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62 Oxford Road
New Denham
Uxbridge
UB9 4DN
United Kingdom

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Wine of the Week - Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone 'BellerucheDate published: 23/07/14

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.

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.

Chardonnay Date published: 22/07/14

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

Scorching New Summer Offer - The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/07/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc has just come down in price to £6.99 for one week only!

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

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

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

Grab this while you can - the offer only lasts until 28th July!

Tequila and Mezcal Date published: 21/07/14

Production of tequila is delimited by the Mexican government and to be called tequalia the spirit must be made from blue agave that has been grown and processed in one of the five authorized states. Agave based distillates are made throughout mexico and are known by the generic title of mezcal. Mezcal has often been seen as the poor relation of tequalia but its quality and reputation is improving rapidly. By law , at least 51 pe cent of the fermentable sugars in a tequallia must come from the blue agave, while the remainder may come from any other sugar source. 

The Benefits of E-mailDate published: 21/07/14

Here at Majestic we are always trying to improve the service that we can offer our customers, and one way we can do this is by adding your email address to your Majestic account. By choosing to receive e-mails from Majestic you will receive the following great benefits!

Bespoke personalised offers.

Exclusive deals on interesting parcels.

Invites to events such as our Spotlight tastings.

And best of all NO spam, just the deals that you want.

So next time you pop in make sure to ask if we have your email on file so that you don't miss out on all the fantastic things Majestic has to offer you!

What I'm Drinking - AIX MagnumDate published: 21/07/14

Perfect for a party! The AIX magnum is also a fantastic Provence Rose!

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

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

At just £19.99 you couldn't get any better value for money either. 

Gina

Gin Date published: 20/07/14

Gin is made from spirit with a minimum strength of 96% abv flavored with a range of botanical , of which the most important is juniper. The origin of the base spirit may vary: it may be molasses, sugar beet or, more commonly , grain spirit. Grain spirits are preferred as they give the gin a crisper texture whereas molasses based spirits can give an impression of softness and sweetness. By law juniper must be the dominant flavor and this is nearly always supported by coriander, citrus peel, angelica and orris root. A whole range of the other botanical are used and the mix of botanical is the key to the flavor profile of the final spirit. The exact recipes used by distillers are closely guarded secrets. 

London Gins 

By law London gin must be produced by redistilling the neautral spirit in a pot still in the presence of juniper and the other botanicals. No other flavours may be added after distillation. The neutral spirit is watered down and, in some cases, the botanicals are macetrated in the alcohol. The alcohol liberates the essential oils from the botanicals and these are carried across the swans neck with the vapours. Distillers can influence the intensity of the flavour of their gin by the length of time they macerate the botanicals. Alonger maceration produces a fuller flavoured spirit whereas a shorter maceration produces a lighter flavoured gin. The most delicately flavoured gins are prodcued when the distiller places the botanicals in a basket located in the head of the pot stikll.

Fantastic Offer - Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet Date published: 19/07/14

A firm favorite grape variety of mine Picpoul is a unique wine to try if you just fancy something different. An excellent accompaniment to seafood. At the moment it's just £5.99 per bottle when you buy any two bottles on our save 15% deal. 

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

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

Drink with all fish dishes but i particularly enjoyed it with salmon 

Gina 

Deal of the Day - Torres Vina SolDate published: 16/07/14

Today's Deal of the Day is the Torres Vina Sol, which has just come down to £5.99!


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

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

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

This wine is 100% Paralleda - usually reserved for making top-quality Cava.  I love its fresh, breezy feel and this wine is just great in the garden or with paella!

A firm favourite!

Wine of the Week - Mont Saint Jean CorbieresDate published: 16/07/14

Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

Perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board.

Vodka Date published: 15/07/14

The alcoholic wash used to make vodka can be made from any fermanable agricultural material although in the practice gains and molasses are the preferred options. Other less widespread base materials used in the production of premiums vodkas includes potatoes and grapes. 

Fermentation and distilliation 

Grain and molasses are converted in the same way as described in the chapters on whiskey and rum although it is rare for distillers to use malted grains: instead they rely on enzymes. The starch in potatoes is converted to sugar by cooking. Vodka distillers are looking to make the cleanest possible spirit and so,unlike whiskey and rum, the ferment should not generate a lot of congeners. 


The aim of vodka distillation is to produce a spirit that is as close to pure ethanol as possible. By law most vodkas have to be distilled to strength of at least 96%. The standard Coffey still cannot produce the required degree of rectification andso most distillers will will use several rectifying columns to produce this. once the final spirit has been distilled some distillers choose to use activated charcoal fitlartion. to remaining impurities. The unaged spirit reduced down to bottling strength. Some prodcers add glycerol for added mouthfeel although this is unlikely to be used by premium vodka prodcers.

Some vodkas have extra flavors added. Quite often this is a fruit flavour but honey , vanilla, bison grass and pepper are also used. The flavor can be added either by macerating the ingredients in the vodka or by blending in distilled fruit spirits. Distillers can use less expensive essences which as in gin production can smell and taste artificial and fade quickly in the glass, 


Flavour Extraction Date published: 14/07/14

the traditional flavoring ingredients used in liqueur production are botanical in or-gin: herbs, spices, peels, fruit and nuts are all used. A number of common techniques used to exact flavors from these ingredients are: 

Maceration: The Ingredients are steeped in the alcohol to extract their flavor. This.This can last for a few days to a few months. 

Infusion: Similar to maceration but the alcohol and flavor ingredients are heated.

Percolation: The alcohol is allowed to pass through a bed of botanical either as a liquid or a vapor.  

Distilliation: Distillation can be used to extract flavoured in a manner similair to gin production or a flavoured alchol can be redistilled once it is separeated from the ingredients. 

Liqueurs Date published: 12/07/14

A liqueur is a blend of distilled alcohol from an agricultural source with flavor ingredients , sugar , water and coloring. Their production is hugely varied but recipes and techniques are often a secret. This Chapter can only give a brief outline of the most common ingredients used. 


Producing Liqueurs 

Alcohol

Most liqueurs are made using a neutral highly rectified spirit but there are a few that are based on a more flavor some spirit. 

Grand Marnier has a cognac base and for Drambuie whisky is used. Confusingly , certain fruit liqueurs can be labelled with the word brandy after the name of the fruit, for example Cherry brandy. This is a traditional labelling term and often a neautral spirit is used in their production. 

Incredible new deal on Laurent Perrier RoseDate published: 11/07/14

As of this morning, we have dropped the price of Laurent-Perrier Rose!

Now when you buy 2 (or more!) bottles of LP Rose it will cost just £43.31!

We only have limited availability of this offer so place an order asap to avoid disappointment. 

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Edna Valley ChardonnayDate published: 11/07/14

As a fan of anything Chardonnay (the oakier the better) I was really impressed by the Edna Valley Chardonnay. Perfectly balanced between fruit and oak characteristics this is a fantastic buy at just £8.65 as a part of our summer selection. It is also available to try on the tasting counter this weekend.

One of California's coolest vineyard areas, Edna Valley is the ideal location for creating refined, restrained and elegant Chardonnay. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and fermented in French and Hungarian oak, followed by nine months' lees ageing.

Combining typically Californian richness of texture with great freshness of fruit and subtle complexity, with crisp acidity cutting through the layers of ripe apple fruit and toasty oak.

A fine match for roast poultry

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Chateau de Sainte GemmeDate published: 10/07/14

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.

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. Try with goose or red meats such as lamb.

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 09/07/14

At just £29.98 there has never been a better time to stock up on Veuve NV. 

A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

What I'm Drinking - Nicholas Potel Bourgogne ChardonnayDate published: 09/07/14

This week I've been enjoying a fantastic value white burgundy - Nicholas Potel's Bourgogne Chardonnay.

Its 'Bourgogne' appellation means the grapes can come from all over the region, and so in terms of quality can be anything from exceptionally good to just hum-drum.  In this instance, the grapes of from the Maconnais, Cote d'Or and Cote Chalonnaise, and it is best to follow the old rule of burgundy - trust a good producer and not an appellation!  Nicholas Potel is a fantastic grower and I have yet to be disappointed by any of his wines, from the generic bourgogne rouge and blanc right the way up to such fancy things as Nuits-St-Georges 1er crus!

This wine is a very clean, dry and straightforward style of chardonnay - no oak here.  The wine is fermented and matured in stainless steel, an unusual decision in burgundy where oak is favoured, and the result is very clear green apple, pineapple and lemon flavours on the nose.  The palate offers more of the same but with subtle hints of acacia and macadamia nut, with a nice round generous finish derived from the malolactic fermentation.

This wine is eminently enjoyable on its own but would also be great with comté cheese, smoked salmon, fresh pasta with summer vegetables and pate.

Wine of the Week - TestimonioDate published: 08/07/14

This week's Wine of the Week is the generously proportioned Testimonio Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat blend from Luigi Bosca!

According to our website "Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leonino 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, described as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'.

A deep, dark and dense blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat with a background of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla. Drink with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak."

This wine is exceptional value for money at £8.66 on offer, and will be perfect for the summer barbeque.  If you like your reds big, bold and fruity, then give the Testimonio a go!

Meet the Matsu FamilyDate published: 08/07/14

If you've been in-store recently you'll have noticed a rather distinctive set of wines on our front counter. Featuring the faces of a young man, middle aged man and an old man. These represent the style and age of the wine, and they're all a great example of Spanish wine that isn't that same old Rioja again. 

Matsu El Picaro 2012 Toro

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.

Matsu El Recio 2012 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.

Matsu El Viejo 2011 Toro

'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic.

The wines are fantastic value for money at the moment 

El Picaro is £8.49 when you buy any two bottles on the 15% off deal

El Recio is £12.74 when you buy any two bottles on the 15% off deal

El Viejo is £20 when you buy two or more fine wines.

Make sure to give them a look when you're next in Uxbridge

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Gavi AraldicaDate published: 07/07/14

Gavi is one of my favorite wines. Luckily the Gavi Araldica has joined our Summer Selection and is available at just £6.66 an absolute steal! 

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Definatley something to try if you've grown tired of neutral Pinot Grigio. Elegant and with a far fruitier profile. 

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

Provence Rose Spotlight WeekDate published: 06/07/14

Our Provence Rose Spotlight week is in full swing here in Uxbridge! 

We will have several examples of this fantastic Rose available to taste until the 10th of July. Come and Explore in-store to get a real impression of this summery style of wine!

Our Next Wine Course!Date published: 06/07/14

We've just decided on a date for our Wine Course in July! 

The course will be taking place on Sunday the 27th at 3pm. It's a free informal 90 minute session where we will taste and discuss 6 wines. Then there will be a little bit of food and wine matching. 

Call us on 01895812065 or E-mail uxb@majestic.co.uk to book your place

What I'm Drinking - Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 06/07/14

As I continue to explore Cabernet Sauvignon I'm always finding new and interesting expressions of this grape. This Californian example is no exception. 

Origin

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending.

Taste

Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins.

Enjoy with beef dishes Just £11.89 as part of our buy two bottles save 15% promotion.

What I'm Drinking - Etoile de Mer RoséDate published: 03/07/14

I've been getting through quite a lot of this rose from the beautiful area of Luberon, northern Provence, recently.  Very much in the vain of classic Provence rosé, this supremely refreshing wine should be snapped up at £8.99!

Here's a little info from our website:

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours.

A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.

Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads.


I would also personally recommend this as a great aperitif wine served with olive tapenade and crositni!  Elegant and invigorating stuff!



Wine of the Week - Marques de la Concordia Rioja Reserva Date published: 03/07/14

This week's Wine of the Week is the Marques de la Concordia Rioja Reserva!

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.

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.

Our New Summer SelectionDate published: 02/07/14

Have you seen we've had even more wines join our Summer Selection? 

Including favorites such as the M de Minuity Rose now £9.99 per bottle and the ever popular Veuve NV at £29.98 per bottle

Make sure you pop down to the store, the offers will last until the end of the month. 

What I'm Drinking - Montagny Vieilles Vignes BuxyDate published: 02/07/14

A fantastic example of a white burgundy for under a tenner! 

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin

The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in 1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling wines.

Taste

This Montagny offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an elegant, steely dry finish.

Just £8.91 on our 15% off deal

Gina

Wine of the Week - Claudius MorandDate published: 27/06/14

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 with rack of lamb, roasted with fragrant herbs or glazed ham.

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Marques de Riscal Rioja ReservaDate published: 25/06/14

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.

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy lamb casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

Fine Wine of the Week - Marques de Vargas 2009 Rioja ReservaDate published: 24/06/14

Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced.

Best decanted before serving. Pair with beef carpaccio.

If you missed this on our tasting counter last weekend, fear not!  We will be opening another bottle this Saturday!!


Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Prosecco ZoninDate published: 24/06/14

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Ruinart Tasting - Next SaturdayDate published: 22/06/14

This is a great chance to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the magnificent Ruinart Rosé. We will have the whole Ruinart range open to taste so it's going to be a pretty special afternoon! Only 20 places so sign up quick!

Taking place on Saturday the 28th at 3pm. Make sure not to miss this special event!

Sparkling Saturday - Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV Date published: 21/06/14

The Sun is out today and so is the Fizz! 

We've got a bottle of Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV open to try on our tasting counter.

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.

An absolute steal at just £14.99 per bottle as part of our Summer Selection.

Wine of the Week - Matsu El PicaroDate published: 21/06/14

This week's Wine of the Week is Matsu El Picaro

Grape: Tempranillo

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile

Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip

ONLY £8.49

when you buy 2 bottles as part of our Buy 2 save 15% offer


What I'm Drinking - Château PigoudetDate published: 20/06/14

With the sun out there's no better time to be drinking Rose and the Château Pigoudet has always been one of my favorites! 

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.

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 with Salade Niçoise and sunny evenings! 

Just £9.34 per bottle as part of our buy any two save 15% deal.

Gina

Roots Date published: 18/06/14

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

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

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


What I'm Drinking - Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 17/06/14

An old favorite of mine on an amazing offer at the moment! £8.99 as part of the Summer Selection. If you enjoy the Gran Reserva style and plenty of sweet spices this is the wine for you!

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Gina

Avalibale to Taste - Le Difese Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 16/06/14

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese

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

A really fantastic wine showing incredibly well now. Don't miss your chance to taste in on our tasting counter this week. 

Just £16 on our Fine Wine offer (buy any two selected fine wines or spirits save £10)

Wine of the Week - McGuigan Handmade ShirazDate published: 16/06/14

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz

This week we've got a fantastic treat for you. Our wine of the week is the fantastic McGuigan Handmade Shiraz.

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

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

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

Just £20 on our Fine wine offer (buy two or more selected fine wines or spirits.)

Team Uxbridge


What I'm Drinking - The King's Legacy Chardonnay Date published: 15/06/14

Something that I'd been waiting for Majestic to stock for ages! So as soon as the King's Legacy arrived I was keen to try it. As a fan of everything Chardonnay it did not disappoint! 

This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees.

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding. Although I enjoyed it with Salmon myself.

On offer at the moment for £9.99 per bottle when you buy two or more wines on our 33% off offer

Gina

Sparkling Saturday - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta Date published: 14/06/14


Open to taste today, Italian fizz with a difference, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay


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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.


Wine of the Week - Giesen 'The Brothers' Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/06/14

The Giesen Brothers' winery is located in the Dillon's Point area of Marlborough, and it is here that most of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown. A small proportion of the wine has been fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, adding complexity and ageing potential.

A distinctive blend of classic Marlborough aromas – gooseberry, dry grass, currant leaf, ripe pineapple and floral notes that flow onto a palate of crushed herbs, supple fruit sweetness and crisp acidity.

Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years. Enjoy with goat's cheese tartlets.

HYbrids as RootstocksDate published: 09/06/14

When Phylloxera struck Europe in the late nineteenth  century it was discovered that the louse could be inhibited by sandy soils and by flooding the vineyards bu these were only local solutions to the problem. Initially , the only way of dealing with it was to plant American species or hybrids. Initially, the only way of dealing with it was to plant american species or hybrids. The quality of wine produced from these vines was never deemed to be good quality and by the end of the nineteenth century a better, if more expensive, solution was found. V vinifera could be grafted onto an American vine. This offered the protection of the American vine and the flavor of the European vine. 

Since this initial discovery, great effort has been put into developing the best rootstock hybrids. The first rootstocks, developed from V. riparia and v rupetris were resistant to phylloxera, but where poorly adapted to the lime rich soils of many of Europes fine wine regions. Crossing these with V.berlandieri created rootstocks that were resisitant to Phylloxera and tolerant of lime. More recent crossing have enabled the creation of rootstock to cope with other problems. 

Phylloxera AND Root stock Date published: 08/06/14

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

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

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

What I'm Drinking - Vergelegen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/06/14

A great example of South African Sauvignon with fantastic complexity. The Vergelegen is the perfect wine to try when you'd like just a little bit more than fruit. 

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

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

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

This wine comes in at £8.91 when you buy any two wines as part of our 15% off deal.

Fine Wine of the Week - Craggy Range Te KahuDate published: 07/06/14

Te Kahu means 'the cloak', and is the Maori name for the mist that envelops this valley. The Gimblett Gravels vineyard's unique location creates the warmest vineyard area in New Zealand. This blend provides a modern and unique take on a classic Bordeaux assemblage.

Lots of dark brambly fruit and a dark cherry core, ripe tannins add structure and added complexity is available in the form of sweet spice, vanilla and white pepper.

This wine possesses enough concentration and tannin to withstand 8 years ageing, and is a perfect accompaniment to roast dinners.

What I'm Drinking - Waimea Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/06/14

There's a little bit more complexity in this Sauvignon Blanc. Rather than just being all out fruity (not that that is a bad thing at all!) the Waimea has a touch of grassy complexity to it. 

Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the new world.

Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish.

Gorgeous on a warm summer afternoon, or even to bring some sunshine to a wet afternoon. Fantastic with oysters and scallops. The perfect wine for the weekend! 

Gina

Upcoming TastingsDate published: 06/06/14

We have several fantastic opportunities for you to experience some new wines in the next few weeks.

Firstly, we have an Italian themed spotlight tasting. 6 wines in 30 minutes. With Italian wines at 25% off for the rest of the month there has never been a better time to try your next favorite. This is taking place on Saturday the 14th of June at 3pm. You can confirm your place by calling 01895 812065 or E-mailing us at uxb@majestic.co.uk

Secondly we have a free 90 minute wine course taking place on Sunday the 15th of June. There will be 6 wines, some fizz and food and wine matching. An informal afternoon treat! Spaces for this one are limited so make sure to confirm yours with us. 

Team Uxbridge

What I'm Drinking - Domaines Schlumberger GewürztraminerDate published: 05/06/14

A little bit more adventurous, this Gewürztraminer is a fantastic quality buy! It's slightly off dry and that makes it perfect for Thai food which is always a favorite of mine. 

Domaines Schlumberger make their wines using only estate-grown fruit, from vineyards located on the breathtaking slopes of southern Alsace, many having up to 50º elevation. Of their 140ha of vineyards, 70ha are recognised as grand cru sites.

An intense nose of rose petals, oriental spice and tropical fruit. Gently off-dry, with a round and mellow texture, balanced by a burst of acidity and a peppery note on the finish.

A Wonderfully food-friendly wine and all round gem. You won't be disappointed! 

Now £13.59 per bottle as part of our 15% off deal.

Gina

New Zealand Spotlight Tasting WeekDate published: 04/06/14

Don't forget our New Zealand Spotlight Tasting Week starts this Friday!  Running from the 6th - 12th June, we will have an expanded selection of New Zealand wines, both red and white, open to taste on our tasting counter.  Come and Explore!

Fantastic Champagne Offer!Date published: 04/06/14

We are delighted to announce that for a short time only, the fabulous Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV has been reduced to £14.99 when you buy any two wines on the Summer Selection offer!  That's a whopping 33% off!!

"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."

Don't just take our word for it though; try some out for yourself!

Orders can be placed via www.majestic.co.uk, in store, or over the phone on 01895 812065!

What I'm Drinking - Ravenswood Zinfandel Date published: 03/06/14

Now down to just £7.99 as part of our 33% off deal, its a perfect time to stock up on my favorite Californian wine. 

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

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

Gina

New Offers!!!! Date published: 03/06/14

Today we have some new wines moving into our "Summer Selection" at a staggering 33% off!!!

Make sure to find time to Come and Explore these in store or online. The deals will run until the end of this month. 

Team Uxbridge

What I'm Drinking - Pasqua Pinot GrigioDate published: 02/06/14

A good all round party wine that isn't going to break the bank, the Pasqua Pinot Grigio has long been a favorite of mine. 

Running a family owned winery begun in 1925, the Pasqua brothers are a formidable team and are the last winery operating within Verona city in the middle of the Veneto region where this Pinot Grigio comes from.

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish

A dry wine, The ideal apéritif or partner to oriental food.

At just £5.99 this is a fantastic wine to always have in the rack at home. 

Gina

Last Chance Deals!Date published: 02/06/14

Our current offers end today. So if there's something at 33% off that's been tempting you now is the time to buy! 

We're open until 7pm tonight

What I'm Drinking - Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 31/05/14

Opened last night to celebrate a new sofa (any excuse!) the Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic drop.

his 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.

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. I chose to have it with a steak!

Just £9.74 as part of our 25% off promotion

Gina

Fine Wine of the Week - Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2005Date published: 31/05/14

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 now with lamb or over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

OPEN TO TASTE ALL WEEKEND!

£24.00 or on the 'buy any 2 Fine Wines or Spirits save £10' offer - £19.00!

Wine of the Week - Gavi AraldicaDate published: 31/05/14

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

BACK IN STOCK - Minuty RoseDate published: 30/05/14

We've just got this fantastic summer Rose back in stock!

Origin

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad

Just £9.99 as part of our Summer Selection

Majestic Wins House Wine Merchant of the Year!Date published: 29/05/14

At the prestigious Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Majestic has just won the House Wine Merchant of the Year award!


Here is what the judges had to say:

“...Every wine but one (a Loire sparkler) of (Majestic's) sizable award count was under £10. This, in itself, was impressive enough, but in fact the majority of them were under £6 – and a fair percentage of them under £5. At a time when it’s clearly increasingly hard to source genuinely cheap wines, this is an amazing effort, and a reflection not just of the organisation’s bargaining power, but also the quality of its sourcing.  As you would expect, the wines came from the usual ‘vfm’ suspects: south of France, Italy, hidden corners of Spain, with the odd blast from South America and the Cape. And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.” 

We also had 5 Gold Medal winners, 8 Silver Medal winners and 11 Bronze Medal winners!

Contact the team in store if you'd like to take advantage of our award winning Commercial offering!


Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Gavi AraldicaDate published: 29/05/14

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.


As this is in our 33% off deal, you can mix it with any other 33% off wine to reduce the price of this from £9.99 to £6.66!

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Caixas GodelloDate published: 28/05/14

Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas.

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

£6.66 when you buy any two Summer Selection wines!

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/05/14

A fantastic deal just in time for the weekend! 

Origin

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.

An absolute bargain at just £13.32 as part of the Summer selection.  

Summer Tasting LineupDate published: 22/05/14

Don't forget our Summer Tasting, starting at 6pm tonight!


The tasting lineup is:

Sparkling Wine

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009, England

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry


White Wine

Pouilly Fuisse Vielles Vignes, Christophe Cordier, France

Leon Perdigal Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc, France

Weingarten Gruner Veltliner, Austria

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand


Red Wine

Cote de Beaune, Louis Jadot, France

Barolo Natale Verga, Italy

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia

Peregrine Pinot Noir, New Zealand

Errazuriz Carmenere, Chile


12 delicious wines open to taste, plus our ever-present Tasing Counter wines too! Knockout!

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Ondine Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/05/14

The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style.

Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture. Try with a starter of creamy camembert served with green fig preserve.

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Ondine Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/05/14

The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style.

Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture.

Try with a starter of creamy camembert served with green fig preserve.

Buy any 2 from our Summer Selection offer and save 33%! Now only £5.99!

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Codorniu Raventos CavaDate published: 19/05/14

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

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

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Taittinger NVDate published: 17/05/14

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.  It is the only grande marque Champagne still owned and run by its namesake family.

Just £27.98 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% off Summer Selection range.

Sparkling Saturday - Bouvet Saumur Rose Date published: 17/05/14

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

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

A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.

Appellations Laws Date published: 16/05/14

Appellations came about in response to the flood of fraudulent wines, it is covered in the following areas:

Production Area - the appellation is often restricted to specific plots of land. 

Permitted Vine Varieties - It specifies in what proportions the varieties must be used.

Alcoholic Strength and Ripeness - This deals with sugar ripeness and sets minimum must weights and minimum alcoholic strengths. 

Viticulture Practices - This looks into the training and pruning methods that can be used.

Yields - Maximum yields limit 

Winemaking practices - methods of production that have have to be used and minimum ageing requirements. 

 

Wine Labelling Law in the EUDate published: 15/05/14

On august 2009 the EU adopted new laws governing the protection of wines with a geographical indiction(GI) and the labelling of wine. These new regulations were designed to bring the regulatory framework into line with the international standards adopted by the world trade organisation for geographical indictation. This is so that countries can recognize and protect the reputation of their wine. These indications are from one of the following;

-Protected designation of orgin

-Protected geographical indication 

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Prosecco Corte AltaDate published: 15/05/14

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.

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

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

Trade in Burgundy Date published: 14/05/14

Largely because of the Napoleonic laws of inheritance, the vineyards in burgundy are very fragmented and this has had important repercussions on both AC laws and the nature of the trade. Sometimes the growers will make the wine themselves , as well as growing the grapes. It is increasingly common for growers to sell their grapes to a merchant, who will vinify the wine. They can either bottled the wine and sell it as there own known as DOMIANE and this accounts for 33% of total production. Or they may sell it in bulk to a merchant.

Bordeaux Bargain!Date published: 14/05/14

We have just received a parcel of Domane de la Gaffliere 1996 St Emilion!

Domaine de la Gaffelière is situated close to the village of St-Emilion, on the lower part of the southern slopes, amongst the other famous 'gaffelière' estates. It is managed by Alain Vauthier, who also manages the vineyards of the illustrious Château Ausone.

Now fully mature and ready to drink, this wine offers layers of blackcurrant, raisin, date and prune flavours, all framed by smoothly polished tannins and aromas of old cigar box and pine resin.

Partner with a selection of nutty, firm cheeses.

Wine of the Week - Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/05/14

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.

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.

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

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc Has ArrivedDate published: 12/05/14

A new New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has arrived at Uxbridge. The Mud House!

Origin

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

Taste

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

A dry white, chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.

If you like the sound of this then you'll love that we'll be opening it on the tasting counter as soon as it's chilled!

Just £6.66 as part of our 33.3% off deal!

Seasonal Summer TastingDate published: 11/05/14

Remember we're holding our annual summer tasting on Thursday the 22nd of May. 

It's here in-store and runs from 6pm

We'll have at least 10 wines open alongside some fantastic nibbles. 

There are still spaces available so ring us on 01895 812065 to reserve your place and avoid dissapointment. 

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Viñalba Fifty 50Date published: 10/05/14

Today's deal of the day is a new addition to our range and is available to taste this weekend.

Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

Bordeaux winemaker Hervé Fabre made his name from Malbec, having been the first to make a single-varietal Malbec in Argentina. This wine is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina's 'other' great Bordeaux-sourced grape.

Typically intense and vibrant, full of inky violet colour, with a juicy damson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both nose and palate. Toasty oak influence adds a touch of complexity.

Perfect with a juicy roast leg of lamb. So the ideal Sunday roast wine!

Just £7.99 as part of our 33.3% off Summer Selection. But don't take my word for it, taste it.


Gina

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 09/05/14

A fantastic champagne at a better price. Today's deal of the day is Veuve Clicquot NV

Made from a blend of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

A fantastic price at just £29.98 per bottle when you buy two or more wines from our Summer Selection. That's a massive 33.3% off!

Wine of the Week - Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua ValleyDate published: 07/05/14

Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua ValleyGrapeCabernet Sauvignon, MalbecOrigin

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.


This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.


Decant at least 30 minutes before serving. At its best with rare sirloin steak.


Decanting WineDate published: 06/05/14

Wines with a heavy deposit need to be decanted. This deposit is quite natural and is formed during the aging process of many good red wines. Some young wines benefit from the aeration that occurs by being decanted , although this can be done as easily by swirling the wine in the glass. Note 'airing' a wine by opening a bottle some time before service does absolutely no good at all. To little of the wine is in contact with the air for it to have affect. 

- Firstly remove the bottle horizontally from its rack and palce in decanting basket if available. Alternatively, hold carefully . making sure the deposit is not agitated.

-Very gently remove the top of the capsule and clean.the shoulder and neck of the bottle. very gently remove the cork.

-Remove the bottle from the basket, being careful not to disturb the deposit.

The Search for the Perfect Match Date published: 05/05/14

There are many classic pairings of food and wine: goat's cheese and Sancerre; oysters with Muscadet or Champagne;Stilton with Port; Olives with Manzanilla. Most (But not all) people will find these pairings successful and interesting, with the food enhancing the wine and vice versa. We have seen that these pairings work because of the taste interaction between structural components ( Salt , sweetness, acid etc) in the food and wine, but these successes can suggest that for every dish there is one perfect wine or wine style that will work perfectly in just the same way. With this in mind, chefs may work together making small tweaks to ingredients and preparation methods of thier dish.


Conclusion: There is no such thing as an objectively perfect pairing. 

The principal areas of Bordeaux Date published: 04/05/14

The Dordogne and Garonne rivers combine to form the Gironde Estuary and divide the Bordeaux vineyards into three broad areas. West and south of the Gironde/Garonne lie the districts of Medoc, Graves and Sauternes. This area is often referred to as the Left bank.  Most of the area between the Dordogne and the Garonne is covered by the Entre-Deux-Mers AC. Finally, the principal districts to the North and east of the Gironde and Dordogne are Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, commonly referred to as the the Right Bank. (Wine and Spirit, Robinson) 

Gina's Saturday Night Choice - Stella Alpina ChardonnayDate published: 04/05/14

I can often be found in-store praising the controversial Chardonnay grape. As one of my favorite varieties of wine it can be hard to go wrong with a glass of Chardonnay in my eyes, so this week I've chosen a new addition to our range. 

My choice for a perfect accompaniment to Saturday night TV this week is the Stella Alpina Chardonnay. Hailing from Italy; Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.

Slightly off dry, A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit. 

Perfect to enjoy by itself or with a dish such as chicken (although Pizza would also be a great choice!) 

Wine of the Week - Los Vascos Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 02/05/14

Domaines Barons de Rothschild took over the Los Vascos ('The Basques') estate in 1988, and since then have grown it from its original 220ha of vines to 580ha. Many of the original vines are 40-50 years old, with the oldest being up to 70 years old.

Classic and pure Cabernet, with well-defined notes of cherry, blueberry and plum on the nose, with hints of bay leaf and clove adding subtle depth. Approachably soft yet weighty on the palate.

Partner with roast beef or fillet steak.


Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/05/14

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

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

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

Summer Selection Deal of the Day - Gavi ToledanaDate published: 30/04/14

The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

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

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

Wine of the Week - PassimentoDate published: 26/04/14

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

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

A fine match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked red meat dishes

New in - Pied Tanque RougeDate published: 24/04/14

This easy-drinking red comes from vineyards in and around the Hérault Valley departement of the Languedoc, and is typical of the fruity, approachable reds that are so integral to the food culture of southern France.

Light-bodied with a supple tannic structure, this is an eminently drinkable red, delivering ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavours with subtle herbaceous notes, leading to a clean finish.

A great lunchtime red. Great with ravioli in a fresh tomato sauce.


Grapes: Merlot, Carignan

Pick N Mix Deal of the day - Errazuriz Pinot NoirDate published: 24/04/14

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. He realised that the cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers combined with Pacific breezes to make it an ideal area to grow grapes.

An attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and a touch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smoky nuances from the oak ageing.

A smooth, silky mouthfeel make this an excellent partner to roast pork, turkey or fillet of salmon.

Spotlight Tasting - ChileDate published: 23/04/14

On Saturday 3rd May, we have a FREE Spotlight Tasting on Chilean wine!

Spotlight tastings are a quick, informal tasting of 3 pairs of wines from a specific country; 6 wines, 30 minutes, endless fun!

As a bonus to the customers of Uxbridge, the tasting will be held by Kevin, who now considers himself a real expert on Chilean wine having just returned from a week travelling the vineyards of that country!  He now considers his Mastermind Special Subject to be Apalta Valley Carmenere!

So if you fancy causing some mischief, please do find the most awkward and obscure questions you can about Chile to really wind him up.

The tasting will start at 3pm on Saturday 3rd May, and just drop us a line to book a place:

Email: uxb@majestic.co.uk

Phone: 01895 812065

Twitter: @majesticuxb

New In - Vallée Des Pins RoséDate published: 22/04/14

An exciting new Provance Rosé has just arrived here in Uxbridge. 

Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault grape varieties.

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

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

A crisp dry wine. Try with gratinated aubergines or other simple Mediterranean cuisine.

Try now for the bargain price of £7.99 when you buy two or more! Fantastic! 

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Date published: 21/04/14

Today's Pick 'n' Mix of the day is also available to taste on our tasting counter so if you don't believe me you can come and see for yourself what a fantastic wine we've picked!

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.

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

Just £7.99 when you buy any two wines as a part of our Pick 'n' Mix promotion!

New in - Tour du Haut Moulin 2007Date published: 19/04/14

Tour du Haut Moulin is situated in Cussac Fort, between Margaux and St-Julien, in the heart of Haut-Médoc. It has been owned by the Poitou family since 1870 and is now in the 6-generation of family ownership. It has 28 hectares of vines on Garonne gravel soils.

Now showing a good degree of maturity with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a harmonious mouthfeel.

Drinking well now. Great with a cheese board.

£14.99 and open to taste!

New In - First Class Pinot NoirDate published: 18/04/14

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

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

A great partner for tender pork loin.

Wine of the Week - M de Minuty Provence RoseDate published: 18/04/14

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, 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.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Wine of the Week - Chateau Caronne St GemmeDate published: 14/04/14

The vineyard of Caronne Ste-Gemme is made up of 45 hectares planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone. Plantings consist of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and the average vine age is 25 years.

A bright nose of red fruit with a perfumed edge follows onto the palate with added nuances of smoke, black pepper and subtle oak. A well-rounded finish craves to be drunk now as an excellent accompaniment to roasts.


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Bollinger Special Cuvée NVDate published: 12/04/14

It's the weekend so we're bringing out the big guns! Today's choice is the Bollinger Special Cuvée NV. 

An iconic champagne. 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.

As part of the Easter Pick 'n' Mix a bottle of Bollinger is only £33.31! An impressive price. Remember this is when you buy two or more wines that are part of the deal. 

Gina

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Quinta de AzevedoDate published: 11/04/14

Something a little different for today's tour of our Easter offers! Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho Verde is from Portugal. 

Made from the unusual grape variety Loureiro. 

Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.

Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.

At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

Just £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles on our Pick and Mix promotion. 

Gina

Top 5 offers for this weekend!Date published: 11/04/14

We have some great deals on at the moment, so here are 5 of the best for this weekend:

+ Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne - £16.66 (down from £25.00 - 33% off!)

+ Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja - £10.99 (down from £14.66 - £25% off!)

+ The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 (down from £10.49 - 33% off!)

+ Santa Rita 120 Merlot - £5.99 (down from £8.99 - 33% off!)

+ Peroni 24packs - £24 (£1 per bottle! Cheaper than all our competitors!)


Have a great weekend!

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Our Easter opening hours are as follows:


Friday 18th April - 10am -8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - Closed

Monday 21st April - 10am - 5pm

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Lindauer Special ReserveDate published: 10/04/14

You've got to love pink fizz at this time of the year. So for today's look at the best of our Easter offers we have the Lindauer Special reserve from New Zealand. 

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle just like Champagne!

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish

Enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken.

Gina

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Pouilly-Fumé Jean VincentDate published: 09/04/14

Today's Pick of the day is a fantastic Pouilly-Fumé. The perfect summer white wine!

Made exclusively from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes

Amazing value at just £9.99 when you buy two or more of the wines as part of our Pick 'n' Mix!

Gina

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - 120 MerlotDate published: 08/04/14

Fantastic value, and a firm favorite of mine. Today's pick is the fabulous 120 Merlot.

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 independence. 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 plentiful but super-soft tannins, and typically Chilean ripeness of fruit.

An obvious choice for light red meat dishes and pasta, or even weightier fish such as salmon.

This wine would be fantastic for outdoor dining on a sunny day (still hopeful) and represents fantastic value at £5.99 per bottle as part of our pick and mix promotion. Did we mention that it's a great people pleaser and fantastic party wine? 

Gina

New Pick N Mix DealsDate published: 08/04/14

We have 4 new 33% off Pick N Mix deals as of today:


CVNE Rioja Reserva - £9.33 (was £9.99 on offer)

Prosecco Corte Alta - £6.66 (was £7.99 on offer)

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay - £7.33 (was £8.99 on offer)

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot - £7.33 (was £8.99 on offer)

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Gavi MontieroDate published: 08/04/14

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

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

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

Wine Course ReminderDate published: 07/04/14

Just a quick reminder to everyone that our next wine course is this Sunday (the 13th of April)

We still have some spaces available so if you'd like to learn some more about wine or just fancy some tutored tasting give us a call on 01895 812065, email us at uxb@majestic.co.uk or send us a tweet @majesticuxb

Team Uxbridge

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/04/14

Did we mention that The Ned was £6.99

Yes, thats right. The ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is included as part of our Easter Pick 'n' Mix. Our best seller, and it's easy to see why! 

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

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

Drink now with fresh summer salads, seafood or oriental food

A perfect wine to stock up on for when the sun finally comes out again and summer begins! 

Gina

Wine of the Day - Chateau Simard Date published: 07/04/14

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit VerdotOrigin

Château Simard is a 40-hectare estate located at the foot of the St-Emilion hill, on the sandy, gravelly soils typical of the area. It is managed by Alain Vauthier, co-owner of the famous properties of Ausone, Moulin-St-Georges and Fonbel.

Taste

Brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets and earth. Elegantly structured on the palate, well-rounded, with medium length.


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Oeil de Perdrix NVDate published: 06/04/14

Perhaps unsurprisingly my first pick of the Easter Pick 'n' Mix is the Oeil de Perdrix NV Champagne.

Made from a blend of the champagne grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Oeil de Perdrix is a Rose champagne.

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.

On offer for £16.66 when you buy any two or more wines as a part of our Pick 'n' Mix offer.

Gina

What I Drink At Home - Terroir Hunter Pinot NoirDate published: 06/04/14

Wondering what Majestic staff take home to drink after a long hard day in the store? Look no further! 

The first wine in this series is the Terroir Hunter Pinot Noir from Undurraga (probably more likely to be known for their sparkling wines that we stock) which although it is unavailable on the website we have several bottles in-store!

Made exclusively from Pinot Noir, the Terroir Hunter series aims to bring a variety of Terrior dominated wines from Chile to the table.Named in honour of the pioneering vignerons who originally came to Chile in search of new vine-growing opportunities, this wine comes from a small selected plot in Leyda Valley, which has proven itself to be ideally suited to its Dijon clone Pinot Noir vines.

Centring around a core of red and black cherry fruit, there are notes of wild herbs, earth and orange peel. Medium body, with tension provided by a vibrant acidity, lifting the ripe red fruit.

Drink with cold cuts or a game and cranberry pie.

Avalibale at the price of £15.99 per bottle.

Gina

Wine of the Week - Petalos BierzoDate published: 05/04/14

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

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

An interesting alternative middleweight red, which will go well with full-flavoured pasta dishes, charcuterie and hard cheeses or game.

Wine of the Week - Santa Rita Medalla Real CarmenereDate published: 03/04/14

Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven, Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with a little more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. This Carménère comes from sites in the Marchigüe and Apalta regions.


Plush and full bodied, this wine offers the nose and palate an array of blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

Will stand up well to steaks, as well as something a little gamier, such as pot roasted rabbit or duck.

Wine of the Week - Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008/09Date published: 30/03/14

As a part of an exclusive parcel from Australia this week's wine of the week is the Arrowfield Show Reserve Semilon. A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. Made in a modern, youthful style, using only stainless steel for fermentation, this wine is nonetheless remarkably age-worthy.

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

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

Just £6.99 when you buy two or more. 

Spotlight on Spain!Date published: 28/03/14

Did you know that we have an upcoming Spanish tasting week? There will be wines to taste from Spain available all week from the 4th to the 10th of April and to really top it off on Saturday the 5th we'll be hosting a tutored tasting of the Spanish wines available. 

Free and informal we will go through 6 wines in 30 minutes. Make sure that you don't miss out. Let us know that you want to attend by giving us a call on 01895 813065 or an E-mail at uxb@majestic.co.uk

Wine of the Day - Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi CountyDate published: 27/03/14

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto. Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.



Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 26/03/14

One of my favorite Reds of all time. The Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel is on a fantastic offer, for one week only. There can be no better time to try this fantastic, fruity Californian tipple. 

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

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

New Short Term Deals!Date published: 26/03/14

For one week only we've added some extra wines to our Pick n' Mix collection. Including a personal favorite of mine the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel! The New offers are as follows: 

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel £6.66

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Testimonio 2011, Luigi Bosca £6.66

Prosecco Corte Alta £6.66

Wine of the Day - 'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2011 NavarraDate published: 25/03/14

The 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 influenceshere 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.

Wine of the Day - Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 24/03/14

This is a great quality Chardonnay from Domaines Paul Mas, one of the greatest modern domaines in the Languedoc. 20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics. A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and subtle toasted bread notes. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a persistent finish.A great all-rounder, partnering anything from fish and seafood, to light blue cheeses and rich terrines.

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières - Fantastic Value!Date published: 23/03/14

Another of our Bargain Blooms that we have open to taste today is the Mont Saint Jean Corbieres! A fantastic wine for easy drinking and a great crowd pleaser!

A blend of grapes Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz and Carignan


Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

Perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board. A fantastic all round red! 


Wine of the Day - Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 Louis JadotDate published: 22/03/14

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.A nice apéritif, this will also partner fish dishes and chicken well.

Free Delivery!!Date published: 22/03/14

Remember we do FREE delivery! So if you don't want to leave the comfort of your own homes on this sunny Saturday feel free to give us a call on 01895812065!

Bargain Bloom of the day - Grifone MontepulcianoDate published: 21/03/14

Grifone Montepulciano is our favourite weekday red - soft, fruity, great with most food and only £4.99!

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains.

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

The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this the perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes, venison or goose.

I also particularly like it with any tomato based pasta dish!

Bargain Blooms - Paul Mas Chardonnay Back In StockDate published: 19/03/14

We've just had another delivery of this fantastic Chardonnay! At just £5.99 it's a steal!

This is a great quality Chardonnay from Domaines Paul Mas, one of the greatest modern domaines in the Languedoc. 20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics.

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

A great all-rounder, partnering anything from fish and seafood, to light blue cheeses and rich terrines.

Make sure to pop-in and grab some at this great price! 

Our Next Wine EventsDate published: 18/03/14

We've got plenty going on in-store in the coming months! Here is a list of our upcoming Wine Events!

Between Friday 4th April and Thursday 10th April  we have a Spanish Tasting Week where reds and whites from Spain will be available to taste. 

Saturday the 10th April is our Spanish Spotlight tasting. Starting at 3pm. We will be tasting 6 Spanish wines in 30 minutes. 

Sunday the 13th of April is our next FREE Wine Course. We taste and talk through 6 wines then have a try at some food and wine matching. Completely informal and a great introduction to wine and wine tasting. 

Friday the 2nd of May marks the start of the Chilean Tasting Week. This continues until Thursday the 8th. Whites and Reds will be available to taste. 

Saturday the 3rd of May is our Chilean Spotlight Tasting. 6 Chilean wines in 30 minutes. 

Finally we have a second FREE Wine Course date on the 15th of June. 

If you'd like to book a place on any of the tutored tastings make sure to give us a call on 01895 812065 or E-mail us at uxb@majestic.co.uk

Sunday SuggestionsDate published: 16/03/14

Sunday Lunch at this time of year turns to lamb; so as a result, here is our favourite sub-£10 Sunday Lunch Steal!

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.  Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Fantastic Rosé - M de MinutyDate published: 15/03/14

As Summer seems to be fast approaching we're stocking up on Rose here in Uxbridge. 

A personal favorite (as a huge fan of the Provence style) is the M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence. 

A blend of the Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren grapes. Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, 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.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Yours for just £10.99 when you buy two or more bottles. £14.99 single bottle price so thats a huge saving of £8 per bottle!

March Pick 'N' Mix of the Day - Rioja Crianza 2010 CVNEDate published: 14/03/14

A fantastic Rioja from a fantastic producer. Today's Pick 'n' Mix of the day is the Rioja Crianza 2010 from CVNE.

A blend of Grenache and Tempranillo, founded in 1879 by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, CVNE has remained in family hands, now in their fifth generation. CVNE has long been an innovator, embracing estate bottling and the extensive use of stainless steel.

A lively cherry-red appearance leading to a nose of light summer fruits. This wine has undergone a period of one year in oak giving beautiful hints of vanilla amongst fruity cherry notes.

A real treat, with a long and elegant finish. Partner with dry cured ham or roasted stuffed peppers.

A fantastic bargin at just £6.66 per bottle when you buy two or more as a part of our Pick 'n' Mix deal. 

Wine of the Week - The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/03/14

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

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

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

March Pick 'N' Mix of the Day - Gavi 2013 AraldicaDate published: 13/03/14

A personal favorite wine of mine this Gavi is new in our range.

Gavi is made from the Cortese Grape and is named for the small town of Gavi nearby and the winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

Just £6.66 when you buy two or more wines as part of our Pick 'n' Mix deal.

March Pick 'N' Mix of the Day - Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Date published: 12/03/14

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

Origin

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

Taste

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

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

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

March Pick 'N' Mix of the Day - Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Date published: 11/03/14

Today's Pick 'n' Mix of the day is the Rustenburg RM Nicholson 2010. 

Grape:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

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

Taste

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

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

Only £9.32 on our current Pick 'n' Mix deal.

FLASH SALE - The Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99Date published: 11/03/14

Title says it all really!


For one week only, the Ned Sauvignon Blanc will be on offer at a reduced price of £6.99 (from an offer price of £8.99).

This will fly out the doors at £6.99 so please get in touch if you would like us to put some to one side for you.

Call 01895 812065, email uxb@majestic.co.uk or even Tweet us at @majesticuxb - yes, we have joined the 21st Century!

March Pick 'N' Mix of the Day - Nicolas Feuillatte 2006Date published: 10/03/14

An excellent example of a vintage fizz at a great price! 

A blend of the Grape varieties Pinot Noir and 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.

Only £19.99 as part of the March Pick 'n' Mix offer.

March Pick 'N' Mix of the Day - Portillo MalbecDate published: 09/03/14

Made from the Malbec Grape variety the Portillo is an excellent example of this style of wine. 

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine.

Just £6.66 as part of the March Pick 'n' Mix

March Pick 'N' Mix of the Day - Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV PasquaDate published: 08/03/14

As Prosecco is becoming more and more fashionable and an excellent, easy drinking alternative to champagne. This example from Pasqua is one of my favorites. 

Grape:Prosecco

The classic sparkling wine of northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method, whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful fruit profile.

A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.

Chill well before serving. Try with monkfish served with fresh green vegetables.

This wine is just £8.99 when you buy two or more as part of our March Pick 'n' Mix deals

Wine of the Week - Meerlust MerlotDate published: 08/03/14

This week's wine of the week is the 2010 Meerlust Merlot.

Grape: Merlot

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 aromatic complexity.

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 edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

Partner with a rich beef bourguignon or roast goose.

This wine is available as part of our buy 2 save £10 fine wine offer at just £17


BACK IN STOCK - AIX MagnumsDate published: 07/03/14

Just arrived back in stock....

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

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Just £19.99! 


Wine of the Week - Medalla Real Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 05/03/14

Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha.Each lot is individually vinified at its peak of ripeness and aged in french oak barrels.


Deep, ripe ruby red in colour with a nose of blackcurrant, menthol and toasty vanilla notes. Rich, ripe almost sweet tannins and a long length.

Enjoy with spicy red meats, venison and goose.


New March Pick N MixDate published: 05/03/14

We have a new Pick N Mix range for March!

Pop in store or online to browse the range, highlights include:

+ Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, £6.66

+ Portillo Malbec, Argentina, £6.66

+ Perrier-Jouet Champagne, £24.98

Malbec of the day - Catena Malbec 2011 MendozaDate published: 28/02/14

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.


Malbec of the day - Portillo MalbecDate published: 27/02/14

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine.

Marvellous Malbec Madness!Date published: 26/02/14

For one week only we have a fantastic offer across ALL of our Argentinian Malbecs - they are all currently 33% off!


We will bring you a selection in detail of our favourites tomorrow, but for now the deals catching our eyes are:


Catena Malbec @ £9.32

Portillo Malbec @ £6.66

Callia Bella Malbec @ £5.99


These are just a pinch of the offers currently available, pop in for more great wines!

External TastingsDate published: 26/02/14

If you are interesting in hiring Majestic Wine for an external tasting session, please call 01895 812065 or email uxb@majestic.co.uk

We are all fully trained in the dark arts of wine, and would love to give you a quote for your society, school, or even a group of friends!

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Chateau Haut BrignonDate published: 26/02/14

Haut Brignon is a family-owned château in the village of Plassac, which lies on the banks of the Gironde immediately south of Blaye. Being so close to the river, the soils here are partly silt-based, with the remainder made up of the region's typical chalk and clay.

A good solid middleweight claret, with plenty of ripe blackberry and plum fruit character. Cool fermentation and maturation in stainless steel have preserved a fresh, supple feel.

A sound match for roasted pork belly.

Our Next Wine Course!Date published: 24/02/14

Don't forget we have a Wine Course available on March 9th, 3pm!  Attendance is free and we'll teach you a little bit about why wine tastes the way it does, classic styles, and food and wine matching!

Call 01895 812065 to book, email us at uxb@majestic.co.uk or tweet us @majesticuxb


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 24/02/14

Today's Pick and Mix pick of the day is the Rustenberg RM Nicholson. A fantastic warming red for if today's sunshine doesn't last!

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

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

Taste

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


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Cava CalaminoDate published: 23/02/14

Today's Pick and Mix deal of the day is a fantastic value Cava.

Grape Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo

Origin

Parellada is a highly regarded Catalan white grape variety that is synonomous with Cava production. It is the least planted of the three Cava varieties but can produce a fine, quality wine from cooler climates and relatively poor soils.

Taste

Fresh and harmonious, displaying plenty of apple and toast flavours, yet intensely dry and mouth-watering.

Enjoy

A perfect drink to serve prior to a barbecue on a hot summer day.

Just £6.66 when you buy two or more wines included in the February Pick 'n' Mix

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Montes Reserva MalbecDate published: 22/02/14

Today's Pick and Mix deal of the day is an Chilean take on Malbec.

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.

Great with spaghetti bolognese

Just £6.66 when you buy two or more wines included on the February Pick n Mix.


WINE OF THE WEEK - Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de CuyoDate published: 22/02/14

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo

WINE OF THE WEEK 

The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool 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.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - DB Reserve ChardonnayDate published: 21/02/14

Today's deal of the day is the DB Reserve Chardonnay. 

Now in its third generation of family ownership, De Bortoli was established in 1928 by Italian immigrants Vittorio and Guiseppina De Bortoli. Today, they make a wide range of wines from their extensive vineyards throughout Yarra, Hunter Valley and Riverina.

A lightly oaked Chardonnay, this wine is well rounded and approachable. Aromas are of fresh peach and citrus, with soft touches of vanilla and almond. A middleweight palate with a lush texture.

Drink immediately or over the next 2-3 years, with poultry or white fish.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/02/14

A blend of the grapes Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillion

This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2-3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture.

Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel.

Equally adept as a partner for shellfish or lobster as it is for roasted sea bass.

Just £8.65 when you buy two or more as part of our Pick 'n' Mix promotion.

New Zealand Web Exclusive Date published: 20/02/14

We've got a great opportunity online to purchase some amazing wines from Delegat. We're selling them by the case and the wines available are as follows: 

Delegat Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Made from the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this Delegat's Web Exclusive wine is a New World winner! Bursting with lush black fruits, its vibrancy really shines through. Have this soft and velvety wine with steak or your weekend roast.

Delegat Reserve Merlot 2009 Hawkes Bay

Grape: Merlot

This Merlot from the Delegat's Web Exclusive is made from the very best fruit in Hawkes Bay. Packed with ripe, juicy, dark fruit flavours and a full bodied richness; this wine is great with tomato pasta dishes and red meats.

both wines are avalibale to purchase at www.majestic.co.uk

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007Date published: 19/02/14

A vintage champagne at just £19.99? Surely not! 

A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.

Just £19.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of our Pick 'n' Mix promotion

Wine of the Week - Chablis Laroche Date published: 19/02/14

This weeks wine is Chablis Laroche 

A high-quality Chablis made by Domaine Laroche, from fruit supplied by several partner growers. The soil in Chablis is a mixture of limestone and Kimmeridgian clay, and is said to be responsible for the wines' unmistakable mineral character.

Pale golden colour and a youthful citrus nose with spring blossom nuances. The palate is fresh and harmonious, with nicely focused fruit character and a lingering stony texture on the finish.

Enjoy with freshly prepared sushi, or a salad of prawns and watercress

Single Buy: 14.99

Mutli Buy: 12.99 

Pick N Mix deal of the day - Paul Mas Cab de CabDate published: 18/02/14

Domaine Paul Mas combines mechanical harvesting with hand picking. The use of machines allows them to collect the largest amount of grapes at optimum ripeness. It also means that they can keep picking through the night to avoid the grapes oxidising in the heat of the day.

This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc is in fact a mix of finished wines. Blackberry and roasted pepper characters sit well in a full-bodied, soft red with acres of character.

Serve with barbecued meat, pasta dishes or hard cheeses.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Brancott Estate Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/02/14

Sauvignon Blanc is immensely popular at the moment, especially Sauvignon from New Zealand. So today's deal of the day is an absolute steal! 

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.

Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

Just £6.66 when you buy two or more wines as part of our Pick 'n' Mix promotion. 

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Raboso Rosado Corte AltaDate published: 17/02/14

Time to chase away the Monday Blues again. And what better way than with a spot of Fizz?

So today our Pick of the day is the Corte Alta Raboso Rosado.

Made from the little-known Raboso grape is essentially the sister grape of the white Prosecco, and is here used to make a similarly delicate sparkling wine. Grapes have been picked from the vineyard areas around the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

An elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft and with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and a round and full-bodied structure.

Great served on a warm summer's day as an apéritif prior to a barbecue.

Avaliable as part of our Pick 'n' Mix for a limited time only, just £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Château Haut Brignon 2012Date published: 16/02/14

Today's pick of the day is a Bordeaux that is new to our range. The perfect accompanment to a Sunday Roast.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec

Haut Brignon is a family-owned château in the village of Plassac, which lies on the banks of the Gironde immediately south of Blaye. Being so close to the river, the soils here are partly silt-based, with the remainder made up of the region's typical chalk and clay.

A good solid middleweight claret, with plenty of ripe blackberry and plum fruit character. Cool fermentation and maturation in stainless steel have preserved a fresh, supple feel.

A sound match for roasted pork belly.

Just £6.66 when you buy two or more as part of our Pick 'n' Mix promotion.


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Errazuriz ChardonnayDate published: 15/02/14

Made from the Chardonnay grape, the Errazuriz is a fantastic wine.

La Escultura Estate is a vineyard that receives the benefits from a coastal influence that moderates temperatures throughout the year. Cool maritime breezes allow a long and gentle ripening period that encourages the development of grape aromas and flavours.

Good aromatic intensity with fresh pineapple, mandarin orange, and papaya, along with stewed pears, and toasted notes that add complexity to the wine.

Backed by crisp, refreshing acidity, this elegant Chardonnay is superb with creamy chicken dishes.

A bargain at just £6.66 as part of our Feburary Pick 'n' Mix


Wine of the Week - Catena Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 15/02/14

Catena’s Agrelo vineyards possess ideal soil and micro-climatic conditions for growing classic varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and are renowned for producing wines of great finesse and elegance.

Full bodied, with rich, dark, supremely concentrated cassis-scented black fruit and a warm, spicy finish.

Excellent with steaks, roast beef or, if you are feeling adventurous, haggis

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Perrier-Jouët Blason RoséDate published: 14/02/14

A valentines special! The Perrier-Jouet Rose is a great gift for the big day! 

Made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif.

Just £29.98 as a part of our Pick 'n' Mix deal.

Pick N Mix deal of the day - Guigal Cotes du RhoneDate published: 13/02/14

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.

£7.99 down from £11.99! Thats a whopping 33% off!

Special Offer - Vina Sol @ £5.99Date published: 13/02/14

One of Uxbridge's favourite wines, Vina Sol, is down to £5.99!

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

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

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

Special Parcel - Wither Hills Sauvignon BlancDate published: 12/02/14

We have a fantastic parcel of Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc on the amazing price of £6.66!

Stocks of this are severely limited; when its gone, it has well and truly gone!

Established as recently as 1994, Wither Hills has since become one of Marlborough's best-known wineries. Now owning vineyards spread right across the region, this Sauvignon is blended from a range of parcels, to provide a snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole.

Alive with the intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passionfruit. The palate is well balanced with mouth watering acidity and grapefruit flavours leading into a long finish of remarkable intensity.

Superb with goat's cheese, as well as fresh oysters.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Codorníu Selección RaventósDate published: 12/02/14

A firm favorite in my house and what better way to chase away these bad weather blues that with a botte of Codorníu Selección Raventós? 

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

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

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Just £7.99 when you buy two or more wines on the Pick 'n' Mix deal!

Pick N Mix deal of the day - Zonin ProseccoDate published: 11/02/14

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Bouvet Ladubay SaumurDate published: 10/02/14

Got the Monday blues? What better way to pick yourself up than with this Fantastic Fizz!

The Bouvet is made from the grape Chenin Blanc, this is not one of the traditional Champagne grapes but the results are very similar as it is made in the traditional method. The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire the Bouvet is of excellent quality and has years of experience. 

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant.

A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif. 

At just £8.99 per bottle when you buy two or more wines in our Pick 'n' Mix promotion you can treat yourself!

Gina's Valentines Day Pink Fizz RecommendationsDate published: 08/02/14

It's that time of year again! And there is no better way to celebrate Valentines day than with a spot of the pink fizzy stuff! Here are a few recommendations to suit any budget!

Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV

For those of you who don't fancy Champagne (or it's price tag) the Graham Beck Brut Rose provides a fantastic alternative.

Made in the exact same way as Champagne (the traditional method) and with two of the grapes used in Champagne production: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay there is very little to set it apart from its more famous French cousins.  The wine has been made in the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit.

Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours. This wine is just £10.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV

A firm favorite at my house. The Oeil de Perdrix Rose is a fantastic buy. Made from a blend of Pinot Noir anc Chardonnay. Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif. The Oeil de Perdrix is now £22 when you buy two or more bottles (A saving of £16!)

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV

One of the absolute stars of our February Pick 'n' Mix range! Again made from blending the grapes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

From an excellent and iconic Champagne house. An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif. This is currently £29.98 when you buy any two bottles in our Pick 'n' Mix range. 

Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV

Finally, one of the most iconic and celebrated non vintage Rose Champagnes the Laurent-Perrier Rose. This is the way to go to make valentines extra special! Again, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay nusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes. This is also included on our Pick 'n' Mix offer, down to £49.96 when you buy any two of the selected lines. 

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Paul Mas ChardonnayDate published: 08/02/14

Today's Pick of the Day is the Paul Mas Chardonnay

This is a great quality Chardonnay from Domaines Paul Mas, one of the greatest modern domaines in the Languedoc. 20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics.

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

A dry wine and a great all-rounder, partnering anything from fish and seafood, to light blue cheeses and rich terrines.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Santa Ana Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/02/14

A perfect value white to see in the weekend!

The Santa Ana Sauvignon blanc is Award-winning from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience.

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

Perfect with all light seafood dishes or soft cheeses.

Wine of the Week - Viñalba Reservado Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot 2010 MendozaDate published: 06/02/14

This week's Wine of the Week is the Viñalba Reservado Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot 2010 Mendoza. 

A blend of 50% Cabernet with 40% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot, all of which are grown in Lujan de Cuyo, both on the estate's vines and other local vineyards. 60% of the wine undergoes 12 months in French oak barrels, before reblending with the unoaked wine.

A dark and powerful Bordeaux-inspired blend, offering aromas of cassis, spice and mint. A rounded and juicy palate, full of forest fruits, with a long, toasty and spicy finish.

Serve with the classic roasted leg of lamb.

£8.99 per bottle when you buy two or more. 

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Alamos MalbecDate published: 06/02/14

Another wet and miserable day calls for our Pick 'n' Mix selection of the day to be a lovely warming Red. 

Alamos Malbec is made purely from the Malbec Grape. 

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

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

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

Now just £6.66 when you buy two or more wines in our Pick 'n' Mix offer. 

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Rioja Reserva 2008 LagunillaDate published: 05/02/14

What better way to beat this windy day that with a nice warming Rioja to come home to? 

The Rioja Reserva 2008 Lagunilla is made by blending the grapes Grenache and Tempranillo.

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

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

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

Now only £6.66 when bought with any other of our Pick and Mix wines! 

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - L'instant Truffier MalbecDate published: 04/02/14

A firm favorite of mine if you're wanting an uncomplicated wine with plenty of fruity flavor. 

L'instant Truffier Malbec is a southern French star. Made exclusively from the Malbec grape. One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

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

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

Just £6.66 when you buy two or more wines on the Feburary Pick 'n' Mix promotion.

February Pick 'n' MixDate published: 04/02/14

That's right, after the success of our Pick 'n' Mix in November we're bringing it back! 

Simply buy any two bottles that are marked as in the promotion and save an amazing 33% You'll be able to find them easily in-store thanks to the eye catching promotional tags. 

We'll also be highlighting our favorite wines of the offer daily, so make sure to look out for future articles! 

Vintage Information - SpainDate published: 01/02/14

With all of our new Spanish wines there has never been a better time to get acquainted with our vintage information to get the most out of our Spanish range.

2009: Hot and dry throughout most of Spain, the vintage produced many powerful, intense wines,with plenty of body and ripe tannins.

2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Duero.

2007: Very difficult weather with rain and hail,especially in Rioja, hence quality variable. Top producers made some elegant, forward-drinking wines.

2006: Not as dry as 2005, but an early September heatwave caused generalised problems. Results vary from dull to excellent but overall not as good a vintage as the two previous ones.

2005: Drier than 2003, with drought in many places during the ripening season leading to an early harvest and low yields. Quality from northern regions(Rioja, Navarra, Aragon andCatalunya) ranges from good to excellent.

2004: Good quality in La Mancha and the North West. Other areas suffering a variety of problems from drought in Andalucia to hail in Ribera del Duero. Top Riojas very good.

Rioja: The best recent vintages for Gran Reserva and Reserva are 2004, 2001, 1998, and 1996.

NEW IN - El Rescadato AlbarinDate published: 01/02/14

Albarin, not to be confused with Albarino, is native to the valleys of the Picos de Europe in northern Spain and is extremely rare; only around 100 hectares of vineyards are planted with this variety.  20 of those are owned by Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun, who makes this wine.


Extremely fresh and aromatic, combining gooseberry, citrus fruit and hints of green herbs, with a gently tropical edge.  Crisp and refreshing acidity.

Enjoy on its own or with seafood tapas, such as squid, octopus, or prawns. 

NEW IN - El Patitio Feo Grancha GracianoDate published: 01/02/14

El Patito Feo, or 'the Ugly Duckling' is a reference to Navarra's perceived lack of status compared with Rioja, its more famous and celebrated neighbour. This wine demonstrates that Navarra is also more than capable of creating beautiful, swan-like wines.

The nose is brooding and rich, with a lifted floral perfume and hints of mocha and spice. Palate fruit is bright and fresh, with good ripeness and taut, medium-weight tannins.

Partner this with spicy pork dishes.

Anakena Indo MerlotDate published: 01/02/14

Viña Anakena's Merlot comes from several plots in Alto Cachapoal, around 100km south of Santiago. The soils here consist of roughly equal parts of sand, limestone and clay, providing a great all-round terroir for a wide range of grape varieties.

A supremely easy-drinking, soft-tannined Merlot, with small amounts of Syrah and Carmenere added for a slightly meatier structure. Nose and palate are reminiscent of a big bowl of red fruits.  Drink on its own or with white meat dishes, pork sausages, or a vegetarian lasagne.

Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Anakena Single Vineyard SyrahDate published: 01/02/14

Today's Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day is Anakena's Single Vineyard Syrah!

Anakena's single-vineyard wines are from specific plots, chosen for producing wines with specific varietal characters. They have also been certified as carbon-neutral, having produced, bottled, labelled and transported using sustainable methods and materials.

A generous nose of currants, loganberry and raspberry tarts, with faint suggestions of smoke, dark chocolate and violets. Thick and juicy palate fruit, with moderate tannins and a supple texture.

Drink with rare or cured red meats such as carpaccio, or with roast venison.


Wine Course ReminderDate published: 30/01/14

Don't forget we have a Wine Course available on February 16th, 3pm!  Attendance is free and we'll teach you a little bit about why wine tastes the way it does, classic styles, and food and wine matching!


Call 01895 812065 to book, email us at uxb@majestic.co.uk or tweet us @majesticuxb

Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Bourgogne Rouge 'Les MillieresDate published: 30/01/14

Produced by a cooperative based near the village of Buxy in the heart of the Côte-Chalonnaise, from grapes sourced over the entire region. With access to many vineyards, the cooperative consistently produces excellent wines with typicity and style.

Vibrant red fruits with spicy undertones leap out of the glass, before a palate of raspberry, red cherry and soft tannins. A smooth and elegant finish lingers in the palate.

Drinking at its best now, particularly with grilled pork or chicken dishes.


Open to taste now!

A guide to Australian wineDate published: 29/01/14

Australia is truly enormous; its smallest state, Victoria, is almost as big as the entire UK and in Australian state terms, Victoria is pretty small! Almost as big as this gargantuan land mass is the choice of grapes for us to choose from, as well as every conceivable take on their potential style.


When most people think of Australia, they think of two things...Australian Chardonnay and Shiraz. The former led to a downturn in sales through over-production and an emphasis on oak rather than balance. The latter, on the other hand, saved Australian wines export industry from near collapse. Fast forward fifteen years to the present day and a lot has changed. It can be said that the range of Australian wines stocked in many retail outlets has vastly declined, with shelf space being made by more modern wine producing countries such as New Zealand. This decline represents that shift from quantity to quality and the range of wines we currently stock here at Majestic has some true gems.


If it is dry, crisp and citrussy whites or structured, elegant and fruity reds that are your Many of our wines now originate from the cooler regions of Australia such as Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Margaret River. These offer climates similar to those of more renowned regions in France like Bordeaux, Loire and Burgundy. We still, of course, have wines from those warmer regions of Australia or regions which offer a unique climate not found anywhere else. This uniqueness can be described as terroir and it allows a style to develop in its own right. You only have to think of Barossa Shiraz or Coonawarra Cabernet to understand just how good these wines can be.


The real fun begins when you plant varieties in areas that would otherwise be reserved for more 'traditional' grapes. Australia, like many new world (and increasingly old world) countries, is free from the shackles which prevent certain species being planted in certain regions. This has opened up a whole new type of viticulture and the results are often spectacular. Riesling planted just from Shiraz and Chardonnay rubbing shoulders with Grenache. This ability to experiment has allowed the best wines for that particular terroir, wherever it may be, to become established through taste rather than tradition.


Wine of the Week - Yalumba Y Series Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 29/01/14

This week's wine of the week is an exciting new arrival - Yalumba's Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon!


Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wrattonbully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style.

A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripe red fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable on the palate, with a generous texture.

£9.99 for one or £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case!

New In - Te Mata ChardonnayDate published: 26/01/14

A new arrival in our store this week. The Te Mata Chardonnay, Woodthorpe Vineyard 2012

Made purely of the Chardonnay grape. The Te Mata estate was established in 1896 and is New Zealand's oldest winery and remains family owned. It has, over nearly thirty years produced a stunning array of red and white wines. They have also developed a unique single vineyard from which it produces its Woodthorpe wines. 

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

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

Just £14.99 on our current 20% off New Zealand promotion. £18.74 for a single bottle. 

New IN - Catena Alta ChardonnayDate published: 25/01/14

Just In, A New fine wine for you to enjoy the Catena Alta Chardonnay. 

Catena sources fruit from the best vineyard rows for the Catena Alta wines. This Chardonnay hails from the Adrianna vineyard, located 1,500 metres above sea level, with shallow sandy, rocky soils.

Bursting with fruit and minerality. Tropical mango and pineapple alongside ripe pear and fig flavours. Notes of sweet spice enhances the rich palate and finishes with great freshness and a long length.

A classy wine deserves classy food. Try with chicken, lobster or duck à l'orange.

Just £23.00


AglianicoDate published: 25/01/14

It's a New Year and a chance to explore and gain new experience.  The World of Wine offers so many chances to try things that are little known and promoted, indeed, one of the true joys of wine is discovering a obscure superstar and sharing the knowledge with like minded folk.

In this spirit we are going to look at some of the other wine regions and grapes of the world, so avoiding Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc and Mendoza and Malbec we are going to land on the slopes of Mount Vulture in Basilicata and have a look at Aglianico.

Aglianico was cultivated by the Ancient Greeks and brought to Italy by Greek settlers.  The name may be a corruption of Vitis Hellenica or 'Greek Vine'

Once the variety landed in Italy it was enthusiastically taken up by the Ancient Romans and was the main variety in their most famous wine; Falernian, some vintages of which were still being drunk after 125 years of ageing.

The stronghold of Aglianico today is in the Italian region of Basilicata and particularly the slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Vulture and around the village of Taurasi

Aglianico produces a well structured wine with good acidity and potential for ageing.  The colour is typically deep garnet with flavours of dark fruits and spice.

Always a traveller since it left it's Greek homeland all those years ago Aglianico is now planted in Australia, California and even Texas.



NEW IN - Vinalba Cuvee DianeDate published: 24/01/14

New in-store this week, diversifying our fine wine collection is the Vinalba Cuvee Diane

Cuvée Diane 2009 Viñalba, Mendoza

Grape: Merlot, Malbec

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

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

Back In Stock - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/01/14

Hurry! One of our best sellers is now back in stock! 

The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation.

A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.

Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.

Just £19.99 when you buy two or more bottles! 

Wine of the Week - Coulée d’Argent VouvrayDate published: 23/01/14

Coulée d’Argent Vouvray Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans 

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Origin:

Vouvray is the most important white wine appellation in the Touraine district. Since 1921 the Bourillon-Dorléans family have dedicated themselves to producing traditional, characteristic Vouvray wines which are still matured in the 15th Century troglodyte caves.

Taste:

A delicate and complex wine with subtle aromas of white blossom, acacia and minerals, balanced by flavours of pears and quince on the palate.

Enjoy:

The richness of flavours are offset by a crisp acidity, giving a clean and refreshing finish. Serve with oily fish or roast chicken.


Only £9.99 when you buy two or more.


Back In Stock - Bollinger NVDate published: 22/01/14

Bollinger Special Cuvee is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

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.

At the moment the Bollinger is just £30.00 per bottle when you buy 6 bottles. 

Hunter Valley Web ExclusiveDate published: 22/01/14

We're currently offering an online exclusive of three wines from Australia's Hunter Valley. These wines are available exclusively on the website in unsplit cases of six and are not currently for sale in-store.

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008 Hunter Valley 

Grape: Sémillion

Origin

A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. This wine is remarkably age-worthy.

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Arrowfield Show Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Hunter Valley 

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Ideal partner for roast chicken.

Arrowfield Unwooded Chardonnay 2007 Hunter Valley 

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin

This is an exclusive parcel of high-quality, mature Australian Chardonnay. Arrowfield Estate create this wine from a blend of old-vine fruit from Hunter Valley with cool-climate fruit from Orange. Vinification without oak has preserved the grapes' natural character. 

Taste

A fruit-driven style of Chardonnay, focusing on melon and ripe stone-fruit flavours, with a citrussy acidity maintaining freshness and balance, and Hunter's trademark 'savoury' character.

Enjoy

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


For more information, or to place your order visit us at majestic.co.uk

Back In Stock - Veuve VintageDate published: 22/01/14

Just arrived back in stock on our delivery Veuve Clicquot 2004

Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

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

£39.98 when you buy two or more.

Our Next Wine Course!Date published: 22/01/14

Our next FREE wine course is scheduled for Sunday the 16th of February .Starting at 3pm and lasting approximately 90 mins. We go through six different wines and then have a go at a bit of wine and food matching! 

If you're interested please don't hesitate to give us a ring on 01895 812065 or drop us an E-mail at uxb@majestic.co.uk

Southern French Tasting WeekendDate published: 19/01/14

With Southern French Tasting Weekend in full swing, why don't you come in to try some of the best value wines in France?

New Fine Wine Addition - The Ironstone PressingsDate published: 18/01/14

As a fan of the d'Arenberg wines I was thrilled to see that a new offering has made it's way to Uxbridge.

The Ironstone Pressings GSM 2007 is now a proud resident of our fine wine shelves. Made with Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah-Shiraz.

A blockbusting Rhône-inspired blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre, d'Arenberg's vineyards are managed in a very traditional way, with minimal irrigation and no soil cultivation resulting in naturally low yields and superb flavour concentration.

The Ironstone pressings is named for the the decomposed laterite granite in the soil that covers the McLauren Vale's acclaimed and ancient vineyards. This is known as ironstone. Some of this stone was also taken from the vineyards and used to make the buildings at d'Arenberg. Therefore the Ironstone helps the wine both above and below ground.

Getting Married? Majestic's Wedding ServiceDate published: 16/01/14

Are you or is anyone you know getting married in 2014?  Did you know that here at Majestic we have many years experience in organising weddings?  Our bespoke service includes:

Advice on the best wines to suit your food choices and perhaps most importantly, your budget 
Advice on quantities required 
Free wine tasting available in-store
Full sale-or-return
Free glass loan 
Free chiller bin/ice bucket loan 
Ice 
Free Delivery


If you wish to find out more about our wedding service or about any of our party services please come and see us instore or send us an E-mail uxb@majestic.co.uk.


Australian RieslingDate published: 15/01/14

Australian Riesling is one of my favorite grape varieties and we've just had a delivery of three different wines for you to try. 

Paulett’s Riesling

Origin

Settled by Polish immigrants in the 1800s, the Polish Hill river is a delightful sub-region of the Clare Valley, home to the finest growing conditions for Riesling in Australia. The Riesling vines are over 25 years old and planted at 480-510 metres above sea level.

Taste

Lime, lemon and grapefruit aromas on the nose with hints of honeysuckle, Riesling's classic petrol aromas and white flowers. A crisp, minerally wine with citrus undertones, vibrant acidity and length.

Enjoy

A fantastic apéritif, partner to oily seafood, Asian cuisine or honey-glazed slow roasted pork hock. Enjoy over the next four years.

Just £10.99 when you buy two or more Australian wines.

Peter Lehmann Riesling

Origin

Riesling is one of the most fashionable varieties currently being grown in Australia, with many different regional styles. Despite the hot climate, Peter Lehmann has made a crisp and refreshing Riesling from Barossa thanks to a careful winemaking approach.

Taste

Delightful citrus and stone fruit notes abound on the palate and the finish is remarkably taut. A mouth-watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling revitalised.

Enjoy

The superbly crisp finish makes this the perfect match for oily fish and shellfish, with the acidity really cutting through.

Just £8.79 when you buy two or more bottles of Australian wine.

The Lodge Hill Riesling

Origin

The late Jim Barry was one of the pioneers of winemaking in the Clare Valley. Purchased by Jim Barry in 1977, The Lodge Hill vineyard is one of the higher sites in the area, making it relatively cool and ideal for producing the steely style of Riesling typical of Clare.

Taste

Straw coloured with green hues. Rich and lifted aromas of citrus fruit, nectarine and kumquat. Firm, zingy natural acidity on the palate, supporting flavours of white peach and mandarin orange.

Enjoy

Enjoy with seared scallops or Oysters Kirkpatrick.

Only £9.99 when you buy two or more.

The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 15/01/14

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


BACK IN STOCKDate published: 14/01/14

We have recently reccieved a delivery of the McGuigan wines. 

McGuigan Chardonnay

Origin

McGuigan's first vines were planted in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. They now source grapes from a number of renowned regions including Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Eden Valley.

Taste

Showing pineapple, citrus and melon aromas complemented by vanilla overtones. Soft and full on the palate, generous tropical fruit flavours are joined by spicy oak notes.

Enjoy

This would be well suited to rich seafood or classic poultry dishes.

McGuigan Shiraz

Origin

McGuigan's first vines were planted in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. They now source grapes from a number of renowned regions including Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Eden Valley.

Taste

A delicious smooth drinking wine with berry and plum fruit flavours intermingled with liquorice and black pepper notes. The finish is rounded off with cedar and spicy oak tannins.

Enjoy

This superb example of Aussie Shiraz is the ideal partner to grilled meat dishes or a rich sausage casserole.

Both Wines are £7.99

Champagne - Louis RoedererDate published: 14/01/14

Louis Roederer Brut NV is understandably one of our best-selling Champagnes.  At £27.98 when you buy two or more, why don't you see what the fuss is about?

"From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style."

NEW IN - Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 13/01/14

A new addition to our Australian range. The Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Made from Cabernet Sauvignon 

Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wrattonbully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style.

A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripered fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable onthe palate, with a generous texture.

Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

This wine retails at just £7.99 when you buy two or more £9.99 for a single bottle. 

NEW IN - Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon Date published: 12/01/14

A new wine to our range the Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, is available in-store now! A fantastic addition to our Australian wine range. 

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.

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.

Just £10.39 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines or £12.99 for a single bottle.

Gran Reserva Rioja only £8.99!Date published: 12/01/14

Thats right, for a short time only we have the fantastic Rioja Gran Reserva Berberana, 2006 at just £8.99

Made from a blend of Grenache and Tempranillo.

Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.

Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.

Enjoy immediatley with roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecues and game.

The perfect Red wine to enjoy a winter's evening in or a summer BBQ. 

Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Casabel Vinho TintoDate published: 12/01/14

Today's Bargain hunt offering is from our range of Portuguese wines. The Casabel Vinho Tinto.

Grape: Aragones, Castelão, Tinta Miuda

Origin

A blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak.

Taste

A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins.

Enjoy

A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.

Just £5.32 per bottle when you buy two or more wines as part of our Bargain Hunt promotion. 


Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Argento ChardonnayDate published: 11/01/14

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin

Argento means silver in Latin and is often used in Argentina to refer to a thing or a person that is quintessentially Argentine, like this Chardonnay. Produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyed optimum sunshine and excellent terroir.

Taste

A light gold in colour exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish.

Enjoy

Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods.

Just £5.99 when you buy two or more wines from our Bargain Hunt

Wine Alphabet - A is for....Date published: 10/01/14

........ALSACE

Sandwiched between Germany and  France but separated from both by the Vosges mountains to the west and the river Rhine to the East, Alsace has both Germans and french influences. Alsace has established its self as one of the great wine regions of the world with its richly textured and spicy white wines.

Alsace has a cool climate due to the Vosges. These mountains shelter the vineyards from the prevailing Westerly winds. Due to the cool climate the vineyards are located on the steepest slopes.  Due to the slopes the wines have been trained low to benefit from the radiated heat and the rows are organised to maximize the suns exposure.

Alsace creates many styles of wine, the most popular being, Riesling, Gewurtraminer and Pinot Gris. Also planted in the regions is Muscat,and Sylvaner but these are becoming increasingly rare. The local consumer is now seeking something other than white wine, therefore Pinot Noir has not been introduced into the region.



Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Finca Alcayata Pinot Grigio Date published: 10/01/14

A Pinot Grigio, one of my favorite styles of wine takes the spotlight on today's Bargain Hunt. 

Grape: Pinot Grigio/Gris

Origin

Finca Alcayata is located in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, and is owned by François Lurton, the fifth-generation of Bordeaux's famous Lurton family, who now makes wines throughout the world. This Pinot Grigio is night-harvested and cold-fermented for maximum fruit character.

Taste

A bright lemon green colour, this is a youthful and fruit-driven wine. Aromas are of ripe grapefruit, pineapple and pear. Good concentration on the palate, with soft fruit yet plenty of persistence.

Enjoy

Ideal with freshly made prawn or squid ceviche.

Just £6.66 when you buy two or more bargain hunt wines. 

Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Santa Rita 120 RoseDate published: 09/01/14

Today's Bargain Hunt spotlight rests on the Santa Rita 120 Rosé 2012 from the Central Valley area of Chile.

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

Founded in 1880, Santa Rita has been producing wines in the Alto Jahuel region in the heart of the Maipo Valley, where the winery is located to this day. Santa Rita's rosé is full bodied in character, almost a light red.

Taste

Aromas of red fruits, cherry, strawberry and spice, with a powerful body of sweet, juicy red fruits and sweet spice and a crisp, clean finish.

Enjoy

This powerful rosé is best drunk when young with pomegranate salad, as an accompaniment to barbecues or as an apéritif.

A fantastic way to chase away those January Blues and look forward to summer. Just £5.32 per bottle when you buy two or more of the Bargain hunt wines.

Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - La Plata Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/01/14

Today's Bargain Hunt Wine of the day is the La Plata Sauvignon Blanc.

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

Taste

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

This wine is an absolute steal at just £4.66 when you buy two or more Bargain Hunt wines. Perfect for drinking with friends.


Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Valdivieso Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/01/14

Today's Bargain hunt wine is a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. A popular alternative to the more fashionable New Zealand take on that variety. The Valdivieso Sauvignon. 

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Valdivieso were formed in 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso became the first winery in South America to make a sparkling wine. Grapes are sourced from cooler areas in the Curico and Maule Valleys and left on lees for around 3 months for added depth.

Taste

The lovely crisp nose displays lots of gooseberry fruit and hints of freshly cut grass. Zesty lime and lemon on the palate leave the mouth refreshed afterwards.

Enjoy

Enjoy this Sauvignon as a drinks party white, or with smoked salmon or shellfish.

This fantastic wine is just £5.32 when you buy 2 or more bargain hunt wines. 


Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Macon Villages Terres GentillesDate published: 06/01/14

Today's Bargain hunt offering is a fantastic white burgundy Macon Villages Dominies des Terres Gentilles.

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin

Domaine des Terres Gentilles has been owned and run by the same family since 1921. Now totalling 50 hectares of vines, the domaine makes a range of good value Burgundies, under winemaker Mikaël Marillier, son of the previous owners, Jean-Pierre and Martine Marillier.

Taste

A very clean and fruity white, with delicate aromas of white flowers and citrus fruits. Lightly textured on the palate, with more crisp citrus notes and a long, dry finish.

Enjoy

A versatile wine which will pair well with almost all seafood or chicken dishes, or with mild cheeses.

Just £6.66 per bottle when you buy any two Bargain Hunt wines.


Wines of Southern France tasting Weekend - Fri 17 Jan - Mon 20 JanDate published: 05/01/14

Make sure that you pop in to us between the 17th and the 20th of January as for these four days we will have wines available to taste on our tasting counter from the Southern French selection.

Wine of the Week - Brancott Estate Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/01/14

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.

Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

Just £7.59 when you buy two or more New Zealand Wines

Bargain Hunt Wine of the Day - Spy Mountain Pinot NoirDate published: 05/01/14

Now that Christmas is over it's a great time to come and explore your local Majestic range. To make this even better we have a selection of wines that are reduced in Price on our Bargain Hunt promotion. Today's wine of the day is the Spy Mountain Pinot Noir.

Grape: Pinot Noir

Origin

Winemaker Ant Mackenzie has 20 years of international winemaking experience and this delicious Pinot is a clear example of Burgundian styling with New World ripeness.

Taste

Displaying plenty of redcurrant and raspberry fruit, in a tightly structured style, yet without the austerity of many a red Burgundy. Supple, juice-driven, but with firm tannins providing length.

Enjoy with hard cheeses, game or charcuterie.

Just £9.15 when you buy two or more Bargain Hunt wines!!!


The Majestic Bargain Hunt!Date published: 04/01/14

Majestic's January Bargain Hunt is now in full swing!

Pop in to find plenty of clearance bargains with 33% off!

New Deals for New Years Eve!Date published: 28/12/13

We've got some great improved offers just in time for New Year's Eve.

Pol Roger NV is now only £30 per bottle

Perrier Jouet is now yours for just £25

Moving away from Champagne the Codorniu Raventos Cava is just £6.99 when you buy two or more.

A great way to celebrate and see in the New Year!

Continued Offers!Date published: 28/12/13

Christmas may be over but you can see in the New Year in style as our fantastic festive offers are continuing!

Want to see in the New Year accompanied by some fantastic fizz? We've still got great offers on Veuve NV at  £29.98 and Moet NV priced at £27.98 when you buy two or more bottles. 

We also have some fantastic wines in our seasonal selection. Including the Vinalba Reservado at just £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Easy drinking white suggestions for your new year include the Pasqua Pinot Grigio at £5.99 per bottle when you buy two or more. Or, the Picpoul Villemarin retailing at £7.99 when you buy two or more. 

We have plenty more suggestions where these came from so make sure to pop-down to the store for some reccomendations before the new year!


New Year's FizzDate published: 27/12/13

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV is a fantastic Fizz to see in the new year with, without the Champagne price tag!

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Last Minute Christmas DealsDate published: 24/12/13

Still not managed to buy the Christmas wines? 

Fear not we're open until 5pm this evening and have some fantastic recommendations for you!

Festive Fizz

As far as Fizz is concerned we have the Louis Roederer NV this is just £27.99 when you buy two or more bottles. From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style. A fantastic Champagne for Christmas day. 

Party Fizz

The Codorniu Selection Raventos is a great Cava for a party! Inexpensive and made in the same style as Champagne, even using the Chardonnay grape variety. What could possibly be better? The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style. Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. Perfect with canapés.and at just £7.99 per bottle when you buy two or more you can't go wrong.

Red

A light Pinot Noir is a fantastic match for a Turkey. The Saint Clair Estate Selection is a perfect example of a fruity Pinot. 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. £11.99 per bottle when you buy two or more.

White

Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum. Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak. An easy-drinking White Burgundy, enjoyable now and over the next 18 months. Enjoy with butternut squash and roast garlic soup. Also great with chicken and seafood.A bargain at just £7.99 per bottle when you buy two or more.

We've got lots more fantastic bottles in-store so make sure that you pop in for those festive treats!

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Portillo MalbecDate published: 23/12/13

A fantastic Malbec that will partner any red meat dishes perfectly!

Grape

Malbec

Origin

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

Taste

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Enjoy

Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine.

Just £6.99 when you buy two or more.


Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012Date published: 22/12/13

A fantastic party Merlot, although it would be brilliant with food!

Grape

Merlot

Origin

A 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

Drink with a rich aubergine lasagne.

Just £7.48 when you buy two or more


Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Santa Ana MalbecDate published: 21/12/13

Grape

Malbec

Origin

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.

Just £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles


Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' Date published: 20/12/13

Looking for a fantastic easy drinking white for the festive season? The  Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' is perfect for a party!

Grape 

Chardonnay

Origin

Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum.

Taste

Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak.

Enjoy

An easy-drinking White Burgundy, enjoyable now and over the next 18 months. Enjoy with butternut squash and roast garlic soup. Also great with chicken and seafood.

Just £6.99 when you buy two or more. 

Wine of the Week - Valpolicella La CasettaDate published: 20/12/13

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La Casetta

Grape: Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone

Origin:

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

Taste:

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

Enjoy:

The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses

Only £13.99

when you buy two or more bottles


Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des AntiquesDate published: 19/12/13

A fantastic wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape the 'Cuvée des Antiques' represents amazing value.

Grape

Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault

Origin

13 different white and red grape varieties are permitted for the making of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine has been aged in the famous cellars of Ogier Caves des Papes in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Taste

This wine is dark ruby with a complex nose of spices and hints of pear. A smooth and lingering finish.

Enjoy

Enjoy this with rich, rustic flavoured dishes, especially meat and game.


Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 19/12/13

We've got some great offers on Fizz just in time for Christmas! Our Veuve Clicquot is at just £29.98 when you buy two or more selected fizz.

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Château MéaumeDate published: 18/12/13

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Origin

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.

Enjoy

Ready to drink immediately, yet has the body and structure to cellar well for several more years.


Perfect Party Pinot GrigioDate published: 17/12/13

Serena Pinot Grigio 2012,

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown inthe hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakable delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact fordelicate colour and lightness of body.

The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.

A lively yet easy-going wine, which can be enjoyed on its own, or with white fish or light poultry dishes.

Codorníu Selección Raventós - Perfect for a Party!Date published: 16/12/13

Codorníu Selección Raventós 

Made from Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo

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

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

Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Louis Filipe Edwards Gran Res ChardonnayDate published: 15/12/13

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012,

The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve tomoderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures,aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening. 

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Best served with poached salmon, cod or Dover sole, or mussels in a creamy sauce.

£7.49 when you buy two or more

Pol Roger Réserve Open Today!Date published: 14/12/13

We've got this amazing Champagne open to taste today on our tasting counter! If you're undecided about your Christmas Champagne this is a great opportunity to try something special. 

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.

A really toasty style of Champagne. The perfect festive fizz.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 14/12/13

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, ViñaEguía

A real festive treat! The Vina Eguia Gran Reserva is made from Tempranillo grapes.

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion,where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release. Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. 

The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Just £8.99 when you buy two or more!

Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau Bourgneuf-Veyron Pomerol 1999Date published: 14/12/13

An intense and fleshy Pomerol, now fully mature and mellowed with age, yet still displaying plenty of power and muscularity. A core of ripe bramble fruit, shaped by well-integrated tannins, and topped off with aromas of dried scrubland herbs, cocoa and earth. Drinking well now.

Uxbridge Delivery ScheduleDate published: 14/12/13

Our delivery schedule is currently running with around a 3 day delay, but we can still guarantee delivery before Christmas!  If you have any questions about deliveries, please call us on 01895 812065

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Château Recougne 2010Date published: 13/12/13

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Château Recougne is an early-17th-century estate located around 10km north of Libourne, and is among the most well established of Bordeaux Supérieur properties. It is planted with around 75% Merlot, 15%Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Fleshy and robust, full of ripe black fruit accented with hints of mocha,smoke and toast. Plenty of fine-grained tannins providing prodigious gripand savoury texture.

Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best with beef.

An easy to approach Bordeaux that would be perfect with a festive cheese board. Just £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/12/13

Today's Christmas Collection deal of the day is Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc!

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

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

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

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Oeil De Perdrix Date published: 12/12/13

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé Champagne is fantastic fizz at fantastic value!

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. 

A fantastic apéritif.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Prosecco ZoninDate published: 11/12/13

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. 

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Perfect for the festive season and our best value Prosecco! 

£7.99 per bottle when you buy two or more

Wine of the Week - Vavasour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/12/13

This week's Wine of the Week is Robert Parker's favourite value Sauvignon - Vavasour!


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.

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.

Don't deliberate over this wine, just enjoy it now as a partner to whitebait or chargrilled squid.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - De Telmont Grande ReserveDate published: 10/12/13

J de Telmont GrandeRéserve NV

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity,classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.

Fantastic Value at £16 when you buy any two selected Fizz!

Jermann Pinot GrigioDate published: 10/12/13

We currently have the outstanding Jermann Pinot Grigio open to taste on our tasting counter!

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

My kind of wine!

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Lacheteau SauvignonDate published: 09/12/13

A fantastic new Sauvignon to our range. Lacheteau Reserve SauvignonBlanc is a real winner at a bargain price! Prefect for parties in the run up to Christmas. 

Founded in 1987 By Andre Lacheteau in Anjou, this estate comprises mainly Loire vineyards, but today encompasses a number of vineyard sites across a wider area. The wine is still made in the Loire style, with cool fermentation and early bottling for maximum purity. 

Unmistakable aromas of freshly cut grass, ripe gooseberries and subtle white flower notes on the nose. Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate, leading to a clean, dry finish.

Perfect with a fresh goat's cheese salad.

Just £5.99 per bottle when you buy two or more

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Pasqua Pinot GrigioDate published: 08/12/13

Pasqua Pinot Grigio

Running a family owned winery begun in 1925, the Pasqua brothers are a formidable team and are the last winery operating within Verona city in the middle of the Veneto region where this Pinot Grigio comes from. 

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish.

The ideal apéritif and a real crowd pleaser. And Gina's personal favorite party wine.

Just £5.99 per bottle when you buy two or more.

Extended Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 07/12/13

From Monday 9th December we will have extended opening hours.  They are as follows:


Monday 9th - Friday 13th Dec : 9am - 8pm

Saturday 14th December : 9am - 7pm

Sunday 15th December: 10am - 5pm

Monday 16th December - Saturday 21st December: 9am - 8pm

Sunday 22nd December: 10am - 5pm

Monday 23rd December: 9am - 8pm

Tuesday 24th December: 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th December: Closed

Friday 27th December: 10am - 8pm

Saturday 29th December - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 30th December & Monday 31st December : 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 1st January: Closed

From Wednesday 2nd January normal opening hours will resume.


Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Vinalba Malbec ReservadoDate published: 07/12/13

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2011/12, 

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. 

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

An amazing festive bargain at just £7.99 per bottle when you buy two or more (buy 2 save £8)

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Prosecco ConeglianoDate published: 06/12/13

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, 

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its membersown about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain.Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid thecontinual improvement of wine quality.

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. 

Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.


Wine of the Week - Chateau Coufran 2004Date published: 06/12/13

This week's wine of the week is Chateau Coufran 2004!

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'.

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.


Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Lindauer Special ReserveDate published: 05/12/13

Lindauer Special Reserve NV

Made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% PinotNoir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. 

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish.

Enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken.

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - The Ned Saugivnon BlancDate published: 04/12/13

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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 asmoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Drink now with fresh salads and seafood. Perfect for a party!

Just £6.99 per bottle when you buy two or more. 

Wine of the Week - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Riesling Date published: 03/12/13

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Riesling
2011 Malborough



Grape:
Riesling

Origin:

Nicknamed 'Big John', after the Block 9 vineyard's owner, 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.

Taste:

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.

Enjoy:

An interesting alternative apéritif wine that works well alongside canapés, as well as delicately flavoured fish and seafood.

Multi-buy £13.98
“Buy 2 New Zealand wines
save 20%”


Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Heidsieck & Co. Monopole BrutDate published: 03/12/13

Another fantastic Fizz that we've got on at a great price this holiday season!

Heidsieck & Co.Monopole Brut NV

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.

An absolute bargain at £16.00 when you buy any two selected fizz. Usually £24.00 per bottle

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Bollinger NVDate published: 02/12/13

Bollinger SpecialCuvée NV

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.

The perfect wine to celebrate with! 

It is now just £30 per bottle when you buy 6. 

Excellent Christmas Fizz!Date published: 01/12/13

We can't quite believe that it's already December here in Uxbridge! 

As the party season is in full swing we've got some great recommendations for festive fizz.

Popular Party Wine

Codorníu Brut NV - From the Penedès region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century. A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters. Great on it's own or as an accompaniment to seafood and light salads. Just £6.99 when you buy two or more.

Gina's Selection 

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV - Incorporating the Chardonnay grape into the Codrniu blend the Raventos is a personal party favorite of mine and gives a more aromatic style to this cava. Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. Just £7.99 when you buy two or more.

Something Different

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010 - A Blanc de Noirs is a champagne made exclusively from red grapes, but the colour is still white. In this case the Reina Maria is made from Pinot Noir, lending fruity flavours to the wine. With fine bubbles and persistent 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 apéritif. Just £9.99 when you buy two or more.

Something Special

Bollinger SpecialCuvée NV - If your looking to treat yourself this festive season look no further than Bollinger! It 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. Bollinger is currently £30 per bottle when bought by the case (6 bottles).  

Take the stress out of organizing your Christmas party Date published: 30/11/13

Here at Majestic Uxbridge we know how stressful planning your Christmas party can be, whether it be big or small, budget or luxurious we are here to help.

We give expert advise on our wide selection of wines to choose to suit your budget. As well as offering a bespoke service ensuring everything is perfect. Unsure on how many bottles you may need? We can work this out for you and don't forget we also provide free glass and chiller bin loans (deposit required).

We always have plenty of interesting wines open to taste to help you find a new hidden gem, so you may be able to sample before buying. Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can deliver it for FREE at a suitable time to yourself.

So, please don't hesitate to phone 01895 812065 or tweet us @majesticuxb or come into our Uxbridge store and ask any of the team, we would be happy to help!

We look forward to seeing you soon and from the team here at Majestic Wine Uxbridge...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Christmas Collection Deal of the Day - Riscal ReservaDate published: 30/11/13

Rioja Reserva 2008, Marqués deRiscal

Hailing from Spain the Riscal Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking wine making 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.

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

This wine is £9.99 when you buy two bottles. Single bottle price is £14.99

Chocolate Block now in stock!Date published: 29/11/13

The Chocolate Block, South Africa's cult blend, is now in stock!

An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.

An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.

Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

£27.00 for one or £22.00 when you buy two or more!

November Pick N MixDate published: 28/11/13

The November Pick N Mix deals, with their lovely 33% off, are still in place until Monday 2nd December!


Call 01895 812065 to place an order!

Christmas Collection deal of the dayDate published: 28/11/13

Today's featured Christmas Collection wine is Vinalba Malbec Reservado!

The Malbec Reservado 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.

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


Planning a Christmas Party? Majestic Party Services ExplainedDate published: 27/11/13

At Majestic Wines we deliver 7 days a week, providing that you purchase 6 bottles or more, and your order comes to more than £40. This service is completely free of charge, and we offer flexible delivery hours too for your convenience! We guarantee delivery within 7 days (this may change during December) of placing your order, although it is usually much quicker than that. Our driver is always on hand to deliver your favourite wines, straight to your front door. 

We know how difficult it is to know exactly what quantities you need for a party or event, and you definitely don't want to run out. We are on hand to offer advice on quantities, and we also offer sale and return. We ask that anything you return comes back in a saleable condition- we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases. 

When it comes to glasses, we've got it covered. Our free glass hire includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-balls and pint glasses. These are available on a £1 a glass deposit basis, which is fully refundable when the glasses are returned. We also offer chiller bins, ideal for chilling beers and wines when your fridges are full. Also, we have ice buckets, ideal for keeping a few bottles chilled. They require a £15 and £10 deposit respectively, which is fully refundable when returned. There is no time limit on returning hired items, we just ask they come back clean and intact. 

Wine of the Week - Lirac Vignobles AbeilleDate published: 26/11/13

Lirac Vignobles Abeille 2011

Grape: Grenache, Mourvedre Syrah-Shiraz

Origin:

A classic southern-Rhône blend, by one of the region's largest producers. The stony, pebble-covered soils echo those of nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate makes a single Lirac blend, part-matured in French oak for 18 months.

Taste:

Deep and inky purple. A nose of raspberry and blackberry, with subtle hints of thyme and liquorice. The palate is robust, with weighty tannins and an invigorating warmth.

Enjoy:

At its best after a couple of years cellarage. Drink with rich stews.

Multi-buy £12.79
“Buy 2 save 20%”


Marques de RiscalDate published: 25/11/13

Origin

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

This Tempranillo-Graciano-Mazuelo blend forms 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 casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.



Pick 'N Mix of the dayDate published: 23/11/13

Today's Pick N Mix of the day is Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone!

Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781. Today, head winemaker is Guy Sarton du Jonchay, whose experience takes in Bordeaux, Australia's Rosemount Estate and Cavas de Weinert of Argentina.

Brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit surrounded by firm and persistent tannins.


Serve alongside Lyonnaise sausage or a herby cassoulet with duck confit.

£9.99 for one, or as part of our Pick N Mix, £6.66 when you buy any 2 Pick N Mix wines! Thats 33% off!

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Undurraga RoséDate published: 22/11/13

The Undurraga Rosé is made from Pinot Noir grapes. 

The grapes for this wine are grown in Undurraga's Codigua Estate.Situated along the Maipo river, behind the Leyda Valley. Cool temperatures here create an ideal environment for producing Pinot Noir of delicate colour and fresh acidity, perfect for sparkling rosé. 

Delicate watermelon pink, and with subtle aromas of cherries,strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate.

Great for parties, as an apéritif, or with lightly spicy chicken skewers.

Just £6.99 as part of our November Pick 'n' Mix

Wine of the Week - Chateau Tayac 2006Date published: 22/11/13

Château Tayac 2006 Margaux

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabarnet Franc, Petit Verdot

Origin: One of this famous appellation's less well-known châteaux, Tayac has been quietly producing great quality wines over the last four generations of family ownership, and has established itself as a benchmark for well-made, good value Margaux.

Taste: A medium-bodied, well-structured claret, with good ripeness and fruit concentration, and harmonious savoury characters. Fine-grained tannins and good length.


Enjoy:

Ideal accompaniment for rib of beef.

Multi-buy £20.00
“Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10”


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Saintsburry ChardonnayDate published: 21/11/13

Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terrior of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.

Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.

Enjoy over the next three years with chargrilled chicken or light fish dishes.

Just £13.32 as part of our pick 'n' mix offer

Beaujolais NouveauDate published: 21/11/13

Its that time of the year again! Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day and we've got some bottles in-store!

Made from the Gamay grape, From the famous house of Duboeuf comes this Beaujolais Nouveau; a style of wine released only weeks after harvest. Traditionally the maturation would happen in barrel during transportation to the market. It is released on the third Thursday in November each year.

Bright ruby in colour, with youthful raspberry and red cherry fruit on the palate and a refreshing acidity, this is a classic Nouveau.

Serve slightly chilled and enjoy whilst still young and fresh.

£8.49 when you buy two or more bottles or £9.99 single bottle price.

Five Things You Didn't Know About LebanonDate published: 20/11/13

One of the less well know producing countries today; Lebanon.

1) Wine has been produced in the Bekka Valley for thousands of years and is still produced there today.  In the early 20th century a large temple dedicated to the God of Wine Bacchus was excavated in the ancient Greek city of Baalbek in the Bekaa valley.

2) In the Middle Ages the rich wine from Lebanon were highly prized throughout Europe and were traded by Venetian merchants who controlled the ports of Tyre and Sidon during the 13th century.

3) Between the First and Second World Wars Lebanon was under French Control and the demand for wine  understandably increased dramatically.  This helps to explain the profusion of French variaties still grown in Lebanon today.

4) During the Civil war in Lebanon, which started in 1975 and lasted for 15 years, only two harvest were lost. Lebanon's most famous wine producer, Chateau Musar, continued to produce wine right through the war and actually prospered during this period.

5) Lebanon's wine production is increasing consistantly wtih producers such as Chateau Kefraya joining Musar on the international stage.  There are even plans to create a Appelation Controlee system similar to those used on France for the Bekaa Valley

Why not try Chateau Musar or Hochar Pere et Fils? We tried both recently and think that the wines are truly fantastic!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - Just £6.99!Date published: 20/11/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is probably the most popular white wine we sell in the company and it is now down to just £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles!

A classic example of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

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

This is bound to fly out the door at this price so make sure you get  your orders in now!


Gina's Pick N Mix of the day - Banfi's Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 20/11/13

From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body.

The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.

A lively yet easy-going wine, which can be enjoyed on its own, or with white fish or light poultry dishes.

Pick N Mix deal of the dayDate published: 20/11/13

Today's Pick N Mix deal of the day is Tucumen Malbec!

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.

Wine of the Week - Montes TwinsDate published: 19/11/13

This week's wine of the week is Montes' fabulous new wine, Twins!

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties (Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.

This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.

Decant at least 30 minutes before serving. At its best with rare sirloin steak.

Staff Choice: Los Boldos ChardonnayDate published: 19/11/13

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.

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.

Perfect with creamy fish dishes.

£8.74 for one, or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more! Thats 20% off!

Spotlight on: BordeauxDate published: 19/11/13

This Saturday we are pleased to be hosting a spotlight tasting on Bordeaux.  There are two tastings available, one at 12 o'clock and one at 3; they are both identical so just pick you preferred time and pop along!

Attendance is free and we will be comparing and contrasting 3 distinct styles with two pairs of each style.  Although I haven't decided which wines to open yet, you can be sure they will be great wines.

Don't miss this great opportunity to expand your wine knowledge, or just taste some lovely wines, for free!

Call 01895 812065, email uxb@majestic.co.uk or tweet us @majesticuxb to book a place.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Villa Maria SauvignonDate published: 15/11/13

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.

This Sauvignon is a medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

At just £6.99 this is the perfect party wine for the festive season. Plenty of flavor and perfect with, and without food.

Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 14/11/13

Chilean Tasting Week starts on Friday 15th November!


If you like Chilean wine or are simply interesting in trying some of our Chilean range, feel free to pop in try a few bottles on our tasting counter.  We will have 6 Chilean wines open at all times!

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - The Kings Favour Date published: 14/11/13

The King's Favour is a wine made exclusively from the Sauvignon Blanc variety. 

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.

A Bargain at £9.33 as part of our November Pick 'n' Mix

Fine Wine of the Week - Domaine Durieu Chateauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 14/11/13

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.

Five Things You Didn't Know About KrugDate published: 13/11/13

Today we are going to look at the most luxurious of wines, Champagne, and perhaps the most luxurious of all Champagne houses, Krug.

1) Champagne is perhaps the most famous of all French wines, however, founder of the House of Krug, Johann-Joseph Krug was actually from Mainz in Germany.

2) Each parcel of grapes used in the making of Krug is individually vinified in old small oak barrels (205 litres).  Krug are the only Champagne House to do this.

3) Each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee (non-vintage) contains wine from between six and nine different vintages and upon release the oldest wine contained in any bottle will be approximately twenty years old.

4) Krug produces two single vineyard vintage Champagnes in tiny quantities and only in exceptional years. The Blanc de Blanc Clos du Mesnil and the one hundred percent Pinot Noir Clos d'Ambonnay.

5) Although now owned by the Luxury goods company LVMH Krug is still run by the fixth and sixth generation of Krug wine makers.


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Mister ShirazDate published: 12/11/13

A firm favorite wine of mine. The Mister Shiraz 2012 is an excellent example of Shiraz and hails from Chile. 

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz,and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust,spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.

The Mister Shiraz is at its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.

Now just £6.66 as a part of our November Pick 'n' Mix

Winter Wine Evening TomorrowDate published: 11/11/13

Come and Explore in-store at our free Winter Wine Tasting! A fun and informal event and a great opportunity for you to try some of our new wines, staff favorites and the best of our current offers! 

There will be a minimum of 12 wines open at the event which starts at 6:30pm tomorrow, and some delicious nibbles to accompany them!

Contact us on 01895 812065 to book your space! We still have some places avaliable!


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Prosecco di ConeglianoDate published: 11/11/13

One of our most popular bottles of fizz, the Prosecco di Conegliano is part of our Pick 'n' Mix offer. 

Prosecco is made from the grape variety of the same name. 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.

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples on the palate.

Enjoy as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch. Although, with the festive season approaching quickly this Prosecco would make an excellent party drink

A treat at just £9.99 a bottle as part of our November Pick 'n' Mix

NEW IN - Matsu MagnumsDate published: 10/11/13

We've just had a delivery of some Matsu Magnums.

These are fantastic wines in Magnum size! Perfect for the upcoming party season. 

Firstly we have El Picaro, this wine represents the youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal'. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.

Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Enjoy this wine with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers.

An excellent price at just £16 per bottle

Secondly we have El Viejo, 'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. The vineyards are fully organic.

The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

Enjoyable immediately, partnered with good quality steak or rare roasts, but will also reward cellaring of 5 years or more.

Buy now for just £40 per bottle

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Château Le VivierDate published: 10/11/13

New to the Majestic range we have Château Le Vivier 2008 as part of our fantastic pick 'n' mix offer.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Formerly owned by Lafite Rothschild, in 1990 Le Vivier was acquired by the Charloux family, who set about modernising the estate. This included building the Médoc's largest underground cellars, now known locally as 'The Cathedral', such is their volume and grandeur.

A 50/50 Cabernet/Merlot blend, this wine has great balance between firm tannin, intense bramble fruit and soft plum notes, with the influence of old and new oak adding polish and a liquorice spice.

Enjoy with flavourful cuts of slow-cooked beef, such as skirt or shin.

You can enjoy this new Bordeaux for just £7.99 per bottle as part of our November Pick 'N' MIx 

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Vidal Fleury Cotes Du RhoneDate published: 09/11/13

Our pick of the day today is the ever popular Cotes Du Rhone from Vidal Fleury. 

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan. Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery,established in 1781. Today, head winemaker is Guy Sarton du Jonchay, whose experience takes in Bordeaux, Australia's Rosemount Estate and Cavas de Weinert of Argentina.

Brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit surrounded by firm and persistent tannins.

Serve alongside Lyonnaise sausage or a herby cassoulet with duck confit.

A Bargain at just £6.66 as part of our Pick 'n' Mix promotion

New Craft BeersDate published: 09/11/13

New Beers to our range!!

We have responded to popular customer demand and ordered in two new beers.

Brew Dog's Punk IPA £9.99 per 6

Einstok White Ale £9.99 per 6

We will have them open to try this coming Saturday, so pop in and see what you think.


Wine of the Week - Clos du Bois MerlotDate published: 09/11/13

This week's Wine of the Week is the stunning Clos du Bois Merlot from California!

Clos du Bois own around 500 acres of Sonoma County vineyards, the choicest of which are found in the Alexander Valley. Lots are vinified separately before spending 18 months maturing in new and old oak. Barrel selection then determines which wines make this premium blend.

Lush, round and eminently Californian in style, this blackberry-backboned Merlot offers a core of rich fruit and voluptuous tannins enveloped by hints of mocha, baking spices, cedar and tobacco.

Best enjoyed with lamb or beef, slow-cooked with wild herbs and mushrooms.

Pick N Mix of the dayDate published: 08/11/13

Today's Pick n Mix spectacular is Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc! 

Saint Clair is one of Marlborough's largest family-owned and operated wineries. Their commitment to viticulture has led to a number of award winning wines and a brand that is growing throughout the world.

Made exclusively for Majestic by one of our favourite wineries, this mouth-watering Sauvignon has aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and gooseberry and a palate of ripe gooseberry and herbs.

The crisp acidity is balanced by an enticing minerality, making it a perfect match with fresh salads, seafood and vegetarian dishes.


£14.99 or £9.99 when you buy any 2 Pick N Mix wines!

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Ravenswood Date published: 08/11/13

A personal favorite wine of mine today's pick of the day is the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel. 

Made from the Zinfandel grape Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is know as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

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

The Ravenswood is currently a steal at £7.33 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Montes TwinsDate published: 07/11/13

Today we will be looking at the Montes Twins as our Pick 'n' Mix wine of the day.

The Montes twins is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon. The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.

This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.

Decant at least 30 minutes before serving. At its best with rare sirloin steak.

A fantastic wine and only £7.99 as part of our Pick 'n' Mix

Spotlight Tasting - New ArrivalsDate published: 07/11/13

We are holding a spotlight tasting on new arrivals on Saturday 9th November at 12 and 3 o'clock.  These are free to attend, and are a quick 30 minute tutored tasting on 6 wines that are new to our range.


Please call 01895 812065, email uxb@majestic.co.uk or tweet us at @majuxbridge to book a place - or just turn up as anyone is welcome to attend!

Pick 'N Mix of the dayDate published: 07/11/13

Today's Pick 'N Mix offer is Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone!


Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781. Today, head winemaker is Guy Sarton du Jonchay, whose experience takes in Bordeaux, Australia's Rosemount Estate and Cavas de Weinert of Argentina.

Brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit surrounded by firm and persistent tannins.

Serve alongside Lyonnaise sausage or a herby cassoulet with duck confit.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - CVNE ReservaDate published: 06/11/13

Our pick of the day today is the Rioja Reserva 2008/09, CVNE

A blend of Grenache, Tempranillo grapes, Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 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 look alike

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.

New November OffersDate published: 05/11/13

Starting today until Monday the 18th November we have some new offers in-store and online as part of our November Promotion. The new offers are listed below! 

Vieux Remparts Lussac St- Emilion £10.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £6.99 

Bourgogne Chardonnay ‘Les Chenaudieres’ £8.99 Buy 2 save £4 = £6.99 

Côtes du Rhône E. Guigal £11.99 £9.99 Buy 2 Rhône save 20% = £7.99 

Pinot Grigio Breganze £8.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £5.99 

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta £10.49 Buy any 2 save 33% = £6.99

Prosecco Corte Alta £10.49 Buy any 2 save 33% = £6.99 

So if you see something that you like make sure to come into the store and see us as the offer is short term only!


Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day Date published: 05/11/13

Mâcon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges'2012, Louis Jadot

This fantastic red burgundy is today's star pick from our pick 'n' mix offers!

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

 An enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and a fresh finish. Best consumed while fresh and young, making the perfect red for white meat.

You can sample the Macon Rouge on our tasting counter from today! Its just £7.99 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix offer.

Wine of the Week - Striking French ViognierDate published: 05/11/13

Striking French Viognier

Grape: Viognier

Origin: This Viognier comes from a vineyard in the Côteaux du Limousin, and has been partially oak-fermented for a rich style. It is the brainchild of Jean-Claude Mas, one who is never too shy to make a wryly humourous observation on French culture.

Taste: A pale golden colour belies an intense and complex wine, full of lush peach and apricot flavours, and heady notes of vanilla and warm toast, followed by a creamy finish.


Enjoy: Try this with a mildly spicy chicken tagine or oriental food. 


Multi-buy £7.99 “Buy 2 bottles save £4”

Staff three word review:“French strike back!”


Our Winter Wine Evening - Tuesday 12th NovemberDate published: 04/11/13

Come and Explore in-store at our free Winter Wine Tasting! A fun and informal event and a great opportunity for you to try some of our new wines, staff favorites and the best of our current offers! 

There will be a minimum of 12 wines open at the event which starts at 6:30pm, and some delicious nibbles to accompany them!

Contact us on 01895 812065 or E-mail on uxb@majestic.co.uk to book your space!

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel DownDate published: 04/11/13

Originating in Kent the Curious Brew Larger is one of the craft beers that we stock in Majestic. 

At 4.7% ABV Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral and stone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this beer has citrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by a refreshing bitterness. 

Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin 

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an award winning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beer receives not only a "dosage" of Champagne yeast in its second fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,famed for their intense aromas.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats and fish.

Pick 'n' Mix Pick of the Day - Nyetimber '04Date published: 04/11/13

If something exciting has happened there is no better way to celebrate than with Fizz (in my opinion) and luckily the Nytimber Classic Cuvee '04 is included as part of the Pick 'n' Mix offer we're currently running in store! 

This English alternative to Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier just like it's more famous cousin. 

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

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

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

The Nyetimber is currently £23.98 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix promotion so there has never been a better time to try something fizzy from the UK!  

Dates for DiariesDate published: 02/11/13

Just some dates for your Diaries. 

November "Pick 'n' Mix Tasting Week - Friday 1st - Thursday 7th November.

Wines of Californian Tasting Weekend - Friday 8th - Monday 11th November 

Wines of Chile Tasting Week - Friday 15th - Thursday 21st November

Wines of Rhone and Burgundy - Friday 22nd - Thursday 28th November

Wines of New Zealand and Australia - Friday 29th - 5th December 


Under Dog Atlantic Lager Date published: 02/11/13

Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog, Denver USA

 6x330ml cans £12.99

 Buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

Yes, it’s in a can, but premium cans are probably the future of craft beer. The beers taste extremely fresh and are cheaper to transport and recycle; cans also fit with the rebelliousness of the craft beer movement. In a sense, Flying Dog invented the craft revolution. They are one of the most important craft brewers of all, not just because of their great beers; without them, the craft beer industry would look and feel a lot different. Their style and rhetoric has inspired a generation of craft-brewers, not least Brewdog from Scotland. Flying Dog began as brewbar in Aspen, Colorado, in 1990. The Rockies back then were a destination for people who found California too mainstream and thought a bit differently. George Stranahan, an astrophysicist with a passion for beer, started the business. The name came from a painting of a flying dog he saw in a hotel in Pakistan, halfway up a failed ascent of K2. George’s close friend was the ‘outlaw journalist’ Hunter S Thompson who famously endorsed the brewery; he was a former Hells Angel who became a biting political journalist and highly-rated sports writer. Author of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, he was outspoken, brilliant and strongly anti-establishment. His influence on Flying Dog and the burgeoning craft beer movement was to set it out staunchly in the face of the dominant commercial brewers. The artwork was created by British artist, Ralph Steadman. The colour and scratchy, confrontational designs are embedded in the culture of the brewery.

“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says "Good People Drink Good Beer." Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public bar-room and you will quickly see: Bad People Drink Bad Beer. Think about it.” Hunter S Thompson


Pick N MixDate published: 01/11/13

Our new Pick N Mix range and displays are up and running, so #comeandexplore for your 33% discounts!  We also have Pick N Mix tasting week in full swing to try out some of the best picks from the range!

Wine of the Week - Saintsbury ChardonnayDate published: 01/11/13

Chardonnay accepts and reflects the terrior of the Carneros region and the fingerprint of the vintner. Fermented in 25-30% new French oak barrels and aged sur lie for eight months. During the ageing process, the barrels are stirred (batonnage) to increase yeast contact.

Notes of pears, apricots and melon with toasted spicy oak characters are complemented on the palate by stone fruit, vanilla and hazelnuts. Full bodied and creamy, with a balanced and powerful finish.

Enjoy over the next three years with chargrilled chicken or light fish dishes.

Offer of the day - Vidal Fleury Cotes du RhoneDate published: 31/10/13

Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781. Today, head winemaker is Guy Sarton du Jonchay, whose experience takes in Bordeaux, Australia's Rosemount Estate and Cavas de Weinert of Argentina.

Brilliant garnet in colour, with a classic Rhône nose of bramble fruits and heady spice. The medium-bodied palate has fresh and snappy red fruit surrounded by firm and persistent tannins.

Serve alongside Lyonnaise sausage or a herby cassoulet with duck confit.


Now £6.66 when you buy ANY 2 of our 33% off Pick N Mix wines!

Great Deals on Peroni!Date published: 29/10/13

Starting today Peroni will be on offer for just £1 per bottle!

We sell Peroni in cases of 12 or 24 bottles.

Make sure to stock up on yours before its all gone - we've got plenty in-store for now!

BACK IN STOCKDate published: 23/10/13

We have just got the Perrier Jouet NV back in stock. 

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse.

On offer at the moment for £35.00 when you buy two or more. 

Offer of the Day - Prosecco Zonin Date published: 23/10/13

A relatively new wine to our range this fruity Prosecco is well worth a try.

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

The Zonin would be a perfect party wine so make sure that you take advantage of this fantastic offer!

£6.99 when you buy two or more. 


Fine Wine of the Week - Amarone NegrarDate published: 23/10/13

Amarone Negrar

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18  

INTRODUCTION: Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.  

FACTS: Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.  

TASTE: Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish.  

FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese. 

We will have the Amarone open to taste from Friday 25th November so make sure that you pop-in and have a taste!


Offer of the Day - Laurent-Perrier RoseDate published: 22/10/13

We have a fantastic offer on this iconic pink fizz!

The Laurent-Perrier Rose is unusually (for champagne) made by the saignée method rather than blending red and white wines together, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.

It is currently on offer at £50 per bottle or, £100 for a Magnum! 

Wine of the Week - Riesling Spatlese 1999, C.H. Berres Date published: 22/10/13

Zeltinger Deutschhremberg Riesling Spatlese 1999, C.H. Berres

Grape: Riesling

Origin:

Weingut C.H. Berres is a family owned wine estate in Ürzig in the Mosel valley. The Berres family have been producing wine there since 1510. This stunning wine is a limited parcel from the Mosel’s most renowned vintage in recent memory.

Taste:

An intense and powerful Riesling, showing an abundance of ripe golden apple fruit, surrounded by aromas of lime zest and a heady kerosene note. Moderate sweetness provides a honeyed complexity.

Enjoy:

Match with roasted smoked pork knuckle.

ONLY £9.99


Cloudy Bay Late Harvest RieslingDate published: 21/10/13

New in at Majestic we have the desert wine from Cloudy Bay.

Cloudy Bay make this wine in very small quantities from two vineyard sites late in the growing season, when many of the bunches are botrytised, although some non-botrytised grapes are included for added freshness. 8 months maturation in oak ensures harmony and richness.

Richly aromatic, offering notes of honey, nougat, orange blossom and peach. Indulgently sweet, the palate glows with luscious flavours of ripe fig and apricot, all the way through a long finish.

£15.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

It's also avaliable to taste on the tasting counter this week - hurry, it's been very popular!

Offer of the Day - Louis Roderer NVDate published: 21/10/13

One of my personal favorite non-vintage Champagnes. The Louis Roederer Brut is on a fantastic short term deal!

From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty,yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

Make sure to take advantage of this cracking Champagne at just £28 when you buy two or more.


Offer of the Day - J De Telmont NVDate published: 20/10/13

One of the fantastic new short term Champagne offers that we have at Majestic.

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity,classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.

At just £15 when you buy two or more the value is fantastic and perfect for any special occasion!  

Offer of the Day - Wakefield Estate ChardonnayDate published: 19/10/13

The Wakefield Estate Chardonnay is from the Claire Valley in Australia. It is a series of elevated valleys, rolling hills and wide open valley floors. It extends for 35km and is divided into five sub-regions. A continental climate slows the ripening process and explains why aromatic whites flourish alongside intense, rich reds. 

On the palate, white peach, nectarine and citrus fruits leap out of the glass, preceding a ripe, mid-weight palate of peach pineapple and a subtle cinnamon note.

A creamy texture and good acidity give the wine a solid backbone, making it perfect with full-flavoured white meat dishes. 

The Wakefield Chardonnay is currently £8.99 when you buy two or more Wakefield wines making it the perfect time to explore their range. 

Offer of the Day - Wakefield Estate CabernetDate published: 18/10/13

Wakefield Estate is Australia's leading family-owned winery, and chief winemaker Adam Eggins was recently awarded the Wine state Magazine's prestigious Australian Winemaker of the Year prize.

Fresh, intense aromas of cassis, redcurrants and a touch of herbs and mint promise a palate which does not disappoint, packed with ripe berry fruit and licorice.

Young and vibrant, this wine is tailored to be drunk now. Try with sausage and mash or ox cheek.

Take advantage of our short term deal on Wakefield wines. The Cabernet is only £8.99 per bottle when bought alongside any other Wakefield Wine

Wine of the Week - Wakefield ShirazDate published: 18/10/13

The Wakefield Estate extends to just under 750 ha, with approximately 415 ha under vine. About 60% of the vines are planted on the famous 'terra-rossa' soil, whilst the rest roll into the river valley on clay soils topped with rich loamy soil.

The nose shows classic aromas of stewed plum, blackberry and violets and the palate is inviting, filled with ground coffee, vanilla and clove characters mingling with ripe blackcurrant fruit.

Perfect for beef casseroles or pies.

Was £11.99, down to £8.99 when you buy any 2 Wakefield wines


Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau Senejac Haut-Medoc 2010Date published: 18/10/13

Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine isfermented in temperature-controlled stainless steelvessels, then agedfor 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.

With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wineoffers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and goodbalance make it immediately approachable.

Drinking well now, but should cellar well for up to 10 years.

Offer of the Day - Wakefield Estate ShirazDate published: 17/10/13

The Wakefield Estate extends to just under 750 ha, with approximately 415 ha under vine. About 60% of the vines are planted on the famous 'terra-rossa' soil, whilst the rest roll into the river valley on clay soil stopped with rich loamy soil.

The nose shows classic aromas of stewed plum, blackberry and violets and the palate is inviting, filled with ground coffee,vanilla and clove characters mingling with ripe blackcurrant fruit.

This wine is perfect for beef casseroles or pies.

Make sure to take advantage of our current deal on Wakefield wines. The Shiraz is just £8.99 when you buy two or more of any of the Wakefield wines we have avaliable. 

Offer of the Day - Vinho VerdeDate published: 16/10/13

The ever popular Portuguese white. We Currently have the Quinta De Azevedo Vinho Verde on a short-term offer for October!

Made from the lesser known grape variety Loureiro. Vinho Verde literally means "green wine" from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.  

Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.

At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

A steal at just £5.99 per bottle when you buy two or more. £7.49 single bottle price. 

Weekly staff picksDate published: 16/10/13

This week's staff picks are:


Kevin - Wakefield Shiraz, £8.99 when you buy two or more

Gina - De Telmont Champagne, £15.00 when you buy two or more

James - Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99 when you buy two or more

Offer of the Day - Chapoutier BellerucheDate published: 15/10/13

Our first offer of the day is the fantastic Cotes Du Rhone wine by Chapoutier. 

A blend of Grenache and Syrah. 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.

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 over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.

£7.99 when you buy two or more or £9.99 individually. 

Hurry this is a limited time offer!


Kev's ChoiceDate published: 15/10/13

Vinalba Torrontes


The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool 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.

Wine of the Week - Callia Bella MalbecDate published: 15/10/13

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes.

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

"The Ned" WinesDate published: 14/10/13

The Ned Wines

Probably our most famous wine we sell,  named after the mountain range The Ned, where the vineyards sit. 

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River, on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The banks of the river are composed of shingle-based soils and offer perfect growing conditions for New Zealand's signature grape variety, Sauvignon Blanc.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, offers quintessential Sauvignon flavours of limes, lemons, exotic tones of passionfruit and guava. The stony terroir of the Waihopai river where the Ned wine hails from offers a streak of minerality and racy acidity, which sets this apart from all other New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Stunning on its own but the perfect match to scallops and mushy peas. £9.99

The Ned Pinot Grigio, again another fantastic wine, is a lot more flavoursome than its Italian counterpart. There is a slight pink tinge to the wine, on the nose the wine is jam packed with pear drops, orange blossom and nectarine. Great drunk on its own or enjoyed with a creamy chicken, apricot stew. £9.99

The Ned Pinot Noir - great care has been given in the production of this wine, all grapes are hand picked ensuring only the ripest and best quality ones make the blend, the wine is aged in French oak for 12 months. Lovely red berries on the nose and palate, with a hint of sweet spice. Pinot Noir and Duck are a classic combination, and this is no exception. £13.99


The Charm of ChardonnayDate published: 13/10/13

Chardonnay, like no other grape in the wine making world not only divides opinion but inspires feelings of love and hate among its drinkers. To some it is the most perfect form of wine, the great Burgundies can never be beaten, however to others it is an evil, over-oaked and over-produced. While it may have its roots in Burgundy it is also a grape that has spread throughout the world, lending itself to almost every growing environment on earth. The flavour characteristics can differ greatly from one to the next and it is here we would like to step in. This weekend we have some new world Chardonnay's open to taste in store.

The Mountain View Chardonnay 2012 from Chile is an easy drinking, fresh, citrus mouth filler. Perfect for enjoying around the barbecue on a summers day with friends and family.
The Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2011 from New Zealand is an excellent example of an elegantly made oaked wine. The wine is everything you would expect from such a renowned brand. A creamy texture with plenty of stone fruit on the palate and nice hints of apple and lemon it is the perfect accompaniment to chicken dishes.
The Vinalba Chardonnay 2012 from Argentina is a different proposition altogether with no oak being used at all. A tropical wine, light and refreshing with a beautiful golden colour and a vibrancy to match any occasion it is a real delicious treat. 

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, why not rediscover Chardonnay?


Our Upcoming Wine CoursesDate published: 13/10/13

At Majestic we offer a fun, free 90 minute introduction to wine tasting. 

Held in-store you can learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

We have two upcoming wine courses:

Thursday the 17th of October and Sunday the 3rd of November. 

Make sure to give us a ring on 01895 812065 or drop us an E-mail at uxb@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place and we look forward to seeing you there! 


Our Winter Wine Evening - Tuesday 12th NovemberDate published: 12/10/13

Come and Explore in-store at our free Winter Wine Tasting! A fun and informal event and a great opportunity for you to try some of our new wines, staff favorites and the best of our current offers! 

There will be a minimum of 12 wines open at the event which starts at 6:30pm, and some delicious nibbles to accompany them!

Contact us on 01895 812065 to book your space!

Portillo MalbecDate published: 12/10/13

The star of our tasting counter at the moment for our Argentinian tasting week! 

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe,fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Trythis with a lightly spicylamb and date tagine.

A bargain at the moment at just £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles! Offer ends Tuesday so don't miss out! 

NEW IN - Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry Date published: 12/10/13

A new Prosecco to our range! 

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed,off-dry style.

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.

The Salatin is at a price of just £9.99 when you buy two or more bottles. 

NEW IN - Graham Beck RoseDate published: 11/10/13

The Rose version of the Graham Beck fizzy range. Again, made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. 

The grapes are hand-picked from Graham Beck's own estate vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. The wine has been made in the traditional method, with sufficient bottle age to impart a delicate yeast character while maintaining the essential berry fruit.

Pale silvery pink, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, with some subtle mineral hints. Bright acidity and fine mousse balance well with the ripeness of the crushed berry flavours.

Enjoy as a refreshing accompaniment to a summer fruit jelly.

This Rose Fizz is just £9.99 when you buy two or more bottles of selected fizz.

£14.99 single bottle price. 

NEW IN - Panamericana Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/10/13

A new addition to our Chilean Range the Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc is a great example of the cool climate style of Sauvignon Blanc from central Chile, which offers superb value. The grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and fermented at low temperatures,ensuring excellent freshness and purity of fruit character.

A well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality.

Drink with fresh seafood and light pasta dishes.

A steal at just £5.99 per bottle when you buy two or more.

NEW IN - Panamericana MerlotDate published: 11/10/13

A new addition to our Chilean range this wine is made by Viña El Descanso, a winery based in Sagrada Familia in the Curicó Valley. This Merlot comes from a cool climate area and has been cool fermented, with only a small portion experiencing oak contact, to maintain a fruit-focused style.

Ample red berry fruit on the palate combining fresh acidity with ripeness and warmth. Offers good concentration and depth, a soft and plummy texture, and hints of vanilla and spice.

Best enjoyed with flame grilled lamb kebabs.

At just £5.99 when you buy two or more you can't go wrong! 

"Wines of Argentina" tasting weekDate published: 11/10/13

Why not come and explore the fabulous wines Argentina has to offer this week starting today!

Malbec is a grape variety that originates from the South West of France where it historically played a small part in the wines of Bordeaux.  Cahors though, is the variety's traditional home (where the variety is known as Cot) a region further inland from Bordeaux. The best wines from here were known as 'black wines' due to their deep colour and full body. However the variety began to fall out of favour during the latter half of the 20th century.

Argentina though has come to Malbec's rescue. It is mainly planted in the foothills of the Andes mountains around the city of Mendoza with the vineyards reaching up to 1500 metres above sea level. The altitude tempers the warm sunny climate leading to warm sunny days and cool nights. This gives a long growing season and means Malbec doesn't have as many problems with disease as it does in the wetter French South West. The result is wines of high quality at all price points which all characteristically have lots of rich dark fruit flavours and some can age for many years.


NEW IN - Graham Beck Brut Date published: 10/10/13

A new addition to our fantastic sparkling wine range. The Graham Beck Brut is made from a mixture of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. 

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

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

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

As part of our buy two bottles of fizz save 1/3rd the introductory price for this wine is just £9.99! 

£14.99 for a single bottle.  

Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 09/10/13

On Friday we will be opening the next in our Autumn series of fine wine tastings, the Angel's Share Shiraz, by two hands.

The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the IndianOcean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after theproprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.

TASTING NOTE Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.

FOOD MATCH Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce.

Kanonkop KadetteDate published: 09/10/13

Currently available to taste on our tasting counter. The Kanonkop Kadette is a blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc. 

This is Kanonkop's 'second wine', similar in ethos to the second wines of the top Bordeaux estates, and is a lighter, more forward version of it's top blends. Made from around 50% Pinotage, and aged for at least 12 months in French Nevers oak barriques.

The wine has a deep ruby, red colour. It shows ripe raspberries, blackcurrant and mocha flavours on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. Good length with a dry finish.

It is currently on offer at £9.59 when you buy two or more wines from South Africa! Don't miss out!

NEW IN - Yalumba the Scribbler Date published: 09/10/13

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz The Scribbler is a new wine to Majestic's range. 

Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler is Yalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shiraz combination, made with a view to early enjoyment.

It is dense and vibrant purple in colour, with a nose of concentrated dark fruits, liquorice and black olive. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins.

Yalumba recommends serving with a game pie with a truffled parmesanand parsnip mash.

New Sherry RangeDate published: 09/10/13

We are pleased to introduce our new range of sherries which come from small, boutique, family-owned cellers (called Almacenista's in Jerez.) These sherries carry more weight and complexity than more mainstream brands.

Pedro's Fino £8.99

Pedro's Amontillado £9.99

Pedro's Olorosso £11.99

Pedro's Palo Cortado £14.99

Pedro Dauthieu is a local man who helped us bring the whole concept together, proving invaluable we decided to name the range after him. Pedro knows everyone in Jerez, he is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed. 

The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. Needless to say we're seriously excited about this sherries.

Wine of the Week - Vergelegen ChardonnayDate published: 08/10/13

As a big fan of the Vergelegen Wines I'm really excited that this week we've got their Chardonnay on the tasting counter.

Sourced from Vergelegen’s premium vineyards located on south-southwest facing slopes, fruit for the Chardonnay is grown on Helderberg granite or Clovelly soils. Grapes were whole bunch pressed prior to fermentation and 40% aged in French oak.

Pale golden coloured with powerful and intense citrus and biscuit aromas. A concentrated palate of ripe stone-fruit, toasty vanilla oak and fresh acidity. A long and fruity finish.

Drinking well over the next three years as an accompaniment to grilled seafood, fresh oysters or roasted poultry.

A bargain on the current South Africa offer at £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Sunday SuggestionsDate published: 06/10/13

Whether you are having roast chicken, lamb or beef we have a wine for you. Here are our top picks for this Sunday's dinner.

If you are planning on a juicy roast chicken tonight my suggestion would be the Bourgogne Chardonnay, Château des Jacques by Louis Jadot.  A rich and complex wine, well rounded with ripe peach fruit and a perfectly integrated citrussy acidity leading on to a long fresh finish. Was £13.98   Now Only £11.99

If beef is the dish of choice then you will love the Montes Twins from Chile. This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances. Was £11.99   Now only £8.99

Lamb? Why not go with a classic, my choice is the Rioja Muga Reserva. An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish. Was £17.49  Now Only £13.98

Remember you can always pop into store for food and wine pairing recommendations, from Asian stir frys to Steak and Kidney Pie we will have something that you will love.



Ever heard about Majestic Wines commercial department? Date published: 04/10/13

You may not know this about Majestic but we have a lively and enthusiastic Commercial Department full of eager account managers ready to assist you with all your business needs!

Our on-trade proposition offers not only our extensive retail range but also a great selection of 'Commercial Exclusive' wines at competitive prices.

We'll help create your own wine list with detailed tasting notes, professionally and quickly.

We can provide staff training for your employees, not just to help them confidently sell wine but to help understand the fundementals of food and wine matching. 

All stock will be stored and deliveries carried out by your local Majestic branch, which means we can offer regular deliveries at short notice!

For more info check www.majesticcommercial.co.uk or get in touch with the friendly folk in Majestic Wine Uxbridge and we'll be able to arrange a meeting for you with one of our Business Development Managers!

Call us on 01895 812065 or email uxb@majestic.co.uk for any more information 


October Offers: Ends Monday 14th October Date published: 04/10/13

Here are some the best October deals we have in store at the moment:

Portillo Malbec 2012 - Only £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more).

Serena Pinot Grigio 2012, Banfi - £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more).

Beaujolais Villages 2011, George Dubouef - £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more).

Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 - £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more).

All these wines are great value for money but hurry, these deals only last till Monday 14th October!!


Please contact us by phone, in store or order online.

Phone: 01895 812065



Staff favorites: Roaring Meg Pinot Noir Date published: 04/10/13

Looking for a fantastic lighter red to enjoy with the little amount of sun we have left? Something which will definitely impress all your friends no matter what their tastes are or what the occasion is?! Please look no further than Pinot Noir which is perfect for every wine drinker. This wine really does tick all the boxes. Here at Majestic Uxbridge, we love a Pinot Noir with its fantastic depth and complexity and in the case of Roaring Meg incredible class and finesse.

Roaring Meg hails from Central Otago an area of New Zealand where the petulant Pinot Noir has found a home. The real joy of Pinot Noir is when the wine has concentration and finesse, medium body but great complexity. Roaring Meg has all of these traits with red and black fruits combining with subtle spice from the cleaver use of oak.

Food and wine match? This wine is a match made in heaven with Turkey but also can be enjoyed with slow roasted Pork belly. However, please do not think you must enjoy this wine only with food, on its own the complexity of the wine really does shine and is very easy drinking. 

Impress your friends this weekend with this fantastic New Zealand Pinot Noir. £18.00 down from £23 with the fantastic offer of "buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10".


Jordan ChardonnayDate published: 04/10/13

This South African Chardonnay comes from the cooler south and east facing slopes of Stellenbosch.  It is fermented in a Burgundian style with 50% new oak barriques.  It is matured for nine months before being blended with some unoaked wine to bring the citrus fruits through more and add extra character.

This wine is delightfully creamy in feel with flavours of honeyed apple, lemon and hazlenut to go along with the toasty flavours imparted by the oaking. This wine goes fabulously well with roast poultry.  The wine is very balanced and rounded and is an excellent alternative to a Burgundy Chardonnay.

This wine is great value at the moment with the 20% offer on South African wines bringing the price down to just £11.98 when you buy two South African bottles (£14.99 individually).  The wine is currently open on the tasting counter so if you think this wine appeals to you then you should come along and give it a go.

Mister ShirazDate published: 03/10/13

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.

At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.

Louis Jadot Cote de Beaune-VillagesDate published: 03/10/13

A blend of Pinot Noir wines made from vineyards throughout the Côtes de Beaune, from Savigny in the north of the region, to Pommard in the south. Fermentation is in traditional open vessels, followed by an average of 18 months in oak, before final blending for bottling.

An elegant and sophisticated wine, combining a firm acidic structure with a good weight of forest fruit flavours on the mid-palate, and a mellow texture leading to a fine and linear finish.

Cellar for up to 6 years. Drink with a selection of cheeses and smooth patés.

Moet & Chandon NV - £28Date published: 03/10/13

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuit yflavours. An excellent apéritif.

Make sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer. Moet & Chandon just £28 per bottle when you buy two. 

Louis Roederer Brut - £28Date published: 02/10/13

One of my personal favorite non-vintage Champagnes. The Louis Roederer Brut is on a fantastic short term deal!

From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty,yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

Make sure to take advantage of this cracking Champagne at just £28 when you buy two or more.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £16.66Date published: 01/10/13

A fantastic new offer!

Nicolas Feuillatte is a fantastic Champagne for those who like a fruity style. 

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

This is perfect for any celebratory occasion but at the price of just £16.66 when you buy two or more treat yourself!


NEW - Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/10/13

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.

Pouilly-Fume 'Les CerisottesDate published: 01/10/13

Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Cerisottes' 2012 Domaine Jean Pabiot

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.

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.

Eminently drinkable now and over the next two years as an accompaniment to flaky fish, salads, and grilled vegetables.

Spotlight on....Te Tera Pinot NoirDate published: 27/09/13

Martinborough Vineyard is one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot Noir on the map, back in the mid 1980’s. A cool, maritime climate results in a natural low vigour site and ensures high quality, consistent, ripe fruit.

The nose displays succulent ripe cherry, berry and plum fruits combined with savoury notes and a hint of mocha. Fine tannins complement the fruit giving further texture and a generous lingering finish.

An elegant Pinot Noir that is approachable in style and whilst drinking well, will reward further cellaring. Partner with roast lamb.

25% off Spain RecommendationsDate published: 26/09/13

Spanish Bonanza with 25% off all Spanish wines
Welcome to another improved limited time only sale. This time we are offering 25% off all Spanish wines if you buy two or more as a part of your case of six.


I would like to highlight some staff recommendations.

Rioja Crianza 2009. Gran Vendema £5.62.

All-year-round best seller, a young Crianza wine made from 100% Temranillo, from 10-15-year old vines around Cenicero in heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and further 12 months in bottler before realise.

It's vibrant cherry red colour and raspberry and strawberry dominated nose is lifted by oaky vanilla notes. The palette is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and easy-going feel.

It is supremely versatile, this can be drunk on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops, and all Mediterranean cuisine.


Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal £10.30.

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.

This wine a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. A classic Rioja Reserva, always popular with our customers. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marques de la Concordia, Rueda.

Vega de la Reina has its own 100ha vineyard in Valdestillas in the province of Valladolid, on the banks of the rivers Douro and Adaja. The wines of Rueda have been noted as an alternative to Sauvignon, so growing this international grape was a natural step for the region.

A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. Crisply acidic, the wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish.

Try with simple Spanish-style fish dishes such as battered hake.

Great choice for Sauvignon Blanc fans and at the price of £6.56 can compete with many New Zealand SB's.


Wine Review - Vina Pomal ReservaDate published: 26/09/13

Wine Review - Vina Pomal Reserva £9.36(When you buy any two Spainsh wines)Whilst Spain was on such a good deal it would be criminal of me not to review one of the many great Riojas available. Made by the historic house Pomal, this is a traditional Rioja reserva. It is full of wonderful red fruit but has lots of spice and smoke to add depth and character. The nose is full of wild strawberry, vanilla and a touch of cedar. The palate contains substantial tannins and flavours of blackcurrant, strawberry and cinnamon. This is a great all round wine, that is ready to drink now but will reward with further ageing. This is the perfect match for roast Lamb or Spanish cured meats. 

Wine of the Week - Muga Rioja Reserva 2009Date published: 25/09/13

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. After fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, before 24 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle before release.

An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now. Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb or soft cheese.


Our Upcoming Wine CoursesDate published: 24/09/13

At Majestic we offer a fun, free 90 minute introduction to wine tasting. 

Held in-store you can learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

We have two upcoming wine courses:

Thursday the 17th of October and Sunday the 3rd of November. 

Make sure to give us a ring on 01895 812065 to reserve your place and we look forward to seeing you there! 

25% off SpainDate published: 24/09/13

Did you know that this week at Majestic we have an amazing offer on our Spanish wines? 

They're now down to 25% off for one week only so if you enjoy a good Rioja or anything Spanish make sure to pop into our store to secure your favorites at improved prices! 


Spotlight Tasting - Shiraz/SyrahDate published: 23/09/13

Our next Spotlight Tasting tutorials will feature the Shiraz/Syrah grape.

You can expect to try 6 bottles of wine in half an hour guided by our friendly staff and best of all it's free!

The tastings are at Midday and 3pm on the Saturday the 28th September, let us know if you'd like to come to either of these sessions by calling 01895 812065 or by e-mailing uxb@majestic.co.uk

See you there! 


25% off South AfricaDate published: 20/09/13

Did you know that this week at Majestic we have an amazing offer on our South African wines? 

They're now down to 25% off for one week only so if you enjoy a good Pinotage or anything from South Africa make sure to pop into our store to secure your favorites at improved prices! 

Five Things You Didn't Know About GaviDate published: 20/09/13

One of our most popular white wines the rise of Gavi seems unstoppable.  From a narrow strip of land in Piemonte this elegant and food friendly wine has spread across the globe.

1) Gavi is made from the Cortese grape, which was first mentioned in this region as producing quality wine in 1659

2) The wine produced are fruity and aromatic with mineral notes and a tangy finish

3) The climate has a maritime influence from the Ligurian Coast less than 40 miles away giving the wines a freshness.

4) In the 19th Century the area was also noted for red wine made from the Dolcetto grape,  but the vines were destroyed by Phylloxera.

5) The best wines by reputation come from vineyards close to the town of Gavi itself and can be labelled as Gavi di Gavi

Buy 2 Bottles Save 1/3 - Piper-Heidsieck Brut NVDate published: 19/09/13

Intentionally made in a forward and approachable style, with a good balance of rich fruit and refreshing citrussy edge, this is a Champagne for drinking now at any celebratory occasion.

The Piper-Heidsieck is a steal at just £19.99 down from £30 when you buy two or more bottles. Go on, treat yourself!

Fine Wine of the Week - Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 19/09/13

We will be opening the third fine wine the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir on Friday the 20th September.

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

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

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

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

Buy 2 Bottles Save 1/3 - Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007Date published: 18/09/13

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla.

A Vintage Champagne at just £17.99 per bottle? This is an offer you can't miss. Perfect for a celebration. 

Buy 2 Bottles Save 1/3 - Nicolas Feuillatte NVDate published: 17/09/13

Nicolas Feuillatte is a fantastic Champagne for those who like a fruity style. 

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

This is perfect for any celebratory occasion but at the price of just £15.99 when you buy two or more treat yourself!

Spotlight Tasting - Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/09/13

Our next Spotlight Tasting tutorials will feature the popular grape, Sauvignon Blanc.

You can expect to try 6 bottles of Sauvignon in half an hour guided by our friendly staff and best of all it's free!

The tastings are at Midday and 3pm on the Saturday the 21st September, let us know if you'd like to come to either of these sessions by calling 01895 812065 or by e-mailing uxb@majestic.co.uk

See you there! 

Buy 2 Bottles Save 1/3 - Prosecco ZoninDate published: 16/09/13

A relatively new wine to our range this fruity Prosecco is well worth a try.

Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish.

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

The Zonin would be a perfect party wine so make sure that you take advantage of this fantastic offer!

£6.66 when you buy two or more. 

Buy 2 Bottles Save 1/3 - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Grifone Date published: 15/09/13

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains.

While standards can vary with this region the Grifone is a reliablemedium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins. Perfect for a party or event!

The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this the perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes.

And at just £4.99 when you buy two or more there has never been a better time to try it!

Conde de San Cristobal 2010Date published: 14/09/13

The star of our Spanish spotlight tastings, the Conde de San Cristobal 2010 is a new addition to our range. 

Producer: Founded by iconic Rioja producer Marques de Vargas in 2000, Cristobal is a small boutique winery producing seriously good Ribera. Their first release was in 2006, so they spent 6 years producing but not selling in order to perfect their wine.

Region: Ribera del Duero can be very hot, but it is the fluctuations in temperature that are most important. Cold nights and hot days, coupled with the winds flowing through the valley make it an ideal spot for the production of quality wine.

Winemaking: The winery only produce one wine, this one, which means a lot of effort goes into it. Interestingly the wine is aged in Russian oak, as well as French and American, which gives it huge complexity. Cabernet and Merlot lend it serious structure.

Tasting Note: Full bodied and so much going on. Warm spice, like clove and cinnamon.Toast, vanilla and butter from the oak, then red and black fruit. Long, acidic and balanced, a really impressive bottle that tastes plush like Pomerol and could age for ten years. 

An absolute steal at £13.99 with any other Spanish wine.

Buy 2 Bottles Save 1/3 - Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/09/13

New Zealand Sauvignon is ever popular and the Giesen is a perfect example!

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

The wine has a richly tropical nose, that is dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. On the palate you are treated to gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity. 

The Giesen is best enjoyed with a seafood risotto or paella. 

At just £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles you can't go wrong!

NEW IN - Arienzo Rioja CrianzaDate published: 13/09/13

In 2010, a consortium comprising Marques de Riscal and Bodegas Muriel purchased a winery and two brands from Pernod Ricard, located in the village of Elciego where these two Bodegas are based. The two brands in question were Viña Eguia (bought by Muriel, who also bought the winery itself), and Marques de Arienzo (bought by Riscal). Whilst Muriel were looking for a new winery and brand to allow rapid expansion (which we have helped them to achieve by selling loads of Eguia!), Riscal were looking for the right brand to allow them access to the Crianza market. The idea was to maintain the brand Arienzo, but to improve the wine and link it with the image and quality of Riscal.
2010 is the first vintage to be fully produced by Marques de Riscal, in the same state of the art winery where the Reserva is made. The grapes are all sourced from the villages of Elciego and Laguardia in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, and spends 18 months in American Oak. 2010 has been designated as a 5 star outstanding vintage in Rioja by the Consejo Regulador; a hot and dry vintage producing wines with great fruit structure and power.

Cillar de Silos CrianzaDate published: 13/09/13

One of our favourite Ribera producers, Cillar de Silos is a family owned winery making outstanding wines using 100% Tinto Fino and French Oak. Whilst so many Ribera wines are massively extracted, rustic monsters, these wines always show real purity and elegance, with fresh acidity and a silky texture. 

El Chaparrel GarnachaDate published: 13/09/13

Whilst we do have some of the 2010 still in stock, the majority is now the 2011. 2010 is a great example of this wine, but we are highlighting the 2011 as it's recently been giving the following glowing review from Robert Parker himself. 

"From the Bodegas Nekeas vineyards planted between 1890 and 1930, the El Chaparral Old Vines is always my favorite wine from this producer. Made from 100% Grenache, or Garnacha, as the winery calls it, the 2011 El Chaparral Old Vines, produced from yields of 1.25 tons per acre, possesses the classic notes of licorice, black raspberries and black cherry liqueur in a full-bodied, sexy, pure and ripe style. This is another amazing value from this winery, which any consumer attempting to maximize his or her purchase power should know by name. 90 points"
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012.

Fantastic New Offers!Date published: 12/09/13

The following offers have just come into effect this morning:

Grifone Montepulciano - £4.99 when you buy 2 or more

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Prosecco Zonin - £6.66 when you buy 2 or more

Nicholas Feuilatte Champagne - £15.99 when you buy 2 or more

Hedisieck Gold Top Vintage Champagne - £17.99 when you buy 2 or more

Piper-Heidsieck NV Champagne - £19.99 when you buy 2 or more

I'll be making the most of these offers myself, so get down to Uxbridge before I snaffle the lot!


Fantastic New Offers!Date published: 12/09/13

The following offers have just come into effect this morning:

Grifone Montepulciano - £4.99 when you buy 2 or more

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Prosecco Zonin - £6.66 when you buy 2 or more

Nicholas Feuilatte Champagne - £15.99 when you buy 2 or more

Hedisieck Gold Top Vintage Champagne - £17.99 when you buy 2 or more

Piper-Heidsieck NV Champagne - £19.99 when you buy 2 or more

I'll be making the most of these offers myself, so get down to Uxbridge before I snaffle the lot!


Wine of the Week - Montecastrillo Ribera del DueroDate published: 12/09/13

This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.

A fruit-focused and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.

Best enjoyed with grilled chops.


Fine Wine of the Week - Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Date published: 11/09/13

The Jadot Beaune 1er Cru is the second of the fine wines that we are opening this Autumn. We will have it available to taste on our tasting counter from Friday the 13th of September so make sure that you pop in for a taste!

Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does, the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety. The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.

FACTS: There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.

TASTING NOTE: Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.

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

Champagne production in bitesize pieces Date published: 09/09/13

Here is a brief article on the production of Champagne in handy bitesize chunks. 

1. Harvest: Grapes used for Champagne are generally picked earlier, when sugar levels are lower and acid levels higher.

2. Primary fermentation: The first fermentation begins in the same way as any wine, converting the natural sugar in the grapes into alcohol while the resultant carbon dioxide is allowed to escape. This produces the base wine. 

3. Bottle: After primary fermentation, blending (assemblage in Champagne) and bottling, a second alcoholic fermentation occurs in the bottle.

4. Second fermentation: The blended wine is put in bottles along with yeast and a small amount of sugar, called the liqueur de tirage, stopped with a crown capor another temporary plug, and stored in a wine cellar horizontally for a second fermentation. 
During the secondary fermentation, the carbon dioxide is trapped in the wine in solution. The amount of added sugar determines the pressure of the bottle.

5. Aging: Non-vintage wine from Champagne cannot legally be sold until it has aged on the lees in the bottle for at least 15 months.

6. Riddling: After aging, the lees must be consolidated for removal. The bottles undergo a process known as riddling. In this stage, the bottles are placed on special racks called pupitresthat hold them at a 45° angle, with the crown cap pointed down. Every two days, the bottles are given a slight shake and turn, alternatively on right then left, and dropped back into the pupitres, with the angle gradually increased. The drop back into the rack causes a slight tap, pushing sediments toward the neck of the bottle. In 8 to 10 weeks, the position of the bottle is straight down, with the lees settled in the neck. (This time can be shortened by moving the bottle more than once a day, and/or by using modern, less sticky strains of yeast.) 

7. Disgorging: The lees removal process is called disgorging, traditionally a skilled manual process where the crown cap and lees are removed without losing much of the liquid, and a varying amount of sugar added.

8. Dosage: Immediately after disgorging but before final corking, the liquid level is topped up with liqueur d'expédition, commonly a little sugar, a practice known as dosage.
The amount of sugar in the liqueur d'expédition determines the sweetness of the Champagne, the sugar previously in the wine having been consumed in the second fermentation. Generally, sugar is added to balance the high acidity of the Champagne, rather than to produce a sweet taste.

Fine Wine of the Week - Jermann Pinot GrigioDate published: 06/09/13

The first of our Autumn fine wines to be opened is the Jermann Pinot Grigio which will be open from Friday 6th Septmeber, pop down before it's all gone!

Pinot Grigio's reputation as an easy drinking, very light or often flavourless white wine that is refreshing but not much more is debunked by Silvio Jermann's wine. The wine heralds from the Friuli region in the North Eastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia, in the mountainous inland part of the region, from vineyards founded by Silvio's Great-grandfather in the 1900's. In the early 1970's Jermann participated in the profound change in Italian wine making, as he was one of the first winemakers to use stainless steel fermentation vats, adopting the practice of blending 'native' grape varieties with grapes from outside the region. Silvio Jermann has been considered an artist, as he has elevated Pinot Grigio into a serious wine that demands respect, which requires the touch and inspiration that comes from thinking and acting outside the traditional norms!

FACTS: The estate extends over 150 hectares, 130 dedicated to grapes and the remaining 20 dedicated to seed and horticultural crops. The winery and vineyards are not exactly what one would expect; the winery contains quotes from Dante, translations of Rudyard Kipling and the Japanese author Masaru Emoto, the vineyards have organ pipes installed that 'play' a haunting music when the wind blows. One of the iconic wines of the estate, now called W....Dreams, was first named in homage to the U2 song 'Where the Streets have no name' as 'Where the Dreams Have No End'. A new cellar was inaugurated on 07/07/07, marrying technical innovation and tradition, with oak barrels providing a link to the past.

TASTING NOTE: Un-oaked, with an intense and powerful nose of peaches, cream, hints of spice leads to a weighty, yet vibrant body fruit flavours and a rich texture.

FOOD MATCH:

Char grilled seafood, pan fried mushrooms or creamy soups.


Fine Wine tastings galore!Date published: 04/09/13

Over September and October we will be opening a bottle of Fine Wine EVERY SATURDAY!


The programme is as follows:

Sat 7th Sep – Jermann Pinot Grigio

Sat 14th Sep – Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru

Sat 21st Sep – Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir

Sat 28th Sep – St Clair Wairu Sauvignon Blanc

Sat 5th Oct – Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume

Sat 12th Oct – Angel's Share Shiraz

Sat 19th Oct – Chateau Senejac

Sat 26th Oct – Cantina di Negrar Amarone

Feel free to pop in and try out some proper plonk!

Wine of the Week - Puy de Dome Pinot NoirDate published: 04/09/13

Puy de Dome is a commune within the Auvergne region to the south of Loire, and is named after a large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 300-350 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for the production of this cool climate pinot noir.

This pinot is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak.

Best enjoyed in the next 1-2 years, with chicken liver pate or cold cuts.


Spotlight on - ChardonnayDate published: 26/08/13

Chardonnay is one of the most commonly planted grape varieties in the world, with over 160,000 hectares under vine globally.

It is planeted in more countries than any other grape variety, and as such is seen as a "rite of passage" for developing wine growing areas.  This is because Chardonnay is essentially a blank canvas to a winemaker - it produces relatively neutral flavours, but takes on characteristics of terroir brilliantly well.  It also responds very well to variations in winemaking.

Chardonnay can be crisp, clean and minerally - as in Chablis - or it can be tropical, buttery and toasty when used with oak, as in many new world areas. 

It is most often associated in France with Burgundy, creating arguably the greatest white wine produced anywhere in the world - Montrachet Grand Cru - as well as numerous well priced but complex Macon-Villages wines.

It is also an important grape for the production of sparkling wines - most notably Champagne, and is often blended with Pinot Noir to make quality sparkling wine all over the world.

Although it is a versatile grape variety that will grow well in most places, it seems to favour chalk, clay and limestone.


Wine of the Week - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La CasettaDate published: 25/08/13

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

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

Bank Holiday Opening HoursDate published: 22/08/13

Our August Bank Holiday weekend opening hours are:

Friday : 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Monday: 10am - 5pm


San Miguel Fresca Date published: 20/08/13

With the summer slowly drawing to an end, why not make the most of what is left of the sun with a refreshing bottle of San Miguel Fresca?

With a crisp and refreshing taste, it is best served chilled with a wedge of lime. Great for those long summer days and even longer summer nights.

This beer is perfect for all occasions, especially when relaxing in the sun perhaps at a BBQ?

Here at Uxbridge, we love this beer and think it is a perfect replacement for Corona or Sol.

At only £24 for 24x330ml bottles on special offer (thats a bargain of £1 a bottle), it is also amazing value for money!

Why use a decanter?Date published: 19/08/13

For those of you who are unsure, a decanter is a vessel that is used to hold the decantation of a wine which may contain sediment. Decanters are commonly made from glass and vary in shape and design. The need for using a decanter has been up for debate for a very long time now as some argue the wine improves from using one however not all agree.

Commonly, the reason for decanting wine is to aerate it, or to allow the wine to "breathe". The decanter is designed to mimic the effects of swirling the wine glass to stimulate the oxidation processes which trigger the release of more aroma compounds. In addition it is thought to benefit the wine by smoothing some of the harsher aspects of the wine (like tannins). Many experts advocate decanting for the purposes of aeration, especially with highly tannic wines like Barolo, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, and Rhône wines while noting that decanting could be harmful for more delicate wines such as Pinot Noir.

However the effectiveness of decanting is a topic of debate, with some wine experts claiming that the prolonged exposure to oxygen actually diffuses more aroma compounds than it stimulates, in contrast to the effects of the smaller scale exposure and immediate release that swirling the wine in a drinker's glass has. In addition it has been reported that the process of decanting over a period of a few hours does not have the effect of softening tannins. The softening of tannins occurs during the winemaking and oak aging when tannins go through a process of polymerization that can last days or even weeks. Decanting merely alters the perception of sulfites and other chemical compounds in the wine through oxidation, which can give some drinkers the sense of softer tannins in the wine.


Curious Brew LagerDate published: 19/08/13

Curious Brew Lager

Curious Brew Lager is a truly premium lager beer.  Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher lager.

Gold Medal Winner at the International Beer Challenge 2012.

This beer is brewed with the same yeast used at Chapel Down Wineries to make their sparkling wine; the result is a dry, yet fruity beer with a definite 'grapey' note to it.  Smooth and refreshing.

£17.99 for a 12 pack of England's first truly premium craft beer.

New Arrival!Date published: 16/08/13

We have just put a band new wine on our tasting counter - Leon Perdigal's Cotes-du-Rhone.

This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhone.  It has been named in honour of Leon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster in Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Chateauneuf-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 Meditarranean dishes or barbecued meats.

£9.99 or £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles.


"Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!Date published: 16/08/13

Here are some light facts which you may not (or may) already know about one of the largest champagne producers, Moet & Chandon. 

"Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" ~ Dom Perignon, at the moment he discovered champagne.
Dom Perignon is a brand of champagne produced by Moet & Chandon with around 5 million bottles prduced in each vintage. However, contrary to popular beliefs, Mr Dom Perignon himself did not discover the champgane method for making sparkling wines. 

Moet & Chandon was founded over 270 years ago in 1743 and is the fourth oldest Champagne house still in operation today.

The Moet company itself holds a Royal Warrant to supply champagne to Elizabeth II.

In 1872, sales of Moet are reported to have been at 2,000,000 bottles and at 2.5 million by 1880. Today, approximately 26,000,000 bottles of champagne are produced annually.

How exactly should Moet be pronounced? Various mispronunciations of Moet are known including "mo-way" and "mo-wee". This is owed to the characters and the pronuciation of the similar looking Cyrillic characters. The correct pronunciation is actually "mo-wett" or "m-wet" as Claude Moët's name is Dutch, not French.

In 1973, Moet & Chandon launched "Domaine Chandon", a winery subsidiary in California. The company undertook its final merger; with Louis Vuitton, a prominent luxury goods purveyor whose goods remain renowned as luxury status symbols. This final merger gave birth to the largest luxury group in the world, Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton (LVMH), netting over 16 billion euros in fiscal 2004.

So there you are, next time your friends or family pick up a bottle of "Mo-wett", you can dazzle them with these interesting facts. Remember, you will be tasting the stars!

New Arrival!Date published: 15/08/13

We have just unpacked our first cases of a brand new wine - the Montecastrillo Ribera Del Duero!

This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family run estate located at the easter end of Ribera del Duero.  Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.

A fruit-focused and easy drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.  Best enjoyed with lamb chops.


£9.99 for one or £7.99 when you buy two or more!

Wine of the Week - Marques de Arienzo de RiscalDate published: 14/08/13

Our wine of the week this week is a brand new wine - The Marques de Arienzo Crianza, from Marques de Riscal.

This traditionally styled crianza come from Riscal's best vineyards in Eloiego and Laguardia.  It has undergone 18 months oak ageing - relatively long for a crianza wine - plus several more months bottle ageing before release.

Intense yet mellow aromas of ripe raspberry and fig, mingling with subtle vanilla, coconut and spice notes.  Supple and soft on the palate, with plenty of youthful vigour to the fruit.

Drink with tapas of Iberian ham, Manchego and dressed olives.

The Wine CourseDate published: 12/08/13

If you're interested in learning a little more about wine, join us for one of our wine courses. It's a great introduction to some of the more detailed aspect of the wine world, with plenty to taste and some great food and wine matching.

Keep an eye on our website, or twitter for up-to-date information on dates, or give us a call in store for some more information. Hopefully see you soon!


Wine of the Week - SassaioloDate published: 09/08/13

This week's wine of the week is a Majestic classic - Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno.

Rosso Piceno DOC is part of the region of Marches, just north of Rome on the east coast of Italy.  Wines from this region were already known in Roman times and Hannibal reportedly used it to rub down his cavalry horses on his march to Rome, to give them new vigour.*

A wine offering the elegence of Sangiovesecombined with the charming ripe fruit of the Montepulciano.  Smooth and rich on the palate, with a long, balanced finish.

*This is of course rubbish.  Hannibal never marched on Rome - in fact it is one of the greatest 'what if' questions in ancient history, as he had just crushed two huge armies at the battles of Lake Trasimene and Cannae, with Rome's strength diminished as a result, yet he never marched on Rome when he had the opportunity to end the Second Punic War.  As a graduate of ancient history, I could not let this slip!


New improved offer!Date published: 02/08/13

We currently have 2 outstanding offers that have just come into effect:

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand - £5.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand Wines!   (This wine is Kev's staple New Zealand Sauvignon, so get in there before he clears us out!)

Peroni Nastro Azzuro lager - £24 per case of 24 bottles - that's £1 per bottle!


These are short term deals and will end soon, so place your order quickly to avoid disappointment!

The Beaujolais Basics Date published: 31/07/13

Within my first 2 weeks as a Trainee manager at Majestic, I have been fortunate enough to taste a small collection of varied bottles of Beaujolais of which previously, I had very little experience or knowledge with. Since then, I am really beginning to appreciate and differentiate different bottles of Beaujolais. 

The common characteristics of Beaujolais wines are light-bodied, however relativley high in acidity. It is generally made from the Gamay grape (thought to be a cross of Pinot Noir and the ancient white variety Gouais) which has a thin skin and is low in tannins. 

When Beaujolais is mentioned, commonly Beaujolais Nouveau springs to mind however after branching out, Beaujolais Crus can be seen as firm favourite. All together, there are 10 Beaujolais Crus and all differ in character and style. Perhaps some of the most popular Crus are Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent which are all full bodied examples of Cru Beaujolais and require the most time aging in a bottle and also Fleurie which is slightly lighter, often descirbed as medium bodied.

Beaujolais Best Buy
Best Value: Beaujolais 2011 Château de Pizay - A light and youthful wine with hints of apples and rasberries. Super-light tannins and ripe redcurrant fruit are framed by zingy acidity.
£7.59 when any 2 bottles of Beaujolais are bought.
Best Beaujolais: Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 2010 Louis Jadot - Intense aromas of ripe red fruit intermingled with irises, roses and hints of spice. Surprising depth and muscularity on the palate, with dry, fleshy tannins and a firm acidic crispness to the finish.
£12.79 when any 2 bottles of Beaujolais are bought.

The Diversity of Pinot NoirDate published: 31/07/13

Pinot Noir is grown in many wine producing regions across the globe, but is more famously associated with the wines of Red Burgundy - where it produces some of the finest, most expensive red wines in the world. 

Pinot Noir is traditonally a very difficult grape to grow, it's thin skin makes it susceptible to rot and it is extremely sensitive to wind and frost in the vineyard. It takes bucket loads of Tender Loving Care to get this varietal to flourish. It's highly sensitive nature also makes it extremely reactive to terroir, meaning Pinot grown at certain sites can lead to very specific characteristics in the wine. Thus, it is common for people to have a certain preference to appellations within Burgundy itself, be it Nuit-Saints-George or Gevrey-Chambertin, despite the wine being made from the same grape grown relatively close to one another.

Certain areas in the New World have also gained notoriety when it comes to producing Pinot. The USA has stamped its mark, producing quality Pinot Noir in California's Sonoma County and New Zealand showing that it's about more than just Sauvignon Blanc, producing some fruity, yet meaty Pinots, with strong examples coming from Central Otago.

Pinot Noir is also a permitted varietal in Champagne production - where it has more plantings than any other region in France. Its addition to the blend provides a fruity character and element of body and structure.

A truly versatile varietal, requiring devout love and attention, but when done well, can produce truly stunning wines.


Plentiful Pomerol Date published: 27/07/13

The wines of Pomerol are generally considered the softer and more 'approachable' of the wines of Bordeaux. A high percentage of Merlot in the blends leads to a gentler wine, with softer tannin and the addition of Cabernet Franc creates the deep colour that we commonly associate with the appellation. Due to the softer nature of these wines, they can generally be drunk much younger than their Left-bank siblings, still with aging potential. More famous names from the area are the wines from Chateau Petrus and Chateau Le pin.

However, the Chateau Guillot provides a stunning insight into the wines of Pomerol - without burning holes in your pocket. Neighbouring the renowned Chateau Le Pin, it shares the same climate and largely the same soil type.

70% merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. Soft and fruity on the palate, with a noticeable savoury, meaty character from the influence of the Cab Franc. A coating, velvety texture and a silky smooth finish.

Drinking beautifully now, pair with roast beef or braised steak. 

For those looking to explore the regions of Bordeaux, this is a truly wonderful example of what to expect from the Right Bank at brilliant value.

Enjoy!

Alex


ONLY £20.00*

*As part of the Fine Wine promotion

Beer of the month Date published: 24/07/13

*Beer of the month*

Curious Brew Lager

GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer.

Only £17.99 (12x330ml bottles)

Wine of the Week - Vinalba Malbec/Touriga Nacional ReservadoDate published: 22/07/13

An intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, in a dry and fruit-driven style. Although grown in the Andean foothills, the Douro Valley influence is immediately evident in this blend, with its dark hue and earthy nose.

Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.

The dense, full nature of this interesting blend make it open to a large array of dishes, but try with rich or spicy casserole.

Wine of the Week - Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon, ChileDate published: 20/07/13

Domaines Barons de Rothschild took over the Los Vascos ('The Basques') estate in 1988, and since then have grown it from its original 200ha of vines to 580ha.  Many of the original vines are 40-50 years old, with the oldest being up to 70 years old.


Classic and pure Cabernet, with well-defined notes of cherry, blueberry, and plum on the nose, with hints of bay leaf and clove adding subtle depth.  Approachably soft yet weighty on the palate.  Partner with roast beef or fillet steak.

ChileDate published: 12/07/13

Chilean wine has exploded in popularity in recent years, largely due to producing fruity, drinkable wines at reasonable prices.

However, that does not mean they do not produce serious wine; underestimate the quality in Chilean wine at your peril!

Here are Kevin's picks from our current  Chilean-themed tasting counter:

Whites:

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is vastly underrated, and this one in particular is a steal at £6.99.  It comes from Leyda Valley, one of the most exciting new terroirs emerging from Chile, and has lots of precise, zingy fruit back up with a refreshing mineral streak on the palate.  £6.99?  Really?!

Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a new addition to our Parcel Series range, and like all other Parcel Series wines we do, it offers stunning value for money.  This Cabernet comes from the Maipo Valley, the home of premium Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.  Maipo Cabernet always has a minty note, and the Parcel Series doesn't disappoint on that front!  It offers lots of classic black fruit with nice chewy tannins - perfect for a barbeque or steak.  Another bargain at £7.99!


Wine of the Week: Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Stellenbosch Date published: 08/07/13

Wine of the Week: Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 Stellenbosch

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot

Vergelegen is widely recognised for producing some of South Africa's finest wines.

Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish.

Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews.

ONLY £9.99

when you buy 2 bottles

Wine of the Week: Matsu El Recio 2010 Toro Date published: 06/07/13

Wine of the Week: Matsu El Recio 2010 Toro

Grape: Tempranillo

Picked from some of Toro's oldest vines, it has spent 14 months in new French oak.

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.

A great steak wine, which longs to be paired with beef fillet or sirloin. Drink now or keep for 2-5 years.


ONLY £12.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Sparkling Saturday: Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010Date published: 06/07/13

Sparkling Saturday: Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010

Grape: Pinot Noir

This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of 'Official Provider of the Royal House'.
Taste:
 
With fine bubbles and persistent 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 apéritif.

With a special offer of £9.99 what's not to like about this sparkling wine?

Wimbledon - Not all about PimmsDate published: 01/07/13

When picturing the perfect day on centre court, it's fair to say that a combination of strawberries, sunshine and Pimms would provide the appropriate accompaniments to the tennis. However, this year on the drinks front, the Champagne House Lanson have mixed things up slightly.

As a Wimbledon sponsor, Lanson have released a special edition bottle of their Black Label NV and Rosé NV kitted out in their very own Wimbledon Polo tops.

The Black Label NV, with a palate of citrus and ripe fruit, would be the perfect partner to an afternoon of tennis in the sunshine (or rain)! Or if you fancy something in keeping with the traditional 'Wimbledon Strawberries' the elegant salmon pink Rosé NV has to be your number one seed, with delicate summer fruits on the palate and a fine stream of persistent bubbles. 

Both Champagnes, complete with the appropriate Wimbledon attire, are on special offer;

Black Label NV, £27.00

Rosé NV, £32.00



Wine of the Week: La Garnacha 2011 Salvaje del Moncayo Date published: 30/06/13

Wine of the Week: La Garnacha 2011 Salvaje del Moncayo


Grape: Granacha

Made from grapes harvested from ancient 'wild' bush vines in the mountainous Moncayo end of the Ebro Valley.

Powerful aromas of wild berries and tobacco leaf are tempered by a sense of freshness and floral edges. The middleweight palate has ripe red fruit and a Burgundian minerality, with subtle French oak.

Drink with barbecued red meats or spicy chorizo.


ONLY £7.99

when you buy 2 bottles



Daily Mail RecommendationsDate published: 29/06/13

Daily Mail Recommendations

Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles


Grape: Godello

A delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

Drink with grilled sardines or salt cod

Rioja Crianza 2010 CVNE - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Grape: Grenache, Tempranillo

A lively cherry-red appearance leading to a nose of light summer fruits. This wine has undergone a period of one year in oak giving beautiful hints of vanilla amongst fruity cherry notes.

Enjoy A real treat, with a long and elegant finish. Partner with dry cured ham or roasted stuffed peppers.

ITV This Morning Recommendation: Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010Date published: 29/06/13

ITV This Morning Recommendation: Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010

Grape: Pinot Noir

Origin:

This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of 'Official Provider of the Royal House'.
Taste:
 
With fine bubbles and persistent 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 apéritif.

With a special offer of £9.99 what's not to like about this sparkling wine?

The Rosé Rainbow...Date published: 26/06/13

With some nice weather making a belated but very welcome appearance, and our Rosé tasting week kicking off this Friday, it's the perfect time to look at what our rosé wine selection has to offer! With a large variety of Rosé in stock, there's a wine to suit every palate, from the sweeter, fuirty White Zinfandels to the drier, more delicate Provence styles. Here's a few I have picked out to get you started..


M de Minuty Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence

A very delicate pink, with characters of subtle summer fruit and citrus on the palate and a good acidity. A slight confected note is noticeable on the finish. Perfect for any summer picnic and would sit nicely alongside fresh seafood, or zesty summer salads.

£9.99*


Rioja Rosado 2012 Marqués de Cáceres

A bolder colour than the Minuty and more intense in flavour. This tempranillo/garnacha blend has dominant flavours of Stawberry and Raspberry on the palate and a richer mouth feel. Capable of completeing more intensely flavoured food than some other rosés, such as barbequed pork loin or meaty fish.

£7.99*

Pasqua Rosato 2012 Veneto

A corvina, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend. A soft rose colour and notes of delicate red cherry on the nose. The palate again is dominated by summer fruits and cherry, with a clean finish. Perfect on its own for a summer garden party or match with grilled white fish and citrus salad. 

£5.99*


*Offer Prices







Wine of the Week: Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di ManduriaDate published: 25/06/13

Wine of the Week: Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di Manduria

Grape: Primitivo

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean.

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish.

Try with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver.

ONLY £7.99

when you buy 2 bottles

20% off Italy


Magnum Champagne/Sparkling WineDate published: 23/06/13

Magnum Champagne/Sparkling Wine

If your looking for a special birthday, graduation, anniversary present then you have found the right place. Why not make the person feel special with a Magnum Bottle of Champagne or Sparkling wine.

We currently have the following instore:

Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne 1.5L Magnum - £70

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

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne 1.5L Magnum - £90

The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

Nicolas Feuillatte NV 1.5L Magnum - £40

A light and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples and pears. Has undergone 4 years cellar ageing.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 1.5L Magnum - £49.99

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

We also stock other magnum Champagnes, so give us a call and we can try get it in for you.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 22/06/13

Sparkling Saturday

To celebrate Sparkling Saturday we have opened a bottle of Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV Italy

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.

Down from £12.99 to £9.99, what better way to enjoy the sunshine

Weather like this deserves Australian Cabernet Sauvignon!Date published: 22/06/13

In counterpoint to my article a couple of days ago, when the sun was beating down and temperatures were soaring, I thought I would tell you what I will be drinking in this soggy weather.

Australian Cabernet Sauvignon is a particular favourite of mine - admittedly, mostly in winter - because of its rich, round and supple mouthfeel and generous fruit.  What sets Australian Cabernet apart from those produced in the rest of the world is the distinct nose - usually there are very obvious aromas of mint, menthol, or even tea tree oil.  This freshness tends to lift what is otherwise a pretty dense, fruity wine.

Australian Cabs go well with most manner of foods as long as they are meaty; the Peter Lehmann Cab from the Barossa Valley is very smooth with really well integrated tannin - barely noticeable.  Because of this it matches perfectly with simply roasted or barbecued meats such as burgers.  It is a steal in the current 20% off deal, down to £8.79.

If you are looking for something with a bit more sophisticated then I would suggest the D'Arengburg Galvo Garage.  A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this is a Bordeaux as if from the McLaren Vale.  The result is a familiar black fruit and cedar feel, but with a swashbuckling swagger that will win over any Cabernet-sceptic!

Which one will I be drinking tonight?  To tell the truth, neither.  My heart is set on the Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon, which combines the up-front fruit of the Lehmann with the panache of the D'Arenburg - a perfect bottle of wine for a drizzly night in, and only £11.99 on our 20% off deal.  That might seem a lot, but put it this way - when did you last have a Bordeaux with genuine class and character for so little?

I rest my case.


WeddingsDate published: 21/06/13

Weddings

Do you have a wedding come up? Finding choosing your wines confusing? Need glass hire?

Do not fear, here at Majestic Wine we have the staff to help with you all your weddings needs, whether it be choosing what wine you want and the quantity needed or wanting to hire out glasses.

We have a very wide range of red wines, white wines, sparkling wine and of course the champagne for the toasts.

We also give you the option of hiring glasses (medium wine, hi-balls, champange and pint glasses), chiller bins and ice buckets from us. All you need to do is put down a deposit down for hiring out and when you return the glasses clean, we will refund you the money back (except any broken glasses).

We also offer delivery to the venue.

So why not pop instore to start planning your big day.

Star Buy: Bollinger Special Cuvée NV ChampagneDate published: 21/06/13

Star Buy: Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne

Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish.

An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

Only £30 when you buy 6 bottles

Weather like this deserves Gin!Date published: 20/06/13

Gin is a British institution, but for years was seen as something your grandmother might drink.  Not so these days however, as a resurgence in popularity of the drink has seen an explosion in styles.  This is reflected in our range, as we now stock 7 gins and gin based drinks!

Here are my two favourites:

Sipsmith London Dry Gin, £26.00

Sipsmith is a bit special.  Their entire gin production is distilled out of a single copper still - the first such still to be installed in London since 1820.  The resulting gin is full of floral summer meadow notes rounded by juniper and zesty citrus.  A gentle mouthfeel makes this an ideal aperitif gin, perfect with ice, a slice of lime, and tonic.

Tanqueray No. 10, £30

Tanqueray No. 10 is the only gin distilled with fresh, handpicked fresh fruit and botanicals, including white grapefruits, oranges and limes - along with gin's signature juniper and coriander and a hint of chamomile.  In order to make an ultra-pure, ultra-flavourful spirit, No.10 is distilled in a small batch still called 'Tiny Ten'.

This gin is so pure it can be enjoyed chilled and neat, with tonic, or in a traditional Martini.

DID YOU KNOW:  Despite its historical links with London, the UK is not the world's largest consumer of gin; Spain is.  Makes sense when you think about the climate and how refreshing a G&T is!






Wine of the Week: The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011 Jim Barry, Clare Valley Date published: 19/06/13

Wine of the Week: The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011 Jim Barry, Clare Valley

Grape: Shiraz

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.

Goes great with grilled meats, lasagna and casseroles.

ONLY £10.99 when you buy 2 or more

20% off Australia




Wine of the Week - CVNE Vina Real BlancoDate published: 14/06/13

Viura is the synonym in Rioja for Macabeo and makes up about 90% of the still white wine production in the region.  A high productivity makes it suited to hot, dry conditions and the fact that it is late budding means there is very little risk from spring frosts.


Light biscuit characters intermingle with hints of cinammon and forward grapefruit flavours creating a mouthwatering wine with an elegant finish.


Perfect lightly chilled on its own or served with Paella.

BBQ Wines Tasting Tutorial - Saturday 15th June 2013Date published: 12/06/13

BBQ Wines Tasting Tutorial - Saturday 15th June 2013

We just decided what wines we will be opening for the tasting tutorial and thought we'd give you some insight into the wines and get you excited to try them...

Aperitif

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010 (£9.99): Made from 100% Pinot Noir. It is difficult for a producer to keep the juice completely white when all the grapes are red. They press the grapes very gently so that none of the colour is released. Amazingly bright and jittery on the nose with aromas of lemon, cranberry and cooking apple. The palate has a frothy bubble structure, tangy red fruit, a pinch of salt and a firm mouth-feel

Dry Furmint 2011 Royal Tokaji (£9.99or £8.49 when you buy 2 or more): This wine is 100% Furmint, an indigenous Hungarian variety thought to be related to Vermentino of Italy. It ripens late and has extremely high acidity, which is good for both dry and sweet wines.Clean pear, lemon and acacia on the nose, it has a slightly funky, mineral note a la Chablis. The palate is racy with eye watering acidity balanced by a linear body and much complexity.

Sausage

Domaine Haut-Lirou 2010 Pic Saint-Loup (£8.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more): Made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre.Very smoky on the nose, and rich, with liquorice and deep black fruit. It’s savoury and strong on the palate with an underlying florality and dark fruit. Great length and a sweet, soft tannin.

Corbières La Combe des Oliviers 2011(£7.99): Made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. A beguiling nose of blackcurrant, herbs and olives, it smells of the Med. On the palate there is real concentration, again olives, the blackest of fruit, possibly a sunblush tomato and tannin.

Steak

Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2011 (£10.99, or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more):
Made from a blend of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat. A very interesting nose of blueberries, juniper and raspberry. The palate is very luscious, it feels velvety, with rich fruit, a bit of pepper and vanilla.

Chateau Musar 2005 (£19.99): A blend of Cabernet, Cinsault and Carignan. It takes seven years to make a bottle, during which time they ferment the wine in cement for 6 months, age in French oak for a year and then age in bottle until release.So much texture and tannin and flavour of damson, baked figs, medicine, violets, pepper, tea and aniseed. It’s silky and plush like a pomerol, and vibrant and acidic like red Burgundy.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Wine of the Week - Martin Codax 'Caixas' AlbarinoDate published: 12/06/13

Galicia's signature white wine from the region's most famous producer.  Made exclusively for Majestic, with some grapes having possibly been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number each year go to Galicia to help with the harvest.


A light, fresh, youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar.  Crisp and refreshing, yet round and enduring on the finish.


Drink with mussels or other shellfish, and all fresh grilled seafood.

Staff Choice: Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-ProvenceDate published: 31/05/13

Staff Choice: Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Shiraz

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.

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 with Salade Niçoise.

Only £8.99 when you buy two or more bottle

Wine of the Week: Matsu El Picaro 2012 ToroDate published: 31/05/13

Wine of the Week: Matsu El Picaro 2012 Toro

Grape: Tempranillo

The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.

Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Enjoy on its own or with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers.

ONLY  £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles!

Beer of the Month - BitburgerDate published: 30/05/13

Our Beer of the Month this month is Bitburger - Germany's best selling premium lager.

Clean, crisp and light in style, it makes a great barbeque beer as it is refreshing yet with enough flavour to compete with those burgers!

Currently £12.99 for a pack of 12, it is also one of our best value lagers at £3.30 per litre.

Bitburger will be available to taste on our tasting counter from Saturday 1st June so don't take my word for it - try out this cracking lager for yourself!


Wine of the Week: Albariño Martin Codax 2011 Rias BaixasDate published: 24/05/13

Wine of the Week: Albariño Martin Codax 2011 Rias Baixas

Grape: Albariño

Similar to Viognier, the light and refreshing style, with a hint of sweetness, provides a refreshing alternative to Chardonnay.

Delicate peachy aromas with hints of spice, herbs and traces of sweet fruits, a fresh and crisp palate rounded by hints of honey, peaches and stone fruits, a medium body and with a floral finish.

Enjoy over the next two years as an apéritif or with grilled lobster.


ONLY £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Special Edition Pimm's Blackberry & ElderflowerDate published: 21/05/13

Specail Edition Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower

A light and refreshing beverage.

Take a large jug, add 3:1 ratio mixer to Pimm's. Typically added with lemonade but change to tonic water or ginger ale to really lift it's profile.

Serve with ice and garnish with blackberries.

Ideal for the summer

ONLY £13


Italian Wine Tour - PiedmontDate published: 11/05/13

In preparation of next Saturday's tasting counter tutorial on Italian wine and grape varieties, we are going to do a small series of articles on the classic Italian regions.  This week its the turn of Piedmont!

Piedmont, in north eastern Italy, produces arguably Italy's most famous wine - Barolo.  It also produces a less-celebrated but often as good wine called Barbaresco, both from the Nebbiolo grape variety.  Nebbiolo is so called as it thrives on the foggy conditions of the hills of Piedmont - the 'nebbia' - and produces dark, tannic and richly flavoured wines with high acidity.  The forceful tannins and racy acidity of Barolo and Barbaresco provide the wines with excellent structure ideally suited to long term ageing and matching with rich, full flavoured dishes - Barolo and truffle risotto is possibly my favourite food and wine match of all time!

If there is a drawback with Barolo and Barbaresco, it is that while they are world-class wines they often come with world-class price tags.  However, if it is a flavour of the picturesque northeastern Italian hills you crave, there is always Barbera - Piedmont's 'Trattoria' wine.  Barbera is unusual in European wine in that its name comes from the grape variety, not the place it is grown, and produces cherry stashed, full bodied and fruity reds for young drinking that partner really well with all kinds of food.  Often under £10 per bottle, Barbera represents one of the best bargains in all Italy.

Barolo

One to try: Galarej Barolo Fontanafredda, £15.99*

One to savour: Ciabot Berton Barolo, £26.00, reduced to £23.00 when you buy two or more

Barbera

One to try: Bellero Barbera, £6.99*

One to savour: Barbera d'Alba Sucule Villa Lanata, £8.39*




* - prices quoted include the 20% off Italy multi-buy discount



Carbonic MacerationDate published: 07/05/13

Carbonic Maceration

Carbonic maceration is a widely used process, producing a wine that is ready for drinking in a matter of weeks rather than months or years. It produces the style of wine that is popular, a wine that is of good purple colour, fresh and fruity on the nose, soft and eminently quaffable and ready to drink.

The two important factors necessary to the success of this process are the use of whole bunches of undamaged grapes and a fermentation vessel that can be filled with carbon dioxide.

Any vat can be used for carbonic maceration, provided it can be closed at the top to prevent the ingress of air. The fermentation takes place in two distinct stages, the first in a specially prepared closed vat at an elevated temperature, the second in an ordinary vat at normal temperature.

The first stage, takes place without the involvement of yeast. The alcohol that is produced during this phase is formed by intracellular fermentation inside the grape where the grape's own enzymes attack the sugars, breaking them down to alcohol. This process is allowed to continue for between five to fifteen days at about 35 degrees, during which time about 3% of the alcohol is produced.

During the second phase, the vat is drained and juices are seperated. The skins are pressed as usual and the press juice is added to the free-run juice. The combined juices are cooled to about 20 degrees, transferred to an ordinary vat and extracellular fermentation takes place, using the yeasts from the skins of the grapes.

Beaujolais uses carbonic maceration to produce all their wines. It is ready to drink within two months of the fermentation and should be consumed within six months.

We have a Juliénas (Beaujolais Cru) open on our tasting counter.

Wine of the Week: Juliénas Flower Label 2009 Georges DuboeufDate published: 07/05/13

Wine of the Week: Juliénas Flower Label 2009 Georges Duboeuf

Grape: Gamay

A ripe, lively, medium-bodied Beaujolais, with an intense nose of blueberry, blackcurrant, candied peel and flower petals.

A juicy and easy-drinking palate, with friendly tannins and a pleasing freshness.

Superb with minted lamb.

ONLY £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more
20% off Beaujolais

Wine of the Week: Verdicchio di Matelica 2012 Poggio alle Rondini Date published: 03/05/13

Wine of the Week: Verdicchio di Matelica 2012 Poggio alle Rondini

Price: 6.99 when you buy two bottles or more. 20% off Italian wines

Grape: Verdicchio

A pale lemon colour, with a nose that offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit.

Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish.

Try this with lightly spiced fish and seafood of the Adriatic coast.

Star Buy: Prosecco Zonin NV DOCDate published: 03/05/13

Star Buy: Prosecco Zonin NV DOC

Grape: Prosecco

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit.

Delicately off-dry, with a clean finihs. Wonderfully versatile.

Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses or even with light fruit desserts.

ONLY £7.99

Star Buy: Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne Date published: 28/04/13

Star Buy: Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

Only £25

Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Most famous for its prestige cuvee Cristal, Roederer Brut Premier is a serious non-vintage Champagne.

Deliciously rich, with overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes, the finish is long, complex and rewarding

OFFER ENDS ON MONDAY 29TH APRIL 2013... STOCK UP NOW!

Wine of the Week: Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2012 Famille NegrelDate published: 27/04/13

Wine of the Week: Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2012

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah

Bright salmon pink, typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refined and complex on the nose with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture.

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

Only £9.99

Sparkling Saturday: Undurraga Rose NVDate published: 27/04/13

To celebrate sparkling saturday we will be opening up a bottle of fizz.... our chosen one this week is Undurraga Rose.

Delicate watermelon pink, with subtle aromas of cherries, strawberries and flower petals. Persistent, uniform bubbles and zesty acidity provide an uplifting palate

Great for parties, as an aperitif or with lightly spicy chicken skewers

Why not come in and have a taste :D

Wine of the Week - Vocoret ChablisDate published: 22/04/13

Now that spring is finally here, we thought we would give you our springiest Wine of the Week imaginable : Vocoret's 2011 Chablis!

From one of the northernmost wine-growing areas in the world, where a combination of cool weather, limestone soils and a layer of Kimmeridgian clay producing one of the world's most iconic wine-styles. Vocoret sources grapes from the entire appellation for their Chablis.

Steely and minerally aromas with citrus fruits, limestone, slate and a crisp, fresh and vibrant palate of stony fruits, limestone, grapefruit and lemons, finishing on a racy and uplifting citrus kick.

'Village' Chablis are best enjoyed in their youth before the freshness fades, as either an apéritif or with seafood.

A great way to celebrate the arrival of spring with my favourite French white!

Wine of the Week: Viñalba Malbec Reservado 2011 MendozaDate published: 17/04/13

Wine of the Week: Viñalba Malbec Reservado 2011 Mendoza

Grape: Malbec

The Malbec Reservado 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.

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

A great way to celebrate Malbec World Day!

ONLY £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Malbec World Day 2013 (17th April)Date published: 16/04/13

Malbec World Day 2013 (17th April)

Celebrate the third Malbec World Day with a delicious Argentinian Malbec from our fantastic range...

We have some great Argentinian Malbec offers instore!

Catena Malbec 2010 Mendoza - £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Alamos Malbec 2012 Catena - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Viñalba Malbec Reservado 2011 Mendoza - £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2009 Mendoza - £12.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, Mendoza - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Argento Malbec 2011/2012 Mendoza - £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

La Plata Malbec 2011/2012 Mendoza - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Alamos Rosé 2012 Mendoza - £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

All you need now is a steak!

Malbec Explorer CaseDate published: 16/04/13

Malbec Explorer Case - £50.94

Malbec has found an ideal home in the hills of Argentina, and the country's winemakers have taken advantage of this to put Argentinian Malbec on the world map of great wine. Producing rich, full bodied wine with supple tannins and packed full of fruit, these wines are great on an evening in with another Argentinian favourite, steak!

The Explorer Case contains:

2 x Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

2 x Joffré Malbec 2011 Mendoza

This wine is everything you could want from a Malbec. Packed with expressive aromas of plum, cherry, vanilla and chocolate it is sweet and round on the palate with velvety, mature tannins. Full-bodied yet elegant and supple this is a wine to be enjoyed with grilled red meats.

2 x Catena Malbec 2010 Mendoza

With grapes sourced from different microclimates from different altitudes to accentuate the unique Argentinian terroir, this is benchmark Malbec made by the Catena family, whose name is synonymous with quality. Showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla oak and plenty of peppery spice balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

At only £50.94 for the 6 bottles, it's a bargain... What better way to celebrate Malbec World Day!

Staff Recommendation: Elysium Black Muscat 2010/2011 Andrew Quady 375ml Half-bottleDate published: 15/04/13

Staff Recommendation: Elysium Black Muscat 2010/2011 Andrew Quady 375ml Half-bottle

Grape: Black Muscat

Black Muscat, an under-appreciated Muscat variety, one of the very few black-skinned Muscats. Elysium is Greek for Heaven, a fitting association for this excellent wine made by Andrew Quady.

Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.

One of the few wines that can stand up to chocolate puddings. Or try it poured over ice cream for the ultimate after-dinner treat!

I recommend to have it with chocolate and raspberry brownie.

If it's good enough for the president of the United States then you will love it :)

Wine of the Week: RM Nicholson 2010 Rustenberg, Stellenbosch Date published: 13/04/13

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Syrah Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration.

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

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

ONLY £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles 20% off South African Wines

South Africa Tasting Week (Buy 2 South African Wines save 20%)Date published: 12/04/13

Yes it has finally arrived... it is South Africa tasting week here at Majestic Wine Uxbridge and we have some fantastic wines open on the tasting counter for you to come and try. With the 20% off South Africa offer still going on, you would be mad not to fall in love with these great wines.

These are the wines that are open for you to try:

Whites

Duiker White 2012 Swartland - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Buy 2 South African Wines save 20% Porcupine Ridge Viognier Grenache Blanc 2012 Coastal Region £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Buy 2 South African Wines save 20% Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Stellenbosch - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Buy 2 South African Wines save 20% Reds

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2011/2012 Coastal Region - £6.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Buy 2 South African Wines save 20% RM Nicholson 2010 Rustenberg, Stellenbosch - £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Buy 2 South African Wines save 20% Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011 Swartland - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Buy 2 South African Wines save 20%

Wine of the Week - Martin Codax AlbarinoDate published: 10/04/13

Founded in 1986 in the Rias Baixas region of Northwestern Spain, Martin Codax produces wine from the aromatic white Albariño grape. Similar to Viognier, the light and refreshing style, with a hint of sweetness, provides a refreshing alternative to Chardonnay.

Delicate peachy aromas with hints of spice, herbs and traces of sweet fruits, a fresh and crisp palate rounded by hints of honey, peaches and stone fruits, a medium body and with a floral finish.

Enjoy over the next two years as an apéritif or with grilled lobster.

Spanish Tasting Week: 5th April - 11th April 2013Date published: 08/04/13

We have some great spanish wines on our tasting counter to celebrate Spanish tasting week.

Come down and try these great wines. The selection includes a special Rioja Gran Reserva 1990

Reds:

Senorio Don Pedro, Gran Reserva - £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Beronia Dos Maderas, Reserva - £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Conde De Valdemar Gran Reserva 1990 - £13.98 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Whites:

Vega De La Reina, Sauvignon Blanc - £6.48 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Real Compania, Verdejo - £4.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Muga Blanco - £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more  

Staff Recommendation: Kanonkop KadetteDate published: 08/04/13

Whilst I was on holiday in South Africa, I came across a 1.5ltr bottle of Kanonkop Kadette 2010. I decided I had to purchase the bottle due to the size of the bottle and also because had not tried it before and it is one of the South African wines we sell here.

As the cheaper of the three wines by Kanonkop I was very intrgiued about it as my father raves about the Kanonkop range. As Kanonkop's 'second wine', similar in ethos to the second wines of the top Bordeaux estates, it is a lighter and more forward version of its top blends.

Made from Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and then aged for at least 12 months in French Nevers oak barrigues this wine has so much complexity to it. With ever sip it surprises you.

The wine has a deep ruby colour with ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavours on the nose and dark chocolate and blackberry on the palate this wine has a good length with a dry finish.

Match the wine with Barbecued red meat such as lamb steaks, lamb chops or beef steaks.

At only 8.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more, you will be extremely happy with the purchase and you will want to come back for more.

Wine of the Week: Rioja Gran Reserva 1990 Conde de ValdemarDate published: 07/04/13

This is a traditionally styled Gran Reserva Rioja made from Tempranillo with a dash of Mazuelo. This exclusive rioja parcel is a fantastic opportunity to try truly interesting, great value Rioja with plenty of aged character.

Complex and moreish with Cherry, dried apricots and aromas of leather and chocolate.

£13.98 (when you buy 2 or more spanish wines) Single bottle price £17.49

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

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

Wine of the Week - Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2009 Arribes del Duero Date published: 17/03/13

Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo 2009 Arribes del Duero

Grape: Tempranillo

Now a luxury hotel and home to one of Marqués de la Concordia's cellars, Hacienda Zorita is a beautiful 14th century monastery and vineyard estate, that can list Columbus among its historic visitors.

The wine is 100% Tempranillo matured in new French and American oak. Bright garnet red, this wine is intensely fruity, with a lush mouth-feel. Strawberry and cherry flavours mingle with hints of chocolate , toasted oak and vanilla.

Enjoyable on its own, or with rich pasta dishes.

ONLY £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Wine of The Week - La Motte Shiraz 2009 Franschoek Date published: 13/03/13

La Motte Shiraz 2009 Franschoek

Grape: Shiraz

La Motte's Shiraz is made from grapes sourced from a number of different regions including Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Darling. The various climates and variety of soil types lead to unique contributions of flavour and structure.

Classic Shiraz aromas of spice, aniseed and clove lead to a palate of blackcurrant fruit and liquorice. A full body with rounded, integrated tannins and a long, clean finish.

Excellent with game or roast beef.

ONLY £9.59 when you buy 2 bottles

Wine Relief/Comic Relief 2013 - Ends Friday 15th March 2013Date published: 11/03/13

Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

Majestic will be supporting the campaign with twelve Wine Relief wines. Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, on the wines below, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief:

Below are the wines which are going to help raise money for Wine Relief/Comic Relief:

Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007

Pouilly Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ Louis Latour 2011

Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011

Ch de Pennautier ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’ 2009

Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir 2010

Domaine de l’Aigle Chardonnay 2011

Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011

Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann 2010

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010

Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010

Come into store and help us raise money for Wine Relief/Comic Relief!

Wine of the Week - Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo ValleyDate published: 09/03/13

Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

A single-variety Cabernet Sauvignon from Clos Quebrada de Macúl, the vineyard of the renowned Domus Aurea winery. Planted in 1970, it was one of Chile's first hillside vineyards, on a site specifically chosen for it's hard terrain, creating lower grape yields.

Deep, purple-tinged ruby red wine, with an expressive nose of plum and blackberry, accented with aromatic herb and toasty oak notes. Well integrated tannins and bright fruit make a satisfying palate.

Drink with rare beef fillet, venison steaks or red meat casseroles.

ONLY £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Fine Wine Friday (5th April 2013) - La Sirène de Giscours 2006 Margaux Date published: 09/03/13

We will be opening La Sirène de Giscours 2006 Margaux to celebrate Fine Wine Friday on the 5th April 2013.

Made from Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blend. Sirene is second wine of Château Giscours. Made from the fruits of the estate's younger vines, those from 5-15 years of age. A more supple, early-drinking expression of the estate's style, the Sirene offers a fleshy core of fruit accented with notes of smoke, spice and creosote. The excellent 2006 vintage is drinking superbly now, and will continue to develop for another 5-10 years.

Price: £22.00

Wines of South America - Part two Date published: 09/03/13

Due to our South America tasting tutorial at 11am and 3pm today (Sat 9/2/13) we have opened a new set of wines to celebrate and enjoy our tasting tutorials.

If you feel like reading up about these wines before coming into store for our tasting tutorial or just to come and try them at your own lesiure, they are listed below:

Red Wines:

Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza - £9.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2011 Central Valley - £7.49 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley - £11.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

White Wines:

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Casablanca Valley - £10.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2010/2011 - £10.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Santa Rita 120 Viognier 2012 Maipo Valley - £7.49 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles

 

Don't Forget to book onto our tasting tutorials at 11am and 3pm TODAY!

Wines of South America 5/3/13 - 11/03/13Date published: 04/03/13

South America week has arrived and we have some great wines open on our tasting counter for you to come and try. Incase you feel like reading up on these fantastic wines before you pop in and try them, the 6 wines which will be open are listed below.

White Wine:

Valdivieso Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - £7.99 or £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011 Colchagua - £10.99 or £9.99 whne you buy 2 bottles

Red Wine:

Koyle Reserva Carmenere 2011 Alto Colchagua - £10.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011 Leyda Valley - £9.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles

La Posta Bonarda 2010 Estela Armando's Vineyard, Mendoza - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

 

Staff Recommendation: Commanderie De Peyrassol Rosé 2011, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 04/03/13

Commanderie De Peyrassol Rosé 2011, Côtes de Provence

Price: £10.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Grape: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre

Commanderie De Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. 

This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry prodominate, with background notes of white pepper

Enjoy equally at home with charcuteries and other cold meats, olvies, sofe cheese or fish dishes.

Perfectly matched with sunny, warm weather.

Mother's Day SelectionDate published: 03/03/13

Mother's Day is on 10th March, are stuck for ideas? Why not buy her something pretty and pink?

Champagne:

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne -  special offer at £15.99

Canard-Duchêne Rosé NV Champagne - £20.00

Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV Champagne - £40.00

Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne - £55.00 or £50.00 when you buy 2 bottles

Sparkling Wine and Prosecco:

Trilogy Cuvée Rosé NV Jacob's Creek - £9.99

Green Point Rosé NV - £16.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV - £6.99

Rosé Wine:

Château Saint Roch-les-Vignes 2011 Côtes de Provence - £7.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Cuvée de Richard Rosé 2011/2012 PGI Pays d'Hérault - special offer £4.99

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2011 Cantina Breganze - £8.49 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles

France in Focus: BurgundyDate published: 02/03/13

The white and red wines of Burgundy are justifiably some of the most sought-after in the world.  Burgundy itself covers a large stretch of land from Chablis in the north almost to the northern tip of the Rhone Valley in the south, yet compared to Bordeaux produces relatively little wine.

Two grape varieties dominate Burgundy - Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  It is unusual in French viticulture in that wines are very rarely blended; the whites tend to be 100% Chardonnay and the reds are 100% Pinot Noir.

The styles of the white wines can vary from full, rich and round Meursault to lean, taught and elegant Puligny-Montrachet at the top end of the market, although there are oceans of well-made, complex wines produced in the Maconnais area (Macon-Villages is a label to look out for).  Reds tend to be a bit pricier, and due to the nature of Pinot Noir are far less numerous when it comes to everyday drinking, but anything from Louis Jadot is worth a look.

Sparkling Saturday - Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne Date published: 02/03/13

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne

Price: £15.99

Grape: Pinot Noir

Named as its light, delicate colour matches that of the eye of the Partridge, this is a subtly delicious Champagne from Devaux. Coming from the Côtes des Bars in the south of the region, the red Pinot Noir grapes develop an unusual level of ripeness, lending the wine its hue despite a gentle pressing. Although certainly delicate in style, there is a perfect weight of fruit, developing fine biscuity characteristics as the wine matures.

Saturday Kitchen Recommendation - Dr L Riesling Loosen Date published: 02/03/13

Dr. L Riesling, Loosen Bros 2010/2011 Mosel

Price: £7.99

Grape: Riesling

Dr. L Riesling, Loosen Bros 2010/2011 Mosel is one of our Wine Relief Wines. Majestic Will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief.

The Mosel valley is famous for its very steep slatey vineyards along the Mosel river. Dr L is a non-estate wine, but brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen work closely with the growers, and in this way are able to ensure excellent quality year after year.

The fragrant nose of honey, apricot and stone fruit carries through to the off dry palate. Refreshingly juicy, a touch of spritz and lively acidity add finesse and balance.

The aromatics and lively acidity of this wine, make it a perfect match to smoked haddock or trout.

Wine of The Week - Rioja Reserva 2008 Muga Date published: 01/03/13

Rioja Reserva 2008 Muga

Price: £17.49 or £13.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Grape: Grenache, Tempranillo

Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. After fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, before 24 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle before release.

An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now. Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb ot soft cheese.

I recommend it with a Sunday roast.

Fine Wine Friday - Gevrey-Chambertin 2007 Louis Latour Date published: 01/03/13

Gevrey-Chambertin 2007 Louis Latour

Price: £23.99

Grape: Pinot Noir

Gevrey-Chambertin was one of the first villages in the Côte de Nuits to establish itself as a viticultural hotspot. Its slopes of sparse, limestone-rich soils are known for producing Pinot Noir with good body and power.

Deep red in colour with complex aromas of black fruits, liquorice and leather with smoky undertones. Nice balance in the mouth with supple tannins. An elegant wine with a long finish.

A fine accompaniment to roasted guineafowl or pheasant with wild mushrooms.

France in Focus: BordeauxDate published: 28/02/13

Ah, Bordeaux.  Of course.  The one everybody wants to know about.  Why is Bordeaux so popular?  I'll get to that, but first a bit of background...

Bordeaux has produced wine for the English market since the 12th century, when England still owned large tracts of France.  Its deep, gravelly soils are the key to producing the long lived, complex and elegant wines of the Left Bank of the River Gironde; they provide excellent drainage for the vines planted there.  Furthermore, the river itself provides a cooling influence on the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that is grown there.  Although all 3 grapes make it into the blend, it is Cabernet that is king on the left bank, giving structured, tannic wines in their youth that blossom into (some would say) incomparably complex and elegant wines with age.  The most famous appelations within the left bank are Margaux, Pauillac, St-Julien and St-Estephe.

On the left bank the soil changes to predominantly clay - and it is here that Merlot thrives, giving softer, riper and more generous wines with more of an accent on fruit.  The wines of St-Emilion and Pomerol are rightly sought-after, but due to their relatively small size compared to the areas of the left bank, they are generally very expensive.

So why is Bordeaux so sought after?  Well, part of it is tradition - it has been the staple cellar wine for the aristocracy for hundreds  of years.  Also it is down to its quality - the best Bordeaux are undoubtedly amongst the finest wines produced anywhere in the world, and many would say they are the finest.

However there are many reasonbly priced wines that show the third reason it is sought after - its versatility.  Bordeaux can be soft and supple, like our Chateau Griviere, or it can have taught acidity and fine structure that goes very well with food, such as Chateau Pitray - and both are under £10.  Come and explore Bordeaux - you certainly won't regret it!

One for the Weekend: Chateau Labegorce Margaux 2000, £27.00

One for Tonight: Chateau Bessan-Segur Haut-Medox 2008, £8.99

One for the Cellar: Chateau Lynch-Moussas Pauillac 2006, £26.00

France in Focus: ChablisDate published: 27/02/13

Chablis is a small town in the very northern reaches of what we would call 'Burgundy' in terms of wine geography.  It is the furthest north still wine producing area in France, and as such, produces searingly dry, crisp white wines with bags of fresh, zippy acidity.

Most of the wine produced in Chablis is from the Chardonnay grape, thus giving fresh citrus flavours and a soft mouthfeel.  However, what makes Chablis unique in the wine world is its soil; in the best sites, Kimmeridgian clay provides the top soil.  Kimmeridgian clay is a compost of ancient seashells and this has a profound effect on the wine - Chablis' calling card is not just its crack of acidity, but the 'minerality' it gains from the soil on which it grows.

The best Chablis can smell of crushed oyster shells as well as the classic lemon fruit you would expect of a cool-climate chardonnay, and it is this dimension that makes it my favourite white wine in the world.

Best enjoyed with fresh seafood, smoked salmon, salads and oily fish.

One for the weekend: Domaine Vocoret 1er Cru Vielles Vignes, £14.99 (when you buy two or more)

One for the cellar: Domaine Vocoret Chablis Grand Crus Les Clos, £25.00

One for tonight: Jean Bourgignon Chablis, £9.99 (when you buy two or more)

Wine of The Week - Pascal Bouchard BourgogneDate published: 27/02/13

Bourgogne Chardonnay Côtes d'Auxerre 2011 Pascal Bouchard

Price: £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Grape: Chardonnay

Côtes d'Auxerre is a Bourgogne appellation covering vineyards close to the town of Auxerre, which lies aroun 15km to the west of Chablis. This wine is made and matured at the Chablis winery of Pascal Bouchard, from grape must sourced from several Auxerrois growers.

A pale, refined Chablis-style white, offering a fresh citrus character complemented by subtle hints of flowers. This unoaked wine is crisp and refreshing on the palate, with a suggestion of mineral grip.

Drink with white fish or poultry, over the next 2-4 years.

Wine of the Week - Beringer Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 20/02/13

Beringer source their grapes mainly from Central California, with a small percentage coming from selected vineyards in the cooler North Coast region, to achieve a more elegant and balanced style. The wine is aged in seasoned French and American oak barrels for 8 months.

A lush and deeply coloured wine, which is also soft and easy-drinking. A backbone of intense cassis-like fruit is complemented by notes of baking spice and cedar, held together by polished tannins.

Pair with anything from duck breast to barbecued pork ribs.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 16/02/13

Trilogy Cuvée Rosé NV Jacob's Creek

Price: £9.99

Grape: 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. This rosé cuvée is made by vinifying with minimal skin contact, for a delicate colour and subtle red fruit influence.

A lively and aromatic nose of fresh strawberry and raspberry, with a yeasty, biscuity lift. The palate is awash with ripe yet delicate fruit flavour, held together by a creamy texture.

Sublime with strawberry cheesecake.

New Zealand Tasting Tutorial 16/2/13Date published: 16/02/13

Today (16/2/13) we will be having a free 30 minute tasting tutorial on New Zeland Wines. There will be one at 11am and another at 3pm.

The wines we shall be tasting and talking about during the tasting tutorial are:

Red Wines:

Select Blocks Pinot Noir 2011 Ara, Marlborough - £14.99

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010/2011 Central Otago - £18.99 or £15.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir South Island 2011 - £10.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009/2010 Marlborough - £14.99 or £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles

White Wines:

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2010/2011 Nelson - £12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough - £9.99 or £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles (WINE OF THE WEEK)

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough - £10.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2011/2012 Marlborough - £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

As a special treat we are also opening up a bottle of Fizz to celebrate New Zealand Week : Trilogy Cuvée Rosé NV Jacob's Creek (£9.99)

Come down and try these great wines!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/02/13

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

Price: £9.99 or £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

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.

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/02/13

Rioja Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada 2007, Muriel.

This wine derives its name from a combination of the names of the two wine maker's family names Murua and Eloiego and the village of Rioja-Alavesa where the winery is located.

The wine spends two years in French and American oak, and two years in bottle before it is released. The colour is a dark ruby red. The wine has a firm body and smooth tannins.

Dried fruit, herbs and wood make up the flavor of this wine. It is best enjoyed with wintery stews. Or alternatively, minted lamb chops.

£6.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Saturday Kitchen Recommendation - 2/2/13Date published: 03/02/13

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2011 Central Valley

Price: £7.49 or £5.99 when you purchase 2 or more bottles

Grape: Cabernet Franc

As well as being a constituent of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc is the classic red variety of much of the Loire region, particularly Saumur and Chinon. This Chilean example offers a rare glimpse of Cabernet Franc a single varietal wine from outside of France.

A medium-bodied, ruby red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf. The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.

A great partner for soft cheeses and fresh tomato pasta dishes.

Wine Relief/Comic Relief (Tue 5 Feb - Monday 18 March) InstoreDate published: 02/02/13

Wine Relief 2013

Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

Majestic will be supporting the campaign with twelve Wine Relief wines. Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, on the wines below, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief:

Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 Pouilly Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ Louis Latour 2011 Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011 Ch de Pennautier ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’ 2009 Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir 2010 Domaine de l’Aigle Chardonnay 2011 Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011 Bardolino ‘Naiano’ Allegrini 2011 Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann 2010 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010

So come into store and help us raise money for Wine Relief/Comic Relief!

Last Weekend of Winter PricesDate published: 01/02/13

As of the 4th February 2013 there will be a price change and all the winter prices will be gone.

This includes:

20% off New Zealand (e.g The Ned, Fairleigh Estate and Ragged Point)

20% off Chile (e.g Santa Rita 120, Luis Felipe Edwards and Errazuirz)

20% off Australia (e.g Peter Lehmann, Oxford Landing Estate and Wakefield Estate)

20% off Rhône (e.g Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and Lirac)

20% off California (e.g Beringer, Bonterra Vineyards and Ravenwoods)

Call us up, order online or come into store this weekend to get these great wines on these special offers!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 01/02/13

Deusa Nai Albariño 2011 Marqués de Cáceres, Rías Baixas

Price: £12.99

Grape: Albariño

Deusa Nai means 'mother goddess', and is the name given to a goddess representing the fertility of the earth in Galician folklore. The Albariño grape is equally ingrained in the local culture, accounting for 90% of the wine production in Galicia's Rías Baixas appellation.

An intensely floral bouquet covers a backdrop of citrus and stone fruit aromas. A friendly palate of apricot and lime flavours, with a satisfyingly full texture and refreshing acidity.

Try this with a baby octopus ceviche.

FINE WINE FRIDAYDate published: 01/02/13

Amarone Classico Costasera 2007/08 Masi

Price: £27.00 when you buy 2 bottles or £30.00 for a single bottle

Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past 6 generations and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. This amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels.

Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas.

Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif

Majestic Staff RecommendationDate published: 29/01/13

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

Special Offer Price: £30.00

Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Perhaps most famous for its prestige cuvée 'Cristal', Roederer Brut Premier is a serious non-vintage Champagne. Deliciously rich, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes, the finish is long, complex and rewarding.

Bargain Hunt Wine of the DayDate published: 29/01/13

Tabali Reserva Especial 'Caliza Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Limarí Valley

Bargain Hunt Price: £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Following extansive research throughout Chile, Viña Tabali have established a 180ha vineyard in Limarí, with chalky clay soils that allow them to cultivate clasically European-influenced wines, enhanced with the trademark Chilean ripeness of fruit.

A firm and tightly structured Sauvignon, reminiscent of the finest examples of the Loire. A fresh lemon and grapefruit backbone, sprinkled with cut grass notes and a smoky, stony minerality.

Drink with fine seafood, fish dishes, or with Greek salad.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/01/13

Saumur Champigny 'Les Tuffeaux' 2009/2010 Château de Targé

Bargain Hunt Price: £7.24 when you buy 2 bottles

Grape: Cabernet Franc

Cabernet France is responsible for the best reds made in the Loire valley. They can be light and fruity; not dissimilar to Beaujolais and often chilled in the summer. If you want to drink some red wine with fish, they are a very viable option.

A ruby colour with a nose revealing aromas of crushed raspberries and strawberries. A good structure and backbone on the plate is fleshed out with red fruits and undertones of herbs and spices.

Drinking well now will gain complexity and further elegance with ageing. Serve chilled as an apéritif or partner with cold salads

Bargain Hunt Wine of the DayDate published: 24/01/13

Rioja Reserva 2007 Finca Emperatriz

Bargain Hunt Price: £10.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles.

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Viura

Finca Emperatriz is a mid-19th-century property established by the wife of Napoleon III, consisting of a single 100ha vineyard estate, on the prime chalk and sandstone soils of the Rioja Alta. 60-year-old bush vines have now been supplemented by newer plantings.

Classic Rioja Reserva profile. A heady bouquet of ripe black fruits infused with clove and anise, and hints of tobacco and leather. Oak-smoothed tannins are backed up by good weight and mineral grip.

Drink with a rich Spanish-style pork belly casserole.

Bargain Hunt Wine of the DayDate published: 16/01/13

Catalpa Chardonnay, Argentina

This wine has been named after the Catalpa tree which grows in the Atamisque estate. The grapes here are hand-harvested and the juice fermented in new French oak barrels. 30% of the wine is allowed to age in the oak for 10 months before reblending with the remainder.

Delicate aromas of white apples and pineapple, with the oak ageing exerting a faint honey and vanilla influence. Smooth on the palate, with a fine balance between fresh citrus fruit and woody toast.  At home with turkey or trout.

Wine of the Week - McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot, Margaret RiverDate published: 15/01/13

The McHenrys and the Hohnens have been cultivating vines in Margaret River since the 1970s, and this classic Bordeaux-style blend offers the structure of a French wine but the concentration and fruit more typical of Australia.

There are dark blackcurrant and black olive notes from the Cabernet with the plummy, brambly Merlot flavours softening the blend. The palate is tight and firm and the oak and tannins balance admirably. This a powerful wine, perfect for hearty winter dishes yet equally adept at complementing summer barbecues.

Bargain Hunt Wine of the DayDate published: 15/01/13

Composite Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

 

Ara is an emerging terroir that lies at the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers in the world famous Marlborough region. A single landform that dates back some 20,000 years, the 1600 hectare terrace is a unique geological feature in New Zealand.

Vibrant and intense, Composite Sauvignon Blanc shows ripe, clean stone and grapefruit characters. It is highly concentrated with a generous textured mouthfeel and a long clean finish.

This is the perfect match for seafood but can be successfully partnered with a variety of foods including sashimi or spicy Asian fish.

Bargain Hunt Wine of the DayDate published: 11/01/13

Catalpa Pinot Noir, Argentina

A picturesque estate lined with fruit trees, cacti and the local Atamisque shrub. Now owned and run by French couple John and Chantal Du Monceau, along with winemaker Philippe Caraguel, formerly of Moët & Chandon.

Aromas of raspberries and currant jam, with a touch of caramel from brief ageing in new French oak. Elegant on the palate, with more red fruit and well-judged tannins.

Excellent with rabbit, game birds or cured meats.

Bargain Hunt price: £8.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles!

Bargain Hunt Wine of the DayDate published: 10/01/13

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude'

 

The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620.

Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat.

It makes a great apéritif, or an accompaniment to light hors d'oeuvres, salads and fish dishes.

Wine of the Week - Buitenverwachting Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/01/13

Buitenverwachting means 'Beyond Expectation', and the wines produced by this winery, established in 1773 by the first governor of the Dutch colony. Produced from vines grown in deep, decomposing granite soils and cooled by temperate sea breezes from nearby oceans.

Aromas of green figs, gooseberries and a hint of green peppers give a lively nose. The perfectly balanced zesty acidity and citrus fruit flavours on the palate combine to a dry, full bodied wine.

A vibrant and fresh wine that will enliven any seafood, chicken or spicy Asian dishes over the next two years.

Wine of the Week - Nicholas Potel Bourgogne ChardonnayDate published: 04/01/13

Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used in production, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.

The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with an almondy complexity on the finish. Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheese tart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.

Wine of the Week - Fonterutoli Chianti ClassicoDate published: 11/12/12

Owned by the Mazzei family since 1435, Fonterutoli is a tiny village to the south of Castellina, and is little changed from its original form. The soils here are so rocky that Fonterutolis wines have earned the nickname 'vino dei sassi', or 'wine from rocks'.

A well-proportioned wine with an elegant body of dark berry fruit and aromas of fresh spice. The intense raspberry and bitter cherry fruit are lifted by taut acidity and lithe tannins. Partner with pork tenderloin and Mediterranean style roasted vegetables.

Wine of the Week - Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2003Date published: 05/12/12

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

Temporary Driver RequiredDate published: 04/12/12

Ever wanted to work with wine?  Now is your opportunity!

We are looking for a temporary driver for Christmas to work in the Uxbridge and Ruislip areas.  Follow the link below to apply or call 01895 812 065 for more details.

http://www.majesticcareers.co.uk/vacancies/467/temporary_full_time_driversales_assistant/uxbridge_and_ruislip/

Wine of the Week - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des AntiquesDate published: 01/12/12

13 different white and red grape varieties are permitted for the making of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine has been aged in the famous cellars of Ogier Caves des Papes in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This wine is dark ruby with a complex nose of spices and hints of pear. A smooth and lingering finish.

Enjoy this with rich, rustic flavoured dishes, especially meat and game.

Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2009/2010Date published: 30/11/12

Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990, when a small group of investors brought together 62 small growers in Huingary, and created a high quality range of traditional style wines. This wine's sweetness is achieved by allowing the grapes extended ripening time on the vine.

Pale green-gold colour. The nose is more delicate than many a Tokaji, with aromas of ripe peach, exotic fruit and blossom. Moderate palate weight, with a fine balance of intense sweetness and acidic lift.

Pair with sweet fruit tarts, baklava, or ripe blue cheese.  Perfect for Christmas!

Wine of the Week - Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/11/12

Produced exclusively for Majestic from the heart of the Wairau Valley in New Zealand's Marlborough region, now as famous for Sauvignon Blanc as Sancerre is in the Loire.

Crisp, balanced and fruit driven, with lots of gooseberries, passion fruit and a fresh, citrus finish.

A good partner for lightly spiced Asian cuisine and sushi.

Buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20%

Winter Wine EveningDate published: 10/11/12

On November 22nd, we will be holding a large, informal walk around tasting in store.

There will be around 15 wines open to taste representing the best of our Christmas offers, artisan cheese to try out alongside the wines, and of course our expert staff on hand to answer all your questions.

The best part about our Winter Wine Evening is that it is absolutely free!

Call the store on 01895 812065, email uxb@majestic.co.uk or just pop in to book your place.

Wine of the Week - Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 09/11/12

It may be one of the last wine regions to have developed in California, but Napa Valley is now indisputably the most famous. It's success is as much down to the innovative winemakers attracted to its unique terroir, as the massive investment the region has received. The late Robert Mondavi was one of the true pioneers.

From the founding father of the modern Californian wine industry, this is Napa Cabernet at its best. Hand-picked grapes are selected from the very best Napa vineyards, given extended maceration and matured for over a year in French oak barrels to soften the tannins.

Deep and dense with perfumed aromas and delicious flavours of blackberry, cassis, black olive and dark chocolate. Smooth and supple, with fine-grained tannins, good acid and a lengthy finish.

This is a powerful wine that needs flavourful food, try it with grilled marinaded beef ribs.

Fine Wine Friday - November 2012Date published: 01/11/12

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2004 Pessac Leognan

The vineyards of Larrivet-Haut-Brion lie on the same ridge of gravel as the near neighbours Haut-Bailly and La Louvière. The wine is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, producing around 10,000 cases per annum.

The wine has a flavour of currents and cherries that compliments a undertone of smoke and burning embers. Given 89 points by Robert Parker this fruity and medium bodied wine is perfect for the cellar and will reward those who drink over the next 8-10 years. Allowing the wine to open up, soften and the fruit to further integrate.

Now £24

Wine of the Week - Tenuta san Guido 'Guidalberto' 2009Date published: 29/10/12

The second wine of the famous Sassicaia this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot with around 10% Sangiovese from the vinyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. Vinified separately before blending Guidalberto undergoes maturation in French and American oak. An intense violet colour with a soft and rounded profile this can be enjoyed immidiately or over the next 3-4 years.

Wine of the Week - Parcel Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/10/12

Our fantastic value Parcel Series range welcomes the return of an old favourite - the Parcel Series Sauvignon Blanc.

 

As with other Parcel Series wines, this wine is from a highly prestigious producer and represents a considerable bargain.  Bottled exclusively for Majestic, this superb quality Sauvignon is sourced from a number of prime vineyard sites in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, where the cool maritime climate provided by the South Pacific produces wines with the region's characteristic fruit intensity. 

An abundance of cut grass, nettle and classic New Zealand gooseberry attack the nose, with vigourous citrus, gooseberry, passionfruit and a cleansing minerality follow on the palate.  The freshness and intensity of this wine is such that it would match brilliantly with goat's cheese, while the zippy, crunchy texture will be equally at home with a garden salad.

Argentina - More than Malbec?Date published: 18/10/12

In the last 10 years, Argentina has stunned the wine world not only with the quality of its premium Malbecs, but the range of styles offered and the stunning range of vineyards available.  UK consumers have taken Malbec to its heart and it is now, for most, the go-to rich, soft and smooth wine of choice.

 

However, malbec is just one grape variety out of thousands.  How do other classic varieties fare in the mountainous vineyards of Argentina?

 

Well, as it happens, fantastically well.  Argentinian Chardonnay is amongst the finest in the world, with high altitude vineyards offering the necessary sunshine to ripen the otherwise tart and austere grape, while the cool climate adds elegance and balance to the wines.  The same can certainly be said for Cabernet Sauvignon, to the extent that - just whisper it - it is often better than the Malbec produced from the same areas.

 

Further to this, Argentina has developed its signature white wine variety, Torrontes, to become the world leader in producing such a wine.  Torrontes produces wines similar in style to Viognier and Albarinho, but generally more restrained and elegant.  Although having said that I did have a cracking one in a restaurant last week that was honeyed and rich, but still with a trademark freshness...

 

Clearly Argentina does far more than Malbec.  With our tasting week this week, why not come and explore beyond the mighty malbecs of Mendoza?

South Africa Tasting WeekDate published: 15/10/12

Come down to the Uxbridge store to try lots of interesting reds and whites from this fine wine producing region. You never know you might get to try something new!

New Arrivals Tasting WeekDate published: 06/10/12

Have you ever wondered what a wine tasted like but been too scared to part with a well loved favourite? If you come down to majestic this week we have a range of our new arrivals on the tasting counter. So you don't have to wonder about taste anymore. You never know you might find something that you really enjoy! We're tasting new arrivals untill Thursday the 11th.

Calling All Trade CustomersDate published: 05/10/12

Callin all Trade Customers!
We have a wide range of Ontrade only products to serve all your Business
needs. Please call us on 01895812065 and we shall put you in touch with a member
of our dedicated Commercial team. If you need wine delivered in a hurry
contact us today.
 

Wine of the Week - Ragged Point Sauvignon BlancDate published: 03/10/12

This week's wine of the week is Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc, a new wine for autumn in Majestic.

 

It offers cracking value for money at £5.99, a price where it is increasingly difficult to source quality wine from New Zealand.

 

This wine is fermented in 100% stainless steel temperature controlled vats to preserve all the abundant fresh fruit flavours that is fast becoming the hallmark of the 2012 vintage.

 

Bright acidity compliments the light but penetrating nose of passionfruit and citrus fruits, while the palate is dominated by classic Marlborough flavours of nettle, gooseberry, tropical fruits and lemons. 

 

This more restrained, French style will be fantastic with crunchy salads, fresh fruits de mer and goats cheese.  A bargain!

Wine of the Week - Domaine Zind Humbrecht GewurztraminerDate published: 26/09/12

This week's Wine of the Week is Domaine Zind Humbrecht's Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France.

Sandwiched between the two great nations of Germany and France yet separated from both by the Vosges mountains to the west and the River Rhine to the east, Alsace is a region that has both French and German influences in its culture and winemaking.  Caught in the crossfire of the many Franco-German wars, it was not until after the Second World War that Alsace was able to establish itself as one of the great fine wine regions of the world with its richly textured and spicy white wines.

 

Domaine Zind Humbrecht is owned and run by father-and-son team Léonard and Olivier Humbrecht. Olivier has the honour of being the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine. Impeccable vineyard practices have cemented the domaine as a star producer in Alsace.  The Humbrecht family have a history of winemaking in their blood going as far back as 1620.

 

Wine styles in Alsace can vary hugely; both Gewruztraminer and Riesling, two of the four noble grape varieties of Alsace, can be dry or sweet.  Indeed, in recent years it is more fashionable for producers to produce sweet wines even though the classical Alsatian style is one of flinty dryness.  This has caused confusion in the market as there is no official labelling system to indicate dryness - how can you tell which style of wine you are buying?

 

In order to guide the consumer to what they may expect inside the bottle, Zind-Humbrecht introduced a sweetness index on the labels of their bottles from the 2001 vintage. This index is a number from 1 to 5, which is found in fine print as "Indice 1" to "Indice 5" on the label, typically next to the alcoholic content. The index is assigned based on an overall impression of the wine, and has the following meaning:

* Indice 1: analytically dry or tasting dry. (This would correspond to the "classical Alsace style".)
* Indice 2: not analytically dry, but the sweetness is not apparent on the palate
* Indice 3: a semi-sweet wine
* Indice 4: a sweet wine; these wines may correspond to Vendange Tardive wines from many other producers.
* Indice 5: high sweetness, corresponding to a Vendange Tardive in richness but with less noble rot character. These will be wines which Zind-Humbrecht could have bottled as Vendange Tardive, but have elected not to because of their style.

 

This wine is Indice 1.  Barely off-dry, with just enough residual sweetness to bring out the grape's tropical fruit and gingery spice, with plenty of acidity in the background providing plenty of refreshing lift.  Perfect with smoked salmon or pungent cream cheeses.
 

 

 

 

Mature Rioja ParcelDate published: 19/09/12

Here is the current availability of our Mature Rioja parcel - it really is outstanding value for money so snap it up while you can!

 

14 x Baron de Ona Reserva, 1995 £18.74
24 x Vina Albina Reserva, 1994 £18.74
38 x Cune Imperial Reserva, 1995 £22.49
21 x Marques de Riscal Reserva, 1995 £22.49
24 x14072 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva, 1994 £30 (£25 on multibuy)
43 x Vina Tondonia Reserva, 1987 £30 (£25 on multibuy)
35 x Vina Alberdi Crianza, 1994 £12.49
36 x Monte Real Reserva, 1991 £18.74
24 x Vina Albina Reserva, 1991 £18.74
9 x Marques de Vargas Reserva, 1998 £18.74
74 x Cune Imperial Reserva, 1991 £22.49
41 x Marques de Riscal Reserva, 1994 £22.49
38 x Contino Reserva, 2001 £30 (£25 on multibuy)
48 x Vina Ardanza Reserva, 1995 £30 (£25 on multibuy)

 

All wines under £25.00 single bottle price are included in our fantastic 20% off Spain offer, so are a further 20% cheaper than prices quoted here when you buy two or more bottles of Spanish wine!

 

Call or email us to place an order.

 

We look forward to hearing from you,

 

Kevin and the team.

 

01895 812 065

uxb@majestic.co.uk
 

Wine of the Week - Waimea Estate Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/09/12

This week's Wine of the Week is Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc from Nelson, New Zealand.  Nelson is slightly west of Marlborough and has a strong Maritime influence, cooling the vines to retain crisp acidity.  Happily, the long sunshine hours in Nelson also ripen the grapes fully, meaning that wines from this area tend to retain their crisp acidity while having bags of punchy fruit.

 

This wine is no exception; the nose is full of penetrating gooseberry, nettle, cut grass and citrus fruits - absolutely classic New Zealand Sauvignon.  Yet it is the intensity that really stands out - it blew away the other Sauvignons on our tasting counter at the moment - which leaps out of the glass.  On the palate there is an abundance of crisp green apple, lemon zest, gooseberry, quince and a really interesting salinity - obviously the effect of the coastal vineyards. 

 

Waimea is a really refreshing wine that would be fantastic with a Caesar Salad - the crunch of the salad picking up on the crispness of the acidity while the salinity in it will comliment the bacon/pancetta, while its body and sheer volume of flavour will cope with the sauce.

 

Possibly my favourite white in the shop right now!

Exploring Sauvignon Blanc - Tuesday 18th to Monday 24th SeptemberDate published: 16/09/12

During this week we will be exploring the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. We will be opening some from the very popular area of New Zealand. That's not all, if you come and explore with us we will also have Sauvignon Blancs available to taste from other areas so you can see how these compare! We will also be holding two tutored tastings on Saturday the 22nd one at 11am and the other at 3pm so make sure to reserve your space now to learn more about this popular grape.
 

The Parcel Series storyDate published: 13/09/12

At Majestic we have been selling wines under our 'Parcel Series' label for about 2 and a half years now.  Their origin is of particular interest to the customer, as they are wines from fantastic estates that have been labelled under our own label - for a huge discount!

 

In the past we have had two Sauvignon Blancs, a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Gris from top (and I mean really top...I could tell you but I'd have to kill you..) New Zealand producers, an astonishingly good Parcel Series Shiraz from a top Margaret River producer in Australia and a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend from the same producer.

 

Now we have an astounding Riesling from an Australian producer (I may tell if you're particularly nice to me!) in the Eden Valley.  Eden Valley is pretty much THE place to be buying Australian Riesling from as the wines really reflect the nuances of the Valley itself, giving unique, zippy wines with the potential to age.  This example is from 2006 and is at the peak of its drinking - Limey citrussy fruit but with a mature, mellow stone fruit giving a full mouthfeel. 

 

All in all, a refreshing, interesting alternative to something like a Sauvignon Blanc or cool-climate Chardonnay, and a snip at £6.99 on the multibuy!

 

Pop in to store to try it out - see if you agree or not!

Wine of the Week - Parcel Series RieslingDate published: 12/09/12

Parcel Series Riesling 2006
Eden Valley – Australia

Origin
This nicely mature and dry Riesling is grown on the north-facing slopes of the Eden Valley. The wine is made using only the free-run juices from the initial grape crushing. The result is a lighter style of Riesling.

The Wine
This Riesling is of a golden colour and has a nose of lime leaf, lemon jelly and a hint of honey. On the palate the initial citrus flavours are supported by slatey minerality and grip.

The wine is best served well chilled and alongside creamy seafood dishes.

This riesling is a true bargin and on offer at £6.99 when you buy two bottles (normally £9.99).

Wines of Spain: 11th to 17th September Date published: 09/09/12

During the coming week we will have a wide selection of Spanish wines open to taste! Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity, especially while Spanish wines are on a 20% discount. We will also be holding a tutored tasting on the 15th with slots at 11am and 5pm.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/08/12

L'instant Truffier Malbec 2011 Rigal
South- West France

Origin
The Rigal family are known as one of the premier producers of Cahors and have extended their operation to include the Lot Valley. This area has perfect conditions for growing the Malbec grape with free-draining terraces and a great amount of sun exposure.


The Wine
The wine is dense and blackish-purple in colour. It carries aromas of black cherry and bramble fruits. It also contains subtle hints of anise and prune. On the palate the wine is robust and powerful with juicy fruit flavours and peppery tannins. Medium bodied this wine pairs perfectly with chargrilled pork ribs, and is best enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.

Fine Wine Friday - July 2012Date published: 06/07/12

Les Tourelles de Longueville 2007, Pauillac


Les Tourelles de Longueville is the second wine of Château Pichon-
Baron. It was introduced with the 1986 vintage and around 12,000
cases are typically produced each vintage. The wine is currently built
around the plot of Sainte Anne, planted with a majority of Merlot.

A deep, purple colour with an enticing nose of strawberry,
blackcurrant and fresh roses. Silky tannins give a more 'ready-todrink'
style, packed with toasty vanilla notes and an unmistakable
elegance.

Well blanced with a crisp structure this wine will drink well now or over the
next 5-8 years. Drink with roast lamb or game pie

Was £28

Now
£24

Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/06/12

M de Minuty Rose 2011
Cotes de Provence


This very elegant Provence Rose has subtle fruit flavours with crisp acidity making it the perfect match for a summer afternoon in the garden (yes, I am ignoring the general weather conditions!) or as a great accompaniment to light fish dishes!

 

£12.99
down to

£9.99

 

Southern French WhitesDate published: 18/06/12

Our regional French tasting week offers you the chance to explore some perhaps lesser known but nonetheless interesting grape varieties. The Rhone varieties of Marsanne and Rousanne transplanted to the south coast provide some excellent summer drinking. Marsanne, an increasingly popular and productive variety, provides a full bodied and characterful style who's occasional shortcomings in the acidity department make it well suited to blending with the more aromatic and racey Rousanne. Together they produce a most refreshing, yet full bodied style with almost ethereal notes of herbal tea, honeysucle and glue (in a good way).

Other examples see it mixed with Viognier to produce a still weightier spicey style. For some easy 'every-day' drinking there are aromatic Sauvignon Blancs and crisp Colomard / Gros Manseng blends. Something for everyone here, and all available to try at our tasting counter. Come and explore.  

Wine of the Week!Date published: 15/06/12

 

Pinot Noir
Domaine de Valmoissine
2010


This is a fantastic value Pinot Noir from Maison Latour. From Southern France it provides a great alternative to some of the fruitier style New World Pinots. It is bursting with cherries and is a perfect match for pork or just a brilliant slightly lighter red to have on its own in the summer!

 

£9.99
down to   £8.99!

 

Come and try it on the tasting counter today!
 

Favourite Provence Rose?!Date published: 10/06/12

With the range of provence roses expanding all the time there is more choice than ever, so I thought I'd take a minute to let you know what we think here in store. I would have to vote for the AIX rose magnum, not only are they a great size for summer parties (1.5l) they are a brilliant tipple too! Tom's favourite is the elegant Chateau Sainte Marguerite organic rose which has soft berry fruit flavours and comes in a regualr size bottle for the more moderate amoungst you!

 

But rather than take our word for it, why not make up your own mind by visiting us in store during Provence rose tasting week - Friday 22nd - Thursday 28th June! 

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 03/06/12

Meursault Château de Blagny 1er Cru 2009 Louis Latour

A wonderful wine, traditionally vinified and matured in small oak barrels for 8 to 12 months. A light golden colour with green reflections this wine is full of elegant buttery notes balanced with an aroma of fresh hazelnuts.

£30

Open to try in store!

Incredible Jubilee Offers!Date published: 17/05/12

We have some amazing offers to help you celebrate the Jubilee in style!

 

Vina Eguia Crianza 2007  - Only £4.99

Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - £4.99

Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2010 - £7.99

Peroni 24 x 330ml - £1 per bottle

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £15

Heidsieck Goldtop 2005 - £18

 

Plus many more, what better reason to come and see us?!

To celebrate Italian Tasting Week, here are ten things you never knew about Italian wine!Date published: 14/05/12

  1. The Ancient Greek name for much of Italy was Oenotria, or 'Land of trained vines'.
  2. Barolo and Barbaresco were sweet wines until the middle/end of the 19th Century.
  3. The grape known as Zinfandel in the USA is actually the native Italian grape Primitivo.
  4. There are over 2,000 indigineous grape varieties.
  5. Vineyards in the Alto Adige and Mount Etna are 1km above sea level and are the highest vineyards in mainland Europe.
  6. The best Prosecco comes from Conegliano Valdobbiane (so watch out for that on the label!).
  7. Prosecco generally has less alcohol than Champagne.
  8. Pinot Grigio is thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinto Noir grape.
  9. The name 'Super Tuscans' was coined by Robert Parker in the 1970s for the high-quality, powerful reds of the region.
  10. Brunello means 'the nice, dark one' in local dialect.

Claire's Tasting with United WineriesDate published: 25/04/12

United Wineries are a distributer and owner of a number of Spanish wine brands. The tasting included wines from Berberana, Marques de la Concordia, Marques de Grinon and Lagunilla.

Berberana is one of the biggest selling Spanish wines in the UK. It’s certainly a Majestic favourite! The 2008 Vina Alarde Crianza was easy to drink, full of fresh red berry fruit flavours and lightly oaked from 12 months in American oak. The 2007 Vina Alarde Reserva has been aged for an additional 12 months plus undergoes some bottle aging before it is released. With a bit more complexity and length the Reserva is definitely worth an extra £2 in my opinion.

My top wines from the tasting were the Lagunilla wines. In particular the Lagunilla Casa del Commendador Gran Reserva 2005. This was a very good vintage in Rioja and after waiting some 36 months ageing in American oak followed by 3 years in bottle, we are left with an elegantly oaked wine with hints of dried fruits and sweet spice. It went very nicely with a chunk of Manchego cheese!
 

Malbec World DayDate published: 15/04/12

Malbec World Day in Uxbridge Majestic

Staff blind taste test results:

Benegas Malbec, Libertad Vineyards 2009 Mendoza

The Benegas family brought the first French vines to Argentina and their winemaking passion continues to show in the finesse and quality of this wine. Dark cherry and blackberry fruits combine with a hint of mushroom from the oak aging which gives this wine its complex tertiary characteristics. A fine example of Argentinian Malbec at its very best.

Tom's Favourite!

Vinalba Reserva Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot, 2010 Mendoza

Blended international grape varieties make this Argentinian stand out from the other Malbecs. Black fruits on the nose lead into subtle green peppers on the palate with a chocolately denseness from the Petit Verdot adding a smoky weight to this full-bodied wine.

Claire's Favourite!

Portuguese Tasting WeekendDate published: 26/03/12

Our recent tasting weekend in the Uxbridge store has shown that Portugal can produce more than just Port, Madeira and corks!

Thanks to investment in modern wine making techniques in the last thirty years, Portugal is now starting to build its reputation as a producer of quality wine. Portugal uses local grape varieties which give its wines a distinctive regional character.

Two of the major wine-producing regions which we exemplified in our tasting weekend incuded Vinho Verde and the Douro valley. Vinho Verde in the North West of Portugal is one of the wettest vineyards in the world. It produces light, dry whites with high acidity and a distinctive taste of fizz. My recommendation is the Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010. Bursting with tropical fruits and with a hint of fizz, this wine is the perfect accompaniment to shellfish.

The Douro Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world and is largely known for Port production. The wine from Douro is made with port grapes, Tinto Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca amoungst others. The Douro region can be relied upon to produce robust, characterful reds. My favourite Douro wine was the Crasto 2009. Intense plums and dark berries on the nose lead to ample tannins on the palate which stand up well to hard cheeses like mature cheddar.

Pick your pancake partnerDate published: 16/02/12

Its almost time for Shrove Tuesday, so pack your pancake with all the things your thinking of giving up!

Our choice this year Is the Buckwheat pancake with chocolate and banana. But what to put with them? We have picked out two choices to suit your mood.

Our first choice is Kangarilla Road Shiraz, a fruity number which should have enough berry and spicey finesse to make a perfect panckae partner.

For pancakes later in the evening, when your craving a super sweet moment, our second choice is the luscious Sauternes Clos L'Abeilley, adding to your chocolate pancake with apricot fruit and wild honey flavors.

Sit back and enjoy.. because it will be 40 days before you can have another.

Buckwheat Pancake mix:

275ml/9½fl oz skimmed milk
1 free-range egg
pinch salt
1 tsp vegetable oil
55g/2oz wholewheat flour
55g/2oz buckwheat flour

 

Win A Bottle of WineDate published: 13/02/12

In store we are currently running a competition to win a bottle of wine when you leave your email address or business card with us. However we don't want our internet customers to miss out on the chance to win.  To enter just send us an e-mail with your full name, postcode and e mail address.

Email us at uxb@majestic.co.uk

Good luck!

What wine goes best with chocolate?Date published: 09/02/12

Seeing as it's chocolate day we've been discussing what wine goes best with chocolate. There have been quite a few suggestions including everything from a fully bodied tannic Bordeaux through to Amarone or Port.

 

The first question would have to be exactly what kind of chocolate? If you were having chocolate brownies a fruity bottle of port like Taylor's First Estate £11.99 would be great. On the other hand if you were having a White Chocolate Cheesecake a great french dessert wine like Chateau de Feasles 2001, Bonnezeaux £14.99 would be ideal. And if you just fancy a good old fashioned bar of chocolate why not try the afore mentioned Bordeaux in the shape of Chateau Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 £13.99 or some people swear that Malt whisky like Glenfiddich 12 year old £28  is the perfect partner to a mars bar!!

 

Now all this talk of chocolate is making me hungry .....

The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

Following the New Year we felt it was time for a clear out at majestic, with 2012 lines coming into store, we have cleared out the old to make way for the new. With 33% off selected lines we are saying goodbye to some of our previous labels, creating a bargain hunt for our customers.

Come in store and look out for our red markers, or if your stuck in the office, here are some highlights on whats on offer at Uxbridge:

Chateau La Vicomtesse                                   £6.66
Costero Pinot Noir Rose                                  £6.32
Vallee Blanche Syrah                                        £4.66
Heritage Road Moonstone Chardonnay       £2.99
Heritage Road Moonstone Savignon Blanc £3.32
Louis Roederer 2004 £ 33.33 ( only 5 left in store)

Please feel free to email us at uxb@majestic.co.uk or phone on 01895812065
 

Fine Wine Friday - Les Tourelle De LonguevilleDate published: 06/01/12

The wine is currently built around the plot of Sainte Anne, planted with a majority of Merlot. A deep, purple colour with an enticing nose of strawberry, blackcurrant and fresh roses. Silky tannins give a more 'ready-to-drink' style, packed with toasty vanilla notes and an unmistakable elegance.
 

Christmas/New Year Delivery InformationDate published: 07/12/11

Delivery slots are still available for this week although they are getting booked up fast. Please place your orders as soon as possible.

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 05/12/11

Christmas Opening Hours

5th - 11th December
Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

12th - 18th December
Monday - Saturday 9am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

19th - 23rd December
Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm

Saturday 24th December
9am - 5pm

25th - 27th December
CLOSED

28th - 30th December
10am - 8pm

Saturday 31st December
9am - 5pm

Sunday 1st January
CLOSED

Monday 2nd January
10am - 5pm
 

Fine Wine Friday- Capo Martino Date published: 07/10/11

Situated in North East Italy on the Italian and Slovenian border this wine gets it fresh and fruity aromas from the mellow Fruili region Climate.

Made in small quantities by Silvio Jermann, the 'true artist' Capo Martino is known for its high quality and considered production, making it subtle yet elegant.

With its radiant Gold colouring Capo Matino has aroma of baked apple, pear and floral perfume. Its developing aspects include subtle hints of oak, vanilla and honey.

Perfect for drinking now at an elegant dinner party in the autumn air, or to settle in your cellar for next season to exaggerate its nutty hints.

Fine Wine Friday - Alban ViognierDate published: 05/08/11

Alban Viognier
Central Coast, California
£26.00

Produced in the sunny climes of California this Viogner produces tastes of the tropics, with a complex yet youthfull palate of peaches, apricots, honey and blossom.
Created by an original Rhone ranger, the best of Condrieu in the Rhone Valley is reproduced in this Viogner with its deep lemon colour and balanced finish.
Pair with a fish dish for the perfect late summer evening dinner. 

Open to try Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of August.

Fine Wine Friday - Afincado Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 01/07/11

Afincado Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Terrazas de los Andes


Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza in Argentina.

Currently this beautiful wine is almost opaque, with a promising nose of dark jammy fruit, spice, nuts and a hint of oak. Smells strangely like a cream tea!
The palate has a big personality of ripe fruit, well integrated tannins and a long finish.

Perfect now with a special dinner, but will improve in your cellar for 5-10 years. An investment you'll be glad you made!

£25 per bottle
Buy 2, save £10 = £20

Drop it like it's OttDate published: 03/06/11

It's the first Friday of the month, which means it's Fine Wine Friday here in Uxbridge Majestic.

Fine wine friday is a new concept to this store where we open a bottle of wine between £20 and £30 on the first friday of every month. We'll be putting the wine up here on our store page in advance, so you know what's open! It'll be there on Friday and (whilst sampling allows) Saturday.

This month it's one of (if not) the most iconic Rosé wines in the world. Domaine Ott from Bandol in the South of France. It's an extremely pale and delicate number this (2010) vintage. Come down and try it!

Coming Soon - Tio Pepe's "en Rama" FinoDate published: 21/05/11

Fino en Rama is unfiltered, unclarified Tio Pepe taken from the middle of the cask during Spring when the flor growth is at it's thickest. Deliberately slightly cloudy, the minimal filtration and handling gives it a much fuller, rounder and more expressive palate than the standard bottling. Made in strictly limited quantities, Fino En Rama is best drunk within three months of bottling.

We will be receiving a case of this in the coming weeks, so if you'd like some please get in touch and we'll put it aside for you.

We'll also have a bottle open for tasting so keep and eye on our twitter @majesticuxb & our online tasting counter for all the info.

If Wines Were Films #4 - Fleurie Dubeouf is Star WarsDate published: 18/05/11

Fleurie Flower Label, Georges Duboeuf – Star Wars

[Yoda Voice]A little dated now it may look, but massive in the 1970's this was. Light, easy to understand and a whole new audience to the genre it brought. It's influence on a generation underestimated cannot be. A large number of associates it has spawned, but up to the original rarely have they lived.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-fleurie/product-is-07129

If Wines Were Films #3 - Chateâu GuiotDate published: 16/05/11

Chateâu Guiot – The Lion King

Often dismissed as one-dimensional due to its unpretentious origins, those who have experienced it beg to differ. There much hidden complexity and good underlying structure. This great all-round production has many fans that go back to it time and again. Hakuna matata indeed.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-09332/product-is-09332
 

If Wines Were Films #2 - Château MusarDate published: 13/05/11

Château Musar - Scarface

Drive and ambition bring about a meteoric rise to fame against a decidedly adverse backdrop. Focused and powerful, replete with some extremely fruity language, yet precariously balanced between success and downfall it rewards it's loyal followers while smiting its critics. A timeless classic. You wanna play rough? Say hello to our little friend.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-musar/product-is-38013

More T.E.A Vicar?Date published: 13/05/11

We are now stocking a range of Hogsback Brewery ales. The mixed case containing Burma Star Ale, Gardeners Tipple, Traditional English Ale and Hop Garden Gold alongside single cases of T.E.A.

If Wines Were Films #1 - Trimbach RieslingDate published: 11/05/11

Trimbach Riesling – Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

An epic production from a famous director. Perhaps a little obscure to those that don't normally venture outside the mainstream. However for the open-minded the rewards are great and it's popularity has grown through word of mouth and favourable reviews. The texture and detail are exemplary and the length is remarkably persistent. Goes without saying but it's great with a Chinese Takeaway.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-trimbach/product-is-11039

WOTW: An Italian GewürztraminerDate published: 11/05/11

The Tiefenbrunner Gewürztraminer is a delightful new addition to our range. It is produced on the sloped vineyards of a 12th century castle in Alto Adige region. This wine provides a fantastic combination of floral and tropical notes on the nose, followed by sweet spice and floral notes on a dry palate. It also boasts a superb length of flavour and complexity, easily the most exciting thing arriving this week.

Currently at £15.99 on offer, this wine is great value and the perfect companion to spicy seafood like a Goan Fish Curry or Thai red curried prawns.

New Wines This Week - St Clair & PenfoldsDate published: 25/03/11

We have some good looking new wines in this week in very limited quantities .

St Clair Pioneers Block Wines (£15.99) Buy 2 Save £6 = £12.99

We received minute quantities of Chardonnay (6), Syrah (12), Pinot Gris (12) & Reisling (18).

Those of you famailiar with the Sauvignon will know what to expect, some of the most intese & pure varietal flavours found anywhere in the world!

Penfold Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, £22.00

We have 6 bottles of one of my all time favourite Aussie Cabernets, first come first served!

Portugal Tasting Weekend - Friday 18 to Monday 21stDate published: 17/03/11

Portugal's vineyards play host to a myriad of indigenous varieties that remain somewhat un-mapped. Not being sullied by the encroachment of their more international counterparts, their names too, will, for many, be unfamiliar, not to mention phonetically rather tricky. Research into the subject is a little thin on the ground and in fact many growers will remain in the dark as to exactly what varietals their vineyards and therefore wines, are made up of. Take heart however, though the array of choice may seem rather bewildering this is an excellent opportunity to broaden horizons and to sample some interesting, and often keenly priced, new wines.

WOW - Bonarda!Date published: 04/03/11

Come in store and taste our wine of the week!

The La Posta bonarda's rich ruby colour is echoed through to a nose of redcurrants and cherries. Benefiting from Medonza's location, this high quality wine is very good as the high acidity is well balanced with a fruity palate of redberries and white pepper with a long dark chocolate finish. Ready to drink now alongside a rich tomato based dish or duck, but will develop if kept.

Come taste Gewürztraminer with us at Majestic Uxbridge!Date published: 13/02/11

At Majestic we love learning about wine and the best way to learn is by tasting!

I think Gewürztraminer is a brilliant grape and doesn't get the publicity it deserves. Its name is a little tricky to pronounce, but means it's a perfumed or spiced variant of Traminer. We just call it "Gewurz" for short.

It's quite a fussy grape to grow, which means it only thrives on certain soils, buds early and ripens late. Pick it too early and you get good acidity but none of the enigmatic flavours, too late and the massive sugar levels won't have enough acidity for balance. All this comes down to is that it's a little bit like Pinot Noir... it is best made by artisans rather than accountants.

We have three different wines open so come on down to the store and try them with us. They'll be open up to and including Thurday the 17th of February.

 

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer 2009 - £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £11.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-11171

The grape's spiritual home is Alsace and these are one of the greatest producers.

 

Viñas del Vero Gewürztraminer 2009 Somontano £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-14469

Somontano, located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, has focussed on Gewurztraminer which mainly goes to their regional restaurants. However the previously very strong restaurant trade has been hit very hard and wineries are left with stocks that they are unable to sell, and thus have had to reduce the price markedly to clear them. Hence our great buyers stepped in to bring this great wine to you at a great price!

 

Villa Maria Private Bin Gewürztraminer 2009 East Coast £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £5 = £7.49

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-37151

New Zealand has arguably the best conditions for it in the new world (perhaps costal southern Chile) where like with sauvignon you get lots of aromatic ripe fruit in the wine.
 

Wine of the Week 9th - 16thDate published: 09/02/11

Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2009, Nicolas Potel

£11.99 or Buy 2 Bottle save £8 = £7.99
 

The First Wine of Spring!

Flavours of white peach, pear & apricot married together with light creamy butterscotch from the oak.

Perfect with that chicken risotto you were thinking about cooking...

Store Events(6)

Spotlight Week - South Aftica

12 September 2014 - 19 September 2014

Come and join us in-store from the 12th to the 19th of September for our South African tasting. We will have reds and whites available all week.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

11 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

Spotlight on: South Africa. Six wines in 30 minutes.

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Spotlight Week – Argentina

5 September 2014 - 11 September 2014

Come and Explore the wines of Argentina. We'll have reds and whites available to taste all week.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

4 September 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

Six wines in 30 minutes. Spotlight on: Argentina. We're sure that there will be some fantastic Malbec to try alongside some other varieties.

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Loire & Beaujolais Spotlight Week

8 August 2014 - 14 August 2014

Join us from 8-14 August when the tasting counter will be laden with summery whites from the Loire Valley and light, fruity reds from Beaujolais - perfect for summer sipping.

Open to all

Free Wine Course

27 July 2014 (15:00 - 16:30)

A 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

RSVP

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Meet the team...

  • Adam White Trainee Manager

    Starting out in my majestic career at Uxbridge. I really enjoy Rioja, Australian Shiraz! Looking forward to exploring new wines and meeting new customers!
  • Gina Assistant Manager

    Having started my Majestic Career in the Uxbridge store I am thrilled to be back here as the new assistant manager! My favorite wines are currently Italian Gavi's and Californian Zinfandel's. Although I can often be found staring longingly at the Champagne shelves. Looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces again so pop in and say hello!
  • Kevin Manager

    After working in Majestic for six years in St Albans, Amersham and Berkhamsted, I now find myself in Uxbridge! I love red burgundies, Rioja, Australian Cabs and New Zealand Pinots and am looking forward to meeting all of our customers! Always up for a bit of wine chat, so drop in whenever you feel like!

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