spice and liquorice notes, it will dance on your palate to the music of a crackling barbecue. A classic burger beater!
For up to date prices on all of the above wines, head to our website or contact us in store on 01635 550117
Wine of the Week: Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose 2012, Cotes de ProvenceDate published: 19/06/13
£10.99 or buy two and save £2 = £9.99
Wine of the Week - Luis Felipe Edwards Selection Especial Merlot 2012Date published: 12/06/13Luis Felipe Edwards Selección Especial Merlot 2011/2012 Colchagua Valley
Chile has made something of a name for itself as a producer of fruit-driven, full-bodied Merlot, and owes much of this reputation to the kind of climate found in Colchagua. Mediterranean days and cool nights allow slow ripening, producing grapes of high flavour intensity.
A deep purplish red, this wine is youthful and vigourous, offering a red cherry and cassis backbone, and hints of fresh green herbs. Deft use of French oak has given added polish and softness.
Drink with all red or white meats in mild sauces.
£7.49 or buy 2 still Chilean wines save 20% £5.99
Sparkling Saturday! Prosecco La Marca Cuvee, DOCGDate published: 08/06/13
Special Offer £9.99
Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/06/13Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs a'Altitude, PGI
The Lorgeril family are known for producing top quality wines at affordable prices and this is no exception. Founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620, this wine is actually produced at the historic Chateau de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument which was in fact designed be the same architect as the Palace of Versailles.
A true whirlwind of complexion, this wine offers aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple on the nose, as well as spicy notes of vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricot and puffed wheat, with a firm intensity and long finish.
This wine would make a great aperitif, or an accompaniment to light hors d'oeuvres, salads and fish dishes.
£9.99 or buy two bottles and save £3 = £8.49
Top 3 Summer Sippers!Date published: 05/06/13
1. Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence, £10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 £9.99 *
Shiraz, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre
Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelter 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs
This dry rose has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refeeshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with hints of white pepper.
Equally at home with charcuterie and other cold meats, olives or fish dishes.
2. Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo, £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99 *
The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety. It produces bright perfumed white wines in the sunny yet high-altitude vineyards of Argentina.
Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.
Best served with mild Thai curries or dressed prawn salads
3. Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010, £14.99 Special Offer £9.99
This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen Maria Cristina who in 1897 granted Cordoniu with the title of 'Official Provider of the Royal House'.
With fine bubbles and persistant beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well balanced pear and brioche flavours
Excellent to combine with white fish or as an aperitiff
Wine of the Week: Vergelegen Chardonnay 2012, StellenboschDate published: 28/05/13
£10.99 or buy two bottles and save £2 = £9.99
It's Rosé time again...Date published: 26/05/13
It's Rosé time again...
On this rather sunny bank holiday it feels appropriate to write something about that summer essential, rosé wine. It is often misunderstood and much maligned, however, sometimes on a sunny day nothing else will do, and with the wide range of styles available; from the bold, sweet and fruity to the pale, crisp and dry their should be one that fits.
The first thing to say is that rosé isn't just a dodgy blend of white wine with a drop of red added, at least the better ones aren't and you won't find any in Majestic made in such a heinous way. It's actually not allowed in Europe to do such a thing if you want your wine to have any appellation or indicator of quality on it. It's actually made like a red wine, but the juice doesn't spend as long sat on the skins hence that pretty pink hue.
The first style to talk about are the super pale, crisp stunners from Provence on the mediterranean coast of southern France. Arguably the most elegant of all because their wild strawberry flavours are framed by a lovely minerality. Another very elegant style are those from the loire made from the oh so elegant Pinot Noir. The beautiful Sancerre rosés of the Loire have real pure, precise fruit and lovely vanilla and spice elements too. They are a little more than most but definitely worth trying. Both of the above styles are fantastic with fine seafood dishes that are equally aromatic and delicate.
At the other end of the spectrum are those ripe, fruity and a slightly sweet styles. The infamous 'White Zinfandel' is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and although often frowned upon, if we are honest with ourselves it is hard not to like. Chill it right down and that dash of sweetness makes them eminently gluggable. That are plenty of others in the same vane if you are feeling vain that offer that succulent, sweet watermelon experience. Why not have a go with an Anjou rosé from the loire or our Cune Rosado from Rioja.
There are also styles for those who prefer something with bigger flavour than say Provence rosé but want something that is dry and we do have something for you too. Give the sumptuous Marques de Caceres dry Rioja rosé or Boschendal's rosé from South Africa a go. This kind of rosé seems to go well with all kinds of picnic fare too.
So there you have it, i hope you now know a little more about rosé and get maximum enjoyment from it this summer. I'm going to sign off with a little quote from Tariq Sakr of Chateau Musar, who I recently had a tasting with of all his wonderful wines. In concluding the tasting of his rosé he said: 'there is no wrong style of rosé, it is made by man after all'. So from that i believe we should embrace all types of rosé and let them complete our summer season.
Wine of the Week: Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2011, Central otagoDate published: 23/05/13
£19.99 or buy any two New Zealand wines and save 20% = £15.99
My pick of the bank holiday deals!Date published: 22/05/13
Thinking of what wine to celebrate the bank holiday with? Here are 3 offers I personally recommend taking advantage of!
Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Champagne£40.00 Special Offer £25.00
Grape, Chardonnay, Pinot NoirDescription
A fine old house with a distinctively light, pure style, Taittinger is a consistent crowd pleaser. Pale in colour with a fine, strong bubble, the nose is of clean green fruit, matched in the mouth with a pleasingly refreshing acidity that makes this an excellent Champagne to drink with delicately flavoured food.
Mâcon-Lugny 2011 Louis Latour, £10.99 buy 2 bottles save £6 £7.99
Grape, ChardonnayOrigin: The family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.
Taste: Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.
Enjoy: Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.
Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche 2011 M.Chapoutier, £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99
Grape Grenache, Syrah or ShirazOrigin: The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.
Taste: A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.
Enjoy: This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.
Gavi La Toledana, Vendemmia 2012Date published: 18/05/13
A fantastic apéritif wine – perfect for those long warm summer evenings we may or may not get this year. Equally pair with poached white fish and a peppery rocket and tomato salad.
£9.99 or buy any two Italian wines and save 20% = £7.99
Wine of the Week: Lacroix 2007, Bordeaux SuperieurDate published: 14/05/13
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
A special parcel of high-quality, great value claret from Jonathan Maltus, an English winemaker with several vineyards across Bordeaux's right bank, primarily on St-Emilion Grand Cru sites. Hand-picked, fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrels for 9 months.
Merlot-dominated, the wine has a juicy black fruit backbone supported by plentiful yet supple tannins. Well-structured and lightly savoury, with subtle forest floor and spice aromatics.
£7.99 or buy two bottles and save £4 = £5.99
Wine of the Week: Angelique de Monbousquet 2009, St Emilion Grand Cru ClasseDate published: 11/05/13Angelique de Monbousquet 2009, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
The second wine of Château Monbousquet, Angelique is a more youthful and approachable version of the grand vin, designed to require less cellarage. Made from the same 32ha vineyards, which lie on St-Emilion's characteristically sandy, iron-rich clay soilsTaste
This ripe and fleshy St-Emilion has an up-front, convivial character, offering lashings of jammy black and red fruit, supported by muscular yet supple tannins, and aromas of cocoa, incense and herbs.Enjoy
Drink over the next 5 years, with full-flavoured beef dishes, such as braised oxtail.
£19.99 or buy two bottles and save £2 = £18.99
The Newbie of NewburyDate published: 09/05/13
I joined the Majestic family back in January this year. I thought is was about time I put pen to paper and shared my experiences of 'getting into' wine.
I studied French at university but aside from sticking to the old provincial saying of 'white in the morning, rosé in the afternoon and red in the evening,' I knew little about wine. I knew I liked heavy Aussie reds and friends had told me that the area in which I spent my uni vacations (the Maçonaise) produced pretty decent whites. Aside from this, I joined Majestic as a wine virgin – an untainted barrel of English oak ready to be thrown in at the deep end to sink or swim.
In preparation for starting work, my girlfriend bought me Oz Clarke's “Wine Atlas.” I can't recommend this book enough – his enthusiasm, not only the end product, but all the subtleties that contribute to making exquisite wine is infectious. As a novice, the book is easy to understand, clearly structured and covers a wide range of wine regions. Often written in an autobiographical style, as a newcomer I did not feel overwhelmed with facts, vineyards and producers and the more I read, learned and understood, the more I enjoyed Clarke's tales.
Reading is all well and good but to really understand wine, you've got to taste the goods. We are fortunate at Majestic that we are able to taste new wines each week and I would deplore every customer to use our tasting counter at every visit to try new and interesting wines. You may find you love Italian Greco or discover Chardonnay is quite palatable when disguised as Chablis.
Having tried a few different wines I was keen to make my first purchase. “Never judge a book by its cover” the saying goes, yet in reality this is exactly how we buy our books, DVDs and indeed wine. I plumped for the Jim Barry Cover Drive. Being a keen cricketer myself I was sold by the picture depicting a gentleman playing a cricket shot. It turned out to be a brute of a red which once left to breath became a wonderfully soft and fruity mouth-filling drop.
The advice I would give to anyone starting out in their wine journey is to stay pretty central. Too left field and you'll put yourself off for life. Remember that not all wines are meant to be aged so old vintages don't necessarily mean better wine. As a newcomer I would stay young. Spending vast amounts of dosh on 30 year old Bordeaux or Gran Reserve Rioja without being able to tell if it's any good is a crying shame. Finally, certainly drink your wine around people who know lots about it. You will be able to calibrate your palate and more quickly learn the difference between the mediocre and the monumental.
So why are you waiting – come and explore!
Don't look at me like that...Date published: 07/05/13
I'm sick of it. That look of disgust. That repulsed glare or simply just that stern "No!". You wouldn't treat a roaring Ferrari with such disregard, so why do people consistently quiver in fear at the thought of filling their mouths with, what I consider to be the most delicious fruit on earth. You guessed it, I'm talking about the infamous Chardonnay grape.
The diversity offered from this variety is matched by no other. The lean crisp style of Chablis, the full weighty approach from Australia and everything in between. Saying no to all Chardonnay is like refusing a Snickers bar just because you weren't a fan of Milkybar buttons. Ridiculous.
Now let me be your leader, and Chardonnay my religion, as I attempt to convert you to this incredible grape variety with my ultimate mixed case:
Chablis Vocoret (£10.99*) - This demonstrates the class that an unoaked Chardonnay can produce. Lean, crisp and fresh, and a long finish to round it all off. Simply a must have for any picnic of summers day by the pool.
Heggies Chardonnay (14.99*) - Coming from some of Australia's highest vineyards in the Eden valley, this top quality wine truly is divine. The careful oak handling gives off subtle vanilla notes, ripe apple and pear and a beautiful creamy roundness. Spot on.
Bourgogne, Domaine Jomain (11.99*) - This entry level Chardonnay from Domaine Jomain has to be one of my best buys in the entire store. With this producer owning the majority of his vines in the famous Puligny-Montrachet appellation, this really does offer terrific value for money. Toasty oak, a fresh citrus tang, as well as vanilla and flora notes make this a simply stunning wine, all rounded off with a buttery texture and a long complex finish.
Ruinart Blanc de Blanc (£50*) - Ruinart is the oldest champagne house, and their experience in the business tells through the quality of the champagne; the best we do.
If you fail to enjoy a single one of those wines, I'll have failed. And you'll have lied.
Wine of the Week: Surani Pietrariccia FianoDate published: 25/04/13
Masseria Surani is an estate dating back to the early 1900's, and is located just 6km from the Ionian coast in Apulia, 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. It is notable for being low yielding and is one of Italy's current rising stars, finally getting the status it deserves as a top quality varietal.
Wine of the Week - Churchill Estate 2009, Douro - 18/04/2013Date published: 18/04/13
Churchill Estate 2009, Douro
Churchill Estates was always known for their top quality port, but since the recent purchase of new vineyards in 1999, they have shifted some of their attention to developing and mastering dry wines. This red is fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak. Ripe cherry and strawberry aromas combine with subtle vanilla oak on the nose and follow through to a rich, velvety palate. Elegant, well-integrated tannins lead to a long well-balanced finish. This wine is a great accompaniment to all types of hearty red meat dishes, particularly spicy sausage dishes.
£11.49 or buy any 2 Portuguese wines and save £3 = £9.99
Put a cork in it, again...Date published: 12/04/13
While we're waiting for the sun to finally show itself, we thought we'd kill some time with an 'informative' piece on Champagne. One in twelve bottles of sparkling wine sold throughout the world originates from the 86km long strip in Northern France. So how has this little region risen to such high acclaim?
Reims has always been a prosperous region. It was a stop-over point for those travelling between Paris and the Rhone region, no doubt enjoying the fine wine in production. Equally, the area bares the scares of battle, being the point at which Atilla the Hun was defeated and driven back across Europe.
Although religious orders had been growing vines in the region for centuries, it was not until a certain Monsieur Dom Perignon realised that a little bit of yeast added to the mediocre still wine would create a second fermentation and therefore a sparkling wine. Interestingly, the foil which has become iconic with Champagne bottles was introduced by the crafty producers to hide the small amount of still wine removed during this second fermentation. Madame Veuve Clicquot then thundered onto the scene, cutting quite an imposing stature, and Champagne took off! Messrs Tattinger, Bollinger and Roederer quite literally joined the party and the wineries couldn't keep up with demand.
We Britons also have a hand in the Champagne boom. Champagne producers were having problems with exploding bottles as the glass was not thick enough to withstand the pressurised content. In the 1860s, the revolutionary sparkling was brought to London in an attempt to find a new market and it was in the city's glass blowers who were responsible for developing a more robust bottle capable of holding back the fizz.
A certain amount of protectionism ensured the 20th century was not one of Champagnes finest. There was a great deal of bickering over classifications as to could call their wine Champagne and these days, the majority of brands are owned by only seven different companies. Yet, with an increase in competition from the likes of Nyetimber and Pelorous, the quality of the expensive stuff is still of the highest grade.
So go on, shake that bottle like you've just won at Silverstone!
Champagne OffersDate published: 11/04/13
The summer season is nearly upon us and its probably time to start thinking about what special bubbly will define the season for you.
We've got some great offers at the moment including:
Nicolas Feuillatte NV at just £16 a bottle (Usually £25)
Heidsick Monopole Gold Top 2007 at £20 a bottle (Usually £30)
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV at £26 a bottle (Usually £36)
And for those who like a bit of pink, how about Laurent-Perrier Rose NV at the fantastic price of £47 a bottle (Usually £62)
And do you know whats better than Champagne? More Champagne!
Which is why we've got the following superb multibuy deals:
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV, buy 6 bottles save £90, which works out as just £27 a bottle.
Bollinger Special Cuvee NV, buy 6 bottles save £12, which is just £30 a bottle.
Veuve Clicquot Brut NV, buy 6 bottle save £60, at £35 a bottle.
None of these to your fancy? Just come and explore and see what else we have to offer!
Wine of the Week 11th April - Mandolin MerlotDate published: 11/04/13
Mandolin Merlot 2009, Central Coast
California's Central Coast was previously famed for its white varieties, but in recent years, red wine has become increasingly popular because of the purity of fruit it can offer. Winemaker Philip Zorn sources all of his grapes locally from partner growers throughout the region, and has produced a wine that really does show great value for money. Taste
The region's trademark ripeness and purity shine through, with ripe sweet cherry, blackcurrant, plum fruit and subtle herb notes. Integrated American oak smooths the ample tannins and adds vanilla and spice, whilst giving a more weighty mouth feel. Furthermore, this wine has great length and an elegant finish, and is sure to impress all your guests. Enjoy
Drink with tender meats such as oxtail, braised lamb shanks or pork loin.
£12.99 or buy 2 and save £6 = £9.99
Did You Know? RiojaDate published: 08/04/13
That when you see Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva on a bottle of Rioja this actually denotes what ageing the wine has received.
Crianza: Aged for at least 2 years, at least one of which is in oak
Reserva: Aged for at least 3 years, at least one of which is in oak
Gran Reserva: Aged in bottle for 3 year and in oak for 2
Wine of the Week: Fleurie, Claudius Morand, 2011Date published: 06/04/13
Wine of the Week: Fleurie, Claudius Morand, 2011
Fleurie is sometimes referred to as the 'Queen of Beaujolais', and is known for producing some of the region's most intensely flavoured and aromatic wines. Claudius Morand's vines are trained in the traditional 'gobelet' style and average 50 years of age.
An inviting bouquet of roses and violets, mingling with raspberry and peach. Plump and mouth-filling, with a hint of fruit sweetness on the palate, supported by fine, smooth tannin.
Drink soon to enjoy all those fresh aromas or maybe even slightly chill it for when the sun eventually shines. Enjoy with light fare such as picnic foods and salads.
£12.49 or buy 2 and save £5 = £9.99
Fine Wine Friday: Matarromera Crianza 2009Date published: 06/04/13
Fine Wine Friday: Matarromera Crianza 2009
Origin Bodegas Matarromera comes from what I consider to be THE best wine producing region in Spain, Ribera del Duero. Having approximately 80 hectares of vineyards on some of the best slopes around Olivares and Valbuena del Duero, this producer is certainly one of the finest around. Being a Crianza style, this wine has been matured for 12 months in oak and 12 in bottle before release.
Taste Bright cherry with purple glints, it has a complex nose of strawberry and fig, accented with notes of roasted coffee bean, vanilla and light toast. Smooth, spicy and harmonious on the palate. Enjoy This wine is sure to pair beautifully with a tender braised shoulder of lamb
£25 or buy any two Spanish wines and save 20% = £19.99
Did You Know? Pinot GrigioDate published: 05/04/13
Although Pinot Grigio is a white wine the skins of the grape are actually pink, hence why we get Pinot Grigio Blush!
Did You Know? RoseDate published: 05/04/13
As summer is on its way (hopefully) we've moved our Rose section to a prominent position in store to make sure you all don't forget to pick some up!
Wine of the Week: Lunta Malbec 2011 MendozaDate published: 01/04/13
Wine of the Week: Lunta Malbec 2011 Mendoza
Much of the fruit used in this wine comes from some of Argentina's oldest Malbec vines planted in 1928 in Luján de Cuyo. Winemaker Roberto de la Mota is one of the country's most respected, and has worked with several top producers of France and Argentina.
Deep and inky, the wine exhibits ripe raspberry, plum and bramble on the nose, followed by vanilla and toast from 12 months in French oak. Voluptuous tannin and lush forest fruits fill the palate.
Drink now or over the next 3-4 years and decant a few hours before drinking for the wine to fully reveal itself. Try with rich pasta dishes, or grilled lamb kofta.
£12.99 or buy 2 and save £6 = £9.99
Wine of the Week: Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, La Rioja AltaDate published: 28/03/13
Wine of the Week: Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, La Rioja Alta
One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.
Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.
Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the wine will soften to spice and earth. This will work fantastically with a whole host of roasted meats this Easter Sunday, but especially lamb or game birds!
£22.50 or any two Spanish Wines and save 20% = £17.99
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.
Did You Know? White BurgundyDate published: 17/03/13
Although most white Burgundy is made from Chardonnay or Aligote, there is one small appelation just outside of Chablis that is permitted to use Sauvignon Blanc! The appelation is Saint-Bris and although an unusual place to find this grape variety it is only about 30 miles away from Sancerre.
Wine of the Week: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, Australasia 2012Date published: 12/03/13
Wine of the Week: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, Australasia, 2012
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Origin Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.
Taste A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.
Enjoy A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.
£9.99 or buy 2 and save £5= £7.49
Spring Has Sprung!Date published: 10/03/13
You can always tell when it gets to Spring in Majestic, rose starts to arrive!
We've got the amazingly popular Aix Rose Magnums back in stock already, and loads more lovely pink stuff is due in soon!
Wine of the Week: Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Pinot Gris ReserveDate published: 07/03/13
Wine of the Week: Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Pinot Gris Reserve
Grape Pinot Gris
Origin A special parcel of fine Pinot Gris from one of Alsace's premier producers. Grapes are sourced from gravelly valley sites in the prestigious Heimbourg region of Turckheim, where slow ripening produces wines with great richness and flavour.
Taste Refined and fruit-focused, this Pinot Gris displays the hallmarks of refreshing crispness and soft melon and grapefruit flavour, with notes of almond, honey and toast. Superb poise and a minerally finish.
Enjoy Drink now or over the next 4 years, with lobster or other seafood, fine poultry dishes or rich terrines.
£14.99 or buy 2 and save £6 = £11.99
Wine of the Week 2nd March - La Vieille CapitelleDate published: 02/03/13
La Vieille Capitelle, Coteaux du Languedoc, 2009
Grapes Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre
Origin From the stable of renowned winemaking former rugby player Gerard Bertrand, this is a classically-styled Languedoc red, hailing from the clay and limestone terraces around Narbonne. Hand-picked, destemmed and fermented at controlled temperatures for great fruit purity.
Taste A well-structured middleweight red, offering a supple blend of damson and forest fruit, nuanced on the nose by notes of wild thyme and soft spice, and smoother by a hint of French oak.
Enjoy Try with lamb chops rubbed with herbs de provence and some new potatoes on the side.
£7.99 or buy 2 and save £4 = £5.99
New Mature Rioja ParcelDate published: 02/03/13
Next week we will be launching a new online parcel from Conde de Valdemar, a well respected Rioja producer, consisting of a variety of vintages spanning from 1980 to 1998 across two of the bodega’s wines:
Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva - a traditionally styled gran reserva Rioja made from Tempranillo with a dash of Mazuelo. These will be priced according to vintage, ranging from £9.99 to £19.99 for the sublime 1981.
Conde de Valdemar ‘Vendimia Seleccionada’ – a 50/50 blend of Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon, that is also a gran reserva but in a more robust and muscular style of wine that will appeal to fans of mature claret as well as Rioja. This will be incredible value at £9.99 a bottle.
The wines are mainly being offered online in un-split cases of 6, although there will also be a pre-boxed 6 bottle ‘Rioja Vintage Explorer’ case, plus a number of cases of 4 x magnums and some impressive 5 litre bottles.
The wines go on sale online at 9am on Tuesday 5th March on our website www.majestic.co.uk and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.
Did You Know? MontesDate published: 02/03/13
The Montes winery in Chile is built on the principles of Feng Shui.
They even play Gregorian Monks chanting to aid the maturing of the wines in their cellars!
Classic French Tasting TutorialDate published: 02/03/13
Don't forget at 11am and 3pm today we have our classic French tasting tutorial, we'll be opening some lovely Loire, Stunning St Emilion and some southern French stunners! Not to mention the classics we've already got open.
There are still spaces so come along if you fancy it!
Fine Wine Friday: Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel 2010Date published: 01/03/13
Fine Wine Friday: Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel 2010
Origin Duckhorn Vineyards was established in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, originally focusing on Bordeaux varieties. They have since embraced other grapes such as California's most famous export, Zinfandel , as we have here. They pride themselves upon making wines that are accessible and ready to drink upon release, yet are refined and complex.
Taste A generous wine, with a rich nose of blueberry, cherry and loganberry fruit, yet with shrubby aromas to add grace and elegance. The palate is more robust, with the lush fruit framed by firm tannins and well judged acidity, accented by soft vanilla oak.
Enjoy A great accompaniment to the savoury flavours of game, venison or duck confit.
Wine of the Week: Plan de Dieu, Domaine Durieu 2011Date published: 27/02/13
Grapes Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre
Origin Plan de Dieu is a small appellation in the centre of the southern Rhône, between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, originally cultivated in the middle ages. Domaine Durieu was created in 1976, owning vineyards established in the early 1900's, and more recent plantings.
Taste The wine's 70% Grenache provides a backbone of warm, bright red, jammy fruit, while the addition of other traditional varieties gives a firm tannic structure and a spicy uplift.
Enjoy Drink now or within the next 3-5 years, with rustic French or English cuisine.
Did You Know? French wineDate published: 24/02/13
The first French wine-making cooperative was established in the Alsace in 1895, while it was still part of the German empire!
Chapel Down Curious Brew: The classiest lager in the world, maybe...Date published: 23/02/13
I have been so impressed by a lager that i feel i have to tell you about it. It's called 'Curious Brew' and is the creation of Chapel Down, an English winery who already provide us with many fantastic wines. The beer in question even utilises some of their winemaking know how; it is re-fermented with champagne yeast to create fine bubbles and some subtle yeasty complexity to add to the fresh floral and tropical fruit characters. So avoid some lagers, which as Chapel Down say, only taste of 'corporate cardboard' and 'market research' and drink this truly complex english lager. Curious Brew is of course available at Majestic for £17.99 for 12x330ml bottles, a small price to pay for a beer that offers the complexity of a very good crisp, dry and aromatic white wine.
Wine Of The Week: Alamos ChardonnayDate published: 23/02/13
This 'Alamos' Chardonnay is produced by Nicolás Catena, Decanter Man of the Year 2009, who continues his fine form with this International Wine Challenge Silver Medal winning effort.
Taste Rich and engaging on the nose with plenty of toasty aromas, the wine then goes on to display a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with the oak. The mouth feel is never cloying, though, with sufficient acidity providing a clean finish. Enjoy
Try this with creamy pasta dishes, poultry or fish.
Did You Know? ChampagneDate published: 23/02/13
The minimum amount of time on lees (dead yeast cells left in bottle after secondary fermentation) required for Non-Vintage Champagnes is 15 months and for Vintage champagnes it's 36 months; giving us those lovely rich, yeasty flavours we love in our Champagnes!
Did You Know? PinotageDate published: 22/02/13
The South African grape variety Pinotage is actually a cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir!
Did You Know? GermanyDate published: 20/02/13
Did you know Germany produces more Pinot Noir then New Zealand!
Did You Know?Date published: 19/02/13
Here @ Majestic Newbury we've decided when we've found out a new fact about wine we should let you know about it!
Keep an eye out for our Did You Know? Articles over the coming weeks!
Vive La (southern) France! - Part 2Date published: 18/02/13
Some producers, as well as buying in grapes, also own their own vineyards, ensuring that they can keep an absolute eye on everything that goes on with the grapes and with the wines. One of our favourite producers here at Majestic is Paul Mas. As well as buying in grapes from 800ha of vineyards owned by contract growers, the winery also owns 230ha of its own. One of my favourites from the estate owned vineyards is the Syrah/Viognier hailing from the Nicole vineyard (£6.99 when you buy 2), an unusual blend of red and white grapes. (commonly found in Cote Rotie from the Rhone valley) The wine is mostly Syrah, lending a weight and fruitiness that only Syrah can, the Viognier enhances the wine, giving it a blood orange aroma and perfuming the whole affair, although often overlooked this is a superb wine and one of my perennial favourites.
And as mentioned at the start its difficult to talk about southern French wines without mentioning one of its well known characters, that of Gerard Bertrand. People seem surprised that a former rugby international has done such a stellar job of making wines, but when you consider that his father before him owned vineyards and made wines, you can see that winemaking is in the blood. We stock a wide range of wines from his vineyards, but my stand-out for value and quality is certainly the Chateau Aigues Vives (£7.99 when you buy 2), which again hails from Corbieres (what can I say I love Corbieres!) A rustic style, with forest fruits, cocoa and black pepper it matches perfectly with proper sausages, and is often found in my wine rack.
Having come to the end of the article I've realised that I've failed to mention any whites or roses from southern France... Guess I'll have to save that for another article!
Vive La (southern) France! - Part 1Date published: 18/02/13
It seems to be slightly unfashionable of late, but I love French wines! But not for me the bright lights of Champagne, the elegance of Burgundy or the tradition of Bordeaux, no I love a more misunderstood mistress, that of southern France. Now, I'm not saying the the South of France doesn't possess the afore mentioned qualities, it certainly does! If you need bright lights, how about a former rugby international, Gerard Bertrand, producing wines in his homeland? For elegance, we only have to look to the tall bottle of Provence rose, with its stately shape and salmon pink colour. And tradition? The area has been producing wines since Roman times and all throughout the middle ages, long before Bordeaux came to the fore.
When I first visited the South of France the thing I was truly struck by is the landscape, where in England you see fields corn and sheep, in the South of France you see vines. These are often relatively small plots, owned by the same family for generations, certainly not enough to export around the world. One way grape growers can see their produce turned into wine is through a co-op, this is where local grape growers will come together and share the cost for winemaking and marketing meaning they are still in control of the final product. Co-ops used to be known for producing thin, unattractive wines, but with new knowledge and a drive for success this is no longer the case. One such wine leading this quality trend is Les Hauts de Castelmaure (£9.99 when you buy 2) from the Corbieres area of southern France, hailing from a tiny village where all 150 residents are families of grape growers, the grapes are hand picked from 760 local plots. A nose of jammy black fruit and garrigue aromas of rosemary and heather, leads to a full bodied, soft tannined palate, with a simply sublime length.
Another way for growers to use their grapes is to sell them to a producer who will then go on to turn them into the finished wine. Such deals usually run for years with some growers supplying producers for decades! Such close integration between grower and producer can lead to wines of exceptional value, such as the Alain Grignon Carignan Vielles Vignes (£5.99 when you buy 2) made from wines of an average age of around 40 years! Whilst many winemakers are looking for more international grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, Alain Grignon and his team try to preserve native varieties, such as Carignan, and make them in a more customer friendly way. This example is packed full of cherry fruit and subtle hints of vanilla, perfect for southern French cuisine like cassoulet.
See Part 2 for more lovely southern French wines!
Wine of the Week - Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 17th FebDate published: 17/02/13
Waimea started off as an orchard business and it wasn't until 1993 that owners Robyn and Trever Bolitho decided to remove some of their apple trees and replant them with vines. Such was the success of the wine business, that in 2006, the last tree was pulled up in order to make way for even more grapes and make Waimea the boutique winery that it is today.
Aromas of ripe pear and apple, as well as hints of honey and spice. The wine has a touch of sweetness which marries all these fruity flavours together, the acidity cuts through the sweetness and helps avoid the cloying texture that some sweeter wines can gain
If you need a wine to go with Vietnamese or Cambodian delicacies this will be the perfect choice!
£12.49 or buy 2 and save £5 = £9.99
New Zealand wine production – a potted history – it's not all red and whiteDate published: 15/02/13
With our New Zealand tasting tutorials coming up this weekend, I've decided to provide a little information about the fair isle.
It is a little known fact that New Zealand nearly voted in favour of prohibition in 1919. Only the 10,000 or so soldiers returning from World War One tipped the balance and drink continued to be legal. Licensing laws remained strict however; the first wine bar didn't emerge until 1979 and it wasn't until the 1980s that players were able to have a beer in a clubhouse after a game or rugby!
So to the wine. New Zealand is actually a terribly tricky place to grow good wine. The South Island can be cold and wet at exactly the time producers need dry weather to harvest the grapes. And even in the warmer North Island, the temperature can be too cool for grapes to ripen in time.
Another issue growers faced was overly fertile soil. An unusual complaint for producers to make, yet nutrient rich ground encourages accelerated vine growth leading to an abundance of watery grapes, lacking in flavour and concentrate. Vines, due to their stubborn nature, enjoy nutrient poor, gravely soil as found in Bordeaux.
For much of the first half of the 20th Century, New Zealand's grape growers produced mediocre fortified wine. Their grapes lacked the hot, sunny, dry climate suited to port and sherry, as grown in Portugal and Spain. Indeed, one traveller remarked that much of New Zealand's output should be registered as unfit for human consumption! Little did he know...
The 1960s brought Dr Helmut Becker who introduced the German Muller-Thurgau grape to the country. This was a much less successful venture than taking Riesling to the Australians, yet it certainly spurred on the New Zealand producers. Wine production increased by such a degree that by 1986 the government were paying growers NZ$6175 per hectare to rip up their vines and return them to arable land in an attempt to reduce the amount of poor quality plonk seeping out of the country.
This was a masterstroke of government policy. Once much of the poorly suited Muller-Thurgau was ripped up, new grape varieties were introduced. Producers looked at the success of the Australian wine industry and began planting Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot and of course Sauvingnon Blanc and so emerged the New Zealand we have come to know and love today. Cheers!
Wine of the Week - Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2012 14/2/13Date published: 14/02/13
Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Waimea started off as an orchard business and it wasn't until 1993 that owners Robyn and Trever Bolitho decided to remove some of their apple trees and replant them with vines. Such was the success of the wine business, that in 2006, the last tree was pulled up in order to make way for even more grapes and make Waimea the boutique winery that it is today.
Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, as well as delicate floral notes and mineral characters. This wine has a beautifully elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy refreshing finish. Furthermore, the texture knits the flavours together so nicely, meaning this is not a Sauvignon that will simply fall apart a few months down the line like many others often do.
Gorgeous on a warm summer afternoon, or even to bring some sunshine to a wet afternoon. Also the perfect pairing with oysters and scallops.
£10.99 or buy 2 and save £6 = £8.99
The Moment - Part 1Date published: 10/02/13
I've lost count of the number of times I've heard hoards of people fantasing about the day they had their moment. Like children in a toy shop, a sense of bliss and a glowing smile possesses them, whilst just reminiscing about the occasion. It's taken me 24 years and countless nights of sheer disappointment but I, too, have finally had my moment. No, I'm not talking about my first kiss, I'm talking about MY Burgundy moment.
Last week I travelled down to Beaune with a fellow colleague to indulge in some of, what I now consider, the greatest wines in the world. It was my first evening where I was to have my white moment. With the bottle still embedded in my mind, I'm sat here with a gigantic grin spread across my face just thinking about it. A sense of anxiety filled the room as the 25 year old bottle approached the table. Would it be past its best? Thats the thrill of Burgundy – the uncertainty. It was a 1988 'Clos de Mouches' from Joseph Dourhin. From the moment my nose delved into the glass, I was a changed man. The complexity was simply mind-blowing, with aromas of hazelnuts, toffee and liquorice spilling from the glass. On the palate, the wine was equally as extraordinary – such richness, balance and elegance. Everybody was in awe. The 3 minutes of silence said all that needed to be said.
Now for the red...
Wine of the week - Torre Aldea Gran Reserva, 2005 - 10/02/13Date published: 10/02/13
The winery is situated at Aldeanueva de Ebro, which translates as New Hamlet of the Ebro. The town is locally know as Town of the Three Lies as it is neither new, nor a hamlet, nor positioned on the banks of the river Ebro. The bodega (producer) is under new management and they are working vigorously to refine the quality of their recent harvests.
The Torre Aldea is made up of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Graciano. In the glass the wine is beautifully ruby in colour. Instantly on the nose there are the wonderful flora fragrances of black fruits. These give way to aromas associated with oak aging – those of vanilla, toast and charred wood. The palate is clean with medium tannins and fresh summer fruit flavours.
To be classed as a Gran Reserva in Rioja, the wine must spend 24 months in oak before bottling, where it must be kept for a further 36 months before release. Some of the finest Gran Reserva Rioja wines can be cellared for a number of decades, but I would be inclined to drink the Torre Aldea within a couple of years, perhaps as a warming accompaniment to steak and kidney pie or a roasted beef joint.
£11.99 or buy 2 and save £6: £8.99
6 Nations wine matches (Part 2)Date published: 09/02/13
Scotland – The Perennial underdog of the competition, they always try really hard but never seem to get the recognition they want, or some would say deserve! I'd liken this to the region of Alsace in France, though they produce some fantastic wines they are often forgotten about by the wine drinking community, with scotland i'd match them to the Trimbach Gewurztraminer (£12.99 when you buy 2), its spicy, much like the always up for it Scottish side and has a certain class to it, the main difference is the clean finish of the Gewurz, which the Scottish really need to perfect!
Wales – With the welsh i'm going to match them up with one of my favourite styles of wine, Australian Chardonnay, a little while ago it was the top dog and could do no wrong, then the crash came and nobody would look twice at it, now small boutique wineries are delivering a truly exceptional edge that is pushing the way forward for the country. Compare this to the welsh rugby team, last year they were kings of all they surveyed, coming into this year they've lost a record amount of games at home and everyone has written them off. Then we come into the second half of the game against Ireland, the Welsh really turned on the pressure and started to show how they became Grand Slam Champions last year, admittedly it wasn't enough. But we'll have to see how they get on this weekend! My pick of our range is the Kangarilla Road Chardonnay (£9.99 when you buy 2), not a big oaky beast like those of yesteryear, but a leaner more quality driven example
Ireland – Everyody loves the Irish, even though they show consistency they never really set the rugby world on fire, they're however generally considered a good watch and will always deliver something enjoyable, if not spectacular. Thinking of something similar in the world of wine my mind is instantly drawn to a Chilean Merlot, that stalwart of the party scene, always up for anything and won't let you down! My pick for this dependable wine? The Indo Merlot (£6.99 when you buy 2) Fruity and fun, much like the Irish!
There is my rundown of the opening weekend, i've not seen this weeks games (so don't tell me the score!). But perhaps after I have we'll have another rundown of the Rugby wines!
6 Nations wine matches! (Part 1)Date published: 09/02/13
After watching last weeks games I've decided to do a little article on matching each teams performance with a wine. To start with its all too easy to match countries with a wine that describes that team. France and Italy are all well known to us as wine drinkers, and England is certainly becoming a known name in wine circles. Its for the other countries that I've had to get a bit more creative!
England – England always seems to promise great things and then fall down before they can show us the goods, much like the wines of our fair isle until not too long ago. Leading this charge are the sparkling wines, made on the same soil as Champagne with usually the same grape varieties, Nyetimber (£27.99 when you buy 2) is the front runner here, producing wine that has beaten Champagne in blind tastings and even scrapping an entire vintage to keep their quality high. Hopefully we can translate this victory in the wine world to a victory in the rugby world!
France – France started off in this tournament as the underdogs, and have so far had a pretty scrappy game, it has however lead people to think that they now won't receive the wooden spoon (that honour now goes to someone further down the list.) This seems to pretty much describe Southern Frances battle to stay off the bottom of the wine worlds quality stakes, so I've decided to plum (see where I'm going here?) for one of their delightful reds, in this case 'Les Hauts Castelmaure' from Corbieres. (Priced at £9.99 when you buy 2) Packed full of plum (snap!) and damsons with a backbone of garrigue herbs this wine certainly raises the quality stakes, just as the French team will need to to get anything out of this competition.
Italy – Although they have never actually won the championship they always go in with all their heart, as last weeks performance showed. Although not technically the best side they do show hints of greatness, much like the Italian wine classic Chianti. If the winemaker doesn't try too hard the wine can be thin and uninteresting, or it can be full, interesting and mighty impressive! Keeping quality in mind you can't go wrong with the Montesodi Chianti Ruffina (£32).
Wine of the Week: The Parcel Series Semillon/Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/02/13
Origin A superb quality white blend from Margaret River, bottled exclusively for Majestic, and available at a staggeringly low price. From fruit sourced mainly from the cooler southern half of the region, fermented at cool temperatures and blended following three months on lees.
Taste Explodes with citrus and tropical notes on the nose, with nuances of passionfruit and jasmine. Peachy on the palate, backed up by refreshing guava and grapefruit flavours and a subtle creaminess.
Enjoy Perfectly drinkable on its own, but will easily stand up alongside oily fish like roasted seabass or salmon steaks.
£7.49 or buy 2 and save £3 = £5.99
Wine of the Week 24th Jan - Santa Rita 120 ChardonnayDate published: 24/01/13
Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnay benefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and the more tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes.
A pale lemon colour offers a flora nose of elderflower and gooseberries alongside green apples. The 120 has a wonderfully clean palate, low in acidity with hints of melon and is deceptively light for the 13.5% concealed inside.
The label says “Enjoy on its own,” but I would invite some friends, perhaps for a Thai peanut satay curry or a creamy Carbonara. Drink this understated Chardonnay young.
Buy two still Chilean wines under £20 and save 20% = £5.99 (Single bottle price £7.49)
Wine of the Week Domaine de Villemajou Corbieres 18/01/13Date published: 18/01/13
Domaine de Villemajou, Corbieres Boutenac 2009, Gerard Bertrand
This domaine was previously owned by Gérard's father, Georges Bertrand, and was run by father and son until George's death. It is one of the premier estates in Boutenac, a part of Corbières recently awarded status as a recognised sub-appellation and which is widely recognised as the highest quality area for Corbieres wines.
Aromatically rich and complex, with jammy blackcurrant fruit and hints of roasted coffee bean, leather and soft spice notes. Round and soft on the palate, with supple, well-weighted tannins.
Drink now or cellar for 3 or more years. Decant a few hours before serving with Mediterranean cuisine or maybe a wonderful, warming Cassoulet.
£14.99 or buy two and save £6 = £11.99
What wine would you be? Date published: 16/01/13
Have you ever looked at someone and spent the next few hours wondering exactly where you know them from? I know I have, and more recently, I've been having slightly more unusual thoughts. I look around at my peers - their personalities, appearances and even those little quirks, whilst thinking to myself; if you were a wine, what would you be?
The Newbury gang are a strange bunch. Big, small, masculine, feminine, extravagant, shy - They really do make a cracking mixed case..
Lets begin with my trainee, Greg. Now he would simply have to be a Barolo. Full-bodied, powerful and excessively tannic in its youth, making it slightly unpleasent on first meeting, much like young Gregory. However if you give it time, allow it to develop and truly show all it's got to offer, he's sure to be a firm favourite for years to come.
Our newest member, Ed, was slightly more tricky to uncover but I came to the conclusion he really does epitomise an Alsace Gewurztraminer. Tall and lean in appearance, he is virtually identical to the iconic bottle of the region. Furthermore, those typical rose petal aromas of the Gewurtz more than match Ed's romantic side and his suave manner.
Pete, the infamous Newbury driver, couldn't have been an easier decision. At a towering 5"5', a half bottle of Moet is the first thing that came to mind. But don't let his height fool you - extravagant, classy and with the ability to put a smile on anyones' face, Champagne is the only thing for this silver fox.
Now for the Boss, Sven. Most people would say he's anything but mature, but I've got him down as an aged Rioja. Years in bottle bring out all those brilliant complex aromas, yet they also bring inconsistency, much like my colleague. A little unusual, you never know what to expect, but if you catch him on a good day, he'll make your week.
Finally, Myself. Irresistible to woman, I'd have to be Laurent-Perrier Rose, right?
If you like what you've heard, why not try a mixed case...
Galarej Barolo - £13.99* Zind Humbrecht Gewurtztraminer - £11.99* Moet Half Bottle - £20 Vina Pomal Reserva 1994 - £9.99 Laurent-Perrier Rose - £50
* denotes multibuy price
Wine of the Week: Umbral MalbecDate published: 16/01/13
Produced with the ethos of patience and care, the Alonso family have been making this stunning Malbec for over 30 years since the founder, Sigifredo Alonso, planted the first vines. The Cruz de Piedra estate, now in its second generation, is situated 1000m above sea level and irrigated by snowmelt.
Deep ruby red in colour. A powerful nose of red fruits and pudding spice leads in to a concentrated and refined palate with fine tannis.
Traditionally, a glass of Malbec will always be accompanied by a snack such as a bowl of olives or a plate of empanadas. It is generally an incredibly food friendly wine and the robust nature of the Umbral ensures it is a fantastic accompaniment to juicy grilled lamb or beef steaks.
£12.99 or buy two and save £6 = £9.99
Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/01/13
Château du Cléray have 30 hectares of vineyards which stand on the characteristic sandy soils of the commune of Vallet. The estate has been run by the Sauvion family since 1935, and is today run by winemaker Pierre Sauvion, graduate in oenology at Bordeaux University.
Steely and focused, this shows its class from the very first aromas of well defined citrus and stone fruit, flowing seamlessly into notes of wet stone. Dry and incisive on the palate, with great length.
A must with haddock, crusted sardines and other fresh classic fish dishes.
Fine Wine FridayDate published: 04/01/13
This week for you lucky people we have the Rioja Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2004 by legendary Spanish producer, Muga, on our tasting counter. Here's my pretentious tasting note for this rather dapper wine.
This 2004 Prado Enea has a dense, sweet nose of stewed plums, baking spices, scorched earth and still retains some suggestions of vanilla.
Well structured on the palate with moderate acidity, it is harmonious with great flavour concentration and well judged wood. There is enjoyment to be had over the next five years should you wish to lay it down. It is easy to see why this is regarded as one of the Prado Eneas ever.
So there you go, come in and try this beaut and maybe even take one home for a special occasion. Or maybe just because we all need some undeserved indulgence on occasion.
£30 per bottle
Shortened Opening Hours 6th and 7th JanDate published: 04/01/13
We will be closing early on Sunday at 4.30pm and re-opening late on Monday at 1pm. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Staff Favourites - GregDate published: 21/12/12
Promis Gaja 2008
I adore the wines of Tuscany and this cheeky little number can always satiate my appetite for a plush, yet savoury and structured typically Italian wine. Angelo Gaja actually hails from Piedmont and has an incredible reputation for his Barolos and Barberescos (another favourite of mine) but this is his entry into the 'Super-Tuscan' phenomenon. This blend of Syrah and Sangiovese creates a palate packed with dark plum and blackcurrant fruits yet with an italianate structure of juicy tannins and lingering savoury notes. Grab a couple and maybe lay one down at the offer price of £22 when you buy two. #bargain
The Next Big Thing - Part 5!Date published: 19/12/12
An old Bordeaux variety, it is now fast becoming Chile's go to grape. Though it has had a troubled history, being confused with Merlot for the early part of its life in Chile! The wine does offer a similar weight to merlot, but with spicy, coffee notes added to the typical Merlot plumpness. Excellent as a mid-week sipper, but paired with a spicy Chilli it really comes into its own, glorious!
Italy's most common red wine variety, not that you would guess, remains unfamiliar to many, however there are some cracking examples on offer from it's home, the Piedmont region in northeast Italy; look out for Alba and Asti on the label. The grape gives wines packed full of red cherry and plum fruit with interesting aromatics such as clove and chocolate allied to a fresh acidity. This acidity makes this wine marry well to many foods but my bet would go to quaffing this with some grilled meats and vegetables, perfetto!!
Instead of leaving out milk for Father Christmas, give him a good glass of something a little bit different, and we can promise that stocking of yours will be filled to the brim!
Wine of the Week, 17th Dec - Kangarilla Road Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 17/12/12
From a tiny boutique winery in the up-and-coming McLaren Vale region. This area has a climate similar to Bordeaux except, in the words of one winemaker, it never rains and it's never frosty. This full-bodied Cabernet is aged for 18 months in both French and American oak.
Blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours, enhanced by hints of mint and plenty of toasty oak and cedar notes on the palate. Smooth and velvety, revealing sweet tannins on the finish.
Try with rare fillet of beef and drink over the next 5-7 years
£14.99 or buy any two Australian wines save 20% = £11.99
A Christmas Rhyme!Date published: 16/12/12
Thinking of Christmas day?
Its not too far away!
Nows the time to treat,
Wine just can't be beat!
What more is there to say?
Staff Favourites - JonnyDate published: 14/12/12
Ruinart Blanc de Blanc
Short and fat, this Champagne may not look quite as beautiful as some of its neighbours, but don't let that fool you. Ruinart is in fact the oldest champagne house in the region, and the founder, Dom Ruinart, is even buried next to his more illustrious rival, Dom Perignon. Made with 100% Chardonnay, this Blanc de Blanc oozes all the characteristics that make Champagne so magical – elegance, finesse and that certain “Je ne sais quoi”. The nose provides those typical savoury, toasty aromas with a real nutty complexity. The palate echoes the nutty notes of the nose and there are some brighter notes to the finish. Add a luscious creamy mousse texture and this is definitely worth thinking about for a Christmas day treat.
Currently on a smashing offer at £45
Wine of the Week 12 Dec - Dr. L RieslingDate published: 12/12/12
Dr. L Riesling, Loosen Bros
This Riesling hails from the steep slate slopes of the Mosel valley in Germany. Off-dry in style and showing wonderful fragrant stone fruits and honey yet balanced with fresh acidity and a cheeky spritz; this a fabulously fun and eminently gluggable wine.
The aromatic quality and lively acidity of this wine make it a great match for smoked haddock or trout.
Just £7.99 per bottle
The Next Big Thing... Part 4Date published: 12/12/12
First planted in Spain, it then moved over the border to Southern France. A lot of the plantings were grubbed up too make way for more commercial varieties, but now it is coming into a resurgence, backed by Southern French stalwart producers such as Paul Mas and Alain Grignon. The wines resonate with everything I love about the Southern French style, meaty with a backbone of Garrigue herbs, crash it together with some rustic sausages or a cassoulet. Bash!
Full, tannic and powerful – This wine oozes all the qualities I love in a red. This grape variety is the key component that goes into the production of Port, but it offers so much more than that. Normally aged in oak for between 6-12 months, this grape often offers ripe cherry and strawberry aromas with subtle hints of vanilla on the nose. Elegant, well-integrated tannins lead to a long well-balanced finish and a rich velvety texture. Look no further than those wines from the Douro for a superb example.
Wine of the Week 8th Dec - Pouilly Fume Les CerisottesDate published: 08/12/12
Grapes Sauvignon Blanc Origin Founded prior to the turn of the nineteenth century by Louis Pabiot, this family-run Domaine is based in and around the village of Les Loges. Located opposite Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé produces wines of smoky richness imbued from flint rich soils. Taste Lemon coloured with intense aromas of limes, chalk, capsicum and hints of smoke before a palate of rich, smoky green fruits, gooseberry and limes with a long, complex and tangy conclusion. Enjoy Eminently drinkable now and over the next two years as an accompaniment to flaky fish, salads, and grilled vegetables.
£13.99 or buy 2, save £6 = £12.99
Fine Wine Friday - Montes Purple Angel CarmenereDate published: 07/12/12
When I first tried this wine I was lucky enough to be sat in the winery, Aurelio Montes sat just to my right with his team of wine makers opposite. The back drop of this scene was the amazing view of the rolling valleys of the Chilean vineyards. Majestic!
Ever since that first time I don't think this wine has ever really left me. At once powerful and alluring, smooth and generous. I really don't think you can ask for more from a wine.
Packed full of all the hallmarks of a true Chilean wine, a fruity nose with bramble fruits and conserves, backed by nuances of warming spice, leather and cigar box aromas it leads you to think of an old world classic such as Bordeaux.
The palate is full with supple tannins, forest fruits abound with a stewed backbone, pepper comes through as well, all wrapped up in a cinnamon and nutmeg swirl.
Try with red meats especially a t-bone steak, or for something truly special do it the Chilean way with a spit-roast lamb over an open fire.
Majestic Price = £30 a bottle Though this may seem a lot for a Chilean wine, try it, I promise it will be a life-changing experience!
Staff Christmas FavouritesDate published: 07/12/12
With Christmas fast approaching for us all, things are really starting to hot up here in store. As you can probably imagine we're all working really hard to make sure your Christmas goes fantastically and that the wines are all well suited and absolute stunners!
This all means that our time with friends outside of work becomes doubly important and we want to make sure that we have something that knocks their socks off and also pleases us into the bargain!
With that in mind over the next few weeks we'll be letting you know some of our favourites here in store, and how we'll be enjoying them!
I'll kick things off, so her goes!
Sven's Christmas Favourite
Reserve de Leoville Barton 2006
This is certainly my 'go to' wine over the Christmas period, every year I make sure this one makes it onto the tasting counter as I think its superb value for money and excellent drinking. I've never been able to lie bottles down for too long (when you're surrounded by the stuff you always think that you can replace it!) but this one would certainly be able to last a good few years. And even better (in my opinion) you can crack it open now and have a cheeky sip over your Christmas time. Its still fruity, but has all the hallmarks of a classic Bordeaux, with cedar and tobacco adding to the palate. Try it with some roast beef in the run up to Christmas with some friends, perfect!
And did I mention its just come on offer at £20? Trust me you won't be dissapointed!
Planning a Party? Or Just Looking for Perfect Gifts?Date published: 06/12/12
Majestic Wines are the UK's leading mixed case wine retailer with 190 stores nationwide, we've won numerous awards including the International Wine Challenge's 'High Street Chain of the Year 2012' and Decanter Magazine's 'Wine Merchant of the Year 2011' and the reader voted award of 'Best Large Wine Merchant 2011'.
Planning a Christmas party? See what we offer:
An interesting range of over 600 wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. Free delivery*, 7 days a week. Free tasting all day, every day. Free glass and chiller bin loan** Full sale or return option.
For the festive period, we have 20% off wines from Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Rhone, plus some fantastic deals in Bordeaux and Champagne, so you're bound to find something you'll enjoy.
Need gifts for friends, employees, colleagues or customers?
6 bottle gift cases from just £34.34 12 bottle gift cases from £63.68 Gift boxed Champagne from £15.75 a bottle. Gift boxes in a variety of sizes. Varied and exciting fine wine range. Wines starting from £4.89 a bottle. We can tailor make all gifts, with wines, spirits or champagnes to suit your needs.
If you'd like to discuss a potential order, please call 01635 550117 or visit the store where one of our friendly, knowledgeable team members will be able to advise on the products to best suit your requirements. Alternatively, orders can be placed at www.majestic.co.uk
Wine of the Week 3rd Dec - Chateau Laville-BertrouDate published: 03/12/12
Chateau Laville Bertrou 2010, Minervois la Liviniere, Gerard Bertrand
Grapes Syrah, Carignan, Grenache Origin An excellent offering from esteemed wine-maker and former France rugby international, Gerard Bertrand. Only recognised as an Appellation Controlée in 1998, La Livinière occupies around 200 hectares in the north-west of Minervois. The region has been a centre of wine production since Roman times, deriving its name from the latin 'cella vinaria', or wine cellar. Taste An immensely robust and concentrated wine, with a firm backbone of red and black fruits, and heady wafts of heathland shrubs and pepper on the nose. Muscular tannins provide weight and length.
Enjoy Partner with the rustic flavours of merguez sausages or strong cheese.
£14.99 or buy 2, save £6 = £11.99
A Sticky Crimbo!Date published: 03/12/12
All through December we're going to have a Port, Sherry and Dessert wine open, admittedly Sherry isn't always sticky but the first one we're opening certainly is! Here's a rundown of what we've got open at the moment:
Taylors Late Bottle Vintage 2007
Aged for 4-6 years in cask. Dark fruit and spicy undertones on the nose. With violets and red fruit caressing the palate. Try with cheese, or just on its own in front of a fire!
Pedro Ximenez Hidalgo
A sweet and sticky Sherry, commonly thought of as one of the sweetest wines in the world! Figs, toffee, caramel, mollasses abound on the palate, need I say anymore? How about pour it over some ice-cream, I dare you not to be impressed!
Vouvray Moelleux, Bourillon Dorleans
This dessert-style Vouvray comes from one of the regions finest producers, now in its 4th generation of family ownership. A rich and glossy gold in appearance, this wine has aromas of pineapple and quince, followed by spices, clove and cinnamon.The palate is awash with flavours of figs and crystallisted lemon. This dessert wine is a perfect match for caramel puddings or strong, creamy cheeses.
A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc
From the esteemed producer of The Ned, and named after the winemakers ancestor who received a 'sticky end'. This dessert wine from Marisco Vinyeards' King's Series is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine, giving them extra ripeness and promoting the onset of botrytis, creating intense sweetness and complex flavours.
The Next Big Thing... Part 3!Date published: 01/12/12
This grape variety really has come out fighting over the past couple of years. Expanding from its roots in Alsace, this exotic, commonly off-dry, wine is now amongst some of the best that New Zealand has to offer. Offering fresh pear, peach, apricot and even honey, this grape variety has real complexity, matched with a good length and soft texture. Beautiful with Thai or Asian food, as well as ripe soft cheeses.
Hailing from the sunny land of Spain, this varietal is a fantastic alternative to the more mainstream grapes out there. A light and refreshing style which can have a touch of sweetness, generally shows stone fruit flavours with a hint of honey, rounding off the palate nicely and always pulling you back in for more! Hailing from the north coast of Spain it matches superbly with all fish dishes, from grilled sardines to lobster!
Wine of The Week 29th Nov 2012 - Martinborough 'Te Tera' Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 29/11/12
£17.49 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines and get 20% off = £13.99
'Te Tera' means 'the other' in Maori in reference to it's bigger brother, the highly regarded Estate Pinot Noir (also available at majestic for £23.99 on the New zealand offer), but you can snap up this for far less...
A supple, delicate Pinot Noir with bright strawberry and plum fruits,. allied with coffee and savoury notes to add intrigue. Fine tannins complete this delightfully elegant expression of pinot noir. Excellent drunk on its own or maybe try it with a seared tuna and artichoke salad.
The Next Big Thing... Part 2Date published: 20/11/12
Lets take a look at our first 2 white grape varieties.
The flagship grape variety of Austria, this wine has all the qualities to make it a perfect aperitif or simply a fantastic quaffer. Gooseberries and a peppery minerality, paired with a crisp finish make this a truly elegant wine and certainly one to watch for the future (Many of New Zealand's well-known producers, including St Clair, have already started to produce such wines).
A key component of many white Rhone wines and used extensively in Southern France where unusual grapes often find there home. This wine is rounded and generous on the palate, the variety often delivers punchy melon and pineapple flavours, framed with a slightly honeyed character. Can take to partial oaking to provide a strong hazelnut structure. Not quite as heavy as a Chardonnay, but enough weight behind it to handle more than salad and fish.
The Next Big Thing...Date published: 12/11/12
It's that time again folks! And no, I'm not talking about festive period. I'm talking about the pre Christmas troubles that every parent goes through almost every single year – trying to find the new craze that all children crave to get there hands on. Playstation games, skateboards, dolls and word on the grapevine is that even FURBYS ARE BACK this year! Good luck mums and dads.
But what about us oldies? What do we have to look forward to? Well, todays your lucky day as We're about to discuss some of the new, unusual but ultimately exciting wines and grape varieties available to you this December. So put down your Sauvignon Blanc and try something a little different, just this once. Hold onto your hats Ladies and Gentlemen, this 5 part series may change your taste buds for good.
The 1st part will be up later on in the week (just to get the anticipation flowing)
Wine of The Week 9th November 2012 - Saintsbury ChardonnayDate published: 10/11/12
£17.99 or buy any 2 Californian wines and get 20% off = £13.99
A fine New World take on the classic Chardonnay. This is barrel fermented to add complexity and integrate character. The grapes are grown in Carneros, which is to Chardonnay what Pastys are to Cornwall.
It is rich and buttery with subtle notes of pear and citrus fruit. It has a good acidity, a long length and is ultimately well balanced. This wine can be drunk on its own or would make a good accomplishment to chicken dishes or a creamy fisherman's pie with a parsley garnish.
Fine Wine Friday 2nd November- CNDP Domaine DurieuDate published: 02/11/12
The first Friday of every month is Fine Wine Friday here at Majestic Newbury! Its cold and blustery outside, but we've got something here that will warm you up and guarantee you have something to keep you going through winter. Full red cherry and luxurious spices on the nose follow through to an opulent palate with wild herbs and succulent red fruitiness. Rather than relying on stems to create the tannin in the wine, Durieu rely on low yielding vines to provide the superb structure in this wine. Excellent with braised rump of beef with a sticky Bordelaise sauce, hazelnuts, pommes fondant and globe artichoke. Don't forget that we open a bottle of Fine Wine on the first Friday of every month.....guaranteed!
Fine Wine Friday - Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva RiojaDate published: 06/10/12
£21.25 or buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% = £16.99
The first Friday of every month is Fine Wine Friday here at Majestic Newbury!
This month (after much deliberation) we have opted for the Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva Rioja
Made only in 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' vintages, this Rioja hails from one of the Rioja Alta's most prestigious wineries. Complex and powerful on the palate, the spicey nuances and incredible balance really set this apart as something incredibly special.
Don't forget that we open a bottle of Fine Wine on the first Friday of every month.....guaranteed so keep an eye on our web page to see what we're opening (www.majestic.co.uk/newbury)
Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot NoirDate published: 30/09/12
£14.49 or buy 2 and save £4 = £12.49
This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality.
It is medium bodied with gorgeous red fruit (mainly cherry, strawberry and cranberry) and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse.
This wine can be drunk on its own....really lovely and smooth or alternatively enjoy it with rabbit, roast pork or duck.
Wine of the Week : Santa Rita Medalla Real CarmenereDate published: 22/09/12
£10.99 or buy 2 and save £4 = £8.99
Fact: Its getting colder (or soon will be depending on when you're reading this.)
Fact: Homemade pies are the best thing to warm you up when you're cold.
Fact: This wine goes amazingly with pies.
Still need convincing?
Just try it and you'll love it!
Wine of the Week - Composite Sauvignon Blanc, MarlboroughDate published: 17/09/12
£9.99 or buy 2 and save £6 = £6.99
This wine comes from Ara, which is an emerging terroir that lies at the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers in the world famous Marlborough region in New Zealand.
A cracking example of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc showing typical zesty and herbeacous notes of grapefruit, elderflower and gooseberry along with a peachy, stone fruit character. It's really fresh and clean with a lovely long finish.
A cracking wine to enjoy on its own but it also matches beautifully to seafood, chicken salads and Asian food.
Wine of the Week: Caceres Rioja CrianzaDate published: 14/09/12
£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Spanish wines and save 20% = £7.99
This wine heralds from an historic producer based in the heart of the Rioja wine-producing region and certainly offers a lot for your buck!
A lively cherry-red appearance leading to a nose of light summer fruits. This wine has undergone a period of one year in oak which gives it beautiful hints of vanilla but also maintains really fresh fruity characters. Fresh plum, cherry and vanilla with a slight spicy edge. Delicious!
Enjoy this wine on its own or partner with dry cured ham or foie gras (my personal favourite).
New Wine of the Week - Kangarilla Road Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 02/09/12
£13.74 or buy ANY 2 Australian wines and save 20% = £10.99
As Summer draws to an end (if it ever started!), it is time to start thinking about luscious, warming reds and this outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from Kangarilla Road in the McLaren Vale wine-producing region in Australia is the perfect wine to ease us into the colder months.
This wine is a real fruit bomb, packed with intense notes of cassis and blackberry with clove spice, menthol and blackcurrant leaf. It is incredibly full-bodied on the palate and offers immense layers of fruit and spice.
An absolute cracker with robust stews and steaks but equally lovely as the perfect accompaniment to evening TV!
Enjoy.....it's one of my faves!
Fine Wine Friday - 7th SeptDate published: 25/08/12
The first Friday of September is here and that can only mean its that time again.....time for Fine Wine Friday! Don't forget that we open a bottle of Fine Wine on the first Friday of every month.....guaranteed! Wherever possible, we do also like to crack a bottle or two open mid-month!
This month (after much deliberation) we have opted for Jean-Louis Chavy's Puligny-Montrachet at £25.
Blended from 8 different parcels across the appellation, this wine gives an excellent representation of the 'terroir' of Puligny-Montrachet. This beautifully balanced white Burgundy is a prime example of Chardonnay with judicious oak use, soft fruitiness and a mineral undertone to accompany.
Hopefully this little beauty will show you that it really does pay to splash out and treat yourself every now and then to a special wine.
See if you agree and pop in this weekend to taste for yourself!
Unofficial Fine Wine Friday - Ch de Tracy Pouilly FumeDate published: 24/08/12
£19.99 or buy 2 and save £4 = £17.99
This stunning Sauvignon Blanc comes from a producer steeped in history based in the centre of quality wine production in the Loire Valley. A family-run château since 1952, it actually has a history that dates back as far as 1396!
Pale lemon in the glass, it offers an open and intense nose, with notes of blackcurrant, elderflower and citrus fruit, with background vegetal hints. Light, fresh and elegant on the palate with zingy acidity, this wine can be drunk as a refreshing aperitif or with strong goat's cheese or fine seafood.
Pop in to see us to give this little beauty a try!
Managers Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/08/12
£8.49 or 2 and save £3 = £6.99
Do you know where is hot a lot of the time? Portugal, so I've come up with an ingenious idea, when its hot we should all drink Portuguese wines!
João Portugal Ramos planted his own vines in 1990, and still practices traditional foot-treading on his estate (alongside more modern temperature controlled fermentation.)
This great sense of history and modernisation comes to together in the wine, the wine is quite heavy, but the smoothness of the tannin is really surprising. And the nose of red fruit jam is really enticing paired as it is with warming pudding spices. This follows through onto the palate, where the finish is simply superb!
Head Offices food tip is roasted pork loin marinated in Mediterranean spices, which is great, but I think with this weather you could stick that on the barbie instead!
New Wine of the Week: Saint Clair Pioneer Block RieslingDate published: 16/08/12
£16.99 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines and save 20% = £13.59
Fancy trying something different? Then give this gorgeous Kiwi Riesling a try!
This wine's name 'Big John' comes from the Block 9 vineyard's owner, John, who stands at a towering 6' 10''! This Riesling has been made in a style reminiscent of a German Spätlese, with noticeable residual sweetness, balanced out by acidity and complexity of flavour.
An inviting pale gold colour, the wine shows aromas of lime rind and grapefruit, and subtle apricot notes. Elegant and off-dry, the palate is a mixture of firm citrus and soft honeysuckle.
Great as an interesting alternative apéritif wine or try with fragrant Thai dishes.....yummy!
Help yourself to a taste!
Team Newbury's Alternative Sports Day!Date published: 06/08/12
Last month we treated you to our perfect picnic ideas and this month, continuing with Majestic's first social media campaign '#Majestival', we bring you our ideas for wine related 'sports'! (Warning: Some of these are not safe to actually perform!)
To join in the fun, just go to Majestic's Facebook Page and tell us how you'd make the perfect sports day party and you could be in with a chance of winning a Sports Day hamper worth £300!
Wine Box Weight Lifting
Pretty self explanatory this one, how many full wine boxes can you lift? Extra points for Champagne boxes and the length of time you hold them up!
The heavy and voluptuous Angel's Share Shiraz by Two Hands is the ideal 1st place prize!
Wine Box Race
An empty wine box on each foot, and a hundred yard dash to the finish! (Now with Picture!)
This idea comes from the very British sack race, so how about Chapel Down Flint Dry for a very British prize?
How fast can you get the cork out of a bottle of wine? 3 different events: Waiters Friend, Lever and the Butterfly.
The winner will probably be sick of corks by now...so how about the Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc (under screwcap) for the ideal refreshment?
Champagne Shot Put
How far can you launch a Champagne cork? You only get 5 seconds of shaking before you can release the cork!
Nothing but a fantastic Champagne for the Shot Put winner - Louis Roederer Brut NV (but be careful not to spill a drop of this one!)
Wine and Glass Race
A full wine glass and an obstacle course, whoever finishes with the fullest glass is the winner!
You'll need a big bottle to fill up all those glasses so how about a magnum of Aix rosé?
After all our events there is of course the podium finish, and what better than Heidsieck Goldtop Vintage Champagne for the winner!
Got any ideas of your own? Tweet us @majesticnewbury or tell us on Facebook!
Feeling Patriotic?Date published: 29/07/12
Is anybody out there feeling a tad patriotic at the moment? If so we have the perfect solution!
A lovely selection of wines from the very British Chapel Down in Tenterden!
Also due to arrive soon are the excellent sparkling wines from Nyetimber, and don't forget on Thursday 16th August we'll have a customer tasting of them!
Excited? We are!
MAJESTIVAL: SUMMER PICNIC!Date published: 17/07/12
If you want to get involved in Majestic's first national social media campaign, themed around summer holidays and great British traditions, then read on to find out how! The first campaign is centred around Summer Picnics giving Majestic customers the chance to win a Majestic party picnic hamper! All you have to do is head to the Majestic Facebook page and tell us your perfect picnic idea.
To help you get started the team here at Majestic Newbury have come up with their very own perfect picnic!
Every picnic needs some fizz and to keep with the British theme, we have gone for the Chapel Down Brut, a crisp and fruity sparkler and a steal at £14.99
Everyone likes a lovely picnic centrepiece, and what better than a magnum of AIX Provence Rose! A dry, delicate rose, this really hits the spot and looks the part too, for just £19.99
For some classic British picnic food such as cucumber sandwiches, we've chosen Gavi 'La Lancelotta' from Italy, steely and fresh, a great match for the juicy cucumber, and a great price at £6.99
Our picnic would not be complete without a fishy salad, such as a Prawn Nicoise, which we think would pair wonderfully with a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, such as the Fairleigh Estate, currently a bargain at just £5.99
Moving onto the meatier end of the spectrum, we just couldn't live without hot sausage rolls (except Laura), and a cracking wine for these savoury treats is the Chateau Aigues Vives Corbieres, a beast of a wine for £7.49
And last but not least, we'd round off with some Scotch Eggs, and lacking any suitable Scottish wine, we've chosen Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet-Shiraz-Merlot from Australia, a Southern Hemisphere corker guaranteed to liven up any picnic!
The Ballad of NedDate published: 13/07/12
Here is Phil and Vicky's tribute to one of Majestic's best loved wines, The Ned Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. It's a complete bargain at only £6.99 on the 20% off New Zealand offer.....you could even mix and match to include a red Ned (Pinot Noir) at £9.99!
There once was a bottle of Ned,
To which Majestic customers were led,
They all love this wine, they think it's sublime!
The wonderful bottle of Ned
That lovely bottle of Ned, about which this can be said,
Its bountiful flavours, adored by all,
Give it a try, you'll be enthralled!
The wonderful bottle of Ned
That tasty bottle of Ned,
It appeals to both heart and head,
Can be drunk on its own or with fish on the bone,
The wonderful bottle of Ned
That bargain bottle of Ned,
A treat to sip before bed,
At just £6.99, you won't need to whine
About that great bottle of Ned
The Majestic bottle of Ned,
also available in red,
give it a try, we're sure you'll reply,
What a wonderful bottle of red Ned!
Wine of the Week: Commanderie de Peyrassol Provence RoseDate published: 10/07/12
Provence Rosé is renowned as being the perfect Summer tipple with its elegant strawberry and cherry notes and slight spicy edge. This example of a Provence Rosé is certainly no exception.
Made from the traditional blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, this dry, refreshing wine offers typical notes of strawberry alongside peach and a pepper-spice background.
The perfect BBQ wine – the ideal accompaniment to a chilled out day in the garden (sun permitting).
Alternatively enjoy with salads, charcuterie and light chicken and fish dishes.
It's Sunny in Portugal, so Let's All Drink Port This Summer!Date published: 29/06/12
It may not be very fashionable at this time of year, but I thought I'd make a case for you all to drink some of our fine Ports, whatever the weather! I am partial to a sip of Port in the evening, and it doesn't have to be cold outside for it to be enjoyable. Whatever the occasion, there's no finer way to round off the evening. If you're having a cheeseboard after a dinner party, or a rich dessert of any kind, or simply need something to help you unwind after a hard day, Port can be your friend. Here are some highlights from our range:
Taylor's First Estate - This ruby (the lightest style) is a straightforward, easy-drinking Port wine, great sipped on its own, and doesn't need decanting, so it's great on the go!
Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) 2007 - LBV Port is produced from wines of one vintage, and then aged for 4-6 years in cask, and released when ready to drink. This example shows dark fruits and hints of violets, with strong tannins and good acidity, perfect with a block of hearty Cheddar.
Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1991 - Single Quinta Port is from a non-declared vintage, but can represent superb value for money, such as this cracker. The 20+ years age on this wine shows wonderfully, still with gorgeous fresh fruit aromas, and lots of secondary notes, as well as great length. Great on its own, or with a nice Stilton. An excellent wine for the money. £17.99
Fonseca 1985 - Vintage Port is the finest of all, and this stunning example from Fonseca is as fine as they come. From a deliciously rich, weighty vintage, this wine is a dark purple colour, with plenty of dark berry fruit showing, as well as hints of molasses and wonderfully integrated oak. This deserves the finest desserts and English cheeses, and is undoubtedly one of the finest wines I've tried in my Majestic career thus far, and fully deserves the hefty pricetag! £80.00 (note: limited availability, contact your nearest store for details)
So don't overlook this great wine just because it's not Christmas time, Port is and always will be one of the finest drinks, and offers cracking value for money all year round! Enjoy!
British Summer - Part 3 - Beer, Cider and Spirits!Date published: 30/05/12
Thats not where our British brilliance ends though, we also offer other great British drinks, from ciders, beers and spirits!
When I'm drinking Ale and Cider I like to keep things even more local than just being British, we've just started doing the Tutts Clump cider which comes from less than 10 miles away and sources many of its apples from within our Royal County (Maybe some of you provide them?) My favourite is the Traditional Farmhouse which is a great medium/dry cider, but we also stock the Royal County, Special Reserve and the Repress (a great 3.8% 'session' cider, perfect for those early afternoon BBQs.)
It's more difficult to find a real 'British' lager, (although many of them are brewed over here) so why bother? There is such a great range of ales available I think we can cater for all tastes! We have the Ramsbury Gold (again very local!) which is a superb golden ale for sipping in the sunshine, or if you fancy something a bit darker i'd suggest the Hooky Bitter. But we have a huge selection to choose from!
Spirits wise I don't think you can go wrong with the range from Sipsmith, which i've harped on elsewhere about! But think I have to mention the Summer Cup again, think Pimms, but even more tasty!Sve
British Summer - Part 2 - English FizzDate published: 29/05/12
Thanks to The Apprentice, Britain is probably more well known for its sparkling wines, but we've been producing brilliant bubbles for quite some time.
Chapel Down are of course in on the act with a few different options - they have a Brut Non-Vintage, the Pinot Reserve 2005, a sparkling Rosé and also their special English Rose.
The Non-Vintage is a lighter, almost Prosecco style sparkler with lots of tropical fruit. The Pinot Reserve is a bit more akin to Champagne, with almonds, green apples and brioche notes. The rosé is a pretty typical example with strawberry and cream characters coming through. Then we have the English Rose, so called because of its rose-petal pink colour from extended maceration on the red grape skins, you get strawberries again but cut through with an interesting citrus streak that brings it all together.
We also stock the superb Nyetimber. With 438 acres under vine, they are the biggest vineyard estate in the UK, and this experience really shows through. They make their sparkling from the same grapes used to make Champagne (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay) and in the same way, and as their vineyard has roughly the same geological makeup as those of Champagne who can blame them?
Vivacious and a touch more full bodied, this has all the hallmarks of a superb tipple! Citrus and apple on the nose give way to hints of yeast on the palate. All I can say is... Yum!
British Summer - Part 1 - English WinesDate published: 28/05/12
The Jubilee is coming ever closer and with a fantastic summer of celebrating the best of British ahead of us I thought i'd give you a run down of my Best of British Booze!
First up, we'll have a look at wine. We're proud to stock quite a few wines from the Chapel Down winery in Kent, which now produces over half a million bottles a year!
We stock two of their whites, the Bacchus and the Flint Dry. The Bacchus is the fruitier one with apples and pears on the palate, whereas the Flint Dry has more elderflower and hints of smokiness with minerality really coming through on the taste. Both are superb with salads and the Bacchus will pair fantastically with any locally caught seafood!
We only do one red from them at the moment which is a blend called 'The Union Red' which I would suggest chilling down and having in the glorious British sunshine on a scorching hot day! (I can only wish!) It really will work and will become your choice of red at the next BBQ.
New Arrival: Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2003Date published: 21/05/12
If you have enjoyed the Vina Eguia Crianza and Reserva that we have been stocking for the last year or so, then you really should give this new addition a try!
The Gran Reserva has received 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before being released, creating an incredibly smooth and mature style of Rioja. Instead of the more youthful notes of plum and strawberry found on the Crianza and Reserva, this wine exhibits notes of prune, caramel and raisin alongside vanilla and spice from the oak influence.
All of this age and complexity also comes at an amazing bargain price of only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.....not bad for a wine that is almost 10 years old!
Don't forget, the Vina Eguia Crianza is on a cracking offer at only £4.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more.....but hurry this offer ends on 28th May!
New Arrival : A Sticky End, Noble Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/05/12
We have a great new dessert wine in store for you all out there and it comes with a fantastic story about how the wine came to be called A Sticky End.
In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the families of de Marisco inhabited the island of Lundy off the south-west coast of England. In 1235, William de Marisco was outlawed by Henry III, after which he fled to Lundy island. In order to make a living on the island William turned to piracy. In 1242, William was captured, due to the betrayal of one of his associates, and he was sent away to London to face charges of piracy and treason. William, was in fact, found guilty and was hung, drawn and quartered, ending his life in A Sticky End.
The dessert wine, A Sticky End, comes from the Marisco Vineyards and is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. These grapes have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine which gives them extra ripeness and also helps the onset of botrytis which creates an intense sweetness and more complex flavours.
On the nose A Sticky End exhibits ripe peach, lychee and fig flavours along with some nutty notes. On the palate this wine has intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine backed by a citrus lift.
A Sticky End can be drunk now or cellared to allow more flavour development. This wine is best enjoyed partnered with summer fruit puddings making it the perfect summer treat.
£15.99 or buy ANY 2 New Zealand wines and save 20% = £12.79
Directions to Majestic NewburyDate published: 16/05/12
I know we can be a little difficult to find so thought i'd provide a brief explanation of how to find us.
If your heading from Thatcham along the A4, turn left at the traffic lights next to Pets at Home and the Bath Store. Go past the Pets at Home car park and turn right at the Suzuki garage, follow the road to the end and you'll see the entrance to our car park.
If coming from the other direction (Newbury, Oxford etc), come off the Robin Hood roundabout towards Thatcham and turn right at the first set of lights (By Pets at Home) then follow the instructions above.
Any problems please don't hesitate to give us a ring on 01635 550117 and we'll do our best to guide you in!
Wine Of The Week - Falanghina TerredoraDate published: 16/05/12
Terredora have long recognised the potential of the Campania region and its old grapes, pioneering the development of vineyards in the region since 1978. Falanghina, one of the most traditional grapes of Campania, combines the creative innovation of Terredora winemaking with distinctive fruit and best tradition. The Falanghina Terredora has 3 months lees ageing before bottling which adds depth and texture to the wine leaving the wine with a light and fruit-driven character.
This wine exhibits a rich aromatic nose of apple, pineapple and citrus fruits. On the palate Falanghina Terredora is fresh with underlying tropical fruit character but with the merest hint of nutty complexity. This wine is as brilliant all-rounder with a lovely long finish.
This wine can be enjoyed with a variety of different foods due to its balance of crispness and texture. These foods include buffalo mozzarella, pasta dishes, fried fish, spaghetti, seafood and pizza.
Free Wine Tastings at Majestic NewburyDate published: 12/05/12
Every single day is wine tasting day here at Majestic Newbury! At least 3 reds and 3 whites as well as a selection of spirits are available to taste at all times, chosen just for you by the team here in-store. We also have themed tasting weeks (it's currently Italian tasting week) where a variety of wines from a certain country/region are available to taste throughout the week.....take a look at the events on this webpage to see which tasting weeks are coming soon!
In addition to the daily tasting we also run various wine tastings throughout the year, which are always great fun and a fabulous way to find out more about wine. All of our tastings are completely free and you are more than welcome to bring a friend or two along with you.
We offer 3 tastings, as follows....
The Wine Course
The Wine Course is our original tasting and is a fantastic introduction to wine tasting, how wine is made and what food to match with your wines. Throughout the tasting we try 8 different wines including a Champagne and a Sparkling and you are free to ask any questions you like about the wines/wine in general. In this tasting we hope to remove any fears you have surrounding wine tasting...you may even be able to wow guests at your next dinner party!
Wine Courses run with a maximum of 10 people and, as already mentioned, they are completely free. We tend to run the courses in the evening, mid-week or on Sunday afternoons.
The Wine Walk
The Wine Walk is another of our in-store, free tastings. Wine Walks change with the seasons and enable us to introduce you to new, exciting additions to our range along with some delicious nibbles (from an Italian deli in London...posh, I know!). As we wander round the store sampling the wines, staff will tell you some interesting facts regarding the wines and their histories as well as providing tasting notes.....I sense even more dinner party-wowing! These tastings change 4 times a year and you're more than welcome to come along to each one!
It's a cracking way of keeping up with the latest wine trends and to try new wines you may have never considered before. Wine Walks cater for up to 20 people and tend to take place on mid-week evenings.
We hold 2 Wine Evenings annually (one in early summer and another in the run-up to Christmas) and they are a much more relaxed evening where you can wander round the store sampling the wines available whilst asking staff any questions you like. We always have sparkling wine, rose, reds and whites available to taste and usually Port for the Wine Evening in the run-up to Christmas. To top it all off, to wash it all down, we also receive gorgeous hunks of cheese and charcuterie from our favourite deli in London (honestly, I am a huge cheese fan and the Gorgonzola we have at the tastings is the best cheese I have ever tasted!)
These evenings are on a much larger scale and it's always lovely to see lots of our customers in one evening!
We always publish tasting dates on our webpage and have reminders posted throughout the store. The one thing we do ask is that you let us know if you would like to attend any of them...we'd love to see you but also would hate to run out of wine!
Give our tastings a go.....hopefully you will learn something new and find some new favourites!
Running external tastings for social groups, charities etc is also possible, all dependent on staffing-levels, just enquire in-store!
New Arrival: Sipsmith Summer CupDate published: 06/05/12
We've just had some Summer Cup arrive from the brilliant distillers Sipsmith, based on the traditional 'cup' I can see this going down a storm mixed with some lemonade and fruit over the summer.
Sipsmith prides itself on quality, they use the first copper still in London since 1820 to make their London Dry Gin, (which is the base for this cup) which is then blended with Earl Grey Tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber to make this quintessentially English drink, its slightly cloudy appearance is from the natural ingredients they use.
Need more convincing? We even have it open to taste! Along with Sipsmith's Dry Gin, Vodka and Sloe Gin (And a host of other spirits available to try)
And why are they called Sipsmith? In their own words "Much the same way wordsmiths love to create all things wordical, we love to create all things sippical"
Why not come down and see what all the fuss is about? Plus, if you get any 2 bottles from the Sipsmith range you get a snazzy Sipsmith glass to enjoy them from!
A Pisco of This, A Pisco of That (A Chilean Adventure)Date published: 18/04/12
One wet day in February six Majestic Managers were lucky enough to jump ship to the warmer climes of Chile. It's a tough job, but someone has to sample (and of course learn about) the local wines on behalf of all you other consumers out there! So Sven Maxfield (Manager of Newbury) and myself , Louise Stonestreet (Horsham) couldn't wait to tell you all about the experiences we had along with Hannah Finnikin (Macclesfield), Toby Holt (Roehampton), Tim Cornish (Commercial) and Simon Cliffton-Smith (City). So here goes - our big Chilean adventure:
Shortly after touching-down in Santiago the apt thing to do to beat the jet-lag was to toast the trip with a 'Pisco Sour'. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, this is a particularly potent cocktail made with a Pisco base (a local brandy-type spirit) and egg whites; served with nutmeg in a cocktail glass – actually very refreshing in the 30 degree heat (I know, you are jealous already...) There was just enough time to spend the evening in the city so we grabbed the opportunity to visit a typical Chilean restaurant and try out all the local specialities, the highlights of which were definitely the little 'Empanadas' (best described as mini pasties with various fillings), along with little pumpkin fritters topped with spicy salsa. Yum!
Suitably refreshed the following morning we headed out to learn all about the Ventisquero winery, who are perhaps best known for their 'Yali' brand. Our lovely representative Susana, took us up into the wetlands of the Atalpa valley where there is a little gem of an National Park, which Yali help to preserve. 'Yali' in fact is a little Chilean bird that is native to these parts, and it is this that inspired the name of the wine brand along with the label design. Of course we had to sample the Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc itself as we were admiring the bottle; more enjoyable still whilst taking in the change in landscape, from the city lights to the deep forest.
After a little stroll we had certainly worked up an appetite so headed out to the vineyards for some lunch. In a little clearing under the trees, our hosts layed on probably the best BBQ we will ever have, and I'm not exaggerating – the quality of the beef fillet and the lamb is undoubtedly some of the best in the world. Even more delicious when washed down with a silky smooth, chocolatey Carmenere; the black grape now hailed Chile's cult classic.
Over to Sven:
The third day started fantastically, opening the doors of the hotel room onto a patio with vines growing practically on the door step, mountains in the background and best of all a swimming pool glistening in the early morning sun. We were planning on an early morning swim, but after various excuses we decided to forgo the pleasure and get ready for the day ahead!
This day was also the day we had to sadly say goodbye to our new friends from Vina Ventisquero, but we did have the delights of Vina Montes to look forward to so we weren’t too glum! We arrived in the Marchigue Vineyards and were able to relax a little while, before heading up in a mountain on the back of a tractor to sample some Montes Cherub rosé overlooking their vineyards (it’s a hard life!) On our way back down we saw some of their experimental growings, here they see what vines can produce with full irrigation, partial irrigation and no irrigation, the people at Vina Montes were really keen to show they were thinking of the future as well as the present.
After a relaxing evening (where we had yet another spit roast lamb laid on for us (I was not feeling great by this point!)) We awoke the next morning to visit the winery of Montes, this was possibly one of the most inspiring moments of the trip, the entire winery is built with Feng Shui in mind and they even play Gregorian music to the barrels to help create the best wines they can. Here we met Aurelio Montes (who had just flown himself in with his Cesna!) and we went through a tasting of all of Montes’s wines, with Mr Montes himself taking us through the wines.That evening it was back to Santiago where we visited an Argentinian restaurant (rather oddly!) and got to sample the best steaks I think any of us had ever had, with of course liberal splashings of Montes wines!
We awoke the next day with the sad realisation that we would be going home, we left the hotel early to visit Montes’s ‘Outer Limits’ vineyards, which is where they grow wines in places that a few years ago people wouldn’t have thought possible, this produces extra strain on the vines which in theory produces more flavourful fruit, and in the end a more characteristic wine, we got to sample some of these in a fantastic sea food restaurant next to the pacific ocean, after the obligitarory quick dip (certainly mine and Louise’s first time in this ocean) we hopped back in the car and to the airport.
Suffice to say we had a fantastic time in Chile, and though to many Pisco sours were probably consumed on our search for the true taste of Chile, I can thouroughly recommend the country and its wines for being on the forefront of modern winemaking, but if you need more proof come and see us in store and we’ll be sure to point out some of our more unusual favourites!
AIX-ellent news! AIX Rose Magnums just got bigger!Date published: 12/04/12
We have just received a delivery containing some AIX Rose Double Magnums. If you like the AIX Magnums then check out its bigger brother, a fantastic party guest at only £50.
Stocks are very limited so grab them while you can!
Brand New in - Henney's Dry CiderDate published: 12/04/12
We'd like to take this opportunity to announce that Majestic has just started stocking the Henney's Dry Cider from the Frome Valley in Herefordshire.
Mike Henney is a bit of a character. He is a one man band with a sense of vision, passion and belief. When he came to see me back in November he had come straight out of the orchard and pressing house and was going straight back there. He was literally wiping dirt off his hands before we shook hands.
He started making cider in his airing cupboard in 1996 while working as an account manager for one of the top drinks companies. He became so good at it that a few years later he quit the day job to focus on it completely and now Henney's is one of the best medium sized cider companies out there. It is still more-or-less just him, working alongside the local farm.
The aim is to keep everything as simple as possible, and focus all energy on making the best possible cider. I think that is a pretty good foundation.
It comes in 12 bottle cases (500ml bottles) and is priced at £21.60 for the case (£1.80 a bottle.....bargain!)
An Ode to PerdrixDate published: 13/02/12
A Partridge is a beautiful thing
It makes me laugh, it makes me sing
Perdrix, don't be shy, don't be coy
Your perfect blush fills me with joy!
To me you are so divine,
Your bubbles send tingles up my spine!
You fill my life with light
Until the next day when I don't feel so bright.
But never fear, I am here
truly yours for all my years.
Oeil de Perdrix so crisp and fine, will you be forever mine?
Will you be my Valentine?
Learn a little more about...ChampagneDate published: 07/01/12
Although many sparkling wines exist and many made in the Champagne method, the title of Champagne is reserved purely for those made in the Champagne region of France.
Virtually all Champagne is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grapes, with wines made exclusively from Chardonnay referred to as Blanc de Blanc and the ones made exclusively from Pinot Noir as Blanc de Noirs.
However, Blanc de Noirs is far rarer than Blanc de Blanc as often a blend is preferable.
The production of Champagne has progressed through the ages with major improvements and changes made by famous names such as Dom Perignon and Veuve Cliquot. Often Dom Perignon is credited as the inventor of Champagne, in actual fact it was an Englishman who first documented the addition of sugar to wine to make a second fermentation.
The monk Dom Perignon actually was trying to get rid of the bubbles as the bottles kept on exploding but what he actually did was blend the best part of wines from throughout the region to create the best possible flavour.
The champagne method starts with the picking and pressing of the grapes, the juice ferments lustily at first but as it slows down the wines are chilled and the fermentation stops, this used to be due to the seasonal weather of the region but is now controlled by air conditioned units. Before bottling, a small proportion of liquer de tirage will be added. This is a cocktail of wine, sugar, yeast nutrients and a clarifying agent. It is this that will set off the second fermentation in the bottle and create the sparkle.
The widow (veuve) Cliquot's big contribution to Champagne was 'riddling' which is the process by which the sediment can be successfully removed without loosing too much of the wine, she invented the 'pupitre' which is a rack with an angled hole so that gradually the wine can be turned and angled downwards in order to get the sediment to settle in the neck of the bottle.
Nowadays this process is done by machines, but when it was first invented it all had to be done by hand with one person turning up to 30 000 bottles per day.
After riddling, the sediment is lying in the neck of the bottle, it can be frozen using a brine solution. The cork can then be removed and the plug of ice is ejected under pressure and therefore the sediment is expelled. Inevitably, a small amount of wine is lost, thus the bottle is topped up to the correct level and then a mixture of wine and cane sugar solution known as liquier d'expedition is added. The amount of sugar used will depend on the ultimate sweetness of the wine.
How I've learnt to appreciate wine all over again.Date published: 06/10/11
I shall now be appreciating wine to a greater degree after witnessing only a small amount of the hard graft that goes into making every bottle. Slightly odd to start an article with a conclusion, however it sums up a very enjoyable and educational few days spent at Chateau Meaume, not far from of the stunning town of St Emilion.
Every year a handful of lucky Majestic employees get to go and experience harvest time at a selection of wineries mainly based in France. Myself along with three other colleagues were fortunate enough to be selected as guests of Alan and Sue Johnson-Hill, the owners of the Chateau. Having managed to arrive safely after a forty minute journey driving on the wrong side of the road; we found ourselves unable to locate the gear stick on various occasions and without SatNav. (Thankfully Lydia from our Battersea store has great map reading skills), we arrived in total awe of the beauty of Bordeaux and of Chateau Meaume's glorious property.
Whilst there, we were able to witness the journey of the grape from vine to tank. A few hours were spent trying to keep up with the skilled grape pickers and mainly failing. Next we watched as the grapes were transported through the de-stemmer before being pumped into a Cuve (term for the tank used for the fermentation process). We were also given the privilege (I can only say this now I've recovered) of clearing a Cuve out once the wine had been racked off to another tank. Imagine a large stainless steel tank on a hot day, over a metre deep with grape skins and full of CO2 gas. Now add five people wielding plastic pitchforks all ready to enthusiastically clear the skins out of a small hatch door. I'd love to say the enthusiasm was upheld for the whole hour it took, however with the exception of our experienced leader in the task, the rest of us at some point all looked like we were going to pass out as the CO2 burned our noses and the heat made it very grueling task.
Needless to say, it wasn't all hard work and we were allowed to enjoy the fruits of Alan, Sue and their dedicated team of employee's labour. Firstly we tasted the Chateau Meaume 2006; (£7.99 when buying 2+) A wine so full and flavoursome, exhibiting gorgeous notes of blackcurrants, plums, hints of cigar and touches of cedarwood. For a relativley young Bordeaux, the tannins are quite supple and smooth, which made it a perfect wine for us to drink with our homemade Spaghetti Bolognese. Additionally we were able to enjoy the wine outright in front of the log fire we had roaring away.
Secondly, we had the pleasure of tasting Chateau Meaume 'Chateau Matured' 2005 (£9.99) and this wine really took me by surprise. What a difference a single year's extra ageing has made. Take the 2006 vintage and add in prunes, more cedar, cassis and notes of sweet cinnamon spice. This wine was simply a joy to drink due to the noticably smoother tannins. Whilst enjoying this wine I made a mental note to buy a case of this limited parcel before it all gets snapped up.
Last but not least, Chateau Meaume's Rose 2010 (£7.49). This dark pink, dry rose displayed plums, strawberries and summerfruits which was the perfect partner to sitting outside in the lovely French sunshine overlooking the vines and reflecting upon all that we had learnt during our trip.
Our Fine Wine listDate published: 04/09/11
Everyone likes to enjoy the finer things in life and here at Majestic Wine Newbury, we're no different. We have quite an array of spectacular fine wines, ranging from £20 to £135 and originating from many different wine districts around the globe. Due to the small availability of some of these wines, they aren't always on the main Majestic website, so below we've created a list of all the wines we currently have in stock. If you'd like any information on any of the wines or to place an order, please contact us on 01635 550117.
Ch Potensac, Medoc 1997 £19.99
Dom Saint Guirons, Pauillac 2006 £19.99
Segla, Margaux 2007 £22
Ch Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac Leognan 2004 £23
La Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien 2006 £23
Ch Potensac, Medoc 1995 £25
Ch Lynch Moussas, Pauillac 2006 £25
Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St-Julien 2001 £25
Reserve de Leoville Barton, St-Julien 2006 £25
La Reserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2007 £27
Les Tourelles Longueville, Pauillac 2006 £28
Ch Langoa Barton, St-Julien 2002 £30
Ch Batailley, Pauillac 2001 £30
Ch La Croix de Gay, Pomerol 2002 £32
Ch Cantenac Brown, Margaux 2004 £35
Ch Talbot, St-Julien 2006 £40
Ch Tertre, Margaux 2003 £45
Ch Tertre, Margaux 2005 £45
Ch Pontet Canet, Pauillac 1999 £55
Ch La Lagune, Haut Medoc 1996 £55
Ch Calon Segur, St Estephe 2003 £60
Ch Pichon Baron 2006 £85
Beaune 1er Cru, Louis Jadot 2007 £19.99 (or buy 2, save £4 - £17.99)
Ladoix Rouge 1er Cru 'Les Corvees', Domaine Chevalie 2007 £19.99
Savigny-Les-Beaune, Albert Morot 2006 £19.99
Gevrey Chambertin, Louis Latour 2007 £23
Chassange Montrachet 1er Cru, Gagnard Delagrange 2007 £23
Aloxe Corton, Domaine Chevalier 2007 £25
Aloxe Corton, Louis Latour 2009 £28
Nuit St George Aux Saints-Juliens, Domaine de Montille 2008 £30
Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu', Domaine Pinson 2009 £19.99
Chassange Montrachet, Bader Mimeur 2007 £19.99
Puligny Montrachet, Jean Louis Chavy 2009 £25
Chablis Grand Cru 'Blanchot', Vocoret 2009 £25
Puligny Montrachet, Domaine Jomain 2009 £25
Puligny Montrachet Philipe Chavy 2009 £27
Puligny Montrachet 'Les Truffieres', Louis Latour 2007 £32
Chablis Grand Cru 'Les Clos', Domaine Pinson 2007 £32
Chassange Montrachet 1er Cru 'En Remilly', Morey Coffinet 2008 £35
Chassange Montrachet 1er Cru 'La Maltroie', Domaine Fontaine Gagnard 2008 £35
Puligny Montrachet 'Les Pucelles', Domaine Jomain 2009 £40
Meursault 1er Cru 'Les Perrieres', Domaine Ballot-Millot 2007 £45
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'La Garenne' 2008, Louis Jadot £45
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Perrieres', Louis Carillon & Fils 2008 £50
Corton Charlemagne, Louis Latour 2007 £55
Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Gagnard-Delagrange 2008 £90
Sancerre Comte Lafond 2009 £23
Pouilly Fume de Ladoucette 2008 £25
Sancerre Cuvee Edmond, Alphonse Mellot 2008 £32
Pouilly Fume Baron de 'L', Ladoucette 2006 £55
Crozes Hermitage, Graillot 2006 £21
Condrieu, Guigal 2009 £26
Cote Rotie Madin Cuilleron 2008 £40
South of France
Ch L'Hospitalet, Gerard Bertrand 2009 £19.99
Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons 2007 £19.99
Ch Romassan Rose, Domaines Ott 2010 £25
Rioja Gran Reserva, Vina Muriel 1982 £22
Rioja Gran Reserva, Vina Muriel 1985 £22
Rioja Vina Real Gran Reserva, Cune £22
Rioja Gran Reserva, Murrieta 2003 £24
Rioja Gran Reserva, Campillo 1995 £25
Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial, Muga 2005 £25
Rioja Prado Enea, Muga 2004 £30
Ribera del Duero Crianza, Hacienda Monasterio 2007 £30
Rioja Gran Reserva,Campillo 1989 £35
Rioja Gran Reserva, Castillo Ygay 2001 £35
Rioja Roda 1, Bodegas Roda 2006 £35
Toro Numanthia 2007 £35
Rioja Gran Reserva 1989, Campillo £35
Rioja Gran Reserva,Campillo 1978 £40
Rioja Reserva, Torre Muga 2005 £40
Alto Adigo Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof Gewurztraminer 2010 £19.99
Capezzana Carmignano 'Villa di Capezzana 2006 £19.99
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Bussola £22
Barolo Ciabot Berton 2005 £25
Brunello di Montalcino, Banfi 2005 £25
Promis, Gaja 2007 £25
Chardonnay, Planeta 2008 £25
Brunello, Il Poggione 2005 £26
Amarone Costasera, Masi 2008 £30 (or buy 2, save £6 - £27)
Montesodi, Frescobaldi 2004 £30
Dreams Chardonnay, Raccolto Duemilasette 2007 £35
Cepparello , Isole e Olena 2006 £50
Tignanello, Antinori 2007 £70
Saintsbury Brown Ranch Carneros Chardonnay 2006 £23
Stag's Leap Karia Chardonnay 2008 £25
Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 £35
Stag's Leap Artemis 2007 £40
Dominus, Napa Valley 2006 £75
Catena Alta Chardonnay 2009 £23 (or buy 2, save £12 - £17)
Catena Alta Malbec 2007 £27 (or buy 2, save £12 - £21)
Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 £27 (or buy 2, save £12 - £21)
Cheval des Andes 2006 £45
Catena Nicolas Zapata 'Argentino' Malbec 2008 £55
Petaluma Shiraz 2007 £19.99
Petaluma Coonawarra Red 2008 £22
Yalumba Virgilius Viognier 2008 £24
Two Hands Lily's Garden 2008 £24
Tyrrell's Vat 47 Chardonnay 2007 £25
Turkey Flat Shiraz 2006 £25
Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon 2003 £25
Petaluma Tiers Chardonnay 2008 £26
The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, d'Arenberg £27
Ironstone Pressings, GSM blend, d'Arenberg 2007 £27
Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2006 £60
Molly Dooker Velvet Glove Shiraz 2009 £135
Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2008 £19.99 (or buy 2, save £6 - £16.99)
Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2005 £19.99
Jackson Estate 'Vintage Widow' Pinot Noir 2008 £19.99
Escarpment Pinot Noir 2008 £19.99
Peregrine Pinot Gris 2010 £22 (or buy 2, save £10 - £17)
Peregrine Pinot Noir 2009 £25 (or buy 2, save £10 - £20)
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 £25 (or buy 2, save £10 - £20)
Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007 £26 (or buy 2, save £10 - £21)
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008 £26 (or buy 2, save £10 - £21)
Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2008 £32.50 (or buy 2, save £10 - £27.50)
Mt Difficulty Packspur Pinot Noir 2009 £40
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2009 £45
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Magnums 2010 £60 (or buy 2 save £10 - £55)
South Africa – All on a buy 2, save 20% deal.
Meerlust Merlot 2007 £19.99
Thelema Merlot 2008 £19.99
Thelema Shiraz 2008 £19.99
Rust En Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 £22.50
Kanonkop Pinotage 2008 £23
Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc £25
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 £26
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2007 £30
Vin de Constance 2005 £30
Rustenburg Peter Barlow 2006 £35
If there is a particular fine wine you're looking for and can't see it above, please call us on 01635 550117 and we'll see if we can source it for you.
There's more to Vodka...Date published: 11/08/11
Vodka isn't all about being a mixing spirit. These four Vodkas below are made with such care and dedication, and can be enjoyed straight as well as part of a long drink or cocktail.
Sipsmith Vodka – Distilled Using English Barley and The addition of a copper distillation offers a far softer mouth-feel than its stainless steel competitors. This unfiltered joy leads to a richer, rounded and incredibly smooth taste and a gloriously buttery finish back up this claim perfectly.
Chase English Apple Vodka – Distilled in handmade copper batch pots, stemming from utter control and devotion to the whole process. Warming and smooth, mixed with fresh water from underneath the farm's orchard. A very interesting concept and works surprisingly well. Fairly robust and nutty in character, with a vintage scrumpy finish.
Chase Marmalade Vodka - Again, a brave attempt at something a little wild, yet paid off in full with the aroma and character of this beautiful concoction of oranges and mild lemon zest. Far better served neat than mixed!
U'Luvka – distilled in small batches by craftsmen from the finest natural Polish Rye wheat and barley. It is fresh, clean and elegant on the nose with distinct floral notes. One should find it creamy and lightly buttery in character with impressive sweet, savory and spicy flavors, aniseed freshness and a long vibrant grain finish.
The bottles that want to be different - Jeroboams, Magnums & halves.Date published: 25/06/11
At Majestic Newbury, we like to ensure our range of approx 700 wines always has a few extra treats in it in the form of halves, magnums and Jeroboams. These are perfect for presents, parties and impromptu get togethers!
At present, we currently have the following in stock:
- Caceres Crianza 2008 £16.99
- Vinalba Malbec Reserva 2009 - £17.99
- AIX Provence Rose 2010 - £19.99
- Macon Lugny, Louis Latour 2010 - £19.99
- Ch Meaume 2006 - £19.99
- Rioja Riscal Reserva 2005 - £22.00
- Pinot Noir, Louis Latour 2009 - £22.00
- Caronne Ste Gemme 2006 - £28.00
- Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 - £55
- Jeroboam Rioja Riscal Jeroboam - £75
- Half Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £10
- Half Moet & Chandon NV - £18
- Half Ruinart NV - £20
- Half Ruinart Rose - £25
- Canard Duchene NV - £40
- Lanson Black Label NV - £55
- Veuve Clicquot NV - £80
- Taittinger NV - £65
- Laurent Perrier NV - £70
- Moet & Chandon NV - £80
- Bollinger NV - £80
- Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 - £90
- Ruinart Blanc de Blanc - £100
- Ruinart Rose - £100
- Laurent Perrier Rose - £110
- Bollinger Grand Annee 2000 - £125
- Jeroboam Veuve Clicquot NV - £200
- Dom Perignon 2002 - £295
- Krug NV - £350.00
Make planning a party easy with Majestic!Date published: 20/06/11
It's coming round to that time of year again...Christmas is over, winter blues are setting in and everyone needs a distraction, so the idea of a party seems a brilliant one. Then, the thought hits of where to start. Here at Majestic, we like to help make planning a party or an event as easy as possible with the following services:
- Free delivery
- Free glass hire (Wine glasses, flutes, hi-balls and pints)
- Chiller bin rental and Ice - A quick and simple way to chill lots of bottles at once
- Sale and Return - makes planning quantities easy, and means you only pay for what you use.
- Useful advice on quantities and wine choices, plus help with any queries you may have
Pop in or give us a call on 01635 550117 if you'd like to take advantage of these great services.
A National Company... Keeping it Local!Date published: 27/03/11
We may be a national chain, but throughout most of our stores you will find a wide range of local ales.
In Newbury, this means that you can get excellent beers such as the ones from Marlborough based Ramsbury Brewery, the Gold, Flintknapper and their stout, a selection from Oxfordshire Ales, The Triple B, Marshmallow, Pride of Oxford and the superb mixed pack! We also have the Ferrymans Gold, Hullabaloo and the Hocus Pocus beers from the Oxfordshire based Loddon Brewery and
from the Hook Norton Brewey, we have their Old Hooky, Hooky Bitter, Double Stout, Haymaker and Hooky Gold.
Going a little further afield we also stock the Bath Ales mixed case, the Wiltshire based Box Steam Brewery's Chuffin' Ale, Tunnel Vision and Funnel Blower and also a selection from the Surrey based Hogsback Brewery, the T.E.A. (Traditional English Ale), the B.S.A. (Burma Star Ale), Gardener's Tipple and also their mixed case.
All our beers by the case are on a brilliant buy any 2 cases and save £6 deal, which means that sampling them all is easy, and you save money too!
What's educational, social and fun? Our free Wine Course!Date published: 19/02/11
The Wine Course is a relaxed two hour wine introduction course. Using 6 fantastic wines and a champagne, we'll guide you through the basic tasting technique for wines, what to look for as a sign of a well made wine, and some food and wine matching examples.
Our next courses are on
Thursday 17th February at 6pm - Now Full
Please call us on 01635 550117 to book your place. Places are limited to 10 per course and we do ask for a deposit of £5 per person, which is fully refundable on the day.
What a wonderful concept - Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 10/02/11
Every first Friday of the month, our superb colleagues at Head Office say we must open a lovely bottle of fine wine, so we happily oblige!
A few examples of wines we've opened are:
- Cloudy Bay's Te Koko
- Stag's Leap Chardonnay
- Ch Rauzan Gassies, Margaux
- Pouilly Fume de Ladoucette
- Puligny Montrachet, Chavy
- Ch La Croix de Gay, Pomerol
- Hacienda Monasterio Crianza
- Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
- Louis Latour Puligny Montrachet 'Les Truffieres
- Crozes Hermitage, Graillot 2006
Your delivery, your way!Date published: 22/01/11
Looking to place an order with Majestic Newbury? We thought you'd like to know the following:
- We aim to get orders delivered within 3 working weekdays
- If you need a 2 hour timeslot, we'll be happy to provide one
- AM dels book up quickly, so please let us know early if one is required
- If the order needs altering/re-arranging, this can be done upto 8pm the day before your delivery
- If you have any glasses from our glass hire service, we are able to pick these up on your next delivered order
If you have any queries, please call us on 01635 550117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Store Events(1)
Loire & Beaujolais Spotlight Week
8 August 2014 - 14 August 2014
Join us from 8-14 August when the tasting counter will be laden with summery whites from the Loire Valley and light, fruity reds from Beaujolais - perfect for summer sipping.
Open to all
- Store Tasting(8)
What we're tasting today...
Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2013 Famille Negrel£10.99Special Offer£9.99
Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, Barossa Valley
Meet the team...
Callum Trainee ManagerHaving just moved from Stow in the heart of the Cotswold's Newbury is my second Majestic Store! For me there's nothing better than a lovely oaked Chardonnay, I'm also partial to our range of local Ale's!
Pete DriverSimply the petite driver who helps out in store now and again! Love Wine - Love Driving - Love shorts, try some of my fave (that's short for favourite) Riojas or some Italian fine wines - you'll be pleasantly surprised - I was!
Phoebe Trainee ManagerThe Newbie of Newbury, this is my first Majestic store so very excited to meet everyone and more importantly start learning more about the wines. I spent last year working on a vineyard in Tuscany so am slightly biased when it comes to a nice Chianti.
Rob ManagerI started my majestic career in Banbury November 2009, then I moved to Summertown. I was then promoted to Abingdon assistant manager and then back to Summertown as Senior Assistant. I now find myself as manager of Newbury. I enjoy a wide array of wines, beers and spirits, but my current Favourite is The Vicar Shiraz (2008), from McClaren Vale. But I also really enjoy a good claret! When the sun is shining though a Provence rose cannot be beaten but a gin and tonic is a close second, pass the Hendrick's!
Robert Assistant ManagerWhile I love a variety of wines my favorites are either very sweet (Tokaji is where my heart is) or, if I feel indulgent, then the white wines of Burgundy.